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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Ozone Park

Richmond Hill man charged in fatal hit-and-run that killed mother

The man charged in the Ozone Park hit-and-run case that left a mother dead and her 9-year-old daughter seriously injured has been arraigned, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Bay Terrace

Braunstein to sponsor annual blood drive in Bay Terrace

State Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) will be sponsoring his fourth annual summer blood drive at Bay Terrace Shopping Center Aug. 11. Comment

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Politics

City creates new voter registration form for five more languages

Voter registration forms will now be available in five new languages, according to an announcement from the city Campaign Finance Board and the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. Comment
Bayside

Caffebene in Bayside closes shop

The Caffebene coffee shop located in Bayside has locked up for good after only a year in the neighborhood. Comments (3)
Rochdale Village

Hollis man fatally stabbed in Rochdale Village

A Hollis man was stabbed to death in Rochdale Village Monday and police were seeking information about his murder. Comments (1)
Fashion

Giving borough kids a fashion-forward future

Christopher Garcia, who serves in the U.S. Army Reserve and works in construction, simply wanted to be present in his children’s lives and help set them up for a bright future. Little did he know that he and his wife Nicole would turn that wish into a youth modeling agency, Strike A Pose. Comment

Friday, July 22, 2016

Event

Things to do in Queens this weekend

With the temperature set to push the 100-degree mark for most of the weekend, sitting on the sofa with the AC cranked up to high might seem like the most attractive option, but there are still a variety of outdoor activities that will give those hardy souls who are willing to brave the heat a reward for their efforts. Comment

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College Point

College Pt. blaze destroys three businesses, leaves families homeless

A raging five-alarm fire in College Point displaced eight families and burned through three businesses, injuring nine firefighters, the Fire Department said. Comment
East Elmhurst

Port Authority reaches deal for new Delta terminal at LaGuardia

The final piece of the LaGuardia Airport reconstruction puzzle is now in place after the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners voted to authorize $600 million toward a new terminal for Delta Airlines. Comment
East Elmhurst

LaGuardia Airport reconstruction project underway

There will be a day when travelers enter LaGuardia Airports’s new Central Terminal, its 1.3 million square feet flooded with natural light and featuring world-class food, beverage and retail options. Then they will be able to walk across dual pedestrian bridges connecting to Concourses A and B spanning active aircraft taxi lanes. Comment
Ozone Park

Woman killed by A train in Ozone Park

Police and firefighters responded to an incident in the 102nd Precinct in which a woman was hit by a train at the Rockaway Boulevard stop of the A train at 10 a.m. Friday. The Police Department said the 55-year-old jumped in front of the southbound train and when firefighters arrived she was dead. Comment
Far Rockaway

Far Rockaway street renamed for midshipman who died in Amtrak crash

City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) announced the renaming of the corner of Seaside Avenue and Beach Channel Drive in Far Rockaway as “Midshipman Justin Zemser Way” for the late Queens resident who died in the 2015 Amtrak crash while on his way to visit family in the Rockaways. The City Council passed legislation to approve several renamings in the five boroughs. Comment
Corona

Dr. John rocks Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Flushing Meadows Corona Park was transformed into the Big Easy as Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Famer Dr. John headlined the third annual Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World Festival Saturday. Comment
Flushing

Major reconstruction planned for downtown Flushing sidewalks

Main Street is about to become a lot more convenient for pedestrians and commuters. City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) announced an upcoming project that will completely reconstruct four blocks of the second busiest pedestrian hub in New York City behind Times Square. Comments (2)
Bayside

Bell Blvd. eyesore gets demo notice

Bayside’s Community Board 11 picked up a notice from the city Department of Buildings which may hold welcome news for many who walk regularly along Bell Boulevard. The storefront at 42-07 Bell Blvd., which was formerly home to Chelsea Coffee Shop, is officially slated for demolition. Comment
Emergencies

Senate passes Avonte’s law to protect autistic children

The U.S. Senate has passed a bipartisan bill named in part for a Queens autistic teen whose disappearance set off a citywide search that lasted months. The bill, known as Kevin and Avonte’s Law, was unanimously approved July 7. The bill was in honor of Kevin Willis and Avonte Oquendo, two autistic boys who both died after wandering off. Avonte disappeared in October 2013 when he ran out of Riverview High School in Long Island City. His whereabouts were unknown until January 2014, when officials discovered pieces of his body washed up onto the College Point shoreline. Willis, Comments (2)
Auburndale

Grodenchik and Weprin call on illegal tire dumping to end in Queens green space

Stacks of abandoned tires have been seen littering the side of the highway around 73rd Avenue and Clearview Expressway in recent months. Comments (4)
Jamaica

Public learns protection in event of active shooter

Jamaica community members learned how to combat an active shooter in a state of last resort during a training session held Saturday at Holy Unity Baptist Church in Jamaica organized by state Sen. James Sanders (D-South Ozone Park) for concerned community residents. Dozens of community members attended, according to Sanders’ office. Comment
Baseball

Former St. John’s star Hackimer hits his stride in the pros

A few months ago, Thomas Hackimer was sitting on a bus on a Sunday night desperately trying to avoid “Game of Thrones” spoilers. Comment
Queens Village

Man fatally struck by LIRR train nears Qns Village station

QUEENS VILLAGE — A man was fatally struck by a westbound Long Island Rail Road station near a Queens Village train stop, according to a spokesman for the MTA. Comments (1)
Opinion

Game changer

Republican nominee Donald Trump, in keeping with the new unorthodoxy, broke the rules at the GOP convention in Cleveland, flouting tradition by turning the political rites into a TV spectacle. Comments (2)
Opinion

A fearless investigative journalist and the lessons he taught

When I went to Columbia Journalism School in 1985, we were taught that good journalism “comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable.” Comments (2)
Letters

Beat the heat while saving the earth

New York’s first heat wave of the summer arrived this week as temperatures soared into the 90s. Across the area, people looked for ways to beat the heat. Comment

Thursday, July 21, 2016

South Jamaica

9/11 artifacts and lives lost honored at JFK ceremony

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Hangar 17 at John F. Kennedy International Airport was put into service to house artifacts recovered from the site—from battered ambulance cruisers to retail clothing covered in ashes. Comments (1)
Broad Channel

Jamaica Bay looks primed for a greener, cleaner future

New Yorkers who enjoy Jamaica Bay have seen many potential threats to the area’s marshes in decades past, but Dan Mundy, Jr., the head of the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers, said the future was bright despite the challenges of protecting it. Comment
Government

New York senators want to re-establish EPA oversight on plane noise

Both U.S. senators from New York state believe the federal Environmental Protection Agency should take the lead role in airplane noise abatement. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Hundreds wait all weekend for shot at a good plumbers job

They began arriving soon after last Thursday’s ferocious thunderstorm and began staking out spaces along 38th Street just south of Queens Boulevard in Long Island City. Many more came streaming into the neighborhood on Friday evening and by Saturday morning more than 1,400 people were camping out along several blocks waiting for an application for the UA Plumbers Local 1 apprenticeship program that would be handed out Monday morning. Comments (3)
Jamaica

New foreclosure buyback plan fights speculators in SE Queens

Southeast Queens lawmakers celebrated the start of a foreclosure buyback program to protect families with distressed mortgages from losing their home, an approach that they touted as being the first of its kind in the nation. Comments (2)
Flushing

Borough bands compete for top prize

Enterprising bands from throughout the borough graced the stage of the Colden Auditorium at Queens College on July 14 for the Queens Library’s second annual “Battle of the Bands.” A fast-moving thunderstorm did not deter the excited crowd of family, friends and fans. More than 2,000 free tickets were distributed and by the time the first band hit the stage many seats were full. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Forest Hills street to be renamed for Ramones

Forest Hills is getting yet another tribute to The Ramones, a rock band who once called the neighborhood home. Comments (2)
Flushing

Flushing Greenmarket opened this week

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) helped announce the opening of the first Flushing Greenmarket Wednesday The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce partnered with GrowNYC to bring locally grown products that will emphasize nutritious fruits and vegetables. The fruits and vegetables sold will all be grown or produced within 250 miles of New York City. Comments (3)
Music

Making Space for Music

Despite the many contributions that performing artists make to the city’s cultural vibrancy, the high cost of real estate, combined with the limited resources that many performers have at their disposal, can make finding suitable rehearsal or work spaces extremely difficult. Comments (1)
Opinion

Pokemon Go gets the fear mongers going

By now even if you have not yet played Pokemon Go, you are more aware of it than your own breathing. You have read that the app has been more downloaded than any other app, ever, and that it has actually convinced kids to leave the house to go play outside—a miracle! Comments (2)

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