Friday, June 19, 2009

Whitestone Times

Two L.I. men arrested in fireworks bust

BAYSIDE — Two Long Island men were arrested in Bayside last week after 40 cases of fireworks were allegedly discovered in their car, police said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Flushing man killed Brooklynite: Police

BROOKLYN — A Flushing man was arrested and charged with the murder of a Brooklyn resident Friday, according to police. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Fender Bender in Bayside

Firefighters and police officers assist three people involved in a car crash in which no one was seriously injured at the corner of 211th Street and 38th Avenue Tuesday morning. Photo by Christina Santucci Comment.
Whitestone Times

Council hopeful Wu’s list of signatures stolen

FLUSHING — Democratic District Leader and City Council candidate James Wu said one of his petition volunteers was attacked and had a clipboard with personal information from hundreds of voters stolen Sunday. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Seeking signatures in Queens

“This is it: 43-55,” volunteer Jennifer Kim says before rattling off a registered Democrat’s name. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Assistant principal ‘hoops it up’ at school

Brooklyn is home to many talented public school administrators and, now, one who can hula-hoop. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Rosenbergs’ son defends parents’ actions

It was a late spring Friday evening at Sing Sing with trainload after trainload of the outraged and the merely curious joining the throngs of protesters outside the prison’s grim walls. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Fort Totten security back after budget restored

The Fire Department resumed its security detail at Fort Totten this week following the department’s decision in March to pull its guards from the Bayside park’s gates amid budget cuts. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Women’s group supports Liu

City Councilwoman Melinda Katz (D-Forest Hills) may be the only woman in the race for city comptroller this year, but a rapidly expanding women’s group said that does not mean she is the best candidate for the job. Comment.
Whitestone Times

World Journal staffer killed by 2 teens: DA

One of the largest Chinese-language newspapers in the city was reeling this week after authorities said two teenagers allegedly strangled and dumped the body of one of its top marketing executives in a Flushing alley. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Queensborough exhibit showcases works of elderly artists

Bayside’s Queensborough Community College has provided space where eight borough painters who do not fit the typical role of aspiring artist can display their works for one month. Comment.
Whitestone Times

New scorecard on ‘inhumane’ elected officials

BIf they had opposable thumbs and could pull an election booth lever, the borough’s pet population would vote these animals out of office! Comment.
Whitestone Times

Ridgewood relieved over firehouse rescue

The fire trucks will be staying in southern Ridgewood. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Far Rock soldier mourned as hero

Far Rockaway soldier Roberto Hernandez, killed two weeks ago in Afghanistan, was a man who his relatives and friends say lived by the values of courage, honor and service. Comment.
Letters

Letters to the Editor

Why are posters of a woman with missing fingers in my face all over the subway&&&&?;;;; Comment.
Whitestone Times

A Britisher’s View

What use is a president, who backpedals, cannot differentiate terrorists from common criminals and appears carefree about placing Americans in harm’s wayi Comment.
Richmond Hill

One in four subway phones%0Aout of order: Straphangers

If you are a straphanger underground and in need of a telephone, the end of the No. 7 line is your best bet, but otherwise making a call could be a problem with 25 percent of the phones broken citywide. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Money tight in Ulrich race

The widely anticipated contest between City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Rockaway Beach) and Democratic District Leader Frank Gulluscio never came to fruition in the February special election to succeed state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach), but the two will get another chance in November. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Quinn urges city residents to explore Jax Heights

Queens residents may already be aware of it, but New Yorkers looking for the cultural delights of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan need only hop on the No. 7 train for Jackson Heights to get their fix. Comment.
Queens Village

Bartender escaped assault by patron, DA

JAMAICA — Police said a 28-year-old man was arrested last week for allegedly attempting — and failing — to attack a Jamaica bartender. Comment.
Queens Village

Jamaica center reaches out to fatherless dads

ESPN radio and TV personality Steven A. Smith said he and his father did not have a great relationship when he was growing up in Hollis and as a result he did not develop into the adult he should have been. Comment.
Editorial

City Hall gets tough on foreclosures

The city is stepping up efforts to help struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure. Last week, the mayor announced plans to emulate a program developed in Philadelphia requiring mandatory settlement conferences between lenders and homeowners. This program has proven effective. It should be duplicated here. Comment.

Woman was in charge of baby who died after falling in bucket

An Ozone Park woman who operated a day care center out of her home was arrested after an infant boy under her supervision died after falling into a bucket of water Monday, police said. Comment.
Little Neck Ledger

Relocation of 200 Willets Pt. businesses still on hold

Cornerstone Realty Group, a firm hired by the city to help with tenant business relocation at Willets Point, has yet to receive the green light from the city Economic Development Corp. to begin relocation assistance to renting businesses in the area, according to Willets Point Defense Committee President Marcos Neira. Comment.
Little Neck Ledger

Father’s Day and birthday double the blues

Today, June 18, is my birthday, and June 21 is Father’s Day. And what will I receive from my loving family for both momentous occasions which will be occurring in my fabled life? One greeting card. Oh, the agony of it all! Comment.
Jackson Heights

Ozone Pk. day care worker arrested in death of infant

An Ozone Park woman who operated a day care center out of her home was arrested after an infant boy under her supervision died after falling into a bucket of water Monday, police said. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Woodhaven barber stabs wife to death, then self

A Woodhaven barber stabbed his wife to death in their Jamaica Avenue apartment Sunday before fatally stabbing himself, police and business owners said. Comment.
Jackson Heights

State Senate limbo lingers on

An Albany judge’s refusal to rule on the Senate Democrats’ case against the coup that gave the GOP control of the chamber further facilitated disagreement between the two parties Tuesday, capping off a week that saw state Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst) go from siding with Republicans to returning to the Democratic fold. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Elmhurst ceremony swears in 27 children as citizens

Though the second full week of June is already marked by Flag Day, a group of Queens children will have extra reason to swell with patriotic pride each year when they remember the day they became American citizens. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Forest Hills Hosp. probing bias charges

Following complaints that Forest Hills Hospital has allegedly discriminated against its Russian-speaking Jewish patients and employees, the hospital has begun to investigate the matter, a hospital spokesman told Community Board 6 meeting last week. Comment.
Jamaica Times

Search for jet-skier in Rockaway Inlet

A Coast Guard boat searches the Rockaway Inlet after a jet-skier was reported missing last weekend. Photo by Christina Santucci Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Bukharians draw $15K city grant

The $15,000 that City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) presented to the Bukharian Jewish Center in Kew Gardens Hills last week helped to ensure the synagogue could continue to provide youth programs it may have struggled to offer without the money from the legislator, according to an assistant at the center. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Arr vey! Forest Hills Y to hold talk on Jewish pirates

Jews who fled the Spanish Inquisition and became swashbucklers and outlaws on the high seas will play a starring role in an upcoming discussion about an often-overlooked part of Sephardic history at the Central Queens YM & YWHA in Forest Hills. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Security guards resume service at Fort Totten

The Fire Department resumed its security detail at Fort Totten this week following the department’s decision in March to pull its guards from the Bayside park’s gates amid budget cuts. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Weprin touts record in bid

The question has been posed to state Assemblyman Mark Weprin (D-Little Neck) more than once: Why would you want to leave a safe, cushy job in Albany for the term-limited City Councili Comment.
Editorial

Chaos

In the last week, Queens became the breeding ground for the meltdown of state government. The gridlock that has made the state Senate the laughing stock of the nation was in part the handiwork of a Queens politician currently awaiting trial for allegedly slashing his girlfriend’s face with a broken glass. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

City should adequately fund Parks Department in budget

At a May 18 Queens Civic Congress meeting, co-sponsored by the Queens Coalition for Parks and Green Spaces and the Belle Harbor Property Owners Association, Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski said despite budget cuts, she does not expect cuts in beaches and pool staff, although there will be cuts in local parks and playgrounds. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Ozone Pk. day care operator arrested

An Ozone Park woman who operated a day care center out of her home was arrested after an infant boy under her supervision died after falling into a bucket of water Monday, police said. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Fallen Far Rockaway soldier mourned as a hero

Far Rockaway soldier Roberto Hernandez, killed two weeks ago in Afghanistan, was a man who his relatives and friends say lived by the values of courage, honor and service. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Kew Gardens baker admits sex abuse: DA

The owner of a Kew Gardens Hills bakery pleaded guilty to molesting a 10-year-old boy who came into his store for cookies, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said last week. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Forest Hills Hospital to investigate bias charges

Following complaints that Forest Hills Hospital has allegedly discriminated against its Russian-speaking Jewish patients and employees, the hospital has begun to investigate the matter, a hospital spokesman told Community Board 6 meeting last week. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

LIRR tone deaf: Residents

After more than a year of loud noise from passing trains made Forest Hills resident Anna Guasto feel like her sanity was slowly slipping away, the Long Island Rail Road has become more receptive to individuals’ concerns about the decreased quality of life, Guasto reported at last week’s Community Board 6 meeting. Comment.
Flushing Times

Queensborough exhibit showcases works by elderly artists

Bayside’s Queensborough Community College has provided space where eight borough painters who do not fit the typical role of aspiring artist can display their works for one month. Comment.
Flushing Times

Activist, city official spar over rapid buses proposal

The city’s plans for a Bus Rapid Transit System tipped off a heated conversation between city Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and Queens Civic Congress Executive Vice President Patricia Dolan Monday night. Comment.
Bayside Times

CB 11 says no to rezone plan

Community Board 11 voted down a proposal this week to rezone a portion of Bell Boulevard to allow Bayside’s Briarwood Organization to extend its operations, but the board approved its own suggestion for the site that would rezone part of the property. Comment.
Bayside Times

School seeks aid for Boodram

Dindial Boodram, the Floral Park widower who lost his wife after their home exploded in April, has set up an irrevocable trust to pay for the education of his three young sons and the school his kids attend is encouraging the community to help out. Comment.
Astoria Times

DINING OUT: Hunan House — Fiery take on Chinese eats in Flushing

Always drawn like a moth to a flame by the promise of an exotic or obscure ethnic cuisine, we hot−footed it over to Hunan House on Northern Boulevard in Flushing for some regional fare. Comment.
Astoria Times

Search for missing jet-skier in Rockaway Inlet

A Coast Guard boat searches the Rockaway Inlet after a jet-skier was reported missing last weekend. Photo by Christina Santucci Comment.
Astoria Times

Anti-Irish speech stirred outrage in boro

In June 1921, Irish Americans throughout Queens were outraged about the famous “jackass” speech made by U.S. Navy Rear Adm. William S. Sims in London June 7. In the speech, Sims spoke of “jackass” resolutions of sympathy for Sinn Fein, the Irish Republican Army, in America and charged Sinn Fein with being responsible for the loss of American lives in World War I. Comment.
Astoria Times

Nonprofit has helped boro groups create green spaces

It started on the Lower East Side in the early 1970s. Some people decided what New York needed was more greenery. They set to work. They dropped “seed bombs” into empty lots. They planted flowers into tree pits. They encouraged the use of window boxes. It was the start of the community gardens movement in the city. It was the start of what became the Green Guerillas. Comment.
Astoria Times

Avella campaigns hard against Thompson in mayoral race

Last year, there were four prospective Democratic candidates for mayor: city Comptroller Bill Thompson, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan), U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) and Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside). Now there are only two left: Thompson and Avella. Comment.
Astoria Times

Father’s Day and birthday double the blues for columnist

Today, June 18, is my birthday, and June 21 is Father’s Day. And what will I receive from my loving family for both momentous occasions which will be occurring in my fabled life? One greeting card. Oh, the agony of it all! Comment.
Astoria Times

Albany electeds act just like bullies and little children

What’s going on in Albany? They must be victims of some sort of atmosphere that’s psychologically affecting them. New York state, if I’m not mistaken, has earned the reputation of having the most dysfunctional legislature in the 50 states. It looks like they have earned another No. 1 to their laurels for pure, irresponsible, childish behavior! Comment.
Astoria Times

Senate stalemate hinges on Monserrate

In what is widely being called a circus in Albany, state Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst) has been an acrobat, flipping to vote with Republicans to replace fellow Queens Democrat Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans) with a new leader and then doing a 360 to go back into the Democratic fold. Comment.
Astoria Times

Monserrate has extended resumé as a political brawler

State Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst) is no stranger to turmoil and controversy. The 41-year-old legislator spent 15 years in periodic conflict with city and county institutions before voting with state Sen. Pedro Espada (D-Bronx) and Senate Republicans June 8 to oust the Democrats from majority leadership. Comment.
Astoria Times

Council coalition calls on MTA to allow Sikhs to wear turbans

A coalition of City Council members, including eight from Queens, called on the Metropolitan Transit Authority this week to no longer require Sikh workers to brand their turbans with the agency’s logo. Comment.
Astoria Times

Feds give $350M to fight swine flu

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Sunday that Congress is going to provide support in the fight against the swine flu, just days after the World Health Organization declared the disease a global pandemic. Comment.
Astoria Times

Council veteran Feerick hopes to step out from behind curtain

With a long history of working for the City Council and the backing of the Queens Democratic Party, Deirdre Feerick has been called a political insider by her opponents, but she regards her experience as an advantage, not an insult. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens candidates seek signatures to get on ballot

“This is it: 43-55,” volunteer Jennifer Kim says before rattling off a registered Democrat’s name. Comment.
Astoria Times

City plans to step up West Nile virus battle in Queens

The city is ramping up efforts to fight West Nile Virus in Queens this year after the number of mosquito pools testing positive for the virus increased last year, city Department of Health officials said at the Queens Borough Cabinet meeting Tuesday. Comment.
Astoria Times

Vallone faces GOP, Green opponents for seat

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) will face off against a Republican, a member of the Green Party and a former opponent this fall in his bid to retain his Council seat for a third term. Comment.
Astoria Times

Mayor, Council reach deal on 2010 city budget talks

The mayor and the City Council came to an agreement Monday on the city’s budget for the 2010 fiscal year, sparing cuts to libraries, firehouses and other core services that were threatened by a tighter budget. Comment.
Astoria Times

Dutch Kills Civic hears from 6 Gioia candidates

As petitioning began for this fall’s municipal elections, the Dutch Kills Civic Association got a visit from six hopeful successors to City Councilman Eric Gioia’s (D-Sunnyside) seat, including one previously unannounced candidate. Comment.
Astoria Times

Auburndale man’s killers go to jail: DA

Two Brooklyn men have been handed lengthy prison sentences for stabbing a 24-year-old electrician from Auburndale to death and slashing another man after leaving an Astoria nightclub in 2005, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Astoria Times

CB 2 to review liquor license bids

Due to what they called a proliferation of liquor license applications on Vernon Boulevard, Community Board 2 has scheduled a public hearing next month to address the issue. Comment.
Astoria Times

City urges residents to explore Astoria

Queens residents may already be aware of it, but New Yorkers looking for the cultural delights of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan need only hop on the No. 7 train for Jackson Heights to get their fix. Comment.
Astoria Times

City’s parking bureau takes heat at hearing

A City Council hearing on proposed legislation to require parking ticket agents to take photographs erupted into some impassioned exchanges last Thursday with two councilmen suggesting the present system undermines the legal principle of innocent until proven guilty. Comment.
Astoria Times

One in four subway phones out of order: Straphangers

If you are a straphanger underground and in need of a telephone, the end of the No. 7 line is your best bet, but otherwise making a call could be a problem with 25 percent of the phones broken citywide. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens Library named best in U.S.

Queens Library has been named the 2009 Library of the Year by Library Journal, the publication’s editors announced last week at City Hall. Comment.
Astoria Times

Marshall touts Web site to fight immigrant scammers

Following a wave of complaints about unscrupulous businesses preying on immigrants, Borough President Helen Marshall said last week she is adding to her Web site a list of legitimate service providers for the new residents. Comment.
Astoria Times

Trump Pavilion opens at Jamaica Hospital

Jamaica Hospital opened its $44 million Trump Pavilion Friday, which officials hope will alleviate some of the tremendous strain that has been placed on the medical center in recent months Comment.

City plans to kill geese near Queens airports

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city will round up and kill thousands of Canada geese in Queens parks in the coming months after Smithsonian Institute scientists concluded the migratory birds were responsible for crippling U.S. Airways Flight 1549 when it took off from LaGuardia International Airport this winter. Comment.
Astoria Times

Flushing Meadow Soap Box Derby rolls into 25th year

Things really started to go downhill in East Elmhurst Saturday morning and residents could not have been happier. Comment.
Astoria Times

City offers homeowners in boro foreclosure aid

The city has launched a new initiative that points residents toward free counseling and assistance to prevent them from losing their homes amid a foreclosure crisis that has hit Queens hardest among the five boroughs. Comment.
Astoria Times

MidVil honors Slocum dead

It seems odd to think a catastrophic maritime disaster involving a boat that embarked from a Manhattan pier full of passengers from the Lower East Side and came to grief in the East River near Astoria would have had the largest impact in Middle Village. Comment.
Astoria Times

Girl, 2, critical after Woodhaven hit-and-run

WOODHAVEN — A 2-year-old girl was in critical condition after police said a car struck her and fled the scene. Comment.
Astoria Times

Police take 2 into custody in shooting case

ROCKAWAY BEACH — Police said two suspects were taken into custody after a 28-year-old man was shot in the head on Newport Avenue early Sunday morning. Comment.
Astoria Times

MidVill resident stole $5K from retirement fund

MIDDLE VILLAGE — The city Department of Investigation said it arrested a Queens man last week for allegedly stealing more than $5,000 from the New York City Employees Retirement System. Comment.
Astoria Times

Three MTA workers stole forklifts from warehouse

MASPETH — Three MTA subcontractor employees were charged with grand larceny Tuesday for allegedly stealing eight forklifts and more than 17 tons of batteries from a transit warehouse, the Queens DA said. Comment.
Astoria Times

J train passenger slashed by Bklyn man: Brown

WOODHAVEN — A Brooklyn man was arraigned on assault charges last week after allegedly slashing a passenger in the face with a knife on the J subway line and fracturing a police officer’s hand after his arrest, authorities said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Forest Hills teacher breaks probation

FOREST HILLS — A Forest Hills middle school teacher was sentenced to two to six years in jail after pleading guilty Tuesday to violating the terms of the probation he had received last year after admitting he sent sexual messages to adolescent boys online, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Editorial

The Education of Kirsten Gillibrand

There was concern when Kirsten Gillibrand was appointed to the U.S. Senate that she would have little understanding of the problems facing the city and even less sympathy. Unlike her predecessor, current U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton, who came to the city as an outsider but a known quantity, most residents of the Big Apple knew little or nothing of Gillibrand. Comment.

Patriots fall to Beacon before seniors head to prom

Before the fun and festivities of senior prom could be enjoyed, there were tears. Comment.

Kovac, Bryant fall to Wagner in softball quarters

The game started off so promisingly for Lana Kovac. The Bryant junior windmiller got the first two outs in the first inning against Susan Wagner with relative ease. Then it got difficult. Comment.

Stanners capture ‘A’ junior varsity crown

Chris DeSarno said he didn’t see a CHSAA Class A intersectional junior varsity championship out of his team, not after a mediocre start to the regular season with blowout losses to Bishop Ford and Xaverian. Comment.
Richmond Hill

South Queens Speaks: Woodhaven group works hard to service neighborhood

The Greater Woodhaven Development Corp. recently celebrated its 30th anniversary by holding its annual dinner−dance at Woodhaven Terrace Caterers in Woodhaven. Special guest Mayor Michael Bloomberg stopped by to wish the four honorees and the GWDC good luck. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: Do not develop Klein Farm, but preserve it as a museum

The Fresh Meadows Community Coalition held a press conference in front of Klein Farm late last month with City Councilman Tony Avella (D−Bayside), a supporter of the civic associations and their homeowners. Area residents and many borough groups and individuals have long fought to bring back the farm, which was sold by the Klein family in 2001, as a working farm and museum. Comment.
Astoria Times

Woman set husband’s underwear on fire: Brown

RICHMOND HILL — A Richmond Hill woman who believed her husband was cheating tried to set his underwear on fire and allegedly hit him with a hammer and stabbed him with a knife last Thursday, a spokeswoman for the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man, victim of shooting, dies at NYHQ: Police

COLLEGE POINT — A 21−year−old man died at New York Hospital Queens last Thursday after he was shot inside a College Point home, police said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man exposed private body part to girl, 8: Cops

ELMHURST — Police were looking for a suspected pervert who not only exposed himself to an 8−year−old girl, but also took advantage of the youngster inside an apartment building last month. Comment.
Astoria Times

Teen throws coconut, vows to cut driver: DA

OZONE PARK — An Ozone Park teen was charged last Thursday with allegedly throwing a coconut at a motorist’s car and threatening to cut his neck off with a kitchen knife, a spokeswoman for the Queens district attorney’s office said Tuesday. Comment.
Letters

Obama’s hope for Mideast is dangerously misguided

I admire President Barack Obama’s idealism during his trip to the Middle East, but if we have learned anything over the past several decades, it is we cannot realistically expect an open dialogue with nations that cannot be trusted. Comment.
Letters

Alley Pond Park great for watching migratory birds

The clock on the outside of the diner on Jericho Turnpike reads a few minutes before 6 a.m. The rising sun is turning the sides of heavy black wires to a glimmering orange. A friend, Walter, picks me up and a half−hour later we are in Alley Pond Park to see its colorful migratory birds and experience the park’s picturesque tranquility. Comment.
Letters

Sotomayor should remember where she came from on court

President Barack Obama has given it much thought and has selected his nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court: Judge Sonia Sotomayor. She would be the first female Hispanic to sit on the court. Comment.
Letters

Don’t back highway camera towers

Seventy−five−foot−tall electronic towers are being built all over our local highways and there is no press coverage. This is part of the state Automated Traffic Response Management System. Comment.
Letters

Auburndale civic group sustains that neighborhood’s quality of life

The Auburndale Improvement Association is a civic association in its 104th year that works to make the neighborhoods of Auburndale and Western Bayside great places to live for its residents. I am proud to be its first vice president and zoning and housing chairman. Comment.
Letters

Comment on Padavan deplorable

Was it sour grapes or hubris that gave rise to the coarse partisan comments of Shams Tarek, the communications director for the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, who was quoted in the May 14 TimesLedger story “Dems criticize Padavan’s support”? Comment.
Editorial

Markey Bill Would Open Pandora’s Box

We do not doubt state Assemblywoman Marge Markey was motivated when she authored her bill that would suspend the statute of limitations on child molestation lawsuits for a year before extending the limit to 10 years after the victim turns 18. We do not understand why Markey and her supporters do not realize this bill could prove devastating to the Catholic Church and nonprofits. Comment.
Astoria Times

Dishing with Dee: Boro Dems choose Liu for city comptroller over Weprin

It’s that time again — to send my column in, that is. The weeks are flying by so quickly it seems as though it were only yesterday I sent the last one in. Comment.
Astoria Times

Political Action: Cuomo’s indecision on running for guv may harm Dems

It seems it will be a while before state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo gives a definite answer as to whether he will run for New York governor or run for re−election as attorney general next year. He has been giving mixed signals as to his intentions in questions from the media. Comment.
Astoria Times

Our History: Flushing has developed a rich history of horticulture

It has been claimed Americans are in awe of the English superiority in the sphere of gardening and wish to emulate them in that field, whether suitable or not for our particular climate. But we should instead recognize our own rich gardening traditions, which hark back to our early years as colonies and a nation. Comment.
Astoria Times

Berger’s Burg: Juneteenth honors the ending of slavery in America

If you wish in the world to advance,⁄...⁄You must stir it and stump it,⁄And blow your own trumpet,⁄Or trust me you haven’t a chance! — W.S. Gilbert Comment.
Astoria Times

Local biz weathers economy

Flushing Savings Bank was named the top thrift institution for 2008 in the annual ranking of the 100 largest thrifts compiled by SNL Financial, and CEO John Buran said the bank’s unwavering community focus is what allowed it to achieve such a distinction. Comment.
Astoria Times

How’s Business?: Buy a home with a broker

Speak with anyone in the real estate industry and you will find one phrase repeated consistently: “We are in a buyer’s market.” If you are looking to buy a Queens home, what steps should you follow? I spoke with my brother, Peter Palumbo, a licensed real estate agent with Century 21 American Homes, who gave me his insight into buying a home. Comment.
Astoria Times

The Reel Queens: Chow down on foodie films at Water Taxi Beach this June

Queens may not be able to lay claim to the city’s most high−profile film festivals, but an upcoming Long Island City series could be the one to beat as the most mouth−watering in the five boroughs. Comment.
Astoria Times

Drum Hit

“The Tarrier” is the new release from composer, drummer and Astoria resident Brian Woodruff, a longtime New York jazz musician hoping to hit a broad musical audience with his first album. The CD is set to release June 15 and will be followed by an album release party featuring the entire ensemble of “The Tarrier” on June 28 at the Blue Owl in Manhattan. Comment.
Astoria Times

Astorian’s first book offers novel take on immigration

In her fiction and in her life, Astoria author Wendy Lee has scripted her own unique variation of the immigrant’s story with a quintessentially New York angle. Comment.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Richmond Hill

Hunters Pt. bar neighbors urge denial of liquor license

New owners may be preparing to take over, but neighbors of a noisy Hunters Point bar were not in a charitable mood last week as they urged Community Board 2 to side against the renewal of Lounge 47s liquor license. Comment.
Astoria Times

Odds are Queens woman had hand in races fabulous hats

Although most eyes were on Summer Bird as the horse surpassed Dunkirk and Mine That Bird for a first-place finish in the Belmont Stakes, there was another attraction at the Elmont, L.I., racetrack Saturday that commanded attention and, unlike the thoroughbreds in contention, was a sure bet. Comment.
Astoria Times

Comrie collecting for Haiti storm relief

City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D−St. Albans) is lending a helping hand to provide relief to the hurricane−ravaged parts of Haiti. Comment.
Astoria Times

Battle of the Birds thrills Belmont crowd

Jason Goldberg was confident as to which horse was going to win the Belmont Stakes about two hours before racetime. Comment.
Astoria Times

TEST

Jason Goldberg was confident as to which horse was going to win the Belmont Stakes about two hours before racetime. Comment.

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