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Crime but no cops at Flushing Mdws.

With a recent holdup at the Queens Zoo and hot rodders speeding at a Meadow Lake parking lot, crime at Flushing Meadows Park has been in the spotlight lately.But talk to Parks Department and NYPD officials and you’d never know that Queens’ premier greenspace has been rated the worst for crime out of 30 parks throughout the city.

New speed cameras anger motorists
Posted: October 16, 2014

Trying to reduce accidents using speed cameras near schools may be a good thing, but some Queens residents are questioning the city’s motivation and particular locations they say have been made less safe.

When school opened last month, Mayor de Blasio announced that 23 speed cameras had been deployed citywide where speeding has become problematic near schools. Forty more are expected to be installed by the end of the year and an additional 77 by next year.

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Queens hospitals prepare for Ebola
Updated: October 16, 2014 - 12:29 pm

After the false alarm Monday when two patients suspected of having Ebola were put in isolation at Bellevue Hospital, Queens medical officials are urging calm amid growing anxiety.

The scare occurred in between two incidents in which nurses who treated the first Ebola victim diagnosed in the United States tested positive for the virus within a week of each other.

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City, feds girding for Ebola at JFK
Posted: October 16, 2014

New York City has begun its preparations for any eventual brush with Ebola patients.

Mayor de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton on Tuesday met at the White House with Lisa Monaco, assistant to President Obama for Homeland Security and counterterrorism, and also with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.

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Playground named for former marshal
Posted: October 16, 2014

A “larger than life” fire marshal who died of a heart attack two years ago was remembered Sunday at Fort Totten with the dedication of a playground in his honor.

Martin “Woody” McHale, 50, died of a heart attack on Christmas Eve, crashing his car into a neighbor’s tree a block from his own home in Hollis Hills.

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Brian McLaughlin now out of prison
Posted: October 16, 2014

Brian McLaughlin is a free man.

The former Flushing assemblyman, who served six years for racketeering and other charges, was released Friday from Schuylkill Federal Correctional Institution in Pennsylvania.

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CB 7 has doubts on Willets closing dates
Posted: October 16, 2014

Despite the city and the Queens Development Group owning 95 percent of the property in Phase 1 for the Willets Point project, Community Board 7 expressed doubts that the development will run on schedule.

During a quarterly meeting, held on Oct. 8, where CBs 3 and 7 met with the QDG, Economic Development Corp. and borough president representatives, developers expressed optimistic enthusiasm for the eminent closing on outstanding parcels.

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Harvest Ball wows its audience
Updated: October 16, 2014 - 2:46 pm

More than 500 men and women with developmental disabilities were the guests of Local Union 3, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers on Saturday for a Harvest Ball at the Electrical Industry Center in Flushing.

This was the 11th year of sponsorship by the union to provide those with disabilities a chance to attend a prom. Participants came in ball gowns and tuxedos, taken to the building in limousines.

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Friday 10/17/2014
Five weekends of track closures on No. 7 subway line
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 4:12 pm

The weekend of Oct. 18-20 will be the first of five when service along segments of the No. 7 subway line will be suspended in both directions to accommodate signal maintenance and construction work between Queensborough Plaza and Times Square-42nd Street.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is fitting the line with communication-Based Train Control technology, which will replace signaling equipment that in some cases is between 50 and 90 years old.

 

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Queens leaders share ‘coming out’ stories
Posted: October 16, 2014

Coming out of the closet has been described as one of the hardest things a person can do, especially someone who comes to the realization of his or her sexual orientation later in life.

In accordance with National Coming Out Day — a countrywide event to encourage people to come out to their friends and family and fight for equal rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community — millions of people took to Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites to talk about the first time they told someone of their gender or sexual preference.

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QueensWay plans are taking shape
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 12:33 pm

The Queens version of the High Line may actually happen after all.

The plan to turn the abandoned Rockaway Beach rail line into a linear park has a detailed proposal. A piece of it, in the northern end of the former Long Island Rail Road route, could even be built within the next year.

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Hot HS admissions debate set for Sat.
Updated: October 16, 2014 - 12:41 pm

Testing, testing, one, two, three ...

That’s what students do when they want to get into one of the city’s eight elite high schools — Stuyvesant, Bronx Science and the like, including, in this borough, Queens High School for the Sciences at York College.

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DA Brown: Don’t parole Edward Byrne’s killers
Posted: October 16, 2014

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown on Tuesday announced that his office is in the process of collecting tens of thousands of signatures from people opposed to parole applications made by the men who murdered NYPD Officer Edward Byrne in South Jamaica in 1988.

Scott Cobb, Philip Copeland, David McClary and Todd Scott all were sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for killing Byrne on an early February morning as he guarded the house of a witness in a criminal drug prosecution.

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Housing hearing for domestic violence
Posted: October 16, 2014

ctims of domestic violence often need long-term shelter on very short notice.

And when they seek relocation in the city’s public housing system, they can run out of time before the New York City Housing Authority is prepared to make them a priority.

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Vatican softens on same-sex marriage
Posted: October 16, 2014

Pope Francis may be changing the Catholic Church’s tune regarding gay marriage and divorce. A report released Monday by an assembly of bishops Pope Francis gathered at the Vatican says the Church needs to skew toward acceptance when it comes to alternative lifestyles.

“Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community: Are we capable of welcoming these people?” the report reads.

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Campus sex assault bill hearing planned
Posted: October 16, 2014

The City Council Committee on Higher Education is slated to hold an oversight hearing on how city private and public colleges address cases of sexual assaults.

The move came in response to growing concerns nationwide, as women advocacy groups and sexual violence victims criticize college officials for their failure to investigate sexual assault cases.

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See Jamaica Bay at Resorts World
Posted: October 16, 2014

he wildlife and coastal wetlands of Jamaica Bay and the slot machines at Resorts World Casino New York City in South Ozone Park, but they couldn’t feel any farther apart.

But the casino is now teaming up with some of Jamaica Bay’s favorite human friends to bring patrons closer to the bay’s shores, figuratively — and, they hope, literally.

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FDNY offers home fire safety suggestions
Posted: October 16, 2014

St. Albans children John Kavanagh, 11, and his 6-year-old brother Andrew are believed to have been left alone last Monday in a house seemingly teeming with red flags before a fire took their lives, including unattended candles, too few smoke detectors and failure of the ones that were in place.

They died during National Fire Prevention Week, and members of FDNY were out in force at numerous public venues in Queens to hand out fire safety literature and answer questions from the public.

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Making strides against breast cancer
Updated: October 16, 2014 - 3:42 pm

This Sunday, more than 700 teams and 3,000 participants are expected to attend the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

The 3-mile-long walk, beginning at the Unisphere and the Fountain of the Planets, raises money for breast cancer research. It will take place rain or shine.

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FDNY: Candle fires on the rise
Posted: October 16, 2014

While other causes of home fires have decreased, the percentage of candle fires has tripled in the last 10 years.

Half those killed by candle fires are younger than 20, with most victims between the ages of 5 and 9. About 33 percent of all candle fires in homes are from abandoned or unattended candles.

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Feds may investigate NYPD broken windows
Posted: October 16, 2014

The Civil Rights Division of the U.S Department of Justice has announced that it may launch a probe into the Police Department’s “broken windows” policy, which civil rights advocates say targets minorities for petty crimes.

The DOJ’s announcement came in response to a joint letter that six New York Congressional members sent to Washington in August. They urged the department to launch an investigation into the caught-on-camera chokehold death of Staten Island man Eric Garner and the broken windows policy they said Garner was a victim of.

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Both tricks and treats can be found at Rubies
Posted: October 16, 2014

The first “person” you see when you walk into Rubies Costume Company at 120-08 Jamaica Ave. in Richmond Hill isn’t a store employee ready to assist you in your search for the perfect Halloween costume.

Not only is he not a sales associate, he’s not even human.

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Scout’s Honor
Posted: October 16, 2014

John Kundmueller was honored Friday by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) for attaining the distinguished rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 15. Avella presented him with a Senate proclamation to commemorate the achievement.

Kundmueller is a member of Boy Scout Troop 75 in Flushing and has been a Scout for 10 years. He started out as a member of Cub Scout Park 75 and his father is a committee member for the troop.

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QUICK HITS
Posted: October 16, 2014

With eye on terror, Schumer seeks fed law on trespassing

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World’s Fair event announced
Posted: October 16, 2014

Special events are being planned to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the closing of the first year of the 1964-65 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows Park.

Activities will be held on Sunday and include a scavenger hunt, lecture, concert and another public opening of the New York State Pavilion’s Tent of Tomorrow.

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Harvest Fest at garden
Posted: October 16, 2014

An event for young and old, the Harvest Fest and pumpkin patch celebration will be held on Sunday, Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., in Flushing.

There will be a bird walk, a nature walk and performances by Lonesome Moonlight String Band and Pin Ups.

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