Astoria Times

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012

Jackson Heights

Members of New Visions Democratic Club sworn in

State Sen. Jose Peralta’s son Miles, 6, joins the swearing in of the members of the New Visions Democratic Club in Jackson Heights. Comment.

Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012


Year of the Dragon celebrated in Elmhurst

Councilman Daniel Dromm and the Asian Community United Society marked the second-annual Elmhurst Community Lunar New Year celebration to welcome the Year of the Dragon. Comment.

Astorian Bracken landed roles on radio, TV and in film

Born Feb. 7, 1915, to Catherine and Joseph Bracken, Astoria native Eddie Bracken enjoyed a career that spanned seven decades as a movie, television and stage actor. Comment.

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012


Woodside slay suspect in jail

Capt. Donald Powers, commanding officer of the 108th Precinct, said at a town hall meeting last week that a man suspected of killing a Berkeley Co-Op Towers Section II resident last year was recently extradited to New York from Boston. Comment.

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Jackson Heights

Plaza dominates meet on Jax Hts one-way

In an effort to appease business owners on 37th Road in Jackson Heights, Community Board 3 voted to recommend the city Department of Transportation reverse 37th Road between 74th and 75th streets from one-way eastbound to westbound and create more parking spaces. Comment.

Satchmo, Latimer left large legacy in Queens

Central to the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s mission is preservation, revitalization and reuse of the city’s numerous architecturally significant buildings. In recognition of Black History Month, the conservancy is urging New Yorkers to visit sites or places that are crucial to understanding the role of African Americans in the city’s history. Comment.

Police seek three men in iPhone robberies

ASTORIA — Police were asking for the public’s help in catching three men suspected of stealing iPhones from N train passengers in Astoria. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 24, 2012


Former Mayor Dinkins honored at Black History event

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) honored former Mayor David Dinkins with a Lifetime Achievement Award at his second Black History Month celebration. Comment.
Long Island City

Fight on N train gets violent with knife: Post

LONG ISLAND CITY — A spat between two N train straphangers Monday ended in knife violence, the New York Post reported. Comment.

New Lines Mock Democracy

It seemed impossible, but the Republicans who control the state Senate have found a way to redraw Senate district lines in a manner that is more bizarre than the lines that exist. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012


Wife’s words could stop deportation

A Bangladeshi national who lives in Sunnyside with his three young children is being held in a detention center in New Jersey, even though his wife is an oath away from becoming a citizen. Comments (2).
East Elmhurst

City cuts Westway Motel from homeless shelter list

State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) said despite rumblings that the Westway Motel could become a full-time shelter for homeless families, the city Department of Homeless Services decided not to consider it last week. Comments (1).

Corona students sent Xmas cards to jailbird: City

A 31-year-old teacher in Corona gave her students the assignment to create Christmas cards for those in need, but she sent the cards to a friend who is an inmate in upstate New York, according to a report from the special commissioner of investigation for the New York City school district. Comment.
Long Island City

Bloomy names new dean at Roosevelt Isle campus

While the first phase of the applied sciences campus coming to Roosevelt Island, now called the Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute, will not be done until 2017, the institution now has a provost and dean. Comment.

Woodside awaits 440-seat school slated to open in ‘15

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) announced Friday the city Department of Education and city School Construction Authority had agreed to purchase four lots to build a 440-seat school in Woodside. Comment.

Harlem Globetrotter Curly Neal visits Hall of Science

Harlem Globetrotters legend Curly Neal shows off his moves during a visit to the New York Hall of Science in Corona as part of the program “The Science of Basketball.” Neal has been part of the team for 22 seasons, playing in more than 6,000 games in 97 countries with the Hall of Fame team. Comment.
Dishing with Dee

Support just one candidate if you want your party to win

Another busy week, but nothing spectacular — just regular Queens local stuff. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012


Corona community activist Caminiti, 100, dies

Anthony “Tony” Caminiti, a former community board member and an activist in Corona, recently died at the age of 100, Borough President Helen Marshall said Tuesday. Comment.

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