Parents are forging documents to get their children into a sought-after but swelling Glendale school, and the practice could edge out longtime residents who actually live in the district, a principal said to a tense meeting last week. Comment.
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and Bellerose civic leaders called on a halal market on Hillside Avenue with more than $25,000 in violations to clear up the penalties or get out of the neighborhood. Comment.
The NYPD said an Astoria man who allegedly killed his helpless Chinese Shar-Pei dog by throwing him out the window has been charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and reckless endangerment. Comment.
Community Board 3 proposed a relatively short wish list for its fiscal year 2013 capital and expense budgets, which focused on building and expanding new schools, libraries and affordable housing at its monthly meeting last Thursday. Comment.
Two weeks after Tropical Storm Irene brought drenching rain, canceling Jamaica Bay’s annual Shorebird Festival, my friend Walter and I go there to see the fall migration, which I hope will include shorebirds. Comment.
As a gesture of gratitude to the place where her career got its start, independent filmmaker, lifelong Little Neck resident and self-proclaimed dragon aficionado Elana Mugdan will screen the Queens premier of her film “Director’s Cut” at the Community Church of Douglaston Friday. Comment.
The Bayside Historical Society is currently exhibiting a collection of artifacts documenting the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and their effect on the northeast Queens community and asking visitors to share their experiences of that day in order to preserve their accounts for future generations. Comment.
Queensborough Community College has announced a new program beginning this fall that will enable the college’s qualified nursing students to transfer credits seamlessly to Hunter College in order to obtain their baccalaureate degrees. Comment.
City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) said he is happier now that one of America’s largest fast food chains has taken his considerations into account and changed its kids’ menu to be healthier. Comment.
Everyone wants their child to go to a great school, but with spaces in Queens limited, the city has its hands full simply finding seats for the ever-increasing number of students who fill its rosters each September. Comment.
The long-awaited American Jobs Act President Barack Obama proposed Sept. 8 will have more than a billion dollars of direct economic benefit for Queens workers, according to a new report by city Comptroller John Liu. Comment.
Democrats may have a 3-1 advantage over Republicans in the 9th Congressional District, but President Barack Obama’s unpopularity and the state of the economy sank state Assemblyman David Weprin’s (D-Little Neck) chances of winning the seat over Republican Bob Turner, according to political observers. Comment.
Emotions ran high as hundreds of mourners gathered at a Long Island City funeral home Saturday morning to say goodbye to a rising high school basketball star who grew up in Queensbridge and was gunned down last week in Harlem. Distraught friends called for a stop to the senseless violence that claimed her life. Comment.
It has been nearly four weeks since Tropical Storm Irene came through Queens, but residents in heavily affected areas in southeast Queens are still reeling from the storm, elected officials said. Comment.
Frustration and fear predominated at a meeting held at Flushing’s Bland Houses last Thursday night as police and community members attempted to persuade one another to put an end to a recent spate of violence before it escalated any further. Comment.
The mayor released a report on the performance of all city agencies over the last year and touted increased efficiency in many areas, but several alarming trends were also contained in the data. Comment.
The Children’s Discovery Center at the Queens Central Library has been open since the middle of the summer, but no science place would be complete without an official introduction from a high-tech helper. Comment.
An elderly Whitestone man became the latest victim in the borough of the West Nile Virus and even though he is expected to make a full recovery, his family and borough leaders are demanding action to prevent it from happening again. Comment.
Newly elected U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Howard Beach) weighed in on his first piece of legislation the same day he was sworn in to the House last Thursday, which a Democratic lawmaker in Queens said is indicative of why the 9th Congressional District voted Turner into office for the wrong reasons. Comment.
While Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-smoking policies have been criticized as draconian, he declared them a success on a visit to the city Department of Health in Long Island City, saying the number of adult smokers is at an all-time low of 14 percent. Comment.
Educators at LaGuardia Community College dedicated an academic hall last Thursday to former state Sen. Serphin Maltese, a man who worked with lawmakers across the aisle and who has a lot in common with the students at the college. Comment.
The victory by U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Howard Beach) in the race for the 9th Congressional District seat has complicated plans for the congressional redistricting that is set to take place next year. Comment.
In an effort to control expanding costs, New York state has placed a $15 billion cap on Medicaid expenditures, but officials at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside said these measures could have devastating results for the program’s most vulnerable recipients. Comment.
The architect behind a plan to redevelop an aging manufacturing building into a massive mixed-use edifice appeared before members of Community Board 7 and area civic leaders last week to present the details of the project, which is currently under construction at the site of the former Gelmart plant. Comment.
The family and friends of a 25-year-old man who was gunned down early Sunday morning in Jamaica are trying to piece together why someone would target and lure him to his death when he had no apparent enemies. Comment.
Detective Charles LoPresti’s heroics during a life-saving search may have made him a star in Queens, but his quick-thinking actions have earned him the respect of a law enforcement leader from the other side of the country. Comment.
Flushing’s state legislators joined with the local transportation workers union Tuesday afternoon in support of a nationwide initiative to stop the bleeding of federal and state dollars from transportation coffers. Comment.
A Rockaway man convicted of killing his childhood friend more than 15 years ago who had been in prison for 13 years was set free by a Queens Supreme Court judge last week, although the Queens district attorney’s office derided the decision and claims the man is guilty. Comment.
A 61-year-old Manhattan man was arrested Saturday after he allegedly struck a 65-year-old South Ozone Park cricket umpire in East Elmhurst last Thursday, then drove off leaving the man to die, police said. Comment.
With the promise of one-of-a-kind creations of the culinary and craft varieties, the Douglaston Village Arts Festival plans to return for the third year Sunday with the works of local artists, food from area restaurants and various performances from live bands and entertainers. Comment.
College Point residents will have a new option for all their relaxing and lounging needs if a proposal to build a spa moves forward as planned after the College Point Corporate Park Task Force, a Community Board 7 committee, recently recommended it for city approval. Comment.
Some of tennis’ top stars faced off during the final matches of the US Open. Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal in the men’s match, and Samantha Stosur upset Serena Williams to win the women’s trophy. Photos by Christina Santucci Comment.