Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

Bayside

Three boro janitors settle with DOE in fraud scheme

The city Department of Education has reached a seven-figure settlement with five former employees, including three from Queens, who admitted to defrauding the agency of hundreds of thousands of dollar, according to the DOE. Comment.
Flushing

Meng founds PAC to back female pols

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) launched a new political action committee last week that will contribute to the campaigns of young candidates from minority communities. Comment.
Long Island City

Movie makers from around globe descend on borough

The creators of the Queens World Film Festival realize the sentiment if you build it, they will come appears to work only in the movies. Comment.
Long Island City

Planned Parenthood offers training to Queens non-profits

Planned Parenthood has made its foray into Queens with help from South Asian Youth Action, Sunnyside Community Services and Queens Library. Comments (3).
Flushing

FlushingFood.com reaches younger generations

Two years ago James Chen was struck by the fact there were few Flushing restaurants that offered online ordering services. Comments (2).
Flushing

Tip of the week

Letters

Horse carriage drivers need to upgrade

Anyone facing layoffs or job closings would be concerned for their future livelihood, but the situation with the carriage trade is different. The drivers are not only concerned but they want it their way or no way at all. Comments (9).

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014

Long Island City

New film and video studio opens up in Court Square

A new film and video production house has opened in Long Island City. Comment.
College Point

Dead body found on College Point shore: NYPD

An unidentified man was found dead on the College Point shoreline Tuesday afternoon, police said. Comment.
Flushing

Little Lamb opens flagship at SkyView

A Mongolian hot pot chain that has more than 600 locations worldwide opened a franchise in Flushing’s SkyView Center at the end of January. Comment.
Long Island City

Expand Avonte’s Law: Vallone

City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Whitestone) introduced legislation last week that seeks to expand U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) “Avonte’s Law,” which will provide tracking devices for autistic children. Comment.
South Ozone Park

Charlotte man guilty in fast-food holdups

A North Carolina man has been convicted in the 2010 robberies of several Queens fast-food restaurants as well as the attempted murder of a cab driver during the seven-month crime spree, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Jamaica

Cops on the look out of missing elderly man

JAMAICA — The Police Department is asking people to keep their eyes peeled for an elderly man who went missing over the weekend. Comment.
New Voices

Queens’ West Indian charity plans more foreign trips

West Indians Serving Humanity, a charitable group partly based in Queens’ West Indian community, returned from a successful trip to the Caribbean with new ideas for this coming year. Comment.
Letters

GOP wrong on how wages work

Republicans do not agree with raising the minimum wage. They believe in trickle-down economics. Comments (3).

Monday, Feb. 17, 2014

Flushing

Queens man filmed lost movie of MLK

When it comes to Black History Month, there is no one more celebrated than the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose adult life has been depicted in photographs and documentary movies many times, but one film that captured him at home was tucked away until recently. Comment.
South Jamaica

Four firefighters injured in two-alarm church blaze: FDNY

A two-alarm blaze ripped through a South Jamaica church early Monday morning, sending four firefighters to Jamaica Hospital with minor injuries, the FDNY said. Comment.
Hollis Hills

Hollis Hills quiz kid makes Jeopardy! debut

This college student who grew up in Queens fulfilled a lifelong quiz-show dream when she appeared on “Jeopardy!” earlier this week. Comment.
Howard Beach

State outlines anti-flood plans for Howard Beach

There is expected to be a whole lot of dirt flying in Howard Beach this fall, but not from the state elections. Comment.
St. Albans

St. Albans teenager reported missing

ST. ALBANS — Police were trying to find a missing teenager who was last seen at his home on 118th Avenue Monday. Comments (1).
Remember the Date

Presidents Day established to celebrate all U.S. leaders

In 1885, the Presidents Day holiday was established in honor of the birthday of America’s first president, George Washington. The observance is still officially called Washington’s Birthday by the federal government and only became popularly known as Presidents Day in 1971 after it fell under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which was an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. Comments (2).
Letters

Avonte death should teach schools

Our grief over Avonte Oquendo’s death is compounded by the knowledge that it might have been prevented. The danger of kids running out of school cannot be eliminated but must be minimized. Comments (1).

Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014

Ridgewood

Addabbo shuns Dream Act over fiscal concerns

When it comes to gaining state Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr.’s (D-Howard Beach) support for the Dream Act, it’s all about the money. Comments (2).
Bayside

St. Mary’s program for tots ending due to lack of funds

St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children has announced that it will end its more than 20-year-old Early Intervention program this spring due to a lack of adequate funding. Comment.
Woodhaven

Cockfighting ring busted

A Woodhaven business owner welcomed the arrest of a neighborhood real estate agent on charges of participating in a cockfighting ring in the basement of a vacant Jamaica Avenue storefront. Comments (2).
Block Shots

Announcer Kiner, 91, leaves fans of Amazin’s with fond memories

Baseball and the New York Mets lost a treasure last week. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Far Rock teen arrested in graffiti case: MTA Police

CEDARHURST, L.I. — Metropolitan Transportation Authority police arrested a Far Rockaway teenager who authorities said allegedly scrawled anti-Semitic graffiti on a Long Island Rail Road station while in the neighborhood where his Jewish yeshiva school is located. Comment.
Queens Village

Police seek Queens Village robbery suspects

QUEENS VILLAGE — Police were asking for the public’s help finding three men wanted in connection with a robbery on Hempstead Avenue. Comments (1).
South Jamaica

Ski-mask wearing suspect stole $550 at 99 cent store: NYPD

SOUTH JAMAICA — Police were trying to identify a suspect wanted in an armed robbery in the 103rd Precinct last month, authorities said. Comment.
Ozone Park

Police seek help finding missing boro woman

OZONE PARK — Police were seeking assistance in locating a 50-year-old Ozone Park woman reported missing Sunday. Comment.
Letters

Queens leaders devise plan for patients at Creedmoor

The recent escape of a convicted killer from the state-run Creedmoor Psychiatric Facility in Bellerose is a serious concern to the civic leaders of this community and other nearby community organizations. Comments (1).

Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014

Flushing

Pavilion rescue wins ally

The fight to save the New York State Pavilion gained an important ally last week. Comments (2).
Forest Hills

Two people injured when plow knocks trash can through eatery window: Authorities

The city is disciplining two Department of Sanitation employees after authorities said a plow they was operating struck a trash can Thursday night and launched the bin through a Forest Hills café window, injuring two people. Comments (1).
Springfield Gardens

South Jamaica man charged in murder of 50 Cent’s friend

Borough prosecutors charged a South Jamaica man Tuesday with ambushing a rapper associated with 50 Cent and his friends last month, but authorities said a second gunman remained on the loose. Comment.
Government

Electeds lament food stamp cuts but welcome more halal offerings

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) unsuccessfully railed against $39 billion worth of food stamp cuts written into the Farm Bill, but the two managed to guarantee that food aid allotted under the legislation would include kosher and halal options. Comment.
Long Island City

When looking for meaning, be ready for nothing

A horrific plane crash, which serves as the catalyst in Kari Bentley-Quinn’s new play, “The Unlikely Ascent of Sybil Stevens,” happens before the stage lights go up at The Secret Theatre. Comment.
Jamaica

Queens woman charged with taking part in phony lottery scam: U.S. Attorney

JAMAICA — A woman from southeast Queens was among six people arrested earlier this week and charged with operating a phony lottery that bilked seniors out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, authorities said. Comment.
Richmond Hill

NYPD releases video of Rich Hill burglary

RICHMOND HILL — Police released surveillance of suspects they say broke into the garage of a private home Jan. 22 and stole drills and electric saws. Comment.
South Ozone Park

NYPD looks for suspects in robbery of cab driver

SOUTH OZONE PARK — Police were asking the public’s help in identifying two suspects they said robbed a cab driver in the early hours of Feb. 2. Comment.
Flushing

Knights’ star Jackson headed to West Point

Brandon Jackson has had a longstanding affinity for West Point. Comments (1).
Editorial

A Fair Shot

The political climate has changed dramatically since Bill de Blasio was swept into office as a progressive mayor on the strength of his Tale of Two Cities campaign, which struck a deep chord in Queens and other outerboroughs. Comment.
Letters

Teachers need new contract now

The teachers who teach in city public schools have been without a new contract for more than four years. Comments (2).

Friday, Feb. 14, 2014

Oakland Gardens

Oakland Garden frat pledge’s death ruled a homicide

The death of a Baruch College freshman from Oakland Gardens during a fraternity hazing ritual in the Pocono Mountains two months ago has been ruled a homicide by the coroner’s office for that area of Pennsylvania. Comments (1).
Glendale

Testing for new engine starts in Glendale fleet

State Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) has taken the Little Engine that Could’s approach to the 11 freight locomotives stationed in Glendale, striving to secure funding to green the engines bit by bit. Comment.
Flushing

CB 7 approves development of Main St. hotel

Community Board 7 approved a 180,000-square-foot, multi-use complex including a hotel for downtown Flushing Monday night. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens resident shoots girlfriend, blames burglars: DA

A 30-year-old Kew Gardens man is facing attempted murder, assault, weapon possession and tampering with evidence charges after authorities alleged he shot his girlfriend in the head Sunday and then lied about how she was injured, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (3).
East Elmhurst

Beep outlines economic agenda at chamber’s breakfast meeting

Borough President Melinda Katz rubbed shoulders with Queens’ movers and shakers during a meet-and-greet breakfast at the LaGuardia Marriott Hotel Tuesday, when she said tackling the borough’s unemployment rate and luring a big-name retailer to Far Rockaway will be some of the keys to driving the borough’s economy. Comments (1).
Jackson Heights

Town hall aims to eradicate reckless driving

Make Queens Safer hosted a town hall meeting Sunday evening to discuss a growing number of pedestrian deaths with elected officials, police and a representative from the city Department of Transportation. Comments (2).
Richmond Hill

CB 9 chair and district manager say they’ve mended relationship

Community Board 9 Chairman James Coccovillo and District Manager Mary Ann Carey announced they had put their differences aside with help from the borough president’s office during the board’s Tuesday meeting. Comment.
Jamaica

Kennedy Airport celebrates 50 years since Beatles landed

Beatlemania became a full-on frenzy 50 years ago with the arrival of John, Paul, George and Ringo at John F. Kennedy International Airport, and last week the group’s fans gathered inside the iconic TWA terminal to mark the anniversary. Comment.
Willets Point

Avella sues city over mall

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and a number of park advocacy groups and Queens businesses slapped the city and Willets Point developers with a lawsuit Monday challenging the legality of their plan to build a megamall on parkland. Comments (2).
Long Island City

LIC biz owners brace for No. 7 shutdowns

With just two weeks to go before the MTA begins suspending weekend service on the western portion of the No. 7 subway line for signal upgrades and tunnel repair, anxiety levels are rising among business owners in Long Island City. Comment.
Queens Village

Civics say Creedmoor needs tighter security

The recent escape by a patient from the Creedmoor Psychiatric Hospital in Queens Village has surrounding residents calling for a full review of the incident as well as an in-depth look at improvements they believe can be made to the facility’s security procedures. Comments (1).
Bayside

CB 11 to elect new chair as Iannece’s term ends

After 10 years as chairman of Community Board 11, Jerry Iannece will step down next month due to term limits and a new leader will take his place. Comment.
Bayside

PS 213 students learn about cultures around the world

Students at PS 213 in Oakland Gardens danced around the globe Tuesday during the school’s annual International Fair, celebrating cultures and traditions from many different countries. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing’s Lunar spectacle ushers in Year of the Horse

A small army of costumed dancers, musicians and entertainers marched through downtown Flushing last weekend as the neighborhood celebrated the Lunar New Year with its annual parade. Comment.
Corona

Police looking for a flasher on the 7: NYPD

CORONA — Police were hunting for a man who allegedly exposed himself to a woman on the No. 7 train in Corona Feb. 2, the NYPD said. Comments (1).
St. Albans

NYPD looks for missing St. Albans teen

ST ALBANS — Police were asking for the public’s help finding a St. Albans teen who went missing Feb. 3. Comment.
Jamaica

Football star motivated by uncle’s 9/11 service

Thomas Holley learned what it means to be a fighter and a leader from a relative who embodied both attributes on Sept. 11, 2001. Comment.
Block Shots

Coach Leary’s career wins should be tallied correctly 

Most coaches say they don’t care about reaching personal milestones and want to keep the focus on their teams. Legendary St. Francis Prep Coach Tim Leary actually proved those mottos were true for him. Comments (2).
Mayoral Spin Cycle

De Blasio sticks to his guns on taxing rich for pre-K

You have to give credit to new Mayor Bill de Blasio. He has presented a clear progressive vision during the campaign and in his first 40 days in office he has hit the ground running, doggedly pursuing his bold agenda. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014

Bayside

Queens takes latest snowstorm in stride on slushy streets

Queens dug out from yet another snow storm Thursday as 5 to 10 inches of the white stuff blanketed the borough up until noon. Comments (1).
East Elmhurst

PA boss fires new warning at boro carriers

The Port Authority has raised the stakes in its battle with the airlines for fairer pay for airport workers. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Klein Farm tenants fined for tree cutting

The rental tenants on the historic Klein Farm in Fresh Meadows were issued fines Wednesday for cutting down trees and altering the property without the necessary permission. Comments (1).
East Elmhurst

City to pay Corona mom $2.5M for son’s death

New York City has reached a $2.5 million settlement with the family of an unarmed National Guardsman who was shot and killed by an NYPD detective as he was driving late at night on the Grand Central Parkway in 2012, according to the family’s attorney. Comments (2).
Rosedale

Losing candidate Brown owes big campaign bucks

Former southeast Queens City Council candidate Ricardo Brown has racked up an unusually large — and just plain unusual — campaign debt that one expert said could run him afoul of the city’s campaign finance laws. Comments (1).
Jamaica

Pol calls on library prez to resign

Pressure mounted on the head of the Queens Library this week as one state lawmaker called for the nonprofit executive’s resignation days after he was questioned by a special City Council oversight committee at a hearing on the library’s finances. Comments (1).
Flushing

Queens pols eye tax breaks for seniors’ favorite haunts

State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) has proposed a new tax credit for restaurants that allow seniors to hang out in their establishments. Comments (7).
Flushing

MTA will offer free shuttle during No. 7 line closures

Commuters in northeast Queens will be offered an alternative route by the MTA intended to soften the impact of upcoming track work that will shut down parts of the No. 7 train for nearly two dozen weekends in 2014. Comment.
Flushing

Project’s co-founder dies suddenly at 28

Christian Doran, a co-founder of People for the Pavilion, who died suddenly from an asthma attack Saturday, was remembered fondly by friends as a passionate and talented musician on his way to much bigger things. Comments (3).
St. Albans

They create art from the heart

Amid the snow and ice here in Queens, hearts are popping up everywhere. Comments (5).
Long Island City

Mayor lays out plans for city in Queens

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first State of the City address drew a better reaction inside the Performing Arts Center at LaGuardia Community College than it did in Albany. Comments (1).
Forest Hills

Katz makes her pick for city schools panel

Borough President Melinda Katz made her appointment to the city’s education panel during a week when it seemed everyone was talking about schools. Comment.
Jamaica

JPAC to hold Black History performance

This weekend the Jamaica Performing Arts Center is featuring a dance and theatrical event called “Amazing Grace: From the Auction to the White House.” Comment.
Long Island City

LIC Entrepreneur Space faces money worries in fourth year

The Queens Economic Development Corp. celebrated the third anniversary of its Entrepreneur Space while its leader feared it might be the last. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside angel picks up check at boro eateries

A handful of lucky restaurant-goers have become the first recipients of a simple act of kindness that one Bayside man is hoping will brighten the day of people all over Queens. Comments (5).
Transit

Bus Time technology will inform boro commuters how long to wait

Bus Time is heading for Queens bus stops and its arrival is imminent. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Cops look for suspects in Long Island City beating [With Video]

LONG ISLAND CITY — Police were asking for the public’s help in identifying a couple believed to be involved in an assault that happened inside the Queens Plaza subway station. Comment.
Middle Village

Delarosa powers CK to win

It took a suspension for Christ the Kings’ Adonis Delarosa to truly understand what his teammates already knew. Comment.
Middle Village

Christ the King beats Nazareth

Kollyns Scarbrough had blood running over her right eye and looked like she had gotten out of a boxing ring or the UFC octagon instead of the basketball court. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Balanced Terriers take down Holy Cross on home court

St. Francis Prep wasn’t short on motivation and didn’t waste any of it. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm team on hot streak stops Creighton in MSG upset

National Player of the Year candidate Doug McDermott beat St. John’s University with a three-pointer the first time the Red Storm played Creighton. There would be no repeat performance. Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014

Springfield Gardens

Arrest made in shooting death of 50 Cent’s friend: Police

Cops brought in a South Jamaica man Monday suspected of gunning down an associate of the hip-hop artist 50 Cent in Springfield Gardens last month, police said. Comments (1).

Monday, Feb. 10, 2014

Maspeth

Activist for Pavilion’s preservation dies from asthma attack: Co-founder

People for the Pavilion, a new organization leading the push to preserve the site of the 1964 World’s Fair, lost a founding member this weekend. Comment.
Long Island City

Mayor stresses income equality in first State of the City address

Mayor Bill de Blasio came to LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City Monday to deliver his first State of the City address and present his progressive plan to attack income inequality. Comments (4).
Kew Gardens

Updated: Boyfriend charged in 22-year-old girlfriend’s shooting: DA

A 30-year-old man was arrested on charges of attempting to murder his 22-year-old girlfriend after he allegedly told investigators initially that three masked robbers invaded his Kew Gardens apartment and shot her, authorities said. Comments (38).
Woodhaven

Authorities bust cockfighting ring in Woodhaven: AG

Investigators raided a cockfighting ring in the basement of a vacant storefront in Woodhaven this weekend as part of the largest bust of its kind in New York State history, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said. Comments (3).

Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014

Flushing

Flushing celebrates Year of the Horse with parade

Thousands of people braved frigid temperatures Saturday to behold the Lunar New Year Parade in downtown Flushing. Comment.
Arverne

Probe to be performed into ACS and Rockaway girl’s death: de Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged an investigation into the beating death of a 2-year-old girl in the Rockaways and a broader probe into the policies and practices of the Administration for Children’s Services during his remarks to reporters Thursday in the Bronx. Comment.
East Elmhurst

SUV flipped on side following multi-car accident

At least three vehicles, including one SUV that was flipped on its side, were involved in an accident on the eastbound Grand Central Parkway Saturday morning. Comment.

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