Whitestone Times

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009

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Robbers and burglars strike Bayside area

BAYSIDE — Criminals escaped with nearly $70,000 in two separate incidents Saturday, police said. Comment.
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Bklyn woman stole goods from Floral Pk. store: DA

FLORAL PARK — A 32-year-old Brooklyn woman was arrested after she allegedly attempted to steal skin care products from a Floral Park CVS Pharmacy chain store, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
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Clerk at Staples stole $8K in electronics: DA

BAYSIDE — A stock clerk at the Staples on Northern Boulevard allegedly stole digital cameras and laptops worth more than $8,000 in little over a month, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
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Mercedes-Benzes lifted from Douglaston lot

DOUGLASTON — Police in the 111th Precinct were looking for two luxury cars stolen from a private parking facility Sept. 2. Comment.
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Bank staff locked in vault%A0during Auburndale heist

AUBURNDALE — Police in the 111th Precinct were looking for a trio of Hispanic men who conducted a morning bank robbery Saturday. Comment.
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DA says Bronx man stole gum from Rite Aid store

FRESH MEADOWS — A 32-year-old Bronx man was arrested after he allegedly attempted to steal hundreds of packs of gum from a Fresh Meadows Rite Aid chain store, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
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Klein Farm day care plans move to Bayside

Notorious developer Tommy Huang and the owner of a day care center at Klein Farm struck a deal in Queens Civil Court last week, allowing the business to operate rent free for the next three months in exchange for vacating the property by the end of November, about three months before the lease was set to expire in February. Comment.
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College Pt. church awaits city’s OK to use reconstructed site

Parishioners at the First Reformed Church of College Point were dealt a devastating blow last year when a fast-moving fire severely damaged their 135-year-old house of worship. Comment.
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Douglaston library gets tech makeover

The Queens Library reopened its Douglaston/Little Neck site last week following several weeks of renovations, including new computers, furniture and kiosks that allow visitors to check materials out themselves, the library’s chief executive officer said. Comment.
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Douglaston developer appeals stay on 26th Ave. project

A Douglaston developer who had unusual construction plans for a multiple family home revoked amid outcry from North Flushing residents and City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has applied to the city Board of Standards and Appeals in a bid to resurrect his proposal. Comment.
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Proposal for hotel, grocery store denied by Community Board 7

Community Board 7 rejected what its members called a “bizarre” proposal Monday that would bring a large hotel and supermarket to a largely industrial neighborhood in Flushing. Comment.
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Meng’s bill to drop word ‘Oriental’ signed into law

Gov. David Paterson signed a bill sponsored by state Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) into law last week that will eliminate the use of the word “oriental” on all preprinted state documents by the beginning of next year. Comment.
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Battling against break-ins

Police from the 109th Precinct were planning to launch a leaflet campaign to battle something that can befall anyone and have dire consequences: carelessness. Comment.
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New trial begins for accused Fresh Meadows granny beater

Jury selection began this week at Queens Supreme Court for the re-trial of Jack Rhodes, a Long Island City man accused of beating and robbing a 101-year-old Jamaica Estates woman in 2007, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown’s office said. Comment.
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Avella honors 9/11 victims from boro with motorcade

They died as heroes and now, eight years down the line, northeast Queens paused to remember them once more. Comment.
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MTA to post timetables on express bus routes

If you ride buses of the MTA Bus Co. in Queens, there is no way to find out if your bus is late. But the New York City Transit Authority says for those who take express buses, help is on the way. Comment.
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Five Dems left standing on Council ballot

With less than a week until the Democratic primary election, the field of candidates vying for City Councilman John Liu’s (D-Flushing) seat was whittled down from six to five last week. Comment.
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IS 238 workingpast flu death as new year starts

In years past, the adolescents at IS 238 would get a complimentary greeting from Assistant Principal Mitchell Wiener that encouraged them to work hard and follow their dreams. Comment.
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Hillside Ave. firehouse gets $10K for tech upgrade

A Jamaica firehouse that is one of the busiest in the borough received a boost last week that will help its firefighters break down doors during emergencies. Comment.
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Boro man has losing streak

A Whitestone man who was threatened with jail time after gaining the distinction of being Citi Field’s first streaker will pay fines and complete 20 days of community service instead, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
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Weprin seat battle may go on

Three candidates will compete for the Democratic nomination for City Councilman David Weprin’s (D-Hollis) seat next week, but depending on the outcome there may be a rematch between two of the candidates in November. Comment.
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Fresh Meadows man kills self in home explosion: Police

A Fresh Meadows man was found dead in his home Monday morning after an explosion that authorities believe was a suicide. Comment.
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Kevin Kim pulls out surprise Council win

In a surprise upset, Kevin Kim defeated presumed frontrunner Jerry Iannece and four other Democratic opponents in the primary election Tuesday in the race to replace City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside). Kim will now face off against Republican Dan Halloran in November. Comment.
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Exxon station can stay on Bell

Community Board 11 voted this week to allow a 77-year-old gas station on Bell Boulevard to remain in operation as well as approving the renaming of two northeast Queens streets after labor leader Ron Carey and a former CB 11 member. Comment.
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Valentino’s won’t open its doors%A0until 2010: City

The long-awaited caterer that will replace Bayside’s Caffé on the Green probably will not open for business until 2010 as the concessionaire awaits approval from several city agencies, the city Parks Department said. Comment.
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Do or die for Council seekers

Six candidates will compete next week to become the Democratic contender who will face Republican Dan Halloran in November in the race to replace City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside). Comment.
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Weprin wins primary for seat in Council

State Assemblyman Mark Weprin (D-Little Neck) handily beat his two challengers in Tuesday’s Democratic primary race to replace his brother, City Councilman David Weprin (D-Hollis), according to unofficial results from the city Board of Elections. Comment.
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Killing Business on Bell Boulevard

The meter maids on Bell Boulevard in Bayside have gone on a ticket blitz that is ruining business. Merchants believe Bayside is targeted because it is an affluent area and the city assumes most drivers will pay their fines. Comment.
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Berger's Burg: Take great pride in becoming a grandparent later in life

My grandfather’s picture sits on my desk while I do my homework. My father spent money on me, my grandfather spent time. As I struggle with trig and other responsibilities, I remember how my grandfather would take me for walks in the park, explain how a curveball was thrown, [and] encourage me to think well of myself. I really don’t want to wrestle with world history, the gross domestic product and Nathaniel Hawthorne. I just want to go to the park with you once again, Grandpa. — Melvin Glenn Comment.
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Berger's Burg: Jews hope for prosperity, peace in coming new year

At sundown Sept. 18, the blowing of the shofar — ram’s horn — in synagogues will mark the start of Rosh Hashanah and the Jewish New Year of 5770. The High Holy Days will culminate with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, at sundown Sept. 27. Comment.
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How's Business? Do not wait to sell your home

The subject has come up more than once at home: Should you sell your house? We are hoping the real estate market is going to rebound soon, but is your home going to be worth the prices homes were selling at years ago? What are some warning signs that it may be time to sell your Queens home before it drops in value? Comment.
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The Play's The Thing: A multi-pronged approach will snag slippery audience

Another glorious September has arrived. Tennis balls are being hit with serious intent at the US Open, political mailings are arriving in droves for the primary election next Tuesday, and the local theater season is ready to take off. Comment.
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Queens College festival highlights boro’s many cultures

The diversity of Queens could be seen and heard along the quad of Queens College’s campus last weekend as the school’s Kupferberg Center for the Arts hosted its first folk festival, which included music and dance performances that represented nine nations. Comment.
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Yen Chou takes wide-open race for Liu seat

After a stormy summer of politics in Flushing, when the dust settled Tuesday Yen Chou emerged victorious, edging out Isaac Sasson and S.J. Jung to win the race for the Democratic nomination for City Councilman John Liu’s (D-Flushing) seat, unofficial election results showed. Comment.
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Amtrak will relocate to Moynihan Station

Amtrak has agreed to move across Eighth Avenueto the proposed $1.5 billion Moynihan railroad stationinside Manhattan’s main post office in a decision advocates said was a shot in the arm for the off-and-on project. Comment.

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