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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The City Council passed a bill co-sponsored by City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) last week requiring the city Department of Environmental Protection to inspect catch basins more frequently to prevent flooding in areas such as Utopia Parkway in Fresh Meadows. Comments (1)
Bayside

Welcome to the dog days of Bayside

A staple in the Bayside community for nearly a decade, Vanity Pups Boutique has been committed to pairing responsible pet owners with their ideal puppies and seeing them through their new responsibilities every step of the way. Comments (2)

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) last week introduced a new group of high school students who will work with his office for his Educational Ambassador Program over the course of the next year. Comment
Long Island City’s Sage Music was honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration last month. The popular music school’s founder, Jason Sagebiel, received the Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year Award, from the agency’s New York District office. Comment
Friends of Fort Totten Park, the city Department of Parks and Recreation and Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) are gearing up for their 11th annual Family Fun Day on the grounds of Fort Totten Park. The event is slated for Saturday, June 13, from noon to 3 p.m. Comments (1)

Monday, June 1, 2015

Queensboro Hill

Parking to remain in Flushing, Queensboro Hill in Select Bus Service project

The city Department of Transportation announced that it would only pursue travel lanes for buses in Flushing, leaving access to the curb for parking, as part of its proposal to create a Select Bus Service route between downtown Flushing and Jamaica. Comment
Elected officials joined the Queens Library interim president and dozens of parents in a call for more library funding at a Tuesday rally outside the Jackson Heights branch. Libraries across the city are advocating for an increase in operating expenses of $65 million, and full funding of capital needs of $1.4 billion citywide over ten years. Comments (2)
A former resident of a Bronx homeless shelter pleaded not guilty in the fatal shooting death of a Whitestone woman, who was the shelter’s director, Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson announced Tuesday. Comments (4)

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Woodhaven

Trash at center of Woodhaven debate

Woodhaven

Trash at center of Woodhaven debate

There was a lot of trash talk at a recent Woodhaven community meeting. Comments (1)
The winners of the Queens Economic Development Corporation’s 9th annual StartUP! Business Plan contests were announced earlier this month with winning entrepreneurs receiving $10,000 to jump-start their businesses. The awards cap a five-month challenge-and-instruction course. Comment

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Flushing

Joseph D’Alessandro Sr. dies at age 66

Joseph John D’Alessandro Sr., who operated D’Alessandro’s Food Market in Flushing with his four brothers, died May 21 at the age of 66 following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Comments (1)
Sunnyside

Sunnyside subway pusher sentenced to 24 years in prison

A Rego Park woman was sentenced to 24 years in prison last Wednesday for shoving an Elmhurst man in front of a subway train because she thought he was a Muslim, prosecutors said. Comment
The angry man who murdered his ex-girlfriend in the parking lot of Resorts World Casino Tuesday before being killed by police in Brooklyn sent threatening text messages to her family members after he shot her, police said. Comments (3)
Jamaica

S. Jamaica man sentenced to 20 years in strangulation case

JAMAICA — A South Jamaica man was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison for the strangulation death of his girlfriend whose body was found floating in the water near the Idlewild Park Preserve in Rosedale in March 2013, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Friday, May 29, 2015

Prosecutors in the federal case of two Queens women accused of plotting a terror attack filed a request Tuesday for a protective order for unclassified materials, including the identity of the undercover agent who befriended them, in Brooklyn federal court. Comment
At a lively town hall meeting last week, the Department of City Planning fielded questions from Flushing residents and community and business leaders on plans to revitalize the waterfront. Comment
The owners of Glendale’s soon to be homeless shelter have experience with owning residential buildings. They also have experience with complaints. Comment
Astoria

New commander at the 114th Precinct settles into Astoria

NYPD Capt. Peter Fortune had just settled in as the new commanding officer of the 114th Precinct in Astoria when Officer Brian Moore was shot in the head less than 10 miles away in Queens Village. He died May 4, sending shock waves through the department and the borough’s station houses. Comment
Forest Hills

Forest Hills commemorates Memorial Day with veterans ceremony

American Legion Continental Post 1424 organized the annual Forest Hills-Rego Park Memorial Day Parade Saturday, bringing together diverse groups with participants of all ages. Comment
Pedestrian safety advocates are worried that a bill City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) is proposing will make the city’s right-of-way law for drivers more lenient. Comments (2)
Jim McFadden, who served as Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas’ director of communications for nearly two years, died May 20 at the age of 27. The first year student at George Washington University School of Law went into cardiac arrest May 1 after choking on food at dinner and was kept alive by life support for two weeks, according to his mother Lisa. Comments (1)
Whitestone

Whitestone celebrates and commemorates Memorial Day

The Whitestone Veterans Memorial Association put on its annual Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade with a flawless performance by all involved. Comments (6)
South Ozone Park

Fatal collision kills 1, injures several children

South Ozone Park

Fatal collision kills 1, injures several children

SOUTH OZONE PARK — One woman died, while one adult and several children were injured after a three-vehicle collision Tuesday morning in South Ozone Park, police said. Comment

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Flushing

PS 120 students banned from carnival for not paying fee

A carnival company is planning to host a free carnival for about 100 students at PS 120 in Flushing who were banned from participating in a school yard carnival last week because their parents did not pay the required fee. Comments (14)
Surrounded by a heavy NYPD presence, the wake and funeral of upcoming rapper Lionel “Chinx” Pickens, a member of the group Coke Boys, was held Tuesday at the Greater Allen AME Cathedral in Jamaica. Comment
Mayor Bill de Blasio returned to Rockaway last Friday for the first time since he was booed for his late arrival at the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade on the peninsula. He was joined by an array of elected officials for the reopening of a new stretch of boardwalk which runs from Beach 87th Street to Beach 97th Street, 2 1/2 years after the previous boardwalk was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Comments (3)
Event

Queens brings in Memorial Day Weekend with 11 parades

Queens celebrated Memorial Day weekend with 11 parades, more than any other borough in the city. Comments (1)
Little Neck

Little Neck parade pays special tribute to Vietnam War veterans

The Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade is often touted as the largest such procession in the country. Comments (2)
Mayor Bill de Blasio will be the grand marshal of this year’s Queens Pride Parade in Jackson Heights June 7, one year after he became the first mayor to march. Comments (1)
Thousands of people have signed a petition to keep Forest Hills’ Barnes & Noble open. Comments (2)
The Pathmark Plaza in Flushing is now closed after an SUV crashed into the store Tuesday night, injuring five people, including the driver. Comments (2)
Bayside

Three Queensborough grads to continue degrees on Cooke scholarships

Three Queensborough Community College students who are set to graduate Friday plan to continue on to complete their baccalaureate degrees in the fall after being awarded Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships. Comments (1)

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Thousands of Rockaway commuters were stranded because of a copper cable theft that left the A-train line completely down, according to the MTA. Service was restored temporarily around noon. Comments (2)
A former resident of a Bronx homeless shelter pleaded not guilty in the fatal shooting death of a Whitestone woman, the shelter’s director, Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson announced Tuesday. Comments (1)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Jamaica

Ex-lover shot by police after killing former girlfriend:

In a love triangle gone wrong, a jealous man was killed in a police shooting after he shot his ex-girlfriend in the parking lot of Resorts World Casino Monday morning in Jamaica, according to the police. Comments (2)

Monday, May 25, 2015

Rego Park

Woman found dead in Rego Park apartment: NYPD

A woman was found dead in her Rego Park home early Monday morning, Memorial Day, according to the NYPD. Comment

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Neighborhood residents and civic leaders turned out to the Bayside Jewish Center last week to protest the School Construction Authority’s plan to purchase the property for a new high school in northeast Queens. Comments (4)
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is introducing legislation to reform the site selection process for new schools in city school districts. Comments (19)
Sunnyside

Woman sent to prison for 24 years for shoving Queens subway rider

A 33-year-old Rego Park woman was sentenced to 24 years in prison Wednesday for pushing a man to his death in front of the No. 7 subway train in Sunnyside in 2012, Comments (1)

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