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Missing 83-year-old Queens man found dead in Long Island

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An elderly Jamaica man missing since this weekend was discovered dead in a Long Island body of water Wednesday, police said.

William Braxton, 83, was last seen leaving his 173rd Street residence about noon Saturday, the NYPD said.

His body was found about 3 p.m. yesterday in Inwood, a Five Towns hamlet, located just over the Queens County border, according to police.

The medical examiner is still investigating a cause of death.




Far Rockaway teen busted for anti-Semitic graffiti at LIRR station

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A Far Rockaway teen has been arrested for defacing the Cedarhurst Long Island Rail Road station with anti-Semitic graffiti on eight occasions, the MTA said.

Jonathan Schuster, 18, has been charged with felony criminal mischief in the third degree as a hate crime, criminal mischief in the fourth degree and making graffiti, according to MTA police.

A senior at Priority-1:Torah Academy of Lawrence-Cedarhurst, a yeshiva located in the town, Schuster allegedly committed the acts starting in December 2012. He is accused of using a black marker to write anti-Semitic statements, which usually contained expletives, on platform advertising billboards, police said.

His arrest comes after a year-long investigation that included uniformed patrols and surveillance by undercover detectives, according to the MTA. A wanted poster was also issued last month and a reward was offered for any information leading to the perpetrator’s arrest. Tips lead detectives to Schuster who allegedly confessed to the crime, police said.

Since December 2012, there have been 11 incidents in which anti-Semitic graffiti was scrawled on advertisements at three Long Island Rail Road stations in the Five Towns area of Nassau County, including the eight at Cedarhurst station, three at Lawrence station and one at Hewlett station, authorities said.

MTA Police are continuing to investigate the other incidents.



Five Towns welcomes Alex Hirschfeld

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Tom Reeve

Five Towns College in Dix Hills, Long Island welcomes Alec Hirschfeld to the Film Department. Hirschfeld is teaching Intermediate Cinematography this fall and Advanced Cinematography for the spring semester.

He began a 40 year career in filmmaking after graduating from NYU School of the Arts in 1971 with a BFA in film production. This led him to a 30 year process that followed the course of apprenticeship from camera assistant, to camera operator and eventually to director of photography.

He is credited as Director of Photography on a number of feature films and TV shows, and also served as 2nd Unit Director on many of those shows. His three film series “Out Here in the Fields” was selected for screening at over 20 film festivals around the country. He has been associated with four films that have been included in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress: “Mean Streets,” “Taxi Driver,” “Terminator,” and one of only two student films in the registry, “No Lies.” Hirschfeld is a member of the National Executive Board of the Cinematographers Guild and also a member of the Directors Guild of America.

Five Towns College offers students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (B.F.A.) in film/video. Students are immediately provided access to the college’s state-of-the-art equipment accessible in the first year of study. The hands-on skills and experiences our students learn provide them with the knowledge to pursue careers as directors, cinematographers, camera operators, editors, film/video production managers, lighting technicians, or any other professionals in the field of film and television.

To learn more about Five Towns’ degree programs, scholarships, internship opportunities or the next open house, go to www.ftc.edu. To speak directly with an admissions representative, call 631-656-2110.

Not too late to apply at Five Towns

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Attention college students: Five Towns College in Dix Hills invites you to apply for the fall semester during our final enrollment days, August 27 – September 6 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. We welcome new and transfer students to bring in your transcripts for an on the spot evaluation and your application fee will be waived.

Five Towns College offers you the most exciting degree programs for today’s hottest careers such as audio recording technology, music, music business, theatre, filmmaking, broadcasting and music teacher education. We provide our students hands-on-training in our state-of-the-art facilities and the specialized classes you’ll need to get the job you want after graduation.

So don’t wait any longer, classes start the week of September 4! Applications are being accepted right now and scholarships and financial aid are still available. Contact an admissions representative today at 631-656-2110. It’s not too late to apply, call Five Towns College today and start living your dreams tomorrow!