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Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012

Ridgewood

Crowley, cancer center to offer mammograms

City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) is teaming up with the American-Italian Cancer Foundation to provide no-cost digital mammograms and clinical breast exams to women over 40 Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at a mobile care unit at PS 88, at 60-85 Catalpa Ave. Comment.
Astoria

Astoria brewer brings Asian tea to N.Y.

Ever since Astorian Spiro Theofilatos opened his business making and distributing the fermented sweet tea beverage kombucha more than two years ago, he has not just aimed to bring the drink to America’s East Coast, but to take it in new directions. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 26, 2012

Ridgewood

Ridgewood Y stops smokers from lighting up

The butts stop here. Comment.
Long Island City

Queens Midtown Tunnel reopens to regular traffic

As of Monday morning, the Queens Midtown Tunnel reopened to regular traffic after Hurricane Sandy forced much needed repairs, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. Comment.

Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012

Little Neck

Bright Queens teens given top regional science honors

A little curiosity went a long way for two teens from Little Neck and Richmond Hill, who were honored as regional finalists in the nation’s most prestigious high school science competition in Massachusetts earlier this month. Comment.
Flushing

Assemblyman Weprin lifts up autism program

Surrounded by artwork in the heart of the borough’s cultural headquarters, state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) presented a $5,000 check Friday to the Flushing Queens Museum’s ArtAccess program to benefit individuals with autism. Comment.
Flushing

Gim tallies show Flushing voters crossed party lines

Ron Kim handily won the Flushing state Assembly race this month, but some polling numbers suggest many voters struggled to choose between their ethnic communities and their political parties. Comments (2).
Fresh Meadows

Quinn plan could help to end Utopia flooding

People who live along flood-prone Utopia Parkway may get slight relief from City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s (D-Manhattan) recent proposal to accelerate city projects that would protect against flooding, the councilman representing Fresh Meadows said last week. Comment.
Forest Hills

Cops hunt for suspect who burgled boro convent

FOREST HILLS — Police released a sketch of a man wanted in connection with burglarizing a convent in Forest Hills last week. Comment.

Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012

St. Albans

Southeast Queens clergy celebrate Obama’s re-election

Clergy leaders and community members took some time last week to savor the flavor of President Barack Obama’s re-election. Comments (1).
Forest Hills

Forest Hills enjoys boost in business with FEMA arrival

The urgent need for federal help in the city following Hurricane Sandy has led to the creation of a federal disaster nerve center in a once bustling Forest Hills office building that used to house airline company JetBlue. Comment.
East Elmhurst

PS 329 school in E. Elmhurst gets new zones

A new elementary school in East Elmhurst is one of several coming down the pipeline in a part of the borough known for overcrowded schools, and Community District Education Council 30 mapped out which children will be going there at its monthly meeting last Thursday. Comment.
Flushing

Murders fall in 109th as assault rate climbs

Murders, rapes and car thefts in the 109th Precinct are down drastically from last year, while burglaries, assaults and robberies increased, according to Capt. Tommy Ng, executive officer at the Flushing station house. Comments (2).
South Richmond Hill

Police on lookout for missing boro woman

SOUTH RICHMOND HILL — Police were asking the public for help in finding a 32-year-old woman who was spotted leaving her South Richmond Hill home Friday and has not yet come back. Comment.

Friday, Nov. 23, 2012

Bayside

Avella pledges again to shovel for seniors

With a potentially snowy winter looming, one northeast Queens lawmaker has revamped recruiting efforts to staff a snow removal for seniors program in its sophomore season. Comments (1).
Richmond Hill

South Rich Hill teen charged in deadly LI crash

The South Richmond Hill teen who lost control of his souped-up car on a Nassau County highway in a deadly crash last month allegedly had marijuana in his system and has been charged with the deaths of his four friends, the Nassau district attorney announced. Comment.
Astoria

New Astoria complex may lure supermarket

The large-scale housing complex planned for Astoria has recently filed its Uniform Land Use Review Procedure form, starting a process by which the developers may be able to bring needed commercial space to an isolated part of the neighborhood. Comment.
Little Neck

Israel stays on as head of key Dem committee

U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Hauppauge) will remain chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee after assuming the fund-raising position during the 2010 midterm elections, his office said. Comment.
Jamaica

Bomb plot suspect indicted

The 21-year-old Bangladeshi man who was living in Jamaica when he was arrested in an alleged plot to blow up the New York Federal Reserve Bank has been formally charged in Brooklyn federal court. Comment.
Astoria

NYPD search for robber of man’s iPhone in boro

ASTORIA — Authorities were on the lookout for a thief who snatched a man’s iPhone in one of Astoria’s busiest corridors last month before fleeing the scene, the NYPD said. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012

Sunnyside

Hundreds march through Sunnyside to remember Rispoli

More than 200 people solemnly marched through a commercial strip in Woodside Saturday evening to show solidarity after a longtime resident and gay rights activist was killed last month. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Man abused 2 Jax Hgts girls: DA (With Surveillance Video of Suspect)

The hunt for the man who inappropriately touched two young girls in a Jackson Heights apartment complex may have ended with the arrest of Mario Lopez, 52, who was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court last Thursday, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Flushing

Few attend MTA fare hearing

The only hearing in Queens on the proposed fare hikes for public transportation was attended last Thursday by a handful of advocacy groups, a few angry commuters and only one elected official. Comments (2).
Corona

CB 4 hires district manager

Since Community Board 4 has not had a district manager for many months, Christian Cassagnol has had a lot to do since stepping into the position recently, but he is confident he is the best man for the job. Comment.
Astoria

Zombies stalk Astoria to raise money for Sandy victims

The undead took to the streets of Astoria Saturday, lurching up Steinway Street to participate in a ghoulish pastime while raising money for victims of Superstorm Sandy, although some of the zombies seemed to be more after beer instead of brains. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing High’s Medunjanin sentenced to life for terrorism

The former Flushing High School student who was found guilty of terrorism charges in March was sentenced to life in prison Friday in Brooklyn federal court. Comment.
South Ozone Park

Small biz seek info on disaster relief

Josie Scarpa spent the last two years investing in and building her Howard Beach salon, but when the waters from the canal took over Cross Bay Boulevard during Superstorm Sandy, she was left with thousands of dollars in damaged equipment and a lot of questions. Comment.
Averne

Rosedale woman helped friend kill witness: DA

A man initially involved in a robbery case now faces charges in the death of a witness who testified against him, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (33).
Cambria Heights

District 29 nears vote on choosing middle schools

One of the few powers left to local school districts in the Bloomberg era is the ability to make decisions on zoning matters, and next month one southeast Queens district plans to exercise that power when it votes on middle school choice. Comment.
Rego Park

Man, 90, assaulted and beaten up by two men (With Video)

REGO PARK — Two men robbed and assaulted a 90-year-old Forest Hills man after the shysters gained entry into his house by pretending to be utility workers surveying for storm damage, police said. Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012

Far Rockaway

Bill Clinton makes stop in Rockaway Park West

A former president of the United States and hundreds of volunteers from the Clinton Global Initiative descended on the Rockaways Sunday to help dig out an unlucky park that has fallen victim to calamity twice since opening earlier this year. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Mayor reopens more storm-scarred schools

The road to recovery following Hurricane Sandy now includes a few more school bus stops. Comment.
Bayside

CB 11 blocks Huang development

In a unanimous vote, Community Board 11 came out against allowing a controversial developer to finish four homes under construction in Bayside. Comment.
Flushing

Boro groups blast new Council lines

The New York City Districting Commission released maps last week that could determine City Council boundaries for the next decade, although the public will not get to comment on what many in Queens see as serious flaws. Comments (1).
Rockaway Beach

Volunteers scour Rockaways

In the dark stairwell of a powerless high-rise apartment in the Rockaways, three storm relief volunteers started the long climb up nine flights of stairs. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Jax Hts street renamed for Blessed Sacrament’s McCarthy

Sister Mary Patrick McCarthy never wavered in her commitment to the youth of Jackson Heights even as the neighborhood changed drastically throughout her four-decade tenure as principal of Blessed Sacrament School, friends and family said at a street renaming last weekend. Comment.
Flushing

Dad’s plea could burden Meng

Jimmy Meng’s guilty plea to charges of soliciting and accepting an $80,000 bribe may not make his daughter, state Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing), vulnerable for re-election two years down the line, but it could bring undue scrutiny when she is sworn in as a congresswoman in January. Comment.
Howard Beach

Hamilton Beach gets block-by-block survey

Volunteers combed through the 450 houses that comprise Hamilton Beach Saturday to take inventory of what residents still needed in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, which inundated the sleepy island near John F. Kennedy International Airport with about 8 feet of water. Comments (1).
Long Island City

AG going after gas gougers

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he would be cracking down on three Queens gas stations he accused of charging excessively high prices in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Comment.
Bayside Hills

Residents cited for fallen trees owned by city

Homeowners affected by fallen city trees in the wake of Hurricane Sandy were irate when they learned the city Department of Buildings had placed violations on their homes. Comments (1).
Hillcrest

State AG busts Hillcrest biz that stiffed staff

The owners of a Hillcrest construction company pleaded guilty last week to withholding tens of thousands of dollars in wages from their workers, the state’s top prosecutor said. Comment.
Bayside

Holiday show marks 85 years for Oratorio Society

In recognition of its 85th anniversary season, the Oratorio Society of Queens will present a holiday concert next month featuring traditional Christmas and Hanukkah favorites in Bayside. Comment.
Ozone Park

Teens maced and robbed victims in Ozone Pk: Cops (With Video)

OZONE PARK — A group of teenagers have attacked and robbed two people in Ozone Park, spraying them with mace and punching them before they steal, police said. Comment.
Flushing

Koo concert to benefit Sandy victims

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) is helping fund a concert at Flushing Town Hall to raise money for victims of Superstorm Sandy. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012

Fresh Meadows

Lancman announces run for City Council

After losing in a Democratic primary to U.S. Rep.-elect Grace Meng in June and declining to seek re-election in the state Assembly, Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) announced Monday he was shifting his focus to a run for the City Council. Comment.
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.
Kew Gardens Hills

Police seek man in stabbing outside mosque

KEW GARDENS HILLS — Police were looking for a man wanted for stabbing someone in front of a Kissena Boulevard Mosque Sunday in what might be a hate crime. Comment.
Elmhurst

Infant dies in possibly illegal Elmhurst day care

A 2-month-old baby girl died Saturday after police responded to what may have been an unlicensed daycare center operating on the second floor of an Elmhurst home, police and city agencies said. Comment.
Flushing

Mets players pitch in at Sandy food drive

With Thanksgiving looming, Queens’ Major League Baseball team stepped up to the plate for Hurricane Sandy victims throughout the borough. Comment.
Woodhaven

Brooklynite found dead in Forest Pk

Two men were found dead in unrelated incidents in Queens last Thursday, according to police. Comment.
Forest Hills

State paroles former comptroller

The son of disgraced former state Comptroller Alan Hevesi said his father realizes his mistakes and wants to move forward now that he has been granted parole after serving 18 months in prison. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Free eye care in Far Rockaway

Local residents who have lost or damaged their eyeglasses during Superstorm Sandy are invited to receive free eye care and glasses on board two fully-stocked, 40-foot long, state-of-the-art mobile eye care clinics, through relief efforts provided by VSP Vision Care, a not-for-profit vision benefits company. Comment.
Jamaica

Hostess Co., union battle in bankruptcy

Nearly two years after the last loaf of Wonder Bread rose up out of a bakery in Jamaica, the Hostess Co. and its second-largest union were in a battle over the company’s future. Comment.
Cambria Heights

Woman dies in crash with two other vehicles: Cops

CAMBRIA HEIGHTS — A fatal car crash left a St. Albans woman dead after the car she was driving caused a three-vehicle accident early Sunday, according to the NYPD. Comments (7).
Jamaica

Southeast Queens churches serve Thanksgiving dinner

Here are some locations in Jamaica providing dinners to area residents on Thanksgiving Day. Be sure to contact them to make sure there is food left. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 19, 2012

Far Rockaway

MTA to run free Rockaway shuttle train

Residents of the hurricane-ravaged Rockaway peninsula will be able to ride a free rail shuttle starting at 4 a.m. Tuesday. Comment.
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.
Transit

Gas rationing to continue through Friday: Bloomberg

An emergency order enforcing an odd-even license plate system for gas and diesel purchases throughout the five boroughs has been extended through this Friday, Nov. 23, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. Comment.
Bayside

‘Makeshift’ signals make for reduced service after Sandy: LIRR

A temporary, makeshift signal system has kept the Long Island Rail Road from fully operating its full compliment of trains through tunnels affected by Hurricane Sandy earlier this month, a spokesman for the MTA said. Comment.

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