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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Politics

James scores Queens endorsements in run for state attorney general

City Public Advocate Letitia James was endorsed by 19 Democratic clubs based in Queens from both the progressive and mainstream sides of the political spectrum in her run for state attorney general in the Sept. 13 primary. Comments (5)
Little Neck

PS 221 named borough’s best recycling elementary school

An elementary school in Little Neck has a big heart for recycling. Comments (5)
Forest Hills

Late Steely Dan musician to have Forest Hills street sign named in his honor

Walter Carl Becker, co-founder of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band Steely Dan, will be honored with a street sign ceremony unveiling in Forest Hills Oct. 28. The “Walter Becker Way” street sign will be installed at the corner of his childhood home at 112th Street and 72nd Drive, according to Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills). Comment
Briarwood

Daughter fulfills late mother’s dream with Haiku children’s book

A new book by a late Queens teacher gives a career’s worth of poetry life with Haikus accompanied by vibrant illustrations. Comment

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights teen earns prestigious award

The sky’s the limit for a smart, socially conscious Jackson Heights teen celebrating two really big wins. Comment
Richmond Hill

Founder of Richmond Hill substance abuse nonprofit retires

Kathleen Riddle, the founder and chief executive officer of the non-profit and substance abuse treatment center Outreach in Richmond Hill, officially stepped down Saturday after coming up with the idea for the organization 39 years ago. Comment
Far Rockaway

Alleged van thieves face multiple charges: DA

Chukuweike Emeni, also known as Emzie Snipes, was accused of being the ringleader of two separate criminal enterprises last month that involved stealing commercial vans, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Bayside

Pesso’s offers frozen treats with unique flavors in Bayside

Gelato, a treat that was invented by Italians, has become a trendy dessert in the United States. Comment

Monday, July 9, 2018

Jackson Heights

Ramos challenges Peralta’s record on rent reform

Tenants of the Westleigh building in Jackson heights have been moving out of their community in large numbers, according to residents who stood beside Democratic dtate Senate candidate Jessica Ramos at a Monday news conference. Comments (3)
Education

Flushing, Maspeth schools crowned clean-up champions

PS 32 State Street School of Flushing has won a citywide clean-up contest in the elementary school division and Maspeth High School clocked in as a runner-up in the high school division. Comments (2)
Flushing

Wealthy Queens woman pleads guilty to welfare fraud: DA

A wealthy Queens woman pleaded guilty last week to charges of stealing more than $167,000 in welfare benefits by concealing her annual household income that was close to $225,000, the Queens district attorney and the state inspector general said. Comments (10)
Broadway-Flushing

Broadway-Flushing Homeowners’ Association welcomes new president

The Broadway-Flushing Homeowners’ Association welcomed a new president in Kevin Morris, who will be a familiar face after the many years he has served in the neighborhood organization. Comments (3)
Letters

Give public transportation a try

July 2018 marks the 54th anniversary of federal government support for public transportation. Comments (4)

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Jackson Heights

DOT’s Clear Curbs Pilot Program crippling businesses along Roosevelt Avenue

A city pilot program to ban curbside deliveries in Queens has small business owners warning that they may have to close their doors because customers unable to find parking have fled. Comments (5)
Flushing

Flushing Town Hall rolls out its summer schedule

Flushing Town Hall, as a part of the most ethnically diverse county in the nation, announced its vibrant and cultural summer activities last week at a news conference. Comment
The Civic Scene

Hevesi wins small victory in fight to prevent homelessness

Queens Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi sees the problems facing communities due to homelessness and the problems caused by attempting to solve the dilemma, so he has suggested a solution. Comments (1)

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Richmond Hill

South Ozone Park community activist launches campaign for Democratic district leader

Richard David, a community activist, public sector worker and former candidate for City Council District 28 in Jamaica, officially launched his campaign as the male Democratic district leader of the 31st Assembly District Part B for Richmond Hill and South Ozone Park. Comments (1)
Bayside

Bayside street co-naming of “Frank Skala Way” will honor late teacher, activist

When it came to Frank Skala fighting for his community, you knew that he had to have it his way - the Frank Skala Way. Comment
Politics

Crowley’s primary defeat sends shockwaves through Queens Democrats

The cataclysmic defeat of Queens County political boss and powerful Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) in the Democratic primary has left a question mark above heads across the borough. Comments (1)
Springfield Gardens

Volunteers build new playground for Merrick Academy students

At Merrick Academy, a charter school in Springfield Gardens, a playground was built in six hours by more than 200 volunteers from the non-profit KaBoom!, Delta Airlines’ employees, parents and teachers from the school. Comments (3)
Community Service

South Asian Council for Social Services received $700K grant

The South Asian Council for Social Services has received a $700,000 grant from the OneCity Health Innovation Fund to have the ability to implement the Culturally Responsive Collaborative of Queens project. Comment
QueensLine

Queensline: JFK Airport opened in July 1948

Welcome to July 1948! Comment

Friday, July 6, 2018

Rochdale Village

Rochdale Village wins $1M in energy rebates for co-op

The co-op community of Rochdale Village was recognized last week for being the first National Grid customer in New York City to receive $1 million in energy-efficiency rebates thanks to its high-tech power plant, which provides energy for its 25,000 residents, according to City Comptroller Scott Stringer. Comments (2)
Flushing

Flushing doctor sentenced in botched abortion death

A Flushing doctor was sentenced to jail time last week after pleading guilty to medical malpractice and negligence in the death of a woman who died as the result of a botched abortion. Comments (1)
Sunnyside

Van Bramer takes heat from bike advocates

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) is facing criticism from cycling advocates after he reversed his support of a bike lane system on 43rd and Skillman avenues in Sunnyside in late June, due to the division it has caused in the communities he represents. Comment
Crime

106th Precinct detective forced to retire over falsified reports: DA

Thomas Rice, a New York Police Department detective with the 106th Precinct in Ozone Park, was demoted to a police officer, suspended and forced to retire after it was discovered that he filed false police reports for three months in 2013, the Queens district attorney said Comments (1)
Technology

Katz unveils plan for western Queens tech hub

Along the East River waterfront, a technology boom is expanding in Long Island City and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz wants it to spread in waves to other parts of western Queens. Comments (2)
Flushing

Meng bills would improve conditions for children separated from parents under Trump’s immigration policy

After visiting the border separating the United States and Mexico, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) introduced two bills last week to improve conditions for children who have been separated from their parents under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. Comments (4)
TV

Investigation Discovery unearths case of Michael Deng’s hazing death

As you read this story, perhaps you should ponder this question: Why did they do it? Comment
High Heat

Mets can change their future with a smart July

The Mets have finally escaped June and can shape the future of the organization in July. Comment
Editorial

A new age

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s victory over U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley in last week’s Democratic primary shocked the borough, city, state and country, and it could lead to the start of a new movement away from the political norm. Comments (3)

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Long Island City

Queens pols rally for Guatemalan woman who was torn from children

When Guatemalan national Yeni Gonzalez-Garcia was apprehended by ICE agents crossing the Arizona border from Mexico sometime in May, she, like many other immigrants, was separated from her three children. Comments (2)
Bayside

Funeral held in Bayside for Flushing teen fatally struck by elderly driver

An emotional funeral was held in Bayside for a 17-year-old girl who was killed when an 88-year-old woman allegedly ran a red light and struck her as she was crossing the street. Comments (1)

City files two housing discrimination lawsuits

The city filed two lawsuits last week against landlords of two property management companies alleging discrimination against prospective tenants who use vouchers to help them pay their rent in a move that brought a swift reaction from Queens lawmakers, according to the Department of Social Services. Comments (1)
Bayside

Snowdays to bring shaved cream to Bell Boulevard

A new ice cream store is coming to Bayside - just in time for summer. Comment

Avella proposes bill to regulate Airbnb

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) may have a solution to an ongoing residential issue. Comments (1)
People

Christ the King secretary named Catholic Woman of the Year

Dolores St. Louis, the secretary of Christ the King High School’s board of trustees, was honored as 2018’s Catholic Woman of the Year by the Brooklyn Diocesan Council of the National Council of Catholic Women at St. Therese of Lisieux in Brooklyn. Comment
Corona

Former Corona hoops star is NBA bound

Former Kentucky guard Hamidou Diallo, a Corona native who starred for John Bowne High School, had a whirlwind of a night during the 2018 NBA Draft. Comment
New Voices

Pressure mounts for Queens politicians to take action on ICE

The sudden and dramatic implementation of a “zero tolerance” policy for asylum seekers by the Trump administration has renewed scrutiny on Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, with many immigration advocates now calling for the abolition of the agency. Though ICE has operated extensively throughout the city, reports of 2,500 children separated and detained or sent to foster case has brought national scrutiny on the agency. Comments (2)

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Bayside

Photos: Sparks fly at neighborhood fireworks shows

Macy’s fireworks show is great, sure. But Queens’ homegrown celebrations in Astoria and Bayside are not to shabby, either. The borough celebrated Independence Day early and we’ve got photos of the two neighborhood specatcles. Comment

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