Street co-named for longtime Bayside school teacher
Photo courtesy Office of Councilmember Paul Vallone

Follow @liamlaguerre Family, friends and former students of longtime P.S. 41 science teacher Geri Cilmi attended a street co-naming in her honor outside the Bayside school on Friday. The new Mrs. Geri Cilmi Place street sign was unveiled at 214th Lane behind the school. Cilmi, who died in 2011 after battling cancer for four years, […]

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Contentious Whitestone sidewalk café bid up for vote later this month
THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

An application for a Whitestone sidewalk café will go up for a City Council vote at the end of the month without support from the area councilmember.  “It was pretty clear that the community opposed it, and I will make my case against it,” Councilmember Paul Vallone said. “It’s just not the right fit.” The […]

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Parents ‘grateful’ after missing autistic Rego Park 12-year-old found safe
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Updated 4:50 p.m. An autistic 12-year-old boy who sprinted out of his Rego Park home Thursday was found safe in Brooklyn after a terrifying four hour search, police and family said. Brandon Betancourt jetted out of his apartment complex on 66th Road near 67th Avenue about 7 a.m., police said. “He just ran out,” said […]

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Pols call for more city buses to run through Douglaston
THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

More city buses need to roll through Douglaston, local elected officials demanded Monday, calling the neighborhood a “transit desert.” Five major bus routes, coupled with sporadic service, are not enough to serve the area’s growing ridership, according to Congressmember Steve Israel and Assemblymember Nily Rozic. “This is not just a matter of convenience for Douglaston […]

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Federal, state and city officials: ‘Make Lunar New Year an official school holiday’
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State lawmakers have strengthened a renewed push to make Lunar New Year an official school holiday, garnering support from City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Students shouldn’t feel like they have to choose between celebrating their heritage and missing a day of school,” the newly-risen speaker said. The City Council plans to […]

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