Friday, April 18, 2008

Special election for Gallagher’s seat to be held June 3

Gallagher stepped down from office Friday as part of a plea deal that would keep him out of prison and off the sex offenders registry after he was charged with sexually abusing a 52-year-old grandmother at his Middle Village district office in July. Comment

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Auburndale Soccer: Magnozzi scores twice to lead Dragons over Dix Hills

FAA’s congestion plan won’t work: Schumer

Schumer, speaking at a news conference following massive delays at New York City airports over FAA safety inspections, quoted an internal U.S. Transportation Department report as saying the FAA's […] Comment

U.S. treasurer will host SE Qns. subprime talks

U.S. Treasurer Anna Escobedo Cabral is expected to make a special presentation at the "Rescue Your Home" seminar Saturday at P.S. 156, located at 229-02 137 Ave. The workshop, the first in a series of […] Comment

Expansion under way at Tietz: $3M project adds new facilities at Jamaica adult care center

The $3 million project, to expand the center's short-term rehabilitation facilities, is part of an $18 million upgrade to the entire site characterized as "soup to nuts" by Gerald Hart, executive […] Comment

St. Albans bride-to-be redefines the perfect match: Fiance of Queens woman successfully donates kidney to save life of longtime girlfriend

Living with kidney disease for eight years, Bates found a perfect kidney donor match in the man she is engaged to. Tye Johnson met Bates when he picked up his younger brother, whom she baby sat, at her […] Comment

Dell, CB 13 puzzled by missing computers

Richard Hellenbrecht, chairman of CB 13, said he did not believe the missing items were stolen from the office.He first notified the board about Dell's inquiry at CB 13's February meeting. Questions […] Comment

State budget gives NYC $644M more in ed aid

The $122 billion budget approved April 9 increased spending by $6 billion over last year. It came a week later than the April 2 deadline."In the face of two crises Ð one in government and one in […] Comment

Some Queens boards an green carts plan

The city Health Department and city drew up the plan, which became law in March, to put some 1,000 carts on city streets throughout the five boroughs over the next two years to bring fresh produce to […] Comment

Mayor urges peace after Bell verdict

The mayor met with clergy members and leaders, such as City Council members James Sanders (D-Laurelton), Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) and Thomas White (D-Jamaica) as well as state Assemblywoman Barbara […] Comment

103rd Pct. offers parents advice on gang violence

Police Officer Keith O'Donnell of the NYPD Community Affairs Unit, gave a presentation at the 103rd Precinct Community Council meeting in Jamaica April 8 to discuss how to stop gang crime in the neighborhood. […] Comment

Jamaica auxiliary cops rally for respect, rights

A group of southeast Queens auxiliary police officers gathered at the Scarlet Ibis Restaurant in Jamaica on April 9 to rally for more rights as volunteer civil servants. Although the officers dress in […] Comment

Police seek suspect in store robbery

Man stole cold medicine from Rite Aid: DA

TVs, cash stolen from Horace Harding bar

Man had drugs in park after nightfall: Police

$30K stolen in ID theft

Man drove drunk, fled accident scene: Police

Flushing fake cop raped, robbed woman: DA

Motorist fleeing fight hits pedestrians: Cops

Four boro residents bribed inspectors: DOI

Scooter scavenger arrested with drugs: DA

Man stole batteries from Home Depot: DA

Man arrested for pot, public drinking: Cops

Grand Central Parkway crash injures two

Woodhaven Lanes rolls toward closing

The bowling alley on Woodhaven Boulevard in Glendale held a rally Saturday to draw attention to its plight, and bowlers and staff alike are hoping their second home can stay open.The manager of Woodhaven […] Comment

Willets Pt. opposition gains steam: Eight Queens Council reps decry mayor’s plan as owners sue city

Eight Queens Council members appeared with more than 200 Willets Point business owners and workers at City Hall April 9 and unanimously drubbed the city's current approach to the redevelopment, which […] Comment

Vallone says he’ll remain on Council: Astoria rep denies plan to leave seat for possible boro prez run

Gianaris, who declined comment on the plan, said he would campaign this fall to retain his Albany seat. And Vallone, who laughed off the idea that he would step down from the Council, said he is seriously […] Comment

Judge waits to sentence teen who cut Sikh student’s hair

Umair Ahmed, 18, was found guilty in February of menacing as a hate crime, coercion as a hate crime, criminal possession and harassment, the Queens district attorney said. The Pakistani-born Muslim, who […] Comment

2 boro men win a whole lotto loot

A St. Albans man and an Elmhurst man each became millionaires earlier this month when they won separate jackpots with the New York State Lottery, taking home combined winnings of $15 million.St. Albans […] Comment

Transit cop arrested in bank heists: Woodhaven rookie, 21, charged in Pennsylvania, NYC robberies

Christian Torres, 21, of 86-01 94th St. in Woodhaven, was arrested last Thursday in Muhlenberg, Pa., after he allegedly stole $113,000 from a Sovereign bank, a spokesman for the Muhlenberg Township Police […] Comment

Civic begins relocation of St. Savior’s: Marshall helps to secure $100K to save historic Maspeth church

Community and civic leaders have been fighting to preserve the church for nearly two years. The church was close to being razed after the city approved a permit to knock down the structure earlier this […] Comment

Bayside activist makes mark on nation’s Capitol: Journey that began with Mandingo Tshaka’s call to congressman leads to slavery monument in D.C.

Emancipation Hall, a 20,000-square-foot hall inside the new Capitol Visitor Center, will honor the slaves who helped build the U.S. Capitol, White House and other national landmarks.It is the first time […] Comment

Bar dancers sue Jackson Heights club

Suffolk County residents Luis Ruiz and Edith D'Angelo, owners of the Flamingo Club at 85-12 Jackson Ave., did not pay the dancers any wages, paid other workers less than the minimum wage and failed […] Comment

Boro leaders mull congestion fixes after $8 fee dies

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to charge drivers $8 to drive into Manhattan below 60th Street during business hours did not sit well with many in Queens. Their dissent was reflected in the state […] Comment

Mets unwrap plans for Robinson tribute

Some 160 feet in diameter and 70 feet tall, the rotunda was designed as a tribute to the Brooklyn Dodgers' Ebbets Field. It will boast a terrazzo floor inscribed with images and words of the nine […] Comment

Queens awaits verdict in Bell trial: Prosecution questions credibility of defense’s 52 witnesses during final day of closing arguments

During his impassioned three-hour closing argument, Assistant District Attorney Charles Testagrossa blasted the attorneys representing Detectives Michael Oliver, Gescard Isnora and Marc Cooper for trying […] Comment

Douglaston man killed in car crash: 26-yr.-old remembered by 400 as multi-talented, adventurous

Whether it was because of his infectious laugh, his off-beat comments or his big heart, the 26-year-old Douglaston resident was impossible to forget.Those close to Heicklen, who died in a traffic accident […] Comment

Dept. of Aging denies it will shut boro senior centers

Commissioner Edwin Mendez-Santiago spoke at length at the TimesLedger's offices last week about the restructuring of services, saying the agency's goal is to keep senior citizens living at home […] Comment

Stop annual water rate hikes: Reps

Among the biggest debtors to the Department of Environmental Protection are the Electchester housing complex in Flushing and Forest Hills' Parkway Hospital, according to published reports.The announcements […] Comment

Vaughn College celebrates 75th year with luncheon

The college had a luncheon on April 9 at East Elmhurst's Marriott LaGuardia Airport, where Vaughn President John Fitzpatrick recognized DeCota, director of aviation for the Port Authority of New York […] Comment

Douglaston committee cleans up Udalls Cove

"When we get big high tides, all the sea debris washes up in Udalls Cove. I'm a sea kayaker, so I see all of it, the oil bottles from the outboard motors, plastic bags, car and boat parts," said Hope […] Comment

St. Mary’s starts recycling program in green effort

In 2005, a concern over how chemicals in everyday cleaning products could affect children with asthma and allergies led to the creation of the "Green Team," a three-person group of hospital staff who […] Comment

Queens Botanical Gardens does some spring cleaning

Spring is blooming at the Flushing garden and the horticultural center is boasting a new look courtesy of a brand new visitor and administration building. The $12 million building was opened last fall […] Comment

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Frank McHugh, 98

A special ride for Molloy HS: Students, staff take private subway to celebrate 50th anniversary

The Catholic high school sent nearly all of its student body and faculty to St. Patrick's Cathedral on April 9 for a special thanksgiving mass in honor of its golden anniversary.The event was unique […] Comment

Man killed by train at Bayside stop: Onlookers watch in horror after Flushing man dies on LIRR tracks

The man, whose name was not released by authorities, was dead before officials arrived on the scene, the Fire Department said.The city medical examiner ruled the death as a suicide.The westbound train […] Comment

QCC remembers Holocaust Center benefactor: Late Malba philanthropist Harriet Kupferberg saluted for her contributions to college

More than 100 family members, friends, colleagues and area politicians gathered in the school's Student Union to pay tribute to Kupferberg, who died suddenly in January. Kupferberg contributed an […] Comment

Fall at Manhattan site kills Bayside construction worker

Kevin Kelly, 25, was installing window panels on the 23rd floor of the building at 400 East 67th St. around 10:30 a.m. when the nylon safety harness connecting him to the building failed and he fell to […] Comment

Boro officials pan budget reforms

Two Queens councilmen slammed the move on the grounds that it gives too much authority to the mayor, while another supported the effort.Giving money to community groups from the Council's discretionary […] Comment

Flushing rezoning moves forward: Liu

Liu said he expects a town hall meeting to kick off the public approval process for the rezoning sometime in mid-May at which the community would be formally presented with the final proposal and have […] Comment

Queens Zoo looking for volunteers for teaching, tours, special events

St. John’s to host recycling event for electronics and light clothing

Volunteers needed to protect nursing home residents’ rights

Queens Council on Arts provides training for teaching artists

Children to star in production of ‘Wizard of Oz’ at St. Mary’s

Queens Borough Public Library board of trustees meeting set

Homecoming planned for alumni of St. Anastasia Parish School

Community can meet 115th Pct. commander at outreach event

LIC Bike Parade kicks off May 10

York College to host Earth Day summit

E-ZPass applications available

Civil court offers debt help

Bayside Baskin-Robbins honors firefighters with 31-cent scoop

How’s Business? Create a real budget

Ask yourself why you are creating a budget: Do you want to pay off debts, save for college, put away for retirement? Make a list of your financial goals for the next six months, five years, decade - all […] Comment


A boutique blooms in Astoria

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Gang violence resonates in Black Spectrum’s ‘Samson’

The play, now at the Black Spectrum Theatre, is a revival, and director and playwright Fulton Hodges has tightened and toughened the action substantially. His cast rises to the occasion. Among them are […] Comment

Young, gifted and Asian: QTIP’s Asian Cultural Festival shines spotlight on new generation of talented performers

The festival, now in its third year at QTIP, will run from April 23 to April 27 in Flushing Meadows Corona Park and will feature nearly a dozen acts. The festival's director, Vivian Chiu, said the […] Comment

Mulan: Flashy Chinese fusion comes to Flushing

Queens Crossing seems to be trying to create an upscale, artsy Asian ambiance with some impressive Oriental art installed in the public spaces. Mulan plays right into that theme with its fashionably designed […] Comment

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NY officials slam feds’ runway lottery plan

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Gov. David Paterson and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey criticized the decision as misguided and likely to cost passengers more to fly. Comment


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It’s up to you to grade your Queens schools

Willets Point project not viable for Queens

Jamaica Estates residents deserve respect on dorm issue

Queens expects better from rogue electeds

Sheldon’s Puppets

Neighbor to Neighbor: Queens Civic Congress holds annual luncheon

On April 6, it was back to Antun's to help celebrate the Sixth Biennial Luncheon of the Queens Civic Congress, sponsored by the Queens Civic Congress Foundation. The attendance was overwhelming. There […] Comment

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Political Action: Koo reveals where he stands on the issues

The Republican candidate for Stavisky's seat is Peter Koo, a businessman who owns five pharmacies in the Flushing area. Koo emigrated to the United States from Hong Kong in 1971, working his way through […] Comment

The Civic Scene: 107 Pct. offers range of community programs

The 107th Precinct Explorers meet Wednesdays from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. They take monthly trips, see movies, go bowling, perform community service (a requirement in many high schools) and conduct fund-raising, […] Comment

Dishing with Dee: City Council seat races draw big fields in boro

From there, it was over to Dazies Restaurant in Sunnyside for the second half of our double header. It was to attend a fund-raiser for Debbie Markell, who is running for City Councilman Tony Avella's […] Comment

South Queens Speaks: Kiwanis fashion show benefits south Queens

According to Carol Verdi, the club president, the proceeds will go to children's education supplies for the Guyana and HeartShare First Step programs, as well as the Hindu Senior Center.Three sponsors […] Comment

Berger’s Burg: Food a central part of celebrating Passover

Many people live from hand-to-foot. I live from hand-to-mouth, as in refrigerator to stove to dinner. I love food, eating and all holidays that revolve around food. Passover's one of these holidays […] Comment

Woodhaven man ran counterfeit ring: DA

Rafea Al-Nablisi, a 40-year-old Jordanian immigrant from Woodhaven, is accused of selling 12,000 cartons of cigarettes a week out of his Queens warehouses and defrauding the government of $6.1 million […] Comment

Sabini fights boro tenant harassment: State senator responds to pleas from Jackson Heights residents

The tenants of 37-37 88th St. in Jackson Heights say Vantage is using harassment to evict them from their apartments in a ploy to turn the building into co-ops or condos. Vantage bought a portfolio of […] Comment

Manhattan firms to buy Rego Park’s Saxon Hall

The roughly $75 million deal to buy Saxon Hall, a 16-story, 470,000-square-foot rental building at 62-60 99th St. in Rego Park, was first reported in real estate news outlet The Real Deal, which mentioned […] Comment

It’s never too late to be honored: Richmond Hill vet awarded long-awaited medal for WWII service

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) presented the 81-year-old Richmond Hill resident with the Bronze Star after his office was able to confirm that Nash was deserving of the honor.A 1973 fire at the National […] Comment

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Planned new school in Maspeth divides residents

Representatives from the city's School Construction Authority unveiled a proposal at CB 5's April 9 meeting to construct a four-story school at 73-35 57th Ave. in Maspeth that would include one […] Comment

Jax. Heights group to aid South Asian homeowners

Chhaya CDC, a homeowners counseling group in Jackson Heights, has organized a forum in Jamaica April 25 to get South Asians talking about their stake in the housing crunch. The event is scheduled to take […] Comment

Keep kids on campus for lunch: Gianaris

Gallagher’s exit from Council sets stage for special election

Gallagher, who was elected to the City Council in 2001 and would have been term limited out of office in 2009, will resign his post nearly nine months after police raided his office following an accusation […] Comment

MTA official promises improvements to G train

"Although many refer to the G line as a stepchild of the New York City subway system, I often refer to it as the forgotten child, often abused and neglected," City Councilwoman Letitia James (D-Brooklyn) […] Comment

May court date set for dentist slay duo

Queens Supreme Court Justice Robert Hanophy ordered Mikhail Mallayev to be in his court May 20 with his distant relative Mazoltuv Borukhova, who prosecutors say plotted and hired her uncle by marriage […] Comment

Con Ed mulls $17M blackout payback

Under the deal, the utility would also pay for an estimated $40 million in repairs caused by the outage rather than including the costs in rate payers' bills, the source said.Con Ed and the state's […] Comment

Cabbie not charged in baby desertion

At a hearing April 7, a Queens Criminal Court judge conditionally dismissed the case against Klever Sailema, 41, and his girlfriend, 21-year-old Bronx resident Maria Siavichay. The charges will be dropped […] Comment

Astoria kids take to small screen

In early April, the borough's QTV television station filmed seven- to 10-minute plays written by 12- and 13-year-old students from IS 110, but performed by city-based thespians from stage and television […] Comment

Electric vehicles to replace Astoria Park’s clunkers

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CB 6 manager throws 1st Council fund-raiser

Candidate Frank Gulluscio, district manager of Community Board 6, said he could not say how much money he took in from the event because donations were still being counted, but he said the affair was […] Comment

The Butler Did It: Terriers make diamond mark

Starting at designated hitter for the Red Storm was freshman Paul Karmas, while the Owls catcher was junior Mike Xifaras. It's rare that two former high-school teammates meet in a baseball game, even […] Comment

McGee, Rodriguez, MacWithey star in losses

Jared, Johnnies shut out UConn: Yecker tosses six scoreless innings, St. John’s scratches out run in fifth in coach’s lone 1-0 win

Instead, No. 22 St. John's capitalized on a mistake in the outfield to scratch across the lone run in a 1-0 victory against Connecticut at Jack Kaiser Stadium. "The way we play right now it's […] Comment

Lebro the hero: Sophomore left-hander Burnette shows his worth in first SFP start

"He was one of the 'if,' players," Kent said.But after a solid relief outing against Archbishop Molloy and a gutsy six innings in his first varsity start Monday in a 4-1 victory against Monsignor […] Comment

Krystil clear: Terriers senior ace has drive to thrive

The pain was exruciating and it caused Hofmann to bend over and cringe. But as coach Ann Marie Rich trotted to the circle, the pitcher managed to grit something through her clenched teeth."I'm not […] Comment

Rosado finds comfort zone at Bryant

"He's a team player," the Bryant junior catcher said of Rosado, a shortstop. "He can hit, he can throw, he can field, he can run...When I first saw him, I knew he was special."The two were playing […] Comment

Stewart leads Molloy to third-place finish

"I was always a pinch runner," the senior said. Molloy boys' track coach Bro. Bob Andrews discovered him as a freshman when he ran for his home room in Molloy's annual Freshman Field Day competition, […] Comment

Empire State Games tryouts begin in May

DePhillips Athletic Club: Gluck’s double propels Mets

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Molloy grad leads QC baseball to victory

CNG All-city girls’ basketball Second Team

CNG All-city girls’ basketball Player of the Year

CNG All-city girls’ basketball First Team

CNG All-city girls’ basketball Coach of the Year

CNG All-city boys’ basketball Second Team

CNG All-city boys’ basketball Player of the Year

CNG All-city boys’ basketball First Team

CNG All-city boys’ basketball Coach of the Year

Jav Queens: Led by Dombrowski, Molloy girls finish with top four in javelin

"It was the best practice we've had," joked Nicole Bonilla, who finished second in the event with a personal best (102'1").Brittany Dombrowski, regarded as the best female javelin thrower in the […] Comment

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Margulies’ goal propels Bayside, deflates Cardozo

Zoe Margulies saw the effect of her 56th-minute strike almost immediately. Comment

Renzi, Kilpatrick pound Prep in Boulevard battle

It was the type of hit that wasn't supposed to happen in the post-aluminum bat era of high-school baseball. So, Holy Cross senior first baseman Robbie Renzi was as surprised as anyone at Preller Field when he simply extended the barrel of his wooden bat across the outside of the strike zone and launched a home run over the fence in left-center field. Comment

Bayside man dies in accident at Manhattan construction site

Kevin Kelly, 25, was installing window panels on the 23rd floor of the building at 400 East 67th St. around 10:30 a.m. when the nylon safety harness connecting him to the building failed and he fell to the 14th floor balcony, the officials said. Comment

Two councilman’s aides indicted on embezzlement charges

Asquith Reid, chief of staff for Councilman Kendall Stewart (D-Flatbush), and Joycinth Anderson, another Stewart staffer, were formally charged with money laundering conspiracy and mail fraud conspiracy, each of which carries a potential 20 year prison sentence with a conviction, Garcia said. Comment

Brooklyn man dies after fall from Shea escalator

Police said Brooklyn resident Antonio Narainasami was leaving Shea following the New York Mets' 6-0 victory over the Washington Nationals when he lost his footing on an escalator headed down from the stadium's mezzanine level and plunged more than 40 feet to the concrete floor below. Comment



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