Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013

Astoria

KrisTEES brings unique styles to Astoria

To make it as a clothing retailer in Astoria, Kristie Foster of the boutique KrisTEES said you need to compete with Manhattan. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013

St. Albans

Spigner part of Electoral College

The man known as “the dean” of southeast Queens politics put another notch in his belt last month when he traveled to Albany to cast his Electoral College vote for President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Comment.
Letters

City teachers need a contract in 2013

As this year draws to a close, city public schools teachers will start 2013 without a new contract. Comments (1).

Monday, Jan. 7, 2013

Crime

Brown celebrates year of success

By the numbers, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown reflected on his office’s work throughout 2012 and said his staff played a major role in curbing the city’s crime. Comment.
Briarwood

Cops seek assistance in locating missing man

BRIARWOOD — Police were asking the public’s help in finding a Briarwood man who is missing. Comment.
Belle Harbor

Belle Harbor’s PS 114 surprised

As one of the first city schools affected by Hurricane Sandy to reopen after the storm, PS 114 in Belle Harbor was quick to assess the damage. Comments (1).
Flushing

Tip of the week

Letters

We would be better without guns

I do not understand why we need to have guns so prevalent in our society. I know about the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms. I know about the Bill of Rights and when and why it was adopted. Comments (10).

Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013

Springfield Gardens

SE Queens celebrates Kwanzaa’s seven principles

Hundreds of people braved a mixture of rain and snow to celebrate Kwanzaa, a weeklong holiday that honors African-American heritage and community, at Springfield Gardens High School Saturday. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Rich Hill bar fights leave one dead, another wounded: NYPD

A man was shot and killed outside a Richmond Hill bar early Sunday morning and a second man was treated for a stab wound to the leg, the NYPD said. Comment.
Ridgewood

Cops looking for man in connection with deli rob

RIDGEWOOD — Police were asking the public’s help in identifying a man who is suspected of robbing a Ridgewood deli Christmas Day. Comment.
The Civic Scene

Boro salons cater to disabled youth during holiday season

For the 29th year Larry Mattola, owner of LP & Co. Hair Design, has opened his shop on a Sunday prior to the holiday season to provide beauty treatments to the developmentally disabled children in the community. Comment.
On Point

Columnist wants to see better management of city trees in 2013

As I look forward to the new year, below is one civic leader’s Top 10 wish list for 2013. Comment.
Letters

American firearms need regulation

The Second Amendment calls for regulation, not a blanket absence of common sense. Comments (7).

Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013

South Ozone Park

Resorts World has nation’s biggest slot revenue

The end of times did not come for gaming in 2012. Comment.
Jamaica

Shooting in Jamaica restaurant leaves one dead: NYPD

A South Jamaica man was shot and killed and another man wounded Saturday in an early morning shooting in a Jamaica restaurant, the NYPD said. Comment.
Douglaston

Douglaston bee lover launches own beauty biz

For Douglaston’s Ruth Harrigan, getting laid off has become a blessing in disguise, thanks to her humming helpers. Comment.
Jamaica

Cops on the hunt for two serial robbery suspects

JAMAICA — The NYPD has asked for the public’s help in identifying two suspects who are suspected of committing six robberies at gunpoint in Queens. Comment.
Flushing

Woman, 63, found dead in Kissena Lake: NYPD

MURRAY HILL — A 63-year-old woman was found unresponsive in Kissena Lake and pronounced dead by emergency responders Saturday, police said. Comment.
Long Island City

Rarely seen world films shown at Moving Image

Often we’re aware of the multitude of foreign and independent films being made, but sometimes we have no idea where to view them. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Prep’s Flynn tops boro best

Queens again proved itself to be one of the top volleyball boroughs in the city. St. Francis Prep won a sixth straight CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Division I title and reached the Catholic state AA final for the second straight year. Cardozo didn’t earn a PSAL three-peat, but did make it to the Class A semifinals with a young team. St. John’s Prep took home its second consecutive Brooklyn/Queens Division II crown. Comment.
Editorial

The Challenge for 2013

Queens took it on the chin in 2012, but the future looks bright in 2013. Comments (1).
Letters

City must overhaul tree maintenance

I am writing once again to highlight the failure of the city and the city Parks Department to properly maintain city trees. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 4, 2013

Whitestone

Queens Tribune sold to investment group

Right before U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) became a private citizen, the boroughwide newspaper he started in 1970 was sold. Comments (3).
Belle Harbor

House passes $9.7 billion in Hurricane Sandy aid

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a $9.7 billion Hurricane Sandy relief bill Friday following sharp criticism from New York and New Jersey officials after House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) canceled the initial late night vote earlier this week. Comment.
Queens Village

Boro applauds restoration of five bus lines

Catching a bus in Queens will be significantly simpler for riders throughout the borough by the end of this weekend, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Friday. Comment.
College Point

College Point veteran trains pet pig for therapeutic role

Nadine Darsanlal’s life was never the same after she teamed up with her service dog Harvey three years ago, and now she is trying to help others discover the therapeutic power of animals by training her second pet — a clever micro pig named Wilbur. Comment.
Arverne

Sandy victims weigh future

Two months after Hurricane Sandy bludgeoned the city with the new year at hand, residents in the hardest-hit areas of Queens were mixed on their outlook for 2013. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Masked gunmen kill teenager at Far Rockaway party: Cops

Two men were shot to death in the borough Saturday, one a Far Rockaway teenager who was gunned down outside his best friend’s party and the other a 31-year-old man who was found dead inside his Rosedale home, police and family of the teen victim said. Comments (6).
South Jamaica

Queens moms mowed down

Two Queens mothers were killed in separate hit-and-run accidents just about an hour apart from each other on a rainy night last week and the police were looking for the drivers who left both scenes. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Districting Commission gives boro third chance

The commission in charge of redrawing City Council districts for the next 10 years scheduled a public hearing in Queens for early January to discuss changes made to the 51 seats — a meeting that a little more than a month ago seemed nearly impossible. Comment.
Flushing

Korean donors sought at bone marrow drive

The Parent Teacher Association at PS 242 in Flushing is hoping donors of Korean descent will sign up at a bone marrow drive Saturday. Comment.
Hollis Hills

Police seek missing man from Hollis Hills, 30

HOLLIS HILLS — The NYPD was asking for the public’s help in locating a 30-year-old Hollis Hills man who is missing. Comments (1).
Fresh Meadows

Driver dies when van hits tractor trailer

FRESH MEADOWS — A 37-year-old man was killed Friday after the van he was driving hit a parked tractor trailer at Horace Harding Expressway and Francis Lewis Boulevard, police said. Comment.
Long Island City

Exploring money and hardship

With a fresh perspective on creating and presenting art, No Longer Empty’s new Long Island City exhibit offers an escape from the ordinary. Comment.
Briarwood

McClure makes big strides but Molloy falls short

Aryn McClure understood no one could quite replace Columbia-bound forward Carolyn Gallagher. That didn’t mean she wasn’t going to try. Comment.
Jamaica Hills

Mary Louis shows inexperience in rout

JoAnn Arbitello has to catch herself sometimes and remind herself of the youth and inexperience on her Mary Louis Academy girls’ basketball team. Comment.
Political Action

Move all primary elections from September to June

In recent years, we have had a September primary election in which political parties with more than one candidate have the registered voters of their party choose a candidate through the primary electoral process. Once the candidates are chosen, the general election campaign then continues for about eight weeks until the fall election in early November. Comment.
Letters

Pols must back weapon control

The shooting massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., was a senseless tragedy that could have been avoided. Comments (10).

Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013

South Jamaica

Queens murder rate inches up as citywide homicide rate falls

With one more day’s worth of crime statistics yet to be counted and 2012’s official total tallied, the city was on track to register its lowest murder rate in decades, but by Dec. 30 Queens had already recorded one more murder than it had in 2011. Comment.
Breezy Point

Electeds decry delay on vote for Sandy aid

Queens lawmakers denounced Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday for failing to vote on a recovery package that would help New York and New Jersey rebuild after being ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. Comments (1).
Sunnyside

Lawmakers want subway safeguards

Two Queens city councilmen have urged the MTA to install new safety devices in the subway system after a 46-year-old man was pushed onto the tracks in Sunnyside last week as a train approached and a woman was charged with his murder as a hate crime. Comment.
Whitestone

Estelle Cooper dies amid legal troubles

When former Assistant Parks Commissioner Estelle Cooper died Saturday, she left behind a history of public service in Queens clouded by legal troubles associated with her tenure as head of a nonprofit that funded upkeep at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comments (3).
Jackson Heights

Dump truck kills boy, 11, in Jax Hts.

A Jackson Heights corner has become a makeshift shrine to an 11-year-old boy, who police said was run down by a dump truck. Comment.
Rosedale

Woman, 25, dies in watery Rosedale car crash

A woman accused of drunk driving and crashing into a Rosedale marsh Sunday was charged with the drowning death of one of her passengers, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Long Island City

No. 7 weekend work suspends trips to Manhattan till March

City Councilmen Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and Peter Koo (D-Flushing) slammed the MTA at a news conference in Long Island City for its decision to close the No. 7 subway line in Long Island City for the next 12 weekends. Comment.
Rego Park

Bayside man killed in LIE SUV crash: Police

REGO PARK -- A 27-year-old man died in a car crash Wednesday after the Ford Explorer he was traveling in struck the median on the Long Island Expressway at the 108th Street exit, according to police. Comment.
Flushing

Whitestone woman killed in van accident

FLUSHING — A 57-year-old mother of two was struck by a van and killed last Thursday evening in Flushing, police and the victim’s family said. Comment.
Middle Village

Christ the King surging after strong Mass. tournament play

It’s been happy holidays for the Christ the King boys’ basketball team. The Royals completed a 4-1 stretch of tournament play with a comfortable 80-54 win over New Mission (Mass.) in the Shooting Touch Shootout at Emmanuel College in Massachusetts Dec. 28. Comment.

Monday, Dec. 31, 2012

Whitestone

Former Assistant Parks Commissioner Estelle Cooper dies

A funeral was held Monday for former Assistant Parks Commissioner Estelle Cooper. The Whitestone resident had been scheduled to appear in court in February as part of a criminal court case, charging that she allegedly stole funds from the nonprofit she once headed. On Monday afternoon, Cooper’s family was set to release a statement about her death, according to a representative of Sinai Chapels in Fresh Meadows, where the funeral was held. Comments (2).

Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012

Far Rockaway

Police arrest pair in fatal Far Rock shooting involving AK-47

Two young men from the Rockaways were charged Sunday in the murder of Far Rockaway teen Xavier Granville, who was gunned down outside of his best friend’s party, police and the victim’s family said. Comments (32).
Sunnyside

Woman charged with hate crime in fatal Sunnyside subway push

A Rego Park woman has been charged with murder as a hate crime after confessing to police she pushed a 46-year-old man in front of a train in Sunnyside because she has despised Hindus and Muslims since 9/11, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Jackson Heights

East Elmhurst boy killed in Jax Hgts hit-and-run

An 11-year-old boy was run down by a dump truck in Jackson Heights early Friday morning, the NYPD said. Comment.

Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012

Far Rockaway

Police find AK-47 shell casings after Far Rock teen shot to death

Unknown assailants in ski masks gunned down a Far Rockaway teenager after a late-night party early Saturday, police and family of the victim said. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 28, 2012

Long Island City

7 train suspended on weekends till late March

Starting Friday just before midnight and until the end of March, the MTA is suspending weekend subway service on the No. 7 line between Queens and Manhattan. Comment.
Sunnyside

Police seek female suspect in Sunnyside train push (with surveillance video)

In a sad echo of an incident involving an Elmhurst man in Manhattan earlier this month, an unidentified man was pushed to his death in front of the No. 7 train Thursday evening in Sunnyside by a woman, police said. Comments (1).

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