Thursday, July 14, 2011

Flushing shooting kills two

A leafy Flushing neighborhood was shocked early Wednesday evening, when the sunny air was pierced by up to three loud gunshots, leaving a man and woman dead in the street next to a Kissena Corridor Park playground. Comment.

Queens Midtown Tunnel closing tube this weekend

Motorists hoping to take the Queens Midtown Tunnel into Manhattan this weekend might want to make a change of plans, as the Manhattan-bound tube will be closed beginning at 9 p.m. Friday. Comment.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

‘Dozo’s lax team top notch in city

Poly Prep was the year’s biggest story. The Blue Devils didn’t end the regular season particularly well, but shook that and past postseason failures aside during the postseason. With a roster filled with talented and versatile upper classmen the Brooklyn school claimed its first NYSAIS title since 2006. Comment.

Queens native wins No. 1 All-City volleyball spot

The traditional powers were sent home early this season in the PSAL with a final four that featured Bryant, Academy of American Studies, New Utrecht and Brooklyn Tech. The Owls ended up with the city title, breaking Cardozo’s three-year reign atop the league. Comment.

No word on hunt for suspects in St. Albans attack

More than a week after the early morning shooting on the border of St. Albans and South Jamaica, police were still searching for leads after one of the victims was discharged from the hospital and the family of another victim prepared for a funeral. Comment.

Pols see biz boom in SE Qns

Industry in southeast Queens has been taking a beating over the last couple of years due to the economic downturn, but the city’s elected officials said there is potential waiting to be tapped in the sites. Comment.

More players ID’d in Rochdale coach abuse case

The Rochdale Village Little League coach accused of sexually abusing some of his young athletes has been hit with more serious charges after investigators discovered he allegedly molested more boys, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.

State raises CUNY tuition

Among the bills the state Legislature passed before the end of its session is one allowing the City University of New York to increase tuition by up to $300 annually for the next five years. Comment.

Puerto Rican pooches land at JFK on way to shelter

A sandy Puerto Rican beach is anything but a tourist destination for the island’s canine population, according to animal activist Bobby Beckles. Comment.

Hevesi to chair Assembly Oversight Committee

State Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) was recently named chairman of the Assembly Oversight, Analysis and Investigations Committee. Comment.

Woodside on the Move holds Festival Saturday

Woodside on the Move Inc., the community organizing group, is holding its 19th Annual Summer Street Festival this Saturday. The fair will take place along Woodside Avenue between 59th and 64th streets from noon to 6 p.m. Comment.

David Weprin gets Dem nod to run for Weiner seat

Early indications point to state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) as the Queens Democratic Party pick to run for the congressional seat formerly held by scandal-scarred former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, but Republicans plans were not as clear cut. Comment.

Second suspect arrested in Pomonok shooting

Police announced Wednesday night that they had made a second arrest in the Saturday murder of a 39-year-old woman outside her home in the Pomonok Houses in Fresh Meadows in a retaliatory shooting. Comment.
Little Neck Ledger

Greenmarket in Doug set to sell tri-state fare

The weather forecast calls for sunny skies Sunday, which is the day the Douglaston Greenmarket opens for the season. Comment.

Girl fights for life after Jamaica crash: Brown

JAMAICA — The driver of the SUV who police say struck a 6-year-old girl has been arraigned on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and vehicular assault, according to the Queens district attorney. Comment.

Queens man pawned fake Rolex and Mont Blanc: DA

SUNNYSIDE — A St. Albans man has been charged in connection with allegedly selling counterfeit items to pawnshops in Sunnyside and Jamaica, according to the criminal complaint. Comment.

Turtle takeover at JFK Airport spawns online sensation

A bale of turtles may have caused only minor delays at John F. Kennedy International Airport last week, but their show of power on the tarmac is becoming something of a legend on the Internet. Comment.

Nigerian charged with flying out of JFK illegally

Investigators were trying to figure out how an African national was able to make it from John F. Kennedy International Airport to the West Coast without a boarding pass last week. Comment.

Starbucks to Queens: Drop Dead

We assume many of our readers are regulars at the 256 Starbucks scattered throughout Queens and the other boroughs. This is the nation’s most popular coffee shop and its customers think nothing of shelling out $5 or more for a Frappuccino or any of its other specialty drinks. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Gardens group seeks allies

Residents from the Forest Hills Gardens Corp. are looking for some fresh political muscle to take on the Long Island Rail Road after former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner resigned last month, Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Crowley doles out $1.1M for St. Saviour’s park site

Western Queens nonprofits serving youth organizations and the elderly breathed a sigh of relief after City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) doled out her discretionary spending items for the 2012 fiscal year along with a grant that will go toward building a park at the St. Saviour’s site. Comment.

Gallagher’s son circulates flier on Bart Haggerty

A mailer linking Republican district leader Bart Haggerty to his brother John’s alleged $1.1 million theft of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s money has hit the streets of Forest Hills, with Haggerty claiming the literature in the district leader race is a low blow. Comment.

Sky View Parc reaches deal with depositors

About 120 hopeful homeowners who made down payments on condominiums at Sky View Parc in Flushing, then backed out of their contracts, will recoup 75 percent of their $5 million total deposit under a settlement with the mixed-use project’s developer. Comment.

Mom dies in Pomonok shooting

Two police vans sat outside a Pomonok Houses apartment building Tuesday morning, staking out the home of a man wanted in the killing of a Fresh Meadows woman Saturday in what has been described as a retaliatory shooting targeted at her 22-year-old son, according to police. The first suspect was arrested Sunday. Comment.

Macedonia AME’s minister named official CB 7 member

Macedonia AME Church in Flushing has reclaimed its longtime role as a key participant in the doings of Community Board 7 with the joining of the Rev. Richard McEachern as an official board member. Comment.

DOT to install streetlights to deter Briarwood crime

After a rash of assaults and incidents of slashed tires and broken windows last month in Briarwood, the city Department of Transportation has decided to add more street lights in parts of the neighborhood, City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) announced. Comment.
Flushing Times

Crucial CB 7 member announces retirement

Gene Brennan began his long career in public service by serving nearly 20 years as a detective in the NYPD. During that time the Whitestone resident started to take part in the Dwarf Giraffe Little League, coaching, advocating, serving on its board and eventually rising to the level of league president. Comment.

Commons eyes China cash

Financing for large developments has dried up across the United States, so the firm behind Flushing Commons, an $825 million, mixed-use project slated to break ground next year in the heart of downtown Flushing, has turned to Chinese money for help in getting a shovel into the ground. Comment.

NYPD rescues sinking boat in Whitestone

WHITESTONE — A vessel contacted authorities July 4 to alert them that it had been involved in an accident with 10 people onboard, Breaking News Network reported late that evening. Comment.

College Point man steals money from home: Brown

AUBURNDALE — A College Point man has been arrested and charged in connection with allegedly unlawfully entering an Auburndale home and stealing an envelope full of money, according to the criminal complaint. Comment.

Shining Light on Sex Offenders

A bill that would close loopholes that allow convicted sex offenders to escape notice in the community is on its way to becoming law. The legislation, written by state Sen. Tony Avella, has been passed by the Senate. Comment.

Weprin earmarks $600K

City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) earmarked more than $600,000 in discretionary funds from the city’s 2012 budget for nonprofits, mostly in eastern Queens. Comment.

Albany got the job done, Meng says

State Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) called on the MTA to provide better transit options during her annual State of the District address last week in Flushing. Comment.

School in Bayside wins gold in ballroom dance contest

A group of swinging, light-footed students from PS 31 in Bayside took home the gold at the grand finals of this year’s Dancing Dreams ballroom dancing championship. Comment.

Cohen’s medical center to open $7.8M pediatric intensive care unit

Cohen Children’s Medical Center, at 269-01 76th Ave. in New Hyde Park, was scheduled to open its new $7.8 million pediatric intensive care unit Wednesday, a spokesman for the hospital said. Comment.

Kids academy opens at Queensborough

Queensborough Community College’s Kids College Summer Academy opened its doors last week for the second year in a row. Comment.

Halloran parcels out over $350K to support nonprofits in district

City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) received more than $350,000 in discretionary funds under this year’s budget and distributed the amount evenly between senior centers, youth and church programs and volunteer ambulances. Comment.

Pool saved at Fort Totten

Marco? Polo! Comment.
Bayside Times

Cops arrest Oakland Gds.

Police arrested an off-duty Oakland Gardens firefighter in Bayside last week for alledgedly providing a group of minors with alcohol and then exposing himself to two of them, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Long Island girl, 9, treated at Cohen’s for brain hemorrhage

When 9-year-old Katie Melendez woke up at her aunt’s Forest Hills home at 3 in the morning May 15 with a severe headache, her condition worsened to the point that she was in a coma. Comment.
Bayside Times

Bayside BID eyes new ways to attract shoppers

Bell Boulevard’s business community met last week for the third-annual meeting of the Bayside Village Business Improvement District, where Executive Director Gregg Sullivan said the BID is considering extending its borders.. Comment.

Person dies on subway tracks in Kew Gardens

KEW GARDENS — A person was killed by a train Tuesday afternoon at the Kew Gardens-Union Turnpike subway stop, according to the Breaking News Network. Comment.

Police find man, 25, dead in Forest Hills apt.

FOREST HILLS — A 25-year-old man has been found dead in a Forest Hills apartment, according to police. Comment.

Livery cab driver robbed, hit with gun: Brown

EAST ELMHURST — The NYPD has sought the public’s assistance in identifying two suspects wanted in connection with a robbery in East Elmhurst. Comment.

LIC teen rips shelves out of fridge: Brown

LONG ISLAND CITY — A Long Island City teenager has been charged with damaging a refrigerator at SCO Family Services in Long Island City, according to the criminal complaint. Comment.

Long Islander was DUI in Elmhurst: Brown

ELMHURST — A Valley Stream, L.I., man has been arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, going the wrong way on a one-way street and leaving the scene of an accident without reporting, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment.

Boro men caught selling untaxed cigarettes: DA

ELMHURST — Two Elmhurst men have been arrested on charges of selling untaxed cigarettes and possessing more than 1,800 cartons of illegal, untaxed smokes, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment.

Flushing resident, seven others beat up man: DA

LONG ISLAND CITY — A Flushing man has been charged with joining seven unapprehended suspects with severely beating a man inside a Long Island City billiards hall, according to the criminal complaint. Comment.

Boro civic mourns member’s death

On rare occasions, we have been privileged to meet someone whose life made a significant difference, who was always there to help both on a large scale and individually, a person who was dedicated to making a positive impact on his community. Tom Winberry was that person. Comment.

Pols must do more to fix economy

An open letter to U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside). Comment.

LIRR must stop cutting down trees

At the rate of the Long Island Rail Road decimating mature, healthy and stable trees in Forest Hills, which have not fallen since their planting a century ago, it may exceed the rate of the tornado’s destruction upon our trees last September. Comment.

Letter about conduct of CB 13 chairman not based on facts

An open letter to Virginia Salow of Bellerose. Comment.

Join your local civic group to make a difference

Local civic associations have done much to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods. They have met with many successes dealing with community issues and problems and continue to work diligently on other concerns. Comment.

World Peace: The Right Place to Begin

More than 40 years after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, it is safe to say America has come a long way. Discrimination based on religion, race and gender is illegal and not tolerated. But while this was a historic accomplishment, it was only the beginning. The next step may be more difficult. Comment.

Political Action: Queens Conservative Party seeks to overturn gay marriage law

Recently, I spoke to Queens Conservative Party Chairman Tom Long about the passage of the gay marriage bill. He indicated that the Conservative Party has consistently opposed it and will continue to do so. The Conservative Party State Executive Committee will be meeting soon to discuss what action will be taken to combat the new law. Comment.

Dishing with Dee: Barbas ring in 4th of July with annual outdoor BBQ

Last Saturday, the Dwarf Giraffe Athletic League held its annual Fun in the Sun Day Picnic. This year, it was held in Harvey Park in Whitestone. The picnic included hot dogs, hamburgers, sodas, cotton candy and Lido the Clown with his inflated fun bouncer house. Comment.

Eatery at JFK satisfies sports fans’ appetites

Sports fans who want that in-game experience without having to wait in line for hours at a stadium box office can now head over to the John F. Kennedy International Airport. Comment.

Search for Weiner replacement begins

The heads of the borough’s two major parties are expected to name their nominees to replace former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner by later this week at the earliest after Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for a Sept. 13 special election to fill the vacant 9th Congressional District seat in Forest Hills. Comment.

Willets should be reborn as technology park: Vet

A vision of the Flushing area as the home to a new technological corridor was the topic of last week’s meeting of the Queensboro Hill Civic Association, and the momentum for such a plan is growing. Comment.

International musicians flock to Astoria to collaborate New York City Musical Saw Festival performers to put on show, host workshops on unique instrument

Natalia Paruz only walks a short distance to get to the festival she holds every year, but some fly in from as far away as Germany, India and Japan to perform with the woman Queens knows as the “Saw Lady.” Comment.

Construction begins at Ridgewood Reservoir

Construction on the Ridgewood Reservoir is in full swing, which pleased some park-goers but continued to enrage community activists. Comment.

RFK construction to last more than decade

The Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, better known by its former name the Triborough Bridge, is undergoing a long-term makeover for its 75th anniversary that will last well into its 90th birthday. Comment.

Pols hail pro-gay residents

Gay rights have been making international headlines over the last three weeks, but a trio of lawmakers held an event to honor the unsung heroes of the Queens LGBT community at Borough Hall. Comment.

Mid-summer Pow Wow to honor native American heritage, culture

Floral Park’s Queens County Farm Museum will be transformed into a native American meeting ground July 29-31. Comment.

MTA moves to keep bus operators safe

MTA Chairman Jay Walder said he was “horrified” at a recent attack on a bus driver and said the MTA was in the process of installing equipment to protect drivers. Comment.

City’s Asian pop. reaches 1 million

New York City has long been the American city with the highest number of Asian-American residents. Though San Francisco and some other towns may be able to claim a greater concentration of residents of Asian descent, New York is the first municipality in the country to count 1 million Asian Americans within its borders, according to the 2010 census. Comment.

Walcott recognizes Hillcrest senior for overcoming adversity to succeed

Jessica Alonso, the 18-year-old daughter of a Jackson Heights cleaning woman, refused to let a brain tumor or anything else stop her. Comment.
Astoria Times

Corner named for ‘Mr. Steinway’

Astorians not only celebrated a man who spent his life working to make the shopping strip Steinway Street beautiful last Thursday, but spoke about a new law that would work to make it — and all other commercial areas in the city — even more beautiful. Comment.
Astoria Times

Dromm doles out $250K to immigrant, LGBT groups

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) distributed his $250,000 member items for fiscal year 2012 among a wide variety of immigrant rights and LGBT rights associations, most of which are within his district. Comment.

Donovan’s shuttered in Woodside by city

A Woodside eatery with a long reputation of serving the best burgers in New York City has been closed for health violations, according to records from the city Department of Health. Comment.

West Qns. reps rally to keep health benefits

Two western Queens congressional members denounced the House Republicans’ proposed budget plan at two separate events last week, saying the cuts to Medicare and Medicaid would be an unfair burden on senior citizens. Comment.
Astoria Times

Boro apt arsonist gets 100 yrs

A Brooklyn man who set his ex-girlfriend and her Queensbridge apartment on fire in November 2009 was sentenced last week to 100 years to life in prison, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.

Queens Library budget dodges most cutbacks

The weeks of rallies at Queens library branches and outcries from tens of thousands of its patrons of all ages have paid off as the city restored 92 percent of the funding in its final budget last week. Comment.

Budget deal spares services in boro

The City Council approved a $66 billion budget last week that averted proposed teacher layoffs, prevented the closure of four Queens firehouses and restored funding to libraries. Comment.

Queens blacks have moved South: Study

A new study conducted by Queens College indicates that blacks are leaving Queens for the South in huge numbers, but the sociologist who conducted the analysis and City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) contend the trend has less to do with the foreclosure crisis that is crippling neighborhoods and more with changing demographics. Comment.

Volunteers scour Queens waterways for floating debris

For more than a decade now, Robert Gans has been organizing a small army of volunteers to patrol the city’s waterfronts. These community members — dedicated to protecting their vulnerable shorelines — are not on the lookout for enemy submarines or drug runners, however, but for floating trash. Comment.

Bobby Fischer -- against the world

Whatever happened to chess legend Bobby Fischer? Comment.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Woodside teen shot in Queensbridge, died later at hospital: police

A 19-year-old man from the Woodside Houses was shot in the head at the Queensbridge Houses early Tuesday morning and died the same day at Weill Cornell Medical Center, the NYPD said. This is the third murder that the NYPD has reported in the Queensbridge Houses this year. Comment.

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