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Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018

Long Island City

More than 20 charged in Queensbridge drug bust: DA

A group of 22 men and women from Long Island City, Jackson Heights and South Ozone Park have been charged with weapons and drug offenses following a year-long investigation of their operations in and around Long Island City’s Queensbridge Houses, the largest public housing facility in North America, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1)

Monday, Aug. 20, 2018

Woodside

Woodside man allegedly killed girlfriend’s dog: DA

A Woodside man has been charged with aggravated cruelty to an animal after allegedly killing a Shih Tzu last month belonging to his girlfriend and her family, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (1)

Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018

Richmond Hill

Alphapointe’s move to Richmond Hill on track

Alphapointe, one of the largest employers of the legally blind, is less than one month away from completing a move of its headquarters to Richmond Hill from Brooklyn. Comments (2)

Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018

Maspeth

Sklarz pushing Barnwell in Democratic primary

As transgender activist Melissa Sklarz campaigns to challenge freshman state Assemblyman Brian Barnwell (D-Maspeth), she looks at the diversity of her district in search of universal concerns and values. Comments (1)
Middle Village

Photos: St. John’s Cemetery to demolish ’50s-era chapel

The only weekly pre-Vatican II mass in Queens is coming to an end at the home it has had since 2004. Comments (1)

Friday, Aug. 17, 2018

Maspeth

Family’s plea to keep Ecuadorian man in the U.S. falls on deaf ears

The family of Edisson Barros was waiting anxiously for New Jersey federal immigration Judge Mirlande Tadal to reach a conclusion about the Queens taxi driver’s impending deportation to Ecuador on Aug. 14 when they were heartbroken by bad news. Comments (6)
Maspeth

Photos: Day Off concert wows the crowd at Knockdown Center

After eight years of traipsing around the country — including Los Angeles, Miami and Austin — Fool’s Gold, the indie hip-hop label headquartered in downtown Brooklyn, brought its famed Day Off festival to Queens. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018

Woodside

Slain officers honored at Dragon Boat Festival

Leading one of the NYPD teams that raced during the festival was Brittany Hawkrigg, a police officer from Manhattan. Comments (2)

Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018

Springfield Gardens

Rebuilding Together NYC repairs Springfield Gardens home

Rebuilding Together NYC, a non-profit housing organization that rehabilitates homes and revitalizes communities, assisted in repairing longtime Springfield Gardens resident Jill McCoy’s house last week with Workforce Training Program trainees. Comments (1)
Far Rockaway

Nonprofit study examines ways to protect Jamaica Bay

The Rand Corporation, a global non-profit think tank, released a recent study that examines potential ways to reduce persistent tidal flooding in Jamaica Bay while improving water quality and restoring the area’s habitat. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018

St. Albans

Electeds call out city Parks Department over condition of St. Albans playground comfort station

On the eve of LL Cool J’s 14th annual basketball camp in St. Albans, elected officials from southeast Queens and Comptroller Scott Stringer blasted the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation at a news conference for failing to fix a comfort station for three years. Comments (1)
South Richmond Hill

South Richmond Hill graduate receives scholarship to finish pursuing engineering degree

Earlier this month, the New York Water Environment Association, a non-profit organization made up of water quality management professionals, awarded a $3,000 scholarship to South Richmond Hill resident and graduate student Fazena Bacchus. Comments (2)
Hunters Point

Hunters Point activist announces City Council run

Civic leader Brent O’Leary announced he will run for office in the seat currently held by City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), who will be forced to give up his seat by term limits in the 2021 citywide elections. Comments (4)
Letters

Registering to vote more important than ever

With the local and mid-term elections swiftly approaching, eligible New Yorkers of all backgrounds and political leanings must register to vote and those who are already registered should make sure others in their communities are prepared to cast their ballots. Comments (5)

Monday, Aug. 13, 2018

Jamaica

Former Jamaica resident pleads guilty to supporting ISIS

Ali Saleh, 25, a former Jamaica resident, pleaded guilty to two counts of providing material support and resources to a terrorist organization, according to federal prosecutors and the NYPD. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens resident aims to launch fair trade campaign in Queens

Atiya Raja is taking on a big task to transform Queens into a fair trade borough. Comments (1)
Elmhurst

Cruz announces plan to keep housing affordable

Catalina Cruz, a Democratic candidate for the seat held by state Assemblywoman Ari Espinal (D-Jackson Heights), has released her initiative for making neighborhoods more affordable while providing tenants with the resources they need when meeting their landlord in a courtroom. Comments (3)

Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018

Forest Hills

112th Precinct launches Neighborhood Policing Program

The NYPD’s 112th Precinct in Queens has become the latest command to receive the Neighborhood Coordination Officer program in New York City. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Health Department commissioner resigns from post

City Health Commissioner Mary Bassett is stepping down from her position with the de Blasio administration in favor of an opportunity with Harvard University. Comments (2)

Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018

Far Rockaway

Alliance for Positive Change launches Summer of Testing campaign

Diane Delph-Tinglin was 23 years old when she was diagnosed with HIV in 2009. After feeling distraught about her diagnosis, she found her purpose and passion in life was to help educate others about HIV and the importance of testing through The Alliance for Positive Change. Comments (2)

Friday, Aug. 10, 2018

Long Island City

Revealing the Secret Summer party at the Foundry

Secret Summer, billed as the country’s only farm-to-bar cocktail festival, gave a sneak peek into the party, which will be held Aug. 12 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Foundry, in Long Island City. Comments (2)
Corona

Peralta hosts annual back to school giveaway

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Elmhurst) hosted his Ninth Annual Back to School Giveaway last week with community organizations and volunteers distributing some 3,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to children on a first-come, first-serve basis. Comments (3)
Middle Village

Head to Middle Village to catch stellar ‘Legally Blonde’

The JC Players are bringing a modern favorite to the stage in Middle Village with two weekend performances of “Legally Blonde: The Musical.” Comments (1)

Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018

Sunnyside

Man who ripped Nazi symbols from Sunnyside lobby ‘unapologetically guilty’

After months of talk about property manager Neal Milano’s decision to festoon the lobby of a Sunnyside building at 47-55 39th Pl. with Nazi and Confederate imagery, Jeff Orlick of Jackson Heights bit the bullet and ripped the decorations down. Comments (3)

Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018

Maspeth

Barnwell to get primary challenge from activist Melissa Sklarz

Melissa Sklarz, who is challenging freshman state Assemblyman Brian Barnwell (D-Maspeth) in the September Democratic Primary, has gathered endorsements from two city officials July 27. Comment
Long Island City

LIC clinic helps immigrants apply for citizenship

About 50 registered immigrants attended a naturalization workshop clinic Saturday to receive free legal assistance with their naturalization applications at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City despite some anxiety that this is a perilous time to seek citizenship because of the Trump administration’s attitude toward immigrants. Comments (5)
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill man sentenced in execution-style shooting: DA

A Richmond Hill man was sentenced to life in prison last week without the possibility of parole following his retrial in the execution-style death of a fellow Richmond Hill man, who was bound with electrical cords, robbed of his bank card, and then shot several times in the head before his apartment was set on fire to cover up the crime scene, the Queens DA said. Comments (2)
Rockaway Beach

Experience a taste of Thailand at this Rockaway Beach restaurant

Metta Kaskel shares her experience of being back home in her Thailand kitchen as you become part of her new family. That’s the vibe you get at Thai Rock, located at 375 Beach 92nd St. in Rockaway Beach. Comment

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