Monday, June 29, 2015

Rochdale Village

Man shot to death in Rochdale Village

A Jamaica resident was fatally shot Sunday night near 166th Place in Rochdale, according to police. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Jacx Hts to hold vigil marking 25th anniversary of Julio Rivera’s murder

Jackson Heights residents will join City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and LGBTQ activists for a candlelight vigil Wednesday to mark the 25th anniversary of Julio Rivera’s anti-gay murder. The crowd will gather at the southwest corner of 78th Street and 37th Avenue, the very spot where the 29-year-old gay bartender was brutally killed by a three-man “hunting party” in the early morning of July 2, 1990. Comment.

Arson blamed in fire at Woodhaven church’s community center

A fire briefly lit a church’s community center in Woodhaven on Monday morning, according to police. Comments (1).

DOT to build Astoria’s first Slow Zone and protect cyclists on Vernon Boulevard

Motorists in Astoria will have to slow down later this summer when the Department of Transportation begins construction of the neighborhood’s first Slow Zone. Comment.

Schools chancellor addresses PS 120 carnival incident in Flushing

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña had some harsh words at a roundtable discussion last week for former PS 120 Principal Joan Monroe, who was reassigned after she banned students who did not pay a required fee to attend a Flushing school carnival. Comment.
Forest Hills

New York Pops come to Forest Hills

The New York Pops are shimmying over to the Forest Hills Stadium this summer with thousands of free tickets for students in the area. Comment.

State lawmakers pass bill to reform nail salon industry in the city

State lawmakers passed legislation introduced by state Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) that would target unlicensed nail salons but also protect vulnerable workers. Comments (1).
Block Shots

Representing Queens on the football field

Charles Driver looked around at Empire Challenge practice and was shocked to see there were very few players of his kind there. Comment.

Woman raped by fake customer at Flushing massage parlor: NYPD

FLUSHING — Police were searching for a man who posed as a customer and raped a woman in a massage parlor in Flushing June 16. Comment.

Sunday, June 28, 2015


Shirley Weinstein, veteran Flushing community leader dies

Shirley Weinstein, a well-known community and civic leader in Flushing who died at the age of 90 June 13, was described by friends and fellow community leaders as a hardworking, honest activist who was always “civic-minded.” Comment.

Jamaica business look forward to improvements

The Jamaica Business Improvement District had its annual meeting Tuesday, where keynote speaker York College president Marcia Kiesz talked about future project idea such as first ever CUNY School of Pharmacy and capital investment in the startup industry, at the Harvest Room since the launch of Jamaica Now action plan this year in downtown Jamaica. Comments (1).

Dads reconnect with kids at Queens Zoo for Father’s Day

In celebration of Father’s Day, the city Department of Youth and Community Development brought hundreds of fathers who don’t have custody of their children together with their kids at the Queens Zoo on Saturday to reconnect over nature and animals. Comment.

Rainbow store in Whitestone closing

The Rainbow store in the Whitestone Shopping Center will be closing after more than 40 years of serving shoppers in the area. Comment.

The best of Queens softball celebrated

Archbishop Molloy has reclaimed its place atop both the borough and the city. Comment.
The Civic Scene

Queens schools accomplish much this year

As the 2014-2015 school year ends, I again print some of the many fine things happening in our high schools. Comment.

Punishment must fit the crime

Interestingly, the Democratic versus Republican fence in the City Council has been torn down with the recent joint proposal of Councilmen Lancman (D) and Ulrich (R) for more diversion routes (in lieu of punishment) in “veterans courts” for veteran criminals in lockstep with Mayor de Blasio’s task force on behavioral health and the criminal justice system, whose recommendations are premised upon the false conclusion that the social environment-mental disorder complex determines sociopathic behavior and criminal acts. Comment.

Saturday, June 27, 2015


Plastic foam to-go containers on the way out

After July 1, the city will no longer permit restaurants to use EPS products, commonly referred to as Styrofoam, a good and cheap insulator used to hold food and beverage products. Comment.

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Fresh Meadows

Over 8,600 Road Runners run in Queens 10K

New York Road Runners’ flagship event in Queens returned to Flushing Meadows Corona Park Sunday, bringing out 8,650 runners for the 2015 Queens 10-Kilometer Race. Comment.

District 29 candidate gets Dem support

Alicia Hyndman, Democratic candidate for William Scarborough’s state Assembly seat, is one of the first contenders to announce her campaign for the special elections. Comment.

Ahmed blossoms into cricket star at John Adams

Talk to Amran Ahmed and he will use a few simple words to get his point across. They will be barely audible, because the John Adams cricket star is as shy as they come off the field. On the field, however, it’s a different story. Comment.

Rising above hate

The horror of racism jolted Queens as residents of the nation’s most ethnically diverse borough gathered to mourn the deaths of nine people gunned down inside a Charleston, S.C. church. Comment.
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Cheers to the Latino Leadership Institute

In a world dominated by skyrocketing tuitions and onerous student loans, the Latino Leadership Institute stands out in being able to provide a superlative education to young people who would otherwise not be able to afford it — for free. Comment.

Uncovering a hidden health care cost

My recent hospital bill had an asterisk at the bottom noting, “includes New York State surcharge tax,” so I decided to investigate. I was shocked to discover that since 1996 New York State has imposed a 9.63% surcharge on patient care from licensed health care providers. Every time we go to a hospital or a clinic or to a doctor’s office, the state adds a 9.63% surcharge to the bill. While insurance companies pay the surcharge, they pass it on to patients directly or through higher premiums. Comment.

Friday, June 26, 2015


Queens’ gay councilmen welcome same-sex marriage decision

A Department of Transportation press event on the long-awaited redesign of 21st Street in Astoria was delayed by history Friday morning. City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) was on the phone telling his husband, Dan Hendrick, that the U.S. Supreme Court had just ruled 5-4 in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide, Comments (5).
Broad Channel

Post-Sandy restorations at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge announced Monday it will start the groundwork for a post-Sandy restoration project this fall in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, the National Park Service and the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy. Comment.

Costa rallies Acropolis residents who are living without gas or hot water

Residents of the Acropolis Gardens co-op in Astoria are at their wits’ end, having lived without cooking gas and hot water for more than six weeks. Public Advocate Letitia James and City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) joined many tenants Monday outside their garden apartments on Ditmars Boulevard and 33rd Street to call on the complex’s management company to make the necessary repairs to restore gas service. Comment.
Queens Village

Concannon’s GOP backers for City Council tout pro-police record

Political activist Joe Concannon is not likely to have any competition in the primary election as he campaigns for Mark Weprin’s City Council seat. As he officially announced Monday outside the NYPD’s 105th Precinct in Queens Village, Concannon has the backing of both the Republican and Conservative Party lines. Comments (2).

Queens Museum lit orange at vigil for Charleston massacre, gun violence victims

Elected officials, community leaders and anti-gun violence advocates spoke out against the Charleston massacre and gun violence in Queens Monday night in front of the Queens Museum. Comment.

Knockdown Center takes home liquor license

The controversial Knockdown Center in Maspeth succeeded in its second attempt to get a liquor license. Comment.

AME, elected officials reflect on Charleston shooting during service

Southeast Queens tried to come to terms with the shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C. as several city leaders gathered at the Greater Allen AME Church in Jamaica to share their perspectives. Comment.

Petition opposing new high school grows to 3,200 signatures

A petition has been circulating in protest of the city School Construction Authority’s purchase of the Bayside Jewish Center for a future high school site, and now with over 3,200 signatures, it is a clear indicator of some strong opposition to the project. Comment.

Homeless man charged in connection with Forest Park murder: NYPD 

A homeless man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a 23-year-old man in Forest Park in Woodhaven earlier this month, the NYPD said. Comment.

Artist’s exhibition celebrates serenity and feminity

An exhibit by Taiwanese artist Sophie Wen-Shuo Yen is bringing serenity and femininity to the Hwang Gallery high above the bustling streets of Flushing. Comment.

Ramadan revelations

Ramadan, the holy fasting month for Muslims, started for me and my TimesLedger colleague Madina June 18 at the TimesLedger office. During Ramadan, Muslims fast—no eating or drinking at all—from sunrise to sundown. Comment.

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