Monday, Oct. 3, 2011

Middle Village

MidVill slams Q38 delays

It’s the end of the line for Middle Village straphangers who said they have put up with spotty service on the Q38 line for far too long. Comments (2)
Richmond Hill

Rich Hill man seeks to clear name in 1996 drive-by killing

The Queens DA agreed last Thursday to look into the 2004 conviction of a Richmond Hill man who is serving 11 years of a life sentence for a 1996 drive-by shooting. Comment

Elmhurst shopping center gets earful over workers’ wages

Activist groups marched into the administrative offices of Elmhurst’s Queens Center Mall last Thursday, dropping off 5,500 signatures demanding the mall give their workers higher wages and provide a community space. Comment
Long Island City

Queens Library gala to raise money for resources

Queens Library gala to raise money for resources Comment
Kew Gardens

Woman steals $50 from wallet in Fresh Mdws.: DA

KEW GARDENS — It was not kosher with police when Rosemarie Vega, of Fresh Meadows, allegedly stole a woman’s wallet Aug. 18 outside Aron’s Kissena Farms, according to a criminal complaint from the Queens district attorney. Comment

Holy Cross coach records 200th career victory

This week, next week. Next month. Tom Pugh wasn’t 100 percent sure when his 200th win was going to come. He was far more interested in how Holy Cross football was going to respond after looking lethargic late this week. Comment

Avella must care about entire district

I am happy, Joseph R. Maligieri, that state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) responded to your concerns (“Avella cares about constituents,” Aug. 18-24). Comment

Respect Paul, Bennett views on 9/11

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Tony Bennett have served honorably in the U.S. military. Bennett saw the horrors of war first-hand as he was in combat in World War II. For those who have never served their country, be careful of how you judge the patriotism of those who have. Comment

9th District constituents made mistake with Turner

President Barack Obama inherited eight abysmal years from the Bush administration, a housing and mortgage mess and two wars that were funded without a tax increase — something without precedent. Comment

Teachers shouldn’t be a part of budget cuts

As the recession of 2011 continues and budgetary cuts are affecting every aspect of the American way of life, one area that is going to be severely affected is our education system. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011

Fresh Meadows

SFP facility honors legendary coach

Vince O’Connor has been synonymous with St. Francis Prep football for nearly six decades. The legendary coach has helped mold and influence thousands of lives while becoming one of the state’s most successful coaches. Comment

Council rejects Queens animal shelters

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) criticized a bill passed by his fellow Council members and championed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg that increases funding and the hours of operation for animal receiving centers but gets rid of a requirement for full-service shelters in Queens and the Bronx. Comment

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St. Albans

Comrie helps minorities join city’s Bravest

The FDNY has seen an increase in the number of minorities who have applied to be part of New York’s Bravest and an elected official in southeast Queens as well as the fire commissioner are crediting the rise to a more active recruiting presence in inner-city communities. Comment

City prepares to banish tractor trailers from Maspeth

The city will begin implementing the long-awaited truck bypass plan to route tractor trailers around Maspeth beginning in October. Comment

GOP may add state Senate seat: Rumor

Republicans in the state Senate are reportedly thinking of adding an extra seat in the upper chamber when the redrawing of district lines are conducted next year. Comment
Fresh Meadows

111th officers make arrest in phone rob spree

Detectives from the 111th Precinct arrested a man two weeks ago who they believe to be responsible for a string of cell phone thefts throughout the borough dating back to June. Comment

UN shouldn’t vote on Palestine: Pols

A Palestinian path to statehood should come through negotiations with Israel, not a United Nations vote, the borough’s elected officials said. Comment

$14B capital program will harm MTA operating budget: DiNapoli

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said the MTA’s plan to borrow more than $14 billion could further imperil the agency’s financial straits. Comment
Forest Hills

Art from Science

Raised in Southern California by parents who are both laser physicists, Forest Hills painter Janet Bruesselbach grew up surrounded by a world of science that serves as a pervasive theme throughout her artwork. While most artists refer to their pieces as “creations,” Bruesselbach discusses her work in more scientific terms such as “experiments” or “inventions.” Comment

Cops seek man, 22, in killing of Queens teen

QUEENSBRIDGE — Police were on the lookout for a man suspected of killing a Woodside Houses teenager at Queensbridge Houses in early July. Comment

Police hunt for robbers of boro delivery person

QUEENSBRIDGE — Police were on the lookout for two suspects suspected of robbing a deliveryman going to a Queensbridge Houses apartment Sept. 11 at 2 p.m. Comment

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs Comment
Dishing with Dee

Dishing with Dee: Queens Chamber throws big bash to celebrate 100 years

Congratulations to the Queens Chamber of Commerce on its 100th anniversary. In order to celebrate the occasion, they held a fabulous gala at Terrace on the Park. It was reported they had over 650 guests. I can believe it — the place was packed to the rafters. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011


Northeast Queens choir welcomes president of South Korea

The boys and girls of a northeast Queens choir provided a stately welcome last week when they performed the South Korean and American national anthems during a ceremony honoring South Korean President Lee Myung-bak at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan. Comment
Middle Village

West Nile virus kills 60-yr-old Queens man: City

A 60-year-old man recently died from West Nile virus in Queens, which city tests indicated is home to the most mosquitoes that carry the virus in all of the five boroughs, and the city is currently testing a woman who might be from Middle Village for the virus. Comment

Queens Library offers book amnesty to adolescents

The Queens Library’s young users who have been taking a long time to finish their favorite book now have the chance to clear the slate. Comment

Jury finds Jamaica squatter guilty of killing neighbor

A Jamaica squatter was convicted last week of killing another person in an abandoned building two years ago after the two quarreled over an illegal prostitution ring that was being operated out of the property, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Cellphone service arrives at subway platforms

The MTA has inaugurated the first cellphone service in subway stations since the system opened more than a century ago. Comment
Middle Village

CSX garbage train idling spot to move south: Hevesi

State Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) updated Middle Village about what lawmakers are doing to fight pollution-belching trains that plague the neighborhood at last Thursday’s Juniper Park Civic Association meeting. Comment

Millions from EDC could have gone to city projects: Liu

The city comptroller’s office’s audit of the city Economic Development Corp. revealed the agency has been holding on to more than $9 million in public purpose funds, $344,659 of which is in an untouched fund that dates back to 1982 and was intended to be used to rehabilitate an area around Astoria Studios. Comment

Dozo gets first win over Lewis since ‘06

This was the match Cardozo had been looking forward to for a year — for five years, really. Comment

Astoria Houses teenager sought in shooting: Cops

ASTORIA — Police were looking for an Astoria Houses resident suspected of shooting another male in the torso and in the leg in Astoria on the afternoon of Sept. 9. Comment

Cops seek two robbers of Maspeth tire shop

MASPETH — Police were searching for two men suspected of robbing the BP and L Brothers Tire Shop Aug. 25. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Korean college student joins Lancman’s office as intern

The office of state Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) is building bridges to Asia in hopes of boosting its connection to the sizable Asian-American communities in his district. Comment

Friday, Sept. 30, 2011


Armstrong museum jazzed over donation

The Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona has received a treasure trove of recordings and memorabilia honoring the late jazz legend from Swedish Armstrong aficionado Gösta Hägglöf, who died in 2009 and bequeathed his entire collection of Armstrong items to the museum. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jax Hts. takes stand against stand

About 50 business owners and activists crowded onto the northeast corner and out onto the street near 74th Street and 37th Road in Jackson Heights Monday to lambaste the city Departments of Transportation and Consumer Affairs for allowing a newsstand to be constructed there. Comment

Louis Armstrong museum getting $15M upgrade

As the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona gets closer to breaking ground on a $15 million visitor’s center, the director says it will transform the borough’s music and arts scene while greatly boosting the small museum’s stature. Comment

Sickle Cell sufferers march to put disease in spotlight

About 60 people marched from York College to Roy Wilkins Park Sunday to bring attention to a disease they say does not get the attention it deserves. Comment

Bowne House to fete 350 yrs

The Bowne House in Flushing celebrates its 350th birthday this year, and even though it is in a state of severe disrepair, the future looks bright for an edifice many people contend may be the oldest one left standing in New York City. Comment
Long Island City

Queens leads city in overcrowded classrooms: UFT

Queens public schools lead the city in overcrowded classrooms, according to a survey the United Federation of Teachers took of school registers on the sixth day of class this year. Comment

Bayside BID to close down side streets for future events

If you spend time on Bell Boulevard, chances are you know about the Bayside Village Business Improvement District — and if you know about the BID, you have probably met Gregg Sullivan. Comment

L.I. killer convicted in Elmhurst stabbing

A Long Island man who made a nasty comment to a woman outside an Elmhurst nightclub and then killed her boyfriend when he tried to defend her was found guilty of murder last Thursday, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comments (1)

Parents protest canceled buses

Parents of seventh- and eighth-graders at JHS 194 in Whitestone diligently went through the usual back-to-school routines this year: shopping for clothes, getting last-minute haircuts for their little ones and figuring out what bus to expect to pick their children up at the neighborhood stop. Comment
Middle Village

PS 49 head slams DOE residency law

A Middle Village principal echoed calls last Thursday to rein in parents who give false addresses in order to place their children in high-performing schools around the borough. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Long volleyball family tradition for SFP’s Pierre

Kiara Pierre was nervous and not just because it was the first league match of the season. Sitting up in the stands during her St. Francis Prep team’s opener against Fontbonne Hall last week were her mother, Pascale Lubin, and sister, Ariel Pierre. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Lewis soccer surges back

Daniel Castro’s initial reaction was only normal as Bayside star Santiago Moore’s penalty kick nestled into the lower right corner of the net. Comment

Work of Astoria biz a neighborhood affair

The owners of an Astoria café called The Lil Kitchen that Could wanted their restaurant to have the atmosphere of their home — and they are there so often that is exactly what happened. Comment
Long Island City

Flaccid ‘Ghosts’ brought to life by Secret’s stars

“Ghosts” isn’t one of Ibsen’s best plays. Comment

Woman robbed of $40 at knifepoint: Post

JFK AIRPORT — Gary Fitzgerald, 47, allegedly robbed a woman Sept. 18 in the John F. Kennedy International Airport parking lot, the New York Post reported. Comment
South Jamaica

Drunk driver hits family of three in Jamaica: DA

JAMAICA — A South Jamaica man who was allegedly driving drunk hit a family of three standing near their car Sept. 12, according to a criminal complaint from the Queens district attorney’s office. Comment
South Jamaica

Boro man caught with drugs, gun in home: DA

SOUTH JAMAICA — A South Jamaica man unsuccessfully tried to ditch a gun and bag full of drugs when he led police on a chase into his own house Sept. 13, according to a complaint from the Queens district attorney’s office. Comment

Is City Losing the War on Guns?

Is City Losing the War on Guns? Comment

Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011


Economic hardships hit boro hard: Census

Data released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week painted a bleak economic picture of Queens, where one in seven residents lives below the federal poverty line and the percentage of residents who are struggling to meet basic needs is far higher. Comment

Centenarians fill Ozanam Hall

At Ozanam Hall in Bayside, there is a select group of people who have earned their way into one of the nursing home’s more exclusive clubs. While the average age of the more than 400 residents hovers somewhere around a spry 90, Ozanam is home to 18 people 100 or older, and that number looks like it is only going to get bigger. Comment

Residents rip Creedmoor project

An Indian group proposing senior housing and a cultural center on the ground of Creedmoor was grilled on its plans by a testy crowd during a public hearing last week in Bellerose. Comment

Rosedale girl stabbed to death in Brooklyn

City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton) is calling for an end to youth violence after a Rosedale teen was fatally stabbed when she walked the streets of Brooklyn unattended over the weekend. Comment
Long Island City

Ex-president of Chile speaks at LaGuardia graduation

After the shouts of exultation subsided, former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet urged graduates of LaGuardia Community College to remember their roots and improve humanity. Comment
St. Albans

Reddick returns to CB 12

Community Board 12 gave a warm welcome to its district manager last week during its monthly meeting as she proudly stepped back into her position after spending five months recuperating from a serious auto accident. Comment

City eyes hospital for landmark

The president of the Central Queens Historical Association said southeast Queens has been lucky to have several of its buildings and neighborhoods recognized by the city as official landmarks and there are still more places that deserve recognition, including Mary Immaculate Hospital. Comment
Howard Beach

Sheehan kids say mother justified in husband slay

The murder trial of the Howard Beach woman who admits she shot her husband 11 times hinges on the ability of each side to reconstruct the personality of a dead man. Comment

Haggerty theft trial opens in Manhattan

Opening arguments began Monday in the case against John Haggerty, a Queens political operative and Bloomberg campaign volunteer who is accused of stealing $1.1 million of the mayor’s money in 2009. Comment
Howard Beach

Howard Beach rings in Columbus Day with grand parade

Cross Bay Boulevard was full of green, white and red Sunday as hundreds marched in the sixth-annual Columbus Day Parade in Howard Beach as even more watched from the sidelines. Comment

Ognibene makes plans to enter race for Queens GOP chairman

The rift between two warring factions of the Queens Republican Party is heating up after former City Councilman Tom Ognibene said he plans to run for chairman of the party. Comment
Kew Gardens

Koslowitz calls for banks in low-income boro areas

City lawmakers held a hearing in Kew Gardens Monday to investigate the benefits of a state program to bring banks into low-income and underserved areas of Queens and the rest of the city. Comment
East Elmhurst

Cemetery marks FDNY slain

The new 9/11 memorial at St. Michael’s Cemetery in East Elmhurst honors not only those who have died but those who have continued to die since that horrible day. Comment
Little Neck

Neighbors cry foul over use of Little Neck lot

Do not use our community as your storage lot. Comment

Avella says Albany suits him

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) may be one of 62 senators, but the lawmaker said he has a stronger voice among his colleagues than when he was on the City Council, where he was one of 51 legislators — 48 of them Democrats. Comment
Kew Gardens

Homeless blamed for E, F line odor

Straphangers in Forest Hills and Kew Gardens got some relief last week after city workers found the source of a stench that permeated a subway station in each neighborhood. Comment

Queens leads city in pothole complaints

Queens roads are in the worst shape in the city, according to a new study by city Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. Comment
Jackson Heights

Cecere gets Jax Hts. corner

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) said when people walk by the northwest corner of 83rd Street and 37th Avenue, he wants them to ask who Richard Cecere was. Comment

Flushing quickest in job growth

One of the state’s top elected officials visited Flushing last week to extol the economic health of the neighborhood, which has fared exceptionally well in the economic downturn. Comment

Bayside Getty gets city OK

The city Board of Standards and Appeals voted last week to renew a variance for the Getty gas station on Northern Boulevard and that decision has stirred up some of the old emotions that seem to come out any time that particular board is mentioned. Comment

Two Bayside schools among best in USA

The U.S. Department of Education recently recognized three northeast Queens elementary schools as among the most successful in the nation. Comment

Indian Center tried to buy support: Finkelstein

Citing a lack of information, Community Board 13 tabled a vote on a controversial plan by an Indian group to build senior housing and a community center on the grounds of the Creedmoor campus, but the meeting did not come without fireworks. Comment
College Point

Carriers rally to keep College Pt. mail plant open

Well over a hundred U.S. Postal Service employees gathered with union leaders in front of the Bayside office of U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) Tuesday afternoon to thank him for supporting a bill that would ease the financial burden on the beleaguered agency. Comment

Reps loyal to party in vote on spending

The borough’s congressional delegation voted along party lines in a spending measure that passed in the U.S. House of Representatives Friday that would have funded government services until Sept. 30 —the end of the federal government’s fiscal year. Comment
Forest Hills

Forestdale 8 found safe in Pennsylvania

The eight children who were abducted by the parents from a Forest Hills foster care center last week were found safe and sound along with their fugitive parents in Pennsylvania Monday night, police said. Comment
Jamaica Hills

Tietz Center renovation receives praise from pols

After two years, The Margaret Tietz Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Jamaica Hills held the grand opening Friday for its newly renovated facility on Chapin Parkway with the help of elected officials. Comment

Ft. Totten charity event honors Throgs Neck worker

Pamela McGlaughlin said her brother, Billy Barnes, worked on subways and trains underground as an electrician for years, so when he got a job to work on the Throgs Neck Bridge, he was delighted to be out in the fresh air. Comment
Long Island City

Long Island City Dog Run gets second lease on life

A dog run off Vernon Boulevard that has for some time been a green-and-brown fenced-off lot will more than double in size and sport numerous amenities after construction finishes. Comment

Creedmoor proposed for tech center

The Joint Bellerose Business District Development Corp. suggested the Creedmoor campus would be an ideal site for an applied sciences and engineering campus in response to the city Economic Development Corp.’s wish that such a institution be built. Comment
Jamaica Times

SJU coach hits milestone

For 18 years, Joanne Persico has been at the helm of St. John’s volleyball, taking the women’s program from infancy to national acclaim. Her recent achievement of 350 career wins is only one of the many accomplishments she has reached over her highly successful career. Comment

L.I. bros. steal $24K from senior, 90: Brown

0FLUSHING — Two Long Island brothers were arrested on fraud charges after they allegedly defrauded a 90-year-old Flushing woman of $24,185, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Victim dragged by beard and hit with bottle: Post

FLUSHING — A 52-year-old man allegedly attacked his 58-year-old friend with a beer bottle in a building on 56th Avenue and 185th Street Sept. 5 at 7:45 a.m., the New York Post reported. Comment
Jackson Heights

Bicyclist on cell phone stealing spree: Police

WESTERN QUEENS — Police were on the lookout for a bicycle-riding man suspected of stealing cell phones from 19 people in Jackson Heights, Astoria, Corona and Rego Park between July 15 and Sept. 19. Comment

After the Storm

After the Storm Comment

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