Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

St. Francis Prep says goodbye to legendary coach Vince O’Connor

St. Francis Prep celebrated the life of its legendary coach while saying a final goodbye. Comment.

Maria Tuccio, 68, lived in Astoria

ASTORIA — Maria Tuccio, 68, of Astoria died on Feb. 16. Comment.
Block Shots

Vince O’Connor’s legacy is built on personal, lasting relationships with players

Marco Battaglia remembers a time during his early years at St. Francis Prep when football coach Vince O’Connor was perceived to be unapproachable even when nothing could have been further from the truth. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 27, 2015


Bayside couple charged with kidnaping maid: DA

A Bayside couple allegedly held a maid they employed in their home against her will Feb. 13 and are accused of proceeding to beat, burn and torture her until she admitted to stealing items from the couple’s home, police said. Comments (2).

Ferreras cites four major developments in her District

City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) covered a lot of ground in her State of the District Address last week. Among the significant developments in District 21 are the groundbreaking of the first affordable senior housing development, the relocation of the Willets Point auto shops, the establishment of a higher education and health care institution and the future of the Jackson Heights BID extension into Corona, Comment.
Fresh Meadows

City in negotiation to buy back Fresh Meadows cemetery

Although the city has committed to figuring out a way to buy back the Brinckerhoff Colonial Cemetery in Fresh Meadows, the Friends of Brinckerhoff Colonial Cemetery is continuing to raise funds to cover incidental expenses. Comments (1).
East Elmhurst

Historians, lawmakers reflect on 50th anniversary of Malcolm X’s death

Fifty years after Malcolm X was assassinated in Manhattan’s Audubon Ballroom, historians and politicians alike say his teachings and principles remain relevant today. Comment.

Annual parade in Flushing rings in Lunar New Year

Fiery, vermillion and saffron-colored dragons, the beating thunder of the drums, and the vibrant lions dancing down Main Street almost made the Flushing Lunar New Year parade viewers forget the cold temperature Saturday morning. Comment.
Long Island City

Gantry guardian loses battle with cancer

The guardian of the Gantry is gone. Comments (1).

Bill would ban sex offenders from living near schools

Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) and state Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn) are calling for a statewide ban on sex offenders living near schools. Comment.

Raphael Sugarman, 56, wrote for TimesLedger Newspapers

CALGARY, ALBERTA — Raphael Sugarman, a columnist for the TimesLedger who wrote “From the Footlights” about Queens people working on Broadway, died Feb. 14 in Calgary. He was 56. Comment.

RIP: Clark Terry, jazz musician

I am proud to say that Mr. Terry was our next door neighbor in Bayside. When I was in elementary school, he introduced me to Archie Moore, who had the biggest hands I had ever seen. In the 1960s seat belts were not required. One day he invited all of us neighborhood kids to go for Carvel ice cream. There had to be eight of us loaded into his 1965 Malibu convertible, which my brother later bought from him. Comments (1).

Bayside coach Steve Piorkowski stayed positive to the end

The kindness, positive nature and fighting spirit that made Steve Piorkowski loved by all he came in contact with was with him even in his final days. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015


Top cop talks ‘hard truths’ with crowd in southeast Queens

NYPD Commissioner William Bratton spoke to the southeast Queens community in an effort to shelve the notion of police bias against minorities at a Black History month celebration at the Greater Allen AME Church in Jamaica Tuesday morning. Comment.

CK advances to diocesan final, Cross falls to Xaverian 

Christ the King’s foot is hitting the peddle with the playoffs underway. Comment.

Jazz musician Clark Terry, former Queens resident, left his mark

Jazz giant and educator Clark Terry, a renowned trumpeter and flugelhorn playerwho lived in Queens and worked with numerous musicians in the borough, died over the weekend at the age of 94 in Pine Bluff, Ark. Comments (1).

IDC still powerful in the Senate: Avella

When state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) first joined the Independent Democratic Conference, a group of rogue Democrats in the state Senate, he praised the group for its ability to overcome partisan lines and get things done. Comment.

Assemblywoman adds attorney to staff because of de Blasio’s proposal for Yards

As Mayor de Blasio pushes his Sunnyside Yards affordable housing megaproject forward, one elected official is warning that “this is a critical time for our neighborhoods in western Queens.” State Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (D-Ridgewood) announced Feb. 19 that Ira Greenberg, an attorney from Sunnyside Gardens, has joined her staff to work on transportation, housing and zoning issues related to the threat of over-development in western Queens. Comment.

St. Patrick’s parades ready to step off in borough

This Sunday’s 16th annual St. Pat’s for All Parade in Sunnyside will be a homecoming for Steven Malone, the very public face of the Central Park horse-carriage industry, who was born and raised in the neighborhood. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Lewis scores super-sized blowout in playoff win

Francis Lewis got its city title defense started with a lopsided victory of epic proportions. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Terminal B redevelopment on hold at LaGuardia while FEMA funds storm preparedness

The multibillion-dollar reconstruction project of LaGuardia Airport’s Central Terminal Building is in a holding pattern. Comment.

Longtime state Sen. George Onorato is remembered

Former state Sen. George Onorato, who represented western Queens for nearly 30 years, died last Saturday at the age of 86. Onorato served the borough in Albany from 1983 to 2010, as a member of multiple committees, including the task force on Waterfront Development. Comment.
Ozone Park

Alleged Sikh attacker indicted for hate crime

A Queens grand jury has indicted a Long Island man on hate crime charges for allegedly ramming his pick-up truck into a Sikh and dragging his body along the street before fleeing the scene in Ozone Park, the Queens District Attorney office said. Comment.
New Voices

Northwest Queens immigrants shun banks

Historically, new immigrants and their communities have faced barriers in securing financing through mainstream financial institutions. Some communities overcame racial and linguistic barriers by relying on fraternal and cultural organizations and tools such as rotating credit in order to open small businesses and establish immigrant neighborhoods. Comments (7).
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s holds off Xavier to bolster tournament résumé

February continues to be a magical month for St. John’s and it has NCAA Tournament games in March looking more and more certain. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

Jackson Heights

Medical firm to move into Jackson Heights Shopping Center

A Jackson Heights medical firm is moving into developer Muss Development’s Jackson Heights Shopping Center. Comment.

Designer looks backward to move fashion ahead

Scoring thrift store bargains and making upcycled, handmade clothing and accessories from reclaimed and vintage materials gets fashion bug Jacquie Tsang’s creative juices flowing, and she’s never sure what she’ll end up with. Comment.

Ridgewood man’s car catches fire in Bayside

BAYSIDE — A Ridgewood man parked near the Capital One Bank in Bayside after he started smelling smoke from his car Feb. 12. Comment.

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