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Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Education

SUNY combats sexual attacks on campus with new policy

In an effort to reduce sexual assaults on its 64 campuses, the State University of New York announced a “yes means yes” uniformed policy requiring “clear, unambiguous, informed, and voluntary agreement” between partners. Comment
Flushing

Nonprofit ‘Women Auto Know’ seeks more funding

Women Auto Know, a Flushing non-profit that helps women overcome their anxieties over auto repair, has launched a fund-raising campaign to attract more women drivers and auto shops. Comments (1)
Opinion

In justice we trust

The Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer who used a chokehold on Eric Garner has hit a raw nerve in the black and immigrant communities in Queens. Although many had hoped the white officer would be held accountable in the death of a black man arrested for selling loose cigarettes after a video captured the entire incident, most were not surprised he walked free. Comments (3)
Opinion

A poem for Eric Garner

The verdict came out on Dec. 3, 2014. The police officer who put Eric Garner in a chokehold and killed him on July 17, 2014 was not indicted. Comments (5)

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

Rego Park

Rego Park Social Security office closes for revamp

The Rego Park Social Security Office is slated to temporarily close as it cycles through a national upgrading initiative. Comment
Kew Gardens

Boro schools lose track of computers: Stringer

A total of 35 computers and iPads were missing and 125 such devices sat unused when an audit of the city school system’s tech contracts reviewed four campuses across the borough, city Comptroller Scott Stringer said earlier this month. Comments (2)
Political Action

Preparing for the Queens GOP battle in 2015

Recently, Queens Republican County Chairman Robert Beltrani and several other county officers had a meeting with Queens Republican insurgent leaders for the purpose of trying to reach a compromise and reunite the Queens Republican Party so that they can maintain unity, especially during elections. Comments (2)

Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

Springfield Gardens

Southeast Queens post office rename to honor Cynthia Jenkins

The first black woman elected to public office in southeast Queens will never be forgotten. Comments (1)
Long Island City

$2 million for LaGuardia Community College library renovation

The library at LaGuardia Community College is set for a massive renovation that will expand and modernize the facility and make it more accessible for the 850,000 students and faculty that visit each year. City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), who allocated $2 million in funding for the project, was joined by the school’s president Dr. Gail Mellow, educators and students at a Friday groundbreaking at the Long Island City campus. Comments (1)
Basketball

Championship hungry Molloy off to fast start

Archbishop Molloy began anew last season from a team that won the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens regular season title. The Stanners got off to a slow start as nine new varsity players got used to playing with each other and at the highest level, but jelled late and earned a return trip to the diocesan title game. There were no such growing pains this time around as Molloy, which has five seniors, has its eyes set on bringing home the crown. Comment
Dining Out

Skip the trip to Warsaw and head to Ridgewood for Polish cuisine

There’s a lot of attention being given to seasonal ingredients nowadays, and that’s a good thing, but when we think seasonal, we also think of whole cuisines. Comment
Opinion

NYC reaching all new crime ‘tipping point’

Some believe that history is cyclical while others believe that the march of progress in humankind is linear. Both are compatible beliefs, but to these macro theories of history I add another: the pendulum of life often swings until it reaches a “tipping point” and then it shifts course and swings back in the other direction. Comment
Opinion

We must restore confidence in our justice system

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman published an op-ed for The Huffington Post Dec. 9 on restoring public trust and confidence in the fairness of reviews of cases involving unarmed civilians killed by law enforcement officers. Comments (1)

Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014

Kew Gardens

Strong PTA key to strengthening schools

About two dozen concerned parents, PTA officers and parent advocates met to discuss the ever-increasing need for enhanced parent and school involvement in Queens’ public schools and the positive impact this would have on their children’s education last week at Queens Borough Hall. Comments (3)
Corona

Reward doubles in murder of pregnant LeFrak mother of four

The reward for information leading to the arrest of the killer of a pregnant mother of four at LeFrak City in Corona has doubled. Comments (1)
Middle Village

Toussaint, Royals beat Moore in season opener

Dominique Toussaint spoke in the preseason about how anxious she was to do more to help her team win. The Christ the King junior guard couldn’t wait to get on the court for the Royals’ season opener against Moore Catholic. Comment
On Point

On Point: The fix is in the bag

The fix is in the bag. Comments (3)
Opinion

Landmark preservation deserves full transparency

On behalf of Rego-Forest Preservation Council, we would like to extend our gratitude in response to the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s cancellation of the proposed administrative hearing on Dec. 9, 2014, which would have likely resulted in the de-calendaring of nearly 100 landmark-worthy individual properties and two landmark-worthy districts. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014

Flushing

Four men charged with reckless driving in Flushing Meadows

Three Queens men and one Manhattan man were charged with “Fast and Furious” movie-style drifting at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said last week. Comments (1)
Bayside

Aperitif bistro opens on Bell Blvd.

Bell Boulevard, say bonjour to French fare. Comment
Ditmars

Ditmars water main burst sends one to hospital: FDNY

A water main burst in Ditmars early Saturday, flooding close to 100 homes and sending one resident to the hospital, the FDNY said. Comment
Basketball

Tarpey leaving mark early in tenure as new Holy Cross coach

Terry Tarpey Jr., set the tone early and definitively for the start of his tenure as Holy Cross boys’ basketball coach. Comment
St. Albans

Sanitation employee arrested in St. Albans: Cops

ST. ALBANS — A 36-year-old Department of Sanitation employee was pulled over for allegedly driving with busted headlights, and arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated in St. Albans Saturday morning, the NYPD said. Comment
Opinion

Heavy price paid for Garner’s light crime

In reference to “Boro dismayed at Garner case,” (Flushing Times, Dec. 5-11, 2014), what seems to be ignored in the Eric Garner chokehold case is the police were attempting to arrest Mr. Garner for selling loose cigarettes on a public street. Comments (4)

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

Whitestone

Halloran, Tabone hire new attorneys

It’s one big clan of counsel in northeast Queens. Comment
Long Island City

Live from Long Island City: Variations’ scores big with holiday radio play

At the end of the calendar year, smaller theater companies face some fierce competition from “The Nutcracker,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and Mr. Dickens’ story of a miserly old man and a trio of ghosts. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Plans to buy Fresh Meadows cemetery are under way

The Friends of Brinckerhoff Colonial Cemetery Inc. is putting pressure on the city to find a buyer for the long-neglected graveyard in Fresh Meadows which dates back to the early 18th century. Comments (1)
Bayside

Traditional children’s holiday parade back in Bayside

Hundreds of Bayside children and neighbors took over Bell Boulevard’s roadway and sidewalks on a cold evening Sunday. There were no cars allowed on the busy commercial strip, at least for a while. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Residents in western Queens decide which city projects to back

Dog runs under the Triborough Bridge, community gardens, pedestrian plazas, a community boat launch and a footbridge over Queens Boulevard and Thomson Avenue in Long Island City. These are just some of the ideas several hundred residents from Jackson Heights to Astoria came up with during brainstorming sessions as two City Council districts introduced participatory budgeting for the first time. Comment
St. Albans

Banks writes book on his Eagle schools’ success

Parents get upset when their kids are not admitted into an Eagle Academy school’s sixth grade class due to a lack of seats. After all, the all-boys public school network has an excellent reputation and a high school graduation rate of more than 80 percent. College acceptance for the graduates is 100 percent. Comment
Long Island City

LIC civic associations join together for first food drive

When the leaders of two Long Island City civic associations heard how stressed area food pantries are this holiday season, they swung into action. Comment
Briarwood

Kew Gardens Interchange work speeds ahead

As two massive projects alter the landscape of the Kew Gardens Interchange, the state announced it secured something for another kind of commuter — straphangers. Comment
Jamaica

Two new devices to monitor airplane noise

The Port Authority, the state agency that manages both JFK and LaGuardia airports, will install new airplane noise monitors in the borough. The devices will provide data on the aircraft noise impact on communities in the flight paths of both airports. Comments (1)
Astoria

Creativity takes root in Astoria

Astoria’s Liza Fiorentinos cannot stop talking about a chunk of moss she discovered outside her 24th Avenue business Sunday morning. Comment
Baseball

Red Hawks looking to build off last season’s success

Construction is coming off a season that saw it announce itself as a major player in the PSAL boys’ basketball landscape and claim a Queens Borough title. The Red Hawks understand they cannot rest on their laurels as numerous key pieces have graduated. They are hungry to keep the program on the rise. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

Rego Park

State grant to fund design of proposed QueensWay

The state announced Thursday The Trust For Public Land won a $433,750 grant to design a roughly 1.5-mile section of the proposed QueensWay. Comments (6)
Jamaica

Queens frustrated over Garner case

As the state attorney general asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo to grant him power to investigate police killings of unarmed civilians, hundreds of Queens residents took their frustration to the streets over the non-indictment decision in the case of Eric Garner. Comments (4)
Economy

Tense battle brewing to ban horse-drawn carriages

The race is on and it looks like there could be a photo-finish shot at the City Hall race track. Comments (1)
Ridgewood

Commission OK’s Ridgewood historic district

A swath of Ridgewood known for pioneering one of the first working class residential developments a century ago is poised to retain its historic housing stock for years to come. Comments (4)
Sunnyside

Conley steps down as CB 2 Chairman after 23 years

Joe Conley’s sudden decision to step down last week as chairman of Community Board 2 after 23 years has set off a debate on the timing of the vote to name his successor. Comment
Whitestone

Halloran sentencing on hold

The sentencing of former Bayside City Councilman Daniel Halloran has been put on hold. Comments (37)
Kew Gardens Hills

Furniture company owner climbs Azrieli towers in Israel

Kew Gardens Hills resident Michael Rollhaus isn’t your average furniture company owner. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Landmarks Preservation Committee reverses course on Boro’s historic properties

The Landmarks Preservation Commission reversed course and decided against holding a vote this week that would “decalendar” the iconic Pepsi sign in Long Island City as well as seven other historic properties in Queens. “Calendaring” is the first step in the public review process that gives structures protection from redevelopment or demolition. Comment
Sunnyside

Sunnyside movie theater facing shutout granted reprieve

The Sunnyside Center Cinemas, the neighborhood’s only movie theater, was expecting to close down Jan. 4 but has been granted a reprieve. Comment
Jackson Heights

New municipal ID ready to launch next month

Thousands of Queens residents will be eligible to normalize their immigration status under the new programs announced by President Barack Obama. Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Nicha Agarwal estimated that in the city, the number of New Yorkers who will be able to come out of the shadows and become documented immigrants is between 114,000 and 121,000. Comments (1)
Flushing

Q58 named slowest bus in borough

The slowest bus in Queens is the Q58 between Ridgewood and Main Street in Flushing, the transit group Straphangers Campaign announced Thursday. Comments (2)
Basketball

Cooper setting foundation to turn around Campus Magnet

Jonathan Cooper learned a lot from being Charles Granby’s junior varsity coach the last four seasons. One thing the legendary Campus Magnet boys’ basketball headman always stressed to him was that good things come in time and with hard work. Comment

Monday, Dec. 8, 2014

Jamaica Estates

Elderly pedestrian killed by car in Jamaica Estates

An elderly man was hit and killed by a teenage driver in the vicinity of 188th Street and Wicklow Place in Jamaica Estates, the NYPD said. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014

Oakland Gardens

Woman dies in Oakland Gardens fire: FDNY

The Fire Department was investigating the cause of a fierce fire that took the life of a 64-year-old Oakland Gardens woman Saturday. Comments (2)
South Jamaica

One man dead, another one injured in South Jamaica shooting: NYPD

Police are investigating a South Jamaica shooting that left one man dead and another one injured in the hospital, said the NYPD. Comments (7)

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