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Friday, Dec. 15, 2017


Corona human trafficking survivor honored with national award

A Corona woman who survived a harrowing ordeal at the hands of human traffickers was honored with a prestigious national award for her international advocacy on behalf of other women trapped in the world of sex slavery. Shandra Woworuntu, 41, was named the 2017 L’Oreal Paris Woman of Worth National Honoree at a star-studded ceremony at Manhattan’s Pierre Hotel last week for founding the Astoria-based Mentari USA, a non-profit which has helped hundreds of victims reintegrate into society by offering them resources, education and mentoring. Comment

Former Congressman donates personal papers to Queens College

Former Queens congressman and Queens College ‘65 alum Gary Ackerman announced he will be donating 12 boxes of artifacts detailing his more than 30 years in public office to his CUNY alma mater located in Flushing. Comment

Meng urges changes to data on race for 2020 Census drive

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) is urging the Office of Management and Budget to revise its data collection standards for a more accurate 2020 Census. Comments (1)

Hyndman fears attack could hurt boro Bengalis

Terrorism, education and mental patients were some of the issues on the agenda for the last Community Board 13 meeting of 2017 Monday night in Bellerose. Comments (1)

Former Bayside teacher pleads guilty to attempting to pay minor for sex: DA

A former Bayside substitute teacher has pleaded guilty to attempting to lure a 14-year-old girl into performing oral sex in exchange for $500 in an undercover police sting, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Queens pols claim IDC, Avella will never cooperate with mainline Dems in coalition

City and state elected officials spoke out at a forum in Fresh Meadows last week against the Independent Democratic Committee, claiming the breakaway Democrats had no interest in actually forming a coalition with the mainline party. Comment

Rosenthal preps for first term in Albany

Just 26 years old, the newly elected state Assemblyman Daniel Rosenthal (D-Flushing) announced Tuesday he will jump right into tackling issues plaguing his community by joining five committees in the 2018 legislative session. He will join the Aging, Insurance, the Labor, Real Property Taxation and Social Services committees. Comment
Jackson Heights

Queens Consort to bring Baroque Period to life

The baroque period – from around 1600 to 1750 – was an interesting time. Comment

Queens Arts and Events Calendar

See what’s going on in Queens. Comment

Overcoming hate

The pipe bomb that exploded in a heavily traveled passenger tunnel under the Port Authority Bus Terminal was several miles away from Queens, but the fallout could be felt in the cancellation of subway service in lines that connect the borough to Manhattan. Comment

Bobby Valentine, Brandon Nimmo make their pitch to support IABF in Brooklyn

Imagine a great Sunday Italian feast, only this time with 100 members of your extended family and at the helm sits the incomparable Bobby Valentine. For those in attendance last week at Carmine’s in Brooklyn, this epic gathering was a reality, led by the former New York Mets manager in support of the Italian American Baseball Foundation. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017


Van Bramer bill would block non profits from city funds if they have history of sexual harassment complaints

As boldfaced names are added to the list of sexual misconduct scandals almost daily, one Queens lawmaker is planning to introduce legislation early next year that would stop non-profit organizations from receiving city funds if they have been subject to multiple sexual harassment complaints. City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer’s (D-Sunnyside) proposal would require organizations to provide up-to-date documents and records related to sexual harassment complaints, how they were resolved, what disciplinary actions were taken with personnel involved in complaints, and what type of e Comment

Former Borough President Helen Marshall honored with street co-naming in Corona

The corner of 103rd Street and Northern Boulevard in Corona was co-named to honor the late former Queens Borough President Helen Marshall Sunday during a ceremony organized by City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst) and state Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry (D-Corona). Comments (1)

Bayside activist raises winter lodging funds for two homeless companions

A GoFundMe page to provide winter housing for a homeless companions living near Fort Totten has gathered over $3,000 in a $5,000 goal in the first three days since its launch by Bayside activist Gregg Sullivan. Comments (1)

Study reveals students struggle to graduate at CUNY

The non-profit research organization Center for an Urban Future has released a study in which it found too few students from Queens and across the city graduate from both community and four-year colleges in the CUNY system on time or leave without credentials, based on graduation data from 2010 to 2017. Comments (1)

Public advocate urges governor to sign Kim’s small business bill

State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) is garnering support for his bill in support of small businesses. Comment

Whitestone man charged in converter-stealing spree

A Whitestone man was charged with stealing more than a dozen catalytic converters from parked cars throughout the borough in a spree that lasted almost two months, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

‘Gift of the Magi’ is a gift from Queens Opera Theatre

Queens Opera Theatre will present its first full production at Flushing Town Hall as part of its inaugural 2017-2018 season. Comment
Rhymes with Crazy

The threats that worry you are barely threats at all

Until the advent of photography, every time you witnessed something scary, it was in your neighborhood. Comment

Christ the King falls to Iona Prep

The early season adjustment problems continued for the Christ the King boys’ hoops team Friday, as the Royals fell 55-48 lost to Iona Prep in New Rochelle. Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017


25-year-old man found stabbed to death in Elmhurst

ELMHURST — Police responding to a 911 call of an unconscious man in Elmhurst Tuesday morning discovered a 25-year-old man inside a dwelling on 80th Street near 45th Avenue unconscious and unresponsive with multiple stab wounds to the torso, police said. EMS arrived and pronounced the man dead at the scene, according to the NYPD. Comment

Straphanger robbed aboard N train last month: NYPD

ASTORIA — An N train rider in Astoria discovered his cell phones and wallet were missing last month, police said. Comment

Kim, Braunstein push DOE for dual language expansion

State Assemblymen Ron Kim (D-Flushing) and Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) met with city Department of Education officials Monday to discuss the expansion of the Korean Dual Language program in New York schools. Comments (8)

Whitestone community rallies to help family of ill baby

The Whitestone community has pulled together to help the family of a sick newborn. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

Bayside Hills

Cops on the lookout for sharply dressed Bayside Hills burglary suspect

Police were on the hunt for a sharp dressed burglary suspect in the Bayside Hills area who has been seen on security footage in a black suit concealing his identity with a black umbrella. Comment

Mayor discusses new library, outdoor classroom at Briarwood town hall

Mayor Bill de Blasio held a town meeting at MS 217 in Briarwood last week where he updated the community on issues such as street repaving and a new library. Moderating the event was Councilman Rory Lancman (D- Hillcrest). Comments (1)

Hollis woman found dead on Jamaica trip

An aspiring actress and model from Hollis who went to the West Indian island of Jamaica to make a documentary and visit family was found dead Nov. 26, according to, a Caribbean breaking news website. Comment

Cuomo gives green light for pre-K center to be built on Flushing Meadows Corona Park land

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed off on legislation last week that gives the city a green light to build a new state-of-the-art pre-K center at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadow Corona Park. The pre-K Center, near the intersection of 111th Street and 46th Avenue, will be dedicated to science, technology, engineering, art and math. Comment

Elderly Jamaica woman with dementia missing: NYPD

An older woman from Jamaica who suffers from dementia disappeared Monday afternoon, according to the NYPD. Comment



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