Flushing Times

Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012

Jamaica Estates

SJU sprinter finishes 6th in Olympic heat

In the sport of track and field, years of training often come down to a few tenths of a second, which was the case for Liberia’s Phobay Kutu-Akoi, a St. John’s alumna as she ran an 11.52-second 100-meter dash in her heat at the 2012 Olympic Games, less than 0.4 seconds behind the last semifinal qualifier in her group. Comment

Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012

Fresh Meadows

Gennaro hires Doe Fund for Union Tnpk cleanup

City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) thought Union Turnpike was in pretty bad shape. People were complaining about litter on the streets and garbage cans were overflowing, so he decided to allocate $30,000 to keep the commercial heart of Fresh Meadows looking clean. Comment

Cops on the lookout for missing Flushing girl, 12

FLUSHING — Police were seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing girl last seen in Flushing. 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)
Jamaica Estates

Big year for SJU’s Burrell

For Justin Burrell, his first professional basketball season was not about himself despite his personal success on the court. Comment

City must restart development process for Willets Point

An investigation by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has determined that the City Council rubber stamped the Bloomberg administration’s Willets Point plan after it had been illegally lobbied by the Flushing-Willets Point-Corona Local Development Corp., led by former Borough President Claire Shulman. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012


Flushing park path fights heavy flooding

At first glance, the newly opened bike and walking path in the borough’s largest park might seem like just another pedestrian thoroughfare, but the underlying science behind its construction will alleviate chronic flooding along the eastern edge of Meadow Lake. Comment

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Civic and pupils beautify blocks

On June 22, students at Flushing’s PS 242 closed out the school year by teaming up with the Mitchell-Linden Civic Association for a Love Your Block event under a grant received by the MLCA from the Citizens Committee of New York City. Comment

Friday, Aug. 10, 2012


Suspect sought in Flushing child sex assault

Police are looking for a man suspected of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl in Flushing last month. Comment

Flores-Vazquez in state race

Democratic District Leader and longtime Flushing resident Martha Flores-Vazquez officially announced her campaign last week after collecting enough signatures to get on the ballot for the downtown state Assembly seat. Comment

Flushing Town Hall Events

Flushing Town Hall is hosting a number of performances and events during the next two months. Comment

World’s best jazz musicians have graced Flushing stage

Flushing Town Hall’s venerable musical history is certainly not lost on its highly accomplished jazz producer, Clyde Bullard. Comment
The Civic Scene

Diamond honored for three decades of community service

On June 12, Bernie Diamond was honored at a dinner at Hillcrest Jewish Center for his 35 years of service as a member of Community Board 8. Comments by people at the dinner and my conversation with Bernie have developed a picture of a man who has devoted his life to community service. Comment

Obama, Romney can’t fix economy

As 2012 moves along, our national economy is not moving at all. We continue to hear reassurances from President Barack Obama that the economy will begin to improve, but he has been telling the American people this for the last four years. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012


109th takes bite out of thefts of Apple iPhone

Technocrats in the 109th Precinct are taking a novel approach to fighting iThieves, the latest scourge terrorizing the neighborhood. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Buildings Department denies Fresh Meadows hotel plans

Controversial plans to build a 12-story hotel on a narrow residential street in Fresh Meadows have stalled because the application for the building has been disapproved by the city Department of Buildings. Comments (3)

Court case against Stavisky dropped by Messer

John Messer announced Tuesday that he was dropping a Queens Supreme Court case that alleged his Democratic primary opponent, state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone), got on the ballot through fraudulent means. Comments (1)

Halloran calls on Meng to release bundler info

The Republican candidate in the congressional race based around Flushing is calling on his Democratic opponent to release the names of people who collected her campaign donations in the wake of the arrest of former state Assemblyman Jimmy Meng. Comment

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

Jazzin’ up Queens for 150 years

We always tell our audiences: “Welcome to Flushing Town Hall — you’re in The Jazz Capital of Queens,” says Clyde Bullard, producer of the Jazz Live! Series and other concerts presented there. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012

Fresh Meadows

Pol wants sewer fix after 164th St. flood

A week after torrential rain caused major flooding in several areas of Fresh Meadows, City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) was scheduled to meet with the city Department of Environmental Protection this week to discuss how area sewers can be improved to prevent similar problems in the future. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012


Boro reacts to Hamlisch death as Queens College plans tribute

Award-winning composer and Queens College graduate Marvin Hamlisch died in Los Angeles Monday. He was 68. Comment

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