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Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

College Point

Decomposed body discovered in College Point Yacht Club

Police were investigating the death of a man whose body was found decomposed inside the College Point Yacht Club grounds. Comments (1).
Far Rockaway

Queens GOP establishment pushes Ulrich for mayoral run

A spokesman for Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) says that his office is not putting too much into reports that the Queens GOP is pushing him to run for Mayor. Comments (4).
Forest Hills

New ambulance for Forest Hills volunteers

After almost eight years of effort, the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps unveiled its bright and shiny new ambulance during a ceremony Sunday at its headquarters that was attended by ambulance volunteers from across the city and elected officials. Comment.
Astoria

Falafel King has grand opening for new eatery

Faras “Freddy” Zeideia, known as “King of Falafel,” was smiling from ear to ear as his cash register rang up sales from a long line of hungry folks Saturday, the opening day of his restaurant at 30-15 Broadway in Astoria. “I feel good,” Zeideia said between customers. Comment.
Astoria

Costa invests in technology upgrades at Astoria schools

In his State of the District address last week, City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) went back to his old school, PS 122, to map out his commitment to improving education in District 22’s 17 schools. His plan, called the Science 2050 Learning Initiative, will make sure students have the latest technology in their classrooms. Comments (1).
Economy

Borough sees rise in number of private sector jobs

Queens has seen growth in private sector employment since Mayor Bill de Blasio took office, according to the city Economic Development Corporation. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Peralta hosts seventh annual coat drive

Just days after Winter Storm Jonas basted Jackson Heights with 34 inches of snow, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and Woodside on the Move donated more than 1,700 winter coats to area community and faith-based organizations, which will distribute them to needy families and individuals. This was Peralta’s seventh annual coat drive. Comment.
Flushing

Schools compete in Lego robotics bout

More than 30 schools across the borough competed Sunday in the First Lego League, a competition at George Ryan Junior High School in Flushing, to qualify for the annual NYC Regional First robotics contest in March. Comment.
Long Island City

The Chain Theatre says goodbye for now

Long Island City’s The Chain Theatre went out with a bang not a whimper with its final performance Saturday night. Comment.
Political Action

We need to protect the heroes who protect us

Charles Lindbergh is recognized as the first pilot to fly an airplane across the Atlantic Ocean from the United States to Europe. At the time, in the late 1920s, he became a national hero. Comments (1).
Basketball

Recovered Kinder sparks Royals past Mary Louis

For the first two months of the season, all an injured Kaela Kinder could do was watch when things got tight and tough for her Christ the King team. Comment.
Ozone Park

Deli robbers flee when alarm went off: NYPD

OZONE PARK — Police were looking for suspects in an attempted robbery incident at a deli in Ozone Park, police said. Comment.

Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016

Flushing

Bus lane cameras on Q44 Select Bus Service route worry community

As the warning period alerting motorists to new camera installations along the route of the Q44 Select Bus Service is currently underway, community leaders and elected officials are casting a wary eye on the bus lane cameras. Comment.
Flushing

Lion dancers to perform in Flushing for Lunar New Year

Lion dancers will ring in Lunar New Year at The Shops at SkyView Center in Flushing. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Queens Big Bro honored at ceremony

Mark Zustovich was honored last week by Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City and a host of elected officials as ‘Queens Big Brother of the Year,’ for his commitment to his “Little Brother,” Spencer Ford. Comment.
Flushing

Meng seeks better access for women to feminine hygiene products

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) has introduced a bill that aims to make feminine hygiene products such as tampons and pads more accessible and affordable to women. Comments (3).
New Voices

Lack of discretionary funding leaves southeast Queens in the cold

Queens’ reputation as the forgotten borough never seemed more pertinent until the weekend before last, as we dug out of record snowfall and waited well into the work week for the plowing of tertiary streets. While the mayor toured Ridgewood and Sunnyside, offering a mea culpa, members of the Queens delegation wrote op-eds and held press conferences, bringing attention to the situation. Despite loud complaints from at least two elected officials in southeast Queens, many residents felt their anger was not heard at City Hall. Comments (2).
Basketball

Molloy leaps Lions in standings on Anthony’s put-back

When Cole Anthony had the ball stolen away from him in the closing seconds of Archbishop Molloy’s face-off with Bishop Loughlin, it led to a go-ahead hoop for Loughlin. Comment.
Forest Hills

Forest Hills butt stabber arrested

FOREST HILLS — A man who police say repeatedly stabbed a subway passenger on a Forest Hills train late last year was arrested Jan. 12, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (1).

Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016

Forest Hills

Mumford and Sons return to Forest Hills

The Forest Hills Stadium is banging on as British rock band Mumford & Sons announced this week via Twitter that it will be returning to the historic venue this summer. Comment.

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Broadway-Flushing

Avella to introduce bill establishing architectural districts

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has announced plans to introduce legislation that would create special architectural districts throughout the state. The move was prompted by the Broadway Flushing neighborhood’s losing battle for city landmark status. Comment.
Government

Most New Yorkers think government corruption is huge problem: Siena poll

Nearly 90 percent of New Yorkers say corruption in state government is a serious problem and two-thirds of those polled say the job of legislator should be full time and without outside income. Comments (2).
Jackson Heights

Two arrested in $14M heroin bust in Jackson Heights

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) is applauding law enforcement for a huge drug bust in his district last week. Comments (2).
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Time for pols to fix this city up

Tom Allon thinks the city needs to invest in itself — or else. Comments (1).
Letters

Stop converting hotels into shelters

Since taking office more than two years ago, Mayor de Blasio and the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) have converted at least nine hotels into homeless shelters, most of them in Queens and Brooklyn. There may be more as these conversions are usually made in a stealthy manner and some communities are not aware of the changeover until months later, as the residents of Jamaica Hills have recently experienced. Comments (5).
Basketball

Walk this way: Senior guard leads Doz past CK for second straight SNY title

The free-throw line was an unfriendly place for Benjamin Cardozo throughout the SNY Invitational, leaving Aaron Walker to resort to pleading for help there with the championship on the line. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

Maspeth

Fallen Manhattan crane owned and operated by Queens companies

A crane owned and operated by two companies based in Queens crashed in Lower Manhattan Friday morning, killing a 38-year-old man, and seriously injuring four others, police said. Comment.
Flushing

Public advocate honors Lunar New Year school holiday

Public Advocate Letitia James and community leaders commemorated the first year of the Lunar New Year school holiday Friday morning at the Queens Library in Flushing as the celebration approached. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside High School awarded honor roll by NFL

Bayside High School is being recognized by the National Football League at this season’s end in honor of two former students who went on to play in Super Bowls during their professional athletic careers: Ronnie and Derrick Harmon. Comment.
Astoria

Lil BUB the cat comes to Astoria

Hundreds of people lined up last Saturday at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria to meet Internet sensation Lil BUB the cat and hear her story. Comments (1).
Bayside

Bayside High School approaches 80 years

Bayside High School is about to turn 80 years old, and teachers and alumni are reaching out to all former students to join in the celebration. Comment.
Flushing

Parks seeks to enhance Lawrence Playground

The city Parks Department hosted a public scoping meeting last week to get ideas from the community about improving circulation and the aesthetics of the Lawrence Playground in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment.
Flushing

Queens Botanical Garden elects two to board of trustees

The Queens Botanical Garden’s board of trustees has named two new members to its board, with outgoing members Saul Kupferberg and Walter Sanchez leaving after each finishing six years terms.Kupferberg and Sanchez will remain as advisory council members. Comment.
Books

Queens professor publishes photographic essay of black marching bands

Most people may have seen a marching band play in a parade or on television at the halftime of a college football game, but between the sound of horns blaring and the glitz and glamor of flashy uniformed choreography, many might not understand their cultural significance. Comment.
Oakland Gardens

PS 203 kids celebrate the Lunar New Year

The Lunar New Year is celebrated by most eastern Asian cultures, so in Queens — where over 130 countries from around the world are represented — some schools have made it part of their curriculum. Comments (2).
Woodside

Bothers sentenced for sex trafficking and promoting prostitution at Woodside motel: Queens DA

A Corona man, and his brother from Brooklyn were sentenced to prison lastThursday in a 2014 gunpoint sex trafficking case in which a 25-year-old woman was allegedly “sold” to them for $200 and then held against her will for a week during which she was forced to have sex for money, according to prosecutors. Comments (1).
Hunters Point

Hunters Point set for massive street reconstruction project

Long Island City is known for its shiny steel and glass residential towers on Center Boulevard, its three dozen arts and cultural institutions and venues, and it’s waterfront parks along the East River. It’s also known for its broken roadways, a remnant of the neighborhood’s industrial past. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing calligrapher puts all of his heart into his works

As a highly skilled calligrapher, you could say Simon Xianwen Zeng paints his soul on paper with brush strokes of black ink. Comment.
Editorial

Citizen budgeters

Queens has been on the front lines of an urban experiment: empowering residents to decide how to spend $1 million in taxpayer money on projects within their City Council districts. Comments (1).
Opinion

Ahh, the sidewalks of New York

This week, Lenore takes a walk on the wild side. Comment.
Letters

Save the next Freddie

It’s a relief that Freddie, the cow who escaped from a slaughterhouse in Queens, will get to spend the rest of his days at a sanctuary where he’ll be able to enjoy the company of other cows. If you want to help charismatic animals like Freddie, please go vegan. Comment.
Basketball

Holy Cross can’t close out Hayes

Holy Cross again had to cope with a tough loss after being oh-so-close to an impressive win. Comment.
Flushing

Woman attacked and robbed in her car on Avery Road: NYPD

FLUSHING — An unidentified man attacked a woman inside her car early Jan. 27 on Avery Avenue, and stole credit cards and $2,000 cash from her purse, police said. Comment.

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