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Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015

Flushing

New York State Pavilion paint project is complete

Workers at the New York State Pavilion have completed a $3 million beautification project that painted the crown of the weather-worn structure in its original “American Cheese” yellow paint. The work began June 14 and took less than eight weeks. Comment.
Astoria

The Elmezzi Foundation awards $100,000 grant to Mount Sinai Queens

The Elmezzi Foundation has provided a $100,000 grant to Mount Sinai Queens to support a population health management program, in which information technology is employed to consolidate the various aspects of patient care. Centered at its Family Health Associates Clinic in Astoria, the program will consist of four care management teams to engage nearly 500 people per year, with a goal of significantly impacting the medical, behavioral and social health outcomes of individuals in Astoria, Long Island City and throughout Queens. Comment.
Forest Hills

Participatory Budgeting back for District 29

Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) is once again gearing up for Participatory Budgeting in her district, composed of Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Rego Park and parts of Richmond Hill. Comment.
New Voices

Activists Rally in Support of Right to Know Act

Queens activists took to Woodside Plaza to urge Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) to support the Right to Know Act—a set of proposals under consideration in the City Council that would require police officers to identify themselves during interactions with the public and restrict “unconstitutional searches.” Comment.
Queens Village

A referendum on stop and frisk

Our city is in peril and we need a change, of course. This epic battle will play out Nov. 3 when voters make their feelings known. Comment.

Confident Campus Magnet expect rebound season

The trust Campus Magnet coach Eric Barnet placed in quarterback Que Ruan Mosby late last season paid off and is returning some confidence to a program looking to get back to its winning ways. Comment.
Astoria

Police search for two suspects in Astoria Houses gunfire

ASTORIA - Police from the 114th Precinct are looking for two men after gunshots were heard outside the Astoria Houses Monday night. Officers responded to a 911 call of shots around 10 p.m. in the parking lot in front of 1-04 Astoria Blvd. Comment.

Friday, Aug. 28, 2015

Willets Point

Remaining Willets Point auto shops worry about their fate

Auto shop workers and owners in Willets Point have mixed feelings about the city’s treatment of them after the de Blasio administration chose not to appeal a ruling to halt the Willets West megamall project. Comment.
Hunters Point

City may place ferry landing near Gantry Plaza State Park

The city Economic Development Corp. is studying two locations for a new ferry landing in Long Island City; just north of Anable Basin off 44th Drive and the small plaza near the northeast corner of Gantry Plaza State Park. The EDC will send representatives to the Sept. 15 meeting of the Hunters Point Civic Association, where they will explain their proposal and take feedback on the concerns and opinions of the neighborhood. Comment.
Jamaica

AirTrain to be suspended for maintenance during weekend

The AirTrain JFK service will be suspended from 11 p.m. Saturday until 7 a.m. Sunday for scheduled maintenance, the Port Authority announced Friday. Comment.
Far Rockaway

NYPD will give info card after stops

A federal court Monday approved two proposed policing reforms on racial profiling and the much-debated stop-and-frisk policy for the NYPD after a landmark case, Floyd v. City of New York, against the police practice was won in 2013. Comments (1).
Queensbridge

City starts roof replacement project at Queensbridge Houses

The Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City will be first in line for new rooftops as part of the city’s $300 million project to improve the quality of life at New York City Housing Authority developments over the next three years. Comment.
Far Rockaway

First affordable housing project comes to Rockaways

Mayor Bill de Blasio and borough elected officials broke ground last week on the first affordable housing project under the city’s new housing program at the Beach Channel Senior Apartments in Far Rockaway. Comment.
Howard Beach

Boro trees impacted by Sandy are dying

Last week 20 college students ended their nature study on the impact of Hurricane Sandy on trees across Queens. Comment.
Government

Horse carriage debate rekindled by mayor’s radio interview

Mayor Bill de Blasio has repeatedly pushed legislation in the City Council that would ban the horse carriage industry in the city as it exists today, but now has called on advocates to get the measure passed rather than fighting good fight himself. Comment.
Glen Oaks

Friedrich says strong voices fix issues

Bob Friedrich, a Democratic City Council candidate running for Mark Weprin’s former seat, won a major fight. Comments (9).

Parhar says eastern Queens needs a change in leadership

Satnam Singh Parhar, one of the Democratic candidates vying for Mark Weprin’s former City Council seat in eastern Queens, and his life story embodies at least for some immigrants the American dream. Comments (3).
Bellerose

Dosamantes, City Council candidate, wants to reform education

Bellerose native Celia Dosamantes—at 24, the youngest of the seven candidates pursuing the City Council seat vacated by Mark Weprin—has ambitious goals for District 23. Comments (4).
Hollis

Basketball clinic teachs “Royal Skills” to kids

Royal Ivey, a Hollis native who started out playing for Cardozo High School and went on to a career as an NBA player and coach, will bring his knowledge of what it takes to win both on and off the basketall court back to his home turf this weekend. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Street theater performance takes big business to school

Theater for the New City rolls into Jackson Heights this weekend with a free performance of a musical that chronicles the challenges and struggles facing the city’s school system. Comment.
Editorial

Willets revisited

The de Blasio administration’s refusal to back an appeal by the developers of the $3 billion Willets Point project could be the first step in reversing a questionable decision to substitute a mega-mall for affordable housing. Comment.
Opinion

New Jersey ruling returns sanity to child care

It pains me to say it, but New Jersey is suddenly a light unto us all. Last week, its Supreme Court there ruled that it isn’t automatically child abuse to let your kid wait in the car while you pick up the dry cleaning. Comments (2).
Letters

A civil rights legend’s legacy stands tall

The Jamaica Branch NAACP salutes the life and legacy of NAACP executive board member and former board chairman, Julian Bond who died Aug. 15. Mr. Bond dedicated his entire life towards civil rights and the upward mobility of mankind. Comment.
Track and field

Gallagher’s strong summer ends in world championship semifinals

Kerri Gallagher went into the IAAF World Championship and showed she could compete with the best 1500 meter runners in the world. The Belle Harbor native made the semifinals and finished in the top 24 at the Worlds in Beijing, China last weekend. Comment.
Flushing

Man wanted for stealing woman’s purse in Flushing: NYPD

FLUSHING — Police were looking for a man who robbed a woman in Flushing over the weekend. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015

Education

Queens’ pre-K seats rise to 23,000 from 14,000

The city’s universal pre-K, or pre-Kindergarten, officially starts Wednesday, Sept. 9, and the mayor’s office said Wednesday it has officially met its goal of enrolling at least 70,000 families in full-day programs. Comments (5).

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Bay Terrace

Barnes & Noble to leave Queens, closing two stores

Barnes & Noble’s two remaining locations in Queens will both be closing. The Forest Hills’ Barnes & Noble, located at 70-00 Austin St, will be replaced by a Target superstore set to open sometime in 2016, while its location in Bay Terrace does not yet have a specified closure date. Comment.
Willets Point

Future of Willets Point Development Plan now uncertain

The $3 billion Willets Point project is in limbo after the city announced it would not appeal a recent appellate court ruling requiring state legislative approval before a proposed megamall could move forward. At issue is the absence of affordable housing in the first phase of the multi-use development. Comments (2).
East Elmhurst

City opens a new shelter for homeless families in East Elmhurst

Faced with a spike in the city’s homeless population this summer, the Department of Homeless Services declared the former Clarion Hotel in East Elmhurst an emergency shelter. More than 40 homeless families began moving into the city’s first new shelter to open in 2015, directly across the Grand Central Parkway at 94-00 Ditmars Ave. Comments (3).
Whitestone

Two lanes at Throgs Neck Bridge will be closed this weekend

Up to two Bronx-bound lanes at the Throgs Neck Bridge will be closed this weekend for asphalt and binder work on the bridge. Comment.
Jamaica

Boro churches heighten security after Charleston

In the wake of the fatal church shooting in Charleston, S.C., churches in southeast Queens have taken a look at their security measures. Comment.
Woodhaven

Ambulance corps’ future in doubt

The Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Ambulance Corps is running out of options. Comment.
Flushing

Rickshaw rider traveling the world arrives in Flushing

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) welcomed Chen Guanming, who is known as “the Olympic Rickshaw Rider,” to the steps of Flushing Library last weekend. Comment.
Jamaica

South Jamaica Houses drown in sewage water

The New York City Housing Authority brought in a contractor Tuesday morning to sanitize the South Jamaica Houses community center and the apartment above after it was flooded Sunday evening with sewage water near 109th Avenue in south Jamaica. Comments (3).
Woodhaven

Consensus elusive over proposed Woodhaven SBS

Woodhaven Boulevard is a dangerous and congested mess. That much, transit advocates, city politicians, transit officials, and local community members can all agree on—but not much else. From the very name of the proposed $200 million redesign to the proposal’s effect on pedestrians, businesses and traffic, consensus is hard to come by. Comments (13).
Education

DOE to investigate subpar education in city yeshivas

Young Advocates for Fair Education, or Yaffed, a Brooklyn-based advocacy organization, has caused a stir in New York’s Orthodox Jewish community after releasing a letter saying the secular education in 39 yeshivas in Brooklyn and Queens was substandard, and in some cases, likely illegal. Comments (6).
Springfield Gardens

Springfield Gardens theater troupe heads to the Caribbean

Hillcrest High student Nadia Butler was looking for more out of her school break than an endless marathon of Netflix viewing and daily doses of chat show host Wendy Williams’ “Hot Topics.” Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015

Jackson Heights

Crowley helps hand out back-to-school supplies

With the start of the school year less than three weeks away, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) took part in back-to-school events in Corona and Jackson Heights in the past week, helping to hand out supplies to more than 400 students. Comments (2).
Ridgewood

Trans-Pecos bridges groups in a changing Ridgewood

As the line between Ridgewood and Bushwick continues to blur, the complexities of gentrification familiar to Brooklyites have arrived in central Queens. Comment.
Politics

Endorsements continue to roll in as City Council election approaches

New endorsements have been announced for three of the candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for Mark Weprin’s former City Council seat in eastern Queens: Bob Friedrich, Satnam Singh Parhar and Barry Grodenchik. Comments (13).
Woodhaven

Whalen Playground renovation under way

Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski, City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) and Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) joined members of Community Board 9 and the Woodhaven Residents Block Association to officially kick off construction at the Mary Whalen Playground in Woodhaven. Comments (5).
Astoria

Homegrown talent will be featured at the New World Queens Fest

The New World Queens Fest is set to rock Astoria Park on Saturday, Aug. 29, with live performances from more than 30 bands and 30 artists featuring bossa nova, reggae, hip-hop and R&B, funk, bluegrass and Afro-Cuban. The festival, presented by the non-profit Astoria Music & Arts, will also bring visual arts, dancers, performance artists and interactive children’s events to two stages and tents set up on the Great Lawn between the RFK and Hell Gate bridges. Comments (1).

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