Whitestone Times

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Whitestone Times

College Point mystery goo looks like tar: Environmentalist

An environmental consultant for the city Economic Development Corp. said he believes an oily substance found during road construction near Flushing Airport may be tar left behind from old asphalt being excavated at the site. Comment.
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Whitestone Mets fan streaks at Citi Field, faces jail

A Whitestone man who ran the bases at Citi Field clad in only a strategically placed stuffed monkey and a pair of running shoes last week may have bitten off more than he bargained for, according to the Queens district attorney. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Markell touts city experience

Debra Markell said her bid to replace City Councilman Tony Avella (D−Bayside) is not an opportunity for a new career, but merely an extension of an ongoing one. Comment.
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Whitestone, College Point plan Memorial Day events

College Point and Whitestone will pay their annual tributes to U.S. veterans this weekend when they host the annual Memorial Day parades through the communities’ main thoroughfares. Comment.
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Jamaica butler to teach art of entertaining at Queens College

Sometimes people just need a little reminder to have fun. Comment.
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Boro residents protest planned $17M library cuts

More than 100 Queens residents and legislators protested Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to cut $17 million in city funding for the Queens Library at a rally Monday afternoon, saying the move would force all borough library branches to shut their doors on weekends and cut back weekday hours. Comment.
Editorial

There’s No Going Back

By June 30, state legislators will decide whether or not to continue mayoral control of city public schools. It is scary to think the fate of more than a million public schoolchildren is in the hands of elected state officials — many of whom know little about the city schools in and care even less. Comment.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Whitestone Times

Meng aide Don Capalbi elected to help revive Queensboro Hill civic

After a long period of dormancy, the Queensboro Hill Neighborhood Association said this week it is poised for a revival. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Guns, drugs found in Bayside home

A 56−year−old Bayside man was arrested after police discovered a cache of weapons and an assortment of drugs in his Corporal Kennedy Street home, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Behar hopes 1st time a charm

Steve Behar has worked on 20 campaigns over the years, but his current one could be the first to put him in office. Comment.
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Padavan rewards Qns. teachers for saving fellow instructor’s life

More than 30 teachers, including three from a Whitestone elementary school who saved their colleague’s life after he collapsed last month, were recognized by state Sen. Frank Padavan (R−Bellerose) last week during a ceremony at the Queens Farm Museum. Comment.
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State bailout will not reform MTA: Padavan

State Sen. Frank Padavan (R−Bellerose) defended his vote against the bailout of the MTA last week, saying he and his Republican colleagues offered an alternative plan to the one crafted by Democratic legislators, but it was rejected. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Queens couple walks in son’s memory

A Queens Village couple will take part in a walk Sunday to raise funds for Bayside’s St. Mary’s Hospital in memory of their son, who died two years ago and had received treatment at the hospital. Comment.
Whitestone Times

N. Flushing tenant wages battle with developer

City Councilman Tony Avella (D−Bayside) has claimed a victory against a Douglaston−based developer who tried to beat the clock on the North Flushing rezoning, but a tenant said her life has been “destroyed” in the process. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Political chatter sees Bayside native Garaufis on short list for Supreme Court

Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis from Queens has been listed as a “dark horse” candidate to replace U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter, who announced his retirement earlier this month. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Toxins found at Flushing airport site: Pathologist

Work on the federally funded extension of Linden Place in College Point has unearthed hot spots of oil and other toxins at the Flushing airport site and community leaders believe the city may not be handling the cleanup as it should. Comment.
Whitestone Times

City to pursue public approval of Flushing Commons

The city said it will move ahead with plans to redevelop Flushing’s municipal lot by the end of the year, raising hopes for the revival of a project considered by many to be dead in the water since it was announced by the mayor in 2005. Comment.
Editorial

Padavan Goes Off−track

One of the things we have always appreciated about state Sen. Frank Padavan is his willingness to swim against the tide when he thought doing so was in his district’s best interest. Although a Republican, he did not hesitate to stand up to his party. Comment.

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