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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture teachers hope an inaugural scholarship commemorating alumnus Roman Pirozek will help the late Woodhaven teen’s spirit and skills live on in the tools of a future tradesman. Comment
There will be a second hearing at the city Board of Standards and Appeals on the St. Albans Presbyterian Church’s plans to build a five-story, affordable housing building on Farmers Boulevard. Comments (1)
The Sunnyside branch of Queens Library, at 43-06 Greenpoint Ave., is closed until mid-August while it gets a new roof installed. Comment
The New York Mets have held blood drives even when Shea Stadium was still standing, but Monday was a special one. Comment
Yogurt La Crepe opened its doors in Astoria just in time for the heat wave ushered in by the summer solstice. Comment

Monday, June 30, 2014

The dream of a splendid Jamaica will soon become a reality — at least, that is what city leaders, experts and business and community leaders are trying to accomplish. Comments (4)
Boy Scouts and elected officials descended on downtown Flushing Saturday afternoon to commemorate the founder of a Flushing Boy Scouts of America troop with a street co-naming. Comments (1)
Broad Channel

Filmmaker explores Jamaica Bay ritual

Broad Channel

Filmmaker explores Jamaica Bay ritual

For Queens’ Hindus, Jamaica Bay has become their Ganges River, a purifying source where they hold religious rituals to cast items called Puja into the water. Comments (2)

Sunday, June 29, 2014

As smoke bellowed through the air Saturday morning at LaGuardia Airport, emergency personnel scrambled to tend to blood-soaked victims of a plane crash. Comment
State lawmakers recently passed legislation that one Bayside representative believes will help better protect students on college campuses across the state from violent crimes. Comments (1)
Budding artists from PS 87 in Middle Village visited the Middle Village Adult Center earlier this month. They were partnered with seniors to create sculptures inspired by American artist Claes Oldenburg. Comment
SOUTH RICHMOND HILL — Police were searching for three suspects believed to be involved in a June 10 assault inside a hookah bar in South Richmond Hill. Comment
SOUTH RICHMOND HILL — Police were searching for a man who walked into a South Richmond Hill laundromat and walked away with a laptop May 30, the NYPD said. Comment
FLUSHING - Police were looking for a suspect they said swiped a woman’s wallet from out of her purse at the Skyview Center in December. Comments (2)

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Some southeast Queens residents, especially around St. Albans, Laurelton and Springfield Gardens, get the chills every time thunderstorms are looming. Comments (1)
The City Council last week announced an agreement with Mayor Bill de Blasio on an $75 billion budget for the 2015 fiscal year 11 days before the deadline that includes several funding increases in areas such as education, the arts and public safety. Comments (2)
LONG ISLAND CITY — Police were searching for a man who they said stole $20 in cash from a pizzeria June 11. Comment
ASTORIA — Police were hunting for whoever shot two men sitting in a car in Astoria, the NYPD said. Comment
OZONE PARK — Police were trying to identify two men they said stole phones from western Queens electronics stores in broad daylight over the last two weeks. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Cop resuscitated during police softball game

FRESH MEADOWS — An off-duty police officer was resuscitated last week after passing out while playing in the Police Commissioner’s Softball League at Cunningham Park, the NYPD said. Comment

Friday, June 27, 2014

A worldwide drug trafficking ring has been smashed and four Queens residents are among the 17 defendants indicted Friday morning. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton announced that the gang had flooded New York City with several tons of khat, a plant containing controlled substances similar to amphetamines, that is popular in eastern Africa. Comments (3)
The state Senate passed a bill last week placing a two-year moratorium on a highly criticized plan by the state Department of Environmental Conservation to eradicate more than 2,000 mute swans, the same day three DEC agents in an upstate New York park allegedly took part in the killing of two of the birds while in an unmarked boat, Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said. Comments (1)
Community leaders joined elected officials in St. Albans Saturday afternoon to honor and celebrate the life of Dora Young, a political activist, veteran of the civil rights movement and prominent public servant. Comments (2)
A 56-year-old church-going Filipino man from Elmhurst died Tuesday morning at Elmhurst Hospital Center after he was brutally attacked around midnight in Woodside Saturday night, police say. Comments (3)
Jamaica

Neighbors fight JFK plan

Jamaica

Neighbors fight JFK plan

Residents in southeast Queens want to ground the Port Authority’s plan to rehabilitate a runaway at JFK Airport. Comment
Long Island City

City bars film crews from shoots in LIC

Long Island City

City bars film crews from shoots in LIC

The city declared a moratorium on film and television production on several streets in the Hunters Point section of Long Island City. Comments (3)
Rockaway Beach

Funding for Rockaway Ferry dries up

Rockaway Beach

Funding for Rockaway Ferry dries up

The Rockaway ferry is sinking. Comments (1)
Queens officially named its first street in honor of a teacher when dozens gathered to pay tribute to Geraldine “Geri” Cilmi beside PS 41 last Friday afternoon. Comments (1)
The small rent increases approved by the Rent Guidelines Board Monday disappointed both Queens renters and landlords in a decision that marked the lowest rise in the city agency’s history. Comments (1)
Springfield Gardens

Parents disapprove of charter school at PS 15

Springfield Gardens

Parents disapprove of charter school at PS 15

Parents and community activists from southeast Queens expressed their concerns about the project to co-locate a Success Academy school at the IS 59 building in Springfield Gardens during a meeting with the city Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. Comment
Residents fighting to reduce plane noise near the city’s three major airports got an update from the Port Authority and the Federal Aviation Administration last week about the status of a much-awaited noise study and the steps being taken to address other community concerns. Comments (2)
Springfield Gardens

Man accused of shooting girlfriend, 15

Springfield Gardens

Man accused of shooting girlfriend, 15

Authorities arrested two men and charged them in two separate murders in southeast Queens last week, police said. Comment
Flushing

Flushing Commons work to start

Flushing

Flushing Commons work to start

F&T Group is finally set to break ground on its long-delayed Flushing Commons development in downtown Flushing. Comments (1)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The board of the Queens Public Library canceled a special meeting to consider a golden parachute for beleaguered President Thomas Galante Thursday after the borough president urged the trustees to postpone the session. Comment
A Corona man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a home invasion in Bay Terrace earlier this year that left an elderly couple injured, the NYPD said. Comments (1)
JAMAICA — Two people were taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries after a Thursday afternoon fire in Jamaica, a FDNY spokesman said. Comment
When the mayor announced in April that the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks were moving back to the East River this year, there was excitement among business owners and elected officials that there would be an economic windfall along the Queens waterfront. Comments (1)
Little Neck

GOP race still undecided

Little Neck

GOP race still undecided

A day after the election, a heated primary between GOP candidates Grant Lally and Stephen Labate was too close to call as the two men awaited the final results that will decide who appears on the Republican ticket for a chance to upset U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) in November. Comments (1)
Politics

Rogue Dems return home

Politics

Rogue Dems return home

Democratic state senators in Albany have agreed to mend the fences between the mainstream party and the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference in a move that will take effect after the fall elections. Comments (4)
Former City Councilman Daniel Halloran allegedly agreed to a $75,000 payment for his part in a bribery scheme to get state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Jamaica) on the Republican mayoral ticket, the undercover FBI agent involved in the case testified Wednesday at Halloran’s corruption trial. Comment
Woodside

Spain exits World Cup early

Woodside

Spain exits World Cup early

As the king of Spain was abdicating his throne in favor of his son, Spain’s national team in the World Cup was also abdicating its crown — unexpectedly early in the international tournament. Comment
Whitestone

Queens GOP Chairman Ragusa dies

Whitestone

Queens GOP Chairman Ragusa dies

Politicians across the borough expressed sadness this week following the passing of Queens GOP Chairman Phil Ragusa, who died Tuesday night after a battle with leukemia, the party said. Comment
Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola wandered the Jamaica High School halls in the mid-1950s. Comments (3)
Jamaica

Pols pass Queens Library reform

Jamaica

Pols pass Queens Library reform

State lawmakers set political differences aside last week to make sure the state Legislature passed a Queens Library reform bill. Comments (1)
Elmhurst and surrounding communities are poised to turn up the heat on City Hall for its decision to move homeless families into the 216-room Pan American Hotel on Queens Boulevard. Comments (1)
Home and business owners in Bayside and surrounding neighborhoods have recently lodged dozens of complaints with elected officials and civic groups after seeing several clothing donation boxes that appear to be scams pop up throughout the area. Comments (5)
Developers of the massive Astoria Cove project were dealt a setback last week when Community Board 1 voted unanimously to recommend denial of the plan until a number of conditions were met. Comment
Colleagues and friends held a mass Monday to remember Steven Frosch, a city Sanitation Department worker who died in Maspeth Saturday after he was struck by a street sweeper. Comments (1)
Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a package of legislation, passed by the City Council in recent weeks, designed to further his Vision Zero plan to make streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists Monday in Woodside. Comment
Kew Gardens Hills

CB 8 nixes yeshiva expansion

Kew Gardens Hills

CB 8 nixes yeshiva expansion

Community Board 8 voted against a Kew Gardens Hills yeshiva’s expansion proposal at a meeting last week after neighbors railed against the plan. Comment
Police are investigating the stabbing of the man who Tuesday morning walked into a Jamaica McDonald’s with the knife sticking in his back. Comments (1)
ELMHURST — Authorities were looking for a suspect who got in a shootout with police in Elmhurst early Saturday morning, the NYPD said. Comments (1)
The MTA and unions of the Long Island Rail Road will meet in a negotiating session Friday to discuss the MTA’s latest offer, which the unions have already called inadequate. Comments (3)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A Bayside convenience store has sold the first winning jackpot ticket in a new state lottery game, just 10 days after the $2 game was first unveiled, New York State Lottery said this week. Comment
A heated race between two congressional candidates failed to draw much voter turnout in northeast Queens during Tuesday’s primary, and as of midnight Grant Lally held a slight lead over Stephen Labate as both vied for the chance to challenge U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) on the Republican ticket in November. Comments (1)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Little Neck

Turnout low for congressional primaries in Queens

Little Neck

Turnout low for congressional primaries in Queens

A heated race between two congressional candidates failed to draw much voter turnout in northeast Queens during Tuesday’s primary as Grant Lally and Stephen Labate faced off for a chance to challenge U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) on the Republican ticket in November. Comments (2)
JAMAICA - A man was stabbed in the back Tuesday morning on Sutphin Boulevard near 91st Avenue in downtown Jamaica during a fight with other men, a police spokesman said. Comments (1)
Whitestone

Queens leaders mourn GOP Chairman Ragusa

Whitestone

Queens leaders mourn GOP Chairman Ragusa

Phil Ragusa, chairman of the Queens Republican Party, died Tuesday surrounded by his family after a short battle with leukemia, the party said. Comments (1)
A 56-year-old man died Tuesday morning at Elmhurst Hospital Center after he was brutally attacked around midnight in Woodside Saturday night, police say. Comments (2)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero plan took a major step forward Monday as he signed 11 life-saving traffic safety bills at PS 152 in Woodside. The legislation, passed by the City Council in recent weeks, enhances traffic data collection and enforcement efforts, codifies safety engineering commitments and updates the city’s legal code to toughen penalties for dangerous driving. Comments (1)
News executives Les Goodstein and his wife Jennifer are buying the Community Newspaper Group, the umbrella company that publishes The TimesLedger Newspapers, the Brooklyn Paper, Brooklyn Courier Life, the Bronx Times, Caribbean Life and several other weekly papers and specialty magazines from News Corp. Comment
Police were searching for a brazen burglary suspect they said hit 25 homes in College Point since March. Comments (3)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Police were looking for a suspect whogot in a shoot out with police in Elmhurst early Saturday morning, the NYPD said. Comment

Saturday, June 21, 2014

A Department of Sanitation worker was killed in Maspeth Saturday afternoon after he was accidentally pinned down by a mechanical street sweeper, agency officials said. Comments (6)

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