Sunday, June 27, 2010

Employee stole South Ozone Pk. biz, $30K from family: DA

While a widow traveled overseas to bury her husband and son who died while working in a toxic sewer site in Jamaica last year, one of her spouse’s employees stole the family business from right underneath her, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Sampson, AEG in Aqueduct memo flap

State Sen. John Sampson (D-Brooklyn), the Democratic leader of the Senate, acknowledged sending a memo to a former colleague-turned-lobbyist representing Aqueduct Entertainment Group that led to AEG changing the terms of its bid for the video lottery terminal contract at Aqueduct. Comment.

PS/MS 156 celebrates freedom, history with Juneteenth

For black Americans, the Juneteenth celebration is a day to remember their freedom and unity after years of slavery in the United States. Comment.

Meeks adds 2007-08 loans to financial disclosure form

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) submitted changes Friday to his annual financial disclosure statements he is required to file with the clerk of the House of Representatives that showed he borrowed $55,000 in personal loans in 2007 and 2008. Comment.

I warned mayor: Ragusa

Queens Republican Party Chairman Phil Ragusa said he tried to dissuade Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s re-election campaign last year from dealing with GOP operative and Forest Hills resident John Haggerty Jr., who was indicted earlier this month on allegations he stole $1.1 million of the mayor’s money and lied to Bloomberg that the money would go to poll watching and ballot security operations. Comment.

Jains flock to Queens to consecrate temple

An Elmhurst temple was the site of one of the most holy rituals in the Jain religion and thousands of worshipers from around the world gathered there to take part in the ceremony. Comment.

Merrick teachers want contract after two years

Teachers at the Merrick Academy charter school in Jamaica said they have been struggling to keep their school’s atmosphere positive since they have been working without a contract for more than two years. Comment.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Astoria Times

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.

Boy, 8, dies trying to rescue brother from Springfield Gardens fire

Two children died in a fast-moving house fire in Springfield Gardens Thursday morning. Comment.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Long Island man shot to death in South Jamaica

A Long Island father was gunned down in a hail of nearly 30 bullets early Monday morning in South Jamaica, police and eyewitnesses said. Comment.

Fire destroys bagel shop in Forest Hills

A two-alarm fire tore through a six-story Queens Boulevard building Friday, gutting a convenience store on the first floor and damaging an adjacent storefront, fire officials said. Comment.
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.

Angels draft Lewis’ Bobea in Round 19

Jonathan Bobea’s smile spoke volumes. Comment.

Cardozo star downs debilitated defending champ

Jon Raude was feeling it and it didn’t matter to him whether or not his opponent, defending champion Asika Isoh, was injured. Comment.
Queens Village

Queens Village man charged with murder

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

Haggerty charged with theft

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.
Little Neck Ledger

Teenagers eyed in Little Neck burglary spree

Two juveniles have been arrested amid a string of burglaries in Little Neck that have taken place during the past two months, Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) said Tuesday. Comment.

Glen Oaks Little Leaguer is pitch perfect

Rishi Durjan became only the second pitcher in the history of the Glen Oaks Little League to throw a perfect game late last month when he retired 21 straight batters, including 10 by strikeout, while giving up no walks. Comment.
Crime

SE Qns. woman throws bleach in man’s face: DA

ST. ALBANS — A 28-year-old St. Albans woman was arrested after she allegedly threw bleach in a man’s face, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Crime

Bermuda man brought cocaine into country: DA

JAMAICA — A 36-year-old Bermuda man was arrested after he was allegedly found to have cocaine in his possession at John F. Kennedy International Airport, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Crime

Teens steal flat-screen TVs in Jamaica: Brown

JAMAICA — Two teenagers from Jamaica were arrested after they allegedly stole two flat-screen televisions at a store on Jamaica Avenue, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Laurelton

146th St. named for Gadsden

Springfield Gardens residents paid homage last weekend to their former “mayor” who led a fight to prevent the neighborhood from becoming a commercial zone in the 1960s and dedicated years of service to his community. Comment.
Laurelton

Nunes to challenge Huntley for Senate

Nearly a year after he came close to knocking out City Councilman Thomas White (D-South Ozone Park) from his seat in the 2009 Democratic primary, Lynn Nunes announced he will be throwing his hat into the political ring again this year. Comment.
Laurelton

New pharmacy opens its doors in Laurelton

A new pharmacy in Laurelton promises to not only fill out prescriptions and sell soda but also help out southeast Queens’s growing commercial area and neighborhood leaders said they are happy for the new community member. Comment.
Laurelton

Queens gardeners offered tips at Jamaica workshop

Queens amateur gardeners got a chance to make their thumbs greener this week with a special course aimed at improving their crops. Comment.

Bloods member convicted of shooting bystander: DA

A reputed Jamaica Bloods member was convicted last week of gunning down an innocent woman who was caught in the crossfire during a violent argument with a rival gang, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Editorial

Get Rid of the Gangs

Barring a successful appeal, Sherwin Thompson will spend the better part of the rest of his life behind bars. Thompson is 23 and a member of the Bloods gang. He was recently convicted of weapons possession and manslaughter in the killing of Germaine Persaud three years ago. Persaud was only 21. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Synagogue addition unsafe: CB 8

A Fresh Meadows synagogue’s recent expansion should not be legalized by the city because it poses a danger to its inhabitants and the community, according to Community Board 8 members. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Kew Gardens students make traffic safety sign

Students from PS 99 in Kew Gardens designed an eye-catching traffic sign that will make life safer for pupils and the community, city Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan said last week. Comment.

Flushing officers honored for murder suspect arrest

The 109th Precinct Community Council honored the two first responders to the scene of the rape and murder of Yu Yao, 23, with Cop of the Month awards at its final meeting last week before breaking for the summer. It was also a chance for community members to socialize, meet members of the force and eat barbecue together. Comment.
Flushing Times

Flushing man gets 15 years for aiding al Qaeda

A 30-year-old man raised in Flushing was sentenced last week to 15 years in prison for conspiracy to provide material support to al Qaeda. Comment.
Flushing Times

Flushing man given 25 years to life in stabbing

A Flushing man was sentenced last week to 25 years to life in prison for stabbing three people last year, one of whom died as a result of the wounds he sustained during the vicious attack. Comment.
Crime

Mom abandons baby boy at subway station: DA

JAMAICA — A 20-year-old woman was arrested over the weekend on charges of abandoning her baby boy at a subway station just days after she gave birth to him, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Editorial

How Not to Dress for Success

First Debrahlee Lorenzana got fired from Citibank for her sexy style of dressing, but now she says she is in hot water with her bosses at JP Morgan Chase for talking to the media about her case against Citibank. Comment.

Queens Community House rallies against cuts

More than 150 people from the Queens Community House swarmed the steps of Borough Hall last week to protest city and state budget cuts they said would decimate many of the nonprofit’s programs serving thousands of individuals throughout the borough. Comment.

Oakland Gardens residents call on city to make streets safer

City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) said the city plans to put traffic safety measures, including turn signals, at a dangerous intersection in Oakland Gardens where more than 100 pedestrians have been struck in five years. Comment.

Veterans enjoy Flag Day at Kew Gardens Cemetery

The Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens became a sea of American flags Monday as nearly 150 Queens veterans, residents and students lifted what they called a symbol of freedom and unity that should remind everyone of the sacrifices soldiers have made for the country. Comment.

Whitestone Bridge work to begin in ‘11

The MTA is making progress on the rehabilitation of the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge and work on the Queens approach is slated to begin in 2011 — a year earlier than originally planned. Comment.

Queens leaders rally for Israel

Queens Jewish leaders and elected officials at a celebration of Jerusalem in Hillcrest last week said anti-Semitism is on the rise around the world, which they contended was evidenced by recent remarks by journalist Helen Thomas and widespread condemnation of Israeli defense forces killing nine aid workers on a flotilla bound for Gaza. Comment.

Longtime New Hyde Park civic leader Greenblatt dies

Al Greenblatt, a New Hyde Park attorney who co-founded the Queens Civic Congress and was a longtime member of Community Board 13, died last week. He was 94. Comment.

Como throws hat in race against Addabbo

Just as it looked as if state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) would be free of opponents for re-election in a contentious western Queens district, former City Councilman Anthony Como,a Republican, said he would challenge the one-term senator. Comment.

CB 7 approves rezone plan

Community Board 7 voted 37-0 Monday night to lend its approval to a rezoning that would be the city’s largest to date, affecting more than 400 blocks in Auburndale, Oakland Gardens and Hollis Hills. Comment.

Chabad followers flock to rebbe’s Queens grave

Thousands of admirers and followers of the late Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson flocked to his Cambria Heights gravesite Tuesday 16 years after his death to pay their respects to the leader of the Chabad-Lubavitch branch of Orthodox Judaism. Comment.

Bayside crash victim dies

A Bayside mother who was struck by a van earlier this month on 53rd Avenue after dropping her 6-year-old son off at school died last week, City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) said. Comment.
Crime

Cleaning lady sells stolen jewelry to pawn shop: DA

RIDGEWOOD — A 26-year-old Corona woman was arrested after she allegedly stole jewelry from a Ridgewood home where she worked as a cleaning lady and sold it to a pawn shop, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Crime

Man breaks windshield wiper of bus: Brown

EAST ELMHURST — A 45-year-old Manhattan man was arrested after he allegedly damaged the windshield wiper of a bus with his cane and then resisted arrest, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Letters

Keep nurses intact at public schools

An open letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, city Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and city Health Commissioner Thomas Farley. Comment.
Letters

Baby owl’s Alley Pond appearance a nice surprise

On the third Sunday in May, I left my house just after 6 a.m. to meet a group of birders at Alley Pond Park to watch the annual spring migration. With a forecast of showers, I expected to be home in late morning. Comment.
Letters

Albany bill would cause problems for co-op and condo boards

State Sen. Liz Krueger’s (D-Manhattan) Senate Bill S7958 is an assault on the legitimate governance of co-ops and condominiums in our city. This new, unfunded mandate seeks to marginalize the powers of duly elected boards of directors by creating an ombudsman office within the state Department of Law and appointed by the state attorney general. Comment.
Editorial

Arizona’s Hate Draws Anger Here

It is rare that actions taken by a state on the other side of the country merit the attention of elected officials here. But two Queens City Council members had good reason to protest the anti-immigrant measures recently passed into law in Arizona. Comment.
Opinion

Our History: Literary Hall became Bayside’s cultural center in late 1800s

One of Bayside’s outstanding citizens during the 19th century was James W. Cain. He was born in Brooklyn, but when he was 4 his family established themselves in Bayside and it was here that he spent his life. Comment.
Opinion

Political Action: Miller faces primary fight for his state Assembly seat

On May 17, U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) held what was called a “small business forum” to discuss the new health care insurance law. Ackerman has not had a town meeting in the recent past as some other congressional elected leaders have. This apparently was his rendition of a town hall meeting. Comment.
Opinion

I Sit And Look Out: Universal draft would help to make fighting a war fairer

Some thoughts before Independence Day. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Queens fund-raiser helps with sending kids to camp

There has not been one moment of inactivity in June. Starting with the June 1 to June 3 Republican Convention at the Manhattan Sheraton Hotel, it has been non-stop up until last weekend — the dates of the political campaign seminars at the Washington Marriott in our nation’s capitol. Comment.
Opinion

Berger’s Burg: Pop made taking care of family his life’s main goal

As Father’s Day approaches, it is time once again to reflect upon the second parental person: our dads. Especially at this time, my thoughts race to memories of my Dad by the emotional song “Oh My Pa-Pa” written by Paul Burkhard and sung by Eddie Fisher. It was popular when my father died in 1956. Its lyrics follow intermittently. Comment.

Arlington mishandles Queens Villager’s burial

The grave of a U.S. Air Force veteran who grew up in Queens Village was among the more than 200 graves mismanaged at Arlington National Cemetery. Comment.

Corona kids meet their star pen pals

After describing much of their lives to each other in letters, “Sex and the City” writer Elisa Zuritsky and 10-year-old Corona student Sharon Hu said they were thrilled to finally meet each other last week. Comment.

Waste transfer stations worry Queens leaders

The city Sanitation Department updated Borough President Helen Marshall and community leaders Monday on its plans to build two new transfer stations in Queens, but Marshall said she is still concerned over the facilities’ im pact on the surrounding neighborhoods. Comment.

Mets great Strawberry to open restaurant in Douglaston

Mets legend Darryl Strawberry plans to open a new restaurant along 235th Street in Douglaston and is currently seeking a manager, according to an ad on Craigslist. Comment.

Flushing Meadows goes virtual for skating game

Young skaters now have the option of showing off their talent in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in a new state-of-the art facility — or as virtual professionals in the privacy of their own living rooms. Comment.

St. John’s institute to bolster Catholic schools

St. John’s University officials announced the launch of their Institute for Catholic Schools last week, which they said will strengthen religious education at a time when the private school system has seen its institutions shuttered and enrollment decrease. Comment.

Jackson Heights showcase highlights artists at Queens Art Express

A group of 12 western Queens artists brightened up 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights last weekend with a colorful display that was among 50 events being held throughout the borough as part of the second-annual Queens Art Express. Comment.

NYHQ adds new wing for special care services

The West Wing is coming to Flushing, but residents should not expect Martin Sheen to reprise his role as President Jed Bartlett. Comment.

MTA to hold hearings before major layoffs

With less than two weeks before a massive cutback in New York City’s mass transportation system becomes reality, the MTA is preparing for public hearings prior to layoffs of hundreds of subway station agents. Comment.

Variety the spice, halvah, Merlot of life at Max & Mina’s

For Max & Mina’s co-owner Bruce Becker, his Kew Gardens Hills ice cream shop is meant to be a stop along the less traveled path. Comment.

CUNY mum on Marti leaving Queensborough Community College

Queensborough Community College President Eduardo Marti may be leaving the Bayside school to take a higher position within the City University of New York, according to sources familiar with the university system. Comment.

Queens students slam free MetroCard cuts

With the future of their free, student MetroCards in jeopardy, teens from Queens high schools joined hundreds of their peers in Manhattan Friday afternoon to urge the MTA to rethink its plans. Comment.

Frei-Pearson names people’s welfare, good gov’t top priorities in Assembly run

Astoria Democrat Jeremiah Frei-Pearson said he has fought powerful interests and gotten results for the residents of his neighborhood and plans to do the same if chosen by voters as the replacement for state Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) this fall. Comment.

Gillibrand concerned about increase in gangs, drug use rising in Queens

Gang activity and drug use in Queens have been rising over the last couple of years, according to U.S. Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and the elected official has some plans in Washington to curb the problem from different angles. Comment.

Corona home to most NYPD DWI arrests

The NYPD has made more drunk-driving arrests in Corona than anywhere else in the city this year, the New York Post reported this week. There have been 257 arrests so far this year in the 115th Precinct, which covers Corona, East Elmhurst and Jackson Heights. Comment.

House ethics panel probing Crowley: Hill

The U.S. House of Representatives Office of Congressional Ethics has launched a “preliminary review” into eight members of Congress, including U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights), according to The Hill. Comment.

Corona residents want law passed to give immigrant pupils citizenship

Hundreds of borough Catholics rallied last weekend outside a Corona church to call on President Barack Obama and Congress to pass a bill that would allow illegal aliens to earn conditional permanent residency. Comment.

Union, leaders rally to save Queens buses

Civic leaders and City Council members gathered in front of Queens Borough Hall last Thursday morning in order to urge the MTA to refrain from cutting and eliminating bus service in Queens. Comment.

Astoria LGBT youth shelter to fight hate

A prominent Astoria shelter for homeless LGBT youths is looking into placing security cameras at its entrance after anti-gay graffiti was discovered on the building last week. Comment.

Malaysian gaming company makes bid for Aqueduct VLTs

A Malaysian-based powerhouse in the gaming market is among the six groups vying for the contract to operate and install 4,500 video lottery terminals at Aqueduct Race Track. Comment.

Legislature passes spending bill of $16B to keep gov’t running

A state government shutdown was averted after the state Legislature approved an emergency spending bill late Monday with the help of three Republican state senators. Comment.
Arts

Outdoor music fest expands its reach in Queens

Hundreds of additional acts are slated to perform at a number of new outdoor, public venues in Queens and across the city at this year’s edition of the celebrated musical event Make Music New York. Comment.
Arts

Storytellers take the stage at Creek Lounge in LIC

1001 Nights: a Night of Live Storytelling, a monthly series at The Creek Lounge in Long Island City, has been going strong since April of last year. With hosts Eugene Ashton-Gonzalez and Ted McAdams, 1001 Nights features performers who tell stories, all of which are true, centering around a different theme each night. “Traveling: Stories of Globe-trotting, soul-searching and misadventure” will be the theme at the next 1001 Nights, which will be on June 18 at 7 p.m.  Comment.
Food

Dining Out: Cocina Latina: Taste of the World standout in Kew Gardens

Cocina Latina entered our radar via the recent Queens: A Taste of the World event, where its spread was one of the standouts among the 40 or so restaurants and purveyors participating. A follow-up visit to the Web site of this Pan-Latino eatery informed us that their “mouth-watering entrees will have your stomach salsa dancing in no time.” When our stomach dances, it’s usually a warning of less pleasant things to come, but we put aside our misgivings and meringued our way to Queens Boulevard in Kew Gardens. Comment.

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