Friday, Nov. 27, 2009

Whitestone Times

Woman hits, threatens to kill daughter: DA

FLUSHING — A 43-year-old Flushing woman was arrested after she allegedly shoved her daughter and struck her on the back with a mop before threatening to kill her, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Whitestone man, 42, harassed child: Brown

FLUSHING — A 42-year-old Whitestone man was arrested after he allegedly pretended to be a public servant and harassed another man and his child outside a Flushing pharmacy, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Traffic fears dog plan for police academy

Residents and officials in College Point are experiencing a wide range of reactions in the wake of the 47-2 City Council vote last week to construct a new $1 billion police academy in College Point. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Taconic crash prompts state to pass DWI laws

Inspired in part by the wrong-way crash on the Taconic Parkway that killed three young Floral Park, L.I., sisters, the state Legislature passed what it called the strictest DWI laws in the country that would stiffen penalties for drunk drivers when there is a child in the vehicle. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Queens College writers organize hunger benefit

Queens College Master’s in Fine Arts students will hold a reading next week to raise money for City Harvest, a group that helps feed the increasing number of New Yorkers in all five boroughs who have been driven to seek help from food pantries by the weak economy. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Weprin seeks brother’s seat

Outgoing City Councilman David Weprin (D-Hollis) has decided to run for his brother’s soon-to-be-vacant state Assembly seat as one possible contender, Glen Oaks Village President Bob Friedrich, is mulling his options. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Councilman-elect Koo gives out 135 turkeys to needy

Thanksgiving will be a more filling and less expensive occasion for 135 Flushing families this year, thanks to the efforts of City Councilman-elect Peter Koo, a local grocery chain and two community groups. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Councilman-elect Halloran lays out agenda for district

Dan Halloran said he is vowing to get more money for his district after having been elected Nov. 3 to replace City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) as the representative for northeast Queens. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Brown touts DA office’s record during CB 13 meet

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown touted the successes of his office this year during Community Board 13’s monthly meeting Monday night, where he also installed the board’s new officers. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Glen Oaks Ground Zero worker presents Sept. 11 flag to ship

Richard Wright exudes patriotism. Comment.
Whitestone Times

City targets SJU student apts.

City officials are ramping up efforts to inform individuals about illegal apartments following complaints by state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) and borough residents that too many college students are crammed into area homes, Queens Department of Buildings Commissioner Ira Gluckman told a Community Board 8 meeting last week. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Flushing ushers in holidays

The Flushing business community and political leadership joined hundreds of cheery residents Monday night to ring in the start of the holiday shopping season with the annual lighting of decorations on Roosevelt Street and a party at the LaGuardia East Sheraton. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Flushing teen injured by kite string sues city

A young Flushing resident who was severely injured and nearly garroted by a razor-sharp kite string while skateboarding Oct. 9, 2008, is suing the city Parks Department and the owner of his family’s co-op for unspecified damages, according to the lawsuit. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Cardozo pianist to compete at Carnegie Hall

A 17-year-old junior from Bayside’s Benjamin Cardozo High School is preparing for a major city piano competition and a recital at Carnegie Hall next year after placing as a semi-finalist at an international competition in South Korea last summer. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Queens DWI court keeps many offenders sober: DA

Just days after Gov. David Paterson signed a new law that cracks down on drunk drivers who endanger the lives of children, the Queens district attorney touted the success of the city’s first DWI court. Comment.
Whitestone Times

109th Precinct helps holiday shoppers stay safe

Crime has declined for the year in the 109th Precinct, but as the holidays approach, police want to ensure that people remain diligent to avoid becoming victims. Comment.
Editorial

Bayside Is Not Birmingham

In an election where Asian-American candidates, including city Comptroller-elect John Liu, made historic strides, we are surprised to hear the charge that Asian Americans were the victim of harassment at the polls in Bayside. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: Avella-backed bills would have protected Queens homeowners

City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) lost his bid for mayor and will vacate his seat, which he has held for the past eight years. Avella is a populist who came from the civic groups in College Point and north Flushing. Comment.
Astoria Times

Dining Out: Nick’s Cafe: Modest but tasty Greek fare in Forest Hills

It was Nick Sarris’ lifelong dream to own his own restaurant. He never made it, but now his son Rob, along with his partner Mario Savva, are doing it for him. Nick’s Bistro, the new eatery on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills is named in his honor. According to Rob Sarris, these two Astoria boys have modest but focused aspirations for their venture. “We don’t want to have the best food in the world,” he explained, “we just want to have good food and make people comfortable.” No hype. Sounds promising. Comment.
Astoria Times

Electronics stolen from Jax Hts home: Boro DA

JACKSON HEIGHTS — A 20-year-old East Elmhurst man was arrested after he allegedly broke into a Jackson Heights apartment and stole a pair of sneakers and several electronic items, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Astoria Times

2 teen girls robbed in Astoria subway stop: DA

ASTORIA — An 18-year-old Astoria man and a teenager were arrested after they allegedly robbed two teenage girls at a subway station on Astoria’s Steinway Street in August, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Letters

Vote for change in Albany

Recent headlines proclaimed Gov. David Patterson said New York state is on the brink of bankruptcy and 100,000 New Yorkers signed a petition opposing the mandatory purchase requirement of new car license plates in 2010, whether needed or not. Comment.
Letters

Gov’t should regulate food industry

Now that the U.S. House of Representatives has decided we will have our health care needs taken care of, they might as well take care of our nutrition. After all, if you want to save health care money, what better way is there than controlling what we eat? Comment.
Letters

Electeds must vote the way constituents want them to

An open letter to U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman. Comment.
Letters

Women and children must receive protection from domestic violence

Last month was Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but we cannot let the passing of a few days allow us to lose our focus on this problem that continues to plague our society. Comment.
Letters

Hold teachers, administrators in schools to same standards

Recently my child came home from school with a note that stated that under the No Child Left Behind Act, parents were entitled to find out their child’s teacher’s and para’s qualifications by requesting a Parent Request Form. Comment.
Letters

Berger’s columns showcase talent, humor

Although I have had a negative reaction to one of Alex Berger’s past columns, I would like to say that my angry response does not reflect any personal antagonism toward him. Comment.
Editorial

Less for More at Con Ed

At a time when Mayor Michael Bloomberg has ordered his commissioners to find ways to do as much or more with 12 percent fewer funds, the state Public Service Commission has told Con Ed it can charge residents 9 percent more in gas rates for service that has been less than adequate. Comment.
Astoria Times

Political Action: Iannece and Vallone still contenders in 2010 races

In the Nov. 3 City Council race in the 19th District, in which Republican Dan Halloran defeated Democrat Kevin Kim, there has been a focus on how much support Kim received from other Democrats who ran in the Democratic primary Kim won. Comment.
Astoria Times

Berger’s Burg: December full of holiday cheer, traditions and rituals

Child: “Please, God, I don’t want to go to heaven if my piano teacher is going to be there — and please put vitamins in candy instead of broccoli.” Comment.
Astoria Times

Our History: Thanksgiving evolved from older and similar traditions

In the early 19th century, travelers from abroad were impressed by our Thanksgiving tradition. One was English traveler Charles Lyall, who had come here in 1841 to study the North American geology. Comment.
Astoria Times

Preservationists want Astoria stones honored

Western Queens community activists said last week they hoped the city’s plan to preserve a European artifact believed to be the oldest in the borough was not set in stone. Comment.
Astoria Times

Judge makes example of L.I. con artist

The Queens district attorney’s office sentenced a straw buyer who conned a 93-year-old Alzheimer’s patient into foreclosing his homes in Bayside and Jamaica to telling the public about her crime after she serves a brief period in jail. Comment.
Astoria Times

City to change call system after Woodside fire kills 3

In the wake of the fatal Nov. 7 fire that killed three people in Woodside and another blaze that caused three deaths in Brooklyn last week, the city’s police and fire departments have agreed to temporarily change a new policy that the firefighters union and some elected officials blamed for the fatalities. Comment.
Astoria Times

LIC resident livens up Pulaski Bridge with artwork

Most commuters consider the Pulaski Bridge linking Long Island City with Brooklyn to be something less than a work of art, but a collaboration between a borough artist, the city Department of Transportation and Transportation Alternatives has brought some aesthetic relief to cyclists and pedestrians traversing the span. Comment.
Astoria Times

18 charged in airport taxi scam: DA

Just in time for the holidays, the authorities said they had arrested 18 people in a crackdown designed to round up unlicensed drivers who scam unsuspecting tourists arriving in New York at the two Queens airports. Comment.
Astoria Times

Controversial imam visits QC

Imam Sirah Wahhaj emphasized the importance of openly discussing him being named an unindicted co-conspirator of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing at a talk attended by hundreds of Queens College students and staff members last week. Comment.
Astoria Times

Far Rock teen dies in hail of 14 cop bullets

Police say three officers were acting in self-defense over the weekend when they fired off 14 bullets and killed an 18-year-old man who they contend aimed a loaded gun at them. Comment.
Astoria Times

College Point church rises from the ashes

College Point’s First Reformed Church reopened last weekend with its first Sunday worship service in nearly a year and a half following a June 6, 2008, fire that engulfed its steeple and caused major damage to its main sanctuary. Comment.
Astoria Times

Woodside men indicted in transgender attack: DA

Two Woodside men have been indicted on hate crime charges for allegedly assaulting a transgender woman in Jackson Heights this spring, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Olympic recognition for Queens woman 73 years later

A little over 73 years ago, Jamaica Estates resident Margaret Lambert should have been heading to the Olympics in Berlin. Comment.
Astoria Times

MTA does not call for fare hikes, service cuts in reworked budget

The MTA has again revamped its budget for 2010 without calling for a subway and bus fare hike or cuts in service, although MTA Chairman Jay Walder said the agency’s finances remain “very fragile.” Comment.
Astoria Times

City unveils Hunters Pt. plans

The blueprint for Hunters Point South’s waterfront park was unveiled to the public last Thursday to mostly positive reviews, although plans for an artificial turf common area were met with skepticism. Comment.
Astoria Times

Long Island City rooftop rink opens

Rooftop recreation in Queens just got a lot colder, thanks to a brand-new ice rink in Long Island City. Comment.
Astoria Times

Mets seek interns to work in marketing department

Flushing college students with an interest in baseball have a new opportunity this summer to get their foot in the door with the New York Mets organization. Comment.
Astoria Times

NYPD taps SE Queens deputy for terror trial detail

NYPD Deputy Chief Michael Blake spent years helping to clean the streets of southeast Queens and now he is assigned to keep the city safe as it hosts the trial against the Sept. 11, 2001, terror plot suspects. Comment.
Astoria Times

LaGuardia CC tackles hate at diversity forum

While Queens is one of the most diverse areas in the world, it is also often segregated and there needs to be a dialogue about how to create an inclusive society in which individuals can accept and learn from each other’s differences, speakers said at a forum hosted by LaGuardia Community College and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York last week. Comment.
Astoria Times

Boro hungry fed in Forest Hills

Those whose lives have taken a turn for the worse came into the rooms in Forest Hills’ Queens Jewish Community Council this week mostly with their heads down, pushing carts that would soon be filled with blue plastic bags brimming with food for Thanksgiving. Comment.
Astoria Times

Forest Hills man enters latke-eating contest

Forest Hills resident Bill Lust will be stuffing himself with as many latkes as he can on television next month to help raise money for a Long Island synagogue that has received thousands of phone calls for financial help this year. Comment.
Astoria Times

Corona man blames murders on split personality

A 48-year-old Peruvian man from Corona who has been charged in the grisly murders of his wife and younger son told police his split personality was responsible for the crimes, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Vallone wants softer rules on parking

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) said he will continue to push for laws that protect city residents from overzealous traffic agents after the Council passed one bill he sponsored that would give a grace period for alternate side street parking. Comment.
Astoria Times

Boro backs bill to control store stampedes

City Councilmen James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) and Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) will soon appeal to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his administration to push forward a bill to prevent a repeat of last year’s death of a Jamaica man who was working at a Long Island Wal-Mart when he was trampled to death by bargain hunters on Black Friday. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man shot to death on street near PS 132

A Springfield Gardens block woke up to a shock Tuesday morning after a 24-year-old man was shot to death the night before down the block from an elementary school. Comment.
Astoria Times

Chief exec at LIC printing biz pleads guilty to grand larceny

The chief executive of a Long Island City printing company admitted last week to defrauding two investors of $145,000, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Juniper group barks at stalled dog run plans

After a year of advocating for a permanent dog run, the Juniper Valley Park Dog Association is not pleased with Community Board , and its members do not plan on going away any time soon. Comment.
Astoria Times

Justice for Bianca wants probe into fatal building fire

About a dozen women from throughout the city have formed Justice for Bianca, a group calling for an independent investigation into an Oct. 18 fire in Kew Gardens Hills that killed a mother of two who had filed a $20 million sexual harassment suit against a construction company for which she worked. Comment.
Astoria Times

Boro criminal court officer cleared of stalking women

A 43-year-old Queens criminal court officer was cleared last week of charges that he stalked a borough woman, followed her in disguise and approached her on several occasions in Astoria and Woodside last year, a spokeswoman for the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Tensions rise over boro rail

Residents of Glendale, Maspeth and Middle Village have long had a tempestuous relationship with the freight railroad that runs through the heart of the area, but an uneasy peace that existed since the settlement of a lawsuit earlier this year has deteriorated, with nine area civic associations banding together to pressure elected officials for change. Comment.
Astoria Times

Cupboard is bare for pantries and families

A simple note is posted in thick permanent marker on the door of the Hour Children food pantry in Long Island City: “I’m very sorry, but we have no turkeys or chickens this year. We will try to make it a good pantry though.” Comment.
Astoria Times

City warns boro Auto Mall using deceptive tactics

A city agency wants to revoke the license of a Richmond Hill used car dealership along with obtaining $700,000 in restitution and fines from the company for what it called illegal and deceptive business practices. Comment.
Astoria Times

Council gets MTA update on subway grope reports

It occurs mostly when subway cars are packed to capacity with morning or evening straphangers, but for many women the worst thing is not the congestion but the unwelcome pat, squeeze, grope or worse. Comment.
Astoria Times

Living in harmony

Twenty years ago on Nov. 9, East Berliners poured out of their homes to dance on the concrete monolith known as the Berlin Wall that had for 28 years separated them from West Berlin. Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009

Man, 24, killed near Springfield Gdns. school

A 24-year-old man was killed Monday night in Springfield Gardens, just down the block from a public school, police said. Comment.

AUDIO SLIDE SHOW: Remembering Sabrina

On November 16, 2008, Sabrina Matthews, 14, was found dead in her Cambria Heights home. One year later, her family, friends and supporters gathered at the yellow house on 234th Street to remember the teen with a candlelight vigil. "I want her name to be alive," said Sabrina's mother, Shirda Matthews. Comment.

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