Manhattan man faces 11 years in prison for robbing three elderly Queens women


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A Manhattan man will soon be sentenced to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to two separate Queens home invasions, involving three women, one as old as 97, according to the district attorney’s office.

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Flushing community criticizes modern look of planned building


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Renderings courtesy of Raymond Architecture

Great Wall Supermarket, on Northern Boulevard and Leavitt Street, will be replaced next year by a glass-clad, 11-story building after the supermarket’s owners decided to not renew the lease, according to city records.

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Flushing’s new chamber of commerce kicks off business unification with party


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Photo by Lea Kim from Dan & Ellie Photography

Flushing’s new chamber of commerce revved up its operations with a launch party Dec. 11 attended by 250 people from all corners of the fourth largest commercial district in New York City.

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Local pol fights to gain national recognition of Flushing’s ties to religious freedom


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Congress passed a bill that would require the federal government to maintain sites like the John Bowne House in Flushing that are associated with the 1657 signing of the Flushing Remonstrance, the document recognized as the forerunner of religious freedom in America.

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Northern Queens parents gain no traction during meeting with BP Katz over school program


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Lisa Fusco and a growing number of parents are building a case for the creation of gifted and talented programs for middle schools in their district. During a meeting with Katz and education officials on Wednesday, the parents were told that the district’s superintendent was the only one with the power to extend the program from its limited elementary school reach to middle school.

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Rep. Meng joins the fight to clean up Flushing Creek


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Rep. Grace Meng has put out the call to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help come up with a plan to stop more than 2 billion gallons of untreated sewage from flowing into Flushing Creek and Flushing Bay every year — more sewage overflow than any other waterway in New York City has to handle.

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Fresh Meadows residents and local pol tell city flooding must stop


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Photo courtesy of Jim Gallagher

For over a decade, a section of Utopia parkway has been getting flooded every time it rains more than a few inches, and homes along the street end up with basements, bathrooms and garages overflowing with untreated sewage, according to residents and City Councilman Rory Lancman.

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Fort Totten’s historic buildings in danger because of neglect


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

The historic Bayside park is home to several dilapidated and historic buildings that have been sitting vacant and in need of repair, according to the Bayside Historical Society. The oldest among these is the Willets Farmhouse, built in 1829, making it the oldest building in the area.

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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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Local authorities try to put an end to College Point homeless encampment


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

A team of city officials, police and advocates for the homeless swept into a makeshift encampment under a ramp to the Whitestone Expressway, relocating those taking shelter there to safer quarters and fencing off the barren lot.

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