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Friday, Sept. 22, 2017

Bayside

Residents clash over implementation of DOT bike lanes on Northern Boulevard

A protest organized by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) at Alley Pond Golf Center Monday was met with intense opposition by bike advocates in favor of the city DOT’s decision to overrule Community Board 11’s alternative proposal for bicycle safety improvements along Northern Boulevard between Bayside and Douglaston and implement their own plan. Comment
Astoria

Constantinides slams MTA over subway station closures in Astoria

After a summer with no weekend service on Astoria’s N and W subway lines, straphangers will have to contend with two subway station closures late next month. The 36th Avenue and 30th Avenue stations will be shuttered beginning Oct. 23 for an eight-month renovation, according to the MTA. Comment
Flushing

Rozic gets hate mail after announcing bill to rename Donald J. Trump State Park

Despite backlash, state Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Flushing) is continuing to push for legislation that would rename Donald J. Trump State Park to Heather D. Heyer State Park, after the demonstrator who was mowed down in Charlottesville, Va., last month. Comments (3)
Crime

Islamophobic fire-bomber pleads guilty to 2012 attacks

It has been five years since Ray Lengend went on fire-bombing spree of mosques throughout southeast Queens, but he has only just now pleaded guilty to the crimes against Muslims who the 45-year-old Guyanese man claimed in 2012 had been “trying to take over his life.” Comment
Jamaica

Medicaid drops plan for Jamaica office

Some staffers at the Queens Community Medicaid Office are dismayed by a last-minute change that will mean the consolidation of the borough’s Medicaid operations in one Long Island City location. Comment
Elmhurst

Malliotakis hits de Blasio over Pan Am shelter

Republican mayoral challenger state Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (D-Staten Island) rallied with dozens of members of Elmhurst United outside the shelter for homeless families in the former Pan American Hotel Wednesday. Malliotakis railed against Mayor Bill de Blasio’s policy of sheltering the homeless in hotels. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

Maple Grove Cemetery offers new discoveries

You would never think to have a fun-filled day at a cemetery ... unless it’s The Friends of Maple Grove. Comment
Hurricane Relief

Queens citizens help with hurricane relief efforts

From Queens businesses to politicians, adults to schoolchildren, residents who remember the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012 are donating funds and supplies for the Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief efforts. Comments (1)
Queens Village

Healthy Community Day coming to Queens Village Veterans Plaza Saturday

Community Board 13 is hosting its inaugural Healthy Community Day at Queens Village Veterans Plaza Saturday. Comment
Theater

Secret Theatre’s dark comedy ‘Love is Dead’ thrills audiences with murderous tale of love gone bad

Let’s face it, human beings seem to have a secret thirst for blood. Have you noticed how many popular binge-worthy crime/murder programming offerings are out there? It’s shocking: Snapped, It Takes a Killer, Swamp Murders, Killer Confessions, Grave Secrets, Deadly Women, Surviving Evil, The Perfect Murder, Fatal Vows, American Monster, Fear Thy Neighbor, Murder Among Friends, and more. Comment
Event

Queens Arts Calendar

See what’s going on in Queens. Comment
Letters

Open letter to Boro Commissioner Garcia

We are writing on behalf of the Douglaston Village Chamber of Commerce, the community organization representing Douglaston area businesses. We wish to express the support of the Douglaston business community for the DOT’s proposed improvements to the Northern Boulevard traffic corridor, including bicycle lanes and other positive improvements. Comment
Swimming

Cardozo swimming enters 2017 season with high expectations

The 2017 season is gearing up to be something special for the Cardozo girls’ swimming team. Fresh off a 7-4 campaign in 2016 that saw the team finish ranked seventh in the city, the Lady Judges have high expectations as the start of the fall season approaches. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017

Flushing ►Video

Bus operator had DWI record

After reports surfaced that the charter bus driver in Monday’s collision, which left three dead and 16 injured, had been fired from the MTA in 2015 for DWI, the state Department of Motor Vehicles said it had no knowledge that Raymond Mong, 49, was still behind the wheel in Flushing. Comments (16)
Flushing

Charter bus companies need tougher regulation: Electeds

After the deadly Flushing bus crash that killed three people and injured 16 Monday morning, City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) and Council Transportation Chairman Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Washington Heights) called for stronger regulations for private bus companies. Comments (4)
Jamaica Estates

Refugees rented Trump’s childhood home

In an attempt to send a message to President Donald Trump and world leaders, the British charity Oxfam rented out the president’s childhood Jamaica Estates home to four refugees over the weekend. Comments (6)
Jackson Heights

Elderly man attacked and robbed in Jackson Heights: NYPD

The NYPD is looking for two men who allegedly attacked an 89-year-old man in Jackson Heights Saturday afternoon, stealing a set of keys. Comments (2)
Real Estate

Airbnb removes Trump home listing after partial vacate order issued

President Donald Trump’s boyhood home in Jamaica estates, recently listed on Airbnb after being sold at auctions, was hit with a partial vacate order by the city Dept. of Buildings in late August. Citing an illegal conversion of the basement into an apartment without the required means of egress for occupants was the reason for the vacate order last month. Comments (1)
Astoria

Astoria graffiti vandal to get 90 days in jail

Astoria resident Yaacov Shemesh, 53, pleaded guilty Tuesday to third-degree criminal mischief, an E felony, for a six-month-long graffiti spree, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown Comments (3)
Hunters Point

Hunters Point civic leader Theresa Adams dies at 75

Hunters Point residents were saddened with the news that civic leader Theresa Adams died of heart failure Monday at the age of 75. Comment
Ozone Park

Ozone Park husband gets 21 years for wife’s murder

An Ozone Park man who stabbed and killed his wife in the middle of the street has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for her murder, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (1)
Theater

Queens Theatre’s season premieres with ‘Jimmy and Carolyn’

Queens Theatre is noted for introducing new plays to the community, one of which was “Jimmy and Carolyn.” Comments (1)
Rhymes with Crazy

Kickass: The single mom’s updated playbook

When Emma Johnson was growing up, she was certain of one thing: She would never be a single mom. Comments (1)
Astoria

Who’s in charge at Astoria Pool?

Born and raised in Astoria, I grew up going to the Astoria Pool since the early 1970s, creating fond memories. I still go to the pool today, but these new memories are not so fond. Comments (1)
Long Island City

LIC football drops triple-overtime heartbreaker to East Harlem

With summer coming to a close, varsity football began Saturday for the Long Island City Bulldogs. The Bulldogs wilted in the heat and, after a grueling three-plus hours of play, fell to the East Harlem Pride 40-32 in the triple-overtime. Comments (1)

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017

Crime

Civilian Complaint Review Board finds that chokehold officer should face charges

The Civilian Complaint Review Board has reportedly found that Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD officer who put Eric Garner in a fatal chokehold in 2014, should face department charges. Comments (5)
Jamaica

Southeast Queens kicks off Senior Appreciation Month

Elected officials helped to kick off the 15th annual Senior Appreciation Month at the Southern Queens Parks Association’s headquarters last week. In attendance with the seniors were officials from the city Department of Finance. Comments (2)
QueensLine

NASA, World’s Fair, drag racing in ’60s Queens

It was Sept. 5, 1962, when five volunteers emerged from a giant space chamber at Republic Aviation in Farmingdale. Among them was 23-year-old Michael Bloom, of Fresh Meadows. These human guinea pigs had spent 14 days breathing nothing but oxygen. Michael and the others put in 10-hour days, while running through a total of 683 physical and psychological tests. The tests were done on behalf of NASA, which hoped to find a single gas to be Comments (1)

Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017

Education

St. John’s signs transfer agreement with Queensborough Community College

Queensborough Community College students will now have the opportunity to transfer scholarships to St. John’s University in Jamaica Estates. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Determination brings new juice bar to Jamaica

Two years ago, Dawn Kelly was let go after her position as vice president of Global Communications at Prudential Financial was eliminated at the company. But rather than look at that day as a great loss, she decided to reclaim it and become her own boss. Comments (1)
Flushing

Koo adds two new sanitation workers in downtown Flushing

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) continued his mission to clean up downtown Flushing last Friday, announcing he will be adding two new sanitation workers in the bustling northeast Queens community. Comments (5)
The Civic Scene

Bioswales plan is shortsighted

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) just held a press conference in Fresh Meadows concerning bioswales or rain gardens, as the city calls them. He repeated his view that homeowners should have the right to opt out of city installed bioswales at the curb in front of their homes. Comments (2)

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