Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012

Flushing

Hundreds of trees chopped up at Kissena Park

Hundreds of trees were chopped and turned into mulch at Kissena Park during MulchFest, an annual event organized by the Parks Department. Comment.
Kew Gardens Hills

Kew Gardens Hills blaze injures 10 firefighters (with VIDEO)

A three-alarm fire gutted an apartment near Queens College Monday, injuring 10 firefighters who responded to the scene but were not seriously hurt. Comment.
Economy

Economy adds 200K jobs in December

The country’s unemployment rate dropped for the fourth straight month to a three-year low of 8.5 percent in December, according to statistics released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Elderly boro woman, 73, missing from her home

EAST ELMHURST — Police were asking for the public’s help in their search for a missing senior citizen. Comment.
Long Island City

Queens Library to train new IT techs for free

Queens Library is offering library customers an opportunity to attend the Cisco Academy and become eligible for certification to work as an IT technician, IT administrator or field service technician. The course is free. It consists of 20 three-hour training sessions. The course will be held at Queens Library at Long Island City, at 37-44 21st St. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 16, 2012

Whitestone

St. Luke’s ready for big fix

You would have to be a man of faith to ask for $3 million, joked Monsignor John Tosi, but the pastor’s prayers were answered by the parishioners at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Whitestone. Comments (6).
Ozone Park

Ozone Park father and son killed in apparent accidental carbon monoxide poisoning

A father and son died in what investigators believe was an accidental carbon monoxide poisoning in Ozone Park. Police said that both Kuo-Kung Chen, 66, and his son Aaron Chen, 29, were found dead in their home on 101st Avenue at 90th Street Saturday evening. Comments (2).
Astoria

Astoria Park celebrates MulchFest

Hundreds of trees were chopped and turned into mulch during MulchFest, an annual event in Astoria Park. The event was presented by city Department of Parks & Recreation, the Department of Sanitation, Green Shores NYC, the Astoria Park Alliance and Partnerships for Parks. Comment.
Middle Village

Volunteers lend a hand at Juniper MulchFest

Hundreds of trees were chopped and turned into mulch at Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village during MulchFest, an annual event organized by the Parks Department. Comment.
Flushing

Tip of the week

Bayside

Carrozza sponsors 16th annual Valentines for Vets

Ann-Margaret Carrozza is sponsoring her 16th annual Valentines for Vets gift drive. The Law Offices of Ann-Margaret Carrozza, in conjunction with state Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside), the Jefferson Democratic Club and Dr. Robert Mittman, will be collecting donations of cards and candy, toiletries and new clothing for hospitalized and disabled veterans. Comments (1).
Letters

Tell your elected officials to fight drug lobbyists

Are you as startled as I every time a commercial on TV from an attorney’s office informs us that if we took a certain medication to contact their office because the medication causes all kinds of problems, including death? Comment.

Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012

Jackson Heights

Boro electeds form ‘Unity Team’ to foster communication

It is common in Queens for elected officials to hold events together, but when the representatives of Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, Corona and East Elmhurst held their holiday party this year, they listed their involvement under the name “Unity Team.” Comment.
Little Neck

Northeast Queens groups work to replace trees lost to storms

Since September 2010, Queens has been hit by a tornado, a blizzard and a tropical storm — each of which has taken its toll on the borough’s trees, especially in areas such as parks and the leafy neighborhoods in the northeast. Comment.
Animals

Doll crowned winner of second Queens Critters contest

Dolly, a 6-year-old Cairn Terrier owned by Denise Clarino of Bayside, is the winner of this edition of the TimesLedger Newspapers’ Queens Critter contest. Comment.
Douglaston

Fairway market raises $6.5K for fallen officer’s family

The Douglaston Fairway raised more than $6,500 last Thursday in donations to a scholarship fund established for the daughters of fallen NYPD Detective Peter Figoski, who was killed in the line of duty Dec. 12. Comment.
Corona

N.Y. Hall of Science, Ackerman play games

You never learned like this by playing Chutes and Ladders. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Trees turned to mulch at Cunningham Park

Hundreds of trees were chopped and turned into mulch at Cunningham Park during MulchFest, an annual event organized by the Parks Department. Comment.
Corona

Sanitation worker taken in for drunk driving: Cops

CORONA — An off-duty city Sanitation Department worker was arrested early Saturday morning for driving while intoxicated, police said. Comment.
Rockaway Park

Boro woman leaves scene of fatal accident: Police

BROOKLYN — A Far Rockaway teen was arrested last week after she left the scene of an accident where a delivery man was killed, police said. Comments (1).
Middle Village

Xaverian’s ‘Severe’ defeat

On a day in which just about every three-pointer dropped, the two that would have set a school record didn’t. Comment.
QueensLine

Communist sympathizers disrupted Newtown HS in 1935

Two Yale students on the final leg of a 29,000-mile world tour land in College Point in early January 1935. They take more than 600 pictures of places and people with an aerial camera and plan to donate the images to the Geographical Society of America. Their last hop, a four-hour trip from Morehead City, N.C., was one of the most brutal. Facing a 45 mph headwind, the ice-covered plane lands in an ice-caked Flushing Bay. Comment.
Editorial

Jamaica High’s Slow Death

The carcass of what once was a proud high school should serve as a monument to the incompetence and arrogance of the city Department of Education. Comment.
Long Island City

Laborers recruit apprentices

The District Council 16 Cement and Concrete Workers Training and Education Fund will conduct a recruitment from Jan. 3 to 17 for 15 skilled construction craft laborer apprentices. Comment.
Letters

Wild turkey majestic, patriotic bird

This is a very important letter. My name is Maxie Hom. I think the wild turkey should be our national bird. Comment.

Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012

Long Island City

Crime down in 114th in 2011

Crime in the 114th Precinct dropped last year, with the murder rate going down more than 44 percent from 2010, but incidents of crime rose slightly in its southern neighbor, the 108th Precinct, according to Police Department statistics. Comment.
Astoria

State denounces Astoria electric antitrust settlement

The state Public Services Commission condemned a proposed $4.8 million settlement between the U.S. Department of Justice and Morgan Stanley over the financial services firm’s alleged violation of antitrust laws through selling derivatives to KeySpan, which once operated the Big Allis plant. Comment.
Kew Gardens

DOT says safety measures cut traffic fatalities in Queens

The final numbers are not in yet, but traffic deaths in Queens last year are expected to be at an all-time low, city Department of Transportation Queens Commissioner Maura McCarthy told the Borough Board Monday. Comments (1).
Bayside

Light display brightens lives at St. Mary’s

As part of an annual holiday tradition, one of Bayside’s most colorful homes is helping to brighten the lives of some children who can always use some extra cheer. Comment.
The Play’s the Thing

Unity Stage: A shining grassroots theater project

While I continue to look for a new venue for The Outrageous Fortune Company, homeless these past 18 months, Sofia Landon Geier and her Unity Stage Company continue to demonstrate that good theater can be performed almost anywhere. Established in 2009, Unity has found space in back rooms of restaurants, community centers, churches, basements, and you name it. Where there’s a will there’s a way, and Geier has the determination, energy and talent to make sure that her company succeeds. Comments (1).
Rego Park

Victim stabbed by two brothers during fight: DA

REGO PARK — Two brothers were arrested on New Year’s Day for allegedly beating and stabbing a man following an early morning argument, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Jamaica

School officer sold drugs in Jamaica: NYPD

JAMAICA — A school safety officer was arrested last week for selling drugs outside a private residence, police said. Comment.
Middle Village

Christ the King alum makes first collegiate appearance

Jeff Walz couldn’t help but notice something different about Bria Smith at practice as he was going over a scouting report. Comment.
The Civic Scene

Students face many obstacles just trying to do well in school

New York City is starting a new round of witch trials in our schools, just like the ones conducted last year. The witches are the schools accused of being failures. City education officials just announced that they want to close 19 failing schools while state education officials claim 104 Queens schools were in need of improvement under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Comment.
Editorial

Prescription Benefits in Danger

Imagine that one day you head to a local pharmacy to pick up a prescription and find out the store no longer accepts your employer’s pharmacy plan. This could happen soon consumers in New York state if the Federal Trade Commission signs off on a plan to merge two of the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit managers. Comment.
Letters

Mind the use of certain words

The headline of a story in the Dec. 22-28 edition of the Bayside Times read, “Bayside priest jailed for 5 years.” Comments (1).

Friday, Jan. 13, 2012

Long Island City

7 train to be closed weekends Jan. 21 to April 2

MTA officials announced at a town hall Wednesday the No. 7 line will be closed at all Long Island City stops for 11 weekends for repairs. Comment.
Ridgewood

DA busts dozen in connection with drug sales at end of ‘Heroin Highway’

District Attorney Richard Brown coined yet another unflattering nickname for a Queens thoroughfare Friday morning when he announced the results of a massive drug bust involving suspected dealers in the borough and well-to-do customers in Suffolk and Nassau counties. Comments (4).
Astoria

Detained dad reunited with family

After her father was released Dec. 22 from a nine-month detention by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 8-year-old Sanjana Hussain said she had the best New Year’s ever. Comment.
Jamaica

Murders fall in SE Queens

The three precincts covering southeast Queens saw significant declines in the number of murders in 2011, but those gains have been overshadowed by the increase in other crime sectors in the area, police statistics show. Comment.
Forest Hills

Forest Hills saw crime spike in 2011

Crime in Forest Hills and Rego Park jumped 13 percent between 2010 and 2011, according to NYPD statistics. Comment.
Flushing

Nurses slam Flushing Hospital for suspending pension

Unionized nurses negotiating a contract with Flushing Hospital are furious that management did not sign an agreement to continue their pension plans while the two sides duke it out at the bargaining table. Comment.
Flushing

Leaky roof at JHS 237 tops CEC 25’s wish list

Community Education Council District 25 voted last week for five school building problems it would most like to see fixed by the city, although that hardly means the projects are a done deal. Comment.
Cambria Heights

Cambria Heights students relishes her spectacular gig

What started out as an unexpected call from an acting school has turned into a budding career that has spanned TV and stage for one Queens elementary school student. Comments (7).
Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens’ artist Sandy Ryan finds inspiration from her marathon running and triathlons

Longtime Kew Gardens’ resident Sandy Ryan can sum up most of her days with three simple, if not exhausting, verbs: Run, paint, teach. Comments (3).
Jamaica

Cabbie raped and robbed his passenger: Police

BROOKLYN — A Jamaica cab driver was arrested Monday for allegedly raping and robbing a passenger last spring, police said. Comment.
Springfield Gardens

Serial robber caught in Springfield Gdns.: Cops

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS — Investigators used extensive detective work to apprehend last week a man who was wanted in a string of robberies in southeast Queens since October, police said. Comment.
Broadway-Flushing

Molloy guard fired up by competitive NJ squad

Immaculate Conception guard Kelcey Castro dribbled up the floor and shook Amani Tatum with a quick crossover, leaving the Molloy guard fallen on the hardwood floor. The mostly pro-New Jersey crowd let out oohs and ahhs and Castro buried a three-pointer from the top of the key. Comment.
Editorial

Prescription Benefits in Danger

Imagine that one day you head to a local pharmacy to pick up a prescription and find out the store no longer accepts your employer’s pharmacy plan. This could happen soon to New York state consumers if the Federal Trade Commission signs off on a plan to merge two of the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit managers. Comments (3).
Letters

CUNY still remains affordable for pupils

Regarding the Dec. 1-7 TimesLedger Newspaper article “Students protest as CUNY hikes tuition,” I am pleased to share several unreported data points on the value and affordability of a City University of New York education and its benefits for our students. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012

South Jamaica

School bus ends up on lawn of South Jamaica home after crash

Two people were injured in a two-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon when a school bus plowed through a brick fence and into a home in South Jamaica, according to police. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside has city’s lowest death rate: Report

Bayside once again has the lowest death rate in New York City with Queens Village and Flushing close behind in a report proclaiming that the city keeps getting healthier. Comment.
Bayside

111th crime down 7.4 percent

The 111th Precinct had two murders in 2011 as overall crime declined by 7.4 percent from the previous year, according to Capt. Ron Leyson. Comment.
South Ozone Park

Genting, state want addition to racino site

Genting, the company behind the racino at Aqueduct Racetrack, is in discussions with the state to construct and finance the country’s largest convention center at the South Ozone Park site and expects at least 20,000 jobs to be created by the project. Comment.
Flushing

FAA gives green light to RKO Keith’s revamp

The federal government has decided that the proposed renovation of the RKO Keith’s Theatre in downtown Flushing would not pose a hazard to planes landing and taking off from LaGuardia Airport. Comments (2).
South Ozone Park

Cuomo unveils his vision for new convention center

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he wants the Aqueduct racino in South Ozone Park to be the site of the nation’s largest convention center during his State of the State address last week. Comment.
Flushing

Alleged Flushing gang head indicted

Ten suspected members of the MS-13 gang were charged last week with violent crimes involving baseball bats and machetes, but the indictment read in Brooklyn federal court also provided a picture of rivalries played out on the streets of Flushing. Comments (1).
Bayside

Congressman says Bayside Hills, Auburndale may not be his anymore

Newly elected U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Middle Village) paid his first, and possibly last, visit to Community Board 11 last week when he talked about his experiences in Washington thus far and his stance on issues concerning the district. Comment.
Flushing

CB 7 rejects Mormon plan

Community Board 7 roundly rejected plans Monday night from the Mormon church to build a two-story chapel on 33rd Avenue that required exemptions from zoning laws. Comment.
St. Albans

St. Albans VA supporters take fight to Web

A group of concerned Queens residents is using the Internet to send a message to the president to get him to support a measure that would help halt any attempt to break up the site of the St. Albans VA hospital. Comments (2).
St. Albans

Brother of NFL player shot

The brother of an NFL player was shot outside his new business in St. Albans Friday, and as police tried to track down clues the football star was pleading with the public to help bring justice to his sibling. Comment.
Jamaica

Accused firebomber denied bail

The man accused of firebombing a Jamaica mosque and four other places in southeast Queens and Long Island was ordered last week to be held behind bars for the time being and prosecutors say his remanding was necessary to protect society. Comment.
Flushing

Police target illegal Flushing bar activity

Flushing police have started their 2012 crackdown on illegal activity in the area’s drinking establishments, arresting a woman on charges of possessing drugs at a downtown bar whose legal address was questioned in an earlier report. Comments (3).
Far Rockaway

Ramrattan gets 32 years for rape and conspiracy

Seemona Sumasar said following the sentencing of Jerry Ramrattan, who raped her and then enacted an elaborate framing scheme that put her in prison for months, she would have to rebuild from the damage the ex-boyfriend had done to her life. Comments (2).
Broadway-Flushing

Samaritan Village, Outreach team up

Two of the borough’s longest-running centers for substance abuse victims are now joining forces to help a larger group of patients. Comment.
Springfield Gardens

Springfield Gardens man shot dead

Police were looking for clues into the murder of a mechanic outside his Springfield Gardens home Friday afternoon. Comment.
Education

Education dollars at stake

Stalled negotiations between the city Department of Education and the United Federation of Teachers over a teacher-evaluation system could contribute to Queens schools losing their share of hundreds of millions of federal education dollars. Comment.
Corona

Boro man charged with child porn possession: DA

CORONA — A 35-year-old Corona man was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court Tuesday on more than 3,000 counts of possessing and promoting child pornography, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Jamaica

Russell hits career milestone at BK

Tyshawn Russell, of Brooklyn College, has put together an impressive basketball career over the last four years with the Bulldogs, massing just over 1,000 points, as well as 203 rebounds, 172 assists and 134 steals. Comment.
Flushing

Holy Cross rolls over Molloy for 10th overall victory

Holy Cross was patient, it was unselfish and there was no greater example of that than at the end of the third quarter. Comment.
Dishing with Dee

New Year’s brunch attracts who’s who of boro leaders

Hopefully, the holiday party season is finally beginning to wind down. I don’t mind feeling dead tired, but when you look in the mirror and you look dead tired, that’s where you have to draw the line. Comments (1).

Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012

Oakland Gardens

Cops seek missing Oakland Gardens teen

The police are asking for the public’s assistance in their search for an Oakland Gardens teenager who has been missing since Friday. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Bellerose artist to rhyme at SEVA event

A South Asian rapper who grew up in Bellerose is using his name to promote a borough group’s effort to highlight the importance of the upcoming state redistricting battle. Comment.
Long Island City

CB 2 ready to protest against LIC strip club

Community Board 2 Chairman Joseph Conley announced at the board’s monthly meeting last Thursday that it will be hosting a rally this Thursday at 10 a.m. against strip club Gypsy Rose getting a liquor license. Comment.
Corona

Hispanic community celebrates Three Kings Day in Corona

Hundreds of people came out Saturday in Corona to mark one of the most celebrated holidays in the Latino community. Comment.
Transit

Lhota approved as MTA head by state Senate

The state Senate has unanimously approved as MTA chairman Joseph Lhota, who promised to “create a more efficient and effective MTA.” Comment.
Transit

Special transit schedule in place for Martin Luther King Day

MTA subways, buses and commuter trains will run on special schedules on Martin Luther King Day Monday, Jan. 16. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 6, 2012

Flushing

Feds nab suspected international gang members based out of Flushing

Eight alleged members of the international organized crime syndicate MS-13 were charged Thursday with racketeering in connection with several violent crimes carried out in Flushing. Comment.
Flushing

Cops vow crackdown on boro bars

Northeast Queens police said they will focus on bars and restaurants operating illegally in 2012, but community leaders said more needs to be done on a state level and cited a Flushing watering hole with a questionable liquor license as an example. Comment.

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