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Friday, May 25, 2018

Just three weeks after the death of 9-year-old Giovanni Ampuero in a hit-and-run on Northern Boulevard in Jackson Heights that prompted the city to implement changes on the congested thoroughfare, a 47-year-old man was struck and killed Monday while crossing the corridor 30 blocks away, Comment
State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) was pleased but not surprised when he learned Monday that his re-election campaign had scored an endorsement from the Queens County Democratic Party. Comment
Owning a home can be quite expensive in New York City. Comments (3)
Jackson Heights

More than a dozen Queens elected officials endorse Crowley in primary challenge

More than 100 supporters joined U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) Sunday at his Jackson Heights campaign headquarters where after a brief rally they went to knock on doors across the borough to discuss the congressman’s record of fighting for equal pay, Medicare for all and immigrant rights. Comments (1)

Four men sentenced in 2016 Rego Park bank heist

Four men have been sentenced in federal court for their roles in two brazen bank heists, one in Rego Park and the other in Brooklyn, to more than 11 years in federal prison earlier this month. Comment
The Civic Scene

Queens Civic Association leaders voice concern about bioswales

State Sen. Tony Avella just held a press conference in Fresh Meadows concerning bioswales, or rain gardens as the city calls them. He again stated his view that homeowners should have the right to opt-out of having the city build a bioswale at the curb in front of their houses. A score of civic association leaders with other supporters came to support his views. Comment

Honor our heroes

As everyone prepares for the holiday weekend, it’s important to remember why we celebrate Memorial Day. Comment
With star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the disabled list, the New York Mets were in desperate need for a right-handed power bat and decided to take a flier on veteran outfielder Jose Bautista. Comment

Thursday, May 24, 2018


Alleged Jamaica gang members indicted in February’s MS-13 related murder in Flushing

Four alleged members of a Jamaica-based gang have been indicted by the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn on charges of murdering an MS-13 gang member in Flushing back in February, the authorities said. Comments (1)
Rockaway Beach

Electeds warn businesses will suffer after city closes section of Rockaway Beach for the summer

Days before the start of the summer swim season, the city announced Monday that an 11-block stretch of Rockaway Beach would be closed for the summer due to beach erosion that has created unsafe conditions for beachgoers. The portion of the beach, from 91st Street to 102nd Street, includes restaurants and bars such as Connolly’s, Community House, Thai Rock, Uma’s and Bungalow Bar which could lose business due to the closure. Comments (1)
Lawmakers across the city and Police Commissioner James O’Neill revealed their intentions last week to overhaul the way they approach low-level marijuana offenses, especially as it pertains to people of color. Comments (2)

St. John’s ushers in next generation with commencement ceremony

About 1,800 St. John’s University undergraduates walked across the Great Lawn of the Jamaica campus to formally receive their degrees Sunday morning and heard remarks on systemic racism from Cardinal Luis Antonio Gokim Tagle. Comment

World Journalism Preparatory School ranked in top 100 for financial literacy education

The World Journalism Preparatory School, located at 34-65 192 St. in Flushing, has been ranked as one of the Top 100 Best Schools nationwide for Financial Literacy Education, according to Working In Support of Education, a national nonprofit organization. Comment
New Voices

City releases first-ever report on inclusion

The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs released its first ever annual report in March detailing efforts in 2017 to in the report’s words integrate immigrant New Yorkers into the city’s “civic, economic and cultural life.” Comments (2)
Coming into Monday afternoon’s game, the Archbishop Molloy baseball team needed a win over a good St. Raymond’s side to keep its season alive and put them in this year’s CHSAA playoffs. Comment

Wednesday, May 23, 2018


Queens Pride season kicks off with annual celebration

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and Flushing Town Hall hosted a special celebration of LGBT Pride at the Queens Center mall Monday as part of the lead up to next month’s Queens Pride Parade in Jackson Heights. Comment

LaGuardia Community College mechanical engineering major awarded prestigious national scholarship

Eleni Romano, 24, a mechanical engineering major at LaGuardia Community College, was named a recipient of the prestigious and highly competitive national Jack Kent Cook Scholarship last week. She is the ninth winner from the Long Island City campus since 2006. Comments (1)

Peralta, CUNY to offer free legal assistance for immigrants

In response to housing discrimination and ongoing attacks from Washington on immigrants, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and CUNY School of Law’s Community Legal Resources Network announced last week the relaunching of free legal services for immigrants and tenants. Peralta helped secure a $50,000 state allocation in this year’s state budget to offer critical services in his district office on Junction Boulevard. Comments (2)

Maloney, Simotas honor three ‘exceptional’ Astoria women

State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) and U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) hosted their annual luncheon last Friday to celebrate women’s history and honor three exceptional women from the neighborhood for their commitment to community service. Comment

Tuesday, May 22, 2018


Maloney pushes Justice official on Census

The acting head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division has agreed to testify -- again --about adding a controversial question on citizenship to the Census after U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) demanded that he appear following his decision to skip an earlier hearing. Comments (4)

Jamaica’s William Wordsworth Elementary School set to graduate five pairs of twins

Principal Patricia Mitchell of William Wordsworth Elementary School in Jamaica will have a bittersweet moment this spring when five sets of twins she has watched over for the last four to six years — from pre-school to fifth-grade — will graduate from the school. Comment

Crowley urges TSA to elevate Sikh turban protocols

After an incident in which a Sikh government official from Canada was forced to remove his turban by TSA, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) issued a letter to the federal agency asking them to re-assess their protocol for screening members of the Sikh community. Comments (5)

Jamaica man pleads guilty to sex trafficking charges: DA

Reagan “Flex” Conception, a Jamaica resident, was sentenced to prison last week after pleading guilty to sex trafficking, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (1)


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