Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012

Woodside

CB 2 mulls forming an express Woodside BID

Community Board 2 is exploring options for creating a business improvement district for Woodside, although consensus has not been reached on what such an organization may look like. Comment.
St. Albans

Health Department to spray for West Nile

The city Health Department plans to spray pesticides in several areas of southeast Queens Tuesday night through Wednesday morning in order to reduce mosquito populations and the risk of West Nile virus. Comments (2).
Oakland Gardens

Students honored by Weprin in Oakland Gardens

The NYC Council Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation program at PS 46 in Oakland Gardens concluded their program with a visit from city Councilman Mark Weprin. Comment.
Long Island City

LIC incubator home to healthy dog treats

Manhattanite Nicole Townsend has two furry friends to thank for her business, out of Long Island City’s Entrepreneur Space. Comment.
Bayside

Compete in the TriMathlon

On Sept. 29, The Bayside Mathnasium will hold its annual TriMathlon, a competition where children in Grades 3-6 compete in The Counting Game, Magic Squares Challenge and Mental Math Workout. Comment.

Monday, Aug. 20, 2012

Long Island City

LIC, Bklyn ‘nerds’ need bus: Schumer

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) wants the MTA to create a “nerd bus” which would connect riders going from the upcoming applied science campus at Roosevelt Island to the growing technology hub in Brooklyn, but transit agency officials say better options for commuters already exist. Comment.
Woodside

School bus kills man, 52, in Woodside

A worker unloading a truck in Woodside Monday morning was killed in an accident involving a school bus carrying special-needs children, according to police, witnesses, fellow employees and the man’s boss. Comment.
Long Island City

Students get new start at LaGuardia internship

Long Island City’s LaGuardia Community College announced earlier this month that 100 graduates had gone through its Young Adult Internship Program. Comment.
Woodhaven

Woodhaven rezoning vote protects area

New zoning rules are on the way for Woodhaven and Richmond Hill after the City Council approved the changes last month. Comment.
Bayside

Avella lends his support for boat safety bill

After a summer of tragedy on the water, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has teamed up with another state lawmaker to draft legislation to encourage safer boating. Comment.
Flushing

109th Precinct celebrates National Night Out in Flushing

Hundreds of people packed the PS 20 Playground for National Night Out Against Crime. Comment.
Forest Hills

Memorial created on GCP for worker killed

A memorial is set up on the Grand Central Parkway for Frank Avino, a 63-year-old electrician with Welsbach Electric Corp., in College Point, who was struck and killed while performing work on the roadway last month. Jamaica Hills resident Munshi Abdullah, 26, was charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving while under the influence of alcohol in the fatal accident, the Queens DA said. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Tip of the week

Letters

Creedmoor 911 calls unacceptable

We are writing to request your intervention to combat an upsurge of 911 emergency calls from the part of the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center campus south of Union Turnpike in eastern Queens. Comments (1).

Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012

Glendale

Parks limits spray showers

Wasting water became a practice of the past at a playground in Glendale. Comment.
Woodside

Crowley stops by PS 11 camp

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) visited Woodside on the Move’s summer camp at PS 11 Monday to watch the students at work and deliver bags of school supplies. Comment.
Sunnyside

Queens Blvd. needs emergency lanes: Vallone

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) said he is requesting that the city Department of Transportation create emergency lanes on Queens Boulevard. Comment.
Forest Hills

Weiner and his wife now call Park Avenue pad home: Post

A former Queens congressman is moving on up. Comment.
Bayside

Israel opens campaign office off Bell Boulevard in Bayside

U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Hauppauge) announced last week that his campaign had opened an office in Bayside to serve as the base for his Queens volunteers making calls to and canvassing new constituents in the area. The new office was opened at 213-33 39th Ave., Suite 236. Comment.
Astoria

Suspect in rape has blond dreadlocks: Cops

ASTORIA — The New York Police Department was looking for help finding a suspect wanted for sexually assaulting a woman in Astoria, police said. Comment.
Long Island City

Sailboat stuck under Roosevelt Island Bridge

Emergency responders assist in the removal of a sailboat Aug. 4 from underneath the Roosevelt Island Bridge, which connects Long Island City to Roosevelt Avenue. According to the Breaking News Network, all of those aboard the boat were removed without incident. Comment.
The Play’s the Thing

It’s all in the name, if you’ve got the money, that is

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. (“Romeo and Juliet”, William Shakespeare) Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Former St. John’s Prep star heads to Italy’s top league

Bryant Dunston heard the Internet rumors. A report out of Israel, where he last played, said the Brooklyn Nets were considering offering him a contract. Comment.
Douglaston

111th’s Night Out draws crowds

Police from the 111th Precinct hosted National Night Out in Douglaston on Aug. 4. Comment.
Floral Park

Our Lady of the Snows celebrates St. Rocco

Members of the congregation of Our Lady of the Snows in Floral Park celebrate the Feast of St. Rocco last Sunday with a procession through the neighborhood followed by a novena and a Mass. Comment.
Editorial

Sharing the Sikh Pain

Mayor Michael Bloomberg came to Queens last week to reassure the Sikh community that the city was ramping up security to safeguard their members. Comment.
Letters

NYU should sever ties with Chick-fil-A

NYU’s decision to continue to allow Chick-fil-A to operate on campus is troubling. Chick-fil-A has made opposition to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights an integral part of its business. Comments (5).

Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012

Flushing

Popular bubble tea jeopardized by ban

The mayor’s proposed ban on large sugary drinks has implications for a popular Asian beverage served on the streets of downtown Flushing, a group opposed to the proposal said. Comment.
St. Albans

Darryl Adams remembered at b-ball tourney

For most of the year, the basketball rims at St. Albans Park stand bare, but for a few weeks in the summer the hoops are outfitted with nylon nets as young men from southeast Queens sweat it out and learn a few life lessons in the process. Comment.
Immigration

$150K from feds will go immigration groups: Silver

Following President Barack Obama’s June 15 announcement that young, undocumented immigrants could apply for work permits, New York state lawmakers have allocated about $450,000 in grants to programs to help them navigate through the application process. Comment.
Flushing

Workshop offers unique look at Bach’s music and life

In a small Queens College dormitory suite, Adriana Molello is taking a private lesson in violin, but you might not guess it was an instrument she was studying if you just walked into the room. Comment.
Astoria

Astoria Park Alliance celebrates Shore Fest with music, contests (WITH VIDEO)

With Astoria’s Shore Road blocked off to any passing traffic, enough room was made for something Queens doesn’t see a lot of on any typical quiet summer Sunday, from ukulele lessons to fruit-eating frenzies. Comment.
Middle Village

Crowd answers call for Middle Village community cleanup

Middle Village activist Richie Polgar rolled up to the intersection of 73rd Place and 69th Avenue in Middle Village on his bike before anyone else had arrived, and as other volunteers started to appear, he threw on a pair of working gloves and got right to work. Comment.
Ridgewood

Police find Ridgewood man dead in water, friend charged

Authorities said a body found floating in the waters of East Rockaway, L.I., Friday is that of a Ridgewood man who disappeared after a boating trip with a friend. Comment.
Douglaston

Kathryn M. Caplan, 85

Kathryn M. “Kit” Caplan, a former Douglaston resident, died in West Orange, N.J., July 22, 2012. She was 85. Comment.
Elmhurst

Police search for man in three cases of abuse

ELMHURST — The city Police Department was looking for help in identifying a suspect wanted for two incidents of sex abuse, which occurred within the 110th Precinct, police said. Comment.
Astoria

L’Artiste: A mixed French experience in Astoria

First impressions do matter, and host Youssef Echyabi at L’Artiste in Astoria blew it big time. He greeted us in a T-shirt emblazoned with a witticism that included the “f-word.” We know that formality may be a thing of the past, but we don’t think that dress down needs to go that far down. We had a child in our party and that wasn’t something he needed to see. To add insult to injury, a female member of our party arrived early, and was not offered so much as a glass of water, let alone a cocktail while she waited. Comments (2).
Jamaica Estates

SJU soccer ranked No. 15 ahead of season

Already tabbed as the favorites to win the Big East Red Division, the defending Big East Tournament champion St. John’s University’s men’s soccer team has added another preseason accolade, as the squad has been ranked No. 15 in the Preseason National Soccer Coaches Association of America Top 25 Rankings. Comment.
Long Island City

Food, fun and face painting found at 108th Precinct event

The 108th Precinct held their annual Night Out Against Crime at the John Andrews Playground in Long Island City Aug. 4. Comment.
Editorial

Jamaica High’s Slow Death

Just one month before students return to school a state report makes it clear that the city long ago abandoned Jamaica High School. Comment.
Letters

Hold EDC accountable over Willets development

Willets Point property and business owners are not surprised that Seth Pinsky, president of the city Economic Development Corp., is attempting to do damage control, now that the state attorney general has determined that EDC and Claire Shulman’s local development corporation acted illegally in pursuing the Willets Point development project (“EDC cites ’08 global crisis,” Aug. 2-8). Comments (5).

Friday, Aug. 17, 2012

Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill man charged with murdering his wife, cops say

A Richmond Hill woman was found stabbed to death in her home Thursday, her head covered with a plastic bag and her body stuffed under a bed, police said. Comments (13).
Richmond Hill

Weprin defends religious attire for Sikh workers

On the steps of the Sikh Cultural Society in Richmond Hill and surrounded by dozens of community Sikhs, state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) joined with northeast Queens lawmakers Sunday to call on tougher measures against discrimination in the workplace. Comment.
Springfield Gardens

Officials welcome first Municipal Credit Union in southern Queens

New York’s oldest credit union is opening its first branch in southern Queens. Comments (1).
Kew Gardens

SE Qns pols unveil nine initiatives to stop violence

In anticipation of a gun buyback in Jamaica Saturday, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and southeast Queens legislators announced Friday a nine-point plan to end the growing number of shooting deaths in the borough. Comment.
Bayside

FBI accuses Baysider of threatening bank

A Bayside man has denied accusations that he threatened to kill or injure employees of a bank in Pennsylvania, authorities said. Comments (1).
Budget Bites

Rose’s ravioli pizza is a knockout

Cheap eats in Queens can boast an international flair not found in many other places. The frugal forager can experience cuisine from around the world without leaving the borough or draining the bank account. Comment.
Jamaica

Empanadas used as drug mule at JFK: Narc chief

These empanadas are addictive, according to authorities. Comment.
Bayside

Braunstein wants tougher penalties on bath salt sales

Lawmakers moved to toughen penalties on the use and sale of synthetic drugs throughout the state last week, introducing new legislation and regulations. Comment.
Willets Point

Willets: Possible casino site

State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) has mentioned Willets Point as a possible site for a casino should the state Legislature modify New York state’s constitution to legalize the currently taboo activity. Comments (1).
Jackson Heights

37th Road Plaza draws praise

In a capstone to a nearly yearlong fight, City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and business owners in Jackson Heights announced Friday the controversy around the 37th Road Plaza was essentially over now that the businesses have created an organization to care for the space. Comments (3).
Fresh Meadows

Gennaro, DEP discuss FM flooding

City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) met with city Department of Environmental Protection officials last Thursday to discuss potential fixes to Fresh Meadows storm sewers in order to alleviate flooding, an issue which has again come to the forefront after a storm crippled the area Aug. 1. Comments (1).
South Jamaica

King of Kings barbecue celebrates Jamaica community

Dwayne Walker said he just recently learned about the King of Kings Foundation, a group founded in southern Queens to stop gun violence and promote community involvement, but he was impressed by the group’s message and made the trip to Jamaica for the ninth annual Friends 4 Life community barbecue. Comments (1).
Flushing

Qns hearing planned for new Council lines

A commission is set to host next week the only public hearing in Queens on the once-in-a-decade process of redrawing the City Council’s district lines. Comment.
Jamaica

Bravest battle all-hands blaze in Jamaica

JAMAICA — Firefighters responded to an all-hands blaze at a Guatemalan specialty store on Hillside Avenue Sunday afternoon in Jamaica. Comment.
Long Island City

Socrates goes on tour for 25th

Overlooking the East River, with the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop, internationally renowned Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City boasts striking contemporary and innovative sculptures, along with wonderful community attractions, including outdoor entertainment. Comment.
Jamaica Hills

Nwajei weighs plans ahead of senior year

Jasmine Nwajei is in a holding pattern in her college search as her senior year is weeks from getting started. Comment.
Astoria

Canine cops guard 114th Night Out

The 114th Precinct held their National Night Out Against Crime Aug 4. in Astoria Park. Comment.
Flushing

Koo promotes Flushing Town Hall event

Councilman Peter Koo and creators of a show featuring acts from Broadway shows gethered to tout the event, which is scheduled to be performed at Flushing Town Hall this weekend. Comment.
Political Action

Halloran backs small biz, Israel in bid for Congress seat

In the new 6th Congressional District in Queens, which is replacing U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman’s (D-Bayside) district, conservative City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) is running against state Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing), who won the Queens Democratic Party primary. Comments (3).
Editorial

A Wealthy Man

Nino Lercara is a wealthy man. Comment.
Letters

Make skies safe for birds, airplanes

Once again, hysteria has begun. Now 700 Canada geese were rounded up and killed so they would not collide with and cause an accident with a plane. To begin with, those birds were living on federally protected land: the Jamaica Wildlife Refuge. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012

Fresh Meadows

Brinckerhoff burial ground landmarked

The city Landmarks Preservation Commission ended a 12-year battle over the fate of Brinckerhoff Cemetery, a colonial-era burial ground in Fresh Meadows where some of Queens’ earliest settlers are buried, by voting Tuesday to make it a landmark. Comment.
Flushing

State mulls spiritual school

State education officials are currently reviewing a Flushing charter school application that outlines a curriculum based on teachings from both ancient Chinese and modern Western philosophies, yet is rife with references to an acrid political debate in China and Flushing involving the spiritual movement known as Falun Dafa. Comment.
Long Island City

Undocumented youth apply for deferred deportation in LIC

Queens civic groups accompanied their young members to the U.S. immigration office in Long Island City Wednesday for the start of President Barack Obama’s deferred action policy. Comment.
Willets Point

Willets West crucial to Iron Triangle plan

The group selected by the city to build a $3 billion, mixed-use neighborhood at Willets Point has revealed ambitious plans for the new neighborhood, but their vision would not have been possible without a separate proposed retail center on a parking lot to the west of Citi Field. Comments (2).
Glendale

Glendale civic wants shelter info

Residents in Glendale are banding together to keep a possible shelter from becoming a neighborhood reality. Comments (1).
East Elmhurst

‘Marie’ avatar greets flyers at LaGuardia

To passengers coming into New York or waiting for their relatives at LaGuardia Airport last week, she looked like something out of a sci-fi film. Comment.
Bayside

Avella blows whistle on free US Open tkts

For more than 30 years, state and city officials have enjoyed free tickets to the US Open courtesy of the U.S. Tennis Association, but after one northeast Queens lawmaker called foul on the practice, the state Legislature’s Ethics Commission ordered the sports group to revoke the invitations from state officials. Comments (1).
Flushing

Messer gets Chinese name in Flushing Assembly race

John Messer, a candidate opposing state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) for a seat based around Flushing, is targeting his campaign at the Asian-American voters in the district. Comment.
Kew Gardens

City chops down last Boro Hall trees

The Queens Borough Hall cherry tree massacre produced a sequel last week. Comment.
Bayside

Cop charged with helping dealer

A Brooklyn federal grand jury indicted a 111th Precinct officer from Bayside after he was accused of supplying inside information to a drug dealer from Jamaica. Comments (1).
Jamaica

Jet skier slips past JFK security shield

Officials want to know how a Howard Beach jet skier breached security at John F. Kennedy International Airport Friday night and walked undetected through two runways and into a terminal after becoming stranded in Jamaica Bay on his vessel. Comment.
Springfield Gardens

New charter school eyed

Southeast Queens already has three charter schools and, for the time being, that may be all it can comfortably handle. Comment.
South Jamaica

Cop shooting suspect still eludes authorities

The NYPD is offering a $22,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of John Thomas, wanted in connection with the attempted murder of a Queens anti-gang sergeant who was shot last week in South Jamaica and later released from the hospital. Comments (1).
Whitestone

Fed’s auto industry bigwig pays Queens a visit

The federal government’s efforts to save the auto industry got a lot of hype in other parts of the country, but the man overseeing the recovery toured a College Point facility Monday to see how New York fared after the 2009 bailout. Comment.
Crime

SE Queens ID theft ring stole from big stores: DA

Thirteen people have been charged in what authorities said was a Queens-based criminal enterprise that took in millions in a system that stole bank and personal identification data to finance a vast criminal shopping spree. Comments (1).
Bayside

Mystery remains in death of Elmont woman found near Ft. Totten

BAYSIDE — The cause of death for the woman found floating in Little Bay was still pending investigation roughly one week after her body was discovered, the medical examiner’s office said. Comment.
Corona

City’s latino performers set for Queens Theatre festival

Dozens of the city’s Latin dancers, musicians and comedians will take the stage at Queens Theatre’s 2012 Latino Cultural Festival Thursday to Saturday. Comment.
Cambria Heights

Queens star heads to Magic

Kyle O’Quinn’s fairy-tale story of basketball rags to riches doesn’t have an end in sight. Comment.
Bayside

Lawrence preps for final year after strong summer

It was a different type of summer for Jermaine Lawrence. Comment.
Cambria Heights

Community leaders honored at 105th Precinct Night Out

Dozens of people flocked to the 105th Precinct’s National Night Out Against Crime, held on Aug 4. at Cabbell/Cambria Heights Park, located at 121st Avenue and Francis Lewis Boulevard. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012

Douglaston

Douglaston home gutted by three-alarm blaze

A three-alarm blaze tore through an extension to a home that was being built in Douglaston Tuesday evening, then spread into the house and threatened neighboring residences before it was put out, fire officials said. Comments (1).
Springfield Gardens

Southeast Queens gets 70 Impact Zone cops

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced last week that 70 newly minted police officers have been assigned to the Impact Zone straddling the 103rd and 113th precincts, where murders have risen sharply in the past year. Comment.
Jamaica

City holds gun buy-back program

City agencies are offering cash to get guns off the street. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing forum set for Assembly race

A Korean nonprofit specializing in outreach to new immigrants is set to host a candidate forum Thursday for the crowded Flushing state Assembly race. Comment.
Pomonok

Flushing mom strangled son: DA

A 29-year-old Pomonok woman was formally charged with manslaughter after the Queens district attorney released the results of an autopsy indicating her 2-year-old son was strangled to death, but the woman’s family said the charges were part of a setup. Comments (1).
Glendale

Students act to save drama teacher’s job

Parents and students are stirring up some drama in support of a school’s theater department. Comments (4).
Whitestone

Halloran hands budgeting reins to his constituents

Constituents of City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) started a year-long process last week of deciding where their tax dollars will go. Comments (1).
Richmond Hill

Police identify woman whose body was found in Richmond Hill attic

RICHMOND HILL - Police identified the remains of a woman found Aug. 4 in the attic of a man who committed suicide as Samantha Bermudez, a 19-year-old Hispanic woman from Washington Heights. Comment.
Whitestone

Car crash injures three people in Whitestone

WHITESTONE — Three people were injured in an accident involving two vehicles at Francis Lewis Boulevard and 23rd Avenue in Whitestone Tuesday afternoon, a spokesman for the city Fire Department said. Comment.
Jamaica

Queens Week b-ball program continues growth in Jamaica

What Haron “H2O” Hargrave saw as a possible one-time thing is now a continuing and blossoming event. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012

Fresh Meadows

Brinckerhoff Cemetery receives landmark status

The city Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to make Brinckerhoff Cemetery a landmark in a move that will protect the historic Fresh Meadows burial ground from development. Comment.

Monday, Aug. 13, 2012

Pomonok

Woman charged in death of 2-year-old son

A Queens woman was arrested Monday and charged with murder in connection with the death of her 2-year-old son, police said. Comment.

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