Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012

Belle Harbor

Mayor pushes for tax relief for Sandy victims

Homeowners particularly hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy may soon receive some property tax relief under two proposals being pushed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Comments (2).
St. Albans

SE Qns. unity group to hold first meeting

A coalition of community members dedicated to unifying the needs and resources of southeast Queens is all set to hold its first town hall meeting to do just that. Comment.
Letters

Do not let condo, co-op taxes rise

Recent news reports indicating that the state Legislature may not reconvene this year could be bad news for Queens co-op and condo owners. At the end of the legislative session in June, leaders reached a deal to extend and enhance the co-op and condo real property tax abatement, which was due to expire. Comment.

Monday, Dec. 10, 2012

Jackson Heights

Crowley to be Dem vice chair

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) was elected last Thursday to serve as vice chairman of the Democratic Caucus in the House of Representatives. The new position will make Crowley the fifth-ranked member among House Democrats. Comment.
Ridgewood

Police kill man with pellet gun in Ridgewood

Police shot and killed a man who pulled a fake gun on police officers in Ridgewood Saturday night, according to the NYPD. Comment.
Jamaica Hills

Queens Hosp. opens center

Queens Hospital Center marked off another project on its checklist Monday when the hospital community gathered to cut the ribbon on a newly expanded psychiatric emergency center. Comment.
Douglaston

Sandy becomes teachable moment at Alley Pond

Hurricane Sandy has remained a sensitive subject for New Yorkers across the city, including in Queens, but at Douglaston’s Alley Pond Environmental Center, the historic storm has become a topic of education and looking forward for the borough’s youth. Comment.
South Jamaica

Police searching for missing S. Jamaica man

SOUTH JAMAICA — Police were asking for the public’s assistance in locating a 75-year-old man who has been missing since Nov. 29, according to the NYPD. Comment.
Cartoon

Tip of the week

Letters

Soccer stadium poll sounds dubious

Major League Soccer is a private, for-profit sports businesses and much hoopla was announced over a poll of people in Queens indicating 71 percent support a soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 21 percent are against it and 8 percent are undecided (“Survey finds Queens wants soccer stadium,” TimesLedger Newspapers, Nov. 15-21). Comments (2).

Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012

Long Island City

LIC student testifies during U.N. climate conference

In a quiet conference room near the entrance of Long Island City High School last Thursday, a student who lost her uncle during Hurricane Sandy made a strong case for better education about climate change to a room of leaders a world away. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Seniors want more Cunningham Pk center hours

A number of seniors are upset that a facility in Cunningham Park used for socializing has shortened the number of hours it is open and are demanding that the city Parks Department restore the original hours. Comment.
Breezy Point

State AG examines charity spending post-Sandy

New York state’s attorney general is gathering information from nonprofits helping with hurricane relief efforts in order to disclose to the public how their donations are being spent. Comment.
Whitestone

Hockey players strap on skates for Sandy storm relief

Hockey players of all ages strapped on their roller blades at George Harvey Park in Whitestone Saturday for a series of games to raise funds for Superstorm Sandy victims. Comments (2).
Far Rockaway

Officials warn against storm repair scammers

The damage brought to the city from Hurricane Sandy brought out the best in some — and the worst in others. Comment.
Bayside

Glendale car group delights St. Mary’s

Shining chrome and roaring engines signaled the beginning of the holiday season for some excited children in Bayside. Comment.
Woodhaven

Jury finds Elmhust man guilty in 2010 Woodhaven train slay

A Queens Supreme Court jury found a young Elmhurst man guilty Friday in the 2010 fatal stabbing of a Woodhaven man defending his brother on the J train platform at the 85th Street-Forest Parkway station, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Astoria

Senior charged with assault daughter: DA

ASTORIA — A 74-year-old woman was arrested and charged with assault after allegedly slashing her daughter with a kitchen knife, according to the Queens district attorney’s office. Comment.
Flushing

Man charged in bottle bash at Flushing bar: DA

FLUSHING — A barfight brawl ended with one man in cuffs and another in an area hospital, according to the Queens district attorney’s office. Comment.
The Civic Scene

People must learn from the lessons of Hurricane Sandy

A 19-page booklet called PlaNYC was issued in 2006 by the mayor’s Sustainable Advisory Board as a special supplement from the city. Its purpose was to alert people to the needs of 2030. It warned that by 2015 our temperatures will have risen by half a degree and that by 2020 half of our power plants will be more than 50 years old. Comment.
Editorial

Among the Best

Although three Queens high schools are on the city Department of Education’s chopping block, two in western Queens ranked among the most successful city schools based on the most recent progress report. Comment.
Letters

Implement early, mail-in voting

New York state needs to take a long, hard look at how elections are conducted. During this year’s presidential election, there were long lines of people all over the state waiting to cast their ballots. Some did not have the time to stand on a long line, and so forfeited their vote. In areas where devastation resulted from Hurricane Sandy, voting was difficult. Some people had other priorities on their minds. Comment.

Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012

Far Rockaway

Sinkholes present new challenge in Far Rockaway

Residents in storm-battered Far Rockaway have learned to expect the unexpected and even a large hole in the ground can appear without much fanfare at all. Comment.
Environment

Rockaway rallies for rock jetties

Shortly after Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he wanted the boardwalks in the Rockaways to be rebuilt with concrete, about 300 residents and activists from the peninsula and beyond gathered on the beach Sunday to declare rock jetties are what saved the surf from complete devastation. Comment.
Howard Beach

Forum helps Sandy victims

Residents hit by Hurricane Sandy gathered at PS 146 in Howard Beach Monday to ask local attorneys about tax and legal considerations following the superstorm that left many with damaged or destroyed documents and struggling to navigate their insurance plans. Comments (1).
Elmhurst

Woodside man gets four years for crime jag

A Woodside man will be spending four years in jail as the result of a burglary spree and flight from the police last summer that ended in multiple car crashes and four people — including three officers — injured, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Sunnyside

Van Bramer readies for ‘13

The 2013 elections are a little less than a year away, but City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) held a kick-off party for his re-election campaign last week that netted about 200 people. Comment.
St. Albans

Brooks joins race for Sanders’ seat

The field to replace City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton) got a little more crowded when Far Rockaway resident Selvena Brooks threw her hat into the race. Comment.
Bellerose

Bellerose comes together

A Bellerose man said he was inspired after seeing how his street came together in the wake of disaster when Hurricane Sandy swept through the borough, knocking down trees and power lines. Comment.
Ridgewood

Man arrested for spray painting bridge: Cops

BROOKLYN — A Ridgewood man was arrested and charged with spray painting his tag on the side of the Brooklyn Bridge, according to the NYPD. Comment.
Broad Channel

Three-car collision results in injury and fire

BROAD CHANNEL — At least three cars were involved in a collision that injured at least one person and left a car in flames Monday afternoon. Comment.
Long Island City

LIC woman arrested in Louisiana murder: DA

LONG ISLAND CITY — A 47-year-old registered nurse in Long Island City was arrested on charges of murder, criminal conspiracy and robbery dating back to an incident in Louisiana in 1984, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Flushing

Queens College’s Rowland earns rookie honors

Queens College freshman MacKenzie Rowland (Shaker, N.Y./Cohoes) was named East Coast Conference Rookie of the Week, it was announced by the league office Monday. This is the second such award for the talented freshman basketball player. Comment.
I Sit and Look Out

Be thankful for people who helped you succeed through life

Toward the end of the decades-long political campaign this year, a mantra developed among some troglodytes: “No one helped me! I did it all by myself!” Comments (2).
Editorial

Under the Walk

Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued a decree at a meeting Friday in the Rockaways. Comment.
Letters

Sandy first responders deserve gratitude

As our area is still reeling from the savage blows from Hurricane Sandy, we need to mindful of the heroism of our first responders. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 7, 2012

Meadowmere

Meadowmere hit hard by Sandy

The residents of Meadowmere and Meadowmere Park, two tiny waterside communities off Rockaway Boulevard, are used to flooding, but Superstorm Sandy was unlike anything they had ever seen before. Comments (1).
Flushing

Flushing doc who prescribed addictive pills faces homicide chanrges after overdoses

A New Jersey doctor who ran a weekend pain management clinic in Flushing was charged with homicide Thursday after allegedly prescribing medication that led to the overdose of two of his patients, the city’s special narcotics prosecutor said. Comment.
Corona

Monserrate finds court support from girlfriend he once attacked

As disgraced former state Sen. and City Councilman Hiram Monserrate prepares to face sentencing for fraud convictions that could put him behind bars for up to 40 years, the girlfriend who he was found guilty of assaulting is still standing by her man. Comment.
Oakland Gardens

Oakland Gardens’ PS 203 earns Blue Ribbon honors

On the wall inside the lobby of the Oakland Gardens School, a vibrant display of blue outlined why students at PS 203 think their school deserved its classification as a National Blue Ribbon School. Comments (13).
Bayside

Pub crawl down Bell Blvd. to benefit victims of Sandy

Eager to help their neighbors while still having a fun Saturday, Baysiders participated in a pub crawl at several bars on Bell Boulevard and 41st Avenue and raised $1,000 to help victims of Superstorm Sandy. Comment.
Queens Village

Crime drops in 105th Pct

The 105th Precinct passed a milestone in late November when the crime level fell below where it had been last year. Comment.
Astoria

Deport Shar-Pei killer from country: Vallone

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) launched a letter-writing campaign last week urging residents to demand that an Astoria resident who threw his dog out the window be deported. Comment.
Rockaway Park

Worries surface about air, water after Sandy

As residents living in areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy slowly start to put their lives back together and rebuild, some are worried about an additional concern: the quality of their air and water. Comment.
Emergencies

Cuomo, Obama, Bloomy handled Sandy well: Poll

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, President Barack Obama, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the MTA and FEMA all get high marks on their performances after Hurricane Sandy struck, according to a poll less kind to the Long Island Power Authority. Comments (1).
Cambria Heights

Traffic light suggested for deadly intersection

Police in Cambria Heights are recommending installing a traffic light along a heavily traveled stretch of road following a deadly accident last month that has raised concerns about speeding in the neighborhood. Comment.
Oakland Gardens

Bloomberg visits Alley Pond

Sharmin Derrick grabbed her cellphone to snap a photo when Mayor Michael Bloomberg reached out to shake her hand, thanking her and several other city Parks Department workers who helped clean up after Hurricane Sandy. Comments (1).
Ridgewood

Cops on the hunt for bank robbery suspect

RIDGEWOOD — Police were looking for a suspect wanted in connection with multiple bank robberies across Ridgewood and two other boroughs. Comment.
Elmhurst

Elmhurst man charged in Manhattan rape case

ELMHURST — An Elmhurst has been charged with raping a 29-year-old woman after he allegedly pushed his way into her Manhattan apartment complex at West 15th Street near 6th Avenue, authorities said. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

St. Francis Terriers optimistic despite loss to Iona

St. Francis Prep boys’ basketball Coach Tim Leary is staying positive, despite his team’s 62-45 loss to Iona Prep in CHSAA Class AA play Friday night in Fresh Meadows. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Velandia leads rally over Sacred Heart

Sophomore Saarah Velandia had already done the hard part by sparking a St. Francis Prep comeback. Still, she was nervous as she stepped to the free throw line before making one of two to seal her team’s basketball season opening win. Comment.
Editorial

Save Flushing High

Three Queens high schools — Law, Government and Community Service and Business, Computer Applications and Entrepreneurship in Cambria Heights as well as Flushing — remain on a list of 24 schools the city has targeted for closure. Comments (7).
Letters

GOP ticket lost over bad message

The election is over and the losers are in post-election mortem dissecting what went wrong? They will have four years to figure it out. If they do not come to the conclusion that they had the wrong message and the wrong messengers with which to deliver it, they can look forward to the same results four years hence. Comments (1).

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012

Rockaway Beach

Sandy costs Beach Channel boys hoops team its season: Coach

The Beach Channel boys basketball team will likely be forced to cancel its season because of the damage Hurricane Sandy inflicted on the still-shuttered building, as players are now scattered throughout the state and attending other schools, head coach Jim Malone told the TimesLedger. Comments (1).
Flushing

Kissena garden looks to future after suicide try

The new leaders of a Flushing community garden held their first meeting last Thursday, months after a 75-year-old man who long ruled the plots went on a hunger strike and threatened self-immolation to prevent his ouster. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Flood insurance increase may change Queens coast

Some flood insurance premiums are set to double after federal legislation was enacted over the summer, and portions of Queens residents recovering along the borough’s southern coast will be affected more than others. Comment.
College Point

Chilton Paint project may include flood-fighting wetlands

Developers looking to build a six-story condo complex on the shores of College Point are mulling over an agreement with environmentalists that would create wetlands in front of the property, an amenity that could prove useful if the city is slammed by another serious storm. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Cops ID Rockaway woman who died during Sandy

She was the cat lady of Beach 87th Street, her next door neighbor said. Comment.
Flushing

MLS pitches Queens stadium

Major League Soccer presented plans for a stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park Monday night to the borough president and civic leaders from around the borough, who expressed concern about the impact to existing traffic problems and several crucial aspects of the project that are still vague. Comments (1).
Glen Oaks

DOE locks out community groups

Unless they are nonprofits, groups looking to use the city’s public schools have been told to back off by the city Department of Education, community leaders in Queens said this week. Comments (1).
Kew Gardens

City to send Civic Virtue to Brooklyn

While the borough was cleaning up after Hurricane Sandy, a city agency approved a resolution to send a much-maligned statue packing to Brooklyn. Comments (1).
Breezy Point

Breezy Point stays vigilant

Residents who have finished fighting fires and floodwaters in Breezy Point are now dealing with a new scourge: thieves. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside students produce BID’s winter banners

New holiday banners will soon beautify the businesses along Bell Boulevard, courtesy of the students of Bayside High School. Comment.
Bayside

Avella questions state on new revised fracking regs

A state senator from Queens questioned Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Department of Environmental Conservation on hydraulic fracturing this week, arguing the recent release of revised draft regulations on the controversial drilling method raises concerns about assurances from the administration that it will take the public health impact into account in its final decision whether and how to allow the practice in the state. Comment.
Floral Park

North Shore LIJ urges bone marrow donors to join registry

A 16-year old cancer survivor from Middle Village is using her experience with leukemia to urge others — especially minorities — to sign up to become bone marrow donors. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Cuomo asks federal government for $33B to fix damage by Sandy

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg have appealed to federal officials for tens of billions of dollars to repair the damage from Hurricane Sandy in the city and the state. Comment.
Long Island City

Police seek suspects in LIC safe burglary

LONG ISLAND CITY — Police wee looking for two suspects wanted in connection with a September burglary that occurred on Northern Boulevard, according to the NYPD. Comment.
Corona

Making fun of modern marriage at Qns Theatre

In a 75-minute comedy, Annabelle Gurwitch and Jeff Kahn will take their audience through the ups and downs of love and marriage in the stage play “You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up!” The couple adapted the play from their book of the same title. Comment.
Astoria

Lighting up the sky

The sky’s the limit for Queens-based recording artists Nicole and Natalie Albino, who have performed all over the world — from Europe to Japan, from Africa to Dubai, and recently, Indonesia. Comment.
Middle Village

Royals fall despite strong rally in opener against Bishop Ford

Christ the King Coach Bob Mackey liked what he saw from his team in the middle of the game, cutting a 20-point deficit to just four in the fourth quarter. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm gets pumped up by monster slam dunk

Chris Obekpa’s offensive confidence is growing and it’s helping St. John’s at just the right time. For the second game this season the 6-foot-9 freshman, known more for his “SportsCenter” highlight blocks, provided big shots in the closing minutes of a tight game on his terms. Comment.
Political Action

Queens GOP must stop infighting if it wants to survive

Since the early, 1980s there have been disputes over leadership within the Queens Republican Party, which has led to periodic election contests in the form of district leadership primaries, in addition to contests for members of the county committee. Comments (1).

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012

Elmhurst

Family mourning Elmhurst man pushed in front of train

The family of an Elmhurst man who police say was pushed in front of a Q train told members of the media Wednesday they were grieving and requested privacy at a news conference in Maspeth with City Comptroller John Liu. Comments (1).
Flushing

No. 7 service cut on Lunar Parade

The city will yet again shut down portions of the No. 7 train during Flushing’s Lunar New Year celebrations even as organizers take new steps to expand the event and deliver an even greater economic boost to the neighborhood. Comment.
St. Albans

Smith splits to work with GOP in Albany

State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans), who earlier this year tested the waters for a Republican nomination in next year’s mayoral race, will break from the Democratic Party to work with the GOP when the Senate reconvenes in January. Comment.
Bayside

FAA plans to enact controversial departure changes at LaGuardia: Avella

After a six-month testing period in which the Federal Aviation Administration tested controversial changes in departure procedures at LaGuardia Airport, one northeast Queens lawmaker said the agency has committed to implementing the plan. Comment.
Broadway-Flushing

City Council lines redrawn

In a feat of legal gymnastics, the commission in charge of redrawing the City Council districts Tuesday took back its supposed final version to make further changes and reunited Flushing’s Mitchell-Linden co-op and condo complex into the same district. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Rockaway bears deep scars from Sandy

The Rockaway community still waits for its share of federal aid after Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited Washington, D.C., last week to lobby for relief funds. Bloomberg said he met leaders from both houses of Congress and both parties to describe the recovery efforts and explain why the city needs $9.8 billion, backing Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s request for $42 billion in federal relief aid for the state. Comment.
Flushing

Holy Cross star calls Gilvary’s dismissal unjust after season opening win

Holy Cross opened the season with a 65-56 win over visiting Holy Trinity in non-league boy’s basketball Tuesday night in the first game without Paul Gilvary at the helm in 16 seasons. The coach, who led the Knights to last season’s CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens title, was dismissed from the position and put on paid administrative leave from his job as director of admissions Nov. 10 because of alleged improprieties. Comments (1).
Floral Park

Holiday events to be held throughout Queens

Christmas Tree and Poinsettia Sales at the Farm Comment.
Whitestone

Whitestone man given 10 years in bomb plot

MANHATTAN — An Algerian immigrant who formerly lived in Whitestone pleaded guilty to multiple synagogue bomb plots Tuesday in a Manhattan state court, the Manhattan DA said. Comment.
Arverne

Man, 28, dead inside Arverne Houses: Police

ROCKAWAYS — An Arverne teen allegedly killed a 28-year-old in a Rockaway housing project last month, police said. Comment.
Corona

Two men attack elderly man on a walk: Cops

CORONA — Police were looking for two men wanted in connection with a possible early morning hate crime that occurred on 46th Avenue. Comment.
Auburndale

AG cites four boro gas stations with gouging

FLUSHING — State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman informed four Queens gas stations that he will initiate enforcement proceedings against owners after the fuel depots allegedly violated the state’s price gouging law in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Comment.
Breezy Point

Heart carries Xavier to win

Hurricane Sandy chased 11 Xavier players from their Rockaway homes, but left them wanting to keep their football family together as long as possible. Comment.

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012

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.

Monday, Dec. 3, 2012

Kew Gardens

Boro Hall statue to be shipped to Brooklyn

Borough Hall is losing its civic virtue after a city agency ruling. Comments (1).
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.

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