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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Jackson Heights

Quiet Skies Caucus asks Congress to fund health study for airplane noise

The Congressional Quiet Skies Caucus is asking Congress to fund two provisions for bringing relief to residents whose communities suffer the most from airplane noise. Comments (5)
Education

Boro schools cast vote in participatory budgeting

The votes have been cast in the schools of Council District 30, which includes parts of Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village and Ridgewood, as part of a pilot program for educational participatory budgeting, the first program of its kind in the city. Comments (1)
Little Neck

Little Neck NYPD and WWII veteran celebrates 100th birthday

New York native Herman Breden celebrated his 100th birthday April 2, surrounded by family. The World War II veteran and former NYPD officer was born in the Bronx, but enjoys a relative amount of freedom in his Little Neck home, where he has lived since 1959. Comments (1)
The Civic Scene

Tips for thwarting burglars and thieves

The following information was printed in a previous Community Board 8 newsletter. It is designed to give you information to help you prevent thieves and burglars from stealing from you. I have added a few of my ideas. Comments (1)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Government

Gov. Cuomo signs Raise the Age legislation while remembering Kalief Browder

When Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the milestone Raise the Age legislation into law in Harlem Monday night, raising the age of criminal responsibility to 18 years old, Kalief Browder’s older brother introduced him to the crowd. Comments (5)
Astoria

DOE clarifies Astoria G&T enrollment

Families in Astoria’s school district who will be ranking preferences for kindergarten enrollment for their children by the end of this month will also benefit from eventual automatic enrollment into middle school Gifted & Talented programs in the district, according to a letter from the district’s superintendent after elected officials and parents requested clarification. Comments (1)
Richmond Hill

Schneiderman’s office talks labor rights

The best way to confront the fear and apprehension in New York’s immigrant communities is to ensure that information on their rights is readily available and accurate, representatives of state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said during a forum on immigrant rights last week in Richmond Hill. Comment

Monday, April 17, 2017

Bayside

Vallone announces victory over last year’s participatory budgeting turnout

Participatory budgeting in the district in Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) rose again this year with 6,214 votes cast by the community to fund projects of their choosing. Comment
Event

Ms. New York Senior America Pageant thrills

If age is a matter of mind, then 11 glamorous 60-something goddesses from New York would most likely agree that if you don’t mind, age truly doesn’t matter. Comment
Jamaica

Panelists address hunger among borough’s seniors

Many seniors throughout the borough and city have difficulty obtaining enough food for themselves and others, according to panelists at a forum sponsored by the city’s Department for the Aging held at York College in Jamaica. Comment
Hillcrest

Lancman pushes to make ‘revenge porn’ a crime

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) stood on City Hall steps pushing to make revenge porn illegal. Comment

Four Queens high schools step up to the bar for gymnastics training

Any absolute dominant teenagers in high school gymnastics are probably training for the Olympics or something equally intense. Some athletes are just doing it for the fun of competition. Either way, public high school students depend on the flexibility of administrative staff, and funding of their programs to further their abilities. Comment

Second string: Another fiber-art exhibition opens at Queens College

The field of fiber art is having a moment here in Queens — two of them, actually. Comment

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Basketball

Embracing the challenge: TMLA star relished on-court obstacles

The Mary Louis Academy senior Danielle Patterson didn’t want easy. She wanted to work for every point, every victory and, ultimately, every championship. Comment
Letters

Tab for East Side access growing

No one at the MTA, LIRR or any elected official ever wants to talk about the real full cost for Long Island Rail Road East Side Access to Grand Central Terminal, which may be closer to $15 billion. Comments (1)

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Flushing

NewYork-Presbyterain opens new therapeutic center for cancer patients

NewYork-Presbyterian Queens celebrated the grand opening of its new Therapeutic Medicine Center Monday morning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Comment
Flushing

Flushing Library’s Children Room renovated

Flushing Library has renovated its Children’s Room. Comments (1)
Basketball

All-Queens Girls’ Basketball Honors

Queens hoops boasted some of the top girls basketball players this season and they’re all honored here. Comment

Friday, April 14, 2017

Long Island City

Tom Cat Bakery workers protest at Trump Tower

Hundreds of supporters and advocates joined the 31 employees of the Long Island City-based Tom Cat Bakery as they rallied Saturday outside Trump Tower in Manhattan, protesting the White House’s clampdown on immigration. Comments (7)
Bayside

Bayside Little League kicks off new season with parade

The boys of summer and their families made Bell Boulevard their own Saturday, as the Bayside Little League kicked off their season with a parade to the playing fields of Crocheron Park. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

As ICE sweeps continue, lawmakers move to aid immigrant communities

Six foreign nationals living in Queens were among 31 arrested during a three-day sweep by agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Comments (3)
Corona

Officials break ground on permanent Corona Plaza while DOT begins work on 111th Street

Corona Plaza will be closed to the public, and the vendors who do business there, for a year as it undergoes a $5.6 million renovation that will turn the temporary pedestrian plaza into a permanent gathering space. When the construction project is complete at 103rd Street and Roosevelt Avenue, Corona Plaza will feature a new performance space with built-in seating, new plantings with trees and shrubbery, new pedestrian lighting, bike racks to serve commuters using the No. 7 subway station, and an automatic pay toilet. Comment
Government

Libraries often see delays and high costs, report finds

Capital construction projects for libraries and other cultural institutions often rack up outsized financial and time investments, according to a new analysis from the Center for an Urban Future. Comment
Astoria

Constantinides-sponsored bill seeking ‘environmental justice’ passes City Council

City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) won another victory last week in the fight to improve the lives of his constituents living in “Asthma Alley,” the area in western Queens that is home to almost half of the city’s power plants and, especially in the neighborhoods of Astoria and Long Island City, is subjected to pollution from jets taking off and landing at LaGuardia Airport. Comment
Education

Cuomo announces free college tuition program

The state budget agreed upon by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature will include a program to make CUNY and SUNY colleges and universities tuition-free for families making up to $125,000 a year, which Cuomo highlighted in last year’s State of the State address. Cuomo was joined by Hillary Clinton to sign the legislation at LaGuardia Community College Wednesday. Comments (1)

TimesLedger wins five journalism awards

TimesLedger Newspapers took home editorial awards at the New York Press Association 2016 Better Newspaper Contest last weekend for education coverage, photographic excellence, picture story, feature story and spot news coverage. Comments (2)
Government

Judge OKs IDNYC data dump

After four months of deliberation, a Staten island judge has ruled that the city could destroy documents associated with the IDNYC program. Comments (4)
Editorial

Behold: Free college

The approval of the state budget In Albany ushered in a major milestone: free tuition for students at CUNY and the state university system. The ripple effect will be felt in the years to come as graduates enter the work force unburdened by heavy debt. Comment
Art

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Softball

Fresh force: Stanners’ pitcher dominates in circle

Molloy freshman pitcher Kelsey Carr racked up double-digit strikeouts on April 10 to lift the Stanners to a 1-0 victory over Fontbonne Hall. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Fame — and power— are fleeting

My first boss once told me a story that illustrated the evanescence of power. Comments (1)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Government

State has a budget after week’s delay

The budget for New York State’s upcoming fiscal year drew an array of plaudits and criticisms from Queens elected officials, with many approving of the criminal justice reforms enacted while others decried the lack of substantial ethics reform. Comment
Astoria

Hallets Point gets green light as state investigates Astoria Cove worksite

The Durst Organization is moving forward with its Hallets Point mega-project in Astoria now that a replacement for the 421-a tax abatement for developers is in place. The newly branded Affordable New York housing program will provide tax breaks to developers in exchange for desperately needed affordable housing. Comment
Bayside

Poor investment in Amtrak cause of derailments: Schumer

Amtrak’s chief executive officer has admitted to letting the whole region down when he revealed the tracks in Penn Station have been in need of repair for a prolonged period of time and were the cause of two recent derailments that disrupted LIRR travel in a transit calamity that played out across several states. Comments (4)
Jamaica

Foreclosure rates drop in borough

Foreclosure rates in Queens seem to be on a decline in the first quarter of the current year, according to a new analysis from the real estate research firm PropertyShark. Comments (3)
Long Island City

5Pointz lawsuit against developer heads to trial

The 5Pointz artists, who had their hearts crushed in November 2013 when the owner of the building that hosted them for more than two decades ordered their work whitewashed in the dead of night, will have their shot at revenge. Comments (2)
Bayside

Avella, civics push fear rumors de Blasio will legalize basement apartments

Responding to rumors that Mayor Bill de Blasio would change city protocol to allow basement rentals, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and civic leaders held a news conference to speak out against the possible move to address the affordable housing crisis in the city. Comments (7)
Rockaway Park

Rockaway ferry service returns in just over two weeks while Astoria waits

Ferry service will return to Rockaway beginning May 1, a month ahead of schedule. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week that the newly branded NYC Ferry service will launch its Astoria route in August with an exact date to be determined soon. Comments (2)
Flushing

Local elected officials demand Charter negotiate with IBEW Local 3

Queens politicians are standing up for a Flushing-based union. Comments (37)
High Heat

Jay Bruce proving his worth to the Mets

Mets slugger Jay Bruce has gotten off to a fast start in 2017 after struggling in New York after coming to town in a 2016 trade deadline deal with the Reds. Comment
Rhymes with Crazy

All work, no play: Not healthy for kids

Every day after school, and all day on weekends, kids run outside … to get to their soccer league, or ballet lesson, or origami boot camp. It’s all good, but here’s what it isn’t: Play. Comment
Flushing

Queens Opera Theatre finds a home at Flushing Town Hall

You can make April 15 feel a bit less taxing this year by taking in the premiere of the Queens Opera Theatre, which launches its inaugural season at Flushing Town Hall this month. Comment
Murray Hill

Police search for missing Murray Hill woman

Police were searching for a missing woman in Murray Hill. Comment

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Elmhurst

Blaze damages over 100 apartments in Elmhurst

A five-alarm fire tore through an Elmhurst apartment building Tuesday, forcing residents to evacuate the 112 units in the red brick building and injuring 11 firefighters, FDNY said. Comments (1)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Sunnyside

Cyclist hit in same Sunnyside intersection where Corona rider was struck 10 days ago

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) is calling on the city Department of Transportation to conduct a full investigation and study on the intersection of 39th Street and 43rd Avenue in Sunnyside where two cyclists have been killed or seriously injured in the last 10 days. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Person struck by train in Jamaica subway station

Someone was seriously injured after being struck by a train at the 169th Street F train station on Tuesday morning, according to the FDNY. Comments (1)

Monday, April 10, 2017

Government

Albany passes budget after missing deadline

New York state finally has a budget for the coming year, after a week marked by fits and starts in the Legislature and the governor’s office. The announcement came Sunday, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo saying the agreements made between the Assembly and Senate were worth the blown deadline from a week earlier. Comment
High Heat

Series recap: Mets drop two out of three games against Miami

The Mets avoided a sweep, but ultimately dropped two out of three games to Miami as they get ready for their first road trip of the season. Comment

Friday, April 7, 2017

Politics

Queens pols react to airstrikes against Assad regime

Democrats representing Queens in Washington gave President Donald Trump’s decision to take military action against the Assad regime mixed support Friday after news surfaced of Tomahawk cruise missiles striking air base targets in Syria. The United States acted in retaliation against Syria’s use of banned chemical weapons, which killed about 70 non-combatants in the Middle Eastern country long ravaged by civil war. Comments (3)
Howard Beach

Brooklyn man indicted in Howard Beach jogger murder

A Brooklyn man accused of killing a jogger in Howard Beach last summer has been charged with murder and sexual abuse, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment
South Ozone Park

South Ozone Park teen disappears

Police were searching for a missing 14-year-old girl in South Ozone Park. Comment
High Heat

Series Recap: Mets win two of first three games with stellar pitching, timely hitting

The Mets opened their season on a positive note, taking two of three games against the Braves. New York defeated Atlanta 6-0 on Opening Day before falling to the Braves 3-1 in 12 innings. The Mets took the rubber match 6-2 Thursday night to clinch the series victory. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Extra security planned for synogogues in NE Queens during Passover

After a spike in anti-Semitic hate crimes in New York City, the 107th Precinct will increase security during Passover. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Cops search for unidentified robbery suspect in Forest Hills

Police were looking for a suspect wanted in connection with a robbery which took place in Forest Hills Wednesday. Comments (1)
Event

Queens Weekend Calendar: April 8-9

Your weekend calendar: April 8-9 Comment

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Transit

MTA criticizes Amtrak for slow repairs after Penn Station derailment

The president of Amtrak, which is scrambling to fix the damage caused by the derailment at Penn Station Monday, said he expected service to be fully restored by Friday morning. Comments (1)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

College Point

New junior high school coming to College Point in 2018

College Point is finally getting a middle school. Comments (1)

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