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Queens leaders share ‘coming out’ stories

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.

Van Bramer wants driver to turn self in
Updated: October 16, 2014 - 12:44 pm

Just weeks after the City Council passed the Justice for Hit-and-Run Victims Act, sponsored by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), a young man was critically injured by a driver who fled the scene in Woodside and the community is looking for justice.

“The days of Queens Boulevard being the ‘Boulevard of Death’ will no longer be tolerated,” Van Bramer said in a written statement. “Together with the NYPD and the community, we are sending a message directly to the driver who left a man clinging to his life, as well as all reckless drivers in the City of New York. We will track you down and punish you to the fullest extent of the law for your actions.”

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Moya wants city to say ‘bye’ to trailers
Posted: October 16, 2014

Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) is calling on voters to approve the Smart Schools Bond Act on Election Day and he went “back to school” to do it.

Recently, Moya attended class in one of PS 19’s temporary classrooms to expose the inadequacy of classroom trailers.

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IS 230 cuts ribbon on annex
Posted: October 16, 2014

Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), center, cut the ribbon on the newest middle school annex in Jackson Heights on Oct. 9.

The addition to IS 230 on 74th Street and 34th Avenue, which officially opened in September, features science labs, an art studio, a library with computers, classrooms, an exercise room and a cafeteria.

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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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Broadway to get an overhaul from DOT
Posted: October 16, 2014

The battle to end traffic fatalities along dangerous Queens streets has extended to Broadway in Elmhurst, the city Department of Transportation announced at Community Board 4’s monthly meeting on Tuesday.

The agency unveiled plans to redesign one mile of Broadway, from 75th Street to Queens Boulevard, designated a “high-crash corridor, by adding high visibility crosswalks, left turn bays and new parking lanes among other improvements.

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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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Working to aid the many victims of domestic abuse
Updated: October 16, 2014 - 2:50 pm

Every 15 seconds, a woman in the United States is battered.

That adds up to more than 16,000 homicides and more than two million medically treated injuries due to intimate partner violence each year in this country.

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Astoria celebrates Columbus
Updated: October 16, 2014 - 2:48 pm

Christopher Columbus may have sailed the ocean blue in 1492, but on Saturday community members sailed down the streets of Astoria for the Columbus Parade sponsored by the Federation of Italian-American Organizations of Queens.

The parade started at Kaufman Astoria Studios and appropriately ended at the Columbus Triangle on Astoria Boulevard.

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Queens fans flock to NYCC
Posted: October 16, 2014

Queens comic book, sci-fi and fantasy aficionados donned their zaniest costumes to revel in all things pop culture at the 8th annual New York Comic Con at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Manhattan. Among those joining in the cosplay were, clockwise from top left: Hosam Ibrahim, right, from Astoria, standing with The Joker; Astoria resident Alex Graham meeting Bumblebee from the Transformers universe; Hollis native Darryl McDaniels from hip-hop group Run DMC — in his usual getup — and Raziel Washington from East Elmhurst showing off his weaponry.

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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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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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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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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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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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QUICK HITS
Posted: October 16, 2014

With eye on terror, Schumer seeks fed law on trespassing

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LIRR work to affect St. Albans
Posted: October 16, 2014

The Long Island Rail Road is reminding riders that track construction work in and around Rockville Centre could add several minutes to an hour to some trips this weekend, Oct. 18 and 19.

The changes will include reduced service, shuttle buses and schedule adjustments.

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Restaurants Neir and dear to BP
Posted: October 16, 2014

“We heard this was the oldest tavern in Queens, and here we are,” Katz said.

Neir’s, which first opened in 1829, is one of more than 200 dining establishments running dinner and sometimes lunch specials in what Katz considers a promotion for Queens as well as the businesses.

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