Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013

Jamaica

FOCUS ON QUEENS: Council candidate launches campaign in Jamaica

City Council candidate Donovan Richards held a campaign kickoff at Idlewild Terrace in Jamaica. Comment.
Jamaica

Huntley pleads guilty to mail fraud

Former state Sen. Shirley Huntley pleaded guilty in Brooklyn federal court Wednesday to federal mail fraud charges and could face 18 to 24 months in prison. The 74-year-old Huntley admitted in court to embezzling more than $80,000 she received in member items dispersed by the state’s Education Department, which went to the Parents Information Network educational nonprofit run by her daughter, Pamela Corey, prosecutors said. Comment.
Jamaica

FOCUS ON QUEENS: Downtown Committe of Greater Jamaica Development Corp. meets

The Downtown Committee of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation recently held a meeting. Comment.
Flushing

Gift shop draws customers to Flushing

If you want to know why small businesses offer something that cannot be found at malls and shopping outlets, take a trip to Pippy and Lily, a fashion accessory and home decor boutique along a quaint commercial strip in Flushing. Comments (1).
Letters

Sandy bill proves government works

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the $51 billion in storm relief aid for the tri-state region, but there were 180 representatives who voted against it. Comments (8).

Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013

St. Albans

Scarborough demands action against SE Qns. flooding

State Assemblyman William Scarborough (D-St. Albans) last week made an appeal to the southeast Queens community to pressure City Hall and Albany to finally do something about the area’s flooding problems. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Senate passes Sandy aid bill

Three months after the Northeast bore the brunt of Superstorm Sandy’s destructive force, the U.S. Senate finally approved a $50.5 billion relief package Monday night 91 days after the hurricane hit. Comments (1).
Ozone Park

Ozone Park HS gets $5K for engineering

An influx of money will help an Ozone Park school engineer some higher learning. Comment.
Laurelton

FOCUS ON QUEENS: Council candidate holds telethon in Laurelton

City Council candidate Jacques Leandre held a telethon at his office in Laurelton last weekend. Comment.
Auburndale

‘Good Land’ exhibit opens at Yegam Art Space

A solo exhibition of work by Young Ae Song entitled, “Good Land,” opened at Yegam Art Space, located at 196-50 Northern Blvd. in Auburndale. Comments (4).

Monday, Jan. 28, 2013

Howard Beach

Addabbo bill would give Sandy victims tax relief

A newly formed bipartisan task force is taking aim at Hurricane Sandy’s collateral damage as it looks to give property owners a tax break. Comment.
Corona

Four-alarm fire in Corona damages three buildings

Three buildings on Northern Boulevard near 104th Street in Corona were involved in a four-alarm fire Sunday night, but there were no fatalities and only one injury, an FDNY spokesman said. Comment.
Jamaica

Sanders sworn in at York

State Sen. James Sanders (D-Jamaica), fresh off his first few days in Albany, celebrated his inauguration with a ceremonial swearing-in at York College last week. Comment.
Jamaica

Judge temporarily lifts stop-and-frisk ban in Bronx case

A Manhattan federal judge Tuesday temporarily lifted a ban she had ordered earlier this month prohibiting the NYPD from using questionable stop-and-frisk practices outside certain buildings in the Bronx, but reasserted that she will consider even stricter restrictions in March. Comment.
Woodside

Buying club, AG agree to $500K settlement

A recent $500,000 settlement between the state attorney general’s office and an Indiana-based buying club could entitle some Woodside shoppers to restitution. Comment.
Queensbridge

Queensbridge man arrested in Ohio and charged in Bronx murder

BRONX — A Queensbridge man was arrested in Ohio last Friday after police said he shot and killed a woman and wounded another inside a Bronx housing project earlier this month. Comment.
Bayside

FOCUS ON QUEENS: New York politicians attend presidential inauguration

Elected officials from New York attended the inauguration of President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. Comments (1).
Cartoon

Tip of the week

Letters

Only Avella understands importance of parkland

In 1895, Frederick Law Olmstead, the genius who created Central and Prospect parks, said, “The survival of our park system requires the exclusion from management of real estate dealers and politicians and that the first duty of our park trustees is to hand down from one generation to the next the treasure of scenery which the city placed in their care.” Comments (1).

Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013

Astoria

Murder rate grew last year in 114th, 108th Pcts.

Crime rose in the 114th Precinct and fell in the 108th in 2012, although incidents of murder, rape and felony assault rose in both precincts last year, according to NYPD statistics. Comments (3).
LeFrak City

Man found dead with shot to the head in LeFrak basement

New York City’s streak of days without a murder came to an end Saturday evening when police found a man with a gunshot wound to the head in Elmhurst, the New York Police Department said. Comments (4).
Government

Rapid Repairs restores 3,000 buildings in boro

NYC Rapid Repairs, a first-of-its-kind program intended to pair people displaced by Hurricane Sandy with contractors and skilled workers who can make needed electrical, heating system or other repairs, has helped make it possible for 6,500 families to return home to Queens, city officials said Wednesday. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside BID’s winter banners debut on Bell Boulevard

Temperatures dropped to bone-chilling levels Wednesday just in time for the installation of new wintery banners along Bell Boulevard. Comment.
Bayside

Parks plans to replace Porta Potties at Little Bay Park

Residents of northeast Queens took some comfort in hearing that one long-awaited project at Little Bay Park would be moving forward soon. Comment.
Queens Village

NYPD Captain charged with domestic abuse: Cops

QUEENS VILLAGE — An NYPD Internal Affairs officer was arrested last week after allegedly beating up his girlfriend, according to the New York Post. Comment.
Astoria

Suspect sought in Ditmars cleaners hold up

ASTORIA — Police were asking the public to help identify a suspect wanted in connection with robbing the Astoria Cleaners earlier this month. Comment.
Flushing

Man stole computers, purse in Flushing: Cops

FLUSHING — Police were asking the public to help identify a suspect wanted for stealing computers and a purse along Main Street. Comment.
Editorial

Bus Drivers Are Not Selfish Thugs

Since they went on strike just over a week ago, the city’s school bus drivers have been vilified by the media and political leaders who said the “selfish drivers” were “holding the children hostage.” Comment.
Letters

Nix plan for FMCP soccer stadium

In terms of taking parkland for private interests, I remember helping to get citizens to sign petitions against Donald Mannes’ project for putting a racetrack in Flushing Meadow Corona Park. Comment.

Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013

South Jamaica

Boro’s 113th Precinct tallies 16 murders in 2012

South Jamaica’s 113th Precinct recorded 16 murders in 2012, according to the Police Department’s preliminary figures, and while that number is one less than the previous year’s total, it still made the 113th the precinct with the greatest number of homicides in Queens. Comments (2).
Rockaway Beach

LIPA needs change: Panel

Almost three months after the Rockaways were plunged into darkness for weeks following the wrath of Hurricane Sandy, a commission investigating the ability of the Long Island Power Authority, the peninsula’s main supplier of power, to deal with devastating storms found the utility is severely dysfunctional with little oversight and in desperate need of change. Comment.
Flushing

City brings plans for roof parking in Flushing to halt

The city has shot down a grocer’s plan to put a parking lot on the roof of his store in parking-starved downtown Flushing. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Bangladesh fire raises concerns in Jax Hghts

Mega-retailer Walmart has released a “zero tolerance” policy after a factory fire that killed more than 100 people in Bangladesh. Comment.
Bayside

Boro senator demands ban on hydrofracking

A state senator from Queens renewed his calls on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to ban a controversial drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing in New York state at a news conference Wednesday with several other Senate Democrats in Albany. Comments (1).
Astoria

Scammers made off with over $4K: Police

ASTORIA — Police were asking the public to help chase down two crooks who allegedly scammed $4,500 from a senior citizen. Comment.
Murray Hill

Police ask for assistance in locating 3 missing girls

MURRAY HILL — Police were asking the public to help find three young girls who disappeared last week. Comment.
Elmhurst

Elmhurst cabbie killed in chain car crash: NYPD

MANHATTAN — The rear-ending of a taxi in Manhattan Sunday resulted in an Elmhurst cab driver’s death, the NYPD said. Comment.
Howard Beach

Far Rock man dies when car slams into tree

HOWARD BEACH — A Far Rockaway man died Saturday after striking a tree near South Conduit and Linden boulevards in Howard Beach, police said. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside fails to finish off LuHi at Big Apple event

Bayside Coach Corey Semper and his players believe they are just as good as a loaded Long Island Lutheran team. They just weren’t better when it counted. Comment.
Editorial

Cuomo’s Arbitrary Deadline

At a time when the city Department of Education is faced with overcrowded classrooms, outdated textbooks and a shortage of basic supplies, the city has lost out on up to $450 million in state education funds. Comment.
Letters

Raise minimum wage above $8.50

As we start a new year and take a hard look at the city’s economic situation, a glaring need presents itself: In order to help rebuild our middle class, we need to help the working poor climb out of poverty by raising the minimum wage. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 25, 2013

Arverne

Experts suggest ways to handle flooding in Rockaways

Experts in the fields of urban planning, sustainable development and grassroots organizing met with community members in Arverne over the weekend to discuss how the Rockaways would plan for future floods. Comment.
Howard Beach

Some Cross Bay shops gone for good

Although many businesses on Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach have reopened after sustaining extensive damage from Hurricane Sandy, at least one national chain has permanently left the strip with others weighing whether to follow suit and some smaller shops saying they still have hurdles to clear. Comment.
Rego Park

Jewish population grows in Queens

The Jewish population in the Forest Hills, Rego Park and Kew Gardens areas has grown by 37 percent since 2002, making it home to one of the fastest-growing Jewish communities in the New York metropolitan region, according to a new report from a prominent Jewish nonprofit group. Comment.
St. Albans

SE Qns honors Obama, King

As President Barack Obama was ceremonially sworn in to his second term in the Oval Office on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, families from southeast Queens took some time to recognize the impact the nation’s black leaders — both past and present — have had on their lives. Comment.
St. Albans

Senate coalition has yet to prove itself: Qns. pols

During the first day in session for the state Senate’s new coalition government, Democrats and Republicans moved swiftly last week to pass the strongest gun laws in the nation in the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., shootings. Comment.
Astoria

Rally shuts down bikini bar

An attorney for Queen of Hearts, an Astoria bikini bar that raised the neighborhood’s ire last week because it did not disclose it would feature adult entertainment when it applied for its liquor license, said the establishment is closing. Comments (2).
Government

Rep. Israel puts pressure on 3-D gun printing

While New York may have passed sweeping firearms reform, one northeast Queens lawmaker said not even the toughest gun laws in the country go far enough to combat a different under-the-radar kind of weapon. Comment.
Education

Teacher grading stalls city

Leaders throughout the city and state gave a resounding F to the Bloomberg administration and city teachers’ union after both sides failed to reach an agreement on a new evaluation system to oversee more than 75,000 public school teachers. Comments (1).
Ridgewood

Union walks the line as bus strike persists

City bus drivers who feel the mayor left them out in the cold took to the picket line in Ridgewood Friday. Comments (2).
Astoria

Astoria Dems mark Obama inauguration

Members of the Powhatan Democratic Club in Astoria said they were happy with President Barack Obama’s inaugural speech Monday and welcomed the presence of prominent New York officials at the historic Washington ceremony. Comment.
Bayside

Boro leaders fight flight noise at FAA meeting

Lawmakers from northeast Queens met with the Federal Aviation Administration last week and issued a joint statement Tuesday citing progress in their talks to address flight noise in the area. Comment.
Ridgewood

Police identify boy killed in Ridgewood accident

RIDGEWOOD — A 7-year-old boy was struck and killed by a car in Ridgewood last week, police said. Comment.
Jamaica

Customs finds cocaine in passenger’s bra and shoes at JFK: Officials

JAMAICA — U.S. Customs and Border Protection made two drug arrests at John F. Kennedy International Airport after tracking suspicious packages moving through the area, the agency said. Comment.
Flushing

Cops on the hunt for boro cellphone snatch suspect

FLUSHING — The police were asking for the public to help identify a suspect wanted for allegedly stealing cellphones and other small items last year. Comment.
Sunnyside

Dance floor flavor comes to Queens’ entertainment scene

Thalia Spanish Theatre in Sunnyside is unveiling the African roots of tango in music and dance with the world premiere of “afroTango” starting Friday and running eight weeks. Comment.
Middle Village

Metro HS blazes new trail

Sam Zampelli’s attempt to lose weight through triathlons has become a life-changing experience. Comment.

St. John’s women hit stride on court

Improved health has brought improved results for the St. John’s women’s basketball team. Comment.
QueensLine

January 1936 a month of misery for many in Queens

The double bill of Shirley Temple in “The Littlest Rebel” and “Last of the Pagans” was at the Astoria in January 1936. The Triboro had “A Tale of Two Cities” with Ronald Coleman. Errol Flynn and Olivia de Haviland starred in “Captain Blood.” The Broadway Grand and RKO Proctors were showing Katherine Hepburn in “Sylvia Scarlet.” “Annie Oakley” starred Barbara Stanwyck, Melvin Douglas and Preston Foster. Comment.
Letters

Good Samaritan saved dog from attack

I was walking my son’s dog, a beagle named Oscar, on 210th Street near 69th Avenue when Oscar was attacked by two pit bulls. Comments (1).

Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013

Astoria

Worker dies at Astoria construction site: Neighbors

A construction worker died Thursday after neighbors said he fell about 10 feet into a pit at a site in Astoria. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Real estate industry gets into beep race

One of the powers entrusted to a borough president is to review and make recommendations on land use applications for development projects in Queens. Comment.
Kew Gardens Hills

Marshall gives State of Boro

When Borough President Helen Marshall gave her first State of the Borough speech in 2002, Queens was still reeling from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and as she delivered her final address Tuesday the borough was in the midst of recovering from Superstorm Sandy. Comment.
College Point

St. Fidelis School to close in June

A storied Catholic school in College Point is set to close in the spring, ending more than 150 years of providing education for the area, but a College Point civic association is trying to turn the site into a public school. Comments (7).
Whitestone

Waterpointe’s soil must go

Months after a state agency fined two companies working on a brownfield site in Whitestone for importing unauthorized soil onto the property where a high-end residential development is planned, TimesLedger Newspapers has learned that some of the soil in question came from a former Superfund site. Comments (1).
Far Rockaway

Madelaine struggles to reopen

The largest employer in the Rockaways, the Madelaine Chocolate Co., is hoping to reopen its doors in the next few months and rehire its workers after Hurricane Sandy ravaged its facilities, although one of the chocolatier’s owners says it is too early to tell what the future will bring. Comment.
Maspeth

DOE rejects armed guards in District 24

City officials said they do not intend to recognize a Community Education Council resolution seeking to place armed, retired police officers in schools across the city. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Homeless man found dead in Richmond Hill inferno

Police were still working to identify the body of a homeless man who was found dead inside the detached garage of an abandoned Richmond Hill home that went up in flames over the weekend. Comments (2).
Flushing

MLS sees stadium plan as biz boon for Queens

Supporters and opponents of a proposed soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park fortified their ranks recently, with Major League Soccer touting the support of 1,000 small businesses and opponents winning the backing of a major borough civic group. Comments (4).
Flushing

Missing Korean relic has links to Flushing

A tale of international intrigue involving the Korean War, plundered palatial artifacts and a Michigan auction house led federal investigators to Flushing several years ago, although a criminal case only recently commenced. Comment.
Long Island City

Capo Auction brings antique lovers to LIC

Michael Capo, owner of Capo Auction in Long Island City, which runs monthly sales of fine antiques, furniture, paintings, silver and other collectibles, thinks Queens is the future. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Mom faces charges after son packs gun to school

A Far Rockaway mother faces criminal charges after authorities found that her 7-year-old son was packing more than lunch in his backpack last week. Comment.
Bayside

Boro ready to mark Catholic Schools Week

Bayside’s Sacred Heart grade school will join with schools across Queens and the nation next week to kick off an annual celebration of Catholic education, the school said. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

St. Francis Prep has boro’s only Intel semi-finalist

Several students who live in Queens were named as semi-finalists in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search, the country’s oldest pre-college science competition that recognizes outstanding research. Comments (1).
Springfield Gardens

Cops seek robbers of 15 bodegas, gas stations (With Surveillance Video)

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS — The police were reaching out to the public to help identify two men who have robbed 15 bodegas, gas stations and cellphone stores across southeast Queens since late November. Comment.
South Jamaica

FDNY finds guns, ammo and marijuana in house

SOUTH JAMAICA — New York’s Finest took a mini arsenal off city streets last week when executing a search warrant at a South Jamaica home, police said. Comment.
South Richmond Hill

Police looking into how boro woman, 23, died

SOUTH RICHMOND HILL — Authorities said they were working to determine the cause of death for a 23-year-old woman who was found lifeless inside her home Monday morning. Comments (5).
Rockaway Beach

Musicians set to rock out for storm benefit concert

Guitarist Ricky Byrd will collaborate with Rockers In Recovery, a Florida-based non-profit organization that gives support to musicians suffering from addiction this Friday at 8 p.m. They will be hosting a concert at The Cutting Room, a Manhattan nightclub, to raise money for those affected by Superstorm Sandy. Comment.
Middle Village

Christ the King starts tough stretch by topping Mount

Christ the King’s Jon Severe entered Mount St. Michael looking to make up for previous disappointments. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Lettire saves Terriers in key win over rival Knights

Daniel Lettire, a little over a year after being cut by Holy Cross, found himself in net for rival St. Francis Prep and standing between the Knights and first place. Comment.

Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013

Richmond Hill

Squatter found dead in Richmond Hill garage fire

A homeless man who was squatting in the detached garage of an abandoned Richmond Hill home was found dead after the place caught on fire early Saturday morning. Comments (1).

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