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Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009

Whitestone Times

Burglars hit homes in 111th Precinct

BAYSIDE — Police in the 111th Precinct were investigating a number of home break−ins that occurred over the past week. The burglar or burglars forced side doors or rear windows and grabbed electronics and jewelry, police said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Staten Island man jailed after Flushing bar fight

FLUSHING — A Staten Island man was charged with robbery and assault after attacking a fellow bar patron, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Fence blamed for accident

A Whitestone nursing home maintenance director said the city’s resistance to redesigning a wrought−iron fence outside of his facility may have been the direct cause of a serious traffic accident at the facility earlier this month. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Business relocation team begins canvassing Willets Point

Cornerstone Realty Group began surveying landlords who rent to the more than 200 tenant businesses at Willets Point this week, a sign that relocation plans could be moving forward. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Schleicher’s homecoming in distress

It’s another day and another battle at Schleicher’s Court in College Point. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Avella slams city plan for College Point Corporate Park

Members of Community Board 7 are anxious to get a new special zoning district in place at College Point Corporate Park, but City Councilman Tony Avella (D−Bayside) said the city’s current plan is not good enough. Comment.
Editorial

The ‘Quotable Grump’

Somebody had to say it. Speaking for America, someone had to ask how it was possible that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission could have let Bernie Madoff get away with stealing $50 billion. Comment.
Ridgewood

City OKs new design for Ridgewood Reservoir

After months of conflict with community groups, the city has approved a preliminary design contract for Ridgewood Reservoir. Comment.
Ridgewood

Bus kills Ridgewood teacher

A Ridgewood woman, who published reports said was a day care teacher, was run over and killed by a bus Friday night just eight blocks from her home, police said. Comment.
Ridgewood

Ridgewood fire company’s closing stirs worry

A Brooklyn fire engine company that covers part of Ridgewood was previously slated for nighttime closure, but now faces elimination altogether, elected officials and civic leaders warned Monday. Comment.
Ridgewood

City Council postpones hearing on Maspeth HS

A City Council hearing on the proposed 1,100−seat high school in Maspeth was put on hold for a month after an outcry from civic leaders opposing the plan and pressure from City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D−Middle Village). Comment.
Richmond Hill

Still no cause for 11−home fire

Vacated signs adorn the front doors of the 11 homes damaged by the five−alarm fire that ripped through a Woodhaven block two weeks ago as fire officials still investigate the cause of the massive blaze. Comment.
Queens Village

Food Dynasty gets new lease

Bell Park Manor Terrace residents’ worries over losing their only supermarket were quelled Friday after the owners of Food Dynasty and the landlord for the Hillside Avenue property agreed on a new 20−year lease, state Assemblyman Mark Weprin (D−Little Neck) and Glen Oaks Village President Bob Friedrich said. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Ulrich, 24, easily wins Council seat

Republican District Leader Eric Ulrich is poised to become one of the youngest city councilmen ever to serve Queens after he handily defeated three opponents in the special election to take over the seat vacated by state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach), according to preliminary results reported by the city Board of Elections. Comment.
Laurelton

CB 13 hears plans to pave JFK runway

Community Board 13 reviewed the Port Authority’s plan to repave a runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport and criticized the MTA for proposing to cut bus routes in southeast Queens during its monthly meeting Monday night. Comment.
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.
Jamaica Times

Southeast Queens bids farewell to illegal firearms

Several hundred southeast Queens residents had money burning a hole in their pockets in place of firearms after a gun buyback program Saturday netted 922 weapons for a city record, authorities said. Comment.
Jamaica Times

South Asian residents welcome Meeks to Hindu, Sikh temples

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D−Jamaica) took a detour from Jamaica and Washington, D.C., Sunday to visit the South Asian population in the west of his district. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Bayside nurse wins $15M in suit

A Bayside nurse was awarded a record $15 million by a Queens Supreme Court jury Friday after she filed a suit contending Flushing Hospital let a doctor’s sexual abuse of nurses run rampant for more than eight years. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

4 Kew Gardens Hills streets to be one−way

Community Board 8 representatives are breathing a collective sigh of relief after the city Department of Transportation approved a request from the Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association and CB 8 for several cramped neighborhood streets to become one−way. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Fresh Meadows rallies for Q26

Fresh Meadows resident Iris Yiu sent more than 900 signatures from residents irate over the proposed elimination of the Q26 bus to area legislators last week with the hopes that the increased pressure could compel the MTA to drop plans to ax the route that residents said serves many seniors and students. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Queens volunteers active in many different realms

Many people, both retired and active in a job or profession, volunteer their time to help others. Some volunteer in a hospital, school or social or religious facility, at a food pantry, as an adviser by using their professional skills, cleaning up their local park, painting a school, visiting homebound people or driving people to doctor’s appointments. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Calls track route of dentist slay suspect: DA

Prosecutors used the cell phone records of the man accused of killing a Forest Hills dentist in front of his daughter to map out the suspected gunman’s alleged escape route down the East Coast. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Forest Hills school to open with different learning approach

When Forest Hills resident Karyn Slutsky and Manhattan resident Francis Mechner open their alternative school in September, they hope it will be a haven for students who they believe have not reached their potential in mainstream public or private schools. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Review Rego Park home: Stavisky

For four years, Rego Park resident Kang Yuen and his family have been living in a house that frequently shakes and with noises that sound like a train consistently rolling by in the summertime due to a commercial−sized heating⁄air conditioning unit illegally installed on the roof by Yuen’s neighbors, state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D−Whitestone) and Yuen said. Comment.
Flushing Times

MTA, DOT fix plan to make Main, Prince, Union streets in Flushing one−way

A one−way traffic pattern planned for downtown Flushing has taken a major step forward, according to City Councilman John Liu (D−Flushing), who said it appears the MTA and the city Department of Transportation have ironed out differences over the proposal’s implementation. Comment.
Flushing Times

CB 7 members question plans to rezone part of waterfront

Former Borough President Claire Shulman’s lobbying firm presented plans to rezone a portion of the Flushing River waterfront to Community Board 7, a project it says will provide both a literal and a figurative bridge to the city’s planned redevelopment of Willets Point. Comment.
Flushing Times

Lender troubles do not stop SkyView Parc construction

Despite lending woes, construction at SkyView Parc has not ceased and residential and commercial space at the megaproject are steadily moving forward, Muss Development said Friday. Comment.
Bayside Times

64−year−old kills wife, self: Police

Police said they were still investigating an apparent murder−suicide which claimed the lives of a 64−year−old Korean man and his wife inside their home in the exclusive Baybridge Condominiums in Bayside. Comment.
Bayside Times

Gennaro calls on feds to bail out St. John’s and Mary Immaculate hospitals

City Councilman James Gennaro (D−Fresh Meadows) Tuesday urged either the federal government or a private investor to bail out St. John’s Queens and Mary Immaculate Hospitals so the financially strapped institutions can be saved. Comment.
Bayside Times

Avella pushing North Flushing rezone for April

City Councilman Tony Avella (D−Bayside) said he is attempting to ensure that a long−awaited project to rezone 257 blocks in Bayside, East Flushing and a portion of Auburndale is in effect by April at the latest. Comment.
Bayside Times

FDNY to drop Totten guard

Northeast Queens community leaders said they were concerned Fort Totten could fall prey to vandalism and burglary after the FDNY announced last week that it would not renew a security contract at the Bayside fort amid budget constraints. 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.

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