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Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016


19th silent march against domestic violence held in Flushing

The Korean American Family Service Center held its 19th Silent March Against Domestic Violence last week in Flushing. Comments (1)
South Jamaica

Bartlett to build new dairy facility on JFK land

A portion of land at John F. Kennedy International Airport will be the site of a distribution and manufacturing center for Bartlett Dairy and Food Service, the New York City Economic Development Corporation announced Tuesday. Comments (2)

LaGuardia Air Train faces almost certain delays

There is more to “A Solution At LGA” (Editorial - Oct. 7). The recent presentation by the Port Authority before the Queens Borough Board missed the current status of the accompanying LaGuardia Airport Train to the Plane project. Comments (4)

Monday, Oct. 17, 2016


A look behind the scenes on the front line against cancer

Dr. David Fishman, a cancer researcher who came from Manhattan a year ago to start a new cancer center at New York-Presbyterian in Flushing, keeps a worn picture of his father propped up against the lamp on his desk. Comment
East Elmhurst

City jails end solitary confinement of young inmates

The city’s jail system will no longer subject inmates 21 years old and younger to solitary confinement, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Department of Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte announced Tuesday. The DOC has created alternative, more humane approaches for managing young inmates’ behavior that have paved the way for ending a practice that can be counterproductive to the development of young adults. Comments (1)

Asbury Shorts coming to Flushing Town Hall

While the Asbury Shorts Concerts, which is billed as “USA’s Premier Short Film Showcase,” has been screening short films (20 minutes or less) to audiences around the country since 1980, it makes its Flushing Town Hall debut Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Comment

Immigration is a two-way street

Contrary to hostile election year rhetoric, illegal border crossings from Mexico are at their lowest levels in over ten years. Supplanted by immigration from Central America and Asia, the decline appears indicative of successful efforts by the Bush and Obama administration to militarize the southern border. The impact however, is difficult to discern. Enforcement has put an end to over a century of migrant worker crossings in favor of an underclass of undocumented persons who are essentially stuck in the United States. Comments (13)

Who’s the real ‘Crazy Clown’?

There have been reports of “Creepy Clowns” trying to lure children into the woods. It’s an urban legend. But Sunday night on National Television, the world witnessed a REAL “Creepy Clown” in orange face paint, and cotton candy hair, standing on stage behind a podium, trying to lure ignorant voters into a voting booth. Comments (3)
Ozone Park

TahlLeibovitz maps out his future in table tennis

It’s all been a bit of a whirlwind, but Tahl Leibovitz wouldn’t change any of it. He’s been having the time of his life. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016


Flushing doctor indicted after botched fatal abortion: DA

A Flushing doctor has been indicted on charges of recklessly causing the death of a 30-year-old woman on whom he performed an abortion, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (4)

Suspect sought in Flushing grand larceny

FLUSHING—Police were searching for a man suspected of grand larceny in Flushing. Comments (1)

Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016


Pink Brigade

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a time for us all to redouble our efforts to eradicate the second leading killer of women in America. Comment

Bayside mother is winning battle with breast cancer

Marisa Storer had an ideal life. The Bayside resident worked as a real estate agent alongside her husband and was raising her teenage son, when one day everything changed. Storer was diagnosed with breast cancer. Comment

Targeting the risk factors for breast cancer

Cancer is a formidable foe. Among women, no cancer poses a greater threat than breast cancer, which the World Health Organization reports is the most often diagnosed cancer both in the developed and developing worlds. Gaining a greater understanding of breast cancer may not prevent the onset of this disease that kills hundreds of thousands of women each year, but it might increase the chances of early detection, which can greatly improve women’s chances of survival. The following are the established risk factors for breast cancer. Comment

A guide to the mastectomy procedure

A breast cancer diagnosis is something no one wants to receive. Dealing with any form of cancer can be overwhelming, but a breast cancer diagnosis can be particularly challenging, especially when physicians recommend mastectomy to their patients. Comment

Preparing for your mammography visit

Annual mammograms are widely recommended for women beginning at age 40. Some estimates suggest that more than 48 million mammography screenings are performed in the United States every year. Comments (1)

Making ‘Strides’ against breast cancer

The annual walk across the city on Oct. 16 funds breast cancer research, patient-caregiver services, and supports the law movement working to give women the care they need. Comment

Genetic testing may detect cancer risk

Cancer affects people from all walks of life. There is no guaranteed way to prevent cancer, but genetic testing can help individuals better understand their risks for certain types of cancer. Comment

Breast self-exam guidelines

In addition to scheduling clinical screenings and mammograms, women should routinely examine and massage their breasts to detect any abnormalities. These breast self-exams can be an important part of early breast cancer detection. Comment

Potential side effects of breast cancer treatment

Treatments for breast cancer have evolved considerably in recent years. When breast cancer is detected early enough to be categorized as stage 0 or stage I, the five-year survival rate is 100 percent. That’s a testament to the hard work of cancer researchers who continue to develop effective ways to treat and defeat breast cancer. Comment

CK makes statement in win at Iona Prep

While the weather may have been cold and dreary as the Christ the King football team walked off the field Sunday afternoon, the team couldn’t help feeling as if they were walking on sunshine. Comment

St. John’s basketball looks forward to a better season

What a difference a year makes—hopefully. A season after winning just one Big East game and playing a roster chock-full of freshman, the St. John’s men’s basketball team is staring down its upcoming schedule with one hope in mind—getting better. Comment

NYPD officer shot in head with BB gun

JAMAICA — Police were seeking a suspect who shot a police officer with a BB gun Wednesday afternoon in the midst of downtown Jamaica. Comments (1)

Friday, Oct. 14, 2016


Maspeth protests grow angrier after city places homeless in hotel

One day after blaming “local opposition” for its decision to shelve plans to convert the Maspeth Holiday Inn Express into a full shelter for the homeless, the de Blasio administration has changed the narrative. Human Resources Administration Commissioner Steven Banks, who oversees the Department of Homeless Services, said this week hotel owner Harshad Patel dictated the new direction. Comments (4)

First Kids Bike Rodeo Day to be held in Astoria next week

Transportation Alternatives Queens Committee and Make Queens Safer will host a Kids Bike Rodeo Day Oct. 22 in partnership with the Variety Boys & Girls Club to bring the Astoria community together to celebrate kids on bicycles and to call for safer streets to ride them on. Comment
South Ozone Park

DA will not file charges in Tillman death

The police officers involved in the shooting death of a South Ozone Park man in April will not be charged with wrongdoing, according to a report released by the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (5)

Queens GOP leaders stand by Trump as his support erodes

Queens GOP leaders are not following the lead of other elected officials who have withdrawn support from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in light of the recently leaked recording from 2005, which has the candidate using what he calls “locker room talk” to describe sexual advances on women. Comments (10)

Greek church in Flushing holds jubilant food fest

The Church of St. Nicholas in Flushing celebrated its 45th annual Greek Festival last weekend, offering an array of Greek delicacies as well as fun activities for children. Comment

Street renamed for beloved Bayside softball coach

Former Bayside softball coach Stephen Piorkowski spent most of his time at the corner of 204th Street and 32nd Avenue. So, it only makes sense that he spend the rest of time there as well. Comment
Long Island City

Queensboro Dance Festival celebrates a thriving artistic community

When dancer and choreographer Karesia Batan moved to Long Island City 10 years ago, she initally found it difficult to get in touch with the area’s creative community. Comment

Trump’s towering flaws could seal his fate

When I was a young child, I remember the made-for-television tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King, dubbed “The Battle of the Sexes” in which the dominant women’s tennis player of that era easily defeated the aging male athlete after he did a lot of trash talking to the media. Comments (5)

A letter to young voters

I have been shocked and saddened upon seeing young people on television, when asked to identify the two candidates running for the position of vice president of the United States. None of these young people had any idea whose picture they were looking at nor their names. Comments (9)

Haiti needs our help

For the Haitian-American community in Queens, there was more heartbreak last week as a Category 4 hurricane roared across the southern part of the island nation and left vast destruction behind. Comments (1)
Rego Park

Rego Park man arraigned in mother’s murder: DA

REGO PARK—A Rego Park man was arraigned Saturday evening after police said he confessed to murdering his mother and dumping her body in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016


Ridgewood grandmother’s body found months after May 21 death

The mysterious death of a Ridgewood grandmother has stunned the community. Comment
Long Island City

The Floating Hospital celebrates 150th anniversary next week

The Floating Hospital, one of the last remaining private charity hospitals remaining in the city, marks its 150th anniversary Tuesday. The Long Island City-based non-profit organization is the largest provider of preventive medical, dental and mental health care to New York City’s homeless families, with a mission to provide health care for all, regardless of the patient’s insurance, legal status or their ability to pay. Comment

NY’s senators want Haitian nationals in U.S. spared after storm

New York’s two U.S. senators have asked Washington to halt deportation proceedings against non-criminals from Haiti in light of the havoc created by Hurricane Matthew to the island last week. Comments (2)

Cardinal Dolan announces abuse victim compensation program

The New York Catholic Archdiocese announced last week it would initiate a process that could provide compensation for survivors of sexual abuse suffered at the hands of diocesan priests, and a Queens assemblywoman who has advocated for victims cautiously praised it as a positive first step. Comments (2)

Abandoned Bayside home cause for health concern

An abandoned property in Bayside Hills has the neighboring residents itching with discomfort. Comment

Open House NY hosts tours of Douglaston

Open House NY with hosts Victor Dadras and Kevin Wolfe will be leading two walking tours through Douglaston Saturday to showcase the best food and beverage the neighborhood has to offer. The tours are sponsored by The Douglaston and Little Neck Historical Society, the Douglas House Trust and the Douglaston Local Development Corporation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the historic aspects of Douglaston Village. Comment

Rally planned Saturday against pipe project in MacNeil Park

Activists and elected officials have planned a “Day of Outrage” Saturday in an attempt to stop a pipe project in MacNeil Park in College Point. Expected to speak at the event are state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), Coastal Preservation Network President Dr. James Cervino and Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside). Comment

American Cancer Society offices open at SkyView Wellness Center

The American Cancer Society is one of the first tenants to occupy offices in the SkyView Wellness Center in Flushing, which opened in August. The Wellness Center is a 50,000-square-foot, 32-unit office complex located in The Shops at SkyView Center, a mixed-use development at 40-24 College Point Blvd. The American Cancer Society has leased 3,200 square feet for their offices. Comment

Sanitation Dept.’s Queen of Trash

If you happen to be at Flushing Meadows Corona Park and see an odd sanitation truck at the east entrance to the Queens Museum, chances are that it’s not there to pick up garbage. Instead, it is one of many works at the museum that are part of the exhibit “Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Maintenance Art,” which is up through Feb. 19, 2017. Comment

What’s behind the clown controversy

Let’s face it: Clowns are creepy. In a way, this current craziness has finally brought that fact out into the open, the way the word “frenemy” finally gave us a way to talk about something we all recognized but hadn’t acknowledged. (As did “bad hair day” before that.) Comments (1)

The un-American message from Trump

The current blend of racism and hate that has become a part of American political discourse can be traced back to before Donald Trump became the Republican nominee for president—all the way to when he demanded President Barack Obama’s birth certificate, claiming that he was not born in the United States and thus constitutionally disqualified. This brand of bigotry grew when Trump announced his candidacy and in the same breath said Mexican immigrants were drug dealers, criminals and rapists. It metastasized through his many hate-filled diatribes, his belief that a federa Comments (14)

High school football roundup: Week 5

Bayside showcased its offensive prowess once again on Saturday afternoon, cruising to a 24-0 victory over Sheepshead Bay. Four Commodores (5-0) found the end zone in the PSAL Bowl victory, led by quarterback Tequan Evans. Comment
Springfield Gardens

Golden Eagles soar

Undefeated feels pretty good for the Springfield Gardens football team right about now. Comments (1)

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016


Atlas Mall offers an appetizer for Dine In Queens 2016

Restaurants from all over central and parts of western Queens were represented at Atlas Mall in Glendale for the Dine in Queens Kick Off event Tuesday from noon to 2 p.m. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016


Maspeth residents grow angrier after city puts homeless in hotel

For two months members of the Maspeth-Middle Village Task Force have rallied in front of the Holiday Inn Express on 55th Road protesting the city’s plan to convert the hotel into a shelter for the homeless. Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed to “happily stare them down” after they rented buses and traveled to Bellerose, Rosedale and Brooklyn to protest at the home of Human Resources Administration Commissioner Steven Banks. Comments (1)

Monday, Oct. 10, 2016

New Hyde Park

LIRR running at half-steam after derailment

The MTA announced the restoration of one of the two main-line tracks on the Long Island Rail Road LIRR’s Port Jefferson, Ronkonkoma and Oyster Bay Branches near New Hyde Park following a collision that derailed the passenger train late Saturday. Although crews worked around the clock to have the trains operating in time for the Monday morning commute, traffic was expected to be slow until both tracks were fully operational. Comments (1)

Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson dies at 50

The borough’s top prosecutor passed away at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital surrounded by his loved ones, who announced the death Sunday evening. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016

Rego Park

Son charged in mother’s murder

A man was charged with the murder of his mother after she had gone missing, according to the NYPD. The news came hours after police confirmed human remains had been found in a lake in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Comment

Friday, Oct. 7, 2016


Your Queens Weekend: Oct. 8-10

If your disco shoes have been sitting in moth balls for a while, this weekend might just be the time to bring them out of cold storage. On Saturday at 5 pm, Forest Hills Stadium (1 Tennis Place, Forest Hills Gardens) is hosting Freak Out Let’s Dance, a music fest with the goal of getting everybody on their feet. Bette Midler will be sharing the stage with CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers; Earth, Wind & Fire will perform some of their chart-topping hits; and a cast of characters including Alex Newell, DJ Cassidy, Village People, DJ Nicky and Siano of Studio 54 will be on Comment

Queens lawmakers appalled at city videos of Maspeth shelter protesters

Three Queens lawmakers took to the steps on City Hall Thursday to demand the de Blasio administration provide realistic, effective solutions to New York City’s homelessness crisis. City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) and state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) condemned the mayor’s treatment of homelessness and short-sighted policies. Comments (3)

Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016


Stavisky calls Fox News clip on Asian Americans “racist”

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) condemned a Fox News clip about Asian Americans which aired on the O’Reilly Factor Monday as “racist rhetoric” and called for a boycott of the network until it issued a formal apology. Comments (7)

Ticket prices for Mets wild-card game set record

Welcome to New York, where everything is expensive and slightly overpriced—including our Wild Card baseball tickets. Comment



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