Astoria Times

Friday, Sept. 25, 2009

Astoria Times

Teen killed 21-year-old, then discarded gun: DA

EAST ELMHURST — An East Elmhurst teen was arrested after allegedly killing a 21-year-old in East Elmhurst Friday, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
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Corona man accused of assaulting woman

CORONA — A Corona man was arrested after allegedly punching a woman in the face while she held her 2-year-old daughter, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
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Victim robbed of beer bottle, then stabbed

EAST ELMHURST — Two Corona men were arrested after allegedly stabbing a man after swiping a beer bottle from the individual’s hand, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
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NYPD officer, 42, dies in car crash on BQE

ELMHURST — A city homicide detective from Long Island died Saturday following a crash on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, police said. Comment.
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Man tried to bring gun on flight at LGA: Brown

LAGUARDIA AIRPORT — A Florida man was arrested last week after he tried to bring a loaded gun on a flight out of LaGuardia Airport, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Letters

State gov’t did much to try and save St. John’s, Mary Immac hospitals

In the Sept. 10 TimesLedger Newspapers article “Weiner scores Paterson for Immac, St. John’s shutdowns,” U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) had it wrong in his description of the closure of St. John’s Hospital in Elmhurst and Mary Immaculate Hospital in Jamaica. To say these hospitals closed because Gov. David Paterson failed to provide stimulus funding demonstrates that Weiner is not only unaware of the facts, but fails to appreciate the steps the Paterson administration took to try to save the hospitals. Comment.
Letters

State government protects treatment, welfare of low-wage employees

Workplace violations are more severe and widespread in the low-wage labor market, according to new groundbreaking information released in a report compiled by the University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Urban Economic Development, the National Employment Law Project and the University of California, Los Angeles Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. Comment.
Letters

Do not reduce seniors’ Social Security benefits

For decades the Democratic Party has scared senior citizens before every election with phony accusations that Republicans would reduce or eliminate their Social Security benefits. Even while Republican elected and party officials have urged fiscal responsibility to ensure Social Security and Medicare could be stabilized, Democrats have engaged in scare tactics to win elections while unnerving seniors. Comment.
Editorial

Taking Away the Field of Dreams

For 22 years the Queens Falcons Youth Football League has played and practiced in Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village. For thousands of children between 7 and 16, this was their first experience with team sports. Some went on to play for high school and college teams. For the kids and their parents it was an unforgettable experience. Comment.
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Political Action: Energetic supporters propel Kim in NE Queens primary

The Democratic primary race for the 19th City Council District seat in northeast Queens has ended with Kevin Kim in the lead over Jerry Iannece. The final results of this election, however, will not be determined until all the absentee ballots have been counted. It is believed there are about 1,000 absentee ballots to be included in the final count. Comment.
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QueensLine: Flushing became birthplace of Three Stooges’ Officer Joe

For little boys and girls of a certain age — or perhaps we should say, now at the threshold of being grandparents — a figure from their childhood was born in Flushing Sept. 8, 1910. Joe Bolton, son of a salesman of hotel supplies, left Queens when his parents moved to Manhattan when he was a youngster. Comment.
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Dishing with Dee: Deep personal loss leads to Council candidate’s conversion

The fascinating world of politics has outdone itself again. Late Thursday evening I received a phone call from a friend. His conversation started out, “Dee, did you read today’s Queens Tribune?” I said, “No! I’d been busy all day I hadn’t had time to read any of the local papers, including my own TimesLedger. Why do you ask?” Comment.
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I Sit And Look Out: APEC festival highlights the importance of Little Neck Bay

Usually I am not much of a devotee of “days,” “weeks” and “months” celebrating something, but I make an exception now and then. I do for Estuaries Day, sponsored by the Alley Pond Environmental Center. This year’s event, the fifth annual, will take place Sept. 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Comment.
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Berger’s Burg: Columnist’s cooking skills fall short of his expectations

There are some wives who think we men cannot cook. Nonsense! I happen to be the originator of the “hot yo-yos” — spaghetti wrapped around meatballs. Comment.
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Desserts are draw for Side Door

Astoria restaurateur Gary Anza could be the only business owner in the neighborhood to have been inspired by the 10-day blackout of 2006 to open a new eatery. Comment.
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How’s Business? Let your major decide your job

It is hard to find a well-paying job in the workforce today when you have experience. With college students now back in class, many are contemplating what to major in. Comment.
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Flushing imam held in terror bust

An attorney for a Flushing imam accused of aiding an alleged al-Qaida terrorist said he was trying to help, not trick, federal agents grilling him on the suspect’s whereabouts and activities. Comment.
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Borough Dems defend guv amid pressure not to run

David Paterson’s future as governor is on thin ice following reports that President Barack Obama and some influential Democrats are pressuring him not to run next year, but southeast Queens constituents and other leaders are asking his critics to cut Paterson some slack. Comment.
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State’s top court upholds Ravitch as lieutenant guv

Despite Republican challenges that kept the appointment in court for months, Gov. David Paterson’s appointment of former MTA Chairman Richard Ravitch as lieutenant governor was validated by the state Court of Appeals Tuesday. Comment.
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LIC pet owners muster online to fight for dog runs

A grassy knoll is the latest territory causing friction between the state Parks Department and Long Island City dog owners after the agency barred canines from the area in Gantry Plaza State Park. Dogs were also banned from the old piers when the rest of the new, six-acre grass area opened up in July. Comment.
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SQUISH steps in to fill southeast Queens’ hospital gap

Ever since Mary Immaculate Hospital closed earlier this year, a group of southeast Queens civics has been working hard to make sure residents get their health needs met. Comment.
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Gotti Jr. on trial for fourth time as feds press case

A federal prosecutor described John Gotti Jr. as a merciless killer who spent his life harvesting the fruits of organized crime, but his lawyer said Gotti gave up the rackets before the time the government says he was a Mafia don. Comment.
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Qns Muslims polarized over FBI terror probe

Amid an expanding terrorist investigation in Queens, some members of the borough’s Muslim community expressed outrage over potential terrorists operating in their communities while others were more reticent about discussing the topic. Comment.
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Judge deems Borukhova abusive mom, limits visitation

A Queens Family Court judge ordered last week that Michelle Malakov pay fewer visits to relatives of her convicted mother, who was deemed an abusive parent, after it was revealed that the 6-year-old has been left emotionally confused by her feuding families. Comment.
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Farm Museum fair draws record crowd

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, arm-wrestling aficionados and a record number of other people flocked to the Queens County Farm Museum fair this weekend to indulge themselves in the sights, smells and tastes of an event characterized by blue-ribbon produce and craft contests, children screaming with delight while watching pig races, and a bevy of food options that included fried Oreos, spicy pickles and hot dogs. Comment.
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Flight delays at LaGuardia, JFK worst in nation: FAA

A poll on airports in the New York City metropolitan area indicates that except for the cost of flying, flight delays are the biggest problem for air travelers. Comment.
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Bloomberg backs Ognibene in bid to oust Liz Crowley

The Republican challenger to City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) got a big boost to his campaign last week when Mayor Michael Bloomberg dropped by to endorse him. Comment.
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Whitestone Guard troops home after year in Kuwait

After spending a year in Kuwait’s scorching heat and countless sandstorms, the 23 soldiers of the New York Army National Guard’s 27th Finance Battalion were ecstatic to reunite with family and friends at the New York State Armory in Whitestone Saturday. Comment.
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Video footage shown at Monserrate trial

An alert downstairs neighbor and a clearer picture of an injured woman’s statements to hospital staff were among the revelations uncorked during opening arguments in the trial of state Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst) on assault charges. Comment.
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Asian voters flex electoral muscle at polls

The Sept. 15 primary election drew just 11 percent of eligible voters to the polls citywide, but its impact for emerging immigrant communities like Flushing may be felt for decades. Comment.
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Crowley disputes cutback of medical imaging funds

City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) and Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) called on the federal government not to cut funding for medical imaging, citing a spike in wait times in the city over the past decade. Comment.
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Newcomers crash Queens Dem party

Queens residents cut the cord that towed the Democratic Party line in last week’s primary elections, and while some say politics in the borough is in a state of upheaval, the long-dominant political machine says it is as strong as ever. Comment.
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Reports rank Queens College as a top university

Queens College has not only recently drawn top marks from U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review, but has attracted some of the borough’s most accomplished students and feted athletes and world-class musicians, President James Muyskens told members of the John F. Kennedy Democratic Club last week. Comment.
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Nunes to fight White’s slim lead

The waiting game continues for the Democratic voters in southeast Queens as the city Board of Elections waits to make public its counting of ballots in the near-stalemate between City Councilman Thomas White (D-South Ozone Park) and primary runner-up Lynn Nunes. Comment.
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Cohen denies voter fraud in Council battle

Former City Council candidate Albert Cohen’s camp dismissed reports his campaign had sent in numerous voter registration forms fraught with errors, including the names of dead people, saying any mistakes were growing pains in a massive effort to register voters who Cohen officials called disenfranchised. Comment.
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Boro Latinos protest support for ACORN

Though a scandal surrounding a housing nonprofit whose employees were filmed giving advice on opening a brothel to a fake pimp and prostitute only came as close as Brooklyn, two groups representing Latinos brought the issue home to Queens. Comment.
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Willets Point raids were attempt at coercion: Report

A report issued by the Urban Justice Center Tuesday accuses the city of using strong-arm negotiating tactics with property owners at Willets Point while ignoring more than 200 tenant businesses that operate in the area. Comment.
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Waste transfer furor grows

Business and property owners near a waste transfer station on Review Avenue in Long Island City are getting in on the fight against the facility’s planned expansion. Comment.
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Falcons try to remain at Juniper Valley Park

A well-known Queens youth football league has thrown a hail Mary pass in its bid to continue playing on the grass at Juniper Valley Park after its permits were not renewed this summer. Comment.
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Repair work to resume on Borden Ave Bridge

Work may soon resume on a small bridge over a tributary of Newtown Creek that is prolonging the headaches of Long Island City business owners and community leaders now that a state environmental agency has approved a remediation plan. Comment.
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Sinatra school finally gets a home

Three music industry legends joined hundreds of teachers, students and residents in Astoria this week for the long-awaited unveiling of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts’ new building along 35th Avenue. The institution had been waiting eight years for a permanent home. Comment.
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Atria residents honor Rosh Hashanah in unorthodox way

Music, poetry and laughter rang through a room at the Forest Hills Atria Saturday afternoon as more than 60 city residents ushered in year 5770 on the Jewish calendar. Comment.
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The Reel Queens: Filmmaker’s ‘Dream’ is a family affair in Whitestone

DiNardo, who grew up in Manhattan but lives in Jersey City, shot the final sequence of his soon-to-be 15-minute short, “Dylan’s Dream,” at his cousin Rocco DiNardo’s new pizzeria, DiNardo’s, on Sept. 15. The director drew elements from his own life and incorporated them into his debut film. Comment.
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I’ve Got A Fooding

Call it the French Revolution of food. Comment.
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New York City HS football rankings

There is very little turnover in our rankings this week, the result of favorites prevailing and the CHSFL regular season having yet to begin. Comment.
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Mason, Tigers ready to repeat

Emily Mason can make scoring a goal look effortless and easy at times. The Bishop Kearney junior was a dynamic goal scorer for the Bensonhurst school last season, helping to lead the Tigers to the Brooklyn/Queens girls soccer title. Mason found the back of the net 17 times, but it easily could have been more. Comment.
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Fontbonne girls volleyball starts season off on right foot

There are new players and a new system to get used to, but Linda Strong said her Fontbonne Hall girls volleyball team passed its first test of the season with flying colors. Comment.
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Xaverian clipped by Molloy

The Xaverian boys soccer team worked so hard and were seconds away from claiming a point on the road against the defending CHSAA Class A intersectional champions. All that was left was to defend one final set piece and the Clippers would have played Archbishop Molloy to a scoreless draw at Alley Pond Park in Queens Tuesday afternoon. Comment.
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The Play’s The Thing: Ubiquitous cell phone changes lives in upcoming show

Back in the early 1800s there was a group of skilled British textile workers who protested the introduction of automated looms that would lead to a loss of jobs. Comment.

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