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Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018

Last year, PS 122 in Astoria became the first public school in the city to open a hydroponic science lab, and now a second Astoria school has one. Comment
Redeemer Lutheran School in Glendale is seeking donations from the public through a GoFundMe campaign to fix the boiler in their facility after a contractor allegedly botched a $75,000 replacement project. Comment
Forest Hills

Community Board 6 adds provision for Parkway Hospital owners to hire union labor

Community Board 6 has added a provision to its recommendation to approve a variance for the owners of Parkway Hospital — which has sat vacant at 70-35 113th St. in Forest Hills for about a decade — as long as they agree to hire union staff. Comment
Bartlett Dairy and Food Service, a 50-year-old minority-owned and family-run manufacturing business, was selected to develop its business on one of the largest city-owned manufacturing zoned properties — the JFK North Site in Springfield Gardens, according to the NYC Department of City Planning. Comment
The city Parks Department brought out the golden shovels for a ground breaking ceremony for $2 million worth of improvements at Juniper Valley Park Dec. 12 with elected officials. Comment
Two Jamaica men were sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for their roles in the shooting death of a Bronx man the day after Christmas in 2015, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced Friday. Comment
City Councilman Donovan Richards says discretionary funding allocated by his office for the fiscal year 2019 has $220,000 in its budget for additional garbage pickups and other cleanliness efforts for his district. Richards made the announcement in Springfield Gardens last week. Comment

Monday, Dec. 17, 2018

An Elmhurst man has been locked up in a federal jail for allegedly running a dangerous drug lab out of a Long Island home that produced vast quantities of ecstasy pills and marijuana. Comments (2)
Tragedy struck Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst Monday morning when a 40-year-old woman was fatally hit by an SUV as she attempted to cross the busy roadway, the NYPD reported. Comments (5)
College Point

Man wanted for robbing a College Point Modell’s store and roughing up an employee: NYPD

Cops were searching for a man who recently stole merchandise from a Modell’s Sporting Goods store in College Point and then got physical with an employee who tried to stop him, according to authorities. Comments (1)
Jamaica

All-natural juice and salad bar in Jamaica eyes expansion to local airports

The Nourish Spot, an all-natural juice bar and salad joint in Jamaica, has not only expanded its offerings since its opening more than a year ago, but will also extend its reach, according to its owner Dawn Kelly. Comment
Detectives were looking for two men who molested women in separate incidents along the 7 line in Jackson Heights and Woodside this month. Comments (2)
A Jamaica-based ground handling company is in hot water with state Attorney General Barbara Underwood. Comments (1)
The Vaughn College Robotics Team competed among seven international teams in the VEX U Competition in Cancun, Mexico, finishing second place overall in the competition and earning first place recognition for the robotics skills champion category. Comment
Bayside residents can now get their coffee fix at a newly opened Starbucks coffee shop. Comment
The city launched a new initiative last week that addresses the nearly 3,000 women who die or experience life-threatening events related to childbirth each year in the five boroughs. Comments (1)
Long Island City

LaGuardia Community College opens 10,000 Small Businesses Education Center

Long Island City

LaGuardia Community College opens 10,000 Small Businesses Education Center

LaGuardia Community College debuted its new 10,000 Small Businesses Education Center with a Dec. 4 ribbon cutting ceremony in Long Island City. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018

Aldo’s Pizza, an Italian pizzeria and restaurant in Ozone Park, will celebrate its first year under new management on New Year’s Eve, according to Manager Santino Livreri. Comment
State Assemblywoman Nily Rozic’s legislation to reform the application process for liquor permits that allow businesses to continue serving alcohol from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. was signed into law last week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Comments (1)
Ridgewood

Ridgewood’s 104th Precinct is cracking down on illegal use of utility cones by spot-saving drivers

Residents within the 104th Precinct in Ridgewood may want to think twice before placing cones outside their home to prevent motorists from using public parking spaces in front of their homes. Comments (4)
Jackson Heights

Ramos among group of freshman lawmakers given an unprecedented honor in 2019

In what’s being touted as an unprecedented honor, several new state senators — including Queens’ Jessica Ramos — have been named to chair committees in the state legislature’s upper house starting in 2019. Comment
Flushing

Flushing business group warns about styrofoam container ban taking effect in New York City on Jan. 1

A new law to ban the use of Styrofoam in New York City restaurants will take effect Jan. 1, 2019. Comments (2)
Douglaston

Katz names Douglaston’s Pauline Healy to the Queens Library Board of Trustees

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz announced the appointment of attorney Pauline Healy to the Queens Library Board of Trustees Friday. Comments (1)

Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018

This month marks the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport, an organized rescue effort that shipped Jewish children to the United Kingdom during the Holocaust. Comment
Kew Gardens

Queens assistant district attorney posthumously honored with prestigious award

A long-time fixture at the Queens district attorney’s office was honored posthumously by its leader last week. Comment
Head to the Queens County Farm Museum in Floral Park for three days of free holiday fun during the winter break this month. Comment
Crime

Long-term investigation results in a dozen MS-13 members indicted on murder and burglary charges

A Queens County jury has indicted 12 members of La Mara Salvatrucha street gang — otherwise known as MS-13 — on charges of attempted murder, burglary, possession of controlled substances and possession of armed weapons. Comments (3)
Melva Miller, the former deputy Queens borough president, was appointed Dec. 4 as the new executive vice president of the Association of a Better New York (ABNY), a non-profit civic organization. Comments (2)
Cambria Heights

Cambria Heights playwright lays groundwork to create after-school nonprofit

Dara Bragg, a playwright, director and producer — a Cambria Heights’ native — will be combining her arts seminar and arts award, Success in the Arts and Success in the Arts Awards, into a nonprofit. Comment
Letters

City must improve process of paying bail

The process of paying bail in New York City is a nightmare. It is a tangled mess of outdated technology and bureaucratic red tape that actively undermines our justice system. We routinely hear stories of individuals who spend extra time on Rikers Island for no good reason. Comments (1)

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