Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Howard Beach

Two Sandy bills will help recovery funds

Two state legislative bills related to Hurricane Sandy recovery funds, sponsored by Queens elected officials, should help New Yorkers across the state who were devastated by the 2012 superstorm. Comments (1).

Woodhaven library graduates its first pre-K class

Woodhaven’s library saluted the youngsters who graduated from its first pre-K class last week. Comment.

Peralta’s 5th annual jobs fair expecting 2,000 job seekers

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) has put together an impressive array of potential employers for his fifth annual jobs fair this Thursday, July 9, at the Queens Center mall. The event is scheduled to take place at the Food Court from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Comment.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Willets Point

Appeals court rules Willets Point mall can’t proceed

An appellate court issued a historic decision in favor of state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and park advocates opposed to the Willets West mega-mall proposal that will keep the parkland public. Comments (1).

Astoria Greeks support no vote against EU’s austerity demands

Astoria’s Greek community is holding its collective breath as it waits to see what happens next following Sunday’s surprise result of its first national referendum in 41 years. Greeks voted “no” by more than 61 percent to 38 percent, in support of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ stand against its European creditor’s austerity demands, putting the nation’s banks at risk of collapse and paving the way for Greece’s potential exit from the European monetary union. Comment.
Bay Terrace

Elderly woman drives car into store in Bay Terrace

An elderly woman accidentally drove her car into a clothing store in Bay Terrace Sunday afternoon. Comments (3).
College Point

CB 7 approves 20-year lease for NYPD tow pound in College Point

Although Community Board 7 recently approved a 20-year lease for the NYPD’s tow pound in College Point, board members were divided over the decision. Comments (2).

NYPD forum on police reform held

Southeast Queens residents showed up in the hundreds at the first NYPD Queens South community crime forum Monday at the High School of Law Enforcement and Public Safety in Jamaica. Comments (3).
Jackson Heights

The Queens World Film Festival presents free outdoor summer screenings

The couple behind the Queens World Film Festival have started their fifth annual outdoor screenings in Jackson Heights and expanded for the first time to Long Island City. Comment.
College Point

College Point pharmacy to pay $2.5 million for improper Medicaid billings

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a $2.5 million settlement with Trinity Homecare, a College Point-based pharmacy owned by Walgreen Co., for improper Medicaid billings. Comment.
Long Island City

Artist paints pretty as a picture

When you look at any of Sharon Florin’s oil paintings, you could easily mistake them for photographs. Comments (2).
Jamaica Estates

Top Italian guard commits to St. John’s

Chris Mullin has stepped up the rebuilding of the St. John’s roster. Comments (2).

Sunday, July 5, 2015


Two men found unconscious, unresponsive on Independence Day died: NYPD

Two men found unconscious and unresponsive within an hour of each other in southern Queens on Independence Day died, according to the NYPD. Comment.

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Man shot in Auburndale on Independence Day to survive: NYPD

A 21-year-old man who was shot four times in Auburndale on Independence Day is expected to survive, according to the NYPD. Comment.

Remains of man found in Bayswater in March ruled a homicide: Medical examiner

The medical examiner’s office deemed the death of a 26-year-old man whose remains were found in March by police in Bayswater a homicide July 1. Comment.

Four Queens community leaders awarded with Senate Liberty Medal

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) presented the Senate’s Liberty Medal to four community leaders from northeast Queens on Monday, each of whom he nominated for the recognition, which the legislature reserves as one of its highest civilian honors. Comment.

DOT starts corridor safety improvements on 21st Street in Astoria

The city Department of Transportation has begun construction on a redesign of 21st Street, a dangerous 2-mile long stretch of roadway in Astoria that often resembles a speedway. There have been five fatalities and 19 pedestrians injured along the street between 2009 and 2013, according to DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, who joined elected officials and community leaders at the spotlast Friday. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Far Rockaway nursing home nightmare: AG

Three Far Rockaway nursing home employees were arrested and arraigned last week on neglect and abuse-related charges before Judge John Zoll in Queens Criminal Court, the state attorney general said. Comments (2).

Tiny You closing original Sunnyside location to focus on LIC

An upscale children’s clothing boutique in Sunnyside is closing its doors at the end of July. Tiny You, which opened at 46-21 Skillman Ave. five years ago, was the last shop of its type in the neighborhood. Comment.

No life terms for judges

Poor Ted Cruz. The Canadian-born senator of Texas and just one of the slew of Republican presidential candidates is apoplectic at the very thought that the United States Supreme Court majority voted that marriage between two people of the same sex is now legal in all 50 states. In his overwhelming grief he then made a statement that struck home and that I have long advocated. Comment.
Block Shots

St. John’s fresh start can really get going now

St. John’s fans will need programs to identify the guys in the Red Storm uniforms next season and that’s a good thing. Comment.

Saturday, July 4, 2015


Army Corps presents Fort Totten lead remediation options to public

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held a public meeting Tuesday to unveil options for remediation of soil containing traces of lead in a small area of Fort Totten behind the baseball field. Comments (1).

Fox TV show films in Ridgewood

For a few days this week, Ridgewood was Gotham City. The Fox television show “Gotham” filmed in Ridgewood this week, according to city notices posted around Palmetto Street and Onderdonk Avenue. The show filmed in the area earlier this year under the Seneca Avenue train station. Comment.

Queens DA official talks crimes against seniors, domestic violence

Executive Assistant District Attorney Jesse Sligh from the Queens District Attorney’s office spoke to residents in Flushing last month about plans to develop stronger laws protecting seniors’ rights and resources for domestic violence victims. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights is ready for its close-up

For nearly 50 years, documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman has captured the drama of the everyday by simply flicking on his camera. Comment.
Political Action

Catsimatidis Honored at County Dinner

The newly created Queens County Republican Organization, led by new chairman, former Congressman Robert Turner, held its first county fund-raising dinner. Comment.

Let NYC welcome young travelers

Beds and Bars is a leading operator of backpacker hostels. Since establishing the first of six hostels in London back in 1997, we have accommodated millions of young travelers. In 2014 alone, we sold over one million bed nights across Europe. Comments (2).

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