Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012

South Ozone Park

DOT plan narrows Lefferts

In an effort to make Lefferts Boulevard safer, the city Department of Transportation is considering taking away one travel lane in both directions between Rockaway Boulevard and 149th Street, a change the DOT says will not cause additional congestion but which the community fears will just move traffic to surrounding residential streets. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Hack loses license after Qns. fare brawl: Post

MANHATTAN — A judge has stripped a taxi driver of his license for physically tossing a man out of his cab for after the would-be passenger requested a ride to Long Island City from Manhattan, the New York Post reported. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Missing Rich Hill teen last seen leaving home: Cops

RICHMOND HILL — Police released a photo of a missing Richmond Hill teen in the hopes the public can help locate his whereabouts. Comment.
Long Island City

Queens-Midtown Tunnel’s 37th Street entrance reopened

Queens-Midtown Tunnel’s 37th Street entrance reopened Comment.

Blame pols, not rich, for tax rate

Ever since Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney released his tax return, the interviewers have been asking him and the media has been questioning: Is the tax rate paid by the rich fair? Comment.

Monday, Oct. 22, 2012


Astoria plant ruling could raise city rates

The state is demanding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission turn back a recent decision regarding how market rates for one of Astoria’s power plants are calculated on the grounds that the ruling could increase electricity bills across the state by up to $500 million. Comment.
Douglas Manor

Modern legal decision at heart of Douglaston house tour

The most significant moment in history discussed Saturday on a guided tour of early 20th-century homes in Douglaston Manor was June 24, 1997 — about half a century after the last residences were built on the verdant northeast Queens peninsula. Comment.
Little Neck

Green group seeks end to Little Bay dumping

A Long Island-based advocacy group has appealed a state consent order that would allow more nitrogen dumping into the Long Island Sound, which connects to Little Bay in Little Neck, with potential to kill underwater wildlife and affect the surrounding ecosystem. Comment.
Rochdale Village

Police release photo of missing Queens man

ROCHDALE VILLAGE — Police were seeking the public’s assistance in locating a Rochdale Village senior missing since last week. Comment.

Tip of the week


Target Gun Trafficking

While the city continues to debate the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk campaign, it is becoming clear that leaders must develop more effective and less offensive ways of getting guns off the street. Comments (13).

Pols at candidates night were a bust

In my effort to stay informed, I attended a candidates night Oct. 10 at Holy Cross High School to listen to the candidates. Comment.

Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012

Little Neck

Queens synagogues merge

If you look closely at the ark inside the new Congregation L’Dor V’Dor in Little Neck, you will see double the Torahs. Comment.

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Cambria Heights

Grant to bring diabetes prevention to high-risk in Cambria Heights

EmblemHealth last week announced a partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that will allow the non-profit insurance company to provide a diabetes-prevention program for some of its members in Cambria Heights. Comment.

Whitestone group lends help to Haiti

A Whitestone nonprofit held a fund-raiser last weekend to promote its practice of doing quick repair projects in the Caribbean nation of Haiti, which nearly three years after a devastating earthquake is still flooded with a disconnected array of philanthropic organizations, some of questionable merit. Comment.
Long Island City

New Council lines in works

The nonpartisan commission charged with drawing new City Council districts has isolated itself from criticism by not completing a comprehensive first draft, critics of the process contended at the final public hearing in Queens last week. Comments (1).
St. Albans

DNA convicts St. Albans teen in online rendezvous rape case

Prosecutors were able to use DNA evidence to convict a St. Albans teenager last week of raping a 21-year-old woman whom he met on the controversial adult-services directory website inside a vacant neighborhood house in 2010, according to the Queens district attorney. Comment.

Cops seek man wanted in sexual assault of girl in Elmhurst

ELMHURST — After a man allegedly sexually assaulted a young girl in Elmhurst earlier this month, police have released a sketch in the hopes the public can help catch him. Comment.

Qns. group calls for senior arts initiative

In an initiative to make the city more livable for seniors, the city Departments of Aging and of Cultural Affairs created the Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide, and the Queens Council on the Arts has begun taking applications for its SPARC 2013 initiative, which will continue until Oct. 31. Comment.

Keeping a Promise

When Resorts World Casino at the Aqueduct Racetrack in South Ozone Park was seeking public support to open the first casino in New York City, it promised locals would get 70 percent of the 850 jobs that would be created. With unemployment in this part of Queens at more than 10 percent, it sounded like a good bet. Comment.

Flushing Meadows must remain a park for all

In 1895, Frederick Law Olmstead, the genius who created Central and Prospect parks and other famous parks elsewhere, said, “The survival of our park system requires the exclusion from management of real estate dealers and politicians and that the first duty of our park trustees is to hand down from one generation to the next the treasure of scenery which the city placed in their care.” Comments (1).

Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012


CB 11 honors dentists who back local drug program for children

Leaders on Community Board 11 recognized four borough dentists for supporting a Bayside-based free drug education program for city children. Comment.
Forest Hills

Forest Hills street to be co-named for Ferraro

City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) will honor the late Forest Hills congresswoman and first female vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro with a street co-naming Sunday, Oct. 28., at 10:30 a.m. Comment.

Funds dry up for old parade in Whitestone

Times have not become any easier for three veterans associations in Whitestone that put on the neighborhood’s annual Memorial Day parade, and local civics and war heroes from the Greatest Generation are again hoping the generosity of the community will help fund a longtime tradition in the northeast Queens neighborhood. Comments (1).

Avella opponent cites Padavan-style plans

As he heads into the homestretch, Republican and Conservative challenger Joe Concannon said he hoped to unseat state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) in the Nov. 6 election by convincing voters they were better off two years ago. Comments (1).

Illegal parking poses problems for Bayside biz

With Halloween lurking around the corner, Bayside’s Party City owner Lucy Tinari said some illegal parking was scaring away customers during one of her busiest seasons. Comments (4).

Qns pols back industry suit challenging city soda ban

Queens politicians from the left and right voiced their agreement with a recent lawsuit filed by the beverage industry last week against the controversial soda ban limiting the size of sugary drinks in many city venues. Comment.

Police stop online boro drug sellers

An undercover New York Police Department investigation led to the indictment and arrest of 21 people, including four from Queens, on charges they sold prescription drugs and narcotics through Craigslist, officials said. Comment.

Kim hopes to win Senate seat focusing on economy

Republican candidate J.D. Kim hopes to open up the buzzing economy of Flushing to the surrounding communities if he defeats incumbent state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) for a Senate seat in November. Comments (3).
Long Island City

Serial iThief working LIC and Astoria: Cops

LONG ISLAND CITY — A serial iPhone thief has been snatching the sought-after devices out of the hands of unsuspecting customers and pedestrians and then fleeing the scene, the NYPD said. Comment.
Forest Hills

Jack and Nellie’s: A Forest Hills hint of Europe

We had been circling, watching attentively for signs of life, ever since their sign went up in midsummer. The sign with simple white all-cap lettering on a black background announcing Jack & Nellie’s implied the aesthetic of either a steak joint, or a traditional pub. We were wrong on both counts. Aaarrr, begorra, ‘tis a wine bar. A tapas bar. An ooneria. An enoteca. A gastropub. It’s all of those things, owned and run by Cyril Burke, a nice Irish boy from County Wicklow. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s athletes participate in Service Day

As a testament to St. John’s University’s commitment to community service, Red Storm student-athletes took part in the 11th annual University Service Day Sept. 29, which was organized by St. John’s University’s Service Opportunity Council. Comment.
Political Action

Senate race will be hard-fought between Addabbo, Ulrich

One of the most interesting local races in Queens is occurring in the 15th state Senate District in southwest Queens between incumbent Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) and challenger City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park). Comments (1).

Encourage Good Teachers

The city needs a better way to evaluate teacher performance. Teachers don’t want to be evaluated solely by scores on standardized tests and graduation rates. Comment.

Prune tree for safety of drivers

I am writing to request that something be done as soon as possible with regard to the newly installed traffic light on the left side of Parsons Boulevard and the eastbound Long Island Expressway service road. Comments (1).

Friday, Oct. 19, 2012

Richmond Hill

Friends mourn teen killed in crash

Families and friends of a South Ozone Park teen, one of four Queens youths killed in a car crash in Long Island on Columbus Day, gathered at S.J. Romanelli Funeral Home at 114-30 Rockaway Blvd. for his service Friday. Comments (1).
Fresh Meadows

Farm Museum votes to maintain old cemetery

The Queens County Farm Museum board recently voted unanimously to maintain Brinckerhoff Cemetery, the centuries-old burial ground where several of Queens’ first settlers are interred, but would not be able to carry out the plan unless the property changes owners, Museum President James Trent said. Comment.
Howard Beach

AirTrain, Rockaway A Line to be suspended this weekend

Service on AirTrain JFK’s Howard Beach line and Rockaway A Line will be suspended for the weekend. Due to safety drills and track maintenance being conducted, shuttle buses will be provided for both services, the MTA said. Comment.
Springfield Gardens

City begins sewer project’s long-awaited final phase

When Annette Jennings-Bradley moved to Springfield Gardens 25 years ago, there were 33 homes near Springfield Lake. Neighbors had told her the area was created from landfill, and if she built her house there, it would sink into the ground within 10 years. Comment.
South Jamaica

S. Jamaica senior housing draws closer

South Jamaica’s Calvary Baptist Church took one step closer Tuesday toward building a long-awaited residence for seniors who are taking on the responsibility of raising their grandchildren. Comment.
Long Island City

De Blasio slams fines for small biz at talk

City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio characterized Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration as bilking small businesses through fines in a talk at LaGuardia Community College last Thursday with members of the New York City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Comment.

Queens woman dies after bus strikes her

The bus driver who fatally struck a Queens woman Saturday night in Jamaica has a clean record, according to the Nassau County bus company that operates the route. Comment.
Howard Beach

Fracking could contaminate city water: Addabbo

State Sens. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) and Tony Avella (D-Bayside) blasted the controversial drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing last Thursday, voicing their opposition to allowing the practice in the state because they say it would pose a threat to the city’s drinking water. Comment.
Queens Village

Qns Village native nets Nobel Prize

Economist Alvin Roth, a Queens native who currently works as a professor at Stanford University, has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. Comment.
South Ozone Park

CB 10 questions site of home for teenagers

A new boarding home for delinquent teenagers has recently opened in South Ozone Park as part of an effort to keep rehabilitating youths close to their families, but residents who live nearby are annoyed the program failed to ask their views about the location of the home before it set up shop. Comment.

NYPD seeks public help in finding Maspeth man

MASPETH — A Maspeth man went missing Saturday, and the NYPD is asking the public to help locate him. Comment.

Get spooked in Queens this Halloween

The traditional harvest season signals Halloween is nigh. Once again, it’s time to dig out that scary rubber mask and witch’s hat or find a great costume on sale. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Queens soccer clubs dominate the pitch

The top boys’ soccer teams from Queens have proven to be kings of the CHSAA so far. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Francis Lewis volleyball team building up chemistry

Melissa Chu heard all she needed to when given the task of being Francis Lewis’ top setter. The team’s best player, Regina Anthony, along with her other teammates, immediately voiced their confidence in the inexperienced junior. Comment.
The Civic Scene

Many greenspaces in CB 8 receiving upgrades, renovations

As required, Community Board 8 representatives met with Queens officials from the city Parks Department in the overlook in Forest Park Sept. 27. There was an update on previously submitted agenda items and a report on other items concerning CB 8. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012


Neighbors in Jamaica knew little of alleged terrorist

The day after a young Bangladeshi man was arrested following his alleged attempt to detonate a phony bomb in downtown Manhattan, neighbors on the block where he lived in Jamaica said they knew very little, if anything at all, about him. Comment.

Rozic rejects voter apathy theory

Questions over voter apathy have left some supporters of Community Board 11 Chairman Jerry Iannece wondering how their candidate could have lost in September’s primary election. Comments (32).

Shop to honor firemen lost in Maspeth blaze

The 1960s were a decade of transition — the political landscape shifted dramatically with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, The Beatles took everyone on a magical mystery tour and the Cuban missile crisis led many to gravely prepare for the end of the world. Comments (1).
Willets Point

Shulman hired Willets firm

A Manhattan consulting company often tapped for city development projects plays dual roles in Queens, having supported a nonprofit that advocates for the redevelopment of Willets Point, but also preparing the study that helps determine whether or not that development will go forward. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Justice Kagan visits St. John’s U

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan told an audience of about 150 people at St. John’s University Monday that when it comes to her and her colleagues, there are some fundamental differences. Comment.

Meeks’ pal faces stiff sentence over bank fraud

One of U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks’ (D-Jamaica) friends, a real estate agent who gave the congressman $40,000 in 2007, faces a hefty sentence after he pleaded guilty last week to a scheme in which he defrauded banks to secure mortgages for unqualified homeowners in southeast Queens. Comment.
St. Albans

Meeks has got Obama’s back

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) is fired up and ready to go, and he is on a mission to make sure others — especially minority communities — feel the same way. Comment.

Jamaica man wanted to “destroy America” by bombing Federal Reserve: U.S. Attorney

Federal investigators were probing a Jamaica man’s motives after he was arrested Wednesday in an alleged bomb plot that officials believe was intended to kill and injure scores of New Yorkers. Comments (6).
East Elmhurst

New express buses proposed for LaGuardia riders

City and state transportation officials said they are proposing three new bus lines — including an express-like version of the M60 — to improve public transportation to LaGuardia Airport. Comments (2).

Islamic group rebukes judge’s ruling

An Astoria cab driver and members of the Council on American-Islamic Relations gathered at a neighborhood mosque Monday to denounce a Connecticut prosecutor for dropping charges against a former Morgan Stanley banker who was accused of stabbing the driver. Comments (2).

Corona honors man shot on GCP

More than 150 mourners, many of whom wore National Guardsmen uniforms, filled the seats and lined the walls at the Eternal Love Baptist Church in Corona Friday to say goodbye to Noel Polanco, a 22-year-old man who was shot by a police detective during a traffic stop even though he was unarmed. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Bikers should park free: Pols

The motorcyclists who parked their Harley-Davidsons in front of Queens Borough Hall last Thursday said they want to obey the law, but are not sure how. Comments (4).
Forest Hills

Bar owner defends hoops

Community Board 6 got an earful at its monthly meeting last week from residents calling foul on a local bar’s basketball tournaments. Comment.

Halloran straddles both sides

On issues like taxes and energy policy, City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) takes a stance firmly on the right of the political spectrum in the northeast Queens congressional race, but some of his other views are most closely aligned with moderates. Comments (2).
Forest Hills

Real life young models sought for Queens charity fashion show

Shortstack modeling will begin auditions Saturday in Forest Hills for its annual eight-month self-esteem and modeling program, searching for young women for its seventh-annual Charity Fashion Show. Comment.
Middle Village

Cops hunting for suspect who robbed boro bank

MIDDLE VILLAGE — Police were looking for a man wanted in connection with knocking over a Middle Village bank and have released security images showing the suspect. Comment.
Middle Village

Bullying survivor brings prevention to Middle Village

A New York Times best-selling author and bullying survivor-turned-activist is coming to Middle Village in an effort to promote compassion by sharing her story with young students at an elementary school. Comments (2).

Boro electeds differ on stop/frisk bills

Queens last week was once again in the forefront on the debate over stop-and-frisk, but this time the heated words were not ringing out from the streets of Jamaica or Jackson Heights, but from City Hall. Comment.

Flushing teen missing since early Oct.: NYPD

FLUSHING — Police were asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Flushing teenager. Comments (1).

Three Brothers store shuts its doors on Bell

Bayside’s barbecue and butcher shop has closed on Bell Boulevard, leaving a void of Southern specialty stores in the business district. Comments (6).

MTA seeks input from riders over four proposed fare hikes

The MTA has released a series of proposals to help decide what the coming fare increase will be like, including one suggestion that would raise the cost of a 30-day MetroCard to $125. Comments (3).
Flushing Times

Molloy hangs tough against strong Fontbonne

Archbishop Molloy had enough. Unhappy with its uneven play, the Stanners took out their frustrations on Fontbonne Hall in the fifth and deciding volleyball set. Comment.

Trinity beats Cross defense

Holy Trinity gave Holy Cross a chance to win the game just as the Knights were about to see their lead evaporate. The Titans pulled within a point on quarterback Chris Laviano’s touchdown in the closing minutes and then aggressively chose to go for a two-point conversion instead of the extra point and the tie. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012


Jamaica man arrested in Manhattan bomb plot: Feds

Federal investigators said they arrested a 21-year old Bangladeshi citizen who had been living in Jamaica since January after he allegedly tried to blow up the New York Federal Reserve Bank in Lower Manhattan Wednesday morning with phony explosives he purchased in an FBI sting operation. Comment.

Thousands will take strides to beat breast cancer in boro

Thousands of people are expected to take part in the 19th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, held by the American Cancer Society, at Flushing Meadows Corona Park this Sunday, in what is one of the society’s largest events of the year. Comment.
Forest Hills

Katz kicks off run for borough office

It was not an easy decision, but Queens lifer Melinda Katz said the time is right to get back into government. Comments (1).

Strawberry’s closes after two-year run in Doug

Strawberry’s Sports Grill in Douglaston opened its doors for the last time Sunday, when a group of loyal customers gathered to watch the New York Jets and New York Yankees games, ordered pizza to compensate for the empty kitchen and did their part to deplete the eatery’s remaining stockpiles of alcohol. Comment.

Working women conference to feature panel in Flushing

The Center for the Women of New York will host its 25th annual World of Working Women conference later this month, with a star-studded panel and lineup of guest speakers. Comment.
Long Island City

Cornell shows new drawings for tech campus

Cornell released plans for the first phase of its applied sciences graduate school on Roosevelt Island Monday, with a rendering of the first academic building to be built out on the new campus in 2017. Comment.
Bay Terrace

Political candidates invited to discuss issues at Bay Terrace forum

Key races affecting voters throughout northeast Queens will be at the forefront later this month when the Bay Terrace Community Alliance hosts a Meet the Candidates Night forum. Comment.

Ridgewood man wanted for coach kill: police

The Ridgewood man wanted in connection with the stabbing death of a youth soccer coach for the New York Red Bulls left a note with his brother saying he was “sorry” before fleeing the country to Mexico, the NYPD said. Comment.

Girl sexually abused in Pomonok library

POMONOK — The NYPD released a photo of the man wanted in connection with sexually abusing a young girl Monday inside a Queens library. Comment.

Averne murder suspect apprehended in Maryland: Post

ROCKAWAY — The man wanted in connection with the fatal stabbing of a Queens schoolteacher in the Rockaways was cuffed in Maryland, according to an NBC report.Cops had been looking for Keith Howard, 63, after a tenant of his was found dead in the bathroom of his apartment on Seaspray Avenue in Arverne earlier this month, according to the report. Howard was pulled over after his license plate was flagged, NBC reported. Comment.

Jacqueline Fogel, 83

Jacqueline Fogel died in Jamaica Sept. 22. She was 83. Comments (2).

Suspect sought in Jamaica rape of woman: NYPD

JAMAICA — The NYPD released a photo of the suspect wanted in connection with a rape last month in Jamaica. Comment.

Queens HS for Teaching dominates in B after demotion

Queens High School of Teaching took its fair share of lumps playing in PSAL Class A division. However, things have changed this season. The Tigers are unbeaten after being moved down to the “B” and have racked up wins, including a 5-1 victory over Robert Wagner last Friday afternoon at Queens Farm Park. The last season QHST was in the “B,” it won the city title in 2008. Comment.
Flushing Times

Tatum chooses to head south for James Madison basketball

Amani Tatum headed to James Madison University for her first official visit with an open mind and was in no hurry to make a college decision. She left with her mind made up and a longing to return. Comment.

Cardozo remains undefeated after win over Francis Lewis

Danny Scarola could sense the nerves in his young team heading into their first meeting with rival Francis Lewis since beating them in last year’s volleyball final. Comment.

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