Whitestone Times

Saturday, July 19, 2008

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Flushing workplace fight results in wrench assault

FLUSHING — A Seattle, Wash., man was arrested after hitting a man with a wrench during a fight after work, the Queens district attorney's office said. Comment.
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Drunk man crashes into Flushing traffic signal: DA

FLUSHING — A Brooklyn man was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after crashing into a traffic signal, the Queens district attorney's office said. Comment.
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Young on crutches after Flushing bicycle accident

State Assemblywoman Ellen Young (D-Flushing) was still recovering after being badly injured when she was hit by a car while riding her bicycle in Flushing early last week. Comment.
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Sparks fly at beep’s Waldheim rezone hearing

The feud over the controversial Waldheim rezoning plan was reignited last Thursday as Borough President Helen Marshall heard testimony from residents and community activists before giving her recommendation on the proposal later this month. Comment.
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Sit, don’t swim, in Little Neck Bay

Douglaston residents hoping for a swim at the Douglas Dock have been turned away recently due to a high level of bacteria in the water, but dock employees hope the beach will reopen soon. Comment.
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Preserve Brinckerhoff: Neighbors

Residents and elected officials gathered Monday on 182nd Street in Fresh Meadows in hopes of getting some peace of mind about the derelict Brinckerhoff Cemetery. Comment.
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Fund-raiser aids Joe Faller

Alyssa Faller joked with her dad during the car ride over. Joe Faller, his three children and his wife, Carina, were on their way to a fund-raiser in honor of him organized by the city's Sanitation Department football team. Comment.
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Flushing YMCA unveils $2M women’s locker room

The Flushing YMCA officially opened the doors to its new $2 million women's locker room Monday, a renovation that took more than a year to complete. Comment.
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Flushing man gets life in double murder

A Flushing man was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the brutal murder of his former girlfriend and her brother in 2005, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
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Doug Plaza to get Fairway

After much controversy over what kind of business should replace the Waldbaum's in the Douglaston Plaza Shopping Center, the community members who fought the proposal to bring a Best Buy electronics store may have gotten their wish: A supermarket will remain in the plaza. Comment.
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Boy, 6, and man critically hurt in two accidents in 107th Pct.

Two car accidents in three days have left a Bronx man and Pomonok boy in critical condition at New York Hospital Queens, the 107th Precinct said. Comment.
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Bell Blvd. building to be redone after arson

Nearly two years after a three-alarm arson fire tore through an 80-year-old building on Bell Boulevard, leaving families homeless and forcing businesses to relocate, the owners of the property are starting to rebuild. Comment.
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A ‘perfect match’ fund-raiser

The Fresh Meadows man whose donated kidney saved his brother-in-law's life got a little gift from the community Sunday to help with living expenses. Comment.
Editorial

A Lesson for the Port Authority

If all goes accordingly, the Mets and Yankees will play their 2009 home openers in new stadiums. The Mets' new home, Citi Field, is currently under construction. Both stadiums will no doubt be magnificent. The combined cost for building both is more than $2 billion. Comment.
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The Civic Scene

Almost a year after the August 2007 heavy rainstorm, which brought flooding to parts of Queens, the rains came again with more flooding. I left a restaurant during the height of the June 2008 storm and saw water rushing down Union Turnpike, flowing over the curb on the south side from 179th Street to 184th Street. I turned north, where rain was not over the curb. Comment.

Monday, July 14, 2008

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2-year-old boy struck while crossing Jamaica intersection

JAMAICA — A 2-year-old boy was struck while crossing a street in Jamaica July 3, police said. Comment.
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Police search for robber who busted down door

FRESH MEADOWS — Police searched for a thief who busted down the door of a Fresh Meadows home and stole cash, jewelry and other goods from the home, authorities said. Comment.
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Credit card thief shops online, racks up $2,800

OAKLAND GARDENS -— An Oakland Gardens resident reported unauthorized charges were made to a credit card July 3, according to police. The thief gained access to the victim's American Express account and purchased more than $2,800 worth of goods from an Internet Web site, police said. Comment.
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Bayside robbers enter home via basement door

BAYSIDE — Thieves broke into a house July 3 and ran off with money and jewelry, police said. Comment.
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City drops regulation from lawn litter law

The city Sanitation Department agreed last week to drop a requirement that homeowners notarize a complaint form if they want to report a violator of the Lawn Litter Law. Comment.
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Bayside church gets new flag

The American flag outside Bayside's American Martyrs Church once flew high above a U.S. military base in Iraq. Comment.
Editorial

Reclaiming the Parks

Queens community activist Mandingo Tshaka has called on the city to designate parks where children play as drug-free zones. He wants the city to place visible signs stating as much in such places. Those who sell and use drugs in these areas will face tougher prosecution. Comment.
Editorial

Much Ado About...

State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has prevailed upon the MTA to abolish its policy of giving free MetroCards and EZ-Passes to MTA board members. Comment.
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The Civic Scene

At a recent Queens Civic Congress meeting, there was a discussion of zoning, the city Department of Buildings, enforcement, the Department of City Planning, self-certification and why there have been so many building deaths and crane accidents. Sean Walsh, former QCC president, said, "They just don't get it!" Comment.

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