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Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009

Whitestone Times

Crime declines in 109th Pct.

Crime in the 109th Precinct has declined across the board over the past year by 10.2 percent led by significant drops in murder, rape and grand larceny auto theft, the city Police Department reported Monday. Comment
Whitestone Times

City renames Martins Field

Bayside community activist Mandingo Tshaka said he was pleased after the city renamed Flushing’s Martins Field to honor the remains of African Americans and native Americans who had been buried there more than 100 years ago, but he has also called for the site to be locked up at night to prevent vandalism. Comment
Whitestone Times

Finances force Botanical Garden to close for 2 weeks

The Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing has made it halfway through a short winter hibernation instituted for the first time in 2009 aimed at cutting costs in the face of declining funding. Comment
Whitestone Times

Friedrich, Bearak spar over pre-election letter

Glen Oaks Village President Bob Friedrich is accusing City Councilman David Weprin’s (D-Hollis) Assembly campaign manager of intimidating northeast Queens civic leaders as he weighs whether to seek the same seat himself. Comment
Whitestone Times

215th St. renamed for late Sol Soskin

Mayor Michael Bloomberg approved the renaming of a Bayside street near the 111th Precinct to honor the late Sol Soskin, a Little Neck community activist who served on the precinct’s community council for more than 50 years and acted as its president for a number of them. Comment
Whitestone Times

Queensborough College gains major research partner

Bayside’s Queensborough Community College has become the first community college in the nation to be selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute as an associate member of its Science Education Alliance research initiative. Comment
Whitestone Times

Crime down 7%, but murder rate steady in 105th

Crime is down nearly 7 percent in the 105th Precinct from 2008-09, according to crime statistics. Comment
Whitestone Times

Scam targets homes in NE Queens neighborhoods

Thousands of homes in Flushing, Whitestone and other northeast Queens neighborhoods have been targeted by one or more companies running a scam in which they made 311 calls reporting entire blocks of homeowners for housing violations, according to city Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside). Comment
Whitestone Times

Council landmarks 158-year-old Schleicher House

Final hurdles have been cleared and the Herman A. and Malvina Schleicher House has been officially landmarked by the city. Comment
Whitestone Times

DEP agrees with Gennaro to ban upstate drilling

The city Department of Environmental Protection’s report released last week that calls for a ban on gas drilling in the city’s upstate watershed thrilled City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows), who has repeatedly said such action in the area that provides drinking water to the majority of city residents would cost taxpayers billions of dollars and potentially prove dangerous to individuals’ health. Comment
Whitestone Times

City starts Oakland Lake repairs

The third phase of a massive project to halt flooding in Bayside and filter sewer overflow in Douglaston has begun and will include repairing five locations around Oakland Lake, Community Board 11’s district manager said. Comment
Whitestone Times

Monserrate discipline committee prepares final report

The special state Senate committee formed to look into what to do about Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst)appeared unlikely to release its findings by the end of the year, though published reports said it appeared they were preparing a severe report. Comment
Whitestone Times

Streep comedy features St. John’s University’s campus

Millions of people across the country caught a glimpse of St. John’s University on the big screen last weekend. Comment

Rochdale Village residents come together for Kwanzaa

The spirit of Kwanzaa filled Rochdale Village Sunday as the apartment complex held its fourth-annual celebration of the African-American holiday with the Jamaica-based Afrikan Poetry Theatre. Comment



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