Wednesday, April 4, 2012


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Tuesday, April 3, 2012


Brooklyn man charged in five Queens bank robberies: Cops

JAMAICA — A Brooklyn man was arrested and charged with five bank robberies throughout the borough, according to the NYPD. Comment

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Cops seek suspect in Hillcrest bank robbery

HILLCREST — The NYPD was looking for help in identifying a suspect wanted in a bank robbery, which occurred last Thursday around 11 p.m. Comment

Middle East experience in Auburndale

The ancient practice of smoking hookah is believed to have begun in 16th-century India, from where it migrated to the Middle East, eventually exploding up and down the sidewalks of Astoria’s Steinway Street, and has now crossed great distances to take hold in Auburndale. Comment

Ironworkers Local seeks recruits

The Ironworkers Local Union No. 40 and 361 will conduct a recruitment from March 22 through May 24 for 100 ironworker outside apprentices. Comment

Monday, April 2, 2012

Fresh Meadows

All-girl team from Queens wins robotic Lego contest

Piece by piece, they’re building toward an academic experience their friends at school are not getting and after winning top honors at the New York City First Lego League Regional Tournament in Manhattan, the first all-girl Lego team in Fresh Meadows has a lot to be excited about. Comment

City’s restaurant grades bad for biz: Uncle Jack’s

After more than a year of striving for an A grade, one Bayside restaurant owner is giving bad marks to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s efforts to regulate health standards in eateries. Comment

Cross Isle Y begins policy for smoke-free outdoors

Anyone looking to light up near Bellerose’s Cross Island YMCA better think twice. Comments (1)

Cops search for robber of Elmhurst bodega

ELMHURST — The NYPD was looking for help in identifying a man wanted in connection with an armed robbery around 7:30 a.m. Feb. 26 at an Elmhurst bodega, police said. Comment

Judges: The team to beat

Ron Gorecki started talking about his team and couldn’t stop, raving about one impact player after another, all his pitchers, the deep lineup, even a few reserves. Comment

Bring back Glass-Steagall Act

Where is the Glass-Steagall Act when we need it? In 1933, U.S. Sens. Carter Glass (D-Vt.) and Henry Steagall (D-Ala.) introduced the legislation which bears their name. Due largely to unregulated bank market speculation, we suffered the Great Crash of 1929. Comment

Sunday, April 1, 2012


Women reps seek equality

State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) and U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) honored three women Friday for Women’s History Month and talked about what needs to be done for women to achieve true equality with men. Comment

Communities rally to create new 116th Pct.

With an area of nearly 13 square miles and 354 miles of roads, the 105th Precinct is the fourth largest in the city, snaking its way up along the Queens-Nassau County border. Community members in neighborhoods from Rosedale to Glen Oaks say the precinct is too big, so they are calling on the city to split it in half. Comment
Little Neck

Bayside environmentalist honored by United Nations group

Teaching has been a major part of her life for decades, and when it comes to children, there’s one topic Dr. Aline Euler said was critical to the future. Comment
Queens Village

Reading program helps boost the skills of kids and volunteers

With a classroom that holds up to 15 students, PS 33 in Queens Village is now the new home to the Reading Partners program. Comments (1)

Catholics slam Ackerman on birth control mandate

A group of religious residents from churches across Queens picketed outside the office of U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) Friday afternoon to protest a controversial federal health care mandate that would require all employers to cover birth control as part of any insurance plan. Comments (1)

Woodsider admits to throwing away baby: DA

ELMHURST — A Woodside woman pleaded guilty to manslaughter Monday for throwing her baby in the trash can of an Elmhurst Hospital restroom, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

School safety agent charged with petit larceny: NYPD

An off-duty school safety agent — 32-year-old Nygay Harris — was arrested and charged with petit larceny in the 113th Precinct at about 9 p.m. Monday, according to the NYPD. Comment

Bayside diner’s boxing event benefits St. Mary’s kids

The Terrace Diner of Bayside hosted a boxing-themed charity event last week in conjunction with Winner Take All Productions to benefit St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children. Comment
South Ozone Park

John Adams, LIC revv up for spring

Glenn Beyer won’t make a prediction about the regular season for one simple reason: The longtime John Adams baseball coach isn’t concerned about it. His only focus — the focus he’s always had in 18 years at the Ozone Park school — is on late May. Comment

Leader Calls it Quits

Two weeks ago, U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman caught Queens by surprise when he announced that he would not seek re-election. Comment

Queens Library needs more funds

For 2013, Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposes to slash $26.7 million from the Queens Public Library budget. This dramatic reduction in funding is disheartening and borders on outrageous. Comment

Saturday, March 31, 2012


Free Whitestone ambulance service needs funds

In a city where an ambulance ride could cost more than $1,000, a Whitestone volunteer ambulance group offers emergency transport at no cost, but the free ride might not last. Comments (1)

Heroes Abroad and Heroes at Home

World War II was over. Comments (1)
Middle Village

Homeowner draws ire of residents in MidVill

On a well-maintained row of houses in Middle Village, there’s one residence that stands out — for all the wrong reasons. Comment

Sanders hands meeting on crime over to chief of staff

Donovan Richards’ political aspirations got a bit of a boost last week when his boss, City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton), handed over the reins of a crime summit he had convened to his young chief of staff. Comment

Quinn comes to Queens promoting heart health

Diet Coke and City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) teamed up with Elmcor last week, turning the Corona nonprofit’s gym into a red-tinted runway to celebrate women and raise awareness of heart disease. Comments (2)

Grover Cleveland fights turnaround

Parents and teachers have a lot to say about the city Department of Education’s turnaround method for schools. Comment
Howard Beach

Cops need people’s help to ID boro bank robber

HOWARD BEACH — The NYPD was looking for the public’s help in identifying one man wanted in connection to a bank robbery within the 106th precinct. Comment
No Holds Barred

Liu’s support from Asians is the American Way

This is my second blog about John C. Liu and again I shall try to stay away from fund-raising investigations. That’s not easy to do. We seem to be reminded about such things on a regular basis. More to come, I am sure. Comment

Bravest battle blaze in Jamaica home


L.I. farmer talks produce to Flushing group

The Flushing Community Supported Agriculture Group hosted a green thumb from Long Island last Saturday who might be making the trek to Queens on a regular basis. Comment
Jamaica Hills

Mary Louis softball facing strong Molloy, Prep clubs

Mary Louis’ motto for this season is “respect all, fear none.” The Hilltoppers have been one of the city’s most talented squads, but have struggled against CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens leaders and rivals Archbishop Molloy and St. Francis Prep. Comment
I Sit and Look Out

Always take what political saviors say with a grain of salt

At some time in my education in city public schools, either at JHS 73 in Maspeth or Newtown High School, I heard the phrase “the Man on the White Horse.” Comment

RKO Grief

The RKO Keith’s Theatre was once the pride of Flushing. Comment

Council program puts people to work in 8 weeks

New York is not a big city. We are a patchwork of small towns woven into neighborhoods, stitched together to form boroughs, creating the fabric of what we call the city of New York. Comment

Friday, March 30, 2012


Redistricting dust settles

Northeast Queens will see significant changes in how the area is represented in state and federal government now that the dust has settled on the redistricting process. Comment

Flushing Armenians recall genocide in home country

Keeping the story alive has always been most important, according to Dr. Dennis Papazian, national grand commander of the Armenian fraternal service Knights of Vartan and founding director of the Armenian Research Center . Comments (1)

Judge set to hear suit on extra Senate seat

Queens politicians expect a lawsuit challenging the creation of a 63rd state Senate seat to be decided next month, and state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) will then decide in which district she will run. Comment

ERDA pushes tax prep for public housing use

Bishop Mitchell Taylor and City Council members came together in Queensbridge last week to urge public housing residents to take advantage of the East River Development Alliance’s free tax preparation sites. Comment

Queens Goes Green yet again

Claire Doyle smiled when a group of children approached her table to learn more about Rubie, a stuffed King Charles spaniel, which helps youngsters learn how to recycle in western Queens. Comment
Little Neck

Bayside’s Beacon could be shuttered

Bayside’s Beacon Program through the Samuel Field Y in Little Neck could be one of seven citywide programs to close this summer, according to an announcement from the city Department of Youth and Community Development. Comments (1)
Oakland Gardens

Man critical after car accident in Oakland Gdns

OAKLAND GARDENS — A 56-year-old man was listed in critical condition after he was hit by a car in Oakland Gardens Monday night, police said. Comment
Dutch Kills

Jewels of Inspiration

Many artists have made Queens their home, enjoying its cultural attractions, interesting communities, close proximity to Manhattan and reasonable rents. Comment
Flushing Times

Strong pitching will lead Molloy, SFP baseball

It’s all about the arms this year for Archbishop Molloy. Comment
On Point

New redistricting lines reflect Albany’s sham reform

The pattern emerging has become transparently clear. The governor pushes for reform, in this case the once-a-decade redistricting of legislative lines, and threatens a veto if the state Legislature fails to act. The Legislature’s public face supports the governor’s call for reform and avoids publicly challenging him. Comment

Final Chapter in Bell Case

Hopefully, this will be the final chapter in the saga of Sean Bell, who was fatally shot by the police. Comment

Find solution to LaGuardia’s geese

As we all remember, back on Jan. 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 bound for Charlotte, N.C., was forced to make an emergency landing on the Hudson River. About three minutes into the flight, the aircraft encountered a flight of Canada geese, which were sucked into both engines, resulting in a total loss of thrust. Comments (1)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Howard Beach

Funeral held for Howard Beach subway victim

A young Howard Beach resident was laid to rest Thursday less than a week after he was struck and killed by a subway train, and a 33-year-old man has been charged with attempted assault in his death, police said. Comment

Avella loses voice on ICCC

Removing a controversial piece of land from his redrawn 11th District won’t silence state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who called for an investigation over what he suspects might be foul play. Comment

Flushing to gain affordable houses but lose parking

The 14-story affordable housing building proposed by Macedonia AME Church will begin its rise over downtown Flushing next month, but parking provisions did not go according to plan. Comments (1)
South Jamaica

Astoria leaders decry man’s death

Two days after a 23-year-old man was found shot in the head at Astoria Houses and his teenage neighbor charged with murder, community leaders and a city councilman pledged to fight the gun violence they said was plaguing their neighborhood. Comments (2)
South Ozone Park

Horse deaths prompt study at Aqueduct

An elevated number of horse deaths at Aqueduct has prompted an investigation into equine safety at the South Ozone Park racetrack. Comment
South Jamaica

NYPD ousts cops in Bell shooting

It has been nearly 5 1/2 years since the killing of Sean Bell threw a spotlight on the tensions between the NYPD and the communities it serves, but voices from southeast Queens said the relationship still is strained after the firing of the detective who fired the first of 50 shots and the forced resignations of three other officers. Comment
South Jamaica

Visit home claims young life

A young man left his troubles and his South Jamaica home to try to better himself, but his life was cut short when he returned briefly to visit his family last weekend, his grieving mother said. Comments (8)

Astoria dissected by Albany redistricting: Gianaris

Astoria lawmakers said they were disappointed by the new congressional and state Senate district lines, which splits the neighborhood across two districts. Comments (1)

Work begins soon on Rufus Pk. apts

Real estate planners are ready to begin construction in the spring on a nine-story, 65-unit affordable housing development near Jamaica’s Rufus King Park, and while they are confident there will be plenty of buyers, community members are not completely sold on the project. Comment
South Jamaica

Troubled South Jamaica man kills himself in fiery roadside suicide

A troubled man stepped out of his South Jamaica home early last Thursday, crossed the street to his parked car, got inside and then set it ablaze in an apparent suicide, neighbors and the FDNY said. Comment

Auburndale firehouse work worries northeast Queens

Civic leaders expressed concern after learning that an Auburndale firehouse will be full of construction workers for nine months but empty of the city’s Bravest. Comment
Jackson Heights

Garden School play area sold to city for $6M

Although the plan was almost derailed more than a year ago, City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) celebrated with government officials and civic leaders last Thursday the sale of the Garden School’s playground to the city. Comment

Francis Lew Park waits for new play area in May

Northeast Queens commuters might be pulling out their hair over two more years of ongoing construction on the Whitestone Bridge, but for children the important work is nearly complete, thanks to a new playground set to open in early May. Comments (26)

Two killed in Corona, Elmhurst on violent weekend

Two men were killed at separate spots close to Junction Boulevard within 12 hours of each other, marking the end to a bloody Sunday that saw at least three murders committed. Comments (18)

St. Savior’s time is running out

A Maspeth church needs a prayer for salvation. Comment

Liu defends his indicted Flushing campaign treasurer

City Comptroller John Liu defended his campaign treasurer and described his political future in hazy terms in a recent interview, even as he kept on producing audits on city agencies. Comment

Foreclosure auction nixed

Protesters looking to disrupt a foreclosure auction with song were tuned out when a sudden bankruptcy filing forced the cancelation of the auction at Queens Supreme Court in Jamaica Friday. Comments (1)

Speedy Ridgewood students race toward healthy lifestyle

Youngsters from PS 305 in Ridgewood burned rubber and chased down their fitness dreams at the New York Road Runners Youth Jamboree — having fun and getting fit along the way. Comments (1)

Cops seek man in boro, Manhattan robberies

FLUSHING — The NYPD was seeking the public’s assistance in locating a man suspected of robbing two banks in the 7th and 109th precincts last week. Comment

Astoria historical society remembers the Titanic

The story of the RMS Titanic is getting a closer look next week. Comment

Boys and Girls star shines at MSG debut

In early November, Rashad Andrews was focused on helping St. Anthony repeat as mythical national basketball champion. Comment
Dishing with Dee

Northeast GOP Club holds mock presidential panel

Another anything-but-dull week. Last week, the Northeast Queens Republican Club held its March monthly meeting at its new place, the Clearview Golf Club House in Bayside. That is a great location for any group needing a meeting place and is convenient as well. Comment

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Feds send dad home to family instead of back to Bangladesh

A Sunnyside man who was being held in a detention center in New Jersey since February and set to be deported back to Bangladesh was released to his family Friday. Comment

Peninsula Hospital to close its doors

Borough President Helen Marshall said there is a health-care crisis on the Rockaway peninsula, one she narrowly avoided being a part of herself. Comment

Accord will give MTA $13B for use on its capital projects

Work will continue on such major transportation projects as the Second Avenue subway and the East Side Access under an agreement involving Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature. Comment
South Ozone Park

S Ozone pimp pleads guilty

A 33-year-old South Ozone Park man pleaded guilty to sex trafficking in Queens Supreme Court Friday for pimping out an adolescent girl, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comments (2)
Howard Beach

Man from Howard Beach struck by train dies: Cops

HOWARD BEACH — A verbal dispute resulted in the death of a Howard Beach man, who was struck and killed by a northbound train at the Bedford Avenue station in Brooklyn, police said. Comment

Pilot has meltdown aboard flight from JFK to Vegas

A JetBlue flight leaving John F. Kennedy International Airport for Las Vegas Tuesday had to be rerouted to Texas after eyewitness accounts and video evidence revealed the captain had to be restrained in the aisle by his own crew and passengers. Comment

Call leads cops to find body of dead man, 42

SUNNYSIDE — A man was found dead when police said emergency responders found him lying unconscious on the ground of Calvary Cemetery, which sits on the border of Sunnyside and Maspeth, according to police reports. Comment

Flushing groups to revive neighborhood chamber

A new Flushing Chamber of Commerce is in the works after an older iteration was officially disbanded in February following a long period of inactivity. Comment
Rockaway Park

Glaz gives it her all in loss

ALBANY — Jessica Glaz was fouled and landed hard hip first on the ball in the fourth quarter. She was on the ground for a minute, writhing in pain. But the Scholars Academy sophomore refused to come out of the game. Never mind that her team was facing an insurmountable deficit. Comment

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Halloran announces congressional run

City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) marched his two great Danes into Bowne Park Monday afternoon and declared his run to for the congressional seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside). Comments (1)

Monday, March 26, 2012


GOP chooses Halloran to run for Ackerman seat

The Queens County Republican Party endorsed City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) to run for the congressional seat that will be vacated by U.S. Rep Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) next year and Halloran was set to make a formal announcement at 5 p.m. Monday in Flushing. Comments (1)

Astoria Houses man found dead with shot to head in building lobby

A young father was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head Sunday afternoon in the lobby of the Astoria Houses building where he had lived, and his neighbor has been charged with murder, police and tenants said. Comments (28)

Sunday, March 25, 2012

South Jamaica

Officer who fired first bullet during Sean Bell shooting fired from NYPD

Four police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Sean Bell are being forced out of the NYPD, police said. Comments (1)

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