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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).
Astoria

Two arrested in Astoria for allegedly burning a man: NYPD

Two Astoria residents have been arrested Monday morning in the fatal shooting and burning of a Brooklyn man Saturday around 7 a.m. in Astoria, police said. Comment.
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. Comment.
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 (3).
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 (3).
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.

Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015

Flushing

City Planning to make proposals for Flushing riverfront in the fall

The Department of City Planning said it will release preliminary recommendations this fall for a project to revitalize the Flushing waterfront and bring affordable housing to the area. Comment.

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Glen Oaks

Avella secures money for new running track in Glen Oaks Oval Park

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) presented $150,000 in state grant money to the city Department of Parks and Recreation last Friday for the construction of an asphalt running track around Glen Oaks Oval Park. Comments (2).
Transit

Sen. Schumer pushes feds for money to fix E. River tunnels

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) has appealed to the federal government for $800 million to repair two East River tunnels used by the Long Island Rail Road which were heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Comment.
QueensLine

A finiancial titan makes a major contribution

Born on Dec. 14, 1955 in Queens, John Alfred Paulson is a leading investment banker who founded investment management firm Paulson & Co. in 1994. He shot to prominence and fortune in 2007 through his bets against the subprime mortgage lending market, and is considered one of the most prominent names in the field of high finance. He is married to Jenny Zaharia, an immigrant from Romania, and has two daughters. His older sister, The Comments (2).
Letters

U.S. heroes deserve our thanks

Three Americans prevented a massacre aboard a European train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris Aug. 21. A suspected terrorist named Ayoub El Khazani’s goal apparently was to kill. National Guardsman Alex Skarlatos with Air Force Airman Spencer Stone and friend Anthony Sadler jumped into action to save the day when death of the innocent was imminent. These brave Americans went above and beyond the call of duty to save lives from a most depraved individual who had no regard for human life. Comment.
Block Shots

Mary Louis’ Patterson prepping for big year

Danielle Patterson is getting what she had expected even before she ever suited up as a high-school basketball player. Comment.
Long Island City

Suspect sought in reported larcency from construction company’s office

The suspect, described as a black man, pryed open the roll down gate to the building around 10 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3, seen in surveillance footage wearing a black t-shirt and black pants, according to the NYPD. Comment.

Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015

Flushing

New York State Pavilion paint project is complete

Workers at the New York State Pavilion have completed a $3 million beautification project that painted the crown of the weather-worn structure in its original “American Cheese” yellow paint. The work began June 14 and took less than eight weeks. Comments (4).
Astoria

The Elmezzi Foundation awards $100,000 grant to Mount Sinai Queens

The Elmezzi Foundation has provided a $100,000 grant to Mount Sinai Queens to support a population health management program, in which information technology is employed to consolidate the various aspects of patient care. Centered at its Family Health Associates Clinic in Astoria, the program will consist of four care management teams to engage nearly 500 people per year, with a goal of significantly impacting the medical, behavioral and social health outcomes of individuals in Astoria, Long Island City and throughout Queens. Comment.
Forest Hills

Participatory Budgeting back for District 29

Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) is once again gearing up for Participatory Budgeting in her district, composed of Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Rego Park and parts of Richmond Hill. Comment.
New Voices

Activists Rally in Support of Right to Know Act

Queens activists took to Woodside Plaza to urge Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) to support the Right to Know Act—a set of proposals under consideration in the City Council that would require police officers to identify themselves during interactions with the public and restrict “unconstitutional searches.” Comment.
Queens Village

A referendum on stop and frisk

Our city is in peril and we need a change, of course. This epic battle will play out Nov. 3 when voters make their feelings known. Comment.

Confident Campus Magnet expect rebound season

The trust Campus Magnet coach Eric Barnet placed in quarterback Que Ruan Mosby late last season paid off and is returning some confidence to a program looking to get back to its winning ways. Comment.
Astoria

Police search for two suspects in Astoria Houses gunfire

ASTORIA - Police from the 114th Precinct are looking for two men after gunshots were heard outside the Astoria Houses Monday night. Officers responded to a 911 call of shots around 10 p.m. in the parking lot in front of 1-04 Astoria Blvd. Comment.

Friday, Aug. 28, 2015

Willets Point

Remaining Willets Point auto shops worry about their fate

Auto shop workers and owners in Willets Point have mixed feelings about the city’s treatment of them after the de Blasio administration chose not to appeal a ruling to halt the Willets West megamall project. Comment.
Hunters Point

City may place ferry landing near Gantry Plaza State Park

The city Economic Development Corp. is studying two locations for a new ferry landing in Long Island City; just north of Anable Basin off 44th Drive and the small plaza near the northeast corner of Gantry Plaza State Park. The EDC will send representatives to the Sept. 15 meeting of the Hunters Point Civic Association, where they will explain their proposal and take feedback on the concerns and opinions of the neighborhood. Comment.
Jamaica

AirTrain to be suspended for maintenance during weekend

The AirTrain JFK service will be suspended from 11 p.m. Saturday until 7 a.m. Sunday for scheduled maintenance, the Port Authority announced Friday. Comment.
Far Rockaway

NYPD will give info card after stops

A federal court Monday approved two proposed policing reforms on racial profiling and the much-debated stop-and-frisk policy for the NYPD after a landmark case, Floyd v. City of New York, against the police practice was won in 2013. Comments (1).
Queensbridge

City starts roof replacement project at Queensbridge Houses

The Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City will be first in line for new rooftops as part of the city’s $300 million project to improve the quality of life at New York City Housing Authority developments over the next three years. Comment.
Far Rockaway

First affordable housing project comes to Rockaways

Mayor Bill de Blasio and borough elected officials broke ground last week on the first affordable housing project under the city’s new housing program at the Beach Channel Senior Apartments in Far Rockaway. Comment.
Howard Beach

Boro trees impacted by Sandy are dying

Last week 20 college students ended their nature study on the impact of Hurricane Sandy on trees across Queens. Comment.
Government

Horse carriage debate rekindled by mayor’s radio interview

Mayor Bill de Blasio has repeatedly pushed legislation in the City Council that would ban the horse carriage industry in the city as it exists today, but now has called on advocates to get the measure passed rather than fighting good fight himself. Comment.
Glen Oaks

Friedrich says strong voices fix issues

Bob Friedrich, a Democratic City Council candidate running for Mark Weprin’s former seat, won a major fight. Comments (10).

Parhar says eastern Queens needs a change in leadership

Satnam Singh Parhar, one of the Democratic candidates vying for Mark Weprin’s former City Council seat in eastern Queens, and his life story embodies at least for some immigrants the American dream. Comments (3).
Bellerose

Dosamantes, City Council candidate, wants to reform education

Bellerose native Celia Dosamantes—at 24, the youngest of the seven candidates pursuing the City Council seat vacated by Mark Weprin—has ambitious goals for District 23. Comments (5).
Hollis

Basketball clinic teachs “Royal Skills” to kids

Royal Ivey, a Hollis native who started out playing for Cardozo High School and went on to a career as an NBA player and coach, will bring his knowledge of what it takes to win both on and off the basketall court back to his home turf this weekend. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Street theater performance takes big business to school

Theater for the New City rolls into Jackson Heights this weekend with a free performance of a musical that chronicles the challenges and struggles facing the city’s school system. Comment.
Editorial

Willets revisited

The de Blasio administration’s refusal to back an appeal by the developers of the $3 billion Willets Point project could be the first step in reversing a questionable decision to substitute a mega-mall for affordable housing. Comment.
Opinion

New Jersey ruling returns sanity to child care

It pains me to say it, but New Jersey is suddenly a light unto us all. Last week, its Supreme Court there ruled that it isn’t automatically child abuse to let your kid wait in the car while you pick up the dry cleaning. Comments (2).
Letters

A civil rights legend’s legacy stands tall

The Jamaica Branch NAACP salutes the life and legacy of NAACP executive board member and former board chairman, Julian Bond who died Aug. 15. Mr. Bond dedicated his entire life towards civil rights and the upward mobility of mankind. Comment.
Track and field

Gallagher’s strong summer ends in world championship semifinals

Kerri Gallagher went into the IAAF World Championship and showed she could compete with the best 1500 meter runners in the world. The Belle Harbor native made the semifinals and finished in the top 24 at the Worlds in Beijing, China last weekend. Comment.
Flushing

Man wanted for stealing woman’s purse in Flushing: NYPD

FLUSHING — Police were looking for a man who robbed a woman in Flushing over the weekend. Comment.

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