Tuesday, June 5, 2012


Bronx resident convicted for ‘06 Woodside car rob

A Queens Supreme Court jury took less than an hour to find a Bronx man guilty of robbery for stealing a Lexus at gunpoint from a porter working at a Woodside car dealership in 2006, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.

Bringin’ Banners Back

Banner Day was held again at Citi Field Sunday. Banner Day was a Mets tradition from 1963 to 1996 with fans of all ages parading on the field and displaying their homemade creations. Comment.
Forest Hills

Police seek two men in connection to robbery

FOREST HILLS — Police were asking for the public’s assistance in identifying two suspects wanted in connection with a robbery. Comment.

Cops on lookout for missing boro man

FLUSHING — Police were asking for the public’s help in locating a man who went missing while visiting family while in town from Albany Friday. Comment.
South Richmond Hill

Cops search for two suspects in S. Rich Hill robbery

SOUTH RICHMOND HILL — Police were seeking the public’s help in apprehending two suspects wanted in connection with an armed robbery last Thursday. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Victim assaulted by two men on train: Police

KEW GARDENS — Police were seeking the public’s help in locating two suspects wanted in connection with an assault in Kew Gardens last week. Comment.

Flushing business offers classes on trading

In Asian countries including Japan, China and South Korea, stay-at-home mothers have spawned a trend of chasing big bucks as day traders, and a new Main Street business is hoping to bring the same opportunities to Flushing. Comment.

More must be done to combat auto insurance fraud

Queens residents are plagued with high taxes, high home foreclosures and high auto insurance rates — all making it hard to make ends meet, whether they are hardworking middle-class folks trying to raise a family or seniors on fixed incomes. Comment.

Monday, June 4, 2012


Military heroes hailed on Grand Avenue

Hundreds of people attended the Memorial Day parade last week in Maspeth. Comment.

Auburndale pooch ties knot for animal rescue charity

Dawn Strain, of Auburndale, and Broadway actress Orfeh (“Legally Blonde: The Musical”), a Manhattanite, are the proud moms of newlyweds Piper (the bride), a Chihuahua, and Boo (the groom), a Pomeranian mix, who celebrated their “pup-tials” Monday evening at a glitzy wedding hosted by Twenty Four Fifth in the Village. Comment.

Robbery suspect hits donut shop, gas station

HOLLIS — Cops were on the hunt for a man wanted in connection with two robberies in Queens. Comment.

Laptop among items stolen from man’s car

FLUSHING — A man had his Dell laptop stolen after he left it sitting inside his car all day, police said. Comment.
Forest Hills

Cops search for suspect in blind woman robbery

FOREST HILLS — After cops collared a suspect who allegedly robbed a blind woman in April, police have been seeking the public’s help in finding the second unknown suspect. Comment.

Tip of the week


Government must follow the rules

I want to thank state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) for his concern and action on behalf of his constituents regarding the rules and regulations for placing refuse out for collection. Citizens may be fined if they place refuse out for collection before 5 p.m. from May to September and before 4 p.m. from October to April. Comment.

Sunday, June 3, 2012


Flushing Rabbi honors all faiths in boro that has many

Next month a Catholic organization is giving out a National Peacemaker Award to a Queens rabbi who might have seemed like an odd pick when he was hired from Nebraska to take the helm of the Free Synagogue of Flushing in 2008. Comment.

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Living the life of Riley on four wheels in boro

James Hines always wanted to have a motor home of his own, but instead of going on camping trips in the woods, he has used it to live on the streets of Queens rent-free for the last eight years. Comment.
Kew Gardens Hills

Parkway Village listed on national historic register

A village where some believe diversity began in the borough finally received recognition on a historic level. Comment.

Con Ed conversion to make Bayside apartments greener

Consolidated Edison said in a report that crews were working in an Oakland Gardens housing complex to make it easier for residents and business owners to switch from oil to a cleaner natural gas for heating. Comment.

Myrtle Avenue awash in red, white and blue

Dozens of people marched in the annual Ridgewood-Glendale Memorial Day Parade Monday along Myrtle Avenue. Comment.

Whitestone WWII vet retains flower power even at 90

Red poppies are sold by veterans to commemorate all the soldiers who have died since World War I, and at 90 years old Whitestone resident Jack Lombardi has been pedaling the flowers for about half his life. Comments (2).

QCC campaign starts scholarship fund’s public phase

They are more than halfway to their goal, but members of the Queensborough Community College Fund’s Edge for Success campaign still have a ways to go. Comment.

Forest Park Carousel opens after three-year hiatus

Adults relived their childhoods while youngsters shouted in delight as the Forest Park Carousel whirled for the first time in more than three years last week. Comment.
St. Albans

Police look for man who robbed St. Albans store

ST. ALBANS — Police were asking for the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect wanted in connection with a robbery in St. Albans last week. Comment.
College Point

Car stolen after woman leaves it unattended

COLLEGE POINT — A woman who left her car unattended in her driveway just long enough to go inside for a coat had it stolen, police said. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Missing man from Jax Hts., 75, wore sunglasses

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Police were asking for the public’s help in locating a man reported missing Tuesday. Comment.

LPC must landmark Brinckerhoff

On behalf of the board of directors of the Bayside Historical Society, I am writing to express our desire that the LPC designate the historic Brinckerhoff Cemetery in Fresh Meadows as an official city landmark. Comments (1).

Saturday, June 2, 2012


Flushing Town Hall eyes leftover city grant funds

Landmarked sites in Queens missed out on a large chunk of funding after a preservation contest did not go the borough’s way, but there is still more money to be had. Comment.
Long Island City

Van Bramer gives honors to LIC Asians

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) presented proclamations to four dedicated residents of Long Island City and Astoria last week in recognition of Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Comment.

Woodside honors fallen soldiers with parade

The annual Woodside Memorial Day Parade started at St. Sebastian’s Roman Catholic Church and processed throughout the neighborhood. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Moya hosts small biz talk

State Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) and U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) told small business owners at a forum last Thursday that the state government has numerous programs for businesses, especially those that are women- and minority-owned, to get capital. Comment.

$2K awaits anyone who sees attack on MTA workers

If you witness an attack against a transit employee, you could be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 as part of a campaign designed to fight growing violence against MTA personnel. Comment.

Flushing woman missing from her home

FLUSHING – Police were seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing Flushing woman. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

SJU’s McArdle given honorable mention

Following a breakout sophomore season at St. John’s University, Kieran McArdle was given honorable mention at the attack position by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. Comment.
I Sit and Look Out

Columnist celebrates nine years penning his thoughts

Early in 2003, TimesLedger Newspapers printed a notice that it was looking for columnists. More than 300 columns and a few blogs later, here is the story about how this flack came to be a columnist. Comment.

Show teachers in U.S. respect

After celebrating National Teacher Appreciation Week May 7-11, we need to show appreciation for all teachers across the United States. Comment.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Cambria Heights

Hasidic pilgrimage irks Cambria Hts

This year’s edition of the annual pilgrimage to the shrine of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson will be a three-day affair and come at a time when the Cambria Heights community is opposing a planned expansion by the Ohel Chabad Lubavitch. Comment.

Overall crime rises slightly in 111th Pct.

Crime has risen slightly in the 111th Precinct, according to police statistics, with the biggest recorded increases in robberies and misdemeanor assaults out of the seven major categories. Comments (1).
Rockaway Beach

Patients flock to St. John’s after Peninsula’s end

It is no day at the beach for anyone in the Rockaways in need of emergency medical care. Comments (3).

Flushing BID bags 820,000 pounds of trash per year

Last year sanitation teams hired by a downtown Flushing business improvement district collected 32,850 bags of garbage, the executive director told the BID’s annual meeting last week. Comment.
Addisleigh Park

City shuts door plan for St. Albans man

May is National Preservation Month, but not everybody is in the mood to celebrate. Comment.

Veterans honored during Laurelton parade

Dozens of people attended the annual Laurelton Memorial Day Parade. Comment.

Avella gives kudos to four vets for Memorial Day

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) honored four veterans of World War II and the Vietnam War at his office last Thursday in anticipation of Memorial Day. Comment.

Whitestone honors heroes in Memorial Day parade

Surviving veterans gathered with residents and elected officials for the annual Memorial Day Parade in Whitestone Monday. Comments (5).
Forest Hills

Man hit by LIRR train in Forest Hills dies: Cops

FOREST HILLS — According to police, an unidentified male was struck and killed by a Long Island Rail Road train in Forest Hills Tuesday. Comment.
Little Neck

Police look into possible boro shooting suicide

LITTLE NECK — Police were investigating an apparent suicide last Thursday evening after they said a man was found dead outside a house in Little Neck. Comment.
Long Island City

LIC opens to the arts

A powerful form of kinetic energy must exist in Long Island City, where 500 artists commune and create. Back in the glory days of manufacturing, the largest nabe in Queens was home to many large businesses. Since 1970, its genesis as a vibrant artistic and cultural hub — saturated with galleries, studio spaces and art venues — came about as droves of artists escaped Manhattan’s high rents, in search of work studios in the area. Comment.
Flushing Times

Palmeri’s bat inspires title

Archbishop Molloy won its first CHSAA state softball title behind a powerful middle in the batting order. It’s because of those same players that the Stanners will get a chance to defend that crown. Comment.
The Civic Scene

City must do more to prevent danger from sidewalk trees

The city has extended tree pruning from seven to 10 years, and now someone said it is being extended to 14 years. While this saves money, it endangers people walking under trees as well as property. Comment.

Gossip Queen of Queens

On May 22, TimesLedger Newspapers lost a member of the family. Delores “Dee” Richard, who worked as a photographer and columnist for our newspapers for a decade, died after a brief illness. Comment.

Bill properties separately if on 2 tax lots

According to state law, property owners are required to pay property taxes whether or not they receive a bill. While it is a homeowner’s responsibility to ensure that property taxes are paid, there is something unfair about the situation I am about to explain. Comment.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Jackson Heights

Trucker charged with assaulting, stealing cell phone from Dromm

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) said Thursday a truck driver assaulted him and stole his iPhone after the councilman took pictures of the man’s double-parked tractor trailer adjacent to the Trade Fair on 37th Avenue and 75th Street. Comment.

Dee Richard, Queens columnist, dies at 86

Dolores “Dee” Richard was a versatile, multifaceted woman of the arts: an illustrator, a photographer and a journalist with a deep interest in the people and political machinations of the city and borough she loved. She died May 22 in her Beechhurst home at the age of 86, following a brief illness. Comment.
Little Neck

Veterans remembered in Little Neck-Douglaston parade

Paradegoers clogged Northern Boulevard as residents and elected officials gathered Monday to honor veterans at the 82nd annual Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade. Comment.
Forest Hills

Forest Hills honors U.S. heroes

Residents lined Metropolitan Avenue in remembrance of veterans at the annual Forest Hills Memorial Day Parade Sunday. Comments (1).
College Point

City greenlights spa application in College Point

The city Board of Standards and Appeals has approved plans for another spa in College Point, bucking opposition from both Community Board 7 and Borough President Helen Marshall as it granted the wishes of the developers. Comments (1).

CDC tests health of Queens

Queens played a crucial role in giving the entire country its annual health checkup this month. Comment.

Friends rally for senior center

Advocates for a Jamaica senior center that provides unique services for adults with special needs throughout southeast Queens are decrying the city’s plan to cut its funding, reasoning that the small amount of savings does not add up. Comment.
College Point

College Point remembers heroes

Residents of College Point lined the streets to honor the men and women of the U.S. armed forces at the annual Memorial Day Parade Sunday. Comment.

Halloran ahead of recovery after brain surgery

As he makes headway in what he called a successful and ahead-of-schedule recovery from brain surgery to remove a benign tumor, City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) was not at a loss for jokes on his way back to the campaign trail. Comment.

Marines land in Flushing Meadows for Fleet Week

Marines from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264, the “Black Knights,” landed in Flushing Meadows Corona Park Sunday during a Fleet Week demonstration. Comment.
Springfield Gardens

Southeast Queens women win Foster Parents of the Year

One lost her mother at the age of 13, the other followed the example set by her mom. Comments (1).

Wife survives hubby’s alleged cleaver attack

A 52-year-old woman was recovering at a Queens hospital after her husband allegedly attacked her with a meat cleaver last week, police and hospital workers said. Comment.

Van Bramer and Dromm criticize city’s after-school cuts

Surrounded by children from their communities, government officials and community groups in Woodside and Jackson Heights held protests last week against Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed cuts of 24,000 seats in after-school programs across the city. Comment.

Cops investigate warring couple

Shocked neighbors crowded into a street in Bayside last week after an argument left one woman dead and one man clinging to life. Comment.

Students showcase success

They go to school for more than nine months of the year and their work is usually tucked away inside their Bayside classrooms. Comment.

Cops seek man in rape of woman in Woodhaven

WOODHAVEN — Police were seeking the public’s help in identifying a man wanted in connection with a rape on 89th Avenue between 102nd and 104th streets in Woodhaven Sunday. Comment.

Van and shop damaged in hit-and-run accident

Police respond to 41st Avenue off the corner of Bell Boulevard at about 1:45 a.m. May 23 after a vehicle struck a parked van, slammed into 7-Eleven and then fled the scene.Photo by Christina Santucci Comment.

Bryant ends Lehman win streak in playoff opening

Rocco Rotondi’s preseason message was forget the past. He kept that motto after a subpar regular season. Comment.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Long Island City

Pathmark in LIC to close: A&P

A spokeswoman from The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc. said Wednesday the Pathmark in Long Island City, a major supermarket in the neighborhood, is set to close at the end of August. Comments (5).

B’side firehouse may return to chopping block

Almost one year after city officials doused the flames caused by outrage over the potential closure of FDNY Engine Co. 306 in Bayside, tensions may heat up once again. Comments (1).
No Holds Barred

Lesson for U.S. Rep. Robert Turner (Part II)

Richard Nixon never struck me as someone I would want to meet, let alone consider to have as a friend. I am sure the feeling would have Comment.

Hezbollah suspect charged in forgery

An Astoria man who had been convicted of selling counterfeit sneakers and who may have ties to Hezbollah is now in custody on forgery charges, the Manhattan district attorney’s office said. Comment.

Iraq veteran to deliver York’s valedictorian speech

This year’s York College valedictorian took the long road to graduating with his chemistry degree and after overcoming many challenges, he is still looking for more. Comments (1).
Springfield Gardens

Domestic violence takes cruel toll

A recent spate of violence has left one person seriously injured and two dead in southeast Queens. Comments (2).
Forest Hills

Forest Hills church marks 100 years in spring show

A church in Forest Hills will continue to celebrate its centennial this weekend with a concert honoring the building’s groundbreaking in 1938, and the celebration will also coincide with the recognition of a departing pastor’s 12 years of service. Comment.

Ackerman endorses Meng, Green backs Lancman

Two candidates in the race for the redrawn congressional seat centered around Flushing picked up endorsements from prominent figures in city politics Tuesday. Comment.
Oakland Gardens

Man finds dead body of another in lake: Police

OAKLAND LAKE — The body of a 21-year-old Queensborough Community College student was spotted floating in Oakland Lake early Monday morning after an apparent suicide, the NYPD said. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Francis Lewis shows heart in postseason

Francis Lewis walked its way back to the semifinals last week, but was stopped by Susan Wagner following a Madison upset. Comment.

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