Jamaica Times

Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012

Springfield Gardens

City plans flood relief near Springfield Park

Heavy rains earlier this month proved true the old adage “When it rains, it pours,” and when it pours in certain parts of southeast Queens streets can look more like Springfield Lake than Springfield Boulevard. Comments (1)

Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012


JetBlue fined $90K by DOT over delayed flight at JFK

The U.S. Department of Transportation has fined JetBlue Airways $90,000 for failure to inform passengers on a delayed flight that they had the right to leave the plane while it remained at a John F. Kennedy International Airport departure gate. Comment

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Avella calls on city to fix root damage

Spending hundreds of dollars per year fixing pipes and cleaning his basement is not something Shah Ahmed wants to keep doing, so the Jamaica resident contacted state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) to help him get to the root of the problem. Comment

Woman removed from car in ditch: FDNY

Emergency responders were called to Laurelton Tuesday afternoon at assist with a Jeep that was stuck in a ditch. According to a spokesman for the FDNY, fire officials assisted a woman out of her car at about 1 p.m. and took her to North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System.Photo by Ellis Kaplan Comment

Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012

South Jamaica

Sutphin Blvd. corner renamed for Tom White

There were many kind words directed at the late City Councilman Thomas White Jr. during a street renaming ceremony in South Jamaica Saturday, but two of the speakers sent a much more powerful message as living examples of his greatest legacy. Comment
Richmond Hill

DWI Rich Hill driver hurts two bikers: DA

A Richmond Hill man has been arraigned on charges that include driving under the influence of alcohol when his car collided with a motorcycle, injuring its two passengers, one of them critically. Comment
St. Albans

Three men sought for robbing Popeye’s: Cops

ST. ALBANS — Police were looking for three men who robbed the Popeye’s Chicken, at 117-25 Farmers Blvd. in St. Albans. Comment

Stop the Violence

There is no issue greater in southeast Queens than putting an end to street violence. Comment

Friday, Aug. 24, 2012

Rochdale Village

Former Rochdale Village Little League coach pleads guilty to sexually abusing teenage boys

A former Rochdale Village Little League coach pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually abusing teenage boys on his team, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Milton Bassin, former York College president, dies at 88

Milton Bassin, the longtime president of York College who is credited with nurturing the institution during its seminal years and shepherding it through difficult financial times, died of natural causes last week in the Bronx at the age of 88. Comment
South Jamaica

Activists march against guns

The parents of slain southeast Queens youth marched alongside anti-violence activists, including hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, in South Jamaica Sunday to call for an end to the gun violence that has long plagued the area and intensified over the summer. Comments (1)

Huntley leads Sanders in fund-raising battle

State Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) outraised and outspent her Democratic Party primary challenger last month, though City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton) has a competitive war chest with just a few weeks until the polls open. Comment

Police seek man in 11 SE Queens robberies

JAMAICA — The NYPD was seeking the public’s assistance in locating Darren Hicks, a young man suspected in 11 gunpoint robberies of delivery drivers and store employees throughout southeast Queens. Comment

Group grateful for saved library

On behalf of all the Friends of Queens Library, we, the group’s presidents, would like to thank Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council for adopting a budget this year that saves our library system and our staff. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012

South Jamaica

Buyback gets 509 firearms off the street

Faced with a bullet-ridden summer of violence, the Queens district attorney, the NYPD and state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Jamaica) held a gun buyback Saturday in Rochdale that netted 509 weapons, including an AK-47, authorities said. Comments (3)

Mayor touts new initiative to help small businesses get online

Mayor Michael Bloomberg was in downtown Jamaica Thursday to announce the launch of a series of free courses aimed at getting small businesses online. Comments (1)

State senator wants tough laws to punish perps packing heat

Her son wanted to be a mechanic — instead, he ended up a tragic statistic in a sickening southeast Queens trend. Comment
Springfield Gardens

Credit Union opens branch

New York’s oldest credit union, Municipal Credit Union, is opening its first branch in southeast Queens, bringing a financial management option with generally better returns than traditional banks to a neighborhood that is beleaguered with low-income residents and a high number of home foreclosures. Comment
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill man charged with stabbing wife to death

A Richmond Hill man was charged with stabbing his wife to death in their home last week, covering her head with a plastic bag and stuffing her body under a bed, the Queens District Attorney’s office said, eight months after an order of protection was issued against him. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012


Ivey clinic building life skills

After achieving some major milestones in his own life, NBA player Royal Ivey plans to impart a few lessons to the youth in his old neighborhood with his fifth Royal Skills Clinic this week. Comment

Manager slain outside Rosedale eatery: Cops

A small memorial was erected on a Rosedale street Monday evening at the spot where the manager of a Jamaican restaurant was murdered over the weekend. Comments (1)
Queens Village

Boro man hit three cops in 105th Pct.: Police

QUEENS VILLAGE — Police announced Tuesday they had arrested Queens Village resident Jeffrey Contreras and charged him with the attempted murder of a police officer, according to a statement released by the NYPD. Comment
South Jamaica

Bell teams battle for Nike

DDN/Sean Bell was guaranteed to win the Nike Tournament of Champions title Sunday night — the Queens-based program’s teams from West 4th Street and Watson both earned spots in the final. The real question was which sideline Coach Raheem “Rah” Wiggins would be on for the contest. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012

St. Albans

Health Department to spray for West Nile

The city Health Department plans to spray pesticides in several areas of southeast Queens Tuesday night through Wednesday morning in order to reduce mosquito populations and the risk of West Nile virus. Comments (2)

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