Astoria Times

Friday, Feb. 27, 2009

Astoria Times

Broken utility pole relocated in Edgewater Park

When a utility pole splintered and cracked in Edgewater Park, the residents worried that it would take a lot of effort to get it repaired. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009

Jackson Heights

Corona man arrested in Christmas Eve slay

A violent felon who spent nearly a decade in prison for killing a person in 1989 was responsible for fatally shooting a Corona bartender in the face on Christmas Eve, police sources said. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Ferreras wins special Council race

After a campaign that brought out far more posters than voters in Corona, Elmhurst and East Elmhurst, Julissa Ferreras has won election to the City Council seat vacated by her former boss, state Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D−East Elmhurst). Comment.
Astoria Times

Girl, 16, charged in Corona robbery

CORONA — A teenage girl was arrested on suspicion of robbery after attacking a 19−year−old woman with a group of other teens in January, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man hurt as locomotive slams into 18−wheeler

MASPETH — A man was hospitalized after trying to free an 18−wheeler from railroad crossing gates Monday morning in Maspeth, the FDNY said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Push−in robberies hit south, west Queens

KEW GARDENS — Police in Queens and Brooklyn were searching for three suspects wanted in connection with 17 residential push−in robberies in the boroughs over the past five months. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man tries fleeing accident scene: DA

WOODSIDE — A Bronx man plowed into a pedestrian last Thursday night and tried to flee the scene before being pulled over by police, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Recount should not have happened

It was nice of City Councilman James Gennaro (D−Fresh Meadows) to finally concede the election in the 11th Senate District to state Sen. Frank Padavan (R−Bellerose). But let’s not forget that this occurred after three months and several thousands of dollars of wasted taxpayer money resulting from a recount which never should have been. Comment.
Astoria Times

Shooter in Regalado death gets 25 years

CORONA — A Corona man was sentenced to 25 years in prison Tuesday for the fatal shooting of an 11−year−old girl as she played in a fire hydrant spray on a warm summer night in 2006. Comment.
Letters

Stimulus plan benefits members of American lower, middle classes

Now that President Barack Obama has signed the stimulus package into law, the wheels of progress should begin to turn. But all of us, including the president and Congress, understand this will not be a quick fix for the economy. Comment.
Letters

Facts must get checked before going to print

One of the stories columnist Dee Richard reported on Feb. 12 was the renaming of a portion of 77th Avenue in memory of a judge. The matter had come before Community Board 11 for approval. She went on to state that if the renaming went through, then all the people living on that portion of 77th Avenue would have to change their addresses on their “check books; credit cards; voter registration; driver’s licenses; Social Security, Medicare, health, auto and home insurance policies; the post office, etc.” Comment.
Letters

Help save city Catholic schools

Like many New York children, I grew up in the shadow of a parish school. As a Jewish boy who lived across the street from Saint Saviour High School, I never gave much thought to the school’s impact on the neighborhood. Comment.
Letters

Parents should support citywide school notification system

Last year, state Assembly members Rory Lancman (D−Fresh Meadows), Mark Weprin (D−Little Neck) and Catherine Nolan (D−Ridgewood), state Sens. Frank Padavan (R−Bellerose) and Martin Golden (R−Brooklyn) and former state Sen. Serphin Maltese sponsored the Public Schools Emergency Alert Act. Comment.
Editorial

Mixed Message

Whether you smoke a pack day or hate cigarettes or both, we are sure you have noticed. All the drug store chains in Queens sell cigarettes. The same stores also sell nicotine patches and nicotine gum at $40 a pack or more to help people break the smoking habit. And very often the cigarettes and the anti−smoking aids are right next to one another. Comment.
Editorial

Who Read the Stimulus Bill?

We are hopeful the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will go a long way to helping our nation pull out of this recession and we applaud President Barack Obama for his leadership. Comment.
Astoria Times

Brains, beauty and consternation define the female sex

In various stages of her life, a woman resembles the continents of the world. From 13 to 18, she’s like Africa — virgin territory, unexplored; from 18 to 30, she’s like Asia — hot and exotic; from 30 to 45, she’s like America — fully explored and free with her resources; from 45 to 55, she’s like Europe — exhausted, but not without places of interest; after 55, she’s like Australia — everybody knows it’s down there but nobody much cares. — Al Boliska Comment.
Astoria Times

Sojourner Truth’s zeal made her a star of black history

The remarkable black woman who called herself Sojourner Truth (1797−1883) was born into slavery and became one of the most able and famed spokeswomen for equality and change in American history. This despite the fact that she never learned to read and write and spoke only Dutch until she was sold. Comment.
Astoria Times

Ragusa might interview, endorse Democrat Iannece

Phil Ragusa, say it isn’t so! This weekend, I’ve received three separate phone calls from three different sources claiming that when you hold your screening committee Saturday at Queens County Republican headquarters, that not only are you going to interview Democrat Jerry Iannece, but the rumor mill has it you plan on endorsing him, too. Comment.
Astoria Times

Padavan won race, but faced factors never encountered before

The election for the 11th Senate District has finally come to an end, with incumbent state Sen. Frank Padavan (R−Bellerose) being declared the victor by a narrow margin of 480 votes. It was a long struggle between Padavan and City Councilman James Gennaro (D−Fresh Meadows). Comment.
Astoria Times

Maspeth school playground brightens boro’s green future

On a gloomy Sunday afternoon late last year, my wife, Elaine, and I drove to Maspeth to visit my old junior high school, now known as IS 73, The Frank Sansivieri Intermediate School. But this was no ordinary trip down memory lane. Comment.
Astoria Times

Boro lovers of vinyl have place to call their own

The borough’s vinyl−obsessed, who prefer liner notes to quick downloads and whose musical tastes are more The Yardbirds than the Jonas Brothers, should make Oakland Gardens−based Breakdown Records their first stop. Comment.
Astoria Times

Mattone Group to assume management of Atlas Park

The new company managing the Shops at Atlas Park will be the College Point−based Mattone Group, sources close to the arrangement said Tuesday, which brought a positive response from elected officials and community leaders. Comment.
Astoria Times

Thumbs mostly up for ‘Slumdog’ in Jackson Heights

When Rahul Arora, owner of a Jackson Heights bridal store, saw “Slumdog Millionaire” rake in eight Oscars Sunday, the man who grew up in northern India was elated. Comment.
Astoria Times

ACORN rallies in Laurelton to stop home seizures

Help may be on the way for beleaguered homeowners like Myrna Millington of Laurelton, but housing advocate group ACORN said voluntary actions can be taken right now by banks to halt unnecessary foreclosures even before President Barack Obama’s rescue plan works its way through the economy. Comment.
Astoria Times

Electeds call on mayor to provide aid for flooding

Residents in northeast and central Queens have been putting up with flooding on their roads and in their homes for decades and it is time for Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. David Paterson to do something about it, lawmakers said Friday. Comment.
Astoria Times

DWI injures 7 outside nightclub in Astoria: DA

A 24−year−old Woodhaven man was charged with assault after he allegedly drove drunk and crashed into a crowd of seven pedestrians outside an Astoria nightclub last weekend, injuring all of them, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Astoria Times

No option left but to hope

Queens Village resident Jean−Andre Sassine said he’s at the end of his rope. Comment.
Astoria Times

Cuomo seeks to curb predatory lending

State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said he supports President Barack Obama’s $275 billion plan to tackle the foreclosure crisis that has cost thousands of Queens residents their homes and is looking for ways to stop the predatory lending that led to the housing crisis. Comment.
Astoria Times

Madoff scammed 120 Queens clients: Court papers

About 120 accounts from individuals, families, businesses and trusts in 22 neighborhoods of Queens were ensnared in the $50 billion Ponzi scheme created by borough native Bernard Madoff, according to documents filed in bankruptcy court in Manhattan. Comment.
Astoria Times

LIC nonprofit helps public housing residents with taxes

The absolute deadline for income tax returns is still a month and a half away, but residents of the Queensbridge, Ravenswood, Astoria and Woodside public housing projects are getting into gear, thanks to an ambitious nonprofit program in Long Island City. Comment.
Astoria Times

Ex−MTA chairman talks tolls, tax in Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights residents got sobering messages of sacrifice and necessity from former MTA Chairman Richard Ravitch, but few assurances that the borough’s specific transit woes would be solved if his plan to institute East River tolls and a payroll tax were implemented. Comment.
Astoria Times

Middle Village−based drug ring brought in $100M: Feds

Federal authorities have charged 10 people in connection with a massive marijuana trafficking operation run out of a home in Middle Village in a massive investigation that reportedly stemmed from a 2008 traffic stop in the neighborhood, federal prosecutors said last week. Comment.
Astoria Times

Empty stores plague Queens streets: Weiner

U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D−Forest Hills) said that the top shopping strips in the borough have taken a major hit under the ailing economy, as 12 percent of storefronts are currently sitting vacant. Comment.
Astoria Times

MTA begins digging No. 7 subway extension

Mayor Michael Bloomberg called Manhattan’s Far West Side a place “full of promise” as a gigantic boring machine was lowered into place for the No. 7 train extension, the first city subway expansion project in half a century. Comment.
Astoria Times

Council members push for task force on bed bugs

Three City Council committees convened Tuesday to look into what can be done about a bed bug problem that has worsened annually in the city in the past five years. Comment.
Astoria Times

Stoplight at 21st St. hailed

The executive director of an Astoria Boys and Girls Club said she and other neighbors of a deadly intersection on 21st Street have been able to breathe a sigh of relief following the installation of a long−awaited traffic signal at the site last fall. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens pols slam Arab ban of Israeli athlete

After the United Arab Emirates banned a female Israeli professional tennis player from competing in a tournament in Dubai, elected officials in Queens moved to censure such actions in the future. Comment.
Astoria Times

Sunnyside gears up for March 1 gay−friendly St. Patrick’s parade

With March right around the corner, the time has come once again for Sunnyside to open its arches to St. Patrick’s Day revelers of all stripes. Comment.
Astoria Times

Look back in Anger

Kenneth Anger, one of the icons of avant garde cinema, will get his long overdue moment in the spotlight this year following the opening last weekend of an exhibition of the filmmaker’s work at Long Island City’s P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center. Comment.
Astoria Times

In great dialogue, no words are off limits to playwrights

The late George Carlin, recently honored with the Mark Twain Award for American Humor, was fascinated by our use of language. Many of his comic routines explored how words convey and disguise meaning, and our use of politically correct phrases and euphemisms. Perhaps best known was his rant about “the seven words you can’t say on television.” (They probably can’t be printed in this newspaper either, so I better not try.) Comment.
Astoria Times

Astorian sings of faith, depression on new CD

Latina singer and songwriter Melissa Otero celebrated the release of her debut album “My Spirit” in January. She finds it difficult to contain her joy, which is validated not only by her rising success, but also by a more personal triumph. Comment.

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