14 THE QUEENS COURIER • DECEMBER 31, 2015 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT www.qns.com s year in photos 50¢ 50¢ QUEENS THE QUEENS THE JULY 2-8, 2015 QUEENS IN QUEENS cELEBRATING cELEBRATING 30 YEARS 30 YEARS IN BACK AT AT THE QUEENS LOOKING LOOKING BACK BIG OUR STORIES BIG STORIES OUR COURIER TURNS 30 by which is owned The Queens Courier, this Schneps Communications, turned 30 paper covers all the based month. The Bayside-Borough” and has happenings in the “Worlds online home for introduced a new also recently on QNS.com. all of its content juLY Councilwoman envisions light rail line City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley proposed a plan to introduce light rail service between Glendale and Long Island City on the Long Island Rail Road’s Montauk branch, which currently offers only freight service west of Jamaica. In an exclusive interview with the Ridgewood Times, Crowley said a new diesel-powered light rail line would address the transportation needs in Glendale and surrounding communities. The light rail line could also encourage redevelopment of underutilized industrial areas adjacent to the line for business or residential purposes. JULY 2-8, 2015 QMA “THE QUEENS COURIER”; USPS 002-777 is published every Thursday for $26 per year and $52 for two years by Schneps Publications, Inc., 38-15 Bell Blvd., Bayside, NY 11361. Periodicals postage paid at Flushing, NY. Postmaster send address change to THE QUEENS COURIER, 38-15 Bell Blvd, Bayside, NY 11361. “THE QUEENS COURIER”; USPS 002-777 is published every Thursday for $26 per year and $52 for two years by Schneps Publications, Inc., 38-15 Bell Blvd., Bayside, NY 11361. Periodicals postage paid at Flushing, NY. Postmaster send address change to THE QUEENS COURIER, 38-15 Bell Blvd, Bayside, NY 11361. QMA Queens lawmakers celebrate Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision In a 5-4 decision issued on the morning of June 26, the court overturned state-imposed bans on same-sex marriage. The court ruled that gay and lesbian couples have the right to marry under the 14th Amendment through the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses. The court was ideologically split in its decision, as Justice Anthony Kennedy – regarded as its most moderate member – sided in the majority with the court’s four liberal justices: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer. The conservative wing – Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito – voted in the minority. Major renovations for Queens Boulevard Queens Boulevard, also known as the boulevard of death, received a drastic makeover. The fi rst phase of the redesign project focused on the 1.3-mile section of Queens Boulevard between Roosevelt Avenue and 73rd Street, an area which saw six deaths, 36 severe injuries and 591 more hurt in traffi c accidents between 2009 and 2013. The redesign of the thoroughfare was created to decrease drivers from switching repeatedly between the main line and service road. The overall plan focused on the removal of the “highway-like design features” which encourage drivers to speed.
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