Tuesday, April 21, 2015


Glendale group knits while watching the Mets at Citi Field

These aren’t your typical baseball fans. Comment.

Gianaris introduces Vaccine Safety Legislation

Looking to combat the alarming rise of measles and pertussis in toddlers, state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) introduced legislation Monday that would encourage vaccinations following one of the worst seasons for deadly infectious diseases in recent memory. The bill would require any parent or guardian seeking an exemption from compulsory vaccinations to provide a physician’s affidavit to their children’s school stating that the physician discussed the risks of such a decision with the parent or guardian. Comment.

Bayside Historical Society introduces summer CSA

The Bayside Historical Society is breaking in the new season with its very first Community-Supported Agriculture program, to bring fresh organic produce to at least 50 families in the Bayside area. Comment.
The Play’s the Thing

Theater lovers gather to celebrate the Astoria Performing Arts Center

I’m at the Museum of the Moving Image, it’s April 1, but no foolin’, the Astoria Performing Arts Center is holding its annual gala. APAC has been around for 14 years and, by measure of 28 New York Innovative Theatre Award nominations and six wins so far, leads the pack of the growing number of theater companies in Queens. Comment.

Healthy Zeni pitches Molloy past Fontbonne

The road to recovery was tough for Amanda Zeni, but with a rewarding finish. The Archbishop Molloy senior, who missed most of last season with an injury, is back and gave Fontbonne Hall a taste of how tough she is when healthy. Comment.

Monday, April 20, 2015


Owner offers big reward for finder of lost Chihuahua in Ridgewood

The owner of a lost dog is willing pay thousands of dollars to bring her pooch home. Comments (1).
Richmond Hill

Stepson charged with killing stepfather in Richmond Hill over dishes: DA

A young grocery store worker was charged allegedly with fatally stabbing his stepfather to death in their Richmond Hill apartment around 2:30 p.m. Sunday after a fight over the dishes, the Queens District Attorney’s Office said. Comments (1).

Titan Theatre Co. does it again with brilliant ‘Othello’

An actor appearing in Titan Theatre Co.’s production of “Othello,” at the Queens Theatre through May 2 said the show’s director, Lenny Banovez, isn’t interested in the who, what, when or where of the play, but rather the why. Comment.

Aquino can never be hospital admin again: Court

The former chief executive officer of the shuttered Parkway Hospital in Queens, Dr. Robert Aquino, have served his time for bribing former state Senator Carl Kruger. But his punishment isn’t over. Comment.

Granderson hopes to lead Amazin turnaround

The Mets are ready to win. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Queens lawmakers host immigration forum

Residents from diverse Jackson Heights and beyond got a chance to have questions answered on changing immigration laws last week during an immigration forum hosted by U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights), state Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) and state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst). Comments (2).

Ribbon-cutting for LeFrak City’s newly refurbished West Courtyard

The first phase of renovations of the outdoor amenities at LeFrak City, in Corona, is complete just in time for spring. Comments (1).

Astoria Performing Arts Center honors Jimmy Van Bramer, Ted Chapin

The Astoria Performing Arts Center threw a party earlier this month to honor two men who have made a commitment to the arts in New York City and Queens. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Pay crossing guards a decent hourly wage

One of the most frequent requests I get from principals, parents and teachers is for more school crossing guards. People who care about children know that crossing guards are a vital part of our school safety system. Comments (2).

Mets fans pack Citi Field with Amazin optimism

There was talk of playoffs among Mets fans as the team opened the 2015 season at Citi Field. Comment.

Sunday, April 19, 2015


Debate over controversial train plans ends

The time for debating has ended over plans to transfer the burden of transporting goods from trucks to freight trains across New York Harbor and the effects it would have on the Glendale-Maspeth area, where there are many train tracks. Comments (2).

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Peralta calls for permanent addition to PS 143 in Corona

More than a hundred parents of students at PS 143 in Corona joined state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) to call on authorities to do something about the chronic overcrowding at the school. Originally designed to accommodate 900 students, the elementary school has nearly double that enrollment with closed to 1,800 students. Comments (2).

Whitestone resident buys Jewels property to build homes

The former Whitestone Jewels property has been sold to a developer who plans to build single-family homes on the lot. Comments (4).
Richmond Hill

Two Forest Hills men accused of stealing home from owner

Two men who won a Richmond Hill home in a foreclosure auction are charged with illegally forcing a homeowner out of his place and boarding up the doors and windows, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1).

Farewell to Auburndale civic leader

A good friend of our community passed away recently. Maryalice Broussard lived in Auburndale for decades and was a vice president of the Auburndale Improvement Association, Inc. She was very active in the civic organization for many years and remained so right up to her death. She left us on March 30 at the age of 92 after a brief illness. Comment.

Dickson tries to recover recruitment momentum after injury

Kadijah Dickson is physically healthy again, but is still recovering from a torn ACL in other ways. Comment.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Jamaica Estates

Former St. John’s law student told to leave program

The Court of Appeals has upheld St. John’s University School of Law’s decision to invalidate the application of a student who did not disclose an arrest for a drug sale even though his record was expunged. Comment.

De Blasio odd man out in endorsing Hillary

When Hillary Clinton made her candidacy official Sunday by video, New York’s Democratic leaders raced to offer their endorsements. Except for Mayor Bill de Blasio. Comment.

SE Queens voting on participatory budgeting ends

The city’s participatory budgeting vote for neighborhoods in Jamaica, St. Albans, Hollis, Cambria Heights, Queens Village, Addisleigh Park, and Springfield Gardens will come to an end this Sunday. Comments (2).
College Point

College Point yacht club marks 150 years

The Williamsburgh Yacht Club celebrated its 150th anniversary Saturday in College Point with new and old members, the naval youth cadets and community leaders. Comment.
New Voices

Boro’s Hindu advocates confront domestic violence

Domestic violence is a taboo subject in most communities, where abused partners suffer in silence, unaware of the resources available to assist them. In addition to physical violence, abusive relationships may include verbal and emotional abuse, as well as sexual and financial coercion. Due to vulnerability, dependency or socio-cultural factors, the abused partner may try rationalizing or tolerating the abuse, which may cascade into further abuse that can span generations. Comment.
Queens Village

Queens GOPers unite under a diverse tent

I write in response to a recent liberal flamethrower who brought up the question, why does Queens have far more Democrats than Republicans. He answers by arguing side issues on climate change, evolution, religious freedom legislation in Indiana, and illegal immigration enforcement in Arizona, in order to distinguish Republican from Democratic views. We can eternally debate these issues, which although important to some, are relatively far down the totem pole on the list of relevance to the vast majority of citizens of Queens, and issues on which not all Republicans concur. Comments (3).
Block Shots

Arms already carrying pitching rich Mets

It is about pitching, pitching and more pitching for the Mets. Comment.

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