Monday, Feb. 20, 2017

Middle Village

Six injured in Middle Village apartment house fire


Gotti’s grandson pleads guilty to drug charges: DA

John Gotti, 23, the grandson and namesake of famous crime boss John Gotti, pleaded guilty to selling oxycodone last week and was expected to be sentenced to eight years, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
College Point

7-month-old baby found dead in College Point

A College Point infant died Saturday, police said. Comments (2)

Lancman wants uniform curb heights

The city’s Department of Transportation should fix any changes they make to curbs in the process of repairing streets in order to protect homeowners and tenants from flooding and city fines, City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) said about legislation he has proposed. Comment

High school grad rates increase in borough and city

High school graduation rates in Queens increased and dropout rates declined during the past school year, matching citywide trends, according to city statistics, but state authorities cited worsening trends for English Language Learners in the city. Comments (3)

Mobsters charged with murder: Feds

Two members of the Lucchese crime family have been charged with murdering a fellow family member and the attempted murder of a Bonnano family member from Whitestone, according to Manhattan federal prosecutors. Comments (2)

Fighting evictions

It’s tough to be poor in Queens and the city seems to be taking note. Comment
Springfield Gardens

CBP arrests man smuggling cocaine

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS Customs and Border Protection officials captured someone trying to smuggle four pounds of cocaine into the country in pairs of sneakers Comment

Poetic license

Actor, writer, director, and former English teacher Mark Lord has a new original show to share. Comment

At the top of the hill: Mary Louis star honored as All-American

Danielle Patterson has played the role of leader for the Hilltoppers throughout the season, but on Monday the senior star accepted the latest honor in a long list of accolades, named a McDonald’s All-American. Comment

Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017

Long Island City

Shia LeBeouf knocks MOMI

Actor Shia LaBeouf tweeted his disapproval after the Museum of the Moving Image closed the his anti-Trump exhibit. LaBeouf shared an image last Friday that said “The museum abandoned us” with the hashtag #hewillnot divideus. Comments (4)

Police search for Flushing assault suspects

FLUSHING — Police were searching for two suspects wanted in connection with an assault in Flushing. Comment

Former ‘Dozo player looking to follow in coach’s footsteps

Melvin Robinson found a basketball family at Cardozo under head coach Ron Naclerio and now the Environmental Studies coach is hoping to do the same at his program. Comment

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017


Students advocate for diminished tobacco use

A number of student advocates from southeast Queens traveled to Albany last week to encourage legislators to do more to discourage smoking among New York City residents, particularly teenagers. Comments (2)

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De Blasio’s State of the City focuses on affordability crisis

From the start of his State of the City address at Harlem’s Apollo Theater Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio promised it would not include the “bells and whistles” of years past, with expensive project proposals such as developing the Sunnyside Yards or building a street car connecting Queens with Brooklyn. Instead the mayor concentrated on the city’s affordable housing crisis. Comments (1)

Police seek man wanted for public lewdness

JAMAICA — The NYPD was seeking a man who performed an act of public lewdness and was asking for the public’s help in locating him. Comments (1)

Lasting legacy for Leary: Prep coach honored at last home game

St. Francis Prep Tim Leary coached his final home game on Sunday, wrapping up a storied career that has come to shape the Terriers’ boys basketball program. Comment

Friday, Feb. 17, 2017


Lawsuit filed on behalf of Astoria residents evicted by Christian ministry

The Legal Aid Society filed a lawsuit in Queens Supreme Court Friday to protect low-income tenants from eviction by a Christian non-profit in Astoria. Comments (1)

Avella, QQS call for permanent roundtable facilitator on airplane noise

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has called on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to hire a permanent roundtable facilitator to resolve the issue of airplane noise over northeast Queens following the agency’s announcement it would have someone temporarily fill the position. Comments (2)

Weekend Calendar for Queens: Feb. 18-19

Your weekend calendar: Feb. 11-12 Comment

Vaughn College ranked No. 1 in upward mobility for students

A Flushing-based aviation college topped the list of colleges across the country that help move students from poverty to prosperity. Comment

Cuomo cuts $65M from MTA budget

Transit advocates rallied in Albany Monday for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to restore $65 million in funds promised to the MTA as the state agency struggles to address widespread delays and overcrowding. According to Riders Alliance, the budget must still be negotiated with the state Senate and Assembly, which have the power to demand the funds be invested in transportation. Comments (3)

CB7 approves “Flushing Point Plaza”

Downtown Flushing is getting another high-rise complex right in the pathway to LaGuardia Airport. Comments (1)

Commision considers familial DNA searching

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and elected officials pushed for the state Commission on Forensic Science’s DNA Subcommittee to consider authorizing the use of familial DNA searches to help find suspects in unsolved cases during a hearing last Friday. Comment

Heads Up!

Mondays strong winds literally blew the roof off a Fresh Meadows gas station. Comment

St. John’s students want campus statue for Hugh Carey

It was heralded as New York’s worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, and a St. John’s University graduate had the opportunity to change it for the better. The St. John’s graduate was Hugh Carey, who was elected governor of New York in 1974. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

It’s time to boycott the Knicks — and James Dolan

How do we fix the problem at Madison Square Garden? By hitting it in the pocketbook, says our columnist. Comments (3)

A perfect Knight: Rowland sets Queens College scoring record

Madison Rowland didn’t come to Queens College with the intention of changing the program, but that’s exactly what she’s done and, on Saturday, she added another notch to her resume, setting the program’s all-time scoring record. Comment

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