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Anti-homeless shelter group to sue the city

The residents of Glendale and Middle Village have stepped up their efforts to prevent the planned Cooper Avenue homeless shelter from coming to fruition.A group called the Glendale/Middle Village Coalition has formed this month, with the goal of taking legal action against the Department of Homeless Services and the City of New York in mind.

104th Pct. supports anti-shelter coalition
Posted: September 18, 2014

The newly formed Glendale/Middle Village Coalition has garnered the support of another influential community group.

The 104th Precinct Community Council unanimously passed a motion on Tuesday to support the newly formed confederation of area civic groups fighting the proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave.

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Pearlman’s bravery on 9/11 honored
Posted: September 18, 2014

At the 9/11 Remembrance held at the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps last week, Vietnam veterans, firefighters, EMTs, elected officials and Auxiliary Police stood, saluted, and silently watched as Boy Scout Troop 106, the same unit Richard Pearlman belonged to, lowered the American flag.

Richard Pearlman, an 18-year-old EMS volunteer from the FHVAC, was at Police Plaza when the planes struck. The last photograph of him shows him helping a bloodied woman out of the World Trade Center.

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CB 5 latest to support school at shelter site
Posted: September 18, 2014

Community Board 5 was active in its return from summer break last Wednesday night, even without the presence of a singular agenda-dominating issue.

In terms of voting, the board unanimously, 35-0, opposed the granting of a 600-plus person liquor license for a former factory in Ridgewood, while voting 32-3 in favor of an educational campus at the site of the proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale and the two surrounding properties.

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Their memory lives on in the breeze
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 3:16 pm

A sudden gust of wind blows through Juniper Valley Park as the orange and purple sunset gives way to wispy cirrus clouds illuminated by two familiar beams of light in the distance last Thursday night.

Maspeth resident Janet Ricciardo smiles and nods, as if to acknowledge a friend’s whisper in her ear.

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Another converted factory flusters CB 5
Posted: September 18, 2014

Community Board 5 has had it with former factories looking to open as alcohol-serving event halls.

At last Wednesday’s meeting, all 35 board members voted in opposition to a 600-plus person liquor license for a yet-to-be-named establishment at 56-06 Cooper Ave. in Ridgewood.

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Four flat tires inspire ire
Posted: September 18, 2014

At the intersection of Queens Boulevard and Barnwell Avenue in Elmhurst sits an eyesore angering the Newtown Civic Association.

According to the group, this van has been parked at the street corner, outside of Illusions, a car customizing business, for two months, collecting graffiti.

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CB 6 learns about new budget policy
Posted: September 18, 2014

Following a summer hiatus, Community Board 6 held its first monthly meeting of the new session on Sept. 10, highlighted by an introduction to participatory budgeting.

As defined in the presentation by Christina Prince, representing Councilmember Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills), who is spearheading the process in District 29, participatory budgeting is “a democratic process in which community members decide how to spend part of a public budget.”

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Elmhurst park full of homeless people
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 12:33 pm

With the growing number of homeless shelters popping up in Queens, less attention has been paid to those who live on the street, but at last week’s Community Board 4 meeting, residents said enough was enough.

At the O’Connor playground on Broadway, directly across the street from Elmhurst Hospital, there has been an ongoing issue involving homeless individuals sleeping on benches and urinating in public.

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Bocce beasts, paddleball pros compete
Posted: September 18, 2014

Dozens of athletes, including paddleball player Christine Nelson, flocked to Juniper Valley Park on Sept. 6 for two popular events, the Queens Recreation Bocce Tournament and the Annual Richie Miller Paddleball Tournament.

Nelson and her paddleball-playing husband-to-be, Franz Schweitzer, finished second in the challenging tournament.

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Thursday 09/18/2014
Liu concedes; he vows to be involved
Posted: September 18, 2014

Saying he had “fallen just short in the voting booth,” John Liu conceded the 11th District State Senate race to incumbent Tony Avella on Tuesday morning.

In a letter to his supporters, Liu, a former city councilman and comptroller, said the campaign was about “holding our elected officials’ feet to the fire when we as voters put our faith in them and expect that commitments made on the campaign trail are not abandoned in the halls of government.”

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What you need to know about aesthetic facial surgery
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 12:51 pm

There are three aesthetic layers of the face. These layers include the skin, the subcutaneous tissue, i.e. the fatty layer, and the deep fascia including the muscle. Most aesthetic surgery is focused on these three main layers.

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Protesters tell FAA to quiet the noise
Posted: September 18, 2014

“Enough is enough!” they chanted.

Fed up with what many described as repeated aerial assaults on their quality of life, a crowd of Queens residents rallied in Cunningham Park Sunday against what they see as the Port Authority and Federal Aviation Administration’s lackluster response to airplane noise and pollution.

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Broken windows theory is debated
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 12:27 pm

Just nine months into his first term, it appears likely that the legacy of Mayor de Blasio will largely rest on an important issue: his ability to improve relations between the Police Department and the city’s communities of color.

A panel discussion titled “Broken Windows ... Broken Theory?” held at St. John’s University on Monday delved into race relations.

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Lawmakers split on immigration bill
Posted: September 18, 2014

Nearly three million undocumented immigrants could be granted amnesty if a controversial new bill is approved by the state Legislature and signed into law.

The New York is Home Act would allow illegal aliens living in the state to apply for professional licenses, serve on juries, vote in local and state elections, and apply for driver’s licenses if they can prove they’ve been living in New York for at least three years and have paid taxes to the state.

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Lancman heads new committee
Posted: September 18, 2014

On the heels of numerous reported complaints about senior citizens facing evictions and the legal process that undocumented immigrants are confronted with, the City Council created a new Committee on Courts and Legal Services and appointed Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) as chairman.

The committee, created last week, will oversee city courts and legal services and ensure that New Yorkers are given equitable, free or affordable legal representation within the court system, from eviction cases, incarceration or other legal problems.

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Civics, transit unions want new bus service
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 12:37 pm

Among the worst-kept secrets in the city is that the Queens Civic Congress and the unions representing MTA bus drivers would like to see more bus routes in the eastern half of the borough.

And at a joint meeting on Tuesday, with a representative of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on the panel, both groups discussed plans to make their wishes a reality.

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Queens Library puts Galante on the shelf
Posted: September 18, 2014

The Board of Trustees for the Queens Library placed CEO Tom Galante on administrative leave effective immediately on Sept. 11.

Chief Operating Officer Bridget Quinn-Carey was named interim CEO.

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QUICK HITS
Posted: September 18, 2014

High-wire act over East River seen as transport upgrade

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As smoking rises; taxes should too, activist
Posted: September 18, 2014

More than a million New Yorkers were smoking last year, according to new data from the city Health Department, which said it was the first time since 2007 the number has been that high.

The rate of smoking among adults increased from 14 percent in 2010 to 16 percent last year, the department said, adding that it is launching a new ad campaign targeting particular types of smokers.

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A more beautiful Briarwood
Posted: September 18, 2014

Dozens of volunteers descended on Briarwood to take part in a community clean-up of area streets and even a Sept. 11 remembrance garden last weekend.

Organized by former City Council candidate Andrea Veras, lower right, the Briarwood Task Force volunteers repainted a retaining wall on Main Street between Manton Street and 84th Road on Saturday.

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Jewelry stores targeted by armed robbers
Posted: September 18, 2014

Police are searching for three armed men they say committed two robberies within the confines of the 104th and 112th precincts over the last month.

Shortly after noon on Aug. 16, authorities said one suspect entered a jewelry store at 69-31 Myrtle Ave. in Ridgewood and displayed a firearm.

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Man charged with rape try
Posted: September 18, 2014

Police have arrested a Queens man almost a month after he allegedly attempted to rape a 23-year-old woman in Elmhurst.

The suspect, Jorge Chabla, 31, was slapped with first-degree attempted rape, second-degree attempted robbery, sex abuse and third-degree assault charges.

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Kennedy Airport coke bust
Posted: September 18, 2014

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers seized more than three pounds of alleged cocaine on Sept. 9 during a routine passenger inspection at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

According to a statement issued by the agency last week, Ortega Tejada had arrived in New York on a flight from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.

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Packages for our troops
Posted: September 18, 2014

The Marine Corps League Detachment 240 North Shore Queens is continuously collecting personal care items and small food packages to be sent to U.S. troops overseas.

Among the items needed are:

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Correction
Posted: September 18, 2014

The Sept. 11 article “Summer in the Borough Photo Contest!” misidentified the bridge seen in one of the winning photos. It is the RFK-Triborough. We regret the error.

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Monday 09/15/2014
Dorm life/bachelor pad 101
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 11:12 am

Going out on your own is never easy, whether it be as a freshman in your first dorm, or leaving your folks’ home for your first apartment. There are a number of consumer goods out there to make your life a bit easier.

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Friday 09/12/2014
Elmhurst man charged with attempted rape
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 11:44 am

Police have arrested and charged a Queens man almost a month after he allegedly attempted to rape a 23-year-old woman in Elmhurst.

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