JAMAICA — A suspect in various larcenies on the subway was nabbed at the Parsons Boulevard and Archer Avenue station in Jamaica when an MTA employee spotted him during an interview with an NYPD officer, authorities said. Comment.
The Feb. 2-8 TimesLedger Newspapers article “Fewer pensions costly: Study,” about people not having enough money to retire, raises an interesting question: Whose responsibility is it to make sure you have enough money to retire — you or your employer? Comment.
ROSEDALE — Police were looking for three white males in connection with a Valentine’s Day armed robbery and criminal impersonation of police officers at a Pay-O-Matic in Rosedale, authorities said. Comment.
Junior goalie Jeff Lowman was named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List, the highest regarded honor in college lacrosse. The list includes the top players from all three divisions of NCAA lacrosse and features the most distinguished players in the collegiate game. Comment.
State Sen. Shirley Huntley visited the New York State Veterans’ Home at St. Albans Saturday to distribute Valentine’s Day gifts and flowers to Air Force veterans Rosario Cracchiolo and Mana Dejesus. Both women received roses, candy, letters balloons and gift bags from Huntley, who distributed similar items to more than 20 other female veterans at the hospital. Comment.
Christ the King’s Varsity B basketball team’s win in the city championship was celebrated during senior night at the Middle Village high school. The Royals beat out Holy Cross for the title during a game at St. Francis College in Brooklyn. Comment.
A deal has been reached that will create a fair process for evaluating teachers in state public schools. The deal, to be an amendment in the state budget, will ensure that New York receives more than $1 billion in federal funding that was contingent upon an agreement. Comments (1).
Capt. Donald Powers, commanding officer of the 108th Precinct, said at a town hall meeting last week that a man suspected of killing a Berkeley Co-Op Towers Section II resident last year was recently extradited to New York from Boston. Comment.
In an effort to appease business owners on 37th Road in Jackson Heights, Community Board 3 voted to recommend the city Department of Transportation reverse 37th Road between 74th and 75th streets from one-way eastbound to westbound and create more parking spaces. Comment.
Central to the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s mission is preservation, revitalization and reuse of the city’s numerous architecturally significant buildings. In recognition of Black History Month, the conservancy is urging New Yorkers to visit sites or places that are crucial to understanding the role of African Americans in the city’s history. Comment.
On Saturdays, chef Grace Lupo offers classes at her Bayside restaurant where she teaches her adult students how to prepare authentic Italian cuisine, but once a month the kitchen at L’Italiano Trattoria fills with a younger crowd, and the recipes become a bit more basic. Comment.
Hillcrest’s Conor McNally was surprised when an organization offered to loan him a cello worth $10,000, but the 16-year-old was truly shocked when it arrived in the mail with a broken neck. Comments (2).
Giftalicious, the party store/pastry shop that aimed to be the new Douglaston Market when it opened last summer, is planning to move into the store left vacant by the old Douglaston Market next month, co-owner Demetra Sirica said. Comment.
In celebration of the 200th birthday of English author Charles Dickens, the Bayside-based community theater group Theatre by the Bay will be performing its own rendition of Dickens’s classic “Oliver!” at the Bay Terrace Jewish Center in Bayside. Comment.
Police Officer Brian Roby and Sgt. Michael Elderbaum were given Cops of the Month Awards for collecting surveillance information that led to the arrest of three men in early January and the seizure of two handguns and a substantial amount of heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana, according to Deputy Inspector Brian Maguire. Comments (1).
Christ the King and Bishop Ford will not have to forfeit unplayed girls’ basketball games against Nazareth, the principals committee ruled last week in a meeting, despite a recommendation to do so by the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Eligibility and Infractions Committee. Comment.
When people sometimes tell me that I look good for my age — and is that really a compliment? — they probably don’t realize that I’m still a teenager. Forget the wrinkles and gray hair and focus on the fact that I have a birthday only once every four years — Feb. 29 to be exact. Comment.
If the redrawn state Senate district lines are adopted, two of Queens’ most powerful voices in Albany will have to run against each other in a primary if they want to stay in office. For this and other reasons, the lines should not be approved. Comment.
As we watch the numbers of Occupy Wall Street protesters dwindle, understandably so with the advent of the winter months and cold weather, many may think or even wish that they have gone away, but the 99 percent movement is far from dead. Comment.
Small business owners on Union Street have slowly been making an exodus as dealings between the city and the developer of Flushing Commons continue behind closed doors, a business leader said. Comment.
The state Department of Health ordered Peninsula Hospital to stop admitting patients and cancel all upcoming surgeries after inspectors found problems with a crucial laboratory in the facility, a hospital spokeswoman said Friday. Comment.
The husband-and-wife owners of a Middle Village pet store are offering a $200 reward and a store discount to anyone who can help cops identify a woman who snatched a puppy from the business Friday night. Comment.
The Queens Village Republican Club’s annual dinner may have been named for Abraham Lincoln, but it was a child with a different biblical name who commandeered the attention of the crowd this year. Comment.
Police arrested a 55-year-old man last week on charges of robbing a Capital One Bank in College Point just three months after the same house of lending was hit by what eyewitnesses described as a gun-slinging senior. Comment.
City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) is in hot water with some of his constituents over remarks made at a recent meeting, about downtown Flushing, but a community leader said some in the audience may have misunderstood what he was saying. Comment.
City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley’s (D-Middle Village) campaign account was assessed four violations last Thursday by the city Campaign Finance Board, but she was not ordered to pay any fines. Comment.
The United States Postal Service has decided to close its College Point sorting facility and move all operations to its Brooklyn location, the agency announced, although Congress has three months to reverse the decision. Comment.
A second pedestrian was struck Thursday at another busy Flushing intersection, just a day after an MTA bus hit and killed a 22-year-old Flushing resident at a nearby intersection that is no stranger to accidents, according to the NYPD. Comments (1).
Eight members of the state Assembly from Queens have signed on to a bill that would push Primary Day for state races from September to June to offset a new federal law that would force New York to hold separate primaries for Congress and the U.S. Senate. Comment.
Although New York City has the nation’s most immigrant-owned businesses, 92 percent of such business owners told a survey that they got no help from the city and half said they were unaware such assistance was even available. Comment.
Northeast Queens civic leaders are peeved the city will be doing construction in College Point but offering wetland restoration to Douglaston to offset the project more than 10 miles from where the work will take place. Comments (2).
As a 105-pound bronze plaque featuring the likeness of late civic leader Pat Dolan was unveiled at the Kew Gardens Hills Library, elected officials and community leaders remembered her at the institution that is on schedule to expand in two years due in large part to Dolan’s efforts. Comment.
At a Republican gathering Sunday evening, City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) criticized the Democratic leadership in the state Assembly for redrawing legislative boundaries in a way that gerrymandered part of one northeast Queens district and minimized the voice of GOP voters. Comment.
A Bangladeshi national who lives in Sunnyside with his three young children is being held in a detention center in New Jersey, even though his wife is an oath away from becoming a citizen. Comments (2).
State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) said despite rumblings that the Westway Motel could become a full-time shelter for homeless families, the city Department of Homeless Services decided not to consider it last week. Comments (1).
A 31-year-old teacher in Corona gave her students the assignment to create Christmas cards for those in need, but she sent the cards to a friend who is an inmate in upstate New York, according to a report from the special commissioner of investigation for the New York City school district. Comment.
State Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) wrote a letter to the city Commission on Human Rights last month, urging it to adopt guidelines for customer service after a spate of racially insensitive incidents involving Asian Americans in restaurants around the country and an incident involving Meng herself in a Queens restaurant. Comment.
A police report from Florida shows striking similarities between a crime committed there and an incident earlier this month in which a man is accused of killing his brother in front of the victim’s South Jamaica family. Comment.
Praise rang out from Albany last week as state education officials and the state teacher’s union inked an 11th-hour deal on a teacher evaluation system, but closer to home the fate of some of Queens’ lowest-performing schools is still uncertain. Comment.
While the first phase of the applied sciences campus coming to Roosevelt Island, now called the Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute, will not be done until 2017, the institution now has a provost and dean. Comment.
City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) announced Friday the city Department of Education and city School Construction Authority had agreed to purchase four lots to build a 440-seat school in Woodside. Comment.
As part of its “Year of Turkey” celebrations, Queens College will present INFLUX, a program of contemporary Turkish dance. The performance will be held at the Goldstein Theatre on Saturday at 8 p.m. Admission is free. Comment.
KEW GARDENS — The former longtime clubhouse manager of the New York Mets pleaded guilty in Queens Supreme Court Tuesday to stealing $2.3 million in Mets memorabilia, but will not face jail time as part of his plea agreement, District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Harlem Globetrotters legend Curly Neal shows off his moves during a visit to the New York Hall of Science in Corona as part of the program “The Science of Basketball.” Neal has been part of the team for 22 seasons, playing in more than 6,000 games in 97 countries with the Hall of Fame team. Comment.
At a town hall meeting in Oakland Gardens last week, city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott discussed topics such as parent involvement and overcrowding with a packed auditorium at MS 74.
Community Education Council 26 President Jeanette Segal reminded those who had come to meet the city’s top education official of Feb. 15, that the week of Feb. 13-17 had been designated Respect for All Week and asked that “we all fully engage this initiative tonight.”
“I know lately it’s been a back-and-forth confrontation,” Walcott said, acknowledging the recent public ire over Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s education policies. Comment.
St. John’s University has chosen to stay out of the debate over whether religious institutions should be required to provide contraceptives to their employees, but students at the Queens school have not remained as silent. Comment.
Flushing residents packed into a neighborhood mall Friday night to watch New York Knicks superstar Jeremy Lin, just hours after Time Warner Cable and Madison Square Garden reached an accord allowing fans to watch games from home. Comment.
A review is underway of all city Department of Education personnel after a computer teacher at PS 174 in Rego Park was charged with sexually touching two boys, city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said outside the school Friday. Comment.
City Comptroller John Liu unveiled a four-point plan to cut government waste and laid out proposals to get the city’s unemployed working again during his State of the City address last Thursday at City College. Comment.
Time Warner Cable and Madison Square Garden have reached an agreement that will allow Queens residents to finally catch a glimpse of overnight New York Knicks superstar Jeremy Lin play from the comfort of their living rooms. Comment.
A review is underway of all city Department of Education personnel after a computer teacher at PS 174 in Rego Park was charged with sexually touching two boys, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said outside the school Friday. Comment.
An Astoria man has been charged with hitting and killing a beloved grandfather, who was a refugee from the Cuban Revolution, with an SUV while allegedly intoxicated, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.