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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Laurelton

Merrick Academy’s fourth-grade science scores soar

Two years ago, administrators at Merrick Academy, a K-5 charter school in Laurelton, launched a S.T.E.A.M. program that yielded positive results. For the fourth grade State Science Exam, students at the academy averaged 96.4 percent during the 2016-2017 school year. Comments (3)
Jackson Heights

New elementary school coming to Jackson Heights in 2019

Officials broke ground last week on a new elementary school in Jackson Heights that will alleviate some of the chronic overcrowding in District 30, one of the most overcrowded school districts in the city. Comments (2)
Fresh Meadows

Lancman bill would require demographic data on fare evasion arrests

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) has sponsored legislation requiring the NYPD to provide periodic data on fare evasion arrests. Comments (2)
Astoria

Astoria Van Alst Playground renovation completed ahead of schedule

The Van Alst Playground reopened to the public Tuesday after a $3.5 million renovation was completed ahead of schedule. Comments (1)

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Broadway-Flushing

City Council foes face off in northeast Queens

The Broadway-Flushing Homeowners Association held a candidates night last week for City Council members and their challengers to speak about prostitution, landmarking and traffic in the districts they want to represent. Comments (6)
Queens Village

Benefit event to support mother who lost family in Queens Village fire

Celebrities, entertainers, Queens officials and the Rev. Al Sharpton will be in attendance at the York College Performing Arts Center July 14 for the “Rebuild Comedy & Music Benefit Concert,” an effort to support Queens Village resident Dajuana Green’s efforts to build a new home. Comments (1)
Astoria

Astoria Park street co-named for Betty Jean DiBiaso

The makeshift memorial on a light post at the northwest corner of Astoria Park honored the memory of Betty Jean DiBiasio for more than a year after she was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in June 2015. Now, that light post at Ditmars Avenue and 19th Street bears a sign reading “Betty Jean DiBiaso Way” after a street co-naming ceremony last week. Comments (1)

Christ the King football stars wrap up high school careers with dramatic final win

Christ the King came up short of its championship goal this season, but for five senior standouts, this year’s Empire Challenge offered one last chance at glory. Comment
Health

Ten best reasons for a veggie Independence Day

Here are the 10 Best Reasons for barbecuing veggie burgers and veggie hot dogs at this year’s Independence Day gatherings, rather than ground-up animal body parts. Comments (2)

Monday, July 3, 2017

Jamaica

Jamaica Center BID reflects on accomplishments

New York Secretary of State Rosana Rosado and members of the Jamaica Center BID who want help to revitalize the downtown region spoke about the progress that the area has made and how much further it had to go at a meeting last wee. Comments (1)
Astoria

Simotas’ baby box legislation to reduce infant death passes

A Scandinavian innovation that reduces infant injuries and death could soon be adopted in New York state after both houses of the Legislature passed a bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) last week. Her “Newborn Health and Safety Pilot Program,” also known as the “baby box bill,” will now be sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo to be signed into law. Comments (2)
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill man charged in murder of cousin: DA

A Richmond Hill man has been charged with the stabbing murder of his cousin and roommate, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment
Kew Gardens

De Blasio administration takes over Borough Hall July 17

This week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced “City Hall in Your Borough” will be in Queens beginning Monday, July 17. This will be the initiative’s third stop, following a week in Staten Island and one in the Bronx earlier this year. Comments (1)
Flushing

Police search for Flushing grand larceny suspect

FLUSHING — Police were hunting for a woman suspected of grand larceny in Flushing and Jamaica. Comment
Baseball

Bayside Little League offers on-field chances for girls

Bayside Little League has seen some of the area’s top players work through the program, but now the organization is seeing more girls than ever trying out for squads. Comment
Letters

Lowering the boom at Central Park

Fireworks displays, like the ones sponsored by the Philharmonic and NYC Parks Department at the end of concerts in parks citywide, are a cliché. Comment

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Rockaway Beach

Pheffer announces progress for Rockaway Beach Line reactivation study

State Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway) announced a step forward in the study to revive the abandoned Rockaway Beach branch of the Long Island Railroad. Comments (2)
Broadway-Flushing

Korean-American groups call for action following Otto Warmbier’s death

Korean-Americans and a City Council hopeful gathered in Flushing to call for action regarding the death Otto Warmbier, an American student who had been tortured in North Korea and later died after he was sent back to America in a comotose state. Comments (1)
Cambria Heights

Cambria Heights baby dies after being found unconscious

Anayah-Lynn Howard, a 1-month-old, was found unconscious at 120-12 238 St. in Cambria Heights at 6:06 a.m. Saturday, the NYPD said. Comment
Baseball

McClancy star named Queens Player of the Year

Charlie Neuweiler was a force to be reckoned with on the mound this season and, now, the McClancy ace is ready to take his talents to the pros. Comment

Saturday, July 1, 2017

East Elmhurst

Mayor’s plan to close Rikers Island draws mixed reviews

Three months after Mayor Bill de Blasio endorsed the findings of the blue-ribbon Lippman Commission report on closing the city’s most notorious jail, he presented “Smaller, Safer, Fairer: A Roadmap to Closing Rikers Island” last week. In the plan are 18 “concrete steps” the city is taking to shutter the facility and replace it with a smaller network of jails in each borough. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Peralta, IDC angers Planned Parenthood group and constituents in Jackson Heights

A non-profit advocacy organization for Planned Parenthood is disavowing a mailer released by state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) which uses the Planned Parenthood logo and a quote from the group. The flier features a photo of Peralta, who defected to the Independent Democratic Conference in January, and touts his support for reproductive rights and investing in Planned Parenthood. Comments (1)
Woodhaven

Police search for missing Woodhaven teen

WOODHAVEN — The NYPD is asking for the public’s assistance as they search for a female teen who was reported missing Monday in the confines of the 102 Precinct. Comment
Art

Impermanent Landscapes offers fresh perspective on dance

The audience entered the St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, a space that has supported an active artistic community since the 19th century. A hall that has hosted poets, sculptors and artists will now be the setting for Impermanent Landscapes, Valerie Green’s most important work to date. Comment
Baseball

2017 All-Queens Baseball All-Stars

Queens didn’t crown any champions this spring, but there was still plenty of baseball talent on display across the borough. Here are the best of the best. Comment

Friday, June 30, 2017

Education

State lawmakers grant de Blasio two-year control over city schools

State lawmakers agreed to extend Mayor Bill de Blasio’s control over the city’s schools for two years Thursday during an extraordinary session in Albany that spilled over into a second day as other issues were negotiated. Comment
Flushing

John Bowne prinicpal sued again for harassment

After initially suing his boss for harassment over choosing not to inflate grades, John Bowne HS Vice Principal Marc Einsohn is claiming Principal Howard Kwait retaliated against him again for allegedly taking excessive time off. Comment
Elmhurst

Elmhurst United workers protest at Pan Am Hotel

Elected officials, community activist and residents gathered Saturday in front of the Pan Am Hotel in Elmhurst to call on the Department of Homeless Services and Comptroller Scott Stringer to reject a renewal contract that would allow the hotel to be used as a homeless shelter until 2023. Comments (1)
Politics

Gov. Cuomo signs law outlawing child marriage in New York

In New York state, a law that allowed teens as young as 14 years old to get married existed for nearly 90 years. On June 20, however, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that raised the age of consent to 18. Comments (1)
South Jamaica

Second shooter guilty of D’aja Robinson’s 2013 death: DA

Shamel Capers, the second individual arrested in the shooting death of 14-year-old D’aja Robinson on a city bus in Jamaica, was convicted of the 2013 murder last week, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (2)
Oakland Gardens

Massey endorses Concannon for city council

Paul Massey, a mayoral hopeful for the GOP, threw in the towel on his campaign Wednesday citing the financial challenge of facing an incumbent as his reasons. Comments (2)
Jamaica

Volunteer lawyers ready to help if needed after Trump travel ban

The group of volunteer attorneys who camped out at Kennedy Airport assisting travelers from over 20 countries when President Donald Trump’s travel ban first went into effect in January were not expecting the same level of chaos when the new ban went into effect Thursday. Comment
Event

Queens Arts Calendar

See what’s going on in Queens. Comment
Bayside

Bayside Payless Shoesource to close next month

Payless Shoesource on 42-10 Bell Blvd. in Bayside will permanently close its doors next month. As a result, it is currently offering discounts of up to 40 percent on all its merchandise. Comment
Government

Rent board hikes stabilized rents from 1.25 to 2 percent

New York City’s 1 million rent-stabilized tenants will see their rent go up this coming year. Comments (2)
High Heat

Mets decision to promote Tebow driven by factors other than baseball

The New York Mets continue to show questionable decision-making. Comment
Flushing

Filipino music legend to perform at Queens College

Bringing a taste of southeast Asia to Queens, Sharon Cuneta, the popular Filipino often referred to as the Barbra Streisand of the Philippines, will perform at Queens College Saturday, July 8. Comment
Editorial

An uneasy compromise

Despite the arrival of summer, a slight chill settled on Queens after the Supreme Court ruled this week that a limited version of President Donald Trump’s travel ban could be implemented. Comments (2)
The Civic Scene

High schools finish year strong

Hillcrest High School held its first Science Fair under the supervision of Pre-Med Small Learning Community Director Nelcia Skobelsky, featuring submissions by the Health Science Nursing Small Learning Community, Software Engineering students, and Pre-Med students who had performed NASA, STEM, and hydroponics research. Comment
Letters

Borough Connector project raises questions

In November, 2016, the New York City Economic Development Corporation released a 25-page paper concerning construction of a waterfront street car to connect various neighborhoods between Astoria and Sunset Park at a cost of $2.5 billion. The project still leaves many questions needing answers. Comments (1)

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Jackson Heights

Jax Hts 9/11 worker facing deportation released after Cuomo pardon

A former Ground Zero worker from Jackson Heights who was facing imminent deportation over a non-violent conviction nearly three decades ago walked out of a New Jersey correctional facility Wednesday afternoon. Comments (1)
Holliswood

Former Holliswood Hospital vandalized with hate graffiti

Residents of Holliswood were in an uproar after discovering that the old Holliswood Hospital, located at 87-37 Palermo St., had graffiti of swastikas and hate speech scrawled outside and inside the building. Comments (3)
Flushing

Flushing poet honored in Italy for poem sculpted in marble

Flushing poet Vincent J. Tomeo has given Monterosso Calabro – the bucolic, rustic town that inspired his most acclaimed poem “A View from a Tower in Calabria, Italy” — a place in the sun. Comments (3)
Forest Hills

Katz criticizes Spectrum customer service after outage

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz criticized internet service provider Spectrum after multiple Queens neighborhoods were left without service or answers Monday. Comments (5)
Flushing

Kim, Avella, Peralta enact small business bill, seafood reform

Elected officials stood at the Manhattan headquarters of the Korean American Association of Greater New York urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign two bills that will provide financial support for small businesses and improve labeling practices in the seafood industry. Comment
Dutch Kills

Dutch Kills calls for return of Engine Company 261

Dutch Kills wants its FDNY engine company back. Comment
Astoria

Cuomo appoints Lhota head of MTA

Former MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota will return to his position as head of the transit agency, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced June 21, in a move approved by the state Senate later that evening. Lhota served as head of the agency until 2013 when he resigned to face Bill de Blasio in the race for mayor. Comments (1)
Astoria

NYC Parks opens pools for the summer season

It’s time to bring out your bathing suits and floaties. Comments (1)
Rhymes with Crazy

Rethinking the concept of free city parking

What if you could rent a place to store a giant pile of your stuff in New York City for free? Comments (1)
Letters

Cuomo goes with familiar face for MTA

On June 21, Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed former MTA chairman Joe Lhota to come back as MTA chairman. Comments (2)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Transit

MTA execs blame A train derailment on human error

Newly appointed MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota and Executive Director Veronique Hakim rushed to the scene of an A train’s derailment Tuesday in Harlem which they later blamed on a loose rail stored on the tracks. Comments (6)
Health

Advisory: Health Department to begin mosquito spraying in Queens

The New York City Health Department will begin to spray pesticides throughout the summer in all five boroughs in order to reduce the risk of mosquito-borne diseases, such as the West Nile Virus and the Zika Virus. Comments (1)
Government

Massey halts his mayoral campaign

Paul Massey, a Republican candidate for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s seat, dropped out of the race Wednesday, citing funding issues as the main reason for calling off the campaign. Comment

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Woodside

Teenage girl found unconscious in Woodside after possible sex assault: NYPD

A teenage girl was found unconscious and in her underwear near a Woodside warehouse early Sunday morning and now the NYPD’s special victims unit is investigating the case as a possible sex crime. Police were called to 46-21 70th St. near 47th Avenue where the 16-year-old was discovered unresponsive on a sidewalk around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Six workers hurt in LIC construction accident: FDNY

Six construction workers were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries after a partial collapse of a construction site in Long Island City Monday morning, according to the FDNY. The incident occurred just after 11 a.m. at 42-20 27th St., a half block south of Queensboro Plaza, when part of the eighth floor gave way after concrete was poured into a 20-foot by 20-foot formwork, according to the city Department of Buildings. Comment

Monday, June 26, 2017

Courts

Supreme Court revives Trump administration’s travel ban with limits

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to allow a limited version of the Trump administration’s travel ban on travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States Monday, the final day of the high court’s opinions. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Long Island City collision kills Woodside man, injures teen girl: NYPD

A 28-year-old Woodside man was killed and a teenage girl was critically injured Saturday morning in a collision at the intersection of Queens Boulevard and Skillman Avenue, the NYPD said. Comment
Jackson Heights

Police hunt for suspected groper at Jax Hts subway station

The NYPD wants to question a man for allegedly touching a 17-year-old woman’s buttocks at the Broadway and Roosevelt Avenue subway station in Jackson Heights June 9. The victim was exiting the F train staircase when the suspect groped her around 8 a.m., police said. The suspect fled the station in an unknown direction. Comment
Corona

Police looking for suspect who damaged nearly a dozen cars in Corona

Police were searching for a man suspected of puncturing nearly a dozen tires in Corona June 17. Comment
Ozone Park ►Video

NYPD seeks two male suspected of robbing a 12-year-old

The NYPD was in search of two men who they say stole an iPhone 7 Plus from a 12-year-old boy in Ozone Park. Comment

Friday, June 23, 2017

Event

Queens Weekend Calendar: June 24-25

Your weekend calendar: June 24-25 Comment
Hollis

Multicultural Festival brings world culture to South Hollis afterschool children

The South Hollis branch of Queens Library will be celebrating the diversity of the borough by hosting it’s second annual Multicultural Festival June 24 at 1 p.m. Comment

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Transit

Cuomo names Lhota to head the MTA - again

Gov. Andrew Cuomo chose former MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota to resume his old post as head of the transit agency Wednesday in a surprise move that was approved by the state Senate later that evening. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

Cuomo pardons Jax Hts. 9/11 cleanup worker removing grounds for deportation

Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a pardon to a Jackson Heights man who was one of nearly 41,300 who were taken into custody by ICE agents during the first 100 days of the Trump administration. Carlos Humberto Cardona, 48, was detained in February and is awaiting deportation to his native Colombia in a New Jersey facility. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Ozone Park woman flees with baby nephew in foster care battle: NYPD

The NYPD is searching for a 1-year-old boy who was in the temporary care of his aunt who was supposed to turn him over to foster care. Neither has been seen in nearly a week, police announced Thursday. Comments (1)

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