Thursday, June 16, 2011

Weiner expected to announce resignation at 2 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) has told friends he will resign following a scandal involving lewd self-portraits and racy messages he sent to women who were following him on Twitter and Facebook, according to AP, leaving behind him almost 13 years of service as a congressman representing parts of Queens and Brooklyn. Comment.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Supporters, detractors hold rallies outside Weiner’s boro office

Two groups of borough voters divided about U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) squared off in dueling rallies outside his Kew Gardens office Sunday. Comment.

Terriers’ magic fizzles in season-ending loss

St. Francis Prep was thinking of one more season-saving comeback. Comment.

Stanners claim first-ever CHSAA state crown

The sharp ground ball reached shortstop Marissa Puzino in mere seconds, but it felt a lot longer to those on the Archbishop Molloy bench. It was a ball Coach Maureen Rosenbaum had waited 10 years to see hit and for this current group of Stanners that third straight trip to the state playoffs was about to be the charm. Comment.
Whitestone Times

City Land Use OKs makeover of White House

The City Council Land Use Committee voted to approve the redevelopment of the White House restaurant in Whitestone Tuesday afternoon and the project’s developer, Joe Franco, agreed to make certain changes to the plans for the project in an attempt to appease its critics before the vote. Comment.

Weprin holds meeting to back city teachers

As the battle over the city’s budget winds toward its end, proponents of education are preparing for the last shot at saving their public schools. Comment.

Ozone Park man gunned down at home

A young Ozone Park father was gunned down in his bedroom at his 128th Street home Sunday night, police and neighbors said. Comment.
Ridgewood

CB 2 approves plan to reroute trucks around Maspeth

Community Board 2 unanimously approved the city’s Maspeth truck bypass plan last Thursday, giving legs to a proposed truck route that has been the topic of fierce debate in neighboring communities. Comment.
Queens Village

Dozens protest cuts to Queens Library at Jamaica rally

The Queens Library’s supporters and users of all ages came out in large numbers at the central branch Tuesday to send a message to City Hall that they will not accept any cuts in service. Comment.

LIJ researchers find protein that could treat Alzheimer’s

Researchers at the North Shore-LIJ-run Feinstein Institute have discovered that a protein linked to leukemia is also important to understanding Alzheimer’s disease, which may soon lead to an Alzheimer’s drug based on one used to treat the blood cancer. Comment.
Ridgewood

Cop snags suspected burglar

His mother would be so proud. Comment.
Crime

Man robbed of $100 in Richmond Hill: Brown

RICHMOND HILL — A female bruiser and her friend beat and robbed a man early May 8 on 89th Avenue in Richmond Hill, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Crime

Missing mom, daughter might be in B’klyn: Cops

FAR ROCKAWAY — Police have asked for the public’s help in finding a teenage girl and an infant who have been missing from their home at 414 Beach 58th St. May 27 and are believed to be in Brooklyn. Comment.
Crime

Far Rockaway man with Alzheimer’s missing

FAR ROCKAWAY — Police have requested the public’s help in locating a Far Rockaway man with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases who went missing in Manhattan at about 2:24 p.m. Monday. Comment.

Smith introduces bills to safeguard hard-hit SE Queens from bad loans

Two bills are in the works in the state Legislature that would curb the number of fraudulent loans that have helped cripple the housing market in southeast Queens, and housing advocates in the community said it is a much-needed help to a problem that shows no signs of subsiding. Comment.
Laurelton

Rug man broke trade ban

A Rosedale rug dealer who violated the trade embargo with Iran was ordered to be held in prison and pay the federal government hundreds of thousands of dollars for his illegal sales, the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan said. Comment.

Voodoo mom gets 17 years

The Queens Village mother who set her then-6-year-old daughter on fire during a voodoo ritual performed in their home was sentenced to 17 years in prison Monday, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Protestors demand jobs from Aqueduct racino

About 40 activists from neighborhoods in southeast Queens marched in front of the Aqueduct Race Track in South Ozone Park Saturday to protest the under-construction racino for not hiring from the community, although a representative from the developer said it is already responding to their wishes. Comment.
Laurelton

Sanders slams planned library cuts

City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton) rallied library users of all ages outside the Laurelton branch Monday evening to speak out against the proposed cuts that would drastically cut service. Comment.
Laurelton

Make Jamaica Bay discharge-free: City

The city announced Monday two new initiatives that promise to keep the sensitive ecosystem of Jamaica Bay more protected from pollutants. Comment.
Editorial

Walcott’s Dilemma

We have long been a fan of Dennis Walcott, a Cambria Heights resident, who was named city schools chancellor after serving as a deputy mayor. We believe Walcott is a man of integrity who understands the importance of public education better than his boss. And we are hoping he is uncomfortable with Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to close Jamaica High School and replace it with two new schools with names created by a public relations firm. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Husband slashers sentenced to years

The Queens Supreme Court sentenced a Corona man who attempted to cut open his wife’s throat to 25 years in prison last week, while another Corona man pleaded guilty the next day to fatally slashing the throats of his wife and son, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.

McClancy High to become co-educational

While the school had long considered becoming co-ed, Brother Joseph Holthaus, president of East Elmhurst’s Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School, said it was economics that prompted the 55-year-old Catholic school to decide to admit girls for the first time. Comments (1).

Mayor opens new park in Maspeth on gas tank site

Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited Maspeth to officially open a new park Monday, but some civic leaders accused lawmakers of joining the celebrations when they actually hindered the park’s progress. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: Beware of any suspicious proposals from developers

The Queens Civic Congress is concerned about new tricks developers are using so they can build new and inappropriate buildings in communities. Instead of asking that a piece of land they want to build on is given a specific variance so they can bypass the zoning, some builders are asking for a rezoning of the property. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Group hosts free tree giveaway at MacDonald Park event

The Four Borough Neighborhood Preservation Alliance Tree Giveaway Event will be hosted in Forest Hills for the first time this Sunday. Comment.

Drag racers injure family in East Elmhurst: DA

Two men are under arrest for allegedly racing each other on the streets of East Elmhurst on Memorial Day and injuring a family in the process, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Ex-Forest Hills car salesman extradited

A car salesman who formerly lived in Forest Hills was practically giving away cars — at least, that is how it appeared on his tax records, county prosecutors said. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Boro Y to hold lecture on Bukharian music

The enclave of Bukharian Jews who live in Forest Hills and Rego Park has had to make many changes since its members immigrated to Queens about 20 years ago. Comment.

Meng bill targets trafficking in Qns.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a bill introduced by state Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) aimed at helping to curb the scourge of human trafficking in New York. Comment.
Flushing Times

Pols laud guv’s deportation shift Cuomo has pulled state out of federal program that targets immigrants

Queens leaders are speaking out in support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement last week to suspend New York’s participation in the federal Secure Communities immigration enforcement program. Comment.

St. Mel’s sex offender will serve time for forgery

A Whitestone man who was fired from three northeast Queens Catholic schools, including St. Mel’s School in Flushing, after his status as a sex offender was revealed, has been sentenced to five to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to forgery charges, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said last week. Comment.

Flushing driver in I-95 crash to face charges

The Flushing driver whose bus crashed and killed four of the passengers, two of whom were southeast Queens residents, was arraigned on several criminal charges in Virginia state court last week. Comment.
Crime

Three men wanted for robbing cab driver: Cops

JAMAICA ESTATES — Police were on the lookout for three suspects wanted in connection with a robbery that took place Monday at the intersection of 188th Street and Randor Road. Comment.
Editorial

Twitterdumb

It took far too long, but U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner finally did the right thing. On Monday, the married congressman publicly apologized for sending a lewd picture of himself to a woman he met on the social networking site Twitter. To his shock, the picture of his bulging underwear was visible to thousands of people with access to his Twitter account. Comment.

Tennis club opens its doors

The West Side Tennis Club, a private organization that operates in Forest Hills, held an open house for the public Saturday, giving those interested a chance to explore the club’s numerous tennis courts, pool and famous stadium, which once was the home of the US Open. Comment.

Ex-Met Strawberry attends event at LIJ on L.I. for cancer survivors

As more than 3,000 cancer survivors gathered Saturday at North Shore-LIJ Health System’s Monter Cancer Center in Lake Success, L.I., a well-known face from the world of sports showed up to explain how he shared in their struggle. Comment.

Pheffer staffer declines to fill Assembly seat

The frontrunner for former state Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer’s seat has decided not to run in an upcoming special election, Pheffer said Tuesday, and the field is now wide open. Comment.

State Legislature mulls repealing payroll tax

Several Long Island and upstate Republican members of the state Legislature have introduced a bill to repeal the payroll tax approved two years ago which supporters called a lifesaver for the cash-strapped MTA. Comment.

Halloran accuses mayor of using firehouse closings to target him

When it comes to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, everyone from Democrats to Republicans agree on one thing following his $70 billion budget proposal, according to City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone). Comment.

Koo calls out Bloomberg

Dozens of parents and teachers from Community District Education Council 25 joined together last Thursday at PS 107 in Flushing to protest Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s threat to lay off more than 4,400 teachers under his new budget. Comment.

Firehouse closure ignites Bayside

More than 300 people packed the corner of 41st Avenue and 214th Place in Bayside last week to protest Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to close down FDNY Engine Co. 306. Comment.

Why Douglaston Market closed mystifies shoppers

The steel gates outside the Douglaston Market have been shuttered for about a week now, and the mysterious departure of one of the area’s few fresh food markets has members of the community scratching their heads and speculating. Comment.

CB 11 renames parkland

Before taking a two-month summer hiatus, Community Board 11 met Monday night and voted to rename a narrow piece of parkland in Douglaston after a former community board member and civic activist. Comment.

Author pays a visit to Cardozo High for talk on storytelling

After Riker’s Island, Cardozo High School was a breeze. Comment.
Crime

Cops look for suspect in death of Rochdale man

QUEENSBRIDGE — Police have requested the public’s help in locating a man wanted for ties to an incident in which a Rochdale man was killed on the grounds of the Queensbridge Houses in January. Comment.
Crime

Car owner punched by burglar in Jax Hts: Brown

JACKSON HEIGHTS — A man who wanted to stop a thief from breaking into his car May 22 got punched instead. Comment.
Crime

Police search for robber of livery driver

QUEENSBRIDGE — Police have asked the public to be on the lookout for a suspect suspected of robbing the driver of a livery cab near Queensbridge Houses. Comment.
Crime

Men held up 7-11 with BB gun in Corona: Brown

CORONA — Two men have been arraigned on charges of robbery and possession of an imitation pistol last month after they allegedly held up a 7-11 in Corona, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Letters

Maspeth parents must speak up on overcrowding in area schools

On Saturday, I took my daughter to Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village. PS 49 is across the street from the park. On the fence in front of the school on the 80th Street side are signs advertising several businesses, such as Four Ones Car Service. The signs are hung on the railings in black and white. Comment.
Letters

Take Wiener’s tears with grain of salt

One of the most stunning aspects of the Weiner affair is the arrogance of power that we saw on display and have come to expect with many of our elected officials. Weinergate is merely the latest example. Comment.
Letters

Pols should stick to N.Y. politics

One wonders about the sincerity and arrogance of state Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills), former City Councilwoman Melinda Katz — who are both Democratic district leaders in Forest Kills — and defeated candidate Richard Brodsky, a former Westchester County assemblyman, when they decry the vote of the people of Wisconsin over who they voted for for governor, who has legally attacked union power. Comment.
Letters

Budget cuts to Queens Library unacceptable

The attainment of knowledge is the greatest gift we can give to our children, and libraries are the gardens that nourish the intellectual bloom they need to compete and succeed. Moreover, libraries are an essential source of information, education, literacy, jobs and job readiness programs. Here in Queens, we have the highest circulation of any library in the nation, and the citywide budget battle to restore library funding across the five boroughs will inflict unnecessary pain upon the annual 14 million library users of all ages. Comment.
Opinion

QueensLine: Patriotism ran high as Queens entered the 1960s

It was 1960 — just after the Cuban revolution — and Cuban Premier Fidel Castro was continuing his program of systematically erasing all traces of the once-pervasive American presence on the island. Comment.
Opinion

Political Action: Election of Qns GOP heads usually do not go smoothly

Since the early 1980s until the present, there have been countywide confrontations over the election of chairman in the Queens Republican Party. Over the last 30 years, there have been five Queens GOP county chairmen. During that period of time, four of them have resigned before their terms of office ended and one was defeated for re-election. Comment.
Opinion

I Sit And Look Out: Father-in-law of columnist never let old age slow him down

In the years that my father-in-law lived with us in Richmond Hill, he became a member of the Institute for Retired Professionals at the New School. In IRP, the members could take New School courses, but they also made presentations to their peers about their fields of expertise. I remember Dad did a research paper on the history of dentistry. He sculpted a head of a young man, which I see every day on one of our bookshelves. It is very well-done. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Haggerty bros. attend state Conservative Party dinner

Just when you thought the Memorial Day festivities were all over, we were invited to attend one more. It was the final cocktail party/buffet Fleet Week Celebration at the fabulous Water Club in Manhattan. Comment.
Business

Bell Burgr goes the extra mile for quality

Bayside’s got a new burger joint, where the owner is betting that down-home fare and familiar faces will create a friendly, inviting atmosphere. Comment.

York students over the moon at graduation

A hardworking New Yorker who has helped to explore the Earth and the skies inspired this year’s class of graduates at York College to reach for the stars. Comment.

Willets opponents step up fight

A public hearing was planned this week to address the contentious issues surrounding the city’s plan to build ramps onto the Van Wyck Expressway to handle added traffic the $3 billion proposed redevelopment of Willets Point is slated to create. Comment.

Boro pols mostly mum on Weiner scandal

The borough’s elected officials have not rushed to support U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills), with most declining to comment after the congressman owned up to tweeting a suggestive picture of himself wearing boxer briefs to a Seattle college student and admitted to having online relationships with six women. Comment.

Queens grads inspired to dream

John Hope Bryant challenged the more than 2,500 graduates of Queens College to change the world and take advantage of the education they received at the Fresh Meadows school during graduation ceremonies last Thursday. Comment.

Liu tells diverse QCC his immigrant’s tale

Queensborough Community College held its 50th commencement Friday and showed once again why Queens continues to be a hub for recent immigrants seeking success. Comment.
Astoria Times

Lou Lodati Park is going to the dogs

Elected officials, the city Parks Department and Sunnyside dog owners came together last Thursday to unveil a plan that would not only make Lou Lodati Park nicer for residents but for their four-legged friends. Comment.

Halloran claims of snow plow plot rejected by city

City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) has said he believes voters in his district continue to support his efforts to investigate the city’s handling of the Dec. 26 blizzard despite a new city report that effectively debunks his claims that a work slowdown among city workers took place after the massive snowstorm. Comment.
Astoria Times

Transportation tops at Gianaris town hall

Cars parked on the sidewalk, livery cabs parked on 31st Street near the end of the N line and the preponderance of potholes peppered the discussion at a town hall meeting last Thursday for residents of the Astoria and Long Island City communities. Comment.

Pride Parade draws large, diverse crowd to Jackson Hts.

From politicians to drag queens and social activists, members of the Queens LGBT community and their allies marched down 37th Avenue to pop tunes and chants for marriage equality in the 19th-annual Queens Pride Parade in Jackson Heights Sunday. Comment.

LIC gets new commuter ferry service

Long Island City residents and tourists who once made their treks to Manhattan and Brooklyn by car or subway can now go by river. Comment.

Albany comes to an agreement on ethics reform package

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders came to an agreement Friday on an ethics reform package that requires state employees to disclose their outside employment income and name their clients or customers doing business with the state, among other measures. Comment.

Flushing temple consecrated

Two years ago, Jai Kovvuri of Flushing got the chance of a lifetime when he attended a consecration for the Hindu temple on Bowne Street, a religious ceremony that featured an elephant. Last Sunday, Jai, 4, got that opportunity of a lifetime again. Comment.

Protesters stand up for Engine Co. 294

In the latest in a string of protests against Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed closing of 20 firehouses across the city, elected officials, civic leaders and firefighters rallied at Engine 294 in Richmond Hill Sunday, demanding that the mayor not close it or any other engine companies in the city. Comment.
Astoria Times

LIC subway station opens

MTA officials and legislators cut the ribbon Friday on a project that could reduce some straphangers’ MetroCard costs by half. Comment.

Mob hit man harbored soft spot for his Ozone Park mom: Book

He was a cold-blooded killer convicted of carrying out four murders for the Gambino crime family, but former Howard Beach resident Charles Carneglia also had a soft spot for his mother, according to a new book written by a New York Newsday court reporter who covered Carneglia’s racketeering trial ´╗┐for the daily paper. Comment.

CNG offers readers deals on coupon site

Indulgence has never been so cheap. Comment.

Falcon chicks hatch in Queens bridge locations

That chorus of chirping high atop the Throgs Neck, Marine Parkway and Verrazano-Narrows bridges is a rite of spring, courtesy of nine new peregrine falcons. Comment.

Aqueduct project adds 350 jobs Developer putting more money into racino as employment center opens

The developer of the redevelopment project at Aqueduct Race Track said it was infusing an extra $100 million into the racino, which clears the way for an additional 350 permanent jobs at the track — a 50 percent increase in its workforce. Comment.
Arts

Indie Animation’s

What started out as a childhood pastime for a shy boy living in the backwoods of rainy Portland, Oregon, has become a lifelong passion. Comment.
Arts

From the shores of Spain to Queens, theater abounds

I just got back from two weeks in Spain and I’m tempted to tell you all about it, especially since local theater activity pretty much shuts down after May until the end of summer. Comment.
Food

Mekong East: Vietnamese fusion welcome in Bayside

You come home from work too tired to cook. You don’t want to get dressed up or spend a fortune, but you do want to relax while someone else brings your food and cleans up after you. Not too much to ask. Comment.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Weiner’s wife is pregnant: Report

Huma Abedin, wife of scandal-embroiled U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills), is pregnant, according to a New York Times report. Comment.

McDonald’s to pull A-train ad that disparages Far Rockaway

A McDonald’s ad on the A train that suggests riders drink the fast food chain’s iced coffee or risk “falling asleep and ending up in Far Rockaway” has City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton) steamed. Comment.

Flushing fire dishes out double dose of heat

Firefighters who responded to a blaze on the third floor of a Flushing apartment building Wednesday afternoon also had to contend with the hot weather. The National Weather Service had issued a heat advisory for Wednesday for New York City with temperatures predicted to near 100 in the mid and late afternoon. Comment.

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