Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011

Whitestone Times

Avella tours streets renamed after 9/11

For the seventh year in a row, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) led a motorcade through northeast Queens Tuesday, stopping along the way to pay recognition at streets that have been named after 9/11 heroes. Comment.
The Civic Scene

Congress must learn to compromise to improve country

Prior to going on its summer vacation, Congress certainly made a mess out of solving our financial problems. There is so much rigid dogmatism in Congress that the two political parties cannot reach a compromise. The way government factions usually solve their differences is by reaching a compromise in which each party gives a little. This was not to be and so Queens, the nation and our standing in the world has suffered. Comment.
Letters

Support independent redistricting

Across the state this summer, a little-known entity, the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment, has been conducting public hearings on redistricting reform. Comment.

Flushing Bravest went to work but never came back

From the time he was small, Michael Cawley of Ladder 136 in Elmhurst wanted to be a firefighter. Comment.
Letters

Port Authority fare hikes unfair to the public

Port Authority Executive Director Chris O. Ward’s initial proposal for a $4 increase in bridge and tunnel E-ZPass tolls to $12, a PATH ticket raise by $1 and increased cash Hudson River crossing tolls to $15 a year and $17 next year was so absurd it was clear it was a cabal between Govs. Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo so they could pretend to be saviors by brokering a pre-arranged deal for a somewhat lesser rise. Comment.

Firefighters rode on Jamaica Bay to Ground Zero

For three Broad Channel FDNY brethren, their call to help with the first response efforts at the World Trade Center was so strong that they would not let anything, even Jamaica Bay, stop them from their duty. Comment.
Bayside Times

Art To Remember Them By

Artist Jean Holabird could see the North Tower of the World Trade Center through her loft window as she drank her morning coffee. On a clear September day, she watched with horror as a treasured part of New York City’s skyline crumbled before her very eyes. For the next several months, she felt compelled to paint what she had experienced, in the unbearably surreal aftermath of 9/11. Comment.

Whitestone captain rushed to Tenhouse in first hour

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Whitestone FDNY veteran Eugene Kelty was off duty, playing golf with his brother James and two Fire Department friends at an annual fund-raiser at the Douglaston Park Golf Course. Comment.
Editorial

Ten Years Later

As the city prepares for the 10th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center, a thousand pundits will ask the question: How far have we come since that terrible day? Comment.
Queens Village

Rockaway accountants moonlight as bakers

Jacqueline Binder-Lopez and her husband Edgar Lopez work as accountants at CUNY colleges, but their new business, Dolly’s Sweet Shop, showcases a talent once only known to Binder-Lopez’s family. Comment.
Letters

Keep teachers, not computers

With all the focus on the importance of technology in our schools, there is another important issue that needs to be stressed. That is the fact that our students need to be able to know how to express their thoughts orally and through writing. Comment.
Little Neck Ledger

Dishing with Dee: Vote your conscience in special Weprin-Turner race

All of you folks in the 9th Congressional District are now down to the wire. On Sept. 13, it will be time to cast your vote. Your choices are Bob Turner or David Weprin. Comment.

Queens men set up foundation for first responders

Joseph Garofalo stood in the kitchen of his Ozone Park home several weeks before the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, discussing the changes to this year’s ceremony with Peter Ticali, the vice president of their foundation for first responders. Comment.
Astoria Times

Cops search for teen girl missing over three months

ELMHURST — Police have asked for the public’s help in finding a teenage girl who went missing more than three months ago in Elmhurst. Comment.

Queens imam fights terrorism

Inside his mosque on 72nd Street in Jackson Heights, Imam Mohd Qayyoom keeps many mementos of the lost Twin Towers. Comment.
Letters

10th anniversary of Sept. 11 a day for reflection

It has been 10 years since Islamic fundamentalists attacked America and murdered more than 3,000 of our family, friends and neighbors. Comment.
Letters

‘Pastor,’ ‘priest’ different people

We read the article “Bayside pastor arrested in Conn.” in the Aug. 11-17 edition of TimesLedger Newspapers and were surprised to see the heading of the continued column. Comment.
Flushing Times

Rikers inmate sues over pain from spider bite

RIKERS ISLAND — A drug dealer is suing Rikers Island after its medical staff allegedly misdiagnosed a debilitating spider bite he suffered while incarcerated at the prison, according to the New York Post. Comment.
Bayside Times

Cops on the hunt for boroughwide burglar

KEW GARDENS — Detectives from the Queens Robbery Squad have asked for help from the public in identifying the man wanted in connection with a string of 11 robberies throughout Queens. Comment.
Ridgewood

Woman sought by cops in Kew Gdns. burglary

KEW GARDENS — Police have sought the public’s assistance in finding and identifying the woman behind a burglary in Kew Gardens. Comment.

Server’s future lost with tower

When the North Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, the iconic Windows on the World restaurant on floors 106 and 107 fell as well, killing 73 workers. Comment.

Sikhs counter prejudice with teaching after attacks

In the years before the Sept. 11 attacks, the borough’s Sikh community lived in relative peace with their neighbors. Comment.
Laurelton

Elderly man, 76, robbed of $20 and check: Post

ST. ALBANS — Police were searching for a young man who robbed a 76-year-old man on a St. Albans street. Comment.

Queens 9/11 Events

Memorial — IX XI Comment.

Victims’ families take different activist routes

After the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, all of the victims’ families grieved, but some also saw a vision of the post-9/11 world they wanted to live in. Comment.

SE Queens pols thank seniors with trip to Atlantic City

Southeast Queens elected officials will be giving back to the community’s senior population with a weeklong celebration filled with fun and informative events. Comment.

Hollis librarian moves on pledge to improve literacy

For the last couple of years, Sueli Zaquem, the children’s librarian at the Hollis library, has taken huge steps to make sure her young students get the most out of the branch’s books, but this year she took her campaign to the road. Comment.

Stuy HS grad gets OK for 9/11 event at school

A Flushing man who was student body president at Stuyvesant High School in Lower Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001, has finally forged a compromise allowing him and his former classmates to hold a private remembrance ceremony at their alma mater on the 10th anniversary of the attacks. Comment.

Douglaston girl, 15, a veteran ball girl at US Open

Juliette Hainline has loved tennis her entire life, and the US Open has always been a time of great excitement for her, going back to her days as a young child playing at the USTA facilities just a ball’s bounce from Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment.

3 fellow Dems confront Wills in Council race

Voters in southeast Queens will be heading back to the polls Tuesday in the first step to determine who will be their City Hall representative for the next two years and the men who are vying for the spot are sparing no expense for the seat, according to campaign finance records. Comment.

Beep on board for Queens ‘Tech City’

A community group created earlier this year in hopes of bringing an applied sciences university campus to Queens has received the backing of a critical new supporter: Borough President Helen Marshall. Comment.

Who cleared the eyesore?

Nearly a year after a tornado tore though the borough a large, uprooted stump on a Forest Hills street corner was removed Tuesday, but residents have no idea who did it. Comment.

Comrie works with DOT to fix intersection danger

The city has answered a call by City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) to improve a traffic device he says put both pedestrians and motorists at a serious risk of danger. Comment.

Aqueduct receives first VLTs for its October starting date

The first shipments of video lottery terminals have been received by Resorts World New York as the racino at Aqueduct Race Track gears up for its October opening. Comment.

Woodysun to get renovation

Through a resolution passed by the City Council, neighborhood civic associations were able to renovate a 35-year-old Woodside senior housing complex without costing taxpayers a cent. Comment.

Pheffer seat contenders make final push to get votes

Less than a week remained for the two candidates vying for the 23rd state Assembly seat, and Republican Jane Deacy and Democrat Phil Goldfeder were combing the Rockaways trying to curry favor before the Sept. 13 election. Comment.

Violence grips boro during long weekend

The long Labor Day weekend was one of the most violent periods in recent memory in New York City, with 24 shootings recorded in 24 hours and more than 40 between Saturday morning and Monday night, according to police. Comment.

Mets nix deal for partial sale

The owners of the New York Mets have ended negotiations with hedge fund manager David Einhorn over a deal that would have given Einhorn a minority interest in the team in return for a $200 million investment. Comment.

Corona park plays host to massive Eid celebration

More than 250 Muslims prayed on and near the AstroTurf field at Northern Playground in Corona for Eid last week, a special day in the Islamic calendar that celebrates the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Comment.

Revelers pack Main St. for Hindu god

The streets of Flushing were inundated with joyous revelers Sunday afternoon in the annual procession marking the end of the nine-day Sri Ganesha Chaturthi festival. Comment.

Tennis Club changes stadium sale process

The West Side Tennis Club is taking a more transparent approach in its second attempt to sell the land currently occupied by its historic stadium, after a more secretive process last year incensed some members. Comment.

Alma Bank to get fed funds for loans to small businesses

An Astoria-based bank is getting $19 million from the federal government to provide loans to small businesses in the city and New Jersey. Comment.

B’klyn health network to take over Peninsula

A tentative agreement has been reached to save Peninsula Hospital from becoming the fourth hospital to face the chopping block in Queens and the Rockaway medical center has been restoring its services. Comment.

PA looking for lost cat in JFK

Airport officials have not discovered the whereabouts of a four-legged traveler who got lost in the shuffle when John F. Kennedy International Airport had to shut down for Hurricane Irene, but they are getting tremendous support from the feline’s growing online fanbase. Comment.

Reward offered for information on Floral Park tree destroyer

City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) and the Queens Coalition for Parks and Green Spaces are offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever was responsible for cutting down three Floral Park trees and trying to make the crime appear as if it were due to Hurricane Irene. Comment.

Glen Oaks Village to unveil new park at 9/11 ceremony

Construction on a piece of parkland on Glen Oaks Village property is nearing completion just in time for the co-op’s Sept. 11 memorial ceremony. Comment.

Candidates make final push

When voters go to the polls Tuesday to decide who will replace Nettie Mayersohn as District 27’s representative in the state Assembly, they will be faced with a choice between a seasoned veteran of state government and a newcomer looking to bring change to Albany. Comment.

Forest Hills Y helps recruit non-profit volunteers

Connecting community agencies with volunteers, the Central Queens YM and YWHA held its first volunteer fair late last month. Comment.

Put lines underground: Beep

Borough President Helen Marshall and City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) want Con Edison to bury electrical and other power lines after Tropical Storm Irene felled many trees on its path through Queens at the end of August, taking down overhead wires and cutting power to many. Comment.

Bayside dentist plans trip to help brighten Cubans’ smiles

A group of Queens dentists is preparing for a humanitarian trip to Havana and asking for donations of dental supplies to help put smiles on some of Cuba’s faces. Comment.

Vacant lot on Bell Blvd set for retail space

After about eight months of construction, the lot between the Oki Beauty Salon and Pilling Real Estate on Bell Boulevard that has sat vacant for years will be vacant no more, property owner Ioannis Naoum said last week. Comment.

Avella tours streets renamed after 9/11

For the seventh year in a row, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) led a motorcade through northeast Queens Tuesday, stopping along the way to pay recognition at streets that have been named after 9/11 heroes. Comment.

St. Michael’s creates FDNY monument

St. Michael’s Cemetery, which has multiple memorials to those who were killed trying to save others on Sept. 11, 2011, will be dedicating a monument to all firefighters who died on that tragic day this year. Comment.

MTA eases layovers by joining Q45, Q47

The MTA eliminated a bus route from Jackson Heights to Glendale Sunday, but straphangers may see their service improve. Comment.

Police discover Sprng. Gardens double murder

Police were still searching for clues to the mystery surrounding a violent shooting Friday that left a hardworking couple dead and their younger son wounded in their Springfield Gardens home. Comment.

Parkway Village tenants fight board over mismanagement

About 100 members of the Parkway Village co-op rallied last week, calling on the co-op’s board to resign after what they claimed was mismanagement and unfair fees. Comment.

Astoria man charged in Briarwood restaurant drug bust

A now-shuttered Briarwood restaurant allegedly run by a gang member had cocaine, heroine and marijuana on the menu, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment.

Bayside fest celebrates the culture of Armenia

The Armenian Church of the Holy Martyrs in Bayside will hold its annual Oceania Street Festival Saturday in deference to the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, Co-chairman Thomas Fourounjian said. Comment.

Coach’s sighting takes girl from Juniper Park to US Open

In the summer of 1997, 7-year-old Anna Tatishvili took a vacation from the Republic of Georgia to visit her aunt in Rego Park. Comment.

State Sen. Gianaris criticizes NY’s redistricting system

The state agency responsible for redrawing legislative district boundaries was set to hold a forum this week to solicit input from the public. Comment.

Astoria leaders fuming over bedbug find

Elected officials from Astoria were furious after the news broke that PS 70 on 42nd Street had the worst bedbug problems in the city and did not inform administrators or students. Comment.
Ridgewood

Wanted: Good home for an Outrageous Fortune

I’m at my computer trying to figure out what happened to my email. It may be a mystery — did anyone say climate change? — as to why we’re getting hit with hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes and hail the size of baseballs, but email should be simple. So after I call my hosting service and my domain registrar, and Mike the tech guy comes over, I’m back in action with a new theater email address, which I now send out to most of my Outrageous Fortune Company contacts. Comment.

Sunnyside police officer’s dreams died on 105th floor

Wilton Sekzer has an excellent memory. Comment.

Church bells to ring for FASD

On the ninth minute of the ninth hour of the ninth day of the ninth month, the Douglaston Community, Zion Episcopal and Little Neck Community churches will ring their bells to raise awareness about the babies born throughout the world with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Comment.

Lancman praises Con Edison, Local 3 for Irene storm cleanup

State Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) presented a state proclamation Tuesday to electrical workers and Con Edison, thanking them for their efforts in removing downed trees and restoring power in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. Comment.

Weprin has huge money advantage

Political action committees have donated to Assemblyman David Weprin’s (D-Little Neck) campaign at a rate nearly 50 times as high as his Republican rival, Bob Turner, in the race for the 9th Congressional District seat, Federal Election Commission records showed. Comment.

Workplace law a win: Sikhs

At a ceremony last week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a law authored by City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) that strengthens the city’s human rights law with respect to religious practices in the workplace. Comment.

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