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Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Wednesday: Overcast with a chance of rain, then rain showers in the afternoon. Fog early. High of 54. Breezy. Winds from the South at 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Wednesday night: Overcast with thunderstorms and rain showers. Fog overnight. Low of 45. Windy. Winds from the SSW at 20 to 35 mph with gusts to 55 mph. Chance of rain 100% with rainfall amounts near 1.1 in. possible.

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Obama signs $50.5B Sandy aid bill

Exactly three months to day that the storm hit the tri-state area, President Obama signed a $50.5 billion Sandy aid bill. Read more: Queens Courier

Death of autistic man at Queens Village mental health facility last summer ruled a homicide

The death of an autistic man last summer after he was restrained by guards at a Queens Village mental health facility has been ruled a homicide by the city Medical Examiner. Read more: New York Daily News

Water main break leaves 7 basements flooded in Queens

A water main break left seven basements flooded in eastern Queens Tuesday evening. Read more: CBS New York

Queens couple fights Russian ban on American adoptions

A Queens couple, fighting the Russian government to adopt a 1-year-old boy, has joined the chorus of prospective parents and elected officials calling for the repeal of Russia’s ban on American adoptions. Read more: NBC New York

Departure of one of Rockaway’s NYPD top brass rankles civic leaders

Local activists are irate over the exit of a top law enforcement official in the Rockaways who helped shepherd the community through the chaos caused by Superstorm Sandy. Read more: New York Daily News

Gun rights advocates fight against new law signed by Cuomo

A gun advocacy group took the first step Tuesday to legally halting the newly-signed gun laws for New York state. Read more: CBS New York

Amid questions, Senate begins hearings on gun control

Six weeks after the massacre of 26 people at a Connecticut school ignited new calls to fight gun-related violence, the issue reaches the U.S. Congress on Wednesday amid questions about whether lawmakers will be able to agree on significant legislation. Read more: Reuters


Queens native wins Nobel Prize

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Alvin Roth

Alvin Roth, one of the two winners of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, is a Queens native and graduate of Martin Van Buren High School, the New York Post reported.

The Harvard professor, 60, who reportedly has accepted a position at Stanford University, won for his work on how to match different agents, such as  students with schools and human organ donors with transplant patients, as efficiently as possible.

“I didn’t become an economist until rather late in life,” said Roth in an interview with Nobelprize.org.

“The kinds of things that I found myself interested in, trying to understand and trying to make things work better were things that involved people and that meant economics.” he added.


Board of Elections leaves Bengali off ballot

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Translators and appropriate documents will be at voting stations with large Bengali populations this November, a Board of Elections (BOE) official said, after it was announced the language would not be an option on this year’s ballots, much to the chagrin of officials and residents.

The BOE’s vendor, Election Systems & Software LLC (ES&S), had “significant technical difficulties” changing its voting system, said BOE spokesperson Valerie Vasquez. BOE staff met with ES&S and determined the changes — and the needed for state certification — would not be feasible by this November, she said. The vendor is continuing to work on making the changes ready for elections in 2013.

Ballots are required, under the federal Voting Rights Act, to have the native languages of an area’s population where five percent of eligible voters have below average English skills. Census data released last year showed an increasing number of Bengali residents in the borough and thus required by law to be used on ballots in select areas.

Other prominently spoken languages in the borough, including Spanish, Chinese and Korean, will not be affected by the difficulties, Vasques said.

Materials and personnel will be provided to Bengali-speaking voters, she said, to remedy the difficulties some may face when casting their ballots.

“The Board has taken important steps to address the language community’s needs until ballot placement can be achieved, and continues to reach out to community representatives through an established working group,” she said. “Steps planned include a translated candidate name list for use by voters, as well as a sample ballot poster for the November general election, together with translated posters, other written materials and signage.”

This is not enough to some, however, as politicians and community members spoke out soon after the announcement, demanding something be done to ensure the legal requirements are enacted.

“Data released a year ago told us what we already knew in our area of Queens County – that a significant segment of the population speaks Bengali (also known as Bangla), Punjabi, and Hindi,” Assemblymember David Weprin said. “It is not enough to provide interpreters or translated materials. Asian-Indians in Queens are covered under the provisions of the Voting Rights Act and anything less than full compliance is an injustice.”

Queens has a number of South Asian populations that will be affected by these changes, including Richmond Hill, Ozone Park, Queens Village and Jackson Heights.

Vishnu Mahadeo, a Richmond Hill advocate originally from Guyana, said in the past the BOE had not taken responsibility to help Bengali voters.

Mahadeo, who heads the Richmond Hill Economic Development Council and is a coordinator with the BOE, said he has tried in the past to get interpreters hired for Bengali residents, predominately in South Ozone Park, and for Punjabi and Hindi residents in Ozone Park and Richmond Hill.

The problem Mahadeo says he’s run into, however, is a miscommunication between the BOE and the community. Many residents have been under the impression that citizenship is required to work for the BOE. All that is required, Mahadeo said, is proficiency in a language and permanent residency.

Weprin, who pushed for multi-lingual ballots in the Legislature, expressed disappointment the language would not be available to Bengali-speaking voters.

“Our practice should be to provide ballots in the languages of the Asian Indian communities to encourage voter participation, not fall short of our promises to accommodate these populations,” Weprin said. “This is a very important election and voter suppression simply can not be tolerated in our Democracy.”

Bengali ballots should be released for elections, Weprin said, or other options needed to be taken.

“We must stay on top of this issue and demand this mandate be implemented,” he said. “Otherwise we will have to consider other options to ensure the Board of Elections complies with this law.”

Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Tuesday: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 88. Winds from the WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 66. Winds from the NNW at 10 to 15 mph.

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LIRR worker fatally electrocuted in Queens

A Long Island Rail Road worker is dead after he came in contact with the third rail near the Queens Village station.The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says service was temporarily suspended around the area after the accident Monday morning. Read more: AP/Wall Street Journal

Drama brewing over axed arts program in Glendale

Encore! A coalition of parents, teachers and students are rallying behind a displaced Queens drama teacher to ensure this isn’t his curtain call. Theater teacher Evan Behlivanis, 31, was told in late July that his nine-year tenure at Public School/Intermediate School 119 in Glendale was coming to an end due to budget constraints. Read more:  New York Daily News

Tennis fans brave soggy start to U.S. Open

The U.S. Open is back up and running in Queens with scores of eager fans ready for action following a three hour and 15-minute rain delay earlier today. About 700,000 fans are expected to visit Billie Jean King National Tennis Center for the 20-day tournament. Read more: NY1

City has just one Parks Enforcement Patrol officer for all of Queens, union charges

The ranks of city Parks Enforcement Patrol officers are so thin that only one officer is available to patrol all Queens parks this summer, union officials charged. Read more: New York Daily News

New Yorkers want to throw Department Of Sanitation policy in the trash

New Yorkers are crying foul over a sanitation policy that they say needs to be trashed. “I think it’s crazy that without a warning or anything, it should have been a warning. Unless they’re trying to make money, which is what I think,” Raymond Jansson of Whitestone, Queens told CBS 2′s Hazel Sanchez on Monday night. Read more: CBS New York

Tropical Storm Isaac takes aim at New Orleans

Tropical Storm Isaac had nearly reached hurricane strength as it bore down on the U.S. Gulf Coast on Tuesday and appeared to be taking direct aim at New Orleans, almost seven years to the day since the Crescent City was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Read more: Reuters

Republican National Convention enlists first Sikh speaker

An American Sikh is scheduled to speak Wednesday at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., the first time the party has invited a Sikh to speak at a national convention. Read more: New York Times



Queens man charged in attempted murder of three police officers

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Police arrested a man Tuesday and charged him with the attempted murder of three cops in Queens, said the NYPD.

According to authorities, Jeffrey Contreras, 23, of Queens Village, was also charged with three counts each of assaulting a police officer, aggravated vehicular assault, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon and resisting arrest.

In the early morning of August 17, near 92nd Road and 222nd Street in Queens Village, three officers were attempting to arrest the suspect when he jumped into a car and struck them with his vehicle, injuring the men.

They were immediately transferred to North Shore Manhasset Hospital in stable condition. As of Saturday, two of the officers have been released from the hospital.




Suspect wanted for 11 armed robberies in Queens

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11 robberies

The NYPD is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a man wanted for committing 11 gunpoint robberies in various areas of Queens.

Darren Hicks, 28, first robbed a Pepsi delivery truck driver in front of the J&C Grocery store at 110-02 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in Jamaica around 2:50 p.m. on July 3. He committed 10 more robberies throughout July and early August, holding up other delivery truck drivers and several businesses.

The last two robberies occurred on August 2 within about a 30 minute period. Around 11:30 a.m. the suspect robbed a driver unloading his truck outside the Key Food Supermarket at 213-22 Jamaica Avenue in Queens Village, then held up another delivery man while he was in his truck in front of the Rite Aid drugstore at 222-14 Linden Boulevard in Cambria Heights.

Robberies also occurred in the Rosedale, Hollis and Saint Albans areas of Queens.

The suspect is described as approximately 5 feet 1o inches tall and 150 to 180 pounds. In several of the incidents, including the last one on Linden Boulevard, he fled in a white sedan, possibly a Honda Accord or Ford Focus.

Anyone with information in regard to this suspect or any of the listed incidents is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.  All calls are strictly confidential.

Queens native wins HGTV’s ‘Design Star’

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Photo courtesy of HGTV

Under the scorching studio lights, Danielle Colding felt calm.

“I’ve done the best I can do,” the “HGTV Design Star” finalist thought as the judges made their concluding remarks and deliberated between the two last-standing contestants.

She played out both outcomes — winning and losing — in her head, proud she had made it so far and understanding the judges’ decision was simply a matter of preference.

Colding, a 36-year-old Queens native, won “HGTV Design Star,” an interior styling competition show that hands the winner his or her own television show.

Originally from Queens Village, Colding studied interior design at Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles. She graduated with her associate degree in 2003 and moved home to New York where she landed a job as an assistant designer with a high-end residential firm.

Colding, a long-time fan of HGTV, was encouraged by friends to audition for “Design Star.” She watched previous seasons carefully to get a feel for the show, including season five, in which a friend of hers participated. When HGTV executives announced that there would be an open call for the show in New York City, she signed up. Within five minutes of her first interview, held at an Upper East Side bar, the casting director told Colding she had made it to the second round.

The audition process overlapped her mother’s battle with cancer. She passed away the week before Colding got the call announcing she would appear in the seventh season.

Colding kept busy with the show, divulging that she struggled with the isolation of the competition and the challenge’s tight time constraints — something she had never experienced during her design career. During the competition, an entire space needed to be redone in two or three days. Projects in the real world last for several months or even a year.

“You have to go with your gut and make decisions right away,” she said of the competition.

The tense rivalry was smoothed over by the camaraderie between the contestants, regardless of the stakes.

“It was a supportive environment,” said Colding. “We made friends right away and felt like we were in it together. There was an incredible bond there.”

Colding claimed the competition kept an element of fun throughout, referring to it as “designer boot camp.”

The New York creative who now runs her own company, Danielle Colding Designs, pulls most of her inspiration from travel and says she loves seeing how people all over the world do things differently, citing Paris as her favorite inspiration destination.

“When I go I just feel so inspired,” she said. “The French just know how to do it right. Everything is beautiful and everything tastes great.”

Colding, who now lives in Brooklyn, calls her style “eclectic,” drifting towards contemporary basics, straight lines and elegant details with global accents. Her new show, “Shop This Room,” combines shopping and at-home salvaging as the designer uses items from a client’s home, reworking them as a centerpiece.

“It’s like a puzzle with each different client,” she said. “Even if people have homes they aren’t crazy about, there’s something in there that they love.”

Colding hopes the program will show people that it is possible to rework a room without breaking the bank by reusing items they already own.

While Colding admitted she never though she would have her own television show, she said fell into the spot shockingly comfortably.

“I’m just a girl from Queens,” she mused. “Is this really happening?!”

What to do in Queens: July 4 holiday

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Even though you can’t see fireworks in Queens, there are still plenty of fun things to do around the borough this Fourth of July holiday.



Fireworks at Citi Field
Following the 7:10 p.m. Mets game vs. the Phillies, the Mets will have its annual fireworks night at Citi Field. Don’t have tickets to the game? You can catch a great view of the fireworks from other location near the stadium, including the Home Depot parking lot, located at 131-35 Avery Avenue.



Independence Day Festival in Queens Village
Starts at 10 a.m. at Sanford Avenue between Main Street and Union Street

Louis Armstrong Birthday Tours 
Louis always celebrated his birthday on the Fourth of July. The Louis Armstrong House Museum honors him by remaining open  from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  for special tours that include celebratory birthday photos, audio clips and a complimentary cupcake for kids 12 years old and under.

Skyline Princess NYC Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise
Skyline Princess’s Fourth of July Dinner cruise features a five hour cruise with a front row seat for the famous Macy’s fireworks display in New York Harbor. The cruise boards  from the World’s Fair Marina in  Flushing Meadows at 5:30 pm. Sailing time: is at 6:00 p.m. and it returns at 11:00 p.m.

Free Summer Movie at Socrates Sculpture Park
Celebrate July 4th with a program of short films that is funny, revelatory, dramatic and all-American. “The American Experience” starts at 7:00 p.m.


Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats
The Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats are coming back to Queens Theatre, located at 14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Corona Park in Flushing. There is a new cast, new acts and new thrills! Performances will include a combination of acrobatics, traditional dance, costumes, ancient/contemporary music and theatrical techniques.

Sissy McGinty’s Trivia Night
Sissy McGinty’s, located at 25-67 Steinway Street in Astoria, is holding their weekly Trivia Night from 9 p.m. – 11:45 p.m. This week, they will be celebrating the Fourth of July and there will be drink prize for the round winners and a bar tab for the champion.



First Fridays at the the Noguchi Museum
The Noguchi Museum, located at 9-01 33rd Road in Long Island City, has a First Fridays feature which includes a pay what you wish admission with an extended evening hours (5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.). Beer and wine will be offered at the cash bar and a special programming will include “Center of Attention,” and others.

Rocky McBride’s Neon 80’s & 90’s Party
Rocky McBride’s, located at 27-01 23rd Avenue in Astoria, will be hosting a Neon 80’s & 90’s party f rom 7 p.m. – 3 a.m. Come out wearing your favorite neon and enjoy the night with drink specials and more!

Mariachi Flor de Toloache
The Mariachi Flor de Toloache, the all-female mariachi band, will be performing at the Queens Kickshaw, located at 40-17 Broadway in Astoria, from 9 p.m. – 11:30 p.m..



Warm Up at MoMA PS1
Every Saturday this summer, starting July 7, MoMA PS1, located at 22-25 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City, has an outdoor series that features  live music, sound, performance and DJs. It is held at their courtyard. From 2 p.m. – 9 p.m., the admission fee is $15 and this includes access to all exhibitions and Warm Up.




‘Failing’ Van Buren principal replaced

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An unpopular principal of a failing Queens Village high school, who local leaders and parents rallied to remove in February, has been replaced, according to the Department of Education.

Principal Marilyn Shevell — called an “ineffective leader” by members of the PTA and community — retired from Martin Van Buren High School, education officials said. Sam Sochet will take over as the interim acting principal, effective July 1.

“The change in leadership at Martin Van Buren is a long time coming, but it is a necessary step to prevent another one of our neighborhood schools from failing,” said State Senator Tony Avella.

Martin Van Buren received a “D” in the most recent Department of Education (DOE) progress report, which is based on student progress toward graduation, performance on standardized tests and coursework and student attendance. It scored a “C” in the last two years as well.

Shevell took over in 2002, which PTA officials said turned the school into a site of plummeting morale.

A C-30 process will commence early in the next school year to find a permanent principal, said Marge Feinberg, a spokesperson for the DOE.

Queens communities facing brownouts

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Several Queens communities face a voltage reduction from Con Edison due to electrical equipment problems.

The 100 degree heat has many residents blasting air conditioners to stay cool.

Con Ed said the neighborhoods affected will have a 5 percent voltage reduction.  This was done in an effort to prevent a significant outage, a spokesperson from the company said.

There are about 20 individual  outages in Queens right now according to Con Edison’s outage map.

The reduction will occur in Bellerose, Cambria Heights, Floral Park, Forest Hills, Glendale, Glen Oaks, Hollis, Jamaica, Jamaica Hills, Laurelton, Middle Village, Queens Village, South Jamaica, Springfield Gardens and St. Albans.

Con Edison asked customers in these areas to conserve electricity and turn off nonessential electric equipment, such as TVs, computers, air conditioners, washers, dryers, and microwaves.

To report power outages or service problems visit www.conEd.com or call 800-75-CONED (6633). When reporting an outage, customers should have their Con Edison account number available, if possible, and report whether their neighbors also have lost power.


Police search for Queens Village armed robbery suspect

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Photo courtesy of the NYPD

Police are on the lookout for a suspect wanted in connection with an armed robbery of a Queens bank.

HSBC Bank on Hillside Avenue in Queens Village was robbed on Friday, May 25 when the suspect passed a note to the teller demanding money, police said. The note also indicated he had a gun.

After receiving an undetermined amount of money, the suspect fled the bank.

Police described the suspect as a black male between 30 and 40 years old, 6-feet-5-inches tall and 200 pounds.

He was last seen wearing a black jacket, a hooded sweatshirt, blue baseball cap with “KC” logo and white gloves with blue colored palms.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website atWWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.


Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Cop drug-plant denial

A former NYPD narcotics detective yesterday took the stand at his Queens perjury trial to vehemently deny planting drugs on innocent citizens. “No, no, no. Absolutely not!” Adolph Osback, 40, maintained when asked if he ever “faked a sale.” Read more: [New York Post]


Grace Meng wins endorsement of Rep. Gary Ackerman

They weren’t quite separated at birth, but retiring Rep. Gary Ackerman said he saw enough of himself in Grace Meng to endorse her for the newly redrawn 6th Congressional District seat. The 30-year incumbent stunned his supporters in March when he announced that he wouldn’t be seeking a 16th term, and decided to rattle a few more by making an endorsement on Tuesday in the hotly contested Democratic primary. Read more: [New York Daily News]


Sick Mom stabs kid: cops

A 9-year-old girl is fighting for her life after her mentally troubled mother stabbed her four times with a chef’s knife yesterday in Queens, authorities said. Ann Carimbocas stabbed her daughter in her head, shoulder and back in a home yesterday morning on 176th Street near 145th Avenue in Springfield Gardens, police sources and Carimbocas’ friends said. Read more: [New York Post]


Commuter Problems: Reduced AC At Penn, LIRR Delays In Queens

The hot weather is wreaking havoc for commuters waiting at Penn Station as the station’s air conditioning isn’t working. New Jersey Transit says an AC problem at Penn is pushing indoor temperatures into the 90s. Read more: [NY1]


Queens Village Man Allegedly Stabs, Kills Wife At Home

Police are investigating after a 68-year-old Queens man allegedly stabbed and killed his 65-year-old wife. Police said they responded to a report of a person stabbed inside of 222-18 93rd Avenue just after 2 p.m. Tuesday. Read more: [NY1]


Queens man rides for pancreatic cancer research 

Ever since his father’s death, a Middle Village man has been on a two-wheeled crusade to raise cash to fight cancer. Brian Davis, whose father Dennis died in 2008 from pancreatic cancer, has been organizing an annual tri-borough bike ride to fund research. Read more: [New York Daily News] 

This Morning’s Headlines

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Graphic by Jay Lane

Trayvon shooter Zimmerman walks out of jail on $150K bond

George Zimmerman, the neighborhood-watch volunteer who shot and killed unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, has been sprung from jail. Zimmerman, wearing a beige jacket and jeans and carrying a large brown bag, walked out of the John E. Polk Correctional Facility at midnight on $150,000 bond. He ignored shouted questions from the half- dozen reporters waiting outside, where he was met by five cars — a white BMW SUV and four green and white Town Cars belonging to the Sheriff’s Department. Read More: New York Post


Queens bridge shops sue city over crashes

Two Queens shops shuttered after out-of-control cars plowed into their storefronts not once but twice — and within just nine days of each other — have filed a $1 million lawsuit, blaming a 59th Street Bridge exit ramp. Espinal Caribbean Restaurant II had been open four years in Long Island City when the first crash happened in March 2011. “It was a major setback and years of work evaporated,’’ owner Tony Espinal said. “But then the second crash! “And then the third crash!” he said, referring to yet another in which a car sped toward the shops, only to be stopped by scaffolding erected after the earlier accidents. Read More: New York Post


Flood Watch In Effect As Spring Nor’easter Soaks City

New Yorkers are getting plenty of use out of their raincoats and umbrellas as a spring Nor’Easter continues to whip up some serious precipitation. A flood watch remains in effect through Monday morning for the entire city as up to three inches of rain could fall in some parts. Meteorologists say the worst of the storm will likely arrive early in the overnight hours and could bring wind gusts between 30 and 40 miles per hour. As of early Sunday evening, no major flooding had been reported. The city’s flash flood plan was activated on Thursday and crews began cleaning catch basins last week. Read More: NY1


 City Earth Day Events Take On Different Shades Of Green

New Yorkers gathered for events to “green” up the city all day Sunday as part of Earth Day 2012. In addition to the first annual Harlem Earth Day being held, there were also plantings and discussions on green development in Morningside Park, Marcus Garvey Park and Central Park. The first-ever Earth Day on the High Line featured a giant salad preparation and the chance to meet one-on-one with the elevated park’s gardeners. The performance art piece was the brain child of artist Alison Knowles, who first did the performance 50 years ago. Read More: NY1



Mystery grows in death of Michael Lin, 27-year-old clubgoer who died early Saturday

New details emerged Sunday about what happened to a 27-year-old Queens man who suffered fatal injuries while at a midtown club early Saturday. Michael Lin appeared to have had a broken jaw and bruises on his body when cops found him outside Koreatown hotspot District 36 about 3 a.m. Saturday, police said previously. He died at Bellevue Medical Center an hour later. Investigators now believe Lin had tried to leave the W. 36th St. party joint to smoke a cigarette, using a second-floor emergency exit, police sources said. Read More: Daily News

Hammer-armed rapist arrested: cops

A Queens teenager has been arrested for attacking two women in Brooklyn in which he used a hammer to threaten them, police said Friday. Anthony Moore, 19, of Queens Village, allegedly raped an 18-year-old after threatening her with a hammer and forcing her to a desolate spot in Brownsville about 12:40 a.m. on April 9, cops said. Later that day, around 11 a.m., Moore approached a 22-year-old woman near Stone Ave. and tried to threaten her with a hammer, but she fought him off, cops said. Read More: Daily News

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Wednesday, December 28,

11 a.m. Pomonok Library: “Wimpy” Wednesday!; Celebrate the publication of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Feverwith a day filled with activities related to Greg, Rodrick and the rest of the “Wimpy Kid” characters. Enjoy the magic of Greg and Rodrick on screen as the library will have two showings of the popular movies based on the books by author Jeff Kinney. Noted storyteller Carol Goldman will introduce the popular series to avid fans with a chapter reading. Enjoy board games, trivia games, coloring pages and puzzles; call 718-591-4343.

 Friday, December 23

3:30 p.m. Queensboro Hill Library: Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament; Children and teens between the ages of seven and 14 can enjoy participating in this tournament; call 718-359-8332.




10:30 a.m. Briarwood Library: Mother Goose Time; Children ages 10 to 18 months are invited for playtime, nursery rhymes and music; call 718-658-1680.


10:30 a.m. Queens Village Library: STARs: Senior Theater Acting Repertory; Join the library’s galaxy of STARs in performing theatrical works. Brush up on your acting chops and meet new friends; call 718-776-6800.


2:30 p.m. Long Island City: Tween Zone Inspiration Fridays (TZIF); Children in grades five to eight can come every Friday for fun, books, games and art; 718-752-3700.


3:30 p.m. Queensboro Hill Library: Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament; Children and teens between the ages of seven and 14 can enjoy participating in this tournament; call 718-359-8332.




3 p.m. Corona Library: Homework Help; Students in grades kindergarten through sixth can come and receive help with assignments; call 718-426-2844.


6:15 p.m. Long Island City Library: Lego Builders Club; If you like building with Legos, come join the club and build with other kids; call 718-752-3700.


6:30 Forest Hills Library: Ballroom Dancing with Jing Chen; Jing Chen studied dance at the school founded by internationally-acclaimed dancers Mr. and Mrs. Lu Ming Da. Chen is a skilled instructor who will give lessons in ballroom basics for beginners and offer training for more advanced students; call 718-268-7934.




1 p.m. Hillcrest Library: Canned Food Drive; Make a difference this holiday season by helping to feed the needy. Bring in cans of non-perishable food to the library and it will be distributed to the needy in the surrounding area. Donations will be accepted until January 11, 2012; call 718-454-2786.


2 p.m. Broadway Library: Winter Mural; Add your touch to a manga-style “mural” depicting the beauty of the winter season. Participants will paint with acrylics on an oversized canvas; call 718-721-2462.


2 p.m. Poppenhusen Library: Winning Winter Crafts; Kids can join every day during their winter break for fun crafts. If under grade three, the child must be accompanied by an adult; call 718-359-1102.


3 – 6 p.m. Cambria Heights: BOOST Homework Help; Children can receive help with assignments from BOOST staff Monday through Friday; call 718-528-3535.


4 p.m. Glen Oaks: Winter Wonderland; Children ages eight and up can experience the mystery of snowflakes in this arts and crafts program; call 718-831-8636.




11 a.m. Pomonok Library: “Wimpy” Wednesday!; Celebrate the publication of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever with a day filled with activities related to Greg, Rodrick and the rest of the “Wimpy Kid” characters. Enjoy the magic of Greg and Rodrick on screen as the library will have two showings of the popular movies based on the books by author Jeff Kinney. Noted storyteller Carol Goldman will introduce the popular series to avid fans with a chapter reading. Enjoy board games, trivia games, coloring pages and puzzles; call 718-591-4343.


1:30 p.m. Forest Hills: Baby Crawl; Babies four to 17 months are invited to exercise their minds and bodies in the Story Hour Room; call 718-268-7934.


2:30 p.m. Bayside Library: Holiday Game Show Afternoon; If you think you have what it takes to be a trivia contestant, sign up for the library’s game show. There will be two sessions – one for fifth to eighth graders and another for ninth to 12th graders.


2:30 p.m. St. Albans Library: Origami for a Snowy Day with Karen Wellington; Come and create toys you can enjoy at home when it’s cold outside in this craft class inspired by Ezra Jack Keats’ “The Snowy Day.” Children ages six to 12 will learn how to make a snowball, a snow angel and a dog just like Peter’s. Preregistration is required; call 718-528-8196.




1:30 p.m. Bay Terrace Library: Great Music from the ’30s to the ’70s; Guitarist Eddie Lee Isaacs and Friends bring back memories with favorites like “Autumn Leaves,” “Misty” and “Body and Soul” by performers Louis Prima, Ray Charles and Willie Nelson; call 718-423-7004.


2 p.m. Pomonok Library: Drumbeats for Kwanzaa with Freddy Dugard; Freddy Dugard will introduce various rhythms and beats and encourage the audience to participate in creating dynamic sounds for a festive Kwanzaa celebration; call 718-591-4343.




Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 3 p.m. Queens Theatre’s Immigrant Voices Project in the Studio Theatre; Listen to the trials and tales of a colorful cast from the melting pot of New York City, including a Bangladeshi insomniac and a Columbian drag queen. Tickets are $20.



5 p.m. and 8 p.m.COCKTAILS WITH LARRY MILLER: Little League, Adultery and Other Bad Ideas; Actor and comedian Larry Miller takes to the stage in this hilarious one-man show, part of Queens Theatre’s Celebrity Series. Regular tickets are $44, and tickets in the Producer’s Circle are $60.

Eastern Queens joining together to be less divided

| mpantelidis@queenscourier.com

Eastern Queens is uniting in a fight to make district lines dividing the community disappear.

A group of civic associations, local leaders and concerned residents from Glen Oaks, Floral Park, New Hyde Park, Bellerose and Queens Village have joined forces to form Eastern Queens United, a coalition demanding their neighborhoods be rejoined in the same congressional and assembly districts.

“We need district lines that will unite us, not divide us,” said Bob Friedrich, president of Glen Oaks Village. “Regardless of color, nationality, religion or cultural identity, we all care about our families, our schools, our jobs, our safety and our community. This is the glue of commonality that keeps us together.”

Eastern Queens United is urging the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR) to undo what the group calls the “gerrymandering” of the neighborhoods between Assembly Districts 24,26 and 33 and unite the area into a single district. The coalition also wants the division of the community between Congressional Districts 5 and 6 to be resolved. The neighborhoods are currently united in a single state Senate and city council district.

“We are a single ‘community of interest’ that needs to stay united in all legislative districts,” said Ali Najmi, an attorney, lead organizer and counsel to Eastern Queens United. “LATFOR must not divide us.”

To gather supporters for their cause, Eastern Queens United is planning a community meeting and rally in the near future.

The group argues that the dividing lines are detrimental to the community, separating residents and preventing them from improving the standard of living in the neighborhoods.

“For those of us on the front lines fighting for quality-of-life issues, reduced property taxes and other issues that affect us every day, we know how important these district lines are,” said Angela Augugliaro, president of Queens Colony Civic Association. “We have a unique community that can only have its interest served if we are united within the same legislative districts.”

LATFOR will make recommendations to the New York State Legislature regarding district lines early next year, after which its proposal must be voted upon and approved by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The neighborhoods were separated roughly 10 years ago, and Friedrich says if the group is unable to foster change, the communities will remain divided for another decade. “We want to make sure they don’t do to us what they did 10 years ago,” he said. “These lines were drawn for political considerations only, and not for what is best for the community. District lines run right through some communities, which is confusing and detrimental to the neighborhood. We will not accept district lines that slice and dice us as if we are on some legislative committee’s chopping block.”