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Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013

The 109th Precinct Community Council held its year-end dinner party earlier this month and honored one of its own along with some of the city’s Bravest. Comment
Letters

Another assault gun tragedy

A devastating but too familiar horror took place at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in an idyllic Connecticut town, Newtown, Dec. 14. Twenty-six were killed: 20 children, 6 to 10 years of age, and six adults. The perpetrator was 20-year-old Adam Lanza. Comments (4)

Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013

Whitestone

Teaching by example

Whitestone

Teaching by example

In many ways, Cheryl Lodico’s new novel, “Escape from the Maelstrom,” is as much a tribute to her grandmother as it is a work of historical fiction. Comment
FLUSHING — The NYPD was asking for the public’s assistance in locating a woman who disappeared last week. Comment
JAMAICA — The NYPD has asked for the public’s assistance in locating a woman who went missing in Jamaica last week. Comment
Letters

D.C. partisanship delays Sandy aid

President Barack Obama has announced that he is going to push for $60 billion in federal aid for the tri-state area to aid in cleanup and recovery from Hurricane Sandy. Comment

Monday, Dec. 31, 2012

Youngsters displaced by Hurricane Sandy’s wrath this fall were given a unique gift on Saturday: a day to celebrate everything. Comment
Entering the new exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria is like warping into another dimension in time and space. A dark room on the third floor glimmers with arcade games and large projection screens, but they aren’t just there to behold. “Spacewar! Video Games Blast Off” celebrates the 50 years that have passed since the creation of Spacewar!, the first digital video game, following a timeline of 21 classic games that patrons are able to actively take on. Comment
ASTORIA — Police were seeking the public’s help in locating a woman reported missing in Astoria Sunday. Comments (1)
Whitestone

Tip of the week

Whitestone

Tip of the week

Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012

A northeast Queens lawmaker has planted a thorn in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s agenda, proposing to put a halt to the city’s Million Trees project. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Lancman begins campaign for City Council

Fresh Meadows

Lancman begins campaign for City Council

State Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) officially kicked off his campaign for City Council last week at the Local 3 Headquarters in Flushing. Comment
Springfield Gardens

Ex-Spg Gardens teacher accused of underage sex

Springfield Gardens

Ex-Spg Gardens teacher accused of underage sex

A former music teacher at IS 59 in Springfield Gardens who lavished expensive gifts upon a teenage girl he met in his wife’s Brooklyn church choir was arrested last week on charges he carried on a sexual relationship with the girl, officials said. Comment
ROCHDALE — Police have asked for the public’s assistance in locating a man wanted in connection to a double shooting on Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in Rochdale last month. Comment
Forest Hills

Off-duty traffic officer arrested: NYPD

FOREST HILLS — An off-duty traffic enforcement agent was arrested Saturday, police said. Comment
State Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) is set to trade in her title, taking the spot of U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) in Congress, but she will not get his office. Comment
Flushing

Holy Cross tops boro’s best

Flushing

Holy Cross tops boro’s best

A team from Queens did not bring home a title, but the borough produced some strong players. St. Francis Prep had one of its best seasons in recent years, winning the Catholic High School Football League AA-A division regular season crown. Holy Cross was among the top teams in the city. Beach Channel, which played through the aftermath of Sandy, was a competitive public school squad along with Campus Magnet and Flushing. Comment
QueensLine

Plan for Queens Boulevard first proposed back in 1923

The 1923 New Year’s celebrations promised to be a “hip-hip hooray” affair. In the past month, police estimated $10 million in contraband liquor had been smuggled into New York from ships and through Canada. More than 200,000 reservations were booked at celebrations in hotels with an additional 100,000 expected at smaller clubs. To monitor the city that evening, only 20 prohibition agents were available. Comment
Letters

Pols care more about real estate interests than parkland

Major League Soccer has once again demonstrated its lack of transparency and legitimacy in what was supposed to be a public hearing, but was in fact rigged in an attempt to make it appear there was minimal opposition by ensuring that those opposing were kept out of the main auditorium and relegated to a basement area (“MLS pitches Queens stadium,” Dec. 6-12). Comments (1)

Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012

A Sunnyside school is set to expand, but members of Community District Education Council 30 were upset that a long-awaited and much begged-for auditorium for Astoria’s PS 2 is not in the city School Construction Authority’s five-year plan. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Vet takes holistic approach

Fresh Meadows

Vet takes holistic approach

At a quiet, seemingly nondescript veterinary clinic in Fresh Meadows, the services offered at first glance may seem pretty standard: medicine, X-rays, surgery, dentistry, grooming. Comment
It’s official: The cost of your ride is going up March 1, and the MTA chairman will be gone by the end of the month. Comment
ASTORIA — Cops were looking for a man wanted for assault on a Queens-bound N train last Thursday. Comment
Rosedale

Hit-and-run killed victim in Rosedale: Cops

ROSEDALE — According to police, a man died as a result of a hit-and-run last week. As of Wednesday afternoon, police had not yet released the man’s identity. Comment
It’s going to be season of multiple adjustments for Carla Marfe. The St. John’s Prep senior guard is getting used to playing with and being a leader of a much younger basketball team, which starts three freshmen. Comments (1)
I Sit and Look Out

Help given to Sandy victims embodies spirit of the season

For many years, I had a habit of doing two things during December. One was to walk up Fifth Avenue, from my office near Union Square, to gawk at the wonderful holiday windows. Comments (2)
Editorial

To a Better 2013

The year 2012 is one we will not forget. Comment
Letters

Comptroller plans to remove PCBs

Recently, I proposed that the city issue Green Apple Bonds to get the thousands of toxic PCB-carrying light fixtures out of our public schools. Comment

Friday, Dec. 28, 2012

In a sad echo of an incident involving an Elmhurst man in Manhattan earlier this month, an unidentified man was pushed to his death in front of the No. 7 train Thursday evening in Sunnyside by a woman, police said. Comments (1)
The killing of a Forest Hills orthodontist in the fall of 2007 ignited a court case that captivated the community and led to life in prison for the victim’s wife. Comment
Christmas is the season of giving, and that fact was prominently on display in St. Albans Saturday. Comment
Tom McNicholas, owner of a gas station and convenience store that overlooks the bay in Rockaway Park, says the city has neglected the bulkhead that protects the shoreline from the water. Comment
The 82nd Street Partnership recently received a $50,000 grant to renovate store signs within its borders, giving the leadership another tool in its ongoing revitalization of the once-neglected business improvement district. Comment
In the wake of the massacre two weeks ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) renewed a push for his bill that would require the city to provide security for private and religious schools. Comment
FLUSHING — Police were seeking the public’s assistance in locating a suspect wanted in connection with an attempted subway robbery Dec. 11. Comment
A Flushing resident who decorated her home like a doctor’s office and performed a buttocks enhancement procedure involving Krazy Glue sent one woman to the hospital and may have caused a lifelong medical problem, Queens’ top prosecutor said last Thursday. Comment
FOREST HILLS — Cops were looking for a suspect wanted in connection with two robberies and three grand larcenies dating back to mid-November in Brooklyn and Queens. Comment
ROOSEVELT ISLAND — Police were seeking the public’s assistance in locating a boy who went missing Friday. Comment
HACKENSACK, N.J. — A former Bayside nightclub owner was found not guilty earlier this month of shooting and killing two men from southern Queens three years ago, the Bergen County prosecutor’s office said. Comments (1)
South Ozone Park

S. Ozone man admits guilt in doctor ID theft

South Ozone Park

S. Ozone man admits guilt in doctor ID theft

A South Ozone Park man who was accused of stealing personal information from doctors who were applying to work at a medical facility he was planning to open pleaded guilty to charges of identity theft in court last week, according to the Queens district attorney. Comment
Southeast Queens schools received an early Christmas present last week when Donovan Richards, chief of staff to City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton), donned his red Santa Claus suit and presented a $2 million check for technology upgrades to the district’s 25 schools. Comment
Briarwood

Bishop Ford beat by strong Molloy girls squad

Briarwood

Bishop Ford beat by strong Molloy girls squad

Christmas was days away, but there were no visions of sugarplums dancing in the heads of Amani Tatum and her teammates. The only thing on the Stanners’ minds was the present of earning an important win over Bishop Ford. Comment
Archbishop Molloy’s thrilling comeback may have been more than the Stanners could handle. The emotion of Gabe Kilpatrick’s banked home three-pointer with two seconds left in regulation carried into overtime, but not in the way Molloy had hoped. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012

Two Queens mothers were killed in separate hit-and-run incidents in the borough Wednesday night. Comments (5)
Flushing

No-fly zone still in Flushing

Flushing

No-fly zone still in Flushing

Many northeast Queens neighborhoods have complained recently about increased aircraft noise, but it could be worse. Comment
Flushing

Feds crack down on Flushing asylum mill

Queens residents made up half of the 26 people charged last week with helping Chinese immigrants lie in order to obtain asylum in the United States, a federal prosecutor said. Comment
South Jamaica

Boro’s advocates add voices to gun debate

South Jamaica

Boro’s advocates add voices to gun debate

The shooting of 26 people at a school in Newtown, Conn., has sparked a national debate on gun violence, and while opinions in Queens differ on the role regulation will play in preventing another tragedy, there is a consensus that it would be only one part of a multi-faceted solution. Comment
Ridgewood

Bodega worker shot in Ridgewood shop

Ridgewood

Bodega worker shot in Ridgewood shop

Police were still searching for a suspect captured on surveillance video and wanted in connection with the death of a bodega clerk in Ridgewood last Thursday evening. Comment
Neighbors living in the area off Union Turnpike in Bellerose have been sleeping with one eye open lately after waking up to various acts of vandalism, members of the community said. Comments (2)
An off-duty fire marshal died near his Hollis Hills home Christmas Eve after suffering an apparent heart attack behind the wheel, the New York Police Department said. Comment
Queensbridge

LIC pantry loses big donor

Queensbridge

LIC pantry loses big donor

Bishop Mitchell Taylor thanked City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) for delivering extra food to his pantry near Queensbridge Houses for the holidays at a news conference last week and said major food rescue group City Harvest was no longer serving the center. Comment
Families displaced by Superstorm Sandy — scattered throughout hotels across the city — attended state Assemblyman William Scarborough’s (D-Jamaica) annual holiday party in St. Albans last week, and while the children enjoyed food and games, parents wore weary expressions and told of the hardships they continue to endure almost two months after being forced from their homes. Comment
ROCKAWAY PARK — A hero surfer who rescued six of his neighbors in the Rockaways during Hurricane Sandy drowned Sunday while on vacation in Puerto Rico. Comment
Jamaica

Ex-York President Kidd dies at 76

Jamaica

Ex-York President Kidd dies at 76

Charles Kidd, the former York College president who broadened the school’s reach in southern Queens, died last week at the age of 76. Comment
The House Ethics Committee last week cleared U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) of any wrongdoing after an investigation into a questionable $40,000 loan he received in 2007 and failed to report on his financial disclosure statements. Comment
Ozone Park

Suspect in city case caught in Spain: Cops

OZONE PARK — Cops said a man, wanted in connection with a 2005 hit-and-run, was arrested in Spain Friday. Comment
Bayside

Bayside wins right to brag over Dozo

Bayside

Bayside wins right to brag over Dozo

By beating rival Cardozo, Bayside earned control of the division race along with the ability to do some friendly Internet trash talking. Comment

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