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Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018


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 (1)

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. Comment
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

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

The color of immigration

President Trump recently referred to the countries from which some immigrants enter our country as “s--thole.” Comments (1)

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

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 (2)
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

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

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. Comment
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 (3)

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

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

Monday, Jan. 15, 2018


Douglaston civic group aims to sue DOT over Northern Boulevard bike lanes

The Douglaston Civic Association is aiming to sue the city over its launch of bike lanes on Northern Boulevard between Bayside and Little Neck, contending that the layout of the plan will cause more accidents than it prevents. Comments (1)
Ron Naclerio, a coach for Cardozo High School’s basketball team, tweeted out a letter on Martin Luther King Jr. Day memorializing his father’s role as the surgeon who intervened in a near-death experience by the Civil Rights activist. Comment

Solicitation opt-out program takes effect

A cease-and-desist list targeting unwanted real estate solicitations went into effect with the new year, allowing residents of northeast Queens to opt out of receiving fliers and door-to-door visits. Comments (2)
When work was completed on a 350-seat, $92 million annex at PS 11 in Woodside in time for the new school year, it didn’t take long to notice the new main entrance of the school put students and faculty at risk. Traffic safety is now a main concern for parents at the school as the 1,000 children at the school empty out at 54th Street and Skillman Avenue where motorists come off Roosevelt Avenue driving fast. Comment
Long Island City

Man slashed while riding No. 7 subway: NYPD

A straphanger on board a No. 7 train was slashed Sunday afternoon in Long Island City. Comments (1)
A Whitestone restaurant is hosting a fundraiser Tuesday to help a local baby with a rare genetic condition. Comment

Roosevelt Island man, 28, has been missing for over a week: NYPD

Police from the 114th Precinct in Astoria were searching for a 28-year-old Roosevelt Island man who was reported missing on Thursday, Jan. 11. Comment

Battaglia rose from Howard Beach to football stardom

Retired National Football League tight end Marco Antonio Battaglia was born on Jan. 25, 1973, and raised in Howard Beach, Queens. After capping a stellar football career at Rutgers University as a consensus first-team All-American in 1995, Battaglia played for five pro teams in eight seasons. He retired from the NFL after playing for the Carolina Panthers team that reached Super Bowl XXXVIII. The former football star still resides in Comment


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