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Queens to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

The legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a beacon of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, will be celebrated throughout Queens from Jan. 19 to Jan. 21. Published Jan 18, 2019
Cambria Heights

Cambria Heights playwright lays groundwork to create after-school nonprofit

Dara Bragg, a playwright, director and producer — a Cambria Heights’ native — will be combining her arts seminar and arts award, Success in the Arts and Success in the Arts Awards, into a nonprofit. Published Dec 15, 2018

Queens lawmakers say NYPD is engaging in ‘overzealous’ policy of cracking down on THC oil possession

City Councilmen Rory Lancman and Donovan Richards issued a letter last week to NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill addressing what they considered “overzealous” marijuana enforcement of vaping THC oil or possession of the substance, according to the elected officials. Published Dec 14, 2018

Jazz maestro to return to Queens for the first time in nearly 50 years

Celebrated jazz musician Monty Alexander is returning Queens to perform in the borough for the first time in nearly 50 years on Saturday, according to the Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning. Published Dec 14, 2018
Springfield Gardens

Richards announces $220,000 for cleanup efforts in his southeast Queens district

City Councilman Donovan Richards says discretionary funding allocated by his office for the fiscal year 2019 has $220,000 in its budget for additional garbage pickups and other cleanliness efforts for his district. Richards made the announcement in Springfield Gardens last week. Published Dec 18, 2018

All-natural juice and salad bar in Jamaica eyes expansion to local airports

The Nourish Spot, an all-natural juice bar and salad joint in Jamaica, has not only expanded its offerings since its opening more than a year ago, but will also extend its reach, according to its owner Dawn Kelly. Published Dec 17, 2018

Former Queens deputy borough president tapped to lead citywide civic group that’s focused on next Census

Melva Miller, the former deputy Queens borough president, was appointed Dec. 4 as the new executive vice president of the Association of a Better New York (ABNY), a non-profit civic organization. Published Dec 15, 2018
Springfield Gardens

Dairy distributor wants to move back to south Queens — and create 165 jobs with new development

Bartlett Dairy and Food Service, a 50-year-old minority-owned and family-run manufacturing business, was selected to develop its business on one of the largest city-owned manufacturing zoned properties — the JFK North Site in Springfield Gardens, according to the NYC Department of City Planning. Published Dec 18, 2018
Ozone Park

Sicilian restaurant in Ozone Park celebrates first year under new management

Aldo’s Pizza, an Italian pizzeria and restaurant in Ozone Park, will celebrate its first year under new management on New Year’s Eve, according to Manager Santino Livreri. Published Dec 16, 2018
Queens Village

Elderly pedestrian struck by car and killed while crossing a Queens Village street: NYPD

An elderly pedestrian died near his home in Queens Village Wednesday after being struck by a car, police reported. Published Nov 30, 2018
East Elmhurst

New airport concourse set to open at LaGuardia Airport

“A Whole New LaGuardia,” an $8 billion redevelopment plan for the East Elmhurst airport, is soaring to new heights with the opening of its first new concourse on Saturday, according to his office. Published Nov 30, 2018
South Jamaica

Nearly a dozen career and technical programs added to Queens high schools

The city’s Department of Education (DOE) surpassed its goal to introduce 40 new Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs between 2016 and 2018 with a multi-year $113 million investment across all five boroughs, 11 of which were implemented in 10 schools in Queens. Published Dec 4, 2018

Rosedale kitten trapped during rainstorm has been rescued

A couple, a friend and some Rosedale residents joined forces to rescue a kitten trapped in a pipe in a storm drain during a rainstorm over the weekend, according to John Di Leonardo, the president and anthrozoologist of Long Island Orchestrating for Nature (LION), an animal rights nonprofit based on Long Island. Published Dec 6, 2018

Queens Library receives $250K for future temporary space in Woodhaven during renovations

City Councilman Eric Ulrich secured $250,000 in funding for the Queens Borough Public Library to open a temporary location while its Woodhaven branch undergoes a major renovation. Published Dec 7, 2018

DOT receives more than $2M to fix Woodhaven Boulevard overpass and repave southwest Queens roads

Standing with Department of Transportation officials at the foot of the Woodhaven Boulevard overpass above Atlantic Avenue on Friday, City Councilman Eric Ulrich announced that he’s providing $2.125 million in city funds toward repaving streets around his district. Published Dec 8, 2018

Woodhaven BID looking toward future with new appointment

Raquel Oliveras of Downtown Manhattan was chosen to be the new executive director of the Woodhaven Business Improvement District, according to an announcement made by the BID last week. Published Dec 9, 2018

Purple Heart recipient and veteran of Iraq war shares his story at Queens College

Lieutenant Colonel Justin Constantine, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, was the guest speaker at the Queens College Disabled Veterans Awareness Program last week in Flushing. Published Dec 11, 2018

Queens has 101 schools with full computer science programs, and that number is set to grow

In kicking off Computer Science Education Week, Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza announced Monday that approximately 134,000 students received Computer Science Education at 359 city schools from 2017 to 2018. Published Dec 12, 2018

Children’s Services adds simulation training for caseworkers at Jamaica location

The Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) unveiled its plan for its first-ever simulation training sites in Harlem and Jamaica for child welfare workers last week, according to the city agency. Published Dec 10, 2018
Cambria Heights

Queens Library offers free specialized high school information session in Cambria Heights

Queens Library at Cambria Heights won’t be offering turkey this holiday weekend, but it will be offering a food for thought for students who are interested in attending specialized high schools, according to the library. Published Nov 23, 2018
South Jamaica

Teen who played role in South Jamaica home invasion found guilty of murder: DA

A teenager could spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted Monday of committing murder during a botched home invasion in South Jamaica nearly four years ago. Published Nov 28, 2018
Ozone Park

Building collapse forces Animal Pantry in Ozone Park to close

On the eve of Small Business Saturday, Animal Pantry Ozone Park, a mom-and-pop pet supply store, was issued a vacate order by the city’s Department of Buildings after a part of the facility collapsed, according to City Councilman Eric Ulrich. Published Nov 27, 2018
Springfield Gardens

Charter schools in Queens allowed to monitor their own pre-K without DOE interference: Court of Appeals

The State of New York Court of Appeals sided with Success Academy Charter Schools in a 5-2 decision last week as the academy fought for Universal Pre-K funding from the State Education Department without oversight from the city’s Department of Education. Published Nov 29, 2018

Hollis, Jamaica and St. Albans has the most food insecurity across NYC: Report

Too many people in one section of southern Queens are going to bed each night wondering if they can afford their next meal, according to a report released by the Food Bank for New York City. Published Dec 1, 2018
Forest Hills

Forest Hills artist’s new sculpture in Elmhurst park pays tribute to local immigrants

Queens artist Yvonne Shortt celebrated immigrants with a sculpture installation at Dunningham Triangle in Elmhurst, according to the Queens Council on the Arts (QCA). Published Dec 5, 2018

Queens Democrats call for ‘sweeping overhaul’ to Board of Elections following Election Day problems

The Black, Latino and Asian Caucus (BLAC) wants voting reform, as well as an overhaul of the Board of Elections because of Election Day blunders which continue to primarily affect 3.5 million voters of color across the city at polling sites. Published Dec 4, 2018

Southside Seahawks cheerleading squad makes it to the national stage

The Queens Southside Seahawks cheerleading squad will compete in Florida for the 2018 American Youth Football & Cheer National Competition in December. Published Dec 3, 2018

College enrollment rate in Queens higher than record-setting citywide numbers: DOE

As New York City sets a record number for public high school students enrolling to post-secondary education, Queens goes even further than the citywide rate, according to a Department of Education spokesperson. Published Dec 2, 2018
Forest Hills

NYC lawmakers pay tribute to Stan Lee

New York City lawmakers were among the millions who paid their respects to comic book legend Stan Lee, who died on Veterans Day in Los Angeles. Published Nov 15, 2018

Bronx cabbie sentenced after beating fellow driver with tire iron during JFK dispute: DA

A cab driver from the Bronx will spend more than three years in prison after attacking a fellow driver with a tire iron during a fight at John F. Kennedy Airport, according to prosecutors. Published Nov 16, 2018

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