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Thursday, April 19, 2018

East Elmhurst

ICE agents arrest 40 in Queens as part of six-day operation

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement removal teams arrested nearly 200 people in New York City — including 40 in Queens — during a six-day sweep the agency called “Operation Keep Safe.” Comments (3)

Meenakshi Srinivasan resigns as head of Landmarks Preservation Commission

Meenakshi Srinivasan, the head of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, announced her resignation following recent citywide backlash over a proposed rule change within the agency to remove public input from decisions regarding approval of work on designated property, the LPC confirmed Thursday afternoon. Comment
Crime

Oakland Gardens man charged with possession of illegal firearms: DA

An Oakland Gardens man shocked the city after he was charged with possession of a massive collection of over 65 illegal firearms, consisting primarily of assault rifles, and up to 50,000 rounds of ammunition, which he admitted to police his intent to sell, according to the criminal complaint. Comment
Bayside

Bayside Little League kicks off new baseball season

The Bayside Little League parade drew families out to the sidewalks of Bell Boulevard Saturday to kick off the new season with elected officials and businesses sponsoring teams from around northeast Queens. Comment
Bayside

Bayside’s 111th Precinct celebrates official launch of neighborhood policing

Residents within the 111th Precinct will now be able to text or email an officer assigned to their area after the full launch of the much-awaited Neighborhood Policing Program. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

Veterans get housing area of their own at Rikers Island

The city Department of Correction has opened the first housing area exclusively for military veterans at its Rikers Island prison complex, and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced city jails will house inmates according to their gender identity as a safe housing option for transgender prisoners. Comment
Flushing

Flushing-born Barbara Bush dead at 92

Flushing-born Former First Lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday following a battle with an unspecified illness. She was 92. Comments (1)

Flight from LaGuardia Airport turns deadly due to blown engine

A Southwest Airlines flight from LaGuardia Airport to Dallas turned deadly Tuesday when a blown jet engine shattered a window that left a woman hanging halfway outside a twin-engine Boeing 737. Comment
Rhymes with Crazy

Meet the ‘Hidden Figures’ of the fashion industry

Women fashion designers have been turning heads for more than a century. Comment

‘Wicked Frozen’ pokes fun at theater classics

Have you ever heard of a mash-up? It’s when a producer puts the vocals to a popular song on top of the beat and melody of another. Comment
With weather wreaking havoc on this year’s softball season, Saturday’s great spring weather enabled the St. Francis Prep softball team to get out and work off their rust against Cardinal Spellman in the Bronx. Comment

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Sunnyside

Corona cyclist remembered as bike lane plan continues to divide Sunnyside

Street safety advocates marked the one-year anniversary of the tragic death of Gelasio Reyes Sunday with a ride and rally at the Sunnyside intersection where the Corona father of three and an active member of the Queens cycling community was killed by a drunk driver while he cycled home from work. Comment
Education

Dromm urges DOE to inform parents of right to opt out of state exams

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) rallied with parents, students, teachers and education advocates Monday in Jackson Heights to demand that the city Department of Education inform parents of their right to opt their children out of state exams. Comments (2)
Arverne

Far Rockaway to get expanded health center while losing transit option

Elected officials and community leaders joined Denham Wolf Real Estate Services Tuesday to break-ground for the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center expansion project in Averne. Comment

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Rockaway Beach

Rockaway boardwalk reconstruction project wins national planning achievement award

The Rockaway Boardwalk’s Reconstruction Project has received a national planning achievement award. Comments (2)
Corona

Corona, Jackson Heights and Jamaica lacking healthy food options: Report

Corona, Jackson Heights and Jamaica were identified as food swamps in a report from Public Health Solutions, one of the largest public health nonprofits in New York City dedicated to helping families through research in order to help them thrive. Comments (3)
After a suggestion from a friend a Bellerose, a stay-at-home mom completely switched careers and opened her own after-school center in Flushing. Comment
Education

Immigration groups call on city to fund adult learning programs

Immigrants rallied at the steps of Queens Borough Hall Tuesday to call on the de Blasio administration to continue funding adult learning programs in the city budget, due for passage in June. Comments (1)

Monday, April 16, 2018

Oakland Gardens

Officers seize 71 guns, including assault rifles, from Oakland Gardens home

OAKLAND GARDENS – Officers executing a search warrant at an Oakland Gardens home uncovered 71 firearms, including pistols, assault rifles, rifles, handguns and shotguns Sunday, police said. Comments (1)
College Point

Community rallies against proposed College Point hotel

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) joined concerned College Point residents who are unhappy with a proposed hotel Tuesday afternoon. Comments (3)
David Beier, the president of the Committee for Taxi Safety, is asking the National Credit Union Administration to work with medallion owners to make reasonable repayment plans. Comments (1)
Survivors of sex trafficking joined U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) for a rally on the steps of City Hall Monday celebrating the FBI’s seizure and shutdown of Backpage.com and other websites that allegedly help those engaged in human trafficking. Comments (2)
Crime

Stepfather gets 150 years in sisters’ rape: DA

Lorenzo Arline was sentenced to 150 years in prison Tuesday for the decade-long sexual assault of his two stepdaughters that resulted in the births of eight children. Comments (1)

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