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Little North Pole Christmas celebration
Little North Pole Christmas celebration
South Maggie Hayes 12/11/2013 at 3:12PM

The North Pole came to Neponsit Beach for a night and the community celebrated Christmas in style. Lights showered Joe Mure’s Neponsit Avenue home where he hosted his annual “Little North Pole” event to benefit juvenile diabetes on Saturday. A Christmas display surrounded the house and close to 5,000 people came to see the show, [...]

Retired FDNY lieutenant featured in documentary series highlighting ‘unsung heroes’
Retired FDNY lieutenant featured in documentary series highlighting ‘unsung heroes’
Entertainment Maggie Hayes 11/23/2013 at 4:05PM

John Nolan, retired FDNY lieutenant, worked to rebuild homes in Sandy-devastated communities after the superstorm and became one of the area’s many “unsung heroes.” Now, Shell Rotella, an engine oil organization, has highlighted Nolan and several others in a short-form documentary series, “Unsung Heroes,” that tells the stories of these overlooked saviors and how their [...]

Pol asks AG to investigate Sandy contractor fraud
News Maggie Hayes 11/19/2013 at 11:54AM

Sandy brought a wave of fraudulent fixes to south Queens, and one elected official wants them wiped out. Following the superstorm, many affected residents fell victim to fraudulent contractors who “promised to rebuild their homes, but have either left before completing the job or disappeared with [their] deposit without performing the necessary repairs,” said Assemblymember [...]

Majority of Queens schools score well on progress reports
Education & Kids Cristabelle Tumola 11/18/2013 at 2:52PM

The majority of Queens schools scored high on the Department of Education’s (DOE) recently released progress reports. Out of the 62 Queens high schools that were issued 2012-2013 progress reports, 31 earned As, 16 Bs, 6 Cs, 5 Ds and 4 Fs. The highest scoring institution was Long Island City’s Academy for Careers in Television [...]

Police shoot, critically wound armed man in Far Rockaway
Police shoot, critically wound armed man in Far Rockaway
Police Liam La Guerre 11/16/2013 at 1:29PM

Police officers shot and critically injured a man in Far Rockaway early this morning, after officials said he aimed a weapon at cops. The incident started when four officers responded to a 9-1-1 call for assault on the 3rd floor of the Beach 41st Street Houses at 40-20 Beach Channel Drive around 12:40 a.m. The [...]

Close race called for incumbent Councilmember Ulrich, Simon not conceding
Close race called for incumbent Councilmember Ulrich, Simon not conceding
Politics Maggie Hayes 11/06/2013 at 1:09AM

Votes were counted down to the bitter end before a winner was declared in City Council District 32, and Republican Councilmember Eric Ulrich has reclaimed his seat. “This race was a real nail biter,” Ulrich said in front of family and friends on election night. As the results trickled in, Ulrich and his Democratic opponent, [...]

Doctors of the World opens free health clinic in the Rockaways
Doctors of the World opens free health clinic in the Rockaways
South Maggie Hayes 11/02/2013 at 11:11AM

Doctors of the World has officially opened its doors, and the Rockaways have a new, free health clinic during a time some have called a “health crisis in the borough.” This is the first and only location in the country for Doctors of the World, which offers services in 79 other countries. Set at 2-30 [...]

Rockaway car crash kills two teens
Police Maggie Hayes 8/25/2013 at 2:16PM

A car crash on the Rockaway Freeway has taken the life of two teens, police said. Around 3 a.m. on Saturday morning, a 19-year-old male was driving on the freeway near Beach 41st Street when his Toyota Corolla struck a cement support pillar. A 15-year-old male traveling in the front passenger seat was pronounced dead [...]

Rockaway residents fear losing community’s last hospital
Rockaway residents fear losing community’s last hospital
South Maggie Hayes 8/20/2013 at 4:23PM

The Peninsula’s lone hospital is in critical condition. Rockaway residents fear financial problems at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital will close the last safety net hospital in their community. “Queens is a healthy borough, but we can’t continue to grow if we continue to lose hospitals,” said Peter Vallone, Jr., city councilmember and borough president candidate. [...]

Rockaway woman honored at White House as ‘Champion of Change’
South Maggie Hayes 8/02/2013 at 1:44PM

Sandy brought forth countless “Champions of Change,” one of whom the White House recognized in an event honoring Americans striving to improve their communities through technology and civic participation. Jessica Klein, a Rockaway resident, civic hacker and designer, received the Champion of Change award for her work through the website www.rockawayhelp.org. Klein co-founded the site [...]