Jamaica Times

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015

Richmond Hill

Newborn baby found in Richmond Hill church Nativity scene

A newborn baby was left inside the crèche--a tableau representing the scene of Jesus’s birth--of a Richmond Hill church Monday afternoon, police said. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Cuomo vetoes Port Ambrose gas project

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has nixed a controversial 3-year-old proposal to build a liquefied natural gas terminal 19 miles off Jones Beach on Long Island amid fears that it could trigger an environmental disaster or become a target for terrorists. Comments (1).

Monday, Nov. 23, 2015


Mural project brings hip-hop legacy to light

A new, colorful mural dedicated to the history of hip-hop culture in southeast Queens appeared on the corner of 198th Street and Hollis Avenue last week in Hollis. Comments (1).

Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015


‘Uncle’ Ralph McDaniels to oversee hip-hop initiatives at Queens Library

Legendary DJ, VJ and music-video director “Uncle” Ralph McDaniels has been appointed the Queens Library’s first hip-hop coordinator as part of an attempt by the library to build stronger relationships with the hip-hop community in light of Hip Hop History Month.. Comments (1).

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103rd increases security after homicide

Police officials from the 103rd Precinct have increased security after two shootings that took place in and around downtown Jamaica appeared not to be random incidents. Comment.

Friday, Nov. 20, 2015


Six-day library services starts this weekend

After a years-long battle to restore public funds to Queens Library, libraries across the borough will officially begin six-day service Saturday. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

Far Rockaway

Transit relief for Queens residents discussed at  Council

A Queens city councilman has introduced a resolution that would allow city residents to pay a subway-equivalent $2.75 fare on the Long Island Rail Road or Metro-North within city limits and transfer to the subway or bus for free. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Diwali brings annual display of lights, color and culture to Queens

The Hindu community in Queens celebrated Diwali, the ancient “festival of lights” last weekend, bringing a large cultural display of color, song, dance, feast and prayer to Richmond Hill, the heart of the city’s Guyanese and South Asian communities. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015

Jamaica Hills

YMCA takes on homeless youth

One year ago, city data could have counted 14-year-old Jordan as part of the growing population of homeless public school students, which was estimated to be 84,000 by a report from the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness. Comments (1).
Springfield Gardens

Springfield Gardens fall in PSAL Class B final

One-goal games had gone Springfield Gardens’ way throughout the post season, as it used three tight victories to reach the title game. Then the Golden Eagles found themselves battling through another tight contest until a 45-yard blast from James Monroe’s Mamadou Jaith ended the match, as well as Springfield’s soccer championship hopes, in the 79th minute. Comment.

Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015


Women honored at JSPOA gala

Dozens of seniors honored the hardworking women of southeast Queens during the Jamaica Services Program for Older Adults 43rd annual gala at Russo’s on the Bay in Howard Beach. Comments (1).

Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015


NYPD deploys security forces after Paris attacks

Following the brutal terrorist attacks Friday night in Paris that led to the deaths of more than 125 people, NYPD and military counterterrorism forces were deployed hours later across the city to both airports in the borough, crowded areas and locations connected to the French government. Comments (1).

Friday, Nov. 13, 2015


Miller pushes for reform of illegal commuter vans

A five-point transit legislative plan unveiled last week by Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St.Albans) includes targeting illegal operators in the commuter van industry and improving public transportation in the area. Comment.
Far Rockaway

DOT announces Rockaway transportation study

The city Department of Transportation announced last week that the agency would carry out a multi-year study aimed at helping to improve transportation access in the Eastern Rockaways. The study, titled “The Access to Opportunity: Transportation and Housing Study in the Eastern Rockaways,” will create proposals for short-term and long-term transportation improvements aligned with the city’s land-use investments in the Rockaway region. It will give particular emphasis to improving residents’ access to goods, activities, services and destinations through road Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015


Major pols surrender to fed prison

Two disgraced southeast Queens politicians, former state Sen. Malcolm Smith and state Assemblyman William Scarborough, began their prison sentences within days for violating the public trust in unrelated high-profile corruption cases. Comments (1).

York College professor fights for justice

After serving 25 years in prison, Johnny Hincapie, 43, who was convicted of the 1990 murder of a tourist on a Manhattan subway platform, was granted a second trial and released on bail. But one month and four days after Hincapie was freed from prison, the Manhattan district attorney decided to appeal his overturned murder conviction, delaying any new trial and leaving the murder charge unresolved. Comments (2).

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015


Scarborough heads to prison on corruption charges

Disgraced former state Assemblyman William Scarborough was scheduled to surrender Tuesday afternoon into the custody of U.S. marshals to start his prison sentence after pleading guilty to fraud and corruption charges earlier this year, according to federal court records. Comments (4).
Richmond Hill

Scooter driver dead after getting hit twice in Richmond Hill

RICHMOND HILL -- A 62-year old man driving a scooter died after being struck Monday afternoon by two different cars on Jamaica Avenue in Richmond Hill, police said. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 9, 2015


Malcolm Smith reports to jail for seven years

Disgraced former state Sen. Malcolm Smith surrendered to a Philadelphia prison to begin his 84-month sentence this weekend after his second request to extend his surrender date was denied by a federal judge in White Plains. Comments (3).

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