Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

College Point

Chamber launches Queens VETS program

Dozens of businesses across the borough have started providing discounts to veterans as part of a new program, the Queens Chamber of Commerce and Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz (D-Flushing) announced Monday. Comment

Clearview Senior Golf Club honors winners

The Clearview Senior Golf Club celebrated a banner year at its annual awards dinner last month at Verdi’s Catering Restaurant in Whitestone. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014


Massive water main project disrupts Bayside life

Bayside is undergoing a major underground transformation and with it some headaches for its neighbors above ground. Comment
Jackson Heights

Smart Schools Bond Act passes

Western Queens lawmakers are applauding the overwhelming approval of the Smart Schools Bond Act by voters statewide on Election Day. Comments (1)

Jamaica dad sentence to 45 years in prison for killing wife and baby daughters

The Jamaica man who killed his wife and his two infant daughters was sentenced to 45 years in prison by a Queens judge. Comments (4)

Embrace diversity in city schools

Several of my council colleagues have introduced legislation calling for measures to address the problem of segregation in the city school system. Representing the most diverse district in New York City, I share my colleagues’ enthusiasm for the tremendous benefits of integrated learning environments, as well as their concerns about de facto diversity in our schools. At the same time, I have deep misgivings about any attempts to eliminate school zones. Comments (3)

Monday, Nov. 17, 2014


Greater Jamaica president Towery stepping down

Carlisle Towery, the longtime president of the nonprofit Greater Jamaica Development Corp., is leaving his post in 2015. Comments (4)
There is a lot of karma in this boutique, and a lot of fashion. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm has tournament dreams

D’Angelo Harrison wouldn’t talk about not being selected as the Preseason Big East Player of the Year, an award that was given by the league’s coaches to Georgetown junior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera. Comment

Two air controllers arrested for allegedly stealing time from the FAA: U.S. Attorney

JAMAICA — Two air traffic controllers at JFK were arrested for allegedly stealing about $165,000 in time from the Federal Aviation Administration, said Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District. Comments (1)

Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014

María Contreras, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, did not resist the temptation and bought some sweets on Bell Boulevard during her first official visit to Queens. Comment
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has called on the state Department of Conservation to reject an application by the developers of Willets Point for millions of dollars in tax credits. Comments (8)
Richmond Hill

Rich Hill HS trailers slated for removal: DOE

Richmond Hill

Rich Hill HS trailers slated for removal: DOE

Richmond Hill High is slated to shake off the trailers languishing in its yard and make room for an outdoor athletic space, the city said. Comment
East Elmhurst

Vaughn College installs new president

Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology inaugurated its first female president in its 82-year history last week. Comment

Grover Cleveland edges RFK in for city boys’ soccer crown

Grover Cleveland put an end to Robert F. Kennedy’s Cinderella playoff run by finishing off an undefeated championship season of its own. Comment

Voca People bring their sound to Bayside

There will be a crash landing on the stage of the Performing Arts Center at Queensborough Community College. Comment
Ozone Park

Ozone Park man missing: NYPD

OZONE PARK — Police requested assistance finding an Ozone Park man reported missing Monday. Comment

Election results show people seek big changes

The 2014 election nationwide was a Republican success, especially with the party gaining control of the U.S. Senate in addition to increasing their majority in the House of Representatives. Read more…

Embrace healthy biking

Finally, bike share arriving in Queens. Comments (1)

Public transportation still a bargain

“MTA to study buses in northeast Queens,” (TimesLedger Oct. 24) championed by numerous elected officials is nothing more than a placebo designed to placate demagogues who are not regular users of the numerous public transportation alternatives that have been available for decades. Comments (2)

Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014

St. Albans

Jury finds two Queens men guilty in fatal shooting of woman: DA

A Queens jury found two men guilty of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a woman at a St. Albans’ house party in February 2011, said District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment

One Queens-bound lane at Whitestone Bridge to close Sunday

One of the three Queens-bound lanes of the Whitestone Bridge will be closed this Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Comment

Prosecutors push for 10 to 20 years for Flushing doc

Prosecutors are asking a judge to give a doctor 10 to 20 years in prison for illegally prescribing lethal doses to two patients from his Flushing clinic. Comments (1)

MTA considering more fare hikes

Officials of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority have been crunching figures in search of the best formula to raise transit fares without financially damaging the ever-rising numbers of straphangers. Comments (2)

Retired cop sentenced 23 years to life for wife’s murder: DA

A retired cop has been sentenced to 23 years to life in prison for the 2011 slaying of his wife in their Briarwood apartment, the Queens DA announced Wednesday. Comments (1)

Bayside can’t grab first place

The McKee/Staten Island Tech ground attack proved too much for Bayside with first place on the line. Comment

Aviation caps amazing run with city soccer title

The Aviation boys’ soccer team’s unbelievable playoff ended with a fairy tale ending fitting for the story it’s written the last five years. Comment

Borough’s theater options provide laughs and bring tears

The 2014-15 theater season kicked off with the return of a breezy comedy and the premiere of a heavy-handed drama this past weekend in Queens. Comment

Time to shake up the political system

Now that the drama of the campaigns and the post-election analysis is finally sinking in, it seems our country — and our state — are at a crucial crossroads, a “tipping point” perhaps. Comments (1)

DMV in the hotseat

Where is the justice? Comments (3)

Friday, Nov. 14, 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law two bills Friday that dramatically reduce New York City’s cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deportations. The new laws, which take effect in 30 days, require immigration officials to present a judicial warrant before the city can hold an immigrant in custody, except in instances where there is a public safety concern. Comments (4)
South Ozone Park

Resorts World’s revenues slow: Analysts

South Ozone Park

Resorts World’s revenues slow: Analysts

Resorts World has all its cards on the table. Comments (2)
The parents of a 3-year-old girl killed by an SUV last year were fuming after a DMV judge dismissed two tickets issued to the driver, whom they hold responsible for their daughter’s death. Comments (3)
Forest Hills

MTA suspends N,Q, R service in Manhattan for track repairs

On four consecutive nights starting Monday, N, Q and R subway trains will not stop at Manhattan stations so the MTA can perform its Fastrack maintenance. Comment
New security measures have been announced at Rikers Island that will include tighter screenings of guards and employees following a large-scale undercover investigation by the New York City Department of Investigations. Comment
Sunnyside residents are mourning the loss of one of their most civic-minded neighbors. For more than 40 years, Luke Adams immersed himself in community work as a president of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce and the Sunnyside Woodside Lions Club. Comment
Jackson Heights

New commander at the 115th precinct is a familiar face

When Deputy Inspector Michael Cody was transferred to an investigative assignment in the Bronx two weeks ago, the NYPD didn’t go very far to find his replacement as the commanding officer at the 115th Precinct in Jackson Heights. Comment
Dutch Kills

Dutch Kills president stepping down

The president of the Dutch Kills Civic Association has stepped down after realizing that fellow members are resistant to change. Comment

Ridgewood couple charged in pickpocket spree: DA

A Ridgewood couple has been charged in a spate of pickpocketing targeting more than a dozen women with strollers across the borough, the Queens district attorney said this week. Comment

Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce relaunches

The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce has been resurrected two years after it closed its doors. Comments (1)

Fundraiser Sunday for Sacred Heart student

Family and friends are hosting a fund-raiser for a 7-year-old Bayside girl who is in the fight of her life. Comment


Borough war veterans were honored in different ceremonies to recognize their service to the United States. Comment

A throughly enjoyable show now on stage in Flushing

When a community theater production needs to cast two characters who speak Chinese, there is always the fear that performers will overact to the point of offensiveness. Comments (2)
Block Shots

Nwajei comfortable as the face of Wagner College women’s hoops 

Jasmine Nwajei fully accepted and thrived amid the high expectations placed on her as a freshman at Wagner College. Comment

Give Americans a tax break for voting

In Australia, failure to provide a valid reason for not voting in an election results in a $20 fine. The percentage of people who vote in the United States in a general election is abysmally low. (Missing Voters — Times Ledger Nov. 7-13). It is even less in a primary, which in a district that is dominated by one party, the candidate who is ultimately elected may well have been so with a percentage in the teens. Comments (2)

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

Hours after a Manhattan judge sentenced the so-called Cannibal Cop to a year of supervised release, prosecutors submitted an appeal asking that the Forest Hills man’s initial conviction of planning to kidnap, kill and eat women stand, prosecutors said. Comment

Astoria Cove architect applauds City Council decision

The City Council’s Land Use Committee voted to approve the Astoria Cove project Wednesday, after intensive negotiations raised the number of affordable units to 27 percent of the 1,723 apartments from the original 20 percent that was offered by 2030 Astoria Developers. The project will also use union labor to build the massive 2.2 million-square-foot residential and retail development Comment

Vigil honors man killed after Laurelton brawl

With dozens huddled around her, the mother of a Laurelton man mowed down by a suspected peer last weekend urged those clutching votive candles to cooperate with police. Comment
East Elmhurst

Simotas sues Department of Homeless Services over homeless shelters

While the city Department of Homeless Services was planning last week to make two Queens homeless shelters permanent, one lawmaker was taking them to court. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Study shows Rock Beach LIRR spur vital: Pol

State Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Beach) seized on a study of reviving the Rockaway Beach LIRR spur as evidence the train had left the station. Comments (2)
Isolated episodes of violence erupted in several Queens neighborhoods, which left at least four people dead and several people arrested, according to several police reports. Comments (1)
Middle Village

Veterans Day parade marches through Middle Village

Several people watching Queens’ Veterans Day Parade Sunday said they happened upon the procession and then slipped into the crowds on Metropolitan Avenue. Comments (1)

Federal grants to mitigate jet noise around JFK and LaGuardia

Congressional lawmakers want the Federal Aviation Administration to lower its “outdated and disconnected” noise standards, a measure that would make thousands of Queens residents living around JFK and LaGuardia airports eligible for federal grants to install noise insulation in their homes. Comments (3)

Avella stays with IDC

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has pledged to stay with his colleagues in the Independent Democratic Conference despite recent hints the breakaway group might rejoin the GOP, which regained control of the Senate. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014


MTA mulls new fare hikes


MTA mulls new fare hikes

Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials are discussing a variety of possibilities as to how much subway and bus fares will go up in 2015. Comment

Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014


Three killed in separate crimes: NYPD


Three killed in separate crimes: NYPD

Three were killed in Queens and another trio remain in the hospital after separate crimes claimed lives in Laurelton, Linden Hill and Rockaway last night, the NYPD said. Comment

Friday, Nov. 7, 2014

The Jamaica man who killed his wife and his two infant daughters was sentenced Friday to 45 years in prison. Comments (3)

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013

SOUTH OZONE PARK — A Bronx man has been arrested and charged in the robbery of an 88-year-old Queens man who left Resorts World Casino last month with $1,000 in winnings and wound up in the hospital, the DA said. Comment



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