Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012

Corona

Officials, QEDC celebrate opening of Corona Plaza

Pedestrian plazas have been the subject of contentious debate in neighborhoods throughout the borough, but Corona has embraced its new public space near the 103rd Street subway station. Comments (1).
Jamaica

JCAL celebrates 40th anniversary

The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning celebrated its 40th anniversary with festivities at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center. Comment.
Flushing

Asian fast-food chain opens boro store front

A new fast-food option is available in Flushing that offers quick, made-to-order food without a lot of the unhealthy trappings usually associated with such fast fare: Sarku Japan. Comment.
Long Island City

Sheet Metal Workers recruit apprentices

The Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local Union No. 137 will conduct a recruitment through Sept. 16, 2013, for 10 sheet metal worker — sign hanger and rigger — apprentices. Comment.
Forest Hills

Meeting planned on Forest Hills flooding

City Councilmember Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills), Community Board 6 and city Department of Environmental Protection representatives will be holding a town hall meeting at the Forest Hills Jewish Center to address recent flooding in Forest Hills and the surrounding area. Comment.
Letters

Reader sorry to see Capitol bank close

The Capitol One Bank, at 164th Street and 69th Avenue in Fresh Meadows, will be closing its doors for good Oct. 6. Comment.

Monday, Sept. 24, 2012

Jackson Heights

Moya helps immigrants to access gov’t resources

Confusion and fear often deter immigrants, regardless of whether they are here legally or undocumented, from receiving services from government agencies they have every right to and the state Assembly is making a push to change that. Comments (1).
Flushing

109th Cops of Month stop armed stickups

The men allegedly behind a series of gunpoint robberies in Flushing and a suspected serial car thief were all cuffed this summer, thanks to the 109th Precinct’s Cops of the Month. Comments (1).
Ozone Park

Speed bump wreaks havoc in Ozone Park

A new speed bump put in on 93rd Street by Elizabeth Blackwell Junior High School in Ozone Park that was causing consternation in the community because it was not easily seen by drivers has finally earned its white stripes. Comment.
Bayside

Walkers traverse Fort Totten for organ transplant fund-raiser

More than 100 people took part in a three-mile walk/run hosted by the FDNY and the Recanti Miller Transplantation Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital in Fort Totten. The event raised money for organ transplants. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s fencers meet President Obama

All Team USA members of the 2012 Olympic Games gathered at the White House last week to meet President Barack Obama, including St. John’s fencers Daryl Homer and Dagmara Wozniak. Comment.
Health

Tip of the week

Howard Beach

Addabbo Mobile Office Hours

State Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) announced he is holding mobile office hours in Sept. and Oct. to give meet his constituents and hear the issues that concern them. The Senator will hold office hours on Monday or Thursday evenings at several Queens Library locations around his district between 5:30 and 7p.m. Comment.
Middle Village

Turner accepting applications for service academy nominations

U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Middle Village) announced that the application process for fall 2013 service academy nominations has begun. Comment.
Letters

Big businesses must pay their fair share in taxes

It is probably pointless to write and mail this letter to you, since you will probably never receive or read it, but I felt compelled to nonetheless. Comment.

Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012

Glendale

Miller retains seat in low turnout vote

With the campaign responsibilities of a primary election now behind him, state Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) is anxious to get back to work and tackle the issues facing his community after retaining his Assembly seat. Comment.
Broad Channel

Bird enthusiasts take to Jamaica Bay for festival

On Aug. 25, the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge hosted the seventh annual Shorebird Festival. At 8:30 a.m., a large number of serious birders and a group of expert leaders made their way to the mud flats around the refuge’s East Pond to see migrating shorebirds. Comment.
St. Albans

St. Albans rally hopes to curb sickle stigma

About one in every 500 African Americans is born with sickle cell disease and advocates for a cure said those who suffer from the condition face stigmas due to a lack of understanding. Comment.
Glendale

Crowley lauds Glendale’s rainy day rescuers as heroes

The City Council honored two Fire Department EMTs last week who put their training into practice when they saved three individuals from drowning during an August flashflood in Glendale. Comment.
Ozone Park

Queens kids learn biz skills

A chocolate product is in the works for an anticipated new company headed by world-renowned Chef Timothy Maguire, and the visionaries in charge of developing and marketing the treat may come as a surprise. Comment.
Flushing Times

Cops seek man who robbed Chase Bank

BRIARWOOD — The NYPD was asking for the public’s help in identifying a man wanted in connection with a Chase Bank robbery last week. Comment.
Flushing

Cops search for man who stole from Walgreens

FLUSHING — The NYPD was asking for the public’s assistance in locating a man wanted in connection with stealing Diabetic test strips from a Walgreens Pharmacy. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Dromm and merchants honor 9/11 victims in Jackson Heights

City Councilman Daniel Dromm, the Muslim merchants of the 37th Road Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights and Social Uplift Knowledge and Hope Initiatives NY held a candlelight vigil for those killed on 9/11. In a show of solidarity, businesses owners dimmed their lights and placed flowers along the plaza. Comment.
Bayside

Soccer star talks about life on the pitch at Bayside High School

Hi! My name is Danielle Jessica Glazer, but most people call me “D.J.” for short. Throughout the years many people have asked me where my nickname came from. During Comments (1).
Editorial

Gutter Tactic Fails

Did this really happen in 2012? Did a candidate running in a primary for the state Senate attempt to win by accusing his opponent of having dinner with a gay colleague? Comments (2).
Letters

BOE needs to provide ballots in Bengali

I am writing to express my concern that the Board of Elections will not have Bengali-language ballots available for the general election Nov 6. Comment.

Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012

Elmhurst

Elmhurst cat killer on prowl

A yogi and a resident on 51st Avenue near 90th Street in Elmhurst suspect their neighbor is poisoning and killing cats they feed on the block. Comments (1).
Queens Village

Clark captures primary win

State Assemblywoman Barbara Clark (D-Queens Village) pulled in more than 63 percent of the vote last week in her Democratic primary victory over Cambria Heights resident Clyde Vanel, according to the city’s preliminary results. Comment.
College Point

College Point temple serves as Daoist haven

A new Daoist temple in College Point gives visitors a taste of Taiwanese religious life and is so authentic most of it was actually shipped over from the island in pieces. Comments (4).
No Holds Barred

Assessing Congressman Turner’s legacy to Queens

When Robert Turner won a special election for Congress last year, the political pundits all said it was due to the ultra Orthodox Jewish voters in Brooklyn. Turner lost Queens, but won handily among those folk. This despite the fact that he was running against a Modern Orthodox Jew and Turner is Roman Catholic. Comments (3).
Little Neck

Jewish singles set to meet in group for second year

One year ago, Little Neck Jewish Center member Warren Shapiro worked with his synagogue to launch a monthly singles night with hopes that he and his congregation companions could find their bashert, or special someone. Comment.
Ridgewood

Boro groups offer theater, crafts for children in Sept.

For the month of September in Queens, there will be theatrical events that cater to all ages. Celebrating honorable films and gearing up kids to go back to school, these affairs will get many people out of their houses on Saturday evenings. Comments (2).
Astoria

CB 1 votes 25-7 against plaza on Newtown Avenue

While the visitors to Community Board 1 heard passionate arguments for and against a proposal to close part of Newtown Avenue near 30th Avenue and 33rd Street to create a plaza, the board voted overwhelmingly against the plan. Comment.
Rosedale

Cops seek public’s help in searching for robber

ROSEDALE — The NYPD was asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect wanted in connection with the robbery of a Capital One Bank. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Man with warrant found sprawled on A train seats: NYPD

FAR ROCKAWAY — Police said they arrested a man taking up more than his fair share of space on the A train after it was revealed he not only allegedly had a warrant out for his arrest, but also a loaded gun in his backpack. Comment.
Astoria

Living, breathing Astoria decor

Everyone needs more green in their lives. Comment.
Editorial

Down and Dirty in Queens

We aren’t surprised to see the Obama-Romney race for the White House get dirty, but we weren’t expecting to see mudslinging in the race to represent northeast Queens in the state Senate. Comments (7).

Friday, Sept. 21, 2012

Laurelton

Sanders seat open after win

With City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton) on his way to Albany, a special election for his seat will not be called until after he has taken the oath of office Jan. 1. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside man uses melody to move minds in classroom

What initially started as a method to bring rowdy students into a calmer learning environment for one former city teacher has blossomed into an entirely different approach to self-reflection and writing. Comments (2).
Flushing

Redrawn Halloran seat not GOP friendly

A bipartisan group redrew a highly Democratic voting bloc into the seat of Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) instead of leaving it in Councilman Peter Koo’s (D-Flushing) more urban district, raising questions about politics played out in the decision. Comments (3).
Glen Oaks

Glen Oaks votes limited by polling site changes

While voters throughout the borough took to the polls last week in the state primary elections, residents in the Glen Oaks Village co-op reported some confusion after the city Board of Elections changed their polling locations. Comment.
Bayside Hills

Rozic wins Democratic primary

In the wake of Nily Rozic’s Democratic primary for the state Assembly, her opponent’s hometown civic in Bayside Hills has looked inward to ask why it was not celebrating Jerry Iannece’s victory. Comments (6).
Glen Oaks

Council pulls some strings

Young northeast Queens orchestra enthusiasts were given a hefty tune-up when one lawmaker provided them with a $10,000 boost to their program. Comment.
Flushing

Legacy of fiery Flushing activist lives on in annual award

The late Flushing firebrand Rose Kryzak was a tireless advocate for senior citizens in New York, possessing enough pluck even in her twilight years to travel to Albany to admonish a sitting governor, and in November three women are set receive an award in her honor for carrying on the tradition. Comment.
Jamaica

Rufus King ceremony ushers immigrants to citizenship

Celidez Arvelo was choked with emotion Monday when after 11 years in this country she could finally call herself an American citizen. Comment.
Bayside

Shaky building closes stairs at Bayside station

A stairway leading to Bell Boulevard from the eastbound platform of the Long Island Rail Road station in Bayside has been closed as a precaution after a nearby building was found to be unstable, city officials said. Comment.
Howard Beach

Ulrich, Addabbo differ on gun issue

With City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) poised to take on state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) for the 15th Senate District in the general election this November, hot-topic issues such as the economy, gun control and hydrofracking will likely take front-and-center positions in the campaigns. Comments (4).
Astoria

Strange relics abound in Astoria Park clean

You never know what you will find on the shores of Astoria Park. Comment.
Forest Hills

Police seek public help in catching Citibank robber

FOREST HILLS — The police were seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect wanted in connection with the robbing of a Citibank in Forest Hills in August. Comment.
Astoria

Pedestrians hurt after being hits by car: Police

ASTORIA — Two pedestrians were injured Friday after being caught in the middle of a driver slamming into parked cars in Astoria, police said. Comments (1).
St. Albans

‘Ella’ musical brings jazz spirit back to Queens

How many people know that Queens, starting in the 1920s, was once home to a colony of jazz greats? Many of them had sumptuous homes within a few blocks of each other in Addesleigh Park, although Louis Armstrong was famous for living in Corona. Among the denizens of Addesleigh Park back then was Ella Fitzgerald, and a new musical about her, called simply “Ella,” will premier at the Queens Theatre on Sept. 27. Comment.
Long Island City

LIC soccer players, field need ample time for repair

Long Island City girls’ soccer practices at the school involve avoiding cones, but have nothing to do with the players dribbling through and around them. Comment.
Middle Village

CK’s Mulic plays tough on field against TMLA

Medina Mulic has been a goal-scoring machine in her first season at Christ the King, scoring seven times in the first two games. Comment.
Queensbridge

A fallen star remembered

The emotions rushed back to Kasim Alston as he lit a candle on the park court where his goddaughter and former girls’ hoops star Tayshana “Chicken” Murphy grew up playing before her death. Comments (1).
Editorial

Playing the Race Card

It isn’t unusual in city politics for someone to play the race card when an elected official is accused of corruption, but usually the people playing the card try for subtlety. Comment.

Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012

Ridgewood

Muslims in Queens denounce film fracas

After American freedom of speech clashed with Islamic tradition and honor in Egypt, Queens residents with ties to the Middle East condemned the violence as tempers continued to flare in Muslim communities across the globe. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Sanders ousts Huntley in primary

Fresh off his Democratic Party primary victory last week, City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton) is planning on getting right down to business in Rochdale Village, his opponent’s home turf. Comment.
Corona

Packed meeting questions Flushing Meadows plans

Several multimillion- and multibillion-dollar projects are proposed for Flushing Meadows Corona Park, but a coalition of Queens organizations contends the combined side effects on the community and the total loss of parkland have not adequately been taken into account. Comment.
Flushing

Two Dems win thorny primaries

A dismal turnout in state primary elections in and around Flushing saw state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) fend off a well-financed challenger and a Korean-American candidate come one step closer to making history after emerging from a five-way, bare-knuckled battle. Comments (2).
Howard Beach

Ulrich trounces Reyes in primary

Voter Karen King said she was already planning on coming out to the polls last Thursday to vote for City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), who won the Republican nomination for state Senate in the 15th District. Comment.
Glendale

Glendale irate over trash train expansion plan

A land deal approved by the Suffolk County Legislature expanding a railyard on Long Island will bring terrible repercussions for the people of Queens, elected officials, civic groups and residents of the borough said. Comment.
Whitestone

Group bids on huge waterfront Qns lot

A group of investors is well on its way to taking ownership of one of the largest vacant waterfront properties in Queens, which could soon be home to 52 single-family Whitestone homes, but state inspectors were back at the site last Thursday to check for evidence of any contaminated soil dumped there. Comment.
Health

Queens pols blast soda ban

After the city Board of Health last Thursday passed the so-called soda ban, which would limit the size of sugary drinks in many venues to 16 ounces, City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) and state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) decried the controversial rule as the mayor was lauding its passage. Comments (1).
Cambria Heights

Youth learn pro health from medics to the stars

High school athletes from Queens learned that being a sports star is about more than having a rocket for an arm. Comment.
Long Island City

Mayor praises LaGuardia program dads

Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke at LaGuardia Community College last week to the graduating class of the CUNY Fatherhood Academy, a five-month program aimed at teaching dads ages 18 to 24 good parenting and putting them on the track to getting a GED or enrolling in college. Comments (1).
Flushing

Racist graffiti in Flushing prompts outcry from pols

Lawmakers denounced racist graffiti left on a Flushing storefront that will house the future Mitchell-Linden branch of the Queens Public Library as well as a van parked nearby belonging to a Chinese newspaper and offered a cash reward to try and help find the perpetrator. Comment.
Astoria

McManus park 9/11 memorial still strong after 11 years

Organizers and visitors to the annual 9/11 memorial ceremony at McManus Memorial Park in Astoria Heights last week were heartened that the 150-strong crowd was still present 11 years after the tragedy. Comments (3).
Transit

MTA ponders eliminating discount on MetroCards to pay for its budget

MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota, in relentless search for money for his cash-strapped agency, suggests it might be time to abolish the discount on pay-per-ride MetroCards. Comments (1).
Jamaica

FBI says hijack threat at JFK was a hoax

JAMAICA — Authorities at John F. Kennedy International Airport said a false bomb threat called in on three planes Monday was a hoax. Comment.
Breezy Point

Police find the body of snorkeler off Breezy Pt.

BREEZY POINT — Police pulled the body of a Staten Island man out of the water Tuesday who they said had disappeared while snorkeling. Comment.
Flushing Times

Molloy guard Dietrich picks Pace

Coming to her team’s rescue in a time of need helped Alexa [Weazel] Dietrich land at the college she loved from the start. Comments (1).
Flushing

Holy Cross shocks Mount in final drive

Lekeith Celestain was in quarterback Michael Loprete’s ear throughout the game. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

St. Francis Prep racks up the yardage in first win

The belly was a beast. Comment.
Flushing

Burmese Nobel laureate coming to Queens

FLUSHING — Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Burma’s democracy movement, will speak to an invited audience at Queens College on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 9 a.m. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012

South Ozone Park

Casino brings boxing to Queens this week

Resorts World Casino will take a swing at the fights when it hosts a championship night of boxing on the casino grounds in South Ozone Park Saturday. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing school closes shop in wake of DiNapoli audit

A Flushing-based special needs school closed last week months after state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli alleged its owners misused $1.5 million in taxpayer dollars, according to employees. Comments (4).
Jamaica

Agents bust workers in JFK booze scam

A mini-booze bottle scam netted big bucks and free drinks for airport employees accused in a $750,000 criminal caper that raised serious questions about security at John F. Kennedy international Airport, according to the Queens district attorney. Comments (1).
Woodside

Sexual attack sets off hunt in Woodside

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) handed out fliers at the entrance to the 61st Street-Woodside subway station last Thursday urging residents to help locate a man who tried to sexually assault a woman in the neighborhood. Comment.
South Jamaica

NYPD eyeing off-duty cop’s Qns stab story

The NYPD’s internal-affairs investigators were looking into whether or not an off-duty officer stabbed himself last week when he claimed he was attacked during a home invasion at his place in South Jamaica last week, according to police and the New York Post. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Queens cops nab man wanted by FBI in NY bank robberies (WITH VIDEO)

Police in Queens arrested a man known as the “Snub-Nose Bandit” last week, who is suspected of robbing several banks and other businesses in New York and was wanted by the FBI, according to authorities. Comment.
Elmhurst

Elmhurst man, 29, dies in boro stabbing: Police

CORONA — A 29-year-old Elmhurst man was killed early Saturday morning in Corona, the NYPD said. Comments (1).
St. Albans

St. Albans man charged in NFL brother shooting

ST. ALBANS — A 23-year-old man from St. Albans was arraigned on charges Monday in the January attempted murder of Calvin Ogletree, the older brother of Dallas Cowboys wide receiver and Holy Cross alumnus Kevin Ogletree, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Queens district attorney’s office. Comment.
Woodside

Cops look for 7 suspects in shooting outside strip club (WITH VIDEO)

WOODSIDE — The NYPD was seeking the public’s assistance in identifying seven men allegedly involved in a non-fatal shooting at a strip club Sept. 7. Comment.
South Jamaica

Baisley Houses teen, 17, killed in Brooklyn: Cops

BROOKLYN — A teenager from the Baisley Park Houses was gunned down in Brooklyn last week, according to the NYPD. Comments (1).
Elmhurst

Cops on the lookout for indecent M train exposer

ELMHURST — The NYPD was seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect wanted in connection with a public lewdness incident on the M train at Grand Avenue Sept. 14. Comment.
Queensboro Hill

Queensboro Hill woman dies in Manhattan: Cops

MANHATTAN — A Queensboro Hill woman was struck by a yellow taxi and killed on the Upper East Side Monday, according to the NYPD. Comment.
Middle Village

Christ the King takes first loss in football season

Christ the King opened the Tyree Allison era with a lopsided football win over Nazareth last weekend, but an early winning streak for the first-year coach will have to wait. The Royals were routed 43-6 at the hands of Bishop Ford in a Catholic High School Football League Class AA game at John Adams Saturday afternoon. Comment.

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012

Middle Village

Turner welcomes House passage of mass transit security bill

U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Middle Village) has announced passage by the House of Representatives of his bill to strengthen security in the nation’s mass transit facilities. Comment.

Monday, Sept. 17, 2012

Transit

MTA chairman questions discounts on MetroCard fares

MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota now suggests it might be time to eliminate or reduce the discount on pay-per-ride MetroCards. Comments (1).

Friday, Sept. 14, 2012

Forest Hills

Ulrich defeats Reyes in GOP primary after campaign turns negative

City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) defeated his opponent, Forest Hills lawyer Juan Reyes, in the Republican primary for state Senate Thursday in a campaign that turned ugly in the final days. Ulrich will face off against Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) in the general election this November. Comment.
Jamaica

Sanders scores major victory over Huntley in Senate race

In a hotly contested race in southeast Queens, City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton) defeated state Sen. Shirley Huntley in the Democratic Party primary Thursday. She was seeking her fourth term when she was indicted on criminal charges last month. Comment.
Flushing

Kim wins primary for Assembly to face GOP’s Gim in Flushing

It was a crowded race for the Flushing Assembly seat to be vacated by state Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing), but Ron Kim came out on top in Thursday’s Democratic primary, while Phil Gim defeated his opponent on the Republican side. Comments (5).
Flushing

Stavisky beats back challenge to keep her Senate seat

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) came a step closer to maintaining her reign as a longtime northeast Queens lawmaker Thursday night after she fended off Democratic primary challenger John Messer, the Oakland Gardens lawyer and businessman who opposed her for a second time after also losing in 2010. Comments (1).
Queensboro Hill

Townsend Harris soccer beats LIC under McFadden leadership

The tears began to flow for Olivia McFadden even before the ball left her foot. Comment.

Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012

Queens Village

Clark wins re-election to 14th term in Assembly

Assemblywoman Barbara Clark (D-Queens Village) assured herself a 14th term as a state legislator Thursday when she fended off a challenge from Cambria Heights resident Clyde Vanel in the Democratic Party primary. Comments (1).
Politics

Primary Day Live Blog

TimesLedger Newspapers will be blogging from the polls Thursday during the primary in Queens. Comment.
Woodhaven

Miller wins Democratic primary to return to state Assembly

Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) retained his Assembly seat after handily defeating political newcomer Etienne David Adorno in the primary election Thursday. Comment.
Bayside

Newcomer Rozik defeats Iannece to win Democratic nod for Assembly

Fresh Meadows’ Nily Rozic achieved her goal of bringing a fresh face to the 25th District Assembly race ticket Thursday after beating her Democratic Party-backed opponent Jerry Iannece in a primary election. Comments (8).
Politics

Poll turnout light as Queens candidates make last pitches

Queens voters went to the polls Thursday under clear skies to cast their ballots in several hard-fought primaries that prompted some candidates to turn up the rhetoric in the final days of their campaigns. Comment.

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