Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011

Padavan in hospital after suffering stroke

Former state Sen. Frank Padavan has suffered a “very minor stroke,” according to Bill Coddington of Douglaston, a childhood friend who has visited him twice in the hospital since the incident. Comment.

Cardozo stays perfect as Barnett downs Patterson

Built like an ox at 6-foot-7, Marquis Barnett’s greatest strengths lie around the hoop — his ability to block and change shots, rebound and finish. Yet, with 6.7 seconds remaining and his Cardozo boys’ basketball team tied with Patterson (Md.) in the Big Apple Basketball Invitational at Baruch College, the senior forward was far from the hoop. Comment.

Calhoun improves, contributes for CK

It’s slow and steady for Sierra Calhoun. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Whitestone sites share niche

Two Whitestone men have started websites for the neighborhood’s business community in the past year, but both say there’s no bad blood between them. Comment.
Ridgewood

City never shoveled many Maspeth walks: Civic

Sanitation officials reminded New Yorkers to shovel their sidewalks following the worst of the Dec. 26 snowstorm, but many Maspeth sidewalks in front of city property remained covered with a treacherous layer of ice even before the latest bout of winter weather this week, a civic leader said. Comment.
Queens Village

Bring back buyback: Sanders

On the day the city celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., leaders in southeast Queens urged residents and law enforcement agencies to continue the civil rights leader’s work for peace by getting guns off the streets. Comment.

Maspeth wants waterfront park at Newtown

Most of the 22 green projects proposed as mitigation for the city’s refusal to revamp the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant are located in Kings County, but nearly 700 residents of Queens and Brooklyn threw their support behind projects in Long Island City and Maspeth. Comment.

LIJ receives highest award for quality of its stroke care

Long Island Jewish Medical Center received an award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award — the organization’s highest distinction for stroke care. Comment.

City rescinds Jamaica hall landmarking

The Grace Episcopal Church’s Memorial Hall may be one of the oldest buildings in downtown Jamaica, but right now its historical significance will not be recognized among other famous buildings in the city. Comment.
Ridgewood

Pair charged with graffiti

Two Glendale men accused of committing a long string of graffiti vandalism over several years were arrested earlier this month by officers at the 104th Precinct, police said. Comment.

FDNY honors Bayside Bravests’ service at Ground Zero

FDNY Capt. Kevin Cassidy and Firefighter James Ryan were men who would not think twice about returning to help at Ground Zero, even after they knew they would die from the cancer they were diagnosed with after responding to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, family and friends said at a ceremony honoring the two men at a Bayside firehouse last week. Comment.
Crime

Addisleigh Pk. resident arrested for DUI: Brown

ST. ALBANS — An Addisleigh Park man was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs after he allegedly admitted to an officer that he was smoking marijuana, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Crime

Inferno in Jamaica injures 12 firefighters

JAMAICA — A firefighter who suffered serious burns to his face was one of a dozen FDNY members who was injured fighting an eight-alarm blaze for hours Monday night into Tuesday morning, officials said. Comment.
Crime

Far Rock woman guilty of carving knife assault

FAR ROCKAWAY — A Far Rockaway woman was sentenced to four months in jail after she pleaded guilty to assaulting another woman during a dispute earlier this month, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Jamaica High play blasts DOE

When Jamaica High School sophomore Nneoma Okorie last week entered the stage as a modern-day Antigone — the heroine who stands up to the former city schools chancellor — hundreds of students raised their hands and cheered for a play that became a rallying cry to save the school the city Department of Education has vowed to close. Comment.

Nonprofit drops plan for shelter in Jamaica

A nonprofit scrapped its plans last week to build housing for former homeless residents in Jamaica and community activists said they were pleased the neighborhood is not the location for another home for displaced New Yorkers. Comment.
Laurelton

Friendship Ctr. to stay open as city reverses cuts

One of Jamaica’s popular centers for senior patients with mental health problems avoided closure by the city last week and administrators are looking forward to a brighter future. Comment.

Suspected Crip draws 12 years for robbery

A reputed St. Albans gang member was sentenced Friday to more than a dozen years behind bars for holding up a teen at gunpoint and taking his belongings, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Editorial

Wonder Bread Gives Queens the Shaft

Barring the sudden and unexpected growth of a conscience, Wonder Bread will close its doors in Jamaica this week, putting 200 men and women out of work. After 100 years of operating in southeast Queens, Wonder Bread is turning its back on it and its blue-collar workers. Comment.

Armstrong House to build expansion

After more than a decade of preparation, Corona’s Louis Armstrong House Museum is gearing up to start construction on a new visitor’s center, which will be located across the street from the jazz legend’s home and will house an extensive collection as well as hosting numerous concerts and events for visitors. Comment.

Diesel trains may go green

Two antiquated diesel trains that belch out clouds of pollution as they haul waste through Queens may get an environmentally friendly makeover if a federal grant is approved in the spring. Comment.

3 Long Islanders confess to killing Little Neck man on Christmas ‘08

Three relatives from Long Island have admitted they killed a man from their home country, El Salvador, on a Little Neck Playground on Christmas Night three years ago in what police suspect was a gang related murder, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.

DOE wants to see Jamaica High School fail: CB 8

Community Board 8 unanimously approved a resolution last week that strongly condemned the city Department of Education, claiming the agency is setting up Jamaica High School to fail. Comment.

Alleged cab shooter caught

Shawn Peace, the 22-year-old man charged with shooting a livery cab driver in South Ozone Park last month, allegedly robbed another driver in a similar fashion in November and has a history of sticking up fast food restaurants around the borough, police said. Comment.

Metro campus to host Maspeth HS for a year

The city Department of Education issued a proposal to temporarily house one grade of a new Maspeth high school in Forest Hills, but not everyone in the neighborhood will welcome the potential guests. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Kew Gardens children show off their masterpieces

Art lovers gathered at a Kew Gardens gallery to toast a new exhibit by raising their glasses — and juice boxes. Comment.

ASPCA gets space near Atlas Park

Bob Barker would be proud. Comment.

CB 7, Feinstein make amends

A fraught relationship between three big-name players in the Willets Point redevelopment discussions has reached a happy detente just in time for Valentine’s Day. Comment.
Flushing Times

Liu laughs off rumors of his plans for higher office

City Comptroller John Liu dismissed a question about running for mayor at the Jefferson Democratic Club’s first meeting in Bayside last week. Comment.
Crime

Police search for serial robber in Queens

QUEENS — Police have asked for the public’s help in identifying and locating the whereabouts of a man wanted in connection with 10 robberies in the 109th, 110th and 112th precincts. Comment.
Crime

Speeding driver stops to punch man: Brown

COLLEGE POINT — A College Point man was charged with assault after he allegedly punched a man in the face on a College Point street, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (1).
Crime

Woman steals shrimp from Briarwood shop: DA

BRIARWOOD — A Brooklyn woman was charged with attempted petit larceny after she allegedly stole five bags of frozen shrimp from a Briarwood Key Food, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Crime

Cops on look-out for trio of robbers in Flushing

FLUSHING — Police have asked for the public’s help in locating at least two men and one woman wanted in connection with a pattern of three armed robberies that occurred within the 107th Precinct in Flushing. Comment.
Editorial

A Flawed but Backbreaking Effort

Lost in the anger over the city’s performance following the December blizzard is the fact that hundreds of city employees worked night and day to get the city back to normal. Sanitation employees worked 12-hour shifts to clear the snow and then overtime again to pick up trash. Comment.

Bayside group honors Throgs Neck Br.’s 50th

The Clearview Expressway and the Throgs Neck Bridge brought big changes to Queens when they opened 50 years ago — including the removal of hundreds of area homes for the expressway’s construction — and the Bayside Historical Society is looking to tell residents’ stories about the structures as part of its upcoming exhibit. Comment.

CB 7 cautious on RKO development

The plans for the crumbling RKO Keith’s Theatre in downtown Flushing are not going to go through as easily as some local politicians have hoped, Community Board 7 leaders caution. Comment.

Baysiders seek league funds

Two recent college graduates from Bayside are trying to revive a basketball league for youth that hundreds of children from around Queens once participated in every summer until it fell apart after the league’s founder had to leave to take care of his sick daughter about five years ago. Comment.

Borough artists draw pictures, crowds to Bayside

An overflow crowd packed into the Officers Club at Fort Totten Sunday for the 10th-annual celebration of the arts sponsored by the Bayside Historical Society. Comment.

Avella earns ranking committee spots in Senate debut

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is one of three freshmen Democratic senators to be appointed as ranking minority members of legislative committees in Albany, Sen. Democratic Leader John Sampson (D-Brooklyn) announced last week. Comment.

North Shore Animal moves into new hospital

After more than six decades at its office on Northern Boulevard in Bayside, North Shore Animal Hospital is bidding adieu to the place that was once the only animal hospital for miles around. Comment.

L.I. man harasses Ackerman over phone: Police

A Long Island man was charged with harassment Friday after he allegedly made about 50 “rambling” phone calls to U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman’s (D-Bayside) Bayside office, including one threatening message aimed at local and federal law enforcement, Nassau County police said. Comment.

Ackerman pushes gun law in wake of Ariz. shooting

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) has joined the chorus of lawmakers calling for tighter arms control after a gunman in Arizona shot a U.S. congresswoman in the head and killed six others, including a federal judge and the 9-year-old granddaughter of a former New York Mets manager. Comment.

Boro residents cheer Ackerman at swearing-in

At 6 a.m. two weeks ago, around 50 people gathered outside a darkened Bayside office building in the cold for the swearing in of the 112th Congress. The event was still a five-hour bus ride away in Washington, D.C., but residents were ready to make the trip in support their congressman, U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside), who invited them along to witness the ceremony. Comment.
Crime

City marshal threatened by Howard Bch man: DA

HOWARD BEACH — A Howard Beach man was arraigned on criminal possession of a weapon and obstructing governmental administration after he allegedly threatened to shoot a city marshal who was serving him an eviction order, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Crime

Agent bought plane tix with clients’ cards: DA

FOREST HILLS — A Forest Hills travel agent was arraigned on grand larceny and identity theft charges after he allegedly used a customer’s credit card to rack up more than $10,000 in airline tickets, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Crime

Crazed driver in Corona had cocaine in car: DA

CORONA — A Bronx woman was charged with reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a controlled substance and three traffic violations after she was allegedly driving erratically in Corona, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Letters

Halloran aide questions story on councilman’s slowdown claim

I am writing in response to your Jan. 13-19 story entitled “Officials wary of Halloran claims on snow cleanup.” Comment.
Letters

Columnist makes unfair critiques of Queens GOP

I normally enjoy Dee Richards’ weekly column, but in last week’s column (“Ackerman holds D.C. bus trip for official swearing-in,” Jan. 13-19) I found her remarks about Queens County Republican Party Chairman Phil Ragusa and Executive Vice Chairman Vince Tabone unwarranted and inappropriate. Comment.
Letters

Rich want to kill working poor

It’s war! The wealthiest Americans are orchestrating a war between private and public sector employees. First, our jobs are sent to China and Mexico. Whole towns are devastated and the tax base gutted. The owners and the corporations move their accounts off-shore and pay no taxes. The Republicans turn billion-dollar surpluses into trillion-dollar deficits, deregulate the banks and fund two wars with blood but not money. Comment.
Letters

Black: Visit to Hillcrest HS a learning experience

An open letter to Principal Stephen Duch of Hillcrest High School in Jamaica. Comment.
Letters

Joel Klein ruined city’s schools

Let’s take a took at former city Schools Chancellor Joel Klein’s true accomplishments. Comment.
Letters

State gov’t needs to get its act together

As New York state’s new governor, Andrew Cuomo takes over the running of the state government, let’s extend to him our best congratulations and wishes for nothing but success in his new position. Comment.
Editorial

Stop the Hate-filled Rhetoric

There is no evidence that the man who shot and seriously wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed six other bystanders was directly influenced by the heated rhetoric that has dominated political discussion in recent years. This angry dialogue has reached a feverish pitch since the election of President Barack Obama, especially on right-wing talk radio. Comment.
Opinion

Political Action: Bloomy, Giuliani would make for interesting 2012 prez race

While some political observers believe Mayor Michael Bloomberg is interested in possibly running for the U.S. presidency in 2012 as an independent candidate, there is now some speculation that former Mayor Rudy Giuliani is showing interest in preparing for another presidential bid in 2012. His 2008 presidential campaign ended in Florida when he was only able to get 15 percent of the vote in that state’s Republican Party primary. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Cuomo, Obama must give voters the change they want

There is an old Irish superstition that all things both good and bad happen in threes. It does seem to work out that way, for some odd reason. Witness the recent deaths in the past few weeks of three high-profile political types. They were Queens County Clerk Gloria D’Amico, Democrat; former state Assemblyman Tony Seminario, Democrat; and Republican State Committeewoman/District Leader Marge Adams. Marge had a long run — she was in her late 90s. May they all rest in peace. Say a prayer for them as they would for you. Comment.

Wife-killer pleads guilty:DA Woodside man who stabbed wife faces up to 25 years in prison

A Woodside man arrested in 2008 pleaded guilty to manslaughter last week for stabbing his wife to death while their then-7-year-old daughter looked on, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.

Peralta ascends Democrats’ Senate leadership ranks

In the nearly one year that Jose Peralta has been a state senator representing western Queens, his star has surely risen. Comment.

NYC Transit prez admits blizzard missteps

New York City Transit President Thomas Prendergast admitted to a City Council committee last week that his agency faltered in preparations for the Dec. 26 blizzard and stumbled in reacting after the storm laid waste to the transit system. Comment.

Monserrate’s unpaid attorney asks to be appointed by court

Joseph Tacopina, the longtime attorney for ousted state Sen. Hiram Monserrate, filed papers earlier this month requesting to be Monserrate’s court-appointed lawyer after his scandal-plagued client said he could not pay him, but the U.S. attorney in Manhattan said no. Comment.

Jewish chaplain memorial may be in works: Weiner

A Forest Hills congressman said Friday Jewish chaplains may finally get a memorial in Arlington National Cemetery, nearly 70 years after the first died in World War II. Comment.

Jamaica teen in Intel semis for Bx Science

While many other teen boys spend their afternoons engaging in sci-fi video games and movies, Bin Wu spent most of his free time creating science fact in a lab and the Jamaica student’s work has gotten national recognition. Comment.

DOH says Bayside has city’s lowest death rate

New Yorkers are living longer than average Americans. Bayside has the city’s lowest death rate and more than 88 percent of births in Elmhurst and Corona were to foreign-born women. Comment.

Worshipers ask Cambria Heights to remember Haiti Year after devastating earthquake, residents serve as reminder of unabated hunger, poverty

About two dozen residents prayed for Haiti inside a Cambria Heights church Saturday, urging their neighbors to continue to help the nation’s citizens a year after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake rocked the country. Comment.

Two Forest Hills students win spots

Two high school students from Forest Hills made it to the semifinals of a national science competition, but their projects are slightly more complicated than your standard frog dissection. Comment.

Hard knocks don’t deter Far Rock teen

Christavious McAllister said he looks at surviving a gunshot wound to his stomach as a second chance at life and he wants to make sure he does not mess it up. Comment.
Astoria Times

Dutch Kills residents to appeal suit

A month after the decision was made, residents from Dutch Kills irate over a nine-story hotel under construction on a residential block in the neighborhood learned their suit against the developer had been thrown out, but they are not yet giving up the fight. Comment.

Science success in the genes

A College Point high school student has been recognized in the nation’s most prestigious science competition for his intellectual prowess and research skills. Comment.

Haitians stunned by return of ‘Baby Doc’

The Haitian community is keeping a close eye on the return of the country’s former dictator, Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, after 25 years in exile in France amid a nation full of uncertainty and rebuilding. Comment.
Astoria Times

‘30 Rock’ accountant stole from NBC: DA

A Manhattan accountant who worked for the TV show “30 Rock” allegedly used the NBC network’s money to line his own pockets, the Queens district attorney’s office said last Thursday. Comment.
Arts

Movie palace

The Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria has been reborn as a world-class institution that highlights Queens’ crucial role in the entertainment business thanks to a $67 million, two-year expansion that doubled the size of the building and added a theater, education center and gallery space. Comment.

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