Sunday, June 20, 2010

Republican operative John Haggerty indicted

High-profile Queens Republican campaign operative John Haggerty Jr. was indicted Monday by a Manhattan grand jury for allegedly stealing $1.1 million funneled to him through Mayor Michael Bloomberg last year, the Manhattan district attorney said. Comment.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Arts

Queens’ quirky quintet

In April, Queens-based pop-experimental band Freelance Whales debuted their LP “Weathervanes” on Frenchkiss/Mom & Pop records. Now, two months after its release, the New York indie quintet is well into their North American tour. Comment.

Bayside mother dies after crash at school

A Bayside mother who was struck by a van last week on 53rd Avenue after dropping her son off at school died Wednesday, City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) said. Comment.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Molloy finishes fine season with fight in final loss

Pushing St. Joseph by the Sea would have to do for Archbishop Molloy despite having the Vikings on the ropes in the CHSAA state softball final. Comment.

Cardozo completes stellar year in semis

Cardozo was the underdog. That much the Judges weren’t denying. But there wasn’t a player on the roster that didn’t believe they had a chance at beating sixtime defending champion Tottenville. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Motorcycle crashes claim 2 Queens lives

Two fatal, single-vehicle motorcycle crashes took place in the first six days of June in eastern Queens, and former City Councilman Tony Avella wants the city and state Departments of Transportation to make changes to prevent more from taking place. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Auburndale woman honored by group for community work

Teri Pouymari has held the job of civic group president for four years, heading up the Auburndale Improvement Association as a 30-year member of the active organization. Comment.
Ridgewood

Maspeth teen guilty in MySpace gang rape

A Maspeth teenager was convicted this week of orchestrating and participating in the gang rape of a 16-year-old girl he met on MySpace in 2008, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Queens Library lands help from boro bank

As Queens Library faces a $17 million funding cut in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed executive budget and about 300 staffers have been told they may be laid off in August, it is getting help where it can. Comment.

Queens Village man charged in girlfriend’s murder

A Queens Village man was charged with murder after he allegedly beat his girlfriend to death in their 214th Street home, police said. Comment.

State says group home purchase was fair price

The $870,000 sale of a Royal Ranch house bought by the operators of a group home from the parents of a staffer to state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) was of fair value, the state said in a letter written to Padavan two years ago and provided to TimesLedger Newspapers from the senator’s office last week. Comment.
Little Neck Ledger

Falling tree causes serious car accident

A tree fell on a car as it was driving through a Little Neck street Sunday, possibly killing one of the two occupants of the vehicle, according to the Breaking News Network. Comment.
Little Neck Ledger

Unnecessary ‘No Parking’ signs eliminate spots: Douglaston residents

Residents along Prospect Avenue in Douglaston said they were upset the city has put up several signs on their street to prevent parking and that there was seemingly no reason to eliminate the spots. Comment.
Crime

Men arrested at JFK wanted jihad: Police

JAMAICA — Two New Jersey men were arrested Saturday at John F. Kennedy International Airport for allegedly conspiring to join a terrorist organization in order to kill Americans, police said. Comment.
Crime

Brooklyn man hit, shook Queens woman: Brown

JAMAICA — A Brooklyn man was charged with assault and harassment after he allegedly beat a woman in Jamaica, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.

Scholarship named after IS 59 teacher

Pamela Smith-Pearson, a Jamaica native and southeast Queens instructor, spent her entire life spreading the appreciation she had for music. Comments (1).
Laurelton

City review of Rosedale rezone starts

The city unveiled its proposal to save the character of Rosedale Monday and community leaders and elected officials said they will work swiftly to make the plans a reality. Comment.
Laurelton

New birth certificates needed

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) held a news conference Friday to help Puerto Ricans in Queens obtain new birth certificates, which are being issued to combat widespread identity theft on the island by drug traffickers and people intent on entering the United States illegally. Comment.

Bloods gang member convicted in 2007 Jamaica slay

A reputed gang member was convicted last week for his role in a Jamaica shooting that took the life of a young father, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Editorial

Common Sense in War on Drunks

The Queens courts have taken a high-tech approach in the war on crime that will cost taxpayers little or nothing and likely will save lives. The Queens Treatment Court now uses an ankle bracelet that can tell the court with a high degree of accuracy if a person is abusing alcohol. Comment.
Opinion

Neighbor to Neighbor: Call cops on party guests who come by uninvited

Our police department has been busy. Almost a month ago — May 5, to be exact — Patrol Borough Queens South officers treated an appreciative audience at York College to their sixth-annual talent show. It was the result of a great deal of talent and hard work because it was professional in every way. Hats off to them and thanks. Comment.

Teachers blast Klein at Jackson Heights meeting

City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein drew more boos than cheers at a Community District Education Council 30 town hall meeting at IS 230 in Jackson Heights this week, with a number of teachers criticizing him and the city on overcrowded schools, support for educators and what they said was a confusing math curriculum. Comment.

Ferreras, Dromm arrested at protest against Arizona law

Corona and Elmhurst-based immigration reform advocates, including City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-Elmhurst) and Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), were arrested last week during a civil disobedience protest outside the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service building in Manhattan. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Queens actors to help Fresh Meadows school

Queens performers will turn PS 177 in Fresh Meadows into their own version of Broadway this Saturday in an effort to raise money to buy technology that officials said will dramatically improve the special education students’ school experience. Comment.

Ex-Floral Park man arrested in Briarwood motel slay

A former Floral Park man wanted in connection with a murder inside a Briarwood motel room Saturday was arrested by SWAT teams Sunday in New Jersey, the Bergen County prosecutor’s office said. Comment.

Fresh Meadows woman marks 100th birthday

When Fresh Meadows resident Lena Koblentz is asked how she has lived a vibrant life for nearly a century, she laughs. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: St. John’s dorm house lowers quality of life in Fresh Mdws.

New York University is planning to expand its campus by 40 percent over the next 20 years. These plans have concerned the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and me because what NYU can do in Manhattan St. John’s University can do in Queens. Comment.

Forest Hills boy spells his way to fame in spelling bee

U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) dropped by the house of a Forest Hills boy who made it all the way to the semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee to honor the 10-year-old for his accomplishment. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Queens Community House intergenerational program draws all ages

When a group of 4- and 5-year-olds and seniors gathered together at the Queens Community House in Forest Hills over the past two months, the decades in age that separated them quickly melted into laughter and stories that broke down barriers between the two age groupst. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Queens dentists stole Medicaid funds: AG

Three family members from Kew Gardens and Forest Hills were indicted last week on charges of stealing millions of dollars from the state’s Medicaid program, state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said. Comment.
Flushing Times

Flushing school turns 60

Three pastors started the Flushing Christian School in September 1950 in the hopes of offering a high-caliber Christian elementary education for Flushing-area students. And they may never have expected that the school would be celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2010 with a gala dinner at Terrace in the Park in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment.

Cambria Heights murder victim laid to rest

Dane Freeman, a 20-year-old who was shot in the head and killed at a barbecue in Springfield Gardens two weeks ago, 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 last week. Comment.

Marshall wants Bowne House a nat’l landmark

One of Queens’ most historic structures, the Bowne House in Flushing may have federal protection soon if Borough President Helen Marshall gets her way. Comment.
Crime

Pupil robbed of devices while unconscious

BAYSIDE — A student was knocked unconscious before being robbed Friday after walking home from school in Bayside, police said. Comment.
Crime

Nearly $400 stolen from 7-11 in Bayside: Police

BAYSIDE — A 7-11 in Bayside was burglarized of $374 Sunday, police said. Comment.
Crime

Two men stole leaf blowers from truck

BAYSIDE — A man was robbed of two leaf blowers at gunpoint Friday on the 249th Street block of an avenue somewhere in the 111th Precinct, police said. Comment.
Editorial

Queens Delegation Shows Courage

It happened quietly and almost no one noticed that the Democrat-run state Assembly voted last week to approve legislation that will more than double the number of charter schools in the state. This will hopefully help the state secure hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding. Comment.

Olympian speaks to cancer survivors at North Shore

Scott Hamilton won the gold medal in men’s figure skating at the 1984 Olympics, but he said the achievement was not the best thing to happen in his life. Comment.

Milano lobs attack at Gary Ackerman

A Roslyn, L.I., doctor seeking to oust U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) in November called the congressman an out-of-touch elitist during a meeting of the Queens Village Republican Club last week in Bellerose. Comment.

Queens woman claims Citibank fired her because she was too attractive

A Little Neck woman filed a suit last week against Citibank that contends she was fired for wearing outfits that “distracted” her male bosses and she now has been warned by her new employer, JP Morgan Chase, not to speak out on the matter, her lawyer said. Comment.

Obituary: Karl Cieslak, 63

Karl Cieslak, a German immigrant who worked as a superintendent for three buildings in northeastern Queens and owned a cleaning service used by a number of borough businesses and homes, died June 2. He was 63. Comment.

Budget cuts threaten to shutter pool at Fort Totten

City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) said he was shocked to find out recently that the city Parks Department is planning to close down Fort Totten’s swimming pool as part of its 2011 fiscal year budget. Comment.

Wife sues cops over bat death in Forest Hills

A Long Island man died after two NYPD officers allegedly beat him in the head with a baseball bat in Forest Hills, according to a lawsuit filed by his widow last week, but the NYPD said the man died when he fell to the ground after striking one of the officers with a weapon. Comment.

CB 11 vote OKs home rezoning in northeast Queens

Northeast Queens residents spoke mostly in favor of a massive project that would be the city’s largest rezoning to date and include more than 400 blocks in Auburndale, Oakland Gardens and Hollis Hills during a public hearing this week. Comment.

111th Precinct honors best of the best cops

Five Queens residents, including former deputy inspector Scott Hanover, were honored last week by the 111th Precinct’s community council during an annual awards ceremony in Bayside. Comment.
Crime

LIC man hit victim with metal pipe 4 times: DA

WOODSIDE — A Long Island City man is facing assault and harassment charges after he allegedly attacked another man with a metal pipe in Woodside, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Crime

Shopper locked son in her Mercedes: Brown

FOREST HILLS — A Brooklyn woman was charged with endangering the welfare of a child after she allegedly locked her 3-year-old son in her car parked in the Trader Joe’s parking lot in Forest Hills, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Crime

Woman assaulted in East Elmhurst

EAST ELMHURST — A woman was charged with assault and harassment for allegedly punching and kicking another woman in East Elmhurst, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Letters

Gulf of Mexico oil spill leaves many questions unanswered

Am I to understand that the damaged oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers over a month ago, could be gushing a million barrels of oil per day? In better times, was this the amount that has been producing oil from this drilling location on a daily basis? Comment.
Letters

BP execs should be treated like criminals

I am writing to share two thoughts with your readership about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Comment.
Letters

Padavan should also take blame over NE Queens high schools

Your article “Bayside leaders fear influx of new HS students” (TimesLedger Newspapers, May 27-June 2) failed to include state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) among the “leaders” properly fearing this recent step in the destruction of quality education in our area. No wonder, as we have Padavan to thank for this travesty. Comment.
Letters

Community boards should work for the people

Many projects that go on in the city go through our community boards. It is their job to help limit the impact of a project on the taxpayers they represent. Comment.
Letters

Sagging pants an unpleasant sight

Young men who walk around with their pants pulled down and exposing their underwear should realize it is not appropriate and that they should have more self-respect. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Gov. Jeb Bush gives keynote at state GOP’s convention

Another busy week. The GOP convention was held in the New York Sheraton for three days. It was a most informative convention as well as one of great fun. It was good seeing many old friends from all over the state. It provided a chance to get up close and personal with a number of the candidates, many of whom were not only interesting but appeared to be highly capable as well. Comment.
Opinion

Berger’s Burg: Graduation prepares you to face adversity as adults

It is June and graduation ceremonies are in full bloom. Graduates are breathing a sigh of relief now that they have completed their grueling schooling and are segueing into their next stage of life. Comment.
Business

Clothes horse gives Queens ‘some style’

Eliot Castillo knows fashion. Comment.

Flushing rape victim mourned by family

Guihua Yu, the mother of Yu Yao, the 23-year-old Chinese immigrant who was raped and beaten to death in a Flushing alley May 16 just two months after she arrived in America, is headed back to China to await the trial for the man police accuse of committing the heinous crimes. Comment.

Tibetan king debuts film in LIC 17-year-old monarch shows movie about difficulty of leading while exiled in India

Students at Long Island City High School gave the royal treatment to the 17-year-old king of Tibet who wore jeans and a T-shirt as he screened his first film last week in the school’s auditorium. Comment.

Queensborough graduates set their sights on the future

Hundreds of graduates who ranged in age from 19 to 70 enthusiastically cheered on their classmates last week in Bayside during Queensborough Community College’s 49th annual commencement. Comment.

Eichenbaum gets post as borough’s historian

Borough President Helen Marshall picked retired Flushing urban geographer Jack Eichenbaum to act as borough historian from among seven candidates who applied for the post. Comment.

Mosque in Jamaica hosts Muslim-Jewish health fair

Muslim and Jewish doctors joined forces at a Jamaica mosque Sunday to deliver free health screenings and consultations to the community for an event that those who put it together said did more than just deliver health care. Comment.

MTA payroll increased last year despite service cuts, report says

At a time when the MTA is cutting costs and service and laying off employees, a report says the agency’s payroll rose to $5.2 billion last year with more than 8,000 employees paid at least $100,000. Comment.

LIJ announces medical school partnership with Hofstra

The North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System and Hofstra University announced Tuesday that the medical school the two institutions are partnering to create received accreditation from the state and will be matriculating students next summer. Comment.
Astoria Times

Fire shuts LIC store, eatery

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.

BioBlitz competitors to examine Jamaica Bay

It will be all fun and games this weekend as scientists and environmentally active volunteers descend into Jamaica Bay for an exploration of its diverse ecosystem. Comment.

Queens activists protest city immigration policies

Many were shocked when Arizona’s controversial state immigration bill was signed into law April 23, fearing that immigrants there would be discriminated against simply because of their skin color, but immigration reform advocates from Queens who gathered at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Manhattan Thursday morning said Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the city’s Department of Corrections commit the same kind of discrimination almost every day. Comment.

Jamaica Hospital harvests stem cells in baby teeth

Parents may want to think again about giving their child’s baby teeth to the tooth fairy. Comment.

Boro GOP dumps Mermel, backs Lazio for governor

And you thought Elizabeth Taylor was fickle? The Queens GOP is changing its endorsements for governor like Taylor changes husbands. Comment.

Gay Pride Parade marches in Queens

From a drag queen in a Spanish-style dress with a parrot on his head to cheerleaders performing acrobatic moves to a roller-skating, semi-nude woman with pasties covering her breasts, gays of all stripes celebrated their culture Sunday during the 18th Queens Pride parade in Jackson Heights. Comment.

Forest Hills Y to give advice on green upgrades

Queens residents will be able to get tips on how to make their homes and businesses more environmentally friendly from green groups as well as city and state agencies at the Central Queens YM & YWHA in Forest Hills next week. Comment.

Baby falcons taken from Queens nest for their safety

A mother peregrine falcon has welcomed two Queens falcon chicks to her family atop the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge after a move from what environmentalists said was an unsuitable nesting place on the Throgs Neck Bridge. Comment.

State comptroller touts Queens’ economic successes

Queens is a bright spot in a state still reeling from the country’s economic recession, state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli told a Queens College’s business forum breakfast last week. Comment.

Another longshot win thrills crowd at Belmont Stakes

In recent years, the Belmont Stakes has been full of surprises and Saturday’s version was no exception. Comment.

Jackson Heights art exhibit to explore immigrant experience

An art exhibition celebrating diversity will draw audiences from around New York City and will be held between June 16 and July 1 at Venue Space37 in Jackson Heights. Comment.
Astoria Times

Astoria bodega owners nab one robbery suspect

The owners of an Astoria bodega wrestled a gun away from one of two men during a recent robbery and held down one of the suspects until cops arrived on the scene, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Simotas aims to give western Queens bigger voice in Albany

Astoria’s Aravella Simotas said she would focus on expanding health care options and improving education in western Queens if she is chosen to replace state Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) this fall. Comment.

AEG skips auction for Aqueduct VLTs

The state Lottery Division was on hand at Aqueduct Tuesday to lay out the points for six contenders in the new round to select a developer for the much-delayed plans to install video lottery terminals at the race track. Aqueduct Entertainment Group, which was awarded the VLT contract before the agency deemed the group unlicensable, will not be a bidder this time around. Comment.
Arts

Painting faces

To mark its first anniversary, Matted LIC, a gallery and framing shop located at 46-36 Vernon Blvd. in Long Island City, is celebrating in the same quirky style as its merchandise — with an exhibit of artwork by artist Jonathan Blum. The show, which runs until June 20, features Blum’s paintings, monoprints and paintings on top of monoprint collages. Comment.
Arts

The Play’s The Thing: Stalwart Sternfeld bids farewell to the stages of Queens

Monte Sternfeld is leaving town. If you said “Monte who?” then you’re just not with it, at least when it comes to the Queens theater scene, where Monte has been a recognizable presence for the last 25 years. When it comes to an upbeat and positive personality, there’s no one like Monte, all the more remarkable since he’s had cerebral palsy since birth. Comment.
Arts

Live at the Gantries brings music to LIC waterfront

The 2010 season of Long Island City’s performance series Live at the Gantries is kicking off with a sunset show at Gantry Plaza State Park June 13 with a performance by the Long Island City Jazz Alliance, a new collective formed by jazz fans and musicians that live and work in LIC. Comment.
Film

The Reel Queens: Documentary explores patchwork quilt of arts in LIC

A Long Island City filmmaker said a documentary he is shooting in western Queens is not only meant to give a glimpse into the community’s art world, but is also an attempt to prevent artists from being pushed out of the neighborhood by high rents. Comment.

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