Jamaica Times

Monday, May 7, 2012


Job market heats up at new Jamaica BBQ

City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) is lending a helping hand to a Queens restaurateur who is bringing some Southern barbecue flavor to Jamaica via Springfield Gardens and Afghanistan. Comment
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

Sunday, May 6, 2012


Everyone should unite to prevent youth suicide

There is much to be addressed when our youth demonstrate behavior patterns that are red flags and warning signs as a cry for help. As a nurse practitioner with more than 24 years of nursing experience, I have cared for individuals and family members who have acknowledged, “If only I had done this or that.” Comment

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Saturday, May 5, 2012


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)
Far Rockaway

DA says Far Rock man beat, robbed victims

FAR ROCKAWAY — A Far Rockaway man was accused of beating and robbing two other men within two different early March confrontations and was arraigned last week, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Beware of Easy Answers

In the wake of recent incidents where bird strikes forced two airliners to make emergency landings in the new York area, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand introduced legislation that would force federal officials to speed up the removal of Canada geese coming from a wildlife refuge near John F. Kennedy International Airport. Comment

Friday, May 4, 2012

Far Rockaway

Peninsula shutdown created crisis: Pols

The front entrance to Peninsula Hospital was shuttered Sunday afternoon, as it had been since the beginning of the month. A sign on the door of the Lillian and Ira Lechtman Pavilion said that after 104 years, the Far Rockaway hospital had closed its doors for good and the nearest emergency room, at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, wasn’t for another two miles east. Comments (2)
South Jamaica

City drops ax on August Martin by voting to close

Before the city Panel for Educational Policy decided to close August Martin HS and six others in Queens, a representative from state Sen. Shirley Huntley’s (D-Jamaica) office blasted the panel for the way the city Department of Education removed the principal of Martin last month. Comment
St. Albans

Experts warn against predatory schemes in hard-hit area

Even before the recent foreclosure crisis hit southeast Queens, predatory lenders took advantage of minority communities, according to fair-housing experts, who warned that many of those dangers still exist in the services now being offered to help distressed homeowners. Comment

Trees damage sewer pipes

Laurelton homeowners say city sidewalk trees are wreaking havoc with their sewer lines, leaving them few options but to replace the lines themselves at a hefty cost. Comment

Man receives 37 years to life in shooting: Brown

JAMAICA — A Jamaica man was sentenced to 37 years to life in prison for the August 2006 drive-by shooting murder and attempted murder of two other local men, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Richmond Hill

City decides to shutter Rich Hill, John Adams

The city Panel for Educational Policy’s decision to close 24 city schools drew the ire of advocates long after the votes were cast. Comment
South Ozone Park

Resorts vows to end horse deaths at track

The operator of the racinio at Aqueduct Race Track in South Ozone Park said the company is taking steps to ensure horses are protected after a rash of deaths during this year’s racing season. Comment

Bill asks feds to cull geese at JFK, LGA

Geese better find a new place to molt this summer since a bill introduced by U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) would make rounding up the birds easier around area airports. Comments (4)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Queens Village

Queens Village bodega gutted by 2-alarm fire

As construction equipment cleared debris along Hempstead Avenue Monday afternoon, Fire Department investigators searched for clues as to what set a Queens Village bodega ablaze earlier in the morning. Comment
St. Albans

Cycle crash kills MTA worker at Roy Wilkins Park

Always seen as the life of the party, Simon P. George was loved by all. Comment

Queens Library archives provide window into past

It is hard to imagine Queens as anything other than a bustling urban borough, but the crowded asphalt streets were once country road-lined farmlands from Bayside to Long Island City. Comment
Jamaica Hills

Strong win meets up to Mary Louis hype

This is the team Mary Louis expected to be when the year started. Comment

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