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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Jamaica

Meeks calls on Congress to keep interest rates from doubling

With interest rates on federal subsidized student loans set to double at the end of the month if Congress does not act, U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) convened a panel of experts at York College last week to inform borrowers of their options. Comment.
Politics

Primary Day Live Blog

TimesLedger Newspapers will be blogging from the polls Tuesday about five Congressional primaries in Queens. Comment.
Rosedale

Man, 50s, found dead in house after fire put out

BROOKVILLE — Firefighters responding to a 911 call of a small fire on 230th Place the morning of June 13 found a man in his 50s dead in an adjacent building, the NYPD said. Comment.
Transit

LIRR increases number of Quiet Cars

The Long Island Rail Road has expanded its Quiet Car program, which LIRR President Helena Williams said followed what she called “a very positive response from our customers.” Comment.
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights man missing for a week

JACKSON HEIGHTS — The NYPD needs help searching for a man who went missing from his Jackson Heights apartment last Thursday. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside market owners to open restaurant

There’s a new flavor of service coming to Bayside to better reflect its bustling business district’s benefactors. Comment.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Long Island City

Cherry gets 19 years in ‘LIC mayor’s’ slay

A homeless man and former veteran convicted of killing the so-called Mayor of Long Island City was sentenced to 19 years in prison last week, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Boro draws biggest crowd in citywide recycling event

Those long lines have paid off for Queens recyclers as the city Sanitation Department released results from its first series of SAFE Disposal Events, and out of all five boroughs Queens led the pack with the most participants pitching in to properly ditch electronics and other harmful household products. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside’s little chefs learn the secrets of Italian cuisine

Last week marked a different kind of graduation day for some fifth- and sixth-grade students from St. Robert Bellarmine Elementary School. Instead of walking away with diplomas, they went home with plaques, full stomachs and a year’s worth of cooking experience. Comment.
Bayside

Patrizia’s Italian eatery replaces Valentino’s on Green in Bayside

A Bayside restaurant known for its classy approach to dining has changed hands and its name in exchange for a more affordable alternative. Comments (4).
Letters

Dems, GOP must not increase Stafford interest rate

Both Democrats and Republicans seem to agree that to let interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans double after July 1 is a major concern, especially when they have to face voters Nov. 6. What has been lost in the heightened election year rhetoric is that both the White House and Congress saw this issue coming. Comment.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Little Neck

Big Green Bus fuels up with veggie oil

From fryer to fuel, students at Dartmouth College rolled through Douglaston last week to show off their eco-friendly Big Green Bus converted to run on waste vegetable oil. Comment.
Glendale

Pols help get mail upgrade for Glendale

It’s not a unique ZIP code, but it is a step in the right direction. Comment.
Bayside

Close contest crowns Cardinals baseball champions

They are the champions. Comment.
Springfield Gardens

Spring Gardens teacher’s aide cleared of molestation charges

A teacher’s aide was cleared of charges Monday that he had inappropriately touched several students at the Springfield Gardens elementary school where he worked, although his future in the classroom remains unclear as the city Department of Education conducts its investigation. Comment.
Long Island City

Van Bramer wants to quiet idling trains

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and residents of the Murano and One Hunters Point condominiums on Borden Avenue in Long Island City Friday decried the idling trains from the rail yard across the street, saying the noise goes on for hours at a time. Comments (1).
Howard Beach

Cops on the hunt for serial robber in boro

HOWARD BEACH — Police were searching for a man wanted in connection with a string of May robberies in Queens and Brooklyn. Comment.
Astoria

Cops seek man who stole pocketbook with cash

ASTORIA — Police were looking for a man who stole a pocketbook from a furniture design business in Astoria last month. Comment.
College Point

Company sends volunteers to spruce up Poppenhusen Institute

About 60 workers from Display Techologies, based in College Point, spent several hours planting flowers, painting fences and making repairs to the Poppenhusen Institute in College Point. Comments (17).

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Transit

2nd Ave. subway project to receive $1.3B from gov’t

The federal government has set aide $1.3 billion in funding for the Second Avenue subway and the East Side Access to bring the Long Island Rail Road into Grand Central Terminal as a result of bipartisan congressional support. Comments (1).
Oakland Gardens

City citation spells success

For the rest of his life, Bayside Hills seventh-grader Arvind Mahankali said he would never forget the word “schwannoma” and neither would City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone). Comment.
Douglaston

Doug intersection poses risk

Douglas Montgomery said he became a member of Community Board 11 because he wanted to bring up the key issues affecting his neighbors, and he is doing just that by sounding off on what he called a dangerous intersection in Douglaston. Comments (1).
Maspeth

Lancman: Save church lot

Before the rumbling trucks and diesel fumes moved in, Maspeth was rich with greenery as one of the earliest settlements on geographic Long Island. Comment.
Willets Point

Bloomy shines light on Willets Point revamp plans

The mayor ended weeks of speculation about the city’s plans for Willets Point last Thursday by unveiling a tweaked vision of the development in which Citi Field would be flanked on both sides by retail and housing, but opponents derided the announcement as a land grab by the owners of the New York Mets. Comments (4).
Lindenwood

Brooklyn man, 27, dies after vehicle hits curb

LINDENWOOD — A 27-year-old Brooklyn resident died in Lindenwood Sunday after he lost control driving an all-terrain vehicle northbound on 77th Street, police said. Comment.
Ozone Park

Man admits to leading ID theft ring: Post

OZONE PARK — A Queens man allegedly confessed to being the ringleader of a 110-member gang of alleged identity thieves Monday, according to a New York Post report. Comment.
Flushing Times

Five pupils hurt after taxi hits school bus

BRIARWOOD — Five special-needs students were injured when a taxi collided with a school bus and flipped it on its side early Monday morning, according to a report in the New York Post. Comment.
Bayside

Families flock to Fort Totten for Fun Day

The Friends of Fort Totten Parks’ hosted Family Fun Day last Saturday. Comments (1).

Friday, June 22, 2012

Long Island City

LIC students rally for library

Employees from the Queens Library run various classes for little boys and girls, but with its volley last Thursday against Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed cuts, the library taught PS 111 and Voice Charter School students a lesson in protest and metaphor. Comment.
Flushing

USTA stadium plans surprise community

The United States Tennis Association revealed plans for a massive overhaul of its Flushing facilities, surprising the members of the community who are usually kept abreast of major developments in the area. Comment.
South Ozone Park

Resorts World tops all casinos in slot revenue

The casino generating the most money for its state is not in Las Vegas or Atlantic City — it is in Queens. Comments (9).
Fresh Meadows

Man’s corpse found in Cunningham Park: Cops

FRESH MEADOWS — A decomposing corpse was found in Cunningham Park Friday, according to the NYPD. Comment.
Elmhurst

Elmhurst man killed wife: DA

An Elmhurst man was arraigned Friday on charges of murdering his estranged wife last week in the apartment complex where they once shared a flat, according to the criminal complaint filed by the Queens district attorney’s office. Comment.
Forest Hills

Court orders Sizzler to pay assault victim

A Forest Hills Sizzler has been ordered to pay $25,000 to a transgender woman after a court ruled that staff and diners had attacked her because of her sexual orientation during an incident in September 2010. Comments (5).
Flushing

Queens Botanical Garden celebrates summer solstice with bird watching

There’s nothing like the thrill of the hunt and for one avian enthusiast in Queens the satisfaction that comes when you don’t have to kill anything. Comment.
Oakland Gardens

Bayside salutes Alley Pond Pk’s new playground

For 2-year-old Louis Finkel, it was a long nine months. But now that his treasured playground in Alley Pond Park has reopened, he could not help but smile. Comment.
Jamaica

Jamaica’s hungry urged to apply for food stamps

Many of the hungry in southeast Queens are not aware of the food programs available to the community, and those who are aware often find it difficult to determine which program is right for them. Comments (2).
Flushing

Two challengers vie for Stavisky’s seat

The race for the Flushing state Senate seat is taking shape as hopefuls gather petitions, collect endorsements and knock on doors. Comment.
St. Albans

113th Precinct to hold gun buy-back

Borough President Helen Marshall, City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) and Community Board 12 Chairwoman Jacqueline Boyce announced Tuesday that southeast Queens will host a gun buy-back event Saturday. Comments (4).
Ridgewood

Suspect in shooting of man, 22, wanted: Cops

RIDGEWOOD — Police were looking for the suspect in a shooting at Myrtle and Seneca avenues earlier this month. Comment.
Elmhurst

Three men steal iPhone from teenager, 15: Post

EAST ELMHURST — Three men threatened a 15-year-old and allegedly stole his iPhone June 8, according to the New York Post. Comment.
Editorial

Church, State and Scrambled Eggs

The lines separating church and state in southeast Queens have always been blurred. The black churches and their pastors continue to be powerful influences in the community. Comment.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Flushing

Praise for immigration fix mixed with doubt

President Barack Obama praised a federal memo released Friday that is set to give undocumented young people in Queens hope for a normal life, but drew cautious optimism from the borough and criticism from the county’s only Republican congressman. Comments (2).
Environment

Con Ed cuts voltage in Queens, Belmont racing canceled

The temperature is high, but the voltage is not. Comments (1).
Flushing

Estelle Cooper’s park group eyed in missing cash

A nonprofit that funded activities at Flushing Meadows Corona Park is under investigation after more than $100,000 in expenditures could not be accounted for. Comment.
Bayside

Mittman eyes health care

If elected to the new Queens congressional district centered around Flushing, Bayside allergist Dr. Robert Mittman wants to fight to change the health care system he said is in dire need of help. Comment.
Bayside

QCC receives Padavan’s papers

Anyone walking into the library at Queensborough Community College Monday was met immediately with a piece of history. Comment.
Forest Hills

Old Forest Hills firehouse singled out for recognition

As advocates fight to keep Queens firehouses open amid budget cuts, one building in Forest Hills is being recognized for its rich history of close to 90 years. Comment.
Hollis

Comrie slams cuts to Hollis Head Start

City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) joined more than 100 young children and their teachers from the Committee for Early Childhood Development Head Start in Hollis Friday to protest the mayor’s proposal to cut the organization’s funding amid negotiations over the city’s fiscal year 2013 budget. Comment.
Middle Village

Turner gears up for Senate

U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Middle Village) hopes to work with Democrats on the other side of the aisle if he is elected to the U.S. Senate in September, he told TimesLedger Newspapers in a sit-down interview last week. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Jax Hts film explores crime that led to Queens Pride

Jackson Heights native Richard Shpuntoff said while his evolving documentary is named after murder victim Julio Rivera, the film is not so much about the crime as the change it inspired in Jackson Heights. Comment.
Ozone Park

Driver killed after car hits Ozone Pk. vehicles

A sanitation worker who had been on the job less than a year was killed after the car he was driving smashed into several parked vehicles and an electronics shop along Atlantic Avenue early Saturday morning. Comment.
Jamaica

Stop and frisk works in SE Queens: Flake

The Rev. Floyd Flake, the influential pastor of the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral, recently said that while he believes the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk program should be open to scrutiny, overall it has been effective in reducing crime in southeast Queens. Comment.
Hollis

Families of slain youths to march against violence

Brigitte Hoggard, Capri Pillow and Shenee Johnson have all lost loved ones to gun violence on the streets of southeast Queens in the past few years, and this weekend they plan to stand together and call for an end to the violence. Comments (1).
Jackson Heights

Jax Hts making peace with plaza

Ever since 37th Road between 73rd and 74th streets was closed and the bus routes that went down it were moved last fall to create a plaza, detractors have complained that the redesign has driven away business and new park has gone unused. Comment.
Ridgewood

Velazquez nets presidential nod for primary

U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Ridgewood) received a crucial — and prominent — endorsement last week in her bid for re-election in the 7th Congressional District. Comment.
Government

Mayor picks Padavan to sit on city’s redistricting panel

Three Queens residents have been appointed to the commission that will redraw New York’s City Council lines ahead of the 2013 elections. Comment.
South Jamaica

One dead in nightclub shooting

A Queens man was shot and killed outside a South Jamaica nightclub early Sunday morning, police said. Comment.
Transit

MTA advises straphangers to avoid platform edges

The MTA is campaigning in subway trains, in five languages and even on MetroCards. The message: “Stay Away from the Platform Edge.” Comment.
Auburndale

Firefighters battle electrical blaze in Auburndale restaurant

It took firefighters nearly two hours to put out an electrical blaze in the basement of Mythos restaurant at 196-29 Northern Blvd. in Auburndale Wednesday afternoon. Comments (1).
Astoria

Police hunt for man in three Astoria burglaries

ASTORIA — Police arrested a man wanted in connection with several burglaries in Astoria this month, the NYPD said. Comment.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Astoria

Astoria’s Independence Day celebration to be held June 25

Freedom and fireworks lovers will be able to see an Independence Day show a little early this year when Astoria holds its 30th festival over the East River Monday, June 25. Comments (1).
Middle Village

Candidates debate for new House seat

The four Democratic candidates competing for the newly created Queens congressional seat faced off last week during a debate at the Our Lady of Hope School Auditorium in Middle Village. Comment.
South Jamaica

Cops search for LaGuardia student’s killer

SOUTH JAMAICA — Police were looking for whoever killed a 22-year-old LaGuardia Community College student in South Jamaica last week. As of Tuesday, there had not been any arrests in the case. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Big Apple Circus worker killed after colliding with car door on Union Tnpk.

A circus company is mourning the loss of a worker who died in a Fresh Meadows bicycle accident Saturday evening, according to police. Comments (5).
Jamaica

Cops seek four in death of man from Jamaica

JAMAICA — Police were looking for four men believed to be responsible for the death of Jamaica resident George Ayala earlier this month. Comment.
Bayside

Poll: NYers largely oppose soda ban

Although several Queens political leaders publicly opposed Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s intentions to ban large sugary drinks in the city, a Quinnipiac University poll showed mixed results for the potential beverage bust. Comments (3).

Monday, June 18, 2012

Fresh Meadows

Circus worker dies in fatal Fresh Meadows bike accident: NYPD

A man who was working at a circus temporarily set up in Fresh Meadows died in a bicycle accident Saturday evening, according to police. Comment.

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