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Local News July 21, 2016  RSS feed
Affected families urge leaders to approve Plaza plan
Transformation of deadly Myrtle/Wyckoff intersection receives support
     After hearing heart-wrenching testimonials from families who have lost loved ones at the intersection of Myrtle and Wyckoff avenues, Community Board 5 (CB 5) voted in favor of the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) pedestrian plaza plan.
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Falling tree seriously injured two at Jackie Robinson Parkway
     Two were seriously injured after a tree fell on the Jackie Robinson Parkway in Queens on July 16. At approximately 4:41 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, near Exit 4 (Forest Park Drive), a tree was uprooted during the heavy rainstorm, crashing into the traffic, causing damage to two cars and injuring six in the process.
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Middle Village church will close during August for pew and floor renovations
     Thanks to the generosity of many of the parishioners at St. Margaret’s Church in Middle Village, the house of worship will be receiving some much-needed upgrades next month.
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City Council budget to improve local schools, parks and more
     Schools, parks and libraries across Ridgewood, Maspeth, Glendale and Middle Village will be getting some big bucks in the city’s new budget. Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley touted some of the budget’s highlights during her visit to the Community Board 5 meeting on Wednesday night at Christ the King Regional High School in Middle Village.
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MTA unveiled new designs:
Sleek new subway trains and stations
     Open cars, wider doors, Wi-Fi and charging stations are just some of the features included in the new subway cars unveiled by Governor Andrew Cuomo on July 18. As part of the $27 billion, five-year MTA Capital Program, 1,025 new subway cars will be enhanced and 31 stations will be completely renovated.
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Queens police precinct uses ‘predictive policing’ method to historically lower crime
     Queens’ 102nd Precinct has seen an impressive drop in crime over the last year, thanks to the success of the commanding officer’s “predictive policing” method.
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Ridgewood’s Out In The Streets festival took over Onderdonk House
     Another year of Out in The Streets Festival made for a wonderful summer weekend. The two-day rock festival took place this past Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17, from midday into night. The backdrop: the rolling, two-acre green space in the middle of industrial Ridgewood. Now in its seventh year, the festival has grown, but remains intimate and upbeat.
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     What does it take to be named the 2014 runner up for Best Greek Restaurant in Queens? Some pretty good Greek food. Actually some amazing Greek food, which is what you get when you eat at Aegea West Restaurant on Northern Boulevard in Douglaston.
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A faithful retreat at Bible school camp in Ridgewood
      Ridgewood’s Trinity Reformed Church was transformed into a cavern for learning last week as the congregation hosted its annual Vacation Bible School.
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Fresh Pond Road: One of Queens’ most historic streets
     Whenever you drive, walk or ride the infamously slow Q58 bus along Fresh Pond Road, there’s always two questions that come to mind. The first is, why the heck is there so much traffic on this little roadway?
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Happenings JULY 21 - JULY 27
     Thursday, July 21
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