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Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

The city Department of Education has reached a seven-figure settlement with five former employees, including three from Queens, who admitted to defrauding the agency of hundreds of thousands of dollar, according to the DOE. Comment
Flushing

Meng founds PAC to back female pols

Flushing

Meng founds PAC to back female pols

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) launched a new political action committee last week that will contribute to the campaigns of young candidates from minority communities. Comment
Long Island City

Movie makers from around globe descend on borough

Long Island City

Movie makers from around globe descend on borough

The creators of the Queens World Film Festival realize the sentiment if you build it, they will come appears to work only in the movies. Comment
Planned Parenthood has made its foray into Queens with help from South Asian Youth Action, Sunnyside Community Services and Queens Library. Comments (3)
Two years ago James Chen was struck by the fact there were few Flushing restaurants that offered online ordering services. Comments (2)
Flushing

Tip of the week

Flushing

Tip of the week

Letters

Horse carriage drivers need to upgrade

Anyone facing layoffs or job closings would be concerned for their future livelihood, but the situation with the carriage trade is different. The drivers are not only concerned but they want it their way or no way at all. Comments (10)

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014

A new film and video production house has opened in Long Island City. Comment
Flushing

Little Lamb opens flagship at SkyView

Flushing

Little Lamb opens flagship at SkyView

A Mongolian hot pot chain that has more than 600 locations worldwide opened a franchise in Flushing’s SkyView Center at the end of January. Comment
Long Island City

Expand Avonte’s Law: Vallone

Long Island City

Expand Avonte’s Law: Vallone

City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Whitestone) introduced legislation last week that seeks to expand U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) “Avonte’s Law,” which will provide tracking devices for autistic children. Comment
South Ozone Park

Charlotte man guilty in fast-food holdups

South Ozone Park

Charlotte man guilty in fast-food holdups

A North Carolina man has been convicted in the 2010 robberies of several Queens fast-food restaurants as well as the attempted murder of a cab driver during the seven-month crime spree, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment
JAMAICA — The Police Department is asking people to keep their eyes peeled for an elderly man who went missing over the weekend. Comment
West Indians Serving Humanity, a charitable group partly based in Queens’ West Indian community, returned from a successful trip to the Caribbean with new ideas for this coming year. Comment
Letters

GOP wrong on how wages work

Republicans do not agree with raising the minimum wage. They believe in trickle-down economics. Comments (3)

Monday, Feb. 17, 2014

When it comes to Black History Month, there is no one more celebrated than the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose adult life has been depicted in photographs and documentary movies many times, but one film that captured him at home was tucked away until recently. Comment
Hollis Hills

Hollis Hills quiz kid makes Jeopardy! debut

Hollis Hills

Hollis Hills quiz kid makes Jeopardy! debut

This college student who grew up in Queens fulfilled a lifelong quiz-show dream when she appeared on “Jeopardy!” earlier this week. Comment
There is expected to be a whole lot of dirt flying in Howard Beach this fall, but not from the state elections. Comment
ST. ALBANS — Police were trying to find a missing teenager who was last seen at his home on 118th Avenue Monday. Comments (1)
In 1885, the Presidents Day holiday was established in honor of the birthday of America’s first president, George Washington. The observance is still officially called Washington’s Birthday by the federal government and only became popularly known as Presidents Day in 1971 after it fell under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which was an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. Comments (2)
Letters

Avonte death should teach schools

Our grief over Avonte Oquendo’s death is compounded by the knowledge that it might have been prevented. The danger of kids running out of school cannot be eliminated but must be minimized. Comments (1)

Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014

When it comes to gaining state Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr.’s (D-Howard Beach) support for the Dream Act, it’s all about the money. Comments (2)
St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children has announced that it will end its more than 20-year-old Early Intervention program this spring due to a lack of adequate funding. Comment
Woodhaven

Cockfighting ring busted

Woodhaven

Cockfighting ring busted

A Woodhaven business owner welcomed the arrest of a neighborhood real estate agent on charges of participating in a cockfighting ring in the basement of a vacant Jamaica Avenue storefront. Comments (2)
Baseball and the New York Mets lost a treasure last week. Comment
CEDARHURST, L.I. — Metropolitan Transportation Authority police arrested a Far Rockaway teenager who authorities said allegedly scrawled anti-Semitic graffiti on a Long Island Rail Road station while in the neighborhood where his Jewish yeshiva school is located. Comment
QUEENS VILLAGE — Police were asking for the public’s help finding three men wanted in connection with a robbery on Hempstead Avenue. Comments (1)
SOUTH JAMAICA — Police were trying to identify a suspect wanted in an armed robbery in the 103rd Precinct last month, authorities said. Comment
OZONE PARK — Police were seeking assistance in locating a 50-year-old Ozone Park woman reported missing Sunday. Comment
Letters

Queens leaders devise plan for patients at Creedmoor

The recent escape of a convicted killer from the state-run Creedmoor Psychiatric Facility in Bellerose is a serious concern to the civic leaders of this community and other nearby community organizations. Comments (1)

Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014

Flushing

Pavilion rescue wins ally

Flushing

Pavilion rescue wins ally

The fight to save the New York State Pavilion gained an important ally last week. Comments (2)
Borough prosecutors charged a South Jamaica man Tuesday with ambushing a rapper associated with 50 Cent and his friends last month, but authorities said a second gunman remained on the loose. Comment
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) unsuccessfully railed against $39 billion worth of food stamp cuts written into the Farm Bill, but the two managed to guarantee that food aid allotted under the legislation would include kosher and halal options. Comment
Long Island City

When looking for meaning, be ready for nothing

Long Island City

When looking for meaning, be ready for nothing

A horrific plane crash, which serves as the catalyst in Kari Bentley-Quinn’s new play, “The Unlikely Ascent of Sybil Stevens,” happens before the stage lights go up at The Secret Theatre. Comment
Jamaica

Queens woman charged with taking part in phony lottery scam: U.S. Attorney

JAMAICA — A woman from southeast Queens was among six people arrested earlier this week and charged with operating a phony lottery that bilked seniors out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, authorities said. Comment
Richmond Hill

NYPD releases video of Rich Hill burglary

Richmond Hill

NYPD releases video of Rich Hill burglary

RICHMOND HILL — Police released surveillance of suspects they say broke into the garage of a private home Jan. 22 and stole drills and electric saws. Comment
SOUTH OZONE PARK — Police were asking the public’s help in identifying two suspects they said robbed a cab driver in the early hours of Feb. 2. Comment
Brandon Jackson has had a longstanding affinity for West Point. Comments (1)
Editorial

A Fair Shot

The political climate has changed dramatically since Bill de Blasio was swept into office as a progressive mayor on the strength of his Tale of Two Cities campaign, which struck a deep chord in Queens and other outerboroughs. Comment
Letters

Teachers need new contract now

The teachers who teach in city public schools have been without a new contract for more than four years. Comments (2)

Friday, Feb. 14, 2014

The death of a Baruch College freshman from Oakland Gardens during a fraternity hazing ritual in the Pocono Mountains two months ago has been ruled a homicide by the coroner’s office for that area of Pennsylvania. Comments (1)
State Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) has taken the Little Engine that Could’s approach to the 11 freight locomotives stationed in Glendale, striving to secure funding to green the engines bit by bit. Comment
Community Board 7 approved a 180,000-square-foot, multi-use complex including a hotel for downtown Flushing Monday night. Comment
A 30-year-old Kew Gardens man is facing attempted murder, assault, weapon possession and tampering with evidence charges after authorities alleged he shot his girlfriend in the head Sunday and then lied about how she was injured, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (3)
Borough President Melinda Katz rubbed shoulders with Queens’ movers and shakers during a meet-and-greet breakfast at the LaGuardia Marriott Hotel Tuesday, when she said tackling the borough’s unemployment rate and luring a big-name retailer to Far Rockaway will be some of the keys to driving the borough’s economy. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Town hall aims to eradicate reckless driving

Jackson Heights

Town hall aims to eradicate reckless driving

Make Queens Safer hosted a town hall meeting Sunday evening to discuss a growing number of pedestrian deaths with elected officials, police and a representative from the city Department of Transportation. Comments (2)
Community Board 9 Chairman James Coccovillo and District Manager Mary Ann Carey announced they had put their differences aside with help from the borough president’s office during the board’s Tuesday meeting. Comment
Beatlemania became a full-on frenzy 50 years ago with the arrival of John, Paul, George and Ringo at John F. Kennedy International Airport, and last week the group’s fans gathered inside the iconic TWA terminal to mark the anniversary. Comment
Willets Point

Avella sues city over mall

Willets Point

Avella sues city over mall

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and a number of park advocacy groups and Queens businesses slapped the city and Willets Point developers with a lawsuit Monday challenging the legality of their plan to build a megamall on parkland. Comments (2)
Long Island City

LIC biz owners brace for No. 7 shutdowns

Long Island City

LIC biz owners brace for No. 7 shutdowns

With just two weeks to go before the MTA begins suspending weekend service on the western portion of the No. 7 subway line for signal upgrades and tunnel repair, anxiety levels are rising among business owners in Long Island City. Comment
Queens Village

Civics say Creedmoor needs tighter security

Queens Village

Civics say Creedmoor needs tighter security

The recent escape by a patient from the Creedmoor Psychiatric Hospital in Queens Village has surrounding residents calling for a full review of the incident as well as an in-depth look at improvements they believe can be made to the facility’s security procedures. Comments (1)
After 10 years as chairman of Community Board 11, Jerry Iannece will step down next month due to term limits and a new leader will take his place. Comment
Students at PS 213 in Oakland Gardens danced around the globe Tuesday during the school’s annual International Fair, celebrating cultures and traditions from many different countries. Comment
A small army of costumed dancers, musicians and entertainers marched through downtown Flushing last weekend as the neighborhood celebrated the Lunar New Year with its annual parade. Comment
CORONA — Police were hunting for a man who allegedly exposed himself to a woman on the No. 7 train in Corona Feb. 2, the NYPD said. Comments (1)
ST ALBANS — Police were asking for the public’s help finding a St. Albans teen who went missing Feb. 3. Comments (1)
Thomas Holley learned what it means to be a fighter and a leader from a relative who embodied both attributes on Sept. 11, 2001. Comment
Most coaches say they don’t care about reaching personal milestones and want to keep the focus on their teams. Legendary St. Francis Prep Coach Tim Leary actually proved those mottos were true for him. Comments (2)
Mayoral Spin Cycle

De Blasio sticks to his guns on taxing rich for pre-K

You have to give credit to new Mayor Bill de Blasio. He has presented a clear progressive vision during the campaign and in his first 40 days in office he has hit the ground running, doggedly pursuing his bold agenda. Comment

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014

Queens dug out from yet another snow storm Thursday as 5 to 10 inches of the white stuff blanketed the borough up until noon. Comments (1)
The Port Authority has raised the stakes in its battle with the airlines for fairer pay for airport workers. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Klein Farm tenants fined for tree cutting

Fresh Meadows

Klein Farm tenants fined for tree cutting

The rental tenants on the historic Klein Farm in Fresh Meadows were issued fines Wednesday for cutting down trees and altering the property without the necessary permission. Comments (1)
New York City has reached a $2.5 million settlement with the family of an unarmed National Guardsman who was shot and killed by an NYPD detective as he was driving late at night on the Grand Central Parkway in 2012, according to the family’s attorney. Comments (2)
Former southeast Queens City Council candidate Ricardo Brown has racked up an unusually large — and just plain unusual — campaign debt that one expert said could run him afoul of the city’s campaign finance laws. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Pol calls on library prez to resign

Jamaica

Pol calls on library prez to resign

Pressure mounted on the head of the Queens Library this week as one state lawmaker called for the nonprofit executive’s resignation days after he was questioned by a special City Council oversight committee at a hearing on the library’s finances. Comments (1)
State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) has proposed a new tax credit for restaurants that allow seniors to hang out in their establishments. Comments (7)
Commuters in northeast Queens will be offered an alternative route by the MTA intended to soften the impact of upcoming track work that will shut down parts of the No. 7 train for nearly two dozen weekends in 2014. Comment
Christian Doran, a co-founder of People for the Pavilion, who died suddenly from an asthma attack Saturday, was remembered fondly by friends as a passionate and talented musician on his way to much bigger things. Comments (3)
St. Albans

They create art from the heart

St. Albans

They create art from the heart

Amid the snow and ice here in Queens, hearts are popping up everywhere. Comments (5)
Long Island City

Mayor lays out plans for city in Queens

Long Island City

Mayor lays out plans for city in Queens

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first State of the City address drew a better reaction inside the Performing Arts Center at LaGuardia Community College than it did in Albany. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Katz makes her pick for city schools panel

Forest Hills

Katz makes her pick for city schools panel

Borough President Melinda Katz made her appointment to the city’s education panel during a week when it seemed everyone was talking about schools. Comment
Jamaica

JPAC to hold Black History performance

Jamaica

JPAC to hold Black History performance

This weekend the Jamaica Performing Arts Center is featuring a dance and theatrical event called “Amazing Grace: From the Auction to the White House.” Comment
The Queens Economic Development Corp. celebrated the third anniversary of its Entrepreneur Space while its leader feared it might be the last. Comment
A handful of lucky restaurant-goers have become the first recipients of a simple act of kindness that one Bayside man is hoping will brighten the day of people all over Queens. Comments (6)
Bus Time is heading for Queens bus stops and its arrival is imminent. Comments (1)
LONG ISLAND CITY — Police were asking for the public’s help in identifying a couple believed to be involved in an assault that happened inside the Queens Plaza subway station. Comment
Middle Village

Delarosa powers CK to win

Middle Village

Delarosa powers CK to win

It took a suspension for Christ the Kings’ Adonis Delarosa to truly understand what his teammates already knew. Comment
Middle Village

Christ the King beats Nazareth

Middle Village

Christ the King beats Nazareth

Kollyns Scarbrough had blood running over her right eye and looked like she had gotten out of a boxing ring or the UFC octagon instead of the basketball court. Comment
St. Francis Prep wasn’t short on motivation and didn’t waste any of it. Comment
National Player of the Year candidate Doug McDermott beat St. John’s University with a three-pointer the first time the Red Storm played Creighton. There would be no repeat performance. Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014

Cops brought in a South Jamaica man Monday suspected of gunning down an associate of the hip-hop artist 50 Cent in Springfield Gardens last month, police said. Comments (1)

Monday, Feb. 10, 2014

People for the Pavilion, a new organization leading the push to preserve the site of the 1964 World’s Fair, lost a founding member this weekend. Comment
A 30-year-old man was arrested on charges of attempting to murder his 22-year-old girlfriend after he allegedly told investigators initially that three masked robbers invaded his Kew Gardens apartment and shot her, authorities said. Comments (61)
Mayor Bill de Blasio came to LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City Monday to deliver his first State of the City address and present his progressive plan to attack income inequality. Comments (4)
Woodhaven

Authorities bust cockfighting ring in Woodhaven: AG

Woodhaven

Authorities bust cockfighting ring in Woodhaven: AG

Investigators raided a cockfighting ring in the basement of a vacant storefront in Woodhaven this weekend as part of the largest bust of its kind in New York State history, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said. Comments (4)

Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014

Thousands of people braved frigid temperatures Saturday to behold the Lunar New Year Parade in downtown Flushing. Comment
Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged an investigation into the beating death of a 2-year-old girl in the Rockaways and a broader probe into the policies and practices of the Administration for Children’s Services during his remarks to reporters Thursday in the Bronx. Comment
East Elmhurst

SUV flipped on side following multi-car accident

East Elmhurst

SUV flipped on side following multi-car accident

At least three vehicles, including one SUV that was flipped on its side, were involved in an accident on the eastbound Grand Central Parkway Saturday morning. Comment

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