Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009

Whitestone Times

Flushing man assaulted with piece of wood: DA

FLUSHING — A Franklin Avenue resident was arrested on assault charges last week for allegedly hitting another man in the head with a piece of wood, authorities said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Crane on Throgs Neck Bridge pins, kills worker

BEECHHURST — A Port Washington, L.I., man was killed Tuesday when the boom of a crane snapped and pinned him against a vehicle on the Throgs Neck Bridge, police said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

North Shore-LIJ hospitals get bonuses from feds

Long Island Jewish Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital were among nine North Shore-LIJ Health System hospitals that collectively received more than $750,000 from the federal government in performance incentives, the health system said last week. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Gov’t watchdog, union endorse Kim, Halloran

The candidate who has raised the most funds in the race to replace City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) picked up a key endorsement from a major government watchdog group that promotes good government last week, while the race’s sole Republican received a nod from one of the city’s largest unions. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Kavadas appeals signatures ruling

Constantine Kavadas, who was kicked off the ballot in his bid to succeed City Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing) last week, is once again headed to court to appeal the decision. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Little Neck dog alerts woman to injured mother

A vocal pup may have saved a Little Neck woman’s life by making a ruckus after the 89-year-old fell face-down in her garden, the woman’s daughter and neighbors said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

St. John’s gets aid for center

St. John’s University landed more than $8 million from the state last week, which the school will use for the completion of the five-story D’Angelo Center that opens this September and will house classrooms, entertainment space and eating areas. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Flushing building flooded

One day they had no water, the next they had too much. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Political Action: Iannece, Vallone rack up endorsements in Council race

The fall primaries will soon be upon us. In the Queens Democratic Party, a lot of interest is being shown in the 19th City Council District primary, which will include six Democrats competing for their party nomination. In this northeast Queens area, the candidates are Jerry Iannece, Paul Vallone, Steven Behar, Tom Cooke, Debra Markell and Kevin Kim. The winner of this primary will face the designated Republican candidate, Dan Halloran, in the November general election. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Berger's Burg: Month of September important for life’s beginnings, endings

Gloria Ruth Cream and Alex Berger, after a whirlwind courtship, were married Sept. 1. Comment.
Whitestone Times

How's Business? You can start a business online

Have you ever had this great idea about a product you wanted to sell online? It seems everyone is selling something online or somehow making money on the Internet. Comment.
Whitestone Times

The Play's The Thing: Companies use ticket deals to entice interest in theater

There ain’t no answer. There ain’t gonna be any answer. There never has been an answer. That’s the answer. — Gertrude Stein Comment.

Erdman’s game evolving thanks to productive summer

Nicole Lenard remembers her moment of realization that she was watching a new Meghan Erdman. Their New York City Warriors AAU team was trailing by two points with 30 seconds left in a recent game. Erdman, who was not known for her shooting in the past, was fouled taking a three-pointer. She calmly went to the line and sank all three free throws, leading the Warriors to a come-from-behind win. Comment.

Hargrave establishes self in first full streetball summer

Haron Hargrave had simple goals for himself when he was young: to play Division I basketball and one day make it professionally. Comment.

Former SJU star moving on with basketball and life

Danielle Chambers was supposed to be home for just a short time, but ended up staying much longer. The former St. John’s University star flew back to Brooklyn from Spain to train before heading to Turkey to play basketball professionally in November 2007. Comment.

Diverse and dedicated Storm look forward to season

Tara Mendoza could have spent the summer at the beach, soaking in the sun and relaxing with friends. Instead, the senior on the St. John’s women’s soccer team trained every day with the Long Island Fury. Comment.

Gauchos’ Lamb stars in Elite 24

Doron Lamb was already billed as the hometown favorite Friday night. The Queens resident was the only city native on either team’s roster in the Boost Mobile Elite 24 Game at Harlem’s Rucker Park. Comment.

Ex-SJU soccer star gets coaching bug

Brent Sancho has enjoyed a remarkable soccer career. He won an NCAA championship at St. John’s in 1996 and competed in the FIFA World Cup 10 years later. The Trinidadian-born defender played at the highest level in Scotland and competed in England. Comment.
Whitestone Times

City’s remake of Flushing tennis courts ends in love

Ron Lehenbauer got his wish Tuesday and all it took was a million dollars and a few bad jokes. Comment.
Jamaica Times

Feds unveil plans to open immigration office in LIC

The federal government will open its first immigration office outside Manhattan next spring in Long Island City to serve Queens, “one of the most diverse communities on earth,” according to one borough elected official. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: Thompson takes stand against city Education, Building Depts.

On July 23, city Comptroller Bill Thompson held a meeting at the Hillcrest Jewish Center in Fresh Meadows. The room was filled with homeowners, parents, teachers, legislators and their assistants. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Cohen blasts DOT ticketing

Albert Cohen, a Democratic candidate running for City Councilwoman Melinda Katz’s (D-Forest Hills) seat, slammed the city Monday morning for what he called a “ticketing blitz” on 108th Street in Forest Hills. Comment.
Astoria Times

Former psych patient accused of harassment

FAR ROCKAWAY — A Queens woman filed aggravated harassment charges after allegedly receiving a peculiar and disturbing package from a former patient at the psychiatric hospital where she works, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Traffic agent spat at, punched by driver: Cops

JACKSON HEIGHTS — A 35th Avenue resident was arrested after allegedly assaulting a city traffic agent last week. Comment.
Astoria Times

Corona woman threw DVD player at man’s head: DA

CORONA — Police arrested a 43-year-old woman on assault charges for allegedly throwing a DVD player at a man’s head, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Far Rock man dies from gunshot to head: Police

FAR ROCKAWAY — Police said a 32-year-old man was killed Monday after being shot once in the head inside an apartment building. Comment.
Letters

Carrozza must choose to serve as a politician or practice law

The recent newspaper articles and editorials, all based on facts, speaks clearly and sharply. I know there are some people who still support state Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret Carrozza (D-Bayside). Comment.
Letters

City school zoning creates problems

We live on a block where the houses are in city school District 26, but we are all zoned for District 29 schools. Yet all the children on the block attend District 26 schools. My son, who is in special ed, is being placed in a District 29 school. Comment.
Letters

Bloomberg must do more to make the MTA run more efficiently

Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed a sweeping overhaul of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, including common-sense practical programs for realistic renovations of older and underused resources that will improve ridership throughout the city. His programs to expand the CityTicket program to include Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad stations so Queens and Bronx riders pay reduced fares will benefit those borough residents shows he has an eye for moving the MTA toward a unified pay system. Comment.
Letters

Media must do better reporting on education

Instead, people get their information from misinformed reporters and outrageous commercials that have aired as part of the mayor’s re-election campaign. What is not seen by the public is the fact that test scores have increased yearly — not because of any innovations of the mayor or city Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, but because the tests have been made easier. Comment.
Letters

Exercise always leads to weight loss

I want to bring a health point to the attention of readers of the Astoria Times and other major media. Recently, an article in the Aug. 10 issue of Time magazine claimed many things, including exercising produces hunger so uncontrollable it leads to weight gain, willpower cannot conquer hunger enough to make good food choices, leisure-time physical activity like just moving around more during the day is more effective for weight loss than dedicated exercise and exercise depletes energy resources so much it leads to overeating. Comment.
Letters

Bottle bill rules will hurt market

We are disappointed with the lifting of the injunction on the expanded bottle bill provisions. U.S. District Judge Deborah Batts’ decision to implement the terms of expansion as described in the governor’s budget will create nothing short of chaos in the marketplace. Comment.
Editorial

The Health Care Debate Comes to Queens

It is hard to imagine any place better than Queens to send up a trial balloon on President Barack Obama’s health-care reform. In this borough, registered Democrats far outnumber Republicans and voters here came out in large numbers for Obama last November. Comment.
Astoria Times

Berger’s Burg: Month of September important for life’s beginnings, endings

Gloria Ruth Cream and Alex Berger, after a whirlwind courtship, were married Sept. 1. Comment.
Astoria Times

Dishing with Dee: My recent moving experience epitomizes Murphy’s Law

Where has the summer gone? For all intents and purposes, it’s officially over. How was your summer and how did you spend it? Comment.
Astoria Times

QueensLine: Ryder family once owned most of Rockaway peninsula

On Aug. 9, 1895, Smith Ryder, 76, died at his home in Brooklyn. Ryder had the distinction of being the first white child born on Rockaway Beach. Comment.
Astoria Times

I Sit And Look Out: Program teaches youth about tree care

The Rockaways have been identified as one of six Trees for Public Health Neighborhoods in the greatest need of trees because the area has fewer than average street trees and higher than average rates of asthma among young people. Comment.
Astoria Times

Howard Beach shop reels in clients

When you look out over the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge, chances are the people you see casting lines in search of a big catch got their lures and fishing rods from nearby Cross Bay Bait & Tackle. Comment.
Astoria Times

How’s Business? You can start a business online

Have you ever had this great idea about a product you wanted to sell online? It seems everyone is selling something online or somehow making money on the Internet. Comment.
Astoria Times

National retailers flocking to Queens despite slowdown

Queens boasts the second-highest number of national retailers in the city, and stores like Dunkin’ Donuts and Subway have flocked to the borough, according to a new report by the Center for an Urban Future. Comment.

Boro wants Aqueduct jobs

Queens residents said creating jobs should be the top priority for whichever bidder is selected for the contract to redevelop Aqueduct Race Track in Ozone Park, according to a Siena College poll conducted on behalf of one of the bidders. Comment.
Astoria Times

Astorian halts bus after driver dies

Rachel Guzy is ambivalent about her newfound fame. Comment.

Boro health care rally gets heated

The argument between William Garifal Jr. and Boris Ourlicht outside of U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman’s (D-Bayside) office Saturday afternoon echoed others that have taken place across the country this summer. Comment.
Astoria Times

Feds unveil plans to open%A0immigration office in LIC

The federal government will open its first immigration office outside Manhattan next spring in Long Island City to serve Queens, “one of the most diverse communities on earth,” according to one borough elected official. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens Zoo to replace fleet of golf carts with tricycles

The Queens Zoo is going green and it is doing it with human power instead of horsepower. Comment.

Queens garbage trucks to get cleaner with hybrids

The men in the green outfits will be the ones making the borough a little greener in months to come as the city Sanitation Department introduces three new diesel-hybrid garbage trucks into its fleet, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced in Maspeth Monday. Comment.
Astoria Times

Rosasco’s write-in bid undone by state law

David Rosasco’s write-in campaign may be over before it began. Comment.
Astoria Times

Vallone wants Ditmars fix

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) is calling on the MTA to inspect and repair the elevated train along the N line at Astoria’s Ditmars Boulevard after a piece of wood fell from the tracks onto the street last week. Comment.
Astoria Times

Crowley, Addabbo decry deterioration under J/Z

The elevated subway tracks along Jamaica Avenue in Richmond Hill and Ozone Park have been an eyesore for years, according to longtime residents and officials. Comment.
Astoria Times

Economy causes spike in Queensboro pupils

Bayside’s Queensborough Community College is experiencing a 20 percent increase in new full-time students this fall due to an ailing economy and families sending their children to public institutions rather than private universities, the college’s president said. Comment.

Judge won’t block special election

The special election to replace disgraced former state Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio is still on after a federal judge rejected Democratic candidate Farouk Samaroo’s bid for an injunction last week, effectively barring Samaroo and two other Democratic challengers from the ballot Comment.

Crash claims Ozone Park man

A fatal accident on an Ozone Park street early Sunday morning sent residents into shock as they raced to try to save the man who was hit by a luxury car. Comment.
Astoria Times

Glendale field grows produce, friendships

They spent years sowing the seeds of conflict, but now community groups and a yeshiva in Glendale are getting together to grow something else: produce. Comment.
Astoria Times

Jamaica convenience store sells yet another golden ticket

The ads for the Take 5 lottery game say it takes a “little bit of luck” to win the prize. Comment.
Astoria Times

National Geographic gives Astorians peek at ancestors

Astoria residents caught a glimpse of a new National Geographic documentary this week that traces their lineage back hundreds of thousands of years following their participation in a project last summer that studied their DNA. Comment.
Astoria Times

Giraldo dishes dirt%A0on Council seat rival

Renewing criticisms of his rival’s political ties, former Queens Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President Eduardo Giraldo has launched his Democratic primary campaign against City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst). Comment.

Jax. Hts. man’s death still a mystery: Police

Police in the 115th Precinct have turned to the public for help finding information on the fatal beating of a well-liked Jackson Heights building worker last week. Comment.
Astoria Times

Willets Pt. biz group says city plan is invalid

A New York Superior Court judge heard arguments from a Willets Point business group Friday that the city’s proposed plans to develop the area were invalidly submitted as part of a multi-pronged attack property owners have launched to sink the city’s ambitious project. Comment.

Liu defends child labor claim

and Stephen Stirling Comment.
Astoria Times

Addabbo visits group home in Forest Hills

With much gusto, Forest Hills resident Malik Moore, who is legally blind and has been diagnosed with mental retardation, announced to state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) what he enjoys about living in a home for adults with developmental disabilities. Comment.
Astoria Times

Thompson, Koslowitz go out to woo voters in Forest Hills

City Comptroller Bill Thompson, a candidate for mayor, and Council candidate Karen Koslowitz campaigned together in Forest Hills Tuesday afternoon to glean voters in the weeks before the Sept. 15 Democratic primary. Comment.
Astoria Times

Friends mourn Hollis Marine killed overseas

Those who knew Lance Cpl. Leopold F. Damas as “their boy Leo” say his love for being a U.S. Marine developed from a mixture of his personal patriotism and will to help people. Comment.
Astoria Times

Scarborough disagrees with guv’s racism claim

One Queens official was among the elected leaders who reacted with skepticism to the claims of racism embattled Gov. David Paterson angrily leveled against the media during a surprising public interview. Comment.
Astoria Times

Ozone Pk. man from Trinidad sentenced in green card scam

A Trinidadian native from Ozone Park who scammed his fellow immigrants from the Caribbean nation living in South Ozone Park and Richmond Hill out of almost $100,000 after he provided them with fake green cards was sentenced to up to four years in prison last week, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

L.I. drunk driver admits killing Astoria woman

A 25-year-old Long Island man admitted last week to driving drunk and crashing into a livery cab at the intersection of 34th Street and 31st Avenue in November, killing a 30-year-old Cypriot from Astoria as well as the cab’s driver, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Bloomberg defends Shulman in Willets Point flap

Mayor Michael Bloom-berg dismissed Monday accusations the city used public funds to form a group headed by former Queens Borough President Claire Shulman to lobby on its behalf during the administration’s battle to push through the massive Willets Point redevelopment project. Comment.
Astoria Times

Schumer, Gianaris advocate bill of rights for air travelers

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and state Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), acting after a jetliner was delayed for six hours on the Kennedy Airport tarmac, have called for support for a bill of rights to protect air travelers. Comment.

St. Francis to prep students on flu

After being the epicenter of the swine flu outbreak in the city last spring, St. Francis Preparatory in Fresh Meadows is being extra vigilant this fall when it comes to preparing for a possible resurgence of the H1N1 virus. Comment.
Astoria Times

Maspeth man, shop in betting ring: Feds

A postal worker from Queens and a Maspeth print shop were both involved in a massive numbers game run by postal and MTA employees, federal prosecutors in Manhattan said last week. Comment.
Astoria Times

The Reel Queens: Making the ‘Mask’

For the past six years, Astoria’s Elias Plagianos has been in the family construction business, but a labor of love on which he worked during that same period of time has yielded multiple awards and put a new Queens filmmaker on the map. Comment.
Astoria Times

The Play’s The Thing: Companies use ticket deals to entice interest in theater

There ain’t no answer. There ain’t gonna be any answer. There never has been an answer. That’s the answer. — Gertrude Stein Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens’ mainstay of doo-wop Kenny Vance to play free show

Kenny Vance, the Belle Harbor native known as the Dylan of Doo-Wop, will bring his classic sound to Seaside Park in Coney Island for a free concert Sept. 1 at 7:15 p.m. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009

Whitestone Times

111th Precinct searches for thief who stole Acura

BAYSIDE — Police were on the lookout for a thief who stole a luxury sedan parked near 45th Avenue and 218th Street last week. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Counting devices stolen from church in Flushing

FLUSHING — St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church was burglarized over the weekend, police said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

LIRR passenger robbed, beaten at Bayside stop

BAYSIDE — Police were looking for two men who they said assaulted and robbed a Long Island Rail Road rider Sunday morning. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Burglar strikes lockers%A0at Bayside fitness club

BAYSIDE — A perpetrator was wanted for allegedly stealing various items from the lockers of the Bally gym at 245-20 Horace Harding Expwy., police said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Taconic crash may spur stiffer laws

Inspired by the fatal crash on the Taconic Parkway, Gov. David Paterson proposed new legislation last week that would increase penalties for those driving while intoxicated when children are in the car. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Delta’s hub plans at LaGuardia to create jobs

Delta Air Lines has announced it plans to establish a hub at LaGuardia Airport by exchanging takeoff and landing slots with US Airways. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Berger's Burg: The New York football Giants will remain No. 1 forever

The 2009 New York Giants football season will kick off Sept. 13 in Giants Stadium against the Washington Redskins (ugh!). As anyone who reads my column knows, I am a football fanatic in general and a Giants fanatic in particular. Comment.
Whitestone Times

How's Business? You can run your own biz

Queens professionals I speak with at networking events often say things like, “I’m tired of making someone else wealthy — I don’t mind putting in the hours if I worked for me.” If you are set on working for yourself, then buying a business may be best. Comment.

Unsigned McCarroll enhancing his game

Mark McCarroll’s future destination is still uncertain. The former Pittsburgh Panther and Christ the King forward has yet to sign with a team for the upcoming season, but is expecting to soon. Comment.

Ulrich targets graffiti spots

City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Rockaway Beach) unveiled a graffiti removal program Friday in Ozone Park where residents can call a hotline to report graffiti and have the vandalism cleaned up for free. Comment.

James Wrynn to head state Insurance Dept.

A former Democratic district leader from Douglaston who was also a founding partner at law firm in that community was picked by Gov. David Paterson last week to serve as the state Insurance Department’s new superintendent. Comment.

Cops look for answers in fatal beating of Jax Heights handyman

Police in the 115th Precinct were searching for information Friday on the fatal beating of a well-liked Jackson Heights building worker. Comment.

Bayside crash startles family

A Bayside family and their neighbors said they were concerned the corner of 214th Place and 39th Avenue was unsafe after an accident at the intersection caused a vehicle to plow onto the front yard of the family’s home last weekend. Comment.

Fallen limbs plague Bellerose

Two Bellerose neighbors want to get rid of the Bradford pear trees the city provided for their property after recent close calls with fallen branches. Comment.

Crowley, MidVille gardeners distribute vegetables to seniors

Thoughts of bingo prizes went temporarily out the window Monday at the Middle Village Adult Center, replaced by thoughts of winning cantaloupes in a raffle. Comment.

Kavadas kicked off Council ballot by judge’s ruling

City Council candidate Constantine Kavadas was thrown off the ballot in the race for seat of City Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing), a civil court judge ruled Tuesday. Comment.

Arverne by Sea lands city funds for amenities

A supermarket and shopping mall planned for Arverne by the Sea were selected to receive $16 million in financing from the city Economic Development Corp. Comment.

Boro man busted in fake cop stop: DA

A 59-year-old Oakland Gardens man was arrested in Long Island after he allegedly flashed a badge and made false claims of being a retired police officer during a routine traffic stop, Nassau County police said. Comment.

City closes Rockaway beach as hurricane approaches

Tthe Parks Department announced Friday it would close Rockaway Beach, along with a number of beaches in Brooklyn and Staten Island, because of the projected approach of Hurricane Bill. Comment.

Afghan war claims life of Marine from Queens

A Queens Marine was killed earlier this week in Afghanistan as the fledgling democracy prepared to hold its annual elections, the U.S. Marine Corps. said. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Neighbors erupt over transition home in Corona

A pair of apartment buildings in Corona were again the focus of public ire as neighbors and tenants came together to denounce conditions in what has become a transitional housing complex despite previous community resistance to its use as a homeless shelter. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Atlas Park changes abound

No replacement has yet been found for the departed Amish Market at Glendale’s Shops at Atlas Park, a court-appointed receiver said, but the mall may soon get a new sandwich shop to entice hungry consumers. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Dromm gets Latino support

City Council candidate Daniel Dromm was joined by state Assemblyman Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) and several members of the Queens Latino community for a campaign rally outside the Jackson Heights post office Saturday. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Weprin cautions Klein buyers

State Assemblyman Mark Weprin (D-Little Neck) is cautioning a prospective buyer of the former Klein Farm to fully understand the strict development regulations an owner would need to adhere to should it want to alter anything on the Fresh Meadows site. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Flushing man stole $41K from 3 dates: Nassau DA

A Flushing man on parole for Medicaid fraud was arrested for allegedly scamming three women he was dating out of tens of thousands of dollars, the Nassau County DA said last week. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Singh blasts Weprin on Parkside connection in mailing

Swaranjit Singh’s campaign for City Council sent out a mailer Friday suggesting his opponent for the seat, state Assemblyman Mark Weprin (D-Little Neck), did not speak out against a Hooters restaurant opening up in Fresh Meadows because Weprin’s campaign is being managed by the same firm hired by the eatery. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Make attacks on homeless hate crimes: Lancman bill

A new report documenting violent acts against homeless people prompted state Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) to introduce legislation last week that would classify attacks against the homeless as hate crimes. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Discrimination charge filed vs. Fresh Meadows landlords

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has charged two Fresh Meadows landlords with violating the Fair Housing Act by allegedly making discriminatory statements to people posing as renters, including objecting to a black individual moving into what one owner called a white neighborhood. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: New York and California have similar gov’t problems

After returning from a visit to California, I found the state full of budget and governance problems similar to those we have had in New York state. These problems seem to have been solved, but I do not think so. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

LIRR annoys Forest Hills residents

Forest Hills residents slammed the Long Island Rail Road at a meeting sponsored by U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) last week, saying their quality of life has severely deteriorated because of noise from passing trains. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Qns. Comm. House gets $184,000 grant

Queens Community House in Forest Hills recently landed a $184,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education, which will help the group to boost about 75 girls’ performance in math, science and technology, an official from the nonprofit said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Dining Out: Bizaare Ave. Café: Everything’s on sale at Astoria eatery

Bizaare Ave. Café has replaced the Cup Diner on the corner of 35th Avenue and 36th Street in Astoria, a rapidly burgeoning nexus of restaurant rows in the area surrounding the American Museum of the Moving Image and Kaufman Astoria Studios. This aptly named restaurant uses a play on the words bizarre and bazaar for its moniker. The “bazaar” comes from their shtick that all of the appointments are for sale, including the art on the walls, the sofa upon which you are seated and the tableware. The “bizarre”— well, you be the judge. Comment.
Astoria Times

Cyclist struck by Jetta, killed on Blvd. of Death

ELMHURST — A bicyclist was killed on the Queens Boulevard Friday night when a driver accidentally struck him, police said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Drunk driver had teens, child in car: Nassau cops

LONG ISLAND — A Ridgewood man was driving drunk this weekend in Merrick, L.I., with three teens and a child riding with him, Nassau County authorities said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Corona man fondled girl in public pool: Police

CORONA — A 20-year-old man was arrested and arraigned Friday after he allegedly sexually abused a girl at a public pool, according to the police. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man robbed at gunpoint at his apartment: Police

WOODSIDE — Police were searching for three men who burglarized a man at gunpoint last month. Comment.
Astoria Times

Quaff under the stars in Long Island City

Ah, summer. What better way to savor the season’s rapidly dwindling steamy nights than with a cold brew or a specialty drink at one of the borough’s most innovative outdoor watering holes? Comment.
Letters

Queens’ real image proves better than that seen in entertainment

It has been noted in the movie “Julie & Julia” that Queens is treated with Manhattanite disdain as a punch line and punching bag. Comment.
Letters

109th Pct. needs improvement

Recently, residents in the Clearview Civic Association and several outside it made calls to the 109th Precinct. The complaint was about a house near the corner of 26th Avenue and 207th Street blasting music. Comment.
Letters

Policarpio ran Ackerman seat race fairly

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Gonzalo “Jun” Policarpio, who was one of my opponents in the 2008 election for U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman’s (D-Bayside) seat. Policarpio mentioned he felt hurt that the last article many voters saw involved the accusations from our election petitions dispute. Comment.
Editorial

Queens’ Fast Buses Slow to Arrive

Nine years ago, in the basement of Queens Library in Jamaica, Metropolitan Transportation Authority technicians introduced a revolutionary concept: fast buses. Comment.
Astoria Times

Berger’s Burg: The New York football Giants will remain No. 1 forever

The 2009 New York Giants football season will kick off Sept. 13 in Giants Stadium against the Washington Redskins (ugh!). As anyone who reads my column knows, I am a football fanatic in general and a Giants fanatic in particular. Comment.
Astoria Times

Dishing with Dee: Always expect the unexpected during campaign season

In the midst of the lazy hazy days of summer, the dizzy busy days of the fall seem to be peeking over the horizon. In other words, things are starting to perk up a little and this fall shows all the promise of an interesting, if not a downright exciting season as it is an election year, which always generates lots of animated conversations. Comment.
Astoria Times

How’s Business? You can run your own biz

Queens professionals I speak with at networking events often say things like, “I’m tired of making someone else wealthy — I don’t mind putting in the hours if I worked for me.” If you are set on working for yourself, then buying a business may be best. Comment.
Astoria Times

Funday Day Care gets bilingual

Mimi and Friends Day Care may have new ownership and a new name, but new owner Khanh Phan said the only changes being made to the decade-old business are changes for the better. Comment.
Astoria Times

Mayoral underdog has bite

City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) says he recognizes he is the underdog in a mayoral race in which he is outspent by millions of dollars and, as a representative of northeast Queens, lacks the name recognition of his two prominent opponents, who have held citywide positions for nearly eight years. Comment.
Astoria Times

CUNY Law expands social justice network to India

For CUNY Law graduates who have wanted to go into social justice work — and there are many — life has not always been easy. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man with fake bomb unfit to stand trial: DA

A 32-year-old Manhattan man who caused thousands of travelers to be delayed after he allegedly brought a fake bomb to LaGuardia Airport earlier this month has been found unfit to stand trial and ordered placed in a state psychiatric facility, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Astoria Times

MTA OKs subway worker pay raise

Only two weeks after MTA Chairman Dale Hemmerdinger warned the agency was barely balancing its budget, labor arbitrators have ordered pay raises for subway workers that transit officials say could imperil the agency’s finances. Comment.
Astoria Times

Denim is cool for going back to school

Even if math isn’t your favorite subject, you can still follow this simple equation for acing back to school style. Comment.
Astoria Times

Non-English speakers are denied city benefits: Suit

Immigrant rights advocates and elected officials announced at City Hall last week a lawsuit accusing the Human Resources Administration of discrimination against people who have trouble communicating in English. Comment.
Astoria Times

Lancman protection law aims to help nonprofits

State Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) and state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) cheered Gov. David Paterson’s decision last week to sign legislation they sponsored to protect nonprofits from terrorism. Comment.
Astoria Times

Petrocelli moves past CEO’s plea with lights bid

A Long Island City-based electrical company submitted the low bid on four major city contracts for traffic signal maintenance just two weeks after the company’s former chairman and CEO pleaded guilty to bribery charges two weeks ago in one of the largest bid-rigging investigations in city history, the city Department of Transportation confirmed. Comment.
Astoria Times

NYPD forms committee to provide LGBT input

As a pair of attacks on transgender individuals in Queens linger in the minds of Queens activists, city officials have decided to establish a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advisory committee to the Police Department. Comment.
Astoria Times

Eviction averted, LIC school’s college program returns

For Astoria resident Christian Garcia, the city Department of Education’s decision to buy the building that houses Middle College High School was a huge relief. Comment.
Astoria Times

Rosasco to appeal primary ousting

Woodside translator David Rosasco is determined to fight his ejection from the Democratic primary ballot every step of the way, but prominent Queens Democrats say his campaign is finished. Comment.
Astoria Times

City union backs Thompson, to Bloomberg’s ire

The city’s largest municipal union last week threw its weight behind city Comptroller William Thompson in the mayoral race, prompting Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s campaign to question what his opponent promised in exchange for the nod. Comment.
Astoria Times

MTA shuts down rackety LIC tunnel fan

A noisy Metropolitan Transit Authority tunnel ventilation fan has finally been shut off after months of operation through the wee hours of the night in Long Island City, the agency said Monday. But the news did not arrive before City Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Sunnyside) publicly complained the track work was disrupting neighbors’ sleep. Comment.
Astoria Times

Euripides in a double-wide

Don’t expect to see the same ol’ classic Greek rendering of Euripides’ tragedy “Medea” at the Nicu Spoon Theater in Manhattan. Comment.

Sign up for daily news emails!

TimesLedger archive

CNG: Community Newspaper Group