Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Rockaway Beach

Police seek missing Rockaway Beach man

ROCKAWAY BEACH — The public is being asked to help locate a Rockaway Beach man reported missing in January. Comment.
Astoria

E train kills MTA worker in Astoria

An MTA worker died on the job early Wednesday morning when he was struck by an E train entering the 46th Street station in Astoria. Comment.
Flushing

Queens pair bring tastes of summer to you

A lot of gourmet ice cream shop owners in New York City do not actually make the tasty treat themselves, which gave Flushing resident Kenneth Chen and his business partner Ann Yu an idea. Comment.
Letters

MTA must improve Rockaway transit

The buses on the Woodhaven corridor are too overcrowded and unreliable and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority does not care. Comments (3).

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

South Jamaica

Kelly touts Rap project to join boro teens

Police officers will hold open forums with young people so the youths may ask candid questions about topics ranging from stop-and-frisk to police-involved shootings in order to build a better community relationship, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly announced at a news conference Wednesday. Comment.
Willets Point

Car crashes into auto shop, kills worker: NYPD

A motorist plowed into New Pamir Auto Body Shop in Willets Point across from Citi Field Tuesday afternoon, killing one worker and possibly severing both legs of another, police said. Comments (2).
Jackson Heights

Cops on the lookout for missing Jax Hts. man

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Authorities were asking for help in locating a Jackson Heights man reported Daniel Lucic, 18, was last seen at 9 a.m. April 9, said the NYPD. He is described as a white male is described as standing at 5-foot-8 and weighing 140 pounds. Comment.
Letters

Give constituents their owed monies

It is important that the projects that were approved for funding in City Councilman Daniel Halloran’s (R-Whitestone) 19th Council District under the participatory budgeting project be allocated those monies. Comment.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Sunnyside

PS 150 second graders design awareness posters

The winner of the Curb Your Dog campaign poster contest — an initiative from students at PS 150 that aims to educate dog owners about the importance of cleaning up their pets’ droppings — was announced at the school Tuesday. Comment.
Astoria

Building facade in Astoria partially collapses, injuring worker

A construction worker was injured Monday when the façade of a three-story building in Astoria that formerly housed a flower shop on the ground level partially collapsed, police and a friend of the building’s owner said. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing man, partner guilty of prostitution

A Flushing pimp pleaded guilty to enterprise corruption for his part in an international prostitution and money laundering ring centered around a Manhattan advertising company, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Monday. Comments (1).
Hollis

Library program uses newspapers to create lyrical versions of poetry

When it comes to writing, many authors and would-be scribes balk at the sight — or even the thought — of a blank sheet of paper. Comment.
South Jamaica

Jamaica teen reported missing April 3

SOUTH JAMAICA — The NYPD was searching for a missing Jamaica girl and asking for the public’s assistance. Comment.
Cartoon

Tip of the week

Letters

Trade Fair must hire back workers

As members of the City Council, we write in support of your meat department workers and their efforts to receive fair and lawful treatment in the workplace. Comments (6).

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Jackson Heights

Liu discusses education platform at boro meeting

City Comptroller John Liu, a Democratic mayoral candidate, told a small crowd in Jackson Heights earlier this week his educational policy is not set in stone, but he did offer up some pretty strong opinions on career and technical training programs as an alternative to college. Comment.
St. Albans

Candidates line up to replace Councilman Comrie

City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) will be term-limited out of office at the end of the year after representing St. Albans, Hollis, Cambria Heights and Jamaica for the last 12 years, and a bevy of candidates have lined up to take his place. Comment.
Long Island City

Home is where the art is

Your home is an expression of who you are, so whether you’re tidy or sloppy, a minimalist or collector, fashion conscious or not, your intimate space reflects your personality. Comment.
Rego Park

DOT supports speed cameras at boro intersection

The city Department of Transportation threw its support behind calls for a speed camera at a dangerous intersection near PS 206 in Rego Park, but said it is waiting for the state to pass a law authorizing the cameras before it can move forward. Comments (2).
Transit

Cuomo chooses Prendergast to serve as head of the MTA

Thomas Prendergast has been nominated to be chairman of the MTA by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who called him “a consummate public transit leader.” Comment.
College Point

109th Cops of the Month arrest Red Bull suspects

COLLEGE POINT — Two officers from the 109th Precinct received Cop of the Month distinctions for their arrest of alleged Red Bull robbers, police said. Comments (1).
Far Rockaway

Cops take in NYCHA worker in Far Rockaway

FAR ROCKAWAY — An off-duty maintenance supervisor was arrested on charges of assault and harassment, the NYPD said. Comment.
Editorial

No Slippery Slope

A town hall meeting last week at the Museum of the Moving Image gave both sides in the debate over gun legislation a chance to air their feelings about how this legislation will affect Queens. Comment.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Rockaway Beach

Community asked to trace Jamaica Bay story for film

After decades of industrial waste polluting its waters and damage from scores of storms wreaking havoc on habitats, Jamaica Bay has quite the story to tell. Comment.
New Hyde Park

Ex-hockey player nets goal to help stricken youngsters

On his way to the National Hockey League’s Hall of Fame, former New York Islander, New York Ranger and Buffalo Sabre Pat LaFontaine learned the value of taking time away from hits and shots on the ice to visit bedridden children at area hospitals. Comment.
Little Neck

Little Neck synagogue celebrates new family

The joining of two northeast Queens synagogues has made way for a new beginning at Little Neck’s Congregation L’Dor V’Dor as leaders prepare for the first major event with both families under the same roof. Comment.
Flushing

Meng marks 100 days since she joined House

Just more than 100 days ago, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) was laying the groundwork for her first term as a member of Congress to succeed her predecessor, who had racked up more than 30 years on the job. Comment.
Long Island City

Riders need updated transit system: Quinn

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan), Democratic front-runner for mayor, says New York City’s transit system badly needs modernizing because too many straphangers are spending an hour getting to work. Comment.
Jamaica

Jamaica accountant charged with filing phony tax credits

A southeast Queens bean counter who bragged he knew about secret tax credits was busted last week for allegedly claiming more than $6 million worth of credits for unqualified taxpayers, authorities announced. Comment.
Flushing

Watch out for pickpockets in Flushing: Cops

FLUSHING — Police are warning residents in Flushing to be wary of pickpockets, who have been hitting several businesses in the area recently. Comment.
Forest Hills

Urban forager offers a walk and snack in Forest Park

Kew Gardens native “Wildman” Steve Brill knew when the NYPD slapped handcuffs onto his wrists his days of urban foraging in obscurity were over. Comments (1).
Middle Village

Severe practices patience while choosing college

Jon Severe ignored the cheers and chants from a special section directly behind the basket at the Barclays Center. Comment.
Block Shots

New softball coach takes on struggling Royals

Alexa Rosella fully understood the task she would take on when she accepted the job of head coach of the Christ the King’s girls’ softball team. Comment.
QueensLine

Hollis Hills’ Donny Deutsch made millions in business

If you have watched NBC’s morning show “Today” in recent years, then perhaps you have encountered the show’s popular discussion segment “The Experts.” Comment.
Editorial

The 113th Precinct Has Work to Do

We look forward to the day when the residents of the Baisley Park Houses will believe the police officers from the 113th Precinct are on their side. Comment.
Letters

Halloran blood drive is still on

I am the blood drive chairman for the 19th City Council District, in the district office of Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone). We are hosting a blood drive Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in front of Key Food in the Whitestone Shopping Center, at 153-17 Cross Island Pkwy. Comments (1).

Friday, April 19, 2013

Crime

Smith, Halloran expected to enter plea next week [Updated]

State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) and City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) are now expected to enter pleas Tuesday following their indictment in connection with a wide-ranging bribery scheme. Comment.
Astoria

Attack on teenage girls in Astoria Park videotaped on cell phones [With Videos]

Police have arrested five suspects in connection with a mob attack on two 14-year-old girls in Astoria Park that was videotaped, said City Councilman Peter Vallone (D-Astoria). Comments (3).
Flushing

NYPD stops iPhone theft in No. 7 chase

The tracking software on a stolen iPhone led officers from the 109th Precinct on a chase through Corona Monday and their target was the No. 7 train. Comment.
Forest Hills

Afghan woman fights for gender rights

Extreme acts of violence against humanity are often met with widespread shock and unmitigated disgust, but in fanatical circles extreme acts of violence against women are often met with hushed nods of approval from the male ruling elite. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Wills tours borough barber shops

There are few places like the neighborhood barber shop, where regulars and visitors can be found sounding off about the issues of the day as they reshape their hairdos. Comment.
College Point

Police Academy opening not altered by brief blaze

A fire that destroyed portions of a College Point Police Academy wall Tuesday afternoon will not affect the impending opening of the building, police said. Comments (1).
College Point

College Point Little Leaguers march for player who died

Little sluggers lined up near the Poppenhusen Triangle in College Point with baseball on their minds. Comments (1).
Astoria

PS 122 parents, staff save gifted program from cuts

A cherished gifted and talented program at PS 122 in Astoria that the city Department of Education had slated for a massive scaling back will remain unchanged after all, several area legislators said this week. Comment.
Oakland Gardens

Weprin says projects will fly

Residents of northeast Queens have nothing to worry about after voting on how to spend $1 million for community projects, their City Councilman Mark Weprin said, despite a bribery case against a neighboring councilman leaving budget items in limbo. Comments (1).
Astoria

Security deposits for illegal flats stolen in Astoria

A Queens landlord who allegedly converted a two-family home in Astoria into several illegal apartments and made off with tens of thousands of dollars in security deposits and advance rent from tenants was charged with several crimes, the Queens district attorney said last week. Comment.
Long Island City

Officer kills boyfriend, baby

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said an apparent murder-suicide involving a female police officer was a “terrible tragedy” Wednesday. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Beep field offers up plans for county

The candidates for borough president outlined some of their goals at a forum last week sponsored by the Queens Chamber of Commerce, but it was difficult to gauge the differences in their platforms. Comment.
Ridgewood

Feds seize tainted food from Ridgewood depot

This is not kosher. Comment.
Jamaica Hills

State disability cuts not as bad as feared

Fears that state funding cuts to organizations that serve people with developmental disabilities would trigger a sharp rollback in services were allayed last week with the release of a plan showing the direct impact to groups will be far less than originally anticipated. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Judge orders mistrial in case against Tarloff

MANHATTAN — A judge declared a mistrial in the prosecution of David Tarloff, a former Corona man charged with slashing Dr. Kathryn Faughey, a Manhattan psychoanalyst originally from Sunnyside, 15 times with a meat cleaver in her office on the Upper East Side in 2008, according to a report in the New York Post. Comment.
Hollis

Suspect busted in Hollis business robberies

HOLLIS — Police announced they located a suspect wanted in connection with four armed robberies near Hollis. Comment.
Woodhaven

Woodhaven roof collapses after decades of violations

The fate of a two-story unoccupied building in Woodhaven with more than 30 open construction violations was still up in the air after it collapsed into itself last week, the city Department of Buildings said. Comment.
Belle Harbor

City grants Sandy extension for property tax assessments

Homeowners whose properties were damaged by Superstorm Sandy have been granted an extension to appeal their property tax assessments with the city. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Prep pitcher finds solace after holding dying friend in arms

Dylan Lawrence can block everything out when he is on the pitcher’s mound: the noise of the crowd, the pressure of the moment and, most importantly, the gut-wrenching pain left from holding dying friend Daniel Fernandez in his arms. Comment.
Forest Hills

Track stars win for Forest Hills

Forest Hills’ Felipe Yanez surprised everyone with his blistering times at the Mayor’s Cup. Comment.
Bayside

Youthful Cardozo lacrosse works through growing pains

Cardozo’s Milana Larin knew she was in for a different season with her girls’ lacrosse team. Comment.
Letters

Ragusa target of unfair criticism

As former Queens elected officials, we have had the opportunity to work closely with Queens Republican Party Chairman Phil Ragusa. We have known Ragusa for more than 30 years, and in our experience he is one of the most honest, diligent, decent and forthright people we have had the pleasure to be associated with in our many years in public service. Comment.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill woman arraigned on charges of stabbing boyfriend

A Richmond Hill woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend to death was arraigned Thursday after he was found dead two days earlier, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Hollis

Smith gets booted from IDC

Nearly two weeks after he was accused of trying to bribe his way into Gracie Mansion as a Republican, state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) returned to Albany Monday and was kicked out of the Independent Democratic Conference. Comment.
Astoria

Queens runners escape Boston race blasts

Several Queens runners had finished the marathon Monday shortly before two explosions went off at the race’s finish line in Copley Square, killing at least three people and injuring more than 180, the Boston Police Department said. Comment.
Flushing

Author talks of jazz, Louis Armstrong and WWII

Award-winning author Stephen Maitland-Lewis will be at Queens College April 21 to read from his historical fiction novel, “Emeralds Never Fade,” based on two boys who lived throughout the Holocaust. Comment.
Cambria Heights

Woman ran boyfriend over: Police

A young man from Queens Village was killed earlier this week when his angry girlfriend chased him in her car for several blocks after the two got into an argument before allegedly running him down, police said. Comments (3).
Astoria

Queens-backed group slams Senate immigration reform

The Campaign for Citizenship, a project backed by Queens Congregations United for Action, responded to new immigration reform legislation crafted in the U.S. Senate Wednesday, saying that the bill does not go far enough. Comment.
Springfield Gardens

Alliance yells mayday over trees near JFK

Hundreds of trees are being considered for pruning or removal in Idlewild Park, raising concerns from one southeast Queens environmental group that the Port Authority is trying to push through a controversial plan to extend one of the runways at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Comments (1).
Flushing

109th nabs woman wanted in $61k con

Con artists who promise to rid members of the Chinese community of evil spirits or illnesses by praying over sacks of cash have instead stolen $1.3 million citywide from unsuspecting victims over the last year — and about half of that money was taken within the 109th Precinct. Comment.
Kew Gardens Hills

Hate haunts Queens mosque

A prominent figure in the Queens Muslim community called for solidarity in the wake of a second possible hate crime at a Kew Garden Hills mosque last Friday, just five months after a 57-year-old man was stabbed at the same site in an early morning anti-Muslim attack. Comments (10).
Bayside

Bayside Little Leaguers begin another baseball season

The road to this year’s Little League season started on the Bell Boulevard pavement. Comment.
Willets Point

Willets Pt. ramps not set in stone

The 1.4-million-square-foot mall proposed for the parking lot of Citi Field called Willets West is more like the Wild West in terms of zoning regulations, Community Board 7 learned last week at a meeting where many details of the $3 billion Willets Point redevelopment project were revealed. Comments (1).
Ozone Park

Warring GOP Party spars over leadership

Republican leaders traded more barbs over the future of the Queens GOP Party this week in the wake of a wide-ranging bribery scandal. Comment.
Flushing

First lady of Massachusetts speaks at Queens College

The first lady of Massachusetts, Diane Patrick, is naturally a private person. She jokingly told a group of Queens College students Monday that if she knew her husband, Gov. Deval Patrick, would have gubernatorial ambitions when she met him, she might not have married him. Comment.
Flushing

Queens mayoral debate focuses on CUNY tuition

Mayoral hopefuls fielded questions about the students in the CUNY college system being priced out by rising tuition and other issues affecting city education at a debate among Democratic candidates held at Queens College last Thursday. Comment.
Ditmars

Teen, 17, bashed girl with brick in Astoria: DA

A 17-year-old from East Elmhurst was arrested and charged with attempted murder in connection with a ferocious attack on a teenage girl, who was hit with a brick in an Astoria alleyway and left with serious head injuries, the Queens district attorney said last weekend. Comment.
Flushing

Trial begins for aides tied to Liu campaign

Prosecutors tried to convince a jury Tuesday that two former campaign aides to city Comptroller John Liu knowingly tried to steer illegal donations to the lawmaker’s war chest for his then unannounced mayoral campaign. Comment.
Forest Hills

Weiner considers mayoral campaign

The scandal-scarred political career of former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner might be due for a revival after a Marist College poll revealed the ex-Forest Hills congressman ranks second among Democratic candidates running for mayor even though he has not entered the race. Comment.
Douglas Manor

Center for Women luncheon to celebrate borough’s best

The borough’s own Center for the Women of New York announced its slate of honorees for this year’s annual luncheon April 27 at Douglaston Manor. Comment.
Middle Village

CK star reaches NCAA final

Bria Smith had a good feeling about this season before it even started. Comment.
Middle Village

Christ the King’s Harmon commits with St. Francis

Christ the King Coach Joe Arbitello told anyone who would listen during the season that Malik Harmon was a Division I point guard. Comment.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Richmond Hill

Man stabbed to death in Richmond Hill: NYPD

A woman was taken into custody after police found a Richmond Hill man stabbed to death in his home Tuesday night, the NYPD said. Comment.
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.
Fresh Meadows

Terriers grind out win over McClancy

Aaron Acosta made a promise while playing third to a group of St. Francis Prep parents behind the fence near the base. The Terriers’ offense was struggling in a tight game against McClancy. Acosta vowed to change that. Comment.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Emergencies

Bloomberg briefs city following Boston Marathon bombing

Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing sparked an increased police presence throughout New York City, but there were no legitimate threats or safety concerns following the attack, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday afternoon. 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.
Kew Gardens Hills

Second hate crime targets Kews Gardens Hills mosque

A Kew Gardens Hills mosque was the target of another hate crime Friday, police said, just five months after a 57-year-old man was stabbed at the same site in an early morning anti-Muslim attack. Comment.

Monday, April 15, 2013

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.
Long Island City

Queens police officer kills child, boyfriend in apparent murder-suicide: Post

A female police officer, who worked at the 108th Precinct in Long Island City, is believed to have shot and killed her young son and her boyfriend, before taking her own life in an apparent murder suicide Monday morning, the New York Post reported. Comments (1).

Saturday, April 13, 2013

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).

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