Friday, Nov. 21, 2014


Tabone-Smith trial to proceed as planned

A White Plains federal court judge ruled Thursday that former Queens GOP Vice Chairman Vincent Tabone’s trial would resume with co-defendant state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis ) despite his attorney requesting an adjournment because of her pregnancy, prosecutors said. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens man sues Army over turban policy

A Kew Gardens man filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Army last week claiming its ROTC program violated his religious rights by refusing to accept him unless he strayed from Sikh practices. Comments (2).

Jamaica basketball coach accused of lewd video chat with teen player : DA

A Jamaica basketball coach was arrested and charged in connection with a lewd video of one of the teenage players he coached, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Queens Councilman announces police chokehold bill

City Councilman Rory I. Lancman (D-Hillcrest) introduced three bills last week that would give police officers a misdemeanor for performing chokeholds and address police officers’ excessive use of force. Comments (3).
South Jamaica

Many homeless hail from S. Jamaica: Study

A three-avenue strip of South Jamaica is among 30 Census tracts in the city that are collectively home to about 2 percent of the city’s population, but 10 percent of families entering homeless shelters, a recent study found. Comments (1).
Jackson Heights

Two plead guilty in murder of Jackson Heights teacher

A Bronx man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the strangulation death of a Jackson Heights teacher and his accomplice has copped a plea to robbing the victim of his cell phone and other items, the Queens district attorney said. The case was one of several to shake the LGBT community in recent years. Comment.

North Shore unveils helicopter for faster medical service

Faster emergency treatment is on the way for borough and area residents with life-threatening injuries due to the launching of a medical helicopter at the North Shore-LIJ Health System. Comment.

Avella calls for better benefits for non-uniform 9/11 respondents

Glen Oaks resident Arthur Syken was one of the thousands of first responders to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014


Mayor signs bills reducing city cooperation with ICE

While the nation awaited President Obama’s planned overhaul of the immigration system, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed two bills into law that dramatically reduces New York City’s cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on detentions and deportations of undocumented immigrants. Comments (3).

City to study affordable housing in western Flushing

Western Flushing is among the latest New York City neighborhoods that are next in line for the city’s affordable housing agenda. Comments (2).

Tabone’s lawyers seek adjournment in corruption trial

Too many lawyers in the courtroom may spoil the federal court date for two Queens political figures fighting corruption charges. Comment.

Gaggle of geese strung on clothesline in Whitestone

Whitestone’s got an unusual problem. One of its houses has been hosting dead geese in its backyard since last Friday. Comments (10).
Rego Park

Rally calls for the reactivation of Rockaway Beach train line

Borough residents held a rally Sunday to demand the restoration of the Rockaway Beach Line, an LIRR train that left the station in 1962 for the last time and took riders from Penn Station in midtown Manhattan to Ozone Park, Rego Park and across Jamaica Bay to the Rockaways. Comments (1).
Fresh Meadows

RoboMindTech teams to compete at robot Olympiad in Russia

Six students from the RoboMindTech Science and Technology Learning Center in Fresh Meadows will represent the United States this Friday in the 11th World Robot Olympiad in Sochi, Russia, one of the world’s largest robotics competitions. Comment.
Willets Point

Boro historian leads tour of Willets Point

A mile from where shuttered auto shops rise above cratered roads, Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum started his tour of several sleek shopping complexes that will one day compete with the redesigned Willets Point. Comment.

Bayside supports young girl fighting brain tumor

Little Izabella Gamarra cut her waist-long brunette hair in the summer to donate it to kids suffering from hair loss to cancer and other illnesses. Comments (1).
College Point

Postal workers protest decision to stop processing first-class mail in College Point

In light of U.S. Postal Service Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe’s announcement he will retire Feb. 1, postal workers protested against his decision to stop processing first-class mail at the USPS facility in College Point Friday afternoon before it goes into effect. Comments (1).

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014


Fund-raiser slated for late Ridgewood graffitist Wulf

Those mourning Ridgewood graffiti legend Jason Wulf are hoping tagged tributes can help finance his gravestone. Comments (3).
College Point

Chamber launches Queens VETS program

Dozens of businesses across the borough have started providing discounts to veterans as part of a new program, the Queens Chamber of Commerce and Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz (D-Flushing) announced Monday. Comment.

Clearview Senior Golf Club honors winners

The Clearview Senior Golf Club celebrated a banner year at its annual awards dinner last month at Verdi’s Catering Restaurant in Whitestone. Comment.

MTA to vote on cameras for MetroNorth trains

A Metropolitan Transportation Authority committee has approved installation of cameras in Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road trains as a safety and secure measure. Comment.

Fire breaks out at trash facility in Jamaica

About 100 firefighters battle a blaze that broke out Tuesday morning at a Jamaica waste disposal site, a Fire Department spokesman said. Comments (2).

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014


Massive water main project disrupts Bayside life

Bayside is undergoing a major underground transformation and with it some headaches for its neighbors above ground. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Smart Schools Bond Act passes

Western Queens lawmakers are applauding the overwhelming approval of the Smart Schools Bond Act by voters statewide on Election Day. Comments (1).

Jamaica dad sentence to 45 years in prison for killing wife and baby daughters

The Jamaica man who killed his wife and his two infant daughters was sentenced to 45 years in prison by a Queens judge. Comments (4).

Embrace diversity in city schools

Several of my council colleagues have introduced legislation calling for measures to address the problem of segregation in the city school system. Representing the most diverse district in New York City, I share my colleagues’ enthusiasm for the tremendous benefits of integrated learning environments, as well as their concerns about de facto diversity in our schools. At the same time, I have deep misgivings about any attempts to eliminate school zones. Comments (3).

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