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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Whitestone Times

MTA begins cleaning up Throgs Neck repair debris

The MTA has begun to clean up lead paint and other debris which collected in Throgs Neck Bridge Park during work to remove lead-based paint from the 2,300-foot span, state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) said Tuesday. Comment.

MTA urged to reconsider shift in Q10 bus line

Community Board 10 told MTA Bus to think more about its plan to reroute a portion of the Q10 bus line from 131st Street to 130th Street after 130th Street homeowners said they opposed the proposal at the board’s meeting last week. Comment.

Pols investigate conditions at Jamaica bldgs.

Hundreds of residential tenants in two Jamaica buildings have been suffering through wretched conditions for years, and now they and elected officials are trying to find out who exactly has been letting the problems fall through the cracks. Comment.
Laurelton

Sick Jamaica toddler gets medicine he needs thanks to Meeks

A Jamaica toddler who suffers from a rare medical condition is getting some help after the federal government gave his parents special approval to use European medicine. Comment.

Cops hunt for Ridgewood transgender slayer

A transgender woman was found murdered inside her Ridgewood home last week and police were still searching for the culprit Tuesday, authorities said. Comment.

Drunk driver receives 21 yrs. for death: DA

A convicted drunk driver who in 2005 killed one man and injured three people during two subsequent hit-and-run accidents was sentenced to 21 years in prison, the Queens district attorney said last week. Comment.
Jamaica Times

CB 10 votes to add parking in Howard Beach

Community Board 10 approved a plan last Thursday that would add more parking spaces to a Howard Beach street while telling MTA Bus to reconsider a proposal to reroute the Q10 bus in Ozone Park. Comment.

Students want free MetroCards

State Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) and state Assemblyman Michael Miller (D-Glendale) joined students outside Richmond Hill High School last week to call on the MTA to keep free student MetroCards. Comment.

Schneider’s name changed for new donors of $50M

Schneider Children’s Hospital in New Hyde Park has been renamed after a foundation run by a Connecticut couple that pledged $50 million for pediatric care at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital, the North Shore-LIJ Health System said last week. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: Hillside Ave. revamp project set for completion in 2011

In the February 2010 Community Board 8 newsletter, District Manager Marie Adam-Ovide addressed the issue of how many unrelated renters occupying a house make it an illegal occupancy. Comment.

Koslowitz offering free legal assistance for renters

City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz’s (D-Forest Hills) office is offering free legal guidance for renters in an attempt to help them deal with everything from tenant/landlord disputes to noise complaints. Comment.

Attorney Fox vies for Hevesi’s seat

When Forest Hills resident Joe Fox left his job in Albany decades ago, he hoped someday he would be back. Comment.

CB 8 fears cuts to budget could reduce its staff

District managers of community boards in Fresh Meadows and Forest Hills blasted a Bloomberg administration proposal to shave off about a quarter of their annual budget, which they said would force them to lay off at least one member of already limited staffs. Comment.

CB 7 OKs rezone for Flushing apartment tower

Community Board 7 voted Monday night to approve a downtown Flushing rezoning proposal, paving the way for a new 11-story, 124,000-square-foot mixed-use residential building to move forward. Comment.

Meng eyes English for Flushing signs

State Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) has taken the first step toward addressing an issue that has faced the Flushing community for many years: signage. Comment.

Flushing pols weigh impact of state budget cuts

Flushing’s representatives in the state Legislature returned home from Albany last week for a rare break in the tense negotiations over the state’s severe budget crisis and took some time to voice their views on the contentious issue. Comment.
Crime

Boro man, 64, scratched car with key: Brown

FLUSHING — A 64-year-old Jamaica man was arrested after he allegedly keyed the bumper of a car in Flushing, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1).
Crime

Man hospitalized after pit bull attack in Flushing

FLUSHING — A 28-year-old man was taken to the hospital last weekend after he was viciously attacked by a pit bull in Flushing, according to the Breaking News Network. Comment.
Crime

Woman demands money, refuses to leave apt.: DA

DOUGLASTON — A 39-year-old Douglaston woman was arrested after she allegedly forced her way past a resident of a building in which she previously lived and refused to leave his apartment, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Editorial

Delaying Tactics at Willets Point

Anyone who wants to know why it takes so long to get any public works off the ground should study the efforts being made by lobbyist Richard Lipsky to block the redevelopment of Willets Point. Comment.

Beloved seafood house celebrates 50 years of fish and chips

Sitting before the dish that started it all, fish and chips, Les Barnes took a look around his restaurant — a staple in Rego Park for decades — and marveled at the evolution of the place now celebrating its 50th anniversary. Comment.

Kew Gardens interchange work waits

A project designed to mitigate traffic on the Van Wyck Expressway in Kew Gardens, for which residents have been waiting for years, is one of hundreds of projects to have its funding halted because no state budget has been passed, the state Department of Transportation announced last week. Comment.

CB 11 opposes completion of Huang’s Bayside homes

Community Board 11 voted unanimously to oppose the completion of several homes that were constructed in Bayside more than five years ago by controversial developer Tommy Huang. Comment.

Disputes explode at CB 11 meet

Tempers flared at Community Board 11 Monday as board members fought with Chairman Jerry Iannece over his decision not to investigate a controversial campaign flier that attacked Republican candidate Bob Friedrich in his Assembly race. Comment.
Bayside Times

Easter eggs roll thru Bayside

More than 40 children and their parents gathered last weekend at Bayside’s Captain Dermondy Square to watch a magic show and take part in an Easter egg roll as the Bayside Hills Civic Association hosted its second-annual spring festival. Comment.

Bayside census filing below nat’l average

Bayside residents fell just below the national average for filling out census information, but Flushing’s denizens were much less diligent, U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) said last week. Comment.
Crime

Man secretly tapes woman on toilet: DA

WOODSIDE — A 33-year-old Jackson Heights man was arrested after he allegedly attempted to record his common-law wife in a bathroom in Woodside, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Crime

Cash, phone robbed from man in Ridgewood: Brown

RIDGEWOOD — Two Brooklyn men were arrested in late March after they allegedly robbed another man at gunpoint in Ridgewood, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Crime

Boro man steals, returns car, then slugs owner: DA

RIDGEWOOD — A 25-year-old Ridgewood man was arrested after he allegedly stole a man’s car and returned it 12 hours later and then punched him, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Crime

LIC home robbery ends in shooting death: Brown

LONG ISLAND CITY — A 31-year-old Brooklyn man and a 23-year-old woman from that borough were arrested after they allegedly took part in a robbery at a Long Island City home which resulted in a man being shot to death, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Crime

Man hit with glass cut, has tooth chipped: DA

RIDGEWOOD — A 20-year-old Ridgewood man was arrested after he allegedly struck another man in the mouth with a glass inside his home, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Letters

Article of survival an inspiring read

I just had to write to express my appreciation for the article “A Survivor’s Tale” (TimesLedger, March 15-31). True stories of this kind are the best news to read. People like Mirian Detres-Hickey inspire and lift our spirits. It is so unselfish of her to share her dark past. She shows that there is a light at the end of the tunnel no matter how horrible things may be. Comment.
Letters

Candidate promises hard work

Recently, state Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret Carrozza (D-Bayside) has announced she would not seek re-election. People should thank her for her years of service. Whether you approve or disapprove of an elected official’s job, it can never be said it is not an extreme sacrifice of both personal and family life. Comment.
Letters

Do not tell consumers what to eat

Seems to me the people who are trying to pass a tax on sugary soft drinks have too much time on their hands. Comment.
Letters

Tabone has wrong view of people in relation to proposed salt ban

I would like to comment about the March 25-21 letter from Vince Tabone, “Banning use of salt in city eateries a dangerous and foolish proposition.” Comment.
Letters

MTA should maintain efficiency by not laying off employees

An open letter to Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Jay Walder. Comment.
Letters

Resurrection of Christ the real reason for Easter celebration

An open letter to TimesLedger Newspapers columnist Alex Berger. Comment.
Letters

Make parking easier in Flushing

To all the geniuses who think it is a good idea to add thousands of more people to downtown Flushing, I say try going to the municipal lot we currently have and getting a parking spot on the weekends. Comment.
Letters

City must keep after-school programs going

An open letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Comment.
Editorial

Care for All Children

Rush Limbaugh and other conservative activists can talk all they want about why illegal immigrants should not be entitled to taxpayer-funded services, but no one should question that children in the city’s foster system should be offered the care they need. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Carrozza’s bowing out creates a crowded field of contenders

Knowing this was going to be a slow week and that the events calendar would be rather sparse, it looked like a good time to catch up on our Queens political landscape. Comment.
Opinion

Berger’s Burg: Time spent at a health club never for the faint of heart

There I was, singing in the shower, when Gloria suddenly and deliberately barged in, parted the shower curtain, viewed me in my altogether, glanced at my expanse and horrifically exclaimed, “I can’t believe what I’m seeing! Tomorrow you and your midriff are paying a visit to the health club.” Comment.
Business

Whitestone store sells Queens creations

Whitestone residents looking for unique handbags and accessories have a new place not to let their money burn a hole in their pocketbooks. Comment.

Woodside residents riled up over pantry

New City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) is about to wade into the dispute between neighbors, day laborers and a Catholic charity food pantry at Woodside’s Hart Playground. Comment.

Smith attorney quits as federal probe intensifies

A political operative with connections to state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans) and U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) has left her position in Albany after a nonprofit she created with the southeast Queens elected officials became a target of a federal investigation, which is looking into the activities of both men. Comment.

Movie ‘Iron Man 2’ features expo in Flushing Meadows

Iron Man’s stories have taken him everywhere from the bottom of the ocean to the depths of space, but this summer the Marvel Comics superhero’s latest adventure will take him to the heart of Queens. Comment.

Most subway messages inaudible: Report

On more than half the occasions when subway trains screech to unscheduled stops, train crew members offer no announcement as to what is going on, a new survey reports. Comment.
Astoria Times

Steinway library reopens

Astoria’s Queens Library at Steinway re-opened last week with more than $400,000 in renovations, including a new computer area and self-check-out technology, after having been closed for several months. Comment.

St. John’s walks to help homeless

The annual Walk for the Homeless took to the streets and walkways of the St. John’s University campus Friday morning, bringing with it the spirit of giving and helping to which the student participants dedicated their time by taking part in the event. Comment.

Rockaway ferry too costly: City

The decision was made to discontinue Rockaway ferry service because ridership goals were not met and the city pays too much to subsidize the service, an adviser to Mayor Michael Bloomberg said last week during a town hall meeting in Breezy Point. Comment.

Queens Symphony Orchestra to hold 57th anniversary gala

The Queens Symphony Orchestra will host its 2010 symphony gala May 8 at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows Corona Park and an early bird special ends Friday. Comment.

Earthquake study in Haiti led by professor from Queens College

Queens College professor Cecilia McHugh led a team of scientists to Haiti last month and their research could give a major boost to the Caribbean nation’s rebuilding efforts by providing insight into when another earthquake could potentially strike. Comment.

Ozone Pk. store owner stands up to guv’s money-saving proposal

An Ozone Park supermarket owner joined a coalition against Gov. David Paterson’s penny-an-ounce soda tax proposal to speak out against the plan and helped passers-by fill out petitions to tell the governor not to go through with the idea. Comment.

Gianaris wants Con Ed money to go to hospital

Astoria community leaders said they would prefer that money from a settlement on the 2006 western Queens blackout reached two years ago between Con Edison and an advocacy group go toward health care initiatives in the neighborhood and not greening projects. Comment.

Mets’ victory lends hope to Queens fans

The New York Mets brought home a win in their first game of the season Monday, but the 7-1 thumping of the Florida Marlins did little to sway fans’ widely varied opinions about the future of the beleaguered team, which finished last season with a 70-92 record. Comment.

Whitestone executive honored for making wishes come true

New York City’s most prolific wish-granter has been recognized for his dedication to making dreams come true for children with critical illnesses with the dedication of a “wall of wishes” in his name. Comment.

Rosedale man donates kidney to save ailing sister’s life

The Alleyne siblings of Rosedale have had to struggle with tremendous personal and medical problems over the years, but recently they had a change in their luck. Comment.

Pols push nonprofit security

Additional resources and support from the state are needed for Queens and city nonprofits that could face terrorist attacks, according to a state report issued this week that was conducted pursuant to legislation sponsored by state Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) and state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone). Comment.

Feds say Whitestoner stole $3.8M from Long Island City car dealer

A Whitestone man appealed a decision Tuesday that he be held without bail after being charged with embezzling millions of dollars from a Long Island City car dealership, according to federal prosecutors. Comment.

CB 7 approves Flushing Commons plan with conditions

Community Board 7 voted 35-2 Monday night to support the construction with stipulations of two major mixed-use developments, the construction of which would permanently change the face of downtown Flushing. Comment.

11 names in play in race for Carrozza seat

The list keeps growing of potential contenders to replace state Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret Carrozza (D-Bayside) after she announced in late March that she would not seek re-election this fall. Comment.

Ex-St. Albans cop gets five years for ‘bling bandit’ bank robberies

For years, Athelson Kelson helped to put dangerous criminals behind bars as an NYPD detective and officer, but now authorities say he is the one who needs to be put away. Comment.

Astoria man spends retirement showing off beloved city

Astoria’s Al Riggi gives visitors to the United States a sense of what it means to be a New Yorker as well as a good workout in the process. Comments (1).

Meng aims to ensure providers cover prescribed baby formula

State Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) learned firsthand shortly after becoming a mother more than two years ago that all of a baby’s needs are not necessarily covered by every health insurance provider. Comment.

Airlines at JFK, LaGuardia to offer additional flights

As the summer travel season approaches, several major airlines serving John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports are jockeying for position with plans for more flights and exchanges of takeoff and landing slots. Comment.

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