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Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012

Long Island City

Non-Native English speakers can test their skills at LaGuardia Community College

LaGuardia Community College is currently offering testing of English speaking and listening skills through the Versant English Test, a computer-based exam that measures how well individuals use everyday English in a school or work environment. Comment
Whitestone

Whitestone civic offers discount biz cards

The Welcome to Whitestone Commercial and Residential Civic Association partnered with a host of businesses around northeast Queens to offer a discount card to its members. Comments (54)

Monday, Jan. 23, 2012

The Lunar New Year is the most important holiday in many Asian cultures, but 2012 will be the Year of the Dragon — the most auspicious of all the Chinese zodiac animals. Comment
Astoria

Obama gives funds to kids

Astoria

Obama gives funds to kids

Zone 126, an organization created to get children who live in the Astoria Houses better access to education, has received a $500,000 planning grant from President Barack Obama’s administration to to broaden learning opportunities for the public housing complex’s children. Comment
The Greater New York Inter-Alumni Council of the United Negro College Fund presented its 22nd-annual MLK Jr. Awards Breakfast at Antun’s. Comment
Breezy Point

Dredging means daily bridge lifts at Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge

Due to a dredging project being conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, there will be multiple daily bridge lifts at the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge beginning Jan. 26 and lasting through February. Comment

Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012

When the First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica was established in 1662, the area was a New Netherland settlement called Rustdorp, meaning “Quiet Village.” Comment
Richmond Hill

Group rallies to unite SW Queens in Assembly

Richmond Hill

Group rallies to unite SW Queens in Assembly

A group of Richmond Hill and Ozone Park residents, most of them South Asian and West Indian, met inside Villa Russo Monday night to shape their future. Comment
Bellerose

Civics want new election district

Bellerose

Civics want new election district

Leaders from more than a dozen eastern Queens civic groups met in Bellerose last week, demanding their communities be united by the state task force that will redraw the area’s legislative lines for the coming decade. Comment
Councilman Leroy Comrie sponsored an event entitled “A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center Monday afternoon. Comment
ELMHURST — Police have asked for the public’s assistance in locating a man wanted for questioning in a grand larceny that occurred at the Elmhurst Best Buy on Queens Boulevard. Comment
OZONE PARK — The NYPD has sought the public’s assistance in identifying a man wanted for grand larceny in Ozone Park. Comment
Transit

Lancman backs law to protect construction workers on the road

A new law requires motorists who drive past construction crews to move over a lane and allow them room to work. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012

Two years after an earthquake shook Haiti to its foundation, a group from Whitestone continues its efforts to repair the damaged buildings at the center of the island nation’s public life. Comment
A Whitestone business owner has surveillance footage of two graffiti vandals damaging his property, but instead of calling police he is hoping the young men turn themselves in — or someone does it for them. Comment
Corona

Crime up in 115th but down in 110th

Corona

Crime up in 115th but down in 110th

There were 77 more crimes committed in the 115th Precinct in 2011 compared to the previous year, but incidents dropped by a small margin in the 110th Precinct, according to police statistics. Comment
Bayside

Pastel work tops showcase

Bayside

Pastel work tops showcase

A pastel portrait entitled “Maria” by artist Diana de Santis was awarded first prize Sunday in the Bayside Historical Society’s 11th annual art show. Comments (1)
LONG ISLAND CITY — Police said a young man was in stable condition at Cornell Hospital in Manhattan Sunday night after apparently jumping from the Queens side of the Queensborough Bridge, the New York Post reported. Comment
Hundreds of people proceeded through Flushing Sunday during a Shia commemoration called the Arbaeen of Shuhada-e-Karbala, which commemorated the death of the Prophet Muhammed’s grandson Imam Hussain during the Battle of Karbal, as well as Hussain’s bodyguard and cousin, Ghazi Abbas. Comment
Queens Village

Stalker harasses woman with car, pistol: Post

QUEENS VILLAGE — Hell hath no fury like a stalker scorned. Comment
Jamaica Hills

MLS JV girls win 8 in a row, defeating GNYA

The wins keep coming for the junior varsity girls at Maspeth’s Martin Luther School. Comment
The Whitestone Memorial Day Parade, a staple of the neighborhood, is in danger of going out of existence, according to a Whitestone civic leader. Comment

Friday, Jan. 20, 2012

Laurelton

King’s legacy honored in southeast Qns.

Laurelton

King’s legacy honored in southeast Qns.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s non-violent quest for racial equality has left an indelible mark on the nation and Queens residents kept his memory alive Monday by honoring the Nobel Peace Prize winner at a community-focused event. Comment
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill family gets 418 years in fraud

Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill family gets 418 years in fraud

A Richmond Hill man, wife and daughter have been sentenced to prison in the defrauding of fellow immigrants in what District Attorney Richard Brown said was about “a family who threw away their future to satisfy greed.” Comments (1)
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) slammed the city Department of Sanitation Friday for fines that have been levied against residents for putting their trash cans out too early the day before collection. Comments (1)
Devotees of chamber music and the Super Bowl will not have to choose between the two this year since the Douglaston Concerts will present its First Sundays Series concert an hour earlier than normal on Super Bowl Sunday. Comment
A Flushing school cut the ribbon on new equipment last week, allowing the Queens College School of Math, Science and Technology to live up to its name. Comments (1)
Lunar New Year Celebration — The Al Oerter Recreation Center invites you to an afternoon of karate, dance performances and more ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year. Comment
Far Rockaway

Woman found dead in Far Rock by the shore

FAR ROCKAWAY — Police said they responded to a call in Far Rockaway Saturday where they found a woman dead outside near Beach 17th Street and the shoreline. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012

City Councilman Peter Koo (R-Flushing), one of the borough’s four Republican lawmakers, is planning on switching to the Democratic Party Monday, according to a published report. Comments (2)
Richard Italiano, the district manager and former chairman of Community Board 4, has died, Borough President Helen Marshall announced in a statement Thursday. Comments (2)
Gov. Andrew Cuomo returned to the borough of his birth Thursday morning to deliver his budget address again and many of his proposals drew applause from the audience. Comment
Flushing

Liu returns campaign cash as fund-raising probe lingers

Flushing

Liu returns campaign cash as fund-raising probe lingers

Embattled city Comptroller John Liu returned nearly $50,000 in contributions and disclosed a list of his campaign bundlers as promised Tuesday amid questions about the finances of his unofficial 2013 campaign for mayor. Comment
Ozone Park

Ozone Pk dad, son die inside home

Ozone Park

Ozone Pk dad, son die inside home

Fire officials believe that a faulty heater was the source of a carbon monoxide leak that killed a father and son in an Ozone Park home that was not equipped with a working CO detector, according to a spokesman for the Fire Department. Comment
Long Island City

LIC employer Fresh Direct eyes N.J. move

Long Island City

LIC employer Fresh Direct eyes N.J. move

A Long Island City online grocery company has filed for a large tax incentive program in New Jersey, but New York state and city agencies are hoping that Fresh Direct stays — if not in Queens, then at least in the city. Comment
Long Island City

Hunters Pt. South revisited

Long Island City

Hunters Pt. South revisited

More than 200 people crowded into the foyer of MOMA PS1 in Long Island City last Thursday, many sitting in the aisles or standing along the walls, to get an update on Hunters Point South, a massive, middle-income, mixed-use development currently under construction at 50th Avenue and 2nd Street. Comments (1)
Bhargava Chitti is a 17-year-old Flushing student whose cancer research on reducing the sometimes debilitating side effects of radiation therapy has landed him a spot in the semifinals of the 2012 Intel Science Talent Search. Comment
Forest Hills

Prez picks Forest Hills grad

Forest Hills

Prez picks Forest Hills grad

President Barack Obama tapped a Forest Hills High School graduate to be his next chief of staff last week. Comment
Long Island City

Queens dreads 11 weekends of 7 train outage

Long Island City

Queens dreads 11 weekends of 7 train outage

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) hosted a town hall meeting with representatives of the MTA last week about extensive renovation to the No. 7 line that will mean some Long Island City stops will be out of order for 11 straight weekends. Comment
South Richmond Hill

Man slays wife in front of kids: Cops

South Richmond Hill

Man slays wife in front of kids: Cops

Three young children saw their mother murdered by her estranged husband in South Richmond Hill Sunday, sources said. Comment
St. Albans

Rebuild VA hospital: Meeks

St. Albans

Rebuild VA hospital: Meeks

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-St. Albans) described 2012 as a year of promise as he met with reporters in his Jamaica district office Tuesday. Comment
South Ozone Park

57% in poll say no to Aqueduct convention center

South Ozone Park

57% in poll say no to Aqueduct convention center

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to build the nation’s largest convention center near Aqueduct Race Track is not sitting well with state voters, according to a Siena College poll released Monday. Comment
Right after Community Board 4 said the Pledge of Allegiance before its monthly meeting in Corona last week, a longtime member announced he would be stepping down because two other members would not salute the flag. Comments (2)
Long Island City

SLA rejects LIC strip club again

Long Island City

SLA rejects LIC strip club again

In keeping with the wishes of the Long Island City community, the State Liquor Authority rejected for a second time an application from the Gypsy Rose strip club on 21st Street. Comment
The 109th Precinct Community Council gave out several awards last week to officers with excellent gut instincts as well as community members who took care of residents and animals alike. Comment
A 59-year-old pedestrian sustained serious injuries to her legs after she was struck by a school bus that plowed through a brick fence and into a home in South Jamaica during a two-vehicle collision in South Jamaica last Thursday afternoon, authorities and witnesses said. Comment
The man who wants to open a new spa in the College Point Corporate Park got the backing of state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) last week, and the lawmaker questioned why the proposal was ever denied by both Community Board 7 and the borough president in the first place. Comments (2)
KEW GARDENS HILLS — A Fresh Meadows woman was killed Tuesday when the car she was a passenger in collided with another vehicle, police said. Comments (2)
South Ozone Park

Bravest saves man from blaze in S. Ozone Park

SOUTH OZONE PARK — Firefighters braved heavy smoke and flames Monday night to save a man in his 40s who was found with no pulse from a fire at the Executive Motor Inn, at 138th Avenue and Cranston Street, the New York Post reported. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012

As northeast Queens co-op and condo owners awaited the new round of assessments to be released by the city this week, elected officials rallied to their side in a bid to reform the property tax system. Comment
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is calling foul on Time Warner Cable and the Madison Square Garden Company for hitting an impasse that has resulted in a television blackout of a number of professional sports teams. Comments (4)
Government

More bread for top teachers

Government

More bread for top teachers

Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed incentives, including merit pay, so the city can retain and recruit the best teachers during his State of the City address last Thursday in the Bronx. Comments (1)
MTA officials were still negotiating with the Transport Workers Union Tuesday long after expiration of the contract between the transit agency and workers who operate New York City buses and subways. Comment
The 12 men and women charged by District Attorney Richard Brown with operating a small ring that sold heroin to well-to-do customers in Suffolk and Nassau counties are now working their way through the New York state court system. Comments (3)
A firefighter suffered minor injuries at an East Elmhurst blaze Monday morning. One civilian also suffered minor burns to the head during the fire on Humphrey Street near 27th Avenue, according to fire officials. Firefighters first got the call at 9:47 a.m., and the blaze was under control by 10:25 a.m., according to a spokesman for the FDNY. Comment
At least one person was taken to the hospital following a two-car crash at the intersection of 35th Avenue and Corporal Kennedy Street in Bayside Jan. 10, according to the relatives of one of the car’s drivers. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012

A three-alarm fire gutted an apartment near Queens College Monday, injuring 10 firefighters who responded to the scene but were not seriously hurt. Comment

Monday, Jan. 16, 2012

Education

Mayor pushes merit pay for city teachers

Education

Mayor pushes merit pay for city teachers

Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed incentives, including merit pay, so the city can retain and recruit the best teachers during his State of the City address Thursday in the Bronx. Comment
A father and son died in what investigators believe was an accidental carbon monoxide poisoning in Ozone Park. Police said that both Kuo-Kung Chen, 66, and his son Aaron Chen, 29, were found dead in their home on 101st Avenue at 90th Street Saturday evening. Comments (2)

Friday, Jan. 13, 2012

District Attorney Richard Brown coined yet another unflattering nickname for a Queens thoroughfare Friday morning when he announced the results of a massive drug bust involving suspected dealers in the borough and well-to-do customers in Suffolk and Nassau counties. Comments (5)

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