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School-zone speed cameras going up

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.

Super in Lindenwood
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 1:20 pm

The job of making over the old Walbaum’s supermarket in the Lindenwood shopping center took about two years.

“But it felt like a lifetime,” said Frank Almonte, owner of the new Food Emporium, an off-shoot of Key Food, that officially opened in the same space last Friday.

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Wood-heavenly fair jams Jamaica Ave.
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 1:52 pm

The Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair has grown into the largest event of the year in the neighborhood under the el.

The crowds along 10 blocks of Jamaica Avenue were shoulder-to-shoulder through most of the 39th annual festival Oct. 16.

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A kick-start for PS 60
Posted: October 17, 2019

The ribbon was cut and the first soccer balls kicked around at the Woodhaven Elementary School, PS 60, where a new mini-pitch was opened last Thursday.

A consortium that includes the professional New York City Football Club, Addidas and the Abu Dhabi state airlines, Etihad Airways, funded the playground pitch, which is about one-third the size of a regulation field.

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Getting the dirt on Hamilton Beach
Posted: October 17, 2019

A Columbia University public health professor is preparing to study homes in Hamilton Beach to see what kind of lasting effect the persistent flooding has on families.

Researchers want to take samples in at least 18 homes to determine the impact of “legacy pollution” from Jamaica Bay on residents, according to a notice posted this week on the New Hamilton Beach Civic Association’s Facebook page.

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Quick-thinking cop in 102nd
Posted: October 17, 2019

Police Officer Thomas Connelly, center, was awarded Cop of the Month honors this week for his fast work tracking down and arresting a suspect in the horrific attack last Thursday on a 6-year-old boy playing outside his grandfather’s home in Kew Gardens.

Connelly cuffed Laurence “Larry” Gendreau, 35, shortly after he allegedly grabbed the child and slammed him, head first, onto the pavement.

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Finishing up at Charles
Posted: October 17, 2019

The replanting of Charles Park — the first wholesale effort to revitalize the beds and borders in the park since it was taken over by the federal government in 1972 — is done for now.

Last week, staffers from the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Park Conservancy, above, completed the planting that began the weekend before with more than 80 volunteers.

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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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Grumbling, utility will start hookups
Posted: October 17, 2019

A reluctant National Grid said this week it would abide by an order from the state’s Public Service Commission and begin hooking up 1,157 former customers in New York City and on Long Island to gas service.

The order brought an end, at least temporarily, to the utility’s moratorium, declared last May, on new or restored gas connections in the metropolitan area.

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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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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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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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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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Koslowitz: Rego Pk. Library coming soon
Posted: October 17, 2019

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.”

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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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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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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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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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Beating breast cancer: courageous tales of survival
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 1:29 pm

“It was the word ‘cancer.’ I just could not comprehend that word,” said Arlene Fiorella of Woodside when she heard her diagnosis.

“I stopped thinking. My memory of that day is not clear.

“I was lucky I have my husband. He was my support.”

Fighting back was a natural response.

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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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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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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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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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