Monday, April 30, 2012

Astoria

Faithful celebrate Greek Orthodox Great Friday with procession

Dozens of people attended the Holy Metropolis Greek Orthodox Church of America Cathedral of Markella’s Procession of the Epitaphios in Astoria Friday evening. The religious service commemorates the Greek Orthodox holiday of Great Friday, which marks Christ’s death before His ascension on Easter. Comment.
Middle Village

104th Pct. captain tells civic meet robberies inching higher

State Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) made an unannounced stop last week at the Juniper Park Civic Association gathering to introduce himself as a candidate for Congress in the race for U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman’s (D-Bayside) seat. Comment.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Long Island City

Marshmallows redefined by LIC incubator

Would you eat a chocolate marshmallow? How about one in butterscotch flavor? Or maybe tomato? Comment.
St. Albans

St. Albans teen missing since March: Police

ST. ALBANS — Police were asking for the public’s assistance in locating a 15-year-old girl who went missing from her home late last month. Comment.
Jamaica

Livery driver tried to steal cab fares: Cops

KENNEDY AIRPORT — Cops nabbed a livery cab driver for trying to entice unsuspecting travelers away from the taxi stand last week, the New York Post reported. Comment.

Monday, April 23, 2012

South Jamaica

Teen killed in South Jamaica after trip to bodega

A South Jamaica teenager was shot and killed early Monday morning as he was returning home from a nearby bodega, his friends said. Police said they responded to a 911 call just after 7 a.m. on Ferndale Avenue, where they found 18-year old Raborn Chesson with gunshot wounds to his torso and left leg. Comments (2).
Flushing

DOE introduces new Flushing HS principal before vote to close school

The city Department of Education is supposed to be considering public input on whether or not to close Flushing High School and reopen it under a different name, but the department is introducing its proposed principal for the replacement school before a vote is even taken. Comments (1).
Kew Gardens

CB 6 hears city’s plan to phase out dirty fuel

Heavy-grade heating oil is hazardous to the city’s health and more than 120 apartment buildings in Queens are using it — but not for much longer. Comment.
Government

U.S. Supreme Court won’t rule on Queens rent control laws

The U.S. Supreme Court Monday refused to rule on whether New York’s rent regulation laws are constitutional. Comment.
South Jamaica

Showstoppers take moves from film classics in S. Jamaica

Hundreds of youngsters from across the five boroughs demonstrated their moves from motion pictures at the Edward Byrne Center in South Jamaica last week during the Police Athletic League’s annual Showstoppers performing arts tournament. Comment.
Transit

Ex-Gov. Paterson appointed to MTA board

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Monday appointed former Gov. David Paterson to the board of directors of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which oversees the subways, buses, bridges and the Long Island Rail Road as well as MetroNorth. Comment.
Bayside

Karaoke brings back that loving feeling at St. Mary’s

It’s music to their ears and also helps them heal. Comment.
Forest Hills

Cop assaulted girlfriend while off duty: Report

FOREST HILLS — An off-duty police officer was arrested and charged with assaulting his girlfriend, the New York Post reported. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing masseuse had no license: Police

BROADWAY-FLUSHING — A woman who allegedly gave massages without a license was caught red-handed by undercover officers in Flushing last month, according to a criminal complaint from the Queens district attorney’s office. Comment.
Elmhurst

Bishop Ford’s Mason picks Radford, Va.

Diani Mason didn’t want just any old college last June when she graduated Bishop Ford. A nagging foot injury short-circuited what would have been a promising senior season and Mason didn’t have any offers she liked — some Division IIs, some junior colleges. Comment.
North Shore Towers

Tip of the week

Letters

Boro athletic club should receive commemorative plaque

As the great-grandson of Irish immigrants to Dutch Kills, who once enjoyed the spectacle and competition that was Celtic Park, I take great pride in preserving the history of the times and places in which my ancestors and their neighbors lived. Comment.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Maspeth

Driver pleads guilty in hit-and-run crash that killed beloved Maspeth bar owner: DA

Peter Rodriguez, the man accused of killing Maspeth bar-owner George Gibbons Jr. in a hit-and-run in October, pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and leaving the scene of an accident Friday, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Justice Chin Brandt indicated she would sentence Rodriguez, 37, to 3 1/2 to seven years in prison on May 7, according to Brown. Comment.
Flushing

Avella proposes flat tax on gas for city motorists

The rising price of gas is no secret for city drivers, according to state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside). Comment.
Jamaica

New park eyed in Jamaica

Shops like Jamaica’s Bellitte Bicycles and ADT Bike & Skate Shop in Richmond Hill buzz with the energy of southeast Queens’ freestyle sport culture, but when BMX riders, skateboarders, in-line skaters and scooter freestylers want to leave those enclaves and put the rubber to the road, they find a less-hospitable environment. Comment.
Jamaica

Jamaica woman receives award for continuing her education

It’s been a long journey for 44-year-old Jamaica native Charlene Harper. Comment.
Jamaica

Employee errors caused LIRR’s Sept. chaos: MTA

The chaos that shut down a Long Island Rail Road signal system, stranding thousands of commuters last fall, was the result of an employee using the wrong equipment, according to MTA Inspector General Barry Klinger. Comment.
Flushing

Driver tried to avoid getting ticket: Cops

FLUSHING — The owner of a 2003 Cadillac Escalade ended up in handcuffs last month after his unconventional way of contesting a parking ticket went sour, according to a criminal complaint from the Queens district attorney. Comment.
Forest Hills

Police seeking info on missing Forest Hills man

FOREST HILLS — Police were asking for the public’s assistance in locating a 74-year-old man, who was last seen inside his home in November 2011. Comment.
Long Island City

Value of modern journalism focus of LaGuardia forum

A veteran foreign correspondent and author will explore the evolution of modern journalism during a discussion at LaGuardia Community College next week. Comment.
Jamaica Hills

Mohamed plays for late uncle as Queens MVP

Last week had a deeper meaning for Reana Mohamed than it does for most players. Comment.
Editorial

Shut the Parlors Down

There is a difference between legitimate health spas and whore houses posing as massage parlors. The residents of Dutch Kills and Long Island City have every right to be angry that two alleged houses of prostitution are operating in their neighborhoods pretending to be massage parlors. Comments (1).
Letters

City must restore Beacon funding

The city recently announced devastating plans to cut funds to Beacon programs, school-based community centers serving children, youth and adults. There are 80 Beacons throughout New York City and they operate in the afternoons and evenings, on weekends, during school holidays and vacation periods and during the summer. Comment.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Broad Channel

Jamaica Bay’s survival inspires upcoming documentary

Ask New Yorkers about city wildlife and they will probably tell harrowing tales of dodging sidewalk pigeons and subway rats. Comments (1).
Jamaica

NYPD holds B-ball game for nonviolence

In southeast Queens, conflicts between teenagers often turn deadly, but a basketball game at York College Saturday was designed to spread the message all over the city that violence is not the only option. Comment.
Whitestone

Whitestone gift shop cares for boro strays

Instead of simply asking for money, Sharon Taylor decided to tap into one of America’s favorite past times to fund her animal rescue organization: shopping. Comment.
Bayside

Little League parade kicks off new season

Bayside Little Leaguers as young as 5 kicked off their season Saturday with the annual parade down Bell Boulevard, but for team managers and coaches, the competition had begun long before. Comment.
College Point

Miniature sluggers kick off Little League in College Pt.

College Point kicked off its Little League season Saturday, and the pint-sized sluggers who marched down the neighborhood’s main drag had high hopes for the season. Comment.
College Point

MacNeil Park overhaul needs to fix sinkholes

The coastal areas of College Point are about to get a face-lift, but the city still plans to perform construction in the isolated neighborhood and then give the accompanying amenities to Douglaston. Comment.
South Richmond Hill

Robbers hit store in Queens, Brooklyn: Police

SOUTH RICHMOND HILL — Police have released surveillance footage of two men wanted in connection with cell phone store robberies in Queens and Brooklyn. Comment.
Long Island City

Music goods stolen from storage facility: Cops

LONG ISLAND CITY — Police were looking for two men wanted in connection with the March 16 robbery of a storage facility, according to the NYPD. Comment.
Flushing

Inflatable Theater brings a circus to Queens College

Fred Garbo, whose Fred Garbo Inflatable Circus makes its Queens College debut on April 22, was once Barkley the dog on “Sesame Street.” It’s a role the acrobat, juggler and mime inherited. Comment.
Flushing

Knights’ just miss comeback victory

A comeback attempt came up short Sunday afternoon, as the Queens College women’s lacrosse team scored the final six goals of the contest before falling to visiting eighth-ranked Bentley University 9-8. Comment.
Political Action

Conservative Party head foresees group growing in strength

At the state Conservative Party convention, held several weeks ago at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan, I conducted an interview with the party chairman, Michael Long. It was at that convention that attorney Wendy Long — no relation to Michael Long — received the unanimous vote of the delegates for the party’s nomination to the U.S. Senate. Comment.
Editorial

Prevailing Wage Won’t Prevail

A College Point construction business was ordered to cough up more than $1 million after admitting it failed to pay its workers the “prevailing wage” mandated for any company with a public works contract doing business with the city. Comment.
Letters

Republicans want to destroy Medicare

Can you believe that the Republican Party in Washington, D.C., wants to end Medicare as we know it? Medicare was signed into law in reaction to seniors’ numbers having grown to 9.4 percent of the total population. Today, that percentage is much larger — 13 percent — making this a bad time to try to end Medicare, which our seniors depend on. Comment.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Flushing

Gottlieb pulls out of race for Ackerman seat

As Democratic candidate Jeff Gottlieb dropped out of the Queens congressional seat Thursday, two other contenders picked up more endorsements Thursday. Comment.
Astoria

Diplomat’s wife shot in Astoria: Cops

The wife of a Sudanese diplomat was shot in the arm Tuesday while standing on a public street with her two children near Long Island City High School, police said. Comment.
Bayside

Crime down 15% in 111th Precinct

Crime is down in the 111th Precinct, according to Capt. Jason Huerta, who updated residents last Thursday at the Jefferson Democratic Club’s monthly meeting and provided tips on how to stay safe. Comment.
Glen Oaks

Comptroller audit cites flaws in city’s valuing of properties

Suspicious co-op and condo owners in northeast Queens had their calls of foul play validated last week when two city comptroller audits said the city Department of Finance unfairly and unjustifiably raised their property assessments. Comment.
Transit

LIRR to restore mid-day service on Port Washington line

The Long Island Rail Road announced Friday it will restore half-hourly midday service on the Port Washington line next month. Comment.
Flushing

109th officers foil cell rob

April’s Cops of the Month in the 109th Precinct arrested several young suspects and charged them with a crime that is driving up larceny numbers all over the city: cellphone thefts. Comment.
Astoria

Pols look to block new trash tax

City Councilmen Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and David Greenfield (D-Brooklyn) joined with the heads of nonprofits at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria Tuesday to announce legislation against a proposal to have nonprofits and cultural institutions pay for their trash pickup. Comment.
Douglas Manor

Center for Women gala to honor Queens leaders

When asked how someone could benefit from attending next weekend’s 25th anniversary gala luncheon hosted by the Center for Women of New York, Ann Jawin said there was plenty to offer. Comment.
Astoria

Vallone gets cameras for Steinway Library

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) said he has paid for new security cameras at two Astoria libraries in response to a man’s inappropriate touching of a 9-year-old girl at the Steinway Library last year. Comment.
Long Island City

Incentives make solar energy feasible in Qns

The sun has powered the solar system for billions of years, so it’s about time business on this planet use that power to save some money. Comment.
Jamaica

York College alumnus helps pupils with nonprofit

Believing that there was a great need for something new, Allen Kinard, decided to start a nonprofit organization that gave every student in a public school the opportunity to enhance their education and extracurricular endeavors. Comment.
South Jamaica

Loaded rifle recovered during traffic stop: Cops

SOUTH JAMAICA — Instead of a routine traffic stop, NYPD officers found a cache of weapons earlier this month, police said. Comment.
Flushing

Doo-wop comes to Holy Cross in Flushing

The voices of yesteryear return to Holy Cross High School for the 14th annual Father’s Club Doo-Wop Spectacular on Saturday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s shortstop is player of the week

After batting a team-best .526 (10-for-19) to help lead St. John’s in a 3-2 week that included a series win against Connecticut, senior shortstop Matt Wessinger has been selected as the Big East Player of the Week. Comment.
Middle Village

Calhoun earns MVP - again

Omar Calhoun owns all-star games. Comment.
I Sit and Look Out

Margaret Mitchell backed black civil rights secretly

Recently, Elaine and I watched an “American Masters” program on Channel 13. It was about Margaret Mitchell, author of “Gone with the Wind.” Comments (1).
Editorial

Friendship Center Needs a Friend

In tough times, city agencies have to make difficult decisions. When budgets are slashed they have to make the best possible use of the money left. Nonetheless, we think the decision by the city Department of Mental Health and Hygiene to eliminate funding for the Friendship Center in Jamaica cannot be justified. Comment.
Letters

Improve conditions of senior driving

A pedestrian is in critical condition after being struck by an 89-year-old driver in Oakland Gardens, as was recently reported. The driver remained at the scene and no criminality was suspected. Comments (1).

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Politics

Ackerman seat attracts nine contenders

Candidates hoping for a crack at a vacant Queens congressional seat filed their petitions by midnight Monday and some surprising names made the cut. Comment.
Jamaica

Boro tops city in foreclosures on homeowners

While the number of foreclosures in Queens is on the decline, according to new data, neighborhoods in the borough’s southeast region lead the city in the number of at-risk homeowners and ultimately the number who end up losing their homes in foreclosure. Comment.
Willets Point

Bill could nix Willets project

Opponents of the Willets Point redevelopment project rallied last week in support of a federal bill that could put the brakes on the multibillion-dollar project, but opponents said the measure would economically cripple the city. Comment.
Forest Hills

Holocaust tales retold to keep memories alive

Six million counts of murder. Comment.
Jamaica

WW II vets visit Qns en route to Poland

For years, March of the Living has tapped Holocaust survivors for trips bringing Jewish teenagers to Poland and Israel, but the program’s latest educational mission focuses on the liberators. Comments (1).
Auburndale

Auburndale woman killed in house blaze

An Auburndale woman died when the house where she was born caught fire Sunday morning, although her cousin made it out of the inferno in time. Comment.
Elmhurst

Poll finds Elmhurst favors LIRR station

A recent survey by public transportation advocacy group Transportation Alternatives found that about three-fourths of Elmhurst straphangers were interested in the neighborhood having its own station on the Long Island Rail Road, although just as many had not heard of the proposal. Comment.
Flushing

Delta marks new era with $160M LaGuardia expansion

One of the country’s busiest airports is about to get even busier. Comment.
South Ozone Park

MGM calculating odds on city’s second casino

Another player has rolled the dice and is taking a shot at developing a full-fledged casino in New York. Comment.
Jamaica

Jamaica draws Bangladeshis to New Year fete

By April, many New Yorkers have long given up on their New Year’s resolutions, but thousands who trace their roots to Bangladesh flocked to Jamaica Sunday to check off another 12 months based on a different calendar. Comment.
South Jamaica

Cops say boro couple died in murder-suicide

Neighbors said a teenager ran out of his South Jamaica house in desperate search for help late Sunday night after his mother was murdered by her boyfriend before he turned the weapon on himself in what the police are calling a murder-suicide. Comment.
Environment

Long-term flooding fix for SE Qns is still years away

As southeast Queens residents brace themselves for another rainy season, the city has several plans in the works to alleviate the area’s flooding, although long-term relief continues to remain years away. Comment.
History

Greater Astoria to host activities celebrating the 1800s

Steam power and corsets are making a comeback in New York City, at least for a weekend. Comment.
Bayside

Ackerman looks back on 30 years as a congressman

In his first candid explanation before a large public gathering on why he decided not to seek re-election, U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) spoke at the Jefferson Democratic Club’s April meeting to reflect on his more than 30 years as a New York lawmaker. Comment.
Real Estate

Queens’ real estate sales outshine rest of city for first quarter of ‘12

It’s a hot real estate market in Queens, with the borough leading the city in sales so far this year. Comment.
Rosedale

Teenage girl, 15, shot in torso in Brookville

BROOKVILLE — A 15-year-old girl was shot in the torso early Saturday morning, according to police. Comment.

A symphonic boro comes alive

In an effort to expand its audience and bring music and art to Queens’ residents, the 59-year-old Queens Symphony Orchestra, the borough’s only professional orchestra and the oldest and largest professional arts organization in Queens, recently announced its first-ever arts and music festival that will bring together 72 cultural and arts groups presenting more than 50 events across the borough in a two-week period April 14-29. Comment.
Bayside

Dozo track dynamo breaks speed record

It was a situation all too familiar for Alexis Panisse. Another new race. Another special performance. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Lomangino: A double threat

Nicole Lomangino talked in the preseason about waiting for the opportunity to be the St. Francis Prep ace and contribute in a big way. The Terriers senior was behind Katie Derby last season and missed much of the year with a severely sprained ankle. Comment.
Dishing with Dee

Boro Dems face three-way primary for Ackerman’s seat

Like they used to say on the old TV program, there are many different stories in the naked city. We will have to amend that to say every day there are many different stories in the political arena. Comment.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Flushing

Flushing HS grad on trial in subway terror plot

Three former Flushing High School students were in Brooklyn federal court this week testifying about an overseas trip to Pakistan that led to terrorism charges against the trio for allegedly plotting to bomb New York City subways. Comment.
Astoria

LIC High says no to closure

More than a hundred students, teachers and supporters stood out on the steps of Long Island City High School Monday afternoon to protest the proposed closure of the institution. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Parks group cries foul over city chopping down nine boro trees

The Department of Citywide Administrative Services said a fungal disease prompted the removal of nine cherry blossom trees behind Borough Hall, but one group claims the landscape leveling was an unnecessary Queens chainsaw massacre. Comment.
Little Neck

Beloved Pastor Drake of Little Neck church dies at 56

Paul Drake was all that a local pastor should be and more, members of his church said, but after five short years since arriving at the Community Church of Little Neck, Drake lost a battle with cancer and died last Thursday. He was 56. Comment.
Bayside

Rep. Israel crosses borders

U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Hauppauge) said he would have no trouble crossing over the Queens border, much like he has reached across the political aisle in his career to try and solve the country’s biggest problems. Comment.
Forest Hills

Lancman picks up union support

State Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) accepted the endorsement of the Communications Workers of America District 1 Monday at the Verizon Call Center in Forest Hills in the four-way Democratic primary race for Congress. Comment.
Corona

Child, 2, left on school bus alone by driver: Cops

CORONA — A 2-year-old girl was forgotten aboard a private school bus last Thursday after her driver parked the vehicle on a Corona street and went home, police said. Comment.
Jamaica

Nazareth players who made Qns team kept off court

Lisa Blair and Brianna Sidney did everything they could to compete in the Wheelchair Charities HS Basketball Classic. They attended the visit to Coler-Goldwater hospital. They wrote essays describing their experiences. Comment.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Flushing

Four hopefuls file to get on ballot for Queens congressional seat

By Monday afternoon, only the four candidates who scored major-league endorsements so far in the race for the Queens congressional seat had filed their petitions with the city to appear on the ballot, but anyone else eyeing the seat had until midnight to do the same. Comment.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Auburndale

Auburndale woman dies in house fire

An Auburndale woman died when the house where she was born caught fire Sunday morning, although her cousin made it out of the inferno in time. Comment.
North Shore Towers

Tensions flare at North Shore Towers after Avella criticizes colleagues

Nearly 1,000 people crammed into North Shore Towers in Little Neck Thursday night to listen to a panel discuss about the skyrocketing property assessment values the city assigned to condos this year and last as tensions flared between Queens elected officials. Comment.

Friday, April 13, 2012

2-year-old tot left on school bus in Corona

A 2-year-old girl was forgotten aboard a private school bus Thursday after her driver parked the vehicle on a Corona street and went home, police said. Comment.
Glen Oaks

Industrious vermin call vehicles of Glen Oaks Village home

Unexpected guests have shacked up under some residents’ car hoods, sparking a bitter critter battle in Glen Oaks Village. Comment.

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