High school teacher from Whitestone busted for setting up teen tryst: DA


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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A 27-year-old Whitestone man who teaches at a Bronx high school was arrested on Thursday on attempted rape and other charges after he tried to meet up with a 14-year-old girl who actually was an undercover cop, authorities said.

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Developer to break ground on 45-home Whitestone project this summer


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Renderings courtesy Frank Petruso Architect PC

The new owner of the former Cresthaven Country Club site in Whitestone is hoping to break ground on a massive development project of 45-single family detached residents by the end of the summer.

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Facing strong opposition, developer to build just 52 homes on Whitestone Waterpointe site


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

52-home plan

Following unyielding pressure by residents and politicians, including the announcement of a planned protest, developers of the 18-acre Waterpointe site are returning to the original proposal of 52 single-family detached homes instead of one that would have had quadruple the number of units.

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More than 100 townhouses, park and ‘eco dock’ planned for Whitestone Waterpointe site


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Rendering courtesy Joseph Sultana Architects

Edgestone Group, which owns the 18-acre vacant Waterpointe site at 151-45 6th Rd., plans to construct 107 residential buildings on it — more than double the number of units that were originally promised for the property years ago.

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Whitestone students, teachers walk to raise awareness for autism


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

In honor of National Autism Awareness Month, the staff and students at P.S. 209, located at 16-10 Utopia Pkwy., participated in a walkathon at the school throughout the day on Friday.

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Whitestone community group wants park on vacant sites


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Christopher Bride/PropertyShark

We Love Whitestone, a new civic organization that has been gaining popularity, is going on the offensive against possible overdevelopment of two massive vacant Whitestone sites, and hopes to convince city politicians of a plan to buy one and turn it into a park with ball fields.

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Avella hopes to stop plans of overdevelopment on massive Whitestone vacant sites


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Christopher Bride/PropertyShark 

Winter may be coming to an end, but state Sen. Tony Avella isn’t planning a warm welcome for anyone who purchases a controversial site in Whitestone if they plan on overdeveloping the property or building something that doesn’t comply with zoning.

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Whitestone auto center grooms new generation of tech-savvy workers


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

On Tuesday, students from Thomas Edison High School broke out their laptops to fix a Lexus SUV in a timed competition that pitted them against 12 other high schools in the greater New York area, testing their skills with computers as much as with wrenches.

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