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Monday, March 30, 2015

St. Albans

Girlfriend charged in St. Albans’ shooting: DA

ST. ALBANS — A South Ozone Park woman has been charged with setting up a robbery that ended in the fatal shooting of her boyfriend in St. Albans, police said. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

CB 8 asks City Council to mandate smoking ban in housing

Queens Community Board 8 approved a resolution calling on the City Council to pass legislation requiring all new multi-family housing to be smoke-free. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Mayor announced new funds for schools at Richmond Hill HS

Mayor Bill de Blasio met with students and faculty members at Richmond Hill High School as part of his Renewal Schools program tour across the city last week. Comments (1).
Jamaica

Proposal helps flood problem, nature, in Jamaica Bay

A project dedicated to providing resilient design proposals for hurricane protection and climate adaptation released plans for four vulnerable coasts across the North Atlantic region, which includes Jamaica Bay at an exhibit in Brooklyn. Comment.
Springfield Gardens

With Anthony Mason in mind, Springfield Gardens wins first crown since ‘83

Anthony Mason was the guardian angel. He was the extra guy on the court. He was the inspiration. He was the motivation. Comment.
Corona

When the sun goes down, this marketplace opens up

A night market is coming to Queens — hopefully. Comments (1).

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Flushing

Queens man guilty of murder in 1980 cold case: DA

A Queens man was found guilty of murder for strangling a Holocaust survivor to death in his Flushing home more than three decades ago based on forensic evidence, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced. Comment.
Jamaica

Queens Library seeks public funding

Queens Library president pleaded for severely needed funding for library repairs across the city in a joint appeal with the New York and Brooklyn Public library presidents last week before the City Council’s Finance Committee. Comments (3).

Untamed: Wild rally sends Maspeth to Federation ‘B’ final

The challenge of overcoming an 18-point deficit in the second quarter was made more difficult for Maspeth with star Paolo Tamer sitting on the bench with three fouls in the first quarter. When you have Tamer Tamer, Paolo’s younger brother, it proved to be no trouble at all. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

For St. John’s NCAA hoop dreams, it’s one and done

The St. John’s seniors spoke all season about getting a taste of the NCAA tournament. Comment.
Opinion

Be creative about Bell Blvd. parking

There are other options to building a multi-story parking structure at the existing municipal parking lot on 214th Place and 41st Avenue. These could provide additional parking that the “Bayside parking study begins” (Bayside Times - March 13) did not mention. Comments (1).
The Civic Scene

Cyberknife treats prostate cancer

For about 4 decades I have been taking regular annual PSA tests to screen for Prostate Cancer. My father passed with advanced Prostate Cancer in 1976 at the age of 81 and I then began detection using the PSA test. For our adult life Edna and I had been members of HIP but when we retired from teaching and did more traveling we switched to GHI and Medicare. Comment.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Astoria

City moves to make 21st Street safer for pedestrians

The city has begun introducing improvements, and is proposing many more, to make a two-mile stretch of 21st Street safer connecting Astoria with Long Island City. Comments (1).
Bayside Hills

Young Baysider wins spelling bee

Srinath Mahankali of Bayside Hills has won the top spot in his division at the New York Daily News Spelling Bee, outspelling about 70 of the best and brightest fifth through eight-graders in the city Comment.
Springfield Gardens

Cookie sales snag Queens Girl Scout top spot

Sales isn’t for the faint of heart. But for one Queens teenager, all of the qualities of a young saleswoman were apparent from her philanthropic Girl Scout Cookie transactions. Comment.
Maspeth

Maspeth wins city crown in its first varsity season

For two years Maspeth envisioned winning a city championship in its first varsity season, but it was still hard for them to believe it was happening. Comment.

Christ the King digs out of first quarter hole to beat LuHi in Federation semifinals

ALBANY – Christ the King put itself in a tough position early only to wiggle out and keep its three-peat dreams alive. Comment.
Opinion

City should not try to end half-day pre-K programs

This letter is in response to the article in the March 20 edition entitled “City hopes to enroll 70,000 students in pre-K by fall.” Comment.
Basketball

Lavin won’t return to St. John’s bench

Steve Lavin is out as St. John’s men’s basketball coach. Comment.
The Play’s the Thing

Parkside Players president Glenn Rivano shares the spotlight

Glenn Rivano doesn’t believe in term limits. At least not when it comes to his presidency of the Parkside Players. He’s held the office for 20 years, and there’s a rumor that it may be a lifetime position. Comment.

Royal Rally: Toussaint’s big fourth sends CK to Federation final

ALBANY – Dominique Toussaint’s stellar fourth-quarter performance helped her make good on her promise to her teammates and turned Christ the King Coach Bob Mackey’s defensive adjustment into a genius move. Comment.
Woodside

Woodside babysitter found guilty in shaken baby case

WOODSIDE — A 43-year-old Woodside woman was found guilty Monday of manslaughter in the death of a 9-month-old baby, who was violently shaken by his babysitter on March 10, 2010. Yohani Moran, a resident of 64th Street, faces up to 15 years in prison following a four-week long trial. Comment.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Flushing

New plan for RKO Keith’s Theater approved by CB 7

The long-delayed plans for RKO Keith’s Theater in Flushing have been approved by Community Board 7 after years of the property passing through the hands of multiple developers. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Culture town hall focuses on real estate forcing out LIC artists

The first ever Long Island City Cultural Town Hall Meeting was expected to be a forum on the “Sunbather” sculpture, a controversial piece of publicly funded art that has roiled Community Board 2 in recent months. Instead, the eight-foot-long pink statue, and its impending installation on Jackson Avenue, were barely mentioned. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Legislation that cracks down on fake IDs market passes Senate

The illicit market for fake identification has made Roosevelt Avenue a destination for decades for underage youths looking for “proof” to enter bars and clubs as well as immigrants looking for a fake green card or Social Security card. Comments (3).
Broadway-Flushing

Ferrigno House in Broadway-Flushing on the market

A couple of families have expressed serious interest in buying the landmarked Ferrigno House in the Broadway-Flushing Historic District. Comments (3).
Flushing

Volunteers prepare botanical garden for season

Bright blue skies and mild weather were the mark of spring’s turning point Sunday, when volunteer groups turned out to prepare the Queens Botanical Garden for the season. Comment.
Maspeth

DEP must commit to community negotations on Newtown Creek: Katz

The city Department of Environmental Protection presented its application for the construction of an aeration facility on the Maspeth side of the Newtown Creek during a public land use hearing before Queens Borough President Melinda Katz last week. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s women’s basketball rolls on

St. John’s may have missed the NCAA tournament after a string of five straight appearance, but it is taking full advantage of its current post season opportunity. Comment.
Maspeth

Environmental groups continue push back on Newtown Creek aeration

Environmental advocacy groups such as Riverkeeper and the Newtown Creek Alliance have long opposed the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s push to aerate the Newtown Creek. Comment.
Astoria

Q103 bus service now permanent in Astoria and Long Island City

Riders and elected officials in western Queens are applauding the long-awaited permanent expansion of the Q103 bus line, which connects Astoria and Long Island City along Vernon Boulevard. The MTA approved the plan that would make weekend and expanded weeknight service permanent, linking numerous cultural institutions and waterfront parks in the two waterfront communities. Comment.
Sunnyside

Residents to choose which projects get funded with $1 million

Residents in Sunnyside, Long Island City and Woodside will get to choose which community projects will be getting $1 million in public funding through the process of Participatory Budgeting. A Project Expo will be held on April 6 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Sunnyside Community Center, at 43-31 39th St., to give the community the opportunity to speak with project delegates, see project presentations and learn more about each proposal. Comment.
Middle Village

Royals hope for 2010 all over again

Christ the King is trying to ensure history repeats itself. Comment.
Block Shots

Former St. John’s star Grant relishes coaching experience at Wings

Tyrone Grant came to a Wings Academy boys’ basketball practice in the Bronx two years ago with the intention of just giving the team one inspirational talk. Comment.
Opinion

Spring has sprung

The first signs of spring have surfaced in Queens despite Mother Nature’s tenacious hold on the borough. Comment.
Opinion

50-foot boat wreck imperils Hawtree Creek

I am writing to you on behalf of the Howard Beach Motor Boat Club in Howard Beach and its members as well as the residents of the Howard Beach and Hamilton Beach areas, particularly those adjacent to the Hawtree Creek north of Jamaica Bay. Comment.
St. Albans

Duo pleads guilty in sex trafficking case: DA

ST. ALBANS — A couple pleaded guilty to sex trafficking Tuesday after admitting they forced a 15-year-old girl into prostitution last year the Queens DA said. Comment.

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