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Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017

In the Oct. 20 story on the Queens College conference on comfort women and the first statue in New York City marking the episode, there was some controversy over the Japanese apology. Comments (1)

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017


Glendale teacher’s film explores lives of those who lost parents on 9/11

For nearly 16 years, Brenda Larsen kept her stories deep inside, rarely discussing the loss of her father in the Sept. 11 attacks at the World Trade Center. The kindergarten teacher at PS 306 in Woodhaven was one of 3,051 children who lost a parent on 9/11 and hadn’t had a collective voice about their loss until production began on the first documentary by and about the 9/11 kids. Comment
East Elmhurst

Peralta announces funding for roof repairs at Lexington School for the Deaf

The Lexington School for the Deaf in East Elmhurst will be able to make critical repairs to its 50-year-old roofing system due to a $119,00 allocation of state funding by state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst). A 4,500-square-foot section of the roof over one wing of the school needs to be replaced along with its adjacent walkway corridor. Comment

Jamaica man gets 18 years for sexual assault of pre-teen girl

Jamaica resident Shaking Jones was sentenced to 18 years in prison for sexually assaulting a pre-teen girl over the course of three years, according to the Queens DA’s office. Comment
Political Action

Democracy will persevere despite current political climate

The term “democracy” has various forms. It can be seen by the differences in the United States’ and British forms of government. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017


Avella bill grants Port Authority control of helicopters

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) will introduce a bill to grant the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey control of helicopter routes through airspace within its boundaries to mitigate noise pollution. Comment
St. Albans

Educator vies for City Council seat

Dr. Rupert Green, who is running on the Republican tickets against City Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans), wants to tackle the foreclosures that have uprooted many people who live in southeast Queens Comments (1)

Lancman asks City Council to help low-income employees

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Flushing), joined by labor unions and representatives from legal service providers, held a news conference on the steps of City Hall last week urging the City Council to increase funding in next year’s budget to expand legal services for New York City’s low-income workers. Comment

Electeds call for restoration of Q75 bus in Oakland Gardens

City Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens) is urging the MTA to restore Q75 bus service between Bayside and Jamaica after the line was axed in 2010 due to budget cuts to the state agency. Comment

Monday, Oct. 23, 2017


Maspeth author pens book on homelessness

After the shouting was over during Community Board 2’s public meeting, where a team from the Department of Homeless Services was sent to answer questions Oct. 5 about the use of hotels in Sunnyside and Long Island City to shelter homeless families, a young woman rose to speak. Comment
Oakland Gardens

Grodenchik discusses public transportation challenges in NE Queens in quest for re-election

City Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens) is shooting for a second term and after overcoming a mysterious opponent in the Democratic primary who flew in under the public radar until late in the election, will be facing Republican challenger Joseph Concannon. Comments (1)
Fresh Meadows

Construction set to begin on Jewel Avenue Bridge

Construction is set to begin on the Jewel Avenue bridge over the Van Wyck Expressway in Fresh Meadows. Comments (2)

Avella, Tshaka urge city to enforce zoning variance

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and community activist Mandingo Tshaka called on the city to enforce a zoning variance which they claim Star Nissan in Bayside has been ignoring despite collecting despite a series of violations and fines. Comment

Miramax’s Weinstein brothers grew up in Flushing

More than 30 women have come forward claiming Flushing born-and-raised film producer Harvey Weinstein has sexually harassed them. Comment

Columbus is more important than ever

I was disappointed that no one voiced outrage for the graffiti laden message mounted on the Columbus Statue in Astoria. Comments (2)

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017


Homeless man sentenced for robbing Queens churches

A homeless man who said he was “mad at God” when he robbed several churches in the borough was sent to jail last Friday, according to the Queens district attorney’s office. Comments (3)

Malliotakis fumbles at Douglaston forum

GOP mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis lost the room at a Tuesday forum hosted by the Douglaston Civic Association as audience members turned their attention away from the Staten Island assemblywoman to their own conversations. Comment

St. John’s men’s, women’s hoops squads prepare for upcoming season

Although the weather in the New York City area doesn’t seem to reflect it, fall is upon us. And as the leaves turn, the wind picks up and students finally get back into the swing of their classes, the college basketball season is now right around the corner. Comment

Queens Library Gala and Glitz

The Gala for the Queens Library is a big-ticket affair in the Queens social calendar. This year, it the event was hosted at Queens Museum which was bathed in purple light and white table clothes for the affair. Here’s a look. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017


Mayor signs new law requiring increased safety training for construction workers

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a new law Monday mandating that New York City construction workers complete at least 40 to 55 hours of construction site safety training by March 1. The bill, known as Intro. 1447-C, was passed by a unanimous 42-0 vote in the City Council. Comment

Bayside’s annual Halloween Pub Crawl set for Oct. 28

All Hallow’s Eve is nigh and spirits will soon be roaming everywhere. You’ll even find them at Bayside’s friendly pubs, where booze — and spirits — will be flowing non-stop during the scariest weekend of the year. Comments (2)

Wang leads St. John’s on the golf course

As Linda Wang begins her second year in St. John’s University as one of six players on the women’s golf team, she can’t help but look forward to a new academic year while reminiscing about what brought her there. Comment

Friday, Oct. 20, 2017


Public Safety Committee considers fare evasion bill

Councilman Rory Lancman’s (D-Hillcrest) bill requiring the NYPD to provide periodic data on fare evasion arrests received formal consideration from the City Council’s Public Safety Committee this week. The legislation, which was introduced in July, would require NYPD to release data quarterly on the number of arrests and MTAsummonses issued for subway fare evasion. Comment

Community supports popular Astoria bartender in battle with Hodgkin lymphoma

A popular Astoria bartender is preparing for the fight of his life…with a lot of help from his friends. Comments (1)

Southeast Queens civic leaders condemn TNT recycling site

Concerned citizens, civic leaders, and a bi-partisan coalition of southeast Queens’ community leaders and their representatives called into question the environmental hazards that the scrap metal TNT recycling site at 154-20 Tuskegee Airmen Way in Jamaica may pose. Comments (2)

Meng asks credit agency to help yellow cab owners

Elected officials are looking to help yellow taxi drivers after the expansion of Uber and Lyft in the city has lowered the value of a once highly valuable medallion. Comments (1)

Many advocacy groups favor Constitutional Convention

Hidden at the back of the Nov. 7 general election ballot is a referendum that could result in drastic changes to the New York State Constitution. Comments (1)
Richmond Hill

Diwali lights up Richmond Hill

Most of the storefronts along Liberty Avenue were festooned with floral garlands Saturday as Diwali celebrations filled Richmond Hill with colorful traditional costumes, multicolored lights and plenty of ethnic music, all part of the annual Hindu festival of lights.” The event features a motorcade of floats through the neighborhood known as Little Guyana. Comment
Long Island City

5Pointz graffiti whitewashing trial gets underway

A federal jury was empaneled Monday and began hearing testimony Tuesday as the 5Pointz trial got underwaythis week at the Brooklyn federal courthouse. Comment
Far Rockaway

Far Rockaway rabbi sentenced for stealing public funds

A Far Rockaway rabbi has been sentenced to three years behind bars after being convicted of stealing millions in public funds meant for special needs children in Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods throughout the city. Comment

Queens Arts and Events Calendar

See what’s going on in Queens. Comment

Queens makes the grade

Queens schools earned some faint praise from the New York Post last month after students in District 26 aced the state math tests and got the highest scores in the city for third to eighth graders. Comment

Columbus was never my hero

For as many years as I can remember, I have resisted any celebration of Columbus Day. Comments (2)
High Heat

Mets’ top prospects see mixed results in first taste in the big leagues

For a big chunk of the year, I was calling on the Mets to call up their top prospects to give them a taste of action in the big leagues. The team did just that — albeit a little later than they probably should have — and summoned Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith, among others, to The Show. And the results, as expected, weren’t great. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017


Sotomayor participates in Queens College Q&A

Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonya Sotomayor made a special appearance at Queens College Monday morning, participating in a Q&A with Queens College students and moderator President Felix Matos Rodriguez. Comment

‘Sex fest’ at JFK Airport leads to lawsuit

LaDonna Powell, a former supervisor and regional trainer of security guards at John F. Kennedy International Airport, is suing her employers at the security firm that was contracted by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for allegedly firing her unlawfully after she refused to participate in her supervisors’ sex fests. Comments (1)
Far Rockaway

Ulrich accuses Crowley of potential conflict of interest

City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) has suggested fellow Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) potentially violated the city’s conflict of interest policy by using the power of her office to shut down the Bayview Grille and Marina in Broad Channel after a physical altercation involving her son in July 2016. Comments (2)
The Center for the Women of New York is hosting its 30th annual World of Working Women Conference this Friday at Queens Borough Hall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Comments (1)
South Jamaica

Mayor’s town hall highlights progress made in SE Queens

The mayor held his 39th town hall at August Martin High School Monday to an eager crowd of over 500 constituents just days after announcing his 3-K for All program. Comments (1)
Hunters Point

Long Island City tenants displaced by fire since January demand action

Residents of a Long Island City apartment building are fighting to be allowed back into their homes after a fire forced them to leave their apartments more than eight months ago. Comments (1)

Resorts World helps with hurricane relief

Mayor Bill de Blasio, charter schools, the NYPD and Resorts World Casino New York City are continuing to do what they can to support Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands this week as many citizens try to rebuild after the devastation of three hurricanes over the course of three months. Comment

Joyce Sims brings classic ’80s tunes to Resorts World Casino

Musical artist Joyce Sims is back and better than ever. Comment
Little Neck

If you care about America, then vote

Dear Readers, Comment
Rhymes with Crazy

The only thing we have to fear on Halloween is fear itself

It’s time to let kids have fun — by themselves — on All Hallow’s Eve. Comments (1)

Jamaica High School drops conference game and other football results in Queens

Jamaica High School’s difficult football season continued, as they fell 50-16 to Frank J. Macchiarola Educational Campus in a PSAL Bow Conference game at Sheepshead Bay High School field in Brooklyn. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017


Homeless church burglar sentenced to 4 1/2 years: DA

A 24-year-old drifter who declared that he was mad at God has been sentenced to 1 1/2 to 4 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to burglary as a hate crime for a series of break-ins in houses of worship in Queens, the district attorney said. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Camping in style on Rockway beach

In the Rockaways’ Gateway National Park, just over the Gil Hodges Bridge from Brooklyn, camping has arrived. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017


Astoria woman killed in flaming car wreck in Brooklyn: NYPD

An Astoria woman was found dead inside a burning vehicle on the Gowanus Expressway in Brooklyn early Friday morning, according to the NYPD. Comment

Monday, Oct. 16, 2017

East Elmhurst

Man fatally shot in East Elmhurst: NYPD

East Elmhurst

Man fatally shot in East Elmhurst: NYPD

A 25-year-old East Elmhurst man was shot and killed in a backyard at 31-39 95th St. shortly before 10 p.m. Oct. 12 according to the NYPD. Comment

Man wanted in three Ridgewood burglaries: Cops

Over the course of six weeks a thin white man around the age of 20 to 25 is suspected of carrying out three burglaries in Ridgewood, according to police. Comment

Woodhaven girl, 14, reported missing

A Woodhaven teen was reported missing Friday and was last seen at her residence on 85th Street at 12:30 a.m. the same day, according to police. Comment

Investigation into Rosedale infant’s death ongoing: NYPD

An unconscious infant from Rosedale with no visible signs of trauma was brought to Jamaica Hospital by EMS Friday night, but was later pronounced dead by hospital staff. Comment

St. Agnes students excited about new medical lab

Students at St. Agnes Academic High School in College Point will be able to get hands-on training in their new medical lab. Comment

Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) objected to a story published by TimesLedger Oct. 6 stating he had not pulled his endorsement for Bob Holden in the race against Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), clarifying that his endorsement for Holden was only for the Democratic primary and did not carry over into the Nov. 7 general election, in which Holden will run as a Republican following a Wilson Pakula vote nominating him at the most recent Queens County Republican Party meeting. Comments (2)

165th Street Bus Terminal store in Jamaica robbed

Two burglars stole $6,300 in cash and items over a week ago at the First & Last Newsstand located within the 165th Street Bus Terminal, according to authorities. Comment

Ridgewood math teacher accused of sexual misconduct with former student

A math teacher at a Ridgewood middle school has been charged with child endangerment as well as other crimes for what Queens prosecutors say was taking part in sexually explicit communications with a 14-year-old girl who was once his student. Comment



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