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Chaos at school diversity meeting

The city’s strategy to allow local communities to write their own “diversity and integration” plans got off to a rocky start in Queens last week.In District 28 — which covers neighborhoods from Forest Hills and Rego Park south to Jamaica — parents, students and teachers are to map out a plan to bring greater racial balance to its middle schools.

Council vote urges NYPD to tow cars
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:05 pm

The City Council passed a bill urging the NYPD to tow vehicles blocking sidewalks, crosswalks, fire hydrants, bike lanes and bus lanes whenever they pose a threat to safety by a 45-0 vote on Tuesday.

Councilman Bob Holden (D-Middle Village) introduced Int. 1412, which was also sponsored by Council Speaker Corey Johnson (D-Manhattan), Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and nine other Council members.

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Chamber comes out for QueensWay
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:05 pm

QueensWay, the “vertical park” for the long-abandoned Rockaway Beach Rail Line, won a powerful ally this week — the Queens Chamber of Commerce.

Word that the chamber, which represents more than 1,100 businesses in the borough, was throwing its weight behind the park proposal came last Thursday when the Gotham Gazette, an online local news site owned by the Citizens Union, posted an op-ed co-written by chamber President Tom Grech, Carter Strickland, New York State director of The Trust for Public Land, and Travis Terry, president of Friends of the QueensWay.

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Amazon returns ... but it’s not HQ2
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:05 pm

As Amazon closes in on opening a warehouse on Grand Avenue in Maspeth, 42 elected officials wrote the online retail giant expressing concern about dangerous working conditions in its warehouses.

Amazon is closing in on the approximately 700,000-square-foot warehouse at 55-15 Grand Ave, according to Crain’s. The Real Deal reported in 2018 that RXR Realty planned to build a multistory warehouse at the property that was bought for $72 million by LBA Logistics.

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New commanding officer in N. Queens
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:05 pm

As the NYPD shifts personnel around, Assistant Chief Galen Frierson is the new commanding officer of Patrol Borough Queens North with his predecessor, Assistant Chief Martin Morales, becoming chief of personnel.

Frierson had been the executive officer of Patrol Borough Queens South.

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Vietnam memorial to open this Friday
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:05 pm

The new Queens Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Elmhurst Park will open Friday, Dec. 20 at 10 a.m.

The memorial will feature the names of 371 Queens service members who died during the war or served and are classified as “missing in action.” Also recognized are the borough veterans who have since lost their lives as a result of their service during the conflict.

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Happy Holidays in Elmhurst
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:49 pm

The Elmhurst community came out to celebrate and watch the lighting of the tree last Friday at Veterans Grove Playground.

Councilman Danny Dromm, right at top, read the classic “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” to the gathered audience and later greeted carolers from the Queens High School for Language Studies.

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Most wonderful time
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:41 pm

There is a saying in the area that Maspeth is America. Last Friday night, it could’ve doubled as the North Pole.

Performers from Song and a Dance, a school located on Grand Avenue in Maspeth, entertained onlookers.

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Holidays in Maspeth
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:05 pm

Friends of the Maspeth Library hosted its annual holiday festival at the branch located at 69-70 Grand Ave.

Among the festivities was face painting, a magician, the NYPD giving out child IDs, a concert and games and prizes. Hundreds of goodie bags were also given out.

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Student author pens inspirational story
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:05 pm

Not many eighth-graders can say they have been published in a book, but Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy’s Isabella Benedetto is one who can.

Isabella wrote about a project her school was involved in to send money to children in Tanzania. A charity, Milk Money, partners with farmers in the country to produce and package milk for public schools.

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Fans happy over talk of Mets sale
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:05 pm

Mets fans are encouraged by the news that hedge fund manager Steve Cohen is negotiating with Sterling Partners, headed by Fred Wilpon and brother-in-law Saul Katz, to gain majority control of the franchise.

Cohen, 63, who has been a minority investor in the team since 2012, will continue as CEO and president of Point72 Asset Management. His stake in the Mets will continue to be managed by his family office, Cohen Private Ventures.

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Thursday 12/12/2019
STEM educators receive top honors
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:05 pm

Out of the seven city public school teachers honored for their outstanding excellence in educating and inspiring students, two are from Queens.

Lisa San Martin of The Queens School of Inquiry in Flushing and Robin Norwich of Bayside High School are two STEM educators who were to be honored by the Fund for the City of New York at the 11th Annual Sloan Awards celebration on Dec. 11.

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'I know the pain is unbearable:' coach
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:22 pm

Aamir Griffin went to Cardozo High School to get in some basketball practice on Oct. 26.

Several hours later, he played in a recreational league title game and hit a three-pointer at the buzzer.

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Center for the Women of NY gets new home
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:05 pm

After 16 years of fighting and waiting, the Center for the Women of New York celebrated its long-awaited move into its Fort Totten headquarters with a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony Sunday, Dec. 8.

“[The move] allows us to really broaden our activities and to go back to the kind of thing that we started to do when we had the old building,” said Ann Jawin, who founded the CWNY in 1987.

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Crews still seeking sewage spill’s cause
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:24 pm

Two weeks after a sewer backup devastated a large area of South Ozone Park, the city had helped clean up scores of homes — but is no closer to determining why it happened.

The search for what caused thousands of gallons of untreated waste to spew into the basements of scores of houses on Thanksgiving night has become a 24/7 job.

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Shop ’til you drop with our 2019 holiday gift guide
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 10:53 am

The holiday season is certainly a joyous time but it can be stressful when it comes to finding a gift for the special people in your life. Here are some last-minute gift ideas that will hopefully inspire.

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Plaxall joins in LIC waterfront planning
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 3:00 pm

Plans to redevelop a key section of the Long Island City waterfront got a major boost last Thursday when the largest landowner in the targeted area, the Plaxall company, joined in a preparatory effort being undertaken by several other firms at the behest of the City Council.

A family-owned manufacturing firm with deep roots in LIC, Plaxall holds the largest pieces of a 28-acre area around Anable Basin that has been eyed for redevelopment for years. The site runs from 46th Road on the south to a little north of the corner of 44th Avenue and Vernon Boulevard, and from Vernon on the east to the East River on the west. It is where online retail and tech giant Amazon planned to build a complex until that deal was nixed last February.

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Council considering paper receipt curbs
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:05 pm

Citing the organization Green America, the office of City Council Speaker Corey Johnson (D-Manhattan) recently stated that more than three million trees are used every year to provide paper shopping receipts.

In an effort to cut back on waste and potentially dangerous chemicals that are used on some of the receipts, the Council is taking a look at some other options.

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Sexual assault by Bayside bishop: DA
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:30 pm

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

Bishop Jesse Milagrosa, spiritual leader of Our Lady of La Salette Church, was arraigned before Queens Criminal Court Judge Karina Alomar on Thursday, Dec. 5, where he was charged with predatory sexual assault against a child, first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, and first-, second- and third-degree criminal sexual act. If convicted, Milagrosa faces 10 years up to life in prison.

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Ongoing Armstrong search for director
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:05 pm

After arriving at Corona’s Louis Armstrong House Museum with much fanfare last February, Kenyon Adams resigned as director in July after what was reported as sometimes acrimonious differences with some members of the staff and board of directors about the institution’s future direction.

It came at a critical time as the museum, which operates under the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College, was in the midst of the ongoing construction of the multimillion-dollar Armstrong Center just across 107th Street.

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Chased teen
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:05 pm

Police say this man is wanted for allegedly menacing a 14-year-old girl at random on a Richmond Hill street, yelling, “I’m coming for you” and chasing her into traffic where she was struck by a passing car last Friday.

The girl’s injuries were classified as serious but not life-threatening after she was treated at Cohen Children’s Medical Center.

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Make Christmas great again. Give.
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:05 pm

Time is running out on your chance to play Super Santa for some kids who could use a super Christmas this year.

Your donations to the Queens Chronicle’s Annual Toy Drive will put some cheer into the hands of families living the city’s homeless shelters and the children of our veterans in need.

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Gun buyback on Dec. 21
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:05 pm

The NYPD and the Queens District Attorney’s Office will host a gun buyback program from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21, at the New Jerusalem Baptist Church at 122-05 Smith St. in South Jamaica.

Those who qualify can receive a pre-paid $200 gift card for functioning handguns and assault weapons and a $25 card for other rifles, shotguns and air guns.

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Celebrate our immigrant diversity this holiday
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:54 pm

As we gather together with family and friends over food and gratitude this holiday season, it is important to remember what is at the core of our holiday celebrations — love of others.

I have often used this column to articulate the incredible breadth of who our immigrant communities are and also the richness this tapestry of peoples has brought to our great city. But lost in our every day is this recognition, and contrary to many of our experiences, our national rhetoric has led to demonization of our communities. I encourage us this holiday season to take this time to acknowledge each other and ensure we see each other with the dignity we all deserve. To celebrate our fortune to live in a city where we are all New Yorkers and yet we can love and honor our cultural and familial heritage.

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Photo contest!
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:05 pm

The Queens Chronicle’s 12th annual Holiday Photo Contest is underway!

Take pictures of lights, miniature villages, snowy landscapes, children and families — anything that reflects the season — and send them on in. Our main requirement is that the photos be taken in Queens this season. Give us the details you can, especially the location, the names of any people in the picture, when possible, and when it was taken. And please tell us your correct name, where you live and whether you’re an amateur or professional photographer.

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Cement apprentices sought
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:05 pm

The District Council 16 Cement and Concrete Workers Training and Education Fund will conduct a recruitment for 20 skilled construction craft laborer apprentices from Jan. 6 through 17.

Applications can be obtained from the DC 16 Training Center at 29-18 35 Ave. in Long Island City from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays during the recruitment period. Only 300 applications will be distributed, on a first-come, first-served basis. The recruitment will run for 10 business days or until 300 applications have been issued, whichever comes first. Applications must be received no later than Jan. 17.

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Star chamber
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:05 pm

The Queens Chamber of Commerce on Dec. 4 honored its own members and others at its annual Business Person of the Year Awards Dinner at Terrace On The Park in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Celebrating here are Maria Odysseos from Investors Bank, left, who joined Helen Psaras, accepting for the late Dimitrios “Jimmy” Kaloidis, former owner of Terrace On The Park; Connective Strategies Associates, Inc. President and CEO Tyquana Henderson-Rivers; Vassilaros & Sons Coffee Executive Vice President Alexandra Vassilaros; United Construction & Development Group Corp. President Chris Xu; and Queens Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas Grech.

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Monday 12/09/2019
Subway delays mar Monday morning rush
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 1:43 pm

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 12, 2019 - 1:43 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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