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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Astoria

City moves to make 21st Street safer for pedestrians

The city has begun introducing improvements, and is proposing many more, to make a two-mile stretch of 21st Street safer connecting Astoria with Long Island City. Comment.
Bayside Hills

Young Baysider wins spelling bee

Srinath Mahankali of Bayside Hills has won the top spot in his division at the New York Daily News Spelling Bee, outspelling about 70 of the best and brightest fifth through eight-graders in the city Comment.
Springfield Gardens

Cookie sales snag Queens Girl Scout top spot

Sales isn’t for the faint of heart. But for one Queens teenager, all of the qualities of a young saleswoman were apparent from her philanthropic Girl Scout Cookie transactions. Comment.
Maspeth

Maspeth wins city crown in its first varsity season

For two years Maspeth envisioned winning a city championship in its first varsity season, but it was still hard for them to believe it was happening. Comment.

Christ the King digs out of first quarter hole to beat LuHi in Federation semifinals

ALBANY – Christ the King put itself in a tough position early only to wiggle out and keep its three-peat dreams alive. Comment.
Opinion

City should not try to end half-day pre-K programs

This letter is in response to the article in the March 20 edition entitled “City hopes to enroll 70,000 students in pre-K by fall.” Comment.
Basketball

Lavin won’t return to St. John’s bench

Steve Lavin is out as St. John’s men’s basketball coach. Comment.
The Play’s the Thing

Parkside Players president Glenn Rivano shares the spotlight

Glenn Rivano doesn’t believe in term limits. At least not when it comes to his presidency of the Parkside Players. He’s held the office for 20 years, and there’s a rumor that it may be a lifetime position. Comment.

Royal Rally: Toussaint’s big fourth sends CK to Federation final

ALBANY – Dominique Toussaint’s stellar fourth-quarter performance helped her make good on her promise to her teammates and turned Christ the King Coach Bob Mackey’s defensive adjustment into a genius move. Comment.
Woodside

Woodside babysitter found guilty in shaken baby case

WOODSIDE — A 43-year-old Woodside woman was found guilty Monday of manslaughter in the death of a 9-month-old baby, who was violently shaken by his babysitter on March 10, 2010. Yohani Moran, a resident of 64th Street, faces up to 15 years in prison following a four-week long trial. Comment.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Flushing

New plan for RKO Keith’s Theater approved by CB 7

The long-delayed plans for RKO Keith’s Theater in Flushing have been approved by Community Board 7 after years of the property passing through the hands of multiple developers. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Culture town hall focuses on real estate forcing out LIC artists

The first ever Long Island City Cultural Town Hall Meeting was expected to be a forum on the “Sunbather” sculpture, a controversial piece of publicly funded art that has roiled Community Board 2 in recent months. Instead, the eight-foot-long pink statue, and its impending installation on Jackson Avenue, were barely mentioned. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Legislation that cracks down on fake IDs market passes Senate

The illicit market for fake identification has made Roosevelt Avenue a destination for decades for underage youths looking for “proof” to enter bars and clubs as well as immigrants looking for a fake green card or Social Security card. Comments (3).
Broadway-Flushing

Ferrigno House in Broadway-Flushing on the market

A couple of families have expressed serious interest in buying the landmarked Ferrigno House in the Broadway-Flushing Historic District. Comments (3).
Flushing

Volunteers prepare botanical garden for season

Bright blue skies and mild weather were the mark of spring’s turning point Sunday, when volunteer groups turned out to prepare the Queens Botanical Garden for the season. Comment.
Maspeth

DEP must commit to community negotations on Newtown Creek: Katz

The city Department of Environmental Protection presented its application for the construction of an aeration facility on the Maspeth side of the Newtown Creek during a public land use hearing before Queens Borough President Melinda Katz last week. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s women’s basketball rolls on

St. John’s may have missed the NCAA tournament after a string of five straight appearance, but it is taking full advantage of its current post season opportunity. Comment.
Maspeth

Environmental groups continue push back on Newtown Creek aeration

Environmental advocacy groups such as Riverkeeper and the Newtown Creek Alliance have long opposed the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s push to aerate the Newtown Creek. Comment.
Astoria

Q103 bus service now permanent in Astoria and Long Island City

Riders and elected officials in western Queens are applauding the long-awaited permanent expansion of the Q103 bus line, which connects Astoria and Long Island City along Vernon Boulevard. The MTA approved the plan that would make weekend and expanded weeknight service permanent, linking numerous cultural institutions and waterfront parks in the two waterfront communities. Comment.
Sunnyside

Residents to choose which projects get funded with $1 million

Residents in Sunnyside, Long Island City and Woodside will get to choose which community projects will be getting $1 million in public funding through the process of Participatory Budgeting. A Project Expo will be held on April 6 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Sunnyside Community Center, at 43-31 39th St., to give the community the opportunity to speak with project delegates, see project presentations and learn more about each proposal. Comment.
Middle Village

Royals hope for 2010 all over again

Christ the King is trying to ensure history repeats itself. Comment.
Block Shots

Former St. John’s star Grant relishes coaching experience at Wings

Tyrone Grant came to a Wings Academy boys’ basketball practice in the Bronx two years ago with the intention of just giving the team one inspirational talk. Comment.
Opinion

Spring has sprung

The first signs of spring have surfaced in Queens despite Mother Nature’s tenacious hold on the borough. Comment.
Opinion

50-foot boat wreck imperils Hawtree Creek

I am writing to you on behalf of the Howard Beach Motor Boat Club in Howard Beach and its members as well as the residents of the Howard Beach and Hamilton Beach areas, particularly those adjacent to the Hawtree Creek north of Jamaica Bay. Comment.
St. Albans

Duo pleads guilty in sex trafficking case: DA

ST. ALBANS — A couple pleaded guilty to sex trafficking Tuesday after admitting they forced a 15-year-old girl into prostitution last year the Queens DA said. Comment.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Long Island City

Landmark Preservation Commission calendars the Clock Tower

Preservationists in western Queens breathed a sigh of relief Tuesday when the Landmark Preservation Commission voted unanimously to give the Clock Tower in Long Island City its chance at landmark designation. Comment.
Richmond Hill

NYPD asks for case dismissal in Phaghwa Parade controversy

The city’s Legal Department has requested that the Hindu Parades & Festival Committee’s court petition against the NYPD be dismissed on the grounds the Queens Supreme Court has no jurisdiction over the reinstatement of the revoked parade permit. Comment.
Corona

BP attends second New York State Pavilion lighting test run

The borough president needed to see it for herself. Melinda Katz went to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park to watch the second lighting test run for the New York State Pavilion, part of her overall effort to restore the “iconic architectural marvel” that had fallen into disrepair for decades since the 1964 World’s Fair. Comment.
Woodhaven

DOT unveils Select Bus route for Rockaways to Woodside

The city Department of Transportation unveiled the design concept for Select Bus Service to connect Rockaway with Woodside using designated lanes on Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards this week. Comments (9).
Government

State budget at stalemate over education policy

State Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) said the Legislature is making headway on negotiations to pass a $143 billion budget before New York’s new fiscal year begins April 1. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Crossing guard struck by minivan in Jackson Heights

A 75-year-old crossing guard was released from Elmhurst Hospital Center and is now home recovering from head injuries she received when she was struck in a Jackson Heights intersection last week. Comments (1).
Richmond Hill

Mayor’s renewal school program heads to the war room

During Mayor Bill de Blasio’s tour of underperforming schools enrolled in the Renewal Schools program launched last year, he announced one of the methods to measure improvements would be Compstat, the NYPD crime-tracking tool, at Richmond Hill High School. Comments (1).
Woodhaven

Alleged Woodhaven arsonist displaces 60 people: DA

More than 60 residents were displaced by a fire that ravaged eight row houses in Woodhaven last week, leaving them to sort out their lives in the aftermath. Comments (1).
Flushing

Former Kum Gang San workers win $2.7M lawsuit

Kum Gang San, a Korean restaurant in Flushing, and its owner have to pay nearly $2.7 million in back wages to 11 former employees for committing wage theft, a federal magistrate judge ruled last week. Comments (2).
Middle Village

Rawle Alkins’ future is unclear on CK team

If Rawle Alkins is forced to leave the New York City basketball scene, he plans on doing it on top this weekend. Comment.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Bayside

Hospital accepts gift during special celebrity visit

St. Mary’s Hospital for Children had a celebrity visit Monday to highlight Scholastic’s donation of 2,500 books to the hospital. Comments (1).
Politics

Queens landlords fear another rent freeze

Some landlords are concerned Mayor Bill de Blasio is trying to pursue a rent freeze in the city again now that he has either appointed or reappointed all nine members of the Rent Guidelines Board. Comments (1).

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