Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Weiner says he sent a lewd photo of himself

After days of denials, U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) admitted Monday to tweeting a picture of himself wearing boxer briefs to a Seattle college student that was intended to be seen only be her but was viewable to thousands of his followers on the social media website. Comment.

Firefighters rally against firehouse closings near City Hall

Marching across the Brooklyn Bridge to a rally near City Hall Friday, hundreds of firefighters and their supporters denounced Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to shut down 20 firehouses in a cost-saving measure. Comment.

City investigators says Halloran wrong on snow slowdown

A new city report suggests that City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) was on a mission to prove there was a work slowdown among city workers following the Dec. 26, 2010 blizzard that crippled Queens and the other boroughs. Comment.

Mary Louis girls end best lax season

Mary Louis’ first trip to a girls’ lacrosse final showed just how far the program has come and gave it a new goal to strive for. Comment.

Bergtraum’s Coleman takes talents to Cleveland

Cori Coleman had junior college on her radar. Or prep school. Comment.
Queens Village

Grand opening held for PS 33’s playground

The new $1 million playground at PS 33 in Queens Village has everything a kid could want — a slide, spider-web jungle gym and a full track — and perhaps that is because it was designed by kids. Comment.

Gay pride to shine in Queens

One of the most colorful and flamboyant parades in the city is set to return to Jackson Heights next week, and this might be one of the most important years yet. Comment.
Ridgewood

Pizzeria never got eatery license

A Glendale business never got a license to open a restaurant, city officials said, but that did not stop it from getting a liquor license from the state. Comment.
Ridgewood

Moustaches, bikes recall MidVil man

A Middle Village native found a unique way to honor his late father ´╗┐— with an annual 30-mile bike tour and mustache competition. Comment.

August Martin kids get after-school help

Southeast Queens activist Larry Moore noticed that the youth in the area needed an extra push to get them to mature into hardworking adults, so he took matters into his own hands. Comment.

June in Jackson Hts. nears

Last year City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) created June in Jackson Heights, a series of art shows, music performances and a restaurant week aimed at showcasing what the neighborhood has to offer. For its second year, Dromm said there will be even more to see, hear and eat. Comment.
Ridgewood

Maspeth men evaded taxes

Two Irish nationals pleaded guilty to tax evasion May 16 after federal investigators targeted their Maspeth construction business. Comment.

Maspeth girl places at Intel

Of the 600 entries in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Francis Lewis High School senior Aislinn Deely earned second place in the earth and planetary sciences division, winning $1,500 and the naming of an asteroid in her honor. Comment.

College Point parade honors borough’s vets

It was just before 2 p.m. Sunday as 7-year-old Allen Ge waited outside his home on College Point Boulevard with his friends, eagerly anticipating the festive procession he knew was headed his way in a moment. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Whitestone business owners want help for parking woes

A once-booming 14th Avenue commercial corridor in Whitestone has lost at least three businesses in the past month due to a dearth of parking, two remaining store owners say. Comment.

CB 13, pols slam plan for only one seasonal parks worker

Community Board 13 can usually expect to see between eight and 10 seasonal city Parks Department workers for the summer and spring. Comment.
Crime

Jamaica man charged in murder of QV man

QUEENS VILLAGE — A Jamaica man was arrested on murder charges Tuesday in connection with the death of a 24-year-old Queens Village resident who was killed inside his 104th Avenue home, police said. Comment.
Crime

Rosedale resident stole $20,300: Nassau DA

MINEOLA, L.I. — A Rosedale woman has been charged by Long Island authorities with illegally taking in thousands of dollars in Medicaid benefits, the Nassau County district attorney said. Comment.

DEP tackles flooding at meeting

The city Department of Environmental Protection’s plans to alleviate the flooding in southeast Queens by pumping out the excess underground water may not be happening in the near future, but officials reassured residents last week that they were working hard to prevent problems from worsening. Comment.

Laurelton Memorial Day Parade honors fallen veterans

An early morning downpour threatened to cancel the festivities Monday, but as Ladder 158 began its slow crawl along Merrick Boulevard, the sun was just beginning to break from behind the clouds to shine down on the Laurelton Memorial Day Parade. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Walcott walks halls of crowded Corona school

Led through the halls by uniformed first-graders, city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott toured Corona’s PS 307 yesterday, investigating a school profoundly shaped by overcrowding in the district that needs more new seats than any other in the city. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Fire guts bar on Northern

A three-alarm blaze that engulfed a bar on Northern Boulevard in Jackson Heights around midday last Thursday left eight injured, including six firefighters, the Fire Department said. Comment.

Architecture firm begun in Elmhurst moves to Jamaica

A Queens business that has been helping to redesign and update the borough airports is bringing that energy and excitement to downtown Jamaica. Comment.

Trailers become art at Richmond Hill HS

The auxiliary trailers outside Richmond Hill High School are a physical reminder of overcrowding in the district, but students in an after-school program claimed them as their own last Thursday with a large-scale art project. Comment.
Flushing Times

Flushing teen busted with toy gun in class

A 15-year-old boy was arrested after bringing a fake gun to Flushing High School Friday, police said. Comment.

Flushing teen wrongfully accused: Lawyer

A lawyer may go to federal court in the case of a John Bowne High School senior who is the daughter of a top-level Indian diplomat and who intends to sue the city for $1.5 million over what he describes as her wrongful arrest and suspension from school on bogus charges that she “cyberbullied” her teachers. Comment.
Crime

Teen threatens woman with knife, robs her: Cops

BAYSIDE — A 16-year-old was arrested for allegedly robbing someone at knifepoint in Bayside, police said. Comment.
Crime

15-yr.-old vandalizes bench with graffiti: Cops

BAYSIDE — A 15-year-old boy has been caught creating graffiti in Bayside. Comment.
Crime

Flushing man drives bus in accident that kills four

FLUSHING — A bus crash left four women dead and dozens of passengers injured early Tuesday when a Flushing driver rolled a bus over on I-95 in Caroline County, Virginia, according to the New York Post. Comment.
Editorial

Let the Healing Begin

The family and friends of Sean Bell have succeeded in turning a terrible tragedy into an opportunity to build something of lasting value in southeast Queens. On a Sunday morning, they marched from the place where Bell died in a hail of bullets to the site of a community center that was built to honor his memory. Comment.

Weiner says Twitter hacked

Someone took the Weiner jokes a little too literally. Comment.

Temples seek extra security

Forest Hills synagogues and schools want federal grant money to make their facilities more secure, but a Kew Gardens rabbi thinks none of them should get a dime. Comment.

Ulrich wants more cops as Aqueduct readies to open

City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) called on the NYPD to assign more officers to the 106th Precinct to prepare for the planned September opening of Resorts World at Aqueduct Race Track. Comment.

Author tells of horrors of Slocum steamship disaster

More than 1,000 people died when the General Slocum steamship burned in 1904, but borough residents got a peek into the minds of those who lived at a lecture last Thursday. Comment.

New sewer to cut Alley Creek waste

A newly completed sewer facility in Bayside will keep the water in northeast Queens cleaner and its streets dryer. Comment.

Schneiderman files federal suit over poor hydrofracking review

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he was filing a lawsuit Tuesday against the federal government for what he said was a failure to commit to an environmental review of proposed regulations that would allow natural gas drilling — including a technique known as hydrofracking — in the Delaware River Basin. Comment.
Bayside Times

PS 159 showcases art savvy

The gymnasium at PS 159 in Bayside was transformed last week: Brick walls were blanketed with lyrical works and mini Monets for the school’s annual Celebration of Learning. Students in grades pre-K through fifth selected some of their work from the year to display for their classmates, family and guests. Comment.
Bayside Times

DOT set to repave Bell Boulevard over the summer

Bell Boulevard will have a brand new look and feel to it this summer after the roadway gets milled and repaved some time in August. Comment.

Stars align for Little Neck parade

Black SUVs challenged fire trucks for space and the star power shined nearly as bright as the radiant sun at the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade Monday. Comment.

Firefighters get award for saving Auburndale man pinned by car

A few of the city’s Bravest will be receiving an award´╗┐ after their quick thinking saved an Auburndale man’s life Monday. Comment.

Forest Hills parade swells in size

The patriotic mood on Metropolitan Avenue Sunday was as palpable as the noon-time sun as people donned their sunglasses and lined the streets in recognition of the nation’s veterans for the Forest Hills Memorial Day Parade. Comment.

Parents oppose program for gifted students

The city Department of Education is kicking around the idea of installing a citywide gifted and talented program at an Oakland Gardens grade school and that has some parents throwing their arms up in protest. Comment.
Crime

Teen gets 2 to 6 years for Highland Pk. stab: DA

RIDGEWOOD — A 15-year-old girl was sentenced Tuesday to two to six years in jail for the 2010 attempted murder of a 12-year-old boy, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Crime

Jax Hts. man caught trying to steal car: DA

JACKSON HEIGHTS — A Corona man was arraigned last week for reportedly assaulting a man while he was trying to steal his car, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Crime

Cops search for fake Staples account creator

ASTORIA — Police were looking for a woman who they said illegally set up a Staples credit card account with stolen information. Comment.
Crime

Woman and accomplice robbed man of $100: DA

RICHMOND HILL — A 29-year-old woman was arrested last month for suspected her role in an early-morning robbery, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Crime

Astoria couple disturbs patrons at eatery: DA

ASTORIA — A man and woman were arrested last week for allegedly causing a ruckus at the Mojave restaurant, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Crime

Cameras catch robbers of Corona 7-11: Brown

CORONA — Two men were arrested last month for holding up a 7-11, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Crime

Qns man caused accident in Manhattan: Police

MANHATTAN — A Sunnyside motorist was being investigated by the police in connection with a hit-and-run accident that took place last month, the NYPD said. Comment.
Crime

Two boro teens tried to rob man: Brown

OZONE PARK — Two teens were arrested and arraigned last week for allegedly trying to rob a man in the middle of the street, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Letters

Obama wrong in wanting 1967 borders of Israel to return

When the president spoke recently of the opportunities presented by the Arab Spring, he got a lot right. His calling out of the Arab states was long overdue and dead-on. Comment.
Letters

Living wage bill necessary for Qns Center Mall workers

On May 21, I attended a town hall meeting at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Corona with hundreds of others to demand that the owner of the Queens Center Mall, the Macerich Co., give back to the community by transforming the publicly subsidized mall from a poverty wage center into a responsible development for Queens workers. Comment.
Letters

Stop Whitestone street conversions

An open letter to Whitestone residents. Comment.
Letters

Tell city not to close Engine 306

On May 22, I attended a rally protesting Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to close 20 firehouses throughout New York City. The demonstration took place outside Engine 306, a firehouse at 40-18 214th Place in Bayside. Comment.
Letters

Ackerman must speak out on ‘67 borders

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside), a self-proclaimed supporter of Israel, failed to criticize President Barack Obama for urging that Israel begin the negotiating process with the 1967 borders. I wrote Ackerman about this and I received a two-page letter gushing with unconditional support and praise of Obama. Unbridled party loyalty should not silence a congressman from speaking out, even against members of his own party, as others have done. Comment.
Letters

Council, be cautious with pensions

With our City Council members raiding the public treasury for all kinds of programs and benefits, they should stop, pause and think for a moment. Comment.
Letters

U.N. must establish Mid-East peace

With all of the political turmoil and upheaval in the Middle East, when, if ever, will peace come to this region, which continues to be unstable? Comment.
Editorial

Easy to Just Say ‘No’

Outside of outlawing puppies, there is nothing a mayor can do that is more certain to draw angry protests than the decision to close a firehouse. In May, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that four firehouses in Queens and 20 throughout the city have been targeted for closure because of the city’s budget cuts. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: QTP’s gala comes back strong after an absence of one year

This past week was one that would make Attila the Hun cry out for mercy. Comment.
Business

Astoria bar serves only one way to drink beer

Tim Lorito, who opened Canz-a-Citi Roadhouse in Astoria last year, said the secret to his bar’s success is not the roadhouse decor or the 32 plasma televisions that play a variety of sports, but the way it serves customers their drinks. Comment.

State Senate approves Stavisky stalker bills

The state Senate approved a package of bills last week aimed at strengthening and expanding protections for crime victims, senior citizens and stalking targets under the leadership of Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone). Comment.

Goldman CEO salutes grads of

Eight months have passed since the first graduates of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative received their diplomas at Long Island City’s LaGuardia Community College, but much has changed. Comment.
Astoria Times

Parks working on seawall fix

The city Parks Department is requesting proposals to test which contaminants are in the soil near the seawall at Queensbridge Park, taking the first step in the process to repair a 200-foot dilapidated portion of the wall, the office of U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) said last week. Comment.

Towers planned for waterfront

River Park Place, a five-tower, mixed-use development project, has long been planned for the Flushing River waterfront, but Community Board 7 Vice Chairman Chuck Apelian has never heard of the project. Comment.

Many parents attend Jax Hts. autism meet

About 80 people, most of them parents of children with autism, gathered at the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights last week to speak to New York autism advocates about how to navigate the educational and medical systems as well as hear about services available to them and their children. Comment.

New World Mall draws crowds to former Caldor site

A stunning new Asian mall has opened at the long-vacant Caldor site at the intersection of Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue in downtown Flushing. Comment.

Whitestone girl wins pageant

Whitestone’s coronation has arrived in the form of 20-year-old Bianca Pappas, the newly crowned Miss New York United States 2011. Comments (4).

Potential buyer eyes third of Mets team

The financially strapped owners of the New York Mets have selected hedge fund manager David Einhorn as their preferred partner to sell a minority stake in the club worth $200 million, the team said last Thursday. Comment.

Stavisky bill provides more benefits for vets

Just in time for Memorial Day, the state Senate approved a legislative package supported by Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) that would help the nation’s veterans and soldiers. Comment.

College Point Boulevard watermelon truck a family operation

College Point Boulevard is known for speeding trucks, traffic jams and long stretches of barren road, but for many fruit lovers, it is also the best place to buy watermelons. Comments (1).

Increases in late trains blamed on MTA work

Straphangers endured longer waits in March compared with a year ago due, in part, to MTA track and signal work on the numbered lines, including the No. 7. Some lettered lines, meanwhile, reported improved on-time records over 2010 such as the F, R and G. Comment.
Astoria Times

Blissville rallies against closing of Ladder 128

More than 100 firefighters and their supporters, ranging from babies and children sitting on their parents’ shoulders to a 95-year-old civic member, crowded the sidewalk and overflowed onto Greenpoint Avenue Friday as they protested Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to close Blissville’s Ladder 128. Comment.

Autistic author offers unique look into minds of animals

To Dr. Temple Grandin, a Colorado State University professor well-known for her expertise in both animal science and autism, the way a cow and an autistic person think are not very different. They both think in pictures, not words, Grandin said. Comment.

Paralyzed Belmont jockey turns to training horses

Ever since jockey Andrew Lakeman became paralyzed from the chest down after his 78-1 longshot Our Montana Dream lost her footing during a race at Belmont Park four years ago, the Floral Park, L.I., resident has not given up. Comment.

Annual arts festival to bring large crowds to Forest Hills

Tens of thousands of people will soon descend on a quaint Queens neighborhood for one of the biggest street festivals in the borough. Comment.

Make FDNY diverse: Council

City Hall last week backed a bill sponsored by City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) to bring more diversity to New York’s Bravest. Comment.

De Blasio lobbies against Bloomy’s teacher layoffs

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) visited Corona’s PS 19 last week and collected about 100 signatures from parents and students within an hour imploring Mayor Michael Bloomberg not to fire 4,100 teachers from city schools. Comment.

City Council, mayor to mend co-op taxes

The City Council and the Bloomberg administration reached an agreement Saturday to temporarily limit increases in the taxable values of co-ops and condos after borough developments received higher-than-expected property tax assessments with some facing a jump of more than 150 percent over last year. Comment.

11 Queens men charged in international auto theft ring

A Corona man and 10 other Queens suspects were arrested by the authorities last week on charges of running a major auto theft ring that stretched across the globe. Comment.
Arts

Jazzin’ up summer The York College Summer Jazz Program brings music to life in Queens and encourages high school talent

Tom Zlabinger is a professional bass player, the director of the York College Big Band, the York College Blue Notes and the Summer Jazz Program, the artistic director of Jazz at the Chapel at the Illinois Jacquet Performance Space and the faculty adviser of the York College Music Club. Where does one find the time to do all this? Comment.

Hundreds protest possible closing of Bayside Firehouse

Several hundred concerned citizens, along with their elected officials, gathered around the corner of 41st Avenue and 214th Place in Bayside Wednesday to protest Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to permanently shut the doors of FDNY Engine Co. 306. The fire company is one of 20 throughout the city being proposed for closure. Comment.

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