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Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017

Rosedale

Sanders hosts STEAM forum in Rosedale

Rosedale

Sanders hosts STEAM forum in Rosedale

Speakers at a Rosedale forum Saturday hoped to spark the imaginations of students and parents in potential future careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. State Sen. James Sanders (D-Far Rockaway), who hosted the meeting, said it was important for schools to prepare students for the burgeoning fields of the future. Comments (1)
Health

ThriveNYC will raise budget for behavioral services, analysis finds

A little more than a year after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced ThriveNYC, a new behavioral health initiative to expand the availability of such services in the city, New York’s budget for behavioral health care is slated to grow by about 25 percent in the next few years, according to an analysis by the city’s Independent Budget Office. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017

Crime

NYPD launches crackdown to combat sex trafficking

The NYPD will expand its resources to combat sex trafficking, Police Commissioner James O’Neill announced last week. Comments (7)
Politics

SE Queens pols endorse de Blasio for second term

A collection of southeast Queens lawmakers came out in support of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s re-election, saying his work on numerous issues throughout the city earned their endorsements. Comments (6)
Flushing

Koo announces bid for re-election at Flushing Library

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) announced he would be running for re-election a news conference in front of the Flushing Library Monday. The lawmaker touted his achievements over the course of his seven years in office among supporters and fellow elected officials. Comments (2)
The Civic Scene

Mayflower briefs Fresh Meadows civics on hotel planned for their turf

Since a permit was given to build a hotel at 186th Street and 64th Avenue in Fresh Meadows about three years ago, there has been no contact with the owners of the hotel. Comments (1)

Queen of Queens: Forest Hills star heading to St. John’s

Forest Hills three-sport standout Maia Cabrera always dreamt of playing college soccer – that dream came true on Monday when she signed her NLI to play at St. John’s. Comment

Monday, Feb. 13, 2017

Astoria

Steinway Street improvements top Constantinides’ agenda

Steinway Street in Astoria is in need of an extreme makeover. Comments (2)
New Voices

Queens activists scramble to protest Muslim ban

The hastily written and implemented ban on entry for people from seven predominantly Muslim countries was met with swift condemnation and protests by Queens activists and other opponents at Kennedy Airport. Comments (6)

Magnificent seven: CTK football stars cement college future

Seven Christ the King football stars signed on the dotted line on Wenesday, committing to college program across the country. Comment

Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017

South Ozone Park

South Ozone Park man charged with trafficking teen girl

A South Ozone Park man has been charged with sex trafficking, rape and other crimes for allegedly forcing a 16-year-old girl into a life of prostitution and threatening to kill her should she try to flee from her plight, the Queens DA said. Comments (4)
Politics

DeVos confirmation as ed secretary rankles electeds

In the aftermath of the razor-thin confirmation Tuesday of Betsy DeVos as the education secretary in President Trump’s cabinet, elected officials expressed concern about her views on public education. Comments (2)
Letters

Enough is enough with Mr. Trump

Do the people remember when President Richard Nixon made one very big mistake and was impeached? Comments (10)

Spoiler alert: Bowne downs QHST, grabs momentum heading into playoffs

The John Bowne boys basketball team grabbed a big-time 90-88 victory over Queens High School of Teaching on Tuesday, keeping the Tigers from wrapping up the league undefeated. Comment

Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017

Bayside

PS 31 auditorium slated for face-lift

The Bayside School, or PS 31, at 211-45 46th Road will be getting a major upgrade of the auditorium, according to Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside). Comment
Astoria

Astoria rally against travel ban leans on immigrant values

Community leaders and elected officials led about 200 people in an Astoria rally against President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries last Feb. 3. Comments (6)
Letters

MTA choice for interim executive director a home run

Following in the footsteps of previous MTA President Tom Prendergast, Veronique “Ronnie” Hakim is an excellent choice as interim executive director. She is an even better one to serve as the next permanent MTA president. Comments (1)
Basketball

Looking for answer: Arbitello out at Loughlin as CTK win streak snapped

Christ the King coach Joe Arbitello was ejected during the fourth quarter of the Royals loss at Loughlin on Sunday and he’s still trying to figure out why. Comment

Friday, Feb. 10, 2017

Bayside

LIRR rail yard irritates Bayside residents

A Long Island Rail Road work yard tucked within a residential area of Bayside has vexed residents since it moved from Great Neck several years ago. A diesel engine used for track work left idling for hours on end disrupts sleeping patterns, shakes the foundations of homes and the fumes from chemically treated railroad ties left stacked and stage in this area irritate eyes and throats. Comments (3)
Jamaica

Renaissance man’s vision created A Better Jamaica

A Better Jamaica, a non-profit organization created to strengthen the southeast Queens region, celebrated its 10th year anniversary on Jan. 31. Greg Mays, 55, founded the organization to improve the bond between residents in the area. Comment
Flushing

Organizations issue loans for Flushing fire relief

After a fire on Jan. 25 scorched up to 15 storefronts on a block in downtown Flushing, two organizations stepped up to offer emergency loans to two businesses damaged in the blaze. Asian Americans for Equality and Renaissance Economic Development Corporation distributed the first two checks of $50,000 last Friday with Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing). Comments (1)
Korean community leaders and elected officials stood in solidarity against immigration policies imposed by the Trump administration last week at a news conference in Flushing led by the MinKwon Center for Community Action . Comments (20)

Queens College holds sessions on sex trafficking

Students at Queens College will participate in on going efforts to end Sex trafficking and forced labor through Shut Out Trafficking campaign. Comments (1)
Flushing

Flushing celebrates Lunar New Year with splash

Large crowds came out in the biting winter weather last Saturday to enjoy the Flushing Lunar New Year parade, which featured a host of troupes, sponsored floats and multiple colorful displays of the Chinese Dragon Dance. Comment
Health

Northwell Health hosts ‘National Wear Red Day’

When it comes to women suffering from heart disease, the common warning signs are different from what men are taught to look for. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Jamaica rapper breaks the mold

Jamaica author and rapper Robert Torrez — a.k.a. Sabor Latino — doesn’t write about the stereotypical fare of rap lyrics. Comment
On Point

Plastic bag fee is social engineering run amok

Unless Gov. Andrew Cuomo decides not to sign the plastic bag bill, New Yorkers will again feel the hands of city government reaching into their pockets and taking more of your hard-earned money. The disciples of social engineering and behavior modification in the City Council last year passed a 5-cent fee on each plastic bag used and twice that if you double bag your groceries. Comments (14)
Letters

Trump endangers animal welfare by shutting down federal site

As he was signing edicts hurting one group after another over the past two weeks, it was only a matter of time before Donald Trump got around to hurting animals - already the most oppressed sentient beings onearth. Comments (2)
Basketball

Rally Royals: CTK stages late-game comeback, takes down TMLA

Christ the King defeated Mary Louis 67-57 in OT on Friday night, outscoring the Hilltoppers 15-5 in extra time. Comment
Editorial

Hidden Crime

The New York Police Department is cracking down on sex trafficking in the five boroughs and setting up a hotline to help women forced into slavery. Flushing and Jackson Heights are the epicenter of the growing industry in New York City, which victimizes undocumented immigrants as well as many Americans. Comments (1)

Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017

Howard Beach

Suspect in Vetrano murder arrested and charged

Howard Beach

Suspect in Vetrano murder arrested and charged

Mayor Bill de Blasio applauded the vigilance of the tight-knit Howard Beach community in helping to track down the Brooklyn man charged with killing Karina Vetrano, who was strangled during a jog on a remote park trail in August 2016. Comments (3)
Jackson Heights

Crowley and many constiuents slam Peralta’s jump to IDC

The leader of the Queens Democratic machine is taking umbrage with one lawmaker’s defection to the renegade Independent Democratic Conference. State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) announced he was joining the IDC Jan. 25, bringing its membership to eight in the state Senate where the group is allied with Republicans to form a majority coalition. Comments (2)
Sunnyside

Sunnyside Yard feasibility survey finally released

The long-awaited feasibility study of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to create a new neighborhood above the Sunnyside Yards was met with skepticism from elected officials in western Queens when it was released Feb. 6. State Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (D-Long Island City) posted the report on her Facebook page and urged residents to study the 206-page analysis that was nearly a year and a half in the making. Comments (1)
Government

City Council legislation hopes to stem three-quarter houses

The scourge of three-quarter houses used for New Yorkers recovering from substance abuse or returning to society from jail must be addressed, City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Arverne) said this week. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Two LIC hotels offer residency programs to artists

The Queens Council on the Arts announced an open call to all borough-based artists to apply for a new residency program in partnership with two Long Island City hotels. The newly established QCA Art Hotel Residency will provide space for two artists to work in spaces inside the Z NYC Hotel and the Paper Factory Hotel for three months. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

New immigrant protections and the DREAM Act pass in Assembly

The Democrat-controlled state Assembly passed the DREAM Act for a fifth straight year Monday along with sweeping legislation to protect the state’s immigrant population, measures that if enacted would turn New York into a “sanctuary state,” according to Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights). Comments (10)
Long Island City

Come to the Secret Theatre old chum

Over the years, the Kander and Ebbs’ musical “Cabaret” about 1930s Berlin has been a feast for local theatre groups since its Broadway premiere in 1966, and the story of artistic escapism in a time of creeping fascism feels especially poignant today. Comments (1)
Opinion

Why can’t we kindly disagree?

It seems like arguing — screaming, shouting or at the very least, extreme eye-rolling — is right up there with eating breakfast these days. Wake up, brush your teeth, glance at the latest news and explode! Comments (2)
Letters

Borough president has abandoned Willets Pt. plan in favor of stadiums

Prior to 2008 there were many small businesses in Willets Point Queens, primarily rendering automotive services for the public at a cost far less expensive than at automotive dealers. They were truly rendering an important service to the people of Queens. Comments (5)
Basketball

Storm stuffed: Early shooting miscues doom St. John’s at ‘Nova

St. John’s missed its first 12 shot attempts on Saturday night, falling to Villanova as the Red Storm struggled to find its offensive footing in the Big East matchup. Comments (1)

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017

Event

Queens battens down for winter storm

Event

Queens battens down for winter storm

By TIMESLEDGER STAFF Comments (2)
Shane, a Bayside service dog, wandered off from his Bayside home Tuesday for a little private exploration. But by 10 p.m. that night the black Labrador was back on duty and none the worse for his adventure, a friend of the dog’s owner said. Comments (1)
The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its first Lunar New Year Celebration Wednesday at the historic Flushing Town Hall. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017

Fresh Meadows

Fresh Meadows teen wipes phone before disappearing

The disappearance of Skye Azhar, 15, has mystified even his own mother since he was last heard rustling around downstairs in his Fresh Meadows home around 4 a.m. Jan. 31. A search of her son’s bedroom revealed a bundle of school work stuffed tightly under the bed and his cell phone, hidden deep in a drawer with all data wiped from it. Comments (1)

Monday, Feb. 6, 2017

The city released Monday the results of its long-awaited Sunnyside Yard feasibility study, a 206-page report nearly a year and a half in the making, exploring the possibilities of decking over large portions to allow for construction of affordable housing, parks, schools, community facilities and retail space. Comments (3)
A six-month effort to find a suspect in the August 2016 murder of Karina Vetrano ended in a “deep dive” investigation of a 911 call about a suspicious person in the area from May last year, NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce. said. Comments (12)

Friday, Feb. 3, 2017

Flushing

Two businesses damaged in Flushing fire given loans

Two of the 15 small businesses that were devastated during a four-alarm blaze in Flushing last week became the first to receive emergency loans Friday. The Asian Americans for Equality presented checks totaling $50,000 to the owners of the Elegant Hair Salon and Silver World Venture for repairs and lost business. Comment
St. Albans

St. Albans rookie NYPD officer killed in fiery car accident

A rookie police officer from St. Albans was killed in a car accident Wednesday evening in single car roll-over accident, the NYPD said. Comment

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