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Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011

Bayside

Bayside comic shop a place for kids to ‘battle’

Every year children salivate over new iterations of video or computer games, but for two decades a small shop in Bayside has been providing youngsters with low-tech entertainment that a clerk hopes will not become obsolete any time soon. Comments (1).
College Point

College Pt. postal plant gets five-month reprieve: Gillibrand

Elected officials from Queens announced Tuesday an agreement had been reached with the U.S. Postal Service to delay the closure of all postal facilities, including the mail sorting facility in College Point, for at least five months. Comment.
Woodhaven

Miller hosts free mammography event

State Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) will be providing free mammograms to qualified women in the area. Comment.

Monday, Dec. 12, 2011

Kew Gardens

City to update waterfront

Representatives from the Department of City Planning presented a year-long plan to update the city’s Waterfront Revitalization Program to the Queens Borough Board Monday night, but City Councilman Peter Koo (R-Flushing) thought it would take longer than expected. Comment.
Broadway-Flushing

Retired cop shoots wife in Briarwood apartment: NYPD

A Briarwood woman who worked as a tax enforcement agent was shot multiple times and killed by her retired cop husband late Saturday night in Briarwood, neighbors and the NYPD said. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Airline employee pleads guilty in assault

LAGUARDIA AIRPORT — A 34-year-old ramp agent for Southwest Airlines at LaGuardia Airport pleaded guilty Tuesday to brutally assaulting his supervisor in August, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Little Neck

Weprin holds winter toy drive

This winter, state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) is hosting his first winter toy drive. Weprin will be collecting new and unwrapped toys for children throughout Queens who may otherwise go without gifts this holiday season. The drive will run through Dec. 19. Comment.

Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011

Bayside

Martial arts experts grow mustaches to KO cancer

A mustache has always signified something about the man wearing it, whether it be machismo, an ironic appreciation of 1970s styling or — ever since the ’stache-twirling villains of vaudeville — one’s nefarious character. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Jax Hts park marks 200th conversion from schoolyard in city

Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited Jackson Heights, the neighborhood most starved for park space in Queens, last week to celebrate the upcoming opening of PS 69’s student-designed playground, which comes complete with a human sundial and rock wall with “fossils.” Comment.
Politics

Ragusa meets with Gingrich at Staten Island event

Republican presidential frontrunner Newt Gingrich met with Queens GOP Chairman Phil Ragusa during a stop in Staten Island Saturday, and while Ragusa heaped glowing praise on the former House speaker, he stopped short of backing him. Comment.
Douglaston

Douglaston bus stop to return

The case of the disappearing bus stop has been solved, Community Board 11 Chairman Jerry Iannece said, and the MTA will soon be replacing the Q12 bus stop at the corner of Northern Boulevard and Douglaston Parkway that mysteriously vanished a little more than a month ago. Comment.
Bayside

Cops on the lookout for missing elderly man, 80

BAYSIDE — Police have asked the public’s help in finding a missing senior citizen. Comment.
Forest Hills

Queens woman unlawfully took baby girl: Police

MANHATTAN — A Forest Hills woman was arrested last week on charges she took away an infant girl she was baby-sitting in Manhattan. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Colombian soccer fans show their pride

Colombian soccer fans parade along Roosevelt Avenue en route to watch a match Saturday of last week. Comment.

Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011

Floral Park

Floral Pk. synagogue builds smaller temple

A few dozen congregation members gathered in Floral Park Friday to celebrate the groundbreaking for Temple Sholom’s new synagogue. Comment.
Astoria

Semi-streaking Santas stroll down Ditmars for donations

A nearly naked Saint Nick climbing down the chimney in the middle of the night might sound terrifying, but Astoria residents were all smiles Saturday when a group of scantily clad Kris Kringles stripped for charity and streaked through the neighborhood. Comment.
Far Rockaway

LIRR Far Rockaway line testing Quiet Car

Is your commute spoiled by cell phone gabbers, music from electronic gadgets and loud-voiced fellow travelers? Comment.
Forest Hills

Police identify woman killed in Forest Hills accident

FOREST HILLS — A 68-year-old woman was struck and killed by a car during an accident early last Thursday morning in Forest Hills, police said. Comment.
South Jamaica

Garage torched in South Jamaica blaze

Firefighters put out a smoldering garage on 148th Street near Linden Boulevard in South Jamaica last Saturday evening. Neighbors said flames quickly torched the structure. Officials at the scene said no one was injured. Comment.
College Point

Tree lighting held in College Point

The Poppenhusen Institute held its annual tree lighting at Poppenhusen Monument Park Sunday. The event featured music from the American Concert Band. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 9, 2011

Dutch Kills

Lawmaker blasts LIC Muni-meter parking

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), community leaders and residents condemned the city Department of Transportation Monday for its plans to install Muni-Meters near 41st Avenue and 29th Street in the Dutch Kills section of Long Island City. Comment.
Long Island City

CB 2 calls on mayor to solve film crew issues

Lights! Camera! Buy local! Comments (1).
Springfield Gardens

DeBlasio urges probe of fed detention center

The city public advocate is joining several Queens elected officials in another call to the federal government to stop its association with a private group that has been running a controversial immigration detention center in southeast Queens. Comment.
Woodside

City agencies untapped resource in distributing library cards: Pol

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) announced at the Woodside Library last week that he had introduced legislation designed to put even more library cards in the hands of needy children. Comment.
Ridgewood

Transit group calls Q58 boro’s slowest bus

The 50th Street crosstown bus in Manhattan has won the title of slowest bus in New York City with the Q58 earning the title of the most tardy in Queens. Comment.
Jamaica

Jamaica man arrested in B’klyn groping: Cops

BROOKLYN — A Jamaica man was arrested Friday for allegedly sexually abusing a straphanger on the subway, according to investigators. Comment.
Broadway-Flushing

Three men stole PSP from straphanger on F train: Police

BRIARWOOD — Police are looking for three men in connection with a robbery at the Van Wyck Station last month. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside holiday decorations dazzle

Dozens of visitors flock to see the holiday decorations set up at a home at 32nd Avenue and 213th Street in Bayside. The home’s owner creates the annual display to raise money through donations for St. Mary’s Healthcare System in Bayside. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011

St. Albans

Mourners remember Q111 shooting victim

Friends and family paid their final respects Wednesday to Marvin Gilkes, who was shot last week while he was riding the Q111 bus in Jamaica when a gunman opened fire at passengers. Comments (3).
Pomonok

NYCHA seeks to evict seniors from Pomonok

Lawmakers blasted the city Monday for its policy of forcing residents as old as 90 out of their longtime homes in Pomonok Houses to make space for larger families. In the middle of last month, the New York City Housing Authority sent out letters to some residents of the complex, at 67-10 Parsons Blvd., informing them that they had to leave their homes. If they did not request a smaller apartment by Dec. 5, they would risk being moved anywhere in the borough. Lila Poris has lived in the same apartment for 51 years. She and her husband raised two children in the two-bedroom unit, but the younger generation moved out long ago to start families of their own and her husband died about five years ago. Comments (6).
Astoria

Astoria dive pool being re-imagined

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) announced Tuesday that Astoria Park’s long-neglected diving pool will get a $1 million renovation and be converted into a first-class performance space by 2013. Comment.
College Point

Pols blast USPS shutdown

A group of postal workers and two politicians voiced their opposition Friday night to the U.S. Postal Service’s proposed closure of a College Point facility that could leave hundreds of jobs in limbo. Comment.
Forest Hills

Alan Hevesi denied early release

In a 2-1 decision, disgraced former state Comptroller Alan Hevesi was denied his first shot at parole last week and will remain in an upstate prison, where he is serving time for corruption, for at least one more year. Comments (2).
East Elmhurst

Flight 1225 nonstop to Santa’s shop

Patients from Cohen Children’s Medical Center took off from LaGuardia Airport and landed at the North Pole Saturday, where they met Santa Claus and received gifts to brighten their day. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Cops hunt incognito shooter

Police were asking for the public’s help in catching a man who tried to murder two officers Friday afternoon in Jackson Heights as City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) called for more police protection in the area. Comment.
Queens Village

Queens Village auto shop worker charged in scam

Investigators have taken down a major auto loan scamming ring that used a Queens Village dealership as part of its operations and cost financial institutions nearly $2 million in losses. Comment.
Howard Beach

Murder rocks Howard Beach

Howard Beach residents were awakened by gunshots early Saturday morning after a neighborhood man was found murdered and slumped over his steering wheel after smashing his car into another vehicle, police and neighbors said. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Qns family set adrift after father detained

A Queens family is pleading with the federal government to release their patriarch, who has been in jail for more than eight months, since they say immigration officials have not formally charged him with any crime. Comment.
South Ozone Park

Last 2,500 VLTs, 2 eateries soon to open at Aqueduct

The operator of the racino at Aqueduct Race Track is getting set to open the last remaining video lottery terminals and electronic gaming tables at the property next week. Comment.
Sunnyside

Mob tied to imported strippers scheme: Feds

Federal authorities said last week that 20 individuals, some of whom are allegedly members of the notorious Gambino and Bonnano mob families, were arraigned in Manhattan federal court on charges of importing women from Russia and Eastern Europe to work at strip clubs in Queens and on Long Island. Comment.
Bayside

No blizzard snafus this year: City

The city manager responsible for keeping northeastern Queens’ streets clear during snowstorms reassured Community Board 11 Monday that this winter he and his team will not allow residents to be stranded during a major snowstorm. Comments (1).
Transit

MTA more prepared for snow

New York City Transit President Thomas Prendergast said Tuesday the MTA’s performance in the near-catastrophic blizzard a year ago was inadequate but that the agency had learned much and has made vast changes since then. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Jax Hts board fires BID head for trashy street

Sharada Devi, head of the 82nd Street Business Improvement District, was fired by the BID’s board due to incompetence, and Small Business Commissioner Robert Walsh vowed to hire a new executive director who would turn the commercial strip around within 100 days. Comment.
Jamaica Hills

Avella blasts city over resources at Jamaica High

Jamaica High School’s days may be numbered, but state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said the city still has an obligation to give its remaining students the opportunity for a good future. Comments (1).
Jamaica

American files for Chapter 11

Elected officials in southeast Queens say they are not too worried about American Airlines’ bankruptcy negatively affecting the neighborhood’s commerce, but they will be keeping a close eye on their future operations. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Stony Brook, Rockefeller among tech campus rejects

Two entities have been rejected in their bids to build an applied sciences or engineering campus somewhere in the city because they did not meet the criteria for the city’s competition, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said last week. Roosevelt Island is one of the possible sites. Comment.
Little Neck

Car breaks glass doors at center in Little Neck

One of the partners working to open a new adult daycare center on Northern Boulevard in Little Neck said a bump in the road experienced last week would not change the plans to open the center’s glass doors this week. Comment.
Willets Point

Willets Pt. sewer project begins amid opposition

Mayor Michael Bloomberg broke ground Friday on a $50 million project to install working sewers at Willets Point, but a group opposed to the redevelopment of the Iron Triangle said the city is not playing by the rules. Comments (1).

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011

Jamaica

Huntley associates charged with bilking state funds

The state attorney general Wednesday indicted four people who were connected to state Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica), including her niece, on charges of stealing thousands of dollars in taxpayer money that was meant to go to the senator’s non-profit. Comment.
Jamaica

Man murdered on Q111 bus by ex-con: DA

A resident of the Baisley Houses allegedly told police he murdered his girlfriend’s son Friday out of revenge and that he killed a man on the Q111 bus and shot another passenger minutes later because he thought the victims he had robbed in the past were sending people to stalk him, according to police statements submitted to Queens Criminal Court. Comment.
Ditmars

Cops nab stepdad in Astoria slay

A 52-year-old Queensbridge man has been charged with killing his 32-year-old stepdaughter and wounding his 57-year-old estranged wife Monday morning on the day that his divorce trial was to begin, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Willets Point

Queens judge reexamines lawsuit against city over Willets Point

A State Supreme Court judge reopened a lawsuit Tuesday that could throw a wrench into the $3 billion redevelopment blueprint for Willets Point after the city broke down its original plans into three separate phases. Comments (3).

Snow alert issued by Sanitation

Looks like the recent warm weather stretch is coming to an end. Comment.
South Jamaica

Fiancée waiting after judge calls for Bell shooter’s badge

For the last five years, Nicole Paultre-Bell has yearned for justice in the 50-shot shooting that took her fiance’s life, but after an NYPD judge called for the removal ofé the undercover police officer who fired, the teary-eyed mother of two said her calls were answered at a bittersweet price. Comment.
Forest Hills

Queens activist Dolan remembered by pols and civics

Former Queens Borough President Claire Shulman called late civic leader Pat Dolan “the quintessential Queens civic worker” during a memorial service for Dolan last week in Forest Hills. Comment.
Long Island City

Woman raped in Long Island City: Cops

LONG ISLAND CITY — The authorities were searching for three men who they say raped a 20-year-old woman early Sunday morning. Comment.

Monday, Dec. 5, 2011

Ditmars

Mother, daughter shot in Astoria home: Neighbors

Astoria residents were shocked by the shooting of two women Monday morning, saying such a crime was nearly unheard of on the quiet residential street near Ditmars Boulevard. Comment.
South Jamaica

Baisley House resident accused in murder spree that killed bus rider

A resident of the Baisley Houses was held without bail Saturday on charges he murdered his girlfriend’s son and a man riding the Q111 bus in Jamaica Friday, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

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