Astoria Times

Friday, June 19, 2009

Jackson Heights

Ozone Pk. day care worker arrested in death of infant

An Ozone Park woman who operated a day care center out of her home was arrested after an infant boy under her supervision died after falling into a bucket of water Monday, police said. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Woodhaven barber stabs wife to death, then self

A Woodhaven barber stabbed his wife to death in their Jamaica Avenue apartment Sunday before fatally stabbing himself, police and business owners said. Comment.
Jackson Heights

State Senate limbo lingers on

An Albany judge’s refusal to rule on the Senate Democrats’ case against the coup that gave the GOP control of the chamber further facilitated disagreement between the two parties Tuesday, capping off a week that saw state Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst) go from siding with Republicans to returning to the Democratic fold. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Elmhurst ceremony swears in 27 children as citizens

Though the second full week of June is already marked by Flag Day, a group of Queens children will have extra reason to swell with patriotic pride each year when they remember the day they became American citizens. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Forest Hills Hosp. probing bias charges

Following complaints that Forest Hills Hospital has allegedly discriminated against its Russian-speaking Jewish patients and employees, the hospital has begun to investigate the matter, a hospital spokesman told Community Board 6 meeting last week. Comment.
Astoria Times

DINING OUT: Hunan House — Fiery take on Chinese eats in Flushing

Always drawn like a moth to a flame by the promise of an exotic or obscure ethnic cuisine, we hot−footed it over to Hunan House on Northern Boulevard in Flushing for some regional fare. Comment.
Astoria Times

Search for missing jet-skier in Rockaway Inlet

A Coast Guard boat searches the Rockaway Inlet after a jet-skier was reported missing last weekend. Photo by Christina Santucci Comment.
Astoria Times

Anti-Irish speech stirred outrage in boro

In June 1921, Irish Americans throughout Queens were outraged about the famous “jackass” speech made by U.S. Navy Rear Adm. William S. Sims in London June 7. In the speech, Sims spoke of “jackass” resolutions of sympathy for Sinn Fein, the Irish Republican Army, in America and charged Sinn Fein with being responsible for the loss of American lives in World War I. Comment.
Astoria Times

Nonprofit has helped boro groups create green spaces

It started on the Lower East Side in the early 1970s. Some people decided what New York needed was more greenery. They set to work. They dropped “seed bombs” into empty lots. They planted flowers into tree pits. They encouraged the use of window boxes. It was the start of the community gardens movement in the city. It was the start of what became the Green Guerillas. Comment.
Astoria Times

Avella campaigns hard against Thompson in mayoral race

Last year, there were four prospective Democratic candidates for mayor: city Comptroller Bill Thompson, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan), U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) and Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside). Now there are only two left: Thompson and Avella. Comment.
Astoria Times

Father’s Day and birthday double the blues for columnist

Today, June 18, is my birthday, and June 21 is Father’s Day. And what will I receive from my loving family for both momentous occasions which will be occurring in my fabled life? One greeting card. Oh, the agony of it all! Comment.
Astoria Times

Albany electeds act just like bullies and little children

What’s going on in Albany? They must be victims of some sort of atmosphere that’s psychologically affecting them. New York state, if I’m not mistaken, has earned the reputation of having the most dysfunctional legislature in the 50 states. It looks like they have earned another No. 1 to their laurels for pure, irresponsible, childish behavior! Comment.
Astoria Times

Senate stalemate hinges on Monserrate

In what is widely being called a circus in Albany, state Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst) has been an acrobat, flipping to vote with Republicans to replace fellow Queens Democrat Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans) with a new leader and then doing a 360 to go back into the Democratic fold. Comment.
Astoria Times

Monserrate has extended resumé as a political brawler

State Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst) is no stranger to turmoil and controversy. The 41-year-old legislator spent 15 years in periodic conflict with city and county institutions before voting with state Sen. Pedro Espada (D-Bronx) and Senate Republicans June 8 to oust the Democrats from majority leadership. Comment.
Astoria Times

Council coalition calls on MTA to allow Sikhs to wear turbans

A coalition of City Council members, including eight from Queens, called on the Metropolitan Transit Authority this week to no longer require Sikh workers to brand their turbans with the agency’s logo. Comment.
Astoria Times

Feds give $350M to fight swine flu

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Sunday that Congress is going to provide support in the fight against the swine flu, just days after the World Health Organization declared the disease a global pandemic. Comment.
Astoria Times

Council veteran Feerick hopes to step out from behind curtain

With a long history of working for the City Council and the backing of the Queens Democratic Party, Deirdre Feerick has been called a political insider by her opponents, but she regards her experience as an advantage, not an insult. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens candidates seek signatures to get on ballot

“This is it: 43-55,” volunteer Jennifer Kim says before rattling off a registered Democrat’s name. Comment.
Astoria Times

City plans to step up West Nile virus battle in Queens

The city is ramping up efforts to fight West Nile Virus in Queens this year after the number of mosquito pools testing positive for the virus increased last year, city Department of Health officials said at the Queens Borough Cabinet meeting Tuesday. Comment.
Astoria Times

Vallone faces GOP, Green opponents for seat

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) will face off against a Republican, a member of the Green Party and a former opponent this fall in his bid to retain his Council seat for a third term. Comment.
Astoria Times

Mayor, Council reach deal on 2010 city budget talks

The mayor and the City Council came to an agreement Monday on the city’s budget for the 2010 fiscal year, sparing cuts to libraries, firehouses and other core services that were threatened by a tighter budget. Comment.
Astoria Times

Dutch Kills Civic hears from 6 Gioia candidates

As petitioning began for this fall’s municipal elections, the Dutch Kills Civic Association got a visit from six hopeful successors to City Councilman Eric Gioia’s (D-Sunnyside) seat, including one previously unannounced candidate. Comment.
Astoria Times

Auburndale man’s killers go to jail: DA

Two Brooklyn men have been handed lengthy prison sentences for stabbing a 24-year-old electrician from Auburndale to death and slashing another man after leaving an Astoria nightclub in 2005, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Astoria Times

CB 2 to review liquor license bids

Due to what they called a proliferation of liquor license applications on Vernon Boulevard, Community Board 2 has scheduled a public hearing next month to address the issue. Comment.
Astoria Times

City urges residents to explore Astoria

Queens residents may already be aware of it, but New Yorkers looking for the cultural delights of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan need only hop on the No. 7 train for Jackson Heights to get their fix. Comment.
Astoria Times

City’s parking bureau takes heat at hearing

A City Council hearing on proposed legislation to require parking ticket agents to take photographs erupted into some impassioned exchanges last Thursday with two councilmen suggesting the present system undermines the legal principle of innocent until proven guilty. Comment.
Astoria Times

One in four subway phones out of order: Straphangers

If you are a straphanger underground and in need of a telephone, the end of the No. 7 line is your best bet, but otherwise making a call could be a problem with 25 percent of the phones broken citywide. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens Library named best in U.S.

Queens Library has been named the 2009 Library of the Year by Library Journal, the publication’s editors announced last week at City Hall. Comment.
Astoria Times

Marshall touts Web site to fight immigrant scammers

Following a wave of complaints about unscrupulous businesses preying on immigrants, Borough President Helen Marshall said last week she is adding to her Web site a list of legitimate service providers for the new residents. Comment.
Astoria Times

Trump Pavilion opens at Jamaica Hospital

Jamaica Hospital opened its $44 million Trump Pavilion Friday, which officials hope will alleviate some of the tremendous strain that has been placed on the medical center in recent months Comment.
Astoria Times

Flushing Meadow Soap Box Derby rolls into 25th year

Things really started to go downhill in East Elmhurst Saturday morning and residents could not have been happier. Comment.
Astoria Times

City offers homeowners in boro foreclosure aid

The city has launched a new initiative that points residents toward free counseling and assistance to prevent them from losing their homes amid a foreclosure crisis that has hit Queens hardest among the five boroughs. Comment.
Astoria Times

MidVil honors Slocum dead

It seems odd to think a catastrophic maritime disaster involving a boat that embarked from a Manhattan pier full of passengers from the Lower East Side and came to grief in the East River near Astoria would have had the largest impact in Middle Village. Comment.
Astoria Times

Girl, 2, critical after Woodhaven hit-and-run

WOODHAVEN — A 2-year-old girl was in critical condition after police said a car struck her and fled the scene. Comment.
Astoria Times

Police take 2 into custody in shooting case

ROCKAWAY BEACH — Police said two suspects were taken into custody after a 28-year-old man was shot in the head on Newport Avenue early Sunday morning. Comment.
Astoria Times

MidVill resident stole $5K from retirement fund

MIDDLE VILLAGE — The city Department of Investigation said it arrested a Queens man last week for allegedly stealing more than $5,000 from the New York City Employees Retirement System. Comment.
Astoria Times

Three MTA workers stole forklifts from warehouse

MASPETH — Three MTA subcontractor employees were charged with grand larceny Tuesday for allegedly stealing eight forklifts and more than 17 tons of batteries from a transit warehouse, the Queens DA said. Comment.
Astoria Times

J train passenger slashed by Bklyn man: Brown

WOODHAVEN — A Brooklyn man was arraigned on assault charges last week after allegedly slashing a passenger in the face with a knife on the J subway line and fracturing a police officer’s hand after his arrest, authorities said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Forest Hills teacher breaks probation

FOREST HILLS — A Forest Hills middle school teacher was sentenced to two to six years in jail after pleading guilty Tuesday to violating the terms of the probation he had received last year after admitting he sent sexual messages to adolescent boys online, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Astoria Times

Woman set husband’s underwear on fire: Brown

RICHMOND HILL — A Richmond Hill woman who believed her husband was cheating tried to set his underwear on fire and allegedly hit him with a hammer and stabbed him with a knife last Thursday, a spokeswoman for the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man, victim of shooting, dies at NYHQ: Police

COLLEGE POINT — A 21−year−old man died at New York Hospital Queens last Thursday after he was shot inside a College Point home, police said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man exposed private body part to girl, 8: Cops

ELMHURST — Police were looking for a suspected pervert who not only exposed himself to an 8−year−old girl, but also took advantage of the youngster inside an apartment building last month. Comment.
Astoria Times

Teen throws coconut, vows to cut driver: DA

OZONE PARK — An Ozone Park teen was charged last Thursday with allegedly throwing a coconut at a motorist’s car and threatening to cut his neck off with a kitchen knife, a spokeswoman for the Queens district attorney’s office said Tuesday. Comment.
Letters

Obama’s hope for Mideast is dangerously misguided

I admire President Barack Obama’s idealism during his trip to the Middle East, but if we have learned anything over the past several decades, it is we cannot realistically expect an open dialogue with nations that cannot be trusted. Comment.
Letters

Alley Pond Park great for watching migratory birds

The clock on the outside of the diner on Jericho Turnpike reads a few minutes before 6 a.m. The rising sun is turning the sides of heavy black wires to a glimmering orange. A friend, Walter, picks me up and a half−hour later we are in Alley Pond Park to see its colorful migratory birds and experience the park’s picturesque tranquility. Comment.
Letters

Sotomayor should remember where she came from on court

President Barack Obama has given it much thought and has selected his nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court: Judge Sonia Sotomayor. She would be the first female Hispanic to sit on the court. Comment.
Letters

Don’t back highway camera towers

Seventy−five−foot−tall electronic towers are being built all over our local highways and there is no press coverage. This is part of the state Automated Traffic Response Management System. Comment.
Letters

Auburndale civic group sustains that neighborhood’s quality of life

The Auburndale Improvement Association is a civic association in its 104th year that works to make the neighborhoods of Auburndale and Western Bayside great places to live for its residents. I am proud to be its first vice president and zoning and housing chairman. Comment.
Letters

Comment on Padavan deplorable

Was it sour grapes or hubris that gave rise to the coarse partisan comments of Shams Tarek, the communications director for the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, who was quoted in the May 14 TimesLedger story “Dems criticize Padavan’s support”? Comment.
Editorial

Markey Bill Would Open Pandora’s Box

We do not doubt state Assemblywoman Marge Markey was motivated when she authored her bill that would suspend the statute of limitations on child molestation lawsuits for a year before extending the limit to 10 years after the victim turns 18. We do not understand why Markey and her supporters do not realize this bill could prove devastating to the Catholic Church and nonprofits. Comment.
Astoria Times

Dishing with Dee: Boro Dems choose Liu for city comptroller over Weprin

It’s that time again — to send my column in, that is. The weeks are flying by so quickly it seems as though it were only yesterday I sent the last one in. Comment.
Astoria Times

Political Action: Cuomo’s indecision on running for guv may harm Dems

It seems it will be a while before state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo gives a definite answer as to whether he will run for New York governor or run for re−election as attorney general next year. He has been giving mixed signals as to his intentions in questions from the media. Comment.
Astoria Times

Our History: Flushing has developed a rich history of horticulture

It has been claimed Americans are in awe of the English superiority in the sphere of gardening and wish to emulate them in that field, whether suitable or not for our particular climate. But we should instead recognize our own rich gardening traditions, which hark back to our early years as colonies and a nation. Comment.
Astoria Times

Berger’s Burg: Juneteenth honors the ending of slavery in America

If you wish in the world to advance,⁄...⁄You must stir it and stump it,⁄And blow your own trumpet,⁄Or trust me you haven’t a chance! — W.S. Gilbert Comment.
Astoria Times

Local biz weathers economy

Flushing Savings Bank was named the top thrift institution for 2008 in the annual ranking of the 100 largest thrifts compiled by SNL Financial, and CEO John Buran said the bank’s unwavering community focus is what allowed it to achieve such a distinction. Comment.
Astoria Times

How’s Business?: Buy a home with a broker

Speak with anyone in the real estate industry and you will find one phrase repeated consistently: “We are in a buyer’s market.” If you are looking to buy a Queens home, what steps should you follow? I spoke with my brother, Peter Palumbo, a licensed real estate agent with Century 21 American Homes, who gave me his insight into buying a home. Comment.
Astoria Times

The Reel Queens: Chow down on foodie films at Water Taxi Beach this June

Queens may not be able to lay claim to the city’s most high−profile film festivals, but an upcoming Long Island City series could be the one to beat as the most mouth−watering in the five boroughs. Comment.
Astoria Times

Drum Hit

“The Tarrier” is the new release from composer, drummer and Astoria resident Brian Woodruff, a longtime New York jazz musician hoping to hit a broad musical audience with his first album. The CD is set to release June 15 and will be followed by an album release party featuring the entire ensemble of “The Tarrier” on June 28 at the Blue Owl in Manhattan. Comment.
Astoria Times

Astorian’s first book offers novel take on immigration

In her fiction and in her life, Astoria author Wendy Lee has scripted her own unique variation of the immigrant’s story with a quintessentially New York angle. Comment.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Astoria Times

Odds are Queens woman had hand in races fabulous hats

Although most eyes were on Summer Bird as the horse surpassed Dunkirk and Mine That Bird for a first-place finish in the Belmont Stakes, there was another attraction at the Elmont, L.I., racetrack Saturday that commanded attention and, unlike the thoroughbreds in contention, was a sure bet. Comment.
Astoria Times

Comrie collecting for Haiti storm relief

City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D−St. Albans) is lending a helping hand to provide relief to the hurricane−ravaged parts of Haiti. Comment.
Astoria Times

Battle of the Birds thrills Belmont crowd

Jason Goldberg was confident as to which horse was going to win the Belmont Stakes about two hours before racetime. Comment.
Astoria Times

TEST

Jason Goldberg was confident as to which horse was going to win the Belmont Stakes about two hours before racetime. Comment.

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