Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012

Long Island City

LGA janitor let go in toe suck case: City

A janitor contracted to work at LaGuardia Community College got the boot earlier this year after he tried to pay a high school student more than $100 to suck on her toes, according to documents from the Department of Education’s special commissioner of investigation for the city school district’s office. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Brinckerhoff Cemetery receives landmark status

The city Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to make Brinckerhoff Cemetery a landmark in a move that will protect the historic Fresh Meadows burial ground from development. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

SJU sprinter finishes 6th in Olympic heat

In the sport of track and field, years of training often come down to a few tenths of a second, which was the case for Liberia’s Phobay Kutu-Akoi, a St. John’s alumna as she ran an 11.52-second 100-meter dash in her heat at the 2012 Olympic Games, less than 0.4 seconds behind the last semifinal qualifier in her group. Comment.

Bayside book store helps disabled find jobs

Bell Boulevard in Bayside is primarily known as a hot spot for dining and nightlife, but an unassuming little shop may make the strip one of the borough’s literary destinations. Comments (2).

Republicans hypocritical on Obamacare

One would think Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, mandate would be a win-win for both parties. After all, it was the Republicans’ concept and championed by the Heritage Foundation, an American conservative think-tank based in Washington, D.C. Comment.

Monday, Aug. 13, 2012

South Jamaica

Liu’s interns lend a hand at Sean Bell community center

Summer interns from City Comptroller John Liu’s office brightened smiles on a rainy day last week when they stopped by South Jamaica to donate some much-appreciated sports equipment to the Sean Elijah Bell Community Center. Comments (1).

Woman charged in death of 2-year-old son

A Queens woman was arrested Monday and charged with murder in connection with the death of her 2-year-old son, police said. Comment.

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York welcomes new women’s volleyball coach

The York College Athletic Department is pleased to announce the hiring of Ashley Greene, the new women’s volleyball head coach at York College. Comment.

Tip of the week


Help put an end to cyberbullying

With the rapid increase in online communication, especially through social networking websites, cyberbullying is a growing problem that has gone largely unaddressed in our society today. More then 85 percent of teenagers have been a victim of cyberbullying and more than 90 percent of these victims will fail to report it. Comment.

Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012


Repaving makes rocky ride

It should not be a bumpy ride for long. Comment.

Gianaris’s gun bills to make state strictest for firearm sales

In the wake of the recent mass shootings at a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wis., and a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) has introduced a package of bills aimed at making New York state’s gun laws the strongest in the country. Comments (5).

Woman’s body found in Little Bay

Police were investigating why a woman’s body was found floating in Little Bay Tuesday morning near Fort Totten, the Police Department said. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Gennaro hires Doe Fund for Union Tnpk cleanup

City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) thought Union Turnpike was in pretty bad shape. People were complaining about litter on the streets and garbage cans were overflowing, so he decided to allocate $30,000 to keep the commercial heart of Fresh Meadows looking clean. Comment.

Cops on the lookout for missing Flushing girl, 12

FLUSHING — Police were seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing girl last seen in Flushing. Comment.

Hall members mark 150 years with expression

As it commemorates its 150th birthday, Flushing Town Hall has gotten its artist members joining in on the celebrating. Dozens of members of the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts, which operates the Town Hall, have contributed works to this year’s members’ exhibition, all tied to the theme of “celebration.” Comments (1).
Jamaica Estates

Big year for SJU’s Burrell

For Justin Burrell, his first professional basketball season was not about himself despite his personal success on the court. Comment.

Funding Funny Business

Although the process often benefits worthy causes, the tradition of handing out millions of dollars in “discretionary funds” to be disbursed by City Council members calls to mind the days of Tammany Hall. Comment.

City must restart development process for Willets Point

An investigation by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has determined that the City Council rubber stamped the Bloomberg administration’s Willets Point plan after it had been illegally lobbied by the Flushing-Willets Point-Corona Local Development Corp., led by former Borough President Claire Shulman. Comment.

Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012


UNICEF joins Ridgewood Y to teach youth about diversity

Children are constantly learning — unfortunately, sometimes they learn to discriminate. Comments (1).
College Point

DOT skimps on traffic fixes in College Pt.

The same traffic problems have plagued College Point since the 1980s, an old study shows, yet civic leaders said continuing development and a lack of capital improvements are making gridlock even worse. Comments (2).

As stop-and-frisks rise, complaints fall: CCRB

As the number of stop-and-frisks the NYPD conducted in 2011 rose 14 percent over the previous year, the number of complaints dropped by 10 percent, according to a new report by the city Civilian Complaint Review Board. Comments (1).
Springfield Gardens

Parks alliance wants to put brakes on JFK runway plan

The public comment period on a proposal to extend a runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport closer to Idlewild Park closed two months ago, and one open-space group is calling on the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey to halt its plans until its voice is heard. Comments (1).

Long Island Tomahawks youth football returns to Queens

The fullbacks, halfbacks and quarterbacks seem to be making a comeback. Comments (8).

St. Mary’s union workers rally for a new contract

Outcries from St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital union workers were met with political support last week as members organized outside the facility to rally for a new contract. Comment.

Flushing park path fights heavy flooding

At first glance, the newly opened bike and walking path in the borough’s largest park might seem like just another pedestrian thoroughfare, but the underlying science behind its construction will alleviate chronic flooding along the eastern edge of Meadow Lake. Comment.

Culture delights at JAMS

Thousands of revelers braved the heat and soaked up the fun as the cultural diversity of southeast Queens spilled out onto the streets at the 16th annual Jamaica Arts and Music Summer Festival Saturday. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Far Rock man gets 18 years in woman’s death

FAR ROCKAWAY — A Far Rockaway man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the fatal July 2010 assault of a Good Samaritan who attempted to halt an attack on a transsexual woman has been sentenced to 18 years in prison, according to the Queens district attorney. Comment.
Queens Village

Hunt looking to finally get his chance at the bigs

Kyle Hunt is used to going unnoticed. The 6-foot-10 power forward was unheralded coming out of Martin Van Buren high school, far from a New York City basketball power. Comment.

Children flock to Steinway library for urban chicken education

The Steinway branch of Queens Library hosted Bucky Buckaw’s Backyard Chicken Broadcast for a workshop on raising chickens. Comments (1).

City excavated 50-acre Middle Village peat bog in 1935

On Aug. 1, 1935, the Star reported that Gustav Lindenthal, designer of the Hell Gate Bridge, had died at the age of 85 the previous evening at his home, the Lindens, in Metuchen, N.J. Comment.

A Better Solution

City Councilman Leroy Comrie has taken on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban on soft drinks of more than 16 ounces. He’s right when he says there ought to be a more effective way to limit the amount of calories children consume. Comment.

Civic and pupils beautify blocks

On June 22, students at Flushing’s PS 242 closed out the school year by teaming up with the Mitchell-Linden Civic Association for a Love Your Block event under a grant received by the MLCA from the Citizens Committee of New York City. Comment.

Friday, Aug. 10, 2012


Suspect sought in Flushing child sex assault

Police are looking for a man suspected of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl in Flushing last month. Comment.
South Jamaica

Police ID suspect wanted in Jamaica cop shooting

The NYPD is offering a $22,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of John Thomas, wanted in connection with the attempted murder of a Queens anti-gang sergeant who was shot Wednesday night in South Jamaica. Comments (7).
Jackson Heights

Jax Hts school construction begins

It required years of advocating and the sacrifice of a mansion, but government and school officials were glad to break ground on a new intermediate school in Jackson Heights Tuesday. Comments (1).

Primary win will hinge on record: Miller

Inching closer to a primary election in his district, state Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) intends to run on his record rather than rhetoric. Comment.

Flores-Vazquez in state race

Democratic District Leader and longtime Flushing resident Martha Flores-Vazquez officially announced her campaign last week after collecting enough signatures to get on the ballot for the downtown state Assembly seat. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Unions rally for car washers

Immigrant rights advocates and union members from across the city joined employees of an East Elmhurst car wash last Thursday to demand better wages and working conditions. Comment.

Ferreras wants workers paid for sick leave days

Celina Alvarez used to work at the Taqueria El Idolo restaurant on Corona Avenue in Elmhurst as a cook, but in February she started to feel sick. Comment.

Uniformed Fire Officers endorse Avella in Senate re-election bid

Standing proudly in front of one of the area firehouses he said he helped save in the past, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) accepted an endorsement from the Uniformed Fire Officers Association Tuesday for his bid for re-election to the Senate. Comment.

CB 11 to unveil symbolic plaque for late activist

A dedication ceremony has been planned to honor late Douglaston activist Joseph Hellmann at a local piece of property, Community Board 11 said last week. Comment.

Braunstein battles MTA green fee

A proposed “green fee” from the MTA has one northeast Queens lawmaker worried about the green in his constituents’ wallets. Comments (1).
South Ozone Park

Racino rob suspect nabbed

Millions of gamblers walked into Resorts World Casino to try their luck last month, but one high roller will likely end up behind bars. Comment.
Forest Hills

Mass. man pleads in slaying of Forest Hills man

FOREST HILLS — According to the Queens district attorney, a Massachusetts resident was sentenced to 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the stabbing death of a Forest Hills man in June 2009. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Malone Mulhall Benefit sells out second annual game

For Jim Malone, it is a bittersweet reminder. Comment.

Flushing Town Hall Events

Flushing Town Hall is hosting a number of performances and events during the next two months. Comment.

World’s best jazz musicians have graced Flushing stage

Flushing Town Hall’s venerable musical history is certainly not lost on its highly accomplished jazz producer, Clyde Bullard. Comment.
Middle Village

CK’s Coleman gets best deal from Buffalo football program

Michigan, West Virginia, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple and Connecticut all visited with James Coleman at Christ the King. Comment.
The Civic Scene

Diamond honored for three decades of community service

On June 12, Bernie Diamond was honored at a dinner at Hillcrest Jewish Center for his 35 years of service as a member of Community Board 8. Comments by people at the dinner and my conversation with Bernie have developed a picture of a man who has devoted his life to community service. Comment.

A Great Injustice

Baysider Kenneth King spent nine months in Rikers for a vicious crime that the Queens district attorney now concedes it did not have the evidence to prosecute. Comment.

Obama, Romney can’t fix economy

As 2012 moves along, our national economy is not moving at all. We continue to hear reassurances from President Barack Obama that the economy will begin to improve, but he has been telling the American people this for the last four years. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012

South Jamaica

Officer shot chasing suspect in South Jamaica

An NYPD sergeant assigned to an anti-gang unit was recovering from non-life-threatening wounds Thursday after he was shot in the leg several times the night before by a suspect he was chasing in South Jamaica, police said. Comments (8).
Richmond Hill

Queens Sikhs stunned by Wisconsin rampage

Mayor Michael Bloomberg assured the Sikh community in Queens Monday that the city would protect them after a deadly shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., killed six worshipers. Comment.

Good Samaritan returns thousands to woman who dropped envelope in Whitestone

A Flushing woman was shocked when she lost an envelope containing nearly $3,000 last month, but she was even more surprised when it was returned to her without a dollar missing. Comment.

109th takes bite out of thefts of Apple iPhone

Technocrats in the 109th Precinct are taking a novel approach to fighting iThieves, the latest scourge terrorizing the neighborhood. Comment.

Astorian requesting old iPods for Alzheimer’s patients

An Astoria musician who has two parents with Alzheimer’s disease is holding a citywide drive to collect iPods. Caregivers have used the MP3 players as therapeutic tools to spur the memories of those with dementia. Comments (1).
South Jamaica

South Jamaica’s JHS 8 added to ‘dangerous’ list

The state Education Department in June retroactively placed South Jamaica’s Richard S. Grossley JHS 8 on its list of persistently dangerous schools for the 2011-12 school year. Comments (2).
Fresh Meadows

Buildings Department denies Fresh Meadows hotel plans

Controversial plans to build a 12-story hotel on a narrow residential street in Fresh Meadows have stalled because the application for the building has been disapproved by the city Department of Buildings. Comments (3).

Q tops in best subway survey

The Q line offers the best service in the subway system, including fewer delays, clean cars and a good chance of getting a seat during rush hour, according to the Straphangers Campaign’s 15th annual State of the Subways report. Comment.
St. Albans

Flake endorses Sanders in state Senate bid

City Councilman James Sanders Jr. (D-Laurelton) announced last week he had picked up the endorsement of the influential spiritual and political leader the Rev. Floyd Flake in his bid to replace state Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) in Albany. Comment.

Court case against Stavisky dropped by Messer

John Messer announced Tuesday that he was dropping a Queens Supreme Court case that alleged his Democratic primary opponent, state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone), got on the ballot through fraudulent means. Comments (1).

FBI arrests Bayside man for alleged death threats

The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested a Bayside man Tuesday night for allegedly threatening to kill employees of a Pennsylvania bank, authorities said. Comment.
No Holds Barred

Georgetown’s president speaks out on civil discourse

(Note: This is the conclusion of my column of Aug. 2, based on “The Second Coming,” by William Butler Yeats.) Comments (1).
Richmond Hill

Rich Hill dead man hid secret in house attic

The rotting remains of an unidentified woman were found in the attic of a Richmond Hill residence Saturday — weeks after a man killed himself in the same house, according to police. Comment.
Jamaica Hills

Jamaica HS lacking: State

Critics of the city Department of Education’s plan to phase out Jamaica High School say a recent state report confirms their worst fears that the city has abandoned the students at the embattled institution. Comments (1).

Halloran calls on Meng to release bundler info

The Republican candidate in the congressional race based around Flushing is calling on his Democratic opponent to release the names of people who collected her campaign donations in the wake of the arrest of former state Assemblyman Jimmy Meng. Comment.

Teen indicted in diplomat’s wife’s shooting

A young Jamaica man who allegedly fired at some other teenagers earlier this year on a block not far from Long Island City High School and hit the wife of a Sudanese diplomat while her children were standing by has been indicted on attempted murder, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comments (2).

Dragon Boat racers beat summer heat

Amid the blazing heat of summer in the city, the 22nd annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival launched Saturday and Sunday on Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, with more than 180 teams vying for cash, prizes and the honor of claiming this year’s U.S. Dragon Boat Open Championship. Comment.

Police on the hunt for boro indecent exposer

WOODSIDE — Police were asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect wanted in connection with public lewdness in Woodside. Comment.

Jazzin’ up Queens for 150 years

We always tell our audiences: “Welcome to Flushing Town Hall — you’re in The Jazz Capital of Queens,” says Clyde Bullard, producer of the Jazz Live! Series and other concerts presented there. Comment.
Middle Village

CK legends mentor boys’ summer camp

The moment you walk through Christ the King’s doors, it’s impossible not to be swept up by the school’s prestigious basketball history. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012

Fresh Meadows

Pol wants sewer fix after 164th St. flood

A week after torrential rain caused major flooding in several areas of Fresh Meadows, City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) was scheduled to meet with the city Department of Environmental Protection this week to discuss how area sewers can be improved to prevent similar problems in the future. Comment.
St. Albans

Malcolm Smith eyes GOP run for mayor

The head of the Queens GOP said Tuesday he had not spoken to Democratic state Sen. Malcolm Smith about a possible run for mayor as a Republican, but he did give his prospects a slim chance. Comments (1).

Schumer pushes to protect pilots from lasers

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has asked federal officials to tighten rules on the sale of laser pointers that people on the ground have been pointing into aircraft cockpits aloft, imperiling all those aboard. Comment.

Post office talks continue

Representatives at the U.S. Postal Service have agreed to continue negotiating with Bayside leaders before making any final decisions on the relocation of the post office next to the Long Island Rail Road station, U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) said Monday. Comment.
Howard Beach

DOH sprays for mosquitos in Howard Beach and Lindenwood

Parts of Howard Beach and Lindenwood will be sprayed for mosquitoes starting Wednesday night and lasting through Thursday morning. Comment.
Middle Village

Dems deny Crowley district leader position

The Queens Democratic Party settled some family business ahead of the coming election season, blocking a city councilwoman’s attempt at retaining her party’s leadership position. Comment.
Middle Village

Hearing planned on new Middle Village charter school

The city Department of Education is holding a public hearing about proposals for a new charter school in Middle Village. Comments (1).

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012


Body found in Little Bay near Fort Totten

A woman’s body was found floating in Little Bay Tuesday morning near Fort Totten, the NYPD said. Comments (3).

Boro reacts to Hamlisch death as Queens College plans tribute

Award-winning composer and Queens College graduate Marvin Hamlisch died in Los Angeles Monday. He was 68. Comment.
Forest Hills

Katz running for Queens borough president

A familiar face is set to step back into the Queens political arena. Comments (1).

Monday, Aug. 6, 2012

Richmond Hill

Relative of Richmond Hill Sikh leader killed in Wisconsin shooting

The Sikh community in Queens reacted with shock and mourning in the wake of Sunday’s mass shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., that killed six people, including the uncle of a leader of the Sikh Cultural Society in Richmond Hill. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Dead woman’s body found in Rich Hill attic

The rotting remains of an unidentified woman were found in the attic of a Richmond Hill residence Saturday — weeks after a man killed himself in the same house, according to police. Comment.

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