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Remedy sought for illegal clothing bins

Calling the use of illegal clothing bins for profit “a disgusting practice,” Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) said Friday he is introducing legislation in Albany that should put a halt to the operation.At a press conference Friday outside the gates of the historic Lawrence Cemetery in Bayside, Braunstein pointed to a large pink metal bin that purports to collect clothes for the poor placed illegally on city property.

MacNeil seawall work set for 2015
Updated: July 23, 2014 - 10:56 am

The long-neglected crumbling seawall at MacNeil Park in College Point is slated for restoration beginning next summer.

That’s the word from the Parks Department on the $2.5 million project that will involve reconstructing the most damaged portions of the esplanade and seawall, to include a step-down at the jetty, a fishing overlook and beach-kayak access.

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Tomatoes aplenty at St. Mary’s garden
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 4:50 pm

A unique program to help sick kids learn about nutrition and gardening is blossoming this summer at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside.

About 70 youngsters, ranging in age from 4 to 18, are growing their own vegetables, herbs and strawberries in raised beds on the hospital grounds. The facility has held cooking classes for four years, but this is the first time patients are actually growing food that’s used in the kitchen.

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BTECH prepares to welcome students
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 4:59 pm

In September, 125 freshmen will walk into the Martin Van Buren High School building. They won’t be students at Van Buren, but rather a new co-located school there. When they graduate in 2020, they will have not only a high school diploma, but also a college degree.

The new school, Business Technology Early College High School, or BTECH, will try to offer what the school’s founders call “a different type of high school experience,” which, rather than prepare students for college, will actually give them some of that education, so when they graduate, employers seek them out.

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Bayside BID tackles parking dilemma
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 4:50 pm

Parking was a major topic at the sixth annual meeting of the Bayside Village Business Improvement District this Monday.

Residents and merchants met in C J Sullivan’s American Grill on 41st Avenue to hear updates from BID officials, who represent over 400 businesses and property owners along Bell Boulevard from Northern Boulevard to 35th Avenue.

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Avella-Liu fundraising heats up campaign
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 4:57 pm

Campaign finance reports have revved up the interest and the rhetoric in the state’s 11th Senate District, while in the 14th they brought more bad news for 14-year incumbent Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis).

Former city Comptroller John Liu, who joined the race less than two months ago, reported more than $508,000 in donations to his campaign to unseat incumbent Tony Avella (D-Bayside) in the 11th District Democratic primary in reports that were due by 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday.

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LIRR contract accord reached; strike averted
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 10:32 am

The MTA and Long Island Rail Road employee unions have reached a contract agreement, averting a strike that had been set to begin at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, Gov. Cuomo, agency Chairman Thomas Prendergast and labor leaders announced today.

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True blue: the NYPD’s newest cadets
Updated: July 23, 2014 - 10:45 am

The Police Department’s new class of cadets was sworn in by Mayor de Blasio July 9 at Queens College’s Colden Auditorium.

De Blasio, at the podium at top right, was joined by the NYPD’s top officials, Commissioner Bill Bratton, next to the mayor, Chief of Department Phillip Banks III and Chief of Patrol James O’Neill, left, as well as more of the brass.

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Tuesday 07/22/2014
More affordable housing planned in Flushing
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 10:29 am

Up to 200 units of mixed-income, affordable housing could be in the offing for Municipal Parking Lot 3 in Downtown Flushing.

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Friday 07/18/2014
Queens College lab gets $2M grant
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Aspiring scientists at Queens College just got a big boost.

At a press conference Thursday in the Ira Remsen Hall at the college’s Flushing campus, Interim President Evangelos Gizis announced that state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) secured a $2 million funding allocation for a much-needed renovation to a teaching laboratory on the hall’s ground floor.

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State Sen. Avella gets boost from Rep. Israel endorsement
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 11:21 am

Rebel state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), the vocal populist whose move into the Senate's Independent Democratic Conference angered the party establishment and prompted a primary challenge from former City Councilman and Comptroller John Liu, has now won the backing of a key congressman in his re-election campaign.

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Thursday 07/17/2014
Bad butt job lands woman in prison
Posted: July 17, 2014

A Flushing woman who illegally injected two customers with a foreign substance during “buttocks enhancement” procedures that she was not licensed to perform has been sentenced to two to three years in prison.

In one instance, the victim has been hospitalized on several occasions since the procedure was performed in November 2012.

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Lyft rideshare on hold as company, TLC talk
Posted: July 17, 2014

Lyft, the rideshare company that connects drivers and riders through mobile apps, has agreed not to start its service in Brooklyn until it meets all requirements of the Taxi and Limousine Commission.

The TLC said Lyft officials began sitting down with them on Monday “to begin discussions on how they may provide for-hire service that is fully compliant with TLC rules.”

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Third-graders read to win
Posted: July 17, 2014

Seven third-graders were the recipients recently of reading awards in a program sponsored by Councilman Peter Koo of Flushing and the NY Mets.

One child from each Flushing school was named a winner for reading an age-appropriate book in May and for writing a report on his or her favorite book.

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New Y chief ‘in love with its mission’
Posted: July 17, 2014

The Flushing YMCA has a new executive director who has promised to improve services to members, while encouraging other area residents to join.

Jen Silvers, who has 12 years of experience working for the Y in the South, replaces William Nelson. Silvers’ last position was as executive director of the Jacksonville, Fla. YMCA.

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Jeter’s clinic hits Flushing
Posted: July 17, 2014

Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees may have been in Cleveland to take on the Indians, but over 100 area children enjoyed a fun-filled day of playing ball courtesy of The Captain at the Al Oerter Recreation Center in Flushing last Thursday.

Turn 2, Jeter’s foundation, hosted its 15th annual youth baseball clinic giving young ballplayers a chance to fine-tune their hitting, catching and throwing skills under the eye of volunteer coaches.

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Bill to create ID cards for all becomes law
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 4:13 pm

Mayor de Blasio last Thursday signed into law the measure that will create municipal identification cards for New York City residents. Although available to anyone, the cards are especially designed for people who will not or cannot get other forms of ID, such as illegal immigrants.

The mayor noted at a hearing held the day before the bill signing that many New Yorkers don’t have driver’s licenses — though he did not address the nondriver’s ID the state offers them — and that undocumented residents are forced to “live in the shadows” because they lack proper identification.

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Avella gets school grant
Posted: July 17, 2014

A new $705,000 in state funding for specialized after-school programs was announced Monday by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside).

The yearlong program will be administered by Project BOOST, which targets students who have shown academic talent but are not provided after-school programs. The goal is to help youngsters gain admission to top high schools and colleges.

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They’re back: West Nile bugs
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 5:03 pm

For the first time this season, the Health Department has detected West Nile virus in New York City mosquitoes.

The infected mosquitoes were collected from the Douglaston and College Point neighborhoods in Queens and Old Town on Staten Island. No human cases have been reported this season.

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Cuomo campaign cashing in
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 5:00 pm

On July 7, Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino told a group of supporters in Queens Village, “If we can raise enough money, we can win this thing.”

He’d best get cracking, according to campaign finance reports filed with the state’s Board of Elections by his and Gov. Cuomo’s campaign this week.

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Civic leader Daddario dies
Posted: July 17, 2014

Longtime Bellerose civic leader Rose Daddario, 98, died on July 9.

Daddario and her late husband, Frank, moved to 240th Street in 1954 and became active in the Creedmoor Civic Association. She first served as secretary and later as president from 1988 to 1999.

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Dueling rallies are held on Israeli-Gazan battle
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 5:01 pm

The conflict between Israel and Palestinian Arabs living in the Hamas-led Gaza Strip prompted rallies in support of each side Monday at City Hall.

Supporters of Israel, largely elected officials including many from Queens, gathered at the foot of the steps to the building, while a crowd backing Arab Palestinians massed a few yards away at the edge of the gated plaza to denounce the Jewish state.

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Jewish women honored
Posted: July 17, 2014

In celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic honored several women in her Fresh Meadows district office recently.

They are Leora Meirov, left, Sara Reback, Ginger Schulman, Janet Hammelbacher, Rozic, Bertha Strauss and Margot Aal. Also honored was Sharon Shwartz, not shown.

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LIRR, unions brace for a Sunday strike
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 4:33 pm

M ore than 5,400 employees of the Long Island Rail Road could walk off the job at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday if there is no progress on a new contract.

The workers are the highest-paid commuter railroad employees in the country, but also have been working without a contract since 2010.

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What’s Lawrence Cemetery?
Posted: July 17, 2014

The Lawrence Burying Ground, as it’s officially known, was landmarked by the city in 1967 and is the final resting spot for 40 members of the Lawrence family, who settled in the area in 1645.

The site is bounded by 216th Street and 42nd Avenue in Bayside.

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Having a ball at the ballpark
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 5:08 pm

For a few hours on Saturday morning, Citi Field was transformed into a field of dreams for 125 area children.

The Verizon Kids Clinic, hosted by the Mets, allowed young ballplayers a chance to hone their hitting, pitching and fielding skills under the tutelage of Mets relief pitcher Buddy Carlyle and the team’s third base and bullpen coaches, Tim Teufel and Ricky Bones.

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