Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Kew Gardens Hills

Revamped Kew Gardens Hills Library to open next summer

A fresh Kew Gardens Hills Library complete with an area exclusively for teens should be ready to greet students next summer break. Comments (1).
Sunnyside

Art of business is on display in Sunnyside

Sunnyside has become a magnet for the arts. Comment.
Long Island City

Tip of the week

Letters

Huntley should not have been feted

Clergy United for Community Empowerment sent a terrible message by organizing a homecoming party for former state Sen. Shirley Huntley (“SE Queens holds party to greet Huntley on return from prison,” June 6-12). Comments (1).
Letters

Phil Ragusa will be missed

I have read with much sadness the news of the passing of Queens Republican Party Chairman Phil Ragusa. Comment.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Astoria

Funny business going on in Astoria

Former Mayor David Dinkins loved to spread the gospel of New York City’s eclectic makeup of cultures and people by referring to it as a “gorgeous mosaic.” Comment.
Woodside

MTA asks Congress if it will intervene in an LIRR strike

MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast Tuesday asked Congress whether it intends to intervene in the labor dispute involving the Long Island Rail Road and its workers, whose union has threatened to strike as early as July 20. Comments (1).
Woodhaven

Qns gets $1M for streets

Borough President Melinda Katz announced last week that more than $1 million in capital funds will be going toward streetscape improvements along commercial areas in several Queens neighborhoods. Comments (8).
Letters

Braunstein takes first step in protecting women

Thank you, state Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside). Comments (1).

Monday, July 7, 2014

Flushing

Funding windfall starts project to fix up Pavilion

The restoration of the iconic New York State Pavilion is set to begin after funding of more than $4.8 million was allocated in the capital budget the City Council approved last Thursday. Comments (3).
Elmhurst

Baby found dead in Elmhurst apartment: NYPD

An 11-month-old boy was found dead Sunday afternoon in the Elmhurst apartment where he lived with his mother, police said. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights town square gets cops in time for summer

Diversity Plaza now has a dedicated police presence. Comment.
St. Albans

City Councilman Miller hails budget as boon for SE Queens

City Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) said the $75 billion city budget for 2015 “has proven to be both thoughtful and progressive.” Comments (1).
Flushing

Queens Botanical Garden hosts inaugural Brew Fest

The borough’s plant and craft beer lovers will have a chance to combine their passions this summer. Comment.
Flushing

Hostos president tapped to lead Queens College

Queens College has a new president. Comments (1).
Kew Gardens

Man convicted of using bodega in Kew Gdns as stash house: DA

A Long Island man convicted of gun possession and conspiring to sell cocaine out of a Kew Gardens bodega was sentenced to 15 years in prison Monday, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (3).
Glendale

Woman from Glendale reported missing: NYPD

GLENDALE — Police were requesting help finding a 28-year-old woman reported missing from her Glendale home. Comment.
The Civic Scene

Boro high school students impress with their accomplishments

Valedictorians achieve the highest grades in a graduating class, and they are often active students. Comment.
Letters

Landlords need higher rents

I am responding to your editorial “Freeze the Rents” in your June 20-26 issue. Comments (2).

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Jamaica Hills

Jamaica High hands out last batch of diplomas to 25

School’s out. Forever. Comments (3).
Jackson Heights

Florida man charged with DWI in Jax. Hts. crash: NYPD

A Florida man has been charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated in the early Saturday morning collision that killed a pedestrian crossing Roosevelt Avenue near 92nd Street, the NYPD said. Comment.
Immigration

Immigrants get legal aid

Universal legal representation is on the way for more than 1,000 indigent immigrants facing deportation. Comments (4).
Transit

MTA group set to analyze future trends, expectations

The MTA has appointed a special committee to look into possible challenges the MTA might experience in future decades and how it might be improved. Comments (1).
Breezy Point

Poetry and music fill the air during Ft. Tilden homecoming

Rockaway Beach played host to a pair of famous faces Sunday during the opening day of the MoMA PS1’s Rockaway! festival in Fort Tilden. Comment.
Ozone Park

Electronics stolen from vehicles parked in Ozone Park driveways

OZONE PARK — Police were searching for two men they said stole electronics from cars on at least four occasions since June 12 in Ozone Park. Comment.
Astoria

Bikes swiped in Astoria break-ins [With Video]

ASTORIA — Police were trying to find suspects who allegedly stole bicycles in Astoria, NYPD said. Comment.
Political Action

States should not opt for open primary elections

We have seen an open primary in Virginia where voters do not have to vote according to political party affiliation. They can vote in either the Republican or Democratic primary for the candidate of their choice. Comment.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Ridgewood

Ridgewood Reservoir culvert plan draws ire

The city has sought to quiet activists upset about its plans to decommission the Ridgewood Reservoir dams by citing new, cumbersome regulations it would need to comply with before an August deadline. Comment.
Flushing

Fresh Meadows school raises funds for funeral of slain 8-year-old

Amidst mourning, staff and families at PS 107 have gathered to fund-raise the $10,000 necessary to send a recently killed fourth-grader’s remains back to Cameroon with relatives. Comment.
Bellerose

Bellerose parish holds summer fair

St. Gregory the Great Parish in Bellerose held its 35th Gregorian Summer Festival, featuring rides, games and live entertainment. The fair began June 19 and concluded Sunday. Comment.
Bayside

City dollars flow to NE Qns

Just a few months after the City Council passed a historic reform package that included changes to the discretionary funding process, Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) touted a 2015 fiscal year budget that included nearly three times more funding for his Council district than the area had seen in the past few years. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Four wanted in Far Rockaway burglary

FAR ROCKAWAY — Police were searching for suspects in the burglary of a woman in Far Rockaway in May, the NYPD said. Comments (1).
Flushing

Flushing woman disappears from Queens Plaza

FLUSHING — Police were looking for a Flushing woman, reported missing last Friday. Comments (1).
On Point

Dromm should show more respect toward the JROTC

The City Council has veered so far left that for most common sense/centrist voters, it is hard to fathom. No Council member epitomizes this off-center lurch better than Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights). Comments (4).
Editorial

Katz vs. Library

An outraged and clearly frustrated Melinda Katz used the powers of the borough presidency last week to halt an end run by several rogue trustees on the board of the beleaguered Queens Library system. Comment.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Bay Terrace

NYPD charges Corona man in Bay Terrace home invasion

Police arrested one of two suspects last week wanted in connection with a home invasion in Bay Terrace earlier this year that injured an elderly couple, the NYPD said. Comments (1).
Astoria

Man charged in Astoria Houses shooting after getaway car crashes: NYPD

Police said they caught up with an armed man fleeing from the scene of a double shooting at the Astoria Houses in Thursday afternoon after the car he was riding in slammed into another vehicle several blocks away. Comments (1).
Queens Village

Gubernatorial candidate Astorino visits Queens Village GOP club

The Queens Village Republican Club welcomed gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino this week as he made an appearance to discuss the upcoming election and issues currently challenging New Yorkers across the state. Comments (1).
Springfield Gardens

Southeast Queens residents want house parties silenced

Southeast Queens has declared war on noise for the second year in a row. Comments (1).
Bayside

Sacred Heart celebrates confirmation in Bayside

More than 60 students celebrated the Catholic sacrament of confirmation during a mass Monday afternoon at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Bayside. Auxiliary Bishop Guy Sansaricq led the annual ceremony for those confirmed, which included eighth grade students at Sacred Heart as well as children from public schools. Each youngster selected a name from a saint or the Bible as their confirmation name as well as a sponsor to oversee their spiritual development. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Unidentified man found dead in Far Rock: NYPD

FAR ROCKAWAY — Police were called to 21-07 Cornaga Ave. in Far Rockaway early Monday morning, where the NYPD said an unidentified male was pronounced dead by EMS. Comment.
Astoria

Celebrating independence

The Central Astoria Local Development Coalition celebrated the Fourth of July early with a Grucci fireworks display Monday evening. Thousands packed Astoria park for the festivities. Comment.
Remember the Date

Independence Day was not always a national holiday

The Declaration of Independence can be said to be America’s most important, if not its most cherished, document — alongside the U.S. Constitution, of course. Comment.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Astoria

Two shot at Astoria Houses: NYPD

Two people were shot at the Astoria Houses Thursday afternoon, the FDNY said. Comment.
Forest Hills

Pat Toro loses battle with leukemia

Pastor “Pat” Toro, a decorated Forest Hills war veteran and the former president of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 32 in Queens, has lost his battle with Myelodysplastic syndrome. Comments (3).
Jamaica Estates

Teen couple honored one year after deaths

Family and friends of a teenage couple killed in a car accident last year gathered in Jamaica Estates last weekend to remember their loved ones as the one-year anniversary of the crash approached. Comment.
Astoria

MTA expands Q103 service linking LIC with Astoria

The newly expanded Q103 bus service between Astoria and Long Island City will made its debut Sunday, providing a link between numerous cultural institutions near or along Vernon Boulevard. Comment.
Long Island City

5th Street in LIC will soon be one-way road

One of the most dangerous streets in Long Island City will begin to change July 7. Comments (2).
Rockaway Beach

Rockaway calls on city to keep funding ferry

Residents gathered in Rockaway Beach last weekend to protest the city’s decision to eliminate funding for the Rockaway Ferry in the 2015 budget and to urge citizens and elected officials to fight to save the service. Comments (1).
East Elmhurst

Airport workers rally for better wages

Several hundred airport workers rallied for fair wages and benefits at LaGuardia Airport Monday. Comment.
St. Albans

SE Qns pols ask City Hall to lower foreclosures

Roxanne R. is a southeast Queens resident trying to swim to shore from an underwater mortgage. Comment.
Forest Hills

Forest Hills education provider billed state improperly: DiNapoli

A Forest Hills-based special education provider billed the state for $875,729 in inappropriate expenses, including lease and insurance payments for Lexus SUVs, rent and cable TV fees for the organization’s husband-wife leadership team and international recruiting, a state audit found. Comments (1).
Corona

Louis Armstrong House plans birthday celebration

Although the actual day is still more than a month away, Louis Armstrong’s birthday festivities got under way this past weekend and continue through the Fourth of July. Comment.
Immigration

City Council OKs municipal ID card

New York City is one step closer to creating the largest municipal identification program in the country. Comments (3).
Corona

Satchmo honored at festival

Fifty years after jazz legend Louis Armstrong performed at the 1964 World’s Fair, hundreds of people came out to honor his memory at the inaugural Louis Armstrong International Music Festival Sunday at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment.
Block Shots

SFP football star’s career comes to an end

One of the most constant fixtures in Justin Guerre’s life will now be absent — now that the final whistle of the Empire Challenge has been blown. Comment.
Ozone Park

Rodriguez named boro’s best

Queens enjoyed one of its best softball seasons in recent years. Comment.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Bayside

Liu stays in race after IDC deal

Despite a deal reached between state Democratic leadership and a group of five rogue state senators to form a new power sharing agreement in the upper chamber, former city Comptroller John Liu has vowed to continue his bid to unseat Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside). Comments (7).
Flushing

Flushing father admits to killing young son: DA

An 8-year-old Flushing boy, whose father allegedly admitted to strangling him to death before slitting his own wrists Sunday night, was identified by police as Jerry Kenmoe, the NYPD said. Comment.
Forest Hills

Conviction of ‘cannibal’ cop overturned by judge

A federal judge overturned a former Forest Hills police officer’s conviction of plotting to kidnap, kill and eat women in a 118-page decision handed down Monday in Manhattan federal court. Comments (3).
Flushing

Developers finally break ground on Flushing Commons

The wait for work to start on the long-delayed Flushing Commons project is over. Comments (1).
Elmhurst

Elmhurst gets angrier at city over homeless

The anger and fear that has gripped Elmhurst since the city turned the Pan American Hotel into a shelter for homeless families was on full display at a hastily convened town hall meeting Monday evening. Comments (14).
Jamaica Hills

They blew 1,324 candles for a historic birthday bash

They were all alive when World War I broke out, and on Friday they were all together celebrating their birthdays. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Schoolgirl hit on Northern Boulevard

A 6-year-old kindergarten student at PS 228 in Jackson Heights will need many months to recover from injuries sustained when she and her mother were struck by a vehicle while crossing Northern Boulevard at 92nd Street one morning last week. Comments (1).
Jamaica

Cuomo OKs reforms for library

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law to reform the Queens Library board of trustees last week, thwarting a last-minute attempt by several members of the nonprofit’s board to squeeze in a special meeting to amend embattled President Thomas Galante’s contract. Comment.
Middle Village

Ognibene named on petitions as potential rival of Addabbo

Former City Councilman Tom Ognibene’s name has been circulating on petitions as a Republican contender for state Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr.’s (D-Howard Beach) seat. Comment.
Forest Hills

Haggerty conviction upheld

The state Court of Appeals upheld the 2011 conviction of Queens GOP consultant John Haggerty for a scheme to funnel nearly $1 million from former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s election campaign toward buying his childhood home in Forest Hills, the decision said. Comment.
Cambria Heights

Bronx man murdered in Cambria Heights

Police were still trying to identify a suspect in a fatal shooting in Cambria Heights last weekend that left a Bronx man dead. Comment.
Forest Hills

West Side Tennis Club recovers from small fire

FOREST HILLS — A fire broke out on the terrace of the West Side Tennis Club early Tuesday morning, which shattered a few windows and resulted in some water damage in the clubhouse, according to the club’s president, Roland Meier. Comment.
Queens Village

Woman on motorcycle dies in Queens Village crash: Police

QUEENS VILLAGE - A 31-year-old motorcyclist was killed Sunday night when her bike was struck by a Nissan Maxima at the intersection between Jamaica Avenue and Springfield Gardens in Queens Village, police said. Comments (12).
Briarwood

Former Molloy star heads to NBA team in New Orleans

Russ Smith did not watch much of this year’s NBA draft. Comments (1).
Flushing

City team loses to L.I. in Empire Challenge

Early missed opportunities and late mistakes equaled a fourth-straight loss for New York City in the Empire Challenge. Comment.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Flushing

Father charged with murdering son before attempting suicide: Police

A Flushing father allegedly strangled his 8-year-old son in their home Sunday night before attempting to take his own life, police said. Comment.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Cambria Heights

Updated: Man found dead with gunshot wound to head in southeast Queens

A Bronx man was found dead in Cambria Heights Saturday night after he was shot in the head in an incident that police have since ruled a homicide, the NYPD said. Comments (10).
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.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Breezy Point

James Franco, Patti Smith to read poetry in Rockaways Sunday

Rockaway Beach will play host to a pair of famous faces Sunday during the opening day of the Rockaway! festival in Fort Tilden, the MoMA PS1 announced this week. Comments (1).
Rockaway Beach

Section of Rockaway Beach closed for weekend swimming

Rockaway Beach was being shut down between Beach 60th and Beach 113th streets on the Peninsula Saturday, the Parks Department said in an email sent at 12:25 p.m. Comments (1).

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