Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Flushing

Qns Chamber gives two biz scholarships

Two Queens College students are making bright futures their business. Comment.
Willets Point

Willets bid process called into question

The winners of a bid to redevelop Willets Point may have had a leg up on the competition, although the city said the selection process was completely unbiased. Comments (4).
Bayside

Bayside burger spot offers only organic fare

A popular Astoria restaurant has migrated east, bringing a unique selection of organic chow to Bayside Comment.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Astoria

Mt. Sinai Queens Hospital celebrates 13th anniversary

Mount Sinai Queens Hospital in Astoria just turned 13, but at its anniversary party last Thursday Executive Director Caryn Schwab said the hospital did not see any bad luck ahead. Comment.
Bayside

Dozo’s Doyle tops Queens ballplayers

Queens had one of its best baseball years in a long time. Comments (6).
Education

Queens Fellowship offers professional development, networking

The Queens Fellowship is now recruiting mid- to senior-level Queens nonprofit, faith, government and community leaders for a nine-month professional and community development program. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Tip of the week

Letters

DOH must take care of Rockaways

First, I want to thank the members of our community who fought to keep Peninsula Hospital open. To those who spoke up at a recent public hearing held by the state Department of Health, I heard your concerns and share your outrage. It is unacceptable that the DOH has opted not to ensure that local families have access to the health care they need. Comment.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

College Point

West Nile victim’s son criticizes Avella

During a rally Sunday where state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and state Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz (D-Electchester) called upon the city to do more to fight West Nile Virus in the wake of a 70-year-old College Point woman’s death, the woman’s son accused the legislators of not doing enough. Comments (48).
Bay Terrace

Bayside golf benefit to boost local kids

After teeing off for the first time last year, a group of Bay Terrace residents will once again rally in support of neighbors, past and present. Comment.
Forest Hills Gardens

Ronald Miles Decker, 80

Ronald Miles Decker, of Alpharetta, Ga., and Haines Falls, N.Y., who grew up in Forest Hills Gardens, died June 17 at his home in Georgia after a long illness. He was 80. Comment.
Transit

MTA uses various methods warning of platform edges

The MTA is spreading the word on subway trains in five languages and even on MetroCards with the message “Stay away from the platform edge.” Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Rockaways man, 18, dies after being shot: Cops

ROCKAWAY BEACH — An 18-year-old Rockaway Beach man was fatally shot not far from his home early Friday morning, police said. Comment.
Middle Village

Christ the King’s Joyner gets new role in Conn.

In a year where things didn’t go nearly as planned for Kalief Joyner, the Christ the King football star was thrown another curveball when he arrived for practice for the Empire Challenge. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside school receives Blue Ribbon award

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) honored PS 159 in Bayside with a Senate resolution last week to celebrate its designation as a 2011 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Comment.
Editorial

Illegal Guns Are the Enemy

The debate over stop-and-frisk tends to become theoretical. Percentages show that young black men are more likely to be the targets of stop-and-frisk than white or Asian-American men of the same age. Comments (2).
Letters

Albany dysfunction hurts co-op and condo owners

The co-op and condo community were abandoned this past week as the legislative season drew to a close in Albany. Three vital bills affecting the lives of every co-op and condo owner were left on the scrap heap of an adjourned state Legislature. The working class residents and seniors living on fixed incomes who mostly live in these communities struck out by a Legislature and governor that threw them nothing but curve balls. Comment.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Corona

Louis Armstrong garden to get $150k revamp

At the end of his life, jazz great Louis Armstrong considered the garden at his Corona home, now a world-famous museum, a sanctuary, and with a new $150,000 grant the museum hopes to make Satchmo’s beloved backyard even better. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside loses Waldbaum’s supermarket

Waldbaum’s on Francis Lewis in Bayside is closing, making room for a Korean grocery store in its place, Community Board 11 officials said. Comments (8).
Cambria Heights

Lubavitchers visit Rebbe’s grave site

The word on the streets of Cambria Heights over the weekend was “Shalom!” as thousands of Hasidic Jews from all over the world made the trek to the Ohel Chabad Lubavitch to mark the 18th anniversary of the death of Rabbi Menachem Schneerson. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing builder slammed with fines for unsafe sites

A Flushing construction firm is facing $94,380 in fines for repeatedly putting workers at risk for deadly falls or electric shocks, the U.S. Labor Department said last Thursday. Comments (1).
Springfield Gardens

Walcott meets the graduates

No one will ever accuse city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott of reusing a keynote graduation speech. Comment.
Broad Channel

Turner angers advocates for wildlife center

A congressman’s push to rename the visitor center at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is ruffling the feathers of area conservationists. Comment.
Douglaston

Motorcycle accident claims boro man’s life

DOUGLASTON — A Sunnyside man died last week when he lost control of his motorcycle while riding in Douglaston, police said. Comment.
Rego Park

Man steals money from bank account: Police

REGO PARK — Police were asking for help in finding a young man who stole money from an account that was not his last month at the Apple Bank in Rego Park. Comments (1).
The Civic Scene

Queens students showcase hard work in and out of school

TimesLedger Newspapers prints a special feature every two weeks called “Student of Distinction.” Here are some of its features. Comments (1).
Editorial

Bloomberg’s Bad Serve

There he goes again. Comments (1).
Letters

Go back to voting machines with booths

This is 2012. Many years ago, we sent a man to the moon. We have developed search engines and new technologies and a computerized society that knows everything about everything. Comment.

Friday, June 29, 2012

South Jamaica

Wills discusses public safety in South Jamaica

The South Jamaica community feels as though it is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Comment.
Little Neck

Weprin bill on staging crashes held up in Albany

Legislation aimed at curbing insurance fraud was put on hold last week as the state Senate failed to pass a bill that would make staging automobile accidents a Class D felony. Comment.
Douglaston

Past returns to Douglaston

City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), state Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) and members of the Douglaston-Little Neck Historical Society popped open bottles of champagne Sunday for the long-awaited return of the neighborhood’s original street names to the historic district. Comments (1).
Flushing

Shulman development group advances waterfront plan

The local development corporation helmed by former Borough President Claire Shulman had a second public hearing last week on its vision to transform the Flushing waterfront east of College Point Boulevard into a coastal parkland and mixed-use development. Comments (1).
Bayside

Jethwani cheered for 30 years on Community Board 11

Looking back after more than 30 years as a member of Community Board 11, Bayside’s Mohan Jethwani said public service came naturally to him. Comment.
Forest Hills

Girl Scouts glow in Queens

The Girl Scouts of America does far more than provide the snack-crazed masses with their fix of Thin Mints — the 100-year-old organization also provides young women with the tools needed to prosper in this challenging world. Comments (1).
Military

Paratroopers hone medical skills at North Shore

Jumping from the sky to provide medical treatment in some of the most dangerous conditions is hard enough, according to pararescue flight surgeon Lt. Col. Stephen Rush, which is why he said last week’s special training at North Shore-LIJ’s BioSkills Education Center was so helpful. Comment.
Flushing

Man steals bag full of money in hospital: Cops

FLUSHING — Police were looking for a man who stole a bag full of money and electronic devices from another man in North Shore-Long Island Jewish Center’s Franklin Hospital last Thursday. Comment.
Cambria Heights

Man dies in motorcycle crash on Nassau border

CAMBRIA HEIGHTS — A man died in a motorcycle crash in Cambria Heights near the Queens-Nassau County border Sunday, police said. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Telling the tale of Rockaway Beach

Vivian Rattay Carter has lived all around New York City from Astoria and Tribeca to Park Slope and Riverdale. But once she moved to Rockaway Beach in 1994, she realized she couldn’t live anywhere else. Comments (2).
Fresh Meadows

St. Francis Prep handily takes 10th city handball title

The shock that marked the beginning of the season turned into a blessing by year’s end for the St. Francis Prep handball team. Comment.
Flushing

Hundreds ready to serve as US Open ballpersons

Hundreds of would-be ballpersons tested their skills during tryouts for the 2012 US Open last Thursday. Comment.
QueensLine

United Nations called Queens home up until 1951

In 1898, New York celebrated the 50th anniversary of consolidation. Queens, Brooklyn the Bronx and Staten Island had joined with Manhattan to form an even greater city. Comment.
Letters

U.S. must increase military strength

The latest information about the national economy continues to be bleak. Only 69,000 new jobs were created in May, less than what was forecast. Comment.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Health

Queens divided on Court upholding Obamacare

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld nearly all of President Barack Obama’s controversial Affordable Health Care Act Thursday morning, giving the Democratic Party and its representatives from Queens a reason to celebrate. But the decision worried business owners in the western part of the borough, which is fast becoming a hub for entrepreneurship. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside BID vote set for July

The time is nearing for those who have asked for some new bodies on the board. Comment.
Flushing

Past promises cast pall on Obama memo

For many in Queens, the federal memo signed earlier this month that would save certain undocumented immigrants from deportation was reminiscent of a similar White House announcement last year that promised policy changes but did not deliver. Comment.
Bellerose

Community Board 13 rejects ICCC’s access plan

At its final meeting before taking a two-month summer hiatus, Community Board 13 voted Monday night to reject a plan by the embattled Indian Cultural and Community Center to provide vehicular access to its land on the Creedmoor Psychiatric Campus in Bellerose. Comment.
Hollis

Families march for slain kin

About 40 people, most of whom lost a friend or a family member to gun violence, marched in Hollis Saturday in honor of victim Terrell Fountain, 18, who was shot to death in June 2011, two days after his graduation from high school. Comment.
Astoria

Astoria keeps eye on Greece after election

Astoria’s Greek-American elected officials said their constituents remain concerned but hopeful about Greece’s economic future after the nation’s New Democracy Party was elected by a narrow margin on a platform of remaining within the European Union. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Anti-trafficking bill gets mayor’s blessing

Despite initial resistance, Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a law sponsored by City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) Friday that would punish drivers using Taxi & Limousine Commission licences who deliver sex-trafficking victims to clients. Comment.
St. Albans

St. Alban’s Allen Christian School closes after 30 years

Students at St. Alban’s Allen Christian School spent their final day in class last week because due to financial difficulties, the school is closing after 30 years, at 171-10 Linden Blvd. Comments (14).
Middle Village

Long beats Turner in Republican contest for Senate

One surprise win deserves another. Comment.
Forest Hills

Child care spared cuts in city budget

Child care advocates got a some good news Monday night when Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the city’s new budget will not cut child daycare and after-school programs. Comment.
Jamaica

York grad has Olympics in his sights

One of the most accomplished track-and-field athletes to come out of York College is trying for a chance at glory as he attempts to make the Jamaica National Olympic team. Comments (3).
Jamaica

U.S. Senate’s Farm Bill reduces food stamps for thousands in Queens

More than 20,000 Queens households saw their food stamp benefits threatened last week when the U.S. Senate passed its Farm Bill. Comment.
Flushing

Teen girl killed in early morning BQE crash

BROOKLYN — A Flushing teen was killed Saturday when the car she was riding in flipped over on the Prospect Expressway, police said. Comment.
South Jamaica

Response lower than expected in South Jamaica gun buyback

A gun buyback in southeast Queens Saturday collected only about 25 percent of the weapons for which funds had been allotted. Comments (2).
Cambria Heights

Man, 39, found dead on sidewalk in Cambria Hts

CAMBRIA HEIGHTS — Police responding to a 911 call in Cambria Heights early Friday morning said they found an unidentified 39-year-old black man dead on the sidewalk. Comment.
Bayside

Bloomberg, Quinn reach on-time budget

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) announced an agreement for an on-time, $68.5 billion balanced budget Monday evening, bringing a sigh of relief to firehouses, libraries and schools worried about their financial standing. Comments (1).
Education

Queens parents may not see teacher evaluations next year

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation last week requiring the city Department of Education to make teacher performance reviews available to parents, but with the city and its teachers union deadlocked on the nuts and bolts of their evaluation system, it was not clear when the information would be accessible. Comment.
College Point

DA Brown busts alleged counterfeit toy ring

Undercover investigators busted a ring of alleged toy counterfeiters this month who stashed up to $500,000 worth of ersatz merchandise in a College Point warehouse, the Queens district attorney said Monday. Comments (2).
Real Estate

Rent board OKs lowest increases in 10 years but tenants still angry

The city Rent Guidelines Board has ordered the lowest rent increases in a decade for tenants of rent-stabilized apartments in a decision that pleased neither tenants nor landlords. Comments (2).
Corona

Discover the Caribbean world at Queens Museum

Coinciding with this month’s celebration of Caribbean American Heritage Month, the ambitious and comprehensive exhibition “Caribbean: Crossroads of the World” opened June 16 at the Queens Museum of Art as hundreds of art patrons from New York City and beyond viewed diverse works spanning more than 400 years of Caribbean culture. Comment.
Long Island City

Long Island City wins cricket title over Adams

The captain provided the clincher in fitting fashion. Comment.
Long Island City

Lakers’ Ebanks still shining

Devin Ebanks stayed ready through the drawn-out NBA lockout. The former West Virginia star knew adjusting to the league in what was expected to be a shortened season wasn’t going to be easy for a second-year player with little experience. Comment.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Flushing

Meng clinches Dem primary (WITH VIDEO)

State Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) gave her victory speech for the Queens congressional race shortly after 10:15 p.m. at a Bayside restaurant Tuesday, capping a day of speculation about who would be able to mobilize their bases for what many predicted would be a dismal turnout. Comment.
Lindenwood

Jeffries and Velazquez get nods in primary victories

U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Ridgewood) notched a victory in the 7th Congressional District, defeating her opponents in a hotly contested race. Comment.
St. Albans

Meeks takes Democratic primary in a landslide

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) handily warded off his three Democratic primary challengers Tuesday, making his ninth term representing southeast Queens all but assured. Comment.
Politics

Queens sends party favorites to victory in primaries

Turnout varied widely at polling places across the borough Tuesday as voters cast their ballots for candidates running in four congressional races and one U.S. Senate contest. Comment.
Glendale

Queens author helps abuse victims to heal with words

A Glendale author used writing as a way to free herself from anger, and now she’s giving others the same chance to turn the page on their past. Comment.
Letters

Don’t belittle Asian achievements

While I find it unsettling that TimesLedger Newspapers columnist Bob Friedrich seems to have so many issues with my event in honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage month (“On Point: Politics not working right? Columnist knows five reasons why,” June 7-13), but going as far as referring to it as a “cheap political stunt” disrespects and undermines the history of contributions and achievements of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in our society. Comments (3).

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Politics

Primary Day Live Blog

TimesLedger Newspapers will be blogging from the polls Tuesday about five Congressional primaries in Queens. Comment.
Politics

Three run against Meeks in 5th Congressional District

Four candidates are running in the Democratic Primary for the congressional seat, held by U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks. Comment.
Politics

Four Democrats vie for Ackerman’s congressional seat

Four candidates are running in the Democratic Primary for the Flushing congressional seat, held by U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman. Comment.
Politics

Three Republicans run in Senate primary for Gillibrand’s seat

Three candidates are running in the Republican Primary for the Senate seat, held by U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Comments (1).
Politics

Barron, Jeffries face off in race for Towns’ seat

Two candidates are running in the Democratic Primary for the congressional seat, held by U.S. Rep. Ed Towns. Comment.
Politics

Two Dems run against Velazquez in primary

Three candidates are running in the Democratic Primary for the congressional seat, held by U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez. Comments (6).

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