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Queens Morning Roundup


| brennison@queenscourier.com

TODAY’S FORECAST 

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. West wind 9 to 13 mph. Thursday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 37. West wind 7 to 10 mph.

EVENT of the DAY: Borough’s Largest Holiday Tree Lighting

Borough’s Largest Holiday Tree Lighting at Resorts World at 5 pm. A special Christmas choir and Santa Claus will be on hand. Attendees can help light the tree. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Winning Powerball tickets sold in Arizona and Missouri; jackpot nearly $580M

People who bought Powerball tickets in Arizona and Missouri are going to wake up rich today after matching the six numbers for last night’s drawing. Winning Powerball tickets were sold in those two states, lottery officials reported this morning. Read more: NY Post

Rockaway residents, still without power, are coming into the light thanks to solar-panneled trucks

Many Rockaway residents, still without power, are coming into the light thanks to the solar-panneled trucks that have rolled into their storm-savaged communities. Solar energy could play an important role in helping to fuel the recovery of the Rockaways, about a third of which was still without power on Wednesday, LIPA officials said. Read more: Daily News

MTA Source: Direct subway service to return to Rockaways in mid-2013

Expect to wait until summer for the Rockaways commute to return to normal. Hurricane Sandy almost totally destroyed the A train tracks in Broad Channel, which connect the peninsula to the rest of the city. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority now buses people from Howard Beach to the Far Rockaways and back. Read more: NY1

Queensmamas.com network steps in to help Hurricane Sandy victims

When Superstorm Sandy hit, Leni Calas and members of her Queens Mamas network went into overdrive collecting donations and answering calls from people in need. But Calas, who started the successful website Queensmamas.com, soon found herself more involved than she ever imagined. Read more: Daily News

Lindsay Lohan arrested for fighting at NYC nightclub: police

Lindsay Lohan is in hot water again. The troubled starlet, 26, was arrested early this morning after getting into a fight at a New York City nightclub, police told The Post. Read more: NY Post

Councilman Peter Vallone writes letter urging deportation of Czech animal abuser

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. is launching a letter-writing campaign to get a convicted animal abuser booted out of the country. Milan Rysa, 32, who threw his 50-pound pooch out of his Astoria apartment window last year, served time in jail and now faces deportation to the Czech Republic. Read more: Daily News

Free Rockaway Peninsula subway to start running Tuesday


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of MTA

Beginning Tuesday morning, the subway will once again run in the Rockaway Peninsula after Superstorm Sandy damaged the “A” line’s connection to area.

The “H” train, which will operate using a connection not normally used for service called Hammels Wye, will run every 15 minutes between the Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue and Beach 90th Street stations, making intermediate stops.

Trains will operate from 4 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. from Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue and between 4:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. from Beach 90th Street.

To connect to the rest of the city’s transit system, riders can take a free shuttle bus from the Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue station to the Howard Beach/JFK Airport stop, where they can get the “A” train.

Residents not worried about utility poles


| mchan@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by David Beltran

While leaning utility poles continue to loom over a pedestrian pathway in Hamilton Beach, local residents and city officials alike said there’s no need for concern.

Three poles are currently resting on a fence overlooking the walkway by the “A” train’s rail tracks near 104th Street and Russell Street. While heavy storms once toppled multiple poles around the area back in March 2010 — knocking out power in the surrounding neighborhoods — residents said they were not bothered by the sloping poles’ presence.

“I’m not too worried,” said resident Mike Riley, who said he walks under them every day. “If they were going to fall, they would have already.”

MTA officials said they are aware of the problem and are currently working with the LIRR to gather materials and replace the poles.

“The utility poles do not represent any imminent danger,” said Deirdre Parker, a spokesperson for the MTA. “Work will resume later this week.”

Some residents said city workers were in the neighborhood recently, putting up wooden supports that now prop up the leaning poles. However, the MTA did not verify if the initiative was led by their agency.

“I think they are braced down pretty good,” said passerby John Ray.

Local resident Melissa Serrano said she passes the poles every day, but did not ever notice their slanting nature.

“They should fix them, but I’m not too worried about it,” she said.

With additional reporting by David Beltran

 

Resorts World’s new gaming floor set for early opening


| smosco@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Steve Mosco

A fully functional and totally revamped Aqueduct Racino is no longer a decades-long pipedream with little hope and less funding.

After a highly successful partial opening that saw thousands of gamers try their luck, the new casino in South Ozone Park is ready to reveal the rest of the facility on Friday, December 16 — a full four months ahead of schedule.

The additional space on the second floor will double the amount of Video Lottery Terminals (VLT) and Electronic Table Games (ETG), while also adding an upscale gaming option and two signature restaurants with views of the track below. Resorts World representatives also revealed a third floor, which will house the largest event space in Queens.

Resorts World president Michael Speller called the casino’s second floor an “alternative” for exclusive members who desire a higher level of play and service.

“The main difference is the finishes and it’s more comfortable,” said Speller, adding that Crockfords Casino, an invitation-only room on the second floor, will offer high stakes gamers a chance to gamble amid an opulent setting. “It’s a very upscale and private gaming experience.”

The upscale casino is designed to lure out-of-state gamers to Resorts World — where Speller hopes they will spend locally.

“They’re [gamers] going to Jersey. They’re going to Vegas. They’re going to Connecticut. They’re going to Pennsylvania,” he said. “That’s all money that’s leaving the state.”

Although casino construction is moving swiftly, the same cannot be said for the “Skybridge,” which is designed to move customers from the A-train station to the casino without stepping outdoors. That development is moving at a slower pace and has been pushed back to early spring.

That doesn’t seem to be slowing down business, as Resorts World raked in more than $50 million since its opening. Speller said that since opening business has leveled off, but the customers are still coming in at a regular clip.

“This has been a very good success story so far,” he said. “Not only in terms of business, but also in the thousands of jobs that have been created here in Queens.”

Speller said that there are no plans to buy additional land for hotels, but he noted that if full scale table gaming was brought to the state Resorts World would be ready to accommodate.

“We can adjust for table games rather quickly,” he said. “We certainly support enhanced gaming in the state and we look forward to seeing that unfold next year.”

Woman dragged into Hunters Point parking lot and raped by group of men


| jlane@queenscourier.com

Graphic by Jay Lane

Woman dragged into Hunters Point parking lot and raped by group of men

Cops are hunting for a group of men they say raped a woman on a dark Queens street early Sunday. The 20-year-old woman was walking near Vernon Boulevard and 10th Street in Hunters Point when two men grabbed her and dragged her into a parking lot at about 3:45 a.m., police said. As the two suspects held her down between two cars, a third man — who is in his late 20s and about 5-foot-10 with blond hair and blue eyes — raped her, cops said.  Read More: Daily News

Queens rape victim was falsely imprisoned for robberies; now she sues city cops for falling for her attacker’s story

A QUEENS rape victim who was locked up for robberies she didn’t commit is suing city and Long Island cops for falling for her attacker’s “preposterous hoax” of a revenge plot. In a federal lawsuit, Seemona Sumasar claims NYPD cops protected her attacker, Jerry Ramrattan, because he was secretly funneling them information about other crimes while working as an informant. Read More: Daily News

Parents and officials say Department of Education has turned back on Jamaica High School

Even though the Department of Education’s (DOE) decision to close Jamaica High School was finalized in February, current students are still hoping for a quality education. Currently in the process of being phased out, Jamaica High School no longer accepts new students and is expected to close its doors for good in 2014. Read More: Queens Courier

At Top Public Schools, the Arts Replace Recess

All of this concentrated learning — activities parents commonly think of as enrichment — was taking place not after school hours, but during recess, the once-unstructured midday break that for some elementary school students is slowly being squeezed out of the day. Jump rope, freeze tag and the jungle gym have some new competition. At some of the city’s highest-rated public elementary schools, recess is now being seen by parents and educators as a time to pack in extra learning. Read More: New York Times

Giants, Mets Trade: New York Trades Angel Pagan To San Francisco For Andres Torres, Ramon Ramirez

Walking across the hotel lobby, New York Mets manager Terry Collins smiled. “We rebuilt our bullpen in one day,” he said. In a rapid-fire series of moves at the winter meetings that took 1 1/2 days to put together and 1 1/2 hours to finalize, the Mets agreed to trade center fielder Angel Pagan to San Francisco for outfielder Andres Torres and pitcher Ramon Ramirez, and reached agreements with free-agent relievers Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch. Read More: Huffington Post

Ex-corrections officer acquitted of attempted murder charges in Queens

A former correction officer who was facing up to 25 years in prison for shooting two men outside of a Queens bowling alley was acquitted of double attempted murder and assault charges. “His defense was one of self-defense,” said Michael Lavecchio’s trial attorney, Stephen Worth, after a jury cleared his client of all charges on Monday night. Lavecchio, 55, was working as a security guard at the AMF bowling alley on 34th Avenue in Jackson Heights on February 6, 2010 when he asked Justin Donaghy and Gerard Hourigan to leave the building.  Read More: New York Post

MTA forgot about stranded blizzard train

The MTA’s subway boss admitted yesterday that transit officials got so overwhelmed during last year’s Christmas-time blizzard they “forgot” about an A train stuck on the tracks for nine agonizing hours with 500 passengers on board. Read More: New York Post