Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011

Glendale

Parents fake docs to enroll pupils: PS 113

Parents are forging documents to get their children into a sought-after but swelling Glendale school, and the practice could edge out longtime residents who actually live in the district, a principal said to a tense meeting last week. Comment.

Monday, Sept. 26, 2011

New Hyde Park

North Shore doctors save life of infant in the womb

A Long Island family returned to North Shore University Hospital last week to thank doctors for saving their infant son’s life — before he was even born. Comment.
Bellerose

Avella fights halal mart in Bellerose

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and Bellerose civic leaders called on a halal market on Hillside Avenue with more than $25,000 in violations to clear up the penalties or get out of the neighborhood. Comment.

Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011

Astoria

Man charged in canine kill

The NYPD said an Astoria man who allegedly killed his helpless Chinese Shar-Pei dog by throwing him out the window has been charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and reckless endangerment. Comment.
Jackson Heights

CB 3 eyes upgrades with yearly budget

Community Board 3 proposed a relatively short wish list for its fiscal year 2013 capital and expense budgets, which focused on building and expanding new schools, libraries and affordable housing at its monthly meeting last Thursday. Comment.
Broad Channel

Birds of many feathers flock to Jamaica Bay for fall

Two weeks after Tropical Storm Irene brought drenching rain, canceling Jamaica Bay’s annual Shorebird Festival, my friend Walter and I go there to see the fall migration, which I hope will include shorebirds. Comment.

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011

Film

Little Neck director brings her cut back to community

As a gesture of gratitude to the place where her career got its start, independent filmmaker, lifelong Little Neck resident and self-proclaimed dragon aficionado Elana Mugdan will screen the Queens premier of her film “Director’s Cut” at the Community Church of Douglaston Friday. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside Historical collects 9/11 letters

The Bayside Historical Society is currently exhibiting a collection of artifacts documenting the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and their effect on the northeast Queens community and asking visitors to share their experiences of that day in order to preserve their accounts for future generations. Comment.
Astoria

Simotas nixes USPowergen emissions plan

An Astoria power generating company’s plan to decrease emissions which formerly enjoyed community and legislator support has been rejected by a second neighborhood lawmaker. Comment.
Bayside

New nursing program helps QCC students finish at Hunter

Queensborough Community College has announced a new program beginning this fall that will enable the college’s qualified nursing students to transfer credits seamlessly to Hunter College in order to obtain their baccalaureate degrees. Comment.

Friday, Sept. 23, 2011

Transit

MTA.info map makes weekend travel easy

Frustrated and bewildered at prospects for subway travel on weekends? At a loss to know what lines are or will be temporarily crippled by weekend maintenance and construction? Comment.
Cambria Heights

Comrie praises McDonald’s for healthier menu choices

City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) said he is happier now that one of America’s largest fast food chains has taken his considerations into account and changed its kids’ menu to be healthier. Comment.
Education

City begins brainstorming to fix Queens school crowding in 2012

Everyone wants their child to go to a great school, but with spaces in Queens limited, the city has its hands full simply finding seats for the ever-increasing number of students who fill its rosters each September. Comment.
Flushing

Cops hear public concerns at Flushing meet

The 109th Precinct Community Council held its first meeting since June last week, packing the precinct house’s gathering room with dozens of community members. Comment.
Economy

Liu touts Obama jobs plan

The long-awaited American Jobs Act President Barack Obama proposed Sept. 8 will have more than a billion dollars of direct economic benefit for Queens workers, according to a new report by city Comptroller John Liu. Comment.
Astoria

New Astoria medical center offers cross-disciplinary care

In response to three hospitals closing in Queens in the last three years, a new medical center in Astoria seeks not only to bring back more primary care but also enhanced eye care. Comment.

Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011

Howard Beach

Obama’s ratings hurt Weprin: Observers

Democrats may have a 3-1 advantage over Republicans in the 9th Congressional District, but President Barack Obama’s unpopularity and the state of the economy sank state Assemblyman David Weprin’s (D-Little Neck) chances of winning the seat over Republican Bob Turner, according to political observers. Comment.
Bayside

FDNY to fix leaky Totten roofs

The FDNY has plans for fixing the holes where the rain gets in. Comment.
Queensbridge

Hundreds mourn teen’s death

Emotions ran high as hundreds of mourners gathered at a Long Island City funeral home Saturday morning to say goodbye to a rising high school basketball star who grew up in Queensbridge and was gunned down last week in Harlem. Distraught friends called for a stop to the senseless violence that claimed her life. Comment.
Broad Channel

FEMA to help SE Queens on Irene damage

It has been nearly four weeks since Tropical Storm Irene came through Queens, but residents in heavily affected areas in southeast Queens are still reeling from the storm, elected officials said. Comment.
Bellerose

CB 13 hearing to tackle issue of Indian center at Creedmoor

CB 13 hearing to tackle issue of Indian center at Creedmoor Comment.
Flushing

Bland Houses live with fear

Frustration and fear predominated at a meeting held at Flushing’s Bland Houses last Thursday night as police and community members attempted to persuade one another to put an end to a recent spate of violence before it escalated any further. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

City’s report card mixed

The mayor released a report on the performance of all city agencies over the last year and touted increased efficiency in many areas, but several alarming trends were also contained in the data. Comment.
Jamaica

Children find Discover-E at Queens Library Center

The Children’s Discovery Center at the Queens Central Library has been open since the middle of the summer, but no science place would be complete without an official introduction from a high-tech helper. Comment.
Whitestone

Whitestone senior contracts West Nile

An elderly Whitestone man became the latest victim in the borough of the West Nile Virus and even though he is expected to make a full recovery, his family and borough leaders are demanding action to prevent it from happening again. Comment.
Politics

Lancman blasts stance taken by Turner on pro-union law

Newly elected U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Howard Beach) weighed in on his first piece of legislation the same day he was sworn in to the House last Thursday, which a Democratic lawmaker in Queens said is indicative of why the 9th Congressional District voted Turner into office for the wrong reasons. Comment.
Health

Bloomy in LIC praises decline in city smoking

While Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-smoking policies have been criticized as draconian, he declared them a success on a visit to the city Department of Health in Long Island City, saying the number of adult smokers is at an all-time low of 14 percent. Comment.
Flushing

Civic Congress brainstorms on projects

Queens Civic Congress hosted a meeting Monday night about the state of the economy in Queens and the news was not all bad. Comment.
Long Island City

LaGuardia College names academic hall for Maltese

Educators at LaGuardia Community College dedicated an academic hall last Thursday to former state Sen. Serphin Maltese, a man who worked with lawmakers across the aisle and who has a lot in common with the students at the college. Comment.
Howard Beach

Turner’s election throws wrench in redistricting plan

The victory by U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Howard Beach) in the race for the 9th Congressional District seat has complicated plans for the congressional redistricting that is set to take place next year. Comment.
Bayside

St. Mary’s decries state cuts

In an effort to control expanding costs, New York state has placed a $15 billion cap on Medicaid expenditures, but officials at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside said these measures could have devastating results for the program’s most vulnerable recipients. Comment.
College Point

CB7 hears developer’s plan

The architect behind a plan to redevelop an aging manufacturing building into a massive mixed-use edifice appeared before members of Community Board 7 and area civic leaders last week to present the details of the project, which is currently under construction at the site of the former Gelmart plant. Comment.
South Jamaica

Man lured to his death in Jamaica

The family and friends of a 25-year-old man who was gunned down early Sunday morning in Jamaica are trying to piece together why someone would target and lure him to his death when he had no apparent enemies. Comment.
Jamaica

Beep honors 103rd detective

Detective Charles LoPresti’s heroics during a life-saving search may have made him a star in Queens, but his quick-thinking actions have earned him the respect of a law enforcement leader from the other side of the country. Comment.
Flushing

Father of Flushing’s Zazi pleads not guilty to visa fraud

The father of Najibullah Zazi, an admitted terrorist who grew up in Flushing and graduated from Flushing High School, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of visa fraud. Comment.
Jamaica

Five designers showcase their wares at Qns. Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week step aside. The Queens Fashion Week Runway Gala Event pulled out all the stops at the York Performing Arts Center Sunday, with five new head-turning designer lines. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing pols rally against transit cuts

Flushing’s state legislators joined with the local transportation workers union Tuesday afternoon in support of a nationwide initiative to stop the bleeding of federal and state dollars from transportation coffers. Comment.
South Jamaica

Police seek suspect in S. Jamaica slay

Police were searching for clues in a shooting that left one man dead in the middle of a South Jamaica street Friday night. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Release of Rockaway killer based on flawed evidence: Brown

A Rockaway man convicted of killing his childhood friend more than 15 years ago who had been in prison for 13 years was set free by a Queens Supreme Court judge last week, although the Queens district attorney’s office derided the decision and claims the man is guilty. Comment.
Ridgewood

Glendale teen charged with attempted murder

Police arrested a 19-year-old man Friday suspected of shooting a teenager two years younger in Ridgewood earlier this month. Comment.
Forest Hills

Forest Hills charity to feed area seniors

A Forest Hills-based nonprofit will once again handle the Meals on Wheels program for a portion of the borough, much to the delight of the community and a Queens lawmaker. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights director takes helm of Manhattan dramedy

Jackson Heights resident Gwenyth Reitz did not write the off-off-Broadway play she is directing, but the play itself nevertheless has parallels to Reitz’s life. Comment.
East Elmhurst

S. Ozone Park dad fatally struck by car

A 61-year-old Manhattan man was arrested Saturday after he allegedly struck a 65-year-old South Ozone Park cricket umpire in East Elmhurst last Thursday, then drove off leaving the man to die, police said. Comment.
Douglaston

Doug Arts Festival to offer crafts, food

With the promise of one-of-a-kind creations of the culinary and craft varieties, the Douglaston Village Arts Festival plans to return for the third year Sunday with the works of local artists, food from area restaurants and various performances from live bands and entertainers. Comment.
College Point

New College Point spa planned for corporate park

College Point residents will have a new option for all their relaxing and lounging needs if a proposal to build a spa moves forward as planned after the College Point Corporate Park Task Force, a Community Board 7 committee, recently recommended it for city approval. Comment.
Forest Hills

CVS coming to Forest Hills

A CVS pharmacy will be the new tenant coming to a row of empty storefronts on Queens Boulevard, but Forest Hills residents will have to wait a little longer than originally thought. Comment.
Jamaica Times

CB 8 approves new gym at Mary Louis

Community Board 8 overwhelmingly voted in support of Mary Louis Academy’s plans to build a new athletic center during its monthly meeting last week. Comment.
Corona

Community Board 4 complies lengthy project wish list

A brand new reference library and a new home for the 110th Precinct tops the wish list for Community Board 4, which approved its fiscal year 2013 capital and expense priorities last week. Comment.
Bellerose

Avella wants city to pay for water line repairs

A Bellerose homeowner was shocked when he received a bill for $3,000 to fix a broken water line under the city’s street and state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said that is just not right. Comment.
Flushing

Work set to start on extension for No. 7 train in September

Construction is scheduled to begin this month on the final project to extend the No. 7 subway to Manhattan’s far west side. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside park neglected for too long: Officials

Community leaders and elected officials are working through a number of avenues to improve Little Bay Park in Bayside, saying the park has been neglected for too long. Comment.
From the Footlights

Jazz giant Jimmy Heath to open Lincoln season

His son Mtume gave him the Swahili name Tayari, which translates as “ready.” Comment.
From the Footlights

Worth the Trip

Worth the Trip Comment.

Monday, Sept. 19, 2011

Flushing

Road to the US Open Finals

Some of tennis’ top stars faced off during the final matches of the US Open. Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal in the men’s match, and Samantha Stosur upset Serena Williams to win the women’s trophy. Photos by Christina Santucci Comment.

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