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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Whitestone Times

Halloran blasts city’s cuts to school nurses

City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) joined concerned parents at Whitestone’s Holy Trinity School this week to criticize city cuts to private schools that would require the institutions to pay to keep nurses on their staffs. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Street named for Queens gardener

For decades, Betty Pegen dedicated her life to making sure the people of College Point remembered what Conrad Poppenhusen did for their community. Comment.

Little Leaguers ready for 24-hour ballgame

The Hollis Bellaire Queens Village Bellerose Little League is giving added meaning to the term “extra innings.” Comment.
Crime

Drunk driver collided with boro house: Brown

QUEENS VILLAGE — A Harlem driver was arrested last week after he struck a Queens house while driving under the influence of alcohol, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Laurelton

Springfield Gardens party shooting suspects sought

Police were on the hunt for two young men who they said shot a teen outside a Springfield Gardens house early Saturday morning during a dispute at a party. Comment.

Alleged con men steal millions in bad mortgages

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown charged 17 attorneys, mortgage brokers and real estate advisers last Thursday with defrauding homeowners and other entities out of millions of dollars. Comment.

Holy Child Jesus Church celebrates 100 years

For the parishioners of Holy Child Jesus Church in Richmond Hill, the Roman Catholic institution is more than just a place where they said their Our Fathers and Hail Marys. Comment.

Judge orders repairs made to apartments

The city came to the aid of 37 homeowners living in a neglected Jamaica apartment building last week and is seeking more penalties against the owners for leaving tenants with decrepit homes. Comment.

MTA shutters Belmont Park LIRR station

The MTA’s new schedule includes the elimination of the Belmont Park Long Island Rail Road station, but the New York Racing Association said the closure will have minimal impact on attendance at the track. Comment.
Editorial

Honoring Sean Bell

In a ceremony this week, one block of a street in Jamaica was renamed in honor of a man who was killed by police nearly four years ago. Sean Bell was shot down in a hail of 50 bullets hours before he was to be married. Comment.

Jackson Heights parents mad at play street nix

Travers Park community activists were angry and frustrated this week after Community Board 3’s Transportation Committee recently voted not to support their proposed summer play-street application, and at least a few plan to make their voices heard at this week’s community board meeting. Comment.

Monserrate drops lawsuit against Senate

Former state Sen. Hiram Monserrate has run out of legal options for recovering the Senate seat from which he was ousted earlier this year. Comment.

CB 6 approves street renaming for Dr. Malakov

Community Board 6 unanimously voted last week to rename the street close to where a Forest Hills orthodontist was shot in cold blood right in front of his little girl. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Queens College professors get $800K grant

Six Queens College science and math professors’ research on software for deaf individuals and alternative energy landed them more than $800,000 dollars from the U.S. National Science Foundation, which awarded the teachers with Faculty Early Career Development Awards, school officials announced last week. Comment.

Jewish group lends helping hand to Russian nurses

When Marina Khachabayuk moved from Kazakhstan to Forest Hills in 2004, she wanted to continue the nursing career she had begun in her home country but lacked the needed English language skills. Comment.

Residents worried about city’s decision on Gateway

The city Panel for Educational Policy was poised this week to vote on a plan to add a sixth-grade to Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School in Briarwood, and residents said they were concerned about the final input despite recent concessions from city officials to cap the school’s population at 800 and push back the reconfiguration date. Comment.

Fox kicks off campaign in Forest Hills

Forest Hills resident Joe Fox kicked off his campaign for state Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi’s (D-Forest Hills) seat this week, telling a crowd of about 70 people at his newly opened headquarters that he will focus on ethics, balancing the budget and education during his bid for office. Comment.

New 109th Pct. commanding officer greets residents

Deputy Inspector Brian Maguire presided over his first 109th Precinct Community Council meeting last week, energizing residents who attended with his ambitious plans and enthusiasm for his new post. Comment.

DOT will not reverse traffic on 40th Road

Business owners on 40th Road in Flushing got their way Monday when the city Department of Transportation announced it will not be reversing traffic and rerouting buses to the narrow downtown street as part of its new traffic mitigation plan. Comment.
Flushing Times

Woman raped in Flushing: Cops

A 23-year-old woman was brain dead Tuesday morning after a Corona man suspected of being drunk allegedly beat and raped her Sunday night on the streets of downtown Flushing, police sources said. Comment.

109th Pct. officers honored for drug, weapon arrest

Sgt. Michael Elderbaum and Police Officer Brian McCloskey shared the April Officer of the Month Award at the 109th Precinct Community Council’s May meeting for their joint arrest of three people allegedly involved in a drug transaction in Flushing. Comment.
Crime

Man gets 15 years to life for stabbing wife: Brown

KEW GARDENS — A Jamaica man was sentenced last Thursday to 15 years to life in prison for killing his wife in their home as their daughter slept in another room, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Editorial

The City’s Broken Promise

Let’s see if we got this straight: The whole reason for the multibillion-dollar renovation of Willets Point was that the area to the east of Citi Field had become an eyesore. The scrap metal and other businesses made the area look like, well, a junkyard. Comment.

Valentino’s on the Green set to open Sept. 1

Valentino’s on the Green is taking reservations as the long-awaited Bayside banquet hall and restaurant plans to open its doors on the Cross Island Parkway late this summer. Comment.
Bayside Times

School in Bayside uses teleconferencing tool

A guest lecturer from Cleveland helped to teach a group of eighth-graders at the Bell Academy in Bayside about the history of one of the borough’s most famous poets and she did not even have to set foot in the classroom. Comment.

Mabel Law’s resignation surprises Flushing BID

Flushing Business Improvement District’s founding executive director, Mabel Law, unexpectedly announced at the group’s Thursday meeting that she was stepping down from her post. Comment.

Franny Lew athletic field renamed for Bergmann Lambert

Hundreds gathered at Francis Lewis High School Tuesday to celebrate the school’s athletic field being renamed for Margaret Bergmann Lambert, a Jamaica Estates resident and world-class athlete who was told she could not participate in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin because she was Jewish. Comment.

Little Neck-Doug Parade poised to fill streets on Memorial Day

The Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade, the largest in the United States, will celebrate the 65th anniversary of World War II’s end as it draws thousands of people to march through northeast Queens May 31. Comment.

Dems to make Assembly pick

The selection of candidates in the race to replace state Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret Carrozza (D-Bayside) could narrow by month’s end after the Queens County Democratic Party decides which contender to support, a source within the party said. Comment.
Bayside Times

Bayside’s Brews Brothers closed

A popular Bell Boulevard bar was closed by the city last weekend after it was discovered the site was allegedly employing unlicensed security and selling alcohol to minors, according to a restraining order posted by the city Police Department on its door. Comment.

Aqueduct bidders will have to pay ‘entry fee’

Under the new request for proposals unveiled last week by the state Lottery Division to construct 4,500 video lottery terminals at Aqueduct Race Track, bidders will have to pony up $1 million just to get their foot in the door. Comment.
Crime

Older man made death threat with knife: Brown

RIDGEWOOD — A senior citizen was arrested last week for allegedly threatening to kill a man, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Crime

Man from Astoria stole woman’s purse: Brown

ASTORIA — A suspected purse snatcher was arrested last week, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Crime

Argument leads to bloody nose, bruises: DA

JACKSON HEIGHTS — A 26 year-old man was arraigned last week on charges of assaulting another person in an argument, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Crime

Unruly drunk driver crashed into barrier: DA

ASTORIA — A 50-year-old man was arrested last week after crashing his car into a closed street, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Crime

Cable customer pushed, hit with hammer: Brown

MIDDLE VILLAGE — A cable TV installer was arraigned last week after he assaulted a customer, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Letters

Give New York bigger share of anti-terrorism funding

An open letter to President Barack Obama. Comment.
Letters

City must reform EDC or shut it down

City Comptroller John Liu is to be commended for his audit of the city Economic Development Corp. and, if he is correct, the EDC has been shortchanging the city to the tune of millions of dollars (“Liu finds EDC owes city more than $125M,” Flushing Times, May 6-12). Comment.
Letters

City must go after water thieves instead of hiking peoples’ rates

The times we live in are challenging enough. That is why the proposed 12.9 percent hike in water rates in the city is unbearable, culminating after successive annual increases. The average annual bill for a one-family home under this increase is projected to be at $911, up from $779 at the current rate. This is surely a disguised tax increase that will continue to unfairly burden us. Comment.
Letters

Senate takes measures to increase donor disclosure in campaign ads

Wealthy corporations should not be able to determine the outcome of elections by spending money on political campaigns. The misguided U.S. Supreme Court decision, Citizens United, would allow that to happen and this poses a threat to the democratic foundations of America. Comment.
Editorial

Worth the Effort

Queens may soon have two streets renamed to honor men whose primary claim to fame is the fact they were shot to death. Comment.
Opinion

QueensLine: Woodhaven hosted historic North-South horse race

It was May 27, 1822, the last Tuesday of the month, and the eyes of the country were on Woodhaven, home of the Union Course racetrack. A contest between American Eclipse, champion race horse of the North, and Sir Henry, the fastest thoroughbred of the South, was about to begin. Comment.
Opinion

Political Action: Polls put Levy ahead of rivals in GOP race for N.Y. guv seat

In a recent interview I had with Republican Queens County Chairman Phil Ragusa, he discussed the reasons why his party’s executive committee voted to change its endorsement for New York state governor from Rick Lazio to Steve Levy. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Dems rev up for Carrozza race as GOP holds awards dinner

Petitioning time starts June 8 and ends July 16. The corresponding races being run are for Congress, state Senate and state Assembly. This should provide something to do for college students interested in the political process. Pick your candidate and volunteer. Comment.
Opinion

Berger’s Burg: Tattooing remains a form of polarizing expression

Tattoo: Of Polynesian origin. To mark or color the skin indelibly by pricking in coloring matter or by producing scars. — Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary Comment.

Woodhaven group honors electeds

It was all about the honorees, great food and good music at last week’s Greater Woodhaven Development Corp.’s 31st-annual dinner-dance at Le Cordon Bleu Caterers in Woodhaven. Comment.
Astoria Times

Con Ed, city launch Cool Roofs program developed in LIC

As summer approaches and the weather heats up, New York City and Con Edison officials are planning to keep the city and parts of Queens cool while lowering energy costs using a new, green-technology program called Cool Roofs, which was developed in Long Island City. Comment.
Astoria Times

Vallone urges notification of plans to build cell tower

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) is calling on the city to alert local communities and their elected officials before a new cell tower or antenna is to be placed on top of a building near residential neighborhoods. Comment.

MTA considers shutting whole subway lines to do work

MTA Chairman Jay Walder has suggested it might be a good idea to inconvenience straphangers big time for a short time instead of annoying them for a long time — the common practice during repairs to the city’s subways. Comment.

St. John’s class of 2010 looks to the future

The great lawn on St. John’s University’s Jamaica campus turned bright red Sunday as more than 2,600 young adults celebrated their graduation. Comment.

Boro residents slam city plan to cut 10 senior centers

Hundreds of senior citizens gathered in the rain at City Hall last week to protest the Bloomberg administration’s plan to cut more than $48 million from services for the elderly, including 10 Queens senior centers. Comment.

Jamaica street named for Sean Bell

Sean Bell’s family and supporters turned out in heavy rain Tuesday to rename the Jamaica street where the Far Rockaway father was shot 50 times by police. Comment.

Astoria man did not pay workers: Cuomo

An Astoria contractor has been accused of failing to pay more than $2 million in wages to employees who worked on numerous schools throughout the five boroughs, including projects in Jamaica, Far Rockaway and Forest Hills, State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said. Comment.

Paterson blames leaders for budget mess

Facing a $9.2 billion deficit and a budget that is 1 1/2 months late, Gov. David Paterson blamed legislative leaders Tuesday for the failure to come up with a financial plan. Comment.

Maloney honors Noguchi

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) said the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City was a pioneer establishment that brought modern art to western Queens and even though it reached a major milestone this weekend, she wanted to ensure that it can continue to inspire artists and art lovers. Comment.

City plants eelgrass to save marshland

The city began a new organic operation to help save the wetlands in Jamaica Bay last Thursday that they hope will stop the deterioration of the marshlands at the heart of the problem. Comment.

New York Islanders ponder move to Willets Point

Queens sports fans may be getting a second professional team to claim as their own since the New York Islanders organization has been in discussions recently about a move to Willets Point. Comment.

Americans are divided on immigration: Poll

Nearly 75 percent of Hispanics think illegal immigrants contribute to society while six in 10 non-Hispanics think they are a drain on the country, according to an Associated Press-Univision poll released last week. Comment.

Flu tested hospitals’ mettle

Second in a Series Comment.

Boro man stages ‘Mad Mad’ movie night

When Richie Bernstein first saw “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World” in 1963, a lifelong love affair with the film began that has inspired the Flushing resident to spend much of his own money to bring the movie to a Fresh Meadows theater. Comment.

Francis Lewis HS celebrates 50 years with alumni bash

Hundreds of Francis Lewis High School alumni and their families gathered at the Fresh Meadows school Saturday for a party 50 years in the making. Comment.

Artist opens exhibit that poses boro foreclosure solution

The foreclosure crisis has devastated hundreds of thousands of families in southeast Queens who worked hard to purchase their first homes, and while government agencies and banks try to find an economical solution to the problem, artist Michael Premo said he has found a sociological solution. Comment.

City approves rooftop farm at LIC building

City Department of Buildings officials Tuesday approved construction plans for the Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm being built atop a former Long Island City industrial building only a few days after suspending the operation for failure to secure a permit. Comment.

Officer demanded sex from suspect: Feds

A Queens NYPD police officer arrested and arraigned in federal court Tuesday is accused of blackmailing or coercing at least three women into having sex with him from 2006 to 2008, including an Elmhurst woman who is suing the city over the alleged incident. Comment.

Korean merchants decry Flushing Commons

More than 100 people packed the city Planning Commission’s Manhattan hearing chamber and adjacent rooms last week in order to speak their minds about Flushing Commons, a more than $800 million, mixed-use development project proposed for downtown Flushing. Comment.
Astoria Times

City Year program boosts attendance at LIC school

Long Island City’s Albert Shanker Middle School had one of the worst attendance rates in New York City before the 2009-10 school year, but a newly implemented after-school program called City Year is having a huge impact and city officials are taking notice. Comment.

Vacant Peralta seat sparks charter debate

Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch and Frank J. Macchiarola, former schools chancellor and a one-time Rockaway resident, sparred over the state Assembly seat left vacant by now-state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) during a panel discussion on the city’s charter commission this week. Comment.
Astoria Times

State to hold public hearings on clean energy plant plans

The state Department of Environmental Conservation will host two public hearing sessions on the NRG Astoria Repowering Project plant this Thursday at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Comment.

Man dies in Astoria train accident

After a Brooklyn man gave up his own life to save a friend Friday night when she jumped onto the elevated subway tracks in Astoria to retrieve a coat she dropped, the MTA is instructing straphangers to use their heads when dealing with the tracks. Comment.

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