Astoria Times

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009

Astoria Times

Dining Out: Ayada: Elmhurst restaurant offers authentic Thai cuisine

One of the great things about living in Queens is easy access to our own Southeast Asian enclave where we can explore the culinary wonders of Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia — all a stone’s throw from home. Comment.
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Armed man robbed 2%A0in LeFrak City: Brown

CORONA — A South Ozone Park man faced felony robbery charges after allegedly holding up two men at gunpoint last month, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
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Man nabbed for smashing glass in car lot: Brown

ASTORIA — An East Elmhurst man faces criminal mischief charges after bashing in the windshield of a parked car, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
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Man choked, shoved another down stairs: DA

OZONE PARK — A man is facing assault and harassment charges after getting into a fight with another man inside his house, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Letters

Dist. 26 English scores up: Study

My 11-year, District 26 longitudinal statistical study of the English Language Arts standardized reading test reveals that this year the results are outstanding. A remarkable 92.9 percent of elementary school students and 89.9 percent of middle school students met or exceeded ELA reading standards. Comment.
Letters

Kennedy drew back his support for the reunification of Ireland

I am writing in response to the plethora of letters, articles and eulogies to the late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy that have been printed in this paper and elsewhere. Comment.
Letters

Media must get facts straight on suntan exposure

It is time to sit back and evaluate over-the-top reports in the news suggesting that getting a suntan is now in the same risk category as cigarettes, arsenic and even plutonium. Comment.
Letters

Give teachers bigger voices in schools

Although I do not have school-age children, I do have two grandsons who will be starting kindergarten next year, so I appreciated hearing teacher Richard Schaffer’s point of view (“Media must do better reporting on education,” Aug. 27, Astoria Times). Comment.
Editorial

TimesLedger Endorsements in Six Democratic City Council Primaries

There have been primaries and general elections in the past when Queens voters could have done their patriotic duty just as well by staying in bed. But in the Democratic primaries that will be held next Tuesday, voters in many districts will have the chance to nominate candidates in close races that will go on to shape the future of Queens. Comment.
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Our History: Webster studied diseases before compiling dictionary

A number of epidemics plagued the United States in the 18th and 19th centuries. Outbreaks of yellow fever, malaria and smallpox affected people, especially those located, as were New Yorkers, near seaports engaged in trade and receiving immigrants from other countries. Comment.
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Berger’s Burg: Jews hope for prosperity, peace in coming new year

At sundown Sept. 18, the blowing of the shofar — ram’s horn — in synagogues will mark the start of Rosh Hashanah and the Jewish New Year of 5770. The High Holy Days will culminate with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, at sundown Sept. 27. Comment.
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Political Action: Assembly election stands out as only non-primary race

As the Democratic City Council primaries, Republican district leader primaries and state Assembly special election come to a climax Sept. 15, candidates are putting forth their maximum efforts in getting out the vote. Comment.
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Dishing with Dee: Obama’s health care reform will do more harm than good

The sleeping giant has been awakened. Many Americans are wiping the sleep of complacency from their eyes. Comment.
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Political Action: Padavan says GOP can gain victories in next year’s elections

Padavan has pointed out that last year, then-presidential candidate Barack Obama carried his state Senate district with 70 percent of the vote. This one factor alone had a lot to do with the closeness of last year’s race. Padavan sees nothing like that happening again next year. Comment.
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Dishing with Dee: Candidates for city, boro races appear at Bay Terrace center

Mother Nature did herself proud. She supplied us with a glorious weekend weather-wise. One feels sad to see the official end of summer, although this year weather-wise it wasn’t one of our best. We still have an Indian summer to look forward to and those are usually rather beautiful days. Comment.
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I Sit And Look Out: In hindsight, Sept. 11 seems more like a faded memory

Many years ago, I read that some psychologists believed that after a certain time, people do not remember something. Rather they said people remembered remembering. Comment.
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Matted LIC caters to artists

In a neighborhood so well-known for its artistic community, what better place to open up a framing store? Comment.
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Get the hair of your dreams at Jamaica shop

For years, C-UNIT New York Lace Wigs owner Stephanie Bowman knew people who needed and wanted wigs. There were cancer patients, women suffering from baldness and those who just wanted a different style. Comment.
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How’s Business? Do not wait to sell your home

The subject has come up more than once at home: Should you sell your house? We are hoping the real estate market is going to rebound soon, but is your home going to be worth the prices homes were selling at years ago? What are some warning signs that it may be time to sell your Queens home before it drops in value? Comment.
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Senate OKs boro-raised transit guru to helm MTA

Jay Walder, renowned for his innovations in London’s transit system, now envisions some bold changes at the MTA. Comment.
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Sears, opponents all trade shots ahead of election

An eight-year City Council incumbent is fighting off challenges from two newcomers as the race to determine the Democratic City Council candidate for Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, Woodside and Rego Park moves into the home stretch. Comment.
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Forest Hills Jews set to celebrate Rosh Hashanah

Residents throughout the borough will ring in the Jewish new year this weekend with much song, prayer and, of course, the blowing of the shofar. Comment.
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Pizzeria family mourns slain son

Friends of the Antoniello family said the Italian-American clan is a close-knit group that goes out of its way to help those in need. Comment.
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Astorians hid income to stay in subsidized housing: City

Two Astoria residents and a former Richmond Hill denizen have been accused of defrauding the city of thousands of dollars by concealing household income, city Department of Investigation Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn said. Comment.
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Activists fight for future of Woodside Triangle

An odd island at the convergence of three streets known as the Woodside Triangle may soon end five decades as a de facto park and become another home unless activists in the neighborhood can raise the cash to buy it from the developer. Comment.
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Crowded field heads to Katz seat primary

The six Democrats vying for City Councilwoman Melinda Katz’s (D-Forest Hills) seat have been trying to engage voters for months, spending many hours knocking on doors and campaigning on the street, and they will soon see the fruits of their labor as residents head to the polls for the Sept. 15 primary. Comment.
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St. Albans native inducted into basketball Hall of Fame

When Gail Marquis first started playing basketball in the gym of St. Catherine’s of Sienna in St. Albans, she displayed an athletic passion that led her to compete in the Olympics, take the court in Europe and help win the last major basketball title for a New York team. Comment.
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Qns. Symphony plans to hold full fall season, family shows

After a financially difficult season that forced the Queens Symphony Orchestra to cancel two summer concerts in Forest Park, the group’s director said she is looking forward to holding not only all their concerts this fall and next year but offering new programming as well. Comment.
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MidVill dog run in limbo

Efforts by some Middle Village residents to get a dog run in Juniper Valley Park have been met by some good and some not-so-good news. Comment.
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Boro seniors need raise: Pols

Queens legislators slammed the federal government last Thursday over a plan to deny Social Security recipients cost-of-living adjustments in 2010 and 2011, saying the move will worsen the lives of seniors already hard hit by increases in rent and food prices. Comment.
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Pastor pleads guilty in Corona church con

One of the purported pastors of a storefront church in Corona that allegedly scammed immigrants out of thousands of dollars pleaded guilty last Thursday to theft charges, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
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Qns. College in top 10 in Northeast: Report

Queens College ranks as one of the top 10 public universities in the northern United States for bachelor’s and master’s degrees, according to a recently released report from U.S. News & World Report. Comment.
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FBI searches Flushing in terrorism raid

An early morning terrorism raid rattled Flushing residents Monday as dozens of federal agents stormed three apartments in the Queens neighborhood searching for explosives and evidence of ties to Sept. 11 perpetrators al-Qaida, witnesses and authorities said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens remembers Sept. 11 attacks with variety of events

The borough will honor the memory of Queens residents who died during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center during ceremonies throughout northern and western Queens throughout the course of this week and next weekend. Comment.
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Astoria jazz musician turns down new horn

The directors of a Brooklyn music studio have offered to donate a $4,000 trumpet to a Juilliard School jazz musician from Astoria who was robbed of two expensive brass instruments after he fell asleep aboard an N train in late August, but the musician said he could not accept the trumpet. Comment.
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Trio of Queens synagogues launch new youth program

Two synagogues in Fresh Meadows and one in Hollis Hills have joined forces to launch an expanded youth program that will cater to young people from throughout the city and Long Island, Hollis Hills Jewish Center Youth Group Director Sheryl Glickman said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Jamaica Bay gets $20M stimulus from feds to create ecology park

Jamaica Bay will be the recipient of millions of dollars of federal stimulus money, an infusion expected to create a breathtaking “ecology park” along the massive body of water, officials announced last week. Comment.
Astoria Times

Fashion legend Anna Wintour treks out to Qns. Center Mall

What’s a surefire sign the retail industry needs a boost? Comment.
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Sept. 11 ceremony at Boro Hall salutes Bayside hero

Among the nearly 2,600 people killed at the World Trade Center Sept. 11, 2001, were three state court officers who ran into the burning building to get civilians to safety. Comment.
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Astoria woman hospitalized after hit-and-run

The mother of a 20-year-old Astoria woman was holding onto hope that police will track down a hit-and-run driver who struck her daughter in late August, leaving her in the hospital with a broken spine and numerous other injuries. Comments (1).
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Drunk driver sentenced for killing cabbie, Astoria woman

A 25-year-old Long Island man has been sentenced to 3 1/2 years to 10 1/2 years in prison for driving drunk and crashing into a livery cab in Astoria in November, killing a 30-year-old Cypriot woman from the neighborhood as well as the cab’s driver, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
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Cabbie gets 5 1/2 years in Astoria rape case

A 46-year-old Elmhurst taxi driver hailed as a hero after dropping off a baby at a Queens firehouse has been sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison for attempting to rape a 23-year-old woman in Astoria on March 2, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
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Juniper Valley Park tree killers sought

City Parks Department officials and community leaders around Middle Village were searching for vandals who destroyed 12 newly planted trees in Juniper Valley Park over the weekend. Comment.
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Tennis fans swarm to Queens for Open

Tennis, anyone? Comment.
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MTA chair appointee says no to congestion pricing

Gov. David Paterson’s appointee to head the MTA told a public hearing that congestion pricing is not on his agenda. Comment.
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Council race down to wire

As the primary race to replace City Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Sunnyside) came down to the wire this week, two Democrats remained neck-and-neck in fund-raising. Comment.
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World Fair Marina flunks audit by city

City Comptroller Bill Thompson said Tuesday that the city should remove or scrupulously monitor the operators of the World Fair Marina restaurant in Flushing after an audit alleged the city-owned facility may not have reported all its revenue and has not paid waiters their tips. Comment.
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MTA needlessly spends on projects: DiNapoli

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said the MTA has spent millions of dollars in recent years on hiring outside agencies for projects it might have been cheaper to perform itself. Comment.
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Bloomberg stumps in Sunnyside

Mayor Michael Bloomberg looked at the crowd packed into his Sunnyside office that opened last week and noted the diversity. Comment.
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BP Marshall wins decisively

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall won the Democratic primary in her bid for a third term Tuesday, easily defeating challengers Marc Leavitt and Robert Schwartz in the three-way race for the nomination, unofficial election results show. Comment.
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White leads race by six votes

With City Councilman Thomas White (D-South Ozone Park) holding a razor thin lead of only six votes in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, his main challenger said he will continue to fight for a chance to be the leader of the 28th Council district. Comment.
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Monserrate leaves fate in judge’s hands

Prosecutors appeared unfazed by state Sen. Hiram Monserrate’s (D-East Elmhurst) choice Monday to abandon a jury trial in favor of a verdict from a Queens Supreme Court judge. Comment.
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Weiner scores Paterson for Immac, St. John’s shutdowns

U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) said the Queens congressional delegation battled to secure stimulus funding that he wanted to be used to keep St. John’s and Mary Immaculate hospitals open, but Gov. David Paterson did not direct the money to Queens’ health care institutions. Comment.
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Liu, Yassky head for comptroller runoff

City Councilmen John Liu (D-Flushing) and David Yassky (D-Brooklyn) will meet in round two of the Democratic primary for city comptroller in the coming weeks after a run-off election was triggered Tuesday in the tight race, according to unofficial election results. Comment.
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Gillibrand backs immigration reform in boro visit

The Emerald Isle Immigration Center in Woodside got a visit from a distinguished newcomer to the borough’s constituency Monday when U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) dropped by to tour the facility and talk with residents about immigration issues. Comment.
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Amtrak will relocate to Moynihan Station

Amtrak has agreed to move across Eighth Avenueto the proposed $1.5 billion Moynihan railroad stationinside Manhattan’s main post office in a decision advocates said was a shot in the arm for the off-and-on project. Comment.
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Boro gets stimulus funds to upgrade water infrastructure

Glendale and Middle Village will get greener streets as part of a massive block of federal stimulus funding going to the city for water infrastructure improvements, City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) said Tuesday afternoon. Comment.
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Gioia comes in third%A0in race for advocate

City Councilman Eric Gioia’s (D-Sunnyside) run for the public advocate’s seat ended in defeat when he finished third in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, which resulted in a run-off between rivals Councilman Bill de Blasio (D-Brooklyn) and Mark Green. Comment.
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Bloomy’s back to school battle

As public school students in Queens and throughout the city waved goodbye to the summer and prepared to head back to school this week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and members of his administration were busy touting what they said were increases in student and school performance and classroom seats. Comment.
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Miller, Caltabiano to face off for Seminerio seat

The field of candidates has been narrowed to two in the race to replace disgraced former state Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio after Gov. David Paterson announced the seat would be filled by a special election. Comment.
Astoria Times

Koslowitz retakes old Council seat

Karen Koslowitz is headed back to a place she knows well: City Hall. Comment.
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Dromm bumps Sears in Council primary

This educator’s performance earned him more than an apple. Comment.
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Guv infuses Queens hospitals with $30M

Gov. David Paterson infused the Queens health care community with more than $30 million last Thursday as the borough’s beleaguered collection of hospitals and communities prepared for a potential resurgence of swine flu this fall. Comment.
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Mourners at E. Elmhurst ceremony honor lost 9/11 responders

The families of firefighters, police officers and Port Authority officers who died Sept. 11, 2001, gathered last weekend for a solemn ceremony at East Elmhurst’s St. Michael’s Cemetery, which hosted a smaller, more intimate commemoration for the eighth anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Comment.
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Nadal love fest leads to boro man’s arrest

A Briarwood man’s attempt to get close to tennis star Rafael Nadal at the US Open last week did not end in love. Comment.
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Special election puts Miller in Assembly

Community Board 5 member Mike Miller will fill the shoes of disgraced former state Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio after handily beating Republican opponent Donna Marie Caltabiano in a special election Tuesday. Comment.
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Boro trash piling up: Gennaro

City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) said fewer pickups of street-side garbage bins have amounted to mounds of trash piling up on borough streets, attracting rodents and causing residents to receive undeserved tickets. In response he announced Monday his plans to introduce legislation to mandate the city empty sidewalk trash cans daily. Comment.
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The Reel Queens: QTIP hosts Moving Image’s picks for masterpiece series

A two-year construction project has prevented Astoria’s Museum of the Moving Image from screening classic films on the screen at its 35th Avenue locale, so the museum is taking its latest series to Flushing Meadows Corona Park this fall. Comment.
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Seeking to expand

Tenor saxophonist Sean Nowell recently released his second album, “The Seeker,” an introspective compilation of acoustically driven ballads, each driven by the personal experiences of the composer. Comment.
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The Play’s The Thing: A multi-pronged approach will snag slippery audience

Another glorious September has arrived. Tennis balls are being hit with serious intent at the US Open, political mailings are arriving in droves for the primary election next Tuesday, and the local theater season is ready to take off. Comment.
Astoria Times

APAC looks to top itself in ’09-’10 theater season

“It was the music of something beginning...” Comment.
Astoria Times

Dining Out: Brick Café: Continential charm at Astoria stalwart

On our way to somewhere else, we were reminded as we passed by, that we had always meant to try Brick Café on 31st Avenue in Astoria. When we arrived at our intended destination we realized that Brick Café looked much more inviting. A quick change of plans was made, and we were headed back up 31st Avenue. It turned out to be the right decision. Comment.
Astoria Times

Officer hurt during drug arrest in Corona: Brown

CORONA — A 49-year-old Corona man was arrested after he allegedly injured an officer while resisting arrest after being spotted putting cocaine in his mouth, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Astoria Times

L.I. man throws bottles at moving car: Brown

BROAD CHANNEL — A 24-year-old Long Island man was arrested after he allegedly threw bottles at another driver’s vehicle in Broad Channel, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Drunk driver crashes into car in MidVill: Brown

MIDDLE VILLAGE — A 47-year-old Maspeth man was arrested after he allegedly drove drunk and crashed his car into another vehicle in Middle Village, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Letters

Avian mysteries abound at Jamaica Bay refuge

On a cloudless Sept. 1, I am at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge to see migrating birds but instead find charming avian mysteries. On the far shore of a small section of the West Pond, atop a huge wire basket, is a gray heron with short white pinstripe lines. It is an immature bird that I cannot identify. On a branch a few feet away is a brown heron with similar yellow lines. Its greenish legs, however, make it an immature black-crowned night heron. The gray one is offering no significant clues to its identity. Comment.
Letters

City schools must be sanitary, but not just to fight swine flu

Your Sept. 3 Web article “Bloomberg’s plan for swine flu includes vaccine, open schools” gave detailed reporting on what city public schools are planning in readiness for a possible swin flu outbreak. It said school nurses were being trained and may even need to administer the preventative vaccine in schools. Comment.
Letters

Carrozza should resign from office

With editorial boards calling on state Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret Carrozza (D-Bayside) to resign and with the state attorney general’s office investigating the legality of her actions with regard to making reportedly false statements in tax filings, mortgage papers and election filings concerning a primary residence on Long Island, one has to wonder why Carrozza, who seems smart and nice, continues this charade? Comment.
Letters

DOE school grades rely too much on tests

The city Department of Education’s latest letter grades for elementary and middle schools once again demonstrate how ridiculous its evaluation system is. Assessing the quality of our schools is worthwhile, but any system that gives an A to half the schools on the state’s list of “persistently dangerous” schools will baffle parents instead of inform them. Comment.
Letters

Ackerman must discuss health care

As Congress members hold town hall meetings to meet with their constituents to discuss topics such as health care, what do residents get from U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside)? Comment.
Letters

Mayoral control has done away with a needless city bureaucracy

If the public were to take the time to understand underlying issues when they choose a stance to either support or rail against the mayor on the issue of mayoral control of city public schools, would their opposition be so fierce? If you have never worked in the school system, how can you understand what happens in the schools and what mayoral control has achieved? Comment.
Letters

Liu not best pick for comptroller

Your editorial on the Democratic primary (“TimesLedger Democratic Primary Endorsements in Citywide Races,” Queens Village Times, Sept. 3) was informative and helpful, but I take exception to your endorsement of City Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing) for city comptroller. Comment.
Editorial

No Mercy for the Streaker

On May 12, when Craig Coakley stripped with only a stuffed monkey placed to cover his private parts and became the first person to streak at Citi Field, he broke the law. He was taken down by Atlanta Braves players and quickly escorted from the field. Comment.
Astoria Times

From the Footlights: Friendship dance

It’s no great surprise that a musical about a talented boy coming of age as a dancer during the 1984 British mineworkers’ strike is named after the lad. The producers of “Billy Elliot” also made sure to choose a talented group of young actors to alternate playing the role of Billy, including David Alvarez, Tommy Batchelor, Kiril Kulish as well as Trent Kowalik, who played the role the evening we attended the production. Comment.
Astoria Times

Thompson prevails over Avella

City Comptroller William Thompson defeated City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) in the Democratic mayoral primary and will now go on to face Mayor Michael Bloomberg in the Nov. 3 election. Comment.
Astoria Times

Van Bramer gets primary nod

Queens Library External Affairs Director Jimmy Van Bramer handily won what turned out to be a rigorous primary contest against Deirdre Feerick, the City Council attorney endorsed by the Queens Democratic Party, in the race for Councilman Eric Gioia’s (D-Sunnyside) seat. Comment.
Astoria Times

Incumbent Ferreras wins handily

City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) handily defeated challenger Eduardo Giraldo to win the Democratic primary for the 21st District seat. Comment.
Astoria Times

Parks Dept. wants land for park at St. Saviour’s

A glimmer of hope has appeared once more for Maspeth residents hoping to make a park out of the lot where St. Saviour’s Church once stood. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Jamaica Bay gets $20M stimulus from feds to create ecology park

Jamaica Bay will be the recipient of millions of dollars of federal stimulus money, an infusion expected to create a breathtaking “ecology park” along the massive body of water, officials announced last week. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Cabbie gets 5 1/2 years in Astoria rape case

A 46-year-old Elmhurst taxi driver hailed as a hero after dropping off a baby at a Queens firehouse has been sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison for attempting to rape a 23-year-old woman in Astoria on March 2, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Jackson Heights

MidVill dog run in limbo

Efforts by some Middle Village residents to get a dog run in Juniper Valley Park have been met by some good and some not-so-good news. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Forest Hills Jews set to celebrate Rosh Hashanah

Residents throughout the borough will ring in the Jewish new year this weekend with much song, prayer and, of course, the blowing of the shofar. Comment.

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