Whitestone Times

Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008

Whitestone Times

Long Island man arrested for LIE DUI

OAKLAND GARDENS — A Long Island man was arrested for allegedly speeding through the Long Island Expressway while drunk, police said. Comment.
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Tenants lose key items after Flushing blast cleanup

Left without a home after an explosion tore through Fairmont Hall last month, several displaced residents of the building now say thousands of dollars worth of valuables and important documents are inexplicably missing from their apartments. Comment.
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Sewers not adequate for SJU dorms: Engineer

Jamaica Estates residents declared a major victory in the fight against a 485-bed dormitory under construction for St. John's University when the engineer they hired, with financial help from their elected officials, said the sewer infrastructure is unable to handle the burden of so many new residents. Comment.
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Policarpio knocked off Republican ballot

Congressional hopeful Jun Policarpio said he has been kicked off the Republican ballot in his bid to unseat long-term U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) after he failed to gather enough valid signatures, but the Douglaston Manor resident will remain in the race on the Conservative ballot. Comment.
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Gennaro’s bill battles drug abuse

City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) said the city's drug-free school zones have cracked down on drug activity in Queens and he wants to increase the presence of those sites in New York. Comment.
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Flushing captivated by Olympics opener

More than 100 borough residents lined up Friday to watch the kickoff of the 29th Summer Olympic Games in Beijing on a large screen above a Commerce Bank on 39th Avenue at Main Street in Flushing, cheering the opening ceremony's fireworks, speakers and performers. Comment.
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Flushing Assembly hopefuls to square off in public debate

FLUSHING — Korean-American Advocacy Group YKASEC announced this week that it will sponsor a moderated forum between state Assemblywoman Ellen Young (D-Flushing) and her challenger, Grace Meng. Comment.
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Fifth Avenue should be one-way: Residents

City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) appealed to the state last week to crack down on truck traffic infiltrating Fifth Avenue in Whitestone, but some residents on the street want traffic coming from the Whitestone Bridge eliminated entirely. Comment.
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Briarwood man killed ex: Cops

An argument between an estranged couple in Briarwood turned violent Monday night, when a 21-year-old man allegedly slashed the throat of his 32-year-old ex-girlfriend and killed her in front of her young daughter, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
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Bayside man to bike across country for Alzheimer’s

A retired middle school teacher from Bayside will get the workout of a lifetime this fall when he makes a seven-week trek across the country on his bicycle in honor of his father, who died two years ago after battling Alzheimer's disease. Comment.
Editorial

Stop the Trucks

Whitestone residents have had it with truckers who illegally drive down residential streets. The trucks that barrel down the tree-lined streets are noisy, rattle foundations and present a real danger to children playing in the area. Comment.
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Queens residents need to learn to live, work together

More than a score of people gathered outside City Councilman James Gennaro's (D-Fresh Meadows) office on Union Turnpike recently to denounce religious hate incidents in Queens. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008

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Young appointed to head substance abuse committee

State Assemblywoman Ellen Young (D-Flushing) was appointed chair of the Assembly's Drug Dependency and Substance Abuse Subcommittee last Thursday, marking the first such appointment the freshman politician has garnered since joining the governmental body. Comment.
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Whitestoners tell city to seize illegal trucks

City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and a coalition of Whitestone residents clamored Saturday for the city to take severe action against truckers who are driving illegal routes — calling the rumbling commercial giants a menace in their quiet neighborhood. Comment.
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Units unrecognizable in blast’s aftermath

Nearly two weeks after a gas explosion tore through Fairmont Hall in Flushing, there is little evidence of the families that once called the apartments on the second floor home. Comment.
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Parks Dept. seeks to buy Cornell farm

City Parks Department officials and Nassau County leaders are trying to determine how to appraise an historic Little Neck farm on the border of Queens and the Long Island county before the city can make an offer to buy the property, a Parks Department spokeswoman said. Comment.
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MTA picks firm for Throgs Neck revamp

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Bridges and Tunnels division has awarded a nearly $100 million contract to a New Jersey construction firm to begin an overhaul of the Queens approach to the Throgs Neck Bridge. Comment.
Editorial

All Eyes on China

Beginning this Friday, the world's eyes will be focused on the Olympic games in China. No city community will be watching more closely and with more pride than Flushing's Chinese-Americans. Comment.
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Queens communities need law barring yard paving

The recent heavy rain storms, backing up of sewers and heavy water flow going into basement windows has caused problems for many homeowners. One cause of sewer overloading is trash blocking sewers, which causes basement backups. Comment.

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