Friday, Feb. 2, 2007

Have pen, will rob

Gowanus overhaul - Affordable housing included in rezoning plan

At a standing room only meeting of Community Board 6's Land Use/Landmarks Committee, held last week, city planners stressed that the plan will help guide potential zoning changes that could reshape the region. Comment.

No crown, just memories to last a lifetime - Bklyn stunner has ‘no regrets’ about failed bid for Miss America

City ready to re-zone Gowanus Canal - Affordable housing, retail included in plan that would ‘reshape the region’

At a standing room only meeting of Community Board 6's Land Use/Landmarks Committee, held last week, city planners stressed that the plan will help guide potential zoning changes that could reshape the region. Comment.

Bklyn a haven for sex fiends

Prepare your shopping carts

Bush allocates $2B to JFK rail link

The tax credits were allocated following the attacks of Sept. 11 to help rebuild Lower Manhattan but have not been used. Southeast Queens officials believe the rail link project will greatly enhance downtown Jamaica's role as a regional transit hub. In addition to easing the commute from Manhattan to Kennedy airport, the rail link will connect Long Island Rail Road passengers to Lower Manhattan. Comment.

Evicted senior finds home

Ex-NYHQ employee busted in $63K embezzle case

Queens DA Richard Brown said Carla Henderson, formerly of 34-20 24th St. in Astoria, was employed by New York Hospital from September 2003 to June 2004. Brown said during that time, Henderson allegedly diverted nine checks totaling $63,381 to a shell company she created named New York Health Medical Care Quality, which utilized the same initials as the hospital. Comment.

New job for DOT chief

Bank rob suspect busted - Cops: he robbed same Slope bank twice in three days

MOVIE PREMIERE HONORS DEDICATED PHYSICIAN

Mennonites ‘Challah’ at Jewish museum

Ahoy, mates, brooklyn’s set to sail!

Towns sworn into 13th term as congressman

GAVEL TO GAVEL

POLICE BLOTTER

New vision for Gowanus - Rezoning plan underway

The city last week detailed a framework for planning along the Gowanus Canal, a mutable vision that could include affordable housing, retail use, and the promotion of industry, in an area where it once dominated. Comment.

Bank of America opens on Myrtle Ave. - Ribbon cut on new branch, merchants join ‘Home grown and locally owned’ campaign

MTA could face deficit that delays projects

Elliott Sander, executive director and chief executive officer of the MTA, spoke at the monthly meeting of the MTA board Wednesday in response to questions about a report that the MTA was as much as $1.4 billion over budget for what are called capital projects, which includes the East Side Access and the Second Avenue subway. Comment.

Detective charged in MidVill DUI

John Duggan, 41, was arrested on DUI charges and was scheduled for arraignment Friday afternoon, the spokeswoman said. But the investigation into the crash, which took place on Furmanville Ave. in Middle Village just before 11 p.m., is ongoing, police said. Comment.

Thieves make off with cash, jewelry, Yorkie from MidVill home

Diana and Steve Tarantola said the crooks had broken a back window of their home and opened the locked door. Diana Tarantola said her downstairs neighbor had also been robbed and that police told her that other local homes had reported break-ins that same evening. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007

Forest Hills Library reopens

Motorist hid grenades in car: DA

Northeast Queens Arts & Entertainment Calendar

Wright’s near triple-double leads Storm women

Welsh, Castelli lead QC women to third straight

Wierzbicki shows no Mercy

‘Teacher’ scores 500

College Round-Up: CK grad leads Terrapins in loss to No. 2 Tar Heels

CHSAA All-Queens girls’ soccer Player of the Year

CHSAA All-Queens girls’ soccer Coach of the Year

CHSAA All-Queens girls’ soccer teams

Bayside real estate agent ripped off $1.6M : DA

Man covers up crash with false report: Cops

JFK passengers rerouted after fuel truck hits jet

Man crossing 140th Ave. killed by fleeing Jeep

Police seeking robber of two Forest Hills banks

‘Collyers mansion’ mess adds to fire in Elmhurst

Woman uses stolen card to discover Queens: DA

Woman with crack pipe attracts police attention

Queens cops’ killer given federal death sentence

Check not in the mail Ð it is stolen and cashed

Navigation system, iPod taken from car in Bayside

Buildings inspector fined for driving while impaired

Snooze in ATM room leads to trespass charge for 4

Balloon, cotton candy vendors busted: Police

LIC man, 18, charged in Astoria mugging

Klein faces wrath at Forest Hills meet

Rookie charged in crash

Bayside family buries Sept. 11 worker Borja

Weprin bill targets building law flaw

Boys will be boys

Barclays bank a bust

Atlantic Yards protest

Recycling’s expensive

Papa don’t preach

Clarify special permits

Shall I compare thee...

Happy Hanukkah, DOT!

The politician as muse

Your neighborhood meetings

City audit probes Pomonok Center

Is Brooklyn under siege?

New homes for first time buyers - One, two and three family buildings offered

Remembering Martin Luther King

Stellar Murrow students hit trifecta

Meeting list and neighborhood happenings

40th CD plagued by paper tigers - The siege is on

Waste station under fire

More funding to keep lights on - Grand Army Plaza lights expected to be even more grand

Special election forum for 40th Council district

South Civic to meet

BPL celebrates black history month - Several exhibitions, events planned for libraries throughout the borough

Get a renovated home from PACC - Each home ‘unique and priced below the market’

Pythians open membership rolls

Come to a piano party

Heartshare opens new school for Autistic students

Remembering the Dorchester

You can’t do it alone: Support for Alzheimer’s sufferers

$ for local parks

School for seniors

Get active in the community

Raise a glass: Toastmasters polish off thier speeches

Bklyn under seige

City, local pol put on hot seat

Mayor unveils 2008 city budget

French give local vet high honors

PARTYING FOR A GOOD CAUSE

NASA ‘SPACE CASE’ LANDS AT BAY ACADEMY

Rego Park tenants resist chain locks

Russian skaters honor Olympic past

Fallen athlete remembered - School retires number of 2000 graduate

Hometown hero

Service awards lunch

New school for autistic kids

Snip, snip hooray!

Affordable homes open for first-time buyers

Become a ‘Toastmaster’

Local civic meetings

Rape suspect in assault inside Patrick’s Pub freed

BP CARRION VISITS WSMC TO SHOW SUPPORT; COURTS EYED

Borough President Adolfo Carrion, Jr., toured Westchester Square Medical Center on Friday, January 26, in what hospital administrators hope will be added fuel in their fight against imminent closure. Comment.

BODEGA BANDITS HIT PELHAM BAY DELI

Just hours after the Bodega Association and borough community officials held a press conference to highlight a rash of recent grocery story robberies last week, the corner-store crooks struck again, completing their 10th robbery in less than a month. Comment.

OFFICIALS DECRY GROCERY STORE ROB SPREE; OWNERS DEMAND HELP

As a surge of grocery store robberies swept through the borough in January, the NYPD and the Bodega Association have teamed up with local leaders to combat the problem head on. Comment.

CO-OP CITY NATIVE USES KUNG FU TO RAISE COMMUNITY YOUTH

Co-op City youth got together last month to compete in an annual tournament at the Youth and Adult Kung Fu school on Dreiser Loop, but while the sporting event was competitive, everyone walked away a winner. Comment.

TNLL TO CELEBRATE 55 YEARS

Some things just get better with age. Take the Throgs Neck Little League for example. Formed 55 years ago, the league is setting the tone for its future with some major changes for the better. Comment.

KNOWING THE SCORE: THE RING OF TRUTH

When I was a kid, I had never heard about programs where the youth could hang out, learn to spar, play ball or pick up valuable knowledge about such topics as law enforcement. Comment.

TRUMAN BEATS NORMAN THOMAS; MOVES TO .500

It was a game that they needed to win in order to move up to .500 and into playoff contention. Norman Thomas stood in their way, but when Truman needs to get something done, it gets done. Comment.

BRONX RUNNER LOOKS TO TAKE GOLD AT COLGATE WOMEN

The next Florence Griffith Joyner may very well be in the Bronx. Comment.

SPELLMAN

SENIORIFIC: 3 TRUMAN STANDOUTS ARE COLLEGE BOUND

In a division as tough as Bronx/Manhattan AA, where even a loss is as good as a victory, three high school seniors stand out and they all come from Truman High School. Comment.

PRESIDENT OF SUPER BOWL-BOUND COLTS A GRADUATE OF MT. ST. MICHAEL

Across the league, there is no reason to even be patriotic this year when the big game gets played, because even the Patriots let you down. The Bears aren Comment.

PHIPPS CDC WINS $100K GRANT TO BOOST COMMUNITY GARDEN

A West Farms community organization is preparing to expand upon its already successful community garden, adding educational programs intended to enhance nutrition and fight obesity. Comment.

BRONX GOSPEL CHOIRS TO COMPETE IN ANNUAL PATHMARK CONTEST

Two Bronx youth choirs are getting ready to participate against their local and tri-state peers in the Pathmark Gospel Choir Competition on Saturday, February 3, at the World Financial Center Winter Garden. Comment.

ST. ATHANASIUS SCHOOL BLESSES LONG-AWAITED MODERN LIBRARY

St. Athanasius School eagerly welcomed the addition of its very own library on Thursday, January 18, blessing the learning center after a 40-year effort to construct one. Comment.

TEEN RECEIVES LIFE-SAVING TRANSPLANT FROM TN FIREFIGHTER

When Throggs Neck native Stephen Duffy joined the FDNY eight years ago, he hoped he could make a difference, and perhaps one day even save a life. Last month, Duffy was honored by the department for his life-saving heroics, although his act of bravery took place in a hospital bed, not a burning building. Comment.

GIRL, 14, MISSING; LAST SEEN JAN. 23

The 14-year-old was wearing a burgundy-colored school uniform with blue jeans and red, white and blue sneakers. Comment.

SUSPECT RELEASED IN KELLY KILLING

STILL-HOMELESS HIGH SCHOOL PLEADS FOR SPACE AT LEHMAN H.S.

Dead-set against their children occupying a trailer beside P.S. 93 next year, parents from Peace and Diversity Academy are hoping the Academy can remain at Lehman High School another year, though officials from both Lehman and the Department of Education called that proposal dead in the water. Comment.

GRAFFITI-MARRED RAIL BRIDGE SCHEDULED FOR CLEANUP: AMTRAK

Amtrak has agreed to repaint a graffiti-strewn train trestle near Calvary Hospital in coming weeks, after a frustrated local businessman reached out to elected officials. Comment.

BRONXNET PRODUCERS TO SHOWCASE 

Coming up on Channel 67: A sneak peak into the lifestyle of Moroccan nomads? Comment.

EDUCATION TOPS ON COUNCIL’S BRONX BUDGET WISH LIST

Education and youth programs top the list of city services in dire need of more funding, a standing-room-only crowd of Bronxites told City Council Speaker Christine Quinn on Friday, January 19. Comment.

PROPOSED PARISH MERGERS IN NORTH BRONX ELICIT LITTLE UPROAR

The recent announcement that several Catholic churches in the north Bronx will soon merge with neighboring parishes is the type of news that might be expected to prompt a rally or at least a letter-writing campaign. Comment.

49TH PCT. LAUNCHES GRAFFITI CRACKDOWN

After receiving a generous donation from a concerned Morris Park resident, the 49th Precinct is developing yet another tool in its ongoing crackdown on graffiti vandalism. Comment.

FRANKIE APPRENTICE WATCH

Episode 4: El Pollo Loco Comment.

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Commerce Bank named Steve Squitieri and James McQuade Hometown Heroes to mark the opening of its newest Bronx locations and to advance the bank Comment.

Find out if New York City owes you money

Obituaries

A heavenly feast for those who needed it - St. Edmund’s helps feed hungry

Man’s best friend’s best friend is his doctor - Veterinary Emergency Referral Group hailed for saving life of plucky Pomeranian

More $ for Bklyn parks - Other projects to be showered with cash

Building muscles while feeding the poor - Students honored for collecting 1,500 lbs of canned goods

School rehabilitations completed

Area man honored with French Legion Medal of Honor

Ballet tip-toes into PS 251

Fundraisers

62nd Pct. honors NYPD ‘poster boy’ - Beloved detective showed courage both during and after Bath Beach firefight

POLICE BLOTTER

Business Calendar

February’s full of fun

Spotlight on Africa

LIU Kids Cafe

Chinese New Year at Garden

BAX does it for the kids

Broadway hits

Suzi Shelton Spring Sing

Brooklyn Academy of Music rolls out stellar spring lineup

Western Queens Community Calendar

Calling all creative types

Asia-influenced paintings

BK artist’s ‘Beautiful View’

‘Hyper-landscapes’ in ‘burg

Alter Ego art

Gallery tests ‘New Borders’

Monet & Co. at Brooklyn Museum

‘Original Art’ in Sunset Pk.

440 artists ‘Process’

Catch ‘On Broadway’ with Melba Moore

Southeast Queens Community Calendar

Sounds of the African Diaspora

Free hip hop flick

DJ’s spin at ice rink

Conservatory hosts OMNI Ensemble

‘Eat, Drink & Be Literary’ at BAM

9/11 officer’s son meets Bush

The meeting at Federal Hall in Lower Manhattan followed Bush's speech to Wall Street leaders Wednesday morning. Bush earlier pledged $25 million to fund the program at Mount Sinai Hospital and others that screen 9/11 responders for latent effects of the World Trade Center dust. Comment.

Tax-funded Chinese language classes ‘ludicrous’

New school rules make teacher retention difficult

Mayor’s new programs damaging to District 26

Hooray for Bloomie’s accountability

Northeast Queens Community Calendar

Bloomberg’s anti-tenure plans will hurt education

Little Neck will miss Eckerd’s

Immigration reform

A nation’s shame

AirTrain’s success

Ari’s law? Good grief

Western Queens Arts & Entertainment Calendar

Markowitz named to Garden board

Southeast Queens Arts & Entertainment Calendar

Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007

Teen shot in struggle with boro cop: Police

The teenager, Edison Guaman, who was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center after the incident, was charged with assault, attempted robbery, resisting arrest and criminal possession of a weapon, a spokeswoman for the Queens district attorney said Tuesday. Comment.

Queens cops’ killer given federal death sentence

Ronell Wilson, 24, was convicted last month of the murders of Detectives Rodney Andrews, 34, and James Nemorin, 36 on March 10, 2003. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007

Monet & Co. at Brooklyn Museum

Catch ‘On Broadway’ with Melba Moore

February’s full of fun

BAX does it for the kids

Brooklyn Academy of Music rolls out stellar spring lineup

‘Hyper-landscapes’ in ‘burg

Conservatory hosts OMNI Ensemble

‘Eat, Drink & Be Literary’ at BAM

St. John’s gets commitment from Bridgton guard

St. John's got its second commitment in as many weeks Monday when Bridgton Academy (Maine) shooting guard Paris Horne announced his intention of playing for the Red Storm next year, according to Bridgton coach Whit Lesure. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 29, 2007

Perry celebrates 8th term in Assembly

Literary ‘Diva’ inspires kids - McAuley H.S. hosts author

A little bit of ‘Jurassic Park’ at Botanic Garden

Third time’s a charm in the senate

Sweet Lou: merchants hail Powsner

A special delivery of frankincense

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