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Demolition on the menu for Abbracciamento’s

Weeks after the last bottle of wine was uncorked and the final steak was seasoned, the only thing on the menu for the building that housed the recently closed Joe Abbracciamento Restaurant is the wrecking ball.According to documents filed with and approved by the Department of Buildings last Wednesday, at least part of the building at 62-96 Woodhaven Blvd. containing the famous former Rego Park eatery is set to be demolished.

CB 5 votes in favor of Ridgewood rezoning
Posted: April 17, 2014

Community Board 5 often votes in unison when it comes to controversial issues like Maspeth’s Knockdown Center or the proposed homeless shelter in Glendale.

That wasn’t the case last Wednesday.

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Former Israeli envoy speaks on policies
Posted: April 17, 2014

When the former consul general of Israel in New York, Alon Pinkas, speaks at the Reform Temple of Forest Hills on April 27, he will mark a return to a scene of his youth.

It was in Forest Hills, in fact, where he developed a love for the New York Yankees and the New York Giants. “That’s what happens when you spend some years of your childhood surrounded by Mets and Jets fans,” he explained with, one would think, tongue planted firmly in cheek.

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Katz meets parents at first advisory meeting
Posted: April 17, 2014

There was hardly a seat open at the long table in the second-floor conference room in Borough Hall last Thursday night.

Parents, retired educators and members of the borough’s community education councils sat around the table and discussed issues concerning public schools in the borough including overcrowding, co-locations, new school construction and Common Core.

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UPS will keep 250 ‘fired’ employees
Posted: April 17, 2014

The labor war between United Parcel Service and its 250 fired employees is finally over.

UPS and Teamsters Local 804 agreed to a compromise on April 9, and the delivery company announced it will retain the 250 employees it had begun firing from its Maspeth facility in response to a walkout the workers organized in protest of a colleague’s termination on Feb. 26.

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CB 6 hears ideas for a safer boulevard
Posted: April 17, 2014

Several items were on the agenda as Community Board 6 held its monthly meeting on April 9, but it was clear that the unusually large crowd of spectators was on hand out of concern for the high number of traffic accidents along Queens Boulevard.

Despite additional parking lanes, fences to discourage jaywalking and other changes made in an effort to cut down on fatalities along the so-called “Boulevard of Death,” the thoroughfare remains among the deadliest in the city.

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CB 5 approves cafe; talks shelter, sewers
Posted: April 17, 2014

A tense debate on potential rezoning in Ridgewood to allow for residential development aside, Community Board 5 stood together on multiple issues at its meeting last Wednesday.

During his report, District Manager Gary Giordano said CB 5 had been asked in a letter penned by area elected officials to conduct a public meeting in the near future to discuss the proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale.

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CB 5 loses longtime members
Posted: April 17, 2014

It might not be any more hip than it was before, but Community Board 5 did get younger last week.

At the board’s April 9 meeting, Chairman Vincent Arcuri announced the departures of Vernon McDermott, Manuel Caruana, Rosemarie Johnson and Roseann Rosado.

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Stop & Shop gives food for Passover
Posted: April 17, 2014

It will be a happier Passover for people relying on the Queens Jewish Community Council’s food pantry to enjoy the holiday.

Sticking with a tradition that has gone on for the last eight years, Stop & Shop is donating one ton of food and drink to the Queens Jewish Community Council in order to make up for the group’s shortfall this Passover.

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No means no!
Posted: April 17, 2014

Long considered taboo throughout much of the city’s Asian population, acknowledgment of the existence of domestic violence and sexual assault is gradually becoming acceptable, as evidenced by the Korean American Family Service Center’s First Annual Rally Against Sexual Assault on the steps of Queens Borough Hall last Friday evening, with several dignitaries and hundreds of young people on hand.

The event, held to coincide with National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, was spearheaded by the KAFSC’s Youth Community Project Team.

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Myrtle Avenue Festival means fun, fun, fun
Updated: April 18, 2014 - 3:28 pm

The Myrtle Avenue Festival, sponsored by the Ridgewood Local Development Corp., was held last Sunday, and it sure drew big, happy crowds. Here’s just some of the fun that was had.

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Monday 04/21/2014
MTA, largest union strike 5-year deal
Updated: April 22, 2014 - 11:18 am

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has reached a tentative agreement that is expected to end a two-year contract impasse with the union representing about 34,000 mass transit workers.

Under the five-year deal announced last week by Gov. Cuomo, members of Transport Workers Union Local 100 would receive raises of 1, 1, 2, 2 and 2 percent per year, retroactive to Jan. 16, 2012, when the TWU’s last contract expired.

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Thursday 04/17/2014
QUICK HITS
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 6:43 pm

Heavily criticized NYPD antiterror unit is disbanded

In another break from the former administration’s approach to law and order and questions of constitutional rights, the NYPD has dissolved the police detachment that had been infiltrating the Muslim community in order to thwart any planned acts of terrorism.

 

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F train crime
Posted: April 17, 2014

Police are looking for a woman in connection with an assault in a crowded subway car two weeks ago.

According to police, the perpetrator, a black female wearing a black jacket, allegedly threw coffee in the face of a 53-year-old woman while on an eastbound F train within the confines of the 112th Precinct on April 2nd.

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Wanted
Posted: April 17, 2014

Police are asking for assistance in identifying a suspect in connection with an assault in Forest Hills last week.

According to authorities, a 5 foot, 6 inch tall male teenager weighing around 140 pounds slashed an 18-year-old male victim near 62nd Avenue and Yellowstone Boulevard at 4 p.m. on April 9.

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Vacuum repair co. turns 90 years old
Posted: April 17, 2014

Vacuuming never gets old. Certainly not at Aerus Electrolux, located at 62-71 Woodhaven Blvd. The vacuum repair shop in Rego Park is not just any fix-it-up business — it has been around 90 years, ever since 1924.

The current owner is passionate about providing service throughout the metropolitan area, with the exception of the Bronx and Staten Island. Eki Aguebor, who declined to give his age but said he was younger than 50, sat behind his office desk wearing a pin-striped blazer and described the business, which he has been a part of for the last two decades.

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Arcuri the life of the party
Posted: April 17, 2014

Vincent Arcuri, left, vice chairman of the Queens County Conservatives, was honored April 1 as the statewide party’s Man of the Year, at a dinner event held at the Roma View catering hall in Howard Beach.

That’s statewide Chairman Tom Long pinning the honor on Arcuri, who also chairs Community Board 5, as party Vice Chairman Tom Casey shares a celebratory smile with his fellow Conservatives.

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Glendale cyclist killed by car
Posted: April 17, 2014

The seemingly endless stream of casualties resulting from collisions between motor vehicles and cyclists has claimed another victim.

Angel Torres, 46, of Glendale, was killed last Wednesday after being struck by a hit-and-run driver while riding his bicycle in the intersection of Broadway and Halsey Street in Brooklyn, authorities said.

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Spring happenings in Glendale
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 4:21 pm

The Glendale Chamber of Commerce held its annual Meet the Easter Bunny event on April 6 at Zum Stammtisch.

Almost 200 children attended the event with their families. It was co-sponsored by chamber members including Century 21 Amiable; Candy Twisted Balloons; Yogurt and Company; The Crumby Baker; Zum Stammtisch; A Sprinkle of Fun; The Shriners; the Queens Chronicle and The Glendale Civilian Observation Patrol. Neighborhood teen Erica Arundel, top, in the bunny costume, and Cook’s Crafts, who donated items or services, helped make the event such a huge success.

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Card theft
Posted: April 17, 2014

Some people really will do anything for the newest Jordan basketball sneakers.

Police are looking for a man wanted in connection with a grand larceny two weeks ago within the 104th Precinct.

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L&A Gourmet Deli celebrates
Posted: April 17, 2014

State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. joined with Assemblyman Mike Miller and members of the Glendale community on April 11 to welcome in the new L&A Gourmet Deli, located at 79-51 Myrtle Ave. The deli is owned by longtime resident Lou Lambros, second from left, and his family.

“The Lambros family is an example of what makes this community great. Family businesses have kept Glendale and many Queens communities alive for years, and it’s their commitment that makes this area such a vibrant, unique place to live,” said Addabbo, third from left.

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DA keeps eye on tax season
Posted: April 17, 2014

April is also tax season at the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Brown on Thursday announced the filing of tax-related complaints against two Queens businesses and their owners.

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MDs give economy first-aid too
Posted: April 17, 2014

New York State’s physicians generated more than 570,000 jobs — nearly 10 jobs apiece — in 2012, according to a new study released Wednesday. The report, announced by the American Medical Association, also showed that economic activity by New York’s physicians generated $5.6 billion in state and local taxes, and over $57 billion in wages and benefits for New Yorkers.

Nationwide, the study said, patient care physicians contributed $1.6 trillion in economic activity and supported 10 million jobs in 2012. The efforts of New York’s physicians generated nearly $100 billion in economic activity, with each doctor here supporting nearly $1.7 million in output.

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Soccer team finds a home
Posted: April 17, 2014

After plans for a Major League Soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park fell through last year, the New York City Football Club, the league’s new expansion team, was left homeless, until now.

Instead of playing their inaugural season in Queens, NYC F.C. will call Yankee Stadium home for three years, beginning in 2015.

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Fraxel DUAL Laser — your path to clear skin
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 2:38 pm

With summer just around the corner, we all want beautiful, blemish-free skin to enjoy. For some of us, that means a clear complexion without freckles or dark spots. For others, it means getting rid of those acne scars or wrinkles we’ve had forever. The good news is that there is a single laser device that can help with both: Fraxel DUAL.

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Thursday 04/10/2014
UPS keeping 250 'fired' employees
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 11:31 am

The six week war between United Parcel Service and its 250 fired employees is finally over.

UPS and Teamsters Local 804 agreed to a compromise late Wednesday night, and the delivery company announced it will re-hire the 250 employees it fired from its Maspeth facility in response to a walkout the workers organized in protest of a colleague’s firing on Feb. 26. 

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Man stealing checks from area mail boxes
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 11:28 am

It isn’t only more convenient to send emails, sometimes it’s also much safer than snail mail.

Police are searching for a black man wanted in connection with a grand larceny pattern of at least eight reported incidents of stolen checks throughout the 112th Precinct.

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CB 9 mulls basement apartment legalization
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 11:28 am

Community Board 9 gaveled into session under new leadership Tuesday night and engaged in a heated debate over a proposal, favored by Mayor de Blasio, to legalize some basement apartments.

The meeting was the first under new Chairman Ralph Gonzalez, who was elected by the board last month.

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Putting together the last minutes of Avonte
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 11:28 am

Despite his remains having been found, there is still an air of mystery as to how Avonte Oquendo managed to escape from his class and leave the building unnoticed.

But footage obtained by the Chronicle shows that there were several instances that, had they taken place in a slightly different way, may have prevented the escape of the 14-year-old Avonte.

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