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Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018

Politics

Lancman eyes run for Queens DA

Although his candidacy has not yet been declared, City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) is eying a run for Queens district attorney -- a title that has been held by 86-year-old Richard Brown since 1991. Comments (4)
Bay Terrace

Braunstein’s sixth annual Blood Drive set for Aug. 9

A Bayside assemblyman is taking action in response to a statewide blood shortage. Comments (1)
Astoria

Astoria Heights Playground gets eco-friendly makeover

City officials cut the ribbon on a playground in Astoria last week after dropping $8 million in city funds to bring the greenspace up to modern standards. Comments (2)

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Little Neck

Traffic signal to be installed near Alley Pond

City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) has announced a new traffic signal for the Alley Pond Environmental Center in Little Neck to increase the safety and access for vehicles when they are entering or exiting the nature center’s parking lot. Comments (1)
Flushing

Kim, AAFE partner on One Flushing Housing applications

Asian Americans for Equality held a workshop last week at state Assemblyman Ron Kim’s (D-Flushing) district office at 136-20 38th Ave. for the One Flushing housing project, which has begun accepting applications through the New York City Housing Preservation and Development Department’s Housing Connect website. Comments (2)
Immigration

Velazquez urges Trump to reunite immigrant children with their families

U.S. Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-Brooklyn) spoke Sunday at Foley Square in Manhattan about the children separation crisis the country is experiencing. Comments (4)
Crime

Former Corona pharmacy owner pleads guilty to defrauding Medicaid of $1.5M

The owner of a pharmacy formerly located in Corona will spend time behind bars after the entity associated with his business, Value Pharmacy Inc., pleaded guilty to defrauding Medicaid of $1.5 million. Comments (1)

Monday, July 30, 2018

Bayside

North Shore doctor saves life of Bayside Holocaust survivor

One Holocaust survivor just might be immortal. Comments (1)
The MTA is firing back at a trio of politicians after they claimed last week that about half of the No. 7 trains in service had failed safety inspections of their wheels. Comments (3)
Transit

Gianaris report claims New York City Transit system worst in nation for ADA accessibility

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) has released a report he prepared ahead of the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, highlighting the inaccessibility of the city’s subways. Comments (2)
Flushing

Lawmakers celebrate street conversions near PS 163 in Flushing

Lawmakers and community leaders celebrated new street conversions near PS 163 at 159-01 59th Ave. in Flushing last week, after years of advocacy from the school and civic leaders to ensure the safety of students and families. Comments (3)
Long Island City

Women’s art highlights strength, diversity in Long Island City exhibit

An art exhibition of small works sponsored by Women in the Arts Foundation Inc. will be featured at the Citi Center for Culture Community Cases at One Court Square in Long Island City from July 23 to Sept. 23, Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Comments (1)
Health

Armed guards OK at hospitals

I was just reading that Northwell Health Hospitals is arming officers to protect staff, patients, families and all who visit these facilities. Comments (5)

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Whitestone

Whitestone resident cycles to raise funds for cancer research

Jennifer Boucher isn’t an experienced cyclist, but this will be her 14th summer participating in the Pan Mass Challenge on Aug. 4-5 to help fund-raise for life-saving cancer research and treatment at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Comments (1)
Sunnyside

Tracks to be relocated in Sunnyside as MTA makes progress on East Side Access

East Side Access is coming closer to being a reality as crews begin work in Sunnyside to relocate hundreds of feet of track by a few yards to accommodate Long Island Rail Road trains heading through a tunnel entrance that will eventually lead to Grand Central. Comments (2)
Music

Free summer concerts highlight diverse cultures of Queens

A culturally diverse series of free summer concerts will take place at Long Island City’s Live at the Gantries, hosted by Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College beginning July 10. It is important to Live at the Gantries to showcase local and diverse talents to accurately represent Queens’ culture. Comments (1)
Theater

PuppetMobile brings ‘The Big Good Wolf’ to Queens parks

This summer, the City Parks Foundation introduces an exciting new marionette show to Queens. Comments (1)
Basketball

Flushing-born NBA hoops star leaves Knicks for Pacers

Kyle O’Quinn’s NBA homecoming is over. Comments (1)
Opinion

2020 presidential election could take cues from 1948

When we look at the presidential race of 1948, we can see certain similarities to what took place in 2016 and what might take place in 2020. No one thought that in 2016 we would have 17 candidates running in the Republican primary, although it was assumed that Hillary Clinton would be the nominee of the Democratic Party. Comments (5)

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Bayside

Forest Hills resident hosts second annual Pitch & Putt for Parkinson’s event

A former Bayside resident has dedicated himself to raising funds and spreading awareness in response to a fatal illness. Comments (3)
Jamaica

JAMS Festival will celebrate its 22nd anniversary next month

Every year on the first Saturday in August 10 blocks in Jamaica are dedicated to ethnic food, multicultural music, kids’ games nand shopping for the Jamaica Arts & Music Summer Festival. Comments (1)
Douglaston

Former Douglaston stockbroker returns to prison

Franklin Marone, a former stockbroker from Douglaston, was sent back to prison last week after a failed attempt to avoid restitution payments to victims of his securities fraud scheme and stealing from loved ones, including his elderly mother, according to state Attorney General Barbara Underwood. Comments (1)
St. Albans

Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival doesn’t let rain stop the fun

At the 8th Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival Sunday, headlining act and Jamaican dance hall artist Elephant Man, who also goes by the nickname “Energy God,” was lively as ever even during a torrential downpour. He performed his hit songs on top of a large sound system, jumped into the crowd of 13,000 and danced on a soaking wet stage without missing a beat. Comments (1)
Astoria

Q.E.D.’s newest artist-in-residence uses art to share his unique views

Picasso viewed his world unlike anyone else on the planet. Comments (1)

Friday, July 27, 2018

Politics

City Council passes citywide waste equity legislation

Last week Waste Equity Bill Intro 157 passed the City Council by a vote of 32-13 with the support of environmental activists, labor groups, and overburdened communities in southeast Queens, the South Bronx and north Brooklyn. But one of the bill’s original champions when it was called Intro. 495-C had left his name off of it. Comments (2)
Politics

Nixon calls for millionaire’s tax to fund schools

Schools could get a progressive financial lift from Cynthia Nixon if the Democratic gubernatorial candidate manages to unseat Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the Sept. 13 primary. Comments (2)
Corona

Peralta introduces sanctuary state bill, joins call to abolish ICE

The newly redesigned Corona Plaza had its first immigrant rally last week with state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) unveiling a bill calling for the establishment of New York as a sanctuary state for immigrants, as well as the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Comments (2)
Briarwood

Flagship Diner says goodbye to Briarwood

The Flagship Diner closed its doors forever Sunday to a packed house of loyal customers who came to say goodbye to their favorite dining establishment in Briarwood. Comments (4)
Woodside

Woodside’s Big Bush Park gets major renovations

Woodside’s Big Bush Park got a full-scale renovations with $1.8 million from the city and officials gathered last week to cut the ribbon on the new community space. Comments (1)
Hispanic Heritage Month doesn’t begin until Sept. 15, but a multicultural organization will be celebrating early. Comments (1)
Theater

Rockaway Theatre Company’s ‘9 to 5’ is a hit musical that is not to be missed

Rockaway Theatre Company’s production of “9 to 5: The Musical,” with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and the book by Patricia Resnick, is based on the 1980 hit movie, with a few exceptions. Comments (1)
Editorial

Abolishing ICE isn’t the answer

New York City lawmakers, including state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), are waging a fight to abolish ICE in favor of a new agency to help control immigration. Comments (4)

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Bay Terrace

Electeds, Bay Terrace residents rally against proposed development

More than 100 Bay Terrace residents, along with community leaders and elected officials, have voiced their displeasure with the plans for a future development that would include nearly 20 new apartment units and a day care center. Comments (6)
Immigration

College Point pizza deliveryman detained by ICE now free

A federal judge stayed the deportation of an undocumented pizza deliveryman Tuesday and demanded he be immediately released from detention nearly two months after Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents detained the driver of a College Point restaurant at Fort Hamilton Army Base on June 1. Comments (6)
Jessica Ramos, who continues to collect endorsements from well-known lawmakers and organizations, recently gained the support of U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria). Comments (2)
Jamaica

Federal judge says anti-abortion protesters did not harass patients at Jamaica clinic

A federal judge ruled in favor of 13 anti-abortion protesters last Friday who have harassed and allegedly threatened patients shielded by their escorts entering Choices Women’s Medical Center in Jamaica, where women are provided health-care services, including constitutionally protected abortion services. Comments (4)
Politics

Speed cameras across city go dark as program expires

City lawmakers expressed disappointment in state Senate Republicans for obstructing the renewal of legislation that would not only have continued but expanded the speed camera program that has contributed to a decrease in deaths and injuries in past years. The program expired Wednesday. Comments (1)
Theater

Theatre Box presents ‘A Delicate Balance’ to inspire self-examination

The play reveals the unraveling marriage of Agnes and Tobias. Characters like Agnes’ alcoholic sister, who moved in and seems to never plan to leave, as well as lifelong friends Edna and Harry and their returning daughter Julia only further disrupt the peace. Comments (1)
High Heat

Mets’ injured stars return to disabled list

With all the talk about the Mets getting Noah Syndergaard and Yoneis Cespedes back after the All-Star break, their fans may have dreamed about turning the season around. Instead, the most Mets thing happened to the club once again. Comments (2)
Rhymes with Crazy

Here’s why I now love Mr. Rogers more than ever before

Our columnist says why her appreciation for the show she was bored with as a kid has grown significantly. Comments (4)

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