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Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012

Howard Beach

Church helps storm victims

As Howard Beach residents cleaned up after unwelcome guest Hurricane Sandy, they were comforted by the relief efforts of one church right in their own backyard. Comment.
Woodside

Missing man, 47, from Woodside sought by cops

WOODSIDE — Police were seeking the public’s assistance in locating a man who went missing Nov. 6. Comment.
Bayside

Barber sets up shop on Bell Boulevard

A new barbershop on Bell Boulevard aims to keep the men in and around Bayside looking sharp. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 19, 2012

Rockaway Beach

Glen Oaks ambulance ferries people to safety

The Glen Oaks Volunteer Ambulance Corps. came to the rescue of stranded patients during the hurricane and afterward the group felt it was their duty to help out neighborhoods that bore the brunt of Sandy. Comment.
Woodhaven

Woodhaven civic group steps up to help storm victims

When Mother Nature hit Queens with a devastating blow, residents banded together to heal the many wounds. Comment.
Flushing

Body of slain tourist stuck in US

After a Chinese tourist died from a brutal robbery in Flushing last month, her relatives’ only wish is to take her remains back to their hometown, but instead they are mired in a tangle of red tape in Queens. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Cops on the lookout for missing boro teen, 17

FRESH MEADOWS — Cops were seeking the public’s help in locating a 17-year-old teen who went missing Oct. 26 at around 6 a.m. Comment.

Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012

Corona

MLS survey finds Queens wants soccer stadium

Major League Soccer released a survey last week showing that seven out of 10 Queens residents support building a new 25,000-capacity stadium in Queens. Comments (12).
Howard Beach

Sanitation first on scene after Sandy hits Queens

Although many residents and elected officials in ravaged regions of the borough have expressed frustration with some aspects of the city response to Hurricane Sandy, they have heaped praise on at least one agency for its quick response to the storm: the city Sanitation Department. Comments (2).
Belle Harbor

Volunteers needed in the Rockaways

Except for a few generator-powered lights, the Rockaway Peninsula is plunged into darkness at night, but during the daytime’s sunlight hours there is plenty of work to be done. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Queens residents helped Obama win swing states

Doug Forand, of the political consulting firm Red Horse Strategies, told a New Visions Democratic Club meeting last Thursday that grassroots strategies and organizing kept President Barack Obama in office and helped many Democrats keep or maintain office on Election Day. Comments (1).
Whitestone

Teen missing from home in Whitestone: Police

WHITESTONE — Police were asking for the public’s help in finding a missing 16-year-old. Comments (5).

Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012

Far Rockaway

Pulling together disaster relief poses challenge

The relief effort organized by the government is carried out by a vast network of organizations where well-intentioned neighborhood groups often prove hard to incorporate and sometimes hamper relief efforts. Comments (1).
Howard Beach

Dems get shaky Senate win

Democrats suffered a blow in their attempt to secure the state Senate Tuesday when Sen.-elect Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) announced that he would be caucusing with the Republicans. Comment.
Bayside

Avella bill tackles plane noise

After a summer in which residents throughout northeast Queens raised their voices over growing airplane noise, one state senator has introduced legislation that would put more power in the hands — and ears — of the people. Comments (6).
Government

City plan helps speed home repairs post-storm

The city is assessing damage to houses and apartments in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and has started a program to help owners quickly make needed repairs, such as fixes to electrical systems that will help restore power. Comments (1).
Far Rockaway

One-stop center opens in Far Rock

Mayor Michael Bloomberg was in Far Rockaway Tuesday, where the city was opening one of seven one-stop centers to help those communities most affected by Superstorm Sandy. Comments (1).
Flushing

Queens College green project has new meaning after Sandy

The record storm surge of Hurricane Sandy not only devastated portions of Queens, but also started a discussion about how vulnerable the city is to the forces of Mother Nature. Comment.
Forest Hills

Cops seek suspects in robbery of money and car

FOREST HILLS — Police were seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating individuals wanted in connection with a robbery Nov. 9. Comment.
Jamaica

Pair charged in Jamaica murder: DA

JAMAICA — An Arverne man and his alleged Rosedale accomplice will be tried on murder charges after a Queens grand jury indicted them Tuesday on charges of killing a witness who had testified in an earlier robbery case, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (2).

Friday, Nov. 16, 2012

Far Rockaway

Far Rockaway residents find help and hope after storm

The hardship rises when the sun goes down in Far Rockaway. Comments (2).
New Hyde Park

LIJ provides funds to storm-hit staffers

After Hurricane Sandy devastated communities and families in the New York area, caregivers throughout the region have had to step up their efforts to help storm victims in need of food, shelter and medical care. Comment.
Cambria Heights

Two Crips guilty in boy’s death

Shenee Johnson, an anti-gun activist who lost her son to a shooter, said she hoped the conviction of two notorious Crips street gang members for the 2009 killing of a 13-year-old Jamaica boy would bring his mother, Donna Hood, peace and warn others against pulling the trigger. Comment.
Howard Beach

Howard Beach starts to recover

While celebrities and elected officials display some post-Hurricane Sandy goodwill in hard-hit places like Far Rockaway and Staten Island, residents in a small Queens community are gutting their basements and wondering where to go from here. Comment.
Jamaica

Hostess shutters baking operations as it seeks to liquidate company

The Hostess Brands Inc., the maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread, which for more than 100 years operated a bakery in Jamaica until early last year, announced Friday it had shut down its baking operations around the country as it seeks permission to liquidate its assets. Comment.
Bayside

Sandy benefits to be held in Bayside, LIC

Relief for Rockaways and Long Beach — Restaurants in Kew Gardens and Bayside are pitching in to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. Half of proceeds raised during dinner until 9 pm will go toward relief efforts. Live music and guest bartenders will be featured. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Revelers celebrate Diwali

Bright decorations adorned in a myriad of colors and lights lit up the dusk as revelers gathered to celebrate Diwali in Richmond Hill Saturday. Comments (1).
Diversity

Gay lawmakers hail national LGBT victories

Queens’ two openly gay city councilmen said they were buoyed by the general election last week when three states voted in favor of same-sex marriage and many LGBT politicians won higher office across the country. Comments (1).
Flushing

Alleged con artists arrested

Three people were arrested in connection with an ongoing con game that has plagued some members of the Chinese community in Flushing for months, authorities said. Comments (1).
Rockaway Beach

Ferry fills void between Rockaways and city

Rockaway residents have a new way to get to and from Manhattan after a ferry launched Monday from Beach Channel Drive and Beach 108th Street and some commuters took advantage of the new service operated by Seastreak to get to work and school on its inaugural day. Comment.
Flushing

Sky bus driver guilty of SE Queens deaths

A Flushing driver who fell asleep at the wheel of a tour bus in Virginia was found guilty last Thursday of causing the deaths of four passengers. Comment.
Elmhurst

Police looking for missing man from Elmhurst, 27

ELMHURST — Police were seeking the public’s assistance in locating a 27-year-old man who went missing in Elmhurst Nov. 7. Comment.
Astoria

Officers charged with DWI in 112th and 114th

ASTORIA — Two off-duty police officers were recently arrested and charged with DWI on separate occasions, police said. Comment.
Broad Channel

All-hands fire breaks out in Broad Channel

BROAD CHANNEL — A fire broke out in storm-ravaged Broad Channel Sunday, according to the FDNY. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012

Jackson Heights

Brooklyn man arrested in Jax Hts. sex attack on girls

A 52-year-old Brooklyn man has been arrested and is awaiting arraignment after he allegedly sexually assaulted two young girls Monday in a Jackson Heights apartment complex, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Forest Hills

Hevesi heads home on parole grant

Former state Comptroller Alan Hevesi will be home for the holidays. Comment.
Bayside

Nobel winner was student at Van Buren HS

People usually assume the worst when the phone rings at 3 a.m., but former Queens resident Alvin Roth had a good feeling about who was calling in the early morning hours of Oct. 15. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing blaze severely burns woman victim

A woman was critically injured earlier this month when fire gutted a home on the border of Flushing and Whitestone that may have housed an illegal apartment. Comments (1).
Jackson Heights

Romney alienated Latinos: Pols

After President Barack Obama received record support from the Hispanic population during his re-election last week, Queens’ Hispanic legislators said it was the Republican Party’s hard-line stance against immigration reform that lost challenger Mitt Romney the vote. Comments (1).
Ozone Park

Ulrich slams Red Cross slow Sandy response

The American Red Cross has come under fire by frustrated storm victims and elected officials in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, with many charging the organization’s relief effort in southern Queens started far too late and has not been nearly strong enough. Comments (9).
Rockaway Beach

Slip and fall at Hammels kills vet in wake of Sandy

Albert McSwain and his daughter had only wanted to get some air after the hurricane, she said. Comments (1).
Jamaica

Jamaica cafe to host Sandy benefit

A vegetarian cafe in Jamaica run on the principals of a late Indian spiritual leader is planning to host a night of music to benefit the victims of Superstorm Sandy. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Occupy Sandy spearheads Rockaway med center

A team of grassroots organizers and volunteer doctors, nurses and social workers have pooled efforts to provide much-needed medical care in the Rockaways since Hurricane Sandy devastated the region, setting up a makeshift medical center along one of the main strips and canvassing homes to assess people’s needs. Comments (3).
Howard Beach

City pledges $500M for hurricane repairs

The City Council authorized $500 million in emergency spending Tuesday to make repairs to public schools and hospitals damaged by Hurricane Sandy, coming on top of $134 million already approved by the city for the recovery effort and emergency services. Comments (1).
Bayside

Jury clears Baysider eyed by FBI

The Bayside man accused by the FBI of sending a death threat to a Pennsylvania bank was found not guilty late last month in Brooklyn federal court. Comment.
Rockaway Park

Communities search for answers as utilities work to restore power

An elected official incorrectly said on the radio that the Long Island Power Authority told her it would take seven weeks to restore power to the Rockaways. A resident on the peninsula claimed the NYPD was turning back out-of-state power workers. Comment.
Bayside

All Saints’ celebrates 120 years in Bayside with events, Sandy relief drive

There were dirt roads, horse-drawn carriages and farmland in Bayside when All Saints’ Episcopal Church became part of the community in 1892, so to celebrate the group’s 120th year, members gathered for a special dinner-dance and service last week. Comments (1).
Jackson Heights

NYPD searching for man in Jax Hts sexual assault

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Police were asking for the public’s help in identifying an individual wanted in connection with a sexual abuse in Jackson Heights Nov. 6. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Missing Jackson Heights woman located

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Cops announced that they have located a 75-year-old woman who was reported missing in Jackson Heights Sunday. Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012

Flushing

Jimmy Meng pleads guilty in wire fraud case

Former Assemblyman Jimmy Meng, father of state Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing), pleaded guilty to wire fraud Wednesday afternoon in order to obtain a reduced sentence. Comments (1).
Belle Harbor

Daughter pays respects to mother at Flight 587 crash site

Every Nov. 12, Francisca Diaz travels to Queens to remember her mother, who was one of 265 people killed when Flight 587 crashed into Rockaway in 2001 shortly after taking off from John F. Kennedy International Airport for the Dominican Republic. Comment.
Far Rockaway

LIPA chief operating officer to step down

With most of the Rockaways still in the dark and the Long Island Power Authority facing an onslaught of criticism for its handling of Superstorm Sandy, the utility has announced its chief operating officer would step down at the end of the year. Comment.
Astoria

Astoria bars to host Sandy fund-raiser

If you go out to responsibly drink in Astoria next Saturday, five neighborhood residents ask that you give to those who have been displaced by Superstorm Sandy before you go. Comment.
Little Neck

Gas stations need extra power source: Weprin

Fuel remained in high demand more than two weeks after Hurricane Sandy swept her way through Queens as gas stations worked to restore electricity and provide relief to residents who had waited in long lines before the city imposed gas rationing. Comment.
Little Neck

Israel welcomed to ranks of Queens politicians

With his victory in the election, U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Hauppauge) secured himself a spot as one of Queens’ new lawmakers. Comment.
South Jamaica

Raccoon books short stay in Baisley Park Library

After hurricane Sandy’s devastating effects, volunteers at the Queens Library in Baisley Park got a furry and uplifting surprise. Comment.
Transit

No refunds on lost MetroCards during Sandy: MTA

The MTA will not refund portions of unlimited MetroCards lost when Hurricane Sandy brought a shutdown of the city’s transit system. Comments (1).
Woodhaven

Woodhaven senior killed by National Guard vehicle: NYPD

WOODHAVEN — An 82-year-old Woodhaven man was killed when a National Guard Personnel Carrier Vehicle struck him as he crossed Canal St. in Manhattan on Nov. 6, according to police. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 12, 2012

Rockaway Beach

A train will end in Howard Beach till further notice: MTA

Howard Beach will be the end of the line on the A-train for months during the MTA’s restoration from Hurricane Sandy’s mighty blow. Comment.
Astoria

PS 70 in Astoria begins work on 500-seat wing with gym

For both City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) and PS 70 Principal Donna Geller, the planned addition for the Astoria school is not only long-awaited but the fulfillment of personal promises. Comment.

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