Astoria Times

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008

Jackson Heights

Corona strip couple admit raping teens: DA Brown

A husband−and−wife stripper team from Corona pleaded guilty last week in connection with the rape of two underage girls whom they met through the social networking Web site MySpace, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
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Oliver Bon Dinant: Old−time French charm

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Police end search for public lewdness suspect

REGO PARK — A Rego Park man was arrested on public lewdness charges Friday after authorities claimed he fondled himself late last month on a Queens−bound V train, police said. Comment.
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2 boro women arrested in L.I. sex sting

FRANKLIN SQUARE, L.I. — Two Queens women were arrested in an undercover sting Sunday on Long Island after authorities claimed they prostituted themselves and did not have a massage license to work at a Franklin Square spa, Nassau police said. Comment.
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Water’s Edge owes city $86K in late rent, banquet revenue

A recent audit by the city comptroller found that Long Island City’s popular Water’s Edge restaurant owes the city more than $86,000 in late rent payments and unreported revenue and that the eatery has not properly maintained its public pier along the East River. Comment.
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Council panel OK’s area limits for broken meter parking

A City Council committee has approved legislation that lawmakers said would clear up confusion among motorists using broken parking meters. Comment.
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Obama celebration rolls on in SE Queens

America may have elected its first black president more than a week ago, but the news is still sending chills of elation through southeast Queens neighborhoods. Comment.
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City clears up Borden rumors

The Department of Homeless Services’ action at a Long Island City shelter for veterans in September that spurred reports of mistreatment was a locker search, not a raid, an agency official insisted last week. Comment.
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SW Queens GOP loses seats amid Democratic wave

Republicans all over the country suffered major setbacks in last week’s general election, but the losses were keenly felt in southwest Queens, where a two−decade state senator, a new city councilman and an industrious state Assembly challenger were all defeated by a substantial margin by Democratic foes. Comment.
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State shuts Parkway to inpatients

New Parkway Hospital in Forest Hills has transferred all of its inpatients to other health facilities following an order by the state Department of Health that the hospital, which has served the community for more than four decades, can no longer offer acute inpatient services. Comment.
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Triborough Bridge to bear Robert F. Kennedy’s name

Astoria’s Triborough Bridge will officially become the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge in mid−November when the state plans to put up several million dollars worth of new signs at toll plazas and along roads leading up to the bridge, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation said. Comment.
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State probes pollution at Newtown

A Long Island City concrete company accused by environmental watchdogs of illegally dumping into Newtown Creek is facing new scrutiny from the state. Comment.
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City Council approves Willets Point redevelopment plan

The City Council voted by a nearly unanimous margin Thursday to approve the redevelopment of Willets Point, paving the way for a massive mixed−use neighborhood featuring more than 1,900 units of affordable housing. Comment.
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Economy is No. 1 issue for Onorato

State Sen. George Onorato (D−Astoria) said the economy will overshadow all other issues when Democrats are expected to take the Senate from Republicans in January for the first time in 44 years. Comment.
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Boro groups, city to link 10 Queens waterfront parks

A coalition of six western Queens community groups is aiming for a greener tomorrow by leading an initiative that would link 10 Astoria and Long Island City waterfront parks along an 11−mile stretch via bicycle and pedestrian paths. Comment.
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Facing $1.2 billion deficit, MTA seeks help from state

The 8 percent hike now proposed for subway and bus fares will not be enough to keep the transit system running in its present state without financial help from the state, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chief Eliott Sander told the agency’s Finance Committee. Comment.
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Padavan, Gennaro keep busy

Though the political fates of state Sen. Frank Padavan (R−Bellerose) and City Councilman James Gennaro (D−Fresh Meadows) will not be known for at least days, the two politicians said they were getting on with business. Comment.
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District 25 challengers may face Sears

As the dust settles in the aftermath of the City Council’s vote to extend term limits, aspiring candidates in the 25th Council District are struggling to adapt to a political future that now includes incumbent Helen Sears (D−Jackson Heights). Comment.
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Boro Council reps pan mayor’s budget cut plan

More municipal budget cuts are coming, but Queens City Council members were hesitant to get behind several drastic measures proposed last week by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Comment.
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Signs for LCC to boost college’s visibility

After more than 35 years in Long Island City, LaGuardia Community College is slated to finally receive signs on its building. Three large metal signs will be bolted to the main building at Thompson Avenue and Van Dam Street, Thompson and 31st Street, and Van Dam and 47th Avenue. Comment.
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Monserrate shakes up Senate

Newly elected state Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D−Corona) held out support for Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith (D−St. Albans) in a move that led to the creation of a Latino caucus in return for his backing the Queens Democrat. Comment.
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Hunters Point South project approved unanimously by Council

With minimal fanfare or argument, the city’s Hunters Point South redevelopment project in Long Island City cruised through the City Council Thursday. Comment.
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Bakery to open on Bell Blvd.

Bayside community leaders said they were glad to see that a bakery would move into the Bell Boulevard site formerly occupied by Marretta’s Bakery, where a bank had originally been proposed for construction. Comment.
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Queens slated for 16 new schools by 2014

The new five−year capital plan from the city Department of Education calls for more than 12,000 classroom seats and 16 new schools to be built in Queens — a number city officials say will help the borough deal with overcrowding, but which the director of Class Size Matters called “breathtakingly inadequate.” Comment.
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Smith believes he will be Democratic majority leader

Even though there were some dissension within his own party, state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D−St. Albans) said he not only expects to be chosen Democratic majority leader in January, he also vowed to end partisanship in Albany to better serve New York. Comment.
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Ozone Park actor plays undead patriarch in ‘Twilight’

Ozone−Park−born thespian Peter Facinelli will be seen on screens across the country later this month in one of the fall’s most anticipated films. The actor said the role of Dr. Carlisle Cullen, in director Catherine Hardwicke’s “Twilight,” was one into which he could really sink his teeth. Comment.
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Travel Agents

Until recently, I was a travel editor at a major guidebook publisher. The job required heavy text-editing, and contrary to what the title suggests, no travel. What made the job unbearable was that it took something I loved — travel — and made me hate it. I’d edit hundreds of pages of the same boilerplate prose: a well-appointed hotel room here, a vibrant market there, with “jaw-dropping” and “mind-blowing” profundities all over the place. Only the locales would change. Comment.
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The art of the energy audit

The P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City received an early Christmas present this year. Comment.

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