Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010

Como concedes state Senate race to Addabbo

Anthony Como, a former city councilman and Republican candidate for the seat held by state Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), conceded Monday afternoon after initially calling for the voting machines in the district to be impounded. Comment.

WSTC seeks new proposals

After West Side Tennis Club members voted down a proposal last month to sell their stadium, the club board recently sent a letter to members saying they had set a Nov. 15 deadline for new proposals for the iconic structure that once housed the US Open. Comment.

MTA raises fares on bridges and tunnels

On the heels of the third bus and subway fare hike in as many years, the MTA has approved an increase in bridge and tunnel tolls that will cost Queens motorists paying cash more than those using E-ZPass. Comment.

Four SE Queens schools put on planned closure list

Four schools in southeast Queens were added to a list of 47 schools citywide officials said last week that they planned to possibly phase out this year. The move angered area politicians and union representatives, but city Department of Education said it was necessary because the institutions consistently performed poorly. Comment.

Avella takes the lead over Padavan

In a major upset Democratic challenger Tony Avella had a significant lead early Wednesday morning over longtime state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) in one of New York’s most closely watched races in the battle for control of the state Senate. Comment.

Ackerman, Weiner prevail against Republican rivals

Five Queens Democratic Congressional incumbents beat back challenges from Republican opponents Tuesday, securing the Democratic lock on the borough’s representation in the House as expected. Comment.

Queens voters see fewer polling problems

Queens residents flocked to their voting sites Tuesday despite problems with the new voting system that many criticized because they said the small ballot font was difficult to read. Comment.

Wills captures City Council seat

Ruben Wills won the special election to fill the Council seat held by Thomas White with a modest lead over Nicole Paultre-Bell, unofficial election results from New York 1 said. Comment.

Braunstein bests Tabone for Assembly

The increasingly bitter campaign for the northeast Queens state Assembly seat came to an end Tuesday night with Democrat Ed Braunstein’s victory over his Republican challenger Vince Tabone. Comment.

NE Queens rezoning approved

The City Council unanimously approved the long-awaited rezoning of more than 418 blocks in northeast Queens last Thursday in an attempt to preserve the area’s suburban character and relatively low density. Comments (1).

Genting breaks ground on Aqueduct ‘racino’

Construction is slated to begin on the long-awaited “racino” project at Aqueduct Race Track in Ozone Park when permits come through in about three weeks, according to the venture’s architects. Comment.

Addabbo wins big in Senate race

Despite the support of prominent Republican officials and raising more than three times the amount compiled by his opponent, Anthony Como lost his bid for a state Senate seat to incumbent Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), according to unofficial election results from NY1. Comment.

Broken water pipe floods St. Agnes HS, closes school

The girls of St. Agnes Academic High School in Whitestone got an unexpected day off from class Monday when they learned their school was forced to close after a water service pipe broke. Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010

Molloy marches into semifinals with rout

On the backs of two Division I players, Archbishop Molloy last year captured its second consecutive CHSAA Class A intersectional title. Comment.
Ridgewood

Ridgewood Library closes for tech upgrade

The Ridgewood Library on Madison Street is due to close its doors this week, but not forever or even for very long. Comment.

Landmarks commission designates four Jamaica landmarks, creates historic district in Ridgewood

While Queens is often seen as being overlooked when the city hands out landmark status, the borough came out on top this year, with the city Landmarks Preservation Commission approving four spots in Jamaica and a historic district in Ridgewood Oct. 26. Comment.

Far Rock murderers up for more charges: DA

A pair of Far Rockaway convicts already serving lengthy prison sentences for killing a police officer in 2007 were back in court last week to face charges that they used the same murder weapon to wound a bystander in Jamaica a day before they took aim at the patrolman, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Three underperforming Queens schools land nearly $5M in federal grants

Three low-performing Queens high schools will be receiving more than $1 million each in federal funds each in order to improve their performance. Comment.
Crime

Cops catch killer of pastor’s son on video

JAMAICA — Police provided more information on the murder of a pastor’s son who was shot while answering the door last month. Comment.
Crime

Man robbed after beating with pipe: Post

JAMAICA — Three robbers allegedly beat a man with a pipe and bat in Jamaica Oct. 17, according to the New York Post. Comments (2).

Blaze destroys church in Springfield Gdns.

The Brooklyn-Queens Diocese said congregants of a Springfield Gardens church that was severely damaged in a fire last week are remaining strong and vow to pick up the pieces. Comment.
Laurelton

Sanders condemns violence after deli murder

In the wake of last week’s murder of an innocent deli worker in Laurelton and the series of killings in southeast Queens over the summer, law enforcement and elected officials are urging residents to be more vigilant and work together to curb the violence. Comment.

Far Rockaway Bloods leaders admit to trafficking cocaine

Two reputed leaders of the Bloods gang in Far Rockaway pleaded guilty to charges of drug trafficking and firearm possession Friday in what the Queens district attorney called “a major blow” to the street gang’s cocaine operations on the peninsula. Comment.

Deli killer a customer: Cops

Police have arrested a frequent customer of the Lucky Deli over the weekend who they allege is the man who pulled the trigger in last week’s shooting of a clerk at the Laurelton store. Comment.
Editorial

A Most Dangerous Drink

Queens City Councilman James Sanders called on the city last week to ban the sale of a drink called Four Loko. The beverage combines alcohol with caffeine. It is widely used by college students and health experts say it is more dangerous than any beverage legally available. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Cops hunt for suspects in Jax Heights attack

An unidentified Hispanic man was either beaten or chased to his death late Halloween night in Jackson Heights in an incident that was originally reported to police as an automobile accident. Comment.

Francis Lewis teens win spot on Siemens list

The three Francis Lewis High School students who were named Siemens semifinalists last week are hoping their science project could change the world. Comment.

Senior rams Mercedes into Little Neck deli

An elderly woman drove her Mercedes-Benz through the front of Mazurs Kosher Market in Little Neck last week, sending herself and a customer who was trapped underneath the vehicle to the hospital, police and fire officials said. Comment.

Queens salon donates to Alzheimer’s group

When the staff at Giorgio’s Salon and Spa in Whitestone decided to hold their Halloween celebration Saturday, they did it for a cause. Comment.

Cops find pair shot near Ridgewood cemetery

A man reported to have a criminal record and a woman were found shot dead execution-style in a car with the motor running early last Thursday morning outside the Linden Hill Cemetery in Ridgewood, police said. No suspects have been identified or motives established for the crime, Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Rego Park teen charged in train bomb threats

A Rego Park teenager was charged last week with phoning in bomb threats at two subway stations in the borough, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

No new funding for Flushing LIRR stop

A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said Monday that Congress is not expected to award federal funding she requested for long-needed improvements to the Flushing Long Island Rail Road station this year. Comment.
Flushing Times

Mother makes identification in Flushing murder-suicide

The body of a man who was originally misidentified in a murder-suicide and arson last week in downtown Flushing has been positively identified by his mother, according to state Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing). Comment.
Crime

Beggar beats and robs man of valuables: Post

FLUSHING — A man in Flushing was beaten and robbed by a beggar wielding a knife at the intersection of 40th Road and Prince Street in Flushing Oct. 29 after refusing to give the beggar $5, the New York Post reported. Comment.
Editorial

The War Is Over

If you are reading this editorial, chances are the world did not end Tuesday. Despite the overheated election rhetoric that the people of New York City have been subjected to, the world kept spinning on Election Day when neither the Democrats nor the Republicans won all of the races they claimed were essential for the future of the nation and state. Comment.

WSTC seeks new proposals

After West Side Tennis Club members voted down a proposal last month to sell their stadium, the club board recently sent a letter to members saying they had set a Nov. 15 deadline for new proposals for the iconic structure that once housed the US Open. Comment.

Senior leadership award bestowed on two borough residents

United Adult Ministries, the parent company of Flushing House, was planning to honor two outstanding people with The Rose Kryzak Senior Leadership Award during its annual gala fund-raising dinner Thursday at the Westbury Manor in Westbury, L.I.. Comment.

Betty the Witch brews ghostly fun for Bayside

Elizabeth Robbins, who is better known on Halloween as “Betty the Witch,” may be 65, but she says she has never grown up. Comment.

Elementary school students go mad at Halloween parade

Bay Terrace students donned their spookiest hats and hit the courtyard at PS 169 for the elementary school’s annual Halloween parade that officials said gives students an important creative outlet and brings the community together. Comment.

Bay Terrace belongs in CB 11: Civic leader

Warren Schreiber, president of the Bay Terrace Community Alliance and a member of Community Board 7, riled some feathers last week by suggesting that his slice of the Bayside area be removed from the board’s coverage area. Comment.

NE Queens rezoning approved

The City Council unanimously approved the long-awaited rezoning of more than 418 blocks in northeast Queens last Thursday in an attempt to preserve the area’s suburban character and relatively low density. Comment.
Crime

Boro residents catch prowler in the act: Post

OZONE PARK — A man and his son living in Ozone Park found an alleged prowler in their home Oct. 20, the New York Post reported. Comment.
Crime

Halloween costume, clothes stolen from store

GLENDALE — Police arrested three people at the 99 Cent Plus store in Glendale on Myrtle Avenue near 68th Place Oct. 20 for allegedly stealing items, the New York Post reported. Comment.
Crime

Cops arrest 17-year-old in church break-in try

EAST ELMHURST — Police arrested a 17-year-old suspected of trying to break into an East Elmhurst church through a rope dangling from a skylight Oct. 18, the New York Post reported. Comment.

Brookville Park Halloween event attracts tiny ghouls

The suicide last month of Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi marked another in a long line of national tragedies in which a young person has literally been bullied to death for being a homosexual. Just weeks ago in the Bronx, a gang of nine homophobic young men allegedly abducted and brutally tortured a 30-year-old man and two teenage boys — all because the victims were thought to be homosexual. Comment.
Letters

Support ACS to help stop breast cancer

On behalf of the American Cancer Society, I would like to thank Queens for its generosity and support of the ACS’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. More than 10,000 walkers and volunteers participated and we raised nearly $810,000 to fight for every birthday threatened by breast cancer. Comment.
Letters

Mayor, Klein have failed schools

After eight years in charge of New York City’s public schools, Chancellor Joel Klein might want to stop blaming other people for his failures. It is time for Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Klein to stop their lecturing to the rest of the nation in promoting their vision of how to fix America’s schools. Comment.
Letters

Bayside street needs speed bump to protect residents from fast cars

On June 4 at 9 a.m., a car speeding east on 53rd Avenue and 202nd Street mowed down a young mother after she crossed her son to PS 162. As a result, she died shortly afterward. The driver said he did not see her — in spite of the crossing guard frantically waving and screaming for him to stop. This mother was crossing at the corner. Comment.
Letters

Cut salaries of MTA executives

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board has voted to raise the fares for public transportation effective Dec. 31. Comment.
Editorial

The Right Vote on the U.N.

In a letter published last week, James O’Neill of Middle Village criticizes U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer for their support of the funding of the United Nations with taxes collected from U.S. citizens. He believes the vote of 51 senators in favor of the U.N. was a “betrayal” and against the wishes of their constituents. Comment.
Opinion

Political Action: Hillary Clinton could make run for vice president in 2012

As we look forward to 2011 in Queens, there will be few elections held next year aside from an election for county district attorney and also some judgeships. It is what could be called an “off-year election,” which occurs once every four years. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Boro Dems, GOP hold pre-election parties on same day

This is the week that was. In fact, it was a week to end all weeks. Comment.
Opinion

Berger’s Burg: Jews have served in U.S. military from the beginning

Nov. 11 is Veterans Day. Today, thousands of Jewish men and women are in the U.S. military continuing the tradition of Jews fighting for our country. But the common perception is that Jews never served in any of our wars. In fact, they have fought in every one and suffered equally while earning many combat ribbons and medals. This column will prove it by listing the wars and some of the Jewish soldiers who fought in them. Comment.

Dems hold on to Assembly seats in boro

Despite a reported anti-incumbent, anti-Democrat mood across the nation, all the seated Democrats won another term in the state Assembly races in western Queens this year, according to unofficial election results from NY1. Comment.

MTA raises fares on bridges and tunnels

On the heels of the third bus and subway fare hike in as many years, the MTA has approved an increase in bridge and tunnel tolls that will cost Queens motorists paying cash more than those using E-ZPass. Comment.
Astoria Times

LIC fans get silent treatment

A new project on 50th Avenue in Long Island City is designed to turn down both the noise of the loud exhaust fans along 50th Avenue and resident complaints. Comment.

Four SE Queens schools put on planned closure list

Four schools in southeast Queens were added to a list of 47 schools citywide officials said last week that they planned to possibly phase out this year. The move angered area politicians and union representatives, but city Department of Education said it was necessary because the institutions consistently performed poorly. Comment.

City designates new Ridgewood South Historic District

Queens has been perceived as being overlooked when it comes to landmark designations, but last week the city Landmarks Preservation Commission put 210 buildings in Ridgewood under protection. Comment.

New Queens historian unveils his agenda for boro

Flushing resident Jack Eichenbaum, plans to focus on environmental preservation, changes in Queens’ demographics and using technology to document history in his new role as borough historian, he said during a ceremony celebrating his new post last week. Comment.

Queens College helps fight domestic violence

Domestic violence is a nationwide epidemic that borough officials and residents are waging a battle against right here in Queens. Comment.

LGA translates poet laureate’s verse for visit

Poets come to colleges to read their poems to students, but when former U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan came to LaGuardia Community College last week students read one of Ryan’s poems to her — in 25 different languages. Comment.

Avella takes the lead over Padavan

In a major upset Democratic challenger Tony Avella had a significant lead early Wednesday morning over longtime state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) in one of New York’s most closely watched races in the battle for control of the state Senate. Comment.

Ozone Park girl hit by car put in coma

A little girl was fighting for her life last week after she, her 5-year-old brother and mother were struck by a car while walking eight blocks to visit a relative in Ozone Park. Comment.

Queens Village’s ‘Lion King’ star succumbs to leukemia

The 11-year-old Queens Village star of “The Lion King” whose battle against leukemia touched off a celebrity rally for bone marrow donors died Monday, a spokeswoman for Disney said. Comment.

Officials kick off construction work at Queens College

Queens College officials and area legislators celebrated the groundbreaking of renovations to the Selma and Max Kupferberg Center for the Visual and Performing Arts last week, which they said would ensure that the Flushing school continues to be a beacon of creativity for the academic community and borough residents. Comment.

City landmarks four iconic buildings in downtown Jamaica

Downtown Jamaica is now home to four new landmarks and the city said that the buildings’ recognition was a long time coming. Comment.

Jackson Hts. Halloween parade draws thousands

Thousands crowded along 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights wearing their spooky best Sunday for the 21st-annual Halloween Parade. Organized by the Jackson Heights Beautification Group, the parade featured costumed kids and their sometimes-costumed parents as well as student bands and civic groups. Comment.

Abused boro women tell their stories to help others

Terry and Suzie have spent most of their lives living in fear of their husbands, abused by them, broken down by them, manipulated by them. Their lives were taken by the men they once loved and who they thought loved them back. Comment.

Ackerman, Weiner prevail against Republican rivals

Five Queens Democratic Congressional incumbents beat back challenges from Republican opponents Tuesday, securing the Democratic lock on the borough’s representation in the House as expected. Comment.

Queens voters see fewer polling problems

Queens residents flocked to their voting sites Tuesday despite problems with the new voting system that many criticized because they said the small ballot font was difficult to read. Comment.

Wills captures City Council seat

Ruben Wills won the special election to fill the Council seat held by Thomas White with a modest lead over Nicole Paultre-Bell, unofficial election results from New York 1 said. Comment.

Braunstein bests Tabone for Assembly

The increasingly bitter campaign for the northeast Queens state Assembly seat came to an end Tuesday night with Democrat Ed Braunstein’s victory over his Republican challenger Vince Tabone. Comment.

Wastewater plant caps $253M green upgrade

The Bowery Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant in the Steinway section of Astoria has reached a $253 million milestone in its long-term plan to cut down its nitrogen. Comment.

Genting breaks ground on Aqueduct ‘racino’

Construction is slated to begin on the long-awaited “racino” project at Aqueduct Race Track in Ozone Park when permits come through in about three weeks, according to the venture’s architects. Comment.

Addabbo wins big in Senate race

Despite the support of prominent Republican officials and raising more than three times the amount compiled by his opponent, Anthony Como lost his bid for a state Senate seat to incumbent Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), according to unofficial election results from NY1. Comment.
Arts

Deep dish

When the defining moment arrives and the journey begins, carrying them across the arid borderlands and hemisphere-spanning oceans to their foreign new home, immigrants to America are forced to leave much behind. Even if they settle in a teeming enclave in Queens with others who share their motherland, their culture is gradually eroded as the incessant waves of American life wash across the shores of their former selves. Comment.
Arts

Underdog Rosedale resident takes Si TV modeling prize

Elora Perez, a Queens native with no previous modeling experience, emerged victorious last month in Si TV’s reality competition show “Model Latina.” Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010

2-year-old boy thrown off Flushing balcony

The woman accused of killing a 2-year-old boy Tuesday night by throwing him off a seven-floor Flushing balcony is currently undergoing psychiatric evaluation and will likely face murder charges, a source familiar with the investigation said. Comment.

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