Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012


Queens College bolsters athletics staff for season

With the 2012-13 school year underway, Queens College Athletics announced the addition of nine new staff members. Comment.
Flushing Times

Ray losses home, leads Molloy to semifinal win

Chris Ray received a sobering reminder of how lucky he felt before scoring the biggest goal of his career. In the morning the Archbishop Molloy sophomore worked on his flooded house on 130th Street in Belle Harbor, which saw many homes burn down during Hurricane Sandy. It added some emotion as he headed to Belson Stadium later that night for the team’s semifinal game. Comment.

Ex-Hooters owner opens Astoria sports bar

Bud’s Ale House, a new restaurant chain that recently opened in Astoria and Fresh Meadows, may have taken some of its inspiration from Hooters. After all, its owner, Buddy DeMarco, also owns several of the evocatively themed franchise locations in Long Island. Comments (4).

Fight for clean drinking water

Oct. 18 marked the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, and we have a lot to celebrate. Forty years ago, corporate polluters used our waterways as their personal sewers. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 12, 2012


PS 70 in Astoria begins work on 500-seat wing with gym

For both City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) and PS 70 Principal Donna Geller, the planned addition for the Astoria school is not only long-awaited but the fulfillment of personal promises. Comment.

Bayside historical pays tribute at Lawrence cemetery

Tucked away in a quiet cemetery off Bell Boulevard, the Bayside Historical Society set its sights more than 150 years in the past as interested onlookers went along for the ride back in time. Comment.

Police seek missing Flushing teenager, 15

FLUSHING — Police were looking for help in locating a missing person in Flushing, the NYPD said. Comment.

Tip of the week


Teaching to the test doesn’t help pupils

The Oct. 18 TimesLedger Newspapers editorial “Encourage Good Teachers,” on the need to move away from teacher evaluations exclusively based on students’ standardized test scores, is right on target. Comments (1).

Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012

South Ozone Park

Resorts World Casino celebrates first year in business

The early returns are in and one year after officials rolled the dice on a casino at the long-fading Aqueduct Racetrack in South Ozone Park, business is booming. Comment.
Long Island City

LaGuardia College event hosts first CUNY greenmarket

Fruits and vegetables for sale straight from upstate farms have become common sights in many Queens neighborhoods, but last month marked the first time a greenmarket has come to a CUNY institution. Comment.

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South Jamaica

Wills recognizes businesses in SE Queens for civic service

Keeping a small business running for 17 years is an achievement in and of itself, but for a South Jamaica barbershop’s successes to be measured in more than dollars and cents is an accomplishment worthy of recognition. Comments (1).

Cops on the look out for missing woman, 39

FLUSHING — The NYPD was looking for help in finding a missing person in the Flushing area, police said. Comment.

Jamaica-born author-composer Bowles lived in Morocco

Paul Frederick Bowles was a composer, author, poet and literary translator of multiple languages. Born in Jamaica, he spent most of his life in Tangier, Morocco, writing and composing. Comment.

Why Vote?

The presidential election was over in Queens before it started. President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney didn’t campaign here once. Comment.

Local pizzeria shares its wares

Due to the power shortage, there was a pizzeria, at 1300 Jericho Tnpk. in New Hyde Park, called Jessie’s Fireshack and Pizzeria that gave pizza and food to shelters and people in need around the neighborhood. Comment.

Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012


Woodhaven civic group steps up to help storm victims

Mother Nature’s worst brought out the best in some of Woodhaven’s residents. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Fresh Meadows pilot mourned after fatal crash

Friends and family gathered at Frederick Funeral Home to grieve for a Queens man who died in a plane crash on Long Island after police said his beloved Globe Swift plummeted into the Moriches Inlet near Fire Island late last month. Comment.
Jamaica Hills

Tietz celebrates opening of fully kosher kitchen

The cafeteria at Margaret Tietz’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center was packed with hungry people late last month as staff members, elected officials, rabbis and other community revelers gathered for the grand opening of the facility’s now completely kosher kitchen. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Cops on the hunt for two men in robberies

EAST ELMHURST — The NYPD was looking for the public’s assistance in locating suspects wanted in connection with two robberies within the 106th and 110th precincts, police said. Comment.
Forest Hills

112th Pct. looking for missing elderly man

FOREST HILLS — The NYPD was looking for the public’s assistance in finding a missing person within the 112th Precinct, police said. Comment.

Man, 45, dies after car hits him in Flushing

FLUSHING — A 45-year-old man was struck and killed over the weekend on 41st Avenue in Flushing, the NYPD said. Comment.

HinoMaru Ramen: Astoria’s new Japanese gem

Enthusiastic shouts of “Irasshaimase” by the young, attractive staff, welcomed us to HinoMaru Ramen, a newish Japanese noodle restaurant in Astoria. The greeting transported us back to our visit to the Land Of The Rising Sun a few years ago. In Japan, you will hear that greeting over and over, at high decibel levels, at almost every retail establishment you enter. You will probably also eat a lot of noodles, as ramen joints are both ubiquitous and affordable there. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Georgetown eliminates SJU from Big East tournament

St. John’s’ defense of its Big East tournament title ended quickly in a 2-1 defeat by a high-powered Georgetown team in men’s soccer quarterfinals Saturday afternoon in Washington, D.C. Comment.
The Civic Scene

Flushing man honored for saving woman under attack

Frank Magri, a Flushing resident who lives in the Pomonok Houses and is a member of Community Board 8, was recently honored at a CB 8 meeting for his heroic actions in defending a woman from an attacker in a subway car. Comment.

Was Padavan so Different?

By the time you read this, it will be after Election Day. The presidential candidates wrote off Queens before the campaign began. That’s why neither candidate was seen here except perhaps on their way to Hofstra University. Comment.

Sandy felled trees onto building

Now that Hurricane Sandy has moved away after severely battering our area and causing immense devastation, I would like to share my experience I had during the storm. Comment.

Friday, Nov. 9, 2012

Cambria Heights

Crips guilty in Jamaica teen’s 2009 slaying: DA

Two members of the notorious Crips street gang were convicted Friday of killing a 13-year-old Jamaica boy, whose 2009 death from a stray bullet has been one of several in southeast Queens galvanizing the community against gun violence, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Belle Harbor

More volunteers needed in the Rockaways

Except for a few generator-powered lights, the Rockaway Peninsula is plunged into darkness at night, but during the daytime’s sunlight hours there is plenty of work to be done. Comment.

Rockaway ferry to Manhattan back in action Monday

The city is temporarily reviving the Rockaway ferry to Manhattan while subway service remains out in the aftermatch of Superstorm Sandy. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Free fuel given out to Rockaway residents

Some relief at the pumps came to Rockaway residents Thursday afternoon when two fuel trucks were brought in to distribute free gas with assistance from the National Guard. Comment.

Dozens submit testimony on stop-and-frisk at York

Last year the NYPD stopped nearly 700,000 people across New York City — the majority of whom were young black and Latino men — but Manny Yusuf does not exactly fit that description. Comments (1).
Broad Channel

Superstorm imperils Jamaica Bay’s delicate ecosystem

Queens might not be known for having a fragile ecosystem, but one such spot in the southern portion of the borough is in dire straits following the devastation from Hurricane Sandy. Comment.

Bayside helps Sandy victims

Thousands of Queens residents were left without power, supplies and shelter in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, while some of their borough neighbors just miles away saw as little as some siding removed from their homes. Comment.
Broad Channel

Neighbors help neighbors in ruined Rockaway

As the days dragged on since Hurricane Sandy bludgeoned the city and cut power to many communities in the Rockaways, some people took it upon themselves to feed and provide for their neighbors as they waited for city services to be restored. Comments (1).

Burglary spree targets Bayside, Auburndale

Homes in Bayside and Auburndale have been victimized by a recent string of burglaries, according to the 111th Precinct. Comment.

Qns pols blast Con Ed, city on Sandy response

There was enough blame to go around this week as lawmakers throughout northeast Queens criticized different agencies for their responses, or lack thereof, to Hurricane Sandy. Comments (1).

109th finds $2M in heroin

Officers from the 109th Precinct made a massive heroin bust last week in Whitestone, recovering nearly 12 pounds of the uncut product that would fetch an estimated $2 million on the street, police said. Comments (14).

NE Queens mobilizes with major rescue effort

Residents in Flushing, Whitestone and College Point were eager to help their neighbors to the south whose homes were wiped out by Superstorm Sandy, but gas shortages and the logistics of transporting a large amount of goods made the prospect farfetched until several groups stepped forward with big plans — and big trailers to match. Comments (2).

Panelists tout networking skills at boro women’s center job fair

With jobs at the forefront of the discussion, city and borough leaders gathered in Flushing recently for a conference geared toward getting more women to work. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Former St. John’s dean Cecilia Chang found dead

The disgraced former St. John’s University dean who was accused of stealing more than $1 million from the school and forcing students to work as her personal servants was found dead in her Jamaica Estates home in an apparent suicide Tuesday. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Rich Hill man illegally fills gas buckets: Cops

RICHMOND HILL — A 47-year-old man was arrested and accused of filling buckets with gasoline over the weekend, the NYPD said. Comment.
From the Footlights

Entertainment tastes for all palates this season

Last week, the TimesLedger’s From the Footlights column featured a preview of the new Broadway and Off-Broadway seasons. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Christian Jones impresses Lavin with basketball prowess, shooting

Christian Jones, the last scholarship player added, will be one of the first to see the court for St. John’s this season. Comment.

The Best and Worst in Blue

An NYPD officer from Forest Hills was arrested last month on charges of planning a crime so gruesome that it looked like a script for a cheesy Hollywood slasher movie. Comment.

Pressure FAA to change planned LGA flight paths

Recently, I attended a news conference where state legislators expressed their opposition to the new flight patterns the Federal Aviation Administration has unleashed upon the citizens of northeast Queens. Low-flying, high-decibel, ear-piercing jets climbing over once-tranquil streets are not new to Queens, but such offensive patterns have been brief and temporary. Comments (1).

Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012


Mayor institutes odd-even gas rationing system for five boroughs

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Thursday afternoon that the city has instituted gas rationing in the five boroughs, which will function on an odd-even schedule. Comments (1).
Cambria Heights

Support for Obama in SE Queens appears to remain strong in 2012

With key swing states such as Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania in their crosshairs, President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney seemed to assume New York was a lock for the Democratic candidate — and judging by the sentiments expressed by voters in southeast Queens on Election Day, they were right. Comments (1).
Howard Beach

Sandy refugee lends helping hand at poll

Ever since Hurricane Sandy flooded Hamilton Beach, 34-year-old Paul Fruehwirth has been homeless. Comment.
Breezy Point

Pols blast utilities for slow storm response

With thousands in the city still without heat and power more than a week after Hurricane Sandy devastated the region, many Queens officials are blasting utility companies for an inadequate response and demanding a speedier restoration. Comment.

Storm slows St. Mary’s visits by nurses to homebound kids

Though Hurricane Sandy drifted away from northeast Queens more than one week ago, the consequences of her devastating winds and storm surge still plagued residents throughout the borough, including hundreds of home nurses at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside. Comment.

Queens is hit hard by shortage of gas

Fuel-starved Queens residents hoarded gasoline this week, exacerbating the city’s petroleum shortage and ensuring long lines continued at the pump. Comments (3).
Long Island City

G train back on track to Queens

The MTA Thursday restored subway service on the G line between Queens and Brooklyn. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Neighbor saves Far Rock residents from fierce flooding

Far Rockaway resident Eric Curtis credits his quick-thinking neighbor with saving his life during Hurricane Sandy. Comment.
Little Neck

Little Neck residents still trapped by Sandy

Nearly one week after Hurricane Sandy swept through Little Neck downing trees and power lines, Richard Kops and his wife Marcia killed time outside their darkened home off 57th Avenue. The only scenery in front of them included unattended trees and power lines that had fallen days earlier. Comments (2).

Thousands line up in Jamaica for free fuel at Queens Armory

Leon Richardson, of Jamaica, was only one example of what so many others throughout the city endured over the weekend after he waited in line for eight hours to fill up his gas tank in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Comment.
Howard Beach

Storm recovery first for pols in tight race

State Senate candidates locked in a tight and nationally scrutinized election in southern Queens put their campaigns aside in the days leading up to Election Day and devoted their full efforts to recovery from Hurricane Sandy instead. Comment.

Maloney says false tweets harmful to storm recovery

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) said Shashank Tripathi, the former campaign manager for her Republican opponent Christopher Wight, should be punished for the false tweets he made during Hurricane Sandy. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Power losses cripple Queens

A week after Superstorm Sandy plunged much of Queens into darkness, Con Edison and the Long Island Power Authority were estimating it could take another week to return power to thousands of customers in the borough, drawing scorn from places both high and low. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

SJU women’s b-ball welcomes new blood

The best season in program history isn’t enough for this group of St. John’s seniors. The legacy of Shenneika Smith, Nadirah McKenith and Eugenia McPherson as the most successful group in the history of Red Storm women’s basketball has one final chapter, one they hope to make better than all the rest. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

With Lavin back, young talent surges to SJU

D’Angelo Harrison understands the numbers are back in St. John’s’ favor. Comments (1).
Jamaica Estates

Bishop Ford talent Lewis pledges talent to St. John’s

Tears welled up in Aaliyah Lewis’ eyes and rolled down her cheeks before she could utter the words “St. John’s.” Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012


Turnout backlogs polls across Queens

Queens residents drawn out by the presidential race packed the polls in many parts of the borough, putting an additional strain on the city Board of Elections already burdened by the task of collecting ballots in neighborhoods destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Comment.

Meng cruises to House win

State Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) vanquished City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) in Tuesday’s election, becoming the first Asian American federal lawmaker from New York state. Comments (1).
Breezy Point

Sandy’s impact felt as voters sent to other polling places

Election Day arrived in Queens despite the lingering devastation from Hurricane Sandy and the effects of the storm on voters’ ability to cast their ballots was evident across the borough. Comment.
Howard Beach

Addabbo defeats Ulrich in key state Senate race

State Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) beat back a strong Republican challenge and held onto his seat with a decisive victory to win a second term, according to unofficial results from NY 1. Comment.
Ozone Park

Control of Albany’s upper house hangs in balance

Control of the state Senate was still up in the air hours after the polls closed across New York state Tuesday. Comment.

Dems win boro House races

Queens elected Democrats to all seven House seats open in the borough with two new faces ready to represent the county in Washington when the new term begins in January. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Rockaway recovery far off

More than a week after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc in the Rockaways, many areas of the peninsula were still reeling from the storm. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Two new faces elected to Assembly from NE Queens

It was a successful Election Day for Queens incumbents running for re-election in the state Assembly Tuesday, with results showing no upsets in the borough and two new faces earning a trip to Albany. Comments (3).
Jackson Heights

Lawmakers launch drives

Western Queens elected officials say their offices have filled up with donations multiple times over from community members for south Queens neighborhoods devastated by Superstorm Sandy last week. Comment.
Broad Channel

Broad Channel limps to life after hurricane

In Broad Channel, the American Legion has become the de facto center of the storm-ravaged island, with volunteers serving warm food to residents, handing out batteries and blankets and sorting through bundles of donated supplies, including stacks of clothes that literally reached the ceiling Monday evening. Comments (1).

QBridge officers face gunfire on night duty

A Rosedale man has been arrested on charges of attempted murder and robbery after he allegedly fired at several officers on the grounds of Queensbridge Houses Friday night, the NYPD said. Comments (1).

Boro lawmakers keep Albany posts

Despite a contentious redistricting that Queens’ Democratic legislators found to be a transparent power grab by Republicans to control the state Senate, Queens Democratic senators ended up holding onto their districts by large margins in the 2012 elections. Comment.

Slain tourist’s kin arrive from China

The woman left brain dead after a vicious mugging in Flushing died at a Long Island medical facility late last month, and a Queens congressman helped secure a visa allowing her brother to come to America to claim her body. Comment.
Middle Village

Christ the King soccer suffers heartwrenching defeat in CHSAA quarterfinals

A penalty kick began a wild Christ the King rally and brought it to an end. Comment.
Breezy Point

Rockaway players homeless

The damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in the Rockaways forced nearly the entire Fontbonne Hall varsity girls’ volleyball team, including Coach Linda Strong, to leave their homes and almost cost them their season. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012

Jamaica Estates

Former St. John’s dean killed herself: Reports

A former dean at St. John’s University who was on trial for allegedly embezzling $1 million from the school was found dead in her Jamaica Estates home Tuesday morning of an apparent suicide, the New York Post reported. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 5, 2012

Far Rockaway

Desperation builds on Rockaways (Continuing Live Blog)

As Rockaway residents struggled to clean their homes and belongings, find food and stay warm, frustration continued to mount Sunday during the sixth day the area was without power with no end in sight. Comments (2).
Rockaway Beach

Sandy shifts Queens polling sites

Voters in storm-ravaged Queens neighborhoods might have to report to a new polling site to cast their ballots on Election Day. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Some Queens schools remain closed, other to be relocated

The majority of schools across Queens opened their doors Monday after a full week of being closed following Superstorm Sandy, though a number of schools in the borough remain closed until further notice or are being relocated. Comment.
Breezy Point

Hurricane relief efforts get boost in Queens

Relief efforts following Hurricane Sandy’s devastating effects on the city moved up a notch Monday as Borough President Helen Marshall advised residents of their donation options. Comment.

Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012

Far Rockaway

Relief supplies slow to reach the Rockaways

Residents of the Rockaways braved dropping temperatures and a line that wound through Conch Playground and a block down the bordering sidewalk to receive food, water and other supplies at an aid distribution point Friday. Many said they were thankful to have help but also questioned why it started to arrive four days after Hurricane Sandy devastated the area. Comments (1).
Rockaway Beach

Neighbors help one another in Rockaway Beach

Some residents of the Rockaways who were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy and are without power and other city services have taken it upon themselves to provide for their community in the aftermath of the storm, cooking food and handing it out to people in need. Comment.

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