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Local News November 20, 2008  RSS feed
ALL STILL OPPOSED
Despite Reductions, Board 5 Rejects Maspeth Cell Tower
      Though plans to erect a cell phone antenna atop a Maspeth home have been scaled back, members of Community Board 5 repeated their opposition to the plan during their Nov. 12 meeting at Christ the King Regional High School in Middle Village.
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City To Offer Cash For Greener Taxis
Mayor Announces Initiative
      Making the city's yellow cabs more environmentally friendly are the goals of a new incentive program announced by Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a taxi company in Long Island City last Friday, Nov. 14.
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CK Raises Funds To Fight Cancer
     In an effort to boost awareness, Christ the King Regional High School in Middle Village held its inaugural Join The Fight Against Breast Cancer Day recently. Faculty, staff and students participated through their purchase of over 450 pink Tshirts that had been donated by Scholastic Sports and Peter Mannarino (standing in rear, at right), Christ the King's principal, to raise funds. It was reported that $4,300 was raised through the event. Assistant Principal Rebecca Tibbetts is pictured with freshman in their pink shirts.
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Severely Injured In Car Accident
     A woman was hospitalized with serious head injuries after being struck by a sports utility vehicle at the intersection of 108th Street and Jewel Avenue in Forest Hills last Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 11, it was reported. Members of Engine Company 305, the 112th Precinct, EMS units and the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps responded to the scene. The driver remained at the scene, it was noted. The investigation is being conducted by the NYPD Accident Investigation Squad, an FDNY spokesperson said. (photo: Allen Epstein)
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NO PLACE FOR PLAY
School's Neighbors Object To Campus Playground Proposal
      Concerns about the creation of a new public playground in the schoolyard of Glendale's P.S. 91 were raised by residents at a joint meeting of the Glendale Civic Association and the 104th Precinct Community Council held on Monday,
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Glendale Veterans Remember The Fallen
     The memories of those who served and made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the nation were honored in Glendale during a Veterans Day ceremony held last Tuesday, Nov. 11 at the Glendale Veterans Memorial Triangle at the intersection of Myrtle and Cooper avenues. As noted, the event was made possible by members of the American Legion Post 104 and their Women's Auxiliary. Joining post members in paying tribute to soldiers who served in battle were State Sen.-elect and current City Council Member Joseph Addabbo Jr. and Lt. Jerry Lester of the 104th Precinct.
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Hunters Point South Gets Go-Ahead By City Council
Housing Advocates Criticize Project
      The Hunters Point South development project was approved last Thursday, Nov. 13 by the City Council.
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BACK TO TUNNEL PLAN?
Port Authority Again Explores Cross Harbor Freight Project
      The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has announced a plan to resume an Environmental Impact Statement for the Cross Harbor Tunnel as part of plan to address regional freight transportation issues. The plan was announced on Thursday, Nov. 13 during a meeting convened by PA Executive Director Christopher Ward.
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Mayor Stops By Brooklyn Unidos Meeting
     Scores of Bushwick and Ridgewood residents turned out last Wednesday night, Nov. 12 at the Ridgewood Bushwick Youth Center to meet Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who spoke at the monthly Brooklyn Unidos meeting. During the session moderated by Assemblyman Vito Lopez, Bloomberg spoke about the city's efforts to curb gun violence and answered questions from the public regarding a variety of issues including the placement of sexual predators in area homes as well as senior citizen programs. Following his presentation, the mayor was presented by Lopez and several members of the RBYC with a depiction of the Gates Avenue facility as a token of gratitude for his visit. (photos: Cody Pickrodt)
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Lowdown On Economic Downfall At F.H. Meet
Pol Focuses On Financial Crisis
      Rep. Anthony Weiner's call for added regulation in the practices of buying and money lending was heard by a throng of concerned residents at the Tuesday, Nov.
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PARKS PITCHES PLAYGROUND
Midville Residents Get Look At Plans
      Representatives of the Parks Department provided details on proposed renovations to a playground at Juniper Valley Park during last Monday's meeting of the Middle Village Property Owners/Residents Association at St.
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MTA Takes Over 20 Stops Away From Q60 Bus Route
Boards 2 And 6 Caught Off-Guard
      The elimination of over 20 stops from the Q60 bus route on Nov. 1 has caused consternation from Community Boards 2 and 6, who claim that they and their communities were taken by surprise.
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Honor Cop For Catching Crook In Richmond Hill
     For his efforts to collar a suspect who recently swiped a cell phone from a victim along a Richmond Hill street, P.O. George Scott of the 106th Precinct was honored as Cop of the Month during the command's Community Council meeting last Wednesday, Nov. 12 at the Ozone Park stationhouse. According to police, the holdup occurred at around 12:40 a.m. on Saturday morning, Oct. 11 in the vicinity of 103rd Avenue and 121st Street. While on patrol in the area of Lefferts Boulevard and Liberty Avenue, it was reported, the officer was informed of the holdup and, after obtaining descriptions, canvassed the area for the suspects. A short time later, authorities noted, Scott located one of the perpetrators and took him into custody following a brief pursuit. During last Wednesday's meeting, the precinct's commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Joseph Courtesis, presented Officer Scott with a plaque donated by the Times Newsweekly. (photo: Milady Lopez)
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Dwellings Damaged In City Line Fire
     Several apartments and a store on Liberty Avenue in City Line, Brooklyn were reportedly damaged in a one-alarm fire that broke out last Saturday afternoon, Nov. 15. According to Fire Department sources, the blaze started at around 1:30 p.m. and spread through all levels of the three-story building on Liberty Avenue near Sheridan Avenue. Members of Engine companies 225, 236, 293 and 332; Ladder companies 107, 142 and 175; Squad Company 252; Rescue 2; and Battalions 39 and 44 responded to the scene under the direction of Division 15 along with the 75th Precinct and EMS units. No injuries were reported. Using one hose line, an FDNY spokesperson noted, the fire was brought under control at around 2 p.m. (photo: Allen Epstein)
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BOARD 6 ON HOSPITAL'S SHUTDOWN
Parkway's Closing Is Lamented By Locals
      The fate of Parkway Hospital was on the minds of Community Board 6 at the body's Nov. 12 meeting at the Kew Gardens Community Center. Dr. Robert Aquino, M.D., the hospital's president and CEO, was scheduled to address the board but did not attend.
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CB 2 Chairman Updates UFCA On Local Matters
Transportation Issues On Agenda
      Community Board 2 Chairman Joseph Conley stopped by the United Forties Civic Association's Nov. 13 meeting at St. Teresa Parish Center in Woodside, updating the board on various quality-of-life issues. Transportation and traffic matters took center stage, as Conley noted several problems the area is experiencing.
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Board 9 Rejects Parking Meters
Merchants' Proposal Is Not Approved
      A request on the part of local merchants for the endorsement of parking meters in a residential neighborhood in Ozone Park fell on deaf ears as Community Board 9 narrowly voted against it at their Wednesday, Nov.
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Congressman Leads Cleanup Effort
     Rep. Anthony Weiner (at center) was on hand with National Park Service rangers last Friday, Nov. 14 to launch a cleanup in the parking area of Gateway National Recreation Area, just south of the Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo Bridge approaching Broad Channel. (photo: Joseph Epstein)
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Joint City/State Traffic Center Opens In L.I.C.
Can Coordinate Responses To Events
      A new Joint Traffic Management Center (JTMC), located in Long Island City, brings together in one room all of the agencies responsible for detecting and responding to roadway incidents within the five boroughs.
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City To Require Bike Racks In Buildings
For New Homes and Businesses
      The Department of City Planning's initiative to require secure parking for bicycles in new multi-family residential, commercial and institutional buildings throughout the city has entered the public review process,
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Middle Village Vets Visit Campus
     Members of Middle Village's St. Margaret's Post No. 1172 of the Catholic War Veterans were on hand as St. John's University held a Veterans Day ceremony on its Jamaica campus last Tuesday, Nov. 11. Shown from left: Joe Strohmeier, Ralph Rosa, Dan O'Neill, Vinnie Verdi, Artie Rogers and John LaRocchia.
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Transit News and Updates
Metropolitan Transportation Authority
      Holiday Changes For Express Buses Through Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, the QM10, QM12, QM15, QM16, QM17, QM18 and QM22 express buses will not stop on Sixth Avenue at 50th and 52nd streets due to holiday traffic.
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Traffic News and Updates
New York City Department Of Transportation
      Street Cleaning Suspensions In observance of Thanksgiving Day, alternate-side-of-the-street parking rules and meter regulations will be suspended on Thursday, Nov. 27.
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Marking The Graves Of Civil War Soldiers
Maspeth Ceremony Remembers Sacrifices Made By Local Residents
      During a week in which Americans paused to remember those who sacrificed life and limb to protect the nation through the years, descendants of Civil War veterans paid homage to three Union soldiers buried at Maspeth's Mount
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Helping Furry Friends
     As part of a service project at Ridgewood's St. Matthias School, students donated cat and dog food to Bobby and the Strays, a shelter and adoption center for stray dogs and cats that is based at The Shops at Atlas Park in Glendale. Shown from left with Bobbi Giordano (second from left), founder of Bobby and the Strays, are students Emmilee Millhouse, Enzo LaSala, Mary Meaghan LaSala and Bridget LaSala.
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News From The 112th Precinct Council
Guard Your Cell Phones And Portable Audio Players
      Heidi Harrison Chain, president of the 112th Precinct Community Council, wants to remind you to be careful when you use your cell phone or iPod or other electronic device in the subway and on the street. Particularly, be careful when you are leaving the subway at your stop in the morning and coming home at night.
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