Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017


Queens Chamber says ban on flushable wipes could hurt business

A proposed bill that would ban the sale of flushable wipes is being met with resistance. Comments (1)

New York among top three states to benefit from immigration: Study

The United States is home to 61 million immigrants and New York is among the top three states profiting from their contributions, according to the Center for Immigration Studies analysis. While most of America’s issues with immigration rest on cultural insensitivity, the effects of immigration on the overall economy is a positive one. Comments (4)

Safety training offered for construction workers

Construction workers interested in learning more about the Occupational Safety and Health Act have an opportunity to attend a two-session, 10-hour workshop later this month in Jamaica aimed at helping attendees learn how to avoid work-site mishaps. Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017

Springfield Gardens

Employees protest religious discrimination at JFK

Springfield Gardens

Employees protest religious discrimination at JFK

Employees for a Kennedy Airport contractor accused of religious discrimination called on the airport’s management Wednesday to ensure that harassment of Muslim employees is not tolerated. Comments (6)

City rolls out new small-business promotion program

The city wants to put your neighborhood business on the map — literally. Comments (1)

NASA runs STEM program for Jamaica students

Students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program at Merrick Academy Charter School in Jamaica are embarking on a weeks-long program of hands-on science workshops at York College, an event made in concert with the National Aeronautic and Space Administration’s Minority University Research and Education Project. Comments (1)

Transit projects favored by Katz require big bucks to fund

When it comes to public transportation, “Katz delivers ‘State of Borough’ address” (TimesLedger/Feb. 3) made for some great sound bites but provided little substance. Comments (4)

Learning Curve: Former CTK star’s determination leads to dominant hoops career

Iona College standout Jon Severe is alwasy ready to learn something new, especially if it helps him become a better basketball player. Comment

Monday, Feb. 20, 2017


Gotti’s grandson pleads guilty to drug charges: DA

John Gotti, 23, the grandson and namesake of famous crime boss John Gotti, pleaded guilty to selling oxycodone last week and was expected to be sentenced to eight years, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1)

Lancman wants uniform curb heights

The city’s Department of Transportation should fix any changes they make to curbs in the process of repairing streets in order to protect homeowners and tenants from flooding and city fines, City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) said about legislation he has proposed. Comment

High school grad rates increase in borough and city

High school graduation rates in Queens increased and dropout rates declined during the past school year, matching citywide trends, according to city statistics, but state authorities cited worsening trends for English Language Learners in the city. Comments (4)

Mobsters charged with murder: Feds

Two members of the Lucchese crime family have been charged with murdering a fellow family member and the attempted murder of a Bonnano family member from Whitestone, according to Manhattan federal prosecutors. Comments (2)

Fighting evictions

It’s tough to be poor in Queens and the city seems to be taking note. Comments (2)
Springfield Gardens

CBP arrests man smuggling cocaine

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS Customs and Border Protection officials captured someone trying to smuggle four pounds of cocaine into the country in pairs of sneakers Comment

Poetic license

Actor, writer, director, and former English teacher Mark Lord has a new original show to share. Comment

At the top of the hill: Mary Louis star honored as All-American

Danielle Patterson has played the role of leader for the Hilltoppers throughout the season, but on Monday the senior star accepted the latest honor in a long list of accolades, named a McDonald’s All-American. Comment

Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017

Long Island City

Shia LeBeouf knocks MOMI

Actor Shia LaBeouf tweeted his disapproval after the Museum of the Moving Image closed the his anti-Trump exhibit. LaBeouf shared an image last Friday that said “The museum abandoned us” with the hashtag #hewillnot divideus. Comments (8)

Police search for Flushing assault suspects

FLUSHING — Police were searching for two suspects wanted in connection with an assault in Flushing. Comment

Former ‘Dozo player looking to follow in coach’s footsteps

Melvin Robinson found a basketball family at Cardozo under head coach Ron Naclerio and now the Environmental Studies coach is hoping to do the same at his program. Comment

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017


Students advocate for diminished tobacco use

A number of student advocates from southeast Queens traveled to Albany last week to encourage legislators to do more to discourage smoking among New York City residents, particularly teenagers. Comments (2)

De Blasio’s State of the City focuses on affordability crisis

From the start of his State of the City address at Harlem’s Apollo Theater Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio promised it would not include the “bells and whistles” of years past, with expensive project proposals such as developing the Sunnyside Yards or building a street car connecting Queens with Brooklyn. Instead the mayor concentrated on the city’s affordable housing crisis. Comments (3)

Police seek man wanted for public lewdness

JAMAICA — The NYPD was seeking a man who performed an act of public lewdness and was asking for the public’s help in locating him. Comments (3)

Lasting legacy for Leary: Prep coach honored at last home game

St. Francis Prep Tim Leary coached his final home game on Sunday, wrapping up a storied career that has come to shape the Terriers’ boys basketball program. Comment

Friday, Feb. 17, 2017

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has called on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to hire a permanent roundtable facilitator to resolve the issue of airplane noise over northeast Queens following the agency’s announcement it would have someone temporarily fill the position. Comments (4)

Vaughn College ranked No. 1 in upward mobility for students

A Flushing-based aviation college topped the list of colleges across the country that help move students from poverty to prosperity. Comment

Cuomo cuts $65M from MTA budget

Transit advocates rallied in Albany Monday for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to restore $65 million in funds promised to the MTA as the state agency struggles to address widespread delays and overcrowding. According to Riders Alliance, the budget must still be negotiated with the state Senate and Assembly, which have the power to demand the funds be invested in transportation. Comments (4)

CB7 approves “Flushing Point Plaza”

Downtown Flushing is getting another high-rise complex right in the pathway to LaGuardia Airport. Comments (1)

Commision considers familial DNA searching

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and elected officials pushed for the state Commission on Forensic Science’s DNA Subcommittee to consider authorizing the use of familial DNA searches to help find suspects in unsolved cases during a hearing last Friday. Comment

Heads Up!


Heads Up!

Mondays strong winds literally blew the roof off a Fresh Meadows gas station. Comment

St. John’s students want campus statue for Hugh Carey

It was heralded as New York’s worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, and a St. John’s University graduate had the opportunity to change it for the better. The St. John’s graduate was Hugh Carey, who was elected governor of New York in 1974. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

It’s time to boycott the Knicks — and James Dolan

How do we fix the problem at Madison Square Garden? By hitting it in the pocketbook, says our columnist. Comments (3)

A perfect Knight: Rowland sets Queens College scoring record

Madison Rowland didn’t come to Queens College with the intention of changing the program, but that’s exactly what she’s done and, on Saturday, she added another notch to her resume, setting the program’s all-time scoring record. Comment

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017

East Elmhurst

Peralta tossed out of own Democratic club for joining IDC

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) has withstood a firestorm of criticism for more than three weeks since he announced he was joining the Independent Democratic Conference last month. His defection from the Senate’s mainline Democrats led to chants of “traitor” during a town hall meeting in Jackson Heights that drew hundreds and last week U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights), the chairman of the Queens Democratic Party, said he was disappointed in Peralta’s “decision to undermine our party and empower the Republican caucus.” Comments (3)
Deportation raids across the country by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have caused high anxiety up and down Roosevelt Avenue despite only one arrest in Elmhurst. Unfounded rumors of checkpoints and sweeps have fueled the fears in Queens’ immigrant communities and state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued an urgent fraud alert about ICE scams Wednesday after an incident in Woodside Monday afternoon. Comments (11)

Council passes nusiance abatement reform

The New York City Council voted to significantly reform the city’s Nuisance Abatement Law Wednesday, amending legislation that enabled the city to shut down residencies and commercial establishments deemed “nuisances.” Comments (5)
Fresh Meadows

Big Apple Circus set to return this fall

Big Apple Circus has been saved and will continue its mission of helping disabled children. Comments (3)
Ozone Park

Ozone Park hotel housing homeless without notifying community

Area lawmakers and community members were shocked to learn that an Ozone Park hotel has been used as a homeless shelter for months without any notification from the city. Comments (3)
Oakland Gardens

Oakland Gardens turtle smuggler pleads guilty to trafficking wildlife

After getting busted last May for smuggling endangered turtles into Kennedy Airport, Hsien Lin Hsu of Oakland Gardens pleaded guilty in Brooklyn federal court Monday to violations of the Endangered Species Act and an international wildlife treaty. Comments (5)

Cuomo backs Assembly to block NYC plastic bag law

Advocates for the elimination of plastic bags spoke out Tuesday against a moratorium signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo overriding the City Council’s law that would impose a fee on each bag used. Cuomo called the measure “deeply flawed” and got behind a motion by the state Assembly to block similar legislation until 2018. Comments (2)

The world on screen

More than 130 daring and provocative new films from 25 countries — all in one festival. Where else can you get that but right here in the World’s Borough? That’s what’s on tap for the 7th Annual Queens World Film Festival at Astoria’s Museum of the Moving Image March 14–19. Comments (1)

City Council must step in to protect our water, air quality

This Council has done much to protect New York City’s water and air quality, public health, and our civil rights.We need that commitment more than ever as we face the pending confirmation of an EPA administrator openly hostile to environmental regulations and a Congress that has already introduced legislation that would nullify climate change mitigation policies, would prevent the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, and would prohibit the collection of data on race and demographics—key tools for civil rights advocat Comments (3)

If you see and say something, you could be a citizen spy

If you see something, say something. Comments (3)

Backcourt burst: St. John’s guard jumpstarts Johnnies against Seton Hall

St. John’s redshirt freshman Marcus LoVett provided a big-time spark off the bench as the Red Storm downed Seton Hall 78-70 at the Garden on Saturday afternoon. Comments (1)

Monday, Feb. 13, 2017

Dutch Kills

Dutch Kills woman fatally mauled by her dog

A 75-year-old Dutch Kills woman was mauled to death by her own dog early Monday morning that was adopted from Animal Care Centers. Police from the 114th Precinct, responding to a 911 call around 1 a.m., discovered Louise Hermida unconscious and unresponsive in her 27th Street home with trauma to her upper torso, according to the NYPD. Comment

Friday, Feb. 10, 2017


Museum of Moving Image shuts anti-Trump exhibit to protect public safety

The Museum of the Moving Image has closed the anti-Trump exhibit called “He Will Not Divide Us” after the museum deemed it a public safety hazard because of violent threats and many arrests. Comments (4)
St. Albans

St. Albans teen missing from home

Police were looking for a St. Albans teen who went missing in the 115th Precinct Thursday. Comments (1)

Weekend Calendar for Queens: Feb. 11-12

Your weekend calendar: Feb. 11-12 Comment

Meng, mayor applaud California judges’ ruling on travel ban

A federal appellate court in California refused to restore President Donald Trump’s travel ban Thursday evening, a decision that numerous elected officials in the borough and city applauded. Comments (3)

Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017

As the city’s first snowstorm pounded the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio toured western Queens Thursday morning to evaluate the plowing in neighborhoods particularly hard hit in last year’s blizzard. Comments (4)


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