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Two young people from Queens were killed and two more injured in a late-night crash last weekend on the Northern State Parkway in Suffolk County.

Husein Radoncic, 26 of Astoria, and former Queens resident Sasha Stopanjac, 22, of Liberty, NY, were killed when the car they were riding in left the roadway and hit the guide rail, several trees and a light post, according to state police. The crash occurred around 1:30 a.m. last Sunday on the westbound side of the parkway near Exit 39, at the border of Melville and West Hills in the Town of Huntington. Read more

Area leaders spoke out after a swastika was found at the Rego Park Jewish Center last Wednesday.

Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing), Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) and Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) released a joint statement last Thursday. Read more

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In lieu of the contentious Gifted and Talented exam for this coming school year, the city announced last week that it will move to a model in which preschool educators identify students to be entered into a randomized lottery for seats.

In January, Mayor de Blasio announced that he would be changing the admission model of the city’s G&T programs, which are determined by a high-stakes exam administered to children as young as 4. Read more

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After weeks of rising opposition among the Queens community boards to Council Speaker Corey Johnson’s (D-Manhattan) proposal to create a universal system for city development, the bill received another blow at a Council hearing Tuesday — this time from the de Blasio administration.

Throughout the near-seven hour hearing, Director of the Department of City Planning Marisa Lago panned the bill, saying that it would be prohibitively expensive and create bureaucratic obstacles to land-use actions. Read more

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Friends of Tracie McManus, the 54-year-old Howard Beach mother who was killed by an alleged drunk driver at an Ozone Park car wash Feb. 15, have stepped in to support her family.

Sunnyside resident Ellenia Keane-Lyons created a fundraiser to help provide for McManus’ three children, Megan, Caitlin and Brian McManus. McManus’ husband, Brian, died in 2012. Read more

Hailing Chen immigrated to Queens from China when he was 14 years old. He learned English from near-scratch, worked as a busboy throughout school and ultimately graduated from St. John’s University. Yet, he found it incredibly difficult to find a career, ultimately settling for a job as an Uber driver.

“Achieving the American dream is getting harder and harder,” said the City Council District 20 candidate. Read more

Friday, February 26, 2021
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The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the man wanted for the slashing death of a 78-year-old Queens Village woman on Wednesday evening.

Published reports state that Osvaldo Diaz, 45, is the son of Maria Diaz, who was found slashed to death inside her residence at 218-44 Hillside Ave. The Daily News reported that a machete was found near her body. Read more

Thursday, February 25, 2021
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The Hawtree Creek Middle School, MS 297 of South Ozone Park, held its eighth annual Celebration of Reading Week, Jan. 11 to 15, continuing the tradition despite having all students learn remotely.

This year, the school’s theme was “Reading: Let it Empower You!” All speakers, events and activities were geared toward students highlighting how books are not just enjoyable, but also inspire us to make a difference in the world and in ourselves. Read more

The Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local Union #1 will recruit applicants for apprenticeships in 2021 beginning in January.

The organization is seeking 25 bricklayer-mason apprentices; 25 pointer, caulker and cleaner apprentices; 10 stone mason apprentices; and 10 plasterer apprentices. Applications and affidavits will be available online at bricklayersandalliedcraftworkerslocal1ny.org for 24 hours a day on Feb. 26, March 26, April 30, May 28, June 25, Sept. 24, Oct. 29, Nov. 19 and Dec. 17. Applicants must be at least 18 at the time of enrollment. Read more

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Two young people including one from Queens are dead and two more injured after a late-night weekend crash on the Northern State Parkway in Suffolk County.

Husein Radoncic, 26 of Astoria, and Sasha Stopanjac, 22 of Liberty, NY, were killed when the car they were riding in left the roadway and hit the guide rail, several trees and a light post, according to state police. Read more

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