Whitestone Times

Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009

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Feds catch Flushing car burglar: Brown

FLUSHING — An Astoria man was busted by a pair of FBI agents as he broke into a parked car in Flushing last week, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
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Man exposed self to woman on bus: Brown

FLUSHING — A Bayside man was arrested after allegedly fondling himself behind a woman on a public bus, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
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Car thief in Bayside caught red-handed: DA

BAYSIDE — A Flushing man was arrested last Thursday after a bystander spotted him breaking into a parked car, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
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Bellerose unveils new biz map

Bellerose has been put on the map — a cartoon map, that is. Comment.
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S.J. Jung receives Dem club’s honors

The Democratic Club of Flushing recognized longtime Flushing community leader S.J. Jung Sunday for his more than 20 years of commitment to the area and its people. Comment.
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CB 7 approves undersized house plan

Community Board 7 voted at its Monday night meeting to approve a plan for a proposed two-story, two-family home to be built at the intersection of Clintonville Street and 18th Avenue in Whitestone. Comment.
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Flushing homes destroyed in blast to be repaired: City

Nearly two months after a massive blast tore through the three-story brick home at 32-35 Leavitt St. in Flushing and injured two occupants, the gutted house still sits empty as do the attached units on either side, but the city said the properties will be rebuilt. Comment.
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NYHQ rounds up tons of toys for soldiers’ kids

New York Hospital Queens in Flushing was filled with a little more cheer than usual on a recent afternoon as the Freedom Medical Aid Team, or FreeMAT, gathered hundreds of toys to donate to U.S. Army units with soldiers fighting overseas. Comment.
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Green bill will make city cleaner: Gennaro

The City Council passed a package of legislation last week that Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) and other lawmakers said will dramatically reduce the city’s carbon footprint, create thousands of green jobs and save city residents millions of dollars in energy costs. Comment.
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Ex- SJU priest Plock gets 5 yrs probation: DA

Former St. John’s University chaplain Charles Plock was sentenced Monday to five years’ probation after pleading guilty to sending homemade sex videos of himself to someone he believed was a 13-year-old boy, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown’s office said. Comment.
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Queens College to help autistic children in China

Queens College will soon be lending its resources and expertise to the Beijing Wucailu Children Centre, a group that provides support for autistic children and the children’s families and teachers in China, the Flushing school announced last week. Comment.
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Douglaston center to get upgrade

Douglaston’s Alley Pond Environmental Center will undergo a $7 million renovation that will upgrade the Northern Boulevard nature site’s existing building as well as add up to 5,000 square feet of new space, the center’s executive director said. Comment.
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RKO Keith’s owner under fire

Shaya Boymelgreen, the owner of the crumbling RKO Keith’s Theatre in downtown Flushing, has fallen on tough times, much like the once-grand movie palace in the heart of the neighborhood. Comment.
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Economy killed First Edition’s business: Owner

A 50-year-old Flushing line cook is facing a tough job market after First Edition Bistro, a longtime Bell Boulevard bar and restaurant where he had worked since the early 1990s, shut down earlier this month after 61 years because the struggling economy had caused business to decline. Comment.
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Bayside school advances in city dance contest

Students with fancy feet from Bayside’s PS 41 said they had practiced hard and learned important lessons about etiquette during the 20 sessions leading up to a borough ballroom dance competition they took part in last week in their school’s gym. Comment.
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Bayside students honor sculptor Louise Nevelson with artwork

Fifth-graders from Bayside’s PS 31 learned the value of artistic collaboration during the past year after taking part in a project dedicated to the late sculptor Louise Nevelson during which they collected old pieces of wood and created their own work of art. Comment.
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City breaks ground on Little Bay dog run

Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski and City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) helped break ground Friday on a controversial new permanent dog run for Little Bay Park. Comment.
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Campaign staffer steals $4K from Liu: Police

City Comptroller-elect and City Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing) was recently ripped off for thousands of dollars by a member of his own staff impersonating his high-profile boss, according to police. Comment.

Monday, Dec. 14, 2009

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Phony utility worker stole jewelry: Police

BAYSIDE — Investigators were searching for a suspected utility employee imposter who they say burglarized a person last week. Comment.
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Man punched, robbed on bus in Bayside: Cops

BAYSIDE — A bus rider was assaulted and robbed by two suspects Dec. 2, police said. Comment.
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Thieves take TV, jewelry from Fresh Mdws. home

FRESH MEADOWS — A home on 184th Street was burglarized Friday, police said. Comment.
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Ford van stolen off street in Fresh Meadows: Police

FRESH MEADOWS — A van was stolen off the street last week, police said. Comment.
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Burglars steal jewelry, $5K from Bayside home

BAYSIDE — Police said a home was burglarized Saturday night. Comment.
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Man touched young girl in Flushing Library: Cops

FLUSHING — Police were looking for a man who they said inappropriately touched a girl inside the Flushing Library nearly two weeks ago. Comment.
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House fire kills 35-year-old Floral Park man

A Floral Park man died in a house fire Sunday morning in Floral Park while his father attempted to rescue him from his two-story bedroom in a blaze that also injured two firefighters, Nassau County police said. Comment.
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CB 11 votes yes to resolution on overcrowding

Community Board 11 members voted unanimously this week in favor of a resolution that called for building capacity limitations on the number of students at district schools as well as the creation of another high school in Bayside. Comment.
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Zazi trial could be next fall

Federal prosecutors said last Thursday they may file new charges in the case against Najibullah Zazi, the former Flushing man accused of planning an alQaeda terror attack on New York City, and the case may go to trial as early as next fall. Comment.
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Civic wants lights turned off

The principal of Bayside High School defended an electronic LED sign near its front door that is used for announcements after a neighborhood civic organization complained the colorful lights distracted residents living near the site. Comment.
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Bayside novelist pens holiday tale of crime and magic

Bayside author James J. Rush pulls off a holiday heist with his new novel “A Christmas Gift,” a seasonal crime story with supernatural elements he had originally written as a screenplay and then turned into a book with the aid of writer David Saperstein. Comment.
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Doug sewer filter set for Nov ’10 completion

A city project that would halt flooding in Bayside and filter sewer overflow in Douglaston as well as upgrading grasslands along Northern Boulevard will be completed by November 2010, a spokeswoman for the city Department of Environmental Protection said this week. Comment.
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Drug ring busted in Flushing karaoke bar

More than 30 people were arrested at what authorities said was a karaoke bar in Flushing Saturday as a police sting uncovered what was allegedly a drug and counterfeit cigarette ring. Comment.
Editorial

Democracy Alive and Well

Gay marriage advocates are upset over the defeat of the same-sex marriage bill last week in the state Senate. No legislation in recent memory has so deeply divided the people of this state. Comment.
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Longtime Bayside eatery First Edition closes

Bayside bar and restaurant First Edition closed this week after 61 years on Bell Boulevard due to a loss in business, according to a sign posted in the eatery’s window. Comment.

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