Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Sunnyside

Two teenagers robbed woman of iPhone: Cops

SUNNYSIDE — Police were looking for two teenagers suspected of stealing an iPhone from a young woman in Sunnyside. Comment.
Corona

Jax Hts man breaks bar window with rock: DA

CORONA — A Jackson Heights man had one on the rocks at a 37th Avenue bar this month, but it landed him in the back of a cruiser, according to the Queens district attorney. Comment.
Long Island City

LIC Web designers serve as biz middlemen

Navigating a trade show or any networking event can be a daunting experience for someone in business looking to promote a service. In order to make a profitable business connection, one must sift through hundreds of people to find a link that will grow their company and make some money in the process. Comment.
Letters

People suffer while Big Oil prospers

In the May 3-9 edition of the Bayside Times, there was a letter from Joanna Livingstone relating to the March 29 vote to block legislation which would strip billions of dollars in tax breaks for the biggest U.S. oil companies (“Big oil does not deserve more money from government.”). Comment.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Forest Hills

Man and woman robbed blind person, 68: Cops

FOREST HILLS — Police were looking for a man and a woman suspected of stealing from a 68-year-old blind woman in a Forest Hills subway station and then using her credit cards last month. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Man robbed Dunkin’ Donuts with gun: Cops

JAMAICA ESTATES — Police were looking for a man suspected of robbing a Dunkin’ Donuts in Jamaica Estates Friday night. Comment.
Cartoon

Tip of the week

Letters

Take steps to make planet greener

The May 3-9 TimesLedger Newspapers article “Boro turns out to recycle” is a great example of celebrating Earth Day every day. Besides recycling newspapers, magazines, glass, plastics, old medicines, paints and cleaning materials, there are other actions you can take which will also contribute to a cleaner environment. Comment.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Bayside

Qns County Dems back Iannece for Assembly

Jerry Iannece’s bid for the 25th state Assembly District received a thumbs-up from both local and boroughwide groups this week. Comments (3).
College Point

College Pt. baseball field renamed for coach — again

In 1994, a baseball field in College Point was named after Fred Schade, a founder and longtime member of the neighborhood’s Little League, and now the field will bear his name once again for the first time in more than a decade. Comment.
Bay Terrace

Fort Totten hosts eighth walk for St. Mary’s Hospital

Hundreds of St. Mary’s staff, patients and their families enjoyed a stroll around Fort Totten and other fun activities Sunday for the hospital’s eighth annual fund-raiser walk. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Meng wants lockbox for city transportation funds

Transportation infrastructure in Queens needs undivided attention and funds, state Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) said last week. Comment.
Jamaica

Two women robbed nail salon, didn’t pay bill: DA

JAMAICA — Two women roughed up a nail salon worker, grabbed some cash and then skipped out on the bill on Jamaica Avenue earlier this month, according to a complaint from the Queens district attorney. Comment.
Flushing

Police look for missing teen from Flushing

FLUSHING — Police were searching for a Flushing teenager who went missing from her home Monday. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

St. Francis Prep conquers Mary Louis in semis

St. Francis Prep’s softball celebration didn’t stop on the field at Cunningham Park. Comment.
Editorial

Lipstick on the DOE Pig

City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced the fancy new names for the high schools in Queens he is closing last week. Comment.
Letters

Reform BSA in favor of people living in Queens

New York is a city of neighborhoods. Whether it is the townhouses uptown, the brownstones in Brooklyn or the single-family homes of Whitestone, when you buy or rent a home here, you are getting more than a place to sleep — you are getting the surrounding neighborhood. Comments (5).

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Flushing

Bowne HS tutoring firm targeted by comptroller

A Flushing high school had the highest number of students in the city who used a free tutoring service accused of receiving questionable payments from the city Department of Education, the city comptroller said. Comment.
South Jamaica

Huntley tackles stop-and-frisk

Jacques Leandre, a community attorney, told a group of about 15 people at the Springfield Community Church in South Jamaica Saturday that minority members of the community need to know their rights and become more active in community policing efforts to fight unreasonable stop-and-frisks. Comment.
Willets Point

New plans for Willets Pt. shift as city remains silent: Report

The city is staying mum on its deal with developers to put retail space and hotels around Citi Field after the mayor withdrew his bid to use eminent domain to acquire property in Willets Point earlier this month, but members of the real estate community are expecting an official announcement soon. Comment.
Queensbridge

Corner bears name of LIC leader

The unveiling of “Bishop Moses Taylor Way” in Queensbridge Sunday served not only as an honor to the memory of a neighborhood religious and community leader, but also his legacy. Comment.
Douglaston

Douglaston neighbor buzzed on beekeeping

Nothing makes Douglaston’s Ruth Harrigan buzz more than bees, and with four hives of her own, she keeps busy with her winged workmates. Comment.
Hollis

Malcolm Smith hears youths’ concerns on violence

Whether he did it intentionally or not, state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans) chose a grimly appropriate setting for his forum on youth violence last week. Comment.
Middle Village

Three unions endorse Crowley in congressional race

City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) cleaned up graffiti in her district and cut the ribbon on new school computers as she continued to rack up union endorsements for her congressional run last week. Comment.
St. Albans

Man assaulted with pole in St. Albans: DA

ST. ALBANS — A Jamaica man has been arraigned on charges of attacking another man with a metal pole on a street in St. Albans in November, the Queens District Attorney’s office said. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Turquoise Kosher: A Fresh Meadows fish flop

Kosher restaurants fall into two absolutely separate categories: those that serve meat, and those that don’t. Virtually all New Yorkers have at least a passing acquaintance with kosher-style meats like corned beef and pastrami, and outside of New York, restaurants will even refer to those delicacies as “New York-style.” Comments (1).
Bayside

Being His Own Icon

Even a fuzzy cell phone connection couldn’t temper the unbridled enthusiasm for creating art that Bayside artist Nicholai Khan has in abundance. Comment.
Kew Gardens Hills

Police seek missing man in poor mental health

KEW GARDENS HILLS — Police were on the lookout for a 51-year-old man last seen in Kew Gardens Hills earlier in March. Comment.
Flushing

Franny Lew ace gets chance

Jonathan Bobea has major-league scouts tracking him, Division I schools vying for his services. Comment.
Editorial

Postal Facility Saved

The U.S. Postal Service has decided not to shut down the Queens Processing and Distribution Center in College Point, a move that will save more than 700 jobs. Comments (1).
Letters

Stop noise from motorcycles

Forest Hills is turning into a motordrome for motorcyclists. They seem to come from the Jackie Robinson Parkway. Comment.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Whitestone

Halloran recovering after successful surgery: Chief of Staff

Days after he underwent a neurosurgical procedure to remove a benign tumor, City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) took to Facebook to update followers on his recovery. Comments (1).
Little Neck

111th investigates apparent suicide in Little Neck

Police were investigating an apparent suicide Thursday evening after they said a man was found dead outside a house in Little Neck. Comments (4).
Flushing

Meng explains bid for House

State Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) hopes to bring jobs back to America from abroad if she is elected to the new Queens congressional seat in September, she told TimesLedger Newspapers in a sit-down interview last week. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Eerie history threatens Brinckerhoff sanctity

The thought of developers digging a foundation on the site of the Brinckerhoff Cemetery in Fresh Meadows is something most speakers at last week’s public hearing found horrifying, but it has happened in New York City before. Comments (1).
Oakland Gardens

Playground poised to reopen after fire

Eight months of waiting will soon come to an end as the new playground in Alley Pond Park rises from the place where ashes once were scattered, according to the city Parks Department. Comment.
Transit

East Side Access delayed until 2019

MTA officials, who recently disclosed yet another delay in the East Side Access project, now say there is more bad news: It will now cost $8.3 billion. Comment.
Technology

Google to donate space for Roosevelt Island tech campus

While Long Island City waits for Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology’s to build their graduate institute on Roosevelt Island, Google has offered it a temporary home. Comment.
Bellerose

ICCC looking for new way into Creedmoor campus

Since its attempt to acquire more land on the Creedmoor Psychiatric Campus in Bellerose fell through last year, the Indian Cultural and Community Center is hoping to provide alternative access to its proposed developments, but the community is reluctant to approve anything before investigations into the center’s controversial dealings are concluded. Comment.
Long Island City

LIC strip club to open minus liquor, clothes

A long-contentious Long Island City strip club is planning to open with a new name, no booze and possibly nude dancing. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Lancman calls for end to overconstruction

State Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) is ratcheting up his campaign in the prelude to the June primary. Comment.
Jamaica

JFK mail sorter accusing of stealing troop mail

The Invicta watch company plans to replace a timepiece that police said a mail sorter working at John F. Kennedy International Airport was wearing when he was arrested last week for allegedly pilfering packages that were headed for U.S. military troops in Germany, authorities said. Comment.
Rochdale Village

Cops nab dozens in SE Queens drug operation

His nickname was “The Ghost” and not even the people he worked with knew that his home was in Rochdale Village, police and prosecutors said. Comments (18).
Education

CDEC 29 to hit the books on middle-school choice program

Members of southeast Queens’ education council pledged last week to do their homework when considering a controversial plan that would allow parents to choose a middle school for their children. Comment.
Bayside

111th officer helped drug dealer: Feds

An officer from the 111th Precinct has been suspended without pay and faces several department sanctions, police said, after being charged with playing a part in assisting a Jamaica drug dealer. Comment.
Rockaway Park

Parks employee dies working on 9/11 memorial

ROCKAWAYS — Mayor Michael Bloomberg and city Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe announced Friday that a city worker died while working on the 9/11 Memorial in Tribute Park in the Rockaways. Comment.
Ozone Park

Jamaica man stabbed victim in rob attempt: DA

OZONE PARK — A Jamaica man has been arraigned on charges of assault and attempted robbery after he allegedly stabbed someone in the heart after he did not give up his phone, the Queens District Attorney’s office said. Comment.
Whitestone

Stolen credit card used to buy drugs: Police

WHITESTONE — Police released photos of a man and woman wanted in connection with using a woman’s credit card at a Jackson Heights drug store, according to the NYPD. Comments (31).
Astoria

Drunk officer caused accident with car: Cops

ASTORIA — Police said a member of the NYPD was arrested in Astoria Tuesday on charges of driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident. Comment.
Flushing

Man put hand between woman’s legs: Police

FLUSHING — Police were on the lookout for a individual who inappropriately touched a woman in Flushing earlier this month. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside coach comes back after neck tumor removal

Steve Piorkowski was mobbed by his Bayside players as he walked through the gates to the school’s softball field Friday. Comment.
QueensLine

Jax Hts. native Rickles still in limelight after 7 decades

Best known as an insult comedian and comic actor, Donald Jay Rickles was born May 8, 1926, and spent his early years in Jackson Heights. His father, Max, came to the United States from Lithuania in the early 20th century and his mother Etta was born to Austrian immigrants. Comment.
Editorial

Stop and Frisk Uproar

Ray Kelly may be one of the best police commissioners this city has ever had. He has fought tirelessly to get guns and drugs off the streets in neighborhoods that have suffered from gang violence. Because of his leadership, violent crime has declined in every borough. Comment.
Letters

City teachers need to work with a contract

Why is it that the United Federation of Teachers and the city Department of Education still have not been able to come to terms with regard to a new contract for the city’s 74,000 public school teachers? Comment.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Beechhurst

Funeral arrangements planned for Dee Richard

Tributes poured in for Dee Richard, the boroughh’s legendary political columnist. who died Tueusday afternoon at her Beechhurst home after a brief illness. She was 86. Comments (20).
Bayside

Bayside woman dies in apparent murder-suicide attempt: Police

A Bayside woman died after an argument with a man in their shared home Wednesday during what appeared to be a murder and failed attempted suicide, authorities said. Comments (3).
Flushing

Flushing man hacks wife with meat cleaver: NYPD

A man allegely hacked his wife with a meat cleaver in the couple’s Flushing apartment early Wednesday morning and then chased the bleeding woman into the street before he was subdued by his son, police said. Comment.
Long Island City

Urban design elements could fight obesity epidemic

In the midst of widespread infectious disease, New York City implemented numerous design changes more than 100 years ago that drastically improved its residents’ wellbeing. Comment.
Crime

Kelly plans to retrain cops

In response to criticisms over the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the department will begin retraining Impact Zone officers — such as those in the 103rd, 105th and 113th precincts in southeast Queens — in an attempt to de-escalate the tension that accompanies those encounters. Comment.
Bayside

Avella ensnared in Ozanam talks

Supporters of union workers at Ozanam Hall gathered outside the Bayside nursing home last week to call on the bishop of Brooklyn to put an end to policies they contend are detrimental to patient care, although one area lawmaker was noticeably missing. Comment.
Forest Hills Gardens

A hidden treasure crumbles under the weight of time

It might seem impossible during this hurried modern era, but there was a time when a Victorian tea party was quite the norm in Forest Hills. Comment.
Whitestone

Civic president boycotts meet held by Avella

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) held a town hall meeting last Thursday where city representatives were asked questions by northeast Queens residents and civic associations, although one neighborhood group that was not invited called for a boycott of the event. Comments (115).
Kew Gardens

Doomed trees at Boro Hall healthy: Firm

There is sap on their hands. Comments (1).
Bayside

BID board vote set for July

There has been a lot to talk about for members of the Bayside Village Business Improvement District throughout recent weeks. Comments (1).
Flushing

Suzuki complex eyes renters after 12-year vacancy

Residents at Bowne Tree in downtown Flushing once enjoyed a grassy courtyard in the middle of their horseshoe-shaped complex until 2000, when a notorious landlord shocked residents by tearing up the greenspace inside and putting another apartment building in its place. Comment.
Economy

City’s 1% made up 1/3 of 2009 income: Study

The richest 1 percent of New Yorkers received one-third of all city personal income in 2009, almost twice the share prevailing nationally, according to a new report. Comment.
Flushing

Queens congressional candidates trade few barbs at Main St. event

All six candidates vying for the new Queens congressional seat appeared at a tame forum at the Flushing branch of the Queens Public Library Monday night, where most of the political differences were along party lines. Comment.
Jamaica

Meeks lends a hand to help students with college loans

With student loan debt at an all-time high and the cost of certain federal student loans set to get even more expensive, U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) announced efforts to make an affordable education available to southeast Queens students. Comments (1).
Middle Village

Civic vies for grant to study air quality

A group seeking solutions to railroad pollution is up for an environmental award — one that could fast track its hopes for an air-quality survey. Comment.
Bayside

Oakland Lake Park path to be remodeled next year

Almost one year after the completion of a $2.5 million city Department of Environmental Protection project to improve stormwater runoff at Oakland Lake Park, the city Parks Department announced final plans to retool the area’s pathway for pedestrians. Comments (8).
South Ozone Park

Cuomo plans NYRA shift

After ousting two top executives in the wake of a scandal that saw bettors cheated out of $8.5 million, the New York Racing Association’s decision to fill the spots from within is not sitting well with the governor. Comments (2).
Elmhurst

Koslowitz taps Koo as ‘Person of Year’

In a night to honor Asian-American and Pacific Islander community members and culture, City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) named Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) Person of the Year at the Bethzatha Church of God in Elmhurst. Comment.
Elmhurst

Avella blasts Huang’s work

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) called upon Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the city Department of Buildings last Thursday to ban notorious developer Tommy Huang from continuing to do business in Queens and the city. Comments (1).
St. Albans

Two men shot dead over weekend in southeast Queens

Police were still searching for suspects in two separate murders that occurred in southeast Queens over the weekend, but neither of the men who were shot had been identified by the authorities. Comment.
St. Albans

Parents call for ouster of PS 118’s principal

A group of parents and teachers at the Lorraine Hansberry elementary school in St. Albans said Principal Cynthia Ofori-Feaster promised to take their school from an A to an A-plus when she started in 2008. Comment.
Rego Park

Gang of three robbed boro shoppers: Police

REGO PARK — Police were looking for two men and three women suspected of stealing from shoppers in Rego Park earlier this month. Comment.
Long Island City

American Studies wins volleyball title

Michal Kasza came into practice last week upset. Academy of American Studies beat Cardozo in the semifinals, but the Eagles dropped their first set of the season. Comment.
Dishing with Dee

Dee Richard’s last column for TimesLedger Newspapers

This week there were a number of interesting Queens events, as there usually are. Comment.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Whitestone

Halloran undergoes surgery to remove benign tumor

City Councilman Dan Halloran’s (R-Whitestone) congressional bid will be temporarily sidelined as the councilman undergoes a neurosurgical procedure to remove a benign tumor. Comments (1).
Little Neck

Little Neck Mem Day parade to feature Army unit, awards

It didn’t become known as the largest Memorial Day Parade in the country for nothing. Comment.
College Point

Postal Service keeps Queens center open

Queens elected officials welcomed the U.S. Postal Service’s decision last week to keep the Processing and Distribution Center in College Point open in a move that saved more than 700 jobs in the borough. Comment.
Bayside Hills

Adeline Jardula, 90

Adeline Melone Jardula, who lived in Bayside Hills from 1960-78, died May 16 at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington, Conn. She was 90. Comment.
Flushing

MLB picks Mets to host 2013 All-Star Game

The New York Mets aside, Citi Field is finally guaranteed to host a team of all-stars next year. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Rockaway rallies to rescue libraries

The fight to save city libraries from budget cuts took to the beach when a rally was held in Rockaway last Thursday. Comment.
Pomonok

Pomonok after-school program could get ax

The budget dance between City Hall and the City Council is underway, and Monday night a group of parents and children held a rally against proposed cuts that could wipe out an after-school program at Pomonok Houses. Comment.
Elmhurst

Cops seek two men in connection to murder

ELMHURST — Police have recently released video and photos of two men believed to have killed Demaso Llano, an 89-year-old supermarket co-owner who was found dead in his home this March. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Spellman exchanges words with commish

A bitter feud between Cardinal Spellman and CHSAA baseball Commissioner Wally Stampfel has reverberated throughout the league and has directly contributed to postponing two playoff games initially scheduled for Sunday. Comment.
College Point

Cars will be towed along parade route

The 109th Precinct will be towing illegally parked cars beginning Friday along the College Point Memorial Day Parade route beginning Friday, police said. Comments (10).

Monday, May 21, 2012

St. Albans

Two men shot dead over weekend in southeast Queens

Two young men were murdered in southeast Queens neighborhoods over the weekend and in both cases the culprits had not yet been arrested, police said. Comment.

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