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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Jamaica

Jamaica church will remain open: Pastor

Pastor Kehinde Oyetunde has denied reports by the Daily News that Celestial Church of Christ in Jamaica is closing after four men from a group home assaulted a congregant in July 2017. Comment
Flushing

Man convicted in 2015 Kissena Park murder: DA

A Flatbush man has been convicted of the 2015 stabbing death of his girlfriend at Kissena Corridor Park, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (2)
Environment

DOE scraps plan to send LIC kindergartners to Woodside school

The city’s Department of Education has reversed course on a plan that would have sent kindergarten students from overcrowded PS 78 in Long Island City to a school in Woodside, and instead are offering parents a new school site at Court Square. Comment

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Whitestone

Advocacy group fights for Whitestone cat colony

A Whitestone cat advocacy group is fighting to be able to relocate a feral cat colony. Comments (3)
Transit

Advocates call for all-door boarding to be included in ‘comprehensive plan’ for buses

The Riders Alliance is introducing a unique method to call upon the MTA to implement all-door boarding on buses to reduce confusion and wait times. Comments (1)
Howard Beach

New report shows impressive job growth throughout NYC: DiNapoli

A new report from state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli shows that job growth in New York City has outpaced New York state and the rest of the country since the end of the 2008 recession. Comments (2)
In the ongoing mission to lower the city’s prison population which would allow for the closing of Rikers Island, the city is hailing a mentoring program for young people on probation that significantly reduces recidivism, according to a multi-year independent study, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week. Comment

Monday, March 5, 2018

Elmhurst

Anti-gentrification group protests committee hearing for Target proposal in Elmhurst

Developers seeking a variance from Community Board 4’s zoning committee saw opposition from activists who claim the Target slated for Elmhurst will only further drive gentrification in the neighborhood. Comment
Transit

New ferry service will connect Long Island City and the Lower East Side

NYC Ferry will expand this summer, bringing a new connection from Long Island City and Lower Manhattan, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday. Comments (1)
Transit

Bomb detection technology to be tested in Penn Station

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced progress had been made toward having the latest bomb protection technology installed in transit hubs to prevent attacks such as the December 2017 bombing of a tunnel between 42nd Street - Times Square and the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Comments (1)
Astoria

Steinway Street makeover starts with safety measures

The first phase of the Steinway Street improvement plan will soon be implemented as the city’s Department of Transportation plans to install three mid-block crosswalks and traffic signals between 30th and 34th avenues. Comment

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Civic leader honored for work with NE Queens wetlands

Civic leader Walter Mugdan received the state’s highest honor last Friday for his work preserving wetlands in northeast Queens. Comment
Crime

Three Queens brothers among those indicted in city-wide towing scheme: DA Vance

Multiple people, including eight Queens residents, were indicted last Wednesday for their alleged participation in a huge towing scheme that stretched throughout the entire city, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. said. Comments (1)
A Long Island City-based nonprofit organization that helps homeless men and women achieve economic independence through job training, work experience and a life-long support network graduated 47 more who have transitioned to full-time employment. Comments (1)

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Art

Fire hits Jamaica’s Afrikan Poetry Theatre

An electrical fire consumed the second floor of a cultural center in Jamaica last weekend. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Purchase of Brinckerhoff Cemetery moves forward

Brinckerhoff Cemetery is one step closer to being refurbished. Comments (2)
Bayside

Avella speaks with business leaders at BBA town hall

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) held a town hall with the Bayside Business Association to discuss ways of improving commerce with the help of the state government. Comment

York College tackles human trafficking with upcoming forum

York College will hold an Awareness and Prevention of Human Trafficking forum on Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the school’s Bassin Theatre. Comment

Friday, March 2, 2018

Long Island City

City takes over Long Island City’s Fairfield Inn to house homeless families

The city will begin sheltering adult homeless families at the Fairfield Inn by Marriott in the Blissville section of Long Island City later this month. Comments (4)

TimesLedger Newspapers welcomes new editor

Community News Group has named Zachary Gewelb, the deputy editor of the TimesLedger Newspapers, to the editor’s position. He will replace Roz Liston, who is retiring and will remain at the paper as a part-time editor during the transition. Comment
Government

Senate Republicans block Gianaris’ Effective Background Checks Act

In the wake of several protests in response the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla., New York State Republicans Wednesday rejected four proposals aimed at improving gun safety. Comments (2)
Kew Gardens

Judge: Confession, DNA evidence admissible in Vetrano murder trial

The judge presiding over the Karina Vetrano murder trial will allow all evidence, including DNA and a videotaped confession by the Brooklyn man accused of killing her, after his lawyers argued police had racially profiled their client. Comment
Administration for Children’s Services Commissioner David Hansell issued a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and members of the state Legislature to illustrate the impact of the state’s fiscal year 2019 budget, which would put a cap on funds for city social work. Comment
Sunnyside

Pair of St. Patrick’s parades on tap this weekend

The borough will be awash in green this weekend. The traditional Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off in Rockaway Saturday at 1 p.m. Comment
Queens Village

Forum encourages young people in SE Queens to get involved

Elected officials from Jamaica and their staff members held a forum last Saturday at Dabar Bethlehem Cathedral reaching out to young people and explaining how they can get involved in bettering their community. Comment

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Oakland Gardens

Police arrest suspect with ties to church vandalism in Oakland Gardens

A vandal who targeted the American Martyrs Parish in Oakland Gardens was slapped with hate crime charges after he was apprehended by police. Comments (3)
Astoria

Illuminated billboard sparks controversy

The MTA is under fire again in Astoria, not for subway station reconstruction projects or the signal malfunctions that caused delays along the N/W line week, but for a massive illuminated sign hanging over one of the most dangerous intersections in the borough. Comments (3)
Jamaica

Fallen NYPD officer honored with street renaming

The 103rd Precinct came out in full force Monday for the official renaming of 91st Avenue to Police Officer Eddie Byrne Avenue, on the 30th anniversary of the young patrolman’s murder. Comment

Hundreds flock to Manhattan to remember George Kaufman

Hundreds packed Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan Monday to pay their respects to George Kaufman, the man who took a dilapidated old film studio in Astoria, and turned it into a powerhouse of film and television production and revitalized an entire neighborhood in the process. Kaufman died of heart failure at his home in Palm Beach, Fla., Feb. 20. He was 89. Comment
Arverne

Far Rock community rallies to protest school closings

Parents, teachers, community leaders and youth were at the footsteps of Tweed Courthouse in City Hall last week protesting the closure and conjoiining of 19 schools in Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx. Comment
Jamaica

Southern Queens Park Association will host 16th annual art exhibit

The Southern Queens Park Association will hold a reception for its 16th annual art exhibit at Roy Wilkins Park Family Center Sunday. Comment

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018

Long Island City

Police searching for suspect who ‘manipulated his privates’ in front of a female R train rider

Police wanted to question a man who allegedly committed an act of public lewdness aboard a moving Queens R train Wednesday morning. Comment

Friday, Feb. 23, 2018

The NYPD was looking for several men who are believed to be involved in nearly a dozen burglaries across a swath of north-central Queens in the past two months. Comments (1)
Oakland Gardens

Pedestrian killed while crossing LIE: NYPD

Police from the 111th Precinct responded to the scene of a collision involving an SUV and a pedestrian on the Long Island Expressway late Tuesday night. Comment

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018

Astoria

George Kaufman, who transformed large section of Astoria, dead at 89

George Kaufman, a Manhattan real estate developer who acquired the old Astoria Studios in 1982 that helped bring a renaissance to an entire neighborhood in the process, died Tuesday at age 89. Comment

Classifieds

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