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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Man apprehended near cemetery with skull in bag: Police

Police responded to a 911 call for an emotionally disturbed person near Cypress Hill cemetery Thursday and found him carrying a skull in a bag, said a spokesperson for the NYPD. Comment

Mexican immigrant killed by drifters in Astoria Park: DA

A transient couple who had been sleeping in Astoria Park were charged last week with robbing and murdering a 31-year-old Astoria man by beating him and strangling him with a shoelace, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

All-City boys volleyball honors

It was a wild playoffs with upsets and some unexpected teams finding themselves deep in the postseason. Comment

Players who downed ‘Dozo take All-City tennis honors

It was a year of excellent individual performances. Comment
Queens Village

Queens Village man gets 80 to life for robbery, violent police chase

A Queens Village man was sentenced to 80 years to life in prison last week for shooting at Nassau County police officers while he and three others led the officers on a high-speed chase through Nassau and Queens after they committed a home invasion robbery in Elmont, L.I., in 2009, the Nassau district attorney’s office said. Comment

Fire guts St. Albans church

A fire destroyed a St. Albans storefront church and left four residents and as many as 10 firefighters injured Saturday morning. Comment
Ridgewood

Maspeth sewer project completed

Rainy days in Maspeth should be a little less wet — at least along Maurice and 54th avenues. Comment
Ridgewood

Glenridge unveils solar panels

At a time when Queens senior centers have had to tighten their belts, Glenridge Senior Center in Ridgewood has found a way to keep on its lights at half the price. Comment
Little Neck Ledger

Residents complain of loud customers having sex on cars at Floral Park eatery

Despite not having a liquor license, a Floral Park restaurant has been serving alcohol and rowdy customers have been seen having sex on top of their cars at night, residents complained last week at the 105th Precinct Community Council meeting. Comment

Bellerose civic leader criticizes city over tree

A Bellerose civic leader said a tree next to his property has been a thorn in his side after a branch fell into his backyard and he criticized the city Parks Department for saying it would take the agency 45 days to remove the branch. Comment
Crime

JFK reclassifies stolen items as lost: Post

JAMAICA — Laptops and suitcases reported stolen by travelers through John F. Kennedy International Airport are routinely downgraded from thefts to lost luggage to keep crime statistics at the airports lower, the New York Post reported. Comment
Crime

2 men wanted in robbery still on loose: Police

JAMAICA — Police said they were searching for two men wanted in connection with an armed robbery on 185th Street in Jamaica May 18. Comment
Crime

Boro man killed in car by unknown shooters: Cops

JAMAICA — Police were searching for suspects in a violent shooting that took place in Jamaica Friday morning. Comment

Residents: Sin den on 221st

Laurelton residents complained about what they said was an illegal gambling operation on their block during a meeting of the 105th Precinct Community Council last week. Comment

Provocative Rosedale billboard stripper covers up

The risqué lady who had been causing quite a stir for Rosedale homeowners and passing motorists has left the building. Comment
Laurelton

Reggae series brings big acts to Jamaica

Jamaica streets have been filled with the sounds of lively reggae music and the organizers of the outdoor event are just getting started to jazz up the neighborhood. Comment
Editorial

Jamaica HS Saved from the Gallows

A state Appellate Court has upheld a ruling by a state Supreme Court judge that will keep Jamaica High School off the chopping block. The school, which has played such an important role in the history of southeast Queens, will remain open. Comment
Opinion

Neighbor to Neighbor: Always reserve hospital land in St. Albans for our veterans

Those of us who are civilians, grateful to those who have and are still serving in the military and NYPD, can only shake our heads at the risks these brave people take to protect us and the treatment they received after the fact. Comment
Jackson Heights

Forest Hills cop settles for $80K in city lawsuit

A former Forest Hills-based police officer accepted a settlement of $80,000 last month from the city in a lawsuit alleging multiple incidents of discrimination. Comment
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: Boro pupils proved themselves academically and volunteering

Our Queens high schools did many great things over the past academic year. Here are some of those activities. Comment

Costco opens in Rego Park mall

Costco was expected to join other big box stores like Kohl’s and Century 21 at the Rego Center shopping mall this Thursday, when officials were slated to officially unveil the warehouse that will enable residents to buy discounted items like food and clothes. Comment

Sasson vows to best Stavisky

Philanthropist, community activist and Democratic candidate Isaac Sasson is like the old New York Lottery slogan in it to win it this time in the race for state Sen. Toby Stavisky’s (D-Whitestone) seat. Comment

Queens College’s first art festival ends

Bounding across the stage, snapping their fingers to high-energy pieces from international musicians and making many an audience member laugh in the midst of a flurry of color and dance, Queens College students parodied high fashion and explored the theme of identity as they wrapped up their first-ever summer arts festival last week. Comment

Legislature OKs hospital bill

The closings of St. John’s and Mary Immaculate hospitals inspired a bill passed by the state Legislature last week that would require the state to hold a hearing about plans to shutter hospitals and issue plans for filling the gap in health care services in affected communities. Comment
Flushing Times

Flushing’s Bland Houses have gas back after two months

The residents of the James A. Bland Houses in Flushing have been angry lately at Con Edison and the utility’s handling of their basic necessities. Comment
Crime

2002 Porsche stolen in Bayside: Police

BAYSIDE — A 2002 Porsche was stolen from 211th Street in Bayside July 4, the 111th Precinct said. Comment

Motorcyclist injured in MidVille accident

BAYSIDE — Police said a 2006 Honda motorcycle was stolen from the driveway of a home at 211th Street in Bayside July 5. Comment
Crime

Burglars break into home without stealing: Police

FLUSHING — The 111th Precinct said burglars broke into a home on 188th Street in Flushing June 25, but did not steal anything. Comment
Crime

111th police say victim stabbed while in his car

BAYSIDE — Police said they have arrested a 41-year-old man after he allegedly stabbed another man in Bayside with a knife multiple times. Comment
Editorial

The Lame Duck Roars

In the last week, Gov. David Paterson has demonstrated a courage rarely seen in Albany. While the state’s derelict legislators headed home for vacation, the governor sat with his aides and began vetoing the state budget. Comment

Douglaston diner requires drainage work, CB 11 says

The city Board of Standards and Appeals will soon decide whether to grant a variance to the owner of the former Seville Diner’s property in Douglaston, but northeast Queens community leaders said the site needs to be cleaned up due to drainage problems. Comment

Flushing woman netted in sex trafficking bust

A Murray Hill woman has been charged with sex trafficking, promoting prostitution and conspiracy for allegedly coercing multiple Korean women who believed they were applying for nail salon attendant jobs into working as prostitutes at false massage parlors in Huntington Station, L.I., and Hicksville, L.I. Comment

Padavan rule calls halt to soliciting by brokers

Real estate brokers and sales representatives will no longer be able to solicit property listings of residents from several northeast Queens neighborhoods, which will become cease and desist zones, state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) said. Comment

Suspect admits helping failed JFK bombers

One of the Guyanese men arrested on charges of plotting to blow up the gas tanks and pipelines that feed into John F. Kennedy International Airport pleaded guilty last week in Brooklyn federal court for his role in the thwarted scheme, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District said. Comment

Fort Totten pool saved from closure

The Fort Totten pool will remain an oasis from the summer’s sweltering heat after City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) announced last week that the historic Bayside site’s swimming hole had been rescued from the chopping block. Comment

CB 11 committee supports plan for 2-hour meters

Community Board 11’s transportation committee has approved a plan to change meters along Bayside’s Bell Boulevard shopping district, but some board members say they are opposed to the measure. Comment

Behar pushes Albany reform

Bayside attorney Steve Behar said he would focus on reforms in Albany’s dysfunctional state Legislature if elected this fall to replace state Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret Carrozza (D-Bayside). Comment
Crime

Man dies after receiving shot to head: Police

OZONE PARK—– An Ozone Park man was killed near his home Sunday after he was shot in the head, police said. Comment
Crime

Resident of nursing home, 80, missing: Cops

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Police said they were searching for a missing 80-year-old Jackson Heights man who was last seen at a nursing home on 20th Avenue. Comment
Letters

Make commuter van lines succeed the Q75, Q79 buses

An open letter to city Taxi and Limousine Commission Commissioner David Yassky. Comment
Letters

State must understand science behind the use of hydrofracking

An open letter to Gov. David Paterson, state Senate Majority Conference Leader John Sampson and state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Comment
Letters

Cuomo the best candidate to serve as New York guv

The politics of Albany will never be the same again, especially with the entrance into the gubernatorial race by state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. He is poised to help salvage Albany from political inaction and legislative stalemate never before witnessed in the Empire State. Comment
Letters

Be creative to avoid more cuts to MTA

An open letter to MTA Chairman Jay Walder and other MTA executives. Comment
Letters

BP must pay for oil spill in gulf

As oil continues to spill into the Gulf of Mexico and efforts by BP to stop the leak seem not to be working, the ecological and economic damage to the gulf region continues to grow each day, which is not good at all. Comment
Editorial

A Fundamentally Broken System

Despite the noise from the Tea Partiers and radical right, we believe most New Yorkers will support President Barack Obama’s assertion that the nation’s immigration system is “fundamentally broken.” Comment
Opinion

QueensLine: New Astoria train caused a lot of headaches in 1917

On July 20, 1917, the first train ran from 57th Street in Manhattan to Ditmars Boulevard in Queens. The trip over the Queensboro Bridge took eight minutes. It carried only city officials and chamber of commerce members and made no stops. Its progress was a triumph as both bridge pedestrians and track workers cheered as it made its way along the 20-minute trip. Comment
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Food and fun with friends highlight this year’s July 4

It’s hard to believe this past weekend was the Fourth of July. The general consensus is that Memorial Day is the start of summer, the Fourth is the middle and Labor Day is the end. The fact that June 21 is the official first day of summer is an inconvenient detail. It’s easier to calculate summer’s divisions by the more popular way. Comment
Opinion

Berger’s Burg: Living as a nudist has unsavory consequences

A lady nudist wanted a personal tattoo where it would not show, so it was put on her face. Comment
Business

Eatery gives Whitestone dash of Greece

When Michael Arapos and his business partner, Nick Condomanolis, decided to open up a new Greek restaurant, they wanted to go to a neighborhood where the Mediterranean menu was not common. Comment

Boro fans of all stripes cheer for World Cup favorites

The 2010 World Cup Finals are growing closer and closer, and Queens residents of every nationality, background and level of interest in “the beautiful game” are going all out to root for their teams in bars, restaurants and other hangouts throughout the borough. Comment

Token clerk claims assault at 36th stop

A 35-year-old Queens token booth clerk said he was beaten ferociously on the platform at Astoria’s 36th Street subway station last week after he attempted to help a woman being attacked by a man. Comment

Family cries in anguish as Springfield Gardens brothers mourned

The friends and family of TyAnthony Duckette, 8, and toddler Daniel Wilson said the death of the boys in a house fire three weeks ago has devastated them, but they have found some solace in the bravery the elder brother showed when he rushed back into the burning building. Comment

Feds pony up $400M for MTA’s East Side projects

The Obama administration has come up with another $400 million-plus for the East Side Access and the Second Avenue subway projects, even as the MTA diminishes regular transit service due to its monumental cash shortage. Comment

DEP demolishes illegal housing to make way for Rockaway plant

A plot of partially developed land that sits between a school and a water treatment center has been an eyesore for the Far Rockaway residents who live nearby it, community leaders said. Comment

State budget limits Queens symphony’s summer concerts

The state’s budget woes and a generally dismal economy have cornered the Queens Symphony Orchestra into holding just one free concert this summer, which will take place at St. John’s University July 28, QSO Executive Director Lynda Herndon said. Comment

Parks Dept. says money for LIC seawall not available

While both Queens politicians and the city Parks Department agree the Queens Seawall along the East River in Long Island City is in desperate need of repair, the Parks Department maintains the money simply is not there. Comment

Monserrate can see Giraldo

Former state Sen. Hiram Monserrate, who was forced to give up his Albany seat after slashing his girlfriend’s face, got a partial reprieve Tuesday when a State Supreme Court judge reduced the order of protection preventing him from having any contact with her. Comment

JetBlue keeps its cool by painting LIC white

It may be JetBlue, but the airline company is helping to paint Long Island City white. Comment

Queens imam leaves country following plea in terror case

Flushing imam Ahmad Wais Afzali left the country where he grew up and raised a family Monday as part of a plea deal for tipping off another Queens man who planned to carry out suicide bombings in the city’s subway system by telling him he was under federal investigation, the U.S. attorney’s office said. Comment

Court tells city to keep Jamaica HS open

A state appellate court’s decision last week that saved Jamaica High School, Beach Channel HS and the Business Computer Applications and Entrepreneurship Magnet HS in Cambria Heights from closure cheered some Queens officials and union leaders but angered Mayor Michael Bloomberg and city Schools Chancellor Joel Klein. Comment

Boro swelters in grip of heat

As Queens officially entered heat wave territory Tuesday, residents across the borough were doing everything they could to battle the high temperatures — from dousing themselves with water to jumping in the pool and eating ice cream. Comment

Parkside co-founder Bill Driscoll leaves firm

A founding partner of the Parkside Group who has been involved in Queens politics for decades has left the political consulting and lobbying firm for Gotham Government Relations, a Long Island-based lobbying firm. Comment

DiNapoli MTA audit finds millions lost and wasted

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has accused the MTA of losing mega-millions of dollars because of what an audit indicated was inefficient management of its vast real estate holdings. Comment

Early retirement available at boro CUNY schools

The City University of New York board of trustees approved a plan last week to offer early retirement to full-time faculty and staff at senior and community colleges this summer and fall. Comment

Cuts to Queens firehouses restored in ‘11 city budget

Queens residents can breathe a sigh of relief along with the rest of the city now that the City Council has passed by a vote of 48-1 a $63 billion budget last week that reversed many of the most feared cuts Mayor Michael Bloomberg included in his proposed budget. Comment
Astoria Times

Vallone pushes city DEP to fix fan at wastewater plant to staunch stench

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) said he plans to make a stink about a sewage smell that has plagued parts of Astoria for the past three months until the city cleans up the problem. Comment

Louis Armstrong’s birthday celebrated in Queens

Satchmo was alive and well again for his 110th birthday celebration Sunday in Queens. Comment

Two Aqueduct bidders scratched from consideration for VLTs

Two of the three bidders for the video lottery terminal contract at Aqueduct Race Track were disqualified from consideration Tuesday for being “non-responsive” to the request for proposals that outlines how the bidding process will work, the state Lottery Division announced. Comment

Challenger Turner eyes Anthony Weiner’s seat to repeal health-care law

After nearly 69 years of happily remaining outside politics, Rockaway Point resident Bob Turner has done something he never dreamed he would do: throw his hat in the ring for U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner’s (D-Forest Hills) seat. Comment
Arts

Family portraits

A puppetry production about love and imagination will take audiences on a magical journey as Yvette Edery stages “What is Love? A Family Story” at Flushing Town Hall this month. Comment
Arts

The Play’s The Thing: Queens needs a year-round theater dedicated to plays

Would you believe that in all of Queens, population at least 2.5 million if the 2010 Census counts everybody, there is not one venue for year-round theater? Not a one! Sure, we have a number of theater companies that produce two or three shows a year, schools and colleges that do about the same, and our only performing arts center, Queens Theatre in the Park, that offers theater along with lots of other things like dance, comedy and song entertainers, cabaret acts and ethnic festivals. But no year-round theater. Comment
Arts

QMA’s Passport Fridays make the local global

Travelling the world can be a hassle, not to mention expensive, but the Queens Museum of Art is trying its best to make is easier for people to see the world without leaving the borough. Comment

Roof worker arrested in Bay Terrace fire

A five-alarm fire on the roof of a Bay Terrace apartment building Wednesday was caused by the illegal use of a torch on a combustible roof, the city’s Fire Department said. Comment
Food

Dining Out: Cuzco Peru: Take culinary trip to the Andes in Rego Park

Peruvian cuisine is poised on the cusp of becoming one of those ethnic cuisines that you find in every neighborhood, just like Chinese, Thai or Mexican (and dare we point out that even pizza was once an ethnic specialty). Pollo a la brasa (rotisserie chicken) and Jalea (battered fried seafood) are universal in their appeal, even to fussy kids, and the more exotic fare is easy to love. When we spotted Cuzco Peru on Queens Boulevard in Rego Park, it confirmed our belief in the inevitability of Peruvian joining the ranks of omnipresent ethnic dining. Comment
Film

The Reel Queens: Socrates’ outdoor film series kicks off new season

Manhattan has long been one of film’s most prominent backdrops, but Long Island City’s Socrates Sculpture Park has utilized the city’s skyline to promote international cinema in a unique way for more than a decade. Comment

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

17 firefighters injured as massive fire clears Rego Park apartment buildings

Seventeen firefighters were injured  fighting a five-alarm fire that emptied a Rego Park apartment complex Wednesday morning.  Four of the firefighters were hospitalized. Comment

SHORT VIDEO: Bay Terrace fire

Firefighters battled a five-alarm blaze in a Bay Terrace apartment building Wednesday afternoon. Hundreds of emergency responders worked to control the blaze and treat more than one dozen firefighters who were injured in the fire. Comment

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