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Koslowitz: Rego Pk. Library coming soon

Rego Park residents can expect the long awaited reconstruction of the community’s library to start soon — well, at some point before 2022 at least. Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) told those at Community Board 6’s monthly meeting last Thursday that she’s been reassured that’s at least the idea.“They have committed to me that the library groundbreaking is going to happen before I retire,” said Koslowitz, who will be ineligible to run in 2021 due to term limits. “It’s going to happen.”

Homeless man slams boy onto ground: cops
Posted: October 17, 2019

A homeless man attacked a 6-year-old boy in Kew Gardens last Thursday, according to police.

Laurance Gendreau, 35, was walking at Metropolitan Avenue and Lefferts Boulevard at approximately 4:50 p.m. when he picked up the boy and threw him to the ground. Police took Gendreau, whom they described as an emotionally disturbed person, into custody at the scene without further incident.

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Housing dominates QICA’s conference
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 1:08 pm

As sure as summer turns to fall, the quality-of-life issues facing seniors remain a constant, as indicated by the Queens Interagency Council on Aging at its annual Legislative Forum, held at Borough Hall last Friday, with about a dozen elected officials and an estimated 100 concerned citizens in attendance.

Highlighting one of the greatest needs, QICA President Barry Klitsberg reminded those on hand that “seniors, among the most vulnerable of the city’s citizens, have been virtually ignored in the planning for affordable housing.”

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Community has Java with Joe
Posted: October 17, 2019

State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. held his first Java with Joe event on Oct. 5 at Flower Power Coffee House NYC in Glendale. Addabbo here thanks owner Dorothy Stepnowski and her daughter, Destiny, for hosting the event.

Addabbo will be holding a series of such events, meeting with constituents and speaking about issues of concern in the community. He normally holds them at libraries but wanted to expand his availability while promoting small businesses.

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Looking to revive a defunct rail line
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 1:09 pm

A stretch of train tracks that hasn’t transported passengers in more than 20 years is the answer to the question of commuting in certain transit deserts around the borough, says an advocacy group led by former Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley.

The Long Island Rail Road’s Lower Montauk branch runs 8.5 miles between Long Island City and Jamaica and would serve residents in those neighborhoods as well as Blissville, Maspeth, Ridgewood, Glendale and Richmond Hill. The MTA closed the stops along the line in 1998.

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Holiday fun with Play4Autism
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 2:07 pm

The Play4Autism nonprofit service organization held its first Halloween Family Fun Day last Saturday at The Shops at Atlas Park, drawing more than 1,000 people.

Families enjoyed a Trunk or Treat, face-painting, Halloween costume contest (sponsored by Laserbounce).

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Hispanic Heritage Month
Posted: October 17, 2019

Officers from the NYPD’s 104th Precinct in Ridgewood commemorated Hispanic Heritage Month on the evening of Oct. 9 at a gathering hosted by the department at 1 Police Plaza in Manhattan.

There are more than 10,000 officers of Hispanic origin or heritage in the NYPD — nearly 30 percent of the department.

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Homeless man is charged in homicide
Posted: October 17, 2019

Police arrested a 54-year-old homeless man last Friday in connection with a brutal Oct. 6 beating in Ridgewood.

Jeremiah McCarthy has been charged with assault in the death of Constantin Palaghia, 54, who also was undomiciled.

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The power of ‘we’ must take on climate change
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 2:04 pm

Greta Thunberg learned about climate change when she was 8, and she felt isolated. Neither her relatives, her classmates nor her parents acted in ways that were commensurate with the situation. Climate change is too big for any individual to solve. It requires the collective power of “we.” Now Greta is the leader of a global movement, School Strike for Climate, that is mobilizing people on every continent, even Antarctica, to unite and take action to save our future.

Like many, I’ve known of climate change for a long time, but thought it was a distant problem. Bill McKibben’s article “Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math” worried me, and I sought a deeper understanding of climate change. Mitigating climate change became a fixation. The things that once gave me purpose became dependent on maintaining a livable future. Greta overcame her loss of purpose, and she’s inspiring me to do the same.

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Not-So-Scary, Kid-Friendly Tours Begin Saturday, October 12, at Fear Manor
Updated: October 10, 2019 - 4:02 pm

Fear Manor, Queen’s premier haunted destination, is hosting a not-so-scary experience of the premier haunted attraction on select dates throughout the season starting Saturday. While Fear Manor’s regular haunted attractions are not recommended for younger children, it will offer chaperoned, kid-friendly tours on October 12, 14, 19 and 26 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for guests ages 3 through 12. Admission for all Not-So-Scary dates is only $10 per person.

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Friday 10/18/2019
Five things to do in Queens this weekend! Oct. 18-20
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 5:32 pm

As we enter a brisk fall weekend, events both indoors and out await you in the geographically largest of New York City’s five boroughs. And here we list just five of those things to do in Queens this weekend in which you might consider partaking. Anyone who wishes to peruse more should click or tap this or this.

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MTA 'working to fix' Forest Hills MetroCard machines
Posted: October 18, 2019

A MetroCard sales van was positioned on the street outside the 71st-Continental Avenue subway station in time for the Friday morning rush hours at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority scrambled to repair problems with station vending machines that have not been able to accept credit or debit cards since at least last Tuesday night.

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City Council approves sweeping new jail plan
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 1:37 pm

The City Council voted Thursday to  "reshape our city " by closing Rikers Island and building four new jails, one in every borough except Staten Island. The vote was 36-13.

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Suspect arrested in Ridgewood man's murder
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 11:07 am

The NYPD arrested a 26-year-old Brooklyn man on Thursday night for the Sept. 20 killing of Ridgewood resident Anthony Santana.

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Thursday 10/17/2019
Impatient passenger hits bus driver with an umbrella
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 2:29 pm

An MTA bus operator driving the Q8 route from Jamaica to East New York last week was assaulted by an irate passenger who struck him with an umbrella.

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Cash only at 71st-Continental Ave. MetroCard machines
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 10:41 am

MetroCard machines at the 71st-Continental Avenue subway station in Forest Hills have been unable to take credit or debit cards since at least Tuesday, based on observations made by the Chronicle as late as Thursday morning.

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Mets parking may come to Willets Pt.
Posted: October 17, 2019

Two large swathes of Willets Point land are being eyed for temporary Citi Field parking spaces, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

That’s because construction of the proposed $2.05 billion AirTrain linking LaGuardia Airport to the area will require staging areas be placed in Citi Field parking lots, the agency said. The work is expected to mostly affect the Southfield lot, which sits south of Roosevelt Avenue. The Willets Point sections in question would be used for replacement parking.

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PA unveils ‘historic’ JFK jobs initiative
Posted: October 17, 2019

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on Tuesday officially memorialized initiatives targeting job opportunities, business opportunities, and training and education for Queens and the communities surrounding John F. Kennedy International Airport, all interwoven into the five-year $13 billion rebuilding plan.

PA Executive Director Rick Cotton made the announcement in Jamaica at the JFK Redevelopment Community Information Center, surrounded by elected officials and community and business leaders.

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Council poised to vote ‘yes’ on jails
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 2:58 pm

Days before the City Council is scheduled to cast a crucial vote on the mayor’s plan to build four new jailsÇ including one in Kew Gardens, the administration agreed to shave down their size — a last-minute revision that appeared to cinch passage of the controversial proposal.

A roll call vote in the City Council scheduled for today, Oct. 17, is the final step before mayoral approval of the plan.

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School-zone speed cameras going up
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 1:03 pm

Somewhere up above, a new speed camera is watching and waiting.

The city Department of Transportation is not quite halfway through a $62-million program to install 770 speed cameras near every school in the city that didn’t have one by the end of next year.

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Off-duty cop kills self in Fresh Meadows
Posted: October 17, 2019

In the 10th suicide by an NYPD officer this year, Sgt. Linhong Li shot himself while off-duty in his Fresh Meadows home on Tuesday night.

His wife found him in their home around 9:30 p.m., according the Daily News. Emergency responders brought him to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

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Celebrating Columbus Day in Queens
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 1:17 pm

The Federation of Italian-American Organizations of Queens’ 42nd Annual Queens Columbus Day Parade marched in Astoria last Saturday. The crowd went from Kaufman Studios to the Columbus Triangle.

Above, the FIAOQ contingent marches.

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JFK environmental studies needed: EQA
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 2:38 pm

As president of the Eastern Queens Alliance, Barbara Brown appreciates the potential economic advantages that could be awaiting surrounding communities with the planned $13 billion rebuild of John F. Kennedy International Airport.

But she said when it comes to the possible exacerbation of already worrisome environmental concerns for people in communities surrounding JFK, the time has come to fight fire with fire — or, more accurately, noise with noise.

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ACS, Chronicle pay tribute to the survivors
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 1:45 pm

On Oct. 10 the Queens Chronicle marked Breast Cancer Awareness Month, sponsoring a ceremony at which the American Cancer Society honored Queens women who have survived the disease.

The ceremony was hosted by the Jamaica site of Raymour & Flanigan, the furniture chain with a location at 168-23 Jamaica Ave.

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A plan to transform LIC’s Anable Basin
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 1:07 pm

The death of one Anable Basin mega-project led to the birth of another one.

It’s a story that begins a few months after Amazon ditched Long Island City earlier this year. That’s when the City Council and the de Blasio administration approached TF Cornerstone, Simon Baron Development, L&L MAG and Plaxall, four companies that hold land in and around the waterfront site where the online retail behemoth planned to set up its complex. The conversations centered around the idea of taking a unified approach to developing the 28-acre space.

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Breast cancer walk highlights ACS’s work
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 1:32 pm

With 15,000 participants, the Making Strides Against Breast Center walk at Flushing Meadows Corona Park raised over $655,00 last year. And this year, organizers are hoping to surpass that number.

Scheduled for the morning of Sunday, Oct. 20, the annual event raises funds for both breast cancer research and services provided by the American Cancer Society. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m. Register online at makingstrideswalk.org/queens.

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Partners’ support is invaluable after diagnosis
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 1:31 pm

When the diagnosis is breast cancer, a woman’s husband or intimate partner is directly affected, and can be crucial during times of treatment and recovery.

“It’s an ultimate ‘in sickness and in health’ situation,” said Dr. Jane Carleton, associate chief of Clinical Affairs at Northwell Health’s Monter Cancer Center.

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New book explores Korean life in Queens
Posted: October 17, 2019

Dorothy Hong got to know Queens from doing pro bono legal work with the MinKwon Center for Community Action in Flushing over the years. And in her new self-published book, “Queens County Koreans in NYC,” she writes all about her native land’s diaspora in the borough.

“So I have seen how the neighborhood changed,” she told the Chronicle, adding, “I felt like it’s about time that someone wrote about this.”

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