Missing Howard Beach man, known as ‘Second Avenue Sinatra,’ found dead in apparent suicide

| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo via Facebook/Gary Russo- 2nd Ave Sinatra

A missing Howard Beach man who gained notoriety as the “Second Avenue Sinatra” for singing American standards at the subway construction site was discovered dead Friday inside a park near his home in an apparent suicide, police said.

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Howard Beach native elected governor of New York Kiwanis

| amatua@queenscourier.com

Photo via Facebook/Joel Harris

After one year acting as lieutenant governor of the Queens West Kiwanis, Stephen Sirgiovanni realized he wanted to make a bigger difference. The Howard Beach native accomplished this when he was elected governor of New York Kiwanis on Aug. 15.

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FDNY, NYPD to face off at Resorts World cooking competition

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Image courtesy of Resorts World Casino

The city’s Finest and Bravest are putting on their aprons, turning on the stoves and going head-to-head this weekend to see who has what it takes to be crowned a top chef.

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Howard Beach softball team X-Bays crowned 2015 champs

| amatua@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of the X-Bays

The X-Bays, a softball team started as a fun activity for friends living in the Howard Beach area, celebrated their third championship in five years on Sunday and several moves up the Queens Metro ASA Softball League division ladder.

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Op-ed: Time to relieve side effects of A train project

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THE COURIER/File photo

Recently, I’ve been contacted by families and store owners along Liberty Avenue in Ozone Park that have been forced to deal with a traffic nightmare as a result of the ongoing Liberty Avenue Line Station Renewal Project, which is currently rebuilding A train stations between 80th Street and 111th Street.

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South Ozone Park juvenile detention center approved, but operators investigated

| amatua@queenscourier.com

Photo via Facebook/Stop The Prison in S.O.P.

Just when South Ozone Park residents thought the fight to stop the placement of a juvenile detention center was close to being won, City Comptroller Scott Stringer on Tuesday approved a limited contract submitted by Sheltering Arms and the Administration of Children’s Services (ACS) to erect a Close to Home facility in the area.

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Jacob Riis Park lifeguards take top spots in USLA National Lifeguard Championships

| amatua@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Patrick Kilgallen

Lifeguards Patrick Kilgallen and Thomas O’Neill competed in the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) National Lifeguard Championships four years ago and have never missed a competition since.

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Top spots for fun and food in Rockaway Beach

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Kelly Marie Mancuso

While summer may be drawing to a close, there are still plenty of places to soak up the last of the summer rays here in Queens. Scores of landlocked urbanites have flocked to Riis Park and the Rockaway boardwalk in recent summers to escape the sweltering heat of the city.

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