Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010

Elderly man killed by van on Union Turnpike

An elderly man died after being hit by a van while crossing Union Turnpike in Fresh Meadows Friday afternoon, police and area workers said. Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010

Robinson keys Hilltoppers win over Midwood

Joe Lewinger doesn’t admit it often, but the The Mary Louis Academy girls basketball coach offered up a public mea culpa. Comment.

Jeridore keeps Lewis close with St. Mike’s

With 10 seconds to play in St. Michael Academy’s 62-40 win over Francis Lewis, Sabrina Jeridore ended one of the best games of her young career in fitting fashion. Comment.
Queens Village

Reckless driver tries to avoid arrest: Brown

JAMAICA — A man was arrested two weeks ago for disobeying a police officer after he drove recklessly, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Bloomberg unveils help for boro’s small businesses

Job creation and thrift were the two foremost topics on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s mind as he laid out his State of the City address Wednesday at Astoria’s Frank Sinatra High School for the Performing Arts. Comment.

Boro immigrants make gains

The top three neighborhoods in the city with the largest percentage of immigrants are in Queens, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said last week in a report that showed newcomers make a strong contribution to theurban economy. Comment.
Crime

Police search for missing handicapped man

QUEENS VILLAGE — A mentally handicapped man was missing and the police asked the public for help in locating him before he gets hurt. Comment.
Crime

Cops search for robber of Dunkin’ Donuts store

JAMAICA — Police asked for the public’s help in finding a suspect in connection with a Dunkin’ Donuts robbery last week. Comment.

Cops hunt for killer of 2 men in Jamaica

Police were still on the lookout for whoever committed the double murder last week that shut down a South Jamaica block for an entire evening after two unidentified young men were killed. Comment.

CB 8 to battle city plan to close Jamaica High

Community Board 8 members threw their support behind Jamaica High School last week and unanimously passed a resolution calling on the city Department of Education to keep the school open instead of phasing out the landmark institution. Comment.
Opinion

Neighbor to Neighbor: Friedrich hopes to give Weprin run for money in Albany race

Weather often seems to like to surprise us. That has been the case in this new year. So far we have seen no hint of global warming. In fact, on a bitterly cold Jan. 9 former City Council candidate Bob Friedrich held a press conference to announce his candidacy for the upcoming state Assembly seat formerly held by current Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Hollis), who recently replaced his brother David Weprin on the Council. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: Pupils, teachers must benefit from education improvements

The battle over learning in our schools rages on. As this column has said in the past, about 30 percent to 40 percent of the total number of students do not graduate yet our society must have educated students who know facts and can critically think. Comment.
Crime

Cops arrest suspect in northeast Qns. break-ins

BAYSIDE — Gilbert Loo, a 49-year-old Asian-American man arrested Jan. 9 after allegedly burglarizing two homes in Bayside earlier that night, is the prime suspect in a string of burglaries committed in northeast Queens since the beginning of December, police said. Comment.
Crime

City worker stole $50K in computer goods: DOI

KEW GARDENS — A city school worker has been arrested for stealing thousands of dollars worth of computer equipment, the city Department of Investigation said Tuesday. Comment.

More students worsen traffic at Queensborough

Bayside community leaders said an already-busy intersection in the community has been snarled by even more traffic during the past few months after Queensborough Community College’s student body grew exponentially last semester. Comment.

NE Queens remembers Bayside High teacher

Northeast Queens community activists paid homage last week to a longtime Bayside High School teacher, whom they believed to have the longest tenure ever at the school, after he died in mid-January at age 84. Comment.

Queens kids meet the Mets

The students at New York Child Learning Institute in College Point were introduced to a new set of role models last Thursday afternoon: sports stars and a man with a giant plush baseball for a head. Comment.

Protesters fight boro bus cuts

The MTA’s proposed cuts to bus service will cripple commuters across the borough, former City Councilman David Weprin warned Sunday as he urgedQueens residents to get their heads out of the sand and fight to save their commutes. Comment.

Flushing to host Lunar New Year Parade Feb. 20

Preparations are underway for the Lunar New Year Parade, one of Flushing’s grandest and largest annual cultural events, to ring in the Chinese Year of the Tiger. Comment.

Halloran rips Kim’s spending

Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) is eligible to receive additional funding from the city, but the newly elected councilman for northeast Queens said the money could have been more useful during last fall’s campaign season and that it must all go toward paying off debts accrued for mailing and printing costs. Comment.

College Pt. pair charged in transgender hate crime: DA

A Queens grand jury has indicted two men who are accused of taking part in the brutal beating of a 49-year-old openly gay man in College Point last fall, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

More charges may be coming in terror cases: Prosecutors

Prosecutors said Tuesday that a Flushing man arrested Jan. 7 in connection with an ongoing probe of an alleged Al Qaeda terror plot to bomb locations in New York City traveled to Pakistan in August 2008 with plans to kill U.S. service members in Afghanistan. Comment.

Open Kew Gdns. Hills library Sundays: CB 8

Community Board 8 members unanimously approved a resolution calling for the Kew Gardens Hills Library to be open Sunday. Kew Gardens Hills is one of 14 libraries slated for closure on weekends beginning next month. Comment.

5 Queens artists win awards at Bayside Historical Society show

The Bayside Historical Society held its ninth-annual Celebration of the Arts winter show last weekend at which it presented prizes to five Queens artists whose work included paintings, sculptures and photography. Comment.

Queens leaders call for census participation

When the final U.S. Census 2000 tallies were calculated, New York lost two seats in Congress, in part as a result of low response rates in areas of the state such as Queens with high immigrant populations. Comment.
Arts

‘Trip to Bountiful’ exudes Southern charm, humanity

In Horton Foote’s “The Trip to Bountiful,” playing now at the BroadHollow Theatre in Elmont, Carrie Watts, an elderly widow, has found herself in the unhappy place of many widows. Her husband being dead isn’t such a problem — she never loved him anyway — but now she has to live with her son Ludie and his shrewish wife, Jessie Mae, in a gloomy three room apartment in Houston. Comment.
Crime

Suspects sought in four boro robberies: Police

SOUTH OZONE PARK— The Queens robbery squad was huntingfor suspects who they said were behind four robberies last month in different parts of Queens. Comment.
Crime

Girl snaps picture of harassment suspect

CORONA — A 12-year-old girl was sexually harassed in a No. 7 train subway station last week, but she was able to snap a cell phone picture of the alleged pervert, before he got away, police said. Comment.
Crime

Man dies in Astoria after minivan hits him

ASTORIA — A 32-year-old man was dead after he was hit by a minivan crossing Broadway Monday night, police said. Comment.
Crime

Wife stabs husband with knife during fight: DA

WOODHAVEN — A woman was arrested last week after she allegedly took a knife to her husband during an argument, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Letters

David Weprin campaign has wrong idea of the opposition

Last week, I announced my candidacy for the state Assembly in the 24th Assembly District in front of a crowd of nearly 100 people on the coldest day of the year (“Friedrich to run in Assembly race,” Queens Village Times, Jan. 14). Comment.
Letters

Compromise on Bayside HS sign

Shame on Community Board 11. Instead of embracing the fact that Bayside High School, which has been maligned in past years, wants to crow about its tremendous successes of late, the CB 11 picks on a petty annoyance and votes to have the school’s new sign removed (“Bayside High should remove sign: CB 11,” Bayside Times, Jan. 7). Comment.
Letters

Teachers deserve good salary for their work

Well, here we are in the new year and New York City public school teachers still do not have a new contract in place. What is going on? Certainly there should not be any doubt that us teachers deserve a decent and just salary increase that will help us keep up with everyday increases in prices from shoes to food to rent to health and auto insurance and other expenses. Comment.
Letters

Pupil allowed to take needed class

In the Dec. 10 TimesLedger Newspapers letter “Qns. College shouldn’t cancel key courses for low enrollment,” Teresa Lawrence, who is enrolled in our Continuing Education Program, cited her difficulty in registering for the last class she needs to obtain her EKG certificate. Comment.
Letters

Teachers, students at Cambria Hts. school protest MTA MetroCard cuts

On Dec. 12, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority executive board voted on its 2010 budget. In the budget was the elimination of student MetroCards starting in September with the half-fare MetroCard and the following September with the full-fare card. Comment.
Editorial

The Tragedy in Haiti

The thoughts and prayers of the TimesLedger Newspapers family are with the Haitian Americans living in Queens who are devastated by the tragedy in their homeland. We can only imagine what it must be like not to know if family members are dead, alive or maimed or if the homes they grew up in are still standing. Comment.
Opinion

Political Action: Addabbo’s role as a senator based on constituents’ views

In the 15th State Senate District in western Queens, Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) has represented the people of that area for the past year after winning a decisive victory over former Sen. Serf Maltese in 2008. Maltese had represented the district for 20 years. Addabbo does not credit President Barack Obama with his 2008 election success, but believes the voters of his district wanted change. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Boro candidates should obtain support of more than one party

There was so much going on last week there wasn’t enough room to include all of the events. The following announcement was left out, so we will make it first this week. Comment.
Opinion

Berger’s Burg: Columnist becomes famous for brushing celebrity elbows

Fame is a bee./It has a song—/It has a sting—/Ah, too, it has a wing. — Emily Dickinson Comment.
Opinion

Our History: Sleighing became winter sport, transportation in late 1800s

Through the years, the variety of pastimes and the popular interest in them have changed. Some sporting pastimes have all but disappeared. Among these was sleighing, which prevailed from the 1840s through the 1880s. Comment.
Business

Pamper your pooch at pet boutique

Fresh Meadows resident Ellen Halligan has been a pet owner all her life, but it was not until recently that she decided to funnel her love of animals into a business venture. Comment.
Business

How’s Business? Stay on top of real estate deals

I was attending a real estate networking function recently. In attendance were Realtors, many of whom said they may need to find another job, were thankful their spouses are still working or thankful they were still employed. Comment.

Qns. pols support ouster ofHiram after special report

A week after a special committee recommended the state Senate either expel or censure Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst), the Queens legislator’s fate remained undecided. Comment.

Bird strikes rise at JFK, LGA despite geese removal

A year after a collision with a flock of Canada geese forced U.S. Airways pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger to make a dramatic landing on the Hudson River after taking off from LaGuardia Airport, the federal government said bird strikes at area airports rose in 2009 despite efforts from the Port Authority to mitigate the problem. Comment.

Queens high school students vie for Intel science award

Seven Queens students were named as semi-finalists in this year’s Intel Science Talent Search, one of the oldest and most prestigious science research competitions in the country. Comment.

Amtrak finishes work on 31st St. overpass

After two years, Amtrak is removing the scaffolding around the 31st Street rail overpass, City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) said. Comment.

QUEENS FEELS HAITI TREMORS: Haitians anxious as news from home proves elusive

A week after a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti, much of the borough’s Haitian population is in limbo as to whether their relatives in the poor island nation are dead or alive. Comment.

Trailblazing black pilot inspires students at Astoria school

A national aviation hero from Florida was cheered on by hundreds of students from Astoria’s IS 10 last week as he relayed the story of how he became the youngest person and the first black pilot to take a solo flight around the world. Comment.

Boyfriend charged with murder of LIC artist: Brown

The boyfriend of the late Long Island City artist Susan Woolf allegedly used two different knives to murder her and then fled to Florida where he was arrested last week, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Forest Hills resident bids to unseat Hevesi

Forest Hills resident Lilianna Zulunova said she plans to challenge state Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) in this year’s Democratic primary and is going around the community to spread word about her platform issues that include job creation, affordable housing and education. Comment.

Gillibrand, Maloney push small-biz tax cut

New York’s elected officials are pushing for a tax cut they said would boost new jobs for small business owners throughout the state and country, but when such a measure could take effect remained unclear. Comment.

City expands choices of school emergency alerts

Queens parents will now be able to receive information about school emergencies as they unfold thanks to the expansion of an alert system, city officials announced at JHS 217 in Briarwood last week. Comment.

Jamaica Library celebrates King’s legacy with letters

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died more than 40 years ago, but that did not stop groups of young students from the borough from showing their appreciation for him in the form of a personal letter. Comment.

LIJ physicians save baby from rare condition

Julian Olivares said he considered his son Justin’s birth to be a “miracle.” Comment.

QUEENS FEELS HAITI TREMORS: Humanitarian disaster mobilizes borough

As Queens wept for Haiti,thousands in the borough tried desperately to contact their loved ones while others mounted efforts to raise funds nearly a week after a massive earthquake changed life forever in the impoverished island nation. Comment.

MTA chief promises better transit system for the city

MTA Chairman Jay Walder said the agency still operates much as it did decades ago and spends too much money ineffectively while “buses still crawl through traffic,” but he pledged to make changes for the better. Comment.

QUEENS FEELS HAITI TREMORS: Fearing the worst, S. Ozone Park doctor finds missing brother alive

One South Ozone Park family breathed a sigh of relief over the weekend after they learned that a missing relative was rescued from a destroyed Port-au-Prince government building. Comment.

Maspeth homeless removed

It was hardly a dramatic uprooting, but police and city Department of Transportation staff cleaned out a pair of homeless encampments alongside the Long Island Expressway in Maspeth Tuesday morning, easing the worries of some neighbors. Comment.

State Legislature introduces ethics reform bill

A week after Gov. David Paterson unleashed an ambitious ethics-reform agenda in his State of the State address, the state Legislature rolled out its own initiative. Comment.

St. John’s dispatches medical rescue team

After spending a decade doing aid and development work in Haiti, Kew Gardens resident Kevin Jamison was devastated to hear of last week’s earthquake that left the island nation in shambles and will lead a St. John’s University team to the Caribbean country next week. Comment.

QUEENS FEELS HAITI TREMORS: Queens mounts relief effort

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

QUEENS FEELS HAITI TREMORS: Haiti quake refugee sets off JFK Airport lockdown

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 leaders ask boro residents to donate to Haiti

Flushing resident Jack Dossous, a native of Haiti, said last Thursday with tears in his eyes that he did not know where his wife, 20- and 27-year-old daughters and 17-year-old son, who were in the island at the time of the quake, were and had not been in touch with them since the temblor struck. Comment.

Boro leaders say King fought for all minorities

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spent his life fighting for equality for black Americans, but Queens leaders and clergy members said minority residents of all backgrounds benefited from his activism. Comment.

College Pt. woman charged in $90K scam at boro bank

A personal banker at the Long Island City branch of Astoria Federal Savings was charged last week with stealing more than $90,000 in customers’ funds over five months, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (1).

Seminerio faces 14 yrs. in jail for hospital bribes

Anthony Seminerio, a 74-year-old former state assemblyman from Richmond Hill, faces up to 14 years in prison when he is sentenced Feb. 4, a federal judge said last week in a decision that accuses him of abusing his power to bully money out of hospitals, nonprofits, and other groups in exchange for lobbying state officials on their behalf. Comment.

News Corp. pledges $250K to charities for Haiti relief

News Corp., the parent of TimesLedger Newspapers, has pledged a $250,000 donation to the victims of the magnitude 7.0 earthquake in Haiti that is believed to have killed between 100,000 and 200,000 residents of the island nation Jan. 12. Comment.

Bleak economy causes MTA ridership to decrease

The economic recession that has left the MTA in critical condition has cost the agency $100 million as the result of millions of fewer riders on subways, buses and commuter trains and a drop in bridge and tunnel tolls. Comment.

QUEENS FEELS HAITI TREMORS: Flushing officials pledge aid for quake victims

Flushing’s diverse community of leaders met Monday afternoon to dedicate funds and support to those affected by the earthquake that decimated the island nation of Haiti last week. Comment.

Hevesi, Miller pose new law to ban noisy trains

State elected officials from the Glendale area are working on legislation to ban locomotives from idling near homes, the latest development in a clash between residents and a freight railroad operating in the neighborhood. Comment.

Gov’t ends Gotti prosecution after fourth hung jury

Free at last. Free at last. John Gotti Jr. is once again free at last. Comment.

NY Pass company information available to readers

We recently carried a story about the NY Pass, which provides discounts and privileges such as going ahead of those waiting on line at museums and entertainment events. We have received questions from readers about how to contact the company that produced the NY Pass. Comment.

Eric Ulrich celebrates Council inauguration

Elected officials from throughout the borough and beyond celebrated the inauguration Sunday of City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Rockaway Beach) at the Scholars’ Academy School in Rockaway Park. Comment.

LIJ takes time out to remember King

The country has come a long way since the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but the nation is still not without shortcomings, the keynote speaker at the North Shore-Long Island Jewish’s 40th annual program in honor of the slain civil rights leader said Friday. Comment.

Film lauds eye doc’s discovery

A former Forest Hills doctor who became known as the grandfather of small incision surgeries is the subject of a public television documentary that premiered Wednesday and will be shown in upcoming weeks. Comment.
Arts

Object lesson

Although it’s arguably one of Prince’s lesser known hits, the exhibit that opened Jan. 10 at the SculptureCenter in Long Island City, brings to mind, “Thieves in the Temple,” if no other reason than the resemblance to the exhibit’s name, “Leopards in the Temple.” Comment.
Arts

New Unity Stage Co. debuts with prejudice-themed play

Unity Stage Company, founded in the spring of 2009, opens the door for opportunities in theater, serving communities in western Queens. The 1922 play “Loyalties” by British writer John Galsworthy is the first professional production by the company. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010

Kelly says NYPD prepared for terror trials in city

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Tuesday New York City, with the help of federal funds, is prepared to host high-profile terror trials in its courts. Comment.

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