Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011


Teacher charged illegally high interest: Nassau DA

LONG ISLAND — An Astoria gym teacher was charged with loan sharking last week after he allegedly floated money at an annual interest rate more than four times the legal limit, the Nassau County district attorney said. Comments (1).
Pet Photo of the Week

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Middle Village

Photo Gallery: Royals cheerleaders root for the classmates

Christ the King cheerleaders root for the Royals as they played against Boys and Girls High School Kangaroos. Christ the King lost 59-64. Comment.

At least some rich Americans get it

It appears that our homegrown billionaires have decided to follow the lead of their wealthy French counterparts. They want to pay more taxes to help their country. Comment.

Gov’t must do more to aid students

The decision by City University of New York board of trustees to raise student tuition is unfair. Students are already paying a hefty amount and many of them have student loans, which are going to be difficult to repay. Comment.

Monday, Dec. 19, 2011

Jackson Heights

Police on lookout for Jax Hts. bank robber

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Police have released a photo of a man wanted in connection with a bank robbery last month. Comments (2).

Cornell, Technion win bid for Roosevelt Island campus: Mayor

After Stanford University dropped out Friday of a city-run contest to build an Applied Sciences campus, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Cornell University and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology would be building a 2 million-square-foot graduate school at Roosevelt Island. Comment.

Youngsters flock to Santa at Sky View Center

Santa - aka Dana Friedman from New York Santa - had been visiting Sky View Center to see his son and fellow youngsters perform with the Queens Center for Performing Arts’ Holiday International Sing-a-Long. In the holiday spirit, he donned his red suit and robe to greet children. Comments (1).

Q58 wins Pokey Award as slowest bus in Queens

Santas and elves rode the N-Q train last weekend from Astoria - rather then a sleigh - to Santacon, an annual pub crawl described by organizers as “non-denominational, non-commercial, non-political and non-sensical.” Comment.
Long Island City

Trendy LIC hotel offers luxury at low cost

Henry Zilberman, owner of the newly opened Z Hotel at 11-01 43rd Ave. in Long Island City, designed the 10-story building with comfort and coolness in mind. Comment.

DOT has odd process of turning Queens streets one-way

I could not help but notice the article about Community Board 7 voting and approving the one-way street near PS 209 (“One-way street OK’d by CB 7 near PS 209,” Flushing Times Nov. 17-23). Now it goes to the city Department of Transportation. Comment.

Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011


Deputy mayor touts new tech school plan

The deputy mayor in charge of trying to boost the city’s economy told York College’s student body and faculty last week that the only way for New York to recover its economic strength would be an investment in education and tapping into the potential of future employers. Comment.

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Transit group lists its top 10 best and worst events of 2011

The Straphangers Campaign characterized the year 2011 as “the best of times and the worst of times” as far as events affecting New York City subways and buses were concerned. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Police try to track wannabe cop killer

The group Citizens Outraged at Police Being Shot is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the disguised man who shot at two officers on a Jackson Heights street earlier this month, police said. Comment.

Staten Islander killed by boro man with rifle: Cops

STATEN ISLAND — A Queens man shot and killed a Staten Islander last week, police said. Comment.
Forest Hills

Drunk driver causes two accidents in a night: Cops

FOREST HILLS — After an intoxicated man struck a police cruiser last week, officers caught up when he veered off the road and his car burst into flames, according to documents from the Queens district attorney’s office. Comment.

St. Mary’s children celebrate holidays with Knights of Pythias

The Knights of Pythias threw a holiday party for children at St. Mary’s Healthcare System. Comment.
St. Albans

Kew Gardens jazz singer performs at York College

Rivaling New Orleans as the birthplace of jazz, Queens has been called the “home of jazz.” Ella Fitzgerald, Count Bassie, Fats Waller, and Lena Horne once lived in the borough neighborhood of St. Albans — as did singer-songwriter Stephanie Fisher, who now lives in Kew Gardens. Comments (1).
College Point

Pets pose with Santa at Doogy Be Good in College Point

People and their pets flocked to Santa Paws, an event for owners and their pups to have their photo taken with Kris Kringle. DiMarco is the owner of the owner of Doggy Be Good, a grooming, boarding and training business in College Point. Comment.
Long Island City

Whitestone coach notches 500th win

John Demas got into coaching to help kids — not to win championships, not to win hundreds of games, not to make a name for himself. Comment.

Tip of the week


Welcome Film Crews

Community Board 2 Chairman Joe Conley wants to meet with Mayor Michael Bloomberg to discuss the problems that arise when film crews come to work in his district, which includes Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside and parts of Maspeth. Comments (2).

Take care of seniors’ eyesight

As you are well aware, the U.S. economy is experiencing a major downturn. Often when faced with tough economic times, our senior communities on fixed incomes hurt the most when their health care falls by the wayside. During our current financial crisis, I want to make sure their eye health is not neglected. Comment.

CB 5 sponsors blood drive

In its continuing effort to meet the ongoing shortage of blood, particularly during the holiday season, Community Board 5 is sponsoring a Blood Drive Dec. 29. The NY Blood Center Mobile Bus will be parked in front of its board office at 61-23 Myrtle Ave. in Glendale. Comment.

Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011


Riders want MTA subway work done during week nights: Survey

A survey indicates that straphangers agree with the MTA’s plan to perform maintenance during weekday overnight periods. Comment.

Biz nexus hopes to connect

Company owners and business groups in Flushing are a diverse bunch, but they do not always communicate with each other. Comments (1).
Rochdale Village

Baby, 4 months, left by parents in eatery: Post

ROCHDALE — A 27-year old woman abandoned her baby at a Rochdale Burger King last week, the New York Post reported. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Jax Hts. stabbing might be gang-related: Brown

JACKSON HEIGHTS — A man was stabbed several times in his Jackson Heights apartment by a group of men, including one teen, in a possible gang-related incident, according to documents from the Queens district attorney. Comment.
St. Albans

Borough painter creates artistic works designed for straphanger consumption

St. Albans artist Emmett Wigglesworth’s prolific career has spanned more than a half century, while his artwork has enhanced New York City’s cultural landscape since 1958, the year he moved here from his native Philadephia. Comments (2).

Cops seek boro woman missing since Friday

FLUSHING — Police have asked for the public’s assistance in locating a Flushing woman missing since Friday. Comment.

Santa arrives at JFK in a plane

Thousands of children converged on JFK’s Hanger 19 provided by the Port Authority Police for the Community Mayors’ annual Operation Santa last week. Comment.

Grubler gets honor as boro’s best player

With the current crop of Queens girls volleyball players, it would be hard to say they were not the city’s best. Comment.

No Stamp of Approval

We understand the U.S. Postal Service has found itself between a rock and a hard place. It is faced with the threat of bankruptcy. To keep that from happening, the USPS has decided to make cuts, limiting service and closing facilities deemed no longer necessary. Comment.

Crowley ruined St. Saviour’s deal

The people in western Maspeth have worked hard and prayed for a park at the former site of St. Saviour’s Church for more than five years. Comment.
St. Albans

Scarborough holds annual toy drive

State Assemblyman William Scarborough, honorary chairman of the Million Fathers Club, has been hosting an annual Christmas party and toy give-away to make every Christmas a merry one for hundreds of foster care and shelter children. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 16, 2011


Bayside school goes blue over big award

A Bayside school was decked out in a certain color last week after it was named just one of 305 Blue Ribbon Schools in the entire country. Comment.

Bayside pastor sentenced to five years in jail for sex abuse

Queens Supreme Court Justice Barry Krohn sentenced the Rev. Phillip Joubert to a five-year prison sentence Thursday after the pastor of the Community Baptist Church in Bayside was convicted last month of sexually abusing his teenage daughter in the summer of 2009. Comments (3).

Safe Space offers SE Qns. kids a new beat on life

The staff at Safe Space in Jamaica has always tried to come up with innovative ways to help the hundreds of disadvantaged youth who walk through their doors, and a new program they launched has been hitting all the right notes since its inception. Comment.

Crowley wants Cuomo to consider hospital access in Queens, Bronx

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) wrote a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier this month requesting they “start a conversation” on how to address Queens’ and the Bronx’s diminishing health care access following the establishment of a work group to deal with Brooklyn hospitals. Comment.

Sondheim sounds off on work

“The songs get stuck in your head — in a good way.” Comment.
Long Island City

Bloomy slams Sebelius on Plan B decision

Mayor Michael Bloomberg criticized U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for making the morning-after pill unavailable to women younger than 17 at a LaGuardia Community College event Monday morning. Comment.

Mystery crash: car found on Whitestone Expy embankment

Emergency responders said they discovered a car that had broken through a barrier on 14th Avenue and collided with a tree above the Whitestone Expressway at about 9 a.m. Sunday. Officials at the scene said that they found no one in the vehicle when they first arrived. Comment.
South Richmond Hill

S. Richmond Hill man sought in rape: Police

SOUTH RICHMOND HILL — Police were searching for a suspect wanted in connection with a rape last month. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

SJU’s homegrown Red Bull

Connor Lade put together an impressive career over his four years with the St. John’s men’s soccer team and now he will get a chance to prove his worth at the professional level with Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls. Comments (1).

Holy Cross hockey pulls off stunner against St. Francis

Five minutes and 23 seconds into the Battle of the Boulevard, the Holy Cross hockey team was down three goals. Coach Kevin Goodspeed’s first instinct would’ve normally been to call a timeout and settle down his team, but not with this group. Comment.
No Holds Barred

Public executions could be big revenue boosters for states

In the end-game (if it is the end-game) of The Great Recession, most of the state governments are missing a great source of revenue, which the public will not complain about. Comments (7).
Political Action

Third parties have long history of affecting election results

There has been recent speculation about the possibility of a third party, independent candidate entering the 2012 presidential campaign. As we consider the results of these candidacies, they have never won a presidential election, but they have had a strong effect on the outcomes. Comments (2).

Lowest Bidder Should Not Run Prisons

Despite the thinking that the private sector can do almost anything government does better and for less money, we remain uncomfortable with private companies running our prisons and jails. Case in point: the federal immigration detention center in Springfield Gardens. Comment.

Pol must back St. Saviour’s park

City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley’s (D-Middle Village) single-handed nixing of the Crowley-St. Saviour’s park project felt like a sucker punch to its long-time supporters. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011


Four Queens men charged in cop shooting

Four men from Woodhaven and Ozone Park with 20 prior arrests among them were nabbed Tuesday in connection with the Brooklyn murder of Police Officer Peter Figoski, police said. Comment.

Jamaica teacher charged with having affair with 13-year-old student

A teacher at a Jamaica middle school was arrested Thursday after investigators discovered he was allegedly carrying on a sexual affair with one of his students for more than a year, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Queens parks missed out on $730K: Liu

A city watchdog issued a report last week saying that concession businesses in Queens parks could have raked in an additional $728,358 over the last three years if it were not for the city Parks Department mishandling of the contracts. Comment.

Whitestone property brings overdevelopment fears

Whitestone residents are wary after a prime piece of real estate hit the market last week that offers developers a crack at the largest residentially zoned vacant property in Queens, but a lawmaker set up legal barricades to guard against overdevelopment years ago. Comments (1).

East-West school roof leaks trigger wish list

Students at a Flushing school responded to leaky ceilings last year by converting drip-catching buckets into wishing wells. Comment.

Fire victims get Christmas help

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) called upon the Woodside community Monday to donate food, necessities and toys for the tenants displaced by a 61st Street house fire that killed one person and injured four others. Comment.

Principal frets about scuffles over cell phones

A Flushing principal reached across cultural, ethnic and administrative lines last week to get to the root cause of some decidedly 21st century problems that plague the neighborhood: the smartphone. Comment.
Long Island City

Queensborough Bridge accident driver sues city

Lawsuits are coming down the pipeline involving three devastating accidents that took place earlier this year on the off-ramp from the Ed Koch-Queensboro Bridge to Queens Plaza South. Comment.

City pushes to redevelop Flushing Sanitation building

The city put out a call last week to develop a lot in downtown Flushing that is currently occupied by an unused city Sanitation Department building, citing future development in the area as one of the incentives. Comment.
St. Albans

Farmers Blvd. group wants eatery

A St. Albans nonprofit started raising funds for a proposed restaurant and fresh food market last week that it hopes will be a cornerstone in the revitalization of Farmers Boulevard. Comment.

Huntley group charged with grand larceny

State Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) went on the defensive last week after state prosecutors indicted four of her associates, including her niece, as part of an investigation into state money that went into a nonprofit that the senator created. Comment.

Stop horsing around city: Avella

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said a recent string of highly publicized accidents in Manhattan involving horse-drawn carriages demonstrates the need to ban the industry from operating in New York City. Comments (16).

Eastern Queens wants united election district

Once every 10 years, the jigsaw puzzle that contains legislative election district boundaries gets redefined — the result often more a mosaic than a portrait of the neighborhoods those districts represent. Comment.
Douglas Manor

Surge disturbs homeowners

More than two weeks after a pre-Thanksgiving power surge toasted household electrical appliances and computer systems, many Douglaston-area residents still have a bad taste in their mouths. Comment.
New Hyde Park

New Hyde Park welcomes$300M Katz Women’s Hospital

North Shore-LIJ’s new 10-story New Hyde Park building may look more like a hotel than a hospital, but the health system’s officials proudly boast that the 300,000-square-foot glass tower will provide the best care possible. Comment.
Oakland Gardens

Three cars involved in smash-up in Oakland Gardens

Four people were injured in an Oakland Gardens crash that involved three cars last Thursday evening, and one woman had to be taken out of a vehicle after the jaws of life were used, according to witnesses. Comment.

Cheerleading helps southeast Queens girls stand tall

For a group of girls in southeast Queens, cheerleading is more than just about pom-poms — it is an extracurricular activity that is enriching their lives. Comments (1).
St. Albans

Friends and family mourn Q111 victim

Marvin Gilkes lived his life by always trying to help the people closest to him, according to his friends and family. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Far Rock mom sues city over false arrest

Seemona Sumasar, the former Far Rockaway resident who was the victim of a complex framing scheme by her ex-boyfriend that put her behind bars in Nassau County for months, is now suing the city, Nassau County and police officers, saying they were negligent in allowing him to get away with it. Comment.

Police searching for clues in death of Baisley Houses man

Police were looking for clues in an early morning shooting in Jamaica Monday that took the life of a Baisley Houses man. Comment.

Sanders’ staffers fight sex assault with group

As police press on with the hunt for the suspects wanted in a string of sex assaults in southeast Queens after another attack last week, City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton) said the best defense for women would be to show the predators they will not live in fear. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Pols push for TSA changes

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) pushed the Transportation Security Administration to designate a “passenger advocate” who would help customers who feel they have been mishandled by agents at John F. Kennedy Airport Sunday. Comment.

Man jumps out window to escape stabber: DA

FLUSHING — A man leapt out of a second-story window last month after he was stabbed in the head in his Union Street apartment, according to documents from the Queens district attorney. Comment.

Even in the islands, Scrooge would still be crabby

“A Caribbean Christmas Carol,” now onstage at the Black Spectrum Theatre, is one of those many, many takes on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” This time it’s set in some unnamed Caribbean island and the transposition is delightful. Comment.

Davis leads incredible fourth quarter comeback

The first three quarters belonged to Carlos Galan, Gompers’ smooth 6-foot-1 shooting guard. But Will Davis and Holy Cross owned the final stanza, a trade-off they gladly took. Comment.
Dishing with Dee

Boro pols and officials gravitate to Crowley holiday party

The holiday party season is in full swing. The ones we were able to get to this week were all great in their own way. In the event that “great” is too strong a descriptive adjective, they were at least interesting. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011

College Point

Pols save College Point postal facility from ax, for now

Legislators eager to keep Queens mail in Queens have received at least a temporary reprieve. Comment.

Smith optimistic over outerboro taxi plan

Despite rumblings of a negotiation breakdown between Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. Andrew Cuomo over the plan to bring livery cabs which can take street hails to the outer boroughs, State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans) said he was “cautiously optimistic” an agreement could be reached. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Town hall goers peeved at plaza in E. Elmhurst

A town hall hosted by the staff of state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) last week grew heated early when a man confronted a city Department of Transportation representative over the conversion of 37th Road between Broadway and 74th Street into a pedestrian plaza. Comments (2).

Governor signs law to cut MTA payroll tax

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation cutting back a payroll tax passed in 2009 to rescue the financially imperiled MTA, which has been assured any lost revenue will be made up by the New York state Legislature. Comments (1).

Man shot, injured in Sunnyside eatery

Police released a photo of the man suspected of wounding another when he fired off a few rounds outside a Sunnyside Mexican restaurant early Saturday morning. Comment.

Three suspects sought in two Ditmars robberies

ASTORIA — Police were searching for three individuals wanted in connection with two robberies that occurred on the same day on Ditmars Boulevard three blocks away from each other. Comment.

Witness doubts validity of graffiti tag: Post

KEW GARDENS — A key witness cast doubts on whether the graffiti plastered on an overpass above the Clearview Expressway was done by an ex-cop from Flushing, the New York Post reported. Comment.
Middle Village

CK girls gear up after loss

There is a method to Bob Mackey’s madness. Comment.

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011

College Point

College Pt. postal plant gets five-month reprieve: Gillibrand

Elected officials from Queens announced Tuesday an agreement had been reached with the U.S. Postal Service to delay the closure of all postal facilities, including the mail sorting facility in College Point, for at least five months. Comment.

Fugitive sex attacker strikes again in Jamaica

Police say one of the suspects wanted in the string of sexual assaults in southeast Queens since the start of the fall has struck again in the area. Comment.

Monday, Dec. 12, 2011

Flushing Times

Retired cop shoots wife in Briarwood apartment: NYPD

A Briarwood woman who worked as a tax enforcement agent was shot multiple times and killed by her retired cop husband late Saturday night in Briarwood, neighbors and the NYPD said. Comment.
South Richmond Hill

20-year-old dead after S. Richmond Hill shooting

A 20-year-old South Richmond Hill man was shot and killed outside a party several blocks from his home early Sunday morning, police said. Comments (9).

Friday, Dec. 9, 2011

Pols rally against College Point USPS closure

Legislators from around the borough and dozens of post office workers held a protest Friday against the proposed closure of the USPS sorting facility on 20th Avenue and the Whitestone Expressway Service Road in College Point. Comment.
Dutch Kills

Lawmaker blasts LIC Muni-meter parking

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), community leaders and residents condemned the city Department of Transportation Monday for its plans to install Muni-Meters near 41st Avenue and 29th Street in the Dutch Kills section of Long Island City. Comment.

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