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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Jamaica

SE Queens residents learn voting basics at forum

Some 40 southeast Queens residents learned about everything from the history of voting rights to voting trends in the borough at a voter education forum sponsored by state Sen. James Sanders (D-South Ozone Park). Comments (4)
Flushing

Parks wi-fi and charging stations get extension

City Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver and other community leaders announced Wi-Fi in the parks and Street Charge would be extended for an additional five years. Comments (2)
Woodside

Blink Fitness opens new location in Woodside

A drab manufacturing building next to the elevated No. 7 subway line in Woodside has been transformed into a lively and colorful two-story gymnasium. Comment

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Astoria

Constantinides and environmentalists rally for more sustainable heating

Environmental groups joined City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) on the steps of City Hall last week to rally in support of his bill that would ensure more sustainable energy consumption by increasing the use of biodiesel in home heating oil. The Int. 642 would increase biodiesel use from the current standard of 2 percent to a 5 percent blend, and then raise that blend incrementally until it reaches 20 percent. Comment
Glen Oaks

Glen Oaks school holds multicultural fest

Foods and decorations from a vast array of cultures were on display at Public School/Intermediate School 266’s “Multicultural Day” held all day Friday. Elementary and middle-school students danced, cooked food and learned about many diverse backgrounds during the event. Comment
Kew Gardens

UFT President visits Parent Advisory Board

The Queens Parent Advisory Board welcomed United Federation for Teachers President Michael Mulgrew to Borough Hall Tuesday for a wide-ranging discussion of school overcrowding, the Common Core and punishment for abusive teachers. Comment

Monday, June 6, 2016

Flushing

New 109th Pct. head to continue work of predecessor

Although she is only a few weeks into the job, the new commanding officer of the 109th Precinct says she is building on her predecessor’s legacy, which includes a recently created community policing program and online crowdsourcing platform for residents to share problems in the area. Comments (4)
Douglaston

Alley Pond Golf Center reveals renovations

Alley Pond Golf Center in Douglaston has unveiled a $3 million renovation to the facility that is designed to draw golfing enthusiasts of every stripe. Comments (1)
Sunnyside

Bioswale construction underway in Maspeth, Ridgewood and Sunnyside

The city has begun construction of 321 curbside rain gardens in Sunnyside, Maspeth and Ridgewood that will beautify neighborhoods, help clean the air and reduce pollution in Newtown Creek. When construction is completed later this year, officials say each rain garden will have the capacity to collect and absorb up to 2,500 gallons of stormwater when it rains. Comments (2)
Crime

Crime abound in the borough during Memorial Day Weekend

A series of shootings, a fatal collision and a subway suicide marred the Memorial Day weekend in Queens, but as of mid-week no arrests had been made in the criminal cases. Comments (2)
Baseball

Red Storm comes up short in Big East tourney

There won’t be a repeat. St. John’s, the defending Big East champions, fell short of retaining its title after a 4-3 10-inning loss to Creighton in Aberdeen, Md., Saturday. Comment
Jamaica

Black Spectrum Theatre takes a look back

Queens’ community theatre is offering a summer of well-known plays, such as “You Can’t Take It With You,” “And Then There Were None,” “Side By Side By Sondheim,” “Follies” and “Guys and Dolls.” Comment

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Hollis

Katz announces South Hollis library funding

New upgrades are coming to the South Hollis Library, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz said this week. Comments (1)
Political Action

The 2017 mayoral race is beginning to draw attention

With most of the national political attention being focused on the presidential race, interest in the mayor’s race next year is starting to materialize. The incumbent Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio is very likely to face Democratic primary challenges before next year’s city fall election. If he should be defeated in a primary election, it will be the end of his career as New York City’s mayor. Comments (4)
Letters

Help save someone’s life: Give blood

How would you like to save someone’s life? Life is such a precious commodity and I think some of us wonder if there is something we can do to help someone in need. Comment
Fresh Meadows

St. Francis Prep ends season with loss in CHSAA state semis

The St. Francis Prep softball team is not used to being surprised on the field. Comment
Flushing

Flushing elderly man missing: NYPD

FLUSHING—Police were searching for an elderly Flushing man who went missing in his neighborhood during Memorial Day weekend. Comment

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Flushing

School book fair seeks to increase healthy eating in Flushing

A new type of school fair is seeking to encourage both healthy living and reading in Asian and Hispanic communities in Flushing that face a disproportionate concentration of health challenges. Comment
Woodhaven

Woodhaven residents voice criticism for Select Bus Service

The DOT and MTA hit a raw nerve with Woodhaven residents at an open house to discuss the new Select Bus Service plan. Attendees fired back at representatives when they felt as if their complaints were not being taken seriously and a press release from the Woodhaven Resident’s Block Association described the animated criticism for the new plan. Comments (1)
Baseball

Twin brothers spur McClancy’s success

Charlie Neuweiler is the older brother by one minute. Comment
Jamaica

Jamaica man jailed for reporting false emergencies

JAMAICA—A man was sentenced to six years in prison on May 26 after he was convicted of calling 911 more than 50 times to report non-existent emergencies, according to the Queens district attorney’s office. Comments (1)

Friday, June 3, 2016

Little Neck

Veterans, service members honored at Little Neck/Douglaston Memorial Day Parade

Thousands of Queens residents and elected officials came out to support veterans and active armed service members as a military band played at the 89th annual Little Neck/Douglaston Memorial Day Parade, billed as the largest in the country. Comments (5)

Van Bramer offers support to Every School Speed Safety Camera Act

The speed-camera expansion movement is gaining momentum. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

Bicycle safety lessons on tap for women in Jackson Heights

The women of Queens Bike Initiative are hosting a free all-morning event Saturday in Jackson Heights for ladies who are nervous about cycling on the streets of the borough. Safe Streets: Queens Women’s Biking 101 in Travers Park will offer tips about biking safely and put them into practice in a supportive atmosphere, according to the organizers. Comment
Far Rockaway

Zombie property bill passes Assembly

A bill co-sponsored by state Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) will place stronger regulations on abandoned “zombie” properties. The bill was passed in the state Assembly last week by a vote of 116-22, and he is calling on the state Senate to also pass the legislation. Comments (1)

Suozzi seeks immigrant reform in NE Queens congressional race

Former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi says he is ready to come back from private law practice and enter the political arena again to run for the congressional seat currently held by Steve Israel. Comments (2)
Flushing

Senate passes Stavisky bills supporting crime victims

The state Senate passed two criminal procedure bills sponsored by state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) last week that address the rights of crime victims. Comment
Theater

Borough theater groups earn our Kudos

For this third season of Queens Kudos awards, which recognizes the best in the borough’s theater scene, the TimesLedger decided to shake things up a bit. Comment
Elmhurst

Vietnam Veterans Memorial planned for Elmhurst Park

On the eve of Memorial Day weekend, Borough President Melinda Katz announced that the long-awaited Queens Vietnam Veterans Memorial project, the first boroughwide memorial to honor all Queens residents who died while serving in the southeast Asian conflict is now fully funded and ready to proceed. The memorial will be constructed where the iconic Elmhurst gas tanks once stood. Comments (2)
Jamaica

NYPD arrests Jamaica man in Cuomo aide homicide

A homeless Jamaica man was arrested and charged in the shooting death of an aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year before the West Indian Parade in Brooklyn, according to the NYPD. Comment
Editorial

A fight for justice

State Assemblywoman Marge Markey refuses to give up. For a decade she has pushed the state Legislature in Albany to pass the Child Victims Act, which would remove the statute of limitations on underage sexual abuse cases. Comments (6)
New Voices

Asian American Groups Seek Redress from Government

May was National Asian Pacific Islander History Month, and against that backdrop, Asian Americans, both nationally and in the borough, are taking steps to hold the U.S. government accountable for historical missteps and current racial discrimination. Comments (3)
Letters

Will a Sunnyside Yard LIRR station ever be a reality?

Few remember that in 1998, as part of the proposed MTA LIRR East Side Access project, construction of a passenger station was considered for Sunnyside Yard. It would provide access to the growing Long Island City business and residential district. Comments (1)
Fresh Meadows

Resilient Francis Lewis squad loses in playoffs

The Francis Lewis softball team has battled all season. Comment
Ridgewood

Burglary pattern in Ridgewood

RIDGEWOOD—The NYPD was seeking the public’s assistance identifying individuals with ties to a burglary pattern in Ridgewood. Comment

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Flushing

City dumps Flushing West rezoning proposal

Elected officials and community leaders said it was a combination of numerous issues affecting Flushing that ultimately caused the city to put its plan to rezone Flushing West on hold. Comment
Whitestone

Bill introduced after two charged in Whitestone slashing

State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) said he has introduced legislation that would require anyone hosting minors to register with the state of New York following the arrest of two suspects in the brutal slashing of a 16-year-old Chinese female exchange student in Whitestone. Comments (3)
Sunnyside

Van Bramer shoots down Phipps Houses development plan in Sunnyside

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) shot down a controversial plan by Phipps Houses to build The Barnett, a ten-story, 209-unit residential building with 100 percent mixed-income affordable housing before Community Board 2 was scheduled to vote on the development this week. Phipps, a non-profit developer, needed a zoning change to build on a parking lot it owns at 50-25 Barnett Ave. Comment
Long Island City

LaGuardia Community College receives $30,000 gift from street-food vendors

For nearly two decades, students at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City have been lining up for affordable meals of chicken and gyro over rice at the Halal Guys food cart on Thomson Avenue. Last week, the street-food vendors celebrated their phenomenal growth in the last few years with a $30,000 gift to the school’s scholarship fund. Comment
Government

Schumer calls on PA to finish up airplane noise studies

U.S. Sen Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is calling on the Port Authority to accelerate the completion of airplane noise studies in communities surrounding John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports. Comments (6)
Jackson Heights

Reps talk safety at Jackson Heights Town Hall

Concerned Jackson Heights residents gathered at the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights last week for a town hall about gang violence and neighborhood safety that was organized by Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst). Comment
Flushing

Stavisky launches ‘Cleaner Flushing’ initiative

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) has rolled out a new initiative to make Flushing cleaner. Comments (4)
The much anticipated reconstruction of LaGuardia Airport got underway Wednesday with the closure of the long-term parking Lot P3. Travelers can continue to park in lots P2, P4 and P5, which provide easy access to Terminals B, C and D. However, P2 will close July 8, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Comment
Opinion

Summer’s coming—time to start worrying

This week, Lenore figures its about time she gets a new bathing suit. Or not. Comment
Letters

Access-a-Ride is shortchanging New York’s disabled

The Access-A-Ride program is a daily lifeline for thousands of people with disabilities, seniors and other New Yorkers who cannot get around the city with mass transit. Each year, it provides millions of paratransit rides to workplaces, doctor visits, movie theaters and grocery stores across the five boroughs, but too often those rides are late or do not show up at all. Every New Yorker deserves access to safe, timely and reliable public transportation, but a new audit by my office found that Access-A-Ride customers have been left at the curb and the MTA’s mismanagement is to blame. Comments (4)
Rockaway Park

Beach Channel plays tough, moves forward in PSAL playoffs

John Mangieri wants his team to be aggressive. Comment

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Fire Department responded to an incident Tuesday in which the driver of a vehicle jumped the curb and drove through the front entrance of the Chase bank in the Bay Terrace shopping center. The driver, who lost control of the car, had only minor injuries, police said. Comments (5)
As people throughout the country celebrated Memorial Day weekend, the borough started the holiday season with a series of shootings and a collision. Comments (8)

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Whitestone

Two men charged in Whitestone student slashing

By Madina Toure Comments (2)
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