Friday, May 29, 2015


After appeal denied, Halloran asks for one more week before prison

Former City Councilman Daniel Halloran, convicted of bribery and fraud earlier this year, filed Friday for an extension on his surrender date after his bail pending appeal May 27 was denied in Federal Court in White Plains. Comments (1).

Little Bay parking lot opens after decade-long wait

The long overdue completion of Little Bay Park’s comfort station was announced Friday even if visitors had to use portable toilets because the comfort station still was not finished. Comment.

Federal prosecution files to hide identity of undercover agent in terror case

Prosecutors in the federal case of two Queens women accused of plotting a terror attack filed a request Tuesday for a protective order for unclassified materials, including the identity of the undercover agent who befriended them, in Brooklyn federal court. Comment.

Residents, leaders weigh in on Flushing waterfront project

At a lively town hall meeting last week, the Department of City Planning fielded questions from Flushing residents and community and business leaders on plans to revitalize the waterfront. Comment.

Owner of new Glendale shelter has complaints with other building he owns: City board

The owners of Glendale’s soon to be homeless shelter have experience with owning residential buildings. They also have experience with complaints. Comment.

New commander at the 114th Precinct settles into Astoria

NYPD Capt. Peter Fortune had just settled in as the new commanding officer of the 114th Precinct in Astoria when Officer Brian Moore was shot in the head less than 10 miles away in Queens Village. He died May 4, sending shock waves through the department and the borough’s station houses. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s Athletic Director Chris Monasch calls it quits

The St. John’s Athletic Department is looking for new management. Comment.
Forest Hills

Forest Hills commemorates Memorial Day with veterans ceremony

American Legion Continental Post 1424 organized the annual Forest Hills-Rego Park Memorial Day Parade Saturday, bringing together diverse groups with participants of all ages. Comment.

Advocates wary of proposed amendment to right-of-way law

Pedestrian safety advocates are worried that a bill City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) is proposing will make the city’s right-of-way law for drivers more lenient. Comments (2).

Simotas former staff member passes away at the age of 27

Jim McFadden, who served as Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas’ director of communications for nearly two years, died May 20 at the age of 27. The first year student at George Washington University School of Law went into cardiac arrest May 1 after choking on food at dinner and was kept alive by life support for two weeks, according to his mother Lisa. Comments (1).

Whitestone celebrates and commemorates Memorial Day

The Whitestone Veterans Memorial Association put on its annual Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade with a flawless performance by all involved. Comments (1).

Equality denied

The American dream was tarnished last week for at least 100 children who were shut out of a carnival at their Flushing elementary school because their parents did not pay the $10 fee. Comments (5).

Burt Bachrach’s style has kept up the times

Award-winning songwriter, composer and singer Burt Freeman Bacharach was born in Kansas City, Missouri on May 12, 1928. His father, Bert Bacharach, was a well-known syndicated newspaper columnist. He showed a gift for music early, forming a 10-piece band while a student at Forest Hills High School in Queens and playing piano at the officers’ club on Governors Island while serving in the Army in the early 1950s. In a care Comment.

Unjustly ignoring a valiant World War II hero

Soon after the surprise air attack of Imperial Japan on December 7, 1941 upon Pearl Harbor, my uncle, Anthony V. Manago enlisted in the U Comments (2).
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s baseball team earns Big East championship

St. John’s continually found solutions to any problems it faced during its run to the Big East baseball crown. Comment.
South Ozone Park

Fatal collision kills 1, injures several children

SOUTH OZONE PARK — One woman died, while one adult and several children were injured after a three-vehicle collision Tuesday morning in South Ozone Park, police said. Comment.

Thursday, May 28, 2015


PS 120 students banned from carnival for not paying fee

A carnival company is planning to host a free carnival for about 100 students at PS 120 in Flushing who were banned from participating in a school yard carnival last week because their parents did not pay the required fee. Comments (10).

Rapper Chinx funeral has strong police presence

Surrounded by a heavy NYPD presence, the wake and funeral of upcoming rapper Lionel “Chinx” Pickens, a member of the group Coke Boys, was held Tuesday at the Greater Allen AME Cathedral in Jamaica. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

First section of rebuilt boardwalk reopens in Rockaway

Mayor Bill de Blasio returned to Rockaway last Friday for the first time since he was booed for his late arrival at the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade on the peninsula. He was joined by an array of elected officials for the reopening of a new stretch of boardwalk which runs from Beach 87th Street to Beach 97th Street, 2 1/2 years after the previous boardwalk was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Comments (3).

Queens brings in Memorial Day Weekend with 11 parades

Queens celebrated Memorial Day weekend with 11 parades, more than any other borough in the city. Comment.
Little Neck

Little Neck parade pays special tribute to Vietnam War veterans

The Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade is often touted as the largest such procession in the country. Comments (1).
Jackson Heights

Mayor de Blasio to be Grand Marshal at Queens Pride Parade in Jackson Heights

Mayor Bill de Blasio will be the grand marshal of this year’s Queens Pride Parade in Jackson Heights June 7, one year after he became the first mayor to march. Comments (1).
Forest Hills

Forest Hills community fights to save Barnes & Noble

Thousands of people have signed a petition to keep Forest Hills’ Barnes & Noble open. Comments (2).

SUV strikes Pathmark in Flushing, injuring 5

The Pathmark Plaza in Flushing is now closed after an SUV crashed into the store Tuesday night, injuring five people, including the driver. Comments (1).

Three Queensborough grads to continue degrees on Cooke scholarships

Three Queensborough Community College students who are set to graduate Friday plan to continue on to complete their baccalaureate degrees in the fall after being awarded Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships. Comments (1).

A daylong celebration of borough’s diversity set for Astoria

The Central Astoria Local Development Coalition, famous for its Independence Day celebration, Astoria Park Carnival, and concerts on the waterfront, is adding another event to its repertoire to honor the neighborhood’s diversity. Comment.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Howard Beach

Copper cable theft shuts down A train service to Rockaways

Thousands of Rockaway commuters were stranded because of a copper cable theft that left the A-train line completely down, according to the MTA. Service was restored temporarily around noon. Comments (2).

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Former Bronx shelter resident pleads not guilty to shooting Whitestone woman

A former resident of a Bronx homeless shelter pleaded not guilty in the fatal shooting death of a Whitestone woman, the shelter’s director, Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson announced Tuesday. Comments (1).

District 31 announces participatory budget winners

High-technology projects were the winners in the participatory budget bids for southeast Queens’ District 31 represented by Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton). Comment.
Long Island City

LIC company puts new twist on food cart business

A Long Island City-based company is looking to change the way the food cart business operates in New York City. Comment.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015


Ex-lover shot by police after killing former girlfriend:

In a love triangle gone wrong, a jealous man was killed in a police shooting after he shot his ex-girlfriend in the parking lot of Resorts World Casino Monday morning in Jamaica, according to the police. Comments (2).
Long Island City

Planned Parenthood health center in Court Square set to open in June

Queens residents will no longer have to travel to another borough for sexual and reproductive health services when a new Planned Parenthood clinic opens in Long Island City next month. Comments (2).

Maspeth Park set for millions in upgrades

A park in Maspeth that was once a water pump station has been plagued by flooding and an old track, but several million dollars will be used to get the small park back on track. Comments (1).

Whitestone rallies against overdevelopment

Dozens of Whitestone residents rallied against overdevelopment in their neighborhood Sunday, following the sale of a trash-ridden waterfront property to a major New York developer. Comments (8).
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm closes out NCAA bid

St. John’s couldn’t add the program’s first softball NCAA tournament win to its historic season. Comment.

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