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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

When Gelasio Reyes was struck and killed by a drunk driver at the intersection of 43rd Avenue and 39th Street in Sunnyside in April 2017, it set off a chain of events rarely seen in the tight-knit neighborhood. Twelve days later, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) spoke at a rally for the 32-year-old father of three and a second cyclist who was critically injured at the same intersection just days later. Comments (11)
Losing a child is a parent’s worst nightmare. A local mom who lost her baby to a prenatal condition yearned to help other grieving parents dealing with a newborn’s passing. Comment
Politics

With time running out in Albany, Peralta urges passage of school zone speed camera program

With the legislative session in Albany scheduled to end June 20, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) rallied with colleagues and Safe Streets advocates urging passage of his bill that would expand and extend the New York City school zone speed camera program. The proposal would add 150 monitoring devices to the current 140 speed safety cameras operating under a pilot program approved in 2013. Comment
Forest Hills

Gingerbread Players to bring second edition of ‘Shakespeare-aoke’ to Forest Hills

The Queens theatre company Gingerbread Players is preparing for its second edition of “Shakespeare-aoke! The Ultimate Shakespearience,” at St. Luke’s Church in Forest Hills on June 30 at 7:30 p.m. Comment
Political Action

The 2016 election shows how future presidential campaigns will be run

Most of our presidents in recent times came from state governorships or the U.S. Senate. Comment

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Transit

Mayor includes half-priced MetroCards for low-income New Yorkers in upcoming city budget

Mayor Bill de Blasio pleased transit advocates Monday by including Fair Fares, a half-priced MetroCard for low-income New Yorkers, in the upcoming city budget. Comments (6)
The Lefferts Boulevard Bridge Study Bill introduced in March by state Sen. Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) and Assemblyman Daniel Rosenthal (D-Flushing) passed in the state Legislature last week. Comments (1)
Woodside

From prisoner to CEO: Queens native heads nonprofit organization

John Valverde, of Woodside, was incarcerated at the age of 20 for manslaughter after killing a man who had allegedly raped his girlfriend. Valverde spent 16 years in prison. Now, he is the CEO of YouthBuild USA, a nonprofit organization, and has been awarded the Brian S. Fischer Achievement Award from Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison. Comments (1)
Howard Beach

State Senate approves bill to create grant program for municipalities to hire veterans

Legislation that would create a grant program for municipalities that hire veterans has been approved by the state Senate. Comments (1)
This year, the Shubert Foundation has awarded a record total of $30 million to 533 nonprofit performing arts organizations across the United States, including two from Queens. Comments (1)

Monday, June 18, 2018

Hollis

Holliswood resident celebrates her 101st birthday

Centers Health Care, a rehabilitation and nursing home company with branches across the Northeast does not stereotypically host Bingo nights and leave their elderly residents to watch television throughout the day. Instead its recreational staff plans visits with mini-horses, dance events, Cinco de Mayo celebrations and birthday parties for its centenarians, according to spokesman Jeffrey Jacomowitz. Comments (1)
Astoria

Work on Broadway and 39th Avenue subway stations in Astoria set to begin July 2

Astoria is about to get two of its subway stations back in operation just as two more stations are about to close for extensive repairs and renovations. Comments (1)
Bayside

Bayside teen has been missing since Friday: NYPD

The 111th Precinct is on the lookout for a teenager from Bayside who has been missing since Friday. Comments (1)
The Welling Court Mural Project kicked off its ninth year in an ongoing effort to beautify the mostly industrial community centered around 12th Street and 30th Avenue in Astoria. Comments (1)
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill man found guilty of rape: DA

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced Monday that Albert Premnauth, 24, was convicted after a week-long trial of rape, criminal sexual act and endangering the welfare of a child at his home in Richmond Hill in February 2016. Comments (2)
Theater

‘The Exonerated’ explores the dark side of our criminal justice system

Seems as if Lady Justice was off duty for a while when a surprising number of innocent people got death sentences for crimes they didn’t commit over the past few decades. Comments (2)

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Flushing

Former Flushing resident asks for help to save her son’s life

There isn’t anything Lisa Largue wouldn’t do for her twin teenage boys — especially since one of them is in dire need of a kidney donor. Comments (1)
Queens Village

Former inspector honored upon departure from 105th Precinct

Jeffrey Schiff, the former inspector of the 105th Precinct in Queens Village, may be gone, but the leaders of the southeast Queens communities he served will certainly not forget him. On June 27, 13 different civic organizations will honor him at his previous police station. Comments (1)
Roy Paar and Milana Naumenko turned their love of plants into a passion project, opening the Water and Light plant shop in Ridgewood June 2. They welcomed the community with champagne and cupcakes. Comments (1)
Animals

City Council passes law establishing animal shelters in each borough

A law to require the establishment of full-service animal shelters in each borough passed the City Council unanimously June 7 to lighten the burden on “receiving centers” in other parts of the city and provide better care to animals taken into the system. Comments (1)
The origin behind the naming of the Madelaine Chocolate Company has been lost in time. The family who started the company in Rockaway Beach after World War II didn’t have a Madelaine in the fold. It may have been a once-popular movie actress or just something French that kind sounded classy. Comments (1)
Astoria

Sing for Hope brings Broadway to Queens

Paul Raimonda Playground in Astoria served as an ideal location to host Sing for Hope’s seventh annual event, as the park had recently undergone renovations to include a spray shower in the shape of a baby grand piano dedicated to the Steinway and Sons factory located a few blocks away. Comments (1)
Letters

Letter to the Editor: Community Board 2 votes against bike lane proposal

Bravo to Community Board 2 in Queens for voting down the ill-conceived protected bike lane proposal. Comment

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