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Friday, Nov. 14, 2008

Astoria Times

Find a home to buy now

Queens has seen a severe decrease in buyers due to the elimination of the subprime loan market. The media has dramatized current economic conditions, which has only hurt consumer confidence more. Comment
Astoria Times

Bayside eatery celebrates 25 years

The menu at Bayside’s popular Pete’s Famous Restaurant and Pizzeria may be changing, but the faces have stayed the same at the Bell Boulevard?based eatery for the past decade. Comment
Editorial

Wrong Place for the Mentally Ill

The question is simple: Would you be concerned if you found out the city was planning to open a building on your block that would house 50 mentally ill homeless people? Comment
Editorial

Litigation Madness

It was reported last week that a Queens woman is suing Our Lady of the Snows Church in Floral Park and the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens because the parish pastor had sex with her. Apparently she admits the sex was a consensual relationship between two adults. Comment
Editorial

‘Yes We Can’

In the waning days of the presidential race, Barack Obama was met everywhere he went with enthusiastic crowds that chanted “Yes we can.” For some, it meant their candidate could capture the White House after a long and bitter campaign. For others, including thousands of people living in southeast Queens, “Yes we can” held a much deeper meaning. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008

Whitestone Times

Police search for suspect in 2 car break−ins

DOUGLASTON — Police were looking for a person or people who broke into a pair of cars in a parking lot on 248th Street on Halloween and made away with cash and credit cards, authorities said. Comment
Whitestone Times

Over $5K stolen from Macy’s account

BAY TERRACE — Police said they were investigating how someone was able to hack into the Macy’s credit card account of a 193rd Street resident and bilk the victim of more than $5,000 in charges. Comment
Whitestone Times

2 Oakland Gdns. homes targets for burglary

OAKLAND GARDENS — One home was burglarized and another was the site of an attempt within one block of each other last Thursday, according to authorities. Comment
Whitestone Times

MTA fare hike may not cover new state budget gap: Sander

Metropolitan Transportation officials are planning an 8 percent transit fare hike next, year but New York Gov. David Paterson’s grim financial report has raised speculation that it might not be enough to keep buses and subways running. Comment
Whitestone Times

Avella gets N. Queens street names changed

The names of six streets in Douglaston and Malba have officially been changed following a 30−year struggle by the communities to correct inconsistencies in the roadways’ names that have caused confusion and life−threatening situations, City Councilman Tony Avella (D−Bayside) said. Comment
Whitestone Times

St. John’s foreclosure clinic aids homeowners

More than 100 financially anguished homeowners crowded the halls at St. John’s University’s Marillac Hall Saturday seeking respite from the deepening foreclosure crisis that has already taken a devastating toll on many Queens residents. Comment
Whitestone Times

Flushing aids gutted stores

Flushing community leaders launched an effort to help the owners of businesses that were destroyed along Roosevelt Avenue by a fast moving fire last week. Comment
Whitestone Times

Padavan holds razor’s thin lead awaiting counting of paper ballots

Although it is official that Democrats have taken control of the state Senate for the first time in decades, northeast Queens residents in the 11th Senate District will not likely know who will represent them in Albany until next week at the earliest. Comment
Whitestone Times

Upgrades to let dogs get their day in Little Bay Park

Northeastern Queens pups will have a place to run and play next fall following the completion of a city upgrade on Little Bay Park’s dog run. The project will also include the construction of bathrooms and an expansion of the Bayside park’s parking lot, a spokeswoman for the city Parks Department said. Comment
Whitestone Times

Whitestone shops, popular diner damaged by fire

A fast−moving fire roared through the Whitestone Shopping Center early Sunday morning, damaging several businesses and gutting a neighborhood institution: the Lollipops Diner. Comment
Little Neck Ledger

Avella to hold hearing on horse carriage ban

City Councilman Tony Avella (D−Bayside) will hold a public hearing in late November to discuss banning the operation of horse drawn carriages in the city. A number of the industry’s members, who have criticized Avella’s proposal, live in Bayside. Comment
Jackson Heights

Following a son’s dream

Bittersweet circumstances led to a Colombian couple’s knowledge of who was America’s first president. Comment
Jackson Heights

Ridgewood fall festival axed due to budget cuts

The city’s shrinking budget and a change in City Council representation has claimed an annual festival at Ridgewood’s historic Onderdonk House. Comment
Jackson Heights

Malakov girl to stay with uncle despite protest from mom

Despite still hostile tensions between her mother and father’s relatives, the 5−year−old who saw her father gunned down in a Forest Hills playground last year will remain in the care of her paternal uncle, a Queens Family Court judge ruled last week. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Flushing group gives earthquake victim college opportunity

Six months after the Sichuan earthquake uprooted his life, Mu Zijian has found some stability after Asian−American physicians and the North Shore−Long Island Jewish Health System collected $20,000 for him to attend a Long Island college. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Insurance scam preyed on Asian motorists: Brown

Dozens of people and two corporations were charged in a massive insurance fraud scheme last week for allegedly targeting Asian−American drivers in Flushing and staging car accidents to collect medical insurance payouts, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment
Fresh Meadows

CB 8 eyes intersection fix

Following a fatal accident in Fresh Meadows that took the life of community activist Bernard Sydnor last week, area residents were brainstorming over what can be done to change the intersection of Jewel Avenue and Parsons Boulevard, which they say is too dangerous for pedestrians. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Author to give Kristallnacht talk

Forest Hills residents will remember Kristallnacht Nov. 11, when Pulitzer Prize−nominated author Eva Fogelman, daughter of a Holocaust survivor, will speak at the Central Queens YM & YWHA in Forest Hills about individuals who rescued Jews during World War II. Comment
Fresh Meadows

No marina boat repair: CB 11

Northeastern Queens residents told Community Board 11 members at their monthly meeting Monday that they were concerned about two projects in the area, including a city proposal to repair boats at the Bayside Marina’s site and the construction of two hotels on a polluted lot in Fresh Meadows. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Main break floods Fresh Mdws. streets

Fresh Meadows residents once again had to deal with flooded streets Monday, after a water main break just off Utopia Parkway caused water to rush down side streets and a portion of the intersection of 184th Street and 54th Avenue to collapse, the Office of Emergency Management and the city Department of Environmental Protection said. Comment

Nancy Cataldi dies at 55

Nancy Cataldi, president of the Richmond Hill Historical Society and the historian for Maple Grove Cemetery who fought to get the neighborhood landmarked, died suddenly of a brain hemorrhage Thursday night, her boyfriend said. She was 55. Comment
Bayside Times

Bayside man fired at judge’s home: DA

A 20−year−old Bayside man was arrested last week for allegedly firing four bullets into the empty home of an Oakland Gardens judge in August, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Bayside Times

Civics battle food carts in Glen Oaks, Bellerose

Civic leaders are stepping up their efforts to fight food carts that recently appeared in Glen Oaks and Bellerose by circulating petitions against the vendors. Comment
Astoria Times

Rich Hill man pleads guilty to hit−and−run: DA

RICHMOND HILL — A Richmond Hill mechanic pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges Monday in the hit−and−run death of a 12−year−old boy whom he struck after fleeing the scene of a minor traffic accident, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment
Astoria Times

Publisher Blank departs TimesLedger Newspapers

After 19 years at the TimesLedger Newspapers, Publisher Steven Blank has left the company to pursue other interests. Comment
Astoria Times

NRG touts green power plant

Astorians may be getting some more new power generators in their neighborhood over the next decade, but they may breathe easier about the latest round. Comment
Astoria Times

City closes deal on 4 acres of Willets Pt.

As the City Council’s pivotal vote on the redevelopment of Willets Point looms, the city completed its most substantial land acquisition deal at Willets Point to date this week while Mayor Michael Bloomberg personally inserted himself into the fray. Comment
Astoria Times

Vallone, Gianaris slam Con Ed’s rate hike proposal

Western Queens elected officials said they were steamed last week when Con Edison proposed raising its rates by an additional $165 million next year following the state’s approval of a $425 million rate hike in May. Comment
Astoria Times

Stavisky rebuffs Koo to retain her Senate seat

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D−Whitestone) rode a nationwide wave of Democratic momentum Tuesday night, cruising to an easy victory over Republican challenger Peter Koo. Comment
Astoria Times

Boro priest sued over alleged affair

An Elmhurst woman is suing the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens and a Floral Park church for $25 million, claiming a former pastor at Our Lady of the Snows seduced her into having an affair with him while she was going through a divorce, according to a lawsuit filed in Brooklyn Supreme Court. Comment
Astoria Times

Daycare workers unfairly treated for joining union: Weiner

Workers at a Queens−based special education day care program voted to join a union earlier this year, only to face intimidation from their bosses, U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D−Forest Hills), union officials and members said last week. Comment
Astoria Times

Few problems at borough polling places

Even though voters flooded the borough’s polling sites for Tuesday’s historic election, poll monitors said Queens residents had not reported the kinds of problems many had feared would surface. Comment
Astoria Times

Dems win control of Albany for first time since Depression

Democrats have taken the state Senate from Republicans, buoyed by City Councilman Joseph Addabbo’s (D−Howard Beach) victory over state Sen. Serphin Maltese (R−Glendale), 57 percent to 43 percent, according to preliminary results reported by NY1 Comment
Astoria Times

Election fever grips Queens

Enthusiasm bubbled over in many Queens neighborhoods as voters young and old poured into the polls to take part in the most groundbreaking presidential elections in recent memory. Comment
Astoria Times

No majority leader spat: Dems

Reports of party infighting between state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D−St. Albans) and fellow Albany leader state Sen. Jeff Klein (D−Bronx) over the possible head of a Democratic majority have been exaggerated, according to those close to both state leaders. Comment
Astoria Times

Crowley unseats Como in second Council bid

After a race that saw both candidates take a grassroots approach to attracting voters, Democratic challenger Elizabeth Crowley handily defeated Councilman Anthony Como (R−Middle Village) to claim the District 30 City Council seat. Comment
Astoria Times

Mayor takes heat, praise for extending term limits

After facing more than four hours of both vituperation and acclamation, Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed into law Monday legislation allowing him to run for a third term in office. Comment
Astoria Times

CUNY Law opens center for Latino civil rights

Though Latinos and Latinas represent more than 13 percent of the country’s population, a number expected to grow to 29 percent by 2050, City University of New York Law professor Jenny Rivera said they continue to be targets for such acts of discrimination as hate crimes or negative profiling by police. Comment
Astoria Times

Historic contest brings heavy county turnout

Poll workers from all corners of the borough said they saw massive voter turnout on Election Day as swarms of residents showed up to cast their ballots beginning in the early morning and slackened off only periodically throughout the day before a new wave emerged in the evening. Comment
Astoria Times

Peter Vallone Jr. derides scholarship program cuts

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D−Astoria) called on the city last week not to make cuts in a scholarship fund set up in his father’s name as the city’s budget faces more cuts amid a state and national economic downturn. Comment
Astoria Times

Voters in Southeast Queens flock to the polls for Obama

Thousands of voters in southeast Queens came out in astonishing numbers Tuesday to take part in what they called a historic moment for black and minority Americans. Comment
Astoria Times

Carrozza, Markey easily prevail in state Assembly races

State Assembly incumbents Margaret Markey (D−Maspeth), Audrey Pheffer (D−Rockaway Beach) and Ann−Margaret Carrozza (D−Bayside) held onto their seats in Tuesday’s election, dismissing their Republican challengers and continuing a long history of Democratic control in the Queens delegation of the legislative body, according to preliminary election results. Comment
Astoria Times

Queens congressional incumbents sweep vote

Democratic congressional members representing the borough handily defeated their Republican opponents Tuesday evening, according to early returns. Comment
Astoria Times

Forest Hills immigrant takes joy in first vote

After living for years under what Carlos Aguasaco calls an oppressive government that stifled voters’ rights in Colombia, the Forest Hills resident said he was ecstatic to cast his vote for a presidential candidate in the United States for the first time in his life Tuesday. Comment
Astoria Times

Officer injured in subway shootout leaves hospital

The transit police officer seriously wounded by an alleged fare jumper in the Queensbridge subway station last week was released from Elmhurst Hospital Friday morning in a brief ceremony that was short on words but long on applause. Comment
Astoria Times

Volunteers make last effort to encourage people to vote

Even though polling sites in southeast Queens were packed with voters on Election Day, politically active residents took to the streets to make one final push to get out the vote for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. Comment

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