Wednesday, April 13, 2011

CB 12 manager Reddick hospitalized after crash

The district manager for Community Board 12 is recuperating from serious injuries she suffered in a car accident last week. Comment.

Accused cabbie shooter rejects plea deal, opts for trial

The man accused of sticking up fast-food restaurants around the borough and shooting livery cab driver Trevor Bell several times at close range turned down a plea deal Wednesday and will go to trial. Comment.

Nikovic picks Queens College

Enees Nikovic’s greatest strengths on a basketball court are his soft hands and quick feet to go along with a 6-foot-7 frame. He’s quite the decision maker, too. Comment.

Bryant team to beat in PSAL boys v’ball

The last time Bryant won a PSAL volleyball city championship was in 2005, when the middle was patrolled by 7-foot-2 star Jacek Ratajczak, one of the best players in the history of the league. The Poland native went on to be a two-time All-American at volleyball powerhouse Cal State Northridge. Comment.
Ridgewood

BID wants to make Myrtle a nightlife hub

Members of Community Board 5 thought an outdoor cafe in Ridgewood would be a charming addition to the neighborhood at a meeting last month. But one member saw it as a small step in a larger plan to reinvent Myrtle Avenue as a shopping and nightlife destination. Comment.
Ridgewood

Shaler Ave. trash heap eyed

Come this summer, Ridgewood residents will not even recognize the impromptu landfill along Shaler Avenue. Comment.

State arts funding down by 10 percent

The New York State Council on the Arts gets $31.6 million to spread around across the entire state this year — a number down $3.55 million from last year, and arts organizations in Queens can expect to take their proportional shares of those cuts as they apply for the council’s competitive grants. Comment.

Second Queensboro accident slams same stores

In a grisly scene of deja vu, an East Elmhurst motorist lost control of his car while exiting  a ramp off Queensboro Bridge early Wednesday morning and struck two storefronts on Queens Plaza South under near-identical circumstances to an accident that occurred last week, the NYPD said. Comment.

Bloomberg announces Walcott will replace Black as schools chancellor

Queens officials are welcoming Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement Thursday that city Schools Chancellor Cathie Black will leave her post and be replaced by Deputy Mayor for Education and Community Development Dennis Walcott. Comment.

Player, 9, honored on Opening Day

Opening Day for the Glen Oaks Little League was like many others in its 60-year history. Lines of kids marched in the annual parade to the ballfield before dissolving into a chaotic mixture of team colors, hot dogs and flying baseballs. Comment.
Crime

Boro woman had small arsenal in home: Cops

WOODHAVEN — Police uncovered a small arsenal Friday when they searched the home of Irma Grullon, 38, of 86-24 80th St., according to police. Comment.
Crime

Cops catch three who violently robbed apt.

ROCKAWAY — Three Far Rockaway men allegedly robbed an apartment and beat its occupants Saturday, then left a trail of blood that led police directly to where they were hiding. Comment.
Crime

Far Rock man sold stolen train tix: Brown

JAMAICA — A man was arrested at the Jamaica Avenue Long Island Rail Road Station March 29 for trying to hawk stolen train tickets, according to police. Comment.
Crime

Man didn’t pay $239 for S. Jamaica room: Brown

SOUTH JAMAICA — A Brooklyn man was arrested for not paying for a room at a Double Tree Hotel, police said. Comment.
Crime

Jamaica man steals $300 from donut shop: Cops

JAMAICA — A man was charged with stealing $300 at a Dunkin’ Donuts store at 169-04 Hillside Ave. March 24, police said. Comment.
Crime

Cop saves baby and family from car wreck

CAMBRIA HEIGHTS — An off-duty Rikers Island corrections officer pulled a screaming tot from the wreckage of a car accident Sunday before returning to rescue the rest of the family, according to the New York Post. Comment.
Laurelton

City planning supports rezone of Jamaica nabe

The city’s proposal that would save the character of South Jamaica and help its residents become healthier came one step closer to reality last week. Comment.

SE Queens fights for workers’ rights at Jamaica rally

Dozens of transit workers and community leaders gathered in downtown Jamaica Monday evening to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the anniversary of his death and continue his fight for equal rights for hardworking, blue-collar residents. Comment.
Laurelton

JFK’s Terminal 4 initiatives aimed at increasing security

The Port Authority has launched a new initiative at John F. Kennedy International Airport to improve safety awareness and reward employees who keep Terminal 4 problem-free. Comment.
Laurelton

Brooklyn man gets 22 years for 2008 murder in Jamaica

A Brooklyn man was sentenced to more than two decades in prison Friday for killing another man in the middle of downtown Jamaica in 2008 over some bad blood involving a woman, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Device calms kids’ nerves

Doctors at Jamaica Hospital say it is hard to treat young patients because it can be scary for them to undergo certain care — especially intravenous procedures. Comment.

Hollis Library fund-raiser nets $10K for new materials

The Queens Library Foundation’s fund-raising initiative to secure more funds to pay for new materials is off to a good start, library officials said Tuesday. Comment.

New scholarship honors 9-11 responder who loved art

Detective Thomas Wesley Higdon Jr. lived to serve the community, and his drive and imagination for helping people started when he attended St. Clare’s Catholic School in Rosedale, according to his mother Constance Higdon. Comment.

City wants to study drop in JFK’s cargo

Despite processing 1.3 million tons of air freight last year, John F. Kennedy International Airport has faced shrinking cargo business over the last half decade and the city has asked for a study to improve the airport’s economy. Comment.
Editorial

Tell DOE: Put Down the Ax

Now that the city Department of Education has tasted blood, it appears nothing is going to stop it from chopping up Queens schools. The city Panel for Educational Policy voted 7-4 in March to halt freshman enrollment at IS 231 in Springfield Gardens. The DOE will phase out the old school and put two new schools — IS 355 and IS 356 — in its place. Comment.
Jackson Heights

City negotiating for park

As city officials press on with their efforts to buy the concrete athletic field next to the Garden School for public park space, civic leaders and parents in the community are working not only to make sure the deal goes through, but that the field will be better than ever. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Ferreras says Latina teens prone to suicide

Latina teenagers need mental and emotional care that is sensitive to their cultural needs and involves their families, health care professionals said at a City Council committee hearing aimed at how to prevent the high rate of suicide in this segment of society. Comment.

Bellerose residents rejoice over Blue Room closure

To the delight of civic leaders and residents, The Blue Room, the controversial cafe/club on Union Turnpike near 248th Street, has closed. Comment.

Hope dies for Maspeth park

Community activists had hoped a new park would take the place of the old St. Saviour’s Church site in Maspeth, but warehouses will be constructed instead. Comment.

Simpsons town revealed in Forest Hills artist’s home

One line in a Broadway-style song from the legendary cartoon “The Simpsons” goes like this: “Springfield, Springfield, it’s a hell of a town. The school yard’s up and the shopping mall’s down.” Comment.

Oz. Park wall angers homeowner

An Ozone Park woman is furious after a neighboring car dealership erected a cinder block wall topped with coils of barbed wire next to her backyard without permission from the city. Comment.

Judge may reopen suit filed by Willets group

A judge has ruled that she will review a closed suit that a cadre of Willets Point business owners filed in hopes of blocking the planned $3 billion redevelopment of the derelict 62-acre area if the city cannot prove to her why she should not reopen it. Comment.

Willets Point fire guts 5 businesses

A firefighter sustained a minor injury Friday evening after a three-alarm blaze tore through a two-story commercial building in Willets Point, gutting the property and sending black smoke billowing into the air, the FDNY said. Comment.

City hears residents’ concerns over White House rezoning

Supporters of a Whitestone restaurant owner’s redevelopment plan squared off against a long succession of community members who want the city to block it at a hearing last week that at times turned nasty. Comment.

Queens College students protest tuition increases

Between 600 and 1,000 Queens College students walked out of classes last Thursday to protest tuition hikes and call for an end to what they called “CUNY’s exclusionary and discriminatory practices.” Comment.

Mayersohn, 86, retires after decades in Albany

State Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn (D-Flushing) retired Friday after 28 years serving Whitestone, Flushing and Fresh Meadows in the legislative body. Comment.

Intel finalists meet Obama

For four Francis Lewis HS students, it was difficult to decide what was more exciting: advancing to the finals of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair competition or getting a chance to meet President Barack Obama at the finals of the city competition. Comment.
Flushing Times

Cops seek Flushing shooter

Police were searching for a black man wearing a red hat who shot a 20-year-old man in the heel on the streets of Queensboro Hill Friday after the two were kicked out of a bar for having an alcohol-fueled altercation, the authorities said. Comment.

Public Advocate goes to bat for Queens at meeting

City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio brought his vision of a New York City government that treats all five boroughs as equal to the Queensboro Hill Civic Association last week. Comment.
Crime

Cops seek robber of two boro gas stations

FLUSHING — Police were looking for a man who robbed two borough gas stations at gunpoint, according to the New York Post. Comment.
Crime

Bayside man tried to sell bldgs he didn’t own: DA

BAYSIDE — A Bayside resident has been charged with attempting to profit from the sale of three Manhattan properties he did not own and had no right to put on the market, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Editorial

A Courageous Fighter Calls It a Day

On Wednesday of last week, one of the finest people ever to serve in the state Legislature abruptly announced her retirement. Nettie Mayersohn, 86, served in the state Assembly for 28 years. In her nearly three decades in Albany, she worked for the people of her district. During that time, her dedication and integrity have never been questioned. Comment.

111th urges locals to watch out for car wheel thieves

Citing a recent surge in car-wheel thefts, the 111th Precinct is urging auto owners to take extra precautions when parking their cars. Comment.

Symphony invites 500 to free opera

The Queens Symphony Orchestra held its inaugural, free opera performance at Queens College Sunday and demand was so strong that ushers initially had to turn away roughly a dozen angry people before the show began. Comment.
Bayside Times

Nissan dealer peeves CB 11

The Star Nissan dealership on Northern Boulevard in Bayside currently has more than $18,000 in outstanding city Department of Buildings and Sanitation fines, according to Susan Seinfeld, the Community Board 11 district manager. Comment.
Bayside Times

City eyes landmark for Hawthorne Ct.

The neo-Tudor style Hawthorne Court apartment complex is being heralded by many in the community as a fine example of the work of one of Queens’ more under-appreciated but significant architects. The apartment complex, at the corner of 216th Street and 43rd Avenue in Bayside, is being considered for landmark status by the city. Comment.

Bayside fighter pushes through to Golden Gloves finals

During the second round of his semi-final Golden Gloves boxing match at the Empire City Casino in Yonkers two weeks ago, Julio Arce of Fresh Meadows noticed Gilberto Sanchez was starting to show signs of fatigue. Standing against the ropes, the left-handed Arce connected with a cross that sent his opponent stumbling to the ground on the other side of the ring for a standing eight-count. Comment.

Stavisky authors Senate bill to reclassify co-ops

Community members in northeast Queens are not taking the city’s new property value assessments lying down. Comment.

CB 11 variance OK has neighbors peeved

Community Board 11 voted 30-14 Monday night in favor of extending the term of a variance for the commercial property at the corner of 192nd Street and Northern Boulevard. Comment.
Crime

LIC teen scalded child with hot penny: Brown

LONG ISLAND CITY — A teenager was charged with assault and endangering the welfare of a child after scalding a 7-year-old child with a red-hot coin, according to police. Comment.
Crime

Man tried to rape jogger in Queens park: Police

FOREST PARK — Police were searching for an attempted rapist who struck in Forest Park March 25, the NYPD said. Comment.
Crime

Church attendees robbed by masked man: Police

FOREST HILLS — The NYPD was searching for a man who robbed four parishioners of Grace Lutheran Church at gunpoint Monday, police said. Comment.
Crime

Man offered bribe to cops in East Elmhurst: Brown

EAST ELMHURST — A man who tried to bribe a police officer from the back of a cruiser parked on 98th Street did not get the outcome he desired March 30, according to the Queens district attorney, because he was charged with bribery. Comment.
Crime

L.I. man went on 9-day boro rob spree: Post

MIDDLE VILLAGE — A Long Beach man was arrested March 24 for allegedly robbing three banks in westerns Queens over a nine-day period, according to the New York Post. Comment.
Crime

Man dies on No. 7 train tracks: Police

CORONA — A man died when he fell onto the No. 7 line subway tracks near Corona Plaza during rush hour Tuesday morning, shutting down the subway for 15 to 20 minutes and causing officers from the 110th Precinct to cordon off the streets below to prevent rubbernecking. Comment.
Letters

RKO Keith’s renovation won’t be ‘Made in USA’

With each passing day, the prospect of finding products labeled “Made in USA” becomes increasingly unlikely. Clothing, electronics, houseware, tableware, the very dishes from which we eat are all made overseas, primarily in China. Comment.
Letters

DOE must keep classrooms intact at PS 111 and Voice Charter

An open letter to city Schools Chancellor Cathie Black. Comment.
Letters

Van Wyck ramp issue an excuse for EDC to use eminent domain

There seems to be no limit to the deviousness in the manner in which the city Economic Development Corp. is proceeding with regard to the proposed Willets Point project. A current case in point is the initiation of eminent domain proceedings which will justifiably result in a lawsuit (“Willets backers want to sue city over plans,” Flushing Times, March 24-30). Comment.
Letters

Span (sort of) bears Koch’s name

When I ran for office a couple of years ago, I took the position that no structures built by taxpayer funds should be named after any politician, dead or alive. After all, politicians are paid quite well and receive great benefits for their mostly part-time service and do not need to be idolized with the naming of iconic structures. Comment.
Letters

White House upzoning plan would do more harm than good

I am writing in response to the March 31 editorial in the Bayside Times entitled “A Compromise for Whitestone” in which my position regarding the proposed White House Restaurant upzoning was mischaracterized. Comment.
Letters

Budget passage should not lead to laying off of school teachers

Now that there is a budget in place, the next question is will there still be a need to lay off nearly 6,000 New York City public school teachers? Comment.
Editorial

The Nonsensical Census

Despite the use of modern technology designed to ensure the accuracy of its count, the U.S. Census Bureau has reached a conclusion about population growth in Queens that defies common sense. According to the census, from 2000-10, the borough gained only 1,334 residents. Comment.
Opinion

Political Action: Queens political clubs localize national parties and issues

The Queens Village Republican Club put together a huge testimonial dinner in honor of former state Sen. Frank Padavan. This shows that it is the political club that is instrumental in helping to keep the political party in operation at the grassroots level. Comment.
Opinion

I Sit And Look Out: Columnist reflects on FDR, who once rode down Qns. Blvd.

Walt Whitman’s threnody on the death of Abraham Lincoln begins, “When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom’d,/And the great star early droop’d in the western sky in the night,/I mourn’d, and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring.” Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Vallone’s 50th rocking birthday bash a family affair

Without a doubt, this week’s big bash was unequivocally Peter Vallone Jr.’s 50th Rockin’ Birthday Party at the Central Lounge on Steinway Street in Astoria last Thursday night. It featured the reunion of the Vallone Brothers Band. The band consisted of Peter Jr. on the base guitar, brother Paul on the drums, brother Perry on the guitar and Eddie Luise on the guitar. Comment.
Business

Former owner buys back Bayside pizzeria

Sprio Polumes said he is not a believer in the statement that you can never go home. Comment.

Critic of UN scofflaws, Weiner owed $2K in fees

A Forest Hills lawmaker racked up more than $2,000 in Washington, D.C., parking tickets over the last four years and only paid after he was contacted by a Capitol Hill news publication. Comment.

Water Taxi Beach in LIC set to shut down

Long Island City’s Water Taxi Beach, a popular beach and bar near 54-34 2nd St. that patrons can travel to via water taxis on the East River, will be closing before the summer season, Tom Fox, the founder of the company, said this week. Comment.

Talkin’ bout my generation, my dad and daughter’s, too

Three generations of the Vallone family were on stage at Astoria’s Central Lounge last Thursday night, playing classics such as “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” and “Rock Around the Clock” in celebration of City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr.’s (D-Astoria) 50th birthday. Comment.

RFK Bridge to close one lane for construction until late fall

Starting Monday motorists will lose for months one of the three lanes on the Queens-to-Manhattan ramp of the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge to permit repairs. Comment.

Subway announcements getting better, still not perfect: Survey

Announcements have improved on subways, although those having to do with delays are often missing, inaudible or wrong, the Straphangers Campaign has reported. Comment.

Boro senior centers spared as guv relents on cutbacks

Elderly Queens residents can breathe a sigh of relief: All of the borough’s 55 senior centers were saved when the state passed the budget last Friday. Comment.

City can keep teachers: Pols

Queens state senators who sit on the Senate Education Committee said while they were not happy with the final budget’s cuts to K-12 schools, the cuts are not so drastic that they will require Mayor Michael Bloomberg to give teachers pink slips. Comment.

Queens ranks 20th in NY on healthy county list

An annual report on the state of health in counties throughout the United States includes many examples of healthy counties next door to not-so-healthy neighbors with Queens and Brooklyn providing a telling contrast. Comment.

Former Christ the King coach Oliva cops to sex abuse

BOSTON (AP) — A former legendary Christ the King HS basketball coach who won five city championships and trained a number of eventual college and NBA standouts pleaded guilty Monday in Boston to child sex abuse dating to the 1970s. Comment.

Miller wants ex-candidate to aid Rosedale coach probe

Nearly two months after a Rochdale Little League coach was accused of sexually abusing his players, a Woodhaven lawmaker called on a former state Assembly hopeful to aid in the investigation. Comment.

State OKs first on-time budget in 28 years

State legislators agreed on a state budget last Thursday that fills a $10 billion budget gap while keeping the city’s senior centers open, but also slashed aid to CUNY colleges by $90 million and youth programs by $20 million. Comment.
Astoria Times

LIC woman targeted Latinos in $1.3M Ponzi scheme: DA

Based on information from state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), the Queens district attorney’s office charged a Long Island City woman found in Puerto Rico and her at-large housemate with operating a Ponzi scheme that took more than $1.3 million from Latinos in northwest Queens. Comment.

Fifth time’s a charm for judge: Hevesi court date set yet again

A Manhattan Supreme Court judge set former state comptroller Alan Hevesi’s sentencing on corruption charges for Friday after four other delays in the Forest Hills resident’s sentencing. Comment.

Elmjack L.L. renames field

Field No. 1 at the Elmjack Little League complex is now known as Andre LaMorta Field after the man who made cancer take a number until he finished renovating the diamonds for his children and the community. Comments (2).

Dept of Health moving to new digs in LIC

It is moving day for the city Department of Health — or rather moving month, as the DOH plans to set up shop in Long Island City with a brand-new building and a brand-new set of rules on what sort of food the department can serve to employees. Comment.

CUNY colleges lose $90M in state cash

Funding for the City University of New York system will take a significant hit under the state budget passed March 31. Comment.

Census recount won’t alter Queens redistricting

Even if the U.S. Census Bureau decides to change the city’s population figures with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and borough officials contending the once-a-decade count was grossly inaccurate, it will not change how many House of Representatives seats the state will get through reapportionment, the Department of City Planning said Tuesday. Comment.

Summer youth programming funds slashed $20M statewide

State budget cuts have killed opportunities for hundreds of Queens teenagers this summer and it could trickle down to affect other services as well, an administrator for a popular youth program said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Astoria school disputes DOE’s failing grade

The auditorium at Astoria’s Bryant High School last Thursday had the atmosphere of a pep rally, with appearances from the school’s mascots and the crowd screaming, “We are Bryant!” But the past and present students were not cheering for their school’s team, but for the future of their school itself. Comment.

Boro dancers break move for quake relief

Many of the break dancers who gathered in Flushing Sunday have been honing their skills for more than 10 years, and although they were doing their best to show up the competition, the “Jam for Japan” was ultimately for a good cause. Comment.
Arts

Players

Richard Conde, South Ozone Park resident and rising star in the world of photography, is exhibiting 22 large-scale black and white archival portraits of some of the most celebrated jazz musicians that have over the years graced the stage of the world-famous Birdland Jazz club in Manhattan. Comment.
Arts

Learn sustainability skills at Socrates Scultpure Park

The Socrates Sculputure Park in Astoria is hosting a series of sustainability workshops that are as unique as the park itself. With choices from soap making to raising chickens, you are bound to find something that interests you. Comment.

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