Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010

Haiti Earthquake: Finding Your Loved Ones

In collaboration with The Haitian Times newspaper (www.haitiantimes.com), our sister paper Caribbean Life is providing access to its Web site, caribbeanlifenews.com, for Haitians at home to post photographs of missing family members, and also to establish contact between Haitian people at home and friends and relatives in the Diaspora. Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010

First-half blitz holds for Royals vs. TMLA

Bria Smith grabbed the ball out of the air off the opening tip and, before the packed crowd was even settled into their seats, she swooped to the basket for an acrobatic layup. The Christ the King junior guard didn’t stop scoring until the buzzer sounded, signifying the end of the first half. Comment.

Two sides to the story for Mary Louis Academy

On one hand, Joe Lewinger was pleased. His Mary Louis girls basketball team lost to powerhouse Christ the King 65-57 at home Saturday night in a CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Division I game after trailing by 21 points at halftime. Comment.

PS 66 is boro’s first elementary to be made landmark

PS 66 in Richmond Hill became the first elementary school in Queens to gain landmark status after the city Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the designation in a unanimous vote Tuesday. Comments (1).

Haitian charged with trespassing after JFK security breach

A Haitian man returning from his earthquake-devastated homeland shut down the American Airlines terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport Saturday evening when he entered a restricted area, the Port Authority said Sunday. Comment.

Queens mounts relief effort for Haiti

Queens leaders, residents and organizations were gathering supplies and rallying manpower to send to Haiti to help the victims ravaged by Tuesday’s 7.0 earthquake in the impoverished Caribbean island nation. Comment.

Jamaica doctor returns home to treat Afghans

When Dr. Akram Babury was forced to flee from Afghanistan in 1982, he said it was painful not only because he had to leave behind family and friends, but also because he had to give up a good position as a practicing medical professor at a hospital in Kabul. Comment.

AUDIO SLIDE SHOW: Queens reacts to Haiti disaster

In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Queens' Haitian community pulled together as they sought news of loved ones from home. Comment.
Crime

Bronx man commits arson in Jamaica: DA

JAMAICA — A Bronx man was charged with allegedly climbing into a Jamaica woman’s bedroom, hitting her on the head with a cell phone and burning a pair of sneakers on top of her gas stove last month, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Crime

Qns. Village teen stole, sold man’s sneakers: DA

QUEENS VILLAGE — A Queens Village teenager was charged with allegedly stealing sneakers and a cell phone from a man whom he had been riding a public bus with last month, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.

St. Albans man gets 33 yrs. for manslaughter, shooting

A St. Albans man already in prison for killing a woman in Virginia in 2006 was sentenced Friday to 33 more years behind bars for shooting a Queens architect and attempting to kill a friend, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Boro plans celebrations to honor birthday of Martin Luther King

The borough is set to host a wide variety of events in different neighborhoods to honor the work and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Comment.

Hundreds try to save Jamaica HS

Teachers, students and Jamaica High School proponents pulled no punches last Thursday night when the city Department of Education took public comments on the city’s proposal to phase out the landmark high school. Comment.
Opinion

Second Thoughts on Jamaica High School

When the bureaucrats at the city Department of Education were considering closing down Jamaica High School, did it ever occur to them to consult parents of currently enrolled students, alumni and the Jamaica community? Did they visit the school and speak with students and teachers? Comment.
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: High school pupils in Queens excel in many fields of study

One of the positive things taking place in Queens high schools is that two students from Francis Lewis High School and one from Stuyvesant HS in November won the team category at the Region Four Finals in the 2009 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology. Comment.
Crime

Supermarket employee stole from biz: Police

BAYSIDE — A 55-year-old Stop & Shop employee was charged with allegedly pocketing money from her workplace earlier this month, police said. Comment.
Editorial

The ‘Dangerous’ Sign

This is how crazy it can get in northeast Queens. Community Board 11 recently voted 32-5 in favor of forcing Bayside High School to take down an electronic LED sign in the front of the building. Comment.

New York Hospital Queens showcases new rehab center

Too few medical professionals knew of New York Hospital Queens’ rehabilitation center’s move from the hospital’s Flushing site to Fresh Meadows this summer, and officials said they were hoping to change that with an open house Monday. Comment.

Queensboro offers healthcare courses

Queensborough Community College will launch a new program this spring that will help students with language barriers enter the health care workforce and another geared toward teaching children Mandarin and Chinese culture. Comment.

Man arrested in Whitestone weekend thefts

Police from the 109th Precinct are hoping that a recent arrest in the 111th Precinct will put an end to a string of weekend nighttime burglaries that has hit Whitestone homes over the last month. Comment.

Koo rolls out his plans for the future of Flushing

City Councilman Peter Koo (R-Flushing) at his inaugural address Sunday vowed to work with politicians on both sides of the aisle to make the borough more affordable for a middle class he said is being squeezed out of New York City. Comment.

Bayside author says time-traveler inspired Nazi tale

A Bayside author says his debut book, which chronicles the tale of scientists from the future traveling back in time to defeat the Nazis, is based on a factual story told to him more than a decade ago and not a novel. Comment.

Friedrich will challenge Weprin for Assembly seat

After losing his bid for the City Council to Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Hollis) in the fall, Bob Friedrich announced last week he would run again for office against another member of the Weprin family. Comment.

Bayside residents urge city to look at Korean church

Bayside community leaders said they want the city to investigate whether a controversial Korean church being constructed in the community complies with the terms of its mortgage. Comment.

Sunday library closing plan riles Jewish patrons

A proposal to close the Kew Gardens Hills Library Sundays beginning next month has incensed area residents, who say the move will be devastating for the neighborhood’s predominantly Jewish residents since they do not use the library Saturdays. Comment.

DOT updates Roosevelt Ave. Bridge plans

Work to rehabilitate and reconstruct the Roosevelt Avenue Bridge is slated to begin before 2012 and conclude by 2015, the city Department of Transportation announced at Community Board 7’s Monday night meeting. Comment.

College Point Knights of Columbus celebrate 100 years

The Knights of Columbus St. Ambrose Council held its charter meeting Jan. 16, 1910, at the Poppenhusen Institute in College Point. Comment.
Crime

Corona man threatens girl’s life with knife: DA

CORONA — A Corona man was charged with allegedly threatening to kill a girl with a knife at his home earlier this month, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Crime

$4K reward available for return of stolen dog

FRESH MEADOWS — A Queens family is offering a $4,000 reward for their dog, which was stolen from their car in Fresh Meadows New Year’s Eve. Comment.
Crime

Pastor caught in $50K church scam: Brown

CORONA — A Queens pastor who operated a storefront church in Corona admitted to scamming more than 100 immigrants out of more than $50,000 by promising to help them expedite various immigration-related matters, including getting them U.S. visas, the Queens district attorney said Tuesday. Comment.
Crime

Rich Hill HS student lit bulletin board on fire: DA

RICHMOND HILL — A Richmond Hill High School student was charged with allegedly setting a bulletin board on fire earlier this month, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Letters

City shows hypocrisy in its desire to close Jamaica HS

I oppose the closing of Jamaica High School not because I am an alumna, but because I know that thanks to dedicated teachers the school is capable of creating scholars and giving students the time and attention they need. I am confident the school can overcome its recent struggles and those knowledgeable about other large high schools slated for closure could make similar arguments to those I can make for Jamaica HS. Comment.
Letters

Resolve to make the city greener

As the giant crystal ball descended to the cheers of a million revelers in Times Square New Year’s Eve, countless New Yorkers rang in the new year with resolutions. Comment.
Letters

Reader should get his facts straight on columnist

Stewart J. Frimer of Forest Hills, a reader of TimesLedger Newspapers, took issue with William Lewis’ Dec. 17 column “Conservative groups increase in criticizing Obama’s policies.” He sent a letter to the editor published in the Dec. 31 issue. Comment.
Editorial

The City’s Deadly Primer

There is no safe way to slit your wrist, stand in front of a speeding No. 7 train, jump from the observation deck at the Empire State Building or inject heroin. Comment.
Opinion

I Sit And Look Out: Qns. pols must answer for Albany debacle

Many years ago, when the world and I were younger, a New Yorker could take pride in the status of the state government. Former Govs. Alfred E. Smith, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Herbert H. Lehman and others showed the way to the rest of the nation on how to serve the citizens of a state. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Malba Market still going despite its bumpy history

There were three more inaugurations this week. The first was City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer’s at 6 p.m. Saturday evening at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School in Astoria. The second was Councilman Danny Dromm’s Sunday at 1 p.m. at Queens Theater in the Park. The third was Councilman Peter Koo’s, also on Sunday, at 2 p.m. at Flushing Town Hall. Comment.
Opinion

Political Action: Seminerio’s district could produce hot races in 2010

The 38th State Assembly District in western Queens, which includes parts of Ozone Park, Woodhaven, Glendale and Ridgewood, is on the Brooklyn-Queens border and for almost 30 years has been represented by former Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio, who resigned last June. He will soon be sentenced in federal court for taking monetary payments through an illegal consulting firm. Comment.
Opinion

Berger’s Burg: Martin Luther King Jr. fought for the rights of Jewish people

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. — Martin Luther King Jr. Comment.
Business

How’s Business? Prove that you deserve a raise

With each new year, we look to change to better our lives. Quitting smoking and losing weight are on top of everyone’s lists, but many have said they want to ask for a pay raise in 2010. Some have told me they were happy to stay employed while others believe they were overdue for a pay increase. Comment.
Business

Astoria eatery sticks to tradition

Astoria’s Ornella Trattoria Italiana is a traditional Italian cuisine restaurant, right down to the design of the eatery’s walls and the flour used to make its unique pasta dishes, owners Giuseppe and Ornella Viterale said. Comment.

Livery taxi driver shot dead in LIC

A livery cab driver was shot and killed in his car in Long Island City late Friday night in a crime that shocked the neighborhood, police, area residents and workers said. Comment.

Queens pols laud UFT’s class-size lawsuit

Queens legislators cheered the United Federation of Teachers’ recent lawsuit that alleges the city Department of Education violated state lawthat required the agency to use funds from Albany to reduce class sizes. Comment.

City backs Superfund status for Newtown

The city has agreed to go along with environmentalists and federal elected officials, endorsing the designation of Newtown Creek as a federal Superfund site, but officials are worried about the effects the move will have on businesses eking out an existence along the toxic waterway. Comment.

Paterson vows Albany will save free MetroCards for students

Gov. David Paterson has offered hope of saving the free school MetroCards threatened by the MTA’s drastic cuts because of the agency’s financial straits. Comment.

Ozone Park principal fired for sexual misconduct: DOI

A former Ozone Park principal and athletic coach has been fired and faces possible criminal charges for allegedly soliciting sex from at least four male students, the city revealed in a detailed report last week. Comment.

Guv warns Legislature of ‘winter of reckoning’

Gov. David Paterson struck a somber note in his second State of the State address as he chastised special interest groups and legislators alike following a year of ballooning deficits and bitter conflict. Comment.

Teen accused of stabbing boy, 12, in Ridgewood

Two Brooklyn teens were charged with attempted murder this week after they allegedly stabbed a 12-year-old friend more than a dozen times in Ridgewood’s Highland Park last weekend, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Feds fault S. Ozone company for deaths at Jamaica sewer

The federal government issued its findings Tuesday on its inquiry into the South Ozone Park company and the Jamaica recycling plant that were involved in the summer deaths of three workers who were caught in a poisonous sewer. Comment.

Padavan proposes transparency blueprint for state government

State Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) unveiled a series of reforms last Thursday that he said would bring transparency and accountability to Albany. Comment.

LIRR beats own record in 2009 with 95.21 percent on-time trains

The Long Island Rail Road turned in the best performance in its history in 2009 with trains arriving on time 95.21 percent of the time in a feat LIRR President Helen Williams said was possible because of the excellence of the railroad’s 6,800 employees. Comment.

Mayor faces new foe: sodium

He got chain restaurants to visibly display calories for customers and removed trans fats from city menus. Now Mayor Michael Bloomberg has turned his attention to curbing the salt intake of city residents. Comment.

Queens Council on the Arts to give grants to 43 groups, 17 artists

The Queens Council on the Arts will honor 43 arts organizations from the borough as well as 17 individual artists as part of its 2010 Community Arts Fund awards Jan. 21. Comment.

Two terror suspects busted

The public spotlight returned to Flushing last week after two men were arrested in connection with the terrorist plot allegedly concocted by suspected Al Qaeda operative Najibullah Zazi, a former Queens resident. Comment.

Senate panel says Monserrate should be punished

As expected, a state Senate committee has concluded that state Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst) is unfit to serve and recommends he either be expelled or censured for his role in the injury of his girlfriend in December 2008. Comment.

Two boro groups get city funds to help day laborers

The city Department of Youth and Community Development has identified the recipients of three $200,000 stimulus grants designed to help Queens’ immigrant day laborers. Comment.

Crime down 10 percent in 108th

Crime dropped more than 10 percent during a mostly quiet year for police in the 108th Precinct, which covers Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside. Comment.

New mag eyes Queens cuisine scene

When Long Island City resident Leah McLaughlin moved to Queens 3 1/2 years ago, she was amazed by the diversity of restaurants — not to mention the population — and decided her new home borough was the city experience for which many search. Comment.

LIC gold thief sentenced to six months in jail

The Westchester County woman who stole millions of dollars in gold from her Long Island City employer will spend six months in jail, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said last week. Comment.

Boro leaders back Gillibrand

If former Tennessee U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. decides to challenge U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), he will be hard-pressed to find support for his candidacy in southeast Queens. Comment.

Astoria mourns loss of Julian Wager, ‘Mr. Steinway’

Western Queens leaders said they remembered Julian Wager, “Mr. Steinway,”as a tireless community activist after the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition’s founder died last week at age 80. Comment.

Danny Dromm celebrates inauguration to City Council

City Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and close to 600 residents celebrated the inauguration of one of the first two openly gay politicians to represent Queens with spirited speeches by government officials and a performance by one of the original Village People to mark the beginning of a tenure expected to help meet the needs of an increasingly diverse district. Comment.

State awards LIC library $950,000 to hire worker for advocacy program

The Jeanne Elmezzi Adult Learning Center in the Long Island City Library is already a place where immigrants and people from low-income households go to boost their reading skills, but after an infusion of nearly $1 million, it is offering more. Comment.

Army to help Rock Beach

After being hit hard by Hurricane Ida and other storms, Rockaway Beach will be getting an emergency infusion of sand from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the city Parks Department, U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) said last week. Comment.

Apartment fire guts 4 floors in Kew Gardens

A four-alarm fire in Kew Gardens ripped through four floors of a large apartment building and sent dozens of tenants running for safety Monday morning. Comment.

City plans to change law on streetscaping

Community Board 10 was updated last week on the Department of City Planning’s Residential Streetscape Preservation text amendment that proposes new rules on curb cuts and front yard planting requirements for new housing. Comment.

City landmarks Ridgewood Theatre, PS 66

After nearly two years of fighting, the Ridgewood Theatre has been designated a landmark by the city Landmarks Preservation Commission, elating preservationists and elected officials. Comment.

Van Bramer celebrates win

About 1,000 residents and numerous high-profile dignitaries packed the Frank Sinatra School of Performing Arts High School auditorium Saturday evening to celebrate the inauguration of City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), one of the borough’s two first openly gay politicians to be elected to the Council. Comment.

Ackerman under fire on two fronts

A group of Nassau County and Queens residents bearing American flags and signs protested against U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) outside his Northern Boulevard-based district office in Bayside, criticizing his stances on the economy and national security. Comment.

Mt. Sinai looks to expand

Mt. Sinai Hospital is not taking the current shortage of hospital beds in Queens lying down. The Astoria facility is searching for funds to build a $200 million, nine-story addition to vastly expand its capacity. Comment.

Boro pols slam study citing charter schools’ success

New York City charter school students are outperforming their traditional public school peers in reading and math, according to a new study from Stanford University. Comment.

Armstrong biographer brings book to Corona

When Louis Armstrong first saw his home in Corona in 1943, he told his cab driver to stop joking with him and bring him to the correct address — the house before him was just too grand. Comment.

Onorato to retire, Gianaris to run for his Senate seat

State Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) said he will run for George Onorato’s (D-Astoria) seat this fall after the longtime senator for western Queens announced earlier this week that he will not seek re-election. Comment.
Arts

The Reel Queens: Love Story

Cinemarosa’s 2010 slate will include movies about the transgender experience and others about immigration but the program, described by its founder as the borough’s sole “queer film series,” will kick off the New Year with a lighthearted romantic comedy at the Queens Museum of Art this week. Comment.
Arts

The Play’s The Thing: It’s hard to be gloomy when welcoming a new grandchild

In this, the winter of our discontent, remember that FDR famously said that “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Sure, the cold winds are blowing, the bad guys are causing terror, the economy is in the dumps, the globe is warming and fresh water is running out — among other calamities. Name your favorite. You might not want to get out of bed in the morning, afraid that everything is all screwed up and believing that there’s nothing we can do about it. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010

Earthquake touches Queens Haitians as news from home trickles out

The borough’s Haitian population is on edge after a devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake rocked the West Indian nation Tuesday, destroying the National Palace, government buildings, schools and hospitals, the Associated Press reported. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 18, 2010

St. John’s Haiti relief team plans fund-raiser in Manhattan

The relief team traveling to Haiti from St. John’s University’s Center for Global Development will hold a fund-raiser at Pop Burger in Manhattan Jan. 19. The event will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the restaurant, located at 58-60 Ninth Ave. Tickets will be $25 and cover food and drink. Comment.

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