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Queens GOP looks for DA candidate

The Republican Party is looking for a candidate to run against Borough President Melinda Katz in November’s race for district attorney.Queens GOP Chairwoman Joann Ariola-Shanks has met with defense attorney Joe Murray, whom she considered “very qualified.”

Bus plans impacting Ridgewood residents
Posted: August 22, 2019

Like it or not, here it comes.

The Department of Transportation announced last Friday that the Fresh Pond Road bus lane will be implemented this month. The DOT confirmed work began Monday. That is despite the fact that Community Board 5 voted 28-6 against the proposal. The board’s Transportation Committee, however, was in favor.

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‘Crime has been at record lows for us’
Posted: August 22, 2019

Summer has been safe in the 112th Precinct.

“Crime has been at record lows for us,” said Capt. Jonathan Cermeli, the precinct’s commanding officer. “We’ve been seeing decreases in all of our crime categories.”

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Husband runs over wife in fatal accident
Posted: August 22, 2019

A Ridgewood woman was killed last Saturday afternoon when her husband accidentally backed over her at a gas station, according to reports.

Isabel Ramirez-Cohetero, 51, and her husband, Marcos Salas, had been washing their red Jeep Commander at the BP at 60-90 Eliot Ave. in Maspeth. They were moving the vehicle to dry it off when Salas realized the car was left in reverse.

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Applying to high school simplified
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 12:04 pm

The anxiety and complications of getting into the high school or middle school of your choice in New York City have sometimes made getting a mortgage look simple.

Last week, the process was made simpler — though no less anxiety-inducing — when the city announced a new, streamlined application process that will take effect for the 2020 school year.

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Laurelton cop ninth NYPD suicide in ’19
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 12:12 pm

“How did this happen?”

A Facebook friend of veteran NYPD Officer Robert Echeverria posted the question on his page after the officer from Laurelton on Aug. 14 became the ninth member of the NYPD to take his own life this year.

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Honk, honk — rally targets speeders
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 12:07 pm

Long after dark, when the traffic on Woodhaven Boulevard dies down and the speed of cars picks up, drivers last Friday got a surprise.

More than 20 people lined the traffic median strips at 91st Avenue waving signs that said a man had been killed three weeks earlier crossing the boulevard at that spot and asking them to slow down.

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Pol, nonprofits tout House spending plan
Posted: August 22, 2019

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens) rallied with a coalition of nonprofits on Wednesday in Long Island City to call on Congress members to support the House of Representatives’ recently passed spending plan.

The coalition is also urging New York City’s congressional delegation to advance measures to boost economic security for working families and expand affordable housing and continue fighting against a Trump administration proposal for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

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Original Mets lefty Jackson dead at 83
Posted: August 22, 2019

Al Jackson, the Met pitcher with the most victories before Tom Seaver, died on Monday after a long illness at the Emerald Nursing Home in Port St. Lucie, Fla., the team announced. He was 83.

The southpaw went 43-80 in six seasons with the Mets. His 10 shutouts were also a team record until Seaver surpassed the mark. Seaver would also pass Jackson in the losses column.

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Anti-Semitic fliers seen in Ridgewood
Posted: August 22, 2019

Dozens of anti-Semitic fliers were seen near the Halsey Street subway station by Norman Street and Wyckoff Avenue in Ridgewood last week, according to reports.

The fliers depict the top of the head of someone wearing a Star of David kippah, along with the words “Worthless F---ing Cancer Filled Jew.”

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Friday 08/23/2019
Five things to do in Queens this weekend! Aug. 23-25
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 4:16 pm

The sun’ll come out tomorrow, the forecasters say, so you might get out and enjoy the last weekend before Labor Day Weekend. If you need ideas, here are just five places to go and people to see.

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NYC board wants your take on five ballot proposals
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 2:15 pm

The New York City Campaign Finance Board asks New Yorkers and interested organizations to submit "pro" or "con" statements on the five proposed City Charter amendments that will appear on the ballot citywide on November 5. Statements submitted by October 4 will be published in the city's official online Voter Guide.  

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Thursday 08/22/2019
Bayside HS PTA fights for Fair Student funds
Posted: August 22, 2019

Is the city effectively punishing high-performing Bayside High School for its success?

Yes, says Parent Teacher Association Co-president Paul DiBenedetto.

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Gaining ground on Southeast flooding
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 12:22 pm

The city’s attack on chronic flooding in Southeast Queens has reached into two more neighborhoods with the start of a two-year, $24 million contract for projects in Hollis and Queens Village.

The projects are a continuation of a $1.9 billion program promised by Mayor de Blasio shortly after he took office in 2014.

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Pols: FAA group must be more transparent
Posted: August 22, 2019

The Federal Aviation Administration should make public meetings of an industry-connected advisory group more transparent, three members of Congress say.

Along with U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) and Chuck Schumer (D-New York), Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) sent a letter to the FAA requesting more openness with the meetings of the NextGen Advisory Committee.

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Illegal parking spurs resident safety fears
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 12:11 pm

If one works at or patronizes a business on Queens Boulevard between 61st and 64th streets on the Maspeth-Woodside border, you might say the nearby parking is inconvenient.

A curbside section of 61st Street south of the boulevard is reserved for delivery trucks from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. The full block between 61st and 64th is a no-standing zone including a city bus stop. Turn southbound onto 64th and there are spaces clearly marked with a large sign for firefighters assigned to FDNY’s Rescue Co. 4 and Engine Co. 292, a half block to the east on the boulevard.

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Homicide charge in butt augmentation
Posted: August 22, 2019

A 38-year-old woman has been extradited from London to face homicide charges after a Queens County grand jury indicted her in 2016. Donna Francis — whom authorities said is not a doctor — allegedly performed a butt enhancement procedure on a Maryland woman, causing her death in May 2015.

Francis’ last known New York address was on Huxley Street in Rosedale.

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Fresh Meadows feral cats cause lawn nightmare
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 1:01 pm

It’s a purr-oblem.

Peter Kaufman of 183rd Street in Fresh Meadows has absolutely had it with feral cats in the neighborhood using his yard as a bathroom and killing his grass.

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He attacked a BP employee
Posted: August 22, 2019

Seen this guy?

Around 5:45 p.m. on Aug. 16, he was in the middle of an argument with an employee at the BP gas station on the westbound Horace Harding Expressway by 167th Street in Flushing, police said.

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Spaghetti sauce suspect wanted
Posted: August 22, 2019

The NYPD is seeking the public’s help in identifying and locating a man wanted for a saucy robbery from a Jackson Heights grocery store on July 20.

Police in the 115th Precinct said the incident took place at approximately 11:30 a.m. when a man entered the basement of Food Universe at 75-55 31 Avenue.

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Burglar
Posted: August 22, 2019

Police are searching for a burglar who entered a home by 46th Avenue and 192nd Street in Auburndale on Aug. 7.

Around noon on that day, he used a chair to get in through the bathroom window. But after the 58-year-old homeowner heard a sound and saw him, the burglar fled.

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Maspeth-based biz owes workers $6M
Posted: August 22, 2019

A Maspeth-based company cheated 499 workers out of overtime pay and wages owed and reported fraudulent financial information to the state, resulting in the return of approximately $6 million to welders and iron workers — the largest single wage recovery in the state Department of Labor’s 115-year history, the governor announced last week.

A joint investigation with the Department of Labor and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Construction Fraud Task Force revealed that from November 2013 until December 2017, AGL Industries committed fraud, and when workers brought concerns about underpayment to the company, they were told there was nothing they could to receive the wages.

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They wing it at weather-weakened bird fest
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 12:28 pm

As passionate birders and wildlife advocates walked the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Center’s trail, they spent just as much time swatting away mosquitoes as they did spotting shorebirds.

That’s because, according to the organizers of the 14th annual Shorebird Festival, the conditions on Aug. 17 were not too conducive to birding. It was quite muggy and overcast as Don Riepe, president of the American Littoral Society’s Northeast Chapter, and others led dozens on the walk.

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Queens mosquitoes slated to be sprayed
Posted: August 22, 2019

To reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus, the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will conduct its fourth adulticide treatment of the season.

Trucks will spray pesticides in sections of Queens on Thursday, Aug. 22 from 8:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning in parts of Fresh Meadows, Hollis Hills, Holliswood, Blissville, Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village and West Maspeth.

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Wanted for questions on stolen credit card
Posted: August 22, 2019

The NYPD is seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who allegedly used a credit card stolen from a car in the 105th Precinct in Eastern Queens.

Police said the victim went to his car at about 8 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 12 to discover his wallet, containing credit cards, was missing from the glove compartment.

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Why is Mayor de Blasio targeting Qns. families?
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 12:38 pm

It’s hard to believe that my son is about to start middle school. He’s excited about having his own locker and the robotics course he’ll be taking. He’s looking forward to meeting new classmates and having more independence at school.

Instead of the normal anxiety that comes when your child is starting a new school (and middle school, no less!), my husband and I are going into this new school year with deep pits in our stomachs. Our son has a great middle school, but our younger daughter’s education is threatened because Mayor de Blasio is refusing to provide a location for a second Success Academy middle school in Queens.

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Photo contest!
Posted: August 22, 2019

The Queens Chronicle’s 11th annual Summer in the Borough Photo Contest is underway — and you’re invited to join in. Labor Day may be near, but summer’s not over yet!

Take your best shots of children playing, workers working, lovely landscapes, birds on the bay — whatever you think best says “summertime in Queens.”

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He hit a kid
Posted: August 22, 2019

Police are looking for a man wanted in connection with an assault on a teen.

At around 4 p.m. on July 13, a 16-year-old boy was riding a bicycle in front of 60-61 Fresh Pond Road in Maspeth when he became involved in a verbal dispute with the man. The dispute escalated into a physical altercation and the suspect punched the victim in the face multiple times before fleeing in an unknown direction. The victim was treated for a broken jaw at an area hospital.

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