Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012

Jamaica

Santa lands at JFK

The Community Mayors Inc. held its annual Operation Santa Claus for about 4,000 children in an airplane hangar provided by the Port Authority Police. Comment.
Flushing

Hanukkah comes to Flushing Town Hall

Flushing Town Hall held a Hanukkah celebration. Comment.
Flushing

Joyful music fills Flushing mall

The Queens Center for the Performing Arts’ held a holiday concert featuring the CenterStage Children’s Chorus and Orchestra last Sunday at Sky View Center in Flushing. CenterStage invited students from schools throughout Queens to join them for the performance. Comment.
College Point

Poppenhusen tree twinkles

The Christmas tree at the Poppenhusen Monument, located at 11th Avenue and College Place in College Point has been lit. Comments (1).
Douglaston

Douglaston bicycle shop is a labor of love

Living and working surrounded by bikes has become the norm for Douglaston’s Peak Mountain Bike owner Jerry Emerson, his wife and co-owner Joani and manager Kenny Schmitt. Comments (1).
Corona

Queens Zoo seeks volunteers

The Wildlife Conservation Society is looking for volunteers at the Queens Zoo to teach visitors about the zoo and give tours. Comment.
Jamaica

Scarborough holds annual toy drive

State Assemblyman William Scarborough (D-Jamaica) will host a kids holiday party and toy give-away to make Christmas merry for hundreds of foster care and shelter children. Comment.
Letters

Support state Tobacco Control Program

Every year, New Yorkers spend $8.17 billion on smoking-caused health care costs. The state could help trim those costs if only it would invest more fully in the Tobacco Control Program. Comment.

Monday, Dec. 17, 2012

Glen Oaks

Inpatient psychiatric pavilion opens in Glen Oaks

Cathie LeMaire, who once suffered from severe depression, was smiling ear to ear Friday to be part of the opening celebration of a new Behavioral Health Pavilion at the Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks. Comment.
South Jamaica

Fire strikes Victoria Gotti’s Jamaica scrap metal yard

A five-alarm fire with flames shooting two to three stories high burned for hours at a South Jamaica scrap metal yard owned by Victoria Gotti’s Three Sons Real Estate Group Monday morning, according to fire officials and city records. Comment.
Transit

Refunds available for lost or stolen MetroCards

If your MetroCard has been lost or stolen, you can now go directly to the MTA’s website to speed up the process of getting it restored. Comment.
Rosedale

Rosedale school sets example with healthy habits

PS 195 in Rosedale is helping to lead the way in encouraging students, parents and teachers throughout southeast Queens to develop healthier habits. Comment.
Bayside Hills

Bayside Hills lights Christmas tree and Hanukkah menorah

Bayside Hills Civic Association held its annual Holiday Lighting Festival on Bell Boulevard and 53rd Avenue. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Queens Library receives $50 donation to rebuild after Sandy

Queens Library received a $50,000 donation from several Turkish-American organizations on Friday, including Turkish Cultural Center Queens, Helping Hands Relief Foundation and Kimse Yok Mu. Comment.
Howard Beach

Tip of the week

Letters

CB 1 wants to improve response to future disasters

During this holiday season, we can be proud and thankful that there was no shortage of caring individuals and actions of selflessness through Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath. The true spirit and resilience of New Yorkers shone through these past weeks. What was in apparent shortage, besides gas, was a coordinated response from the various levels of government, especially the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s response. Comment.

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012

Elmhurst

Queens Library celebrates Kwanzaa in East Elmhurst

Kwanzaa is a seven-day celebration of African-American culture, so it is more than fitting that for the past 28 years the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center in East Elmhurst has observed the holiday. Comment.
Jamaica

York nears completion on biz building design

York College is about two-thirds of the way through the design phase for a much-needed, 160,000-square-foot facility to house its business program, a conference center and the school’s front offices, the college’s president said last week. Comment.
Jamaica

JetBlue terminal to expand

An arm of the New York City Economic Development Corp. Tuesday approved the sale of close to $200 million in tax-exempt bonds to help JetBlue build an expansion to its Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Vets help four-legged friends affected by Sandy

The impacts of Hurricane Sandy have reached beyond only humans, leaving some animals at risk of becoming stranded or abandoned. Comment.
Jamaica

Woman accused of bilking state of over $1K in taxes: state inspector general

JAMAICA — An employee at the state Division of Motor Vehicles was arrested Monday and charged with falsifying documents in order to avoid paying her fair share of taxes on the Porsche she bought in Texas, authorities said. Comment.
Bellerose

St. Gregory the Great lights up the night with Christmas tree

St. Gregory the Great in Bellerose celebrated the holidays with a tree lighting and carolling. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing biz sent military gadgets to China: Feds

A Flushing businessman with a history of violating United States shipping regulations was charged last week with surreptitiously sending military-grade equipment to Taiwan and China. Comment.
Astoria

Cops seeking missing man from Astoria, 42

ASTORIA — The police were asking for the public’s help in locating a 42-year-old man who went missing last week. Comment.
Astoria

NYPD searching for missing man, 76

ROOSEVELT ISLAND — The police were asking for the public to help locate an elderly man who went missing last week. Comment.
Flushing

Youngsters learn flower making craft

Flushing Town Hall hosted a flower-making workshop as part of the Holiday House Tour. Comment.
Woodhaven

Boro pols to host Christmas party

Two elected officials want to celebrate the holiday season with neighborhood friends and family. Comment.
Editorial

Sandy Scammers

A plumber who has been working in the Rockaways and the south shore of Staten Island since Hurricane Sandy hit warns that unlicensed and poorly trained hacks posing as plumbers are incorrectly telling storm victims that it is safe to turn on their heat and hot water when any real plumber would know it is not. Comment.
Letters

Feds must pay for Sandy cleanup

The Federal Emergency Management Agency must fully reimburse New York state and city for the cost of recovery and cleanup from Hurricane Sandy. Comment.

Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012

Woodside

Auto dealer busted in finance scam: DA

The Long Island owners of a Woodside car dealership were charged last week with holding onto about $730,000 in sales taxes while the dealership’s ex-finance manager allegedly defrauded customers out of $115,000 in cash through a fake refinancing scheme, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Laurelton

Jury convicts Ozone Park man of fatally shooting teen in 2010

An Ozone Park man who was charged in the 2010 shooting death of a teenager outside a Richmond Hill bar was found guilty of murder by a jury in Queens Supreme Court Friday. Comments (1).
Bayside

Biz Improvement District lights up Bayside for holidays

Trading on the reputation he has earned as the “anti-Claus” or “Santa Claws,” Frank Skala put on his red suit and matching hat that have come to symbolize the holiday season on Bell Boulevard. Comment.
College Point

College Point biz gives back

A College Point dry cleaner has joined shops nationwide in offering to spruce up business suits for unemployed individuals preparing for a job interview — and he has already helped one job-seeker land a new gig. Comment.
Ridgewood

Transit group selects Q58 bus as boro’s slowest to win award

The slowest bus in Queens is the Q58, which averages 7 miles an hour, but that is speeding when compared to the winners, which creep along Manhattan crosstown routes. Comment.
Far Rockaway

MTA sells goods to benefit storm-scarred Rockaways

A revived train line helping the Rockaways stay mobile is also generating cash to fund relief efforts for the peninsula this holiday season. Comment.
Corona

Two youth assaulted victims in Corona: Cops

CORONA — The police were looking for two young men wanted for questioning about two assaults last month. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Police seeks public assistance in robbery (with video of suspect)

FAR ROCKAWAY — The NYPD was looking for the public’s help in finding a suspect wanted for allegedly robbing a 58-year-old woman. Comment.
Long Island City

Elementary students take a LeAp into the arts

To commemorate their 11th annual student art exhibit, Learning through an Expanded Arts Program held a “milk and cookies” reception at the Citigroup Building in Long Island City earlier this month. Comment.
Bayside

Chabad of NE Queens celebrates Hanukkah

The Chabad of Northeast Queens held a Hanukkah festival on the second night of the eight-day holiday. Comment.
QueensLine

Liu of ‘McBeal’ called Jax Hts. home before becoming a star

Born Dec. 2, 1968, to Chinese immigrants, Lucy Alexis Liu skyrocketed to fame in the late 1990s with a role in the TV series “Ally McBeal,” followed by starring spots in the action films “Charlie’s Angels” and “Kill Bill.” Comment.
Editorial

Checking Charities

The devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy has brought out the best in us. In addition to the first responders, the National Guard, a host of government organizations and hundreds of volunteers have helped their neighbors any way they could. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 14, 2012

Little Neck

Weprin camp owes $350K for ‘09 race

State Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) personally owes more than $28,000 in penalties while his former campaign committee must repay $325,561 in public funds after the city Campaign Finance Board reported several violations from his 2009 run for city comptroller. Comment.
Sunnyside

Sunnysiders rally to keep food in town

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) led a protest with Sunnyside residents last Thursday against the landlord of a Foodtown supermarket on Greenpoint Avenue who has decided to boot the store despite its requests to renegotiate the lease or buy the property. Comment.
Flushing

Qns pols want community say in casino plans

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) is the latest Queens lawmaker to join a group that is advocating for a local voice in the selection of a site for any future casinos in the state. Comment.
South Ozone Park

Aid gives his heart to cook for victims

While most hurricane helpers who donated time and energy to storm aid received accolades for their hard work, Doug Scarlett ended up with heart attack symptoms and a night in the emergency room. Comment.
Forest Hills

Forest Hills replants storm toppled trees

In each of the last three years, a significant weather event has uprooted numerous trees in Forest Hills and Rego Park, but now one area historian plans to do his part to plant anew. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Rockaway gets holiday help

Hurricane or no hurricane, the holidays are arriving right on schedule, so now some officials are using the season to drum up help for Superstorm Sandy victims in the Rockaways. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Jax Hts group blasts Walmart after Bangladeshi factory blaze

About 40 Bangladeshi activists and their allies gathered at the Jackson Heights plaza on 37th Road and 74th Street to condemn retail giant Walmart for its ties with a clothing factory in Bangladesh, where at least 117 workers died in a fire. Comment.
Flushing

Biz set to take Key Food spot

The Flushing Key Food that closed in June will soon be replaced and the new grocer will cater to all demographics of the northeast Queens neighborhood, a realtor involved in the process said. Comments (1).
Flushing

Flushing doc charged with two homicides

Federal prosecutors charged a doctor with homicide last week after two of his patients from a Flushing clinic died from overdoses, but the indictment may also contribute to a shifting of the scales between prescription drug and heroin abuse in Queens and Long Island. Comment.
Forest Hills

Hanukkah festival held in Forest Hills

Central Queens Y in Forest Hills hosted a Hanukkah Festival, featuring homemade doughnuts and crafts Comment.
Whitestone

Patrick Guidice, 94

Former College Point resident Patrick Guidice, who also went by the name Pasquale, died Nov. 15 in Winston-Salem, N.C. He was 94. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Man abused opossum in Peck Park: ASPCA

FRESH MEADOWS — A man shown in an online video abusing wildlife in Peck Park was arrested last week and charged with animal cruelty, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Quinn offers boost to small biz after hurricane

A unique gift store on Rockaway Beach’s vulnerable shore wants the public to know it is back in business — and the city is helping to get the word out. Comment.
Laurelton

Victims of foster abuse get $10M

The city last week agreed to pay nearly $10 million to settle a lawsuit claiming that for almost two decades its child welfare system failed to protect 10 special-needs children from serious physical and emotional abuse by a Laurelton foster parent who manipulated the “dysfunctional bureaucracy” solely for financial gain. Comment.
Flushing

Queens theater junky produces public television

It seems obvious that the first rule of life is to have a good time. Brendan Gill, The New Yorker. Comment.
Flushing

Marchesini settles at helm of Holy Cross basketball

Tom Marchesini’s concern wasn’t how he got the job as Holy Cross boys’ basketball coach, but the task it entailed. Comment.
On Point

DOE should define ‘public purpose’ over meetings in schools

If you are a volunteer in one of New York’s many community-based organizations, a member of a civic association or a co-op resident whose meetings are held in a public school, the city Department of Education has a message for you: Drop dead. Comments (1).
Editorial

The Lessons of Sandy

Was the destruction brought by Hurricane Sandy along the Eastern Coast a freak accident that resulted because the storm happened to hit at a bad time or was it a warning about the dangers of global warming? Comments (1).
Letters

Rally against FAA’s flight path

I have read that the Federal Aviation Administration plans to implement its plan to change departure procedures from LaGuardia Airport. This means a constant stream of aircraft will continue coming over our homes in northeast Queens. The FAA has been “testing” the changes during the past six months and everyone has noticed the dramatic increase in noise and air pollution. Comment.
Letters

Sanitation workers deserve respect

As the wife of one of the city’s unsung heroes, I would like to thank you for printing an article that praises the efforts put forth by this department. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012

Train kills man at Little Neck railroad station

A man believed to be in his 60s was struck and killed by an eastbound Long Island Rail Road train at the Little Neck station around 10:15 a.m. Thursday. Comments (5).
Corona

Sex trafficking moved to Queens on 7 line

The advocates paint a picture as similar as it is horrific: women and girls — some as young as 12 — fall into the clutches of pimps who subject them to verbal and sexual abuse, force them to have sex with men for money and then when the authorities find them, they are considered criminals. Comments (1).
Corona

Group rallies against stadium in Flushing Meadows park

A coalition composed of various community, immigrants’ rights and environmental groups marched to Flushing Meadows Corona Park over the weekend to protest three proposed developments they say would deprive the park of its civic nature. Comment.
Douglaston

After 40 years Douglaston Music Group disbands

After nearly 40 years of classics, the Douglaston Music Group heard its final tune during its last holiday gathering. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside man charged with killing parents

A Bayside man was charged with the murders of his mother and father over the course of about 15 months and also with attacking two police officers, the Queens district attorney said Tuesday. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Council landmarks old burial ground

The City Council voted to designate Brinckerhoff Cemetery, the burial site of several of Queens’ first settlers, as a landmark Monday despite an attempt by the cemetery’s owner to claim hardship and thus prevent the designation. Comment.
Sunnyside

Amtrak repairs restore rush-hour LIRR trains

It took less than two weeks for Amtrak to live up to its promise and expedite repairs on its East River tunnels, putting the Long Island Rail Road back on track with full peak service before the holiday rush. Comment.
Bayside

Electeds denounce FAA flight plans

After a six-month 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. Comments (5).
Broad Channel

Rockaway, Broad Channel residents struggle to do laundry

In the Rockaways and Broad Channel, two regions slowly inching toward normalcy after Hurricane Sandy devastated them more than a month ago, residents are struggling with a basic household task: doing the laundry. Comment.
Corona

Monserrate gets two years

Former City Councilman and State Sen. Hiram Monserrate was sentenced to 24 months in prison and ordered to pay almost $80,000 in restitution for fraudulently using City Council funds Tuesday to underwrite his own election campaign in the latest chapter in the East Elmhurst politician’s fall from grace. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Rockaway residents to receive federal disaster food assistance

Some Rockaways residents are eligible to receive temporary food assistance from the federal government following the wrath of Hurricane Sandy, but they will have to travel to Brooklyn in order to apply for the aid. Comment.
Flushing

MTA, FEMA among agencies accepting resumes at Flushing job fair

Community Prevention Alternatives, a nonprofit, and former state Senate candidate John Messer are set to hold a job fair in Flushing Friday. Comment.
Howard Beach

City flood zones may be updated, Bloomberg says

Mayor Michael Bloomberg indicated that Howard Beach and other neighborhoods that were not told to evacuate before Hurricane Sandy but experienced devastating flooding might be among the first ordered to evacuate in the future in advance of potentially damaging storms. Comment.
Astoria

Boro botches human rights

As far as human rights are concerned, the Urban Justice Center gave the Queens City Council delegation a C-plus, landing it second to last in a report card surveying all five boroughs. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Rally held to save ‘Virtue’

A group of Queens residents and politicians thinks the city could learn a thing or two from a lesson in civics. Comments (1).
Jamaica

Sandy opens up new job chances for thousands

At the end of November, the state received a $27 million federal grant to put 5,000 unemployed New Yorkers to work cleaning up after Superstorm Sandy, and by the first week of December the state Department of Labor had received 30,000 applications for those jobs. Comment.
Flushing

Man robbed Home Depot, threatened worker: Cops (with video of suspect)

FLUSHING — Cops were looking for a man who pulled a gun on a Home Depot employee and then took off with some of the store’s merchandise. Comment.
Astoria

Building a community through jazz

With roots in New Orleans that are over a century old, jazz music began as a communal phenomenon inclusive to musicians and members of a unique artistic affiliation. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside hoops thrill in win over Magnet

You could almost predict what would happen next as Austin Williams caught the basketball on the right wing with seconds winding down and the score tied against his neighborhood school. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Scholars coping with Sandy

Hurricane Sandy has left the Scholars Academy girls’ basketball team out of its home without a home court and down two players. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Beach Channel cancels season after hurricane

Kapreme Irving waited his turn to be the leader of the Beach Channel boys’ basketball team, only to have his home and final year washed away by Hurricane Sandy. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012

Forest Hills

Former Comptroller Alan Hevesi released on parole after prison stint

Former New York State comptroller Alan Hevesi, convicted in a state pension fund corruption scandal, was released from prison on Wednesday, said the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. Comment.
Bayside

111th sets up citizen patrol

A recent spike in burglaries has driven the 111th Precinct to mobilize residents of northeast Queens into organizing civilian patrols, the precinct’s community council said. Comments (1).
Astoria

Vallone challenges field for boro prez

Throwing his hat into a crowded field, City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) announced Tuesday he would be running for borough president. Comment.
Long Island City

Life expectancy reaches new high in city: Mayor

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Tuesday that life expectancy for New Yorkers is at an all-time high, outpacing life expectancy gains made in the rest of the country. Comments (2).
Ridgewood

Police kill man with pellet gun

A 42-year-old man with a lengthy rap sheet was shot and killed in Ridgewood Saturday night after he pulled an illegal pellet gun on two undercover cops while they were arresting a suspected drug dealer, the Police Department said. Comments (1).
St. Albans

Gun in Manhattan killing fired in St. Albans: Cops (with video of suspect)

ST. ALBANS — Police said Tuesday ballistics tests revealed that the gun used to kill a man on a busy Midtown Manhattan street Monday was also used to shoot up a house in southeast Queens three years ago. Comment.
Elmhurst

Man climbed into house and raped woman: Police

ELMHURST — The police were looking for a man who used a ladder to climb into a woman’s bathroom window last weekend and then rape her. Comment.
Flushing

Pit bull pup injured in building fire: FDNY

FLUSHING — A two-month-old pit bull terrier with great, big puppy dog eyes and floppy ears that could warm the most cynical heart is on the mend after New York’s Bravest pulled her from a burning building. Comment.
Breezy Point

Confusion about FEMA aid evident during tele-town hall

Residents living in neighborhoods ravaged by Hurricane Sandy appeared confused about many aspects of applying for help from the city and federal governments on a tele-town hall with government officials Friday. Comment.
Elmhurst

Two stabbed, one dead in Elmhurst home: Cops

ELMHURST — Police responding to a call of a foul odor Sunday found an older woman dead and her alleged killer with a stab wound. Comment.
Whitestone

2-year work to begin on Bronx-Whitestone exit

The 3rd Avenue exit, the last exit in Queens before entering onto the Bronx-bound Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, will be closed to all traffic beginning Jan. 7 as part of a $109 million reconstruction of the bridge’s Queens approach, the MTA said. Comments (8).
Elmhurst

Korean group helping Hans

A Flushing organization has been collecting donations to assist the family of Ki-Suk Han, a 58-year-old Elmhurst resident who was pushed in front of a downtown Manhattan-bound Q train last week, leaving his disabled wife and young daughter heartbroken. Comment.
Belle Harbor

Erasmus and Coach Landberg conquer Sandy

Erasmus Hall football Coach Danny Landberg wanted to make Yankee Stadium his new home, after being displaced from his Belle Harbor residence by Superstorm Sandy. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

SFP girls display depth early on

St. Francis Prep entered this season expecting to be an improved, deeper and more mature team. Three games in the Terriers have begun to prove all of that and have already matched its win total of two from a year ago. This group now expects to win. Comment.

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012

Corona

Monserrate receives 24 months in prison, $80K fine

Former City Councilman and state Sen. Hiram Monserrate was sentenced Tuesday to 24 months in prison and three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $80,000 in restitution for fraudulently using Council funds to underwrite his own election campaign. Comment.
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).
No Holds Barred

Ultra-Orthodox Jews return to Democratic fold

PAPEs — political analysts, pundits and experts — tell us that after many years of close (and sometimes publicly scrutinized, but we will get to that later) relationships with the Brooklyn Democratic Party and the Brooklyn district attorney, the ultra-Orthodox Jews in that borough were told by their leaders to vote for a Republican in the special election last year to fill a vacated congressional seat, which had been held by a Democrat in what was called “a safe district.” Comments (3).

Monday, Dec. 10, 2012

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.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Flushing

Flushing irate at 7 train hiatus

The Flushing community began its annual refrain Tuesday of denouncing the state’s plan to perform No. 7 train maintenance during Lunar New Year celebrations even though the transit authority calls off its crews for larger holidays. Comment.
Middle Village

104th Pct. captain tells civic meet robberies inching higher

State Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) made an unannounced stop last week at the Juniper Park Civic Association gathering to introduce himself as a candidate for Congress in the race for U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman’s (D-Bayside) seat. Comment.

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