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DOWNED CRANE AT L. I. C. SITE
Seven Hurt In Construction Collapse
     A 380-foot crane reportedly attempting to lift
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SAVE THE EARTH—& MONEY
City To Roll Out Home Composting Program
     Seeking to not only trim its expenses but
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Qns. Man Dead In Bklyn.
     The city’s medical examiner is looking into the
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‘THE CITY DOES WHAT IT WANTS’
CB 4 Nixes Traffic Plans By Proposed School
     Queens Community Board 4 voted down a School
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SEEING A DROP IN CRIME IN 104
Board 5 Also Weighs In On Gun Control
     Crime was the hot topic at the Community
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ELMHURST SLOWDOWN SOUGHT
DOT Proposes Vehicular ‘Slow Zone’ At CB 4 Meet
     Hoping to make the streets of Elmhurst safer,
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Coalition: USTA Expansion Foul
Wants Tennis Org To Replace Parkland
     The Fairness Coalition of Queens and local elected
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N. Y. FLU EPIDEMIC IS AN ‘EMERGENCY’
Gov.’s Order Expands Ability To Vaccinate
     Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo declared a Public Health
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STRIKE SHUTS SCHOOL BUS SYSTEM
Parents, City Scramble To Get Kids To Class
     Thousands of children across the city were forced
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Shelter Program Gets 2 More Wks.
Temp Fix As Displaced Find Homes
     The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), at the request of the State of New York, has approved a 14-day extension to the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program, which allows eligible survivors from Hurricane Sandy who cannot return to their homes to stay in participating hotels or motels.
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Storm Debris Pickups Extended Once Again
DSNY Continues Collections Through Feb.
     Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty announced that the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) will continue to handle special storm debris collections in neighborhoods hit hard by Hurricane Sandy through Monday, Feb. 18.
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Assembly Mulls Homeowners’ Rights
Outlines Insurance Coverage Requirements
     In the wake of the devastating and unprecedented damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver announced a bill to create the “Homeowners Bill of Rights” to protect hard hit families from unscrupulous actions by insurance companies.
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Need $$$ To Get Mold Out Of Storm- Battered Homes
Seek Federal Aid To Fight Fungus
     Sen. Charles E. Schumer called on the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to begin immediately drawing up plans to help homeowners to secure federal aid to remove mold from their homes, once funding from a Hurricane Sandy aid bill becomes available.
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City ERs Get New Painkiller Protocol
Program Aims To Reduce Addiction & Abuse
     Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs and Chief Policy Advisor John Feinblatt came to Elmhurst last Thursday, Jan.
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New Protection Program For Private Service Lines
Softens Blow Of Sudden Repair Costs
     Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Carter Strickland and American Water Resources (AWR) President Malcolm D. Conner announced the launch of water and sewer service line protection programs for residential properties throughout the five boroughs.
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City Council To Investigate OCME Rape Case Mistakes
Reports: Coroner’s Files Mishandled
     In light of revelations of the mishandling of rape cases in the Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME), the City Council announced it will convene an emergency oversight hearing in the coming weeks.
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Many Pk. Projects Finished Late: Liu
Says Mishaps Cost City Millions
     City Comptroller John C. Liu announced the results of an audit which found that the Parks Department’s perceived failure to monitor its capital construction projects had allowed almost half of those projects to finish late and 10 percent to go significantly over budget in Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011.
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Drilling Buffer To Protect City H2O
Pol: Guards Against ‘Fracking’ Effects
     City Council Member James F.
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Tax Season Will Be Upon Us Starting Wed., Jan. 30
IRS Ready Then To Receive Returns
     Following the January tax law changes made by Congress under the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that it plans to open the 2013 filing season and begin processing individual income tax returns on Wednesday, Jan. 30.
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Meng Gets A Seat On The Foreign Affairs Committee
     Rep. Grace Meng announced that she has been selected to serve on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The panel oversees U.S. foreign policy towards all nations around the world, and has jurisdiction over foreign aid and the State Department. It also has oversight towards key international organizations such as the United Nations.
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Bill Targets Housing Offenders
Council To Landlords: Fix It Or Pay Price
     The City Council voted last Wednesday, Jan. 9, on legislation to allow the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to issue orders to property owners requiring them to repair underlying conditions that lead to repeat violations.
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Year-End Graffiti Report
     The Greater Ridgewood Restoration Corporation (GRRC) has just completed their 21st year of its very successful graffiti cleaning program. Due to severe budget cuts, staff hours were reduced and the graffiti cleaning program had to go from five days a week to only two days a week, but the program still managed to remove graffiti from 110 sites.
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TRANSIT NEWS and Updates
Metropolitan Transportation Authority
     Normal Train & Bus Service On MLK Day All MTA New York City Transit subway lines and most New York City Transit and MTA Bus Company bus routes will operate on a regular weekday schedule on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21. No Weekend 7 Trains Bet. Qns. & Manhattan
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The Times Newsweekly & The Ridgewood Times
Hey Folks!
     ODD NEWS January 17, 2013 Compiled by Paul J. Maringelli Authorities in Florida said they are searching for a 100-pound grizzly bear cub that escaped around 11 am on Tuesday from a private residence.
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News From The SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
Getting A ‘Ticket To Work’
     The summer of 2007 felt like a bad dream for Terry Anderson. Reeling from a recent cancer diagnosis, she was downsized from the company where she’d worked for 11 years. “There was no severance. I had no insurance,” she said. “I was terrified.”
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Queens & Brooklyn
Community CALENDAR
     TODAYQUEENS CHAMBER OFCOMMERCE will hold the 2012annual Building Awards at 6 p.m.at LaGuardia Marriott Hotel,102-05 Ditmars Blvd., Elmhurst.GLENDALE KIWANIS willmeet at Zum Stammtisch restaurant, Myrtle Ave. and 70th St., at12:30 p.m.MASPETH KIWANIS will meet
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Vets’ Valentine Drive In Wdhvn.
     Assemblyman Mike Miller is sponsoring a “Valentines for Veterans” drive in which his office will be collecting cards, candy, sugar-free snacks, toiletries and new clothes for those hospitalized at St. Albans VA Hospital and the NYS Veterans Nursing Home.
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