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About 120 ninth grade students from Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School in Forest Hills rallied at the shuttered Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center Jan. 17 in an effort to raise awareness on how the ongoing federal government shutdown is impacting their education, school and communities as a whole. Comment
The FDNY battled a major fire in a College Point building that left one person seriously injured Monday morning. Comment
“If you want things to change and improve, you’ve got to be the solution” is the motto of Howard Beach couple Corinne and Jack Wlody, who are on a mission to make the world a better place with just a pair of gloves and socks. Comment
State Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi is calling for the executive budget to include a critical program he claims will stop the growth of homelessness in its tracks in a recent letter Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Comment

Gymboree store at Glendale’s Atlas Park will soon close after national chain files for bankruptcy

The Glendale Gymboree clothing store will soon shut down after the company announced that it’s filing for bankruptcy. Comment
Congestion pricing has been contentiously debated in the city and state ever since Gov. Andrew Cuomo first announced it was “an idea whose time has come” in August 2017, but now it has been officially included in the state budget. Comments (2)
Get in or get out of the way, one real estate developer is saying to Lowe’s Home Improvement, which has been slated to open at Douglaston Plaza for months. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Matted LIC owner offers support for Amazon HQ2 campus project

Donna Drimer didn’t need to see the full page advertisements and the slick mailers sent to residents of western Queens as part of Amazon’s recent charm offensive reminding the public of the 25,000 jobs it will bring to Long Island City with the construction of its HQ2 campus around the Anable Basin, right on the doorstep of her store. Comments (2)
Kayla Ho of Bayside loved learning about “how things work” even before she learned about engineering. Comments (1)
A new dessert spot has just opened up on Bell Boulevard in Bayside offering up a range of sweets, coffee and tea with a free game of mahjong. Comments (5)
Mom-and-pop businesses along Union Street in Flushing will be provided financial assistance under a new program by the Asian American Federation to replace costly signs after fearing the anti-awning ticket blitz that has swept across the city. Comments (4)

Bayside business owner known as ‘first businesswoman of Queens’ dies at 90

Bayside businesswoman Mary Mindel died Jan. 13 in her Great Neck home. She was 90 years old. Comments (1)

Work at rumored homeless shelter site in Glendale may have disturbed asbestos: Residents

The city Department of Buildings (DOB) has confirmed that work on a defunct Glendale factory was not outside the bounds of the existing permit on the site, but Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) confirmation is still pending that no asbestos was disturbed during work on the building to convert it into an office building after a Tuesday morning inspection. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

Radio icon Howard Stern has Jackson Heights roots

Born on Jan. 12, 1954 in Queens, Howard Stern is an award-winning “shock jock” radio personality, television show producer and best-selling author. Comments (1)

Cardozo swim coach pushes for community pool in northeast Queens

For 27 years, Richard Amira has coached Cardozo’s varsity swim team, which is undefeated in Queens and recognized for its excellence statewide. Comments (1)
Middle Village

Ridgewood, Middle Village residents petition for Target to set up shop in Rentar Plaza

A Maspeth woman calling on Target to take over a space in a Middle Village shopping center left vacant by both Kmart and Toys “R” Us has gathered a grand total of 177 signatures on a petition. Comments (1)
On the first day of the 2019 legislative session in Albany, both chambers acted to bring sweeping reform to the state’s antiquated voting laws. Comments (1)
The development company behind the TWA Hotel at JFK International Airport has donated 74,000 cubic feet of clean sand excavated from the building site to the National Park Service for the Spring Creek South Storm Resilience and Ecosystem Restoration Project. Comment
Flames ripped through a Jamaica home on Wednesday night, leaving an 84-year-old woman dead and her husband injured, according to Fire Department sources. Comment
Flushing’s Queens College will host its fifth-annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemoration Sunday with a headlining performance from the Dance Theatre of Harlem and recognition of its artistic director, who continues to provide opportunities to exceptional artists of color. Comment
ASTORIA — A medical examiner determined on Jan. 14 that an 88-year-old man who was fatally struck by a vehicle as he crossed an Astoria street last weekend had died from the injuries he sustained in the incident. Comments (1)
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