Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017

Breezy Point

Four accused of defrauding Build it Back

The city’s Department of Investigation announced the arrest of four individuals accused of trying to bilk thousands from the city through the Build it Back program. The arrests came after a series of investigations into the efficacy of the city’s Hurricane Sandy reconstruction projects. The department said the study had saved the city more than $40 million. Comments (2)



Third times the charm: Knights take down Prep in BQCHSAA opener

Holy Cross grabbed its third victory this season over St. Francis Prep on Monday night, defeating the Terriers in the first round of the BQCHSAA postseason. Comment

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017


TSA reports JFK Airport security breach

Port Authority Police said 11 individuals passed through an unattended checkpoint that was supposed to be manned by officers from the Transportation Security Administration at John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 5 Monday, according to a spokesman for the PA Police. Comments (1)

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De Blasio appoints new ACS commissioner

The city has a new commissioner of the Administration for Children’s Services after series of incidents involving the deaths of several toddlers, including 5-year-old Michael Guzman from Jamaica, forced Gladys Carrion to resign. Comments (1)

Second half surge: Royals roll in BQCHSAA opener

Christ the King dominated the second half Monday night, cruising to a lopsided victory over Xaverian in the first round of the BQCHSAA playoffs. Comments (1)

Jamaica woman punched in October assault dies

JAMAICA — A woman who was punched in the head and fell to the ground outside a Jamaica deli in October has died. Her death has been reclassified as a homicide, police said. Comments (1)

Friday, Feb. 24, 2017


Protesters clash at IDC rally against Avella

More than 100 people rallied outside the office state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) Friday to protest his defection to the Independent Democratic Caucus, a group of renegade elected officials who have allied themselves with the GOP representatives in an attempt to pass legislation in an Republican-majority Senate. Comments (5)

Vegans hold candlelight vigil for doomed Jamaica bull who died in custody

About two dozen animal advocates held a vigil on the curb outside of Aziz Slaughterhouse in Jamaica Wednesday evening in memory of a bull that escaped from the facility the day before, leading police on a wild chase throughout the streets of southeastern Queens. Comments (7)

Barnwell, Gianaris introduce legislation to reform affordable housing

State Assemblyman Brian Barnwell (D-Maspeth) has been busy since heading to Albany in January. The 30-year-old Woodside attorney, who stunned nine-term incumbent Margaret Markey in the Democratic primary before claiming her seat, has already introduced 12 pieces of legislation. Comments (6)

Townsend Harris students push for new principal

Members of the Townsend Harris High School community continued to criticize the interim principal installed at the school, with an online petition calling for her immediate removal. The news comes as the Queens borough president sent a letter to the head of the Department of Education bemoaning what she said was a lack of information on the process of selecting a permanent principal. Comment

Weekend Calendar for Queens: Feb. 25-26

Your weekend calendar: Feb. 25-26 Comment
Jackson Heights

Dromm, Constantinides join anti-Peralta rally in Jax Hgts

Two City Councilmen from northwest Queens demanded state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) reverse course and rejoin the mainline Democrats in Albany. Comments (5)

Katz honors Queens leaders at Black History Month event

Feb. 23 marked the fourth Black History Month celebration hosted by the African American Heritage Committee through the Queens Borough President’s office. The event, which honored student scholars and community leaders, was held at the newly built Helen Marshall Cultural Center atrium located at Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens. Comments (2)

Avella introduces bill to save downstate residents from upstate tax

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced a bill designed to save downstate residents from paying taxes on upstate power plants. Comment

Avella to hold free immigration legal services at Bayside office

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) will be extending his office hours to offer immigration legal assistance to the community as part of his commitment to the Independent Democratic Conference’s Immigration Defense Coalition. Comments (10)

Mortgage buyback program appears to help SE Queens

A program created to buy back distressed mortgage notes held by the federal government that was championed by southeast Queens lawmakers is seeing promising results thus far, according to testimony at a City Council oversight hearing. Comment

Crowley, mayor oppose DHS move to prosecute immigrants

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) and Mayor Bill de Blasio called Homeland Security’s new move to prosecute illegal immigrants a tactic which will result in mass deportations and divide families. Comments (4)

Another first

Queens’ riches are in its diversity, which was confirmed yet again by a new study that found the borough has more languages than anywhere else on the planet. Comments (3)
New Voices

Survivors of Japanese internment camps see parallels today

Feb. 19th marks the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, a 1942 decree from President Franklin D. Roosevelt that ordered the internment of Japanese Americansas well as some German and Italian nationals in American concentration camps during World War II. Comments (3)

High octane: TMLA’s extra energy propels squad to victory

The Mary Louis Academy jumped out to an early lead and never looked back en route to to a 56-32 victory over Archbishop Molloy on Friday. Comment

Irresponsible pols bring needless panic to immigrant communities.

We hear that the ICE raids on criminal illegal aliens throughout our nation and in New York City have brought needless panic to the immigrant communities in Queens. Comments (2)
The Play’s the Thing

Live theater is most lifelike entertainment

If you’re a regular reader of this column, as well you should be, then you’re probably a person who enjoys and values theater. For me there’s nothing like it, introduced to the stage by my parents at an early age — “Finian’s Rainbow” and “Brigadoon” come to mind back in the ‘40s. Comment

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017


Astoria residents fight religious organization trying to evict them

The 12 low-income tenants who remain in an Astoria dormitory-style residence were hailed as heroes last week for fighting eviction by a Christian non-profit so the building could be converted to a homeless shelter. Their attorney said they had faced threats and intimidation since the New York School of Urban Ministry told the original 39 residents to leave just before Thanksgiving. Comments (2)
Fresh Meadows

More seats coming to Francis Lewis High School

More than 500 new seats are soon to be constructed at Francis Lewis High School in order to alleviate intensive overcrowding, according to the city’s School Construction Authority. Comments (1)

Budget office examines free school lunch expansion cost

Amid calls to expand the free lunch program to all students in New York City’s public schools, an analysis by the city’s Independent Budget Office found the costs of expanding the program could be as much as $23 million, and changes to federal policy could endanger it further. Comments (3)
Jackson Heights

Crowley blames Trump for rise in hate crimes, threats

It took several weeks, but President Donald Trump finally spoke out Tuesday about a spike in bomb threats against Jewish community centers across the United States and the desecration a Jewish cemetery in Missouri. There have been 69 threats in 27 states in the last month, according to the JCC Association on North America, with most coming last weekend. Comments (4)

Activist street vendor remembered in Corona a year after her death

Dozens of immigrant vendors and advocates gathered for a candlelight vigil in Corona Tuesday to remember one of their leaders on the one-year anniversary of her death. Claudia Lopez was an iconic figure in the neighborhood, a churro vendor by the entrance to the Junction Boulevard No. 7 subway station for more than 22 years, before succumbing to cancer at the age of 45. Comments (1)

Bull dies after roaming Jamaica streets

The founder of an animal sanctuary in New Jersey attempted to rescue a bull that escaped from a Jamaica slaughterhouse Tuesday morning, only to learn that the animal had died while being transported to an animal care facility. Comments (3)

Plane registerd to Whitestone firm crashes in New Jersey

A plane registered to an address in Whitestone crashed in Bayonne, N.J. Comment
Forest Hills

Parkside Players bring Agatha Christie murder mystery to life

A good cup of coffee shouldn’t taste bitter, especially when it’s poured from a fancy silver carafe and served in fine English china. Comment

Mets back in action as Spring Training begins

It’s finally here. With the start of spring training last week, baseball is back. Comment

Sudden onset unattractiveness

When you go to the periodontist for oral surgery and all you’re worried about is the potential pain, you may forget to ask whether you will spend the next couple of weeks looking like a chipmunk beaten up by a gang of biker squirrels. Comment

New York City high schools are not preparing graduates for college

What’s the value of a high school diploma when the recipient isn’t ready for college or a particular career? Comments (3)

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