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Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013

Douglaston

Alley Pond hosts Estuary Day festival

Alley Pond Environmental Center hosted an Estuary Day festival Saturday celebrating the area’s local estuary, Little Neck Bay, with educational exhibits and interactive booths, boat rides, entertainment and demonstrations. Comments (1).
Maspeth

Norman Rockwell painting, recently sold for $1M, swiped from Maspeth facility

A painting by well-known American artist Norman Rockwell was stolen from a Maspeth art shipping and storage facility last month, police said. Comment.
Oakland Gardens

Oakland Gdns. biz marries biker style, safety

From the outside, the Oakland Gardens headquarters of Heroic Racing Apparel looks like any other home, but inside owner Todd McNabney and operating manager Esther Hur grind away at a different kind of protective riding gear. Comments (1).

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013

Whitestone

Whitestone kin mourns victim of L.I. shooting

The family of a Whitestone man killed last week during a double shooting at a Long Island company held a funeral Monday — the same day the body of the suspected gunman was discovered in the Hudson River north of the city. Comment.
St. Albans

St. Albans senior missing

ST. ALBANS — The police are asking for help finding an elderly man who went missing from his home on 205th Street last week. Comment.

Monday, Oct. 7, 2013

Long Island City

Long Island City plays host to a free yoga festival

Hundreds of Long Island City yoga enthusiasts took part in City Salutations, a free fitness/wellness festival at the MoMA Dome PS1 in Long Island City. EmblemHealth and Flavorpill teamed up to hold the event, which featured yoga instruction from Rima Rani Rabbath, an advanced certified Jivamukti teacher at the Jivamukti Yoga School NYC. Thomas Droge, founder of the Droge Clinic and specialist in acupuncture and herbal medicine, also instructed a class in the Chinese martial art known as tai chi. Comment.
Woodside

Woodside woman killed in early morning blaze: Officials

An early morning fire in Woodside claimed the life of 40-year-old woman Monday, a spokesman for the Police Department said. Fire officials said the blaze tore through a two-story home at 42-20 74th St. at 3:30 a.m. Comment.
Flushing

New Union Street library opens in Mitchell-Linden

One northeast Queens library opened this week while another closed for renovations as part of a massive, decade-long capital improvement push in the borough. Comments (1).
Ridgewood

Cops search for missing Ridgewood man, 85

RIDGEWOOD — Police were searching for an elderly man missing from Ridgewood. Comment.

Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013

Astoria

Council passes co-op resolution in favor of FEMA storm funds

It took the City Council just under two weeks to unanimously agree that Queens co-ops and condos deserve federal storm recovery money, but the government in Washington has yet to jump onboard. Comments (1).
Woodside

Queens Village man charged in Woodside strip club shooting death: NYPD

A 26-year-old man was arrested and charged in the shooting death of a South Jamaica resident near a Woodside strip club early Saturday, police said. Comments (97).
Maspeth

Corner in Maspeth renamed for bar owner George Gibbons

The corner of 60th Drive and Mt. Olivet Crescent in Maspeth was renamed Saturday for George Gibbons Jr., the popular bar owner of Gibbons’ Home. Gibbons was killed in a wrong way hit-and-run crash on the Long Island Expressway service road in 2011. His family and City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, who introduced the legislation to rename the street in the Council, unveiled the sign before a commemorative version was presented to relatives. Comment.
Long Island City

Obituary: Reardon, 54, of Long Island City headed Coast Guard Auxiliary

Anthony Reardon, a Long Island City resident and a top city leader in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, has died at 54. Comment.
Queens Village

Queens Village resident goes missing

QUEENS VILLAGE — Cops were on the lookout for a man who went missing within the 114th Precinct last month, the Police Department said. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Teen disappears from E. Elmhurst home

EAST ELMHURST — A teenage girl went missing from her East Elmhurst home last week, and police were hoping the public could help find her. Comment.

Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013

Astoria

Astoria contractor sentenced after failing to pay crew: AG

An Astoria contractor was sentenced to jail time and hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution pay after admitting he failed to give legal wages to employees working on various construction projects at city schools, the state attorney general said. Comment.
Woodside

NYPD investigating fatal Woodside shooting

Authorities called to a Woodside strip club early Saturday found a man in his 20s with multiple gunshot wounds, the NYPD said. Comment.
Long Island City

Queens Plaza unsafe for pedestrians: Pols

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) joined other elected officials and residents Friday to urge the city Department of Transportation to address the growing pedestrian safety issue in the Queens Plaza and Long Island City area. Comment.
Jamaica

Man, 50, killed when SUV strikes him: Police

JAMAICA — A 50-year-old man was killed last Friday when he was hit by an SUV while crossing the street, police said. Comment.
Corona

Cops hunt for missing Corona girl

CORONA — The Police Department was looking for help in finding teen girl who went missing within the 115th Precinct, cops said. Comment.

Friday, Oct. 4, 2013

Cambria Heights

Parents discuss snitching

Laseam Hogan had already been signed by Def Jam Records and was on his way to a career in rap music when he was shot and killed, according to his mother, Andrea McGowan. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Beep votes show hopefuls’ strongholds

Former City Councilwoman Melinda Katz beat her opponents in all but two areas of Queens during last month’s borough president Democratic primary, although even the longshot candidates narrowed the gap on their home turf. Comment.
Maspeth

Maspeth community tries to block new arts center

A plan to transform an old factory located in an industrial section of Maspeth into a cultural arts center may be hampered by the community. Comment.
Hollis

Residents of Hollis slam plan to shutter neighborhood bank

Senior Sarah Levell was headed to the Capital One branch in Hollis to get cash when she happened upon a rally Saturday of elected officials and patrons, calling on the bank to keep the Hillside Avenue location open despite plans to close later this month. Comment.
South Jamaica

Charter school bids focus on SE Queens

Of the dozen charter schools already open in Queens, more than half are in the western part of the borough, but the proposals so far for new charters in the 2014 school year are focusing on neighborhoods in the southeast. Comment.
Queens Village

Hearing set for Van Buren

A joint public hearing later this month will allow residents to weigh in on the city’s proposal to co-locate a school at Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village. Comment.
Springfield Gardens

New cargo warehouse near Kennedy almost finished

Construction is nearly complete on the first air cargo warehouse to be built near JFK Airport in a decade, and the broker handling the Brookville property said the first 23,000 square feet are already leased. Comments (1).
Maspeth

Maspeth’s O’Neill’s once again open for business

A Maspeth favorite is back. Comments (1).
Whitestone

Ragusa bests Turner to remain GOP chair

Queens Republican Party Chairman Phil Ragusa successfully fended off a challenge from former U.S. Rep. Bob Turner in the party’s internal election last week to keep hold of the reins of the borough GOP. Comment.
Ozone Park

Referendum could help Resorts World: Addabbo

A proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the development of seven full-scale casinos throughout New York state could potentially help Resorts World casino expand, state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) said. Comment.
Astoria

Man charged in 2009 Astoria cold-case murder

Family members of a 23-year-old Astoria college student who was raped and murdered in 2009 laid eyes on her accused killer for the first time last week in an arraignment hearing in Queens Criminal Court. Comments (1).
Politics

James wins advocate race

Signaling what may be the beginning of a left-leaning trend in city government, Councilwoman Letitia James (D-Brooklyn) easily defeated state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn) in the run-off election for city public advocate Tuesday. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Ex-Jamaica Hospital EMT murdered wife: Post

RICHMOND HILL — A former EMT who worked at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center was convicted of murdering his wife and torching their Sullivan County home by an upstate jury last week, the New York Post reported. Comment.
Jamaica

Authorities opt not to charge Jamaica biker in West Side Highway melee: Post

JAMAICA — A Jamaica man will not be charged for in connection to a wild bike chase along the West Side Highway. Comments (6).

Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013

College Point

Man dies in forklift accident at College Point business: NYPD

COLLEGE POINT — A man was killed in a forklift accident at a College Point industrial firm Thursday morning, authorities said. Comments (1).
Bayside

Cardozo kids protest class cuts

There were hundreds of voices shouting but one unified message coming out of a crowded protest against class cuts Wednesday at Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in Oakland Gardens. Comments (1).
Jamaica

State welcomes shaky start to Obamacare

A Cuomo administration official kicked off the state’s glitch-plagued health care insurance exchange this week in Queens, where residents have more insurance options than any other county in New York. Comment.
Ozone Park

QueensWay incites controversy

The friction mounting between two groups over a proposal to transform a piece of old railway line into a public park came to a head on Tuesday over a disagreement about who had actually been invited to a meeting to discuss the park plans. Comments (6).
Woodside

Family mourns Jax Hts teen killed in hit-run

A 19-year-old Jackson Heights resident killed in a hit-and-run crash dreamed of one day joining the law enforcement ranks, but now his family is hoping authorities find the driver of a dark-colored sedan who struck the teen and drove off. Comments (1).
College Point

NYPD tow lot incites anger in College Pt.

College Point community leaders are furious the NYPD quietly set up a tow yard without the neighborhood’s knowledge. Comments (2).
Jamaica

Third hotel planned for downtown Jamaica block

Downtown Jamaica is starting to look like a Monopoly board with plans for a third hotel in the works for the block to the east of the Long Island Rail Road station. Comments (5).
Whitestone

Saffran pledges bill to bar sex offenders

Republican City Council candidate Dennis Saffran visited a playground in Whitestone to promise northeast Queens voters he would fight to keep registered sex offenders away from places populated with kids if elected in November. Comments (15).
Bayside

BID closes Bell Blvd. for Weekend Walk

Dozens of people flocked to Bell Boulevard for the Bayside Village Business Improvement District’s Weekend Walk Sunday. It was the first street fair in more than 10 years. Jimmy James served as the emcee for the day, which featured music from Chicken Head, the local band headed by Bayside Historical Society Chairman Paul DiBenedetto. Comments (1).
St. Albans

Miller is winner in Dem primary

I. Daneek Miller came out as the clear Democratic Party nominee to succeed term-limited City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) when the city Board of Elections certified the election results Saturday, more than three weeks after the primary contest. Comments (2).
Flushing

Flushing Hospital set to open new ambulatory care center

Flushing Hospital Medical Center is set to open a new ambulatory care center in an effort to change how health care is delivered as beds become scarcer throughout the borough. Comment.
Long Island City

Health Dept battling bed bugs at LIC HQ

Bed bugs have been spotted inside the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s gleaming headquarters in Long Island City, but the agency has been mum about the reported invasion. Comments (1).
Sunnyside

Homeless man beaten to death in Sunnyside Park

SUNNYSIDE — Police have classified the death of a homeless 42-year-old a homicide after the man was beaten in Joe Sabba Park earlier last month, according to the NYPD. Comments (2).

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013

Bayside

Protest planned against Cardozo HS cuts

Hundreds were expected to attend a protest in Bayside opposing the city’s cutting of budget money for Benjamin N. Cardozo High School, officials said. Comments (5).
Woodside

Funeral planned for Jackson Hts. teen killed in hit-and-run

Loved ones of a Jackson Heights teen killed in a hit-and-run crash Saturday evening plan to remember the 19-year-old Wednesday afternoon. Comment.

Monday, Sept. 30, 2013

Whitestone

Body in Hudson River identified as that of Long Island shooting suspect: AP

The body of the Queens man suspected in last week’s Long Island shooting at a company was discovered in the Hudson River north of the city Monday, Nassau County police said. Comments (1).
Howard Beach

Howard Beach celebrates Columbus Day with parade

Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach was awash with red, white and green Sunday during the Columbus Day Parade. Comments (1).

Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013

Jackson Heights

Suspected M18 member charged in Roosevelt Avenue slay: Queens DA

The man charged with shooting a 33-year-old in the head and neck on Roosevelt Avenue last week is a suspected gang member, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Woodside

Jackson Heights teen killed in hit-and-run: NYPD

Police were looking for the driver of a dark-colored sedan who allegedly struck and killed a 19-year-old Jackson Heights resident Saturday night before fleeing the scene of the accident, the NYPD said. Comments (1).

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