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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Whitestone Times

Queens Crossing touts cross-culture exchange

The China-based International Cultural Industry Fair has chosen a Flushing-based company to promote its products in New York. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Queens College opens center to help young entrepreneurs

Queens College alumnus Len Schutzman got a welcome at his alma mater at the house he helped build: the new entrepreneurship center on campus. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Obituary

The death of Patricia Addison Phillips Henry Bouck Uelman, born and raised in Flushing and a third-generation parishioner of St. George's Episcopal Church where her parents were married, has been announced by her family many months later. Comment.
Whitestone Times

NYPD too tight-lipped on police academy: CB 7

Members of Community Board 7 are growing concerned over the lack of contact from the New York Police Department about its proposed $1.2 billion police academy in College Point. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Little Neck mart battles cancer

Customers at a Little Neck Stop & Shop treated themselves to tasty scoops of ice cream Saturday to support a 6-year-old Queens girl with leukemia and other victims with cancer at a fund-raising event. Comment.
Whitestone Times

LIJ opens parking garage for employees at hospital

Long Island Jewish Medical Center cut the ribbon on a $29 million employee parking garage last week that it said would help free up spaces for patients and visitors at the hospital's public garage while reducing congestion on neighborhood roads. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Fresh Mdws. cold case slay ends with life 22 years later

A 21-year-old murder investigation drew to a close last week when a 54-year-old former Fresh Meadows resident was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for the murder of his neighbor in 1986. The now-convicted man had been living as a fugitive in California, where he was found in 2006, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Fitness fanatics take a hike at Fort Totten

Outside the stony entrance of Fort Totten, a group of roughly 25 Queens residents stretch under the warm May sun as they prepare for a brisk morning walk. They are wearing pedometers to measure the steps and a personal trainer is guiding their stretches. Comment.
Whitestone Times

CB 11 OKs cerebral palsy homes

Community Board 11 voted 22-9 Monday to approve the two group homes in Bayside that would house adult women suffering from cerebral palsy. Comment.
Whitestone Times

CB 11 nixes proposal to landmark Doug sites

Following nearly an hour of heated debate between Douglaston homeowners and neighborhood preservationists, Community Board 11 denied a proposal to landmark 21 historic buildings in Douglaston. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Boro native travels with Giants to D.C.

A former Whitestone resident and current New York Giants executive who began his career as a ball boy for the team went to the White House last week at the invitation of President George W. Bush in celebration of their Super Bowl victory in February. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Avella applauds passage of street tree, yard bills

During his six years in office, City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has seen more concrete and less greenery lining the streets of Queens. One Auburndale family was about to be cheated out of having a full backyard, developers were removing trees from the traditionally tree-lined streets of Bayside and an entire city block in College Point was paved over to provide ample parking space. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Alley Pond has avian beauty

Early one morning this past April, I went with a small group of birders to Alley Pond Park, a magnet for migrating spring birds. Early morning is when birds are active because they are feeding. We get some quick looks at a yellow-rumped warbler, with bright yellow shoulder patches, and a striking black and white warbler. As we look, the trees catch my eye. They are thin, tall and so close together that the only thing the eye can see between them is vegetation. It is a photograph waiting to be taken. Comment.
Astoria Times

Woman stabbed at her front door: Police

JAMAICA A woman who rented a room on Rockaway Boulevard was recovering after she was attacked at her front door Sunday morning, police said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Triborough Bridge worker dies in scaffolding mishap

ASTORIA A construction worker died Tuesday after he fell nearly 40 feet off a scaffolding under the Triborough Bridge, the FDNY said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Springfield Gardens man robbed N.J. bank: Cops

KENILWORTH, N.J.A Springfield Gardens man was extradited to New Jersey to face criminal charges in a bank robbery, the Kenilworth police department said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Police seek burglar who stole jewels

BAYSIDE Police were looking for a suspect who they say broke into a house Saturday and stole countless valuables from the homeowners. Comment.
Astoria Times

Minivan stolen from Toys ‘R’ Us parking lot

LITTLE NECK A minivan was stolen from the parking lot of a Toys 'R' Us on 242nd Street and 61st Avenue Friday, police said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man assaulted, robbed in Oakland Gdns.: Police

OAKLAND GARDENS A pedestrian was physically assaulted and robbed on his way to a nearby park Sunday afternoon, police said. Comment.
Astoria Times

$1K in electronics stolen in Little Neck: Police

LITTLE NECK Police were looking for suspects who stole more than $1,000 in equipment from a parked car Friday afternoon. Comment.
Astoria Times

Jamaica man arrested on drug charges: Police

TARRYTOWN A Jamaica man wanted on drug charges was under arrested after he was assaulted a state trooper Monday night, state police said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Briarwood man arrested for trespassing: Police

LONG ISLAND CITY A man with a large amount of pocket change was arrested last Thursday at the Queensbridge Housing Project, the Queens district attorney's office said. Comment.
Letters

Willets Pt. rezoning plan undemocratic

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the city Economic Development Corporation have not demonstrated why a 700-room hotel in an area besotted with hotels, a 400,000-square-foot convention center, upscale shops and minimal affordable housing justify the destruction of 225 viable businesses in Willets Point and dislocation of over 1,300 employees and their families. Comment.
Letters

Mayor should avoid cuts to education in city’s ‘09 city budget

It is imperative we stop the potentially devastating education budget cuts Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed in next year's city budget. Comment.
Letters

Fallout from Con Ed power loss wrong for NE Queens businesses

It makes absolutely no sense that Con Edison CEO Kevin Burke is going to receive an additional 24 percent increase in his salary. This man showed no understanding for the suffering and economic losses the residents of northwest Queens endured for 10 hot days in July 2006. Comment.
Letters

Everyone should try finding peace

The verdict is in and Justice Arthur Cooperman has declared not guilty all three officers in the death of Sean Bell. His verdict was based on law and the evidence and testimony given. In my opinion, the district attorney did not prove his case beyond a reasonable doubt. Comment.
Letters

Curb development in Queens

An open letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Comment.
Editorial

The Sean Bell Aftermath

On Saturday, the Rev. Al Sharpton announced six locations none in Queens where "pray-ins" would be held to protest against the not-guilty verdict in the Sean Bell trial. This editorial was written in advance of the demonstrations scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday and we do not know whether Sharpton will succeed in "shutting the city down" at any of the locations. Our guess is he will not. Comment.
Editorial

The Ethanol Disaster

If readers want to see how a facile solution can go wrong, they need look no further than George W. Bush's ethanol mandate. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 requires that a percentage of the fuel sold in the United States be made from corn-based ethanol. Critics say this use of corn is resulting in higher prices and tragic shortages in the poorest countries. It is estimated that one person could eat for 365 days on the corn used to make enough ethanol to fill an SUV tank. Comment.
Editorial

Say ‘No’ to the Padavan Plan

It is a safe guess that few, if any, TimesLedger readers are not feeling the pain of higher prices at the gas pump. The cost of regular gas is nearing $4 a gallon and the increased costs in transportation result in higher prices at the supermarket. These are indeed difficult days, which is precisely why people should be wary of politicians offering simplistic solutions. Comment.
Editorial

Funny Money

The more we learn about the City Council's distribution of millions of dollars to community-based organizations, the worse it gets. At best, no one was paying attention to how the taxpayer funds were being used. Comment.
Astoria Times

The Civic Scene

On June 7 and June 8, the American Cancer Society will hold its Relay for Life at The Oval in Cunningham Park, Fresh Meadows. It is one of several such events taking place in Queens this year. It was first held in Cunningham Park last year, but this year there are more public notices, so the event should be bigger. Comment.
Astoria Times

Political Action

Queens's 30th City Council District, covering Middle Village, Glendale, Maspeth and Ridgewood, is the first contest of the political season and has attracted interest citywide. This election could be considered three campaigns in one: After the special election ends June 3, a petition drive begins for another election for the same seat a few days later. The second election, however, will be channeled through the regular political party system with the candidates competing in a primary for their respective party nomination. Comment.
Astoria Times

Our History

Seldom mentioned and languishing in oblivion for many years was an early Italian explorer who in recent years has received proper recognition. He was the navigator and explorer Giovanni da Verrazano. Comment.
Astoria Times

Neighbor to Neighbor

When we first began talking about holding our Going Green in Queens event at a special meeting of the Queens Coalition of Parks and Green Spaces, it sounded as if it would be a great opportunity to educate attendees myself included. Recently, I have begun wondering if there are others like myself who feel, as the years go by, that there is still much to learn. Going Green in Queens did not disappoint. Comment.
Astoria Times

I Sit and Look Out

On one of our trips to the British Isles, Elaine and I visited the city of Durham in northeast England. One of the highlights was the cathedral, a most impressive building, located high above a river which ran through the city. Comment.
Astoria Times

Dishing with Dee

Another busy week has gone by. Wednesday evening, John Farrell had his annual Queens Flag Day Dinner at Ricardo's By the Bridge in Astoria. Unfortunately, John was not there due to an automobile accident earlier in the week which demolished his car. He sustained injuries and required hospitalization. Our wishes for a speedy recovery. We all miss you. Comment.
Astoria Times

Berger’s Burg

A little girl went into her mother's bathroom and remarked on the size of her tummy. Comment.
Astoria Times

Tutor program lends helping hand

Tutors on Wheels is the dream of Jasleen Sabharwal, who opened the business in 2004 in a church in Richmond Hill and moved to a storefront on Austin Street in Forest Hills last year to have space to expand her client list as students grow. Comment.
Astoria Times

How’s Business?

I attend networking functions in Queens neighborhoods and meet intelligent people who own their own businesses. The general consensus is that due to the lack of available time and many responsibilities business owners face, they are usually blind to the places money can seep out of. Comment.
Astoria Times

Fundraisers

10th Anniversary MediSys Golf & Tennis Classic Comment.
Astoria Times

Business Calendar

26th Aviation Networking Conference Comment.
Astoria Times

Woodside director qualifies in film semifinals

Perhaps it was not a gold statuette, but a young Woodside filmmaker can now count making the semifinals at the Student Academy Awards among his accomplishments. Comment.
Astoria Times

Tifereth Israel landmarked

The City Council gave its approval to the landmarking of two popular Queens buildings last week. Comment.
Astoria Times

Teen convicted of shooting Maspeth father-to-be: DA

A Brooklyn teenager was convicted last week in the attempted murder of a Maspeth man during an October 2006 armed street robbery during which the victim was shot in the head, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Some Queens chain restaurants post calories after appeal fails

As an air-conditioner repairman, Manny Borcena's work takes him all over the borough, forcing him to grab lunch on the go at fast food restaurants. And on Tuesday, it took him to McDonald's on Bell Boulevard in Bayside. Comment.
Astoria Times

Smart planning key for Queens: Muss

Joshua Muss, the third-generation head of Muss Development, told the Queens College Business Forum Friday that the challenges facing developers had been around for decades and distributed a presentation outline from 1986 to prove it. Comment.
Astoria Times

SE Queens officials look at gangsta rap funds

Hip-hop groups joined southeast Queens leaders at the High School for Law Enforcement and Public Safety last Thursday to address what they called a misappropriation of New York's taxpayer dollars. Comment.
Astoria Times

Ridgewood mom caned man: DA

A 52-year-old Ridgewood mother with health problems will return to court in June after she was accused by the Queens district attorney of breaking into the home of her underage daughter's adult boyfriend last year and striking a neighbor repeatedly with her cane. But her attorney said she was only attempting to protect her daughter. Comment.
Astoria Times

Rich Hill bowlers question alley closing

A Richmond Hill bowling alley closed without advance notification to its customers late last month and forced bowlers to wait in line to retrieve their equipment. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens residents get used to living with less

The slowdown in the U.S. economy has trickled down to Queens, where the unemployment rate is rising, lines at food pantries are swelling and more residents are using half of their paychecks on rent. Comment.
Astoria Times

Police raid nets $1M in pirated DVDs: DA

Newly released titles like "Iron Man" were among the more than $1 million illegally pirated movies confiscated by police last week when they raided six spots in Bayside and Flushing as part of a counterfeiting investigation, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Peninsula Hospital nurses protest

A day after their contract expired, nurses at Peninsula Hospital in Far Rockaway protested outside the gates of the facility Friday demanding better pension and health care benefits. Comment.
Astoria Times

Paterson fast-tracks Aqueduct slot contract

After years of talk about adding casino-style slot machines to Aqueduct Race Track, a contract to operate a racino at the track is expected to be awarded within the next two weeks, a spokesman for Gov. David Paterson said Monday. Comment.
Astoria Times

Padavan 9th in Senate in funding nonprofits

The borough's two Republican state senators, targets of the Democrats' plan to overtake the Senate, were among the highest recipients of member item funding to dole out in their districts, according to budget documents released last week. Comment.
Astoria Times

Ognibene, Ober unite to denounce anti-gay slur

City Council rivals Charles Ober and Thomas Ognibene denounced an unsigned hate letter littered with homophobic slurs circulating through Council District 30 last week telling residents not to vote for Ober because he is gay. Comment.
Astoria Times

Newtown Creek joins DEP beach watch list

The city's Department of Environmental Protection is expanding its volunteer beach surveillance program to include several non-beach sites in the borough, including Newtown Creek, Flushing Bay, College Point and Fort Totten, a spokesman for the agency said. Comment.
Astoria Times

New statute makes felonies of muggings against elderly

A bill drawn up in the wake of the 2007 assaults and muggings of two elderly Queens women, Rose Morat and Solange Elizee, was signed into law Friday by Gov. David Paterson and imposed stiffer penalties for attacking seniors. Comment.
Astoria Times

Murder rise, rape decreases in 108th Precinct: Police

Overall crime numbers in Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside for the first four months of the year remained nearly even with the same period in 2007, but the 108th Precinct has seen major shifts in what type of crimes occurred since last year. Comment.
Astoria Times

MTA raises the price for alcohol served on Long Island Rail Road

Here's a sobering thought: The Long Island Rail Road has raised the cost of that on-board libation, the first such hike in four years. Comment.
Astoria Times

MTA budget woes might sideline boro projects

The financial plight of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will sideline long-planned subway station upgrades and renovations in Queens as well as other parts of the city, transit officials said last week. Comment.
Astoria Times

MidVille parents urge city to give up school control

Community Education Council 24 leaders and western Queens residents told city Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum that the city should not renew its petition for mayoral control of city schools for 2009 at a meeting last week in Middle Village. Comment.
Astoria Times

Melinda Katz gives birth to baby boy a month early

City Councilwoman Melinda Katz (D-Forest Hills) got a bit of an early surprise when she gave birth Saturday, about a month before her due date. Comment.
Astoria Times

Mayor’s budget keeps property tax rebates

Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled his $59.1 billion budget proposal last week that leaves city spending at nearly the same level it was last year and continues $400 property tax rebates as well as a 7 percent property tax cut to homeowners. Comment.
Astoria Times

LeFrak City man killed upstate

A LeFrak City college student who was close to earning his Bachelor's degree died Friday after being wounded in a bloody stabbing outside his dorm at the State University of New York Delhi College of Technology. Comment.
Astoria Times

LaGuardia CC plans festival for boro vets

LaGuardia Community College will host a three-day celebration this month to honor the nation's war veterans prior to Memorial Day that will include discussions and short film screenings, a spokeswoman for the Long Island City-based college said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Jimmy Breslin talks mob, politics in Jax Heights

Of all of the mobsters, politicians and other public figures Jimmy Breslin met over his decades as a journalist, he said no one impressed him more than a Mafia turncoat. Comment.
Astoria Times

Jamaica-based meat distributor issues recall

A Jamaica-based meat company voluntarily ordered a recall Sunday on nearly a quarter of a million pounds of its products after the U.S. Agriculture Department's Food Safety and Inspection Service discovered the food had traces of a potentially lethal bacteria. Comment.
Astoria Times

1 in 5 Willets Pt. apts. to be affordable: City

The city presented its plan for the redevelopment of Willets Point to Community Board 7 Monday night and revealed several key details as it lobbied for the board's approval ahead of its June 23 vote. Comment.
Astoria Times

Housing advocates rally for rent reform bill

Housing advocates and elected officials rallied last Thursday on behalf of proposed legislation to change the system that determines how much rents go up a procedure that activists say has long favored landlords over tenants. Comment.
Astoria Times

Gianaris, Vallone protest plan to replace closed Poletti Project

Astoria's elected officials said they were outraged that the state's Power Authority approved a new power plant for the neighborhood, arguing that western Queens residents already breathe in unhealthy air from five plants. Comment.
Astoria Times

Crowley officially joins race for Gallagher’s Council seat

Flanked by leaders of the Queens Democratic Party, Elizabeth Crowley officially announced her City Council bid from her campaign office at Glendale's Shops at Atlas Park, vowing to fight for improved education and quality-of-life issues in the district. Comment.
Astoria Times

Conyers due back in New York on Bell Case

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee was expected to return to New York Monday for a special hearing to see whether the detectives vindicated in the death of Sean Bell should be tried in federal court on civil rights violations, a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) said. Comment.
Astoria Times

City unveils SE Flushing rezone plans

Cheers and jeers rang through the Flushing Hospital auditorium as the Department of City Planning officially unveiled its plans for the long-awaited Waldheim rezoning to a packed house of more than 100 people last Thursday. Comment.
Astoria Times

City to unveil Far Rock ferry

The city was expected to launch ferry service linking the Rockaways to lower Manhattan May 12 as part of a two-year pilot program that will cut residents' commute by about half, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Monday. Comment.
Astoria Times

CB 7 tackles Willets plan

Members of Community Board 7 held the first of several committee meetings on the redevelopment of Willets Point Monday, bringing several prominent voices from Queens and the city to the table to discuss the controversial project. Comment.
Astoria Times

CB 10 OKs office use for 118th St. building

Community Board 10 approved a variance with conditions last week to change the use of a South Ozone Park building so it could legally house non-governmental offices. Comment.
Astoria Times

Borough wants answers to congestion

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's congestion pricing plan is fading into history, but congestion in Queens remains a major problem with no clear solutions. Comment.
Astoria Times

Boro spends more pay on rent: Study

Twenty-eight percent of Queens renters and a half-million citywide spend half of their income or more on rent, according to a study conducted by U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills). Comment.
Astoria Times

Boro soldier’s mom marks anniversary

One year after former Corona soldier Alex Jimenez disappeared on patrol in Iraq, his mother holds out hope he will be found, while Congress and the Bush administration continue battling over legal wiretapping hurdles intelligence officials have blamed for delaying search efforts. Comment.
Astoria Times

Boro sees citizenship rush ahead of race for president

The excitement over November's presidential election extends all the way to new Americans, but many immigrants in Queens on the verge of getting their citizenship may be hamstrung by slow processing times. Comment.
Astoria Times

Boro educators air opinions on mayor’s control of schools

School governance is a hot topic in Queens even though the next time it is up for mayoral review will be when Mayor Michael Bloomberg steps down in 2009. But Borough President Helen Marshall convened a panel Tuesday at Borough Hall so that parents and educators could speak their minds about it. Comment.
Astoria Times

Body found in SUV trunk near Forest Park

A dead man was found stuffed in a garbage bag inside the trunk of an SUV Monday near Forest Park, police and the city medical examiner's office said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Bell’s fiancee arrested in peaceful protest

Nicole Paultre-Bell was led away in handcuffs outside police headquarters in Manhattan Wednesday as throngs of peaceful protesters unleashed their anger over the acquittal of the three detectives who shot her fianc outside a Jamaica club. Comment.
Astoria Times

Author recounts story of survival

Journalist and author Masha Leon, born in Poland to a political activist father imprisoned during the Holocaust, told a Forest Hills audience last week that she owes her life to two people: her quick-thinking mother and a Japanese diplomat-turned-spy whom she never met. Comment.
Astoria Times

Astoria thespians dramatically recoup lost props

Three Astoria residents and members of the theater troupe Hipgnosis narrowly avoided disaster recently when city Sanitation Department workers mistook their theatrical props, costumes and treasures for curbside trash. Comment.

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