St. Albans

Queens elementary school teacher sentenced to 35 years for sexually abusing students
Police Cristabelle Tumola 11/07/2013 at 9:13AM

A Queens elementary school teacher who was convicted of sexually abusing five of his students has been sentenced to 35 years in prison, according to District Attorney Richard Brown. In June, Simon Watts, 42, of St. Albans, was found guilty of sexual abuse, sexual conduct against a child, forcible touching and endangering the welfare of [...]

New school opening in St. Albans
New school opening in St. Albans
Education & Kids Maggie Hayes 8/27/2013 at 1:23PM

A new elementary school is coming to St. Albans to help alleviate overcrowding in the neighborhood’s existing schools. The current St. Pascal Baylon Roman Catholic Church on 112th Avenue is being renovated into the new school, P.S. 892, and will welcome about 380 students. “Once P.S. 892 opens, it will help relieve the overcrowding currently [...]

LL Cool J returns to Queens for Jump and Ball Tournament
LL Cool J returns to Queens for Jump and Ball Tournament
Sports Liam La Guerre 8/26/2013 at 3:01PM

It’s not just Ladies who Love Cool James. The rapper and actor, whose real name is James Smith, was surrounded by hundreds of male and female fans and residents for pictures and hugs as he made his way through Daniel O’Connell Park to watch the games of his 9th annual Jump and Ball Tournament on [...]

Cowboys ride into annual Jump and Ball Tournament
Cowboys ride into annual Jump and Ball Tournament
Sports Liam La Guerre 8/18/2013 at 12:30PM

LL Cool J’s ninth annual Jump and Ball Tournament in St. Albans had a dark horse. Cowboy Curly Hall and members of the Federation of Black Cowboys of Howard Beach mosied on to Daniel O’Connell Park on Saturday to meet young buckaroos and buckarettes, while the basketball games raged on. The tournament, an effort by [...]

Bill would disperse homeless shelters evenly throughout each borough
News Maggie Hayes 8/02/2013 at 9:40AM

Queens shelters may soon be finding new homes. Councilmembers Ruben Wills and Leroy Comrie started work in 2011 on a bill that would disperse homeless shelters evenly throughout each borough. Wills said research revealed that Community Board (CB) 12 contains 10 of the 18 shelters in all of Queens. CB 12 includes Jamaica, Hollis, St. [...]

NYPD officer kills wife, self in St. Albans
NYPD officer kills wife, self in St. Albans
Police Maggie Hayes 6/06/2013 at 1:14PM

Loris Primus said he heard a woman’s screams before he heard the four gunshots. Roughly two or three minutes later, he said, he heard two more shots. Primus, 61, of St. Albans lives across the street from police officer Sherlon Smikle, who allegedly shot and killed his wife, Lana Morris, outside of their Camden Avenue [...]

Constituents, community leaders react to Smith, Halloran arrest
Constituents, community leaders react to Smith, Halloran arrest
Politics Terence M. Cullen 4/04/2013 at 10:48AM

Those represented by State Senator Malcolm Smith and those by Councilmember Dan Halloran are weighing in on the scandal that alleges the two tried to rig the upcoming mayoral election. Despite the charges, Smith’s neighbors in St. Albans called the senator a morally sound leader. “I’ve known the family for years, and they’ve always been [...]

Queens officer Philip Banks named as NYPD’s new Chief of Department
Queens officer Philip Banks named as NYPD’s new Chief of Department
Police Maggie Hayes 4/02/2013 at 3:18PM

A Queens officer has risen in the ranks of the NYPD, and has found himself at the very top. Philip Banks of St. Albans was appointed as the Police Department’s new Chief of Department. The 26-year veteran and current Chief of Community Affairs was officially installed as the NYPD’s highest ranking uniformed officer at a [...]