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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Rego Park

North Shore-LIJ opens Rego Park center for 9/11 heroes

Like many heroic New Yorkers, Martin Grillo was heading toward the World Trade Center while others were running away on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. Comment.
Queens Village

Police seeking info about missing Queens Village man

QUEENS VILLAGE — Police were reaching out to the public in the hopes of finding a missing Queens Village. Comment.
Woodhaven

Woodhaven eatery serves more than lunch

A unique dining establishment in Woodhaven sets itself apart from the rest with more than just good eats. Comment.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Health

North Shore panel views recovery 20 years after severe brain injuries

It has been more than seven years since American journalist Bob Woodruff suffered a severe traumatic brain injury from a roadside bomb in Iraq, but his wife Lee said that was only the beginning of a new journey. Comment.
South Jamaica

Darryl Adams’ killer gets 25 years in prison

A mother who watched her 18-year-old son gunned down on surveillance video last year as he ran through the South Jamaica Houses trying to escape his cold-blooded killers told her son’s shooter at his sentencing earlier Tuesday she hoped he would spend the rest of his life in prison. Comments (13).
Kew Gardens

Boro president honors movers for Women’s History Month

In recognition of Women’s History Month, Borough President Helen Marshall honored two of the borough’s influential and tenured public servants Tuesday in Kew Gardens. Comment.
Arverne

Man, 65, last seen at Arverne home: NYPD

AVERNE — The NYPD was looking for help in finding a missing man within the 101st Precinct, police said. Comment.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Rockaway Beach

Doctors raise Rockaway storm funds with fashion

The humanitarian effort following Hurricane Sandy brought volunteers to the Rockaways to help in the immediate aftermath of the storm. Comment.
Astoria

Queens achievers hailed on Int’l Women’s Day

State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) and U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) honored City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) and two other Queens women Friday for International Women’s Day. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Dromm, union battle Trade Fair over wages

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) threw his support behind a local union Tuesday in its labor negotiations with the Queens supermarket chain Trade Fair, going so far as to visit one of the Jackson Heights stores and speak to the employees facing loss of full-time work. Comments (4).
Forest Hills

Correction cop charged with mischief at Forest Hills precinct: NYPD

FOREST HILLS — A city correction officer was arrested in the 112th Precinct, the NYPD said. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Far Rock teen missing from her home: Cops

FAR ROCKAWAY — The NYPD was looking for help in finding a missing teen in Far Rockaway. Comment.
Astoria

Three men rob Astoria business at gunpoint: NYPD

ASTORIA — The NYPD was reaching out for the public’s help in finding suspects wanted in connection with a gunpoint robbery, police said. Comments (4).

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Rockaway Beach

Queens storefronts to get face-lift funds in hurricane bill

A Queens state senator is pushing legislation that would give out $10,000 grants to small business owners with shops damaged by Hurricane Sandy in order to help them fix up their storefronts. Comment.
Astoria

Parks to hire 81 new officers

A firm advocate of increased policing, City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) applauded the city Parks Department’s hiring of more parks enforcement patrol officers come the 2014 fiscal year. Comment.
Jamaica

Meeks makes trip to Venezuela for President Chavez’s funeral

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) was part of the delegation that traveled to Venezuela for the late President Hugo Chavez’s funeral last week. Comment.
Astoria

Man stole bikes, laptop from Astoria garage: Police

ASTORIA — The NYPD was asking for the public’s help in finding a robbery suspect, police said. Comment.
Crime

Man charged with swiping phone on Queens-bound train

QUEENS — The NYPD used the Find My iPhone application to recover a stolen cellphone, leading to the arrest of a suspect on a Queens-bound F train, police said. Comment.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Government

Queens lawmakers fighting for mixed-martial arts bill

The Queens state Assembly delegation is set to weigh in on a mixed-martial arts bill that passed the state Senate last week, although three of the borough’s lawmakers have already co-sponsored similar legislation in the past. Comment.
Bay Terrace

Some condos, co-ops cut off from tax relief

After recently celebrating the state’s commitment to securing a partial tax abatement plan for co-op and condominium owners, Bay Terrace’s Warren Schreiber said he was disappointed to see the city potentially complicating the process. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Surgeon in Fresh Meadows named in top doctors guide

Dr. Geoffrey Westrich, an orthopedic surgeon who practices in Fresh Meadows, has seen many patients in his life, but one that stands out is a Queens man who was confined to a wheelchair because his hip arthritis was so severe. Comment.
Transit

MTA sees ridership increase in 2012 despite Sandy

Although Hurricane Sandy forced a shutdown of the New York City transit system and caused monumental damage, the number of riders using subways, railroads and buses increased by more than 0.5 percent last year, including the highest number of weekend subway riders since 1946. Comment.
Astoria

Two women swiped wallets from Woodside shoppers: NYPD

ASTORIA — The NYPD was looking for the public’s help in finding two women wanted in connection to three thefts, police said. Comment.
Rego Park

Rego Park salon window smashed before burglary: NYPD

REGO PARK — Police were looking for help finding a suspect wanted in connection to a burglary in Rego Park, the NYPD said. Comment.
Bayside

Bravest battle blaze in Bayside building

BAYSIDE — Firefighters responded to call of a suspicious fire near the corner of 223rd Street and 38th Avenue around 2:30 a.m. Monday, the Breaking News Network reported. Comment.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Astoria

Dolphin seen swimming near Astoria

A bottlenose dolphin has been sighted swimming in the East River since Wednesday, but Friday marked the first time the marine mammal came to Queens. Comment.
Queensbridge

Four Queens subway lines to close at night for maintenance

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will introduce its Fastrack, subway maintenance service to Queens for the first time Monday. Comment.
Oakland Gardens

QM3 bus kills pedestrian

The heartbroken husband of a woman crushed by an MTA bus in Oakland Gardens last week is pleading for witnesses to the incident to come forward so he can understand the circumstances surrounding his wife’s death. Comment.
Rockaway Park

Bike and boat stations planned for Jamaica Bay

Another wave of revitalization is coming to the Rockaways as the city and federal government seek proposals to install new amenities for visitors and residents of the seaside land. Comment.
Glen Oaks

Grant money renews push for FEMA co-op equality

Queens welcomed the news that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development would include co-op and condominium owners in its housing grants for Hurricane Sandy relief, but U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Hauppauge) said there was still more to be done. Comments (1).
East Elmhurst

Beep hopefuls tout endorsments

The endorsements are rolling in for candidates hoping to take the place of Queens Borough President Helen Marshall after this year’s elections. Comment.
Jamaica Hills

Queens Center for Progress worried about proposed cuts

A Jamaica Hills nonprofit dedicated to helping people with developmental disabilities is worried it may have to lay off some of its staff and scale back its programs if cuts Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed in his budget go into effect. Comments (2).
Astoria

Astoria rallies to save historic house

A diverse group of Astoria historians, elected officials, business leaders and artists have banded together to try to buy the Steinway Mansion and turn it into a museum. Comments (1).
Middle Village

MidVil weigh city repairs

Residents in Middle Village brought two specific concerns to the floor at a monthly community meeting this week. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Queens authorities nab seven suspects in fraud ring

Seven people were arrested last week in connection with a tax fraud ring partially operating in Queens who are suspected of stealing more than $500,000 from the federal government, the Queens district attorney said last week. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing group preps for another season of fresh produce

When it comes to buying fresh produce, there is more to it than just saving green, Flushing’s John Choe said. Comment.
Forest Hills

GCP drunk driver gets up to 7 years in prison

The boozed-up driver who killed a highway worker on the Grand Central Parkway early one morning last year will spend at least 28 months in prison after he was sentenced Tuesday, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Hollis

Suspect sought in in two armed robberies of bodegas in SE Queens

HOLLIS — Police were asking for the public’s help in finding a suspect wanted in connection to two robberies in southeast Queens. Comment.
Transit

Subway stations remain quite clean for two years

Subway stations are getting cleaner with fewer overflowing garbage containers, less peeling paint and fewer rats, according to the Straphangers Campaign. Comment.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Bayside

NE Qns hails soda ruling

Soon after a judge struck down the so-called soda ban Monday — just a day before the new rule was expected to go into effect — some in Queens’s restaurant community said they supported the court’s decision and railed against the ban. Comments (4).
Flushing

Flushing Commons to start in fall

Civic leaders reacted with skepticism after the city announced Tuesday that Flushing Commons will be built in two phases beginning this fall. Comments (1).
Flushing

USTA plan gets off to a shaky start at CBs

Community boards voted this week on the United States Tennis Center’s proposal to expand its footprint in Flushing Meadows Corona Park and attempted to put their mark on the possible end result, while a lawmaker with legislative power has demanded the lost parkland be replaced. Comments (1).
Whitestone

Halloran says mayor twisted snow plot claims

In an attempt to set the record straight as he runs for re-election to a second term, City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) has blamed Mayor Michael Bloomberg for distorting his claims about a Sanitation Department slowdown in the aftermath of the 2010 blizzard. Comments (1).
Cambria Heights

Ed panel OKs schools inside of Flushing HS

It was just after 1 a.m. Tuesday — inside a Brooklyn high school auditorium that seemed all the more cavernous due to its mostly empty seats — that a city education panel approved what most presumed had been decided months ago. Comment.
Long Island City

MTA will do 7 train work on day of St. Pat’s Parade

The City Council said it had received notice from the MTA that the agency would not be able to stop the scheduled No. 7 subway line work for the Manhattan St. Patrick’s Day Parade this Saturday. Comments (2).
Flushing

Activists stage protest on woman found dead

Flushing activist Michael Chu joined with more than a dozen concerned members of the community Sunday to protest outside the 109th Precinct after he said police ignored a missing person report for a woman who was later found dead. Comments (2).
Long Island City

Driver who killed teen in LIC uninsured: Cops

The driver in the Long Island City crash near LaGuardia Community College that killed a 16-year-old boy Monday was allegedly driving without insurance, the NYPD said. Comments (2).
Howard Beach

Cops nab suspect in Howard Beach brush fire deaths

Police charged a Brooklyn man with murder in connection with the deaths of two men who had been shot and beaten and whose bodies were stuffed inside plastic bags and set on fire in an undeveloped section of Howard Beach, police and the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Forest Hills

Jury convicts Forest Hills cop in cannibal scheme

It took a Manhattan federal jury less than three full days to return a guilty verdict for Gilberto Valle, the NYPD officer from Forest Hills charged with plotting online to kidnap, kill and eat a number of women. Comments (2).
Richmond Hill

Man, 32, fatally stabbed in Richmond Hill: Cops

Police have identified the man who died in Richmond Hill after being attacked and stabbed by a group of men outside a deli last week as 32-year-old Jose Rubio, of Jamaica. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Jax Hgts boy’s death inspires traffic forum

A block away from where an 11-year-old boy was run over by a dump truck in December, about 100 people attended City Councilman Daniel Dromm’s (D-Jackson Heights) forum Tuesday centered on improving traffic in Jackson Heights. Comment.
Flushing

Jimmy Meng gets month behind bars

After former Flushing state Assemblyman Jimmy Meng was sentenced to a month behind bars Tuesday for taking an $80,000 bribe, his daughter, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Bayside), said her family was ready to move on. Comment.
Astoria

Police arrest suspect in Astoria library groping

ASTORIA — Police said they arrested and charged an Astoria man with forcibly touching a teenage girl inside a Queens library earlier this month. Comment.
Woodside

Police hunt suspect who groped girl at Woodside train station [With Video of Suspect]

WOODSIDE — The NYPD was looking for the public’s help in finding a suspect wanted in connection with a forcible touching that happened earlier this month at the Woodside-61st Street subway station, police said. Comment.
Flushing

Woman’s purse swiped from car in Flushing lot

FLUSHING -- Police were asking the public’s help in finding a person suspected of breaking into a woman’s car as it was parked in a municipal parking lot near 135-20 39th Ave. Comments (1).

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Richmond Hill

Man charged with murder in connection to bodies found in Howard Beach fire

Police said they have arrested a Brooklyn man in connection with the deaths of two men whose bodies the Queens district attorney believes may have been dumped in an undeveloped section of Howard Beach after being murdered elsewhere. Comment.
Long Island City

Driver in critical condition after collision with pole in LIC: Authorities

A driver whose SUV collided with a light pole by the Queens Midtown Tunnel Tuesday afternoon was listed in critical condition later that night, police said. Comments (1).

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Flushing

Jimmy Meng gets month in prison for taking bribe

Jimmy Meng, the father of U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Bayside), was sentenced Tuesday afternoon to one month in prison and fined $30,000 after pleading guilty to wire fraud in Brooklyn federal court. Comments (1).
Forest Hills

NYPD officer from Forest Hills convicted in Cannibal case

A Manhattan federal court jury Tuesday found a suspended Forest Hills police officer guilty of conspiring to kidnap, rape, murder and cannibalize women. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing commons project split into two

Civic leaders reacted with skepticism after the city announced Tuesday that Flushing Commons will be built in two phases beginning this fall. Comments (1).
Cambria Heights

City panel votes to close two Queens high schools

A city panel voted in the wee hours of the morning Tuesday to approve the closures of two high schools at the Campus Magnet complex in Cambria Heights and place new schools in the buildings currently occupied by Newtown and Flushing high schools. Comments (1).

Monday, March 11, 2013

Bayside

[Updated] Bloomberg vows to appeal ruling to halt soda ban

Mayor Michael Bloomberg vowed to appeal a ruling Monday by a State Supreme Court judge that struck down the so-called soda ban Monday on the grounds that it was “arbitrary and capricious.” Comments (5).
Long Island City

Van jumps curb near LaGuardia CC, killing teen

A teenage boy was killed Monday after the driver of a minivan lost control and hit five people on the sidewalk near LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, the NYPD said. Comments (7).
Education

City panel to vote on fate of four Queens high schools

The city Panel for Educational Policy will vote in Brooklyn Monday night on proposals to either co-locate or phase out four Queens high schools. Comment.
Far Rockaway

MTA ridership rises in 2012 despite Sandy damage

Even though Hurricane Sandy inflicted catastrophic damage to the New York City transit system, the number of riders using subways, railroads and buses increased by more than one half percent last year, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority reported Monday. Comment.
Long Island City

Quinn asks MTA to restore No. 7 service for St. Patrick’s Day Parade

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) and other city officials have appealed to transit officials to reinstate service on the No. 7 subway line for the Manhattan St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16. Comment.

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