Astoria Times

Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012

Long Island City

LGA janitor let go in toe suck case: City

A janitor contracted to work at LaGuardia Community College got the boot earlier this year after he tried to pay a high school student more than $100 to suck on her toes, according to documents from the Department of Education’s special commissioner of investigation for the city school district’s office. Comment

Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012


Funding Funny Business

Although the process often benefits worthy causes, the tradition of handing out millions of dollars in “discretionary funds” to be disbursed by City Council members calls to mind the days of Tammany Hall. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012


Children flock to Steinway library for urban chicken education

The Steinway branch of Queens Library hosted Bucky Buckaw’s Backyard Chicken Broadcast for a workshop on raising chickens. Comments (1)

Friday, Aug. 10, 2012

Jackson Heights

Jax Hts school construction begins

It required years of advocating and the sacrifice of a mansion, but government and school officials were glad to break ground on a new intermediate school in Jackson Heights Tuesday. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

Unions rally for car washers

Immigrant rights advocates and union members from across the city joined employees of an East Elmhurst car wash last Thursday to demand better wages and working conditions. Comment

Ferreras wants workers paid for sick leave days

Celina Alvarez used to work at the Taqueria El Idolo restaurant on Corona Avenue in Elmhurst as a cook, but in February she started to feel sick. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012


Astorian requesting old iPods for Alzheimer’s patients

An Astoria musician who has two parents with Alzheimer’s disease is holding a citywide drive to collect iPods. Caregivers have used the MP3 players as therapeutic tools to spur the memories of those with dementia. Comments (1)

Q tops in best subway survey

The Q line offers the best service in the subway system, including fewer delays, clean cars and a good chance of getting a seat during rush hour, according to the Straphangers Campaign’s 15th annual State of the Subways report. Comment

Teen indicted in diplomat’s wife’s shooting

A young Jamaica man who allegedly fired at some other teenagers earlier this year on a block not far from Long Island City High School and hit the wife of a Sudanese diplomat while her children were standing by has been indicted on attempted murder, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comments (2)

Police on the hunt for boro indecent exposer

WOODSIDE — Police were asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect wanted in connection with public lewdness in Woodside. Comment


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