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A 60-year-old man was killed Tuesday afternoon when a fallen tree struck the vehicle he was sitting in, police said.

Mario Siles was sitting in a 2014 Dodge van at 143-28 84 Drive in Briarwood at approximately 1 p.m. when a large tree fell onto the roof of the vehicle, causing it to be crushed downward, pinning Siles inside. Read more

Assemblymember Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) is sponsoring his 8th Annual Summer Blood Drive, in conjunction with the New York Blood Center today, Aug. 6, from 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Bay Terrace Shopping Center at 212-51 26 Ave.

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an urgent need for blood donors,” said Braunstein. “Each blood donation saves up to 3 lives, so I hope you will take the time to share this lifesaving gift.” Read more

Friday, August 07, 2020
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Gov. Cuomo announced in a press conference on Friday morning that he’s giving the greenlight, as of now, for schools to reopen for in-person learning across the state. 

But beyond the go-ahead, Cuomo is leaving the rest up to the school districts. Though each district’s in-person reopening plans must also be approved by the state’s education and health departments in the coming weeks, it is now up to local politicians and school administrators to decide whether and how to reopen.  Read more

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Up to two Queens-bound lanes of the Throgs Neck Bridge will be closed this weekend to accommodate roadway milling and repaving, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Friday. 

The closures run from Friday, Aug. 7, at 10 p.m., through Monday, Aug. 10, at 5 a.m. At least one lane will remain open to Queens-bound traffic at all times. Bronx-bound lanes are unaffected. Read more

Thursday, August 06, 2020
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It took a team effort to paint the new Black Lives Matter mural on Jamaica Avenue last Thursday.

At left, Rosin Spigner and Councilman Daneek Miller add their contributions to the sign, while above right, a Department of Transportation painter readies five gallons of premium yellow for community volunteers to roll down over pre-stenciled letters. Read more

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When Tropical Storm Isaias swept through New York City on Tuesday afternoon, more than 49,000 Queens households lost power, more than any other borough.

The outages aren’t being restored immediately. As of 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, Queens still had 42,349 Con Edison customers without power. Read more

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At around 11 a.m. on Monday, an outreach team from the city’s Department of Homeless Services pulled up on Whitney Avenue in Elmhurst where a group of homeless men had set up camp.

Workers from the Sanitation Department, responding to weeks of neighborhood complaints, were slated to come the next day and remove the makeshift village that had been built in recent months on the sidewalk between a shopping mall parking lot and the Long Island Rail Road tracks. The two-person outreach team was there to tell them what was coming. Read more

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When Howard Beach science teacher and environmentalist Arcilia Derenzo began making trips to help clean the North Channel parking lot during her summer break, she found something far more fishy going on than mere littering.

Violations of the ban on shellfishing are on the rise in Jamaica Bay, she found. On a near-daily basis, dozens of people are illegally taking bags and buckets of clams from the water below the Joseph P. Addabbo Memorial Bridge, according to Derenzo’s observations. Read more

A familiar power dynamic between New York State and the Big Apple played out this week as Gov. Cuomo criticized Mayor de Blasio’s plan for reopening schools for not being substantial enough.

De Blasio announced early last month that schools will open with a hybrid model, staggering attendance for students, while giving parents the option to continue solely with remote learning. Then last Thursday, the city outlined its protocols for closing schools in response to COVID infections. Read more

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With COVID-19 still devastating the jobs outlook and the economy, area state senators helped distribute food to the needy last week.

At top, Sen. Jessica Ramos and her office handed out hundreds of bags of groceries, eggs and food staples in a pop-up food pantry held last Saturday at the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Read more

Gov. Cuomo was nothing if not direct Monday when discussing the impasse in Congress over a new COVID-19 relief bill in an interview on MSNBC.

“You know, every past CARES Act bill was imperfect, grossly imperfect. They always said, well, don’t worry, there’s another one, there’s another one,” he said. “This is the last one. And if they don’t make this bill right, frankly, if they don’t get it right, they shouldn’t pass it, because it will be the last bill.” Read more

A new survey reinforces what has been known since Dutch settlers paid the native Lenape people for control of the island then called Mannahatta — real estate on that sliver of land between the East and Hudson rivers is pricier than it is on the far broader island to the east.

But some spots in Queens do make their mark in the study, which ranks the 100 priciest ZIP codes in New York City based on data from the first half of the year. Read more

Victims of child sex abuse have been granted more time to file lawsuits against those responsible under legislation Gov. Cuomo signed Monday.

The bill extends the “look back window” for victims to file suit under the Child Victims Act until Aug. 14, 2021, a full year later than the original law said. Cuomo earlier had extended the time frame until Jan. 14, 2021 through an executive order. Read more