Whitestone Times

Friday, Nov. 28, 2008

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Ben’s Deli, Bay Terrace to part ways

The president of Bayside’s popular Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant said a deal to move the eatery to another spot in the Bay Terrace shopping center has collapsed following six months of acrimonious negotiations with Forest Hills−based landlord Cord Meyer. Comment.
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Whitestone center shops reopen after massive fire

More than three weeks after a fire gutted a large portion of the Whitestone Shopping Center, there are some signs that life is getting back to normal. Comment.
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Avella joins lawsuit to restore tax rebates

City Councilman Tony Avella (D−Bayside) said he was one of five Council members to sign on to a suit filed against the city Finance Department following Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s recent attempt to rescind $400 rebate checks for city property owners amid a national economic downturn. Comment.
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Food celebrities’ book dedicated to Douglaston resident

For Douglaston’s Carol Brock, having a new book featuring 200 food celebrities dedicated to her is an honor 32 years in the making. Comment.
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Tenants just want to be home for holidays

“A week prior to July 9, that’s when the nightmare began.” Comment.
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Padavan maintains slight lead in state Senate race

The battle for the 11th Senate District is still raging, often for more than 12 hours a day, in a crowded room in the Queens Board of Elections office in Kew Gardens, and neither state Sen. Frank Padavan (R−Bellerose) nor City Councilman James Gennaro (D−Fresh Meadows) is going to be waving a white flag any time soon. Comment.
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Abandoned Flushing Airport sees plan for recreation center

Two lifelong northern Queens residents are pushing a new vision for the long−abandoned Flushing Airport, and if they get their way, the future of the College Point site will be very green. Comment.
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Police question Willets Point biz tenants’ leader

Willets Point tenant business leader Arturo Olaya said he was held by police for several hours last Thursday after painting over City Councilman Hiram Monserrate’s (D-East Elmhurst) name on a truck previously used for his political campaign. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 24, 2008

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Whitestone man to head toy drive for sick children

When Santa shows up at the Nassau Community Medical Center next month, he may look remarkably like Whitestone resident Anthony Cammarata. Comment.
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Our hearts still heavy: Bloomberg

The 265 lives that were lost when American Airlines Flight 587 crashed in Belle Harbor were honored by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the victims’ families last week on the seventh anniversary of the disaster that evoked fears of another terrorist attack on the city. Comment.
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Marina plans worry Baysiders

Community Board 11 members said they were concerned that new plans for the Bayside Marina could potentially include repairing boats along the docks and selling alcohol at the site, but a city Parks Department spokeswoman said any changes to the Little Neck Bay area are merely in the proposal stage. Comment.
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Teen injured in Bayside car assault

A young man was seriously injured early Saturday morning in Bayside after a Flushing teen allegedly ran him down with his car following a dispute, sending him flying through the air and leaving him in a medically induced coma, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
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$50M Feinstein expansion debuts at North Shore LIJ

The North Shore−Long Island Jewish Health System unveiled a $50 million addition Tuesday to its Feinstein Institute for Medical Research that it said will boost its efforts to identify new drugs, technologies and cures for disease. Comment.
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College Pt. gambling operation busted: DA

A Douglaston man and a man from Little Neck have been accused of being the ringleaders of a $30 million gambling ring in College Point, while five other men from the borough have been arrested on charges in the bust last week, the Nassau County district attorney said. Comment.
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Avella calls for hearing on public school creches

City Councilman Tony Avella (D−Bayside) has invoked a little−known city rule in an attempt to schedule a hearing on his resolution that would require the city Department of Education to allow Nativity scenes or creches to be displayed in public schools during the holiday season. Comment.
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Borough pharmacies to translate drug info

A pair of the largest pharmacy chains in the country reached an agreement to provide prescription instructions in the native language of their customers, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced last Thursday, marking a significant step in the battle between immigrant advocates in Queens and several borough pharmacies. Comment.
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109th Pct. Council elects 6 new officers

The 109th Precinct Community Council underwent a changing of the guard last week as six of the seven officers who have served the group for the last eight years left their posts. Comment.
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Padavan’s lead shrinks in state Senate contest

The slim margin that Republican state Sen. Frank Padavan (R−Bellerose) held over his Democratic challenger, City Councilman James Gennaro (D−Fresh Meadows) grew even narrower last week, leaving Gennaro campaign officials to maintain their candidate will be representing the residents of the 11th Senate District come January and Padavan to say he had “no idea” what the outcome of the ballot count would be. Comment.
Editorial

Bag This Idea

While we are on the subject of taxes that have good intentions and would have bad results, we would like to put the kibosh on the proposal to charge consumers a tax on plastic bags used at supermarkets. Comment.
Editorial

Bad Medicine

Faced with a $1.5 billion deficit, Gov. David Paterson is considering a number of steps he might take to balance the state budget. This is not easy. Like the mayor, the governor has a number of alternatives and none of them will be popular. Comment.
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Manager at LIRR’s Hillside Facility in Hollis arrested in pension scandal

A Long Island Rail Road official who worked in Hollis has been arrested and charged in an investigation into whether some LIRR employees retired on questionable federal disability pensions. Comment.

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