Whitestone and northern Queens residents push for expansion of school program


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Lisa Fusco, from Whitestone, and 150 parents in northern Queens signed a petition to the city Department of Eudcation demanding the creation of gifted and talented programs for the middle schools in their district. Several of the parents are also meeting with Borough President Melinda Katz and Department of Education officials on Dec. 10 to discuss the issue.

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Whitestone family brings the Christmas lights back after winning reality show


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THE COURIER/Photos by Eric Jankiewicz

After winning a reality competition series on spectacular Christmas lights last year, the Lynch family has put up their sparkling holiday decorations once again with a bunch of improvements and a whole new fan base. ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight” brought the family a winning prize of $50,000 and a level of fame that stretches past the borders of their Whitestone neighborhood.

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Queens family to hold fundraiser in Whitestone to fund open heart surgery for infant


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Photo courtesy of the Graham family

Kyle Graham was diagnosed with a particularly deadly form of a congenital heart defect when he was still in his mother’s womb. Doctors at Westchester Medical Center told Danielle Pechette-Graham and Joe Graham that Kyle had a 30 percent chance of surviving after birth, because half of his heart wouldn’t work at all.

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Police push for residents in Whitestone and other areas to lock up their cars


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Photo courtesy of the 109th Precinct

A group of people walked through Whitestone at midnight, checking for unlocked car doors as they went through the area. They found 62 open vehicles. In them were electronic devices, designer glasses and $3,000 in cash. But the group wasn’t there to steal anything. They were cops urging people to lock their cars.

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Whitestone resident adds a little nightmare before Christmas


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THE COURIER/Photos by Eric Jankiewicz

Resident Kevin Lynch likes to mix his ghoulish décor for Halloween with Christmas decorations. For 18 years, Lynch and his family have been decorating their house for the season, starting with Halloween and Christmas. But rather than separating the two holidays, Lynch mixes the two, offsetting a severed head with a snowman.

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Whitestone community to honor late resident with street renaming


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Photo courtesy of the Lohnes family; THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Community board 7 unanimously voted to make 145th Street between 15th and 17th Avenue Robert C. Lohnes Way. Family members and Boy Scout troop 235 attended the meeting to talk about Lohnes, who served as the troop’s scout master for over three decades.

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Whitestone resident petitions again for Metro-North stops in western Queens


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Photo by Metropolitan Transportation Authority/Patrick Cashin

The wheels are turning once again for one Queens resident who hopes to bring more transportation options to the borough.

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