Astoria Times

Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009

Jackson Heights

Dromm, Van Bramer win seats

Democratic nominees Daniel Dromm and Jimmy Van Bramer cruised to victory Tuesday to become the first openly gay Council members in Queens. Dromm, a public school teacher and Democratic district leader, handily defeated Republican real estate investor Mujib Rahman to win the Council seat that covers Corona, East Elmhurst, Elmhurst and Jackson Heights. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Forest Hills Gdns. turns 100

Forest Hills Gardens has turned 100 this year and to celebrate the close-knit neighborhood will be putting on a show featuring the area’s current and future talent. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Woodside parolee arrested

Police have arrested the man they contend was responsible for shooting two men in Sunnyside late last month after he apparently fled to Florida. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Judge dismisses suit to let Queens Falcons play on field

After pitching a court battle to try to win back access to a field they have played on for more than two decades, the Queens Falcons youth football organization has been handed a difficult defeat in Middle Village. Comment.
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Forest Hills video store site of robbery: Police

FOREST HILLS — Police were looking for a suspect who they said robbed a video store two weeks ago. Comment.
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Cops capture armed man in Springfield Gdns house

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS — Officers apprehended an armed man who barricaded himself inside a home on Pineville Lane and 187th Street Monday, police said. Comment.
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Cops search for man who robbed bank in Astoria

ASTORIA — A man is wanted in connection with a bank robbery that took place at a Capital One Bank on Halloween, police said. Comment.
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Police say man tried to abduct boy, 8, in Astoria

ASTORIA — A boy was nearly abducted off the street last week, according to police, and the authorities have asked for the public’s help in catching the suspect. Comment.
Editorial

More Bad News%A0for Sen. Slash

New questions have been raised about the ethics of state Sen. Hiram Monserrate. He was convicted three weeks ago of misdemeanor assault charges related to an incident in which his girlfriend’s face was slashed with a broken glass. He was acquitted of more serious felony charges, but four government reform groups have raised questions about Monserrate’s legal defense fund. Comment.
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I Sit and Look Out: Honor veterans for what they have done all year

The flags and the marchers will be gone. The music will fade away. The spectators will leave. Comment.
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QueensLine: Creating Queens Boulevard became an arduous process

In October 1912, commissioners were appointed as work began on Queens Boulevard. Their task was to use the right of eminent domain to take property needed for the highway. Comment.
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Political Action: Two boro Assembly seats look up for grabs in 2010

The 2010 election cycle will soon be upon us. As the process unfolds, there seems to be some interesting races emerging. Comment.
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Dishing with Dee: Bowne Park Halloween party supplies fun for kids, adults

It’s the wrong time to cover the election results. Since we can’t do anything about that, we might as well give the election possibilities a rest. Yes, Virginia, there is a life other than election results. Comment.
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Berger’s Burg: Vet’s trek in World War II embodies sacrifice, courage

A veteran is someone who ... wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America” for an amount of “up to and including my life.” — Anonymous Comment.
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How’s Business? Plan ahead for retirement

We have all experienced the high of earning our first paycheck. Nevertheless, we all strive to one day retire. It seems that day has been set back by a higher cost of living coupled with falling retirement plans that have hurt nest eggs. In speaking with investment professionals, perhaps it is not a pipe dream to retire on time. Comment.
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Whitestone biz keeps people fit

After opening Personal Best Fitness in Whitestone about one month ago, Cathy Quinn is one step closer to completing her goal in life. Comment.
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Incumbents triumph in SE Queens races

The status quo will remain for the political scene in southeast Queens as the area’s City Council incumbents won their bids for consecutive terms Tuesday. Comment.
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Ex-Queensite wins $5M lottery in LIC

Stay-at-home mother Mi Hyun Moon said she is “overjoyed” she did not stay home Sept. 14. Comment.
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Landlord promises to give Vantage tenants clearer bills

After a year of demonstrations, criticisms and tense meetings, members of the Queens Vantage Tenants Council appear to have made progress with their landlord, Vantage Properties. Comment.
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Vallone, Van Bramer take election

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) held on to his seat for a third term, defeating Green Party candidate Lynne Serpe and Populist Jerry Kann Tuesday night. Comment.
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U.S. Rep Crowley awaits passage of House’s health bill in few days

The U.S. House of Representatives’ version of the federal health care reform bill is expected to pass this weekend, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) said Tuesday. Comment.
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Vantage founder assesses his record as owner of 80 boro apt. buildings

After spending the summer seeking input from tenants, Neil Rubler and his real estate company, Vantage Properties, plan to roll out several new initiatives they say will address the concerns of Queens residents, including a new billing system and partnering with a translation service to aid individuals calling the company’s complaint hot line. Comment.
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Voters return Marshall, mayor as Liu swept in as comptroller

Saying issues like crime, education and affordable housing drove them to the polls Tuesday, Queens residents helped to re-elect Helen Marshall as borough president and Mayor Michael Bloomberg to the city’s highest office by a narrow, while sending John Liu (D-Flushing) to the comptroller’s office as the first Asian American to win a citywide office. Comment.
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Parts of Queens-Midtown Tunnel to shut on 2 Sundays

The MTA plans to shut down parts of the Queens-Midtown Tunnel the next two Sundays for repair work. Comment.
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Vallone retains City Council seat

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) fended off Green Party candidate Lynne Serpe and Populist Jerry Kann Tuesday to retain his seat for a third term. Comment.
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Costco will take food stamps after Gioia’s prodding

After a successful pilot program in Astoria and Brooklyn, Costco Wholesale announced last week that it would begin accepting food stamps at all locations nationwide, making one Queens elected official very happy. Comment.
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Ulrich retains seat vs. Frank Gulluscio

Republican Eric Ulrich successfully defended his City Council seat from Democratic challenger Frank Gulluscio Tuesday night, winning 58.11 percent of the ballots cast, or 10,167 votes, while Democrat Frank Gulluscio got 41.89 percent, of, or 7,330 votes. Comment.
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Dromm, Van Bramer win

Queens has its first two openly gay City Council members now that Democrats Danny Dromm and Jimmy Van Bramer have won election. Comment.
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Republican Koo edges out Chou in Flushing

Xueqiao Gao, 18,of Flushing woke up at 4 a.m. Tuesday to prepare for the long day of volunteer campaigning for Republican City Council candidate Peter Koo she had ahead of her. She worked until 9 p.m. Tuesday night in front of Flushing’s Taiwan Center to ensure people voted for the man she felt so enthusiastic about.0 Comment.
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Queens Dems backing Peralta over Monserrate

After calling on state Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst) to resign following his conviction on a misdemeanor for assaulting his girlfriend, the Queens Democratic Party issued a further rebuke by backing state Assemblyman Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) to challenge him in 2010. Comment.
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Judge questions defense’s statements in Seminerio case

After the attorney representing former state Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio argued that his client was a hardworking public servant who bent over backward for his constituents, U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald expressed reservations about the defense’s statements. Comment.
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Koslowitz headed to Council with victory over Schulman

Karen Koslowitz defeated Lynn Schulman and Bartholomew Bruno Tuesday in the race to replace City Councilwoman Melinda Katz (D-Forest Hills), claiming a victory that sends the former councilwoman back to City Hall, according to unofficial results reported by NY1. Comment.
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Judge asked to further review Mary Immac, St. John’s sale

The state Dormitory Authority has asked a federal bankruptcy court judge to further review the sale of St. John’s and Mary Immaculate hospitals to Guttman Realty, a Dormitory Authority spokesman said this week. Comment.
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S. Ozone Park sergeant killed in Afghanistan

Planswere underway this week to bury another member of the Queens military community who was killed while fighting in Afghanistan. Comment.
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Halloran defeats Kevin Kim

Republican Dan Halloran defeated Democrat Kevin Kim for a seat on the City Council following a race that become increasingly contentious as the candidates accused each other’s campaigns of religious and racial discrimination. Comment.
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Crowley re-elected to Council seat

Incumbent City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) staved off a serious challenge from Republican Tom Ognibene, who once held the same seat, to win her first full term representing Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village, Ridgewood and parts of Richmond Hill. Comment.
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Lavender and lather

What’s the cure for cooler-weather, recession-induced blues? Comment.
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The Play’s The Thing: Flushing theater group turns 35 with ‘Curtains’ production

In downtown Flushing, one of the most diverse ethnic neighborhoods in the country, stands the Free Synagogue of Flushing, an architectural resource recently nominated to both the state and National Register of Historic Places. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 2, 2009

Astoria Times

The Reel Queens: Queens Film Festival has local color, international scope

Borough residents will get a glimpse of the world’s cultures next month at the seventh annual Queens International Film Festival, where this year’s lineup includes a new movie by a prominent Turkish filmmaker, a documentary on professional radio control car racers and a live music performance by Kris Kristofferson. Comment.
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Fresh Meadows man kills wife, self: Police

An elderly Fresh Meadows resident who owned a Manhattan jewelry store committed suicide after shooting and killing his wife Wednesday, police and neighbors said. Comment.

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