Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010

Wonder Bread, hostess factory to close down in Jamaica

AAfter more than a century, the Wonder Bread and Hostess factory in Jamaica will be closing down in January, the food goods company announced Friday. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010

Bayside Times

Cops seek Bayside attempted rapist

The New York Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect who tried to rape a woman early Sunday morning in Bayside. Comment.

Hevesi pleads guilty to taking $1M in illegal gifts

Disgraced ex-comptroller Alan Hevesi pleaded guilty Thursday to receiving $1 million in gifts in exchange for state pension business as part of a year-long probe into corruption of his office, state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010

Undermanned Molloy makes some improvements

It couldn’t get much worse for Archbishop Molloy. Senior captain Ariella Levine was home with tonsillitis and star sophomore libero Jenna Hoffman had to leave the first set with a wrist injury. On top of that, the Stanners were getting blown out early against Fontbonne Hall. Comment.

CK’s gritty Royals tough out win over Bishop Ford

It was Christ the King’s most enjoyable win to date because it was the toughest. Comment.

Bulldogs win ugly to improve to 3-1

Campus Magnet is about as easy to figure out as the weather these days. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Whitestone teen urges kids to volunteer

Teenagers in Whitestone have a new opportunity to fix problems with their neighborhood and perhaps earn school credit for doing so, thanks to a new community program. Comment.
Ridgewood

Community remove All Faiths Cemetery debris

For All Faiths Cemetery in Middle Village, the road to recovery after the two tornadoes and macroburst hit Queens Sept. 16 has been heartbreaking and expensive, but not without help. Since the storm hit, City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), students from Christ the King High School and community activists have donated their time removing trees to enable the cemetery to operate again. Comment.

Police seek answers to rise in murders

A surge in violent crime has disturbed residents in southeast Queens, but law enforcement officials promised them Monday night that they are dedicated to making the streets safe. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Avella protests buses on 10th Ave

Democratic state Senate candidate Tony Avella and more than a dozen Whitestone residents rallied last week against the MTA buses that travel down 10th Avenue, which they said creates dangerous traffic patterns on a narrow street. Comment.

MTA approves fare hike of 25 cents to $2.50 for single bus ride

 It’s official – the cost of taking buses and subways is going up for the third time in as many years. Comment.

Hevesi pleads guilty to corruption charge

Alan Hevesi has pleaded guilty to a single felony count involving corruption at an arraignment hearing in State Supreme Court in Manhattan Thursday. Comment.
Crime

Robber stole $1,400 from drive-thru: Brown

JAMAICA — A Rosedale man who allegedly robbed a Popeye’s restaurant in Jamaica was arraigned last week in Queens Supreme Court, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Crime

Brooklyn spray painter fought with cops: Brown

HOWARD BEACH — A Brooklyn man was arraigned Friday in Queens Supreme Court on charges he was attempting to spray paint an overpass in Howard Beach and resisted arrest, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Crime

Cops search for sexual assaulter of 12-yr-old

JAMAICA — Police were looking for a man they said tried to sexually assault a 12-year-old girl in southeast Queens earlier this week. Comment.

Cell service, Wi-Fi coming to subway next year: MTA

Are you nervous at the prospect of cellphone deprivation on your next subway trip? Relax: Cellphone friendly stations are coming. Comment.

DEP cleanup prevents repeat of August flooding: Sanders

The Springfield Gardens streets that were deluged during powerful rainstorms more than a month ago were spared another wet cleanup over the weekend, according to City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton). Comment.

Majorty Baptist Church celebrates 50 years in St. Albans

The Majority Baptist Church started out as an idea to educate the youth in St. Albans about Jesus Christ and over the last 50 years has expanded into a spiritual family that is 300 members strong. Comment.
Editorial

Before a Hospital Closes

In an effort to help other communities in the state avoid the crisis that has confronted Jamaica and its surrounding communities, state Assemblyman Rory Lancman and state Sen. Shirley Huntley have sponsored a bill that would establish a process that must be followed before a hospital is allowed to close. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Corona Plaza owners want space

Business owners near Corona Plaza, upset over what they contend is unfair competition from vendors who operate on the streets and moving vans which take up parking spaces for customers, have asked elected officials for help. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Corona man charged in kidnapping

A 22-year-old Corona man has been charged with kidnapping, robbery and assault for allegedly striking his landlady over the head with a metal pipe and keeping her in his apartment for more than six hours, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said last Thursday. Comment.

Man killed, woman injured in New Hyde Park car shooting

Police were looking for whoever killed a man and wounded a woman in a barrage of at least a dozen bullets early Monday morning in New Hyde Park. Comment.

Vote looms on tennis stadium’s future

The fate of the West Side Tennis Club’s stadium will be decided this Thursday, when members were scheduled to vote on whether the site should be sold to a Forest Hills developer and turned into luxury apartments. Comment.

Kew Gardens man killed in Maspeth car accident

A 34-year-old theater manager from Kew Gardens, Youssef Damdami, died in the early morning hours last Thursday when his car crashed into a tractor trailer at the intersection of Rust Street and Maspeth Avenue in Maspeth, police sources said. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Kew Gardens P.O. gets lease renewed

A Queens landlord and the federal government have reached an agreement that allows the Kew Gardens Post Office to remain open following years of concerns that it would close, U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) said last week. Comment.

Homeless man arrested in subway slashing

A homeless man who allegedly slashed an individual on a subway platform in Forest Hills last weekend has been charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Flushing group teams up with 109th Precinct cops

State Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) is enlisting the assistance and resources of the Police Department in order to boost the crime prevention efforts of a grassroots group that patrols the streets of downtown Flushing every night. Comment.
Flushing Times

Pair indicted in strangling

A suspected prostitute from Harlem and a Jersey City man were indicted last week in connection with the fatal strangling of a Flushing man found dead Jan. 25 in an Atlantic City motel, according to the Atlantic County prosecutor. Comment.
Crime

Bayside man, 72, dies after car strikes him

BAYSIDE — An elderly Bayside man died last week after being hit by a car at Northern Boulevard and 212th Street, police said. Comment.
Crime

Man tried to rape woman off Bell Blvd.

BAYSIDE — A man attempted to rape a woman walking down Bell Boulevard in Bayside Sunday morning, police said. Comment.
Crime

Cops seek to ID woman with amnesia in Bayside

BAYSIDE — Police have asked the public for help identifying a woman with amnesia found standing at a Bayside intersection last week. Comment.
Editorial

We Were Right: Paladino Is Unfit to Govern

The ink had barely dried on a TimesLedger Newspapers editorial questioning the demeanor and language of Carl Paladino when the Republican candidate for governor went out his way to prove us right. Comment.
Bayside Times

St. Mary’s marks $114M expansion with Central Pk- themed street fair

St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside was set to break ground on its $114 million expansion project this week with a celebration that will transform the hospital grounds into a Central Park-themed street fair. Comment.

RKO theater developer mulls expanding housing proposal

The developer who bought the landmarked RKO Keith’s Theatre in downtown Flushing for $20 million has floated plans to nearly double the number of apartments planned for the site, Community Board 7 Chairman Eugene Kelty said this week. Comment.

Milano attacks Ackerman on health care

Republican challenger Dr. James Milano is demanding that U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) explain his vote on the landmark health care legislation from March with his constituents, accusing the congressman of supporting the slashing of $500 billion in Medicare benefits. Comment.

OBITUARY: Nancy Kostel-Donlon, 52

Nancy Kostel-Donlon, who was born in Flushing and moved to Hicksville, L.I., when she got married in 1991, died Sept. 17 from a ruptured brain aneurysm. She was 52. Comment.

Slain SE Qns. teen’s memory continues on

It has been one year since 13-year-old Kevin Miller was murdered on his way home from school, but his mother remembers it like it was yesterday. Comment.

False insurance claims made by boro accountant: State

A Forest Hills accountant has been arrested for allegedly filing hundreds of bogus health insurance claims, according to the state Insurance Department. Comment.

CB 11 denies zoning change to gym on Bell

It was the owners, not the patrons, of the Lucille Roberts gym on Bell Boulevard who felt the burn Monday after Community Board 11 voted against rezoning a five-lot portion of the commercial strip that the establishment said it needed to legalize its business. Comment.
Bayside Times

Inaugural Bayside arts fair to showcase locals’ works

Northeast Queens artists will be showing off their handcrafted wares during the Bayside Arts and Crafts Fair scheduled for Oct. 17 at the Bayside Long Island Rail Road station behind the Chase Bank. Comment.

Padavan loses UFT backing for 1st time in 30 yrs

A week after a crushing poll showed state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) with a 24-point lead over former City Councilman Tony Avella, the pendulum in the contentious race swung toward the Avella campaign after he received the endorsement Monday of the powerful United Federation of Teachers on the steps of Borough Hall. Comment.
Crime

Drunk driver fell asleep at the wheel: Brown

REGO PARK — A Rego Park man was arraigned Friday in Queens Supreme Court on charges he fell asleep behind the wheel while allegedly driving drunk, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Crime

Subway stop shut over mysterious package

FOREST HILLS — Police shut down the 71st Street-Continental Avenue subway station in Forest Hills Tuesday morning after a suspicious package was found by the station’s stairs. Comment.
Letters

Thanks to all who helped clean up after the tornado

On behalf of the Forest Hills Civic Association, thank you to all who participated in assisting our neighborhood after the storm: Community Board 6’s Community Emergency Response Team, the city Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services, the city Parks Department, the NYPD, the FHVAC and especially our neighbors. Comment.
Letters

Don’t forget Muslims also died on 9/11

I would like to comment on the Sept. 23-29 letter from Bob Friedrich entitled “Candidate regrets using image of 9/11 in campaign literature.” Comment.
Letters

Be mindful of Avella’s associations

We are still months away from the November elections, but before things get heated with too many political messages and ads, it is imperative for voters to take note of former Democratic City Councilman Tony Avella, who is vying to run against state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose). Comment.
Letters

During fall migration, species of birds flock to Jamaica Bay

On a cloudless September Saturday, it is high tide at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. With the fall migration in full swing, my wife and I have come here not knowing what to expect. Comment.
Letters

Sale of WSTC stadium sale shows fiscal responsibility

The Sept. 23-29 TimesLedger Newspapers article “Tornado tables vote on tennis stadium” highlighted another stream of misleading statements from Christine Schott, a seemingly self-appointed spokeswoman for a small minority of West Side Tennis Club members. Anyone who may be drawn in by this barrage of unsubstantiated remarks, such as “Why would we sell to the first person who offers us something?” must be informed of the illegitimacy of these arguments in the interest of fair and honest reporting. Comment.
Letters

Group ride photo-op is self-serving

Appearing in last week’s local press was another example of self-serving political photo-ops, showing the Weprin brothers alongside city Taxi & Limousine Commission Commissioner David Yassky in front of a group ride van on the old Q79 bus route. Comment.
Letters

Say no to planned federal ban on co-op, condo transfer taxes

On Aug. 12, the Federal Housing Finance Agency proposed a ban on co-ops, condominiums and developers from charging a transfer fee — flip tax — on sales. The FHFA is a federal agency that does not require any legislative action to implement change in banking regulations. This proposal, if enacted, would ban banks from issuing mortgages where a transfer fee exists. Comment.
Letters

Get people back to work again

As 2010 continues to move along, it seems our economy has not really improved much at all. Unemployment currently is at 9.6 percent and more people are losing their jobs and homes as well as not being able to pay other expenses. Comment.
Editorial

Rats

If you are an elected official in New York City, you cannot go wrong siding with a union. Unions contribute campaign funds and play a major role in getting out the vote. So when the mayor announced he was cutting funds to the city Department of Health, it was not surprising Queens City Council members lined up to warn that the borough would be overrun by rats if this happens. Comment.
Opinion

Political Action: Conservative Party can stay alive with Lazio out of race

In the Fifth Congressional District in northeast Queens and northwest Nassau County, U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) won a primary initiated by challenger Patricia Maher. It was surprising to some political observers that Maher received about a third of the vote in that election, considering she does not live in the district and therefore has little name recognition there. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Paladino may be crazy as a fox in his run to be state’s governor

As “Hannibal” Smith from “The A-Team” used to say, “I love it when a plan comes together.” If you remember last week, I wrote about how concerned the Republicans and Conservatives were about Rick Lazio and whether or not he would be a double spoiler by taking votes away from Carl Paladino and not being able to guarantee he would be able to acquire at least 50,000 votes in order for the Conservative Party to retain its line. Comment.
Opinion

Berger’s Burg: Do not buy in to the naysayers’ views on Columbus’ discovery

You cannot blame native Americans for not getting excited about Columbus Day. More than 500 years ago, there were no taxes, national debt or foreign entanglements and the women did all the work. What they cannot understand is how anyone ever thought they could improve upon a system like that. Comment.
Business

Little Neck pizzeria offers extensive menu

When Joe DiMaria was deciding on a location for his new brick oven pizzeria, he said he chose Little Neck because it was a neighborhood where he could bring something new to the table. Comment.

Zazi’s father threw out bomb-making items: Feds

The father of admitted New York City subway bombing plotter Najibullah Zazi is most likely headed for trial on charges that he disposed of his son’s bomb-making materials, according to federal prosecutors. Comment.

Winthrop to provide new treatment for the small intestine

Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, L.I., recently announced it would be offering a new procedure, double balloon enteroscopy, which will allow gastroenterologists to better treat disorders of the small intestine. Comment.

Boro leaders laud House passage of 9/11 bill

Queens legislators and emergency workers praised the passage of a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would provide free medical care to workers who were sickened or injured while working at Ground Zero after the Sept. 11 attacks and urged the U.S. Senate to quickly pass the legislation. Comment.

Manhattan DA warns Queens on rise of radical terrorism in city

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said at Hillcrest Jewish Center in Fresh Meadows this week that prosecutors and law enforcement officials must work with community members to fight the homegrown terrorism that is of increasing concern in the city. Comment.

MTA to hold vote this week on hikes in subway, bus fares

The MTA board was to vote in a special meeting this Thursday on whether to approve increases in bus and subway fares, including the price of unlimited MetroCards. The base $2.25 fare was to remain unchanged for single tickets paid by cash and MetroCards. Comment.

Attorney uses images of Osama, A-bomb in ads

The Republican candidate challenging U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) has been using images of terror and mass destruction to get his vote across to the Jewish population in the last couple of weeks, but he insists he is not using fear tactics. Comment.

SJU dean had pupils serve her: Feds

A former St. John’s University administrator allegedly forced students to be her personal servants and threatened them with losing their scholarships if they did not cook and clean for her, federal prosecutors charged in a complaint filed in court last week. Comment.

Queens College speaks out on domestic violence

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month launched with a lavender glow Friday afternoon at Queens College as the school’s Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library lit its clock tower as part of a statewide initiative. Comment.

Meditation promotes unity

Dada Tapan Kanti Bidya and Muhamad Rashid, the heads and souls behind the monthly meditation sessions at the Methodist Community Church in Jackson Heights, consider themselves secular but are strong in their beliefs. Comment.

Theatre in the Park director bids adieu

After switching on the house lights at Queens Theatre in the Park in 1989, Executive Director Jeffrey Rosenstock is planning to take his curtain call next June. The founder and longstanding head of the two-stage performing arts center at Flushing Meadows Corona Park announced his retirement Sept. 29. Comment.

Boro pols ask feds for aid

Queens legislators and Gov. David Paterson are calling on President Barack Obama to send federal disaster aid to the borough in the wake of last month’s tornado that caused more than $27 million in damage to the city, according to a preliminary federal report. Comment.

Millstones to rest at the LIC Library for now

Officials from the city Economic Development Corp. and the Queens Library confirmed earlier this week that the millstones at Queens Plaza will be temporarily moved to the Long Island City Library during the ongoing renovation of the site. Comment.

Mets’ dismal record prompts CEO to ax ball team’s leaders

On Monday, the day after the New York Mets ended the 2010 season with a 79-83 record despite spending $136 million on payroll, the organization officially announced that Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel will not be returning next spring. Comment.

Flushing marches against domestic abuse

The Flushing community rallied Friday around the Korean American Family Service Center, a domestic violence support organization, in a show of solidarity against the prevalent form of abuse. Comment.

‘Iron Chef’ vet talks careers at St. John’s

A world-renowned chef and Manhattan restaurant owner who was in “The Next Iron Chef” show recently kicked off St. John’s University’s career week by encouraging students to follow their dreams and making them drool with a culinary lesson. Comment.

Hospital closings bill now law

Two borough state legislators praised the long-awaited passage of a new bill that will help prevent communities from confronting health care voids similar to the one Queens has faced since the closures of Mary Immaculate and St. John’s hospitals last year. Comment.

HAUP to celebrate 35 years in southeast Qns.

Haitian-Americans United for Progress, the Cambria Heights-based nonprofit that aids Haitians in Queens as well as the other boroughs and has been at the forefront of providing assistance to the island nation ravaged by an earthquake in January, is set to hold its 35th anniversary dinner Saturday at Antun’s in Queens Village. Comment.

Francis Lewis High transformed into futuristic battlefield

Huddled around their robot, a square contraption with metal arms that seemed to scurry across the gym floor, members of the Francis Lewis High School robotics team were hard at work last week making last-minute adjustments before they sent their creation to the soccer field. Comment.

FDNY testing go-slow plan at Queens firehouses

A new pilot program instituted in Queens firehouses is aimed at improving safety for firefighters, but representatives from the Bravest’s union said it will make their job more difficult in the borough. Comment.

Wrongly accused Elmhurst brothers settle suit

The Elmhurst brothers who sued the city for $10 million because they lost their supermarket after being falsely arrested on drug charges have accepted a combined $300,000 settlement with the city, according to the city Law Department. Comment.
Astoria Times

Van Bramer starts handing supplies out at area schools

After three weeks of collecting donations from community members, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) began delivering more than 6,000 supplies to schools in the 26th Council District last Thursday. Comment.

Astoria Beer Garden turns 100

More than 3,000 people flocked to the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden last weekend to celebrate the Astoria establishment’s 100th anniversary with a series of lectures on Czech and Slovak history — and, of course, some beer. Comment.

City says it needed more money to run elections

City Board of Elections officials defended themselves at a hearing sponsored by state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) last week on widespread problems on Primary D ay, saying they needed more government funds to effectively implement the new voting machines. Comment.
Arts

Noguchi’s world

Long Island City’s Noguchi Museum will host a major retrospective this fall that will explore the relationship between the cultural institution’s namesake and 40 figures from the worlds of art, architecture, design and theater, the museum’s director. Comment.
Arts

Afrikan Poetry Theatre plans gala fund-raiser

For more than three decades, the Afrikan Poetry Theatre has been bringing the arts and culture of the continent to southeast Queens residents and vice versa through its programs. Comment.

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010

Police search Bayside for grand larceny suspect after crash injured officers

Police officers combed Bayside streets, highways and wooded areas for more than two hours Wednesday evening in search of at least one man wanted in connection with a grand larceny. Comment.

Straphangers name No. 7 train city’s best

For a second consecutive year, the Straphangers Campaign has found the No. 7 subway line to be the city’s best. Comment.

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