Astoria Times

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Jackson Heights

Youths clean East Elmhurst graffiti

On a sunny spring morning in East Elmhurst, a small convoy of police vans converged on 98th Street and Astoria Boulevard next to a graffiti−covered dry cleaner shop. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Challengers for Sears seat slam incumbent

Challengers to City Councilwoman Helen Sears’ (D−Jackson Heights) seat wasted no time in tearing into the incumbent at a candidates’ forum last Thursday as she publicly indicated her interest in re−election. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Corona church operators scammed immigrants: DA

Two men who operate a storefront church in Corona were charged with defrauding at least 70 immigrants of more than $500,000 by promising to help them get them U.S. visas and permanent immigration status, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said last Thursday. Comment.
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Bayside author was prolific chronicler of the Old West

Several years ago, the late Howard R. Driggs, who lived in Bayside, was a neighbor of the Wettingfeld family and gave autographed copies of “The Old West Speaks,” one of many books he had authored over a lifetime, to my father−in−law, me and my husband. I was perusing our copy the other day and thought it a worthy topic for this column. Comment.
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Conservative Party gains influence in city, state elections

The state Conservative Party came into existence in 1962, during the time the state Republican Party was dominated by former Gov. Nelson Rockefeller and the late U.S. Sen. Jacob Javits. The Conservative Party at first consisted mainly of former Republicans. As time went on, a wave of conservative Democrats also joined the party, in addition to new voters registering for the first time as Conservatives. Comment.
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Magic Kingdom cannot escape hardships of the real world

Once upon a time, my editor called me into her office. She had heard from an unimpeachable source that Snow White and the Prince Charming were alive and well and living peacefully in a senior citizen home — appropriately named “When You Wish Upon a Star” — in Florida. Comment.
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Boro churches, city agencies make effort to feed the needy

On the second Sunday of every month, the Sunday school students at the First Presbyterian Church of Forest Hills join the adults in the offertory. While the adults pass the plates for money and checks, the children walk up the aisles to collect bags of food donated by the congregation. Comment.
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Bloomberg proves to be front−runner in mayoral race

Don’t you just love this glorious spring weather? Don’t you just wish it would stay this way forever? I do, but then perhaps it’s not a good idea, as it might get boring with the same old, same old. I guess that’s part of the charm of New York City, the constant change. Besides, it’s a good excuse for the ladies to go shopping. Seasonal changes require seasonal wardrobes and no lady worth her salt will object to new additions to her collection. Comment.
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Lose weight successfully

In my networking travels through Queens, I have spoken with several fitness trainers and dietitians. They have shared some of their expertise with me on how to begin and succeed at a weight loss program. Comment.
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Pet Kingdom sells organic food

Pet owner Islam Ali said Queens does not have a good share of pet stores that serve organic foods and vitamins to animals. Comment.
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Jamaica resident honored for Guinness World Records

Jamaica resident Ashrita Furman lives an extraordinary life. Comment.
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5 Pointz owner hopes to keep building open

Two weeks after a stairway collapsed at a Long Island City artist studio and graffiti mecca critically injuring a woman, the building’s owner is working to persuade the city that the property is still safe to use. Comment.
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Flushing Hospital touts synthetic skin

Flushing Hospital’s latest treatment for non−healing wounds sounds like something out of science fiction, but doctors at the medical facility said lab−grown skin is working wonders for their patients. Comment.
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Spreading music in Flushing

Earlier this year the closure of the half−century old Brooklyn−Queens Conservatory in Flushing became a signal of how deeply the financial crisis was affecting cultural institutions in the borough. Comment.
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Pension probe snares ex−Liberal boss

State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo filed charges last week against the former head of the state Liberal Party, claiming he received illegal fees tied to state pension fund investments in exchange for political favors, including opening up a Queens state Assembly seat for former state Comptroller and Forest Hills resident Alan Hevesi’s son, Andrew Hevesi. Comment.
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New MTA cards let riders renew online

There will be no more lines at subway station booths and MetroCard machines if you use a monthly unlimited−ride MetroCard. Comment.
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FAA weighs cutting 100 weather experts

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D−N.Y.) said the Federal Aviation Administration is considering transferring out of New York more than 100 weather specialists, a move he said could worsen air traffic congestion and compromise safety. Comment.
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Gioia to sponsor bill that will ban fast food restaurants near schools

After a study showed obesity and diabetes are on the rise among children in the city, City Councilman Eric Gioia (D−Sunnyside) announced he would introduce a bill in the Council to ban fast food establishments within one−tenth of a mile from city schools. Comment.
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Crime victim services bill passes in Senate, Assembly: Stavisky

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D−Whitestone) announced Monday that the state had passed legislation she authored requiring authorities to inform crime victims of services available to them. Comment.
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NYers back Paterson’s gay nuptials plan: Poll

A majority of New Yorkers support Gov. David Paterson’s controversial proposal to legalize gay marriage in the state, a Siena College poll found Monday. Comment.
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Guv pushes for better veteran care

A nonprofit organization fighting drug addiction in New York City since 1967 got a visit from Gov. David Paterson last week as it unveiled its new headquarters in Astoria. Comment.
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City briefs Borough Board on zoning text amendment

Representatives from the City Planning and city Housing departments presented plans for a zoning text amendment that gives developers incentive to build affordable housing Monday during a meeting of the Borough Board. Comment.
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Astoria woman distraught after city puts her dog to sleep

A 94−year−old Astoria woman was distraught after the city put her 13−year−old collie to sleep within hours after her arrival at a city shelter rather than holding the dog for the required 72 hours, the woman’s daughter said. Comment.
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Home sales prices in boro drop 6.6%

Home sales prices declined in Queens during the first few months of this year due to the recession and the nation’s credit problems, a new report released last Thursday revealed. Comment.
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Con Ed owl doesn’t give a hoot about wild parrots

Parrots 2, Con Ed 0. Comment.
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Queens poet laureate performs reading for St. John’s students

Queens Poet Laureate Julio Marzan and three award−winning poets from St. John’s University read their works about everything from being a Puerto Rican in the borough to Queensbridge Houses at an event celebrating National Poetry Month last week. Comment.
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Astoria fan sues Yanks for seventh inning arrest

The New York Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the Police Department on behalf of a 30−year−old Astoria man who was forcibly ejected from Yankee Stadium last summer after he attempted to walk into the men’s room during the playing of “God Bless America.” Comment.
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Bid made to save landmark

The deteriorating New York Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park is once again in the running to make a worldwide list of endangered monuments, a preservationist said. Comment.
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Sunnyside Arch gets face−lift

Sunnyside’s signature piece of architecture is shining once more after the neighborhood’s business improvement district refurbished it. Comment.
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Transplant brings couple closer after 35 years of marriage

Russell Allen got his wife’s kidney as a gift for his 35th wedding anniversary, but he said he was the one who was doing his wife a favor. Comment.
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Senate Dems want vote on MTA plan

State Senate Democrats have called for a vote next week on a new MTA financial rescue plan that includes a surcharge on taxi fares and vehicle registrations as well as a 12−county payroll tax, but no bridge tolls. Comment.
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CB 12 OKs Sean Bell street renaming

The family of Sean Bell said they scored a victory in his name last week, when Community Board 12 approved a motion to rename in his honor the Jamaica block where the 23−year−old bridegroom was killed by police. Comment.

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