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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Youth dancers at the Edge School of the Arts in Laurelton, along with students from PS 40, IS 59 and MS 365, wrapped up filming a short movie entitled “Four Little Girls” about the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Ala.. Comment
East Elmhurst

East Elmhurst man convicted in hammer-killing of women he believed to be witches

An East Elmhurst man has been convicted at trial of beating his former girlfriend and her daughter to death with a hammer in the belief the two were witches who had been casting voodoo spells on him, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
The Rose of Sharon Baptist Church in Jamaica will be participating in a Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program Saturday. Comments (1)
Letters

MTA projects already buried by oversight

In May 2016, Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed creating the New York State Design and Construction Corporation to provide oversight for all Metropolitan Transportation Authority capital projects worth $50 million or more. This idea was clearly redundant. Comments (1)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Richmond Hill

LeAp Public Art Program allows students to paint about issues their communities face

Two Queens middle schools showcased their original, large-scale public artwork last week as part of this year’s “A View From the Lunchroom: Students Bringing Issues to the Table,” LeAp’s citywide Student Exhibition. Comment
Mayor Bill de Blasio joined a rally on the steps of City Hall last week to push state lawmakers to approve a measure that would allow the city to expand its life-saving speed enforcement camera program, especially in school zones. Comments (3)
Flushing

Oratorio Society celebrates 90th anniversary

Queens’ very own Oratorio Society is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, billing itself as the oldest performing cultural organization in the borough. Comment
Woodside

‘Taxi King,’ Sunnyside resident charged with failing to pay $5 million in MTA taxes: Schneiderman

The so-called “Taxi King” and his financial officer have been indicted on charges of failing to pay $5 million in MTA taxes on their medallion cab business, according to state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Comments (2)

Win, place and show: Long-time NYRA teller knows there’s no formula for success

Bill Donnelly has worked for NYRA for over a decade, but the 80-year-old knows there’s no way to guarnatee a winner, no matter what the odds say. Comment
The Civic Scene

Trucks snarling traffic at Cunningham Park

In its April newsletter, the West Cunningham Park Civic Association has complained that tractor trailers coming off the Clearview Expressway are creating traffic jams at 73rd Avenue along Cunningham Park. Comment

Monday, June 19, 2017

Whitestone

Avella water bills pass senate once again

Three pieces of legislation sponsored by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) passed in Albany last week and the Queens pol is touting the victory as a “hat trick” in a recent press release. Comments (3)
Friends, family, Scouts, veterans and a marching band were out in full force Saturday in Sunnyside for Flag Day, waving the red, white and blue in sweltering 90-degree weather. Comment
Bayside

Vallone gains support from the UFT in Council race

City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) has picked up another endorsement as the city elections rev up heading into the September primary. The United Federation of Teachers offered their blessing for Vallone’s re-election campaign for his contributions to schools and libraries in the community. Comments (1)
The Archbishop Molloy High School is hosting a memorial event in honor of alumnus Karina Vetrano, who was murdered in August while jogging in Howard Beach. Comment

Metro comes up short, Scholars clinch title in small-school finals

The Metropolitan baseball team couldn’t mount the late-game rally in the PSAL “A” final, but Scholars Academy notched a walkoff victory in the PSAL “B” softball championship game. Comment

Sunday, June 18, 2017

ASTORIA — An Astoria man has been sentenced to more than three years in prison after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (3)
Bayside star Daniel Alfonzo was selected in the 38th round by the Mets, but he’s not quite ready for his moment in the majors. Comment
See what events are coming to Forest Hills Stadium this summer. Comment
Baseball

McClancy tripped in extras, ends season against Iona

The Crusaders offense sputtered down the stretch on Wednesday as the squad fell 3-1 to Iona Prep in an elimination game of the CHSAA baseball playoffs. Comment

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Crime

Suspect sought in Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill break-ins

Police in the 102nd Precinct want the public’s assistance in nabbing a burglary suspect that is responsible for five separate incidents over the course of two weeks in Kew Gardens and Richmond Hill, including three on the same day. Comment
The Mets selected David Petrson with the 20th overall pick in the MLB draft June 12 and the Oregon star will likely get his shot with the Cyclones this summer. Comment
Forest Hills

Queens artist connects Forest Hills Stadium’s future to its past

Some artists have a lover or a favorite model as their muse, but for Bill Sullivan, he draws inspiration from a sport — and a stadium. Comment
Baseball

Extra inning heartbreak: American Studies falls in city final

The American Studies baseball team came up just short Monday afternoon, falling 2-1 to Petrides in the PSAL “AA” championship at Yankee Stadium. Comment

Friday, June 16, 2017

Jackson Heights

Staunton family makes formal complaint about school where son suffered fatal injury

The parents of Rory Staunton, the 12-year-old Sunnyside boy who died five years ago after contracting sepsis at a private school in Jackson Heights, are challenging the accreditation of the school. Comment
Pressure has been mounting on the eight-member Independent Democratic Conference in recent weeks to return to the mainline Democrats in the state Senate. Democrats would be in control of the Senate if not for the breakaway IDC sharing power with Republicans in a majority coalition which can block legislation it does not want passed. Comments (4)
Jamaica

Plan to convert Jamaica garage to 351 affordable apartments approved

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, other elected officials, and members of seven different community boards unanimously approved a plan to convert a two-story parking garage at 168th Street between Archer and Jamaica Avenue into a 100 percent affordable housing development. Comments (3)
Borough Beat

Young doctors twist and sprout

Our weekly photo roundup of what’s happening in Queens. Comment
LaGuardia Community College lauded the largest graduating class in the history of the school last week, with speakers making empowered statements on LGBT rights and the black community’s struggle with alleged police brutality. Comments (6)
Astoria

Simotas urges passage of her Fair Access to Fertility Treatment Act

With time running out on the current legislative session in Albany, state Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) rallied with fellow elected officials, advocates and families in the state Capitol Wednesday calling on fellow lawmakers to pass her Fair Access to Fertility Treatment Act. Simotas’ bill requires health insurance policies to provide coverage for in-vitro fertilization and fertility preservation treatments. Comments (1)
Business

Comptroller urges economic development for women

Comptroller Scott Stringer, the chief financial officer of the city, hosted a roundtable in Jamaica last Friday with the movers and shakers of local businesses, business development organizations and schools to discuss what can be done to move New York City and the borough to a better place economically. Comments (1)
About 100 students, parents and administrators from Middle Village Preparatory Charter School chanted “Drop the lawsuit,” and “Keep our school open,” as they rallied Tuesday outside of the Queens County Court. Comments (9)
Droves of people had a sweet Saturday as they came out to celebrate the 187th year of the Zion Episcopal Church’s Strawberry Festival in Douglaston. Comment
Event

Queens Arts Calendar

See what’s going on in Queens. Comment
Editorial

Queens getting greener

Undaunted by President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement on climate change, Queens is moving ahead to make the borough greener and cleaner — regardless. Comment
The Construction softball team came up short in the city championship on Friday, falling 11-5 to Susan Wagner at St. John’s University. Comment
Letters

An Open Letter to the Chairman of the M. T. A.:

I am writing in regard to the deceptive wheelchair-accessible icon on the facade of the newly installed elevator at the Briarwood station. Comments (2)

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered the acceleration of construction projects on MTA bridges and tunnels in expectation of an overflow of cars on roadways this summer. The move comes amid service cuts to the Long Island Rail Road resulting from Penn Station overhauls being conducted by Amtrak over six weeks this summer. Comments (2)
Forest Hills

Philanthropist’s grant lifts spirits at Songs of Love

For so many years, Songs of Love has been putting smiles on kids’ faces with uplifting personalized songs recorded just for them. Comment
The de Blasio administration’s $2.5 billion Brooklyn-Queens Connector streetcar project picked up its first union endorsement Monday. Comments (5)
Elmhurst

Design revealed for Queens Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Elmhurst

They came from neighborhoods like Woodside, Rockaway, Laurelton and Glendale and died in battle at places named Khe Sanh, Pleiku, Ia Drang and the A Shau Valley. To honor them, work will begin next year on the first boroughwide memorial for the 420 people who died serving in the Vietnam War. Comment
A Queens County grand jury has indicted a foreign diplomat on charges of labor trafficking, assault and other charges for allegedly keeping a foreign national as a virtual slave in the envoy’s Jamaica Estates home for years, Queens district attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (1)
About 40 people have announced their intention to run for City Council in the upcoming Queens elections, with all but one incumbent seeing another term. The one seat being left vacant by Julissa Ferraras-Copeland has triggered a heated race for the East Elmhurst post. Comments (2)
A lot has been happening behind the scenes at Forest Hills Stadium since its reopening back in 2013. Comment
Art

Material for the Arts offers recycled materials throughout NYC

If you are an art aficionado, Material for the Arts is having an art exhibit featuring work from Spring Artist-in-Residence Dianne Smith titled Twisted Woven Tied. Comment
Quentin Holmes was selcted 64th overall by the Cleveland Indians in the MLB Draft Monday night and Charlie Neuweiler was picked by the Kansas City Royals in the fifth round Tuesday. Comment
Rhymes with Crazy

He flunked First Grade — and now look

This is for all the parents worried that their kids are cutting class, falling through the cracks, overeating, under-achieving, or spending all day playing video games — and for all the kids doing just that. Comment
Letters

Young pedestrian’s close call raises questions

I was at the northwest corner of Northern Boulevard crosswalk heading south at 209th Street, half a block west from Staples Office supplies waiting for the light to cross the street. Comments (3)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Quentin Holmes was selcted 64th overall by the Cleveland Indians in the MLB Draft Monday night. Comment
Jackson Heights ►Video

Man steals cash, cell phones and laptops from Jax Hgts electronic store: Cops

The NYPD is searching for a man who allegedly broke into a Jackson Heights electronics store and stole $15,000 in cash and more than a hundred laptop computers and cell phones last week. The suspect entered Electromania, located at 100-15 Roosevelt Ave., through a back window just after 10:30 p.m. June 7, police said. Comments (1)

Monday, June 12, 2017

St. Albans

One man killed, another wounded in St. Albans shooting

A 30-year-old man was shot in the chest in St. Albans Friday and pronounced dead after he was rushed to Jamaica Hospital, police from the 113th Precinct said. A 28-year-old was wounded but survived. Comments (2)
Jamaica

Two arrested in South Jamaica murder: Cops

Two suspects were arrested in the May 27 murder of Noel Samuels, who was shot in the head in South Jamaica, police said. Comment
Transit

Cuomo expedites construction on bridges and tunnels to prepare for Penn overhaul

To mitigate the overflow of traffic expected to hit roads and the city transit system with major Penn Station overhauls looming this summer, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered a speed-up in the construction on MTA bridges and tunnels to keep additional cars off the road. Comments (1)
A Long Island Rail Road employee died Saturday morning before 10:30, according to the LIRR press office. Comments (4)
Forest Hills ►Video

Police look for burglar who broke into Forest Hills businesses

The NYPD is looking for a man who allegedly broke into two businesses in Forest Hills in the past month, taking cash, laptop computers and even potted plants. Comment
Forest Hills

Police search for missing Flushing teen

Police from the 107th Precinct were searching for a Flushing resident who was last seen at a nearby movie theater. Mikhael Gonzalez, 19, was reported missing at about 3 a.m. Sunday morning after being last seen at the Forest Hills Movie Theater at 108-22 Queens Blvd., police said. Comment

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Forest Hills ►Video

New York Pops stars at Forest Hills Stadium

Forest Hills ►Video

New York Pops stars at Forest Hills Stadium

The New York Pops Orchestra put on quite a show Thursday night at Forest Hills Stadium. Performing at the venue for the third straight year, the Pops — led by conductor Steven Reineke — dazzled with selections of famed composer John Williams’ iconic film scores. Comment

Friday, June 9, 2017

Ridgewood

Elderly Ridgewood woman found dead days after boyfriend charged with assault: DA

Police were investigating the death of a Ridgewood woman whose body was found in her apartment five days after her boyfriend was charged with assaulting her, the NYPD said. Police responded to the home of Janina Olszewaka, 80, Thursday to find the woman unresponsive, according to law enforcement. When EMS arrived, they declared the woman dead, the cops said. Comment
Event

Queens Weekend Calendar: June 10-11

Your weekend calendar: June 10-11 Comment

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