Thursday, June 19, 2008

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Police search for woman who hit step-mother

OAKLAND GARDENS — Police said they were searching for a 20-year-old woman who struck her step-mother Tuesday in the leg with a table leg in Oakland Gardens. Comment
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Police arrest two teens in Douglaston robbery

DOUGLASTON — Police said they arrested two teenagers who allegedly robbed a man in Douglaston last Thursday by threatening him. Comment
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Man snatched purse of ex-girlfriend: Cops

OAKLAND GARDENS — A 43-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly snatched his ex-girlfriend's purse when she came out of her apartment building Saturday in Oakland Gardens, police said. Comment
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Four arrested in attack, attempted robbery: Cops

DOUGLASTON — Police said they arrested four men who allegedly attacked a student walking home from school in Douglaston and attempted to steal his Sidekick cell phone. Comment
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MTA mulls subway, bus fare hikes to cover $500M debt

Transit chief Elliot Sander said it as plainly as possible - the MTA is so strapped for cash it may have to raise bus and subway fares next year. Comment
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CB 8 OK’s Bukharian synagogue’s variances

The Fresh Meadows community is to be home to a new Bukharian temple that requested zoning variances, but despite the description, it is not the temple that sparked such bitter debate earlier in the spring. Comment

Bayside Little League: Turano’s blast leads Contracting

In the final game of the Texas Farm Division season, Turano Contracting was led by the clutch hitting of Michael Turano, who hit a tape-measure blast to right in the third inning to pull his team back into the game. Max Mastrototaro had a pair of doubles and four RBIs and in the third inning, Regan Goger made a nice play on a tough hope, throwing to third baseman Nicholas Sanso to get the force out at third. Comment

The Butler Did It

Ever have déjà vu? I did on Friday night and it lasted about two and a half hours. Comment

Off the beaten path to success

Walk around Barn 35 at Belmont Park and you forget that bustling Hempstead Turnpike is right outside the gates. Roosters poke around outside and inside, 20 thoroughbred horses stand in their stalls, eating hay, waiting to compete in front of thousands on another busy race day. Comment

CHSAA All-Queens softball Player of the Year

<b>Krystil Hofmann, St. Francis Prep</b> Comment

CHSAA All-Queens baseball Coach of the Year

<b>Bro. Robert Kent, St. Francis Prep</b> Comment

CHSAA All-Queens baseball Player of the Year

<b>Kevin Kilpatrick, Holy Cross</b> Comment

Ron’s Day in the Sun

Ron Naclerio got a call a few weeks ago. It was only one of the dozens he gets everyday. But this one hit a nerve. He had heard that a former Cardozo cheerleader was interested in attending the school’s upcoming annual boys’ basketball reunion, but she wasn’t sure if cheerleaders were invited. Comment

Storybook ending

Joe Faller walked onto the field gingerly, his arms raised over his head in triumph. Across the pitch, his daughter Alyssa celebrated with her teammates, then whirled around and looked for her dad. The two met, near the Queens HS of Teaching sidelines, and shared a long embrace. Comment

S. Ozone Park man shot dead in Jamaica

Police are trying to figure out who killed a South Ozone Park man early Sunday morning as he sat inside his parked car on a Jamaica street. Comment

State Sen. John Sabini abandons re-election bid, takes state advisory post

State Sen. John Sabini (D-Jackson Heights) has accepted a senior advisory position on the state racing board, Gov. David Paterson announced Friday, effectively ending his bid for re-election against City Councilman Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst). Comment

Weekend storm floods Fresh Mdws.

For residents along Utopia Parkway in the blocks south of the Long Island Expressway, Saturday night's storm was déjà vu. Comment

Falun Gong protest draws 3,000

More than 3,000 protesters lined the streets of Flushing Saturday as the religious sect Falun Gong led a massive rally against the Chinese government following a series of skirmishes between the group and its detractors since mid-May. Comment

Douglaston man donates tractor to farm museum

After years of restoration, Douglaston resident Tip Sempliner will donate what he calls "the prettiest of tractors," a red and white 1949 Ford 8N, to the Queens County Farm Museum this month. Comment

College Pt. vote ‘pathetic:’ Avella

City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) assailed a negative City Council vote on a community-supported development in College Point last Thursday as a "childish and pathetic" effort to send a political message to him for his past criticisms of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) and several of his colleagues. Comment

City says Caffé on Green owes $120K

The city Parks Department said it will end its contract with the operator of Bayside's Caffé on the Green after a city audit found the gardenside restaurant had recordkeeping so shoddy that officials had trouble figuring out how much money was owed to the city. Comment

Peter Koo draws endorsements for Senate bid

Flushing businessman Peter Koo announced last Thursday that he has picked up a pair of endorsements in recent weeks in his bid to unseat state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone). Comment

Donations to PS 22, 24 will fill gaps in funding: Young

State Assemblywoman Ellen Young (D-Flushing) made a call to Flushing residents Friday to give back to public schools in the area that are suffering from a lack of funding. Comment

CB 7 OKs Waldheim rezone after long debate

After three votes, two amendments and four hours of questions and testimony, Community Board 7 approved a slightly modified version of the Waldheim rezoning plan Monday night. Comment

Senior home sued in death of longtime Baysider

The son of a Bayside woman who choked to death on a hot dog at an upscale Little Neck retirement facility wants to make sure the same thing does not happen to other families. Comment

Familiar faces race toward Albany

The cauldron of Flushing politics is beginning to boil. Comment

Bayside music teacher celebrates 20 years of melodies

It's just after 1 p.m. Monday and students, fresh from lunch and recess, pour into the auditorium of PS 31 in Bayside. Almost instantly the room fills with the raucous sound of schoolchildren. Comment

Bayside HS literary mag reborn with showcase of student poetry

It was a celebration of words and poetry as Bayside High School students marked the publication of their student-produced literary magazine "Soundings" by reading their work at Barnes & Noble in Bay Terrace June 9. Comment

Bayside centenarian celebrates her birthday at PS 159

A crowd of about 550 schoolchildren sent birthday greetings to a 100-year-old woman Monday. Comment
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Bonfire Grill: New Austin St. hot spot underwhelms

I really wanted to like Bonfire Grill, the new café near the eastern end of Forest Hills' Austin Street shopping district, for purely selfish reasons. In these times of gas price and carbon footprint concerns, this happens to be a place I can walk to. It looked like a place I just might be able to make my personal hangout. Comment
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Woman hit person with bike lock: Cops

ASTORIA — Police said they arrested a 23-year-old woman after she allegedly struck another person in the shoulder with a metal bicycle lock earlier this month. Comment
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Two attempted Astoria entry, arrested: Cops

ASTORIA — Police said they arrested two men after they attempted to enter an Astoria building by cutting a hole in the rooftop June 10. Comment
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Police make three arrests for LIC graffiti

LONG ISLAND CITY — A 21-year-old man and two teenagers were arrested Saturday after police saw them spraying graffiti on a pole on Northern Boulevard in Long Island City, police said. Comment
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Police charge woman with pushing cop in LIC

LONG ISLAND CITY — Police said they arrested an 18-year-old woman after she pushed a police officer on Broadway in Long Island City June 10. Comment
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Police arrest woman for fleeing parking summons

ASTORIA — Police said they arrested a 24-year-old woman after she nearly struck pedestrians during an attempt to flee from receiving a double parking summons. Comment
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Police accuse man of driving with no belt

ASTORIA — Police said they arrested an 18-year-old man after they spotted him driving his vehicle without a seat belt, and saw a child who was not buckled in. Comment
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Man, teen arrested in two assaults: Cops

LONG ISLAND CITY — Police arrested a 26-year-old man and a teenager on assault charges in two separate incidents in Long Island City June 9. Comment

Litter Law Lunacy

We have complained of the City Council's and state Legislature's paralysis. On second thought, that may be a blessing. Comment

Give Tasers a Chance

The Rand Corporation has recommended that the NYPD increase the use of Tasers, hoping they will become an alternative to lethal force. While the jury is still out, the expanded use of Tasers is worth a try. Comment

Bell Report Misfires

A year and a half after the police shooting of Sean Bell, city, state and federal leaders released a report with questionable recommendations. Comment

A High School’s Abuse of Power

What happened to Karen Dussack should send shivers down the spines of parents with children in the city public school system. Despite her son being an honor student at the Bronx High School of Science and going to college next year on a full scholarship, Dussack was investigated last month for "educational neglect." Comment
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Queens gets first kosher wine store

Forget Manischewitz. The new kosher wine has gourmet credentials to compete with some of the world's best labels. Comment
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22 yrs. for Maspeth mugger

A Brooklyn man was sentenced to 22 years in prison Monday for shooting a Maspeth man during a mugging in October 2006 as his pregnant wife watched, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
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Young immigrants celebrate citizenship

Flag Day, June 13, passed without notice for many Americans. But for 25 of them, it marked the first time they could hold up Old Glory and call it their own. The new citizens, all children, took their naturalization oaths at the Queens Center mall in Elmhurst. Comment

Woodhaven officer admits robbing bank

A suspended Woodhaven rookie police officer admitted that he lived a secret life on the other side of the law Monday, a U.S. District Court clerk said. Comment
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Unions ink Willets Pt. deals

The city has made agreements with several labor unions in recent weeks guaranteeing that their workers will be involved in all aspects of the proposed Willets Point redevelopment if it is approved, the city Economic Development Corporation announced this week. Comment
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Two Willets Pt. businesses agree to sell land to city

Two Willets Point business owners have signed agreements to sell their land to the city, marking the first major property acquisitions the New York City Economic Development Corp. has made in its bid to raze and redevelop the 62-acre industrial district. Comment
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Traveling models have a friend in Weiner

Bachelor and U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) wants more beautiful women to enter the country. Comment

Three Queens teens win Rotary scholarships

Three teens who rose above adversity and succeeded despite insurmountable obstacles were recognized for their achievements last week. Comment
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Thompson questions Rock. Beach apts’ finances

City Comptroller William Thompson urged the city Department of Housing Preservation and Development to look into allegations of mismanagement of a Rockaway Beach apartment complex whose shareholders claim the managing agent owes more than $1 million in water bills. Comment
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Tarloff deemed fit to stand trial after taking his meds: Lawyer

David Tarloff, the Corona man accused of murdering a Manhattan psychotherapist in her office in February, has been found fit to stand trial after being ordered by a civil court to take his medications while in custody, his attorney said. Comment

Sabini takes racing board position

State Sen. John Sabini (D-Jackson Heights) has accepted a senior advisory position on the state Racing Board, Gov. David Paterson announced Friday, effectively ending his bid for re-election against City Councilman Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst). Comment
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Rockaway festival offers films, workshops, art

The 2008 Rockaway Literary Arts & Film Festival took place June 7 and 8 in tandem with the first day of the Rockaway Artists Alliance's exhibit "Good and Plenty." Both were held in sTudio 7 while the "Ragbaby Festival" exhibit from Russia was held in sTudio 6. Comment
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Rikers inmate admits to hiring hit man to kill witness: DA

A 30-year-old Brooklyn man pleaded guilty last week to orchestrating a plot during his stay at Rikers Island to hire a hit man to kill a 31-year-old Queens woman who would have testified against him for kidnapping and carjacking her, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Queens fans cry foul at Randolph’s ouster

Mets manager Willie Randolph's midnight firing sparked an uproar in Bayside as Mets fans came to terms with the team's sudden decision Monday night to replace Randolph with bench coach Jerry Manuel midseason. Comment
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Queens drugstores fail to dump expired meds

A day after Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced plans to sue CVS and Rite Aid following an investigation that revealed 50 of the chains' stores in the five boroughs had sold expired products to consumers, the TimesLedger found outdated drugs and milk at two Queens outlets Friday. Comment
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Qns. train charlatan up to his old tricks

The infamous MTA impersonator Darius McCollum was arrested again Saturday for attempting to gain access to a restricted area inside the subway station at Columbus Circle, police said. The East Elmhurst resident pleaded guilty and should be released by the end of the week. Comment

Parents, son die in MidVille fire

A Colombian-born movie makeup artist, her husband and son were killed Sunday when a suspicious fire broke out on the second and third floors of a Middle Village apartment building, forcing some tenants to jump out of windows to escape the flames. Comment

OTB saved by Paterson in 11th hour

Workers at Queens' 18 Off-Track Betting sites breathed a collective sigh of relief Friday after Gov. David Paterson said the state would take over the financially strapped corporation from the city. Comment
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New Yorkers voice concern over taxes

Most New Yorkers support Gov. David Paterson's proposal to limit school property tax growth to 4 percent yearly, but only 30 percent believe New York is heading in the right direction, according to the Siena Research Institute's survey released June 16. Comment
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Mystery surrounds Jamaica slay

Friends and family of a South Ozone Park man who was shot in Jamaica Sunday morning were trying to figure out who and why someone would take his life. Comment

MTA plans flood fixes in subways

It could not have been timed better: Just days after the first storm of the summer season, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority gave a scheduled presentation to Borough President Helen Marshall and Queens' community board leaders about a subway flooding abatement plan focusing on street-level grates along the Queens Boulevard line. Comment

Mapping the evolution of the Queens Jewish community

In central Queens, they are immigrants from the former Soviet Union, central Asia and Israel. In western Queens, they are rent-refugees from Manhattan seeking a like-minded community. In northeastern Queens they form a large senior population. Comment
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Lancman objects to judge pay raise ruling

A Manhattan Supreme Court justice ordered the state Legislature last week to pass pay raises for the state's judges within 90 days, but state Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) said he expects lawmakers to appeal the decision. Comment

Koslowitz plans run for former Council seat

Deputy Borough President Karen Koslowitz, formerly Forest Hills' City Council representative, says she will be a candidate in 2009 for her old seat but is in no hurry to rush into fund-raising just yet. Comment

Hotel plans rile Dutch Kills

Steven Bahar, a Long Island-based developer, plans to build a nine-story hotel at 39-25 27th St. in Dutch Kills. The construction site is adjoined on both sides by residential properties. Comment

Gantry Park in LIC will host concerts

Gantry Plaza State Park will host a series of nine free musical performances every week this summer to showcase Queens' cultural diversity and support its thriving artistic community. Comment
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Fire code violations bust nets boro business owners

Rose Gill Hearn, the city Department of Investigation's commissioner, and Nicholas Scoppetta, the FDNY commissioner, announced June 10 the arrest of 104 business owners, employees and building owners in the past week on warrants, charging them with failing to appear before city criminal courts on outstanding criminal summonses citing fire code violations. Comment
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Feds award $10M for JFK, LGA fixes

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded nearly $10 million in new Federal Aviation Administration funds for improvements at Queens airports. Comment

Fathers learn to be dads

A Forest Hills-based social services agency has as part of its mission helping men see that fatherhood can be more than a biological condition. Comment

Developer Rockrose plans office tower in LIC

Manhattan's Rockrose Development Corp. is planning to construct a new office tower on Jackson Avenue in Long Island City at a site near Citigroup's 50-story tower, the development company's vice president said. Comment
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Corona stripper couple charged with raping 3 teens

The husband and wife strippers arrested in February on suspicion of molesting two underage girls have now been indicted on upgraded charges, District Attorney Richard Brown said last week. Comment

Astoria style hits the runway at Cavo

"Fashion, Astoria Style," an intensely local albeit Manhattan-esque fashion extravaganza showcasing clothing from three Astoria boutiques, unfolded like a scene from "Sex and the City" last week at neighborhood hotspot Cavo. Comment
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Anthony Como sworn in as city councilman

The city's Elections Board certified Republican Anthony Como's modest win over Democrat Elizabeth Crowley Friday in the District 30 election to replace former City Councilman Dennis Gallagher, a spokesman for the agency said. Comment
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Allen AME honors TimesLedger photographer Valentine

Jamaica's Greater Allen AME Cathedral honored three of its longstanding members at a special Father's Day ceremony Sunday, including a TimesLedger photographer, a great-grandfather who has attended the church for more than 40 years and a member of the Tuskegee Airmen. Comment
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The Reel Queens

Queens moviegoers who are already tiring of summer blockbusters and the special effects-induced headaches they bring will not want to miss out on Socrates Sculpture Park's 10th annual Outdoor Cinema festival of international films this summer on the Long Island City waterfront. Comment
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After decades of scribbling, LIC’s Allan Goldschmidt ready to live the artist’s life

Allan Goldschmidt rises from his seat to read one of his poems. He then pulls a silver-plated flute out of a black case and plays "Lullaby of Birdland" by Duke Ellington to conclude his performance as a member of the Brownstone Poets. Comment
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Korony American Legion Post 280

Around The County Comment
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The Play’s The Thing

Although Laura Wallace-Rhodes, artistic director of the BroadHollow Theatre at Elmont, has been directing one play after another for some time, it's probably fair to say that she's gotten the most pleasure from working with children. Her two most recent efforts at Elmont with the youth of America were "Madeline's Christmas" in December and "The Velveteen Rabbit" in March, and she had a lot of fun. Comment
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Musicians to take to boro streets for Make Music NY

For the second year in a row, local musicians will come together to bring a powerful display of the city's love for music to Queens and the other boroughs with "Make Music New York," a free concert event on June 21, the first day of summer. Comment

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

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111th Pct. honors best cops of 2007

The 111th Precinct's top cops were given their due last week. Comment
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Teenager spends day as police commish

Gianna Lakenauth took over the NYPD for a day last week, but rather than joining the blue ranks, she is thinking of someday becoming a lawyer or government official. Comment
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Residents want 105th divided into two pcts.

"No precinct, no vote." Comment
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Queens Zoo exhibit brings conservation message to life

The Queens Zoo has recently introduced new hands-on, interactive, play-and-learn exhibits for children collectively called the "Conservation Quest, centered on teaching valuable lessons on protecting our natural world. Comment
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PS 94 out on a limb to save tree

The historic beech tree that shades the front lawn of PS 94 in Little Neck is dying. The teachers, students and staff of the school want to save their beloved tree, but say their hands are tied. Comment
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PS 98 hopes water bottle fund-raiser causes splash

A team of Douglaston students, who banded together to raise money for children in Africa by selling their own brand of bottled water, received a dose of inspiration to continue their efforts Monday. Comment
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Litter law details irk boro residents

Just weeks after the city unveiled its rules and regulations for lawn litter — be it fliers, advertisements, ad circulars or restaurant menus — at least one Queens resident is unimpressed with the plan. Comment
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First public toilet in Queens to come to Lippman Arcade

Corona and Flushing will be among the next communities to get public pay toilets, the city Department of Transportation announced last week. Comment
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Douglaston man sets sights again on Ackerman’s seat

Douglaston Manor resident Jun Policarpio is expected to officially launch his second bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) Thursday in Flushing. Comment
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College Pt. church moves on after fire

Parishioner Alice Crotty must have felt a certain resonance in the Scripture she recited at the First Reformed Church of College Point Sunday: "We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed." Comment
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City Council candidates make their cases to civics

Eighteen months before the 2009 City Council elections are to take place, eight hopeful candidates for the seats now held by City Councilmen David Weprin (D-Hollis) and James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) began their campaigns at a civic association meeting in Fresh Meadows. Comment
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Boro’s Chinese give $162K in quake aid

The American Red Cross announced Friday that it has received more than $160,000 in donations toward the Sichuan earthquake relief effort from Queens agencies in the weeks since the massive tremblor devastated central China. Comment


2008        Big Brown Comment

Bayside Little League: Lau wins game ball for defense in Turano win

Ryan Lau was the hero for Turano Contracting, earning a game ball for a great sliding catch on a short fly ball to center in the first inning against Pee Wee Folks Pre-School in a Bayside Little League game Sunday morning. Comment

Injuries, opponents stymie Dragons over weekend

The Auburndale Dragons entered the weekend knowing that if they won their three remaining games they would be crowned league champs. But in a 24-hour period of sweltering heat they suffered a double loss, in both games, and in personnel. Comment

College Round-up: Five SJU baseball players drafted

Five Red Storm baseball players were selected in the 2008 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Senior pitcher George Brown and junior pitchers Scott Barnes, Justin Gutsie, Colin Lynch and Jared Yecker were drafted by five different teams. Comment

The Butler Did It: Another upset for Nick Zito

In the days and weeks leading up to the Belmont Stakes, there was a trainer who filled reporters’ notebooks with outlandish quotes, a braggart who would make Muhammad Ali stand up and ask, “Did he really say that?” Comment

Shaq makes Belmont appearance with Vitaminwater czar

Before Big Brown finished last in the Belmont Stakes, the biggest surprise Saturday came before the fifth race, when Shaquille O’Neal walked out to the paddock with the other jockeys. Comment

‘Brown’ falls short of Triple Crown

They waited. The crowd of 94,476 who packed Belmont Park on a sultry Saturday waited for Big Brown, the unbeaten colt who had won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes by a combined 10 lengths, to make his move. Comment

Resilient Flushing upended in PSAL ‘B’ championship

Coach Mary Boyle wouldn’t take off her red Flushing softball hoodie despite the 90-degree heat. Senior shortstop Ruth Lugo had to tape together her mangled right sneaker. Senior catcher Brittany Brown would have run through a wall — and she almost did — for a victory. Comment

Bayside falls to MSIT for third straight year

It was a game that could have gotten ugly early. McKee/Staten Island Tech peppered Bayside with numerous scoring chances in the opening minutes — including one that hit the crossbar and another which caromed off the post. But, mainly due to a handful of spectacular saves by junior goalkeeper Nicole Carroll, the Commodores held the Seagulls without a goal until Jessica Panarella’s brace in the 56th minute. Comment

Caffe on the Green to lose lease

The city Parks Department said it will end its contract with Bayside catering hall Caffé on the Green after a city audit found the gardenside restaurant had recordkeeping so shoddy that officials had trouble figuring out how much money was owed to the city. Comment

Cup of opportunity

Chelsea Cabarcas’ summer won’t be anything like that of a regular Queens high-school student. There won’t be any trips to Jones Beach, no barbecues and not a single pool party. Comment

Votes should not be political tools in Democratic primary elections

It was disconcerting albeit revealing to watch the Democratic National Committee consider and decide how and to whom to apportion votes. Democratic primary voters and their votes were treated as personal assets to be used as bargaining chips and collateral to maintain power and control. Comment

Special election hard for newcomer

I would like to thank all who donated their time on behalf of my campaign for the 30th City Council District seat. Garnering more than 800 signatures in less than two weeks is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of those who believed in my cause. Comment

Few flags flew during Memorial Day Parade

We attended the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade to honor and show respect for those who served and made the ultimate sacrifice. We were saddened by the sparse showing of American flags on homes in the neighborhood. Comment

City Department of Buildings must inspect all crane sites

Once again, a crane has collapsed at a construction site in the city, killing two and injuring one. It is time for the city Department of Buildings to hire enough inspectors to inspect every city construction site. Comment

Changing employee health care puts senior citizens in danger

According to the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, discrimination against senior citizens is legal. Comment


Borough President Helen Marshall has shown courage in speaking in favor of LaGuardia Community College's plan to relocate and retrain more than 1,400 workers employed by Willets Point businesses. Comment

A Second Chance for Vandals

TimesLedger readers know we have used this space to rail against graffiti vandals who have caused millions in damage in Queens. Graffiti destroys property and makes neighborhoods feel unsafe. Comment

A Fine Mess

At some point, everyone has stepped in it. While looking for something to wipe the bottom of their shoe, they mutter a curse for the jerk that let his or her pooch poop on a sidewalk but was too lazy to clean it up. Small wonder then that most voters are cheering a proposed new law to raise the fine from $100 to $250. Comment

A Different Kind of Park

Last week, letter writer Benjamin Haber took issue with Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe over Flushing Meadows' use. In an earlier edition, Benepe noted that the city has spent over $422 million on the park over the past 13 years. Comment
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The Civic Scene

A dedicated group of preservationists want to preserve the Ridgewood Reservoir and Highland Park in western Queens. This area consists of about 142.5 acres of woodland, water, picnic and sports areas. Through neglect, this area has reverted into a unique natural area of unique ecosystems. The problem is that city developers want to destroy some of this natural beauty by modernizing it. Comment
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Political Action

The first round of the race for the 30th City Council District has ended with a close finish, with Republican Anthony Como in the lead followed by Democrat Elizabeth Crowley in second place and Republican Thomas Ognibene in third. Democrat Charles Ober was fourth, far behind the other candidates. Comment
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Neighbor to Neighbor

Memorial Day was blessed with great weather and support from people of all ages, nationalities and religions. Event conception and planning takes time, effort and money. Those undertaking such efforts do so for the greater good. Thank you. Comment
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Dishing with Dee

The big political news this week has been U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) ending her presidential campaign after a private meeting with U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. After discussing the matter with New York's congressional delegation, she acknowledged Obama as the party's choice and endorsed him and asked her supporters to do the same for Democratic unity. Comment
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Berger’s Burg

Father's Day is June 12, but it is not celebrated in the same manner as Mother's Day. Since Gloria, I and countless others loved our fathers as much as our mothers, we believe Father's Day should have the same level of recognition, love and joy as Mother's Day. Although both our dads are no longer with us, the memories of both will never be forgotten. Comment
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How’s Business?

The Better Business Bureau is a useful tool in locating reputable businesses in Queens. The BBB helps consumers review a business' report card and avoid business regions that generate complaints. So what are the top three most-complained about industries? Comment
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Business Calendar

LICBDC AM Business Card Exchange Comment
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Bayside stationary shop expands

After 18 years in business on 32nd Avenue in Bayside, Vincent Paladino saw an opportunity to further expand in the neighborhood. Comment
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Triborough Bridge named after late Robert Kennedy

The state Assembly has voted to rename the Triborough Bridge, which connects Astoria to the Bronx and Manhattan, after former U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy and Gov. David Paterson is expected to sign the bill into law, said state Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), who sponsored the legislation. Comment
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Tasers safer than guns for police use: Rand

In light of the police actions during the Sean Bell shooting, an independent think tank, is urging the NYPD to rearm its officers with non-lethal weapons and continually check to see if officers are properly fir for armed duty. Comment
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Smith doles out $657,000

State Sen. Serphin Maltese (R-Glendale), who led the borough's state Senate delegation in distributing $2.44 million in funds to nonprofits, doled out about 20 percent of that amount to organizations outside of Queens, state budget records showed. Comment
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Sikh leaders rally after Richmond Hill HS attack

Sikh leaders have reacted with anger at an attack against a Sikh student at Richmond Hill High School and what they say has been a lack of action against such acts by school officials. Comment
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Richards to challenge Titus

Donovan Richards, who has been working in City Councilman James Sanders' (D-Laurelton) office, said he is aiming to shake up the political world this fall. Comment
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Recount begins in Dist. 30

The city's Elections Board began its recount Tuesday of the special election to replace former City Councilman Dennis Gallagher and paper ballots were scheduled to be counted Wednesday, but the winner of District 30's race may not be official until later this month, a spokeswoman for the board said. Comment
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Police arrest two suspects in Roosevelt Ave. shooting

Police have arrested two men in connection with the late morning shooting May 24 on Roosevelt Avenue in Elmhurst that sent five people to the hospital. Comment
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Padavan bill fights movie, performance bootlegging

A bill sponsored by state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) that would increase penalties for illegally recording films and performances in theatres and other venues passed the state Senate last week. Comment
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Negotiations over land stir debate at CB 7 meeting

A divided dialogue between business owners and city officials persisted at a committee meeting on the redevelopment of Willets Point in Flushing Tuesday night as Community Board 7's official vote on the project crept ever closer. Comment
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Maspeth high school janitors stole: City

A 37-year-old Ridgewood high school employee and a 45-year-old man who previously worked at the school have been accused of stealing an estimated $60,000 in city education funds through fraudulent payroll checks, the city's special commissioner of investigation said. Comment
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LGA swimmer eyes gold

A 13-year-old girl who trains with LaGuardia Community College's aquatics club will travel to Nebraska this month to compete in breaststroke trials for a spot on this year's United States Olympics team, her coach said. Comment
Astoria Times

Forest Hills woman to join Lotto team

Yolanda Vega's incandescent smile and enthusiastic reading of the daily Lottery numbers has made her New York's favorite fortune teller, and as of last week she has some new helpers — one a Forest Hills native. Comment
Astoria Times

Far Rock man convicted of gun rap

Two reputed Far Rockaway gang members, including one whose brother was killed in a police-involved shooting in January, were convicted last week on gun charges, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment
Astoria Times

Families graduate from Queens Public Library program

The Queens Public Library believes the family that learns together grows together. Comment
Astoria Times

Elmhurst teen avoids jail for cutting off Sikh’s hair

The Muslim teenager convicted of a hate crime in cutting a Sikh classmate's hair last year avoided jail time at his sentencing last Thursday. Comment
Astoria Times

Developer’s CE0 says claims by housing groups are baseless

After his company was sued for tenant harassment by the Catholic Migration Office, Vantage Properties Chief Executive Officer Neal Rubler has come out swinging, visiting elected officials and refuting many claims made by housing advocates. Comment
Astoria Times

Cyclists ride in first Tour de Queens

France has one, the Bronx and Brooklyn each have one and last weekend the inaugural Tour de Queens pedaled out of Flushing Meadows Corona Park for a 20-mile loop of the borough. Comment
Astoria Times

Cops hunt wounded Maspeth rob suspect

Police were searching for a man who was shot by a retired city corrections officer last Thursday after robbing a Maspeth Western Union owned by the officer. Comment
Astoria Times

CB 4 rejects city antennas

A Corona nursing home rooftop will not house antennas for the city's new emergency responder wireless network if Community Board 4 has anything to say about it. Comment
Astoria Times

Borough to get six new schools this fall

Queens will be getting more than one-third of the new schools opening in September, officials with the School Construction Authority told Community Board 4 last week. Comment
Astoria Times

Boro bowlers eye Atlas Pk.

Western Queens bowlers said they were pinning their hopes on the development of a new alley at Glendale's Shops at Atlas Park after the lifestyle center's owner said he would consider including lanes in the mall's second phase. Comment
Astoria Times

Big Brown breaks hearts of fans at Belmont Stakes

They came to watch history, but left disappointed. Comment
Astoria Times

Belmont jockeys bring cheer to kids

Long shot Alan Garcia and two other jockeys vying to win the Belmont Stakes took time out of the hectic week leading up to the last Triple Crown race to bring joy to children at the Ronald McDonald House. Comment
Astoria Times

Bell study urges cops use non-lethal force

Ever since Sean Bell was killed outside a Jamaica strip club in a hail of 50 police bullets, the southeast Queens community has urged government leaders to change their law enforcement tactics. Comment
Astoria Times

Arrest made in 114th Pct.cop slashing

A New Jersey man will be extradited to the city to face charges after he allegedly harassed his ex-girlfriend shortly before a detective from Astoria's 114th Precinct came to her rescue last week as two razor-wielding men attacked her in Chinatown, a spokeswoman for the Manhattan district attorney said. Comment
Astoria Times

The Reel Queens

Jackson Heights filmmaker Hector Canonge, who founded the borough's only monthly film program for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, has turned his lens on an often-overlooked element of the gay community — the elderly — in a new short documentary that he will screen this week in Queens before touring it on the film festival circuit. Comment
Astoria Times

Corona artist making name as graffiti queen

An abundance of positive energy floats in the air when speaking to noted graffiti artist Toofly. Words like, "support," "inspire" and "empower" circle around as frequently as one might use "and," "but" or "because." This optimistic outlook stems from her upbringing, and the reality that Toofly is one of the lucky among us who is making a successful career by pursuing what she really loves: making art. Comment
Astoria Times

‘A Funny Thing’ happens at Broadhollow in Elmont

"This is one of the silliest things I've ever seen," the reviewer thought halfway through the BroadHollow Theatre's gloriously dopey production of Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart's "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." Comment

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