Thursday, March 16, 2017


How home care benefits seniors living with Alzheimer’s

Rather than considering an assisted living facility, consider Home Care services. Read more…

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

St. Albans

Death of milkman on train tracks haunts poet’s memories of his youth

Nicole (Lucivero) Martini never met her grandfather Nick for whom she is named. Her brother Nicholas never met him either. Comments (16)

Mayor signs dollar van reforms

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation earlier this month aimed at better regulating the commuter van industry, while cutting down on the preponderance of illegal van drivers. Comments (3)

Salaries, charters fuel education budget rise

Salary increases stipulated in a2014 contract settlement with the United Federation of Teachers, along with increased costs to non-Department of Education schools like charter schools, account for a $1.1 billion increase for education in the mayoral preliminary budget for the upcoming fiscal year, according to an analysis by the city’s Independent Budget Office. Comments (2)

Simotas bill would protect undocumented-immigrant crime victims

State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D–Astoria) introduced legislation Monday to prevent the intimidation of crime victims and witnesses who are undocumented immigrants. Her bill would amend the New York State Penal Law (Section 215.15) to make it an Class-E Felony to report the immigration status of a crime victim or someone who is seeking an order of protection in Family Court. Comments (5)

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

College Point

Avella attends College Point Taxpayers Association meeting

State Sen, Tony Avella (D-Bayside) was the special guest at College Point Taxpayers Association’s February meeting. Avella, who is running for mayor this year, spoke with College Point residents about several issues including the much delayed seawall, bioswales and over-development. Comments (10)
Little Neck

Northwell and NYC Health and Hospitals to build joint lab in Little Neck

Northwell Health and NYC Health and Hospitals have partnered together to build a jointly operated lab in Little Neck. Comments (2)

Miller introduces truck enforcement bill

A southeast Queens City councilman is sponsoring legislation to reduce the time commercial trucks can park on streets from three hours to 90 minutes in an attempt to reduce the burden on affected communities. Comments (4)

‘Warning Card’ expansion to keep more kids in class, out of court

A city program intended to keep students in the classroom and out of the courtroom for minor infractions is expanding to 34 new high schools on 11 campuses, including several in Queens. Comments (2)

Dreaming big: Bowne star makes PSAL history on wrestling mat

John Bowne senior Brandon Nunez became the first city wrestler to clinch a Division-I title, placing first in the 99-pound weight class at the state championships on Saturday. Comment

Monday, March 6, 2017


Vigil held for escaped Jamaica bull

Candles dotted the curb outside of the Aziz Slaughterhouse in Jamaica in the evening hours last week as about three dozen animal-rights advocates stood in silent vigil holding placards, many emblazoned with the photo of a bull that died in police custody after bolting from the abattoir. Comments (2)
East Elmhurst

LaGuardia Airport leads nation in arriving flight delays

LaGuardia Airport is leading the nation with the highest percentage of delays in arriving flights, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation statistics analyzed by the advocacy group Global Gateway Alliance. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Weprin, Fortune Society push to keep visitation days in state prisons

State Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) stood with prison reform advocates on the steps of City Hall Sunday against the state’s proposal to reduce the number of allowed visitation days in minimum security jails. Comments (1)

New York City expects decline in foreign visitors due to Trump

President Donald Trump’s nationalist rhetoric and Muslim travel ban may cause New York City to see a drop in foreign tourism, according to NYC & Company. Comments (4)
The Civic Scene

NE Queens residents leery about bioswales’ unintended consequences

Last year the city Department of Environmental Protection painted green letters on the sidewalks of houses in Queens. Comments (4)

Former CTK star living his dream in majors despite obstacles

Joe Mortillaro took the long way ‘round to his pro dream, but the Middle Village native never once doubted he’d find his way to the majors. Comment

Sunday, March 5, 2017


Border wall a waste of money

Guesses at the total cost of President Trump’s border wall vary. Trump said it would cost $8 billion, then $10 billion, then $12 billion. Comments (18)

Stanners sophomore sparks squad in Brooklyn-Queens title game

Cole Anthony led the way as Archbishop Molloy cruised to an 80-67 victory over Bishop Loughlin in the BQCHSAA championship on Feb. 24. Comment
Far Rockaway

Far Rockaway man accused of stabbing common-law wife: Cops

FAR ROCKAWAY — A Far Rockaway man has been charged in the fatal stabbing of his common-law wife that occurred Sunday morning in the apartment they shared, according to the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment

Saturday, March 4, 2017


Mayor credits additional officers with crime rate’s continued slide

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced at the 114th Precinct in Astoria Wednesday that citywide crime in February had dropped to a new low benchmark for the month in the modern Compstat-era. There were nine days last month without a single shooting in the city, according to the NYPD. Comments (3)
Political Action

Trump demonstrations follow long periods of U.S. unrest

When we look at the contemporary street demonstrations across the country and look at the ones from the past, we find some similarities. Comments (2)

Saluting four young Eagle Scouts

As grand knight of St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus Council #5911, I had the proud honor to present to four young boys an Eagle Scout certificates from the Knights of Columbus. Comment

A new Marshall in town: CTK freshman defies expectations

Nalija Marshall might only be a freshman, but she’s become one of the most important players on the Royals’ roster this season, looking to lead her team to a championship. Comment

Friday, March 3, 2017


Townsend students rally at City Hall to oust interim principal

The ongoing battle over who should lead Townsend Harris High School escalated last Friday with another rally at City Hall and yet another elected official joining the call for the controversial interim principal’s ouster. Comments (2)

Officials vow to protect transgender students

State and city laws protecting transgender rights in city schools will continue to be enforced, city officials vowed, despite the Trump administration’s revocation of federal protections last week. Comments (1)

A heartless act

As homelessness worsens in the city and the state increases rent subsidies for poor families to keep them off the streets, a Christian nonprofit in western Queens is evicting its longtime tenants to open a shelter. Comment

Protesters blast IDC’s Avella as ‘Phony Tony’

The wave of protests against Democrats siding with the GOP in the state Senate rolled into Bayside last Friday as about 50 people rallied outside the office of state Sen. Tony Avella (D–Bayside). Comments (5)

Pols demand Cuomo restore funds to seniors in budget proposal

State Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) led a rally at Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center last week to urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo not to redirect state finds from elderly care as proposed in his recent budget proposal. The budget could pull $17 million from senior center funding and force around 65 facilities around the city to close their doors. Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) and state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) also delivered remarks stressing the importance of the Title XX funds at the Feb. 23 rally. Comments (3)
Willets Point

Willets West appeal set for April

The long-stalled Willets West mega-mall project will have another day in court next month when the Court of Appeals in White Plains hears oral arguments April 25 in an appeal of a lawsuit that blocked the project. Comments (1)

‘Age of Elegance’

Rita Plush has accomplished a lot at a time in life when many people retire. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Ranking city’s and state’s most influential players

Who holds the city’s levers of power changes every year, and that’s why we rank ’em. Comment

Trump has no sense of decency

Phil Orenstein, president of the Queens Village Republican Club, is misguided in claiming Trump’s immigration policy is limited to the deportation of the undocumented with serious criminal records, and accuses Democratic politicians of undermining Trump’s every move. (Letters to the Editor - Feb. 24-March 2). Comments (1)

Home cooking: St. John’s wins third straight at Garden, downs Georgetown

The Red Storm snapped a two-game skid on Saturday afternoon, picking up a much-needed victory on their home court, taking down Georgetown 86-80. Comment
College Point

Police search for grand larceny suspect

COLLEGE POINT — Police were searching for a suspect in connection with a grand larceny. Comments (3)

Thursday, March 2, 2017


Queens leaders hold a ‘pray in’ at Jamaica dump

Jamaica leaders held a ”pray in” at a notorious dump site in southeast Queens. Comments (1)
Long Island City

LIC straphangers to be stranded by No. 7 weekend suspensions in March

There were no emergency town hall meeting or rallies scheduled late last week when the MTA announced the suspension of weekend service on the No. 7 subway line from Queensboro Plaza to Manhattan during all four weekends in March. There was no flurry of outrage on social media. Perhaps no one batted an eye because the end of the four-year, $774 million signal repair project is finally in sight. Comments (2)

Muslim hate-crime victim invited to Trump speech

An Astoria store owner who was beaten in an anti-Muslim hate crime attack just over a year ago traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend President Donald Trump’s address to Congress Tuesday night as the guest of a Queens congressman. Comments (2)

Mayor’s plan for homeless crisis will stop using hotels as more shelters open

Mayor Bill de Blasio presented “a radical change of approach” with his plans to combat the homeless crisis after the shelter population grew to a record 60,000, leading to the city’s use of commercial hotels andinadequate cluster sites in other boroughs to house the overflow. Comments (2)

Phil Donahue heads St. Pat’s for All in Sunnyside

This Sunday’s St. Pat’s for All Parade in Sunnyside promises to be the most political yet since the march began in 1999, turning exclusion of Irish LGBT groups into a multicultural celebration of Irish culture. Brendan Fay and Kathleen Walsh D’Arcy founded the parade after the LGBT Irish community was not permitted to march in the traditional St. Patrick’s Parade under a gay banner. Comments (1)

Meng brings Flushing Dreamer to Trump’s speech

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), fresh off her re-election as vice chair of the Democratic National Committee took a stand against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies Tuesday. She announced she would bring Angie Kim, a 32-year-old recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, as a guest to the president’s address to Congress that night. Comments (3)

New York Mets offseason report card: B

Despite losing some pitching depth and not making any new acquisitions, the New York Mets did well to retain several key free agents this off-season. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens animal rights lawyer survives deadly plane crash

A Queens-based animal rights lawyer was the sole survivor of a Westhampton Beach plane crash that killed two others, the NTSB said. Comments (1)

Dazzling dance at Flushing Town Hall

The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company returns to the Flushing Town Hall stage for its third year this weekend, and will be joined by two acclaimed guest dancers for a new show called Cross Current IV. Comments (1)

World’s biggest dino inspires Natural History fossil hunter

If anyone could lay claim to the excuse, “I’m not fat — I’m big-boned,” it’s the Titanosaur on view at the Museum of Natural History. Comments (1)

Police investigating homicide in Ozone Park

OZONE PARK — Police are investigating the homicide of an Ozone Park man. Comments (1)

Community unites behind proposal to revamp Steinway Street

Steinway Street in Astoria needs an extreme makeover to improve the shopping experience and make it safer for pedestrians, neighborhood leaders and merchants say. Comments (1)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


My Bayside block blighted by commercial creep

One single block. Comments (6)

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017


MTA bus strikes ‘highly intoxicated’ man on Roosevelt Ave.: Cops

A 46-year-old man, who was extremely intoxicated, according to police, was struck by an MTA bus in Elmhurst Monday night and is fighting for his life. The man wandered between parked cars and traffic on Roosevelt Avenue, near 78th Street, when he was hit and critically injured just before 9 p.m., according to the NYPD. Comments (3)
Long Island City

Long Island City loses weekend 7 train service in March

The MTA will suspend service on the No. 7 subway line from Queensboro Plaza to Manhattan during all four weekends in March. The agency will operate free shuttle buses for Long Island City straphangers who use the Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue, Hunters Point Avenue and Court Square stations so they can take service on the N and W lines at Queensboro Plaza. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Forest Hill bank robber hits same location twice

FOREST HILLS - Police were looking for a suspect who has robbed the same bank in the 112th Precinct twice in the same seven-day period. Comments (2)

Mets shut down David Wright after setback in throwing program

David Wright’s status for Opening Day is in doubt. Comments (1)

Monday, Feb. 27, 2017

Far Rockaway

Far Rockaway man charged in fatal stabbing

A Far Rockaway man has been charged in the fatal stabbing of his common-law wife that occurred Sunday morning in the apartment they shared, according to the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment

Greenpointers blow up over Kosciuszko Bridge demolition

By Lauren Gill and Ruth Brown Comments (1)

Friday, Feb. 24, 2017


Protesters clash at IDC rally against Avella

More than 100 people rallied outside the office state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) Friday to protest his defection to the Independent Democratic Caucus, a group of renegade elected officials who have allied themselves with the GOP representatives in an attempt to pass legislation in an Republican-majority Senate. Comments (7)

Vegans hold candlelight vigil for doomed Jamaica bull who died in custody

About two dozen animal advocates held a vigil on the curb outside of Aziz Slaughterhouse in Jamaica Wednesday evening in memory of a bull that escaped from the facility the day before, leading police on a wild chase throughout the streets of southeastern Queens. Comments (9)

Weekend Calendar for Queens: Feb. 25-26

Your weekend calendar: Feb. 25-26 Comment


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