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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Bayside

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Woodhaven

Woodhaven school honors alum killed by remote-controlled helicopter

High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture teachers hope an inaugural scholarship commemorating alumnus Roman Pirozek will help the late Woodhaven teen’s spirit and skills live on in the tools of a future tradesman. Comment.
St. Albans

Neighbors in St. Albans rally against building

There will be a second hearing at the city Board of Standards and Appeals on the St. Albans Presbyterian Church’s plans to build a five-story, affordable housing building on Farmers Boulevard. Comments (1).
Sunnyside

Sunnyside library is closed for the summer for repairs

The Sunnyside branch of Queens Library, at 43-06 Greenpoint Ave., is closed until mid-August while it gets a new roof installed. Comment.
Corona

Blood drive donator’s 5,000th pint nets VIP treatment at Mets game

The New York Mets have held blood drives even when Shea Stadium was still standing, but Monday was a special one. Comment.
Ditmars

Astoria eatery pairs sweet & savory on menu

Yogurt La Crepe opened its doors in Astoria just in time for the heat wave ushered in by the summer solstice. Comment.
Rego Park

Queens next generation of writers feted by Newtown Literary journal

The Rego Park-based Newtown Literary journal recognized the winners of its Queens Young Authors and Poets contest at the Astoria Historical Society Saturday. Comment.
Letters

Republicans finally waking up

I think U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor’s (R-Virginia) rejection by the hyper, anti-anything Obama faction is good. Comments (3).

Monday, June 30, 2014

Jamaica

Urban experts asked to make plan to transform downtown Jamaica

The dream of a splendid Jamaica will soon become a reality — at least, that is what city leaders, experts and business and community leaders are trying to accomplish. Comments (4).

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Flushing

Boy Scout leader remembered with street co-naming

Boy Scouts and elected officials descended on downtown Flushing Saturday afternoon to commemorate the founder of a Flushing Boy Scouts of America troop with a street co-naming. Comment.
Broad Channel

Filmmaker explores Jamaica Bay ritual

For Queens’ Hindus, Jamaica Bay has become their Ganges River, a purifying source where they hold religious rituals to cast items called Puja into the water. Comments (2).
Long Island City

LIC artist paints what he feels

Some people can paint as a hobby and dabble in their artwork when it is convenient. Comments (3).
QueensLine

‘26 summer heat wave caused more than 10 deaths in boro

The construction of the Flushing extension of the Corona “L” — today the No. 7 line — was completed from the east side of Flushing Creek to the station at Main Street. Comment.
Letters

Gun control will be overreaching

If something affects 0.0000017 percent of the population, is it worth making laws that will seriously affect the remainder of that population? Comments (12).

Sunday, June 29, 2014

East Elmhurst

Port Authority simulates plane crash at LaGuardia

As smoke bellowed through the air Saturday morning at LaGuardia Airport, emergency personnel scrambled to tend to blood-soaked victims of a plane crash. Comment.
Bayside

State passes Braunstein’s campus safety bill

State lawmakers recently passed legislation that one Bayside representative believes will help better protect students on college campuses across the state from violent crimes. Comments (1).
Dining Out

Seoul food served with a side of funny business

We have always been prejudiced against chain restaurants. Our preconceived notion is of mass-produced caloric meals nuked in the kitchen by minimum wage workers with few cooking skills. Comment.
Middle Village

Youngsters create sculptures at Middle Village Adult Center

Budding artists from PS 87 in Middle Village visited the Middle Village Adult Center earlier this month. They were partnered with seniors to create sculptures inspired by American artist Claes Oldenburg. Comment.
South Richmond Hill

Men wanted for assault at S. Rich. Hill hookah bar

SOUTH RICHMOND HILL — Police were searching for three suspects believed to be involved in a June 10 assault inside a hookah bar in South Richmond Hill. Comment.
South Richmond Hill

MacBook stolen from S. Richmond Hill laundromat

SOUTH RICHMOND HILL — Police were searching for a man who walked into a South Richmond Hill laundromat and walked away with a laptop May 30, the NYPD said. Comment.
Flushing

Shopper’s wallet stolen from purse in Skyview Center: Cops

FLUSHING - Police were looking for a suspect they said swiped a woman’s wallet from out of her purse at the Skyview Center in December. Comments (2).
I Sit and Look Out

Become a patron of cultural institutions found in Queens

On March 13, 1986, then-Borough President Donald Manes committed suicide at home by plunging a kitchen knife into his heart. Comments (3).
Letters

Willets Point plan paid off only for developers

TimesLedger Newspapers’ recent Queens Tomorrow magazine includes the article “Willets shops look for home” and contains a rendering of what purports to be the 1.4-million-square-foot shopping mall slated for the current parking lot adjacent to Citi Field. Comment.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

St. Albans

St. Albans gets storm sewers to combat chronic flooding

Some southeast Queens residents, especially around St. Albans, Laurelton and Springfield Gardens, get the chills every time thunderstorms are looming. Comments (1).
Bayside

Council ups spending in 2015 city budget

The City Council last week announced an agreement with Mayor Bill de Blasio on an $75 billion budget for the 2015 fiscal year 11 days before the deadline that includes several funding increases in areas such as education, the arts and public safety. Comments (2).
Long Island City

Burglary suspect stole cash register with $20: NYPD

LONG ISLAND CITY — Police were searching for a man who they said stole $20 in cash from a pizzeria June 11. Comment.
Astoria

Two men in car shot, then robbed in Astoria [With Video]

ASTORIA — Police were hunting for whoever shot two men sitting in a car in Astoria, the NYPD said. Comment.
Ozone Park

Suspects lift phones from Ozone Park cell stores: Cops

OZONE PARK — Police were trying to identify two men they said stole phones from western Queens electronics stores in broad daylight over the last two weeks. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Cop resuscitated during police softball game

FRESH MEADOWS — An off-duty police officer was resuscitated last week after passing out while playing in the Police Commissioner’s Softball League at Cunningham Park, the NYPD said. Comment.
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Mayor receives high report card for first six months

Well, the first semester of the de Blasio administration will come to a close June 30, and it is time to hand out the first report card. The mayor has been hardworking and busy implementing his campaign agenda, despite a bit of tardiness at public events and news conferences. Overall, he gets high grades. Comments (2).
Editorial

Ivory Ban Passes

The Wildlife Conservation Society, which operates the Queens Zoo, has led the global campaign to save African elephants from slaughter and played a major role in New York state’s pending moratorium on ivory sales. Comments (1).
Letters

APEC needs traffic signal on Northern

The Alley Pond Environmental Center, at 228-06 Northern Blvd. in Douglaston, is a great place to learn about ecology and the need to protect and preserve our planet. Comments (1).

Friday, June 27, 2014

Kew Gardens

Queens residents indicted in drug trafficking case

A worldwide drug trafficking ring has been smashed and four Queens residents are among the 17 defendants indicted Friday morning. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton announced that the gang had flooded New York City with several tons of khat, a plant containing controlled substances similar to amphetamines, that is popular in eastern Africa. Comments (3).
Bayside

Senate approves Avella bill to stop killing of mute swans

The state Senate passed a bill last week placing a two-year moratorium on a highly criticized plan by the state Department of Environmental Conservation to eradicate more than 2,000 mute swans, the same day three DEC agents in an upstate New York park allegedly took part in the killing of two of the birds while in an unmarked boat, Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said. Comments (1).
St. Albans

St. Albans street renamed in honor of late Dora Young

Community leaders joined elected officials in St. Albans Saturday afternoon to honor and celebrate the life of Dora Young, a political activist, veteran of the civil rights movement and prominent public servant. Comments (1).
Woodside

Elmhurst man who was punched dies after Woodside street attack

A 56-year-old church-going Filipino man from Elmhurst died Tuesday morning at Elmhurst Hospital Center after he was brutally attacked around midnight in Woodside Saturday night, police say. Comments (3).
Jamaica

Neighbors fight JFK plan

Residents in southeast Queens want to ground the Port Authority’s plan to rehabilitate a runaway at JFK Airport. Comment.
Long Island City

City bars film crews from shoots in LIC

The city declared a moratorium on film and television production on several streets in the Hunters Point section of Long Island City. Comments (3).
Rockaway Beach

Funding for Rockaway Ferry dries up

The Rockaway ferry is sinking. Comments (1).
Bayside

Play explores how a dozen minds become one

Theatre Time Productions opted to delve into its own past with a revival of the classic American courtroom drama “12 Angry Men.” Comment.
Bayside

Bayside street named for late PS 41 teacher

Queens officially named its first street in honor of a teacher when dozens gathered to pay tribute to Geraldine “Geri” Cilmi beside PS 41 last Friday afternoon. Comments (1).
Real Estate

City’s smallest rent hikes in history escape freeze

The small rent increases approved by the Rent Guidelines Board Monday disappointed both Queens renters and landlords in a decision that marked the lowest rise in the city agency’s history. Comments (1).
Springfield Gardens

Parents disapprove of charter school at PS 15

Parents and community activists from southeast Queens expressed their concerns about the project to co-locate a Success Academy school at the IS 59 building in Springfield Gardens during a meeting with the city Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. Comment.
Flushing

Advocates discuss noise at aviation roundtable

Residents fighting to reduce plane noise near the city’s three major airports got an update from the Port Authority and the Federal Aviation Administration last week about the status of a much-awaited noise study and the steps being taken to address other community concerns. Comments (2).
Springfield Gardens

Man accused of shooting girlfriend, 15

Authorities arrested two men and charged them in two separate murders in southeast Queens last week, police said. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing Commons work to start

F&T Group is finally set to break ground on its long-delayed Flushing Commons development in downtown Flushing. Comments (1).
Block Shots

Rodriguez leaves behind career to remember with Red Hawks

Britney Rodriguez’s legacy will be hard to match. Comments (1).
Middle Village

Atson leaves Christ the King

Travis Atson opted for a change of scenery. Comments (2).
Bayside

Retired Yankee pitcher visits Bayside HS event

A crowd of children started to form around the man with gray hair and sunglasses holding court on Bayside High School’s baseball field Saturday afternoon, many unaware of his 288 career wins and 26 seasons in Major League Baseball. Comment.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Jamaica

Queens Library meet on Galante’s golden parachute canceled

The board of the Queens Public Library canceled a special meeting to consider a golden parachute for beleaguered President Thomas Galante Thursday after the borough president urged the trustees to postpone the session. Comment.
Bay Terrace

Police arrest Corona man in Bay Terrace break-in

A Corona man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a home invasion in Bay Terrace earlier this year that left an elderly couple injured, the NYPD said. Comments (1).
Jamaica

Two injured in second-alarm blaze in Jamaica

JAMAICA — Two people were taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries after a Thursday afternoon fire in Jamaica, a FDNY spokesman said. Comment.
Long Island City

Sightlines for fireworks in question for Queens

When the mayor announced in April that the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks were moving back to the East River this year, there was excitement among business owners and elected officials that there would be an economic windfall along the Queens waterfront. Comments (1).
Little Neck

GOP race still undecided

A day after the election, a heated primary between GOP candidates Grant Lally and Stephen Labate was too close to call as the two men awaited the final results that will decide who appears on the Republican ticket for a chance to upset U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) in November. Comments (1).
Politics

Rogue Dems return home

Democratic state senators in Albany have agreed to mend the fences between the mainstream party and the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference in a move that will take effect after the fall elections. Comments (4).
Bayside

Halloran returns to court after Sen. Smith’s mistrial

Former City Councilman Daniel Halloran allegedly agreed to a $75,000 payment for his part in a bribery scheme to get state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Jamaica) on the Republican mayoral ticket, the undercover FBI agent involved in the case testified Wednesday at Halloran’s corruption trial. Comment.
Woodside

Spain exits World Cup early

As the king of Spain was abdicating his throne in favor of his son, Spain’s national team in the World Cup was also abdicating its crown — unexpectedly early in the international tournament. Comment.
Whitestone

Queens GOP Chairman Ragusa dies

Politicians across the borough expressed sadness this week following the passing of Queens GOP Chairman Phil Ragusa, who died Tuesday night after a battle with leukemia, the party said. Comment.
Jamaica Hills

Last grads close door forever at Jamaica HS

Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola wandered the Jamaica High School halls in the mid-1950s. Comments (3).
Jamaica

Pols pass Queens Library reform

State lawmakers set political differences aside last week to make sure the state Legislature passed a Queens Library reform bill. Comments (1).
Elmhurst

Elmhurst to debate Pan Am shelter plan

Elmhurst and surrounding communities are poised to turn up the heat on City Hall for its decision to move homeless families into the 216-room Pan American Hotel on Queens Boulevard. Comments (1).
Bayside

Suspicious clothing donation bins plaguing Bayside

Home and business owners in Bayside and surrounding neighborhoods have recently lodged dozens of complaints with elected officials and civic groups after seeing several clothing donation boxes that appear to be scams pop up throughout the area. Comments (5).
Astoria

CB 1 kicks back Astoria Cove plan

Developers of the massive Astoria Cove project were dealt a setback last week when Community Board 1 voted unanimously to recommend denial of the plan until a number of conditions were met. Comment.
Maspeth

Loved ones, colleague pay tribute to late Maspeth Sanitation worker

Colleagues and friends held a mass Monday to remember Steven Frosch, a city Sanitation Department worker who died in Maspeth Saturday after he was struck by a street sweeper. Comments (1).
Woodside

Mayor in Woodside signs pedestrian bills

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a package of legislation, passed by the City Council in recent weeks, designed to further his Vision Zero plan to make streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists Monday in Woodside. Comment.
Kew Gardens Hills

CB 8 nixes yeshiva expansion

Community Board 8 voted against a Kew Gardens Hills yeshiva’s expansion proposal at a meeting last week after neighbors railed against the plan. Comment.
Jamaica

Man stabbed in back seeks help in McD’s

Police are investigating the stabbing of the man who Tuesday morning walked into a Jamaica McDonald’s with the knife sticking in his back. Comments (1).
Crime

Authorities ID man suspected of shooting at police

ELMHURST — Authorities were looking for a suspect who got in a shootout with police in Elmhurst early Saturday morning, the NYPD said. Comments (1).
Transit

MTA offers LIRR unions hikes of 17% to avert possible strike

The MTA and unions of the Long Island Rail Road will meet in a negotiating session Friday to discuss the MTA’s latest offer, which the unions have already called inadequate. Comments (3).

Sharks football team to compete in playoffs

New York sports fans may still be reeling from seeing the Stanley Cup slip through the Rangers’ fingers, but hope remains for at least one city championship. Comment.
Cambria Heights

Former Stanners guard Tatum transfers to Manhattan College

Amani Tatum is happy to be home and preparing to leave her mark on New York City again. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Francis Lewis’ Chin given Wingate honor

Becoming a Wingate Award winner has been a bit of an obsession for Francis Lewis’ Darren Chin since he was a sophomore. Comment.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Bayside

Bayside 7-Eleven sells winning Cash4Life ticket

A Bayside convenience store has sold the first winning jackpot ticket in a new state lottery game, just 10 days after the $2 game was first unveiled, New York State Lottery said this week. Comment.
Little Neck

Meeks and Velazquez win Queens primaries as Lally holds slight lead over Labate in polls

A heated race between two congressional candidates failed to draw much voter turnout in northeast Queens during Tuesday’s primary, and as of midnight Grant Lally held a slight lead over Stephen Labate as both vied for the chance to challenge U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) on the Republican ticket in November. Comments (1).

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Little Neck

Turnout low for congressional primaries in Queens

A heated race between two congressional candidates failed to draw much voter turnout in northeast Queens during Tuesday’s primary as Grant Lally and Stephen Labate faced off for a chance to challenge U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) on the Republican ticket in November. Comments (2).
Jamaica

Man stabbed in back near Big Mac in Jamaica

JAMAICA - A man was stabbed in the back Tuesday morning on Sutphin Boulevard near 91st Avenue in downtown Jamaica during a fight with other men, a police spokesman said. Comments (1).
Whitestone

Queens leaders mourn GOP Chairman Ragusa

Phil Ragusa, chairman of the Queens Republican Party, died Tuesday surrounded by his family after a short battle with leukemia, the party said. Comments (1).
Woodside

Man dies after being punched in the face in Woodside

A 56-year-old man died Tuesday morning at Elmhurst Hospital Center after he was brutally attacked around midnight in Woodside Saturday night, police say. Comments (2).

Monday, June 23, 2014

Woodside

Mayor signs traffic safety legislation to protect pedestrians

Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero plan took a major step forward Monday as he signed 11 life-saving traffic safety bills at PS 152 in Woodside. The legislation, passed by the City Council in recent weeks, enhances traffic data collection and enforcement efforts, codifies safety engineering commitments and updates the city’s legal code to toughen penalties for dangerous driving. Comments (1).
Bayside

TimesLedger Newspapers group sold to former president and wife

News executives Les Goodstein and his wife Jennifer are buying the Community Newspaper Group, the umbrella company that publishes The TimesLedger Newspapers, the Brooklyn Paper, Brooklyn Courier Life, the Bronx Times, Caribbean Life and several other weekly papers and specialty magazines from News Corp. Comment.
College Point

Police hunt for College Point burglary suspect

Police were searching for a brazen burglary suspect they said hit 25 homes in College Point since March. Comments (3).

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Elmhurst

Man who shot at cops sought by NYPD: Police [With Video]

Police were looking for a suspect whogot in a shoot out with police in Elmhurst early Saturday morning, the NYPD said. Comment.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Maspeth

Sanitation worker killed in sweeper truck accident: DSNY

A Department of Sanitation worker was killed in Maspeth Saturday afternoon after he was accidentally pinned down by a mechanical street sweeper, agency officials said. Comments (6).

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