Monday, Nov. 30, 2015

New Queens Chamber head describes his vision for boro

Thomas Grech, who was appointed in July as the new executive director for the Queens Chamber of Commerce, sat down with the editorial staff of the TimesLedger Newspapers last week to share his vision for economic opportunities in the borough. Comment.

Astoria man sentenced in fatal hit-and-run of Betty Jean DiBiasio

An Astoria man has been sentenced to up to four years in state prison in the fatal hit-and-run collision that took the life of 21-year-old Betty Jean DiBiasio in June, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced last week. Nicholas Colleran, 25, pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and failure to yield the right of way for going through a stop sign and striking the young Astoria resident in a marked crosswalk. Comment.
East Elmhurst

DenDekker wants city to pay for sidewalk repairs not homeowners

State Assemblyman Michael DenDekker (D-East Elmhurst) and state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced new legislation on damaged sidewalk repair Monday in East Elmhurst. Their bill will shift the burden of paying for damaged sidewalks away from property owners and hold the city accountable. Comments (4).

Bioswale locations released for CB 5

Glendale, Middle Village and Maspeth are all about to get a little bit greener. Comment.
Murray Hill

149th Street Bridge renovation to start after long delay

The city has approved a contract to reconstruct the 149th Street Bridge in Murray Hill. The bridge has been barricaded and closed off to cars for five years. Comment.

Gracie Church hosts free haircuts for all

A free haircut session for men and women was held Monday afternoon at the historic Grace Church in downtown Jamaica. Comment.

Historical sites will be dressed and open for the holidays

It’s beginning to look a lot like the start of the holiday season in Queens. Comment.

MTA spends big on study, gets little back

It was one year ago when we learned about the Metropolitan Transportation Authority study for bus service in northeast Queens. This study was championed by numerous elected officials. Just as I predicted, the results were a placebo designed to placate demagogues who are not regular users of the numerous public transportation alternatives that have been available for decades. Many of the recommendations coming out of this study are either common sense, previously known or old ideas recycled yet another time. Comment.

Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015


Man burns Hindu flags in Woodhaven

Police were looking for a man who torched dozens of Hindu flags set up in the front yard of a Woodhaven house early Thursday morning. Comment.

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Howard Beach

Addabbo supports bill for injured vets

State Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) has come out in support of legislation that would provide New York veterans with insurance coverage for artificial limbs and other prosthetics they may require after being seriously injured in military service. Comments (1).
Jackson Heights

Moya urges Cuomo to sign legislation that would crackdown on curbstoning

State lawmakers are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign into law legislation that would stiffen fines and crack down on illegal car dealers known as “curbstoners,” who sell defective, damaged and stolen vehicles to unsuspecting victims. Comments (2).

Man’s leg amputated after Flushing motorcycle hit-and-run

A 77-year-old man had his leg amputated after he was struck by a motorcycle and the driver fled the scene in Flushing, according to Queens district attorney. Comment.

Braunstein announces Halloween contest winners

State Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) announced the winners of his Halloween essay and drawing contest, open to all elementary school students in Queens in grades two through five. Comment.
Political Action

A struggle between two views of civilization

Western civilization fought a struggle with the Islamic civilization on and off for 400 years from the 10th to the 14th centuries. During that time the main issue was over the control of the Middle East holy lands during the Crusades. Comment.

Former Queens College coach Kyvallos honored with Lapchick Character Award

Two different Coach K’s received the Lapchick Character Award. Comment.

Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015

Fresh Meadows

111th Precinct’s Explorers paint over graffiti

The 111th Precinct is out in force with teenagers in its Law Enforcement Explorer program to clean up graffiti in northeast Queens before snow starts falling. Comments (1).

NYPD detective nab prep in Los Angeles

Two New York City detectives assigned to the Queens district attorney’s squad have been praised by the DA himself as “real-life super heroes” for thwarting an attack on a Russian tourist by a knife-wielding assailant in Hollywood. Comment.

CB5 schedules hearing on ballfields at Principe Park

Community Board 5 has scheduled a public hearing about proposed plans for the reconstruction of the ballfields at Principe Park (formerly known as Maurice Park), which is located on Maurice Avenue between Borden Avenue and 54th Avenue in Maspeth. Comment.
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Tom wants answers to his security questions

Any high school history student is aware of the sign President Harry Truman kept on his desk: “The Buck Stops Here.” Comments (1).
Middle Village

Blocked punt unravels Royals’ title hopes

Christ the King created plenty of late-game magic in its biggest wins of the season. It appeared to be headed down that road again in the championship game only to see one of its earlier victims, Xavier, give it a taste of what it’s like to be on the other side of that magic. Comment.

Friday, Nov. 27, 2015


Black Friday slow following string of deals on and before Thanksgiving

Shopping centers around Queens Friday looked more like a busy weekend than the start of any holiday purchasing frenzy. Comments (3).
Forest Hills

Forest Hills fires now investigated as arsons: NYPD

After another suspicious fire in Forest Hills, police and fire officials said they are looking for an arsonist. Comment.

Cuomo vetos Avella’s bill blocking mute swan eradication plan

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a bill sponsored by Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) that sought to halt the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s plan to eradicate large populations of mute swans from the state. Comment.

Terror case against two Flushing men is moving too slow: Federal Judge

The federal judge presiding over a case involving a supposed terror plot that two young Flushing men and a Staten Island man had allegedly hatched, demanded last week that federal prosecutors hand over non-classified evidence in the case within the next 60 days. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Tabone surrenders to federal prison

Former Queens GOP Vice Chairman Vincent Tabone, who was convicted of fraud, bribery and witness tampering, joined fellow co-conspirator former state Sen. Malcolm Smith last Friday in a Pennsylvania federal prison, according to U.S. Bureau of Prisons records. Comments (2).
Hunters Point

Mayor launches second phase at Hunters Point South

Mayor Bill de Blasio came to Long Island City Monday to take part in a ceremonial groundbreaking for the second phase of the mammoth Hunters Point South housing development. Comment.

Flushing LIRR renovation to begin in the spring: MTA

The long-anticipated Flushing LIRR station renovation project will start in spring 2016, according to the MTA. Comment.

Southeast Queens falls behind in health

The Jamaica and Hollis neighborhoods have unhealthy profiles due to high rates of disease and crime, according to the city Health Department’s report on 14 districts across the borough. Comment.
Douglas Manor

Douglaston man co-authors official Star Wars book

A Douglas Manor man who grew up fascinated with science fiction and fan memorabilia has just released a book he co-authored based on his very own collection of Topps trading cards he collected as a kid. Comment.
College Point

Parking issues abound at Police Academy

A College Point resident said he is upset that recruits from the Police Academy in the neighborhood are parking in residential areas. Comments (4).

Defending diversity

There is a curious silence in Queens. Comments (1).

It’s too easy to become a sex offender

Are we all sex offenders? Comments (1).

The cheese stands alone at Flushing Town Hall event

New York Epicurean Events, the folks behind last August’s Catskills Comes to Queens foodie festival, is at it again. Comment.

Matinecock deserve a more visible memorial

About a month ago, I attended a ceremony to honor the Matinecock people. A small sign saying “Matinecock Way” was placed on the corner of Northern Boulevard and Marathon Parkway in Little Neck, commemorating the area where a Matinecock cemetery once existed. I have felt unsettled about this event ever since. Comments (2).

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