Thursday, July 10, 2008

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Whitestone Times

Dispute in Oakland Gdns. leads to 4 arrests: Cops

OAKLAND GARDENS — An argument between a group of teens and young adults in Oakland Gardens June 25 turned violent when one of the men was struck in the head by a blunt object and sent to a North Shore Hospital for brain surgery, the 111th Precinct said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Whitestone civic seeks time-out for parking

Three parking meters stand between several Whitestone residents and peace of mind. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Vets of Korean War honored at Kissena

Elected officials and dozens of Queens veterans celebrated the inaugural Korean War Veterans' Day last week at the recently unveiled Korean War Memorial in Kissena Park. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Queens College secretary, 81, retires after 37 years

In mid-July, Queens College will lose a familiar face that has graced its academic support office for more than 37 years when Shirley Deifik, 81, retires from her longtime post. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Grimaldi’s set to come to Queens

New York City's favorite pizza is coming to Queens. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Chinmoy’s legacy keeps on running

If Suprabha Beckjord were a car, she would have had about a dozen oil changes. But in 12 years of running one annual ultra-marathon, she will have reached the 37,200-mile mark racing on her own two feet, and has done so without traditional marathon training. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Avella condemns Flushing attacks against Falun Gong

City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced last Thursday his plans to introduce a City Council resolution condemning assaults against Falun Gong members demonstrating in Flushing. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Alleged Flushing rapist posed as cop to trick woman: DA

A Flushing man was arrested last week after allegedly posing as a police officer to gain entry to an apartment where he is accused of repeatedly raping and robbing a woman inside, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Editorial

Reservations about Caffé on the Green

It is sad to see an era end. Caffé on the Green has been the location for many events, but responding to reports that Caffé's operator, Joseph Franco, is a member of the Gambino crime family, the city Parks Department has announced that it will end its contract with Franco. Comment.
Whitestone Times

The Civic Scene

The Queens Civic Congress, an umbrella organization of about 100 Queens civic associations, recently held a rally at Queens Borough Hall to call for quicker rezoning of various communities. For months, sometimes years, Queens neighborhoods have been waiting for promised street downzoning. Comment.

PS 31 students build with master architect’s apprentice

Following a year of hard work and careful planning, PS 31 fifth-graders unveiled miniature versions of the dream homes they designed last week. Comment.

Bayside man gives in-law new kidney, lease on life

After years of battling diabetes and enduring kidney dialysis, a Fresh Meadows man received the gift of life from his brother-in-law. Comment.

Bayside ambulance to move to new HQ

In a response to dwindling donations and a drop in volunteers, the Bayside Volunteer Ambulance Corps has sold a portion of its property on 42nd Avenue to a real estate business and later leveled the building that housed the organization for nearly 50 years. Comment.

Bayside activist wants drug-free parks

On a summer afternoon at the Marie Curie Park in Bayside, children of all ages are playing. Toddlers are pushed in swings by their parents, older children mount play structures and young teens giggle with friends from sidewalks. In many ways, the park, which lies within blocks of PS 31, MS 67 and MS 158, is a gathering place for children in northeast Queens. Comment.
Astoria Times

Three teens stole bikes in Astoria: Police

ASTORIA — Police said three teenage boys were arrested last week after allegedly threatening another group of teens with a knife and stealing their bicycles. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man, 24, obstructed ticket in Astoria: Cops

ASTORIA — Police said a 24-year-old was arrested after allegedly grabbing the hand of a traffic agent to prevent him from writing a ticket. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man nabbed on assault, weapons charges: Cops

EAST ELMHURST — Police said a man was arrested on assault and weapons charges last week after allegedly striking another man's face repeatedly. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man caught smoking pot on Astoria Blvd.: Cops

ASTORIA — Police said a man arrested after allegedly being observed smoking marijuana in public was found to also have a warrant out for his arrest for a previous larceny charge. Comment.
Astoria Times

Cops arrest man for making threats, wielding BB gun

ASTORIA — Police said a man was arrested on criminal mischief and menacing charges last week after allegedly slapping someone in the face, threatening him or her with a BB gun and punched holes in the walls and doors of the victim's apartment. Comment.
Letters

Willets Point union labor deal only a diversion

The Willets Point proposal would not even get to first base if non-union wages were to be paid. One need not extol the city for guaranteeing union involvement because it was a given. It is Madison Avenue gibberish ("Willets Point project to be labor-friendly," TimesLedger, June 19, 2008). Comment.
Letters

State, city must add affordable housing

When we talk about affordable housing in the city, we are talking about two things: expanding the number of affordable housing units to meet the city's need and preserving existing units as affordable. Comment.
Letters

Padavan deserves campus in his name

In the last month or so, there has been a lot of fuss over the Glen Oaks campus being named after state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose). Comment.
Letters

Little Bay Park a great place to experience Bayside’s diversity

Little Bay Park in Bayside is a lovely place for people-watching. It is an oasis that runs about 1 mile along Little Neck Bay from Utopia Parkway underneath the Throgs Neck Bridge to the Cross Island Parkway. Comment.
Editorial

Skelos’ Challenge

We hope Joseph Bruno's decision to resign as state Senate majority leader bodes well for Queens. Despite his good relations with state Sen. Frank Padavan and the state's Democratic governor, Bruno was never a great friend of the city. Comment.
Editorial

A Fiasco in the War on Drugs

Reports published last weekend raise questions about detective oversight in the Queens Narcotics division. Comment.
Astoria Times

Political Action

The first special election for the 30th City Council District of Middle Village, Maspeth and Ridgewood has ended, with Republican Anthony Como winning by a narrow 48-vote margin over Democrat Elizabeth Crowley after the paper ballots were counted by the city Elections Board. Now that the second special election for the same seat is in progress, the importance of political party designation comes into focus, since the political parties that the candidates represent will now be listed. Comment.
Astoria Times

I Sit and Look Out

In the late 1930s, there was a ballad entitled "The Lonesome Train." It had a leftist slant, maybe even communist. It was about Abraham Lincoln's death. It depicted the sad journey of the funeral train from Washington, D.C., to Springfield, Ill. Comment.
Astoria Times

Dishing with Dee

June was non-stop coverage of Queens events. Everyone was trying to schedule something in June. Traditionally, July and August are vacation months, so not much happens then. We attended so many parties that it will take a while to play catch-up. If your event has not received coverage, be patient. We will get to it as time and space allow. Comment.
Astoria Times

Berger’s Burg

There are those who will say that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of men, women and mind are nothing but a dream. They are right. It is a dream. It is the American dream. — Archibald MacLeish. Comment.
Astoria Times

How’s Business?

A hot Queens real estate topic now is the short sale. The term has crept into the vocabulary of many hopeful Queens homeowners because purchasing a home — even a large or luxurious one — can again be a reality. Comment.
Astoria Times

Bagel Club keeps loyal following

The customers of Bagel Club always come back. Comment.
Astoria Times

Weiner wants feds to cover overseas city soldiers’ pay

The city has spent about $65 million paying the salaries of its more than 2,000 employees deployed overseas since 2001, but U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) introduced a bill Monday that would place this responsibility on the federal government's shoulders. Comment.
Astoria Times

Two Gotti relatives plead guilty

Two relatives of the late Gambino crime family boss and Howard Beach resident John Gotti pleaded guilty Friday to the attempted murder of a Queens man, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn said. Comment.

Triborough Bridge slated for $20M makeover: MTA

The MTA is spending $20 million to renovate the Triborough Bridge. Comment.
Astoria Times

Thompson rejects Parks’ proposal for sports field

City Comptroller William Thompson said he has rejected a contract by the city's Parks Department to develop one of the Ridgewood Reservoir's three basins into sports fields on the grounds that the agency should further review potential negative effects caused by the project. Comment.
Astoria Times

Teens catch, retrieve for US Open

While some teenagers are looking for summer work and others just want to have fun, many have found an activity that combines both elements: becoming a US Open ballperson. Comment.
Astoria Times

3 suspects extradited in JFK terror case

Nearly a year after they were indicted with plotting to blow up a fuel tanker at John F. Kennedy International Airport connected by a pipeline running through Queens, three suspects in the case were extradited to the United States from Trinidad and Tobago last week to answer the charges. Comment.
Astoria Times

State passes tire bill from Hevesi, Maltese

For drivers trying to save money on gas or make sure that their car is as safe as possible on the road, help should come from a new bill that just passed the state Legislature that focuses on tires. Comment.
Astoria Times

Solve LGA’s delays with bigger jets: PA

With major airlines cutting back on the number of flights in and out of LaGuardia Airport, officials at the Port Authority suggested that the aviation companies and U.S. Department of Transportation explore the idea of going big. Comment.
Astoria Times

Sick tot’s family sues Jax Heights doctor

At Natives Restaurant in Jackson Heights Friday, pretty girls in matching dresses danced to boisterous Colombian music among patrons eating lunch in the sunlit dining room. The Tupperware containers they passed around came back sprinkled with a few dollars. Comment.

SE Queens soldier dies in combat

A Cambria Heights soldier born on July 4 died last week in Afghanistan when his convoy was attacked, the Defense Department said Sunday. Comment.
Astoria Times

Rising fuel costs cause American to cut more LaGuardia flights

American Airlines and its American Eagle regional affiliate announced last week that they would be reducing flight capacity by eliminating five AA flights and 37 American Eagle regional jet departures at LaGuardia Airport. Comment.
Astoria Times

Richmond Hill park renamed to honor Phil Rizzuto

The Richmond Hill park where a young Phil Rizzuto started out on his dream to play Major League Baseball was renamed in honor of the New York Yankees Hall of Fame shortstop Friday. Comment.

Rego Pk. duo faked credit cards: DA

Two Rego Park women have been charged with identity theft after they made nearly $70,000 in unauthorized purchases using fraudulent credit cards, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Qns. UFT leaders criticize Klein

Nearly all Queens public school educators believe city Schools Chancellor Joel Klein is not providing teachers and schools with the resources they need to ensure students a high-quality education and they fault his ability to keep the school system managed and running smoothly, according to a recent survey by the United Federation of Teachers. Comment.
Astoria Times

Police watch gang activity on Roosevelt Avenue

More NYPD surveillance cameras may be on the way to Roosevelt Avenue if federal grant money emerges this year, City Councilman Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst) told a public forum on gangs last week. Comment.
Astoria Times

Parents give schools higher rating in ‘08

A new city Department of Education study found that more parents, students and educators are taking part in surveys that rate satisfaction with city schools, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Oakland Gdns. teacher accused of punching student: DA Brown

An Oakland Gardens man who teaches at a Richmond Hill elementary school was charged with assault last Thursday after he allegedly punched a 12-year-old student in the head and threw him against a table, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Astoria Times

NYPD keeps sloppy records of contraband: Comptroller

City Comptroller William Thompson blasted the NYPD after an audit found the police have kept sloppy records of confiscated weapons. Comment.
Astoria Times

NY Hall of Science exhibit explores magic’s mysteries

To delightful cheers from children and parents, the New York Hall of Science unveiled a preview of its new exhibition "Magic: The Science of Illusion" and announced the Master Magician Video Contest winner at its ceremony June 26. Comment.
Astoria Times

MTA board votes to end policy of lifetime passes for members

Relenting after a warning from state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board has abolished free lifetime MetroCards and EZ Passes for MTA board members past and present. Comment.
Astoria Times

MidVill downzone in limbo

Juniper Park Civic Association members said they were outraged last week that the Department of City Planning had still not certified phase two of a plan to downzone sections of Middle Village, Maspeth and Glendale more than two years after residents completed an extensive survey of the neighborhoods. Comment.
Astoria Times

Markey secures funding for Maspeth concert series

Summer is here, which means family fun is in full throttle. State Assemblywoman Margaret Markey (D-Maspeth) will present a plethora of family fun through July in Woodside's Windmuller Park, at 39th Drive and 54th Street. Comment.

Greek organization gets $600K

The Hellenic-American Neighborhood Action Committee will construct a 93-unit senior housing development on 33rd Street in Astoria following the recent awarding of a $600,000 federal grant, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Gallagher’s victim files suit against ex-politician

A 52-year-old Middle Village woman whom Dennis Gallagher admitted to sexually abusing before stepping down from his City Council seat earlier this year has filed a civil suit against the former councilman, according to court papers. Comment.

Forest Hills broker dies in shooting: Authorities

Police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials were investigating the death of a Forest Hills man at a friend's home last Thursday after the two had been drinking in the neighborhood. Comment.
Astoria Times

Elmhurst brothers say NYPD framed them

Having faced humiliation in their community and the demise of their family grocery store, two Elmhurst brothers are suing the Police Department after they say undercover detectives framed them on trumped up charges of selling drugs at a bar in January. Comment.
Astoria Times

Council restores $129M in school cuts

Fears and concerns over the future of city classrooms were quelled Sunday when the City Council approved the 2009 budget that granted $129 million in funding for city schools and restored cuts proposed in the mayor's spending plan. Comment.
Astoria Times

Council passes $59B budget

The City Council has approved a budget on time, preserving the contentious property tax cut and restoring education funding, but at the expense of individual Council members' funds for nonprofits in their communities. Comment.
Astoria Times

Corrections officer stole in-law’s ID: DA

A Far Rockaway corrections officer was charged last Thursday with stealing his sister-in-law's identity and using the information to open a jewelry store credit card account and write himself a personal check, Queens DA Richard Brown said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Cops bust MidVill fireworks cache: DA

Two Middle Village men were charged Friday with the possession of illegal fireworks, and police seized a cache of the explosives with an estimated worth of $16,000, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Clock stops as union, Con Ed talk contracts

Con Edison and the union representing its workers expressed hope that they would be able to reach agreement on a contract Wednesday after a Tuesday night strike deadline passed. Comment.
Astoria Times

City to fix Remsen Cemetery

Call it a tale of two cemeteries — one in Fresh Meadows involved in an ownership dispute and the other in Forest Hills about to become even more of a place of rest. Comment.
Astoria Times

CB 3 strikes down Corona shelter plan

A rent-stabilized building in Corona that saw its tenants ousted in October and almost became a homeless shelter may now become an assisted living home. The proposal will go to the state for approval in September without comment from Community Board 3, which opposed the project but lacked the quorum necessary for a formal decision at a public hearing last Thursday. Comment.
Astoria Times

CB 3 fumes over early ending

Before Community Board 7 approved the city's plans to redevelop Willets Point, Community Board 3 got a chance to weigh in on the situation — almost. Comment.
Astoria Times

CB 7 approves Willets plan

A night fraught with emotion and frustration ended early Tuesday morning when Community Board 7 voted 20-15 to conditionally approve the redevelopment of Willets Point, marking the first of four approvals the city needs to forge ahead with the controversial project. Comment.
Astoria Times

Boro to get upgraded bus service

New, faster MTA buses made their debut this week, touting such innovations as pre-boarding fare payment and technology that prolongs green traffic lights until a bus passes an intersection. Comment.
Astoria Times

Boro Sikhs rally against recent school bias attacks

The Queens Sikh community gathered in the streets of Richmond Hill Monday to demand city action following two recent attacks on their youth by fellow students. Comment.
Astoria Times

Belgian TV looking for Queens ‘twins’ for series

Look out Queens, Woestijnvis is searching for "twins" to star in its latest documentary series. Comment.
Astoria Times

Fertile ground

The P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center's courtyard looked like a whole new world as the winners of this year's Young Architects Program showed off the soaring possibilities of their work. Comment.
Astoria Times

The Play’s The Thing

If you have a local theater company, the odds are good that Richard and Millie Gudonsky have been in the audience. And certainly more than once. In fact, the Gudonskys now get to see 60-75 plays a year produced by at least 18 different groups! Comment.

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