Jamaica Times

Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013


Candidates line up to replace Sanders

Two candidates have gotten their names on the ballot for next month’s special election to fill southeast Queens’ vacant City Council seat and seven others are waiting to be cleared by the city Board of Elections. Comment.
St. Albans

Sondra Peeden holds fund-raiser for Council campaign

Sondra Peeden recently held a fund-raiser at NuUrban Café in St. Albans for her City Council campaign. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 21, 2013


Support mediation group to combat social violence

The tragedy in Newtown, Conn., left us heartbroken and looking for answers. No doubt the shooting was a result of many underlying issues, but as a mediation and family services center, we are asking ourselves: Might the lack of opportunity to resolve conflicts be one contributing factor? Comment.

Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013

Springfield Gardens

Dinner honors gun victims

Parents from southeast Queens and beyond who lost their children to gun violence joined together at Occasions Banquet and Catering Hall in Springfield Gardens Sunday for the fourth annual Forgiveness Dinner. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Squatter found dead in Richmond Hill garage fire

A homeless man who was squatting in the detached garage of an abandoned Richmond Hill home was found dead after the place caught on fire early Saturday morning. Comments (1).
Far Rockaway

Rockaway shuttle adjusts hours for repairs to line

Starting on Monday, Jan.21, the free H shuttle train from Far Rockaway-Mott Ave. to Beach 90th Street will operate Monday to Friday from 4:55 a.m. to 9:25 p.m. so that repairs can be made to restore full service to line in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the MTA said. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Police searching for three teen suspects in cellphone snatch

FAR ROCKAWAY — A young woman was robbed of her cellphone by three teenagers while riding the Rockaway Shuttle train last month, police said. Comment.

Molloy’s Kostel best in boro

Queens teams dominated the Catholic High School Athletic Association and made history in the Public Schools Athletic League. Comment.

DOE Doesn’t Learn

What will it take to convince the city Department of Education that its shoot-first, ask-questions-later approach to improving schools isn’t working? Comment.

Nation needs better mental health outreach

First, I recommend a comprehensive education campaign for the American public and the mental health community for the public to better understand the community when communicating how to be better understood. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 18, 2013

Far Rockaway

Cops nab mom after son brings guns to school: Police

The NYPD has arrested the mother of a 7-year-old boy who brought a .22 caliber pistol and a full ammunition clip to a Far Rockaway elementary school Thursday, police said. Comments (1).
Far Rockaway

City’s Sandy food stamp program reached few

Although the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved $13 million in disaster food aid benefits for victims of Hurricane Sandy, state data show far less money was actually delivered to a fraction of families eligible for the program — a revelation some critics say points to a gross failure on the part of the city. Comments (1).

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Foreclosure relief on its way after feds halt probe

More than 3,000 borrowers in Queens who were in foreclosure in 2009 and 2010 may receive anywhere from a few hundred dollars to $125,000 after federal regulators cut short an investigation before fully determining the scope of possible abuses by 10 mortgage servicers. Comment.
South Jamaica

Activists honor MLK with Peace Week events

With Gov. Andrew Cuomo setting the stage for passage of the nation’s toughest gun laws in Albany, southeast Queens activists Monday announced the program for an annual peace event, which has taken an alternative approach to ending violence long before the Sandy Hook massacre trained the nation’s attention on the subject. Comment.

Boro MulchFest brought in more than 3,000 trees

The city Parks Department said last weekend’s MulchFest, in which residents could drop off their Christmas trees at neighborhood parks to be chopped up, collected 3,320 trees in Queens. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Far Rock man found dead near boardwalk

FAR ROCKAWAY — A Far Rockaway resident has been charged with stabbing a neighbor to death near the Boardwalk on Beach 17th Street, police said. Comments (1).
South Richmond Hill

Cops link cellphone robbers to other crimes

SOUTH RICHMOND HILL — Authorities said a robbery last month in a South Richmond Hill cell phone store can be traced to three earlier robberies of Radio Shack stores in South Richmond Hill and Brooklyn. Comment.

Stanners make statement in victory over Loughlin

Archbishop Molloy’s strategy to beat Bishop Loughlin was to outdo the Lions at what they do best. It wanted to outrun and out-defend them from the start. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013

Far Rockaway

Twin Tower firm doles out dollars to help storm victims

One company’s devastating loss of life in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks inspired an annual charitable effort benefiting those in need around the world, and now that effort will help victims of Superstorm Sandy. Comments (1).

There Goes the Neighborhood

Plans at Queens Hospital Center to turn one of its buildings into a residence for people with low incomes and people with chronic conditions and mental disabilities have raised concern in the community. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013

St. Albans

Queens senator dedicates Albany gun measure to mothers

State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans) Monday dedicated two parts of the Senate’s gun control bill to two southeast Queens mothers who lost their sons to gun violence. Comment.

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