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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Flushing

Lancman attends CASA showcases in Flushing and Fresh Meadows

After allocating $40,000 in funding, City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) visited PS 165 in Flushing and PS 154 in Fresh Meadows last week to celebrate the success of the Cultural After School Adventures program. Comment
Crime

Weiner pleads guilty to sexting 15-year-old

Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner, who represented Queens and Brooklyn, pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court Friday to transmitting obscene material to a minor. Comments (2)
Softball

Stanners strike: Molloy grabs playoff victory over Fontbonne

The Archbishop Molloy softball team rolled to a first-round victory in the BQCHSAA playoffs on Thursday, defeating Fontbonne Hall 5-1. Comment

Friday, May 26, 2017

Hunters Point

July 4th fireworks returns to LIC for third straight year

The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks spectacular will be back in Long Island City for the third consecutive year with NBC once again basing its national broadcast from Hunters Point South Park. More than 52,000 shells will be fired from four barges along the East River beginning at 9:20 p.m. Comment
Bayside

Bayside Army vet to get Bronze Star after over five decades

Norman Heller was not waiting around for recognition after he stuck his neck out for a fellow soldier who had been shot on a desolate roadway in Saigon in 1962. He was later told by a commanding officer he was recommended for the Bronze Star for valor, and four decades later he will get the award he earned trying to save a man’s life. Comments (3)
Rockaway Beach

Resilient Rockaway boardwalk completed in time for Memorial Day weekend

The entire 5-½-mile length of the Rockaway boardwalk opens to the public on Saturday to kick off Memorial Day weekend for the first time since it was obliterated by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Comment
Government

City launches anti-discrimination campaign as bias incidents rise

Following a 60 percent increase in reports of discrimination to the city’s Commission on Human Rights in 2016, a trend that continues into 2017, Mayor Bill de Blasio launched a citywide anti-discrimination campaign Tuesday. Advertisement, videos, community events and public service announcements will affirm New Yorkers right to live, work and pray free from discrimination and harassment. Comments (5)
Sunnyside

City Council passes Van Bramer legislation that would slow developers

On several occasions since 2010, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) has watched as the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals approved developers’ projects that had been rejected by Van Bramer or Community Board 2. Each time, BSA was not compelled to explain its decision, so Van Bramer drafted legislation to bring transparency and accountability to BSA decisions. Comment
Oakland Gardens

Queens pols honor JFK on 100th birthday in Oakland Gardens

The memory of President John F. Kennedy is alive and well in Queens where elected officials and community leaders celebrated what would be his 100th birthday in Oakland Gardens. Comment
Jackson Heights

Series of events scheduled to celebrate 25th anniversary of Queens Pride

Tens of thousands of revelers were expected to flood the streets of Jackson Heights June 4 for the 25th anniversary of the Queens Pride parade and festival. Comment
Flushing

Brooklyn man accused of groping young girls at Sky View: DA

A Brooklyn man is accused of groping four females, including three young girls, in the span of four hours at a Flushing mall, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights post office dedicated in memory of LGBT rights advocates Jeanne and Jules Manford

The Jackson Heights post office on 37th Avenue was renamed Saturday in honor of Jeanne and Jules Manford — the late Queens residents and national heroes who fought for the advancement of equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. Comment
Editorial

Heartless hatchet job

President Donald Trump’s Draconian budget proposal jolted Queens lawmakers, who were braced for steep cutbacks but not the evisceration of programs for children, the elderly, the hungry and students struggling with loans. Comments (1)
Baseball

Long, far, gone: McClancy racks up the homers in victory over Molloy

The Crusaders baseball team notched three home runs from three different players on Wednesday afternoon, cruising to an 11-1 victory over Archbishop Molloy. Comment

Blood drive essentially a community gift

I would like to impress upon the masses the importance of donating blood. I was at the Immaculate Conception in Douglaston recently, where many groups were being honored for running blood drives. Comments (2)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Flushing

Queens College graduation on tap for Friday: rain or shine

Queens College’s 93rd commencement ceremony will be held on Friday at 9 a.m. on the campus’ quadrangle located at 65-30 Kissena Blvd., come rain or shine. Comment
Bayside

16-year-old homicide victim found in Bayside park may be MS-13

A 16-year-old St. Albans youth who was stabbed at least two dozen times and found dead in Bayside’s Alley Pond Park Sunday was probably the victim of a gang murder, police said. It was the first homicide in the precinct since 2014. Comments (3)
Flushing

Landmarks Commission approves RKO theater development plans

The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission approved renovation plans for the historic RKO theater on Northern Boulevard at the gateway to the heart of Flushing. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

MTA sued over dangers of lead paint on No. 7 subway line: Dromm

Jackson Heights business owners, residents and environmental attorneys joined City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) Tuesday to announce a class action lawsuit against the MTA, claiming the public transit entity failed to address a public health hazard posed by lead paint on the Roosevelt Avenue train trestles of the No. 7 subway line. Comments (1)
Flushing

Assemblyman Kim announces new Asian-American Caucus

State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) and Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou (D-Manhattan) were joined by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Manhattan) at Flushing Town hall last week to announce the formation of the Asian Pacific American Legislative Caucus. Comments (2)
Crime

Stats show city hate crimes on the rise: Boyce

New York City has suffered a significant rise in hate crimes compared to last year, according to Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

Lancman calls on city to close Rikers faster

The saga of Kalief Browder has been seared in the public’s conscience and powered movements to close Rikers Island and reform the city’s criminal justice. Unfortunately, it has done little to change the fact that tens of thousands are imprisoned each year because they cannot afford to post bail. Comments (4)
Government

Queens pols react to Trump’s budget proposal

Queens congressional members had choice words for President Donald Trump’s latest budget proposal, claiming it will wick away vital resources from working class Americans to line the pockets of the wealthy with tax cuts. Comments (2)
High Heat

Mets should look to boost bullpen by trading for a late-inning reliever

With the Mets bullpen struggling and Jeurys Familia out with an injury, could New York make a move for another late-inning reliever? Comment
Event

Memorial Day events this weekend in Queens

Saturday, May 27 Comment
Long Island City

Artists-in-residence share their craft at two Long Island City hotels

Two local artists have checked into a couple of hip hotels in Long Island City, and they’re inviting the public to drop by their studios and check out their art. Comment
Letters

Looming water rate hike not in city’s best interests

Playing politics with New Yorkers’ water rates is nothing new for the city. Mayors have often raised water rates after pledging not to. Comments (1)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Politics

Mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis takes on DeBlasio at CNG

Bay Ridge and Staten Island assemblywoman and New York City mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis met with the editors of Community News Group and NYC Community Media at our office Downtown on May 18 to discuss her campaign to unseat Mayor DeBlasio in November. Comments (3)

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Long Island City

LaGuardia Community College opens newly expanded and renovated library

LaGuardia Community College celebrated the completion of a $15 million expansion and renovation of its library last week. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Body of man found in East River off Hunters Point South Park: NYPD

A badly decomposed body was discovered floating in the East River just off Hunters Point South Park in Long Island City just after 6 p.m. Tuesday, according to the NYPD. Comment
Ozone Park

Ozone Park Library face-lift unveiled

Dozens of residents, elected officials, and first-graders from PS 316 went to Ozone Park Library for its ribbon-cutting and grand reopening Friday morning. Comment
Theater

The Rockaway Theatre Company’s production of Neil Simon’s ‘Rumors’ brings the laughs

Prepare yourself for belly laughs with Rockaway Theatre Company’s production of Neil Simon’s hilarious farce “Rumors,” directed by Peggy Press and Michael Wotypka. Comment
Queens Village

Blind Queens Village man honored for his service

One of the outstanding employees at Alphapointe NY, a Brooklyn company that hires the blind, is Yuet Yuen Chao,84, who is also known as Charlie. Comments (1)
Ridgewood

Police find missing 80-year-old Ridgewood man

A Ridgewood man who was missing since Friday has been located in good condition, according to authorities. Comment

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