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Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Education

SUNY combats sexual attacks on campus with new policy

In an effort to reduce sexual assaults on its 64 campuses, the State University of New York announced a “yes means yes” uniformed policy requiring “clear, unambiguous, informed, and voluntary agreement” between partners. Comment
Flushing

Nonprofit ‘Women Auto Know’ seeks more funding

Women Auto Know, a Flushing non-profit that helps women overcome their anxieties over auto repair, has launched a fund-raising campaign to attract more women drivers and auto shops. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

Rego Park

Rego Park Social Security office closes for revamp

The Rego Park Social Security Office is slated to temporarily close as it cycles through a national upgrading initiative. Comment
Kew Gardens

Boro schools lose track of computers: Stringer

A total of 35 computers and iPads were missing and 125 such devices sat unused when an audit of the city school system’s tech contracts reviewed four campuses across the borough, city Comptroller Scott Stringer said earlier this month. Comments (2)

Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

Springfield Gardens

Southeast Queens post office rename to honor Cynthia Jenkins

The first black woman elected to public office in southeast Queens will never be forgotten. Comments (1)
Long Island City

$2 million for LaGuardia Community College library renovation

The library at LaGuardia Community College is set for a massive renovation that will expand and modernize the facility and make it more accessible for the 850,000 students and faculty that visit each year. City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), who allocated $2 million in funding for the project, was joined by the school’s president Dr. Gail Mellow, educators and students at a Friday groundbreaking at the Long Island City campus. Comments (1)

Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014

Kew Gardens

Strong PTA key to strengthening schools

About two dozen concerned parents, PTA officers and parent advocates met to discuss the ever-increasing need for enhanced parent and school involvement in Queens’ public schools and the positive impact this would have on their children’s education last week at Queens Borough Hall. Comments (3)
Corona

Reward doubles in murder of pregnant LeFrak mother of four

The reward for information leading to the arrest of the killer of a pregnant mother of four at LeFrak City in Corona has doubled. Comments (1)

Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014

Flushing

Four men charged with reckless driving in Flushing Meadows

Three Queens men and one Manhattan man were charged with “Fast and Furious” movie-style drifting at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said last week. Comments (1)
Bayside

Aperitif bistro opens on Bell Blvd.

Bell Boulevard, say bonjour to French fare. Comment
Ditmars

Ditmars water main burst sends one to hospital: FDNY

A water main burst in Ditmars early Saturday, flooding close to 100 homes and sending one resident to the hospital, the FDNY said. Comment
St. Albans

Sanitation employee arrested in St. Albans: Cops

ST. ALBANS — A 36-year-old Department of Sanitation employee was pulled over for allegedly driving with busted headlights, and arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated in St. Albans Saturday morning, the NYPD said. Comment

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

Whitestone

Halloran, Tabone hire new attorneys

It’s one big clan of counsel in northeast Queens. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Plans to buy Fresh Meadows cemetery are under way

The Friends of Brinckerhoff Colonial Cemetery Inc. is putting pressure on the city to find a buyer for the long-neglected graveyard in Fresh Meadows which dates back to the early 18th century. Comments (1)
Bayside

Traditional children’s holiday parade back in Bayside

Hundreds of Bayside children and neighbors took over Bell Boulevard’s roadway and sidewalks on a cold evening Sunday. There were no cars allowed on the busy commercial strip, at least for a while. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Residents in western Queens decide which city projects to back

Dog runs under the Triborough Bridge, community gardens, pedestrian plazas, a community boat launch and a footbridge over Queens Boulevard and Thomson Avenue in Long Island City. These are just some of the ideas several hundred residents from Jackson Heights to Astoria came up with during brainstorming sessions as two City Council districts introduced participatory budgeting for the first time. Comment
St. Albans

Banks writes book on his Eagle schools’ success

Parents get upset when their kids are not admitted into an Eagle Academy school’s sixth grade class due to a lack of seats. After all, the all-boys public school network has an excellent reputation and a high school graduation rate of more than 80 percent. College acceptance for the graduates is 100 percent. Comment
Long Island City

LIC civic associations join together for first food drive

When the leaders of two Long Island City civic associations heard how stressed area food pantries are this holiday season, they swung into action. Comment
Briarwood

Kew Gardens Interchange work speeds ahead

As two massive projects alter the landscape of the Kew Gardens Interchange, the state announced it secured something for another kind of commuter — straphangers. Comment
Jamaica

Two new devices to monitor airplane noise

The Port Authority, the state agency that manages both JFK and LaGuardia airports, will install new airplane noise monitors in the borough. The devices will provide data on the aircraft noise impact on communities in the flight paths of both airports. Comments (1)

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

Rego Park

State grant to fund design of proposed QueensWay

The state announced Thursday The Trust For Public Land won a $433,750 grant to design a roughly 1.5-mile section of the proposed QueensWay. Comments (6)
Jamaica

Queens frustrated over Garner case

As the state attorney general asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo to grant him power to investigate police killings of unarmed civilians, hundreds of Queens residents took their frustration to the streets over the non-indictment decision in the case of Eric Garner. Comments (4)
Economy

Tense battle brewing to ban horse-drawn carriages

The race is on and it looks like there could be a photo-finish shot at the City Hall race track. Comments (1)
Ridgewood

Commission OK’s Ridgewood historic district

A swath of Ridgewood known for pioneering one of the first working class residential developments a century ago is poised to retain its historic housing stock for years to come. Comments (4)
Sunnyside

Conley steps down as CB 2 Chairman after 23 years

Joe Conley’s sudden decision to step down last week as chairman of Community Board 2 after 23 years has set off a debate on the timing of the vote to name his successor. Comment
Whitestone

Halloran sentencing on hold

The sentencing of former Bayside City Councilman Daniel Halloran has been put on hold. Comments (37)
Kew Gardens Hills

Furniture company owner climbs Azrieli towers in Israel

Kew Gardens Hills resident Michael Rollhaus isn’t your average furniture company owner. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Landmarks Preservation Committee reverses course on Boro’s historic properties

The Landmarks Preservation Commission reversed course and decided against holding a vote this week that would “decalendar” the iconic Pepsi sign in Long Island City as well as seven other historic properties in Queens. “Calendaring” is the first step in the public review process that gives structures protection from redevelopment or demolition. Comment
Sunnyside

Sunnyside movie theater facing shutout granted reprieve

The Sunnyside Center Cinemas, the neighborhood’s only movie theater, was expecting to close down Jan. 4 but has been granted a reprieve. Comment
Jackson Heights

New municipal ID ready to launch next month

Thousands of Queens residents will be eligible to normalize their immigration status under the new programs announced by President Barack Obama. Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Nicha Agarwal estimated that in the city, the number of New Yorkers who will be able to come out of the shadows and become documented immigrants is between 114,000 and 121,000. Comments (1)
Flushing

Q58 named slowest bus in borough

The slowest bus in Queens is the Q58 between Ridgewood and Main Street in Flushing, the transit group Straphangers Campaign announced Thursday. Comments (2)

Monday, Dec. 8, 2014

Jamaica Estates

Elderly pedestrian killed by car in Jamaica Estates

An elderly man was hit and killed by a teenage driver in the vicinity of 188th Street and Wicklow Place in Jamaica Estates, the NYPD said. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014

Oakland Gardens

Woman dies in Oakland Gardens fire: FDNY

The Fire Department was investigating the cause of a fierce fire that took the life of a 64-year-old Oakland Gardens woman Saturday. Comments (2)
South Jamaica

One man dead, another one injured in South Jamaica shooting: NYPD

Police are investigating a South Jamaica shooting that left one man dead and another one injured in the hospital, said the NYPD. Comments (7)

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