Saturday, July 19, 2008

Whitestone Times

Flushing workplace fight results in wrench assault

FLUSHING — A Seattle, Wash., man was arrested after hitting a man with a wrench during a fight after work, the Queens district attorney's office said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Drunk man crashes into Flushing traffic signal: DA

FLUSHING — A Brooklyn man was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after crashing into a traffic signal, the Queens district attorney's office said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Young on crutches after Flushing bicycle accident

State Assemblywoman Ellen Young (D-Flushing) was still recovering after being badly injured when she was hit by a car while riding her bicycle in Flushing early last week. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Sparks fly at beep’s Waldheim rezone hearing

The feud over the controversial Waldheim rezoning plan was reignited last Thursday as Borough President Helen Marshall heard testimony from residents and community activists before giving her recommendation on the proposal later this month. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Sit, don’t swim, in Little Neck Bay

Douglaston residents hoping for a swim at the Douglas Dock have been turned away recently due to a high level of bacteria in the water, but dock employees hope the beach will reopen soon. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Preserve Brinckerhoff: Neighbors

Residents and elected officials gathered Monday on 182nd Street in Fresh Meadows in hopes of getting some peace of mind about the derelict Brinckerhoff Cemetery. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Fund-raiser aids Joe Faller

Alyssa Faller joked with her dad during the car ride over. Joe Faller, his three children and his wife, Carina, were on their way to a fund-raiser in honor of him organized by the city's Sanitation Department football team. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Flushing YMCA unveils $2M women’s locker room

The Flushing YMCA officially opened the doors to its new $2 million women's locker room Monday, a renovation that took more than a year to complete. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Flushing man gets life in double murder

A Flushing man was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the brutal murder of his former girlfriend and her brother in 2005, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Doug Plaza to get Fairway

After much controversy over what kind of business should replace the Waldbaum's in the Douglaston Plaza Shopping Center, the community members who fought the proposal to bring a Best Buy electronics store may have gotten their wish: A supermarket will remain in the plaza. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Boy, 6, and man critically hurt in two accidents in 107th Pct.

Two car accidents in three days have left a Bronx man and Pomonok boy in critical condition at New York Hospital Queens, the 107th Precinct said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Bell Blvd. building to be redone after arson

Nearly two years after a three-alarm arson fire tore through an 80-year-old building on Bell Boulevard, leaving families homeless and forcing businesses to relocate, the owners of the property are starting to rebuild. Comment.
Whitestone Times

A ‘perfect match’ fund-raiser

The Fresh Meadows man whose donated kidney saved his brother-in-law's life got a little gift from the community Sunday to help with living expenses. Comment.
Editorial

A Lesson for the Port Authority

If all goes accordingly, the Mets and Yankees will play their 2009 home openers in new stadiums. The Mets' new home, Citi Field, is currently under construction. Both stadiums will no doubt be magnificent. The combined cost for building both is more than $2 billion. Comment.
Whitestone Times

The Civic Scene

Almost a year after the August 2007 heavy rainstorm, which brought flooding to parts of Queens, the rains came again with more flooding. I left a restaurant during the height of the June 2008 storm and saw water rushing down Union Turnpike, flowing over the curb on the south side from 179th Street to 184th Street. I turned north, where rain was not over the curb. Comment.

Red Rocks shocks Curlin at Belmont

The 49th running of the Man O’ War was just another weekend graded stakes race at Belmont Park for the casual horse racing enthusiast. That is B.C. — Before Curlin. Comment.

Frankly addicted

It’s an anniversary Frank Alesci wasn’t about to celebrate. It was July 8, 2007 and the late-afternoon California sun had baked the turf at Concordia University, a small Catholic school in Irvine. Comment.

Middle Village’s Duddy set for IBF shot

Middle Village resident John Duddy returned from a five-month layoff to defeat Charles Howe by unanimous decision June 28 at the Park Plaza Castle in Boston, Mass. Duddy, a native of County Derry in Ireland, improved to 25-0 in the 10-round middleweight bout. Comment.

The Butler Did It: Johnnie in paradise

Bill Gaudette didn’t expect to be playing professional soccer in Puerto Rico. He was happy to be plying his trade in the capital of Ohio with the Columbus Crew, happy to be a Major League Soccer player. Comment.

Queens voters love Bloomberg, but not for a third term

Queens voters give Mayor Michael Bloomberg their overwhelming support but they are even more enthusiastic about retaining term limits that would bar Bloomberg from a third term, according to a new poll. Comment.

Ivan Lafayette will not seek re-election to Assembly

After 32 years in the state Assembly, Ivan Lafayette (D-Jackson Heights) announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election, causing a major shake-up in the Queens delegation. Comment.
Astoria Times

Dining Out

France and Thailand were not always bosom buddies, diplomatically speaking. One might even call them bitter enemies when they fought for dominance over Indochina. Still, their respective palates didn't hold a grudge, and have long had mutual appreciation for each other's cuisines. Bonne Saison on Bell Boulevard in Bayside is exemplar of this fortuitous state of affairs, serving Thai and French food companionably side by side. Comment.
Astoria Times

Ridgewood brothers stole cell phones: DA

GLENDALE — Three teenagers were arrested at the Atlas Park Mall after stealing cell phones and MP3 players from three other teens, the Queens district attorney's office said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Richmond Hill man was drunk, asleep at wheel of stopped car: DA

SOUTH RICHMOND HILL — Police in the 102nd Precinct arrested a Richmond Hill man on suspicion of drunk driving after they found him passed out at the wheel in the middle of the road, the Queens district attorney's office said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man breaks windows ‘to avoid killing’ woman: DA

LONG ISLAND CITY — Police in the 114th Precinct arrested a Long Island City man after he punched a woman in the face and smashed a number of windows, the Queens district attorney's office said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man bashes woman with bottle on boat: DA

CORONA — A Jamaica man was arrested after bashing a woman in the head with a glass bottle during a pleasure cruise near the World's Fair Marina, the Queens district attorney's office said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Crane worker critical after Astoria fall

ASTORIA — A construction worker was in critical condition Tuesday night after falling from a crane, police said. The victim, a man in his 40s, was in the bucket of the crane when a vehicle collided with it, knocking him out, police said. The man was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital in critical condition, police said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Corona stereo thief fell asleep in car: DA

CORONA — Police in the 110th Precinct arrested a Corona man after he fell asleep in the middle of stealing a radio from a parked car, the Queens district attorney's office said. Comment.
Letters

Paterson has ability to help city blacks’ living standards

An open letter to Gov. David Paterson. Comment.
Letters

Everyone should respect, not war

I would like to ponder the impossible: world peace. For hundreds of years, mankind has fought wars. My question is why? There are reasons, I suppose, like hatred for those who are different and economic and natural disasters that impel others to take what they want. There is also the need to force the will of the strong over the weak and destroy cultures that some have felt need to be eliminated off the face of the earth. Comment.
Editorial

It Shouldn’t Happen Here

The discovery of a swastika on a car near Electchester last week is disturbing but not surprising. Comment.
Astoria Times

Political Action

The race for the Democratic Party nomination in southeast Queens' 15th State Senate District is gearing up to be quite a primary contest. City Councilman Joseph Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) is the candidate who has been endorsed by the Queens Democratic Party Executive Committee. He is the son of late U.S. Rep. Joseph Addabbo Sr., who served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 26 years. Comment.
Astoria Times

Our History

I realized how little I knew about Thaddeus Kosciuszko (1746-1817), an Revolutionary hero, when I wanted to find out about a monument I could not identify in a painting of West Point I inherited. After studying a number of sources, I found it was a memorial dedicated to this Polish hero. Comment.
Astoria Times

I Sit and Look Out

The latest series of disclosures about mismanagement and other scandalous activities in the city Department of Buildings is nothing new. Of course, malfeasance is not limited to government agencies. Religious organizations and nonprofits are hardly clean of problems. Comment.
Astoria Times

Dishing with Dee

The deadline was midnight July 10. The deadline we are referring to is the one the city Elections Board established as the last date and time designating petitions had to be received for those wishing to complete the first step in running for public office. Comment.
Astoria Times

Berger’s Burg

The town of White Hills, whose population is 90 percent white and 10 percent black, is electing a mayor. There are two candidates: one white, one black. The white candidate wins 90 percent of the vote, the black candidate 10 percent. The winner begins his victory speech by praising his white supporters, then deploring the blacks' clannishness. Comment.
Astoria Times

How’s Business?

You have put your Queens home up for sale, but just because you think you have priced it does not mean you cannot get what you want or need out of it. You have to accept what your property may actually be worth. Comment.
Astoria Times

Astoria gym fosters healthy lifestyle

Astoria native Yanna Darilis is very connected to her Greek heritage, especially when it comes to exercise. Comment.
Astoria Times

Woodside resident eyes Council seat

Grassroots campaigns start close to the ground, and one Woodside resident is taking that to heart. Comment.
Astoria Times

Woodside non-profit gets $15K for graffiti removal

A 30-year-old Woodside nonprofit group will soon be able to afford a few more hands to scrub spray paint off the community's walls, officials said Monday. Comment.
Astoria Times

Willets Pt. biz owners tell beep not to write ‘blank check’

With an understanding that she will probably approve the project, business owners from Willets Point pleaded with Borough President Helen Marshall last Thursday to include stipulations in her recommendation that would preclude the city from using eminent domain in its bid to redevelop the Iron Triangle. Comment.
Astoria Times

Sean Bell Little League games begin

Southeast Queens is full of shirts bearing the name of slain Rockaway resident Sean Bell, but now a few more have been added to the mix. Comment.
Astoria Times

Roy Wilkins camp gets pro-football workout

Get out, be active and work up a sweat was the message New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck and New York Jets wide receiver Brad Smith sent to Queens children last Thursday at their one-day sports camp at Jamaica's Roy Wilkins Park. Comment.
Astoria Times

Rockaway festival honors wounded warriors

As Paul Yarbrough climbed back on the dock from the sailboat, his grin could be seen from the shore. The 40-year-old resident of Nashville, Tenn., had managed to squeeze every activity into the four-day excursion to the Rockaways — kayaking, fishing, water-skiing, scuba and sailing. Comment.
Astoria Times

Reps want feds to fund Newtown Creek cleanup

U.S. Reps. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) and Nydia Velazquez (D-Ridgewood) are calling on the federal Environmental Protection Agency to designate polluted Newtown Creek as a Superfund site, which would make the waterway eligible for federal funding that could cover 90 percent of its cleanup. Comment.
Astoria Times

Redfern to get security cameras

Flanked by Redfern residents and family members of young murder victims who were killed at the Far Rockaway housing project, City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton) announced Monday that he had secured $2 million to install security cameras throughout the development. Comment.
Astoria Times

Rangel relinquishes rent-stabilized office

A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-Astoria) said the congressman would give up a rent-stabilized Harlem apartment from which he operates his campaign office after The New York Times reported last week that he has been keeping four inexpensive apartments in the city for more than a decade. Comment.
Astoria Times

Raccoons invade from Forest Park

In his first public appearance since announcing his run for state Senate, City Councilman Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) held a joint town hall meeting Monday with City Comptroller William Thompson in Woodhaven. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens No. 2 in city for lead poisoning

Although childhood lead poisoning cases declined by 15 percent in 2007 to the lowest rate ever recorded in the city, Queens still ranks second among the boroughs for the number of children affected, the city Department of Health said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Port Authority chastises FAA over ‘near miss’ reports

The Port Authority Tuesday has accused the Federal Aviation Administration of ignoring the PA when it reported recent close-call incidents at New York City airports and also kept airport officials "in the dark" on changes in airport flight rules. Comment.
Astoria Times

Officers shoot, wound man armed with knife in Astoria

Police officers shot a man armed with a knife in Astoria last Thursday after he was repeatedly told to drop his weapon, police said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Off-duty officer returned to duty after St. Albans shooting

An off-duty police detective who tested above the legal limit for alcohol and was suspended from duty after shooting a man in the leg while breaking up an assault on a St. Albans street has been returned to duty, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Wednesday. Comment.
Astoria Times

Nonprofit plans bicycle lane for Queens Boulevard

Queens Boulevard may be getting a couple of new lanes for traffic — the kind on two wheels — if an idea to put a bike lane along the thoroughfare comes to pass. Comment.
Astoria Times

National Geographic launches project at Astoria street festival

The warm, bright weather Sunday brought thousands of faces out for the 30th Avenue Astoria Festival, which proved to be a boon to merchants and researchers alike. Comment.
Astoria Times

$200M East Side Access bill awaits U.S. Senate vote

A U.S. Senate committee has approved spending nearly $200 million for the East Side Access project to bring Long Island Rail Road trains into Grand Central Terminal. Comment.
Astoria Times

Mayor, DA open domestic violence center in Queens

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Queens District Attorney Richard Brown unveiled a new center Tuesday for domestic violence victims next door to the Queens County Courthouse in Kew Gardens, where they vowed to aid all visitors regardless of their immigration status. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man arrested in stabbing at Jax. Heights Laundromat

A teenage boy is dead and young man under arrest after a stabbing in Jackson Heights early Friday evening, police said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Lafayette will not seek re-election

After 32 years in the state Assembly, Ivan Lafayette (D-Jackson Heights) announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election, causing a major shake-up in the Queens delegation. Comment.
Astoria Times

Katz, rivals unable to reserve runoff funds

In a blow to City Councilwoman Melinda Katz (D-Forest Hills), the city Campaign Finance Board ruled last week that candidates running for city office cannot pre-emptively raise funds and keep them aside in a separate account for a presumptive runoff. Comment.
Astoria Times

Friends and family pay tribute to fallen Queens soldier

Guyanese-born Sgt. 1st Class Joseph McKay, 51, was among three guardsmen killed June 26 when their convoy hit improvised explosive devices, small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades days before his 52nd birthday on July 4. Family, friends and military colleagues packed the seats at the Calvary Tabernacle Church in Hempstead, L.I., and those who spoke remembered a man with a ready smile who loved riding his bike and served his adopted country with dignity and pride. Comment.
Astoria Times

Fresh Mdws. woman gets back dad’s stolen tags

In an extraordinary turn of events, a Queens woman's father's military dog tags that were lost when her purse was stolen last February found their way back to her last month, the New York Post reported. Comment.
Astoria Times

Former Rockaway resident held in Web porn bust

A former Rockaway resident was indicted last week for allegedly using the Internet to sexually exploit and, in one case, blackmail girls into exposing themselves to him, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Forest Hills temple plan triples its size

The Beth Gavriel Center for Bukharian Jews, one of 108th Street's temples, is growing to accommodate its expanding congregation and getting a new look. Comment.
Astoria Times

Far Rock teen bound for college murdered

A college-bound Far Rockaway teen who started on his high school football team was killed last week, allegedly by a rival whom he had fought with since elementary school, police and the New York Post said. Comment.
Astoria Times

FAA revises JFK runway procedure after near collisions

The Federal Aviation Administration instituted new rules for a pair of John F. Kennedy International Airport runways involved in two near-collisions less than a week apart, but a representative for the traffic controllers' union criticized the agency for waiting too late to take action. Comment.
Astoria Times

DA: Ridgewood man an unlicensed lawyer

A 63-year-old Ridgewood man faces has been charged with practicing law illegally for two years and taking $7,000 in fees from a client whose son was deported after the accused represented him, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Con Ed predicts 22% rate hikes

Con Edison customers' bills could be soaring like the temperatures this summer as prices for natural gas and oil surge. Comment.
Astoria Times

Comrie urges task force after string of sex attacks

City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) is pushing the city to reconsider an offer he made to the police to create a new sex crimes task force in light of the string of sexual assaults that took the southeast Queens community by storm last week. Comment.
Astoria Times

Boro man charged in alleged cat stomp: DA

An Astoria man was arrested last week and accused of animal cruelty for allegedly repeatedly stepping on his Persian cat, according to the Queens district attorney's office. Comment.
Astoria Times

Boro courts disabled voters

Disabled residents took priority in My Vote Counts, a new initiative the borough president introduced to help increase the participation of voters with disabilities. Comment.
Astoria Times

Biz owners blast LIC bike lane

Nearly 60 business owners on Vernon Boulevard have signed a petition which calls on the city to reinstate parking between the Queensboro and Triborough bridges along the western Queens strip. Comment.
Astoria Times

4 arrested in assault at Astoria gay youth shelter

Four teenagers from Astoria and Long Island City were arrested last week after they allegedly attacked the director of a gay and transgender center on Steinway Street, shocking community activists and elected officials, who said the neighborhood prides itself on diversity and tolerance. Comment.
Astoria Times

Army identifies missing Corona soldier’s remains

After more than a year of prayers and hope for good news, the mother of Corona soldier Sgt. Alex Jimenez said she received the worst news of her life last week. Comment.
Astoria Times

Adoptive mom gets 10 yrs. for child abuse

A former Laurelton resident convicted of abusing and mistreating her 11 adopted children was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison Friday, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan said Tuesday. Comment.
Astoria Times

Addabbo challenges Maltese

City Councilman Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) kicked off his state Senate campaign with a multi-stop bus tour of his district Saturday, making stops in Ridgewood, Glendale, Howard Beach and Ozone Park. Comment.
Astoria Times

The Reel Queens

Bill Sorice may play a self-absorbed thespian in the independent comedy "Brutal Massacre," screening this month at Manhattan's Pioneer Theater, but the Queens-born actor and writer is used to playing against type. Comment.
Astoria Times

Shapes of silence

With a pair of unlikely subjects — ostriches and irises — Japanese painter Kotaro Fukui probes the mystical relationships between light and dark in "Ostriches and Silent Flowers," currently on view at the Crossing Art Gallery at Queens Crossing in downtown Flushing. Comment.
Astoria Times

Warm Up kicks off to rave reviews despite rain

P.S.1's 10th annual Warm Up dance series kicked off July 5 with Nubla Orchestra under the shade of WORKac's Public Farm One installation. Comment.
Astoria Times

The Play’s The Thing

Now into my second year of writing this column, number 29 if you're counting — the only column about local theater in all of Queens, perhaps even in the entire City of New York — this may be a good time to ask who is reading it and what has it covered. Since there's not much competition, I expect that circulation of the TimesLedger has risen dramatically and that lots of devoted theater fans are checking it out. Comment.
Astoria Times

Astorian has eyes on the prize in Broadway singers’ challenge

Athens-born and Astoria-raised singer George Costacos seems to have been in just about everything except "My Big Fat Greek Wedding." In 2004 he was part of the opening ceremonies for the Athens Olympics. He's been featured in PBS' "The Greek Americans" and starred in his own musical play, "Greek Gifts." He's performed all over the world. "The list is very long," he says in a voice that still has a hint of a Greek accent. Now, he will be a contestant in the first annual MetroStar Talent Challenge, which he says is "American Idol for Broadway and cabaret people." Comment.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Remains discovered in Iraq identified as missing soldier from Corona

After more than a year of searching, the military said they have found the remains of the Corona soldier who was reported missing in Iraq last year. Comment.

Two men sought in separate sexual assaults

Police were on the lookout for two men who they say are responsible for several sexual assaults that occurred in southeast Queens over a 48-hour period this week. Comment.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Whitestone Times

2-year-old boy struck while crossing Jamaica intersection

JAMAICA — A 2-year-old boy was struck while crossing a street in Jamaica July 3, police said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Police search for robber who busted down door

FRESH MEADOWS — Police searched for a thief who busted down the door of a Fresh Meadows home and stole cash, jewelry and other goods from the home, authorities said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Credit card thief shops online, racks up $2,800

OAKLAND GARDENS -— An Oakland Gardens resident reported unauthorized charges were made to a credit card July 3, according to police. The thief gained access to the victim's American Express account and purchased more than $2,800 worth of goods from an Internet Web site, police said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Bayside robbers enter home via basement door

BAYSIDE — Thieves broke into a house July 3 and ran off with money and jewelry, police said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

City drops regulation from lawn litter law

The city Sanitation Department agreed last week to drop a requirement that homeowners notarize a complaint form if they want to report a violator of the Lawn Litter Law. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Bayside church gets new flag

The American flag outside Bayside's American Martyrs Church once flew high above a U.S. military base in Iraq. Comment.
Editorial

Reclaiming the Parks

Queens community activist Mandingo Tshaka has called on the city to designate parks where children play as drug-free zones. He wants the city to place visible signs stating as much in such places. Those who sell and use drugs in these areas will face tougher prosecution. Comment.
Editorial

Much Ado About...

State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has prevailed upon the MTA to abolish its policy of giving free MetroCards and EZ-Passes to MTA board members. Comment.
Whitestone Times

The Civic Scene

At a recent Queens Civic Congress meeting, there was a discussion of zoning, the city Department of Buildings, enforcement, the Department of City Planning, self-certification and why there have been so many building deaths and crane accidents. Sean Walsh, former QCC president, said, "They just don't get it!" Comment.

A destination for boro talent

Jorge Ynoa had interest from Hofstra and places like Albany and Stony Brook. But instead of waiting for one of those Division I baseball programs to step forward with a good offer, the outfielder signed with Division II Caldwell College in nearby Caldwell, N.J. Comment.

Former Terrier terrorizing CACC

Ask Omar Velazquez about Rob Casal and his face brightens. Comment.

PSAL All-Queens girls’ soccer Coach of the Year

He had the best player in Class B, one of the most skilled in the city. But Faller missed all but four games in the regular season and Kehoe was the one who held QHST together. Faller came back and the Tigers, seeded 14th, won the city title. Comment.

PSAL All-Queens girls’ soccer Player of the Year

She only played four games in the regular season and everyone, including Faller herself, thought her senior season was over due to injury. But then she found out her father, Joe, had terminal brain cancer and it changed her life — and the Tigers’ fortunes. Faller decided she needed to play soccer as an escape and the Loyola-bound forward led 14th-seeded Queens HS of Teaching to the PSAL Class B title. Comment.

The Butler Did It: Ashe Stadium has more uses

History will be made next Saturday night when the New York Liberty take on the Indiana Fever in the first-ever outdoor professional basketball game at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Comment.

Assemblywoman Young recovering after serious cycling accident

State Assemblywoman Ellen Young (D-Flushing) was recovering Thursday after being badly injured when she was hit by a car while riding her bicycle in Flushing earlier this week. Comment.

Queens raises funds for soccer star’s dad

A month after his daughter Alyssa scored the game-winning goal to lead the Queens HS of Teaching girls’ soccer team to the Public Schools Athletic League Class B championship, Joe Faller is continuing his own fight. Comment.

Schneider doctors give Trinidadian girl new lease on life

A 6-year-old Trinidadian girl has the chance for a normal life after she successfully underwent surgery to repair her defective heart at Schneider Children's Hospital. Comment.

Amenities lure tenants to Towers

Residents of North Shore Towers can play 18 holes of golf, catch new releases at the in-house movie theater and go to the supermarket without leaving the sprawling 1,800-unit luxury co-op. Comment.

Alley Pond puppets delight all in park

At Alley Pond Park Monday, Puppets in the Parks put on a performance of "Cinderella Samba." The show seemed like a big success to the smiling faces of around 50 children and adults who came out to see the colorful two-foot-tall puppets dance around the outdoor stage. Comment.

Fresh Mdws. essayist wins U.N. prize

"I am just glad I could do something to help those suffering from infectious diseases," said Jiyoon Jenny Han, 17, as Deputy Borough President Karen Koslowitz congratulated her for winning the United Nations Association's National High School Essay Contest. Comment.

Community Board 7 approves Whitestone luxury development

Though preoccupied by the enormously controversial vote on the Willets Point redevelopment plan last week, Community Board 7 quietly approved a rezoning that would allow for the development of 15 acres of waterfront property in Whitestone. Comment.

Flushing Falun Gong rallies a ploy: Prof

The recent string of rallies and protests in downtown Flushing by supporters of the religious sect Falun Gong is likely not being taken seriously by the area's Asian community, according to a Queens College professor, who said the protests could be a ploy to grab media attention. Comment.

Baysider marshals teens in drug fight

St. Albans teen Ty Brown knows all about the dangers of drugs. Comment.

Bayside HS Principal Tarlo to retire

The revered principal of Bayside High School is stepping down. Comment.
Astoria Times

Teacher sexually abused 15-year-old student: DA

KEW GARDENS — A teacher at an upstate school for special needs children was charged with sexually abusing and raping one of her 15-year-old students in Queens, District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Maspeth fire victims escape serious injury

Firefighters treat a woman for smoke inhalation at the scene of a fire at about 8 p.m. Tuesday. Witnesses said the smoke came out of the second floor of the building at 60th and Fresh Pond Roads. Emergency personnel on the scene said no one was seriously injured. Photo by Christina Santucci Comment.
Astoria Times

Man, 22, clings to life after Jax Heights attack

JACKSON HEIGHTS — A 22-year-old man was attacked by at least six male assailants in Jackson Heights during the early morning hours of July 4, police said. Around 4 a.m. Friday, police responded to calls of an assault happening near the intersection of 34 Road and Junction Boulevard. When officers arrived on the scene, the assailants alledgedly fled and no arrests were made, according to police. The victim was taken to Elmhurst Hospital and listed in critical condition. The investigation was ongoing. Comment.
Astoria Times

Cops seize four vehicles taking curb recyclables

QUEENS — Sanitation police officers seized four vehicles in Queens last month that were used to illegally remove recyclables placed curbside, officials said.The operators of the vehicles were cited as well and could face fines from $100 to $2,000 for a first time offender and $5,000 for repeat offenders within a 12-month period, according to a statement from the Department of Sanitation. The department also impounded vehicles from other boroughs in the city, including 12 in Brooklyn, seven in Manhattan, five in the Bronx. Comment.
Astoria Times

Cops allege man stole from Rite Aid in Astoria

ASTORIA — Cops arrested a 34-year-old man Monday after he was caught stealing merchandise from a Rite Aid on Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria, police said. Comment.
Letters

Queens resident seeks help on West Nile

After reading your article on the West Nile Virus, I thought you could help me. Comment.
Letters

People should pray for 3 dead soldiers

It was sad to read about three more brave Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Comment.
Letters

Padavan should be honored while alive

I agree with reader Frederick R. Bedell Jr. in that the Glen Oaks Campus school should be named after state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) ("Padavan deserves campus in his name," TimesLedger, July 3, 2008). He worked hard for it. I am grateful to him. We should honor people while they are still alive. Comment.
Letters

Celebrity scandals shouldn’t hog spotlight

With all the problems in the world today and over 4,000 soldiers dead in Iraq, who cares about the shenanigans of Alex Rodriguez and Madonna? Comment.
Editorial

First Step at CB 7

Both sides are claiming victory in last week's Willets Point redevelopment vote at Community Board 7. That is peculiar because the meeting showed this issue's divisiveness. Comment.
Astoria Times

Political Action

The 5th Congressional District of northeast Queens and northwest Nassau County has been represented by U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) since 1993. He has been endorsed by the Working Families and Independence parties. Comment.
Astoria Times

Dishing With Dee

We hope everyone had a safe and happy July Fourth. It was nice to have a long weekend off. Considering all the rain we have had lately, the weather was not that bad — just a few showers, but not enough to dampen everyone's holiday spirit. Comment.
Astoria Times

Berger’s Burg

I had a childhood friend, Lou, whom we neighborhood kids called "Kreplach," or "Krep" for short, because of his fondness for kreplach, the stuffed matzoh-ball delicacy. I had not seen him since his family moved from the neighborhood years ago. My story begins one recent, quiet, summer night when Gloria answered the telephone. Comment.
Astoria Times

How’s Business?

You can find good real estate deals in Queens. There are many surfacing and they will get better during the next year. We are closing in on the bottom of the housing market, but are not there yet. Comment.
Astoria Times

Bayside eatery turns luck around

Nancy Poltorzycki had not wanted her husband to open a pizzeria, but his health had not been good and his idea was to leave something for their three children. Comment.

Woodside day care targeted in fraud audit

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced last week that five Queens centers were among 19 day care providers recommended for investigation on suspicion of potentially defrauding the state of thousands of dollars in funding. Comment.
Astoria Times

Union set to vote over Con Ed contract

The union representing Con Edison's workers will vote on whether to accept a tentative four-year contract with the utility by the end of the month following last week's down-to-the-wire talks after a midnight strike deadline had expired, a union spokesman said. Comment.

S.I. couple arrested in Ridgewood gang hat bust

A Staten Island couple was arrested last week after police raided a Ridgewood warehouse where the duo allegedly operated a major smuggling and counterfeiting business and sold baseball caps adorned with gang colors, the Brooklyn district attorney said. Comment.

Sabini announces expanded No. 7 train service

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Rider input from transit forums in April has produced an increase in weekend service on the No. 7 line, state Sen. John Sabini (D-Jackson Heights) announced last month. Comment.

Rockaways need lifeguards

Shoring up the hearts of thousands of disappointed beachgoers, a Queens politician remains hopeful that Rockaway beaches are expected to reopen within the next few days. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens raises funds for soccer star’s dad

A month after his daughter Alyssa scored the game-winning goal to lead the Queens HS of Teaching girls' soccer team to the Public Schools Athletic League Class B championship, Joe Faller is continuing his own fight. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens drivers find high gas prices taxing

Although Emil Garcia bought his Nissan Pathfinder in 2006 as a gift to himself, he is now unable to drive it because he cannot afford the gasoline needed to keep it running. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens charter schools outscore best public schools’

Queens charter school students once again bested their public school counterparts in state standardized testing and even held their own against charter students from other boroughs. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens bus ridership outstrips service in past decade

The Straphangers Campaign has issued a report showing the number of bus riders in Queens has outpaced available bus service over the past decade following the introduction of free transfers between buses and subways. Comment.

Prayer cards keep Jamaica Estates monastery going

The Passionist priests of the Immaculate Conception monastery in Jamaica Estates have a novel idea to finance the work they do around the world, one that sounds like it barely has a prayer of being profitable enough. Comment.

Maspeth cement truck strike halts city building

The president of a concrete mixing company with a major plant in Maspeth and offices in the Rockaways said his corporation was attempting to negotiate an independent contract with its workers following a citywide concrete-truck driver strike which paralyzed construction projects last week in the five boroughs. Comment.

Maspeth bridge plans on ice

The $630 million upgrade of Maspeth's Kosciuszko Bridge has once again been delayed after the federal government decided last week that it needed to review the cost and construction schedule for the 69-year-old bridge, a spokesman for the state's Department of Transportation said. Comment.

Man arrested in Far Rock teen slay

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told residents at the Redfern Houses Monday that an arrest had been made in the shooting of a 15-year-old girl that galvanized the community to urge the city to provide programs to curb the growing youth violence in the area. Comment.

Machine digs tunnel to Grand Central

A 200-ton boring machine has reached Grand Central Terminal after eight months, drilling a mile-long tunnel that will be part of the East Side Access project to bring Long Island Rail Road trains into the station. Comment.

Kew Gdns. biz owner plans 21-story hotel

The parking lot of Pasta Lovers Trattoria on Queens Boulevard in Kew Gardens may be the site of a new 21-story hotel and apartment tower, whose construction is a big surprise to residents who live in the lower-rise buildings behind it. Comment.

Ghostly dare spurred Onderdonk break-ins

Several children from the neighborhood broke into the museum, at 18-20 Flushing Ave. in Ridgewood, two or three times in early July, but nothing was stolen or broken, said Arthur Kirmss, the house's artist in residence and curator. Comment.
Astoria Times

Fresh produce carts head to southeast Queens

The streets of southeast Queens should see some green — and perhaps some red, orange and yellow — by the end of this year as the first vendors arrive in the area to sell fruit and vegetables to areas where supermarkets are scarce. Comment.

Four arrested in Jax Heights attack

Four men have been arrested on charges of beating a young man nearly to death in Jackson Heights early Friday across the street from the Junction Food Bazaar, police said. Comment.

Forest Hills police officer dies while serving overseas

A beloved Forest Hills police officer died while serving in the Army National Guard in Afghanistan July 4, government officials said. Comment.

Crowley lost Dist. 30 despite edge in funds

Democrat Elizabeth Crowley led the way in contributions by a huge margin during the recent special election race to replace City Councilman Dennis Gallagher (D-Ridgewood) that Anthony Como won, according to city Campaign Finance Board figures. Comment.

Con Ed/FedEx deal hurts Astoria: Civics

Astoria community activists and elected officials said they are continuing to fight a plan that would lease a portion of Con Edison's 20th Avenue site to Federal Express and draw more than 200 vehicles daily through neighborhood streets to the facility. Comment.
Astoria Times

Comrie blasts bank tactics

City leaders and the NAACP gathered on City Hall's steps last week to speak out against the nation's largest banking and financial institutions for using discriminatory tactics to issue subprime loans to inner-city homeowners. Comment.

City reopens Hunters Pt. ferry service

The city relaunched its water taxi from Long Island City last week just five months after it shut down due to a lack of ridership and extended its ferry service Monday by reopening its Williamsburg, Brooklyn stop, a spokeswoman for New York Water Taxi said. Comment.

CB 7 Willets Pt. vote no green light: Pols

As the public approval process steams forward, two Queens city councilmen warned supporters of the city's plan to redevelop Willets Point that last week's conditional Community Board 7 approval will not be a "green light" for the project. Comment.
Astoria Times

Candidates seek signatures

Potential candidates for the high-profile state Assembly and Senate races in Queens made their final push to get the required 500 signatures to be placed on the ballot this week as the summer election season moved into full swing. Comment.

Boy, 8, drowns in Flushing pool

An 8-year old boy drowned at a Fourth of July pool party in Flushing last week. Comment.
Astoria Times

Boro sees 67% surge in stop-work orders

The city Department of Buildings has been busy in 2008 and nowhere more than in Queens, which had a 67.2 percent spike in the number of stop-work orders issued at job sites to lead the five boroughs. Comment.
Astoria Times

Boro leaders decry intolerance admist string of hate crimes

Queens religious leaders and elected officials denounced intolerance at a news conference Monday, four days after a swastika was found scrawled on a car near Electchester. Comment.

A&J’s Pizza sold for $5M possibly to Huang’s son

Last week, Austin Street lost another longtime tenant when A&J's Pizza was sold and closed amid credible rumors that a relative of developer Tommy Huang was the buyer. Comment.
Astoria Times

The Reel Queens

Film blogs have been rife with ominous posts on the gradual demise of film criticism following a recent series of buyouts and layoffs that have left a handful of well-established critics searching for new venues. Comment.
Astoria Times

Whoa, mama!

Jackson Heights resident Christen Clifford's one-woman show "Baby Love" is to motherhood what "Sex and the City" is to single women in their 30s and 40s: validating libidos that are conventionally sorted into the unsexy bin. Comment.

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