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Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012

Long Island City

Non-Native English speakers can test their skills at LaGuardia Community College

LaGuardia Community College is currently offering testing of English speaking and listening skills through the Versant English Test, a computer-based exam that measures how well individuals use everyday English in a school or work environment. Comment.
Bayside

Taste of Bayside welcomes food lovers this week

The Taste of Bayside will give patrons the opportunity this Wednesday to sample a smorgasbord of eastern Queens’ flavors in a convenient setting. Comment.
Whitestone

Whitestone civic offers discount biz cards

The Welcome to Whitestone Commercial and Residential Civic Association partnered with a host of businesses around northeast Queens to offer a discount card to its members. Comments (54).

Monday, Jan. 23, 2012

Flushing

Flushing set to ring in Year of the Dragon

The Lunar New Year is the most important holiday in many Asian cultures, but 2012 will be the Year of the Dragon — the most auspicious of all the Chinese zodiac animals. Comment.
Flushing

Koo officially registers as Queens Dem

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) officially registered with the Democratic Party at the Queens Board of Elections offices in Kew Gardens Monday after running on the GOP line three years ago to win a seat on the City Council. Comments (4).
Astoria

Obama gives funds to kids

Zone 126, an organization created to get children who live in the Astoria Houses better access to education, has received a $500,000 planning grant from President Barack Obama’s administration to to broaden learning opportunities for the public housing complex’s children. Comment.
Queens Village

United Negro College Fund holds event to honor MLK

The Greater New York Inter-Alumni Council of the United Negro College Fund presented its 22nd-annual MLK Jr. Awards Breakfast at Antun’s. Comment.
Breezy Point

Dredging means daily bridge lifts at Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge

Due to a dredging project being conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, there will be multiple daily bridge lifts at the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge beginning Jan. 26 and lasting through February. Comment.

Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012

Douglaston

Douglaston Fairway serves raffle winner beef for dinner

Wholly (quarter) cow! Comment.
Jamaica

First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica celebrates 350 years

When the First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica was established in 1662, the area was a New Netherland settlement called Rustdorp, meaning “Quiet Village.” Comment.
Richmond Hill

Group rallies to unite SW Queens in Assembly

A group of Richmond Hill and Ozone Park residents, most of them South Asian and West Indian, met inside Villa Russo Monday night to shape their future. Comment.
Bellerose

Civics want new election district

Leaders from more than a dozen eastern Queens civic groups met in Bellerose last week, demanding their communities be united by the state task force that will redraw the area’s legislative lines for the coming decade. Comment.
Jamaica

MLK’s legacy honored at event sponsored by Comrie

Councilman Leroy Comrie sponsored an event entitled “A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center Monday afternoon. Comment.
Elmhurst

Cops seek man in Best Buy grand larceny

ELMHURST — Police have asked for the public’s assistance in locating a man wanted for questioning in a grand larceny that occurred at the Elmhurst Best Buy on Queens Boulevard. Comment.
Ozone Park

Suspect stole radio, GPS from car: Police

OZONE PARK — The NYPD has sought the public’s assistance in identifying a man wanted for grand larceny in Ozone Park. Comment.
Transit

Lancman backs law to protect construction workers on the road

A new law requires motorists who drive past construction crews to move over a lane and allow them room to work. Comment.

Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012

Whitestone

Whitestone group raises money to repair Haitian church

Two years after an earthquake shook Haiti to its foundation, a group from Whitestone continues its efforts to repair the damaged buildings at the center of the island nation’s public life. Comment.
Whitestone

Whitestone biz wants vandals to come clean

A Whitestone business owner has surveillance footage of two graffiti vandals damaging his property, but instead of calling police he is hoping the young men turn themselves in — or someone does it for them. Comment.
Corona

Crime up in 115th but down in 110th

There were 77 more crimes committed in the 115th Precinct in 2011 compared to the previous year, but incidents dropped by a small margin in the 110th Precinct, according to police statistics. Comment.
Bayside

Pastel work tops showcase

A pastel portrait entitled “Maria” by artist Diana de Santis was awarded first prize Sunday in the Bayside Historical Society’s 11th annual art show. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Man, 26, hospitalized after jumping off bridge

LONG ISLAND CITY — Police said a young man was in stable condition at Cornell Hospital in Manhattan Sunday night after apparently jumping from the Queens side of the Queensborough Bridge, the New York Post reported. Comment.
Flushing

Shia Muslims honor Muhammed’s grandson with Flushing procession

Hundreds of people proceeded through Flushing Sunday during a Shia commemoration called the Arbaeen of Shuhada-e-Karbala, which commemorated the death of the Prophet Muhammed’s grandson Imam Hussain during the Battle of Karbal, as well as Hussain’s bodyguard and cousin, Ghazi Abbas. Comment.
Queens Village

Stalker harasses woman with car, pistol: Post

QUEENS VILLAGE — Hell hath no fury like a stalker scorned. Comment.
Jamaica Hills

MLS JV girls win 8 in a row, defeating GNYA

The wins keep coming for the junior varsity girls at Maspeth’s Martin Luther School. Comment.
Whitestone

Whitestone groups pitch in for Memorial Day parade

The Whitestone Memorial Day Parade, a staple of the neighborhood, is in danger of going out of existence, according to a Whitestone civic leader. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 20, 2012

Laurelton

King’s legacy honored in southeast Qns.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s non-violent quest for racial equality has left an indelible mark on the nation and Queens residents kept his memory alive Monday by honoring the Nobel Peace Prize winner at a community-focused event. Comment.
Transit

City transit gears up for Saturday snowfall

After coating the Midwest, a winter storm could dump as many as six inches of snow onto New York City streets this weekend. The snow is expected to begin falling Saturday just after midnight. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill family gets 418 years in fraud

A Richmond Hill man, wife and daughter have been sentenced to prison in the defrauding of fellow immigrants in what District Attorney Richard Brown said was about “a family who threw away their future to satisfy greed.” Comment.
Bayside

Avella trashes city’s garbage bin policy

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) slammed the city Department of Sanitation Friday for fines that have been levied against residents for putting their trash cans out too early the day before collection. Comments (1).
Douglaston

Douglaston Concerts midway through its 10th season

Devotees of chamber music and the Super Bowl will not have to choose between the two this year since the Douglaston Concerts will present its First Sundays Series concert an hour earlier than normal on Super Bowl Sunday. Comment.
Flushing

PS/IS 499 gets new tech lab from $200K Gennaro grant

A Flushing school cut the ribbon on new equipment last week, allowing the Queens College School of Math, Science and Technology to live up to its name. Comments (1).
Flushing

Events in Celebration of the Year of the Dragon

Lunar New Year Celebration — The Al Oerter Recreation Center invites you to an afternoon of karate, dance performances and more ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Woman found dead in Far Rock by the shore

FAR ROCKAWAY — Police said they responded to a call in Far Rockaway Saturday where they found a woman dead outside near Beach 17th Street and the shoreline. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012

Flushing

Flushing Councilman Koo to switch to Dem Party

City Councilman Peter Koo (R-Flushing), one of the borough’s four Republican lawmakers, is planning on switching to the Democratic Party Monday, according to a published report. Comments (2).
Corona

Richard Italiano, CB 4 district manager, dies

Richard Italiano, the district manager and former chairman of Community Board 4, has died, Borough President Helen Marshall announced in a statement Thursday. Comments (2).
Flushing

Queens prodigal son Cuomo returns for budget address

Gov. Andrew Cuomo returned to the borough of his birth Thursday morning to deliver his budget address again and many of his proposals drew applause from the audience. Comment.
Flushing

Liu returns campaign cash as fund-raising probe lingers

Embattled city Comptroller John Liu returned nearly $50,000 in contributions and disclosed a list of his campaign bundlers as promised Tuesday amid questions about the finances of his unofficial 2013 campaign for mayor. Comment.
Ozone Park

Ozone Pk dad, son die inside home

Fire officials believe that a faulty heater was the source of a carbon monoxide leak that killed a father and son in an Ozone Park home that was not equipped with a working CO detector, according to a spokesman for the Fire Department. Comment.
Long Island City

LIC employer Fresh Direct eyes N.J. move

A Long Island City online grocery company has filed for a large tax incentive program in New Jersey, but New York state and city agencies are hoping that Fresh Direct stays — if not in Queens, then at least in the city. Comment.
Long Island City

Hunters Pt. South revisited

More than 200 people crowded into the foyer of MOMA PS1 in Long Island City last Thursday, many sitting in the aisles or standing along the walls, to get an update on Hunters Point South, a massive, middle-income, mixed-use development currently under construction at 50th Avenue and 2nd Street. Comments (1).
Flushing

Flushing teenager wins Intel slot

Bhargava Chitti is a 17-year-old Flushing student whose cancer research on reducing the sometimes debilitating side effects of radiation therapy has landed him a spot in the semifinals of the 2012 Intel Science Talent Search. Comment.
Forest Hills

Prez picks Forest Hills grad

President Barack Obama tapped a Forest Hills High School graduate to be his next chief of staff last week. Comment.
Long Island City

Queens dreads 11 weekends of 7 train outage

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) hosted a town hall meeting with representatives of the MTA last week about extensive renovation to the No. 7 line that will mean some Long Island City stops will be out of order for 11 straight weekends. Comment.
South Richmond Hill

Man slays wife in front of kids: Cops

Three young children saw their mother murdered by her estranged husband in South Richmond Hill Sunday, sources said. Comment.
St. Albans

Rebuild VA hospital: Meeks

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-St. Albans) described 2012 as a year of promise as he met with reporters in his Jamaica district office Tuesday. Comment.
South Ozone Park

57% in poll say no to Aqueduct convention center

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to build the nation’s largest convention center near Aqueduct Race Track is not sitting well with state voters, according to a Siena College poll released Monday. Comment.
Corona

CB 4 member resigns over Pledge of Allegiance

Right after Community Board 4 said the Pledge of Allegiance before its monthly meeting in Corona last week, a longtime member announced he would be stepping down because two other members would not salute the flag. Comments (2).
Long Island City

SLA rejects LIC strip club again

In keeping with the wishes of the Long Island City community, the State Liquor Authority rejected for a second time an application from the Gypsy Rose strip club on 21st Street. Comment.
Flushing

Keen officers stop burglary crew in 109th

The 109th Precinct Community Council gave out several awards last week to officers with excellent gut instincts as well as community members who took care of residents and animals alike. Comment.
South Jamaica

Crash sends school bus spiraling into home’s South Jamaica lawn

A 59-year-old pedestrian sustained serious injuries to her legs after she was struck by a school bus that plowed through a brick fence and into a home in South Jamaica during a two-vehicle collision in South Jamaica last Thursday afternoon, authorities and witnesses said. Comment.
College Point

College Pt. spa plan gets Avella’s support

The man who wants to open a new spa in the College Point Corporate Park got the backing of state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) last week, and the lawmaker questioned why the proposal was ever denied by both Community Board 7 and the borough president in the first place. Comments (2).
Kew Gardens Hills

Boro woman dies in Kew Gdns. Hills car accident

KEW GARDENS HILLS — A Fresh Meadows woman was killed Tuesday when the car she was a passenger in collided with another vehicle, police said. Comments (2).
South Ozone Park

Bravest saves man from blaze in S. Ozone Park

SOUTH OZONE PARK — Firefighters braved heavy smoke and flames Monday night to save a man in his 40s who was found with no pulse from a fire at the Executive Motor Inn, at 138th Avenue and Cranston Street, the New York Post reported. Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012

Bay Terrace

Politicians, apartment owners renew call for property tax reform

As northeast Queens co-op and condo owners awaited the new round of assessments to be released by the city this week, elected officials rallied to their side in a bid to reform the property tax system. Comment.
Flushing

Liu returns campaign cash as fund-raising probe lingers

Embattled city Comptroller John Liu returned nearly $50,000 in contributions and disclosed a list of his campaign bundlers as promised Tuesday amid questions about the finances of his unofficial 2013 campaign for mayor. Comment.
Bayside

Officials protest MSG blackout to boro fans

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is calling foul on Time Warner Cable and the Madison Square Garden Company for hitting an impasse that has resulted in a television blackout of a number of professional sports teams. Comments (4).
Government

More bread for top teachers

Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed incentives, including merit pay, so the city can retain and recruit the best teachers during his State of the City address last Thursday in the Bronx. Comments (1).
Transit

MTA and transit workers union continue talks over new contract

MTA officials were still negotiating with the Transport Workers Union Tuesday long after expiration of the contract between the transit agency and workers who operate New York City buses and subways. Comment.
Ridgewood

Qns DA renames LIE the Heroin Highway

The 12 men and women charged by District Attorney Richard Brown with operating a small ring that sold heroin to well-to-do customers in Suffolk and Nassau counties are now working their way through the New York state court system. Comments (3).
East Elmhurst

Civilian, firefighter injured in East Elmhurst blaze

A firefighter suffered minor injuries at an East Elmhurst blaze Monday morning. One civilian also suffered minor burns to the head during the fire on Humphrey Street near 27th Avenue, according to fire officials. Firefighters first got the call at 9:47 a.m., and the blaze was under control by 10:25 a.m., according to a spokesman for the FDNY. Comment.
Bayside

Two cars involved in Bayside accident

At least one person was taken to the hospital following a two-car crash at the intersection of 35th Avenue and Corporal Kennedy Street in Bayside Jan. 10, according to the relatives of one of the car’s drivers. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012

Kew Gardens Hills

Kew Gardens Hills blaze injures 10 firefighters (with VIDEO)

A three-alarm fire gutted an apartment near Queens College Monday, injuring 10 firefighters who responded to the scene but were not seriously hurt. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 16, 2012

Education

Mayor pushes merit pay for city teachers

Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed incentives, including merit pay, so the city can retain and recruit the best teachers during his State of the City address Thursday in the Bronx. Comment.
Ozone Park

Ozone Park father and son killed in apparent accidental carbon monoxide poisoning

A father and son died in what investigators believe was an accidental carbon monoxide poisoning in Ozone Park. Police said that both Kuo-Kung Chen, 66, and his son Aaron Chen, 29, were found dead in their home on 101st Avenue at 90th Street Saturday evening. Comments (2).

Friday, Jan. 13, 2012

Ridgewood

DA busts dozen in connection with drug sales at end of ‘Heroin Highway’

District Attorney Richard Brown coined yet another unflattering nickname for a Queens thoroughfare Friday morning when he announced the results of a massive drug bust involving suspected dealers in the borough and well-to-do customers in Suffolk and Nassau counties. Comments (4).

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