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Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017

Far Rockaway

Build It Back career helps homeless man turn life around

After the 2012 Superstorm Sandy, Sean Perry lost his belongings, his girlfriend and his home in Far Rockaway, but despite all that his life changed for the better because of the Build It Back Workforce1 program, which helped him to move forward with his life and off the floor in his mother’s house. Comment
Transit

DiNapoli warns of ‘unplanned’ fare hikes if MTA not funded soon

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has warned that if a dedicated funding stream is not decided upon by city and state agencies, the MTA may soon be forced to impose “unplanned” fare and toll hikes. Comment
Politics

Mayor allocates $8 million for NE Queens greenspace

City Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens) got a big win at a town hall for Mayor Bill de Blasio when over $8 million was given to his district for park improvements. Comment
Economy

Employment rates, wages rise in Queens

A new report from the U.S Department of Labor revealed that the Queens job market has contained to grow and has the second highest average wage in the city, behind Manhattan. Comment
Letters

No shame in asking for help with health care options

This year’s Affordable Care Act open enrollment period started Nov. 1. Millions of Americans will visit HealthCare.gov or the online insurance exchange run by their state to shop for 2018 health plans. Many will be confused by what they find. Comment

Monday, Nov. 20, 2017

A string of burglaries hit Bell Boulevard in the early hours Monday with Sterling Pharmacy a target as well as Asian Fusion and Sushi Bar, Oscar Nails and the possibility of Michael Hair Salon being among them. Comments (1)
Astoria

Man forced to withdaw cash from ATMs in Astoria by knife-wielding suspect: NYPD

The NYPD released surveillance footage of a man suspected of robbing a 32-year-old man at knifepoint in Astoria in early October. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Man dies in Forest Hills car collision

A 68-year-old motorist is dead following a collision in Forest Hills. Comment
Howard Beach

Addabbo wants action on drug disposal bill

For decades environmentalists have warned of the dangers of improper disposal of prescription drugs and the harm it is doing to the water supple. Late last month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the roll-out of a program in which 280 locations statewide would begin accepting unused prescription drugs, but state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) believes more should be done to battle the potential safety, health and environmental hazards. Comment

Parents of slain Wyoming LGBT youth hold forum at Queens Borough Hall

Dennis and Judy Shepard, still heartbroken by the murder of their son in a 1998 Wyoming hate crime, tour the country in his honor discussing bigotry against the LGBT community. Comment
Flushing

Man wanted in forcible touching incident in Flushing: Cops

Police were searching for a man suspected of forcible touching in Flushing. Comments (1)
Hollis

Three suspects wanted in attempted home invasion in Hollis: NYPD

The police were on the lookout for three suspects wanted in connection with an attempted home invasion that resulted in one victim being shot in Hollis Sunday. Comment
Jamaica

Nonprofit tech company competes for $1.5M

WeWorks, a company that provides office space to entrepreneurs, artists, startups and nonprofits, is doling out $20 million in its global initiative called The Creator Awards. Comment
East Elmhurst

Peralta launches free legal services focusing on immigration and housing

In the midst of what he calls “attacks on hardworking and immigrant families in the era of President Trump,” state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) has launched free legal counseling services focusing on housing and immigration. Peralta secured a $50,000 state allocation to the CUNY School of Law’s Community Legal Resource Network to provide qualified attorneys and offer needed services to constituents. Comment
Chef Elvis Trenchfield scored a double first place in the second annual Chicken Soup Cook-Off held at Temple Beth Sholom in Flushing. Comments (1)

Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017

Politics

Vote No to Constitutional Convention campaign cost backers $3M

Opponents of a Constitutional Constitution reigned victorious on Election Night in killing Proposal 1, a referendum to change New York State’s charter, by spending more than $3 million on the Vote NO campaign. The defeat drew the ire of proponents who wanted a revised document. Comment

State restored funds to NORC programs: Rozic

Elected officials announced success in pressuring state agencies to restore funding previously committed to naturally occurring retirement communities but later revoked. Comment
Richmond Hill

MediSys volunteers honored for Puerto Rico relief work

Recently re-elected Queens Borough President Melinda Katz was at Richmond Hill last Friday to help welcome back 20 medical professionals from Jamaica Hospital and Flushing Hospital who went to Puerto Rico to provide relief work after Hurricane Maria destroyed hospitals on the commonwealth island. Comment
A popular book called “Rich Dad Poor Dad,” is an account of financial educator Robert Kiyosaki’s two dads: His real father and his ‘rich dad,’ who both taught him valuable lessons about money and relationships that would shape his life. Comment
Bayside

MAGBO honors officials in Bayside

The Metropolitan Approved Girls Basketball Officials, an organization dedicated to educating referees, honored the accomplishments of some of their own Nov. 4 at Bourbon Street in Bayside at its third annual gala. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017

Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights progressives rally against Trump’s first year as Meng salutes Democratic victories in national elections

Dozens of progressive Democrats and members of immigrant and LGBT organizations joined elected officials for a rally at Travers Park in Jackson Heights to mark the one-year anniversary of President Trump’s election Nov. 8. Comments (3)
Whitestone

Whitestone senior center celebrates Veterans Day

To celebrate Veterans Day, a Whitestone nursing home hosted a “Veterans Helping Veterans” event Wednesday, sending care packages and letters of encouragement to active service members. Comment
Howard Beach

Sandy victim not pleased with FEMA compensation

Hurricane Sandy has been nothing but a headache for New York Hospital Police Officer William Grusel. Comment
Astoria

Astoria-based songwriter to debut new album live Saturday night

Straight from her unicorn heart comes Astoria-based singer/songwriter Virginia Marcs’ hot and fresh debut album, “Climbing the Wall,” in all of its Darkness and Light. Comment

St. Francis Prep football drops semifinal contest to Fordham Prep

On perhaps the coldest evening of this season, the St. Francis Prep Terriers could not overcome their turnover issues and fell to Fordham Prep, 41-14, on the campus of Fordham University in the Bronx in the CHSAA Class AA semifinal football game. Comment

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