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Proposed rezoning critiqued at hearing

At a Community District Education Council 26 public hearing on April 20 about the proposed rezoning of five district schools, two community advocates voiced their concerns.The proposal, according to the Department of Education, needed to accommodate Q332, a school that is being built at the old Keil Brothers site in Bayside and is set to open next year, and to alleviate overcrowding in the district. The existing schools that would have boundary changes because of the rezoning are PS 31, PS 159, PS 41, PS 162 and PS 203.

Garaufis home ruiner’s permit may be revoked
Posted: April 28, 2016

The Department of Buildings has issued a 10-day notice of revoking permits to the owners of the property that used to host the house formerly owned by federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Bayside.

Issued on April 20, the notice informs the homeowners of the Buildings Department’s objections to the construction and gives them 10 days to respond. If the property owners do not resolve the agency’s objections, the permits are revoked.

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Subway perv convicted of sexual abuse: DA
Posted: April 28, 2016

A registered sex offender who lives in Brooklyn has been convicted for sexually abusing two young women riding the No. 7 train in two separate incidents in December 2013, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced on Tuesday.

“A jury has convicted the defendant of sexually forcing himself on a young girl and a young woman as they rode the subway,” the district attorney said in a prepared statement.

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Queens pols mum on spending controversy
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 12:39 pm

Spokespeople for all 15 Council members representing Queens either did not respond to or offered no comment to an inquiry on whether they thought contributions to Democratic state Senate candidates in 2014 linked to Mayor de Blasio rose to the level of criminality, as was suggested by a state Board of Elections official last week.

But what do others think about the mayor’s alleged wrongdoings? Well, the jury is still out.

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Mitchell-Linden to get new pedestrian island
Posted: April 28, 2016

The Department of Transportation will install a new pedestrian island at the intersection of 138th Street and 31st Road in Mitchell-Linden and implement other traffic-safety measures, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced on April 21.

“It was absolutely vital for DOT to address the safety issues at 138th Street and 31st Road where cars frequently travel at dangerous speeds,” Avella said in a prepared statement. “I’m glad that they have finally listened to the community’s concerns and have chosen to construct a concrete pedestrian triangle along the very long crosswalk.”

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Thief sought
Posted: April 28, 2016

The 109th Precinct of the NYPD is seeking the public’s help in identifying a man wanted in connection to a robbery.

According to the police, the man was reported to have entered the VDK grocery store at 14-42 College Point Blvd. on Sunday at 10:30 p.m. After entering it, the man pointed a handgun at the employee at the counter, took cash from the register and then walked away from the store to an unknown location.

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Renting is getting even pricier: report
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 12:41 pm

It’s no secret that residential rents throughout parts of Queens have risen dramatically in recent years.

But exactly how much of some borough residents’ income goes straight to rent is surprising even to longtime housing advocates.

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Pizzutti comes to QHS
Posted: April 28, 2016

NYPD Assistant Chief Diana Pizzutti was featured as a speaker in the Queens Historical Society’s Sunday Lecture Series on April 17.

Leading a two-hour discussion of the role of women in the history of the city’s Police Department, the chief also answered questions from audience members and discussed new NYPD initiatives.

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Missing fire hydrant caps worry residents
Posted: April 28, 2016

Although no one appears to know why fire hydrant caps are missing in one section of Fresh Meadows, people seem certain of one thing: They aren’t happy about it.

“I think it’s terrible,” neighborhood resident Sara Li told the Chronicle.

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Patients come first at Better Medical Care
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 12:53 pm

At Better Medical Care in Bayside, Dr. Warren Hsu does things differently.

“We concentrate on prevention more than just dealing with the disease,” the doctor, who specializes in allergies and asthma, told the Chronicle.

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Monday 05/02/2016
Celebrities, cops to hit the hardwood for charity
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 4:19 pm

Slain NYPD Det. Joe Lemm loved basketball almost as much as he loved serving the city, as a detective in the Bronx, and his country, as an Air National Guard staff sergeant in Afghanistan. 

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Bellerose Manor tunnel gets mural makeover
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 4:43 pm

Department of Transportation Borough Commissioner Nicole Garcia, St. Gregory the Great School Principal Lynn Alaimo and state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) stood together to display a mural made by the school's children and artist Joel Bergner at the pedestrian tunnel on 88th Road under the Cross Island Parkway last Friday.

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Federal court rejects Halloran appeal
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 4:05 pm

Former Republican Councilman Dan Halloran will not be leaving a federal prison in Kentucky any time soon, as a federal court has roundly rejected his appeal of both his conviction on corruption charges and his 10-year prison sentence.

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Friday 04/29/2016
Alleged Jackson Heights dog killer indicted
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 4:05 pm

A grand jury indictment has come down on a Jackson Heights man who allegedly murdered his girlfriend's dog in front of her daughter in January.

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Mother’s Day gift and travel guide
Updated: May 03, 2016 - 1:22 pm

It is impossible to express your love for the woman who raised you and made you who you are today through one day of recognition and a gift. Nonetheless, we should all put a little thought into a thank-you, even though mom will probably say that it’s not necessary.

Woodside native Jim McCann started what has become the most famous name in the floral industry, 1800Flowers, in 1971. Back then the idea of purchasing floral arrangements through a toll-free phone call was revolutionary. Over the years, McCann has expanded his business to include all kinds of gift baskets. Nevertheless, bouquets remain the company’s bread-and-butter business, with its popular Fields of Europe, Tea Party and Embrace flower packages running between $60-$70.

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Give her a better gift than a ticket to ‘Mother’s Day’
Updated: May 03, 2016 - 1:26 pm

Director and writer Garry Marshall first made a name for himself in the entertainment business creating such beloved ABC sitcoms as “Happy Days,” ”Laverne & Shirley,” “Mork & Mindy” and “The Odd Couple.” Years later he found success on the big screen with such box office successes as “Beaches,” “Overboard,” “Pretty Woman,” “The Princess Diaries” and “Runaway Bride.”

In recent years, Marshall has carved out a niche for himself making romantic comedies that have numerous storylines and characters that center around a holiday. In 2010 he made “Valentine’s Day” and then followed it up a year later with “New Year’s Eve.” Five years later he is back with his latest installment, “Mother’s Day.”

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Five things to do in Queens this weekend! April 30-May 1
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 12:29 pm

It’s an in-between weekend in Queens, in between holidays, that is — the solemnity of last week’s start to Passover and the family events that will occupy many next Sunday, Mother’s Day. What to do? Here are just five ideas from among the dozens listed every week in What’s Happening, our Community Calendar.

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Thursday 04/28/2016
Mayor saying 10-4 on 116th Precinct
Posted: April 28, 2016

“This is a good day in Southeast Queens.”

Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) voiced that assessment in a telephone interview on Tuesday less than an hour after Mayor de Blasio requested $70 million in capital funding for a new 116th Precinct in his 2016-17 executive budget.

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Community rallies after mosque attack
Posted: April 28, 2016

Officials throughout eastern Queens are rallying in support of a mosque in Jamaica Hills that was the site of multiple alleged assaults last Tuesday when a man walked in on a prayer service.

Mike Voyard, 26, of Highland Avenue in Jamaica, is accused of attacking members of the Jamaica Muslim Center on 168th Street.

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Forty ‘known’ mail fishing victims in HB
Posted: April 28, 2016

Postal officials told members of the Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic Association Tuesday that there are 40 “known” victims of mail fishing in the community, and that number may grow even as the Postal Inspector’s Office and the 106th Precinct continue their joint effort to curb the phenomenon.

“I know it’s more than one person,” Postal Inspector Rich Gutierrez said as he stood next to Capt. James Fey, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct. “We will collaborate and share intel. It’s a significant problem for the Postal Service right now.”

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Chaos in Corona: Night Market’s back
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 12:44 pm

What has thousands of legs and a predilection for exotic cuisines, and can coil around five city blocks? If you guessed the line for the opening night of the Queens International Night Market, congratulations, you’re correct.

The Queens Night Market launched its second year at 6 p.m. last Saturday in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, just behind the New York Hall of Science. As social media had hinted, the turnout was huge — while organizers declined to release an official estimate, they allowed that it was in the “tens of thousands.”

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Airport roundtable tensions worsen
Posted: April 28, 2016

A solo meeting of the New York Community Aviation Roundtable’s JFK Committee organized by its chairwoman, Barbara Brown, has increased tensions between the roundtable’s contingents.

Brown, who is also the chairwoman of the Eastern Queens Alliance, is representing neighborhoods next to JFK at the roundtable. And according to the EQA, the roundtable’s issues exist because of those who do not want its committees to work independently.

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Mayor’s ’17 budget seeks small increase
Posted: April 28, 2016

Mayor de Blasio on Tuesday proposed an $82.2 billion budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year that begins on July 1. The figure represents a slight increase over the current budget, which is forecast to come in at about $81.7 billion.

De Blasio said the budget “invests in public safety, public health, education, combatting homelessness, vital infrastructure and transportation” while taking into account economic uncertainties around the world and the risk of declining state and federal aid.

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Beware of the dogs: community leader
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 12:46 pm

Parks Department officials and the 106th Precinct are investigating reports of a group of people apparently training large, unleashed dogs to attack on command at Gemini Fields, the Queens Chronicle has learned.

Frank Dardani, president of the 106th Precinct Community Council, said he “encountered a group with a lot of dogs” at the fields on Sunday.

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Looking for justice, but ready to ‘take it’
Posted: April 28, 2016

The people who gathered in the basement of St. Anthony Clement Pope Church in South Ozone Park last Thursday know what it’s like to hear that a black man has been fatally shot by cops — they’ve seen it happen many times before.

But this time would be different, they said. The standing-room-only crowd vowed to get justice for George Tillman, who they say was unjustly killed by police April 19.

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Singing their hearts out for Ecuador
Posted: April 28, 2016

La Boom’s halls were blasting with music and filled with dancers on Sunday — but it wasn’t your usual weekend festivity.

The people inside were gathered there to help raise more than $10,000 for the people of Ecuador, who are still struggling to recover from the April 16 7.8 earthquake that killed more than 650 people and injured thousands.

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A family man, man of God and electrician
Posted: April 28, 2016

It wasn’t uncommon for George Tillman to visit his family in South Ozone Park.

The Maryland resident would like to visit his uncle, Anthony Tillman Jr., to talk “about God and how God was doing things for him in his life.”

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Bring it on: Sliwa to run for borough prez
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 12:48 pm

The race for Queens borough president won’t be decided at the polls for over a year, but things are already heating up — and getting personal — on the campaign trail.

After floating a possible BP bid in a speech to the Queens Republican Party two weeks ago, Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa exclusively told the Chronicle last Thursday he will run as a Republican against incumbent Democrat Melinda Katz, his longtime ex-partner and the mother of his two youngest children.

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