Queens’ Morning Roundup

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 TODAY’S FORECAST 

Thursday: Overcast in the morning, then mostly cloudy. Fog early. High of 59. Winds from the NE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Thursday night: Overcast with a chance of rain, then rain after midnight. Fog overnight. Low of 45. Breezy. Winds from the SE at 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 90%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Taste of Ridgewood

The Ridgewood YMCA will host its first annual tasting event, “Taste of Ridgewood,” on Thursday, April 11. It will celebrate and feature different types of cuisines from restaurants all over Queens, and include exciting live music and fundraising that will benefit the kids and families of the borough. All proceeds will be donated to the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Severe storms spark lightning fire in Queens, bring outages

A round of severe thunderstorms cut power, and brought lightning that struck a home and caused a fire in Queens on Wednesday evening. Read more: CBS New York

Queens teacher accused of bedding ex-student was Facebook friends with dozens of students

The Queens teacher charged with repeatedly bedding a 14-year-old former student in his marital home was Facebook friends with dozens of girls from his school — which their classmates described as “weird.” Read more: New York Post

Jackson Heights locals want to turn abandoned 17th-century cemetery into park

Jackson Heights leaders are trying to turn an abandoned 17th-century cemetery, dotted with garbage instead of grave stones, into a small park. Read more: New York Daily News

Some parents want kids to opt out of standardized tests

When elementary and middle school kids are given the new, more difficult state tests next week, officials expect some students will refuse to pick up their number 2 pencils. Read more: NY1

Mayor Bloomberg push to extend 7 train to Jersey is promptly derailed by the MTA

The Bloomberg administration’s hope of extending the 7 train to New Jersey is dead on arrival. Read more: New York Daily News

Background checks deal boosts odds for gun-control bill

A breakthrough agreement to expand background checks for gun buyers, announced on Wednesday by two senators, boosts the prospects the Senate will approve at least some of President Barack Obama’s proposed gun restrictions. Read more: Reuters