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Friday, May 30, 2008

Whitestone Times

Hammer-wielding trio injures motorist: Cops

BAYSIDE — A woman was assaulted while driving Saturday when three unknown men approached her car and broke her car windows with a hammer, according to police. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Credit card stolen at Bally Fitness: Police

LITTLE NECK — A wallet containing credit cards was stolen from a Little Neck gym Sunday and used to make unauthorized purchases, police said. The wallet was left in a gym locker at Bally Total Fitness, located at 245-24 Horace Harding Expressway, where the theft occurred some time between noon and 2 p.m. Sunday, according to police. Purchases were made with the stolen cards, police said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Cash, jewelry, purse nabbed in burglary

BAYSIDE — Jewelry and other valuables were taken from a Bayside home that was burglarized Sunday, police said. The unknown suspect forcibly opened a rear door and entered the home on the 53rd Avenue block of 201st Street some time between 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, police said. Cash, jewelry and a handbag were stolen from the home, police said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Thousands march in Little Neck-Douglaston parade

Thousands of military men and women, marching bands, elected officials and residents streamed down Northern Boulevard in Little Neck Monday as Mayor Michael Bloomberg saluted veterans at the nation's largest Memorial Day parade. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Restored chopper a labor of love for vet

More than 50 years ago, a judge gave Ron Hatton a choice: Enlist in the armed forces or go to jail. Last Thursday, in a Marine Corps drill in Cunningham Park, he landed a helicopter that he and his former squadron mates had flown in Vietnam, found in a junkyard and lovingly restored to fighting condition. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Parents in District 25 protest school cut plan

More than two dozen parents of District 25 students marched to protest against Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed education budget cuts last week, saying the $450 million shortfall would cripple already underfunded schools. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Molloy mourns psychologist

Students and staff of Archbishop Molloy High School were preparing to pay their last respects this week to a man who helped thousands of boys and girls mature into young adults. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Mandingo urges city to preserve burial site

A Bayside community activist is renewing his call for the historic Martin's Field African-American burial ground in Flushing to be honored and maintained by the city as a cemetery and not a park. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Macedonia AME Church to honor Bayside community activist

The Macedonia AME Church in Flushing plans to honor a community activist, who is also a singer, with a tribute in song next weekend. Comment.
Whitestone Times

LIJ officials unveil $500M redevelopment project

Administrators at Long Island Jewish Medical Center updated the community last week on what was described as the most extensive construction projects being built on the campus since the hospital opened in 1954. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Flushing man convicted in butcher knife murders

A Flushing man was convicted of first-degree murder last Thursday for stabbing a brother and sister to death with a butcher knife 59 times three years ago and now faces life in prison, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Flag joins Baysider in hometown

An American flag that once graced the skies of Iraq now flies over the streets of Bayside. Comment.
Whitestone Times

DJ’s suit against Liu thrown out of court

The U.S. Court of Appeals unanimously voted to reject a defamation lawsuit last Thursday against City Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing), who took to task a controversial radio disc jockey for making threats about a rival and his family. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Children thrive in Bayside, Flushing

Bayside, Rego Park and Forest Hills take a bow for receiving the distinction of being listed among the borough's most child-friendly communities in the five boroughs in a new study that weighed school quality, safety, access to healthy food, parkland and jobs. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Bayside Marine gets kidney from fellow vet

Memorial Day had always been a momentous occasion for James Donohue, going back to when his father would take him to watch the soldiers march in the Bayside parade. When he became a Vietnam veteran, the holiday took on more meaning. Comment.
Ridgewood

Ridgewood ranks high on top spots for children

Bayside, Rego Park and Forest Hills take a bow for receiving the distinction of being listed among the borough's most child-friendly communities in the five boroughs in a new study that weighed school quality, safety, access to healthy food, parkland and jobs. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Report says children thrive in boro neighborhoods

Bayside, Rego Park and Forest Hills take a bow for receiving the distinction of being listed among the borough's most child-friendly communities in the five boroughs in a new study that weighed school quality, safety, access to healthy food, parkland and jobs. Comment.
Little Neck Ledger

Bayside best for kids: Report

Bayside, Rego Park and Forest Hills take a bow for receiving the distinction of being listed among the borough's most child-friendly communities in the five boroughs in a new study that weighed school quality, safety, access to healthy food, parkland and jobs. Comment.
Laurelton

Laurelton residents, vets march in parade

Just before 10 a.m. on Memorial Day, hundreds of Laurelton children and teens were ready to go. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Advocates say children thrive in Queens

Bayside, Rego Park and Forest Hills take a bow for receiving the distinction of being listed among the borough's most child-friendly communities in the five boroughs in a new study that weighed school quality, safety, access to healthy food, parkland and jobs. Comment.
Jamaica Times

Howard Beach gets kudos for kid life

Bayside, Rego Park and Forest Hills take a bow for receiving the distinction of being listed among the borough's most child-friendly communities in the five boroughs in a new study that weighed school quality, safety, access to healthy food, parkland and jobs. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Kids thrive in Fresh Mdws.: Report

Bayside, Rego Park and Forest Hills take a bow for receiving the distinction of being listed among the borough's most child-friendly communities in the five boroughs in a new study that weighed school quality, safety, access to healthy food, parkland and jobs. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Kids thrive in Fresh Meadows: Report

Bayside, Rego Park and Forest Hills take a bow for receiving the distinction of being listed among the borough's most child-friendly communities in the five boroughs in a new study that weighed school quality, safety, access to healthy food, parkland and jobs. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Kids thrive in Forest Hills, Rego Pk.

Bayside, Rego Park and Forest Hills take a bow for receiving the distinction of being listed among the borough's most child-friendly communities in the five boroughs in a new study that weighed school quality, safety, access to healthy food, parkland and jobs. Comment.
Flushing Times

Kids thrive in Flushing: Report

Bayside, Rego Park and Forest Hills take a bow for receiving the distinction of being listed among the borough's most child-friendly communities in the five boroughs in a new study that weighed school quality, safety, access to healthy food, parkland and jobs. Comment.
Bayside Times

Berger’s Burg

A mother said, “Get up, son. It’s time for graduation.” He answered, “I don’t want to go. The kids are mean and they threaten me with spitballs.” “You must go.” “Why?” “Because you’re the dean!” Comment.
Bayside Times

Report names Bayside best for kids

Bayside, Rego Park and Forest Hills take a bow for receiving the distinction of being listed among the borough's most child-friendly communities in the five boroughs in a new study that weighed school quality, safety, access to healthy food, parkland and jobs. Comment.
Astoria Times

Residents escape injury in Woodhaven fire

WOODHAVEN — Firefighters responded to a blaze in the basement of a Woodhaven home Tuesday. Emergency personnel were on the scene around 12:45 p.m. Tuesday and were working to extinguish the blaze at the Woodhaven home located at 85-12 96th St. No one was seriously injured in the fire, according to emergency personnel at the scene. Comment.
Astoria Times

NYPD captain exposed self in station: Report

KEW GARDENS—A straphanger saw a whole different side of a NYPD transit captain Tuesday, police said Tuesday. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man caught on tape robbing eatery: Cops

ASTORIA — A man was caught on videotape stealing money from the register of a popular Astoria eatery Saturday, according to police. Comment.
Letters

U.S. government has lost touch with the US

Our government and representatives no longer serve our aspirations, but rather impose and demand subservience to their desires and pleasures. Comment.
Letters

QC dorms will ruin nature of neighboring community

Your two articles on the City University of New York and Queens College offer an interesting contrast. While the cries of outrage come from our elected officials and educational activists over CUNY budget cuts, Queens College is spending $77 million to build an unneeded dormitory. Comment.
Letters

Families, commuters will benefit from summer gas tax holiday

I read your May 8 editorial "Say 'No' to the Padavan Plan." I agree America must do more to control its fossil fuels addiction. That is why I have worked in the state Senate to advance legislative initiatives to provide various tax credits and incentives to foster the research, development and availability of renewable and alternative energy sources in New York. Comment.
Letters

Democrats can win White House only with Obama-Clinton ticket

The Democratic presidential primary race has split the base. Emotions are stressed, resulting in supporters of both candidates reporting that they would not vote for their Democratic opponent in the general election. Comment.
Editorial

Come back, Reverend Al

Where is the Rev. Al Sharpton and his dog-and-pony show when Queens needs him? In the last two weeks, there has been a bloodbath from Far Rockaway to Jackson Heights and the preacher cannot be found. Comment.
Editorial

‘A nightmare every day’

In the past year, so much attention was paid to the mayor's congestion pricing plan that some might think only Manhattan is suffering from serious traffic congestion that pollutes the air, wastes gas and distracts drivers. The more than 400,000 drivers living in Queens and relying on their vehicles to get to work know that is untrue. Comment.
Opinion

The Civic Scene

Chris Pendergast and fellow sufferers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease — are taking their annual motorized wheelchair ride between Montauk and Manhattan to raise awareness about the disease. I have met the man and his fellow sufferers when they stopped at St. John's University's parking lot during their annual ride. Comment.
Astoria Times

South Queens Speaks

On May 16, the Greater Woodhaven Development Corp. held its 29th annual dinner-dance at La Bella Vita in Ozone Park honoring state Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer (D-Rockaway Beach) as Woman of the Year. Fedele Bianchi, owner of F & J Carpet in Woodhaven, was honored as Man of the Year and Dr. Anthony DeSano, the Center for Alternative Medicine director, was honored as Business Owner of the Year. Comment.
Opinion

Political Action

An important focal point in the 30th City Council seat special election recently occurred at the Juniper Park Civic Association Candidates' Night. Comment.
Astoria Times

Neighbor to Neighbor

The good news is, people are living longer, healthier, more active and happier lives — many beyond 100. The Linden-Klein-Pecoraro family had hoped Dora Linden would have been one of those people, but that was not to be. Rosedale's Dora Linden, mother of community activist Sheila Pecoraro, died, leaving a void in many hearts. She was 90. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee

I hope everyone celebrated Memorial Day by either attending a parade or holding a barbecue with friends and neighbors. Barbecues are good ways to herald the beginning of summer and provide a chance to catch up with friends and neighbors. Comment.
Astoria Times

Berger’s Burg

A mother said, "Get up, son. It's time for graduation." He answered, "I don't want to go. The kids are mean and they threaten me with spitballs." "You must go." "Why?" "Because you're the dean!" Comment.
Astoria Times

LIC photog has diverse clientele

On any given week, Doug Holt's job requires him to deal with mobsters, politicians and models and to travel anywhere from Douglaston to Croatia. But the Jackson Heights-based photographer, who operates his studio out of Long Island City, said Queens has been one of his best backdrops. Comment.
Astoria Times

How’s Business?

Queens residents are not only feeling pinched at the pump, but a better than 5 percent price spike on grocery bills. The global increase and demand for food commodities by the middle class of India and China are driving up prices. Comment.
Astoria Times

Fundraisers

A Spring Night Gala Comment.
Astoria Times

Business Calendar

Luncheon Comment.
Astoria Times

Willets Pt. housing lottery may trigger spat in CB 3, 7

If the city gains approval for its controversial Willets Point redevelopment plan, it could leave two Queens community boards in a fight over who gets the greatest bounty of the 1,100 units of affordable housing the project promises. Comment.
Astoria Times

Rich Hill man beats a goal

A Richmond Hill resident set to walk 20 miles around Manhattan in the middle of the night Saturday surpassed his goal of raising $1,000 for suicide prevention. Comment.
Astoria Times

Rego Park aunt presses state to monitor abusers

A Rego Park woman headed to Albany early this month to urge legislators to pass a bill requiring electronic monitoring bracelets in cases where a person seeks an order of protection against an abuser. Comment.
Astoria Times

Police suspect gang activity in daytime shooting spree

Five people were shot in broad daylight on Roosevelt Avenue in Elmhurst Saturday in what was probably a gang-related attack, police said, leading to calls from the community for an increased police presence. Comment.
Astoria Times

Paranoid Tarloff sent back to Riker’s

The city Corrections Department has returned Corona native David Tarloff to Rikers Island, his lawyer said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Officials devise security plan in wake of teens’ killings

In response to the murders of two teenagers in Far Rockaway within three days of each other, elected officials representing the Rockaways met behind closed doors last week with Queens District Attorney Richard Brown to come up with a plan to stop the violence. Comment.
Astoria Times

200 mourn Brandon Bethea

Although Brandon Bethea's young life was cut short by a stray bullet, her family and community residents vowed to honor her death by working hard to stop the violence that has been plaguing their neighborhood. Comment.
Astoria Times

More tenants join Vantage suit

Tenants rights organizers are seeking to expand a lawsuit they filed against corporate landlord Vantage Properties, adding more plaintiffs and details of suspected violations of the new city tenant harassment law, which went into effect March 13. Comment.
Astoria Times

LIC restaurateur wins citywide burger contest

A Long Island City-based chef was recognized last week for his daily grind, picking up the city's first-ever "Real Burger King" prize at a competition held in Astoria by Dish du Jour Magazine. Comment.
Astoria Times

Land prices are too costly for affordable units: Experts

Western Queens business leaders told Long Island City Business Development Corporation members at a business breakfast last week that the neighborhood continues to steadily attract new residents, but it still has a long way to go in terms of providing amenities. Comment.
Astoria Times

Koo says he can beat Stavisky in Senate bid

A far cry from your typical politician, Peter Koo said he made his decision to challenge longtime incumbent state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) after talking to people in Flushing, the community he has been an active member of for the last two decades. Comment.
Astoria Times

Keep 110th Pct.: Neighbors

Many Elmhurst and Corona residents were pleased by the announcement that the 110th Precinct's new station house could be built in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, but neighbors of the station have mixed feelings about the possibility of losing the nearby police presence. Comment.
Astoria Times

Hundreds turn out for Forest Hills Memorial Day parade

When compared to other borough parades, the Forest Hills Memorial Day Parade may be small, but its festive spirit rivals any of the larger processions. Comment.
Astoria Times

Howard Beach restaurateur donates to earthquake relief

The owner of a Chinese restaurant in Howard Beach plans to assist the victims of the Sichuan earthquake by donating half of his lunch and dinner checks from the next two Thursdays to the Red Cross. Comment.
Astoria Times

Historic Ridgewood Theatre listed for sale at $14 million

Once one of the longest-running movie houses in Queens, the 91-year-old Ridgewood Theater, has been placed on the auction block for $14 million just two months after lights dimmed permanently at the historic theater, a spokeswoman for Massey Knakal Realty Services said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Former Flamingo Club dancers stage protest

Former dancers and bar workers who filed a suit against a club on Roosevelt Avenue against what they contend were unfair labor practices upped the ante last Thursday when they gathered to demonstrate. Comment.
Astoria Times

Forest Hills anti-vendor bill may soon get Council vote

The controversy over street vendors that roiled Forest Hills starting last summer has reached the ears of the City Council's Consumer Affairs Committee and may soon come to a vote before the full Council. Comment.
Astoria Times

Flight delays cost NY $5B in ‘07: Schumer

Flight delays not only "drive passengers crazy" but last year cost the New York City area $4.9 billion in lost productivity, cancelled vacations and higher fuel costs, according to a report by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) Comment.
Astoria Times

FAA to add flights, lessen delays at Kennedy

The Federal Aviation Administration's plans for summer include updating technology and air traffic strategies for the New York area, acting Administrator Robert Sturgell said last Thursday during a visit at LaGuardia Airport. Comment.
Astoria Times

Dutch Kills rezone plans now open for public review

The city began its public review process last week for the long-awaited rezoning of 40 blocks in Dutch Kills that will include mixed-use districts, offer affordable housing incentives and place higher density buildings on wide streets, the City Planning Department commissioner said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Double-decker buses to return in trial run along Fifth Ave: TA

The New York City Transit Authority is reaching back into the heyday of the early-1900s with tentative plans to conduct trial runs of double-decker buses like those that long traversed Fifth Avenue. Comment.
Astoria Times

Dog killed by voltage in LIC triggers probe

The city Department of Transportation said it is still investigating the electrocution of a dog who came into contact with a light pole Sunday in Long Island City. Comment.
Astoria Times

Crowley and Como deny Juniper Pk. Civic snub

Two candidates running in District 30's special election to replace Councilman Dennis Gallagher said they did not snub an influential civic group's debate last week after being criticized by the civic's leaders and their two other opponents in the race. Comment.

Corona high school thrives on diversity

Look closely the next time you drive past 105-25 Horace Harding Expressway: A nondescript, stucco-covered, two-story building in faded formica blue next to the Long Island Expressway in Corona was the highest-ranked city school on Newsweek's 2008 list of the country's top high schools. Comment.
Astoria Times

Boro Dems abandon Sabini for Monserrate

Queens County Democrats have backed City Councilman Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst) over incumbent state Sen. John Sabini (D-Jackson Heights) in the upcoming state Senate race. Comment.
Astoria Times

Astoria/LIC worst in boro for kid-friendliness: Report

Bayside, Rego Park and Forest Hills take a bow for receiving the distinction of being listed among the borough's most child-friendly communities in the five boroughs in a new study that weighed school quality, safety, access to healthy food, parkland and jobs. Comment.

Anti-communist religious sect touches nerve after earthquake

Anti-communist religious sect Falun Gong has come under fire in Flushing during the last week for staging protests against the Chinese government as the country struggles to overcome a devastating earthquake that killed more than 50,000 May 12. Comment.

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