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Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Park) is seeking nominations for the 2021 Women of Distinction Awards to recognize and honor local women who are making a difference in the community and the lives of others.

Awards will be given for work in various fields, including healthcare, business, volunteerism, education and military service. Winners will be honored at an awards ceremony at 6 p.m. March 26 over Zoom. Read more

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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

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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One week after revealing he was threatened by the governor, Assemblymember Ron Kim (D-Flushing) rallied in front of City Hall to round off a list of demands for the Cuomo administration.

“Cuomo is a coward who has abused his powers. His pattern of abuse and harassment toward his aides, journalists, lawmakers and critics is despicable. As a lawmaker, I have the duty to hold him accountable. I will not stand down,” Kim said Feb. 24, referring to the sexual harassment alleged by Manhattan borough president candidate and former state aide Lindsay Boylan. Read more

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

New York City sheriffs busted a party in the basement of a Corona bar where over 300 people, many of them maskless, were caught dancing and smoking hookah in violations of state laws last Saturday, their office said.

At around 2:25 a.m. deputy sheriffs raided the basement of Corona’s Sue–o Americano restaurant, located on Junction Boulevard near 35th Avenue, which they said contained an unlicensed bar, a DJ booth and around 305 reckless revelers. 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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On Feb. 9, a man verbally accosted an Asian woman in Astoria, following her and repeatedly asking why Chinese people eat dogs. A week later, a man in Flushing aggressively pushed an older Asian woman to the ground. She required stitches to close the gash on her forehead.

Hate crimes against Asian-Americans are on the rise in New York City. Racially charged incidents against the community rose by 33 percent between 2019 and 2020. 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

As New York City’s taxi drivers’ fight for debt relief from the city’s taxi medallion crisis wages on, recent events have brought the issue home for Felicia Singh, an Ozone Park resident running for City Council in District 32.

Earlier this month, the candidate came home to a “for sale” sign on her family’s house as a result of the inability of her taxi driver father, Dalip Singh, to keep up with fees on a medallion loan. 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 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