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The debate over broken windows

Following the July 17 death of Staten Island resident Eric Garner while he was resisting arrest for allegedly selling single cigarettes, an already-existing campaign to dissuade police from enforcing the law on some minor crimes and violations picked up steam. Enforcement of such laws, what is known as the broken windows theory approach to policing, is one target of the protest led by the Rev. Al Sharpton that is set to take place on Staten Island Saturday.According to activists such as Sharpton, as well as some elected officials including three members of Congress who represent parts of Queens, broken windows policing has an unfair impact on minority communities, such as the one where Garner, who was black, died.

New trustee named to Queens Library board
Posted: August 21, 2014

The new Queens Library board took further shape Tuesday, as Borough President Melinda Katz made her first appointment to the 19-seat body since she and Mayor de Blasio together purged eight members on July 23 in response to the controversy surrounding the institution.

The new member is Robert Santos of Sunnyside Gardens, who Katz said in a prepared statement “has had a long, wide-ranging career in higher education, cultural institutions, municipal government and construction.”

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Donated backpacks thrill Pan Am students
Posted: August 21, 2014

Some children dread the end of the summer, as they know the school year and all the homework that comes with it are just around the corner.

Other children love walking with their friends in the hallways and tackling challenging schoolwork.

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Boys & Girls Club opens new facility
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 12:20 pm

More than three years ago, dignitaries, civic leaders and even some South Queens residents gathered under a tarp in the lot next to what was then known as the South Queens Boys & Girls Club at 110-04 Atlantic Ave. in Richmond Hill to put shovels in the ground. On that chilly rainy April day, they promised to be back in several years to welcome the first children into a bigger, better club.

On Tuesday, three years, four months and a name change since the first brick was laid, and in noticeably different weather conditions, the job was done — for the most part.

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Advocates rally in support of homeless
Posted: August 21, 2014

Following three angry protests over the past two months against the conversion of the Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst into a homeless shelter, a rally was held Wednesday in front of the site to counter the earlier gatherings and to show support for the facility’s residents while calling for permanent housing.

Picture the Homeless, the group founded by two homeless men in 1999 that held the event, said the main goal was to “underscore the real problem ... the lack of housing affordable to working-class New Yorkers, and the city’s failure to do something about it.”

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Mary Ann Carey to retire as of Oct. 1
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 2:31 pm

As controversy swirled around her a little more than a year ago, Community Board 9 District Manager Mary Ann Carey said she wanted to step down from her position on her own terms.

Now she appears to be doing that.

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Democrats square off in 14th SD forum
Posted: August 21, 2014

State Sen. Malcolm Smith’s pending retrial on federal corruption charges were never very far from the surface during an Aug. 14 candidate forum for the 14th Senate District.

But the forum did give Smith (D-Hollis), former Councilman Leroy Comrie and Munir Avery the opportunity for a freewheeling discussion on education, jobs, economic development, funding for the district and a host of issues that will be confronting the person sworn into office in January.

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Parkway Hospital auctioned yet again
Posted: August 21, 2014

For the second time this year, the defunct Parkway Hospital at 70-35 113 St. in Forest Hills has been auctioned off.

On Aug. 8, Auberge Grand Central, a Rego Park-based limited liability company, placed the winning $1 million bid on the former medical center, which closed in 2008, in Queens Civil Court.

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Council’s Land Use Cmte. OKs rezoning
Posted: August 21, 2014

The City Council’s Land Use Committee voted unanimously 20-0, with three Council members marked absent, in favor of rezoning 176 Woodward Ave. in Ridgewood from manufacturing to residential.

The redesignation is sought by Aufgang Architects, a Rockland County-based development company, who plan to construct a four-story, 88-unit apartment building on the primarily unused 176 Woodward Ave. lot and a four-story, eight-dwelling residence at the adjacent 1901 Starr St. space.

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Koslowitz, Reynoso eye participatory budgeting
Posted: August 21, 2014

Come budget season this fall, Councilmembers Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) and Antonio Reynoso (D-Brooklyn, Queens) will be kicking their feet up and allowing constituents to do at least a portion of their work for them.

The two lawmakers have announced they will be introducing participatory budgeting into their districts in the 2014-15 budget cycle, with residents getting the chance to brainstorm and vote for how $1 million in funds will be allocated in the area.

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Forest Hills hip-hop show draws thousands
Posted: August 21, 2014

Hip-hop superstars Drake and Lil Wayne knew the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium concert series wasn’t created without with a twinge of worry from area residents over excessive noise and large crowds.

So before the duo’s last song of the night, they urged the crowd to cheer as loud as they could.

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Wyckoff hosts health fair
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 2:16 pm

As the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center prepares for its 125th anniversary, the acute care teaching hospital located on the border between Queens and Brooklyn held its annual Health & Wellness Fair on Saturday to promote good health and offer free screenings to members of the community.

Seniors getting their blood pressure checked and youngsters getting fluoride applied to their teeth in an effort to prevent cavities were among the local residents who turned out in huge numbers seeking medical advice. Tables manned by hospital staffers and volunteers, spread around Stockholm Street between Wyckoff and St. Nicholas avenues and surrounding areas, offered information on everything from stroke prevention and endoscopies to food addiction and podiatry services.

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Thursday 08/21/2014
Liu, Avella speak out during forum
Posted: August 21, 2014

During a low-key forum Tuesday night between Democratic state Senate hopefuls John Liu and incumbent Tony Avella, the only real sparks were provided by a handful of hot-headed members of the audience, who temporarily brought the proceedings to a halt.

Throughout the 90-minute session at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in Flushing, which drew about 200 mostly Asian-American constituents, Avella and Liu never came face to face. But each offered plenty of allusions — direct or indirect — to the other, making it clear that the competition between them for the 11th District seat is on.

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Queens residents: Is your Council member going to work?
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 7:47 pm

Queens’ members of the City Council did not miss many days of work, according to attendance records taken between January and May of this year, and when they did, it was often because they couldn’t be in two places at once.

The notable exception is one member who is under indictment.

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PA officials have riled-up roundtable
Posted: August 21, 2014

Residents of the communities near LaGuardia Airport were infuriated when the Port Authority unilaterally decided to split the combined aviation roundtable into three separate groups: one each for LaGuardia, JFK and Newark.

At Tuesday night’s meeting, the leadership of Queens Quiet Skies challenged the Port Authority to allow a democratic vote and refused to move forward and establish the divided roundtable.

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High heat and home runs
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 12:23 pm

Before squaring off with the division rival Washington Nationals on Thursday, a couple of New York Mets players helped make a day at summer camp at the Cross Island YMCA in Bellerose unforgettable for 31 area children.

The annual YMCA Jr. Mets clinic began with sprints in the infield before Amazins’ relief pitcher Josh Edgin took a group of eager ballplayers into the outfield to practice throwing while first baseman/outfielder Eric Campbell taught another group how to hit like a big leaguer at home plate.

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QUICK HITS
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 12:26 pm

Plan to shift Rikers cases to Queens DA is criticized by many

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New help in Queens for Alzheimer’s disease
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 2:09 pm

What do you do when a loved one says he or she wants to go home — while sitting in his or her own living room?

The natural reaction for many people may be to point out that the person already is home, to state it as fact and back it up by saying something like, “Look around, this is your couch, that’s your TV, that’s a picture of our family hanging on the wall.”

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Filming ‘The Blacklist’
Posted: August 21, 2014

For 24 hours on Wednesday, Aug. 13, the area in front of the Forest Hills LIRR station was transformed into a Polish crime scene as NBC crime drama “The Blacklist” filmed in Forest Hills Gardens.

According to Chronicle contributor Laura A. Shepard, the setting of the scene being filmed was a restaurant in a Polish city.

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Pedestrian dies in hit-and-run
Posted: August 21, 2014

A 32-year-old man was killed early Monday morning in a hit-and-run collision in Maspeth.

According to authorities, Karoll Grzegorczyk, of Ridgewood, was attempting to cross Fresh Pond Road in the middle of the block between 60th Drive and Eliot Avenue when he was struck by a dark-colored sedan traveling southbound on Fresh Pond Road shortly before 3 a.m.

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High hopes for Queens students
Posted: August 21, 2014

For some students, summer is a time for unwinding, perhaps taking a family vacation or just hanging out with their friends. Edward Li, Cindy Pietrakowski, and Yulin Yang had different plans.

These three Queens students and two others were selected to be included in a Bank of America program called Student Leaders. The project is geared to 200 or more high school juniors and seniors who are also active in their school community.

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Rail to jail for alleged fake LIRR ticket dealer?
Posted: August 21, 2014

A Long Island man has been charged with grand larceny after he allegedly was caught selling counterfeit Long Island Rail Road tickets.

Michael Wright, 27, of Rockville Centre, sold the tickets to passengers between March and June, the authorities said.

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Glazier apprentices wanted
Posted: August 21, 2014

The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for District Council #9 will conduct a recruitment from Sept. 19 to Oct. 2 for 50 glazier apprentices.

Applications can be obtained, in person only, from the DC 9 office at 45-15 36 St. in Long Island City from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, during the period.The sponsor will be distributing 500 applications beginning Sept. 19 and continuing for a period of 10 business days or until all applications have been exhausted, whichever comes first.

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Correction
Posted: August 21, 2014

The Aug. 14 article “Meet the FDNY’s new deputy commissioner” mentioned only one of two former African-American city fire commissioners.

The other, Augustus A. Beekman, served from 1978 to 1980.

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Tuesday 08/19/2014
DC 37 endorses Malcolm Smith
Updated: August 19, 2014 - 11:51 am

State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) has been finding endorsements hard to come by in his battle to hold his 14th District seat.

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Monday 08/18/2014
NYC Dept. of Health to spray for West Nile in Queens on Tuesday
Posted: August 18, 2014

The New York City Department of Health will spray a mosquito-killing pesticide throughout multiple Queens neighborhoods between 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday and 6 a.m. on Wednesday in order to reduce the risk of West Nile virus infections.

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Pedestrian killed in Maspeth hit-and-run
Posted: August 18, 2014

A 32-year-old man was killed early Monday morning in a hit-and-run collision in Maspeth.

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Thursday 08/14/2014
Cuomo signs city’s 25 mph bill into law
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 11:57 am

When Gov. Cuomo last Friday signed a law that will cut the speed limit on many city streets to 25 miles per hour, he, Mayor de Blasio and others all called it a step in the right direction.

Others believe it is far more important.

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Kew Gardens rabbi seeks right to arm
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 11:55 am

Kew Gardens Rabbi Gary Moskowitz, a former NYPD officer, says he’s all for keeping guns out of the hands of anyone who isn’t law enforcement — most of the time.

But when it comes to protecting houses of worship from what he calls “credible threats,” he doesn’t want his parishioners to wait around for the police to arrive.

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Six ex-library trustees lose bid to keep seats
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 11:55 am

The six former Queens Library trustees who took Borough President Melinda Katz and state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to federal court in a bid to retain their volunteer positions on the board suffered a major setback Tuesday.

That same day, the first new appointee to replace one of them was named.

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