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Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017

Flushing

Crime inches up in 109th Precinct, down citywide

Crime in the 109th Precinct, which covers part of northeast Queens, has gone up slightly in 2016, according to NYPD crime statistics through Dec. 18. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017

When Borough President Melinda Katz opposed the idea of closing large parts of Flushing Meadows Corona Park this summer so concert promoters could stage music festivals, she wanted to keep access open to thousands of families and residents who enjoy the park. Comments (1)
Middle Village

Middle Village student receives Marshall Scholarship

Hunter College student Faiza Masood, who lives in Middle Village, is one of the recipients of this year’s Marshall Scholarship, offered to a select number of students throughout the country. An Islamic Studies major, she hopes to offer a fresh and independent voice to intellectual conversations on her faith. Comments (1)
Corona

Corona teen named NYC Youth Poet Laureate for 2017

A Queens native was crowned the NYC Youth Poet Laureate for 2017. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017

It took eight years of protests and political pressure from elected leaders before the New York Power Authority agreed to permanently shut down the Charles Poletti Power Project in 2011. The 33-year-old natural gas and oil plant was deemed the city’s worst polluter and a prime reason western Queens, which produces 60 percent of the city’s electricity, was nicknamed Asthma Alley. Comment
Transit

Van Wyck Exwy upgrades completed: Cuomo

The project to ease traffic through the Kew Gardens Interchange was completed last week. Comments (1)

Monday, Jan. 2, 2017

Politics

Israel to chair LIU Global Institute

Outgoing U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) is heading from Congress to the classroom, announcing that he will be the chairman of Long Island University’s new Global Institute. Comment
Long Island City

LaGuardia Community College receives grant to study LGBTO history

A research group at LaGuardia Community College will examine the history of LGBTQ activism in Queens as part of a three-year program illuminating the history of New York City. Comments (1)

Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017

Corona

Two armed men rob cell phone stores in Sunnyside, Elmhurst and Corona: NYPD

CORONA - The NYPD released new surveillance video Sunday that shows two men connected to a series of several cell phone store robberies in western Queens over the last month. The footage tracks the two suspects near a Sprint store they allegedly robbed near Junction Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue in Corona Dec. 21. Comment
Crime

Police searching for man suspected of Chase bank robberies

FLUSHING - Police were searching for a suspect wanted in multiple bank robberies throughout Queens. Comments (1)

Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016

Jamaica

Jamaica cheerleading team raises funds to head to Nationals

A Jamaica cheerleading team raised funds to bring the team to national championships to be held in Orlando, Fla. with the help of the public, who pitched in on an online crowdfunding drive. Comments (1)
Laurelton

Richards announces Laurelton library funding

The Laurelton Library will benefit from more than $2.7 million in capital funding obtained by Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Arverne). Comment

Friday, Dec. 30, 2016

Astoria

DOE will hold District 30 community meetings on G&T program

City Department of Education officials will be holding discussion meetings with Astoria community members who were concerned that elementary school students enrolled in the Gifted and Talented program at Public School 122 would no longer automatically enroll in the G&T middle-school program. The news modified an announcement earlier this month that parents in PS 122 may lose automatic enrollment in a few years. Comments (1)
From their office above a Roosevelt Avenue Laundromat, DRUM fought for 15 years to put an end to a federal 9/11 terrorist program that caused the deportation of tens of thousands of Muslim and Arab men. Comments (5)
Howard Beach

Addabbo joins calls for familial DNA testing

State Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) and Assemblywoman-elect Stacey Pheffer-Amato joined the call last week for New York state to allow a special type of DNA testing that could develop new leads in the unsolved murder of a Howard Beach jogger last summer. Comment
Bayside

Bayside in fifth place on list of 10 hottest neighborhoods

StreetEasy has released its annual list of “NYC’s Hottest Neighborhoods in 2017” with Bayside coming in at No. 5 out of 10 and beating Astoria, which came in dead last as the only two in Queens to make the list. Comments (7)
South Jamaica

Protests planned against potential South Jamaica shelter

Protests are set to continue outside the proposed site of a small hotel development in Jamaica that has some community members worried it may be transformed into a homeless shelter upon opening. Comment
Glen Oaks

North Shore Towers goes smoke-free

North Shore Towers is going smoke-free after shareholders took a vote to banish the habit on the 110-acre premises. Comments (1)
Oakland Gardens

Windsor Oaks residents oppose variance change

The Board of Standards and Appeals will decide the fate of a wooded variance between two communities in Oakland Gardens in February. Comments (3)
An anonymous buyer is rescheduling the auction of President-elect Donald Trump’s childhood home in Queens to Jan. 17, just days before Trump is set to be inaugurated. Comment
Forest Hills

Famed Forest Hills HS alumni return to rap about Hamilton

Two illustrious alumni returned to Forest Hills High School last week to talk history, economics, achievement and hip-hop. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016

Flushing

Flushing artist Adele Lerner dies a week short of 110th birthday

Flushing artist Adele Lerner had seen New York City life from the Lower East Side when it was booming with immigrant life to the day the Twin Towers fell. She died just short of her 110th birthday Dec. 18. Comment
Astoria

NYCHA leaders back the BQX despite gentrification fears

When three NYCHA resident associations endorsed Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed $2.5 billion Brooklyn Queens Connector streetcar project Monday, it raised some eyebrows among members of the growing anti-gentrification movement in western Queens, who see the BQX as an expensive boondoggle for luxury real estate developers with properties along the waterfront. Comments (2)
Transit

Cuomo announces new toll pay system at bridges

Cashless tolling will be coming to city bridges and tunnels by the end of 2017, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced. New initiative by the governor’s office allows E-ZPasses to be scanned without the driver having to slow down, and those who don’t get their license plate scanned are billed by mail. Comments (2)
Flushing

Townsend parents want interim principal removed

Townsend Harris High School Interim Principal Rosemarie Jahoda is facing increased pressure from school faculty, parents and students, with many calling for the Department of Education to remove her from the post. Comment
Whitestone

Whitestone teacher named National American Miss

A Whitestone teacher has been named National American Miss. Katherine McQuade, 20, won the national title representing New York State over Thanksgiving week in Hollywood, Calif. Comments (2)
Astoria

Investigation called for in Astoria evictions by Christian charity

Lawmakers in western Queens are calling for an investigation into the Astoria Christian ministry for evicting low-income residents during the holiday season in order to turn a dormitory into a shelter. Comment
College Point

Death of young College Point man ruled a homicide

COLLEGE POINT - Police have deemed the June death of a 21-year-old man in College Point a homicide. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016

Following intense pressure from civil and human rights organizations and New York state’s attorney general, the Obama administration Thursday moved to dismantle a dormant national registry program that was once used to track mostly Muslim and Arab men. Created by the Bush administration following the Sept. 11 attacks, the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System was established to monitor travelers from a list of countries, almost all of them Muslim. Comments (3)

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