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Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012

Queens Village

Queens Village church celebrates Catholic Schools Week with fest

Our Lady of Lourdes celebrated Catholic Schools Week with a performance by students during Sunday Mass and an International Festival, featuring food from the countries where families in the parish are from. Many members of the congregation are from Haiti, Guyana, the Philippines and dozens of other countries. Comment.
Little Neck

Boro photographer’s 90 yrs go by in a flash

Little Neck’s Dan Miller has had an interesting life, and he has the pictures to prove it. Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012

Long Island City

Boro welcomes first daily comedy club

In the last 20 years, there has not been a full-time comedy club operating in the city outside Manhattan — that is, until The Laughing Devil Comedy Club opened its doors in Long Island City in December. Comment.
Little Neck

Adoption agency offers free information meetings

Family Focus Adoption Services hosts free bi-monthly information meetings for families interested in adoption at its office in Little Neck. Comment.
Forest Hills

Boro Y hosts bereavement group

The Central Queens YM & YWHA, at 67-09 108th St. in Forest Hills, is a nonprofit community center offering services in Forest Hills ranging from educational to social and cultural events. The Y is now assisting those in need of healing from the deaths of loved ones over a light kosher breakfast and refreshments. Comment.

Monday, Feb. 6, 2012

Astoria

Muslims open Astoria center

Astoria has long been defined by its ethnic groups — first it was the Italians, then the Greeks — and last week the neighborhood’s Muslims took a large step toward establishing themselves with the grand opening of the Muslim American Society’s community center on Steinway Street. Comments (1).
Crime

Shootings kill three over weekend

Three people were murdered during the weekend in Queens as a wave of violence took its toll on the borough from Corona to Queens Village to South Jamaica. Comment.
Flushing

Cops seek robber of Flushing Chase bank

FLUSHING — The NYPD is looking for a man suspected of robbing a Chase Bank in Flushing, authorities said. Comment.
Douglaston

Cops on the hunt for serial bank robber

Police were looking for a man suspected of robbing three banks in Queens and two in Brooklyn. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Accident with livery van leaves man hospitalized

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Police said a 53-year-old man is in critical condition after being hit by a car pulling out of a parking space Friday at Broadway and 72nd Street. Comment.
Ridgewood

Fire torches Ridgewood building

Firefighters responded to an all-hands blaze at 16-42 Decatur St. Sunday. Emergency responders examined one man in an ambulance at the scene. Comment.
Hillcrest

Hillcrest Jewish Center leisure group

The group meets every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in the Prince Room at 183-02 Union Tnpk. in Flushing. Comment.
Kew Gardens

CWNY launches support group

The Center for the Women of New York is accepting registration for a new session of its women’s support group. Comment.

Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012

Fresh Meadows

Proposal turns Lancman seat into a majority Asian district

Reactions were mixed after two state Assembly districts in eastern Queens were drastically changed last Thursday by a state panel in charge of redrawing political boundaries. Comment.
Economy

Fewer pensions make retirement hard for New Yorkers: Study

More and more New Yorkers cannot afford to retire and a principal reason is that dwindling numbers of people have pensions, according to a new study. Comment.
Bayside

Taste of Bayside brings savory samples to Bell Blvd.

Sensuous flavors, enticing aromas and a jovial atmosphere combined to transform the ballroom at the Adria Hotel last week into one of the most eclectic restaurants in town at this year’s Taste of Bayside. Comment.
Flushing

Senior citizen missing from doctor’s office

FLUSHING — Police have asked for help in finding an elderly man who was last seen at a doctor’s office on 38th Avenue near 138th Street. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Girl from Rockaway Beach, 3, dies: NYPD

ROCKAWAY BEACH — The NYPD said a 3-year-old girl found unconscious and unresponsive at a house in Rockaway Beach has died. Comment.

Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012

Breezy Point

New lines mean Qns senate shift

State Sens. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach), Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) and Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans) may need to sign up for dance lessons if newly proposed district maps are approved because they will be doing the shuffle. Comment.
Flushing

Indian independence cause for celebration in Flushing

Flushing Indians celebrated the signing of their home country’s constitution Saturday with songs and classical dances at the Hindu Temple Society of North America. The festivities also included a hoisting ceremony for the Indian flag. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Vallone bill to keep private trash out of public cans

Thinking about filling a public trash can with garbage from your home or apartment? Three Queens elected officials want you to think again. Comment.
Jamaica

Mormon church opens new digs for Jamaica congregation

The Jamaica Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints welcomed members of the community to its new location on 163rd Street for an open house Saturday and Sunday. The six-story building will offer religious services, classes and other activities. Comments (4).
Bayside

GOP candidates learn ropes in Bayside class

To run as a viable Republican candidate in Queens, Bayside civic leader Vince Tabone said at a seminar Saturday that potential candidates not only need the GOP’s support, but the support of other parties. Comments (1).
Richmond Hill

Four robbers stole $40K with forged checks: Cops

RICHMOND HILL — The NYPD is looking for four people they believe to have committed grand larceny at several Chase Banks in the Richmond Hill area. Comment.
Arverne

Middle-aged man had sex with teenage girl: Police

ARVERNE — Police said an Arverne man employed with the city Department of Education was arrested Jan. 25 on charges of rape and criminal sex acts last week. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 3, 2012

Flushing

Katz Women’s Hosp delivers baby No. 1

In the four times Rosa Kichikova has given birth, she never mistook the hospital for a hotel. But that almost happened the fifth time, when the Flushing mother last week became the first woman to deliver a baby at the new Katz Women’s Hospital in New Hyde Park. Little Avital Kichikova was brought into the world at 10:24 p.m. Jan. 24, the first birth at the new hospital. Comment.
College Point

Halloran opposes outside billing

City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) slammed the city Department of Finance and Water Board Sunday for maintaining post office boxes for residents’ property tax and water bill payments outside the state, but both agencies said the boxes’ locations were decided by the financial institutions that process the bills. Comment.
Jamaica

Jamaica fire guts apartment above jewel store

More than 100 firefighters responded to a two-alarm blaze in Jamaica in an apartment above an African jewelry shop Friday afternoon, according to fire officials. Comment.
Astoria

New western Queens districts create faux state Senate fight

The new proposed state Senate district lines would set Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) against Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), but the longtime friends say they have no plans to duke it out at the polls. Comment.
Flushing

DOT criticized over shoddy Flushing paving

A haphazard paving job by the city will make Broadway-Flushing look more like Venice, according to homeowners concerned about flooded streets. Comments (2).
Bayside

Utility workers save the day

Four Con Edison hard hats proved themselves to be heroes last week when they rescued a woman who was being attacked in Bayside. Comment.
Laurelton

Two children, 11 and 13, missing from home: Cops

LAURELTON — The NYPD is looking for two preteens who went missing from their Laurelton home last week. Comment.
Corona

Fake cop robbed victim of watch, wallet: Police

CORONA — Police were looking for man a suspected of impersonating a police officer and then robbing a 50-year-old man in Corona. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012

South Jamaica

S. Jamaica grandmother dies in fire

A beloved grandmother was killed in a house fire in South Jamaica Wednesday night. The woman’s family said they were downstairs and did not realize the second floor was in flames until their neighbors began pounding on the door. Comment.
South Jamaica

South Jamaica man dies at hand of brother, who cut baby: Cops

A Brooklyn man attacked his extended family with a knife Wednesday morning in South Jamaica, according to police, cutting his 1-year-old niece before fatally stabbing his brother, who was planning to be married next week. Comments (9).
Politics

Qns. residents slam Albany’s plan

No matter how you slice it, the redistricting plan drawn up by a state task force last week was widely panned in Queens by critics who said the proposal breaks up communities and gerrymanders the lines. Comment.
Flushing

Kupferberg leaves legacy to the arts

Bayside philanthropist Selma Kupferberg, a longtime supporter of the performing arts and a major benefactor of Queens College, died last month at the age of 86. Comment.
Whitestone

Task force lines pit Avella vs. Stavisky

After a state body released redrawn lines for New York’s state Senate districts, cries of political gerrymandering were heard from northeast Queens all the way to Albany. Comments (2).
Flushing

Flushing Chamber closing

The Flushing Chamber of Commerce and Business Association announced last week it will dissolve after decades of operating in the community. Comment.
Bayside

Avella proposes bill to split up 109th Precinct

Civic leaders from northern and eastern Queens, who have maintained for years that their police forces have been stretched too thin, gathered last week to show their support for a state legislative effort to split both the 105th and 109th precincts in half. Comments (2).
Corona

Bloomy touts tax programs for city’s needy

As New Yorkers await the arrival of their W-2s, Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited a Corona church Monday to promote the city’s multiple free tax preparation sites and a multi-city program that can make tax returns for the city’s poorest residents go further. Comments (2).
Flushing

Black History Month kickoff

In celebration of Black History Month, Queens College in Flushing will be hosting a series of free cultural events commemorating African-American movers and shakers past and present in February. Comment.
Bayside

MTA police nab Bayside man suspected in iPhone train thefts

A suspected serial thief and source of recent delays for the Long Island Rail Road was arrested Monday, according to law enforcement officials. Comment.
Astoria

Astoria teen makes Intel contest finals

Astoria teenager Danielle Goldman said she was feeling great after learning last week she was one of three New York City students and the only one from Queens to advance from Intel Science Talent Search semifinalist to finalist. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Liz Taylor birthday cake on display in Long Island City

When the Entrepreneur Space, a food manufacturing incubator in Long Island City, celebrated its first birthday last week, it did so with cake fit for the stars — and one star in particular. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Bloomy gabs with Gossip Girl in LIC for show’s 100th episode

Before “Gossip Girl” fans tuned in to see if Blair Waldorf would marry Prince Louis Grimaldi of Monaco or return to her old flame, Chuck Bass, Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered an early wedding present to the cast. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing resident sentenced to 20 yrs. in prison for rape

A Flushing man was sentenced this month to 20 years behind bars after posing as a Good Samaritan and then raping a 19-year-old woman in 2009, the Queens district attorney said last week. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012

Flushing

Restore No. 7 train for Lunar New Year: Pols

Flushing lawmakers want full service restored to the No. 7 train for the neighborhood’s Lunar New Year celebrations set for this weekend. Comments (1).
Middle Village

MidVil man shot by officer

A young Middle Village man was shot and killed last week after opening fire on an off-duty NYPD officer who saw him crash a stolen vehicle into a light pole at a busy intersection, authorities said. Comment.
Transit

Shevell resigns from MTA board after 10 years on job

Things could turn out just a tad dull Feb. 29 at 347 Madison Ave. Comment.
South Richmond Hill

Boro dad faces up to 25 to life in wife’s murder

A South Richmond Hill man charged with killing his wife in front of his children was ordered held without bail last week, District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Ridgewood

City’s big cheese stops by BID on Myrtle Avenue

City Comptroller John Liu chomped into a regular slice at Joe and John’s Pizzeria in Ridgewood after spending an afternoon explaining his office’s successes and how it can work with the Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District. Comment.
Astoria

Two men robbed bank in Astoria at gunpoint: Cops

ASTORIA — The NYPD has been looking for two suspects in a robbery at Steinway Street and 23rd Road that took place Jan. 17 at 6:10 p.m. Comment.
Flushing

Mitchell, pastor of Flushing church, dies

The Rev. Timothy Mitchell, pastor of Flushing’s Ebenezer Baptist Church for 43 years, died Jan. 26. Comments (2).
Corona

Police find man, 25, dead in Corona after assault

CORONA — Police said a 25-year-old Hispanic man was found dead at 38th Avenue and 111th Street in Corona Monday at around 7:32 a.m. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 30, 2012

Bayside

Con Edison workers foil gunpoint robbery in Bayside: Con Ed

Four Con Edison employees came to the aid of a woman who had been attacked by a purse snatcher in Bayside recently, according to Con Ed. Comment.
Flushing

Meng, Stavisky win Dem delegate spots

Two northeast Queens lawmakers have been selected as delegates for the Democratic Party in the upcoming presidential elections. Comments (1).

Friday, Jan. 27, 2012

Middle Village

Middle Village man killed in shoot-out with off-duty police officer

A robbery and carjacking came to a fatal end early Thursday morning when a young Middle Village man was shot and killed by an off-duty NYPD officer. Comment.
Long Island City

Mayor visits LIC’s ‘Gossip Girl’ set for 100th episode

Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited Silvercup Studios in Long Island City Thursday to celebrate the TV and film industry for its contributions of money and jobs to the city, in particular the hit TV show “Gossip Girl,” which will air its 100th episode Monday. Comment.

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