Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015


Breast cancer less common but no less scary for men

For men, the lifetime risk of getting breast cancer is roughly 1 in 1,000, while breast cancer is about 100 times more likely in women than in men, according to the American Cancer Society. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Giving back after the breast cancer fight

When 60-year old Fran Holzman from Kew Gardens was diagnosed with Stage I breast cancer in 2007, it was not a complete surprise. Comment.

Child literacy group teams up with Uno to raise money for new space

Uno Pizzeria of Bayside on Bell Boulevard held a fund-raising event for the Astoria-based nonprofit Reading 4 Smiles this week, pairing the release of the Dr. Seuss book “What Pet Should I Get?” with family-friendly activities, and raising just over $400.. Comment.
The Civic Scene

The Clearview’s logjam needs to be cleared up

During many morning and evening rush hours, 18-wheel trucks going south exit the Clearview Expressway at 73rd Avenue and block this street. Going south on the Clearview Expressway, those trucks find a bottleneck as they try to exit the Clearview to go on the Long Island Expressway. This exit going east is a narrow U-turn road, with an exit speed of about 10 miles an hour, so trucks back up to the north on the Clearview Expressway. Comment.

How to keep Francis’ message alive

I was heartened that during his visit to New York City, Pope Francis shed light on the prevalence of poverty across the globe. Almost anywhere you go, you only need to look around to see that poverty rages rampant in our city, country and world. Sadly, in 2015—203 years since the New York City Mission Society was founded—our work is now more critical than ever. Comment.

Former Royals standout Atson picks Tulsa

Travis Atson saw all he needed to know about Tulsa in one practice. Comment.

New-look McClancy trying to regain championship form

Monsignor McClancy is not working with the championship-ready roster that it had during its four-year reign atop the CHSAA Class A boy’s soccer league. Comment.

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015


Two men dead, 3 survive after boat capsizes in Jamaica Bay

Two people are dead and three people remain hospitalized after a small boat capsized in Jamaica Bay Friday night during heavy wind and rain from Hurricane Joaquin, the police said. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Mobile clinic provides no-cost mammagrams to under-served women

The American-Italian Cancer Foundation’s Mobile Care Clinic was slated to stop in Arverne in Rockaway Friday providing no-cost digital mammograms and clinical breast exams for women 40 and over who have a New York City mailing address. Since 1980, the Mobile Care Clinic has traveled the five boroughs providing exams by a nurse practitioner and instruction on breast self-awareness for up to 40 women a day. Comment.
Forest Hills

Forest Hills hospital treats diverse population

Dr. Charles Conte, director of Surgery at Forest Hills Hospital and a surgical oncologist, often uses a translating service to help communicate with his patients. Comment.

Queensborough selected for NASA grant program

Queensborough Community College has been selected to receive a $750,000 research grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to administer student training and expand course offerings in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. or STEM. Comment.
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Coulter, Trump, Francis, and why words matter

Aside from squiring three spectacular children, one of my proudest achievements in life has been dumping a glass of beer in the lap of Ann Coulter about three decades ago. Comment.

Voters should take action about the Iran nuclear deal

President Obama and the Democratic Party have failed the American people. The Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran not only preserves Iran’s capabilities for developing nuclear weapons, but guarantees the expansion of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. Iran was classified as “the world’s foremost leader in state sponsored terrorism” by our State Department, and now this deal grants $150 billion to fund Iran’s terrorist activities and its proxies, putting Israel and our allies at risk. Comment.

Queens Football roundup: Beach Channel wins second straight

Beach Channel has a different kind of streak to call its own. Comment.

Friday, Oct. 2, 2015

Rockaway Beach

Rockaway braces for Joaquin’s punch

Almost three years ago, Rockaway residents heard that a storm was heading out to sea and they relaxed. Then Hurricane Sandy made a turn and roared ashore devastating the peninsula. Comment.

City orders construction sites secured for approaching hurricane

The city Department of Buildings is urging all proprietors and developers of ongoing construction projects to secure building sites and buildings in preparation for approaching Hurricane Joaquin. Comment.
Hurricane Relief

Joaquin likely to miss New York, but residents still urged to prepare

Even as it looks like New York will be spared the worst of Hurricane Joaquin, New Yorkers are being told to prepare and expect the worst. Comment.

Making Strides walk delayed due to Mets’ post-season games

The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, run every October by the Queens Chapter at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, has been postponed until next month due to scheduling conflicts with the New York Mets playoff games. Comment.
Glen Oaks

Zucker Hillside unveils sculpture as symbol of mental health recovery

Brooklyn artist Robin Antar has unveiled a new statue which serves the centerpiece to North Shore LIJ’s Zucker Hillside Hospital’s new green space at its Glen Oaks site. Comment.

Queens radiologist shares experience as survivor

Although radiologist Sabiha Raoof, 50, screens her patients at Jamaica and Flushing hospitals for breast cancer, none of that experience could prepare her for discovering, just before her 41st birthday, that she had the cancer herself. Comment.

Flushing support group targets Asian breast cancer patients

Before coming to NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens in Flushing, Ming-der Chang and Jessy Lau worked with Chinese patients at the American Cancer Society. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Jackson Hts. town hall meeting to address LaGuardia plane noise

Airplane noise has become such a quality-of-life issue around Jackson Heights that a group of elected officials is hosting a town hall on the subject Sunday, Oct. 18. Comment.
Forest Hills

Titan and Queens Library team up to bring the Bard to boro

Give Titan Theatre Co. and the Queens Library one night a month for the next three years, and they will bring you each of Shakespeare’s plays. Comment.

Three candidates to face off in general election for Council District 23

Rebecca Lynch is still in the running in the general election for the vacant eastern Queens City Council seat, but she has not said whether she would still be mounting a campaign. Comments (2).

Conflict of interest bill receives hearing

A controversial piece of legislation sponsored by Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) which seeks to amend and expand the city’s oversight of nonprofit organizations that receive funding from the city got its first hearing in front of the Council’s contracts committee last week. Comment.

Astoria will gets its first dog park

More than a dozen dogs, and their owners staked a claim to an area below the RFK Bridge as the future home of Astoria’s first officially designated dog park last Friday. Comment.

Annual Maker Faire honors inventions at Hall of Science

The annual World Maker Faire brought 80,000 people from around the country to the New York Hall of Science in Corona last weekend to celebrate invention and creation—spanning areas such as arts, crafts, food, engineering, music, science and technology. Comment.

Flushing elementary school receives Blue Ribbon distinction

The U.S. Department of Education designated PS 244, The Active Learning Elementary School, as a Blue Ribbon School Tuesday morning. Comment.
Little Neck

David Porter School to get playground extension

The David Porter School, PS 94Q in Little Neck, will soon be getting a much-anticipated addition to its playground after state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) allocated about $300,000 in state funding for the project. Comment.

High Line hopes

The MTA is playing a riff on the saying, “If you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you.” Comments (2).

How cancer diagnosis can create lifelong friendships

The upside of cancer? Comment.

Seniors need a safer Queens Boulevard

Wide streets with fast-moving vehicle traffic make it dangerous for seniors to navigate their own neighborhoods. Older New Yorkers are one of the groups most at risk of being injured or killed in traffic crashes. This is a significant problem in Queens, where seniors are 13 percent of the population (and growing) but make up 35 percent of pedestrian fatalities. Comments (1).

Jamaica scores big win against Bayside

A good defensive performance is a great way to overcome a struggling offense and that’s exactly how Jamaica picked up its biggest win so far this season. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015


Astoria-based LGBT group invited to march in St. Patrick’s Parade

Astoria resident Brendan Fay got a phone call late Monday evening. One that he had been waiting a quarter of a century to get. Comment.

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Forest Hills

Danny Brown hopes to open new locations

Danny Brown, renowned restaurateur and home-grown star of Queens’ culinary scene, is looking for a little respect. Comment.
Cambria Heights

Delta, Habitat team up to rescue abandoned SE Queens home

Dozens of Habitat for Humanity and Delta Air Lines volunteers, a few carrying small luggage, gathered Wednesday on a rainy day to start work on restoring an abandoned home in Cambria Heights. Comment.

Sale of Jewish Center raises questions, but school planning commences

The state attorney general’s office has found that required regulations were not followed in the sale of the Bayside Jewish Center to the city early last month. Comments (5).

Grover Cleveland HS will remain open: DOE

The city Department of Education said it was committed to keeping Grover Cleveland HS in Ridgewood open at a public hearing last weekend. Comment.

Smith, Tabone, deal with problems before prison

Two convicted borough political players—former state Sen. Malcolm Smith and Queens Republican Vice Chairman Vincent Tabone—were approved for an extension on their surrender dates to federal prison on corruption charges, due to health and family issues, according to federal court records. Comment.

Mayor targeted in unions ads as tensions mount over MTA funding

Mayor Bill de Blasio is firing back at the Transit Workers Union for launching a new ad campaign attacking him for underfunding the state-controlled mass transit system. Comment.
Long Island City

World art treasures find a home in Queens

From visually compelling textiles, to figurative objects and ceremonial items, to vessels and masks, ancient artisans across the globe crafted and weaved items that were not only functional but expressed their deep-rooted relationship with nature and cosmology, and mirrored what they saw around them. Comment.

Annual Sunday Stroll draws crowds to Bell Boulevard

Bayside residents and families, along with elected officials, enjoyed music, games and various activities at the third annual Bayside Village BID Sunday Stroll last weekend. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Jefferson star Shamorie Ponds lands at St. John’s

St. John’s fans will have another lefty from Brooklyn to root for. Comment.

Police looking for pair of thieves in Woodside robbery

WOODSIDE — Police from the 108th Precinct were searching for two suspects in an alleged Woodside robbery on Sept. 11. Comment.

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