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Friday, April 28, 2017

Flushing

Meng offers first-hand glimpse into Trump’s Washington

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) finds serving during the Donald Trump era in stark contrast to the environment she became used to when Barack Obama was in office. Comments (1)
Transit

Advocates celebrate 100 years along the No. 7 despite worries about future

Transportation advocates and enthusiasts met in Penn Station last Friday to celebrate the centennial of the 7 train and the role it has played in the development of Queens. But there was an honest undertone of apprehension about the declining state of the overburdened vein through the World’s Borough as overcrowding and deteriorating infrastructure take its toll. Comment
Flushing

Assemblyman Kim announces new bill to protect taxi drivers

After a recent string of attacks against cab drivers, state Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) is calling for stricter penalties against the perpetrators. Comments (1)
Richmond Hill

Sikh taxi driver says turban pulled off by unruly passengers

More than 30 members of the Sikh community joined elected officials last Friday in a show of solidarity for taxi driver Harkirat Singh, 25, at the Gurdwara Sikh Temple Society in Richmond Hill where Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Hollis) held a news conference to address the assault on the driver. Comment
Astoria

Girl Scout troop from LIC homeless shelter honored at City Hall

The members of Girl Scout Troop 6000 were honored by the City Council Tuesday for making history as the first troop in New York City history exclusively for homeless girls. City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) presented each of the girls with a proclamation to celebrate their founding last month. Comment
Long Island City

Four arrested as Tom Cat releases immigrant workers

The head of Tom Cat Bakery maintains the company had no choice but to dismiss immigrant employees last Friday after a recent audit by the Department of Homeland Security. Keith Bleier, the company’s president and CEO, said Tom Cat was compelled to release the workers after they were unable to produce proper documents by the April 21 deadline. Comments (1)
Douglaston

Center for the Women of New York celebrates 30th anniversary at luncheon

The Center for the Women of New York is celebrating its 30th anniversary at its annual awards luncheon Saturday by honoring two women who were at the forefront of the Women’s Movement. Comment
Editorial

Girl Scout Promise

There are miracles after all, and one just happened in Queens. Comment
Jamaica Estates

“Little Women” sing at Royal Star Theatre in Jamaica Estates

The late-19th-century coming-of-age classic “Little Women” was a landmark in highlighting the increasingly independent identity of the American woman. A new production by Royal Star Theatre aims to do much the same in spotlighting the talents of women in community theater. Comment
Letters

Should the MTA take over?

Over the past 12 months, there appears to have been an increase in service disruptions on the Long Island Rail Road. This was noted in the April 21 editorial “Rail Quite A Gamble.” A majority of these disruptions have been directly related to more frequent signal, switch, power and track problems at both the East River Tunnels and Penn Station. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Political arsonist raises the bar for defending free speech

My freshman roommate at Cornell in 1981 pasted a picture of a blonde coed on his wall one day. Comment

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Maspeth

Cuomo and city officials cut the ribbon on new Kosciuszko Bridge

City officials and Gov. Andrew Cuomo led a ribbon-cutting for the new Kosciuszko Bridge linking Queens to Brooklyn over Newtown Creek Thursday. Comments (1)

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Flushing

Teen fatally stabbed during altercation at Flushing Internet cafe

Police have arrested and charged a homeless man with manslaughter after a 19-year-old Flushing man died after being stabbed in an Internet cafe. Comments (3)
Flushing

Police search for 17-year-old missing Flushing teen

The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing teen from Flushing. Comments (1)
Queens Village

Funerals planned for five victims of Queens Village fire

Funeral arrangements have been made for four family members who perished in a fast-moving Queens Village house fire Sunday that gutted the frame house at 112-16 208 St. The victims ranged in age from 2 to 20. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights teacher arrested for allegedly assaulting student: NYPD

A Jackson Heights middle-school teacher was arrested and charged with assault Wednesday for allegedly grabbing a 13-year-old student’s hand and injuring his finger, police said. Comments (1)
Astoria

Police discover body of 24-year-old man in Bowery Bay in Astoria

The body of an unidentified 24-year-old man was pulled from the waters of Bowery Bay in Astoria Wednesday morning, according to the NYPD. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Officials gather for ground-breaking of huge Jamaica residential building

Around a hundred people came out to celebrate the ground-breaking of The Crossing, a massive 26-story residential building, at Jamaica Station Tuesday. Comments (4)
Government

Mayor sounds off after court blocks Trump’s executive order on sanctuary cities

Mayor Bill de Blasio chided the Trump administration after a federal judge in San Francisco blocked the president’s executive order to cut federal funds to so-called “sanctuary cities” Tuesday. Comments (4)
Fresh Meadows

Controversial Townsend Harris principal outed by DOE

After months of turmoil at one of the top high schools in the city, Townsend Harris has found a permanent replacement for the interim principal whose ouster had been sought by students, parents and elected officials Comments (1)
Transit

More delays plague LIRR as Amtrak plans Penn Station overhaul

Multiple Long Island Rail Road trains going to and from Penn Station were delayed or canceled Tuesday as power problems in one of the East River Tunnels created more transportation nightmares for commuters. Comments (1)

Bob Holden challenges Elizabeth Crowley

For more than four months, Juniper Park Civic Association President Bob Holden led nightly protests against the de Blasio administration’s plan to convert the Maspeth Holiday Inn Express into a homeless shelter, building a citywide coalition in the process. Comments (1)
High Heat

Mets’ early season struggles against NL East rivals a concern

While expectations are sky-high for the Mets this season, they have struggled early against their National League East opponents to start the season, specifically the first-place Washington Nationals. Comments (1)
Sunnyside

Organizer defends use of loaded term at anti-gentrification rally in Sunnyside

A community activist in Sunnyside was distressed to hear the term “ethnic cleansing” used during an anti-gentrification rally and march last week. Comments (3)
Little Neck

DOT changes timing at perilous Little Neck intersection

The city Department of Transportation and Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens) announced that a tricky Little Neck intersection would be modified for the safety of pedestrians and motorists. Comments (2)
Rhymes with Crazy

Is bottled water really safer than NYC tap?

Charming, handsome, and homeless, the 25-year-old we’ll call Bruce decided to join me for dinner at the small Manhattan shelter where I volunteer once a month. We were both enjoying the pasta provided by another volunteer, but only one of us was drinking a $3 bottle of water. Comments (1)
Letters

Unconscionable EPA cuts deserve backlash

The present administration in Washington D.C. is proposing a budget where significant funding cuts will take place for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Comments (1)
Art

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High Heat

More bad news for the Mets as Syndergaard sits out with sore biceps, tired arm

Things have gone from bad to worse for the Mets, as Noah Syndergaard was scratched from Thursday’s scheduled start against the Braves due to a sore biceps and a tired arm. Comments (1)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Middle Village

Bob Holden will challenge Elizabeth Crowley for her City Council seat

Bob Holden, the longtime leader of the Juniper Park Civic Association, will announce his run for City Council at Thursday night’s monthly meeting. The 65-year-old will challenge City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) in a primary this fall. Comments (1)
Baseball

Tim Tebow draws a crowd for Mets’ minor league team

It’s early in the season, but Tim Tebow, the former Heisman Trophy-winning football player who has decided to try his hand at professional baseball, may be the best news the New York Mets have right now. Comments (1)
Bayside

CB11 adds new members to its ranks

Community Board 11 has added new members to its roster, with some having a background in community involvement in some way or another over the years. Comments (1)
Food

Queens Taste food festival coming to Flushing

Queens foodies can get their fix this year at Queens Taste 2017. Comments (3)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Bayside

JD’s Saloon robbery suspect is in custody: NYPD

Police officials have released information about a suspect arrested in connection with a robbery which occurred in the 111th Precinct in late February. Comment
South Ozone Park

106th Precinct looks for suspect who swiped cell phone

SOUTH OZONE PARK - Police from the 106th Precinct were looking for a man who stole a cellphone at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd. March 7. A 62-year old woman placed her cellphone down, which contained her debit card, insurance card and driver’s license. Comment
Flushing

Avella calls for left turn signal in Flushing after DOT rejection letter

The intersection at 26th Avenue and Francis Lewis Boulevard is a tricky one for motorists to navigate, and making a left turn is often particularly challenging. But state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who has had it on his to-do list to change this scenario for about three years, does not see the situation improving any time soon. Comment
Sunnyside

Van Bramer calls for safety measures at deadly Sunnyside intersection

The group of senior citizens shuffled across 39th Street in Sunnyside, cautiously looking in all directions as they approached the spot at 43rd Avenue where cyclist Gelasio Reyes was struck and killed by an alleged drunk and unlicensed driver on April 2. Comment
Jamaica

Port Authority cops won’t help airlines bump passengers after ugly Chicago incident

The Port Authority Police Department will not help airlines remove paying passengers from overbooked flights, nor if they need to make room for crew members. The commander of the PAPD has warned his officers not to make the same mistake that occurred last week in Chicago when Dr. David Dao was forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight in Chicago. Comments (6)
Government

City spends over $500K a night on hotels for homeless: Stringer

The cost of housing the homeless in commercial hotels has skyrocketed in recent months, with the city spending $530,000 per day, up from $400,000 per day just four months ago, according to a new analysis released Monday by City Comptroller Scott Stringer. That’s an increase of 32.5 percent. Comments (2)
QueensLine

Anne Sullivan’s journey ended in Forest Hills

Born on April 14, 1866, in Feeding Hills, Mass., Anne Sullivan is best known as the teacher and lifelong companion of Helen Keller. Stricken with an eye disease that left her nearly blind, Sullivan began teaching Keller at age 20 following her graduation from the renowned Perkins School for the Blind in her home state. By signing words into her hand for various objects such as water and a drinking mug, Sullivan taught Keller braille Comment

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