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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Elmhurst

Queens Pride season kicks off with annual celebration

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and Flushing Town Hall hosted a special celebration of LGBT Pride at the Queens Center mall Monday as part of the lead up to next month’s Queens Pride Parade in Jackson Heights. Comment
Education

LaGuardia Community College mechanical engineering major awarded prestigious national scholarship

Eleni Romano, 24, a mechanical engineering major at LaGuardia Community College, was named a recipient of the prestigious and highly competitive national Jack Kent Cook Scholarship last week. She is the ninth winner from the Long Island City campus since 2006. Comments (1)

Peralta, CUNY to offer free legal assistance for immigrants

In response to housing discrimination and ongoing attacks from Washington on immigrants, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and CUNY School of Law’s Community Legal Resources Network announced last week the relaunching of free legal services for immigrants and tenants. Peralta helped secure a $50,000 state allocation in this year’s state budget to offer critical services in his district office on Junction Boulevard. Comments (2)
Astoria

Maloney, Simotas honor three ‘exceptional’ Astoria women

State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) and U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) hosted their annual luncheon last Friday to celebrate women’s history and honor three exceptional women from the neighborhood for their commitment to community service. Comment

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Astoria

Maloney pushes Justice official on Census

The acting head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division has agreed to testify -- again --about adding a controversial question on citizenship to the Census after U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) demanded that he appear following his decision to skip an earlier hearing. Comments (4)
Jamaica

Jamaica’s William Wordsworth Elementary School set to graduate five pairs of twins

Principal Patricia Mitchell of William Wordsworth Elementary School in Jamaica will have a bittersweet moment this spring when five sets of twins she has watched over for the last four to six years — from pre-school to fifth-grade — will graduate from the school. Comments (1)
Politics

Crowley urges TSA to elevate Sikh turban protocols

After an incident in which a Sikh government official from Canada was forced to remove his turban by TSA, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) issued a letter to the federal agency asking them to re-assess their protocol for screening members of the Sikh community. Comments (6)
Jamaica

Jamaica man pleads guilty to sex trafficking charges: DA

Reagan “Flex” Conception, a Jamaica resident, was sentenced to prison last week after pleading guilty to sex trafficking, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (1)

Monday, May 21, 2018

Photo Galleries

Unsung heroes honored at 5th Annual Queens Impact Awards

TimesLedger Newspapers, once again recognized the people in Queens who make a difference behind the scenes. Comments (2)
St. Albans

Miller’s taxi legislation would expand definition of ‘for-hire vehicles’

City Councilmen I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) and Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn) introduced legislation last week that would close a loophole that prevented the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission from regulating large for-hire vehicles and commuter vans. Comments (2)
South Jamaica

Three sentenced for conspiracy to commit murder: DA

A South Jamaica woman was sentenced to prison earlier this month for plotting the assassination of three witnesses in her lover’s armed robbery trial, according to the Queens district attorney’s office. Comment
Economy

Electeds believe legalized sports betting could benefit Queens

Queens’ elected officials at the state level are looking forward to a potential windfall from sports betting after the U.S. Supreme Court voted 6-3 in favor of overturning the federal ban Monday as well as the opportunity to eliminate a revenue stream for organized crime. Comments (1)

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Ridgewood

Grover Cleveland High School wins International Bridge Building Contest

Ridgewood’s Grover Cleveland High School beat its competitors, taking first place in the International Bridge Building Contest at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Comment
Long Island City

LIC spring street fair brings out the best of the neighborhood

The fifth annual Long Island City spring street fair brought out the memorable goods and innovative art found in the neighborhood Saturday and set the stage for the following week’s event, the LIC Arts Open, according to one of the organizers. Comment
Event

See what Queens has to offer this summer

Rockaway Beach will open to swimmers beginning May 26 and outdoor pools will open June 27, according to the city Parks Department, but if you are looking for more than the sun and surf this summer, Queens has something for everybody. Comment
Flushing

Koo to host rain barrel giveaway at Queens Botanical Garden

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing), along with the city Department of Environmental Protection and Queens Botanical Garden, will be will be giving away 250 rain barrels to Flushing residents who reserve one next month. Comment

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Bayside

Bills to create School Security Task Force introduced in City Council

A legislative package in City Council, sponsored by various members from Queens, would create a task force to examine the best methods for preventing violence in schools which will be led by NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill if passed. Comment

Gianaris pulls out of process to appoint new attorney general

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) announced last Friday that he would not participate in the Legislature’s process for appointing a new attorney general ahead of November’s general election. Comment
South Ozone Park

Queens schools sweep DOT’s “We’re Walking Here” competition

Six Queens schools swept the Department of Transportation’s “We’re Walking Here” competition that encourages students to engage in a healthy and active lifestyle while learning about street safety. Comment
Music

Children’s Orchestra Society will celebrate its 49th Year with Hunter College performance

Fresh Meadows resident Yeou-Cheng Ma has been playing the violin since she was 2 years old and the piano since she was 3. Comment

Friday, May 18, 2018

Flushing

John Bowne High School principal reassigned after four harassment lawsuits

Howard Kwait, the principal of John Bowne High School in Flushing, has been reassigned by the new chancellor after four lawsuits were filed and settled against the school administrator accusing him of sexual harassment and discrimination. Comments (2)

Peralta pushes for school zone speed camera expansion

With less than six weeks remaining in the legislative session in Albany, elected officials, safe street advocates and more than 70 schoolchildren gathered in the state capitol last week to push for the expansion and extension of the school zone speed camera program, which is set to expire this summer. Comment
Flushing

Flushing will showcase its diversity with next month’s World’s Fair

A three-day expo showcasing the food and culture of Flushing and the surrounding neighborhoods will be kicking off next month, evoking the spirit of the 1964 World’s Fair with a modern twist that reflects the worldliness of the borough today. Comments (7)

Data provider AirDNA issues cease and desist to Stringer

City Comptroller Scott Stringer is holding his ground after data provider AirDNA issued a cease-and-desist letter to his office claiming his report on the economic impact of the room-sharing app Airbnb improperly used their data. Comment
Animals

Ulrich, Holden to host mobile pet adoption event

In celebration of National Pet Month, Council members Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and Robert Holden (D-Maspeth) will be hosting a mobile pet adoption event with Animal Care Centers of NYC this Saturday. Comment

SBA restores website for LGBT-owned businesses

Linda McMahon, the head of the Small Business Administration, has stayed true to the organization’s promise to reinstate the LGBT Outreach page on the SBA website Comment
Long Island City

Queens students can perform alongside RIOULT’s professional dancers

Sadly, fables have become an almost forgotten genre of reading, what with the plethora of modern-day children’s books written for a new generation of precocious kids. Comment
Opinion

Political clubs are a big part of the party

New York State election law recognizes two committees as representing a political party: the County Committee and the State Committee. Comment
Editorial

Shelter dilemma

As the homeless debate rages on in Blissville, it has become clear the city has taken advantage of the small Queens town. Comments (1)
High Heat

Mets must remains cautious with injured stars

Well, that was fast. All of the euphoria from the Mets’ red-hot start to the season has vanished, as the club has dropped from first place to fourth in the surprisingly competitive National League East. Comment
Real Estate

Woodside Residents Oppose New High Rise Development

“Do you live in this area?!” some Woodside residents shouted repeatedly last week at the Community Board 2 public meeting with developer Madison Capital Realty, which is planning to construct a two-tower residential building at 69-02 Queens Blvd. Comment

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Blissville rallies call for city to walk back plan for third homeless shelter

Queens elected officials railed against the de Blasio administration’s plan to install a third homeless shelter in the small five-block community of Blissville this week, claiming the homeless will outnumber the permanent residents of the industrial section of Long Island City. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

Target project in Elmhurst gets go-ahead from Katz

Borough President Melinda Katz issued a recommendation on May 10 to approve a zoning change that would allow developers to build 13 stories instead of 10 on an empty lot in Elmhurst with a set of conditions. Comments (2)
Politics

Espinal calls for debates with primary challengers after she is criticized for missing Jackson Heights forum

State Assemblywoman Ari Espinal (D-Jackson Heights) issued a challenge to her opponents for a series of three debates ahead of the Sept. 13 primary election. Comment
Corona

Man found dead in attic day after fire rips through Corona home

The body of an unidentified 39-year-old man was discovered in the attic of a scorched home in Corona the day after FDNY had extinguished the fire that killed him, according to police Comments (3)
Sunnyside

Mayor signs multiple bills to combat sexual harassment in public, private sectors

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed 11 bills last week to combat sexual harassment in the workplace in both the private and public sector with support from Queens’ delegates, other elected officials throughout the city and first lady Chirlane McCray. Comments (2)
Kew Gardens

Missing College Point teacher from Kew Gardens dies hiking upstate: NYPD

A music teacher who lived in Kew Gardens and taught in College Point who had been missing since May 4 died while hiking on a Hudson Valley trail this weekend, police said. Comment
Rhymes with Crazy

Hey parents! Stop making fairy tales less scary!

Our columnists says they are supposed to frighten the little ones — and the kids can handle it! Comment
Softball

St. John’s falls in first round of Big East softball tournament

The St. John’s softball team’s season came to an end last Friday when the Johnnies fell to Creighton 8-1 in the opening round of the Big East Championship in Illinois. Comment
Letters

Thank you, President Trump

Jerusalem is now recognized as the capital of Israel by the United States. Comments (8)

Monday, May 14, 2018

Long Island City

Blissville residents rally against third homeless shelter in their neighborhood

Calling the city’s plan to open a third shelter in a seven-block area of their isolated neighborhood “a threat to the very fabric of our community,” Blissville residents rallied outside the Mayor’s residence at Gracie Mansion Monday morning. Comments (4)
Corona

Man discovered dead in attic one day after two-alarm blaze destroyed Corona home

A 39-year old man was discovered dead in the attic of a Corona home Saturday, one day after a two-alarm blaze destroyed the home Friday morning, police said. Comments (1)

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Emergencies

Two western Queens fires send multiple people to hospitals Friday morning: FDNY

An FDNY crew responded to two fires in Queens Friday, rescuing two victims from each blaze. Comments (1)

Friday, May 11, 2018

Kew Gardens Hills

Homeless man charged in brutal assault of Queens mother in Kew Gardens Hills: DA

A homeless man was charged in the brutal assault of a 52-year-old woman near 72nd Road and Kissena Boulevard moments after she dropped off her son at school in Kew Gardens Hills on April 30, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced Thursday. Comments (2)

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