News

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Forest Hills

Cops ask public’s help in search for woman, 76

FOREST HILLS — Police were asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing 76-year-old woman from Forest Hills. Comment.
Maspeth

Driver found with gun magazines in car: Brown

MASPETH — Police charged a Forest Hills man with criminal possession of a weapon after officers found him packing a pistol and bullet magazines while disregarding traffic rules in his 2004 Nissan Feb. 22, according to documents from the Queens district attorney. Comment.
Breezy Point

Marsh restoration to affect Marine Parkway Bridge lifts

Multiple daily bridge lifts at the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge will continue through March as a result of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ marsh islands restoration project in Jamaica Bay. Comment.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Flushing

Kosher hot dog vendor planning for extra innings in Mets lawsuit

A kosher hot dog vendor has vowed to appeal a judge’s conclusion that the New York Mets can bar it from hawking glatt wieners on the Sabbath. Comment.
South Jamaica

Darryl Adams’ mother sets up memorial to slain son in South Jamaica

On Sunday morning, two days after 19-year-old Darryl Adams was murdered outside South Jamaica Houses, his mother was methodically placing candles outside the door to their apartment complex. A makeshift memorial had sprung up and friends and family members dropped by to give her hugs and write messages on a poster. Comments (73).
Pet Photo of the Week

Maine Coon cat crowned winner of Queens Critters contest

Wyatt, a 7-year-old Maine Coon cat from Flushing, is the winner of this edition of the TimesLedger Newspapers’ Queens Critter contest. He is leash-trained and loves going outside in the backyard, his owner Carol Imandt said. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Men impersonate cops in Jax. Hts.: NYPD

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Police were looking for information about the identity and whereabouts of two men who allegedly pretended to be NYPD detectives in Jackson Heights. Comment.
St. Albans

Dancers and song part of Black History Celebration

Councilman Leroy Comrie held a Black History Celebration at Black Spectrum Theatre last Saturday. Comment.
Corona

E. Elmhurst man drags wife from car: Brown

CORONA — An East Elmhurst man dragged his wife along the pavement with his car Feb. 18 after the two got into a verbal argument, according to documents from the Queens district attorney. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Lancman honors Francis Lewis’ Drill Team

State Assemblyman Rory Lancman helda ceremony to honor the Francis Lewis High School Patriot Battalion Drill Team after the group wonthe NYC Drill League Competition. Comments (2).
Rosedale

St. Clare’s in Rosedale holds Mardi Gras carnival

St. Clare’s carnival celebration in Rosedale featured a costume parade for adults and children. Comment.
Astoria

Center lane of RFK Bridge’s Queens-to-Manhattan ramp to close for two weeks

The center lane of the Queens-to-Manhattan ramp on the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge will be closed to traffic for about two weeks from Feb. 27 through March 12 while roadway repairs are done. Comment.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Jackson Heights

Mohammad’s birthday should be holiday: Imam

A Jackson Heights imam has started a campaign to make April 26, the birthday of the Prophet Mohammad, a national holiday. Comments (145).
Crime

Kelly defends Muslim monitoring

The NYPD released a transcript of Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly speaking at a breakfast Saturday morning where he defended the police department’s surveillance of Muslim student associations and other groups beyond of New York City’s borders. Comments (4).
Ridgewood

Star turn on ‘Rachael Ray’

Shana Wagner was not up for an Academy Award Sunday, but the “Rachael Ray” show made her feel as if she was after the Ridgewood resident was given a red carpet makeover on Friday’s episode. Comment.
Douglaston

Old Douglaston names of streets might return

Douglaston’s street names may soon be more apropos to the neighborhood’s historic character. Comment.
Jamaica Hills

Queens Hospital Center gives Marshall Black History award

The Joint Labor-Management Committee of Queens Hospital Center honored Borough President Helen Marshall and Yolanda Smith at its Black History Month celebration. Comments (1).
Transit

Motorists test pilot program to refill E-ZPasses at retailers

The MTA has begun a pilot program to allow motorists for the first time to reload their E-ZPasses at thousands of retail outlets in the New York metropolitan area. Comment.
Hollis

Woman charged in branch attack, theft: DA

HOLLIS — A Jamaica woman was charged last week with attacking a woman with a tree branch and stealing her phone, according to a criminal complaint filed in Queens court. Comments (1).
College Point

Poppenhusen Institute celebrates St. Pat’s with fundraiser

The Poppenhusen Institute held a benefit concert last Saturday evening in College Point. The event featured music from Mary Courtney and Morning Star, as well as step dancers from the McNiff School of Irish Dance. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Flordia man convicted after pack heat in luggage

LAGUARDIA AIRPORT — A Florida man was charged with criminal possession of a weapon Feb. 21 after attempting to bring a semi-automatic handgun onto a flight leaving LaGuardia Airport, according to documents from the Queens district attorney’s office. Comments (1).
Rego Park

Suspect steals bag from Rego Park shop: Police

REGO PARK — Police were looking for a man who allegedly swiped a woman’s bag from a Rego Park shop Tuesday of last week, according to the NYPD. Comment.
Jamaica

African American Heritage celebration held in Jamaica

African American Heritage Month Planning Committee Co-Chair Andrew Jackson and Queens Borough President Helen Marshall were on hand to present scholarships to students during the AAHM’s annual reception at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center last Thursday. Six community leaders were also given achievement awards during the event. Comment.
Letters

Fixing economy the No. 1 priority

As we continue through 2012 toward the presidential election in November, there is one thing that is definite: This country is still in big economic trouble and things do not seem to be improving at all. Comment.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

South Jamaica

South Jamaica teen killed in second shooting since July

A South Jamaica teen who had been shot last year was gunned down early Friday morning at the South Jamaica Houses, police said. Comments (189).
St. Albans

Living the life at high tea

City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) hosted his first annual Senior High Tea along with the Healthfirst organization in a colorful event that brought back memories of the days when hats and elegant teacups were part of a more leisurely lifestyle. Comment.
Glen Oaks

Queens co-ops and condos want city to pay for sidewalk repairs

When it comes to getting sidewalks repaired that are damaged by curbside trees, co-op and condominium owners claim the city Parks Department gives them the short end of the stick. Comments (1).
South Jamaica

Victims of gun violence speak out

At first, Deshawn Curtin didn’t think he had been shot. Comments (1).
Queensboro Hill

Queensboro Hill wants spot for delivery trucks

Queensboro Hill residents called on the city to alleviate a recurring traffic nightmare on 142nd Street caused by double-parked delivery trucks, but transportation officials said the solution is to simply obey the law. Comment.
Howard Beach

Howard Beach mobsters face life in jail after guilty pleas

Four Gambino crime family members from Howard Beach pleaded guilty last week in Manhattan federal court to a multitude of charges, including narcotics trafficking, extortions, assaults, loansharking, racketeering and gambling, according to federal authorities. Comments (1).
Ozone Park

Goldfeder proposes first responder bill

State Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) is sponsoring legislation that makes it easier to recruit and retain volunteer first responders. Comment.
Forest Hills

Three Chase banks on Queens Blvd. robbed

FOREST HILLS - Police were seeking information about a suspect in the robberies of three Chase banks on Queens Boulevard last month. Comment.
Bayside

Ridgewood man bites thumb on Bell Boulevard: DA

BAYSIDE — A Ridgewood man allegedly committed an assault of Shakespearean proportions when he bit a man’s thumb Feb. 20, according to documents from the Queens district attorney. Comments (1).
Rego Park

Lancman calls for stiff punishment on vandalism

State Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) recently proposed legislation designed to deter would-be vandals and thieves from targeting religious institutions. Comment.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Jamaica

Alleged MS 13 members shot in gang dispute at Wendy’s in Jamaica: DA

Three suspected MS 13 members were shot by alleged members of the Latin Kings during a drive-by shooting in the parking lot of a Wendy’s in Jamaica Thursday afternoon, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (3).
Bayside

Queens seniors learn cane-fu techniques for self-defense

When Robert Waltzer instructed a group of seniors to grab their partners and get ready to practice the footwork he had just taught them, he was not giving foxtrot lessons. Comments (1).
Woodside

Law sets aside airwaves for use in emergencies

More than 10 years after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, a Queens lawmaker and representatives from both the city’s Police and Fire departments praised the passage of a law they said would help first responders coordinate their efforts during emergencies like 9/11. Comment.
Jamaica

Port Authority tracks rise in passengers at Kennedy in 2011

New York City’s three area airports reported increased — in some cases record — numbers of passengers last year despite the economic downturn and periods of severe weather. Comment.
Elmhurst

Jax Hts BID touts new look

City Small Businesses Services Commissioner Robert Walsh said the 82nd Street Business Improvement District has a new name and a new sanitation contract as part of the ongoing campaign to turn the organization, and the business strip it serves, around. Comment.
Jamaica

York opens new nursing lab

York College celebrated the opening Friday of its state-of-the-art nursing lab, the first four-year nursing program offered in Queens. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Alleged Gambino member faces child molest charge

KEW GARDENS — An alleged member of the Gambino crime family is facing charges of molesting an underage girl, the New York Post reported. Comments (1).
Woodhaven

Police seek leads in Woodhaven home invasion

WOODHAVEN — Police are on the lookout for three individuals wanted in connection with a brazen home break-in and robbery, according to the NYPD. Comments (1).
Queensboro Hill

Brawler lacerates man’s chest with fingernails: DA

QUEENSBORO HILL — A Flushing man fought fist and nail in a Feb. 21 attack, according to documents from the Queens district attorney. Comment.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Maspeth

Hateful graffiti scrawled on Maspeth church

A Maspeth pastor arrived at work Wednesday morning to find five separate acts of hate-driven vandalism throughout different areas of the church, including one Star of David with a swastika inside. Comments (3).
St. Albans

Six injured as car crashes into store in St. Albans

An elderly woman was struck by a car that crashed into a store on Linden Boulevard in St. Albans Thursday afternoon, a spokesman for the FDNY said. Comment.
College Point

USPS plans to shut College Pt. facility

A Queens lawmaker is furious that the U.S. Postal Service has decided to close its College Point processing facility and move operations to its Brooklyn location unless Congress comes up with an alternate solution by mid-May. Comments (1).
Flushing

Flushing traffic shifts save lives

The city Department of Transportation has finally released its study of the 2010 changes to downtown Flushing traffic flows and touted the results as generally positive. Comments (1).
Long Island City

JetBlue wants to build 40-ft. sign on LIC location

Despite some push back from Community Board 2 at its last monthly meeting, the airline JetBlue said it is confident the city will pass a zoning amendment to allow it to install a 40-foot sign at its new headquarters in Long Island City’s Queens Plaza. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing eatery cooks unreal shark fin soup

State legislation that could ban the sale of shark fins used in traditional Chinese soup is either bad for business, good for the environment or just not a big deal depending on who you talk to, but one Flushing restaurant has a recipe to serve the dish legally even if it is outlawed. Comments (3).
Far Rockaway

State inspectors halt Peninsula surgeries

The state Department of Health ordered Peninsula Hospital to stop admitting patients and cancel all upcoming surgeries after inspectors last week issued a report on alarming discoveries found in a crucial laboratory at the Far Rockaway facility. Comment.
Flushing

Teachers, protesters claim Flushing HS is improving

Elected officials and members of the teachers union protested the mayor’s plan to close Flushing HS Friday, a plan Mayor Michael Bloomberg said will get rid of bad teachers immediately instead of letting them linger in the struggling institution. Comment.
Bayside

New 111th CO takes charge

Capt. Jason Huerta, the new commanding officer of the 111th Precinct, brings more than two decades’ worth of experience to his northeast Queens patrol. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside park battling drug habit

Police from the 111th Precinct said they were aware of reports from residents that a number of dealers were selling drugs in Bayside’s Marie Curie Park and narcotics detectives have been conducting an investigation. Comments (2).
Politics

Queens GOP split on prez

As Republicans from around the country struggle to get behind a Republican presidential candidate, so too do Queens elected officials and former officeholders, according to a list of GOP delegates released last week by the city Board of Elections. Comment.
South Ozone Park

Crime rise sets off call for cops

With the 106th Precinct battling a surge in property crimes and the prospect of a convention center at Aqueduct Racetrack, state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) wants the precinct to be assigned more officers. Comment.
Long Island City

TSA agents walk many roads to college, some on four legs

Those who start as U.S. Transportation Security Administration officials only need high school diplomas, but at LaGuardia Community College Friday, 50 agency employees from Queens’ two airports completed the first step toward furthering their education and careers. Comments (2).
Flushing

Queens man gets 30 yrs for sexual child abuse

A Flushing pedophile who sexually abused children for years, including two of his nephews, will be locked up for three decades, a federal judge said Friday. Comment.
Springfield Gardens

Spring Gardens aide groped students: DA

A Queens public school employee has been accused of sexually abusing his students just a week after it was learned that a teacher in the borough had asked her students to send Christmas cards to a prisoner in an upstate jail. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012

Education

Queens skeptical about teacher evaluations

Queens stakeholders had mixed reactions to the publication of the city Department of Education’s controversial teacher data reports and raised questions about the impact making such information public would have on the borough’s schools. Comments (2).
Flushing

Liu campaign staffer arrested on illegal fund-raising charges

A campaign staffer for city Comptroller John Liu was arrested Tuesday afternoon, making her the second person associated with Liu’s mayoral campaign to be charged by federal officials in connection with questionable donations, according to court documents. Comment.
Sunnyside

St. Patrick’s parade hails green in boro

Activist Brendan Fay said Sunnyside and Woodside’s 13th St. Pat’s for All Parade will be bigger, better and greener than ever — in more ways than one. Comment.
South Ozone Park

Racino employees busted in casino card heist

Two employees of the Aqueduct racino were charged last week with stealing casino player cards with $100 worth of credit and selling them to casino patrons, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Government

B’klyn judge appointed to redraw congressional boundaries of N.Y.

A federal judge in Brooklyn was appointed Monday to redraw the boundaries for New York state’s 27 congressional districts. Comment.
Kew Gardens Hills

Kew Gardens Hills man charged with pilfering Torah decorations from synagogue: NYPD

KEW GARDENS HILLS — Police arrested a Kew Gardens Hills man Tuesday and charged him with stealing several silver religious items from a synagogue. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 24, 2012

Far Rockaway

State orders Peninsula to stop admitting patients

The state Department of Health ordered Peninsula Hospital to stop admitting patients and cancel all upcoming surgeries after inspectors found problems with a crucial laboratory in the facility, a hospital spokeswoman said Friday. Comment.
Springfield Gardens

Springfield Gardens teacher’s aide charged with sexual abuse

A Springfield Gardens teacher’s aide was charged Thursday with sexually abusing six female students over the last four months, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (2).
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