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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Thursday: Sunny to partly cloudy. High around 60. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph. Thursday night: Rain showers early becoming a steady light rain overnight. Low 41. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Cirque du Soleil Armaluna

Cirque Du Soleil is back at Citi Field. Emerge yourself in Amaluna, a mysterious island governed by goddesses, guided by the moons cycles, and enchanted by an emotional story of love put to the test.  Tickets go from $45- $145. Runs until May 18 at various times. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Plane diverts to land at JFK, skids onto grass

Nobody was injured after a Delta flight from Atlanta to LaGuardia was diverted to JFK when the pilot reported a possible hydraulics problem. Read more: ABC New York

Chinatown skin infection outbreak spreads in NYC, number of cases doubles

The number of New Yorkers suspected of having a rare skin infection that comes from handling raw seafood, causing skin lesions, pain and swelling to the hands and arms and even difficulty moving fingers, has more than doubled, officials said Wednesday. Read more: NBC New York

Overdose doctor valued money over life: prosecutors

A Queens doctor on trial for manslaughter in the overdose deaths of two patients he prescribed painkillers to, valued money over human life, prosecutors charged Wednesday in Manhattan Supreme Court. Read more: New York Post

Privacy concerns nix New York student-data plan

New York has reversed course to use an Atlanta-based company to store student data for parents and officials to use to track student progress, after the plan triggered privacy concerns and a legal challenge. Read more: NBC New York

Supreme Court strikes down overall limits on campaign contributions

In a decision that could transform American politics, the Supreme Court overturned the decades-old limits on the total amount of money individuals can contribute in every federal election. Read more: New York Daily News

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Sun and clouds mixed. High 31. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy skies this evening will become overcast overnight. Low 24. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Art of Science – Princeton University Photo Exhibit

View photographs from Princeton University’s annual competition, Art of Science at this new exhibit at the New York Hall of Science. The featured works were submitted as part of a competition that began in 2005, organized to judge the most aesthetically pleasing images produced during scientific research at the university. March 6 through September 14. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Rare skin infection outbreak tied to Chinatown seafood markets

The Health Department is warning customers of Chinatown seafood markets in Queens and other parts of the city about an outbreak of a rare skin infection. Read more: The Queens Courier

Facebook cracks down on posts for illegal gun sales

Go on Facebook or Instagram and you can find hundreds of guns to buy, from assault rifles like the AR-15, the weapon used to murder little kids in Newtown, to gun accessories like 30-shot clips illegal in New York and Connecticut. Read more: Fox New York

De Blasio ignores pledge to restore school vouchers

Mayor de Blasio is ignoring a campaign pledge to restore millions of dollars for some after-school programs — pulling the exact same move he excoriated his predecessor over. Read  more: New York Post

New SAT: Essay optional, no extra penalties for wrong answers

The SAT college entrance exam is undergoing sweeping revisions. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Gov. Cuomo’s approval sags, but he maintains large re-election lead: NBCNY poll

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s job approval rating has slipped, but he remains popular and enjoys a comfortable advantage in his quest for re-election, according to a new poll. Read more: NBC New York

Rare skin infection outbreak tied to Chinatown seafood markets


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The Health Department is warning customers of Chinatown seafood markets in Queens and other parts of the city about an outbreak of a rare skin infection.

Anyone who has handled live or raw fish or other seafood purchased at Chinatown markets in Queens, Brooklyn or Manhattan could be affected, the Health Department said Wednesday.

The infection is transferred through a break in the skin, such as a cut, and is caused by a bacteria called Mycobacterium marinum.

People are strongly advised to wear waterproof gloves when handling any raw seafood that may have come from these markets.

There is no risk from consuming food from the markets, according to the Health Department.

So far, 30 cases of the infection have been identified.

Symptoms include red, tender lumps or swelling under the skin of the hands or arms. People may additionally develop swelling or pain in their hands or arms and have trouble moving their fingers.

If you exhibit any symptoms or believe you may have been infected, see an infectious disease physician or dermatologist. You can also call the Health Department’s Bureau of Communicable Disease at 347-396-2600 and ask to speak with a doctor.

Treatment includes antibiotics and should begin right away.

When left untreated it can become a more serious infection that requires surgery.

 

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Celebrate the Year of the Horse with Lunar New Year events in Queens


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THE COURIER/Photo by Mike DiBartolomeo

The Year of the Horse is galloping in with an array of exciting cultural festivities. 

This Lunar New Year, celebrated on Jan. 31, marks the 4,712th year on the Chinese calendar.

Regarded as one of the most important holidays in the Far East, Lunar New Year is customarily celebrated with a lively parade — complete with fiery, ornate dragons — and a colorful fireworks display.

CLICK HERE TO SEE LAST YEAR’S LUNAR NEW YEAR PARADE IN FLUSHING

Each year is named for one of the 12 figures of the Chinese zodiac.

To many, the horse is a symbol of competition, victory and the pursuit of freedom and passion.

“The spirit of the horse is recognized to be the Chinese people’s ethos — making unremitting efforts to improve themselves,” said Councilmember Peter Koo. “Such is also the spirit of the Flushing community.”

“With several projects taking off in northeast Queens, 2014 will bring exciting changes to Flushing and its surrounding area,” Koo said.

New Yorkers hoping to celebrate the Lunar New Year need not look very far.

Chinatown in Manhattan will ignite with New Year spirit Feb. 2, as the 15th annual parade dances downtown, starting at Little Italy through Chinatown at 1 p.m.

In Queens, on Feb. 8, Flushing will flood with festival-goers watching the 18th annual Lunar New Year Parade as it makes its way down Main Street.

Booths dishing out ethnic treats are set to line the streets for attendees hoping to grab a tasty snack while watching a beautiful fireworks display.

It is expected to start around 10 a.m. on Union Street and 37th Avenue. It usually ends at Main Street and 39th Avenue.

Last year, thousands flocked to the celebration to ring in the Year of the Snake.

Flushing Town Hall (FTH) also has a two-month lineup of music, art, dancing, calligraphy and mask making to celebrate the holiday and its rich history that dates back centuries.

“Since the inception of this festival at Flushing Town Hall, the Lunar New Year events have been able to bridge generational divides and unify cultures throughout Queens and abroad,” FTH Executive Director Ellen Kodadek said. “It’s a wonderful way to kick off the dawn of a new year.”

 

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Pols: Lunar New Year should be school holiday


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Photo courtesy of State Senator Daniel Squadron's Office

Flushing and Chinatown lawmakers are still pushing to get the city to recognize Lunar New Year as an official school holiday.

“It’s time we show the proper respect to the Asian-American community,” said State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky. “Lunar New Year is a time when families, from near and far, come together to celebrate.”

Absence rates in some city schools climb 80 percent on the first day of the Lunar New Year, elected officials said. Though observing students are “excused,” the absence is marked on their record.

“On the day of the Lunar New Year, classrooms are emptied out,” said State Senator Daniel Squadron. “People should not have to choose between spending their most important holiday with their family and going to school.”

Legislation in the State Senate and Assembly would establish Lunar New Year as a school holiday for districts with an Asian-American population of at least 7.5 percent based on the 2000 Census.

Flushing is the only neighborhood in Queens to meet the criteria, along with Chinatown in downtown Manhattan.
The bill had been introduced years ago, but no movement has been made, officials said.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has reportedly rejected the idea in the past. His office did not comment.

“Lunar New Year is a time of coming together and renewal for the nearly one million Asian New Yorkers of different ethnicities who celebrate the holiday,” said Chris Kui, executive director of Asian Americans for Equality. “It is not the same if someone cannot be home to celebrate with the family and the community.”

 

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Tom Cruise reportedly dating 26-year-old Queens native


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After finalizing his divorce from Katie Holmes this summer, Tom Cruise appears to be dating again, but it’s not a fellow actor, it’s a New York City restaurant manager and Queens native.

According to In Touch, the 50-year-old “Jack Reacher” star is wooing a 26-year-old brunette named Cynthia Jorge, who works at Beauty & Essex in the Lower East Side.

They first met at the restaurant on December 16, an eyewitness told the magazine.

Jorge handed Cruise her card that night, and the next day he called Beauty & Essex several times asking for her.

On December 18 the two met up, along with some friends, at Le Baron, a nightclub in Manhattan’s Chinatown, where they did some “dirty dancing,” according to In Touch.

“He’s enamored with this woman,” a source told the magazine.

Afternoon Roundup


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JFK Terminal Reopens After Metal Detector Malfunction.

Things are back to normal at JFK Airport after a terminal had to be evacuated Saturday morning. The Transportation Security Administration closed Terminal 7 for about two hours after TSA workers discovered that a metal detector malfunctioned, which meant a number of people went through security without being properly screened. Read more: [NY1]

First graduates of East Elmhurst experimental magnet school plan 30 year reunion  

There’s always been a positive attraction, no matter how far they’ve strayed. The inaugural class of The Louis Armstrong Middle School/Intermediate School 227 — one of the city’s first experimental magnet schools — was so smitten with their education that they plan to reunite three decades later. Read more: [New York Daily News]

Queens Residents Turn Weapons In To Police Through Buyback Program 

Police collected more than 50 weapons during a gun buyback in Queens Saturday. The New York City Police Department said 55 weapons were turned in at St. Benedict the Moor Church in Jamaica, including 19 semi-automatic handguns. Read more: [NY1]

Mets Adopt Live Chicken as Mascot – Then name it Little Jerry Seinfeld

It’s a call to the bullpen. Mets reliever Tim Byrdak turned the team’s luxurious clubhouse into a chicken coop this weekend — buying an $8 hen in Chinatown that he kept stashed at Citi Field for the Subway Series.  “We originally called him ‘Little Derek Jeter,’ ” Byrdak said before last night’s game. Read more: [New York Post]

This Morning’s Headlines


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City tries to squelch 911 disaster report

The Bloomberg administration is waging an all-out battle to suppress a scathing report aptly called “911 CPR’’ — which has determined that the city’s emergency-dispatch system is on life support, The Post has learned. The document, formally known as the 911 Call Processing Review, charges that despite more than $2 billion shoveled at the problems, response times to emergencies, in which every second counts, have actually slowed. Read More: New York Post

One dead as subway trains hit two men

Two men were hit by subway trains in separate incidents yesterday, leaving one dead, authorities said. A drunken 24-year-old man first stumbled onto the elevated tracks at the Broadway station at 31st Street in Astoria, Queens, at around 5:15 a.m. and was struck by a Manhattan-bound N train, cops said. He was crushed and pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not immediately released pending family notification. Read More: New York Post

Dolan Marks Start Of Holy Week With Palm Sunday Mass

Cardinal Timothy Dolan led the faithful in prayer Sunday at St. Patrick’s Cathedral as Christians around the city and world marked Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem when he was greeted by cheering crowds waving palm leaves. It’s believed to have taken place during a time when he was facing increasing opposition from authorities and local spiritual leaders, even as his preachings were gaining him more and more followers. Read More: NY1

 

 

Coney Island Rides Soar As Fun-Filled Season Begins

Summer is still more than two months away, but Coney Island is getting a head start on the season. The neighborhood’s amusement parks officially opened Sunday with the annual blessing of the rides, and the traditional egg-cream christening of the Cyclone. The 85-year-old roller coaster was one of several rides to get a makeover. A small crowd waited for hours to be among the first 100 people to ride the famous attraction and got their thrills for free. Read More: NY1

 

Brooklyn baby drowns in tub

An 11-month-old Brooklyn boy drowned in a bathtub yesterday after his mother left him alone, law-enforcement sources said. Elijah Pardella and his 3-year-old sister were being given a bath inside their East New York apartment, the sources said. When the mom, Angelica Huertas, 24, left the bathroom, she left the drain unplugged. But Elijah sat on the drain and blocked it, according to the sources. Read More: New York Post

 

 

Woman disappears on Chinatown street

The NYPD is search for a 61-year-old woman from Chinatown who disappeared off the street Saturday night. Police say Vicky Vuong Ferrazza was walking along Mott and Grand streets at about 3 p.m. with her niece when she disappeared among the packed crowd. According to published reports, Ferrazza does not speak English and was not carrying identification. Read More: Fox News

 

NY Knicks hold off on Jeremy Lin injury announcement until after NBA playoff ticket deadline passes

The Knicks were eventually going to get around to revealing the troubling results of Jeremy Lin’s MRI but certainly not before last Wednesday. That was a crucial day inside the club’s executive offices at Two Penn Plaza because March 28 represented the deadline for season- ticket holders to purchase all four rounds of the playoffs. Read More: Daily News
 

Drunk teachers arrested after cops find cocaine, dagger in vehicle

A pair of drunken Bronx public schoolteachers were arrested after cops found cocaine and a dagger in their vehicle, police said. Diana Mancusco, 29, and Karen Aguilar, 26, were cuffed after cops spotted them pulling over and switching places on East Fordham Road in Belmont on Friday night. When officers stopped the vehicle, the driver said she had taken the wheel because her friend was wasted, a source said. Read More: Daily News