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Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Sunnyside

FDNY ditches plan for Sunnyside depot

The Bravest backed off. Comments (2)
Astoria

Dog training business expands to Queens

Dog owners in western Queens now have access to professional training for their furry friends right in their own homes. Comment
Corona

Missing man sought in Corona

CORONA — Police from the 110th Precinct were asking the public’s help in finding Dennis Geraghty, a 48-year-old white man who was last seen Sunday at his 58th Avenue residence. Comment
East Elmhurst

Motorcycle rider killed on Grand Central near LaGuardia

EAST ELMHURST — A motorcycle passenger was killed and another was injured after losing control of his bike on the Grand Central Parkway near LaGuardia Airport Tuesday afternoon. Comment
Letters

Robin Williams will be missed

The tragic death of Robin Williams is a great loss to the entertainment world. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014

Rockaway Beach

Rockaway fair brings crowds back to beach

Joe Hartigan grew tired of waiting for the borough’s elected officials to provide economic leadership in Rockaway, a community still struggling with its post-Superstorm Sandy recovery nearly two years after the storm. Comment
Flushing

Meng passes first law

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) saw her first bill signed into law by President Barack Obama this week. Comments (4)
Kew Gardens

Pretty as a picture postcard

Wish you were here! Comment
Ozone Park

Trio robbed taxi driver in Ozone Park: NYPD

OZONE PARK — Three men picked up by a livery cab in Richmond Hill Aug. 3 allegedly pistol whipped their driver and stole his iPhone, tablet and wallet after arriving at their Ozone Park destination, the NYPD said. Comments (2)
Rego Park

Man mugged in Rego Park elevator: NYPD

REGO PARK — A man with a miniature baseball bat allegedly mugged a new Rego Park man early Monday morning as he stepped into his building’s elevator with suitcases in hand, a neighbor and the NYPD said. Comment
Astoria

Suspect wanted for grand larceny in Astoria

ASTORIA — Police from the 114th Precinct were asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect wanted for a grand larceny which took place between June 12 and June 23 inside the Amalgamated Bank, at 619 Main St. Comment
Letters

Expansion of BID messes with democratic process

Seth Taylor, executive director of the 82nd Street Partnership, is calling on property owners, business owners and residents to vote on the proposed expansion of a business improvement district onto Roosevelt Avenue and Junction Boulevard. Comment

Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

Ridgewood

Council slated to take up rezoning Ridgewood strip for two residences

A landlord seeking to usher in two residential developments by rezoning a Ridgewood strip has days to woo the City Council amid resistance from the local legislator. Comment
Politics

Cahill rips state AG for stand on Cuomo’s corruption panel

Republican candidate for state attorney general John Cahill criticized AG Eric Schneiderman for failing to protect the work of the Moreland Commission, an anti-corruption panel that was formed last year by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Comment
Flushing

Titan Theatre Co.’s new season takes shape

As the Titan Theatre Co. prepares to settle into its marriage with the Queens Theatre, audience members should expect something old, something new, something borrowed and maybe even something blue. Comment
South Richmond Hill

Attempted robbery sends senior to hospital: Cops

SOUTH RICHMOND HILL — Police were searching for a man wanted in an attack and attempted robbery that sent a senior in South Richmond Hill to the hospital Aug. 6, the NYPD said. Comment
Flushing

Cyclist dies in Flushing accident with ambulette: NYPD

FLUSHING — A 60-year-old cyclist was hit and killed by an ambulette in Flushing Wednesday morning, police said. Comment
Volleyball

Taibe set to coach TMLA volleyball

Stephanie Taibe has played volleyball at different levels, venues and now countries in her career, but she is ready to put some of that behind her to coach her alma mater. Comment
Letters

Obama caught in a Catch-22

Republican bobble heads have been screaming that President Barack Obama is not doing enough when it comes to Afghanistan, Israel, Palestine and Russia. Comments (2)

Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014

Jamaica

York chapel honors 19th century sisters

A Jamaica father devastated by the deaths at a young age of three of his four daughters in the 19th century decided to build a chapel in their memory. Comments (1)
Corona

Barneys fined by AG in profile settlement

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced an agreement with Barneys New York that will help ensure that customers, regardless of their race or ethnicity, have equal access to its stores throughout New York. Comments (1)
Long Island City

LIC taxi lease agent to shell out $1.6M for fraud: Schneiderman

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced that one of New York City’s largest taxi leasing companies has agreed to pay $1.6 million in fines and restitution for assessing fraudulent charges against nearly 2,000 cab drivers. Comment
Flushing

Police search for missing Flushing woman

FLUSHING — The NYPD was looking for a missing 67-year-old woman who was last seen leaving her Flushing home Aug. 10. Comments (1)
Political Action

Astorino visiting GOP clubs in run for governor

Recently, Rob Astorino, the Republican and Conservative candidate for governor, spoke at the Frank Kenna Republican Club in Astoria. He seems to be conducting an intense grassroots campaign by speaking at Republican clubs, especially here in Queens. Comments (1)
Letters

Cap the Van Wyck with parkland deck

In lieu of the present Kew Gardens interchange project on the Van Wyck Expressway in Briarwood and the present and future negative environmental impact of this widening construction, such as air and noise pollution, I propose that a landscape architecture design firm be consulted on the feasibility of a capping project for a parkland deck over the expressway from Hillside to Hoover avenues within the borders of Briarwood. Comments (1)

Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014

Corona

Corona Plaza becomes farm for next Nadal and Federer

Corona, meet the next Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Comment
Flushing

Stavisky wins endorsements

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) scored a couple endorsements in her re-election campaign this week. Comment
Woodhaven

Dinner to toast Woodhaven corps

Woodhaven is hoping to sustain its struggling volunteer ambulance corps with a pasta dinner. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Fresh Mdws. man charged with neglecting dogs

FRESH MEADOWS — A Fresh Meadows man is facing charges after he allegedly deprived two dogs of food and water, resulting in the death of one of the animals, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said. Comments (2)
Basketball

Ex-SJU guard leads TNP to 1st Pro City title

Malik Boothe was told all season by his Take No Prisoners teammates that they were going to go as far as the former St. John’s University and Christ the King star would take them. Comment
The Civic Scene

Do not send money to people who call you up asking for it

The latest scam is an attempt by crooks who call you and attempt to get you to buy a Green Dot MoneyPak card and then have you call them back with the number on the back so they can access the money. Comment

Friday, Aug. 15, 2014

Woodhaven

Rikers retiree pens memoirs

A retired correction officer’s memoirs of her days at Rikers Island are so racy she is raising money for a lawyer to proof the pages. Comments (55)
Ridgewood

Petition fights plans for Ridgewood dam

The state’s dam classifications may not hold back a flood of opposition in Ridgewood. Comment
Willets Point

Opponents challenge looming Willets Point land transfer

Opponents of the Willets Point redevelopment have claimed the city cannot legally transfer all of the land for the project to developers without additional approvals from Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Queens Borough Board. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Crowley honors two groups that helped Jax Hgts woman

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) presented congressional citations to two Jackson Heights groups which played a role in helping a neighbor in need. Comment
Jamaica

Jamaica Center BID dismisses director

The Jamaica Center BID is looking for a new executive director after Felicia Tunnah was let go over differences with the BID’s board on how to promote downtown Jamaica. Comment
Long Island City

Secret Theatre fighting to keep its doors open

The man behind the popular LIC Arts Open may see his theater shuttered unless the community rallies behind him. Comment
Jackson Heights

Cuomo signs bill allowing city to lower speed limit to 25 mph

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Saturday that gives New York City the power to lower its speed limit from 30 to 25 mph. The legislation seeks to lower the number of vehicle and pedestrian collisions, news that comes as a relief in western Queens — especially in neighborhoods that have Northern and Queens boulevards to worry about. Comments (3)
Astoria

Costa ups Doe Fund deal for more cleaners in Astoria

The streets of Astoria’s business districts will be cleaner and one residential street will be safer. Comments (3)
Flushing

NE Queens electeds request more transit

Two Queens lawmakers are pursuing their quest to bring more public transportation to the border communities of Queens. Comments (1)
No Holds Barred

Schools lunches are an equalizer in our unequal society

About the time of St. Patrick’s Day, there was a spate of news about school lunches. It has become a pretty big topic since then. Comments (8)
Astoria

Catch flicks and more at Museum of Moving Image

Summer may be the season of the Hollywood blockbuster packed with enough alien invasions, gangland shootings and hyper-drive car chases to last until New Year’s Eve, but in Astoria movies tend to be a little quieter, a bit more nuanced and definitely geared toward fans of cinema. Comment
Flushing

Dragon Boat Festival back for 24th year

The 24th Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival drew thousands of people to the shores of Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadow Corona Park over the weekend, and they cheered even though they did not know who was winning. Comment
South Jamaica

Councilman urges MTA to build Jamaica bus depot

It already has the land, but it is missing the money. Comments (3)
Flushing

Police look for Flushing grand larceny suspect

FLUSHING — Police were looking for a man they said snatched a chain off of a 50-year-old man on Franklin Avenue Aug. 11. Comment
Flushing

Flushing athlete wins chance to become Ironman champ

For most people, training for Ironman triathlons would be a chore, but not for Anthony Chan. Comment
Block Shots

Recruit Beasley shows why he would be boost for Red Storm

New York City hoops fans got a taste of why St. John’s University thinks so highly of Malik Beasley. Comment
New Voices

Boro West Indian group seeks to collect school supplies

A charitable group based in the West Indian community is seeking to collect school supplies to aid pupils in the Caribbean. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014

Jamaica

Judge on Queens Library lawsuit removes herself amid whistleblower investigation

A federal court judge has removed herself from the court battle over the firing of six Queens Library trustees because of her friendship with a justice the nonprofit hired to conduct an internal whistleblower investigation. Comment
Rego Park

Parkway auctioned for $1M to creditor

This Forest Hills hospital’s price was a walk in the park. Comments (1)
Little Neck

Tutors charged with child abuse

Queens lawmakers and members of the Korean-American community responded with shock and sadness this week after Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced that two women at a private tutoring center in Little Neck were recently accused of abusing four young exchange students. Comments (7)
College Point

De Blasio signs off on ‘Avonte’s Law’

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill into law last week which will require schools with small and disabled children to consider installing door alarms. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Baldeo to appeal guilty verdict

A federal jury acquitted City Council hopeful Albert Baldeo of using fake donors to qualify for matching funds during his failed 2010 campaign, but found the Ozone Park Democrat guilty of tampering with witnesses during the FBI’s investigation, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in Manhattan. Comments (2)
Little Neck

Little Neck residents want neighbor to fence dogs

Dog owners on a quiet block in Little Neck are battling with a neighbor they say has caused a trio of attacks on their pets by failing to put his family’s dogs on leashes. Comments (11)
St. Albans

Smith’s allies throw support behind Comrie

Leroy Comrie won the battle of the endorsements. Comments (1)
Crime

Dozens march in South Jamaica to remember D’aja

D’aja Robinson would have turned 16 Tuesday, but her life was cut short by a stray bullet as she was returning home on a city bus from a friend’s party in South Jamaica. Comments (1)
Bayside

John Liu hits back at Avella over fines

John Liu’s campaign slammed state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) last week for what it said was an illegal use of taxpayer money to attack the former comptroller in their escalating primary battle. Comments (18)
Bayside

Borough wants Schumer to help fight plane noise

Residents fighting for quieter skies across Queens have called on U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) to do more to help alleviate the effects of increased airplane noise on New Yorkers. Comments (6)
Real Estate

CB2 wants more affordable housing

Joe Conley was surprised by the reaction. Comments (1)
Flushing

Queens College Knights mourn ex-baseball coach Sowinski

Tom Sowinski’s presence on the baseball field was always noticeable, whether it was his 6-foot-2 frame bearing down at hitters atop the pitcher’s mound, or his watchful eye from the confines of the dugout. Comment
Basketball

Queens stars shine at Classic

Benjamin Cardozo guard Rashond Salnave was having flashbacks as he watched Christ the King’s Rawle Alkins operate in the fourth quarter of the Big Strick Classic to ensure his team a victory. Comment

Alone in Court

Beginning this week, children who have entered the United States alone will be sent to 26 Federal Plaza in Manhattan to face deportation hearings as part of the U.S. government’s accelerated efforts to stem the flood of illegal immigrants crossing the border. Comments (3)

Monday, Aug. 11, 2014

Ozone Park

Baldeo convicted of obstruction of justice: Bharara

A federal jury found Ozone Park Democrat Albert Baldeo guilty of obstruction of justice, but acquitted him of mail and wire fraud charges Monday, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said. Comment
Hollis

Hollis Library to close temporarily Friday

HOLLIS- Hollis Public Library will close this Friday after business hours for a makeover until sometime in October. Comment

Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014

Rockaway Beach

Two arrested in shooting of 12 year old girl in Rockaway: NYPD

Two people were arrested, including the alleged gunman, in the shooting of a 12-year-old girl on a Rockaway basketball court Saturday evening, according to the NYPD. Comments (1)

Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014

Jackson Heights

Explosion kills Jackson Heights woman

An early morning fire claimed the life of a 46-year-old Jackson Heights woman Saturday, according to the NYPD. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Street Fair comes to the boardwalk in Rockaway Beach

Beachgoers in Rockaway had it all Saturday. Beautiful weather, an uncrowded and clean stretch of beach and bargains on the boardwalk. Comments (1)

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