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Friday, March 14, 2008

Stanners star Pankey withdraws from Molloy

Rising star Ashton Pankey was asked to leave Archbishop Molloy this week because he was found on school grounds possessing a stolen cell phone, numerous sources have told the TimesLedger. Comment

Forest Hills’ Ferraro quits Clinton campaign over remarks

Ferraro, who worked on the finance committee for Clinton's presidential bid, stepped down from her post Thursday after making comments earlier in the week that Obama's campaign was successful because he was black. Comment

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Gianaris slams airlines for stalling bill of rights

Gianaris, who sponsored a bill that would require airlines to provide supplies to passengers who are stuck in planes at state airports that have left their gates but are stalled on the runways, said the […] Comment

Bones raise hope of closure

At a news conference at City Hall, Monserrate called for more resources to help with the investigation of Reyna De Los Santos, who has not been seen since she stormed out of her home after a fight with […] Comment

Dentist’s sister-in-law indicted

Prosecutors served Natella Natanova, 39, the sister of Mazoltuv Borukhova, with a notice of indictment Friday during a court appearance. On March 5, Natanova was charged with witness tampering for allegedly […] Comment

Mallayev denies murder, cites fear of going to hell

Mallayev, 50, told CBS 2 News in an interview that aired last Thursday that he was innocent, claiming he was deeply devoted to his Bukarian Jewish faith."The First Commandment says do not kill (sic)," […] Comment

Forest Hills workers win suit for $74K back wages

Forest Hills Physical Therapy PC and Fern Toback, a corporate officer, agreed to pay 22 employees a total of $74,541 in minimum wage and overtime back wages covering the period between Jan. 9, 2005, and […] Comment

Corona seniors want to keep centers, meals as is

The staff at a Corona senior center that cooks and delivers the majority of senior meals in the area are worried that the sweeping changes in the city's senior center system will leave them out in […] Comment

Abandoned Corona infant, mother return to Maryland

Daniella Cosme Perez, who was left by cab driver Klever Sailema at a firehouse as part of a scheme by the baby's 27-year-old father, was transferred by the city's Administration for Children's […] Comment

Free trade pact divides boro Colombian meet

The community met Saturday to discuss the matter at a forum sponsored by the Queens Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The proposed agreement would eliminate the tariff on U.S. imports to Colombia, which range […] Comment

CB 10 rejects Liberty Ave. newsstand proposal

The newsstand was proposed by Sardar M. Wasi for 119-03 Liberty Ave. in Richmond Hill on the sidewalk opposite a McDonald's.Wasi's daughter claimed that landlords surrounding the proposed newsstand […] Comment

Queens crossings break records for traffic in ‘07

The Queens-Midtown Tunnel reported 29,371,210 trips and the Cross Bay Veterans Bridge 7,677,577 trips in 2007.All together the nine facilities of MTA Bridges and Tunnels handled 304.3 million trips last […] Comment

QStage: Queens Theater Calendar

Astoria immigrant’s killer sentenced

Ricardo Garcia-Villegas, 53, of 2319 Hughes Ave. in the Bronx, was convicted of murder, criminal possession of a weapon and tampering with evidence in the fatal stabbing of Armando Perez, who lived at […] Comment

Women’s Big East tournament notebook: UConn wins BE tourney

John Bowne, Van Buren meet, guarantee boro team in final

And somewhere behind those teams - maybe fourth and fifth - would be John Bowne and McClain's Martin Van Buren team. Or so the coach thought.The top two teams in Queens A which only had one loss apiece […] Comment

The Butler Did It: Christ the King’s Bloody Sunday

In a matter of a few hours, the Christ the King boys fell to rival Holy Cross in the first all-Queens final in 30 years in the CHSAA Class AA intersectional title game at Fordham University and the CK […] Comment

Bayside native, team finish sixth in skating competition

Touched by an Angel: St. John’s women fall in Big East, courtesy of former recruit

"Maybe this is not my last game," Wright said. "We still have a chance to keep playing, so hopefully this is not the way I end my career at St. John's."St. John's (16-14) has a record above .500, […] Comment

Molloy takes home boys’ and girls’ JV titles

Molloy snaps Christ the King’s 23-year title streak to win first Brooklyn/Queens championship

"They're just the best. You know the dynasty," she said. "They have amazing players that go there. You know when you're playing against them, their players are all good. Even their bench is usually […] Comment

Southeast Queens Arts & Entertainment Calendar

Bulldogs near shocker, fall apart in fourth

The Bulldogs were patient on offense, took a nine-point lead into halftime and appeared poised to upset No. 2 Boys & Girls in the PSAL Class AA quarterfinals.But No. 7 Campus Magnet wilted under the […] Comment

Lewis loses big, bemoans draw

Any team that is, but top-seeded Murry Bergtraum."There isn't another team in the city that we wouldn't play with," Eisenberg said, "except the No. 2 team in America."Unfortunately for Eisenberg, […] Comment

Cross beats CK to win first CHSAA city title in 40 years

The Holy Cross basketball team had beaten Christ the King, 56-48, to win the CHSAA Class AA intersectional title Sunday, the school's first title since 1968.It was Holy Cross' first appearance […] Comment

Blau Weiss Gottschee: Abreu, Fernandes score in U-16s victory

No doubting Thomas: Edison’s improbable run ends one game short of Madison Square Garden

No, when they left the court after a 68-55 loss to Boys & Girls, the city's second-seeded team, in the PSAL Class AA semifinals Tuesday at St. John's University, their heads were held high. […] Comment

College Round-Up: SJU takes West Virginia to OT in final game

Cardozo finishes off roller-coaster season

Fields, though, wouldn't be heard from again until midway though the third quarter and, led by freshman Davontay Grace, Thomas Jefferson wrestled control of the game from the Judges en route to a […] Comment

SE Qns. interns build future

The group was the first graduating class of the city's Young Adult Internship Program for high school dropouts and unemployed people from 16 to 24. During the commencement ceremonious at the Black […] Comment

Bill would protect seniors from scams

Assemblyman William Scarborough (D-St. Albans) announced the passage of a comprehensive legislative package aimed at protecting seniors last week. Each year an estimated 30,000 seniors are victims of […] Comment

Mercury spill shuts down Cambria Hts. high school

Classes resumed Monday for the four high schools that make up the campus, according to DOE spokeswoman Margie Feinberg."Just as a precaution they cordoned off the building," Feinberg said.She said the […] Comment

Northeast Queens Arts & Entertainment Calendar

Jamaica Howard Johnson catered to prostitutes: DA

Three hotel staffers and a suspected pimp who operated out of the inn, located at 153-95 Rockaway Blvd., were arrested and charged with numerous prostitution-related offenses Saturday. The DA said they […] Comment

Gloria Black mourned in SE Queens

Black, who was 76, died March 1 while recuperating from surgery at the Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Jamaica.Close friends said Black, a deaconess at Amity Baptist, stayed strong […] Comment

Cambria Hts. promotes local business

Called "Shop Cambria Heights!," the campaign includes hoisting street banners along Linden Boulevard, the community's commercial strip, with the name of a local business on each banner."We're […] Comment

Two stabbed outside Richmond Hill pool hall

Richmond Hill woman found dead in Bklyn

Man killed by A train in South Ozone Park

LIC man hits neighbor with chair: DA

Shuttle bus stolen from Kennedy Airport

Disabled man missing in Jamaica

Glen Oaks man missing after hospital visit

Bayside woman forged checks for chicken: DA

Police seek Flushing bank robber

Police seek shooter in bodega robbery

Whitestone man hurled devices at school: Cops

Konstantinos Mavrikos, 22, of 149-16 19th Ave., was arrested on arson and child endangerment charges after allegedly throwing a bottle filled with a flammable liquid at the side of William H. Carr Junior […] Comment

Former Bayside gambler sues casinos

Former Corona and Bayside resident Arelia Taveras, 37, is seeking $20 million from the Atlantic City casinos where she racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars in gambling debt, according to a complaint […] Comment

Jamaica Hill homeowners win sinking house lawsuit

The case went to a jury trial in State Supreme Court in Jamaica before Judge Lawrence Cullen in November after almost six years of waiting. The Jamaica Hill houses near the intersection of 84th Avenue […] Comment

Elmhurst teen convicted for cutting Sikh boy’s hair

Umair Ahmed, 18, was found guilty of menacing as a hate crime, coercion as a hate crime, criminal possession and harassment, the DA said. He faces up to four years in prison at his April 11 sentencing, […] Comment

Sean Bell crime scene scrutinized by defense

During his testimony before Queens Supreme Court Justice Robert Hanophy Monday, retired crime scene investigator David Rivera admitted that he was not careful when he examined the area around the Kalua […] Comment

City plans to decrease no. of Rikers inmates

The city Correction Department has been drawing up a plan that would relocate 25 percent of the inmates from Rikers Island to other facilities in the Bronx and Brooklyn in the hopes of lowering costs […] Comment

New school set to open in Flushing next year

The list was part of city Schools Chancellor Joel Klein's announcement that the five boroughs are to see some 52 new schools this fall. Only Brooklyn, which is to get 20 new schools, benefited more […] Comment

McLaughlin fesses up

McLaughlin, 55, signed a deal Friday that will recommend he serve between eight and 10 years in prison in exchange for a guilty plea on federal racketeering and false statements charges, according to […] Comment

Klein Farm climbs to $6M

According to the listing on Good Choice Realty's Web site, the asking price for the farm is now $6 million, up from $5.5 million last week. The Internet listing stated that the site would be a "perfect […] Comment

Flushing scam ring broken up: Police

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told a news conference last Thursday nearly 40 people were arrested on March 4, including the gang's alleged boss, Kwok Chow, 36, of 132-45 41st Ave. in Flushing.Many […] Comment

Fire unions examine slow boro responses

During a closed-door meeting at Borough Hall last week, Marshall and members of the Uniformed Firefighter's Association and Uniformed Fire Officer's Association discussed ways to reduce the time […] Comment

$1B Sky View Parc selling units quickly

Muss Development Principal Jason Muss said the initial sales rush can largely be attributed to the company's newly opened sales center, which he said includes state-of-the-art technology rarely presented […] Comment

Padavan pressed on toxic school bill

Leased school sites are currently not subject to formal environmental review and assessment nor public or City Council approval, though the School Construction Authority does its own testing. Sites the […] Comment

Douglaston crash kills man, 25

Around 6 a.m., Freeport resident Emmanuel Rosa was driving his Mercedes southbound on the Cross Island Parkway at Northern Boulevard when he encountered a tow truck stopped to deal with an earlier accident, […] Comment

Congestion pricing plan needs fixing: Liu, Gioia

City Councilmen John Liu (D-Flushing) - one of the few bastions of support in Queens for the plan - joined Councilmen Thomas White (D-Jamaica), Eric Gioia (D-Sunnyside) and Peter Vallone (D-Astoria) in […] Comment

School leasing oversight bill supported by CB 7

The board heard from David Palmer and Chris Johnson, attorneys with New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, who are leading a campaign to get the legislation passed. Palmer said while there are currently […] Comment

AG’s office warns Jamaica residents of scams

Assistant Attorney General Lois Booker-Williams spoke to city residents at the Queens office of the state Workers' Compensation Board on a number of issues plaguing innocent consumers across the state. […] Comment

Search for Flushing toddler finds drugs

Police said the mother of a 3-year-old child reported her daughter missing at Macy's in Flushing in the evening on March 5. Several officers combed the area and police even brought in an aviation […] Comment

Eco-friendly fashion show seeks submissions from boro designers

Financial coach Williams joins Center for Women of New York

Veteran U.S. Senator Specter to speak at Central Queens Y

Velazquez offers free tax help

Kew-Forest plans open house for private school students


Anthony Bastone, owner of F&J Pine Restaurant is changing the landscape around his 1913 Bronxdale Avenue business. Comment


Postal union representatives and activists are hoping a rally held on Wednesday, February 27, in front of the Fordham Road station will deliver a message to the United States Postal Service about the decaying state of service in the Bronx. Comment


Lehman High School students and parents staged a rally on the steps of City Hall to protest the forced retirement of their beloved principal Robert Leder. Yet the DOE has remained firm to the conviction that Leder will retire in June. Comment


A popular fast food eatery, catering to Orchard Beach clientele and sightseers on City Island, had its aspirations of growth delayed by the Department of Buildings for noncompliance with existing building and zoning regulations. Comment


For more than 10 years, the M60 bus has successfully transported travelers from 125th Street in Harlem to La Guardia Airport, the most direct public transportation route for Bronx residents heading for […] Comment


Two obsolete no parking signs, located where a driveway for the former Smithsonian storage facility in Pelham Bay once stood, have been removed after a protest from a local motorist who was ticketed recently for parking in the non-existent driveway. Comment


With a vocal Bronx crowd behind them, the Samuel Gompers Panthers were able to overcome a late 13-point deficit to beat the Teachers Preparatory Tigers, 65-58, on Sunday, March 9, at Lehman College, to advance to the semifinals of the Bronx A Division championship for the first time in 20 years. Comment


Guest speakers can sometimes be hard to come by, but now small organizations within the boundaries of the Westchester Square Medical Center will have sound medical advice right at their beck and call. Comment


After Gompers would prevail in its quarterfinal battle, reporters immediately asked coach Donial Rodriguez about his chances going up against Eagle Academy in the semifinals. Comment


Despite an amazing season in the A Division, the Lady Jaguars learned that even the best teams have a bad day. Comment


The stage is set for the biggest rematch of the season. Comment


Since restarting his own organization, Donald Lyons […] Comment


After losing the Bronx A East Division to Gompers, South Bronx had been hoping for revenge and seemed on the right path, advancing into the quarterfinals of the PSAL Championship. Comment


When I was a kid, my mother would basically bribe my sister and I by taking us to Park Professional for our regular doctor checkups with a promise of a fun-filled day at Loreto Park across the street […] Comment


Over 400 hundred participants, parents, friends, and supporters joined Senator Jeff Klein, Assemblyman Michael Benedetto, Councilman Jimmy Vacca, and Borough President Adolfo Carrion, Jr. representative […] Comment


Every kid […] Comment


The good news is that murders and rapes are down in the 49th Precinct. The bad news is that robberies and instances of grand larceny are up. Comment


Years ago, sushi came to Pelham Bay. Last year, Indian fare made it to the area. Now, below the Buhre Avenue 6 train stop, another restaurant featuring a cuisine new to the area has popped up, much […] Comment


Assemblyman Michael R. Benedetto announced the Assembly passed a comprehensive package of bills to protect New York Comment


Beyond the coffee cup, a new Morris Park Starbucks hopes to invoke a renewed community space, while providing what they call […] Comment


The community has united successfully in efforts to stop the controversial building of a medical facility on Astor Avenue. Comment


Captain William McSorley of the 45th Precinct painted a vastly different picture of the crime situation for the precinct during a recent meeting of the 45th Precinct Community Council on Thursday, March 13. Comment


Tired of getting out of work late and having your day extended even longer while waiting for a #6 train ride home? Comment


The Locust Point Civic Association is looking for help, as it fights to keep their civic center afloat. Comment


Residents who live alongside Eastchester Bay, the Sound or the East River, are requesting a dedicated fireboat for the area that could patrol the waters of Throggs Neck, City Island and the entire northeast Bronx. Comment


Grabbing a beer with the buddies and watching the big game was a seemingly endless scene played over time and time again at Casey […] Comment


For more than 40 years, 63 Westchester Square served the communities […] Comment


With the Throggs Neck St. Patrick […] Comment


In just a few months Westchester Square Physical Therapy will become the first tenants of Tower 1 at the Hutchinson Metro Center. Comment


A hero in our midst is looking for what he believes is the […] Comment


What started out as a temp job turned into nearly 23 years of dedicated community service for one local resident. Comment

How’s Business? It’s time to buy a house

So this could be the year where you fulfill the American Dream and own a home. But house hunting is not a quick fix. First off, remember that location counts, especially in Queens with its diversity of […] Comment


Chocolate lovers flock to Krause’s

Business Calendar

The Reel Queens: ‘Chop Shop’ a moving tale of youth, poverty in boro

Clad mostly in a sleeveless blue T-shirt and jeans, Ale spends his mornings working on cars and the rest of his days hawking candy on the subway and pirated DVDs to Queens merchants, stealing hubcaps […] Comment

Kitty Genevese killer denied parole again

The state Division of Paroles denied Moseley parole for the 13th time Wednesday, a day short of the 44th anniversary of the slaying, on the grounds that he still posed a threat to society. Comment

Flushing parents shook baby to death: DA

The DA said Hang Bin Li, 23, and Ying Li, 22, both of 43-18 Union St., were charged with the murder after allegedly violently shaking their baby daughter, Annie Li, in October, causing serious injuries that eventually led to her death. Comment

The Play’s The Thing: Boro theaters seek new formula to bring in crowds

"The demographics are not what they used to be," she points out. The general theater audience is an older segment of the population, and many have moved away or shuffled off. "Mailing out fliers is no […] Comment

Gallagher expected to resign, accept plea deal in rape case

The councilman, who was arrested in August after he was accused of raping the woman in his office on Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village, was offered a plea deal in late February by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown that would keep him out of prison and not require him to register as a sex offender, but would force him to step down from his post, the source said. Comment

Bones in suitcase belong to missing Woodhaven woman: Police

Reina De Los Santos, 43, was last seen June 17 leaving her home after a fight with her husband, Edwin Fuentes. Police are now investigating the case as a homicide. Comment

The Rescuers

The dog was still alive. Comment

Mayoral control of schools needs more limits

Control by Bloomberg, Klein has not bettered city schools

DOT’s efforts ended 194th St. flooding

Hevesi misses mark on congestion pricing

Women of Great Importance: Nigerian-born Olu Oguibe’s personal canon of notable women of the 20th century on display at JCAL

Through March 22, 27 of these portraits will be on display at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning. The exhibit, "Women of Substance," is curated by Heng-Gil Han and commemorates Women's History […] Comment

Justice or a Witch Hunt?

A Life Well Lived

A First Step

The Downfall of Brian McLaughlin

Our History: Early governors had connections to Queens

Prior to 1777 New York was governed by the Dutch and the British. Under the Netherlands, New Netherlands was governed by a director-general appointed by the Dutch West India Company, subject to review […] Comment

Neighbor to Neighbor: Pruning volunteers save borough street trees

Laws have been made to protect street trees in particular. This has been done to reflect the valuable asset they are to the community in general, and to whatever property is nearby. Properly maintained, […] Comment

Political Action: Iannece vs. Abel battle likely for Avella’s seat

At this time there are two generally recognized leading candidates. One is Democratic attorney Jerry Iannece, who has served as chairman of Community Board 11. He is also the former president of the Bayside […] Comment

The Civic Scene: Auburndale civic meet turns testy at agencies

The DCP has fine people. They rezoned the eastern part of Fresh Meadows from R2 to R2A with our help fairly quickly. So why have not a dozen or so communities been rezoned for the past three years? Debbie […] Comment

Dishing with Dee: Parkway Hospital back on path to success

Dr. Robert J. Aquino, CEO and president of Parkway, said they are now in a position to become one of the region's premier hospitals and he is looking forward to announcing some important new additions […] Comment

Berger’s Burg: Spring renews thoughts of my Bronx courtship

Spring arrives on March 20 and it is decision time for me. Do I write a column about gardening or love? Ay, that's the question. Since my idea of science fiction is Better Homes & Gardens, and […] Comment

Southeast Queens Community Calendar

CB 2 wants park preserved

Located at the intersection of 59th Street, 60th Street and 34th Avenue, the lot is a de facto traffic island. Neighbors say they have used the land as a neighborhood park since 1940, going so far as […] Comment

NYC drinking water safety should be tested: Vallone

Vallone comes down on diving daredevils

The councilman said he plans to propose legislation that would slap persons with a misdemeanor who use a device, such as a parachute, to jump from a structure higher than 25 feet. Currently, there is […] Comment

Civics vow to move St. Savior’s

The city issued a permit to Sano Construction Corp., a contractor hired by site owner Maspeth Development LLC, in late February to demolish the church, located at Rust Street and 57th Road in Maspeth, […] Comment

DOT’s Sunnyside stroll leads to new traffic plans

DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan toured the site along with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) last week, developing a series of short-term solutions until capital improvements can […] Comment

Qns. West library set for 2009

Western Queens elected officials and residents have long been calling for the construction of the 22,000-square-foot library, which would be located on Center Boulevard between 47th Road and 48th Avenue […] Comment

Queens Museum of Art to take over skate rink site

With the old skating rink finally slated to close when skating season ends April 6, construction will finally begin on the $47 million expansion of the museum, which until now shared the building with […] Comment

Fortune Society director brings her work to Queens

More than 20 years after she was released from prison where she served 2 1/2 years on drug charges, Lopez is now the director of a city program that serves recently released inmates.Lopez, 52, who was […] Comment

Monserrate seeks free hybrid parking

The bill would give the owners of new hybrid vehicles free parking at meters and municipal lots within city limits for one year after purchase. Introduced Feb. 27, the legislation currently awaits a City […] Comment

Metropolitan Ave. school on track

The h-shaped complex will house a 700-student junior high school and a 1,000-student high school with the capacity for 200 special needs students, for a total of 1,900 new seats.Work to level and break […] Comment

Western Queens Arts & Entertainment Calendar

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

CK leaves regrets behind, advances to CHSAA ‘A’ state final

Bob Mackey knew there would be two ways the rest of the season could have gone after his Christ the King girls' basketball team lost its first CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan championship in 23 years Sunday against Archbishop Molloy. Comment

Borough has little sympathy for guv


Albany colleagues support Paterson


Spitzer’s downfall shocks boro




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