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Kerry Gill of Rosedale, a student at St. Saviour High School in Brooklyn, has been named a finalist in the National Achievement Scholarship Program. She is one of 800 students nationwide who are being considered for the prestigious scholarship.
Gill is interested in studying computational fashion, a field that combines science and technology with design and the fashion industry.
The ongoing slew of snowstorms has prompted the New York Blood Center to announce an urgent need for blood donations following the cancellation of more than 100 blood drives in the last few weeks.
“While we’re confident in our ability to supply our partner hospitals, we’re still struggling with the effects of the snow and ice this week, and worried about an even bigger hit this weekend,” Vice President Rob Purvis of the NYBC said last week in a press release. “It is critical that we all pitch in by donating blood to ensure that supplies aren’t further diminished in the days ahead.”
A former North Carolina resident is facing more than 25 years in prison following his conviction for a six-month robbery spree in 2010 that included the shooting of a cab driver and a restaurant employee.
Shawn Peace, 25, who also once lived on 118th Avenue in Jamaica, was convicted last Thursday of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, first-degree robbery and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon following a three-week trial.
The Queens Library had to get an early start on its celebration of Black History Month, kicking off on Jan. 25 in order to get all of its cultural and educational programs in.
The 29th annual Langston Hughes Celebration, at the library named in his honor on Northern Boulevard in Corona, will run from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8.
FDNY officials are crediting a 16-year-old Rosedale girl with saving her 3-year-old brother last Sunday when a fire tore through their home.
A report published in the Daily News stated that Delissa Jones of 253-08 Francis Lewis Blvd. pulled her brother, Demetrius, from their burning house and waited on the roof to their porch until firefighters arrived and could come to their rescue.
Generations of baseball enthusiasts stepped right up to meet Mets icon Ron Darling at the first-ever Queens Baseball Convention on Saturday afternoon at McFadden’s bar inside Citi Field.
The inaugural gathering of hundreds of Mets fans, organized by a group of bloggers from fan advocacy website MetsPolice.com among others, was a grand slam in the eyes of Darling, fans and organizers alike.
Just six years ago, the bursting of the housing bubble sent the United States hurtling into a major recession.
As we enter 2014, Queens, the most diverse area in the country, is experiencing something of a real estate boom.
In his State of the State address on Jan. 8, Gov. Cuomo said the state has talked too long about modernizing LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International Airports without the action to back it up.
He said it is time for that to change, even going so far as to have the state take over construction management of LaGuardia’s new central terminal from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
The city’s two airports and a handful of Queens neighborhoods are expected to benefit directly from a $16.7 billion initiative announced in Albany on Tuesday by Gov. Cuomo and Vice President Joe Biden.
The title — “Reimagining New York for a New Reality” — is a mouthful. But it translates into state funding for energy, transportation and infrastructure to protect areas of the state that have proven vulnerable to major weather events since Cuomo took office in 2011.
The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a 13-year-old Rosedale girl who was reported missing last Friday.
Destiny Butler was last seen at her home on Hook Creek Boulevard at about 3 p.m. She is described as being 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighing 130 pounds, with blond hair and green eyes.
Elections and new laws adopted in 2013 promised sweeping changes across the city’s horizon in 2014, with a new mayor, a new City Council, and an uncertain future for policies on education, law enforcement and city finances.
It could be said that 2013 was a good year to be a political junkie in New York City with Public Advocate Bill de Blasio being elected mayor, and Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner enjoying short-lived political comeback tours.
It also proved to be a bad year to be a school advocate, a Republican seeking elective office or former state Sen. Shirley Huntley.
Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) is declaring victory in the race to be the new speaker of the City Council, but opponents of her bid are not conceding defeat, setting up battle lines just weeks before the Council is scheduled to vote on the second-most powerful job in the city.
Mark-Viverito, who represents East Harlem and the South Bronx, announced Thursday that she had the support of 31 members of the 51-member body, including herself and seven Queens members: re-elected Council Members Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside); Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights); Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst); and Donovan Richards (D-Rosedale); two Council members-elect Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) and Antonio Reynoso (D-Brooklyn), who though from Brooklyn, represents a district that covers part of Ridgewood; and most notably, the borough’s only Republican, Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park).
The owners of a Queens Village shopping center got some help in hedging their bets from Community Board 13 on Monday night.
DERP Associates of Long Island owns the property at the intersection of Hillside and Braddock avenues that serves as home to a Sears hardware and appliance store, an auto parts store and a bank.
The NYPD is crediting two sharp-eyed police officers with seizing an illegal handgun while arresting two alleged turnstile jumpers at the Parsons Boulevard/Archer Avenue subway station on Tuesday afternoon.
Police said officers Brian Chiang, left, and John Cammarata of the 103rd Precinct were assigned to a Transit Bureau Impact Team when they allegedly saw two men go through a turnstile while only swiping their MetroCard once.
The look and feel of the holidays always seems to come to Southeast Queens right on cue at the start of December.
Decades ago the Christmas rush meant places like Mays and Gertz department stores with floor after floor of holiday bargains.
Councilman Donovan Richards, shown at the Rosedale Library in 2012, is including the modernization and expansion of the branch in his priorities for the new City Council session that begins in January.
The McCulloch home at 243-24 130 Ave. in Rosedale, in 1939, left, and today.
Rosedale, at the very southeastern tip of Queens, was home to a large farming community as late as the 1930s. Some of the better known and larger ones were Anton Hoffner’s Farm, Joseph Brothers Farm, John Miller and Sons Farm, John Santa Marie’s Farm, Albert Schmitt and Brothers Farm and the George Schmitt Farm.
In the late 1930s the construction of homes in an area off Laurelton Parkway called Beaux Arts Park began. The builder was the Parkway Construction Co., owned by Morris Praver (1893-1978), who lived a short distance away on 231st Street in Laurelton with his wife, Hilda, and their two sons. The salesman was his younger brother Albert Praver.
To say Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) is excited about the coming City Council session would be a gross understatement.
Re-elected to his first full term this month, he will be working with a new mayor he likes, a new speaker and a new Council membership he believes will be more attuned to the ideas of its Progressive Caucus.
Representatives of Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit ecumenical Christian housing organization which recently hosted a visit to Southeast Queens by former President Jimmy Carter, marking a return to New York for the 30th annual Carter Work Project, were on hand at Monday’s Community Board 13 meeting to acknowledge the panel for its support and ask for its “formal support” in the future, as well as to encourage residents to get involved in future projects planned for the area.
“We’re here to say thank you,” said Neil Hetherington, the chief executive officer for HFH.
Bruno Iciano of the Department of Sanitation, left, and Howard Harrington updated residents from Springfield Gardens, Brookville and Rosedale on progress with illegal dumping and a massive sewer, water and flood control project on Thursday night.
A $69 million sewer project aimed largely at alleviating flooding in Springfield Gardens is progressing nicely, according to a guest speaker at last Thursday’s meeting of the Springfield/Rosedale Community Action Association.
The finished project will range from Springfield Park east along 147th Avenue to 225th Street; and north to south on sections of six streets between 145th Road and 149th Avenue.