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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Flushing

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. Comment
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 (1)
Education

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
Flushing

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 (1)
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

Elmhurst

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
Education

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)
Astoria

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

Astoria

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

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
Politics

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

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)

Monday, May 21, 2018

Photo Galleries

Unsung heroes honored at 5th Annual Queens Impact Awards

TimesLedger Newspapers, once again recognized the people in Queens who make a difference behind the scenes. Comments (2)
A 47-year-old man was struck and killed while crossing Northern Boulevard from north to south, between 100th Street and 101th Street, in Corona Monday at around 12:30 a.m., according to the NYPD. Comments (2)
When the Independent Democratic Conference was dissolved and its members reunited with the mainline Democrats in April after seven years of aligning with Republicans in a power sharing arrangement, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) declared it to be a historic moment that put the party in position to take over the majority in the Senate for just the second time in more than 50 years. Comments (2)
St. Albans

Miller’s taxi legislation would expand definition of ‘for-hire vehicles’

City Councilmen I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) and Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn) introduced legislation last week that would close a loophole that prevented the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission from regulating large for-hire vehicles and commuter vans. Comments (1)
South Jamaica

Three sentenced for conspiracy to commit murder: DA

A South Jamaica woman was sentenced to prison earlier this month for plotting the assassination of three witnesses in her lover’s armed robbery trial, according to the Queens district attorney’s office. Comment
Economy

Electeds believe legalized sports betting could benefit Queens

Queens’ elected officials at the state level are looking forward to a potential windfall from sports betting after the U.S. Supreme Court voted 6-3 in favor of overturning the federal ban Monday as well as the opportunity to eliminate a revenue stream for organized crime. Comments (1)

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