Flushing Times

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Flushing

FOCUS ON QUEENS: Tenor Daniel Rodriguez performs at fund-raiser for Flushing House

Tenor Daniel Rodriguez, “the Singing Cop,” took the stage at Flushing Town Hall during a fund-raiser for Flushing House. Comment.
Letters

Back Willets Point development

Queens is on the verge of an economic development tidal wave, but if we do not encourage this growth, we stand to lose out on critical opportunities to improve the quality of life for residents. Comments (3).

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Letters

Knives have no place on a plane

It is ridiculous that the Transportation Security Administration is going to allow small knives to be carried on board planes. A small knife is just as dangerous as a large one. Comment.
Flushing

Cb 7 OKs Willets Point project in close vote

Community Board 7 approved the $3 billion Willets Point redevelopment project Monday night in a lengthy meeting heavily attended by advocates for and against the project. Comments (1).

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Flushing

Karate kids get kick out of free Flushing tournament

The Al Oerter Recreation Center in Flushing looked like a martial arts movie scene Sunday, when hundreds of people cheered on children as young as 4 chopping and kicking their way through a tournament sponsored by the city Parks Department. Comment.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Flushing

Hillcrest school program faces ax after 13 years

The city has spared one Hillcrest after-school program from the budget dance for 13 years, but is now planning to completely cut off its funding, program directors said at a Tuesday rally. Comment.
Flushing

Garden picnic, evening cruise among ways to spend Mother’s Day

Every year, on the second Sunday in May, mothers around the country are appreciated with flowers, chocolates, gifts and kisses. Comment.
Flushing

Qns Library could face closures under suggested city budget cuts

Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed deep cuts to city libraries in his 2014 budget that some worry could close Queens Library facilities, force layoffs and slash the number of hours facilities would be open a week. Comments (3).
Flushing

NYPD looking for missing Flushing teen

FLUSHING — Police were asking the public’s help to locate a teenager who has been missing from her 45th Avenue home for more than a week. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Big East names McArdle offensive player of the year

Kieran McArdle added to a historic season for the St. John’s lacrosse programs. Comment.
Letters

Shame Congress into passing gun control laws

Republicans successfully derailed the passage of gun legislation last month in the last moments when passage looked likely. The 54 votes in favor fell short of the 60 needed to break a filibuster. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who co-authored the bill, said it would have passed if the National Rifle Association did not score it. The NRA score scared enough senators to oppose it rather than risk reprisals from pro-gunners come election time. Most headlines called these folks cowards. Comment.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Jamaica Estates

St. John’s University president resigns

The Rev. Donald J. Harrington was praised for his accomplishments reforming St. John’s University during his tenure as president following the surprise announcement that he was retiring Friday in the wake of two New York Magazine articles accusing him of taking gifts and vacations from a powerful school fund-raiser who killed herself during her fraud trial. Comment.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Flushing

Liu aides’ guilt casts shadow on mayoral run

The fraud convictions of two former campaign aides to city Comptroller John Liu has not helped his run for higher office, but the jury’s decision may influence whether the Queens Democratic Party will endorse the lawmaker’s mayoral bid, borough political observers said. Comments (3).
Willets Point

First Willets plan called for parkland swap

The development group selected to build Willets Point planned to replace about 32 acres of parkland in a 2011 failed proposal for a casino complex, but now contends its current $3 billion project does not require it. Comments (5).
Flushing

USTA land deal panned by critics

The United States Tennis Association trumpeted a pledge this week to replace double the parkland it wants to take as part of its expansion, but critics called the swap disingenuous since the land is already used by the public. Comment.
Flushing

Whitestone mom wants killer of son, 46, found

A Whitestone man fatally shot in the face and torso was cremated Tuesday as police hunted for his killer, his grieving mother said. Comments (7).

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