Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011

Long Island City

LIC biz mediates home improvement jobs

For as long as there have been homes in need of improvement, an imbalance has existed between customers and contractors: the former’s naivete has left them at the mercy of the character of the latter. Comments (1)

New Women’s Support Group

The Queens Counseling Services is announcing the formation of a free women’s support group on alternate Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. at the Kissena Jewish Center, at 43-43 Bowne St. in Flushing. Comment

Monday, Dec. 5, 2011

Jackson Heights

Jax Inn Diner opens doors on Northern

State Assemblyman Michael DenDekker (D-Jackson Heights) and City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) joined the owners of the Jax Inn Diner for its ribbon-cutting last week. Comments (1)

Mother, daughter shot in Astoria home: Neighbors

Astoria residents were shocked by the shooting of two women Monday morning, saying such a crime was nearly unheard of on the quiet residential street near Ditmars Boulevard. Comment

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Male floater found by police in Jamaica Bay

ROCKAWAYS — A dead man was found floating in the waters of Jamaica Bay Friday, the NYPD said. Comment

Muni-Meters detrimental to economy of Bayside

I am writing to you out of frustration and anger at the installation of Muni-Meters along Bell Boulevard in Bayside. Apparently Mayor Michael Bloomberg has seen fit to wrest every last dime from our pockets, not having been satisfied with the 2 1/2 times increase in local property taxes during your tenure, nor the increase in additional fees and charges. Comment

Miller sponsors food drive

State Assemblyman Mike Miller will be sponsoring a holiday food drive in conjunction with the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council. Food collected will benefit the Sacred Heart Food Pantry in Glendale. The drive will carry on until Dec. 15. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011


Vets share experiences at Flushing’s Latimer House

The historic Lewis H. Latimer House in Flushing celebrated a belated Veterans Day Sunday by having former servicemen from the borough tell stories from their time in the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy during the 1950s, and about the racial discrimination that came along with it. Comment
Forest Hills

Forest Hills resident to compete in wrapping contest

A Forest Hills resident’s gift for gift wrapping has landed her a spot in a national competition that may net her a nice holiday present of her own: $10,000. Comment

Boro leaders take stand against hate

Government and religious leaders from across the borough gathered at Flushing Town Hall last week to sign a pledge against hate in the wake of anti-Semitic crimes in Queens. Comment
Flushing Times

Molloy rededicates state-of-the-art library for alumnus

Archbishop Molloy High School’s library was named in honor of a 20th century war hero and after a recent renovation the space now boasts amenities fit for the 21st century and beyond. Comment
Forest Hills

Cops nab barber in drug bust worth $680K: Post

FOREST HILLS — Police carried out a $680,000 drug bust in the parking lot of a Sports Authority over the weekend, the New York Post reported. Comment
Flushing Times

Stanners hoping for break in slump

Archbishop Molloy has been scuffling through perhaps the worst stretch of legendary basketball Coach Jack Curran’s 53 seasons on the bench recently. The Stanners are no longer thought of as one of the city’s elite teams year-in and year-out, not since the school went co-ed in 2000 and increased its academic standards exponentially. Comment
On Point

Bob Friedrich rejoins ranks of TimesLedger columnists

I recently attended a Bayside Hills Civic Association meeting organized by the group’s president, Michael Feiner, one of Queens’ most dedicated and hardworking civic leaders. Legislators and former candidates were asked to discuss their experiences running for office. State Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens), who I had challenged in 2010, was in attendance. Comment

Tip of the week


Thank You to Givers

With the memory of Thanksgiving dinner surrounded by friends and family still fresh in our minds, it is appropriate for the overstuffed to give some thought to the people of southeast Queens, who spent their holiday preparing and serving holiday meals to the borough’s neediest. Comment

Council must appoint people to BSA

TimesLedger Newspaper reader Henry Euler is correct in his Nov. 10-16 letter to the editor “Reform BSA after it allowed second house on lot,” decrying how the city Board of Standards and Appeals operates, often in blatant disregard to the interests and desires of the local community. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

Turner reminds constituents to register for HEAP

U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Kew Gardens) has announced the upcoming opening of registration for the Home Energy Assistance Program this year. The deadline is Jan. 3. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011


EDC extends hand to unlicensed Flushing contractors

Unlicensed construction contractors can pose safety risks for consumers and workers alike, but the Queens Economic Development Corp. is hoping a new pilot program conducted in Mandarin Chinese will help legitimize immigrant companies in Flushing and eventually across the borough. Comment

Two-year city colleges not up to par: Report

The 28 percent graduation rate at LaGuardia and Queensborough community colleges matches the citywide average and a new report says community colleges in New York City “are not yet delivering on all their potential.” Comment
Ozone Park

Ulrich to head Mitt’s 2012 Qns. campaign

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has tapped City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) to head his campaign operations in New York City. Comment

Whitestone civics install separate greetings to visitors

A pair of Whitestone civic groups each installed a neighborhood sign this month following unrelated but similar campaigns to boost community spirit. Comments (6)

Peralta wants letter grades for food carts

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) said he will introduce legislation to institute a letter grading system for food cart vendors similar to those for restaurants and other eateries. Comment
Ozone Park

Queens’ barista training grounds in Ozone Park

Coffee, a drink to wake you up in the morning, keep you going during the day and relax with after dinner, is all that and more. And these days it’s an opportunity for connoisseurship and competitive sport. Queens’ own Dallis Bros. Coffee is at the epicenter of the specialty coffee movement. Comment
South Jamaica

Newborn South Jamaica baby found dead by cops

SOUTH JAMAICA — A newborn baby was found dead in South Jamaica last week, according to the NYPD. Comment

State finds boro stores selling alcohol to minors

ALBANY — The state Liquor Authority caught 34 out of 67 shops selling beer to underage customers during a two-day sting operation in Queens that began Nov. 16, the authority said. Comment

Bayside BBA and BID kickoff holiday season with lighting

The Bayside Business Association and Bayside Village Business Improvement District held the annual tree and menorah lighting Tuesday evening in front of the BBA’ headquarters. Comment
Middle Village

Calhoun siblings rule Christ the King basketball

Shooting drills. Dribbling workouts. HORSE. All of those are fine for Omar and Sierra Calhoun. Comment

Welcome, Fairway

At a time when headlines are dominated by talk of a double-dip recession, record unemployment and the foreclosure crisis, the opening of the new Fairway in Douglaston is exciting news. Comment

Star Nissan must issue an apology

Perhaps if someone had held Star Nissan accountable for its conduct and lack of compliance with applicable regulations at the beginning of its tenure in Auburndale, then we would not be where we are today — contending with a business that believes that compliance with the law is a voluntary proposition subject to the whims of convenience. Comment
Long Island City

Queens Library invites you to leave your leaves

Autumn leaves can be composted to make rich, new soil for future planting. Comment

Friday, Dec. 2, 2011


Ex-Maspeth firefighter beats cancer at North Shore

Patients at the Monter Cancer Center who complete their treatment and are declared cancer-free will now be ringing a bell signifying the milestone after a firefighters’ cancer support group donated the bell last week. Comment

Queensbridge woman sentenced for killing sister in apartment

A Queensbridge woman was sentenced to 25 years in prison last week for shooting her elder sister during her birthday party earlier this year in the apartment they both shared, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment
College Point

College Point spa project awaiting beep ruling

The office of the borough president was still mulling over a developer’s plans for a spa in College Point Tuesday afternoon, just over a month after Community Board 7 resoundingly rejected the proposal. Comment

MediSys names Levine to Flushing Hosp. post

The parent company of Jamaica and Flushing hospitals announced last week that it is reorganizing administrators at both medical facilities. Comment
Rego Park

Two wanted in Rego Pk., Jamaica robberies

REGO PARK — Two men are wanted in connection with a pair of armed robberies in Rego Park and Jamaica, according to police. Comment
Forest Hills

Forest Hills native on the road to comedy stardom with recent debut on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’

Barry Rothbart, a rising comedy star and actor from Forest Hills, has finally made it to the big time with his debut on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” last month. Comments (2)

Cops on the lookout for missing deaf teen, 17

FLUSHING — Police have asked the public to help in the search for a missing deaf teen who disappeared in Flushing Saturday, police said. Comment

Lacking height, Holy Cross team banking on skills

It’s nice having a go-to star player, but give Paul Gilvary a diverse group of guys who can all score a little and he’ll take that any season. Comment
Political Action

Bloomberg did right thing in evicting Wall Street protesters

The confrontation between the city government and the Occupy Wall Street protesters has ended with the police evicting them from Zuccotti Park from the standpoint of not allowing them to use the park for living and sleeping quarters. Comment

Homeowners Are Not Alone

Thousands of Queens homeowners have defaulted on their mortgages and are facing the prospect of foreclosure. These families often feel abandoned and alone. Comment

ICCC cares about its community

First, we want to make it clear that we live here. We are also members of the community. Our officers and supporters live in Bellerose, Floral Park, Glen Oaks and Queens Village. We have raised our families here and lived in these communities for more than 40 years. Comments (4)

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011

South Jamaica

Judge recommends Bell cop be removed from force

An NYPD judge has recommended that the detective whose actions started the 50-shot barrage that killed Sean Bell five years ago be removed from the force for violating the department’s procedures during the incident. The NYPD departmental ruling against Detective Gescard Isnora came down on Wednesday and has been sent to Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, who will make the final decision, according to the NYPD. Deputy Commissioner Martin Karopkin, acting as the trial judge, concluded that Isnora, who fired the first shots, acted recklessly and unnecessarily put lives in danger when he dropped his role as an undercover officer and aimed 11 bullets at Bell and his two friends Joseph Guzman and Trent Benefield on Nov. 25, 2006 outside a Jamaica strip club. Comment

Black Friday frenzy hits northeast Queens

National chain stores in Queens reported robust sales for Black Friday consistent with the record-breaking sales across the country, but some smaller businesses found themselves left out of the retail madness. Comment

Small Biz Saturday leaves tiny mark on local shops

In the shadow of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday was created to encourage holiday bargain hunters to patronize local mom-and-pop shops around the country, but a Forest Hills street known for specialized boutiques had mixed results. Comment

Liu gives back donations

Embattled city Comptroller John Liu, facing heat over his 2013 mayoral campaign finances, returned more than $20,000 in donations last week amid federal investigations. Comment
Willets Point

Avella, biz group slam EDC

The city Economic Development Corp. has taken heat for awarding a Willets Point sewer contract to a company outside the city while drawing ire on another front about the contentious topic of a living wage. Comment
Bay Terrace

Little Bay Park improvements 7 years behind

When visitors come to Little Bay Park, where will they go? Comment
South Jamaica

Bell’s daughter remembers dad at annual vigil

She was 3 years old when her father was killed. Comment

City offers financial help to SE Qns. home buyers

City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton) is urging homeowners in southeast Queens who have been devastated by the mortgage crisis to take part in a new city initiative designed to give them a helping hand. Comment
South Jamaica

Scarborough pushes city to pump out rising water table

Southeast Queens residents and lawmakers held a protest Saturday outside a closed water facility, again calling on the city to restart the pumps to relieve the flooding that has plagued the area for more than a decade. Comment

Halloran, civic argue online over Whitestone sports field

As a Whitestone civic group fights to turn an overgrown, empty lot into a community sports complex, one resident’s innocuous post on Facebook has spawned a well-documented and surprisingly candid discussion into opinions on both sides of the fence. Comments (12)

Q58 wins Pokey Award as slowest bus in Queens

The 50th Street crosstown bus in Manhattan has won the doubtful distinction of being the slowest bus in town with the Q58 cited as the worst laggard in Queens. Comments (1)

Douglaston appliances fried by electrical surge

A number of Douglaston-area residents said they were shocked to find some of their household electrical appliances had been damaged last week by an apparent electrical surge. Comment
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill family bilked West Indians :DA

Three members of a Richmond Hill family were convicted last week of defrauding 19 people, most of them members of the borough’s West Indian community, out of more than $1.8 million from mortgage and immigration scams, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Boro lauded by green group

Despite its color on Google Maps, the Long Island Expressway is no yellow brick road, but a number of green projects in northeast Queens have contributed to New York City being compared with the Land of Oz. Comment

Law bars holding immigrants in jail

Despite opposition from some corners of Queens, Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed into law last week a bill that requires the city Department of Correction to release immigrants who do not have a prior criminal record but are being detained for federal immigration authorities. Comment
Far Rockaway

Far Rock man framed, raped girlfriend: Jury

A Queens Supreme Court jury found Far Rockaway resident Jerry Ramrattan, 39, guilty of raping his ex-girlfriend and then framing her in a complex scheme that put her in a Nassau County prison for seven months, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Jamaica man beaten to death

A hardworking Guatemalan immigrant was fatally beaten near his Jamaica home late Thanksgiving night, police and the victim’s brother said. Comment

Flushing man cuts plea deal in brutal slay

Chen Huang pleaded guilty last week to the grisly killing of a Flushing woman he bashed in the head with a hammer and repeatedly stabbed in 2010 before removing some of her organs with a box cutter, the Queens DA said. Comment
Broad Channel

Goldfeder asks director of MTA to hear locals on Cross Bay toll

State Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) wants newly appointed MTA Executive Director Joseph Lhota to visit his district so Lhota can hear residents’ gripes about the Cross Bay Bridge toll. Comment

Students protest as CUNY OKs tuition hike

CUNY students from all five boroughs flocked to Manhattan Monday to protest against a threatened tuition increase, but even though the majority of the public college’s board went ahead with the hike, the sole member who voted no said there will be bigger demonstrations in the future. Comment
South Jamaica

DA hails new sex-crime laws

A Jamaica man was sentenced last week for exploiting a runaway girl out of his home while another person was charged with doing the same thing to another victim, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s wins boro battle

The Battle of the Boroughs between the St. John’s women’s basketball team and Wagner didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all. Comment

Dozo trumps rival for 2nd straight title

Cardozo did it all last year, winning the volleyball city title for the first time in almost three decades. Comment
Dishing with Dee

Take time to help out the less fortunate this holiday season

Did you all have a happy Thanksgiving? We certainly hope so. Were any of you after a full, satisfying turkey dinner possessed with enough adrenaline to tackle the Black Friday shopping extravaganza? Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011


ERDA, Van Bramer give turkeys to Queensbridge

East River Development Alliance founder Bishop Mitchell Taylor and City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) distributed 1,000 turkeys to public housing residents last week for Thanksgiving, but bemoaned the face that they could not do more. Comment

Bonnano boss shot dead in Canada: Police

A former reputed acting boss of the Bonnano crime family was killed Thanksgiving morning near Montreal, a Quebec police spokesman said. Comment
Forest Hills

Forestdale couple released from jail

The Manhattan couple who spent a week on the lam after taking their eight children from a Forest Hills foster care center are now free after serving two months in jail as part of a plea deal with prosecutors, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Ackerman slams GOP for weak housing law

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) criticized his Republican colleagues after Congress watered down legislation in late November that he said would have stabilized the housing market in Queens. Comment

August Martin falls again

August Martin has now seen two bowl championships slip through its fingers in the past three years. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011


Emerald Awards to be dedicated to late civic leader Patricia Dolan

The Queens Coalition for Parks and Green Spaces has announced it will dedicate the eighth annual 2011 Emerald Awards to the late Patricia Dolan in recognition of her work to make the borough a better place to live, work and play. Comments (1)
Far Rockaway

Far Rock teen murdered on Thanksgiving

FAR ROCKAWAY — Police were searching for whoever was responsible for shooting a teenager to death on Thanksgiving night. Comment

Monday, Nov. 28, 2011


Man killed by passing truck after exiting car on Clearview Expressway

BAYSIDE — A Rochdale man was stuck and killed on the Clearview Expressway in Bayside Sunday after he got out of a car on the shoulder of the highway, police said. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011

I Sit and Look Out

Kings James Version the greatest of all biblical translations

I do not recall that there was a Bible in our home when I was growing up. My father, a nominal Lutheran, set foot in church only for weddings and funerals. My mother was Jewish and completely secular. They were married by a Lutheran minister in his study. My sister, brother and I were duly baptized into the Lutheran confession quickly after birth. From that time, with the exception of my sister being confirmed, religion did not figure in our lives. Comment

Former LIRR employee writes Jamaica station history

For most commuters, the Jamaica Long Island Rail Road station is just a simple hub that gets them to Long Island and Manhattan, but train history buff David Morrison said the location is one of the most historically significant places in the city. Comments (2)

Friday, Nov. 25, 2011


Immigrant killed in Thanksgiving attack

A hardworking Guatemalan immigrant was fatally stabbed near his Jamaica home late Thanksgiving night, police and the victim’s brother said. Comment

Boro store managers report bigger Black Friday crowds

Queens bargain hunters lined up early for Black Friday deals, with some shoppers spending their Thanksgiving waiting in front of stores to take advantage of the deep discounts. Comment

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