Wednesday, May 8, 2013


Bayside pharmacy offers natural products

Bell Boulevard in Bayside has two Rite Aids, but if you are willing to travel a little farther north on the shopping strip, you will come across a pharmacy that offers some unique products you cannot find anywhere else. Comments (1)

Reactivate the Rockaway Beach line

Bus service has always been an issue on the Rockaway Beach line, specifically the Q53. There is daily overcrowding with students and adults alike trying to get onto the bus so they can get to their destinations on time. Comments (1)

Tuesday, May 7, 2013


Bayside man honored for designing boro buildings

As construction rebounds in Queens, one architect is being acknowledged for his designs. Comments (1)

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Far Rockaway

Police looking for man from Far Rock, 67

FAR ROCKAWAY — The NYPD was asking the public’s help in finding a 67-year-old man who was missing since Tuesday. Comment

Obama, stop caving in to the GOP

It is hard to believe that our normally cognizant President Barack Obama would think that appeasing today’s warped incarnation of the Republican Party would have them reciprocate in kind. Comments (10)

Curran was a consummate coach

The death of basketball Coach Jack Curran is a sad loss for Archbishop Molloy High School, the city and the country. Comment

Monday, May 6, 2013


Avella bill bans self-certifying of new buildings

The practice of self-certification by developers has long been a thorn in the side of state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), and the lawmaker introduced legislation that he hopes could put an end to it once and for all. Comments (1)

Queens symphony to perform free concerts

When the Queens Symphony Orchestra books a gig at Flushing Town Hall, it skips the stage and heads straight to the floor. Comment
Glen Oaks

New Glen Oaks library slated for May opening

A new state-of-the-art library in Glen Oaks will open its doors for business by the end of May, the Queens Library System said. Comment

Missing Flushing woman located in Georgia: NYPD

FLUSHING — The public is being asked to help police find a woman who was missing since April 22. Comment

Tip of the week


Pols have no guts over gun control

I am disgusted with the cowardly behavior of some of our U.S. senators bowing down to the National Rifle Association and their lobbyists while more than 90 percent of Americans are in favor of universal background checks, a no-brainer. Yet 46 of our senators voted against the wishes of the people. Comments (5)

Sunday, May 5, 2013


Queens Library at Elmhurst hits important milestone

Queens politicians gathered at the site of the new Queens Library in Elmhurst Monday to commemorate an important milestone in the facility’s construction: the hoisting of the ceremonial final steel beam onto the structure, which is now complete. Comment
South Ozone Park

Borough college students visit Resorts World career day

Life after college is often filled with odd jobs, student loan payments and massive debt, and even if a student lands a job in his or her chosen career, it does not guarantee a substantial payday or even a living wage. Comment
South Ozone Park

Feds link Russian mob to 2012 JFK hotel slay

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan earlier this week linked a bizarre murder-suicide that took place last year in a hotel near John F. Kennedy International Airport with an international gambling ring, a prestigious Manhattan art gallery and something called a “Vor.” Comments (2)

NYPD to use gas in subway test

The New York Police Department and the Brookhaven National Laboratory will jointly conduct an airflow study of risks posed by contaminants in the New York City subways. Comment

Queens Library looks to get residents hooked on Ray Bradbury’s book with The Big Read

Characters from “The Great Gatsby,” “The Adventures of Pinocchio” and “Sleeping Beauty” mingled with Queens politicans last week outside the Flushing library to get residents talking about reading. Comment
Forest Hills UPDATE

Missing Forest Hills teen, 15, located

UPDATE: Police said 15-year-old Benjamin Xu, who had been missing, has been located. Comment

Girl, 12, missing from Ravenswood Houses

RAVENSWOOD — The NYPD was asking the public’s help in finding a 12-year-old girl. Comments (4)
I Sit and Look Out

‘Star-Spangled Banner’ hard to sing, but it does the job

Like most American kids, I learned our national anthem at an early age, in school. Assemblies in JHS 73 in Maspeth and at Newtown High School started off with it, and so did baseball games and other events. Comments (4)

More guns are not the answer

The idea of solving violence committed with firearms by increasing the amount of firearms is as idiotic as offering a drowning man a glass of water to relieve his thirst. Comment

Saturday, May 4, 2013


A train to return in June

Repairs to the A train, which is expected to reopen in late June, have cost more than $650 million so far, a spokesman for the MTA said Monday of the preliminary figure. Comment
Queens Village

Martin Van Buren principal launches pre-med program

The launching of a new pre-med program has helped lift Martin Van Buren High School onto a steady path to recovery, administrators said. Comments (1)
South Jamaica

Man jailed for 30 years in Queens brother’s slay

A Queens judge Wednesday sentenced a Brooklyn man to 30 years in prison for breaking into his younger brother’s South Jamaica house last year and stabbing him to death in front of his family, one week before the father of six young children was to be married. Comment

Feats of strength in Astoria, Queens

As I walked into the after-party at Red Door NYC in Chelsea, I slipped behind a red curtain and shuffled my way past an old Prohibition-style bar, through a thick crowd, to the vaudeville stage. There stood a hefty man with a long braid of red hair, whose booming hands were clasped around a hammer. Slowly the hammer bent and contorted. I looked to my right and assumed the smaller man I saw waiting in the wings was an assistant. Little did I know this man was Chris “Wonder” Schoeck, and he was waiting for his mentor, Chris Rider, to finish with the hammer so he could fin Comment

Police: Man robbed, assaulted in Corona [With Video]

CORONA — The NYPD is asking the public for help in locating four men who are wanted in connection with a robbery in Corona. Comment

NYPD looking for missing Elmhurst woman, 56

ELMHURST — Police were asking the public’s help in finding a 56-year-old woman who was missing since Sunday. Comment
Block Shots

Beach Channel lacrosse finds success after Sandy

The Beach Channel girls’ lacrosse program continues to thrive this season under less than ideal conditions. Comment
The Civic Scene

MTA works hard to get homeless out of subway system

The Senior Citizens Advisory Council of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is a group of volunteers with four members from each borough who at monthly meetings listen and suggest things to MTA officials. Comment

Voters in Limbo

The question hanging over Queens is what happens to constituents when their elected officials are charged with felonies. State Sen. Malcolm Smith, whose district covers the greater Jamaica area, and City Councilman Dan Halloran, who represents a swath of the north, have been accused of bribery in a corruption scandal. Comment

Earth Day deserves coverage

Did I miss it? In reading the April 19-25 issue of the Bayside Times, I saw not one mention of Earth Day or Earth Week. Comment

Friday, May 3, 2013


St. John’s Harrington stepping down

In a surprise move, St. John’s University President the Rev. Donald J. Harrington announced his retirement Friday two months after New York Magazine ran articles accusing him of taking gifts and vacations from a powerful school fund-raiser who killed herself during her fraud trial. Comments (1)
Flushing UPDATE

Flushing shooting victim identified as Whitestone resident

Police identified the man shot early Friday morning on 137th Street in Flushing as Leslie Balogh, 46, of 166th Street in Whitestone. Comment
South Ozone Park UPDATE

Police search for man wanted for molesting two S. Ozone Park girls [With Video]

The man wanted in connection with a criminal sex act against a minor in South Ozone Park Wednesday is now accused of a second similar incident, NYPD said. Comments (6)

Families vow to resume their Broad Channel lives

The storm changed everything. Comments (2)
College Point

Stolen signs irk city officials

Seemingly normal parking signs along a stretch of road in the College Point Corporate Park have actually been installed by a vehicular vigilante who rips out the city’s “no parking” notices as soon as they are installed, frustrated city officials said at a recent meeting with Community Board 7. Comment

Little League asks city to fix signs in Rosedale

A small, dilapidated sign with the letters “SLO” and a fraction of a “W” warns motorists to be aware of children near the Little League fields in Rosedale’s Brookville Park, and community members say they want better before the unthinkable happens. Comment
Little Neck

Duane joins Dems in race for Council

A former state Assemblyman from Little Neck formally announced his candidacy for City Council, jumping into an already crowded Democratic race to replace embattled Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), who announced Wednesday he will not seek re-election. Comment

Suit claims police brutality

A Marine veteran is suing the city, claiming officers from Jamaica’s 103rd Precinct kicked and beat him so hard when he stopped by the station house in January that his vision is impaired and he is suffering a recurrence of post-traumatic stress disorder. Comment
Kew Gardens

Boro cemetery program explores Victorian funeral rituals

Emma Brown was 7 when she was struck with rheumatism in the late 1800s. One night, she woke in terrible pain, crying that she was being murdered, then fell still back onto the bed. A doctor pronounced her dead and her body was prepared for burial. Comments (6)
Kew Gardens Hills

Isaac Sasson launches City Council campaign

Isaac Sasson, a Lottery winner and retired cancer researcher from Flushing who has previously set his eye on public office, officially announced he is running for City Council. Comments (2)

Air pollutants on the rise in Queens: Report

If you live in Queens, the air you breathe may put your health at risk, the American Lung Association said in its State of the Air report. Comment

Catsimatidis holds BBQ for boro office opening

Mayoral hopeful John Catsimatidis, a grocery store tycoon, opened a campaign office in Whitestone Sunday with a large barbecue that drew in Republican Party regulars and other supporters from across the borough. Comments (1)

Beloved pol’s name set for Ridgewood school

A school in Ridgewood will bear the name of a glass ceiling-shattering congresswoman from Queens when it opens this fall. Comment

It’s elementary for Douglaston’s theater group

After her job as a New York City school guidance counselor became less permanent, Heidi Warm decided it was time to follow some of her own career advice. Comment

Flushing theater cast takes tour of boro’s musical past

The Free Synagogue of Flushing Community Theatre Group celebrates its 40th season with the premiere of a original musical written and directed by long-time Queens resident Mark Lord. Comment

Police arrest two burglary suspects in Whitestone

WHITESTONE — Two suspects in multiple burglaries throughout northern Queens were nabbed last week, according to police sources. Comment
Jamaica Hills

Hilltoppers seek strong finish after inconsistent campaign

Mary Louis Coach Ginny Peiser has had a hard time evaluating her softball team this season. Comment

Bryant preps for playoffs

Longtime Bryant softball Coach Walter Hausdorf isn’t surprised by the success his team is enjoying this season. Comment

MTA disrespects Queens CBs

Community Board 9 is outraged by the lack of communication with us regarding a major MTA intrusion of articulated buses 62 feet long on the Q10 route from Kew Gardens to John F. Kennedy International Airport. Comment

Thursday, May 2, 2013


Liu aides guilty of illegal fund-raising for his mayoral campaign

Two former aides to city Comptroller John Liu were found guilty Thursday of soliciting illegal donations for his mayoral campaign in federal court in Manhattan. Comment

[UPDATED] Ridgewood man charged with killing his mother’s boyfriend

A 27-year-old Ridgewood man was charged with suffocating his mother’s live-in boyfriend and burying his remains in the couple’s backyard in Ridgewood, the Queens district attorney said Thursday. Comments (2)

Halloran will not seek re-election

Already indicted on federal corruption charges, City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) announced Wednesday he would not seek a second term in the wake of new allegations that he had affairs with both a former intern and former deputy chief of staff. Comments (10)

Liu looms large at aide trial

Lawyers defending a pair of former campaign aides to city Comptroller John Liu contended in closing arguments Wednesday the two were accused of corruption and wire fraud only because the government could not get to the mayoral candidate himself. Comment

Rockaway restaurant fights back for its place in the sun

Robert Kaskel’s businesses in the Rockaways sustained more than $1 million in damage during Superstorm Sandy. Comments (1)

Sheik’s soccer stadium plan draws pols’ ire

Some Queens lawmakers were not happy after hearing that a member of the Abu Dhabi royal family will soon announce his plan to fund a soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comments (2)

Sandy’s toll still felt in southern Queens

Six months after Hurricane Sandy, legislators cautioned that while progress has been made in the storm-battered coastal regions of Queens, there still is much left to be done before life returns to normal. Comment
Kew Gardens Hills

Arm wrestlers vie for the prize at Big Apple Grapple

A number of brawny men and women turned out at Cheap Shots Sports Bar in Kew Gardens Hills to compete in the city’s premiere arm wrestling championships Saturday, many of them seeking the thrill of besting an opponent using nothing but sheer will — and upper body strength, of course. Comments (2)

Flushing school serves up city’s first all-veggie menu

Mixed greens and chickpeas replaced miscellaneous chicken parts on the menu as children at a Flushing elementary school welcomed a special guest to share a healthy lunch. Comment

Task force to tackle overcrowded schools in western Qns.

To address overcrowding in western Queens, the city Department of Education opened PS 307 in Corona in 2008, but it soon became evident more was needed. Comment

Rent Board proposes increases up to 9.5%

The rent is going up next fall for just under a million New Yorkers whose apartments are under rent stabilization, and exactly how much will be revealed next month. Comment

Richards takes oath at York swearing-in

Newly elected City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) recalled the death of a young friend that led him to politics during his community inauguration earlier this week and pledged to be the voice of a new generation in city government. Comment
Long Island City

5 Boro Bike Tour rides through LIC, Astoria

The annual Five Boro Bike Tour will return to western Queens this weekend with a few restrictions put in place in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. Comment

Judges earn first Penn Relay title

Benjamin Cardozo added a piece of history to its storied girls’ track program. Comment

Former Molloy guard delays pro hoops career for school

Former Archbishop Molloy guard Russ Smith will return to the University of Louisville for his senior basketball season, he announced at the school last week. Comment
Jamaica Estates

SJU beats Marquette in Senior Day victory

Saturday was one of mixed emotions for the St. John’s men’s lacrosse team. Comment

Wednesday, May 1, 2013


Halloran will not seek re-election to Council

Embattled City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) will not run for re-election so that he could spend time fighting federal corruption and bribery charges, his spokesman said. Comment

Police identify Ridgewood body as missing man

Authorities have identified a body found buried in a shallow grave late Tuesday in Ridgewood as a neighborhood man recently reported missing. Comment

Prosecutors: Liu campaign aides lied

Federal prosecutors sought to convince a jury in closing arguments Tuesday that two former campaign aides to city Comptroller John Liu were guilty of a scheme to steal matching funds from the city Campaign Finance Board. Comment

Sandy leaves its mark on Queens

Superstorm Sandy ravaged parts of the Rockaways, Howard Beach, Hamilton Beach and Broad Channel on Oct. 29, 2012. The storm surge flooded homes, wrecked businesses and washed away cars as fires raged in several locations on the peninsula. Six months later, some areas appear to be much improved, while other places still bear the scars of the storm. Comment
Forest Hills

Spring flowers bloom with help of Forest Hills helpers

Volunteers transformed flower beds along Continental/71 Avenue in Forest Hills as part of an Earth Day cleanup. Comment

Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Sandy’s small victims still searching for homes

Their slogan is “One Pet at a Time,” and six months after Superstorm Sandy, a grassroots social media group is still working to reunite lost animals with their owners and find homes for displaced dogs and cats from the Rockaways and beyond. Comments (2)

Monday, April 29, 2013


Rockaway residents navigate morning commute after Sandy [With Video]

They live just 16 blocks apart, but Far Rockaway residents Devaney Brown and Abisoye Oloruntoba have chosen very different ways to commute to lower Manhattan in the six months following Superstorm Sandy. Subway service into and out of the Rockaways remains suspended as repairs are made on the A line to damage sustained during the storm. Comment

Group of thieves tie up family in Whitestone home invasion: NYPD

WHITESTONE — Police released video footage showing one of four suspects wanted in connection with a home invasion that occurred last week. Comment

Group of thieves tie up family in Whitestone home invasion: NYPD

WHITESTONE — Police released video footage showing one of four suspects wanted in connection with a home invasion that occurred last week. Comments (12)
Long Island City

Bus crash injures William Cullen Bryant students

ST. LOUIS — A number of William Cullen Bryant High School students suffered minor injuries when a bus that was taking them home from a robotics competition in St. Louis, Mo., careened off a highway in Ohio Sunday, the New York Post reported. Comment
Long Island City

Bus crash injures William Cullen Bryant students

A number of William Cullen Bryant High School students suffered minor injuries when a bus that was taking them home from a robotics competition in St. Louis careened off a highway in Ohio Sunday, the New York Post reported. Comment

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Fresh Meadows

St Francis Prep shooting guard Ganzi finds right fit at Roberts Wesleyan

Veronica Ganzi waited and waited for the right college to come around before she finally found it. Comment

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