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Thursday, June 5, 2008

Whitestone Times

Professor who advocated for York College retires

Of the things Dr. Shirley Ostholm has accomplished during her 35 years teaching at York College, she is most proud of the difference she has made in the lives of thousands of young adults. Comments (1).
Whitestone Times

Citibank seeking answers in debit card scam

Citibank checking account members who use the branch in Bayside are still frustrated over an ongoing scam that has robbed them of thousands of dollars. Comment.
Editorial

Cheap Shot

Last Friday's tragic crane collapse on Manhattan's Upper East Side took place while Mayor Michael Bloomberg was on-air doing his weekly radio show. Comment.
Queens Village

York graduates 806 students

As the 806 graduates of York College in Jamaica marched through the campus to their commencement ceremonies at the school's athletic field Friday morning, their joy could not be contained. Comment.

Little Neck teen will join U.N. Africa trip

A Little Neck teen with a track record of giving back will embark on a humanitarian mission in Africa this summer. Comment.

SJU closes section of 82nd Ave. for work

Residents who live just south of the St. John's University campus have found themselves going in circles since May 23, when the school closed a gate to part of 82nd Avenue, which connects the area to Utopia Parkway. Comment.

Lancman’s reservist bill passed by Legislature

City employees who are also reservists called for duty caught a break last week from the state Legislature, which voted that the city should pay its citizen soldiers the difference between their military salary and their civilian salary. Comment.

Cardozo HS wins city debate contest

Debate teams from two Queens high schools swept a prestigious citywide competition last week. Comment.

Avella plan aims to end member items

City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) wants to cut pork spending and has unveiled recommendations on how the city should do so. Comment.

Queens College sends off class of 2008

It was a homecoming for some of the speakers at Queens College's commencement ceremony last Thursday and a beginning for others. After all, commencement means "beginning." Comment.

Qns. College to open Confucius Academy

A new program at Queens College can bring New Yorkers interested in Chinese culture, language and literature one step closer to satisfaction. Comment.

Meng seeks Young’s seat

All three 2006 opponents of state Assemblywoman Ellen Young (D-Flushing) banded together Monday on a single ticket in a bid to unseat the freshman politician who narrowly won the Democratic primary less than two years ago. Comment.

Falun Gong protest blocks Main St. in Flushing

Several hundred religious protesters led a rally against the Chinese government Sunday that briefly shut down a portion of Main Street, the latest in a string of anti-Communist rallies to be held in the area since mid-May. Comment.

Disbarred Flushing attorney stole from client’s estate: DA

Queens resident James Graham tried to save enough money to take care of his family after he died, but thanks to his attorney, his kin nearly lost all of those savings, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

City opens approval process for rezoning of Waldheim

Department of City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden announced Monday that the long-awaited Waldheim and Laurelton rezonings have officially started the public review process, which could end up with the pair of plans being approved by the City Council by year's end. Comment.

1,500 QCC grads receive diplomas, step into future

The American dream of higher education came true for 1,500 students in Bayside Friday when they officially received their degrees from Queensborough Community College. Comment.

Bayside mom criticizes ACS

Karen Dussack calls the education of her two children her top priority. Comment.
Astoria Times

Two women arrested in Bayside purse theft

BAYSIDE — Two women whose purses were stolen Friday got some satisfaction after police arrested two suspects, authorities said. Comment.
Astoria Times

111th Pct. investigates Oakland Gdns. burglary

OAKLAND GARDENS — A homeowner on the 53rd Avenue block of 206th Street was the victim of a daytime burglary, police said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Police arrest man in Bayside robbery

BAYSIDE — A man who stopped to use the restroom in the park at 46th Avenue at 211th Street got an unpleasant surprise when a gun was pointed at him, police said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Patrolmen arrest fleeing bank robber: Police

JAMAICA — Police caught a man suspected of robbing a bank at gunpoint Tuesday just blocks from the 103rd Precinct, authorities said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Paramedics greeted with bedbug infestation at scene of injury

ROCKAWAY PARK — Paramedics called to attend to a victim who had fallen last weekend had to don isolation suits to carry her out of a bedbug-infested room in Rockaway Park, the FDNY said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Ozone Park woman hit man, drove drunk: Cops

BROOKLYN — An Ozone Park woman was arrested on a range of charges after striking a pedestrian with her car in Brooklyn Saturday night, authorities said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man arrested for making LIRR bomb threat : Cops

JAMAICA — A New Jersey man was arrested on a range of charges after he ran through a Long Island Rail Road train at Jamaica station last week while allegedly making a bomb threat, the Queens district attorney's office said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Jamaica man attacked vehicle with driver sitting inside: Cops

JAMAICA — A Jamaica man allegedly smashed the windshield of a car standing in front of his house last week, the district attorney's office said. Comment.
Letters

People should start being active in local community groups

I was at a breakfast at St. Anastasia Parish in Douglaston on Memorial Day. There were many civic groups in attendance, including my own, the St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus Council #5911. Comment.
Letters

Funds for Flushing Meadows support

In my April 24 letter ("Treat Flushing Meadows with respect"), I stated that this park is the most abused and neglected of any major park in the city. In the May 22 TimesLedger issue, city Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe took issue with me ("Parks Commissioner provides update"). Comment.
Letters

City schools get short end of stick due to Klein mismanaging DOE

City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein trots out the word "accountability" to justify every "reform" he has hatched. Well, more people are no longer equating the word with the concept behind it. Comment.
Letters

City Aging Department in need of reform before changing policy

A letter to city Department for the Aging Commissioner Edwin Mendez-Santiago. Comment.
Editorial

A Great Place for Families

A Citizens Committee for Children of New York City report confirms what we knew already: Bayside, Rego Park and Forest Hills are great places to raise a kid. The study concludes that conditions for children have improved in recent years. That alone is an accomplishment. Comment.
Editorial

‘A Crime Epidemic’

It comes as small surprise that the police suspect that the shooting of five people on Roosevelt Avenue in Elmhurst was gang-related. It is a miracle no one was killed. Three of the people were grazed. A 45-year-old man was shot in the back and a 21-year-old woman in the torso. Comment.
Astoria Times

The Civic Scene

Showing a friend from Toronto the New York Public Library on 42nd Street, I came across a photography display entitled "Eminent Domain." I found it interesting because in Queens and other boroughs city officials want to give private property to developers using eminent domain if necessary. This display concerns eminent domain of the visual realm; my interest in Willets Point's Iron Triangle concerns protecting private real estate ownership. Comment.
Astoria Times

Political Action

As the seemingly unending 2008 presidential campaign continues into the pre-convention stage, U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is now turning attention to his Republican vice presidential choice. Over Memorial Day weekend, McCain held a social get-together of prospective nominees at his Arizona ranch. Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was not invited; those who were included former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Florida Gov. Charles Crist and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Comment.
Astoria Times

Our History

Up until the early 1960s, there was in our area of Queens little or no interest in preservation, so buildings and sites which should have been cited for preservation were not rescued from oblivion. One of these was the Bell homestead, which stood on the corner of 38th Avenue and Bell Boulevard. It was named for the family which had been influential in Bayside's early history. Comment.
Astoria Times

Neighbor to Neighbor

As this column is being written on Armed Forces Day, the 40th anniversary of Rosedale's Vietnam Monument is approaching. The weather was not dry enough to paint the benches for guests, so I tuned the radio to WNYC and, appropriately enough, "Selected Shorts" had a reading of "A Memoir," authored by a Marine's son who fought and was wounded in Vietnam. Comment.
Astoria Times

I Sit and Look Out

A former colleague of mine suggested after reading my April 23 return column that I give readers more of my thoughts about health care. Comment.
Astoria Times

Dishing with Dee

Some people are gluttons for punishment or apparently cannot say "no." Case in point: yours truly. You would think after parading all day Sunday and Monday, plus going to TimesLedger's office with my column and photo page Tuesday morning, that that would have been enough, but no. As good friend Allen Sirowitz, director of community partnership referrals and resources in Little Neck said, "If you're not doing anything Tuesday night, there is a fun event at Jillian's. It's to determine who will be the 2008 'Legislative Idol.' " Comment.
Astoria Times

Berger’s Burg

Writer Nathaniel Willis wrote: "It is the month of June, the month of leaves and roses. When pleasant sights salute the eyes and pleasant scents inhabit the noses." Comment.

Queens DA’s office gives vandals Second Chance

Graffiti taggers are not the worst offenders in the spectrum of cases Queens County prosecutors deal with every day, but the district attorney's office knows vandalism may lead to greater mistakes. Comment.

Playing with a different kind of pain

Alyssa Faller has always loved soccer. It's been a major part of her life since she was 5. It's what earned her a full scholarship to a Division I college — the only one granted to a PSAL Class B player. Comment.
Astoria Times

No free E-ZPass perk for MTA bigs: Cuomo

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, under pressure from state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, has ended its policy of handing out free E-ZPasses and MetroCards to MTA board members. Comment.
Astoria Times

Harvard to honor Queens Hospital physician

For the last seven years Dr. M. Margaret Kemeny has worked to help low-income Queens residents gain access to top-notch cancer treatment at the Queens Hospital's Queens Cancer Center. Comment.

Half price at Bellerose gas station sounds too good to be true? It is

Customers of the Texstar Service Station in Bellerose may get a good kind of sticker shock with the price at the pump indicating they will be charged only $30 to fill their tank. But that feeling dissipates quickly when they learn that price is based on a half gallon. Comment.

Gays dare to hope at Pride

The hope in the air in Jackson Heights at the Pride Parade was strong Sunday, just days after Gov. David Paterson declared that New York state would recognize gay marriages performed legally in other jurisdictions. Comment.
Astoria Times

CUNY Law hosts first Queens sustainability summit

City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) moderated a breakfast meeting of private and public sector leaders Friday to kick off the planning for spreading his environmental green vision throughout his home borough. Comment.

Council hopefuls greet civics

Eighteen months before the 2009 City Council elections are to take place, eight hopeful candidates for the seats now held by City Councilmen David Weprin (D-Hollis) and James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) began their campaigns at a civic association meeting in Fresh Meadows. Comment.

Boro builder leases site of crane crash

One of the largest real estate developers in Queens is a co-developer of the Manhattan site of the crane collapse that killed two people Friday, but it remains unclear whether the company is liable for the incident. Comment.
Astoria Times

Allen AME lauds TimesLedger photographer

A TimesLedger photographer will be among those honored during a special Father's Day ceremony at the Greater Allen AME Cathedral. Comment.
Astoria Times

Air travel slump expected to affect Queens’ economy

As soaring fuel oil prices weigh down the global airline industry, fewer flights could affect the borough's economy this summer and Queens' business experts are urging companies to redirect their focus to customers close to home. Comment.
Astoria Times

Woodhaven doc gives GIs a year of free care

When soldiers return to Queens after ending their tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, they will have more to look forward to than reuniting with their families and getting back to civilian life. Comment.
Astoria Times

Slain man was ex-bodyguard for rapper

A man found dead inside a truck in South Ozone Park last week was identified Friday as a former bodyguard for rapper Busta Rhymes, police said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Richmond Hill High teacher arrested on rape charge

A Richmond Hill High School teacher was arrested last Thursday on charges of having sex with a 15-year-old and his two cousins, a spokeswoman for Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Painting a calendar of hope

A Middle Village high school teacher is hoping a calendar of his paintings will raise enough money to provide relief to a hospital he visited during a trip to Ecuador with his son two years ago that treats leprosy. Comment.

Nolan’s district office moves to Sunnyside

State Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (D-Ridgewood) moved one of her two district offices last weekend from Woodside to a site on Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside. Comment.
Astoria Times

Monserrate opens Senate bid

A week after receiving the endorsement from the Queens Democratic Party, City Councilman Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst) officially announced his candidacy for the state Senate seat currently held by John Sabini (D-Jackson Heights). Comment.
Astoria Times

Jax Heights restaurant shorted workers: Feds

Federal Labor Department officials are suing a Jackson Heights restaurant for underpaying its employees, court records show. Comment.
Astoria Times

Jackson Heights cops, pols meet to discuss crime spree

Jackson Heights residents alarmed by the midday shooting of five people on Roosevelt Avenue two weeks ago, turned out in force last Thursday to hear what police and elected officials were doing to crack down on crime in the corridor. Comment.

Flushing, Corona on tap for pay toilets

Corona and Flushing will be among the next communities to get public pay toilets, the city Department of Transportation announced last week. Comment.
Astoria Times

Falcons return to boro bridge

Like the swallows of Capistrano and the buzzards of Hinckley, Ohio, the falcons have returned once again to their lofty perch on the Queens side of the Marine Parkway Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge. Comment.
Astoria Times

Fake condoms, items seized in Ridgewood

Federal agents raided a Ridgewood building and several other sites in New York and New Jersey last week, seizing millions of counterfeit condoms and other fake goods manufactured in China, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney for New York's Eastern District said. Nine people were arrested. Comment.
Astoria Times

Educator brings Queens experience to the Middle East

At first glance, Queens and Egypt do not have much in common, but a former headmaster of a Forest Hills private school swears there are links. Comment.
Astoria Times

Como leads by 70 votes in Council special election

Republican Anthony Como led Democrat Elizabeth Crowley by a mere 70 votes in the special election to replace Councilman Dennis Gallagher after all precincts had reported their numbers Tuesday night, a spokeswoman with the city's Elections Board said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Borukhova’s sister faces trial in July

Queens Criminal Court could be gearing up for a summer showdown between the siblings of slain Forest Hills dentist Daniel Malakov and his estranged wife, Mazoltuv Borukhova, who is charged with plotting his murder outside a playground. Comment.

Beep endorses LCC plan for Willets Pt. workers

LaGuardia Community College presented its plan to relocate and retrain Willets Point workers to the Flushing Chamber of Commerce Tuesday afternoon, eliciting strong praise from Borough President Helen Marshall, who then blasted groups she believes have been getting in the way. Comment.
Astoria Times

Astoria cop halts attack in Chinatown

An off-duty detective from Astoria's 114th Precinct came to the rescue of a 26-year-old Manhattan woman last week after two razor-wielding men attacked her in a Chinatown apartment building where she worked as a desk clerk, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Activists, CB 2 want lower Qns West rents

Western Queens community activists and Community Board 2 members said they are concerned that provisions for affordable housing at the city's portion of the massive Queens West development project are not affordable enough. Comment.

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