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Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012

Crime

Boro police impersonator arrested in N.J.: Cops

CITYWIDE — Members of the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau arrested a New Jersey man last week who they said impersonated a police officer and forced prostitutes to perform sexual acts on him. Comments (3).
Whitestone

Singerie makes fabric dreams come true

Whitestoners eager to channel their inner fashion designer need to look no further than a new fabric and crafts store on 14th Avenue. Comments (1).
Howard Beach

ATV rider robbed of $900 in Howard Beach: Cops

HOWARD BEACH — A man who was riding his ATV on the streets of Howard Beach told police he was robbed of $900 by a Brooklyn man pretending to be a police officer, according to a criminal complaint. Comment.

Monday, Feb. 20, 2012

Bayside

Recognize slaves as builders of White House: Tshaka

After speaking with Bayside activist Mandingo Tshaka, U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) sent a letter to President Barack Obama last week, urging him to recognize the role enslaved African Americans played in the construction of the White House. Comment.
Corona

Restaurant workers tell stories through Qns. Museum exhibit

Some 75 percent of Americans eat out at least once a week, though few get more than a passing glimpse into the lives of the people who cook, prepare and serve their meals, according to a new exhibit. Comment.
Glendale

Biz owner possessed 7,200 stun guns: Cops

GLENDALE — The manager of a Glendale business was charged last week after police allegedly found boxes containing 7,200 stun guns inside Top Choice Trading Inc., at 47-38 Metropolitan Ave., the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Lindenwood

S. Jamaica man dies in Lindenwood crash: Cops

LINDENWOOD — Police identified a 41-year-old man killed in a car crash on South Conduit Boulevard in Lindenwood early Sunday as Darren Green. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm centerfielder among Big East best

St. John’s centerfielder Kristi Cady was named to the Big East softball Honor Roll after leading the Red Storm offensively at the Red & Black Showcase in Athens, Ga., during the opening weekend of the 2012 season. Comment.

Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012

Ridgewood

Grover Cleveland tech whizzes build mobile applications

The developer of the next hit mobile application may not be a Silicon Valley programmer, but a group of Grover Cleveland High School seniors. Comment.
Auburndale

Etchings highlight facets of human emotion, life

A two-person show, entitled Monoscape, opened at Yegam Art Space in Auburndale Saturday evening. The show features the etchings and drawings of Bruce Waldman and Joonhee Lee, who both focus on expressing human emotions. The exhibit is slated to run through March 11 at Yegam, at 196-50 Northern Blvd. Comment.
College Point

Civic issues call for College Point middle school

College Point residents have repeatedly voiced their desire to have a middle school in the isolated neighborhood, but members of the city Department of Education have said in recent meetings that the statistics do not necessarily support a new building. Comments (19).
Forest Hills

Forest Hills man credits marriage for longevity

Forest Hills resident Bob Schreibman said he is not sure how he is still ticking at 91 years old, but he thinks the answer may lie in the 66-year-old marriage he had with his wife, Marjorie. Comment.
Kew Gardens

At least one injured in Grand Central crash

Emergency responders assist after a two-car crash on the entrance ramp to the westbound Grand Central Parkway near the Kew Gardens interchange. Comment.
Pet Photo of the Week

Chester crowned fifth Queens Critters contest winner

Chester, a 9-year-old purebred West Highland Terrier owned by Sloane of Douglaston, is the winner of this edition of the TimesLedger Newspapers’ Queens Critter contest. Chester is mischieveous, the entry said. Comment.
Jamaica

DOT employee carried around handgun: Police

JAMAICA — Police said a city Department of Transportation worker was arrested Friday at a Jamaica subway station and charged with criminal possession of a weapon. Comment.

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012

Flushing

CB 7 approves Bowne Park bocce court

At its monthly meeting Monday night, Community Board 7 threw its support behind new construction and renovations of a bocce ball court in Bowne Park. Comments (1).
Jackson Heights

Dromm wants new drug law

When City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) criticized Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration for the large number of marijuana possession arrests made on his watch and advocated for legalizing medical marijuana, he said he was not dismissing the drug’s ill effects. Comments (1).
Flushing

Queens remembers Holocaust victims

Queens College commemorated International Holocaust Remembrance Day Sunday a little bit differently than everyone else. Comments (3).
Douglaston

Douglaston school gears up for fund-raiser

The PS 98 PTA’s annual spring fund-raiser will include all the things one would expect from an evening themed “Casino Royale”: craps, Black Jack, Texas Hold ’em, booze — everything, that is, except for the “G” word. Comment.
Corona

Ferreras touts plans to improve streets and tourism

City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) advocated for better streets and for making the neighborhoods she represents a destination at her State of the District address last Thursday. Comment.
Jamaica

Schumer wants kinder TSA

Spurred by three elderly women who alleged they had been mistreated by U.S. Transportation Security Administration agents at John F. Kennedy International Airport, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Sunday he was introducing legislation mandating the agency create positions for passenger advocates. Comments (1).
Fresh Meadows

Victim robbed while urinating behind building

FRESH MEADOWS — A Fresh Meadows man was charged last week for relieving a man of his wallet and wristwatch as he relieved himself, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 17, 2012

Queens Village

NAACP head Leroy Gadsden honored in Cambria Hts.

On the eve of the 103rd anniversary of the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Alpha Phi Alpha senior citizens center of Cambria Heights honored NAACP Jamaica Branch President Leroy Gadsden for his leadership during its third annual Valentine’s Gala Saturday. Comment.
Flushing

Lin magic drives MSG, Time Warner to cut a deal

Time Warner Cable and Madison Square Garden have reached an agreement that will allow Queens residents to finally catch a glimpse of overnight New York Knicks superstar Jeremy Lin play from the comfort of their living rooms. Comment.
Flushing

Union Street now Macedonia way

Ceremoniously renaming a street can be a long, bureaucratic process, but more than 200 years after Flushing’s Macedonia African Methodist Episcopal Church was founded, the institution’s name now adorns Union Street. Comment.
Glendale

Underpass redo could be traffic nightmare

Three western Queens legislators are urging the city to reconsider its plans to change the direction of 74th Street in Glendale as part of the Cooper Avenue underpass project. Comment.
Flushing

Queens high school council blasts DOE’s turnaround fix

Spurred by the announcement that eight persistently low-achieving high schools in the borough would be given the turnaround model, the Queens High School Presidents Council held a breakfast and presentation in Flushing Friday refuting the city’s education policies. Comment.
Sunnyside

Borough drag queen debuts on national television

Drag queens from all around the country strive to win on “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” but it is only in Season 4 that fans have gotten to watch a queen from Queens. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing set to receive organic produce supplier

Flushing foodies and locavores rejoice: The neighborhood is getting its own Community Supported Agriculture group. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing student stabbed after basketball loss

FLUSHING — Police said a basketball player from Flushing’s Robert F. Kennedy High School on Parsons Boulevard was stabbed last week after his team lost its game, the New York Post reported. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012

Astoria

Astoria husband charged in wife’s grisly murder

An Astoria man suspected in the beating death of his wife after a bloody note saying “I killed my best friend” was found in their apartment was returned to New York on murder charges Tuesday, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Flushing

CUNY Law responds to low bar exam pass rate

CUNY School of Law in Flushing has made some policy changes in response to statistics showing only 63 percent of its students passed their first bar exam last summer, the lowest percentage in the state. Comment.
Long Island City

Fresh Direct exodus gets mixed reactions

A representative of a Long Island City business organization said he believed the neighborhood would be able to recover quickly from the move of online grocer Fresh Direct to the Bronx, although a local deli owner said the loss of its 2,000 employees would affect his business. Comment.
Hollis

Queens Village man shot walking home in Hollis

A young man was gunned down on Hollis Avenue early Monday evening, just a few doors away from the library where his three younger sisters were studying after school. Comment.
Astoria

Astoria Greeks track debt crisis

Astoria’s Greeks were pessimistic about the future of their home country after the Athens government Monday voted in favor of another round of austerity measures to stave off default that inspired demonstrations and riots. Comment.
Bayside

Cardozo shines in science contest

The brightest young scientific minds at Benjamin Cardozo High School were busy at work last week preparing for the final round of the New York State Science Olympiad after beating out some notable competition a few days earlier. Comment.
Flushing

Civics urge Mormons to build on own Flushing lot

Flushing residents and civic associations want to know why the Mormon church is intent on constructing a chapel on 33rd Avenue that exceeds zoning regulations when it could build one on the land it already owns downtown. Comments (1).
Flushing

Father of Zazi lies to feds, gets 4 1/2 years in prison

The father of a Flushing-raised man who plotted to blow up New York City subway cars in 2009 was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison Friday for trying to throw the feds off the trail of his son. Comment.
Ozone Park

Assemblymen urge restoration of LIRR Rockaway Line

Two state assemblyman and transit advocates are pushing for the old Rockaway Beach line of the Long Island Rail Road to run trains again after a 50-year absence. Comment.
Queens Village

Avella wants Van Buren HS principal replaced

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) stood with discouraged parents and community members outside Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village last week, calling on the city Department of Education to remove the school’s principal. Comments (4).
Queens Village

Turner to top Lincoln Day Dinner

U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Middle Village) is scheduled to give the keynote address at the Queens Village Republican Club’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner Sunday at Antun’s catering hall. Comment.
Flushing

Electchester wants to keep Key Food

Residents south of the Long Island Expressway in Electchester do not want to see their Key Food go, but the landlord seems dead set on giving the grocer the boot and bringing in a big-box pharmacy instead. Comment.
Ridgewood

Gym eyes Ridgewood spot

Community Board 5 heard plans to build a Ridgewood fitness center and gave its approval for the area’s street fairs during its monthly meeting last week. Comment.
Corona

Community Board 4 chooses new leaders

While Community Board 4 has not yet hired a new district manager to replace Richard Italiano, who died of a heart attack last month, the board voted to name Louis Walker its chairman at its monthly meeting last week. Comment.
Bay Terrace

CB 7 approves women’s center at Ft. Totten

At its monthly meeting Monday night, Community Board 7 threw its support behind renovations to a Fort Totten building set to house the Center for the Women of New York. Comment.
Jamaica

Boro residents welcome deal on foreclosure relief

Relief will soon be on the way for Queens homeowners on the brink of foreclosure and to some who have lost their houses after the federal government and five of the country’s largest mortgage providers reached a $25 billion agreement over foreclosure abuses. Comments (1).

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012

Rockaway Beach

Detective kills suspect in Rockaway shooting

A Harlem man who police said was a suspect in the shooting of a 25-year-old woman in Rockaway Beach was killed during a shoot-out with a police officer in an Upper Manhattan subway station Tuesday afternoon, and a detective who was shot during the melee is in stable condition, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. Comment.
Ditmars

Drunk driver killed Astoria grandpa: DA

An Astoria man has been charged with hitting and killing a beloved grandfather, who was a refugee from the Cuban Revolution, with an SUV while allegedly intoxicated, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Basketball

Meng meets Knick Jeremy Lin

State Assemblywoman Grace Meng said she was excited to meet New York Knicks point guard sensation Jeremy Lin, who she called a down-to-earth guy and, as a Harvard graduate, a great role model for young New Yorkers and Asian Americans. Comment.
College Point

Poppenhusen holds Feb. 25 fund-raiser

The Poppenhusen Institute has come close to shutting down after its state funding was eliminated a few years ago, but fund-raisers like the one planned for later this month have been keeping the College Point cultural institution afloat ever since. Comments (1).
Health

Boro legislators’ bill would end smoking in cars with kids

Two Queens lawmakers are pushing a bill to ban smoking in private vehicles if a passenger is less than 14 years old. Comment.
East Elmhurst

JetBlue will add more flights from LaGuardia, Washington

JetBlue Airways plans to nearly double its flights from LaGuardia and Ronald Reagan National airports in Washington, D.C. Comment.
Transit

Obama earmarks cash for city transit projects

President Obama has set aside $215 million for the Second Avenue subway and the East Side Access in his proposed budget, which U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) said would keep both projects going for another year. Comment.

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