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Sunday, May 25, 2008

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Van containing human hair stolen: Police

OAKLAND GARDENS — A van carrying 48 boxes of human hair worth $75,000 was stolen from an Oakland Gardens driveway Saturday, police said. Comment.
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Valuables stolen from Bayside home: Police

BAYSIDE — Jewelry and a handbag were taken from a Bayside home that was burglarized Saturday, police said. Comment.
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Oakland Gardens home burglarized: Police

OAKLAND GARDENS — Jewelry, cash and a projector were taken from an Oakland Gardens home that was burglarized Saturday, police said. Comment.
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Flushing woman killed in Brooklyn: Police

BROOKLYN — A Flushing woman was murdered Friday inside the dry cleaning business she owned in Brooklyn, police said. Comment.
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Electrician accused of stealing: Police

LITTLE NECK — A Little Neck homeowner accused an electrician working on her home of stealing jewelry when he was making repairs, police said Thursday. Comment.
Letters

Sean Bell shooting the result of poor training, not prejudice

The not-guilty verdict in the Sean Bell shooting case seems like a travesty. The law, however, protected the officers based upon their belief that their lives were in danger. State law codifies that a people may use deadly force to save themselves when in threat of being killed. Comment.
Letters

Parks commissioner provides update

In reply to the letter "Treat Flushing Meadows with Respect," the city Parks Department has worked with other city agencies, community groups and private organizations, investing more than $422 million in the past 13 years to preserve and improve Flushing Meadows Corona Park. It is one of the city's flagship parks and includes venerable cultural, educational and athletic facilities. Comment.
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Don’t cut CUNY funds: LaGuardia president

For low-income New Yorkers, it is a slippery and difficult climb up the career ladder to a middle-class job. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has made it harder by removing the bottom rungs. Comment.
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American dollar would have more value if backed by gold

Many Americans are seduced by the promise of entitlements and illusion of something for nothing. Each presidential candidate promises more than the other, so taxes must inevitably be raised and the real cost to taxpayers will be concealed through currency debasement and devaluation. Thanks to the Federal Reserve Board, a dollar once worth one-twentieth of an ounce of gold is now one-nine hundred fiftieth. Comment.
Editorial

The limits of compassion

When it comes to mothers overwhelmed by an unwanted child, the state has one of the most compassionate laws in the nation. Comment.
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It’s about time

We welcome the news that Queens College broke ground on its first dormitory. The 506-bed on-campus building will open August 2009. The college already offers an affordable educational opportunity. With the dormitory, it will be more attractive. Comment.
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A little nuts about squirrels

A war is brewing between the residents of Astoria's Queensview Co-op and the city's Empty Cages Collective. Comment.
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The Civic Scene

This year there were several green events in Grand Central Terminal and on Vanderbilt Avenue north of 42nd Street in Manhattan. I spent an hour walking along Vanderbilt Avenue looking at the exhibits lining both sides of the street. We all have to think of conservation because what humanity is doing to Earth is disturbing. While some exhibits were selling products, all were interesting. Comment.
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Political Action

As we look at this year's upcoming Queens races, especially for the state Assembly, the situation is that all 18 Queens Assembly seats are held by Democrats. The last Republican to hold a Queens Assembly seat was Doug Prescott of the 26th Assembly District of Bayside, Whitestone, Douglaston and Little Neck. He lost the seat to Ann Margaret Carrozza (D-Bayside) in 1996 after serving 14 of the previous 16 years in that office. Comment.
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Our History

Firefighting in our communities' early days was volunteers' responsibility. Comment.
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Neighbor to Neighbor

On May 3, I learned of the proposed boycott (May 19 to May 23) protesting the verdict that freed three city detectives on trial for shooting Sean Bell and his friends. The instructions stated, "No work, no school, no shopping May 19th demand justice" How come no school? Shouldn't we keep fighting to assure students the best possible education? Comment.
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I Sit and Look Out

Monday, May 26, will mark the sixth Memorial Day since we started this stupid, unnecessary war in Iraq. Comment.
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Dishing with Dee

This week had to be the busiest, most time-consuming of the season. Before we start our usual gossip, let me wish some May birthday folk a happy birthday. The ones whom I am aware of are Carolyn Karoff, Kristin Karoff, Barbara Barba and Michael Feldman. Carolyn and Kristin celebrated at Il Bacco in Little Neck, Barbara had her party at George Martin's Grillfire in Douglaston and Michael Feldman's daughter Erica and a friend of hers took Michael to a restaurant in the city. According to all reports, everyone enjoyed their special day. Comment.
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Berger’s Burg

They gave their arms, their legs, their eyes, their hands, their ears, their feet, their hips, their minds, and their lives." (Anonymous). Comment.
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How’s Business?

I huff and puff about budgets, systematic plans for the expenditure of fixed resources like money or time. Budgets are hard to accomplish for a married couple with children, but what about a single mother? At the networking functions I frequent and in my daily Queens travels, I am amazed and awed by some single mothers' financial accomplishments. They all have good family budgets. Comment.
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Fundraisers

A Spring Night Gala Comment.
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Caribbean taste meets home decor

West Indian restaurants are not uncommon along the streets of southeast Queens, but Sharon Smith said her eatery is unique because it gives customers homemade service along with her homecooked meals. Comment.
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Business Calendar

A Small Business Workshop for Entrepreneurs Comment.
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Two teens slain in three days in Far Rockaway

The families of two teenagers murdered within three days of each other in Far Rockaway made desperate pleas Tuesday for information that could help find their killers. Comment.
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Thompson talks with Rego Park

City Comptroller William Thompson came to Rego Park Friday to hear the community's concerns, but ended up discussing issues that transcend the area and city such as school siting, the plight of veterans seeking health care and meals for seniors. Comment.
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2,500 students toss caps at St. John’s graduation

More than 2,500 St. John's University graduates constituted a sea of red as they gathered Sunday on the Great Lawn, departing with advice from the school's president to spread hope in a world with "great challenges and terrible suffering." Comment.
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St. Savior’s begins long haul to new site

The Juniper Park Civic Association has completely removed Maspeth's historic St. Savior's Church from its 58th Street site and stored the parts at a neighborhood trucking lot as the group awaits funding to reconstruct the 160-year-old building at a Middle Village cemetery's property. Comment.
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Sting operation takes heroin, cocaine off Queens streets

Police arrested dozens of suspected drug dealers last Thursday who they contended ran their operation out of the Woodside Houses and sold hundreds of illegal paraphernalia a few blocks from young children. Comment.
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Scouts, Padavan unveil sign for Flushing Meadows park

Members of the Flushing Meadows Corona Park Conservancy joined state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) and a Queens Boy Scouts troop Sunday to unveil a new sign directing the park's visitors. Comment.
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Rockaway ferry sees increase in ridership

Since it set sail on its maiden voyage May 12, ridership on the Rockaway ferry has been on the rise, according to its operator. Comment.
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Queens Dems prepare for state Senate nomination

An incumbent state senator facing a tough re-election campaign will likely lose the backing of the Queens Democratic Party pending a vote that was postponed until later this week, an insider said. Comment.
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Queensboro CC could face cuts of $4.1M

The borough's two community colleges are bracing for what could be the largest cuts to their budgets in recent years. Comment.
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Queen of Martyrs kids hit gym to raise funds

The word "walkathon" was a bit of a misnomer as some 50 nursery school and kindergarten students at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School in Forest Hills leaped, danced, hopped and spun around the gym last week to raise money for less fortunate children. Comment.
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Panel reviews options for refurbishing Penn

Comparing the original Pennsylvania Station to the present Penn Station, Yale architecture professor Vincent Scully once remarked. Comment.
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Only Ober, Ognibene show for debate in Council race

Two City Council District 30 hopefuls told Juniper Park Civic Association members at a candidates' night debate Tuesday that they would focus on quality-of-life issues and better police enforcement if chosen to represent the district at a special election on June 3. Comment.
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No plans to convert Long Island City’s 5 Pointz: Owner

A graffiti-strewn tourist attraction in Long Island City known as the 5 Pointz could eventually be transformed from manufacturing tenants and artists' lofts to rental units, but there is no current plan to change the famous building's usage, the owner of the property said. Comment.
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New MTA yard deal could extend No. 7

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's on-and-off deal for a mini-city on Manhattan's last undeveloped space is on again and with it renewed hope for the No. 7 subway line extension. Comment.
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Middle Village flagpole will mask cell tower: City

The city's Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications has proposed locating a cell phone tower disguised as a flag pole on Mt. Olivet Crescent in Middle Village to improve high speed services for the city's emergency responders. Comment.
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Memorial Day Events

Sunnyside Gardens Park Memorial Day Fair Comment.
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Malakov case consolidated

Mazoltuv Borukhova and her distant uncle, Mikhail Mallayev, never once looked at each other when they faced a Queens judge for the first time together Tuesday, but prosecutors contended that the duo were very chatty in the weeks leading up to the shooting murder of Dr. Daniel Malakov in a Forest Hills playground. Comment.
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LIRR to get quieter horns

The train horns that frustrate homeowners living alongside the Long Island Rail Road tracks in Little Neck and keep them awake at night may soon be silenced or at the very least be a little quieter. Comment.
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LIC man convicted of selling fake auto parts

A 43-year-old Long Island resident who owns an auto parts store in Long Island City was convicted of trademark counterfeiting after he sold fake items labeled as authentic Ford Motor Company parts, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
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Heath’s Queens Jazz Orchestra debuts to cheers

Queens jazz legend Jimmy Heath introduced his long-awaited Queens Jazz Orchestra at Flushing Town Hall Friday night, drawing an impassioned standing ovation for the project he hopes will help bring the borough's rich musical history out of the shadows. Comment.
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Glendale residents bid adieu to Woodhaven Lanes

Some Woodhaven Lanes customers had tears in their eyes as they bid goodbye to the Glendale bowling alley Sunday after nearly 50 years in business. Comment.
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Fix congestion in Queens first: Commuters

The "pricing" may have been taken away from the congestion debate, but traffic tie-ups on Queens roadways remain a boroughwide problem with few, if any, solutions on the immediate horizon. Comment.
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Feds’ plan to auction slots at JFK Airport assailed

Federal authorities have announced a plan to auction take-off and landing slots at Kennedy and Newark airports in an effort to reduce the nation's worst flight delays. Comment.
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Ex-Laurelton resident admits defrauding ACS of $1.7M for adopted kids

A former Laurelton woman faces up to eight years in a federal prison for bilking the city's Administration of Children's Services out of nearly $1.7 million in subsidies for 11 adopted children whom she may have abused, the Associated Press reported Wednesday. Comment.
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DOT studies congestion problems on Woodhaven

Any driver, pedestrian or bus passenger who has been stuck in traffic on Woodhaven Boulevard at rush hour can attest to its being one of Queens' most congested roadways, which is why the city Department of Transportation is studying what can be done to improve things. Comment.
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Dead Corona baby inspires ACS law

In the wake of an 11-week-old baby's death in Corona at the hands of his mother, the city Administration for Children's Services has revised its policy on children born to families with previously removed children. Comment.
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DA’s tennis outing helps stop the violence

Though rain threatened to spoil the day, tennis officials, children and Queens prosecutors got in a few good lobs during the 10th annual Say Yes to Tennis... No to Violence Day at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park Monday. Comment.
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DA reveals warrants for foundling’s mom

A Flushing mother accused of abandoning her 3-day-old baby girl faced more criminal charges last week as the Queens district attorney's office revealed in court that the woman had outstanding warrants for bail jumping and prostitution. Comment.
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Crowds expected in western Qns.

Thousands of residents were expected to line the streets of Maspeth, Ridgewood and Glendale Sunday and Monday for Memorial Day celebrations that will include parades, memorial services and food. Comment.
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7 cops to face NYPD charges in Bell slaying

Four of the officers who fired 50 shots at Sean Bell and his friends outside a Jamaica strip club and their partners are facing serious NYPD disciplinary charges, police officials said. Two crime scene detections were also cited. Comment.
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City mulls move for Corona police precinct

The city is looking to replace the old 110th Precinct station house with a new facility in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, officials announced Monday. Though plans are in the very early stages, the move would constitute a compromise with Community Board 4's continued requests for a park police precinct. Comment.
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Citi ID theft scam hits Queens

Citibank is investigating a financial scam involving at least eight Queens checking account users who bank at the Bayside branch and someone who has been using their debit cards repeatedly at a Springfield Gardens gas station. Comment.
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CB 7 seeks firm plans before Willets Pt. vote

Frustrations mounted at Community Board 7's committee meeting on the Willets Point redevelopment Monday night as several questioned the city over the lack of certainty surrounding the project. Comment.
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CB 3 rejects closing 88th St. for Budget rental car lot

Budget Rent A Car may not get quite the amount of space it wants to expand a lot in East Elmhurst after members of Community Board 3 sided against letting the company close off and acquire a portion of 88th Street. Comment.
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CB 13 fills position of district manager

Community Board 13 elected a new district manager Monday who has experience with the position, ending a five-month search following the previous manager's resignation. Comment.
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Boro turns to grassroots aid for survivors in Myanmar

As the official death toll of the Myanmar cyclone reached 78,000 this week, more city groups are coming forward to raise funds for the stricken country. Comment.
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Boro pols want remedy for Rx language

Six months after an immigrant advocacy group complained to the state attorney general, elected officials are calling for better language services at local pharmacies. Comment.
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Boro officials criticize Water Board’s rate hike

Over the objections of many elected officials from Queens, the city Water Board voted Friday to approve the 14.5 percent rate hike it had proposed last month, the third double-digit rate increase in three years. Comment.
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Boro joins relief effort for China quake

As the death toll climbed past 40,000 in the devastating earthquake that ravaged parts of China last week, Asian Americans from Queens began mobilizing relief efforts to aid the beleaguered nation. Comment.
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Boro gay community preps for Jackson Heights parade

As June approaches, the Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee is putting the finishing touches on its 16th annual Queens LGBT Pride Parade and Festival. Comment.
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Board members say new facility could be burden for Maspeth

Community Board 5's Zoning and Land Use Committee rejected a proposal last week at the board's monthly meeting to construct a 1,650-seat intermediate/high school at the corner of 74th Street and 57th Avenue in Maspeth. But the board supported a smaller school at the proposed site or construction at a different site. Comment.
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Civic Center

Around The County Comment.
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The Play’s The Thing

Here's what I've been up to — theater-wise — in recent months, to give you some idea of what you might enjoy if you can pull yourself away from the TV set and get out of the house. I often hear reasons why people don't show up at a particular event, lots of reasons actually, but what I really want to know is what does it take to get them there. After all, Woody Allen put it best when he said that "80 percent of success is showing up." Comment.
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Qstage

Belle's Players — Local theatre company called Belle's Players will present works of comedy and tragedy. Comment.

Monday, May 19, 2008

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The Butler Did It

Call it whatever you like "As the Stanners Turn," "Days of Our Stanners" or "Briarwood 11435" the soap opera that is the girls' basketball program at Archbishop Molloy reached a stunning climax last week when it was announced that Tom Catalanotto would be named head coach of the varsity team. Comment.
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Storm warning

A tight game became a rout all too quickly for the St. John's baseball team. After drawing within a run in the eighth, the Red Storm bullpen gave up six runs in the top of the ninth and the Big East's first-place team fell to South Florida, 9-2, Sunday afternoon at Jack Kaiser Stadium in Jamaica. Comment.
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No average Joe

It was the tail end of the Cardozo boys' volleyball team's toughest match of the season. The Judges were knotted up with Grover Cleveland late in the semifinals of the Tottenville tournament on Staten Island. And while everyone on the team tensed up with the prospect of losing an undefeated season, Joe Park was calm. Comment.
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Molloy players react to coaching decision

Lost in having three different coaches in five months is the minutiae like knowing how to pronounce the new guy's name. Comment.
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Magnozzi nets four goals for second straight week

The Auburndale Dragons moved into first place, thanks to a convincing 5-2 victory against the Valley Stream Shamrocks at LIJSL headquarters in Plainview, Long Island. Comment.
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Like father, unlike son

Dave Edwards was a superstar. The 5-foot-9 whirling dervish of a guard out of Andrew Jackson HS was one of the best players at his position to ever come out of Queens. In the early '90s, the debate was always who was better: Edwards or Molloy's Kenny Anderson? Comment.
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Florio, Stanners trying for second B/Q crown

Sheri Florio's career started with a brush with greatness. And 10 years later, the starting catcher on the Archbishop Molloy softball team is on the verge of achieving the ultimate goal with the Stanners, who are attempting to repeat as CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan champions. Comment.
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Familiar Rangers

Adam Sorin was slumping earlier this season. Physically, he was fine, but his confidence was down and with that came his batting average and run production. Comment.
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College Round-Up

The Queensborough Community College softball team swept through the Region XV tournament and will play in the NJCAA College World Series, beginning Thursday in Rochester, Minn. Comment.
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Bryant pulls off upset against solid Francis Lewis

The Bryant softball team upset Francis Lewis, 6-5, Saturday in Astoria and Owls coach Wally Hausdorf thinks the victory could be a boon for the team. Comment.
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Blau Weiss Gottschee

The Blau Weiss Gottschee Under-12 boys' team moved one step closer to playing for the New York State Cup title, beating LaGrange, 7-1, Saturday. Comment.
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Bayside softball escapes with extra-inning win in thriller against Francis Lewis

The Bayside softball team was down by two runs in the fifth inning to division rival Francis Lewis. The Commodores were seemingly minutes away from their first league loss in two years with seeding for next week's playoffs at stake. With Lewis up at bat, one of coach Steve Piorkowski's students at Bayside leaned over toward the bench and asked him if he was nervous. Comment.
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Bayside Little League

Jalil Hakimi was the rally starter, going 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored to lead Covanta to a 6-3 victory against Stone Engineering at Fort Totten Saturday. Comment.
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Arts & Biz is a legit contender

Keith Horan knew he had a talented team, perhaps even the best in the Queens A-VI division. But two weeks ago, the Arts & Business girls' soccer team even surprised its coach. On May 4, the Bulls won the Elaine Hals Memorial Soccer Tournament at James Madison HS, defeating city powers Stuyvesant and defending PSAL Class A champion McKee/Staten Island Tech en route to the championship. Comment.
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A Pioneer journey for Newtown

When the Newtown baseball team walked into Richmond County Bank Ballpark on May 3, it didn't seem like the players and coaches were entering the home stadium of the Staten Island Yankees. Instead, it just felt like home. Comment.
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Angels on the Bay softball game

The 10th annual Angels on the Bay charity softball game will take place June 26 at Victory Field, located at Myrtle Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard. Comment.
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Pampas Argentinas: Meat galore in Forest Hills

The wait is over for the Forest Hills food-obsessed who've been wondering whether the Argentine steak house that has been heralding its arrival on Metropolitan Avenue since last summer would ever open its doors. Pampas Argentinas is open for business, and judging by the crowd waiting for tables on its second Friday night, is an instant success. Comment.
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Hagane: Lively hibachi in Howard Beach

Hibachi, a style of Japanese cuisine invented in the United States in the Sixties, and virtually unknown in Japan, has been enjoying a renaissance of sorts here in Queens. The latest bandwagon-jumper we know of is Hagane on Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach. Comment.
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Woman arrested for intoxication: Police

BELLE HARBOR Police arrested a 40-year-old woman earlier this month after she was allegedly found intoxicated on the side of the road in her car, DA Richard Brown said. Comment.
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Police search for Pet Menu store burglar

FLUSHING Police said they were looking for a burglar who broke into a Pet Menu chain store on Northern Boulevard Saturday evening and stole an unknown amount of cash from the store's register. Comment.
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Motorcyclist taken to hospital after accident

JAMAICA A 26-year-old motorist was taken to Jamaica Hospital and listed in critical condition after his motorcycle collided with a car on the Nassau Expressway Saturday afternoon, police said. Comment.
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Man slashes another in Bayside: Police

BAYSIDE Police said they arrested a 21-year-old man Sunday after he allegedly slashed another man at the corner of Browvale Lane and Northern Boulevard in Bayside. Comment.
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Man confesses before breaking into car: DA

SOUTH JAMAICA Police arrested a 41-year-old man last week after he allegedly confessed to a crime he had not yet performed upon being spotted peering into parked cars in South Jamaica, Queens DA Richard Brown said. Comment.
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Jamaica man arrested for stabbing: Police

ST. ALBANS A 20-year-old Jamaica man was arrested Saturday after he allegedly fatally stabbed another man during a verbal dispute in St. Albans, DA Richard Brown said. Comment.
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Electronics stolen from Bayside bar: Police

BAYSIDE Police said they were searching for thieves who broke into a Bell Boulevard bar Friday morning and stole electronics equipment. Comment.
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Cops search for man who molested girl in Woodside

WOODSIDE Police in the 108th Precinct were searching for a man who sexually assaulted a 6-year-old girl last Thursday. Comment.
Letters

Police officers need better pay to keep them in New York City

As a city resident, I want to thank our police officers for their hard work and dedication to protecting the citizens and property of New York. I agree with Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch, who said the salaries of officers must be raised to keep them in the city. Comment.
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NYPD must review procedures in wake of Sean Bell verdict

My thoughts and prayers are with Sean Bell's family, which I have come to know since this tragedy occurred. Through prayer vigils and marches, I have come to admire this family, which has shown grace and dignity in grief's face, teaching us about our own humanity. Our community must continue supporting this family and keep Sean's memory alive. Comment.
Letters

Co-op residents demand improvements

We live at the Windsor Oaks Tenants' Corp. in Oakland Gardens and are puzzled and disappointed with the administration and management of our development. Comment.
Letters

Astoria, west Queens changing due to encroachment of hipsters

Astoria and other western Queens neighborhoods have become magnets for young, fine arts-aspiring hopefuls and club trotters who would have been too frightened to come here during the crime-ridden 1970s and '80s. The impact these hipsters have had on this once-residential and family-oriented neighborhood is negative. Their growing presence serves no one's interest, not even their own. Comment.
Editorial

What’s the problem?

We do not blame readers if they are somewhat bewildered by the local response to the city's plan to build a $1.2 billion police academy in College Point. To us, it seems like a match made in heaven. Comment.
Editorial

Move forward at Willets Point

It is hard not to empathize with companies currently in Willets Point. Some of them have been doing business here for decades. It is not their fault that the area was neglected by the city. For reasons that remain unclear, the area has no sewer system and the city-owned roads look like a war zone. They have a right to be angry and no one can fault them for resisting the city's efforts to redevelop the area. Comment.
Editorial

Funding moral garbage

Most state employees pay little attention to how their pension funds are invested. But a report that appeared in last week's edition gives good reason why these workers should take a second look. Comment.
Editorial

Civil disobedience

The Rev. Al Sharpton and company want to compare the demonstrations that occurred last week to the historic acts of civil disobedience that took place during the civil rights movement. But there is a fundamental distinction to be made. Comment.
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The Civic Scene

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Senior Citizens Advisory Council has been working to improve Access-A-Ride service for senior citizens unable to use subways or buses. SCAC consists of 24 seniors from the five boroughs. Comment.
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Political Action

With the special election petition drive's end in the 30th City Council District of Middle Village, Glendale, Maspeth and Ridgewood, we can now look at where the candidates stand in terms of their political strengths. Comment.
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Neighbor to Neighbor

This past week has been full. Corey Bearak, the Queens Civic Congress president, has been involved with both the Queens Coalition for Parks and Green Spaces and Citizens Against Graffiti Everywhere. He included our groups and you in invitations. Comment.
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Dishing with Dee

May 7 was the annual Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade Awards Dinner-Dance at Terrace on the Park. This year's dinner was in the penthouse, a smaller but more intimate room probably due to a lesser attendance. The economic crunch is affecting events. Let us hope it is temporary. Comment.
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Berger’s Burg

To get his audience's attention when he was a presidential candidate, Adlai Stevenson said, "It is my job to speak. It is your job to listen. If you finish your job before I finish mine, you're free to leave." Comment.
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New pizzeria opens on Sutphin

Southern Queens commuters getting back late from work now have an additional witching-hour food choice near their transit hub: New Pizza Fresca at 94-18 Sutphin Blvd. opened at the end of March near the Jamaica Center, offering pizza and other Italian favorites 24 hours a day. Comment.
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How’s Business?

I talk much about budgeting and saving that focuses on the end game, but what about newlyweds just getting started? I am in contact with many young Queens couples, but unfortunately and consistently hear that it is difficult for them to realize their financial and real estate goals. Comment.
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Fundraisers

Warmth of Spring 29th Anniversary Dinner Dance Comment.
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Business Calendar

Warmth of Spring Dinner Dance Comment.
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Woodhaven Library seeks teachers

WOODHAVEN The Friends of the Woodhaven Public Library are looking for people within the community who are willing to donate their talent in teaching or give a lecture at the library. For those who are interested, call 718-849-1010. The Woodhaven Public Library is located at 85-41 Forest Parkway, Woodhaven. Comment.
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Volunteers needed to protect nursing home residents’ rights

NEW YORK The New York Foundation for Senior Citizens Volunteer Ombudsman Program is announcing a new outreach effort to recruit volunteers in the Queens area to protect the rights of the borough's nursing and adult home residents. Volunteers for the Ombudsman Program visit residents weekly and work with them and facility staff to maintain high standards of care. Comment.
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Top judge’s pay-raise gambit leaves Queens leaders divided

Everyone agrees that New York state judges are underpaid, but how the state's top judge is going about getting a raise has some borough leaders at odds. Comment.
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Teacher dies after accomplishing final dream

A beloved Jackson Heights teacher stricken with terminal cancer realized her dream just one day before she died. Comment.
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Symposium on Aging

On May 20, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the LaGuardia Community College Little Theatre, 47 Avenue and Van Dam Street, Long Island City, the college will be holding an event that will examine the recent research that has spurred the development of different perspectives on aging. The event will be featuring Caryn Resnick, the city Aging Department deputy commissioner, and Carolyn Zablotny, executive director of Elders Share the Arts. Seating is limited, so reservations are required. Comment.
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Suit alleges desecration at Glendale cemetery

A Glendale family is suing a neighborhood cemetery after discovering part of a loved one's remains that had resurfaced on top of his grave following a process to hold his headstone in place, the family's attorney said. Comment.
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Students, officials criticize CUNY cuts

Elected officials, professors, education advocates and students last week attacked Mayor Bloomberg's plan to cut millions of dollars from the City University system, some calling it an assault on the American Dream. Comment.
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Square dance at Community House

FOREST HILLS On May 31 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., the Church in the Gardens will be sponsoring a square dance. Attendees will learn how to square and line dance with professional callers Don and Dot Coy. The dance will be held at the Community House, located at 15 Borage Place, Forest Hills. Tickets are $20 per adult and children under the age of 15 may enter free. All tickets for the dance must be purchased in advance as tickets will not be sold at the door. For more information, call 718-268-7710. Comment.
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Royal pays visit to Bayside

The people who care for disabled adults and children in Bayside gained the attention of royals Tuesday. Comment.
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Rockaway ferry makes maiden voyage to Wall St.

With heavy rains blanketing the Rockaways, long-awaited ferry service linking the peninsula to Manhattan was launched Monday, giving residents a one-hour ride into the city. Comment.
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Rich Hill kids get a taste of outer space from NASA

About 50 Richmond Hill children got a first-hand account of life in outer space Monday during a bi-coastal video conference that linked students in Queens and California to a NASA astronaut aboard the International Space Station. Comment.
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Rent board plans 7% hike for stabilized apartments

The Rent Guidelines Board has come up its preliminary recommendations on how much landlords can raise rents on New York City's 1 million rent-stabilized apartments with final numbers to be announced next month. Comment.
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Rail bridge in Woodside nearly fixed

Amtrak expects repairs to be complete this week on a crumbling concrete railroad bridge in Woodside that captured the attention of Borough President Helen Marshall. Comment.
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Queens Zoo looking for volunteers for teaching, tours, special events

FLUSHING MEADOWS The Wildlife Conservation Society's Queens Zoo is looking for volunteers. As volunteers, participants will teach school-aged children and other visitors about animals, give guided tours, work in the Wild Discovery Room and help the instructors give special presentations and work on special events. Comment.
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Queens Village man arrested in stab slay

Police arrested a 30-year-old Queens Village man last weekend after he allegedly fatally stabbed a 40-year-old man from the neighborhood and injured two others during a dispute near his house, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
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Queens leaders fume over possible utility hike

Western Queens elected officials lambasted Con Edison last week after the utility proposed raising its rates each year for the next three years just two months after the state's Public Service Commission approved the company's latest rate hike. Comment.
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Queens gets dangerous rap in new video game: Vallone

Queens may be one of the stars in the hottest selling video game, but City Councilman Peter Vallone (D-Astoria) said the borough should have no place in it. Comment.
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Queens cemetery to host Scott Joplin festival

St. Michael's Cemetery in East Elmhurst is gearing up for its fourth annual Celebration of the Music of Scott Joplin, to be held May 17 in recognition of one of the neighborhood's famous interred residents. Comment.
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Principal, 6, lays down law

Maryam Ahmad was ready for work as Principal for a Day at the Kew-Forest School Friday, undaunted by the duty of disciplining ninth-grade students whose uniforms were not up to snuff. Comment.
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Parkway Hospital agreement averts strike

The New Parkway Hospital in Forest Hills has averted a threatened employee strike after signing and ratifying a new contract with 1199SEIU, the health care workers union. Comment.
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No. 7 Train expansion dim as MTA railyards talks halt

For the second time in five days, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority declared an impassethis time an apparent endin negotiations with Tishman Speyer toward development of the rail yards on Manhattan's far west side. Comment.
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North Korean recalls horrors of forced labor camp

Shin Dong Hyuk has no problem recounting the time he spent in a North Korean concentration camp up until just over three years ago, it was all he knew. Comment.
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No parking signs spark ire

With parking already scarce in Broad Channel, residents are up in arms after the city Department of Transportation installed No Parking Anytime signs on some neighborhood side streets. Comment.
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New York’s film tax incentives help Queens get ‘Ugly’

Popular television show "Ugly Betty," which chronicles the experiences of a young Queens woman working at a fashion magazine, will move its production from California to New York to qualify for city and state tax incentives, the city's Film, Theatre and Broadcasting Office said. Comment.
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MTA consolidates all bus lines

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has combined under one manager its three bus lines, including the former private lines serving hundreds of thousands of Queens riders. Comment.
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Middle Village dentist stole from patients, insurers: Brown

A 40-year-old Middle Village dentist with a family practice was charged Monday after he allegedly bilked four insurance companies and many of his patients out of thousands of dollars during a period of four years, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
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Jax Heights tenants sue major landlord

Tenants in buildings owned by corporate property manager Vantage Properties have sued the company, alleging it illegally tried to force them out of their rent-stabilized apartments. Comment.
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Jackson Heights chosen as site for city street cleaning program

Though a business improvement district may be some ways off, merchants and traffic congestion activists in Jackson Heights are celebrating the neighborhood's selection for a pilot street sweeping program. Comment.
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Hate charge considered in Jam. Hill statue theft

Police were investigating the disappearance last weekof San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila as a hate crime after the statue bearing that saint's likeness was sawed off at the ankles and carried away from its Jamaica Hill home. Comment.
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Elmhurst grocery baggers fight C-Town for back pay

After years of not receiving pay for their work as grocery baggers, three Elmhurst workers are fighting for back pay from the C-Town supermarket that employed them for tips, state officials said. Comment.
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Earthquake touches lives in boro Chinese enclaves

Flushing residents were scrambling to check on their loved ones overseas after a devastating earthquake killed thousands in central China Monday afternoon. Comment.
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DA investigating Monserrate: Report

Two agencies are investigating allegations that City Councilman Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst) may have improperly used a nonprofit group he funded to aid his 2006 state Senate campaign, the New York Times reported last week. Comment.
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City Planning study finds boro grocery shortage

A recent study released by the Department of City Planning found that Corona, Jamaica and Far Rockaway qualify as high-needs areas for local grocery stores or supermarkets, linking the absence with lower quality of life and health-related diseases. Comment.
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City Council candidates tell Maspeth nightclub to ‘Hush’

City Council hopefuls Elizabeth Crowley and Anthony Como joined Maspeth residents last weekend to say they were tired of a Grand Avenue nightclub that has been keeping them up nights with blaring music. Comment.
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CB 4 skeptical of library art

The new Elmhurst Library will be three stories tall and feature a permanent art fixture, officials announced last week at a Community Board 4 meeting, but the nature of that installation was the subject of controversy among board members. Comment.
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Boro reps urge feds to try Bell officers

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-St. Albans) and four fellow congressmen urged the Justice Department Monday to try the Sean Bell detectives on civil rights violations and find a way to fix the nation's policing system at a congressional hearing in Manhattan held by the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Comment.
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Boro reps push alternative to 14.5% water-rate hike

The city Water Board was to vote late this week on its proposal to raise water rates by 14.5 percent, but in the days leading up to the decision, several Queens lawmakers launched their own plan to reduce the rate hike. Comment.
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Boro can ‘Access’ Nassau

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority agreed to extend Access-A-Ride service into Nassau County from Queens, ending a two-year fight waged by two borough legislators whose legislation to force the move had been vetoed by the last two governors. Comment.
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Boro aids Asian disaster victims

As aid began to trickle into cyclone-ravaged Myanmar and a western Chinese province was struck with a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that left thousands dead, Queens leaders called for residents to get involved in relief efforts. Comment.
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‘Bengali’ offers escape in Jax. Heights caf

Reporters know him from countless news conferences, but they may not know that Shams Tarek, press secretary for City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows), has a creative side, too. The 29-year-old Jamaica Estates resident recently opened "Bengali," an exhibition of photographs taken in Bangladesh, at Espresso 77 in Jackson Heights, 35-57 77th St. Comment.
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Baby left at Holly Avenue doorway

A Flushing mother was expected to be charged Wednesday morning for the alleged abandonment of her 3-day old baby at the home of her pastor on Mother's Day, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
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Avella blasts St. Johns over dorm at protest

A vocal crowd of more than 40 Jamaica Estates residents joined City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) Saturday to protest St. John's University's unpopular plan to construct a six-story dormitory in the middle of a residential neighborhood on Henley Road. Comment.
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Avella bill would ban problem developers

Almost two decades after the historic interior of the RKO Keith's Theater in Flushing was defiled by notorious developer Tommy Huang, members of the City Council are taking steps to prevent such destruction in the future. Comment.
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Astoria co-op’s squirrel trapping raises activist outcry

Wildlife advocates are calling on an Astoria co-op to discontinue trapping squirrels following resident complaints that the bushy-tailed rodents were chewing the wires on their parked cars. Comment.
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A family gathering 105 years in the making

Irene Hinson credited God with her longevity, but she only asked one thing of him. Comment.
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The Reel Queens

Queens and Michigan may share little in common geographically, but the borough stands in for the Great Lakes State in David Ross' "The Babysitters" after a state tax incentive drew the indie film's production to sections of Maspeth and Long Island. Comment.
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Optical illusionist

Dealing not only with light and time but also methods of displaying them, "Take your time," a solo exhibit by Olafur Eliasson now at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and the Museum of Modern Art, challenges our perception of the world around us. Waterfalls will stop, showing us a stationary image with a downward flow replaying on the "screen." In one exhibit, a waterfall will flow in reverse. Rooms will shift in space or grow incredibly bright, you will shift in space or grow incredibly bright. Islands will rise from the sea. Comment.
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Qstage

Weeki Wachee Girls Sirens Tale Productions presents. From award-winning writer/director Kim Cummings, based on her short film of the same name. 15-year-old best friends Katie and Maura dream of becoming mermaids at Florida's Weeki Wachee Spring. Everything goes awry when Katie discovers Maura kissing another girl. Comment.
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Oratorio’s spring show follows patriotic theme

The fourth and final movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is the famous choral piece "Ode to Joy," a melody that has come to represent political unity throughout history, from the post-Napoleonic era in which it was written to modern times as the anthem for the European Union. Now the Oratorio Society of Queens performs "Ode to Joy" this weekend as the centerpiece in a program of patriotic works, including Berlioz's "Le Marseilleuse" and John Williams' "Liberty Fanfare." Comment.

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