Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Transit

Free Access-A-Ride cards could save MTA $90M

The MTA has approved free MetroCards for people who use Access-A-Ride, which it said could save $90 million a year by 2015. Comment.
Breezy Point

Intermittent Full Bridge Closures

There will be several full, intermittent bridge closures of up to 40 minutes at the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge on two overnights for necessary inspection and maintenance of the lift span. Comment.
Flushing

Missing teen sought by cops last seen at home

FLUSHING — Police were seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing teen from Flushing. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside optometrist sticks to old-school ways

Vincent’s Opticians in Bayside has a reputation for quality — and it goes back a long way. Comment.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Corona

Corona man gets nine years for child porn charges: DA

A Corona man was sentenced to up to nine years in prison last week after pleading guilty to charges of promoting and possessing child porn, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Whitestone

Bronx-Whitestone Bridge to close for evening

The MTA Bridges and Tunnels Department advises motorists that two lanes in each direction on the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge will be closed Monday night. Comments (3).
Oakland Gardens

Oakland Gardens student wins BP scholarship

Susan Tsang of Oakland Gardens was one of 50 city students to receive college scholarships last week when 185 local BP gas station owners of New York and New Jersey presented a grant donation of $100,000 to the BP Community Scholarship Program. Comment.
Flushing

Cops looking for missing man from Flushing, 25

FLUSHING — Police were seeking the public’s assistance in locating a 25-year-old man who disappeared in Flushing last Thursday. Comment.
Jamaica

York coach now on CUNY track and field body

York College’s head coach of track and field, Mark Benjamin, has been named the CUNY Athletic Conference Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year. This is Benjamin’s first year coaching at York College in Jamaica. Comment.
Cartoon

Tip of the week

Letters

Prez right on young immigrants

The Obama administration has announced the halting of the deportations of young undocumented immigrants and allowing some to be granted work permits. While this is far from a complete amnesty, it is a step in the right direction toward fixing a dysfunctional and broken immigration system. Comments (2).

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Little Neck

Little Neck Titans celebrate almost perfect soccer season

The girls of the U16 Little Neck Titans celebrated an almost perfect season, kicking their way through a 4-0 victory over the Northport Cow Harbor team last month to earn their second Long Island Junior Soccer League division title. Comment.
Flushing

Stavisky sets Senate run at new Flushing post

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) kicked off her run for re-election Saturday in the redrawn 16th Senate District at her new campaign office in the heart of downtown Flushing. Comments (2).

Man robbed three boro laundromats: Police

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Police were seeking the public’s help in apprehending a man wanted in connection with three laundromat robberies in Jackson Heights. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Fallen McClancy baller remembered

Two and a half years after he tragically collapsed and died playing a game of pick-up basketball at Farmingdale State College, of Long Island, Dominic Murray hasn’t been forgotten. Comment.
Letters

Gianaris works hard to provide health care for residents

I write to thank state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) for his support for increased health care options in western Queens, where we are plagued with pollution-emitting power plants that have caused a high rate of asthma and emphysema throughout the community. Comment.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

College Point

Parks promises kayak launch for MacNeil

The kayak launch at MacNeil Park is on the horizon, the Queens Parks commissioner said at last week’s College Point Civic meeting, meaning residents may soon be able to take to the open waters with their self-propelled vessels. Comments (1).
Springfield Gardens

Three dead in shooting near Springfield Gardens HS: Police

Three men were killed in a hail of gunfire in Springfield Gardens early Saturday morning, police said. Comments (1).
Middle Village

Turner refocuses on Congress following GOP primary loss

After an unsuccessful end to his U.S. Senate run, Congressman Bob Turner (R-Middle Village) quickly refocused on his House duties rather than brood over the what-ifs. Comment.
Queens Village

105th Precinct’s top cops bagged burglar: Courtesis

Officer Francisco Luciano and Sgt. Jonathan Cermeli were honored as the 105th Precinct’s Cops of the Month for May last week. Comments (3).
Woodside

Driver, 47, dies after bus strikes his van

WOODSIDE — A driver was killed when his van collided with a city bus at the intersection of 39th Avenue and 69th Street in Woodside, police said. Comment.
Averne

Police on the hunt for man who robbed bank

ROCKAWAY — Police were seeking the public’s assistance in locating a man in connection with two bank robberies at a Chase Bank, at 68-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd. in Arverne. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s signee excited about team’s incoming talent

Orlando Sanchez, the 6-foot-9 JUCO standout out of Monroe College, forgot for a moment the name of the postseason tournament — the NCAA Tournament — all college players want to compete in, but he knew with St. John’s University’s incoming class it’s a possibility. Comment.
On Point

Co-op, condo owners will suffer due to legislators’ failure

Co-op and condominium owners were abandoned and dealt a blow by politicians when the state Legislature adjourned before midnight June 21 without enacting vitally needed legislation for these working-class communities. Comment.
Letters

It is important to display the flag

On May 28, several board members and I had the opportunity and honor to participate in the Whitestone Memorial Day Parade. Comments (107).

Friday, July 6, 2012

Bayside

Seven city Beacons survive Bloomberg’s budget

When Mayor Michael Bloomberg boasted his balanced fiscal year 2013 budget, Bayside buzzed with a resounding bravo. Comments (1).
Bayside

Bayside post office set to close

Rumors that the United States Postal Service was considering closing Bayside’s post office proved to be true Friday, according to U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside). Comment.
Douglaston

Douglaston farmers market brings fresh back

Don’t be fooled by its size. Comments (1).
Elmhurst

Queens prosecutor analyzes how TV’s ‘CSI’ affects jurors

Do jurors who regularly watch the television show “CSI” have warped expectations for what evidence can and should be collected, thereby hurting prosecutors’ chances to convict criminals? Comment.
Woodside

Elmhurst men arrested in burglary spree: DA

Two Elmhurst men were arraigned on charges of burglary, drug possession and endangering the welfare of a child last Thursday after they were allegedly caught trying to sell stolen items to a Woodside store while one of the men’s 3-year-old daughter waited in the back of the car, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Transit

LIRR to alter schedule for some evening trains

Construction on the East Side Access project will force changes in some eastbound Long Island Rail Road rush hour service for as long as one month. Comment.
Astoria

Possible MTA service just might be restored

It was called the doomsday plan to keep the MTA from plunging into a financial abyss, but it’s two years later and there is talk — nothing official yet — that maybe some of the sorely missed bus and subway routes might be restored. Comment.
Long Island City

Pols rally against Review Avenue waste transfer station

Elected officials stood with local residents June 26 protesting the city Department of Environmental Conservation’s approval of Waste Management of NY’s proposal to modify the existing Review Avenue transfer station to increase the facility’s activity. Comment.
Forest Hills

Religious items stolen from boro synagogue

FOREST HILLS — Police were seeking the public’s assistance in recovering several religious artifacts swiped from a Forest Hills synagogue. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Cops ask public to help catch robber of bank

EAST ELMHURST — The Police Department was seeking the public’s help in locating a man in connection with a bank robbery at Sovereign Bank, at 75-15 31st Ave. in East Elmhurst. Comment.
Astoria

Gregory’s 26 Taverna: A skilled grill in Astoria

When current events draw our attention to a particular geographic location, our gut reaction (literally) is to start contemplating the native cuisine. While others might be obsessing over the financial or political implications of Greece’s economic woes, we start wondering whether they will increase the number of Greek émigrés to Queens, and what effect that will have on the number and quality of Greek restaurants in Queens. Comment.
Cambria Heights

Former Campus Magnet star has Magic draft

Kyle O’Quinn saw his name flash across the television screen, felt his Pastor Gregory Perry’s Virginia home basically shake and took a deep breath of exultation and elation. Comment.
Political Action

Long fends off Turner to win GOP primary for Senate

The Republican statewide primary for the U.S. Senate saw attorney Wendy Long win a decisive victory over opponents U.S. Rep. Robert Turner (R-Middle Village) and Nassau County Controller George Maragos. Comment.
Editorial

New Blood for Queens

The drawing of new district lines for the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate brought a new wave of competition to Queens last week, even though turnout on Primary Day was low in many of the borough’s polling stations. Comment.
Letters

Mayor’s sugar drink ban impractical

America’s obesity crisis demands our full attention. This epidemic is affecting our way of life, making us less healthy and less productive. The good news is that we have the power to make a real difference in the years ahead. By working together — communities, nonprofits, business and government — we can solve this crisis by empowering New Yorkers and other Americans to make balanced and healthier lifestyle choices. Comments (2).

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Douglas Manor

Bayside boy drowns in Douglas Manor pool

A 4-year-old Queens boy drowned in a relative’s pool early Wednesday evening during a Fourth of July gathering, police said. Comments (8).
Jamaica

MTA officer stabbed in the eye at Jamaica LIRR station

An MTA police officer who was stabbed in the eye while patrolling the Jamaica Long Island Rail Road Station on the Fourth of July made it through surgery, although doctors have not yet determined what effect the attack will have on his vision, the MTA said. Comment.
Bayside

Boats get holy help at sea

Blessed is the fleet. Comment.
College Point

Boro condo pays upkeep tab on DOT land

The city Department of Transportation owns a small grassy plot of land in College Point, but condo owners nearby have been footing the bill for its upkeep. Comments (1).
Jamaica

Downtown Jamaica BIDs plan to restyle district

Downtown Jamaica’s two business improvement districts held their annual meetings last week where they reviewed their 2012 accomplishments and discussed initiatives for the next year, all of which focused on changing the shopping district’s image. Comments (1).
Flushing

Meng win shows strong Asian voice

State Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) trounced three other U.S. House of Representatives hopefuls in a Democratic Party primary last week with the aid of a sizeable war chest, the backing of the Queens Democratic Party and, most importantly, a robust Asian vote concentrated in downtown Flushing. Comment.
Jamaica

Farmers’ market returns to Jamaica

Cookbook author Martha Rose Shulman contributed to a New York Times article in May touting garlic scapes — the green, curling tops of the garlic plant — but noted she would have to wait to provide any recipes because her local farmers market did not carry them. Comment.
Long Island City

Local ‘Occupy’ protesters take on LIC’s Citi building

Long Island City and Astoria activists affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement held a 12-hour-long protest adjacent to the Citi Building at 1 Court Square last week. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside Little League team inch closer to World Series

It was a big win for these Little Leaguers. Comment.
Jamaica

Police seek suspect in rape of woman in Jamaica

JAMAICA — Cops were asking for the public’s assistance in locating a suspect wanted in the rape of a young woman in Jamaica. Comments (1).
Bellerose

Dunkin’ Donuts robber hit 2 other biz: Police

BELLEROSE — A suspect wanted in connection with a robbery at a Dunkin’ Donuts on Hillside Avenue struck again in two more robberies, according to police. Comment.
From the Footlights

Blowing into the wind

Lefteris Bournias says he’s felt like an outsider all of his life, a bit like the uncertain wind, blowing sharp or steamy one moment, melancholy or cool the next. Comment.
Flushing

Queens defeated in battle

The Bronx knocked off Queens in the first contest in the Battle of the Boroughs, but unlike the previous two years, this was just the beginning. Comment.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Jamaica

Bird bust unfolds at JFK

A Guyanese man’s bird-brained scheme fell apart when he stepped off his flight at John F. Kennedy International Airport in May and was caught allegedly sneaking some feathered friends into the country, according to authorities. Comment.
Flushing

Garden World has deep roots in Flushing

Seth Fiddle was visiting the Astoria Federal Savings bank right outside his job when he said he realized he was getting tired of the rumors. Comments (4).
Military

Support returning Queens vets with AT&T

In 2007, 12- and 13-year-old Robbie and Brittany Berquist, a brother-sister team, devised Cell Phones for Soldiers to make sure deployed soldiers could keep in touch with loved ones at home for free. Comment.
Glen Oaks

Special needs Little League to continue next year

The Glen Oaks Little League Challenger Division for Special Needs Children is gearing up for another spring season next year for children with physical and mental challenges. Comment.
South Ozone Park

Resorts World Casino experiences first robbery

SOUTH OZONE PARK — A man claiming to have a handgun robbed Resorts World Casino, at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd. in South Ozone Park, at approximately 4:45 p.m. Friday, according to police. Comment.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Willets Point

EDC and Shulman’s development group admit to illegal lobbying: AG

The city Economic Development Corp. and the local development corporation run by former Borough President Claire Shulman admitted they illegally lobbied city officials about the multibillion-dollar Willets Point Redevelopment project, the attorney general announced Tuesday. 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).
Education

School closings put on hold

An arbitrator ruled last week that Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s controversial plan to close seven Queens high schools was in violation of the teachers union’s collective bargaining agreement, though the city has vowed to challenge the ruling in the courts. Comments (1).
Astoria

Astoria man beat girlfriend to death: DA

A 33-year-old Astoria man was arraigned on charges of murder and criminal contempt Saturday after his girlfriend was found strangled and beaten to death in their apartment, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Health

Obamacare still confounds boro business

Queens residents and businesses owners largely lauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to preserve the president’s health care program, but when it came down to how the ruling would affect them, many still had unanswered questions . Comment.
Flushing

League eyes Flushing park for soccer stadium project

A nationwide soccer league is hoping to build a new stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, which already has some lawmakers cheering. Comments (1).
Douglas Manor

Douglas Manor tops state’s dirtiest waters

Last year was a bad one for city beaches, but none were ranked higher than Douglas Manor in health standard violations, according to a recent report by the National Resources Defense Council. Comment.
Bellerose

Neighbors blast Creedmoor for area problems

Residents near the Creedmoor Psychiatric Campus in Bellerose say the state-owned property is a magnet for all sorts of unwanted visitors and unscrupulous activities, and neither the police nor campus security can seem to get the situation under control. Comments (3).
Health

Queens Dems hail 5-4 vote on health care

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld nearly all of President Barack Obama’s controversial Affordable Care Act last Thursday and, depending on who you asked in Queens, the decision was either great news or a source of stress and uncertainty. Comments (2).
Queens Village

Qns Village man shot dead

A 24-year-old man was killed by gunfire in the Queens neighborhood where he lived early Saturday, police said. Comment.
Long Island City

5Pointz in plans to be replaced: Conley

Community Board 2 Chairman Joseph Conley said the board is waiting to hear back from the city regarding developer Jerry Wolkoff’s plans to replace Long Island City’s graffiti mecca 5Pointz. Comments (1).
Rego Park

Cops look for two men in sexual assault: NYPD

FOREST HILLS — A thug wanted for sexual abuse, rape and robbery in three Forest Hills incidents has reportedly struck again, according to police. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

SJU student first NBA draftee since ’01

Moe Harkless last week became the first St. John’s University player since 2001 to be drafted to the National Basketball Association. He is the 60th all-time St. John’s player to be drafted into the NBA, according to the university. Comment.

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