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Monday, May 25, 2015

Sunnyside

Sunnyside food festival came back with a bang

The third annual Taste of Sunnyside event was attended by hundreds of locals Tuesday intent on sampling all the cuisine the neighborhood had to offer under the 7 train. Comment.
Flushing

Bowne playground to undergo revamp

The Bowne Playground located adjacent to PS 20 in Flushing is undergoing a renovation to update the park’s facilities for children and adults alike. Comment.
Douglaston

PS 98 students learn poetry at special author visit

The Douglaston School of Literature, PS 98Q, had a special visit last week from Dr. Lindamichelle Baron, who worked with children in a series of workshops to help them express themselves through poetry. Comment.
The Play’s the Thing

Catch a couple of rising stars from Queens

Let’s hear it for the youth of America, ‘cause today I got a couple of 16-year-olds to tell you about. Comment.
Flushing

Keeping up the spirit of landmark laws

In its latest effort to obtain NYC Landmark status, the Broadway-Flushing Homeowners’ Association asked the homeowners to vote in favor of or against seeking landmark designation. This request for a vote disingenuously implies that homeowners have input and can participate in the landmarking process. According to the law, landmark designation is not the subject of a vote by the community or homeowners and notification to homeowners is not required. Comment.
Softball

Molloy bests SFP for diocesan crown

Giovanna Bonilla knew her job was to get Victoria Brown home from third base with no outs — in any way possible — to start the celebration for Archbishop Molloy. Comment.
Long Island City

Butt slapper smiles in released sketch

LONG ISLAND CITY—There is a man on the loose who has an affinity for slapping butts. Comment.
Baseball

Defending champions Cardozo holds off Grand Street to advance to quarterfinals

Benjamin Cardozo had multiple chances to break the game wide open. Instead a few runs here and a few runs there had to do and was just good enough against Grand Street. Comment.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Whitestone

New street cleaning routes in Whitestone

City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) and the nonprofit Doe Fund announced additional street cleaning routes in Whitestone last week. Comment.
New Voices

Mayor, City Council indicate priorities for Immigrants in budget

The mayor’s preliminary budget for Fiscal Year 2016 contains a host of programs and funding relevant to Queens residents. New York City’s next fiscal year, FY16, begins on July 1, 2015, though the budgeting process is well underway. Overall, in the fact sheet released by the mayor’s office, Mayor de Blasio has expressed concern at the prevalence of job growth in low-wage sectors, 46 percent of New Yorkers living at or near poverty levels and the highest income gap since the 1920s. Comments (1).
Opinion

New York needs youth hostels

Presently, New York City does not have a law that legalizes youth hostels. The New York City Council has introduced a bill, Intro 699, that would permit youth hostels to be established in commercial districts only. The passing of this bill would provide access to safe, modern, legal and regulated hostel facilities for thousands of youth travelers on an annual basis. Comment.
Block Shots

Young Mase ready to carry on family legacy

Anthony Mason Jr. was prepared for this and it shows. Comment.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Jamaica Estates

St. John’s University holds its 145th commencement

Family, friends and faculty members gathered on the great lawn at St. John’s Sunday to salute 2,200 students Sunday at the university’s 145th graduation ceremony. Comments (1).

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Politics

New bill provides funding for tourism in the five boroughs

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) unveiled a bill that would provide the five boroughs with a portion of the city hotel occupancy tax they collect to promote local tourism. Comments (2).
Maspeth

Maspeth comes together for hair razing fund-raiser

Since 8-year-old Rocco Lanzer from Maspeth was diagnosed with leukemia several months ago, his friend and martial arts teacher, Sensei Angel Redondo, has been visiting him at North Shore LIJ’s Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, where the boy is receiving life-saving treatment. Comments (2).
Political Action

The American Military and royal titles

In my last column I referred to Article I, Section 9 of our Constitution which in part states: “No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.” Comments (1).
Glen Oaks

Honor NYPD Officer Brian Moore

We have lost Police Officer Brian Moore of the 105th Precinct, who died in the line of duty. Comments (3).
Bayside

Son of former Met Alfonzo thriving at Bayside

Bayside baseball coach Pat Torney initially did not know who or what he had in Daniel Alfonzo. Comments (1).

Friday, May 22, 2015

Astoria

NYC Musical Saw Festival retools for its 11th event

After cutting back last year to catch her breath, Natalia Paruz and her orchestra of saw musicians are returning to Astoria for the 11th NYC Musical Saw Festival at Trinity Lutheran Church Saturday, May 30. Comment.
Maspeth

Knockdown Center embarks on public image improvement

It’s Round Two for the Knockdown Center. Comment.
Hunters Point

Long awaited Hunters Point library breaks ground

Several years ago City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) got a phone call from Fausta Ippolito, a Long Island City mother of two children. She had been traveling to the Astoria Queens Library branch because her neighborhood lacked a library, and wanted to find out how to get a library built in Long Island City. Comment.
Flushing

Pols launch network to address working conditions in nail salons

State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) and U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), along with business leaders and advocacy groups have launched the Health Nail Salon Network to address illegal working conditions, an exploitable workforce and unrealistic pricing. Comments (3).
Business

Businesses mingle at annual Queens Chamber of Commerce expo

More than 1,200 businesses of varying sizes throughout the borough took part in the Queens Chamber of Commerce’s Queens Business Expo and Breakfast at Citi Field last week. Comment.
Corona

LED lights, lampposts coming to Roosevelt Avenue

City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) and the city Department of Transportation announced the installation of new LED lights and lampposts between 90th and 111th Streets on Roosevelt Avenue as part of her New Deal for Roosevelt Avenue. Comments (2).
Rosedale

After a long fight, Rosedale parents gets a safer street

New road safety measures are being implemented on 147th Avenue between two segments of Brookville Park’s game fields and at other intersections in the vicinity, the borough president’s office announced last week. Comments (1).
Government

FAA to conduct first air noise impact study in over 25 years

The Federal Aviation Administration recently announced it will conduct a new survey of airplane noise in neighborhoods around the country’s largest airports to determine whether new standards are needed. Comments (2).
Fresh Meadows

Big Apple Circus pitches its tent in Cunningham Park

Step right up, the Big Apple Circus is in town and presenting its newest show “Metamorphosis” in Cunningham Park. Comment.
Jamaica

South Jamaica Houses expands urban farm in trashed lot

Longtime residents of South Jamaica I Houses, along with NYCHA employees and New York Restoration Project volunteers, have expanded a small urban farm located in the housing complex. Marian Dolphus, 84, a resident of South Jamaica Houses since 1975, has been maintaining a small herb garden, flowers and plants around the NYCHA complex. But her small herb garden inside an overgrown lot was becoming harder to handle. She needed help to clear out the lot and add space for another garden. So she and the South Jamaica Houses gardening team looked for resources that could enlarge their ur Comment.
Long Island City

City Council passes bill to enhance community engagement in public art projects

New York City will have its first-ever comprehensive cultural plan now that Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the legislation Monday. The new law requires the city Department of Culture to address the availability and distribution of cultural activities in the five boroughs, the relationship between cultural activities and social and economic health and welfare, housing and studio needs of artists, and increasing arts education and activities in public schools. Comments (1).
Opinion

Fixing Amtrak

The Amtrak rail crash has reverberated across Queens with the deaths of a U.S. Naval Academy midshipman from Far Rockaway and a real estate executive who grew up in Douglaston. The engineer of the Northeast Corridor Train 188 lives in Forest Hills, but has not been seen in Queens as the National Transportation Safety Board investigates the accident on the heavily traveled route between New York and Washington. Comment.
Opinion

Stalking sale items on the grocery shelves

Not everyone shares my hobby, but let me put it out there. It is grocery shopping. There’s nothing I enjoy more. And since we live in the city, I’m shopping all the time, because who has space for those container ports of Country Crock the folks in the suburbs stock up on? Comment.
Opinion

Don’t let veterans get lost in the shuffle

We need to do everything we can to honor our commitment to veterans when they return from defending us abroad, including making sure that they don’t get needlessly ensnared in our criminal justice system. Comment.
Springfield Gardens

Springfield Gardens names gym after late alum, Knicks star Anthony Mason

Anthony Mason was known for having his name cut into his hair. “Mase” and that image now have a permanent place of prominence on the walls of the Springfield Gardens gymnasium. Comment.
St. Albans

St. Albans man found guilty in assault incident

A young man was convicted last week of the 2012 assault of the older brother of a New York Giants wide receiver, who was beaten to the ground and shot once in the head, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

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