Astoria Times

Monday, Dec. 12, 2011

East Elmhurst

Airline employee pleads guilty in assault

LAGUARDIA AIRPORT — A 34-year-old ramp agent for Southwest Airlines at LaGuardia Airport pleaded guilty Tuesday to brutally assaulting his supervisor in August, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011

Jackson Heights

Jax Hts park marks 200th conversion from schoolyard in city

Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited Jackson Heights, the neighborhood most starved for park space in Queens, last week to celebrate the upcoming opening of PS 69’s student-designed playground, which comes complete with a human sundial and rock wall with “fossils.” Comment.
Jackson Heights

Colombian soccer fans show their pride

Colombian soccer fans parade along Roosevelt Avenue en route to watch a match Saturday of last week. Comment.

Award-winning actress Patty Duke hails from Elmhurst

Actress Patty Duke was born Dec. 14, 1946, as Anna Marie Duke in Elmhurst. She is perhaps best known for her starring role in the eponymous sitcom “The Patty Duke Show” and her portrayal of drug-addicted Hollywood star Neely O’Hara in the 1967 camp classic “Valley of the Dolls.” Comment.

Community College Cup Is Half-Full

A report recently released by the Center for an Urban Future claims that city community colleges “are not yet delivering on all their potential.” And it reached this conclusion because, like other community colleges in the city, LaGuardia and Queensborough have only a 28 percent graduation rate. Comment.

Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011


Semi-streaking Santas stroll down Ditmars for donations

A nearly naked Saint Nick climbing down the chimney in the middle of the night might sound terrifying, but Astoria residents were all smiles Saturday when a group of scantily clad Kris Kringles stripped for charity and streaked through the neighborhood. Comment.

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Friday, Dec. 9, 2011

Dutch Kills

Lawmaker blasts LIC Muni-meter parking

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), community leaders and residents condemned the city Department of Transportation Monday for its plans to install Muni-Meters near 41st Avenue and 29th Street in the Dutch Kills section of Long Island City. Comment.
Long Island City

CB 2 calls on mayor to solve film crew issues

Lights! Camera! Buy local! Comment.

City agencies untapped resource in distributing library cards: Pol

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) announced at the Woodside Library last week that he had introduced legislation designed to put even more library cards in the hands of needy children. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011


Astoria dive pool being re-imagined

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) announced Tuesday that Astoria Park’s long-neglected diving pool will get a $1 million renovation and be converted into a first-class performance space by 2013. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Flight 1225 nonstop to Santa’s shop

Patients from Cohen Children’s Medical Center took off from LaGuardia Airport and landed at the North Pole Saturday, where they met Santa Claus and received gifts to brighten their day. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Cops hunt incognito shooter

Police were asking for the public’s help in catching a man who tried to murder two officers Friday afternoon in Jackson Heights as City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) called for more police protection in the area. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Qns family set adrift after father detained

A Queens family is pleading with the federal government to release their patriarch, who has been in jail for more than eight months, since they say immigration officials have not formally charged him with any crime. Comment.

Mob tied to imported strippers scheme: Feds

Federal authorities said last week that 20 individuals, some of whom are allegedly members of the notorious Gambino and Bonnano mob families, were arraigned in Manhattan federal court on charges of importing women from Russia and Eastern Europe to work at strip clubs in Queens and on Long Island. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Jax Hts board fires BID head for trashy street

Sharada Devi, head of the 82nd Street Business Improvement District, was fired by the BID’s board due to incompetence, and Small Business Commissioner Robert Walsh vowed to hire a new executive director who would turn the commercial strip around within 100 days. Comment.
Long Island City

Stony Brook, Rockefeller among tech campus rejects

Two entities have been rejected in their bids to build an applied sciences or engineering campus somewhere in the city because they did not meet the criteria for the city’s competition, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said last week. Roosevelt Island is one of the possible sites. Comment.
Dishing with Dee

Maltese, Padavan consider running for office ... sort of

The days are rushing by and we are receiving holiday party invitations by the droves. Unfortunately, everyone is still trying to squeeze most of the parties in on Thursdays. Most Thursdays have at least four parties scheduled. Oh, well, it’s Ho! Ho! Ho! off to the parties we will go! We will try to give them our best shot for coverage. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011


Cops nab stepdad in Astoria slay

A 52-year-old Queensbridge man has been charged with killing his 32-year-old stepdaughter and wounding his 57-year-old estranged wife Monday morning on the day that his divorce trial was to begin, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Long Island City

Woman raped in Long Island City: Cops

LONG ISLAND CITY — The authorities were searching for three men who they say raped a 20-year-old woman early Sunday morning. Comment.

Monday, Dec. 5, 2011


Mother, daughter shot in Astoria home: Neighbors

Astoria residents were shocked by the shooting of two women Monday morning, saying such a crime was nearly unheard of on the quiet residential street near Ditmars Boulevard. Comment.

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