Friday, June 26, 2009

Five Boro Sports All-Queens softball honors

Behind Staten Island, one could make the argument that Queens is the second best softball borough in New York City and this season served as an explanation why. Comment.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Whitestone Times

Boro Ivy Leaguers to prep Bayside students for SAT

Two college students from northern Queens are looking to help borough high school students beat the SAT exam without breaking the bank. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Council spares Flushing cultural groups paralyzing cuts

Brought to the razor’s edge by budget cuts over the past year, the Queens Botanical Garden managed to duck what its executive director said would have been a crippling blow last week. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Boro Jewish centers get $300K in Homeland Security funding

Queens Jewish leaders said Tuesday they were relieved to be getting more than $300,000 in Homeland Security grants, especially in the wake of the arrests of four men accused of plotting to bomb two Jewish institutions in the Bronx last month. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Oakland Gdns. mailman delivers blow to crime, lessons in life

For the past 26 years, Ralph Vassallo has appeared daily on Oakland Gardens doorsteps to deliver mail, although his visits have occasionally involved saving lives and chasing off crooks. Comment.
Whitestone Times

2009 NBC Universal Digital Media Competition

Winning the 2009 NBC Universal Digital Media Competition for a film on the endangered loggerhead sea turtle made a group of fifth-grade girls from Saint Mel School in Flushing ecstatic. Comment.

Touros’ Giants Stadium game proves memorable

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Peter Touros stood at the penalty spot, staring at St. Benedict’s (N.J.) Prep goalkeeper Brandon Paul. With a light rain falling and Giants Stadium at a hush, the Long Island City standout thought about his father, Andreas, and the advice he often gives. Comment.

Hill, Williams duo of ’99 still dynamic

Just like old times. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Shooter faces 25 years in Rich Hill pawn slay

A Brooklyn man faces up to 25 years in prison after he was convicted Friday in the 2006 murder of a flamboyant Richmond Hill pawnshop owner, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Baysiders face deportation because of broker: Attorney

A family of Korean immigrants who live in Bayside fear they may be split apart after a broker whom they paid to handle their green card applications failed to follow the proper procedures. Comment.
Whitestone Times

CB 7 critical of cop academy

As an official for Perkins Will scanned through the first architectural renderings for the Police Department’s planned $1 billion training academy, members of Community Board 7 squinted their eyes, their faces quickly turning sour. Comment.

Tshaka gets slaves their due

Congress will vote on a resolution to place a marker in Washington, D.C.’s Emancipation Hall to recognize the U.S. Capitol was built with slave labor after Bayside activist Mandingo Tshaka brought the matter to U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman’s (D-Bayside) attention last year. Comment.

Seminerio admits taking payments from Jamaica Hospital

Indicted former state Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio (D−Richmond Hill) pleaded guilty Wednesday in Manhattan Federal Court to setting up a fake consulting business to collect corrupt payments from entities seeking his influence as a legislator, including Jamaica Hospital, the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York said. Comment.
Little Neck Ledger

Bayside man mailed threats to prosecutor: Morgenthau

A 54-year-old Bayside tax preparer has been accused of sending threatening letters to a top prosecutor at the Manhattan district attorney’s office who had supervised an investigation in the 1990s that resulted in his conviction, Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau said. Comment.
Laurelton

CB 13 picks Brian Block to succeed Hellenbrecht

Community Board 13 unanimously elected Cambria Heights resident Brian Block as its new chairman Monday, replacing former Chairman Richard Hellenbrecht, who has held the post since 1996. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Corona remembers fallen hero

Several hundred Corona residents lined the streets last weekend to honor the memory of a neighborhood soldier whose remains were found in Iraq last year by renaming a portion of the block on which he grew up in his name. Comment.
Jamaica Times

Rockaway Park man arraigned in shooting

A Rockaway Park man was charged last week with shooting a Breezy Point resident in the back of the head, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Friedrich vows civic tone

Glen Oaks Village President Bob Friedrich said his experience as a civic leader will translate well to the City Council, which he says needs to be infused with civic-minded people like himself instead of career politicians. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

As beep’s budget rebounds, QJCC fights for funding

Now that Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council have agreed not to slash Borough President Helen Marshall’s budget by as much as the mayor had originally proposed, the executive director of the Queens Jewish Community Council in Forest Hills is trying to make sure her group retains most, if not all, of its funding. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Sex offender e-mail alert awaits guv’s signature

Concerned Queens parents and residents could soon receive e-mails from the state notifying them that a sex offender has moved into their neighborhood, state Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) said last week. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Forest Hills man killed tryst: DA

A dispute over money led a Massachusetts man to murder Forest Hills resident Michael Pecora last week after meeting him online and planning to have sex with him, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Astoria’s Sabra ready to launch new hummus products

If the folks at Astoria-based Sabra Go Mediterranean have anything to do with it, America’s future food consumption habits will be heavily reliant on chickpeas. Comment.
Astoria Times

Italian newcomer salutes its Old World roots

Manducatis Rustica VIG is the brainchild of the offspring of the very well established Manducatis Restaurant, both in Long Island City.Gianna Cerbone (Manducatis is not the family name, it’s Latin for “come and eat”) may have majored in Art History in college, hoping to become a curator, but she was born with a cooking spoon in her mouth.She surrendered to her biological imperative about eight months ago, opening this charmingly retro bakery/café/pizzeria/market/restaurant. Comment.
Astoria Times

Elmhurst woman sues NYPD in sodomy case

An Elmhurst woman whose apartment was allegedly raided by the Queens narcotics unit of the NYPD has filed a suit against the city claiming she was sodomized in a precinct house bathroom by a detective from the squad who demanded sex in return for allowing her to keep custody of her children. Comment.
Astoria Times

Hall of Science mini golf pairs links, lunar landers

The New York Hall of Science opened a new outdoor space for borough families that could pave the way for the next Neil Armstrong — or even Tiger Woods. Comment.
Astoria Times

Harassment suit filed vs. ex-CB1 head

A former staff member at Astoria’s Community Board 1 has filed a lawsuit which accuses former district manager George Delis of sexually harassing her during her three-year stint at the board’s office. Comment.
Astoria Times

Mayoral control stuck in state Senate limbo

As Mayor Michael Bloomberg waited for the unruly state Senate to follow the state Assembly’s lead and act on mayoral control, he again touted his educational record and said his leadership has paved the way for the highest graduation rates the city has seen in 22 years. Comment.
Astoria Times

Kermit, Miss Piggy move to western Qns.

It’s time to meet the newest tenants of the former Standard Motor Products building in Long Island City: The Muppets. Comment.
Astoria Times

42% of NY‘embarrassed’ by pols: Poll

Not surprisingly, a Quinnipiac poll released Monday morning found that voters disapprove of the stalemate in Albany by a nearly 4-to-1 margin, with respondents evenly parsing out blame between Democrats, Republicans and the governor. Comment.
Astoria Times

Nolan bill would allow aid for swine flu schools

Queens public schools that lost class time due to the swine flu pandemic were one step closer to not being penalized after a bill passed the state Assembly Monday. Comment.
Astoria Times

Rikers paintings on display

A group of young artists from three Rikers Island-based schools are displaying their work at the Queens Museum of Art for one month in a program that allows them to explore their feelings through painting, sculpting, filming and digital technology. Comment.
Astoria Times

Meltdown endangers pro-tenant rent bill

One of the state’s most powerful lobbies, the real estate industry, has been dealt a favorable hand amid the chaos in Albany with rent regulation bills up in the air. Comment.
Astoria Times

Weprin tries comedy at odd fund-raiser

It was a tough crowd. Comment.
Astoria Times

Home robberies up in boro during last 2 months: Cops

Despite a drop in crime across the borough, police officials say there is a growing problem with burglaries and home invasions in the area. Comment.
Astoria Times

North Shore staff says mummy not a she but a he

A 2,600-year-old mummy named Lady Hor was hiding a surprising secret under layers of aging gauze: a penis. Comment.
Astoria Times

Crowley pushes for lower malpractice rates in state

Queens’ health care system, already hit hard by the recent closures of three hospitals, is facing another painful blow as a looming increase in malpractice insurance rates threatens to slash the ranks of medical professionals who deliver babies. Comment.
Astoria Times

Circus without a ringleader

Call it the greatest show on earth, but do not call it a functioning branch of government. Comment.
Astoria Times

171 graduate from Bramson ORT

They hailed from all different backgrounds — a veterinarian from Albania to a mother from Far Rockaway— but for one night the students from Bramson ORT College in Forest Hills all had something in common: They were graduating and despite tough economic times shared a hope the degree would bring them the future about which they once only dreamed. Comment.
Astoria Times

Richmond Hill’s revered Hindu spiritual leader dies

Shri Prakash Gossai, a charismatic Hindu priest who led a Richmond Hill temple and was known as “the mahatma of the 21st century” by his followers, died last week of a massive heart attack. He was 56. Comment.
Astoria Times

Noguchi’s vision enhanced at renovated museum

They say things improve with age and for the renowned Noguchi Museum located in Long Island City this saying proves true. With the second phase of the museum’s renovation complete and the reinstallation of Isamu Noguchi’s original works, this legendary institution has gone from remarkable to bordering on perfection. Comment.
Astoria Times

Rosenbergs’ son welcomes revelations in 1953 spy case

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.

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