Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011

Long Island City

LIC biz mediates home improvement jobs

For as long as there have been homes in need of improvement, an imbalance has existed between customers and contractors: the former’s naivete has left them at the mercy of the character of the latter. Comments (1).

New Women’s Support Group

The Queens Counseling Services is announcing the formation of a free women’s support group on alternate Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. at the Kissena Jewish Center, at 43-43 Bowne St. in Flushing. Comment.

Monday, Dec. 5, 2011

Jackson Heights

Jax Inn Diner opens doors on Northern

State Assemblyman Michael DenDekker (D-Jackson Heights) and City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) joined the owners of the Jax Inn Diner for its ribbon-cutting last week. Comments (1).

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.
Broad Channel

Male floater found by police in Jamaica Bay

ROCKAWAYS — A dead man was found floating in the waters of Jamaica Bay Friday, the NYPD said. Comment.

Miller sponsors food drive

State Assemblyman Mike Miller will be sponsoring a holiday food drive in conjunction with the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council. Food collected will benefit the Sacred Heart Food Pantry in Glendale. The drive will carry on until Dec. 15. Comment.

Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011


Vets share experiences at Flushing’s Latimer House

The historic Lewis H. Latimer House in Flushing celebrated a belated Veterans Day Sunday by having former servicemen from the borough tell stories from their time in the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy during the 1950s, and about the racial discrimination that came along with it. Comment.
Forest Hills

Forest Hills resident to compete in wrapping contest

A Forest Hills resident’s gift for gift wrapping has landed her a spot in a national competition that may net her a nice holiday present of her own: $10,000. Comment.

Boro leaders take stand against hate

Government and religious leaders from across the borough gathered at Flushing Town Hall last week to sign a pledge against hate in the wake of anti-Semitic crimes in Queens. Comment.
Flushing Times

Molloy rededicates state-of-the-art library for alumnus

Archbishop Molloy High School’s library was named in honor of a 20th century war hero and after a recent renovation the space now boasts amenities fit for the 21st century and beyond. Comment.
Forest Hills

Cops nab barber in drug bust worth $680K: Post

FOREST HILLS — Police carried out a $680,000 drug bust in the parking lot of a Sports Authority over the weekend, the New York Post reported. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Turner reminds constituents to register for HEAP

U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Kew Gardens) has announced the upcoming opening of registration for the Home Energy Assistance Program this year. The deadline is Jan. 3. Comment.

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011


EDC extends hand to unlicensed Flushing contractors

Unlicensed construction contractors can pose safety risks for consumers and workers alike, but the Queens Economic Development Corp. is hoping a new pilot program conducted in Mandarin Chinese will help legitimize immigrant companies in Flushing and eventually across the borough. Comment.

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Two-year city colleges not up to par: Report

The 28 percent graduation rate at LaGuardia and Queensborough community colleges matches the citywide average and a new report says community colleges in New York City “are not yet delivering on all their potential.” Comment.
Ozone Park

Ulrich to head Mitt’s 2012 Qns. campaign

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has tapped City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) to head his campaign operations in New York City. Comment.

Whitestone civics install separate greetings to visitors

A pair of Whitestone civic groups each installed a neighborhood sign this month following unrelated but similar campaigns to boost community spirit. Comments (6).

Peralta wants letter grades for food carts

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) said he will introduce legislation to institute a letter grading system for food cart vendors similar to those for restaurants and other eateries. Comment.
South Jamaica

Newborn South Jamaica baby found dead by cops

SOUTH JAMAICA — A newborn baby was found dead in South Jamaica last week, according to the NYPD. Comment.

State finds boro stores selling alcohol to minors

ALBANY — The state Liquor Authority caught 34 out of 67 shops selling beer to underage customers during a two-day sting operation in Queens that began Nov. 16, the authority said. Comment.

Bayside BBA and BID kickoff holiday season with lighting

The Bayside Business Association and Bayside Village Business Improvement District held the annual tree and menorah lighting Tuesday evening in front of the BBA’ headquarters. Comment.
Long Island City

Queens Library invites you to leave your leaves

Autumn leaves can be composted to make rich, new soil for future planting. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 2, 2011


Ex-Maspeth firefighter beats cancer at North Shore

Patients at the Monter Cancer Center who complete their treatment and are declared cancer-free will now be ringing a bell signifying the milestone after a firefighters’ cancer support group donated the bell last week. Comment.

Queensbridge woman sentenced for killing sister in apartment

A Queensbridge woman was sentenced to 25 years in prison last week for shooting her elder sister during her birthday party earlier this year in the apartment they both shared, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
College Point

College Point spa project awaiting beep ruling

The office of the borough president was still mulling over a developer’s plans for a spa in College Point Tuesday afternoon, just over a month after Community Board 7 resoundingly rejected the proposal. Comment.

MediSys names Levine to Flushing Hosp. post

The parent company of Jamaica and Flushing hospitals announced last week that it is reorganizing administrators at both medical facilities. Comment.
Rego Park

Two wanted in Rego Pk., Jamaica robberies

REGO PARK — Two men are wanted in connection with a pair of armed robberies in Rego Park and Jamaica, according to police. Comment.

Cops on the lookout for missing deaf teen, 17

FLUSHING — Police have asked the public to help in the search for a missing deaf teen who disappeared in Flushing Saturday, police said. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011

South Jamaica

Judge recommends Bell cop be removed from force

An NYPD judge has recommended that the detective whose actions started the 50-shot barrage that killed Sean Bell five years ago be removed from the force for violating the department’s procedures during the incident. The NYPD departmental ruling against Detective Gescard Isnora came down on Wednesday and has been sent to Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, who will make the final decision, according to the NYPD. Deputy Commissioner Martin Karopkin, acting as the trial judge, concluded that Isnora, who fired the first shots, acted recklessly and unnecessarily put lives in danger when he dropped his role as an undercover officer and aimed 11 bullets at Bell and his two friends Joseph Guzman and Trent Benefield on Nov. 25, 2006 outside a Jamaica strip club. Comment.

Black Friday frenzy hits northeast Queens

National chain stores in Queens reported robust sales for Black Friday consistent with the record-breaking sales across the country, but some smaller businesses found themselves left out of the retail madness. Comment.

Small Biz Saturday leaves tiny mark on local shops

In the shadow of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday was created to encourage holiday bargain hunters to patronize local mom-and-pop shops around the country, but a Forest Hills street known for specialized boutiques had mixed results. Comment.

Liu gives back donations

Embattled city Comptroller John Liu, facing heat over his 2013 mayoral campaign finances, returned more than $20,000 in donations last week amid federal investigations. Comment.
Willets Point

Avella, biz group slam EDC

The city Economic Development Corp. has taken heat for awarding a Willets Point sewer contract to a company outside the city while drawing ire on another front about the contentious topic of a living wage. Comment.
Bay Terrace

Little Bay Park improvements 7 years behind

When visitors come to Little Bay Park, where will they go? Comment.
South Jamaica

Bell’s daughter remembers dad at annual vigil

She was 3 years old when her father was killed. Comment.

City offers financial help to SE Qns. home buyers

City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton) is urging homeowners in southeast Queens who have been devastated by the mortgage crisis to take part in a new city initiative designed to give them a helping hand. Comment.
South Jamaica

Scarborough pushes city to pump out rising water table

Southeast Queens residents and lawmakers held a protest Saturday outside a closed water facility, again calling on the city to restart the pumps to relieve the flooding that has plagued the area for more than a decade. Comment.

Halloran, civic argue online over Whitestone sports field

As a Whitestone civic group fights to turn an overgrown, empty lot into a community sports complex, one resident’s innocuous post on Facebook has spawned a well-documented and surprisingly candid discussion into opinions on both sides of the fence. Comments (12).

Q58 wins Pokey Award as slowest bus in Queens

The 50th Street crosstown bus in Manhattan has won the doubtful distinction of being the slowest bus in town with the Q58 cited as the worst laggard in Queens. Comments (1).

Douglaston appliances fried by electrical surge

A number of Douglaston-area residents said they were shocked to find some of their household electrical appliances had been damaged last week by an apparent electrical surge. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill family bilked West Indians :DA

Three members of a Richmond Hill family were convicted last week of defrauding 19 people, most of them members of the borough’s West Indian community, out of more than $1.8 million from mortgage and immigration scams, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Boro lauded by green group

Despite its color on Google Maps, the Long Island Expressway is no yellow brick road, but a number of green projects in northeast Queens have contributed to New York City being compared with the Land of Oz. Comment.

Law bars holding immigrants in jail

Despite opposition from some corners of Queens, Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed into law last week a bill that requires the city Department of Correction to release immigrants who do not have a prior criminal record but are being detained for federal immigration authorities. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Far Rock man framed, raped girlfriend: Jury

A Queens Supreme Court jury found Far Rockaway resident Jerry Ramrattan, 39, guilty of raping his ex-girlfriend and then framing her in a complex scheme that put her in a Nassau County prison for seven months, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.

Jamaica man beaten to death

A hardworking Guatemalan immigrant was fatally beaten near his Jamaica home late Thanksgiving night, police and the victim’s brother said. Comment.

Flushing man cuts plea deal in brutal slay

Chen Huang pleaded guilty last week to the grisly killing of a Flushing woman he bashed in the head with a hammer and repeatedly stabbed in 2010 before removing some of her organs with a box cutter, the Queens DA said. Comment.
Broad Channel

Goldfeder asks director of MTA to hear locals on Cross Bay toll

State Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) wants newly appointed MTA Executive Director Joseph Lhota to visit his district so Lhota can hear residents’ gripes about the Cross Bay Bridge toll. Comment.

Students protest as CUNY OKs tuition hike

CUNY students from all five boroughs flocked to Manhattan Monday to protest against a threatened tuition increase, but even though the majority of the public college’s board went ahead with the hike, the sole member who voted no said there will be bigger demonstrations in the future. Comment.
South Jamaica

DA hails new sex-crime laws

A Jamaica man was sentenced last week for exploiting a runaway girl out of his home while another person was charged with doing the same thing to another victim, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011


ERDA, Van Bramer give turkeys to Queensbridge

East River Development Alliance founder Bishop Mitchell Taylor and City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) distributed 1,000 turkeys to public housing residents last week for Thanksgiving, but bemoaned the face that they could not do more. Comment.

Bonnano boss shot dead in Canada: Police

A former reputed acting boss of the Bonnano crime family was killed Thanksgiving morning near Montreal, a Quebec police spokesman said. Comment.
Forest Hills

Forestdale couple released from jail

The Manhattan couple who spent a week on the lam after taking their eight children from a Forest Hills foster care center are now free after serving two months in jail as part of a plea deal with prosecutors, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Ackerman slams GOP for weak housing law

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) criticized his Republican colleagues after Congress watered down legislation in late November that he said would have stabilized the housing market in Queens. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011


Emerald Awards to be dedicated to late civic leader Patricia Dolan

The Queens Coalition for Parks and Green Spaces has announced it will dedicate the eighth annual 2011 Emerald Awards to the late Patricia Dolan in recognition of her work to make the borough a better place to live, work and play. Comments (1).
Far Rockaway

Far Rock teen murdered on Thanksgiving

FAR ROCKAWAY — Police were searching for whoever was responsible for shooting a teenager to death on Thanksgiving night. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 28, 2011


Man killed by passing truck after exiting car on Clearview Expressway

BAYSIDE — A Rochdale man was stuck and killed on the Clearview Expressway in Bayside Sunday after he got out of a car on the shoulder of the highway, police said. Comment.

Friday, Nov. 25, 2011


Immigrant killed in Thanksgiving attack

A hardworking Guatemalan immigrant was fatally stabbed near his Jamaica home late Thanksgiving night, police and the victim’s brother said. Comment.

Boro store managers report bigger Black Friday crowds

Queens bargain hunters lined up early for Black Friday deals, with some shoppers spending their Thanksgiving waiting in front of stores to take advantage of the deep discounts. Comment.

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