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Florence Ngwu, a mom of four and an assisted living nurse from Enugu, Nigeria, died tragically Monday after sustaining severe injuries on Mother’s Day in South Jamaica.

Ngwu, 49, was pinned between two vehicles when a driver in a stolen dump truck crashed into multiple cars on the morning of May 8 at 120th Avenue and 167th Street, within the 113th Precinct, according to an NYPD spokeswoman.

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State Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman, top left, Councilwoman Nantasha Williams, Randhir Jaiswal, consul general of India in New York, members of FDNY EMS Station 54, Community Affairs officers from the 113th Precinct and other local leaders were treated to a tour of a new Dawoodi Bohra Masjid (mosque) on the Muslim holiday of Eid al Fitr last week.

During the May 7 event, the Dawoodi Bohra, Muslims who hail from India, served their guests refreshments, including sheer-khurma, a specialty of the Southeast Asian subcontinent. Read more

The MTA thanked two transit workers Wednesday for stepping in to help passengers in Jamaica from the Sutphin Boulevard-Archer Avenue station on April 5 when a fire erupted in a utility room on a platform.

Gary Mullings, first photo, a station cleaner, and Ophadell Williams, second photo, a traffic checker, sprang into action to aid riders while the latter was en route to collect bus ridership data for an assignment and the former was already on duty in the station. Read more

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The New York City Rent Guidelines Board voted last week to increase rents for the city’s 1 million stabilized apartments in what would be the largest increase in almost a decade.

“I believed that the numbers initially reported were much too high, so I called for a better balance — and it is good the board moved lower,” Mayor Adams said following the vote. Read more

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Mayor Adams said the administration is “excited about the energy” it is receiving from Albany lawmakers in whose hands the future of school control lies.

“It’s imperative that we get help from Albany,” Adams said at a press conference on Monday at City Hall alongside schools Chancellor David Banks, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations and the Service Employees International Union. Read more

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Donning a pink and navy-striped crewneck and a button with a clothes hanger crossed out by a red-slash “no” symbol, Forest Hills resident Diane Weisstuch certainly looked the part as she stood on the steps of Queens Borough Hall ahead of last Thursday evening’s abortion rights rally.

And it wasn’t her first rodeo, either. Weisstuch said she made the button for the 2017 Women’s March, when, following the election of Donald Trump as president, many Americans feared the right to choose would come under threat. But, she said, things are different this time, as, following the publication of a leaked, draft majority Supreme Court decision last week, the 1973 landmark case Roe v. Wade looks poised to be overturned, and with it, that fear would become reality. Read more

A recent City Council vote to delay the pay transparency law from going into effect has bought some businesses more time to prepare while leaving applicants dismayed that salaries for many positions will remain unknown.

Frank Fredericks runs a small digital agency out of Astoria that handles social media marketing, customer acquisition and marketing and in recent years has been on both sides of the hiring process. Read more

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President Biden announced on Thursday that Karine Jean-Pierre, The White House deputy press secretary, was promoted to the top spot, replacing Jen Psaki who will be departing from the role on May 13.

When she starts her tenure, Jean-Pierre will be the first Black and openly LGBTQ+ press secretary serving The White House. 

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Thursday, May 05, 2022
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Monday evening’s leak of the U.S. Supreme Court draft majority opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization — in which Associate Justice Samuel Alito says that Roe v. Wade must be overruled — has taken both Queens and the nation by storm as the right to choose an abortion is on the chopping block.

If the ruling outlined in the opinion obtained by Politico — the first to ever be leaked ahead of an official ruling — holds, the right to choose would no longer be a protected one in all 50 states. It is the culmination of a decades-long effort by the right to severely limit abortion access, all the while, the balance of the Supreme Court has shifted in their favor. Read more

The plaza above the Jamaica Avenue-Van Wyck E-subway station at the edge of Kew Gardens has been in a state of disarray for over a decade, according to Roxanne Simone Lord Marcelle, the executive director and founder of the Southeast Queens Chamber of Commerce, who wants to raise $100,000 and revitalize the space as a thank-you to first responders a stone’s throw away at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.

For years the park-like area has become a haven for the homeless and people using drugs, according to Lord Marcelle, who had to pass it when going to the juice bar she owns when it was located in Kew Gardens. It also suffers from a lack of lighting. Read more

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The city Department of Sanitation cleaned up garbage surrounding the Hollis Long Island Rail Road station on Tuesday. For years the area has been a site for illegal dumping, but it has gotten worse since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Novella Oliver, a former leader of the now-defunct Woodhull Civic Association.

The other problematic areas for illegal dumping included 191st Street and Woodhull Avenue, 195th Street between Sagamore and 99th avenues, and 99th Avenue between 193rd to 195th streets, according to Oliver and her neighbors Noreen Wright and Goutam Bhola. Read more

As of Tuesday, the suspect wanted for an assault on a Jamaica pawnshop storeowner, which was upgraded to a homicide on April 20, is still on the loose, according to the NYPD. Arasb Shoughi, 60, who was seen on surveillance video being attacked by the person wanted for questioning by the police, suffered severe head trauma and was transported to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center by EMS, but succumbed to his injuries on April 17.

That attack took place within the 103rd Precinct before 1 p.m. at 178-22 Jamaica Ave. on March 28 and initially left Shoughi, of Jamaica Estates, in critical condition, according to police who want help identifying the suspect from photos and a video, which can be found at qchron.com. Read more

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In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Jamaica Hills-based Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center held its annual memorial service last Thursday.

The ceremony was attended by numerous community leaders, including Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi, top, left center, and Rabbi Richard Weiss of Young Israel of Hillcrest, above, left, who led the service along with Rabbi Mayer Waxman, executive director of the Queens Jewish Community Council, middle, left. Read more

The New York Blood Center is giving out free planters and packets to grow Zinnia flowers to all donors on Mother’s Day weekend.

The blood center wants to ensure that blood is available for new mothers and babies because women lose about one pint of blood giving birth and supplies have run low as students went on spring break and families took vacations, according to NYBC. Read more

The saying goes “good work is its own reward,” but for the end of National Volunteer Month in April, Mayor Adams awarded four people throughout the city for their efforts at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Service is what makes New York the city that it is, and, throughout the past two years, service has mattered more than ever,” Mayor Adams said in a prepared statement. “Service has made our communities stronger and played a vital role in helping our city respond to and recover from the pandemic, and I want to thank every New Yorker who has served our city and helped their neighbors.” Read more