Photos: Queens honors and remembers soldiers with Memorial Day parades


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Photos courtesy Dominick Totino Photography/Gallery by Robert Pozarycki, Anthony Giudice, Liam La Guerre

Patriotism spread in Queens for Memorial Day weekend as nearly a dozen parades were held around the borough to pay tribute to military men and women that protect the freedoms residents enjoy today.

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Councilman Vallone introduces new student ambassadors


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Photo courtesy of Councilman Paul Vallone's office

Councilman Paul Vallone introduced last week a group of high school students that will be working in his office in the second year of his Educational Ambassador Program.

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Flushing public forum reveals planning study


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Photo by Alina Suriel/ Gallery courtesy of the NYC Department of City Planning

The NYC Department of City Planning publicly revealed Thursday night details of a Flushing West planning study which will result in large scale re-zoning in line with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 10-year plan to increase affordable housing.

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Residents rally against high school planned for Bayside Jewish Center


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THE COURIER/Photo by Alina Suriel

Residents living near the Bayside Jewish Center rallied with state Sen. Tony Avella on Thursday against a proposed high school planned for their neighborhood.

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Crystal Windows celebrating 25 years in Queens


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

Crystal Windows & Door Systems, now headquartered in a sprawling 215,000-square-foot Flushing facility not far from their old garage, produces more than 400,000 windows a year, serving numerous customers around the country and in some parts of the world, such as the Caribbean and Asia.

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Bayside brothers look to ‘bee’ a spelling dynasty


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THE COURIER/Photo by Alina Suriel / File photo

Although this is his first year qualifying for the Scripps National Spelling Bee, 11-year-old Srinath Mahankali has already seen what it takes to be a winner.

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Whitestone neighbors rally against overdevelopment


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Photos by Rob Trombley and Liam La Guerre/Renderings courtesy of JLS Designs

About 125 residents, politicians and activists assembled in front of the 18-acre Whitestone Waterpointe site on Sunday to protest overdevelopment in the neighborhood, venting years of frustration over developers’ plans.

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David Weprin won’t run for brother’s City Council seat


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Assemblyman David Weprin ruled out a run last week for the City Council seat that his brother, Mark Weprin, will vacate soon in order to become Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s deputy secretary of legislative affairs, according to a spokesperson for the assemblyman.

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Whitestone to protest against overdevelopment of Waterpointe site


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Photo courtesy Cushman & Wakefield

Despite developer Edgestone Group’s plan to return to the original 52 single-family home proposal for the massive 18-acre Waterpointe site instead of 107 townhouses, residents will hold a protest in front the site on Sunday, venting years of built-up anxiety of overdevelopment on vacant plots in the neighborhood.

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


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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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