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Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018

A married mother of four from Jamaica could face 15 years in prison for taking nearly $70,000 in Medicaid funds over the course of three years despite her family’s earning more than $1 million from 2012 to 2016, according to Welfare Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott. Comments (5)
Kew Gardens Hills

Seniors learn self-defense in free class

Senior citizens in Kew Garden Hills got free self-defense lessons. Comments (1)

Queens College kicks off its Black History Month series

Queens College was to kick off its Black History Month celebration this past Thursday with an interactive exhibition titled “Waging Peace: 100 Years of Action,” which was organized by the American Friends Service Committee at the school’s Godwin-Ternbach Museum. Comment
St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside will be holding a Valentine’s Day “Have A Heart” blood drive for the benefit of the New York Blood Center. Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018

Elected officials and parents are asking the city Department of Transportation to reconsider implementing traffic calming measures at the intersection of 58th Road and 136th Street near PS 120. Comment

Meeks, Crowley, Meng work together to fight poor USPS service

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) wrote some fiery words last week in a letter to Megan Brennan, the postmaster general of the United States, in regard to his constituents’ receiving late mail or mail meant for someone else. Comments (2)
Fresh Meadows

Elmhurst cyclist struck and killed in Fresh Meadows

A popular cyclist from Elmhurst died after being struck by a car on 175th Street and Union Turnpike, police said. Comment
East Elmhurst

Peralta’s annual coat drive distributes more than 1,600 jackets to people in need

More than 1,600 winter coats were distributed to families and people in need after state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) teamed up with Burlington Coat Factory, Delta Airlines, Delivering Good and New York Cares during his 7th annual coat drive. In the past eight years more than 10,000 coats were delivered to local and faith-based organizations. Comment

Monday, Feb. 5, 2018


NYPD attends 105th birthday of retired sergeant

New York native Louie Schlifstein, a former police sergeant, reflected on a life of public service as he celebrated his 105th birthday with members of NYPD’s 111th Precinct on Jan. 25. Comment

Latimer Gardens Housing Complex polling site set to re-open

After being closed since 2012, the polling site at Latimer Gardens housing complex in Flushing will re-open. Comment
Oakland Gardens

DSNY incentive program could include fee for garbage pickup

The city Department of Sanitation has hired a consultant to draft a proposal to offer incentives for homeowners to recycle garbage and while possibly including a nominal fee. Comments (1)

Report: Queens College a top value for future educators

Queens College was among the top 20 schools for teaching degrees on the annual Best Value Schools’ 2018 list last week and was also named the most affordable school overall. Comment
Hunters Point

Hunters Point group demands youth recreation center from developers

The unprecedented growth in Long Island City continues with 22,000 residential units either being constructed or in the planning phase, but none include plans for something the neighborhood has been desperate for: a recreation center for the thousands of teens and young adults who will enter the community as a result. The Hunters Point Civic Association is hoping to change that. Comments (1)

Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018


Jamaica holds domestic violence prevention event

After a rise in domestic violence cases in the city in recent years, elected officials and activists hosted a #PutTheNailInIt event to “put the nail in domestic violence” last Friday. Comments (1)

QCA ArtHotel Residents announced

Kamille “OGMillie” Ejerta from Jamaica and A. King McCarty from Astoria Park were announced as the winners for the Queens Council on The Arts’ ArtHotel Residency program Monday. Comment

NYPD detective faces seven years for fake drug bust: DA

A Queens Supreme Court judge has found an NYPD detective guilty of making a fake drug arrest involving two counts of perjury, two counts of official misconduct and one count of a written false statement in a criminal complaint. Comment
Long Island City

Long Island City restaurant owner pleads guilty to giving bribes to City Hall

The owner of the now-defunct Water’s Edge restaurant in Long Island City, who was a campaign donor of Mayor Bill de Blasio, pleaded guilty to federal charges in a bribery attempt involving an unnamed city official, newly unsealed court records show. Comments (1)
Political Action

Differences in democracies

In the United States federal government, if there is a change in the executive administration every four years, there is a period of uncertainty. Comment

Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018

Queens Village

Queens Village youth competes for Miss New York’s Outstanding Teen

Competing in Miss New York’s Outstanding Teen on April 7 in upstate New York will be Queens Village resident Cayla Kumar, the local titleholder of Miss Bronx’s Outstanding Teen, which represents downstate New York. Comments (4)
In an effort to nudge people to go to court, New Yorkers will now receive text-message reminders about summonses. Comment

Scammers impersonating Social Security officials are out to steal identities: Gianaris

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) issued a warning to New York consumers Monday about a new scam recently uncovered by the Federal Trade Commission in which imposters are tricking people into sharing their Social Security numbers over the phone and through a website. Callers claiming to be representatives of the Social Security Administration are contacting consumers, claiming a computer glitch requires them to ask for their Social Security numbers. Comment
New Voices

What is the history of chain migration?

“Chain migration” is the latest buzzword to define the ongoing immigration conversation in the United States: popularized by the extreme right to describe the process of immigrants gaining residency through a family visa from a relative established in the country. Anti-immigration advocates have made the spurious claim that these immigrants are arriving in “hordes” and are of a lower quality than those arriving in America on a professional or marriage visa. Comments (2)
Brooklyn, step aside. No longer the “forgotten borough,” Queens has been in the spotlight more than ever, and people everywhere are hearing about its strong multicultural vibe and getting to know and appreciate its uniqueness. Comment
What does forward Kayla Charles hope to accomplish during her time with the St. John’s University Red Storm? Comment

Friday, Feb. 2, 2018

Long Island City

Public outpouring help keeps Secret Theatre afloat

The founder of Long Island City’s Secret Theatre had feared he would have to shut its doors for good next month after a revenue shortfall, but community support, and a cooperative landlord, have put the 99-seat venue on more stable ground. Richard Mazda, 60, blamed the vicissitudes of the economy, fear about ongoing funding for the arts, and “general 2017 malaise” for the Secret Theatre’s financial troubles. Comment
The LaGuardia Airport committee meeting at the Adria Hotel in Bayside on Jan. 25 brought one civic leader’s report that the Federal Aviation Administration may have overlooked rules pertaining to historic districts when creating flight patterns over northeast Queens. Comments (2)
U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) did not hold back against President Donald Trump at a Saturday town hall event at York College in Jamaica. Comments (2)

Gianaris, Addabbo push for reforms of state’s election laws

Several Queens lawmakers are resuming efforts towards voter reform in Albany with a package of bills that would improve turnout at the polls in New York where it is among the lowest in the country. Less than 22 percent of the city’s 5 million registered voters went to the polls in November. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Mayor’s office slams White House over refugees’ access to health care

City officials are up in arms about President Donald Trump’s health care policies toward unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children. Comment
Kew Gardens

Queens DA’s chief spokesman Kevin Ryan retires

The communications director of the Queens District Attorney’s Office retired after 42 years of handling public information for city and state agencies. Kevin Ryan, 64, worked his last day Wednesday as District Attorney Richard Brown’s chief spokesman at the Kew Gardens headquarters. Comment

Everyone can help prevent fire tragedies

I was watching a most insightful ABC-TV program on fire safety on Saturday. It was called “Operation 7: Save a Life.” Comments (2)

Queens Arts and Events Calendar

See what’s going on in Queens. Comment
In another move that doesn’t move the needle much, the Mets announced the signing of infielder Jose Reyes to a new deal. Comment

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz’s State of the Borough address, on Jan. 26, spoke of heavy investment and goals for education across Queens, affordable housing in Willets Point and public transportation. Comments (1)
Several dozen Woodside business owners and residents joined City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) outside Donovan’s Pub on Roosevelt Avenue last week and called on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to stop holding the neighborhood hostage, as they put it, as the agency continues to work on the No. 7 subway line. Comment

Queens Museum director resigns

Queens Museum will be getting a new director. Comments (3)
Jackson Heights

Ramos launches bid for Peralta’s Senate seat

Speaking in English, Spanish and even some Bengali, Jackson Heights resident Jessica Ramos launched her campaign to challenge state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) in the Democratic primary next fall. Ramos announced her candidacy last Thursday on the first anniversary of Peralta’s defection to the Independent Democratic Conference in an alliance with Senate Republicans, allowing the GOP to maintain a majority and block legislation such as a state DREAM Act and the Reproductive Health Act. Comment

Chipotle Mexican Grill to open Friday in Jamaica

Chipotle Mexican Grill will have its grand opening Friday in Jamaica, at 160-02 Jamaica Ave., and its first 25 customers will have a chance to get a T-shirt and get a buy-one-get-one coupon for a future visit. Comment

Week in Pictures

Take a look at the top photos of the week. Comment
On Point

Congestion pricing is just another MTA extortion

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has just launched another assault on our wallets. The deceptively named Fix NYC toll scheme that he recently announced is a heavy-handed shakedown of lower- to middle‑class outer-borough residents who drive or commute into Manhattan. We have been down this road before, and New Yorkers simply cannot continue to feed the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s voracious appetite for our dollars. Comments (14)

Support our charter schools

As a Neighborhood Coordination Officer in the New York Police Department, I spend my days strengthening the relationships between police officers and Queens communities. In my efforts to make New York a safer, stronger city, I’ve gotten to know my community inside and out, and I’ve learned a lot of important lessons. Comments (1)
Are you feeling jacked up? That’s what celebrity restaurateur Willie Degel, the guy behind the Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse empire, asks callers on his cheerful voice-mail message. Comments (1)

Royals roll to fourth straight win


Royals roll to fourth straight win

The Christ the King boys’ basketball team has shown a knack for overcoming obstacles this season and did so again Friday, defeating Holy Cross 68-55 at William J. O’Meara Memorial Gym without the presence of head coach Joe Arbitello, who missed the game with a flu. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018


Man steals from worshipers at Astoria mosque: NYPD

Police were searching for a man who entered an Astoria mosque earlier this month and was caught on video going through worshiper’s jacket that hung along a wall. Comments (1)

Police searching for Flushing burglary suspect

Police were searching for a man suspected of burglary in Flushing. Comments (1)

Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018

Jackson Heights resident Jessica Ramos officially launched her campaign to challenge state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) in the Democratic primary next fall. Comments (1)
Train service was suspended on the Port Washington line for over two hours on early Thursday morning after a woman was fatally struck by a train. Comment

North Corona man missing since Wednesday: NYPD

Police from the 115th Precinct in Jackson Heights were searching for a 64-year-old North Corona man who has been missing since Wednesday. Comment



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