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Community Board 9 wants fewer bars

During their first meeting back from the summer, Community Board 9 members — in no uncertain terms — announced they were done with the high density of bars and nightclubs in the district area.Faced with several new liquor licenses and a renewal, several members of the board at Tuesday night’s meeting at Villa Russo in Richmond Hill suggested voting down all of them, despite their applications being submitted on time, without any discrepancies and no complaints about the specific owners or locations. The reason? There are too many already.

Key Food gets a big Howard Beach hello
Posted: September 11, 2014

Ann Kiernan carefully studied the bag of green grapes she picked up from the shelf, somehow tuning out the chaos around her.

“This is a good price,” she said, grabbing a bag of purple grapes and placing them both in the black basket that hung from her arm.

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School traffic safety on CB 10’s agenda
Posted: September 11, 2014

The September meeting of Community Board 10, held last Thursday — the first official day of school — in the Knights of Columbus Hall on Lefferts Boulevard in South Ozone Park, buzzed with words of caution concerning traffic safety.

“Please watch where you’re driving,” state Sen. Joe Addabbo. Jr. (D-Howard Beach) said, reminding residents of the five-point penalty for driving past a stopped yellow school bus.

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Jamaica duo arrested for June JFK bag theft
Posted: September 11, 2014

Port Authority Police last Thursday recovered two designer handbags worth over $40,000 that were allegedly stolen three months ago from a traveler’s checked luggage at JFK Airport. Officers also arrested two Jamaica residents accused of stealing them.

Joe Pentangelo, a spokesman for the PAPD, identified the alleged culprits as Elepcia Barrientos, 38, and Lenny Hernandez, 42.

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After three decades, Carey bids goodbye
Posted: September 11, 2014

It was the end of an era at Community Board 9 Tuesday night.

Longtime District Manager Mary Ann Carey was honored for decades of service at her last meeting in the position she has held since Ed Koch was mayor and Donald Manes was borough president.

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Ozone Park block is in cockroach hell
Posted: September 11, 2014

For residents of 134th Avenue in Ozone Park, this summer has been “like a horror movie.”

Going back to May, several residents living on a three-block stretch between Cross Bay Boulevard and 96th Street say they have been plagued by a swarm of cockroaches.

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Police look for three in attempted robbery
Posted: September 11, 2014

The NYPD is searching for three suspects wanted for the attempted robbery of a cab driver in Howard Beach last month.

Police say the three suspects — all males who frequent the neighborhood — were in the cab at 99th Street and 160th Avenue at about 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 30 when one of them put the driver in a chokehold and punched him repeatedly. Cops say they attempted to remove some of the driver’s property, but either did not or were not able to.

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CB 9 OK’s intersection redesign
Posted: September 11, 2014

Community Board 9 reconsidered a proposal from June to reconfigure three intersections along Hillside Avenue at Kew Gardens Road, Metropolitan Avenue and 127th Street.

The city Department of Transportation’s proposal to change the intersections to reduce traffic and pedestrian accidents met stiff opposition last spring and was tabled to the new year for future discussion. The plan would change the intersection of Metropolitan and Hillside avenues by eliminating dangerous turns, notably by turning Metropolitan Avenue into a one-way eastbound because traffic heading westbound that turns left on Hillside Avenue have caused nearly a quarter of all traffic accidents between 2009 and 2012. The DOT also wanted to add medians and streamline traffic heading westbound on Hillside Avenue turning onto westbound Metropolitan Avenue.

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The consequences of September selflessness
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 12:35 pm

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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Woodhaven gets a fresh coat of paint
Posted: September 11, 2014

Two Woodhaven civic leaders took to the streets this past weekend to fight the war on graffiti vandalism.

Martin Colberg, president of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, and his predecessor, Ed Wendell, now president of the Woodhaven Historical Society, painted 21 mailboxes, 10 fire boxes and 6 traffic control boxes across the neighborhood on Sunday that had been marred by graffiti.

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Tuesday 09/16/2014
Aqueduct Race Track eyed for MLS stadium, sources say
Updated: September 16, 2014 - 10:38 pm

Several sources say MLS is looking to build a permanent stadium for the team, which is slated to begin playing next year at Yankee Stadium, at Aqueduct Race Track. 

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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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Friday 09/12/2014
Ozone Park deli trashed in possible robbery attempt
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 10:55 pm

A convenience store in Ozone Park was left in shambles after a scuffle broke out inside late Friday afternoon that might have stemmed from an attempted robbery gone awry. 

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Thursday 09/11/2014
Queens Library board puts Tom Galante on paid administrative leave
Updated: September 16, 2014 - 10:47 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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Summer in the Borough Photo Contest!
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 3:22 pm

There’s a first time for everything — even a first time for the Queens Chronicle’s Summer in the Borough Photo Contest to have two winners. And this year, the sixth for the contest, that’s just what happened. The judges have declared a tie for first place. The winners are Jennifer Morrison, who took the photo of the Ferris wheel in Astoria Park, and Nancy Morelli, who took the one of her granddaughter, Lizzie Schiefer, on a beautiful day in Forest Park. They each won several passes to see live entertainment, one choosing a Broadway musical and the other a Disney show. Just look at the perspective and the light in Morrison’s photo — not to mention the brilliant, subtle inclusion of the RFK-Triborough Bridge in the corner. Or the exuberant child’s joy captured in Lizzie’s face. We deem these works of art. And we had many other favorites among the submissions, including the one by James E. Morton Sr. of the closing summer camp party at the African Center for Community Empowerment in St. Albans; of a lost sandal strategically placed atop a fire hydrant, to aid, perhaps, in its being found by its rightful owner, captured on Queens Boulevard in Woodside by Richard Melnick; and of Tyrese, Tyler and Madison on a Q train bound for the Barclays Center, taken by the semi-anonymous “Anjelminor.” More can be seen on our website. Congratulations to our winners, and we hope all our readers will keep an eye out for our seventh annual Holiday Photo Contest, starting in late November. We look forward to your entries!

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Electeds say DREAM Act will go through
Posted: September 11, 2014

It’s election season and once again the New York State DREAM Act has become a centerpiece for many of the Democratic candidates.

At a press conference held on Saturday in front of the Renaissance Charter School in Jackson Heights, the bill’s sponsors, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) touted their latest supporter: lieutenant governor candidate Kathy Hochul.

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Bratton questioned by City Council
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 12:42 pm

There were a lot of things the public and even city lawmakers wanted to hear from Police Commissioner Bill Bratton when he sat before the City Council on Monday.

What is going to happen to the officer who allegedly killed Eric Garner? Is the NYPD racist? How will cops be trained to handle escalated situations without excessive force? What are you going to do?

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Queens primary results in a nutshell
Posted: September 11, 2014

Independent state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) held onto his seat, indicted state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) lost his in a rout and Gov. Cuomo was notified that not everyone in his party is thrilled by his record following Tuesday’s Democratic primaries.

In one of the races that garnered the most media attention this year, Avella defeated former city official John Liu 52.2 percent to 47.8 percent to retain his seat in the 11th District in northern and northeastern Queens, according to preliminary results published by media outlets citing the state Board of Elections.

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Dedicated voters hit the polls every time
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 12:50 pm

Though turnout was relatively low as it was an off-year election, many Queens residents did hit the polls to vote in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary and have their voices heard.

“Voting is a right and I exercise it. Religiously,” said Regina Jenkins from Hollis. Her mother worked at the polls and raised her to always come out on an election day. Now Jenkins is passing those values down to her children as well.

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Summer in the Borough Photo Contest!
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 3:27 pm

There’s a first time for everything — even a first time for the Queens Chronicle’s Summer in the Borough Photo Contest to have two winners. And this year, the sixth for the contest, that’s just what happened. The judges have declared a tie for first place.

The winners are Jennifer Morrison, who took the photo of the Ferris wheel in Astoria Park, and Nancy Morelli, who took the one of her granddaughter, Lizzie Schiefer, on a beautiful day in Forest Park. They each won several passes to see live entertainment, one choosing a Broadway musical and the other a Disney show.

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Job status of library’s Galante on the table
Posted: September 11, 2014

The Queens Library Board is set to hold two special meetings today, Sept. 11, and the primary topic of the main session will be the employment status of beleaguered library President and CEO Tom Galante, according to a government source who has been closely following the controversy surrounding the institution.

The source could not say more than that Galante’s status with the library is on the meeting’s agenda, but Juan Gonzalez of the Daily News, whose reporting spurred the ensuing controversy about its finances and governance, wrote Wednesday that the board is likely to suspend Galante.

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Revenge porn bill pushed
Posted: September 11, 2014

In light of the recent hacking of intimate celebrity photographs, Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) called for the passage of his legislation criminalizing the non-consensual disclosure of sexually explicit photographs, also known as “revenge porn.”

“The legislation I introduced last session, A.8214, criminalizes the non-consensual disclosure of sexually explicit photographs,” Braunstein said. “It would protect the vast majority of revenge porn victims.”

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NYPD promotes new high-technology tools
Posted: September 11, 2014

The 103rd Precinct in Jamaica will be one of five NYPD precincts that will have a limited number of officers wearing on-duty body cameras in a pilot program scheduled to begin before the end of the year.

The cameras are being tested in compliance with a court ruling in Floyd v. The City of New York, which required that a pilot camera program take place in precincts with the highest number of stop-and-frisk encounters in 2012.

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Federer gives his fans their money’s worth
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 2:16 pm

All Constance Moccia and her sister Rebecca wanted on Thursday night was for Roger Federer to play some quality tennis in a match that wouldn’t be over too quickly in straight sets.

“When you’ve paid good money — for nosebleed seats — you want to see some good tennis,” Constance said.

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Small fire on first day at PS 63
Posted: September 11, 2014

There was some unexpected excitement on the first day of school at PS 63 in Ozone Park on Thursday.

A small fire broke out in an air-conditioning unit in a classroom of the school at 90-15 Sutter Ave. at around 10:50 a.m. just a few hours after students began their first classes.

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CB 9 district manager’s awards
Posted: September 11, 2014

In her final act as district manager, Community Board 9’s Mary Ann Carey honored three people whom she said have been exceptional in helping the board do its job.

Steven Cangelosi, a former Sanitation worker and staffer for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, was honored along with Debby Kuha, the administrator of Forest Park, which CB 9 covers, and Rosemary Ciulla-Frisone, a member of adjacent Community Board 10 and staffer for the city Department of Transportation, whom Carey said has been instrumental in helping the board in transportation issues.

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Unions seek apprentices
Posted: September 11, 2014

The District Council 16 Cement and Concrete Workers Training and Education Fund will recruit 12 skilled construction laborer apprentices from Oct 1. through Oct 15.

Applications can be obtained at the DC 16 Training Center at 29-18 35 Ave., Long Island City from 8 a.m. till 2 p.m. every weekday except Columbus Day. Apprentices must be at least 18 years old and be able to pass a physical agility test involving lifting and carrying various-sized pieces of wood, steel and cement.

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