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‘Now’s the time for Jewish pride’: rabbi

In the wake of anti-Semitic attacks, including at least six on Jewish citizens in the city during Chanukah, community members rallied at MacDonald Park in Forest Hills last Sunday to call for an end to them.Cynthia Zalisky, a child of Holocaust survivors and the executive director of the Queens Jewish Community Council, said her grandfather’s reaction to rising anti-Semitism was “Everything will blow over.” He died at Dachau.

Late civic leader honored in Glendale
Posted: January 16, 2020

Jan. 11’s unseasonably warm weather might be attributed not to climate change, but to the power of the late Glendale civic leader Jack Zwerenz. “He’s got a lot of pull up there,” said Councilman Bob Holden (D-Middle Village) as he pointed up to the heavens. “He brought us the weather.”

State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) later joked that Zwerenz, who died in March 2019, might have an easier time advocating for Glendale’s own ZIP code — something he advocated for four years — now than he did when he was alive. “Maybe he’ll have a better contact up in heaven,” Addabbo said.

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CB 5 talks MTA bus redesign concerns
Updated: January 16, 2020 - 11:47 am

“Don’t shoot the messenger.”

Those were the words of Walter Sanchez of Community Board 5 as he discussed the MTA’s bus redesign plan with the board last Wednesday night.

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‘A really big deal’: DHS on safe haven
Posted: January 16, 2020

The homeless problem goes on.

But, come spring, more help could be on the way with the opening of the borough’s first Safe Haven in Elmhurst for 70 people at 81-30 Baxter Ave.

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Housing homeless on Baxter Avenue
Updated: January 16, 2020 - 11:57 am

A Safe Haven for 70 homeless people is scheduled to open in July at 81-30 Baxter Ave. in Elmhurst, Community Board 4 District Manager Christian Cassagnol announced during Tuesday’s meeting.

The site, formerly the Elmhurst Halfway House, is about a five-minute walk from NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst.

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School diversity: Is there middle way?
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 1:34 pm

As some anxious parents gear up for a battle with the city’s Department of the Education over how to integrate the middle schools of central and South Queens, a new group is beginning to peak out from the crush.

“There must be a middle path and it’s up to us to find it,” said Elizabeth Polkovitz, a Rego Park mother with one child in elementary and another in middle school.

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Walcott talks Rego Park, Court Square
Posted: January 16, 2020

A new Rego Park Library is slated to be completed in 2024, but that could be pushed back, according to John Katimaris, vice president of capital projects for the Queens Public Library.

Construction on the approximately 18,000 square-foot building at 91-41 63 Drive is scheduled to start in 2021. The project was announced in 2017 by Mayor de Blasio and Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills).

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Black leaders still revere MLK today
Updated: January 16, 2020 - 11:55 am

“The civil rights movement didn’t begin in Montgomery and it didn’t end in the 1960s. It continues to this very minute,” is a Julian Bond quote Kenneth Cohen looks to as motivation in his work as president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Northeast Queens Branch. For Cohen and other black American leaders, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a reminder of the ongoing fight for equality.

“Dr. King’s holiday is a significant weekend for all African Americans, but for black people in general. I celebrate his legacy by remembering his work daily in what I do,” said Cohen, who also works as regional director of the NAACP State Conference.

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Dunn deal: Guard sparks the Johnnies
Posted: January 16, 2020

When he took the job, St. John’s head coach Mike Anderson put the onus on returning contributors L.J. Figueroa and Mustapha Heron to provide leadership.

But that doesn’t mean they have to do all the work on the court.

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Friday 01/17/2020
Bus drivers union has redesign concerns
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 5:46 pm

The draft plan to completely redesign the entire system of public buses in Queens is drawing fire by the head of the union that represents bus operators.

In a statement issued Friday, Mark Henry, president and business agent for Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1056 said the 434-page proposal from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority doesn’t appear to take “transportation deserts” into account and is more economically motivated than service-oriented.

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Five things to do in Queens this weekend! Jan. 17-20
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 2:56 pm

Winter’s back! But you’re not going to let the chill get in the way of your weekend plans, now are ya? If the answer’s no, but you’re still formulating those plans, here’s our weekly installment of “Five things to do in Queens this weekend!” to give you some possible ideas. And don’t forget you can always find plenty more here and here.

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Battle for nine-month boro presidency
Posted: January 17, 2020

The seven candidates looking to fill the nine-month interim role of Queens borough President gathered Jan. 15, for a community-led forum at the Israel Center for Conservative Judaism in Hillcrest.

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Thursday 01/16/2020
Mayor touts $95.3 billion budget for 2020-21
Updated: January 16, 2020 - 7:45 pm

Mayor de Blasio on Thursday released a $95.3 billion executive budget proposal for the fiscal year beginning on July 1.

The figure would represent a $2.5 billion increase over the budget approved by the mayor and City Council last June, or nearly 3 percent.

The increase comes even as de Blasio, in an accompanying statement, warned that the state, facing massive deficits, may be looking to pass off costs to municipalities and counties, particularly for Medicaid.

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How 190-year-old Neir’s was saved
Updated: January 16, 2020 - 3:24 pm

Saving Historic Neir’s Tavern from shutting down for good after 190 years came down to a single, precious piece of paper.

Because deficiencies, the building at 87-48 78th Street in Woodhaven where the historic tavern has been since 1829 has no certificate of occupancy from the City of New York.

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Gang graffiti found before Sunday Mass
Updated: January 16, 2020 - 11:54 am

Multiple MS-13 graffiti tags were found sprinkled throughout a half-mile radius in Bayside early Sunday morning, including on the front doors of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church and its accompanying school.

The Jan. 12 vandalism referenced the international criminal gang Mara Salvatrucha, commonly known as MS-13, that is notorious for extreme violence. The gang, mostly made up of Central American members, is spread throughout the country, committed a 2017 murder in nearby Alley Pond Park in Oakland Gardens.

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RH murder sparks ICE controversy
Posted: January 16, 2020

A 21-year-old man arrested for the midnight murder of a 92-year-old woman in South Richmond Hill last week has become a center of controversy in the national debate over unauthorized immigration after it was revealed he was in the country illegally.

Reeaz Khan was charged last Friday with two counts of murder in the second degree and two counts of sexual abuse in the apparently random attack.

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AirTrain update not changing any minds
Updated: January 16, 2020 - 11:54 am

An update on continuing government studies of the proposed LaGuardia AirTrain drew well over 100 people to the LaGuardia Airport Marriott hotel on Tuesday — but it did little or nothing to change the views of East Elmhurst homeowners and environmental groups opposed to the project.

The Federal Aviation Administration is studying the transportation, infrastructure and environmental impacts of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s proposal to build a $2 billion rail link between Willets Point and the airport.

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Four days, four dead in western Queens
Posted: January 16, 2020

Western Queens saw an unusual number of fatalities over a four-day span within the last week, with twin infants dying along with one man who was shot and another who was shoved down a staircase, in three separate incidents.

The babies, 2 months old, were discovered by police who responded to a call to The Landing, a homeless shelter, at about 3:40 p.m. last Friday. The infants were in the building’s lobby, both unconscious and unresponsive, when officers arrived, according to the NYPD. They were taken to NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, where they were declared dead.

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Feds now probing Hunters Pt. library
Updated: January 16, 2020 - 12:08 pm

Just when officials with the Queens Library probably thought the situation with its Hunters Point branch couldn’t get any worse, it has.

The Chronicle has confirmed that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York is investigating the lack of handicapped access to portions of the $41.5 million library on a rise overlooking the East River near the Long Island City gantries.

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SUV vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti
Posted: January 16, 2020

A Bukharian man’s car was broken into the night of Sunday, Jan. 12, and while nothing was stolen, he was left with anti-Semitic graffiti scrawled onto the front seats.

The vandalism, classified by the police as criminal mischief, occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m. near 76th Avenue and 173rd Street in Fresh Meadows.

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Cuomo banking plan could aid SE nabes
Updated: January 16, 2020 - 12:08 pm

Gov. Cuomo is promising to dedicate more than $25 million in state resources to help residents and business owners in low- and middle-income neighborhoods who are deemed unserved or underserved by traditional banks.

In the book prepared for last week’s State of the State address, Cuomo is calling for creation of the Excelsior Banking Network, “which will increase access to safe, affordable bank accounts and small dollar loans in underserved low-income communities all across the state.”

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Why not build rail and park on Rockaway line?
Posted: January 16, 2020

The Rockaway Beach Branch right-of-way is a 3.5-mile-long strip of land that will transform our borough in two fundamental ways. First, it will connect the subways in south and central Queens; second, it will create 33 acres of new park space along the way.

Combined, this project will add immeasurable value to both lives and property.

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Katz visits CB 7, is met with protesters
Posted: January 16, 2020

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz stopped by to speak at Community Board 7 on Jan. 13, but was derailed by a group protesting the Special Flushing Waterfront District, a topic that wasn’t on the meeting agenda.

Protesters silently waved signs reading “We need affordable housing” and “No more luxury apartments or hotels” as Katz spoke on her goals in her new DA role, her support of bail reform and the recent cases she has faced, such as the murder and possible rape of an elderly South Richmond Hill woman. Katz was responding to a board member’s question regarding the two infants who died in an East Elmhurst homeless shelter on Jan. 10 when the protestors began shouting, “Stop Flushing West.”

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Swimming into the new year
Updated: January 16, 2020 - 1:01 pm

Becoming more physically active is one of the most popular new year’s resolutions, but many find difficult to maintain. Other than being physically demanding and time- consuming, exercise can be incredibly boring. Half the job is finding a workout routine that engages your brain as well as your body and is actually enjoyable. Recreational swimming may just be perfect for those searching for a fun and fit form of exercise.

Swimming is a form of cardiovascular exercise and, through repetitive and intense movement of muscles, causes the heart rate to increase. The Mayo Clinic outlines a multitude of benefits for completing cardio workouts, such as the release of endorphins, or “feel good chemicals,” in the brain; control of appetite; better sleep; reduction of arthritic pain and joint movement stiffness as well as management of high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.

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St. Albans BP debate Jan. 25
Posted: January 16, 2020

Candidates for the office of Queens borough president are being invited to a debate scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center in St. Albans.

Members of the public are invited to attend to hear a discussion of matters of importance to the Southeast Queens community. The moderator will be NY1 anchor Cheryl Wills. The center is located at 172-17 Linden Blvd.

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Correction
Posted: January 16, 2020

The Jan. 9 article “Outraged parents at diversity forum” misstated the ethnic breakdown of students at Russell Sage Junior High School by including Asians in the figure for whites. The correct figures are 33 percent Asian, 27 percent white, 27 percent  Hispanic and 7 percent black, with the rest multiracial or not reported. We regret the error.

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Labor apprentices sought
Posted: January 16, 2020

The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for Construction and General Building Laborers Local Union #79 will conduct a limited recruitment from Feb. 14 through 28 for 200 skilled construction craft laborer apprentices, the state Department of Labor announced Tuesday.

The recruitment will be offered online from 9 to 11 a.m., Monday through Friday during the recruitment period. Only 2,000 applications will be distributed, on a first-come, first-served basis, and the recruitment will be offered for those 10 business days or until the 2,000 applications have been issued, whichever comes first.

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