Astoria Times

Friday, Oct. 2, 2009

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Queens eateries on parade for boro’s Restaurant Week

Queens foodies can feast on global cuisine at some of the borough’s top eateries for less than the price of two movie tickets and popcorn, with the arrival of that tasty time of year known as Queens Restaurant Week. Comment.
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Avli: Bayside Greek tavern serves tasty, affordable fare

While the debate rages on about whether or not the recession is drawing to an end, many of us are still watching our pennies. The prudent among us may eschew precious little platefuls of artfully arranged mouthfuls at extravagant prices, opting instead for restaurants that deliver generous portions of tasty, rib sticking food, with something left over for the “doggy” (or your next day’s lunch). Avli, on Bell Boulevard in Bayside, is an exemplar of this no nonsense approach with its hearty fare and affordable prices. Comment.
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DA charges Bronx man with exposing himself

CORONA — A suspected pervert was arrested last week after he allegedly followed a woman home after he exposed himself to her, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
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Pedestrian struck, killed crossing Woodhaven Blvd.

FOREST HILLS — A 32-year-old woman was killed early Tuesday morning as she was trying to cross Woodhaven Boulevard, police said. Comment.
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Police search for two gas station burglars

ELMHURST — Two men were wanted by the police for allegedly holding up a Gulf gas station last month, police said. Comment.
Letters

Herodotus is right; Xerxes is wrong

Clarifications are needed to stories in the Sept. 17 edition of the Howard Beach Times. Comment.
Letters

Kim should not emulate Ackerman

Kevin Kim, the winner of the Democratic primary for City Councilman Tony Avella’s (D-Bayside) seat, proudly touts the endorsement he received from U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside). Comment.
Letters

Enforce harsher parking laws on drivers along Bell Boulevard

I would like to respond to the editorial “Killing Business on Bell Boulevard” (Little Neck Ledger, Sept. 17). Comment.
Letters

Pols must back consumer protection

A year after the financial meltdown and hundreds of billions of dollars in taxpayer-financed bailouts, American consumers still lack significant protections from the irresponsible and predatory practices that caused the Great Recession. The lack of financial industry oversight is a root cause of our financial crisis and must be addressed. Comment.
Letters

Criticism of Carrozza overshadows work she does for community

I agree with Vince Tabone when he wrote in his letter to the editor “enough is enough” (“Carrozza should resign from office,” Bayside Times, Sept. 17). Comment.
Editorial

Mike Bloomberg for Re-Election as Mayor of New York

Those of us who have lived in New York for a long time remember the all-too-recent days when crime was rampant, infrastructure was crumbling, services were diminishing and, indeed, the city itself seemed ungovernable. Comment.
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Our History: Title of czar had ultimate origin in the name Caesar

Czars have played a role throughout history. In governments today we have an unprecedented number of people serving with that title. This piqued my interest as to the origin and use of that term over the centuries. Most dictionaries give little explanation and many are sparse as far as history is concerned, so I proceeded to search on my own. Comment.
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Berger’s Burg: Oktoberfest celebrates that grand ol’ drink called beer

Nothing ever tasted better than a cold beer on a beautiful [October] afternoon with nothing to look forward to than more of the same. — Hugh Hood Comment.
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Dishing with Dee: 2 state Legislature seats could serve good fit for Avella in ’10

It seems if you rile the public sufficiently, it will take the time to sit down and write a letter of complaint to the editor of what in their mind is offensive. Comment.
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Political Action: Republicans hopeful they can win back Avella’s seat

When it comes to primary elections, there is an old adage that refers to primary candidates: “If you get your people out, you win; if you don’t, you lose.” Comment.
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How’s Business? Spend wisely on children

Babies have no concept of or sympathy for our challenging economic environment. At most of the networking meetings I attend, I consistently hear one of two things: “I would love to have another child but cannot afford to” or “I have to wait a few more years before we can start having children— we just cannot afford to have a kid right now with our tight budget.” Comment.
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Haven for hounds opens in LIC

It’s a dog’s life in Long Island City. Comment.
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Queens seniors are prime targets for scams: Study

A recently released report by U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) shows Queens seniors have been harder hit by financial scams than those living almost anywhere else in the state, and the legislator hopes her new five-point plan will help to combat the fraud she said is plaguing New York. Comment.
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Borden Ave. Vets Residence to open clinic

As Queens health facilities get a $30 million infusion of cash from the state, the borough’s population of homeless veterans is not being left out. Comment.
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Former cop says he saw Gotti Jr. pal shoot man in bar

A renegade former New York City detective testified Tuesday that he was present when a Gambino crime family associate of John Gotti Jr. fatally shot and killed an alleged drug dealer 11 years ago. Comment.
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Aqueduct bidders pitch plans

As they await Gov. David Paterson’s decision, the six bidders vying for the contract to redevelop Aqueduct Race Track are making their pitches to the neighborhoods close to the Ozone Park course. Comment.
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Woodside vendor wins prize at street food contest

The city’s best of the best in street food went head-to-head against each other in Flushing Meadows Corona Park this weekend and nearly 200 visitors ate it all up. Comment.
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EPA to pursue Superfund status for Newtown Creek

The borough’s most notorious polluted waterway got one step closer to a major cleanup last week when the federal Environmental Protection Agency announced it would recommend that Newtown Creek be placed on a national priority list for Superfund status. Comment.
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Boro terror suspect in court

The former Flushing man at the center of an ongoing federal investigation into an alleged al-Qaida attack remained silent as his defense entered a not guilty plea in Brooklyn federal court Tuesday morning on a conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction charge. Comment.
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Apologetic rapist drags woman into Forest Pk.

A 29-year old woman was raped in a wooded area near Forest Park last week, police said. Comment.
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Rich Hill murderer gets 25 years to life

A Georgia man who killed his cousin in Richmond Hill a decade ago and then fled the state probably will spend the rest of his life behind bars after being sentenced in Queens Criminal Court last Thursday. Comment.
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Maloney mourns husband

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s (D-Astoria) husband died in his sleep last week on a Tibetan mountain shortly after having scaled its 27,000-foot peak, the congresswoman’s office announced Saturday. Comment.
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Queens’ fast buses in pipeline: MTA

The super express buses called Bus Rapid Transit originally were to debut on Merrick Boulevard in Jamaica, but that was nearly a decade ago and their Queens future has long been in question. Comment.
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Boro group for disabled holds annual ball game in Flushing

Big league baseball players may be gearing up for the World Series, but this weekend dozens of energetic athletes took to their field of dreams at Kissena Corridor Park in Flushing. Comment.
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Property owner denies ever having abandoned project

A proposed strip club near the Queensboro Bridge that Community Board 2 members thought had been scrapped by the property owner is back on track, board members warned last month. Comment.
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Boro rail depot plan revived

The controversial Cross Harbor Freight Tunnel plan is picking up steam again, raising eyebrows and hackles in Maspeth and Glendale. Comment.
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MTA approves renovation job for Ridgewood subway station

A ramshackle Queens subway station that transit officials have judged the city’s worst along with 18 other neglected stations in the borough have been chosen for restoration. Comment.
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Monserrate case hinges on testimony of ER doc

During the second week of the domestic violence trial of state Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst), an emergency room doctor at Long Island Jewish Hospital testified that a frantic, sobbing Karla Giraldo repeatedly told her Monserrate had attacked her with a drinking glass. Comment.
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Thompson says city slow to fix subway stations

City Comptroller William Thompson has accused the New York City Transit Authority of dragging its feet on repairs in subway stations. Comment.
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Subway line managers make a difference: MTA

A City Council committee heard testimony as to whether the New York City Transit Authority’s appointment of managers for each subway line was worthwhile and by most accounts the answer was yes. Comment.
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Paterson visits NYHQ to announce $30M state grant

Queens may have lost three hospitals over the past year, but the state is responding with $30 million in extra funding for the borough’s other hospitals and clinics, Gov. David Paterson announced at New York Hospital Queens Friday. Comment.
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Haven created for%A0Forest Hills center

Darryl McDaniels from Run-DMC, JetBlue Airways Chief Executive Officer Dave Barger and hundreds of volunteers last week unveiled a playground at Forestdale in Forest Hills that will serve as a safe haven for foster children and their families. Comment.
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Liu wins comptroller runoff amid low turnout

Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing) defeated Councilman David Yassky (D-Brooklyn) in the run-off election Tuesday to determine who would take the Democratic slot in the Nov. 3 race to replace city Comptroller William Thompson. Comment.
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Boro’s best eateries on display during 2009 Restaurant Week

Queens residents were lining up for a smorgasbord of savory foods in Kew Gardens Tuesday at the kickoff for the fourth annual Queens Restaurant Week, which has been extended this year to 10 days. Comment.
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1,200 graduates bid LaGuardia farewell

Pomp and circumstance paraded through Madison Square Garden last Thursday morning as LaGuardia Community College celebrated its annual commencement exercises. Comment.
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Gore helps make LIC green

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he planned to paint the town white upon meeting with former Vice President Al Gore last week on top of a Long Island City YMCA, where the two made the roof more environmentally friendly by adding a coat of paint. Comment.
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Queens leaders push MTA for green renovation

As the MTA puts together its next five-year capital plan, elected officials in Ridgewood are calling on the agency to let them turn a neglected piece of property into green space. Comment.
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Jay Walder takes the reins as chief of MTA

Jay Walder, the new head of the MTA, takes over Monday “with his sleeves rolled up” for a job which by all accounts will be challenging. Comment.
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Apartment of agriculture

It started with a call to action from famed organic foodie and Chez Panisse founder Alice Waters. Comment.
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Sunnyside musical auteur readies new production

Triple-threat writer, composer and lyricist Bryan Putnam of Sunnyside is thrilled about the upcoming world premiere of his new show, “The ToyMaker,” playing at the New York Musical Theatre Festival at The Theatre at St. Clements in Manhattan from Oct. 5-18. Comment.

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