Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010

Whitestone Times

Broken water pipe closes school in College Point

The girls of St. Agnes Academic High School in College Point got an unexpected three-day break from class this week when they learned their school was forced to close after a water service pipe broke. Comments (1).

Teen shoots officer with paintball gun: NYPD

JAMAICA — Police were looking this week for a male teen who shot a police officer in the face with a paintball gun. Comment.

Cops search for missing man with Alzheimer’s

HOWARD BEACH — Police were looking for an elderly man with Alzheimer’s disease who was last seen on 89th Street in Howard Beach. Comment.

Flushing, LIC HS get $1.8M in funds

Three low-performing Queens high schools will each be given more than $1 million in federal funds to improve their performance. Comment.

Cambria Hts family holds vigil for slain daughter

The mother of Sabrina Matthews, the teen who was murdered in her bedroom two years ago, said she knows nothing can bring her daughter back but something can be done to bring the fugitive killer to justice. Comment.

What Tea Party?

Nationwide, if there is one story that stands out in the last election, it was the impact of the Tea Party. The Tea Party is a grassroots, loosely defined movement that sprung up primarily in opposition to what its members see as the tax-and-spend policies of the Obama administration. Topping its agenda, the Tea Party wants to overthrow the health-care reform it calls “Obamacare.” Comment.

Suspect in Ridgewood slays committed suicide: Police

A Brooklyn man suspected of shooting a couple in the back of the head and leaving their bodies in a running car near Linden Hill cemetery in Ridgewood turned a gun on himself Nov. 3 when cops approached his residence, police sources confirmed. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Yeshiva teens win spots on Siemens list

Three students at Yeshiva University’s High School for Girls in Hillcrest were named semifinalists in the Siemens Science and Technology Competition after they entered research projects they hope could advance cancer research and bone transplants. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: Queens civics take issue with SJU and St. Mary’s

Community facilities are places given permission to be built because they provide services to the community. They include hospitals, medical facilities, schools, houses of worship and similar institutions. The problem is that when they are built in neighborhoods filled with one- or two-family homes, they can cause problems. Comment.

Flushing HS gets $1.8M for improvements

Flushing High School was named as one of three low-performing Queens high schools to be given more than $1 million in federal funds to improve their performance. Comment.

Teen graffiti bandit nabbed in Qns: DA

A Chicago teen has been charged with a number of crimes for allegedly spraying graffiti on subway cars on various Queens lines over approximately three years, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said last week. Comment.

Hail and Farewell

An era has come to an end in northeast Queens. State Sen. Frank Padavan, the man who has represented the 11th Senate District for 38 years, was defeated by former City Councilman Tony Avella in a major upset. Comment.

Wills prepares his council agenda

In the week since he won the special election to the southeast Queens City Council seat, Ruben Wills said he has been hard at work at making sure his constituents’ voices are heard when he enters City Hall. Comment.

Stimulus bill helps Queens biz: Weiner

Small businesses in Queens have been benefiting from extra help provided by the federal stimulus bill, U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) said Friday. Comment.

Disabled group sues after bus cut

David Heard was left a quadriplegic after an injury 15 years ago and has used a wheelchair ever since. Comment.

Brian M. Taylor, 46

Brian M. Taylor, a Queens native who was born and raised in Little Neck and Douglaston, died Nov. 4. He was 46. Comment.

NE Queens honors seniors’ volunteer group

For Terry Blank of Little Neck, the volunteers from the Northeast Queens Senior Services are “angels” who have made a huge difference in the wheelchair-bound senior’s life. Comment.

Little Neck Jewish Center crowd officially welcomes new rabbi

More than 175 people packed the Little Neck Jewish Center Sunday to watch the installation of the synagogue’s new rabbi, Gordon Yaffe, who members said will breathe new life into an institution that has had trouble attracting members. Comment.

Photo exhibit looks back at old Queens

The Executive Office Center at Fresh Meadows and the Queens Historical Society have teamed up to offer a free one-day exhibit of photographs next week that depict a Queens from long ago, including images of the No. 7 train construction in Flushing to the Van Siclen Farm in Jamaica Estates. Comment.

Ex-Jamaica church director Ella Ivey dies

The Rev. Ella M. Ivey, the mother of TimesLedger Newspaper layout designer Rod Ivey, died last week in Virginia. The former director of Christian education at Calvary Baptist Church in Jamaica was 83. Comment.

Golden Pond gets fall cleanup

Rakes, trash bags and muddied gloves were staples of the 20 or so volunteers who spent Saturday morning cleaning the area around Bayside’s Golden Pond, an area left over from the Ice Age a few thousand years ago that now attracts its share of individuals who leave behind beer bottles and soda cans. Comment.

Woman steals, returns man’s cell phone: Brown

JACKSON HEIGHTS — A Jackson Heights woman was sentenced to 30 days in jail for swiping a man’s phone after repeatedly asking him for money around 11 p.m. Nov. 3, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

MTA worker survives fall from No. 7 tracks: FDNY

CORONA — An Metropolitan Transportation Authority track worker was rushed to the hospital after he fell about 25 feet while working on the No. 7 subway line in Corona last week, fire officials said. Comment.

Boro man threatens 2 people with death: DA

FLUSHING — A Ridgewood man was charged with threatening a woman and a man with a hammer in a fight over a parking space in Flushing and telling them he was going to kill them around 6:45 p.m. Nov. 4, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

LIC taxi sign raises suspicious

An open letter to city Department of Transportation Queens Commissioner Maura McCarthy. Comment.

Legitimate news takes many forms

I would like to comment on the letter from Michael Seeley (“Reporters need to get better at doing their jobs,” Oct. 28-Nov. 3). Comment.

Global warming will not stop with principles of cap and trade

An open letter to U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside). Comment.

City, state alert systems give you head-start in being prepared

I knew a tornado was going to hit northeast Queens 15 minutes before it happened. Comment.

New way of voting ‘un-American’

I am furious! Who devised the ballot used on Election Day? Why was the print so small that a magnifying glass was needed to be in the “booth”? My vision is good, but I had difficulty trying to find the names of the candidates as well as the tiny oval! Comment.

One year with no teaching contract unacceptable

It is now going to be one full year since the contract for city public school teachers has expired, and there still has not been a resolution of this critical matter. The teachers who work in our public schools are hard-working, dedicated professionals who are working hard to educate thousands of our children from pre-K through 12th-grade. Comment.

No Tea Party Here

The anti-Democrat, anti-incumbent, throw-the-bums-out mood that was reported across the nation never caught on in Queens. The Tea Party had little or no impact even in the most conservative districts of the borough. Comment.

QueensLine: Holiday film starred Forest Hills pupils Pia Zadora

In November 1964, Lyndon B. Johnson was elected president in one of the greatest election triumphs in recent memory. His margin of victory in Queens was 274,301 votes. The tidal wave of Democratic votes allowed Democrats to take control of both houses of the state Legislature for the first time in 29 years. Robert F. Kennedy was elected U.S. senator in his first bid for elective office. Many believed his long-range objective was the White House. Comment.

I Sit And Look Out: Controversy over Park51 project is manufactured

Defending freedom when there are no challenges is easy. Defending it against hatred, fear and paranoia takes courage and leadership. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has displayed those qualities consistently in the matter of the proposed Cordoba House on Park Place. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Two different cultures use similar commandments

Treat the Earth and all that dwell thereon with respect; Remain close to the Great Spirit; Show great respect for your fellow beings; Work together for the benefit of all mankind; Give assistance and kindness whenever needed; Do what you know to be right; Look after the well-being of mind and body; Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater good; Be truthful and honest at all times; Take full responsibility for your actions. — native American Ten Commandments Comment.

Dabby’s Party World goes all-out for kids

Parents, teachers and people looking to set up fun activities to entertain their little ones got one more option this year with the opening of Dabby’s Party World in Whitestone. Comment.

FDA applauds its 10 years at York College

The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration paid a visit to York College last week to celebrate a decade of partnership with the school and look forward to the future by helping bolster downtown Jamaica. Comment.

Do not use motel as shelter: Vallone

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) sent a letter to the city Department of Homeless Services late last month criticizing the department’s decision to use the Westway Motel at 71-11 Astoria Blvd. in East Elmhurst as a temporary emergency shelter for single homeless men until 2011. Comment.

Queens schools get boost

Long Island City and Queens Vocational and Technical high schools were named as one of three low-performing Queens high schools to be given more than $1 million in federal funds to improve their performance. Comment.

Readability, privacy top ballot concerns

While there were fewer problems with the new voting system in last week’s general election than in the primary, complaints about the ballots and machines were still widespread and the city and state need to address the small font size and privacy issues, state Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) and state Sen.-elect Tony Avella said this week. Comment.

Don’t steal from MTA funds to balance state budget: Vacca

City Councilman James Vacca (D-Bronx) has appealed to Gov. David Paterson and other state leaders to keep their hands off money meant for the cash-starved New York City transit system. Comment.

SJU raises millions for scholarships at dinner

St. John’s University raised a record $2.25 million for need-based student scholarships at its annual President’s Dinner, during which school officials honored city Police Commissioner Ray Kelly for what they said was a lifetime of service. Comment.

Experience seen as deciding factor for Wills

It was experience and an early push that helped Ruben Wills win Thomas White’s vacated City Council seat, according to those political experts who followed the race. Comment.

Sanders wants to ban Four Loko alcoholic drink

City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton) is calling for a ban of a controversial alcoholic energy drink that he says is too dangerous to put into the hands of anyone. Comment.

City urges people to run water to reduce lead

The city launched a new campaign last week to educate residents about simple precautions they can take to reduce potential exposure to lead from plumbing in their homes. Comment.

Richmond Hill man admits sex abuse rob

A Richmond Hill man faces up to more than a decade in prison for not only robbing a Kew Gardens laundromat but also sexually abusing its workers after taking their money, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Skating rink planned near Atlas Park mall

A Brooklyn-based sports and events center announced plans last week to open an outdoor skating rink this month in a parking lot near the Shops at Atlas Park in Glendale. Comment.

Brooklyn man slain in Queens Village

On a quiet residential street in Queens Village, in a neighborhood residents called one of the safest they have ever lived in, police said a 27-year-old man was shot in the head and killed late Saturday night. Comment.

Deliveryman left in coma

When Victor Mejia moved from Mexico to Corona two years ago, he was looking forward to beginning his life in America with his new bride, Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) said. Comment.

Boro takes stock after Avella beats Sen. Padavan

Political observers and exit polls are beginning to paint a picture of what exactly led to Democrat Tony Avella’s historic win over longtime state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) last week in a victory that left control of the Senate up in the air. Comment.

Jackson Heights imam fights Muslim radicalism

Ever since he lost someone he knew in the World Trade Center attacks in 2001, Mohd Qayyoom has worked on his own and through his Muhammadi Community Center of Jackson Heights to spread his message of how despite popular perceptions Islam is against terrorism. Comment.

Moya, Simotas ready for debut in Assembly

When the state Assembly opens its 2011 legislative session in January, two new faces from western Queens will be seen on the floor. Democrats Francisco Moya of Corona and Aravella Simotas of Astoria, both of whom had no opponents in the general election, stepped into seats left open by officials moving on to the state Senate. Comment.

Korean War vets saluted at Middle Village parade

For Middle Village resident Victor LaMagna, the Queens Veterans Day Parade in Middle Village last weekend was about remembering a war that cost at least 37,000 American lives, but has largely been forgotten in the country’s consciousness — so much so that the engagement in Korea is known as the “Forgotten War.” Comment.

Queens’ Haitian artists raise money for homeland

Standing in a Whitestone home before the paintings he did following a major eye operation, Haitian impressionist painter Eric Girault is much like his home country: damaged, but brilliant and eternally optimistic. Comment.

Boy thrown to death mourned in Flushing

The family of a 2-year-old boy who died after he was thrown off the seventh-floor balcony of a condominium in the heart of downtown laid him to rest Tuesday morning at St. Michael’s Cemetery in East Elmhurst after a closed service at Chun Fook Funeral Services in Flushing. Comment.

DOT’s flight caps barely improve airport waits

Federal officials ordered limits on the number of flights at the three New York City-area airports in 2008 to try to remedy the nation’s worst airport delays, but it has made almost no difference. Comment.

Queens rejects bid by Tea Party to gain toehold in boro

The 2010 midterm elections drew residents from every corner of Queens to vote in races that ousted its last remaining Republican in Albany and changed the face of politics in a borough where Republicans and Tea Party members made little headway despite a national groundswell of support for more conservative politicians. Comment.

Como concedes state Senate race to Addabbo

Anthony Como, a former city councilman and Republican candidate for the seat held by state Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), conceded Monday afternoon after initially calling for the voting machines in the district to be impounded. Comment.

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