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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Bayside

Hospital accepts gift during special celebrity visit

St. Mary’s Hospital for Children had a celebrity visit Monday to highlight Scholastic’s donation of 2,500 books to the hospital. Comments (1)
Politics

Queens landlords fear another rent freeze

Some landlords are concerned Mayor Bill de Blasio is trying to pursue a rent freeze in the city again now that he has either appointed or reappointed all nine members of the Rent Guidelines Board. Comments (3)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Long Island City

Goldman Sachs giifts $2 million to LaGuardia Community College

LaGuardia Community College Foundation will receive the largest donation in the school’s history with a $2 million dollar gift from Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs. The global investment banking firm, with revenue in excess of $40 billion, will direct the funds to help students stay in college and graduate. Comments (1)
Rosedale

Brookville Park to get $1.6M for face-lift

Brookville Park in southeast Queens will be receiving a total of $1.6 million for extensive renovations over the next three years, according to elected officials. Comments (1)
Environment

Friends of Animals opposes DEC’s plan

A New York nonprofit animal advocacy organization released a statement last week calling on state Gov. Andrew Cuomo to save mute swan populations. Comment
Jamaica

Govt secrets panel comes to York

A panel of senior journalists and experts on the digital age of media in a post-Snowden world gave insight to students on their rights as journalists and as citizens in a surveillance state at CUNY’s York College last week. Comments (1)

Monday, March 23, 2015

Astoria

Constantinides introduces bill that would help those vulnerable to poor air-quality

A recent study by NYU Langone Medical Center revealed that breathing New York City air can block arteries to the brain triggering strokes. The condition, known as carotid artery stenosis, is especially troubling for people with health problems. Comments (1)
Sunnyside

Rego Park woman pleads guilty in subway shoving death

A Rego Park woman was allowed to plead guilty Friday to first-degree manslaughter for shoving a man to his death in front of a No. 7 subway train in December because she thought he was a Muslim, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Oakland Gardens

Congressman Israel’s new novel shows the inane side of politics in the war on terror

While serving on the House Armed Services Committee in 2006, U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Oakland Gardens) was at a hearing listening to testimony from a senior general in the Pentagon. The general had come to apologize for something that had happened accidentally. Comment
Bayside

Do your own research on charter co-locations

The teachers union and the charter school industry fight hard and often, especially about “co-location.” That’s the widespread practice of muscling private charters into crowded public school buildings and awarding these for-profit business entrepreneurs the lion’s share of resources and preferred space at no cost to them. Comment

Sunday, March 22, 2015

College Point

NYPD to announce new social media program at Police Academy

The NYPD will be formally launching a new social media program this April at the Police Academy in College Point, where the 109th Precinct will be the first precinct to take part in the pilot program. Comments (8)
East Elmhurst

Mayor announces new plan to change culture of violence on Rikers Island

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a 14-point plan to aggressively combat violence and promote a culture of safety on Rikers Island, including five main initiatives to target inmate-on-inmate violence. The plan, made public last week at the prison, represents the administration’s continued commitment to reform Rikers Island after decades of neglect. Comment
Education

State legislature won’t include education policy in budget negotiations

Budget negotiations are cooling down as the state budget deadline approaches and compromise is being made. But several legislators, parents, educational advocacy groups and city leaders are still heated over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed education reforms. Comment
Oakland Gardens

PS 213 students celebrate culture, diversity

For the 11th year, PS 213 in Bayside brought together parents, teachers and students last week for a celebration in diversity and global culture. Comments (3)
Ozone Park

Ozone Park veteran receives honor 40 years later

After 40 years of battling with the U.S. Army, Ozone Park resident John D. Chichester, 69, is finally being recognized for his heroism in the Vietnam War with the help of City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park). Comment
Bayside

Bayside mugging suspect linked to Jamaica attack

BAYSIDE — Police say they’ve linked a Bayside mugging suspect with an attack in Jamaica. Comment

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Bayside

Bayside Live TV builds community forum

Growth of social media is no less apparent in Bayside than it is throughout the rest of the country. One native son content producer is taking advantage of growing interconnectivity to create a forum promoting business and community in northeast Queens. Comment
Education

City hopes to enroll 70,000 students in pre-K by fall

Monday was opening day for pre-kindergarten applications, which drew more than triple the number of applications received from the first day last year. Comments (2)
Astoria

Building that was home to Uncle George’s to be demolished

The building that used to serve as the location of Uncle George’s Greek Taverna, once one of the most popular restaurants in Astoria, will be demolished to make way for a four-story residential building, according to plans filed with the Department of Business. The existing building, at 33-19 Broadway, is three stories with ground floor retail. Comment
Ridgewood

Ridgewood travel agent charged in immigration scam: DA

A Ridgewood travel agent was charged with stealing thousands of dollars from an undocumented U.S. alien in a deceitful exchange for promising to procure legal immigration status for the victim, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced last week. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Sean Bell’s mother pushes for special prosecution for police in Albany

Valerie Bell, whose unarmed son Sean Bell was killed the night before his wedding in a hail of 50 police bullets nearly nine years ago outside a Jamaica nightclub , has called for having independent prosecutors handle cases involving police fatalities. Comments (3)
Bayside

It’s time to clean up Nature’s winter mess

Now that we are leaving winter and the snows are melting, what is revealed is not only the earth waiting to burst forth with the promise of spring, but a whole lot of litter. As I walk through the neighborhood, I am astonished to see so much rotting paper, plastic bottles, cigarette butts, discarded wrappers and other debris that had been hidden by the snow and ice. The landscape looks sad and devalues our homes. Comments (1)
Bayside

Nothing taken from Bayside home in breaking and entering

BAYSIDE — A breaking and entering was reported at a single-family residence on March 9, but nothing had been taken, police sources said. Comments (2)

Friday, March 20, 2015

Long Island City

Clock Tower in danger as owner plans huge tower next door

Preservationists fear that time is running out on the Clock Tower. The future of the iconic building, which sits at the northeast corner of Queens Plaza in Long Island City, is in question now that its owner, Property Markets Group, has submitted plans to build a tower on the adjacent lot at 29-37 41st Ave. Comments (3)
College Point

Long-delayed College Pt. project to be complete by April: DEP

The city Department of Environmental Protection is working on reopening 131st Street and 11th Avenue in College Point temporarily to alleviate traffic conditions brought on by the building of a sewer in Whitestone. Comments (5)
Flushing

Flushing memorial park to commemorate 9/11 heroes

Queens Community Board 7 unanimously passed a motion at its monthly board meeting last week approving the renaming of 154th Street and 26th Avenue in Flushing “Heroes Memorial Way” to honor victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and civil servants who perished in the line of duty. Comment
Long Island City

Queens H.S. heads to national robotics competition

The RoboTigers, the robotics team from Queens Vocational and Technical High School in Long Island City, won the regional games in the Annual First Robotics Competition at Jacob Javits Center Sunday and will continue into the championships in St. Louis. Comment
Long Island City

Coalition for Queens announces new funding to teach tech skills

Coalition for Queens is getting some major funding from leading technology, philanthropic and public supporters. The non-profit, based in Long Island City’s Falchi Building, fosters the Queens Tech ecosystem to increase economic opportunity and transform the borough into a leading hub for innovation and entrepreneurship. Comment
Crime

Bronx man admits to shining lasers at La Guardia pilots

Elehecer Balaguer, 54, surrendered to the FBI Monday and admitted to a Bronx Supreme Court judge to directing a powerful laser at planes around La Guardia Airport March 9, according to the U.S. attorney for the Southern District, which covers the Bronx. Comments (1)
Breezy Point

FEMA flood damage review long overdue: Pols

Although the Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced that it in the process of reviewing flood damage claims filed by homeowners affected by Hurricane Sandy, lawmakers representing hard-hit areas in Queens say the agency should have acted sooner. Comment
Jamaica

Independent city agency starts NYPD focus groups in Jamaica

The Office of the Inspector General for the NYPD announced that it will begin conducting discussions groups in southeast Queens over the next few weeks on the tense community-police relations across the city. Comments (2)
Government

Assembly and Senate pass different spending plans; negotiations underway

The state Senate and the Assembly each passed one-house budget resolutions last week, but the governor said he won’t sign a spending plan just yet. Comment
Bayside

Van theft reported in Bayside

BAYSIDE — A van was stolen last week with no sign of forced entry, according to police. Comments (3)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Richmond Hill

Hindu Parade leaders take their permit issue to court against NYPD

The Hindu Parades & Festival Committee said it has decided to pursue a civil case against the NYPD for suddenly canceling the annual Phagwah Parade days before the event, a 27-year tradition in Richmond Hill, after their parade permit was approved by the Police Department. Comments (3)
Maspeth

Shooting in Maspeth rocks 104th Precinct commander’s final day

The commanding officer’s final day at the 104th Precinct in Maspeth didn’t go as planned due to a burglary suspect who allegedly opened fire at his officers Monday morning. Jeremy Clark, 27, of Rochester, New Hampshire was arrested after allegedly firing one shot at police officers near the intersection on 56th Avenue and 60th Street, according to the NYPD. Comment
Jackson Heights

Queens Neighborhoods United rallies against Jax Hgts BID expansion

Nearly three dozen members of Queens Neighborhoods United rallied across the street from the 82nd Street Partnership Monday, protesting the plan to expand the business improvement district from Jackson Heights into Corona. Comment
Politics

State Assembly passes trafficking bill

The state Assembly passed the anti-human trafficking bill Monday, the first bill the chamber has supported in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 10-point women’s equality agenda. Comments (5)
Politics

Former congressman Bob Turner named Queens GOP chairman

Newly appointed Chairman Bob Turner said the Queens Republican Party has a lot of work to undertake to reunify the party after decades of discord stemming from the stalemate over the chairmanship position. Comment
Jamaica

GJDC gets a new president after 40 years

The Greater Jamaica Development Corporation announced Hope Knight, former CEO of Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, will succeed Carlisle Towery, who served as president for the not-for-profit for the last 40 years. Comment
Government

Queens city officials rank high in environment votes

The New York League of Conservation Voters released its 2014 environmental scorecard for elected officials in the city which highlights the performance of lawmakers on the past year’s key environmental votes. Comment
Woodside

Miss Universe honored in Woodside

Several hundred people packed La Boom New York in Woodside last Friday for a chance to meet Miss Universe, Paulina Vega, who was being honored for her work with organizations fighting HIV/AIDS. Vega was part of state Sen. Jose Peralta’s celebration of Women’s History Month. Comment
Long Island City

Riders pen complaints about subway service

A transit advocacy group has begun a novel campaign it hopes will convince Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state legislators to fund the MTA’s proposed $32 billion capital plan to improve to city’s aging subway system. Comments (1)
Military

Former Queens resident among Marines dead in Florida crash

A former Queens resident was among the seven Marines who died in a Black Hawk helicopter crash off Florida, the U.S. Marine Corp. announced last Friday. Comment
Flushing

Serial pickpocket is targeting women: NYPD

FLUSHING — The NYPD is searching for a Hispanic man in his 40s who allegedly pickpocketed nine women between the end of January and mid-March, according to the police. Comments (5)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Emergencies

Man jumps in front of LIRR train at Great Neck

Commuters faced Long Island Rail Road delays on both eastbound and westbound service on Wednesday morning, following an incident at the Great Neck station, the MTA said. Comment

Monday, March 16, 2015

Sunnyside

Rego Park woman pleads guilty in subway shoving death

A Rego Park woman pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree manslaughter for shoving a man to his death in front of a No. 7 subway train in December because she thought he was a Muslim, according to the Queens District Attorney. Comment
Jamaica Estates HEADLINE

Red Storm dances way into NCAA tournament minus Obekpa  

It has been four long years of ups and downs for this St. John’s senior class and head coach Steve Lavin. No one on the roster has experienced the madness of the NCAA Tournament, but Sunday the seniors of St. John’s got the validation they have worked for. The Red Storm are back in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2011. Comment

Friday, March 13, 2015

Politics

Former congressman Turner named new Queens GOP Party chairman

The state Republican Committee formally introduced former Congressman Bob Turner as the new chairman of the Queens Republican Party at a rally that attracted roughly 80 people in Forest Hills Thursday night. Comments (1)

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