Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012

Bayside

UNO Chicago Grill to host Sandy fund-raisers for responders

UNO Chicago Grill is teaming up with the New York State Volunteer Ambulance and Rescue Association to raise money for lifesaving equipment and facilities that benefit the city’s community volunteer emergency responders following Hurricane Sandy, the chain restaurant said. Comment.
Elmhurst

Qns man shoved in front of Q train

A 58-year-old Elmhurst man died early Monday afternoon shortly after being pushed in front of a downtown-bound Q subway train in Manhattan, police said. Comment.
Woodhaven

Miller, GVAC sponsor toy drive

State Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) and the Glendale Volunteer Ambulance Corps will host a toy drive to benefit children in need this holiday season. Comment.
Jamaica

Jamaica bakery serves Dominican specialties

The traditional Dominican cake follows the basic recipe Americans would recognize as that of a pound cake: a pound each of flour, butter and sugar. Comment.
Letters

Parks must better maintain trees

As Hurricane Sandy pounded our area Oct. 30, our trees, some of which stood for many decades, began to fall due to the high winds. Comments (2).

Monday, Dec. 3, 2012

Elmhurst

Elmhurst dad may get 14 yrs. for baby shake

A 28-year-old Elmhurst man admitted last week to shaking his infant child so hard she suffered permanent brain injuries, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
College Point

Cops on the lookout for missing College Pt. man

COLLEGE POINT — Police were asking the public’s assistance in finding a 59-year-old man who has been missing since last Thursday. Comment.
Bayside

Braunstein sponsors holiday gift drives

State Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) is sponsoring a holiday gift drive for hospitalized veterans, as well as a toy drive for needy and hospitalized children and the young victims of Hurricane Sandy. Comment.
Food

Tip of the week

Bayside

St. Mary’s Hospital to hold goods drive

Please bring a new, unwrapped toy or game to one of our three locations. Comment.
Letters

Sandy photo has something to say

I could not believe it: A massive tree trunk, measuring 5 feet in diameter, ripped out of the ground with roots and earth dangling in the air. Smashed and suffocated in the rubble by huge branches and leaves was a little red car. Comment.

Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012

Far Rockaway

Queens nonprofit takes turkey to Sandy victims

A nutrition-oriented Whitestone nonprofit cooked Thanksgiving dinner for flood victims last Thursday, although disaster experts caution that there is a point where free grub can do more harm than good. Comment.
Bayside

Cleared of FBI charges, Baysider mulls next step

After being cleared on FBI charges of sending a death threat to one bank in Pennsylvania, a Bayside man said he was weighing whether to take action against the government in civil court. Comment.
Hillcrest

Borough remembers WWII’s Wallenberg

Many members of Queens’ Jewish community, several elected officials and international diplomats gathered at Young Israel of Hillcrest Sunday to commemorate the centennial birthday of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish architect who saved the lives of tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews during World War II. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Boro pol lauds Cuomo for fracking leadership

As Gov. Andrew Cuomo wrestles with whether or not to allow hydraulic fracturing in the state, a Queens councilman has lauded him for refusing to buckle to pressure and allowing a critical deadline to pass rather than speed up a review of the controversial drilling method’s potential impact on public health.City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows), chairman of the Council’s Environmental Protection Committee, said Cuomo had made it clear from his public statements that his decision on hydraulic fracturing would be guided by science and safety. Comment.
Bayside

Queensborough students pitch in with Sandy relief

Inside an interfaith outreach relief center at St. Anthony’s Church in Oceanside, L.I., a 6-year-old boy and his mother approached student volunteers from Queensborough Community College looking for a pair of shoes. Comment.
Richmond Hill

City fights to block after-school worship

The city’s lawyers were back in a courtroom last week asking a federal appeals panel to overturn a ruling that prohibited the city Department of Education from barring religious institutions from holding worship services in public school buildings during after-school hours. Comment.
Ridgewood

Police on the hunt for robber of boro bank

RIDGEWOOD — The Breaking News Network said police were seeking information about a Hispanic male in his 20s who robbed a bank, at 70-01 Forest Ave. Friday. Comment.
Jamaica

Foul-prone Cardinals fall against Wesleyan in N.C.

A large free-throw discrepancy proved to be the difference for the York College men’s basketball team as they lost to North Carolina Wesleyan College 80-76 in the final game of the Roger Taylor Invitational Sunday afternoon. Comment.
Editorial

What Now?

After Election Day, members of Clergy United for Community Empowerment gathered for a breakfast at the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center in St. Albans sponsored by U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks, who was re-elected. Comment.
Letters

Mayor has no plans to cut subsidies

The New York Times reported in its Nov. 12 issue that Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to increase school lunches to $2.50 from $1.50, slash $8.3 million from libraries and increase fees on parking meters. Comments (1).

Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012

Jamaica

Tourists travel to Jamiaca Ave. for Black Friday discounts

Tucked in between large, national stores such as Old Navy and Marshall’s, small boutiques line Jamaica Avenue’s shopping district for more than a dozen blocks, offering an assorted mix — with a heavy emphasis on fashion — of bargains that draw shoppers all year long and especially on Black Friday. Comment.
Flushing

AG charges Baysider in prostitute biz bust

More than 10 Queens residents, many hailing from the Northeast, were charged by the state attorney general in a widespread prostitution operation that used an advertising company and money laundering to pimp out trafficked women and elude authorities, the state attorney general said last week. Comment.
Astoria

Design errors cost DEP $6.6M: Liu

City Comptroller John Liu said his audit of an upgrade for a water pollution control plant in Astoria revealed that the city Department of Environmental Protection had paid almost $6.6 million in extra costs due to the consultants’ design flubs even though the consultants are expected to cover the cost. Comment.
Queensbridge

Don’t name landmarks after living pols: Vallone

In his latest criticism of the Queensborough Bridge renaming, City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) has introduced legislation that prohibits the city from renaming public property after living people. Comments (1).
Springfield Gardens

Charity braves chill to assist storm victims

During the bitter cold Thanksgiving weekend, volunteers handed out hot meals, clothing and blankets at a charity drive in Springfield Gardens geared toward those hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy. Comment.
East Elmhurst

E. Elmhurst helps neighbors

In what has become a regular Thanksgiving tradition in northwestern Queens, several elected officials gave frozen turkeys to needy neighborhood families last week, but state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) set aside some for Far Rockaway. Comment.
Rego Park

Four harmed by Thanksgiving blaze: BNN

REGO PARK — Firefighters were called to an apartment building in Rego Park Thanksgiving afternoon for an all-hands fire, the Breaking News Network reported. Comment.
Jamaica

Couple arrested in iPhone theft from passenger at JFK: Post

JAMAICA — A JetBlue flight attendant and her boyfriend were arrested in connection with the theft of an iPhone from a traveler at John F. Kennedy International Airport, the New York Post reported. Comment.
Long Island City

Casa Enrique: Unfamiliar Mexican tastes in LIC

We couldn’t be more delighted that Long Island City newcomer Casa Enrique is offering its patrons a new take on Mexican food. Chef Cosme Aguila includes recipes from Chiapas, Puebla and San Luis Potosi regions that set this eatery apart from usual Mexican establishments. These influences make for a lighter and brighter Mexican. Comment.
Flushing

Knights men’s basketball falls to Post

The Queens College men’s basketball team was unable to pick up its first win of the 2012-13 season against the Post University Eagles, losing the contest Saturday afternoon by the score of 83-67. Comment.
Editorial

Like We Said …

In last week’s editorial, we criticized stores that opened on Thanksgiving. Comment.
Letters

Stop lung problems caused by Sandy

The devastation of Hurricane Sandy was felt hard in the Northeast, and the aftereffects of the storm will remain with us for some time. For people with lung disease, exposure to damp materials and mold growth can trigger asthma and allergies and cause breathing problems. Comment.

Friday, Nov. 30, 2012

Howard Beach

Addabbo focuses on relief

With a nationally scrutinized, hard-fought and money-fueled race for a state Senate seat now over and the recovery effort underway after Hurricane Sandy devastated southern Queens, newly re-elected Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) is looking forward. Comment.
Broad Channel

Rockaway bridge tolls to resume Saturday

Tolls are back on Rockaway bridges, authorities announced Friday afternoon. Comment.
Rockaway Park

Rockaway’s economy decimated

Philip Cicia stared into his wrecked store, Beer House Beverages, one of many Rockaway businesses devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing rezone strikes out

Flushing’s community board blasted a controversial rezoning of an industrial block Monday over concerns that 300,000 to 600,000 square feet of commercial property could potentially be built without providing any parking spaces, but the proposal may still get the green light from the city. Comment.
Broad Channel

Texans deliver Broad Channel relief

For Keith Day, the crippling effects of Hurricane Sandy were only images and videos on the television, more than 1,500 miles away. Comment.
Cambria Heights

Clark renews push to double speeding fines

Following the death of one of her constituents in a motor vehicle accident, state Assemblywoman Barbara Clark (D-Queens Village) is renewing her push to raise the fines for speeding in residential neighborhoods. Comment.
Jamaica

Stop-and-frisk down almost 50 percent in 115th Precinct

Through the first nine months of the year, the number of stop-and-frisks the police conducted across the city was down dramatically from the same period in 2011 and on pace for the biggest year-to-year decline during the Bloomberg administration. But downtown Jamaica was not keeping pace with the drop. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing mother, son caught peddling illegal smokes: DA

A Flushing family was charged with running an illegal cigarette operation out of a downtown grocery store, the Queens district attorney said last week. Comment.
Long Island City

Feds offer loans to help boost storm recovery

Almost one month after Superstorm Sandy rocked the region with reckless abandon, businesses and individuals are still facing a formidable slog down the road to financial recovery. Comment.
Forest Hills

Holiday helps Austin Street

Small business owners in Queens were divided over whether Small Business Saturday — the shopping holiday that is the independent shop owner’s answer to the big box-dominated Black Friday — was helpful for sales. Comment.
Ridgewood

Cops look for two in relation to robbery

RIDGEWOOD — Police were asking for the public’s help in locating two men who are wanted in connection with an attempted robbery and criminal impersonation in the 104th Precinct near Cypress Avenue. Comment.
Astoria

Sharing jams with a click

While the days of musicians being discovered by major record companies may be gone forever, a new Astoria-based social networking site, started by two Long Island entrepreneurs, may help aspiring musicians to gain exposure and new fans. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Police investigate Fresh Mdws. car fire

FRESH MEADOWS — Emergency officials responded to the scene of a car fire on 184th Street near the Long Island Expressway service road in Fresh Meadows at about 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning, the Breaking News Network reported. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Patriots dig deep to overcome deficit vs. Bronx’s Kennedy

The young Francis Lewis girls’ basketball team played like veterans when it mattered. The Patriots’ starting lineup doesn’t have a single upper classmen in it, but they beat Bronx’s John F. Kennedy like a senior squad. Comment.
Editorial

Incredible Response to Sandy

We think most Queens residents will agree that, with the exception of the service delays by Consolidated Edison and the Long Island Power Authority, the government’s response was remarkable. Compare that to the bumbling that occurred when Hurricane Katrina stuck the Gulf Coast in 2005. Comments (2).
Letters

Boro family thankful for volunteers

Hurricane Sandy uprooted a more than 300-ton oak tree across the street, slamming it into a London plain maple tree in front of our home, causing it to crack open. These trees continued to loom over our home on live Consolidated Edison wires for 11 days before we received any physical help. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012

Hurricane Relief

Bloomberg seeks to ease property tax burden on hurricane-hit homeowners

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday he is proposing two measures that would provide homeowners hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy some relief on their property taxes. Comments (2).
College Point

Black Friday sales lift west Queens malls

The Bay Terrace Shopping Center and The Shops of College Point drew crowds Black Friday as shoppers across the nation turned out in record numbers for the biggest kickoff to the holiday shopping season. Comment.
Astoria

Astoria’s TV academy aces city HS progress report

While the number of Queens high schools receiving low marks on the city’s most recent progress reports remained the same from the previous year, successful new schools receiving high grades helped the borough grow in the higher ranks. Comment.
Jamaica

Holocaust survivor reunites with woman who hid her

Shoshana Golan was just 6 when she left the Dudziak home in liberated Poland in 1945 with a group of children orphaned by the Holocaust. Comment.
Woodhaven

New Council lines inflame Woodhaven

A Woodhaven civic group is drawing a line in the sand, rejecting a proposed redistricting it says will split the neighborhood’s representation in the City Council. Comment.
Long Island City

LaGuardia CC students test superfund site

The students at Long Island City’s LaGuardia Community College, less than a block away from one of the most polluted parts of Newtown Creek, are taking part in a years-long campaign to clean the Superfund site. Comment.
Flushing

Boro pols ask Cuomo to curb co-op tax hikes

With worries that the state Legislature may not reconvene for a special session before year’s end, northeast Queens lawmakers reached out to Gov. Andrew Cuomo on behalf of co-op and condo owners to prevent what they are calling a potentially devastating increase in real property taxes. Comment.
Astoria

Gianaris predicts Dems will win Senate control

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) was in Rhinebeck Tuesday helping out Democratic Senate hopeful Terry Gipson, who is still awaiting the results of the general election. While almost a month has passed, ballots for two upstate seats are being still counted, leaving the control of Albany’s upper house in flux. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Goodwill revives Rockaways

Residents of many neighborhoods in Queens awoke to a world without electricity and heat the morning after Hurricane Sandy lashed the East Coast with villainous rage and now that world of cold and perpetual darkness has become the new normal for many in the borough’s seaside communities. Comment.
Bayside

Comrie gets competition as Avella joins beep fray

The field for Queens borough president is growing larger after state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) decided to throw his hat into the race this week, but at least one of his competitors is not sweating the extra competition. Comment.
Neponsit

Rockaway pipeline proposed amid rupture fears

With predictions the city will see an increase in hurricanes like Sandy in the future, some are concerned a proposed natural gas pipeline that would travel from the Atlantic Ocean under the Rockaways through Jamaica Bay and into Brooklyn could be vulnerable. Comment.
Jamaica

Workers protest JFK security

As John F. Kennedy International Airport hummed last week with pre-Thanksgiving travelers, airport security workers and their supporters protested, calling attention to inadequate training that they contend jeopardize travelers. Comment.
Elmhurst

Black Friday crowds hit Queens Center

Queens Center Mall in Elmhurst and other borough retail centers welcomed thousands of customers, some of whom shopped for more than 12 hours, for the nation’s biggest Black Friday yet. Comment.
Broad Channel

Medical van visits Sandy victims

The last thing victims of Hurricane Sandy should need to worry about is their health insurance coverage, doctors and administrators from North Shore-LIJ Health System said. Comment.
Forest Hills

Vehicle crash kills man on Thanksgiving Day

FOREST HILLS — A car crash on the Grand Central Parkway killed a 53-year-old man on Thanksgiving, police said. Comments (1).
Corona

Crucifix vandalized over Thanksgiving holiday

CORONA — The arm and fingers of Jesus on a crucifix at St. Leo’s Parish, at 104-05 49th Ave. in Corona, were ripped off Thanksgiving night or Friday morning, Fox 5 News reported. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Far Rock man charged in murder of relative on LI: Nassau PD

LONG ISLAND — A Far Rockaway man was arrested Monday after he allegedly shot and killed a relative on Long Island, Nassau County police said. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Fresh Mdws. collision involves four cars: Cops

FRESH MEADOWS — At least four cars were involved in a collision at the corner of 71st Avenue and 164th Street Monday night, according to witnesses. Comment.
Flushing Times

Molloy coaching legend Curran still strong at 82

C.J. Davis understands how hard it is for legendary Archbishop Molloy Coach Jack Curran to still put the time and effort he does into coaching. The 82-year-old Curran, starting his 55th season on the bench, has been going for dialysis three days a week for the last two seasons and underwent CyberKnife radiation earlier this fall when a 5-centimeter cancerous tumor was found on his lung in July. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Youthful Red Storm ends stretch surging

The signs and symptoms of youth have had a tendency to show themselves at St. John’s, comprised almost entirely of underclassmen, in the first five men’s basketball games this season. Comment.
Jamaica Hills

Lewinger passes coach job

JoAnn Arbitello’s cellphone rang as she was walking through the aisles at BJ’s two weeks ago and Joe Lewinger was on the other line. When she picked up, the Mary Louis athletic director informed her he was retiring as varsity girls’ basketball coach and promoting her to do the job. Comments (1).

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012

College Point

Roller hockey game to benefit Rockaways hurricane victims

What started as a pick-up roller hockey game in College Point to raise a few bucks for hurricane victims has united scores of self-described “rink rats” in something larger, and in the process will give much-needed funds to organizations helping in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Comments (2).
Transit

Israel puts pressure on Amtrak to repair tunnels for LIRR trains

More than 40 rush hour Long Island Rail Road trains still crippled by the effects of Hurricane Sandy should be restored by Christmas week, U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Hauppauge) and Amtrak said Tuesday. Comment.
Transit

MTA chairman rules out additional fare hikes from Sandy

MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota said Wednesday the agency plans no additional fare hikes or service cuts to help pay for the prodigious damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy. Comment.
Flushing

MLS nearing accord for Queens stadium

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber hinted Monday that the league and the city have nearly hammered out a broad agreement for a 25,000-capacity stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comments (5).
Flushing

Mosque attacker still on the loose: NYPD

Jewish, Hindu and Muslim leaders from Queens gathered with lawmakers to denounce the possible hate crime committed at a Kew Gardens Hills Mosque earlier this month, and city Comptroller John Liu suggested some of the NYPD’s policies could make bias crimes more common. Comments (1).
Douglaston

Hurricane inspires Douglaston potter

Hurricane Sandy changed a lot for the residents of Queens. From downed trees and power lines to destroyed homes, the importance and appreciation of craft has become more relevant than ever, according to one Douglaston man. Comments (3).
Forest Hills

Youngsters take part in heartwarming storm relief effort

Leave it to a child to simplify relief needs in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Police take into custody suspect in boro murder

ROCKAWAYS — A 21-year-old man was shot and killed in front of 43-12 Rockaway Beach Blvd. Friday, police said. Comment.
Long Island City

Two-alarm blaze breaks out in Long Island City

LONG ISLAND CITY — Firefighters battled a two-alarm blaze at 53rd Avenue and 11th Street in Long Island City Thanksgiving afternoon. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Girl, 14 months, hurt during car crash: Post

RICHMOND HILL — A 14-month-old girl, who had not been riding in a car seat, was in serious condition at Long Island Jewish Hospital after a two-car crash in Richmond Hill involving the minivan she was riding in Monday, according to a report in the New York Post. Comments (2).
Howard Beach

Man in critical condition after vehicle crash: Cops

HOWARD BEACH — A collision between a Con Edison truck, an SUV and a pickup truck resulted in a man sustaining critical injuries Nov. 20, according to dnainfo.com. Comment.
Breezy Point

Breezy Point hit by Thanksgiving looting

BREEZY POINT — Some residents of hurricane-hit Breezy Point said their damaged homes were looted over the Thanksgiving holiday, according to the New York Post. Comments (1).
Flushing

Jackson keeps promise to Cross seniors in win over SFP

Junior Brandon Jackson delivered on his promise to Juwan Wilson and the Holy Cross seniors. He had told the senior linebacker that he would make sure the Knights’ season and the seniors’ careers ended on a good note in the annual Battle of the Boulevard clash with St. Francis Prep. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 26, 2012

Bayside

Avella to run for Queens borough president

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has decided to throw his hat into next year’s race for Queens borough president, the lawmaker told TimesLedger Newspapers Monday. Comments (9).
Long Island City

Queens Midtown Tunnel reopens to regular traffic

As of Monday morning, the Queens Midtown Tunnel reopened to regular traffic after Hurricane Sandy forced much needed repairs, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. Comment.

Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012

Jamaica Hills

Mary Louis hoops coach Lewinger retires but continues role as athletic director

Joe Lewinger has retired as Mary Louis girls basketball coach to focus on his duties as the school’s athletic director. Lewinger, who spent 11 seasons on the Hilltoppers bench, informed the team earlier this week that he would be stepping away and assistant coach JoAnn Arbitello would take over as coach. Comment.

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