Friday, July 22, 2011

Gay marriage Sunday lottery registration ends today

Same-sex couples can officially get married on July 24, but anyone hoping to get hitched in New York City will still need a little bit of luck. Comment.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Trial starts for father of foiled subway bomber

The father of Najibullah Zazi, the former Flushing man who pleaded guilty in February to planning to bomb New York City subway stations to coincide with Sept. 11, 2009, went on trial Monday on obstruction of justice charges in Brooklyn federal court. Comment.

Police seek help in Forest Hills armed robbery

Police are searching for two suspects who burst into a Forest Hills home and robbed the residents at gunpoint Tuesday. Comment.

One man killed, his brother wounded in Kew Gardens shooting

Road rage turned deadly in Kew Gardens Thursday evening when a shooting by an unidentified gunman left a man dead and his brother injured. Comment.

Beekeeper nearly stung by health department

A hive of honey bees has put a Douglaston apiarist in a sticky situation. Comment.

Slimmed-down Gully shapes up for senior season

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Elisabeth Gully and her game have undergone plenty of changes in the last eight months. Some jump right out. Others are more subtle, but no less important. Comment.

Ex-CK standout joins Nike Pro City squad

It’s been a long time, but Andrew Gabriel feels like a rookie again. Comment.

Volunteer ambulance to hold fund-raiser

The Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps is in need of new defibrillators and will be hosting a July 17 fund-raiser to try and raise money to purchase the equipment. Comment.

SE Queens pols give funds to needy groups

City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) has given out more than a million dollars in taxpayer money to more than a hundred of groups in southeast Queens during this fiscal year. Comment.

Jamaica man convicted in Nassau County shooting

A Jamaica man was convicted last Thursday in Nassau County of killing a bar patron two years ago following an argument over a woman, the Nassau County district attorney’s office said. Comment.

Mother honors slain son

A mother whose son was killed in one of the many murders in southeast Queens last year Saturday held the official opening of her organization, Life Support, which is designed to bring families of victims together. Comment.

Howard Beach library to receive new roof

Howard Beach residents who want to do a little summer reading better check out a book before July 25. Comment.

Qns. readies wedding bells

Same-sex couples have waited 40 years to get legally married in New York state, and the marriage bureau at Queens Borough Hall will not make them wait a day longer than it has to. Comment.

Josephine Carreno, 72

Josephine Carreno, a Flushing resident, died June 21. She was 72. Comment.

Victims of Flushing shooting identified

Police have released the identities of the two victims of what they described as a likely murder-suicide that shocked a Flushing neighborhood early Wednesday evening. Comment.

Major traffic bypass approved in Maspeth

Community Board 5 voted to approve the Maspeth bypass plan Wednesday night, after several months of amendments and roughly a decade of waiting for a solution. Comment.

Police hunt for vicious pit bull in Oakland Gardens

The police were looking for a dog Thursday that viciously attacked a man in Oakland Gardens two days earlier. Just before 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, a neighborhood man was walking by a house at 69-10 225th St. when he was attacked by a pit bull, the police said. Comment.
Little Neck Ledger

Cohen’s Center opens $7.8M child care unit

Cohen Children’s Medical Center, at 269-01 76th Ave. in New Hyde Park, was scheduled to open its new $7.8 million pediatric intensive care unit Wednesday, a spokesman for the hospital said. Comment.
Crime

Fight ends with stabbing, injured officer: Brown

SOUTH JAMAICA — A June 30 argument ended with one man repeatedly stabbed and an NYPD officer injured at 143-14 Lakewood Ave. Comment.
Crime

Police say robber hit S. Ozone Park Citibank

SOUTH OZONE PARK — The NYPD was on the lookout for a bank robbery suspect wanted in connection with a robbery in South Ozone Park and 14 robberies in various locations in Brooklyn. Comment.
Crime

2 Jamaica girls went missing in the Bronx

BRONX — The police have asked for the public’s help in locating two sisters from Jamaica who went reported missing Saturday while visiting their grandmother. Comment.
Crime

South Jamaica resident steals couples’ $70K: DA

SOUTH RICHMOND HILL — A South Jamaica man was arraigned last month on three counts of burglary, two counts of robbery and one count of grand larceny after he allegedly entered a home with a currently unapprehended man, tied the couple living there with leather belts to their bed and stole more than $70,000 in cash as well as jewelry, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.

St. Mary’s workers head to union vote

As they came off the morning shift at St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children in Bayside Tuesday, about a dozen or so employees met with organizers from 1199/SEIU to discuss forming a union at the hospital. Comment.

Olympic fever grips Koreans

Leaders of Flushing’s large Korean-American population were elated and surprised to hear last week that the 2018 Winter Olympics will be held in their home country, saying they believe it will be a boon not only to those who live in South Korea, but also to all their compatriots in Queens and around the globe. Comment.

Jamaica crime lab worker’s methods questioned

A Manhattan jury found a Harlem man guilty of possessing and intending to sell crack cocaine last week despite questions raised about the Queens lab worker who tested the purported narcotics. Comments (1).
Editorial

Redistricting Madness

A joint legislative panel has begun the challenging work of redrawing the state’s district lines following the 2010 census. The first meeting of the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment took place last week, with the governor threatening to veto the redistricting if the lines were not fairly drawn. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: Charter schools take away help from public schools

Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently bragged that the high school graduation rate has jumped to 61 percent in 2010, but then contended that 75 percent of these graduates were unfit to function in college. They needed to take non-college credit remedial courses in college. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

PS 7 drinking water safe for students: City

Kids at an Elmhurst elementary school can finally sip from the drinking fountains after years of fearing the water was unsafe. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Railroad move considered

A group of Middle Village residents are one step closer to a good night’s sleep after a Friday meeting with railroad companies. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Unpopular towing company suspended from city program American Collision criticized for storing junked autos on streets while only zoned to house 5 cars

A towing company criticized for using the streets of Maspeth as a private junkyard was temporarily bounced from a city program, and documents from the city Department of Buildings indicate that it should not even be operating a wrecking business at all.. Comment.

Student accepts wedding proposal in Queens College clock tower

Ever since she stepped foot on the Queens College campus, Rachel Stern wanted to climb up into the school’s iconic clock tower. Comment.

Second suspect caught in Pomonok shooting

Police have arrested two suspects in a July 2 retaliatory shooting that killed a 39-year-old mother while she sat in her car outside her home in the Pomonok Houses in Fresh Meadows. Comment.
Crime

Victim punched and stabbed in Flushing: DA

FLUSHING — A 23-year-old Flushing man was arraigned on charges of assault and harassment earlier this month after he allegedly attacked a 32-year-old man June 30, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Crime

Police find Bellerose man dead in his home

BELLEROSE — The NYPD said Erik Setiawan, a 30-year-old Bellerose man who went missing from his home July 3, was found dead in the confines of the 109th Precinct. Comments (1).
Editorial

The Governor’s Next Battle

Once again, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has shown that he is a man of integrity not afraid to ruffle the feathers of the Democratic and Republican party bosses. Last week, he threatened to reject the final product of a joint legislative panel charged with redrawing the state’s district lines if the final result does not meet his standard for fairness. Comment.

Bayside pool party helps disabled kids

The Bay Terrace Center hosted a pre-school pool party last week for children with developmental disabilities and their families. Comment.

City greenlights redevelopment of RKO Theatre in Flushing

Flushing’s storied moviehouse is getting a long-awaited makeover. Comment.
Bayside Times

$2.5M city project prevents erosion of Oakland Lake Park

What started off as a project to improve the flooded streets in and around the Bayside Hills neighborhood has resulted in a lushly landscaped and more accessible Oakland Lake Park. Comment.

Newcomers graduate wins award after overcoming odds

For Guy Kalenga, 19, his life has focused on cultural reconciliation. Comment.

Queens shop raises $1,500 worth of food and used leashes, collars

Northeast Queens pet owners recently lent a hand to the community’s neediest four-legged friends by giving their old pet supplies a new leash on life. Comment.
Bayside Times

Bay Terrace owners want city to pay for bus stop fix

Riders traveling on the MTA’s Q28 bus from Flushing to Bayside are finding their feet on shaky ground when they arrive at the Bay Terrace shopping center. Comment.
Crime

Victim shot for not giving up his bag: Cops

RICHMOND HILL — The NYPD was looking for a suspect in the assault of another man June 30 at 87-52 114th St. in Richmond Hill. Comment.
Crime

Man stole liquor bottle, no cash in Rego Park

REGO PARK — The NYPD was looking for a man who entered a Rego Park liquor store, threatened an employee with a knife and ran away with a liquor bottle after failing to force open the register. Comment.
Crime

Elmhurst UPS worker stole cell phones: Brown

MASPETH — An Elmhurst UPS worker was arraigned last month for allegedly changing multiple shipping labels at the Maspeth UPS facility where he worked so Samsung and Apple cell phones being sent to customers were instead sent to his house, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Letters

Law gives renters more rights, raises deregulation limit

As the state’s housing commissioner and a former state legislator, I believe I can offer a unique perspective on the historic rent-regulation bill Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law. Comment.
Letters

A nanny state is necessary in some cases

I would like to respond to the letter from Bob Friedrich headlined “Nanny state must come to an end” (TimesLedger Newspapers, June 30-July 6). Friedrich seems to have problems with laws and rules that are put in place to protect children. Comment.
Letters

Gov’t should legalize marijuana

Fast forward from “Cops seize 3K whiskey cases during Prohibition in 1925” (TimesLedger Newspapers, June 23-29) to today. The city Police Department making possession of marijuana No. 1 for arrests of over 50,000 people in 2010 was a similar failure. Comment.
Letters

Animal hospital deserves praise

An open letter to the Whitestone Animal Hospital. Comment.
Letters

State needs anti-auto fraud law

The state Legislature accomplished a lot this year, but one important reform was conspicuously left out: passage of the legislation know as the Fraud Tax Bill that would crack down on crisis-level auto insurance fraud in New York state. Comment.
Opinion

QueensLine: Yankee Whitey Ford played for a Kiwanis team in Qns.

Although it was 1944 and tire and gas rationing was in place since World War II started, merchants were concerned when the situation was expected to change once the war was over. They did not believe private garages were the solution. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: State of boro politics leaves your head spinning

Before we start the column this week, let me answer all inquiries as to what happened to the July 7 Focus on Queens page. I usually deliver my photos to the paper on Monday afternoons, but this past Monday was the Fourth of July and the paper was closed. The new deadline became Tuesday morning. It took me too long to dig up everyone’s names, so I missed the deadline. Comment.

Woodside summer festival entertains crowds with live music, chili contest

Thousands walked along Woodside Avenue to hear the live music, sample neighborhood chili recipes and jump around in inflatable castles during the 19th-annual Woodside on the Move Summer Street Festival Saturday. Comment.

Weprin, Turner launch races for Weiner seat

The race to replace disgraced former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner is shaping up after the heads of the Queens and Brooklyn Democratic parties selected state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) as their candidate while their counterparts on the Republican side tapped retired Rockaway businessman Bob Turner, who lost to Weiner in 2010. Comment.

Vallone’s funds for nonprofits cut drastically in 2012

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) received a better than 40 percent cut in his member items for fiscal year 2012, which meant he was not able to fund some of the nonprofits he traditionally has given money to throughout his district. Comment.

Triborough Bridge marks 75th birthday

The Robert F. Kennedy until recently known as the Triborough Bridge turned 75 years old Monday, and the city reiterated how the mammoth structure changed the face of New York and displayed to the world a physical manifestation of American grit and determination. Comment.

Sky View Center talent contest draws singers and martial artists

About 65 acts starred artists aged 5 to 40 who sang, danced and performed martial arts at Sky View Center in Flushing Saturday for the first round of auditions in NYTV8’s New York Talent Contest. Aimed at encouraging performers of all ethnicities, the contest drew participants from the city and beyond. Comment.

Asian grocery in Sky View to open its doors

For the second time since May, a massive Asian-focused supermarket is slated to open in bustling Flushing, offering a wide range of Chinese and American foods in an upscale setting. Comment.

Former aides enter sprint for vacant Assembly seats

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights), chairman of the Queens County Democratic Party, helped kick off the campaigns of two Democratic candidates seeking to fill vacancies in the state Assembly left by former Assemblywomen Nettie Mayersohn and Audrey Pheffer. Comment.

Flushing advocate confident Willets Point can attract college

The founder of a month-old nonprofit aimed at luring an applied sciences university to Willets Point under a proposal by Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he is not concerned that the eminent domain proceedings against business owners at the 62-acre site will pose a major threat to his dream of a tech sector in Queens. Comment.

City shuffles school lunch sites

The city cut about 100 unrestricted locations from its annual summer meals program across the five boroughs from last year, but the city Department of Education said it is serving more Queens students than ever. Comment.
Astoria Times

Teen killed at Queensbridge Houses

Friends of a 19-year-old man shot to death on the grounds of Queensbridge Houses last week set up a makeshift memorial to him in a Woodside housing project as police searched for his killer. Comment.

City and oil companies to conduct Newtown Creek pollution study

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, New York City and five oil companies named as potentially responsible for the pollution in Newtown Creek finalized an agreement Monday that will start the first phase of the waterway’s long-term cleanup. Comment.
Astoria Times

Woodside firm fined for stiffing its painters

The Nassau County Courthouse was not only where LaGuardia Construction Inc. was prosecuted and pleaded guilty to grossly underpaying its employees — it was also the scene of the crime. Comment.

Central Library opens new science center for children

This summer science-loving learners of all ages can have a fun experience in the all-new, all-different children’s center at the Queens Central Library. Comment.

Corona man gets 35 years for murdering wife, son

Otto Herrarte, a 50-year-old Corona man who brutally slit the throats of his wife and 14-year-old son in 2009, was sentenced to 35 years in prison Friday, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.

Firm sues Halloran for $12k

A campaign vendor is in the advanced stages of pursuing a judgment against City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) for more than $12,000 worth of fees and interest resulting from services the firm performed to assist his 2009 campaign, according to an attorney for the company. Comment.

Descendant wants Franny Lew statue

A Whitestone man left his mark on the founding document of our nation’s history, and now one of his descendants hopes to keep his name alive in the community he once called home. Comment.

Flushing community center opens with huge crowd

The Chinese community in Flushing has a new place to gather. Comment.

Army Corps plan unveiled

After more than a decade of study, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers presented its draft plan for the ecological restoration of the Hudson-Raritan Estuary to environmentalists last week at the Alley Pond Environmental Center in Little Neck. Comment.

LIC ferry stocks more kid life jackets

Since its two-week free trial period ended June 24, the ratio of child passengers on the East River Ferry has increased while there has been a drop in overall ridership to more manageable levels. Comment.
Astoria Times

Qns Plaza stabber convicted

A Brooklyn man who stabbed a Manhattan woman three years ago as she walking near Queens Plaza with her teenage daughter and then fled on a bicycle has been found guilty of first-degree assault, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.

Woodside still is my home: Crowley

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) said there is “no controversy” over his residency Monday after it was revealed that he owns a home in Virginia and sends his children to school in that state despite representing Queens and parts of the Bronx in Congress. Comment.

Colombian Festival canceled due to debts: Parks

The Colombian Independence Day Festival, an annual tradition in Queens since 1984, has in effect been canceled due to the debts Centro Civico Colombiano, an Elmhurst group that puts on the event every year, owes to the city Parks Department, a spokeswoman from the department said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Corona clerk murdered

In a disturbing echo of a crime committed more than a decade ago, a Corona clerk was fatally shot by a robber in a South Jamaica bodega where another clerk had previously died. Comments (1).

City green fleet gets spotlight

The mayor unveiled the largest addition of electric vehicles yet to the city’s fleet when he visited a city Sanitation Department repair depot on 58th Street in Maspeth Tuesday. Comment.

Atlas Park’s slow recovery divides workers about the future of shops

It has been four months since Macerich took over The Shops at Atlas Park, and there have been few noticeable changes on the surface at the beleaguered mall. Comment.
Arts

Beyond the blue collar

Janitors, window cleaners, doormen and other service workers put their inner artists on display at the fifth-annual 32BJ Art Show in Manhattan last month. Comment.
Arts

Hi-diddle-dee-dee, an actor’s life for me -- part-time

When I was a kid, I used to run through the house when the record of that song from the Walt Disney film “Pinocchio” was playing. To be an actor seemed like a lot of fun. Of course, as I like to say, we’re all actors, or as Shakespeare put it: “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” According to the famous Yiddish actor Jacob Adler, the reasons why someone wants to become an actor are: “You don’t want to get up early, you don’t want to work, and you’re afraid to steal.” Comment.

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