Whitestone Times

Friday, Dec. 25, 2009

Whitestone Times

Vehicle wedged on roadway divider

A car is stuck on a road divider Monday evening on Hillside Avenue near the intersection at Metropolitan Avenue in Kew Gardens. No one was injured, according to fire officials. Photo by Christina Santucci Comment.
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Burglar stole $3K from Flushing restaurant

FLUSHING — Police said they were searching for a burglar who broke into a restaurant on Francis Lewis Boulevard in Flushing Dec. 19 and stole thousands of dollars. Comment.
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Cops search for burglar who stole $1K bicycle

FLUSHING — Police said they were searching for the thief who broke into a garage in Flushing and stole an expensive bicycle. Comment.
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Drunk driver from Florida crashed car: Brown

BAYSIDE — A 21-year-old Florida man was arrested after he allegedly drove drunk and crashed his car into a fence, mailbox and bushes in Bayside earlier this month, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
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Burglar in Douglaston stole electronic devices

DOUGLASTON — Police said they were searching for a burglar who broke into a Douglaston home and stole electronics Dec. 16. Comment.
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NE Qns. teams win prizes in dance contest

Students from Douglaston’s PS 98 took a bronze award and Fresh Meadows’ PS 26 took a silver prize in a citywide ballroom dancing competition last week, but the schools were outstepped by Woodside’s PS 152, which will go on to the grand final contest in June. Comment.
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109th Pct. Christmas party draws many merrymakers

Flushing’s 109th Precinct provided food, holiday gifts and a visit from Santa Claus for 130 children and their families from the community at PS 20 last weekend during its second-annual Christmas party. Comment.
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Koo plans to tackle traffic, parking issues

Flushing’scouncilman-elect, Republican Peter Koo, is following through on his campaign pledge to focus his efforts on quality-of-life issues once he takes the seat Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing) has held for the last eight years. Comment.
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Students rally for free MetroCards

State Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) joined Queens students last weekend in Flushing to protest cuts in the MTA’s 2010 budget that will force schoolchildren who receive free MetroCards to start paying fares. Comment.
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Schneider Children’s Hospital offers how-to on baby-sitting

The do’s and don’ts of baby-sitting took center stage at a Great Neck high school last week to promote a baby-sitting program conducted by Schneider Children’s Hospital. Comment.
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City renames street after mother killed in Floral Park blast

The Boodram family lost everything when their Floral Park home was destroyed in an accidental explosion in April, but they said they found some solace Monday when the city voted to honor their slain mother. Comment.
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Is Throgs Neck remake safe?

A College Point scientist has raised concerns about the environmental impact of work recently undertaken by the MTA to improve the Throgs Necks Bridge. Comment.
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Auburndale rezone moves up

More than 400 square blocks in the Auburndale area are included in a rezoning application the Department of City Planning expects to certify by April, according to Paul Graziano, an independent urban planning consultant in Flushing, who attended a closed-door community meeting on the issue last week with department representatives. Comment.
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Police academy vital for College Pt.: Mayor

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has deflected critics’ concerns that the $1 billion to $1.5 billion the city is spending on the new 3 million square-foot police academy in College Point is not the best use of funds in the depressed economy. Comment.
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Pomonok gets $700,000 for security update

State Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn (D-Flushing) and state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) secured hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding to install security cameras at Pomonok Houses in Flushing, a move that Pomonok Residents Association President Monica Corbett said will help to deter a rise in crime in the area. Comment.
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Crystal jewelry exhibit brings art to Flushing

Now that snow crystals have dusted the city’s streets, the time is ripe to visit Flushing for its crystal jewelry and sculpture offerings. Comment.
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Lancman, Stavisky want security for boro nonprofits

Queens and city nonprofits are one step closer to being able to access information and resources for security purposes after state Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) and state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) held a hearing last week to solicit testimony on the needs of institutions that face an increased risk of a terrorist attack. Comment.
Letters

Use eminent domain to build public works, not help developers

An adverse court ruling in the Willets Point matter should not deter efforts at seeking to preserve the livelihood and families of the hundreds of workers who will be displaced by this outrageous give-away of private property for the benefit of private real estate interests (“Willets Point owners lose suit,” Flushing Times, Dec. 3). Comment.
Editorial

How to Kill a High School Sport

Poor Alina Cedra. The 15-year-old student at Francis Lewis High School broke her ankle last May sliding into a base during practice with the high school softball team. It must have been a bad break because the surgeon needed six screws and a metal plate to put her ankle back together. Comment.

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