Thursday, March 19, 2009

Whitestone Times

Flushing man busted on drug, gun charges

FLUSHING — A Flushing man is behind bars after police from the 107th Precinct found firearms and drugs in his home March 6, a criminal complaint said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Victim cut with razor during fight over money

LITTLE NECK — A fight over money erupted on a Little Neck block Sunday that led to the victim being cut with a razor, police said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Driver sought in fatal hit−and−run in Flushing

FLUSHING — Police were searching for the driver of a vehicle that struck and killed an Oak Avenue resident last week and fled the scene. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Credit cards, hearing aids stolen from car

BAYSIDE — A burglar broke into a car parked on a Bayside street, police said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Bayside family seeks aid during rough economic climate

Larry and Maureen Hilsdorf have spent their entire lives in Bayside and a fund−raiser to aid the couple and their six children this weekend is a reminder why they have stayed in the neighborhood. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Vallone leads in fund−raising for Bayside Council seat

City Council hopeful Paul Vallone leads a c0rowded field of contenders in fund−raising in the race for Councilman Tony Avella’s (D−Bayside) District 19 seat, which includes four other Democrats and two Republicans, according to records filed with the city Campaign Finance Board. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Willets biz challenge city as job training advances

Nearly two dozen property owners at Willets Point filed a legal challenge to the city’s redevelopment plans in State Supreme court last week, while a city−funded workforce retraining program showed its first signs of progress after a stumbling start. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Hindus rejoice at Richmond Hill’s Phagwah parade

Thousands of revelers lined the streets of Richmond Hill and Smokey Oval Park Sunday, dousing each other with powder and spraying colorful liquid through Super Soakers to mark Phagwah, the Hindu celebration of spring. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Plane engine fails over Queens

Investigators were trying to figure out what caused an American Airlines flight to suffer an engine failure last week over Flushing, sending hundreds of pieces of shrapnel raining down on a plumbing business. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Heavy borrowing, cuts in aid led to MTA’s woes

The MTA is the fifth−ranking debtor in the United States, a predicament that means that by 2015, its debt payments will take a quarter of its income. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Madoff cops to Ponzi scheme, faces 150 years in prison

Laurelton native Bernard Madoff pleaded guilty last week to running a Ponzi scheme that duped investors out of $65 billion, but federal prosecutors said they were continuing to investigate the fraud to determine how the former Nasdaq chairman perpetrated the scheme and whether members of his family were involved. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Avella tops colleagues in attendance: Report

City Councilman Tony Avella (D−Bayside) has perfect marks when it comes to attending City Hall meetings, while colleagues James Sanders (D−Laurelton) and Tom White (D−South Ozone Park) were among the worst in the city, according to a report compiled by the Gotham Gazette. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Waste site plan creates LGA risks: Crowley

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D−Jackson Heights) and civic leaders urged the Federal Aviation Administration to reconsider plans to build a 100−foot marine transfer station near LaGuardia Airport on the grounds the garbage would attract seagulls and make planes susceptible to bird strikes. Comment.

Versatile Ebanks big on the boards for West Virginia

Devin Ebanks labeled himself “more of a scorer” in high school, but as his freshman season at West Virginia continues, it’s beginning to get tough to describe him as just any one thing. Comment.

Yacovone lifts Cross to CHSHL ‘B’ title

Last week, at Abe Stark Rink in Coney Island, Anthony Yacovone was asked if it could get any better than scoring a hat trick in the decisive third game of the CHSHL Class B semifinal series against archrival St. Francis Prep. Comment.

Johnsonless CK goes down in heavyweight struggle

HICKSVILLE, L.I. — The odds of Christ the King winning its biggest game of the year were greatly reduced even before the opening tip-off against St. Michael Academy. Comment.

Archbishop Molloy bitten by Cougars

OYSTER BAY, L.I. — Senior forward Nicole Marciniak emerged from the Archbishop Molloy locker room with a fat lip, a bruised right hip and left knee and cramps in her right ankle. Comment.
Ridgewood

CB 5 votes for school in Maspeth

After a months−long debate with the city and much controversy over issues of overcrowding and traffic congestion, Community Board 5 offered a conditional recommendation of a plan to build a new high school in Maspeth, turning the issue over to the City Council for a final decision. Comment.
Ridgewood

Parking signs rile residents of Claran Ct. in Maspeth

The city is preparing to remove its latest salvo in an ongoing conflict with residents on one dead−end Maspeth street over parking, but those who live there worry they will still face increased enforcement. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Ulrich, 24, sworn in as councilman by Bloomy

City Councilman−elect Eric Ulrich (R−Howard Beach) was ceremonially sworn into office Sunday by Mayor Michael Bloomberg at PS 207, where nearly 500 people witnessed the occasion inside the school’s auditorium. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Ex−con gets jail time for Queens priest attack

A homeless ex−convict was sentenced to 13 1⁄2 years to life in prison last Thursday after he pleaded guilty to beating the priest at St. Anthony of Padua in South Ozone Park — the same church he set on fire eight years before, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Queens Village

Laurelton man’s scam bilked $16K: DA

A Laurelton man, who allegedly made a false insurance claim of being struck by a bus, was charged last week with swindling taxpayers out of thousands of dollars, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Online group to help rescue RKO Keith’s

Once the embodiment of old Hollywood glitz and glamor, RKO Keith’s Theatre has been a ghost that has hung over Flushing for the last decade. But with the aid of social networking, one Flushing native is mounting an effort to bring the former movie palace back from the dead and restore it to the grandeur it once held. Comment.

Reputed MS-13 gang member charged in Flushing drive-by shooting

Two men, including the reputed New York leader of the ferocious MS-13 gang, were arraigned in Brooklyn federal court Thursday in the murder of Flushing-native Maurice Parker, who was gunned down while talking on his cell phone in front of a Bowne Street convenience store nearly two years ago, authorities said. Comment.

Sean Bell street renaming vote delayed

Sean Bell’s family will have to wait a little longer before they can get approval to rename the Jamaica street where the 23-year-old bridegroom was killed in a 50-shot barrage by police. Comment.

MTA plans Monday vote on fare hikes, service cuts

A Metropolitan Transportation Authority committee is set to vote Monday to approve what has been called a doomsday plan of severe service cuts and fare hikes for Queens and the rest of the city. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Recession strains food relief

As the number of hungry people in the borough increases, food experts and state Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D−Fresh Meadows) gathered at the Stop & Shop in Glendale Friday to discuss ways consumers can stretch their food budget. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Stavisky bill aims to help pet owners

If not pennies from heaven, consider it “kibbles from Albany.” Comment.
Jackson Heights

Flushing attacker gets 15 years for cop assault

A Flushing man who attacked a rookie cop with a baseball bat and stole his gun and handcuffs in Jackson Heights two years ago was sentenced to 15 years in prison last week, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Convicted E. Elmhurst man might be set free

An East Elmhurst man convicted of playing a role in a botched robbery turned double murder may soon be freed after 13 years behind bars. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Former Met Burgos convicted of assault

A former Mets pitcher was convicted last week of assaulting his girlfriend in a hotel near Shea Stadium, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Officials try to clear up rape rumors

East Elmhurst residents, alarmed by conflicting reports of a rape in a park next to an elementary school last week, did not get complete answers at a community meeting Friday, but they did get a chance to discuss the implications the news had on their community. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Hillcrest school lot approved

The City Council has approved a 50−spot parking lot for the upcoming Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School in Hillcrest, which could alleviate neighborhood concerns about a lack of parking in the community, Councilman James Gennaro (D−Fresh Meadows) said. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

FDNY, Parks working on Totten security plan: Padavan

State Sen. Frank Padavan (R−Bellerose) said the city Parks Department is planning to coordinate with the NYPD and FDNY to provide some sort of security at Bayside’s Fort Totten following the FDNY’s recent decision to terminate its private security services at the park. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Frozen funds handicapping history group

The Bayside Historical Society could face cuts to its educational programs and staffing if funds the group receives through an annual grant remain frozen in Albany, the society’s president said. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

SJU hosts travel safety conference

A bevy of security officials, from U.S. State Department representatives to the head of security for the NBA, gathered at the Queens campus of St. John’s University for the second annual emergency conference last week to discuss everything from drafting disaster plans for students studying abroad to challenges facing NBA players in Brazil. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

DOB must crack down on illegal apartment conversions

Justice was slow, but the owner and partner⁄manager of a Bronx apartment house were convicted of permitting tenants to carve illegal rooms out of their apartments, creating a maze which caused the deaths of two firefighters on Jan. 25, 2005. Comment.

Borukhova could lose her daughter

Dr. Mazoltuv Borukhova may be spending the rest of her life in prison for murdering her estranged husband in a Forest Hills playground and her actions could cost the convicted murder the rights over her only child. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

CB 6 okays rezone plan to stave off McMansions

Community Board 6 members have thrown their weight behind a Department of City Planning proposal that some residents say will help to curb over−development in Forest Hills’ Cord Meyer area. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Plans for reservoir debated

Borough residents got to voice their ideas for plans for the Ridgewood Reservoir at a heavily attended, and sometimes contentious, meeting at Oak Ridge in Glendale Monday night. Comment.
Flushing Times

St. Michael’s School debuts Internet−ready science lab

Just two months after St. Michael’s school was on the Brooklyn Catholic Diocese’s chopping block, Monsignor Edward Netterer led a blessing of its newly revamped science lab, knowing students would return next September to use it. Comment.
Bayside Times

CB 7 rezone defined

Cruise down Webster Avenue. Survey the strip. Buy a muffler, a mattress, a pool cue, plumbing supplies. Do it now, because Webster is about to change. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens eateries get creative to lure cash−strapped diners

Irresistible dining deals are on the menu as Queens restaurants try to tempt recession−weary consumers’ palates and wallets. Comment.
Astoria Times

Sohna: Spicy Punjabi delights in Bellerose enclave

Craving curry? Hankering for something exotic and spicy? You can scratch that itch at Sohna Punjab Indian Restaurant on Union Turnpike in Bellerose. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens Village man led cops on 2 car chases:DA

WOODHAVEN — A Queens Village man was arraigned on reckless endangerment charges last week after he allegedly led police on a high−speed chase through the borough after officers attempted to stop his car for having tinted windows, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Far Rock man assaulted ex−girlfriend: Brown

FAR ROCKAWAY — A Far Rockaway man was charged with violating a restraining order after he allegedly assaulted his ex−girlfriend inside her apartment, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Letters

Bridges on East River must remain free

An open letter to state legislators. Comment.
Letters

State needs to supply city with more Medicaid funds

An open letter to Gov. David Paterson, state Senate Speaker Sheldon Silver and state Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith. Comment.
Letters

Treatment of cleric unacceptable

An open letter to Chief Thomas V. Dale of Patrol Borough Queens South. Comment.
Letters

Bayside nonprofit needs funds from state to preserve history

The Bayside Historical Society, headquartered in Fort Totten, is experiencing financial hardship because the state funding it relies on to operate is frozen in Albany. Other nonprofits that serve the community are experiencing the same problem. Comment.
Letters

Letter on Bloomberg needs facts

I need to comment on Frederick R. Bedell Jr.’s March 5 letter “Bloomberg can help city recover economically.” Comment.
Letters

People must stand up to gov’t

How lucky are we as citizens that state Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan (D−Ridgewood) has informed us on the features and benefits of the new enhanced driver’s licenses (“New identification called for when crossing U.S. borders,” March 5)? Comment.
Letters

Do not put trust in Bloomberg to solve city’s financial problem

I take issue with Frederick R. Bedell Jr.’s March 5 letter “Bloomberg can help city recover economically,” which attempted to draw a parallel between former President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s four terms and Mayor Michael Bloomberg seeking a third term. Comment.
Editorial

In Harm’s Way

The people of College Point narrowly escaped a potential tragedy this week when pieces began to suddenly fall from the sky. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, American Airlines flight 309 to Chicago experienced an “uncontained engine failure” shortly after taking off from LaGuardia Airport. The failure caused pieces of metal to shoot out of the back of the engine and onto the ground below. Comment.
Editorial

If it Ain’t Broke …

The bureaucrats and attorneys at the city Department of Education have come up with a brainless proposal in a misguided effort to bring equality to girls’ high school soccer. If it does not come to its senses, this will be the last year girls’ soccer is played in the spring. Comment.
Astoria Times

Electeds come out to support ceremonial Ulrich swearing−in

Another interesting week has gone by. On Tuesday, Peter Koo, former Republican state Senate candidate, hosted an intimate cocktail party at the Sheraton LaGuardia East in Flushing. Comment.
Astoria Times

Berger wants to wipe ‘spring cleaning’ off the to−do list

The first day of spring was once the time for taking the young virgins into the fields, there in dalliance to set an example in fertility for Nature to follow. Now we just set the clock an hour ahead and change the oil in the crankcase. — E.B. White Comment.
Astoria Times

Independence Party making name for itself in city, state

The United States is generally referred to as having a two−party political system. New York City and state, however, have experienced the growth of a multi−party system. Comment.
Astoria Times

Flushing native served as mayor during tumultuous time

On Feb. 18, 1791, Cornelius Van Wyck Lawrence was born in Flushing. When he was 21, he moved to Manhattan and started a career in business. After amassing a fortune, he drifted into politics and was elected to Congress in 1834. Comment.
Astoria Times

Weiner undecided on mayor run

Although U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D−Forest Hills) has raised millions for his mayoral campaign and has insisted for months that he is a contender in the 2009 race, the congressman sent a letter to supporters last week saying he would not decide whether to run until late this spring. Comment.
Astoria Times

Apartments go for $50 at Queens Panorama

The now complete Citi Field sitting at the northern end of Flushing Meadows Corona Park took 850 construction workers two years and $850 million to build. By comparison, the 6−inch model version just installed at the Queens Museum’s New York Panorama took three part−time interns four months and $40 to complete — a drop in the bucket. Comment.
Astoria Times

Environmental minds to converge at boro summit

More than 50 borough and city−based environmental groups will converge on Flushing’s Al Oerter Recreation Center next weekend for a conference on green initiatives hosted by the Queens Coalition for Parks and Green Spaces, the coalition’s president said. Comment.
Astoria Times

City actors mourn Astoria’s Costacos

Manhattan’s Actors’ Equity held a tribute earlier this week to honor the memory of Astoria−based Broadway actor and singer George Best Costacos, who died last fall of brain cancer. Comment.
Astoria Times

LIC hospital funds to help Ravenswood residents

Long Island City’s Floating Hospital has received a federal grant that will enable the 140−year−old institution to expand it services to residents of western Queens’ public housing developments as well as create new jobs in the community, the center’s president said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens Chamber survey finds cost of living hits hard

Making ends meet has climbed to the top of the worries list for both businesses and consumers in Queens, an annual survey presented at the Queens Chamber of Commerce Economic Outlook breakfast last week showed. Comment.
Astoria Times

‘Queens Beats’ helps visitors tap into borough’s diversity

The sights and sounds of Queens, from the Vernon−Jackson subway station to Flushing’s Main Street, can now be seen and heard in one room in the Queens Center Mall in Elmhurst. Comment.
Astoria Times

No. 7 shutdown cost city commuters $25M: Gioia

New Yorkers lost more than $25 million because of service cuts to the No. 7 subway line during an eight−week period in January and February, according to the preliminary results of a study City Councilman Eric Gioia’s (D−Sunnyside) office conducted. Comment.
Astoria Times

LIC high school may be forced to move: PTA

A pioneering charter high school that has been a fixture in Long Island City for more than three decades may be forced to move at the end of the school year, angry parents and a nonprofit organization said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Astorian races for grandpa

A 22−year−old office manager from Astoria will run in the grueling Boston Marathon next month to raise money for cancer research after her grandfather died from the disease last fall. Comment.
Astoria Times

MTA officials clash with state over budget

The state Senate, led by Majority Leader Malcolm Smith (D−St. Albans) presented a proposal it said would rescue the financially beleaguered MTA from imminent Draconian service cuts and fare hike. But the plan was immediately condemned by transit officials, elected officials and business leaders, some of whom found the Senate’s math faulty. Comment.
Astoria Times

Library plans weekend closures as $14M cut looms

Queens Library is facing a potential $14 million budget cut from the city next year, and the slash in funding could force the country’s busiest library system to close branches on weekends and reduce programming, library officials said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens nonprofit could face cuts in senior, youth services

More than 300 borough residents crowded into a Forest Hills school last Thursday evening to protest proposed state budget cuts they say could decimate programs that serve thousands of residents throughout Queens. Comment.
Astoria Times

Astoria man pleads guilty to driving drunk on sidewalk

A 36−year−old Astoria man has pleaded guilty to drunk driving after he drove his vehicle onto the sidewalk and in the courtyard at Astoria Houses in December, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Seniors want closer stop on Queens Blvd.

An extra 75 feet is not a long way for a regular adult to walk, but for some senior citizens that extra distance between the Q60 bus and the Sunnyside Senior Center has created a serious hardship. Comment.
Astoria Times

Two Coves Community Garden threatened by park plan

The green thumbs at a three−year−old community garden in Astoria said they were concerned they could lose their plots following recent plans to turn the site into a park. Comment.
Astoria Times

Animator showcase engages children with art at Noguchi

Parents of creative children with short attention spans take note. The Museum of the Moving Image and the Noguchi Museum will collaborate this weekend on an hour−long retrospective of the works of avant garde animator Robert Breer that will include screenings of his short films and art activities. Comment.
Astoria Times

Puppet people

When New Yorkers think of city avenues named after letters of the alphabet, Brooklyn or Manhattan’s Lower East Side usually come to mind. So when the acclaimed musical “Avenue Q” first hit Broadway in 2003, borough−centric Manhattan and Brooklyn residents could certainly be forgiven for thinking that the show was a paean to their beloved native soil (though neither borough actually has an Avenue Q). Comment.
Astoria Times

Mind−twisting wordplay on display in Theatre Time’s daring “All in the Timing”

“All in the Timing,” written by David Ives, is something completely different from Theatre Time Productions. The show is made up of six often Borgesian vignettes that play not just with time but with language itself. Even the crew gets into the act. In between acts they play with the props and dawdle — at one point a production assistant takes a nap on a sofa. It adds up to a work that’s as thought−provoking as it is funny. Comment.
Astoria Times

Beari’s ‘Magical, Musical Moments VIII’ spans Hollywood, Broadway and Top 40

Ah, this is what the reviewer’s been waiting for! Beari Productions’ latest musical revue, “Magical, Musical Moments VIII: The ‘Reel’ Deal and More,” is up and it’s as magical as all the revues that have come before. This time there are songs not just the stage but from movies and the Top 40, thrown in for extra spice. Comment.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Whitestone Times

Bloomy touts child care tax credit in Jackson Heights

Families struggling to make ends meet in New York City made copious use of the city’s first day care tax credit last year, with more than 50,000 getting rebates up to $1,733, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in Jackson Heights Monday. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Flushing prepares for landmark battle

If residents of Broadway−Flushing are indeed preparing the war on the Landmarks Preservation Commission they have promised, then Sunday morning they began marshalling their troops. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Bayside activists protest lack of security at Fort Totten

Dozens of residents and community leaders descended on the security gates at Fort Totten Saturday morning to protest the recent termination of private security services in the historic park — a move they say could lead to a spike in crime in the area. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Avella slams East River tolls

Queens elected officials and civic leaders have expressed what City Councilman Tony Avella (D−Bayside) called a “resounding no” to tolls on East River bridges as a way to rescue the financially beleaguered MTA. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Air study could have impact

Findings from a community air survey launched this winter by Queens College and the city Health Department could prompt legislation to mitigate traffic congestion and provide important data about air pollution in neighborhoods throughout Queens and the city, officials involved in the study said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

CB 7 approves special zone

With eight under its belt in the last five years, Community Board 7 is getting the knack of pushing through rezoning plans. Comment.
Editorial

Our Kids in Albany’s Hands

The state Legislature must soon decide whether or not to extend the landmark legislation that for eight years has given Mayor Michael Bloomberg control of city public schools. It would be unfortunate if the debate focused solely on city Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, who has ruled the city Department of Education with an iron fist. Comment.
Ridgewood

Glendale nanny convicted in baby−shaking incident

A Glendale nanny faces up to 25 years in prison after being convicted of shaking a baby under her care two years ago, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Friday. Comment.
Ridgewood

Bartender, ex−cop foil burglary

Two suspected Queens burglars were captured in Middle Village last week by a vigilant bartender and the retired cop who owns the pub next door to the convenience store that the men are accused of targeting, police said. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Teens learn civic duty in Richmond Hill HS Key Club

Inside Room 116 in Richmond Hill High School, a group of students plan projects for what they can do to help the community. Comment.
Queens Village

State submits redevelopment plans for Belmont Park

Following in the footsteps of Aqueduct Race Track, the state has submitted plans for the potential redevelopment at Belmont Park that would include video lottery terminals, retail shops and a hotel as possibilities. Comment.
Queens Village

Jury convicts Laurelton resident of sexually abusing stepdaughters

A Laurelton man was convicted Friday of sexually abusing his two stepdaughters over a six−year period, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Queens Village

SE Queens leaders rally for PAL

In southeast Queens, where the impact of the economic crisis has been hard felt, scores of Hollis residents rallied Sunday to save a community center that has been providing children with a safe haven for more than three decades. Comment.

Malfunctioning plane dumps shrapnel on College Point Corporate Park

Hundreds of pieces of shrapnel rained down on a Flushing business Wednesday morning when a plane departing from LaGuardia Airport experienced engine failure, forcing it to make an emergency landing at JFK Airport, authorities said. Comment.

Major fare hikes loom if Albany does not rescue MTA

Transit officials Friday predicted a “blowback” of reaction against some New York state legislators if they fail to bail out the MTA with 11 days left before the agency plans  gargantuan bus and subway cuts and a 23 percent fare hike. Comment.

Weiner puts the brakes on his mayoral campaign

Though U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) has raised millions for his mayoral campaign and has insisted for months that he is a contender in the 2009 race, the congressman sent a letter to supporters Wednesday stating he will not decide whether or not to run until late this spring. Comment.

Convicted murderer Borukhova hospitalized

Dr. Mazoltuv Borukhova, the Forest Hills woman who hired her uncle to shoot her estranged husband to death in front of their daughter, was admitted to Elmhurst Hospital Wednesday, a day after she was convicted of the murder, the city Correction Department said. Comment.
Little Neck Ledger

CB 11 to vote on renaming streets

Community Board 11 will soon vote whether to return seven more numbered streets in Douglaston to their original names following the City Council’s approval to restore the earlier names of six roadways in the neighborhood last fall, the board’s district manager said. Comment.
Little Neck Ledger

LIJ doc, patient pen book on conquering incontinence

For those who suffer from it, incontinence is a hard condition to talk about. But a doctor at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and one of her patients have co−authored a book on the subject to help women who have been reluctant to discuss the subject. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Con Ed must prevent eruptions: Monserrate

After two manhole explosions rattled Queens over the past two weeks, state Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D−East Elmhurst), his elected Council successor Julissa Ferreras and Democratic District Leader Daniel Dromm gathered in Jackson Heights Friday to call on Consolidated Edison to step up its monitoring efforts. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Forest Hills Y to screen documentary of Holocaust victim

When Susan Beer would peer out of the cramped cell she shared with many other women and children in a Gestapo−run prison in Hungary during World War II, it was there, through the darkness, that she would make eye contact with Hannah Senesh, a resistance fighter who died in front of a firing squad a few days before her 23rd birthday. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Avella calls attention to scam

“Trabajos, trabajadores,” a man in a black beanie and jacket shouted in front of a nondescript door at 85−14 Roosevelt Ave. in Jackson Heights, beckoning to Latino men to come upstairs to find jobs. Comment.
Jamaica Times

Far Rockaway rapist gets 25 to life in ‘06 attack

A Far Rockaway man was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison Friday for raping a 37−year−old woman at knifepoint in 2006, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Jamaica Times

3 groups in running for Fineson conversion

Three organizations bidding on the contract to convert the Bernard Fineson Center in Howard Beach into senior housing submitted their plans to Community Board 10. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Tighter times are sweet sole music for Bayside cobbler

A Bayside shoemaker said the number of requests for shoe repairs at his Bell Boulevard business have risen so much since the economy began declining last fall that he is planning to hire full and part−time assistants. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Gennaro wants drilling ban

City Councilman James Gennaro (D−Fresh Meadows) urged support last week from the city’s community boards for his resolution that calls upon state lawmakers to pass a law to ban gas drilling in the state’s water supply areas, including the city’s drinking water watershed. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Janitor gets jail time for theft of 8 Torahs

A former janitor at the Jewish Center of Kew Gardens Hills was sentenced in Queens Supreme Court last Thursday to one year in jail after pleading guilty to stealing the temple’s eight Torahs, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Forest Hills nonprofit slams budget cut proposals

Slashes in state aid proposed by Gov. David Paterson would devastate youth and senior programs in the borough, employees of Forest Hills−based Queens Community House said last week. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Aqueduct gaming deal is dead

The deal between the company awarded the contract to install video lottery terminals at Aqueduct and the state has collapsed, state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D−Howard Beach) and state Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer (D−Rockaway Beach) said in a joint statement. Comment.
Bayside Times

50 years of slinging dough on Bell Blvd.

The three cousins who own Bayside’s VIPizza said their eatery is not only the last pizzeria in the borough to strictly serve pizza and soda, but also the only one that delivers pies to customers who live thousands of miles away. Comment.
Bayside Times

Ahles House owner fights Avella over landmarking

The owner of a Bayside home that will be considered later this month for landmark preservation said he does not support the proposal, which was first initiated by City Councilman Tony Avella (D−Bayside) seven years ago. Comment.
Astoria Times

Katsuno: Undiscovered Japanese gem in Forest Hills

We don’t say this often, but — WOW! Katsuno, an unassuming eatery on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills is serving up some of the best Japanese food we’ve eaten since our visit to the land of the rising sun. But why should we be surprised? It is the latest clever endeavor of Chef Seo, of the acclaimed Midtown restaurant bearing his name. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man shot at entrance of Queens Midtown Tunnel

LONG ISLAND CITY — Police said a man who was shot several times in a car in Brooklyn died from his injuries at the mouth of the Queens Midtown Tunnel as his friends struggled to find a hospital. Comment.
Astoria Times

DOI claims former city worker stole checks

HOLLIS — A former city Health Department official was arrested for allegedly stealing checks from a Queens public school nurse, the city Department of Investigation said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man struck by car on Beach Channel Drive

FAR ROCKAWAY — Police said a 53−year−old man was in critical condition Saturday after he was struck by a car on Beach Channel Drive Saturday evening. Comment.
Astoria Times

Richmond Hill teacher admits to sending sex videos

KEW GARDENS — A Richmond Hill teacher pleaded guilty to sending sex videos to three of his female students in 2007, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man, 33, charged with assault on traffic agent

WHITESTONE — A 33−year−old man was arrested and charged with assault Friday after attacking a traffic agent who was writing him a parking ticket, authorities said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Creedmoor center escapee killed by train

GLEN OAKS — A patient who fled from Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Glen Oaks was hit by a train in Manhattan and killed Friday evening, police said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Illegal immigrants hired for massage parlor work

FLUSHING — A couple pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court last week to hiring illegal immigrants to work at a massage parlor they owned in upstate New York. Comment.
Astoria Times

Woman charged with cruelty for animal abuse

KEW GARDENS — A Maspeth woman was charged with animal cruelty for allegedly abusing her pet poodle and leaving it to die in a trash can near her home, according to the Queens district attorney’s office. Comment.
Astoria Times

‘Puro Tango’ at Thalia offers dazzling, sexy fun

“Did that chap mean to knock his head on the streetlamp like that?” this startled reviewer wondered during the opening dance of “Puro Tango.” Comment.
Letters

Enact tougher food safety laws

The Peanut Corp. of America discovered salmonella in its peanuts 12 times over two years. The Texas State Health Services Department found dead rodents, rodent excrement and bird feathers around the air system at the company’s Texas plant. Comment.
Letters

DSNY districts of northeast Qns. held their own against snowstorm

Good job, city Sanitation Department Districts 7 and 13. There were no problems for northeast Queens from the March 2 snowfall. Comment.
Letters

Fidelis Care offers health coverage for the uninsured of Queens

It seems everyone has been touched by the current economic crisis in some way. Its impact has been felt in thousands of Queens homes. Coupled with the emotional and financial turmoil of losing a job often comes the sudden loss of health coverage through one’s employer. Comment.
Letters

Padavan cares about constituents

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

City GOP must not back Bloomberg for mayor

I was encouraged to see the five borough Republican Party leaders, expressing their solidarity during last week’s powwow with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, as they rebuffed this attempt to woo them into giving him the Republican line. Comment.
Letters

Oscar−winning movie can teach us a lot about understanding others

I was elated “Slumdog Millionaire” won eight Oscars at the Academy Awards. I had seen the movie and was saddened by the poverty that exists in Mumbai, India. Comment.
Letters

Fort Totten needs stimulus money

I cannot see why U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D−Bayside) wants to grant $475,000 from the federal stimulus package to spruce up the Italian American Museum in Manhattan during these tough economic times. Comment.
Editorial

The Challenge of Domestic Violence

Now that his girlfriend has decided not to press charges, state Sen. Hiram Monserrate has begun to aggressively defend his reputation. Comment.
Astoria Times

Boro GOP chooses Halloran as candidate for Avella’ seat

Congratulations to Phil Ragusa, the Queens County Republican chairman, and his executive board. They have made their choice for Tony Avella’s seat and “Dan’s their man” — Dan Halloran, that is. Congratulations to Phil again, as it must have been a difficult task, as they had several good candidates vying for the job. Comment.
Astoria Times

Ulrich wins Council seat vacated by Sen. Addabbo

The special election in the 32nd City Council District to replace former Councilman and now state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D−Howard Beach), took place on Feb. 24 with four candidates participating — two Republicans and two Democrats. The winner was Republican Eric Ulrich by a decisive margin. Ulrich, 24, is now the youngest Council member. Comment.
Astoria Times

No person can escape the lure of St. Patrick’s Day

May those who love us, love us⁄And those that don’t love us,⁄May God turn their hearts;⁄And if He doesn’t turn their hearts,⁄May He turn their ankles,⁄so we’ll know them by their limping. — Irish invocation Comment.
Astoria Times

City should think twice before letting Wal−Mart into boro

The shoppers’ early morning stampede, which led to the death of a worker in a Wal−Mart store over the Queens border in Valley Stream. L.I., was a shock to us and the country at the beginning of the holiday shopping season. During that time, while almost every retail outlet and chain in the country suffered losses, Wal−Mart eked out a gain. Comment.
Astoria Times

New York St. Pat’s parade has roots in colonial times

We hear much about the “wearing of the green,” but it is really not green but blue that was associated with St. Patrick. Comment.
Astoria Times

New dentist comes to Bayside

A longtime Queens dentist moved his office from East Elmhurst to Bayside, but he is no stranger to the community. Comment.
Astoria Times

Weddings have hidden costs

It is that time of year, when brides, grooms and their families and friends are in bridal−planning mode. Queens residents know how expensive weddings can be. Costs can look worse when we factor in the recession. Comment.
Astoria Times

Liu drops public advocate bid, enters race for city comptroller

Undaunted by a challenge, City Councilman John Liu (D−Flushing) announced Sunday he will run for city comptroller, leaving behind a public advocate race in which early polls had him trailing to join another that is already crowded with Queens candidates. Comment.
Astoria Times

Willets Point workers slam LaGuardia Community College retraining plan

A handful of workers protested LaGuardia Community College’s city−commissioned workforce retraining program in Long Island City Friday afternoon, calling on Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the city Economic Development Corp. to divert $2.5 million set aside for the education project to cover relocation expenses for more than 200 tenant businesses at Willets Point. Comment.
Astoria Times

Woodside resident who served in World War II turns 100

A birthday 100 years in the making seems only fitting for a man who fought in World War II and played jazz with legendary vocalist Ella Fitzgerald. Comment.
Astoria Times

Many ways to make a difference

TimesLedger Newspapers honored five Queens leaders Tuesday as part of its Queens Community Service Awards, which annually acknowledges individuals who make a difference in the borough’s diverse communities. Comment.
Astoria Times

Slain dentist’s family rejoices at guilty verdict

Ever since Dr. Daniel Malakov was gunned down in cold blood right in front of his daughter more than a year ago, the Uzbek immigrant’s family had no doubt in their mind that his estranged wife was behind the murder. Comment.
Astoria Times

Ridership at 2 Queens train stations spiked: Study

Two Queens subway stations were among those with top ridership in a new report that shows how the number of straphangers is increasing in the outer boroughs. Comment.
Astoria Times

Jackson Avenue to be renovated

One of Long Island City’s busiest intersections is set for a major face−lift this spring after Community Board 2 approved a plan to add pedestrian crosswalks and concrete islands to the Queens side of the Pulaski Bridge. Comment.
Astoria Times

SE Queens electeds push for Rockefeller reform

State legislators’ efforts to overturn harsh drug laws that have given judges no choice but to send low−level offenders to lengthy prison terms are receiving praise from southeast Queens elected officials, who said the guidelines have affected many area residents. Comment.
Astoria Times

Boro rec center named for Astorian Olympian

Queens Olympian Al Oerter made a name for himself decades ago, earning the respect of past generations tossing discs through the sky. Now that name sits atop a project that will help future generations both on the ground and below it. Comment.
Astoria Times

Steinway factory gets new eco−friendly roof

For more than 150 years, Steinway & Sons has been one of the nation’s top piano manufacturers, but now the Astoria−based company plans to lead the pack in alternative energy technology. Comment.
Astoria Times

Forest Hills man plans Africa−to−NY rowing trip

Forest Hills resident Victor Mooney set off for the trip of a lifetime Tuesday afternoon. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man arrested in assault on grandmother

A Flushing man who allegedly attacked 86−year−old Springfield Gardens resident Vivian Squires in January has been arrested and now the Queens grandmother said she can sleep soundly in the belief that her assailant has been found. Comment.
Astoria Times

Family seeks max penalty for driver in Astoria DWI

The family of a 30−year−old immigrant from Astoria who was killed in November by a suspected drunk driver traveled from Cyprus to Queens last week to accept a posthumous doctorate degree in her name and to plead with the Queens district attorney to seek the maximum penalty for the defendant. Comment.
Astoria Times

Taxi driver busted in rape attempt

The Elmhurst cab driver who was hailed as a hero a year ago for his role in dropping off a 6−month−old girl at a Corona firehouse turned himself in to police Friday after being accused of trying to rape a woman he picked up as a passenger in Astoria. Comment.
Astoria Times

MTA bailout debate drags on in Albany

As the clock ticks ever closer to the spectre of a more costly and diminished city transit system, Albany lawmakers talk on in an effort to keep that from happening. Comment.
Astoria Times

Straphangers give G train D−plus for poor wait times

Riders of the G train have given the line an overall grade of D−plus for the second consecutive year and proclaimed that their most important goal is to experience reasonable waiting times for trains. Comment.
Astoria Times

As income drops, Queens turns to pawnshops

There is the husband who has not told his wife he has fallen behind on mortgage payments, the girl who drove from Boston to New York for a job interview and did not have money to get home, the teacher who just cannot pay the ever−increasing bills. Comment.
Astoria Times

Audit may slow reopening of CaffÉ on the Green hall

The concessionaire that will replace Bayside’s CaffÉ on the Green could face an audit that would slow down the opening of a new catering hall and restaurant along the Cross Island Parkway, a spokesman for the city comptroller said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Good times, hard times

For Amy Winter, co−curator of “Working Through the Great Depression,” the recently opened exhibit at Queens College is about more than the now all−too familiar tale of being down and out in New York City. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens Theatre gets real with gritty ‘Our Lady of 121st Street’

Our Lady of 121st Street, put on by The Outrageous Fortune Company and directed by Foster Davis, is a bit of a departure for the Queens Theatre in the Park. It’s grittier than what audiences who attend plays in the studio theater are used to; the language is rough and some of the characters are flat−out unlikeable. But the play, written by Stephen Adly Guirgis, never fails to be absorbing. Comment.
Astoria Times

Manhattan theatrical tour is one man’s stimulus plan

The economy is in shambles and the news is not good. What better time to take in a show or two and concentrate on the finer things of life? I hear that the movie business is better than ever, but if you really want a memorable experience, try the theater. Comment.

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