Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008

Whitestone Times

Bayside civic hosts forum with House candidates

The East Bayside Homeowners Association questioned six candidates running for city, state and federal offices that would represent its district last week during a crowded meeting, where topics included the financial rescue plan for Wall Street, governance of city schools and the state budget. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Gennaro, Padavan trade jabs at forum

State Sen. Frank Padavan (R−Bellerose) and City Councilman James Gennaro (D−Fresh Meadows) traded harsh words with each other over their stances on the environment and immigration reform at a special candidates forum in Flushing last weekend. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Whitestone’s burglary problem greatly exaggerated: 109th Pct.

Police in the 109th Precinct said there has not been a spike in burglaries in Whitestone in recent weeks despite reports from the community to the contrary. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Green space plan not swaying residents to back NYPD lot

Even though the NYPD promised to spruce up a proposed car impound lot in Springfield Gardens with green features that would make it a good neighbor, residents told Borough President Helen Marshall last Thursday that they do not want the space in their back yards. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Avella, Liu, Weprin will not pursue third term

In the wake of last week’s term limits vote, the fortunes of several of Queens’ political heavyweights may have changed in an instant. But while some elected officials are eyeing the comfort of a third term, others remain undaunted in their quest for higher office. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Gennaro predicts Democratic takeover of state Senate

Though polls are swinging in favor of presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D−Ill.) and Democratic candidates running for Congress across the country, state Sen. Frank Padavan (R−Bellerose) said he doubts any national trend will have an impact on his bid for re−election against City Councilman Jim Gennaro (D−Fresh Meadows). Comment.

Christ the King looks to Edwards in bid to regain crown

HEMPSTEAD, L.I. — Ariel Edwards picked up the loose ball on the right wing and looked around. Nobody was in front of the lanky yet muscular 6−foot−2 forward, so she took off, the ball cradled in her large right hand. Comment.

Escobar helps lift McClancy over Mount

Alexis Escobar suffered a broken meniscus and a fractured femur in the first game of the season a year ago against Christ the King. But the junior midfielder said that feeling wasn’t nearly as painful as standing helplessly on the sideline as the McClancy soccer team lost to Salesian in the CHSAA Class B intersectional quarterfinals last year. Comment.

Bulldogs beat Bayside for Queens bragging rights

Kevin Shand didn’t spend this past summer playing football with the Springfield Rifles youth organization as most Campus Magnet players do. The speedster was training for his primary sport: track. Comment.
Ridgewood

Trio busted in shooting of 5−yr−old

Three Ridgewood residents were arrested last week after a 5−year−old girl was wounded in what police believe may have been a gang−related shooting. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Pheffer, Sullivan face off in bid for Assembly seat

State Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer (D−Rockaway Beach) is pointing to her 21 years of experience in her re−election bid against Republican Breezy Point resident Gerald Sullivan, but her challenger contended the district needs a new face in Albany. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Addabbo calls for foreclosure action

Standing on an Ozone Park block that he said has 12 homes in the foreclosure process, City Councilman Joseph Addabbo (D−Howard Beach) criticized Republican state senators for not doing enough to help homeowners. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Pregnant woman stabbed

Nearby residents of a quiet South Ozone Park block said they were shocked Saturday night when the police discovered that one of their new neighbors, who was nine months pregnant, was stabbed to death. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Addabbo, Maltese spar over boro S. Asian issues

Race, experience and the future of Richmond Hill and Ozone Park were some of the hot topics brought up at a special debate between City Councilman Joseph Addabbo (D−Howard Beach) and state Sen. Serphin Maltese (R−Glendale) last Thursday. Comment.
Ridgewood

Como battles Crowley in fund−raising

Though Democratic City Council candidate Elizabeth Crowley trails Councilman Anthony Como (R−Middle Village) in fund−raising by a 17 percent margin, Como had outspent Crowley by more than 2−1 in recent weeks. Comment.

Southeast Queens welcomes Obama

For the black community of southeast Queens, Tuesday night’s victory for Barack Obama was a momentous chapter in the neighborhood’s history of civil rights reform. Comment.

Dems win control of Albany for first time since Depression

A day after the election catapulted them into the majority in the state Senate, Democrats  agreed Wednesday to continue to back state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans) as their leader. But four senators – including Queens’ Hiram Monserrate – have not said whether they will support the Queens Democrat. Comment.

Padavan holds razor-thin lead awaiting counting of paper ballots

Although it is official that Democrats have taken control of the state Senate for the first time in decades, northeast Queens residents in the 11th Senate District will not likely know who will represent them in Albany until next week at the earliest. Comment.

Fire decimates Whitestone Shopping Center

A fast-moving fire roared through the Whitestone Shopping Center early Sunday morning, damaging several businesses and gutting a neighborhood institution — the Lollipop Diner. Comment.

Dems use media to battle boro’s GOP senators

In the high−stakes battle for control of the state Legislature, Sen. Serphin Maltese (D−Glendale) is relying on advertisements rather than staged news conferences to get his message across. Comment.

Cop wounded in Queensbridge subway gunfight released from hospital

The transit police officer seriously wounded during an altercation with an alleged fare jumper in the Queensbridge subway station was released from Elmhurst Hospital Friday morning in a brief ceremony that was short on words but long on applause. Comment.

CB 8 member run down by car

Community Board 8 member Bernard Sydnor, a champion of rights for minorities and the disabled, died Monday evening after being hit by an automobile Friday morning. Comment.

Disabled need better transit service: Report

A transit oversight committee says the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is morally and legally obligated to do more toward making it easier for disabled straphangers to use buses, subways and commuter trains. Comment.

Richmond Hill Historical Society’s Cataldi dies at 55

Nancy Cataldi, the president of the Richmond Hill Historical Society and the historian for Maple Grove Cemetery who fought to get the neighborhood landmarked, died suddenly of a brain hemorrhage Thursday night, her boyfriend said. She was 55. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Stavisky, Koo focus on economic crisis

Heading into the final week before the general election, state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D−Whitestone) and her Republican challenger, Peter Koo, were singing similar tunes — that mending the country’s weakening economy will be the top priority facing New Yorkers in the coming two years. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Memorial held for Malakov

On any other stormy day, the entrance to the Annadale Playground in Forest Hills would be empty of visitors, but on Tuesday bad weather did not deter the family and friends of slain orthodontist Daniel Malakov from visiting that spot. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Uniting against violence

Community Board 8 member Marc Haken and Queens Village resident Moises Garcia know more about youth violence than they would like. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Flushing firehouse celebrates 100 years of history

There is no shortage of history that lives in the walls of Engine 273 and Ladder 129’s Flushing firehouse. On Friday, that history came to life. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Kew Gdns. Hills DWI crash kills Long Island man: Cops

A suspected drunk driving accident at the intersection of 77th Road and 150th Street in Kew Gardens Hills in the middle of the night last week left a 59−year−old man dead and sent two people to Jamaica Hospital, police said. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

CB 6 OKs Forest Hills zone change

Zoning changes for a core shopping area in Forest Hills are one step closer to becoming a reality after Community Board 6 members voted 20−4 to accept the zoning recommendations from the Department of City Planning that officials say will “strengthen and protect the character” of the community. Comment.
Flushing Times

Flushing travel agent found guilty of fraud

A Flushing travel agent who bilked would−be travelers out of thousands of dollars was convicted of fraud charges Friday, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment.
Flushing Times

Flushing Hospital unveils roomier medical scanner

Flushing Hospital Medical Center has introduced a new MRI system designed to alleviate the anxiety and apprehension that plague some patients who are claustrophobic during the procedure. Comment.
Bayside Times

Warehouse draws ire from Baysiders

Bayside residents urged Borough President Helen Marshall last Thursday not to allow for an expansion for an area business that has been bothering them for years. Comment.
Bayside Times

Douglaston flood storage tank project to wrap in ’09: CB 11

An enormous project along Northern Boulevard in Douglaston that would halt flooding in Bayside is scheduled for completion by 2010, a spokeswoman for the city’s Department of Environmental Protection said Tuesday. Comment.
Bayside Times

Survivors to recount Kristallnacht at QCC

A Flushing couple who escaped the Holocaust when they were children will revisit their stories about Kristallnacht at a Queensborough Community College event that commemorates the 70th anniversary of the historic night. Comment.
Astoria Times

Tavernetta Europa: Charm intact after move

Change is good, and when it comes to politics we’re all for it. But in some areas we’re very resistant to change. Like, for example, when it comes to our favorite neighborhood Italian restaurant. Comment.
Astoria Times

Preserve American democracy by voting this Nov. 4

On Nov. 4, the most eagerly anticipated presidential election in a generation will take place. Many agree it will be historical. The stakes are much higher than ever before. Comment.
Astoria Times

LIRR reports fewer diesel engine breakdowns

Long Island Rail Road officials have reported a 32 percent drop in breakdowns and delays among its diesel locomotives as the result of new maintenance procedures. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens split as Council approves third term

The controversial term limit extension bill passed in the City Council last week split Queens delegates as they wrestled with the impact on city politics and their own careers. Comment.
Astoria Times

Markey, Nunziato set to face off in Assembly fight

As the 2008 campaign reaches its final days, a two−term state assemblywoman will square off against a well−known preservationist to keep her seat in western Queens’ 30th District. Comment.
Astoria Times

6 times the diaper duty for dad

Whitestone resident Digna Carpio successfully gave birth to sextuplets Oct. 5, marking just the second time in city history six children have been born to one family at once. Comment.
Astoria Times

Donohue faces Weiner on Conservative line

Though voters will not head to the polls for days, Alfred Donohue, the registered Democrat running on the Conservative ticket for the 9th Congressional District, has already conceded he will not likely defeat U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D−Forest Hills). Comment.
Astoria Times

Hillary praises Obama at Queens Village gala

The Clintons came back to Queens last Thursday with U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D−N.Y.) making a stop to schmooze with Queens Democrats and stump for presidential hopeful and former opponent U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D−Ill.). Comment.
Astoria Times

Schumer endorses Addabbo’s bid for state Senate

City Councilman Joseph Addabbo (D−Howard Beach) picked up a big endorsement for his bid for the state Senate from one of New York’s leading figures Sunday. Comment.
Astoria Times

Qns. polling places to get high−tech machines

The borough’s polling places will be featuring new technology when voters cast their ballots, but the old−style lever machines will still be in place, according to the state Elections Board. Comment.
Astoria Times

SE Qns’ black leaders canvass swing states for Obama

As Election Day approaches, City Councilman James Sanders (D−Laurelton) said there is a big push within the southeast Queens community to get the vote out — not in the borough, but in hotly contested areas of the country. Comment.
Astoria Times

Gioia, Katz, Liu will not pursue third term

In the wake of last week’s term limits vote, the fortunes of several of Queens’ political heavyweights may have changed in an instant. But while some elected officials are eyeing the comfort of a third term, others remain undaunted in their quest for higher office. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens property values declining quickly: Report

A report by the Prudential Douglas Elliman real estate company revealed that the median price for homes in Queens plummeted by 11.4 percent in the third quarter of this year in a continuing slump that began in the summer of 2007. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens law students to hit polls

With a large number of newly registered voters expected to flock to the polls on Election Day, CUNY Law students said it is more important than ever to ensure individuals — especially immigrant, minority and poorer voters — are not harassed at polling stations or deterred from casting their ballots. Comment.
Astoria Times

Asian legal group ready to help immigrant voters

A Flushing−based Asian−American legal advocacy group said last week it will be out in force in Queens and elsewhere to ensure immigrant voters are not confused or turned away from polling sites. Comment.
Astoria Times

LIRR hearing exposes pension irregularities

Witnesses at a hearing investigating the possibility of widespread disability fraud among Long Island Rail Road retirees said some LIRR managers counseled employees on how to apply for questionable disability benefits from a federal agency. Comment.
Astoria Times

Holliswood Hospital CEO aims to debunk mental health myths

While care for individuals with psychiatric conditions has become better in recent decades, public attitudes toward people with mental disorders remain unhealthy. Jeffrey Borenstein, the CEO of Holliswood Hospital, a psychiatric facility in Jamaica Estates, hopes to change that. Comment.
Astoria Times

Bill Clinton praises Obama during Queens College visit

Visiting a borough that holds “a special place” in his heart, former President Bill Clinton encouraged an enthusiastic Queens College crowd to go to the polls Nov. 4 and elect U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D−Ill.) as the country’s next leader. Comment.
Astoria Times

Pols oppose Astoria shelter

Western Queens elected officials said they opposed a state−funded project that would house 50 mentally ill homeless people across the street from Astoria Houses on the grounds that the facility posed safety concerns and would likely impede development in the neighborhood. Comment.
Astoria Times

Vallone to run for his Council seat for third term

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D−Astoria) said he plans to seek a third term after voting to extend term limits last week and hinted that he would likely run for Queens borough president in five years. Comment.
Astoria Times

SE Queens voters unhappy with reps’ votes

Southeast Queens voters say they were snubbed when their city councilmen voted last Thursday for Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s bill to extend term limits, but at least one of the leaders said he will be working to address those issues with the constituents immediately. Comment.
Astoria Times

Hillary touts Obama at Qns. Village gala

The Clintons came back to Queens last Thursday with U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D−N.Y.) making a stop to schmooze with Queens Democrats and stump for presidential hopeful and former opponent U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D−Ill.). Comment.
Astoria Times

Bx. man challenges Crowley for House

Longtime U.S. Rep Joseph Crowley (D−Jackson Heights) has a challenger for the 7th Congressional District, but how big a threat that challenger poses remains to be seen. Comment.
Astoria Times

Maloney, Heim see economy as top issue

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D−Astoria) said the nation’s struggling economy has been her top priority during her bid to retain her congressional seat as she faces Republican challenger Robert Heim. Comment.
Astoria Times

Onderdonk House cancels Harvest Festival after budget cuts

The city’s shrinking budget and a change in City Council representation has claimed an annual festival at Ridgewood’s historic Onderdonk House. Comment.
Astoria Times

Boro groups register thousands of voters

Waves of Queens residents and grass roots organizations have done everything from attending naturalization ceremonies to knocking on neighbors’ doors to register thousands of new voters to cast their ballots in what Make the Road New York Co−executive Director Ana Maria Archila calls a “historic election.” Comment.
Astoria Times

Accused cop shooter faces multiple charges

The man accused of shooting two police officers in the Queensbridge subway station last week faces serious charges from the incident he claimed started because he feared deportation, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Astoria Times

School in Astoria faces 400% rent hike in 2015

An Astoria charter school that pays $700,000 in rent is facing a 400 percent rate increase when its lease expires in 2015, the school’s assistant principal said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens Int’l Film Festival showcases indies, shorts

The Queens International Film Festival will unveil a lineup of films as diverse as the borough that is hosting it when it kicks off its sixth year in East Elmhurst Nov. 6. Comment.
Astoria Times

Sliding into the spotlight

“Axiom” is the first release as bandleader for jazz musician Bill Cantrall, who, along with his ensemble, will be debuting some of the album’s tunes at a release party at Manhattan’s Smoke Jazz Club Nov. 19. The New Jersey native, now a two−year Astoria resident, has played trombone for years as a sideman in salsa groups and big bands from here to Chicago. Cantrall decided the time had come to take the role of band leader, and so this summer “Axiom” was born. Comment.
Astoria Times

APAC stages readings of new plays at church

Tom Wojtunik, who’s just been named the artistic director of the Astoria Performing Arts Center, wants his playwrights to hit the big time, which means Broadway. Comment.
Astoria Times

Tragic musical ‘Evita’ triumphs at BroadHollow

Has there ever been a musical that so despised its subject as Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Evita?” Every song in the first act mocks and derides her through the improbable character of Che (Guevara? Was he really hanging around during all this?), a sneering anti−Peronista type who’s supposed to be the voice of conscience. Comment.

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