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Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015

Jamaica

Homeowners delayed purposely on loans: Lancman

Queens elected officials, legal service providers and affected borough homeowners called on banks to start offering federally mandated loan modifications and stop delaying foreclosure negotiations. Comment.
Bayside

Verizon workers’ contract rally comes to Bayside

More than 200 Verizon workers rallied outside Verizon Wireless’ Bayside offices to demand that the company start negotiating new contracts for its employees, represented locally by Communications Workers of America, after the contract covering 39,000 workers in nine states expired Aug. 2. Comment.
Basketball

Christ the King’s Zambrotta commits to Louisville

Sydney Zambrotta reaped the fruits of her labor by verbally committing to play basketball at Louisville next year. Comment.
Middle Village

From subway stations to Carnegie Hall

The MTA platforms were his stage and New York City’s subway riders were his audience. Comment.
Elmhurst

Elmhurst man sentenced for 2014 murder of wife

ELMHURST - An Elmhurst man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for the fatal stabbing of his wife in Dec. 2014, after which he wrote a suicide note in her name before going to work at a Whitestone restaurant, where he was caught on camera washing blood from his shoes. Luis Paguay, 43, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder this past June and appeared before Acting Supreme Court Justice Dorothy Chin-Brandt Monday for sentencing. Comment.

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. Comments (1).
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 (6).
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 (4).
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.

Royals’ Zambrotta narrows down her college picks

Sydney Zambrotta has kept her college recruitment a mystery for much of her high school career. It was a family decision and kept prospective programs from being influenced by the other schools that were recruiting her. 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.

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