Three masked intruders have entered Jamaica High School and police emergency units have responded, the city announced around 2:25 p.m. Thursday on its NYC Alerts Twitter feed.
I want to introduce myself to you and the residents of Queens.
I started my library career as a children’s librarian trainee in Suffolk County, while pursuing my master’s of library science at St. John’s University. I served customers at the front desk for many years and then managed small and large public libraries in Iowa, Connecticut and New York State.
After several years as director of the Buffalo and Erie County Library System, I came to the Queens Library because of its reputation as one of the world’s best. I’m a working parent, with school-aged daughters, and am also studying for my MBA at St. John’s. I understand the personal and professional challenges that many of us experience every day, juggling work life with home life and trying to find a precious few minutes to read and relax.
Queens Library customers have told us repeatedly that they wish the library were open later in the evenings and earlier in the mornings to accommodate their busy schedules. I am pleased to let you know that as of Jan. 5, we will be modifying customer service schedules so every library is open at lea
st two evenings until 8 p.m., and at least two mornings at 10 a.m. The Central Library and Flushing Library will maintain their expanded hours (until 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday) and several of our libraries are open at 9 a.m. on Monday mornings. We hope that many more people will find it convenient and enriching to come to the library.
We want to build on the powerful people, places, partners and programs that are the heart of your Queens Library. Our goal is to surprise everyone in Queens with how much value they get from their library, whether they are downloading e-books, learning to code their own websites, attending a concert, borrowing a tablet to use at home or grabbing a great book to while away a rainy afternoon. I look forward to seeing you at the library and wish you all a bright 2015.
Arthur Flug loved all six of his careers, but has a special connection to his last one as director of the Kupferberg Holocaust Research Center and Archives.
After seven years at the helm, Flug, 75, of Jamaica Estates is retiring on Dec. 31. He will leave his post on the Queensborough Community College campus in Bayside to travel and spend more time with his wife and grandchildren, but will still work on a few projects at the Holocaust center.
Annual holiday fesitval, Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens, 21-12 30 Road, Long Island City, Fri., Dec. 19, 5 p.m. Children will perform holiday songs and dances, games, pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus and more. Open to the public. Info: (718) 728-0946, vbgcg.org.
Ozone Park resident Eduardo Venegas has been waking up at 5:30 a.m. to the sound of idling school buses for the past two years, and he’s sick of it.
“I’m thinking that I might have to move out of here,” he said. “They honk, double-park and litter all around the street.”
Thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Washington, DC last Saturday to call for legislative reform and show solidarity against what they called a flawed and racist judiciary system.
Saturday’s “Day of Resistance” was just the latest in a series of protests nationwide in the wake of a Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the wrongful death of Eric Garner.
Kew Gardens residents can now enjoy the finest tap water from sea to shining sea.
That’s according to Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills), in response to the city’s completion of a $10.6 million overhaul of the neighborhood’s aging water main network, announced Friday by the Department of Design and Construction and the Department of Environmental Protection.
Leaders of Community Board 13 said Monday that the city’s Administration for Children’s Services wants to place a home for nonviolent youthful offenders in Queens Village.
But board members also said they want ACS officials to attend a meeting and discuss exactly what they have in mind.
York College student Roberto Brutus, center, addresses the crowd at a “die-in” on Guy R. Brewer Boulevard Monday in protest of the recent deaths of black men at the hands of police. Leroy Gadsden, president of the Jamaica Branch of the NAACP, left, and Councilman Ruben Willi were among the speakers lending students their vocal and moral support.
The already-heated rhetoric between local officials and the NYPD was ratcheted up a notch on Monday at a “die-in” organized by students at York College.
The rally took place on Guy R. Brewer Boulevard outside the entrance to York’s campus.
Action needs to be taken to improve mobility between northern and southern Queens along the Woodhaven Boulevard corridor, including to and from Midtown Manhattan.
A new study by Queens College, Community Impact Study of Proposed Uses of the Rockaway Beach Branch Right of Way, reports that the region’s transit users must endure a subway trip that is 42 percent longer than the New York City average. In some cases, such as from Far Rockaway to Midtown, the subway journey time is at least an hour. Travel to other parts of Queens can exceed two hours. In contrast, the Long Island Rail Road trains that crossed Jamaica Bay on the Rockaway Beach Line took as little as 43 minutes.
The annual Holidays on the Avenue celebration brought the spirit of the season to Downtown Jamaica on Dec. 13.
The evening began with the traditional tree lighting at Rufus King Park, complete with familiar holiday music and carols.
Two Queens residents on Tuesday were sentenced to 15 years in prison for their roles in the February 2011 shooting at a party that killed a 26-year-old woman.
Oneil Mairs, 27, of 178th Place in Jamaica, and Nicholas Allen, 25, of 212th Street in Queens Village, were convicted back in November of manslaughter in the death of Avalisa Morris in the early morning hours of Feb. 2, 2011.
Clients and staff at Lifespire, a nonprofit based in Jamaica that provides services for the developmentally disabled, last week transformed their floor in a Jamaica office building into a Manhattan holiday showcase.
At top, Lifespire staff member Nadira Cumberbatch, left, leads singers in Christmas carols and selections for Hanukkah.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) announced on Tuesday that his anti-graffiti initiative has successfully cleaned up 60 locations throughout his district since its implementation in early October.
“This initiative takes a proactive stand to nip this problem in the bud and revitalize our small business corridors,” Ulrich said in a written statement.
The Board of Trustees of the Queens Library voted unanimously on Wednesday night to oust embattled CEO Tom Galante for cause.
The York College Youth Initiative Choir serenaded the crowd prior to the tree lighting.
The Rev. Darryl James, rear left, and Councilman Rory Lancman were among those braving the evening chill at Rufus King Park.
Clockwise from rear left, revelers Jordan Blackman, Cameron Carmichael, Jared Edwards and Cydney Carmichael warm up with some hot chocolate.
Children say “Cheese!” with the big guy from the North Pole.
A hair-raising moment for Santa as he visits with Kevin Hernandez and Samiyah Nazario on Dec. 13 at the annual Holidays on the Avenue celebration, which includes a tree lighting at Rufus King Park and gifts for children at Grace Episcopal Church.