Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012

South Ozone Park

Lunar New Year celebrated at racino in Aqueduct

Resorts World Casino New York City in South Ozone Park kicked off its 15-day Lunar New Year celebration last Monday. Comment

Bellerose salon offers full line of services

A Touch of Class is a full-service salon and spa that for nearly three decades has grown as it has built a loyal clientele in Bellerose. Comment

Call for boro baseball players

The Queens Alliance Baseball League and the Queens Kiwanis Baseball League are open to all teams in their new 10U and 12U divisions, as well as 13 through 18 divisions and the 18 and over Sunday double-header division. Comment

New prez needed despite unemployment drop

As January 2012 progresses, the fact that 200,000 new jobs were created in December and that the unemployment rate has dropped to 8.5 percent still does not indicate a trend toward the end of this very long and devastating economic recession. Comments (2)

Monday, Jan. 30, 2012


Meng, Stavisky win Dem delegate spots

Two northeast Queens lawmakers have been selected as delegates for the Democratic Party in the upcoming presidential elections. Comments (1)
Fresh Meadows

Cops seek suspects in 2 robberies of men

FRESH MEADOWS — Police were asking for the public’s help in finding two men wanted in connection with two robberies in Fresh Meadows and Flushing this month. Comments (1)

Snow-covered Francis Lewis Park perfect for sled riders

Parents and children brought out their sleds after snow blanketed Francis Lewis Park last weekend. Comments (1)

Robbers steal phone and try to sell it back: DA

JAMAICA — Two men were arraigned Friday on robbery charges after they allegedly swiped $30 and a cell phone from a man walking on a Jamaica street and then e-mailed the victim and tried to sell him back the phone, a spokeswoman for District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Tip of the week


LIRR riders can check schedules on smartphones during tryout

The Long Island Rail Road is conducting a tryout on the Port Washington line of new service to allow riders to find out train status and schedules using their own electronic devices. Comment
Kew Gardens

DA Brown sworn in to office

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown was sworn in for his sixth four-year term, extending his record as the longest-tenured district attorney in Queens history. Brown took the oath of office in front of approximately 100 colleagues, public officials and family gathered at the DA’s third-floor conference room. Comment

Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012

St. Albans

Authors sell tomes at Black Spectrum Theatre’s first book fair

From a children’s book on how to conquer your fears to stories of the first black soldiers to fight in the Civil War, the first book fair Saturday at the Black Spectrum Theatre at Roy Wilkins Park had something for everyone. Comment

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‘Occupy’ movement rides rails to Astoria

The next time you ride an N, a Q or an R train, it might be Occupied. Comment
Pet Photo of the Week

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Send your picture to our Queens Critter Contest! Comment
Jackson Heights

2 N.J. men steal $3,500 from boro store: Brown

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Two New Jersey men were arraigned Friday on grand larceny charges after they allegedly worked together to steal more than $3,500 from a Jackson Heights store owner, a spokeswoman for District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Crocheron Park transformed into winter wonderland

Youngsters and their parents headed to Crocheron Park in Bayside after winter weather blanketed the borough with a light coating of snow last weekend. Comment
Forest Hills

Car collides with tree after GCP crash

Emergency responders survey the wreckage of a car involved in a two-vehicle crash on the westbound Jackie Robinson Parkway just east of Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills Sunday. Several people were taken to the hospital, officials at the scene said.Photo by Ellis Kaplan Comment
Broad Channel

Animals endure winter weather outdoors

Birds of all feathers had to brave the winter weather last weekend. Comment
Middle Village

Calhoun silences hecklers with dominant victory

Omar Calhoun stroked a dagger three-pointer and waved his arms at his side. It looked like he was telling the Holy Cross crowd to quiet down. But the Christ the King senior guard said he was simply trying to keep his teammates cool. Comment

Astoria native Merman made her name singing on stage

Born Jan. 16, 1908, as Ethel Agnes Zimmermann, Astoria native Ethel Merman is perhaps best remembered for her mezzo-soprano voice in numerous Broadway musicals and Hollywood films. Her musical numbers include “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” and “There’s no Business Like Show Business.” Comments (1)
South Ozone Park

Boro senior center offers many services

The United Hindu Senior Center at 118-09 Sutter Ave. in South Ozone Park offers free vegetarian lunches, health promotion, nutrition education, cards and games, mammograms and blood pressure screenings. Comment
Community Service

Volunteers needed at boro Police Athletic League Centers

The Police Athletic League is looking for volunteers to continue its mission of serving New York City’s young people by donating their time and talents to help serve Queens youngsters at PAL’s Redfern Cornerstone and Far Rockaway Beacon in Arverne-Far Rockaway, PAL’s Edward Byrne Center in South Jamaica and PS 214 in Flushing. Comment

Trash These Fines

The punishment should fit the crime. Fining law-abiding citizens up to $300 because they put their trash cans out too early in the day is nuts. Comment

To prevent the suffering of horses, do not make them pull carriages

I am writing in response to an article which was published in the Dec. 15-21 edition of TimesLedger Newspapers about carriage horses. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012


Schumer, Gillibrand rethink Internet bills

U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) are reconsidering two controversial pieces of legislation they co-sponsored aimed at thwarting online piracy after a number of the Web’s most prominent companies staged an online protest last week. Comment
Long Island City

Feds open new LIC office to serve more immigrants

Boro leaders joined federal immigration officials Friday to cut the ribbon on a new immigration office that opened recently in Long Island City. Comment

Woodsider threatened to kill woman, son: Cops

ASTORIA — A Woodside man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly burglarizing an ex-girlfriend’s apartment and threatening to kill her and her son, police said. Comment
Breezy Point

Art from an Abstract Point of View in Rockaway

When the reviewer went up to the Rockaway Artists Alliance sTudio 6 at Fort Tilden last Sunday to see its latest exhibit, Abstract Point of View, the place was closed. There’d been a snowstorm the day before, so the powers that be at RAA just decided to keep the place shut for the weekend. Comment
Breezy Point

Crockett picked as fan-favorite of ‘non-AA’ teams

Matt Crockett was behind big last week, thousands of votes off the pace. The weekend, however, belonged to the Xavier junior star. Comment
I Sit and Look Out

Seniors lament youths’ poor grammar, lack of courtesy

What follows are the gripes of three of my friends, based on my most recent column of my own gripes. Comment


Immigrants hoping to a build a new life in America can easily fall prey to vultures who are willing to exploit their situation. Last week, a Queens judge sentenced three members of a Trinidadian family to 78 to 235 years for taking advantage of their countrymen. Comment

Rockaways rail line must reopen and not become another highline

There has been much discussion regarding a proposal to convert abandoned areas of the old Rockaway Beach rail line into a “highline” park space. While I am an advocate for increased park space in Queens, I believe southern Queens and the Rockaways would be better served if this forgotten track once again fulfilled its original purpose as a railroad. Comments (9)
Far Rockaway

Far Rock man, 27, dies from gunshot wound

FAR ROCKAWAY — A 27-year-old man was shot and killed in Far Rockaway Monday morning, police said. Comment

Friday, Jan. 27, 2012

Long Island City

Mayor visits LIC’s ‘Gossip Girl’ set for 100th episode

Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited Silvercup Studios in Long Island City Thursday to celebrate the TV and film industry for its contributions of money and jobs to the city, in particular the hit TV show “Gossip Girl,” which will air its 100th episode Monday. Comment

Bus killing suspect indicted

A little more than a month after Damel Burton allegedly went on a shooting rampage that started in his apartment and ended on a Q111 bus in Jamaica, the Baisley Houses resident was indicted last week by a Queens grand jury. Comment

Boro groups act to save parade

The veterans organizations that fund the annual Whitestone Memorial Day Parade have fallen on hard times, but community organizations are doing their part to make sure a staple of the neighborhood lives on. Comments (40)
South Ozone Park

Raise NY gambling age to 21: Addabbo

State Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) said he supports raising the legal age to gamble to 21 from 18, saying the move would limit the number of youngsters with gambling addictions. Comments (1)

Flushing Hospital to resume talks next week

Flushing Hospital Medical Center, facing a strike threat early next month from its registered nurses, said it is planning to begin talks with the union again next week. Comment
Bay Terrace

Bay Terrace toasts Ben’s Deli milestone

Ben’s Delicatessen may not have invented the pastrami sandwich, but according to the Bay Terrace eatery’s customers, it has come pretty darn close to perfecting it. Comments (4)
Long Island City

SLA rejects Gypsy Rose’s bid for liquor license

Community Board 2 Chairman Joseph Conley said he expected the owners of Long Island City club Gypsy Rose would continue to fight for a liquor license even though the state Liquor Authority rejected their bid for a license last week. Comment

Jamaica mom offers advice

“Disney” means the same in English and Spanish, but tips on how to plan a Disney vacation are a different story. Comment
Pet Photo of the Week

Ozzy crowned winner of third Queens Critters contest

Ozzy, an 8-month-old American bulldog owned by Vera and Eric Schneider, of Forest Hills, is the winner of this edition of the TimesLedger Newspapers’ Queens Critter contest. The pup is pictured with his playmate Emma Schneider, 7. Comment
Jackson Heights

Inferno injures 2 people in Jackson Hts.: FDNY

JACKSON HEIGHTS — A two-alarm fire raged through a Jackson Heights apartment building Sunday that left two people with minor injuries, an FDNY spokesman said Tuesday. Comment

Spicing up the nightlife

Queens’ Latino community has no shortage of nightlife options. Clubs like La Boom and Extravaganza showcase the music, dance and food of Hispanic countries, and in heavily Latino neighborhoods like Elmhurst and Woodside, the lines to get in have grown around the block. Comments (1)

Depleted Dozo routs CM

Benjamin Cardozo finally got a chance to regroup from the loss of forward Jermaine Lawrence with a team meeting last week. A day later, they gave the city a better glimpse of how the Judges will win without the 6-foot-9 star forward, who unexpectedly transferred to Pope John XXIII in New Jersey Friday. Comment

Convention center in Queens will create needed jobs

In 1935, at the height of the Great Depression, a group of retired policemen came together to organize one of the largest international expositions the world had ever seen. The end goal: to lift the city out of an economic depression. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012


Lucky Year of the Dragon brings Chinese baby boom

Everybody wants to have a baby during the Year of the Dragon beginning Monday, according to leaders in Flushing’s Chinese community. Comment

Baby boomers research Pomonok’s post-WWII days

Do you remember Jack the Ice Cream Man? Comments (44)

Liu returns contributions, IDs bundlers

Embattled city Comptroller John Liu returned nearly $50,000 in contributions and disclosed a list of his campaign bundlers as promised last week amid questions about the finances of his unofficial 2013 campaign for mayor. Comments (1)

Corona remembers CB 4 leader

More than 140 people attended the funeral Monday of Richard Italiano, the district manager and late chairman of Community Board 4, who friends and officials described as a gentle man dedicated to his community. Comment

Boro Beacon programs face closure in planned ‘13 budget

For the first time ever, a popular after-school program could face branch closures under the mayor’s proposed 2013 budget which could mean the loss of eight centers in Queens. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Cross Bay tolls draw rally

The governor may have included ending the Cross Bay Bridge toll for Rockaway residents in his budget proposal, but elected officials who represent the area said they will not proclaim victory until the plan is adopted. Comments (4)
Kew Gardens Hills

Gennaro wants to rename street ‘Pat Dolan Way’

Two months after borough civic leader Patricia Dolan was fatally struck by a car, City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) wants to pay tribute to the late head of the Queens Civic Congress by renaming a street in her honor. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jax Hts. stores on 74th St. blast pedestrian plaza

Merchants on 74th Street in Jackson Heights say the city’s creation of a pedestrian plaza in September by their shops has hurt business and may force them to close. Comments (9)

JFK Terminal 3 worst gateway in world: Survey

Terminal 3 at John F. Kennedy International Airport has been accorded the inglorious distinction of being the worst air travel gateway in the world. Comment

TSA apologizes for mistreating elderly at JFK

The federal Transportation Security Administration sent a letter to state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) earlier this month admitting its agents had acted improperly while screening two elderly women who came through John F. Kennedy International Airport to visit their families. Comments (3)

iPhone theft delays LIRR trains

A man in a leather jacket stole an iPhone from a female passenger at the Flushing stop of the Long Island Rail Road Thursday morning, delaying trains on the Port Washington line for about 15 minutes. Comment

Koo makes switch to Dem Party

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) officially registered with the Democratic Party Monday at the Queens Board of Elections offices in Kew Gardens after running on the GOP line three years ago to win a seat on the Council. Comment
Long Island City

City building accidents down 18%: Mayor

Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited an apartment complex under construction in Long Island City Monday to announce what he called a step in the right direction: an 18 percent drop in construction accidents citywide from 2010-11. Comment
Jackson Heights

Supporters of immigrant tuition assistance call for action

Immigrant advocates met in Jackson Heights to find out how they could convince elected officials to back a measure that would make immigrants eligible for state tuition funding sources regardless of their legal status. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights residents cry foul on Trade Fair

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and Jackson Heights residents are demanding that the Trade Fair, at 75th Street and 37th Avenue, take down its sidewalk enclosure and make changes to its practices, but the grocery chain denies it is doing anything illegal. Comment

An Act of War

Can someone tell the New Jersey governor that stealing Fresh Direct would be the economic equivalent of an act of war? Comment

Group set to protest in support of Huntley nonprofit associates

A nonprofit comprised of clergy and headed by the Rev. Charles Norris Sr. of southeast Queens plans to rally next week outside Nassau Supreme Court in defense of four associates of state Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica), who were indicted on grand larceny charges. Comment

Boro carjacker shot after attempted robbery: Cops

CORONA — A carjacking suspect is in stable condition at Elmhurst Hospital after he was shot by police in Corona, police said. Comment

Cop in 111th Precinct killed self: NYPD

HOLLIS HILLS — A 28-year-old NYPD officer died last Thursday night in Hollis Hills after turning his gun on himself, police said. Comments (1)
Middle Village

Royals handily beat sliding Hilltoppers

Comfortable wins and complete performances haven’t come with the same frequency as in the past for Christ the King. The Royals have struggled, lost to multiple nationally ranked teams and saw two league wins get away in the fourth quarter. Comment

Libroia qualifies, leads Holy Cross

Anthony Libroia couldn’t seem to hit the most wide-open three-pointers earlier in the season. The Holy Cross guard, known for his shooting prowess, struggled and he knows exactly why. Comment
Dishing with Dee

Imposter tries to take credit for columnist’s writing

After giving it long and hard thought on whether or not to print the following information, I decided it was better to print it and thereby kill the tiger cub before it had a chance to grow into a fully grown man-eater. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012


Beep focuses on health care

Borough President Helen Marshall touted the multiple new health care institutions, housing ventures and schools that are transforming Queens in her State of the Borough speech Tuesday at Queens College’s Colden Auditorium. Comments (1)

Revered St. Nicholas clergyman praised after death

The community of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Shrine Church in Auburndale reflected this week on the death of one of its longtime spiritual leaders. Comment

Astoria teen named Intel finalist for psychiatric research

Danielle Goldman, an Astoria student who attends Bronx High School of Science, was named a finalist Wednesday in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search contest for her research studying anxiety and depression. Comments (1)

Bellerose teen reaches Intel semifinals

The scientific establishment is paying recognition to Bellerose student Olivia Munk for all the hours she has spent toiling away in her laboratory to better mankind. Comment

Guv presents budget in boro

After his Albany address, Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented his budget plan for a second time in Flushing last Thursday morning, which had many Queens officials in the audience nodding their heads in agreement. Comment

BID plans to raise assessments

The Bayside Village Business Improvement District will be raising its yearly assessment by approximately $50,000, retroactive to Jan. 1, according to Chairman Jim Riso. Comment
Howard Beach

Howard Beach man convicted of cop assault

A Howard Beach man will face 18 years in prison for his involvement in the brutal beating of an off-duty New York City police officer in 2009, the Queens district attorney’s office said Friday. Comment
Ozone Park

Firecracker in hand kills Ozone Park man: Police

OZONE PARK — A 50-year-old Ozone Park man was killed inside his home after a firecracker he lit exploded in his hand, police said. Comment

Big Blue fans celebrate Giants’ win and prep for Super Bowl

New York Giants fans gathered in K.C.’s Saloon in Bayside to watch the NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers. The Giants won in overtime 20-17 and are slated to play the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. Comment
Long Island City

Bulldogs make their case

Arthur Santanna hears it all the time. Queens is soft. Queens A West is one of the weakest divisions in the city. Star Aaron Williams isn’t around anymore to bail out Long Island City, last year’s PSAL Class A runner-up. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012


Taste of Bayside welcomes food lovers this week

The Taste of Bayside will give patrons the opportunity this Wednesday to sample a smorgasbord of eastern Queens’ flavors in a convenient setting. Comment

Monday, Jan. 23, 2012


Koo officially registers as Queens Dem

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) officially registered with the Democratic Party at the Queens Board of Elections offices in Kew Gardens Monday after running on the GOP line three years ago to win a seat on the City Council. Comments (4)

Friday, Jan. 20, 2012


City transit gears up for Saturday snowfall

After coating the Midwest, a winter storm could dump as many as six inches of snow onto New York City streets this weekend. The snow is expected to begin falling Saturday just after midnight. Comment

Bayside cop takes own life while on duty

A 28-year-old NYPD officer died Thursday night in Hollis Hills after turning his gun on himself, police said. Comments (13)

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