Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Fresh Meadows

Rozic eyeing Lancman seat

A former state Assembly insider has rolled out her own efforts for Assemblyman Rory Lancman’s (D-Fresh Meadows) seat. Comments (1).
Broad Channel

Turner targets center to take senator’s name

Birdwatchers and animal enthusiasts have flocked to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge since 1972 — and now an elected official seeks to honor the man who helped establish it. Comments (1).
Astoria

Man gets 20 to life for Astoria murder

A Brooklyn man who shot a 22-year-old Astoria Houses resident as he was packing up to move to North Carolina was sentenced by a Queens Supreme Court judge to 20 years to life in prison last week, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comments (5).
Long Island City

Missing man from LIC sought by the police

LONG ISLAND CITY — Police were looking for the public’s assistance in finding a missing man from Long Island City within the 114th Precinct, the NYPD said. Comment.
Flushing

Nonprofit encourages competitive swimming

Jumping into a pool or the ocean seems like an innocent way of cooling off during the hot summer months, but each year many young people risk drowning because they never learned how to swim. Comment.

Monday, June 18, 2012

East Elmhurst

Children race to victory in E. Elmhurst soap box derby

They are not even old enough for a learner’s permit, but two young speed devils tore down 23rd Avenue in East Elmhurst Saturday to take the top prizes in the Flushing Meadow Soap Box Derby. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Circus worker dies in fatal Fresh Meadows bike accident: NYPD

A man who was working at a circus temporarily set up in Fresh Meadows died in a bicycle accident Saturday evening, according to police. Comment.
Maspeth

Maspeth stairs need a lift

It’s no stairway to heaven. Comment.
St. Albans

Boro clergy hear Thompson

Bill Thompson picked up the check for breakfast early Tuesday morning in St. Albans, where he stopped by to gather the support of community leaders in his bid for the 2013 mayoral election. Comment.
Woodside

Woodside floods reviewed

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) and City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) met with city Department of Environmental Protection officials and Woodside residents Monday about chronic flooding along 48th Avenue. Comment.
Astoria

Cops seek missing boro man from 114th Precinct

ASTORIA — The NYPD was looking for help in locating a missing Astoria man who lives within the 114th Precinct, police said. Comment.
Jamaica

Downtown Jamaica Music Festival

A performance, entitled “Jazz Night,” kicked off the Downtown Jamaica Music Festival last Thursday. The concert series is co-sponsored by the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation. Comment.
Letters

Vote to preserve your individualism

Elections have become public auctions of private goods. Voters have figured out that they could vote themselves more money from the treasury by voting for people who promised to give them more money in exchange for electing them. Comment.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Ozone Park

Driver dead after fleeing accident, plowing into parked cars in Ozone Park: NYPD

An out-of-control car smashed into several parked vehicles and an electronics shop along Atlantic Avenue early Saturday morning, killing the driver who had fled from an earlier fender bender in Brooklyn, police said. Comment.
Astoria

Tragic General Slocum fire remembered in Astoria Park

Before the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, the largest loss of life in the city’s history occurred on a June day in 1904 when more than 1,000 people died when the General Slocum caught fire in the East River off Astoria. Comment.
Flushing

Publisher Lee declares run for Meng seat

The owner of a Korean newspaper announced his candidacy for the newly created Flushing state Assembly seat and provided a candid account of Queens politics in the process. Comments (4).
Bellerose

Bellerose teachers battle for a better cause at PS 186

The gymnasium inside PS 186 The Castlewood School was booming with students’ cheers Monday as nearly 350 of them pounded on the ground with their fists to root for their respective teachers’ teams. Inside the arena of rowdy kids stood 39 instructors at the school ready for battle. Comment.
Bayside

Electeds battle to save Beacon from budget ax

Area politicians have not eased up on their efforts to save a popular after-school program from being cut. Comments (2).
Steinway

Cops hunt for two men who robbed jewelry store

STEINWAY — The NYPD was looking for two suspects wanted in connection with a grand larceny within the 114th Precinct, police said. Comment.
Ozone Park

Crossing guard injured child in Ozone Pk.: Cops

OZONE PARK — A city employee was arrested and charged with choking a child, the NYPD said. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

SJU’s best power hitter picked by Padres in draft

What a week it has been for the St. John’s baseball team. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

SJU alumna competes in Adidas Grand Prix

While Priscilla Frederick was competing against the NCAA’s top competitors in the high jump, St. John’s alumna Grace Zollman battled the world’s best at the Adidas Grand Prix at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island over the weekend. Comment.
Jamaica

Daughters of the American Revolution at Prospect Cemetery Chapel in Jamaica

Officers for the newly-formed “Increase Carpenter Chapter” of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) were installed during a ceremony at the historic Prospect Cemetery Chapel of the Sisters on the campus of York College. Comment.
Editorial

An Unprovoked Assault?

The report that a Queens Supreme Court judge may have been beaten by an NYPD officer in Jackson Heights is disturbing. Comments (2).
Letters

Do not implement Secure Communities in Queens

We, as members of the New York City Council, who represent immigrant communities throughout the city, are disappointed in your decision to deploy Secure Communities in New York City. Implementation of this policy will have devastating effects on the city’s immigrant communities. You should not activate this program in New York. Comment.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Flushing

NYHQ tracks diverse cancers

Treating cancer in the diverse population of Queens is unlike treating the disease anywhere else in the country, top oncologists at New York Hospital Queens said. Comment.
Glendale

Pols host job fair for Queens vets back at home

American war veterans often return home to waiting loved ones, but not always to waiting jobs. Comment.
Bayside

Avella calls on city to address tax lien evasion

Citing apparent attempts to beat the system, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) criticized the city Department of Finance, accusing it of allowing delinquent property owners who failed to pay their property taxes to remove their properties from the annual tax lien sale by submitting fraudulent checks. Comment.
South Ozone Park

Wills gives District 27 distance learning tool

MS 226 in South Ozone Park received a visit from two heavyweight educators — one in person and one virtually — last week as the school showed off a piece of new technology that City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) secured for his district. Comment.
College Point

Powell’s Cove sewage outflow to be rerouted

The city hopes to stop the overflow of sewage into Powell’s Cove with improvements to sewer infrastructure and the Tallman Island Wastewater Treatment Plant. Comments (1).
Far Rockaway

Mother gets 10 years for shaking baby to death

FAR ROCKAWAY — A Far Rockaway mother was sentenced to 10 years in prison for violently shaking her 7-month-old daughter, who later died of the injuries she sustained, District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (1).
Far Rockaway

Ex-Far Rock man faces 25 years in robbery

FAR ROCKAWAY — A former Far Rockaway man was convicted of attempted murder and other charges for the shooting and robbery of another man in July 2007, the district attorney said. Comment.
Bayside

BKNY: Big Thailand taste by way of Bayside

BKNY Thai looks less like a quality restaurant, than it does a slightly disreputable nightclub. The view from the parking lot is overseen by a colorful graffiti-style mural of Bangkok. The dim, cavernous interior is dominated by a large u-shaped bar with plenty of large TVs. We came early, and wondered when the real party animals arrive. Comments (3).
QueensLine

Ex-Kew Gdns. resident Landau an Oscar, Golden Globe winner

Martin Landau is a film and television actor born in Brooklyn. Sources disagree about his date of birth, with some claiming June 20, 1928, and others the same date but in 1931. Comment.
College Point

Volunteers flock to MacNeil Park for Relay

Dozens of volunteers walked overnight at MacNeil Park Saturday as part of the 2012 Relay for Life in College Point. The event raised more than $32,000 for the American Cancer Society, according to the organization’s website. Comment.
Editorial

The Nanny State

Sitting inside one of the more popular fast food restaurants in the city, a reader watched as a young girl danced to the music playing over the eatery’s sound system. The child was happy and full of life. Comments (3).
Letters

U.S. must increase military strength

With our military budget calling for large reductions in military personnel and weaponry, our nation needs to watch two powerful nations: Russia and China. Comments (2).

Friday, June 15, 2012

Elmhurst

Man charged in Elmhurst woman’s slay

A employee at a Peruvian restaurant was arrested Thursday on charges of killing an Elmhurst woman late Monday night, police said. Comments (2).
Maspeth

St. Saviour’s could rise at Onderdonk

A deal to save a historic Maspeth building is on the table but far from done. Comment.
No Holds Barred

History Lesson No. 3 for Mr. Turner

Before we continue with our history lesson, I would ask Mr. Turner to clear up a question for all of us. Recently, in the mail, I received a flier about the three Republicans who are vying for the right to run against U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.). Turner is one of them. Comments (4).
Flushing

CB 7 blasts USTA for Open fax paux

Community Board 7 took the United States Tennis Association to task, gave the thumbs up for a zoning change to help a College Point landscaping business and shot down a one-way street proposal at its Monday night meeting. Comment.
Bayside

111th Precinct awards top cops

Commanding Officer Jason Huerta of the 111th Precinct, said there were a lot of people who contributed to the overall success of the department throughout the year, but for the six honorees at last week’s annual community council awards, their service made the selection process easy. Comments (1).
Rego Park

Lancman blasts Crowley, Meng on Social Security

State Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) went on the offensive Tuesday, saying he is the only candidate in the race for the newly created congressional seat centered around Flushing who has a plan to fix Social Security. Comments (2).
Queens Village

Union Rags wins 144th Belmont Stakes

It took Union Rags just over 2 minutes 30 seconds to win the Belmont Stakes, but for both aficionados and casual race fans alike, the 144th edition of the “Test of the Champion” provided an entire day’s worth of spectacle. Comment.
Bayside

Cardozo talks books with Astoria author

Author Paul Volponi said he talks to young readers throughout the country, but especially likes visiting the students at Bayside’s Cardozo High School. Comment.

LIRR expands its Quiet Car program during rush hour

The Long Island Rail Road plans to increase its Quiet Car program starting Monday as the result of what LIRR President Helena Williams calls “very positive response from our customers.” Comment.
Bayside

Avella, Concannon get backing from parties in state Senate race

The race for northeast Queens’ state Senate seat heated up with party endorsements for candidates on both sides of the aisle as they gear up for the Nov. 6 election. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Jax Heights man had cocaine and $68K: Cops

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Two men, one from Jackson Heights and another from Elizabeth, N.J., were arraigned last week on charges of drug possession after state Police Special Investigations Unit officers seized cocaine from them during an investigation in Jackson Heights, the city Special Narcotics Prosecutor’s Office said. Comment.
The Play’s the Thing

Theater rats hit the gym and find camaraderie

I was never a gym guy, but some stints a few years ago led me to the Cardiac Health Center, a small workout facility run by New York Hospital Queens, where members of the mainly Medicare generation exercise to keep up with their grandchildren and all you other kids. It’s a friendly place, staffed by medical pros who look after your health and show you how to work the equipment, and frequented by a lot of interesting old-timers who have some good stories to tell. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Frederick ends it on a high note

Priscilla Frederick, the St. John’s University high jump record holder, competed in her last meet as a member of the Red Storm with an 11th place finish in the high jump at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. Comment.
The Civic Scene

Big business harms city public schools and students

Down from 33, the city now wants to close 24 city high schools and reopen them using $60 million in federal turnaround money administered by the state. Seven Queens schools are on this list. The city Department of Education wants to close the schools in the fall, bring in a new principal, fire all the staff and let 50 percent come back and then hire 50 percent new teachers. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Taste of LIC raises funds for Chocolate Factory

The seventh-annual Taste of LIC, held at Gantry Plaza State Park, featured more than 50 restaurants and 100 local businesses. The event, which raised money for The Chocolate Factory Theater’s 2012-13 season of dance, theater, music and multimedia performances, was sponsored by TF Cornerstone and JetBlue. Comment.
Editorial

The Hero from Whitestone

When the New York Mets announced last fall that they would not be resigning popular shortstop Jose Reyes, fans entered a state of depression. Even in a mediocre season — and last season was less than that — watching Reyes was worth the price of admission. Comments (47).
Letters

Astoria, LIC need another hospital

As an Astoria resident, I have often walked along 30th Avenue, passing by Mt. Sinai Astoria Hospital. I have watched as senior citizens enter the outpatient area arriving for scheduled appointments. Often an ambulance will arrive, with flashing lights and sirens blaring. Comment.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Willets Point

Bloomberg unveils Willets Point plans

The mayor ended weeks of speculation about the city’s plans for Willets Point Thursday by unveiling a tweaked vision of the development in which Citi Field would be flanked on both sides by retail and housing. Comments (2).
Jamaica

Councilman Wills in hot water over AG probe

City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) was banned from dishing out funds to his district Monday amid claims by state investigators that he failed fully cooperate with a probe of a $33,000 state grant that has allegedly gone missing after it was given to a nonprofit headed by the council member. Comments (1).
Kew Gardens

Crowded boro gets 15,676 school seats

City School Construction Authority President Lorraine Grillo told a Borough Board meeting Monday that more than 15,676 new school seats for Queens have funding, but the organization is still looking for sites to put them and has a need for 6,380 more. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Boro judge recovering from blow

A Queens Supreme Court judge is still recuperating after he said a NYPD officer attacked him and other bystanders watching an arrest last week in Jackson Heights, sparking multiple investigations into the incident. Comment.
Laurelton

Laurelton woman shares in ‘Porgy and Bess’ Tony award

It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy for one Laurelton musician whose adaptation of “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” is enjoying a run on Broadway by winning the coveted Tony Award for the best revival of a musical. Comment.
South Ozone Park

Officials believe Queens has convention potential

Developers have begun to make pitches to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for a new casino and convention center in the state, but officials still want Queens to be a viable option. Comment.
Ozone Park

Kingpin in murder, burglary plots gets 50 yrs

An Ozone Park man who masterminded a crime spree that led to the cold-blooded murder of pizzeria owner’s son was sentenced to spend at least the next 50 years behind bars Monday. Comments (5).
Springfield Gardens

Candidates for Congress spar

A little more than two weeks before the June 26 Democratic Party primary, the three challengers for southeast Queens’ congressional seat gathered last week in Springfield Gardens, where they laid out their platforms. Comment.
Flushing

Queens College unveils new face of Kupferberg Center

The head of Queens College predicted Monday that recently completed renovations on campus would usher in a new age of art and culture in the borough. Comment.
Kew Gardens

S. Asians seek multi-language info for voters

Results from the 2010 U.S. census showed that enough Asian Indians in Queens lacked English proficiency to trigger a federal law requiring an additional written language to be added to voting materials, but which language to pick has been the source of some contention heading into election season. Comments (2).
Rosedale

Group stands on guard for geese throughout city parks

The roar of giant passenger planes landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport continuously interrupts the relative quiet of a fresh water pond in Brookville Park in Rosedale. Comments (23).
Flushing

Asian leaders question Dems’ Liu snub

A group of Asian-American leaders in Queens is demanding an explanation from state Democrats as to why they did not invite city Comptroller John Liu to the national convention in September. Comment.
Bayside

Bell Blvd. bustles with Bayside business at BID arts fair

Vendors, local businesses, shoppers and even some high-kicking martial artists packed 41st Avenue near the Long Island Rail Road station Saturday for the Bayside Village Business Improvement District’s summer arts fair. Comment.
Flushing

Selfless students bag awards

It was a star-studded affair at PS 107 last week, when elementary students from around District 25 trickled into the school’s auditorium to receive awards for community service, leadership or for simply imparting a bit of wisdom to their classmates. Comment.
Jamaica

Cuomo brings job fair to York College

Job seekers lined up at York College last week to take advantage of one of the 11 job fairs held across the state under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s NY Works program. Comment.
Auburndale

Breathing life through art

A new art exhibition explores the origins of human life through abstract sculptures and paintings. Artist Dong Hee Lee’s new solo exhibition, “The Story of Life,” runs through July 1 at the Yegam Art Space at 196-50 Northern Blvd. in Flushing. Comment.
Bayside

Vacancy Notice: Assistant Women’s Volleyball Coach

Queensborough Community College in Bayside is searching for a qualified, part-time assistant women’s volleyball coach. Comment.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Rockaway Beach

Rockaway Beach man charged with rape

ROCKAWAY BEACH — A 22-year-old man was arrested and charged in the rape of a woman in Rockaway Beach early Sunday, the NYPD said. Comments (7).
Jamaica

Queens art festival to shape our world

What if artists were asked to solve some of society’s most vexing problems from housing and health care to fixing the economy? Comment.
Elmhurst

Mittman to run on making health care affordable

Bayside allergist Dr. Robert Mittman held his first news conference late last month, where as a self-proclaimed citizen candidate running for the newly created congressional seat centered around Flushing, he sought to portray himself as different from the other three politicians in the Democratic Party primary. Comment.
Elmhurst

Woman dies after stabbing in Elmhurst

A 33-year-old Elmhurst woman who had roots in the Bronx was fatally stabbed Monday night allegedly by a man who neighbors said was her boyfriend. Comments (2).
Astoria

Giants lineman smashed car after drinking in Astoria: DA

From the time of his rookie season, when he was the only newbie in the National Football League to start all 16 games at the same position, David Diehl has been a model of dependability for the New York Giants. Comment.
South Jamaica

Two men dead in separate South Jamaica shootings

Police were searching for clues Tuesday as they investigated two deadly South Jamaica shootings. Comments (4).
Far Rockaway

Teen swimmer dies off coast of Rockaways

FAR ROCKAWAY — A swimmer off the beach in Far Rockaway drowned last weekend after a 40-minute search, police said. Comment.
Forest Hills

Community hunts sex predator

Elected officials are urging residents to stay vigilant and be on alert for a knife-wielding sex offender in Forest Hills. Comment.
Long Island City

Vocational ace kept cool but team failed to deliver

Daniel Corona knew despite the high stakes nothing was different in this game than the rest of the season. Comment.
Middle Village

Calhoun advances in Rose

Sierra Calhoun treated it like any other game, but knew there was a little something extra to this one. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s baseball ends bid at Arizona

Sean Hagan had himself a strong beginning to the biggest start of his career and St. John’s walked off the field after a scoreless top of the first inning. Comment.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Elmhurst

Elmhurst woman stabbed to death in apartment

A 33-year-old woman who once lived in the Bronx died after she was allegedly stabbed Monday night in a seventh-floor Elmhurst apartment by a man who neighbors said was her boyfriend. Comments (1).

Monday, June 11, 2012

Jamaica

Tip of the week

Jackson Heights

Queens’ tastemaster leads Fiesta Crawl

Tasting tours, and other culinary events are more of a calling than a business proposition to Jeff Orlick. Comment.

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