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Friday, July 21, 2017

Kew Gardens

Wills facing jail time for stealing public funds

City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) was scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 10 after he was found guilty of stealing $30,500 in campaign funds and grant money Thursday. The jury deliberated for two days in his corruption trial. Comments (1)
Bayside

PETA fronts $5,000 for the wherabouts of stolen Bayside tortoise

PETA has put out a $5,000 reward for any information leading authorities to the whereabouts of Millennium, a 17-year-old African spurred tortoise which was stolen from his enclosure at Alley Pond Environmental Center in Bayside sometime between the late afternoon of June 16 and early the next morning. Comment
Jamaica

Fourth suspect in Jamaica gang assault identified

The 103rd Precinct has identified a fourth suspect in the July 11 gang assault and robbery of a 50-year-old mother of two who was leaving Celestial Church of Christ in Jamaica last week. Comment
Jamaica

Jamaica receives $10M for downtown revitalization

Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced that seven projects in Jamaica would receive a combined $10 million for his Downtown Revitalization Initiative. Comments (2)
College Point

City Hall officials tour S&L Aerospace in College Point

De Blasio administration officials spread their wings for City Hall in Your Borough, an initiative by Mayor Bill de Blasio to govern from each borough, by touring the facility of S&L Aerospace Metals in College Point. Comment
Astoria

Jim Henson Exhibition opens at Museum of Moving Image

The much-anticipated Jim Henson Exhibition, featuring an array of more than 300 artifacts from his renowned film and television career, will permanently open to the public Saturday in the Museum of the Moving Image. Comment
Bayside

Avella, civic leaders demand replacement of Clearview foot bridges

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and civic leaders Monday stood at what used to be the entrance of a pedestrian ramp leading to a crossing over the Clearview Expressway at 39th Avenue to call on DOT to replace what some regard as a link between two parts of Bayside split by the construction of the freeway. Comment
Jamaica

Commission finds transgender discrimination in substance abuse centers

The NYC Commission on Human Rights filed complaints against a substance abuse center in Jamaica, and three more in other boroughs, for gender identity discrimination against transgender patients. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

Electeds urge Cuomo to sign bill addressing lead paint on No. 7 train

State lawmakers from Queens and the Bronx are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign legislation which will address toxic and illegal lead levels in paint lacing the elevated tracks of the No. 7 train in the area of the 74th Street - Roosevelt Avenue station. The bill passed the Senate and Assembly last month. Comment
Music

Astoria native fronts rock-and-roll group Toy Animals

You don’t often hear about a nurse who happens to front her own band. Comment
Event

Queens Arts Calendar

See what’s going on in Queens. Comment
Editorial

Helping Hands

Amid the grim statistics on the city’s ballooning homeless population, there are moments that speak to the arc of the human spirit and the resilience of young people left on the margins. Comment
Flushing

Empire State of Mind: Isner joins WTT in Flushing

John Isner always loves competing in Queens and the tennis star relished the chance to play in Flushing on Sunday, joining the NY Empire for their WTT opener. Comment
QueensLine

Champion long-distance runner looks back on career

Born on July 9, 1978, Kara Goucher is one of the most competitive female long-distance runners in recent United States history. Beginning in her collegiate days at the University of Colorado, where the Queens native was an NCAA champion in track and cross country events, Goucher has been an elite runner in events nationwide and across the globe from the 1,500-meter race to numerous marathons. Comment
Letters

CB7 did not condemn Katz

I read the Queens Weekly dated July 9, 2017, and I was taken aback by the article with the headline “CB7 says city, Katz bailed on Willets Pt meeting.” Comment

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Kew Gardens

Wills found guilty of five counts of corruption

A jury found City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) guilty of five counts of corruption late Thursday after deliberating for two full days. Comments (7)
Transit

Cuomo announces $5.6 billion program for all LIRR improvement projects

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday a price tag of $5.6 billion has been set for all capital projects underway to bring the Long Island Rail Road into the modern age after nearly seven decades of what he is calling a period of “stagnation.” Comments (2)
Bayside

African spurred tortoise stolen from Alley Pond Environmental Center

Staff at the Alley Pond Environmental Center are still shocked that one of their most prized animals has apparently been stolen. Comments (2)
South Jamaica

Second assailant in D’aja Robinson murder sentenced

Shamel Capers, 19, a Brooklyn teenager, was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison Wednesday for the shooting death of D’aja Robinson, 14, in 2013, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Mobile payment system comes to borough’s muni-meters

Motorists in Queens can use their cell phones to pay parking meters remotely now that the city’s Department of Transportation activated its ParkNYC mobile payment system that was already available in the other boroughs. An online system links registered license plate numbers to NYPD traffic enforcement agents’ handheld devices that confirm payment. Comments (1)
Ridgewood

Ridgewood landlord tipped ICE: City agency

The city brought charges against a Ridgewood landlord for retaliating against immigrant tenants after they reported him to the Commission on Human Rights for discrimination based on their immigration status. Comments (4)
Long Island City

City to bolster arts funding with comprehensive cultural plan

New York City’s first-ever comprehensive cultural plan, based on the feedback from nearly 200,000 residents in the past year, was released at Material for the Arts in Long Island City Wednesday. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Cuomo advances JFK redevelopment plan while one Queens lawmaker wants more

The $10 billion redevelopment plan for JFK International Airport is still in its early stages but it took a significant step forward Tuesday when Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched a Request for Proposals for preliminary engineering and design on the project. Comments (1)
Politics

De Blasio talks face-to-face with constituents at Borough Hall

The second day of City Hall in Your Borough kicked off Tuesday with constituent office hours where residents could get a few minutes of one-on-one time with Mayor Bill de Blasio. Some shared problems they experienced with court programs in the city while other topics were lost in the murmur of the crowds of people waiting in a line stretching to the back of the Helen Marshall Cultural Center. Comments (2)
Art

New York Hall of Science exhibit explores how artistic depictions of female robots have evolved over the decades

Robots come in all shapes and sizes. And whether we want it or not, they’re getting more and more human-like. Comments (1)
Opinion

Mixed grades for de Blasio’s first term

You remember that kid who sat in the back row, kind of slumped over, who never seemed to be paying attention in class but still got A’s on most of the tests? Comments (3)
Letters

New bill holds NYPD accountable on fare evasion targets

In the first six months of 2017, the NYPD stopped New Yorkers more than 30,000 times for jumping a turnstile. Of those who were stopped, nearly three-quarters were issued a civil summons for violating the MTA rules against fare evasion. Comments (2)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Flushing

Police searching for two suspects in Flushing robbery spree

According to police, the first robbery took place May 25, at 11:30 p.m. near 59th Avenue and 138th Street. Police said the two men approached a 54-year-old woman from behind, shoved her to the ground and took her purse. The men then fled westbound on 59th Avenue inside of a gray sedan. Among the items inside the victim’s purse were $90 in cash, her cell phone and various credit cards, police said. Comments (2)
Glendale

Second phase of Evergreen playground renovations revealed

City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) and Borough President Melinda Katz Tuesday announced the final design for the second phase of Glendale’s Evergreen Playground renovation. Comments (1)
Government

Day Three: Mayor brings top staff to Queens to run city government

Mayor Bill de Blasio and his commissioners had a busy schedule planned Wednesday on Day Three of City Hall in Your Borough as they listened to constituents, made announcements and toured facilities in Queens. Comments (4)
Flushing

Flushing cyclist gears up for PMC race in Boston

Flushing cyclist Hoyin Tong will ride up to 192 miles in the Pan-Mass Challenge this August. Comment
Whitestone

Suozzi endorses Vallone in his re-election bid

Tony’s Beechhurst Delicatessen in Whitestone was the scene of another endorsement for Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside), who accepted support from U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Huntington) and the Italian American Political Action Committee for his re-election. Comments (1)
Letters

MTA can’t afford to wait on signals upgrades

Problems with both NYCT system-wide subway and LIRR signals at Penn Station require decisive action today, not tommorow. Comments (2)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Corona

Corona graduate represents Queens as Young Innovator to watch

Sharon Lin, a Corona native, a poet laureate, a tech wunderkind and a recent graduate of Stuyvesant High School who will be attending MIT in the fall, is one of 13 young adult recipients of CE Week NY and Living in Digital Times’ 2017 Young Innovators to Watch awards. Comments (2)

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Education

Voluntary summer school program draws 13,400 students

Summer schools are teeming with city kids this year, despite a drop in the number of students who need the requisite session to move forward. Comments (3)
East Elmhurst

East Elmhurst man gets two life sentences for beating ‘witches’ to death with hammer: DA

An East Elmhurst man was sentenced last week to two life sentences for beating his girlfriend and her daughter to death with a hammer under the impression they were witches making life hard for him with supernatural abilities, the Queens district attorney said. The brutal 2014 murders spared only a 7-year-old, who was in the home at the time. Comments (2)
Soccer

Queens College names new men’s soccer coach

Frank Vertullo spent a decade shaping the Suffolk County Community College men’s soccer program into a JUCO powerhouse and now he’s ready to do the same at Queens College. Comment
Political Action

The presidency involving New York and California

As we look at the American presidency as it has developed over the years, we see a large number of our presidents and presidential candidates come from large states, especially New York and California. Comments (1)

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