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Popular Rainbow clothing store in Whitestone to close


| asuriel@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Kevin Fuchs/Welcome To Whitestone

Teen clothing chain Rainbow will be closing its location in the Whitestone Shopping Center.

Residents were disappointed to view a large banner in front of the store and posters in the window declaring the impending closure, which store employees believe will happen sometime in late July.

Devon O’Connor, president of the Welcome to Whitestone Civic Association, believed that competition from online retailers could be partially to blame for the chain shuttering its Whitestone outpost at 153-39 Cross Island Pkwy.

“It’s sad to see that a business that has been in the community for so many years is closing down,” said O’Connor. “It’s hard for retail stores to remain in business when it’s getting easier and easier to purchase items online from the comfort of your own home.”

Rainbow Shops opened up their first location in New York City in 1935, and the company has since expanded to 1,100 locations within 37 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The chain is known for providing clothing and accessories to women and teenage girls at a low price point.

Representatives for Rainbow did not immediately respond to The Courier for comment.

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Attorney postpones $25M lawsuit as Avonte Oquendo’s family awaits test results


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Updated 2:52

CRISTABELLE TUMOLA, TERENCE CULLEN, ANGY ALTAMIRANO AND MAGGIE HAYES

As tests are underway to determine if the human remains and clothing found in College Point belong to missing teen Avonte Oquendo, the family’s lawyer has decided to hold back on the lawsuit until the results are known.

The search began when a passerby found an arm and legs Thursday near Powell Cove Boulevard and Endeavor Place about 7:15 p.m.

Police also found jaw, shoulder, collar and pelvic bones, ribs and several vertebrae, the NYPD said. Another arm and a skull were additionally found over the weekend. As of Monday, the search is continuing at the scene in College Point. 

Police said most of the body has been recovered.

A pair of size 16 jeans and size 5 ½ Air Jordan sneakers were found with the remains, matching those belonging to Avonte, said David Perecman, the family’s lawyer.

Authorities also recovered a white shirt with gray stripes similar to what Avonte was wearing when he went missing, according to police.

Avonte’s family is still remaining hopeful, even though the developing investigation have been “weakening” for them, said Perecman.

“They’re a strong group so they’re doing the best they can,” said Perecman. “A small window has opened up of recognition of the grim reality. But they are still holding on hope.”

Perecman said they hope to have the test results by Wednesday.

He initially said on Friday that he would be filing a lawsuit Monday, focused against the Department of Education and school safety, seeking $25 million. Yet now he said he will be holding off with the lawsuit until the test results come in because the “nature of the lawsuit could change.”

The autistic teen was last seen at the Center Boulevard School at 1-50 51st Ave. in Long Island City around 12:38 p.m. on Oct. 4. The school is just across from the East River.

His mother, Vanessa Fontaine, said her 14-year-old son is afraid of the water and thought he “wouldn’t go near it.”

There have been conflicting reports on how the Rego Park teen, who cannot verbally communicate and is supposed to be supervised at all times, managed to leave the school.

 

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