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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The MTA has approved free MetroCards for people who use Access-A-Ride, which it said could save $90 million a year by 2015. Comment
There will be several full, intermittent bridge closures of up to 40 minutes at the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge on two overnights for necessary inspection and maintenance of the lift span. Comment
FLUSHING — Police were seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing teen from Flushing. Comment
Vincent’s Opticians in Bayside has a reputation for quality — and it goes back a long way. Comment

Monday, July 9, 2012

A Corona man was sentenced to up to nine years in prison last week after pleading guilty to charges of promoting and possessing child porn, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment
Oakland Gardens

Oakland Gardens student wins BP scholarship

Oakland Gardens

Oakland Gardens student wins BP scholarship

Susan Tsang of Oakland Gardens was one of 50 city students to receive college scholarships last week when 185 local BP gas station owners of New York and New Jersey presented a grant donation of $100,000 to the BP Community Scholarship Program. Comment
FLUSHING — Police were seeking the public’s assistance in locating a 25-year-old man who disappeared in Flushing last Thursday. Comment

Sunday, July 8, 2012

The girls of the U16 Little Neck Titans celebrated an almost perfect season, kicking their way through a 4-0 victory over the Northport Cow Harbor team last month to earn their second Long Island Junior Soccer League division title. Comment
State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) kicked off her run for re-election Saturday in the redrawn 16th Senate District at her new campaign office in the heart of downtown Flushing. Comments (2)
JACKSON HEIGHTS — Police were seeking the public’s help in apprehending a man wanted in connection with three laundromat robberies in Jackson Heights. Comment

Saturday, July 7, 2012

College Point

Parks promises kayak launch for MacNeil

College Point

Parks promises kayak launch for MacNeil

The kayak launch at MacNeil Park is on the horizon, the Queens Parks commissioner said at last week’s College Point Civic meeting, meaning residents may soon be able to take to the open waters with their self-propelled vessels. Comments (3)
After an unsuccessful end to his U.S. Senate run, Congressman Bob Turner (R-Middle Village) quickly refocused on his House duties rather than brood over the what-ifs. Comment
Officer Francisco Luciano and Sgt. Jonathan Cermeli were honored as the 105th Precinct’s Cops of the Month for May last week. Comments (4)
Woodside

Driver, 47, dies after bus strikes his van

WOODSIDE — A driver was killed when his van collided with a city bus at the intersection of 39th Avenue and 69th Street in Woodside, police said. Comment
ROCKAWAY — Police were seeking the public’s assistance in locating a man in connection with two bank robberies at a Chase Bank, at 68-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd. in Arverne. Comment

Friday, July 6, 2012

When Mayor Michael Bloomberg boasted his balanced fiscal year 2013 budget, Bayside buzzed with a resounding bravo. Comments (1)
Don’t be fooled by its size. Comments (1)
Do jurors who regularly watch the television show “CSI” have warped expectations for what evidence can and should be collected, thereby hurting prosecutors’ chances to convict criminals? Comment
Two Elmhurst men were arraigned on charges of burglary, drug possession and endangering the welfare of a child last Thursday after they were allegedly caught trying to sell stolen items to a Woodside store while one of the men’s 3-year-old daughter waited in the back of the car, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment
Construction on the East Side Access project will force changes in some eastbound Long Island Rail Road rush hour service for as long as one month. Comment
It was called the doomsday plan to keep the MTA from plunging into a financial abyss, but it’s two years later and there is talk — nothing official yet — that maybe some of the sorely missed bus and subway routes might be restored. Comment
Elected officials stood with local residents June 26 protesting the city Department of Environmental Conservation’s approval of Waste Management of NY’s proposal to modify the existing Review Avenue transfer station to increase the facility’s activity. Comment
FOREST HILLS — Police were seeking the public’s assistance in recovering several religious artifacts swiped from a Forest Hills synagogue. Comment
EAST ELMHURST — The Police Department was seeking the public’s help in locating a man in connection with a bank robbery at Sovereign Bank, at 75-15 31st Ave. in East Elmhurst. Comment

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Douglas Manor

Bayside boy drowns in Douglas Manor pool

Douglas Manor

Bayside boy drowns in Douglas Manor pool

A 4-year-old Queens boy drowned in a relative’s pool early Wednesday evening during a Fourth of July gathering, police said. Comments (8)
An MTA police officer who was stabbed in the eye while patrolling the Jamaica Long Island Rail Road Station on the Fourth of July made it through surgery, although doctors have not yet determined what effect the attack will have on his vision, the MTA said. Comment
Bayside

Boats get holy help at sea

Bayside

Boats get holy help at sea

Blessed is the fleet. Comment
College Point

Boro condo pays upkeep tab on DOT land

College Point

Boro condo pays upkeep tab on DOT land

The city Department of Transportation owns a small grassy plot of land in College Point, but condo owners nearby have been footing the bill for its upkeep. Comments (1)
Downtown Jamaica’s two business improvement districts held their annual meetings last week where they reviewed their 2012 accomplishments and discussed initiatives for the next year, all of which focused on changing the shopping district’s image. Comments (1)
State Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) trounced three other U.S. House of Representatives hopefuls in a Democratic Party primary last week with the aid of a sizeable war chest, the backing of the Queens Democratic Party and, most importantly, a robust Asian vote concentrated in downtown Flushing. Comment
Jamaica

Farmers’ market returns to Jamaica

Jamaica

Farmers’ market returns to Jamaica

Cookbook author Martha Rose Shulman contributed to a New York Times article in May touting garlic scapes — the green, curling tops of the garlic plant — but noted she would have to wait to provide any recipes because her local farmers market did not carry them. Comment
Long Island City and Astoria activists affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement held a 12-hour-long protest adjacent to the Citi Building at 1 Court Square last week. Comment
It was a big win for these Little Leaguers. Comment
JAMAICA — Cops were asking for the public’s assistance in locating a suspect wanted in the rape of a young woman in Jamaica. Comments (1)
BELLEROSE — A suspect wanted in connection with a robbery at a Dunkin’ Donuts on Hillside Avenue struck again in two more robberies, according to police. Comment

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Jamaica

Bird bust unfolds at JFK

Jamaica

Bird bust unfolds at JFK

A Guyanese man’s bird-brained scheme fell apart when he stepped off his flight at John F. Kennedy International Airport in May and was caught allegedly sneaking some feathered friends into the country, according to authorities. Comment
Seth Fiddle was visiting the Astoria Federal Savings bank right outside his job when he said he realized he was getting tired of the rumors. Comments (4)
Military

Support returning Queens vets with AT&T

In 2007, 12- and 13-year-old Robbie and Brittany Berquist, a brother-sister team, devised Cell Phones for Soldiers to make sure deployed soldiers could keep in touch with loved ones at home for free. Comment
The Glen Oaks Little League Challenger Division for Special Needs Children is gearing up for another spring season next year for children with physical and mental challenges. Comment
SOUTH OZONE PARK — A man claiming to have a handgun robbed Resorts World Casino, at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd. in South Ozone Park, at approximately 4:45 p.m. Friday, according to police. Comment

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The city Economic Development Corp. and the local development corporation run by former Borough President Claire Shulman admitted they illegally lobbied city officials about the multibillion-dollar Willets Point Redevelopment project, the attorney general announced Tuesday. Comment
The winners of a bid to redevelop Willets Point may have had a leg up on the competition, although the city said the selection process was completely unbiased. Comments (4)
Education

School closings put on hold

Education

School closings put on hold

An arbitrator ruled last week that Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s controversial plan to close seven Queens high schools was in violation of the teachers union’s collective bargaining agreement, though the city has vowed to challenge the ruling in the courts. Comments (1)
A 33-year-old Astoria man was arraigned on charges of murder and criminal contempt Saturday after his girlfriend was found strangled and beaten to death in their apartment, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment
Health

Obamacare still confounds boro business

Health

Obamacare still confounds boro business

Queens residents and businesses owners largely lauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to preserve the president’s health care program, but when it came down to how the ruling would affect them, many still had unanswered questions . Comment
A nationwide soccer league is hoping to build a new stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, which already has some lawmakers cheering. Comments (1)
Last year was a bad one for city beaches, but none were ranked higher than Douglas Manor in health standard violations, according to a recent report by the National Resources Defense Council. Comment
Residents near the Creedmoor Psychiatric Campus in Bellerose say the state-owned property is a magnet for all sorts of unwanted visitors and unscrupulous activities, and neither the police nor campus security can seem to get the situation under control. Comments (3)
Health

Queens Dems hail 5-4 vote on health care

Health

Queens Dems hail 5-4 vote on health care

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld nearly all of President Barack Obama’s controversial Affordable Care Act last Thursday and, depending on who you asked in Queens, the decision was either great news or a source of stress and uncertainty. Comments (2)
Queens Village

Qns Village man shot dead

Queens Village

Qns Village man shot dead

A 24-year-old man was killed by gunfire in the Queens neighborhood where he lived early Saturday, police said. Comment
Long Island City

5Pointz in plans to be replaced: Conley

Long Island City

5Pointz in plans to be replaced: Conley

Community Board 2 Chairman Joseph Conley said the board is waiting to hear back from the city regarding developer Jerry Wolkoff’s plans to replace Long Island City’s graffiti mecca 5Pointz. Comments (1)
FOREST HILLS — A thug wanted for sexual abuse, rape and robbery in three Forest Hills incidents has reportedly struck again, according to police. Comment

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