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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Springfield Gardens

Cookie sales snag Queens Girl Scout top spot

Sales isn’t for the faint of heart. But for one Queens teenager, all of the qualities of a young saleswoman were apparent from her philanthropic Girl Scout Cookie transactions. Comment.

Friday, March 27, 2015

St. Albans

Duo pleads guilty in sex trafficking case: DA

ST. ALBANS — A couple pleaded guilty to sex trafficking Tuesday after admitting they forced a 15-year-old girl into prostitution last year the Queens DA said. Comment.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Richmond Hill

NYPD asks for case dismissal in Phaghwa Parade controversy

The city’s Legal Department has requested that the Hindu Parades & Festival Committee’s court petition against the NYPD be dismissed on the grounds the Queens Supreme Court has no jurisdiction over the reinstatement of the revoked parade permit. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Mayor’s renewal school program heads to the war room

During Mayor Bill de Blasio’s tour of underperforming schools enrolled in the Renewal Schools program launched last year, he announced one of the methods to measure improvements would be Compstat, the NYPD crime-tracking tool, at Richmond Hill High School. Comments (1).

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Rosedale

Brookville Park to get $1.6M for face-lift

Brookville Park in southeast Queens will be receiving a total of $1.6 million for extensive renovations over the next three years, according to elected officials. Comments (1).
Jamaica

Govt secrets panel comes to York

A panel of senior journalists and experts on the digital age of media in a post-Snowden world gave insight to students on their rights as journalists and as citizens in a surveillance state at CUNY’s York College last week. Comment.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Jamaica

Sean Bell’s mother pushes for special prosecution for police in Albany

Valerie Bell, whose unarmed son Sean Bell was killed the night before his wedding in a hail of 50 police bullets nearly nine years ago outside a Jamaica nightclub , has called for having independent prosecutors handle cases involving police fatalities. Comments (3).

Friday, March 20, 2015

Jamaica

Independent city agency starts NYPD focus groups in Jamaica

The Office of the Inspector General for the NYPD announced that it will begin conducting discussions groups in southeast Queens over the next few weeks on the tense community-police relations across the city. Comment.
Jamaica

Therapeutic art exhibited at Jamaica Hospital

Jamaica Hospital Medical Center showcased artwork from anonymous patients suffering from mental illnesses to raise awareness and celebrate National Creative Arts Therapy Week by transforming the main lobby of the hospital into an art gallery. Comment.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Richmond Hill

Hindu Parade leaders take their permit issue to court against NYPD

The Hindu Parades & Festival Committee said it has decided to pursue a civil case against the NYPD for suddenly canceling the annual Phagwah Parade days before the event, a 27-year tradition in Richmond Hill, after their parade permit was approved by the Police Department. Comments (1).
Jamaica

GJDC gets a new president after 40 years

The Greater Jamaica Development Corporation announced Hope Knight, former CEO of Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, will succeed Carlisle Towery, who served as president for the not-for-profit for the last 40 years. Comment.

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