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New Plaza College campus celebrated

Almost five months after a fire destroyed Plaza College’s Jackson Heights campus located within the Bruson Building, the school triumphantly opened its new Forest Hills campus with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by over 100 people on Friday.Scores of Plaza College administrators, professors, students and alumni joined elected officials, such as Borough President Melinda Katz, for hors d’oeuvres on the patio and tours of the school’s first floor within the Forest Hills Tower at 118-33 Queens Blvd. to celebrate its move eastward.

New Elmhurst library set to open next year
Posted: September 25, 2014

Don’t bother digging through your wallet and dusting off your library card just yet.

The new Elmhurst branch of the Queens Library, located at 86-01 Broadway, will not open this year, as previously reported.

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Community council welcomes new captain
Posted: September 25, 2014

Capt. Judith Harrison has commanded the 112th Precinct for only two months, but she is quickly becoming a popular figure among her colleagues and area residents alike.

Before the captain could begin to discuss recent crime trends in the area at Tuesday’s community council meeting at the Forest Hills precinct, Patrol Borough Queens North commanding officer Diana Pizzuti showered the precinct’s new leader with praise

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Racing to cure multiple sclerosis
Updated: September 25, 2014 - 11:47 am

Thousands of cyclists will participate in the 30th annual Bike MS New York City, a charity event to raise awareness and funds for a cure for multiple sclerosis. For Astoria resident Marlaina Headley and many other riders, the Oct. 5 event will have great personal significance.

Headley has been living with MS since 2008 and will be participating in the rally this year with her team Nutmeg & Friends. An avid biker, she said the event is both a great way to raise awareness but also to stay healthy and combat her disease.

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How will District 29 spend $1 million?
Posted: September 25, 2014

Would a dog run in Yellowstone Park best benefit City Council District 29? What about a community garden in McDonald Park?

Turnout was significantly lower than anticipated, but those were just two of the various options excitedly debated by a little more than a dozen area residents at last Thursday’s participatory budgeting neighborhood assembly at PS 175 in Forest Hills.

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Muni ID program to be more ‘cultured’
Updated: September 25, 2014 - 11:30 am

The announcement of 33 city cultural institutions partnering with the municipal identification program is considered a major victory for Council members in support of the bill.

The citywide identification card will be made available to every New Yorker, regardless of resident status. Because of the universal availability, it had been dubbed as the “illegal immigrants card,” a name many people, including the bill’s sponsor Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) ,have been fighting to shake off.

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Tourette Syndrome help is available
Posted: September 25, 2014

There are 3 million Americans with Tourette Syndrome and 1,500 live in Queens.

The National Tourette Syndrome Association was organized to help them and their families. It was founded in Bayside 42 years ago and is located at 42-40 Bell Blvd.

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Food giveaway for the needy
Posted: September 25, 2014

The Queens Jewish Community Council, along with area elected officials, handed out over 500 bags of food to needy residents at the group’s Forest Hills headquarters on Sunday.

Each recipient received two bags of food, one with honey, cookies, salmon and grape juice and one with five pounds of potatoes and a pound of fruit in preparation for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

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Reporter to discuss Hasidim on Monday
Posted: September 25, 2014

Veteran New York Times reporter Joseph Berger will discuss his new book, “The Pious Ones: The World of Hasidim and Their Battles with America,” at the Central Queens YM & YWHA at 67-09 108 St. in Forest Hills on Monday.

The event is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and is open to the public, with a suggested donation of $8 to the nonprofit organization.

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Phil Lesh Band at Forest Hills Stadium
Posted: September 25, 2014

Over 8,000 people watched the Phil Lesh Band as they closed out the concert season this past Sunday at Forest Hills Stadium.

Lesh, former bass player and founding member of The Grateful Dead, jammed with his band for close to four hours.

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Cops of the summer
Posted: September 25, 2014

The 112th Precinct honored five police officers, Sgt. Frank DiChristina, left, and officers Mark Finelli, Michael Carswell, Joseph Vella and Brian Benedict, for their service at Tuesday’s community council meeting in Forest Hills.

According to Capt. Judith Harrison, the precinct’s commanding officer, Carswell and his partner busted a notorious graffiti artist in July as he tagged an Austin Street business.

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Friday 09/26/2014
Ridgewood man arrested for stabbing livery cab driver
Updated: September 30, 2014 - 11:27 am

Authorities are on the hunt for Kenneth Suden, 41, of Ridgewood, who they say nearly stabbed a livery cab driver to death in his car early Thursday morning.

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Thursday 09/25/2014
Man exposes himself to young girl in Queens mall
Posted: September 25, 2014

Nearly one month after a man in his 30s groped two women inside the Queens Center mall in Elmhurst and exposed himself to two Chronicle employees at this paper’s office, police are searching for another suspect wanted for public lewdness.

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Climate march makes an impact
Updated: September 25, 2014 - 11:32 am

Sometimes showing up is all it takes to make a difference. When 310,000 people showed up for the People’s Climate March on Sunday in Manhattan, they showed that climate change matters to the masses.

Ban Ki-Moon, the secretary general of the United Nations, linked arms with marchers in solidarity, two days before the United Nations summit began on Tuesday. The summit’s goals are to mobilize global politicians to forge a universal climate agreement in Paris by December 2015.

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Queens parents fight tenure laws
Posted: September 25, 2014

Nina Doster of Jamaica is one of several parents from throughout New York State hoping to bring about education reform by challenging the state’s tenure laws.

She is part of a lawsuit on behalf of her daughter, Patience, 10, and son, King, 6, who attend PS 140 in Jamaica.

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Varied attitudes given on ISIS ‘war’
Updated: September 25, 2014 - 1:39 pm

There have been skepticisms and bipartisan disagreements on Capitol Hill, even among Queen’s congressional members, after President Obama’s congressional authorization for the country to train and arm the Syrian Free Army to combat the Islamic State militant group, ISIS.

Some lawmakers argued that the Muslim extremist group, who released videos of two American journalists they recently beheaded, poses an extremely high threat to the United States. Opponents like Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn, Queens) said action has to be taken to degrade the terrorist group, but the country is repeating previous history in Middle Eastern conflicts when they armed rebels who later joined terrorist groups.

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House passes Meng’s first bipartisan bill
Posted: September 25, 2014

Congresswoman Grace Meng’s (D-Flushing) legislation that aims to stop scammed calls that trick people to obtain their personal and financial information was passed in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The freshman Democrat introduced the bipartisan bill, Anti-Spoofing Act (H.R. 3670), after receiving complaints from seniors and the Communities of Maspeth and Elmhurst Together (COMET), a civic organization in her district.

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Queens celebrates its new U.S. citizens
Posted: September 25, 2014

The most diverse county in the country last week celebrated with 62 people from 17 countries as they became Americans.

All gathered under a large canopy on Sept. 17 at the King Manor Museum in Jamaica and took the Oath of Allegiance making them this country’s newest citizens.

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Street artist decorates Queens
Updated: September 25, 2014 - 3:37 pm

Artist SinGh, a Michigan-based artist, brought his work to New York over the weekend.

But unlike most street artists, Artist SinGh, whose real name is Gurmej Singh, got permission to put his work in storefronts and on buildings throughout the city.

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Cure pediatric cancer one dribble at a time
Posted: September 25, 2014

The St. John’s University men’s and women’s basketball teams don’t begin play for another month, but fans are urged to descend on Carnesecca Arena on Saturday to take part in Dribble for the Cure, the school’s fourth annual pediatric cancer fundraising event.

After a brief welcome ceremony at the arena at 11 a.m., both hoops squads, men’s coach Steve Lavin, women’s head man Joe Tartamella, university officials and “Dribble Teams,” made up of interested attendees, will dribble basketballs around the school’s Jamaica campus in an effort to raise money and awareness for the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation.

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Mass transit to see security upgrades
Posted: September 25, 2014

Gov. Cuomo recently met with officials from New Jersey as well as the federal government to discuss pre-emptive security measures at mass transit sites in the New York City region.

Cuomo says the security upgrades are merely a precautionary measure given the recent increase in terrorist activity abroad.

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County fair a sure-fire winner at museum
Updated: September 25, 2014 - 11:54 am

There’s still a little bit of country in Queens. Just ask those thousands of visitors who went to the annual county fair at the Queens County Farm Museum in Floral Park last weekend.

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The Derek Jeter of Queens
Updated: September 25, 2014 - 2:30 pm

Derek Jeter has nothing on my pal Al, who has delivered packages for UPS now for 24 years, nine months, two weeks and three days, give or take. Al’s counting down to retirement, too.

No disrespect to Jeter. His stats over the last 20 years are so consistent as to be spectacular. He tops the Yankees all-time in at-bats and games played, among other categories, leaving Ruth, DiMaggio and Mantle in his dust. He’s the definition of solid and reliable.

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With new stadium must come new transit options
Updated: September 25, 2014 - 12:14 pm

Recent discussion of a new Major League Soccer stadium at Aqueduct Racetrack in Ozone Park has sparked conversations throughout Queens and across the city. While many believe we may have an opportunity to create quality local jobs, increase economic development and boost our local small businesses, we must first ensure the channels of communication are open and the process is collaborative, inclusive and respectful of the concerns of every family.

A new soccer stadium has the potential to improve our economic outlook, create good jobs and make our neighborhoods stronger. While MLS can be a huge asset, we cannot overlook the challenges our community already faces that will be further compounded by increased development, most notably access and transportation. Queens residents are severely underserved by public transportation and our roadways are stretched to capacity. We must invest in reliable, affordable transportation infrastructure, like the Rockaway Beach Rail Line, to serve our current population and open up development possibilities.

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Cuomo must ban fracking to protect the environment
Updated: September 25, 2014 - 2:27 pm

When discussing cities prone to natural disasters the most commonly named ones tended to be San Francisco or New Orleans, New York usually being far from the realm of thought. Of course that’s not to say New York didn’t have its problems; it just seemed that Mother Nature didn’t routinely knock on our door.

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QUICK HITS
Posted: September 25, 2014

Unemployed to get raise in payments, Cuomo announces

After years of remaining flat, both the minimum and the maximum amount of unemployment insurance benefits paid out to jobless New Yorkers will increase starting Oct. 6, Gov. Cuomo said last week.

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Maspeth Holiday Inn for sale
Posted: September 25, 2014

When you visit Queens, you can stay at whatever hotel or motel you want, but maybe not the Holiday Inn in Maspeth for much longer.

The 115-room Maspeth hotel located at 59-40 55 Road is for sale, with an asking price of $22 million, according to a listing on the real estate website loopnet.com.

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Disorder in the court — parking plan, that is
Posted: September 25, 2014

The city’s Department of Transportation on Wednesday shut down a structurally unsound 250-space parking garage near Borough Hall.

The garage also serves as a parking facility for the Queens Supreme Courthouse on Queens Boulevard.

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New bill to fix condo sales
Posted: September 25, 2014

A bill introduced by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) aiming to fix outdated federal regulation of condominium sales is heading to the president’s desk for approval after being passed in the House and the Senate.

The Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act (H.R. 2600) will clarify that certain aspects of the 1968 Interstate Land Sales Disclosure Act do not apply to condo sales.

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