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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A Flushing business leader claims a jewelry store swapped her $1.2 million diamond ring with a cheap substitute when she took it in for cleaning last summer, a lawsuit said. Comments (3)
Queens Center launched a solar power initiative during Earth Week at a special community event at the mall. Comment
Four-legged creatures and their two-legged companions were invited to Alley Pond Park Sunday for the annual Pets & Pals event. Comment
Most people would give up at the times when Carly Rose Nieves decided to keep fighting. Comment
Gianna Cerbone-Teoli has three loves. Her family, her restaurant and her community. All three are in Long Island City. Comment
Lily Gavin, owner of popular Sunnyside restaurant, Dazie’s, says she and her family feel fortunate to have been part of the community for the past 40 years. Comment
Rev. Philip Craig of Springfield Gardens combines his role as a pastor with social activism to follow Jesus Christ’s teaching that it is more blessed to give than to receive. Through his work, he has made a great impact on the southeast Queens community where he grew up. Comment
Every Saturday morning, Virginia DeMillio heads to Sacred Heart Church in Bayside, notebook in hand, and updates a tally she has kept for nearly 31 years. Comment

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A Gaelic football club is hoping to build its field of dreams in College Point. Comment
Long Island City

Mundo plans to reopen in LIC boutique hotel

Long Island City

Mundo plans to reopen in LIC boutique hotel

Red Sonja is checking into the Paper Factory Hotel. Comment
Ozone Park

Ulrich proposes veterans department

Ozone Park

Ulrich proposes veterans department

City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) wants to replace the branch of the mayor’s office charged with assisting veterans with an autonomous department. Comment
More than 300 Sherpas attended a prayer service and candlelight vigil for the victims of the Mt. Everest avalanche in Elmhurst last Sunday. Comment
While growing up in Richmond Hill, Carl Ballenas never met any of his 61 first cousins in Peru, and instead turned to the neighborhood for a sense of heritage and history. Comment
George Subraj left Guyana decades ago, but he remains at the forefront of medical advancements in the Caribbean nation through his philanthropic work. Comments (2)
For U.S. Army reservist Lakia Echols, working to build orphanages in war-torn Kuwait was nothing compared to the hostilities she faced when returning home to Far Rockaway intent on helping troubled youth. Comment
Michael McCreesh is a huge man with an even bigger heart. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound lad from County Armagh, Ireland is known as Big Mickey and his grassroots charitable endeavors are known throughout the borough. Comment
Susan Agin believes she has been destined for her current job since the day she was born. Comment

Monday, May 12, 2014

Jamaica Estates

SJU officials moving location of student paper

Jamaica Estates

SJU officials moving location of student paper

Students working for St. John’s University’s campus newspaper, The Torch, are negotiating with school officials after being told last week that their office was set to be relocated to a much smaller space that the paper thinks will be a hindrance to its everyday operations. Comment
With a little more than 100 days in office now under his belt, Bayside’s new city councilman, Paul Vallone, says he is the happiest man alive. Comments (1)
Flushing

Flushing laments traffic

Flushing

Flushing laments traffic

A group of 1,500 Flushing residents and business owners have had enough of the traffic and parking problems which have long plagued the neighborhood. Comments (9)
For many women (and men), the art of car mechanics is a foreign language, but Audra Fordin is hoping to change that. Comment
People who watched Joseph Lieber grow up in Forest Hills might have been tipped off that he was going to be a doctor one day by the way he would bring home organs from his father’s butcher shop and dissect them. He never lost his interest in medicine and science and decades later his passion is felt in every corner of the country. Comment
Even though she left her homeland of South Korea more than 20 years ago, Kwanghee Kim has continued to find ways to help the Korean community in her adopted home. Comment
As one of the unsung heroes of Queens, Mandy Kelso has never said “no” to someone in need. Comments (1)
Salvatore Lopizzo wasted little time flinching when he discovered Superstorm Sandy had decimated his new Rockaway Park non-profit in October 2012. Comment
REGO PARK — Police requested help locating a 73-year-old Rego Park man who was reported missing Tuesday, the NYPD said. Comment
REGO PARK — Police requested help locating a 79-year-old Rego Park man who went missing May 5, the NYPD said. Comment

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Udalls Cove Preservation Committee gathered about 100 volunteers representing several community organizations last weekend to take part in its 45th annual cleanup of the 30-acre wetland that spans Little Neck and Douglaston. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Scandal in LIC school

Long Island City

Scandal in LIC school

A Queens principal was removed from her position after she was accused of allegedly having sex with a security guard, an assistant professor and a student’s parent, according to the city Department of Education. Comments (4)
Long Island City

Bikers tour Queens

Long Island City

Bikers tour Queens

More than 30,000 cyclists biked through western Queens on a 40-mile tour of the five boroughs during the TD Five Boro Bike Tour Sunday. Comment
The Free Synagogue of Flushing’s musical theater workshops, a Bayside ballet class for girls in wheelchairs, arts and science programs at the Maple Grove Cemetery – there are few borough organizations the Josephine Foundation does not seem to have a hand in. Comment
It’s rare for a visitor to leave Don and Katha Cato’s Jackson Heights home without being shown a movie. Comments (2)
When Hakeem Rahim graduated as the first African American valedictorian from Uniondale HS in 1998, it was a sign the Hempstead, L.I. native was on the track to success. Comments (1)
Mandingo Tshaka has spent a good portion of his 83 years on Earth traveling the world and performing with famous musical acts, but the part of his life he is most proud of is the larger portion that he has spent helping his community. Comments (3)
Throughout the Bible one finds evidence of how giving makes us happier. Comment
JAMAICA — Authorities at John F. Kennedy International Airport arrested a man from Guyana last month after allegedly discovering nearly 18 pounds of cocaine hidden in an item inside his suitcase, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office said. Comment
Corona

Corona man convicted in sex assault of child: DA

CORONA — A Corona man has been found guilty by a jury of repeatedly sexually assaulting a young boy, beginning when the victim was 5 and continuing until he was 16, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (1)
BAYSIDE — The operator of a former Bayside Papa John’s pizza franchise has agreed to pay the state nearly half a million dollars in penalties for failing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in sales tax, the state Department of Taxation said. Comments (1)
FOREST HILLS — Police were looking for two men wanted in the theft of a 61-year-old woman’s cellphone, credit cards, driver’s license and MetroCard, the NYPD said. Comment

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Queens elected officials were quick to praise the diverse roster of spiritual leaders tapped to give invocations at City Council meetings following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that opening local government meetings with sectarian prayers is constitutional. Comment
Borough leaders last week praised the nine-year, $5.5 billion contract agreement announced by City Hall and the United Federation of Teachers as a step forward in the right direction after years of acrimony between the two sides under the previous administration. Comment
Community Board 11 issued its second letter in as many months at its monthly meeting this week recommending approval for a Bayside business to add a rooftop bar. Comments (3)
Thousands of people flocked to Flushing Meadows Corona Park Sunday for the annual Cinco de Mayo festival. Comment
Whether she’s at work or at a meeting for one of the many organizations she’s involved with, Nazneen “Lucy” Hossain is always looking for ways to help out fellow community members. Comment
Giving back always puts a smile on Andrea Adams’ face, and she’ll tell you there’s nothing else she’d rather do. Comment
In 1978, Carmine DeSena made a choice that would end up changing his life and thousands of others. Comments (1)
Greg Mays may appear to be sitting on a small fortune, considering he spends so much time doing work that doesn’t produce personal income. But the southeast Queens community activist said it only looks that way. Comment
When Rodney Pride retired a few years ago from his career as a social worker after more than three decades, it may have been a little too soon for the man who has a sense of service pumping through his veins. Comment
Dozens of people joined the Bayside Anglers at the group’s 20th annual cleanup on the shoreline of Little Neck Bay Sunday morning. Comment
SOUTH JAMAICA — Police were asking for help finding a young Brooklyn boy who was last seen in Queens Monday. Comment
SOUTH OZONE PARK — A 26-year-old southeast Queens man was sentenced to 14 years in prison for sexually assaulting two young girls last year, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comments (1)
Howard Beach

Howard Beach man charged with junking stolen vehicles: DA

HOWARD BEACH — A 35-year-old Howard Beach man was arrested and arraigned May 2 on charges of selling stolen vehicles to a Long Island scrap yard for up to $750 apiece, the DA said. Comment

Friday, May 9, 2014

The Queens Library board of trustees has rejected a call from City Comptroller Scott Stringer to open its books. Comments (1)
The EPA announced Thursday it designated the land once owned by a now-defunct Ridgewood company involved with the Manhattan Project a federal Superfund site. Comments (1)
A Manhattan mother waited one year, two months and two days for news that there had been an arrest in the Queensbridge shooting death of her son, an aspiring rapper. Comment
The city’s public housing authority has reneged on a pledge to let seniors stay in their homes while it re-examines its downsizing policies, officials said last week outside the Pomonok Houses in Fresh Meadows. Comment
Mayor Bill de Blasio has named retired Whitestone fire chief Daniel Nigro as his FDNY commissioner. Comment
The Knockdown Center’s drinks will stay virgin — for now. Comment
Beginning Friday, two of the three southbound lanes heading into Queens will be closed overnight for work on the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge. Comments (1)
St. Albans

St. Albans girl dead in Brooklyn hit-run

St. Albans

St. Albans girl dead in Brooklyn hit-run

Funeral arrangements have been made for the 9-year-old St. Albans girl who was killed in a car crash in Brooklyn over the weekend. Comment
Drivers will have to slow down on two of the borough’s most dangerous roadways beginning next month. Comments (5)
The mystery investors who paid $2.65 million for the historic Steinway Mansion last week may prove to be the best-case scenario for Astoria. Comment
Bellerose

Avella calls on city to shovel hydrants

Bellerose

Avella calls on city to shovel hydrants

Following a harsh winter that pounded New York City with an uncharacteristic amount of snow, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has introduced legislation that would transfer the burden of shoveling out fire hydrants from homeowners to the city Sanitation Department. Comments (3)
The Whitestone Memorial Day parade, which has faced financial problems in recent years, will be able to go on as planned this year, thanks to community support. Comment
The Queensbridge housing development in Long Island City was once home to some of pop culture’s most famous names — like rapper Nas and NBA player Metta World Peace, formerly Ron Artest — but the residents who live in the area believe not many people know about the wonders their neighborhood has to offer. Comment
ASTORIA — Police from the 114th Precinct were asking for the public’s help in finding suspects wanted in a robbery. Comment
A rent freeze for New York City’s 1 million rent-regulated apartments has been a tenet of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration and, if a city board votes next month as it did Monday, the mayor’s vision could become reality. Comments (1)
Elmhurst

Elmhurst man charged in counterfeit perfume bust: Cops

ELMHURST — Police arrested an Elmhurst man in Manhattan last week in a counterfeit perfume bust, the NYPD said. Comment

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Flushing

Judge cuts four years off McLaughlin’s sentence for cooperating

Disgraced former State Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin has had his sentence slashed by four years for helping prosecutors bring convictions against other elected officials, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan said. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Wills charged with grand larceny

Jamaica

Wills charged with grand larceny

City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with grand larceny and fraud for allegedly stealing some $30,000 in state and city funds, authorities said. Comments (7)
South Ozone Park

NYRA skimps on Aqueduct

South Ozone Park

NYRA skimps on Aqueduct

NYRA appears to be doing little to up the ante in favor of Aqueduct Racetrack. Comments (3)
The MTA was still investigating what caused the fracture to a rail found under a F express train in Woodside last Friday that went off the track and injured 19 of the nearly 1,000 passengers aboard. Ten patients were treated at Elmhurst Hospital Center and have since been released, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Comment
Fresh Meadows

IBO weighs in on water rate hikes

Fresh Meadows

IBO weighs in on water rate hikes

Queens homeowners should not expect to get relief on their water bills any time soon, according to a new report by the city Independent Budget Office. Comment
The Queens Democratic Party is actively courting John Liu to run against state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who recently bolted from the Democratic Party to join the Independent Democratic Conference. Comments (11)
Brian Porr has been calling authorities to complain about his neighbors’ bee-keeping hobby for three years and no one did anything. But on Wednesday the hives were hard to ignore as the bees swarmed, forcing the closure of an Astoria street for most of the day. Comments (11)
While the poverty rate rose significantly throughout the city in the last recession, Queens’ Asian community was hit especially hard, a new city study has revealed. Comments (4)
Candidates aspiring to get out from under the shadow of the Weprin political family may find it stretches pretty far. Comment
The mother of the 24-year-old who was shot dead in South Jamaica Monday picked up her son’s gun and fired back at his killer, police said. Comments (3)
Jamaica

City releases housing plan

Jamaica

City releases housing plan

Mayor Bill de Blasio Monday released his much-anticipated, $41.1 billion housing plan laying out with broad strokes his administration’s goal to create 200,000 units of affordable housing over the next decade through a combination of preservation and new construction. Comment
Forget air rights — below-ground space may now be the most contentious aspect of the Queens real estate market. Comments (4)
Members of Queens Quiet Skies were feeling optimistic about the results of the first set of roundtable meetings that took place last week between New York’s major airports and the advocacy group fighting to reduce airplane noise throughout the borough. Comments (1)
Businesses in Bayside are gearing up for the 11th annual Taste of Bayside to be held next week, showcasing the diverse food offerings the area has to offer. Comment
Alan J. Friedman, a physicist described as an eternal educator and credited with saving the New York Hall of Science, died of pancreatic cancer Sunday, his wife said. He was 71. Comments (1)
FLUSHING — Police were looking for a young Asian man wanted in connection with a bank robbery at a TD Bank on Main Street Tuesday afternoon. Comment

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) was arrested early Wednesday by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office, a law enforcement source said. Comments (2)
Broken rails were not limited to the New York City subway system this week. Comments (1)
CORONA — A 77-year-old man who lost control of his motor vehicle and crashed on the Northern Boulevard bridge near 114th Street was in critical condition at Elmhurst Hospital Center, according to the NYPD. Comment
A 77-year-old man who lost control of his motor vehicle and crashed on the Northern Boulevard bridge near 114th Street was in critical condition at Elmhurst Hospital Center, according to the NYPD. Comments (2)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

A 24-year-old man was shot dead Monday outside the same South Jamaica home where the year’s first murder victim was killed. Comments (7)
The New York City Rent Guidelines Board has voted to preliminarily approve some of the lowest rent increases for rent-stabilized apartments in the agency’s history with the possibility of an unprecedented rent freeze. Comments (1)

Monday, May 5, 2014

A 9-year-old St. Albans girl was killed Sunday when an alleged hit-and-run driver smashed into the car she was traveling in on her way from a church gathering in Brooklyn to Sunday dinner with friends and family, police said. Comment
The historic Steinway Mansion has been officially sold to a private buyer, according to Michele Kazarian, the daughter of the late owner Michael Halberian and executor of his will. Comment

Sunday, May 4, 2014

A former police officer from Bellerose is facing hate crime charges after he was arrested and charged with spray painting anti-Semitic graffiti in 19 different locations around Brooklyn Saturday, the NYPD said. Comments (5)
Local service to the E and F subway lines has been restored two days after the train derailment in Woodside Friday morning that injured 19, the MTA said Sunday. Comment
A pedestrian trying to cross Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills was hit and killed by a car Saturday night, the NYPD said. Comments (2)

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Ten people were taken to the hospital Friday night after a van collided with an MTA bus on Northern Boulevard in Flushing, the NYPD said. Comment

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