Flushing Times

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Letters

Shame on Senate over gun bill

It is incomprehensible that the background checks for people who want to purchase guns did not pass the U.S. Senate. Comments (5).
Flushing

Prosecutors: Liu campaign aides lied

Federal prosecutors sought to convince a jury in closing arguments Tuesday that two former campaign aides to city Comptroller John Liu were guilty of a scheme to steal matching funds from the city Campaign Finance Board. Comment.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Flushing

Outdoor advocate has nature trail named in her honor

Queens was once home to hundreds of thousands of acres of wetlands, but now conservationists actively work to hang on to the last shreds of natural beauty in the concrete borough. Comment.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Fresh Meadows

Pols push MTA to spend surplus on Queens lines

A $40 million MTA budget surplus has leaders from northeast Queens calling to expand service and undo drastic cuts made in 2010. Comments (2).
Flushing

Qns students tackle Common Core tests

As students in Queens and across the city last week began taking the state’s new, tougher English and math exams, parents and teachers expressed concerns that their students would be graded on tests for which they were not adequately prepared. Comment.
Flushing

Queens jury convicts killer of Flushing gas attendant

A 24-year-old from Jamaica is facing life in prison after a jury Monday convicted him of killing a store clerk three years ago while sticking up a Flushing gas station for a few cartons of smokes. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

WNBA drafts two of St. John’s players

Nadirah McKenith and Shenneika Smith added another piece of history to their St. John’s careers. Comment.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Kew Gardens Hills

Kew Gardens Hills library rehab part of building spurt in system

Lawmakers kicked off the expansion of the Kew Garden Hills library last Friday as part of a decade-long capital spending boom that has forged ahead despite budget cuts to operating costs. Comment.
Flushing

Jazz takes centerstage at Flushing Town Hall festival

Amanda Monaco wants to share her love of jazz with others while they have fun and learn more about the history of the music and its ties to Queens. Comment.
Flushing

Group rallies against Tennis Center expansion

Park advocates have no love for a proposed tennis center expansion in Flushing. Comment.
Block Shots

Fresh Meadows defensive tackle finds success on gridiron

Thomas Holley is an example that anything can happen when you try something new. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Terriers’ bats fall silent in defeat by Fontbonne

St. Francis Prep Coach Ann Marie Rich wasn’t exactly sure how to explain her team’s play, only to say it was unexpected and unlike them. Comment.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Flushing

City refurbishes fields on MLS site

The city is pumping money into the reconstruction of two Flushing Meadows Corona Park soccer fields that lie in the footprint of a 25,000-seat stadium proposed by Major League Soccer, raising questions about the future of the professional sports arena. Comments (2).
Willets Point

Man killed after car hits Willets Pt. shop

Minutes after a car smashed into a Willets Point body shop Tuesday afternoon, killing one worker and injuring two others, police said, a motorist raced to the bloody scene to give crucial medical attention. Comment.
Flushing

Terrorism alters immigration bill debate

Some borough advocates of federal immigration reform are concerned that a new bipartisan measure to overhaul the current system will be derailed by the Boston Marathon bombings, allegedly carried out by two young men who immigrated to the United States from Kyrgyzstan. Comments (1).
Flushing

FBI agent testifies in trial of Liu aides

A secretly recorded video showing city Comptroller John Liu at a fund-raiser was shown in federal court this week during the trial of the lawmaker’s former aides who are accused of funneling illegal contributions to his mayoral campaign. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing philanthropists give cash after quake

Groups of Chinese Americans in Flushing have been gathering money and resources to help the victims of last weekend’s earthquake in Sichuan Province. Comment.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Willets Point

Car crashes into auto shop, kills worker: NYPD

A motorist plowed into New Pamir Auto Body Shop in Willets Point across from Citi Field Tuesday afternoon, killing one worker and possibly severing both legs of another, police said. Comments (2).
Flushing

America’s singing policeman, Daniel Rodriguez, to perform at Flushing Town Hall fund raiser

“America’s beloved tenor” Daniel Rodriguez will sing at a fund raising gala Thursday at Flushing Town Hall, at 137-35 Northern Blvd., to benefit the Flushing House retirement residence. Comment.

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