Pols Decry Plan To Toll Free Bridges

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE     Staff Writer A proposal to toll the free East River bridges to Manhattan is giving some local officials and residents a case of road rage. Last Friday, State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) visited one of these bridges – the Ed Koch Queensboro – to protest […]

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Search Is On For New Poet Laureate

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE     Staff Writer May the best poet win. Applications are open for the next Poet Laureate of Queens, Borough President Melinda Katz announced last Thursday in an open call. The three-year, unpaid position provides a platform from which to promote poetry in and of the Borough. Queens’ first Poet Laureate was Queens […]

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Vet Gets Honor After Four Decades

BY DOMENICK RAFTER Editor-in-Chief It took 40 years, but one Queens veteran finally got the honor he deserves. Sgt. John D. Chichester of South Ozone Park, a veteran of the Vietnam War, was awarded his Bronze Star with Valor Device last week at American Legion Post 632 in Ozone Park after more than four decades […]

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Bridge Painting On Jackie Robinson Pkwy

BY DOMENICK RAFTER Editor-in-Chief Expect lane closures on the Jackie Robinson Parkway for the next several weeks as one of the highway’s overpasses gets a fresh coat of paint. Starting Thursday, March 19, the Department of Transportation will be replacing the coating and repainting the Myrtle Avenue overpass in Glendale. The work will require the […]

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Hostage Situation In Jamaica Hills; Perp Arrested

BY JORDAN GIBBONS Staff Writer NYPD’s 107th Precinct responded quickly to a hostage situation on 168th Street in Jamaica Hills early Monday morning, and apprehended the perpetrator after several hours of negotiating without any serious injuries, according to Captain Paul Velarga, 107th’s commanding officer. He said that a black male knocked on the door of […]

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Turner Picked to Lead Queens Republicans

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer It appears the Queens GOP party has finally united. The party has elected one leader to represent the long-fractured organization. Former Rep. Bob Turner was chosen as the new head of the party Monday. Turner’s election appears to bury the hatchet between groups within the party, who have been feuding […]

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Parks: Expect Astoria Park Amphitheater Next Year

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE     Staff Writer The long intermission for a planned Astoria Park amphitheater is ending, according to the Parks Department. Designs for the amphitheater, which will transform the park’s defunct diving pool into an outdoor performance space, are set to be completed by the end of March with construction tentatively slated to begin […]

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Phagwah Parade Postponed Amid Dispute

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer It was a normal, quiet Sunday morning on Liberty Avenue last week, but that was not necessarily a positive for many Richmond Hill residents. The annual Phagwah parade, the Hindu celebration of the beginning of spring, was postponed and it is uncertain whether or not the parade will take place […]

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