Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Forest Hills

Mid Vill man honored for 35 years of work with Little League

When Phil Fragale first became involved with the Forest Hills Little League, Jimmy Carter was president. Comment.
Forest Hills

Forest Hills’ My Kitchen cooks up new Italian fare

Long time Forest Hillsians might remember the original My Kitchen from the ‘80s, when it was a popular Austin Street eatery. After disappearing from the scene for over a decade, it re-emerged on Metropolitan Avenue in a spiffy new space with a restaurant and a party room. It started off with great promise, but gradually entered a state of inexorable decline. Comment.
South Jamaica

Officials break ground on South Jamaica court overhaul

Elected officials and community leaders broke ground recently on renovations at the basketball courts within the South Jamaica Houses. In total, $350,000 was secured by Councilman Ruben Wills and the New York City Housing Authority for basketball courts with new fiber glass back boards, bleachers and lighting, The renovation is expected to be completed in summer 2013. The event also featured a pickup game between politicians, community activists and 16-year-old Anthony Woods, who was selected by U.S. Rep. Congressman Gregory Meeks as a substitute. Comment.
Cambria Heights

Street Sweepers in SE Queens

Volunteers from the Kiwanis Club of Cambria Heights and the Cambria Heights Civic Association joined with other community groups for a cleanup in Cambria Heights sponsored by Councilman Leroy Comrie. Comment.
St. Albans

FOCUS ON QUEENS: Council candidate Manny Caughman holds fund-raiser

City Council candidate Manny Caughman recently held a fund-raiser at Thomasina’s in St. Albans Comments (1).
College Point

FOCUS ON QUEENS: Relay for Life kicks off in College Point

The College Point Relay for Life recently kicked off its preparation for the annual overnight walk to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The event was held at the College Point Volunteer Ambulance. Comment.
Bayside

Eatery impresses with unique array of food and drinks

The power and majesty of a great sandwich is undeniable. Loaded with fresh ingredients and handled with care, a truly remarkable sandwich melds together tastes from across the flavor palate into one cohesive mouthful. Comments (1).
Flushing

Award-winning author to read from book

Award-winning author Stephen Maitland-Lewis will be at Queens College to read from his historical fiction novel about the Holocaust April 21 at 4 p.m. Comment.
Ridgewood

Gluten-free Dessert Tasting

Rudy’s Pastry Shop in Ridgewood will host a gluten-free dessert tasting for $15, which includes five pastries and a cup of coffee. Comment.
Letters

Do away with the city’s five borough presidencies

The old city Board of Estimate included the five borough presidents and, as a result, they possessed to some degree legislative power. The board was declared unconstitutional because the numerical populations in each borough were not the same. Comment.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Jamaica Estates

SJU hosts panel on how travel biz can stop human trafficking

Nearly 200 people turned out Saturday to hear a panel of experts at St. John’s University discuss human trafficking and the ways the travel industry can end the modern-day slave trade. Comment.
College Point

Blaze breaks out in College Pt. Police Academy

Flames from a two-alarm fire melted portions of the College Point Police Academy’s facade Tuesday afternoon, forcing construction crews off the partially completed job. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Fresh Meadows woman wins on quiz show

Rebecca Rider did not consider herself a huge fan of game shows — that is, until she won more than $100,000 on one of the genre’s most popular programs. Comments (1).
Bayside

Queens water rates ready to rise again

As it has done every year since 1996, the city Department of Environmental Protection proposed another water rate hike for fiscal year 2014, bringing back the same old sentiments from borough officials. Comments (1).
South Ozone Park

Bridge and tunnel victory in Wood Memorial

Three-year-old horses recently competed in the annual Wood Memorial Stakes, held annually at Aqueduct Racetrack in South Ozone Park. Comment.
Glendale

RGMVM Little League kicks off

The Ridgewood-Glendale-Middle Village-Maspeth Little League started their seasons last weekend with a parade. Comment.
Middle Village

FOCUS ON QUEENS: Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire remembered in Middle Village

A ceremony was recently held at Christ the King High School to commemorate the 102nd anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. Comment.
Flushing

FOCUS ON QUEENS: Flushing temple welcomes spring

The Hindu Temple Society of North America recently held a Festival of Spring and Earth Day celebration. Comment.
I Sit and Look Out

People in America need to learn how to speak English

In the current discussion of immigration reform, learning to speak, read and write English with some efficiency is one of the requirements for citizenship that everyone seems to agree on. It is something someone applying for citizenship today has to be able to do, but there are some exemptions to that requirement. They should be few in number. Comments (4).
Long Island City

The World of the 7 Train

Official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum will lead a series of six walks and connecting rides along north Queens. Comment.
Letters

Patronize local businesses to keep them alive

As a regular patron of North Shore Hardware, I could not agree more with the April 5-11 Bayside Times article “Little Neck merchant nails customer service.” Comment.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Forest Hills

Holocaust survivor recalls war-torn childhood

To say the Holocaust was a dark time in human history is an understatement; to say it was the last genocide is foolish, according to author Marione Ingram. Comment.
Astoria

Queens marathon runners complete race minutes before blasts

Several Queens runners had finished the Boston Marathon Monday shortly before two explosions went off at the race’s finish line, killing at least two people and injuring 23, the Boston Police Department said. Comment.
Flushing

New high schools set for Flushing building

The principals of two new high schools are eager to open within the walls of Flushing HS this fall as part of a controversial co-location program at the troubled institution. Comment.
Floral Park

‘Braddock Boys’ recall memories of Bellerose

Mary Umans’ documentary “The Braddock Boys” begins with a poignant observation that holds as true today as it did half a century ago. Comments (1).
The Play’s the Thing

Middle Village actor takes on his greatest role: Husband

Bernie Bosio is taking the plunge. Or so he claimed when we got together recently at my Douglaston law office, where we used to hold Outrageous Fortune Company auditions, barely tolerated by my attorney colleagues, even though I assured them that lawyers and actors have a lot in common. Comments (1).
Jamaica

FOCUS ON QUEENS: Jazz Experience comes to Jamaica Market

The Kunal Singh Jazz Experience Ensemble recently performed at the Jamaica Market. Comment.
Jamaica

FOCUS ON QUEENS: Greater Jamaica committee meets

The Downtown Committee of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation held its monthly meeting. Comment.
Cartoon

Tip of the week

Letters

MTA must show respect for Flushing church

I am writing to you today because I am concerned about the situation around St. George’s Episcopal Church, at 135-32 38th Ave. in Flushing. Comment.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Bayside

Holocaust survivors share stories with Bayside students

A Cardozo High School English teacher in Bayside took a page out of the history book when she corralled nearly 800 students into an auditorium to hear the story of Holocaust survivors. Comments (3).
Richmond Hill

Activist blasts lack of crime stats in Queens parks

The city only tracks crime statistics for six of the borough’s parks — a fraction of the approximately 400 parks in Queens — according to an advocate for parks safety. Comment.
Astoria

State gun legislation sparks heated debate at town hall

A town hall meeting at the Museum of the Moving Image grew heated last Thursday when community members lobbed pointed questions at two Queens state legislators over controversial gun legislation they voted to pass in January. Comment.
Whitestone

Whitestone blasts meters

Nearly half the Muni-Meters in downtown Whitestone are broken on any given day, a neighborhood civic leader said, and shoppers and small business owners are fed up with the problem. Comments (6).
Hollis

Hollis woman in custody after six years on run: DA

A Hollis woman dubbed “The Sweetheart Swindler” was brought back to New York City to begin serving time after allegedly going on the lam in 2007, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Floral Park

Three people stole $3.3M in mortgage fraud: Brown

FLORAL PARK — Savitri Gangadeen was one of three individuals who were charged last week in connection with a $3.3 million mortgage fraud operation, District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (4).
Elmhurst

City bus kills pedestrian near Elmhurst Hospital: NYPD

ELMHURST — A man was hit by a city bus and killed April 3 as he was crossing the street near Elmhurst Hospital, police said. Comment.
South Jamaica

Police hunt suspects in SE Queens hotel robberies [With Video]

SOUTH JAMAICA — The NYPD was asking the public to help identify two suspects wanted for robbing hotels in southern Queens. Comment.
Ozone Park

Cops on the hunt for two Ozone Pk. burglary suspects

OZONE PARK — Police were looking for two suspects wanted in connection with a burglary that happened within the confines of the 106th Precinct around 1 a.m. March 7. Comment.
Astoria

Bunnies and baskets at the Bohemian Beer Garden

The Bohemian Hall Beer Garden in Astoria recently hosted an Easter egg hunt. Comments (1).
Middle Village

Severe chosen as boro’s best

Christ the King dominated the borough and the city, winning its second state Federation Class AA title in four years. John Adams nearly took home a Class A state Federation crown after winning the school’s first PSAL city title. Comments (1).
The Civic Scene

Flushing Meadows should not undergo development

The Queens Civic Congress, an umbrella organization of approximately 100 civic associations in Queens, has gone on record opposing further development of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment.
Editorial

Yet Another Case

Despite conversations recorded by federal investigators that strongly suggest state Sen. Malcolm Smith attempted to bribe his way into the mayor’s office, attorney Gerald Shargel said the senator is “not resigning.” Comment.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Ditmars

Teen arrested in Ditmars brick attack on girl

An East Elmhurst teen was arrested and charged with attacking a 16-year-old girl with a brick in an alley in Astoria, police said Saturday. Comment.
Woodhaven

Woodhaven building with open construction violations collapses: Officials

A two-story unoccupied building with more than 30 open construction violations collapsed in Woodhaven Friday evening, temporarily shutting down J train service nearby, fire officials said. Comments (1).
Fresh Meadows

Rozic touts awareness after Fresh Meadows house fire

As a Fresh Meadows family recovers from a night-time fire that filled their home with smoke earlier this month, northeast Queens community leaders over the weekend announced a campaign to promote fire safety awareness. Comment.
Long Island City

East Side Access milestone reached at Grand Central

Sandhogs working on the East Side Access project have finished major blasting deep under Grand Central Terminal, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Tuesday. Comment.
Astoria

Schumer calls for expansion of the East River Ferry

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is urging the Federal Highway Administration and the state DOT to fund an expansion of the East Side Ferry service. Comment.
Long Island City

Queens Writes! gets authors working throughout the borough

This weekend writers in Queens get a new way to share their work, and in some cases that platform is coming to them. The weekend of April 13-14 marks the inaugural Queens Writes! Weekend, which gives Queens writers a chance to gather, read each others’ work and compose their own. Comment.
Jamaica

NYPD veteran arrested at JFK: Federal prosecutor

NYPD veteran Jose Tejada was met by New York’s Finest when he arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport last week, but instead of a warm welcome he got a pair of cuffs slapped on his wrists. Comment.
Woodhaven

Brown defers case in Forest Park attack

The case against a Howard Beach man who was suspected of the attempted rape against a woman in Forest Park has been deferred pending further investigation and he has been charged instead with groping another woman three blocks from the park, a spokeswoman from the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Sunnyside

Suspect packs punch before bag swipe: NYPD

SUNNYSIDE — The police were looking for a suspect wanted for punching a 43-year-old and running off with his bag. Comment.
Elmhurst

Wall collapses on man near Queens Center: FDNY

ELMHURST — A 22-year-old man was crushed near the Queens Center Mall after a wall there had collapsed on him, fire officials said. Comment.
Hollis

Cops hunting for suspect who held up Hollis delis with shotgun

HOLLIS — The police were asking the public’s assistance in finding a suspected armed robber. Comment.
Oakland Gardens

Passover celebrated in Oakland Gardens

The Jewish Center of Oak Hills recently held a Passover Seder and invited members of the Temple Sholom in Floral Park to share in ritual meal, which commemorates the flight of the Israelites out of Egypt. Comment.
Block Shots

Public vs. Catholic hoops is long overdue

The newly formatted Mayor’s Cup basketball game has a chance to be something special. Comment.
On Point

Speed cameras will waste money and serve as a nuisance

Hold on to your wallets! A new effort by the city to pick your pockets is underway and it is called speed cameras. Remember when the city promised that red light cameras were being installed for safety, not revenue enhancement? We were sold that bill of goods by the same politicians who told us profits from the lottery would bolster education spending. Comments (3).
Editorial

The Culture of Corruption

“Money is what greases the wheels — good, bad, or indifferent,” City Councilman Dan Halloran said. Comment.
Letters

Primary race needed for Halloran’s seat

In light of recent developments — i.e., the arrests of City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) and Vincent Tabone — I am calling on the Queens Republican Party leadership to give us Republicans a choice. Comments (10).

Friday, April 12, 2013

Ditmars

Suspect sought in Astoria brick attack on girl

Police were searching for a man who attacked a 16-year-old girl with a brick in an alley in Astoria Tuesday night, leaving her with serious head injuries. Comment.
Pomonok

Pomonok Houses residents rally for U.S. gun regulation reform

In summer 2011, South Flushing’s Pomonok Houses were rocked by gun violence when four people were shot outside the housing projects within a span of four hours, including a 39-year-old woman who died. Comment.
Transit

Prendergast nominated to be new MTA chairman

Thomas Prendergast, chief of the New York City Transit Authority, which runs the subways and buses, has been nominated to be chairman of the MTA. Comment.
Flushing

NAACP protests controversial Flushing arrest

Members of the NAACP from around the borough protested the controversial January arrest of a black teenager and the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy in Flushing Monday. Comments (2).
Astoria

Queens Council on Arts moves to new Astoria site

The Queens Council on the Arts has a new home in Astoria, where it will be strategically located near several other arts powerhouses in the borough. Comment.
Broad Channel

Broad Channel’s cheese bagels bounce back from brink

Hurricane Sandy disrupted Broad Channel’s relative tranquility with a surge that washed away homes, roads, cars, businesses and the epitome of comfort food: the cheese bagel. Comments (1).
Forest Hills Gardens

Gingerbread Players hit spotlights in sweet musical

After more than half an hour practicing the same dance steps, choreographer Mim Paquin gathers a dozen young actors center stage for a quick refresher in the art of musical theater performance. Comments (3).
College Point

College Pt. steps up to aid family of boy killed in crash

Cristian Malave, a beloved 11-year-old who six years ago started out with the College Point Little League swinging his bat at a baseball tee, was remembered over the weekend at a rally in support of his Whitestone family a week after a tragic accident rocked the close-knit northeast Queens community. Comments (16).
Bayside

Waterway inspectors scour Queens shorelines

Keeping watch on the city’s shoreline could come with a new twist after Superstorm Sandy left debris strewn in areas like northeast Queens. Comments (1).
Bayside

Pols push for Bayside Beacon funding

Fighting to save Bayside’s Beacon program has become all too routine for leaders in northeast Queens, but this year’s battle comes with a twist. Comment.
Jamaica Hills

Boro programs for disabled brace for state budget cuts

Funding cuts for nonprofits that serve people with developmental disabilities will likely result in some drawing back of services, despite Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s insistence that the cuts should only affect administrative overhead, the director of the Queens Center for Progress said Tuesday. Comment.
Queens Village

Weapons cache found in Queens Village home: NYPD

QUEENS VILLAGE — The NYPD said officers found a storehouse of weapons when they executed a search warrant at a 210th Street address. Comment.
Real Estate

Queens among priciest digs throughout country: Survey

Queens is the sixth most-expensive place to live in the United States, but finding an apartment you can afford is harder in Manhattan and Brooklyn, according to an economic research agency. Comment.
Rego Park

Cops looking for Rego Park burglary suspect

REGO PARK — The NYPD was asking for the public to help find a man wanted in connection with four burglaries. Comment.
Queens Village

Cops arrest robbery suspect after chase: DA

QUEENS VILLAGE — Police arrested a robbery suspect after he led them on a dangerous chase, District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Bayside

Queens stars shine in all-star games

Austin Williams found out that claiming city bragging rights wasn’t going to be easy. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Hoyas deny Red Storm fifth-straight win

St. John’s had its heart and its winning streak broken. Comment.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Long Island City

Quinn lays out her vision for public transportation

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan), Democratic front-runner for mayor, said Thursday no commuter should have to spend more than one hour getting to work and her administration would work to that end. Comment.
Politics

Beep hopefuls have ties to lobbying cash

Aside from distributing 5 percent of the city’s budget, the borough president’s powers largely consist of advocating for or against issues that affect Queens and many of the candidates who want the job have ties to government lobbyists paid to influence these types of decisions. Comment.
Bayside

Halloran holds on as staff shrinks

Funding for community-based projects in northeast Queens is in limbo after City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) was arrested in a bribery scandal last week and charged with plotting to misuse money meant for neighborhood groups. Comments (1).
Flushing

30-year wait for Flushing toilet over

Flushing activist John Byas spent more than a third of his 79-year-old life hounding elected officials to build a toilet in Kissena Corridor Park — and Friday he stood in front of the newly opened commode to announce his quest had finally come to an end. Comment.
South Jamaica

Residents of Baisley Houses confront 113th

Tensions at the Baisley Park Houses were high over the weekend after police arrested two men outside the southeast Queens public housing project Friday night, prompting dozens of angry residents to march to the 113th Precinct where they were met by police in riot gear, community leaders said. Comment.
Kew Gardens

USTA project dodges vote

The United State Tennis Association’s proposal to expand its Flushing Meadows Corona Park facility made its way through the borough president’s office this week, but no formal vote was taken. Comment.
Flushing

IS 237 teacher had affair with girl: DA

A Flushing middle-school teacher was accused of having a months-long sexual affair with a 14-year-old former student and arrested this week on charges of statutory rape, Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Forest Hills

Weiner contemplates running for mayor

Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, the Forest Hills congressman who resigned after revelations he sent lewd self-portraits and racy text messages to women following him on social media platforms, is mulling a political comeback, according to a lengthy interview he gave to The Sunday New York Times. Comment.
College Point

LGA trash station opponents lose court battle

New York state courts struck a blow to opponents of a trash transfer station slated for the foot of a LaGuardia Airport runway, but critics of the plan vow the fight is far from over. Comments (5).
Hollis

Cuomo calls on state to curb corruption with Public Trust Act

One week after federal authorities announced they had uncovered two suspected bribery plots in Queens and the Bronx, Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a legislative initiative designed to give the state’s 62 district attorneys more power to prosecute corruption cases. Comment.
Bayside

TimesLedger wins 13 awards

TimesLedger Newspapers won 13 journalism awards at the New York Press Association annual convention last weekend in Saratoga, N.Y., where the chain’s editors and reporters were recognized for editorial excellence. Comments (3).
Bayside

Ackerman doubled staff salaries in ‘12

Bayside’s departing congressman left office with a generous farewell for his staffers: nearly doubling their pay. Comments (1).
College Point

College Point man arrested in string of robberies: Police

COLLEGE POINT — Police said they arrested a suspect wanted for robbing motorists. Comment.
Flushing

CB 7 gives approval for hotel in 18-story downtown tower

Community Board 7 held a raucous Monday night meeting where it approved an 18-story hotel in downtown Flushing that will be attached to a nine-story medical center. Comments (2).
Astoria

Police find man’s body on Astoria street

ASTORIA — A man was found dead in front of 11-48 Welling Court, close to where he lived Wednesday, police said. Comment.
Glendale

Two children from Glendale die in Ohio accident: AP

GLENDALE — A devastating highway accident in Ohio claimed the lives of a city correction officer’s two young children, according to the Associated Press. Comment.
Ozone Park

Ozone Park project set to start next year

The scarred and pockmarked streets of Ozone Park make for tricky driving. Comment.
Forest Hills

Police search for Forest Hills burglary suspect with limp

FOREST HILLS — The NYPD hopes the public can help to find a man wanted in connection with three burglaries within the 112th Precinct, police said. Comment.
Briarwood

Smith helps Louisville take NCAA victory

Archbishop Molloy alumnus Russ Smith is an NCAA champion. Comment.
Bayside

Strong pitching and hitting send Bayside past Patriots

It’s early, but Bayside picked up an important win over division rival Francis Lewis behind the arm of Heidi Gomez and the bat of Victoria Perez. Comment.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Ozone Park

Man found dead in Ozone Park apartment

OZONE PARK — A 63-year-old man was found dead Tuesday evening in an Ozone Park apartment where he had been staying with a couple he befriended, police and the friends said. Comment.
Ozone Park

Man found dead in Ozone Park apartment: NYPD

A 63-year-old man was found dead Tuesday evening in an Ozone Park apartment where he had been staying with a couple he befriended, police and the friends said. Comment.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Bellerose

Queens customers lose power in Bellerose area

An underground fault caused more than 1,500 customers in the Bellerose/Floral Park area to lose power around 2 p.m. Tuesday, according to Con Edison. Comment.
Forest Hills

Flushing teacher arrested on student sex charges: Police

A public school teacher was arrested Monday night and charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl, the Police Department said. Comments (2).
Hillcrest

Cookie Monster commutes from Queens

The costumed Cookie Monster who allegedly shoved a toddler in Manhattan over the weekend hails from Hillcrest, police said. Comment.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Richmond Hill

DA places case against suspect in Forest Park attack on hold

The Queens district attorney’s office deferred prosecution of a Howard Beach man in connection with an attempted rape in Forest Park and instead charged him with groping another woman three blocks from the park, a spokeswoman from the DA’s office said. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Rich Hill elementary tops for Latino pupils

Richmond Hill’s Jackie Kennedy-Onassis school was named one of the best elementary schools in the state for helping Latino, low-income and English-language learners get a leg up, according to a recent analysis of New York’s 4,000-plus public schools by a nonprofit educational-advocacy group. Comment.

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