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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

JAMAICA — A Brooklyn man was arrested and charged with five bank robberies throughout the borough, according to the NYPD. Comment
HILLCREST — The NYPD was looking for help in identifying a suspect wanted in a bank robbery, which occurred last Thursday around 11 p.m. Comment
Auburndale

Middle East experience in Auburndale

Auburndale

Middle East experience in Auburndale

The ancient practice of smoking hookah is believed to have begun in 16th-century India, from where it migrated to the Middle East, eventually exploding up and down the sidewalks of Astoria’s Steinway Street, and has now crossed great distances to take hold in Auburndale. Comment
Astoria

Ironworkers Local seeks recruits

The Ironworkers Local Union No. 40 and 361 will conduct a recruitment from March 22 through May 24 for 100 ironworker outside apprentices. Comment

Monday, April 2, 2012

Piece by piece, they’re building toward an academic experience their friends at school are not getting and after winning top honors at the New York City First Lego League Regional Tournament in Manhattan, the first all-girl Lego team in Fresh Meadows has a lot to be excited about. Comment
After more than a year of striving for an A grade, one Bayside restaurant owner is giving bad marks to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s efforts to regulate health standards in eateries. Comment
Anyone looking to light up near Bellerose’s Cross Island YMCA better think twice. Comments (1)
ELMHURST — The NYPD was looking for help in identifying a man wanted in connection with an armed robbery around 7:30 a.m. Feb. 26 at an Elmhurst bodega, police said. Comment

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Astoria

Women reps seek equality

Astoria

Women reps seek equality

State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) and U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) honored three women Friday for Women’s History Month and talked about what needs to be done for women to achieve true equality with men. Comment
With an area of nearly 13 square miles and 354 miles of roads, the 105th Precinct is the fourth largest in the city, snaking its way up along the Queens-Nassau County border. Community members in neighborhoods from Rosedale to Glen Oaks say the precinct is too big, so they are calling on the city to split it in half. Comment
Teaching has been a major part of her life for decades, and when it comes to children, there’s one topic Dr. Aline Euler said was critical to the future. Comment
With a classroom that holds up to 15 students, PS 33 in Queens Village is now the new home to the Reading Partners program. Comments (1)
A group of religious residents from churches across Queens picketed outside the office of U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) Friday afternoon to protest a controversial federal health care mandate that would require all employers to cover birth control as part of any insurance plan. Comments (1)
Elmhurst

Woodsider admits to throwing away baby: DA

ELMHURST — A Woodside woman pleaded guilty to manslaughter Monday for throwing her baby in the trash can of an Elmhurst Hospital restroom, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment
Jamaica

School safety agent charged with petit larceny: NYPD

An off-duty school safety agent — 32-year-old Nygay Harris — was arrested and charged with petit larceny in the 113th Precinct at about 9 p.m. Monday, according to the NYPD. Comment
The Terrace Diner of Bayside hosted a boxing-themed charity event last week in conjunction with Winner Take All Productions to benefit St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children. Comment

Saturday, March 31, 2012

In a city where an ambulance ride could cost more than $1,000, a Whitestone volunteer ambulance group offers emergency transport at no cost, but the free ride might not last. Comments (1)
Transit

Heroes Abroad and Heroes at Home

Transit

Heroes Abroad and Heroes at Home

World War II was over. Comments (1)
Middle Village

Homeowner draws ire of residents in MidVill

Middle Village

Homeowner draws ire of residents in MidVill

On a well-maintained row of houses in Middle Village, there’s one residence that stands out — for all the wrong reasons. Comment
Donovan Richards’ political aspirations got a bit of a boost last week when his boss, City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton), handed over the reins of a crime summit he had convened to his young chief of staff. Comment
Diet Coke and City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) teamed up with Elmcor last week, turning the Corona nonprofit’s gym into a red-tinted runway to celebrate women and raise awareness of heart disease. Comments (2)
Parents and teachers have a lot to say about the city Department of Education’s turnaround method for schools. Comment
HOWARD BEACH — The NYPD was looking for the public’s help in identifying one man wanted in connection to a bank robbery within the 106th precinct. Comment
Flushing

L.I. farmer talks produce to Flushing group

The Flushing Community Supported Agriculture Group hosted a green thumb from Long Island last Saturday who might be making the trek to Queens on a regular basis. Comment

Friday, March 30, 2012

Government

Redistricting dust settles

Government

Redistricting dust settles

Northeast Queens will see significant changes in how the area is represented in state and federal government now that the dust has settled on the redistricting process. Comment
Keeping the story alive has always been most important, according to Dr. Dennis Papazian, national grand commander of the Armenian fraternal service Knights of Vartan and founding director of the Armenian Research Center . Comments (1)
Queens politicians expect a lawsuit challenging the creation of a 63rd state Senate seat to be decided next month, and state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) will then decide in which district she will run. Comment
Queensbridge

ERDA pushes tax prep for public housing use

Queensbridge

ERDA pushes tax prep for public housing use

Bishop Mitchell Taylor and City Council members came together in Queensbridge last week to urge public housing residents to take advantage of the East River Development Alliance’s free tax preparation sites. Comment
Flushing

Queens Goes Green yet again

Flushing

Queens Goes Green yet again

Claire Doyle smiled when a group of children approached her table to learn more about Rubie, a stuffed King Charles spaniel, which helps youngsters learn how to recycle in western Queens. Comment
Little Neck

Bayside’s Beacon could be shuttered

Little Neck

Bayside’s Beacon could be shuttered

Bayside’s Beacon Program through the Samuel Field Y in Little Neck could be one of seven citywide programs to close this summer, according to an announcement from the city Department of Youth and Community Development. Comments (1)
OAKLAND GARDENS — A 56-year-old man was listed in critical condition after he was hit by a car in Oakland Gardens Monday night, police said. Comment

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A young Howard Beach resident was laid to rest Thursday less than a week after he was struck and killed by a subway train, and a 33-year-old man has been charged with attempted assault in his death, police said. Comment
Bellerose

Avella loses voice on ICCC

Bellerose

Avella loses voice on ICCC

Removing a controversial piece of land from his redrawn 11th District won’t silence state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who called for an investigation over what he suspects might be foul play. Comment
The 14-story affordable housing building proposed by Macedonia AME Church will begin its rise over downtown Flushing next month, but parking provisions did not go according to plan. Comments (1)
South Jamaica

Astoria leaders decry man’s death

South Jamaica

Astoria leaders decry man’s death

Two days after a 23-year-old man was found shot in the head at Astoria Houses and his teenage neighbor charged with murder, community leaders and a city councilman pledged to fight the gun violence they said was plaguing their neighborhood. Comments (2)
South Ozone Park

Horse deaths prompt study at Aqueduct

South Ozone Park

Horse deaths prompt study at Aqueduct

An elevated number of horse deaths at Aqueduct has prompted an investigation into equine safety at the South Ozone Park racetrack. Comment
South Jamaica

NYPD ousts cops in Bell shooting

South Jamaica

NYPD ousts cops in Bell shooting

It has been nearly 5 1/2 years since the killing of Sean Bell threw a spotlight on the tensions between the NYPD and the communities it serves, but voices from southeast Queens said the relationship still is strained after the firing of the detective who fired the first of 50 shots and the forced resignations of three other officers. Comment
South Jamaica

Visit home claims young life

South Jamaica

Visit home claims young life

A young man left his troubles and his South Jamaica home to try to better himself, but his life was cut short when he returned briefly to visit his family last weekend, his grieving mother said. Comments (8)
Astoria lawmakers said they were disappointed by the new congressional and state Senate district lines, which splits the neighborhood across two districts. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Work begins soon on Rufus Pk. apts

Jamaica

Work begins soon on Rufus Pk. apts

Real estate planners are ready to begin construction in the spring on a nine-story, 65-unit affordable housing development near Jamaica’s Rufus King Park, and while they are confident there will be plenty of buyers, community members are not completely sold on the project. Comment
A troubled man stepped out of his South Jamaica home early last Thursday, crossed the street to his parked car, got inside and then set it ablaze in an apparent suicide, neighbors and the FDNY said. Comment
Civic leaders expressed concern after learning that an Auburndale firehouse will be full of construction workers for nine months but empty of the city’s Bravest. Comment
Jackson Heights

Garden School play area sold to city for $6M

Jackson Heights

Garden School play area sold to city for $6M

Although the plan was almost derailed more than a year ago, City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) celebrated with government officials and civic leaders last Thursday the sale of the Garden School’s playground to the city. Comment
Northeast Queens commuters might be pulling out their hair over two more years of ongoing construction on the Whitestone Bridge, but for children the important work is nearly complete, thanks to a new playground set to open in early May. Comments (26)
Two men were killed at separate spots close to Junction Boulevard within 12 hours of each other, marking the end to a bloody Sunday that saw at least three murders committed. Comments (18)
A Maspeth church needs a prayer for salvation. Comment
City Comptroller John Liu defended his campaign treasurer and described his political future in hazy terms in a recent interview, even as he kept on producing audits on city agencies. Comment
Jamaica

Foreclosure auction nixed

Jamaica

Foreclosure auction nixed

Protesters looking to disrupt a foreclosure auction with song were tuned out when a sudden bankruptcy filing forced the cancelation of the auction at Queens Supreme Court in Jamaica Friday. Comments (1)
Youngsters from PS 305 in Ridgewood burned rubber and chased down their fitness dreams at the New York Road Runners Youth Jamboree — having fun and getting fit along the way. Comments (1)
FLUSHING — The NYPD was seeking the public’s assistance in locating a man suspected of robbing two banks in the 7th and 109th precincts last week. Comment

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Sunnyside man who was being held in a detention center in New Jersey since February and set to be deported back to Bangladesh was released to his family Friday. Comment
Borough President Helen Marshall said there is a health-care crisis on the Rockaway peninsula, one she narrowly avoided being a part of herself. Comment
Work will continue on such major transportation projects as the Second Avenue subway and the East Side Access under an agreement involving Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature. Comment
South Ozone Park

S Ozone pimp pleads guilty

South Ozone Park

S Ozone pimp pleads guilty

A 33-year-old South Ozone Park man pleaded guilty to sex trafficking in Queens Supreme Court Friday for pimping out an adolescent girl, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comments (2)
HOWARD BEACH — A verbal dispute resulted in the death of a Howard Beach man, who was struck and killed by a northbound train at the Bedford Avenue station in Brooklyn, police said. Comment
A JetBlue flight leaving John F. Kennedy International Airport for Las Vegas Tuesday had to be rerouted to Texas after eyewitness accounts and video evidence revealed the captain had to be restrained in the aisle by his own crew and passengers. Comment
SUNNYSIDE — A man was found dead when police said emergency responders found him lying unconscious on the ground of Calvary Cemetery, which sits on the border of Sunnyside and Maspeth, according to police reports. Comment
A new Flushing Chamber of Commerce is in the works after an older iteration was officially disbanded in February following a long period of inactivity. Comment

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) marched his two great Danes into Bowne Park Monday afternoon and declared his run to for the congressional seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside). Comments (1)

Monday, March 26, 2012

The Queens County Republican Party endorsed City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) to run for the congressional seat that will be vacated by U.S. Rep Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) next year and Halloran was set to make a formal announcement at 5 p.m. Monday in Flushing. Comments (1)
A young father was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head Sunday afternoon in the lobby of the Astoria Houses building where he had lived, and his neighbor has been charged with murder, police and tenants said. Comments (28)

Sunday, March 25, 2012

South Jamaica

Officer who fired first bullet during Sean Bell shooting fired from NYPD

South Jamaica

Officer who fired first bullet during Sean Bell shooting fired from NYPD

Four police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Sean Bell are being forced out of the NYPD, police said. Comments (1)

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