Slow response to Whitestone Volunteer Ambulance appeals for funding


| asuriel@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of the Whitestone Volunteer Ambulance Service

The Whitestone Volunteer Ambulance Service (WVAS) is having trouble raising funds for their new emergency vehicle, with only seven people contributing to their online campaign since its creation one month ago.

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Rockaway pair convicted on murder and kidnapping charges


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Two 29-year-old Queens men have been convicted of second-degree murder and other charges in the brutal April 2012 stabbing death of a man who had begun a relationship with the estranged wife of one of the defendants.

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DOE leasing former Astoria Catholic school building for pre-K center


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THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

The site of the former Most Precious Blood Catholic School, which closed its doors in June after 58 years of serving the Astoria community, will now be used as a pre-K center, according to the Department of Education.

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North Shore Towers to host Queens Courier District 23 debate


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Photos courtesy of candidate campaign offices

The Queens Courier will be holding a debate on Aug. 5 for the candidates of the 23rd City Council District election at the North Shore Towers to increase public awareness of relevant issues and platforms.

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Jamaica residents rally for more affordable housing, inclusion in area development boom


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THE COURIER/Photos by Angela Matua

Jamaica residents gathered at the Greater Allen AME Cathedral of New York on Wednesday to demand that the city and developers capitalizing on the available space in the area “build it right.”

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Boy Scout organizes cleanup event for Glendale RGMVM fields


| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photos courtesy of the Hansen family

The Ridgewood-Glendale-Middle Village-Maspeth (RGMVM) Little League fields located at 78-11 Woodhaven Blvd. in Glendale got a much-needed cleanup over the weekend thanks to one Boy Scout’s efforts.

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Volunteers still locked out of Ridgewood community garden


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Photo via Facebook/Ridgewood Community Garden

The Ridgewood Community Garden has been padlocked since late June, when the MTA first issued a vacate order prohibiting access to the land beneath the M train tracks between Woodbine Street and Woodward Avenue.

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Queens Theatre screens classic Lincoln Center performances outdoors at Flushing Meadows


| rmackay@queensny.org

Photo courtesy of Queens Theatre

Video versions of great Lincoln Center works will screen outdoors on Tuesday nights in August on Flushing Meadows Corona Park’s Festival Lawn, thanks to a new month-long partnership between Queens Theatre and Lincoln Center Education.

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Perp violently attacks security guard outside Resorts World, steals his Lexus: NYPD


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A 66-year-old security guard was brutally assaulted in front of Resorts World Casino over the weekend before his attacker stole his car, police said.

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Pols at Fort Totten call for increased security at Army Reserve Centers


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Photo courtesy of the office of Paul Vallone

Congressman Steve Israel and local officials stood outside the Ernie Pyle Reserve Center at Bayside’s Fort Totten on Monday to call on the Department of Defense to address security concerns at Army Reserve Center facilities nationwide.

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Woodside resident to seek Assembly seat and ‘fight for the middle class’


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Brian Barnwell

Brian Barnwell is looking to be the voice of a district he has called home all his life and one he says needs a big change and new leadership.

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Buildings Department nixes Glendale homeless shelter floor plans


| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photo by Jeff Stone

Those fighting against the proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave., in Glendale, received a bit of good news last Thursday as the city’s Department of Buildings reviewed and rejected the current floor plans for the shelter and issued a notice to revoke.

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$3M more invested into Hunters Point Community Library


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THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

A Long Island City community has fought for over a decade to get a library, and now its dream has started to become a reality — all with a little help from its friends.

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