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Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011

Ridgewood

School District 24 to receive 2,000 class seats

The city Department of Education announced last month that District 24, which includes many western Queens neighborhoods, will be getting money to add 2,000 additional seats in nine new schools for students in the area. Comment.
Queens Village

Murders up, other crimes fall in 103rd

The 103rd Precinct has been hit with a string of homicides in 2010, but recent police statistics show the southeast Queens station house saw improvements in other crimes such as rapes, burglaries and assaults. Comment.
Crime

Jamaica man charged in upstate jewelry theft

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — A Jamaica man was arrested last Thursday by upstate police for his alleged part in a jewelry store robbery, investigators said. Comment.

Puerto Rican nationals took coke into JFK: DA

Two men were arrested over the weekend at John F. Kennedy International Airport for allegedly trying to bring a different type of white Christmas to New York, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Club fire worries residents

A Bellerose club that residents and civic leaders say has been a nuisance in the community has been boarded up, but not for the reasons some had hoped. Comment.
Laurelton

Crime jumps in 113th Pct.

Crime has hit southeast Queens hard over the last year and the officers at the 113th Precinct have been grappling with a large share of that surge, police statistics show. Comment.

Overall crime dips in the 105th, but murders increase

The borough’s largest police station house has had a rough year dealing with violent crimes, but the 105th Precinct has made progress in some areas, police statistics show. Comment.
Editorial

A Better Idea for Jamaica High School

The bureaucrats in lower Manhattan want to close Jamaica High School and then reopen it with a new name. A teacher at this school has made a much more interesting suggestion. We hope the Department of Education is paying attention. Comment.

Corona pair nabbed in Jersey heroin bust

A Jersey City arrest led the Hudson County Narcotics Task Force to take in two Corona men who were allegedly planning to sell heroin, one of whom had his 5-year-old child in the backseat of a car while they had drugs with them, Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio said last week. Comment.
Jackson Heights

PS 280 zoned for district

Despite minor opposition about the procedure behind it, Community District Education Council 30 voted 7-0 with one abstention last Thursday to rezone various public schools in the Jackson Heights area to include PS 280 on the map, a former Catholic School that was reopened by the city in September. Comment.
Jackson Heights

115th Precinct sees drop in crime in 2010

The New York Police Department’s 115th Precinct saw slight decreases in almost all types of crimes this year, with murders dropping from eight to three compared to 2009, according to statistics for the period ended Dec. 19. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

City honors Hillcrest rabbi

A Hillcrest street will soon be renamed for Rabbi Sholem B. Kowalsky, the late spiritual leader of the Young Israel of Hillcrest synagogue, after Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed the distinction into law last week. Comment.

Civic leaders want new Q79 service

With many northeast Queens residents, particularly seniors, once again left without public transportation because the group van service that ran along the axed Q79 bus route ended last week, civic activists are calling on the city to quickly come up with solutions. Comment.

Friedrich fights citation over co-op’s sidewalks

Glen Oaks Village President Bob Friedrich is fighting a possible $40,000 violation issued by the city to the co-op for poorly maintained sidewalks, saying there are no problems with the development’s sidewalks. Comment.
Flushing Times

Union pickets Flushing eatery

Members of the restaurant union gathered outside a Flushing restaurant last Thursday to stage a protest against its owners who they say have been using intimidation tactics against them. Comment.

Meng warns parents about baby product defect

State Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) is working once again to ensure the safety of New York’s youngest residents. Comment.

Lancman demands Broadway’s ‘Spider-Man’ be safer

State Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) called on the producer of the accident-plagued “Spider-Man” musical to make the production safer before it goes on with any more shows. Comment.
Flushing Times

Carrozza grant expands computer lab at Flushing House

The Flushing House is keeping its seniors engaged in all things technological with the help of a $5,000 state grant provided by state Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret Carrozza (D-Bayside). Comment.
Editorial

Talk about Chutzpah

The girlfriend of former state Senator Hiram Monserrate is living proof that no-good-deed-goes-unpunished. Karla Giraldo has filed a $35 million lawsuit in Brooklyn federal court against the Queens district attorney’s office and the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. She claims that LIJ doctors conspired with the police and DA officials to try to coerce her into implicating Monserrate in an assault. Comment.

Storm shuts down NE Qns

This week’s blizzard cramped the style of New Yorkers from the Hudson to the Nassau County line, but northeast Queens residents and leaders say they were disproportionately neglected in its aftermath. Comment.

Crowley pushes for birth certificates for city’s puppies

A Middle Village councilwoman wants puppies that are sold in the city to come with birth certificates in order to cut down on inhumane dog-rearing practices. Comment.

Museum of Moving Image reopens with film series

After being closed for almost two years for an extensive expansion, Astoria’s Museum of the Moving Image is prepared to get the cameras rolling with a suite of screenings designed to show off its new theater. Comment.

LIRR riders left waiting in cold for erratic train service

Queens commuter rail riders were left in a lurch for much of the aftermath of the blizzard of 2010, as Long Island Rail Road service ground to a halt Sunday night, only to slowly chug back to life Tuesday morning. Comment.

Leaders see parallel to ‘69 Lindsay storm

The thick blanket of snow that covered the Queens this week had residents furious at the pace of the city’s response, and borough politicians recalled a similar situation that occurred in 1969, when a blizzard took the city by surprise on former Mayor John Lindsay’s watch, Comment.

Baysiders’ electric Christmas spirit lights up the night

It is the day before Christmas Eve and Bayside resident Robert Sibrizzi is hunched over his computer looking at a digital representation of the 70,000 lights and hundreds of holiday decorations — including 10 mini Christmas trees and a glowing peace sign to honor the 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s death — in his yard. Comment.

Cardozo HS students cheer St. Mary’s kids

The children at a holiday program at St. Mary’s in Bayside last week battled complex medical conditions, but that did not stop them from laughing and having fun as they spent their afternoon working on holiday crafts with students from Cardozo High School. Comment.

Chaos grips Queens after blizzard hits

Elected officials announced they will be taking a long look at the city’s blizzard preparations because they contend the mayor dropped the ball and allowed the borough to suffer a winter paralysis after Mother Nature dumped more than a foot of snow on Queens Sunday. Comment.

A train riders stuck on frozen third rail

Hundreds of commuters and airline passengers were forced to have a sleepover on the A train in the early morning Monday after they were left stranded for seven hours in Howard Beach by the monstrous blizzard that swept through the city. Comment.

Crime down for 2010 in 111th Precinct

Crime is generally down in the 111th Precinct this year with no murders reported, but there has been an increase in the number of rapes and felony assaults, according to statistics from the NYPD. Comment.
Crime

Police looking for suspect in Laundromat break-in

RICHMOND HILL—A suspect is wanted in connection with a break-in at a Laundromat earlier this month, police said. Comment.
Crime

Police seeking man in two home burglaries

RICHMOND HILL—Police were looking for a man they claim was responsible for two home burglaries at the end of the summer. Comment.
Letters

Cuomo should not use transit funds for anything else when guv

An open letter to Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo. Comment.
Letters

Local pupils’ play proves need for arts in schools

I attended the first of two performances of “How the Grinch Stole the Holidays” at William H. Carr JHS 194 in Whitestone last Thursday. If anyone wanted to see why we need to keep our music, art, etc., programs alive and funded in our public schools, you had to have seen Dec. 17’s final performance. Comment.
Letters

Blame Councilmembers for Q79 Group Ride’s failure

By now we have all read about the demise of the Q79 Group Ride Program. As one of the civic leaders who staged rallies and protests to save the bus line and have the Group Ride Program adopted for this route, it’s a sad day for our seniors and others that have no affordable transportation alternatives. Comment.
Letters

City must back new teacher contract

It is unfair that the teachers of the New York City public school system are still without a new contract. Teachers are still working under the old contract, which expired Oct. 31, 2009. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Holiday party season in Queens comes to a merciful end

I do hope everyone had a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah and happy whatever other holidays are being observed at this time of the year. I hope that Santa was good to you and hope you received everything that you wanted and wanted everything you received. Comment.
Opinion

Berger’s Burg: Lending a helping hand can lead to good returns

January is a month not too many people are fond of. Why? Because they suddenly realize that they have become a year older; they have not attained the lofty goals they set down for themselves in 2010; they do not want Ol’ Man Winter’s icy fingers down their necks; the world remains in turmoil; and there is no cheerful holiday between Christmas and Valentine’s Day. This is the perfect time for me to perk up everyone’s spirits. Read the following tales and see if they do not lift your vim up a wee bit. Comment.
Business

Astoria bar strives to capture community feel

When the owners of a neighborhood bar say it is “the Astoria local,” they really mean it. Comment.

Queens wants Walmart, says survey of boro

Walmart is comin’ to town if the company gets its way. Comment.

Queens College program examines Asia

The Asian population of Queens makes up a significant portion of the borough’s diverse cultures and in an upcoming program Queens College students will get to explore that rich spectrum firsthand. Comment.

Aqueduct flea market has final weekend sale

Sadness and uncertainty dominated the mood of not only the vendors but the customers Dec. 19 as the flea market at the Aqueduct Race Track in South Ozone Park sold its wares on one of its last days. The flea market now has closed to make way for a “racino” gambling facility. Comment.

Rabbi helps area kids punch and kick their way to health

A Kew Gardens martial artist wants to help kids fight life-threatening illnesses — literally. Comment.

Suspect exonerated in Qns. imam attack

A grand jury voted earlier this month not to indict one of two men who were charged with assaulting and robbing a Woodside imam in a bias hate crime, the Manhattan district attorney’s office said this week. Comment.

Long Island City woman struggles to get meals

Patricia Seino has been surviving off of social safety net programs for the last 11 years, but not by choice. Comment.

Ferreras brings city, Willets Pt. tenants to meet

Willets Point tenants had a rare opportunity last week to meet with city officials and hash out the details of their leases, address eviction notices some had received and ask any other questions about their status in the 62-acre area, which the city plans to transform into a $3 billion city development project. Comment.

Cops shoot Glendale man after mom calls 911

Police shot and killed a Glendale man last week after responding to a domestic dispute call from the man’s mother, police said. Comment.
Astoria Times

108th Pct sees rise in crime

While the murder rate remains low in the Police Department’s 108th Precinct, incidents of crime increased by nearly 4 percent in 2010, with significant jumps in the number of rapes, robberies and felony assaults in the area, according to police statistics for the year so far. Comment.

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