Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011

South Jamaica

Pow Wow features native American dances

Native American culture was showcased at the Inter-Tribal Native American Indian Festival/Pow Wow at Baisley Pond Park. The event was presented by Friends of Roy Wilkins Park, Inc. Comment.
Woodside

Bloomberg says he backs OWS protesters’ rights in Woodside

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a news conference in Woodside Monday that he supported the right of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators to protest, but whether they could stay in the tent city set up in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park is in the park’s owners’ hands. Comments (1).

Monday, Oct. 17, 2011

Whitestone

Residents oppose rent hike

The elderly attendees of the Whitestone Armory are joining with the Greater Whitestone Taxpayers Civic Association and state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) to decry a plan by the state Division of Military and Naval Affairs they describe as designed to force them to pay more money. Comment.
Maspeth

Middle Village man killed in wrong-way crash

George Gibbons Jr., 37, from Middle Village, was killed over the weekend in an auto accident. Comments (2).
Fresh Meadows

Fresh Mdws. center to celebrate one year

When Jack Blumner and his brother, Steven Blumner, opened the Executive Office Center in Fresh Meadows one year ago, all they had was a dream. Comment.
Bayside

Sushi served with twist at Bayside restaurant

For the last seven years, John Fang has been honing his sushi-making skills throughout the country and now he is bringing his talents to Bayside. Comment.

Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011

Bayside

Bayside youth wins national prize

Tired of seeing cars racing along the street in front of her home on Francis Lewis Boulevard, eighth-grader Cheyenne Hua devised a solution to put the brakes on heavy-footed speedsters while leaving nothing but smooth sailing for law-abiding drivers. Comments (1).
Flushing

Flushing church draws thousands for St. Nicholas fest

Even by conservative estimates, volunteers from a Flushing Greek Orthodox church had prepared well over 50,000 fried dough balls during the four-day St. Nicholas festival that culminated Sunday night. Comment.
Douglaston

Fairway to fill food void

No one would call Douglaston a food desert, but ever since Waldbaum’s left the Douglaston Shopping Plaza and — more recently — with the closing of the Douglaston Market, grub choices have been limited. Comment.
Community Service

Win grant money to show love for your block

Win grant money to show love for your block Comment.
The Play’s the Thing

Akin to politics, theater needs your participation

They do it for you, so visit your local theater and check out the performances. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Jamaica man gets 23 years for 2008 rape

KEW GARDENS — A Jamaica man was sentenced last week to 23 years to life in prison for the 2008 rape of a woman he also robbed, according to the Queens district attorney’s office. Comment.
Letters

Willets Pt. must become East Coast Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is getting ready for its biggest competitor yet. Yes, that is right: New York City. In a plan that has stirred and awed much of the tech world, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has committed $100 million to establishing a top-tier, applied sciences university within the five boroughs. Comments (2).

Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011

Auburndale

Auburndale man founds yo-yo club

As he waits weekday mornings at the Auburndale station for the Long Island Rail Road to carry him into Manhattan, Joe O’Neill passes the time throwing, which sounds just a bit menacing until one realizes it is simply one of the terms — along with the dizzy baby and the boing boing — spoken by O’Neill and the other members of the New York YoYo Club. Comments (1).
Jackson Heights

Jax. Hts. biz owners pan new plaza

Merchants on 37th Road between Broadway and 74th Street say they have seen their business drop by 50 percent or more since the city Department of Transportation has rerouted the bus routes and turned the block into what is planned to be a pedestrian plaza. Comments (5).
Bayside

New treats arrive at Bell Blvd.

If the thought of frozen yogurt does not immediately conjure up an association with the cool, crisp air and leaves that are beginning to rustle along the sidewalks of Bell Boulevard as we welcome in autumn, the sign in the window of the new Red Mango tempting passersby with the promise of its seasonal pumpkin spice flavor is sure to instantly make one feel warm and cozy inside. Comment.
Long Island City

Dogs have their day at Vernon Boulevard run

Mere weeks after announcing the dog run on Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City would be renovated, local legislators and their four-legged constituents cut the ribbon on the expanded park last Thursday. Comment.
Astoria

Italians celebrate Columbus and his greatest achievement

In a neighborhood now known for its Greek population, Saturday’s Columbus Day Parade in Astoria served as a reminder of the area’s Italian roots. Comments (1).
Astoria

Father of video games holds telecourt at MOMI

Home video games are an integral part of our high-tech culture. Take a PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 away from a kid or teen and they won’t make it through the day. The same holds true for many adults who get hooked on escaping reality. Comment.
Douglaston

From the cutting room

Douglaston native invests in her dream to make an independent film. Comment.
Astoria

Man stole debit cards from McDonald’s: Cops

ASTORIA — Police were searching for a man suspected of taking away more than just food from an Astoria McDonald’s. Comment.
Forest Hills

Suspects slap iPhone out of victim’s hand: Police

FOREST HILLS — A woman had her iPhone stolen by some slap-happy suspects last month, according to the NYPD. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Cops drag six gunmen from under boardwalk: Police

ROCKAWAY BEACH — Six gun-toting men tried to hide under the boardwalk at Rockaway Beach after allegedly squeezing off a few rounds Friday, but police from the 100th Precinct yanked them out by their feet before slapping them with cuffs, according to the NYPD. Comment.
Letters

Wall St. protesters should get to work

These Wall Street protesters are a waste of time, space and money. They represent exactly what is wrong with America: the entitled masses who believe they are owed something. Comment.

Friday, Oct. 14, 2011

Flushing

Qns. College shines light on domestic violence

At the start of her relationship with her partner, Hope was emotionally abused and did not consider herself a victim until the abuse became physical. Comment.
Animals

Animals receive blessings in honor of St. Francis

Churches throughout Queens celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with blessings of the animals. Comment.
Woodside

Council recognizes Woodside transgender teen

When Woodsider Rocky Sanabria wrote to City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) about his wish to become a motivational speaker and share his experiences as a transgender teen, Van Bramer invited him to speak at the Council so he could get started on that dream. Comment.
Douglaston

Doug Theater brings laughs with new show

If the term “romantic comedy” makes you think of contrived setups, cringe-inducing gags and expectable conclusions, the Douglaston Community Theatre is producing a play that just may change your mind. Comment.
Astoria

Astoria corner renamed after youth club head

Artists often sign the corners of their masterpieces, but the city signed Ann Buehler’s for her Saturday, putting the name of the feisty former head of an Astoria Boys & Girls club at the corner of 30th Road and 21st Street. Comment.
Ridgewood

Biz leaders mull Forest Hills, Ridgewood store vacancies

Empty storefronts dot the commercial strips in Ridgewood and Forest Hills, but the reasons behind the vacancies are different for each area, according to business leaders in both neighborhoods. Comment.
Long Island City

Honor students connect at LIC college’s 40th birthday

When the students in the honors program at LaGuardia Community College celebrated their institution’s 40th birthday last week, the soiree was far more than just a party. Comment.
Queens Village

Three men rob deliverer of Dominos pizza: Brown

QUEENS VILLAGE — It was not the tip a pizza delivery man was expecting. Comment.
Long Island City

Robber steals money, gets away on bike: Cops

LONG ISLAND CITY — Police were looking for a man who held up another man at gunpoint before fleeing on two wheels. Comment.
Corona

Father kidnaps daughter, arrested same day: Cops

CORONA — A man who allegedly abducted his daughter last Thursday was collared later the same day, the NYPD said. Comment.
Bayside

Dozo’s Lawrence shows off talents

Jermaine Lawrence has played in front of packed houses, full of college coaches before. Last week was a little different. Comment.
Animals

Even more pet blessings

Animals received their dose of holy water in Rosedale and Whitestone. Comments (1).
Letters

Turner’s election a message to prez

Republican Bob Turner won the congressional seat in the 9th District against state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck). Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011

South Jamaica

Brooklyn man killed in S. Jamaica

Police were seeking anyone with information about a shooting outside a south Jamaica strip mall early Monday morning that took the life of a Brooklyn man. Comment.
Howard Beach

Sheehan acquitted of murder

Defense lawyers plan to appeal what they call the contradictory verdict rendered last Thursday after Barbara Sheehan, the Howard Beach mother who shot her ex-cop husband, was acquitted of murder but found guilty on gun possession charges. Comment.
Whitestone

City to study dangerous Whitestone intersection

Residents of one Whitestone neighborhood say they are fed up with recurring car crashes at what they describe as a dangerous intersection, and the city announced Tuesday that it will undertake a new study to evaluate whether to take steps to address their concerns. Comments (3).
South Ozone Park

Meeks talks foreclosure, financial crisis in S. Ozone Park

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) showed the scope of his gift of gab during a South Ozone Park town hall meeting Saturday. Comment.
Forest Hills

Haggerty group under fire

A campaign committee controlled by Queens Republican political operative John Haggerty, who is on trial for allegedly stealing $1.1 million of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s money, is three months late in filing its disclosure report with the state Board of Elections, a BOE spokesman said Tuesday. Comment.
Ozone Park

Aqueduct applications far outnumber jobs

More than 35,000 people have applied for 1,350 permanent positions available at the soon-to-be-opened racino at Aqueduct Racetrack, the operators of the development said last week. Comment.
Glen Oaks

Glen Oaks Ambulance saves one of its own

Ted Rabinowitz has performed CPR and saved lives as part of the Glen Oaks Volunteer Ambulance Corps for more than three decades. But he never imagined his quick-thinking colleagues would end up saving his own after a heart attack earlier this year. Comments (5).
Jackson Heights

LGBT history should be taught in City’s schools: Dromm

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) announced Tuesday he was introducing a resolution calling for the city Department of Education to integrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender historical figures into the general school curriculum. Comment.
Astoria

CB 2 eyes upgrades with 2013 budget

Sewer system improvements, a school expansion and refurbishment for two parks are among the capital items Community Board 2 put on its wishlist for fiscal year 2013. Comment.
Education

DOE lays off workers from crowded schools

The city Department of Education laid off 28 Queens public school employees Friday represented by District Council 37, the city’s largest municipal employee union. Comments (1).
Forest Hills

Forest Diner close perturbs residents

The Forest Diner on 108th Street in Forest Hills closed last month after slinging food for about 30 years, and some residents said its passing was a watershed moment in the history of the neighborhood. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside group aims to bring voice to 99%

Downtown Manhattan can seem as if it is worlds away, in more ways than one, from Bayside. David Yale said that in the nearly 25 years he has lived in the neighborhood, he cannot remember seeing a lot of political demonstrations. Comment.
Maspeth

Residents slam DOT’s Maspeth truck bypass plan

Traffic sailed along new routes through a previously unregulated, five-way intersection in Maspeth last week, but residents and business owners said a new truck bypass plan caused pure mayhem elsewhere. Comments (3).
Kew Gardens

DA Brown charges 111 in ID theft bust

More than 100 suspects were charged Friday in what the Queens district attorney is calling the largest identity theft takedown in U.S. history. Comments (2).
Queensbridge

Pair charged in athlete’s killing

The teen Queensbridge native who was shot in an apparent dispute between two rival Manhattan public housing projects was trying to avoid trouble when her accused shooters allegedly opened fire on her, prosecutors revealed last week when the pair appeared in court. Comments (1).
Flushing

Lack of plan for building irks neighbors

Community members are growing concerned about a builder’s amorphous plans for what they describe as a historic property in downtown Flushing. Comment.
Jamaica

Jamaica dad charged in murder-suicide plot

A Jamaica father was remanded to jail last week after he tried to kill himself and his 2-year-old daughter inside their car that was parked in the rear of a Long Island shop, investigators said. Comment.
Jamaica

Schumer calls for LIRR rider bill of rights

A little over a week after a lighting strike at the Jamaica Long Island Rail Road station caused hours of delays, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) called on the railroad Monday to voluntarily implement a protocol in order to better inform passengers and protect their safety during service disruptions and delays. Comment.
Springfield Gardens

De Blasio blasts detention ctr.

The city public advocate is calling on the federal government to shut down the controversial immigration detention center in Springfield Gardens and rethink its partnership with the private organization that runs it. Comment.
College Point

Gelmart site won’t be landmarked

The city has declared that it will not be considering landmark status for the former Gelmart site in College Point, despite loud opposition from local residents and leaders to a plan to overhaul it. Comments (2).
Middle Village

Long Island station could add train traffic in Middle Village

A new train terminus in Long Island has the potential to increase traffic through Middle Village, and it opened just as residents got a little bit of relief from noise and pollution coming from the track behind their houses. Comment.
Economy

Obama jobs bill could cover Queens projects: Gillibrand

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said last week 213 city projects could benefit from the American Jobs Act, including improvements to subways, bridges and roads throughout Queens. Comment.

City’s parkland plan for Maspeth church stalled

Nearly two months have passed since the city committed itself to acquiring the old St. Saviour’s Church site in Maspeth for parkland, and even though $5.5 million has already been allocated to purchase the property, a sum of money totaling about 1 percent of that amount is holding up the process while warehouse walls rapidly climb. Comment.
Flushing

Condo building purchased

The mortgage crisis hit Queens hard, but the purchase of one foreclosed luxury condominium building in Flushing demonstrates a promising way forward for properties that were left behind when the real estate bubble burst. Comment.
Jamaica

SQUISH mulls over Huntley’s health care plan

State Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) announced a new plan last week she hopes will solve the health crisis that has been gripping southeast Queens for years, but health advocates want to make sure the proposal has enough meat on its bones to make a change. Comment.
Ozone Park

Alleged Ozone Park thief caught due to iPhone app

An alleged iPhone thief was caught in South Ozone Park Friday, four days after he swiped the phone and an app took his photo when he tried to unlock the device, police said. Comment.
Springfield Gardens

Police seek suspect in attempted rape

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS — Police are looking for a suspect who they say tried to rape early Sunday near 145th Road. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Body of senior, 80, found in Far Rockaway

FAR ROCKAWAY — Police responded to calls of an unidentified man lying near the water near Beach 42nd Street and Beach Channel Drive Oct. 6 at about 8:30 a.m., according to the NYPD. Comment.
Rochdale Village

Queens family held at gunpoint, robbed: DA

ROCHDALE — A man and an accomplice walked into a home and held a family at gunpoint Sept. 21, according to a spokeswoman for the Queens district attorney’s office. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm tennis surging

If you’re looking for a bright spot in athletics in Queens, you don’t have to look much further than the St. John’s University men’s tennis team. Comments (1).
Jamaica Hills

Stanners win in stunner

Sometimes one play can change an entire season; sometimes one play is really just one play, meaningless in the grand scheme of things. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

St. Francis Prep clears tough stretch, stays hot

St. Francis Prep is peaking and at just the right time. Comment.
Whitestone

Holy Cross shows age, fails to score in crushing loss

Holy Cross hasn’t played all season like a young football team. The Knights’ highly touted sophomores had performed well beyond their years and nearly pulled a stunning upset of league power St. Anthony’s last week. Comment.
Middle Village

St. John the Baptist beats CK defense

All St. John the Baptist quarterback Greg Egan and the rest of his team could do was sit on the sidelines and hope their defense could make one last stop, as they were clinging to a three-point lead with less than two minutes remaining in the game. Comment.
Dishing with Dee

Flushing comes out for 40th Greek Festival’s music, food

The weeks sure are flying by with much to do. Comment.
QueensLine

Hollis’ Russell Simmons left impression on more than music

Born Oct. 4, 1957, in Hollis, Russell Simmons is known as the “godfather of hip-hop.” He has made his mark on American culture as a music promoter, an entrepreneur and a social activist. Comment.
I Sit and Look Out

Italian culture has had profound effect on columnist

When I worked for a large corporation in Manhattan, one of the executive secretaries became a good friend of mine. Ann was of Italian-American background, bright, witty and a delight. She had to be all those things — the company expected excellence from its employees. Comment.
The Civic Scene

Keep Iron Triangle property use only for area businesses

The front of the September 2011 Bayside Hills Civic Association newsletter told of the group’s plans to have special activities at its annual 9/11 observance on the 10th anniversary. It obtained two pieces of World Trade Center steel from the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. It was an appropriate activity by the civic. Comment.
Letters

Congress needs to fix economy now

As 2011 continues, the state of our nation’s economy looks no better than it was a year ago at this same time. Why has there been no significant improvement in the economy? Comment.
Editorial

Hurry Up and Wait

Hurry Up and Wait Comments (1).
Editorial

The Battered Wife

The Battered Wife Comment.
Editorial

Sunny News for Sunnyside

Sunny News for Sunnyside Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011

Corona

Hall of Science celebrates Hispanic Heritage

The New York Hall of Science held a Hispanic Heritage celebration, featuring folk dances and crafts exploring Mayan culture. Comment.

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011

Jamaica Estates

Holy Family Church holds blessing for its flock

Rev. Casper J. Furnari leads a ceremony to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, who was renowned for his love of animals, at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, located on Utopia Pkwy. at 73rd Ave. Comment.
Howard Beach

Turner taps Weiner for advice

Newly elected U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Howard Beach) met with his predecessor, Anthony Weiner, for an hour last week to discuss ongoing issues in the 9th Congressional District. Comment.

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