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Woman mugged outside Woodside bank: NYPD

| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo via NYPD / Property Shark/Scott Bintner

Police are have released the photo of a mugging suspect who they say nabbed a woman’s purse in broad daylight after she exited a Woodside bank last month.

The 24-year-old victim was leaving the Astoria Bank at 60-20 Woodside Ave. just after 4:30 p.m. on May 26 when the suspect ran up to her, pushed her to the ground and fled with her pocketbook, containing her identification, credit cards and an undetermined amount of money, authorities said.

The suspect, who goes by the first name “Eladio” is described as a Hispanic male in his early thirties, 5 feet 5 inches tall and 150 pounds.

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Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.


Help kids with back to school

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


Local students and their parents are banking on Astoria Federal Savings to help kick off their school year this fall.

The corporation will host its 14th annual school supply drive, called Kids’ Tools for School, throughout August.

The much-needed supplies will be given to local students who come from struggling families.

“We recognize that children who go to school without the necessary school supplies are at a tremendous disadvantage, both academically and socially,” said Brian Edwards, executive vice president of Astoria Federal Savings.

Supplies can cost as much as $100 a year per child, Astoria Federal officials said. They added that in some cases, children start school without the required supplies or with recycle old ones.

“It’s a great feeling to help a child start the year with fresh new supplies and a bright outlook,” Edwards said.

Cash donations or new supplies — including but not limited to backpacks, pens, pencils, lunch boxes and notebooks — will be accepted from August 1 to August 31 at any Astoria Federal branch. There are 85 in Queens, Brooklyn, Long Island and Westchester.

The drive has collected and distributed more than 10 tons of supplies to students over the past 13 years.

Last year, the bank matched up to $10,000 in cash donations to purchase additional supplies. More than 60 local school districts participated.

For more information about the supply drive, visit www.astoriafederal.com.



Astoria Federal Savings supports ‘Dream Big’ summer reading program

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy Astoria Federal

Astoria Federal Savings continued its support for the Queens Library’s 2012 summer reading program, “Dream Big,” which offered thousands of young people opportunities to maintain or improve their reading skills during the summer months.

The contribution is one of the many ways Astoria Federal Savings encourages lifelong learning and strengthens local neighborhoods by providing financial support to hundreds of not-for-profit organizations throughout the communities it serves in Queens, Brooklyn, Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester.