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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 (1)
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. Comment
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 It is a tangled mess of outdated technology and bureaucratic red tape that actively undermines our justice system.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. Comment

Friday, Dec. 14, 2018

A Flushing woman whose generous spirit made her vocal about organ donation, will be honored by Dignity Memorial Providers of New York City as an organ donor on the 2019 Donate Life’s “Rhythm of the Heart” float at the 130th Rose Parade in Pasadena, California on New Year’s Day. Comment
Commuters in Ridgewood and Middle Village will have to spend the next two weekends without M train service. Comment
City Councilmen Rory Lancman and Donovan Richards issued a letter last week to NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill addressing what they considered “overzealous” marijuana enforcement of vaping THC oil or possession of the substance, according to the elected officials. Comments (1)
While the MTA deliberated with the public over possible fare increases to fund overhauls to the failing system, commuters made their opinions known at hearings in both Brooklyn and Queens. Comments (2)
Whitestone

Whitestone mobster gets five years in prison for running rackets throughout Long Island and Brooklyn: Prosecutors

A Whitestone mobster who was charged last year for running loansharking, illegal gambling and drug dealing rings on Long Island and in Brooklyn for three years has been sentenced, prosecutors announced Thursday. Comments (3)
The Federal Aviation Administration “astounded” members on the LGA Airport Committee at the Dec. 4 meeting when they revealed that noisy flight patterns have been over-utilized and better management oversight would be practiced in the future. Comment
Celebrated jazz musician Monty Alexander is returning Queens to perform in the borough for the first time in nearly 50 years on Saturday, according to the Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning. Comment
The State Liquor Authority (SLA) has once again suspended the liquor license at a Richmond Hill bar with a history of shootings and other violations. Comments (1)
Even Grinches and Santa-haters can’t say no to having some holiday fun this time of year. Comment
Bolstered by a strong first-half offense, Francis Lewis High School boys’ basketball, defeated St. Mary’s High School from Long Island 69-61 at the NYC Snowball Classic, avenging a loss from last season. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018

Sunnyside ►Video

Video shows firefighters caught in a violent blast as five-alarm fire destroys row of Sunnyside shops

Twelve people, including seven firefighters, were injured after flames ripped through a row of stores on Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside early Thursday morning, according to the FDNY. Comment
A newly formed coalition of over a dozen local organizations were joined by community leaders and local elected officials Monday urging Mayor de Blasio to honor the original Willets Point redevelopment Plan that guaranteed affordable housing. Comment
Police continued their search for two men who stole cash and jewelry after burglarizing 11 homes throughout northeast Queens — stealing, in one instance, more than $400,000 in loot. Comments (7)
Astoria’s Beans & Lager will host a musical charity event Saturday, Dec. 15, with all the proceeds going to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises funds for cancer research. Comment
Flushing

‘Faces of The 7 Train’ photography exhibition canceled by Flushing Public Library

“Faces of The 7 Train,” the much-awaited street photography exhibit, has been canceled by the Queens Public Library citing privacy concerns. Comments (1)
BAYSIDE — Police were investigating the death of a man who was found dead after a fire broke out in his Bayside home Thursday night. Comment
Business

Economic development boss defends Amazon HQ2 deal during City Council grilling

The deal that the state and city struck with Amazon to build its HQ2 campus in Long Island City came under intense scrutiny at City Hall on Wednesday in the first of three oversight hearings. Comment
Elmhurst Hospital has been recognized for its leadership in heart attack and stroke prevention on Dec. 7. Comment
As the Winter Meetings progressed, rumors began circulating that the Yankees and Mets were discussing a potential three-team trade with the Marlins that would send Noah Syndergaard to the Yankees, JT Realmuto to the Mets and prospects — or possibly Miguel Andujar — to Miami. Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018

Police sources confirmed Wednesday that a 15-year-old boy is now in custody on assault and weapons possession charges after slashing a fellow student at Benjamin Cardozo High School in Bayside on Tuesday morning — and causing a 2 1/2 hour lockdown of the campus that alarmed students, parents and staff alike Comments (32)
Police were investigating the death of a woman who was found after an apartment fire in Flushing Tuesday night. Comment
Long Island City

Queens lawmaker drafts legislation curbing insider dealing in real estate after reports of Amazon employees buying LIC condos

A Queens lawmaker who has been out front in his opposition to the state and city deal that will bring Amazon to Long Island City since it was announced Nov. 13, is acting on reports that some employees of the e-commerce giant had inside information to buy condominiums in the neighborhood before the deal was announced. Comment
In kicking off Computer Science Education Week, Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza announced Monday that approximately 134,000 students received Computer Science Education at 359 city schools from 2017 to 2018. Comments (2)
Flushing City Councilman Peter Koo’s bill to suspend alternate side parking on Lunar New Year’s Eve — one of the most important cultural days of the year for Asian-Americans — was unanimously approved by the City Council. Comments (2)

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