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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Queens Village

105th Pct. cop critical after Queens Village shooting

A young police officer was in critical condition Sunday after being shot in the head as he approached a man during a stop in Queens Village, the NYPD said. Comments (1).
Flushing

Bacon and Beer Classic a hit at Citi Field

While the Mets were in the Bronx battling the Yankees in the Subway Series on Saturday, their stadium was put to use. Nearly 10,000 people filled the corridors and the infield dirt for the second annual Bacon and Beer Classic. During its two sessions, 47 restaurants and 56 breweries offered two dozen bacon dishes and more than 100 craft beers. Comments (1).
Jackson Heights

Flushing Town Hall is looking for a few good LGBTQ artists

As the spectrum of diversity in Queens evolves, the concept of “vive la difference” is redefined, and throughout LGBTQ communities everyone is celebrated for who they are. Comments (1).
Corona

Queens Theatre honors NYHQ, Astoria Bank execs at gala

The heads of Astoria Bank and New York Hospital Queens were honored for their contributions to the Queens Theatre at the theater’s annual gala Monday night. Comments (1).
Film

Queens residents selected for film and animation festival

Six Queens residents who are students at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan have been selected for the school’s 26th annual Dusty Film & Animation Festival. Comment.
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Meet the Mets! Tom root, root, roots for the home team!

It is starting to feel a lot like 1969. Or 1973. Or 1986. Or even 2000, for many New York Mets fans, as a fast start reminded us of those glory years for New York’s junior baseball team. Comment.
Little Neck

It’s time to pick up all the debris

It’s really sad to live in such an increasingly unattractive environment. Comment.
Softball

Construction crumbles under Susan Wagner team

It was an unfriendly reminder to Construction of the level at which it needs to play to compete with the city’s elite softball teams. Comment.
Long Island City

25th hotel opens in Long Island City

A new Hilton Garden Inn opened last Friday on Queens Plaza North, becoming the 25th hotel in Long Island City, according to the Queens Tourism Council. Just seven years ago there was only one hotel in LIC. Comment.
Flushing

Man convicted in 1980 cold case murder sentenced to 25 years to life: DA

FLUSHING—A man who strangled and robbed an elderly man in his Flushing home more than two decades ago was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced last week. Comment.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Environment

River cleanups to take place in Queens in May

The Riverkeeper, a clean water advocate, is hosting seven cleanups in Flushing, College Point, Long Island City and Astoria as part of its fourth annual Riverkeeper Sweep, a day of service for the Hudson River. Comments (1).
South Jamaica

Police make arrest in grandma murder in Jamaica

A young man was arrested and charged with murder last Friday in the fatal March shooting of 70-year-old Leta Webb. According to police, Webb was shot in the head and left arm while she stood in the doorway of her South Jamaica home. Comments (1).
Bayside

Man enters guilty plea in 2011 bludgeoning death of his Bayside mother

The Bayside man accused of beating his mother to death in February 2011 entered a guilty plea last week to first-degree manslaughter, according to Queens DA Richard Brown. Comment.
Government

Loretta Lynch confirmed as new U.S. Attorney General

After months of delay and political games, former Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch was sworn in Monday as the country’s first female African-American attorney general. Comment.
Opinion

A Happy (worried!) Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is usually marked by burnt toast, dandelion bouquets and crayon drawings of mommies and children with hearts all around them. Comment.
Queens Village

Horse carriage industry should be shut down

I’ve been reading how the carriage horses are being treated. But that’s not the issue here. What people should be asking is what happens when their working days are over. Where do they go? The answer is nowhere. Because they have nowhere to go. That’s why the carriage horse industry is humane. Comments (15).
Belle Harbor

Belle Harbor native Kerri Gallagher one step closer to Olympic dreams

Kerri Gallagher wanted to get out fast to start the Olympic Development Women’s Mile at the Penn Relays. The Belle Harbor native did just that and it was enough to win her a gold medal, going against some of the best runners in the country. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Two dead after car hits tree in Fresh Meadows: NYPD

FRESH MEADOWS – Two men died after a car crashed into a tree in Fresh Meadows early Tuesday morning, the NYPD said. Comment.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Whitestone

Bronx officials want homeless shelter closed after murder

BY PATRICK ROCCHIO Comments (1).

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Rosedale

Rosale community activist fatally shot in car

A community activist was found fatally shot inside a vehicle Wednesday around 12:30 in the afternoon on 167th Street near Linden Boulevard in St. Albans, police said. Comments (1).
Kew Gardens

Queens officials against Move NY transit plan

Queens’ elected officials released a joint statement Tuesday opposing the transit proposal Move NY, which was unveiled in February, as “unfair” to borough residents. Comments (2).
Astoria

Astoria loses police commander and CB1 leadership announce they’ll leave too

The commanding officer at the 114th Precinct in Astoria has moved on after just 18 months on the job. Deputy Inspector Kevin Maloney was promoted to a new squad dedicated to police officer-involved shootings that operates out of the First Deputy Commissioner’s office at One Police Plaza. Comments (2).
Bayside

Kupferberg Center commemorates centenial of Armenian Genocide

The Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives helped to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the Armenian Genocide last week with a special event to educate students and the general public about survivor testimony and on how to interpret the prejudice and racism that caused the genocide in a 21st century context. Comments (2).
Flushing

Retractable roof to be ready by 2016 US Open

The retractable roof currently being built above the Arthur Ashe Stadium is expected to be up and running in time for the 2016 U.S. Open next August. Comments (1).
Education

First round of pre-K applications ends

The first pre-kindergarten admission period was concluded last week, and the city received 20,670 applications from Queens, where the majority of new seats will be required. Comments (4).
Jamaica

JFK Terminal 8 cleaner swipes electronics and liquor: DA

A Brooklyn woman, who worked at Kennedy Airport cleaning aircrafts, was charged with grand larceny and other crimes last week for allegedly swiping thousands of dollars worth of tiny bottles of liquor over a three-year period, announced Queens DA Richard Brown. Comments (1).
Sunnyside

Dance floor heats up with flamenco in Sunnyside

Flamenco has come to Queens. Comment.
Jamaica

Ex-Marine shot, killed by police after firing at officers: NYPD

A Jamaica Hills resident who was shot and killed in a police-involved shooting last week was an ex-Marine Corps infantryman with a history of arrests ranging from assault to criminal mischief. Comment.
Woodside

Attorney General sues owner of Woodside cab company

The owner of four taxicab companies, including one based in Sunnyside, is being sued by the state, according to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Evgeny “Gene” Freidman alledgedly violated taxi drivers’ rights and breached a settlement agreement he reached with the Attorney General in December 2013. Comment.
Bayside

Homemade mobile charging device caused BHS fire: NYPD

Emergency services were dispatched to Bayside High School Monday in response to a fire in a first-floor classroom, where they eventually found the source: A cell phone strapped to a nine-volt battery and an AA battery, which police sources said may have been the remnants of a homemade mobile charging device. Comment.
Opinion

Still waiting for answers

More than a year after an Oakland Gardens college student died in a hazing incident in Pennsylvania a judge has granted his mother the right to file a claim against the city. Comments (1).
New Voices

Comedians laugh off anti-Muslim transit ads

Two Muslim comedians are on a mission – to make New Yorkers laugh. Comments (1).
Block Shots

Mets are derailed in recent Subway Series

So the Mets aren’t kings of New York just yet. Comment.
Jamaica

Former Hillside Arts teacher pleads guilty of criminal sex act: DA

JAMAICA—A Former Earth Science teacher of Hillside Arts and Academy in Jamaica pleaded guilty to attempted criminal sexual act and will go to jail after being caught trying to meet with a 14-year-old girl that he had been talking to online and who was actually an undercover police officer, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Flushing

Queens woman found dead in van in Brooklyn: NYPD

BROOKLYN—A 25-year-old woman who was reported missing in northeast Queens was found dead in her boyfriend’s van in Brooklyn last week, according to the NYPD. Comment.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Little Neck

Woman who founded Weight Watchers in Little Neck livingroom dies at 91

Jean Nidetch, the founder of Weight Watchers International Inc., died in her Florida home Wednesday at the age of 91, according to the company. Comment.
Astoria

Let’s start at the very ending: ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ opens tonight at APAC

For her first production as the Astoria Performing Arts Center’s artistic director, Dev Bondarin opted to dust off a legendary Broadway flop. Comment.
Elmhurst

Rat problem could harm homeless shelter’s permanent status at Pan American hotel

The owner of an auto repair shop might derail permanent status for the homeless shelter at the old Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst. Samuel Velez, the owner of Aamco Transmissions, at 79-14 Queens Blvd., says he has a problem with rats and it’s the shelter’s fault. Comments (11).
Whitestone

Whitestone resident, head of homeless shelter, murdered

A former resident of a homeless shelter in the Bronx tried to rape, then shot and killed a Whitestone mother who served as the shelter’s director late Monday afternoon, the NYPD said. Comments (1).
Bayside

Cardozo students get a firsthand history lesson on the atomic bomb

Benjamin Cardozo HS students got a special visit Wednesday to witness firsthand testimony from a survivor of the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima in World War II and the grandson of President Harry S Truman, who ordered the world’s first nuclear assault. Comments (3).
Woodside

New traffic light installed at dangerous Woodside intersection

Patrick Tunney has seen a lot of “scary accidents” from the windows of his restaurant over the last 20 years. The Copper Kettle sits at the corner of 51st Street and Skillman Avenue and until this week that intersection didn’t have a traffic light. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Queens Nepali community reacts to tragedy with prayer and fund-raising

The 40,000 Nepali immigrants in New York City were hit hard by the catastrophic 7.8 earthquake that devastated their homeland last Saturday, with a death toll that passed 5,200 by Wednesday. Nepalese prime minister Sushil Koirala warned that the death toll could climb past 10,000. Comments (1).

Voters choose education upgrades in local participatory budget

The people have spoken and they demand education upgrades. Comment.
Jamaica

York College’s new media policy upsets faculty

CUNY’s York College recently sent out a memorandum to faculty members about a new media policy leaving professors outraged at the policy . Comments (1).
Hillcrest

Anti-police activists criticize Lancman over police support

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) has been getting some backlash on social media from anti-police activists following his renewed call for 1,000 new cops for the NYPD. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Ferreras weds and gets named on a list of the city’s most powerful

Last week was a memorable one for Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst). The city councilwoman made a select list of the most powerful people in the city and she married her longtime boyfriend in a City Hall ceremony last Friday. Comments (1).
Education

Testing ‘opt out’ gains momentum in Queens schools

Though the “opt out” movement has had unprecedented support statewide this year, very few parents in city schools refused state standardized testing for their children in the last few weeks. The movement drew even lower support in Queens, but preliminary estimates in the borough may not be accurate. Comment.
St. Albans

Participatory budget winners for District 27: Miller

The city’s participatory budget voting ended this week. On Wednesday, from in front of his office in St. Albans, Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St.Albans) announced the five project winners for funding from that voting in his district. Comment.

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