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MTA Plans Station Renewals In R’Wood
     Commuters can expect to see significant changes—and
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Clicking To Help Blind Cross Safe
Elmhurst Corner To Get Audible Signals
     The busy intersection of Queens and Woodhaven boulevards
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Apt. Scorched In Astoria Blaze
      Firefighters rushed to put out a small fire that broke out inside a second-floor apartment at an Astoria home on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 2, Fire Department sources said.
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Board 5 To Hold October Meeting Wed. In Midville
     The next monthly meeting of Community Board 5 will take place this Wednesday night, Oct. 12, in Middle Village.  As announced by District Manager Gary Giordano, the session will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of Christ the King Regional High School, located at 68-02 Metropolitan Ave. 
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Civic Fears Impact Of Freight Rail Term.
     The opening of a new freight rail depot
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Park Revamp Seeks Public Input
Pol Wants Residents’ Suggestions
     City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer joined students 
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Astoria Blaze Scorches Basement
      No residents were injured after a one-alarm fire broke out inside a home in Astoria last Thursday morning, Sept. 29, Fire Department sources said. Reportedly, the blaze started at around 12:30 p.m.
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Roads At Heart Of Truck Bypass Route
     Sections of Maurice Avenue and 58th Street in
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Sanitation Rep Offers Tips To Residents
     Sanitation issues were the focus of the Farmers
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Fed. Autism Pgm. Extended 3 Yrs.
Continues Research & Therapy
     Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the U.S. Senate unanimously approved last Monday night, Sept. 26, legislation to combat autism.  
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Senate Bill Helps Vietnam Vets Exposed To ‘Orange’
Covers Illness Linked To Toxic Agent
     Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and her Senate colleague from South Carolina, Lindsey Graham, introduced legislation to ensure that more than 250,000 Navy veterans from the Vietnam War exposed to the powerful toxin Agent Orange will be eligible to receive the disability and health care benefits they have earned for diseases linked to Agent Orange exposure.  
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Pgm. Trains Brand New Contractors
Initiative Geared To Chinese-Americans
     The Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC) will offer a special training program for Chinese- Americans who want to become city-licensed home-improvement contractors, thanks to a $25,000 grant from the NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC).  
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Committee Eyes Mental Health In City Jails
Local Legislator On Task Force
     City Council Member Elizabeth S. Crowley was appointed to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Steering Committee of the Citywide Justice and Mental Health Initiative last Tuesday, Sept. 27.  
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City Council Looks At Communication
Eyes First Responders, Post 9/11
     The City Council’s Public Safety, Fire and Criminal Justice Services and Technology committees held an oversight hearing last Tuesday, Sept. 27, to examine first responder communication following the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.  
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Schumer: Pass Bill For Fairer Trade With China
Say Imbalance Costing U.S. Jobs
     On the eve of the U.S. Senate’s vote to rein in unfair Chinese trade practices, Sen. Charles E. Schumer revealed that China’s trade policies and currency manipulation have cost New York State over 160,000 jobs and millions across the country, and put New York manufacturers at a severe competitive disadvantage.  
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Pol Makes Rounds At Libraries
To Meet Constituents, Talk Issues
     To meet more of his constituents without a scheduled appointment and hear about the issues that concern them, State Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. will hold office hours on Thursday evenings at three Queens Libraries around the district this month.  
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City’s Heat Season Arrives With Change Of Date
HPD To Tenants: Report Problems
     Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew Wambua reminded residential building owners of their legal obligation to provide tenants with hot water year-round and heat when the outdoor temperature warrants it.  
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MetroCard Vans To Stop In Qns.
Apply For Discounted Fares
     MTA New York City Transit announced that its MetroCard Bus andVan mobile service centers will be making regularly scheduled stops in Queens this month. . The MetroCard Bus travels around the city, stopping at senior citizen centers, shopping centers and along major bus routes. 
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Greenmarkets Collect Goods
Upstate Farmers Lost Season Of Crops
     Hoping to provide greater relief for farmers in upstate New York devastated by recent floods, City Council Member Daniel Dromm and several city-based charities are collecting nonperishable foods and other items at greenmarkets in Sunnyside and Jackson Heights this Saturday, Oct. 8, it was announced.  
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Hunger Coalition Honors F. H. High
Helped Deliver Food To Disadvantaged
     Forest Hills High School recently received a National School of Distinction status from the Schools Fight Hunger program. Fewer than 2,000 schools nationwide earned this level of distinction in the 2010-2011 school year.  
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Bringing Cemetery To Life On Oct. 15
Spirits Alive At Maple Grove
     Some of Maple Grove Cemetery’s most well-known denizens will come back to life on Saturday, Oct. 15.   Spirits Alive 2011 will be held next Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the site, located at 83-15 Kew Gardens Rd. in Kew Gardens. 
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