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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

With interest rates on federal subsidized student loans set to double at the end of the month if Congress does not act, U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) convened a panel of experts at York College last week to inform borrowers of their options. Comment
BROOKVILLE — Firefighters responding to a 911 call of a small fire on 230th Place the morning of June 13 found a man in his 50s dead in an adjacent building, the NYPD said. Comment
Transit

LIRR increases number of Quiet Cars

Transit

LIRR increases number of Quiet Cars

The Long Island Rail Road has expanded its Quiet Car program, which LIRR President Helena Williams said followed what she called “a very positive response from our customers.” Comment
JACKSON HEIGHTS — The NYPD needs help searching for a man who went missing from his Jackson Heights apartment last Thursday. Comment
Bayside

Bayside market owners to open restaurant

There’s a new flavor of service coming to Bayside to better reflect its bustling business district’s benefactors. Comment

Monday, June 25, 2012

Long Island City

Cherry gets 19 years in ‘LIC mayor’s’ slay

Long Island City

Cherry gets 19 years in ‘LIC mayor’s’ slay

A homeless man and former veteran convicted of killing the so-called Mayor of Long Island City was sentenced to 19 years in prison last week, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment
Those long lines have paid off for Queens recyclers as the city Sanitation Department released results from its first series of SAFE Disposal Events, and out of all five boroughs Queens led the pack with the most participants pitching in to properly ditch electronics and other harmful household products. Comment
Last week marked a different kind of graduation day for some fifth- and sixth-grade students from St. Robert Bellarmine Elementary School. Instead of walking away with diplomas, they went home with plaques, full stomachs and a year’s worth of cooking experience. Comment
A Bayside restaurant known for its classy approach to dining has changed hands and its name in exchange for a more affordable alternative. Comments (4)
Letters

Dems, GOP must not increase Stafford interest rate

Both Democrats and Republicans seem to agree that to let interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans double after July 1 is a major concern, especially when they have to face voters Nov. 6. What has been lost in the heightened election year rhetoric is that both the White House and Congress saw this issue coming. Comment

Sunday, June 24, 2012

From fryer to fuel, students at Dartmouth College rolled through Douglaston last week to show off their eco-friendly Big Green Bus converted to run on waste vegetable oil. Comment
It’s not a unique ZIP code, but it is a step in the right direction. Comment
They are the champions. Comment
A teacher’s aide was cleared of charges Monday that he had inappropriately touched several students at the Springfield Gardens elementary school where he worked, although his future in the classroom remains unclear as the city Department of Education conducts its investigation. Comment
Long Island City

Van Bramer wants to quiet idling trains

Long Island City

Van Bramer wants to quiet idling trains

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and residents of the Murano and One Hunters Point condominiums on Borden Avenue in Long Island City Friday decried the idling trains from the rail yard across the street, saying the noise goes on for hours at a time. Comments (1)
HOWARD BEACH — Police were searching for a man wanted in connection with a string of May robberies in Queens and Brooklyn. Comment
ASTORIA — Police were looking for a man who stole a pocketbook from a furniture design business in Astoria last month. Comment
About 60 workers from Display Techologies, based in College Point, spent several hours planting flowers, painting fences and making repairs to the Poppenhusen Institute in College Point. Comments (12)

Saturday, June 23, 2012

The federal government has set aide $1.3 billion in funding for the Second Avenue subway and the East Side Access to bring the Long Island Rail Road into Grand Central Terminal as a result of bipartisan congressional support. Comments (1)
Oakland Gardens

City citation spells success

Oakland Gardens

City citation spells success

For the rest of his life, Bayside Hills seventh-grader Arvind Mahankali said he would never forget the word “schwannoma” and neither would City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone). Comment
Douglaston

Doug intersection poses risk

Douglaston

Doug intersection poses risk

Douglas Montgomery said he became a member of Community Board 11 because he wanted to bring up the key issues affecting his neighbors, and he is doing just that by sounding off on what he called a dangerous intersection in Douglaston. Comment
Maspeth

Lancman: Save church lot

Maspeth

Lancman: Save church lot

Before the rumbling trucks and diesel fumes moved in, Maspeth was rich with greenery as one of the earliest settlements on geographic Long Island. Comment
The mayor ended weeks of speculation about the city’s plans for Willets Point last Thursday by unveiling a tweaked vision of the development in which Citi Field would be flanked on both sides by retail and housing, but opponents derided the announcement as a land grab by the owners of the New York Mets. Comment
Lindenwood

Brooklyn man, 27, dies after vehicle hits curb

LINDENWOOD — A 27-year-old Brooklyn resident died in Lindenwood Sunday after he lost control driving an all-terrain vehicle northbound on 77th Street, police said. Comment
Ozone Park

Man admits to leading ID theft ring: Post

OZONE PARK — A Queens man allegedly confessed to being the ringleader of a 110-member gang of alleged identity thieves Monday, according to a New York Post report. Comment
Flushing Times

Five pupils hurt after taxi hits school bus

BRIARWOOD — Five special-needs students were injured when a taxi collided with a school bus and flipped it on its side early Monday morning, according to a report in the New York Post. Comment
The Friends of Fort Totten Parks’ hosted Family Fun Day last Saturday. Comment

Friday, June 22, 2012

Long Island City

LIC students rally for library

Long Island City

LIC students rally for library

Employees from the Queens Library run various classes for little boys and girls, but with its volley last Thursday against Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed cuts, the library taught PS 111 and Voice Charter School students a lesson in protest and metaphor. Comment
The United States Tennis Association revealed plans for a massive overhaul of its Flushing facilities, surprising the members of the community who are usually kept abreast of major developments in the area. Comment
South Ozone Park

Resorts World tops all casinos in slot revenue

South Ozone Park

Resorts World tops all casinos in slot revenue

The casino generating the most money for its state is not in Las Vegas or Atlantic City — it is in Queens. Comments (12)
Fresh Meadows

Man’s corpse found in Cunningham Park: Cops

FRESH MEADOWS — A decomposing corpse was found in Cunningham Park Friday, according to the NYPD. Comments (1)
Elmhurst

Elmhurst man killed wife: DA

Elmhurst

Elmhurst man killed wife: DA

An Elmhurst man was arraigned Friday on charges of murdering his estranged wife last week in the apartment complex where they once shared a flat, according to the criminal complaint filed by the Queens district attorney’s office. Comment
A Forest Hills Sizzler has been ordered to pay $25,000 to a transgender woman after a court ruled that staff and diners had attacked her because of her sexual orientation during an incident in September 2010. Comment
There’s nothing like the thrill of the hunt and for one avian enthusiast in Queens the satisfaction that comes when you don’t have to kill anything. Comment
For 2-year-old Louis Finkel, it was a long nine months. But now that his treasured playground in Alley Pond Park has reopened, he could not help but smile. Comment
Many of the hungry in southeast Queens are not aware of the food programs available to the community, and those who are aware often find it difficult to determine which program is right for them. Comments (2)
The race for the Flushing state Senate seat is taking shape as hopefuls gather petitions, collect endorsements and knock on doors. Comment
Borough President Helen Marshall, City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) and Community Board 12 Chairwoman Jacqueline Boyce announced Tuesday that southeast Queens will host a gun buy-back event Saturday. Comment
RIDGEWOOD — Police were looking for the suspect in a shooting at Myrtle and Seneca avenues earlier this month. Comment
Elmhurst

Three men steal iPhone from teenager, 15: Post

EAST ELMHURST — Three men threatened a 15-year-old and allegedly stole his iPhone June 8, according to the New York Post. Comment
Editorial

Church, State and Scrambled Eggs

The lines separating church and state in southeast Queens have always been blurred. The black churches and their pastors continue to be powerful influences in the community. Comment

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Flushing

Praise for immigration fix mixed with doubt

Flushing

Praise for immigration fix mixed with doubt

President Barack Obama praised a federal memo released Friday that is set to give undocumented young people in Queens hope for a normal life, but drew cautious optimism from the borough and criticism from the county’s only Republican congressman. Comment
The temperature is high, but the voltage is not. Comment
A nonprofit that funded activities at Flushing Meadows Corona Park is under investigation after more than $100,000 in expenditures could not be accounted for. Comment
Bayside

Mittman eyes health care

Bayside

Mittman eyes health care

If elected to the new Queens congressional district centered around Flushing, Bayside allergist Dr. Robert Mittman wants to fight to change the health care system he said is in dire need of help. Comment
Bayside

QCC receives Padavan’s papers

Bayside

QCC receives Padavan’s papers

Anyone walking into the library at Queensborough Community College Monday was met immediately with a piece of history. Comment
As advocates fight to keep Queens firehouses open amid budget cuts, one building in Forest Hills is being recognized for its rich history of close to 90 years. Comment
City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) joined more than 100 young children and their teachers from the Committee for Early Childhood Development Head Start in Hollis Friday to protest the mayor’s proposal to cut the organization’s funding amid negotiations over the city’s fiscal year 2013 budget. Comment
Middle Village

Turner gears up for Senate

Middle Village

Turner gears up for Senate

U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Middle Village) hopes to work with Democrats on the other side of the aisle if he is elected to the U.S. Senate in September, he told TimesLedger Newspapers in a sit-down interview last week. Comment
Jackson Heights native Richard Shpuntoff said while his evolving documentary is named after murder victim Julio Rivera, the film is not so much about the crime as the change it inspired in Jackson Heights. Comment
A sanitation worker who had been on the job less than a year was killed after the car he was driving smashed into several parked vehicles and an electronics shop along Atlantic Avenue early Saturday morning. Comment
The Rev. Floyd Flake, the influential pastor of the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral, recently said that while he believes the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk program should be open to scrutiny, overall it has been effective in reducing crime in southeast Queens. Comment
Brigitte Hoggard, Capri Pillow and Shenee Johnson have all lost loved ones to gun violence on the streets of southeast Queens in the past few years, and this weekend they plan to stand together and call for an end to the violence. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jax Hts making peace with plaza

Jackson Heights

Jax Hts making peace with plaza

Ever since 37th Road between 73rd and 74th streets was closed and the bus routes that went down it were moved last fall to create a plaza, detractors have complained that the redesign has driven away business and new park has gone unused. Comment
U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Ridgewood) received a crucial — and prominent — endorsement last week in her bid for re-election in the 7th Congressional District. Comment
Three Queens residents have been appointed to the commission that will redraw New York’s City Council lines ahead of the 2013 elections. Comment
South Jamaica

One dead in nightclub shooting

South Jamaica

One dead in nightclub shooting

A Queens man was shot and killed outside a South Jamaica nightclub early Sunday morning, police said. Comment
The MTA is campaigning in subway trains, in five languages and even on MetroCards. The message: “Stay Away from the Platform Edge.” Comment
It took firefighters nearly two hours to put out an electrical blaze in the basement of Mythos restaurant at 196-29 Northern Blvd. in Auburndale Wednesday afternoon. Comments (1)
ASTORIA — Police arrested a man wanted in connection with several burglaries in Astoria this month, the NYPD said. Comment

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Freedom and fireworks lovers will be able to see an Independence Day show a little early this year when Astoria holds its 30th festival over the East River Monday, June 25. Comment
Middle Village

Candidates debate for new House seat

Middle Village

Candidates debate for new House seat

The four Democratic candidates competing for the newly created Queens congressional seat faced off last week during a debate at the Our Lady of Hope School Auditorium in Middle Village. Comment
SOUTH JAMAICA — Police were looking for whoever killed a 22-year-old LaGuardia Community College student in South Jamaica last week. As of Tuesday, there had not been any arrests in the case. Comment
A circus company is mourning the loss of a worker who died in a Fresh Meadows bicycle accident Saturday evening, according to police. Comments (2)
JAMAICA — Police were looking for four men believed to be responsible for the death of Jamaica resident George Ayala earlier this month. Comment
Although several Queens political leaders publicly opposed Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s intentions to ban large sugary drinks in the city, a Quinnipiac University poll showed mixed results for the potential beverage bust. Comment

Monday, June 18, 2012

A man who was working at a circus temporarily set up in Fresh Meadows died in a bicycle accident Saturday evening, according to police. Comment

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