Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011

Queens Center Mall owner buys Atlas Park

Macerich, the company that owns Queen Center Mall, will take over The Shops at Atlas Park Feb. 28, emerging as the winning bidder after a Chicago-based developer representing the shopping center giant offered $53.75 million at a foreclosure auction. Comment.

Jamaica, Beach Channel supporters stage walkout as city votes to close high schools

Teachers, students and parents were so frustrated with the city’s decision to shut down Jamaica and Beach Channel High Schools that they walked out en masse from the city Panel for Education Policy meeting Thursday night, before the decision was finalized in the early morning hours. Comment.

Will thrills as Holy Cross coasts past rival Molloy

Will Davis hasn’t really felt like himself. One of Holy Cross’ top scorers as a sophomore last year, Davis has been timid on the offensive end of the floor since coming back from a knee injury late last month. Comment.

Fatigued Lewis falls short against Moore

Up five with less than three minutes left in the third quarter, Francis Lewis was in the driver’s seat. Little did the Patriots know that the car was about to run out of gas. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Whitestone nonprofit donates $750 to St. Mary’s Hospital

Welcome to Whitestone, a local organization dedicated to community service and small-business development, presented a check last week to St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside to help the hospital further its mission of providing post-acute pediatric care for children with special needs. Comment.

Straphangers left hanging

The MTA recently announced plans to renovate the N and Q subway lines from mid-February to late September, a process that will mean some Manhattan-bound straphangers will see disruptions in their service and may occasionally have to backtrack to get a ride to the inner borough. Comment.
Crime

Two teen girls arrested in Wendy’s melee: Cops

QUEENS VILLAGE – Two 15-year-old girls were arrested and charged with assault and harassment in connection with the January beating of a Wendy’s cashier that was caught on video and posted on YouTube, police said Tuesday. Comment.
Crime

Cops say Queens Village man has gone missing

QUEENS VILLAGE — Police said they were looking for a missing Queens Village man, Robert Hoyte, 62, who was last seen leaving his home at 879-25 Winchester Blvd. Tuesday at 12:15 a.m. Comment.
Crime

Virginian strangled man in Jamaica store: Police

JAMAICA — A violent outburst in a Walgreens Jan. 24 ended with the arrest of a Virginia man, according to police. Comment.

SE Qns. Democrats urge youth to get politically involved Young, old congegrate at Jamaica church to discuss neighborhood problems and possible solutions

The Southeast Queens Young Democrats had its inaugural meeting Saturday, but some of its members looked suspiciously long in the tooth. Comment.

Wills vows action to save schools

The first in a series of votes on school closures for campuses in southeast Queens was expected to start this Thursday, but an elected official has said he and the community are ready to stop the city again. Comment.
Laurelton

Once jailed, now a citizen

Delio Nunez’s journey to become a U.S. citizen nearly cost him his freedom due to a mishap a few months ago, but with a little help from U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) and determination, he has been able achieve his dream. Comment.

Comrie, Van Bramer fight for library funding

Two Queens city councilmen are hard at work coming up with a new way to fund the city’s libraries after the borough’s branches have gotten short shrift over the years. Comment.

Jamaica man gets 3 1/2 yrs. for gay attack

A Jamaica man was sentenced last week to more than three years in prison for beating an openly gay man while shouting homophobic slurs, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Addisleigh Park inches closer to earning landmark

For years, several black celebrities of the 1940s and ’50s ´╗┐called Addisleigh Park their home and their presence transformed the southeast Queens neighborhood into one of the most prominent places to live in the borough. Comment.
Laurelton

St. Albans VA plans panned by Ackerman

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) has joined the opposition to the federal government’s plans for reconstructing the St. Albans Veterans Hospital and sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, urging it to rethink the proposal to develop part of the acreage for private use. Comments (1).

103rd Pct. cautious after gun rob

While the police are trying to figure out how a suspected con artist stole a gun from the 103rd Precinct last month, the station house has been taking precautions to make sure that never happens again, a source said. Comment.
Editorial

Save Jamaica High School

Only a month at her new job and city Schools Chancellor Cathie Black is on the brink of making a mistake of historic proportions. On Jan. 20, Black sent Deputy Chancellor John White to a meeting at Jamaica High to explain the city Department of Education’s plan to close the school that has been an institution in Queens for nearly 120 years. Comment.
Jackson Heights

School should sell Jax Hts. lot to city: Civics

Civic members in Jackson Heights eager to acquire more green space for their densely populated neighborhood are banding together to raise money to prevent the Garden School, a private institution, from selling its athletic field to a developer instead of the city. Comment.

Senior center finds new home

It was a match made in Woodhaven. Comment.

Hiram Monserrate gets new attorney

A Manhattan federal judge refused to designate former state Sen. Hiram Monserrate’s Manhattan lawyer as his court-appointed attorney Friday and a new lawyer was chosen. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Austin St. bizes, help keep streets clean: Chamber

Austin Street, the upscale shopping strip of Forest Hills, is about to get trashy. Comment.

Asian-American market opens on Roosevelt Avenue

New York Mart, the eagerly awaited replacement for the Key Food supermarket on Roosevelt Avenue in downtown Flushing, officially opened Saturday morning to glowing reviews from most area residents and public officials. Comment.

LaGuardia Airport opens new $100M control tower

LaGuardia Airport and the Federal Aviation Administration capped a $100 million, nearly four-year project last month as they dedicated the airport’s new airport traffic control tower. Comment.

CB 8 member to be honored by Marshall

Community Board 8 member Maurice Braithwaite is going to need to find more space on what he dubs the “Braithwaite Hall of Fame” — two walls at the bottom of the steps of his Fresh Meadows home. Comment.
Editorial

Raining on the Mayor’s Parade

The mayor reached deep in his 11th State of the City speech to bring a message of hope to a snow-covered city still reeling from the city’s failure following the December blizzard. He spoke of the billions the city will spend on capital projects in Queens, including the Hunters Point South housing development and the planned renovation of Willets Point. Comment.

Flushing pastor to resign post

The pastor of a Flushing church at the center of a scandal involving a registered sex offender who was found volunteering at the parish’s school is resigning. Comment.

CB 7 panel OKs develop plan for RKO Keith’s

A proposal to redevelop the site of the deteriorating RKO Keith’s Theatre on Northern Boulevard in Flushing was scheduled to go before Community Board 7 Feb. 14, when the board will vote on whether or not a 17-story, mixed-use project should be built there. Comment.

LIJ names new head of Chiari Institute

The North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System named a new head of its Chiari Institute nearly 1 1/2 years after the director of the institute retired amid reports he refused to perform a brain operation for a woman who had been anesthetized for surgery because she was not his patient. Comment.

Limbaugh supporters target Meng

An angry outburst at state Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) over her repeated request that controversial radio host Rush Limbaugh apologize for his impersonation of Chinese President Hu Jintao seems to be ebbing after she received no phone calls and few racially charged e-mails from the talk show’s supporters over the weekend, according to Meng spokeswoman Linda Sun. Comment.

Mets for sale to cover Madoff fraud

The Wilpon family, owners of the New York Mets, said they are looking to sell off a portion of the team as the result of a lawsuit filed against Sterling Equities by the trustee of Bernard Madoff’s bankruptcy filing. Comment.

Jewish leaders wary of effects on Israel

The borough’s Jewish community is keeping a close eye on the days of protests in Egypt as the country’s citizens gathered in masses for demonstrations that may soon end in a regime change. Comment.

Halloran owes money from ‘09 race

Even as City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) testified before a federal grand jury Monday about his claims that city Sanitation Department workers in northeast Queens engaged in a deliberate work slowdown in the aftermath of the Dec. 26 blizzard, he was still fighting the financial battles of his 2009 campaign. Comment.

Seeking a sea change after fleeing corruption

Abdel Wahab Ahmed is cheering on his fellow Egyptians from more than 5,500 miles away in Queens as they continue days of protests that led to the country’s president of 30 years, Hosni Mubarak, announcing he would not seek re-election. Comment.

Homeland’s turmoil grips boro Egyptians

Astoria’s Little Egypt on Steinway Street, ex-pats from Egypt sat in hookah bars, glued to television screens broadcasting the news in Arabic and watching the anti-government protests that were raging in Egyptian cities Tuesday. Comment.

MTA spends more than $777M to maintain its buses: DiNapoli

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has found fault with the MTA’s inspection of its bus fleet, calling the process too expensive. Comment.

Crowley cleared in ‘09 funds probe

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights), one of three congressmen whose fund-raising practices were under review by the House Ethics Committee, was cleared last week by the panel. Comment.

Queensborough hosts inauguration of Tony Avella

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) held his inauguration ceremony at Queensborough Community College Sunday, where colleagues voiced their high hopes for the freshman’s independent spirit. Comment.

Atlas Park sold to Windy City

A Chicago-based development corporation that specializes in revitalizing ailing real estate bought The Shops at Atlas Park, which went into foreclosure in February 2009, for $53.75 million at a bankruptcy auction Friday. Comment.

Projections see massive growth in JFK traffic

An expected increase of 50 million passengers in the next 25 years will require vast changes at John F. Kennedy International and Newark Liberty airports, including more runways, which could mean filling in parts of Jamaica Bay at JFK, a new study found. Comment.
Crime

Traffic agent caught for DWI in Sunnyside: Cops

SUNNYSIDE — A traffic enforcement agent was arrested Monday for allegedly drinking and driving on the job, according to police. Comment.
Crime

Woman has pocketbook stolen, punched: Cops

REGO PARK — A man attacked a 66-year-old woman and stole her pocketbook on Saunders Street Jan. 24, according to police. Comment.
Crime

Cops assaulted before tackling man, 18: Post

RIDGEWOOD — Seven police officers subdued a feisty teenager on the night of Jan. 24, but not before the teen told them, “I’m going to kick your ass” and then followed up on his promise, the New York Post reported. Comment.
Crime

Traffic violation foils Forest Hills getaway

FOREST HILLS — The getaway of two alleged robbers was cut short when police stopped them for a traffic violation on Friday, the New York Post reported. Comment.
Crime

Cell phone scam leads to Astoria robbery

ASTORIA — A man’s plans to purchase a used cellphone in the parking lot of a Home Depot Jan. 8 backfired when he was robbed instead, according to a criminal complaint. Comment.
Crime

Basement in Astoria burglarized: Police

ASTORIA — Police arrested a man who allegedly broke into a 30th Street building Jan. 24. Comment.
Crime

Whereabouts of man from LIC unknown: Cops

ASTORIA — A Long Island City man has been reported missing, police said. Comment.
Letters

Do not call Halloran a liar

An open letter to Steven Stites, communications director for City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone). Comment.
Letters

Mayor, Klein ruined city’s standing in science contest for high schools

Your Jan. 20 story “Jamaica teen in Intel semis for Bx Science” celebrates the terrific work of a local student, as well it should. His achievement is all the more remarkable because of the dismal record of our high-performing schools during the administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Comment.
Letters

CB 7 has much to answer for in its approval of Willets Point project

Community Board 7 Vice Chairman Chuck Apelian appears quite eager to publicize the assistance CB 7 recently provided to Dan Feinstein, an owner of Feinstein Iron Works, involving details of Feinstein’s future relocation from Willets Point to College Point (“Feinstein, CB 7 make amends after clashes,” Jan. 20-26). Comment.
Letters

Don’t trust educators who graduated from city’s Leadership Academies

One of the most troubling aspects of former city Schools Chancellor Joel Klein’s tenure was the creation of the Leadership Academy. This academy was designed to take people with little or no education experience and give them a crash course in how to be a school leader. Comment.
Letters

Apelian does not deserve apology over Willets Pt.

Under the aegis of Community Board 7 Chairman Eugene Kelty and Vice Chairman Chuck Apelian, aided and abetted by the Bloomberg administration and Borough President Helen Marshall — all beholden to fat cat real estate moguls — downtown Flushing has become a tasteless architectural nightmare. Comment.
Letters

Jamaica HS a better place than city DOE makes it out

Just over 100 years ago, Jamaica resident Elizabeth Cisco challenged the state of New York and demanded that her children be permitted to attend the Jamaica school that is now Jamaica High School. Thanks to her efforts and sacrifice, former President Theodore Roosevelt desegregated schools throughout New York state and New Yorkers were given access to free and equal education. Comment.
Letters

Teachers need a new contract

As city public school teachers continue to work under the old contract, which has been expired for more than a year, the question is when teachers will have a new contract. Comment.
Editorial

Power to the People

The day may come when all of Queens is powered by giant windmills. There will be no pollution and they will look a thousand times better than the power plants in western Queens that now keep the lights on in this borough. Comment.
Opinion

Political Action: Boro Democrats once heavily influenced by Tammany Hall

Here in Queens, both major political parties, although they work with and cooperate with the four other city counties and the other 61 statewide counties, have in recent years exercised a degree of independence in the selection of city and state candidates for public office, in addition to other issues. Comment.
Opinion

I Sit And Look Out: Point finger at Seminerio for today’s political incivility

The screamers are on radio and television, face-to-face, in public forums and on the Internet and all forms of electronic interaction. They denounce, deride and defame without letup. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Electeds out in full force for inauguration of Avella

This past week, with all its on again/off again snowstorms, has been conducive for causing what amounted to a bout of cabin fever among those of us who were unable to get out and about. Comment.

Weiner says boro would suffer under health care repeal

Repealing the Affordable Health Care Act would leave hundreds of thousands of Queens residents without insurance and negatively affect millions more, according to U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills), who spoke Monday hours before a Florida federal judge ruled the entire health-care plan unconstitutional. Comment.

Turning others’ trash into treasure

To step into the office of this Ridgewood businessman is more like setting foot into a museum of American consumerism. Comment.

Quinn speaks at small business fair in East Elmhurst

In an effort to re-energize the city’s small businesses, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) visited the Bulova Corporate Center in East Elmhurst last week to introduce the first of several fairs to be held across the five boroughs to help small businesses obtain credit. Comment.

Rochdale man shot dead in LIC

A Rochdale man was shot on a street corner in Long Island City early Saturday morning and later died at a Manhattan hospital, police said. Comment.

Sick Astoria boy gets second chance at life

Omar Audi, a 9-year-old boy living in Astoria who would have faced death due to his medical condition if he had been deported to Lebanon with his parents, has received a reprieve of at least two years to the joy of school officials and legislators. Comment.

Cuomo proposes cuts to education, Medicaid

Gov. Andrew Cuomo suggested education administrators and teachers accept a wage freeze this year as a way to put a $1.5 billion dent in the projected $10 billion budget deficit. Comment.
Arts

Lunar New Year for all

Flushing’s diverse population will ring in the first day of the Year of the Rabbit on Thursday, joining hundreds of millions of people across the world in celebrating the lunar New Year. Comment.
Arts

Cultures worldwide mark lunar holiday

Many Queens residents hear discussion of Flushing’s annual Lunar New Year blowout, but it often means no more to them than what they glean from the ubiquitous red and white placemat distributed in many borough Chinese restaurants. Comment.
Arts

Lunar New Year calendar of events

Date of the actual Lunar New Year: Feb. 3 Comment.

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