Queens Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Rain likely, mainly before 9 a.m. Patchy fog before 9 a.m. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 45. Breezy, with a northeast wind 11 to 16 mph becoming northwest 17 to 22 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. Thursday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Blustery, with a northwest wind 18 to 23 mph.

EVENT of the DAY: Squirm Burpee Circus… with Handsome Little Devils

A special holiday event for the entire family at the Queens Theatre: the Handsome Little Devils in The Squirm Burpee Circus, an exhilarating, fantastical adventure of classic slapstick comedy, high-skill circus acts and a plot straight out of American Melodrama. Expect The Human Cannon and Chainsaw Juggling! Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Tom Cruise reportedly dating 26-year-old Queens native

After finalizing his divorce from Katie Holmes this summer, Tom Cruise appears to be dating again, but it’s not a fellow actor, it’s a New York City restaurant manager and Queens native. Read more: Queens Courier

Bloomberg ‘cashing out’ of next mayor race

Fat chance Mayor Bloomberg’s vast wealth will influence the competitive race to replace him in City Hall next year. The billionaire mayor has told people that he’s almost certain not to throw his cash into the mayoral race, after leaving the possibility open several months ago, The Post has learned. Read more: NY Post

Whale beached at Breezy Point, Queens, focus of rescuers’ desperate efforts

The thought of another loss in Breezy Point was too much for Diane Bassolino to swallow. The Queens mom, joined by her family, neighbors and local firefighters, battled Wednesday to save the life of a beached 60-foot whale found struggling in the sand. Read more: Daily News

Mom-of-two nurse killed in Qns. hit-run

A Queens nurse was killed by a hit-and-run driver last night after she went shopping near her home, cops and family said. Sheena Mathew, 38, was struck while crossing Hillside Avenue in Floral Park. The mother of two was a registered nurse who worked at New York Hospital Queens. Read more: NY Post

Rockaway bagel shop close to reopening with help from local entrepreneur

The sound of drilling is what you hear now at Surfside Bagels on Rockaway Beach Boulevard near Beach 95th Street. The sound of coffee brewing hasn’t been heard at the well-known bagel shop since it was shut down when Sandy hit. Read more: NY1

No child should have to spend the holidays in a homeless shelter, but that is the reality for a growing number of NY families

’Tis the season to be jolly and this year, more than ever, I want to wish my readers and all New Yorkers much happiness. Because it is not easy for anybody to be joyful when 2012 comes to an end with our city still struggling to reemerge from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, and the holidays find the nation horrified and emotionally shattered by the senseless killings in Newtown, Conn. Read more: Daily News