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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Forest Hills second-grader qualifies for international chess tournament in Greece


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Photo courtesy U.S. Chess National

Second-grader Amelie Phung is on her way to play chess in South America and finally Greece, while still making time for recess, class and some golf.

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Councilman gives $500K technology grant to southeast Queens schools


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THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

Upgrading technology in schools has become a top priority for Councilman Donovan Richards, who says there is a technology gap for children of color. To help close this gap he has allocated over $500,000 to four schools in southeast Queens.

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Bayside and Oakland Gardens residents reject plan to replace wooded area with parking lot


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Bayside’s Community Board 11 rejected a developer’s request Monday night to build a parking lot on a pristine patch of land that runs along 77th Avenue after neighborhood residents banded together to stop the destruction of open space protected under decades-old zoning.

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Rego Park man pleads guilty to sending death threats to employee of American Islamic organization: FBI


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A 58-year-old Rego Park man has pleaded guilty to sending threatening emails to an employee of the Council on American Islamic Relations, the FBI announced on Tuesday.

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Maspeth High School looks to tighten admission standards


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Photo courtesy of the Office of Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley

Looking to take the cream of the high school crop, Maspeth High School is considering adopting new admission criteria, a local parent warned during Monday’s Communities of Maspeth and Elmhurst Together (COMET) civic association meeting in Elmhurst.

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Rego Park teacher pleads guilty to sexually abusing boys, won’t see prison time


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Photo courtesy of Nicholas Strini/PropertyShark

A Rego Park elementary school computer teacher will be sentenced to 10 years of probation after he pleaded guilty to sexual conduct with minors in his classroom over the course of four years, according to District Attorney Richard Brown.

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Juniper Valley Park has second most playground injury claims in city: report


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THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village has cost taxpayers at least about $300,000 over the last decade due to personal injuries claims, according to a new report.

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Public transit advocates expand coalition for express bus service in Queens


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

With express bus service set to be created on routes between Flushing and Jamaica this year, a coalition of public transit advocates backing the plan is expanding its efforts to win the hearts and minds of Queens community members.

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Queens men take home top prizes at sit-down arm wrestling competition


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THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

Even Mother Nature couldn’t keep New York’s strongest from showing what they got at an arm wrestling competition in Flushing over the weekend, the city’s first sit-down tournament in 12 years.

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