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Monday, Dec. 10, 2018

The Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) unveiled its plan for its first-ever simulation training sites in Harlem and Jamaica for child welfare workers last week, according to the city agency. Comment
Glendale

Cops catch alleged serial Glendale burglar after he pawned off stolen items at Ridgewood shop

Selling stolen jewelry at a local pawn shop proved to be a big mistake for an alleged burglar from Glendale accused of taking loot from several area homes over the last six weeks, prosecutors said. Comment
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week that New Yorkers will soon see a dramatic expansion in Citi Bike across the city. The number of new bikes and biking docs to come to Queens has yet to be determined. Comment
Two Queens officers were honored Dec. 4 at the ASPCA’s fourth annual Appreciation Luncheon for their service to help fight animal cruelty in their communities. Comment
Astoria

Kaufman Astoria Studios VP Tracy Capune elected president of QEDC’s board of directors

Kaufman Astoria Studios Vice President Tracy Capune, a veteran urban planner and economic development consultant, was elected president of the Queens Economic Development Corporation’s board of directors. Comment
Astoria

Greater Astoria Historical Society launches $20,000 campaign to move to new space

By the end of 2018, the Greater Astoria Historical Society (GAHS) will have to move from its current location at 35-20 Broadway. Comment
Ridgewood

Opposition to Amazon HQ2 grows at Ridgewood community space

Ridgewood-based Woodbine began organizing opposition to Amazon’s decision to land a headquarters in Long Island City’s Anable Basin with a meeting at their community space in Ridgewood on Nov. 30. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018

Mailbox fishers have been running rampant in the 111th Precinct and local police are warning residents against using the blue United States Postal Service (USPS) mailboxes to send checks or cash. Comments (2)
Woodhaven

Woodhaven BID looking toward future with new appointment

Raquel Oliveras of Downtown Manhattan was chosen to be the new executive director of the Woodhaven Business Improvement District, according to an announcement made by the BID last week. Comments (1)
What would an artless Queens look like? Comment
City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) and the Queens Chamber of Commerce will be co-hosting a Building Bridges for Small Businesses symposium to help teach small businesses how to respond to summonses from city agencies. Comments (2)
A free transportation option for Queens seniors is set to return. Comments (1)
Flushing

‘Faces of the 7 Train’ exhibition set to open at Flushing public library

Candid shots of New York City subway riders on the 7 train will be displayed at the Queens Public Library Flushing branch on Dec. 14. Comment
Government

Queens City Council members outraged over reported firing of OEM Commissioner Joe Esposito

Seven members of the Queens delegation to the City Council signed a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio Monday expressing their strong support for Joe Esposito, the outgoing commissioner of the city’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Comments (1)

Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018

While cops are classifying a recent beating of a Bukharian teen — and other violent incidents — as gang-related rather than bigoted, a number of Forest Hills residents insist that the episodes are, in fact, driven by anti-Semitism. Comments (4)
Members of the NewYork-Presbyterian Queens Medical Staff Society recently gave a generous donation of $5,000 to a Brooklyn-based organization that supports and inspires teen mothers. Comments (2)
Astoria

Simotas urges Cuomo to sign Sexual Assault Bill of Rights legislation

State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas is calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign her Sexual Assault Survivor Bill of Rights legislation after the state’s attorney general reached settlements with seven New York City hospitals that illegally billed at least 200 rape survivors for forensic rape examinations. Comments (1)

DOT receives more than $2M to fix Woodhaven Boulevard overpass and repave southwest Queens roads

Standing with Department of Transportation officials at the foot of the Woodhaven Boulevard overpass above Atlantic Avenue on Friday, City Councilman Eric Ulrich announced that he’s providing $2.125 million in city funds toward repaving streets around his district. Comment
Elmhurst

Elmhurst bar patron bashes man in the head with a bottle during a dispute: NYPD

Police were searching for a suspect who allegedly smashed a bottle on a man’s head at an Elmhurst bar and cut him last month. Comment
Starting Jan. 5, 2019, Flushing Town Hall will partner with curator Bert Chau of the Grumpy Bert gallery for the Red Envelope Show in honor of the 2019 Lunar New Year and Flushing Town Hall’s 40th anniversary. Comment
Work has finally begun on a new soccer field in Astoria Park. Comment
A Maspeth man was among seven individuals arrested by federal agents on Dec. 5 for alleged involvement in a heroin distribution ring that operated in Williamsburg and surrounding communities. Comments (1)
While the Yankees were the first New York baseball team to make a big move this offseason, the Mets have made a splash of their own, acquiring former All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano and All-Star closer Edwin Diaz from the Mariners Monday in exchange for Jay Bruce and Anthony Swarzak, plus former first-round draft picks Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn and reliever Gerson Bautista. Comment

Friday, Dec. 7, 2018

Police are clearing the air on rumors that Bukharian Jewish student at Forest Hills High School was beaten into a coma in a hate crime on Nov. 29, stating that the 16-year-old was never in a coma and that the incident is not considered as a bias crime. Comment
Next month, dozens of students and their families will get together for a night of “acting and staging” in Bayside. Comment

Queens resident creates ‘Block Amazon For Me’ app to advance boycott of retail giant

A small group of anonymous activists, artists and tech industry workers launched an app Dec. 3 designed to block internet users from purchasing from Amazon or its affiliates. The code for the Chrome extension is available on Github. Comments (2)
Flushing

New ice cream shop will celebrate its grand opening in Flushing

Queens residents can enjoy a sweet treat Saturday at the grand opening of The Original Flushing Ice Cream Factory. Comments (3)
Police were investigating the death of a man who was found dead after a fire broke out in his Bayside home Thursday night. Comment
A Forest Hills dispensary is offering a $25 deal on their in-house cannabis vape pens, tinctures and tablets as part of the campaign “Live Green, Save Green” to help patients afford high quality medical marijuana products. Comment
Constance DelVecchio Maltese, a respected artist and wife of a long-time state senator and a long-time Middle Village resident, died on Friday. Comments (2)
A Queens-based artist unveiled his vibrant murals “Kittizens of Fresh Meadows” last week that portrays everyday people as cats — an inspiration that stemmed from his love of animals. Comment
Education

Queensborough Community College receives $1.6M grant extension to help advance science studies

A $1.6 million grant to Queensborough Community College in Bayside from the National Institutes of Health will extend for another five years CUNY’s participation in a program that has helped hundreds of its students advance from associate degrees to baccalaureates in the sciences — and in some cases ultimately all the way to doctoral and medical degrees. Comment
When poll results released Tuesday showed a majority of New Yorkers, and Queens residents in particular, support Amazon’s deal to build one of its HQ2 campus in Long Island City, the e-commerce giant took to Twitter saying, “We’re thrilled to see strong support from New Yorkers.” Comment
City Councilman Eric Ulrich secured $250,000 in funding for the Queens Borough Public Library to open a temporary location while its Woodhaven branch undergoes a major renovation. Comment
Jamaica

Gun-toting robber tries to force his way inside token booth at Jamaica subway station: NYPD

Cops were searching for an unidentified man wanted for questioning in connection with an attempted armed robbery at a Jamaica subway station Saturday night. Comment
The Holy Cross Knights opened their 2018-2019 CHSAA basketball campaign at home with a tough 56-53 loss to Iona Prep in a game that was decided at the last second. Comment

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