Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Whitestone

Bronx-Whitestone Bridge Queens approach roadway closures

Bronx-Whitestone Bridge Queens approach roadway closures Comment.
Woodhaven

Register now for Forest Park foot race

The 19th annual Running of the Forest Park Classic Four Mile Road and Trail Race will take off May 20 at 10 a.m., rain or shine. Comment.
Astoria

Ironworkers Local seeks recruits

The Ironworkers Local Union No. 40 and 361 will conduct a recruitment from March 22 through May 24 for 100 ironworker outside apprentices. Comments (2).
Maspeth

Maspeth man missing since March: Police

MASPETH — Police were looking for help in finding Pasquale “Lino” Canfora, who went missing within the 104th Precinct. He was last seen March 19 around 5:30 p.m. near 59-57 56th Drive, police said. Comment.
Glendale

School safety agent charged with DWI after Jackie Robinson crash: NYPD

GLENDALE — An off-duty NYPD school safety agent was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated last weekend, police said. Comment.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Jamaica

Job market heats up at new Jamaica BBQ

City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) is lending a helping hand to a Queens restaurateur who is bringing some Southern barbecue flavor to Jamaica via Springfield Gardens and Afghanistan. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Forest Park Greenhouse reopens after extensive renovation

A city greenhouse growing flowers to brighten the concrete landscape of Queens is now a state-of-the-art facility after a major overhaul. Comment.
Glen Oaks

Cops hunt for man wanted in bank holdups

GLEN OAKS — Police were looking for help in identifying a suspect wanted in two armed bank robberies within the 105th and 112th precincts. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

St. Francis Prep’s Lomangino picked best in city

Nicole Lomangino was amazed how far a simple poll can travel and how it can bring people together. Comments (1).
Astoria

Man gone missing in 114th Pct.: Cops

ASTORIA — Police said they were looking for a missing person within the 114th Precinct. Comment.
Long Island City

Tip of the week

Letters

Big Oil does not deserve more money from gov’t

On March 29, Republicans in the U.S. Senate calling the bill a political stunt, blocked legislation to strip billions of dollars in tax breaks for the biggest U.S. oil companies. A last-minute entreaty by President Barack Obama was not enough to convince senators to strip the oil and gas industry of tax incentives. Comment.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Astoria

Quinn updates Astoria co-op on ongoing city issues

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) visited the North Queensview Homes Co-Op in Astoria last week, taking the time to talk about the ongoing city budget process, the school system and a reported beef with Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria). Comment.
Steinway

Astoria man arrested in stabbing at apartment above hookah cafe: Police

Police arrested an Astoria man in the stabbing death of 28-year-old man in an apartment above a Steinway Street hookah cafe Friday night, the NYPD said. Comments (1).
Kew Gardens

Activists demand Albany approve Dream Act

Time is running out for lawmakers to pass the New York Dream Act before the summer break, according to community activists who rallied in front of Queen Borough Hall Monday. Comment.
Bay Terrace

PS 169 tots recycle to raise charity funds

The quiet streets between PS 169 and the Bay Terrace Waldbaum’s were met with the sounds of nearly 70 little voices Monday as kindergarten students lugged bags of recyclable products to the supermarket. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Boro turns out to recycle

Cars lined up for hours Saturday, idling away as drivers waited for their chance to be environmentally responsible. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Brinckerhoff teeters on edge of development

Preservationists fear that the Brinckerhoff Cemetery in Fresh Meadows is in danger of being kicked off a list of protected properties and put yet again at risk for development. Comments (1).
Ridgewood

Man who exposed himself in R train sought: Cops

RIDGEWOOD — Police were looking to identify a suspect wanted for public lewdness on a subway in Queens, the NYPD said. Comment.
Flushing

Knights winless in Bridgeport

The Queens College baseball team dropped a pair of East Coast Conference games Sunday afternoon at West Haven High School to host University of Bridgeport 12-2 and 2-0. Comment.
Auburndale

Man stole nearly 300 iPhones in boro: Brown

AUBURNDALE — A Brooklyn man was accused of robbery in the first and second degrees last week after police said he stole more than 200 iPhones, according to the Queens district attorney’s office. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s boosts roster with big, strong forwards

Steve Lavin promised a landmark basketball recruiting class and he’s come through so far. Comment.
Editorial

How to Kill a High School

The city Department of Education’s agenda to shutter schools has drawn fierce oppositions from communities throughout the borough. Comment.
Letters

Everyone should unite to prevent youth suicide

There is much to be addressed when our youth demonstrate behavior patterns that are red flags and warning signs as a cry for help. As a nurse practitioner with more than 24 years of nursing experience, I have cared for individuals and family members who have acknowledged, “If only I had done this or that.” Comment.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Douglas Manor

Women’s center lauds leaders

Awards ranged from Woman of Distinction, Community Service and Women in Leadership, and Good Guy awards for men. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Jax Hts mart removes illegal sidewalk shed

In response to a community outcry and violations from the city Environmental Control Board, a Trade Fair supermarket on 75th Street in Jackson Heights removed its sidewalk enclosure Saturday, City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) said. Comment.
Floral Park

Car lovers unite for antique auto show at Farm Museum

Larry Micera and his son of the same name stood beside his model 1961 Thunderbird car with pride. With each passing hobbyist, another conversation ensued. Comments (1).
Jackson Heights

Qns doesn’t queue for prophet b-day petition

A Jackson Heights imam has been continuing his quest to make the Prophet Mohammad’s birthday a national holiday, although a drive for petitions has so far only attracted five names. Comments (1).
Ozone Park

Back to biz as usual on Liberty Ave: DOT

Businesses on Liberty Avenue in Ozone Park are hailing the city Department of Transportation’s decision to reinstate two-way traffic on the busy thoroughfare. Comment.
Bayside

Angelina Marie Sora, 94

Angelina Marie Sora, of Carmel, N.Y., and formerly of Bayside, died April 24. She was 94. Comment.
Jamaica

High school students help to green SE Queens

Between 30 and 40 students pitched in to plant 10 trees and five shrubs at Queens High School for the Sciences at York College last Thursday. Comments (1).
Woodside

Woodside Café: An exotic slice of Nepali cuisine

Where but Queens would you see a restaurant touting “Italian ·American · Nepali · Indian Food”? On Broadway in Woodside, just such a sign caught my eye at the Woodside Café Bar and Restaurant. Our curiosity was piqued, only to find out that they’ve thrown in the towel on Italian food while pizza, promoted by a “2 slices and a can of soda for $3” sign in the window is also on its way out. And the word “bar” in the name is a cruel joke, as they don’t serve alcohol. What they do serve is the cuisine of the Newari, an Comment.
Flushing

Robber of Flushing bank sought by police

FLUSHING — The NYPD was looking to identify a suspect wanted in connection with an attempted bank robbery within the 109th Precinct. Comments (3).
Long Island City

Newcomers surge for title

Newcomers could be one of the best boys’ volleyball teams in the city. But the Lions don’t even have bragging rights in their own building. Comment.
Far Rockaway

DA says Far Rock man beat, robbed victims

FAR ROCKAWAY — A Far Rockaway man was accused of beating and robbing two other men within two different early March confrontations and was arraigned last week, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s lacrosse midfielder named player of week

Senior midfielder Harry Kutner earned a Big East Weekly Honor Roll selection after tying a career-high with four goals during a 10-9 loss at Drexel. Comment.
Political Action

Party power comes from voter turnout, not enrollment

The latest political party enrollment figures as of April show the Democratic Party with a considerably higher number of registered voters than the Republican Party in New York state. Comment.
Editorial

Beware of Easy Answers

In the wake of recent incidents where bird strikes forced two airliners to make emergency landings in the new York area, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand introduced legislation that would force federal officials to speed up the removal of Canada geese coming from a wildlife refuge near John F. Kennedy International Airport. Comment.
Letters

Fund Bayside groups

I am writing to you in regards to your recent budget line item vetoes that eliminated certain discretionary funding. Comment.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Flushing

RKO Keith’s good to go after final FAA approval

Developers for the RKO Keith’s Theatre in downtown Flushing received clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration this week to build a 16-story mixed-use building around the former movie house’s landmarked lobby. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Peninsula shutdown created crisis: Pols

The front entrance to Peninsula Hospital was shuttered Sunday afternoon, as it had been since the beginning of the month. A sign on the door of the Lillian and Ira Lechtman Pavilion said that after 104 years, the Far Rockaway hospital had closed its doors for good and the nearest emergency room, at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, wasn’t for another two miles east. Comments (2).
South Jamaica

City drops ax on August Martin by voting to close

Before the city Panel for Educational Policy decided to close August Martin HS and six others in Queens, a representative from state Sen. Shirley Huntley’s (D-Jamaica) office blasted the panel for the way the city Department of Education removed the principal of Martin last month. Comment.
St. Albans

Experts warn against predatory schemes in hard-hit area

Even before the recent foreclosure crisis hit southeast Queens, predatory lenders took advantage of minority communities, according to fair-housing experts, who warned that many of those dangers still exist in the services now being offered to help distressed homeowners. Comment.
Flushing

Stavisky officially begins rematch with Messer for Senate

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) formally announced Friday that she will run in the newly created Asian district centered around Flushing and she had members of the community on hand to tout her credibility. Comment.
Elmhurst

Crowley slams senior cuts

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) blasted a House Republican proposal to cut the Social Services Block Grant, saying the plan could mean senior centers in the city and across the country could be forced to close. Comment.
Woodhaven

Miller pushes for equal pay

In order to start the state in the direction of pay equality, state Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) announced a legislative package that would work to end wage discrimination statewide. The legislation was accompanied by a resolution proclaiming April 17 as Equal Pay Day in the state. Comment.
Laurelton

Trees damage sewer pipes

Laurelton homeowners say city sidewalk trees are wreaking havoc with their sewer lines, leaving them few options but to replace the lines themselves at a hefty cost. Comment.
Corona

The magic of animation

Imagine and explore. Learn and wonder. All things are possible at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Corona Park as the highly interactive Animation exhibition, which opened in March, amazes visitors through Sept. 2. Comment.
Bayside

Dozo drops a depth charge

Adrian Castano was on the bench, nursing a pulled muscle. Connor Doyle was in the lineup, but was quiet for a change. Comments (9).
Jamaica

Man receives 37 years to life in shooting: Brown

JAMAICA — A Jamaica man was sentenced to 37 years to life in prison for the August 2006 drive-by shooting murder and attempted murder of two other local men, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Flushing

NYPD seeks suspect in Flushing burglary

Police are looking for a suspect in connection with a burglary in Flushing. Comment.
On Point

Lancman attack on Queens Dem machine rings hollow

For me, civic involvement is about accountability, transparency, honesty and integrity in the political process. Elected officials are not royalty and need not be revered. They are paid handsomely for their services, have the best medical insurance available and receive generous pensions — all provided by taxpayers. Comment.
Editorial

Play Ball!

In every corner of Queens, there is no rite of spring more wonderful than the Opening Day of Little League. Comment.
Letters

Boro Board should reject Willets plan

Apart from the destruction of more than 200 small businesses with the loss of employment by thousands and even more so by the burdens placed upon their dependents, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Willets Point plan is replete with a lack of transparency ill befitting an elected official whose constituents should not be limited to large real estate interests. Comment.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Flushing

Ackerman seat race heats up

Several candidates vying for the new congressional seat centered in eastern Queens were knocked off the ballot after some of the signatures they collected were ruled invalid, but court challenges could reverse their fortunes. Comment.
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.
Education

City votes to close seven Queens high schools

The city Panel for Educational Policy voted in Brooklyn last week to close seven Queens high schools at the end of this year and reopen them as new schools in the fall. Comment.
Whitestone

Thieves snatching idling Whitestone cars: Cops

In Whitestone, a cup of coffee can run more than $100,000. Comments (1).
Willets Point

City drops bid to condemn property at Willets Point: Lawyer

Lawyers for the city have dropped their bid to use eminent domain to obtain property in Willets Point, according to a lawyer who was challenging the process. Comment.
Bayside

Nursing home union in labor talks

Negotiations have heated up at Bayside’s Ozanam Hall nursing home as more than 400 members of the UFCW Local 342 union accused management of unfair working conditions and the employees reached out to the community to share their stories, distributing leaflets to visitors at the home. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing HS shutdown upsets teachers, activists

Northeast Queens educators and civic leaders were deflated after the city’s plan to close Flushing High School was approved at a hearing last week. Comments (1).
Richmond Hill

City decides to shutter Rich Hill, John Adams

The city Panel for Educational Policy’s decision to close 24 city schools drew the ire of advocates long after the votes were cast. Comment.
Ridgewood

Hearings save Grover Cleveland

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

Boro street renamed for cop

The men and women who died as a result of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, live on in the memories of their loved ones — and on the streets they called home. Comment.
Bayside

Assistant AG McCue, 91, was active in Queens GOP

William McCue, a New York state assistant attorney general, longtime Republican Party official and World War II veteran, died April 19. He was 91. Comment.
Little Neck

Hundreds volunteer to clean Udalls Cove

Mano Lambrinos walked quietly in the Saturday morning sun along Virginia Point with a black garbage bag waving in the wind. On his day off, he was looking for trash. Comment.
Dutch Kills

JetBlue lands skyline spot after city vote

Despite early concern from Community Board 2 members, the airline company JetBlue received unanimous approval from the City Council Monday to build a 40-foot backlit sign on top of its new headquarters in Long Island City. Comment.
Jamaica

Bill asks feds to cull geese at JFK, LGA

Geese better find a new place to molt this summer since a bill introduced by U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) would make rounding up the birds easier around area airports. Comments (4).
College Point

Avella backs spa developer despite prostitution scandal

A man whose hotel was raided in a prostitution sting still has the support of a state lawmaker to open a business in College Point. Comments (2).
Astoria

Kasza brothers get revenge over Bryant

Last year, Bryant defeated Academy of American Studies in the PSAL boys’ volleyball city championship match. Comment.
Sunnyside

Police looking to identify serial robber

SUNNYSIDE — The NYPD was looking for help in identifying a Hispanic male in his 20s wanted in connection with three armed robberies. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Prep takes strong win over division rival Fontbonne

Early runs haven’t come with regularity for St. Francis Prep against quality teams. They were the difference, however, against Fontbonne Hall. Comment.
Astoria

Wheelie contest along Shore Blvd. Sunday

An Astoria bike store is holding a wheelie competition Sunday along Shore Boulevard. Comment.
Dishing with Dee

Queens Chamber take boro issues to legislators in Albany

Last week I had one of the most interesting days I’ve had in quite some time. It was the Queens Chamber of Commerce’s annual Albany Legislative Lobby Day. It is its annual bus trip where it transports all interested chamber members to Albany to petition the legislators for help in solving Queens problems. Comment.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

College Point

City to sell plot in middle of College Pt. yacht club

In a city auction nine years ago, a man put up hundreds of thousands of dollars for what he thought was waterfront property, but it turned out to be a parcel of land in the middle of a College Point boat yard and now the Department of Citywide Administrative Services is attempting to pawn off the parcel once again. Comment.
Willets Point

City drops bid to condemn property at Willets Point: Lawyer

Lawyers for the city have dropped their bid to use eminent domain to obtain property in Willets Point, according to a lawyer who was challenging the process. Comment.
Flushing

Liu seeking donors despite probe

City Comptroller John Liu was the guest of honor at two headline-grabbing fund-raisers this week, but he also schmoozed at a less-publicized dinner with Flushing’s Chinese community days the night before his former campaign treasurer was indicted on federal wire fraud charges. Comment.
Queens Village

Queens Village bodega gutted by 2-alarm fire

As construction equipment cleared debris along Hempstead Avenue Monday afternoon, Fire Department investigators searched for clues as to what set a Queens Village bodega ablaze earlier in the morning. Comment.
St. Albans

Cycle crash kills MTA worker at Roy Wilkins Park

Always seen as the life of the party, Simon P. George was loved by all. Comment.
Corona

Red dresses fill Citi Field in hopes of scoring for heart health

A local committee to raise awareness of women’s heart disease gathered at Citi Field Monday morning in preparation for its fifth annual fund-raising dinner. Comments (1).
Jamaica

Queens Library archives provide window into past

It is hard to imagine Queens as anything other than a bustling urban borough, but the crowded asphalt streets were once country road-lined farmlands from Bayside to Long Island City. Comment.
Flushing

Third Flushing HS grad found guilty of terrorism

The former Flushing High School student accused of plotting to blow up city subways was convicted Tuesday afternoon of every terrorism charge he faced in Brooklyn federal court. Comment.
Glendale

Firearm scare at boro school a false alarm

GLENDALE — Police said they recovered PVC pipe with wires sticking out after responding to a call at PS 88 in Glendale Monday morning. Comment.
Government

City Council passes living wage bill 45-5

The City Council passed a bill Monday to raise the minimum wage for employees of private companies receiving large sums of city funds, overriding Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto, but three Queens councilmen said no. Comment.
Transit

Bloomy unveils green outerboro liveries

Along with city Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Sunday that the long-anticipated, outerborough-exclusive livery cabs would be green. Comment.
Jamaica Hills

Strong win meets up to Mary Louis hype

This is the team Mary Louis expected to be when the year started. Comment.

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