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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Politics

Weprin passes anti-hazing bill invoking the memory of Michael Deng

Five years after the hazing death of Oakland Gardens student Michael Deng in 2013, the state Assembly has passed an anti-hazing bill to forbid members of fraternities from touching pledges during initiation ceremonies. Comment
Hollis

Comrie advances voting bills, introduces MTA track study legislation

Throughout May, state Sen. Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) has advanced and introduced new bills that would ease access to voting and protect voters’ rights, and conduct studies on track side hazards along MTA’s railroads. Comment
Politics

Gianaris decides against running for attorney general, endorses Letitia James

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) announced he would not run for state attorney general this fall and he has thrown his support behind Public Advocate Letitia James, who announced her candidacy last week. Comment

Queens, Brooklyn, New York library systems rally for more funds

The presidents of the Queens, Brooklyn and New York library systems held a joint rally last week at City Hall to draw attention to the unchanged funding for their organizations in the city’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2019. Comment

Saturday, May 26, 2018

The Vietnam Veterans of America Queens Chapter 32 will march in Monday’s Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade with their former leader, Michael O’Kane — still slowed by knee surgery — riding along in a camouflage Camaro. This year the organization will pay a special tribute to former service members from Queens who died alone and sometimes homeless. Comment
The 91st Annual Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade, the largest in the nation, will recognize two historic events in American military annals as it kicks off at Jayson Avenue and Northern Boulevard this year. Comment
Murray Hill

Civic leader hopes to bring World War I veteran’s legacy to life

Flushing historian Joseph Brostek said he hopes to revitalize the legacy of a fallen World War I veteran who died in the conflict and whose body remains in Belgium. Comment
Event

Community remembers Corona Marine who sacrificed his life in battle

In June, we will pay homage to a Corona hero with an event to honor United States Marine Private William Frederick Moore. Comment
Commemorative Flags — To commemorate Memorial Day, 2018, Arash Real Estate will once again adorn the lawns of local homeowners in Little Neck and Douglaston with American Flags. This will be the 19th year of distributing the flags during the parade. At parade time, please drop the office for a complimentary bag of popcorn. Comment
Letters

Eat these healthy foods at your Memorial Day barbecues

What ever happened to the good old days when the worst things we had to fear on Memorial Day were traffic jams and indigestion? Comment

Friday, May 25, 2018

Just three weeks after the death of 9-year-old Giovanni Ampuero in a hit-and-run on Northern Boulevard in Jackson Heights that prompted the city to implement changes on the congested thoroughfare, a 47-year-old man was struck and killed Monday while crossing the corridor 30 blocks away, Comments (1)
State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) was pleased but not surprised when he learned Monday that his re-election campaign had scored an endorsement from the Queens County Democratic Party. Comment
Owning a home can be quite expensive in New York City. Comments (5)
Jackson Heights

More than a dozen Queens elected officials endorse Crowley in primary challenge

More than 100 supporters joined U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) Sunday at his Jackson Heights campaign headquarters where after a brief rally they went to knock on doors across the borough to discuss the congressman’s record of fighting for equal pay, Medicare for all and immigrant rights. Comments (2)
Bicycling advocacy group Trips for Kids Metro New York will be hosting a trail ride through Cunningham Park Saturday to highlight the positive effects of mountain biking for children and adults. Comments (1)
Crime

Four men sentenced in 2016 Rego Park bank heist

Four men have been sentenced in federal court for their roles in two brazen bank heists, one in Rego Park and the other in Brooklyn, to more than 11 years in federal prison earlier this month. Comment
The Civic Scene

Queens Civic Association leaders voice concern about bioswales

State Sen. Tony Avella just held a press conference in Fresh Meadows concerning bioswales, or rain gardens as the city calls them. He again stated his view that homeowners should have the right to opt-out of having the city build a bioswale at the curb in front of their houses. A score of civic association leaders with other supporters came to support his views. Comment
Editorial

Honor our heroes

As everyone prepares for the holiday weekend, it’s important to remember why we celebrate Memorial Day. Comment
With star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the disabled list, the New York Mets were in desperate need for a right-handed power bat and decided to take a flier on veteran outfielder Jose Bautista. Comment

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. Comments (3)
Rockaway Beach

Electeds warn businesses will suffer after city closes section of Rockaway Beach for the summer

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 (2)
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 (3)
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

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