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Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018


Barnwell to get primary challenge from activist Melissa Sklarz

Melissa Sklarz, who is challenging freshman state Assemblyman Brian Barnwell (D-Maspeth) in the September Democratic Primary, has gathered endorsements from two city officials July 27. Comment

Opportunities abound with JFK’s $10 billion redevelopment

As representatives from the Port Authority laid out their Vision Plan to bring Kennedy Airport into the 21st century at community outreach meetings in Far Rockaway and St. Albans, state Sen. James Sanders Jr. (D-South Ozone Park) focused on encouraging minority and women entrepreneurss to take advantage of the airfield’s $10 billion redevelopment. Comment
Long Island City

LIC clinic helps immigrants apply for citizenship

About 50 registered immigrants attended a naturalization workshop clinic Saturday to receive free legal assistance with their naturalization applications at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City despite some anxiety that this is a perilous time to seek citizenship because of the Trump administration’s attitude toward immigrants. Comments (5)
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill man sentenced in execution-style shooting: DA

A Richmond Hill man was sentenced to life in prison last week without the possibility of parole following his retrial in the execution-style death of a fellow Richmond Hill man, who was bound with electrical cords, robbed of his bank card, and then shot several times in the head before his apartment was set on fire to cover up the crime scene, the Queens DA said. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Experience a taste of Thailand at this Rockaway Beach restaurant

Metta Kaskel shares her experience of being back home in her Thailand kitchen as you become part of her new family. That’s the vibe you get at Thai Rock, located at 375 Beach 92nd St. in Rockaway Beach. Comment

NBA legend Bob Cousy grew up in Queens

Born on Aug. 9, 1928 in Manhattan, Bob Cousy electrified NBA fans for 13 seasons with his seemingly magical passing ability and prolific scoring as a point guard for the Boston Celtics. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018


Pols slam possible homeless shelter plan for Glendale

Lawmakers in Queens are speaking out against a new shelter that may possibly be slated for Glendale that will accommodate 200 single men in one location. Comments (3)

Maspeth trio sentenced for series of Queens burglaries: DA

Three Maspeth residents were each sentenced last week to 10 years in prison for a series of burglaries that victimized Queens seniors in their homes, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (2)

Constantinides calls for safety improvements after cyclist’s death

City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) is urging the Department of Transportation to launch a study of the corridor on 23rd Avenue between 33rd and 36th streets after a cyclist was struck and killed by a van July 23. Comment

Feds apprehend Queens mom in Alabama

Phyllis Reinoso, a woman who lived in Jamaica and was a suspect in the death of her son, was arrested in Alabama, brought back to New York and arraigned before Queens Criminal Court Judge Scott Dunn last week to face charges of assault and manslaughter, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (1)

Monday, Aug. 6, 2018


Avella speaks out against Douglaston bike lanes

A year after their completion, bike lanes on Northern Boulevard still are a topic of debate. Comments (7)
Richmond Hill

Richard Pruss, 75, was a true Samaritan

Richard Pruss, president and CEO of Samaritan Village from 1974-2008, who was known as a pioneer in the field of substance abuse treatment, died July 14 at the age of 75. Comments (2)

Four killed in Astoria shooting spree

NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea has released the names of two out of four victims in an Astoria shooting massacre that left a young boy and three others dead. Comment

Micro Center Flushing announces STEM contest for students

Micro Center Flushing, located at 71-43 Kissena Blvd. between 71st and 72nd Avenues, is inviting students ages 13 and older to enter a fun contest designed to encourage ingenious ways for students to use 3D printing and robotics in the 2018 Micro Center Maker Student Contest, which runs through Sept. 16. Comments (2)

Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018


Three Democratic clubs endorse Peralta for re-election

In his bid to fend off Jackson Heights activist Jessica Ramos in the Sept. 13 primary, State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) received endorsements from three different Democratic clubs across the city. Comments (1)

St. John’s graduate earns Fulbright Scholarship

Mohammed Jagana is a recent graduate of St. John’s University in Jamaica, a former intern for state Sen. Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), and in March he learned that he was a recipient of the coveted Fulbright Scholarship. Comments (1)

Velázquez bills to aid small businesses in Puerto Rico receives bipartisan support

The U.S. Senate decided to proceed to vote Wednesday on two pieces of legislation that was drafted by U.S. Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-Brooklyn) to support small businesses in Puerto Rico by incentivizing federal agencies to award them contracts. Comments (3)

Support your local diners

The closing of Briarwood’s Flagship Diner is disappointing. I have enjoyed many excellent meals for decades when frequenting any one of our many local diners, including the Flagship. Over the years, we have seen the demise of too many others, including the Bel Aire (Astoria), Gold Star (Bayside), Seville (Douglaston), Sage (Elmhurst), Saravan (Flushing), Palace (Flushing), Future (Fresh Meadows), Fame (Jamaica), Scobees Grill (Little Neck) and others. Comments (3)

Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018


Sunnyside arch shines with fresh sign, new lights

The late Lily Gavin remained on the minds of civic leaders last week as a new sign with fresh lighting illuminated the 46th Street arch in Sunnyside. Comments (1)

Jamaica father, 77, has been missing for three years

January 2015 was the last time Sameeah Muhammad of Jamaica saw her father, Ghulam Muhammad, who has been missing for the past three years. Comments (1)

Far Rockaway man pleads guilty to killing his cat: DA

A cat killer from Far Rockaway pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and intimidating a witness last week after murdering his own pet and trying to cover it up, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown’s office. Comments (2)

House passes Meng’s feminine hygiene bill

The House of Representatives passed U.S. Rep. Grace Meng’s (D-Flushing) provisions that would allow menstrual hygiene products to be purchased with money from health flexible spending accounts. Comments (2)
The Civic Scene

Addition of bike lanes, subtraction of parking spots hurts local businesses

Central Queens businesses are under attack by the city Department of Transportation as it removes parking spaces along Queens Boulevard and adds bike lanes. These changes are supposed to spur bicycle riding but have instead caused a drop in business for stores along Queens Boulevard with the fear that local businesses will go out of business. Already, Ben’s Best Delicatessen has closed due to loss of business since people can’t park so they can patronize the store. Comments (6)

Opportunity Zones provide chances for those struggling

It is no secret that economically there are numerous neighborhoods across Queens that are struggling. Comments (2)

Friday, Aug. 3, 2018


Avella, Holden stand against mayor’s plan to abolish SHSAT

Dozens of community groups stood in resistance on the steps of City Hall against Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to change the method of admittance to eight specialized high schools Wednesday. Comments (2)

Avella calls on state to investigate Liu’s finances

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) slammed John Liu, his Democratic primary opponent, for alleged campaign violations by calling on the state Board of Elections and attorney general’s office to investigate his contributions in the current race. Comments (9)
St. Albans

LL Cool J’s hoops summer camp returns to St. Albans

Rapper, actor and philanthropist LL Cool J will hold his 14th Annual Jump & Ball Summer Camp Experience at Daniel O’Connell Park in St. Albans for southeast Queens kids ages 8 to 18 every weekend in August for free. Comments (1)

Braunstein looks to fend off Republican challenger

As state Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) looks toward a fifth term in Albany, he plans to stick to his track record of tackling education issues, gun possession and airplane noise for his northeast Queens constituents. Comments (2)

Phase one of emergency room expansion complete at Queens Hospital Center

Phase one of a $2.5 million emergency room expansion project at Queens Hospital Center in Jamaica has been completed as demand for care rises following the closure of several hospitals in the borough. Comments (1)

More bike lane drama

The bike lane debate shows no sign of abating in Queens. Comments (1)

Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018


Maspeth community mourns loss of George O’Neill

George O’Neill Jr., the owner of the Irish eatery and sports bar that bears his name in Maspeth, was known as a “man who took the shirt off his back for a stranger,” according to Danny Pyle, O’Neill’s son-in-law. Comment

Protesters call on DMV to change senior driver’s license renewal policies

Dressed in Madeline Sershen’s favorite colors of yellow and purple, hundreds of protesters bearing signs returned to the Whitestone crosswalk Monday at 16th Avenue and Utopia Parkway where the teen died, urging the DMV to change its license renewal policy for senior drivers. Comments (3)

JPAC celebrates the music, art, and culture of the Caribbean

The Jamaica Performing Arts Center will hold a cultural festival on its front lawn in Jamaica called Spirit of the Caribbean from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Comment

Sunnyside rallies against DOT’s bike lane proposal

Nearly 100 people rallied beneath the 46th Street station of the No. 7 train last week to oppose bike lanes on Skillman and 43rd Avenues in Sunnyside and Woodside. Comments (1)
Richmond Hill

Jamaica Hospital cuts ribbon on new cardiovascular suite

Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Richmond Hill held a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week for its new state-of-the-art Thomas Santucci Jr., MD Cardiovascular Interventional Suite to treat members of the surrounding community and air travelers at JFK. Comments (1)

Rising comedian from Queens receives special award

Okay, it may sound corny and clichéd, but laughter is the best medicine, especially in these increasingly strange and politically divided, Twitter-obsessed times. Comment
High Heat

Mets trade deadline failure is no surprise

The Mets’ front office failed to shape a new future for the organization prior to the trade deadline. Not only did the club elect not to make any major moves to bring back blue chip prospects to the franchise, it floundered on the field, too. Comment
On Point

Cuomo, de Blasio not helping the average ‘Joe’

Many of New York’s working-class citizens feel forgotten and betrayed by a mayor and City Council not interested in their daily struggles to make ends meet, but instead obsess over preventing deportation of illegal immigrants who have been arrested or convicted of various crimes. Comments (11)



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