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Friday 03/27/2015
Sacred Heart School
Updated: March 27, 2015 - 10:31 am

Recently there has been a lot of clowning around at Sacred Heart School in Bayside.

But it is not what you think!

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Steve Lavin out as coach of St. John's men's basketball team
Updated: March 27, 2015 - 5:26 pm

St. John’s University announced Friday afternoon that it has mutually parted ways with men’s basketball coach Steve Lavin after five seasons.

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Pan American International High School
Updated: March 27, 2015 - 10:30 am

A winter graduation was held at the Pan American International High School in Elmhurst.

This small four-year high school has a population of fewer than 400 students, who have a Hispanic heritage and been in this country fewer than four years.

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Woman charged with boyfriend's murder
Updated: March 27, 2015 - 4:14 pm

A South Ozone Park woman is facing the possibility of life in prison after allegedly setting up a robbery that ended in the shooting death of her boyfriend, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Friday. 

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Alleged Sunnyside stabber caused scene in store
Updated: March 27, 2015 - 12:44 pm

The man who allegedly stabbed an employee of Parrot Coffee, located at 45-15 Queens Blvd. in Sunnyside, is often seen hanging around or yelling in one of the nearby public plazas, a source said.

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As LIC booms, tech industry tries to keep up
Updated: March 27, 2015 - 5:09 pm

As the physical landscape of Long Island City changes, tech-minded Queens residents hope that it will soon grow virtually, too.

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Pan American International HS activities
Posted: March 27, 2015

A Valentine’s Day dance is one of the popular activities at PAIHS.

The student government arranges the fun in the auditorium/gym which is decorated by the students with the help of teacher advisors.

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Thursday 03/26/2015
Biting words after no DREAM in budget
Posted: March 26, 2015

As the April 1 deadline for finalizing the New York State budget looms, reports surfaced Tuesday that the DREAM Act, which advocates have tried to push to become a law for years, may not be included in the state budget this year.

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) said he was “extremely disappointed” at the chance of it not making the cut, saying how Cuomo seemed to support the DREAM Act at the Somos El Futuro Conference in Albany last weekend.

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Synagogue request a concern on Franny Lew
Posted: March 26, 2015

The organization that operates Ohel Chabad Lubavitch in Cambria Heights has applied to build a four-story synagogue and religious education center on land now occupied by three houses on Francis Lewis Boulevard.

But some of their neighbors along the Francis Lewis corridor are casting a wary glance at the application, saying the group has been less than an ideal neighbor.

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Sailors decry boats sinking into creek
Updated: March 26, 2015 - 12:19 pm

No chance to look off the port bow for two Howard Beach boats, because they’re slowly sinking into Hawtree Creek.

The 50- and 30-foot boats, both belonging to a Bayview Avenue resident, have slowly been listing into the creek after they lost their sea legs about a week ago. Although still tied to the dock, both are just about halfway underwater.

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Little Neck Y takes over Deepdale Pool
Posted: March 26, 2015

The Samuel Field Y in Little Neck has acquired the Deepdale Community Pool and plans to make upgrades before opening on May 23.

The pool and adjacent property are located across the street from the Y, which is at 58-20 Little Neck Pkwy. It will be known as the Tanenbaum Family Pool at the Samuel Field Y.

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Illegal conversions persist in W’haven
Posted: March 26, 2015

For more than three years, the city Department of Buildings knew that people were living in illegally converted residences at 91-21 90 St.

The landlord of the home lived in an illegal cellar apartment, according to city records dating back to December 2011.

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New charter school bid at August Martin
Posted: March 26, 2015

For the second time in two years, the city’s Department of Education will host a public hearing on a proposal to co-locate a new charter school within August Martin High School in Jamaica.

New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math and Science IV would, if approved next month, open in September with between 115 and 140 ninth-grade students, adding one grade level per year until 2018-19, when it will have grades nine through 12 and between 460 and 560 students.

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Clock Tower closer to landmark status
Posted: March 26, 2015

After months of pushing for making the Long Island City Clock Tower a designated landmark, advocates say they’re one step closer to protecting the Western Queens icon.

The tower, which sits at the top of the old Bank of Manhattan building at 29-27 Queens Plaza North, was calendared Tuesday in a public meeting held by the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission.

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Select bus service plan gets funding
Posted: March 26, 2015

Rockaway residents may not be getting a rail line anytime soon, but quickly traveling the 14 miles from the beach to Woodside might soon be more than just a pipe dream.

The Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that it has settled on a final design concept for select bus service along Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards, stretching 14 miles between Woodside and the Rockaways.

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Let there be light; pavilion illuminated
Updated: March 27, 2015 - 2:43 pm

It was deja vu Tuesday night at the New York State Pavilion as two of its tallest 50-year-old towers were temporarily lit once again.

Borough President Melinda Katz and other officials were on hand to watch the second test run to illuminate the rusting structures, one of which, at 226 feet, was the tallest feature of the 1964-65 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows.

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Former Queens judge appointed to library board
Updated: March 26, 2015 - 12:29 pm

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz on Thursday announced that she has appointed former Queens Supreme Court Justice Augustus Agate to the Queens Library Board of Trustees.

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17 years to life in Astoria Park murder
Updated: March 26, 2015 - 2:02 pm

An Astoria woman has received a sentence of 17 years to life in prison for her role in the beating death of a man in Astoria Park in 2010.

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MTA makes Q103 bus extensions permanent
Posted: March 26, 2015

Business, civic and political leaders in Western Queens are hailing last week’s announcement that weekend service and extended weeknight hours on the Q103 bus line are being made permanent.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which conducted a trial period of nearly nine months, made the announcement last Friday.

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New plan for Keith’s approved by CB 7
Posted: March 26, 2015

After years of sitting abandoned and gathering dust, the old RKO Keith’s Theatre on Northern Boulevard in Flushing will finally be developed if revised plans get the city’s OK.

The Keith’s has bounced from owner to owner since 1987, before Jerry Karlik purchased it in 2005. Originally, he planned to convert the building into a 357-unit rental building with 383 underground parking spots.

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Stringer discusses the business of business
Posted: March 26, 2015

The city’s top accountant and chief auditor was the guest speaker Tuesday morning at the 35th annual meeting of the members the Jamaica Center Business Improvement Distract.

But Comptroller Scott Stringer said meetings and activities that others might consider dry and technical have a profound impact on residents and homeowners who may never in their lives see the inside of a boardroom

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Hansel ’n Gretel, nearby property sells for $9M
Posted: March 26, 2015

The proposal to construct an educational campus instead of a homeless shelter in Glendale may be all but dead.

Cayre Industries has purchased the plots of land at 79-36, 79-40 and 79-66 Cooper Ave. formerly occupied by the deli manufacturing business Hansel ’n Gretel, according to the company’s president, James Coakley.

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Bocce players furious at city over shoddy fix
Updated: March 26, 2015 - 12:24 pm

Botch-y, anyone?

Less than a year after the two bocce courts at Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village underwent renovation, and a third was built, all for $850,000, poor drainage is preventing the game from going on, according to many of the park’s longtime devotees.

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Fariña: 10 schools to get CTE funding
Updated: March 26, 2015 - 12:36 pm

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced on Monday that 10 schools will receive funding to strengthen or establish Career and Technical Education programs. The funding will be provided by the GE Foundation, a philanthropic subsidiary of General Electric.

“This is not a vocational school,” Fariña said at Thomas Edison High School, which has a CTE program. “This is training for college and beyond.”

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Sports eyed for portion of aeration facility site
Posted: March 26, 2015

The Department of Environmental Protection has been issued a yellow card by Borough President Melinda Katz and southwest Queens residents.

The last two Community Board 5 meetings have predominantly featured discussions regarding public access at a proposed aeration facility on the bank of Newtown Creek at 58-26 47 St. in Maspeth.

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Thursday 03/26/2015
Lancman sees direct results on Council
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

Few people love their jobs as much as freshman city Councilman Rory Lancman.

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MTA vote could be a key to LIC tower bid
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

A proposal to build a 70-story skyscraper in Long Island City could hinge largely on a vote scheduled for next week by the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

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Tenant set fire in Woodhaven: FDNY
Updated: March 26, 2015 - 1:08 pm

Woodhaven resident Luis Lopez was arrested for public lewdness and harassment on March 15, according to a criminal complaint obtained by the Queens Chronicle.

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Some bristle over bill aimed at unlicensed
Updated: March 27, 2015 - 12:59 pm

In a borough with a main thoroughfare nicknamed the “Boulevard of Death,” lawmakers are urging the passing of bills in the state Senate and Assembly that would target improperly licensed drivers who kill or seriously injure others on the road.

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One way — for now
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

The southbound lane of 150th Street in Jamaica will be closed between 94th and Archer avenues through December as the Long Island Rail Road carries out major reconstruction work on a trestle.

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St. Luke’s students pay for church bell
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

It should be an especially joyful Easter next Sunday at a small Catholic parish in Haiti that will be the recipient of a new church bell paid for by sixth-graders at St. Luke’s School in Whitestone.

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Renewal Schools are working: mayor
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

Mayor de Blasio last Thursday appeared at Richmond Hill High School to tout the effectiveness of his Renewal School program, a $150 million initiative he and city Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña launched in November in an effort to improve 94 struggling public schools, including the one where he spoke.

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Over 35 people running for nine CEC 24 seats
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

The school year may be near to winding down in April as summer comes into view, but the first full month of spring is a busy one as elections for the city’s 32 community education councils draw near.

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Cultural town hall highlights LIC shifts
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

It was a cultural affair — hosted by Cultural Affairs.

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Parade details for Little Neck-Douglaston
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

Two women, and for the first time the West Point Marching Band, will lead off this year’s Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade on May 25.

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Lancman blasts Obama on Israel, the Mideast
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) may be a moderately liberal Democrat on most issues here — strongly supporting the unions, criticizing aspects of “broken windows” policing and backing Mayor de Blasio on most issues — but when it comes to policy toward Israel and the chaotic Middle East, his views are more in line with the most conservative elements of the Republican Party.

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Twenty-eight seek spots on CEC 30
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

Western Queens school community members are vying for a seat on the District 30 Community Education Council, where they will have a say in capital plans, city Department of Education policy issues and school zoning lines.

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Advocates call for afterschool renewal
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

With funding for more than 17 afterschool programs, including four in Queens, set to run out this summer, education advocates are calling on the city to fund them through the executive budget rather than the Department of Education.

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CEC voting running April 19 to May 8
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

Officers in school parents’ organizations under the direction of Community Education Councils 26, 28 and 29 will select parental representatives to their boards in an online election that takes place between April 19 and May 8.

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Aspiring rapper shot to death in Glendale
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

It has been a busy first week for the 104th Precinct’s new commanding officer, Capt. Mark Wachter.

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Crime down in the 112th Precinct
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

Crime continues to drop in Forest Hills and Rego Park, according to Capt. Judith Harrison, the 112th Precinct’s commanding officer.

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CB 12 roadwork reminder
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

The Department of Transportation is planning dozens of paving and resurfacing projects within the boundaries of Community Board 12 beginning this spring.

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W. Queens preps for participatory voting
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

After months of brainstorming ideas for $1 million worth of capital projects, residents in Western Queens districts will soon vote on which projects will be funded.

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Howard Beach Kiwanis Dinner Dance Party
Updated: March 26, 2015 - 2:54 pm

The Kiwanis Club of Howard Beach hosted its 53rd Annual Dinner Dance party on Saturday at Roma View in Howard Beach.

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Holy Cross makes its case
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

The legal eagles of the Holy Cross mock trial team have advanced to round four in a city tournament after competing against Queens Vocational and Technical and Flushing high schools.

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Pianist pens tunes on Astoria
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

At the quaint Art House Astoria Saturday night, longtime musician Kris Wettstein, who performs under the name “A Microscope,” brought minimalist music — a genre that doesn’t have the flashiness and catchy tunes of other types of music — to the stage. Performing on piano, he played some numbers with drummer Alex Lambert and violinist Adrianna Matteo.

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Storm Warning
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

I sit firmly in the “college basketball is better than the NBA” camp. That’s always been the case with me. It’s not even about the money or exorbitant salaries though. It’s hard to put my finger on it, but there’s something about college hoops that makes it so much more appealing than pro ball.

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Federal money should go to BRT: Schumer
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) last Thursday called for the U.S. Department of Transportation to fund half the cost of the $200 million Woodhaven-Cross Bay Boulevard Bus Rapid Transit project, saying it will ease the commute of thousands of people per day and increase safety.

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Glen Oaks project readied by summer
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

A $2.1 million project to prevent flooding in Glen Oaks and provide a more reliable supply of drinking water has begun on Elkmont Avenue and 251st Street.

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Middle East talk on tap in Forest Hills
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

Five diverse college students and a Queens College professor will lead an interfaith dialogue at the Central Queens Y in Forest Hills on Monday.

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St. John’s bows out of the NCAA Tournament
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

The first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2011 was a quick one for the St. John’s Red Storm.

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A look inside of 78-15 Jamaica Ave.
Updated: March 26, 2015 - 4:18 pm

The lights inside the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Ambulance Corps building no longer work.

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Help the underserved join today’s cashless economy
Updated: March 26, 2015 - 12:40 pm

“We refuse to believe there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation.”

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Candidates named for CEC 25 and 26
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

Elections for Community Education Council 25 and 26 candidates will run April 19 to May 8 for those eligible to vote.

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Queens libraries up for honor
Updated: March 26, 2015 - 12:40 pm

Three branches of the Queens Library are among ten finalists up for $20,000 and the NYC Neighborhood Library Award.

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Astoria fighter in a big rematch Friday
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

In the early afternoon when most people are getting ready for their lunch break, Marcos Galvao (16-6-1) is breaking a sweat sparring with his mixed martial arts partners. The Astoria fighter is hard at work at Long Island MMA in Farmingdale, drilling takedown defense and practicing his submission game to prepare for the biggest fight of his career. He will be on the main card Friday evening on Spike TV’s Bellator 135, going in as the challenger to face bantamweight champion Joe Warren (12-3).

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Twenty-two want a seat on CEC 27
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

Twenty-two people have applied for 11 spots on School District 27’s Community Education Council.

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Flushing man convicted of murder
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

A jury has found a Queens man guilty of murder in the strangulation death of an elderly man in his Flushing home in 1980.

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Every school should be a neighborhood school
Updated: March 26, 2015 - 12:40 pm

Many people view public education in New York City as a complete and utter failure. As a 14-year veteran middle-school teacher, and an open-minded person, I can understand why.

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Queens officials press to ‘invest in libraries’
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

A campaign launched last Friday asks for $1.1 billion in capital funding and a $65 million boost in operating expenses in this year’s budget to revive the city’s libraries.

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Reps call for FEMA Sandy investigation
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn, Queens), whose district includes Howard Beach, and several of his colleagues are calling on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s inspector general to investigate allegations of fraud in the insurance claims of thousands of people affected by Superstorm Sandy.

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Xtreme Cuts is a friendly environment for everyone
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

It’s not uncommon to see someone walk into Xtreme Cuts, located at 91-02 Sutter Ave. in Ozone Park, and see them walk around the store until they’ve greeted every barber there.

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QUICK HITS
Updated: March 27, 2015 - 10:48 am

As subway on-time performance drops, fares, and fires, rise

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Bill cracks down on fake IDs
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

The state Senate has unanimously passed a bill aimed at increasing penalties for those who make fake forms of government identification, such as U.S. passports, driver’s licenses and Social Security cards.

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A new week, a new bus and subway fare
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

The 25-cent fare hikes that kicked in Sunday didn’t seem to keep commuters from the city’s buses and subway systems.

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Maspeth HS wins PSAL title
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

The Maspeth High School boys basketball team did not exist three years ago. The school itself didn’t even open until its Class of 2015 was in the seventh grade. That’s what makes the Argonauts’ undefeated run to this year’s Public School Athletic League “B” Division championship even more impressive.

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Lunch honors Queens women
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

Talk about a power lunch.

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Guilty plea on gun, stolen car
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

A Jamaica man is facing 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to a handgun charge and other offenses.

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Babysitter guilty in killing
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

A Woodside mother has been found guilty in the death of a baby whom Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said she “violently shook” to death in 2010.

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QICA celebrates
Updated: March 26, 2015 - 2:59 pm

The Queens Interagency Council on Aging, a network that serves as a single voice for seniors and the agencies that serve them, celebrated its 44th anniversary at a gala on March 19, highlighted by the presentation of awards to the Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care & Rehabilitation and to two New York City Council members, Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) and Paul Vallone (D-Bayside).

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Arrested
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

City Councilman Antonio Reynoso (D-Brooklyn, Queens) was arrested in Williamsburg on Tuesday for taking part in a protest which shut down a busy intersection, according to his social media feeds.

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Guilty of teen sex trafficking
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

A Queens couple that forced a 15-year-old girl into prostitution last year pleaded guilty to sex trafficking, according to a statement issued Tuesday by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

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Sacred Heart are champs
Updated: March 26, 2015 - 4:23 pm

The ninth-grade basketball team from Sacred Heart Glendale won the CYO Diocesan Championship on Sunday, March 15 after defeating St. Kevin’s 54-52 at the buzzer. 

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Tower slated for Ridgewood
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

A residential tower might potentially be coming to Ridgewood in the near future.

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More funds for graffiti removal
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) announced on Monday that he has pledged an additional $10,000 for fiscal year 2015 to remove graffiti along six major corridors in his district, bringing his total commitment up to $35,000.

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Thursday 03/26/2015
Prostitution sting nabs 10
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Thief sought
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Officials urge reform after guard injured
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Theft pattern
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NYPD: Man may be behind thefts
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Hundreds of socks for shelter
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Tuesday 03/24/2015
Hansel 'n Gretel site in Glendale sells for $9.18M
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Top city spellers from north Queens
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Friday 03/20/2015
Arrest made in Woodhaven fire case
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Campus Magnet Complex
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Campus Magnet Complex
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Campus Magnet Complex
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Hillcrest High School
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Hillcrest High School
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St. John’s Prep
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Thursday 03/19/2015
MTA fares and tolls go up on Sunday
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Snow won't go: Up to six inches possible in NYC on Friday
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Group protests BID, meets with Ramos
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Injunction sought against juvie house
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Parents, educators rally against Cuomo
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80-year-old fatally struck
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Dept. of Buildings OKs Glendale shelter permits
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Art show has truly deep meanings
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Vietnam veteran is awarded his medal
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Gunfire mars Monday morning in Maspeth
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Rail tunnel plan is not an option: CB 5
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Not budging on Move NY opposition
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NYLCV issues Council environmental ratings
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Vallone looks back on his year in office
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Blood, urine samples are left unattended
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Goldfeder’s bill gets bipartisan support
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New center for IDNYC cards
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Voting set for area budget selections
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Rikers plan enough to change ‘culture’?
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All cops’ eyes focus on gunfire in Maspeth
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Union: LIC workers short $13 an hour
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New top cops for the 104th and 110th pcts.
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Royals take their third straight city crown
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Pipeline opposition knows no borders
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Delay eyed on electronic prescription mandate
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Liberia’s president visits York College
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End in sight for College Point work
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Skin cancer prevention
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Nonprofit head gets five years probation
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Urging balance in a changing Queens
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St. Paddy’s revelry — for Queens readers
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Arrest in bus matron killing
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Body recovered of a Queens Marine
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CB 6 wants more input with select bus service
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Police seeking suspect in push-down robberies
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