Children Read To Vet Parents About Freedom

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer While many people spent the Thursday before the Fourth of July preparing for barbecues and fireworks, a few children read letters to their military parents about the meaning of freedom. In North Shore-LIJ’s Community Health Building in Manhasset, three members of the armed forces came together to listen to their […]

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Translatinas And Allies March For Equality

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Cries of “no más a la discriminacíon” and “undocumented, unafraid” rang out in Jackson Heights Monday evening as a group of transgender Latina women and allies marched for visibility, respect and equality. The third annual Translatina March was organized by advocacy group Make the Road New York (MRNY), and stepped […]

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Queens College Names New President

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer After months of interviews with dozens of candidates, Queens College has a new president. The Board of Trustees of the City University of New York has selected Dr. Félix Matos Rodríguez as Queens College’s replacement for Dr. James Muyskens, who retired last year. He will take over from interim president […]

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John Haggerty Jr. Conviction Upheld

By JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer The conviction of Queens political consultant John Haggerty Jr. was sustained this week in New York State’s highest court. The State Court of Appeals decided in a 6-0 ruling to reject Haggerty’s argument to overturn his 2011 conviction of second-degree grand larceny and money laundering. He was found guilty of […]

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City Council Approves Municipal IDs

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer All New Yorkers, regardless of citizenship, are now eligible for City identification cards. The City Council voted last Thursday to approve the creation of municipal IDs, which would allow undocumented New Yorkers to open bank accounts, obtain a driver’s license, enroll in a public school and access other City services. […]

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Chapin Home Celebrates 13 Centenarians

                    BY JORDAN GIBBONS Staff Writer Last year, Mary Nuccio was concerned she was not going to see her 100th birthday, so she had her brother write President Barack Obama to get her centenarian letter a year early. She received that letter and is now waiting […]

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LACCQ Grads Look Ahead To Citizenship

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer A handful of Queens residents took a step towards American citizenship this weekend. In an afternoon ceremony at the ARROW Community Center in Astoria, students of English as a Second Language and U.S. Citizenship test preparation at the Latin American Cultural Center of Queens (LACCQ) received certificates of completion. Students […]

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Flushing Commons Breaks Ground

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer After years of discussions and delays, the Flushing Commons project finally broke ground this week. On June 30, several stakeholders, elected officials and community leaders met in the heart of downtown Flushing for the groundbreaking ceremony. Set on the former site of Municipal Lot 1, many comments from the event […]

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