Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

Kew Gardens

Boro civics oppose legalization of basements apartments

The idea to legalize basement apartments in the borough and the rest of the city is not sitting well with several civic and community associations in the borough. Comment.

NYCLASS keeps pressure on lawmakers to ban horse-carriage industry

With the bill to ban horse-carriage drivers expected for a vote sometime next summer in the City Council, the pressure is mounting on Queens lawmakers to support legislation pushed directly from the mayor’s office. Comment.
Rockaway Park

Rockaway Theatre Co. shows its younger side

Although they will most likely find it buried under a couple feet of snow, Dr. Seuss and his cavalcade of characters, including Horton the Elephant and the Cat in the Hat, plan to drop by Rockaway Beach next week. Comment.

Katz touts accomplishments in first State of the Borough Address

Borough President Melinda Katz delivered a new slogan during her first State of the Borough Address on Jan. 22. “If it’s good for families, it’s good for Queens,” Katz repeated throughout her speech to a packed audience at Colden Auditorium at Queens College. Comment.
Little Neck

Little Neck’s Wellington Chen tapped for Landmarks Preservation Commission

Mayor Bill de Blasio nominated Little Neck resident Wellington Chen, former Flushing’s Community Board 7 member, to become a member of the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Comment.

MTA should seek more funding for capital plan: Transit groups

Transit advocacy groups and Queens lawmakers are calling on the MTA to consider additional options for funding its five-year capital plan after its board voted last week to increase the base fare on subways and buses from $2.50 to $2.75, effective March 22. Comment.
St. Albans

Jamaica man charged with assault of off-duty cop: DA

A Jamaica man has been charged with assaulting an off-duty NYPD officer in a St. Albans supermarket parking lot following a minor dispute earlier in the store that involved the defendant’s girlfriend, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

O’Neills steps up to the plate with fund-raiser

O’Neill’s Restaurant, the fabled Irish eatery and sports bar in Maspeth, raised $140,000 — and maybe as much as $200,000 — at a block-busting benefit for the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital over the weekend. Comment.
The Civic Scene

Some DOE policies setting up schools for failure

As the year 2015 starts, the Department of Education should correct some of its policies which set up some schools to fail. Comment.

Silver’s downfall

There was a wall of silence in Queens last week following state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s graft indictment as elected officials shrank into the shadows when asked about what his arrest could mean for the borough. Comment.

Veteran Francis powers Patriots past Midwood

Robyn Francis has voluntarily taken a back seat to her Francis Lewis teammates throughout her career, even when she was older or equally as talented. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015


Nolan announces candidacy for Assembly Speaker

Catherine Nolan’s hat is in the ring. The longtime Democratic assemblywoman representing the Ridgewood area announced Wednesday she is in the running to replace banished Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) in an election to be held Feb. 10. Comments (1).

Subway shutdown hits the third rail

The decision by the Metropolitan Transit Authority to shut down the subway system for the first time in its 110-year history because of a snowstorm is being questioned as elected officials defended the move. Comments (3).

Rosedale man murders three in their home

Neighbors and family friends created a small makeshift memorial decorated with flowers, ribbons, and teddy bears in front of the home where three female members of a family in Rosedale were shot to death by the man who lived with them and left his 12-year-old daughter fighting for her life, police said.. Comment.

U. S. Labor official impressed with job training at Queensborough

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu came to Bayside Friday evening to tour job training programs at Queensborough Community College. Comment.
Long Island City

Waterfront Crab House owner dies

Tony Mazzarella, the owner of the Waterfront Crab House in Long Island City for nearly 40 years, died Saturday from a long battle with leukemia. He was one week shy of his 79th birthday. Comment.
On Point

No ‘Silver’ lining in Sheldon’s fall from grace

There is no ‘Silver’ lining in this sordid tale of another New York elected official who has been caught up in a tangled web of corruption and self-dealing. Comments (5).

Former Christ star Atson off to strong start at South Kent

Travis Atson’s move to South Kent has been smooth and successful. Comment.

There is still more to do to stop domestic violence

Last Saturday’s family tragedy in southeast Queens once again underscores the human toll and horror of domestic violence. Despite the progress that we have made in domestic violence prevention and prosecution, this tragic case shows that we cannot relent in our efforts to eliminate the scourge of domestic violence. The latest statistics from the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence show a 41 percent reduction since 2002 in intimate partner homicides. This sorrowful incident demonstrates yet again that even one domestic violence homicide is one too many. Comments (1).
Bay Terrace

Candle causes Bay Terrace fire: FDNY

BAY TERRACE — A fire that broke out at a home located in Bay Terrace Monday night was caused by an unattended candle, a spokesman for the Fire Department said. Comment.

Two shot, one fatally, on 127th Ave.: NYPD

JAMAICA — Two people were shot in the head Sunday night at 168-40 127 Ave., according to police. Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

Long Island City

Secret Theatre makes love not war with new production of ‘Hair’

It takes a lot for a time-specific show to remain relevant and fresh nearly 50 years after its first bow on Broadway. Comment.

Van Bramer returns his lulus

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) believes in giving back. In this case, he’s giving back his lulus. Comment.

Bridal boutique marks 5th anniversary in Bayside

Charisol Bridal Boutique, a retail wedding gown business that has operated in Queens since the 1980s, has been serving Bayside brides-to-be for the last five years. Comment.

Railroading the railroad?

The MTA Transit Adjudication Bureau is an administrative hearing arm of the MTA which processes disputes and appeals of a Notice of Violation issued to an individual by an NYPD police officer or New York City Transit Inspector for an alleged violation of the New York City Transit Rules of Conduct. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015


Boro getting back to normal as restrictions, bans lifted

Queens was ready to face one of the worse storms in city history, but fortunately the so-called “blizzard of historic proportions” was downgraded to a winter storm by the National Weather Service late Monday. Comments (1).

Queens World Film Festival kicks off in Astoria

The 5th annual Queens World Film Festival is two months away, but the husband-and-wife co-founders, Don and Katha Cato, held their kickoff party Sunday in Astoria. Nearly a hundred filmmakers, actors, volunteers and alumni gathered at Monika’s Cafe Bar, across the street from the Kaufman Astoria Studios. Comment.

Avella wants to legislate forced tree planting

Whitestone resident Joseph Cozeolino spent $140,000 in repairs to his home from damage caused by foliage. Comment.
Little Neck

Chancellor calls Little Neck’s MS 67 one of her favorite schools 

City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña wants parents to be more involved in their children’s education. But that involvement must go beyond classrooms and textbooks. Comments (1).

Moran, Mary Louis bounce back with win over Woodlands

Struggling Mary Louis forward Celeste Moran had something to prove to coach JoAnn Arbitello and herself after being taken out of the starting lineup. Comment.

Compliance can help quiet ‘war on police’

In regards to the column by William Lewis (TimesLedger, Jan. 9), he neglects to mention what started the whole “War on the Police” as he calls it. The medical examiner ruled the death of Eric Garner by a police officer a homicide. We saw with our own eyes how that officer put a chokehold on Garner which is banned by the department. That officer murdered Eric Garner and we all saw it on video. Comments (6).

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