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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Rockaway Beach

Forum on Rockaway reformulation study scheduled for April

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be hosting a public forum to obtain feedback from Rockaway residents for the long-delayed Rockaway Reformulation Study at the urging of state Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) and U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY). Comment
Flushing

Flushing man guilty of assaulting stepmother: DA

A Flushing man pleaded guilty to brutally assaulting his elderly stepmother in September 2013, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced last week. Comments (3)
Whitestone

Whitestone, Elmhurst properties eyed by developers

A commercial building in Whitestone has been sold, real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield announced last week. Comments (7)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Bayside

World War II veteran shares stories of liberating Buchenwald

Queensborough Community College’s Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives held an event last Friday where World War II veteran Rick Carrier spoke to students about being the first American to discover the Buchenwald concentration camp. Comments (2)
Fresh Meadows

Fresh Meadows street to be named after late bishop

A street in Fresh Meadows will be renamed after the late bishop Ignatius Catanello in a ceremony this summer. Comments (5)
Jamaica

Queens library budget proposes $18.1 mill increase

The Queens Public Library held a budget proposal hearing in front of a small audience at the Queens Flushing branch on Main Street this week. Comments (1)
Block Shots

Alkins at peace with potential end to his CK career

Rawle Alkins sat on the end of the scorers’ table staring into an uncertain future. Comment

Monday, April 6, 2015

Long Island City

Mayor’s tech team pays visit to Coalition for Queens

When Mayor de Blasio wanted to introduce New Yorkers to Digital.NYC, a first-of-its-kind comprehensive online hub for the city’s tech ecosystem, he sent his tech officials and leaders on a five-borough tour to help turn ideas into businesses, aid digital startups, and connect New Yorkers to opportunities and jobs in the city’s tech ecosystem. When it came time for the group to visit Queens March 25, the choice of venue was an easy one. Comment
Political Action

Several women have attempted to reach the White House

Hillary Clinton may well be the nominee of the Democratic Party for the U.S. presidency if she can weather the controversy involving the e-mails she sent out when she was secretary of state. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Queens Library gets fair shake in budget

Gov. Cuomo and the state legislature have agreed on a budget for fiscal year 2016. Thanks to your support, overall funding to libraries across New York state has increased. Comments (1)
Springfield Gardens

Springfield Gardens shows Mase’s spirit in season-ending loss

ALBANY – Springfield Gardens honored alum Anthony Mason to the end. There were numerous occasions for the Golden Eagles to roll over against a hot shooting Albany Academy team, but the club battled until it couldn’t anymore. Comment

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Long Island City

LIC Robotigers look for funding of national competition

The Robotigers Team 1796 from Queens Vocational and Technical High School in Long Island City, which won the regional First Robotics Competition, is trying to raise funding to travel to the national robotics competition in St. Louis. Comment
New Hyde Park

New Hyde Park Indian eatery knows some like it hot

Southern Spice used to be our favorite Indian restaurant. Comments (2)
I Sit and Look Out

Remembering things past in old New York

Years ago I heard (or read) that an expert in memory believed that after seven years or so we don’t really remember something. We remember remembering it. Comments (7)
Maspeth

Maspeth’s magical season ends with state final defeat

Maspeth played with the same heart, unselfishness and belief in itself that it displayed throughout its historic playoff run. Comment

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Long Island City

MTA deal allows for the building of borough’s tallest building

Developers have a deal in place that will allow them to build the tallest building in Queens, next to the iconic Clock Tower, now that MTA board members voted to sell 478,000 square feet of air rights for $56 million. Comments (1)
Bayside

Bayside chosen for City Council’s age-friendly initiative

Bayside is one of two neighborhoods in Queens that was recently selected to be a part of the New York City Council’s “Age-friendly Neighborhoods Initiative,” which is attempting to make the city and its naturally-occurring retirement communities more accommodating to older individuals. Comments (7)
Kew Gardens

City tourism plan to highlight Queens sites

New York City’s official marketing and tourism company is turning up the Queens glamor, riding the wave of attention the borough received after Lonely Planet named it the best place to visit in America. Comments (4)
Rosedale

Queens GOP targets southeast Queens Republicans

Recently appointed Queens Republican Party chairman Bob Turner is working to rally his base in southeast Queens. Comments (2)
Astoria

Astoria Park shoelace strangler sentenced

A homeless woman was sentenced last week for her role in the brutal beating death of a man in the northeast corner of Astoria Park five years ago. Comment
Forest Hills

Forest Hills playwright pens a New York story about love and loss

After watching John Attanas’ new play, “All Gone West,” at the Teatro Circulo in the East Village through April 18, it’s hard to say if he likes his hometown or not. Comment
On Point

Cuomo vs. UFT in teacher accountability standoff

A battle now rages for the hearts and minds of tens of thousands of students languishing in appallingly underperforming city schools. The United Federation of Teachers and Gov. Cuomo stand on opposite ends of this battle and the stakes couldn’t be higher. Comments (11)
Opinion

New solar jobs continue to grow across New York state

With the start of the new season, sunny skies are ahead of us. Spring is all about renewal and regrowth. We should start spring by renewing our commitment to solar energy and growing the industry here in New York. Our solar industry added 2,100 jobs in New York in 2014, according to the Solar Foundation’s new solar jobs census. Nationwide, solar jobs grew by over 20 percent for the second year in a row, now totaling over 170,000 jobs. Comments (1)
Middle Village

Christ the King falls short of Federation title

Winning a state title was the goal for Christ the King girls’ basketball team when the season started despite those on the outside unsure if a young and inexperienced team was capable of achieving it. Comment
Flushing

Woman wanted for larceny at Flushing supermarket: NYPD

FLUSHING — Police were looking for a woman who allegedly stole money from a 52-year-old man at a supermarket in Flushing, the NYPD said. Comments (1)

Friday, April 3, 2015

Real Estate

Queens foreclosures attract unwanted visitors

Property values in Queens are on the rebound from the housing crisis, but despite increases in median home values, the concern over the growing number of blighted, abandoned houses is very much real throughout the borough. Comments (2)
Diversity

Feds track hate crimes against Sikhs, Hindus, Arabs

U.S. Reps. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) and Grace Meng (D-Flushing) joined several other members of Congress and advocates to welcome the inclusion of Sikh, Hindu and Arab American communities in the Department of Justice hate crimes tracking effort. It is the final step in a three-year-long effort to encourage the federal government to finally begin tracking and quantifying hate crimes against these at-risk communities. Comments (2)
Howard Beach

Sunken boat threatens to block Howard Beach creek

It turns out that a notorious landlord who served jail time is responsible for two sunken boats in one of Howard Beach’s creeks. Comments (5)
Government

Dream Act unlikely to pass Senate after exclusion from budget

As the most diverse county in the country with nearly half of the population foreign-born, Queens residents likely have the most to gain from the Dream Act, if and when it is passed. Comments (4)
Flushing

DOT to add traffic agents, lanes to address Flushing Commons problems

Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg announced several new safety and mobility measures to address traffic congestion and pedestrians safety issues at the Flushing Commons construction site at a meeting of Queens Borough President Melinda Katz’s task force for the project. Comments (4)
Astoria

Astoria’s Greek community celebrate independence with two events

With hundreds of visitors from Greece in town for last Sunday’s annual Greek Independence Day parade on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, Astoria held two special events on Saturday. First a street co-naming for a longtime leader of the Eastern Orthodox Church followed by the unveiling of a new statue in Athens Square Park. Comments (3)
Jamaica

Mary Immaculate site to be developed into residential

The former Mary Immaculate Hospital location at 150-13 89th Ave. in downtown Jamaica will be developed into a residential complex by the Manhattan firm of Goldstein, Hill & West Architects, according to the city Buildings Department. Comments (2)
St. Albans

Veteran cremation site planned for to St. Albans

The Veteran Affairs St. Albans Community Living Center has been chosen as one of the five cremation-only facilities that will be constructed across the nation, the VA’s National Cemetery Administration announced during a public meeting at the center last week. Comment
Opinion

Albany budget deal disappoints Queens

Budgets are made from broken promises, political compromises and glaring omissions. Comments (1)
Corona

Langston Hughes’ legacy inspires a new exhibition

After Jackson Heights artist Carla Lobmier presented a watercolor exhibition at the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center, she approached the facility’s director about putting together an art show around the poetry of Hughes. Comment
New Voices

Bias attacks on rise against Muslims in America

Since 9/11, the number of bias attacks against people perceived to be Muslim or Arab has increased dramatically, the worst of which being the 2012 Oak Creek Massacre in Wisconsin, where a white supremacist opened fire at a Sikh temple, killing six. Recently, the shooting of three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, N.C., allegedly over a minor dispute, deepened fears that Muslims and those appearing to be Muslim could be targets of hate groups, the deranged and other domestic terrorists. Comments (4)
Bayside

Faulty logic applied to teaching

Whenever critics of public schools argue against what they call “business as usual,” they trot out the same platitudes from the same playbook. One of them is that younger teachers with less experience are planted in poor neighborhoods and more senior veterans take root in more privileged communities. Several implications are at issue here. Let’s deal with just one of them for now. Comments (7)
Middle Village

Wings’ rally ends CK hopes for historic three-peat

Three was supposed to be the magic number for Christ the King in the New York State Federation Class AA final against Wings. Comment
Flushing

Man wanted for groping teens in Flushing: NYPD

FLUSHING — Police were searching for a man who forcibly touched three teenage girls in Flushing between November and March. Comments (2)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Jamaica

Two Queens charged in terrorist plot

Two Jamaica women were arrested Thursday and charged with conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction against persons or property in the United States, the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn said. Comments (3)
Auburndale

Auburndale hit-and-run leaves man dead: NYPD

A 61-year-old man died after being struck by a vehicle in Auburndale Wednesday night, the NYPD said. Comment
Willets Point

Willets Point auto group gets $5.8M from the city

The Sunrise Cooperative, a group of 48 Willets Point auto shop owners, is receiving a nearly $5.8 million settlement from the city to relocate to and complete renovations at its South Bronx space. Comments (1)
Sunnyside

DOT presents plans for Queens Boulevard to CB2

The safety of pedestrians and cyclists is the focus of the city Department of Transportation’s plans for a $100 million redesign of Queens Boulevard. The concept was unveiled during a slide show presentation for Community Board 2’s Transportation Committee Tuesday night. Comments (4)
Jamaica Estates

Chris Mullin tapped for new St. John’s University basketball coach

Chris Mullin is here to coach St. John’s back to its past glory days. Comment
Elmhurst

Elmhurst resident dies in East Village collapse

An Elmhurst resident was the second of two fatal victims pulled from the rubble of the East Village gas explosion Sunday. Comment
Politics

Lancman, sex trafficking groups seek city funds for victims

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) and sex trafficking advocates are calling on the city to provide more funding for victims. Comments (2)
Jamaica

Grandmother shot dead after answering door

At 1:39 a.m. Monday morning, 71-year-old grandmother Leta Webb answered her door in Jamaica and moments later her family woke up from the loud noise of a gunshots to find her body on the porch. Comment
Government

Queens lawmakers disappointed with state spending plan

Several state legislators from Queens have expressed discontent with weakened policies and eliminated initiatives in the state budget as both houses struggled to get a final resolution on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk by deadline. Comment
Education

Queens public schools to house new pre-k programs

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s call for universal, full-day pre-kindergarten demands 17,000 new seats citywide by fall, which is causing some head butting with Queens communities, where the greatest portion of new seats is needed. Comments (1)
Hillcrest

CB 8 to hold burning stations for Passover holiday

Starting this Friday, the first day of Passover, the 107th Precinct will have dedicated patrols driving around the precinct area, which primarily covers Fresh Meadows, Cunningham Heights, Hilltop Village, Electchester and Pomonok, according to the precinct’s captain, Paul Valerga. Comments (2)
Bayside

Paper wins five awards

Times Ledger Newspapers Editor Roz Liston’s editorials won two awards at this year’s New York Press Association contest that pitted hundreds of papers across the state against each other. The paper also received three other awards to individual reporters for their coverage of spot news and local government. Comments (1)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Jamaica

Elderly woman murdered in her Jamaica home

A 70-year-old Queens woman was shot to death after opening her front door in the middle of the night, police said. Comments (2)

Monday, March 30, 2015

Kew Gardens

Seven Queens residents charged in alleged gang attacks: DA

Seven alleged members and associates of a notorious street gang in southeast Queens were indicted on conspiracy, weapons and other charges for the attempted murder, shooting and assault of two individuals believed to be associated with a rival gang the Queens District Attorney office and the NYPD announced Friday. Comments (1)
St. Albans

Girlfriend charged in St. Albans’ shooting: DA

ST. ALBANS — A South Ozone Park woman has been charged with setting up a robbery that ended in the fatal shooting of her boyfriend in St. Albans, police said. Comments (2)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Untamed: Wild rally sends Maspeth to Federation ‘B’ final

The challenge of overcoming an 18-point deficit in the second quarter was made more difficult for Maspeth with star Paolo Tamer sitting on the bench with three fouls in the first quarter. When you have Tamer Tamer, Paolo’s younger brother, it proved to be no trouble at all. Comment

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Christ the King digs out of first quarter hole to beat LuHi in Federation semifinals

ALBANY – Christ the King put itself in a tough position early only to wiggle out and keep its three-peat dreams alive. Comment
Basketball

Lavin won’t return to St. John’s bench

Steve Lavin is out as St. John’s men’s basketball coach. Comment

Royal Rally: Toussaint’s big fourth sends CK to Federation final

ALBANY – Dominique Toussaint’s stellar fourth-quarter performance helped her make good on her promise to her teammates and turned Christ the King Coach Bob Mackey’s defensive adjustment into a genius move. Comment

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Flushing

PS 32 third graders raise funds to save Amazon Rainforest

Gifted and talented third graders at the PS 32 State Street School in Flushing started a school-wide booster campaign to raise money to help protect the Amazon rainforest in South America. Comment

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