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Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012

Astoria

PS 85 welcomes new learning garden in school playground

Three Astoria schools now have gardens in their playgrounds in the latest project to come out of Con Edison’s $63 million settlement for the 2006 blackout. Comment.

Monday, Oct. 15, 2012

Elmhurst

Walcott praises new Elmhurst charter aimed at students learning English

A new charter middle school in Elmhurst aimed at helping children to learn English as a second language celebrated its first 30 days Friday with a ribbon-cutting and visit from city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott. Comment.
Bayside

From Bell Boulevard to bookshelves, Flushing children’s author shares story of hope, ambition

When he was just a boy growing up in Italy, Mario Trimoglie said his father told him that in America, dreams could come true. Comment.
Flushing

Cops seek public’s help in finding missing woman

FLUSHING — Police were asking for the public’s help in locating a woman who has been missing since last week. Comment.

Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012

Bayside

Group fights flight noise in Bayside

A group of activists in northeast Queens have banded together to coordinate efforts against the rising volume of airline noise affecting their area. Comments (10).
South Ozone Park

Chef from Astoria wins $1M by playing state’s Powerball

An unemployed Greek chef from Astoria was one of several lucky winners of the New York State Lottery recognized at Resorts World Casino in South Ozone Park last Thursday. Comments (1).
College Point

EDC project delaying park in College Pt.: Civics

The years-long delay for a College Point road repair is also holding up the construction of a nearby sports facility, according to a neighborhood civic organization. Comment.
Bayside

Truck traffic and pollution under fire in new Avella bill

A lawmaker in northeast Queens has proposed a piece of legislation aimed at curbing illegal truck traffic on residential streets by allowing authorities to seize vehicles of drivers who repeatedly break the law. Comment.
Flushing

Man’s decomposed body found in Kissena Park

FLUSHING — Police found the badly decomposed body of an unidentified man in Kissena Park last week, according to the NYPD. Comment.
Long Island City

LIC businesses mourn exodus of FreshDirect

Borden Avenue businesses said they would be sorry to lose FreshDirect, an online supermarket that has received millions in city and state subsidies to move to the Bronx for its expansion. Comments (1).
Jamaica

Man stole cellphone from woman on train: Police (WITH VIDEO)

JAMAICA — Police were asking for the public’s help in locating a man suspected of stealing a woman’s cell phone on an E train at the Jamaica-Van Wyck subway station Sept. 20, authorities said. Comment.
Jamaica

Burundi dancers perform at York College

The Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi showcase their energy, musicianship and heritage during a performance at York College Oct. 2. The show, called “Two Acts,” featured continuous dancing and drum beats and was divided into two 42-minute acts. Comment.

Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012

South Ozone Park

Resorts World pans criticism of hirings

The city’s first casino is defending its employment numbers after accusations by civic groups that the company did not hire enough employees from Queens. Comment.
South Jamaica

Erica Ford’s LIFE Camp celebrates 10th anniversary

Erica Ford celebrated the 10th anniversary of her anti-violence group LIFE Camp with a barbecue at her new South Jamaica office Monday, where community members shared not only stories of loss but ones of inspiration and healing. Comment.
Flushing

Soccer group outlines Qns stadium plans

Major League Soccer rolled out the preliminary outline last week for its plan to construct a 25,000-seat stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment.
Flushing

Salon staff scores settlement

A pair of Flushing nail salon workers scored some payback against an employer who allegedly canned them for complaining about substandard working conditions, they announced this week, setting what one nonprofit called a legal precedent that could change the fortunes for low-wage workers across the city. Comment.
Bayside

NE Queens schools score highest in citywide DOE growth reports

District 26 schools in northeast Queens had a reason to celebrate as city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott released this year’s elementary and middle school progress reports, putting the district at the top of the borough, which scored best in the entire city. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Boro weighs in on city transit future

What projects would Queens residents like to see incorporated into the city’s next transportation plan? the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council asked the public at an open house at the borough president’s office last Thursday. Comment.
Broad Channel

City ups boro senior outreach

As the elderly population grows at a fast rate in the borough and throughout the city, the city Office of Emergency Management is increasing its efforts to inform seniors who live in hurricane evacuation zones about what steps they need to take to remain safe during floods. Comment.
South Ozone Park

Duo pleads guilty to prostituting teenage girl: Brown

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said two men’s recent guilty pleas of forcing a 14-year-old into prostitution is the latest of eight sex trafficking convictions obtained by his office since tougher penalties for such crimes took effect in 2007. Comment.
Astoria

Pair steal gold necklace, then shoot man: NYPD

ASTORIA — The NYPD was seeking information about two suspects wanted in connection with a robbery and assault in the 114th Precinct, according to the NYPD. Comment.

Friday, Oct. 12, 2012

Long Island City

Undocumented immigrants find support from CUNY and Council

Starting this month, the City University of New York will offer free help applying for deferred action — a new federal program that grants temporary legal status to some undocumented immigrants so they may stay in the country and go to school or work without fear of deportation — at City Council members’ offices for all who are eligible. Comments (3).
Queensbridge

Sunnyside councilman calls for increased regulations on gun sales

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) introduced five resolutions calling for stricter gun control last week in response to two recent shootings in the Queensbridge Houses. Comments (17).
Rosedale

Southeast Qns sounds off on JFK runway

The Port Authority got an earful last week when residents of southeast Queens finally got their chance to sound off the agency’s plan to extend one of John F. Kennedy International Airport’s runways closer to residential neighborhoods. Comment.
Government

Lawmakers weigh use of campaign funds to help struggling boro nonprofits

Some Queens state legislators said using campaign funds to donate money to struggling local nonprofits is not necessarily a good practice — even though campaign records indicate many engage in the activity. Comment.
Bayside

Letter Carriers endorse Avella in re-election race

Endorsements have continued to pile up for candidates running for state Senate in northeast Queens, with the latest endorsement coming from postal workers in support of the 11th Senate District’s Democratic incumbent. Comments (1).
Bayside

Concannon launches Senate bid in Bayside

State Senate hopeful Joseph Concannon said that, if elected, he will focus on reducing crime and taxes and bringing new jobs into the community at an opening celebration at his new campaign headquarters in Bayside Saturday. Comment.
Bellerose

Bellerose tree sparks fight between neighbors

A stately, 100-year-old Black Locust tree has sparked a war between two neighbors in Bellerose, with one man claiming the tree’s roots damaged his property and one woman worried that clearing the roots would cause the massive tree to topple over. Comments (4).
Flushing

John Bowne students get schooled in science of syrup

Student farmers at John Bowne High School in Flushing were visited last week by a mobile truck dispensing maple syrup cotton candy along with doses of education about a burgeoning Empire State commodity. Comment.
Flushing

Captain leaves 111th for Flushing precinct

The new executive officer at the 109th Precinct aims to use his own immigrant experience to help connect with the diverse population he will help protect. Comment.
Long Island City

Woman stole pocketbook, used credit card: NYPD

LONG ISLAND CITY — Police were searching for a woman suspected of grand larceny, the NYPD said. Comment.
Bayside

Eight hurt in Cross Island crash: BNN

BAYSIDE — A north-bound vehicle overturned on Cross Island Parkway by Northern Boulevard on Sunday, the Breaking News Network reported. Eight people were injured in the crash, according to BNN. Comment.
Broadway-Flushing

Police seek suspect in bank robbery in Briarwood

BRIARWOOD — Police were asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man suspected of robbing a bank May 4. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012

Kew Gardens

DA meets with mother of man killed on GCP

Cecilia Reyes, the Corona mother of an unarmed National Guardsman who was shot by an Emergency Services Unit detective during a traffic stop last week, said after a meeting with Queens District Attorney Richard Brown Thursday that she believed she would get “justice” for her son’s death. Comment.
Jamaica

Meeks pal pleads guilty to fraud

A real estate agent with questionable ties to U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) pleaded guilty Wednesday to defrauding financial institutions in order to obtain mortgages for homes in southeast Queens. Comment.
Long Island City

City gets $71M for CUNY

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) visited LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City last week to announce that the city had at last allocated $71 million for needed repairs to City University of New York colleges, including critical projects at LaGuardia and Queensborough Community College. Comment.
Astoria

Officials want neo-Nazi set out of Astoria

City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio denounced the Golden Dawn, a neo-Nazi party native to Greece, for its plans to move into New York and distributing hate literature in Astoria. Comments (16).
Flushing

Campaign filings at core of Halloran, Meng flap

Two candidates for the congressional seat based in Queens traded more barbs this week after violations from one candidate’s past elections surfaced and could land him in legal trouble, according to the state Board of Elections. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Man fatally shot after Rich Hill fight: Witnesses

Police were investigating a shooting that left one man dead and another injured after a brawl in a Richmond Hill billiards hall early Saturday morning, according to the NYPD and witnesses. As of Tuesday, no one had been arrested, according to the NYPD. Comment.
Bayside

Braunstein battles apartment complex management to bar intruders

Ongoing security concerns inside and beneath a Bayside housing complex have not yet been addressed due to the management’s unwillingness to cooperate, according to one northeast Queens lawmaker. Comments (1).
Howard Beach

Poll shows Addabbo leads Ulrich by slim margin

Just weeks before voters cast their ballots, opponents in the 15th state Senate District race are locked in a virtual tie, according to a new Siena College poll released Monday. Comment.
Flushing

Rozic, Fuchs outline plans in Assembly race

Candidates running for the state Assembly seat currently held by Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) in the 25th District have begun collecting endorsements as they take their messages to the public this week. Comments (1).
Fresh Meadows

Lancman bides time before mulling Council run

State Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) said at a harvest season celebration at his Fresh Meadows home Sunday he will not make a final decision about a potential future run for another New York government office until the end of the current election cycle. Comment.
Jamaica

Boro pre-foreclosures approach record high

The number of newly foreclosed homes in Queens fell to its lowest point in two years during the third quarter of 2012, according to a recent report, but experts warn the new figures do not indicate a light at the end of the tunnel for struggling borough homeowners. Comment.
Jamaica

United Black Men of Qns to award 15 scholarships

Taking a break from his biology studies at Penn State University, 18-year-old Clinton Aiyedun said he would not be the young man he is today were it not for his mentors at the United Black Men of Queens. Comment.
Long Island City

LIC celebrates site for library due in ‘15

The Hunters Point’s library will not be open until 2015, but at the dedication ceremony for its site Friday, Queens Library and elected officials spoke as if they had reached the end of a long journey. Comment.
Queensbridge

Cops looking for suspect in Queensbridge shooting

QUEENSBRIDGE — A woman was shot on the corner of 12th Street and 40th Avenue in Long Island City around 10:45 p.m. last week, according to the Breaking News Network. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012

Ridgewood

Ridgewood man sought in soccer coach stabbing death: Police (WITH VIDEO)

A Ridgewood man wanted in connection to the stabbing death of a youth soccer coach for the New York Red Bulls has fled the country to Mexico, the NYPD said. Comment.
South Ozone Park

S. Ozone teens killed in LI crash

A car carrying five Queens teens careened off a Long Island road and hit a number of trees, slicing the car in half and killing the passengers and injuring the driver over the Columbus Day weekend, state police said. Comment.
Corona

Brown probes detective after GCP shooting

The mother of a Corona National Guardsman who police say was fatally shot by an NYPD detective on the Grand Central Parkway last Thursday stood with the Rev. Al Sharpton in Manhattan Saturday to demand a thorough investigation. Comment.
Douglaston

Woman chooses to stay on life support after court case

A quadriplegic woman who fought her Queens parents for the right to end her own life support finished another legal battle Tuesday, as her father dropped his bid to take over all decision making regarding her care. Comments (1).
Fresh Meadows

Man wanted in attempted rape at Fresh Meadows park: Police

The New York Police Department was asking for the public’s help in finding a suspect wanted for an attempted rape within the 111th Precinct, police said. Comment.
Forest Hills

Authorities investigating death of Forest Hills sisters

Two elderly sisters, who neighbors warmly remembered as good-natured world travelers, were found dead in their Forest Hills apartment last week. Comment.
Government

Critics blast system as flawed as voter registration nears end

In August, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a new initiative designed to lift the state’s dismal voter registration numbers, and as the Oct. 12 deadline to register for next month’s general election draws near, critics in Queens said there is no good reason those numbers should be so low. Comment.
Forest Hills

Alliance looks to green Forest Hills with trees

Forest Hills will host its first autumn tree giveaway this week to help the city get a little greener in time for spring. Comment.
South Jamaica

Alleged cop-shooter arraigned on charge of attempted murder

The man accused of shooting a police officer in South Jamaica during a late night chase in August appeared in Queens Supreme Court last Thursday, where he was arraigned on an attempted murder charge. Comments (1).
Flushing

Queens Botanical Garden rings in the fall with festival

Autumn has officially arrived, and rather than think about the potentially dreary winter behind it, Queens Botanical Garden is hosting a celebration this week where the community can enjoy nature and some of the more delicious offerings that accompany fall. Comments (1).
Averne

Woman in Rockaway stabbed to death: Cops

ROCKAWAY — Police said they discovered the body of a 39-year-old woman at a house on 65-27 Seaspray Ave. last week after they were called with reports of a missing person. Comment.

Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012

Richmond Hill

Man shot and killed after billiards fight in Richmond Hill: NYPD and witnesses

One man was killed and another was injured in a shooting that took place in Richmond Hill early Saturday following a fight at a billiards hall, police and witnesses said. Comments (7).

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