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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Although the first phase of the long-delayed Linden Place construction project in College Point is expected to open to the public this spring, residents and community leaders are up in arms about the project delays. Comments (1)
Jamaica

CB 12’s first health fair draws crowds of seniors

Southeast Queens senior residents scurried in from the cold to the inaugural Health Fair organized by Community Board 12 last month at the Christ Church International Ministries in Jamaica. Comment

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A young couple from Maspeth has created a new buzz with “grab-and-go” tapas at the Food Box, the Falchi Building’s hip culinary spot for vendors. Berta Emilia Vivas, a graduate of the French Culinary Institute, and her fiance Diego Alejandro Rivera, a line cook at Irving Plaza’s Casa Mono, started Don Tapas last month. Comment
Next year, Flushing’s Chung Hwa Bookstore will celebrate two decades in business as a pioneer in bringing a second source of Asian culture to the area. Comments (2)
The death of a man in Kew Gardens Hills home on Valentine’s Day was ruled a homicide, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1)

Monday, March 9, 2015

Bayside

Weprin brothers disagree on proposed East River tolls

Transit advocates affiliated with the regional grassroots campaign, Move NY, have finalized a plan to place electronic tolls and license cameras on all bridges crossing the East River, and on 60th Street in Manhattan. Comments (3)
Willets Point

Groups ask city to fund Willets Point street repair

Willets Point United is calling on the Queens Borough Board to allocate funding to repair streets that will not be affected by the $3 billion Willets Point Development plan in the immediate future. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

Individuals sought in East Elmhurst limo company robbery: NYPD

EAST ELMHURST — Police were looking for four individuals in connection with a commercial robbery inside a limousine service in East Elmhurst, the NYPD said. Comments (2)

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Jamaica

Dromm urges Albany to give $2.6B to city schools

The Community Education Council for District 28 hosted a legislative networking event last Friday where principals, parents, school superintendents, and elected leaders met in Jamaica to present resources and address the state education budget. Comments (1)
Astoria

Mount Sinai Queens opens a center for cancer treatment

Mount Sinai Queens opened a new medical facility which treats cancer and blood disorders as part of a $125 million expansion. Community leaders, elected officials and the hospital’s administration held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Mount Sinai Queens Infusion Center last Friday, across the street from the main hospital, at 25-10 30th Ave. in Astoria. Comment
College Point

Suspect wanted for College Pt. spa robbery: NYPD

COLLEGE POINT — Police were looking for an individual who robbed a spa in College Point, the NYPD said. Comments (14)

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Bayside

Brandie Leigh Gray of Bayside reported missing

BAYSIDE — The New York Police Department’s 111th Precinct is seeking public assistance in locating a missing teenager who was last seen on Saturday, Feb. 28, at about 10 p.m. on the corner of Bell Boulevard and Northern Boulevard. Comments (6)

Friday, March 6, 2015

East Elmhurst

Runway 13 reopens at LaGuardia day after crash

East Elmhurst

Runway 13 reopens at LaGuardia day after crash

LaGuardia Airport’s Runway 13 reopened at 10:28 a.m. Friday morning after Port Authority Police, Delta Airlines and other personnel worked through the night to remove the aircraft damaged after Delta flight 1086 from Atlanta skidded into a fence and stopped short of Flushing Bay. Comment
When the Fleet Financial Group purchased the DiBlasi Ford Dealership in Corona for $17 million in December 2013, it announced it would build the borough’s first convention center. The $200 million project called for a 106,000-square-foot-complex that would “rival the Javits Center” and include a 25-story hotel, residential apartments and plenty of retail space. Comments (3)
About 70 northeast Queens residents flocked to Queensborough Community College last week to voice concerns about bus service in the area at a public workshop run by the MTA. Comments (2)
An Astoria man is planning to open the first craft spirits distillery in Queens since the Prohibition era back in the 1920s. Chris Murillo, the founder of the Astoria Distillery Co., has been making his award-winning gin Queens Courage at an upstate Rochester-area facility and he is negotiating for a space to manufacture in western Queens. Comment
The NYPD has been making strides to reconnect with communities by giving the public a chance to see the officer training experience at the police academy. Comment
Government

Bus drivers want to be let off Vision Zero law

An introduction of an amendment in the Right of Way law, supported by Queens city council members, has pedestrian advocates and transport union members up in arms against each other. Comments (1)
Students and faculty at Holy Cross High School in Flushing are showing support for an alumni’s wife who is currently battling cystic fibrosis. Comment
Bayside

Consumer Affairs, banks offer affordable bank account to NYers

For New Yorkers who have been relying on check-cashing services as an alternative to bank accounts, the city Department of Consumer Affairs has partnered with financial institutions to offer an affordable bank account. Comment
One of the smallest crowds in recent memory turned out for the 16th annual St. Pat’s for All Parade in Sunnyside. Organizer Brendan Fay put the blame on the heavy snow that began falling an hour before the parade stepped off at 2 p.m. after the route was shortened by three blocks by the NYPD. Comment
At least 55 residents weighed in on the state of the Flushing Meadows Corona Park at a community forum at the Queens Museum over the weekend. Comment
A Rego Park resident has pleaded guilty in federal court in Brooklyn to sending threatening communications from New York to an employee of the Council on American Islamic Relations, a civil rights and advocacy group, in Washington, D.C., the Federal Bureau of Investigation said. Comment

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Bayside

Halloran receives more than a decade in prison

Former Bayside City Councilman Dan Halloran was sentenced to 10 years and one month in prison Wednesday for his role in a bribery scheme to secure a spot on the Republican line for former state Sen. Malcolm Smith in the 2013 mayoral race. Comment
The Bayside couple accused of holding their maid against her will and torturing her appeared in Queens Criminal Court this week for a scheduling hearing. The third suspect still Comment
Two former Flushing High School students who pleaded guilty to plotting to bomb the city’s subway system back in 2010 testified in the Brooklyn federal trial of an al Qaeda operative who was convicted this week for his role in an international terrorism scheme targeting the United States and Europe. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Meeks boycotts Netanyahu speech

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) joined almost 60 other congressional members and senators to boycott Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to a joint session of Congress Tuesday on negotiations with Iran. Comment
Motorists on the Long Island Expressway and the Grand Central Parkway were treated to a free light show last Friday evening. The observation towers of the New York State Pavilion were illuminated in a variety of colors as borough and city officials ran the first test of what might become a permanent installation. Comments (1)
A new Port Authority proposal for a roundtable to address jet noise and pollution around Queens’ two major airports has drawn mixed reactions from advocates and residents. Comment
Oakland Gardens

CB 11 rejects club house project in Oakland Gardens

Community Board 11 shot down Windsor Oaks Tenants’ Corporation’s application Monday night, which would amend a 1950 variance and allow new construction to abut 77th Avenue residences in Oakland Gardens. Comments (3)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Bayside

Halloran sentenced to 10 years in prison

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Former Bayside City Councilman Dan Halloran was sentenced to 10 years and one month in prison Wednesday for his role in a bribery scheme to secure a spot on the Republican line for former state Sen. Malcolm Smith in the 2013 mayoral race. Comments (6)

Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015

Rosedale

Walmart to raise wages at Valley Street store

Walmart, the largest private employer in the United States, recently introduced a wage increase of at least $9 an hour for its employees at Walmart stores across the nation by April this year. Comment

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Salute to Bayside Times on 80th anniversary

Happy 80th Anniversary, Bayside Times. Flushing Times and TimesLedger newspapers. It could not have come at a better time with the New York Daily News closing its Queens Bureau. Daily newspapers such as The Times, Post, Newsday and Daily News concentrate on international, Washington, Albany, City Hall, business and sports stories. They have few reporters assigned to cover local neighborhood news stories. These reporters have to compete against colleagues for limited available print space. As a result, daily newspapers miss significant news and political stories from the outerborough communities. Comment

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