Sunday, July 31, 2011

Whitestone Times

Police seek suspect in CVS robbery

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating a man who has committed two crimes so far this summer in the Whitestone area. Comment.

Non-profit group helps seniors build strong foundations

Homebound seniors can gain greater confidence in living with a new fall prevention program by the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. Comment.

State eyes possible Flushing illegal wine

In the latest case of moonshining since Prohibition, Fujianese immigrants in New York’s Chinese enclaves like Flushing may have been making and selling rice wine illegally, according to a state enforcement agency. Comment.

Corona suspect arrested in 15-month rob spree

Two men from Corona and Long Island man allegedly went on a crime spree in 2010 and 2011 and were arraigned last Thursday on charges of stealing state Lottery tickets as well as thousands of dollars in cash tickets from stores throughout Queens and Brooklyn, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.

Little Neck boy wins poster contest

One of Oakland Gardens’ own little environmentalists is getting some big recognition. Comment.

Daniel O’Connell playground courts get major face-lift

Hoops-loving kids in southeast Queens who want to improve their skills now have a professional level space closer to home. Comment.

Flushing builders face new housing paradigm

Since the turn of this century, the storyline touted as the future of Flushing has been one of massive growth and development to accommodate the rising tide of new residents arriving each year from distant shores. Comments (1).

103rd cop saves flight attendant after Hawaii call

Detective Charles LoPresti of the 103rd Precinct has tackled hundreds of cases involving emergency calls all over the city in his 22-year career with New York’s Finest, but he successfully handled one of the longest distance pleas for help his squad has received. Comment.

Weekend work to shut down part of No. 7 line

The MTA plans to shut down service for the weekend starting Friday night on the No. 7 subway line between Times Square and Queensboro Plaza in order to permit repairs. Comment.

Explosion rocks Astoria power plant

An explosion occurred in a boiler at one of the power plants on Astoria’s Con Edison complex last night, rattling an 11-story commercial building and cracking its windows but causing no major injuries. Comment.

MTA plans two fare hikes in budget

The MTA Wednesday unveiled its new financial plan for 2012 through 2015, which includes two fare increases, with board members expressing both guarded optimism and outright concern. Comment.
Little Neck Ledger

Qns. Village nursing school stole $6M from students: AG

A Woodhaven man was one of 11 people charged with operating five bogus nursing schools, including one in Queens Village and another in Floral Park, and defrauding hundreds of students of $6 million for fake nursing degrees, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said. Comment.
Crime

Flushing man tries to evade cops in car: DA

ST. ALBANS — A 31-year-old Flushing man was arrested two weeks ago for giving the police a chase through the streets of southeast Queens, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Crime

L.I. man cuts cop’s eye in Jamaica fight: DA

JAMAICA — Police arrested a 22-year-old man last week for hurting an officer, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.

Obama organizer rallies SE Queens young Dems

Some of the members of the South East Queens Young Democrats may not have a strong experience in the political arena, but an organizer who is helping to shape the president’s re-election campaign said they could make a huge difference in the next election. Comment.

Hofstra begins medical school classes with LIJ

The first class of the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine began their orientation Monday and were set to start studies next week. Comment.

Construction work on Terminal 4 moving swiftly: Delta

John F. Kennedy International Airport’s expansion of Terminal 4 may be two years away from completion, but the airline spearheading the improvements is giving flyers a 3-D sneak peek at what’s in store. Comment.
Editorial

A Sad Day for Public Education

A Manhattan judge has ruled that the mayor can move forward with his plan to close 22 city schools, including Jamaica and Beach Channel high schools. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Hevesi, Crowley bills a boon to MidVil raccoon removal

Middle Village residents will have an easier time removing wily raccoons from their property after a new bill was passed in Albany July 15, a Queens lawmaker said. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Koslowitz a double dipper

A report disclosing financial information found that City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) gets both a retirement pension and a salary from the city, a controversial practice called “double dipping.” Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Forest Hills co-op owner sweats over city’s boiler plan

A Forest Hills co-op owner is warning Queens landlords who burn high-polluting heating oil that a possibly pricey change is on the horizon. Comment.

Zazi’s dad covered up plot: Jury

A fifth one-time Flushing resident has been convicted of federal charges in connection with a 2009 terror plot to blow up New York City subway stations, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn. Comment.

Flushing book festival to give borough bookworms a treat

The YWCA of Queens will celebrate the English language at its 11th-annual Summer Literacy Festival Aug. 6 with a day of educational activities. Comment.

Rotary president makes debut

The Flushing Rotary Club installed its first female Asian-American president last Thursday in a ceremony at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in downtown Flushing. Comment.
Crime

Senior beats victim with cane, resists arrest: DA

LITTLE NECK — An 83-year-old man was arrested last week for allegedly beating another man with his cane, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Crime

Cops search for woman last seen on 7 platform

FLUSHING — Police have asked the public for help in finding a woman who went missing Monday. Comment.
Crime

2 boro men attack victim with rock, pipe: Brown

FLUSHING — A pair were arrested last week for allegedly taking part in a beating that left another person severely injured on the street, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comments (2).
Editorial

A Sign of the Times

Queensborough Community College has announced the launching of a major effort to reach out to the Asian Americans who now call Queens home. Asian Americans comprise 25 percent of the student body at the college. This effort recognizes the role Chinese, Koreans and other Asian Americans play in places like Flushing. Comment.

Main St. subway phones worst in city

Although the Flushing-Main Street station came out near the bottom in the Straphangers Campaign’s check of which subway station telephones work, several other Queens stations fared much better. Comment.

Schumer backs Simanowitz in race for 27th Assembly seat

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) endorsed Democratic state Assembly candidate Michael Simanowitz in the special election to replace former Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn, who retired in April after 28 years in Albany. Comment.

Ex-MediSys CEO bribery trial begins

The bribery trial of former MediSys Chief Executive Officer David Rosen, who is charged with steering $390,000 in payments to late state Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio to get favorable treatment for Jamaica Hospital, began Monday with opening arguments. Comment.

Markell ‘09 race broke rules on spending: City

The city Campaign Finance Board determined last week that the 2009 campaign of Debra Markell to fill the District 19 City Council seat left vacant by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) had committed two violations. Comment.

Qns. College, LIJ team up to treat 9/11 first responders

Long Island Jewish Medical Center has been awarded a five-year, $3.85 million federal contract to partner with Queens College’s Queens World Trade Center Clinical Center of Excellence to increase access to medical and mental health services for Sept. 11 first responders in the borough. Comment.

Queens residents keep cool at Fort Totten pool during heat wave

Unforgiving heat gripped Queens late last week as Bayside residents sweltered and searched for ways to keep cool. Comment.

Comrie praises new FDNY efforts toward diversity

The FDNY has begun a new push to bring more minorities into firehouses across the city and the Queens leader who has been calling for this diversity said it is a big step for New York’s Bravest in the right direction. Comment.

Bayside Diner ready to open next week

About a year after it closed, the Bayside Diner is set to open its doors again to the neighborhood’s casual-fare connoisseurs. Comment.

Bloomy splits with Avella on tree pruning

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) sent a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg last week in reaction to what he called the mayor’s “cavalier attitude” concerning a the senator’s stance on city tree maintenance. Comment.

New Queens hiking club takes steps to restore area trails

Northeast Queens trail enthusiasts have a new group dedicated to exercising their restless feet. Comment.
Crime

Police on the look for suspect in sexual assault

ASTORIA — Police have released a sketch of the man they say tried to sexually assault a woman outside a subway station two weeks ago. Comment.
Letters

Weprin unfit to succeed Weiner

State Assemblyman and 9th Congressional District candidate David Weprin’s (D-Little Neck) belief that he is the best candidate to replace former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner due to his “20 years of experience in public finance, state banking and the City Council Finance Committee to replace Weiner” is contradicted by his past track record (“Weprin, Turner launch races for Weiner seat,” July 14-20). Comment.
Letters

Boro man’s bee fine undeserved

When my staff and I heard that the city was fining my constituent, Arthur “Tip” Sempliner, up to $2,000 for “failing to water his beehive,” our first reaction was to laugh. Only in New York City can a government think up such a creative way to fine someone an exorbitant amount of money. Comment.
Letters

Tshaka recognized as tireless community advocate

Congratulations to lifelong family friend Mandingo Tshaka on his recent honor of receiving the Sanford and Hines Families’ Recognition Award for Study and Research in the African Experience in New York State, the Americas and the Diaspora. Comment.
Letters

Bellerose strives to maintain quality of life

In response to the July 21-27 letter from City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) entitled “Show tolerance for South Asians in Queens,” Weprin seems to imply that because of a singular statement by an individual at a recent joint civic association meeting, the people of Bellerose are racist. Comment.
Editorial

High Tech Meets Humans

The system that monitors the traffic flow on the city’s roads is about to “take a quantum leap forward” by taking a long look back. Comment.
Opinion

QueensLine: New Ditmars Blvd. el train received bad reviews in ‘17

On July 20, 1917, the first train ran from 57th Street in Manhattan to Ditmars Boulevard in Queens. The trip over the bridge took eight minutes. It carried only city officials and chamber of commerce members and made no stops. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: If you want to run for office, do research on consultants

How did you manage to survive this past week’s heat wave? Everyone not only suffered a physical meltdown, but due to the unrelenting scorchers many also complained of a mental meltdown as well. Yours truly fell into the latter category. Comment.
Business

Astoria bar goes against the grain

What constitutes a bar in Astoria can vary widely. Some are sitdown restaurants, others are little more than a countertop and a television. Even the diners have illuminated “cocktail” signs in the windows. Comment.

MTA chair Walder quits to take Hong Kong job

MTA Chairman Jay Walder, who brought innovative features to the city’s subways and buses even while struggling with the worst financial peril in the agency’s history, has resigned to take over a Hong Kong-based company that operates rail systems in Asia and Europe. Comment.

Educators lose fight to save SE Queens schools

Supporters who have been fighting for months to save Jamaica and Beach Channel high schools say the end may be near for both institutions following a state court decision siding with the city’s plan to phase out both institutions. Comment.

Cops charge Jax Hts man in fatal crash

A teenage father from Rosedale who was just about to start a new job was killed late Friday night following an accident in which another driver tried to overtake the car he was riding in, the police said. Comment.

Peralta livery cab town hall turns heated

A town hall held by state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) on the bill to bring livery cabs that can be hailed to the outer boroughs erupted into impassioned statements and heated arguments, mostly in Spanish, from industry members on separate sides of the plan. Comment.

Peninsula Hospital in debt

Borough President Helen Marshall called on state health officials to hold an emergency meeting after Peninsula Hospital said Monday it is deep in debt and may have to close. Comment.
Astoria Times

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel celebrates 170 years of service

Since its beginnings as the work of one Irish priest who held the borough’s first Catholic mass in a home, Astoria’s Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish has seen a multitude of changes during its 170 years which were marked with an anniversary mass last week. Comment.

Willets Point snubbed in mayor’s plan for new college

Queens has been left out of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s official plan to bring an applied sciences university to New York City. Comment.

Koch backs Turner over Obama anger

Former Mayor Ed Koch bucked his own party in endorsing Republican Bob Turner Monday and not state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) to replace former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner in September’s special election, saying he wanted to “send a message” to President Barack Obama that voters in the district disapprove of his policy toward Israel. Comment.

Same-sex couples tie the knot

When gay marriage became legal Sunday morning, dozens of couples in Queens celebrated by saying their “I do’s” as soon as they could at the borough’s clerk office where more pairs arrived as the week wore on. Comment.

DiNapoli to look at NYRA’s books again

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said he will be taking another look at the New York Racing Association’s books to determine whether NYRA appropriately followed recommendations to become solvent, his office announced last week. Comment.
Astoria Times

Gov. signs ban on ‘chica chica’ cards

Adios, “chica chica” cards. Comment.
Astoria Times

Canz gets small screen spotlight

An Astoria restaurant and its busty, attractive waitresses are set to broadcast in homes across the country. Comment.

Onderdonk House to host bike-in film

There are no drive-in movie theaters in Ridgewood, but residents can still take their wheels to the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House for an outdoor flick this summer. Comment.

Atlas Park business owners discuss revamp with city

The owners of The Shops at Atlas Park met with the Department of City Planning days after Borders announced its liquidation last week to discuss how to best to revitalize the beleaguered mall. Comment.
Astoria Times

Perv arrested in Astoria: Cops

A man was arrested last week on charges of sexual abuse, forcible touching and harassment after multiple reports were made on an Astoria social networking site about a man who groped women while riding a bicycle, NYPD said. Comment.

Artists’ hangout ransacked in

Thieves ransacked a Ridgewood artist hangout and concert warehouse over the weekend, destroying seven years of hard work and making off with $15,000 worth of valuables, but managers from Silent Barn have taken the incident in stride. Comment.
Arts

Fashion on a Shoestring

First of a two-part series Comment.
Arts

Frank Sinatra HS students showcase artistic prowess

City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott received an enthusiastic reception at the Summer Arts Institute, held at Frank Sinatra High School in Astoria. During his visit to multiple classes at the institute last week, Walcott was serenaded by student choruses, discussed the finer points of photography and showed his tattoo to a budding documentarian. Comment.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Father guilty of aiding terrorist son

A federal jury found the father of an admitted Flushing terrorist guilty Friday of destroying bomb-making materials and conspiring to obstruct a federal investigation into his son Najibullah’s 2009 terror plot to blow up New York City subway stations, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. Comment.

Cops looking for Kew Gdns killer

Police talked to a person of interest Monday in connection with last week’s Kew Gardens road rage shooting, which left one man dead and his brother wounded, the NYPD said. Comment.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Koch backs Turner in Weiner seat race

Former Mayor Ed Koch bucked against his own party in endorsing Republican Bob Turner instead of state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) to replace former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner in September’s special election, saying he wanted to “send a message” to President Barack Obama that voters in the district disapprove of his policy on Israel. Comment.

First gay couple to wed in Queens

For Astoria couple Greg Levine, 32, and Shane Serkiz, 33, Sunday morning at 9:06 a.m. was the moment that they said had been in the works for 4,223 days. Comment.

Court allows closure of Queens schools

A Manhattan Supreme Court judge ruled late Thursday night against an injunction sought by the United Federation of Teachers and the NAACP over the city Department of Education’s plan to close 22 city shools, including Jamaica HS and Beach Channel HS. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Cops looking for Kew Gdns killer

Police talked to a person of interest Monday in connection with last week’s Kew Gardens road rage shooting, which left one man dead and his brother wounded, the NYPD said. Comment.

Loughlin’s Alston having big, busy summer

If the Philadelphia Belles 15U was a car, Jasmine Alston would be its second gear. The speedy, athletic point guard can turn a halfcourt game into a track meet with the dribble of a basketball. Comment.

Townsend Harris frosh joins city Heat

Sierra Berkel made it look easy in the winter. In her freshman season at Townsend Harris, the 5-foot-9 forward averaged 22.9 points per game, good enough for eighth in the entire PSAL. She became one of the ‘A’ league’s rising stars while juggling her school’s demanding academics. Comment.

Rivals begin to raise funds for Wills’ seat

Political contenders old and new have thrown their hats into the ring to determine who will represent parts of southeast Queens for the next two years, but so far they have not built a strong financial war chest, campaign finance records show. Comment.

Judge puts off hearing on Willets activsts’ case

A state judge has postponed a court appearance related to a legal effort by a group of Willets Point property and business owners to stall the city from moving forward with its $3 billion redevelopment of the site. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Whitestone civics eye baseball field

Whitestone may get a new place to play ball if some community leaders have their way. Comment.

Teacher who raped boy gets jail

A former special education teacher lost more than her future as an educator last week after she admitted to creating sex tapes with a teen, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.

Woman killed in dairy truck blaze

The burned-out shell of a truck trailer was all that was left after a fire claimed a life in South Jamaica shortly before 6 a.m. Saturday. Comment.

Judith A. Rafferty, 72

Judith A. Rafferty, three of whose nine children currently live in Queens, died July 11. She was 72. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Traffic light coming to dangerous College Pt. corner

A College Point intersection will be a little safer soon due to the efforts of state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside). Comment.

Man who shot, hijacked Laurelton cop faces 25 to life

The man who left a former officer for dead outside of his Laurelton home before carjacking his luxury BMW was convicted of his crimes last week, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

First Asian woman heads Flushing Rotary

The Flushing Rotary Club installed its first female Asian-American president Thursday in a ceremony at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotelin downtown Flushing. Comment.

MTA Chairman Jay Walder resigns

Metropolitian Transportation Authority Chairman Jay Walder announced he will be trading the management of one rail system for another when his term ends this October. Comment.

Cooling centers open during heat wave

With temperatures expected to approach 100 this week, the city Office of Emergency Management and city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene opened cooling centers to the community as of Wednesday, July 20. Comment.
Little Neck Ledger

Doug LDC eyes town center

The Douglaston Local Development Corp. has commissioned a $30,000 study it hopes will produce the first phase of a master plan to reinvigorate the commercial area near the Long Island Rail Road station. Comment.
Little Neck Ledger

Little Neck rob spree suspect nabbed: Cops

Police from the 111th Precinct arrested a man they suspect of being responsible for a string of burglaries over the past several months targeting co-op owners in Little Neck. Comment.
Crime

Three boro men argued, stabbed victim: Brown

SOUTH JAMAICA — Earlier this month, the Queens district attorney’s office charged three South Jamaica men with assault charges stemming from a physical altercation. Comment.
Crime

St. Albans rapper Ja Rule owes gov’t $1M in taxes

NEWARK — A month after he was sentenced to one to two years in prison for an illegal gun charge, St. Albans native Ja Rule was penalized with more time behind bars for failing to pay his taxes in New Jersey, the U.S. attorney’s office said. Comment.
Crime

DA says workers made up patient’s progress report

FAR ROCKAWAY — Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced Tuesday that three clinical counselors at Daytop Village in Far Rockaway, which provides substance abuse treatment to adults and teens, have been charged with insurance fraud, conspiracy and other crimes for allegedly filing false progress reports with the courts on behalf of a patient in exchange for his obtaining for them what they believed to be stolen merchandise. Comments (1).
Crime

Cops find man shot in Far Rockaway house

FAR ROCKAWAY — Police officers from the 101st Precinct responded Sunday to a 911 call of a male shot inside 14-30 Hassock St. in Far Rockaway. Comment.

St. Albans VA bill stalls in U.S. Senate

A Queens veterans advocate said he is confident the U.S. Senate will listen to the community’s concerns and pass a bill that would prevent any private development at the St. Albans VA Hospital. Comment.

Artists jazz up St. Albans Park

Mother Nature provided the glowing sun and cool breezes that swept across the lawn of St. Albans Park Saturday and local musicians provided the aural atmosphere with the staccato sounds of the ninth-annual St. Albans Jazz Festival. Comment.

Quinn tours Central Library after city budget restoration

Just weeks after City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) and the rest of her Council colleagues saved the Queens Library from massive cuts in the city budget, she took a tour and saw exactly where the money went. Comment.
Editorial

Bringing Home the Bacon

We confess we are not comfortable with the concept of member items, even when they are used to benefit local programs. Each year, City Council members give out millions of dollars in grants to nonprofits in their home districts. The taxpayer funds are doled out according to a political formula that has nothing to do with the needs of the district but everything to do with political power. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Arborist OKs LIRR trim

The Long Island Rail Road began its much-maligned pruning process along a leafy stretch of track in Forest Hills last week, but a neighborhood arborist gave it two green thumbs up. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Forest Park rapist gets 32 yrs.

The Brooklyn man who dragged a woman into Forest Park and raped her was sentenced to a maximum of 32 years in prison, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Friday. Comment.

Koo secures funds to spruce up Union Street

City Councilman Peter Koo (R-Flushing) has announced a beautification initiative he is funding to freshen up Union Street in downtown Flushing with a range of possible new features including a Chinatown-style archway, Korean statues and LED light strands in hopes of attracting more customers and tourists to the crowded thoroughfare. Comment.
Flushing Times

Deaths rattle Flushing block

Police have released the identities of the two victims of what they described as a likely murder-suicide that shocked a leafy Flushing neighborhood last week. Comment.

GOP picks district leader Marco DeSena to run for Albany

The Queens GOP has tapped former Republican district leader and communications consultant Marco DeSena to run against Democrat Mike Simanowitz in the race to replace former state Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn, who retired in April after nearly 30 years in Albany. Comment.
Flushing Times

Kin of Pomonok victims ensnared in drug probe

A four-month undercover investigation at the Pomonok Houses in Fresh Meadows has culminated in the arrests of 12 Queens suspects on drug charges, including Marc Coleman, whose mother and brother were shot July 2 while sitting in a car parked outside their home in the housing complex, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment.
Crime

Pit bull attacked man at Oakland Gdns home: Cops

OAKLAND GARDENS — On July 12, police from the 111th Precinct arrested 62-year-old Iamve Tetruashvili on one count of tampering with evidence and one count of obstructing a police officer. Comment.
Editorial

Buzz Off

This is yet another example of the misuse of power by a city agency. Comment.

Street vendors push officials to reduce fines for violations

A group of street vendors made their way to Jamaica last week to get the borough’s elected officials to support new legislation that would help benefit their needs. Comment.

Accused JFK Airport stowaway pleads not guilty

Despite mounting evidence that has been uncovered by federal investigators, the Nigerian man who has been accused of illegally flying, Olajide Oluwaseun Noibi, pleaded not guilty Monday in California federal court to stowaway charges. Comment.

Speaker Quinn thanks JASA for fighting cuts

Had Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed budget cuts been enacted, the JASA Senior Center, at 86-25 Francis Lewis Blvd. in Holliswood, would have had to close its doors. Comment.

QCC sets up advisory panel of Asian leaders

Queensborough Community College, armed with a new plan to reach out to its Asian neighbors, introduced the 12 members of the Asian Community Advisory Board, who come from the Flushing business and civic communities and the college. Comment.

North Shore-LIJ working to bring down sepsis deaths

The North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System is teaming up with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement for a 21-month-long partnership to reduce sepsis deaths in hospitals. Comment.

Bayside mom co-authors Laurelton history book

Roberta Kossoff and Annette Landau may have come from different generations and live on different coasts, but the two women share something in common: their enthusiasm for Laurelton. Comment.

Finance board fines Friedrich $400 for contribution at ‘09 event

Failed City Council candidate Bob Friedrich was slapped with more than $400 in fines last Thursday from the city Campaign Finance Board, including more than $350 for what the board said amounted to an illegal corporate contribution. Comment.

Engine 306 supporters celebrate

If everyone responsible for saving FDNY Engine Co. 306 had been standing at the rally outside its firehouse last week, it would have been a fire hazard. Comment.

Braunstein law bans sale of some bath salts

In an attempt to head off a disturbing new trend before it takes hold in New York state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law Friday banning the sale of certain bath salts, which are being abused as drugs. Comment.

Avella calls on Parks to treat homeowners better over pruning

While the city is in the midst of its MillionTrees initiative, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is telling the city Parks Department to leave homeowners — who sometimes pay the price for illegally pruning trees the city owns — alone. Comment.
Crime

Lifeguard from boro dies after one week in coma

STATEN ISLAND — A Sunnyside lifeguard died Sunday after a week in a coma induced from practicing holding his breath underwater in a Staten Island pool, the city Parks Department said. Comment.
Crime

Safe, cell phone stolen from boro home: Cops

OZONE PARK — The NYPD has asked for the public’s assistance in identifying suspects wanted in a robbery. Comment.
Crime

UPS employee shipped items to his house: DA

MASPETH — Last month the Queens district attorney’s office charged 29-year-old Elmhurst resident Alfonso Suarez with grand larceny and possession of stolen property. Comment.
Crime

Boy dies in accident also involving NBA star

WOODSIDE — A young boy was killed last week after he was involved in an accident with a vehicle that was carrying NBA star Lamar Odom, the authorities said. Comment.
Crime

Cops seek two men in Forest Hills robbery

FOREST HILLS — The NYPD has asked for the public’s assistance in identifying two suspects wanted for a Forest Hills robbery. Comment.
Letters

Show tolerance for South Asians in Queens

Recently, there were some disturbing comments in the press from residents of Bellerose about whether South Asian immigrants and individuals of South Asian descent, who are relative newcomers to the neighborhood, are serving our country in the armed forces. There were also some disrespectful statements about how our country deals with immigration. Comment.
Letters

Budget protects city firehouses from mayor’s cuts

This year, under enormous pressure to deliver a fiscally responsible budget in difficult financial times, we were forced to make some tough decisions. Deciding how to consolidate services while protecting core city services is never an easy task. In order to guarantee New York City’s continued success, we did just that. The City Council negotiated with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, confronted the challenges of our present economic climate head-on and presented a sensible, on-time city budget. Comment.
Letters

Swipe fee rates harm small biz

As a small business owner who can attest to the hard-hitting nature of swipe fees, I was pleased when Congress took action last year to put reasonable limits on the fees that big banks and credit card companies have used to exploit small businesses and consumers for years. Comment.
Letters

Thanks for signing 306 petition

Once again we feel safe in our community knowing FDNY Engine 306 in Bayside is open. Comment.
Letters

Voters should decide candidates

A special election has been approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo for Sept. 13 for former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner’s congressional seat. Comment.
Editorial

Road Rage

We doubt there are many drivers in Queens who, at one time or another, have not shouted a curse or flipped the bird to an inconsiderate motorist. Things can turn ugly fast, but in most cases the cars soon go their separate ways and the anger subsides. Comment.
Opinion

Political Action: Skala works hard to maintain the Bayside area’s quality of life

When we speak of community involvement in civic matters pertaining to the preservation of our neighborhoods, Frank Skala stands out as a civic leader who has consistently worked for these goals. From his positions as president of the East Bayside Homeowners Association for the last 37 years and as a member of Community Board 11 since 2003, he has worked tirelessly to preserve community standards. Comments (1).
Opinion

I Sit And Look Out: Elitists do not have an exclusive hold on U.S. higher education

Of all the things I have been called in a long and happy life, I never thought I might be numbered among the elite in this country. But, thanks to those folks making noise about the terrible people who live on the East and West coasts, I guess I may be on their list for disdain. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Nassau comptroller makes plans to take on Gillibrand

We are still waiting for details concerning the sale of certain Creedmoor properties. We will have to wait till next week to furnish you with more information on that issue. Comment.
Business

Astoria eatery centers on just 3 basic wares

Ben Sandler and Jennifer Lim’s Astoria restaurant, Queens Kickshaw, was inspired by their wedding. Comment.

Flushing father begins trial in son’s failed bombing plot

The father of an admitted Flushing terrorist went on trial Monday on obstruction of justice charges as his nephew accused his uncle of ordering him to destroy materials for making bombs destined to unleash carnage in the New York City subway system in September 2009. Comment.

Pruners, thieves ruin boro garden

Forest Hills is one of the most verdant neighborhoods in the borough, but luscious plant life comes at a price. Comment.

Teachers at nine boro high schools will receive city, UFT evaluations

The city and the United Federation of Teachers announced an agreement to implement teacher evaluations at nine underperforming Queens schools Friday. Comment.
Astoria Times

City, Van Bramer celebrate repaved Roosevelt Ave.

The brutal snowstorms of last winter have wreaked havoc on many city streets, but those who drive on Roosevelt Avenue in Woodside should be having less of a bumpy ride. Comment.

Bikes stolen from nonprofit

Queens kids hoping to ride bikes at day camp in Flushing Meadows Corona Park this summer will have to make other plans after a nonprofit discovered that all the cycles were stolen the day the program was set to begin. Comment.

Groups, electeds join forces to hold Colombian fest

Centro Civico Colombiano’s annual Colombian Independence Day Festival has been canceled due to debts owed to the city Parks Department, but health insurance company Healthfirst and elected officials will not be letting the community down for their holiday. Comment.

Maspeth trucks rerouted after CB 5 passes plan

Community Board 5 voted to approve the Maspeth bypass plan last week, after several months of amendments and roughly 10 years of waiting for a solution. Comment.
Astoria Times

Bravest relish firehouse save

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) visited Ladder 128, a Blissville fire company originally slated for closure under Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s budget proposal, where he and the firefighters Tuesday spoke of the harm the action would have caused to the community and city. Comment.

State investigates sale of land at Creedmoor

The state inspector general is investigating how a South Asian group acquired state land at Creedmoor at a deep discount in a deal brokered by then-state Sen. Frank Padavan and state Assemblywoman Barbara Clark (D-Queens Village), Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said this week. Comment.

Home prices up, sales down: Report

Home prices in Queens rose slightly over the last 12 months, but the number of home sales dropped drastically during that same time period, according to a new report. Comment.

GOP nominating petitions bear names of DA Brown, Gallagher

In a strange twist of fate, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown’s name is appearing on Republican nominating petitions that also have the name of former City Councilman Dennis Gallagher, who Brown’s office prosecuted in 2007 on sexual assault allegations. Comment.

Gay couple wins fun Sunnyside reception

Wedding bells will not be ringing for New York’s same-sex couples until July 24, but a pair of Sunnyside brides-to-be already know where they are going to have their reception for free. Comment.

HUD can help foreclosed

Homeowners who are at the end of their rope could have the chance to save their houses from foreclosure with the help of a government program, but U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) says time is running out. Comment.

Muslim center plans Eid prayer at IS 145 in Jax Hts

The Muhammadi Community Center of Jackson Heights announced Friday it will be celebrating Eid ul-Fitr at IS 145 near the end of August. The center’s imam, Mohd Qayyoom, said he expects 20,000 people to attend the annual celebration, which marks the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting for Muslims. Comment.

Nearly stung over beehive

One Douglaston resident barely avoided a sharp sting from the city Department of Health. Comment.

David Weprin touts his support of Israel

State Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) took his campaign for Congress Monday to the Jewish Center of Kew Gardens Hills, where he told the center’s Golden Age Club that he opposes a House of Representatives GOP plan to privatize Medicare and Social Security and played up his credentials on Israel. Comment.

Few candidates choose to run for education councils

Voter turnout for May’s community education council elections was less than 25 percent, but the lack of candidates also pointed to a dismal overall participation rate. Comment.

Atlas Park Borders location set to shutter after chain’s demise

One of the keystone businesses at The Shops at Atlas Park has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Comment.

Changing midtown signals in LIC

From a small room in a Long Island City government building, city Department of Transportation workers will now be able to change traffic lights in midtown Manhattan and ease congestion in one of the most headache-inducing rush hour spots in the city, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday. Comment.

Ackerman puts weight behind Weprin in race for House seat

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) wants state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) to join him in Congress. Comment.
Arts

Artist in transit

Full of ideas and the drive to make them happen, Astoria native and former Metropolitan Transportation Authority employee Clif Militello has just published his first book, “Murder at Transit.” Comment.
Arts

A harrowing, surreal tale of love and youth ‘For Rent’

“For Rent,” Ozen Yula’s experimental play enjoying a brief run at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, premiered in one of the most dramatic, sudden rainstorms of the summer. By the time the reviewer struggled the couple of blocks from the No. 7 subway to LaGuardia Community College she was soaked to the bone, and the theater’s otherwise welcome air conditioning left her shivering. But this interesting, disturbing surrealistic work did manage to punch through the soggy discomfort. Comment.

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