Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013

Laurelton

Superfund site named under Laurelton shop

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has detected ground contamination underneath a Laurelton dry cleaner adjacent to IS/PS 270 and the St. Luke Baptist Church and said the potential exists for the contamination to affect the air quality inside the cleaner as well as possibly off-site. Comment.
Flushing

Woman found dead near Flushing River: Cops

FLUSHING — A 46-year-old woman was found dead in the vicinity of the Flushing River Tuesday, according to police sources. Comment.
St. Albans

FOCUS ON QUEENS: NYS Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators weekend

Southeast Queens legislators recently attended the 40th anniversary of the NYS Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators weekend. Comment.
Astoria

Astorian makes name with design collection

Stitching her own business from the ground up has been as rewarding as it has been challenging for Astoria designer Amanda Henderson, whose personal brand of knitwear has been gaining notoriety throughout Queens and beyond. Comments (1).

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013

Bayside

Bayside gets lesson on rights

The local chapter of one educational youth nonprofit said it has taken its message to Bayside with hopes of improving the borough’s mediocre human rights record, based on the grading of the Queens City Council delegation. Comment.
Forest Hills

Wife of ‘Cannibal Cop’ first to testify at his trial

The trial for the Forest Hills man known as the “Cannibal Cop” began in Manhattan federal court Monday with Gilberto Valle’s estranged wife testifying about how she discovered his alleged plot to kidnap, rape, murder and cannibalize a number of women. Comment.
Long Island City

Queens Screens the World

Forget formality: The Queens World Film Festival makes its own rules, and originality is what will put it on the map in upcoming years. Running from March 5-10, the festival will screen 104 films from local and international filmmakers alike. Cambodia, Brazil, Chile, Iran, Italy and France are just a few of the countries to bring projects to the table. Programming will take place at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Jackson Heights Cinema in Elmhurst, The Secret Theatre in Long Island City and the Renaissance Charter School in Jackson Heights. Comment.
Forest Hills

Forest Hills biz offers art with organic foods

There is an organic foods store in Forest Hills called “The Organicworld” where customers can purchase natural organic foods, vitamins and supplements, personal skin care products and household cleaning items. When you walk into the store, however, you realize the merchandise is a backdrop to various works of art beautifully displayed among the products. Comment.
Bayside

FOCUS ON QUEENS: Austin Shafran kicks off Council campaign

Austin Shafran kicked off his City Council campaign at the Bay Terrace Jewish Center in Bayside. Shafran is running for the seat currently held by Councilman Dan Halloran. Comment.
Arverne

Cops seek info on missing Arverne teen

ARVERNE — The NYPD was asking for help identifying the whereabouts of a 15-year-old girl who went missing late last year. Comment.
Letters

Church needs to enter the 21st century

With the announcement by Pope Benedict XVI that he will be resigning as head of the Roman Catholic Church at the end of February due to personal reasons, it is now time for the College of Cardinals to elect a pope that will be more moderate in views, especially regarding allowing priests to marry. Comments (4).

Monday, Feb. 25, 2013

St. Albans

St. Albans couple charged with sex-trafficking

A foreclosed home in St. Albans was a house of horrors for two young women who were kidnapped, beaten and forced into prostitution allegedly by a man who picked them up off the street by posing as a john, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Man killed in suspicious Richmond Hill blaze: NYPD

A 43-year-old man died early Sunday morning in a Richmond Hill fire that the NYPD has classified as suspicious, police said. Comments (3).
Whitestone

Halloran kicks off his re-election bid

A busy City Council race to represent northeast Queens continued to gain momentum as the Republican incumbent kicked off a re-election bid based on his experience in the district. Comments (4).
Queens Village

FOCUS ON QUEENS: Councilman Mark Weprin honors seniors at SNAP senior program

Councilman Mark Weprin joined the SNAP senior program in Queens Village for its annual Valentine’s Day celebration to honor couples married for more than fifty years. Comment.
Bayside

Tip of the week

Letters

Protect loved ones from smoking

Our home is our refuge, an investment and the place where our families grow, but it can also be the place where our children’s lungs are first introduced to secondhand smoke by smokers who live in the building. Comment.

Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013

Bayside

Bayside black belt school honors memory of Joe Lupo

The room was packed at Bayside’s New York Black Belt Center Saturday as students, friends and family of restaurateur Joseph Lupo Sr. gathered to commemorate his life and celebrate the opening of the martial arts school that he helped make possible. Comment.
Corona

Corona mom angry after cop who shot her son cleared

Corona resident Cecilia Reyes, whose 22-year-old son Noel Polanco was fatally shot by an NYPD detective during a traffic stop, said she was devastated after a Queens grand jury decided against formally charging the officer. Comments (1).
Fresh Meadows

Murder rate drops slightly in 107th precinct last year

The number of murders in the 107th Precinct fell slightly in 2012 from the year before, following a citywide trend of declining murder rates, NYPD crime statistics showed. Comment.
Long Island City

LaGuardia College holds anti-violence V-Day dance

Valentine’s Day is a day of romance, but a protest at LaGuardia Community College last week focused on helping the most vulnerable women love themselves. Comment.
International

Rep. Israel pressures Putin to lift ban on Russian adoptions

With little headway made at the negotiating table, elected officials from the state and federal levels started putting the pressure on the Russian government to lift its ban on adoptions. Comment.
Woodhaven

Car kills man on Woodhaven Boulevard

WOODHAVEN — Police said a 67-year-old man was killed Feb. 13 when he was struck by a car on Woodhaven Boulevard. Comment.
Flushing

Man in Flushing charged with pot possession during traffic stop: Police sources

FLUSHING — Officers from the 109th Precinct found more than 21 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop Wednesday morning, according to police sources. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Cop charged with assault

FRESH MEADOWS — An NYPD police officer was arrested and charged with assault and harassment Monday, police said. According to the New York Post, the misdemeanor charges stemmed from an alleged fight between the officer, 31-year-old Sidd Yousafzai, and his wife in their home. Comment.
East Elmhurst

NFL player arrested at LaGuardia on gun charge

EAST ELMHURST — An NFL lineman was arrested at LaGuardia Airport Feb. on suspicion he carried a .40-caliber handgun in his carry-on bag Feb. 19, the New York Post reported. The man, Da’Quan Bowers, who is a defensive end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, allegedly admitted he did not have a permit to carry the weapon, which he bought legally in Florida, in New York, the paper reported. Comment.
Editorial

Save the Pigs

Since his days as a city councilman, state Sen. Tony Avella has never been one to avoid the spotlight. Some might even say the man who would be the next borough president is a publicity hog. Comment.
Letters

City Council members need to work for the people

I had written to each of you regarding your inaction with respect to the mayor’s ban on sweetened drinks larger than 16 ounces. Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) was kind enough to provide me with a letter signed by himself and 13 Council members and sent to Mayor Michael Bloomberg June 1 protesting the enactment of the ban. Comments (3).

Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013

Long Island City

Fake car parts sold to taxis from LIC spot: Feds

Two New Jersey men and a Pennsylvania man have been indicted in Manhattan federal court after they allegedly sold counterfeit car parts to locations in Long Island City and elsewhere, some of which service city taxis and limousines, authorities said. Comment.
Jamaica

America Works finds jobs despite the odds

Dean Banks had been looking for steady work for 10 years. Comment.
Hollis

Two Queens complexes have smoke-free living

Residents in a co-op building at Hilltop Village in Hollis can breath easy in their apartments now that it has snuffed out cigarettes and is completely smoke-free. Comments (2).
Broad Channel

Main drag in Broad Channel gets an overdue clean up

Like an uninvited guest, Hurricane Sandy left a messy trail for Queens to clean up. Comment.
Springfield Gardens

Man, 65, killed by car while walking home in Springfield Gardens

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS — A 65-year-old man was killed in a hit-and-run on Rockaway Boulevard last week. Comments (2).
Kew Gardens

Brooklyn rabbi tried to meet girl, 14: DA

BROOKLYN - A Brooklyn rabbi was charged with sending sexually explicit messages to a person he had met online and whom he believed to be a 14-year-old girl, the Queens District Attorney said. Comment.
Crime

Man charged with smuggling rhino-horn cups out of U.S.: Post

QUEENS — A Queens man was arrested by the federal government Feb. 13 on suspicion he smuggled ceremonial libation cups carved from rhino horns out of the United States and into Hong Kong, the New York Post reported. The man, Qiang “Jeffrey” Wang, was one of three people charged in a crackdown on the killing of endangered rhinos and the illegal trafficking of their horns, the Post said. Comment.
Jamaica Hills

Mary Louis transfers enjoy star roles at St. Mary’s

Mei-Lynn Bautista knew starting over again wouldn’t be easy for her and close friends Jordan Agustus and McKayla Hernandez after choosing to transfer from Mary Louis to St. Mary’s (L.I.) in September. Comment.
Editorial

Are Food Carts Fair?

In the past year there has been an explosion in the number of food carts in Queens and the other outerboroughs. These carts are nothing new in Manhattan, but in Queens they are beginning to ruffle some feathers. Comment.
Letters

Uphold church-state separation

The U.S. House of Representatives approved disaster assistance for houses of worship. Comments (6).

Friday, Feb. 22, 2013

Bayside

Albanese wants more cops

Former City Councilman and Democratic mayoral candidate Sal Albanese would like to increase early education for the city’s youth, put more police on the streets and break apart the MTA should he beat out the competition and find himself in Gracie Mansion next year. Comment.
Flushing

Boro rings in Year of Snake

A huge crowd turned out for the 17th annual Chinese Lunar New Year Parade in Flushing Saturday as a vibrantly colored array of dancers, musicians, floats and other revelers dazzled the throngs of spectators ringing in the Year of the Snake. Comments (1).
Flushing

Obama awards medal to late Flushing activist

At a time when homosexuality was considered a crime and a mental illness, Flushing native Jeanne Manford’s message of love for her gay son grew into one of the biggest LGBT-advocacy groups in the country. Comment.
Howard Beach

Boro’s Sandy-hit churches step closer to FEMA aid

A bill that would allow churches, synagogues, temples and other houses of worship damaged by Hurricane Sandy to receive federal aid to rebuild passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week, although it is still uncertain whether the development will result in help for Queens religious institutions still reeling from the storm. Comments (1).
Briarwood

Man killed after leaping in front of F train: Cops

BRIARWOOD — A man died after jumping in front of a subway train at a stop near the corner of Queens Boulevard and the Van Wyck Expressway Thursday, police said. Comment.
Elmhurst

Man charged in murder inside Crown Motor Inn

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown weighed in on the arrest of a 23-year-old man accused of strangling Joseph Benzinger in an Elmhurst hotel room earlier this month, suggesting the Manhattan resident get the maximum sentence. Comment.
Breezy Point

Sandy aid measure raises church/state separation

As houses of worship pray for help rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy, one secular organization hopes a bill it believes breaches separation of church and state stalls in the U.S. Senate. Comments (1).
Flushing

Koo pledges to make Flushing streets safer

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) is launching a new public service campaign with media organizations and the 109th Precinct to encourage residents to help make the streets of Flushing safer and cleaner. Comments (1).
Sunnyside

Sunnysider fights sepsis fatalities after death of son, 12

Sunnysider Ciaran Staunton has raised the banner for numerous causes over the years, but his battle to eliminate sepsis, which his 12-year-old son Rory died of last year, has been the most difficult for him. Comments (1).
Astoria

Simotas wants common ground on rape bills

State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) is pushing a bill to expand the legal definition of rape as well as a compromise with a rival bill in the state Senate. Comment.
Bayside

Robbery rises, burglary dips in 111th Pct.

Robberies have contributed to a slight uptick in crime in the 111th Precinct over the last several weeks as the officers work to curb a drastic rise in burglaries in Bayside and Auburndale, NYPD crime statistics showed. Comment.
Rosedale

Girl dies mysteriously in Rosedale

ROSEDALE — A 15-year-old girl was found dead outside a Rosedale home Sunday, police said. Authorities said they responded to a 911 call of an unconscious girl at 245-07 135 Ave. and officers found Aeisha Sarooqui, of Kew Gardens Hills, unresponsive with no obvious signs of trauma. The New York Post said authorities were investigating the possibility Sarooqui overdosed. Comment.
Flushing

Knights rally around Gilvary

Joshua Wallace and his Holy Cross teammates were pleasantly surprised to see Paul Gilvary at Archbishop Molloy for their diocesan quarterfinal game Monday night. Comment.
Block Shots

Stanners seniors eye big finish to cement legacy

Amani Tatum, Carolyn Gallagher and their Archbishop Molloy classmates wrote the perfect script for their Senior Night. And the Stanners hope it was the first of many happy endings to close their careers. Comment.
Political Action

Catsimatidis to focus on schools, job creation and labor

John Catsimatidis, prior to his recent announcement that he is now a Republican candidate for mayor, had a long and successful career in the free enterprise system. Comments (1).

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013

Queensbridge

Police cruiser kills young Asian man in Queensbridge

An NYPD officer responding to a 911 call struck and killed a young Asian man walking in Queensbridge early Thursday, police and witnesses said. Comments (22).
Jamaica

Huntley associates plead guilty in non-profit scam

Staffers at a fake nonprofit funded with taxpayer dollars by former state Sen. Shirley Huntley agreed Wednesday to pay back nearly $30,000 they stole from the state after the disgraced lawmaker pleaded guilty last week to covering up the scheme, authorities said. Comments (1).
Laurelton

Race for Sanders’ seat still not decided

Despite the fact that two City Council candidates had each claimed victory in southeast Queens’ special election, by the next night the city Board of Elections had yet to count the votes on a missing memory stick, and it may be weeks before an official winner is declared. Comment.
Flushing

CB 7 wants more info on USTA expansion

Community Board 7 tabled a vote last week on whether to approve the proposed expansion of the United States Tennis Association’s facility in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, citing the need for more information, including how much money the association is willing to pump into improvements within the greenspace. Comment.
Bay Terrace

Avella hopes to stymie pig eviction

A northeast Queens lawmaker stood up for the Whitestone owners of a pet pig named Petey Tuesday demanding the city legalize sow ownership. Comments (7).
Jamaica Estates

Fire in Jamaica Estates apartment kills man

A man perished in his Jamaica Estates apartment Tuesday morning in a raging fire that also injured the man’s elderly mother and sent one firefighter to the hospital, according to the FDNY and witnesses. Comment.
Hollis

Sen. Malcolm Smith spent donor dollars at restaurants, hotels

State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) received more than 86,000 votes in November, which was more than enough to secure him another term in office considering the fact he ran unopposed in 2012. Comments (1).
Education

Student arrests drop 41 percent in boro schools

The number of students arrested in Queens public schools during the last three months of 2012 dropped 41 percent, although minority students in the southern part of the borough continued to account for the majority of the arrests, city Police Department records showed. Comment.
Education

Bus drivers’ strike comes to halt, ending costly commute in Queens

Thousands of students in Queens and the other boroughs boarded their school buses for the first time in more than a month Wednesday after union leaders gave drivers the green light, putting the brakes on a controversial strike. Comment.
Breezy Point

Family seeks answers after woman found in Breezy Pt.

The police have not identified any suspects in the case of a 24-year-old woman whose body was found washed up on the beach in Breezy Point after she disappeared nearly two months ago, and the woman’s boyfriend claimed he was doing everything he can to find her murderer. Comment.
Long Island City

Cops search for LIC church burglary suspect

LONG ISLAND CITY — The NYPD was asking the public’s help in identifying a man who is suspected of breaking into the Friendship Baptist Church, on 38-35 12 St., on Feb. 18. The police said the rear door of the church was broken and electronics were removed during the burglary. Comment.
Jamaica

Turnstile jumper arrested in rape case: Police

JAMAICA — A suspect’s refusal to pay a subway toll led to his arrest for an alleged rape, police said. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside tops Dozo for Queens crown

Bayside’s seniors were determined not to end their careers without winning an elusive borough title. The years of playing second fiddle to Cardozo had to end. Comments (2).

Tired Christ the King loses hold on first place

Christ the King was playing its fourth game in eight days and its performance showed it. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013

Laurelton

[Updated] Richard, Osina both claim victory in tight Council race

As of the early hours Wednesday morning, two City Council candidates had claimed victory in southeast Queens’ special election, and it may be weeks before a winner is officially declared. Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013

Laurelton

Voters head to the polls in southeast Queens special election

TVoters headed to the polls throughout the day Tuesday to decide the outcome in southeast Queens’ hotly contested special election. Some of the City Council hopefuls who were in Laurelton making a last-minute push to grab undecided votes appeared to have put the rhetoric of their campaigns behind them. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Man dies in Jamaica Estates apartment fire

A fire broke out in a six-story apartment complex in Jamaica Estates Tuesday morning and witnesses said the blaze claimed the life of a tenant and injured his elderly mother. Comment.
Flushing

Holy Cross bests Xaverian in CHSAA quarterfinals

Holy Cross’ offensive struggles were a laughing matter in the locker room. The Knights missed countless layups and putbacks in the first half, but there wasn’t any panic on the basketball court. Comment.

Monday, Feb. 18, 2013

Jamaica

Missing Jamaica woman found dead on Breezy Point beach

The body of a Queens woman who had been missing since December was discovered on the beach in Breezy Point Saturday and police were looking for clues as to what happened to her. Comment.

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