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Cause of teen death in Whitestone home under investigation

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Mar. 21, 2024 By Iryna Shkurhan Whitestone teenager Vasilios Golias was found dead in his Whitestone home on Wednesday morning.  Police officers responded to a 911 call at 8:30 a.m. regarding an unconscious teen. The responding officers and EMS found the 17-year-old not breathing and unresponsive upon arrival.  Officials declared him dead on the scene and began carrying out an investigation into the cause of his death, which is currently underway.  Council Member Vickie Paladino, who represents the area, shared additional information about the incident on her official X account. Her office is coordinating with the 109th Precinct to share…
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Authorities raid illegal smoke shops in College Point and Whitestone, seize cannabis and tobacco products

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Feb. 22, 2024 By Iryna Shkurhan Several illegal smoke shops in College Point and Whitestone were busted Tuesday by the NYC Sheriff’s Department. Officers seized a “tremendous amount” of flavored nicotine vapes, which are illegal in the state, as well as cannabis products such as edibles and joints that cannot be sold without a state license. The officers were able to fill dozens of large garbage bags with the confiscated products during the afternoon raids.  One of the locations targeted was Whitestone Essentials on 150th Street. The officers from the sheriff’s department, with assistance from the 109th Precinct, simultaneously raided…
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Francis Lewis Park in Whitestone receives $2.1M for upgrades to restrooms, water fountains

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Sep. 27, 2023 By Iryna Shkurhan Newly allocated funding will bring upgraded restrooms and a three-part water fountain for drinking, filling up bottles and hydrating pets at Francis Lewis Park in Whitestone.  Councilwoman Vickie Paladino announced the allocation of $2.1 million for improvements to the 17-acre park in partnership with City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams…
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Former Bayside student Austin Cheng launches campaign to unseat Santos in Congress

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Sep. 27, 2023 By Iryna Shkurhan Queens-born Long Island native Austin Cheng declared that he is running as a Democrat for Congress in District 3 – a seat currently held by scandal-ridden Republican George Santos.  According to his team, Cheng has already secured $600,000 to fund his campaign. He was able to raise $100,000 from…
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Queens police officer likely killed by 9/11 toxins honored in Whitestone street co-naming

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Sep. 25, 2023 By Iryna Shkurhan The corner of 149th Street and 14th Avenue in Whitestone was ceremoniously co-named in honor of former police officer, and 9/11 hero, Thomas Gerald Brophy this past weekend.  Brophy’s family was joined by local residents, Councilwoman Vickie Paladino, more than a dozen members of the Police Benevolent Association and…
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