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Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013

Rego Park

Hospital grants free knee surgery to aid the uninsured

A Rego Park woman will be walking pain-free and enjoying other activities in the new year, thanks to a free knee replacement performed by North Shore-LIJ doctors through Operation Walk USA, a project that gives free knee and hip replacement surgeries for local residents who are uninsured and under-insured. Comments (1).
Education

Bus drivers’ strike strands Queens students

Union bus drivers’ decision to go on strike Wednesday morning marked the beginning of a new reality for more than 152,000 city students who were left without rides to school. Comment.
Whitestone

Queens Tribune sold to investment group

Right before U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) became a private citizen, the boroughwide newspaper he started in 1970 was sold. Comments (1).
Richmond Hill

Ozone Park man sentenced for youth’s murder

An Ozone Park man was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the shooting death of a 19-year-old youth who was standing outside a Richmond Hill bar in 2010, the Queens district attorney said Tuesday. Comments (1).
Letters

Comrie honors southeast Queens community members

Councilman Leroy Comrie held an event at Thomasina’s in St. Albans to honor members of the community who dedicate their time to helping the community. Comment.
South Ozone Park

Dallis Bros. serves up perfect cup of joe

At Dallis Bros. Coffee, a 100-year-old coffee roaster in Ozone Park, the goal is to treat coffee the same as other artisanal beverages: with a meticulous eye to every flavorful and aromatic detail. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013

Long Island City

Put 1% of city budget to cultural groups: Van Bramer

At MoMA PS1, one of Long Island City’s several artistic meccas, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) announced Tuesday that he and 245 organizations were calling upon the city to increase funding to arts and cultural institutions. Comment.
Government

New York state passes nation’s toughest gun laws

Lawmakers in Albany moved swiftly this week as the state Legislature passed a set of reforms to the state’s gun and mental health laws that Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged to make a priority in his State of the State speech a week earlier. Comments (4).
Glen Oaks

Glen Oaks gets new library

Judging by its cover, the new Glen Oaks branch of the Queens Library should wow book lovers and other residents throughout northeast Queens upon its anticipated opening this spring, those familiar with the project said. Comment.
Letters

Little Neck Douglaston Lions Club holds annual dinner dance

The Little Neck-Douglaston Lions Club recently held their annual dinner dance at Leonard’s of Great Neck. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 14, 2013

Hillcrest

Queens Hospital housing plan alarms community

Some civic members are concerned about plans to turn a Queens Hospital Center building into a residence for people with low incomes and chronic conditions, saying they have been told it would house people with mental disabilities and HIV/AIDS. Comments (2).
Education

UPDATED: School bus drivers’ union calls Wednesday strike

City officials prepared for the worst as union bus drivers said they would strike Wednesday morning, leaving more than 150,000 students without rides to school, the Department of Education said. Comment.
Forest Hills

Group gets grant to study Rockaway line land

A group hoping to transform a long-dormant rail line into a public greenway will try to get science on their side after receiving a state grant to conduct a feasibility study. Comments (1).
Laurelton

Sanders’ old Council offices still open for biz

The City Council is divided into 51 districts that serve as points for constituents to access their municipal government on a local level, but for the time being that number stands at 50 — sort of. Comment.
Flushing

Man in Murray Hill stole puppy worth $900: Cops

MURRAY HILL — Police have released a photo of the man wanted in connection with a Dec. 22 canine caper. Comment.
Letters

Ferreras holds birthday fete

Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras recently held a birthday function at La Gloria in Jackson Heights Comment.

Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013

South Jamaica

Anti-gun task force focuses on S. Jamaica

If gun violence is a disease, then South Jamaica’s 113th Precinct is experiencing a public health crisis, and a citywide task force has a plan to treat it as such. Comment.
Arverne

Sandy-hit libraries face slow, costly rebuidling

The Queens Library branch in Arverne smells dank and is cold and dark. Some of the walls are completely stripped. All of the books are gone, many having been lost in the surge during Hurricane Sandy, and what little shelving remains is covered in plastic sheets. Comment.
Douglaston

Eagle Scout blazes trail into Douglaston woods

By Joe Anuta Comments (1).
Bayside

Cardozo principal pledges to improve Chinese program

A northeast Queens educator has taken his own learning experience abroad to expand his teaching opportunities at home. Comments (5).
Forest Hills

Off-duty officer charged with DWI and leaving scene after crash

FOREST HILLS — An off-duty New York Police Department officer was arrested within the 112th Precinct and charged with driving while intoxicated, police said. Comment.
Flushing

Man not using crosswalk in serious condition

FLUSHING — Police were urging pedestrians to use crosswalks when traversing the thoroughfares of Flushing after a man was struck Monday morning at 7 a.m. Comment.
Flushing

Police on the hunt for man who punched victim: Cops

FLUSHING — Police were looking for a man known to frequent the 109th Precinct after he was allegedly involved in an assault at a downtown restaurant. Comment.
Letters

Sutphin BID gives out gifts in Jamaica

The Sutphin Boulevard Business Improvement District recently handed out presents to families during its Adopt-A-Family program at the Jamaica Market’s Harvest Room. Comment.

Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013

Woodside

New 350-seat annex set for overcrowded PS 11

After a decade and a half of waiting, Woodside’s PS 11 will at last be getting an annex to replace its worn-out modular units. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Jax Hgts rallies for subway hate crime victim

Members of the South Asian community and their allies gathered at the Jackson Heights pedestrian plaza Tuesday to mourn the murder of an Elmhurst man who was pushed in front of the No. 7 train last month allegedly by a woman who told police she hated Hindus and Muslims. Comment.
Bayside

Patrizia’s pivots business to only catering parties

After a change in identity and ownership less than six months ago, a Bayside restaurant has closed its lunch and dinner offerings, the city Parks Department said. Comments (2).
Rockaway Park

Red Cross outraises other charities for Sandy relief

A number of prominent charities helping with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts have collectively raised about $400 million, with the American Red Cross’ donations making up nearly half that amount, according to self-reported data collected by the New York state attorney general. Comment.
Whitestone

Paul Vallone launches run for Halloran seat

Paul Vallone kicked off his campaign for the City Council seat based in Bayside and Whitestone Tuesday night at Verdi’s of Whitestone. Comments (11).
Bayside

Silverstein steps up for Halloran’s seat

Challenging what he called an inadequate status quo plaguing northeast Queens, one Democratic state committeeman has upped his campaign efforts and collected endorsements in a race for City Council. Comments (1).
Jamaica

Shooting at Jamaica tavern leaves 27-year-old man dead

A weeks-old grudge could be behind the early Saturday shooting at a Jamaica restaurant. Comment.
Forest Hills

Cellphone robbery suspects sought by 112th Pct.

FOREST HILLS — The New York Police Department was looking for help identifying suspects wanted in connection with a robbery pattern within the 112th Precinct, police said. Comment.
Jamaica Hills

Cops seek man who stole money from mosque

JAMAICA HILLS — The police were asking for the public’s help in locating a man wanted for burglarizing the Jamaica Muslim Center last week. Comments (1).
Flushing

Cell phone stolen from store in Flushing

FLUSHING — Police were seeking a man wanted for stealing a cellphone while inside a Flushing shop. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 11, 2013

Glen Oaks

Rep. Israel joins boro leaders to fight for federal grant money in wake of Sandy

Co-op owners in northeast Queens said they felt discriminated against when it came to seeking federal aid in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Comments (1).
Queens Village

5 boro buses brought back

Jerry Valentine gives guitar lessons throughout northeast Queens and said he relies on public transportation to get around. Comments (1).
Cambria Heights

City plans to close three struggling boro schools

The city earlier this week announced it plans to phase out and replace three Queens schools. Comment.
Middle Village

Middle Village’s beloved Carl Berner dies at 110

An original member of the Juniper Park Civic Association and one of the oldest men in the city died this week at the impressive age of 110. Comment.
Bayside

Baysiders vow FAA flight fight just beginning

Baysiders sounded off over flight noise at this week’s Community Board 11 meeting, declaring the fight was only beginning. Comment.
Government

City ushers in simplified curbside parking signs

Meter maids beware. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Gunman kills one in fight at Flavor Lounge: NYPD

Neighbors of a Richmond Hill bar are fed up after a series of early Sunday fights left one man dead and another wounded. Comment.
Bayside

111th Pct. arrests robbery teams to blunt burglary spree

A recent spike in burglaries has been brought to halt after a series of arrests in Bayside, the 111th Precinct said. Comment.
Jackson Heights

PS 145 mourns student run over by dump truck

The IS 145 community gathered together to say goodbye to Miguel Torres this week, an 11-year-old Jackson Heights resident who was killed when a dump truck hit him not far from his school. Comment.
Queens Village

Two hopefuls kick off beep campaigns

Two candidates for the borough president’s chair kicked off their campaigns with fund-raisers this week. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Students back teacher fired from St. Francis

A Fresh Meadows Catholic prep school teacher who told the media he was pressured to resign because he is transgender is being supported by droves of former students, fellow teachers and others in an online petition demanding the school apologize for its behavior. Comments (22).
Forest Hills

Second man nabbed in Forest Hills cannibal case

A New Jersey man was arrested last week in connection with an NYPD officer from Forest Hills who is accused of a gruesome plot to cook and eat a number of woman after raping and torturing them, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan said. Comment.
Long Island City

Crane in LIC falls and injures seven workers

LONG ISLAND CITY — Seven workers were injured when a mobile boom crane fell onto a construction site in Long Island City, the NYPD said. Comment.
South Jamaica

Baisley Park woman sentenced to more than 20 years in sister slay

A Baisley Park woman was sentenced to 23 years in prison last week after she admitted to stabbing her sister to death during a heated argument inside the apartment they shared in 2011. Comment.
Sunnyside

Two men sought in Sunnyside robbery

SUNNYSIDE — The New York Police Department was looking for help locating two suspects wanted in connection with armed robbery within the 108th Precinct, police said. Comment.
Far Rockaway

UPDATED: Far Rock man located

FAR ROCKAWAY — A Far Rockaway senior who had been missing was located and was in good condition, police said early Friday. Comment.
Forest Hills

Cops seek assistance in locating E train flash suspect

FOREST HILLS — The New York Police Department was looking for help in finding a man wanted for public lewdness on a subway train in the 112th Precinct, police said. Comment.
Flushing

Man stole credit card, bought items in 109th: NYPD

FLUSHING — Police have released images of a suspect wanted in connection with a credit card theft. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013

Flushing

Flushing cash helps accused baby shaker

A group in Flushing has been raising money for a Chinese couple accused in 2008 of shaking their baby to death in a case that is only now going to trial. Comments (3).
South Jamaica

Cuomo lays out gun agenda

In his State of the State address Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo laid out a seven-point plan to address “the plague and scourge of gun violence” during the upcoming legislative session. Comments (1).
South Jamaica

Judge orders hold on stop-and-frisk tactic

A Manhattan federal judge overseeing two lawsuits challenging the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policies issued an opinion Tuesday that for the first time during the Bloomberg administration found the controversial police practices to be unconstitutional. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Cuomo seeks to abolish LIPA in his state address

After absorbing flak for the way it handled the post-Hurricane Sandy recovery process, the Long Island Power Authority must now accept the consequences. Comments (1).
Rockaway Beach

Obama signs storm relief bill as Queens slams slow aid pace

Queens elected officials expressed outrage that Congress has stalled on approving the $60 billion in funds needed to begin the serious recovery from Hurricane Sandy but welcomed the scaled-back aid bill members of the House passed before returning home last weekend. Comment.
Education

City’s schools brace for bus driver strike

A looming threat to strike by city school bus drivers could strand as many as 150,000 students, including thousands with special needs, if the union gives workers the green light, the city Department of Education said this week. Comments (2).
Laurelton

Mayor sets date for southeast Queens special election

While candidates planning to run for City Council seats in November are just starting to pick out color schemes for lawn signs, campaigns to represent the southeastern-most neighborhoods of Queens are in full swing ahead of a special election next month. Comment.
Long Island City

Arrest man in No. 7 grope case

LONG ISLAND CITY — An arrest has been made in connection with a forcible touching incident on a Manhattan-bound No. 7 train, the New York Police Department said. Comment.
Elmhurst

Child sexually assaulted in Elmhurst: Police

ELMHURST — The New York Police Department was looking for help locating a suspect wanted in the sexual assault of a child within the 110th Precinct, police said. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 7, 2013

Education

Labor dispute threatens city’s school bus service

A threat to strike could leave more than 150,000 students stranded in the coming days as the city grapples with union bus drivers to agree on job security, the union leadership said this week. Comment.
Crime

Brown celebrates year of success

By the numbers, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown reflected on his office’s work throughout 2012 and said his staff played a major role in curbing the city’s crime. Comment.

Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013

Richmond Hill

Rich Hill bar fights leave one dead, another wounded: NYPD

A man was shot and killed outside a Richmond Hill bar early Sunday morning and a second man was treated for a stab wound to the leg, the NYPD said. Comment.

Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013

Jamaica

Shooting in Jamaica restaurant leaves one dead: NYPD

A South Jamaica man was shot and killed and another man wounded Saturday in an early morning shooting in a Jamaica restaurant, the NYPD said. Comment.

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