Whitestone Times

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Whitestone Times

Boro parents seek refunds from bus company

Several Queens parents of Bronx High School of Science students are out hundreds of dollars after being promised refunds from a College Point−based bus company that seemingly disappeared after a suspicious fire destroyed its fleet in February. Comment.
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Avella, North Flushing residents protest development ahead of rezoning

City Councilman Tony Avella (D−Bayside) led a protest outside a North Flushing home Tuesday where he said a developer is making a “bizarre” attempt to “beat the clock” on a forthcoming rezoning. Comment.
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Death of College Point man preventable: Federal report

A federal investigation into the death of a College Point Con Edison splicer who died in a Brooklyn manhole fire last year found he was not properly trained and concluded that the utility failed to take steps that could have prevented the fatal accident. Comment.
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St. Mary’s gets grant for musical therapy

St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children has received a $30,000 grant that will go toward enhancing the Bayside hospital’s music therapy program for children with brain injuries, the center’s president said. Comment.
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NYRA to sell land near Aqueduct

The New York Racing Association is set to auction off 64 lots of property it owns near Aqueduct Race Track in June, the nonprofit said Tuesday. Comment.
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Forest Hills residents plan area’s upcoming Relay For Life

For Bayside resident Leon Koradhais, a two−year cancer survivor, Relay For Life is more than just a night filled with dancing and music — it is about raising money so others like him can beat a disease that about 9,000 Queens residents with be diagnosed with this year. Comment.
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Whitestone Bridge sign falls, injuring 2 people

A road sign collapsed onto the Queens side of the Whitestone Bridge after a truck smashed into it, injuring two people and snarling traffic for miles along the Whitestone Expressway Friday afternoon. Comment.
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State kills NE Queens watchdog

A commission created to protect the northeast Queens shoreline, including Udalls Cove, Fort Totten and Alley Pond, was eliminated in state budget negotiations between state leaders, state Sen. Frank Padavan (R−Bellerose) said Tuesday. Comment.
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Klein policies blasted by Flushing parents

The Community Education Council for District 25 vented its frustrations to city Schools Chancellor Joel Klein Monday night, blasting the city Department of Education for burying parents in incomprehensible policy and depriving them of any power. Comment.
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Seminerio, 74, enters not−guilty plea

Embattled state Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio (D−Richmond Hill) pleaded not guilty in Manhattan federal court last week to a corruption charge alleging he extorted the president of a borough nonprofit and tried to extort a city hospital official, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office said. Comment.
Editorial

Let’s Make a Deal

As much as we support the effort to redevelop Willets Point, we are pleased to see Community Board 7 is not about to let the city transfer the problem to College Point. CB 7 made it clear earlier this month that it would not give the city Economic Development Corp. blanket approval to relocate five of the companies to the College Point Corporate Park. Comment.

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