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Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

The East Elmhurst man responsible for lifting a rare tortoise from its Douglaston habitat was sentenced to six months behind bars Thursday on charges of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. Comment
Woodside

Property manager who ‘terrorized’ residents in Sunnyside will not run in board election

The property manager of a Sunnyside condominium who became the focus of multiple state and city investigations after he was accused of intimidating and harassing residents, and who hung Nazi posters in the building’s lobby, will not run in next month’s condo board elections. Comment
East Elmhurst

Crowley unveils ‘better deal’ for middle-class families while slamming rhetoric from Washington

Declaring that the playing field simply isn’t fair for working families and the middle-class families in Queens, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) presented his “Better Deal” social and economic plan at Vaughn College of Aeronautic, Engineering, Aviation and Technology in East Elmhurst on Tuesday. Comment
History

Mayor accepts recommendations on handling controversial statues

The statue of a physician who operated on women without their consent will be moved, but the Christopher Columbus statue in Central Park will stay put. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Vigil held for murdered Richmond Hill mother

The family of Stacy Singh, a mother of two who was killed in her Richmond Hill home, made an emotional plea to the community to stand up for victims of domestic violence at a vigil in Ozone Park. Comment
Jamaica

Police searching for suspect who robbed Jamaica grocery store

Police were searching for a suspect who allegedly stole $600 from a supermarket in Jamaica. Comment
Letters

Breaking the silence

There has been a series of explosive reports from many women coming forth to reveal painful memories of sexual abuses. Comment
Bayside

Bayside Historical Society hosts 17th Annual Winter Art Show

Lots of folks got their culture on last Sunday at the Bayside Historical Society’s 17th Annual Winter Art Show, where they viewed outstanding works by 49 local artists in the categories of painting, drawing, mixed media, three-dimensional and photography. Comment
Maspeth

Man robs Investor’s Bank in Maspeth: NYPD

The NYPD was searching for a suspect wanted in connection with a bank robbery that occurred Monday in Maspeth. Comment
High Heat

Mets bring familiar face back to Queens

The New York Mets are bringing back a familiar face and a new one after agreeing to sign outfielder Jay Bruce and veteran first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

Flushing

Driver in fatal Flushing hit-and-run thought she had hit ice: DA

A Flushing woman charged in a hit-and-run that left another woman dead thought she had struck a chunk of ice and continued to go to work, according to a criminal complaint from the Queens District Attorney’s Office. Comments (4)
Jamaica

Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy celebrated in Jamaica

At a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration held at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center on Monday, guests, performers and elected officials looked back at the work of the civil rights leader, while also using the center’s stage to touch upon current issues in the hope of ensuring the future of southeast Queens residents. Comments (3)
Jackson Heights

Challenger Ramos urges Peralta to leave IDC over leader’s sexual harassment allegation

Nearly one year after he joined the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) is defending his move in light of sexual misconduct allegations against IDC leader Jeff Klein. Comment
Jamaica

Lack of communication caused JFK chaos: Schumer

After last week’s chaos at John F. Kennedy International Airport, which left passengers stranded and without their baggage, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) is calling on the U.S. Department of Transportation to put federal pressure on foreign airlines to work with the Port Authority. Comment
Kew Gardens

Queens-based rights group will join march for women

The Center for the Women of New York, an organization dedicated to fighting for women’s rights, located at the Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens, will be joining the second annual Women’s March on New York City on Saturday. Comment
New Voices

The face of immigration reform

That the president expresses hostility toward immigration is no secret; that he would condemn it in such vulgar terms, if true, is unsurprising. While the country grapples over the controversy, with some rushing to defend remarks that the president refuses to acknowledge were made, for immigrants and organizations agitating for immigration reform, that is not the story that matters most this week. Their fight predates this administration and has a human face. Comment
Letters

The color of immigration

President Trump recently referred to the countries from which some immigrants enter our country as “s--thole.” Comments (3)
Books

Queens author Shelina Shariff-Zia speaks on coming of age in Kenya

Shelina Shariff-Zia (pictured top) calls her new autobiographical novel “Nairobi Days,” a celebration of Indian and African culture. Indeed, she is part of both. Comment
Basketball

St. John’s Prep earns hard-fought tournament win

Participation in the Hoopers NY Martin Luther King Challenge provided head coach Mike LoCascio an opportunity to get his St. John’s Prep girls’ hoops team some much-needed game experience, as the Red Storm overcame a long fourth-quarter scoreless drought to defeat Woodlands Senior High School of White Plains, 49-38, at Harry S. Truman High School in the Bronx. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

A report by the NYC Department of Investigation reveals that homeless families in the city have been housed in hotels where criminal activity, including prostitution, has been taking place. Comment
The Regional Plan Association, an urban research and advocacy organization that creates plans to help improve the prosperity of the tri-state area, included the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation as a major source for its idealized view of Downtown Jamaica’s economy 22 years into the future. Comments (3)
In an effort to help small businesses adapt to new rules and regulations, the NYC Department of Small Business Services has reached out to small-business owners throughout the city. Comment
Government

New law opens diaper-changing stations to dads

New York City dads will now have the opportunity to change their babies’ diapers in public buildings. Comment
Editorial

Breath of fresh air

Ever since we have known him, two things have struck us about Corey Johnson: You should never underestimate his political ability, and he works extremely hard. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018

East Elmhurst

Crowley slams anti-immigrant and anti-Queens comments emanating from Washington

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) railed Tuesday morning against President Donald Trump’s remarks on immigration, remarks that have been called racist and that have dominated the national news cycle for nearly a week. Comments (2)
It was announced on Monday that the Temporary Protected Status of 200,000 El Salvadorans in the United States has come to an end, and they will have to leave the country by Sept. 9, 2019, according to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen. Comments (5)
Politics

Addabbo becomes ranking member of Senate Education Committee

State Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) will now be the ranking Democratic member of the Senate Education Committee. Comment
Three Jamaica siblings, inspired by Spike Lee’s display of Brooklyn on his Netflix series “She’s Gotta Have It,” curated their own pop-up art show Saturday, “Queens Gotta Have It,” which featured 10 artists who live or went to school in Queens. The show took place at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning. Comment
Bayside

Bank of America building in Bayside sells for $13.5 million

The building occupied by Bank of America in Bayside’s business district was purchased for $13.5 million and will now belong to Forest Hills resident Hersel Sonbolian, the brokerage firm announced. Comment

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