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Local News August 27, 2015  RSS feed
Queens workers owed $800K in unclaimed back wages: comptroller
     With Labor Rights Week quickly approaching, City Comptroller Scott Stringer scored a victory for city workers when he found $3.7 million as part of unclaimed prevailing wage settlements with several companies that worked on city-funded projects. Stringer is now seeking the public’s help in identifying the over 1,000 workers from across the city to whom these funds are owed.
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Street resurfacing slated for Community Board 5
     Street resurfacing may be coming to south Middle Village and other nearby areas, but the roadways are still in need of a complete and long overdue overhaul.
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Ridgewood to get 17-story mixed-use building on St. Nicholas Avenue
     Plans for a large scale 17-story mixed-use building in the heart of Ridgewood have been filed with the Department of Buildings (DOB), according to Community Board 5 (CB 5). The mixed retail and residential building will encompass the footprint of the sites at 54-27 Myrtle Ave. and 336 and 350 St. Nicholas Ave. At 17 stories, it will dwarf the surrounding buildings.
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Participatory budgeting meetings in 30th CD announced
     Now that participatory budgeting is coming to the 30th Council District, City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley is inviting the public to attend neighborhood meetings where they can have their voices heard on upcoming capital budget ideas.
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LIC organization provides free supplies to educators
     One Long Island City group is changing the lives of educators throughout the city and teaching them that every object — whether it is a poster or an outdated cellphone case — has a second life.
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banking on sUCCess
      Atlantic Bank held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 25 celebrating the relocation of its Steinway branch to 30-75 Steinway St. in Astoria.
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Celebrate festival season in Ridgewood this September
     Get ready to party in the streets of Ridgewood this September as the community gears up for two annual street fairs, the Fresh Pond Road Street Festival and the Myrtle Avenue Fall Street Festival.
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Howard Beach native elected governor of NY Kiwanis
     After one year acting as lieutenant governor of the Queens West Kiwanis, Stephen Sirgiovanni realized he wanted to make a bigger difference. The Howard Beach native accomplished this when he was elected governor of New York Kiwanis on Aug. 15.
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Queensboro Unico inducts new officers
And brings in new members
      The Queensboro chapter of Unico, the largest Italian-American service organization in the country, has inducted new officers.
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What to look for in dance classes
     When searching for the right dance class, parents have a number of opportunities at their disposal. First, ask around and get some word-of-mouth recommendations. Then, search online; find reviews of dance studios and check out their web sites to see which classes they offer and how qualified the instructors are. Finally, take a tour of the studio and ask lots of questions.
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Queens West Kiwanis clubs donate to PROJECT ELIMINATE
     The 17 clubs of the Kiwanis Queens West Division have helped raise $47,000 for the Kiwanis International’s Project Eliminate, which fights to end maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) around the world.
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SCOTT BARON'S STAR OF QUEENS
     Debra Toscano actress, singer and voice teacher PERSONAL BACKGROUND:
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How a big rock helped shape the Brooklyn-Queens border
     Many of The Old Timer’s readers have often asked about the borderline between Brooklyn and Queens, which nowadays has evolved into a question about the border between Ridgewood and Bushwick.
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FDNY triumphs over NYPD at first annual Resorts World cook-off
     Mouths watered and cooking skills were put to the test this weekend as the city’s Finest and Bravest battled it out over the grill. Members of the FDNY and NYPD participated in the Battle of the Badges: FDNY vs. NYPD Cook-Off on Aug. 23 at Resorts World Casino, located at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd.
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