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Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012

South Jamaica

Hip boutique opens doors in S. Jamaica

A new boutique and jewelry store on Sutphin Boulevard in South Jamaica doubles as a showcase for independent designers, and should be on the radar for anyone wanting to pick up some unique fashion accessories, as the name implies. Comments (1).
Middle Village

Turner welcomes House passage of mass transit security bill

U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Middle Village) has announced passage by the House of Representatives of his bill to strengthen security in the nation’s mass transit facilities. Comment.

Monday, Sept. 17, 2012

Jamaica

Jamaica teacher admits to sex act with student

A former eighth-grade teacher at Jamaica’s Susan B. Anthony School is facing a six-month prison sentence after he pleaded guilty last Thursday to having inappropriate sexual contact with a 13-year-old female student, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced. Comment.
Transit

MTA chairman questions discounts on MetroCard fares

MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota now suggests it might be time to eliminate or reduce the discount on pay-per-ride MetroCards. Comments (1).
Government

De Blasio says water payment plan favors DEP

Customers who receive abnormally high water bills and enter into a payment program with the city Department of Environmental Protection to pay off what they owe forfeit their right to dispute their bills, a fact underlined in a new city public advocate’s guide to understanding and contesting water bills. Comment.

Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012

Howard Beach

Addabbo’s war chest revealed in campaign filing

As he awaits a Republican challenger to be chosen by voters for his state Senate seat, Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) is gearing up for the November election after disclosing his campaign finances. Comments (7).
Politics

Council districts redrawn

The city Districting Commission released its preliminary draft of the redrawn 51 City Council districts last week, setting the stage for a battle over representation from some minority groups in Queens that want new lines to encompass their ethnic communities. Comment.
Astoria

Suggested City Council districts leave Astoria intact, nix Rikers

Astoria is split in half in New York’s new state Senate and congressional lines, but the proposed City Council district leaves the neighborhood largely in one piece. Comment.
Douglaston

CB 11 approves CVS variance in Douglaston

A CVS Pharmacy in Douglaston saw its variance renewed, allowing the drugstore to continue to operate in a residential zone among a series of other actions at the September meeting of Community Board 11 Monday. Comment.
Bayside

Workers file charge against St. Mary’s

As a labor dispute continues, workers filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board against Bayside’s St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital, accusing the facility of withholding financial information related to contract negotiations. Comment.
Glendale

Halloran opens Glendale office in bid for Rep. Ackerman’s seat

Nearly two months before voters in northeast Queens’ 6th Congressional District cast their ballots, Republican candidate and City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) opened his campaign office Saturday in Glendale. Comment.
South Jamaica

Father assaulted by son with meat cleaver: Report

SOUTH JAMAICA — A South Jamaica man who allegedly tried to hurt his father with a meat cleaver in their home at Guy R. Brewer Boulevard near Liberty Avenue was arrested, the New York Post reported. Comment.

Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012

Flushing

Council urges South Asians to action at Town Hall

The South Asian Queens community, especially Sikhs, have been targeted because of prejudice and struggle to find a political voice. Comment.
Forest Hills

Club may find suitor for its tennis stadium

Residents living within walking distance of the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium want the structure to remain, but they want it fixed up and they would rather not have concerts on the list of events. Comments (1).
South Jamaica

Man stabbed to death in S. Jamaica home: Police

A South Jamaica home with a history of domestic discord was the site of a bloody murder last week when a woman allegedly stabbed her boyfriend to death in the house they shared with two young children, police and neighbors said. Comments (9).
Astoria

Vallone wants bill to curb salesmen

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) said he plans to introduce legislation to stop salespeople from knocking on the doors of residents who want them to scram. Comment.
Corona

Fake plastic surgeon worked out of Corona spa: AG

A Florida man who posed as a plastic surgeon admitted to recruiting women out of a Corona spa for illegal operations, which left them scarred and disfigured, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office said. Comment.
Hollis

Missing boy, 15, from Hollis found: Police

HOLLIS — A 15-year-old boy who had gone missing in Hollis has been found, police said. Comments (3).
Astoria

Officer in city agency in custody for DWI

ASTORIA — A city Department of Correction officer was arrested Sunday on a DWI charge, police said. Comments (2).

Friday, Sept. 14, 2012

Bayside

BID shows off Bell to attract new biz

No appointments were necessary. Comment.
Jamaica

Sanders scores major victory over Huntley in Senate race

In a hotly contested race in southeast Queens, City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton) defeated state Sen. Shirley Huntley in the Democratic Party primary Thursday. She was seeking her fourth term when she was indicted on criminal charges last month. Comment.
Woodhaven

Boro sister kills brother: Cops

A young Woodhaven woman was arraigned on charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon Sunday after she allegedly stabbed her half brother, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comments (5).
Bayside

Stray cats bother Baysiders

An influx of stray cats near one Bayside community prompted one neighbor to stand up at the Community Board 11 meeting Monday and call for help. Comments (12).
New Hyde Park

City needs to reduce population of mosquitoes in Queens: Civics

Bellerose resident Angela Augugliaro says mosquitoes are so bad in her neighborhood she can barely go outside. Comments (1).
South Ozone Park

Sex offenders residing at shelter near PS 124

More than 20 sex offenders are living in a South Ozone Park shelter that is 1,000 feet away from PS 124, according to the New York state sex offender registry. Comments (6).
Flushing

USTA’s ball people worked hard to keep players happy

Champions have come and gone at the US Open, but a Forest Hills man has spent nearly half of his life returning to the court as a ball boy. Comment.
Woodhaven

Neighbors say shut house

Residents tired of an abandoned house in Woodhaven and the negative element it attracts to their neighborhood are calling on city officials to close it up for good. Comment.
Flushing

Exhibit celebrates 150th anniversary of Flushing Town Hall

Flushing Town Hall has worn many hats in its 150 years, but its latest incarnation may be the one that most resembles the first. Comment.
Long Island City

Cops on the hunt for LIC bicycle assaulter

LONG ISLAND CITY — Police were looking for a man who rode up to a woman while riding a bicycle, hit her and tried to sexually assault her, the NYPD said. Comment.

Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012

Politics

Primary Day Live Blog

TimesLedger Newspapers will be blogging from the polls Thursday during the primary in Queens. Comment.
Whitestone

Avella tour remembers 9/11 heroes

The mood was somber as state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) fastened a red, white and blue wreath onto a quiet Whitestone street sign alongside the mother of a fallen U.S. Army private during his journey Monday to 24 intersections renamed for Sept. 11 heroes in northeast Queens, Comments (2).
History

Quiet ceremony marks 9/11

Twin sisters Amanda and Emily Ortiz smiled as they posed for photos with family friends at the 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero Tuesday morning. The young girls from Whitestone were just 5 months old when their father, Emilio, perished in the attack on the World Trade Center 11 years ago. Comment.
Whitestone

Boro pols slam FAA for noisy flight testing

Queens officials gave the Federal Aviation Administration an earful Monday night after the agency failed to inform the borough about a change in flight patterns, which have generated a litany of noise complaints from Bayside and Whitestone. Comment.
Maspeth

Maspeth holds 11th annual ceremony for 9/11 fallen

As the skies cleared from the morning’s storm and wind Saturday, more than 100 people gathered inside Squad 288/Hazmat 1 in Maspeth to honor and remember those from the firehouse killed during the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Prep party bus lacked NJ size permit: DOT

The bus company that transported a Woodside teenager who died after sticking his head through a second-floor escape hatch said the vehicle fit easily under the underpass, but the New Jersey DOT said the bus may have been so large that it required a special permit, which it did not have. Comments (3).
Flushing

DOE cuts off tutoring firm for Bowne HS

A tutoring company heavily involved in a Flushing high school was the subject of a May audit from city Comptroller John Liu, and it was pulled from doing business with the city this week after a separate inquiry by the city Department of Education. Comments (1).
Springfield Gardens

Springfield Gdns. man with knife killed by police

Relatives of a 27-year-old man, who the NYPD said had held a knife to his own neck before he was fatally shot by police, were still planning funeral arrangements Tuesday for the new father. Comment.
Flushing

US Open caps unofficial end of summer

Monday’s finals at the 2012 US Open concluded two weeks of tennis, although fans found enjoyment on and off the court throughout the event. Comment.
Middle Village

MidVil park spoiled by teenage vandals

A lack of park patrol is turning Juniper Valley Park into a scene of underage drinking, trash and vandalism, according to a Middle Village civic group. Comment.
South Jamaica

Shooting suspect surrenders

The man accused of shooting a plainclothes police officer not far from the South Jamaica Houses last month was hit with an additional, unrelated attempted murder charge Monday after he turned himself in to authorities the night before. Comment.
Cambria Heights

City plans to add to Cambria Heights elementary school

For more than a decade now the pair of red, double-wide trailers perched alongside PS 176 in Cambria Heights has served as a sign of the school’s growth. Comments (1).
Middle Village

Zadroga Act altered to cover cancer cost

Many Queens residents had loved ones who died in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and some know people who continue to die from the complications of that fateful day. Comment.
Glendale

Waters rise in Glendale as rain returns to area

The severe storm that blew through Queens over the weekend brought a rare tornado to the borough but also some all-too-familiar flooding to Glendale. Comment.
East Elmhurst

E. Elmhurst car washers vote for union

Workers at an East Elmhurst car wash who previously rallied for better working conditions voted 21-5 Saturday to join the international Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, becoming the first car wash workers outside Los Angeles to do so. Comment.
Rego Park

Cops on the lookout for Rego Park deli stabber

REGO PARK — Police are looking for a man who followed another man into a Rego Park deli and stabbed him multiple times in the buttocks, the NYPD said. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012

Jamaica

Passenger attacks two others with a knife in Jamaica subway station: MTA

An argument that started onboard the J Train ended when a disgruntled passenger slashed two others with a knife as they rode a crowded escalator inside the Jamaica subway station, according to the MTA. Comment.
Flushing

Officials condemn racial slur painted on Flushing property

Lawmakers denounced racist graffiti left on a Flushing storefront that will house the future Mitchell-Linden branch of the Queens Public Library as well as a van parked nearby belonging to a Chinese newspaper and offered a cash reward to try and help find the perpetrator. Comment.
Jamaica

Huntley supporter says case racially motivated

The primary election got a jolt Tuesday after a supporter of state Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) distributed leaflets claiming the indicted senator is the victim of racially motivated actions by the state attorney general. Comment.
Flushing

Bengali ballots not ready for primary

The city violated the federal Voting Rights Act by acting too slowly on a 2011 requirement to provide ballots in a South Asian language and delaying them until 2013, according to a complaint filed by a nonprofit this week. Comments (1).
Breezy Point

Breezy Point tornado damages 16 cabanas

The tornado that tore through Breezy Point Saturday with winds of up to 70 miles per hour left behind a wake of damage that is still being cleaned up at a seaside beach club. Comment.
St. Albans

Senior week turns ten in SE Queens

Senior Appreciation Week is getting old. Comment.
Flushing

Gov’t has been wiretapping Liu since 2009 over contributions

Lawyers for two people charged with funneling illegal campaign contributions to City Comptroller John Liu’s war chest revealed Monday the government has been investigating Liu and his advisers since 2009 and contend “desperate” government agents have been targeting the campaign without producing any proof of wrongdoing. Comment.
Bayside Hills

Iannece, Rozic gain support after controversy

Democratic primary candidates hoping to represent the seat currently held by state Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) pulled in endorsements in the wake of a fracas involving a neighborhood civic organization’s controversial blog post. Comments (6).
St. Albans

Walcott visits Eagle Academy on first day of new school year

City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott made a stop at a unique school in southeast Queens last week as he toured the five boroughs for the first day of school. Comments (2).
Long Island City

Worker in custody after Gulf fight

The family of a 28-year-old Flushing man, who died in a fight with a Long Island City gas station attendant last Thursday, disputed the owner’s contention that his worker was defending himself. Comments (2).
Flushing

Group seeks to register Asian voters in Queens

Asian-American residents of Queens are a sleeping political force, and a group of civic and nonprofit groups announced a plan last week to tap into that power for upcoming state and federal elections. Comment.
Ozone Park

Ulrich outearns, outspends Reyes in primary

Over the last month leading up to the state primaries Thursday, City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and Forest Hills attorney Juan Reyes ramped up their campaigns to win Queens’ 15th Senate District. Comment.
Astoria

Employee at Kaufman caught with pot: Police

ASTORIA — An electrician for Kaufman Astoria Studios was arrested last Thursday after he allegedly had about 10 pounds of marijuana shipped to his workplace, police said. Comment.

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012

Jamaica

State Senate District 10 candidates

State Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) is seeking her fourth term in office. She sits on the Agriculture, Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Codes, Consumer Protection, Education, Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Social Services, State-Native American Relations and Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committees. She is a member of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus. Huntley had served as president of Community School Board 28. Comment.
Flushing

State Senate District 16 candidates

John Messer is an Oakland Gardens businessman and lawyer who has also worked as a project manager at the city Economic Development Corp. He draws on his experience running multiple companies as to why he has a pulse on the state’s economic climate. Messer’s main message is to bolster the state economy by making it easier to run a small business through tax reform and simplifying regulation. He also is a supporter of immigration reform to include more people in the state’s economy. Comment.
Flushing

Assembly District 40 candidates

Ethel Chen, a retired librarian and law school graduate, who said her experience working with people will help her in the Assembly. The longtime Flushing resident said her priorities if elected are to protect seniors, fight for the fair share of the state budget and promote education. Comment.
Bayside

Assembly District 25 candidates

Bayside Hills resident and Community Board 11 Chairman Jerry Iannece said he thought the redrawn 25th Assembly district lines make him a perfect fit for the area, including Fresh Meadows, where he works as an attorney. With an endorsement from the Queens Democratic Party, he said his experience speaks for itself. Comments (1).
Forest Hills

State Senate District 15 candidates

Forest Hills attorney Juan Reyes says if elected he will make New York business-friendly again. Reyes previously worked for U.S. Sen. Bob Dole, former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and is currently a partner at Reed Smith LLP specializing on land use and zoning issues. His priorities include fighting increases in taxes and the minimum wage and cutting the costs of public projects. Comment.
Woodhaven

Assembly District 38 candidates

Political newcomer Etienne David Adorno says the district is ready for a new leadership. The 27-year-old from Woodhaven is a member of the Woodhaven Block Association and serves on the Consumer Affairs and Public Safety Committee for Community Board 9. He was also budget liaison for Councilman Robert Jackson (D-Manhattan). Comment.
Queens Village

Assembly District 33 candidates

Assemblywoman Barbara Clark (D-Queens Village) is seeking a 14th term in office. She serves as the Deputy Majority Whip of the Assembly and sits on the Education, Labor, Rules, Children and Families and Libraries and Education Technology committees. Comment.

Monday, Sept. 10, 2012

South Jamaica

Alleged cop-shooter surrenders in South Jamaica

John Thomas, the suspected cop-shooter police have been searching for over the last month, turned himself over to the authorities Sunday evening, the NYPD said. Comment.
Politics

Lively boro primaries enter final stretch

Indictments, mud-slinging and insurgent candidates have all made for an eventful primary season in New York, where hopefuls battled over state issues to try and move on to the general election in November. Comment.

Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012

Breezy Point

Tornado touches down in Breezy Point

For the patrons of the Breezy Point Surf Club, Saturday’s tornado was the best possible time for a twister to touch down in the western most tip of the Rockaway peninsula. Comment.
Woodhaven

Woodhaven teen charged in her brother’s murder: Police

A young Woodhaven woman was arrested Saturday after she allegedly stabbed her brother to death, police said. Comments (3).
Springfield Gardens

Springfield Gardens man with knife shot and killed by police: NYPD

A 27-year-old man, who had held a knife to his own neck, was fatally shot in his Springfield Gardens home by police Friday afternoon, the NYPD and the man’s relatives said. Comments (6).

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