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Queens council member voices outrage over inconvenient DOT road work

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Sep. 28, 2023 By Anthony Medina The New York City Department of Transportation’s planned road work being conducted during the peak hours of the day is quickly becoming a nuisance to residents in the neighborhoods of Glendale,  Middle Village and Rego Park. According to a letter sent by Council Member Robert Holden on Tuesday, Sept. 26, the milling, repaving and pedestrian ramp construction during peak traffic hours in his district are causing more problems for early morning commuters. The DOT began the milling and paving process for multiple streets in the council member’s district earlier this month and posted the…
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Nominations open for FLAG Awards honoring top NYC teachers


Sep. 28, 2023 By Rachel Butler Nominations are now open for public school teachers in Queens for the FLAG Awards, which recognize teaching excellence in the borough and across New York City. The annual program, which is in its fifth year, is adding the new category of Top Elementary School Teacher in New York City,…
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Upstate man sentenced for killing girlfriend, stuffing body in car left in Springfield Gardens: DA


Sep. 28, 2023 By Bill Parry An upstate man who admitted to killing the 26-year-old mother of his two children in 2020 before stuffing her body in a car he left abandoned in Springfield Gardens, was sentenced Thursday in Queens Supreme Court to 22 years in prison. Kareem Flake, 31, of Troy, N.Y., pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the first degree in July for killing 26-year-old Destini Smothers in November 2020. Her remains were discovered four months later in the trunk of an abandoned car that belonged to Flake. According to the charges, Destini Smothers, 26, was last seen in…
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NYC Parks reopens Jamaica Playground to the community following $4.6 million reconstruction project

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Sep. 28, 2023 By Bill Parry Speaker Adrienne Adams welcomed young students from P.S. 40 Samuel Huntington Elementary School to the reopening of Jamaica Playground after a $4.6 million reconstruction project and turned a ribbon-cutting ceremony into a teachable moment for the youngsters on Sept. 27. “For far too long, neighborhoods like ours have been…
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Queens Botanical Garden gets more than $1.4M in City Council funding


Sep. 28, 2023 By Rachel Butler Queens Council Member Sandra Ung and Speaker Adrienne Adams announced on Sept. 22 an allocation of over $1.4 million by the City Council to fund a new Welcome Gardens and a Sustainability Education Quad at Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing. The total funding allocation of $1.425 million will be…
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Police searching for pair of suspects in attempted burglary of Ridgewood home


Sep. 28, 2023 By Anthony Medina Police are searching for two suspects in connection with the attempted burglary of a Ridgewood residence on Wednesday. Police from the 104th Precinct responded to a 911 call of a residential burglary in the vicinity of Gates Avenue and Cypress Avenue in Ridgewood at approximately 1:40 a.m. on Wednesday,…
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Councilman Holden voices frustration with MTA’s response to letter requesting extended express bus service


Sep. 28, 2023 By Anthony Medina Queens Councilman Robert Holden says the MTA constantly fails New Yorkers in response to the MTA’s letter to the councilman earlier this month. Holden initially sent a letter to the MTA Chairman John Lieber, on Thursday, July, 27,  urging him to extend the QM24 and QM34 express bus service to 10 p.m. every day instead of 7:20 p.m. Holden continued in his letter by stating the two bus schedules are severely restricting the residents in his district, whose primary means of travel is public transportation. Holden also suggested the MTA should offer a senior discount…
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DA Katz donates late father’s piano to Queens College


Sep. 28, 2023 By Rachel Butler Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz donated her late father David Katz’s piano to Queens College earlier this month. The Concert Grand Steinway piano will be used by students in the college’s Aaron Copland School of Music. David Katz was the founder of the Queens Symphony Orchestra (QSO), which is the…
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Parker Jewish Institute president honored with Humanitarian Award


Sep. 28, 2023 By Ethan Marshall Parker Jewish Institute President and CEO Michael N. Rosenblut was honored Sept. 27 by Voices of Truth and Humanity with a Humanitarian Award. The award was presented to Rosenblut during the fourth annual Remembrance Awards dinner, at Woodbury’s Crest Hollow Country Club. Parker Jewish Institute’s values resonate highly with Voices of Truth and Humanity, which promotes education about the Holocaust, slavery and genocide in public schools across the country in its pursuit of fighting bigotry. Since Parker Jewish Institute was founded in 1914, it has stood for inclusion. The institute assists New York’s most…
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Francis Lewis Park in Whitestone receives $2.1M for upgrades to restrooms, water fountains

Francis Lewis Park in Whitestone

Sep. 27, 2023 By Iryna Shkurhan Newly allocated funding will bring upgraded restrooms and a three-part water fountain for drinking, filling up bottles and hydrating pets at Francis Lewis Park in Whitestone.  Councilwoman Vickie Paladino announced the allocation of $2.1 million for improvements to the 17-acre park in partnership with City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams…
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