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Friday, July 13, 2018

Flushing

Flushing teen’s death sparks online petition to enforce stricter license requirements for senior drivers

After the tragic death of a Flushing teenager struck and killed by an elderly driver in Whitestone, Queens residents have signed an online petition amassing over 10,000 signatures demanding New York State impose stricter driver’s license requirements and frequent renewals for senior drivers. Comments (6)
Jackson Heights

Nixon, Ramos cross endorse one another

Democrat Cynthia Nixon, who is challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was in Jackson Heights Monday for a cross endorsement of state Senate candidate Jessica Ramos in their bid to move progressive legislation forward at the state level. Comments (4)
Astoria

Attorney general celebrates victory on census immigration question

State Attorney General Barbara Underwood celebrated a victory in her quest to prevent immigrants from having to declare their legal status in the United States census on the grounds that the Trump administration acted in bad faith in requiring that information. Comments (3)
Forest Hills

Missing Rego Park girl returns home after missing for two days

A 14-year-old Rego Park girl who was missing for two days was found safe last week and is now home with her parents, police said. Comment
The City Parks Foundation SummerStage commenced a concert series July 5 in Springfield Park, where some music lovers relaxed on their lawn chairs, while others listened and danced along during the performances on a thick carpet of grass. Comments (1)
High Heat

Brandon Nimmo deserves to be an All-Star

Jacob deGrom is the only Met to be named an All-Star this season, but he’s not the only member of the team who deserved a trip to Washington, D.C., to participate in the Midsummer Classic. Comment
Editorial

A call for change

A new petition calling for New York state to impose stricter driver’s license requirements and frequent renewals for senior drivers has picked up steam, collecting more than 10,000 signatures after the death of a Flushing teenager who was struck and killed by an elderly driver in June while crossing a street in Whitestone. Comments (3)

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Elected officials call for extension of speed camera legislation

City and state officials condemned the inability of lawmakers to renew speed camera legislation at schools, citing the success of Vision Zero measures in reducing the casualty rates in a joint statement from the mayor’s office. Comments (2)
Elmhurst

Cruz, Ramos fight against Elmhurst construction site

As the City Planning Commission recommended the approval of a ULERP application on Monday for a partial affordable housing structure in Elmhurst to rise higher than the zoning allows, activists and political hopefuls are planning their next move to oppose the building they see as a gentrifying force in their community. Comments (2)
Transit

New MTA app would provide timely updates for travelers

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has launched a test version of a systemwide ‘MYmta’ app and website designed by customers to deliver real-time arrival information, trip planning and more for subways, buses, Metro-North and the Long Island Rail Road. Comments (1)
Flushing

Flushing Town Hall to feature story of Frida Kahlo

On Saturday, July 14, Flushing Town Hall will present two performances of “The Colors of Frida/Los Colores de Frida” by Teatro SEA (Society of the Educational Arts, Inc.,) a bilingual, one-woman show about the great Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. The performance will combine storytelling, music, visual arts, puppets, and audience participation to convey the story of the famous artist. Comment
Flushing

Ozone Park man pleads guilty to aiding ISIS

An Ozone Park man pleaded guilty in a Brooklyn federal court last month to helping the overseas terrorist organization ISIS, according to the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Comments (3)
Middle Village

‘Man of La Mancha’ impresses at Maggie’s Little Theatre

Dreaming the impossible dream came true when a perfect show became a Broadway-quality reality for Maggie’s Little Theatre. Comment
Tennis

New York Empire to hold benefit for Puerto Rico hurricane relief

In an effort to raise money for Puerto Rico following last September’s devastating Hurricane Maria, Gigi Fernández — named the Puerto Rican Athlete of the Century in 2010 — and the New York Empire tennis team will host Play for Puerto Rico next week. Comments (2)
Rhymes with Crazy

How to win at soccer without really trying

Here’s a hint: Let the kids play by themselves! Comments (1)

DOT bike-sharing program set to hit Rockaways

A bike-sharing pilot program will kick off on a rolling basis later this July in the Rockaways, central Bronx, North Shore and Coney Island and each community will receive at least 200 bikes, some of which will include pedal-assist models, according to the city’s Department of Transportation. Comments (1)

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Politics

James scores Queens endorsements in run for state attorney general

City Public Advocate Letitia James was endorsed by 19 Democratic clubs based in Queens from both the progressive and mainstream sides of the political spectrum in her run for state attorney general in the Sept. 13 primary. Comments (5)
Little Neck

PS 221 named borough’s best recycling elementary school

An elementary school in Little Neck has a big heart for recycling. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Late Steely Dan musician to have Forest Hills street sign named in his honor

Walter Carl Becker, co-founder of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band Steely Dan, will be honored with a street sign ceremony unveiling in Forest Hills Oct. 28. The “Walter Becker Way” street sign will be installed at the corner of his childhood home at 112th Street and 72nd Drive, according to Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills). Comment
Briarwood

Daughter fulfills late mother’s dream with Haiku children’s book

A new book by a late Queens teacher gives a career’s worth of poetry life with Haikus accompanied by vibrant illustrations. Comment

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights teen earns prestigious award

The sky’s the limit for a smart, socially conscious Jackson Heights teen celebrating two really big wins. Comment
Richmond Hill

Founder of Richmond Hill substance abuse nonprofit retires

Kathleen Riddle, the founder and chief executive officer of the non-profit and substance abuse treatment center Outreach in Richmond Hill, officially stepped down Saturday after coming up with the idea for the organization 39 years ago. Comment
Far Rockaway

Alleged van thieves face multiple charges: DA

Chukuweike Emeni, also known as Emzie Snipes, was accused of being the ringleader of two separate criminal enterprises last month that involved stealing commercial vans, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Bayside

Pesso’s offers frozen treats with unique flavors in Bayside

Gelato, a treat that was invented by Italians, has become a trendy dessert in the United States. Comment

Classifieds

Do you know an immigrant in Queens who has made an impact on the community? Nominate a person who has made a difference for the 2018 Queens Ambassador Awards.
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