Friday, Dec. 3, 2010

K-ROD PLEADS GUILTY TO ASSAULT

Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez will be sharing the pitcher’s mound with a counselor for the next year as part of a plea agreement he made with the Queens district attorney’s office Friday over assault charges. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010

Six months after blaze Rego Park vet fights to reopen

A Rego Park veterinarian would love to reopen his Queens Boulevard business after a fire damaged it six months ago, but he is stuck in lease limbo. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010

Six months after blaze Rego Park vet fights to reopen

A Rego Park veterinarian would love to reopen his Queens Boulevard business after a fire damaged it six months ago, but he is stuck in lease limbo. Comment.

St. Albans dance center holds marrow donor drive

A southeast Queens dance school is calling on minorities in the neighborhood to help out one of its students who was diagnosed with a rare blood disease. Comment.

Gunman guilty of murder in ‘06 boro shooting spree

The unemployed Woodhaven bricklayer who went on a wild shooting spree throughout several Queens neighborhoods in 2006, killing one man and shooting at 13 others, was convicted of murder and other charges in Queens Supreme Court Monday. Comment.

Aqueduct’s popular flea market to close after end of December

Bargain hunters and vendors will say goodbye to the long-lived flea market at the Aqueduct Race Track in Ozone Park after the holiday season. Comment.

Jewish Council sees hunger rising by 30% in Queens

Hungry people celebrate holidays, too, especially after Cynthia Zalisky of the Queens Jewish Community Council gave out nearly 56 kosher turkeys on Nov. 17 to combat Forest Hills’s growing hunger problem. Comment.

Great Grandmother reunited with Holocaust rescuer from Poland

A Jewish great grandmother who survived the Holocaust, thanks to the help of a Polish Catholic who risked his own life to save girls like her, was reunited with him at Kennedy Airport Tuesday evening for the first time since World War II. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Two-alarm fire in Corona barbershop

A firefighter examine a barber shop at 103-17 Roosevelt Avenue in Corona Wednesday afternoon following a two-alarm fire in the store. Three stores suffered damages during the blaze, which fire officials said was under control at 12:58 p.m. and within an hour of their arrival at the scene. Eleven people were treated for minor injuries and taken to local hospitals, according to fire officials. The cause of fire was under investigation as of Wednesday evening, officials said. Photo by Christina Santucci Comment.

Francis Lewis loses its grip on volleyball dominance

Francis Lewis was the favorite to continue its stranglehold on the PSAL and win a fourth straight Class A city title. But coach Arnie Rosenbaum has said all season that his volleyball team was merely in the mix for a championship. He set the modest goals of going .500 and winning a division title after losing the entire core that won those three crowns. Comment.

Medina helps Dozo beat Midwood

Melissa Medina got the best endorsement she could have asked for: one from her teammates. Comment.

Forest Hills Y’s Jewish library strapped for cash

Members of a Forest Hills library will hold their annual fund-raiser next month, but this time the event might decide if the storied institution will stay open or close its doors for good. Comment.

PS 50 kids get the paddle

Playtime just got a whole lot better for elementary school students in Jamaica. Comment.
Ridgewood

Pols want MidVil rewired

City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) and U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) demanded that Con Edison bury its overhead electrical wires underground in Middle Village, but Con Ed said the process is prohibitively expensive. Comment.

Metro Avenue parents want crossing guard

Residents near a Forest Hills school want a crossing guard to help their children safely navigate a nearby street, but officials said hiring one is not that easy. Comment.

Chest pain center planned for Elmhurst Hospital

An Elmhurst hospital will be adding a new chest pain center to its emergency service center next year, but even people without cardiac ailments should rejoice. Comment.

Turning point: Queens-filmed drama of domestic and socioeconomic change ‘Willets Point’ opens in Manhattan

The muddy, gritty streets of the industrial Iron Triangle and the city’s plans for their future serve as the metaphorically charged backdrop for a tale of deception, deal-making, urban life and domestic strife in “Willets Point,” the debut feature by independent filmmaker T.J. Collins, which opened last week for a limited engagement at Manhattan’s Quad Cinema. Comment.

Second attacker pleads guilty in anti-gay College Point beating

A second man has pleaded guilty to a hate crime in the case of the vicious beating and robbery of an openly gay man on the streets of College Point. Comment.

Father of terror-plotter Zazi faces more charges from feds

Federal prosecutors Tuesday hit the father of former Flushing resident and admitted terrorist Najibullah Zazi with eight new charges. Comment.

Bed Bath & Beyond, Old Navy open at Sky View Plaza

Those looking to outfit their sleeping quarters and those of their loved ones this holiday season will have to go no further than Sky View Center in Flushing, where a new Bed Bath & Beyond opened Friday. Comment.

Cops arrest boro man after Forest Hills hit-and-run

A man was arrested after allegedly hitting a pedestrian in Forest Hills and fleeing the scene of the crime, according to the NYPD. Comment.

Queens shoppers flock to big-box stores for Black Friday savings

After stuffing themselves with turkey and pumpkin pie, Queens residents added a little more weight to themselves Friday — in the form of shopping bags. Comment.

Bloomberg, Albany reach deal to clear Cathie Black: Reports

City and state officials reached an agreement that allows Cathie Black to replace schools Chancellor Joel Klein to lead the country’s largest school system, published reports said Friday. Comment.
Little Neck Ledger

After one month, Doug Manor gas service restored

Many Douglaston Manor tenants were relieved to learn their gas service was restored this week ´╗┐after they had to live for more than a month without gas, forcing them to pay extra money for food and laundry, City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) said. Comment.
Little Neck Ledger

Bayside ushers in new holiday look More dramatic lighting on Bell Boulevard designed to bring shoppers to strip

Bayside business officials and borough lawmakers this week celebrated the new holiday decorations as well as the lighting of the menorah and Christmas tree on Bell Boulevard that they touted as representative of an up-and-coming Bayside. Comment.
Crime

Cops find woman’s body at beach in Far Rock

FAR ROCKAWAY — Police were investigating the death of a Rosedale woman whose body was found early Tuesday morning at the beach. Comment.

DNA helps convict St. Albans burglar

A St. Albans burglar who beat and sexually assaulted two women in their homes, including a police officer, was convicted last week with the help of strong DNA evidence, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Jamaica NAACP requests Aqueduct jobs go to residents

The Aqueduct racino has been touted as an economic boon to the borough, but southeast Queens activists contend their residents should be the ones to reap the benefits of the multimillion-dollar project. Comment.

Brooklyn man shot dead, teen injured in Jamaica

A Brooklyn man was killed and a teenager was injured during a shooting that took place on a ´╗┐Jamaica block Friday night, police said. Comment.

JFK Airport Terminal 4 upgrade breaks ground to fanfare

The $1.2 billion project to completely renovate John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 4 will be a welcome economic boon for Queens that will create thousands of jobs, said Queens lawmakers and transportation officials who broke ground on the project last week. Comment.

Jet with blown engine returns DiCaprio, 192 others to JFK

He may have been perished in a doomed shipwreck on screen, but Titanic star Leonardo DiCaprio and 192 other passengers faced no harm when an engine failed shortly after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport and the jet had to make an emergency landing Sunday night. Comment.

CB12 vows to keep fighting for VA hospital

Despite numerous complaints and protests against current plans to revamp the St. Albans Veterans Hospital, the federal government has informed the community that it will still go ahead with its proposal to convert part of the acreage for private use. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Mall hosts reading program

Most come to the Queens Center Mall to shop, but when students from PS 206 come to the mall Tuesday mornings, they’re there to learn. Comment.

Scobee forced to shut its doors

After being a staple in the community for more than 40 years, the Scobee Diner in Little Neck will close its doors permanently at the end of this month, the restaurant’s owners said. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

New Gateway site saluted as science dream

The Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School’s new building in Briarwood will help launch students into successful careers in the medical world, city officials, borough lawmakers and educators said at the school’s ribbon-cutting last week. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: Do not develop site of the St. Albans VA hospital

At a recent meeting of the Queens Civic Congress, Rene Hill, president of the Addisleigh Park Civic Association, told why the community was against giving almost half of the land at the St. Albans Veteran’s Hospital to a private developer. Comment.

Officers in 112th cracking down

The joyride is over. Comment.

DA files sexual abuse charges against Corona bus driver

A Corona school bus driver was charged Friday with sexually abusing three girls aged 7 to 9 on his bus from September to November, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.

Queens College project to celebrate diversity found in boro

Queens College recently launched a new memory project aimed at recording the stories of many of the borough’s 2 million residents living in the nation’s most diverse county, from a 92-year-old Flushing pioneer to some of the area’s earliest South Indian residents. Comment.

Koo gives out 240 free turkeys to district residents

As Flushing residents did their Thanksgiving shopping, City Councilman Peter Koo (R-Flushing) continued his holiday tradition of delivering free turkeys to senior centers throughout his district. Comment.
Flushing Times

Islanders visit PS 24 in Flushing to tell students to stay in school

A couple of players from the New York Islanders hockey team trekked west last week from their home on the ice at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, L.I., in order to speak to Flushing’s youth. Comments (1).

Stavisky, mayor light downtown Flushing for holidays

Santa Claus and Mayor Michael Bloomberg came to town Monday evening to join the Flushing Business Improvement District in front of the Roosevelt Avenue Macy’s and symbolically ring in the start of this year’s holiday shopping season. Comment.
Flushing Times

Auburndale library gets major makeover

The Queens Library at Auburndale reopened to great fanfare Friday after a year of renovations which transformed it into a fully modernized, attractive facility. Comment.
Crime

4 men caught in string of boro robberies: Cops

FLUSHING — A quartet of suspects were arrested Friday on charges of being involved in a series of commercial robberies since the summer, police said. Comment.
Crime

Two men rob McDonald’s safe in Bayside: Police

BAYSIDE — Two suspects were wanted in connection with an armed robbery of a McDonald’s restaurant Friday, police said. Comment.
Crime

Man waiting for bus gets punched, robbed

OAKLAND GARDENS — A commuter claims he was assaulted and robbed while waiting for the Q27 bus Friday evening, police said. Comment.
Crime

Officer struck by bar patron: Police

BAYSIDE — A rowdy patron assaulted an officer as he was being escorted out of a bar early Sunday morning, police said. Comment.

City Council to investigate bogus subway signal reports

City Council Transportation Committee Chairman James Vacca said he would hold a public hearing into findings by the MTA inspector general that transit workers falsified subway signal inspection reports. Comment.

Flushing boy fights cancer for Siemens science award

A high school student from Flushing is exploring the cutting edge of cancer research, which earned him a berth in the regional finals of a competition for an award many consider the Nobel Prize of pre-collegiate science. Comment.

MinKwon Center’s voting drive nets 50,000th registered citizen

The MinKwon Center for Community Action reached a significant milestone earlier this month when it registered its 50,000th citizen to vote in New York state. Comment.

Flushing woman starved dog: ASPCA

Victoria Tela’s life has gone to the dogs ever since Oct. 10, when a concerned resident reported her to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Comment.

Ackerman pushes Dems in House to pass child immigration reform

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) is continuing his quest to provide a path to citizenship for high-performing, undocumented immigrant children. Comment.

Dance center pleads for marrow at CB 12

A southeast Queens dance school is calling on minorities in the neighborhood to help out one of its students who was diagnosed with a rare blood disease. Comment.

Bayside man wins lucky lotto ticket

It almost didn’t happen. Comment.

Avella gets jump-start on his new role as state senator

State Sen.-elect Tony Avella has hit the ground running. Comment.
Food

Dining Out: Zum Stammtisch: Bavarian comfort endures in Ridgewood

We made our way to Zum Stammtisch with some degree of trepidation. Had this venerable paean to oom-pah cuisine lost its luster in the intervening years since its opening in 1972? Had the changing demographic of Ridgewood lured its core clientele away to greener pastures? Judging by the full house on a recent November Wednesday, the answer to both of these questions is a resounding NO! Owners Hans and Werner, the second generation of Lehners, are still doing what they do best to an appreciative audience. Comment.
Crime

Corona baby, 2, found unconscious on 7 platform

MANHATTAN — A 2-week-old Corona baby girl was found at about 7 p.m. in Grand Central Station on the No. 7 train platform Sunday, police sources said. Comment.
Crime

Bronx man played role in Qns. auto theft ring

KEW GARDENS — A Bronx man was convicted Monday for his role in a major auto theft conspiracy, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Letters

Weiner, vets decry proposed health care cuts

Following big Republican gains in the midterm elections earlier this month and with President Barack Obama’s deficit commission unveiling its new proposals last week, everyone seems in agreement that a big part of the solution has to be Social Security cuts. Comment.
Letters

Teachers unions made mistake backing Avella

Well, weren’t the United Federation of Teachers and New York State United Teachers clever! Instead of backing veteran state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose), whom they have supported for many years, they backed a lightweight with no proven track record in education: Tony Avella. Comment.
Letters

Hear all facts about Black before judging

An open letter to Community District Education Council 26 President Rob Caloras. Comment.
Letters

Padavan deserves locals’ thanks

On Election Day, state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) was not successful in his bid for another term, completing a 38-year run as our senator. No matter if you voted for him or not, I believe this public servant is owed a huge debt of gratitude for his service and hard work. Comment.
Letters

Black doesn’t deserve chancellor post

As you know, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has appointed Cathleen Black as the new city schools chancellor to succeed Joel Klein. This selection was shrouded in secrecy and as far as known she was the only candidate. Comment.
Editorial

Wishing Our Readers a Happy Thanksgiving

The TimesLedger Newspapers staff wishes our readers a wonderful Thanksgiving. Hopefully, this holiday will find you and your family gathered around the table safe and warm. As always, our hearts go out to those families with a member serving our country overseas and those facing hard times because of the economy. Comment.
Opinion

I Sit And Look Out: Controversy over Park51 project is manufactured

Defending freedom when there are no challenges is easy. Defending it against hatred, fear and paranoia takes courage and leadership. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has displayed those qualities consistently in the matter of the proposed Cordoba House on Park Place. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Padavan lost due to UFT backing Avella for Senate

There have been a number of articles and columns appearing locally blaming Carl Paladino for the dismal record of the Queens GOP. To any person capable of logical thinking, it just doesn’t add up and I will tell you why. Comment.
Opinion

Berger’s Burg: Columnist honored during trip to Israel for war service

I am a member of the Jewish War Veterans and, along with other non-Jewish war veterans, was invited by Israel to visit to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Israeli Defense Force and symbolically salute all American war veterans for defeating the Nazis. I discussed the offer with Gloria, who began packing even before I had finished asking. Comment.

Education expert has suggestions for Black

Diane Ravitch, a leading educational historian who spoke at St. John’s University this week, had some advice for the woman selected to be the city’s next schools chancellor. Comment.

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.

No. 7 train tunnel to Jersey too rich for MTA officials

Although New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie likes the idea, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s vision of a No. 7 subway line running all the way to New Jersey has run into a chorus from those who say it will not happen. Comment.

ExxonMobil to pay $25M to clean creek

Oil and gas giant ExxonMobil has settled a 2007 lawsuit filed by state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, agreeing last week to pay $25 million in damages and to clean up the 17 million-gallon oil spill in Newtown Creek along the southwest Queens-Brooklyn border. Comment.

All eyes are on Long Island City growth: Liu

As the Long Island City Business Development Corp. honored its guests at its annual luncheon last week, its guests praised how far Long Island City has come and the corporation’s success in spurring its growth. Comment.

Survivor recalls childhood in Poland during WW II

Holocaust survivors, including a distinguished scholar, visited Queens College over the weekend to mark the start of the ethnic cleansing campaign against Jews in Nazi Germany and Austria and urge a new generation to stand up against hate. 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.

Artists aim to raise AIDS awareness at boro museum

As Queens Media Arts Development prepares its sixth-annual Framing AIDS, a multimedia arts exhibition associated with Worlds AIDS Day Dec. 1, the program hopes to not only raise awareness of the disease but also confront visitors’ perceptions of it. Comment.

Woodhaven residents want carousel repaired

Woodhaven residents are calling on the city to use a monetary gift from a film company to restore a historic carousel in Forest Park, but the city has other plans. Comment.

Put brakes on drag races

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) and state Assemblywoman Marge Markey (D-Maspeth) joined with residents of Maurice Avenue Monday to request cooperation in stopping the drag racing they say is a weekly occurrence on this street. Comment.

Gunman guilty of murder in ‘06 boro shooting spree

The unemployed Woodhaven bricklayer who went on a wild shooting spree throughout several Queens neighborhoods in 2006, killing one man and shooting at 13 others, was convicted of murder and other charges in Queens Supreme Court Monday. Comment.

Queens officials reassess Black

Queens legislators softened their opinion of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s choice for city schools chancellor before reports surfaced that state Education Commissioner David Steiner said late Tuesday he would reject Cathie Black’s nomination unless an educator was enlisted to help her run the nation’s largest school system. Comment.

Aqueduct’s popular flea market to close after end of December

Bargain hunters and vendors will say goodbye to the long-lived flea market at the Aqueduct Race Track in Ozone Park after the holiday season. Comment.

Aqueduct seeks minority contractors

Between 300 and 400 contractors attended an event at Aqueduct Race Track in South Ozone Park Friday morning to explain to area minority- and women-owned businesses what they need to do if they want to land contracts to help build a racino project at the track. Comment.
Astoria Times

Amtrak replaces cut down trees

Residents who live around Boulevard Gardens in Woodside and elected officials Tuesday celebrated Amtrak’s replanting trees to replace the ones it took down along train lines in the area in early May. Comment.
Arts

Sculpting with light

Jon Kessler, a New York artist who has become known in recent years for his anti-war installations, has mounted a career retrospective exhibit at the Fisher Landau Center for Art in Long Island City, with 12 pieces spanning nearly 20 years of sculptural objects made from a variety of media. Comment.

Sign up for daily news emails!

TimesLedger archive

CNG: Community Newspaper Group