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Wake and funeral for slain cop in Glendale to shut down local streets

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Photo by Dominick Totino Photography

Glendale will become a sea of blue on Friday and Saturday when more than 10,000 police officers are expected to attend the wake and funeral service for slain Officer Rafael Ramos at Christ Tabernacle Church on Myrtle Avenue.

Joining the cops in uniform will be a legion of public officials, including Vice President Joe Biden, who will be attending the funeral on Saturday.

The NYPD is already warning motorists to avoid the neighborhood if possible, due to extensive street closings and no parking zones on both days.

Ramos and his partner, Officer Weijan Liu, were murdered by a deranged gunman while they were on duty, sitting in their patrol car on a Bedford-Stuyvesant Street on Dec. 20. The gunman, who committed suicide after shooting both cops, had indicated he was going to kill police officers.

Vigils have been held across the city and in neighborhoods around Queens in the aftermath of the murders and Mayor de Blasio has called on protests to be postponed until services for both slain officers are complete.

Ramos lived in Brooklyn, but worshipped at Christ Tabernacle Church at 64-34 Myrtle Ave., in Glendale where a wake will be held  from 2 to 9 p.m. on Friday. His funeral will be Saturday at 10 a.m.

There will be “No Parking” signs posted in designated areas and the surrounding streets will be subject to closures during those days, police officials have warned.

The following streets will be temporarily closed and or utilized during the viewing and funeral services for both Friday and Saturday.

Friday, Dec. 26, 12 to 10 p.m.

Street Closed (No Parking):

Myrtle Avenue between Fresh Pond Road and Cooper Avenue

Street Open (No Parking):

Central Avenue between Myrtle Avenue and 73rd Place

Otto Road between Cypress Hills Street and 69th Place

Stop N Shop Parking Lot will also be utilized for parking.

Saturday, Dec. 27 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.:

Street Closed (No Parking):

Myrtle Avenue between Fresh Pond Road and Cooper Avenue

67th Street between Myrtle Avenue and Cooper Avenue

67th Place between Myrtle Avenue and Cooper Avenue

Street Open (No Parking):

Central Avenue between Myrtle Avenue and 73rd Place

Otto Road between Cypress Hills Street and 69th Place

Metropolitan Avenue between Fresh Pond Road and 73rd Place

Stop N Shop Parking Lot will also be utilized for parking.


Queens’ Morning Roundup

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morning roundup


Monday: Sunny to partly cloudy. High around 65. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph. Monday night: Mostly cloudy. Low 47. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Abdias Nascimento: Artist, Activist, Author

Author, playwright, senator and artist Abdias Nascimento was a critical political figure in Brazil and a founding force for the South American country’s black movement. Queens College will exhibit 40 large-scale, brilliantly colored digital prints of Nascimento’s art based on the theme of the forces of nature and mediators between heaven and earth, humans and the gods. Free. Through June 21. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Wake Monday for 2 4-year olds killed in Far Rockaway fire

Family and friends will gather Monday to say goodbye to two young children killed in a fire in Queens. Read more: ABC New York

NY bill would bar condoms as proof of prostitution

New York City spends more than a million dollars every year to distribute free condoms to combat unintended pregnancies and diseases such as AIDS. Yet police are allowed to confiscate those very condoms as evidence of prostitution. Read more: NBC New York

Lawmaker wants big businesses to offer commuter tax benefit

Big employers in the city may have to enroll in a federal commuter tax benefit program that transit groups say can help thousands of subway and bus riders save hundreds of dollars a year. Read more: am New York

Killer son played dumb at parents’ funeral: prosecutors

A spoiled brat killed his Queens parents because they cut him off financially, prosecutors say — and he even pretended to mourn them at their funeral. Read more: New York Post

Thousands pack St. Peter’s Square for canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II

Generations of church history have passed, but Catholicism has never seen a ceremony like the one that enrolled John XXIII and John Paul II as saints. Read more: CBS New York

Queens’ Morning Roundup – 10/31/2011: Home sweet home for Ilan Grapel

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The Round Up

Home sweet home for Ilan Grael

Ilan Grapel, the Queens law student freed after five months in an Egyptian prison, made an emotional return to US soil Saturday. Grapel , a law student at Emory University, was in Egypt to volunteer with a legal- aid group. In June, he arrested and accused of spying for Israel after posting photos of himself in Israeli military garb on his Facebook page. Read More: New York Post


Ticket-Fix Cases May Spread

The Queens District Attorney on Sunday said he expected to hear this week from his Bronx counterpart if there are any ticket-fixing cases in his borough to prosecute. Richard A. Brown said his office has been in contact with Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson and the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau for “months,” regarding an investigation that resulted in the arrests of 16 officers on Friday, 11 on charges related to the common practice of making traffic tickets and other summonses disappear for family, friends and others. Read More: Wall Street Journal

Cleanup Continues In Wake Of Pre-Halloween Snowstorm

Record-breaking snowfall left 15,000 New Yorkers without power and downed trees strewn across the five boroughs Sunday, prompting major cleanup efforts from city workers and residents alike. City parks reopened Sunday afternoon after closing during the storm, but New Yorkers are urged to use caution because branches may still fall due to the extra weight from snow. Read More:  NY1


iPhone Slaying

A Queens teen was stabbed to death Saturday by a gang of thugs who wanted to steal his iPhone, police said. A group of four to six teens approached Patrick Dixon, 17, and demanded that he hand over his iPhone at around 11 a.m. on 142nd Street near Foch Boulevard in Jamaica, cops said. Dixon refused and fought back, and one of the teens slashed him in the neck. Read More: New York Post


Two off-duty NYPD officers in separate  DWI arrests 

Officer Ariel Rosa, 26, was busted on a DWI after he crashed into a parked car about 4:30 a.m. on Moffat St. between Knickerbocker and Wilson Aves. in Bushwick. He was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital determined to be drunk after a blood test at a local hospital where he was treated for a minor injury, police said. Another cop, Michael Botros, 29, was found asleep at 7:40 a.m. Friday inside his white Nissan with the keys still in the ignition in South Ozone Park, Queens. Police said he refused to take a Breathalyzer test and was arrested. Read More: Daily News


Ex-Councilman Allan Jennings sues Queens Chronicle, saying alleged ‘Asian-women’ mistruth cost him votes

Former city Councilman Allan Jennings is suing a weekly newspaper in Queens for defamation, saying it helped turn voters against him during last year’s Council race. Jennings said the Queens Chronicle erred in stating he had once put an advertisement in a Chinese-language newspaper “declaring his love for all Asian women.” He said the statement was made in an Oct. 28, 2010, article about his bid for his former 28th District seat. Ruben Wills won that special election. Read More: Daily News


Councilman lashes out with curse-filled rant at Queens auto business

A hot-headed City Councilman let loose a curse-filled tirade at a local car dealer last week that left stunned employees demanding an apology. Rothman received the brunt of two recent rants from Councilman Daniel Halloran, who says he’s fed up with noise from the repair shop that disturbs nearby residents. A video of Halloran’s visit to the shop last week shows the Queens Republican angrily threatening the shop with recriminations if it doesn’t keep its doors closed to control the noise. Read More: Daily News


Resorts World Opens

South Ozone Park’s Aqueduct Racino, reborn as Resorts World Casino New York City, officially opened its doors to an eager throng of thousands of gamers on Friday, October 28. Casino representatives and elected officials were on hand at the former Aqueduct Racino for the ribbon cutting, and to welcome those who came to play on opening day – a line which wrapped around the building, leaving visitors with at least a two hour wait. Read More: Queens Courier

Cop, inspired by 9/11, dies in crash on 9/11

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Officer Kevin Jessup

Services for Officer Kevin Jessup, 25, tragically killed on 9/11, allegedly by a drunk driver, have been announced.

Jessup, who was inspired to join the Force after the 9/11 terror attacks and had been with the 106th Precinct for about a year, was reportedly driving on the Southern State Parkway on Long Island with his girlfriend — having just celebrated her September 11 birthday — when his Nissan Maxima was rear-ended by Jonathan Lopez.

Lopez then reportedly went on to hit another car, while Jessup’s Maxima crashed into a guardrail and flipped, landing in the woods near the roadway.

A family member reportedly said that the girlfriend, identified as Crystal Simons — who sustained non-life threatening injuries — flagged down help.

Jessup was rushed to Nassau University Medical Center and was being prepped for surgery when he died.

The driver of the other car suffered minor injuries.

Lopez reportedly pleaded not guilty to charges of vehicular manslaughter, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and assault.

A wake for Jessup will be held on Thursday, September 15 at Grace Funeral Chapel, 607 North Conduit Boulevard, Brooklyn, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m.

Funeral services will be Friday, September 16 at 9:30 a.m.