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Liu concedes; he vows to be involved

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.”

Crumbling curbs anger churchgoers
Posted: September 18, 2014

Members of All Saints Episcopal Church in Bayside have been waiting two years for the city to repair their damaged curbs, but Department of Transportation officials say if they’re unhappy to sue the city.

It all started about two years ago, according to member and community activist Jack Oshier, during the winter when Department of Sanitation trucks plowing snow got too close to the curbs and damaged them.

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Historic sites bill passes U.S. House
Posted: September 18, 2014

Rep. Grace Meng’s (D-Flushing) bill to make the Quaker Meeting House and the Bowne House part of the National Park Service passed the House on Monday night.

The Flushing Remonstrance Study Act, HR 3222, would require the secretary of the Department of the Interior to study the viability of the NPS acquiring the two locations and operating them.

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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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Will dealership be denied a variance?
Posted: September 18, 2014

A group of Bayside residents are expected to attend the borough president’s hearing today, Sept. 18, to let the city know they don’t want Star Toyota’s variance extended.

The auto dealership at 205-11 Northern Blvd. is seeking a 10-year extension on its variance, required because the business is located in a residential neighborhood. Although there for 40 years, the firm’s relationship with the community has been problematic at best.

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Tragedy leads to a call for change
Posted: September 18, 2014

Grace Yoon, president of the Korean American Human Service Provider Association, says there are cultural aspects at play within Asian communities that often make their members unwilling to seek outside help when struggling financially or with a mental health issue.

“They try and solve things within the family, but there’s no shame in reaching out,” Yoon said during a community-wide press conference the KAHSPA held Monday to address last week’s murder-suicides that impacted the Asian-American communities in Flushing.

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MLS turns its eyes back to Queens
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 12:23 pm

Major League Soccer can’t seem to quit Queens.

The organization, still searching for a permanent home for its expansion New York City Football Club, is eyeing a site in the borough, again.

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Better care for the Chinese population
Posted: September 18, 2014

More than 200,000 people of Chinese descent live in Queens, a little under 10 percent of the borough’s population.

To better serve that ever-growing community, New York Hospital Queens, in partnership with New York-Presbyterian Hospital, is launching a new health initiative aimed at expanding culturally sensitive hospital services and promoting the use of primary care.

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Queens Botanical wants your help
Posted: September 18, 2014

Calling it the “people’s garden,” Susan Lacerte, executive director of the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing, said she is seeking more volunteers to keep the outdoor oasis looking at its best.

“Yes, there are more weeds than we’d like, but we’re younger than other botanical gardens in the city and are a works in progress,” Lacerte said Monday during a tour of the 39-acre site located at 43-50 Main St.

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Holy Cross remembers
Posted: September 18, 2014

Holy Cross High School in Flushing held a moment of silence last Thursday to honor the 16 alumni who lost their lives 13 years ago on 9/11.

At the school’s memorial are Orin Ormsby, standing left, John Toral, Christopher Cadigan, Patrick Tuffy and Stephen Morello with John Flynn, kneeling.

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Thursday 09/18/2014
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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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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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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Black-belt siblings hit the dojo daily
Updated: September 19, 2014 - 10:48 am

Three kids from Flushing are giving new meaning to the phrase “sibling rivalry.”

Priscilla, Jordan and Sunnie Pan are dedicated students at Champions Taekwondo. The youngsters train at the dojo every day, arriving as soon as they finish their homework and staying until closing time.

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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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Building for a safer future
Posted: September 18, 2014

Workers mold concrete and steel for what soon will take shape as the FDNY’s new EMS Station 50 in Hillcrest.

The 13,000-square-foot, $19 million project is located on Goethals Avenue on the Queens Hospital Center Campus.

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Gateway students protest principal
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 5:50 pm

Back in April, parent, teacher and student representatives from the Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School sent a pointed four-page letter to Schools Chancellor Carmen Fari–a regarding the hiring and job performance of newly assigned principal Judy Henry.

On Sept. 12, dozens of students took to the street outside the Hillcrest school, joined by a handful of parents of current and former Queens Gateway students.

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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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Tuesday 09/16/2014
John Liu concedes to incumbent Tony Avella in Queens state Senate race
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 11:46 am

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

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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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Thursday 09/11/2014
Queens Library board puts Tom Galante on paid administrative leave
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 11:47 am

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

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Are you prepared?
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Volunteers with the city’s Office of Emergency Management handed out informational packets last Friday near the Parsons Boulevard-Archer Avenue subway station in Jamaica as part of the city’s participation in September’s National Preparedness Month.

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The consequences of September selflessness
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 11:49 am

When Queens residents Patricia Workman, Joe Ramondino, Christian Foggy and John Licato awoke from their slumbers 13 years ago today, little did they know that war would be waged against their city and their country that sunny late-summer morning.

For these four responders and thousands more just like them throughout the New York area, a different kind of war has raged on internally in the years since the attacks of Sept. 11.

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