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Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009

Whitestone Times

Council hopefuls for Avella seat spar at debate

The six Democratic candidates vying to replace City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) vowed to fight overdevelopment and explore a variety of options for alleviating overcrowding at district schools during a debate hosted by TimesLedger Newspapers last week. But tempers flared when the contenders were given an opportunity to question their opponents. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Race card played at Liu seat debate

With less than two weeks until the Democratic primary election for City Councilman John Liu’s (D-Flushing) seat, the topic of ethnic politics and racism once again stoked fire among the candidates at a debate at Flushing Library last week. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Dist. 23 candidates face off

The three Democratic candidates vying to replace outgoing City Councilman David Weprin (D-Hollis) focused their arguments on how they would help bring parents into the forefront of their children’s health care and education during last Thursday’s TimesLedger Newspapers Council debates at the Flushing Library. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Cops create committee to analyze LGBT bias

As a pair of attacks on transgender individuals in Queens linger in the minds of Queens activists, city officials have decided to establish a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advisory committee in the city Police Department. Comment.
Letters

Fix damage due to thunderstorm

The recent severe thunderstorm that swept across our area took out hundreds of trees and damaged hundreds more. It was a demonstration of the awesome power summer storms have. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Berger's Burg: Labor Day celebrates the hard work of all Americans

Labor Day, the mildest holiday Americans celebrate, falls on Sept. 7. It honors labor and the working class of America. If you asked these working men and women if they enjoyed working, many if not all would say they would rather be frolicking on a beach in Aruba. But if pressed, they would admit they enjoy working. Read the italicized words of some opinionated dignitaries extolling the virtues of working, and a few contrary “labor” jokes, and then decide. Comment.
Whitestone Times

How's Business? Keep an eye on your money

My dad once told me a bad experience turns into a good thing if something is learned from that bad experience. Case in point: What have we learned from the recession as we crawl out of it? Comment.
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: CB 8 against any plan to close Fort Totten fire base

Community Board 8 District Manager Marie Adam-Ovide has reported that the 107th Precinct, acting with city Parks Department police, have booted and towed tractor-trailers and car carriers that parked overnight in Cunningham Park along 73rd Avenue east of the Clearview Expressway. Comment.
Astoria Times

Musician’s horn, trumpet stolen while on N train

ASTORIA — Police are asking for the public’s help to find a musician’s missing brass instruments. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man vandalized truck with graffiti: Brown

ASTORIA — A 30-year-old man was arrested more than two weeks ago for allegedly drawing graffiti on a truck, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Editorial

TimesLedger Democratic Primary Endorsements in Citywide Races

In the citywide Democratic primaries that will be held Sept. 15, Queens will be well represented. In several races our borough is home to more than one excellent candidate. Comment.
Astoria Times

Berger’s Burg: Labor Day celebrates the hard work of all Americans

Labor Day, the mildest holiday Americans celebrate, falls on Sept. 7. It honors labor and the working class of America. If you asked these working men and women if they enjoyed working, many if not all would say they would rather be frolicking on a beach in Aruba. But if pressed, they would admit they enjoy working. Read the italicized words of some opinionated dignitaries extolling the virtues of working, and a few contrary “labor” jokes, and then decide. Comment.
Astoria Times

Dishing with Dee: Senior care must come first in health care reform talks

Now that summer is almost over, things are starting to perk up. This past week we attended a few interesting events. Comment.
Astoria Times

Political Action: 19th Council District hopefuls make cases at candidates’ night

The Station Road Civic Association held a candidates’ night for City Council candidates recently. All six Democratic candidates from the 19th Council District were present as well as one Republican. They all seemed anxious to express their views and address the issues to the audience. Comment.
Astoria Times

QueensLine: Elmhurst Elks lodge has become a shadow of its former glory

On Aug. 14, 2001, the city Landmarks Commission designated the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 878 in Elmhurst as a city landmark. Comment.
Astoria Times

How’s Business? Keep an eye on your money

My dad once told me a bad experience turns into a good thing if something is learned from that bad experience. Case in point: What have we learned from the recession as we crawl out of it? Comment.
Astoria Times

Bayside school hits right notes

Bayside musicians Gloria Shih and Jack Kim both have strong backgrounds in piano playing. Comment.
Astoria Times

Forest Hills man wins lawsuit

Forest Hills resident Rafael Weizmann was awarded $460,000 in federal civil court last week after suing Suffolk County for what he said was a case of police brutality that left him with several broken ribs, a broken clavicle and a lung contusion. Comment.
Astoria Times

Controversial aide Landor fired by Chain campaign

The former deputy press secretary to Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer who resigned after writing inflammatory racial statements on her Facebook profile has been fired from her position as a campaign photographer for Democratic Council candidate Heidi Harrison Chain. Comment.
Astoria Times

Koslowitz gets help from Quinn on trail

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) and state Assemblyman Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove) helped Democratic Council hopeful Karen Koslowitz campaign in Forest Hills Sunday in a last-minute attempt to rally voters before the Sept. 15 primary. Comment.
Astoria Times

Hunters Point crab house claws its way back after fire

Major residential developments are transforming the Long Island City waterfront, but it was not a wrecking ball that threatened the neighborhood staple Waterfront Crabhouse in Hunters Point. Comment.
Astoria Times

Brothers filled pockets with parking meter change: Brown

A Ridgewood man and his Brooklyn brother have been charged with breaking into Queens parking meters in Elmhurst and Flushing twice over the last four months and stealing thousands of quarters, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Iannece acted ethically on developer issue: Government sources

City Council contender Jerry Iannece said he did not violate any city laws by acting as Community Board 11’s chairman at a June meeting during which a Bayside developer who contributed to Iannece’s campaign discussed plans to expand its operations. Comment.
Astoria Times

Candidates for Sears seat go on attack

Attack, defend, repeat. Comment.
Astoria Times

Dead-on-the-vine luxury enclave becomes blight in College Point

Tucked away among College Point’s scenic Manhattan views and quiet suburban life is a ghost town. Comment.
Astoria Times

Candidates for Gioia seat square off

The four candidates seeking to replace City Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Sunnyside) told the TimesLedger Newspapers staff in a debate last week that affordable housing, education, the oil spill at Newtown Creek and a dispute between tenants and landlord Vantage Properties were among the key issues leading up to the Sept. 15 Democratic primary. Comment.
Astoria Times

Southeast Queens hoofs it at Michael Jackson tribute

More than 50 Queens residents transformed the JHS 231 auditorium into a high-energy tribute to Michael Jackson Saturday, complete with dance performances from one-gloved children who heaped praise on the King of Pop, an abundance of Jackson 5 wigs and even a Tina Turner impersonator who had the crowd screaming on their feet. Comment.
Astoria Times

Paterson, Albany leaders mulling Aqueduct bids

Nearly four months after he reopened the bidding process to install video lottery terminals at Aqueduct Race Track, Gov. David Paterson said he is unsure when a decision will be made as to who will win the contract. Comment.
Astoria Times

Contenders for Katz seat debate hospitals, schools

The six Democrats running in a packed race for City Councilwoman Melinda Katz’s (D-Forest Hills) seat called for better health care and more schools in the district at a TimesLedger Newspapers debate last week during which the candidates also tackled the Cord Meyer rezoning, ethnic tensions and term limits in the run-up to the Sept. 15 primary. Comment.
Astoria Times

Thompson accuses mayor of letting Queens hospitals fail

Democratic mayoral contender Bill Thompson, the city comptroller, slammed the Bloomberg administration for not fighting harder to keep the now shuttered St. John’s, Mary Immaculate and Parkway hospitals open. Comment.
Astoria Times

Gioia leads rally to help immigrant

City Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Sunnyside) and close to 100 Queens residents rallied outside City Hall Saturday in support of a pillar of the Woodside community who is facing what elected officials are calling an unjust deportation. Comment.
Astoria Times

Ticket blitz burning Bell Blvd. biz: Shop owners

Bayside business owners and community leaders blame a lack of parking spaces and aggressive ticketing by traffic agents for discouraging borough residents from patronizing Bell Boulevard’s international smorgasbord of restaurants and its unique stores. Comment.
Astoria Times

Autopsies differ on hospitals’ cause of death

Queens has lost three major hospitals in the last nine months, but while some contend a fiscal collapse and poor management were to blame, others say a tangled web of corruption and favoritism led to the deeply weakened state of the borough health care system. Comment.
Astoria Times

Family pays tribute to Hollis Marine

Marine Lance Cpl. Leopold F. Damas was a model brother, son and friend who never failed to make those who loved him laugh and who died doing what he had dreamed of for much of his life — being a Marine — family and friends said at Saturday’s funeral for the 26-year-old soldier from Floral Park. Comment.
Astoria Times

West Nile Virus has long legacy in northern Queens

Ten years ago when a woman walked into the Bayside Animal Clinic with a crow perched on her shoulders, Dr. John Charos could not ,help but laugh. Comment.
Astoria Times

Bloomberg’s plan for swine flu includes vaccine, open schools

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and key administration members Tuesday rolled out the city’s battle plan against a probable H1N1 flu outbreak that includes keeping schools open but the mayor said it was uncertain when a new flu vaccine would be available. Comment.
Astoria Times

US Open draws visitors from around the world

Tennis’ biggest stars arrived at Flushing Meadows Corona Park Monday to vie for the sport’s biggest tournament and their fans from all over the world flocked to see them perform on the Queens stage. Comment.
Astoria Times

Flushing man rear-ended car, killed woman: DA

A Flushing man was arrested after the van he was driving allegedly plowed into a parked car, which hit a mother of two attending a Newtown High School reunion in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Saturday, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Astoria Times

No place like home for Flushing prodigy

Flushing’s young musicology all-star has spent the last year ping-ponging through Europe, but on a recent trip to his home borough of Queens he said nothing could possibly match New York City. Comment.
Astoria Times

Boro, city officials reflect on passing of Ted Kennedy

The death of U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) reverberated through Queens and the rest of the city as elected officials paid homage to the 77-year-old “Lion of the Senate” after he lost an ongoing battle with brain cancer. Comment.
Astoria Times

Hollis Ave., 205th Street now called Run DMC JMJ Way

Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels and Joseph “DJ Run” Simmons of the legendary band Run-D.M.C. said Sunday’s ceremony to officially rename the corner of 205th Street and Hollis Avenue “RUN DMC JMJ Way” was more than about just honoring the world-famous musicians who got their start in Hollis. Comment.
Astoria Times

Finding beauty at Newtown

Could there be such a thing as a highbrow perspective on the rusting industrial world on the banks of the toxic Newtown Creek? Comment.

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