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Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015

Health

Sick 9/11 survivors, responders rally to stop Zadroga Act from expiring

As the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks approaches, more than 50 ailing first responders and survivors joined U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) and other elected officials at Ground Zero Thursday to call on Congress to prevent the expiration of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. Comment.
Forest Hills

Barnes & Noble to leave Queens

Barnes & Noble’s is leaving Queens. The retail book giant announced this week that it will be closing its two remaining Queens locations at Bay Terrace Shopping Center and Forest Hills. Comments (1).
Flushing

Homeless have left Weeping Beech Park

Elderly residents are frequenting Weeping Beech Park in Flushing again after the nearby Bowne House expressed concerns about homeless people living in the park as well as criminal activities. Comment.
Flushing

Record crowd attends US Open’s first day

A record opening day crowd descended on the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center for the start of the US Open. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Anti-gay fliers found in Jackson Heights

The 115th Precinct is investigating the appearance of anti-gay fliers that were discovered on cars around Jackson Heights last weekend. The hate literature, written in English and Spanish, quotes Romans 1:18-32. Comment.
Astoria

Woman allegedly shot, burned boyfriend: DA

The woman arrested for allegedly setting her boyfriend on fire was charged with murder Tuesday in Queens Criminal Court and her children faced counts as accomplices, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Politics

Six compete in Dem primary for Weprin’s seat

Six candidates will face off in the Democratic primary election on Thursday, Sept. 10, in the race to take Mark Weprin’s former City Council seat in eastern Queens. Comments (2).
Astoria

Maloney opposes the Iran nuclear agreement

President Obama got the necessary votes to assure the Iran nuclear deal would survive a congressional challenge when Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland became the 34th Democrat to support the agreement Wednesday. Lawmakers struggled with the decision on the deal that would ease economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for curbs on the country’s nuclear program. Comment.
Woodhaven

Porn shop on Jamaica Ave. shuts down

After swift mobilization from civic leaders and elected officials, an adult store on Jamaica Avenue that opened in August has closed. Comments (1).
Laurelton

Flea market fire unveils squatter issue in Laurelton

A fire destroyed parts of the long-closed Merrick Flea Market at Merrick Boulevard in Laurelton last week and the property manager from BP Real Estate Investors boarded up the windows for safety. Comment.
Flushing

Skimming devices discovered on ATMs in NE Queens: 109th Pct.

Four skimming devices were found on ATMs at a drugstore and two gas stations in northeast Queens between June and August, according to the 109th Precinct. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015

Flushing

Flushing law office files suit for ICE detainees

A former Astoria resident is involved in a class action lawsuit against the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in an attempt to reverse his deportation to Guatemala. Comments (2).
Long Island City

St. Mary’s Church in LIC set for 150th anniversary celebration

St. Mary’s Church in Long Island City will mark its 150th anniversary with a special mass celebrated by Bishop Paul Sanchez Sept. 12 followed by a dinner dance at Riccardo’s Under the Bridge on 21st Street in Astoria. Comment.
Jamaica

Man focibly touches teenager on subway stairs: NYPD

JAMAICA—Police were searching for a Hispanic male suspect wanted for forcibly touching a teenager on the subway stairs of the F train Parsons Boulevard subway station. Comments (1).

Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015

Jamaica

Homeowners delayed purposely on loans: Lancman

Queens elected officials, legal service providers and affected borough homeowners called on banks to start offering federally mandated loan modifications and stop delaying foreclosure negotiations. Comment.

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Bayside

Verizon workers’ contract rally comes to Bayside

More than 200 Verizon workers rallied outside Verizon Wireless’ Bayside offices to demand that the company’s landline unit start negotiating new contracts for its employees, represented locally by Communications Workers of America, after the contract covering 39,000 workers in nine states expired Aug. 2. Comments (2).
Basketball

Christ the King’s Zambrotta commits to Louisville

Sydney Zambrotta reaped the fruits of her labor by verbally committing to play basketball at Louisville next year. Comment.
Middle Village

From subway stations to Carnegie Hall

The MTA platforms were his stage and New York City’s subway riders were his audience. Comment.
Elmhurst

Elmhurst man sentenced for 2014 murder of wife

ELMHURST - An Elmhurst man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for the fatal stabbing of his wife in Dec. 2014, after which he wrote a suicide note in her name before going to work at a Whitestone restaurant, where he was caught on camera washing blood from his shoes. Luis Paguay, 43, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder this past June and appeared before Acting Supreme Court Justice Dorothy Chin-Brandt Monday for sentencing. Comment.

Monday, Aug. 31, 2015

Health

Southwest Queens to get pesticide application Tuesday

The city Health Department has scheduled another application of synthetic pesticides in Queens for Tuesday. It is an effort to control mosquito populations in the city and reduce the risk of human infection of the West Nile Virus. Comment.
Astoria

Queens’ own strong man provides lessons in strength to live by

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, audiences from around the country were wowed by the feats of strength exhibited by men who were part of an old-time tradition. Called strongmen, they were a major attraction at places such as Coney Island less than 100 years ago. Comments (1).
Howard Beach

“Second Avenue Sinatra” found dead: Police

A Howard Beach ironworker, known as “The Second Avenue Sinatra,” who disappeared last month was found hanging from a tree in Spring Creek Park, off Crossbay Boulevard in Howard Beach, police said. Comments (1).
Ridgewood

School expansions coming to Queens

More than 50 percent of needed school seats for School District 24, which covers the neighborhoods of Corona, Ridgewood, Lefrak City, Elmhurst, Maspeth, Woodside and Middle Village, remain unfunded, according to the 2015-2019 School Construction Authority capital plan. Comments (11).
Kew Gardens

Boro workers owed $800K in city wages: Stringer

The city comptroller identified last week over a thousand workers, including 200 Queens residents, who are owed a total of $3.7 million in settlements for unclaimed prevailing wages from city-funded projects. Comment.
Politics

Endorsements continue in Council race leading up to primary

Candidates running for the City Council election in eastern Queens reported more campaign endorsements as the primary election on Thursday, Sept. 10, drew neared. New political backing came in for Rebecca Lynch, Satnam Singh Parhar, Barry Grodenchik and Bob Friedrich. Comments (5).
Political Action

Why a renegade Republican is Trumping his rivals

When Donald Trump first announced that he was entering the Republican primaries to run for president, a significant number of voters seemed to feel that he was too controversial to run. However, as the polls show, he has gathered a wide range of support. Comment.
Basketball

Thomas to make most of year off the court at Seton Hall

Most basketball players dislike anything that keeps them off the court and away from competing. But Queens native and new Seton Hall guard Jevon Thomas is embracing the time that he will be spending away from an active roster. Comment.
Queens Village

NYPD searches for Queens Village teenager

QUEENS VILLAGE — Police were looking for a young Hispanic girl from Queens Village. Comment.

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