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Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013

Flushing

109th Council honors its citizen academy grads

The 109th Precinct Community Council held its year-end dinner party earlier this month and honored one of its own along with some of the city’s Bravest. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013

Whitestone

Teaching by example

In many ways, Cheryl Lodico’s new novel, “Escape from the Maelstrom,” is as much a tribute to her grandmother as it is a work of historical fiction. Comment
Flushing

Cops seek missing woman from pharmacy

FLUSHING — The NYPD was asking for the public’s assistance in locating a woman who disappeared last week. Comment
Jamaica

Police looking for woman from Jamaica

JAMAICA — The NYPD has asked for the public’s assistance in locating a woman who went missing in Jamaica last week. Comment

Monday, Dec. 31, 2012

Far Rockaway

Storm-shocked community gets celebration day

Youngsters displaced by Hurricane Sandy’s wrath this fall were given a unique gift on Saturday: a day to celebrate everything. Comment

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Astoria

Police looking for missing Astoria woman

ASTORIA — Police were seeking the public’s help in locating a woman reported missing in Astoria Sunday. Comments (1)

Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012

Bayside

Avella opposes mayor’s Million Trees effort

A northeast Queens lawmaker has planted a thorn in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s agenda, proposing to put a halt to the city’s Million Trees project. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Lancman begins campaign for City Council

State Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) officially kicked off his campaign for City Council last week at the Local 3 Headquarters in Flushing. Comment
Springfield Gardens

Ex-Spg Gardens teacher accused of underage sex

A former music teacher at IS 59 in Springfield Gardens who lavished expensive gifts upon a teenage girl he met in his wife’s Brooklyn church choir was arrested last week on charges he carried on a sexual relationship with the girl, officials said. Comment
Rochdale Village

Police seeking Rochdale shooting suspect

ROCHDALE — Police have asked for the public’s assistance in locating a man wanted in connection to a double shooting on Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in Rochdale last month. Comment
Forest Hills

Off-duty traffic officer arrested: NYPD

FOREST HILLS — An off-duty traffic enforcement agent was arrested Saturday, police said. Comment
Flushing

Meng will take Ackerman’s place but not his office

State Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) is set to trade in her title, taking the spot of U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) in Congress, but she will not get his office. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012

Astoria

Sunnyside’s PS 2 waits a decade for new gym

A Sunnyside school is set to expand, but members of Community District Education Council 30 were upset that a long-awaited and much begged-for auditorium for Astoria’s PS 2 is not in the city School Construction Authority’s five-year plan. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Vet takes holistic approach

At a quiet, seemingly nondescript veterinary clinic in Fresh Meadows, the services offered at first glance may seem pretty standard: medicine, X-rays, surgery, dentistry, grooming. Comment
Transit

Lhota steps down as MTA head while fares set to go up in March

It’s official: The cost of your ride is going up March 1, and the MTA chairman will be gone by the end of the month. Comment
Astoria

Man touched two women onboard N train: Police

ASTORIA — Cops were looking for a man wanted for assault on a Queens-bound N train last Thursday. Comment
Rosedale

Hit-and-run killed victim in Rosedale: Cops

ROSEDALE — According to police, a man died as a result of a hit-and-run last week. As of Wednesday afternoon, police had not yet released the man’s identity. Comment

Friday, Dec. 28, 2012

Sunnyside

Police seek female suspect in Sunnyside train push (with surveillance video)

In a sad echo of an incident involving an Elmhurst man in Manhattan earlier this month, an unidentified man was pushed to his death in front of the No. 7 train Thursday evening in Sunnyside by a woman, police said. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Defense revisits 2007 Forest Hills murder case

The killing of a Forest Hills orthodontist in the fall of 2007 ignited a court case that captivated the community and led to life in prison for the victim’s wife. Comment
St. Albans

NBA player nets holiday cheer at St. Albans church

Christmas is the season of giving, and that fact was prominently on display in St. Albans Saturday. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Rockaway wants to shift focus to hurricane-battered bay wall

Tom McNicholas, owner of a gas station and convenience store that overlooks the bay in Rockaway Park, says the city has neglected the bulkhead that protects the shoreline from the water. Comment
Jackson Heights

82nd Street group in Jax Hts. receives grant for new signage

The 82nd Street Partnership recently received a $50,000 grant to renovate store signs within its borders, giving the leadership another tool in its ongoing revitalization of the once-neglected business improvement district. Comment
Crime

City must pay for security at private schools: Vallone

In the wake of the massacre two weeks ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) renewed a push for his bill that would require the city to provide security for private and religious schools. Comment
Flushing

Cops on the hunt for man in train robbery

FLUSHING — Police were seeking the public’s assistance in locating a suspect wanted in connection with an attempted subway robbery Dec. 11. Comment
Flushing

Flushing woman performed illegal surgery: DA

A Flushing resident who decorated her home like a doctor’s office and performed a buttocks enhancement procedure involving Krazy Glue sent one woman to the hospital and may have caused a lifelong medical problem, Queens’ top prosecutor said last Thursday. Comment
Forest Hills

Police hunt for suspect in five robberies

FOREST HILLS — Cops were looking for a suspect wanted in connection with two robberies and three grand larcenies dating back to mid-November in Brooklyn and Queens. Comment
Long Island City

Cops looking for missing boy on Roosevelt Island

ROOSEVELT ISLAND — Police were seeking the public’s assistance in locating a boy who went missing Friday. Comment
Howard Beach

Bayside bar owner not guilty in double murder

HACKENSACK, N.J. — A former Bayside nightclub owner was found not guilty earlier this month of shooting and killing two men from southern Queens three years ago, the Bergen County prosecutor’s office said. Comments (1)
South Ozone Park

S. Ozone man admits guilt in doctor ID theft

A South Ozone Park man who was accused of stealing personal information from doctors who were applying to work at a medical facility he was planning to open pleaded guilty to charges of identity theft in court last week, according to the Queens district attorney. Comment
Laurelton

Sanders’ office spreads $2M in technology gifts to schools

Southeast Queens schools received an early Christmas present last week when Donovan Richards, chief of staff to City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton), donned his red Santa Claus suit and presented a $2 million check for technology upgrades to the district’s 25 schools. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012

Floral Park

Two Queens women killed in separate hit-and-runs

Two Queens mothers were killed in separate hit-and-run incidents in the borough Wednesday night. Comments (5)
Flushing

No-fly zone still in Flushing

Many northeast Queens neighborhoods have complained recently about increased aircraft noise, but it could be worse. Comment
Flushing

Feds crack down on Flushing asylum mill

Queens residents made up half of the 26 people charged last week with helping Chinese immigrants lie in order to obtain asylum in the United States, a federal prosecutor said. Comment
South Jamaica

Boro’s advocates add voices to gun debate

The shooting of 26 people at a school in Newtown, Conn., has sparked a national debate on gun violence, and while opinions in Queens differ on the role regulation will play in preventing another tragedy, there is a consensus that it would be only one part of a multi-faceted solution. Comment
Ridgewood

Bodega worker shot in Ridgewood shop

Police were still searching for a suspect captured on surveillance video and wanted in connection with the death of a bodega clerk in Ridgewood last Thursday evening. Comment
Bellerose

Bellerose vandalism renews push to split 105th Precinct

Neighbors living in the area off Union Turnpike in Bellerose have been sleeping with one eye open lately after waking up to various acts of vandalism, members of the community said. Comments (2)
Hollis Hills

FDNY marshal dies in car crash in Hollis Hills

An off-duty fire marshal died near his Hollis Hills home Christmas Eve after suffering an apparent heart attack behind the wheel, the New York Police Department said. Comment
Queensbridge

LIC pantry loses big donor

Bishop Mitchell Taylor thanked City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) for delivering extra food to his pantry near Queensbridge Houses for the holidays at a news conference last week and said major food rescue group City Harvest was no longer serving the center. Comment
St. Albans

Sandy families fight to stay afloat in hotels

Families displaced by Superstorm Sandy — scattered throughout hotels across the city — attended state Assemblyman William Scarborough’s (D-Jamaica) annual holiday party in St. Albans last week, and while the children enjoyed food and games, parents wore weary expressions and told of the hardships they continue to endure almost two months after being forced from their homes. Comment
Rockaway Park

Boro lifeguard drowns in Puerto Rico

ROCKAWAY PARK — A hero surfer who rescued six of his neighbors in the Rockaways during Hurricane Sandy drowned Sunday while on vacation in Puerto Rico. Comment
Jamaica

Ex-York President Kidd dies at 76

Charles Kidd, the former York College president who broadened the school’s reach in southern Queens, died last week at the age of 76. Comment
Jamaica

House panel clears Meeks in loan probe

The House Ethics Committee last week cleared U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) of any wrongdoing after an investigation into a questionable $40,000 loan he received in 2007 and failed to report on his financial disclosure statements. Comment
Ozone Park

Suspect in city case caught in Spain: Cops

OZONE PARK — Cops said a man, wanted in connection with a 2005 hit-and-run, was arrested in Spain Friday. Comment

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