Monday, May 31, 2010

Molloy sweeps Prep for 2nd straight title

A hittable pitch has a certain look for Julia Lipovac. Comment.

Clutch hit eludes St. Francis in B/Q final loss

Ann Marie Rich asked the question that summed up her St. Francis Prep team’s day. Comment.

Sickle Cell Anemia: Living with the pain in 2010

Gloria Rochester could not hold down a job while caring for her daughter, Tyeisha, who was diagnosed with sickle cell disease at 18 months. Comment.

Sanders calls for gun buyback in wake of shooting

After this weekend’s shooting at an out-of-control Springfield Gardens party took the life of a teen, City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton) is calling on the city and community to get illegal guns off the streets to prevent future bloodshed. Comment.

Parades slated for Maspeth, Ridgewood

While many local residents plan to attend barbecues or possibly catch a movie this Memorial Day weekend, organizers of this year’s Memorial Day parades in Ridgewood and Maspeth are asking folks not to forget the true reason for the holiday: honoring those who fought and died for their country. Comment.

CB 3 OKs summertime play street

After dozens of protesters marched into the meeting and spoke passionately in support of the measure, Community Board 3 members last Thursday night voted to support turning part of 78th Street, adjacent to Travers Park, into a two-month play street this summer. Comment.

Communities across Queens to honor fallen on Memorial Day

Huge crowds expected at Little Neck-Douglaston parade Comment.

Jamaica projects on track: Developers

A weak economy may have delayed two projects aimed at improving downtown Jamaica, but developers said they are still moving forward with their plans. Comment.

Little Neck leaders slam bus cut

Northeast Queens community leaders said they were outraged at the MTA’s plan to cut Q79 bus service from Floral Park to Little Neck and that the line was a vital means of transportation in the two neighborhoods. Comment.

Comrie protests plans for homeless center

City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) joined in on the protests against a proposed homeless shelter in Jamaica, a neighborhood where community leaders said they have been overloaded with similar homes. Comment.

Vanel challenges Clark in primary

After failing to make it to the City Council during last year’s election, lifelong Cambria Heights native Clyde Vanel is taking another shot at elected office. Comment.

No second precinct for 105th

Community Board 13 got a straight answer Monday, but not the one it wanted to hear: There are no immediate plans to build a second precinct in the area. Comment.

CB 12 hears solution for York flooding

For years York College has had to deal with a major flooding problem under its academic core building. Comment.

Jackson Heights dad burned baby: Brown

An 11-month-old baby girl was still in critical condition Tuesday afternoon, a week after the mother’s Jackson Heights boyfriend is accused of pouring scalding hot water on the child to stop her from crying, according to the Queens district attorney’s office. Comment.

Cambria senior center closed

The head of the Jamaica branch of the NAACP stood outside a shuttered senior center in Cambria Heights last week with two members of the center’s board of directors to criticize the city Department for the Aging’s decision to shutter the facility and urge the agency to reopen the center. Comment.
Crime

Jamaica man taped girl under her skirt: Cops

FOREST HILLS — A Jamaica man was arrested last week after allegedly videotaping a 16-year-old girl under her skirt while riding the E train in Forest Hills May 20, police said. Comment.
Crime

Man face 6 1/2 years for assaulting baby: DA

OZONE PARK — An Ozone Park man will likely spend 6 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to assaulting his infant daughter while baby-sitting her, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Crime

Boro man eats marijuana cigarette: Brown

JAMAICA — A Jamaica man was sentenced to 15 days in jail or a $150 fine for swallowing a marijuana cigarette after a police officer saw him smoking in a public place, the Queens district attorney said Tuesday. Comment.
Editorial

New York Needs a Budget Now

State Senate Majority Conference Leader John Sampson is arguably the most or at least the second-most powerful political figure in New York state. As such, Sampson should be held accountable for the shameful budget impasse in Albany. Comment.
Opinion

Neighbor to Neighbor: Wealth of information found at Going Green in Queens

More about what you may have missed at the Going Green in Queens event. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Fresh Meadows bar covers awning

The owners of a Fresh Meadows bar have covered up an awning that drew criticism from elected officials for depicting the silhouette of a woman who appears to be naked and unconscious after the city Department of Buildings said the sign needed to be removed because it was too large. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: City water rates will increase, but by slightly lower margin

Holloway said the water rate increase this year would be 12.9 percent instead of the 14 percent originally proposed. It seems there are plans to raise the water rates another 12 percent to 14 percent next year and perhaps for a few more years. If rates continue to rise, we will have valuable properties but may not have enough money to pay taxes and rate raises plus keep our properties in repair. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Forest Hills bar holds fund-raiser for L.I. boy with brain tumor

As adroitly as Philip Califano, 7, can rattle off information about race car drivers or voice his love for school — even homework — he can also explain, patiently, the “ball” in his head that has turned life upside down for his family. Comment.

Panel changes way to apply to sixth grade

Community Education Council District 28 members unanimously approved a resolution to streamline the application process for intermediate schools, which sparked ire from some parents but praise from elected and school officials. Comment.
Flushing Times

Whitestone players seeking new boards to tread

Kevin and Judy Vincent lived for community theater for many years until their 5-year-old daughter, Kyla´╗┐, was born. Comment.
Flushing Times

Whitestone residents upset over bus route

Retired police officer Mike Catalano spent 25 years keeping drivers safe on the city’s roads and highways, but the Whitestone retiree said if he were still on the force, he would need only to step out of his front door to find people committing traffic and parking violations. Comment.

Slain woman’s mother arrives in Flushing

Yu Yao’s mother knew only that her daughter was in the hospital when she arrived from Beijing at Newark Liberty Airport Monday afternoon on a visa arranged by state Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside). Comment.

North Shore-LIJ raises curtain on updated patient safety center

The North Shore-Long Island Health System last Thursday unveiled its newly expanded Patient Safety Institute, which is used by hospital staff to train against preventable medical errors. Comment.
Crime

Money, TV stolen in robberies in 111th Pct.

BAYSIDE — Oakland Gardens and Bayside were hit with a number of burglaries recently, police said. Comment.
Crime

Two teens steal watch, cell phone: Police

OAKLAND GARDENS — Police from the 111th Precinct arrested two teenagers after the boys and their friends allegedly ganged up on two 14-year-olds and stole a watch and a cell phone last Thursday in Oakland Gardens, officials said. Comment.
Crime

Rims, tires stolen from Infiniti in Little Neck

LITTLE NECK — Thieves stole four rims and tires from a 2008 Infinit G37 on May 18 in Little Neck, police from the 111th Precinct said. Comment.
Editorial

School Nurses Aren’t a Luxury

The budget impasse in Albany has forced a number of unhappy decisions. They include the possible closing of some senior centers, the cutting back on library hours and the closing of some state parks. None of these were popular decisions, but they appeared to distribute the pain. Comment.

Auburndale rezone begins public review

The proposed rezoning of more than 400 square blocks of northeast Queens moved on to the public review process Monday after years of anticipation by local residents. Comment.

St. Mary’s hospital chairman to take over for Grebin as prez

St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children announced last week that its chairman of the board would take over as president following the death earlier this year of Burton Grebin, who had led the Bayside hospital since 1991. Comment.

Fire devastates Rego Park block, destroys shops

A four-alarm fire wreaked havoc on a Rego Park block this week, gutting at least six and shuttering nine businesses that residents said were mainstays of the neighborhood that has long depended on the shops for everything from groceries to animal care. Comment.

Padavan launches bid for Senate re-election

State Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) kicked off his bid for the seat he has held since 1972 amid more than 200 supporters at his campaign headquarters in Bayside this week. Comment.

Obituary: Marie Charlotte Herter Head, 91

Marie Charlotte Herter Head of Flushing died May 3 at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Conn. She was 91. Comment.

Friedrich to challenge Weprin in primary

Bob Friedrich is hoping the third time will be the charm. Comment.
Bayside Times

Stop-work order hits First Edition successor

A new restaurant will occupy the space formerly filled by First Edition Bistro, a longtime Bayside bar and restaurant that closed down late last year after 61 years of business on Bell Boulevard. Comment.
Bayside Times

Queens Dems back Braunstein

The Queens County Democratic Party threw its weight behind Edward Braunstein, a Community Board 11 member who works in constituent services for state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), in the race to replace Assemblywoman Ann Margaret Carrozza (D-Bayside). Comment.
Bayside Times

Disadvantaged girls can go to prom in style, thanks to group

Queens teenagers unable to afford the often hefty price tags that come with prom dresses received a helping hand in Bayside last weekend. Comment.

Bayside leaders fear influx of new HS students

Bayside leaders said they were disturbed to hear that the city Department of Education could dump hundreds of new students into Bayside High School, which they contend is already overcrowded. Comment.

Gay activists crash Addabbo’s birthday party

Members of the gay rights group Queer Rising crashed state Sen. Joseph Addabbo’s (D-Howard Beach) birthday party Sunday in South Richmond Hill for what the organization said was the senator’s betrayal of the gay community for his no vote on gay marriage. Comment.
Food

Dining Out: 5 Star: Cuisine of India’s Kerala region takes center stage

Calling themselves 5 Star may be a self-fulfilling prophesy for the owners of this new South Indian eatery in New Hyde Park. If we used a star rating system, they would be seeing multiple stars in their rating. Then again, they could just as easily have called it Mom’s, because in this family-owned-and-operated business, the matriarch, Tessy Chrian, is the one working the magic in the kitchen. Comment.
Crime

Woodhaven burglar sought by police

WOODHAVEN — Police were searching for a man wanted in connection with burglary in Woodhaven. Comment.
Crime

3 boro women stole $50K from ATMs: Conn. DA

DARIEN, CONN. — Two Middle Village women and a Maspeth resident were charged with stealing about $50,000 from ATMs in Connecticut, the U.S. District Attorney David Fein said this week. Comment.
Letters

Use renewable sources of energy

It came as a breath of fresh air to read that the federal government has given its green light to a huge wind turbine farm off the coast of Cape Cod. It will consist of 130 turbines, down from 170, and occupy an area of about 25 square miles in Nantucket Sound. Comment.
Letters

Enact nonpartisan redistricting

When the Census forms arrive every 10 years, it is important to fill it out because legislative district lines are based upon the population. Every decade it is a contentious process, and in the past the lines were redrawn in such a way to protect incumbent office-holders. Comment.
Letters

Assembly candidate touts state accountability plan

Albany has become the portrait of corruption and dysfunction. It seems every day a new scandal erupts onto the front pages of newspapers and, with each new story, average voters become more disenchanted and more apathetic toward their government. We must put an end to this. Comment.
Letters

Let Kelty explain Willets Pt. stand

Eugene Kelty, chairman of Community Board 7, was only “75 percent happy” with the city’s plan to relocate three large Willets Point businesses to College Point (“Willets Pt. relocation OK’d,” Flushing Times, May 13-19). Comment.
Letters

Malakov, Bell do not deserve street renamings

After reading an edition of the Forest Hill Ledger this month, I was shocked to see two violent incidents would result in the renaming of streets in Queens. The first was the murder of Daniel Malakov, a Bukharian emigre who was murdered in front of his daughter on the orders of his estranged wife. The other was the unfortunate police incident concerning Sean Bell outside a notorious after-hours bar. Comment.
Letters

Make other professions take pay cuts

Isn’t it interesting that over the last several months the crescendo has been growing for teachers to take salary freezes and cuts due to the worsening economic crisis? Comment.
Editorial

Stop the Budget Blame Game

Faced with a financial crisis of monumental proportions, Gov. David Paterson has decided to play the blame game. The governor placed the responsibility for this impasse at the feet of the Democratic and Republican legislative leaders. Comment.
Opinion

Our History: Photographers documented evolving technology of travel

Among many forces, it can be said that the steam engine dominated the 19th century. Dependent on the horse or the sail as we were then, the steam engine led us to the age of the automobile and eventually the future ages of flight and of space. With this one invention came a revolution in the way both goods and people were transported and brought us together as a nation of travelers. Comment.
Opinion

I Sit And Look Out: Unfaithful politicians use ‘community’ for their needs

I began this series on our malfunctioning state Senate and the Queens Three — Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans), former Sen. Hiram Monserrate and Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) — who assisted in that chaos with a comment by former Mayor Ed Koch about “banana republics.” I end with a consideration of community as it applies to ethnic politics in Queens and the city. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Padavan makes the rounds with events over weekend

Did you ever notice how things seem to go in circles? For me this week it included getting caught up in a politician’s schedule. This was definitely a circle week for state Sen. Frank Padavan. Comment.
Opinion

Berger’s Burg: On this Memorial Day, honor the fallen who served the U.S.

Here in the Presence of Washington and Lincoln, One the Eighteenth Century Father and the Other the Nineteenth Century Preserver of our Nation, We Honor Those Twentieth Century Americans Who Took Up the Struggle During the Second World War and Made the Sacrifices to Perpetuate the Gift Our Forefathers Entrusted to Us: A Nation Conceived in Liberty and Justice. — National World War II Memorial Announcement Stone Comment.
Business

DiNardo’s puts fresh ingredients front and center

Whitestone’s Rocco DiNardo said his pizzeria along 14th Avenue has drawn a loyal following since he opened it one year ago because the eatery makes all the food on its extensive menu fresh. Comment.

Willets Point bikers want answer about future

History sure seems to repeat itself for the Queensboro Motorcycle Club. Comment.

Buddhist group’s event promotes green living

Volunteer college student members of the Tzu Chi Foundation, one of the largest Buddhist organizations in North America, recently took to Kissena Corridor Park in Flushing to spread information about environmentalism and Chinese culture throughout the community. Comment.

Party shooting kills one, injures six

Police were searching this week for a suspect who opened fire on a large crowd at a barbecue in Springfield Gardens, leaving a community reeling with grief after he killed a 20-year-old Cambria Heights man and sent six others to the hospital, officials and residents said. Comment.

Council approves alternative plan to school closures

The City Council unanimously approved a new measure Tuesday that could spare at-risk Queens high schools from shutting their doors, and the educational group that helped pushed for the plan said it could change the way schools operate. Comment.

Smith calls upon youth to not wear sagging pants

State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans) wants today’s youth to shape up from the bottom up — literally — and has taken to the streets to get his message across. Comment.

Developer buys RKO Keith’s

The landmarked RKO Keith’s Theatre in Flushing has sold for $20 million´╗┐ to Manhattan condominium developer Patrick Thompson, the attorney who represented Thompson in the deal said Tuesday. Comment.
Astoria Times

LIC man shot and killed at Queensbridge

A Long Island City man died last weekend on the grounds of the complex where he had spent much of his life after being shot at the Queensbridge Houses, police and friends said. Comment.

Historian to lead tours of Queens neighborhoods

Walking the streets of Queens’s multicultural neighborhoods can be a treat in its own right, but under the guidance of resident Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum, it becomes a chance to learn about the events that shaped the borough and its people. Comment.

Marshall to name boro historian next month

The Queens borough president’s office will announce its pick for Queens historian, who will preserve the borough’s legacy Tuesday in Kew Gardens, a spokesman for Helen Marshall said. Comment.

MTA wasted $39M on jet fuel for city buses, DiNapoli says

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has accused transit officials of using unnecessary, high-priced fuel for a bus fleet in a $39 million waste of taxpayer money. Comment.

Boro Dems back Moya for Peralta’s old Assembly seat

The Queens County Democratic Party endorsed Francisco Moya Monday as its preferred candidate to fill the 39th State Assembly District seat. Comment.

City renames Martins Field

Decades after the city built a playground on top of the 19th-century graves of African and native Americans in Flushing, residents said honor has finally begun to be restored to the individuals whose burials were marred by discrimination. Comment.

Making of a candidate: Born in the backrooms

State Senator Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) said last week that after 38 years in Albany, he knows how people become politicians. Comment.

LIJ adds Manhattan hospital to its system

The North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, which runs Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, North Shore University Hospital at Forest Hills and North Shore University Hospital on the Nassau-Queens border, has extended its reach into Manhattan after it finalized an agreement for Lenox Hill Hospital to join the health system. Comment.

Klein pushes for increase in cap on charter schools

City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein urged congregation members at Jamaica’s New Jerusalem Baptist Church to support lifting the cap on charter schools the week before he said the state Assembly must pass legislation to ensure New York lands hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding. Comment.
Astoria Times

Ex-Woodside suitor admits slaying lover

A Woodside man facing charges in the brutal murder of former NYPD Crime Lab Technician Michelle Lee, 24, of Sunnyside and the attempted cover-up of the killing pleaded guilty last week to first-degree manslaughter and three counts of tampering with evidence. Comment.

Boro artists honor Haiti with works at Corona library

Queens artists paid homage to Haiti’s rich cultural history at the Langston Hughes Library in Corona Saturday with an afternoon of music, drama and art inspired by the Caribbean nation that was shattered by an earthquake earlier this year. Comment.

Queens native Cuomo makes guv bid official

State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, a native son of Queens, officially announced Saturday he is running for governor and took aim at a dysfunctional state Legislature in a video posted on his Web site. Comment.

E. Elmhurst man dies at 91, trained with Tuskegee Airmen

The East Elmhurst community is still mourning the loss of community leader Cecil Paris, a U.S. Army veteran who once trained with the Tuskegee Airmen, the nation’s first black military aviation unit. Comment.

City bus drivers take time off after spitting ‘assaults’

Some 51 bus drivers were spat on while on duty last year and each one took an average of two months off with pay to recover from the attack, MTA records indicate. Comment.

Astorians support 20th Ave. plant

Astoria residents spoke out in favor of the proposed NRG Astoria Repowering Project plant, which would generate more megawatts of energy at its site on 20th Avenue but use significantly cleaner technology. Comment.
Astoria Times

Leaders take to the streets to preserve Astoria firehouse

A bevy of western Queens elected officials called on the city not to close Astoria’s Engine 262 Ladder or other Queens firehouses amid Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s budgetary proposal to eliminate four sites in the borough. Comment.

City Council OKs rezoning for Astoria

The City Council unanimously passed a plan Tuesday to rezone sections of Astoria for the first time in 49 years that will include height limits for buildings as well as allow for new commercial development. Comment.

City opens pothole repair plant near Willets Point

Mayor Michael Bloomberg came to Corona Monday to officially announce the grand opening of a new municipally owned asphalt plant, which officials said will save the city up to $5 million a year on street resurfacing and pothole repair. It sits a mere block or two away from Willets Point, notorious for its unpaved roads and chassis-challenging potholes. Comment.
Astoria Times

Amtrak stops cutting trees

Amtrak recently chopped down hundreds of trees along its tracks in western Queens, but halted the clearing after livid Woodside and Astoria residents complained to the railroad corporation. Comment.

Affordable apartment building opens in Rego Park

A new 50-unit apartment building in Rego Park will provide affordable housing for residents in a borough where the cost of living continues to rise, city officials and community members said at Tuesday’s ribbon-cutting for the complex. Comment.
Film

The Reel Queens: Queens-set ‘Blue Valentine’ makes showing at Cannes

Queens will be all over the cinematic map this summer as one of the two American films competing at the Cannes Film Festival was shot in the borough, three of the summer’s potential blockbusters were partially set in its neighborhoods and an Astoria filmmaker just wrapped a high-profile crime drama in western Queens. Comment.
Arts

Take the 7 train

Music, dance, painting, sculpture, color, culture, life: Artists and art enthusiasts from the culturally unique communities along Queens’ famed No. 7 train are preparing this week to showcase their talents at the second annual Queens Art Express, which takes place June 9-13. Comment.

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