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December, 2012

Far Rockaway

Storm-shocked community gets celebration day

Youngsters displaced by Hurricane Sandy’s wrath this fall were given a unique gift on Saturday: a day to celebrate everything. Comment
St. Albans

NBA player nets holiday cheer at St. Albans church

Christmas is the season of giving, and that fact was prominently on display in St. Albans Saturday. Comment
Belle Harbor

Christmas comes to Rockaway

Bad weather couldn’t dampen the holiday spirit at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club last Sunday as more than 1,000 people partied to help the flock-ravaged Rockaways. Comment
South Jamaica

Fire hits Jamaica scrap yard

A day after a five-alarm blaze burned for hours at a South Jamaica scrap yard owned by Victoria Gotti’s Three Sons Real Estate Group, the shop was back in business. Comment

Santa lands at JFK

The Community Mayors Inc. held its annual Operation Santa Claus for about 4,000 children in an airplane hangar provided by the Port Authority Police. Comment

Hanukkah comes to Flushing Town Hall

Flushing Town Hall held a Hanukkah celebration. Comment
South Jamaica

Fire strikes Victoria Gotti’s Jamaica scrap metal yard

A five-alarm fire with flames shooting two to three stories high burned for hours at a South Jamaica scrap metal yard owned by Victoria Gotti’s Three Sons Real Estate Group Monday morning, according to fire officials and city records. Comment
Bayside Hills

Bayside Hills lights Christmas tree and Hanukkah menorah

Bayside Hills Civic Association held its annual Holiday Lighting Festival on Bell Boulevard and 53rd Avenue. Comment

St. Gregory the Great lights up the night with Christmas tree

St. Gregory the Great in Bellerose celebrated the holidays with a tree lighting and carolling. Comment

Chabad of NE Queens celebrates Hanukkah

The Chabad of Northeast Queens held a Hanukkah festival on the second night of the eight-day holiday. Comment
Forest Hills

Hanukkah festival held in Forest Hills

Central Queens Y in Forest Hills hosted a Hanukkah Festival, featuring homemade doughnuts and crafts Comment

Sex trafficking moved to Queens on 7 line

The advocates paint a picture as similar as it is horrific: women and girls — some as young as 12 — fall into the clutches of pimps who subject them to verbal and sexual abuse, force them to have sex with men for money and then when the authorities find them, they are considered criminals. Comments (1)

Hockey players strap on skates for Sandy storm relief

Hockey players of all ages strapped on their roller blades at George Harvey Park in Whitestone Saturday for a series of games to raise funds for Superstorm Sandy victims. Comments (2)

Rockaway rallies for rock jetties

Shortly after Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he wanted the boardwalks in the Rockaways to be rebuilt with concrete, about 300 residents and activists from the peninsula and beyond gathered on the beach Sunday to declare rock jetties are what saved the surf from complete devastation. Comments (1)

Meadowmere hit hard by Sandy

The residents of Meadowmere and Meadowmere Park, two tiny waterside communities off Rockaway Boulevard, are used to flooding, but Superstorm Sandy was unlike anything they had ever seen before. Comments (1)
Oakland Gardens

Oakland Gardens’ PS 203 earns Blue Ribbon honors

On the wall inside the lobby of the Oakland Gardens School, a vibrant display of blue outlined why students at PS 203 think their school deserved its classification as a National Blue Ribbon School. Comments (15)
Rockaway Beach

Rockaway bears deep scars from Sandy

The Rockaway community still waits for its share of federal aid after Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited Washington, D.C., last week to lobby for relief funds. Bloomberg said he met leaders from both houses of Congress and both parties to describe the recovery efforts and explain why the city needs $9.8 billion, backing Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s request for $42 billion in federal relief aid for the state. Comment

Tourists travel to Jamiaca Ave. for Black Friday discounts

Tucked in between large, national stores such as Old Navy and Marshall’s, small boutiques line Jamaica Avenue’s shopping district for more than a dozen blocks, offering an assorted mix — with a heavy emphasis on fashion — of bargains that draw shoppers all year long and especially on Black Friday. Comment
Springfield Gardens

Charity braves chill to assist storm victims

During the bitter cold Thanksgiving weekend, volunteers handed out hot meals, clothing and blankets at a charity drive in Springfield Gardens geared toward those hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy. Comment

November, 2012

Rockaway Park

Rockaway’s economy decimated

Philip Cicia stared into his wrecked store, Beer House Beverages, one of many Rockaway businesses devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Comment

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Forest Hills

Holiday helps Austin Street

Small business owners in Queens were divided over whether Small Business Saturday — the shopping holiday that is the independent shop owner’s answer to the big box-dominated Black Friday — was helpful for sales. Comment
College Point

Black Friday sales lift west Queens malls

The Bay Terrace Shopping Center and The Shops of College Point drew crowds Black Friday as shoppers across the nation turned out in record numbers for the biggest kickoff to the holiday shopping season. Comment

Black Friday crowds hit Queens Center

Queens Center Mall in Elmhurst and other borough retail centers welcomed thousands of customers, some of whom shopped for more than 12 hours, for the nation’s biggest Black Friday yet. Comment

Hundreds march through Sunnyside to remember Rispoli

More than 200 people solemnly marched through a commercial strip in Woodside Saturday evening to show solidarity after a longtime resident and gay rights activist was killed last month. Comment

Zombies stalk Astoria to raise money for Sandy victims

The undead took to the streets of Astoria Saturday, lurching up Steinway Street to participate in a ghoulish pastime while raising money for victims of Superstorm Sandy, although some of the zombies seemed to be more after beer instead of brains. Comment
Middle Village

Christ the King optimistic for future despite title game loss

The scoreboard was lopsided and not in Christ the King’s favor, but Royals Coach Tyree Allison felt making the CHSFL Class A football title game showed the program is moving in the right direction despite a 49-6 loss to defending champion Bishop Ford Saturday night at Mitchel Field. Comment
Far Rockaway

Bill Clinton makes stop in Rockaway Park West

A former president of the United States and hundreds of volunteers from the Clinton Global Initiative descended on the Rockaways Sunday to help dig out an unlucky park that has fallen victim to calamity twice since opening earlier this year. Comment
Howard Beach

Hamilton Beach gets block-by-block survey

Volunteers combed through the 450 houses that comprise Hamilton Beach Saturday to take inventory of what residents still needed in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, which inundated the sleepy island near John F. Kennedy International Airport with about 8 feet of water. Comments (1)
Howard Beach

Church helps storm victims

As Howard Beach residents cleaned up after unwelcome guest Hurricane Sandy, they were comforted by the relief efforts of one church right in their own backyard. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Glen Oaks ambulance ferries people to safety

The Glen Oaks Volunteer Ambulance Corps. came to the rescue of stranded patients during the hurricane and afterward the group felt it was their duty to help out neighborhoods that bore the brunt of Sandy. Comment
Howard Beach

Howard Beach starts to recover

While celebrities and elected officials display some post-Hurricane Sandy goodwill in hard-hit places like Far Rockaway and Staten Island, residents in a small Queens community are gutting their basements and wondering where to go from here. Comment
Richmond Hill

Revelers celebrate Diwali

Bright decorations adorned in a myriad of colors and lights lit up the dusk as revelers gathered to celebrate Diwali in Richmond Hill Saturday. Comments (1)
Rockaway Beach

Ferry fills void between Rockaways and city

Rockaway residents have a new way to get to and from Manhattan after a ferry launched Monday from Beach Channel Drive and Beach 108th Street and some commuters took advantage of the new service operated by Seastreak to get to work and school on its inaugural day. Comment
East Elmhurst

Mifsud’s hat trick sends defending champ McClancy back to final

There is a running joke around the Monsignor McClancy soccer team about Joey Mifsud. Comment

All Saints’ celebrates 120 years in Bayside with events, Sandy relief drive

There were dirt roads, horse-drawn carriages and farmland in Bayside when All Saints’ Episcopal Church became part of the community in 1892, so to celebrate the group’s 120th year, members gathered for a special dinner-dance and service last week. Comments (1)
Belle Harbor

Daughter pays respects to mother at Flight 587 crash site

Every Nov. 12, Francisca Diaz travels to Queens to remember her mother, who was one of 265 people killed when Flight 587 crashed into Rockaway in 2001 shortly after taking off from John F. Kennedy International Airport for the Dominican Republic. Comment
Belle Harbor

More volunteers needed in the Rockaways

Except for a few generator-powered lights, the Rockaway Peninsula is plunged into darkness at night, but during the daytime’s sunlight hours there is plenty of work to be done. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Free fuel given out to Rockaway residents

Some relief at the pumps came to Rockaway residents Thursday afternoon when two fuel trucks were brought in to distribute free gas with assistance from the National Guard. Comment

Thousands line up in Jamaica for free fuel at Queens Armory

Leon Richardson, of Jamaica, was only one example of what so many others throughout the city endured over the weekend after he waited in line for eight hours to fill up his gas tank in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Comment

Meng cruises to House win

State Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) vanquished City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) in Tuesday’s election, becoming the first Asian American federal lawmaker from New York state. Comments (1)
Howard Beach

Addabbo defeats Ulrich in key state Senate race

State Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) beat back a strong Republican challenge and held onto his seat with a decisive victory to win a second term, according to unofficial results from NY 1. Comment
Far Rockaway

Rockaway recovery far off

More than a week after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc in the Rockaways, many areas of the peninsula were still reeling from the storm. Comment
Broad Channel

Broad Channel limps to life after hurricane

In Broad Channel, the American Legion has become the de facto center of the storm-ravaged island, with volunteers serving warm food to residents, handing out batteries and blankets and sorting through bundles of donated supplies, including stacks of clothes that literally reached the ceiling Monday evening. Comments (1)
Far Rockaway

Desperation builds on Rockaways (Continuing Live Blog)

As Rockaway residents struggled to clean their homes and belongings, find food and stay warm, frustration continued to mount Sunday during the sixth day the area was without power with no end in sight. Comments (2)
Breezy Point

Devastation in Breezy Point stuns residents

Many people returned to Breezy Point for the first time after Hurricane Sandy to see if their houses were still standing Wednesday, two days after a six-alarm fire leveled more than 100 houses and catastrophic flooding destroyed many more. Comment

Priorities shift after tempest (Live Blog)

No section of Queens completely escaped the wrath of Superstorm Sandy and emergency crews worked through the week to contain the smoldering cinders that once were Breezy Point homes, restore power to the roughly 112,000 customers without power and clear the thousands of trees that crushed cars and houses while blocking roads. Comment
Breezy Point

Breezy Point resembles war zone after Sandy

Firefighters were searching houses for people in Breezy Point Wednesday after a six-alarm fire leveled more than 100 homes and severe flooding destroyed many more during the superstorm Sandy two days ago. Comment

October, 2012

Broad Channel

Broad Channel and Hamilton Beach residents devastated by Sandy

Many residents of Broad Channel and Hamilton Beach have lost everything as a result of superstorm Sandy. Comments (17)

Family mourns Flushing man killed by felled tree

A tree blown over by winds from Monday night’s superstorm fell onto a Flushing home, killing 29-year-old St. John’s University graduate Tony Laino, police said, and Tuesday afternoon friends and family gathered for an emotional reunion in front of the crushed residence. Comments (4)
Photo Galleries

Hurricane Sandy slams Long Island City

Hunters Point in Long Island City, many blocks of which were in the city’s designated Zone A, sustained significant flood damage as tropic storm Sandy spread its devastation across the borough. Comments (1)
Breezy Point

Torched and flooded homes, downed trees and power lines left in Sandy’s wake

The superstorm that slammed into Queens Monday night left at least 10 dead in New York City and about 80 homes in Breezy Point smoldering after a record storm surge inundated neighborhood streets and wind gusts downed trees, leaving about 100,000 Queens residents without power Tuesday morning. Comment

Family seeks city assistance as fallen tree looms over house

Superstorm Sandy turned the streets of northeast Queens into a life-sized maze Monday night, downing trees to block off roads and tearing down power lines in a destructive series of events that created outages for nearly 20,000 customers around Auburndale and Fresh Meadows, but for one Auburndale family, the ordeal went on for days. Comments (1)

Families flock to Fort Totten for Halloween

Fort Totten hosted an annual Halloween Festival Saturday, featuring spooky family fun, hay rides, a pumpkin patch and treats. The event was sponsored by Friends of Fort Totten Parks and Councilman Dan Halloran. Comment

Hurricane Update: Man dies in Flushing when tree falls on his house

Hurricane Sandy claimed its first life in Queens Monday when a man was killed by a downed tree in Flushing, the NYPD said. Comments (2)

[Updated] Queens braces for Sandy, major bridges closed

Hurricane Sandy has made landfall in the Northeast and state and local officials were taking all precautions to keep residents safe as the brunt of the storm swirled toward Queens Monday afternoon. Comment

Residents spruce up Doug park as youngsters decorate Halloween pumpkins

The Douglaston Garden Club in conjuction with the Parks Department, the PS98 PTA, the Douglaston National Art League and Marlene’s Studios held a semi-annual cleanup of Catherine Turner Richard Park i Douglaston. The event also featured pumpkin decorating. Comment

Queens residents prepare for hurricane (LIVE BLOG)

Following an early Sunday announcement that the city would be battening down the hatches in preparation for Hurricane Sandy, many Queens residents did the same. Comment

Officials announce evacations, transit shutdown and school closures in Queens (LIVE BLOG)

As preparations for Hurricane Sandy continued in Queens, city, state and federal officials announced mandatory evacuations of some coastal areas in the borough, a citywide shutdown of the public transit system, the planned closure of public schools Monday and additional assistance from the federal government. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Costumed canines converge on Socrates

Socrates Sculpture Park hosted its annual Halloween Harvest Festival in Long Island City last Saturday. The event featured a canine costume contest with LIC’s Pooches Sport & Spa. Comment

Sea of blue to honor police officer killed in Queens (with video)

More than 1,000 police officers lined the street outside St. Christopher’s Church in Baldwin, L.I. Saturday to say goodbye to one of Nassau County’s “E-Men,” the late Officer Arthur Lopez. Comment

Painting Corona Park pink

Breast cancer survivor Nadine Weaver lives in Manhattan, but she prefers to come back to her native Queens every year for the American Cancer Society’s annual breast cancer walk in Flushing Meadows Corona Park rather than attend the Central Park walk. Comment

Whitestone group lends help to Haiti

A Whitestone nonprofit held a fund-raiser last weekend to promote its practice of doing quick repair projects in the Caribbean nation of Haiti, which nearly three years after a devastating earthquake is still flooded with a disconnected array of philanthropic organizations, some of questionable merit. Comment

Burundi dancers perform at York College

The Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi showcase their energy, musicianship and heritage during a performance at York College Oct. 2. The show, called “Two Acts,” featured continuous dancing and drum beats and was divided into two 42-minute acts. Comment

Brown probes detective after GCP shooting

The mother of a Corona National Guardsman who police say was fatally shot by an NYPD detective on the Grand Central Parkway last Thursday stood with the Rev. Al Sharpton in Manhattan Saturday to demand a thorough investigation. Comment

St. Mary’s children get new care center

It was a celebration of accomplishments for the hundreds of onlookers getting their first glimpse at the new patient pavilion at St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children in Bayside — but for the 97 guests of honor, it was a first look at their new home. Comment

Friends turn shared tragedy into chance to tackle cancer

The scene could have been just a typical Sunday in late September — family and friends gathered at an Irish bar, watching football surrounded by copious amounts of food and drink. Comment

Flushing welcomes fall with moon fest

Flushing’s Asian community came together to welcome autumn with the annual Moon Festival at the Queens Botanical Garden Sunday. Comment
Jackson Heights

LGBT fundraiser for Obama held in Jackson Heights

The Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens (LGDCQ) and city Councilman Daniel Dromm hosted a grassroots, “give what you can” fundraiser in conjunction with representatives from Obama for America for the LGBT community. Comment

Choe honored at Flushing breakfast

The Concerned African Americans of Flushing (CAAF) held their 21st-annual breakfast at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in downtown Flushing. Comment

September, 2012

College Point

MacNeil Pk. cleanup revitalizes shoreline

For a beautiful Saturday morning, it made sense for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution marine scientist James M. Cervino and 20 of his Columbia University students to take to the beach. Comment
East Elmhurst

St. Michael’s holds 9/11 Memorial Run

St. Michael’s Cemetery held a “Remember Me Run” to support the children of those who died from working on the 9/11 World Trade Center pile. Funds raised were slated to go to the Christopher Santora Scholarship Fund, which was started by Santora’s parents. Comment
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9/11 victims remembered in Juniper Park

Hundreds of people gathered at Juniper Valley Park for an annual memorial to remember those killed on 9/11. Comment
South Ozone Park

Boxing takes center stage at Resorts World

International Fight Night at Resorts World New York featured nine bouts and was organized by Old World Boxing, New Legend Boxing and WON Promotions. Comment

Nobel laureate brings message of hope

In a moving display of the human spirit, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Congressional Gold Medal recipient Daw Aung San Suu Kyi visited Queens over the weekend and urged the borough’s young people not to take their political opportunities for granted. Comment
Floral Park

Thousands attend fair at Queens’ only farm

Hayrides, petting zoos, pie-eating contests, blue-ribbon veggies and more found a common home over the weekend as the Queens County Farm Museum in Floral Park opened its gates for the 30th annual county fair. Comment
St. Albans

St. Albans rally hopes to curb sickle stigma

About one in every 500 African Americans is born with sickle cell disease and advocates for a cure said those who suffer from the condition face stigmas due to a lack of understanding. Comment
Forest Hills

Ulrich defeats Reyes in GOP primary after campaign turns negative

City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) defeated his opponent, Forest Hills lawyer Juan Reyes, in the Republican primary for state Senate Thursday in a campaign that turned ugly in the final days. Ulrich will face off against Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) in the general election this November. Comment

Sanders scores major victory over Huntley in Senate race

In a hotly contested race in southeast Queens, City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton) defeated state Sen. Shirley Huntley in the Democratic Party primary Thursday. She was seeking her fourth term when she was indicted on criminal charges last month. Comment

Stavisky beats back challenge to keep her Senate seat

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) came a step closer to maintaining her reign as a longtime northeast Queens lawmaker Thursday night after she fended off Democratic primary challenger John Messer, the Oakland Gardens lawyer and businessman who opposed her for a second time after also losing in 2010. Comments (1)

Newcomer Rozik defeats Iannece to win Democratic nod for Assembly

Fresh Meadows’ Nily Rozic achieved her goal of bringing a fresh face to the 25th District Assembly race ticket Thursday after beating her Democratic Party-backed opponent Jerry Iannece in a primary election. Comments (8)

Poll turnout light as Queens candidates make last pitches

Queens voters went to the polls Thursday under clear skies to cast their ballots in several hard-fought primaries that prompted some candidates to turn up the rhetoric in the final days of their campaigns. Comment

Avella tour remembers 9/11 heroes

The mood was somber as state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) fastened a red, white and blue wreath onto a quiet Whitestone street sign alongside the mother of a fallen U.S. Army private during his journey Monday to 24 intersections renamed for Sept. 11 heroes in northeast Queens, Comments (2)

Quiet ceremony marks 9/11

Twin sisters Amanda and Emily Ortiz smiled as they posed for photos with family friends at the 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero Tuesday morning. The young girls from Whitestone were just 5 months old when their father, Emilio, perished in the attack on the World Trade Center 11 years ago. Comment

Maspeth holds 11th annual ceremony for 9/11 fallen

As the skies cleared from the morning’s storm and wind Saturday, more than 100 people gathered inside Squad 288/Hazmat 1 in Maspeth to honor and remember those from the firehouse killed during the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Comment

US Open caps unofficial end of summer

Monday’s finals at the 2012 US Open concluded two weeks of tennis, although fans found enjoyment on and off the court throughout the event. Comment
Breezy Point

Tornado touches down in Breezy Point

For the patrons of the Breezy Point Surf Club, Saturday’s tornado was the best possible time for a twister to touch down in the western most tip of the Rockaway peninsula. Comment

Families celebrate Labor Day at Fort Totten archery event

Labor Day weekend revelers braved the beating sun at Fort Totten Saturday to try their hand at a sport that has been enjoying greater prominence lately, thanks in part to a few recent hit movies: archery. Comment

Queens victims immortalized in memorial at Ground Zero

Eleven years have gone by and the cityscape has changed drastically, but now there are names, like those of Bayside’s John Thomas Resta and his wife Sylvia San Pio Resta, which will forever be inscribed in Lower Manhattan. Comment

No rest for stars of US Open who move up ladder to win

Most of America relaxed on Labor Day, but the athletes at the 2012 US Open were not so lucky. Comment

August, 2012


NBA star returns home to Hollis for annual youth clinic

Royal Ivey did not speak much Saturday, the third and final day of his annual youth event in Hollis, but he said a lot. Comments (1)

2012 US Open kicks off tennis but boon for boro still in offing

The 2012 US Open opening matches kicked off an economic bonanza for the city Monday, but a man working for a borough nonprofit trying to get spectators to stay in Queens did not have the same luck as some of the athletes. Comment

Queens boy, 11, wins 2012 Bayside Snapper Derby

There was little space to spare along the substantial Bayside Marina pier Saturday, where more than 100 anxious children clutched fishing rods in hopes of winning a contest designed to both expose them to nature and dispel any lingering myths of pollution associated with the city’s waterways. Comment

Rita steps out

Rita Plush: Her name seems to evoke an image of a golden era movie star. But Ms. Plush, a published short story writer and essayist, never sought fame. When her first novel, “Lily Steps Out,” recently debuted, it seemed fame had found her. Comments (3)

Elusive peacock belongs to John Bowne HS

The mystery of the wayward Queens peacock has been solved. Comment

109th Precinct celebrates National Night Out in Flushing

Hundreds of people packed the PS 20 Playground for National Night Out Against Crime. Comment

111th’s Night Out draws crowds

Police from the 111th Precinct hosted National Night Out in Douglaston on Aug. 4. Comment

Astoria Park Alliance celebrates Shore Fest with music, contests (WITH VIDEO)

With Astoria’s Shore Road blocked off to any passing traffic, enough room was made for something Queens doesn’t see a lot of on any typical quiet summer Sunday, from ukulele lessons to fruit-eating frenzies. Comment
Long Island City

Food, fun and face painting found at 108th Precinct event

The 108th Precinct held their annual Night Out Against Crime at the John Andrews Playground in Long Island City Aug. 4. Comment

Canine cops guard 114th Night Out

The 114th Precinct held their National Night Out Against Crime Aug 4. in Astoria Park. Comments (1)
Cambria Heights

Community leaders honored at 105th Precinct Night Out

Dozens of people flocked to the 105th Precinct’s National Night Out Against Crime, held on Aug 4. at Cabbell/Cambria Heights Park, located at 121st Avenue and Francis Lewis Boulevard. Comment

Douglaston home gutted by three-alarm blaze

A three-alarm blaze tore through an extension to a home that was being built in Douglaston Tuesday evening, then spread into the house and threatened neighboring residences before it was put out, fire officials said. Comments (1)
Springfield Gardens

Southeast Queens gets 70 Impact Zone cops

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced last week that 70 newly minted police officers have been assigned to the Impact Zone straddling the 103rd and 113th precincts, where murders have risen sharply in the past year. Comment

Hall members mark 150 years with expression

As it commemorates its 150th birthday, Flushing Town Hall has gotten its artist members joining in on the celebrating. Dozens of members of the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts, which operates the Town Hall, have contributed works to this year’s members’ exhibition, all tied to the theme of “celebration.” Comments (1)

Culture delights at JAMS

Thousands of revelers braved the heat and soaked up the fun as the cultural diversity of southeast Queens spilled out onto the streets at the 16th annual Jamaica Arts and Music Summer Festival Saturday. Comment

Children flock to Steinway library for urban chicken education

The Steinway branch of Queens Library hosted Bucky Buckaw’s Backyard Chicken Broadcast for a workshop on raising chickens. Comments (1)
South Jamaica

South Jamaica’s JHS 8 added to ‘dangerous’ list

The state Education Department in June retroactively placed South Jamaica’s Richard S. Grossley JHS 8 on its list of persistently dangerous schools for the 2011-12 school year. Comments (2)
Jamaica Hills

Jamaica HS lacking: State

Critics of the city Department of Education’s plan to phase out Jamaica High School say a recent state report confirms their worst fears that the city has abandoned the students at the embattled institution. Comments (1)

Dragon Boat racers beat summer heat

Amid the blazing heat of summer in the city, the 22nd annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival launched Saturday and Sunday on Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, with more than 180 teams vying for cash, prizes and the honor of claiming this year’s U.S. Dragon Boat Open Championship. Comment
Floral Park

Queens Farm hosts colorful Pow-Wow

A spectacle of bright colors, feathers and dancing returned to the borough as the Queens Farm Museum hosted the 34th annual Thunderbird Grand Mid-Summer Pow-Wow this weekend. Comment
Springfield Gardens

Families share memories of lost loved ones

One still-grieving woman lamented it was the group no one wants to belong to. Comment

Eatery owner rebuilds after fire

Sitting under a tent in a makeshift office outside his restaurant, George O’Neill still hears the sirens and alarms that awakened him on the morning of the fire. Comment

Queens, Brooklyn settle rivalry in Astoria Park water battle

They came to battle and exchange good-natured hipster jokes. Comment

July, 2012

Breezy Point

Wounded warriors hit the water for annual Rockaway festival

Cpl. Jason Wheeler smiled and laughed as he strapped on his goggles while he was poolside in Breezy Point Saturday. Before continuing his efforts to become a master scuba diver, Wheeler took a breather to share his story on what brought the New Hampshire native to New York. Comment

Jamaica sculpture restored

About four decades after it was installed in an unassuming little park on Hillside Avenue, a unique example of abstract sculpture in Jamaica was restored to its original condition last week. Comment

Bicyclists tour Queens during annual event

Hundreds of bicyclist riders took part in this year’s Tour de Queens, a 19-mile ride around the borough that began and ended at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment

June, 2012

Springfield Gardens

Walcott meets the graduates

No one will ever accuse city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott of reusing a keynote graduation speech. Comment

Hundreds ready to serve as US Open ballpersons

Hundreds of would-be ballpersons tested their skills during tryouts for the 2012 US Open last Thursday. Comment

Meng clinches Dem primary (WITH VIDEO)

State Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) gave her victory speech for the Queens congressional race shortly after 10:15 p.m. at a Bayside restaurant Tuesday, capping a day of speculation about who would be able to mobilize their bases for what many predicted would be a dismal turnout. Comment
College Point

Company sends volunteers to spruce up Poppenhusen Institute

About 60 workers from Display Techologies, based in College Point, spent several hours planting flowers, painting fences and making repairs to the Poppenhusen Institute in College Point. Comments (12)

Families flock to Fort Totten for Fun Day

The Friends of Fort Totten Parks’ hosted Family Fun Day last Saturday. Comment
East Elmhurst

Children race to victory in E. Elmhurst soap box derby

They are not even old enough for a learner’s permit, but two young speed devils tore down 23rd Avenue in East Elmhurst Saturday to take the top prizes in the Flushing Meadow Soap Box Derby. Comment

Downtown Jamaica Music Festival

A performance, entitled “Jazz Night,” kicked off the Downtown Jamaica Music Festival last Thursday. The concert series is co-sponsored by the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation. Comment

Daughters of the American Revolution at Prospect Cemetery Chapel in Jamaica

Officers for the newly-formed “Increase Carpenter Chapter” of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) were installed during a ceremony at the historic Prospect Cemetery Chapel of the Sisters on the campus of York College. Comment
College Point

Volunteers flock to MacNeil Park for Relay

Dozens of volunteers walked overnight at MacNeil Park Saturday as part of the 2012 Relay for Life in College Point. The event raised more than $32,000 for the American Cancer Society, according to the organization’s website. Comment
Queens Village

Union Rags wins 144th Belmont Stakes

It took Union Rags just over 2 minutes 30 seconds to win the Belmont Stakes, but for both aficionados and casual race fans alike, the 144th edition of the “Test of the Champion” provided an entire day’s worth of spectacle. Comment
Long Island City

Taste of LIC raises funds for Chocolate Factory

The seventh-annual Taste of LIC, held at Gantry Plaza State Park, featured more than 50 restaurants and 100 local businesses. The event, which raised money for The Chocolate Factory Theater’s 2012-13 season of dance, theater, music and multimedia performances, was sponsored by TF Cornerstone and JetBlue. Comment

Bell Blvd. bustles with Bayside business at BID arts fair

Vendors, local businesses, shoppers and even some high-kicking martial artists packed 41st Avenue near the Long Island Rail Road station Saturday for the Bayside Village Business Improvement District’s summer arts fair. Comment

Flushing church plans altered by Mormons

The Mormon church and opponents of a chapel it wants to build in Flushing headed back to the city Board of Standards and Appeals Tuesday to give more testimony for the agency to digest before considering newly tweaked plans. Comment

Nearly 2,000 students graduate from Queensborough

Coming from more than 100 different countries and many walks of life, Queensborough Community College’s class of 2012 received their diplomas to the delight of their parents and professors Friday. Comment

Mets man gives grads advice

At the Queens College commencement ceremony last Thursday, graduates got a little bit of advice from the voice of the Amazin’s. Comment

Military heroes hailed on Grand Avenue

Hundreds of people attended the Memorial Day parade last week in Maspeth. Comment

Myrtle Avenue awash in red, white and blue

Dozens of people marched in the annual Ridgewood-Glendale Memorial Day Parade Monday along Myrtle Avenue. Comment

Forest Park Carousel opens after three-year hiatus

Adults relived their childhoods while youngsters shouted in delight as the Forest Park Carousel whirled for the first time in more than three years last week. Comment

Woodside honors fallen soldiers with parade

The annual Woodside Memorial Day Parade started at St. Sebastian’s Roman Catholic Church and processed throughout the neighborhood. Comment

Veterans honored during Laurelton parade

Dozens of people attended the annual Laurelton Memorial Day Parade. Comment

Whitestone honors heroes in Memorial Day parade

Surviving veterans gathered with residents and elected officials for the annual Memorial Day Parade in Whitestone Monday. Comments (5)

May, 2012


A borough remembers its intrepid reporter

Jimmy Darmos Comments (1)
Little Neck

Veterans remembered in Little Neck-Douglaston parade

Paradegoers clogged Northern Boulevard as residents and elected officials gathered Monday to honor veterans at the 82nd annual Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade. Comment
Forest Hills

Forest Hills honors U.S. heroes

Residents lined Metropolitan Avenue in remembrance of veterans at the annual Forest Hills Memorial Day Parade Sunday. Comments (1)
College Point

College Point remembers heroes

Residents of College Point lined the streets to honor the men and women of the U.S. armed forces at the annual Memorial Day Parade Sunday. Comment

Marines land in Flushing Meadows for Fleet Week

Marines from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264, the “Black Knights,” landed in Flushing Meadows Corona Park Sunday during a Fleet Week demonstration. Comment
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s coach shares inspiring story with new grads

Jumping into the job pool is all about overcoming challenges, St. John’s University head basketball Coach Steve Lavin told graduates at the university’s commencement speech Sunday, and tackling adversity is something he knows a thing or two about. Comment

Rangers fans cheer on their team in Douglaston

New York Rangers fans watched the game against the New Jersey Devils at Strawberry’s Sports Grill Monday. Comment

Bayside blaze torches home on 206th Street

Four firefighters sustained minor injuries battling a two-alarm blaze in Bayside Tuesday afternoon and were taken to North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System to be treated, fire officials said. Comment

Famed dance institute holds tryouts for kids in Queens (WITH VIDEO)

Hundreds of pint-sized dance hopefuls bounded into Astoria for a free audition with the School of American Ballet at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts Sunday. Comment
Long Island City

Western Queens filled with bicyclists during Five Boro Bike Tour

An estimated 32,000 cyclists rode in the TD Five Boro Bike last Sunday. Comment

Rosedale Little League prepares for season

The Rosedale Little League is gearing up for baseball to begin. Comment

Tributes and tunes for York Foundation

The York College Foundation held its 5th Annual Scholarship Benefit Concert at York Monday night of last week. The event featured a performance by Patti Austin & Trio entitled, “The Ella Fitzgerald Tribute.” Comment
Queens Village

HBQVB in full swing

The Hollis Bellaire Queens Village Bellerose Athletic Association kicked off its season with a parade recently. Comments (1)
Richmond Hill

Forest Park Greenhouse reopens after extensive renovation

A city greenhouse growing flowers to brighten the concrete landscape of Queens is now a state-of-the-art facility after a major overhaul. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Boro turns out to recycle

Cars lined up for hours Saturday, idling away as drivers waited for their chance to be environmentally responsible. Comment
Douglas Manor

Women’s center lauds leaders

Awards ranged from Woman of Distinction, Community Service and Women in Leadership, and Good Guy awards for men. Comment

High school students help to green SE Queens

Between 30 and 40 students pitched in to plant 10 trees and five shrubs at Queens High School for the Sciences at York College last Thursday. Comments (1)
Little Neck

Hundreds volunteer to clean Udalls Cove

Mano Lambrinos walked quietly in the Saturday morning sun along Virginia Point with a black garbage bag waving in the wind. On his day off, he was looking for trash. Comment
Glen Oaks

Glen Oaks Little League kicks off season with parade

Dozens of children marched in the annual Glen Oaks Little League parade. Comment

April, 2012


Faithful celebrate Greek Orthodox Great Friday with procession

Dozens of people attended the Holy Metropolis Greek Orthodox Church of America Cathedral of Markella’s Procession of the Epitaphios in Astoria Friday evening. The religious service commemorates the Greek Orthodox holiday of Great Friday, which marks Christ’s death before His ascension on Easter. Comment

Avella protests cluster of cell towers on office

The reception might be good near the intersection of 150th Street and Willets Point Boulevard in Whitestone, but state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said his calls haven’t been answered yet. Comments (4)

Little League parade kicks off new season

Bayside Little Leaguers as young as 5 kicked off their season Saturday with the annual parade down Bell Boulevard, but for team managers and coaches, the competition had begun long before. Comment
College Point

Miniature sluggers kick off Little League in College Pt.

College Point kicked off its Little League season Saturday, and the pint-sized sluggers who marched down the neighborhood’s main drag had high hopes for the season. Comment

WW II vets visit Qns en route to Poland

For years, March of the Living has tapped Holocaust survivors for trips bringing Jewish teenagers to Poland and Israel, but the program’s latest educational mission focuses on the liberators. Comments (1)
Floral Park

Queens Farm celebrates Easter with egg hunt and bunnies

The Queens County Farm Museum’s annual Easter egg hunt featured a number of games like the rubber-chicken toss and live rabbits. Comment

Junior athletes march in area’s Little League kickoff

Thousands of pint-sized athletes and their proud parents and coaches marched through Glendale Saturday morning in anticipation of another year of baseball with the Ridgewood-Glendale-Middle Village-Maspeth Little League opening parade. Comment
St. Albans

Youngsters flock to St. Albans park for Easter Egg Hunt

The 11th annual Easter Egg Hunt was held in St. Albans Memorial Park Saturday. The event was hosted by Affinity Health Plan in conjunction with City Councilman Leroy Comrie. Comment

Fund-raiser for Whitestone Ambulance features Easter bunny and magic

A fund-raising event for the Whitestone Community Volunteer Ambulance was held at Dabby’s in Whitestone Saturday. Devon O’Connor, founder of the Welcome to Whitestone Commercial and Residential Civic Association and board member of the Whitestone ambulance, hosted the second annual event at his children’s party venue. Comment
Long Island City

Building boom recasts LIC

Before Michael Bloomberg became mayor, he visited Queens in 2001 and told residents that he wanted to see skyscrapers in Long Island City. Ten years later, he held a news conference on anti-smoking measures at the city Department of Health’s new home, the latest skyscraper in the neighborhood. Comments (1)

Mets’ Opening Day brings eclectic crowd to Citi Field

Several Queens politicians attended Opening Day last week, but not everyone got a front-row seat for the Amazin’s’ win. Comment

Archery program hits spot for city kids

The city seems to be preparing its youth for a sequel to “The Hunger Games.” Comment

March, 2012


Queens Goes Green yet again

Claire Doyle smiled when a group of children approached her table to learn more about Rubie, a stuffed King Charles spaniel, which helps youngsters learn how to recycle in western Queens. Comment

11 Unsung Heroines honored in SE Queens

In recognition of Women’s History Month, City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) honored 11 women as Unsung Heroines last weekend at York College. Comment

Queens players take talents to Sweet Sixteen

The talent developed on the sandlot courts and high school hardwood of Queens will once again go on display Thursday in the NCAA basketball tournament. Comment

Doc Gooden signs autographs at opening of store

Dwight “Doc” Gooden, a former pitcher for both the New York Yankees and Mets, signed autographs and greeted fans during the opening of an AT&T store in Queens Center. Gooden made his debut with the Mets in 1984 and was signed by the Yankees in 1996 before he retired in 2001. Comment
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill doused with color during this year’s Holi celebration

Thousands celebrated the Hindu holiday of Phagwah, which marks the start of spring. Comment
Little Neck

Princesses and painting part of Samuel Field Y’s Purim

The Samuel Field Y in Little Neck held a Purim celebration. Comment
Richmond Hill

Holi inspires Rich Hill with flying colors

Spring — and dyed power — was in the air in Richmond Hill Sunday as thousands of South Asians and others came to celebrate the 24th annual Phagwah Parade. Comments (2)
Rockaway Beach

Rockaway celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a parade

Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Rockaway was awash with green and gold for the 37th-annual Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Comment
Bay Terrace

Bay Terrace Purim event features fish

The Bay Terrace Jewish Center held a Purim carnival. Comment

Whitestone Centre celebrates Purim

The Whitesone Hebrew Centre held a Purim celebration. Comment
South Jamaica

Hundreds mourn Darryl Adams

The more than 1,000 people who filled up a Rochdale church Monday night were there for two reasons. Comments (30)
College Point

Yacht club wants dredging

A northeast Queens wetlands expert is calling on the city to dredge out some of the boat yards along College Point as part of its plan to clean up the environment and stop sewage from spilling into Flushing Bay, a problem that is all too apparent to one yacht club in the area. Comments (9)

Irish gov’t attends Queens parade

The LGBT marchers at Sunnyside’s St. Pat’s for All Parade are still not welcome at other celebrations around the city, but they were recognized by a government official from the Emerald Isle who joined prominent city officials and marched with the diverse crowd. Comment
South Jamaica

Wave of violence ends in murder

A mother is grieving and 13 youths have been arraigned following a fatal South Jamaica shooting Friday that sparked an outpouring of support from the community and a call for oversight hearings in City Hall. Comments (6)
Pet Photo of the Week

Maine Coon cat crowned winner of Queens Critters contest

Wyatt, a 7-year-old Maine Coon cat from Flushing, is the winner of this edition of the TimesLedger Newspapers’ Queens Critter contest. He is leash-trained and loves going outside in the backyard, his owner Carol Imandt said. Comment
St. Albans

Dancers and song part of Black History Celebration

Councilman Leroy Comrie held a Black History Celebration at Black Spectrum Theatre last Saturday. Comment

St. Clare’s in Rosedale holds Mardi Gras carnival

St. Clare’s carnival celebration in Rosedale featured a costume parade for adults and children. Comment
College Point

Poppenhusen Institute celebrates St. Pat’s with fundraiser

The Poppenhusen Institute held a benefit concert last Saturday evening in College Point. The event featured music from Mary Courtney and Morning Star, as well as step dancers from the McNiff School of Irish Dance. Comment
St. Albans

Living the life at high tea

City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) hosted his first annual Senior High Tea along with the Healthfirst organization in a colorful event that brought back memories of the days when hats and elegant teacups were part of a more leisurely lifestyle. Comment
South Jamaica

Victims of gun violence speak out

At first, Deshawn Curtin didn’t think he had been shot. Comments (1)

Queens seniors learn cane-fu techniques for self-defense

When Robert Waltzer instructed a group of seniors to grab their partners and get ready to practice the footwork he had just taught them, he was not giving foxtrot lessons. Comments (1)

February, 2012

Pet Photo of the Week

Fluffy wins Queens Critters contest

Fluffy, a 3-year-old guinea piglet owned by Paulina Trzcinka of Rego Park, is the winner of this edition of the TimesLedger Newspapers’ Queens Critter contest. Comments (1)

Owls delight visitors to Alley Pond Park

New York City Parks Department Ranger Gabriela Padewska led an “Owl Prowl” through Alley Pond Park Sunday in search of the park’s pair of Great Horned Owls - one male and one female. Comments (4)

Year of the Dragon celebrated in Elmhurst

Councilman Daniel Dromm and the Asian Community United Society marked the second-annual Elmhurst Community Lunar New Year celebration to welcome the Year of the Dragon. Comment

Bayside restaurant sets the table for young culinarians

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
Queens Village

Family of slain soldier honored by Qns GOP club

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

Harlem Globetrotter Curly Neal visits Hall of Science

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
Forest Hills

Forest Hills man credits marriage for longevity

Forest Hills resident Bob Schreibman said he is not sure how he is still ticking at 91 years old, but he thinks the answer may lie in the 66-year-old marriage he had with his wife, Marjorie. Comment

Children make Valentine’s cards at JCAL

Children gathered at the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning Saturday for a Valentine’s Day Family Fun Workshop, during which they made cards. Comment
Little Neck

Boro photographer’s 90 yrs go by in a flash

Little Neck’s Dan Miller has had an interesting life, and he has the pictures to prove it. Comment
Queens Village

Queens Village church celebrates Catholic Schools Week with fest

Our Lady of Lourdes celebrated Catholic Schools Week with a performance by students during Sunday Mass and an International Festival, featuring food from the countries where families in the parish are from. Many members of the congregation are from Haiti, Guyana, the Philippines and dozens of other countries. Comment
Pet Photo of the Week

Bowie and Harley win fourth Queens Critters contest

Bowie (l.) and Harley, 10-year-old cats owned by the Chasen family of Bay Terrace, are the winners of this edition of the TimesLedger Newspapers’ Queens Critter contest. Harley is named after a Harley Davidson motorcycle because he purrs loudly, and Bowie is named after David Bowie because she has two different colored eyes, which is similar to the rock star’s injured pupil in one eye, the family said. Comment

Flushing Lunar parade draws huge crowd

The ghosts of ancient Chinese history marched arm-in-arm with Mr. Met during Saturday’s massive Lunar New Year Parade in downtown Flushing, exemplifying a neighborhood that keeps a tight hold on tradition while welcoming the rest of the borough with open arms. Comment

Indian independence cause for celebration in Flushing

Flushing Indians celebrated the signing of their home country’s constitution Saturday with songs and classical dances at the Hindu Temple Society of North America. The festivities also included a hoisting ceremony for the Indian flag. Comment

Mormon church opens new digs for Jamaica congregation

The Jamaica Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints welcomed members of the community to its new location on 163rd Street for an open house Saturday and Sunday. The six-story building will offer religious services, classes and other activities. Comments (4)

Jamaica fire guts apartment above jewel store

More than 100 firefighters responded to a two-alarm blaze in Jamaica in an apartment above an African jewelry shop Friday afternoon, according to fire officials. Comment

January, 2012

South Ozone Park

Lunar New Year celebrated at racino in Aqueduct

Resorts World Casino New York City in South Ozone Park kicked off its 15-day Lunar New Year celebration last Monday. Comment

Snow-covered Francis Lewis Park perfect for sled riders

Parents and children brought out their sleds after snow blanketed Francis Lewis Park last weekend. Comments (1)

‘Occupy’ movement rides rails to Astoria

The next time you ride an N, a Q or an R train, it might be Occupied. Comment

Crocheron Park transformed into winter wonderland

Youngsters and their parents headed to Crocheron Park in Bayside after winter weather blanketed the borough with a light coating of snow last weekend. Comment
Broad Channel

Animals endure winter weather outdoors

Birds of all feathers had to brave the winter weather last weekend. Comment

Beep focuses on health care

Borough President Helen Marshall touted the multiple new health care institutions, housing ventures and schools that are transforming Queens in her State of the Borough speech Tuesday at Queens College’s Colden Auditorium. Comments (1)

Big Blue fans celebrate Giants’ win and prep for Super Bowl

New York Giants fans gathered in K.C.’s Saloon in Bayside to watch the NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers. The Giants won in overtime 20-17 and are slated to play the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. Comment
Queens Village

United Negro College Fund holds event to honor MLK

The Greater New York Inter-Alumni Council of the United Negro College Fund presented its 22nd-annual MLK Jr. Awards Breakfast at Antun’s. Comment

First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica celebrates 350 years

When the First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica was established in 1662, the area was a New Netherland settlement called Rustdorp, meaning “Quiet Village.” Comment

MLK’s legacy honored at event sponsored by Comrie

Councilman Leroy Comrie sponsored an event entitled “A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center Monday afternoon. Comment

Pastel work tops showcase

A pastel portrait entitled “Maria” by artist Diana de Santis was awarded first prize Sunday in the Bayside Historical Society’s 11th annual art show. Comments (1)

Shia Muslims honor Muhammed’s grandson with Flushing procession

Hundreds of people proceeded through Flushing Sunday during a Shia commemoration called the Arbaeen of Shuhada-e-Karbala, which commemorated the death of the Prophet Muhammed’s grandson Imam Hussain during the Battle of Karbal, as well as Hussain’s bodyguard and cousin, Ghazi Abbas. Comment

King’s legacy honored in southeast Qns.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s non-violent quest for racial equality has left an indelible mark on the nation and Queens residents kept his memory alive Monday by honoring the Nobel Peace Prize winner at a community-focused event. Comment
East Elmhurst

Civilian, firefighter injured in East Elmhurst blaze

A firefighter suffered minor injuries at an East Elmhurst blaze Monday morning. One civilian also suffered minor burns to the head during the fire on Humphrey Street near 27th Avenue, according to fire officials. Firefighters first got the call at 9:47 a.m., and the blaze was under control by 10:25 a.m., according to a spokesman for the FDNY. Comment

Hundreds of trees chopped up at Kissena Park

Hundreds of trees were chopped and turned into mulch at Kissena Park during MulchFest, an annual event organized by the Parks Department. Comment

Astoria Park celebrates MulchFest

Hundreds of trees were chopped and turned into mulch during MulchFest, an annual event in Astoria Park. The event was presented by city Department of Parks & Recreation, the Department of Sanitation, Green Shores NYC, the Astoria Park Alliance and Partnerships for Parks. Comment
Middle Village

Volunteers lend a hand at Juniper MulchFest

Hundreds of trees were chopped and turned into mulch at Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village during MulchFest, an annual event organized by the Parks Department. Comment

Doll crowned winner of second Queens Critters contest

Dolly, a 6-year-old Cairn Terrier owned by Denise Clarino of Bayside, is the winner of this edition of the TimesLedger Newspapers’ Queens Critter contest. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Trees turned to mulch at Cunningham Park

Hundreds of trees were chopped and turned into mulch at Cunningham Park during MulchFest, an annual event organized by the Parks Department. Comment

Light display brightens lives at St. Mary’s

As part of an annual holiday tradition, one of Bayside’s most colorful homes is helping to brighten the lives of some children who can always use some extra cheer. Comment

Acrobats soar at Queens Theatre

The Golden Dragon Acrobats, a Chinese acrobatic touring company, dazzled visitors to Queens Theatre with stunts that included balancing, gymnastics and contortion. Comment

Jamaica kicks off Kwanza festivities

The Afrikan Poetry Theatre hosted its annual Kwanzaa celebration at MS 8 in Jamaica Friday, honoring the 45-year-old holiday with music, food and a reflective look back at African culture and tradition. Dozens of revelers in southeast Queens turned out for the event. Comment

Bayside home torched in two-alarm blaze

According to fire officials, no one was injured in the Bayside blaze at 46th Avenue and Oceania Street, which was declared under control just after midnight Tuesday morning. A spokesman for the FDNY said that investigators believe the fire may have started in the basement. Comment
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