Flushing Times

Monday, Aug. 20, 2012

Flushing

109th Precinct celebrates National Night Out in Flushing

Hundreds of people packed the PS 20 Playground for National Night Out Against Crime. Comment.

Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012

The Play’s the Thing

It’s all in the name, if you’ve got the money, that is

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. (“Romeo and Juliet”, William Shakespeare) Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Former St. John’s Prep star heads to Italy’s top league

Bryant Dunston heard the Internet rumors. A report out of Israel, where he last played, said the Brooklyn Nets were considering offering him a contract. Comment.

Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012

Flushing

Popular bubble tea jeopardized by ban

The mayor’s proposed ban on large sugary drinks has implications for a popular Asian beverage served on the streets of downtown Flushing, a group opposed to the proposal said. Comment.
Flushing

Workshop offers unique look at Bach’s music and life

In a small Queens College dormitory suite, Adriana Molello is taking a private lesson in violin, but you might not guess it was an instrument she was studying if you just walked into the room. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

SJU soccer ranked No. 15 ahead of season

Already tabbed as the favorites to win the Big East Red Division, the defending Big East Tournament champion St. John’s University’s men’s soccer team has added another preseason accolade, as the squad has been ranked No. 15 in the Preseason National Soccer Coaches Association of America Top 25 Rankings. Comment.
Letters

Hold EDC accountable over Willets development

Willets Point property and business owners are not surprised that Seth Pinsky, president of the city Economic Development Corp., is attempting to do damage control, now that the state attorney general has determined that EDC and Claire Shulman’s local development corporation acted illegally in pursuing the Willets Point development project (“EDC cites ’08 global crisis,” Aug. 2-8). Comments (5).

Friday, Aug. 17, 2012

Willets Point

Willets: Possible casino site

State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) has mentioned Willets Point as a possible site for a casino should the state Legislature modify New York state’s constitution to legalize the currently taboo activity. Comments (1).
Fresh Meadows

Gennaro, DEP discuss FM flooding

City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) met with city Department of Environmental Protection officials last Thursday to discuss potential fixes to Fresh Meadows storm sewers in order to alleviate flooding, an issue which has again come to the forefront after a storm crippled the area Aug. 1. Comments (1).
Flushing

Qns hearing planned for new Council lines

A commission is set to host next week the only public hearing in Queens on the once-in-a-decade process of redrawing the City Council’s district lines. Comment.
Flushing

Koo promotes Flushing Town Hall event

Councilman Peter Koo and creators of a show featuring acts from Broadway shows gethered to tout the event, which is scheduled to be performed at Flushing Town Hall this weekend. Comment.
Letters

Make skies safe for birds, airplanes

Once again, hysteria has begun. Now 700 Canada geese were rounded up and killed so they would not collide with and cause an accident with a plane. To begin with, those birds were living on federally protected land: the Jamaica Wildlife Refuge. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012

Fresh Meadows

Brinckerhoff burial ground landmarked

The city Landmarks Preservation Commission ended a 12-year battle over the fate of Brinckerhoff Cemetery, a colonial-era burial ground in Fresh Meadows where some of Queens’ earliest settlers are buried, by voting Tuesday to make it a landmark. Comment.
Flushing

State mulls spiritual school

State education officials are currently reviewing a Flushing charter school application that outlines a curriculum based on teachings from both ancient Chinese and modern Western philosophies, yet is rife with references to an acrid political debate in China and Flushing involving the spiritual movement known as Falun Dafa. Comment.
Willets Point

Willets West crucial to Iron Triangle plan

The group selected by the city to build a $3 billion, mixed-use neighborhood at Willets Point has revealed ambitious plans for the new neighborhood, but their vision would not have been possible without a separate proposed retail center on a parking lot to the west of Citi Field. Comments (2).
Flushing

Messer gets Chinese name in Flushing Assembly race

John Messer, a candidate opposing state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) for a seat based around Flushing, is targeting his campaign at the Asian-American voters in the district. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012

Flushing

Flushing forum set for Assembly race

A Korean nonprofit specializing in outreach to new immigrants is set to host a candidate forum Thursday for the crowded Flushing state Assembly race. Comment.
Pomonok

Flushing mom strangled son: DA

A 29-year-old Pomonok woman was formally charged with manslaughter after the Queens district attorney released the results of an autopsy indicating her 2-year-old son was strangled to death, but the woman’s family said the charges were part of a setup. Comments (1).

Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012

Fresh Meadows

Brinckerhoff Cemetery receives landmark status

The city Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to make Brinckerhoff Cemetery a landmark in a move that will protect the historic Fresh Meadows burial ground from development. Comment.

Monday, Aug. 13, 2012

Pomonok

Woman charged in death of 2-year-old son

A Queens woman was arrested Monday and charged with murder in connection with the death of her 2-year-old son, police said. Comment.

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