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Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017

Rosedale

Sanders hosts STEAM forum in Rosedale

Rosedale

Sanders hosts STEAM forum in Rosedale

Speakers at a Rosedale forum Saturday hoped to spark the imaginations of students and parents in potential future careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. State Sen. James Sanders (D-Far Rockaway), who hosted the meeting, said it was important for schools to prepare students for the burgeoning fields of the future. Comments (1)
Health

ThriveNYC will raise budget for behavioral services, analysis finds

A little more than a year after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced ThriveNYC, a new behavioral health initiative to expand the availability of such services in the city, New York’s budget for behavioral health care is slated to grow by about 25 percent in the next few years, according to an analysis by the city’s Independent Budget Office. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017

Crime

NYPD launches crackdown to combat sex trafficking

The NYPD will expand its resources to combat sex trafficking, Police Commissioner James O’Neill announced last week. Comments (7)
Politics

SE Queens pols endorse de Blasio for second term

A collection of southeast Queens lawmakers came out in support of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s re-election, saying his work on numerous issues throughout the city earned their endorsements. Comments (6)
Flushing

Koo announces bid for re-election at Flushing Library

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) announced he would be running for re-election a news conference in front of the Flushing Library Monday. The lawmaker touted his achievements over the course of his seven years in office among supporters and fellow elected officials. Comments (2)

Monday, Feb. 13, 2017

Astoria

Steinway Street improvements top Constantinides’ agenda

Steinway Street in Astoria is in need of an extreme makeover. Comments (2)

Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017

South Ozone Park

South Ozone Park man charged with trafficking teen girl

A South Ozone Park man has been charged with sex trafficking, rape and other crimes for allegedly forcing a 16-year-old girl into a life of prostitution and threatening to kill her should she try to flee from her plight, the Queens DA said. Comments (4)
Politics

DeVos confirmation as ed secretary rankles electeds

In the aftermath of the razor-thin confirmation Tuesday of Betsy DeVos as the education secretary in President Trump’s cabinet, elected officials expressed concern about her views on public education. Comments (2)

Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017

Bayside

PS 31 auditorium slated for face-lift

The Bayside School, or PS 31, at 211-45 46th Road will be getting a major upgrade of the auditorium, according to Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside). Comment
Astoria

Astoria rally against travel ban leans on immigrant values

Community leaders and elected officials led about 200 people in an Astoria rally against President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries last Feb. 3. Comments (6)

Friday, Feb. 10, 2017

Bayside

LIRR rail yard irritates Bayside residents

A Long Island Rail Road work yard tucked within a residential area of Bayside has vexed residents since it moved from Great Neck several years ago. A diesel engine used for track work left idling for hours on end disrupts sleeping patterns, shakes the foundations of homes and the fumes from chemically treated railroad ties left stacked and stage in this area irritate eyes and throats. Comments (3)
Flushing

Organizations issue loans for Flushing fire relief

After a fire on Jan. 25 scorched up to 15 storefronts on a block in downtown Flushing, two organizations stepped up to offer emergency loans to two businesses damaged in the blaze. Asian Americans for Equality and Renaissance Economic Development Corporation distributed the first two checks of $50,000 last Friday with Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing). Comments (1)
Korean community leaders and elected officials stood in solidarity against immigration policies imposed by the Trump administration last week at a news conference in Flushing led by the MinKwon Center for Community Action . Comments (20)

Queens College holds sessions on sex trafficking

Students at Queens College will participate in on going efforts to end Sex trafficking and forced labor through Shut Out Trafficking campaign. Comments (1)
Flushing

Flushing celebrates Lunar New Year with splash

Large crowds came out in the biting winter weather last Saturday to enjoy the Flushing Lunar New Year parade, which featured a host of troupes, sponsored floats and multiple colorful displays of the Chinese Dragon Dance. Comment
Health

Northwell Health hosts ‘National Wear Red Day’

When it comes to women suffering from heart disease, the common warning signs are different from what men are taught to look for. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Jamaica rapper breaks the mold

Jamaica author and rapper Robert Torrez — a.k.a. Sabor Latino — doesn’t write about the stereotypical fare of rap lyrics. Comment

Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017

Howard Beach

Suspect in Vetrano murder arrested and charged

Howard Beach

Suspect in Vetrano murder arrested and charged

Mayor Bill de Blasio applauded the vigilance of the tight-knit Howard Beach community in helping to track down the Brooklyn man charged with killing Karina Vetrano, who was strangled during a jog on a remote park trail in August 2016. Comments (3)
Jackson Heights

Crowley and many constiuents slam Peralta’s jump to IDC

The leader of the Queens Democratic machine is taking umbrage with one lawmaker’s defection to the renegade Independent Democratic Conference. State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) announced he was joining the IDC Jan. 25, bringing its membership to eight in the state Senate where the group is allied with Republicans to form a majority coalition. Comments (2)
Sunnyside

Sunnyside Yard feasibility survey finally released

The long-awaited feasibility study of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to create a new neighborhood above the Sunnyside Yards was met with skepticism from elected officials in western Queens when it was released Feb. 6. State Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (D-Long Island City) posted the report on her Facebook page and urged residents to study the 206-page analysis that was nearly a year and a half in the making. Comments (1)
Government

City Council legislation hopes to stem three-quarter houses

The scourge of three-quarter houses used for New Yorkers recovering from substance abuse or returning to society from jail must be addressed, City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Arverne) said this week. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Two LIC hotels offer residency programs to artists

The Queens Council on the Arts announced an open call to all borough-based artists to apply for a new residency program in partnership with two Long Island City hotels. The newly established QCA Art Hotel Residency will provide space for two artists to work in spaces inside the Z NYC Hotel and the Paper Factory Hotel for three months. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

New immigrant protections and the DREAM Act pass in Assembly

The Democrat-controlled state Assembly passed the DREAM Act for a fifth straight year Monday along with sweeping legislation to protect the state’s immigrant population, measures that if enacted would turn New York into a “sanctuary state,” according to Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights). Comments (10)

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017

Event

Queens battens down for winter storm

Event

Queens battens down for winter storm

By TIMESLEDGER STAFF Comments (2)
Shane, a Bayside service dog, wandered off from his Bayside home Tuesday for a little private exploration. But by 10 p.m. that night the black Labrador was back on duty and none the worse for his adventure, a friend of the dog’s owner said. Comments (1)
The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its first Lunar New Year Celebration Wednesday at the historic Flushing Town Hall. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017

Fresh Meadows

Fresh Meadows teen wipes phone before disappearing

The disappearance of Skye Azhar, 15, has mystified even his own mother since he was last heard rustling around downstairs in his Fresh Meadows home around 4 a.m. Jan. 31. A search of her son’s bedroom revealed a bundle of school work stuffed tightly under the bed and his cell phone, hidden deep in a drawer with all data wiped from it. Comments (1)

Monday, Feb. 6, 2017

The city released Monday the results of its long-awaited Sunnyside Yard feasibility study, a 206-page report nearly a year and a half in the making, exploring the possibilities of decking over large portions to allow for construction of affordable housing, parks, schools, community facilities and retail space. Comments (3)
A six-month effort to find a suspect in the August 2016 murder of Karina Vetrano ended in a “deep dive” investigation of a 911 call about a suspicious person in the area from May last year, NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce. said. Comments (12)

Friday, Feb. 3, 2017

Flushing

Two businesses damaged in Flushing fire given loans

Two of the 15 small businesses that were devastated during a four-alarm blaze in Flushing last week became the first to receive emergency loans Friday. The Asian Americans for Equality presented checks totaling $50,000 to the owners of the Elegant Hair Salon and Silver World Venture for repairs and lost business. Comment
St. Albans

St. Albans rookie NYPD officer killed in fiery car accident

A rookie police officer from St. Albans was killed in a car accident Wednesday evening in single car roll-over accident, the NYPD said. Comment

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