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QueensWay plans are taking shape

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.

DOT may change City Line pedestrian plaza
Posted: October 16, 2014

Changes may be in store for the controversial pedestrian plaza that was constructed last fall in City Line.

Community Board 9 entertained the issue on Tuesday night in Richmond Hill after holding a town hall meeting in August at Borough Hall where supporters and opponents — mainly business owners at the site — spoke about their concerns on the plaza. The city Department of Transportation installed the plaza last November along Drew Street between Liberty and 101st avenues and 101st Avenue between Drew and 75th streets. CB 9 approved it a year ago.

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Residents tell police about the bees, hoops
Posted: October 16, 2014

Judith Loli came to the Oct. 8 meeting of the 106th Precinct Community Council with an unusual complaint — a beehive was on a tree branch by the side of her South Ozone Park home.

Loli, who lives on 114th Street, said the bees have taken up residence in the tree since the summer and haven’t left. Thankfully, she hasn’t been stung.

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CB 9 debates role in IDing problem bars
Posted: October 16, 2014

Another month, another raucous debate at Community Board 9, this time over a liquor license renewal for a Woodhaven bar that may … or may not … pose a serious quality-of-life issue for the neighborhood.

A month after several members of the board sought to establish a moratorium on all liquor licenses to end what they claim is the “proliferation” of bars in the area, members took up a renewal of McHugh’s, a bar at 97-07 Jamaica Ave., which several members say is a source of trouble.

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Suspect on the run after diner shooting
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 2:35 pm

A shot was fired by a federal agent outside the Cross Bay Diner during a drug sting late Monday night.

No one was struck by the bullet and it is unclear why the agent fired his weapon.

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Trailers at Richmond Hill HS to be removed
Posted: October 16, 2014

The much-maligned trailers at Richmond Hill High School may finally be torn down this year, it was announced at Community Board 9 Thursday night.

Vishnu Mahadeo, a representative from state Sen. James Sanders Jr. (D-South Ozone Park), said that the trailers that have served as classrooms in the high school’s schoolyard for over a decade will be closed and dismantled by June 2015.

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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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106th Pct. commander reflects on first year
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 3:25 pm

Looking back on his first year as commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff said he believed he and his officers’ proactive approach to reduce crime and quality-of-life violations in the past year have been successful.

And the latest NYPD crime statistics for the precinct seem to agree.

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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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Thrills and chills at the St. Helen Fall Fair!
Updated: October 16, 2014 - 3:37 pm

“Family activities for all!” is what St. Helen Church in Howard Beach promised for its fall fair, held Sunday, and it sure delivered. Just some of those having fun at the event were, clockwise from top right, Adam Arnold, 6, of Howard Beach, with his little haunted house; Mia Dublis, 3, of Howard Beach, trying her luck at the Spin-a-Prize wheel; Briana Cipolla, 12, of Howard Beach, showing off her custom lip gloss; Matt Gonzalez of Howard Beach and his daughter, Olivia, 1 1/2; Maria Longo, 4, of Howard Beach, with her jack-o’-lantern decoration; Aiden Fiero, 3, petting Smokey the rabbit; James Dublis, 2, working on his coloring book; Ava Turano, 3, petting Smokey as he’s held by Becky Rietta of Tack-and-Go Farms; Kathy Martin, left, Lisa Tucci, Ronny Tallant and Carol Tucci, displaying their wares; and Dominic Martinez, 4, getting a ride on a horse. The event was just a great time for all!

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Capri Jet Realty to host "An Evening of Career Exploration"
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 4:36 pm

Capri Jet Realty, a full-service boutique real estate brokerage firm based on Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is holding an invitation-only event for new and experienced agents seeking to learn more about the growing firm, and the benefits they offer in the North Brooklyn community. The event will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at La Piazetta Restaurant, 442 Graham Ave., Brooklyn.


“An Evening of Career Exploration,” which will feature h’ordeuvres, wine and beer for participants, will showcase the many resources and opportunities available at Capri Jet as the company undertakes an expansion initiative designed to attract new talent, and build stronger relationships with clients, landlords, owners and developers in North Brooklyn.

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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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Thrills and chills at the St. Helen Fall Fair!
Posted: October 16, 2014

“Family activities for all!” is what St. Helen Church in Howard Beach promised for its fall fair, held Sunday, and it sure delivered. Just some of those having fun at the event were, clockwise from top right, Adam Arnold, 6, of Howard Beach, with his little haunted house; Mia Dublis, 3, of Howard Beach, trying her luck at the Spin-a-Prize wheel; Briana Cipolla, 12, of Howard Beach, showing off her custom lip gloss; Matt Gonzalez of Howard Beach and his daughter, Olivia, 1 1/2; Maria Longo, 4, of Howard Beach, with her jack-o’-lantern decoration; Aiden Fiero, 3, petting Smokey the rabbit; James Dublis, 2, working on his coloring book; Ava Turano, 3, petting Smokey as he’s held by Becky Rietta of Tack-and-Go Farms; Kathy Martin, left, Lisa Tucci, Ronny Tallant and Carol Tucci, displaying their wares; and Dominic Martinez, 4, getting a ride on a horse. The event was just a great time for all!

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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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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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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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Crime but no cops at Flushing Mdws.
Updated: October 16, 2014 - 12:38 pm

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.

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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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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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QUICK HITS
Posted: October 16, 2014

With eye on terror, Schumer seeks fed law on trespassing

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Ozone Park burglar faces life in prison
Posted: October 16, 2014

The culprit of a burglary spree in May and June was sentenced to 12 years to life in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to multiple charges.

Harry Garcia, 49, of Jamaica broke into five Ozone Park homes over a one-month period and stole thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and other accessories.

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