Jamaica Times

Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011


Deputy mayor touts new tech school plan

The deputy mayor in charge of trying to boost the city’s economy told York College’s student body and faculty last week that the only way for New York to recover its economic strength would be an investment in education and tapping into the potential of future employers. Comment
St. Albans

Kew Gardens jazz singer performs at York College

Rivaling New Orleans as the birthplace of jazz, Queens has been called the “home of jazz.” Ella Fitzgerald, Count Bassie, Fats Waller, and Lena Horne once lived in the borough neighborhood of St. Albans — as did singer-songwriter Stephanie Fisher, who now lives in Kew Gardens. Comments (1)

Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011

Rochdale Village

Baby, 4 months, left by parents in eatery: Post

ROCHDALE — A 27-year old woman abandoned her baby at a Rochdale Burger King last week, the New York Post reported. Comment

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St. Albans

Borough painter creates artistic works designed for straphanger consumption

St. Albans artist Emmett Wigglesworth’s prolific career has spanned more than a half century, while his artwork has enhanced New York City’s cultural landscape since 1958, the year he moved here from his native Philadephia. Comments (2)

Santa arrives at JFK in a plane

Thousands of children converged on JFK’s Hanger 19 provided by the Port Authority Police for the Community Mayors’ annual Operation Santa last week. Comment
St. Albans

Scarborough holds annual toy drive

State Assemblyman William Scarborough, honorary chairman of the Million Fathers Club, has been hosting an annual Christmas party and toy give-away to make every Christmas a merry one for hundreds of foster care and shelter children. Comment

Friday, Dec. 16, 2011


Safe Space offers SE Qns. kids a new beat on life

The staff at Safe Space in Jamaica has always tried to come up with innovative ways to help the hundreds of disadvantaged youth who walk through their doors, and a new program they launched has been hitting all the right notes since its inception. Comment
South Richmond Hill

S. Richmond Hill man sought in rape: Police

SOUTH RICHMOND HILL — Police were searching for a suspect wanted in connection with a rape last month. Comment

Lowest Bidder Should Not Run Prisons

Despite the thinking that the private sector can do almost anything government does better and for less money, we remain uncomfortable with private companies running our prisons and jails. Case in point: the federal immigration detention center in Springfield Gardens. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011


Jamaica teacher charged with having affair with 13-year-old student

A teacher at a Jamaica middle school was arrested Thursday after investigators discovered he was allegedly carrying on a sexual affair with one of his students for more than a year, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
St. Albans

Farmers Blvd. group wants eatery

A St. Albans nonprofit started raising funds for a proposed restaurant and fresh food market last week that it hopes will be a cornerstone in the revitalization of Farmers Boulevard. Comment

Huntley group charged with grand larceny

State Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) went on the defensive last week after state prosecutors indicted four of her associates, including her niece, as part of an investigation into state money that went into a nonprofit that the senator created. Comment

Cheerleading helps southeast Queens girls stand tall

For a group of girls in southeast Queens, cheerleading is more than just about pom-poms — it is an extracurricular activity that is enriching their lives. Comments (1)
St. Albans

Friends and family mourn Q111 victim

Marvin Gilkes lived his life by always trying to help the people closest to him, according to his friends and family. Comment
Far Rockaway

Far Rock mom sues city over false arrest

Seemona Sumasar, the former Far Rockaway resident who was the victim of a complex framing scheme by her ex-boyfriend that put her behind bars in Nassau County for months, is now suing the city, Nassau County and police officers, saying they were negligent in allowing him to get away with it. Comment

Police searching for clues in death of Baisley Houses man

Police were looking for clues in an early morning shooting in Jamaica Monday that took the life of a Baisley Houses man. Comment

Sanders’ staffers fight sex assault with group

As police press on with the hunt for the suspects wanted in a string of sex assaults in southeast Queens after another attack last week, City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton) said the best defense for women would be to show the predators they will not live in fear. Comment

Even in the islands, Scrooge would still be crabby

“A Caribbean Christmas Carol,” now onstage at the Black Spectrum Theatre, is one of those many, many takes on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” This time it’s set in some unnamed Caribbean island and the transposition is delightful. Comment

Monday, Dec. 12, 2011

South Richmond Hill

20-year-old dead after S. Richmond Hill shooting

A 20-year-old South Richmond Hill man was shot and killed outside a party several blocks from his home early Sunday morning, police said. Comments (9)

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