Jamaica Times

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015


Top cop talks ‘hard truths’ with crowd in southeast Queens

NYPD Commissioner William Bratton spoke to the southeast Queens community in an effort to shelve the notion of police bias against minorities at a Black History month celebration at the Greater Allen AME Church in Jamaica Tuesday morning. Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015


Jamaica church reaches out to NYPD to engage

NYPD Community Affairs Sgt. Dwayne Palmer doesn’t need a microphone. A former Marine, his vocals cords could be heard working loud and clear across the mostly empty Bethany Baptist Church on 160th Street in Jamaica during the youth group meeting on community relations with the Police Department late last week. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Time for action not just talk on Rockaway ferry

The mayor’s announcement regarding citywide ferry service is not fair or good news for Rockaway residents. Comments (2).

Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015


Get a taste of Portugal in downtown Jamaica

Although a clutch of Portuguese restaurants and bars cluster around the general vicinity of Jamaica Station, we thought that the Portuguese-American population that supported them had moved on to the ‘burbs some time ago. On a recent frigid Wednesday evening we were disabused of that notion. Comment.

Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015


Gambling granny charged with child endangerment

JAMAICA — A grandmother is facing charges after leaving her 5-year-old granddaughter in her car outside Resorts World Casino in Jamaica on Saturday afternoon. Comments (1).

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015


Exhibitions focus on Black History Month at JCAL

The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning celebrates Black History Month with two exhibitions. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015


DOT rolls out Pedestrian Safety Plan for Queens

Looking to build on the first year success of Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero Initiative, the Department of Transportation rolled out its comprehensive plan for “a safer Queens” in 2015. Comments (1).
St. Albans

St. Albans teacher accused of beating special ed student

An alarming audio recording allegedly of the teacher accused of beating a special ed student in January at PS 118 in St. Albans was released Tuesday by the Cochran law firm and Paul B. Weitz & Associates, which are suing the city on behalf of the child. Comment.

Rival groups battle it out during trash hearing

After a rally at City Hall, advocates and opponents of a bill that would reduce city waste transfers in southeast Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx attended a five-hour City Council hearing on the measure last week. Comments (3).

Airport baggage handlers strike for one day at JFK

Nearly 100 contracted baggage handlers at JFK Airport staged a 24-hour strike last week over what they contend are unfair labor practices by their employer, Aviation Safeguards, a subcontractor at the airport. The workers said they have filed various lawsuits and complaints about unfair labor practices, health and safety violations and wage theft against the company, which denies their claims. Comment.

EDC asks for affordable housing proposals in Jamaica

The city Economic Development Corp. issued a request for proposals for a mixed use, mixed-income development with a focus on affordable housing to be built at a city-owned property on 168th Street in Jamaica. Comments (1).

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