Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016

Bowne Park playground is getting a $1.5 million makeover. Comments (1)

Holiday time is time to celebrate

The holidays are almost here again…like it or not. So, if you’re in a party planning mood, or mode, here are some fun decorating suggestions and clever party themes, as well as a handful of easy recipes. Just use your imagination and shop local party or Odd Lot stores and home décor shops, to find great deals and get the best bang for your hard-earned bucks. Comment

To throw a party, you need a plan

If the thoughts of entertaining are keeping you awake at night, it’s time to master the simple art of inviting friends and family to your home. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016


St. Mary’s Hospital in Bayside strikes deal with union

Health-care workers at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children have reached a settlement with management after a labor dispute nearly pushed the employees to the brink of striking. In September, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, one of the largest unions in the state, was demanding a better health insurance plan, an improved retirement plan, and a 3 percent raise which would put these workers in line with the compensation their equals receive at neighboring facilities. Comments (1)
State Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) presented a check for $500,000 to the Queens Library at North Hills last week which will contribute to capital improvements to the facility and give readers more convenient options. The building, located at 57-04 Marathon Pkwy. in Little Neck, will become ADA-accessible and allow members to check in books at all hours of the night. Comments (5)
For state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), the top issues in his re-election campaign are the mushrooming homeless crisis, ethics reform in government and improving the quality of life for his constituents. He is facing Republican Mark Cipolla, an attorney, in the Nov. 8 race. Comments (2)

Monday, Oct. 31, 2016

Broad Channel

Conservancy plants 10,000 trees in Jamaica Bay

Broad Channel

Conservancy plants 10,000 trees in Jamaica Bay

More than 10,000 trees and shrubs will be planted in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge this week to respond to damage done by Hurricane Sandy. The project will be conducted in partnership with the Nature Conservancy, the National Parks Service and the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy. Comment

Panel at A.M.E Cathedral says city’s justice system weighted against minorities

The Greater Allen A.M.E Cathedral in Jamaica hosted a panel discussion Saturday on the criminal justice system to examine the roots of the issues facing communities of color. Comments (6)
It wasn’t a win—but it was a championship. The Holy Cross boys soccer team dueled to a 1-1 tie with Archbishop Molloy Oct. 20, but the Knights still managed to clinch the BQCHSAA regular season title by virtue of the league’s point system. It was the program’s first Brooklyn-Queens title since 2005. Comments (1)
JAMAICA — Police were asking for the public’s help in trying to find a man who has been missing since Oct. 17. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016


New mental health program unveiled for New Yorkers

First Lady Chirlane McCray unveiled a program which will connect New Yorkers with access to confidential mental health support through phone calls, text and chat. NYC Well, as an arm of the ThriveNYC program, will connect people experiencing crisis with counselling 24 hours a day, seven days a week in over 200 languages. The program’s goal is to help those suffering from anxiety, depression, substance abuse and many other severe afflictions. Comments (2)

Second Avenue subway to open on schedule: Maloney

A jubilant U.S. Rep, Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) gave the MTA a final grade of A-plus Tuesday for its progress on the first leg of the Second Avenue subway and said the opening of the massive project was imminent. Comments (2)
It started with a few preseason ice breakers. It’s hopefully going to end with a bit of history. Comment
ELMHURST—Police from the 110th Precinct were looking for a man who tried to lure a 13-year-old girl from her building’s lobby last week as she waited for her school bus in Elmhurst. The incident occurred just after 6 a.m. Oct. 6, according to the NYPD. Comments (1)

Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016


FEMA will reconsider flood insurance lines

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will revise its projected flood maps, which could potentially save thousands of homeowners in Queens and throughout the city from facing a stark increase in flood insurance premiums they would have to buy in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Comment
A clean-up effort at Little Bay Park Dog Run took place by volunteers from the city Parks Department, the Cambria Heights Academy for New Literacies and the 109th Precinct Community Affairs this month. Comment
Robyn Granby-Poole felt as if she were on a swivel. She had people to talk to and hug and thank and then, after all of that, she had a legacy to honor. Granby-Poole’s father, legendary Campus Magnet boys basketball coach Chuck Granby, was immortalized at the corner of Francis Lewis Boulevard and 116th Avenue on Saturday afternoon when the intersection was renamed in his honor. Comment

Cops search for suspected necklace snatcher in Woodside

WOODSIDE—Police were searching for a man suspected of two incidents of grand larceny in Woodside. Comment

Friday, Oct. 28, 2016


Compromise reached on safety improvements on 111th Street in Corona

A compromise has been reached on the controversial redesign of 111th Street along the western side of Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the city Department of Transportation announced last week. Last month, City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst) led a rally on the steps of City Hall demanding action on the long-sought-after improvements she fully funded in 2013. Comment

Barnwell gathers labor endorsements during runup to election day

Brian Barnwell, the Woodside attorney who stunned the Queens Democratic Party with a 28-point primary victory over longtime Assemblywoman Margaret Markey (D-Maspeth), said last Friday that his campaign was endorsed by several building trade unions, including the New York City & Vicinity District Council of Carpenters, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3, Metallic Lathers Reinforcing Iron Workers Local 46, and International Union of Elevator Constructors Local One. Comments (1)
Tony Nunziato, 59, the Republican candidate facing upstart Democrat Brian Barnwell in the race to fill Margaret Markey’s Assembly seat, is a self-described “man of commitment” who has fought for his community of Maspeth for the last 30 years. Comment
The DOT has made plans to make an Ozone Park intersection safer after two 13-year-old girls were struck by a car near a middle school Monday morning, leaving one dead and another in stable condition, police said. Comments (3)
The Bayside Hills Civic Association held a candidates forum at the Colonial Church of Bayside Tuesday night where those running for public office in northeast Queens discussed homeless shelters and the Syrian refugee crisis. Comments (5)
Such is the state of paranoia in Queens over the city’s proposals for homeless shelters and that even rumors of one in Astoria brought out a U.S. congressman to help elected officials set the record straight. Related Companies purchased Marine Terrace in June for $121 million and announced it would preserve and renovate the 441-unit Section 8 affordable housing complex, improving kitchens, bathrooms, windows, security doors, roofs and outdoor spaces at a cost of $49 million. Comment
The real concern in the upcoming presidential election is not the specter of voter fraud, often alluded to by Republican nominee Donald Trump in his warnings about a “rigged” election, according to Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest). In fact, he contended that voter suppression will be the greatest threat come Election Day. Comments (3)
Candidates for state and federal office took part in St. John’s University “Meet the Candidates” forum Monday, tackling the issues of affordable housing, minimum wage and immigration in the borough. Comments (2)

How do child experts do at raising their own kids?

In 20 years they can tell it to their therapist” is a line parents hear — and say — a lot. Comment

Jamaica artist exhibits powerful work


Jamaica artist exhibits powerful work

Emmett Wigglesworth’s career in the arts has spanned multiple decades and locales, from his upbringing in Philadelphia to his stint in the United States Marines and his participation in the Civil Rights Movement. But throughout his life, one of his goals has stayed the same—imparting an optimistic tone to his work. Comment

This week’s cartoon


This week’s cartoon

Richmond Hill

Police looking for suspects in Richmond Hill robbery

RICHMOND HILL—Police were looking for two suspects in connection with a robbery in Richmond Hill. Comment

Can DHS be trusted?

The city’s homeless czar came to Queens last week to face a sometimes hostile group of community leaders who object to his policy of renting rooms in motels and hotels without notifying elected officials. Comments (2)
The Bayside football team built their early-season on the ability to get outside and run, but on Saturday afternoon, the squad failed to execute that game plan, falling 22-6 to McKee/Staten Island Tech. Comment

Politlcs should be about public service

Politics used to be a noble calling of public service, but over the years, it has largely devolved into elected officials who are more interested in sound-bites than in doing the work we elected them to do. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016

City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) has had a credibility issue with the Maspeth shelter protesters since the city announced plans to convert a hotel into a homeless shelter. Critics say her perceived lack of transparency has been a subplot during more than two months of rallies and marches, a charge she denies. Comments (4)
Corona’s first affordable housing site in more than three decades will rise in place of a longtime community garden. Officials broke ground Tuesday on the $35 million HANAC’s Corona Senior Residence, located at 54-17 101st St., near Chrystie Avenue, the former home of the relocated Sparrows Nest garden which was moved to a nearby corner. Comments (3)

Elmhurst Hospital Center first in city system with new robot technology

Elmhurst Hospital Center has become the first public hospital in New York City to use one of the most advanced robotic surgery systems available today. The recently installed state-of-the-art da Vinci robot is dramatically expanding gynecological treatment options for women in Queens. Comment
Hurricane Relief

Homeowners still face Sandy struggles

Hurricane Relief

Homeowners still face Sandy struggles

Four years after Hurricane Sandy destroyed homes and businesses along coastal regions of Queens and the rest of the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city government continue to face roadblocks assisting affected residents in rebuilding, with the city’s Build it Back program over budget by hundreds of millions of dollars. Comments (2)
At the College Point Civic and Taxpayer Association’s meeting last week, the main topic of conversation was the MacNeil Park renovation that caused many in attendance to question a Queens Parks official as to why funding had not been secured sooner. Comment

Avella and residents call for sound barrier on Clearview Expressway

Residents of a Bayside condominium complex have been overburdened by noise from the Clearview Expressway, just feet from their houses, for up to two decades with no action on the part of the city Department of Transportation. Comments (5)
With Halloween falling on a Monday this year, the holiday gets three days to stretch out, with activities filling up the entire weekend. Whether you want to brave the terrors of a haunted house, wander through a mysterious corn maze or suit up the family pooch for a canine costume celebration, there’s bound to be something going on in the borough that will let you express your inner trick or treater. Comments (1)

High school football roundup: Week 7

The streak has been snapped. Christ the King’s football team dropped its first game of the season, falling on the road to St. John the Baptist 26-13 last Saturday. Comment

Will Trump finally become The Biggest Loser?

Before people became ”brands” there was this quaint notion that the only wealth that matters is the “riches of a good name.” You don’t have to be religious to understand this. Comments (5)
Daniel Castro was frustrated. He’d missed his chance—a picture-perfect breakaway opportunity that he sent wide of the net—and the Bayside senior knew it was a play he wouldn’t get again. That was, of course, unless he made sure he got another scoring chance. Comment

Police searching for two men suspected of fake gold scheme

FLUSHING—Police were searching for two men in connection with three incidents of grand larceny in Flushing. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016


Maloney says Second Ave. subway will be finished by December

A triumphant U.S. Rep Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria), joined by community advocates, neighborhood business owners, transit advocates and elected officials proclaimed Tuesday that the long-awaited Second Avenue subway is about to become a reality. Comments (4)

Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

For more than two months, members of the Maspeth-Middle Village Task Force have rallied against a proposed homeless shelter for families at the Holiday Inn Express on 55th Road. They built a coalition of more than 20 civic associations and traveled to Bellerose, Rosedale and Sunset Park, Brooklyn, to protest outside other shelters or partly converted hotels and twice rallied outside the home of Human Resources Administration Commissioner Steven Banks, drawing the ire of Mayor Bill de Blasio. Comments (3)

Your Queens Weekend: Oct 21-23


Your Queens Weekend: Oct 21-23

If spending the weekend with Rembrandt and Warhol sounds good to you, the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College has just what you’re looking for. “Queens Collects: 60 Years at the GTM,” drawn from the over 6,000 items in the museum’s collection, opens Saturday and runs through Dec. 17. While the exhibit showcases donations that have been made to the museum in the past decade, the whole range of the GTM’s holdings will be on display. That includes works by Whistler, Goya and Matisse; ancient and antique glass from Egypt, Greece and Rome; photographs by Berenice Abbott and Imogen Cunningham; and pieces from the museum’s holdings in African, Asian, Islamic and Pre-Colombian art. The exhibit is open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. a Comment

Mayor’s Sandy recovery program over budget and delayed

One week before the four-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Mayor de Blasio admitted he won’t make his own self-imposed deadline to fix all the homes the storm destroyed by the end of the year — and that the troubled Build it Back storm-recovery program needs taxpayers to bail it out to the tune of $500 million. Comments (1)

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

An auction for the childhood home of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in Jamaica Estates has been postponed until after the election, according to the real estate firm handling the property. The sellers originally scheduled the auction for Wednesday night, but held back in order to give interested buyers more time to evaluate the home. Comment



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