Saturday, July 2, 2011

Teen shot and killed in St. Albans days after his graduation

A teenager who had just finished high school was killed and three others injured in a St. Albans shooting early Sunday morning, police and the teen’s family said. Comment.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

St. Albans shooting victim handcuffed to hospital bed

A South Jamaica teen who was one of four shot in St. Albans early Sunday was handcuffed to his Jamaica Hospital bed by the NYPD after being hit in the buttocks, his mother and a councilman said Monday. Comment.

New York legalizes same-sex marriage

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed sex marriage into law Friday around midnight, giving the LGBT community an extra reason to celebrate during Sunday's Pride Parade in Manhattan and giving a city councilman a chance to break out a long-awaited wedding cake. Comment.

No. 7 subway service suspended from Queensboro Plaza to Manhattan this weekend

No. 7 subway service between the Queensboro Plaza and Times Square-42nd Street stations will be suspended from 11:30 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, the MTA has announced. Comment.

St. Albans VA private development plan quashed

A week after the House of Representatives voted on a plan that would stop private development at the St. Albans VA Hospital, the federal government announced Thursday evening it was pulling its proposal to lease part of the space. Comment.

CK’s Ortiz content with Kent State choice

When the lights were the brightest, Chris Ortiz was at his best, helping lead Christ the King to a second consecutive CHSAA Class AA intersectional basketball title and a trip to the New York state Federation final. Comment.

Cardozo alumni meet with upstarts

Jermaine Lawrence walked into the Cardozo gym and before he could find his bearings, he was already being called out. Comment.
Ridgewood

Activists put halt to city’s work on old site of St. Saviour’s

Ongoing construction at the old St. Saviour’s Church site was stopped by the city last Thursday, after activists who want a park built on the site complained about outstanding violations. Comment.
Ridgewood

LIE service road not a truck stop: Queens residents

Maspeth residents are fed up with truckers who use their backyards as an overnight rest stop. Comment.
Ridgewood

CB 5 postpones vote on Maspeth bypass

Community Board 5 voted to postpone a final decision on the Maspeth bypass plan for the third month in a row last week, but the city said time is running out. Comment.
Whitestone Times

College Pt. student granted fellowship

Michelle Chan started Queens College two years ago with plans to major in English and maybe one day become an English professor. Comment.

Teens charged with hate-motivated murder in Woodhaven

The Queens District Attorney upgraded charges against six teenagers Thursday to include murder as a hate crime after they mistakenly thought an 18-year-old boy was gay and beat him to death earlier this year. Comment.

Whitestone Bridge traffic shifting: MTA

A new traffic pattern begins Saturday on the southbound side of the Whitestone Bridge. Comment.

Amicable, hairy pig found near College Point Corporate Park

A friendly pig masquerading as a wild boar was found near the College Point Corporate Park and will be forsaking the urban life for a farm outside the city. Comments (1).

City plans to spray Queens areas to prevent West Nile Virus

Northeast Queens residents may be less pestered this summer and that could result in great benefits to their health. Comment.
Little Neck Ledger

Little Neck biz sets out to clean Northern Blvd

Northern Boulevard in Little Neck is trading in the red, white and blue of the stars and stripes for the red, white and purple of some sidewalk adorning impatiens. Comment.
Little Neck Ledger

Boro church a learning haven

Cultural barriers have been lowered for the 18 Chinese immigrants who completed the We Are New York English program last month at Harvest Mission Center in Little Neck. Despite having lived several years in America, lack of confidence and opportunity have prevented these immigrants from improving their English. Comment.
Little Neck Ledger

Bayside rapper attracts 2,000 viewers on YouTube with video

The theme of “Romeo and Juliet” is a universal one, retold countless times before Shakespeare wrote it in the 16th century and in the hundreds of years since. Comment.
Crime

Suspect sought in Jamaica armed robbery

JAMAICA — Police have asked for the public’s help on the whereabouts and identity of a man wanted in connection with an armed robbery and assault in Jamaica. Comment.
Crime

Woman at JFK had no license for gun: Brown

JFK AIRPORT — A Montana woman was charged with criminal possession of a weapon after a Continental Airlines ticket agent found out she did not have a New York license for a handgun she declared during a routine pre-flight baggage check-in, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Crime

Member of Bloods receives 11 1/2 years

KEW GARDENS — A Brooklyn member of the Bloods street gang is expected to be sentenced to 11 1/2 years in prison after he pleaded guilty Tuesday to the December 2009 armed robberies of two livery cab drivers in Jamaica, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Bone marrow drive draws donors

Leukemia patient Luis Danvers is in need of a bone marrow transplant, but a bone marrow registration drive held Saturday in St. Albans was not just about helping the bubbly 6-year-old. Comment.

Gun buyback aims to make summer safer

The police, clergy, big business and elected officials announced this weekend that they will be cleaning the city streets of illegal guns to make communities safer this summer. Comment.

Jamaica marches in honor of slain neighbor

Family members and supporters of slain Jamaica resident Tony McFadden Jr. II, who was murdered in the neighborhood in October, celebrated his life Saturday by marching from his Jamaica home to the site where he was killed before stopping to gather in Roy Wilkins Park. Comment.

Jamaica Times paper to merge this summer

The TimesLedger Newspapers is merging two of its southeast Queens editions into the Jamaica Times to give readers more comprehensive coverage of their community. Comment.

Veteran gets helping hand

Staff Sgt. Winston Weston gave more than 30 years of his life to serving his country with his heart, body and soul. Comment.
Laurelton

DOT, CB 12 shape Archer Ave. bus plan

Community Board 12 helped the city fine-tune its plans to improve the traffic in the bustling downtown Jamaica area during the board’s monthly meeting last week. Comment.

Genting considers convention center at Aqueduct

The developer of the Aqueduct racino may develop a plan to build a convention center at the site, but he had a few caveats before fully committing to a proposal. Comment.
Editorial

Thrift Shop Has Big Heart

In 2011, there is evidence that autistic children can benefit dramatically from early intervention. But this intervention requires close attention by dedicated professionals, especially in the more difficult cases. This can be expensive. Comment.
Jackson Heights

City’s FRESH program funds supermarket development

A private company will be opening a 10,000-square-foot supermarket in Corona and expanding another supermarket in Jackson Heights under a city initiative to bring healthy food choices to underserved neighborhoods. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Ex-boyfriend arrested in Corona stab

A 17-year-old girl went into cardiac arrest and has been left paralyzed after the father of her infant child allegedly attacked her with a knife Monday inside a Corona supermarket, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Boro man draws ire

A Forest Hills resident who plans to make yet another attempt to row across the Atlantic Ocean has drawn praise for being an advocate for AIDS awareness. But his fund-raising tactics have been criticized for blurring the line on charity and enraged many members of the tight-knit ocean-rowing community. Comment.

Woodhaven Blvd. changes worry CB 6 members

The city was scheduled to meet with Community Board 6 Thursday about revamping Woodhaven Boulevard, but board members were wary of the city’s tactics. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Puppet show in Yellowstone Park promises to please kids

Kids often pretend their toys are alive, but the hand-carved marionettes that will arrive in Forest Hills Monday will make that fantasy a reality. Comment.

Parkway case back in court

Parkway Hospital has a pulse. Comment.

Maple Grove planning memorial for Haiti earthquake

Queens residents who want to commemorate the friends and loved ones who perished in a tragedy 1,500 miles away in Haiti will soon have a place to go in the borough. Comment.

Forest Hills Ledger to merge in summer

The TimesLedger Newspapers is merging two of its western Queens editions into the Forest Hills Ledger to give readers more comprehensive coverage of their community. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Kew Gardens teen charged in College Point murder Christian Caballero, 17, arrested in fatal stabbing of Flushing resident near 22nd Avenue: Police

A Kew Gardens teenager has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the stabbing death of a Flushing man on the streets of College Point last week, police said. Comment.

Whitestoners won’t face top charges in temple plot

The two Whitestone men accused of plotting to blow up synagogues in Manhattan and a church in Queens no longer face the possibility of life behind bars, according to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance. Comment.

New York Hospital of Queens celebrates cancer survivors

Doctors and patients as well as survivors and their loved ones gathered at New York Hospital Queens Friday to embrace the message of hope for a brighter future after cancer during the hospital’s “Celebration of Life” event. Comment.

Flushing men smuggled cigs for $135K: DA

Two men from Flushing and Jackson Heights have been arrested for allegedly running a cigarette smuggling ring that Queens District Attorney Richard Brown contends ripped off taxpayers in New York to the tune of almost $60,000. Comment.
Flushing Times

Community Board 8 denies approval for day-care project

Community Board 8 voted against the advice of its Zoning Committee and disapproved of a variance for a Fresh Meadows plan to build a daycare center. Comment.
Flushing Times

Police hunt for suspect in Flushing burglaries

Police were searching for a man wanted in a string of burglaries that have taken place recently in the Flushing area. Comment.
Crime

Man inappropriately touched girl, 8: Cops

FLUSHING — An 8-year-old girl was groped by a man who broke into her parents’ Flushing apartment early Monday morning, police said. Comment.
Crime

Manhattanite stole boro man’s identity: Brown

FLUSHING — A Manhattan man was charged with identity theft and other crimes after he allegedly used a stolen credit card to purchase items at a Flushing supermarket, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Crime

Lost Flushing girl, 9, found, back with family

FLUSHING — A 9-year-old Flushing girl who had been missing since last Thursday night was found Friday and reunited with her family, according to police. Comment.
Editorial

The Downfall of Anthony Weiner

Is it possible to be saddened by the downfall of U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner without in any way excusing his conduct? Is it possible a person could engage in unsavory conduct while in other ways serving his constituents well in Congress? We think so and admit we were not happy to watch Weiner’s resignation, even though we agree it was the right thing to do. Comment.
Opinion

The Civic Scene: Boro high school students receive many scholarships

At graduation time for Queens high school seniors, it is important we realize the many things they have accomplished. Here are some things accomplished by some students in some schools. Comment.

Bayside vet treats movie penguins

Being versatile is part of a veterinarian’s job description. Whether it be a lizard, a chicken, a pig or a frog, a vet is expected to be able to diagnose whatever comes in the door. Comment.

Avella sex offender bill clears another hurdle in Legislature

State Sen. Tony Avella’s (D-Bayside) bill aimed at closing loopholes and addressing inadequacies in the state’s laws concerning sex offenders has passed out of committee in the wake of a scandal that began when Joseph Denice, a Whitestone resident and former volunteer at three northeast Queens Catholic schools, was revealed to have a sex abuse conviction himself. Comment.

Smokers mixed on MTA ban

Commuters lighting up while waiting to catch a ride on the Long Island or Metro North railroads may feel a burn if Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs into law a bill that would ban smoking on train platforms. Comment.

Two Bayside men found guilty of Flushing karaoke murder

A jury has convicted two Flushing men and two Bayside men of gang assault for attacking two men after an argument at a Flushing karaoke bar in October 2006, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said last week. Comment.

Guv reaches out to GOP to push marriage equality bill

The push for a gay marriage equality bill in Albany has moved behind closed doors as Gov. Andrew Cuomo attempts to persuade state Senate Republicans to sign off on the seminal legislation by writing in protections for religious organizations. Comment.

Fresh Mdws bros to play in nat’l video game tourney

Two Fresh Meadows brothers’ passion for Pokémon paid off after they each won their division in a regional championship of the popular video game and are now headed to compete in a national tournament. Comment.

Charges issued in $10M bank fraud

Two Fresh Meadows men and a man from Connecticut were charged in Manhattan federal court Friday with defrauding several banks of at least $10 million by allegedly obtaining commercial loans and lines of credit using false and fraudulent documents, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said. Comment.

Starbucks axes Elmhurst Dairy

City leaders are fighting one of the nation’s most popular coffee chains, which announced it ended its partnership with a Jamaica-based milk company after eight years of business. Comments (1).

Qns women work robot used on them in surgery

Two northeast Queens women who underwent surgery to remove polyps by a doctor using a robot got a chance to try their hands at the device Monday. Comment.

Traffic cop files suit against Halloran

A city traffic agent who was disciplined by the NYPD after improperly ticketing City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) is suing the lawmaker, his former chief of staff Dennis Ring and the city for $6 million, alleging that the politician and Ring racially slandered him. Comment.
Crime

Worker stole nearly $2K from Rego Pk. Sears: DA

REGO PARK — A Sears employee was arraigned on petit larceny charges after she allegedly stole more than $1,700 from the Rego Park department store, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Crime

College Point man steals credit card in LIC: Brown

LONG ISLAND CITY — A College Point man was arraigned on grand larceny charges after he allegedly swiped a credit card from a fellow customer at a Long Island City deli, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Crime

Victim paralyzed after strangulation, stroke

LONG ISLAND CITY — A Forest Hills man was charged with strangling a Long Island City man, causing the victim to suffer a massive stroke and become paralyzed on his left side, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Crime

Brooklynite guilty in ‘09 Forest Park rape

FOREST PARK — A Brooklyn man was convicted Tuesday of a September 2009 rape that occurred in Forest Park, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Letters

Stavisky backs stronger rent control laws

How does a state senator who is pro-tenant respond to a robocall made by the Republicans claiming the opposite? Comment.
Letters

Confusion on McDonald’s subway ad targeting riders

I would like to comment about the June 17 article “Sanders not lovin’ A train ad.” Comment.
Letters

Don’t be a nanny, focus on more important issues

Is state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) running for head nanny of New York (“Weprin bill aims to keep kids smoke-free in cars,” June 16)? Comment.
Letters

Racino not worth all the hoopla

City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) tells us that we need more police around the soon-to-open Aqueduct racino in order to ensure the safety of his constituents and others who will come running with open wallets to the latest gambling den. Comment.
Opinion

QueensLine: Cops seize 3K whiskey cases during Prohibition in 1925

On June 24, 1925, when the first surveys were wrapped up on Harlem’s 125th Street for the new bridge crossing the East River, the occasion was hailed as “Tri-borough Bridge Day.” A luncheon at the Hotel Theresa was followed by a parade to a speakers’ platform at First Avenue and 125th Street. Comment.
Opinion

Political Action: Boro GOP can win by stopping intra-party fighting: Ragusa

Phil Ragusa began his active political career at about the same time former state Sen. Frank Padavan did. He has been active in politics during the last 38 years. He first joined the Beechhurst Republican Club in 1973 and in 1974 was elected chairman of that club. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Resignation a disappointing end to Weiner’s political career

It was disappointing to see U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner so docilely agree to step down and resign. We never thought he would fold like a cheap camera so early in the game. We thought he was made of much tougher stuff. Comment.
Business

Woodsider teaches pupils philosophical yoga

One day, Woodside resident Shree Vinayak Kaurwar wants to live in the tiger-filled jungles of India, but for now, he’s teaching yoga in multiple places in New York City, including Jackson Heights. Comment.

Weiner seat attracts names

After three weeks of media frenzy surrounding Weinergate and a curt final press conference last Thursday, U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner officially left Congress Tuesday, creating a unique political vacuum in his district that stretches across much of Queens into Brooklyn. Comment.

LIC, Astoria waterfront park plan unveiled

A new plan to improve the East River waterfront in western Queens was unveiled last week to a wave of approval from the community that helped develop it. Comment.

Boro man draws ire of rowing community

A Forest Hills resident who plans to make yet another attempt to row across the Atlantic Ocean has drawn praise for being an advocate for AIDS awareness. But his fund-raising tactics have been criticized for blurring the line on charity and enraged many members of the tight-knit ocean-rowing community. Comment.

Little racers show speed skills in Queens competition

An East Elmhurst boy came out on top during Saturday’s 27th-annual Flushing Meadows Soap Box Derby and advanced to the national competition in Akron, Ohio. Comment.

Schumer asks feds to fund East Side Access

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has appealed to federal officials to approve the $2.2 billion vital to completing the East Side Access project, which could start bringing Long Island Rail Road commuters into Grand Central Terminal in 2016. Comment.

State legislature hashes out framework for rent regulation

New York state legislative negotiators said Tuesday they had reached what they call a framework toward an agreement on a renewal of rent regulations. Comment.

Drivers debate taxi plan

As the state Assembly passed a bill Tuesday to bring livery cabs that passengers can hail to the outer boroughs, City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton) shared his story of how taxi drivers refused to take him and his pregnant daughter out of Manhattan earlier this month. Comment.

Boro designs earn accolades

An ambitious museum renovation, a new diesel monitoring booth in Corona and plans for the library at the Hunters Point development were Queens’ three honorees at the 29th-annual Awards for Excellence in Design Monday. Comment.

The goose is cooked by city’s airspace clearing plan

The geese that have posed problems for the pilots at Queens’ two airports will be cooked, but New Yorkers won’t be the ones to enjoy the meal. Comment.

FDNY reflects on Father’s Day blaze

For the firefighters of Ladder 163 and Rescue 4, this year is not only the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, but another tragedy that took members of their crew. Comment.

Far Rock street gang taken down: Brown

More than 50 people, most of them from Far Rockaway, were arrested Friday and charged with a series of crimes, including attempted murder, weapons, drug possession and other charges as part of a large-scale narcotics investigation focused on drug-based violence allegedly committed by the dangerous Gang of Apes street gang, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

East River Ferry: A pleasant ride, if you’re on vacation

Nothing is as good as it sounds when you have to wait. Comment.

Queens Chamber counts down to centennial celebration

The Queens Chamber of Commerce is getting ready to celebrate its 100th birthday. Comment.

Jackson Hts. to merge with Astoria Times

The TimesLedger Newspapers is merging one of its western Queens editions into the Astoria Times to give readers more comprehensive coverage of their community. Comment.
Astoria Times

City begins painting bike lanes along 44th Dr. in LIC

As part of an effort to calm the traffic on 44th Drive between Vernon Boulevard and Thomson Avenue in Long Island City, the city Department of Transportation has redrawn the lines on what was one of the most crash-prone streets in the borough — and even added bike lanes. Comment.
Arts

In the limelight

R&B and rap music played above 10 aspiring poets illuminated by glowing theater lights at Queens College’s “A Night of Poetry” on Monday, June 13. As part of the second-annual CUNY Summer Performing Arts Festival, the poets, mostly students or graduates of Queens College, read several pieces of their own poetry. Comment.

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