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Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017

Far Rockaway

Build It Back career helps homeless man turn life around

After the 2012 Superstorm Sandy, Sean Perry lost his belongings, his girlfriend and his home in Far Rockaway, but despite all that his life changed for the better because of the Build It Back Workforce1 program, which helped him to move forward with his life and off the floor in his mother’s house. Comment
Transit

DiNapoli warns of ‘unplanned’ fare hikes if MTA not funded soon

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has warned that if a dedicated funding stream is not decided upon by city and state agencies, the MTA may soon be forced to impose “unplanned” fare and toll hikes. Comments (2)
Politics

Mayor allocates $8 million for NE Queens greenspace

City Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens) got a big win at a town hall for Mayor Bill de Blasio when over $8 million was given to his district for park improvements. Comments (2)
Economy

Employment rates, wages rise in Queens

A new report from the U.S Department of Labor revealed that the Queens job market has contained to grow and has the second highest average wage in the city, behind Manhattan. Comment
Letters

No shame in asking for help with health care options

This year’s Affordable Care Act open enrollment period started Nov. 1. Millions of Americans will visit HealthCare.gov or the online insurance exchange run by their state to shop for 2018 health plans. Many will be confused by what they find. Comments (1)

Monday, Nov. 20, 2017

Howard Beach

Addabbo wants action on drug disposal bill

For decades environmentalists have warned of the dangers of improper disposal of prescription drugs and the harm it is doing to the water supple. Late last month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the roll-out of a program in which 280 locations statewide would begin accepting unused prescription drugs, but state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) believes more should be done to battle the potential safety, health and environmental hazards. Comment

Parents of slain Wyoming LGBT youth hold forum at Queens Borough Hall

Dennis and Judy Shepard, still heartbroken by the murder of their son in a 1998 Wyoming hate crime, tour the country in his honor discussing bigotry against the LGBT community. Comment
Jamaica

Nonprofit tech company competes for $1.5M

WeWorks, a company that provides office space to entrepreneurs, artists, startups and nonprofits, is doling out $20 million in its global initiative called The Creator Awards. Comment
East Elmhurst

Peralta launches free legal services focusing on immigration and housing

In the midst of what he calls “attacks on hardworking and immigrant families in the era of President Trump,” state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) has launched free legal counseling services focusing on housing and immigration. Peralta secured a $50,000 state allocation to the CUNY School of Law’s Community Legal Resource Network to provide qualified attorneys and offer needed services to constituents. Comment
Chef Elvis Trenchfield scored a double first place in the second annual Chicken Soup Cook-Off held at Temple Beth Sholom in Flushing. Comments (1)

Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017

Politics

Vote No to Constitutional Convention campaign cost backers $3M

Opponents of a Constitutional Constitution reigned victorious on Election Night in killing Proposal 1, a referendum to change New York State’s charter, by spending more than $3 million on the Vote NO campaign. The defeat drew the ire of proponents who wanted a revised document. Comment

State restored funds to NORC programs: Rozic

Elected officials announced success in pressuring state agencies to restore funding previously committed to naturally occurring retirement communities but later revoked. Comment
Richmond Hill

MediSys volunteers honored for Puerto Rico relief work

Recently re-elected Queens Borough President Melinda Katz was at Richmond Hill last Friday to help welcome back 20 medical professionals from Jamaica Hospital and Flushing Hospital who went to Puerto Rico to provide relief work after Hurricane Maria destroyed hospitals on the commonwealth island. Comment
A popular book called “Rich Dad Poor Dad,” is an account of financial educator Robert Kiyosaki’s two dads: His real father and his ‘rich dad,’ who both taught him valuable lessons about money and relationships that would shape his life. Comment
Bayside

MAGBO honors officials in Bayside

The Metropolitan Approved Girls Basketball Officials, an organization dedicated to educating referees, honored the accomplishments of some of their own Nov. 4 at Bourbon Street in Bayside at its third annual gala. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017

Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights progressives rally against Trump’s first year as Meng salutes Democratic victories in national elections

Dozens of progressive Democrats and members of immigrant and LGBT organizations joined elected officials for a rally at Travers Park in Jackson Heights to mark the one-year anniversary of President Trump’s election Nov. 8. Comments (3)
Whitestone

Whitestone senior center celebrates Veterans Day

To celebrate Veterans Day, a Whitestone nursing home hosted a “Veterans Helping Veterans” event Wednesday, sending care packages and letters of encouragement to active service members. Comment
Howard Beach

Sandy victim not pleased with FEMA compensation

Hurricane Sandy has been nothing but a headache for New York Hospital Police Officer William Grusel. Comment
Astoria

Astoria-based songwriter to debut new album live Saturday night

Straight from her unicorn heart comes Astoria-based singer/songwriter Virginia Marcs’ hot and fresh debut album, “Climbing the Wall,” in all of its Darkness and Light. Comments (1)

St. Francis Prep football drops semifinal contest to Fordham Prep

On perhaps the coldest evening of this season, the St. Francis Prep Terriers could not overcome their turnover issues and fell to Fordham Prep, 41-14, on the campus of Fordham University in the Bronx in the CHSAA Class AA semifinal football game. Comment

Friday, Nov. 17, 2017

Politics

Mayor loses five districts to Malliotakis in Queens

Mayor Bill de Blasio may have won more than twice the votes for Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Island) overall in Queens Nov. 7, but the GOP choice for City Hall pulled ahead of the incumbent in five Assembly districts, Board of Elections results show. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Jamaica Estates tops list of NYC neighborhoods where home sales have risen most

Jamaica Estates topped the list of New York City neighborhoods where home sale prices have risen the most, according to a new report from the real estate blog Streeteasy. Comment
Flushing

Flushing sidewalk construction complete

Construction on Flushing’s busiest district has been completed after a year of extensive work. Comments (2)
Flushing

Flushing landlords among borough’s worst

Flushing, Jamaica Hills, Jamaica and Long Island City are home to the top 10 worst landlords in the borough, according to a 2017 Watchlist released by the public advocate. Comments (1)
Bayside

Bayside home invasion targets elderly couple

BAYSIDE — Police were looking for three suspects who forced their way into an elderly Bayside couple’s home Tuesday and robbed them at gunpoint. Comments (1)
Demetrius Blackwell, 37, was convicted of the cold-blooded murder of NYPD Officer Brian Moore in Queens Village more than two years ago. Comment
Rosedale

Pa-Nash to hold fourth annual Black Tie Gala

Pa-Nash Eurosoul Restaurant and Lounge will host its 4th Annual Black Tie Gala in Rosedale Sunday. Comment
Event

Queens Arts and Events Calendar

See what’s going on in Queens. Comment
Editorial

Ticket Split

Election Day brought a few surprises to Queens but also disappointment over turnout. Voting was inexcusably low in most parts of the borough with the re-election of Mayor Bill de Blasio considered a done deal and only one of the incumbents in the City Council facing a white-knuckle challenge. Comment
Letters

Voter turnout must improve for the next election

In the past election it was stated that only 23 percent of voters showed up to vote. That, in my opinion, is a sad state of affairs. Comments (2)
The 2017 season was a disaster for the New York Mets. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

Maspeth

Ballot counting in Holden-Crowley race gets underway, challenger remains confident

Officials from the city Board of Elections began tallying absentee ballots Wednesday in the race between two-term City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) and her challenger, Robert Holden,who led by 133 votes and declared victory Election Night. Crowley refused to concede, saying she would wait until all of the votes were counted. Comments (1)
Economy

Citizens Committee study reveals Queens children still struggle with health, education

A new report from the Citizens Committee for Children revealed that childhood poverty has Queens decreased. Comment
Astoria

Western Queens supporters get first look at BQX prototype streetcar

The advocates behind the Brooklyn Queens Connector project, a 14-mile streetcar line along the Brooklyn and Queens waterfront, unveiled a sleek prototype for the project Monday and urged Mayor Bill de Blasio to move forward with plans for the $2.5 billion project and make it a top second-term priority. Comments (1)
Immigration

Activists, immigration officials push for DACA legislation

Nearly one month after DACA recipients’ Oct. 5, cutoff deadline to apply for a two-year status renewal , New York policymakers, immigration officials and community leaders still wrestle with a solution for the Dreamers. Comment
Long Island City

Plaxall announces plan to create an Anable Basin mixed-use district in LIC

Plaxall is working with the city to rezone a 15-acre parcel that surrounds Anable Basin on the Long Island City waterfront for a new mix-use district that would rise over the next 15 years. It would bring a 65-story tower, 5,000 residential units spread out over eight buildings that will include 25 percent affordable housing, manufacturing and office space. Comments (1)
Woodhaven

New SBS route launches in Woodhaven

Despite outcry from the community a new Select Bus Service route has just launched in Woodhaven. Comments (2)
Floral Park

‘Diamond Girl’ debuts at Theatre Box in Floral Park

“Diamond Girl,” a comedy of love, superstition and a luster only diamonds can emit, made its debut last weekend, and will wrap up performances this weekend at the Theatre Box. Comment
Bayside

Little Shop of Horrors gives viewers a fun experience in Bayside’s Theatre by the Bay

The Little Shop of Horrors wowed the crowd at Theatre by the Bay. Comments (1)
Rhymes with Crazy

Always helping kids isn’t helping any kids

Now’s the time to step back and let your kid how to learn on his own. Comment
Long Island City

Don’t rule out community colleges while shopping for higher education

This is the time of year when high school seniors start deciding where they want to apply to college. I want to encourage them to keep community colleges on their lists—and not just as a backup school, but as a good starting point to a college degree. Comment
Basketball

St. John’s men’s basketball wins season opener

The St. John’s men’s hoops team opened its season in style, securing a 77-61 victory over New Orleans Nov. 10 at Carnesecca Arena. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017

Belle Harbor

Remembering Flight 587 in the Rockaways

Sixteen years after the second worst airline distaster in U.S. history, a memorial service was held for the 265 people killed in the crash of Flight 587 in the Rockaways. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017

South Jamaica

Stabbing victim found dead at residence in South Jamaica

A man was found with multiple stab wounds on the first floor of a residence on 147th Street and 116th Avenue in South Jamaica Monday night, according to police. Comments (1)

Monday, Nov. 13, 2017

Event

TimesLedger Salutes Queens Ambassadors

Event

TimesLedger Salutes Queens Ambassadors

Queens takes great pride in its rich ethnic diversity. Comment
Transit

Prototype unveiled of BQX streetcar that could link Brooklyn to Astoria

The Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector unveiled the inaugural BQX streetcar for a crowd that included Queens Borough president Melinda Katz, NYCHA leaders and representatives of the waterfront business community Monday at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The 46-foot-long Citadis 405, constructed in and shipped from Nice, France, gave the audience a glimpse of the future if the light rail system is approved to run along a 14-mile stretch of the East River from Astoria to Sunset Park. Comments (1)
South Jamaica

South Jamaica girl missing: NYPD

A young girl from South Jamaica who was standing outside her school in South Ozone Park has gone missing, according to the NYPD. Comment
Jamaica

Armed robbery spree hits four sites in SE Queens: NYPD

Police were looking to identify two young men wanted in connection with robberies at two gas stations, a Laundromat and a grocery store in the course of two weeks in southeast Queens. Comments (2)
South Ozone Park

Woman’s purse stolen at Resort World Casino: Police

The police were on the lookout for two suspects who committed grand larceny at Resorts World Casino at South Ozone Park Oct. 18, according to authorities. Comment
Jamaica

Elderly man from Jamaica with Alzheimer’s disease missing: NYPD

An elderly man with Alzheimer’s disease who was last seen at night Nov. 2 leaving his residence in Jamaica has disappeared, according to the NYPD. Comment

Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017

Willets Point

Queens DA’s office gets big grant to fight auto crime

The Queens District Attorney’s office has received a $556,000 grant from the state of New York in the fight against auto crime and insurance fraud. Comments (1)

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017

Jamaica Hills

Driver hits two young boys and later crashes into Jamaica Hill home: NYPD

A 35-year-old woman driving in Jamaica Hills jumped a curb and struck two children Friday afternoon before driving off and crashing her vehicle into the front of a home two blocks away, according to the NYPD. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Jackson Heights man falls to death after he was allegedly caught molesting a young boy: NYPD

A 44-year-old Jackson Heights man fell to his death from a fourth floor apartment on 95th Street after he was allegedly caught groping a six-year-old boy early Thursday morning, according to the NYPD. Comments (1)

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017

Queens Village

Queens Village man guilty of Officer Brian Moore’s murder

Demetrius Blackwell, 37, was convicted of killing NYPD Officer Brian Moore at his murder trial in a Queens courtroom Thursday. Comment
Bayside

Her NYC Marathon Story

“Set a plan. Follow the plan.” Comments (1)

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