Whitestone Times

Friday, Dec. 19, 2008

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Home burglars strike in 111th Pct. in Bayside

BAYSIDE — Police in the 111th Precinct were looking for suspects after a rash of residential burglaries over the last week. Comment.
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Two men face robbery rap in Bayside

BAYSIDE — A Bayside man and a Fresh Meadows man were arrested last Thursday after allegedly stealing a vial of pills from another man’s pocket, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
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Car shopper drove off with seller’s wheels: Cops

FRESH MEADOWS — A car owner got more than he bargained for when a prospective buyer drove off in his minivan, police said. Comment.
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Ben’s Deli negotiations back on at Bay Terrace

Representatives from Ben’s Deli and its Forest Hills−based landlord said they have resumed negotiations to allow the popular eatery to remain at its current Bay Terrace Shopping Center locale after a deal fell through last month. Comment.
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Appeal hearing set for Padavan−Gennaro election

The Appellate Division last Thursday issued a stay on any recount of ballots in the battle for state Sen. Frank Padavan’s (R−Bellerose) seat until an appeal hearing is held in State Supreme Court in Brooklyn later this week. Comment.
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109th Precinct braces for deep budget cuts

The commanding officer of the 109th precinct said his officers may face more than the typical challenge of keeping the streets safe in 2009. Comment.
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Fulbright scholar to study jazz at Queens College

Queens College’s renowned music program is getting a little Spanish flair. Comment.
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Qns. Botanical Garden to close for two weeks

Amid a statewide wave of belt−tightening, the Queens Botanical Garden announced Tuesday it will close for a two−week period during the holidays due to budget cuts. Comment.
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Schleicher tenants take mansion fight to civil court

Tenants at Schleicher’s Court in College Point took their battle to court this week, which may have kick−started the repairs they have been waiting to be completed on the stately building that houses their apartments since July. Comment.
Editorial

A Heritage Worth Preserving

The city Parks Department is planning major multi−million−dollar changes in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Borough President Helen Marshall revealed plans last week that show how the park may look 10 years from now. The plans include removing some of the structures built for the 1964 World’s Fair. Comment.
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Ecuadorian hate crime victim dies in Queens

The mother of an Ecuadorian immigrant fatally beaten in a suspected hate crime attack in Brooklyn arrived in the United States a day too late to say goodbye to her son. Comment.
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Seminerio indicted in Albany corruption probe

State Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio (D-Richmond Hill) was indicted on a federal mail fraud charge last week for allegedly setting up a sham consulting company to take roughly $1 million in illegal payments from entities seeking his influence in Albany, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District in New York announced. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008

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Purse stolen from car at gas station: Police

FRESH MEADOWS — Police were looking for at least one suspect who stole a driver’s purse while she was pumping gas Sunday afternoon. Comment.
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Cops search for break−in suspect in Oakland Gdns.

OAKLAND GARDENS — Police were asking for the public’s help in finding at least one person who they claim broke into a house early Saturday morning. Comment.
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GOP stifling the votes in Padavan race: Dems

The seemingly unending battle for the 11th Senate District marched on this week, with Democrats accusing Republicans of trying not to count every vote in the race between state Sen. Frank Padavan (R−Bellerose) and his challenger, City Councilman James Gennaro (D−Fresh Meadows). Comment.
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Townsend Harris HS ranked 71 nationally

Three Queens high schools were listed among the top 100 high schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report last week, giving the borough one−third of the city schools to appear on the list. Comment.
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Parks Dept. to add Fort Totten tram

The city Parks Department will add a tram with several stops at Fort Totten by next spring or summer to make it easier for visitors to get around the northeast Queens park, an agency spokeswoman said. Comment.
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City waffling on mansion fixes: Tenants

A dozen residents forced from their College Point home six months ago accused the city of playing ping−pong with their lives Monday as they seek to have emergency repairs made to their historic house in time for the holidays. Comment.
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City honors RFK with program on social justice in public schools

Robert F. Kennedy’s legacy will now be preserved with a new curriculum promoting social justice in classrooms throughout the state, the late New York senator’s daughter and city leaders announced Tuesday at the high school in Flushing that bears his name. Comment.
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Smith taps Stavisky as chair of ed panel

Longtime education advocate state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D−Whitestone) was named the new chairwoman of the state Senate Higher Education Committee, incoming Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith (D−St. Albans) announced Monday. Comment.
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Avella slams spa on fire code

City Councilman Tony Avella (D−Bayside) has renewed his fight against InSpa World in College Point, calling for the Korean establishment to be closed down after it received several fire violations from the Fire Department. Comment.
Editorial

Let There Be Lights

Residents of an apartment building in College Point have been virtually homeless since July. The three−story Victorian home on 123rd Street looks nice enough, but the city found the electrical system posed a hazard and ordered the residents to leave their apartments. Comment.
Editorial

Who’s Counting?

How on earth is it possible that one month after the general elections the Board of Elections is still counting the votes in the state Senate race between the incumbent Frank Padavan, a Republican, and his challenger City Councilman James Gennaro, a Democrat. Comment.

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