Astoria Times

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009

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Man, woman send each other to hospital, jail: DA

OZONE PARK — A pair of young people both went to the hospital for stitches and then to jail after getting into a fight Sept. 29, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
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Man went on rampage with knife, bar, car: DA

On Sept. 29 at the corner of 90th Street and Jamaica Avenue, Sigfredo Davila, 45, grabbed a 16-year-old boy in a headlock, threw him to the ground and kicked him, according to a complaint filed by the DA’s office. When the teen got up to walk way, Davila allegedly got into a car and drove toward him, jumped out of the vehicle while it was still in gear, slashed him on the wrist and then ran after the car and drove off, the DA’s office said. Comment.
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Older man killed while working under his car

WOODSIDE — A senior citizen was killed Tuesday afternoon in an accident while he was working underneath his car, police said. Comment.
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Woman, 51, from Corona missing for over a month

CORONA — Police sought the public’s help in finding a woman who has been reported missing from her home for more than a month. Comment.
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Police release info on Kew Gdns. home burglar

Investigators say Dwayne Lang, 46, broke into a residence at 120th Street and Queens Boulevard Aug. 5. Comment.
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Cops receive break in 3-yr.-old burglary case

SOUTH OZONE PARK — Investigators released the name and photo of a man they are looking for in connection with a burglary that took place more than three years ago. Comment.
Letters

SUNY is the foundation for the future

While the media appears to be more interested in President Barack Obama’s treatment of Gov. David Paterson and its political implications, we cannot overlook the fact that Obama came to SUNY Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, N.Y., Sept. 21 for a major address on education, research and the economy. Comment.
Letters

DOB reforms don’t ensure efficiency

For more than 20 years Queens civic leaders have been engaged in a good faith effort to bring reform to the city Department of Buildings. Over the past two decades we have seen the agency’s inspectors indicted for bribery, the agency’s managers “tweak” the Zoning Resolution and Building Code until it has no meaning and agency oversight failures result in injuries and death. Comment.
Letters

Primary election cost taxpayers a lot

Now that the primary election is over, it is time to add up the costs. Comment.
Letters

Voters should send Bloomy packing

Let us hope this is a public rebuke of Bloomberg and his failed policies. Perhaps the electorate is sick of higher property taxes, sky-high water and sewer charges, dirty streets, overcrowded schools and higher transit fares. The mayor has tried to charge citizens higher fees and taxes on just about everything under the sun. Comment.
Letters

Ackerman must support American workers, not illegal immigrants

An open letter to U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman. Comment.
Letters

Practice whatever religion you want

I would like to comment on the article “GOP has faith in Halloran” (Little Neck Ledger, Sept. 24) and Dee Richard’s column “Deep personal loss leads to Council candidate’s conversion” (Little Neck Ledger, Sept. 24). Comment.
Editorial

Will the Real ACORN Please Stand Up ?

In the wake of a video that shows ACORN officials telling a couple pretending to be a prostitute and a pimp how to get federal funds that would be used to open a brothel, the federal, state and local governments have decided to pull the plug on government funding for the nationwide advocacy group. For the most part local elected officials have supported this response with a few notable exceptions. Comment.
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Political Action: Race for Avella’s seat heats up between Halloran, Kim

State Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) recently indicated that in his 40 years in politics he has never seen anything like it whereby a candidate’s religion became a political issue. Comment.
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Berger’s Burg: Americans pull out ahead for Kings of Cursing title

Why don’t you bore a hole in yourself and let the sap run out? — Groucho Marx Comment.
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I Sit And Look Out: Boro residents should support their local community gardens

First Lady Michelle Obama got much-deserved attention when she and Washington, D.C., schoolchildren started an organic vegetable and fruit garden on the South Lawn of the White House. But she was not the first resident of the White House to take such action. Comment.
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QueensLine: Woodhaven’s founder wanted to create an independent city

With unlimited energy and a vast pool of capital, he embarked on a grand scheme that envisioned a new metropolis that boasted industry and factories, fine residences, beautiful parks and, as its centerpiece, a great port on Jamaica Bay. Because his dream city lay east of New York City, he decided to name it “East New York.” Comment.
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Dishing with Dee: Involved parties must tell truth on possible ousting of Halloran

And the political beat goes on and on ad infinitum. This time we have three different versions of a political situation, which is the Queens Tribune reportage of the Dan Halloran campaign. Comment.
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Bayside yoga studio focuses on healing

When Maggie Salomon was in a car accident more than five years ago, her back was severely hurt and she could barely move. Scared her life had taken a serious turn for the worse, Salomon started taking hot yoga classes — a move she said changed everything for her. Comment.
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DEATH IN THE STREETS: Athlete’s mistaken arrest stuns Magnet

In a case of mistaken identity, a Campus Magnet High School football star was held Friday afternoon for questioning in the murder of a 13-year-old boy before cops realized he was not the suspect. Comment.
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NYHQ spells out swine flu prevention

As hospitals and schools around the borough gear up for the start of this year’s flu season, doctors and medical experts are alerting the public to make healthy lifestyle choices this winter but not overreact to swine flu concerns. Comment.
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DEATH IN THE STREETS: Teen busted after stray bullet kills boy, 13

Teenage anger exploded from the barrel of a gun Friday in Cambria Heights and claimed the life of an innocent 13-year-old, police said, causing an outcry from community leaders sick of violence and death. Comment.
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Citi Field streaker glum over ban from stadium

With the New York Mets’ playoff hopes dashed and the organization looking toward the 2010 season for redemption, the exploits of the College Point man who ran nearly naked across the field back in May seem like a distant memory. Comment.
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New MTA chief rides 7%A0to work on his first day

Jay Walder, raised in Queens and renowned for major upgrades to London’s buses and subways, took the No. 7 train Monday to his first day of work as New York City’s transit chief. Comment.
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Past Gotti Jr.%A0hit man recalls life of fancy cars, murder

The prosecution trying for a fourth time to convict John Gotti Jr. has staked much of its case on a 47-year-old self-confessed hit man and one-time sidekick and pal of the defendant. Comment.
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Addabbo opposes runoff elections

State Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) has called for the abolition of run-off elections in New York state as a waste of millions of taxpayer dollars and has pledged to take action toward that end. Comment.
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Hero pilot Sully heads back to the sky from LaGuardia

LaGuardia Airport is known for being crowded, but typically the throngs lining the terminal are travelers, not journalists. Comment.
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Rahman uses anti-gay marriage stance vs. Dromm

Mujib Rahman is a Democrat and he is quick to tell you that. Comment.
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St. Albans tree is milestone

Actress Bette Midler and Mayor Michael Bloomberg celebrated the quarter mark of the MillionTreesNYC initiative with a 250,000th planting in St. Albans Monday and the two green partners are pushing to improve the city’s environment further. Comment.
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Hospital closure bill awaits Paterson’s pen

A bevy of elected officials representing Queens at the city and state level gathered last week outside Jamaica’s Queens Hospital Center to call on Gov. David Paterson to sign a bill that would require the state to notify communities about hospital closings and plan more extensively for the fallout. Comment.
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DEATH IN THE STREETS: Murder spurs calls to curtail violence

Friday’s killing of a Campus Magnet High School freshman has angered the southeast Queens community and now activists, elected officials and parents are urging neighborhood residents to band together to prevent another murder. Comment.
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2 Queens men named in Buildings bribe scandal

A Whitestone man who owns a Maspeth business and a former city buildings inspector from Oakland Gardens were among 29 people charged in a massive sting involving the mob, the construction industry and city building inspectors, the Manhattan district attorney’s office said. Comment.
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Man convicted of mugging elderly Jamaica residents

The mugger who put two elderly Queens women in the hospital after he attacked them at their doorsteps was convicted Tuesday afternoon following a second trial, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
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Judge drops two charges in Monserrate slash trial

A Queens Supreme Court judge threw out two of the assault charges against state Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst) Tuesday as his legal team called their first witness. Comment.
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Lynn Nunes formally concedes%A0to Tom White in Council race

After being denied the chance to fight his four-vote primary loss by a Queens Civil Court judge, Lynn Nunes formally conceded his race against City Councilman Thomas White (D-South Ozone Park) Tuesday afternoon. Comment.
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Vallone wants MTA maintenance

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) is calling on the MTA to ensure noise caused by construction on one of Astoria’s bridges is halted and he wants Amtrak to upgrade one of the community’s other bridges. Comment.
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Rich Hill man scammed West Indians for over $1M: DA

A 49-year-old Richmond Hill man has been charged with defrauding nearly a dozen members of the Queens West Indian community out of more than $1 million by claiming to be a federal agent, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
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Cyclist mourned in Woodside

The line of bicycles leaning against the fence on the narrow traffic island in Woodside Friday night formed a daisy chain of jittery, strobing taillights as rider after rider laid flowers and other tributes at a memorial to the 38-year-old cycling activist who died there this summer. Comment.
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Far Rockaway woman%A0guilty in castration slay

A Far Rockaway woman was convicted last week in the 2007 killing of her stepfather and for cutting off his penis, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
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Queens orchestra hits%A0high notes for season

It may have been a little strapped for cash, but the Queens Symphony Orchestra is preparing to kick off a fortissimo season of classical music in the borough. Comment.
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Owner threatens CB 2 with lewder strip club in LIC

The owner of a Long Island City strip club is warning Community Board 2 that its efforts to stop his liquor license application could result in a far racier club with a younger audience. Comment.
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Boro reps criticize Social Security plan

A group of Democratic elected officials and a City Council candidate have demanded that the Social Security Administration scrap its plan to cut off cost-of-living allowances for two years despite rising costs. Comment.
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CB 2 votes to make Barnett Ave one-way

Changes have at least begun on the Sunnyside Gardens community’s big plans for Barnett Avenue. Community Board 2 voted unanimously to approve a plan to make the narrow street run one-way westbound from 48th to 50th streets. Comment.
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Vernon Blvd. development causes street woes for LIC

It was touted in real estate magazines for years and renderings show two glass monoliths, but the current reality for a construction site in Hunters Point is a lot less glamorous. Comment.
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Making their Way

Family intrigue, classroom conflict, racial tension and one egregiously ripped-off leprechaun are just some of the themes that theatergoers can look forward to this fall, as the new season makes its way to the stage. Comment.
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The Play’s The Thing: Politics is theater, and political theater is great entertainment

Lots more entertaining but somewhat less risky than the Casual Encounters section of Craigslist is our political process. The latest New York City campaign is winding down to a foregone conclusion on Nov. 3 for those on the Democratic line, while independent Mayor Mike appears to be a heavy favorite. If the figures can be believed, only 2 percent of the city’s population voted in the recent runoff election, and not too many more made the effort in the primary two weeks earlier. And it only cost us taxpayers about $15 million for each trip to the ballot box! Comment.

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