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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Oakland Gardens

Weprin wants hazing redefined

State Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) announced new legislation Sunday aimed at cracking down on hazing after the recent death of Michael Deng, a 19-year-old Baruch College student from Oakland Gardens who died in December from injuries he sustained during a fraternity hazing ritual. Comments (1).
Jamaica

Jamaica shop going strong for nearly 100 years

Innovations in bicycle technology have come and gone in the past hundred or so years, but the basic idea — two pedals, two wheels and something to hold on to — remains. Comments (1).
Douglaston

Vets in training learn animal care skills at Alley Pond

The Alley Pond Environmental Center held a veterinarian training class Saturday in Douglaston. Comment.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Flushing

Second doc pleads guilty in Flushing clinic fraud

A second doctor pleaded guilty last week to participating in a Medicare fraud scheme at two Flushing clinics, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District in Brooklyn said. Comments (2).
Astoria

Landmarked Steinway Mansion sold to unidentified buyer

The historic Steinway Mansion has a buyer. The landmarked Astoria home, built by the legendary piano-making Steinway family in 1858, has been on the market since 2010. Bob Singleton, the executive director of Friends of Steinway Mansion and the Greater Astoria Historical Society, said, “The mansion is under contract and there really is nothing else to say.” Comment.
Laurelton

Laurelton playground revamp among appeals from SE nabes

A Laurelton skate park and a resurfaced track and field at Roy Wilkins Park are among the recreation projects in southeast Queens vying for city funding. Comments (1).
Astoria

Western Queens organizations make their pitch for funding

Western Queens’ nonprofits asked Borough President Melinda Katz for money to keep the arts scene vibrant for the county, while other organizations had different needs. Comment.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Woodhaven

Ambulance corps shuts its doors in Woodhaven

After decades of assisting ailing neighbors, the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps is calling on the community to help resuscitate the corps. Comments (2).
Auburndale

Toddler in critical condition after being hit by car in Auburndale: NYPD

Police were investigating a car accident Monday afternoon that left a 2-year-old boy in critical condition after he was hit by a car on an Auburndale street, the NYPD said. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside welcomes national network for television shoot

A stretch of Bell Boulevard in Bayside was transformed into a movie set this week when the strip was used for an episode of a nationally broadcast television show. Comment.
Rego Park

Queens parking garages offer to help snowed-in drivers

Bill Lerner believes that those who have felt the impact of the harsh winter the most are the ones who have to drive in it. Comment.
Forest Hills

Forest Hills resident tapped to head children and youth services

Udai Tambar, a Forest Hills resident and head of South Asian Youth Action!, is slated to begin as the city’s director of children and youth services March 3. Comment.
Flushing

Cops looking for missing Flushing man

FLUSHING — Police were looking for an Asian man who was reported missing Saturday. Comment.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Sunnyside

Pastor takes different path

A pastor in western Queens turns his church into a community event space once every month, usually for a musical concert. But this past Saturday the Sunnyside Reformed Church hosted something different. Comment.
Bayside

Baysider starts ‘Mass Mob’

With the changing face of religion in the 21st century, one Bayside resident is trying to help restore the luster to some churches whose enrollment and financial situations have suffered in recent years. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Boro Hall fields budget requests

Community leaders and nonprofits filed into Borough Hall to seek funding for projects rooted in a large swath of Queens from $60,000 to pay a grad student to research expanding Ridgewood’s historic district to creating a four-block pedestrian plaza in downtown Far Rockaway. Comment.
Forest Hills

Suspect swiped $7K worth of purses: NYPD

FOREST HILLS — Police were searching for a suspect who authorities believe swiped five handbags worth $7,000 from 107-21 71st Road Jan. 24. Comment.
Woodhaven

Police on the hunt for supermarket burglary suspect [With Video]

WOODHAVEN — Cops were hoping they could hit the jackpot after catching a burglar on camera playing a crooked Supermarket Sweep game in the borough. Comment.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Woodside

Pols denounce DOE plans

U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) joined several elected officials and parents of students at PS 11 in Woodside to denounce the city Department of Education’s final recommendation to send the school’s kindergartners to PS 171 in Astoria. Comment.
Flushing

DiNapoli touts Flushing might at Lunar event

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli came to Flushing Monday night to celebrate the Lunar New Year and honor a number of the community’s leaders. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Crowley touts bill to give grants to employment programs

U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) announced the introduction of the On-the-Job Training Act of 2014 (H.R. 3971), legislation that will help put New Yorkers back to work and improve skills through training programs. Comment.
Maspeth

Plan to plug potholes starts in Maspeth

With help from city Department of Transportation staff, Mayor Bill de Blasio swept debris out of a last pothole, shoveled in asphalt and pounded in the filling on a Maspeth street corner. Comment.
Bayside

Health care is major priority in 2015 NE Qns budget needs

Several nonprofits in northeast Queens delivered budget testimonies last week in front of Borough President Melinda Katz as they formally requested funding to help maintain vital programs across their institutions. Comment.
Forest Hills

Suspect grabs women in bear hugs before robbing them: NYPD [With Video]

FOREST HILLS — Police were searching for a man who allegedly grabbed women in bear hugs in central Queens and stole their purses late at night, the NYPD said. Comment.
South Jamaica

Four suspects sought in armed robbery and attack on woman: NYPD

SOUTH JAMAICA — Police were trying to identify four suspects they say robbed a woman in South Jamaica early on the morning of Feb. 8. Comments (1).
St. Albans

St. Albans laundromats part of armed robbery string: NYPD

ST. ALBANS — Cops were looking for a crew who allegedly cleaned out nearly a dozen laundromats, including one in St. Albans, police said. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 28, 2014

Queensbridge

Young man recalled at vigil year after death in Queensbridge

Relatives of a Japanese student who authorities say was fatally struck by an NYPD cruiser responding to an emergency last year in Queensbridge have been waiting for a year to find out the circumstances of Ryo Oyamada’s death. And they believe a federal court ruling directing the city to release materials from an investigation into the fatal accident by mid-March could provide some of the answers they have been looking for. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Queens police pledge to translate for abuse victims

Police emphasized the NYPD’s indifference to immigration status and willingness to translate conversations for those reporting domestic violence at a recent forum hosted by the 102nd and 106th precincts. Comments (1).
Springfield Gardens

Spring Gardens teen sentenced to 20 years

A Springfield Gardens teenager was sentenced to 20 years in prison last week for sexually assaulting a woman and violently raping another in Valley Stream, L.I., on separate occasions last summer, Nassau County prosecutors said. Comment.
St. Albans

DA Brown applauds NYPD’s Chief Banks

The NYPD’s second in command was honored by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown last week at a Black History Month event in the prosecutor’s offices. Comments (1).
Whitestone

109th officers shovel out Whitestone couple’s car

An elderly Whitestone couple got a big hand from two officers from the 109th Precinct who happened to be passing by last week when the seniors were attempting to dig their car out of a pile of snow and ice. Comments (1).
Long Island City

LIC architect has plans for hot restaurant scene

The founder of a Long Island City architectural firm who specializes in designing restaurants has decided to open one of his own. Comment.
Flushing

One Flushing launches e-commerce boot camp

Over the next five months, Flushing business owners and entrepreneurs will be able to take advantage of a new program that will enable them to become more Web savvy. Comment.
Education

Proposed pre-K sites double in boro: City

The number of city schools and community-based organizations proposing to host pre-kindergarten sites in Queens next school year has more than doubled after Mayor Bill de Blasio requested submissions to help fulfill his goal of providing 21,000 new seats next year, the administration announced earlier this week. Comment.
South Jamaica

Teen runaway escapes from three pimps: DA

A teenage runaway allegedly forced to work as a prostitute in southeast Queens for three months was able to escape when her captors let their guard down and she called her grandmother as well as 911, authorities said. Comments (4).
Springfield Gardens

Richards allocates $2.5M in Mandela tech grant

A city councilman from southeast Queens wants Nelson Mandela to continue to inspire young students. Comment.
Transit

Boro riders lining up to get MTA’s Bus Time in March

MTA Bus Time, which will enable Queens straphangers to determine where their buses are and when they are supposed to arrive, will go into operation March 9. Comments (1).
Flushing

Flushing organizations seek funding from BP for projects

Flushing nonprofits appealed to the borough president last week to get their piece of the budget pie. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Police seek suspect in Rich Hill phone robbery: Cops

RICHMOND HILL — Police were asking for help in identifying a suspect they say stole a cellphone from someone at Wireless World in Richmond Hill earlier this month, authorities said. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014

College Point

Avonte’s family still in the dark after medical examiner’s report

Avonte Oquendo’s family did not receive the kind of closure they were hoping to get this week when the medical examiner concluded the autistic teen’s cause of death could not be determined. Comment.
Astoria

Woman fought off man trying to rape her in Astoria: NYPD

The NYPD has released a surveillance image of a man who allegedly tried to rape a woman in Astoria Sunday, police said. Comments (3).
Rego Park

Jamaica man set arson fires in malls: DA

A Queens Criminal Court Judge ordered a 23-year-old Jamaica man charged with igniting fires in a dozen Elmhurst and Rego Park department stores ordered held without bail Wednesday and to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. Comments (7).
Ozone Park

CB 9’s Esposito indicted in Social Security fraud

Community Board 9 member Saverio “Sam” Esposito has been indicted in connection with a massive Social Security fraud scheme the Manhattan district attorney has accused his father of orchestrating. Comment.
Jamaica

Galante addresses salary controversy

The embattled CEO of the Queens Library told reporters earlier this week he does not believe the continuing criticism over his executive compensation and the library’s spending will pose a problem when it comes time for the nonprofit to raise funds. Comments (1).
Bayside

Avella will join Dems in independent caucus

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said he thinks he will fit right in with the upper chamber’s Independent Democratic Conference even if there are a few kinks to be worked out with the leadership of his new caucus. Comment.
Sunnyside

De Blasio chooses Sunnyside to march in St. Pat’s Parade

Mayor Bill de Blasio will be joined by most, if not all, of the City Council in the 15th Annual St. Pat’s for All Parade in Sunnyside Sunday. Comments (1).
East Elmhurst

JetBlue alone in wage war as competitors OK raises

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has scored another victory over an airline in its ongoing battle for fairer wages for service workers at the two airports in Queens. Comment.
Long Island City

Police investigating attack on Hispanic straphanger

A Hispanic man was attacked aboard a Queens-bound No. 7 train Sunday in what police were investigating as a possible hate crime. Comments (1).
South Ozone Park

Aqueduct funding sought

The New York Racing Association and state Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Beach) are at odds over which community is entitled to revenue generated at Resorts World in South Ozone Park. Comments (3).
Woodhaven

Woodhaven residents target graffiti problem

The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association tackled concerns from neighbors at its latest monthly meeting about what some community members contend is the worst graffiti epidemic the area has experienced in decades. Comment.
Flushing

Burglary spree across Queens ends in arrests

Two Queens men were arrested last weekend and charged separately in a rash of burglaries that were committed across the borough over the last six months, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Bayside

Fort Totten site may be named after fallen marshal

A deceased Hollis Hills fire marshal who has already had a Manhattan bar named after him might also get his name on a playground in Fort Totten. Comment.
Ridgewood

104th Precinct warns of knifepoint robberies targeting women

RIDGEWOOD — The 104th Precinct urged the community to be alert following seven knifepoint robberies of women in Ridgewood over the past month. Comments (15).

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014

College Point

Cause of Avonte’s death ruled undetermined by ME

The mystery of Avonte Oquendo’s death did not become any clearer Thursday when the city medical examiner concluded the cause and manner of the boy’s death was undetermined. Comment.
Bayside

Avella will join Independent Democratic Conference

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced Wednesday that he will leave the formal Democratic Party to become a member of the Independent Democratic Conference. Comment.
Flushing

NYPD seeking suspect who used stolen credit card info at liquor store: Cops

Police were hunting for a suspect who allegedly used a duplicate credit card at a Brooklyn liquor store to charge purchases to the account of a victim from the 109th Precinct, the NYPD said. Comments (1).

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014

Flushing

Scammer impersonates 109th inspector in failed try to bilk Flushing senior

A fraudster tried to con an elderly Flushing man out of $4,000 by impersonating a commander at the 109th Precinct, police said. Comments (1).

Monday, Feb. 24, 2014

Rego Park

UPDATED: Fires break out in two western Queens malls

Police detained a 23-year-old man leaving the Burlington Coat Factory Monday afternoon and were investigating whether he was behind several small fires set in the Rego Center and Queens Center malls over the past few days, the NYPD said. Comments (1).

Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014

Oakland Gardens

‘Michael Deng’s Law’ would amend definition of hazing: Weprin

State Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) announced new legislation Sunday aimed at cracking down on hazing after the recent death of Michael Deng, a 19-year-old Baruch College student from Oakland Gardens who died in December from injuries he sustained during a fraternity hazing ritual. Comment.
South Ozone Park

Man fatally struck while crossing Van Wyck: Police

Police were investigating a fatal accident early Sunday morning that left a pedestrian dead on the border of South Ozone Park and South Jamaica after he ran across the Van Wyck Expressway, the NYPD said. Comment.
South Ozone Park

Breeder’s Cup and laptops swiped from Aqueduct: NYPD

SOUTH OZONE PARK - The NYPD was investigating the theft of computers stolen from an office at the Aqueduct Racetrack along with a nearly 30-year-old Breeder’s Cup Trophy, police said. Comment.

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014

Queensbridge

Japanese student remembered at vigil one year after he was fatally struck by police vehicle

Huddled on a damp sidewalk in Queensbridge a little after midnight Friday, more than one dozen mourners gathered to remember a Japanese student who authorities say was fatally struck by an NYPD cruiser last year. Comment.
Long Island City

Taxi ends up colliding with coffee shop wall in LIC accident

LONG ISLAND CITY — Emergency responders were called to a three-car collision in Long Island City Friday. Comment.
Rochdale Village

Man injured in Rochdale shooting: NYPD

ROCHDALE Village - Police were investigating a shooting in southeast Queens Friday night that injured one person, the NYPD said. Comments (2).

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