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Friday, July 3, 2015

College Point

Frank Golden Park renovation to start this summer

The first phase of a project to redevelop Frank Golden Park in College Point for a Gaelic football club in Queens, the construction of a synthetic-turf playing field, will start this summer when construction of a synthetic-turf playing field begins. Comments (1).
Astoria

Comptrollers audit finds NYCHA apartments empty for years including Ravenswood Houses

The Ravenswood Houses in Astoria figured prominently in a scathing report by the city comptroller’s office in an audit released last week. It showed the New York City Housing Authority keeps apartments off the rent rolls for an average of seven years while doing major repairs costing the city more than $8 million in lost rent. Comment.
Flushing

Girl found dead in Queens College soccer field area: NYPD

A 10-year-old girl found unconscious in the soccer field area of Queens College in Flushing Monday afternoon died, the NYPD said. Comment.
Education

Hindus continues push for Diwali school holiday

The Hindu community is planning to continue its efforts to get Diwali, the festival of lights, recognized as a school holiday by the city, despite feeling ignored after the recent recognitions of Muslim and southeast Asian holidays. Comments (1).
Music

Kids and teens spend their summer finding their inner ‘Rocker’

More and more children from Queens are finding their inner rocker, and with their first public debut during the fireworks event at Fort Totten on Wednesday, kids and teens enrolled in a Whitestone-based musical performance camp got a chance to show off their ever-developing skills. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights celebrates historical LGBT win

The morning after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriages were a constitutional right, City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) set up a small celebration with rainbow-sprinkled cupcakes Saturday outside of the Jackson Heights post office on 37th Avenue. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Leaders continue push for women and minorities in LGA terminal project

After the Port Authority’s announcement at the end of May that LaGuardia Gateway Partners will lead the $3.6 billion renovation of LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B, black and Latino leaders are repeating calls for more minority- and women-owned businesses to be given contracts. Comment.
Howard Beach

Queens GOP awards Catsimatidis, unifies party

The Queens GOP honored John Catsimatidis last week for his work in creating a unified front for the party. Comment.
Astoria

Museum of the Moving Image screens Robin Williams’ last film

The Museum of the Moving Image has in its collection at least two items connected to Robin Williams: the Mork costume he wore in the television series “Mork and Mindy” and the rubberized mask he used in the movie “Mrs. Doubtfire.” Comment.
Opinion

Let freedom ring

Even before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is a legal right, Queens had planned a candlelight vigil this week to mark the 25th anniversary of gay bartender Julio Rivera’s murder. Comments (1).
New Voices

Bringing family-friendly nightlife to Flushing

The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce is aiming to bring family-friendly nightlife to Flushing while celebrating the small businesses that have made the neighborhood flourish. Comment.
Opinion

Uniformed officers need pension equality

Everyday police officers and firefighters rush to respond to 911 calls, racing toward danger to protect us. When firefighters go into a burning building, or cops tackle an active shooter, they do so without a moment’s hesitation, despite the clear risks to their own lives and health. As a city, we should be recognizing and honoring this immense commitment by ensuring that when someone is hurt in the line of duty, they are taken care of. Comment.
Baseball

Celebrating the borough’s best in baseball

There were no titles brought home to Queens this season despite the borough producing some of the city’s top talent. Comment.
Jamaica

S. Jamaica teenager reported missing

JAMAICA—The NYPD was seeking the public’s assistance in locating 14-year old Carvens Richard. He was last seen, June 24 at approximately 2 p.m. at his residence, 119-25 145th St. in South Jamaica. Comment.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Oakland Gardens

Fatal crash on 210th Street takes lives of woman and child

A two-car collision on 210th Street in Oakland Gardens took the lives of a woman and a child, leaving four others injured Wednesday night. Comments (3).
Jamaica

Former GOP Vice Chairman Tabone receives 42 months, ex-Sen. Smith gets 7 years in prison

Surrounded by family and friends who filled the courtroom, former southeast Queens state Sen. Malcolm Smith sat with his head bowed Thursday as a federal judge sentenced him to seven years in prison and two years of parole on bribery and fraud charges. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights vigil honors Julio Rivera on 25th anniversary of his murder

Over 70 Jackson Heights residents joined LGBTQ activists and City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) for a candlelight vigil Wednesday to mark the 25th anniversary of Julio Rivera’s brutal anti-gay murder. The solemn crowd, that included Rivera’s brother and sister, gathered at the southwest corner of 78th Street and 37th Avenue that bears Rivera’s name. Comment.
Astoria

Astoria’s Greek community rallies for Greece

Well over a thousand members of Astoria’s Greek community rallied at Athens Square Park on 30th Avenue Wednesday evening in support of their homeland. Greece has been plunged into near chaos since it became the first developed nation to miss a repayment deadline to the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday, cutting its financial lifelines. Comments (1).
Flushing

Kids, parents attend free carnival in Flushing

Nearly 1,200 children and parents from Flushing and other parts of Queens attended a carnival hosted for children by state Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) Tuesday morning after PS 120 students were banned from a school carnival back in May. Comment.
Corona

Ferreras holds town hall meeting on DOT design changes for 111th Street

In an effort to soften opposition by members of Community Board 4 to a DOT redesign plan for 111th Street, in Corona, City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) hosted a town hall meeting at the New York Hall of Science Tuesday. Comment.
Maspeth

Newtown Creek aeration facility approved, DEP agrees to allow for public space

The City Council has approved the city Department of Environmental Protection’s application to construct its second of three water aeration facilities on Newtown Creek. Comment.

BP Melinda Katz puts thousands into digital bus stop clocks

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz has allocated $200,000 for countdown clocks to be installed at ten bus stops in the borough. The clocks would give people waiting for buses the exact time that the bus will take to get to a specific stop. Comment.
Opinion

Superheroes to the rescue — of America!

Superman helped America find its fighting spirit. Captain America did his white male, square-jawed, hetero-normative bit, too. But it was the next generation of superheroes—the mutants—who made us the more tolerant, more feminist, more mutli-culti America that we are today—and maybe even gave us gay marriage. Comment.
Letters

Celebrating a new school holiday

Denoting Lunar New Year as a public school holiday was a welcome and wonderful decision by Mayor de Blasio, and sends a message of inclusivity in a city that has historically attracted and embraced cultures from across the globe. Comments (1).
St. Albans

St. Albans Gulf gas station burglarized: NYPD

ST. ALBANS — The Gulf gas station at 79-10 Springfield Blvd. on the border of St. Albans and Laurelton was burglarized at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday, according to the NYPD. Comment.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Hollis

Tabone gets 42 months in prison, Smith 84 months for bribery

Former southeast Queens state Sen. Malcolm Smith was sentenced to 84 months in prison on bribery and fraud charges Thursday while former Queens Republican Party Vice Chairman Vincent Tabone got 42 months for bribery, fraud and witness tampering in federal court in White Plains. Comments (2).

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Jamaica

United pulls up wheels at JFK this fall

United Airlines announced that it would leave John F. Kennedy International Airport permanently by Oct. 25 and move its West Coast daily flights to Newark Liberty International Airport. Comment.
Jamaica

Queens Library renews the job search

The Queens Library has revamped the job search workshop that the library conducts at several of its locations across the borough. Comment.
Bayside

Clearview residents learn self expression through painting

Several residents of the Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center have spent the last five months exploring self-expression by creating art under the instruction of an acclaimed artist, which culminated with a gallery exhibition at the center on Tuesday. Comment.
Little Neck

Salt marsh at Alley Pond gets rehabilitation work

The Natural Areas Conservancy led a volunteer effort Saturday to restore the salt marsh at Alley Pond Park in Little Neck, which was damaged by debris and trash from severe weather and Hurricane Sandy. Comments (1).

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Astoria

Man robs bank and gets away in a wheelchair

Police from the 114th Precinct were searching for a man who robbed an Astoria bank in a wheelchair. The suspect entered the Santander Bank, located at 37-10 Broadway, Monday around 2 p.m. and passed a note to the teller demanding cash, police said. Comments (1).
Economy

One-year leases for Queens’ stabilized apts frozen

In a boon for Queens’ 135,000 rent-stabilized tenants, the city Rent Guidelines Board voted Monday to freeze rents for one-year leases. It was the first time in 46 years that a freeze had been approved for the 1 million rent-regulated apartments in the five boroughs. Comments (2).
Astoria

Neighborhood record store set to open in Astoria

Neighborhood record stores have been in decline for over two decades, but one Astoria resident believes they’re ready for a comeback. That is why Javi Velasquez is ready to open HiFi Records at 23-19 Steinway St. early next month. According to Nielsen, U.S. album sales between January and March of this year were up 53 percent from the same period last year. Comment.
Transit

Second Avenue subway on track to meet 2016 deadline

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria), speaking amid the din of construction on the Second Avenue subway, expressed hope the first phase of the long-sought project will be completed on schedule next year, but cautioned that delays would cost more millions. Comments (1).
Astoria

Simotas gets two bills passed

New York state has become the first in the nation to advance legislation to ensure prenatal care for all after lawmakers in both chambers passed a bill, last week to make pregnancy a qualifying event for enrollment in a health insurance plan. The legislation, introduced by state Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria), followed a report by city Comptroller Scott Stringer that highlighted the need for expanded access to vital prenatal care. Comments (1).
Government

City and Justice Department reach agreement on reforms at Rikers Island

The city and the U.S. Justice Department agreed Monday on a package of comprehensive reforms at Rikers Island. The deal includes the appointment of a federal monitor, new policies restricting the use of force by guards and the installation of 7,800 surveillance cameras and a pilot program for body cameras on correction officers. Comments (1).

Cardozo’s Sanghyeon Park wins Federation golf title

Sanghyeon Park never misses a moment to swing a golf club and his dedication earned him a historic victory. Comment.
Forest Hills

Give America hope

What is urgently needed to help resolve the crisis in America’s deprived urban and rural areas is for Congress to create a domestic Marshall Plan, similar to the one George C. Marshall called for in a 1947 speech at Harvard. His European recovery program of $12 billion from Congress restored war-torn Europe to pre-war conditions. Comments (1).

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