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Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013

Flushing

Upcoming women’s conference aims to help attendees find jobs

The Center for the Women of New York will host its 26th annual World of Working Women Conference Friday, Oct. 18. The goal of the conference is to address one subject: how women can find jobs. The event will be held at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, at 135-20 39th Ave. in Flushing. There is no registration fee to attend. Comment.
Broad Channel

Jamaica Bay birds get ready for winter journey south

On a fall-like Friday early in September, a cold front moved through the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, a stopover for migrating birds on their annual southward journey. Comments (1).
Astoria

Bookshop is Astoria’s newest indie seller

John Jacob Astor’s name has been purged from the library he founded, but a new book shop gives a shot in the arm to the literary scene in the neighborhood that bares his moniker. Comment.

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013

Oakland Gardens

Creatures receive St. Francis blessing

American Martyrs Church in Oakland Gardens held a Blessing of the Animals ceremony Saturday. The annual event was held in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. Comments (2).

Monday, Oct. 14, 2013

Queens Village

Bellerose pageant winner visits SNAP

State Sen. Tony Avella joined Virginia Werner, Bellerose’s Miss New York Senior America 2013, to greet seniors at the Services Now for Adult Persons center in Queens Village Monday. Comment.
Astoria

Police crack 22-year-old cold case of Astoria girl’s death

With the help of an anonymous tip and DNA evidence, detectives identified a 4-year-old Astoria girl as the nameless murder victim who for more than two decades was known only as Baby Hope and arrested the man they say allegedly brought her young life to a gruesome, tragic end. Comments (1).
Ozone Park

Ozone Park rezone approved by two community boards

To help curb the surge in development affecting Ozone Park, the city is attempting to rezone the neighborhood so rules better reflect the neighborhood’s residential character. Comment.
Bayside

Braunstein introduces bill to bar revenge porn

A northeast Queens lawmaker has teamed up with another state legislator from across the aisle to draft a bill cracking down on the sharing of sexually explicit pictures, also known as “revenge porn.” Comments (3).
South Jamaica

City mulls renaming Jamaica street after Tuskegee pilots

York College in Jamaica is home to CUNY’s aviation school, and students there may soon have some inspiration close by from those who paved the way for their high-flying aspirations. Comments (1).
Flushing

Flushing two-family home busted as phony hotel: DA

Everyone knows smoking kills, but red-hot hotel rates can also be hazardous to one’s health, the borough’s top prosecutor says. Comments (9).
Crime

NYPD touts motorcycle enforcement this year

NEW YORK CITY — The New York Police Department has issued a total of 5,498 summonses to motorcycle operators throughout the city this year and also seized 1,440 motorcycles, quads and dirt bikes, including 57 on Sept. 29, cops said. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Police on the lookout for missing Rich Hill teen

RICHMOND HILL — Police were asking for help to find a teen who was last seen at his home on 117th Street earlier this week. Comment.

Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013

Laurelton

Laurelton welcomes Doe Fund to Merrick

There does not appear to be any hard feelings between George McDonald and City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton). Comments (3).
Richmond Hill

Man seriously injured in Richmond Hill fire: FDNY

Fire officials were trying to find out what caused a Richmond Hill blaze early Saturday that left one man with serious burns and appeared to separate the front of the multi-family home from the rest of the building. Comments (1).
Flushing

SUV kills Hillcrest child on Flushing street: Cops

The death of a 3-year-old girl crossing the street with her grandmother in Flushing has sent chills through the hearts of Queens community members as elected officials offered their condolences. Comment.
Corona

Late CB 4 manager honored

Council Member Daniel Dromm was joined by officials and community members in dedicating the corner of 102nd Street and Strong Avenue in Corona for the late Community Board 4 district manager, Richard Italiano. Comment.
Far Rockaway

NYPD mechanic charged with drunk driving: Cops

FAR ROCKAWAY — An off-duty NYPD auto mechanic was arrested last week and charged with driving drunk, authorities said. Comment.
Glendale

Bus driver and two others arrested after robbery of iPhone in Corona: NYPD

CORONA — An off-duty bus driver was charged in connection to the theft of an iPhone from 17-year-old girl, according to police. Comment.
Long Island City

Deli worker at knifepoint in LIC: Police [With Video]

LONG ISLAND CITY - Police were hunting for a man who allegedly robbed a deli worker at knifepoint in Long Island City, the NYPD said. Comment.
Bayside

Police search for missing Bayside teens

BAYSIDE — The Police Department was asking for help in finding two missing teenagers within the 111th Precinct, cops said. Comment.

Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013

Bayside

St. Mary’s launches new preschool for Bayside residents

It was only fitting that outgoing Queens Borough President Helen Marshall cut the ceremonial ribbon for a new preschool that bears her name in Bayside. Comments (1).
Bayside

CB 11 supports funds for co-op storm relief

Community Board 11 heard reports from its Transportation and Government Affairs committees this week in support of a city resolution recommending federal funding for co-op and condo groups as well as various speed bump proposals throughout its northeast Queens territory. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Artisanal Brands cheese first to sign on with Chelsea Market developer’s LIC spot

The developer behind Manhattan’s Chelsea Market is busy transforming an old Long Island City warehouse, and one premium cheese maker said he has already inked a deal to move in. Comment.
Flushing

Cops hunt Flushing subway robbery suspect

FLUSHING — The Police Department was looking for help in finding a suspect wanted in connection with a grand larceny within the 107th Precinct, cops said. Comment.
Queens Village

Three suspects rob man in 105th Precinct: Police

105TH PRECINCT — Cops were looking for three suspects who allegedly robbed a man behind his home near 218th Street, police said. Comment.
Bayside

Boro stores robbed of phones, high-end purses during burglaries: NYPD

BAYSIDE - Cops were hunting for a suspect who allegedly smashed his way into eight stores in Corona, Forest Hills, Fresh Meadows and Bayside to steal phones, iPads and purses over the past several months, the NYPD said. Comment.
Bayside

Suspect passed note, made off with cash from Ozone Park bank: Police

OZONE PARK — Authorities were searching for suspect who allegedly demanded money at a bank in Ozone Park and made off with an unknown amount of cash, the NYPD said. Comment.

Friday, Oct. 11, 2013

Whitestone

Community rallies against possibility of new school at Whitestone lot

Tensions are high in Whitestone as community leaders and residents are condemning rumors of the city eyeing a 6-acre lot in the northern Queens community as a site for a new school. Comments (45).
Maspeth

Siblings want city to designate 9/11 firehouse a landmark

On a clear day, firefighters in Squad Co. No. 288 can see the top of One World Trade Center from their fire house in Maspeth. Comment.
Elmhurst

Report lists MTA priorities

The MTA’s Queens Boulevard subway line is the second-most congested in the city, and the agency plans to address borough straphangers’ blues by investing in a 21st-century switching system and considering other solutions such as enhanced bus service and upgrades to nearby Long Island Rail Road stations. Comments (1).
Bayside

Cardozo cracks UFT survey on crowded classes

Hillcrest High School and Oakland Gardens’ Benjamin N. Cardozo High School were listed as two of the city’s top offenders when it comes to overcrowded classrooms, a United Federation of Teachers survey said. Comments (4).
Kew Gardens

Queens pols call on Bloomy to drop co-location plans

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is moving full steam ahead with his educational agenda in the waning days of his administration, and a coalition of Queens leaders Tuesday denounced his efforts as an attempt to impose his policies on his successor. Comments (1).
Astoria

Avella rallies to help Astoria homeowners

The developer of an Astoria medical facility is planning to take several homeowners to court to access their properties and fix problems residents say occurred during construction of the 8-story structure. Comment.
Middle Village

MidVil bakery hit with $25K fine: Commission

The owner of a Middle Village bakery says he is being harassed after he and his wife were hit with $25,000 in fines by the city Commission on Human Rights for allegedly refusing to hire a woman because she is black and for posting a discriminatory advertisement on Craigslist. Comment.
Long Island City

The Cliffs at LIC rocks grand opening celebration

More than 2,000 people, who were mostly young, athletic and tattooed, attended the long-awaited grand opening of a huge rock climbing venue in Long Island City Saturday. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Agency to consider Rockaway rail revival

Proponents of reactivating the abandoned Rockaway Beach railway got a boost of support from the transit planners last week. Comments (3).
Sunnyside

Sunnyside C-Town set for its opening day

A new supermarket is slated to open up in Sunnyside Friday morning. Comment.
South Ozone Park

Abandoned baby found in S. Ozone Park: NY Post

SOUTH OZONE PARK — An abandoned newborn baby was discovered in the backyard of a South Ozone Park home, the New York Post reported. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013

Long Island City

Council approves lux housing plan for 5Pointz

Long Island City’s 5Pointz came one step closer to a date with the wrecking ball Wednesday afternoon after an agreement was reached between the City Council and building developers David and Jerry Wolkoff. Comment.
Astoria

Columbus Day Parade to march through Astoria streets

The Annual Queens Columbus Day Parade is set to kick off at noon Saturday at the Kaufman Studio, at 34-12 36th St. in Astoria. Now in its 36th straight year, it’s the oldest and biggest Columbus Day Parade in Queens, according to The Federation of Italian American Organizations of Queens Executive Director Angie Markham. Comment.
Willets Point

Council votes in favor of $3 billion Willets Point redevelopment project

The City Council approved the controversial $3 billion redevelopment plan at Willets Point Wednesday, giving a green light to the project that supporters say will transform the blighted Iron Triangle area with housing and a new mega mall. Comments (1).
Jamaica

Boro feels effects of federal shutdown

As the country entered the second week of the federal government shutdown with no end in sight, members of the Queens congressional delegation said their constituents were feeling the impact. Comments (1).
Forest Hills

Meng hosts Forest Hills talk on Iran

A federal lawmaker brought attention to the strained relations between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran this week by hosting a public forum at the Forest Hills Jewish Center this week. Comment.
College Point

Police identify man killed in forklift accident

An East Elmhurst man, who was killed in a forklift accident at a College Point industrial firm last Thursday morning, was identified as 61-year-old Omar Baranhona, police said. Comments (2).
Flushing

Officials celebrate Veritas Academy opening

A new era in education was ushered onto the campus of Flushing High School last Thursday as Veritas Academy held a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Comment.
Woodside

Candle blamed in fatal fire: FDNY

An unattended candle was the cause of an early morning fire in Woodside Monday that took the life of a 57-year-old woman, police and fire officials said. Comment.
Kew Gardens Hills

Queens College president resigns after 12 years on job

Queens College President James Muyskens will be stepping down from his position at the end of this year. Comments (1).
Bayside

Police find floating leg near Fort Totten

BAYSIDE — Cops said they were investigating what appeared to be a severed human leg found floating in the water near Fort Totten earlier this week. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013

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.

Monday, Oct. 7, 2013

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.
Long Island City

Missing autistic teen last seen leaving LIC school [With Video]

The NYPD is asking for help finding an autistic teenager who was last seen at his Long Island City school Friday. Comment.
Flushing

Hillcrest toddler fatally struck by SUV in downtown Flushing: NYPD

A 3-year-old girl was killed Sunday evening after she was hit by an SUV on Cherry Avenue in Flushing, police said. Comment.

Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013

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).

Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013

Springfield Gardens

Man killed in front of Springfield Gardens deli

A 29-year-old man died after he was shot five times in front of a Springfield Gardens deli early Saturday, police said. Comments (1).
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.
Astoria

Police converge on Astoria street for report of stabbing: Neighbors

Astoria residents said police swarmed 29th Street Friday afternoon to respond to a report of a stabbing at a multi-family detached home between 34th and 35th avenues. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside pedestrian seriously injured while crossing street

A 65-year-old woman was fighting for her life Friday night after authorities said she was hit crossing 53rd Avenue at 206th Street. Comment.

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