Friday, Oct. 17, 2008

Whitestone Times

Union backs Gennaro in race for state Senate

City Councilman James Gennaro (D−Fresh Meadows) called his recent endorsement by the United Auto Workers a sign that workers are supporting his race for state Senate in rocky financial times. But state Sen. Frank Padavan (R−Bellerose) brushed off the union’s backing of his opponent and cited his own endorsement from the AFL−CIO. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Forest Hills businesses hurting, not crippled

For Forest Hills store owners like Nick Leodis and William Bentz, the turmoil that has rocked Wall Street has yet to make their own lives financially difficult. Comment.
Whitestone Times

CUNY grant helps grads pass bar

Life was hectic for Paula Edgar when she attended the City University of New York’s School of Law. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Paterson endorses Addabbo for Senate

City Councilman Joseph Addabbo (D−Howard Beach) received the highest profile endorsement of his campaign so far against state Sen. Serphin Maltese (R−Glendale) when he drew the backing of Gov. David Paterson last week. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Koo dishes $241K to get Senate seat

The Queens Democratic Party has placed a highly publicized focus on unseating the two incumbent Republican state senators in the borough over the past year, but their GOP counterparts may have something up their sleeve. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Jax Hts. group urges immigrants to vote

Volunteers with a Jackson Heights−based immigrant advocacy group knocked on apartment doors and private homes around the neighborhood Sunday as part of an effort to mobilize foreign−born voters in the neighborhood. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Evidence war ensues ahead of slay trial

The lawyer representing the woman accused of killing her estranged husband in a Forest Hills playground wants the judge to disregard key pieces of pre−trial testimony when her trial begins sometime next year. Comment.

Tempers flare between McClancy and Ford

Bishop Ford boys' soccer coach Barney Cassidy said he plans on filing an official protest of his team's 2-1 loss at Monsignor McClancy with the CHSAA for what he deemed an unsafe and hostile environment at the East Elmhurst school on Friday afternoon. Comment.

Stuyvesant loss disappointing but instructive for ÕDozo

Goalkeeper Alex Sandler called it the worst half of soccer Stuyvesant had played all year. Cardozo coach Rich Parascos felt disgusted with his teamÕs inability to finish off scoring chances. As the two teams walked off the South Shore HS field after 40 minutes of play Monday in the PSAL Boys Soccer Classic, neither was happy. Comment.

Strong play canÕt carry Lewis girls past Pelham

Alicja Pawelec came off the court in a huff and sat down on the Francis Lewis girlsÕ volleyball teamÕs bench with a thud. Comment.

Snubbed for ‘A’ division, Beach Channel are big fish in ‘B’ pond

When Beach Channel wasn't invited to move up to the 'A' division following its runner-up finish last season, coach Dominick Stanco took the next best thing: a chance for the Dolphins to prove themselves in the league's Columbus Day tournament against Brooklyn 'A' power Boys & Girls. Comment.

Playmaker Coon shoulders Cross win

Having coached football at Mount St. Michael for a quarter century, Mario Valentini has a pretty good handle on what is needed to win in the CHSFL. Comment.

Cardozo hoopster gets serious

On May 17, 2006, Jamel WilliamsÕ life as he knew it changed. Comment.

Floral Pk.9/11 officer loses battle with cancer

Scores of family and friends and the Police Department’s honor guard paid tribute to a Floral Park police officer Saturday who worked at Ground Zero and died of kidney cancer last week. Comment.

Father dies from Flushing gas blast injuries

Nearly three months after a gas explosion rocked Fairmont Hall in Flushing, the disaster claimed its first life. Comment.
Queens Village

Teen killed in Jamaica loved fashion, family says

When asked about the teen who is accused of killing her nephew on the streets of Jamaica last week, Aisha Malik said she did not feel vindicated after the police arrested Rolando Nevarez: She pitied the young man. Comment.
Whitestone Times

City says Willets Point needs a green makeover

The city is readying its game plan. Comment.

Blast victim mourned in College Pt.

Although he lived to be just 26, it was clear Tuesday morning that George Dillman touched lives at every stage of his life. Comment.

Stage legend Joel Grey knocks ‘em dead at QPAC

Joel Grey has been around since 1932, and with more than 50 years on the New York stage, he has, like a fine rare wine, matured to a level of consummate perfection and stands out as one of the truly gifted artists of this age or any other. Comment.
Jackson Heights

FDNY comes across guns following fire

Two East Elmhurst men were arrested Sunday after firefighters battling a minor blaze in a home they shared with about eight family members found two shotguns and a rifle, fire officials said. Comment.

Floral Pk. 911 officer loses battle with cancer

Scores of family and friends and the Police Department’s honor guard paid tribute to a Floral Park police officer Saturday who worked at Ground Zero and died of kidney cancer last week. Comment.

Padavan gets mayor’s nod over Gennaro

Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed state Sen. Frank Padavan (R−Bellerose) in his re−election bid against City Councilman James Gennaro (D−Fresh Meadows) during a visit Sunday to North Shore Towers. Comment.
Bayside Times

111th honors crossing guard

A school crossing guard from Oakland Gardens whose battle with cancer recently forced her to retire was given her due last week as the 111th Precinct Community Council honored her for keeping neighborhood children safe for three decades. Comment.

Doug auto dealers faked license: DA

Two Douglaston car salesmen could face prison time after falsifying a driver’s license to secure a loan for a customer, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Bayside Times

Woman faces eviction in Bayside co−op plan

A 64−year−old disabled woman from Bayside said she fears she will be evicted because the management company that owns her apartment building wants to turn it into a co−op. Comment.
Bayside Times

Halal food carts rile civics in Glen Oaks

Northeast Queens civic leaders are complaining about two halal food carts that recently set up shop in Glen Oaks, contending the concessions are out of character with the neighborhood. Comment.
Astoria Times

Tierras Argentinas: Charming, authentic bistro

Unlike most of South America, Argentina — the land of tango, gauchos and great wine — had virtually no indigenous population when the Europeans arrived. Italian and Spanish settlers were the cuisine’s major influence, although the French, German, Swiss and Eastern Europeans have left their culinary stamp as well. Comment.
Astoria Times

17-year-old arrested in cell phone rob: NY Post

SOUTH JAMAICA - A 17-year-old was arrested last week on charges of stealing another teen's cell phone in South Jamaica, the New York Post reported Monday. Comment.
Astoria Times

Two nabbed in separate LGA gun incidents: Post

EAST ELMHURST — Two men who tried to check in illegal handguns at LaGuardia Airport in two separate incidents were arrested last week, police said, according to the New York Post. Comment.
Astoria Times

St. Albans man dies in barbershop shooting

ST. ALBANS — A St. Albans man shot in the torso earlier this month inside a neighborhood barbershop has since died of his injuries, police said last week. Comments (1).
Astoria Times

Police seek suspect in July 7-Eleven robbery

OAKLAND GARDENS — Authorities were asking for the public's help in identifying this suspect, wanted for robbing an Oakland Gardens 7-Eleven. Comment.
Astoria Times

Off-duty officer stops would-be bank robber

MASPETH — An off-duty police officer found himself very much on the job last Thursday when a Maspeth bank was being stuck up while he was inside, police said. Comment.
Letters

Use words, not fists, when debating

The presidential election between U.S. Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is heating up not only for the candidates, but the voters, too. I was at a Queens diner, where I witnessed an argument that got out of hand. Comment.
Letters

Padavan cares about students’ rights

I first met state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) three years ago, when a former St. John's University student and I marched into his district office with a complaint about unfair grading practices on college campuses. Growing up in this community, I felt Padavan was unapproachable, but once I got to know him, I found him a man with a big heart. Comment.
Letters

Owners should curb their dogs

Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament School lets children get fresh air before lunch every day, weather permitting. Second- and fourth-grade students use 202nd Street for about 20 minutes each day before lunch. Comment.
Letters

If Willets Point plan passes, middle class, poor will suffer

The editorial "Showdown at Willets Point" (Oct. 2), in support of the Willets Point proposal, is notable for what it does not state and its attacks on City Council members Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst), who care more for the poor and middle class than the real estate interests. Comment.
Letters

If Bloomberg wants a third term, bring issue before the city’s voters

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's attempt to extend term limits through legislative action instead of a public referendum is a power grab akin to that of a monarchical ruler. Circumventing voters' will under the guise that it is in the city's best interest is self-serving and deplorable. I believe voters know this and will respond accordingly. Comment.
Letters

For lasting legacy, listen to city taxpayers, not bureaucrats

An open letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Comment.
Letters

Bayside HS helps out the needy overseas

As the school year begins, September and October can be two of the most hectic months. It is time for a new year and change. The Bayside High School Key Club used these months to make a change, which had an impact on numerous children in Swaziland, an African country. Comment.
Editorial

Nuttin’ but Proud

Two brothers who spent part of their lives with gangs in South Ozone Park have become the pride of Queens. Comment.
Editorial

No Need for a Referendum

In any event, we do not see the need for a referendum on changing the term limits law. Comment.
Editorial

Affordable Housing? Yes, but Where?

Forget eminent domain. The real battle over the mayor's plans for redeveloping Willets Point is more likely to turn on the number of affordable housing units included. Comment.
Astoria Times

Trolley lines had a helping hand in boro growth

Queens had trolley lines, one of which ran along tracks in Bayside, but are no longer visible — like on 38th Avenue. The old trolley system was used for more than half a century and had never used overhead lines. Instead, power was delivered via an underground system. Comment.
Astoria Times

Take daily dose of laughter if feeling under the weather

Experts agree that stress can have a negative impact on the body. They recommend everyone lighten up and have a good laugh — several, in fact. If you laugh less than 15 minutes a day, you are under-laughed. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens Civic Congress opposes repealing term limits

At the Sept. 15 Queens Civic Congress meeting, civic representatives voted that all public officials and those who run for public office must use a referendum to attempt any change in the term limits law. Comment.
Astoria Times

NYPD offers a new way to report crimes: Texting

As this column is being written, southeast Queens is still looking for two rapists who have been evading capture. The police, hoping someone who may know some vital piece of information that could give them the clue they need to apprehend these criminals, announced text messaging to the Crime Stoppers program (1-800-577-TIPS). Comment.
Astoria Times

Boro political leaders share their thoughts on veep debate

There seems to have been more interest in the vice presidential debate this year than most presidential debates in past years. Part of the reason was the two candidates' backgrounds. Comment.
Astoria Times

Bayside eatery enjoys slice of the economic pie

Harsh economic times are hurting people's wallets, but things are hopping at a new pizzeria in Bayside. Comment.
Astoria Times

Tietz showcases state seniors’ art

Art can be the best way for senior citizens to pass time and express themselves, according to Isabel Kellerman, the director of therapeutic recreation at the Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Jamaica. Comment.
Astoria Times

Astorians criticize city over flooding

Flooding is getting worse in Astoria, members of the Greater Astoria Civic Association told officials from the city Department of Environmental Protection last week. Comment.
Astoria Times

Judge rules Tarloff mentally unfit for cleaver slay trial

The Corona man accused of murdering a Manhattan psychoanalyst in her office during a robbery attempt is unfit to stand trial, a Manhattan judge ruled Tuesday. Comment.
Astoria Times

Guv selects Buffalo firm for new VLTs

After months of delays, Gov. David Paterson recommended Friday that the state Legislature choose Buffalo−based Delaware North for the contract to construct video lottery terminals at Aqueduct Race Track in South Ozone Park. Comment.
Astoria Times

LIRR retiree program needs reform, Schumer says

Two elected officials and federal Railroad Retirement Board officials have described as “an important step” their meeting on pension reforms, including scrutinizing possibly “dubious” disability claims by Long island Rail Road retirees. Comment.
Astoria Times

Dooley challenging Onorato for Senate

State Sen. George Onorato (D−Astoria) will face off against Republican challenger Tom Dooley, a former city firefighter, in November, but both candidates agree that something must be done to aid small businesses in their district that are struggling amid a national economic slump. Comment.
Astoria Times

Avella slams Quinn on term limit reversal

City Councilman Tony Avella (D−Bayside) attacked City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D−Manhattan) for backing Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to extend tem limits, claiming she and the mayor deliberately waited until it was too late for voters to have a say on the issue. Comment.
Astoria Times

Addabbo rolls out 3−point health care plan

City Councilman Joseph Addabbo (D−Howard Beach) unveiled his health care platform inside an Ozone Park pharmacy Friday in his bid to unseat state Sen. Serphin Maltese (R−Glendale). Comment.
Astoria Times

Briarwood man enters insanity plea in stabbing of Flushing man in Jamaica

A Briarwood man, who allegedly stabbed an elderly father of three, was ordered to undergo psychiatric testing after he told a judge he was mentally unstable last week, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Mets auction off AIG Shea ad sign

How much for the memories of two notable 2008 failures? As of Tuesday afternoon, it is $1,420, if you ask the New York Mets. Comment.
Astoria Times

Jax Heights investors scammed by firm: Peralta

As investors lost billions on Wall Street, Latino immigrants in Jackson Heights and other Queens neighborhoods were reeling from their own financial crisis: a questionable investment firm that evidently will not refund their money. Comment.
Astoria Times

Council, city DOT spar over broken parking meters

A City Council Committee heard testimony last week on proposed new parking legislation with Council members and a transportation official engaging in a contentious discussion about broken parking meters. Comment.
Astoria Times

Bowne to begin restoration

Flushing’s Bowne House will begin its much−needed restoration next week, but not without trying to learn along the way. Comment.
Astoria Times

Port Auth. head slams FAA

Modernizing the Federal Aviation Administration’s air control system offers a better solution to delays at New York City airports than auctioning off landing and takeoff slots, a Port Authority official told a Queens forum last week. Comment.
Astoria Times

St. John’s chaplain arrested in sex sting

Days after former St. John’s University chaplain Charles Plock was charged with sending homemade sex videos of himself to someone he believed was a 13−year−old boy in Colorado, students remain shocked and dismayed the university has not addressed the issue with them. Comment.
Astoria Times

Trial begins for Littlejohn in York attack

The criminal trial of the Manhattan bouncer who allegedly handcuffed, beat and tried to kidnap a York College student three years ago opened Tuesday with the victim preparing to take the stand later in the week. Comment.
Astoria Times

Vallone undecided about term limit extension plan

Peter Vallone Jr. (D−Astoria) may be one of the city’s most outspoken City Council members on law and order, but he is silently weighing whether the city should extend term limits for elected officials. Comment.
Astoria Times

Past TimesLedger writer wins reality contest

A former TimesLedger Newspaper reporter has gone from reporting on the streets of Jamaica to traveling the world and now she has a new title for her rÉsumÉ: P. Diddy’s right−hand lady. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queensbridge residents now can pay rent at LIC bank

Public housing residents in Astoria and Long Island City are being nudged away from check−cashing businesses and toward the financial mainstream by a coalition of community activists, elected officials and municipal agencies. Comment.
Astoria Times

Flushing filmmaker offers less-traveled reasons to love NY

Flushing's Roger Florez wants to show the world how much he loves the five boroughs, and it will only take a minute. Comment.
Astoria Times

Ballad of a mean girl

In “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” the likable and surprisingly poignant Off Broadway musical comedy playing at the Westside Theater, Astoria resident Victoria Matlock plays Cindy Lou, the popular but nasty girl most of us knew — and usually hated — in high school. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens Symphony devotes season to Bernstein’s legacy

Commemorating what would have been Leonard Bernstein’s 90th birthday and his rich musical legacy to New York and indeed, the world, the Queens Symphony Orchestra is focusing its 56th season on Bernstein’s musical career. Concerts in the 2008−2009 season will run the gamut of Bernstein’s impact on classical music, from Bernstein’s own influences to current composers who cite him as a major influence on their work. Comment.
Astoria Times

Innocence lost, but compassion found, in Beari Productions’ staging of ‘Bus Stop’

Perhaps the only thing worse than being stuck on a bus for hours and hours is being stuck in a bus stop, on a blizzardy March night, for hours and hours. Such is the fate of the characters in William Inge's surprisingly big-hearted play "Bus Stop," whose 1956 movie version made an even bigger star of Marilyn Monroe, who played Cherie, the dumb, put-upon "chanteuse." Comment.
Astoria Times

Jayu fuses Korean music, jazz at JCAL performance

Queens−based ensemble Jayu will showcase their unique blend of jazz and traditional Korean music at a free concert Oct. 25 at the Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008

Whitestone Times

DEP reports modest progress on Jamaica Bay rehab

The city’s Department of Environmental Protection gave its first major update last week on its plans to save the deteriorating saltwater marshland in Jamaica Bay. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Brooklynite stole $110K from Whitestone man: DA

A Brooklyn woman was charged with larceny last week after allegedly bilking more than $110,000 from a 95−year−old Whitestone man, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Queens hotels do not pay workers well: Addabbo

City Councilman Joseph Addabbo (D−Howard Beach) took aim at the Queens hotel industry Friday for receiving millions of dollars in tax breaks while not doing enough to ensure their workers have a living wage. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Paterson backs Gennaro in pivotal Senate contest

City Councilman James Gennaro (D−Fresh Meadows) became the first candidate for state office to receive an endorsement from Gov. David Paterson, who earlier vowed that he would not back candidates as aggressively as his predecessor. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Avella donation drive to aid sextuplet couple

A big family comes with big needs. Comment.
Whitestone Times

St. Mary’s prez fears budget cuts to hospital

The tone of Queens College’s monthly Business Forum series reflected the dire economic state of the country as the head of St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children joined elected officials in expressing his concern that state medical funds for the young could be cut in the midst of the Wall Street fiscal crisis. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Parkway officials blast closure order at Elmhurst forum

It was supposed to be a public forum to take suggestions on how the city should spend $10 million to improve primary care, but officials and physicians affiliated with Parkway Hospital hijacked the meeting Monday at Elmhurst Hospital to complain about the stateÕs effort to close their facility. Comment.

New poll sees a dead heat in Maltese-Addabbo race

The race between state Sen. Serphin Maltese (R-Glendale) and City Councilman Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) could not be any tighter, according to a Siena College poll released last week. Comment.

Jamaica teen killed in dispute over skateboarding accident

Police said Friday they arrested the teen who they say murdered a 17-year-old Jamaica man over what the victim’s family called an argument stemming from a skateboarding accident. Comment.

Pols pan mayor’s third-term bid

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s bid for a third term in office will not come without some resistance. His announcement last week that he would attempt to overturn current term limits raised protests from several Council members from Queens and even the billionaire activist who provisionally supported the move. Comment.
Laurelton

Laurelton eyes historic designation

Last month a massive rezoning plan was approved by the City Council to guarantee that the quiet, suburban nature of Laurelton would remain untouched by future developers. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Addabbo criticizes Maltese for no−show

State Sen. Serphin Maltese (R−Glendale) is taking heat from his opponent, City Councilman Joseph Addabbo (D−Howard Beach), for skipping the Ridgewood Property Owners and Civic Association’s debate last week at JHS 93 and attending an event at Christ the King High School instead. Comment.
Jamaica Times

Broad Channel replicates missing historical artifact

It can be said that while Broad Channel’s annual Historical Day offers a chance to revisit history, it seldom recreates it outright. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Courier honors Bloomberg by crowning him ‘King’

Just hours before announcing his bid for a third term in office, Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned of tough times ahead, but vowed that the city would lead the way economically and environmentally as he accepted an award which dubbed him the “King of Queens” from a borough weekly newspaper. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Drag racers on LIE: Cops

The license plate on the 2001 BMW read “HEYOFFCR,” and it sure got the attention of authorities after its driver and the operators of three other cars were arrested last week for allegedly drag racing and speeding at more than 100 miles an hour on the Long Island Expressway, Nassau County police said. Comment.
Bayside Times

CB 11 blasts term limit plan

Fueled by a tirade against Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s drive to extend term limits by state Assemblyman Mark Weprin (D−Little Neck), Community Board 11 unanimously approved a resolution against the plan Monday night. Comment.
Astoria Times

Woman with Alzheimer’s has gone missing

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS — An elderly woman with Alzheimer's Disease has disappeared after driving off from her home last week, police said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Thieves target Honda wheels in Fresh Mdws.

FLUSHING — Car thieves are on a roll in the 111th Precinct, where four 2008 Honda Accords have been stuck on blocks and stripped of their wheels in the last 10 days. Comment.
Astoria Times

Staten Island man robbed Far Rock home: Cops

FAR ROCKAWAY — Police were searching Tuesday for a man wanted in connection with an armed robbery in Far Rockaway last month. Comment.
Astoria Times

S.I. man stole electronics from home: Cops

ROCKAWAYS — Police are asking for the public's help to catch an alleged armed man who burglarized a home last month. Comment.
Astoria Times

Rosedale woman missing since September

ROSEDALE — Officers in the 105th Precinct are trying to look for a woman who disappeared from her home two weeks ago. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man too drunk to drive out of parking lot: DA

FLUSHING — A Flushing man was arrested on suspicion of DUI Sept. 29 after cops found him unable to drive his car out of a parking lot, the Queens district attorney's office said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man in critical condition after Jamaica shooting

JAMAICA — A man was critically wounded Monday in a shooting in Jamaica, police said. The 34-year-old man was shot twice in the chest at 223-15 113th Ave. shortly before 8 p.m. last night. He was taken to Mary Immaculate Hospital in critical condition, police said. No arrests had been made by press time Tuesday. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man busted in South Jamaica cabbie rob: DA

SOUTH JAMAICA — A St. Albans man was arrested Sept. 28 after allegedly robbing a taxi driver, the Queens district attorney's office said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man arrested for impersonating taxi cop: DA

EAST ELMHURST — A Woodside man was arrested on suspicion of criminal impersonation after allegedly pulling over and taking the licence of a yellow cab driver, the Queens district attorney's office said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Flushing man arrested after Astoria assault

ASTORIA — A Flushing man was arrested after a brutal assault early in the morning of Sept. 28, the Queens district attorney's office said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Boro residents spray painted property: Cops

BAYSIDE — Two suspected graffiti vandals were arrested within an hour of each other early Saturday by 111th Precinct officers, police said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Astoria woman killed by taxi in Manhattan

MANHATTAN — An Astoria woman died early Saturday after she and a friend tried to cross a busy street, police said. Comment.
Letters

Tragic end comes to season for Mets

What happened to the New York Mets? They had such a great season until the last couple of weeks and they lost their last game at Shea Stadium, thus eliminating themselves from post-season play. Comment.
Letters

Taxpayer money wasted on stadiums, Willets Pt.

An open letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Comment.
Letters

Smart Meters can save New Yorkers money on energy bills

These days, the price of everything is going up, not least of all New Yorkers' energy bills. On top of a 4.9 percent increase in April, New Yorkers saw a 22 percent increase this summer. In the middle of the summer, that is a wallop. Comment.
Letters

Maltese record hurts middle class

I thought it might be useful to explore state Sen. Serphin Maltese's (R-Glendale) voting record, which has been habitually against the best interests of his middle class constituency. Comment.
Letters

Keep hope for Mets next year

The Mets' season did not end the way we wanted it to with their loss to the Marlins. The post-game show brought us a measure of nostalgia with past Mets players appearing for the last time at Shea Stadium. Comment.
Letters

City must combat school bullying

Bullying is generally accepted as a fact of life, an unpleasant but unavoidable part of the transition from childhood to maturity. But bullying can harm a young person's development. It is vital that we do all we can to protect New York's schoolchildren from vicious harassment and make sure schools are safe and welcoming for students. Comment.
Editorial

Thanks for the Memories

The end came too soon. Comment.
Editorial

Feeling the Pain

Long before Wall Street's collapse, southeast Queens homeowners were already feeling the effects of the mortgage crisis. According to the nonprofit Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project, more than 1,600 Queens homeowners are facing foreclosure in 2008. It is a staggering number that will grow unless action is taken. Comment.
Editorial

Battle Lines Drawn at Willets Point

The demonstration last week against a mobile classroom sponsored by LaGuardia Community College speaks volumes about the organizations opposing the Willets Point redevelopment. CUNY on Wheels pulled into Willets Point to offer retraining for free to workers who might lose their jobs if the renovation gets City Council approval. Comment.
Astoria Times

World’s Fair gave rise to boro’s Flushing Meadows

On Oct. 17, 1965, the 1964-65 World's Fair closed. It was visited by more than 51 million people, with the final two days the busiest ever as many people stood in line for hours to say goodbye to their favorite attractions. Comment.
Astoria Times

Take self-defense class to learn how to protect yourself

True to his word, NYPD Sgt. Jeff Hunt, known to members of his karate classes as Sensei Hunt, presented the first of five free self-defense karate classes to a large group of participants Sept. 16. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens full of events during period of two weeks

Sorry there was no column last week, but I am in the process of trying to buy a condo and was up to my ears in paperwork. There were never-ending meetings with attorneys, accountants, mortgage brokers and banks. Before I realized what was happening, I had missed my deadline. I will try, however, to report on both weeks. Comment.
Astoria Times

Padavan has respect, support of city, labor leaders

As the fall campaign continues in the 11th Senate District, Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) is optimistic about his chances for re-election after serving northeast Queens for 36 years. He thinks his campaign is going well, with volunteers in the field and manning phones. About a thousand district residents are displaying Padavan lawn signs. He has been getting good feedback from potential voters. Comment.
Astoria Times

If you have a book inside you, get it out and down on paper

You can taste a written word. — Pearl Bailey Comment.
Astoria Times

City should not cut budget of Parks Department

Last week, Queens Parks Department representatives held their yearly consultation with Community Board 8. Leading the discussion were Operations Chief Jacqueline Langsam and Staff Chief JoAnn Amagrande with other Queens Parks officials. Comment.
Astoria Times

America must return to its former glory quickly

Whoever wins the presidential election, it is clear that unless the White House and Congress work together, the country will continue on the disastrous path of the past eight years. People in Queens and throughout the nation and world will be affected by what happens in Washington. Comment.
Astoria Times

Trainer helps keep canines in line

Call him the Dog Whisperer of Queens. Comment.
Astoria Times

Find sources of money

The crumbling of Wall Street and banks has spilled over to Queens business owners regarding getting money. What happens when banks will not issue loans? Where should you go for money and is doing so wise? Comment.
Astoria Times

Jamaica Export Centre unveiled

Business leaders and other groups got their first glimpse last Thursday of a newly completed state−of−the−art commercial space that hopes to give a boost to southeast Queens importers and exporters. Comment.
Astoria Times

5K walk for Breast Cancer coming to Queens Blvd.

Thousands of walkers wearing pink will replace the usual congestion on Queens Boulevard next Sunday as they march 5 kilometers for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Comment.
Astoria Times

City okays Dutch Kills rezone curb on hotels

After a last−minute modification, the Dutch Kills rezone is a go. The City Council approved the measure Tuesday, likely putting an end to the hotel boom many complained was destroying the neighborhood. Comment.
Astoria Times

Boro buildings holding own: Vantage

As the economy shrinks and the real estate markets even in mighty New York City begin to contract, worries now are turning to the stability of private property management companies that have been buying up large sections of the city’s rent−regulated housing stock in Queens and elsewhere to make a profit for investors. Comment.
Astoria Times

Park named for Astoria hero

The city officially opened a small memorial park near the border of Astoria and East Elmhurst last week that has been named in honor of an Astoria emergency medical technician who died on duty during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Comment.
Astoria Times

Willets Point workers protest CUNY outreach bus

Anger and respect collided last week at Willets Point, where LaGuardia Community College was greeted with bullhorns and protest chants as it attempted to begin outreach to the area’s 1,700−member workforce. Comment.
Astoria Times

GAO says FAA can’t auction off airport runway slots

The Federal Aviation Administration has no legal right to auction takeoff and landing space at airports, a federal agency has reported in a legal opinion. Comment.
Astoria Times

Astorians slam proposal for power plant

Seven is not a lucky number for Astorians up in arms about a plan to build a new power plant in a neighborhood where six already exist. Comment.
Astoria Times

Qns. reps back rescue bill

While a $700 billion economic bailout package passed last week by Congress did not cause an immediate upswing in the beleaguered stock market this week, there was hope in Queens that the borough would be spared an economic meltdown. Comment.
Astoria Times

New poll sees a dead heat in Maltese−Addabbo race

The race between state Sen. Serphin Maltese (R−Glendale) and City Councilman Joseph Addabbo (D−Howard Beach) could not be any tighter, according to a Siena College poll released last week. Comment.
Astoria Times

Shulman lobbies illegally: Willets Pt. biz group

The Willets Point Industry and Realty Association filed a complaint with the city clerk last Thursday morning against former Borough President Claire Shulman, who the group accused of unlawfully operating as a lobbyist without formally registering with the city. Comment.
Astoria Times

Boro parents denounce mayoral school control

The state law that gives sole control over city schools to the mayor is set to expire next year and Queens parents want it gone permanently. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens immigrants snared in fiscal crisis

In the current economic climate, Queens immigrants are facing tough times finding jobs while those already employed in the nation’s most ethnically diverse borough are seeing their wages cut, immigrant advocates said. Comment.
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Bailout a boon for small banks: NYBA

The recovery package approved by Congress Friday is targeted at some of the nation’s largest financial industry players, but it will also create positive economic ripples for community banks in Queens, banking executives say. Comment.
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Kew Gardens soldier, 33, dies in Afghanistan

All New York National Guardsman Spec. Jason von Zerneck wanted to do in life was to serve his nation and make his family proud, his mother Barbara von Zerneck said Tuesday outside his Kew Gardens home. Comment.
Astoria Times

Auburndale man busted in Astoria graffiti case

A 32−year−old Astoria man was arrested last week after he allegedly vandalized a neighborhood bank with paint markers, a spokeswoman for the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
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LIRR clamps down on disability scams

The Long Island Rail Road, reacting to hundreds of what it sees as questionable disability retirements of its employees, said all such applications will now be examined closely and all employees will undergo ethics classes. Comment.
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New book explores what driving habits say about us

It turns out those exasperating traffic backups caused by highway accidents on throughfares such as the Grand Central Parkway or the Van Wyck often get worse because passing motorists not only slow down to gawk but in the process rear−end other cars. Comment.
Astoria Times

Pols pan mayor’s third−term bid

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s bid for a third term in office will not come without some resistance. His announcement last week that he would attempt to overturn current term limits raised protests from several Council members from Queens and even the billionaire activist who provisionally supported the move. Comment.
Astoria Times

Wall Street woes yet to hit Main Street in Flushing

Flushing’s Main Street business community may be somewhat insulated from the economic crisis gripping Wall Street, but some ill effects are inevitable, according to store owners and community leaders. Comment.
Astoria Times

Models strut stuff at York for Ebony Fashion Fair

The 51st national touring edition of the highly regarded Ebony Fashion Fair took the stage at the York College Performing Arts Center Sept. 26 to a virtual sell-out crowd. Comment.
Astoria Times

Finding her voice

Kerry Politzer is a Maryland-born classical jazz musician turned Forest Hills resident who isn't afraid of exploring her talents. That's why Politzer's latest album, "You Took Me In" (2007), is her first album to showcase her lyrical ability. Comment.
Astoria Times

Make best of Manhattan: It’s closer than Alaska!

I'm riding the Port Washington LIRR from Penn Station back to Auburndale after spending a weekend in the City with my first wife. We do that every once in a while, seeing some shows, eating at some good restaurants and staying at a Midtown hotel, this time at our favorite, the Michelangelo at West 51st Street and Seventh Avenue. It costs a lot, the economy is tanking and the dollar is not worth what it used to, but as somebody once said, you can't take it with you. Comment.

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