Whitestone Times

Friday, April 17, 2009

Whitestone Times

Padavan eco−group gains ally

The head of the Udalls Cove Preservation Committee came to the defense of a commission eliminated in the state budget whose official function was to preserve the northeast Queens shoreline as the group faced claims that it was a patronage tool of state Sen. Frank Padavan (R−Bellerose). Comment.
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Lollipop Diner reopens after arson

Five long months after a fire destroyed the Lollipop Diner, coffee is again being brewed at the Whitestone institution. Comment.
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Community boards blast cuts

District managers of Queens community boards said a proposal last week to strip $7,000 from budgets that have already sustained $23,000 in cuts probably would force them to lay off personnel and could seriously hinder their daily operations. Comment.
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CB 7 delays vote on plan from city for Corp. Park

For the sixth time in two months, the city made a presentation to Community Board 7 members Monday night on moving five Willets Point businesses to the College Point Corporate Park. And for the sixth time, the city was rebuked by the board over something that is not even included in its plan but the community said should be. Comment.
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LIRR chugging along after 175 years in service

In 1834, there were 23 states in the United States, Andrew Jackson was president, Britain abolished slavery and the Long Island Rail Road was born. Comment.
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Liu condemns Texas congresswoman for remarks on Asian names

City Councilman John Liu (D−Flushing) joined Asian American leaders nationwide last week in condemning Texas U.S. Rep. Betty Brown (R−Athens) for suggesting that citizens of Asian descent change their names to something “easier for Americans to deal with.” Comment.
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Remember quake victims’ generosity: Avella

City Councilmen Tony Avella (D−Bayside) and Vincent Gentile (D−Brooklyn) have appealed to New Yorkers to help survivors of an earthquake that has left hundreds dead and thousands homeless in Italy’s Abruzzo region. Comment.
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A Health Care Crisis

Nobody is surprised that the closing of St. John’s and Mary Immaculate hospitals is already having an impact on health care in Queens. Comment.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

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Jack Berger, older brother of columnist, dies at 90

Jack Berger, a Flushing resident and brother of TimesLedger columnist Alex Berger, died at North Shore University Hospital in Plainview, L.I., on April 3. He was 90. Comment.
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Arsonist gets 14 yrs. for Whitestone fire

The Whitestone man who pleaded guilty to setting a fire that gutted the popular Lollipop Diner last month was sentenced to up to 14 years in prison last week, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
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$21.7M in stimulus funding slated for affordable housing in Flushing

State Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D−Flushing) announced with Gov. David Paterson Tuesday that $21.7 million has been set aside for affordable housing projects in Flushing as part of President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus plan. Comment.
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Benefit to help family of late Con Ed worker

Six months after 26−year−old George Dillman was killed in a manhole fire, his family is taking steps to make sure his benevolent spirit is remembered for years to come. Comment.
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Brutality alleged in 109th Pct.

City Councilman John Liu (D−Flushing) is calling for the Queens district attorney to launch an investigation into allegations that several police officers from the 109th Precinct dragged a middle−aged Flushing man out of his car and beat him after he broadsided a police cruiser earlier this month. Comment.
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We want some relief: CB 7

A Community Board 7 committee left the College Point Corporate Park frustrated Monday night, telling city officials it is tired of making concessions to welcome more development to an area already oversaturated with city projects. Comment.
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Padavan’s eco−watchdog a patronage tool: Stavisky

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D−Whitestone) is claiming state Sen. Frank Padavan (R−Bellerose) uses a commission that looks after the northeast Queens shoreline to hand out “political patronage jobs.” Comment.

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