Thursday, March 3, 2011

Ridgewood

Ridgewood Savings Back going strong after 90 yrs.

The flagship location of the Ridgewood Savings Bank at Forest and Myrtle avenues will celebrate its 90th birthday this year. The institution appears as successful as ever, and according to the bank’s president, it got that way by following some old-fashioned advice. Comment.

Monday, Feb. 28, 2011

Sprance takes over on an interim basis

Bob Sprance, the Forest Hills girls’ soccer coach, has taken over as the head boys’ basketball coach at the school on an interim basis, he said last Thursday night. Comment.

Calhoun’s stong start sparks CK

Losing an All-American from your starting lineup is never an easy thing to make up for. It’s a task Christ the King freshman Sierra Calhoun may need to deal with for more than a game next season, but for one night the wing certainly helped ease the loss of Bria Smith. Comment.
Queens Village

Former Jamaica terrorist freed

The federal government released a Jamaica man who was involved with terrorist activities overseas and later cooperated with the authorities in investigations against al-Qaeda, from custody two months ago for his assistance, the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan said. Comment.
Ridgewood

Fighter educates with fists Instructs pint-sized pugilists in punches, kicks and life lessons

Mixed-martial artist and Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Nick Pace instructed star-struck kids in grappling and kick-boxing techniques Sunday at the Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts studio in Ridgewood. Comment.
Ridgewood

Cops accuse teen of etching tag on boro bus shelters

Police arrested a Brooklyn teenager accused of using acid to graffiti 21 bus shelters across Queens, the borough’s district attorney said. Comment.

E, F lines to see major service interruptions

Thousands of weekend and nighttime straphangers will find their trips on E and F trains getting more complicated, not just for weeks but from now through 2012 so the MTA can modernize signal systems, install a new fan plant in Queens and perform all sorts of other work on the subways. Comment.
Ridgewood

Dog put to sleep after beating by Ridgewood owner: ASPCA

A 5-year-old Chihuahua had to be euthanized after a Ridgewood man allegedly beat it hard enough to fracture its skull, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said. Comment.

Creedmoor bomb scare turns out to be false alarm

A bomb scare at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center prompted a visit from police, the FDNY and the NYPD’s bomb squad Thursday morning. Comment.

Robber strikes Amalgamated Bank in Maspeth

The NYPD has released a photo of the man they say robbed a Maspeth bank in broad daylight Feb. 16, making off with an unidentified amount of cash, police said. Comment.
Crime

Boro man harassed wife, daughter with gun: Brown

SOUTH OZONE PARK — A man was arrested last week for allegedly holding up his wife and daughter at gunpoint, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.

SE Queens reps prepare to fight IS 231 closure

The city is set to determine the fate of another southeast Queens school next week, but a city councilman said he and his fellow elected officials are ready to fight the decision. Comment.

Cops nab 62 in major drug ring bust

The police arrested 62 members of a major drug ring that operated out of Rochdale Village and the Baisley Houses last week and included suspects ranging in age from 16 to 62, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Malcolm X’s daugher arrested in Queens ID theft

Malcolm X’s youngest daughter was arrested by the authorities in North Carolina Friday after more than a year on the lam for allegedly stealing the identity of the wife of one her father’s closest associates and defrauding her, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (3).

Terrorist gets life sentence

A third Guyanese suspect was sentenced to life in prison last Thursday in the failed 2007 plot to blow up fuel tanks at John F. Kennedy International Airport, the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn said. Comment.

Motel developer prepares lawsuit to finish construction

Construction on a controversial motel in Springfield Gardens is currently halted, but the attorney representing the developer contends his client has the right to finish the project. Comment.

DEP declogs sewers, helps Jamaica Bay

The city Department of Environmental Protection started its spring cleaning a little early and said it will not only result in less flooding in Springfield Gardens but also improve the Jamaica Bay ecosystem. Comment.
Editorial

A Sad Day in the Baisley Park Houses

Last week, the city arrested 62 drug dealers in Queens. These dealers were reputedly members of dangerous gangs selling crack, cocaine, heroin, pot and pills in and near the Baisley Park Housing Development and Rochdale Village, according to the Queens DA. In some cases, they were peddling this poison near schools, playgrounds and daycare centers, he said. Some of those arrested are facing up to 25 years in prison if convicted on the most serious charges. Comment.

JFK agents stole passenger’s cash: DA

A John F. Kennedy International Airport security agent from Jackson Heights and his colleague were arrested last week for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars in cash from a passenger’s luggage, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: City DOE wrong for running education system like a biz

After a year-long battle, four Queens communities have had schools closed by the city Department of Education’s Panel for Educational Policy, whose members are appointed by the mayor. The mayor wants to close schools and divide them up into smaller schools. Many people believe this is a desire by hedge funds and business people who realize they can make money by getting into the school business by operating schools or providing services. Comment.

Ridgewood eatery to sell German fare

A staple of Ridgewood dining and a monument to the area’s German roots will be expanding its restaurant next month to include a small retail store, which means the goulash soup that helped make Zum Stammtisch famous will be available all the time. Comment.

Without home Maspeth HS woos students

About 70 students and parents listened to a speech last week by the proposed principal of a Maspeth high school that will soon begin enrolling students for next year — even while it has no building in which to teach them. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Chamber’s Kellerman dies at 84

Sunny Kellerman, a tireless advocate for the Forest Hills business community, has died at the age of 84. Comment.

Atlas Park keeps its Borders

Finally, some good news for The Shops at Atlas Park. Comment.

Whitestone theater group finds new home at church

After a year of uncertainty, Kevin and Judy Vincent have found a home for their Whitestone community theater group, which will return to the stage next month with a production of “Twelve Angry Men.” Comment.

Lawyer wants tapes dismissed

The attorney representing Adis Medunjanin, one of the three Queens men arrested in connection with a plot to bomb the New York City subway system in September 2009, has expanded a motion to suppress new evidence related to the case. Comment.
Flushing Times

Koo says he will run in 2013 at fund-raiser

Flushing’s city councilman has announced he will be running to remain in that role for another four years. Comment.

Artists from boro present robots at Flushing forum

Five artists from across the city showed off and explained their work Saturday at the Crossing Art Gallery in Flushing as part of a monthly forum. Comment.

Molloy mourns loss of longtime religion teacher

Some Archbishop Molloy High School students remember Brother Declan Murray as the jovial but dedicated teacher who taught them religion while others had fond memories of him helping them deal with the ins and outs of adolescence. Comment.

Seniors balk at Qns. Botanical Garden user fees

The Queens Botanical Garden has announced it is shaking up its gardening offerings and charging higher fees in response to funding cuts and the evolving needs of its users, but some longtime participants say the changes are unfair to seniors. Comment.
Crime

Boro man harasses driver with Mercedes: Queens DA

FRESH MEADOWS — A 30-year-old Flushing man, Roberto Soto, has been arrested and charged for battering another car with his black Mercedes-Benz Feb. 10 while driving without a license and then fleeing the scene, according to the Queens District Attorney. Comment.
Crime

Victim throws assaulter out of house in snow: DA

FLUSHING — Two men were arrested less than two weeks ago for a late night fight, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Crime

Boro man tried to rape teenage girl, 15: Police

BRIARWOOD — A Briarwood man was charged with attempted rape, forcible touching and assault charges after he allegedly tried to sexually assault a 15-year-old girl in his home, police said. Comment.
Editorial

Apologize, Rush

It has been nearly a month since radio host Rush Limbaugh insulted the people of China and their leader, but still there has been no apology. In making fun of the speech Chinese President Hu Jintao made during a White House visit, Limbaugh offended more than a billion people, including millions of Chinese Americans. Politicians and community leaders have condemned his comments. Comment.

City to hold Willets hearing

Willets Point will be on the agenda during a public hearing scheduled for next week at the Flushing branch of the Queens Public Library. Comment.

Franco’s plan for new eatery draws protests

About two dozen residents and members of the Greater Whitestone Taxpayers Association joined state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) outside The White House restaurant Saturday to protest plans to build a larger dining complex on the block by the eatery’s new owner, Joe Franco. Comment.

Ulrich sole councilman who backs Walmart at hearing Four people questioned by Ozone Park Republican at session on company’s controversial labor practices

City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) fought a lonely battle against a barrage of Walmart criticism in Manhattan last Thursday when the Council held its second hearing on the retail giant’s possible move into the five boroughs. Comment.

Stavisky, Meng fight for boro senior centers

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) and state Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) joined forces with seniors Tuesday at the Selfhelp Benjamin Rosenthal Senior Center in Flushing to oppose proposed cuts to state funding for senior services that could lead to the closing of as many as 100 senior centers in the city. Comment.

Flushing Mall is foodies’ hidden paradise

Die-hard foodies braved the blustery weather Saturday to converge on the Food Court at the Flushing Mall for a chance to sample the spectrum of Asian fare and play food-centric games in the company of other like-minded — or -stomached — individuals. The Flushing Mall Grazing Experience, as it was called, was the brainstorm of inveterate Queens food blogger Jeffrey Orlick. Comment.

Flushing billiards junkies gather to see superstar

The Black Widow descended on a Flushing pool hall Monday night, wowing a crowd of more than 100 with her billiards prowess. Comment.

Betty Ann Devlin of Bayside killed

Those who came through the snow to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church Monday morning for the funeral of longtime Bayside resident Elizabeth “Betty Ann” Devlin chose to remember not the grisly and sad circumstances behind her death but her life. Comment.
Food

Dining Out: Tang: Stylish, delicious Korean comfort food in Flushing

When most Westerners think of Korean food, they think of Korean barbecue and maybe kimchee, but there is so much more to this wonderfully varied cuisine. At Tang on Northern Boulevard at Francis Lewis, you can experiment with Korean comfort food. Comment.
Crime

Three boro residents beat up straphanger: DA

FOREST HILLS — Three straphangers were arrested last week for allegedly trying to mug another train rider during an early morning ride, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Crime

Elmhurst woman steals cheese from store: DA

ELMHURST — A woman was arrested last week for allegedly shoplifting food from a supermarket, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Crime

Robber cuts victim’s pocket with razor: DA

ASTORIA — A Brooklyn teen was arrested last week for allegedly robbing a straphanger with a razor blade, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Crime

Rider does not pay cab fare, punches driver: DA

CORONA — A man was arrested last week for allegedly assaulting a cab driver who took him home, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Letters

Community boards must work only for the interests of locals

Kudos to Dr. Richard Lipsky, representing Willets Point United, on the letter he wrote about Community Board 7’s behind-closed-door antics (“CB 7 has much to answer for in it approval of Willets Point project,” Feb. 3). Comment.
Letters

Protect Social Security from GOP

America is a community. We look out for each other as a nation. We build schools for our children, fund police for our safety and provide a secure retirement for our seniors. We do not toss aside our most vulnerable citizens when they need our help the most. Comment.
Letters

Antennas on roofs destroy quality of life

Good work, Mandingo Tshaka, on your diligence for your community of Clear Spring. I hope you get more support from your neighbors then I got from my board. Sixteen years ago, I moved into North Shore Towers only to wake up one morning to find numerous antennas on our roofs. Comment.
Letters

City must reassure Maspeth on longevity of high school

An open letter to city Schools Chancellor Cathie Black. Comment.
Letters

Bringing Walmart to city will benefit its residents

Attention, job seekers and bargain hunters: Walmart is on the way to a neighborhood near you. That’s right — no more trips to Long Island or New Jersey to get those money-saving deals. The American retail giant is eyeing several possible store locations within the five boroughs. Comment.
Letters

Institution in Bayside should service neighborhood kids before any others

PS 130, on the corner of Francis Lewis Boulevard and 42nd Avenue in Bayside, is a K-8 elementary school specializing in science and technology. The school is geographically located in District 26, but the school serves District 25 students who are bused in while local students are bused to various crowded elementary schools in District 26. Comment.
Letters

New school programs in reading, math curb boro students’ learning

As a parent of a second-grade student in District 25, I have observed some disturbing trends over the last several years in schools citywide and in the school my daughter goes to. Our wonderful, veteran teachers are being forced into early retirement by abusive administrators. Comment.
Letters

Teachers deserve better than layoffs

With the recent dire economic news from both the city and Albany, it appears again that education is one of the main areas that will take a fiscal hit. Laying off any teachers will prove a negative consequence that will severely affect how well thousands of students will be taught. Comment.
Editorial

A New Beginning in Hunters Point

Just days before delivering a somber preliminary budget, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that a developer has been named and the city is moving forward with plans for the first phase of Hunters Point South. This will include retail space and 908 housing units, of which at least 75 percent will be affordable. If it happens, it will be the largest affordable housing development in the city since the early 1970s. Comment.
Opinion

QueensLine: Astorian Eddie Bracken found fame in theater, film

Edward Vincent Bracken was born in Astoria to Catherine and Joseph L. Bracken Feb. 7, 1915. He was a born entertainer who sang solo in nursery school and also performed at functions given by the Knights of Columbus around New York. Comment.
Opinion

I Sit And Look Out: Roadblock from DOE hinders columnist’s search for answers

These columns started out as an attempt to solve a mystery about the naming of a public school in the Crescents section of Rego Park. They will go beyond that because of the bureaucratic nonsense I encountered from the city Department of Education in my search for an answer. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Labor unions should let Walmart come in to city

Now that we have no more holiday cards, shopping, parties, trips, visitors, snow and ice and pothole problems, we are all beginning to get back to normal. It’s time to look around and start to take inventory as to what’s going on in our family, job, neighborhood and government. Comment.

$376K bill to oust Monserrate

The state Senate spent $376,464 for outside criminal legal services in order to boot former East Elmhurst-based Sen. Hiram Monserrate from its chambers, which has earned the ire of state Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn). Comment.

Wilpon-Madoff ties detailed in lawsuit

The relationship between Bernard Madoff and Sterling Equities, the company controlled by New York Mets co-owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz, bloomed in the 1970s and soon after it was referring people to invest with Madoff, who turned out to be running a $65 billion Ponzi scheme. Comment.

Maspeth cop leads daring helicopter rescue upstate

It was a no-margin-for-error mission in a frigid windstorm high in the blackness of night 60 miles north of New York City. Comment.

Koch Bridge rename no hit with Vallone

City politicians past and present have come out in support of renaming the Queensboro Bridge in Long Island City after former Mayor Ed Koch, but City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) said the bridge’s current name is too significant to be changed. Comment.

Holiday Bandit seen in boro

The Holiday Bandit has struck again. Comment.

Morris gets 1-4 yrs. in Hevesi graft scheme

Hank Morris, former state Comptroller Alan Hevesi’s political right-hand man, was sentenced to 1 1/3 to four years in prison Friday for his role in a corruption scheme that ran rampant in Hevesi’s office, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said. Comment.

Astoria school sings praises of respect

With song, dance and video, the students of William Cullen Bryant High School spread messages of understanding and anti-prejudice as they participated in the second year of the city Department of Education’s Respect for All Week. Comment.

Patients have long waits at boro’s emergency rooms Electeds explain slowness of urgent care at state’s hospitals, which rank among worst in U.S. survey

Freshman state Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) called New York state’s low ranking on a health-care industry study ranking emergency department wait times “unacceptable.” Comment.

96-year-old awaits chance to deck mugger

A heartless man who mugged a 96-year-old Woodsider got away with the cash, but the scrappy victim says he is not unafraid of the culprit and is ready to fight back. Comment.

Fight for civil rights rages on, Julian Bond says in speech

Legendary civil rights leader Julian Bond spoke at Queens College last week about the unprecedented racial equality movement he helped spearhead with his mentor James Forman, an impassioned activist and pioneer of civil disobedience. Comment.

Schools on chopping block

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has unveiled his $65.6 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which proposes no tax increases but calls for more than 4,600 teachers to lose their jobs due to layoffs. Comment.

Aqueduct VLT developer hires minority firms

The company hired to build the Aqueduct video lottery terminal complex said more than a third of its subcontractors are minority- or women-owned businesses and it awarded three massive construction bids to local companies, which had been a demand from southeast Queens residents and elected officials. Comment.
Arts

Brush with glory

The Rev. Henry Simmons of the St. Albans Congregational Church has been inspiring his congregants for years from behind the pulpit, and he strives to do the same when he’s in front of his easel. Comment.
Arts

‘Burning Pestle’ revels in merry meta nonsense

Who knew that Jacobean theatergoers were sophisticated enough to know that you could make a play out of breaking the fourth wall? In a situation that seems the opposite of the folks who saw the Lumiere brothers’ film in 1896 and ran out of the theater because they thought the train was really coming at them, playwright Sir Francis Beaumont in “The Knight of the Burning Pestle,” now playing in a production by the Queens Players at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City, has his audience members literally throw themselves into the action with unchecked enthusiasm. Comment.
Arts

Parkside Players pull off Griffin’s tricky ‘Amateurs’

A director has to walk a fine line when helming a production of Tom Griffin’s “Amateurs.” Go too far one way and it’s maudlin — there’s mention of a dead kid; go too far the other way and it’s a farce full of deeply unlikable and incomprehensible people. Parkside Players’ production, directed by the canny Nick Radu, gets the balance just about right. Comment.

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