Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012

Far Rockaway

Far Rock resident shot during robbery: Brown

FAR ROCKAWAY — A home invasion Jan. 25 ended with no valuables missing, but a resident took a bullet in the buttocks, according to documents from the Queens district attorney’s office. Comment.
Long Island City

Chee’Bonnet brings sweetness to LIC

Pat Pilla said the idea for her business, Chee’Bonnet, was an accident. Comments (5).
South Ozone Park

Robber makes off with cash, cell phone: Cops

SOUTH OZONE PARK — A man was robbed in broad daylight Jan. 23, according to documents from the Queens district attorney’s office. Comment.

Hospice Care Network seeks volunteers

Hospice Care Network is seeking volunteer, licensed massage therapists to work with patients, caregivers and staff in Queens. Comment.

Monday, Feb. 13, 2012


LIJ event sheds light on women’s cardiovascular health

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and each year more women than men die from the disorder. Comment.
St. Albans

105th Pct. addresses SE Qns safety concerns at Smith meeting

Southeast Queens residents complained some members of the community have received unfair treatment from the police and urged them to use a more cordial tone while walking the beat during a meeting last week set up by state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans). Comment.

Staples on Northern Boulevard has shut doors for good

The Staples store at Northern and Parsons boulevards in Flushing closed for good Saturday, adding another vacant retail space on the street. Comment.

NYPD seeking help in finding Flushing woman

FLUSHING — Police were seeking the public’s assistance in locating a woman who disappeared last Thursday. Comment.
Springfield Gardens

Victim stabbed nine times during fight: Post

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS — A man was arrested after a late-night stabbing late last month, according to a report in the New York Post. Comment.
Glen Oaks

Volunteer ambulance service seeks new members

The Glen Oaks Volunteer Ambulance Corps is looking for members of the Glen Oaks; Floral Park; Bellerose; Oakland Gardens; New Hyde Park, L.I.; and North Shore Towers communities to join its volunteer team. Comment.

Synagogue Thrift Shop

The Free Synagogue of Flushing would like to invite the community to its store. Comment.

Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012

Little Neck

Boro photographer’s 90 yrs go by in a flash

Little Neck’s Dan Miller has had an interesting life, and he has the pictures to prove it. Comment.

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Rego Park

Boro WW II vet gets Bronze Star

Nearly 70 years after he fought in North Africa and Sicily during World War II, former Rego Park resident Arno Heller finally received the Bronze Star he was entitled to, thanks to U.S. Rep. Bob Turner’s (R-Middle Village) office. Comment.
Long Island City

PS1 welcomes public with flourish after construction

MoMA PS1, Long Island City’s longtime contemporary art institution on Jackson Avenue, cut the ribbon on its new entrance kiosk Monday. Comment.
South Ozone Park

Voters back Aqueduct center

Changing a few words made a big difference on state voters’ opinion of the plan to build the country’s largest convention center adjacent to the Aqueduct racino. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

British journalist cheers Lancman’s NY libel law

A state law co-authored by state Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) protecting journalists who report on terrorism from libel lawsuits in other countries that has since become federal law is now gaining traction across the pond. Comment.
Long Island City

Slashing victim received 20 stitches: Police

LONG ISLAND CITY — The victim of a robbery required 20 stitches after he was attacked with a knife inside a stairwell at LaGuardia Community College, officials said. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Elderly Richmond Hill man missing since Jan. 31

RICHMOND HILL — Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a man missing since late last month, according to the NYPD. Comment.
Pet Photo of the Week

Bowie and Harley win fourth Queens Critters contest

Bowie (l.) and Harley, 10-year-old cats owned by the Chasen family of Bay Terrace, are the winners of this edition of the TimesLedger Newspapers’ Queens Critter contest. Harley is named after a Harley Davidson motorcycle because he purrs loudly, and Bowie is named after David Bowie because she has two different colored eyes, which is similar to the rock star’s injured pupil in one eye, the family said. Comment.
The Play’s the Thing

Diversify the stage to bring in bigger audiences

Queens is touted as the most culturally and ethnically diverse county in America, even in the entire world, yet you wouldn’t know it from what is typically offered on its stages. Local theater producers often say that the plays they select are what their audiences want to see. Audience attendance, however, is dwindling and even attracting enough actors to fill the roles can be a challenge. Comment.

No Need for Kelly to Resign

It is a sad reality that more than 10 years after Sept. 11, the NYPD still finds it necessary to conduct undercover surveillance in city mosques. It is understandable that this infuriates city Islamic leaders. Comments (1).

Proper spelling of boro place names never conventional

The article “Queensborough Bridge accident driver sues city” (Astoria Times, Dec. 15-21) contained excellent reporting, but I wish to bring up a few points. Comments (1).

Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012


New auto shop picks up where Gleason’s left off

When Gleason’s auto repair shop on Bell Boulevard closed down in December — seemingly overnight — customers were left scratching their heads and wondering where to go to have their vehicles’ head gaskets replaced. Comment.
Community Service

Turner nominates two boro groups for EPA award

U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Middle Village) nominated two borough civic groups — CURES and the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers — last Thursday for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2012 Environmental Quality Award. Comment.

State Senate opposes city rule against churches in schools

As the city Department of Education’s Feb. 12 deadline draws closer, the state Senate moved swiftly to pass a bill Monday that would allow groups to continue to perform worship services in public schools when they are not in use. Comment.

Queens Chamber kicks off biz card exchange on Bell Blvd.

Bell Boulevard’s Bourbon Street restaurant played host to the Queens Chamber of Commerce’s first business card exchange of 2012 last week, when the borough’s captains of commerce stepped out of the staid January doldrums and networked with one another amid a Mardi Gras theme. Comment.

Elmhurst Disney Store adds interactive retail space

Disney is one of the most unique retail destinations in the world, and Queens families can look forward to an extra magical shopping experience in early September. Comment.

Study finds 50% of subway platform lights broken

The Straphangers Campaign checked the city’s subway platforms and found that neither rats nor missing trash bins are the worst problem but rather peeling paint, water damage and broken lights. Comment.

Bank teller tried to rob his place of work: Brown

ASTORIA — A teller at a Queens Citi Bank was arrested after attempting to stage a robbery at his place of work, according to documents from the Queens district attorney’s office. Comment.

Emergency responders assist with flipped Jeep

A Jeep Grand Cherokee overturned, trapping its driver at the corner of 150th Avenue and Lefferts Boulevard in South Ozone Park Monday morning. The extricated driver was examined in an ambulance. Comment.

Love in a melting pot

The diverse communities of Queens have myriad ways of celebrating, and in some cases ignoring, Valentine’s Day. Whether buying up stuffed bears or staying in for the night, the plethora of ethnic communities in the borough each respond to the holiday in their own unique way. Comment.
Middle Village

CK legend battles cancer

Erin Blum kept telling Clare Droesch she wasn’t going to let her St. Edmund Prep basketball team lose to Bishop Kearney. Comment.

Slain activist Malcolm X called East Elmhurst home in ‘65

The World’s Fair was in Queens, attracting visitors from far and wide. On Feb. 3, 1965, the Star-Journal reported that the fair “made news internationally as well as locally yesterday. The city will bring the fair into court if it fails to heed the subpoena served yesterday.” Comments (1).

Dumb and Dumber

In a crime taken right from a cop show, Kwame Hamilton, 19, and Antwione Nabnet, 20, both of Jamaica, allegedly stole a cell phone from a victim walking down a Jamaica street and then attempted to sell the phone back to their victim. Comments (1).

Move to put all power lines underground

Over the last few years, we have experienced tornados, snow and ice storms, hurricanes and major rain storms. During these events, power is often lost and power lines are down, making roads impassable and walking treacherous. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 10, 2012


Ackerman eyes more of boro

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) said he believes that when the state legislative task force on reapportionment releases its congressional district maps, his will contain more of Queens while the district held by his newest colleague, Rep. Bob Turner (R-Middle Village), may be eliminated. Comments (1).
Cambria Heights

Crowd cheers athlete’s return after shooting

Justin Thompson has shown exemplary strength and courage under the most difficult of circumstances. Comment.
East Elmhurst

E. Elmhurst man shot near home

A father of two was shot and killed just after sunset on an East Elmhurst street Saturday, just four days after another man, police said. Comments (1).

Flushing nurses ratify contract

The nurses at Flushing Hospital Medical Center voted overwhelmingly Thursday to approve a new three-year contract after a tentative agreement was reached last week, the union announced Friday. Comment.
Long Island City

CB 2 honors member for fight against strip club

Long Island City elected officials congratulated Patrick O’Brien, chairman of the Community Board 2 City Services Committee, for the work he did in urging the state Liquor Authority to reject a strip club’s request for a license to serve alcohol in the community. Comment.
Bay Terrace

CB 7 to hear women’s center plans for Totten

The Center for the Women of New York has reached an important milestone in its efforts to secure a home in Fort Totten Park, according to founder and Chairwoman Ann Jawin. Comment.

City, Ferreras break ground on new school in Corona

City Department of Education officials and City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) broke ground last week on a new elementary school in Corona, at Northern Boulevard and 110th Street. Comment.
Howard Beach

Air compressor set to cure smell on Cross Bay

The occasional summer stink of fish that permeates Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach will soon disappear now that the city has completed construction on an air compressor that it says will stop the odor. Comment.
Middle Village

Cemetery workers injured after fall into open grave

MIDDLE VILLAGE — Some workers at All Faiths Cemetery fell into an open grave Monday, injuring themselves on a recently lowered casket, according to a report in the New York Post. Comment.

Teen deposited, withdrew stolen money: Police

POMONOK — Police used bank records and video surveillance to arrest a teenager they said deposited a stollen check and then withdraw the ill-gotten cash from an ATM. Comments (2).
Dining Out

Alobar: A bit of ‘Portlandia’ in Long Island City

Get over your Brooklyn envy. Locavore artisanal restaurants, passionate about their food and drink, are popping up around western Queens like fungi after a rainy spring. Not only that, but they’ve breached the final barrier to restaurant wonderfulness: service. We’ve previously lamented, usually to ourselves, the undeniable resemblance of Queens’ wait staff to extras on “Jersey Shore.” Happily, that stereotype seems to have given way to the Inner Borough’s tendency to hire savvy aspirants to the arts waiting for their big break. At least thatR Comments (2).
Middle Village

Coach’s death calls for forfeits: League

Bishop Ford and Christ the King should forfeit their unplayed girls’ basketball games against Nazareth following Naz Coach Apache Paschall’s death, the CHSAA Eligibility and Infractions Committee recommended Friday. Comment.

After ample rest, Moore dings 30 for Holy Cross

If Marquise Moore had any rust in his first game back to the court in two weeks, it didn’t show Friday night. Comment.
The Civic Scene

BSA should be on side of Queens neighborhoods

In 1991, when the new City Charter was written, civic leaders warned that the creation of a city Board of Standards and Appeals would lower the quality of life, and it is happening as predicted. Comment.

Fairness a Stranger at CB7

Hiding behind the letter of the law, Community Board 7 has unanimously refused to grant a waiver to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to build a two-story church in Queens. Comments (2).

State must change condo, co-op assessments

For co-op and condo residents, the real property tax assessment rolls have become a tax roller coaster. Some eastern Queens co-ops are facing 50 percent increases in assessed value this year, at a time when market values are essentially flat. Comment.

Plaza will help boro biz

I read the reports that there is opposition from merchants to the Jackson Heights pedestrian plaza that was established last fall on 37th Road between 73rd and 74th streets. Some of the opposition claims that the loss of parking spaces has hurt business in the area. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012

Kew Gardens

New lines lambasted for state office seats

Civic groups, residents and community-based associations from across the borough lashed out Tuesday at the task force that proposed new district lines for state offices during a public hearing on the body’s plan at Borough Hall. Comments (1).

Mandingo honored for lifetime as community crusader

Activist Mandingo Tshaka has probably earned his weight in proclamations and awards over the years, but the Bayside Historical Society, which honored him for Black History Month, thinks he is worth every ounce. Comment.
Long Island City

Fresh Direct leaving LIC for the Bronx

While online grocer Fresh Direct decided not to set up shop in the Garden State, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the Long Island City-grown business would be moving to the Bronx. Comment.

Flushing Lunar parade draws huge crowd

The ghosts of ancient Chinese history marched arm-in-arm with Mr. Met during Saturday’s massive Lunar New Year Parade in downtown Flushing, exemplifying a neighborhood that keeps a tight hold on tradition while welcoming the rest of the borough with open arms. Comment.
South Jamaica

Man killed on Sutphin Blvd.

A 20-year-old man was shot and killed in South Jamaica early Sunday morning in what witnesses described as a barrage of gunfire. Comments (1).

Flushing remembers civil rights activist Rev. Mitchell

After the longtime pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Flushing died late last month, his funeral Friday served as a sombre way to start off Black History Month. He was 81. Comments (1).

Björk dazzles fans in Qns.

Icelandic superstar Björk’s new album “Biophilia” overflows with a high-tech fusion of surprising melodies and instrumentals. Her performances are colorful, audio-visual, multimedia experiences, where different facets of science and technology combine to push the bounds of creative musical expression with an eclectic mix of rock, jazz, folk, electronic, dance and classical genres. Comment.

Crowley, Maloney blast bill that would sap MTA of funds

Congressional members, transit officials and labor leaders have raised an alarm about proposed Republican legislation that would end automatic federal transportation money and leave New York City’s transit system in jeopardy. Comment.
South Jamaica

Family mourns S. Jamaica dad

A South Jamaica mother is still reeling after her brother-in-law broke into her home last week and attacked her family, slicing her 1-year-old daughter and killing her fiancee, police said. Comment.

Pols push to resurrect Elmhurst LIRR stop

The Long Island Rail Road said in a statement that it would be discussing with elected officials the possibility of reopening a station in Elmhurst along the Port Washington line that has been closed since 1985. Comment.

Astoria cat mask robber gets 10 years in prison

An Astoria death metal singer was sentenced to 10 years in prison last week for robbing two SoHo boutique stores while wearing a cat mask in the summer of 2010, a spokeswoman from the Manhattan district attorney’s office said. Comment.

New top cop takes over at 111th Precinct

The 111th Precinct has a new commanding officer. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Proposals trickle in for replacing LaGuardia Central Terminal

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) hailed news that the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey received proposals from 15 private firms interested in replacing the Central Terminal at LaGuardia Airport in East Elmhurst. Comment.
South Jamaica

Family loses grandmother in S. Jamaica blaze

The FDNY said Tuesday it was still investigating a fire that killed a beloved grandmother in South Jamaica last week. The fire took place on the second floor of 146-03 120th Ave. while the woman’s family was downstairs. Comment.
No Holds Barred

Citi Field: an ideal spot for public executions

Okay. So you have not heard from your elected officials, if you wrote to them or called them or e-mailed them about having public executionism in New York state. Don’t despair. It happens to the best — or worst — of us. Comments (6).
Fresh Meadows

Stolen Thunderbird abandoned in Fresh Meadows

FRESH MEADOWS — Police were searching for the driver of a stolen white Ford Thunderbird found parked last Thursday with a broken rear passenger window on 58th Avenue near 190th Street. Comments (1).
Middle Village

Royals take back CHSAA throne

Christ the King has taken its lumps. The Royals played five games in six days in three different states during one stretch this year. They’ve been blown out by nationally ranked teams on three separate situations. Comment.
Flushing Times

Stanners rally over TMLA

Scott Lagas is on Jessica Jamin constantly at practice. Comment.
Dishing with Dee

Bayside-Whitestone Lions Club looking for new president

This was a rather slow week, or at least for me it was. Last Thursday, the Queens Chamber of Commerce held a business card exchange mixer. Those events are always a fun way to network. Comments (2).

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012


Astoria man hit and killed by drunk driver: NYPD

An elderly Astoria man was struck by an SUV and killed Tuesday evening while crossing the street a block from his home, and police said the driver of the vehicle that hit him was allegedly intoxicated at the time of the accident. Comments (2).
Fresh Meadows

Lancman will run in 2012 for U.S. Rep. Turner’s seat

State Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) plans to run for the congressional seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Middle Village) in the upcoming 2012 elections, he said Tuesday afternoon. Comment.

Slain wife’s hubby nabbed

A Queens man whose wife, a teacher, was savagely beaten to death in her Astoria apartment building last week, is now in police custody. Comment.

No teacher layoffs in Bloomy’s budget

Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled last Thursday his $68.7 billion budget — a spending plan that has no tax increases or calls for teachers and uniformed city workers to lose their jobs. Comment.
Springfield Gardens

Officer uses computer program to catch robber

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS — A combination of a quick-thinking cop and cutting-edge technology led to the apprehension of an alleged teenage thief last Thursday, according to the NYPD. Comment.
Howard Beach

Over 100 firefighters needed to put out blaze

HOWARD BEACH — Firefighters responded to a large brush fire Sunday that took more than 100 of the city’s Bravest to tame. Comment.

Bayside beats Cardozo for first time in over decade

Before last week, Bayside had not defeated Cardozo in 11 years. But just minutes into the second quarter, with a large lead, it was evident that the losing streak was coming to an end. Comments (1).

Cardozo students place second in science competion regionals

Students from Benjamin Cardozo High School in Bayside beat out some stiff competition Saturday to take second place in the regional round of the New York State Science Olympiad competition. Comments (2).

Monday, Feb. 6, 2012


Shootings kill three over weekend

Three people were murdered during the weekend in Queens as a wave of violence took its toll on the borough from Corona to Queens Village to South Jamaica. Comment.

Boro electeds cry foul over attempt to stop city transit funding

Members of Congress, transit officials and labor leaders warned today of what they said was a Republican plan to put an end to automatic federal money for New York City’s transit system. Comment.

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