Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010

Khan joins Park51 debate at Queens College

While the Park51 Muslim Community Center’s plan to build two blocks away from the former site of the World Trade Center has been controversial not only in the city but across the country, those sharing the dais Monday evening at Queens College did so in the spirit of unity. Comment.

Hevesi adviser pleads guilty to fraud: AG

The chief political adviser to former state Comptroller Alan Hevesi, Hank Morris, pleaded guilty this week in State Supreme Court in Manhattan to being involved in a pay-to-play kickback scheme that landed him about $19 million in fees for allocating investments in the state pension fund to friends and political associates, state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said. Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010

LIRR service restored after man is struck by Port Washington train

Service has been fully restored on the Port Washington line of the Long Island Rail Road following the closure early Friday morning of the entire route after a man was killed by a train, according to the MTA. Comment.

Royals eye repeat for Federation title

Bria Smith likes the sound of “defending New York State Federation Class AA champion Christ the King.” It is the first time in the senior’s four-year varsity career she could enjoy such a distinction. It’s one she doesn’t plan on giving up, but knows winning a second time will only be harder. Comment.

3 Christ the King Division I players sign letters of intent

Nia Oden felt even better signing her National Letter of Intent than she did at the time of her commitment. The Christ the King senior declared her intent to attend the University of Illinois in early October, but had yet to visit the school. She got to see the campus for the first time at the end of the month. Comment.

Fighting abuse of women

A social worker just won $5,000 for her Queens-based charity, but you probably won’t see the impact. Comment.

Liu, Meng and Cook picked for Cuomo transition team

Three Queens politicians were named to Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo’s expansive transition team last week. Comment.

Queens Theatre postpones Legislative Revue benefit

The beloved Legislative Revue performance, held every other year at Queens Theatre in the Park and starring the borough’s elected officials, has been postponed from Nov. 20, much to the disappointment of its organizers and those who planned to participate. Comment.
Ridgewood

Madison St. woman mailed powder: FBI

A former teacher living in Ridgewood was arrested Oct. 29 for allegedly sending mail with white powder inside to former co-workers, her neighbors and acquaintances with false addresses of people she had accused of being in the drug trade, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Comment.

Queens Village bus drivers protest after racial epithet allegedly used

A group of Queens Village bus drivers delayed service last Thursday morning when they refused to take the wheel after a co-worker allegedly used a racial slur on the job, according to a city councilman. Comment.

More bar flies in Bayside, Corona head to ERs: City

Residents of northern Queens, put down that beer! You might have an alcohol problem, according to a new study released by the city. Comment.

Biz leaders discuss economy

Business leaders and entrepreneurs came together Friday for a special conference at the Greater Allen AME Cathedral for one goal: to rebuild the economy of southeast Queens. Comment.

Pair caught smuggling cocaine in JFK: DA, Feds

A pair were arrested in two separate incidents over the last week for trying to smuggle cocaine through John F. Kennedy International Airport, the authorities said. Comment.

Walder downplays mayor’s proposal for No. 7 extension to N.J.

Public officials have generally expressed doubt that Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s vision of a No.7 subway train running to New Jersey will ever become reality. Comment.

Baysider hits scratch-off jackpot at Bell Blvd. 7-Eleven

It almost didn’t happen. Comment.
Little Neck Ledger

Boro vets post honors past, present

The young and old crowded about the Little Neck-Douglaston American Legion Post No. 103 on 235th Street on Veterans Day last Thursday to remember not only those lost but also those still fighting across the world. Comment.
Crime

Police seek to identify burglar in Richmond Hill

RICHMOND HILL — The city Police Department has asked the public for help in identifying a suspect wanted for a burglary in Richmond Hill. Comment.
Crime

Boro man impersonated cop, raped women: DA

QUEENS VILLAGE — A Queens Village resident allegedly raped two women after luring them to his house via a Craigslist advertisement, then told them he was a cop and would arrest them for prostitution if they told on him, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Crime

Suspect stole Suzuki motorcycle: Police

FAR ROCKAWAY — The city Police Department has sought the public’s help in finding a man believed to have stolen a 2007 Suzuki motorcycle from an underground parking garage at 10-40 Neilson St. in Far Rockaway. Comment.
Crime

Mom who scalded son gets 15 years in prison

ROCKAWAY PARK — A mother from Rockaway Park who burned her son in scalding hot water for soiling his training diapers has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, the DA’s office said. Comment.

Parents peeved by new limits on Van Buren HS gym use

A Queens high-school principal’s decision to limit after-school use of the gym has parents and kids livid — and it sparked a second protest yesterday outside the building. Comment.

Authors to visit book fair in Jamaica Harvest Room

After families in southeast Queens fill up their stomachs over a Thanksgiving meal this year, a promoter from the area says she hopes they will fill their minds with material from new books. Comment.

Ridgewood non-profit seeks more public funding

The Greater Ridgewood Restoration Corp., which has spent 18 years cleaning up graffiti around southwest Queens, began asking the community last week to help them raise funds to make up what they had lost in the member items cut out of the state budget this fiscal year. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

SJU event honors veterans

Looking out into a sea of hundreds of people at St. John’s University last week, Master Sgt. Elizabeth Simmons urged everyone to take the time to say two of the most important words on Veterans Day: thank you. Comment.

UFT, city differ about Jamaica HS problems

While city officials were ordered by the courts to keep Jamaica High School open this year, the school has still suffered as staff were laid off, advanced placement courses were cut and class sizes increased, Jamaica’s United Federation of Teachers chapter leader James Eterno said. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Locals fear crime in Briarwood

About 85 Briarwood residents have signed a letter urging 107th Precinct Capt. Michael Coyle to pay extra attention to a street in their neighborhood where they say there has been an escalation in crime. Comment.

City has plan to fix mall traffic

The city Department of Transportation is proposing a plan to convert the two-way section of 57th Avenue between 90th and 92nd streets behind the Queens Center Mall into a one-way westbound street. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Koslowitz gets money for upkeep on Queens Boulevard

City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) secured funds to clean up a heavily trafficked and highly commercial portion of Rego Park using a worker from The Doe Fund, an organization that helps to employ formerly homeless or incarcerated men find housing and work as part of an effort to reintegrate them into society, the lawmaker said last week. Comment.

College Point residents irked at Vallo honor

The New York State Bus Contractors Association has named Vallo Transportation, an independent school bus company based in College Point, the bus contractor of the year. Comment.

Library in Whitestone school receives new tomes, flat-screen

Less than a year of diligent planning, fund-raising and elbow grease has transformed the library at PS 193 in Whitestone from a dingy meeting room into a cutting-edge media center. Comment.

‘Amazing’ Flushing resident celebrates 104th birthday

It’s hard to comprehend reaching 104 years old, but Flushing resident Edmund Robert Mahoney does it daily. Comment.
Crime

Burglar stole laptop, camera and wallet: Cops

FLUSHING — The Police Department has asked the public to be on the lookout for a suspect in a burglary at 104-02 86th Ave. in Flushing Sept. 5. Comment.
Editorial

The Challenge Facing Cathie Black

When Mayor Michael Bloomberg appointed Ray Kelly police commissioner, he picked a man with law enforcement experience. When he appointed Salvatore Cassano the fire commissioner, the mayor picked a man who had worked his way through the ranks in the FDNY. Comment.

Queens-Midtown Tunnel turns 70 after opening in Depression years

The Queens-Midtown Tunnel, built during the Great Depression during the administrations of Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia and President Franklin D. Roosevelt, turned 70 Monday. Comment.

Writer explores boro diversity

For anyone who loves to travel but hates to fly, you have picked the right place to live, according to a Bayside writer who celebrates the diversity of Queens in a new book called “Languages of New York.” Comment.

Hospital execs look for aid

Queens hospitals need financial support from the state and federal governments as well as insurers to continue to care for a borough rocked by the closures of Mary Immaculate and St. John’s hospitals that left emergency rooms hemorrhaging money, panelists said at a Queens Civic Congress health-care forum this week. Comment.

Bellerose civics protest halal meat grocery

More than 100 residents and members of various civic associations in Bellerose rallied early Saturday morning against a supermarket on Hillside Avenue, Super Halal Meat, which they allege is operating without proper permitting and is creating a hazard in the community. Comment.

Queens WW II vets receive long-awaited honors for service

More than six decades after D-Day, France has proclaimed its gratitude to its American liberators by bestowing the Legion of Honor on nearly a score of former GIs, including two Queens residents. Comment.

Floral Park artist shows off her work

The weather may be strictly autumnal, but there were summer scenes warming a recent art show at the Community Church of Douglaston. Comment.
Crime

Teen threatened boy with metal spike: DA

CORONA — A 16-year-old Bellerose resident was arraigned Nov. 4 on charges of harassing and attempting to rob and a 12-year-old boy at 111th Street and 46th Avenue in Corona, said the Queens district attorney’s office. Comment.
Crime

Man robbed wallet while victim was asleep: Cops

LONG ISLAND CITY — The city Police Department has requested the public’s help in finding a suspect who allegedly stole from a 28-year-old white man in Long Island City. Comment.
Crime

Woman, 58, hit and killed by car in Forest Hills

FOREST HILLS — A 58-year-old Hispanic woman was killed Tuesday when she was struck by a car at the intersection of 63rd Road and Yellowstone Boulevard, police sources said. Comment.
Crime

Crook committed fraud with credit card: Cops

WOODSIDE — The city Police Department has requested help in finding a man (above) suspected of fraudulently using a credit card at a Dime Savings Bank at 45-14 46th St. Comment.
Crime

2 robbers hit 7-Elevens in western Queens: Cops

WESTERN QUEENS — The city Police Department has requested residents be on the lookout for two individuals wanted for three armed robberies at 7-Eleven stores throughout western Queens. Comment.
Letters

Electeds ignore U.S. veterans who become homeless, addicts

I seethed all day last Thursday. It was Veterans Day and after seeing professional politicians march and honor our veterans, I seethed. After watching them “honor” those who gave their lives for us and those lucky enough to come home, I seethed. And, after seeing the Empire State Building light up in red, white and blue, I decided to stop seething and vent my anger in this letter. Comment.
Letters

Supporters wish Padavan a fond farewell

We would like to thank state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) for 38 years of selfless, tireless service to his constituents. We remember Padavan’s first campaign in 1972, when we just knew he was going to prevail over Murray Schwartz, and we also remember two years later when he was one of the few Republicans in that post-Watergate election to celebrate victory. Two decades later, when redistricting pit him against another incumbent senator, Jeremy Weinstein, he won easily. Comment.
Letters

Paine did more than write pamphlet ‘Common Sense’

I am the communications director and editor for The Forum, the newsletter of my organization, the Catholic-Jewish Relations Council of Northeast Queens. I am also an amateur historian emphasizing on the American Revolution. In your Oct. 21-27 issue, you published an article by Joan Brown Wettingfeld which examined the role Thomas Paine and his pamphlet “Common Sense” played in the American Revolution (“Writer Thomas Paine helped foster American independence”). I believe readers should be more aware of the role Paine played in the Revolution. Comment.
Letters

U.S. Supreme Court sold out country to business interests

The federal elections are over and there are sweeping changes in Congress. But the elections this year only proved one thing: Our government is up for sale. Undisclosed money poured in to political organizations, mostly Republican, at an unprecedented rate because big business and the wealthy see them as allies. Comment.
Editorial

Cold-hearted Cowards

Victor Mejia, 28, left Mexico and came to Corona with the hope of leading a better life with his wife Candelaria Rodriguez. He found a job as a pizza deliveryman and was willing to work hard to build a future. The two were sending some money to Mejia’s ailing mother in Mexico and saving what they could. They hoped someday to have children. Comment.
Opinion

Our History: Old West black regiment provided service

One of the most interesting stories in our military history is that of the role of the Buffalo Soldiers. These black soldiers had fought in George Washington’s army and served as well with Andrew Jackson in 1815. But later, the first black regiment in service was not organized or authorized by Congress until June 1866. They were to play an important part in the history of the West and were known as the “Buffalo Soldiers.” Comment.
Opinion

Political Action: Padavan hurt by tenure, Paladino at top of ticket

State Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) was first elected to the Senate in 1972. He won by a significant margin, which was somewhat surprising at the time since both Republican candidates for state Assembly and Congress running in the same area of northeast Queens were defeated by narrow margins. Since that time, Padavan has become a political icon in terms of the respect and support he has received from the electorate. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Padavan will be missed after losing Senate seat to Avella

They say it’s not over until the fat lady sings, and for sure the fat lady has sung as Tony Avella was announced the winner of the 11th Senate District seat. No comment! It is what it is. Frank Padavan has been my senator for more than 20 years and I will miss him. He was always there not only for me but all his other constituents. Padavan did a fantastic job and he leaves a really large pair of shoes for Avella to try and fill. Good luck, everyone! Comment.
Opinion

Berger’s Burg: Columnist would be thankful for turkey-less Thanksgiving

Over the river, and through the wood/To Grandmother’s house we go;/The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh/through the white and drifted snow. Comment.
Business

Baysider introduces area to Latino flavors

After a year of successful business, Jose Cajas, the owner of Decabo bar and lounge in Bayside, said he wanted to do something for the community. Comment.

Corona library honors creator of hip-hop show

When Tracy Crawford, curator of the Black Heritage Reference Center of Queens County, introduced the guest being honored at the Langston Hughes branch of the Queens Library Saturday, she said he had not only been influential in the music business but influential in the minds of many children growing up in the 1980s in the city. Comment.

Jamaica children hit outside home by car

Two children were struck Sunday afternoon in south Jamaica when a driver who was reportedly arguing with a female passenger crashed into their front driveway, police said. Comment.

Tenants demand stiffer regs for landlords at Jam. rally

A group of Queens tenants said they have been forced to pay higher rents for non-existent improvements to their buildings, so they called on the state last week to improve its regulations over landlords. Comment.

Hunger in boro afflicts nearly 39% of homes

Thanksgiving is synonymous with feasts and full stomachs, but more than a third of residents across the borough had trouble filling the table last year — and that number is growing. Comment.

Car thefts on rise in Queens: Cops

Queens has earned the dubious distinction of the borough with the most stolen cars, with more than 3,000 already swiped this year, according to the Police Department. Comment.

Metro-North passes LIRR, carries more rail passengers

Metro-North Railroad has, for the first time in the memory of most MTA officials, displaced the Long Island Rail Road as the rail system carrying the most passengers. Comments (1).

Two die outside clubs in west Qns.

Two men were killed last weekend in bloody confrontations in front of two nightclubs a little more than a mile away from each other, police sources said. The incidents were not connected. Comment.

Boro leaders oppose choice of DOE head

Queens legislators and residents criticized Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s choice to replace outgoing city Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, saying Heart Magazines Chairwoman Cathleen Black does not have the right background in education and the process of selecting a leader for the country’s largest school system was not transparent. Comment.

Veterans depart from JFK for relaxing weekend in Vegas

About 150 wounded veterans left for Sin City from John F. Kennedy International Airport last Thursday for a weekend of relaxation, entertainment and getting away from it all. Comment.

State Liquor Authority orders Four Loko ban

The state has announced that it will stop the distribution of a controversial alcohol-caffeine fusion beverage and City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton), who has been voicing concern over the drink, said it was a step in the right direction for the safety of New Yorkers. Comment.

Families remember Flight 587 victims

American Airlines Flight 587 went down in Belle Harbor shortly after taking off from John F. Kennedy International Airport nine years ago last week, tearing apart the lives of the 260 passengers and crew on board, many of whom had roots in the tropical paradise of the Dominican Republic, where the plane was headed that chilly morning. Comment.
Astoria Times

Dutch Kills Civic Association celebrates 30th birthday

The Dutch Kills Civic Association celebrated its anniversary earlier this month, marking 30 years of civic activism in the Long Island City community. Comment.

Fund established for Corona assault victim

Elected officials from Jackson Heights and Corona urged residents Sunday to donate to a bank account set up for Jackson Heights assault victim Victor Mejia, who was beaten with a bat early Nov. 5 and remains in an induced coma at Elmhurst Hospital. Comment.

Author to discuss WWII hero at Central Queens Y

New York Times bestselling author Eric Metaxas, who grew up in Jackson Heights, is returning to his home borough at the end of the month to discuss his most recent book about a young Protestant pastor from Germany who was executed during World War II for being involved in a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Comment.

Qns. leaders decry plans to close failing schools

Queens lawmakers chastised city Department of Education officials at a Borough Board meeting this week over the DOE’s plan to potentially close 12 schools in Queens. Comment.

Thousands of job-seekers pack area race track

More than 3,000 people showed up for a job fair in Ozone Park last week hosted by state Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), all searching for that elusive position in today’s down economy. Comment.
Astoria Times

Pedestrians need more help

Elected officials and residents rallied at the corner of 21st Avenue and 23rd Street in Astoria Saturday to denounce what they called the city Department of Transportation’s lack of action following the death of a pedestrian at the intersection a year ago. Comment.
Arts

Music in memoriam

Flushing Town Hall will pay homage to a recently deceased jazz artist this month, dubbing its annual NEA Jazz Masters concert “A Tribute To Benny Powell.” Comment.
Arts

Free Synagogue’s ‘Sweet Charity’ a nostalgia-trippy delight

“Sweet Charity,” written by Neil Simon, with lyrics and music by Cy Coleman and the great Dorothy Fields, feels like a transitional musical between the sweet and fluffy stuff like “My Fair Lady” and “The Sound of Music” (Nazis notwithstanding) and the tougher fare, like “Sweeney Todd,” that was to come. Comment.

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