Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012

Flushing

Flushing man faces 24 years for killing girlfriend

FLUSHING — A Flushing man was sentenced to 24 years in prison for stabbing his former girlfriend to death, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Members of New Visions Democratic Club sworn in

State Sen. Jose Peralta’s son Miles, 6, joins the swearing in of the members of the New Visions Democratic Club in Jackson Heights. Comment.
Jamaica

Subway robber caught in Jamaica: Police

JAMAICA — A suspect in various larcenies on the subway was nabbed at the Parsons Boulevard and Archer Avenue station in Jamaica when an MTA employee spotted him during an interview with an NYPD officer, authorities said. Comment.
Bayside

Fresher look comes to bar in Bayside

One bar on Bayside’s Bell Boulevard stands out from among the others. Comments (1).
Middle Village

Sierra Calhoun rises above in the clutch for CK

Bob Mackey believes he is just seeing the beginning of what Sierra Calhoun can be in the final minutes of a game. Last week, the super sophomore looked her most comfortable yet in big spots. Comment.
Letters

Pension system must be overhauled

The Feb. 2-8 TimesLedger Newspapers article “Fewer pensions costly: Study,” about people not having enough money to retire, raises an interesting question: Whose responsibility is it to make sure you have enough money to retire — you or your employer? Comment.

Monday, Feb. 27, 2012

Pet Photo of the Week

Fluffy wins Queens Critters contest

Fluffy, a 3-year-old guinea piglet owned by Paulina Trzcinka of Rego Park, is the winner of this edition of the TimesLedger Newspapers’ Queens Critter contest. Comments (1).
Ozone Park

Suspect stole lotto tix from boro deli: Police

OZONE PARK — Police arrested a man earlier this month, who they accuse of stealing lottery tickets from an Ozone Park deli in November, the New York Post reported. Comment.
Rosedale

3 men impersonated cops on Valentine’s Day: Police

ROSEDALE — Police were looking for three white males in connection with a Valentine’s Day armed robbery and criminal impersonation of police officers at a Pay-O-Matic in Rosedale, authorities said. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s junior receives coveted lacrosse honor

Junior goalie Jeff Lowman was named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List, the highest regarded honor in college lacrosse. The list includes the top players from all three divisions of NCAA lacrosse and features the most distinguished players in the collegiate game. Comment.

Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012

Bellerose

Owls delight visitors to Alley Pond Park

New York City Parks Department Ranger Gabriela Padewska led an “Owl Prowl” through Alley Pond Park Sunday in search of the park’s pair of Great Horned Owls - one male and one female. Comments (4).
Hollis

Holliswood won’t lose its post office

The U.S. Postal Service has taken its Holliswood office off a list of locations being considered for closure, according to U.S. Rep. Gay Ackerman (D-Bayside). Comment.
South Ozone Park

Resorts World racino generated $139.9M since October

Racino gambling is a big money and job generator in the Empire State. Comments (1).
Ridgewood

Bravest battle blaze in Ridgewood home

Two people — one firefighter and one civilian — suffered minor injuries during a fire at 300 St. Nicholas Ave. in Ridgewood Monday., according to officials at the scene. Comment.
South Jamaica

Cops hunt man in four boro robbery cases

JAMAICA — Police were asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect wanted in connection with four gunpoint robberies in southeast Queens over the last two months. Comment.
Cambria Heights

Cops seek missing teen from Cambria Heights

CAMBRIA HEIGHTS — Police were asking for the public’s help in locating a Cambria Heights teen that went missing. Comment.
St. Albans

Huntley gives Valentine’s to St. Albans vets

State Sen. Shirley Huntley visited the New York State Veterans’ Home at St. Albans Saturday to distribute Valentine’s Day gifts and flowers to Air Force veterans Rosario Cracchiolo and Mana Dejesus. Both women received roses, candy, letters balloons and gift bags from Huntley, who distributed similar items to more than 20 other female veterans at the hospital. Comment.
Elmhurst

Year of the Dragon celebrated in Elmhurst

Councilman Daniel Dromm and the Asian Community United Society marked the second-annual Elmhurst Community Lunar New Year celebration to welcome the Year of the Dragon. Comment.
Middle Village

CK Varsity B crowned city champs

Christ the King’s Varsity B basketball team’s win in the city championship was celebrated during senior night at the Middle Village high school. The Royals beat out Holy Cross for the title during a game at St. Francis College in Brooklyn. Comment.
QueensLine

Astorian Bracken landed roles on radio, TV and in film

Born Feb. 7, 1915, to Catherine and Joseph Bracken, Astoria native Eddie Bracken enjoyed a career that spanned seven decades as a movie, television and stage actor. Comment.
Editorial

‘A Victory for All New Yorkers’

A deal has been reached that will create a fair process for evaluating teachers in state public schools. The deal, to be an amendment in the state budget, will ensure that New York receives more than $1 billion in federal funding that was contingent upon an agreement. Comments (1).
Letters

Aqueduct convention center not good for Queens

It would create a good feeling if once in a while taxpayer dollars produce a legislator who takes the time to seriously look at an important issue that will affect the residents of this city. Comment.

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012

Woodside

Woodside slay suspect in jail

Capt. Donald Powers, commanding officer of the 108th Precinct, said at a town hall meeting last week that a man suspected of killing a Berkeley Co-Op Towers Section II resident last year was recently extradited to New York from Boston. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Plaza dominates meet on Jax Hts one-way

In an effort to appease business owners on 37th Road in Jackson Heights, Community Board 3 voted to recommend the city Department of Transportation reverse 37th Road between 74th and 75th streets from one-way eastbound to westbound and create more parking spaces. Comment.
Corona

Satchmo, Latimer left large legacy in Queens

Central to the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s mission is preservation, revitalization and reuse of the city’s numerous architecturally significant buildings. In recognition of Black History Month, the conservancy is urging New Yorkers to visit sites or places that are crucial to understanding the role of African Americans in the city’s history. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside restaurant sets the table for young culinarians

On Saturdays, chef Grace Lupo offers classes at her Bayside restaurant where she teaches her adult students how to prepare authentic Italian cuisine, but once a month the kitchen at L’Italiano Trattoria fills with a younger crowd, and the recipes become a bit more basic. Comment.
Hillcrest

Hillcrest teen gets $10K cello on loan

Hillcrest’s Conor McNally was surprised when an organization offered to loan him a cello worth $10,000, but the 16-year-old was truly shocked when it arrived in the mail with a broken neck. Comments (2).
Douglaston

Giftalicious eyes new digs

Giftalicious, the party store/pastry shop that aimed to be the new Douglaston Market when it opened last summer, is planning to move into the store left vacant by the old Douglaston Market next month, co-owner Demetra Sirica said. Comment.
Bayside

‘Oliver!’ by the Bay

In celebration of the 200th birthday of English author Charles Dickens, the Bayside-based community theater group Theatre by the Bay will be performing its own rendition of Dickens’s classic “Oliver!” at the Bay Terrace Jewish Center in Bayside. Comment.
Astoria

Police seek three men in iPhone robberies

ASTORIA — Police were asking for the public’s help in catching three men suspected of stealing iPhones from N train passengers in Astoria. Comment.
Flushing

Cops of the month honored at 109th Precinct

Police Officer Brian Roby and Sgt. Michael Elderbaum were given Cops of the Month Awards for collecting surveillance information that led to the arrest of three men in early January and the seizure of two handguns and a substantial amount of heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana, according to Deputy Inspector Brian Maguire. Comments (1).
Middle Village

Principals rule against forfeits after coach’s death

Christ the King and Bishop Ford will not have to forfeit unplayed girls’ basketball games against Nazareth, the principals committee ruled last week in a meeting, despite a recommendation to do so by the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Eligibility and Infractions Committee. Comment.
The Play’s the Thing

The origins of leap year go back a few thousand years

When people sometimes tell me that I look good for my age — and is that really a compliment? — they probably don’t realize that I’m still a teenager. Forget the wrinkles and gray hair and focus on the fact that I have a birthday only once every four years — Feb. 29 to be exact. Comment.
Editorial

No More Gerrymandering

If the redrawn state Senate district lines are adopted, two of Queens’ most powerful voices in Albany will have to run against each other in a primary if they want to stay in office. For this and other reasons, the lines should not be approved. Comment.
Letters

Fight to keep big money out of political campaigns

As we watch the numbers of Occupy Wall Street protesters dwindle, understandably so with the advent of the winter months and cold weather, many may think or even wish that they have gone away, but the 99 percent movement is far from dead. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 24, 2012

Flushing

Merchants leaving Union Street

Small business owners on Union Street have slowly been making an exodus as dealings between the city and the developer of Flushing Commons continue behind closed doors, a business leader said. Comment.
Far Rockaway

State orders Peninsula to stop admitting patients

The state Department of Health ordered Peninsula Hospital to stop admitting patients and cancel all upcoming surgeries after inspectors found problems with a crucial laboratory in the facility, a hospital spokeswoman said Friday. Comment.
Corona

Former Mayor Dinkins honored at Black History event

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) honored former Mayor David Dinkins with a Lifetime Achievement Award at his second Black History Month celebration. Comment.
Middle Village

Pet store seeks stolen puppy

The husband-and-wife owners of a Middle Village pet store are offering a $200 reward and a store discount to anyone who can help cops identify a woman who snatched a puppy from the business Friday night. Comment.
Queens Village

Family of slain soldier honored by Qns GOP club

The Queens Village Republican Club’s annual dinner may have been named for Abraham Lincoln, but it was a child with a different biblical name who commandeered the attention of the crowd this year. Comment.
College Point

College Pt. bank hit second time

Police arrested a 55-year-old man last week on charges of robbing a Capital One Bank in College Point just three months after the same house of lending was hit by what eyewitnesses described as a gun-slinging senior. Comment.
Flushing

Confusion, anger over Koo remarks

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) is in hot water with some of his constituents over remarks made at a recent meeting, about downtown Flushing, but a community leader said some in the audience may have misunderstood what he was saying. Comment.
Middle Village

City gives Crowley pass on ‘09 campaign fines

City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley’s (D-Middle Village) campaign account was assessed four violations last Thursday by the city Campaign Finance Board, but she was not ordered to pay any fines. Comment.
Long Island City

Fight on N train gets violent with knife: Post

LONG ISLAND CITY — A spat between two N train straphangers Monday ended in knife violence, the New York Post reported. Comment.
Queens Village

Queens Village teenager missing from home: Cops

QUEENS VILLAGE — Police were asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing 16-year-old girl from Queens Village. Comment.
Flushing

Mr. Met pitches in to pack for spring training

Mr. Met packs up a truck at Citi Field with New York Mets’ equipment last week. The vehicle was headed for the Amazins’ spring training in Florida. Comment.
Editorial

New Lines Mock Democracy

It seemed impossible, but the Republicans who control the state Senate have found a way to redraw Senate district lines in a manner that is more bizarre than the lines that exist. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012

College Point

USPS to close College Point mail facility

The United States Postal Service has decided to close its College Point sorting facility and move all operations to its Brooklyn location, the agency announced, although Congress has three months to reverse the decision. Comment.
Flushing

Another pedestrian hit in Flushing following fatal MTA bus accident

A second pedestrian was struck Thursday at another busy Flushing intersection, just a day after an MTA bus hit and killed a 22-year-old Flushing resident at a nearby intersection that is no stranger to accidents, according to the NYPD. Comments (1).
Politics

Boro Assembly members push to move Primary Day to June

Eight members of the state Assembly from Queens have signed on to a bill that would push Primary Day for state races from September to June to offset a new federal law that would force New York to hold separate primaries for Congress and the U.S. Senate. Comment.
Business

Immigrant stores left hanging

Although New York City has the nation’s most immigrant-owned businesses, 92 percent of such business owners told a survey that they got no help from the city and half said they were unaware such assistance was even available. Comment.
College Point

City to restore Udalls Cove

Northeast Queens civic leaders are peeved the city will be doing construction in College Point but offering wetland restoration to Douglaston to offset the project more than 10 miles from where the work will take place. Comments (2).
Kew Gardens Hills

Plaque of late Pat Dolan unveiled

As a 105-pound bronze plaque featuring the likeness of late civic leader Pat Dolan was unveiled at the Kew Gardens Hills Library, elected officials and community leaders remembered her at the institution that is on schedule to expand in two years due in large part to Dolan’s efforts. Comment.
Whitestone

Halloran scolds Dems over new Assembly lines

At a Republican gathering Sunday evening, City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) criticized the Democratic leadership in the state Assembly for redrawing legislative boundaries in a way that gerrymandered part of one northeast Queens district and minimized the voice of GOP voters. Comment.
Sunnyside

Wife’s words could stop deportation

A Bangladeshi national who lives in Sunnyside with his three young children is being held in a detention center in New Jersey, even though his wife is an oath away from becoming a citizen. Comments (2).
East Elmhurst

City cuts Westway Motel from homeless shelter list

State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) said despite rumblings that the Westway Motel could become a full-time shelter for homeless families, the city Department of Homeless Services decided not to consider it last week. Comments (1).
Jamaica

Comrie criticizes DOE for moving schools

Jamaica’s Allen Christian School, which opened its doors in 1982, will be closing due to financial difficulties. Comment.
Flushing

Queens GOP makes push to recruit Asian candidates

The Queens Republican Party is making it no secret they are looking for an Asian candidate to run in the upcoming 2012 elections. Comment.
Corona

Corona students sent Xmas cards to jailbird: City

A 31-year-old teacher in Corona gave her students the assignment to create Christmas cards for those in need, but she sent the cards to a friend who is an inmate in upstate New York, according to a report from the special commissioner of investigation for the New York City school district. Comment.
Flushing

Meng urges tolerance of customers’ racial backgrounds

State Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) wrote a letter to the city Commission on Human Rights last month, urging it to adopt guidelines for customer service after a spate of racially insensitive incidents involving Asian Americans in restaurants around the country and an incident involving Meng herself in a Queens restaurant. Comment.
South Jamaica

Report details Forde Fla. arrest

A police report from Florida shows striking similarities between a crime committed there and an incident earlier this month in which a man is accused of killing his brother in front of the victim’s South Jamaica family. Comment.
Education

Low-performing boro schools still in limbo

Praise rang out from Albany last week as state education officials and the state teacher’s union inked an 11th-hour deal on a teacher evaluation system, but closer to home the fate of some of Queens’ lowest-performing schools is still uncertain. Comment.
Long Island City

Bloomy names new dean at Roosevelt Isle campus

While the first phase of the applied sciences campus coming to Roosevelt Island, now called the Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute, will not be done until 2017, the institution now has a provost and dean. Comment.
Flushing

Ex-N.Y. Met Carter dies at 57

Gary Carter, the Hall of Fame catcher who was a key component of the 1986 New York Mets World Series team, died last Thursday after a nine-month battle with brain cancer. He was 57. Comment.
Woodside

Woodside awaits 440-seat school slated to open in ‘15

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) announced Friday the city Department of Education and city School Construction Authority had agreed to purchase four lots to build a 440-seat school in Woodside. Comment.
Flushing

Turkish dancers set to dazzle at Queens College

As part of its “Year of Turkey” celebrations, Queens College will present INFLUX, a program of contemporary Turkish dance. The performance will be held at the Goldstein Theatre on Saturday at 8 p.m. Admission is free. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Ex-Mets manager stole team memorabilia: DA

KEW GARDENS — The former longtime clubhouse manager of the New York Mets pleaded guilty in Queens Supreme Court Tuesday to stealing $2.3 million in Mets memorabilia, but will not face jail time as part of his plea agreement, District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Corona

Harlem Globetrotter Curly Neal visits Hall of Science

Harlem Globetrotters legend Curly Neal shows off his moves during a visit to the New York Hall of Science in Corona as part of the program “The Science of Basketball.” Neal has been part of the team for 22 seasons, playing in more than 6,000 games in 97 countries with the Hall of Fame team. Comment.
Middle Village

Calhoun breaks CK record

Omar Calhoun was already the winningest boys’ basketball player in Christ the King history, the only one to ever win back-to-back CHSAA Class AA intersectional championships. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside, Martin triumph in PSAL playoff round

Shiclasia Brown had a badly sprained ankle, but there wasn’t anything that was going to keep her off the basketball court with her August Martin’s season on the line. Comment.
Whitestone

Halloran to receive Irish newspaper award

City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) was honored by the Irish Echo with the newspaper’s Irish 40 Under 40 Award. Comment.
Dishing with Dee

Support just one candidate if you want your party to win

Another busy week, but nothing spectacular — just regular Queens local stuff. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012

Oakland Gardens

Walcott says city listens to parents

At a town hall meeting in Oakland Gardens last week, city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott discussed topics such as parent involvement and overcrowding with a packed auditorium at MS 74. Community Education Council 26 President Jeanette Segal reminded those who had come to meet the city’s top education official of Feb. 15, that the week of Feb. 13-17 had been designated Respect for All Week and asked that “we all fully engage this initiative tonight.” “I know lately it’s been a back-and-forth confrontation,” Walcott said, acknowledging the recent public ire over Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s education policies. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s U demurs in birth control controversy

St. John’s University has chosen to stay out of the debate over whether religious institutions should be required to provide contraceptives to their employees, but students at the Queens school have not remained as silent. Comment.
Flushing

Lin madness hits Flushing

Flushing residents packed into a neighborhood mall Friday night to watch New York Knicks superstar Jeremy Lin, just hours after Time Warner Cable and Madison Square Garden reached an accord allowing fans to watch games from home. Comment.
Rego Park

PS 174 teacher arrested on sex abuse charges

A review is underway of all city Department of Education personnel after a computer teacher at PS 174 in Rego Park was charged with sexually touching two boys, city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said outside the school Friday. Comment.
Corona

Corona community activist Caminiti, 100, dies

Anthony “Tony” Caminiti, a former community board member and an activist in Corona, recently died at the age of 100, Borough President Helen Marshall said Tuesday. Comment.
Queensboro Hill

Queensboro Hill library to close for construction

The Queensboro Hill branch of the Queens Public Library, at 60-05 Main St. in Flushing, will close Feb. 24 for renovations that are not set to be completed for about a year. Comments (1).
Government

Liu says he wants public’s help in identifying wasteful spending

City Comptroller John Liu unveiled a four-point plan to cut government waste and laid out proposals to get the city’s unemployed working again during his State of the City address last Thursday at City College. Comment.
Pomonok

Pomonok residence opens for low-income seniors

The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty cut the ribbon on a new 78-unit residence facility for low-income senior citizens last week. Comment.
Crime

Man wanted in attempted rape in 104th Precinct

RIDGEWOOD — The NYPD is looking for a man suspected of robbing and attempting to rape a woman within the confines of the 104th Precinct. Comment.
Middle Village

Droesch cheers CK closer to playoffs

Senior Night is always an emotional one under normal circumstances, but it wasn’t normal for Rayne Connell. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 17, 2012

Flushing

Lin magic drives MSG, Time Warner to cut a deal

Time Warner Cable and Madison Square Garden have reached an agreement that will allow Queens residents to finally catch a glimpse of overnight New York Knicks superstar Jeremy Lin play from the comfort of their living rooms. Comment.

Rego Park teacher charged with sexually abusing two students

A review is underway of all city Department of Education personnel after a computer teacher at PS 174 in Rego Park was charged with sexually touching two boys, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said outside the school Friday. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012

Jamaica

Children make Valentine’s cards at JCAL

Children gathered at the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning Saturday for a Valentine’s Day Family Fun Workshop, during which they made cards. Comment.
Ditmars

Drunk driver killed Astoria grandpa: DA

An Astoria man has been charged with hitting and killing a beloved grandfather, who was a refugee from the Cuban Revolution, with an SUV while allegedly intoxicated, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.

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