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Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

Laurelton

Laurelton students reunite 44 years later

They moved out of Laurelton back in the 1970s, leaving their beloved neighborhood physically behind. Comments (10)

Marion Oleksiw, 96, lived in College Pt. and Whitestone

Former Queens resident Marion Catherine (Hopp) Oleksiw, 96, died Aug. 27 at a hospice in Albany. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014

Laurelton

Habitat for Humanity helps Laurelton mother and son return to boro

For months, Voncille Chaney drove past a two-story house on 220th Place, scouring for clues about how the dilapidated structure would look when Habitat for Humanity finished. Comments (2)

Millions of visitors flock back to Rockaway Beach

With the swimming season over at city beaches, the city Parks Department released data that showed more than 4 million people visited Rockaway Beach this year. While that figure marks a 25 percent increase over last year, it’s half the number of beachgoers Rockaway had in 2012 before Sandy tore through the peninsula. Comment
St. Albans

St. Albans church gets approval for building

The community opposition was not enough to prevent developers, which includes the church that owns the land, from erecting an affordable housing five-story building on Farmers Boulevard in St. Albans. Comments (2)

Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

Jamaica

Miller urges crackdown on illegal dollars vans

Only days before a woman was injured while riding a commuter van in southeast Queens, City Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans), at a Primary Day campaign event in downtown Jamaica, asked one of his aides, “Did you see that? Take photos.” Comments (2)

Skycaps awarded $925K in wage settlement: AG

Skycaps at John F. Kennedy International Airport landed some good news. Comments (2)
Springfield Gardens

Boro Tuskegee Airman remembered at funeral

Queens said goodbye to one of its adopted and most famous sons. Comment
QueensLine

Flushing-born Drescher got famous on ‘The Nanny’

Actress, producer and activist Francine Drescher was born in Flushing on Sept. 30, 1957. Comment

When did politics become so ugly and divisive?

Calling them “extreme conservatives,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo blasted conservative Republican New Yorkers earlier this year, telling them they have no place in New York state. More recently Nancy Pelosi said: “Civilization as we know it today would be in jeopardy if the Republicans win the Senate.” In ugly campaign ads and lies, the NYS Democratic Party has repeatedly slammed Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino as an “extremist” and perhaps it won’t be long before congressional candidate Grant Lally is labeled a rightwing extremist. Comments (3)

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014

Sunnyside

Crowley tackles sepsis with bill to honor Rory

U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) announced plans to introduce legislation named after a Sunnyside schoolboy who died two years ago. Rory Staunton was just 12 years old when a scrape became infected and caused his death from sepsis after doctors failed to diagnose it in time. Comment
Flushing

Wheelchair softball comes to Citi Field

For the athletes in the Wheelchair Sports Federation, there is not much their physical limitations can stop them from doing. Comment
Ridgewood

CB 5 recoils at Ridgewood party plans

Vacant factories and liquor licenses are a toxic cocktail, as Community Board 5 sees it. Comment
College Point

College Point social club to celebrate 85th anniversary

A storied social club headquartered in College Point is set to celebrate its 85th birthday Oct. 11. Comments (1)
Hillcrest

Veteran restaurateur opens Dolphin Diner in Hillcrest

John Papis is a restaurateur with a porpoise. Comments (1)

U. S. Rep. Steve Israel’s bill would reduce testing in schools

Last week I announced a way to reduce excessive standardized tests as part of Common Core while preserving the quality of learning and teaching in our classrooms. My proposal was developed over the course of several months by school superintendents and educators throughout our communities. Comments (1)

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014

Bay Terrace

Bay Terrace medical building for sale

The Bayside Medical Arts Center in Bay Terrace has been put up for sale, according to a real estate firm. Comment
Flushing

Peter Koo wants Korea Day holiday

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) has called for the establishment of “Korea Day”as a citywide holiday. Comments (2)

Political Action: Avella victory shows independence from party

In the recently concluded Democratic Party primary election in the 11th State Senate district of northeast Queens in which incumbent Tony Avella won by 568 votes, not including proxy votes, the race had several important aspects to it. Comments (1)

Unglam Gateway

Vice President Joe Biden caused a stir in Queens and beyond with his pronouncement a few months ago that LaGuardia is a Third World airport. But he must not be a frequent traveler to Kennedy Airport, which sometimes welcomes arriving passengers with the kind of service expected in a developing nation. Comments (3)

Friday, Sept. 26, 2014

Long Island City

Ex-cons staff Vendy winner

A unique food truck was serving up maple-themed lunches on Northern Boulevard near the Clocktower Building in Long Island City last week. An eight-man work crew that dishes out maple grilled cheese sandwiches and beer-battered maple onion rings from the Snowday Food Truck are all formerly incarcerated youths. Comment
Ridgewood

Livery cab driver knifed in Ridgewood allegedly by passenger: Cops

Police were on the lookout for a Ridgewood man who allegedly stabbed a livery cab driver several times in the torso, arm and hands after picking up the suspect early Thursday. Comment
Flushing

Assi Plaza sold for $54 million: City

An Asian supermarket in downtown Flushing has been sold for $54 million. Comment
Astoria

Astoria roof garden beats Jersey: Brooklyn farmer

Astoria’s first rooftop farm is planning a grand re-opening Monday from 6 p.m. to 9 after to mark its relocation after four years in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Comment
Long Island City

Event offers new look at Kaufman Studios

More than 10,000 movie buffs made their way to the Kaufman Astoria Studios Sunday when the Hollywood-style gates were thrown open to the public for “New York On Location,” a free daylong street fair that offered a behind-the-scenes look at film production. While storm clouds threatened, the only rain that fell on the backlot were man-made, produced by the studio’s special effects people. Comment
College Point

Clean streets coming to northeast Queens

City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) joined workers from the DOE Fund in College Point this week to announce a $67,000 funding allocation that will allow the organization to clean up the streets of northeast Queens. Comments (2)
Queens Village

Qns Village man irking neighbors with nude pics

A family in Queens Village says they are being harassed by a neighbor who has been posting pornographic images in a window facing their home for more than two years. Comments (6)
South Jamaica

New basketball court at Baisley Houses ready for action

The Baisley Park Houses in South Jamaica have become a training ground for the next LeBron James --- again. Comment
Bayside

Vallone seeks to bring animal shelter to boro

A bill introduced this week by City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) seeks to make sure each borough of New York City has its own full-service animal shelter. Comments (1)
Howard Beach

Forum publisher arrested: DA

The publisher of a Howard Beach-based weekly newspaper was arrested last week after a roaring dispute with a neighbor, the Queens DA’s office said. Comment

Newtown unbeaten in A East

By Patrick McCormack Comment

Royals’ historic enshrinement salutes program

More than the 1993 Christ the King girls’ basketball team was inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame last week. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014

Rego Park

Rego Park soup kitchen distributes food for Rosh Hashana

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) came to Rego Park Tuesday evening to tour a Masbia Soup Kitchen, which provided more than 500 families with food packages the day before Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year. Comment
Kew Gardens

Pols fight closure of Kew Gardens muni garage

Elected officials pleaded with the city to park its plans of demolishing the municipal garage near Borough Hall and the Queens courthouse, but ultimately lost out. Comment
South Ozone Park

MLS eyes Aqueduct parking lot for stadium

Major League soccer is not blowing the whistle on scoring a stadium in Queens. Comments (1)
Flushing

Tech-savy affordable residence opens for seniors in Flushing

A pioneering affordable housing residence with 92 units for seniors officially opened its doors in Flushing this week. Comment
Forest Hills

Plaza College’s heart pumps again

Plaza College went from the agonizing tears of the fire that ripped through its campus in Jackson Heights in April to the tears of joy for inaugurating its state-of-the-art educational facility in Forest Hills. Comment
Astoria

Constantinides’ bill at center of city climate change fight

New York City took center stage of the planet’s climate change crisis and a city councilman from Astoria was the point man. Comments (1)
Sunnyside

Street renamed for famous arena in Sunnyside

A wave of nostalgia passed over a bustling corner in Sunnyside Saturday afternoon. Comment
Bayside

Katz to decide fate of Bayside dealership

The future of a Bayside car dealership now rests in the borough president’s hands. Comments (2)
Rockaway Beach

Meeks touts federal Sandy transit funding

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) hailed some $137 million set aside for shoring up the subway system in southern Queens, but Rockaway ferry advocates said he left the boats’ future unmoored. Comments (2)
Rego Park

Borough’s creativity on display at Queens Art Intervention Day

Queens’ cultural scene will reclaim the spotlight as things get downright edgy with unexpected happenings and creative jolts in the form of 30 public art installations and performance pieces which will pop up across the borough during Saturday’s Queens Art Intervention Day. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Advocacy groups hail passing of Justice for Hit and Run Victims Act

Just five days shy of the one year anniversary of the death of her 19-year-old son, Luis Bravo, Marta Puruncajas clutched a portrait of him and wept as an announcement was made in the Red Room at City Hall. The Justice for Hit and Run Victims Act had been passed unanimously by the City Council Tuesday, drastically increasing the penalties for drivers involved in hit-and-runs in which a victim is seriously injured or killed. Comments (1)

Forest Hills man dies in crash: NYPD

A 24-year-old motorcyclist died near Cunningham Park in Fresh Meadows Monday after he skidded into another car, police said. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

Police investigating six shootings across boro: NYPD

Police had not made any arrests at midweek in shootings last weekend that sent four men scrambling inside an East Elmhurst home, a woman running for cover along an Edgemere street and a man wounded outside a South Richmond Hill lounge this weekend, the NPYD said. Comments (2)
Bayside

Bayside Day to celebrate 100th anniversary

The Bayside Historical Society will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the annual Bayside Day celebration this weekend. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014

Rego Park

Masbia Soup Kitchen provides for Rego Park hungry during Rosh Hashana

More than 500 families lined up to receive kosher food packages from the Masbia Soup Kitchen in Rego Park Tuesday in anticipation of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

Kew Gardens

City closes garage next to Borough Hall

The DOT plans to shut the 500-spot municipal parking garage next to Borough Hall Wednesday due to structural concerns, elected officials said. Comments (4)
Forest Hills

Motorcyclist dies in Fresh Meadows accident: NYPD

A 24-year-old Forest Hills man died in a motorcycle accident in Fresh Meadows Monday afternoon, police said. Comment

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