Thursday, June 10, 2010

Queens librarians union slams planned $17M budget cuts

The union representing the borough’s librarians and other employees took their fight to the streets Tuesday against proposed $16.9 million in city cuts. Comment.

Queens College honors Mid-East peace advocate

After spending much of his life advocating for reconciliation between his native Palestine and Israel, Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish’s faith in humanity was nearly shattered when his three daughters and a niece died last year after an Israeli tank fired on his house in Gaza. Comment.

Group home irks Royal Ranch

Residents of the Royal Ranch section of Glen Oaks said a group home for autistic teenagers has been a nightmare for the community ever since it opened in February. Comment.

Parade draws thousands to boro

Two American soldiers of two different eras with two different backgrounds met as waves of people marched by in the annual Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day parade Monday afternoon. Comment.

Firefighters speak out against budget cuts at Liu meeting

The ongoing war of words between the Bloomberg administration and the city’s firefighters unions continued last week after officials from the office of city Comptroller John Liu presented the city’s proposed 2010 budget plan for Queens to the public at LaGuardia Community College. Comment.

Astoria grad rose up from poverty to college

When Astoria resident Jeremiah Lundgren received his master’s degree from Queens College last week, he marveled at how far he had come from the days when he thought he would never make it past ninth grade. Comment.

Jamaica High applicants’ future uncertain

As the school year winds down, hundreds of potential students applying to Jamaica High School are still in limbo. Comment.

Tainted tap water suspected in illness at Flushing school

State Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) called on the city to investigate the drinking water at all its public schools after a number of students were sickened at PS 20 John Bowne Elementary School Tuesday. Comment.

Speaking in tongues of generations past

Queens, one of the most linguistically diverse areas on Earth, is at the forefront of the battle to save thousands of the world’s languages expected to disappear in the next century. Comment.

Flushing BID leaders leave for other pursuits

The leadership of the Downtown Flushing Transit Hub Business Improvement District, or Flushing BID, has seen two of its most powerful positions vacated in the past two weeks. Comment.

Bayside pastor uses church as bail collateral

A Bayside pastor used the church he leads as collateral to post his bail after being indicted on rape charges in an alleged incident involving an underage girl, a spokeswoman for the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Livery cab hits Bayside house, but no serious injuries

After a livery cab crashed through the fence of a Bayside home Friday, neighborhood residents said the accident highlights the need for a four-way stop sign or speed bumps in an area where they said there has been far too many crashes. Comment.

No injuries in Vernon Blvd. blaze: FDNY

A two-alarm fire on Vernon Boulevard Friday damaged two apartments and closed two businesses but caused no major injuries, according to the FDNY. But one casualty of the blaze at 47-35 Vernon Boulevard was the birthday party of a 5-year-old girl in the neighboring building, witnesses said. Comment.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Off-duty cop killed in motorcycle crash on Cross Island Parkway

A 27-year-old off-duty police officer was killed Wednesday after he crashed his motorcycle on the Cross Island Parkway at the overpass of the Whitestone Expressway, police said. Comment.

Young Patriots’ playoff run ends in quarterfinals

It wasn’t that Francis Lewis lost its confidence. It was unceremoniously taken away. Comment.

Featherston leads Prep to city crown

Kilby Featherston saw Xavier players celebrating on the courts around him. His coach, John Brennan, looked distressed. Along with partner Joe Henehan, he had just dropped the first set. Comment.
Ridgewood

Reservoir plans in limbo

Queens park officials last year were scheduled to begin phase one of renovating the former Ridgewood Reservoir, but more than a year later no construction has begun and those same officials Tuesday said that is not going to change anytime soon. Comment.

Paterson proposes change for rent-controlled units

Gov. David Paterson has proposed to change rent laws to increase from $2,000 to $3,000 the point at which a vacant apartment can be removed from rent stabilization controls. Comment.
Ridgewood

Maspeth honors war heroes with annual parade

Adeline Speer was not born in the United States and she does not own an American flag, but that did not stop her from enthusiastically displaying her brimming patriotism as an attendee at the Maspeth Memorial Day Parade Saturday afternoon. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Flushing landlord offers free home to non-profit

Martha Flores-Vasquez has served multiple terms as Democratic District Leader in Flushing and has lived for many years in the neighborhood’s quiet Murray Hill section. Comment.

Officials spar over 43rd Ave.school plans

City officials agree that Corona public schools are extremely overcrowded and that new schools must be built, but those same officials disagree about where at least one of those schools should be built. Comment.
Little Neck Ledger

Bayside street named for Little Neck’s Soskin

The city renamed a portion of 215th Street in Bayside last month to honor the late Sol Soskin, a Little Neck community activist who served on the 111th Precinct’s community council for over 50 years. Comment.
Crime

Woman breaks window to man’s house: Brown

QUEENS VILLAGE — A Queens Village woman allegedly banged on a man’s door and window until she broke the window glass at about 2 p.m. May 22, according to the Queens district attorney. Comment.
Crime

Son caught slashing mom’s car tires: Brown

QUEENS VILLAGE — A Queens Village man allegedly slashed a woman’s tires between 5 p.m. and 5:50 p.m. May 11 in front of 71-04 260th St., the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Group home irks Royal Ranch

Residents of the Royal Ranch section of Glen Oaks said a group home for autistic teenagers has been a nightmare for the community ever since it opened in February. Comment.

Memorial Day honors veterans, armed forces in Laurelton

American history class came to life for 9-year-old Jasmine Williams at Laurelton’s annual Memorial Day parade Monday afternoon. Comment.

Shooting leaves teen dead, two injured

In the third time in as many weeks a late night shooting has rocked a southeast Queens block and left another teenager dead, police said. Comment.
Laurelton

Jamaica High applicants’ future uncertain

As the school year winds down, hundreds of potential students applying to Jamaica High School are still in limbo. Comment.

Jamaica pimp receives up to 10 years in prison

A former youth counselor from Jamaica was sentenced last Thursday to spend up to a decade in prison for pimping out a teenage girl, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Editorial

Bag the Sag

Two prominent African-American political leaders, state Sens. Malcolm Smith and Eric Adams, have launched a campaign to persuade youth, especially black teenagers, to stop wearing jeans that fall off their butts, exposing their boxer shorts. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Forest Hills parade honors heroes

Airman Norm Barry may no longer have the strength he had when he flew above the Aleutian Islands in World War II, but the Forest Hills resident still holds patriotism and respect for his fellow soldiers in the highest regard. Comment.

Charges upgraded in rape slay

Funeral arrangements were set for the young Chinese immigrant who was brutally attacked and killed on the streets of Flushing last month. Comment.

Parades honor borough’s fallen

For College Point resident Mary Anne Keiling, the Memorial Day ceremonies in her hometown have special resonance. Comment.

Flushing BID leaders leave for other pursuits

The leadership of the Downtown Flushing Transit Hub Business Improvement District, or Flushing BID, has seen two of its most powerful positions vacated in the past two weeks. Comment.
Crime

Thief steals money, credit cards in car: Cops

DOUGLASTON — Police reported that an unknown individual entered a 1997 Honda Accord through its sunroof between 1 p.m. and 6:05 p.m. Saturday and stole a wallet with credit cards. Comment.
Crime

Two teens stole phones, iPod from boys: Cops

BAYSIDE — Two teenage boys were arrested at about 9:20 a.m. May 26 on charges of robbing three other teenage boys in Raymond O’Connor Park at 32nd Avenue and Kennedy Street, according to police. Comment.
Crime

Police search for men who stole alcohol: Cops

BAYSIDE — Police were looking for two black males who entered Bell Wine and Spirits at about 9 p.m. Friday evening and stole a bottle of Remi Martin and a bottle of Henessey and ran out of the store. Comment.
Crime

Burglars steal money from Bayside liquor store

BAYSIDE — Police reported that unknown burglars broke the lock off the rear security gate at Sky Liquor & Wines at 43-04 Bell Blvd. at about 4:10 a.m. Saturday and stole money. Comment.
Crime

Burglars swipe jewelry from Douglaston home

FRESH MEADOWS — Police reported that a home at an undisclosed location near 186th Street and 56th Avenue was burglarized by unknown suspects at about 9:20 p.m. May 27. Comment.
Crime

Teen accused of hitting officer in Little Neck

LITTLE NECK — Police arrested a man Friday night after he punched a police officer on the left side of his face using a closed fist, causing substantial swelling and pain, authorities said. Comment.
Crime

Cops on the look out for Bayside bank robber

BAYSIDE — Police were looking for a man who they said robbed a Nara Bank last week. Comment.
Editorial

At Last, Justice

TimesLedger Newspapers has followed the campaign of Bayside community leader Mandingo Tshaka, who has fought for more than 10 years to honor the impoverished people buried beneath what became a Flushing playground. Comment.

Queens College honors Mid-East peace advocate

After spending much of his life advocating for reconciliation between his native Palestine and Israel, Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish’s faith in humanity was nearly shattered when his three daughters and a niece died last year after an Israeli tank fired on his house in Gaza. Comment.

Flashy plug-in hybrid visits Northern Blvd.

An auto industry executive who created two cars seen in James Bond films loaned out the world’s first premium plug-in hybrid electric vehicle for display at a Great Neck, L.I., auto dealer on Northern Boulevard last week. Comment.

Tainted tap water suspected in illness at Flushing school

State Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) called on the city to investigate the drinking water at all its public schools after a number of students were sickened at PS 20 John Bowne Elementary School Tuesday. Comment.

Garage blast injures owner

Memorial Day took a destructive turn Monday night for a Flushing man who was treated for severe burns after an explosion rocked a garage he was in next to his home at 26-17 Murray St. Comment.

Pupils told to shun violence at Flushing tennis center

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and a group of Far Rockaway students raised a racket together last week at an event during which youths were encouraged to play tennis and avoid getting involved with drugs, guns and gangs. Comment.

Bayside pastor uses church as bail collateral

A Bayside pastor used the church he leads as collateral to post his bail after being indicted on rape charges in an alleged incident involving an underage girl, a spokeswoman for the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Crime

Cops search for teens in cell phone robbery

RIDGEWOOD — Police were asking for the public’s assistance in locating a 15- to 16-year-old black girl and four 15- to 16-year-old black boys wanted in connection with a “strong-arm robbery” that occurred May 21 at 3:34 p.m. on the stairwell entrance to the Halsey St. L line subway station. Comment.
Crime

Man resists arrest after selling marijuana: DA

ROCKAWAY BEACH — A Broad Channel man allegedly resisted arrest and fled the scene after selling marijuana to another man between 11:13 a.m. and 11:27 a.m. May 26, according to the Queens district attorney. Comment.
Crime

Senior, 82, gets assault with a hammer: Cops

FOREST HILLS — Police arrested a man for allegedly assaulting an 82-year-old man at approximately 10:15 p.m. at 100-47 67 Drive. Comment.
Crime

Jackson Heights resident carried fake Social: DA

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Police arrested a Jackson Heights man for allegedly possessing a fake Social Security card and for riding a bicycle on the sidewalk. Comment.
Letters

Do not inflict pain upon living animals

Since the days of Ellis Island, immigrants have come to this country looking for the American Dream. Our history has changed in that we as a society fought for the rights of animals, not to harm them. Comment.
Letters

Testing can’t account for special education students’ needs, home lives

In these tough financial times, with city budgets being overhauled, there are many issues that have come up, but we must remember that our educational system must be a priority if we are to help our children achieve their best potential in these trying times. Comment.
Letters

Gulf oil spill needs quick solutions

As oil continues to leak into the Gulf of Mexico from the oil rig that exploded and burned, taking 11 innocent workers’ lives, one would ask how and why did this explosion occur and what safeguards were in place at the time? Also, why is the oil still continuing to leak out, further contaminating the Gulf of Mexico? Comment.
Editorial

Spitting on Common Sense

At a time when the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is trying to balance layoffs with fare increases to avoid service cuts, it is disturbing to learn that 51 MTA bus drivers took an average of two months off after passengers spat on them. Comment.
Opinion

QueensLine: Circus tiger that escaped prowled around Woodside

On May 6, 1846, the Astoria Presbyterian Church was organized. The original building on 27th Avenue in Old Astoria was dedicated June 11, 1847. In 1922, the church moved to its second location on the west side of 33rd Street between 31st Avenue and Broadway. Comment.
Opinion

Political Action: Community Boards 11 doesn’t have a role in politics: Iannece

There has been a continuing controversy over a campaign flier sent out by now-state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) in the closing days of the campaign against Bob Friedrich, who was running against him as a Republican in the 24th Assembly District special election held Feb. 9. The brochure included a picture of the Nazi swastika emblem, which Friedrich has charged associated his campaign with this symbol. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Boro Dems seem poised to play politics with Forcina

A few sources have confirmed that the Queens Democratic organization and state Senate candidate Tony Avella are trying to push attorney Nora Marino to run in the 26th State Assembly District — Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret Carrozza’s seat — Democratic primary to divide the Italian-American community. Comment.
Opinion

Berger’s Burg: Baseball’s shining star dims for Americans as years pass

The Ball once struck off,/Away flies the Boy,/To the next destin’d Post,/And then Home with Joy! — First mention of baseball in print in 1744 Comment.
Business

How’s Business? Queens car shop a class act

I met recently with Audra Fordin, owner of Great Bear Auto Repair and Auto Body Shop at 164-16 Sanford Ave. in Flushing. She was featured on Channel 7 Eyewitness News for classes she offers to women about cars and mechanics. Comment.
Business

Biz caters to security needs

Ever want to be like James Bond, walking around with the coolest gadgets available? Comment.

York grads relish their last moments

Several members of York College’s graduating class savored their memories of life on the Jamaica campus Friday as their teachers, predecessors and elected officials wished them well in their endeavors. Comment.

Queens librarians union slams planned $17M budget cuts

The union representing the borough’s librarians and other employees took their fight to the streets Tuesday against proposed $16.9 million in city cuts. Comment.

New accuser emerges in Queens cop sex misconduct case

The list of women claiming former Queens Detective Oscar Sandino coerced them into sexual acts continued to grow as FBI officials said Friday a fourth woman had come forward claiming she was blackmailed by him. Comment.

Marshall urges boro visitors to Discover Queens this year

With the summer season just around the corner, Queens’ business leaders are beginning to make the push to entice seasonal tourists and stay-at-home vacationers to see what the borough has to offer. Comment.

Queens College graduates urged to stay positive on road of life

The more than 2,000 Queens College students who celebrated their graduation last week are stepping into a world where they must fight uncertainty and injustice with hope and humanity, said the commencement speaker and Nobel Peace Prize nominee. Comment.

NYRA approved for $25 milllion loan from state

After warning that they might have to end horse racing early following Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, the New York Racing Association got a reprieve: Gov. David Paterson and the state Legislature approved a $25 million loan to the organization that will allow the racing season at Belmont and Saratoga to continue. Comment.

New York motorists get an F on nationwide drivers exam

For the second consecutive year, New York state motorists have ranked last in a nationwide survey of motorists’ knowledge of information found on state drivers exams. Comment.

Crowley writes anti-mutilation bill to help girls

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights), a long-time advocate for women’s rights issues, sponsored the Girls Protection Act of 2010 April 26 after receiving disturbing reports from New York-based women’s shelters, claiming FGM victims have recently visited or anonymously reported FGM cases. Comment.

MTA tests new pass for transit throughout metropolitan area

Transit officials have begun the test run of a new one-pass-fits-all pass not just for buses and subways, but for more types of transportation in the New York City metro area. Comment.

Parade draws thousands to boro

Two American soldiers of two different eras with two different backgrounds met as waves of people marched by in the annual Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day parade Monday afternoon. Comment.

Firefighters speak out against budget cuts at Liu meeting

The ongoing war of words between the Bloomberg administration and the city’s firefighters unions continued last week after officials from the office of city Comptroller John Liu presented the city’s proposed 2010 budget plan for Queens to the public at LaGuardia Community College. Comment.

Astoria grad rose up from poverty to college

When Astoria resident Jeremiah Lundgren received his master’s degree from Queens College last week, he marveled at how far he had come from the days when he thought he would never make it past ninth grade. Comment.

County GOP switches backing for guv - again

The Queens GOP is having commitment problems. Comment.

Speaking in tongues of generations past

Queens, one of the most linguistically diverse areas on Earth, is at the forefront of the battle to save thousands of the world’s languages expected to disappear in the next century. Comment.

Celebrating Pride Parade

City Councilmen Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) are still riding high months after their historic election as the first two openly gay men to serve Queens on the Council, but this week they will be riding even higher. Comment.

Queens Assembly reps OK charter school bill

Queens state Assembly members helped to usher in legislation that more than doubles the number of charter schools in New York state last week, a move officials said could help the state land hundreds of millions of dollars in federal education funding. Comment.

CB 1 member fights cell phone tower takeover of Astoria

Evie Hantzopoulos may have been newly appointed to serve on Astoria’s Community Board 1, but she has long been fighting to ensure that mobile service providers do not sell out her community. Comment.

Bicyclists to ride in memory of Middle Village man

Dennis T. Davis, who lived in Middle Village before he died of pancreatic cancer in 2008, will be remembered as a family man who loved exploring the city on his beloved bicycle when riders from throughout New York embark on the second-annual bike tour named for Davis this Saturday. Comment.

Astoria elected praises rezoning

Astoria leaders said the historic rezoning plan for the neighborhood that was passed by the City Council last week will prevent developers from overshadowing smaller homes in the community with towering buildings. Comment.

Firefighters perform animal rescue at pet shop blaze

Dozens of puppies and kittens were saved from a burning Astoria pet store Memorial Day, but the shop’s exotic birds were all killed in the blaze. Comment.

Ozone Park hero deliciously rewarded for saving neighbor

After rescuing three of his neighbors, including an elderly woman and two young boys, from their burning Ozone Park home, Edward Clas took advantage of the latest perk last week to come his way since his heroic effort: a free meal for his family at the Fresh Meadows Applebee’s and a plaque honoring him at the neighborhood restaurant. Comment.

Gays say Addabbo betrayed their trust

The LGBT community and state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) are in dispute over whether he said he supported gay marriage during his 2008 election. Comment.
Arts

Language lesson

“The Adventures of Hershele Ostropolyer,” the new production by the New York cast of Folksbiene, the nearly century-old national Yiddish theater, is all about lessons. Comment.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Rockaway resident Andrew Koppel, son of ex-“Nightline” anchor, dies

The family of Rockaway resident Andrew Koppel, son of former “Nightline” anchor Ted Koppel, called his Memorial Day death following a daylong drinking binge in Manhattan “a devastating tragedy.” Comment.

Shooting victim remembered as joyous presence

Dane Freeman, a 20-year-old who was shot in the head and killed at a barbecue in Springfield Gardens last week, lived life with a smile on his face and a hand stretched out to anyone who needed help, friends said at a wake held for Freeman Wednesday. Comment.

Ferreras, Dromm arrested in protest against Arizona immigration law

Corona and Elmhurst-based immigration reform advocates, including Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) and Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) were arrested Tuesday afternoon during a civil disobedience protest outside the US Customs and Immigration Service building in Manhattan. Comment.

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