Saturday, April 18, 2015

Jamaica Estates

Former St. John’s law student told to leave program

The Court of Appeals has upheld St. John’s University School of Law’s decision to invalidate the application of a student who did not disclose an arrest for a drug sale even though his record was expunged. Comment.

De Blasio odd man out in endorsing Hillary

When Hillary Clinton made her candidacy official Sunday by video, New York’s Democratic leaders raced to offer their endorsements. Except for Mayor Bill de Blasio. Comment.

SE Queens voting on participatory budgeting ends

The city’s participatory budgeting vote for neighborhoods in Jamaica, St. Albans, Hollis, Cambria Heights, Queens Village, Addisleigh Park, and Springfield Gardens will come to an end this Sunday. Comment.
College Point

College Point yacht club marks 150 years

The Williamsburgh Yacht Club celebrated its 150th anniversary Saturday in College Point with new and old members, the naval youth cadets and community leaders. Comment.
New Voices

Boro’s Hindu advocates confront domestic violence

Domestic violence is a taboo subject in most communities, where abused partners suffer in silence, unaware of the resources available to assist them. In addition to physical violence, abusive relationships may include verbal and emotional abuse, as well as sexual and financial coercion. Due to vulnerability, dependency or socio-cultural factors, the abused partner may try rationalizing or tolerating the abuse, which may cascade into further abuse that can span generations. Comment.
Queens Village

Queens GOPers unite under a diverse tent

I write in response to a recent liberal flamethrower who brought up the question, why does Queens have far more Democrats than Republicans. He answers by arguing side issues on climate change, evolution, religious freedom legislation in Indiana, and illegal immigration enforcement in Arizona, in order to distinguish Republican from Democratic views. We can eternally debate these issues, which although important to some, are relatively far down the totem pole on the list of relevance to the vast majority of citizens of Queens, and issues on which not all Republicans concur. Comment.
Block Shots

Arms already carrying pitching rich Mets

It is about pitching, pitching and more pitching for the Mets. Comment.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Queens Village

Out-of-control rental truck hits school bus, fruit store

Just before noon Friday an out-of-control Penske rental truck struck a school bus filled with children on Hillside Avenue and then rammed a fruit store, pinning a pedestrian, the Fire Department said. At least 30 people were taken to the hospital. Comment.

New initiatives seek to better Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Community members presented design concepts to help visitors to more easily navigate Flushing Meadows Corona Park as part of a joint project between the Queens Museum and the city Department of Parks and Recreation last week. Comments (2).

Noonan Playground renovation finishes two months early

The children are back in droves at the Lance Corporal Thomas P. Noonan Playground in Sunnyside after the city Parks Department completed a $2 million renovation of the park. Comments (2).

NYPD 111th Precinct welcomes new commanding officer

The 111th Precinct was assigned a new commanding officer, Capt. William McBride, in March. Comments (2).

Councilman responds to son’s arrest and charges

The son of City Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) was arrested and charged with assault, criminal mischief, resisting arrest, harassment and menacing last Friday after an alleged road rage incident, according to the Queens district attorney’s office. Comment.
Long Island City

SculptureCenter renovation project wins prestigious award

In October, the SculptureCenter completed a 14-month, $4.5 million expansion and renovation that modernized the facility at 44-19 Purves St., which was once a trolley car repair depot. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Hindu community wants holidays on school calendar

The Hindu community is putting pressure on the city to recognize three Hindu holidays on the public school calendar. Comments (2).

Center for Women to honor Letitia James, Helen Sears

The Center for the Women of New York is hosting its 28th-annual luncheon Saturday to recognize those men and women in New York City who have made great strides in women’s issues, many of whom are from Queens. Comments (1).

Teen charged with threatining to kills Queens councilman, family: DA

The teenager who was arrested for allegedly threatening to target City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) and his family in a drive-by shooting at their home in Hillcrest was a former friend of Lancman’s son, according to a spokeswoman for Lancman’s office. Comment.
Ozone Park

Furuya Sisters come to Ozone Park

Internationally recognized classical music trio, the Furuya Sisters, will make their first Queens appearance April 18 in Ozone Park. Comment.
Ozone Park

Faruya Sisters Come to Queens

Internationally recognized classical music trio, the Furuya Sisters, will make their first Queens appearance April 18 in Ozone Park. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

‘West Side Story’ hits the stage at St. Francis Prep

Tonight won’t be just any night as St. Francis Prep’s Alvernian Drama Society presents the classic musical “West Side Story,” Friday through Sunday in Fresh Meadows. Comment.
Mayoral Spin Cycle

A Hillary victory would shatter barriers

Novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald once famously said “There are no second acts in American life.” He was wrong, of course, because time and time again we have witnessed comebacks, late-in-life success, and numerous examples of redemption in the arts, politics, and the business world. Comment.

2015 All-Queens Girls Basketball Honors

Christ the King returned to its perch atop the city by winning a second straight CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens basketball title and its first Catholic Class AA state crown since 2010. The Royals fell a win shy of claiming another state Federation title, losing to Long Island Lutheran. Comment.
Ozone Park

Guilty verdict in Ozone Park molesting case

OZONE PARK — A jury found a Queens pedophile guilty of molesting two young sisters from Ozone Park between 2009 and 2012, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Thursday, April 16, 2015


Sunnyside mourns hero cop

Hundreds of police officers, FBI field agents and the head of the New York Field Division, representatives of other federal law enforcement agencies and a contingent of U.S. Navy Seals filled the pews of the Church of St. Teresa in Woodside to pay their respects to one of the NYPD’s top cops. Comment.

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Rego Park

Hundreds attend funeral for Jack Friedman

Jack Friedman was buried on Sunday afternoon, the day of his birthday when he would have turned 56, at Parkside Memorial Chapels in Rego Park. Comment.
Floral Park

No (C0) alarm in Floral Park home

The Floral Park home where an elderly couple, a tenant and a friend died last week after a car was left running in the garage did not have carbon monoxide detectors, Fire Department officials said. Comments (1).

Bayside study confirms lack of parking, seeks solutions

The Bayside Village Business Improvement District carried out a public parking study in Bayside over the last several weeks, culminating Tuesday with a public meeting to include community input in that study. Comments (5).

Participatory budgeting draws high numbers in NE Queens

The votes have yet to be tallied as New York City participatory budgeting continues into the weekend, but Queens council members expect the turnout to be at an all-time high. Comments (1).

Downtown Jamaica Development plan unveiled

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen announced Wednesday the launch of the Jamaica Now Action Plan to revitalize downtown Jamaica into a epicenter of tourism, transit, dining, and shopping area for all visitors. Comments (3).
Long Island City

You’re not crazy, Variations Theatre group delivers a knock-out ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’

Literature is littered with the noble but flawed character who attempts to right a wrong by attacking the hypocrisy or deceitfulness of those in power. Comment.

King of Falafel to open brick and mortar restaurant in Astoria

A Palestinian from the West Bank city of Ramallah has fashioned his own version of the American Dream on the streets of Astoria. Comments (1).

Church, NYPD, ruffles in prom dress, shoes, purses for teens

The NYPD joined Highland Church members to put together a charity prom dress event for young women in Jamaica Saturday at the Fellowship Hall on 162nd Street. Comment.

CB 7 rejects applications for mosque, metal company

Community Board 7 turned down an application for a mosque to be built on Parsons Boulevard and disapproved another by a manufacturer seeking to expand its facility in College Point. Comments (2).

Council members from Queens urge de Blasio to readjust water rates

The city’s Department of Environmental Protection proposed a 3.24-percent water rate increase to the city water board in late March, but several Queens lawmakers are upset over yet another expected increase for residents. Comments (1).

Queens Taste 2015 moves to the New York Hall of Science in Corona

The borough’s premiere annual food and networking event is coming to Corona this year. Comment.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Community Service

Queens Fellowship plans grants focusing on girls, women

The Queens Fellowship is accepting applications for a yearly grant for Queens-based organizations that seek to empower young adults in areas such as financial literacy, entrepreneurship, science and technology. Comment.

Yumcha Yoga offers classes for Flushing residents

When Yen Yen Woo arrived in Flushing in 2006, she started looking for a space where she could publish her Chinese comic book series. Comments (1).
Far Rockaway

Far Rockaway job fair to assist teens

The Beach 41st Cornerstone Community Center is hosting a job fair in Far Rockaway next week. Comment.

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