Thursday, May 3, 2012

Astoria

Three western Queens HSs axed

Western Queens officials were disheartened and angry after the city Panel for Educational Policy voted last week to close three high schools in the area. Comments (1).
South Ozone Park

Resorts vows to end horse deaths at track

The operator of the racinio at Aqueduct Race Track in South Ozone Park said the company is taking steps to ensure horses are protected after a rash of deaths during this year’s racing season. Comment.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Glen Oaks

Glen Oaks Little League kicks off season with parade

Dozens of children marched in the annual Glen Oaks Little League parade. Comment.
Cambria Heights

Three men wanted in liquor store robbery

CAMBRIA HEIGHTS — The NYPD was seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect wanted in connection to the burglary of Johnny’s Liquor Store, on Linden Boulevard. Comment.
Forest Hills

Woman missing ever since leaving home: Cops

FOREST HILLS — Police were asking for the public’s assistance in locating a 32-year-old woman, who was last seen leaving her Forest Hills home Friday of last week. Comment.
No Holds Barred

Lesson from the past for Bob Turner

As with John C. Liu, I do not know Representative Robert Turner. He is not my congressman (mine wears a fresh flower in his lapel every day and has decided to retire after 15 terms). I followed Mr. Turner’s special election win from a distance, with some degree of concentration. Comment.
Flushing

Italian oasis in Flushing offers variety

There are hundreds of restaurants in Flushing serving up cuisines from all across Asia, but unbeknownst to many, a Sicilian family has been serving expertly prepared Italian food for years tucked away on a quiet downtown side street. Comments (2).
Letters

Supreme Court needs term limits

On March 26, the U.S. Supreme Court started listening to arguments relative to the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, passed by Congress. Let us hope our lifetime-appointed judges will offer their unbiased consideration with their ruling in June. Comment.
Community Service

McDonald’s sponsors healthy eating initiative in boro

McDonald’s is offering community groups in Queens the opportunity to apply for funding for projects promoting responsible eating choices. Comment.

Monday, April 30, 2012

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.
Astoria

Officials support Astoria repowering to grow jobs

In an effort to get the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a group of Queens elected officials and groups have banded together to form a coalition in support of NRG Astoria Power LLC’s plan to repower one of its plants, holding up the plan as one that improves the environment and creates jobs. Comment.
Glendale

Police seek man in stabbing of woman, 51

GLENDALE — The NYPD was seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect wanted in connection with a Glendale assault. Comment.
Middle Village

Omar Calhoun tops boro

There were titles, championship games, deep runs and renaissance seasons for Queens in 2011-12. Comment.
Long Island City

Tip of the week

Letters

Overturn Citizens United to protect elections

Your Feb. 23-29 paper contained the letter “Fight to keep big money out of political campaigns.” It expresses the feeling of the vast majority of Americans. Comment.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Bay Terrace

Baysiders join Anglers for Little Bay cleanup

Rosie Moyano reached down into a crevice in the jetty sticking out into Little Bay Sunday and pulled out a plastic flower. The day’s raw, rainy weather had not dampened her sense of humor. Comment.
Elmhurst

New Elmhurst charter targets immigrants learning English

Bringing recent immigrant children to the United States up to the same learning levels as their American-born counterparts has always been a struggle across the city, but a new charter school in Elmhurst hopes to meet their unique needs. Comment.
Whitestone

New owner gives Whitestone eyesore makeover

The shovels have hit the ground at a Whitestone eyesore along Francis Lewis Boulevard. Comments (42).
Queens Village

Cops catch suspect who allegedly shot at them

QUEENS VILLAGE — Police said they shot and arrested a Queens Village man who allegedly pulled a gun on them as they attempted to question him about a shooting from earlier this month. Comments (2).
Cambria Heights

Police have Queens suspect in two rapes

BROOKLYN — Police said they arrested a Cambria Heights man who was wanted in connection with two rapes in Brooklyn. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Boro pickpocket caught on No. 7 train: Cops

TIMES SQUARE — Police said they arrested a Kew Gardens man on charges of picking the pockets of a sleeping No. 7 train passenger in Times Square. Comment.
Astoria

Vallone wants pencil-pushing cops patrolling neighborhoods instead

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) and the union DC 37 Local 1549, which represents the city’s clerical and administrative employees, called upon the New York Police Department last week to turn over 500 desk job positions to civilians. Comment.
Middle Village

Sophomore Calhoun leads Queens girls

As always, Queens was one of the power boroughs in girls’ basketball. Comment.
Editorial

Killer Taxes

Two taxes that have been slamming the average New Yorker need to be reined in. Both taxes make consumers pay a heavy, unreasonable price for what have become routine activities in modern life. Comment.
Letters

Jamaica Library grateful for funds

On behalf of Queens Library, I want to thank the voters on the Rockaway peninsula and City Councilman Eric Ulrich (D-Ozone Park) for allocating $700,000 in capital funding for improvements to Queens Library at Peninsula and for an automated library vender in Breezy Point. Comment.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Douglaston

Warmer weather forces Alley Pond to change

Residents of Queens don’t need to look far for a close view of the changing climate. Warming temperatures have left educators and supervisors at Little Neck’s Alley Pond Environmental Center with no choice but to adapt. Comment.
Bayside

QCC creates insurance policy for survivors’ stories

It was just another day to some of the students passing through Queensborough Community College last Thursday. Comment.
Bellerose

Creedmoor residences unveiled, ready for 160

There’s a new home for 160 residents on the road to recovery in Queens Village. Comment.
Long Island City

Olympians make stop in LIC ahead of London Games

In anticipation of the 2012 Summer Olympics, two athletes visited the Citi building in Long Island City last week to share their stories as they prepare to go to the Games in London. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing Earth Day festival fuses art with environment

Artists are natural recyclers, whether they are reappropriating materials or ideas, and on Sunday a few gathered at Flushing Town Hall’s Earth Day Festival for Families to show how culture and environmentalism converse with one another. Comment.
Woodside

PS 11 rallies for expansion

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and members of the PS 11 family called upon the city School Construction Authority to make the expansion of the school a priority once again. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Queens Sikhs need to feed

Cooking for 50,000 people takes time — and a lot of volunteers. Comment.
Maspeth

Man robbed boro bank in Maspeth: Police

MASPETH — The NYPD was seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect wanted in connection with a Maspeth bank robbery. Comments (4).
Jamaica

Cops seek suspect in Jamaica McDonald’s rob

JAMAICA — The NYPD was seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect wanted in connection with the robbery of a Jamaica McDonald’s. Comments (1).
St. Albans

Police want to ID suspect in boro rape

ST. ALBANS — The NYPD was seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect wanted in connection with a rape in the 113th Precinct. Comment.
Astoria

A cyclist’s dream come true

Ask any apartment-dweller about space and the answer is always the same: “There isn’t enough of it!” Comment.
Long Island City

American Studies conquers top rival

The Academy of American Studies players were fired up. The Eagles have cruised in league play, but last week they got a chance to play Bronx Science in a non-league match featuring two of the city’s top teams. American Studies came in ranked No. 1 in New York City by the New York Post and Science was No. 2. Comment.
QueensLine

Dancer Ginger Rogers once called Douglaston home

Born Virginia Katherine McMath July 16, 1911, in Independence, Mo., Ginger Rogers was a star of stage, screen and television for five decades from the 1930s to the late 1980s. She made a total of 73 films and is still remembered by fans as Fred Astaire’s dancing partner in many productions. Rogers overcame an unhappy childhood to find an outlet for her talent and attain success through changing times. Comment.
Letters

Fracking raises too many questions on safety

There has been much discussion about the use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, when drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale areas in New York state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo will have the final say as to whether to allow this controversial technology to be used. Please contact him with your thoughts about this issue. Comment.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Howard Beach

Addabbo says Cuomo’s cuts go too far

A broad stroke from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s veto pen eliminated funding for too many local community groups, according to state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach). Comment.
Rosedale

Volunteers tidy up Brookville Park for Earth Week

The Friends of Brookville Park employed some dirty techniques Saturday to teach neighborhood youngsters the value of being active stewards of their open spaces in honor of Earth Week. Comments (1).
Flushing

Flushing cold case revisited

More than 17 years after a Flushing man was murdered and thrown off the roof of a Kissena Boulevard apartment complex, the Queens district attorney announced last week that a former Flushing resident was arrested and charged with the crime.. Comments (4).
St. Albans

Officials choose site for St. Albans school

The city Department of Education is hoping to take advantage of an opportunity to place a new primary school in St. Albans, but District 29 community members say what they really need is a new high school. Comment.
Transit

Cuomo fills vacancy on board of MTA by naming Paterson

Former Gov. David Paterson has been appointed to the MTA board to fill the slot vacated by Nancy Shevell, wife of former Beatle Paul McCartney. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Debate still rages over Jax Hts. plaza

Business owners on 37th Road and their allies have continued to lobby government officials to get rid of the pedestrian plaza on the road between 73rd and 74th streets, but others in the community insist the plaza brings needed open space to Jackson Heights. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing man tried to meet 14-year-old for sex: DA

A Flushing man was charged with orchestrating a sexual rendezvous with what he thought was a 14-year-old girl but turned out to be an undercover NYPD officer, according to the Queens district attorney’s office. Comments (2).
South Jamaica

South Jamaica teen slain after leaving bodega

A South Jamaica teenager was shot and killed Monday morning when he got caught in the middle of an argument, a nearby bodega employee said.. Comment.
Forest Hills

Forest Hills Little League opens for yet another season

For more than half a century, parents and their little sluggers have anxiously awaited the beginning of the Forest Hills Little League season, and on Saturday the ceremonial Opening Day did not disappoint them. Comment.
Rosedale

Cops nab suspects in shooting of teen girl

ROSEDALE — Police said they arrested four suspects who were wanted in connection with shooting a 15-year-old girl as she was walking home from a party along Brookville Boulevard. Comments (2).
Flushing

Cops need public to ID man in Flushing burglary

FLUSHING — The NYPD was seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect wanted in connection with a Flushing burglary. Comment.
Queens Village

Clark calls on community for annual clean-up

Spring cleaning does not have to stay indoors now that a Queens state assemblywoman is giving residents a chance to beautify their neighborhoods. Comment.
Real Estate

High court keeps rent laws

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to rule on whether New York’s rent control laws are constitutional, leaving the regulations intact in Queens and the rest of the city. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Seeking slices of silence in a bustling Jax Hts.

In the old days, the garden community of Jackson Heights was considered a respite from stressful city life. Today, the high-density area is a veritable mixing bowl of cultures, where 138 languages are spoken. Comment.
Bayside

Better late than never: Hwang punctual for title win

Danny Scarola felt his volleyball team had gotten cocky, resulting in a league loss last week to rival Francis Lewis. Then last Thursday, the Cardozo coach told his players to come to practice at 3:30 p.m. sharp — no excuses. Comment.
The Civic Scene

DOE must show better treatment toward special-needs pupils

Regretfully, the city Department of Education has been making sudden changes every few months for the past 10 years. In the past there was stability in city schools, but these days there is confusing change after change. Comment.
Editorial

‘Turnaround’ Bloomberg

The people living in western Queens are rightly angry. Following its unpopular “turnaround” model, the city Department of Education is planning to close Long Island City High School and put another high school with some fancy name in its place. Comment.
Letters

Give teachers respect, good salaries

With all the talk that education is so important in this country, it is time that teachers who teach in schools throughout America be treated with the courtesy and professionalism they deserve. Comment.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Education

Panel votes on closure of 7 Queens high schools (LIVE BLOG)

TimesLedger Newspapers will be reporting from the Panel for Educational Policy meeting in Brooklyn Thursday night. The fate of seven Queens high schools will be decided when the panel votes. Comment.
Ridgewood

Grover Cleveland HS saved from closing before DOE vote

Grover Cleveland High School was saved from the chopping block with only hours to spare before the Panel for Educational Policy was set to vote Thursday evening on the Department of Education’s plan to close 26 city schools, including eight from Queens. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside rallies to save Beacon

One sign read, “We need a place to meet. Don’t put us in the street.” Not far away in a crowd of middle-school students, parents and school officials, another sign read, “Don’t kick us when we’re down.” Comment.
Bayside

BID hires new executive director

It has been months since some Bell Boulevard business owners said they could remember seeing tangible benefits from their tax dollars at work, courtesy of the Bayside Village Business Improvement District. Comments (4).
South Jamaica

City shuts illegal boarding house

The city last weekend vacated an illegal South Jamaica boarding house, which is the target of a lawsuit, after a suspicious fire broke out in the cellar. Comment.
Jamaica

JFK Airport wildlife disrupts flights: FAA

Wildlife strikes are on the rise at John F. Kennedy International Airport, according to data released by the Federal Aviation Administration. Comment.
Astoria

Wife of diplomat from Sudan shot by teen in Astoria: Police

An Ozone Park teenager has been arrested in the shooting of the wife of a Sudanese diplomat in Astoria near Long Island City High School, police said. Comment.
Long Island City

LIC shops sue after two cars slam storefronts

Two Long Island City stores that were destroyed in two eerily identical car crashes near the Ed Koch-Queensborough Bridge a year ago have filed suit against multiple city agencies and the drivers for damages they estimate to be in excess of $1 million. Comment.
Jamaica

Motorcyclist dies in crash near Roy Wilkins park

A wake for an MTA employee who was killed in a motorcycle crash near Roy Wilkins park in southeast Queens is scheduled for Friday afternoon. Comments (3).
Kew Gardens

Boro Hall rally blasts mayor’s plan to cut children’s programs in budget

Hundreds rallied on the steps of Borough Hall last Thursday as the final dismissal bell loomed for after-school programs facing budget cuts. Comments (1).
Howard Beach

Ulrich throws hat into race for Addabbo’s seat

The youngest member of the City Council has declared his candidacy for the state Senate. Comments (1).
Woodside

Street rename honors Woodsider

As a youngster, Alejandro Nino made friends playing stickball outside his home on 49th Street in Woodside, and an indelible mark he left behind can be seen there today. Comments (2).

Gibbons’ killer pleads guilty

Grief caused by the loss of a loved one never goes away no matter what sentence the culprit receives, according to the family of a Maspeth bar owner. Comment.
Whitestone

Avella protests cluster of cell towers on office

The reception might be good near the intersection of 150th Street and Willets Point Boulevard in Whitestone, but state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said his calls haven’t been answered yet. Comments (5).
St. Albans

Healthy demand for fresh produce grows in St. Albans

Long after St. Albans’ farms were developed into the homes of the neighborhood’s legendary jazz greats, the demand for fresh food still exists. Comment.
Bay Terrace

Ben’s Deli boss shares memories of his early days

Growing up in Queens inspired one man to don deli whites with blue-collar roots. Comment.
Long Island City

Jury convicts man for killing Mayor of LIC

A Queens Supreme Court jury found Eric Cherry, 47, guilty Monday of the September 2008 killing of Long Island City community leader Nicolas Nowillo, known as “The Mayor of Long Island City.” Comment.
Flushing

City again botches Flushing repavings

After an outcry earlier this year over botched repaving jobs that caused flooding, the city has again slathered some of Flushing’s streets with too much pavement, residents said. Comment.
Flushing

Avella brings church critics to BSA via bus

The Mormon church has altered its proposal for a chapel on 33rd Avenue in Flushing, but that did not stop opponents from chartering a bus Tuesday from the neighborhood to testify at a Manhattan hearing. Comments (1).
Springfield Gardens

Tidy Cats saves blighted house on 184th Street

They are calling it the best-looking boarded-up house in Queens. Comment.
Jamaica

Housing project proposed

One of the greater Jamaica area’s largest housing advocates is looking to break ground next year on a 100 percent affordable housing development in the heart of downtown Jamaica. Comment.
Bayside

Mixing wine and murder at Fort Totten castle

Bayside will be serving up some wine with a side of murder. Comment.
South Ozone Park

S. Ozone man guilty of pimping 14-yr-old

A South Ozone Park man was sentenced last week to five to 10 years in prison on sex-trafficking charges, making it the fifth such conviction in Queens since the state enacted tougher laws in 2007, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced. Comment.
Bayside

10-year-old patient to lead St. Mary’s walk at Ft. Totten

St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children has chosen one of its own to serve as the first grand marshal of the group’s eighth annual Walk for St. Mary’s Kids next month. Comment.
Sunnyside

Romantic intrigue comes to Sunnyside theater

The Thalia Theatre, tucked between mom-and-pop stores on a triangular street in Sunnyside, will be celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. Right now, the cast of “La Callas y Medea” is rehearsing for their May 18 world premiere. Comments (2).
Fresh Meadows

Patriots mounts comeback over James Madison

Francis Lewis already had two chances to prove itself against elite teams in the PSAL. Instead, the Patriots were shut out by both Susan Wagner and Construction. Comment.
Dishing with Dee

Bill Thompson throws his hat into 2013 race for mayor

On Sunday evening, the Eastern Military Academy held its Queens Chapter Alumni Association’s annual dinner at the Riviera Restaurant in Whitestone. It had a good attendance, allowing for the fact that some members were on vacation, some were still in their winter homes and some have moved away and have other interests. Unfortunately, some have died and some just didn’t feel up to it. Comment.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Flushing

Flushing High School hearing gets heated

Many teachers, residents and parents were convinced that the public hearing on the city Department of Education’s plan to close Flushing High School last week was simply a formality. Comment.
Education

Officials will decide fate of eight Queens schools

The city was scheduled to decide the fate of eight Queens high schools at a public meeting in Brooklyn this Thursday evening. Comment.
Flushing

Gottlieb ends Congress bid

After a secret from his past surfaced, Jeff Gottlieb dropped out of the race for a Queens congressional seat last Thursday, and the man who replaced him bowed out a day later. Comment.
Flushing

Ex-GOP senator declines Avella rematch to stump for Halloran

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has two less challengers after Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) decided to run in another district and former Sen. Frank Padavan opted not to relive a heated previous campaign for his old seat. Comment.
Ridgewood

Lancman, Nolan blast Glendale SSA office closure

Residents angered by the closure of the Ridgewood/Glendale Social Security Office joined state Assembly members Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) and Cathy Nolan (D-Ridgewood) to advocate for the reopening of the office on Myrtle Avenue. Comment.
Woodhaven

Man arrested in Woodhaven hit-and-run

WOODHAVEN — Police arrested and charged a 59-year-old Queens Village resident in connection with a hit-and-run accident that left a man in critical condition Monday night, according to the NYPD. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing man, 27, dies in Manhattan club

MANHATTAN — Police said a young Flushing man died after he was found unconscious at a Manhattan night club. Comment.
Bayside

Dozo lacrosse fights cancer

The Cardozo boys’ lacrosse team got a reminder of exactly what it was working for. Former Judges defender Steven Budhan, who beat Hodgkin’s lymphoma just two years ago, spoke to the team a little more than two weeks prior to the team’s Coaches vs. Cancer game in his honor. Comment.

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