Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Rego Park

Junction, Horace Harding need speed cameras: Peralta

After years of unsuccessful attempts to get a crossing guard at the intersection of Horace Harding Expressway and Junction Boulevard, community members are asking for speed cameras, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) said this week. Comments (1).
Richmond Hill

Howard Beach man charged in Forest Park attempted rape

Police said they had arrested a man suspected of attempting to rape a 23-year-old woman in Forest Park Friday evening. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Budget voting begins in District 23

Some residents who live in Hollis Hills, Fresh Meadows, Oakland Gardens and other neighborhoods in City Council District 23 will soon have the chance to vote on how to spend $1 million in the community through a process called participatory budgeting. City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) has allocated the money from his discretionary budget for the process, and residents have been developing the proposals that will be voted on since last fall. Comment.
South Ozone Park

Queens Chamber to hold Business Expo at Resorts World

Attend the Queens Chamber Business Expo and Breakfast for a chance to network with more than 1,000 people. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Rich Hill man, 25, missing and sought by police

RICHMOND HILL — A 26-year-old man has been missing for weeks from his 120th Street home, police said. Comment.
St. Albans

St. Albans gym provides workouts for all ages

Instead of telling your children to put down the video games and get some exercise, join them. Comments (4).
Pomonok

Rally to promote gun safety

Beverly Riley is organizing a rally to promote gun safety awareness. She urges organizations, religious groups, elected officials and special guest speakers to attend the event. Comment.
Floral Park

‘Braddock Boys’ comes to Queens

The Floral Park Historical Society is featuring a short documentary film produced by Mary Umans called “The Braddock Boys.” Comment.
Education

Youth learn to succeed at Eagle Week

Eagle Week is back! Comment.
Letters

Council should pass paid sick leave

It is time for paid sick leave to become law in New York. We should no longer force parents to choose between holding their jobs and caring for loved ones, especially young children. While paid sick leave would enable fathers to lean in by pitching in during family illness, it will especially be a godsend to single mothers. Comment.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Auburndale

City OKs Auburndale slow zone

Drivers in northeast Queens asked the city Department of Transportation to put the brakes on an impending slow zone in Auburndale. Comment.
Crime

Bail set for Halloran, Smith on charges of trying to rig mayoral race [UPDATED]

Bail was set at $250,000 for state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans) and City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) Tuesday afternoon following their early-morning arrest in connection with what federal prosecutors painted as a scheme to bribe Smith’s way onto the Republican mayoral ticket. Comments (1).
Far Rockaway

Rockaways still in need of food aid after storm

Weeks after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Rockaways and other areas of Queens, it was common to see long lines of people waiting for emergency food: sandwiches, soup, snacks and ready-to-eat meals. For some this was their main or only source of food, with refrigerators without power and grocery stores or bodegas still too damaged to open. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

BP candidate pushes for Rockaway relief reform

A candidate for Queens borough president took to the steps of City Hall this week to highlight the plight of a storm-ravaged Rockaway population that still feels it is being ignored. Comment.
Long Island City

Bear: Nouvelle European restaurant charms in LIC

We were thinking about going to the Bear, in Long Island City, for Valentine’s Day, but other obligations got in the way. Our instincts were validated, though, because this is a very romantic place. Comment.
Rosedale

Rosedale man last seen leaving home: Cops

ROSEDALE — The NYPD was seeking the public’s assistance in locating Nicholos Townsend, who has been missing since March 20, according to police. Comment.
Emergencies

Receive Amber Alert, transit training online

Thousands of additional eyes will be on the lookout across Queens’ neighborhoods now that the city’s 24,000 livery drivers will be receiving training on the Amber Alert system and Transportation on Patrol. Comment.
Letters

Higher fare must equal better service

Now that the bus and subway fares have increased, will there be a corresponding increase in the quality of service for the riding public? Comment.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Bayside

New Yorkers oppose fracking, poll shows

A state senator from Queens cheered a poll released last week showing that for the first time New Yorkers are opposed to hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale by a clear margin. Comments (5).
Fresh Meadows

Four people critically injured in Fresh Meadows blaze

An early morning kitchen fire on the second story of a Fresh Meadows home sent 11 to the hospital Monday, fire officials said. Comments (1).
Richmond Hill

Group used phony prescriptions to fool Rich Hill pharmacy: AG

Authorities broke up an illegal prescription-drug dealing outfit that allegedly used forged scripts to buy oxycodone pills at more than half a dozen pharmacies in the city and the Hudson Valley, including one in Richmond Hill, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced last week. Comment.
Long Island City

Evolution of Music Videos

Music videos are not often viewed as influential art, but that may be about to change. Comment.
Jamaica

Jamaica uses Open Space to silence violence

Open Space is a management style that eschews a rigid agenda in favor of group organizing that has been used by large corporations and independent computer coders, and last week a Jamaica nonprofit put it to use to address violence in the community. Comment.
Crime

Man withdrew money in 114th Precinct from someone else’s account: NYPD

ASTORIA — Police are looking for a man wanted in connection with withdrawing money using someone else’s debit card, according to the NYPD. Comment.
Queens Village

Queens Village girl, 11, missing and sought by police

QUEENS VILLAGE — The NYPD was looking for an 11-year-old girl who went missing last week. Comment.
Forest Hills

112th Pct. meeting to address burglary spree

Officials in Forest Hills have announced a special meeting April 2 to address a recent burglary spree in the 112th Precinct. Comment.
Cartoon

Tip of the week

Letters

Keep gifted program in boro school

On March 6, the PTA of PS 122 held a rally that filled the school’s auditorium with concerned parents, teachers, kids, educators and legislators. The reason: the city Department of Education’s proposed changes to a gifted and talented academy that has been a successful model for similar programs for the past 25 years. Comment.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Flushing

Hospital group encourges butt kicking at Flushing club

A boys’ club in Flushing allowed butt-kicking for one special day. Comment.
St. Albans

St. Albans man fatally shot: NYPD

A 21-year-old man was found gunned down at the corner of 110th Avenue and 179th Place in St. Albans early Sunday, police said. Comment.
Flushing

Graziano begins Dist. 19 run

One candidate hoping to replace City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) kicked off his campaign Saturday, while another bowed out of the race a day later. Comment.
Bay Terrace

Silverstein steps out of City Council race

The Democratic field of challengers hoping to unseat City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) dropped by one this week after Bay Terrace’s Matthew Silverstein decided to end his candidacy. Comment.
Ozone Park

Cops looking for missing Ozone Park teen

OZONE PARK — Police were asking the public to locate a teen who went missing from his home last weekend. Comment.
Kew Gardens Hills

Two men tried to rob Kew Gardens bank: Cops

KEW GARDENS HILLS— Cops were looking for two men wanted in connection with an attempted bank robbery within the 107th Precinct, the New York Police Department said. Comment.
QueensLine

Former head of CIA had ties to LIC fire department

The spy genre in movies, books and television has been popular in America for decades. This year’s 50th anniversary of the James Bond film series and the popularity of the TV show “Homeland” are examples of this. The real stories of men and women in the service of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency are often as fascinating and outlandish as their fictional counterparts. Comment.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Bayside

H Mart preps for Bayside

It may be months later than anticipated, but Korean supermarket H Mart should be stocked and ready to open in Bayside by the summer, a spokesman for the chain said. Comments (1).
Broad Channel

Rapid Repairs program wrapping up in Queens

Broad Channel resident Robert Keith woke up the morning after Hurricane Sandy to find 6 feet of water in his home. The floodwaters reached so high that his boiler and electrical power box were submerged, knocking out his heat, hot water and electricity. Comment.
St. Albans

CB 12 pressures police for more polite patrols

Community Board 12 members last week took a crime update as an opportunity tell the 103rd Precinct they were unhappy with the way some of its officers conduct themselves. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Far Rock man convicted of murdering girlfriend

A Far Rockaway man was convicted of murdering his girlfriend by punching and drowning her in the ocean after a fight in 2010, the Queens district attorney said last Thursday. Comment.
Bellerose

Police hunt for gas station robbers in Bellerose

BELLEROSE — The NYPD released video footage of two men suspected of stick-ups at several gas stations in Queens using the same modus operandi, cops said. Comment.
Ozone Park

Police on the hunt for cellphone store thieves

OZONE PARK — Police were calling on the public to help nab a trio of suspected cellphone thieves who sneaked into a Verizon Wireless store through a back window earlier this month, the NYPD said. Comment.
Astoria

Woman’s pocketbook stolen in Astoria eatery: Police

ASTORIA — Police have released footage of a woman wanted in connection with a pocketbook theft inside a Steinway Street fast food restaurant, according to the NYPD. Comment.
Block Shots

Severe sets strong example for others

ALBANY — Jon Severe is everything a New York City basketball player should be, but he is more the exception to the rule than the norm. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

SJU to host human trafficking talk

St. Johns University is hosting Human Trafficking: Whose Business Is It?” Comment.
Corona

Egg-Stravaganza fun for all ages

The Queen Zoo is holding its annual Egg-Stravaganza. Comment.
Political Action

Third parties have long history in local, national politics

The 2013 election in New York City is coming soon and it includes both the primary and general elections for mayor and all elected executive city officials — that is, in addition to the entire City Council being up for election or re-election. Comment.
Letters

New York Legislature must pass DREAM Act

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand/A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame/Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name/Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand/Glows world-wide welcome ....” Comments (1).

Friday, March 29, 2013

Long Island City

Quinn strikes deal on paid sick leave

A bad case of the sniffles will no longer force millions workers in the city to lose earnings after a deal was struck this week to make small businesses provide paid sick days off for employees. Comment.
St. Albans

‘Central Park Five’ screening spurs talk about rights

A screening of the documentary “Central Park Five,” which recounts the case of five teenagers who were falsely convicted of the brutal rape of a woman jogger in Central Park in 1989, turned into a teachable moment for many at the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center last Thursday. Comment.
Astoria

St. John’s law student fund-raises for a cure

Megan Quail is no stranger to fund-raising for the fight against cancer. Comment.
Jamaica

DA charges three Bronx men with smuggling drugs into JFK

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Comment.
Maspeth

Dream Foundation grants final wish to Maspeth man

Raymond Finerty has long dreamed about visiting the sacred links of the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia for the Masters tournament. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Queens beauty salons settle with AG over wage theft

A Jackson Heights hair salon and a Sunnyside nail salon have entered into settlements with the state attorney general after the former tried to make its employees sign bogus contracts and the latter severely underpaid a manicurist, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office said. Comment.
Bayside

Halloran puts $1 million budget to vote

Residents of northeast Queens working alongside City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) have finalized their ballot to determine how the district will spend $1 million in discretionary funds. Comment.
St. Albans

Miller raises most in race to replace Comrie

I. Daneek Miller is rolling. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Meat workers protest lock-out at Trade Fair in E. Elmhurst

Some 50 Trade Fair meat department employees and community members gathered on the sidewalk of the chain’s East Elmhurst location Monday to protest the supermarket’s lockout of workers. Comment.
Sunnyside

PS 150 students draw anti-dog-waste posters

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) joined the students at PS 150 and community members last Friday at the school to kick off a campaign to get Sunnyside residents to pick up after their dogs. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Two men convicted of killing gang partner in Far Rockaway

Two violent young men were convicted in federal court last week of murdering their fellow MS-13 member in Far Rockaway in 2010 for his reluctance to “put in work” for the gang, the U.S. attorney for Queens, Brooklyn and Long Island announced. Comment.
Woodside

Pocketbook stolen inside Woodside mosque: Police

WOODSIDE — An unholy thief stole a woman’s pocketbook while she was praying inside a mosque, police said. Comment.
Jamaica

Book Signing and Live Jazz Performance

Sandra L. Glittens, a writer of four books, will be signing her tomes at Jamaica Market, at 90-40 160th St. in Jamaica. Comment.
St. Albans

Affinity Health to hold egg hunt

Affinity Health Plan will host its annual Easter egg hunt Saturday. Comment.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Glendale

Glendale mall expects makeover to boost business

The owners of a mall in Glendale announced vast changes this week in an effort to inject new life into the struggling shops. Comment.
South Richmond Hill

Family mourns son’s death

The parents of a 24-year-old man whose life was cut short after a savage beating at a nightclub last week are trying to envision a world without their son — a world that neither of them was prepared to face. Comments (4).
Ozone Park

Lawmakers demand study of Rockaway LIRR revival

Queens lawmakers in support of reopening the derelict Rockaway Beach rail line fired off a letter to the head of the U.S. Department of Transportation last week requesting that Sandy relief money be used to fund a feasibility study. Comment.
Howard Beach

Howard Beach stable closed after six horses die

After the city Parks Department revealed a ramshackle Howard Beach stable was penning hard-luck horses in squalor and shut down the operation, an animal rights group said inspections failed to yield evidence of equine cruelty. Comment.
South Jamaica

FDNY finds shot man dead in SE Qns fire

The body of a Poughkeepsie, N.Y., man was found shot and burned after firefighters were called to put out a blaze inside a vacant South Jamaica home Sunday, and an acquaintance said he left behind a young child. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Candidates carve out concepts on how best to be Queens beep

The borough president’s job is not clearly defined in the City Charter, which has led the seven Democrats vying for the spot to mold their own ideal of how Queens should be run. Comment.
Government

Qns state senators hash out Albany budget deal

Queens lawmakers in the state Senate put in a marathon session lasting until the wee hours of Wednesday morning in hopes of having Albany pass an on-time budget, but some were not thrilled by the process. Comment.
Astoria

CB 1 says city investigating fake website for Astoria board

Community Board 1 District Manager Lucille Hartmann said the board has asked the city to look into a website that closely resembles the official website but accuses the board of favoring developers and being out of touch with the community. Comments (1).
East Elmhurst

LaGuardia Airport OKs $83M new parking garage

In the latest chapter of its ongoing expansion, LaGuardia Airport in East Elmhurst has approved an $82.9 million design and construction of a new parking garage. Comments (2).
Woodside

Riders’ bladders are breaking Woodside elevator

An elevator at the Long Island Rail Road’s Woodside station has deteriorated after passengers have used to space to urinate, the MTA said. Comment.
South Ozone Park

Motorcycle kills woman trying to cross Belt Pkwy: NYPD

JAMAICA — A woman in her 50s was killed Tuesday as she tried to cross the Belt Parkway, the New York Police Department said. Comments (3).
Little Neck

North Shore Towers fire leaves one dead: FDNY

Fire Department officials had yet to identify what caused the fire on an upper floor at North Shore Towers that left one woman dead Monday, the FDNY said. Comments (1).
Flushing

Innovative groups show how Queens is going green

A Flushing organization sold polo shirts made from recycled plastic bottles, a silver-haired kayak enthusiast hyped a new aqueous launching point sandwiched into a gritty industrial sector and more than a few heated discussions erupted at this year’s Going Green in Queens event, where the purveyors of the borough’s most exciting and controversial outdoor initiatives gather each year to share information with the public and each other. Comment.
Long Island City

Woman killed crossing street in Long Isand City

LONG ISLAND CITY — A Maspeth woman was struck and killed Tuesday as she crossed a busy intersection within the 108th Precinct, police said. Comment.
Briarwood

Molloy guard dedicates March Madness to Curran

Somewhere Jack Curran is smiling as former Archbishop Molloy guard Russ Smith helped the top-seeded Louisville Cardinals get in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The junior guard has done so while dedicating the post-season to his former high school coach, who died two weeks go. Smith believes Curran has been watching over him. Comment.
Middle Village

CK claims state hoops crown

ALBANY — The Christ the King seniors took a moment to savor what they had accomplished. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Scholars Academy falls short in final

The Scholars Academy girls’ basketball team’s season ended with the same heart it displayed throughout the year. Comment.
South Ozone Park

Poor shooting key in Spartans’ defeat

ALBANY — John Adams finally felt the nerves and emotions that come with playing in a big game — unfortunately, it came at an inopportune time. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s women drop NCAA heartbreaker

Senior guard Nadirah McKenith sat on the bench with her head in her hands as she watched her St. John’s team lose 96-90 at home to Dayton in double overtime in the first round of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament Sunday afternoon. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Johnnies end season with NIT loss to VA

Phil Greene IV’s team-high 18 points Sunday afternoon weren’t enough as No. 5 St. John’s lost to top-seeded Virginia 68-50 in the second round of the NIT tournament at Paul Jones Arena. Comment.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Middle Village

Maltese endorses Catsimatidis days before going on campaign payroll

Former Republican state Sen. Serphin Maltese endorsed grocery store magnate John Catsimatidis for mayor Tuesday, but the longtime Queens lawmaker is a volunteer on Catsimatidis’ campaign and will be on the payroll in April. Comment.
St. Albans

Police recover missing St. Albans baby safe and sound

Police said they safely recovered a 3-week-old girl in Staten Island whom neighbors in St. Albans said was snatched by her father Tuesday on their southeast Queens street in the afternoon. Comment.

Monday, March 25, 2013

South Richmond Hill

Man dies from injuries after bouncer fight in South Richmond Hill

A 24-year-old man who police allege was brutally beaten by a bouncer outside a South Richmond Hill club last week has died from his injuries. Comments (8).
Howard Beach

ASPCA says it found no cruelty at Howard Beach stables

After the city’s Parks Department contended a ramshackle Howard Beach stable was penning hard-luck horses in squalor and shut down the operation, an animal rights group said its own inspections failed to yield evidence of equine cruelty. Comments (2).
Little Neck

One dead in North Shore Towers fire

Fire Department officials found a North Shore Towers resident dead Monday after being called to tackle a fire on the upper floors, the FDNY said. Comment.
Bay Terrace

Silverstein pulls out of race for Halloran’s seat

A Democratic candidate in the crowded primary to challenge City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) for his seat dropped out of the race over the weekend. Comment.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

South Jamaica

Crime Scene Unit called to S. Jamaica house fire after body found inside

Police set up a crime scene inside of a 146th Street home after some of the city’s Bravest found a dead body Sunday morning while putting out a fire, police and the FDNY said. Comments (1).
Middle Village

CK claims Class AA Federation hoops title as Adams and Scholars fall in finals

ALBANY – Christ the King can again call itself Federation champions. Comment.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Middle Village

Severe leads Royals to state semifinal victory

ALBANY – Jon Severe made a statement and history on the same night. Comment.
Flushing

Memories of genocide dim

Within the walls of the New York Armenian Home for the Aged in Flushing, the last accounts of a nearly century-old genocide are fading away. Comment.
South Ozone Park

John Adams heads to state ‘A’ basketball final

ALBANY – Every game, every win is even more special for Paul Johnson and his John Adams teammates. Comment.

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