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Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018

Forest Hills

Cuomo, Weprin try to bring back care packages to prisons

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Forest Hills), the chairman of the Assembly’s Correction Committee, led the fight last Friday to call for an end to the limiting inmate package program, which restricts prisoners from getting fresh foods, books and commissaries from loved ones. Comments (1)
Fresh Meadows

Music teacher empowers students through hidden magic of iPads

Music is an amazing and powerful teaching tool. It can be used to empower students as music makers, while creating a joyful connection that always puts smiles on their faces. Comments (1)
Edgar Ray Killen, the klansman responsible for the assassination of three civil rights workers, including Andrew Goodman, a Queens College alum, during the 1964 Freedom Summer, died in prison Jan. 11, according to the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Comments (1)
Springfield Gardens

Springfield Gardens EMTs honored for carbon monoxide rescue

Emergency medical technicians Zache Cox and Frantzi Honore were given special honors Saturday for saving the lives of four people in Queens who were suffering from prolonged exposure to carbon monoxide, also known as the silent killer. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018

Rockaway Beach

Ridership on NYC Ferry much higher than anticipated: NYCEDC

In a final ridership review of its 2017 inaugural year, NYC Ferry learned it had served nearly three million passengers across all four routes currently in operation. Based on preliminary projections, the figure was 34 percent higher than expected. Comments (1)
Transit

Cuomo floats MTA revenue fixes in budget address

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive budget address admitted that Fiscal Year 2019 would be a complicated one for the state in terms of closing a $4.4 billion deficit with a $168.1 billion spending plan. Comments (3)
Government

Lancman takes over Council’s justice committee

Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) is the new chairman of the Committee on the Justice System, which will oversee criminal and civil justice in New York City. Comments (1)
Long Island City

QCA will grant $465,000 to 136 artists and arts organizations

The Queens Council on the Arts, a nonprofit that supports diverse artists throughout the borough, will award $465,000 to 136 artists and art organizations at the Paper Factory Hotel on Jan. 25 during an event from 6 to 8 p.m. at 37-06 36th St., Long Island City. Comment

Monday, Jan. 22, 2018

Transit

Express service on the No. 7 train to be cut back in February, March

Express train service on the No. 7 line will be cut back for repairs to take place at the 61st Street-Woodside station for as long as a month in February and March, and Queens commuters may need more time to make it to work. Comments (3)
Queensboro Hill

New study reveals increase in heat complaints in 2018

2018 has already set a record for the most heat complaints in the city. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Dromm appointed chair of Council Finance Committee

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) was named chairman of the powerful and prestigious Committee on Finance, replacing Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, who did not seek re-election to a third term. The committee has jurisdiction to review and modify the city’s $85 billion budget and oversees fiscal policy, the comptroller’s office, the city’s Banking Commission, and the Department of Finance. Comment

City sues oil companies over climate change

New York City is taking on big oil. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week that the city was suing the five largest fossil fuel companies, seeking damages to help protect the city from climate change. Comments (3)

Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018

Bayside

Divine Wisdom to shutter Bayside campus for expanded Douglaston facility

Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy in Bayside will close its doors to merge with the Douglaston campus only two miles away, a Brooklyn Diocese spokeswoman confirmed. Comment
Elmhurst

Elmhurst couple busted for unlawful conversions

An Elmhurst couple were indicted on charges that they endangered the lives of up to 15 people living in a one-bedroom house on Forley Street, which they converted into five single-room occupancies, despite a city order requiring the tenants to vacate the premises, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced Tuesday. Comments (4)
Political Action

Here’s to a peaceful presidential campaign

Having a presidential election every four years has led to longer and longer presidential campaigns. Comments (1)
Letters

Islanders’ new arena will lead to more traffic on Cross Island Parkway

I read with dismay that an 18,000-seat hockey and concert arena will be built at Belmont Park for the New York Islanders. Comments (3)

Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018

Government

Queens City Councilmen appointed to lead committees

Three City Council members from Queens were chosen to lead some of the most important committees in local government following the election of Corey Johnson (D-Manhattan) as speaker. Comments (3)
Rockaway Beach

HPD to blame in fatal Rockaway blaze: Electeds

A fatal blaze that tore through a Rockaway Beach high-rise Friday, injuring 17 people, including nine police officers and three firefighters, was ruled accidental by the FDNY, but it could have been prevented, according to several elected officials. Comment
Long Island City

LIC gallery features Japanese knitted dolls

Long Island City

LIC gallery features Japanese knitted dolls

The Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small, stuffed yarn creatures is the subject of the latest exhibition at Resobox, a Japanese gallery and studio at 41-26 27th St. in Long Island City. Comment
Basketball

St. John’s women’s hoops extends winning streak to five

The St. John’s women’s basketball team continues to roll, earning its fifth straight victory by dispatching Villanova, 70-64, Sunday afternoon at Carnesecca Arena. Comment

Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

Woodside

Property manager who ‘terrorized’ residents in Sunnyside will not run in board election

The property manager of a Sunnyside condominium who became the focus of multiple state and city investigations after he was accused of intimidating and harassing residents, and who hung Nazi posters in the building’s lobby, will not run in next month’s condo board elections. Comment
East Elmhurst

Crowley unveils ‘better deal’ for middle-class families while slamming rhetoric from Washington

Declaring that the playing field simply isn’t fair for working families and the middle-class families in Queens, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) presented his “Better Deal” social and economic plan at Vaughn College of Aeronautic, Engineering, Aviation and Technology in East Elmhurst on Tuesday. Comments (1)
History

Mayor accepts recommendations on handling controversial statues

The statue of a physician who operated on women without their consent will be moved, but the Christopher Columbus statue in Central Park will stay put. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Vigil held for murdered Richmond Hill mother

The family of Stacy Singh, a mother of two who was killed in her Richmond Hill home, made an emotional plea to the community to stand up for victims of domestic violence at a vigil in Ozone Park. Comment
Letters

Breaking the silence

There has been a series of explosive reports from many women coming forth to reveal painful memories of sexual abuses. Comment
Bayside

Bayside Historical Society hosts 17th Annual Winter Art Show

Lots of folks got their culture on last Sunday at the Bayside Historical Society’s 17th Annual Winter Art Show, where they viewed outstanding works by 49 local artists in the categories of painting, drawing, mixed media, three-dimensional and photography. Comment
High Heat

Mets bring familiar face back to Queens

The New York Mets are bringing back a familiar face and a new one after agreeing to sign outfielder Jay Bruce and veteran first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

Flushing

Driver in fatal Flushing hit-and-run thought she had hit ice: DA

A Flushing woman charged in a hit-and-run that left another woman dead thought she had struck a chunk of ice and continued to go to work, according to a criminal complaint from the Queens District Attorney’s Office. Comments (9)
Jamaica

Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy celebrated in Jamaica

At a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration held at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center on Monday, guests, performers and elected officials looked back at the work of the civil rights leader, while also using the center’s stage to touch upon current issues in the hope of ensuring the future of southeast Queens residents. Comments (3)
Jackson Heights

Challenger Ramos urges Peralta to leave IDC over leader’s sexual harassment allegation

Nearly one year after he joined the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) is defending his move in light of sexual misconduct allegations against IDC leader Jeff Klein. Comment
Jamaica

Lack of communication caused JFK chaos: Schumer

After last week’s chaos at John F. Kennedy International Airport, which left passengers stranded and without their baggage, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) is calling on the U.S. Department of Transportation to put federal pressure on foreign airlines to work with the Port Authority. Comment
Kew Gardens

Queens-based rights group will join march for women

The Center for the Women of New York, an organization dedicated to fighting for women’s rights, located at the Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens, will be joining the second annual Women’s March on New York City on Saturday. Comment
New Voices

The face of immigration reform

That the president expresses hostility toward immigration is no secret; that he would condemn it in such vulgar terms, if true, is unsurprising. While the country grapples over the controversy, with some rushing to defend remarks that the president refuses to acknowledge were made, for immigrants and organizations agitating for immigration reform, that is not the story that matters most this week. Their fight predates this administration and has a human face. Comment
Letters

The color of immigration

President Trump recently referred to the countries from which some immigrants enter our country as “s--thole.” Comments (4)
Books

Queens author Shelina Shariff-Zia speaks on coming of age in Kenya

Shelina Shariff-Zia (pictured top) calls her new autobiographical novel “Nairobi Days,” a celebration of Indian and African culture. Indeed, she is part of both. Comments (1)
Basketball

St. John’s Prep earns hard-fought tournament win

Participation in the Hoopers NY Martin Luther King Challenge provided head coach Mike LoCascio an opportunity to get his St. John’s Prep girls’ hoops team some much-needed game experience, as the Red Storm overcame a long fourth-quarter scoreless drought to defeat Woodlands Senior High School of White Plains, 49-38, at Harry S. Truman High School in the Bronx. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

Editorial

Breath of fresh air

Ever since we have known him, two things have struck us about Corey Johnson: You should never underestimate his political ability, and he works extremely hard. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018

East Elmhurst

Crowley slams anti-immigrant and anti-Queens comments emanating from Washington

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) railed Tuesday morning against President Donald Trump’s remarks on immigration, remarks that have been called racist and that have dominated the national news cycle for nearly a week. Comments (3)

Monday, Jan. 15, 2018

Ron Naclerio, a coach for Cardozo High School’s basketball team, tweeted out a letter on Martin Luther King Jr. Day memorializing his father’s role as the surgeon who intervened in a near-death experience by the Civil Rights activist. Comment
Long Island City

Man slashed while riding No. 7 subway: NYPD

A straphanger on board a No. 7 train was slashed Sunday afternoon in Long Island City. Comments (1)
Flushing

Roosevelt Island man, 28, has been missing for over a week: NYPD

Police from the 114th Precinct in Astoria were searching for a 28-year-old Roosevelt Island man who was reported missing on Thursday, Jan. 11. Comment

Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

On the eighth anniversary of the devastating 7.1 magnitude earthquake that destroyed much of Haiti, President Donald Trump went on social media Friday and denied making any incendiary comments the day prior about the country or Haitian immigrants with protected status. Comments (4)
A Flushing woman has been charged for a fatal hit-and-run that left a grandmother dead. Comments (2)
Sunnyside

Police search for missing Sunnyside teen: NYPD

Police were looking for a Sunnyside teen who was reported missing Thursday night. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

The NYPD discovered a cache of weapons as they executed a search warrant in Jamaica early Wednesday morning. Comments (9)
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