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Stop signs a start in Springfield Gardens

Fay Hill of Springfield Gardens never had to ask what happened when she was awakened early in the morning to the sound of screeching tires followed by a loud crash.And she knew it was at the intersection of 181st Street and 145th Avenue.

Transportation reps draw town hall crowd
Posted: April 17, 2014

A town hall meeting hosted by state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) on April 10 featured some talk about the state budget.

But it was the transportation segment that the crowd of more than 80 at the Alpha Phi Alpha Senior Citizens Center in Cambria Heights came to hear, and which wound up taking over most of the evening.

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Easter revelers party with Greater Jamaica
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 12:16 pm

An Easter celebration came early last Friday for students at PS 182 in Jamaica, courtesy of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation.

The GJDC sponsored the event, where children gathered in the Harvest Room at the Jamaica Market to partake in a party complete with games, and colorful arts and crafts.

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Avella wants more library restrictions
Updated: April 18, 2014 - 12:47 pm

Not to be outdone by other Queens elected officials, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced a bill Monday that would not only limit pay for the Queens Library president, but also call for an entire new board of directors by January.

“The other bill, initiated by Borough President Melinda Katz, doesn’t go far enough,” Avella said. “My bill limits outside employment [for the director] and reduces the number on the board.”

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More NYCHA security cameras are coming
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 3:36 pm

They were a long time in coming.

So when the New York City Housing Authority began installing security cameras at the crime-ridden Hammel Houses in Rockaway Beach on April 4, Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) and his predecessor, state Sen. James Sanders (D-South Ozone Park), made sure to be on hand.

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A hero’s goodbye for Rockaway cop
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 11:43 am

Next to the sea of blue, another sea of blue gathered to say goodbye to one of their own.

Thousands of cops from around the city, and even from other states, descended on the Rockaway Peninsula Monday for the funeral of Police Officer Dennis Guerra, who died April 9 from injuries he sustained in a fire in Coney Island that was allegedly started by a bored teenager.

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Fireworks to come back to East River
Posted: April 17, 2014

Mayor de Blasio announced Monday that the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks display will return to the East River this year, a change he pushed for as public advocate, after several years in the Hudson.

The pyrotechnics will not be fired off near the Queens shore, however. The show will instead be centered in the lower part of the river around the Brooklyn Bridge, but will be viewable from much of the borough. Macy’s said the fireworks will be launched directly from the 131-year-old Brooklyn Bridge.

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Man missing
Posted: April 17, 2014

The NYPD is seeking the public’s help in finding an 84-year-old Rosedale man who was last seen leaving his 254th Street home at about 11 a.m. on Monday morning.

Pierre Severe is described as a black male, 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. He was wearing a long-sleeved blue and white T-shirt and blue jeans.

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Found dead
Posted: April 17, 2014

An 83-year-old man Springfield Gardens man who was reported missing on April 5 was found dead in the waters off Nassau County last week.

William Braxton was recovered by Nassau police on April 9 in waters called Head of Bay, between John F. Kennedy International Airport and the county’s Inwood section. The NCPD said the investigation was turned over to New York City authorities.

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Man killed in Belt Pkwy. crash
Posted: April 17, 2014

A 29-year-old Nassau County man was killed early Monday morning in what the NYPD is calling an alcohol-related crash.

Police in the 105th Precinct said Kendall Heard of Freeport was a passenger in a 2014 Infiniti sedan being driven east on the Belt Parkway at about 4:15 a.m. by Sharlene Numa, 28, of Roosevelt, LI.

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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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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
Workers cross boro to fight for higher wages
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 11:28 am

A cold, raw drizzle did not keep more than 100 airport workers from marching clear across Queens demanding higher pay last Friday.

Sporting ponchos and carrying signs in both English and Spanish, the workers marched 10 miles from JFK Airport to LaGuardia.

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Wills, city roll out anti-trash initiatives
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 11:28 am

Litter and trash in South and Southeast Queens has been compared to the weather — many complain but nobody does anything about it.

But government and civic officials are calling a program introduced on Monday a way to manage the problem on a borough-wide basis rather that just as an issue in isolated, individual neighborhoods.

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Electeds introduce library reform bills
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 11:28 am

In the wake of the Queens Library scandal surrounding embattled CEO Tom Galante’s questionable salary and spending practices, area lawmakers have introduced legislation to reform the library’s structure and add oversight measures.

“This is not about whether or not the Queens Library is a good system. It is,” Borough President Melinda Katz said at a press conference last Thursday. “This is about the public trust and public accountability to a system that is funded 85 percent by public funds.”

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Low turnout at August Martin’s DOE hearing
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 11:28 am

A public hearing on co-locating another school in August Martin High School on Tuesday evening produced some unusual numbers for a Department of Education co-location meeting.

Only about 20 audience members.

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Tie vote saves Galante from forced paid leave
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 11:28 am

In a 12-hour period on April 3, state senators introduced a bill to change oversight of the Queens Library system; Borough President Melinda Katz reiterated her call for library CEO Tom Galante to be placed on temporary leave; the Library Board of Trustees issued a list of changes it intends to vote on to improve oversight; a board measure to place Galante on paid leave was defeated when the vote ended in a 9-9 tie; and the board reissued the list of changes intended to improve oversight.

Now what?

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Cappelmann takes over in NYPD’s 103rd
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 11:28 am

The NYPD has named Deputy Inspector John Cappelmann as the new commanding officer of the 103rd Precinct. A member of the department for 18 years and a U.S. Army veteran, Cappelmann came to the 103rd on Monday from the 9th Precinct in Manhattan.

He replaces Inspector Charles McEvoy, who last month was transferred to the department’s School Safety Division, where he now serves as executive officer.

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York looks to ‘Bowl’ over its competition
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 11:28 am

Four York College students are headed out to California on Saturday to represent the school in the 25th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge.

The quiz competition, run by College Bowl Co., features teams from historically black colleges and universities vying for a $50,000 grand prize for their school.

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‘Isolating seniors is a death sentence’
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 11:29 am

As if facing a lack of cooking gas after a leak was discovered last month wasn’t enough for numerous residents at the Pomonok Houses in Flushing, those living in underoccupied apartments there may soon be forced to move.

The 35-building complex at 67-10 Parsons Blvd. that houses over 4,000 people contains a number of apartments that have more bedrooms than residents. That is something the New York City Housing Authority wants to remedy by relocating those occupants to other NYCHA-operated housing complexes in Queens.

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Developing sources in Jamaica at the GJDC
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 11:29 am

The Greater Jamaica Development Corp. on April 3 hosted a meet and greet with members of the commercial real estate industry at CityRib on Parsons Boulevard in Jamaica.

The GJDC has been reaching out in the last year to developers in an effort to develop interest in vacant spaces large and small along Jamaica’s business corridors.

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The public advocate’s agenda for Queens
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 11:29 am

Public Advocate Letitia James has a goal — to prove those who say her office is irrelevant wrong.

The city’s fourth public advocate since the position was created in the wake of a Supreme Court decision that eliminated the old Board of Estimate, James said she would use all the powers of the office, despite having a budget that’s only about a quarter of what it was in the 1990s.

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Rabbit rescue a reality in Queens
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 11:29 am

Vivian Barna of Forest Hills could not be more passionate about saving rabbits discarded by owners who no longer wish to care for them. The full-time real estate broker founded All About Rabbits Rescue and dedicates her personal time to caring for rescued rabbits, setting up adoptions, rabbit education and volunteering at pet shop adoption locations.

Barna grew up with dogs and once worked to rescue them until the day she came across a stray rabbit with upper respiratory problems in Queens, who became her first pet rabbit. After that, she was all about rabbits.

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Chronicle wins four newspaper awards
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 11:29 am

by Peter C. Mastrosimone

Editor-in-Chief

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