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May, 2018

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Unsung heroes honored at 5th Annual Queens Impact Awards

TimesLedger Newspapers, once again recognized the people in Queens who make a difference behind the scenes. Comments (2)
Middle Village

Photos: An inside look at the Fresh Pond Crematory

The idea of burning the deceased rather than burying them is catching on. Comment
Kew Gardens

A taste of World War I at Maple Grove Cemetery

To mark the centennial of America’s entrance into World War I, the Great War, a handful of volunteers staged a re-enactment at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens — a trip back to the daily life of the Doughboys in Europe at a moment in time when the art of war was changing for the deadlier. Comment
Willets Point

Memories of Willets Point

The transportation system in New York City is typically abominable. Comments (4)

April, 2018


Police provide ‘state funeral’ and ‘dignity’ for newborn left in trash at Dutch Kills Playground

A gasp from the crowd assembled on the steps at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church in Astoria could be heard over the pealing bells as the tiny white casket was removed from the hearse and placed on a wooden platform. Comments (1)

Molloy can’t hold late lead in loss to Regis

The Molloy baseball team failed to right the ship against Regis, falling to 2-6 on the season after dropping a closely contested game under the bright lights in the Bronx, 4-3. Comments (2)
Douglas Manor

Douglaston Manor presents ‘Ira and Isabella’s Italian Jewish Wedding’

Take to the floor and dance the Hora and Tarantella as Laugh Out Loud Productions presents “Ira & Isabella’s Italian Jewish Wedding” at Douglaston Manor. Comments (2)
Hundreds from the Hindu community showed up to get colorful by tossing rainbow-hued powder at one another and to celebrate the beginning of spring at the 30th Annual Phagwah Festival Saturday in accordance with tradition. Comment
East Elmhurst

ICE agents arrest 40 in Queens as part of six-day operation

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement removal teams arrested nearly 200 people in New York City — including 40 in Queens — during a six-day sweep the agency called “Operation Keep Safe.” Comments (11)
With weather wreaking havoc on this year’s softball season, Saturday’s great spring weather enabled the St. Francis Prep softball team to get out and work off their rust against Cardinal Spellman in the Bronx. Comment

Photos: Thousands attend fan-based Lego festival at Flushing Meadows Corona Park

What is that makes those colorful little plastic bricks such an obsession? Comment
Located on the bustling strip of Bell Boulevard, Krave It has revolutionized the restaurant row offerings with a creative twist. Comments (2)

Francis Lewis baseball falls to Monroe in tournament matchup

The Francis Lewis High School baseball team faced off against the Monroe Eagles in the 49th annual James Monroe Campus Holiday Invitational Baseball Tournament and fell 8-1 to last season’s PSAL champions. Comment

Short-handed Construction falls to Bathgate

With several players unavailable while on vacation, Construction coach Daniel Paradis used the opening round of the 49th Annual James Monroe Campus Holiday Invitational Baseball Tournament to reward some of his younger players with game experience and play other starters in different positions. Comment

March, 2018

Hundreds of LaGuardia Community College students stood shoulder to shoulder with the trailblazers of the borough’s LGBTQ civil rights movement Monday afternoon for the opening of a new exhibit called “The Lavender Line: Coming Out in Queens” located in the college’s historic Hall of Flags in Joseph Shenker Hall. Comments (5)
Organizers of the very first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Bayside started working on it last September. So no one was more happy to see the parade’s Grand Marshal, PBA President Pay Lynch, step off to start the march down Bell Boulevard last weekend. Comment
Thousands of students at high schools across Queens joined a national 17-minute walkout protesting inaction from government officials on gun control in response to the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Fla. that killed 14 teenagers and three adults. Comments (3)
Long Island City

LIC residents rally against city’s waterfront plan

Hundreds of Long Island City residents and business owners rallied with community leaders and elected officials Saturday against the city’s plan to develop two plots of publicly owned waterfront property on 44th Drive and a neighboring Department of Education building on Vernon Boulevard. Comment

Protesters gather in Flushing in support of immigrants

At least 200 people gathered in Flushing Monday afternoon to demand that Congress act on DACA, the Obama-era program that protected nearly 700,000 young, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Comments (2)

The Green Mile: St. Pat’s kicks off with grand parades

St. Patrick’s Day is nearly here, but parades in celebration of the holiday have already started in Queens — one in Rockaway, the traditional first parade of the season, and the St. Pat’s Parade for All in Sunnyside. Comment
The St. John’s men’s lacrosse season is in full swing. Comment

February, 2018


Fun and games at IndieCade

With controllers in hand and virtual-reality goggles in place, IndieCade, a the three-day festival, attracts more than 200 exhibitors from the eastern seaboard, all eager to show off their video game creations and maybe find a big-time game company willing to take a chance on them. Comments (1)
The Lunar New Year parade in Flushing is so big, it takes more than an hour and a half for all the groups to march by — from dignitaries to church and civic groups to tae kwon do classes. Everyone gets a moment in the sun — or the moon. Comment
Cardozo basketball coach Ron Naclerio knew that before he could begin to think about winning his fourth NYC PSAL Basketball Championship, his team would have to accomplish their goal of capturing the 2018 PSAL Queens Borough Championship. Comment
Astoria’s elected officials said they believe the MTA is tone deaf to the community’s needs during a rally in opposition to the $22 million plan to reconstruct the Ditmars Boulevard subway station last Thursday. Comments (3)
At the John F. Kennedy Jr. School — just off Junction Boulvard in Elmhurst — on a rainy Saturday morning, 15 kids give up a perfectly good Saturday to take a test. Comment

Week in Pictures: Ash Wednesday and beyond

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent, the six-week period of sacrifice and reflection that leads up to Easter. But you don’t have to give up anything to get a good look at the week in pictures. Comment
Selma, Birmingham, and Little Rock — names of the most famous battlegrounds of the civil rights movement. Comments (1)

Lunar New Year is just beginning and more: Week in Pictures

By most estimates, one in four people living in Queens is of Asian descent. That makes Lunar New Year — the most important holiday in that part of the world — a big deal here. Like Christmas, it is more of a season than a holiday, The day itself is Feb. 16 but the celebration goes on for two weeks. At least. Meanwhile, the city has announced (again) what it plans to do with Willets Point, the neglected parcel of land next to Citi Field; a tragedy in Forest Park; and a surprise at the “Today” show also make up the The Week in Pictures. Comment
Friday night’s game between Archbishop Molloy and Christ the King was a matchup that New York City basketball fans have been waiting for all season, and it certainly lived up to expectations. Comment
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

Week in Pictures

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

January, 2018


East Elmhurst man gets six months in sale of stolen tortoise

The East Elmhurst man who authorities say was responsible for lifting a rare tortoise from its Douglaston habitat was sentenced to six months behind bars last Friday on charges of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. Comment
Queens Community House in Forest Hills sponsors a cypher dance contest every year that attracts scores of performers from around the city. Comment

Crowds reach 200,000 at second annual Women’s March on New York

More than 200,000 women, men, children and dogs marched, sang, chanted and drummed their way from West 72nd Street and Central Park West to Times Square on Saturday for the second annual Women’s March on New York City, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio. Comments (5)
As collegiate sports go, fencing has 400 or 500 years on football and basketball. But the fine art of thrust and parry does not show its age. Comment
An early taste of spring, the government shuts down and wakes up again, all in the space of a giddy, three-day weekend. Sword fighting breaks out at St. John’s University, a battle of the break dancers in Forest Hills and a guy who loved turtles too much — see it all in the Week in Pictures, Comment
Nearly a hundred protesters rallied outside the Brooklyn home of U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer on Tuesday night in response to the Senate vote on a budget deal he made to end the three-day government shutdown Monday without protections for young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers. Comments (2)
Rockaway Beach

HPD to blame in fatal Rockaway blaze: Electeds

A fatal blaze that tore through a Rockaway Beach high-rise Friday, injuring 17 people, including nine police officers and three firefighters, was ruled accidental by the FDNY, but it could have been prevented, according to several elected officials. Comment
Ozone Park

Vigil held for murdered Richmond Hill mother

The family of Stacy Singh, a mother of two who was killed in her Richmond Hill home, made an emotional plea to the community to stand up for victims of domestic violence at a vigil in Ozone Park. Comment

Bayside Historical Society hosts 17th Annual Winter Art Show

Lots of folks got their culture on last Sunday at the Bayside Historical Society’s 17th Annual Winter Art Show, where they viewed outstanding works by 49 local artists in the categories of painting, drawing, mixed media, three-dimensional and photography. Comment

St. John’s Prep earns hard-fought tournament win

Participation in the Hoopers NY Martin Luther King Challenge provided head coach Mike LoCascio an opportunity to get his St. John’s Prep girls’ hoops team some much-needed game experience, as the Red Storm overcame a long fourth-quarter scoreless drought to defeat Woodlands Senior High School of White Plains, 49-38, at Harry S. Truman High School in the Bronx. Comment

Photos of the week

The end of 13 straight days of sub-freeezing temperatures was certainly welcome. But Winter Storm Grayson left a slushy reminder that there is still a long way to go to spring. Here are some of the best shots of the storm and more top photos of the week. Comment

Christmas on the hardwood

The 13th Annual Queens Jam Christmas Classic returned to John Bowne High School. Comment
Queens residents began to deal with the frozen tundra left behind by Winter Storm Grayson, which dumped as much as 13 inches of snow in Rego Park and nearly a foot in the rest of the borough Thursday, more than double what forecasters had predicted. Comments (1)


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