News

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Ridgewood

Ridgewood library reopens after $3.4M renovation

To the delight of borough bookworms, the Ridgewood branch of the Queens Public Library reopened its doors Saturday to reveal its complete renovation. Comment.
Ridgewood

Despite large classes kids to stay at PS 49

In the struggle against major budget cuts to the city Department of Education, a defiant Community Education Council District 24 boasted small victories at a meeting last week. Comment.
Queens Village

Cambria Hts. author delivers his message

Cambria Heights author Kurt Boone’s sixth and latest book deals with what he has known best for 14 years: the life of a Manhattan foot messenger entrusted with quick and accurate deliveries of everything from payroll checks to garments. Comment.
Ridgewood

Cops want thief who hit MidVill, Oz. Park banks

Police released a photo of a man suspected of robbing two banks over the past month, including one in the 104th Precinct, police said. The robbery came only weeks after the last stickup in the area, police said. Comment.
Little Neck Ledger

Qns. ambulance corps gets upgrade

Residents of Little Neck and Douglaston may not even know it exists, but a little-known gem in their neighborhood is getting a shiny new polish. Comment.
Crime

Young Rosedale burglar caught in the act: Brown

QUEENS VILLAGE — A Rosedale teen was arraigned on attempted burglary charges after he allegedly tried to burst into a Queens Village home, a spokeswoman for the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Crime

Boro man steals charity box from eatery: Brown

JAMAICA — A Jamaica man pleaded guilty to criminal mischief after he admitted to stealing a charity box from a Sutphin Boulevard McDonald’s, a spokesman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Crime

Woman uses Venetian blind wand as weapon: DA

FAR ROCKAWAY — A Far Rockaway woman was arraigned on assault, criminal possession of a weapon and harassment charges after she allegedly hit another woman with a Venetian blind wand, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

LIC teacher tells story of rescuing son to 113th Pct.

Despite being featured in a TV movie about her dangerous ordeal to rescue her kidnapped son from Asia, Queens teacher Tiffany Rubin said she does not consider herself extraordinary. Comment.

MediSys begins internal review after bribery scandal

Jamaica Hospital’s parent company has hired a former U.S. attorney to review its policies and make some adaptations to protocol in the wake of a federal corruption investigation and administration changes, the company announced Tuesday. Comment.

SE Queens students receive scholarships

Two southeast Queens women from top colleges got a chance to rub elbows with Sean “Diddy” Combs during a gala thrown earlier this month by the Jackie Robinson Foundation, which has awarded them $3,500 a semester scholarships throughout their college careers. Comment.
Laurelton

DOE axes another school

After weeks of delays and rescheduling, the city has decided to close a third southeast Queens school as part of its massive plan to restructure the failing institutions in the city. Comment.

PETA plans circus protest over alleged elephant abuse

While the UniverSoul Circus returned to Roy Wilkins Park for a new year of high-flying shows Tuesday, PETA protesters planned to rally against the show’s owners over the alleged mistreatment of animals. Comment.

CB 13, Friedrich spar over co-op tax cap plan

Community Board 13 drew the anger of Glen Oaks Village President Bob Friedrich after it was scheduled to vote on a resolution which was ultimately tabled in support of City Councilman Mark Weprin’s (D-Oakland Gardens) position that the city’s idea to cap property tax valuations at 50 percent for co-ops and condos was unfair. Comment.
Editorial

Do Not Kill It, Fix It

This time it is the state Department of Education which has recommended closing August Martin High School in Jamaica. A commission’s report cites a “low incidence of higher order thinking activities” along with ineffective teaching and pervasive lateness. Comment.
Jackson Heights

‘Chica chica’ cards draw scrutiny

Stroll down Roosevelt Avenue from 69th to 112th streets and it is impossible not to notice the men distributing small cards with scantily clad and sometimes naked women on them with a phone number to call for “delivery.” Comment.
Jackson Heights

Legal group assists young immigrants

The young immigrants who come to America undocumented — even those who did so because they had been neglected, fled persecution or were taken through the sex trade from their own country — are not entitled to an attorney. Comment.

Maspeth slideshow conjures up old memories

The “Maspeth, Yesterday & Today” slideshow last week was about as rowdy as a history event could get. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Festival to serve up the many flavors of Elmhurst

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) announced that next week restaurants throughout Elmhurst will be knocking down prices for Eat Elmhurst, a restaurant week meant to showcase the flavors and cultural diversity of the neighborhood. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Water Taxi to offer ferries to Citi Field

It’s take me out to the ballgame by boat for New York Mets and Yankees fans this season, courtesy of Delta Air Lines. Comment.

Woodhaven vigil honors teen slain in hate attack

Two weeks ago five teenagers allegedly yelled anti-gay slurs at partygoers before chasing down and viciously beating an 18-year-old Long Island youth, who later died. But that same street where the attack occurred was eerily silent last Thursday night, when more than 100 people gathered in opposition to hate crime and to support the family of its latest victim. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Vet moves on after blaze

Nearly 10 months after a fire ripped through a Rego Park block of stores, the owner of Trylon Vet Care is still paying rent for the abandoned, burnt-out shell where he used to do business. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Forest Hills school gets a crossing guard, finally

After one accident and more than four months of parent complaints, students who attend class at a Forest Hills school building got a crossing guard to help them navigate Metropolitan Avenue last week. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Woodsider drove school bus with bad license: DA

A bus driver who should not have been behind the wheel was arrested last Thursday while transporting a student to school, the Queens district attorney said, just three weeks after another driver from the same company collided with an ambulance in downtown Forest Hills. Comment.

Qns. College conference tackles Asian voting power

The Asian/American Center of Queens College hosted a forum Monday in response to the recently released 2010 U.S. Census numbers showing that the Asian populations both in New York City and Queens increased more rapidly since the 2000 Census than those of any other race. Comment.

Genocide survivors recount stories at Flushing event

Perouz Kalousdian was 6 years old when she and her mother were separated from their male relatives, who were tied up and thrown over the Euphrates River during the Armenian genocide in Turkey. Comment.
Editorial

Historian Is a Treasure

In 1994, TimesLedger Newspapers’ publisher accepted the offer of Joan Brown Wettingfeld to write a column for the Bayside Times. For 30 years, Wettingfeld, a lifelong Bayside resident, and her father, the founder of the Bayside Historical Society, had been working to preserve the history of Bayside. It is safe to say Wettingfeld knows more about Bayside and the history of Queens than anyone. It has been our privilege to bring her column to our readers. Comment.

Maspeth marks date of 1911 Triangle fire

The elements have eroded many of the names on a marble statue in Maspeth dedicated to the victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. But 100 years later, the memory of the event has not faded in Queens, where the centennial of the devastating accident held special significance for union members and artists alike. Comment.

Vitaminwater founder Repole, Bartiromo to speak at St. John’s

Mike Repole, the Vitaminwater founder and St. John’s University alumnus, and Maria Bartiromo of CNBC will be the commencement speakers for St. John’s graduation May 15 at the Great Lawn of the school’s Fresh Meadows campus. Comment.
Bayside Times

Ambulette driver gets 25 years to life for robbing Oakland Gardens salon

Kevin L. Cheeks, who was convicted last month of robbing an Oakland Gardens nail salon in 2009, was sentenced last week to 25 years to life in prison, according to the Queens district attorney’s office. Comment.

Franco denies owing city thousands

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and Joe Franco, the new owner of the White House Restaurant in Whitestone, have gotten into a war of words over Franco’s plans for the popular eatery. Comment.

Boro co-op values skyrocket

It was standing room only last Thursday night at a town hall meeting in Flushing, where city Department of Finance Commissioner David Frankel met with eastern Queens co-op board presidents to discuss dramatic increases in assessed values. Comment.

Bayside Diner to open in spring after remodel

Just like the locals who used eat there, the restaurateurs currently resurrecting the Bayside Diner on Northern Boulevard have an appreciation for the establishment’s history and place in the community. Comment.

Couple seeks help from Queens for disabled daughter

Looking back 25 years, Leslie Montali said the experiences and relationships she formed growing up in Bay Terrace have served as the rock of her life. Speaking on the phone from her home in Florida, the wife and mother of two said that despite the distances in miles and years, the northeast Queens community is still there for her and her family. Comment.

Avella slams developer of Bayside Hills lot

Residents of Bayside Hills stood on the lawn of a small corner lot at 50-20 216th St. Sunday to protest a variance application that if approved by the city Board of Standards & Appeals, would allow for a second home to be built on the property. Comment.
Crime

Boro man rips broken doorbell out of wall: DA

WOODHAVEN — A Woodhaven man was arraigned on criminal mischief charges after he allegedly broke his neighbor’s doorbell, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Crime

LIC man stabs victim with kitchen knife: DA

EAST ELMHURST — A Long Island City man was arraigned on assault and other charges after he allegedly stabbed a man in his right forearm with a kitchen knife, a spokeswoman for the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Crime

Day care provider gets 3 yrs in baby drowning

KEW GARDENS — A child daycare provider from Ozone Park was sentenced to up to three years in prison Monday for the June 2009 death of an 11-month old infant who drowned in a bucket of water while in her care, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Crime

Woman assaulted with eggs, garbage can: DA

ASTORIA — An Astoria woman was arraigned on assault and harassment charges after she allegedly threw eggs at her neighbor and hit her with a garbage can full of glass bottles, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Letters

Do not cut senior centers in state budget

There is no doubt New York state is facing a fiscal crisis the likes of which we have not seen in decades. As a result, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a budget that includes drastic spending cuts. Having served as a member of the state Assembly for more than 15 years, I understand the need for the state to pass a balanced budget. But at the same time, there are some services that we cannot afford to lose and must find a way to pay for. Senior centers fall in that category. Comment.
Letters

DOT must make Bayside streets easier to travel down and safer

I cannot believe what is happening. They are at it again. Have you any idea what is happening to our beautiful Bayside as far as erecting street signs and traffic control devices? I hope someone takes notice and does something about this situation. Comment.
Letters

Pols must back English signs

An open letter to City Councilman Peter Koo (R-Flushing), state Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone). Comment.
Letters

Gov’t must improve economy faster

Well, here it is — 2011 and the state of the U.S. economy still is not promising. While unemployment did drop slightly and nearly 200,000 new jobs were created, there are still too many Americans who continue to be out of work and are losing their homes and health-care coverage. Comment.
Letters

CB 8 disapproves of school cuts

An open letter to city Schools Chancellor Cathie Black. Comment.
Letters

Tax co-ops like single-family homes

According to data from the Long Island Board of Realtors, many co-ops and condos in Queens are selling for the same amount or less than what they were selling for a few years ago. Despite this fact, the city Department of Finance, which falls under the purview of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, proposed assessed market valuations that have in many cases increased by high double-digit percentages and in some cases triple digits over last year. Comment.
Editorial

‘An Eternal Slap in the Face’

The City Council wielded its rubber stamp in a 38-12 vote last week to approve a law proposed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to change the name of the Queensboro Bridge to the Ed Koch-Queensboro Bridge. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Inner Circle does great job lampooning city, state gov’t

Another busy week has flown by. Thank you, Ian MacFarland, Times Ledger Newspapers managing editor, who straightened out last week’s column mixup. Comment.
Business

St. Albans store’s new digs hits high notes

Joe’s Music Center and Performing Arts has been an institution in the St. Albans community since 1998, and it’s planning to be bigger than ever now that it has moved to a new location. Comment.

West Queens reps: High vacancy rate bogus

Census workers who did not do enough to correctly count large swaths of immigrant populations in western Queens might have created a phantom housing vacancies in some areas, lawmakers and community members in the area said. Comment.

New tennis stadium planned for Flushing Meadows

It’s “add-on” at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center. Comment.

Steinway Mansion auction kicks off with great success

Artifacts from the Steinway Mansion are going once, going twice, but are not yet gone. Comment.

Population shrinks in southeast Queens

U.S. Census figures show that southeast Queens’ population has shrunk over the last decade and community leaders say the housing crisis that devastated the neighborhood and the lack of outreach to make sure people were counted are the leading causes of the decline. Comment.

Queensboro Bridge to add Koch’s name

Despite disapproval from a large number of Queensites, members of the City Council overwhelmingly voted 38-12 last week to rename the Queensboro Bridge the Ed Koch-Queensboro Bridge after the city’s 105th mayor. Comment.
Astoria Times

Woman’s sister arrested in Queensbridge murder

A Queensbridge woman was charged Wednesday in the Saturday murder of her sister and wounding her sister’s boyfriend in the apartment they shared with her sister’s 4-year-old son, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.Police officers responded to an assault in progress in the 12th Street home of Tara Webb, 27, when they discovered two people who had been shot, authorities said. Comment.

Queens Theatre in the Park chooses new exec director

After 21 years under the guidance of founding Executive Director Jeffrey Rosenstock, Queens Theatre in the Park has a new man at its helm. Comment.

Tsunami, nuclear crisis touch Japanese in Queens

Japanese residents of Queens say their families and friends in their home country fear nuclear pollution and have been suffering from electricity shortages and poor travel conditions ever since the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit earlier this month. Comment.
Astoria Times

‘Holiday Bandit’ spree ends with arrest: FBI

The holidays are over. Comment.

Hevesi’s judgment day delayed after former comptroller falls ill

The sentencing of Alan Hevesi, the former state comptroller from Forest Hills, on a corruption charge involving the state pension fund was postponed Monday after he was hospitalized for internal bleeding over the weekend. Comment.

Going Green in Queens educates Earth’s caretakers

From making their own compost to Tree Pruning 101, Queens residents learned what they can do to help the environment during Going Green in Queens at the Al Oerter Recreational Center in Flushing. Comment.

Queens’ Ferraro remembered as trailblazer

Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman to run for vice president on a major party ticket and a congresswoman who championed Queens in the House for six years, died Saturday in Boston after a 12-year battle with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer. She was 75. Comment.

Pols cry foul on Census tally

The U.S. Census has determined Queens gained only 1,334 residents from 2000 to 2010, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Queens elected officials say something does not add up. Comment.

Cuomo, Legislature leaders reach budget deal

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders agreed on a $132.5 billion budget Sunday that includes $86 million for CUNY colleges and drops the governor’s proposal for the city to direct federal funding away from seniors centers, which would prevent the closure of 21 centers in the borough. Comment.
Astoria Times

Fire destroys Astoria building

What looked to a neighbor like a small fire in a building at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday on 30th Avenue in Astoria erupted into a four-alarm blaze by 10 a.m., which ended up injuring 13 firefighters and one civilian. Comment.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Whitestone Times

New stop signs make PS 79 safer: Halloran

The children of PS 79 are a little safer, thanks to a grassroots effort on behalf of the school’s parents and City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) that resulted in the installation of two new stop signs. Comment.
Ridgewood

Landmarks hears Ridgewood plan

The public hearing Tuesday on a proposed historic district in Ridgewood drew support from high-profile organizations but created confusion for many of the residents who would be affected by the possible landmark designation. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Queens biz owner hopes pageant will put Whitestone on the map

The gorgeous gals of Whitestone have a new opportunity to move into the spotlight with the first-annual Miss Whitestone United States pageant planned for next month. Comment.
Queens Village

Man shot to death by another driver

An apparent argument that started between two motorists and escalated on a Hollis street ended fatally for one man Sunday afternoon, police and eyewitnesses said. Comment.
Ridgewood

Car theft ringleader guilty

A Ridgewood man pleaded guilty last week to running a boroughwide car theft ring and selling the fruits of the crimes to friends and family members. Comment.
Crime

Man sought in woman’s attempted rape: Police

LAURELTON — Police were looking for a man they said tried to rape a woman more than a week ago. Comment.

3 teens nabbed in murder of Hollis woman

A week after they allegedly murdered a Jamaica woman right in front of her husband in a struggle over stealing her purse, three teenagers were arrested by the authorities and charged in connection with her death, investigators said. Comment.
Laurelton

NYPD brass visits Jamaica to promote summer camp

A member of NYPD’s top brass and a southeast Queens resident paid a visit to the community last week to encourage youth to get discipline in their lives and avoid falling into the cracks that could lead to crime. Comment.

Panelists blame Bloomberg for broken schools

A panel of education advocates blamed a lack of parental involvement and overhauls to the education system by Mayor Michael Bloomberg as contributing factors as to why schools in southeast Queens are underachieving during a forum Monday night in Cambria Heights. Comment.

Delta seeks local contractors for JFK terminal renovations

Although Delta Airlines is working to get borough businesses that are owned by minority and women to work on its multimillion dollar-expansion of its John F. Kennedy International Airport terminal, community members are contending it is not doing enough to make the project more diverse. Comment.

August Martin HS should close: DOE

A report commissioned by the state Department of Education has recommended closing August Martin High School in Jamaica, citing pervasive lateness among students, ineffective teaching techniques and a “low incidence of higher order thinking activities,” among other reasons. Comment.

Rochdale Village Little League season canceled

The Rochdale Village Little League coach’s years of alleged sexual misconduct has cost the team its season this year, the police said. Comment.
Editorial

More Scum in the Albany Pond

It seems there is no end to the political corruption in New York. Jamaica Hospital and its parent company, MediSys, announced last week that they removed President and CEO David Rosen after federal investigators charged that he paid bribes to three elected officials. Rosen had been president of the hospital since 1980. It is not clear how long he has been paying bribes. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Clowns bring cheer to patients at Elmhurst Hospital

The 30 specialists who walked through the halls of Elmhurst Hospital Center last week came to help the patients feel better, but instead of scrubs they wore bright clothes, big shoes and red noses. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Man stabbed outside Mexican deli

A 24-year-old man died last week at Elmhurst Hospital seven hours after being stabbed on a Corona commercial strip, the NYPD said. Jose Balberas had been arguing with an unknown amount of people in front of a deli and collapsed in front of a Laundromat across the street before the authorities arrived, police said. Comment.

Avella rallies over planned closing of Jamaica High

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) joined dozens of Jamaica High School students Friday to rally against the city’s decision to close the landmark school. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

CB 8 nixes plan in zoning of lot for 2-story bldg

Community Board 8 was bitterly divided over an owner’s plan to extend a commercial overlay on 164th Street and ultimately decided to vote against the plan during its monthly meeting last week. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: Use your common sense in order to prevent crimes

The January-February newsletter of the Jamaica Estates Association warns members about ATM card robberies in Queens. The police are searching for criminals who robbed women and abducted them and used their ATM cards in and around Jamaica Estates. Comment.

In Forest Hills, pols defend senior centers

State and city officials assembled in Forest Hills last Thursday to tout legislation designed to save senior centers across the city, but there’s a $25 million catch. Comment.

Atty. general investigating Sen. Huntley

Taxpayer money that was distributed to education groups with close ties to state Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) has caught the state attorney general’s eye, according to a published report. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Cord Meyer to evict seven stores

Seven small businesses along Queens Boulevard will not see their monthly leases renewed and will have to clear out of the block above the Continental Avenue subway station to make way for a large national tenant. Comment.

Willets backers want to sue city over plans

The city’s $3 billion plan to use eminent domain to redevelop Willets Point is facing new legal challenges as a group of property owners opposed to the project step up their efforts to block it. Comment.

Marshall approves plan to redevelop RKO Keith’s

Borough President Helen Marshall has officially lent her support to a developer’s $160 million plan to redevelop the crumbling RKO Keith’s Theatre in downtown Flushing. Comment.

Flushing board wants bilingual store signs now

The long-debated issue of how to encourage the use of English on businesses’ signs in downtown Flushing has heated up in recent days. Comment.
Crime

Driver found in car killed himself with gun: BNN

BAYSIDE — A motorist was found dead in his car Saturday morning in an apparent suicide, the Breaking News Network reported. Comment.
Editorial

Rep. King’s Inquisition

The most poignant and only memorable moment in the recent congressional hearing looking into the radicalization of the American Muslim community came when a Minnesota congressman tearfully recalled the sacrifice of a young Bayside man who gave his life on 9/11. Comment.

Cops arrest fifth teenager

A fifth suspect was arrested last week when a group of youths allegedly yelled anti-gay slurs before beating a Long Island teen in Woodhaven so badly he later died of the injuries, police said, . Comment.

Beep OKs White House rezone plan

Borough President Helen Marshall has voiced her support for a zoning change that would allow the owner of the former White House Restaurant in Whitestone to be expanded. Comment.

Fun, prizes await attendees

Enthusiasts of blow-up bounce rides, carnival games, face painting, balloon art and prizes can get their fix while at the same time doing some good for their community this Friday by stopping by the annual PS 213 fund-raising carnival from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m in Bayside. Comment.

Cops arrest teens in shooting of Douglaston man

Two teens were arrested Friday on charges of killing a Douglaston man and sending another to the hospital during a drug deal gone bad in a Murray Hill parking lot last week, police said. Comment.

TimesLedger history columnist’s passion leads to preservation

On a warm afternoon last week, as another winter continued to slowly fade away, Joan Brown Wettingfeld picked through a pile of artifacts in the sun porch at her Bayside home detailing both the distant and recent history of her neighborhood. Comment.

Schumer, Gillibrand secure $13K for Kennedy taxiways

The federal government has awarded nearly $13 million for construction and rehabilitation of taxiways at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Comment.

Hevesi proposes bill to tackle sex abuse

Following allegations in February that a Rochdale Little League coach sexually abused his teenage team members, a Forest Hills lawmaker recently proposed a bill to make it harder for sex offenders to work with kids. Comment.

Jamaica led state in foreclosure filings in ‘09

A new report released by the state comptroller Friday has painted a clearer picture of the mortgage crisis that has crippled southeast Queens over the last half decade. Comment.

Flushing-owned bus crashes, injuring 23 in New Hampshire

A bus operated by a Flushing company crashed Monday night in northern New Hampshire, injuring 23 people during a trip from Quebec to Boston. Comment.

Holocaust survivor shows personal art at QCC

“Icons of Loss” is the title given to an exhibition of oil paintings by Holocaust survivor Samuel Bak currently on display at the Queensborough Community College art gallery. Comment.

Avella destroys his placard in protest of parking perks

At his office in Bayside Friday afternoon, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) smiled as he took out a pair of scissors and cut in half his state-issued executive parking placard, sending the pieces back to Albany. The placard, which reads, “This vehicle is on official police business,” allows Avella and his colleagues to park in restricted zones and forgo paying the parking meter. Comment.
Crime

Accident kills Brooklyn man in Maspeth: Police

MASPETH — A Brooklyn man was killed in an industrial accident at a recycling plant on Railroad Place in Maspeth last Thursday, police said. Comment.
Crime

Brooklyn trio found guilty in stabbing slay

LONG ISLAND CITY — Three Brooklyn men were convicted Friday of a stabbing death during a fight outside a strip club, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comments (1).
Crime

French diplomat’s wife helps 112th Pct. police

FOREST HILLS — The wife of a foreign diplomat helped foil a mugging in Queens, according to officers from the 112th Precinct. Comment.
Letters

Make wearing seat belts law on buses traveling interstate

Apparently, many of the passengers in the bus that recently crashed on I-95 were hurled to the front of the bus by the sudden impact. This would not have happened had they been wearing seat belts. Comment.
Letters

Columnist wrong about mayor attending parade, education

Dee Richard proved she has no ability to objectively view either hardworking teachers nor our imperial mayor in her March 10-16 column “Union members show mayor disrespect at St. Pat’s parade.” Comment.
Letters

Save senior centers in Queens

We will be judged as a society by the way we treat our most vulnerable. The proposed closures of more than 100 senior centers in the state if the $25 million in state funding is not restored to the budget before it is approved will never be forgiven by coming generations, even in these dire economic times. Moreover, it contravenes the Older Americans Act Congress passed in 1965 in response to universal concerns about a lack of community social services for older people and flies in the face of good conscience. Comment.
Letters

Pols must start supporting teachers

President Barack Obama has said that education is one of his top priorities. Well, if that is the case, then why are there threats of massive, widespread teacher layoffs across this country? Comment.
Letters

Maspeth depot would harm residents’ health

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

Another Victim of Mindless Hate

Police say a teenager attending a party in Woodhaven was beaten to death by five attackers who believed he was gay. The suspected thugs who killed Anthony Collao, 18, are accused of invading a home where they shouted anti-gay slurs. When Collao attempted to run, they chased him down and kicked and beat him to death, authorities say. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Man behind renovation of boro eatery unfairly criticized

To answer all your questions on why the headline of the March 17 Dishing with Dee column did not match the following text, the article was a reprint of a column published several weeks ago. How it managed to get reprinted last week is still a mystery, but the paper is checking on it and we will straighten it out. See below for the column that was supposed to run last week. Comment.
Business

Forest Hills biz keeps eye on 4-legged friends

Your pet may be smart, but it probably can’t operate a treadmill. Comment.

DA looking at Wills’ record

City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) went on the defensive this week after he moved to correct several misdemeanor charges outside the borough that he had been avoiding for more than a decade. Comment.

Last leg of East Side Access tunneling kicks off

Decades after its conception, a major milestone for the country’s largest infrastructure project was reached in a construction pit in Sunnyside Friday. Comment.
Astoria Times

Internet center draws seniors to Sunnyside

Representatives of Time Warner Cable and about 60 friends of Sunnyside Community Services, a senior center, gathered Monday afternoon to celebrate the birthday of the facility’s technology center, which opened there about a year ago. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man who shot, maimed cop found guilty

A jury convicted a Manhattan man Friday who shot two police officers and tried to shoot a third inside the Queensbridge subway station three years ago, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Raul Nunez, 35, of Cherry Street, could spend more than 50 years in prison, the DA said. Comment.

Nonprofit advocates for vendors in Jax. Heights

Street vendors along Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights got a visit Friday from organizers from the Street Vendor Project who informed them of their rights, solicited feedback and handed out information on the nonprofit, which is part of the Urban Justice Center. Comment.

South Ozone Pk. protests all-male shelter

The South Ozone Park community has banded together to demand that the city be up front with them over a homeless shelter that was established last month near PS 124 without any notification to the neighborhood. Comment.

Pregnancy center plans suit over law

The founder of a dozen pregnancy centers, including two in Queens, said he plans to take legal action against the city after Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed into law a bill requiring such centers to disclose whether they provide abortions, prenatal care and three other services, claiming the legislation is unconstitutional and one-sided. Comment.

Holy Holi! Parade makes a splash in Richmond Hill

Thousands of Hindu worshipers and others intent on putting the winter season behind them celebrated the start of spring Sunday with Richmond Hill’s annual Phagwah parade. Comment.

MediSys board probed by state

The state Department of Health is investigating the boards of MediSys and Flushing, Jamaica and Brookdale hospitals in connection with their decision last week to fire former President and Chief Executive Officer David Rosen, who was indicted on bribery conspiracy charges earlier this month involving three state legislators. Comment.

Court refuses to dismiss Haggerty $1.1M theft case

Forest Hills political operative John Haggerty, who is accused of stealing $1.1 million of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s money, was unsuccessful last week in getting the case thrown out of court, the New York Post reported. Comment.

Bayside trainer gears up for Golden Gloves

Standing tall in a basement office at the Tiger Schulmann’s school on Bell Avenue Monday afternoon, Julio Arce was a man of few words as he spoke about his upcoming semi-final match in the Golden Gloves boxing competition. Comment.

Pick any class as long as it’s gym

Due to an administration error, senior students at Robert F. Wagner Jr. Secondary School for Arts and Technology have had their electives replaced with gym classes in order to make up two years of physical education credits that were never scheduled but are needed for them to graduate, sources said. Comment.

Colliding cars hit woman

An 82-year-old East Elmhurst woman was killed mere feet away from her home Monday after a collision on 32nd Avenue and 70th Road between two cars sent one reeling in her direction, police said. Margaret Choberka, who lived near the northeast block of the intersection with her two elder sisters, was pronounced dead at the scene from head trauma, police said. Comment.

Leaders protest senior cuts at Boro Hall

Hundreds of seniors met with Queens leaders on the steps of Queens Borough Hall Friday morning to protest proposals by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg to cut funding for senior centers and services. Comment.

Asian groups blast House budget cuts in Flushing

Representatives of a number of prominent Asian-American advocacy groups converged on Flushing last Thursday to stand in opposition to massive cuts to social assistance and other services included in a budget proposal recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. Comment.

Developer speeds up Aqueduct schedule

The developer of the Aqueduct Race Track racino said it is running on a condensed schedule to complete the project three months earlier than expected. Comment.

Virtuoso, 7, plays Carnegie Hall

For a musician, there aren’t many stages bigger than Carnegie Hall, and at Carnegie Hall there aren’t many musicians as diminutive as 7-year-old violinist Michelle Stern. Her solo performance of Vivaldi’s “Spring” in front of some 4,500 at Weill Recital Hall Sunday evening is impressive enough — even more so considering it was her seventh performance there. Comment.

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