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Saturday, July 21, 2018

As the most senior graduate of The College of New Rochelle, Ozone Park resident Bettye Lee has completed an educational journey spanning her 76 years of life. Comment
Little Neck

Little Neck’s North Shore Hardware to close its doors

For many of the mom-and-pop shops of today, times are hard on the boulevard and the latest casualty is North Shore Hardware. Comments (1)
Crime

Murder, rape rates climb up in Queens: NYPD

Throughout the first half of 2018, crime across the city dropped compared to the first six months of 2017, but there has been an increase in murder and rape citywide and in the northern and southern sections of Queens, according to the NYPD’s crime statistics. Comments (3)
Breezy Point

Contractor pleads guilty to bilking Sandy victims of more than $170K: DA

Andrew Troiano, a former L.I. resident, was sentenced up to three years in prison for the grand larceny of over $170,000 from three Superstorm Sandy (2012) couples he promised new homes in the Rockaways, according to the Queens district attorney’s office. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema takes over Forest Hills

A 10-day event will transform vibrant Forest Hills into a movie mecca, as Kew Gardens passes the torch to its neighboring community when the 2nd Annual Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema launches an exciting lineup of 110 films created by talented filmmakers from the borough and beyond. Comment

Friday, July 20, 2018

Politics

Queens incumbents, political hopefuls file petitions

Politicians across Queens are eyeing seats and challenging incumbents to lead their home districts in what seems to be a new political landscape in the city following the defeat of Queens County Democratic boss, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights), in June. Comments (3)
Bayside

Liu garners necessary signatures to challenge Avella

Former City Comptroller John Liu has moved closer to getting on the ballot for the September Democratic primary to challenge state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) for the second time by gathering 3,000 necessary signatures in just under a week. He will be on the ballot if his signatures survive challenges. Comments (3)
Bay Terrace

Vallone, Katz announce $2 million in funding for Samuel Field Y complex

The often discussed possibility of a Samuel Field Y indoor sports facility has finally come to fruition. Comments (1)
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill man sentenced in 2016 rape of 14-year-old girl

A Richmond Hill man was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday after raping a 14-year-old teenage girl in February 2016, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (1)
Far Rockaway

Far Rockaway gets nearly 700 affordable housing units

The city has furthered its commitment to Downtown Far Rockaway’s development by announcing its plan to deliver on more than 670 units of affordable housing last week, according to City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Far Rockaway). Comments (1)

Whitepoint Youth Football encourages safety among its players

Sportsmanship. Safety. Education. Family. Comments (1)
Editorial

A necessary solution

Human trafficking is an epidemic that spans the United States and afflicts Queens. Comments (1)
QueensLine

Cosmetics queen Estée Lauder was born in Corona

Born Josephine Esther Mentzer on July 1, 1908 in Corona, Estée Lauder was a businesswoman known for her eponymous brand of cosmetics. From a modest beginning in which an uncle made cosmetic products in an abandoned stable behind their house, Lauder diligently built her brand into a global beauty empire. When her company went public in 1995, it was worth some $2 billion. Comment

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Troop 6000 expands to all five boroughs with $1 million grant from city

More than a year ago, Girl Scout Troop 6000 started with one facility and 22 girls in Long Island City. Last week, the group catering to girls and young women in the shelter system received $1 million from the city and has already expanded to 15 shelters in all five boroughs to serve more than 500 youths. Comment
Kew Gardens

MTA will repair, not demolish Lefferts Boulevard bridge

A years-long struggle between Kew Gardens’ residents, business owners, the Metropolitan Transit Authority and Long Island Rail Road over the Lefferts Boulevard bridge came to an end last week. Comments (1)
Bayside

Bayside community honors Frank Skala with street co-naming

Those who knew Frank Skala knew that when it came to making important decisions, it was his way or the highway. Now it will always be his way. Comment
College Point

Infant found dead inside College Point home: NYPD

COLLEGE POINT — A 3-month-old infant male was found unconscious inside a Dalian Court home at 114-37 in College Point July 11, according to the NYPD. Comment
Flushing

Cross Cultural Internship Program marks 10 years of guiding exchanged students

The Cross Cultural Internship Program celebrated its 10th anniversary earlier this month as 70 exchange students from Asia and the Pacific nations recounted their experiences interning in the offices of Queens lawmakers at the 2018 Recognition Ceremony at Citi Field, home of Major League Baseball’s New York Mets. Comment
Did Astoria-based comedian Carmen Lynch move a step closer to snagging her own Las Vegas show and a cool million on “America’s Got Talent”? Comment
High Heat

Mets’ first half struggles too much to overcome

The All-Star break couldn’t come soon enough for the Mets, who experienced the highest of highs and lowest of lows through the first half of the 2018 campaign. Comment
New Voices

On Queens’ shores, a lesson on asylum seekers

Lost in the discussions on whether it is acceptable to lock up children separately or to simply lock up entire families for violating immigration law is the case of the Golden Venture, which landed on Queens shores 25 years ago carrying more than 200 illegal immigrants. Comments (4)

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Flushing

Flushing rabbi charged in extortion scheme

A Queens rabbi and a Long Island man were arrested and charged with engaging in a scheme to extort $7 million from an individual in exchange for not providing incriminating information to law enforcement authorities last month in Brooklyn federal court, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District said. Comments (4)
Environment

DEP proposes $400 million plan to improve Jamaica Bay

The city’s Department of Environmental Protection, environmentalists and elected officials announced a $400 million proposal to improve the ecological health of Jamaica Bay, which has lost approximately 85 percent of its historical wetland coverage over the course of the last 150 years. Comments (1)
Parks

Summer events flaunt Brookville Park’s transformation

Over a decade ago, Brookville Park was thought of as a place where a gruesome attack occurred. The last decade, however, has seen it become a place of community pride with the help of the volunteer park organization Friends of Brookville Park, which is led by President Kangela Moore. Comments (1)
A Queens program for LGBTQ youth has moved to a new, more accessible location in Forest Hills. Comments (1)

Classifieds

Do you know an immigrant in Queens who has made an impact on the community? Nominate a person who has made a difference for the 2018 Queens Ambassador Awards.
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