FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT www.queenscourier.com AUGUST 1, 2013 • THE QUEENS COURIER 11 SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS AT FATAL LIC INTERSECTION BY ANGY ALTAMIRANO firstname.lastname@example.org Months after 16-year-old Tenzin Drudak was struck and killed near LaGuardia Community College, the Department of Transportation (DOT) has answered students and residents’ pleas for safety enhancements. Drudak, a student at the Applied Communications High School inside the community college’s building, died after being struck by a minivan that lost control and mounted the sidewalk at the intersection of Thomson Avenue and 30th Street in Long Island City. Four of fi ve other pedestrians hit in the same incident were students at LaGuardia. After Drudak’s death, residents, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, Community Board 2 and LaGuardia Community College offi cials called on the DOT to enhance pedestrian safety at the intersection. Since April, the DOT has implemented short-term improvements including adjusting the timing of signals near the intersection and installing pedestrian countdown signals at Thomson and Skillman Avenues, 30th Street, 30th Place, 31st Street and 31st Place. The agency has also added signs and improved markings at Thomson Avenue and Van Dam Street. In the latest changes, the DOT said it has redesigned Thomson and Skillman Avenues by closing the slip ramp and making it illegal for vehicles to makes left turns from Thomson Avenue onto Skillman Avenue. The department added it has installed new signs and plastic markers to limit left turns from Thomson Avenue to 30th Street. There is also a brand new 550-square-foot pedestrian space at the intersection of 30th Street and Thomson Avenue. It is bordered by stone blocks, plastic markings and six planters. According to the DOT, all the changes were aimed at improving safety for the large volume of students and residents that walk through the intersection daily. Business Solutions Checking with Interest Merchant Services The Department of Transportation has implemented changes to a dangerous intersection in front of LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City after 16-year-old Tenzin Drudak was struck and killed in March. NYCB Business Liquid CD Photo Courtesy Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer • Need access to your funds? Get maximum flexibility with In-Branch Penalty-Free Withdrawals2 • Minimum to open is $2,500 • Minimum balance to earn interest is $2,500 • Earn the stated APY if you have, or open, any interest-bearing Business Checking account 0.70APY1 NYCB Business Liquid CD 3 Credit The building blocks of business myNYCB.com • (877) 786-6560 12-MoNTh CD % 4 Card 1Annual Percentage Yield (APY) is accurate as of July 19, 2013 and is subject to change without notice. The interest rate remains fixed until maturity. Fees could reduce earnings. If you do not have an existing interestbearing checking account with us and choose to open a new interest-bearing checking account, it must be opened on the same day that you open the promotional CD and opened with new money not currently on deposit with the Bank. The promotional CD must also be opened with new money not currently on deposit with the Bank. Advantage Banking customers who open the promotional CD and meet the requirements as noted will receive the stated APY and will not receive the additional APY increase as part of their Advantage Banking Relationship package. Please ask a bank representative for the full terms and conditions of the Business Liquid CD. 2A penalty may be imposed for withdrawals before maturity. The penalty will be waived if the withdrawal is made after the first six days of the account term or after the first six days following any partial withdrawal. 3Credit cards are issued by First Bankcard®, a division of First National Bank of Omaha. 4TransFirst is a third-party provider of merchant services. Offer may be withdrawn at the discretion of the bank at any time. The bank is not responsible for typographical errors.
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