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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Losing a child is a parent’s worst nightmare. A local mom who lost her baby to a prenatal condition yearned to help other grieving parents dealing with a newborn’s passing. Comment

With time running out in Albany, Peralta urges passage of school zone speed camera program

With the legislative session in Albany scheduled to end June 20, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) rallied with colleagues and Safe Streets advocates urging passage of his bill that would expand and extend the New York City school zone speed camera program. The proposal would add 150 monitoring devices to the current 140 speed safety cameras operating under a pilot program approved in 2013. Comment
Forest Hills

Gingerbread Players to bring second edition of ‘Shakespeare-aoke’ to Forest Hills

The Queens theatre company Gingerbread Players is preparing for its second edition of “Shakespeare-aoke! The Ultimate Shakespearience,” at St. Luke’s Church in Forest Hills on June 30 at 7:30 p.m. Comment
Political Action

The 2016 election shows how future presidential campaigns will be run

Most of our presidents in recent times came from state governorships or the U.S. Senate. Comment

Tuesday, June 19, 2018


Mayor includes half-priced MetroCards for low-income New Yorkers in upcoming city budget

Mayor Bill de Blasio pleased transit advocates Monday by including Fair Fares, a half-priced MetroCard for low-income New Yorkers, in the upcoming city budget. Comments (7)
The Lefferts Boulevard Bridge Study Bill introduced in March by state Sen. Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) and Assemblyman Daniel Rosenthal (D-Flushing) passed in the state Legislature last week. Comments (1)

From prisoner to CEO: Queens native heads nonprofit organization

John Valverde, of Woodside, was incarcerated at the age of 20 for manslaughter after killing a man who had allegedly raped his girlfriend. Valverde spent 16 years in prison. Now, he is the CEO of YouthBuild USA, a nonprofit organization, and has been awarded the Brian S. Fischer Achievement Award from Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison. Comments (1)
Howard Beach

State Senate approves bill to create grant program for municipalities to hire veterans

Legislation that would create a grant program for municipalities that hire veterans has been approved by the state Senate. Comments (1)
This year, the Shubert Foundation has awarded a record total of $30 million to 533 nonprofit performing arts organizations across the United States, including two from Queens. Comments (1)

Monday, June 18, 2018


Holliswood resident celebrates her 101st birthday

Centers Health Care, a rehabilitation and nursing home company with branches across the Northeast does not stereotypically host Bingo nights and leave their elderly residents to watch television throughout the day. Instead its recreational staff plans visits with mini-horses, dance events, Cinco de Mayo celebrations and birthday parties for its centenarians, according to spokesman Jeffrey Jacomowitz. Comments (1)

Work on Broadway and 39th Avenue subway stations in Astoria set to begin July 2

Astoria is about to get two of its subway stations back in operation just as two more stations are about to close for extensive repairs and renovations. Comments (2)
The Welling Court Mural Project kicked off its ninth year in an ongoing effort to beautify the mostly industrial community centered around 12th Street and 30th Avenue in Astoria. Comments (1)
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill man found guilty of rape: DA

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced Monday that Albert Premnauth, 24, was convicted after a week-long trial of rape, criminal sexual act and endangering the welfare of a child at his home in Richmond Hill in February 2016. Comments (2)

‘The Exonerated’ explores the dark side of our criminal justice system

Seems as if Lady Justice was off duty for a while when a surprising number of innocent people got death sentences for crimes they didn’t commit over the past few decades. Comments (2)

Sunday, June 17, 2018


Former Flushing resident asks for help to save her son’s life

There isn’t anything Lisa Largue wouldn’t do for her twin teenage boys — especially since one of them is in dire need of a kidney donor. Comments (1)
Queens Village

Former inspector honored upon departure from 105th Precinct

Jeffrey Schiff, the former inspector of the 105th Precinct in Queens Village, may be gone, but the leaders of the southeast Queens communities he served will certainly not forget him. On June 27, 13 different civic organizations will honor him at his previous police station. Comments (1)
Roy Paar and Milana Naumenko turned their love of plants into a passion project, opening the Water and Light plant shop in Ridgewood June 2. They welcomed the community with champagne and cupcakes. Comments (1)

City Council passes law establishing animal shelters in each borough

A law to require the establishment of full-service animal shelters in each borough passed the City Council unanimously June 7 to lighten the burden on “receiving centers” in other parts of the city and provide better care to animals taken into the system. Comments (2)
The origin behind the naming of the Madelaine Chocolate Company has been lost in time. The family who started the company in Rockaway Beach after World War II didn’t have a Madelaine in the fold. It may have been a once-popular movie actress or just something French that kind sounded classy. Comments (1)

Sing for Hope brings Broadway to Queens

Paul Raimonda Playground in Astoria served as an ideal location to host Sing for Hope’s seventh annual event, as the park had recently undergone renovations to include a spray shower in the shape of a baby grand piano dedicated to the Steinway and Sons factory located a few blocks away. Comments (1)

Letter to the Editor: Community Board 2 votes against bike lane proposal

Bravo to Community Board 2 in Queens for voting down the ill-conceived protected bike lane proposal. Comments (1)

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Rego Park

Ben’s Best in Rego Park closing June 30 after 73 years

A Rego Park institution for 73 years will close its doors for good at the end of the month. Ben’s Best Delicatessen, which has been serving generations of kosher deli fans since 1945, will go out of business June 30. Comments (1)

Electeds rally against mayor’s plan to change admissions process for city’s elite high schools

State Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) joined elected officials and community leaders last week to rally against Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to dismantle the Specialized High School Admittance Test and failure to include input from the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community. Comments (4)
Ozone Park

DA: Ozone Park man pleads guilty to possessing images of child sexual abuse

OZONE PARK — Luis Ulloa-Rivas, 41, of Ozone Park, has pleaded guilty to possessing images of child sexual abuse on his computer, according to the Queens district attorney. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Man sentenced in 2013 fatal Jackson Heights stabbing

JACKSON HEIGHTS — A 27-year-old Bronx man was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison Monday for the fatal stabbing of a Woodside man under the elevated tracks of the 90th Street and Elmhurst Avenue 7 line subway station in September 2013, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment
Fresh Meadows

St. Francis Prep offers more than just academics with its summer programs

St. Francis Prep will be offering their students opportunities this summer that focus on broadening their view of the world around them and how they can contribute to those in need. Comments (3)
This isn’t your ordinary school play. Comments (1)
On Point

Time to fix the property tax system

New York City’s notorious property tax system is a sham and desperately in need of a fix. Comments (13)

Friday, June 15, 2018


Community Board 2 shoots down DOT’s revised bike lane plan for Sunnyside

The majority vote at Community Board 2’s June 7 meeting went against the city Transportation Department’s revised bike lane proposal for Skillman Avenue and 43rd Avenue in Sunnyside. Comment

Koo bills would address sidewalk obstructions in downtown Flushing

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) introduced two new bills last week that would eliminate street vendor pollution and sidewalk obstructions threatening pedestrians’ safe passage in Flushing and throughout New York City. Comments (1)
College Point

College Point pizza delivery man spared immediate deportation following court ruling

The driver for a College Point pizzeria had his imminent deportation back to Ecuador halted by a federal judge Saturday. Comments (4)

Astoria-based nonprofit launches ‘Learning for Life’ fund-raiser

To help more immigrant students assimilate in the United States while maintaining their cultural identity and become successful in school, the Center for the Integration of New Americans is expanding its Astoria-based elementary after-school program for foreign and refugee children by launching a “Learning for Life” fund-raiser. Comments (1)
Bay Terrace

Annual fireworks show set to return at Fort Totten

City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) is ballyhooing the 4th annual Independence Day Celebration and fireworks show at Fort Totten scheduled for Wednesday, June 27. Comment
Forest Hills Stadium — once the home of the US Open and now revived as a top-of-the-line concert venue — opened its concert season last week with a performance by Belle & Sebastian, a Scottish indie band that is making a comeback after being off the road for a few years. Comment
New Voices

Detention of children in immigration facilities sparks furor

The Trump administration’s policy of separating the children of asylum seekers from their parents came under renewed scrutiny amid reports of inhumane detention facilities. Comments (4)

St. John’s sees six players selected in 2018 MLB Draft

The St. John’s baseball team, coming off an impressive 40-17 season, had a school-record six players selected in the 2018 MLB Amateur Draft earlier this month. Comment

A historic weekend in Queens

Queens added to its rich past with a historic weekend. Comment

Thursday, June 14, 2018


Vallone, DiNapoli call for passage of school safety bills

A package of 12 bills to bolster school safety in the city is gaining traction at the state level with a rally attended by State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli on Bell Boulevard Monday. Comment
On June 9, 1958, Jonathan Kane’s father took a photo that would represent Harlem’s jazz culture in publications around the world for decades to come. Comments (1)

Alleged MS-13 gang member charged in Flushing fire

A suspected MS-13 gang member was arrested and charged with setting a fire in Flushing June 4 that injured more than 10 firefighters and left two alleged gang members in critical condition, according to the NYPD. Comments (4)

Stuyvesant High School grad competing for chance to represent U.S. in International Chemistry Olympiad

A recent graduate of Stuyvesant High School in Flushing is competing for a spot on a team to represent the United States at the International Chemistry Olympiad overseas from July 19-29. The U.S. team will compete with peers from more than 70 nations for gold, silver and bronze medals. Comment

Velazquez calls for accurate disaster death tolls

U.S. Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-Brooklyn), who represents part of Queens, and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) introduced legislation to both chambers of Congress that would establish federal guidelines on how fatalities are measured after a natural disaster. Comment
The crowds at Belmont Park, the biggest race track in the country, was capped at 90,000 for this year’s Belmont Stakes. Fans were hoping to see one of the sport’s rarest moments — a Triple Crown performance. Comments (1)
Rhymes with Crazy

A brief history of children’s games (played outside)

Too many kids don’t get enough sun. Introduce these oldies but goodies and they’ll happily head out doors! Comment
High Heat

Mets play Yankees tough in Subway Series showdown

It may not have been a series victory, but the Mets played well despite losing two of three to the Yankees in the first Subway Series showdown of the 2018 season. Comment



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