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Staten Island Advance

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    February 19, 2012

    Representative Michael Grimm Defends Himself Against Allegations of Illegal Fundraising

    Staten Island Republicans opened their brand-new headquarters this weekend, and local leaders took the opportunity to defend Congressman Michael Grimm. The rep was recently accused of raising illegal funds by an article in The New York Times. Grimm gave a speech about his dog Sebastian, which brings ... More >>

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    March 11, 2011

    Staten Island Teen Dealer Can't Outrun a Horse or Legally Sell Weed Out of a Mayo Jar

    ‚ÄčA Staten Island teenager was given a summons for carrying a mayonnaise jar filled with weed. We didn't realize that "Hellmann's Medical Strength" had come out yet, but it sounds great. The teen was meeting with a group of kids his age in a shady part of Miller Field on Staten Island and the cops ... More >>

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    May 19, 2010

    Staten Island Citizen Poets School Fancy-Schmancy Versepeople in Freshkills Park Haiku Contest

    ​The second annual Freshkills Park Haiku Contest (what, you didn't know about it either?) took place in April, and the highly literate judges have now tallied the results, awarding three adult winners and one kid, probably for using the word "mounds" (heh heh). A sampling of the winners, for ... More >>

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    January 22, 2010

    Staten Island Man Threatens Suicide on Facebook, Goes Through With It

    ​"I can't go on anymore. I just hung myself." An unnamed man in the St. George neighborhood of Staten Island put this and other disturbing notes on his Facebook page this afternoon, the Staten Island Advance reports. Friends saw the notes and, unable to reach him by phone, contacted authoritie ... More >>

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    December 1, 2009

    Staten Island Wastewater Plant Evacuated, Fumes Sicken 3

    ​Early this morning a sewage plant in Port Richmond, Staten Island was evacuated after a DEP worker and a couple of electricians were overcome by fumes there. Investigation suggests that the ill effects werre caused by a petroleum product that smells like gasoline and was not supposed to be i ... More >>

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    November 28, 2009

    Staten Island hit and run was a family affair

    Staten Island Advance photo/Michael Oates​It makes a sort of twisted sense that Allmir Lekperic would try to find a way to wiggle out. Lekperic, 26, was driving with a suspended license when he allegedly struck and killed an elderly Staten Island couple on their way to Thanksgiving Eve mass ca ... More >>

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    November 25, 2009

    Staten Island Dumbasses Pose for Camera While Robbing Dunkin' Donuts

    ​ We love Staten Island. These two guys broke into a Dunkin' Donuts in St. George in the wee hours of November 13, and stole about $3,000. However, they did not take precautions as to the security cameras, as this still from the Staten Island Advance shows. (Guy #2 is in the lower right hand ... More >>

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    November 17, 2009

    Council Gives Veto-Proof Vote to Parking Meter "Grace Period"

    Despite threats of a mayoral veto, the city council approved a five-minute parking ticket grace period in some circumstances. As their vote was 47 to 2, it is expected they will override the mayor's veto. Daniel Garodnick of Manhattan and Tony Avella of Queens voted no. Maria Baez, as is her custo ... More >>

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    November 16, 2009

    Somebody Got Murdered: Murder in Staten Island

    View Larger Map DATE: Nov. 14, 2009, 5:37 a.m. LOCATION: 23 York Ave., Staten Island. Staten Island isn't known as a murder hotbed, but this weekend, two men were shot and killed in the borough. The first of the fatal shootings took place early Saturday outside of the above address. The victim, id ... More >>

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    November 12, 2009

    Quick Hits

    ​ Avenue D and 10th Street ca. 1937. h/t The Bowery Boys. Four men dressed as the Super Mario Brothers beat up and robbed a cabbie in Staten Island on Halloween. The Staten Island Advance has the story and some bizarre footage. A mysterious powder was found on the floor of a New Jersey Tra ... More >>

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    October 9, 2009

    Verrazano Toll-Taker Skimmed $1,093, D.A. Charges

    Joseph Ryan Sforza, the Staten Island D.A. charges, wasn't happy with his earnings as a tool-booth attendant on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, so he started pocketing some of the money drivers handed him. His clever plan was allegedly to take the higher tolls charged for trucks, count them as cars an ... More >>

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    September 13, 2009

    Vendor crisis averted at Richmond County Fair

    The Staten Island Advance reported yesterday that health inspectors were shutting down food vendors at the Richmond County Fair (warning: blinking type), and that a local politician on the scene was not happy with the situationIn a telephone interview direct from the fair, State Senator Andrew Lanza ... More >>

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    September 11, 2009

    Lady Steals Salvation Army Bucket from Staten Island Store

    The Corporate Grind Cafe at the West Shore Plaza in Staten Island keeps a Salvation Army bucket on its counter, and its employees drop any tips left for their service in it, to be regularly delivered to a charity the owner favors. They also keep surveillance cameras, which is how the Staten Island ... More >>

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    September 10, 2009

    Local Papers' Rhythmic Gymnastics Slideshows a Bit of a Stretch

    ​We realize the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships are in session, but we also realize that the sport is not popular in the U.S. except as a source of derision. Nonetheless both the Daily News and the Staten Island Advance have photo features on it. In the slot where the News normally run ... More >>

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    August 25, 2009

    Cash for Clunkers Drove Car Sales -- Now It's Time for the "Hangover" Stories

    "Staten Island's car dealers brace for post-'Clunkers' letdown," says the Staten Island Advance. Wait a minute -- we thought the program was a failure! Certainly rightbloggers like to say so. Wizbang called it "a complete failure" -- because it hadn't disbursed most of its funds. (And you thought th ... More >>

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    August 13, 2009

    Staten Island, Anthony Weiner Town Brawls Bring a Little American Rage to Our Communist City

    ​That Staten Island Health Care Town Hall seems to have had some of the now-traditional bellowing, but not enough to work up a good segment for Glenn Beck. The Staten Island Advance said the New Dorp event was "a chance for many to vent frustration over the plan," which sounds promising at fir ... More >>

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    August 12, 2009

    Health Care Forum in Staten Island Tonight, Excitement Predicted

    ​Oh great: they're going to have another Health Care Town Meeting in New York this evening. But it's not going to be a set-up like the ones Anthony Weiner tried to put over on us in Queens. This one's in our most American borough, Staten Island, sponsored by the Staten Island Family Health Ca ... More >>

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    July 28, 2009

    Vox Populi: Staten Islanders Complain of Bad Drivers, "Guidos," "Doot-Da-Doots"

    ​We love the Staten Island Advance. Today they asked readers, "what are your most annoying encounters with road rudeness?" You may not know this, but Staten Island is much like Jersey, and its inhabitants rely mostly on motorized vehicles to get around. While the first commenter says, "get a ... More >>

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    July 16, 2009

    Suspect Arrested in Staten Island Baseball Bat and Bias Attack

    Police have made an arrest in that Staten Island bias attack we told you about yesterday. The Staten Island Advance says cops have responded to tips and picked up Joseph Sweeney, 23, on charges of second-degree assault as a hate crime, second-degree assault, and criminal possession of a weapon. Luis ... More >>

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    July 3, 2009

    Mayor, Cops Warn Against Illegal Fireworks, Rooftop Parties, Fun

    We know homemade fireworks are illegal in this town, but we were hoping that, with tourism down this summer, they might go a little easier on 4th of July street pyrotechnics. Alas, Mayor Bloomberg and the cops remain on our ass about it -- in fact they're even against rooftop parties to watch the Ma ... More >>

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    June 30, 2009

    Staten Islanders Displeased with Bike Lanes

    People complain about bike lanes elsewhere in the city, too, but Staten Island seems to have more trouble with them than most. The Staten Island Advance tells us that new bike lanes are planned for the borough even as "half of the paint forming the Bay Street [bike] route has worn away" because of t ... More >>

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    June 26, 2009

    Staten Island Girl Stuck in Egypt with Expired Passport

    There's a little girl who wants to come home to Staten Island, but can't. Five-year-old Jennah Farag, an American citizen, is in Egypt with her mother, naturalized citizen Rasha Farag, and has been detained by authorities because the girl's passport has expired, reports the Staten Island Advance. Cu ... More >>

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    June 19, 2009

    Staten Island School Excludes, Scars Kids with Poor or Cheap Parents

    It was the kind of scarring childhood experience that might be discussed at length in a therapist's office someday: When I was growing up on Staten Island and didn't have enough money to attend my school's end-of-the-year carnival, I pressed my face against the school-yard fence and watched all the ... More >>

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    June 10, 2009

    Carter Center Latest Staten Island Development Catastrophe

    Staten Island seems to have the kind of problems with development that the rest of the city had years ago. We mentioned in passing the troubled state of the Lighthouse Museum, which the Staten Island Advance and others consider a frustrating boondoggle. Recently the paper covered the magnificent but ... More >>

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    June 10, 2009

    Cow-Pony (or Pony-Cow) Sighted in Staten Island

    A lot of animals seem to be making a break for it these days -- from Molly the Cow, who bolted from a Queens slaughterhouse, to that walleroo that has been bouncing around fields upstate after escaping from a petting zoo. Yesterday, a stray pony joined the club after it was spotted galloping around ... More >>

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    June 8, 2009

    Prisoner Tape Offered as Evidence Against Rockefeller Drug Law Reform

    The Staten Island District Attorney's office posts, and the New York Post and Staten Island Advance circulate, a tape of a prison inmate bragging that when he gets out, thanks to the misguided repeal of the Rockefeller Drug Laws, he will return to a life of crime. "Now that I know that I'm never gon ... More >>

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    May 29, 2009

    Dottie Saved!

    The tabby caught in that Staten Island tree has been saved! "Jose," a "Samaritan/tree-service owner," has climbed the tree and rescued the kitty, announces the Staten Island Advance. The paper further reports that Dottie was "taken without permission last week by a neighborhood teenager interested i ... More >>

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    May 27, 2009

    Quick Hits

    Twitpic by bethofalltrades. We love Staten Island. These stories appear in today's Staten Island Advance: a 20-year-old who "opened fire" with a .45 on his street, an 18-year-old who slashed his 14-year-old brother in a dispute over TV volume, and a young couple who took their baby out for a joyri ... More >>

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    May 8, 2009

    Mayor Wants Ground Zero Summit

    Mayor Bloomberg is sick of this lollygagging at Ground Zero, and he wants a sitdown with developer Larry Silverstein -- and the governors of New York and New Jersey, who share responsbibility for the Port Authority ,which owns the site -- to git 'r done. Sheldon Silver also wants action: "I am fed ... More >>

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    May 8, 2009

    Quick Hits

    Well, it is a nice shot, but $329,000 is a little over our standard freelance rate. Best of luck, Luis Caldera. Great medical PR headline of the day: "Overeating to blame for U.S. obesity epidemic." The face transplant lady still loves her husband, who shot her face off. Brownsville Recreation C ... More >>

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    April 27, 2009

    Plane Circling Statue of Liberty Just "Taking Photos," Says Paper

    If you were worried about the plane lazily circling the Statue of Liberty this morning, don't be: the Staten Island Advance reveals, albeit belatedly, that the military flight "taking photos" of the statue. "Reports indicate it may be Air Force One," they add, suggesting that the Obama may have got ... More >>

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    April 21, 2009

    Hotel Latest of Staten Island Builder's Projects to Fizzle

    It's not just Manhattan that's getting hit hard by this economy. The Staten Island Advance tells us the Staten Island Hotel, jewel of the forgotten borough's hospitality industry, has gone into foreclosure. Its builder, Leib Puretz, is heavily invested in Staten Island real estate, with extensive pr ... More >>

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    March 30, 2009

    150 Audition to Sing Anthem for Staten Island Yankees

    If you weren't at the Staten Island Mall on Saturday, you missed a local talent show to warm the most jaded cosmopolitan heart: more than 150 vocalists competed for the right to sing the National Anthem at the start of Staten Island Yankees ballgames and "God Bless America" whenever they do that in ... More >>

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    March 11, 2009

    International Fugitive Found Cleaning Boats on Staten Island

    Have we told you lately that we love the Staten Island Advance? This is from one of this morning's stories, headlined "Police chase suspect through Staten Island cemetery": "It's unknown at this time what crime the person committed, but there's a lot of police activity in the area." And occasionally ... More >>

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    February 4, 2009

    Bobcat Captured in Staten Island

    Okay, this is more like it: someone in Staten Island caught a bobcat. The 45-pound kitty was stalking the Grosmere section and a citizen decided to take matters into his own hands, drawing the creature into a game cage "using raw chicken liver as bait," a tip you may want to save. The animal is said ... More >>

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    January 28, 2009

    World's Worst Bank Robber Goes For Record in Staten Island

    Poor Raymond Pagliarulo is, like many of us, just trying to live his dream, which is evidently to become a bank-robber. But he's not very good at it: he'd tried three times to pull bank jobs in Staten Island before today, only to get caught shortly afterwards. One time he even walked out empty-hande ... More >>

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    January 14, 2009

    Staten Island Paper Deplores MTV Appearance of Local Girl

    We congratulate the Staten Island Advance: "Cursing Staten Islanders take center stage on MTV show" sounds like one of our headlines. The paper says Staten Island continues to "serve as a laughing stock for viewers across the country" thanks to the recent appearance on MTV's "A Double Shot at Love w ... More >>

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    December 23, 2008

    Subway Fare Going Up To As Much As $3

    We've been hearing about it for weeks, but seeing it in black and white and bureaucratic language brings it painfully closer to reality: the MTA says that the upcoming fare hikes will "increase subway, local bus and SIR base fare to as much as $3 for cash fare on buses, single-ride ticket and/or Pay ... More >>

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    December 23, 2008

    Staten Island, Epicenter of Terror

    The Staten Island Advance tells us that Javed Iqbal of Mariner's Harbor had been using his backyard full of satellite dishes to help local traitors receive broadcasts from Al Manar, a Lebanon-based TV station backed by Hamas. Hamas is officially considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. That m ... More >>

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    December 4, 2008

    Fireman, Gay-Bashed with Metal Chair, Gets $3.75 Million from City

    Remember that Staten Island firehouse fight where one firefighter hit another in the face with a metal chair? The fight was treated as a drunk-fireman story, for which their captain and the brawlers were punished. Post-tabloid-celebrity, it was revealed at the bashed fireman, Robert Walsh (suspended ... More >>

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    December 1, 2008

    Lousy Economy Good News for Economics Teachers

    Not everyone hates the recession. College of Staten Island economics professor Jonathan Peters tells the Staten Island Advance that "it is a great time to be in this business" because financial collapse offers a "teachable moment" to his no doubt fascinated students. "Instead of simply discussing th ... More >>

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    November 4, 2008

    Second Marathon Casualty Named

    The Staten Island Advance reports that Joseph Marotta, a former Community Board Chairman, died of a heart attack Sunday night after walking the New York City Marathon. It was the 66-year-old's fourth Marathon, a tradition he began after his son donated a kidney to him in 2004. As previously reported ... More >>

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    October 21, 2008

    Midday Mash-Up: Dolls, Death, Drunk, etc.

    New York Dolls live album debuts; band will appear on Craig Ferguson October 29, allowing fans to recreate the old Mercer Arts feeling of being part of a small group watching. An 18-year-old parole violator was beaten to death last weekend at Rikers; mother complains to the Daily News that correcti ... More >>

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    September 29, 2008

    Morning Papers: Sunset, Hip Rebbe, Bad Club, Mating Teachers, QM2 in SI

    Gawker says freelancers have been notified that today's edition of the New York Sun will be the last. If that's true, we thank the six-year-old broadsheet for some good fun, some great writers, and today's article on a topic dear to our hearts, bedbugs. The Sun says that New York bedbug control lags ... More >>

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    August 31, 2008

    Weekend Peek-In: Pre-Labor Day Summary

    Joe My God had been promised a "Straight Pride Parade" today in Crown Heights. So, like a good reporter, he went this morning to check it out, and found only ordinary holiday weekend traffic and "a delicious pastry from Ken's Jamaican Bakery. Who knows, maybe I blinked and missed a handful of haters ... More >>

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    August 29, 2008

    4 More and Out the Door

    Labor Day Alert: Though it's a holiday weekend, the Brooklyn Flea is on Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm at 176 Lafayette, notifies Brownstoner. The Flea plans to run every Sunday except November 2 (due to the NYC Marathon) through December 21. Also: Subways will be a little funky through Monday, Second Av ... More >>

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    August 26, 2008

    Morning Read: Hospitals, Hooker Booker, More

    The New York Sun reports that City hospitals are in bad shape, financially: "The median growth of hospital expenditures outpaced the median growth of hospital revenues." People haven't started sending their sick relatives to Bismarck General instead of Mount Sinai, nor is reduced quality of care sug ... More >>

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    August 20, 2008

    NYC RFD: NYPD Bowls, Kids Fail, Gay-Bash in S.I., Rapist At Large

    The NYPD is reaching out to kids of South Asian, Guyanese, and Caribbean descent with a cricket league, reports the New York Sun. They've had so many applicants they've had to turn kids away. Normally the slow-paced British pastime makes baseball look like cage fighting, but the cops' young charges ... More >>

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    August 18, 2008

    Advance Covers Phone News of a Bygone Era

    Maybe Staten Island is a little old-fashioned about phones. For one thing, the Staten Island Advance believes its readers are interested in a long story about pay phones. There are only 237 of them in the borough, apparently, and Advance reporters find that many of them don't work, and some suffer t ... More >>

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    August 18, 2008

    Staten Island Man, Mauled By Pit Bulls, Dies

    A 90-year-old Staten Island man who was mauled by two pit bulls on July 1 has succumbed to his injuries, the Staten Island Advance reports. Port Richmond's Henry Piotrowski had been in Richmond University Medical Center's ICU since the dogs attacked him in his backyard nearly seven weeks ago. The do ... More >>

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