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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Thursday: Overcast with a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 68. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%.
Thursday night: Overcast with rain showers. Fog overnight. Low of 61. Breezy. Winds from the SSW at 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 90% with rainfall amounts near 0.3 in. possible.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Halloween Re-Mixed

Celebrate Día de los Muertos, Halloween and All Saints Day with hands-on, festive fun for all ages during Halloween Re-mixed at Flushing Town Hall from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Wear a costume and enjoy mask making, All Saints Day medallions, Mexican sugar skulls and ghost stories. Free. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

City Council approves law to raise cigarette purchase age to 21

The City Council voted Wednesday to raise the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21. Read more: The Queens Courier

New York Health Exchange affected by federal glitch

The New York Health Exchange has been unable to process applications for low-cost insurance during shutdowns of related federal databases, which occurred Sunday and again intermittently Wednesday. Read more: NBC New York

Beefed-up security planned for NYC Marathon

With the New York City Marathon set to return on Sunday after being sidelined last year by Superstorm Sandy, the specter of the Boston Marathon looms large. Read more: New York Post

Immunization clinics in Queens and the Bronx remain open

The city has reversed a plan to close immunization clinics in Queens and the Bronx, leaving them open for at least the next few months, officials said. Read more: New York Daily News

Fewer rats in NYC subway according to survey

A subway advocacy group says there are about as many rats on New York City platforms as last year. Read more: AP

Kathleen Sebelius apologizes for health law ‘debacle’

President Barack Obama claimed “full responsibility” Wednesday for fixing his administration’s much-maligned health insurance website as a new concern surfaced: a government memo pointing to security worries, laid out just days before the launch. Read more: AP

 

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Overcast with rain showers. High of 64. Breezy. Winds from the NE at 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Friday Night: Overcast with rain showers. Low of 57. Winds from the ENE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: NEA Jazz Masters

Join jazz legends Jimmy Heath, Barry Harris, Jimmy Owens, Christian McBride and others for an evening of blazing melodies and rhythmic vibes at Flushing Town Hall at 8 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

NYC Marathon considering alternate starting line

The government shutdown could mean a change to the starting line for the New York City Marathon. Read more: AP

NYC gets $2 million donations from NFL, Super Bowl committee for hosting duties

Hosting the Super Bowl will come with perks for New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday. Read more: New York Daily News

Bloomberg gets caught up in Mexico soda tax fight

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is being drawn into the heated debate in Mexico over a proposed 8-cent (1 peso) per liter tax on soft drinks to fund anti-obesity efforts in a country with a growing weight problem. Read more: AP

Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons wins Nobel Peace Prize

A chemical weapons watchdog has beaten Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai to the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. Read more: NBC News

Obama, Republicans aim to end crisis after meeting, hurdles remain

President Barack Obama and Republican leaders appeared ready to end a political crisis that has shuttered much of the U.S. government and pushed the country dangerously close to default after meeting at the White House on Thursday. Read more: Reuters

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain, then thunderstorms and a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 77. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Friday night: Overcast with thunderstorms and a chance of rain, then a chance of rain after midnight. Low of 68. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Manuel Valera & New Cuban Express

Manuel Valera and his New Cuban Express are incredibly popular in the NYC jazz scene. This free event at Flushing Town Hall Friday night is part of Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concert Series. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Woman killed in Capitol shooting had ties to CT, NYC: sources

The unarmed woman who was shot and killed following a car chase that began at the White House and ended near the Capitol has been identified as a Stamford, Conn., resident originally from New York City, according to multiple law enforcement sources. Read more: NBC New York

NYPD slapped with $3M lawsuit for illegal search in Queens gun bust

Sure, they took a gun off the street — but the three NYPD cops allegedly did it illegally, then lied to make a criminal case, says a federal lawsuit. Read more: New York Daily News

Obama pins shutdown on Boehner; tri-state businesses start to feel pinch

On the third day of the shutdown, President Barack Obama said House Speaker John Boehner is the only thing standing in the way of reopening the federal government. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Report: biker in road rage attack to turn himself in

The man wanted to for bashing the window of an SUV in a road rage incident in Manhattan reportedly plans to turn himself in to the NYPD as early as Friday. Read more: Fox New York

New York City Marathon balances security worries post-Boston

The New York City Marathon’s finish area will again fill with spectators, some carrying bags. Read more: NBC New York

Essay question about Mayor Bloomberg on test for 7th graders raises eyebrows

Some parents and teachers are upset that New York City public school students are being asked to answer an essay question about Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Read more: CBS New York

What to do this weekend in Queens


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Saturday, June 29

Get outdoors and discover nature with the Urban Rangers this summer. Families and children eight and older are invited to participate in a catch-and-release freshwater fishing program held in Kissena Park. Starting at 11 a.m., interested families will meet at the entrance located on Rose and Oak Avenues. All equipment will be provided by the Urban Rangers and will be supplied on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Long Island City Artists (LICA) is hosting a family sun-printing workshop at 2 p.m. at Flushing Town Hall. Creative minded families are encouraged to bring items such as leaves, lace, or feathers to use in the art of sunprinting. Items are placed on piece of paper and a silhouette image is transferred onto it. Visit www.flushingtownhall.org/events or call 718-463-7700 for details.

Sunday, June 30

Join the Bayside Historical Society in Crocheron Park for the Annual Lawn Concert. Starting at 6 p.m. the free concert will feature a country music performance by Savannah Sky followed by some good old fashioned rock and roll played by Rear View Mirror. Bring some lawn chairs, a picnic, and the whole family and enjoy some summer tunes. For more information visit www.baysidehistorical.org or call 718-352-148

The Urban Park Rangers will host a historical walking tour of Fort Totten Park starting at 1 p.m. The Urban Park Rangers specialize in interpretations of historic turning points of New York City. Anyone wishing to attend can meet up at the Fort Totten Park Visitor’s Center, visit nyc.gov/parks for more information

Saturday, June 29 thru Saturday, September 7

Starting June 29 and continuing every Saturday of the summer through September 7, MoMA PS1 presents its highly anticipated outdoor music series Warm Up. Warm Up is celebrating its 16th year and is keeping its tradition of introducing audiences to an array of musical styles, such as experimental live music, DJs both local and international, and emerging artists. The event is planned by a curatorial committee, selected by the museum to represent a wide spectrum of experiences in music, sound and the performing arts. Warm Up will feature a variety of musical performances, art/stage installations and a temporary urban landscape called “Party Wall.” Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door for each Saturday. For more information call 718-784-2084 or visit www.momaps1.org/warmup

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High of 81. Breezy. Winds from the NW at 15 to 20 mph. Wednesday night: Overcast in the evening, then partly cloudy with a chance of rain. Low of 61. Winds from the North at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Monthly Jazz Jam at  Flushing Town Hall

Come and enjoy live jazz by some of the borough’s top artists. Flushing Town Hall presents its monthly jazz jam, featuring performances by professional jazz musicians, grad students studying jazz, musical educators and special guest artists the Pablo Mayor Quintet. The event is free and starts at 7 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Man fatally jumps in front of N train in Astoria

Severed limbs flew onto an Astoria street Tuesday evening after a man threw himself in front of a Queens-bound N train, witnesses and a police source said. Read more: The Queens Courier

New York City Council to take up ban on foam containers

A bill is expected to be introduced to the New York City Council Wednesday that bans the use of polystyrene foam foodservice in New York City. Read more: ABC New York

NYC Landmarks Commission hears pleas from Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, others to preserve historic Forest Park Carousel

Fans of the Forest Park Carousel got a chance Tuesday to plead their case that the beloved ride should be designated as a city landmark. Read more: New York Daily News

Queens couple get prison for sex trafficking

A Queens man and his girlfriend have been sentenced to prison for sex trafficking. Read more: AP

Many Queens homeowners face skyrocketing flood insurance premiums or major repairs to meet demands of new federal codes

Homeowners in the Sandy-wrecked Rockaways may be forced to abandon their homes or spend up to $100,000 to raise them on stilts, thanks to new codes issued by the federal government. Read more: New York Daily News

Across U.S., nearly half say government spying OK within limits: PollNearly half of all Americans say the U.S. government’s broad surveillance tactics are acceptable within limits, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll on Tuesday that also found widespread concern about the methods that were revealed last week. Read more: Reuters

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Partly cloudy. High of 63. Breezy. Winds from the ENE at 10 to 20 mph. Friday night: Clear. Low of 50. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 15 mph shifting to the NE after midnight.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Jamaica Meets Spain

At 8 p.m., the cultures of Jamaica and Spain will come together at Flushing Town Hall. Tribal Legacy and Flamenco Latino share the stage with dance lessons and a musical jam. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Former Liu campaign associates found guilty in straw donor fraud case

Jenny Hou, City Comptroller John Liu’s former campaign treasurer, and Oliver Pan, a former Liu campaign fundraiser, were found guilty in Manhattan Thursday in a case involving their organizing straw donor schemes. Read more: NY1

Man allegedly runs down friend in Long Island parking lot

A Queens man is facing charges after police say he intentionally hit another man with his car following an altercation on Long Island. Read more: ABC New York

New York cracks down on gas price gouging after Hurricane Sandy

Twenty-five gas stations have settled price-gouging claims made against them immediately after Superstorm Sandy hit New York, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Thursday. Read more: ABC New York/AP 

Rockaway streets innundated with second wave of sand

Rockaway residents are discovering that their beloved boardwalk was more than an amenity for beach-goers — it was also a vital barrier against the relentless forces of nature. Read more: New York Daily News

Boston Marathon suspect’s remains claimed

A funeral home has claimed the body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died in a gunbattle with police after an intense manhunt. Read more: AP

FDA: Ingredient in antibacterial soap, other products may be dangerous

It’s a chemical that’s been in U.S. households for more than 40 years, from the body wash in your bathroom shower to the knives on your kitchen counter to the bedding in your baby’s basinet. Read more: AP/CBS New York

Public Advocate candidate Reshma Saujani kicks off Queens campaign


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New York City Public Advocate candidate Reshma Saujani kicked off her Queens campaign on the steps of Flushing Town Hall.

Saujani was joined by Councilmember Peter Koo as she launched a five-day tour of the boroughs. Of her campaign, Saujani said she wanted to speak for all New Yorkers and ensure everyone had fair opportunities.

“We have a responsibility to make sure that all New Yorkers who work hard and play by the rules have access to the American Dream,” she said. “We need a voice loud enough to speak for everyone, driving the change we need to create good-paying jobs, give our kids the education they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow, and make sure all New Yorkers have access to safe, affordable housing.”

Saujani is running in a five-way race against State Senator Daniel Squadron, Councilmember Letitia James, Cathy Guerriero and schools advocate Noah Gotbaum.

 

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Flushing Town Hall to host jazz festival


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Jazz is coming to Flushing Town Hall. The town hall and the Queens Jazz OverGround (QJOG), which promotes jazz education and musical enrichment, are hosting the first annual Spring Jazz Festival on Saturday, April 27.

Three founding members of QJOG, a nonprofit collective, along with Ellen Kodadek, Flushing Town Hall executive and artistic director, trumpeted the event on Tuesday, April 23. Guitarist Amanda Monaco, bassist Mark Wade and trumpeter Josh Deutsch also played an original composition by Deutsch called “Take the 7 train.”

“It’s going to be a very fun learning experience,” Kodadek said. It will “strengthen jazz for years to come.”

The free festival will begin at noon and run through 9:30 p.m. It will feature free music workshops for children and adults, master classes for students and live performances by seven Queens-based jazz groups playing original pieces. Renowned saxophone and flute player James Spaulding is scheduled to perform.

The festival will also feature the talents of middle and high school bands.

The event is free and open to the public at Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard. The last performance of the evening is scheduled for 9:30 p.m.

“We welcome as many walk-ins as we can fit in here,” said Wade.

The festival is part of Flushing Town Hall’s jam session series designed to bring jazz to members of different communities.

 

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What to do this weekend in Queens


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SATURDAY, JANUARY 12

At 10:30 a.m., Alley Pond Environmental Center, located at 22806 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, will be holding an event titled “Young Chefs,” which invites kids to prepare homemade grilled cheese sandwiches and fresh banana split milkshakes. All materials will be included. Space is limited to eight participants and registration is required. Recommended for ages 7-12. Admission is $24 for non-members and $18 for members. For more information, call 718-229-4000, email contact@alleypond.com or visit alleypond.com.

At 2 p.m., Flushing Library, located at 41-17 Main Street, Flushing, presents the first part of the three-part Twilight Concert series, where Members of the Con Brio Ensemble will perform works by Brahms, Poulenc, Handel and others. The Ensemble is made up of critically acclaimed musicians, including violinist Alexander Meshibovsky, pianist Diana Mittler, oboist Alan Hollander and vocalist Barbara Ann Martin. Admission is $12 and $10 for students and senior citizens. TDF vouchers will be accepted. For more information, call 718-661-1200.

At 6 p.m., Dance Fusion, at 40-04 Junction Boulevard in Jackson Heights invites you to party your way into fi tness and the New Year with Zumba! Join us for an exciting and fun class taught by a licensed and experienced instructor. Even those who have never experienced this exciting new way to work out will love it! Classes are $10 per session.

With shows beginning at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., The Chocolate Factory, located at 5-49 49th Avenue, Long Island City, presents “There There,” an unpredictable and moving play about being the  wrong person in the wrong place at the wrong time doing all the wrong things. For tickets and for more information, visit chocolatefactorytheater.org or call 212-352-3101.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 13

At 10 a.m., Queens Botanical Garden, located at 43-50 Main Street, Flushing, will be holding an electronic waste recycling event. Bring your unwanted or broken electronics such as old phones, chargers, handheld toys, TVs, cameras, holiday lights and more and they will be disposed free of charge. All participants will also have a chance to enter a free raffle to win a new 21-inch iMac and will also receive a “Green Karma” coupon worth anywhere from $5 to $500, redeemable at the Tekserve store. For more information, contact Darcy Hector at 718-886-3800 or dhector@queensbotanical.org.

At 2 p.m., Bayside Historical Society, located at 208 Totten Avenue, Fort Totten, Bayside, will be holding its Annual Art Show 2013. The event will also include a performance by Lindsay Megiddo. Those interested in submitting original works are encouraged to view an information packet and complete a registration form, both of which can be accessed at baysidehistorical.org on the Events page. For more information, call 718-352-1548 or visit baysidehistorical.org.

At 2:15 p.m., Flushing Town Hall presents New York City’s preeminent ambassadors of Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena music and dance. Lead by National Heritage winner Juan Gutirrez, this unique troupe of Puerto Rican master traditional artists and seasoned New York musicians are leaders in the resurgence of the Island’s traditional music in NY. Tickets are $12/$10 members/$8 children/$6 member children. Flushing Town Hall is located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard. To learn more, call 718- 463-7700.

At 4:30 p.m., Church-In-the-Gardens, located at 50 Ascan Avenue, Forest Hills, presents the second part of the three-part Twilight Concert series, where Members of the Con Brio Ensemble will perform works by Brahms, Poulenc, Handel and others. The Ensemble is made up of critically acclaimed musicians, including violinist Alexander Meshibovsky, pianist Diana Mittler, oboist Alan Hollander and vocalist Barbara Ann Martin. Admission is $12 and $10 for students and senior citizens. TDF vouchers will be accepted. For more information, call 718-268-6704.

ONGOING THRU SATURDAY, JANUARY 26

The Secret Theatre, located at 4402 23rd Street, Long Island City, presents “Urinetown, the Musical,” a Tony-Award-winning production set in a dystopian city where a water shortage has forced private toilets to be outlawed. Out of the residents who are furious over the fact that they have to share public facilities, a hero rises to lead them through a comedic, music-infused revolution. Evening shows Thursday through Saturday are at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m., with a special matinee performance on January 26 at 3 p.m. For more information, contact Alyssa Van Gorder at 718-392-0722 or pr@secrettheatre.com.

ONGOING THRU WEDNESDAY, MAY 1

The Louis Armstrong House Museum, located at 34-56 107th Street, Corona, presents its Louis Armstrong at Freedomland exhibit. The exhibit, curated by Louis Armstrong House Museum Archivist Ricky Riccardi, paints an intimate portrait of Armstrong on stage and off during the turbulent years of 1961 to 1964, spreading joy to fans young and old with his integrated band of all stars. Major funding for the exhibit is made possible by the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Sunday and closed on Mondays. Admission is $10 for adults; $7 for seniors 65 and older, students and children and free for members and children under four. A $6 group rate is available for groups of at least eight, in which case it is asked that an appointment be made. For more information, call 718-478-8274 or visit louisarmstronghouse.org.

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Business is the backbone in north Queens


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BY SWEETINA KAKAR AND MELISSA MOTT

Papa Realty

1261 150th Street, Whitestone

718-767-3148

Papa Realty has been a part of the real estate world for more than 25 years. Their office is located in Whitestone as they serve the boroughs of New York City, Nassau and Suffolk County. Their real estate professionals provide exceptional service, whether it be selling or buying a home. They also live in the areas to know the best answers to all questions regarding schools, shopping, transportation and surrounding neighborhoods.

Harpell Chemists

12-65 150th Street, Whitestone

718-767-7868

The Harpell brothers, who loved visiting their local pharmacy, own this corner pharmacy located in Whitestone. They want to provide the help and feeling they used to get as children, as their mother shopped for medical supplies and they ran to the toy aisle. They supply a full pharmacy and medical equipment and also provide the entire local pharmacy feel with a printing, greeting cards and toy section. They try to make going to the pharmacy as easy and fun as possible, helping their clients get the best possible price on prescription drugs.

Trattoria Neo

1501 149th Street, Whitestone

718-767-1110

This two-year-old restaurant and wine bar in the Whitestone neighborhood offers fine Italian dinning in a casual setting. This restaurant offers lunch, dinner and Sunday brunches and also accommodates large private parties. Their elongated bar and numerous tables make enough room for spacious dining and caters well for their themed parties open to the public.

Villaggio

150-07 14th Road, Whitestone

718-747-1111

This brick oven pizza and pasta café has an elegant yet casual restaurant feel with their warm colors, classy lighting and painted mural walls. They serve traditional Italian dishes along with Mediterranean, seafood and café snacks with an Italian flare. Their two European chefs serve small intimate dinners to large private parties and even to take out or delivery.

Durante Bros Construction Corp.

31-40 123rd Street, Flushing

718-762-2500

The Durante Bros Construction Corp. has been part of Queens and the rest of the New York City community for 50 years. The family owned business has served their debris and recycling services since 1980. They pick up concrete, dirt, rock and brick and mixed excavation debris. Durante Bros have their general roots in contracting but also offer recycled base blend, clean dirt backfill, select structural fill, drainage stone, pipe bending sand and topsoil. They are centrally located to all five boroughs, also allowing for pick-ups and deliveries.

Queens Garden Nursery

154-10A Cross Island Parkway, Whitestone

718-640-9100

The Whitestone based garden nursery’s slogan is “we grow everything.” They provide, care and sell all kinds of plants, shrubs and flowers. Their landscaping services help provide expert advice and ideas for all types of gardens including designs and materials for ponds and fountains. This Queens garden has everything needed to make a personal garden from the tools to the expert advice.

Flushing Town Hall

137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing

718-463-7700

Flushing Town Hall is a multi-arts center, located in a historic 150-year-old building on Northern Boulevard. It hosts multiple galleries on its first floor and has a gorgeous theatre for performers on the second floor. Art exhibitions are continuously flowing through the walls of this town hall. You can see a huge array of local international work by musicians, dancers and theatrical groups. The town hall also houses an education program that works with artists, schools and the general public. Flushing Town Hall is a Smithsonian affiliate as well as a member of New York City 33 Cultural Institutions Group.

F & T Group

136-20 38th Avenue, 12th Floor, Flushing

718-713-0253

The F&T Group’s motto, “Global Vision for Local Development,” says it all. This business, which works with markets in both North America and Asia, looks to encourage economic development. The bread and butter of F&T Group is real estate development. Located at Queens Crossing, this umbrella company encompasses a number of businesses at every level including acquisition, development and operation companies.

Crystal Windows & Door Systems, Ltd. Headquarters

31-10 Whitestone Expressway, Flushing

718-961-7300

Based in Flushing, Crystal Window & Door Systems is a local business which has grown over the past few years. The company is known for their originality in design and manufacturing and has grown to include a vast collection of products, which are energy efficient as well as eye pleasing. Now the company has offices in New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania to name a few, with branches in other states as well. Crystal Window & Door Systems looks to gain customer satisfaction through “consultative marketing.”

Precious Moments Nursery

1102 Clintonville Street, Flushing

718-767-6655

Precious Moments is a nursery school and day care. The school accepts children anywhere from ages 2 months to 5 years. Precious Moments is a private school which offers free full day Universal Pre-k. As a community based organization, Precious Moments is a licensed school run by the Department of Education. The school is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High of 52. Winds from the NNE at 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 41. Winds from the NNE at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT of the DAY: Monthly Jazz Jam at Flushing Town Hall 

Professional jazz musicians, jazz students and music educators are welcome to come jam and meet fellow musicians at this monthly drop-in event at Flushing Town Hall. Open to the general public with a $10 admission. Performers, students and members get in free. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Burglary is crime du jour post-Sandy, stats show

Some of the most cold-hearted locals saw a storm-torn Rockaway peninsula as the location for the perfect heist. Read more: New York Daily News

Giant sinkholes a problem in Queens after Sandy

First they were flooded by Hurricane Sandy and now they’re being swallowed by sinkholes. Read more: ABC New York

Queens restaurant owner to offer free Thanksgiving dinner to residents

A Queens restaurant owner is spreading some Thanksgiving cheer for residents hit by Hurricane Sandy. Read more: NY1

Police question man in ‘John Doe Duffel Bag’ Brooklyn shopkeeper killing cases

Police were questioning a man Tuesday night that they said matches the description of a man seen on surveillance video near a recent murder scene in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, WCBS 880 learned. Read more: CBS New York

Giuliani: MTA chair would make great NYC mayor

Rudy Giuliani believes Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joe Lhota would make a great New York mayor. Read more: Fox NY

PETA asks Obama to opt out of turkey pardon

It’s a White House tradition with a century and a half of history behind it, but PETA is asking the White House to skip it this year. REad more: ABC News

Amid Gaza diplomacy, bus bomb hits Tel Aviv

A bomb struck an Israeli bus near the nation’s military headquarters in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, wounding 10 people and complicating major diplomatic efforts to forge a truce between Israel and Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers. Read more: AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy in the morning, then overcast. High of 50. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday night: Overcast. Low of 41. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT of the DAY:  KT Magumbo 

Come to Resorts World Casino for the the bluesy pop rock sounds of KT Magumbo. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

DOE announces Sandy school makeup days

After missing a full week of school because of Superstorm Sandy, the city’s public school students will make up those days from February 20-22 and on June 4, the Department of Education (DOE), announced Monday evening. Read more: Queens Courier

Most Hurricane Sandy looting cases tossed out

At least half the post-Sandy looting busts have been tossed out, despite much grandstanding on the part of Brooklyn and Queens DAs, the Daily News has learned. Read more: New York Daily News

Belle Harbor family brought together after being devastated by Sandy

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, we keep hearing the refrain, “We’re all in this together.” Read more: CBS New York 

Mayor: Owners of Sandy-damaged homes to have a say in demolition process

One home in the Belle Harbor section of Queens looked like it was hanging on by a thread Monday. Others nearby were missing walls and one seemed to be sinking into the sand. Read more: NY1

Man busted at La Guardia after making threats to fellow passenger

A Spirit Airlines passenger was hauled into police custody at LaGuardia Airport in Queens today after making threatening comments to a fellow passenger as their plane was about to take off for Florida, authorities said. Read more: New York Post

FBI now involved in search for Brooklyn serial killer

The FBI is now involved in the search for a serial killer targeting Middle Eastern shopkeepers in Brooklyn. In all, three men have been killed, and investigators say their deaths are linked. Read more: ABC New York

Clinton to visit Middle East in move to defuse Gaza conflict

President Obama sent Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to the Middle East on Tuesday to try to defuse the conflict in Gaza, the White House announced. Read more: New York Times

 

Halloween events in Queens


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Here’s your guide to all the Halloween happenings in Queens this October.

Pumpkin Patch
Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Glen Oaks
Thru October 28
Saturdays & Sundays
11:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Haunted House at the Poppenhusen

The Poppenhusen Institute
114-04 14th Road College Point
Friday, October 26-Saturday, October 27
Wednesday, October 31
5:00-6:00 p.m. (ages 6-8), 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (ages 8 and up)

Halloween Haunted House

Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Glen Oaks
Friday, October 26 – Sunday, October 28
4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Children’s Fall Festival
Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Glen Oaks
Sunday, October 28
11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Dead or Alive
New York Hall of Science
47-01 111 Street, Corona
Friday, October 26 – Sunday, October 28

Thriller at the Battery
Fort Totten Park
Cross Island Parkway between Totten Avenue and 15 Road
Friday, October 26
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Boo at the Zoo
Queens Zoo
53-51 111th Street, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Saturday, October 27-Sunday, October 28
11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Halloween Walking Tour
Hell Gate Bridge, Astoria Park (on Shore Boulevard)
Saturday, October 27
11 a.m.

Rockaway Canine Festival
Rockaway Freeway Dog Park
Beach Channel Drive at Beach 84 Street, Rockaway Beach
Saturday, October 27
11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Family Halloweenfest
Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning
161-04 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica
Saturday, October 27
11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Trick or Treat!
Louis Armstrong House Museum
34-56 107 Street, Corona
Saturday, October 27
1 p.m.-4 p.m.

3rd Annual Halloween Costume Party
Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing
Saturday, October 27
8 p.m.

Bayside Village Halloween Family Festival

Bell Boulevard

between Northern Boulevard and 35th Avenue

Saturday, October 27

Noon-5 p.m.

Halloween-Remixed

Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing
Sunday, October 28
12:00 p.m.

Halloween on Ice
City Ice Pavilion
47-32 32 Place, Long Island City
Sunday, October 28
12:00 pm.-3:50 p.m.

CenterStage Halloween Concert
Sky View Center
40-24 College Point Boulevard, Flushing
Sunday, October 28
3:30 p.m.

Haunted Halloween Hike
Alley Pond Environmental Center
228-06 Northern Boulevard, Douglaston
Monday, October 29
4:30 p.m. (ages 5-7), 6:30 p.m. (ages 8-12)

Shocktoberfest
Playground For All Children
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Tuesday, October 30
4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Queens Zoo Trick & Treating and Halloween Festivities
Queens Zoo
53-51 111th Street, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Wednesday, October 31
3:00–5:00 p.m.

Jackson Heights Halloween Parade
Line up near P.S. 222  (87th Street and 37th Avenue)
Wednesday, October 31
5 p.m.

Halloween Party! Devil Science Theater 3K
Laughing Devil Comedy Club
47-38 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City
Wednesday, October 31
8 p.m.

 

 

Queens Morning Roundup


| brennison@queenscourier.com

TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.  Thursday night: Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 64. South wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm after midnight.

JFK workers busted in mini liquor theft ring

Eighteen former and current JFK workers were arrested in connection with the theft of more than 100,000 mini liquor bottles at the airport over the last five months, the Queens District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday. They airport employees also stole duty-free items, such as cigarette cartons, perfume and larger bottles of booze. Read more: Queens Courier

U.S. warships headed to Libyan coast as Obama says ‘justice will be done’

The ruthless attack that killed four American diplomats in Libya appears to be a carefully-planned terror strike rather than an uprising of a mob angry over a film that lampooned the Prophet Muhammed. President Obama vowed on Wednesday to bring those responsible to justice – and moved swiftly to hunt down the killers. Read more: Daily News

Police: Elderly woman sexually attacked in Central Park

It was a vicious and shocking attack in the middle of the day, in Central Park. Police say a woman in her 70s, out bird watching, was sexually assaulted, beaten and robbed. Police say they want to speak with a suspect, whom they have a surveillance photo of, about the attack. Read more: NY1

Another protest turns violent outside U.S. Embassy in Cairo

Riot police fired warning shots and tear gas Thursday outside the U.S. Embassy in Cairo to keep hundreds of protesters away from the building’s perimeter, witnesses said. Six police officers suffered minor injuries during the clashes, said Alla Mahmoud, a spokesman for the Egyptian Interior Ministry. Read more: CNN

PCBs leak in second NYC school

NY1 has learned there has been a second incident of the toxic compound leaking out of a light, this time in Queens. NY1 has learned that on Monday, liquid containing toxic compounds known as PCBs dripped out of a light ballast at IS 204 in Queens during the school day. Read more: NY1

Cops pack Queens courtroom to watch alleged cop shooter John Thomas’ arraignment

Police officers packed a Queens courtroom this morning to watch the arraignment of an accused trigger-happy cop shooter. John F. Thomas was remanded by a Queens judge for shooting Sgt. Craig Bier four times in the legs and in a separate incident where he shot Troy Cox 17 times in the buttocks and legs. Read more: NY Post

Flushing Town Hall exhibit explores 150 years of history

One hundred and fifty years ago, a time capsule filled with newspapers of the day, business cards from local merchants and a history of the once-agricultural community was buried in a cornerstone of Flushing Town Hall. Now, the contents of the capsule are on display in the exhibit “Celebrating Historic Flushing Town Hall 150th Anniversary. Read more: Daily News