Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012

Flushing

NYHQ wins maternal health award

New York Hospital Queens received two of the highest rankings in the nation for excellence in maternity care Tuesday, representing what leaders of the medical team said was a remarkable feat given the difficulty of the field. Comment.
Jackson Heights

LGBT fundraiser for Obama held in Jackson Heights

The Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens (LGDCQ) and city Councilman Daniel Dromm hosted a grassroots, “give what you can” fundraiser in conjunction with representatives from Obama for America for the LGBT community. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Pair your cup of coffee with local art and music

Jackson Heights has a joint where the well-crafted cups of joe draw the accolades from coffee connoisseurs across the city. Comment.
Oakland Gardens

PS46Q cuts ribbon on new playground

PS 46Q, the Alley Pond School, celebrated the opening of a new playground. Comment.
Editorial

City must prune trees in parks, on streets

As the seasons transition from summer to autumn, it is important for the city Parks Department to prune many of the trees in the city’s parks and along city streets. While every tree cannot be pruned, there are those that are in serious need of pruning to reduce the risk of injury to people or damage to property. Comments (2).

Monday, Oct. 1, 2012

Jamaica

Undocumented funds yield fine for Jennings

Former Democratic City Councilman Allan Jennings was penalized earlier this month by the city Campaign Finance Board for several violations committed by his campaign during the 2010 special election for the seat left vacant by the late Councilman Thomas White Jr. Comment.
Long Island City

LIC resident pleads to girlfriend’s slay

A 46-year-old Long Island City man admitted earlier this month to a 2009 murder in which he fatally stabbed his artist girlfriend multiple times in their apartment before fleeing to Miami Beach, Fla., the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm’s team of killers intimidates college circuit

St. John’s’ array of volleyball hitters have been a nightmarish group for opponents in the early season, leaving other teams to wonder where the next kill will come from. The Red Storm players themselves are asking the same thing at times. The team’s competition for kills has bred success. Comment.
Bayside

Bell Blvd filled with deals during sidewalk sale

Businesses along Bell Boulevard set up tables outside to offer specials and samples during the Bayside Village’s sidewalk sale, and three more events are scheduled this year. Money from the raffle at Supercuts was to be donated to breast cancer research. Comment.
Health

Tip of the week

Flushing

Choe honored at Flushing breakfast

The Concerned African Americans of Flushing (CAAF) held their 21st-annual breakfast at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in downtown Flushing. Comment.
Editorial

Soccer Stadium Right for Queens

We applaud the plan to build of a 25,000-seat Major League Soccer stadium in Queens. Comments (2).
Bayside

Braunstein sponsors Halloween essay, drawing contest

State Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) is sponsoring a Halloween essay and drawing contest. Comment.
Letters

Theater group returns to Queens

This letter is in response to Ron Hellman’s Sept. 13-19 Astoria Times article “Queens deserves another dedicated theater space,” which called for more theater spaces in Queens. Comment.

Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012

College Point

MacNeil Pk. cleanup revitalizes shoreline

For a beautiful Saturday morning, it made sense for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution marine scientist James M. Cervino and 20 of his Columbia University students to take to the beach. Comment.
Astoria

Astoria man writes ‘Immortal Lycanthropes’ novel

Supernatural stories are all the rage in young adult fiction, but Astorian Hal Johnson said that for his book, “Immortal Lycanthropes,” he turned to classic children’s literature for inspiration. Comment.
Flushing

Manhole sensors in boro to detect sewer blockage

The city Department of Environmental Protection announced Monday it is installing manhole covers equipped with sensors in several Queens neighborhoods that will monitor flow levels in sewer pipes and alert the agency before a potentially problematic backup occurs. Comment.
Ridgewood

Ridgewood Theater could be concert venue

The Ridgewood Theater’s current owner is marketing the landmarked building as the possible site of a concert venue, according to a source. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing HS program receives funding grant

An after-school program designed to reduce the chances a Flushing High School freshman will fail recently got a $300,000 shot in the arm thanks to a global communications provider, city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced last week. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing cable man charged in Web threat

A Bronx man was slapped with terrorism-related charges after allegedly using Facebook to post death threats aimed at a Flushing co-worker, the Queens district attorney said last Thursday. Comment.
Flushing

L.I. man pleads guilty to Mets game interference

FLUSHING — A man from Massapequa, L.I., pleaded guilty to interfering with a professional sporting event after running onto Citi Field in June after New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana threw a no-hitter, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Astoria

Pedestrian’s iPhone swiped in Astoria: Cops

ASTORIA — The New York Police Department was seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect wanted in connection to a grand larceny, which took place within the 114th Precinct. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

SJU tennis makes it to Cissie Leary quarterfinal

The doubles partners of junior Diamond Adams and freshman Amber Washington and senior Nevena Selakovic led the St. John’s women’s tennis team to the quarterfinal round this past weekend at the Cissie Leary Invitational in Philadelphia. Comment.
East Elmhurst

St. Michael’s holds 9/11 Memorial Run

St. Michael’s Cemetery held a “Remember Me Run” to support the children of those who died from working on the 9/11 World Trade Center pile. Funds raised were slated to go to the Christopher Santora Scholarship Fund, which was started by Santora’s parents. Comment.
Editorial

Death of the Salesman

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. has taken a feel-good position that is bound to appeal to his constituents but raises some questions. Comment.
Letters

Give extra seats to Woodside school

I live in Woodside at 57th Street and Woodside Avenue. Presently there are two elementary schools in this area. One is St. Sebastian, at 57th Street and Woodside Avenue, which takes in students from three other parishes, and the other is PS 11, at 56th Street and Skillman Avenue. Comment.

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012

Bayside

Broadway Bill remembered

New Yorkers pounding the pavement every day on their way to work have grown accustomed to the city’s homeless population. Sometimes spare change is given, while other times eyes are averted as the commuters dutifully board trains and buses to their jobs. Comments (1).
Bayside

St. Mary’s Hospital for Children opens patient pavilion New, larger wing with improved rehab facilities and cutting-edge technology designed to aid healing

A new patient pavilion opens this week at St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children, the renowned Bayside facility that cares for children who require highly specialized medical care, and it looks like a facility out of the future. Comment.
Jamaica

PA plans new animal center at JFK

Southeast Queens is already known to have floods of near-Biblical proportions, and now it will be getting an ark to match. Comments (1).
Flushing

Kingsland Homestead in Flushing renovated

A newly restored Kingsland Homestead was on full display over the weekend as the Queens Historical Society celebrated a new beginning in Flushing with the completion of its 2012 capital project. Members of the group joined with city residents and officials Sunday to celebrate the restoration of its old roots while also establishing some new ones. Comments (2).
Maspeth

Car lovers rev their engines at auto show in Maspeth

Joe Wroblewski, owner of Frank’s Deli and Sons, watched in the morning sunlight as cars moved into position at the Maspeth Car Show Sunday. As they drove into the parking lot at Maspeth Federal Savings Bank, he would remark on their make and model, putting his enthusiasm for cars on full display. Comment.
Long Island City

Class of ‘12 graduates as LaGuardia hits 40

With screams of joy from many, a thousand graduates of LaGuardia Community College filed across the stage at the Javits Center in Manhattan in a highlight of the school’s 40th anniversary. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Narc cops shut down Rich Hill heroin pad

Law enforcement officials said they seized 86 pounds of heroin with a street value of $20 million last week when they searched a small Richmond Hill apartment that was being used by a Manhattan man as a makeshift drug mill. Comment.
Photo Galleries

9/11 victims remembered in Juniper Park

Hundreds of people gathered at Juniper Valley Park for an annual memorial to remember those killed on 9/11. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Three face four yrs. in prison for scrapping cars: DA

LONG ISLAND CITY — Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced that two men and a woman were charged with taking 32 vehicles that had been stolen off Queens streets and elsewhere to a nearby scrap yard, where they were to be sold as scrap metal and crushed. Comment.
Astoria

Cops looking for man in three boro robberies

ASTORIA — The NYPD was looking for help in finding a suspect wanted in connection with robberies that occurred within the 114th Precinct, police said. Comment.
Kew Gardens Hills

Knights soccer beats Nyack in second OT

The Knights women’s soccer team earned a hard-fought 2-1 double-overtime victory on the road against the host Nyack Warriors last week to move to 4-1-1 in the 2012 season. Comment.
QueensLine

Queens overrun by gangs of young people in September ‘59

September 1959 in Queens began with news that police had thwarted a re-engagement in a war of gangs from Jamaica and Hollis. One innocent 14-year-old bystander was shot in the chest. Twelve boys, some under 15, were arrested and an arsenal of knives, broomsticks, chains and metal whips was seized. The boys were released into their parents’ custody and were to appear in court in Jamaica. Comment.
Bayside

Rani Salon reopens on Bell Boulevard

A building on Bell Boulevard once declared unsafe and in danger of collapse has reopened after its owners rectified its structural flaws, the city Department of Buildings said. Comment.
Editorial

The Sex Offenders Next Door

A controversy is growing in South Ozone Park that shows the challenge state and city officials face when trying to find shelter for sex offenders and others coming out of prison. Comments (2).
Letters

Stop complaining about aircraft noise

Borough President Helen Marshall and other elected officials are upset about a change in flight patterns emanating from LaGuardia Airport because of noise complaints from Bayside and Whitestone residents, claiming the Federal Aviation Administration failed to inform them of the change (“Boro pols slam FAA over poor flight planning,” Flushing Times, Sept. 13-19). Comment.

Friday, Sept. 28, 2012

Rochdale Village

Rochdale LL coach gets 18 years

The former Rochdale Little League coach who pleaded guilty last month to sexually abusing three teenage boys and taping two others in a sexual act was sentenced today to 18 years in prison. Comment.
Jamaica

Police search for man who broke into toddler’s bedroom in Jamaica

Police released a sketch Thursday of the man suspected of sneaking into a Jamaica home and getting into bed with a 3-year old girl as she slept. Comment.
Transit

MTA chairman calls board member a liar

MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota got into a shouting match Thursday with a board member who announced he would vote against Lhota’s plan to cut back on the number of board meetings. Comment.
Flushing

Holocaust center asks Asians for their stories

The head of a college program that pairs students with Holocaust survivors in order to document tales from World War II wants to gather more stories from Asia. Comments (1).
Springfield Gardens

Idlewild center on its way

For years, the Eastern Queens Alliance has operated a makeshift nature center out of a trailer in Springfield Gardens’ Idlewild Park, but all that is set to change as the city Parks Department plans to build a state-of-the-art facility for the group next year. Comment.
Bayside

Pit bull attack batters Bayside park pedestrian

Ann Infranca said she was never much of a dog person, even despite living with several canine pals throughout her decades in Bayside, but after a close encounter unlike any she had experienced before last week, the 85-year-old has more reason to move away whenever a dog is near. Comments (5).
Flushing

Lee campaigners face charges after scuffle

A group of men and women, including volunteers for state Assembly candidate Myungsuk Lee’s campaign, were arrested and charged with assault and unlawful imprisonment last weekend following a fracas in the hopeful’s campaign office, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (2).
Kew Gardens Hills

Godwin-Ternbach shows Sigg works in new space

To commemorate its grand reopening, the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College’s Kupferberg Center for the Arts will exhibit work from Swiss abstract artist Herman Alfred Sigg, better known as H.A. Sigg. Comment.
Howard Beach

School unions back Addabbo

The United Federation of Teachers and New York State United Teachers joined with Queens Democrats Monday to endorse state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) in his bid for re-election, saying he has been a strong advocate for teachers, students and schools during his years in the City Council and now in Albany. Comment.
Ozone Park

Addabbo, Ulrich spar over small biz ranking

State Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) defended himself against attacks on his business record from his opponent, City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), last week, arguing that a small business scorecard Ulrich cited to malign Addabbo’s record was released by a right-wing lobbying firm and takes things out of context. Comment.
Corona

Ferreras distributes $629K

City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) said she focused on domestic violence, sanitation, education and parks in doling out her about $629,000 in discretionary funds this year. Comment.
Jamaica

Gospel Fest returns to lift Jamaica’s spirit

Whether it was 15 people or 1,500, Susan Friedman-Diaz said all that mattered at the Queens Gospel Fest was that people walked away feeling the spirit. Comment.
Hollis

Walcott discusses new year

The 2012-13 academic year will be the final full year under the Bloomberg administration, and city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said last week the city Department of Education will continue to make the tough and often controversial decisions that have characterized the mayor’s reign as it faces unprecedented changes. Comment.
Long Island City

IS 204 parents want PCBs out of city schools

While the city Department of Education has promised to replace the toxic PCB lights in Astoria’s IS 204, elected officials, civic members and parents decried how the department initially handled a leak and called for the old florescent lights to be replaced across the city. Comment.
Environment

Avella lauds decision to allow review of fracking health effects

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) lauded last Thursday’s announcement by the state Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner that he has asked the state Department of Health to conduct a review of a health impact study on the controversial drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing. Comment.
Far Rockaway

NYPD, Coast Guard save man trapped under boat

ROCKAWAY — New York Police Department divers teamed up with the U.S. Coast Guard and other emergency responders to rescue an unidentified man trapped underneath a capsized boat near Rockaway Beach, police said. Comment.
Jamaica

Woman dies naturally on flight into JFK: PA

JAMAICA — A woman died while aboard a flight landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport Sunday, a spokesman for the Port Authority said. Comment.
Astoria

Cops on the hunt for burglar in 114th Pct.

ASTORIA — Police were looking for help in locating a suspect wanted in connection with a burglary within the 114th Precinct, the NYPD said. Comment.
Bayside

Cana: Bayside’s Korean answer to home cooking

Who doesn’t love mom’s home cooking? If your mom happens to be Korean, you can refresh your childhood memories at Cana, a cozy Korean eatery occupying a quiet corner in a mostly residential part of Bayside. Comment.
Corona

Man, 25, hurt in Corona hit-and-run

CORONA — A man was critically injured over the weekend after falling victim to a hit-and-run accident in Corona, the NYPD said. Comment.
Cambria Heights

Erasmus seals upset over strong Magnet

It looked as though Campus Magnet’s hot start would continue against Erasmus Hall. Comment.
South Ozone Park

Boxing takes center stage at Resorts World

International Fight Night at Resorts World New York featured nine bouts and was organized by Old World Boxing, New Legend Boxing and WON Promotions. Comment.
Flushing

Queens College awarded $1.3M to train science teachers

Queens College received a $1.3 million grant to train area science teachers in hopes of promoting better learning for elementary school students. Comment.
Letters

Halloran takes paper to task over Meng editorial

In response to your Sept. 14-20 editorial, let me take this opportunity to clarify the record of what I said and did not say, but before I do so, let me first say that your use of “Tea Potty” as your headline belies the overt bias in your editorial piece. Comments (53).

Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012

Queensbridge

Man arrested in Queensbridge teen’s shooting

Police announced early Thursday morning that a suspect has been arrested in the Sunday shooting of a 15-year-old Queensbridge Houses girl through a window. Comments (1).
Flushing

Nobel laureate brings message of hope

In a moving display of the human spirit, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Congressional Gold Medal recipient Daw Aung San Suu Kyi visited Queens over the weekend and urged the borough’s young people not to take their political opportunities for granted. Comment.
Government

Income gap between poor, rich widens in Queens: U.S. Census

The income gap between the rich and the poor widened in Queens last year from 2010, while poor households in the borough experienced a larger drop in income than the same category of people in the city as a whole, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau last Thursday. Comment.
Flushing

Gardener tries to end his life in Kissena Pk.

A Flushing senior who has tilled the soil for years threatened to set himself on fire Tuesday to protest new regulations at the Flushing garden he used to help manage. Comment.
Springfield Gardens

Dads Take Your Child to School event held in Springfield Gds.

About 20 fathers and granddads accompanied their young students to a Springfield Gardens elementary school last week, heeding the call for dads to take an active interest in their children’s early development. Comment.
South Jamaica

Farrakhan pays visit to South Jamaica

It was a unique sight Monday when men wearing bow ties spent hours wishing residents of the South Jamaica Houses “as-salamu alaykum” as they waited for the leader of the Nation of Islam, who arrived by police escort just as the exterior lights were starting to come on at the 40 Projects. Comments (1).
Auburndale

House rivals clash on issues

The Republican and Democratic candidates for the Queens congressional seat based in Flushing took different stands on both energy policy and Social Security at a Flushing candidate forum last week. Comment.
Bayside

Avella calls on Silver to resign

Going against one of his own, one northeast Queens Democrat called on state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) to step down in the wake of a heated scandal. Comment.
Jamaica

Jobs up for grabs in Jamaica

With projects to develop two pieces of property near the Long Island Rail Road station and the Atlantic Avenue extension on the horizon, there are possibly hundreds of jobs on the table in downtown Jamaica — jobs the community would like to see go to minority- and women-owned businesses. Comment.
Transit

New sensors will speed up some MTA buses

Technology that will hold green traffic lights long enough to allow super express buses to go through intersections is coming to the MTA. Comment.
Flushing

Hindu Temple celebrates birthday of Ganesha in Flushing

From blocks away, passersby could hear the music and see the crowds building outside of the Hindu Temple Society of North America’s Sri Mahavalaba Ganesha Temple in Flushing. Comments (1).
College Point

Funding grows for condos at Chilton factory

Developers seeking to turn a dilapidated College Point factory into a 134-unit condo complex nearly have enough money to begin, according to their lawyer. Comments (1).
Government

Mayor’s annual city report charts felony crime increase

An assessment of city agencies was released last week showing positive shifts, like shorter Fire Department response times, but ground lost in other areas such as major felony crime, which rose by 4 percent. Comment.
Flushing Times

St. Francis Prep beats Molloy in three sets

This was not a five-setter thriller like three previous matchups last year. This time St. Francis Prep asserted its place as the dominant team in CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens girls volleyball. Comment.
Floral Park

Thousands attend fair at Queens’ only farm

Hayrides, petting zoos, pie-eating contests, blue-ribbon veggies and more found a common home over the weekend as the Queens County Farm Museum in Floral Park opened its gates for the 30th annual county fair. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Bicyclist struck and killed by vehicle: Cops

KEW GARDENS — The NYPD was investigating an incident that occurred Tuesday in which a bicyclist was struck and killed while traveling on Queens Boulevard, police said. Comment.
College Point

Police seek man who robbed Capitol One Bank

COLLEGE POINT — The New York Police Department was looking for the public’s assistance in identifying one suspect wanted for a bank robbery within the 109th Precinct, police said. Comments (1).
Flushing

Queens set to celebrate Moon Festival

One of the biggest holidays in Chinese culture is rapidly approaching, and several organizations in Flushing will be celebrating in style with concerts, a parade and fireworks. Comment.
South Richmond Hill

Boro man fights with two home invaders: Police

SOUTH RICHMOND HILL — Police were looking for one of two suspects who broke into a home in Richmond Hill early Tuesday and fled the location. Comment.
Flushing

Reaching for the stars

Already an accomplished violinist, coming off a successful tour of Europe, 22-year-old Adrianna Mateo is a textbook “Type A” personality whose idea of relaxation is doing the laundry and grocery shopping. Comments (1).
Fresh Meadows

College boosts star power

Stardom was never something Alicja Pawelec envisioned entering Iona College. The former Francis Lewis volleyball star joined the Gaels’ volleyball team as a walk-on, unsure what lay ahead. Comment.
Astoria

St. Francis Prep senior leads young soccer squad

Success isn’t supposed to come this early for a roster dependent on the play of a host of freshmen and sophomores. That’s why Aimée Kasmally couldn’t help but crack a smile of approval when asked about this year’s St. Francis Prep soccer squad. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012

Woodhaven

Woodhaven meeting on Rockaway railbed set

Since 1962 the Rockaway Branch rail line has been inactive and there has been much debate about what will become of it. Comment.
Flushing

Man charged with setting several Flushing blazes

A Bronx man was arrested and charged with setting 13 fires in Flushing and Murray Hill over a span of about three weeks, the FDNY said, including one blaze that destroyed a Laundromat in August and injured 19 of the city’s Bravest. Comment.
Queensbridge

Queensbridge teen girl shot thru window

A 15-year-old girl was hit by a stray bullet that came in through a third-floor window at the Queensbridge Houses early Sunday morning while she was doing her homework, a member of the tenants association said. Comment.
Glen Oaks

Glen Oaks dog run digs in

Tails will be wagging in Glen Oaks Village this weekend, when members of the garden co-op apartment complex celebrate their new dog run park. Comment.
Woodhaven

Teens breach sealed Queens house

A long-abandoned Woodhaven house with a brutal murder in its history was finally sealed by the city — almost. Comments (2).
College Point

Panel trashes garbage plant

The group contending a garbage processing plant in College Point will increase the risk of bird strikes at LaGuardia Airport assembled a panel of experts to bolster their cause last week in Flushing, where a lone dissenting opinion came from a neighborhood environmentalist in favor of the facility. Comment.
Transit

MTA survey finds 88 percent of riders like train experience

The MTA reports that 75 percent of straphangers are satisfied with subway service, based on its own survey. Comment.
Politics

Board of Election increases size of print on ballots

The city Board of Elections voted Tuesday to increase the size of the fonts printed on the ballots for the Nov. 6 general election after some voters complained that the ballots used in the primary earlier this month were difficult to read. Comment.
Little Neck

John Vincent Costanza, 93

John Vincent Costanza, a former Little Neck resident involved in area civic and cultural groups and politics, died May 11. He was 93. Comment.
Ozone Park

Car crash in Ozone Park leaves on man, 59, dead

OZONE PARK — The NYPD was investigating an Ozone Park crash, which left one man dead. Comment.
Ozone Park

NYPD officer, 38, arrested in DWI: Police

OZONE PARK A New York Police Department officer was arrested within the confines of the 106th Precinct Tuesday, police said. Comments (3).
Bayside

Bayside’s Glazer commits to Marist soccer

D.J. Glazer has just accomplished what her father strived to do. Comment.
Little Neck

Little Neck man shoots self in foot by accident

LITTLE NECK — A 23-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the foot last week inside his Little Neck home, the NYPD said. Comments (1).
Jamaica

Jamaica is handed first loss after run-in with Lafayette

With his team huddled around him, Jamaica High School head Coach Calvin Whitfield stressed one phrase after their loss to Lafayette: mental mistakes. Comment.

Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012

Long Island City

LaGuardia students celebrate graduation under shower of confetti

With screams of joy from many, a thousand graduates of LaGuardia Community College filed across the stage at the Javits Center in Manhattan Friday in a highlight of the school’s 40th anniversary. Comment.
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.
Cambria Heights

Campus Magnet unable to hold lead, falls to E-Hall

It looked as though Campus Magnet’s hot start would continue against Erasmus Hall. Comment.

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