Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008

Whitestone Times

Long Island man arrested for LIE DUI

OAKLAND GARDENS — A Long Island man was arrested for allegedly speeding through the Long Island Expressway while drunk, police said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Tenants lose key items after Flushing blast cleanup

Left without a home after an explosion tore through Fairmont Hall last month, several displaced residents of the building now say thousands of dollars worth of valuables and important documents are inexplicably missing from their apartments. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Sewers not adequate for SJU dorms: Engineer

Jamaica Estates residents declared a major victory in the fight against a 485-bed dormitory under construction for St. John's University when the engineer they hired, with financial help from their elected officials, said the sewer infrastructure is unable to handle the burden of so many new residents. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Policarpio knocked off Republican ballot

Congressional hopeful Jun Policarpio said he has been kicked off the Republican ballot in his bid to unseat long-term U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) after he failed to gather enough valid signatures, but the Douglaston Manor resident will remain in the race on the Conservative ballot. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Gennaro’s bill battles drug abuse

City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) said the city's drug-free school zones have cracked down on drug activity in Queens and he wants to increase the presence of those sites in New York. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Flushing captivated by Olympics opener

More than 100 borough residents lined up Friday to watch the kickoff of the 29th Summer Olympic Games in Beijing on a large screen above a Commerce Bank on 39th Avenue at Main Street in Flushing, cheering the opening ceremony's fireworks, speakers and performers. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Flushing Assembly hopefuls to square off in public debate

FLUSHING — Korean-American Advocacy Group YKASEC announced this week that it will sponsor a moderated forum between state Assemblywoman Ellen Young (D-Flushing) and her challenger, Grace Meng. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Fifth Avenue should be one-way: Residents

City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) appealed to the state last week to crack down on truck traffic infiltrating Fifth Avenue in Whitestone, but some residents on the street want traffic coming from the Whitestone Bridge eliminated entirely. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Briarwood man killed ex: Cops

An argument between an estranged couple in Briarwood turned violent Monday night, when a 21-year-old man allegedly slashed the throat of his 32-year-old ex-girlfriend and killed her in front of her young daughter, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Bayside man to bike across country for Alzheimer’s

A retired middle school teacher from Bayside will get the workout of a lifetime this fall when he makes a seven-week trek across the country on his bicycle in honor of his father, who died two years ago after battling Alzheimer's disease. Comment.
Editorial

Stop the Trucks

Whitestone residents have had it with truckers who illegally drive down residential streets. The trucks that barrel down the tree-lined streets are noisy, rattle foundations and present a real danger to children playing in the area. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Queens residents need to learn to live, work together

More than a score of people gathered outside City Councilman James Gennaro's (D-Fresh Meadows) office on Union Turnpike recently to denounce religious hate incidents in Queens. Comment.

Not your typical Queens team

Monique Carter played basketball and softball growing up. Vanessa Meyerhoefer was firmly entrenched in soccer. Simone D’Abreu wasn’t really into sports. Comment.

Will powers way to win

Will Rosinsky felt the difference between an amateur boxing match and a pro one right away. A few seconds into his professional debut against Valentine Fontanelly, the Richmond Hill native knocked his opponent back with a straight jab. The smaller gloves gave him a sensation he never felt before. Comment.

Willets Pt. rally erupts in anger

A news conference held by Willets Point redevelopment supporters descended into bedlam Wednesday afternoon when scores of chanting workers from the area led by City Councilman Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst) turned what started as a placid event into an all-out shouting match. Comment.

Shots fired at judge’s boro home

Four bullets were fired early Tuesday morning into the Oakland Gardens home of an acting State Supreme Court justice who had worked in the past as a prosecutor against drug dealers and murderers, police said. Comment.

High School to Art School students build portfolios

High school juniors and seniors with a passion for art were meticulously molding sculptures inside a studio in Floyd Bennett Field last week as part of a free program that gives students a leg up on art school over their peers. Comment.

Cops step up SE Qns. rapist hunt

The police have been increasing their efforts and resources to apprehend two sexual predators who have terrorized at least 13 women in southeast Queens since late last year, state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans) said. Comment.

Clock is ticking for LIC standby McReilly’s Pub

A friendly piece of Long Island City is about to fade into sepia-toned memory. McReilly’s Pub at 46-42 Vernon Blvd. was given a 30-day vacate premises notice by its landlord July 31. Supporters of the well-liked 20-year-old business have scheduled an emergency gathering for Saturday night at 7 p.m. to ponder its next move. Comment.

On the Marc: The right thing for St. John’s

Norm Roberts has already proven he’s going to do things the right way. In his four years as coach of the St. John’s men’s basketball team, it’s hard to dispute that. The win totals haven’t necessarily increased in Queens, but the team’s grade-point average has, as well as its graduation rate. Comment.

The first family of NYC volleyball

Karl Pierre dropped his head in disappointment. The New York City men’s open volleyball team had just lost in the Empire State Games gold-medal match to Western and silver just wasn’t going to satisfy the team’s coach. Comment.
Letters

Power to the mayor, Council not boro pres.

I take issue with the July 31 TimesLedger editorial "An Office Worth Saving," which advocated the retention of the office of the borough president. Comment.
Letters

Parkway Village co-op needs help in solving quality-of-life issue

As an active community civic member, I am concerned when I learn my neighbors face a serious challenge. This week, I demonstrated with members of the Parkway Village housing cooperative in front of the JP Morgan Chase asset management building in Manhattan. The following is my understanding of the problem. Comment.
Letters

Padavan helped St. Mary’s fund-raiser

An open letter to state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose). Comment.
Letters

New limited buses work in Queens

The recent independent Straphangers Campaign study of Queens bus service was informative. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and New York City Transit deserve credit for the successful introduction of limited-stop, express-style bus service already in place for the Q4, Q5, Q10, Q17, Q20A, Q20B, Q27, Q43, Q46 and Q85 buses. Comment.
Letters

Go on a ‘staycation’

This time of the year, we are on vacation or are contemplating where to go. I could not afford to go anywhere, so like many others, the question is what to do. Comment.
Letters

CK should back students in abuse claims

I am writing to comment on the article "Oliva battles teen abuse claim," (TimesLedger, July 31). I am a 1986 graduate of Christ the King High School and your article does not shock me at all. My story, however, is a little different. Comment.
Letters

Article on Van Wyck bridges did not provide debate on issue

Your July 24 article "Officials praise new bridges on Van Wyck," a paean to the state Department of Transportation, does a disservice to your readership, the politicians honored and the resident of the affected area. Comment.
Editorial

Somewhat Sober for Now

The good news made public last week is that Queens College ranks as one of the most sober colleges in the nation. The bad news is that this can be attributed in large part to the fact that, for now, there are no dorms at Queens College. That will soon change. Comment.
Astoria Times

Wal-Mart must treat its customers, employees better

First, I am not opposed to big box stores. Second, I have never bought anything in a Wal-Mart. Comment.
Astoria Times

Maltese working to create medical insurance, low taxes

A town hall meeting was recently held in Our Lady of Hope School's auditorium in Middle Village. It was sponsored by the state Senate with state Sen. Serf Maltese (R-Glendale) conducting the function with City Councilman Anthony Como (R-Middle Village) and officials from the local NYPD and FDNY; Departments of Transportation and Environmental Protection; and state comptroller's office. The turnout included close to 300 people. Comment.
Astoria Times

Flushing dinner celebrates China hosting the Olympics

The weeks are flying by: It is less than a month until Labor Day. Summer is almost over. Comment.
Astoria Times

Berger drops out of race for the American presidency

As my readers are aware, I have been running for the United States presidency since fall 2007 with no success. Comment.
Astoria Times

Buy debt to make money

What is the next great investment opportunity? I spoke with James Wiedenbeck, president of WNY Portfolio Management. He gave me his take on the debt purchasing industry as a solid investment avenue with which to make money. But can you make money purchasing something already owed? Comment.
Astoria Times

Angler Fleet holds fishing trips

Angler Fleet has been setting sail from a Howard Beach marina by Cross Bay Boulevard since 2003, offering customers fishing trips on Jamaica Bay where they can hook fluke, porgies and flounder. Comment.
Astoria Times

Woodhaven clubber killed during party

A man who worked at a Manhattan nightclub where a Woodhaven woman was last seen Aug. 4 confessed to killing her with a metal pipe, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said last Thursday. Comment.
Astoria Times

Wills, Richards fight to stay on Dem primary ballot

Two southeast Queens Democratic candidates are claiming that their campaigns for office have been stymied by a stubborn political machine within the borough. Comment.
Astoria Times

Willets work deal reached

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall announced last week a deal has been struck with the city that guarantees minority, women and locally owned businesses will be involved in every aspect of the Willets Point redevelopment plan should it be approved. Comment.
Astoria Times

Willets biz relocation bothers pols

The city has worked out a potential snag in its plan to relocate one of the largest businesses in Willets Point to College Point, but where exactly the auto salvage yard will move is a growing concern for elected officials in the community. Comment.
Astoria Times

Triborough renamed after Bobby Kennedy

Gov. David Paterson signed a bill into law last week that renamed the Triborough Bridge, which connects Astoria to the Bronx and Manhattan, after the late U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy (D-N.Y.), a spokeswoman for the governor said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Thompson weighs flood claim options

A year after the Aug. 8, 2007, storm that drenched Queens and flooded hundreds of homes, city Comptroller William Thompson announced he is examining ways to compensate New Yorkers for the millions of dollars in damage to their property and has offered to extend by six months the deadline to file claims against the city. Comment.
Astoria Times

Stop Jamaica Bay dumping: Weiner

For years, polluters have turned the environmentally sensitive Jamaica Bay ecosystem into a graveyard for abandoned barges. U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) unveiled last Thursday a multi-step plan he would like to implement to crack down on the dumpers and save the wetlands. Comment.
Astoria Times

Stop gas drilling in city watershed: Gennaro

City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) is worried that a recent state law to allow drilling for natural gas in an upstate area that overlaps with two of the aquifers that supply the city's drinking water will contaminate the source and is calling for a moratorium on drilling. Comment.
Astoria Times

Station at 179th Street shoddy: Transit group

A transit advocacy agency inspected 50 subway stations, looking at conditions ranging from cleanliness to flooding and designated a Queens station as worst in the city Comment.
Astoria Times

S. Ozone family to sue Con Ed

The family of an Ozone Park contractor who was electrocuted at Con Edison's Astoria substation plans to sue the utility, but the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined the Brooklyn company where the man worked and not the electrical provider. Comment.
Astoria Times

Riis Settlement gets $20K national award

Long Island City's Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House has won national recognition for its immigrant project for the second year in a row. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queensborough to launch ‘hands-on’ museum program

Bayside's Queensborough Community College will open its new gallery and museum studies program this fall, enabling students to use the college's extensive African art exhibit as their own laboratory and providing them with the opportunity to work with the city's top museums, the director of Queensborough's art gallery said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Pepsi to bring back landmark LIC sign

A Long Island City landmark is poised to return to its original location after years of displacement. Comment.
Astoria Times

Own a piece of Shea - a seat, specifically - for $869

Die-hard Mets fans will get a special chance to get a piece of history this month when the team auctions off Shea Stadium seat pairs. Comment.
Astoria Times

Maltese sues to block guv’s gay nuptials order

An anti-gay-marriage group that counts state Sen. Serphin Maltese (R-Glendale) among its supporters has sued the state of New York to overturn Gov. David Paterson's executive directive favoring gay marriage. Comment.
Astoria Times

Latimer House in Flushing now under historic trust

The Lewis Latimer House in Flushing has officially joined the Historic Housing Trust, the city Parks Department announced last week. Comment.
Astoria Times

Koo lives on L.I., not in Queens: Stavisky suit

Attorneys for state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) demanded this week that her Republican challenger be thrown off the ballot on the grounds that his primary residence is in Port Washington, L.I. - not Queens. Comment.
Astoria Times

Jamaica man killed on LIE after truck strikes car: Cops

A Jamaica man was killed last week when his car was struck by an 18-wheeler on the Long Island Expressway in Maspeth, police said. Comment.
Astoria Times

House reps explore Ridgewood Reservoir

Opponents of the city Parks Department's plan to convert one basin of the abandoned Ridgewood Reservoir into a ball field got an infusion of federal support when U.S. Reps. Nydia Velazquez (D-Brooklyn) and Edolphus Towns (D-Brooklyn) toured the site Tuesday. Comment.

Holocaust survivor to visit cave

Shunkale Hochman survived the Holocaust by spending 344 days inside two deep, dark and damp caves without seeing daylight. Comment.
Astoria Times

High school graduation rate rises in Queens

Four of Queens' seven school districts had higher four-year high school graduation rates in 2007 than the city average of 52.2 percent, while the other three had fewer than half of its students receive diplomas, the state Department of Education said Monday. Comment.
Astoria Times

Gov’s cuts could cost boro colleges $102M

Gov. David Paterson proposed a plan to reduce state spending by more that $2.6 billion over the next two years to help eat into an expected $6.4 billion deficit next year, but it could come at a steep price for Queens' public colleges. Comment.
Astoria Times

Fresh Meadows irate about summer floods

U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) waited almost two months to let Fresh Meadows residents calm down after June's storm before he invited the Department of Environmental Protection to the area to hear people's concerns, but there was still criticism and frustration. Comment.
Astoria Times

Driver unfazed by crash deaths: DA

The driver charged in the Aug. 5 crash that killed a Kew Gardens couple in Forest Hills was a 17-year-old driving a family friend's Mercedes-Benz allegedly under the influence of drugs who showed more concern for the car he had been driving than the people who died, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Astoria Times

DNA links Rich Hill man to 1997 rapes: DA

A Richmond Hill man was charged last week with allegedly raping two women more than 10 years ago after DNA evidence collected from an unrelated drug raid of his home in April linked him to the crimes, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Cops find slain man outside Sikh temple

A homeless man was beaten to death with a pipe Friday near a Sikh temple in Richmond Hill, police and neighbors said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Campus Magnet crime drops 89%: City

Campus Magnet High School in Springfield Gardens showed the biggest decrease in major felony crimes among impact schools in 2007-08 as part of an overall report on the decline in crime in the city's public schools. Comment.
Astoria Times

Addabbo, Maltese clash over election flier

City Councilman Joseph Addabbo's (D-Howard Beach) campaign said it was hypocritical for state Sen. Serphin Maltese (R-Glendale) to mail out a flier attacking the councilman for voting to raise or extend taxes when Maltese did the same "365 times." Comment.
Astoria Times

Yiddish theater doc has bones, if not roots, in Queens

Dan Katzir's documentary "Yiddish Theater: A Love Story" took seven weeks to make and seven years to release. But the director, much like his film's protagonist, has stayed on the radar through perseverance and determination. Comment.
Astoria Times

Pimp My Plaza

Authentic foods from many different cultures, the Lemon Ice King, music playing on seemingly every block, loads of people walking and hurrying around. These are all the things that go hand in hand with Corona. Art? Not as popular a thought. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens’ ‘Uncle Nicky’ looking for second act

Martin Alvin is a work in progress. Some might call him the original Dark Knight, some might say he's a colorful character, but those of us who have known him for a number of years realize that he's one of a kind. To be in his company is most definitely a memorable experience. Comment.
Astoria Times

Flushing Town Hall adopts diversity’s hodgepodge as art’s theme

Heng-Gil Han, the curator for Jamiaca Center for Arts & Learning, wanted to try a different approach to his exhibit for Flushing Town Hall. Entitled "The Aesthetics of Diversity," Han's show began with him e-mailing more than 100 artists involved with Flushing Town Hall, asking that they each send three works, from which he'd choose the strongest piece and display it in the exhibit. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008

Whitestone Times

Young appointed to head substance abuse committee

State Assemblywoman Ellen Young (D-Flushing) was appointed chair of the Assembly's Drug Dependency and Substance Abuse Subcommittee last Thursday, marking the first such appointment the freshman politician has garnered since joining the governmental body. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Whitestoners tell city to seize illegal trucks

City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and a coalition of Whitestone residents clamored Saturday for the city to take severe action against truckers who are driving illegal routes — calling the rumbling commercial giants a menace in their quiet neighborhood. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Units unrecognizable in blast’s aftermath

Nearly two weeks after a gas explosion tore through Fairmont Hall in Flushing, there is little evidence of the families that once called the apartments on the second floor home. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Parks Dept. seeks to buy Cornell farm

City Parks Department officials and Nassau County leaders are trying to determine how to appraise an historic Little Neck farm on the border of Queens and the Long Island county before the city can make an offer to buy the property, a Parks Department spokeswoman said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

MTA picks firm for Throgs Neck revamp

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Bridges and Tunnels division has awarded a nearly $100 million contract to a New Jersey construction firm to begin an overhaul of the Queens approach to the Throgs Neck Bridge. Comment.
Editorial

All Eyes on China

Beginning this Friday, the world's eyes will be focused on the Olympic games in China. No city community will be watching more closely and with more pride than Flushing's Chinese-Americans. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Queens communities need law barring yard paving

The recent heavy rain storms, backing up of sewers and heavy water flow going into basement windows has caused problems for many homeowners. One cause of sewer overloading is trash blocking sewers, which causes basement backups. Comment.

Employee admits killing Woodhaven woman at Times Sq. nightclub: Cops

A man who worked at a Manhattan nightclub where a Woodhaven woman was last seen Monday has confessed to killing her with a metal pipe, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Thursday. Comment.
Astoria Times

Woman hit fan with can of beer at Shea: Police

FLUSHING — Police said a woman was arrested after striking another woman in the face with a beer can during a New York Mets game at Shea Stadium last week. Comment.
Astoria Times

Two caught breaking into Atlantic Ave. home: DA

RICHMOND HILL — Two men were arrested on burglary charges after being found attempting to climb into an Atlantic Avenue home, authorities said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Shea worker collected parking fees after fired: Cops

FLUSHING — Police said a former parking attendant was arrested outside Shea Stadium last Sunday after allegedly being caught collecting parking fees from drivers more than a week after being fired. Comment.
Astoria Times

Remains of man, 30, found floating in water

COLLEGE POINT — Police said they discovered the remains of a man floating in the water in the vicinity of 5th Avenue and College Place Sunday. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man found passed out, charged with DWI: Cops

COLLEGE POINT — Authorities said a Brooklyn man was arrested on 130th Street July 29 on drunk driving charges after being found passed out behind the wheel of his car. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man enters stopped car to rob driver: Police

MIDDLE VILLAGE — Authorities said a man was arrested after allegedly hopping into the passenger seat of a car stopped at a stop sign and robbing the driver. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man attacked, robbed another in bar: Police

OZONE PARK — A 24 year-old man was arrested on robbery charges last week, more than two weeks after he allegedly beat and robbed another man in a bar on 101st Avenue. Comment.
Letters

Thanks to Avella, Padavan for cable help

I have been remiss in extending my appreciation and gratitude to my local elected officials: City Councilman Anthony Avella (D-Bayside) and state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose). Both were contacted by me regarding the ongoing, abominable service I received from Time Warner Cable. Comment.
Letters

Stop truck parking along service roads

Summer is in full swing in our community, but the illegal parking of tractor trailers on our streets is, too. Comment.
Letters

Padavan deserves many thanks for supporting Cunningham Pk.

An open letter to state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose). Comment.
Letters

MTA fare hike unfair to boro’s middle class

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has proposed two additional transit fare hikes on top of the fare hike enacted earlier this year. Gas is over $4 per gallon and we all agree it is in our best interest for our environment, economy and national security to use more public transportation. Comment.
Letters

Little Neck Bay report by DOH incomplete

I am writing this as a sequel to your July 17 front page article "Don't swim, sit in Little Neck Bay." Comment.
Letters

Don’t rely on pols to fix problems

Betty J. Dopson's letter "Paterson has ability to help city blacks' living standards" reveals what is wrong with many black communities: the belief that a messiah in the form of a government official will lead them to the promised land. Comment.
Letters

Bayside residents should celebrate 75th anniversary of high school

An open letter to Judy Tarlo, former principal of Bayside High School. Comment.
Editorial

Litter Law Lunacy

The City Council is rolling out the welcome mat for Big Brother. Comment.
Astoria Times

Richmond Hill Rottweiler rescued from certain death

Carmine the Rottweiler is lucky to be alive. He was found last week neglected, starving and filthy in a Richmond Hill garage on 102nd Street near 82nd Road, with moldy food and no water, whimpering for help. Comment.
Astoria Times

Petition challenges have affect on two Queens races

This year will go down as the year of petition challenges, as there are such in two state Senate races in northeast Queens: one involving state Sens. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) and Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) and another in the Fifth Congressional District. Comment.
Astoria Times

Kings, Queens Conservative Parties hold annual dinner

Monday evening, some friends of U.S. House of Representatives candidate Elizabeth Berney held a fund-raiser for her at the East 72nd Street apartment of Lauren Lawrence and Jonathan Kanterman. Among the VIPs were U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-Massapequa Park) and Herb London, who ran for mayor in 1989 and was responsible for making city term limits a reality. Another guest was Guy Maitland, a maritime and corporate administrator from the Marshall Islands, an island country in the Pacific Ocean. Berney, a Great Neck resident, is challenging U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) for his seat. Comment.
Astoria Times

Boxing career of old friend became highlight growing up

My childhood years were spent living on Manhattan's Lower East Side, where age dictated your choice of friends. An adolescent boy would gravitate to boys close to his age and never intrude or be accepted into the group of boys more than two years younger or older than he. That was neighborhood law. Comment.
Astoria Times

Look into REO homes

We are looking for that next great neighborhood investment opportunity. Enter real estate owned properties. REO props are quickly becoming hot commodities for the novice and seasoned real estate investor. Comment.
Astoria Times

Flushing cigar shop aims to please

Jonathan Lee is hoping that Flushing goes up in smoke. But as the manager of the Tinder Box, Flushing's new cigar and tobacco shop, that would not be such a bad thing. Comment.
Astoria Times

World’s Fair book traces photo legacy

Many people remember the 1964-65 World's Fair in Flushing Meadows Corona Park as a triumphant showcase of modern thinking and design. But for two authors, the fair was just as compelling for its incomplete dreams, evolution over two seasons and eventual disassembly. Comment.
Astoria Times

Weiner gives security funds to Qns.

Eight Queens nonprofit organizations and religious institutions are among about 60 recipients citywide of U.S. Department of Homeland Security grants that will allow them to make their premises safer, U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) announced last week on the steps of the Hillcrest Jewish Center. Comment.
Astoria Times

Thousands turn out for Flushing’s dragon boat race

Thousands of visitors from all over the city came out in droves to Flushing Meadows Corona Park this weekend to witness what some call Queens' most popular sporting event. Comment.
Astoria Times

Reputed Gambino capo says he ran boro betting: DA

A reputed Gambino crime family capo pleaded guilty last week to running a $10 million sports gambling operation in Woodhaven and Costa Rica, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens is running on Dunkin’: Report

Dunkin' Donuts, the city's largest national retailer, has more locations in Queens than any other borough, according to a report released last week by the Center for an Urban Future. Comment.
Astoria Times

Qns. leaders wary of DOE’s Contracts for Excellence plans

The city Department of Education heard more skepticism of its plans for using the state Contracts for Excellence funding it is slated to get at the start of the 2008-2009 school year at a second round of public hearings last week. The meetings, held in all five boroughs, followed the release of an updated plan after contentious public sessions in June. Comment.
Astoria Times

PA will block FAA sale of takeoff slots

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey upped the ante against the Federal Aviation Administration and the federal Department of Transportation Monday, announcing plans to block any flights that bought a takeoff slot through the FAA's proposed auction program. Comment.
Astoria Times

Paterson visits Queens to sign subprime law

Gov. David Paterson came to Queens Borough Hall Tuesday morning to sign a new piece of subprime lending reform legislation expected to affect the borough more than just about any other part of the state. Comment.

NYC subway music contest features trio from Astoria

Astoria's Luke Ryan sings during an audition for the MSG show "NYC Sound Tracks," which chronicles musicians who play in the subway around the city. Comment.
Astoria Times

Nine letters: ‘Frustration, fun’

A vast gulf exists between the extremes of crossword puzzle solvers. Comment.
Astoria Times

Missing Corona soldier’s remains returned home

Family and friends of Sgt. Alex Jimenez carried the fallen Corona soldier's body through the streets of his hometown during a funeral procession last Thursday following the discovery of his remains in Iraq last month. Comment.
Astoria Times

MidVill man dismembered 2 from L.I.: Suffolk DA’s office

Although Suffolk County prosecutors say a Middle Village man murdered and mutilated two suspected Long Island drug dealers, his good friend is claiming police have the wrong man. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man gets 25 to life for Jamaica murder

A 41-year-old Brooklyn man was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison in the 2005 slaying of his neighbor, who worked as a security guard at Long Island City's Queens Plaza, after his nephew from the Rockaways testified against him, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Astoria Times

2 killed in Forest Hills crash: Cops

A collision between two luxury sedans in Forest Hills Tuesday morning that left two people dead and one injured and charged with manslaughter was a major accident waiting to happen, according to nearby homeowners. Comment.
Astoria Times

Kew Gardens station gets elevator for riders

To some people, it is just an elevator at the Kew Gardens-Union Turnpike station on the E and F subway lines. To parents with strollers and small children, it makes traveling easier. To the neighborhood's wheelchair users, though, it means getting around in half the time. Comment.
Astoria Times

Jax. Heights doc scammed insurance: Health Dept.

A doctor with practices in Jackson Heights and Brooklyn agreed to give up her license at the end of the month after investigators determined she misdiagnosed patients to reap profits for herself, the state Department of Health said. Comment.
Astoria Times

JAMS draws crowds to Queens

Thousands braved intermittent rain and thunder Saturday afternoon to visit the sprawling Jamaica Arts and Music Summer Festival, enjoying nearly a mile-long strip of music, shopping and food. Comment.
Astoria Times

Illegal immigration to U.S. in state of decline: Report

Immigration to the United States is declining among less-educated young Hispanics, according to a study released last week by a Washington, D.C., think tank. Comment.
Astoria Times

Haggerty, former boro GOP chair, dies at 71

John Haggerty Sr., one of the most influential Republican political figures in Queens and New York State for more than two decades, from the late 1960s through the 1980s, died last week. He was 71. Comment.
Astoria Times

Gotti Jr. charged with conspiracy

After surviving three Manhattan trials, John Gotti Jr. now faces charges in Florida after federal authorities there unsealed an indictment Tuesday linking him to three murders — including two committed in Queens in 1988 and 1991. Comment.
Astoria Times

Elmhurst Hospital opens cancer center

Elmhurst Hospital Center formally opened its new comprehensive cancer center, the Hope Pavilion, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week. Comment.
Astoria Times

City unveils online dog licensing system

Starting Aug. 4, New Yorkers can license their dogs electronically. This new, quick system of online dog licensing will make it easier for dog owners to protect their pets. Comment.
Astoria Times

Broad Channel, Richmond Hill libraries open after makeover

Scissors owned by the Queens Library got a workout last week when the ribbons were cut on two renovations to libraries in Richmond Hill and Broad Channel. Comment.
Astoria Times

Autism nonprofit gets $200K boost

Queens elected officials at the state level have allocated more than $200,000 to an Astoria-based nonprofit that provides services to autistic city residents as the group prepares to celebrate its 30 years of work in the borough. Comment.
Astoria Times

Alex Jimenez given hero’s burial

After being wrapped in a cloud of uncertainty and grief for the last 15 months, the family of Sgt. Alex Jimenez can finally begin to heal. Comment.
Astoria Times

Addabbo seat seekers in close money race

Two candidates vying to replace City Councilman Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) next year are neck-and-neck in raising funds, the earliest official campaign finance records show. Comment.
Astoria Times

Ackerman faces new race

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) said the priorities of his constituents have greatly changed since his last bid to retain his congressional seat following the nation's recent economic downturn. Comment.
Astoria Times

Let’s brunch

Nothing goes with lazy summer weekend afternoons quite like brunch. Comment.
Astoria Times

Flushing Town Hall takes diversity’s hodgepodge as its theme for new exhibit

Heng-Gil Han, the curator for Jamiaca Center for Arts & Learning, wanted to try a different approach to his exhibit for Flushing Town Hall. Entitled "The Aesthetics of Diversity," Han's show began with him e-mailing more than 100 artists involved with Flushing Town Hall, asking that they each send three works, from which he'd choose the strongest piece and display it in the exhibit. Comment.
Astoria Times

Boro actors, companies get nods at Innovative Theatre

The annual New York Innovative Theatre awards, created to recognize and celebrate the achievements of Off Off Broadway productions, will be held Sept. 22 at the Fashion Institute of Technology, with the Blue Man Group scheduled to perform the opening number. The writer was pleased to speak with some of the nominees. Comment.

Monday, Aug. 11, 2008

City smooths out problems with Willets Point relocation deal

The city has worked out a potential snag in its plan to relocate one of the largest businesses in Willets Point to College Point should plans to redevelop the area be approved. Comment.

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