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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Sun and clouds mixed. High 31. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy skies this evening will become overcast overnight. Low 24. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Art of Science – Princeton University Photo Exhibit

View photographs from Princeton University’s annual competition, Art of Science at this new exhibit at the New York Hall of Science. The featured works were submitted as part of a competition that began in 2005, organized to judge the most aesthetically pleasing images produced during scientific research at the university. March 6 through September 14. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Rare skin infection outbreak tied to Chinatown seafood markets

The Health Department is warning customers of Chinatown seafood markets in Queens and other parts of the city about an outbreak of a rare skin infection. Read more: The Queens Courier

Facebook cracks down on posts for illegal gun sales

Go on Facebook or Instagram and you can find hundreds of guns to buy, from assault rifles like the AR-15, the weapon used to murder little kids in Newtown, to gun accessories like 30-shot clips illegal in New York and Connecticut. Read more: Fox New York

De Blasio ignores pledge to restore school vouchers

Mayor de Blasio is ignoring a campaign pledge to restore millions of dollars for some after-school programs — pulling the exact same move he excoriated his predecessor over. Read  more: New York Post

New SAT: Essay optional, no extra penalties for wrong answers

The SAT college entrance exam is undergoing sweeping revisions. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Gov. Cuomo’s approval sags, but he maintains large re-election lead: NBCNY poll

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s job approval rating has slipped, but he remains popular and enjoys a comfortable advantage in his quest for re-election, according to a new poll. Read more: NBC New York

One-arm Benjamin Cardozo High School cheerleader hopes to continue dancing in college


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In every aspect Benjamin Cardozo High School senior Kayla Garcia is an average teenage girl.

She goes to parties with her friends, complains about the length of the SAT, and is still contemplating which college to attend next year.

But Kayla, 17, was born without her right forearm.

“When I first had her I was worried, is she going to ride a bike?” said Cindy, Kayla’s mother. “But then I was like, it’s stupid to worry about stuff like that. She’s healthy, there is nothing mentally wrong with her, those are the kind of challenges that are probably harder to overcome.”

Kayla, who is a member of Cardozo’s step team and cheerleading squad, is just fine with her body and is hoping to continue dancing in college.

She wants to major in psychology, while participating on the cheerleading and stepping teams at the next level. Kayla is considering a wide range of schools, including Dickinson College, Hofstra University, Wesleyan University or Ithaca College, among others.

“I’m excited for that, I’m not nervous for college,” Kayla said. “I’m just wondering where I am going to go.”

Her right arm is stunted to about her elbow, but the Flushing teen uses the ligament naturally, such as to brush aside her long, wild hair when strands creep in front of her face.

During her years in Cardozo she has done various extracurricular activities, including volunteering at local organizations and events, such as the Dribble for a Cure cancer fundraiser at St. John’s University with the cheerleading team. She is also part of Cardozo’s Leadership Class, the student government group that oversees all club activities, parties and numerous events for the more than 4,000 students enrolled in the school.

Kayla performs with the step club during the school’s popular basketball games, and the cheerleading squad at the football games.

She shines with confidence, despite the missing limb, because Kayla has been attending support groups since she was about three years old with her mother to meet with parents and other children in similar situations.

Cindy heard some advice that stuck with her from the groups, which influenced the way she raised Kayla. “Your kid is normal, how people perceive her that’s their problem. Raise her like you would any other kid and she’ll be fine,” Cindy recalled.

And she followed through. When Kayla was about eight years old, Cindy pushed her into salsa dance classes.

Kayla developed a love for dancing, which years later she used to be accepted into Cardozo, after auditioning her talents for the school’s performing dance program.

Looking towards the future Kayla doesn’t think she will cheer or do dancing for a career. She also doesn’t want a right forearm.

Since she never had one, she doesn’t even miss it.

“I’m so used to doing everything with one. Doing it with two would throw me off,” Garcia said. “I am just used to being this way I wouldn’t want [a prosthetic arm].”

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Partly cloudy in the morning, then overcast. High of 59. Winds from the North at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the East in the afternoon. Chance of rain 20%. Monday night: Overcast with rain. Low of 54. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the NNE after midnight. Chance of rain 60% with rainfall amounts near 0.2 in. possible.

EVENT of the DAY:  Queens Restaurant Week 

The ninth annual Queens Restaurant Week starts today with many eateries offering prix-fixe menus at $25 for a three-course meal or other specials. More than 100 restaurants are participating in the event, which takes place October 8-11 and October 15-18. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Poll finds tight Queens state Senate race

State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. and City Councilman Eric Ulrich are locked in a tight race for Addabbo’s Queens seat in a key battle for control of the Senate, a new poll finds. Read more: New York Post

New York City Housing Authority finally placing cameras at the Pomonok Houses in Queens, but mostly in areas where there is no crime

It seems like a no-brainer — put the cameras where the crime is. But that’s not what happened at the Pomonok Houses in Queens, a Daily News examination found. Read more: New York Daily News

Friends to have fundraiser for Army Guardsman in police shooting

The friends of the Army National Guardsman who was shot and killed by a detective during a traffic stop in Queens, will raise money to help his family pay for his funeral Sunday. Read more: Fox New York

Students turned away from SATs because of ID confusion

Taking the SAT is a rite of passage for many high schoolers but some Queens students were mistakenly turned away because of confusion over their IDs. Read more: NY1

MetroCards go on sale with ads on both sides

It sputtered out of the subway vending machine, an oddity that deserved careful examination. Some riders asked a station agent how to swipe it. One woman was confused about whether it was even a MetroCard at all. Read more: New York Times

Yankees win ALDS playoff opener over Orioles 7-2

CC Sabathia, Russell Martin and the New York Yankees crashed a party that was 15 years in the making. Read more: Wall Street Journal

Obama ribs his own debating; Romney eyes speech

On a last dash for cash in the celebrity scene of California, President Barack Obama on Sunday took a good-natured shot as his own underwhelming debate performance, marveling at how his friends in the entertainment business could turn in flawless showings every time. Read more: AP

 

 

‘Groper’ caught on camera


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‘Groper’ caught on camera

Cops say this grinning perv sexually assaulted a young woman walking in Queens — but she bravely turned the tables on her alleged attacker by snapping this picture. The man walked behind the 25-year-old victim and grabbed her butt in front of a Jamaica store at about 11:15 a.m. December 23, authorities said. The woman, who had never seen the man before, quickly snapped a photo of the alleged groper before he fled. Read More: New York Post

Man wanted for robbery in Forest Hills

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating a man wanted for a robbery in Forest Hills. The suspect approached the victim, a 54-year-old woman, from behind, pushing her to the ground near 111-29 78th Avenue, according to police.  Once on the ground the suspect began punching and kicking the victim, police said.  The victim’s pocketbook, containing money, credit cards and papers, was stolen. The victim sustained bruising and pain but was not hospitalized. Read More: Queens Courier

Police officer injured, another man killed in struggle for gun at Long Island Home Depot

A Nassau County police officer was shot and another man was killed Friday during a struggle for the officer’s weapon, said police. Two on-duty officers confronted a man in his 40s driving an Isuzu SUV when the struggle ensued, added Nassau County police. It is not clear if the driver of the SUV shot the officer of if the gun went off during the struggle, said Det. Lt. Kevin Smith. The second officer chased the suspect and apparently shot him twice in the chest, added Smith. Read More: New York Post

Listed Sex Offender Arrested In Brooklyn Teen’s Attack

The New York City Police Department on Thursday announced the arrest of a man who they say posed as a city police officer last week and sexually assaulted a Brooklyn teen. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the suspect is a level-three sex violator who was on parole. Officials say the suspect, Steven Pappas served five years in prison for a similar incident in 1999. He then was convicted of burglary in 2009 and was released from jail earlier this month. Read More: NY1

Police Charge Two People With Several Astoria Burglaries

Police have arrested a man and woman they say are responsible for a rash of burglaries in Astoria. Eldin Ahmetovic, 33, and Yulia Bushuyeva, 32, were arrested last week. There has been a pattern of 12 burglaries all over Astoria dating back to June. Sources say they are being charged in four of them. Ahmetovic posted $50,000 bail. Read More: NY1

Searchers looking in Hudson River after police found personal items on George Washington Bridge

Searchers are looking in the Hudson River near the George Washington Bridge after police found some personal items on a pedestrian walkway. A spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police department says officers reported finding an iPad, a pair of shoes and a set of keys on the eastbound walkway of the upper level of the bridge at about 7:30 a.m. Friday. The officers notified harbor search teams. Read More: New York Post

SAT taker-for-hire tells ’60 Minutes’ it was easy to cheat

Speaking out for the first time, the Long Island teen who took college-entrance exams for cash told “60 Minutes” that his scandalous scheme couldn’t have been simpler to pull off. “I would say that between the SAT and ACT, the security is uniformly pathetic,” a cocky Sam Eshaghoff says in a segment to air this Sunday. “In the sense that anybody with half a brain could get away with taking the test for anybody else.” Now a student at Emory University, Eshaghoff was arrested in September, and the bust set off a national debate on entrance-exam integrity and trained a harsh light on his tony hometown of Great Neck. Read More: New York Post

Queens’ Morning Roundup – 11/23/2011: Two Queens students being probed in SAT cheating ring; three more LI students arraigned


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Graphic by Jay Lane

Hit-and-run on Bell Boulevard in Bayside

According to people on the scene, two pedestrians were hit by a car that then allegedly fled at 38th Avenue and Bell Boulevard around 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22. One of the victims allegedly worked in the area. Read More: Queens Courier

 

Two Queens students being probed in SAT cheating ring; three more LI students arraigned
Two Queens students were being probed Tuesday by Long Island investigators looking into an SAT/ACT cheating ring that involved more than a dozen students out on the island, sources said. Attorney Matin Emouna, who also represents one of the Nassau County numbskulls, said no money was exchanged between the city students, one of whom took the college board test while posing as the other. Read More: Daily News

 

No Lavin, no problem for SJU vs. St. Francis

Playing without Steve Lavin, who missed his second game of the season as he continues to recuperate from prostate cancer surgery, the Red Storm nevertheless had little trouble with St. Francis (NY), winning 63-48 to snap a two-game losing skid and improve to 4-2. Read More: ESPN

 

New York Senator Malcolm A. Smith launches own Occupy NBA movement to get lockout settled

With local businesses losing money and neither side in the NBA lockout willing to negotiate, one city official is planning to follow the philosophy of the downtown protesters and occupy the NBA. As a prelude to what state Sen. Malcolm A. Smith calls a “national movement,” the Queens Democrat will lead a group of restaurant owners, season-ticket holders and disgruntled basketball fans in demanding refunds and gathering signatures on a giant petition Wednesday in front of Madison Square Garden. Read More: Daily News

 

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, Dan Hendrick To Wed

The Daily News reports that Hendrick, communications director for the New York League of Conservation Voters, recently popped the question over dinner. The nuptials, slated for next summer, are likely to make Van Bramer “the first openly gay elected official in Queens history to be married,” the site said, as well as one of the first in the state to wed since New York State legalized same-sex marriages. Read More: Daily News

 

Public Bus Service Comes To Arverne By The Sea

The MTA is adding additional bus service to and from Arverne By The Sea in the Rockaways section of Queens, so that the neighborhood’s growing population can have access to the borough’s major shopping areas. Read More: NY1

Sting Shows 34 Queens Stores Allegedly Sold Alcohol To Minors

An undercover investigation joint investigation by the State Liquor Authority and NYPD last week found 34 grocery and liquor stores sold alcohol to underage decoys. For a full list of offending stores in the borough, visit sla.ny.gov. Read More: NY1

Jackson Heights Plaza A Hard Sell For Some Business Owners

A pedestrian plaza that was recently constructed in Jackson Heights has some business owners up in arms, despite it having the support of local elected officials and the community board. Read More: NY1

 

Ulrich helps students prep for college


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Councilmember Eric Ulrich was joined by the principals of Robert H. Goddard and John Adam high Schools, local students and Kaplan representatives recently to announce the results of SAT prep courses funded by the councilmember.

Ulrich provided $9,000 each to six local high schools which allowed 25 students to attend free Saturday morning Kaplan SAT prep classes.

The classes raised the student’ practice scores from 1232 to 1316 over the course of the class with each subject area – math, critical reading and writing – seeing a bump.

“Before taking part in the course, I was definitely unprepared and nervous about taking the test. I felt much more confident as a result of the practice work, and there was no way I was going to reach my goal without the program,” said Goddard senior Sharon Groenow,

“Kaplan has a proven track record of success in preparing students for the SAT and ACT exams,” said Ulrich. “By giving parents and students the chance to receive the best SAT prep available in the most convenient location, we are helping our young people gain admission to the college of their dreams.”

The schools that took part in the classes were Scholar’s Academy, Beach Channel, Channel View, Franklin K. Lane, Goddard and John Adams.