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Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013

Queens Village

Our Lady of Lourdes celebrates Catholic Schools Week with international festival

Our Lady of Lourdes celebrated Catholic Schools Week with a performance by students during Sunday Mass and an International Festival. Comment.
Broad Channel

Kayakers rescued from Jamaica Bay by police [With Video]

A few of the city’s finest plunged into the icy waters of Jamaica Bay Saturday to rescue two kayakers who fell overboard, according to the NYPD. Comments (1).

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013

Whitestone

Chili creators face off during Whitestone competition

Ten teams prepared their most savory chili and battled for votes during a recent chili cook-off at Grace Episcopal Church in Whitestone. Comment.
Springfield Gardens

Cops seek whereabouts of elderly Springfield Gardens woman

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS — The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance in locating an elderly black woman who disappeared in Springfield Gardens Jan. 24. Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013

Woodside

Willets developers tout affordable housing at forum

Lawyers representing the developers of the $3 billion Willets Point project answered questions about why a shopping mall and hotel are scheduled to be built in the Iron Triangle before affordable housing Tuesday night during a presentation to the Queens Housing Coalition. Comment.
Jamaica

[UPDATED WITH SURVEILLANCE VIDEO] Three stabbed on J-train platform: Police

Three men were stabbed at the Parsons Boulevard subway station in Jamaica Monday afternoon, and police were on the hunt for two suspects who took off on foot, according to the NYPD. Comments (2).
Bellerose

Walcott vows to end teacher review impasse

City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott has had his hands full since union bus drivers went on strike just days before Mayor Michael Bloomberg failed to reach a deal with the teachers’ union, leading to the loss of nearly $450 million in state and federal assistance. Comments (2).
St. Albans

St. Albans man located: Police

ST. ALBANS — The New York Police Department said that a St. Albans man, who had been reported missing, has been located.. Comment.
Bayside

FOCUS ON QUEENS: Northeast Queens Republican Club installs officers

The Northeast Queens Republican Club held its annual installation for the 2013 officers last Sunday at the Clearview Golf Course Club House in Bayside. Comment.

Monday, Feb. 4, 2013

Bayside

Interns learn of comfort women in Queensboro program

The crimes were committed decades ago, but elected officials and college students still grappled with the harsh realities faced by Korean comfort women as Queensborough Community College capped off its first East Asia history internships. Comment.
St. Albans

Celebrities team up to end SE Qns violence with meditation, yoga

Don’t be surprised if you see southeast Queens activist Erica Ford rubbing shoulders with celebrity guru Deepak Chopra and pop-star Cheryl “Salt” James in the next viral YouTube video. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Labor demands city action on post-storm mold crisis

Members from several labor unions are putting pressure on Mayor Michael Bloomberg to address a growing problem in homes ravaged by Hurricane Sandy: mold. Comment.
Bayside

Benches mark new beginning for Bell Boulevard streetscape

After several years of planning, parts of a Bell Boulevard streetscape project came to fruition as benches were bolted into the sidewalks of Bayside. Comment.

Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013

Transit

Stars help Grand Central celebrate 100th birthday

The normal hustle and bustle of Grand Central Terminal at rush hour was almost interrupted Friday by a birthday party. The celebrants showed up in the thousands as the venerable transit edifice turned 100. Comment.
Little Neck

Little Neck family embodies Russian adoption struggle

An international dispute involving a Russian ban on U.S. adoptions has hit home for one couple in Little Neck, and U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Hauppauge) pledged to help ensure they bring their new son home. Comments (2).
Glen Oaks

Elderly man struck and killed near Union Turnpike

GLEN OAKS — An 82-year-old man was struck and killed near Union Turnpike last week within the 105th Precinct, police said. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Cops looking for suspects in $80K Jackson Heights jewelry shop robbery

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Police were looking for help in identifying and arrested three suspects wanted in connection with a robbery within the 115th Precinct, the NYPD said. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Off-duty traffic cop charged with DWI

RICHMOND HILL — An off-duty traffic enforcement agent was arrested on DWI charges in Richmond Hill Monday, according to the NYPD. Comment.

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013

Far Rockaway

Far Rockaway woman describes days of despair

As the superstorm surged and the boardwalk standing between the beach and her apartment splintered, Bri Jackson wrapped herself up, hoped for the best and waited for daylight. Comments (1).
Rockaway Beach

Red Cross releases storm progress report amid criticism

The American Red Cross, which has come under fire from residents and Queens politicians for what they say was a slow and inadequate response to Hurricane Sandy, issued a progress report Tuesday that detailed its activities in the three months after the storm. Comment.
Flushing

Kim, Rozic sworn in as Assembly members

The borough’s newest state Assembly members kicked off their historic journeys as Queens representatives this week with two star-studded swearing-in ceremonies. Comments (2).
Far Rockaway

Queens pols seek tough penalities for looters

With reports of looting still circulating after Hurricane Sandy, many legislators at the city and state level are calling for stricter penalties for those who steal during states of emergency. Comment.
South Richmond Hill

Firefighters battle two-alarm fire in South Richmond Hill home

SOUTH RICHMOND HILL - A two-alarm fire broke out in a SOuth Richmond Hill house after 1 a.m. Sunday, according to the Breaking News Network. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Man punched, kicked on subway by three people

KEW GARDENS — The NYPD was reaching out for the public’s help to find and identify three suspects wanted in connection with an assault within the 112th Precinct’s transit system, police said. Comment.
Crime

Robbery suspect from Queens arrested in N.J.: Police

GLOUCESTER COUNTY, N.J. — A suspect wanted in connection with eight violent robberies of Asians in East Harlem between Jan. 17 and Jan. 26 was arrested as he was traveling on a bus in New Jersey and is currently awaiting extradition to be formally charged, the NYPD said. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 1, 2013

Kew Gardens

Flushing father found guilty of causing two-month old’s death in baby shaking case

The Flushing father of two-month old Annie Li was found guilty of manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child Friday, but he was acquitted on murder charges by a jury in State Supreme Court, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Flushing

Activist Helen Dunn dies at 88 years old

A civic leader from Flushing’s past died earlier this month and the community continues to fight for many of her ideals. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Former Mayor Ed Koch dies at 88

Queens mourned the loss of former Mayor Ed Koch Friday after the charismatic lawmaker succumbed to a heart condition overnight. He was 88. Comment.
Bayside

Liu hopes tax reform will shrink income disparity

City Comptroller John Liu believes the city’s cavernous income gap can be tackled through tax reform and a minimum wage increase, he told TimesLedger Newspapers in a recent interview at its offices. Comment.
Woodside

Woodside boy, 10, collapses and dies at hospital

Authorities were still unsure what caused a 10-year-old Woodside boy to slip into unconsciousness and die Thursday evening. Comment.
Kew Gardens Hills

Queens studies Greek migration

As an institution with a large Greek-American student population in a borough with the largest Greek enclave in New York, Queens College unveiled the first part of an ongoing research project last week that is aimed at filling a gap in the study of the Greek diaspora. Comment.
Corona

110th, 115th precincts see rise in murder rate

The 110th Precinct saw a huge spike in homicides and an uptick in crime overall in 2012, although its neighboring precinct to the north, the 115th, had a drop in crime but a small increase in murders, NYPD statistics showed. Comment.
Queens Village

Laundry location offers free wash and dry for residents

Queens residents are getting loads of love as a city-based laundry company announced it is providing two days of self-serve free wash and dry services in February. Comment.
Whitestone

Avella kicks off beep run

Superstorm Sandy got state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) thinking about what he could do to ensure that Queens sees better returns in the wake of disaster, he said. Comment.
Government

Bloomy blasts UFT in budget proposal

Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented his preliminary budget plan Tuesday for the next fiscal year and spent much time discussing the loss of hundreds of millions in education funds due to the impasse between his administration and the teacher’s union. Comments (2).
Kew Gardens

Real estate donors contribute 17% to Comrie’s boro prez race

City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), chairman of the Council’s powerful Land Use Committee, has drawn some interest from real estate industry donors in his campaign for borough president. Comment.
Flushing

City proposes two new schools located inside of Flushing HS

The city Department of Education is proposing to slash enrollment at Flushing High School over the next four years and locate two additional high schools within its walls. Comments (1).
Rockaway Park

Quinn questions Con Ed plan to raise rates after superstorm

Consolidated Edison is proposing rate increases for its customers that it says would help allay the costs of protecting equipment against severe storms such as Hurricane Sandy, but City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) said this week she was deeply troubled by the plan. Comments (1).
Forest Hills

QJCC hopes for new Citymeals help

As the Queens Jewish Community Council struggles to fund its weekend meal program for seniors without Citymeals-on-wheels, the food program said its contract was only for a year and to serve ambulatory seniors. Comment.
Elmhurst

Cops seek man who sexually assaulted girl, 9

ELMHURST — Police were looking for help in identifying a suspect wanted for sexually abusing a little girl within the 110th Precinct, the NYPD said. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013

Jamaica

Ex-Sen. Huntley pleads guilty to fraud charges

Former state Sen. Shirley Huntley pleaded guilty in Brooklyn federal court Wednesday to committing mail fraud in order to cover up a scam that bilked taxpayers out of $87,000. Comment.
Springfield Gardens

Springfield Gardens man convicted of double murder

The Springfield Gardens man who strangled his pregnant girlfriend and set her apartment aflame, killing her two-year-old son, was convicted of the double murder Thursday, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Senate approves storm bill

The long road to recovery now begins in earnest in communities across Queens as the U.S. Senate finally saw fit to approve a $50.5 billion Hurricane Sandy relief package this week 91 days after the superstorm hit. Comment.
Glen Oaks

Boro welcomes tax break for condos, co-ops

A long-fought battle to secure a partial tax abatement for co-op and condominium owners was won after the state Senate and state Assembly made good on their word and passed new legislation. Comment.
Jackson Heights

PS 219 teacher found dead

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) said Wednesday the murder of a 53-year-old teacher has the elements of an anti-gay attack. Comments (2).
History

Grand Central Station looks back on 100 years

Thousands of Queens residents routinely take the No. 7 train to Grand Central Terminal en route to their jobs, but now they can pause to help celebrate the 100th birthday of the venerable landmark, now a destination in itself with everything from luxury shopping to a dazzling array of gastronomical delights. Comments (1).
South Jamaica

Former councilwoman dies

Flags outside schools and city buildings flew at half staff earlier this week in remembrance of former City Councilwoman Juanita Watkins, who died last week at the age of 79. Comment.
Howard Beach

FEMA maps put Howard Beach in flood zone

Many parts of Howard Beach and the Rockaways that were not previously listed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as being at a high risk for flooding are now grouped into the flood zones in new maps released by the agency Monday. Comment.
Sunnyside

Sunnyside looks for gay activist’s killers

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), along with the husband and friends of a Sunnyside man who was fatally beaten in October, distributed fliers at three subway stops Tuesday alerting the neighborhood to new police sketches of the man’s murderers. Comment.
Queensboro Hill

109th arrests seven people in Qnsboro Hill drug bust

The 109th Precinct arrested seven people during a drug bust in Queensboro Hill last month. Comment.
Jamaica

Prologis sells JFK portfolio for $57 million

As the air cargo industry is poised to capitalize on a rebounding economy, a Boston-based newcomer has purchased a $57 million portfolio of properties adjacent to John F. Kennedy International Airport from the world’s largest warehouse landlord, which is realigning its assets to adapt to a changing market. Comment.
LeFrak City

LeFrak City homicide ends city’s 10-day streak

Police were still looking for clues to identify who may have shot and killed a 24-year-old former resident of LeFrak City in Elmhurst Saturday, putting an end to a 10-day city streak without a murder, the NYPD said. Comments (3).
Forest Hills

Linda Riss Pugach dies in Forest Hills at 75

Linda Riss Pugach, a Forest Hills woman whose story of lust, betrayal, disfigurement and eventual love captivated the city and became the subject of a 2007 documentary film, died Jan. 22 of heart failure at the age of 75. Comments (2).
Immigration

Queens hails fed roadmap for immigration reform

Queens elected officials and activists applauded the introduction of a new plan, proposed by U.S. senators from both parties and supported by President Barack Obama, for overhauling the country’s immigration laws. Comments (2).
Astoria

Worker at building site in Astoria dies from fall

City and federal agencies are investigating an accident at an Astoria construction site last week in which a worker fell and later died at the hospital from head trauma. Comment.
Diversity

Boro colleges to mark Black History Month

Queensborough Community College, the Queens Library and York College are among some of the borough’s institutions that have scheduled events in celebration of Black History Month. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing man charged with exposing himself to girls: Cops

FLUSHING — Police said they have arrested a 32-year-old Flushing man in connection with two flashing incidents involving young girls. Comment.
Springfield Gardens

[UPDATED WITH VIDEO] Cops seek public help to catch serial robbers

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS — The police were reaching out to the public to help identify two men who have robbed 15 bodegas, gas stations and cellphone stores across southeast Queens since late November. Comment.
Dutch Kills

Astoria restaurant caters to steak lovers

As the chef for S Prime, a new steakhouse in the Dutch Kills area of Astoria/Long Island City, Joel Reiss said he strives to maintain a restaurant that serves high-quality food while being intimate and customer-friendly. Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013

Jamaica

Huntley pleads guilty to mail fraud

Former state Sen. Shirley Huntley pleaded guilty in Brooklyn federal court Wednesday to federal mail fraud charges and could face 18 to 24 months in prison. The 74-year-old Huntley admitted in court to embezzling more than $80,000 she received in member items dispersed by the state’s Education Department, which went to the Parents Information Network educational nonprofit run by her daughter, Pamela Corey, prosecutors said. Comment.
Astoria

Delays expected on RFK-Triborough Bridge

The MTA Department of Bridges and Tunnels says work on maintenance lifts could cause overnight delays Feb. 1 on the Robert F. Kennedy-Triborough Bridge’s Harlem River lift span. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013

Flushing

[UPDATED WITH VIDEO] Cops seek suspect wanted for luring two teenage girls to car in Queens

FLUSHING — Police are urging the community to be vigilant after a man driving a late-model Cadillac Escalade allegedly attempted to abduct two teenage girls Friday. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Senate passes Sandy aid bill

Three months after the Northeast bore the brunt of Superstorm Sandy’s destructive force, the U.S. Senate finally approved a $50.5 billion relief package Monday night 91 days after the hurricane hit. Comments (1).
Jackson Heights

PS 219 teacher killed in Jax Hgts home

The city medical examiner said Tuesday the death of a 53-year-old man in his Jackson Heights home was a homicide. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 28, 2013

Corona

Four-alarm fire in Corona damages three buildings

Three buildings on Northern Boulevard near 104th Street in Corona were involved in a four-alarm fire Sunday night, but there were no fatalities and only one injury, an FDNY spokesman said. Comment.
Far Rockaway

LIRR sees record ridership in 2012

The Long Island Rail Road said Monday it had an increase in passengers in 2012 even though the railroad suffered tremendous losses when Hurricane Sandy battered Long Island. Comments (2).

Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013

LeFrak City

Man found dead with shot to the head in LeFrak basement

New York City’s streak of days without a murder came to an end Saturday evening when police found a man with a gunshot wound to the head in Elmhurst, the New York Police Department said. Comments (4).

Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013

Jamaica

Huntley to enter guilty plea to corruption: Report

A former state senator from Queens is expected to plead guilty next month to federal and state charges after authorities charged her with helping scam taxpayers out of nearly $30,000, according to published reports. Comment.
South Jamaica

Boro’s 113th Precinct tallies 16 murders in 2012

South Jamaica’s 113th Precinct recorded 16 murders in 2012, according to the Police Department’s preliminary figures, and while that number is one less than the previous year’s total, it still made the 113th the precinct with the greatest number of homicides in Queens. Comments (2).

Friday, Feb. 3, 2012

Corona

Firefighters look into cause of 4-alarm blaze in Corona

CORONA — The FDNY said the cause of a four-alarm fire that damaged three buildings in Corona Sunday night is still under investigation. Comment.
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.

Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012

Howard Beach

Man robbed Capital One in Howard Beach: Cops

HOWARD BEACH — The NYPD was looking for help in identifying the suspect wanted for a bank robbery within the 106th Precinct, police said. 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).

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