Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012

Springfield Gardens

City plans flood relief near Springfield Park

Heavy rains earlier this month proved true the old adage “When it rains, it pours,” and when it pours in certain parts of southeast Queens streets can look more like Springfield Lake than Springfield Boulevard. Comments (1).
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.
Letters

Gov’t must ban people from owning assault rifles

Since I am not a gun enthusiast, my opinions on the subject of guns are personal. Studies have shown that the number of homicides in a country is in proportion to the number of guns it has. The United States has the dubious honor of being fourth in the world in the number of gun-related deaths per year (9,369), only behind such distinguished company as South Africa (31,918), Colombia (21,898) and Thailand (20,032). Comments (37).

Monday, Aug. 27, 2012

Long Island City

Ponzi scheme swindled boro Latinos of $1.3M

A Long Island City woman will spend three to nine years behind bars for bilking 30 people out of their life savings, but her alleged co-conspirator is still on the run, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Ozone Park

Ozone Park man shot and killed after night club altercation

A man was shot in the back and killed early Monday morning after an altercation at an Ozone Park nightclub, police and witnesses said. Comments (1).
Bayside

Avella secures Bell Blvd monthly street cleaning

The sounds of brooms hitting the pavement will be coming more frequently on Bell Boulevard after one lawmaker helped secure more regular cleaning. Comment.
Bayside

Pol wants Sanitation to halt trash can ticketing

The city Sanitation Department is wrongfully ticketing residents who put their trash bins on the curb for pickup too early, according to state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who is renewing calls to the department to stop fining people under what he said is artificial policy. Comments (1).
College Point

Teenager missing from College Point: NYPD

COLLEGE POINT - The New York City Police Department was looking for help in finding a missing teenager from College Point. Comment.
Bayside

Tip of the week

Letters

No boon for boondocks reference

In your July 19-25 Flushing Times editorial “Rethink Willets Point,” you take issue with my reference to Aqueduct and Willets Point as the “boondocks.” Comment.

Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012

Bayside

Queens boy, 11, wins 2012 Bayside Snapper Derby

There was little space to spare along the substantial Bayside Marina pier Saturday, where more than 100 anxious children clutched fishing rods in hopes of winning a contest designed to both expose them to nature and dispel any lingering myths of pollution associated with the city’s waterways. Comment.
Douglaston

Joe Hellmann’s plaque unveiled in Douglaston

Community leaders and residents of Douglaston overlooked the pouring rain last week to celebrate the unveiling of a ceremonial plaque in honor of late area activist Joseph Hellmann. The ceremony was a precursor to an ongoing project on the property to construct an overlook by next year. Comment.
Jamaica

JetBlue fined $90K by DOT over delayed flight at JFK

The U.S. Department of Transportation has fined JetBlue Airways $90,000 for failure to inform passengers on a delayed flight that they had the right to leave the plane while it remained at a John F. Kennedy International Airport departure gate. Comment.
Jamaica

Avella calls on city to fix root damage

Spending hundreds of dollars per year fixing pipes and cleaning his basement is not something Shah Ahmed wants to keep doing, so the Jamaica resident contacted state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) to help him get to the root of the problem. Comment.
Long Island City

Van Bramer begins school supplies drive at LIC library

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) called upon residents of Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside last Thursday to donate supplies for needy children in the community before school starts in September. Comment.
Middle Village

Cops on lookout for MidVil bank robber

MIDDLE VILLAGE — The NYPD was seeking the public’s assistance in locating a man suspected of robbing a Middle Village bank earlier this month. Comment.
Laurelton

Woman removed from car in ditch: FDNY

Emergency responders were called to Laurelton Tuesday afternoon at assist with a Jeep that was stuck in a ditch. According to a spokesman for the FDNY, fire officials assisted a woman out of her car at about 1 p.m. and took her to North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System.Photo by Ellis Kaplan Comment.
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s women’s soccer beats George Mason

Reminiscent of last year’s contest at George Mason, the St. John’s women’s soccer team’s season-opener took nearly four hours to complete before the Red Storm could record a 2-0 victory. Comment.
QueensLine

Boro native Roker has been giving weather since the ’70s

Known for his catchphrase “That’s what’s going on around the country; here’s what’s happening in your neck of the woods,” weatherman and TV personality Al Roker was born in Queens Aug. 20, 1954. After majoring in broadcasting and journalism in college, Roker rose through the ranks of news broadcasting, eventually landing at NBC and anchoring the daily weather reports on “The Today Show” since 1996. Comment.
Editorial

‘Profoundly Humane’

It’s not often we say this, but we are proud of the state Legislature, which recently allocated $450,000 to help young, undocumented immigrants find their way through the application process that will allow them to take advantage of an amnesty announced recently by President Barack Obama. Comment.
Letters

Show support for your local nonprofits

State money has dried up to support nonprofits that educate and enlighten residents all over New York. This is the third year that state money, which is taxpayer money, has been unavailable to enable many valuable organizations to function effectively. Comment.

Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012

South Jamaica

Sutphin Blvd. corner renamed for Tom White

There were many kind words directed at the late City Councilman Thomas White Jr. during a street renaming ceremony in South Jamaica Saturday, but two of the speakers sent a much more powerful message as living examples of his greatest legacy. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Fresh Meadows woman ushers in her 100th birthday (WITH VIDEO)

Fresh Meadows resident Claire Goldberg, who still lives on her own and uses an iPad, celebrated her 100th birthday in style last week surrounded by three generations of her family and elected officials. Comment.
Murray Hill

Shuttered overpass draws ire

Two candidates for state office lashed out at the city Monday over a Murray Hill overpass that seems to be complete but has remained closed to drivers for months. Comment.
Middle Village

Hearing held for planned charter school in Christ the King

A potential new charter school in Middle Village took its initial step toward reality with its first public hearing last week. Comments (1).
Richmond Hill

DWI Rich Hill driver hurts two bikers: DA

A Richmond Hill man has been arraigned on charges that include driving under the influence of alcohol when his car collided with a motorcycle, injuring its two passengers, one of them critically. Comment.
Flushing

Valuables left in cars invite thieves: 109th

It might seem obvious, but the 109th Precinct is again urging residents to avoid leaving valuables inside their cars no matter how safe the neighborhood might seem and provided numerous recent examples of what can happen when wallets, pocketbooks and thousands of dollars in cash are left unattended even for a few minutes. Comments (1).
Forest Hills

Imposter city employees robbed house: Police

FOREST HILLS — Cops were asking for help identifying two suspects wanted in connection with an Aug. 14 robbery. Comment.
St. Albans

Three men sought for robbing Popeye’s: Cops

ST. ALBANS — Police were looking for three men who robbed the Popeye’s Chicken, at 117-25 Farmers Blvd. in St. Albans. Comment.
Middle Village

Fernandez leaves Warriors for chance to show talent

Amanni Fernandez was looking for a new challenge after a disappointing junior season at Christ the King. The rising senior point guard, who lost the battle for the starting job last year, left her NYC Warriors AAU team to play this summer with the Gauchos. Comment.
I Sit and Look Out

Parks commissioner leaves city after successful tenure

From the time I was a child when I realized there were seasons, the fall has always been my favorite time of the year. “Autumn in New York,” as the 1934 Vernon Duke song glorifies it, is true. Comment.
Editorial

Stop the Violence

There is no issue greater in southeast Queens than putting an end to street violence. Comment.
Letters

Needed change nowhere in sight

As we approach the presidential election, the state of our nation’s economy is still not good. Unemployment continues above 8 percent and prices on everything, from food and health care to gasoline and home mortgages, continue to be high. Comment.

Friday, Aug. 24, 2012

Rochdale Village

Former Rochdale Village Little League coach pleads guilty to sexually abusing teenage boys

A former Rochdale Village Little League coach pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually abusing teenage boys on his team, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Whitestone

Whitestone development delayed

The development of a prime piece of waterfront property in Whitestone set to house 52 homes has hit a bureaucratic snag preventing construction, while a lawmaker has raised questions about illegal dumping at the site. Comments (128).
Fresh Meadows

Klein Farm still tied to developer Tommy Huang

Klein Farm, one of the last family-owned, working farms in Queens until 2001, is still owned by a company connected to the notorious developer Tommy Huang despite reports several years ago that the firm was preparing to sell the property. Comment.
Kew Gardens

DA, borough lawmakers unveil anti-gun initiatives

Faced with a disturbing increase in shootings in southeast Queens, District Attorney Richard Brown and legislators from that part of the borough have drawn up a plan to curb gun violence by working together across city, state and federal lines. Comments (1).
Bayside

Bayside school gets gifted and talented

A Bayside private school listened to public demand and spent the past year developing its first gifted and talented program, modeled closely to the style offered throughout the city in order to revive its weak enrollment numbers. Comments (1).
Jamaica

Milton Bassin, former York College president, dies at 88

Milton Bassin, the longtime president of York College who is credited with nurturing the institution during its seminal years and shepherding it through difficult financial times, died of natural causes last week in the Bronx at the age of 88. Comment.
Ozone Park

Residents rally for stop sign

A man running for state Assembly answered the call to action on a local level. Comment.
South Jamaica

Activists march against guns

The parents of slain southeast Queens youth marched alongside anti-violence activists, including hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, in South Jamaica Sunday to call for an end to the gun violence that has long plagued the area and intensified over the summer. Comments (1).
Flushing

Assembly seat forum reveals odd positions

The MinKwon Center for Community Action held a candidates forum last week where hopefuls for the newly created Flushing state Assembly seat offered often vague answers to policy questions and in one case pledged support for a controversial program much maligned by immigrant rights groups. Comment.
Glendale

Shelter rumor draws retort from Board 5

Community leaders in Glendale think residents should avoid the rumor mill. Comment.
Jamaica

Huntley leads Sanders in fund-raising battle

State Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) outraised and outspent her Democratic Party primary challenger last month, though City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton) has a competitive war chest with just a few weeks until the polls open. Comment.
Flushing

Myungsuk Lee accuses Liu of splitting Korean vote

A candidate for the Flushing state Assembly seat accused City Comptroller John Liu last week of systematically splitting the Korean community in current and past elections. Comments (6).
Ridgewood

Man robbed, assaulted victim in boro: Police

RIDGEWOOD — The NYPD was seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect wanted in connection with a robbery and sexual abuse Sunday. Comment.
Jamaica

Police seek man in 11 SE Queens robberies

JAMAICA — The NYPD was seeking the public’s assistance in locating Darren Hicks, a young man suspected in 11 gunpoint robberies of delivery drivers and store employees throughout southeast Queens. Comment.
Bellerose

Vehicle engulfed in flames on Cross Island

A raging fire engulfs the front half of a car along the northbound lanes of the Cross Island Parkway Monday night around 8 p.m. The burning vehicle was sitting north of Union Turnpike, emanating heat across the highway and snarling traffic behind it. Comment.
Corona

Queens Theatre music fest offers deep Latin mix

There was no shortage of variety at the Queens Theatre’s Latino Cultural Festival last weekend. Comments (2).
Bayside

Bayside team poised for dominant season

Of the four teams in last week’s Smartball Classic semifinals, three were penciled in at the outset of the two-week, single-elimination tournament. Christ the King and defending state Federation Class AA champion Boys & Girls are established New York City powers, while South Shore has a roster with as much talent as any in the five boroughs. Comment.
The Civic Scene

Congress must tighten influence exerted by lobbying

A recent news article told of the U.S. Congress slightly decreasing its subsidies to the agro industry. It is sad that large agro businesses are still receiving large amounts of money although we are experiencing a $1 trillion annual federal deficit. Comment.
Letters

Group grateful for saved library

On behalf of all the Friends of Queens Library, we, the group’s presidents, would like to thank Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council for adopting a budget this year that saves our library system and our staff. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012

South Jamaica

Buyback gets 509 firearms off the street

Faced with a bullet-ridden summer of violence, the Queens district attorney, the NYPD and state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Jamaica) held a gun buyback Saturday in Rochdale that netted 509 weapons, including an AK-47, authorities said. Comments (3).
Jamaica

Mayor touts new initiative to help small businesses get online

Mayor Michael Bloomberg was in downtown Jamaica Thursday to announce the launch of a series of free courses aimed at getting small businesses online. Comments (1).
Bellerose

Pols push for passage of veteran-owned business legislation

Two area politicians took to Bellerose Thursday morning to advocate for state legislation that would require contracting opportunities be procured to veteran-owned businesses, similar to a current federal law. Comment.
Long Island City

Jax Hts group rescues youth

Since the federal government began its deferred action policy for young undocumented immigrants last week, Jackson Heights-based Make the Road New York said Tuesday it has helped 1,000 submit applications to remain in the United States for at least two years. Comment.
Jamaica

State senator wants tough laws to punish perps packing heat

Her son wanted to be a mechanic — instead, he ended up a tragic statistic in a sickening southeast Queens trend. Comment.
Kew Gardens Hills

Religious artifacts stolen from Kew Gardens Hills synagogue

Several silver religious artifacts were stolen from the Young Israel of Queens Valley in Kew Gardens Hills last week by a man who came in during prayer services, the synagogue’s executive director said Thursday, Comment.
Transit

Nassau judge shoots down MTA payroll tax

A state judge on Long Island has ruled the payroll tax enacted to save the Metropolitan Transportation Authority from financial ruin is unconstitutional, but the MTA expressed optimism it will be upheld on appeal. Comment.
Bayside

Noisy LGA flights stir boro lawmakers

A change in route for some passengers taking off from LaGuardia Airport has become a noisy nuisance for residents in northeast Queens, and area lawmakers said they were trying to see what all the commotion was about. According to a Federal Aviation Administration official, the agency is evaluating the departure path of the Flushing climb, which goes north out of LaGuardia Airport, turning towards the northeast part of the borough. Comments (8).
Transit

Outerborough cab plan failure may cost $1B

A Manhattan Supreme Court judge struck down the outerborough taxi hail plan as unconstitutional Friday, saying in his decision that the “home rule” clause was violated when Mayor Michael Bloomberg tried to pass the plan through the state Legislature instead of the City Council. Comment.
Ridgewood

Cops suspect suicide after body found in SUV near cemetery

A man found with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Tuesday morning was an off-duty police officer, sources said. Comments (1).
Bayside

Funds pile up in contest for Lancman seat

Campaign donations and endorsements have poured in for two Democratic candidates in the primary race for the seat of state Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows), with political support mounting on both sides. Comments (26).
Jackson Heights

Panel hears LGBT options

At a panel hosted by City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) Monday, immigration experts said many options are available to undocumented LGBT newcomers, but all have their pitfalls for those pursuing residency. Comment.
Flushing

Finance reports show plans

Recently released campaign finance reports for the state Senate seat based in downtown Flushing provided insight into the campaign strategies of state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) and challenger John Messer, a businessman and lawyer from Oakland Gardens. Comments (1).
Douglaston

Douglaston blaze destroys home

Years of construction were set back by a devastating three-alarm fire in Douglaston, leaving future plans for a historic home up in smoke. Comment.
Springfield Gardens

Credit Union opens branch

New York’s oldest credit union, Municipal Credit Union, is opening its first branch in southeast Queens, bringing a financial management option with generally better returns than traditional banks to a neighborhood that is beleaguered with low-income residents and a high number of home foreclosures. Comment.
Flushing

Nadal to sit out 2012 US Open in Flushing Meadows

The US Open will kick off a fortnight of tennis next week, where the No. 1 men’s player will take on last year’s defending champion, a top-ranked competitor will watch from the sidelines and the world’s best women will go head-to-head for nearly $2 million in prize money. Comment.
Glendale

Residents seek answers after flood

Torrential rains wreaked havoc around the city last week, causing power outages and flooded streets throughout Queens. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill man charged with stabbing wife to death

A Richmond Hill man was charged with stabbing his wife to death in their home last week, covering her head with a plastic bag and stuffing her body under a bed, the Queens District Attorney’s office said, eight months after an order of protection was issued against him. Comment.
Woodside

Cops find newborn in Woodside Houses: NYPD

WOODSIDE HOUSES — A newborn girl merely a few hours old was found abandoned in Woodside Houses Sunday night, police said. Comment.
Bayside

Rita steps out

Rita Plush: Her name seems to evoke an image of a golden era movie star. But Ms. Plush, a published short story writer and essayist, never sought fame. When her first novel, “Lily Steps Out,” recently debuted, it seemed fame had found her. Comments (3).
Flushing

Girls’ soccer coaches agree with PSAL breakup

PSAL girls’ soccer coaches applauded the league’s new division alignments, saying it will bring competitive balance and allow programs to grow in the Class A and B divisions. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012

Jackson Heights

DA drops Jax Hgts judge cop assault case

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement Wednesday his office would not be pursuing criminal charges against any officers in an incident in Jackson Heights last month where a judge contends he was struck by a policeman. Comment.
Flushing

Elusive peacock belongs to John Bowne HS

The mystery of the wayward Queens peacock has been solved. Comment.
Hollis

Ivey clinic building life skills

After achieving some major milestones in his own life, NBA player Royal Ivey plans to impart a few lessons to the youth in his old neighborhood with his fifth Royal Skills Clinic this week. Comment.
Flushing

Gillibrand bill gives credit to biz backers

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) unveiled proposed tax breaks for small business owners alongside state Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) at a Flushing auto repair shop run by Audra Fordin, the fourth generation of her family to take the reins, but the first woman. Comment.
Woodside

Donovan’s Pub in Woodside on the market: Employee

Donovan’s Pub, an Irish-American Woodside eatery whose burgers have often been called the best in the city, is up for sale, according to employees at the restaurant. Comments (1).
Flushing

Flushing inferno destroys shops

A three-alarm fire gutted a Flushing Laundromat early Monday morning, severely damaging a cluster of apartments above the store and injuring more than a dozen of the city’s Bravest as well as two tenants. Comment.
Forest Hills

Suspect shoots man in livery cab: cops

A Forest Hills man was shot in a botched robbery attempt on a livery cab in Brooklyn Sunday, leaving him brain dead, police said. Comment.
Woodside

Man, 52, in Woodside is killed by school bus: Police

Relatives of a beloved truck driver from Trinidad were in disbelief after police said he was struck and killed by a school bus shuttling special-needs children in Woodside. Comments (1).
Rosedale

Manager slain outside Rosedale eatery: Cops

A small memorial was erected on a Rosedale street Monday evening at the spot where the manager of a Jamaican restaurant was murdered over the weekend. Comment.
Ozone Park

Suspect robbed 3 at gunpoint on train: Cops (WITH VIDEO)

OZONE PARK - The New York Police Department was seeking the public’s help in identifying and finding a suspect wanted for questioning in connection to three robberies within the transit system. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Human remains found near LaGuardia: Port Authority

EAST ELMHURST - Human remains were discovered in the marshes near LaGuardia Airport Monday evening, a Port Authority spokesman confirmed. Comments (1).
Queens Village

Boro man hit three cops in 105th Pct.: Police

QUEENS VILLAGE — Police announced Tuesday they had arrested Queens Village resident Jeffrey Contreras and charged him with the attempted murder of a police officer, according to a statement released by the NYPD. Comment.
Flushing

One person injured in multi-car crash: FDNY

FLUSHING - Police and Fire Department personnel responded to a four-vehicle crash involving a motorcycle on the southbound Whitestone Expressway Tuesday morning near Northern Boulevard, according to a spokesman for the FDNY. Comment.
South Jamaica

Bell teams battle for Nike

DDN/Sean Bell was guaranteed to win the Nike Tournament of Champions title Sunday night — the Queens-based program’s teams from West 4th Street and Watson both earned spots in the final. The real question was which sideline Coach Raheem “Rah” Wiggins would be on for the contest. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012

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).

Monday, Aug. 20, 2012

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.

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