MORNING BUZZ (12/19): Former Queens Library president says he plans to sue, Jamaica High School lockdown following a ski mask scare

Friday, December 19

Weather
• Mostly sunny with a high of 39.

Top Stories
• President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announce efforts to lift a half-century of diplomatic isolation between the two countries.

• U.S. intelligence suggests the Sony hackers may have come from outside North Korea.

• New York’s Southern Tier loses hope after Governor Andrew Cuomo places a ban on hydrofracking while casino plans are also nixed.

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Winter Solstice Cookies & Craft – Sun. Dec. 21st 12-4PM Walk-in workshop. Families are invited to craft delightful decorations. FREE! Hot cocoa and cookies will be available for purchase. Bayside Historical Society @ The Castle, 208 Totten Ave, Bayside. 

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Queens News

• Former Queens Library president Thomas Galante says he will sue the library’s board of trustees for firing him this week.

• U.S. prosecutors plan to sue NYC over recent reports uncovering the treatment of adolescent inmates at Rikers Island.

• Jamaica High School went on lockdown yesterday when a 15-year-old student ditched class and returned wearing a ski mask.

Entertainment
• Team America World Police has also been pulled from theaters after some planned to screen the film in place of The Interview.

• Courts banned the bi-annual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in NYC and Lincoln Center because of damaged trees and missing park benches.

Opinion
• The NY Post says Governor Andrew Cuomo’s hydrofracking block is the most “irresponsible gubernatorial act since the entire Paterson administration.”

• While the NY Times agrees screening The Interview could escalate tensions in North Korea, the film’s digital release is inevitable.

Scoreboard
• Knicks lost 103-97 after the Bulls went on a 12-0-run in the fourth quarter last night. Watch the recap here.

• Nets tip off against the Cavaliers in Cleveland tonight at 7:30 p.m.

• Islanders look to continue the winning streak against the Detroit Red Wings tonight at 7:30 p.m.

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Queens Theatre presents a Special Holiday Event! “Christmas Carol” Dec. 11th – 21st Go to www.queenstheatre.org for showtimes and ticket information. Queens Theater, 14 United Nations Ave. So., Flushing Meadow Corona Park. 

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Real Estate
• Latest news- A three-strory, 17,350-sq.-ft. warehouse at 30-11 12th St. in Astoria can be yours for roughly $8 million.

• For sale – Flushing – Six-bedroom, five-bed, 2,700-sq.ft., multi-family brick home. Asking $1,698,00.
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• For sale – Glendale – Four-bed, 2.5-bath, 1,789-sq.-ft., multi-family, Colonial-style home. Asking $729,777.
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• Sold - Three-bedroom, one-bath, 1,400-sq.-ft. single family home at 4319 166th St. in Flushing for $649,000.

Arts and culture/Restaurant reviews
• Greenpoint-based rocker Bay Uno plans his debut release in the coming months.

• Have any pre-holiday weekend plans? Here are a few festive NYC happenings that are fun for the whole family.

Restaurant ABC’s 
Grade A – El Buen Sabor, 45-07 Queens Blvd., Sunnyside. – Evidence of mice present, facility not vermin proof and non-food contact surfaces improperly structured.

Grade B – 168 Hi Tea, 167-11 Union Tpk., Hillcrest – Live roaches present, facility not vermin proof and non-food contact surface improperly constructed.

Grade C – Fu Xiang Ju, 136-80 41st Ave., Flushing. – Restaurant was authorized to reopen following inspection conducted on Dec. 5. Previous violations included food contact surface not properly washed and non-food contact surfaces improperly constructed.

Events

• Flushing – 12:30 p.m. – Councilman Rory Lancman, Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz and Senator Toby Ann Stavisky announce 10 new parking spaces at the Pomona Senior Center, 67-09 Kissena Blvd. 

• Flushing – 4 p.m. – Councilman Peter Koo joins the Korean American Law Enforcement Council in New York call for a safe holiday season. 109th Precinct, 3705 Union St.

• Flushing – 4:30 p.m. – Latimer Gardens Tree Lighting ceremony. Latimer Gardens Museum, 34-25 Linden Pl.

• Long Island City – 5 p.m. – Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens Holiday Festival. Variety Boys and Girls Club, 21-12 30th Rd.

• Jamaica – 9 p.m. – YouTube sensation Vic Dibitetto performs live. Resorts World Casino NYC, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd.

• Astoria – 10 p.m. – Throwback Thursdays karaoke. The Pop Bar, 12-21 Astoria Blvd.

Weekend Events

SATURDAY
• Glendale – 1 to 6 p.m. – Free pet photos with Santa. K9 Caterers, 75-16 Woodhaven Blvd.

• Maspeth – 5 p.m. – Celebrate Christmas w/Spaghetti Dinner and Gingerbread Bethlehem Village. Maspeth Bible Church, 53-71 72nd Place.

• Astoria – 7 p.m. – Screening of Persepolis. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave.

• Long Island City – 8 p.m. – Live radio version of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The Chain Theatre, 21-28 45th Rd.

• Astoria – 9 p.m. – Jazz with a twist. The Queens Kickshaw, 40-17 Broadway.

SUNDAY
• Long Island City – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Hanukkah party. $10 for adults and children or $40 per family. Chabad LIC, 10-25 48th Ave.

• Bayside – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Winter Solstice celebration and photos with Santa Claus. The Castle at Fort Trotten Park, Bayside Historical Society, 208 Trotten Ave.

• Glendale – 1 to 6 p.m. – Free pet photos with Santa. K9 Caterers, 75-16 Woodhaven Blvd.

• Astoria – 1 p.m. – Screening of Toy Story 2. Museum of the Moving Image, 26-01 35th Ave.

• Flushing – 2 p.m. – Holiday concert jam with Queens College musicians. $5, free for members and children. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

• Long Island City – 3 to 5 p.m. – Hanukkah party and candle lighting ceremony. Astoria Center of Israel, 27-35 Crescent St.

• Forest Hills – 6 p.m. Grand Menorah Lighting.  Federoff Triangle, 67th Road & Queens Blvd.

MORNING BUZZ (12/18): New car scam sweeps through Queens, NYCHA mismanagement leads to $692 million loss

Thursday, December 18

Weather
• Mostly sunny with a high of 42.

Top Stories
• Thanks to secret talks and help from Pope Francis, President Obama announced yesterday that the U.S. will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba.

• Sony has cancelled the release of “The Interview” after hackers released it illegally, along with other documents, over the internet.

• City Comptroller Scott Stringer has accused NYCHA of losing out on $692 million due to their mismanagement.

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Kidz into Action – Sun. Dec. 21st 2-3:30PM Arts & Crafts Program. Essential in the lifelong success for a child along the Autism & Special Needs Spectrum. Contact Greg to register: greg@play4autism.org or call 646-836-4535. Architots, 64-64 Dry Harbor Road, Middle Village

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Queens News

• A new car scam targeting senior citizens is sweeping through Queens, recently hitting a number of unfortunate residents in the Maspeth area.

• A hit-and-run victim in Rego Park blamed double parking near Rego Center Mall for her accident, saying it happens all too often in her neighborhood.

• Queens residents have mixed reactions to the President’s announcement about repairing relations with Cuba.

Entertainment
• Stephen Colbert will retire his alter ego after his final Colbert Report airing on Thursday, before he takes over the Late Show from David Letterman in May.

• More leaks of Sony emails reveal that exec Scott Rudin has blasted Angelina Jolie AGAIN — this time saying she is “seriously out of her mind.”

Opinion
• Citizens are just as entitled to due process as police officers are, the Queens Ledger writes, and police unions need to acknowledge that.

• Governor Cuomo’s decision to ban fracking statewide was a difficult one, but the right choice, says the New York Times.

Scoreboard
• Raptors player Kyle Lowry scored 20 points last night to lead the Raptors past the Nets 105-89. The Nets play the Cavaliers tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m.

• The New York Knicks take on the Chicago Bulls tonight at 8 p.m. in Chicago.

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Villa Erasmo – Serving Italian food in the old style way – at it’s best! Call now to book your holiday party. 69-61 Juniper Blvd. South, Middle Village 718-894-8191

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Real Estate
• Latest news – Word on the street is that some developers are starting to call Northern Corona “NoCo” — too bad none of the residents know what they’re talking about.

• For sale – Maspeth – Detached two-family brick on 40×100 lot, three over three bedroom, eat-in kitchens, two-full baths, driveway and garage for four or more cars, front and back yards. Asking $1.1 million.
O’Kane
• For sale – Woodside – Completely renovated semi-detached two-family, 19×72 house on 20×136 oversized lot, six rooms, three bedrooms and two full baths, one block from Queens Boulevard. Asking $999,000.
O’Kane

• Sold - Rosedale - A single-family home with three bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms at 24233 130th Ave. sold for $380,000.

Family/Parenting
• Here are the top five things you learn parenting a toddler, told from a New Yorker’s perspective.

• After a group of second graders skipped recess to protest the killing of Michael Brown, parents are wondering when is too soon to talk to their kids about violence. 

Events

• Ridgewood – 12 to 6 p.m. – NYPD 104th Precinct Blood Drive.  64-02 Catalpa Avenue.

• Astoria – 4 p.m. – Santa Visits Catholic Charities Brooklyn & Queens. Mt. Carmel Church Gym, 23-25 Newtown Ave.

• Forest Hills – 6 p.m. – Learn beginners Chinese with Lin San. North Forest Park Library, 98-27 Metropolitan Ave.

• Corona – 6 to 8 p.m. – NYC Parks and Corona community members discuss renovation plans for Simeone Park. St. Paul the Apostle, 98-16 55th Ave.

• South Ozone Park – 7 p.m. – Public Advocate Letitia James attends the NOBLE NY holiday party, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd.

MORNING BUZZ (12/17): Dangerous intersection more confusing after fixes, Queens Library branches to extend evening hours in 2015

Wednesday, December 17

Weather
• Partly cloudy with a high of 52.

Top Stories
• The Pakistani premiere lifted a national moratorium on the death penalty in the wake of a Taliban attack on a school that left 145 dead.

• The manhunt for Bradley Stone in Pennsylvania ended with police finding the man dead in the woods half a mile from his home. 

• Los Angeles will be the first city in the U.S. to equip all of its officers with body cameras.

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Toys for Children of All Ages!  Now until Dec. 19th – Bring an unwrapped toy to US Columbarium, 61-40 Mount Olivet Crescent, Middle Village, Mon-Sat 9am-4pm and receive a free cloth tote bag. Visit our beautiful 16 ft Holiday tree! 

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Queens News

• New DOT fixes to a dangerous Queens Boulevard intersection have left crossing even more confusing than before, according to some in the Forest Hills community.

• In 2015, every Queens Library branch will have evening hours.

• The World’s Fair Boathouse at Flushing Meadows Corona Park has been operating without power for weeks.

• A kid who claimed to have won $72 million trading stocks on his lunch break admitted yesterday that his story was a fabrication.

Entertainment
• L.A. prosecutors will not charge Bill Cosby for an alleged Playboy Mansion molestation claim.

• The New York City premiere of the Seth Rogen and James Franco film “The Interview” is cancelled as threats fly.

Opinion
• The Post says the only reason an illegal cigarette market exists in the city is because of progressive regulatory taxes.

• amNY says a relaxed mortgage rule will help New Yorkers.

Scoreboard
• The Mavericks bested the Knicks 107-87 last night, next game tomorrow at 8 p.m. in Chicago vs. the Bulls.

• After falling narrowly to the Heat 95-91 last night, the Nets face the Raptors in Ontario at 8 p.m tonight. 

• The Rangers defeated the Flames in Calgary 5-2 last night.

• In college basketball, St. Francis College faces Delaware State at home and the Manhattan College Jaspers head to Pittsburgh to face the Panthers at 7 p.m.

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Talking Baseball with NY Met Mookie Wilson! Sat. Jan 10th 9AM Take a walk down memory lane with Mookie as he shares stories from his playing days. Tkts: $25 Adults; $15 Kids under 12. RSVP by Dec. 19th. Cafe @ Martin Luther School, 60-02 Maspeth Avenue. 718-894-4000 

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Real Estate
• Latest news – Ariel Property Advisors released its monthly multifamily sales report for October.

• For sale – Maspeth – Detached two-family brick on 40×100 lot, three over three bedroom, eat-in kitchens, two-full baths, driveway and garage for four or more cars, front and back yards. Asking $1.1 million.
O’Kane
• For sale – Woodside – Completely renovated semi-detached two-family, 19×72 house on 20×136 oversized lot, six rooms, three bedrooms and two full baths, one block from Queens Boulevard. Asking $999,000.
O’Kane

• Sold - Flushing – A four-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom, 1080 sq. ft. home at 7818 68th Ave. for $555,000.

Health Awareness
• The owners and several employees of steroid shot manufacturer NECC were arrested by federal investigators for allegedly sending out shots contaminated with fungal meningitis.

• Where does weight go when we lose it? A new study suggests it might just be a breathe away.
Events

• Jamaica – 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Queens Centers for Progress and the Jamaica Rotary Club distribute toys to children with developmental disabilities. QCP Children’s Center, 82-25 164th St.

• LIC - 7 p.m. – United Forties Civic Assoc. Annual Holiday Outreach Get-Together.  St. Raphael Church, 35-20 Greenpoint Avenue.

• Glendale – 7 p.m. – Kiwanis of Western Queens hosts a toy drive and photos with Santa at Redeemer Lutheran School.  69-26 Cooper Ave.

MORNING BUZZ (12/16): Three men allegedly raped 14yo and tried to force her into prostitution, Post Office renamed to honor community leader

Tuesday, December 15

Weather
• Cloudy with a high of 48 and a high chance of rain in the late afternoon.

Top Stories
• Over 120 were killed in a Taliban attack on a Pakistani school, three died in an attack by a desperate man in Sydney, and another manhunt is under way in Pennsylvania. 

• Vivek Murthy is now the youngest surgeon general in U.S. history.

• In the same week that a grand jury made their decision not to indict in the death of Eric Garner, Mayor de Blasio quietly initiated a lawsuit to eradicate illegal cigarettes from the city.

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Volunteers are Needed! Dec. 25th 10AM-2PM Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Senior Center & Citywide Meals-on-Wheels seeking volunteers to serve meals and deliver Meals-on-Wheels to our home-bound. To volunteer, please call Pat Critelli at 718-847-9200.

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Queens News
• Three Far Rockaway men face up to 25 years in prison after allegedly kidnapping a 14-year-old girl, raping her for two days and attempting to force her into prostitution

• Late again: A flight to Puerto Rico last month was held up for nearly twenty minutes to await the arrival of notoriously tardy Mayor Bill de Blasio.

• A post office in southeast Queens was renamed to honor the first black woman elected to office in the area, Cynthia Jenkins.

Entertainment
• Ringo Starr, Lou Reed and Green Day are set to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

• Seth Rogen said the Sony hackers are too savvy to be North Korean.

Opinion
• The Daily News says PBA President Patrick Lynch needs to cool it

• amNY says taxing part-time luxury housing can help the plight of public housing

Scoreboard
• The Devils fell to the Islanders 3-2 last night.

• Nets host the Heat at 7:30 p.m.

• The Knicks host the Mavericks at 8 p.m.

• The Rangers head to Calgary to face the Flames at 9 p.m. 

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Bethel Certified Home Health Agency – Now serving the Queens community! Personal Attention You Will Love, Quality Care Your Doctor Will Appreciate. Call 914-941-1300 ext 3320 for more information. 

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Real Estate
• Latest News – Take a look inside the affordable housing complex at Hunters Point. 
• For sale – Bay Terrace – Two-bedroom, two-full-bath, two-half-bath, 1,150-square-foot condominium. Asking $625,000.
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• For sale – Kew Gardens – One-bedroom, one-bath, 685-square-foot co-op. Asking $169,000.
Crifasi Real Estate

• Sold – A “52,182 sq. ft.” home with two bedrooms and one bathroom at 11139 76th Rd. in Flushing sold for $140,000.

Technology
• Students of schools in Mexico City and Tacoma, Washington were recently privileged to demo a new real-time translation tool being developed by Skype. 

• Microsoft released a new app in beta that allows users to control phone calls using gestures 

Events

• Far Rockaway – 6 to 8 p.m. – The Parks department and community organizations plan renovations at Conch Playground. PS 105, 420 Beach 51st St.

• Whitestone – 1 p.m. – City Councilman Paul Vallone to announce expansion of CASA. 163-15 21st Rd.

• LIC – 4 to 9:30 p.m. – Discount OSHA training. NYST Queens Training Center, 29-85 Northern Blvd.

• Glendale – 6 p.m. – Community Education Council 24 Meeting. PS/IS 113, 78-23 87th St.

• Middle Village – 7:30 p.m. – 104th Precinct Community Council holds holiday gathering at Christ the King High School. 6802 Metropolitan Ave. 

MORNING BUZZ (12/15): Nine injured in six-car pileup, 17yo earns millions on his lunch break

Monday, December 15

Weather
• Sunny with a high of 43.

Top Stories
• It is being recommended that a U.S. Marine should face a murder charge in the grisly death of a transgender Filipino woman.

• A hostage situation in Sidney has many Australians fearful that the country is being targeted for jihad

• A new climate deal reached by negotiators at the U.N. will see 196 countries cutting their emissions by 2020. 

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Resorts World & NY Cares 2nd Annual Coat Drive – Now until Jan 5th, 2015. Drop off your clean, gently used coats at the collection bin inside the main entrance. Resorts World Casino NY, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd, Jamaica.

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Queens News

• Nine were hospitalized after a six-car pileup at Woodhaven Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue.

• The MTA wants to punish four of its workers in connection with an F Train derailment in Woodside this May.

• A 17-year-old Stuyvesant High School student from Queens used his lunch breaks to become a multi-millionaire. (Later today, he will tell a reporter that he lied and didn’t actually earn money trading)

Entertainment
• Sony executives are demanding that the media stop publishing stories containing leaked content, threatening to hold news organizations responsible for an loss.

• Weekend Box Office
1) Exodus: Gods and Kings – $24.5 million
2) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I – $13.2 million
3) Penguins of Madagascar – $7.3 million
4) Top Five – $7.21 million
5) Big Hero 6 – $6.145 million

Opinion
• Community organizer Tyler Brewster and special education teacher Kate Rubenstein say the city’s policy of suspending students for minor infractions is ruining their lives

• The Daily News says that while jobs are being created, paychecks are stagnating and families are suffering. 

Scoreboard
• The Knicks were defeated by the Raptors 95-90 last night, and will face the Mavericks at home at 8 p.m. tomorrow.

• The Rangers topped the Oilers 2-0 last night and will travel to Alberta to face the Flames tomorrow night at 8 p.m.

• The Giants bested the Redskins 24-13 yesterday, their second win of the season.

• The Jets brought the Titans down to size yesterday with a 16-11 victory.

• In college basketball this weekend, St Johns defeated Fordham 74-53, and L.I.U. Brooklyn bested N.J.I.T. 65-49.

• Brooklyn Nets Superfan Jeffrey Ranchero died as a result of injuries from a fall at his father’s house in Flushing, Queens.

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Pet Photos with Santa – Mon. Dec. 15th  6-9PM Have your furry friend take a picture with Santa! The Shops @ Atlas Park – Center Green, 8000 Cooper Avenue, Glendale. 

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Real Estate
• Latest news- New York State issued a $444,000 grant to the Trust for Public Land for designing the first phase of the QueensWay project.
• For sale – St. Albans – Four-bedroom, 2.5-bath, multi-family brick home. Asking $350,000.
Crifasi Real Estate
• For sale – Queens Village - Three-bedroom, 1.5-bath, second floor, single-family home. Asking $815,000.
Crifasi Real Estate

• Sold – Four-bedroom, two-bath, 1,376-square-foot home at 8238 Little Neck Pkwy. in Floral Park for $510,000.

Events• Glendale – 7 p.m. – Pet photos with Santa. The Shops at Atlas Park, 8000 Cooper Ave.

• Flushing – 7 p.m. – Annual Korean Christian Broadcast Network dinner. Daedong Manor Wedding Venues, 150-24 Northern Blvd.

MORNING BUZZ (12/12): Seven bagged in counterfeit purse ring, Queens man indicted for selling stolen cars on Craigslist

Friday, December 12

Weather
• Sunny throughout the day with a high of 37 and partly cloudy moving into the evening.

Top Stories
• An alleged Brazilian serial killer confessed to killing 42 victims when detained in connection with the stabbing death of a woman in a Rio de Janeiro suburb.

• A $1.1 billion spending bill passed through the house just hours before deadline last night.

• Dozens of staffers in the U.S. Capitol walked off the job and held a protest in relation to grand jury decisions not to indict officers in the cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

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Santa Pictures – Sun. Dec. 14th 12-3PM Enjoy Holiday music while shopping on Myrtle Ave. Come meet Santa! (Bring your own camera) FREE Candy Canes! 71st Ave. Plaza, Myrtle Ave just off Forest Ave. 

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Queens News

• Seven in Queens were ‘bagged’ by police in connection with a $2.2 million counterfeit purse ring.

• A Queens man was indicted for selling a half million dollars worth of stolen cars and parts on Craigslist.

• A 20-year-old man with autism from Queens was found after disappearing in Yonkers.

Entertainment
• The nominations are in for the 2015 Golden Globes.

• Weapons charges were dropped against platinum-selling rapper Young Jeezy due to a lack of evidence.

Opinion
• The New York Post came out against a recent editorial in the Times calling for special prosecutors in cases where civilians are killed by a police officer.

• The New York Times condemns the recent report on C.I.A. torture.

Scoreboard
• The Islanders lost to St. Louis 6-3 last night.

• Kicks at Celtics tonight at 7:30 p.m.

• Nets to face the 76ers at home tonight at 7:30 p.m.

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Talking Football with NY Giants Super Bowl MVP Ottis OJ Anderson! Sat. Dec. 13th9AM Take a walk down memory lane with OJ as he shares stories from his playing days. Cafe @ Martin Luther School, 60-02 Maspeth Avenue. 718-894-4000

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Real Estate
• Latest news – Here are the top five homes and condos in Brooklyn and Queens sold in the last month.

• For sale – St. Albans – Four-bedroom, 2.5-bath, multi-family brick home. Asking $350,000.
Crifasi Real Estate
• For sale – Queens Village – Three-bedroom, 1.5-bath, second floor, single-family home. Asking $815,000.
Crifasi Real Estate

• Sold - Four-bedroom, two-bath, 1,376-square-foot home at 8238 Little Neck Pkwy. in Floral Park for $510,000.

Arts and culture/Restaurant reviews
• South Slope-based rock band The Meaning of Life presents their new music video and perform at Nola, Darling in Manhattan tonight.

• Queens Museum hosts the “Warming Up Winter: A Made in Queens Festival” this weekend with 40 local vendors.
Restaurant ABC’s 
Grade A – Astoria Bagel Shop – 2812 Ditmars Blvd., Ditmars Steinway.

Grade B – Union St. Pojangmacha – 3352 Union St., Flushing. – Cold food items held above 41 degrees, sanitized equipment or utensils improperly used or stored, wiping cloths soiled or not stored in sanitizing solution and accurate thermometer not provided.

Grade C – Fu Xiang Ju – 136-80 41st Ave., Flushing. – Restaurant was authorized to reopen following inspection conducted on Dec. 5. Previous violations included food contact surface not properly washed and non-food contact surfaces improperly constructed.

Events

• Glendale – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. – Third Annual Our Lady of Guadalupe Art Show featuring artist Joseph Gagliano. 61-08 Myrtle Ave.

• Flushing – 11 a.m. – Senator Tony Avella joins community leaders to demand that the Department of Transportation address long-standing traffic issues. Corner of 39th Avenue and Union Street.

• Elmhurst – 1 p.m. – Avella joins concerned Elmhurst residents to discuss the Pan Am emergency homeless shelter. 79-00 Queens Blvd.

• College Point – 3 p.m. – Sen. Avella and College Point Resident Sandra Slowinski call on the city to repair traffic lights skewed in the neighborhood. 25th Avenue and College Point Boulevard.

• Elmhurst – 7 p.m. – The Nutcracker.  Maspeth High School, 54-40 74th St.

• Jamaica – 11 p.m. – Performance from rapper Kurtis Blow. Resorts World Casino NYC, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd.

Weekend Events

SATURDAY
• Jackson Heights – 8:30 a.m. – Professional Skills Development in the Workplace seminar. Queens Chamber of Commerce, 75-20 Astoria Blvd., Suite 140.

• Elmhurst – 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Holiday Flea Market.  Italian Charities, 83-20 Queens Blvd.

• Maspeth – 9 a.m. – Talking Football with NY Giants MVP OJ Anderson.  Martin Luther School, 60-02 Maspeth Ave.

• Rockaway – Noon to 6 p.m. – A Taste of Rockaway Beach festival. Rockaway Boulevard from 87th to 101st Street.

• Elmhurst - 5 p.m. – The Nutcracker.  Maspeth High School, 54-40 74th St.

SUNDAY
• Maspeth – 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Breakfast with Santa.  O’Neill’s, 64-21 53rd Dr.

• Maspeth – 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Breakfast with St. Nick. St. Stan’s, 61-17 Grand Ave.

• Ridgewood – Noon to 4 p.m. – Performance of live music by the band Silverteeth for the holiday season presented by the Myrtle Avenue BID. Venditti Plaza, Myrtle and St. Nicholas avenues. 

• Ridgewood – Noon to 4 p.m. – Myrtle Avenue BID presents pictures with Santa and his elves along with live music by the NYC Brass Entourage and Opera on Tappers. 71st Avenue Plaza, Myrtle and Forest avenues. 

• Ridgewood – Noon to 4 p.m. – Santa visits the 104th Precinct. Precinct HQ, 64-02 Catalpa Ave.

• Flushing – 1 to 4 p.m. – Winter Holiday Festival. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

• Forest Hills – 4 p.m. – Sacred Music Society Annual Christmas Concert. $25. Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church, Ascan Ave. & Queens Blvd.

MORNING BUZZ (12/11): Queens named number one U.S. travel destination, Library expected to fire Galante next week

Thursday, December 11

Weather
• Mostly cloudy with a high of 38. Sprinkles or flurries possible.

Top Stories
• Hong Kong police arrested and tore down the tents of long-standing protestors from the pro-democracy movement, arguing for less restrictive elections.

• Russia will remain India’s most important defense partner, as Putin pledged to provide the country with oil, weapons and nuclear power.

• Former Vice President Dick Cheney said during an interview with Fox News that a declassified report on CIA torture tactics is “full of crap.”

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Breakfast with Santa! Sun. Dec. 14th 10AM-12:30PM Choose from our breakfast or brunch menu. Don’t forget your camera! Make your reservations now by calling 718-672-9696. O’Neill’s 64-21 53rd Drive, Maspeth. 

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Queens News

• Popular travel guide book publisher Lonely Planet has named Queens the number one place to visit in the U.S. next year.

• The Queens Library board is expected to receive a final report next Wednesday recommending the removal of Executive Director Thomas Galante.

• The reward for information regarding the murder of a pregnant mother in Corona last month has been doubled to $12,000.

Entertainment
• Late Show host David Letterman announced that he will host his final show on May 20, ending a 6,028 episode run.

• Some hacked Sony Pictures emails reveal what one producer really thinks of Angelina Jolie — a “minimally talented spoiled brat.”

Opinion
 A bill was passed in legislature this year undercutting NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton’s ability to discipline his officers, which the New York Times says Gov. Cuomo needs to veto, particularly in light of recent events.

• While body cameras and police retraining are a step in the right direction, we really need to look at the way cops are prosecuted after a civilian death, writes the Queens Ledger.

Scoreboard
• The San Antonio Spurs handed the Knicks their tenth straight loss last night, handily beating them 109 – 95. The Knicks will head to Boston to play the Celtics tomorrow night at 7:30.

• The Chicago Bulls rolled over the Nets in last night’s game, 105 – 80. The Nets play the Philadelphia 76ers at home tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.

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Winter Holiday Festival – Sun. Dec. 14th 1-4PM Celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas & Kwanzaa with an art-making workshop and storytelling. FREE! Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing. 

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Real Estate
• Latest news – A 66,500-square-foot Long Island City manufacturing site sold for $14 million, way over its asking price.

• For sale – Woodhaven – A two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment in the Forest Park Co-op for $150,000. 
O’Kane

• For sale – Woodside – A six-bedroom, four-bathroom, semi-detached two-family on a 20×136 oversized lot for $999,000.
O’Kane
• Sold - Belle Harbor – A 3,500 sq. ft. five-bedroom, three-bathroom multi-family home at 13516 Rockaway Beach Blvd. sold for $875,000.

Family/Parenting
• One blogger offers an alternative to the contemporary, overbearing “tiger mother”: the nurturing “elephant mom.”

• Think you’re hip to technology? See how many of these 99 texting acronyms every parent should know you can decipher. 

Events

• Forest Hills – 2:30 to 4:30 – Recovery International hosts free meeting for people suffering from mental issues such as anxiety, stress and depression. Queens Library at Forest Hills, 108-19 71st Ave.

• Astoria – 4 to 6 p.m. – Reality House honors parents in recovery. 8-13 Astoria Blvd.

• Forest Hills – 6 p.m. –  Learn beginners Chinese with Lin San . North Forest Park Library. 98-27 Metropolitan Ave.

• Astoria – 6:30 p.m. – Tree lighting celebration, between Astoria Park South and Ditmars Blvd.

• Glendale – 8 p.m. – Civilian Patrol Membership Meeting. St. Pancras Pfeiffer Hall, 68-20 Myrtle Ave.

MORNING BUZZ (12/10): NICE investigating angry driver, Former library trustees say BP misled public

Wednesday, December 10

Weather
• A high of 41 early in the day with temperatures sloping off and a chance of snow in the afternoon.

Top Stories
• President Barack Obama said yesterday that the tactics used by the CIA to extract information from detainees are “contrary to who we are.”

• A Palestinian cabinet minister died after a confrontation with Israeli troops during an olive branch protest in the West Bank.

• The U.S. Supreme Court ruled yesterday that employers no longer have to payemployees for the time it takes to undergo security screenings as they leave the workplace.

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The Nutcracker – Fri. Dec. 12th @ 7PM, Sat. Dec. 13th @ 5PM – Presented by the Maspeth High School Dance Club. Purchase tkts www.eventbrite.com (search “Maspeth High School”) 54-40 74th Street, Elmhurst

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Queens News

• Not so NICE: The Nassau Inter County Express bus service is investigating after a video surfaced of an irate driver swearing at a customer asking for a transfer.

• Former Queens Library Trustees said Borough President Melinda Katz misled the publicwith her release announcing dismissal of their case against her.

• Rosedale residents are vocalizing frustrations following the nor-easter’s heavy rains, saying that every heavy rain causes neighborhood flooding.

Entertainment
• Earl Hayes murder-suicide that left him and his wife Stephanie Moseley dead, has some looking to the rapper’s old lyrics for answers.

• A fan said Avril Levine told her that she is suffering from an illness, though that illness remains undisclosed.

Opinion
• The New York Times criticizes the Mayor’s LinkNYC wi-fi plan, saying it’s more like an advertising kiosk plan with wi-fi attached. 

• Bill Hammond of the Daily News writes that bad data is marring national conversations about on-campus sexual assault

Scoreboard
• Our apologies to the Rangers for saying they lost yesterday when in truth, they defeated the Penguins 4-3 on Monday evening.

• The Knicks fell to the Pelicans 104-93 yesterday, and will face the Spurs in San Antonio tonight at 8:30 p.m.

• After losing last night to the Cavaliers 110-88, the Nets will travel to Chicago to face the Bulls tonight at 8 p.m. 

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Breakfast with St. Nick – Sun. Dec. 14th 10:30AM-1:30PM Admission includes hot buffet breakfast, games & gifts from St. Nick. Photo opportunities with St. Nick, Mrs. Claus & other holiday characters. St. Stan’s Auditorium, 61-17 Grand Avenue, Maspeth. 

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Real Estate
• Latest news – The city has designated a section of Ridgewood as the “Central Ridgewood Historic District.”
• For sale – Maspeth – Detached two-family brick on 40×100 lot, three over three bedroom, eat-in kitchens, two-full baths, driveway and garage for four or more cars, front and back yards. Asking $1.1 million.
O’Kane
• For sale – Woodside – Completely renovated semi-detached two-family, 19×72 house on 20×136 oversized lot, six rooms, three bedrooms and two full baths, one block from Queens Boulevard. Asking $999,000.
O’Kane

• Sold - Flushing – A four-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom, 1080 sq. ft. home at 7818 68th Ave. for $555,000.

Health Awareness
• Feeling depressed? Try laughing gas.

• Researchers at Oxford University are developing a new method to detect onset of breast cancer in its extremely early stages.
Events

• LIC – 8:30 to 10 a.m. – Cradel to Career Convening hosted by Zone 126. Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens, 21-12 30th Rd.

• Flushing – 10 a.m. – Faith leaders and domestic violence advocates meet for Human Rights Day. Quaker Meeting House, 137-16 Northern Blvd.

• JFK – 11 a.m. – State Senator Tony Avella and Community Mayors, Inc., host Operation Santa Claus. JFK International Port Authority Hangar 19.

• Flushing – 5:30 p.m. – Queens Crossing and Crossing Art present “The Gift.” 136-17 39th Ave.

• LIC – 6 p.m. – District Council 9 Finishing Trade Institute press conference with Columbian officials including Columbian ambassador Luis Carlos Villegas, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Chair Ignacio Veloz. 45-15 36th St. 

• Middle Village – 7 p.m. CB5 Monthly Meeting.  Christ the King HS, 68-02 Metropolitan Ave.

MORNING BUZZ (12/9): Two hospitalized after Ridgewood fight, 84yo killed by teen driver

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Tuesday, December 9

Weather
• Heavy rain with a high of 43.

Top Stories
• As the Senate Intelligence Committee prepares to release its report on torture tactics used by the CIA, backlash is feared

• Prosecutors are back in court appealing the Oscar Pistorius decision to dole out what they call a “shockingly light” sentence of five years.

• An MTA Supervisor has been nominated for a Hometown Hero award for his rescue of a man from the subway tracks in 2013.

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Gear Art Galley – Fri. Dec. 12th 10AM-9PM 3rd Annual Our Lady of Guadalupe Art Showfeaturing outside artist Joseph Gagliano. 61-08 Myrtle Avenue, Glendale 718-386-2812

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Queens News
• A teen was slashed and another was injured in a fight near Grover Cleveland High School in Ridgewood.

• A tenants march is scheduled for today in Jackson Heights.

• A teen driver struck and killed an 84-year-old man with his car yesterday while the man was near his home.

Entertainment
• After weeks of hyping the air date of the Discovery Channel’s Eaten Alive anaconda special, host Paul Rosolie barely made it throat deep before calling the whole thing off.

• President Barack Obama made an appearance on the Colbert Report last night.

Opinion
• Errol Lewis explains why ‘black lives matter’ matters.

• The New York Times says all cases of civilian death at the hands of police should be investigated by an independent panel.

Scoreboard
• The Rangers lost 4-3 to the Pengiuns last night. 

• After a 110-88 loss to the Cavaliers, the Nets will head to Chicago to face the Bulls tomorrow night at 8 p.m.

• Coming off a 103-99 loss to the Trail Blazers, the Knicks are set to face the Pelicans at 8 p.m. in New Orleans tonight.

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Holiday Flea Market – Sat. Dec. 13th 8:30AM-4PM – Come and find bargains from vendors in our community and shop to your heart’s content without spending a fortune! Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd, Elmhurst. 

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Real Estate
• Latest News – Sunnyside Center Cinemas could be forced out of its current home if a group of real estate marketers has their way. 
• For sale – East Elmhurst – Three-bedroom, two-bath, single-family Colonial style home with a two-car garage. Asking $528,000.
Crifasi Real Estate
• For sale – South Ozone Park – Three-bedroom, 2.5-bath, detached single-family home. Asking $410,000.
Crifasi Real Estate

• Sold – Flushing – A four-bedroom, two-bathroom 2,006 sq. ft. home at 6309 62nd Ave.for $630,000.

Technology
• A group called Guardians of Peace released information about aliases used by several Sony stars.

• After their graph search failed to impress last year, Facebook is experimenting with a new search tool that could make it easier to find your embarrassing past posts

Events

•  Queens Village – 8:30 a.m. – Holiday Networking Breakfast. SNAP of Eastern Queens Innovative Senior Center, 80-45 Winchester Blvd., Building 4.

• Jackson Heights - 12:30 p.m. – Tenants march to combat gentrification and combat stronger rent laws. 92-10 Roosevelt Ave. 

• Corona – 2 to 4 p.m. – Financing your Business for Startups workshop with the Queens Chamber of Commerce. BOC Network Office Queens, 96-11 40th Rd. 

• Jackson Heights – 2 to 4 p.m. – Tutorial on Wage and Hours Law seminar hosted by the Queens Chamber of Commerce. Bulova Corporate Center, 75-20 Astoria Blvd., Suite 140. 

MORNING BUZZ (12/5): Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD unveil police retraining plan, heavy traffic is expected on the Kosciuszko Bridge

The Morning BUZZ: In 3 minutes – top 20 news items in 20 words or less at 8 a.m. daily. 

Friday, December 5

Weather
• Mostly cloudy with a high of 45. Rain developing this afternoon.

Top Stories
• In light of Eric Garner’s death, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the NYPD unveil a plan to retrain 22,000 police officers by June 2015.

• Although New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie maintains his innocence, a legislative report does not yet clear him of charges in the Bridgegate scandal.

• The city’s federal Section 8 housing participants will no longer be forced to downsizetheir apartment size as previously stated during budget cuts.

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Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony – Fri. Dec. 5th 6PM Free Raffles, Free Refreshments and a visit from Santa! Maspeth Federal Savings, Maspeth Memorial Sq. 69th Street & Grand Avenue. 

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Queens News

• It’s time to find an alternate route this December as eastbound lanes are planned for closure during a $555 million reconstruction project on the Kosciuszko Bridge.

• A criminal investigation is underway after a Flushing house fire left a 46-year-old tenant yesterday.

• Long Island City art dealers say they were surprised when nearly $30,000 worth of marijuana was mailed to their studio.

• Longtime Community Board 2 chair Joseph Conley is stepping down after serving 23 years in Western Queens.

Entertainment
• The Cosby saga continues. The comedian’s lawyers are dismissing charges that he molested Judy Hulth 40 years ago when she was 15.

• The Navajo Nation has joined forces with Walt Disney Studios to redub the classic Finding Nemo in the Native American language.

Opinion
• The NY Post says both Eric Garner and Michael Brown had one thing in common; they brought their own fate upon themselves.

• The NY Times says officers that piled on top of Mr. Garner are just responsible as Daniel Pantaleo’s use of the illegal chokehold.

Scoreboard
• Islanders win their 11th straight with a 2 – 1 shootout victory over the Ottawa Senators. Watch the recap here. They host the St. Louis Blues tomorrow at 1 p.m.

• Rangers face off against the Detroit Red Wings tomorrow at 7 p.m.

• Knicks narrowly lost 90 – 87 to the Cleveland Cavs at home last night. Watch the recap here. They play the Charlotte Hornets tonight at 7 p.m.

• Nets look for their third straight win against the streaking Atlanta Hawks tonight at 7:30 p.m.

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Glendale Chamber of Commerce Christmas Tree Lighting Sun. Dec. 7th 5:30PM @70th Street & Myrtle Avenue. Santa will give a gift to each child. Live holiday music by Joe Fuoco and friends. Delicious hot cocoa will be available. Free. Rain/Shine. For more holiday events in Mid Queens, e-mail pattig213@aol.com for a free, comprehensive list of events. 

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Real Estate
• Latest news- Plans have been filed to replace a warehouse with a 14-story mixed-use building at 134-03 35th Ave. in Flushing.

• For sale – Bayside – Two-bedroom, one-bath, single-family home. Asking $597,000.
Crifasi Real Estate
• For sale – Oakland Gardens – Two-bedroom, one-bath, 850-square-foot co-op. Asking $265,000.
Crifasi Real Estate

• Sold - Three-bedroom, two-bath, 1,375-square-foot newly renovated home at 5382 64th St. in Flushing for $620,000.

Arts and culture/Restaurant reviews
• Astoria rapper, and math teacher, Paco the G Train Bandit releases his newest album, Mucho Gusto.

• The city is investing $3.5 million into the Sunset Park’s new fashion manufacturing district.

Restaurant ABC’s 
Grade A – Water Front Crab House – 203 Borden Ave., Hunters Point.

Grade B –  Airport Deli – 84-20 Astoria Blvd., East Elmhurst. – Evidence of live mice, live roaches present, wiping clothes soiled and facility not vermin proof.

Grade C – Kaieteur Express Restaurant – 12004 Liberty Ave., Jamaica. – Evidence of live mice, filth flies present and facility not vermin proof.

Events

• LIC – 11:30 a.m. – Groundbreaking ceremony on library expansion project at LaGuardia Community College, E. Building Second Floor, 31-10 Thomson Ave.

• Flushing – 3 p.m. – Writer Charles Kipps reads from Time Square Trouble and joins police on a ride along. 107th Precinct, 71-01 Parsons Blvd.

• Middle Village – 5 p.m. – Middle Village Chamber of Commerce Tree Lighting. Community United Methodist Church, 75-27 Metropolitan Ave.

• Woodhaven – 6:30 p.m. – Christmas Tree & Menorah Lighting.  Forest Parkway and Jamaica Avenue.

• Glendale – 7 to 9 p.m. – Book Launch Party for Glendale. Finback Brewery, 78-01 77th Ave.

Weekend Events

SATURDAY
• Middle Village – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Our Lady of Hope Flea Market.  61-21 71st St.

•  Woodhaven – 11:30 a.m. – Welcome Santa to Woodhaven Parade.  96th Street & Jamaica Ave.

• Middle Village – 1 to 3 p.m. – Tree lighting ceremony. Fresh Pond Columbarium, 61-40 Olivet Crescent.

• Glendale – 4 – 6 p.m. – Christmas Tree Lighting.  Fred Haller Jr. Triangle, Myrtle Avenue and Union Turnpike.

SUNDAY
• Woodhaven – 9 a.m. – Toy Drive 5-Miler.  Forest Parkway & Woodhaven Blvd.

• Woodhaven – 12:30 p.m. – NYFAC Toy Run.  Forest Park Bandshell.

• Forest Hills – 2 p.m. – Auditions for the Parkside Player’s winter show Private Lives by Noel Coward. Grace Lutheran Church, 71st Road and Union Turnpike.

• Richmond Hill – 3 p.m. – Sacred Music Chorale of Richmond Hill.  St. John’s Lutheran Church, 86-20 114th St.

• Bayside – 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. – Holiday Parade and Tree-Lighting Ceremony. Bayside LIRR, Bell Blvd. & 41st Ave.

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