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Biz owner: ‘The fight’s not over yet’

In July 2018, the Long Island Rail Road reversed itself and announced that the Lefferts Boulevard bridge in Kew Gardens would be repaired rather than torn down, saving the businesses on it.“My customers come back and go, ‘Oh, I’m sure you’re so relieved that everything is taken care of,’” Thyme Natural Market owner Nathalie Reid told the Chronicle Tuesday.

Study: MidVille has dog crap problem
Posted: December 05, 2019

S--t happens, but it seems to be prevalent in Middle Village and Maspeth.

That’s according to a Renthop.com study released in November. Middle Village is the dirtiest neighborhood in the entire city when it comes to dog poop. Maspeth is the third dirtiest.

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Criminal justice laws soon to arrive
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 1:01 pm

The sweeping bail and discovery criminal justice reform laws are less than a month away from being enacted, but the debate over their impact continues.

Acting Queens County District Attorney John Ryan opposes the laws, while DA-elect Melinda Katz, who will take office Jan. 1, the same day they will be implemented, supports them.

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DA releases list of cops with ‘issues’
Posted: December 05, 2019

Defense lawyers just call it “the list” — the shorthand name for a confidential database that prosecutors circulated among themselves containing the names of cops whose testimony has proved problematic in court.

Last week, the Queens District Attorney’s Office released the list, the result of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by Gothamist, a news website.

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Five injured during Onderdonk Avenue blaze
Posted: December 05, 2019

Five people were injured in a Ridgewood fire Nov. 26, according to the FDNY.

Authorities were called to 363 Onderdonk Ave. at 9:45 p.m., responding to the fire on the second floor of the three-story building. The blaze was deemed under control approximately 50 minutes later.

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Outreach NYC: now recruiting family
Posted: December 05, 2019

Just 10 days after announcing Outreach NYC, the newest initiative to combat the city homelessness crisis, Mayor de Blasio revealed his plans to expand the program to friends and family of unsheltered New Yorkers.

“We are a compassionate City, and New Yorkers look out for one another,” de Blasio said at the Tuesday, Nov. 26, announcement. “With Outreach NYC, we are redoubling our efforts to bring our most vulnerable off the streets and into a pathway of lasting stability.”

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MTA waits years to vet its hires: study
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 1:02 pm

Justice may be blind, but the MTA has been looking the other way for years when it comes to hiring bus drivers and train operators.

A report issued Wednesday by the MTA inspector general found the agency waited up to a year before doing background checks on its new hires.

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Reward for slashing suspect
Posted: December 05, 2019

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the indictment and conviction of the above suspect in a subway slashing on Nov. 14. The crime occurred on the steps of the Kew Gardens-Union Turnpike subway station in the NYPD’s 112th Precinct, police said, when a 19-year-old victim was slashed on his hand and arm.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS (8477) or, for Spanish, 1 (888) 57-PISTA (74782).

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Liu witnesses swearing in
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 1:53 pm

State Sen. John Liu, second from left, attended the swearing in ceremony of New York Supreme Court Justice Phil Hom on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

Hom, center right, was sworn in as the new state Supreme Court justice for the 11th Judicial District. Liu witnessed the ceremony for Hom, who had served as Liu’s chief of staff during his days as a City Council member.

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Thanksgiving at PS 87
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 1:15 pm

The holidays came a day early to PS 87 as the Middle Village school held its first Thanksgiving parade on Nov. 27.

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Monday 12/09/2019
Subway delays mar Monday morning rush
Posted: December 09, 2019

Thousands of subway riders faced extensive delays throughout the city Monday morning in part to signal problems and other malfunctions. 

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Sexual assault by Bayside bishop — DA
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 4:26 pm

A Bayside Bishop was charged with, and allegedly admitted to, predatory assault of a child congregant over the course of three years.

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Friday 12/06/2019
Five things to do in Queens this weekend! Dec. 6-8
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 12:16 pm

Here we are in a compressed holiday season, with the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas as tight as can be. At least Chanukah starts relatively late this year! But as you scramble with gift buying, party planning and whatever else, there are as always plenty of events in Queens whose hosts hope you might attend! Here’s our weekly list of just five you might consider, with many more posted in both What’s Happening — our Community Calendar and our reader-generated Online Calendar.

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Thursday 12/05/2019
Why you should get your annual flu shot
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 1:29 pm

When it comes to getting a flu shot, Dr. Bruce Hirsch, who specializes in infectious diseases at Northwell Health, acknowledges “Getting a shot is uncomfortable, inconvenient and unpleasant. But getting the flu is very inconvenient, very uncomfortable and occasionally can lead to making other health conditions worse.”

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Fun in the sun winter escapes
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 1:39 pm

The arrival of December means cold temperatures and snowy days. If you’re looking for some fun in the sun escapes to break up the dreariness, here are some ideas. Queens’ hometown airline, JetBlue, flies to all these places.

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Pols urge an enviro-friendly bus depot
Posted: December 05, 2019

Now that the long-sought reconstruction of the old Jamaica Bus Depot is nearing realization, elected officials from the surrounding neighborhoods and from areas served by buses from the terminal are asking the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to adopt what they see as the most environmentally friendly of three proposed construction options.

In a letter “expressing our disappointment” to MTA Chairman and CEO Pat Foye and NYC Transit President Andy Byford dated Nov. 22, 18 elected officials requested that the MTA pay the extra money to go with “Candidate Alternative D,” which would house the highest number of buses on-site and do so in enclosed parking facilities.

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Library puts disabled on a shelf, suit says
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 1:03 pm

A new chapter of controversy has started for the Queens Borough Public Library and its new Hunters Point branch, after a Queens woman and an advocacy group alleged the building makes it impossible for some individuals to access certain parts of the structure.

In a federal lawsuit filed against the QBPL, its trustees and the city, the Center for Independence of the Disabled-New York alleges the Hunters Point Library was “designed and built with a total disregard for adults and children with mobility disabilities and in flagrant contempt of the legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.”

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Caught! Fugitive in child abuse case
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 1:05 pm

The Ozone Park homeless shelter resident wanted for skipping bail on charges of sexually assaulting a 3-year-old child in a Woodhaven laundromat is behind bars again.

After nearly a month on the run, Luis Olivo, 63, was arrested Sunday afternoon in Downtown Jamaica, police said.

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City admits it was late to sewer mess
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 1:17 pm

The city is vowing to clean up and repair the damage caused by a smelly sewage backup that flooded as many as 74 homes in South Ozone Park over the weekend.

Investigators from the Department of Environmental Protection still don’t know what caused the block in a sewage line under 150th Street at the Belt Parkway.

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Voices of feminism finally moving in
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 1:09 pm

After 16 years of waiting, the Center for the Women of New York will finally move its headquarters into a landmark Fort Totten building.

The organization announced that the Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for the 207 Totten Ave. location will take place on Sunday, Dec. 8. The CWNY says it is ready for the move despite signs remaining on the building that read “Do not enter. Building unsafe by order of the NYAC Fire Marshall.”

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Break on parking tix for trucks assailed
Posted: December 05, 2019

Thousands of delivery trucks block bus and bike lanes throughout New York City each day. That’s a $115 traffic violation, but the delivery firms don’t have to pay the full amount. Now many elected officials want that to come to an end.

The practice is known as the Stipulated Fine Program. On Cyber Monday — when many people make online orders that then get delivered by companies such as UPS and FedEx — Councilmember Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams called for the program to be terminated.

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Racist graffiti hits Lindenwood block
Posted: December 05, 2019

Lindenwood woke up Thanksgiving morning to racist messages spray-painted onto fences, trees trunks and sidewalks — a disturbing attack that unsettled the neighborhood and sparked a major police investigation.

The messages were anti-white and nearly all used language considered unprintable.

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Annual Turkey Trot scores thousands
Posted: December 05, 2019

Flushing Meadows Corona Park continued to honor its Thanksgiving tradition by hosting the annual New York City Turkey Trot on Saturday, Nov. 30.

“It’s your post-turkey workout. Your body will thank you later,” joked the registration table posters. All Community Events, the organizers of the Turkey Trot, teamed up with communities throughout the nation to form the American Turkey Tradition, a multicity running festival. Participants ran with neighbors at their local venue, but had the ability to later compare their results with other Turkey Trotters, totaling approximately 60,000 runners, across the country on a national leader board.

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Rangers win ... and reunite
Posted: December 05, 2019

Reunited and it feels so good.

The Forest Hills High School Rangers defeated Grand Street Campus 65-54 last Sunday afternoon in the Irwin Isser Thanksgiving Basketball Classic. Several former players returned. Isser played at Forest Hills and then coached the team for more than 30 seasons, leading the team to a PSAL Division “B” title in 1978. He won more than 400 games from the mid-1960s through 1998.

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Drug burglar
Posted: December 05, 2019

Police are searching for the above male in connection with a burglary in the 107th Precinct.

On Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2:28 a.m., the burglar forced entry through the basement door of Genesis Pharmacy at 65-58 Fresh Meadows Lane. The perpetrator was unsuccessful in gaining entrance to the main level of the pharmacy and fled the scene empty handed.

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We’re ready for your gift to kids in need
Posted: December 05, 2019

The Queens Chronicle’s Annual Toy Drive for needy children and young adults gets bigger just about every year, and we’re sure this holiday season will be no exception, thanks to the amazing generosity of you, our readers.

We’re looking for donations of new, unwrapped toys, games and other diversions, along with items of clothing and accessories including scarves, hats and gloves. High-tech items such as portable phone chargers are always appreciated, and are not necessarily that expensive. Books are great too — but, as with all presents, new ones only, please.

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Photo contest!
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 2:45 pm

The Queens Chronicle’s 12th annual Holiday Photo Contest is now underway — and you’re invited to join in!

Take pictures of lights, miniature villages, snowy landscapes, joyous children and families — anything that reflects the season — and send them on in. Be inspired by these quality past entries, by Kimberly Graves, our 2013 winner, top, and Kayla Luongo.

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Celebrating small businesses
Posted: December 05, 2019

The Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District kicked off Small Business Saturday on Nov. 30 at the 71st Avenue Plaza, hosting its annual event with pictures with Santa, live holiday music, face painting, balloons and other giveaways.

Small Business Saturday is held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving each year, between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The nationwide campaign started by American Express is meant to promote shopping locally, shopping small and supporting neighborhood businesses.

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