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Record numbers, heightened security at NYC Marathon
Record numbers, heightened security at NYC Marathon
Sports Liam La Guerre 11/04/2013 at 4:34PM

The safest place in the country may have been the route of the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday. NYPD officers trolled the race, guarding runners and spectators alike, because of terrorism concerns caused by the Boston Marathon bombing earlier this year, in which three people died and hundreds were injured. A record 50,740 [...]

More speak out against plans to put new school inside Martin Van Buren
More speak out against plans to put new school inside Martin Van Buren
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 10/29/2013 at 4:26PM

More opponents have stepped up to fight the city and its plans to put an early college inside Martin Van Buren High School. “We’re finally climbing out of this rut we were dug into by the DOE,” said junior Sharon Kaur. “Our voices should be heard.” About 40 speakers signed up at an October 23 public [...]

Students, lawmakers rally against Martin Van Buren High School co-location
Students, lawmakers rally against Martin Van Buren High School co-location
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 10/22/2013 at 4:40PM

Queens lawmakers and dozens of students carrying picket signs rallied last week against the city’s plans to put another school inside the storied yet struggling Martin Van Buren High School. “We’ve been fighting so hard,” said Councilmember Mark Weprin. “We’ve made a lot of progress, but in the dead of night, in secret, they put [...]

Queens Village resident goes from overweight to marathon man
Queens Village resident goes from overweight to marathon man
Southeast Liam La Guerre 10/14/2013 at 11:23AM

Flipping through Facebook pictures one day in January 2011, Queens Village resident Joseph Gordon realized he was gaining too much weight. He had just started a job as an accountant after college and attributed his weight gain to lack of exercise and sitting at his desk “all day.” So that same day, he decided to [...]

Star of Queens: Alberta Crowley, volunteer, Bricktown Community Garden
Star of Queens: Alberta Crowley, volunteer, Bricktown Community Garden
News Queens Courier Staff 9/23/2013 at 9:07AM

COMMUNITY SERVICE: The Community Garden on 106th Avenue and 173rd Street in southeast Queens has become a second home to Alberta Crowley for the past five years. Crowley, 70, volunteers at the garden, planting any and every kind of vegetable. She additionally works with a group of developmentally disabled individuals, helping them harvest their own [...]

Man shot to death in Queens Village
Police Cristabelle Tumola 8/31/2013 at 11:17AM

A 22-year-old was fatally shot in Queens Village early Saturday morning, police said. Cops found the victim unconscious and unresponsive with a gunshot wound to the upper back around 3 a.m. at the corner of Jamaica Avenue and 217th Street He was taken to Jamaica Hospital where he was pronounced dead. There are no arrests [...]

Police looking into possible link between Woodhaven stabbing of teen and earlier attack
Police looking into possible link between Woodhaven stabbing of teen and earlier attack
Police Liam La Guerre 8/01/2013 at 4:25PM

The NYPD is looking into a possible connection between stabbings in south Queens, after two women were slashed within a month. “We’re seeing if there is a pattern here,” said NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly, according to reports. Natasha Martinez, 17, was attacked and stabbed from behind nearly a dozen times when she was returning to [...]

Queens Village man pleads guilty to sex trafficking of teen
Queens Village man pleads guilty to sex trafficking of teen
Police Melissa Chan 7/29/2013 at 5:01PM

A Queens Village man has pleaded guilty to forcing a 15-year-old girl to be his sex slave, the district attorney’s office said. Christopher Whitfield, 25, raped the teen twice and made her have sex with strangers for cash he pocketed, authorities said. The girl had run away from home when Whitfield found her last March. [...]

Martin Van Buren to get $4M in School Improvement Grants
Martin Van Buren to get $4M in School Improvement Grants
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 7/29/2013 at 11:29AM

A struggling Queens Village school will get more than $4 million in federal funds to bounce back this fall. Martin Van Buren High School and 21 others in the city were awarded $74.2 million in School Improvement Grants (SIG) to be used over three years, State Education Commissioner John King Jr. announced Friday. The state’s [...]

Martin Van Buren High School co-location met with protest
Martin Van Buren High School co-location met with protest
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 7/16/2013 at 2:37PM

The city’s plans to add another school within a struggling Queens Village institution is a “knife in the back” to the community, elected officials said. “This is the wrong plan at the wrong time, in the wrong place, at the wrong school,” said Deputy Borough President Barry Grodenchik. The Department of Education (DOE) has proposed [...]