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Queens’ Morning Roundup: 10/19/2011 – Robbers get tips from ‘The Town’


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The Round Up
Queens Robbers get tips from ‘The Town’

Police say a prolific burglary crew in New York City took cues from the bank heist drama “The Town.” Police say the burglars splashed bleach on ATMs and cash drawers to try to destroy DNA evidence. An NYPD spokesperson said Tuesday that the suspects told detectives they’d watched the bad guys in the Ben Affleck-directed film do the same thing. The real bandits are suspected in 62 burglaries at delis, discount stores and pizzerias in Brooklyn and Queens. Police say they made off with $217,000. Read More: Wall Street Journal

 

 

Mayor Bloomberg targeted in trial’s closing arguments

An attorney for the Queens political operative accused of stealing $1.1 million from Mayor Michael Bloomberg called New York City’s billionaire chief executive arrogant and duplicitous during closing arguments Tuesday. Read More: Wall Street Journal

 

 

China’s first lady visits Forest Hills Library

The first lady of the Republic of China, Madame Ma Chow Mei-Ching, visited the library, located at 108-19 71st Avenue, to present a donation of 10 children’s picture books. The books, which are written in Chinese, were contributed with the purpose of encouraging young Americans to learn more about the traditions of China. Read More: Queens Courier

 

 

Network with the ‘movers and shakers’ at Kings of Queens

Don’t delay. Get your tickets for the 4th Annual Kings of Queens Awards & Networking Event. The event – which recognizes Queens’ most influential men in business – will take place Thursday, November 3 at 8:30 a.m. at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. It will feature a morning of networking with top professionals and an expo with the area’s leading businesses. Read More: Queens Courier  Get Your Tickets: Kings of Queens

 

 

Police question possible suspect in Queens sexual assault

Police said on Tuesday they were talking to a possible suspect in connection with a number of attempted sexual assaults in Queens. Five women and a 12-year-old girl have been groped in Sunnyside and Woodside since mid-September by a man who rides up on a bicycle. The latest attack happened Sunday night in Laurelton. Read More: NY1

Watch: Kids “Discover” the Fun of Learning


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The Queens Library in Jamaica is helping kids “discover” their true potential.
The library, located at 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, unveiled its new, state-of-the-art Helen M. Marshall Children’s Library Discovery Center on September 15. Among the honorary guests at the unveiling were the center’s namesake, Borough President Helen Marshall, Councilmembers Jimmy Van Bramer and Leroy Comrie and surprise guest “Discover-E,” a life-sized robot who entertained children and adults alike with his humor and advanced technological features.

 

 

“This unique library is one for the modern age,” said Marshall, who provided over $17 million of the $30.3 million necessary to construct the 25,000-square-foot addition. “Clearly, it is not only a library, but a museum and school that will awaken interests and open new vistas and opportunities for children in search of knowledge and wonder. It will be a borough-wide resource for generations to come. I am delighted that the dream of opening this facility is now a reality and look forward to working with the Queens Library as we focus on helping all children achieve their potential.”
The Jamaica branch now boasts the unique distinction of being the only public library in the country that combines a conventional reading environment with interactive museum exhibits. The center, which is designed for kids between the ages of three and 12, is also original because it does not lighten your wallet. It is the only free children’s educational area in the city that emphasizes science, technology, math and engineering, and it is open seven days a week.

“The opening of the new Children’s Library Discovery Center at the Central Queens Library provides an opportunity for kids to have access to state-of-the-art interactive exhibits and learning labs with skilled professionals to guide them,” said Van Bramer. “Encouraging literacy especially at an early age is an issue I have fought for in the City Council and will continue to do so. When I was a child I loved to visit my local library and read. With the new Children’s Library Discovery Center, kids will have many more options that enhance their ability to research, explore and problem solve.”

Among the facility’s many attractions are computers with educational games, hands-on scientific exhibits, such as identifying the various parts of a cell or using magnifiers to examine insects, and an aquarium with live fish. The library also has a “Discovery Team,” composed mostly of college students, who work with children on experiments.

The center’s most popular feature is located at its entrance. Visitors are greeted by an interactive floor map of Queens, which has motion-activated sound effects positioned at numerous borough landmarks. Walking past JFK International Airport releases the thundering sound of a plane taking off and stepping on the Mets logo discharges the cheers of a Citi Field crowd.

The educational area is designed to make children feel comfortable while they learn. The chairs are meant to lounge on, making them drastically different from those found in schools. The upper level of the building has numerous windows, allowing children to read next to a vista of their neighborhood while engulfed in natural sunlight.

“This is my favorite library,” said Kareena Singh, 8. “It is a really nice place to be. You get to read books and there are games that are actually educational for kids. I love it. It is a great center to learn in.”

Donating a love of learning


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Patrons of the Rego Park Library can now learn about the Republic of Tatarstan directly from the source.

Upon returning from a trip to Russia and Tatarstan, Senator Toby Ann Stavisky visited the library, located at 91-41 63rd Drive in Rego Park, on September 21 to donate three books she acquired on her journey. Tatarstan’s capital city, Kazan, is the subject of all three books, which are written in English and Russian.

“I am delighted to donate these books, because I know the Queens Library is known for its diverse collection,” said Stavisky, who was on the trip with a legislative delegation. “I hope my Russian-speaking friends enjoy them.”