Weekend bus trial to expand service along Vernon Boulevard


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

The western Queens waterfront will soon get a taste of extended bus service.

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Convention center and 25-story hotel headed for Corona


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Renderings courtesy of Fleet Financial Group

Fleet Financial Group plans to build a massive convention center and a luxury hotel and apartment complex in Corona, near Citi Field.

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Kids get visit from Santa, presents at Queens Centers for Progress


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THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

Santa and Frosty the Snowman paid a visit to the children at the Queens Centers for Progress (QCP), bringing holiday cheer with them once more. Now in its 16th year, QCP has partnered with the Jamaica Rotary Club to give toys to kids at the children’s center. NYPD Community Affairs officers from the Queens south […]

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Community demands end to disruptive subway noise by Astoria school


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

Local elected officials and the P.S. 85 community in Astoria want to put a screeching halt to subway noise created by the N and Q elevated subway line.

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Center dedicated to police shooting victim Sean Bell closes


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File photo

The Sean Elijah Bell Community Center has officially shut its doors. The community center opened in 2011 and offered day care, after school programs and other services to the Jamaica community. It closed officially on November 22, just three days before the anniversary of Sean Bell’s death, stemming from financial troubles. “It’s a disappointment that […]

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Mother of missing autistic teen: Son’s school ‘failed me’


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

ANGY ALTAMIRANO AND CRISTABELLE TUMOLA The search continues for Avonte Oquendo, who family members say is a shy yet happy, lovable, care-free and loving boy. Avonte, 14, who is autistic, was last seen leaving the Center Boulevard School at 1-50 51st Avenue in Long Island City around 12:38 p.m. on Friday, October 4. There have […]

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Police searching for missing autistic teen last seen leaving LIC school


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Photo and video courtesy of NYPD

Updated Monday, October 7, 12:40 p.m. Cops are looking for a missing Rego Park teen who is autistic and cannot verbally communicate. Avonte Oquendo, 14, was last seen leaving the Center Boulevard School at 1-50 51st Avenue in Long Island City around 12:38 p.m. The teen is reportedly supposed to be supervised at all times, […]

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New state-of-the-art school facility opens in Long Island City


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THE COURIER/Photo By Angy Altamirano

The students of Long Island City’s P.S./I.S. 78 will now have a new place to learn and grow. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott met with local elected officials, parents, students and school leaders on September 12 to cut the ribbon on the new, state-of-the-art building, located at 46-08 5th Street, which will house P.S./I.S. 78 and […]

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Community wins fight against liquor store near Springfield Gardens school


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THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

The southeast Queens community has successfully shut down a proposal to put a liquor store mere steps from Springfield Gardens High School. The shop was set to move into a new building on North Conduit Avenue, right across the street from the high school. Councilmember Donovan Richards, State Senator James Sanders and the community rallied […]

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A night in a Hurricane Sandy evacuation center


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Donovan Richards, chief of staff for Councilmember James Sanders, spent the night of Monday, October 29 in an evacuation center in Jamaica with constituents during the storm. Here is his account of the night. I was once told that real leadership requires one to lead from the front. With this in mind and an unprecedented […]

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Evacuation centers in Queens


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The mayor has already ordered the mandatory evacuations of vulnerable areas in Queens ahead of Hurricane Sandy, and others may want to head to an evacuation center just to be safe. Here are the 16 evacuation centers in Queens: • John Adams High School- 101-01 Rockaway Blvd., Ozone Park. • Grover Cleveland High School- 21-27 […]

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Flushing High School principal arrested for possession of meth (UPDATED)


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THE COURIER/photo by Melissa Chan

Carl Hudson, principal of Flushing High School, was arrested Tuesday night and charged with one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance after cops say they found a ziplock bag full of methamphetamine and a glass pipe in his car. The 33-year-old city schools employee was taken into custody on July 17 in front […]

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Changing demographic hurts Bayside Jewish Center


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By Melissa Bykofsky Members of the Bayside Jewish Center remember a time when hundreds of local families attended Saturday services and more than 300 children enrolled in Hebrew school classes. But these days, many wonder how much longer the 32nd Avenue temple can keep its doors open when a minyan, the group of 10 men […]

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Input sought for new New York Families for Autistic Children (NYFAC) center


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Photo Courtesy of Andrew Baumann The new center for developmentally disabled children and adults will open in 2012.

A new center for developmentally disabled children and adults is coming to Howard Beach. New York Families for Autistic Children (NYFAC) looks to offer a number of new programs and workshops to help individuals with autism spectrum disorder and people diagnosed with a developmental disability at a more convenient location. The center — the first […]

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