Queens Morning Roundup

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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. West wind 9 to 13 mph. Thursday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 37. West wind 7 to 10 mph.

EVENT of the DAY: Borough’s Largest Holiday Tree Lighting

Borough’s Largest Holiday Tree Lighting at Resorts World at 5 pm. A special Christmas choir and Santa Claus will be on hand. Attendees can help light the tree. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Winning Powerball tickets sold in Arizona and Missouri; jackpot nearly $580M

People who bought Powerball tickets in Arizona and Missouri are going to wake up rich today after matching the six numbers for last night’s drawing. Winning Powerball tickets were sold in those two states, lottery officials reported this morning. Read more: NY Post

Rockaway residents, still without power, are coming into the light thanks to solar-panneled trucks

Many Rockaway residents, still without power, are coming into the light thanks to the solar-panneled trucks that have rolled into their storm-savaged communities. Solar energy could play an important role in helping to fuel the recovery of the Rockaways, about a third of which was still without power on Wednesday, LIPA officials said. Read more: Daily News

MTA Source: Direct subway service to return to Rockaways in mid-2013

Expect to wait until summer for the Rockaways commute to return to normal. Hurricane Sandy almost totally destroyed the A train tracks in Broad Channel, which connect the peninsula to the rest of the city. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority now buses people from Howard Beach to the Far Rockaways and back. Read more: NY1

Queensmamas.com network steps in to help Hurricane Sandy victims

When Superstorm Sandy hit, Leni Calas and members of her Queens Mamas network went into overdrive collecting donations and answering calls from people in need. But Calas, who started the successful website Queensmamas.com, soon found herself more involved than she ever imagined. Read more: Daily News

Lindsay Lohan arrested for fighting at NYC nightclub: police

Lindsay Lohan is in hot water again. The troubled starlet, 26, was arrested early this morning after getting into a fight at a New York City nightclub, police told The Post. Read more: NY Post

Councilman Peter Vallone writes letter urging deportation of Czech animal abuser

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. is launching a letter-writing campaign to get a convicted animal abuser booted out of the country. Milan Rysa, 32, who threw his 50-pound pooch out of his Astoria apartment window last year, served time in jail and now faces deportation to the Czech Republic. Read more: Daily News