Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009

Whitestone Times

Center for Women of New York to hold job fair

The Center for the Women of New York will host a job fair at Flushing’s Sheraton-LaGuardia East Hotel Nov. 13 that will include a panel of professional women, workshops and a fashion show. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Bayside teacher lands prestigious award for economics work

A teacher from Flushing’s World Journalism Preparatory School who lives in Bayside was honored alongside financial and investment titans by the national Council for Economic Education during a Manhattan ceremony last week. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Guv mulls options as state deficit grows

The state’s projected deficit has swelled to $10 billion over two years, Gov. David Paterson said last week as he again pushed a proposal to cut that gap. Comment.
Whitestone Times

College Point church’s sanctuary to reopen after fire

On the evening of June 6, 2008, a fire engulfed the steeple of the First Reformed Church of College Point, causing major damage and closing the main sanctuary. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Halloran defeats Kim for Council

Republican Dan Halloran won a seat on the City Council Tuesday after defeating Democrat Kevin Kim in an acrimonious race during which the candidates’ camps traded accusations of religious and racial discrimination. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Robber in Bayside steals merchandise from Radio Shack

Police said they were still searching for a man who robbed a Bayside Radio Shack on Bell Boulevard last week, making off with several hundred dollars worth of merchandise. Comment.
Editorial

A Worthwhile Investment

Citi Field is beautiful, but after the Mets’ first complete season in their new home, has everyone who helped pay for it benefitted? On this experts and local business owners are divided. Comment.

Winless no more as Prep crushes Kellenberg on gridiron

The St. Francis Prep football team arrived at the Mitchel Athletic Complex with a chip on their shoulder and a monkey on their back. The Terriers’ winless season had nothing to do with their opponents Friday, but they still took out their frustrations on Kellenberg. Comment.

Frederick’s pick leads Holy Cross past Sea

The game’s biggest play felt like practice to Shaquille Frederick. The Holy Cross junior linebacker picked off a Joseph Lane pass and returned it to the St. Joseph by the Sea 10-yard line early in the fourth quarter. Comment.
Ridgewood

Crowley easily beats Ognibene

City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) glided past Republican challenger Tom Ognibene Tuesday night, earning her first full term in office and solidifying her hold over a seat that had been the GOP’s for nearly two decades. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Ulrich re-elected to first full term

Incumbent Republican Eric Ulrich, 24, won his first full term on the City Council Tuesday night with 58.11 percent, or 10,167 votes, handily beating Democrat Frank Gulluscio, 60, who received 41.89 percent, or 7,330 votes. Comment.
Queens Village

Far Rock man found guilty in 2 rape cases 8 years apart

It took a Queens Supreme Court jury 20 minutes Friday to convict a Rockaway man of two rapes, including a cold case from 13 years ago, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Queens Village

White, Sanders easily outpace Council rivals

Councilmen Thomas White (D-Jamaica) and James Sanders (D-Laurelton) defeated their opponents in Tuesday’s election to remain in office for another term . Comment.

Suspect, 23, arrested in two Far Rock rapes

After a quick investigation and outcry from the southeast Queens community, police arrested Malcolm Johnson, 23, of Beach 59th Street Tuesday night in connection with two sexual assaults near the suspects home last week. Comment.

Judge ejects two jurors from Gotti trial

Federal Judge Kevin Castel fired two rancorous jurors from the jury hearing John Gotti Jr.’s racketeering trial today, setting off a screaming, profanity-laced protest from the mother of the reputed mobster. Comment.

Roberts resigns as NYC Transit president

Howard Roberts, president of the New York City Transit Authority, which operates the subways and buses, has resigned after two and a half years on the job. Comment.

Q56, Q32 buses win dubious honor as Queens’ slowest

The Straphangers Campaign is out with its annual Pokey Awards for the city’s slowest buses and the Q56 and Q32 have won the laggard sweepstakes for Queens. Comment.
Little Neck Ledger

Halloran, Weprin to join Council

Republican Dan Halloran won a seat on the City Council Tuesday after defeating Republican Dan Halloran in an acrimonious race during which the candidates’ camps traded accusations of religious and racial discrimination. Comment.
Little Neck Ledger

Bellerose civic wins concession from project near St. Gregory

A Bellerose civic association is proving it is possible to win a fight against a developer. Comment.
Laurelton

Sanders, White retain seats on City Council

City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton) will be back in City Hall for his third term next year after beating his Republican candidate Scherie Murray in Tuesday’s election. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Dromm, Van Bramer win seats

Democratic nominees Daniel Dromm and Jimmy Van Bramer cruised to victory Tuesday to become the first openly gay Council members in Queens. Dromm, a public school teacher and Democratic district leader, handily defeated Republican real estate investor Mujib Rahman to win the Council seat that covers Corona, East Elmhurst, Elmhurst and Jackson Heights. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Forest Hills Gdns. turns 100

Forest Hills Gardens has turned 100 this year and to celebrate the close-knit neighborhood will be putting on a show featuring the area’s current and future talent. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Woodside parolee arrested

Police have arrested the man they contend was responsible for shooting two men in Sunnyside late last month after he apparently fled to Florida. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Judge dismisses suit to let Queens Falcons play on field

After pitching a court battle to try to win back access to a field they have played on for more than two decades, the Queens Falcons youth football organization has been handed a difficult defeat in Middle Village. Comment.
Jamaica Times

Ulrich bests Democrat Gulluscio

Incumbent Republican Eric Ulrich, 24, won his first full term on the City Council Tuesday night with 58.11 percent of the vote, or 10,167 votes, handily beating Democrat Frank Gulluscio, 60, who received 41.89 percent, or 7,330 votes. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Boro waitress sues Hooters

A Bayside woman who works at a Fresh Meadows Hooters and another employee of the restaurant from Long Island have filed suit against the chain, known for its hot wings and scantily clad waitresses, after it allegedly failed to reimburse them for their work attire. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Padavan probes apt. complaints near SJU

St. John’s University students are illegally occupying a number of homes in Jamaica Estates and Fresh Meadows and the individuals in one such house recently held a raucous party that frightened the elderly residents in the area, state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) said. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Murder-suicide shocks area

An elderly Fresh Meadows resident who owned a Manhattan jewelry store committed suicide after shooting and killing his wife last week, police and neighbors said. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Weprin wins his brother’s seat

State Assemblyman Mark Weprin (D-Little Neck) handily defeated Bob Friedrich in the race to replace his brother, City Councilman David Weprin (D-Hollis), Tuesday, according to unofficial results reported by NY1. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: ACORN provides a lot of help to those most in need

In the past few months, there have been a number of stories with negative information about the social activist organization the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Koslowitz wins place on Council

Karen Koslowitz claimed victory in the race for City Councilwoman Melinda Katz’s (D-Forest Hills) seat, while Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) reclaimed her position in City Hall Tuesday, according to unofficial results reported by NY1. Comment.
Flushing Times

Koo defeats Chou in Council race

Republican Peter Koo beat Democrat Yen Chou in Tuesday’s election, making him one of three Republicans now representing Queens in the City Council. Comment.

Two men plead guilty in Flushing student’s death

Two young men pleaded guilty last week to the criminally negligent homicide of a Flushing student who died of alcohol poisoning this spring at SUNY Geneseo. Comment.
Astoria Times

Forest Hills video store site of robbery: Police

FOREST HILLS — Police were looking for a suspect who they said robbed a video store two weeks ago. Comment.
Astoria Times

Cops capture armed man in Springfield Gdns house

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS — Officers apprehended an armed man who barricaded himself inside a home on Pineville Lane and 187th Street Monday, police said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Cops search for man who robbed bank in Astoria

ASTORIA — A man is wanted in connection with a bank robbery that took place at a Capital One Bank on Halloween, police said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Police say man tried to abduct boy, 8, in Astoria

ASTORIA — A boy was nearly abducted off the street last week, according to police, and the authorities have asked for the public’s help in catching the suspect. Comment.
Editorial

More Bad News%A0for Sen. Slash

New questions have been raised about the ethics of state Sen. Hiram Monserrate. He was convicted three weeks ago of misdemeanor assault charges related to an incident in which his girlfriend’s face was slashed with a broken glass. He was acquitted of more serious felony charges, but four government reform groups have raised questions about Monserrate’s legal defense fund. Comment.
Astoria Times

I Sit and Look Out: Honor veterans for what they have done all year

The flags and the marchers will be gone. The music will fade away. The spectators will leave. Comment.
Astoria Times

QueensLine: Creating Queens Boulevard became an arduous process

In October 1912, commissioners were appointed as work began on Queens Boulevard. Their task was to use the right of eminent domain to take property needed for the highway. Comment.
Astoria Times

Political Action: Two boro Assembly seats look up for grabs in 2010

The 2010 election cycle will soon be upon us. As the process unfolds, there seems to be some interesting races emerging. Comment.
Astoria Times

Dishing with Dee: Bowne Park Halloween party supplies fun for kids, adults

It’s the wrong time to cover the election results. Since we can’t do anything about that, we might as well give the election possibilities a rest. Yes, Virginia, there is a life other than election results. Comment.
Astoria Times

Berger’s Burg: Vet’s trek in World War II embodies sacrifice, courage

A veteran is someone who ... wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America” for an amount of “up to and including my life.” — Anonymous Comment.
Astoria Times

How’s Business? Plan ahead for retirement

We have all experienced the high of earning our first paycheck. Nevertheless, we all strive to one day retire. It seems that day has been set back by a higher cost of living coupled with falling retirement plans that have hurt nest eggs. In speaking with investment professionals, perhaps it is not a pipe dream to retire on time. Comment.
Astoria Times

Whitestone biz keeps people fit

After opening Personal Best Fitness in Whitestone about one month ago, Cathy Quinn is one step closer to completing her goal in life. Comment.

Flushing imam pleads not guilty in terrorism case

The Flushing imam arrested in September in connection with the federal investigation of a terror plot pleaded not guilty Monday to tipping off an alleged terrorist. Comment.
Astoria Times

Incumbents triumph in SE Queens races

The status quo will remain for the political scene in southeast Queens as the area’s City Council incumbents won their bids for consecutive terms Tuesday. Comment.
Astoria Times

Ex-Queensite wins $5M lottery in LIC

Stay-at-home mother Mi Hyun Moon said she is “overjoyed” she did not stay home Sept. 14. Comment.
Astoria Times

Landlord promises to give Vantage tenants clearer bills

After a year of demonstrations, criticisms and tense meetings, members of the Queens Vantage Tenants Council appear to have made progress with their landlord, Vantage Properties. Comment.
Astoria Times

Vallone, Van Bramer take election

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) held on to his seat for a third term, defeating Green Party candidate Lynne Serpe and Populist Jerry Kann Tuesday night. Comment.
Astoria Times

U.S. Rep Crowley awaits passage of House’s health bill in few days

The U.S. House of Representatives’ version of the federal health care reform bill is expected to pass this weekend, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) said Tuesday. Comment.
Astoria Times

Vantage founder assesses his record as owner of 80 boro apt. buildings

After spending the summer seeking input from tenants, Neil Rubler and his real estate company, Vantage Properties, plan to roll out several new initiatives they say will address the concerns of Queens residents, including a new billing system and partnering with a translation service to aid individuals calling the company’s complaint hot line. Comment.
Astoria Times

Voters return Marshall, mayor as Liu swept in as comptroller

Saying issues like crime, education and affordable housing drove them to the polls Tuesday, Queens residents helped to re-elect Helen Marshall as borough president and Mayor Michael Bloomberg to the city’s highest office by a narrow, while sending John Liu (D-Flushing) to the comptroller’s office as the first Asian American to win a citywide office. Comment.
Astoria Times

Parts of Queens-Midtown Tunnel to shut on 2 Sundays

The MTA plans to shut down parts of the Queens-Midtown Tunnel the next two Sundays for repair work. Comment.
Astoria Times

Vallone retains City Council seat

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) fended off Green Party candidate Lynne Serpe and Populist Jerry Kann Tuesday to retain his seat for a third term. Comment.
Astoria Times

Costco will take food stamps after Gioia’s prodding

After a successful pilot program in Astoria and Brooklyn, Costco Wholesale announced last week that it would begin accepting food stamps at all locations nationwide, making one Queens elected official very happy. Comment.

Fenton traces Kerouac’s trail

Pat Fenton began to chase the ghost of Jack Kerouac across Queens in 1986. Comment.
Astoria Times

Ulrich retains seat vs. Frank Gulluscio

Republican Eric Ulrich successfully defended his City Council seat from Democratic challenger Frank Gulluscio Tuesday night, winning 58.11 percent of the ballots cast, or 10,167 votes, while Democrat Frank Gulluscio got 41.89 percent, of, or 7,330 votes. Comment.
Astoria Times

Dromm, Van Bramer win

Queens has its first two openly gay City Council members now that Democrats Danny Dromm and Jimmy Van Bramer have won election. Comment.
Astoria Times

Republican Koo edges out Chou in Flushing

Xueqiao Gao, 18,of Flushing woke up at 4 a.m. Tuesday to prepare for the long day of volunteer campaigning for Republican City Council candidate Peter Koo she had ahead of her. She worked until 9 p.m. Tuesday night in front of Flushing’s Taiwan Center to ensure people voted for the man she felt so enthusiastic about.0 Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens Dems backing Peralta over Monserrate

After calling on state Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst) to resign following his conviction on a misdemeanor for assaulting his girlfriend, the Queens Democratic Party issued a further rebuke by backing state Assemblyman Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) to challenge him in 2010. Comment.
Astoria Times

Judge questions defense’s statements in Seminerio case

After the attorney representing former state Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio argued that his client was a hardworking public servant who bent over backward for his constituents, U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald expressed reservations about the defense’s statements. Comment.
Astoria Times

Koslowitz headed to Council with victory over Schulman

Karen Koslowitz defeated Lynn Schulman and Bartholomew Bruno Tuesday in the race to replace City Councilwoman Melinda Katz (D-Forest Hills), claiming a victory that sends the former councilwoman back to City Hall, according to unofficial results reported by NY1. Comment.
Astoria Times

Judge asked to further review Mary Immac, St. John’s sale

The state Dormitory Authority has asked a federal bankruptcy court judge to further review the sale of St. John’s and Mary Immaculate hospitals to Guttman Realty, a Dormitory Authority spokesman said this week. Comment.
Astoria Times

S. Ozone Park sergeant killed in Afghanistan

Planswere underway this week to bury another member of the Queens military community who was killed while fighting in Afghanistan. Comment.
Astoria Times

Halloran defeats Kevin Kim

Republican Dan Halloran defeated Democrat Kevin Kim for a seat on the City Council following a race that become increasingly contentious as the candidates accused each other’s campaigns of religious and racial discrimination. Comment.
Astoria Times

Crowley re-elected to Council seat

Incumbent City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) staved off a serious challenge from Republican Tom Ognibene, who once held the same seat, to win her first full term representing Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village, Ridgewood and parts of Richmond Hill. Comment.
Astoria Times

Lavender and lather

What’s the cure for cooler-weather, recession-induced blues? Comment.
Astoria Times

The Play’s The Thing: Flushing theater group turns 35 with ‘Curtains’ production

In downtown Flushing, one of the most diverse ethnic neighborhoods in the country, stands the Free Synagogue of Flushing, an architectural resource recently nominated to both the state and National Register of Historic Places. Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009

Bayside Times

City tickets Baysiders for cracked sidewalks

Residents along Bayside’s 215th Street said they have been getting slapped by the city with heavy fines for cracks on the sidewalks in front of their homes they say pose no danger to people on foot. Comment.
Bayside Times

Halloran wins Avella’s Council seat

Republican Dan Halloran defeated Democrat Kevin Kim in an acrimonious race during which the candidates’ camps tossed around accusations of religious and racial discrimination. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 2, 2009

Weiner, Stavisky to combat detention center at former Parkway Hospital

Queens elected officials said Monday they will attempt to squash any attempt to bring a detention center to the Parkway Hospital site in Forest Hills. Comment.

Home sales, prices keep falling in Queens: Prudential

Home sales in Queens continue to decline as the prices for properties in various neighborhoods in the borough drop, a new report released last week showed. Comment.

Guv signs Lancman’s sex offender alert bill

As Halloween approaches, the biggest scare for parents may not come from a slasher movie, but from a beeping BlackBerry cell phone providing the first warning of a sex offender moving into the neighborhood. Comment.

Experts mixed on Citi Field’s economic impact after first year

The first full season of baseball at Citi Field has drawn to a close and the Mets did not manage to bring the pennant back to Queens. But the magnitude of other benefits and costs the stadium has brought to the area is beginning to be measured and experts, forecasters and local business owners have mixed impressions of its economic impact so far on neighboring Flushing. Comment.

Judge could reopen hospital bid process

A federal bankruptcy judge has yet to approve the sale of St. John’s and Mary Immaculate hospitals to Guttman Realty and could instead reopen the bidding process for the two sites owned by the bankrupt and shuttered Caritas Health Care, according to Dan Andrews, a spokesman for Queens Borough President Helen Marshall. Comment.

Ozone Park holds vigil for pizzeria man’s slain son

Waving candles underneath the umbrellas that sheltered them from a hard, cold rain, family and friends of Gerardo “Jerry” Antoniello at a Saturday vigil asked the public to come forward with information about the 29-year-old Ozone Park resident’s murder that happened as he was defending his father from attackers last month. Comment.

Bridge to Willets Pt. pushed

Flushing and Corona leaders continue to make incremental progress on the plans for the revitalization of the Flushing River waterfront to accompany the redevelopment of Willets Point. Comment.

Bank mulls RKO Keiths’ note sale

The bank that holds the mortgage on the RKO Keith’s theatre is in negotiations to sell the $20 million note it owns on the Flushing property, a representative of the bank said Tuesday. Comment.

Kim, Halloran lob charges of racism, robbery

The race to replace City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) turned nasty in its final week before Election Day as accusations of racism and campaign sign tampering flew from the two candidate’s campaigns. Comment.

Tenants protest Allen AME

Lillie Thomas, 75, had been living in the same Jamaica apartment for 20 years when her landlord told her she had 15 minutes to leave her home last February, the elderly woman told a Sunday protest that Queens residents held in Jamaica against the Allen Affordable Housing Development Corp. and the Greater Allen AME Cathedral. Comment.

Flushing explosion wrecks home, injures two

Michelle Cao was sitting in the living room of her second-floor apartment in Flushing while her husband cooked dinner at 7:42 p.m. Monday night. Comment.

UPDATED: Driver in St. Albans crash admits drug, alcohol use: DA

The St. Albans driver who crashed her van full of foster girls admitted she was speeding while high on crack, heroin and alcohol, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Astoria Times

The Reel Queens: Queens Film Festival has local color, international scope

Borough residents will get a glimpse of the world’s cultures next month at the seventh annual Queens International Film Festival, where this year’s lineup includes a new movie by a prominent Turkish filmmaker, a documentary on professional radio control car racers and a live music performance by Kris Kristofferson. Comment.
Astoria Times

Fresh Meadows man kills wife, self: Police

An elderly Fresh Meadows resident who owned a Manhattan jewelry store committed suicide after shooting and killing his wife Wednesday, police and neighbors said. Comment.

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