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Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

Forest Hills

Bramson ORT struggled under DOE’s watch

Bramson ORT, the 40-year-old technical college in Forest Hills that lost accreditation and closed in February, was considered financially unhealthy and failed to meet six of 13 standards outlined by the New York State Education Department Board of Regents. Comment
Douglaston

Community Board 11 approves Douglaston group home

Community Board 11 approved the proposal for a new group home in Douglaston to assist people in the community who are developmentally challenged with life skills to live independent and productive lives. Comment
Crime

Online bail payment launch pushed back to 2018

Despite promises it would be completed this spring, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s online bail payment system has been pushed back to 2018. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017

A Port Authority official elaborated on plans to overhaul LaGuardia Airport Monday that included a feasibility study of Willets Point for an AirTrain connection from the Long Island Rail Road, redevelopments of terminals and on-site hotels. Comment
Letters

Thanks to 111th Pct. for dealing with Bayside car dealerships

The Auburndale Improvement Association wishes to publicly thank the 111th Police Precinct for its recent actions to remediate problems with many of the auto dealerships and some of the other auto-related businesses along Northern Boulevard in Bayside. The police have also made many other attempts to address problems with these businesses over the years. Comment
South Ozone Park

WinterCon: Don’t you look like a comic book hero?

WinterCon, the sci-fi and comic convention at Resorts World Casino’s, is an excuse to leave your work clothes at home. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017

Transit

Think tank proposes ending 24-hour subway

The Regional Plan Association, a think tank, released a 300-plus page proposal to revolutionize transit infrastructure in New York which fielded the idea of discontinuing 24-hour subway service and expanding subway lines to serve transit deserts where job markets are up. Comments (2)
Letters

GOP’s tax reform bill would rob middle class in Queens

The neighborhood I grew up in was marked by a sense of community. It was more than a set of city blocks; it was a place where families and friends helped and looked out for one another. Through good times and bad, neighbors did the best they could to put food on the table, save some money and help their kids get a leg up in the world. Comments (2)
Letters

Looking for the sons I gave up

I would like to speak about the adoption issue. Comments (4)
Long Island City

CUNY Law School presents ‘Endangered Nature’ art exhibit in LIC

Artist Dennis Cady is presently exhibiting his art work, “Endangered Nature,” at the Long Island City branch of the CUNY School of Law. Comment
High Heat

The best players in Mets history at each position

With the hot stove temperature still set to cool, baseball’s offseason has left fans waiting for big news to break. While we wait, I wanted to take a trip down memory lane and take a look at some Mets history. Comments (2)

Friday, Dec. 8, 2017

Fresh Meadows

Avella asks owner to sell Brinckerhoff Cemetery

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and members of Friends of Brinckerhoff Colonial Cemetery called on the owner of the neglected landmark to sell the land to the neighborhood preservation group. Comments (1)
Astoria

Astoria family receives holiday surprise

Maria Lourdes Hernandez and her soon-to-be family of four received a holiday package, including a Christmas tree and four tickets to the Broadway show “Home for the Holidays,” from House of Holiday in Ozone Park and the show. Comment
Queens Village

Martin Van Buren High School off list of struggling schools

Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village was one of 27 schools to be removed from the struggling school list, according to New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. Comment
Flushing

Flushing man pleads guilty to hate crimes against Chinese women

A Flushing man has pleaded guilty to two hate crimes after telling police “I don’t like Chinese people,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment
Hollis

Hollis icon Russell Simmons resigns from business after sexual misconduct accusations

Not only did Russell Simmons step down from his multimillion-dollar companies after being accused of sexual misconduct twice in November, but he has also resigned from the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Mayor draws mixed support at Belle Harbor town hall

Mayor Bill de Blasio led a town hall Tuesday in City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park)’s district, where he discussed the death of a 12-year-old in a fire over the weekend, transportation issues and an odorous sewage treatment facility. Comment
Astoria

Man steals cash from employee’s wallet at Astoria pharmacy: NYPD

ASTORIA — Police were searching for a suspect wanted in connection with a grand larceny that took place in an Astoria pharmacy. Comments (1)
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
Sunnyside

New pop album could be the soundtrack to your holidays

“Cassandra Kubinski is a rarity… very similar to the legendary solo artists of the early to mid-1970s… she proves that the genre [singer/songwriter] is not only alive and well, but that it is still capable of being transcendent.” – Billy Joel Comment
Editorial

Long overdue

Back in 2004 Borough President Helen Marshall set aside $571,000 for Martins Field in Flushing, an African-American burial ground, which had already received a pledge of $2.7 million from Councilman John Liu for the creation of a memorial park. Comments (2)
Letters

Council members should be limited to two terms

Here we go again. Council members are hatching a plan to place a referendum on the ballot to extend term limits for themselves. We say, bring it on! Comments (1)

Queens football teams drop championship games

Bayside and Far Rockaway were the last two football teams standing in Queens, but both dropped their championship games last weekend in Brooklyn. Comment

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