Wednesday, March 29, 2017

In the spacious garage of her Laurelton home, Department of Correction Officer Tina Booker has established a new calling in addition to her work with inmates and fellow corrections staff and her role as the head of Radikal 4 Kidz, a non-profit organization. Comments (4)

Meng passes employment provisions to Veteran Affairs Bill

The House has passed U.S. Rep. Grace Meng’s (D-Flushing) provisions to the Veteran Affairs Bill that open up employment opportunities at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Comments (2)

Vallone shoots to protect homeowners from deed fraud

A Bayside elected official is taking a swing at deed fraud a month after the Queens DA’s office indicted two real estate development companies, one of which headquartered in Bellerose, and 11 individuals for allegedly scamming poor and elderly residents out of their homes. Comments (1)
Queens Village

Sax player spreads love of music to southeast Queens

Ashley Keiko Chambers, a jazz saxophonist and classical pianist, is going to live out her dream to have space for a full-fledged music school in Queens Village. Comments (1)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The city’s senior population is rising fast with an imbalance of programs and services in neighborhoods where aging populations live, according to a new report by city Comptroller Scott Stringer. Comments (2)

City will update public on SE Queens flooding fixes

The city’s Department of Environmental Protection will be required to consistently update communities in southeast Queens on the progress of improvements to reduce the frequent flooding in the area, according to legislation sponsored by Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Arverne) and signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio last Tuesday. Comment

Community frustrated by DOT public meeting

Jamaica residents railed against Department of Transportation representatives at a public meeting Monday evening, saying community members had offered city officials input on how to improve transit conditions in downtown Jamaica for years to no avail. Comments (3)

Queens pols oppose Trump’s budget proposal

Members of Congress from Queens slammed the Trump administration’s budget proposal for the 2018 fiscal year, saying it neglected the needs of programs which serve the poor and disabled. They also said the blueprint stripped funding from vital agencies that protect the city, such as the Environmental Protection Agency and NYPD counterterrorism. Comments (4)

Cost-of-living bill would be smart move

California Congressman John Garamendi’s introduction of House Bill 1251 makes sense. Comments (1)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Queens Village

Queens Village Republican Club hosts annual Lincoln Dinner

The Queens Village Republican Club held its annual Lincoln Dinner on Sunday night, honoring the president who freed the slaves for the 142nd year in a row. But a set of quotes falsely attributed to Abraham Lincoln himself managed to find its way into an address delivered to the hundreds in attendance by City Council candidate Joseph Concannon. Comments (3)

DOE affirms that ICE agents will be kept at school doors

School staff will not allow federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents into New York City public schools or provide them with any information unless it is absolutely required by law, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday. Comments (1)

Overcrowded Louis Armstrong School in Corona to get new annex

Students at one Corona school will finally get relief from years of chronic overcrowding. Comments (2)

Kim adds $3 million in state budget to help nail salons, dry cleaners

State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) has helped add $3 million in funding to the New York State Assembly budget to assist dry cleaners and nail salons. Comments (13)

Maspeth sewer upgrades get fast-forward by DDC

The city Department of Design and Construction has agreed to expedite a sewer upgrade project in Maspeth which has been the cause of mounting concern for the past three years. Calamus Avenue is now the site of potholes, uneven sidewalks, flooding and disruptions in bus service now that the work has begun. Comment

Class on the court: TMLA star always ready to learn something new

The Mary Louis Academy junior point guard Jordan Nixon considers herself a perpetual student, especially when she’s learning something new about her own game. Comment

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The city Economic Development Corp. and the city’s Department of Small Business Services are touting the January completion of the SBS’s Storefront Improvement Program in Downtown Far Rockaway, which renovated 18 storefronts on business corridors in the area. Comment

Avella bill to make St. Patrick’s Day school holiday passes in Senate

A bill that would make St. Patrick’s Day a school holiday in the state of New York passed the Senate chamber Monday. Comments (4)

Game day Crusader: McClancy hoops star ready for next step

Alonzo Ortiz-Traylor has always been focused on winning basketball games, but now the Crusaders standout is looking ot take his game to the next level. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

Police search for Jackson Heights robbery suspect

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Police were on the lookout for a man suspected of robbery in Jackson Heights. Comments (1)

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Richmond Hill

Hate crimes discussed at 102 community council meeting

The 102nd Precinct held its monthly community council meeting last week to inform Richmond Hill’s diverse residents what makes a crime a hate crime. Comments (1)

Sanders to hold forum on women in business

State Sen. James Sanders (D-Far Rockaway) will be holding a symposium detailing the struggles and challenges facing women in the business world in honor of Women’s History Month. Comment
The Lady Eagles jumped out to an early-game lead, but foul trouble and missed shots slowed down the squad as Springfield Gardens fell to Holcombe Rucker in the PSAL final on Saturday. Comment

Woman shot in Jamaica home while asleep

JAMAICA — The NYPD was seeking a man who shot through the window of a Jamaica home Saturday evening, striking a woman in her right leg. Comments (2)

Friday, March 24, 2017

Queens veterans are being left in the cold. Comments (1)

City arts community to rally against Trump’s proposed budget cuts

The majority leader of the City Council is calling on the arts community to rally against President Donald Trump and his proposed budget cuts to the arts and humanities. Comments (1)

Braunstein proposes budget to restore funding to senior programs

Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) announced the passage of a budget resolution in the Assembly to challenge the one presented by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in February that cut vital funds to seniors. The proposal is also aimed at improving the lives of families and focuses on education. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

Queens pols remember Helen Marshall at Borough Hall memorial

Several hundred people attended a memorial Sunday for former Queens Borough President Helen Marshall in the cultural center at Borough Hall dedicated in her honor just months ago. Elected officials, both serving and retired, delivered remarks remembering Marshall’s qualities of leadership and friendship. Comments (1)
For the second time in a week, homophobic graffiti has been discovered on buildings housing the offices of Astoria lawmakers. Comment

Massachusetts man indicted in hate crime at JFK

A Massachusetts man who allegedly attacked and told a Muslim Delta employee “Trump is here now, he will get rid of all of you” has been indicted on hate crime charges, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said last week. Comment
Long Island City

Long Island City housing inventory will double this year

The unprecedented growth in Long Island City is evident to anyone in western Queens with views of the rapidly changing skyline, especially in the Court Square and Queens Plaza sections. Comments (2)

DOE tunes out

Is anyone at the Department of Education listening to the parents, teachers, students at Townsend Harris High School in Flushing and their elected officials? Comment
New Voices

Trump’s travel ban lacks coherent reason

On March 6, the Trump administration unveiled its newest iteration of its ban on travelers from predominantly Muslim nations. Among the changes in what opponents of the action call the “Muslim Ban” are the exclusion of Iraq from the list of banned countries and exemptions for travelers with green cards and visas. Comments (6)

Strong fathers program helps build backbone of the city

I had the great privilege this past weekend to serve as the commencement speaker at the Strong Fathers program graduation ceremony at Forestdale Inc. The Strong Fathers program consists of dozens of men, young and old, who are working to improve their relationships with their partners and their children. Comments (1)

Knights’ rally comes up short in Elite Eight

The Queens College women’s basketball team made history this season, but couldn’t add one more bullet point, falling to Harding in the DI Elite Eight Tuesday night. Comment

Thursday, March 23, 2017

A group of 50 workers and their advocates from immigrant rights groups rallied outside the Tom Cat Bakery in Long Island City Wednesday morning to protest the threatened mass firings of dozens of immigrant workers following a U.S. Department of Homeland Security investigation. Comments (6)
Richmond Hill

Jimmy Breslin, 88, dies

Unlike the vast majority of household names who were born and raised in Queens, Jimmy Breslin — who died last Sunday at the age of 88 — never ever had to tell anyone where he was from. Comments (1)
Howard Beach

Gotti and associates charged with violent crimes

John Gotti, the grandson and namesake of the notorious Gambino crime boss, has been indicted on more charges following his eight-year prison sentence earlier this month for peddling prescription drugs. Comment
College Point

Spa Castle owners charged with tax fraud

Spa Castle’s owners are facing 11 felony charges for tax evasion. Comments (2)

Whitestone basketball league holds fundrasier for first-grader with leukemia

The Whitestone community is coming together in support of a young Whitestone girl with leukemia at an annual basketball league game. Comments (1)

CB4 delays decision on 111th Street safety improvements

Community Board 4 voted to table the Department of Transportation’s latest proposal for safety improvements on 11th Street in Corona along the western edge of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The 24-12 vote sparked outrage among the nearly 200 residents and safe streets advocates who packed the VFW post on 108th Street Tuesday night. Comments (1)
New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto is off to a strong start this spring as he tries to earn more playing time at the big league level. Comments (1)
City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) has decided not to run for mayor. Ulrich announced his decision just days after Mayor Bill de Blasio and his aides were cleared of criminal charges in campaign fund-raising probes by federal and state prosecutors last week. Comments (1)
South Jamaica

Woman faces prison for fatally stabbing aunt: DA

South Jamaica

Woman faces prison for fatally stabbing aunt: DA

JAMAICA — A 30-year-old woman was charged with attacking her aunt with a meat cleaver March 16, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment

Immortal words: Flushing poet to have his ode engraved in stone in Italian town

You don’t often hear about a former high school teacher from Flushing having his poem immortalized in marble by the patriarch of a prominent family living in Southern Italy. Comments (3)
Rhymes with Crazy

Medical field embraces genetic testing

Congratulations, you’re going to have a baby! Would you like to know if, 50 years or so down the line, he or she might develop colon cancer? And by the way, the baby may also have a slightly increased risk of Alzheimer’s. Would you like to know about that, too? Oh, and how about the odds of acne? Comment
Ozone Park

Man wanted in connection with Ozone Park burglaries

OZONE PARK — Police were searching for a man suspected of burglary in Ozone Park. Comment

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ozone Park

Ulrich rules out run for mayor

Ozone Park

Ulrich rules out run for mayor

City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) has decided against running for mayor. The 32-year-old announced on NY1 that he will instead seek re-election representing the 32nd Council District, which covers the Rockaways, Broad Channel, Howard Beach and Ozone Park, where Ulrich was born and raised. Comments (1)
The New York City Economic Development Corporation and the city’s Department of Small Business Services are touting the January completion of the latter’s Storefront Improvement Program, which renovated 18 storefronts on business corridors in Downtown Far Rockaway. Comment
New York Mets pitcher Seth lugo will start for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic finals. Comment

Monday, March 20, 2017

Hate graffiti was discovered scrawled on the wall outside the district offices of state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) and state Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) and at two other locations in Astoria Monday morning. The two, along with City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) have been vocal critics of the Trump administrations executive orders and have taken actions towards uniting the community after numerous anti-Muslim incidents since Election Day. Comments (3)
A Long Island man has been arrested and charged with a hate crime after allegedly attacking two transgender women outside a Jackson Height’s McDonald’s Friday, according to the NYPD. Comments (4)
Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo and Zack Wheeler have each pitched well as the battle for the New York Mets’ open rotation spot heats up. Comment
A 30-year-old woman was arrested and charged with fatally stabbing her aunt last Thursday inside the South Jamaica home where they both resided, the Queens DA said. Comment

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The future is bright for Cole Anthony. Comment
The St. John’s baseball team is off to one of its best starts in program history, but long-time head coach Ed Blankmeyer isn’t all that surprised. Comment

Saturday, March 18, 2017

It was a whirlwind of a season for the John Bowne High School boys’ hoops team, one that had its ups and downs. The Wildcats made the move from the “A” league to the more competitive “AA” conference and weren’t quite sure what to expect, according to head coach John Tsapelas. Comment

Cabrera beats asthma to thrive on the court at Bayside High School

Keyla Cabrera, a junior at Bayside High School, never imagined that she would be one of the players on the basketball court instead of sitting in the bleachers when she was growing up. Comment

Friday, March 17, 2017


Police look for suspects in chain of robberies in western Queens

Police were searching for a group of men suspected of more than 20 robberies in western Queens. Comments (1)

Weekend Calendar for Queens: March 18-19

Your weekend calendar: March 18-19 Comment

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Mayor Bill de Blasio and his aides will not face criminal prosecution in connection with his campaign fund-raising, prosecutors announced Thursday. While Acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim made his announcement in a brief statement, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. sent a 10-page letter to the state Board of Elections concluding that de Blasio and his associates acted with “advice of counsel” that channeling donations was legal and had no provable criminal intent. Comments (1)



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