Friday, July 25, 2008

Whitestone Times

Pomonok baby DOA at New York Hospital Queens: Police

POMONOK — The mother of an infant called police Monday morning after she found her baby had turned blue, authorities said. Comment
Whitestone Times

Boudouvas files objections to Padavan Senate petitions

Petitions filed by state Sen. Frank Padavan on the Independence Party line are being challenged – not by his opponent but by a former aide and fellow Republican. Comment

The Battle Goes on at Willets Point

The battle continues over the city's plans to redevelop Willets Point. At present this a blighted underused area that is home primarily to salvage yards. This prime real estate is located on the water between Flushing Meadows Park, the new stadium for the Mets and downtown Flushing. The battle pits the property owners who have been doing business there for decades against city planners who see the potential of the area. Comment
Whitestone Times

The Civic Scene

Earlier this year, the Mid-Queens Community Council newsletter had a story about the problem of returning books and materials to libraries. It seems Jim DeBonet, of the Flushing Heights Civic Association, and his wife returned books and materials to the Pomonok library, but received a notice that they had not returned their materials. His wife went to the library and found the materials with a librarian's help. Comment

Brooklyn tourney a boon for players

Coney Island has been a stop on the AVP Tour for only three years, yet its success has been bigger than expected in the New York City area. Comment

Wait and see

Phil Wait had to hit rock bottom before he could rise up. Things had to get worse before they got better. Comment

JoJo and Co. go for 5 in row

Joanne Persico-Smith said last year she might hang up her sneakers after 25 years playing in the Empire State Games. But the 42-year-old St. John’s women’s volleyball coach is on the roster again for the New York City women’s open volleyball team. She’ll be helping the city go for a fifth straight gold medal. Comment

Next step: Gold

For 28 years, the New York City women’s open soccer team was completely shut out at the Empire State Games. The squad didn’t win a single medal in almost three decades. Comment

California dreams

The skeptics came out of the woodwork. The naysayers banded together. Even her own father thought it was a bad idea. Comment
Queens Village

Laurelton’s ‘Toto’ faces mortgage fraud charges

The Laurelton resident who founded a Haitian death squad was in court for the second week at his criminal trial in Brooklyn — not for human rights violations, but mortgage fraud. Comment

QTIP’s Latino Cultural Festival takes musical tour of Latin America

Queens Theatre in the Park's annual Latino Cultural Festival, running for its 12th consecutive year, focuses on international icons and new voices, bringing both rarely heard and U.S. debut talent to the stage. While the festival's events encompass a broad range of musical styles from salsa to flamenco, there is a heavy bent on Afro influence in Latin American music. Comment

Natanova’s fate now in hands of jury

A jury began deliberations Thursday in the criminal case against a Forest Hills mother who allegedly threatened the brother of slain orthodontist Daniel Malakov. Comment

MTA preliminary budget includes 2 fare hikes

When Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials mentioned the prospect of two transit fare hikes in 18 months, several MTA board members suggested that even one hike might be one too many. Comment

LIC apparel company owes workers wages: State Labor Dept.

A Long Island City clothing distributor has been accused of swindling its employees of more than $5 million in minimum and overtime wages by the state Labor Department, which alleged that the garment contractor went as far as forcing his employees to memorize "cheat sheets" of information to dupe investigators. Comment

Explosion in Flushing apartment injures 16

A 23-month-old girl in serious condition was among 16 people injured in an explosion and fire that tore through a Flushing apartment building Friday, where gas lines had been shut off since early June until two days ago, fire officials and tenants said. Comment
Queens Village

Bloomberg brings City Hall to Jamaica

Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave southeast Queens residents a hopeful message about the future of their community and city during a special town hall meeting Tuesday night at York College. Comment

On the Marc: Boro teams take spotlight

The future of Queens baseball was on display Monday night in Forest Hills. And honestly, it looks pretty bright. Comment

Wait and See

Phil Wait had to hit rock bottom before he could rise up. Things had to get worse before they got better. Comment
Jamaica Times

AirTrain passengers to receive free rides

The city's largest airport will be turning 60 next week and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey will be celebrating the occasion by giving passengers and straphangers free rides on the AirTrain this Friday. Comment

2 hopefuls report funds raised for Gennaro seat

Only two candidates for the seat now held by Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) have disclosed the funds they have raised so far for the race even though a field of five Democrats has expressed interest in the office. Comment

Councilmen advise co-op on antennas

City Councilmen James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) and Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) and Vallone's brother Paul Vallone visited North Shore Towers last week to advise the co-op on how to deal with its rooftop lease for antennas. Comment

Young, Meng won’t fight over primary signatures

The campaigns for state Assemblywoman Ellen Young (D-Flushing) and her challenger, Grace Meng, have agreed not to pursue challenges to each other's petitions, virtually paving the way for both to appear on the ballot for September's Democratic primary. Comment

B’way-Flushing residents want area landmarked

Residents of Broadway-Flushing are stepping up their campaign to gain landmark status for the more than 1,300 Tudor and colonial homes that were made into a state historic district in 2005. Comment

Bayside soccer star kin dedicate memorial tree

A new tree now grows in Queens, dedicated Sunday at Bayside's Sacred Heart School by friends and family in memory of Kaitlyn Grogan, the Bayside soccer star killed in Florida in February. Comment

Bayside historian pens book

Uncover Bayside's historical origins with a new book from the "Images of America" series. Comment
Astoria Times

Two Queens men arrested in NJ molestation

NEW JERSEY — Two Queens men were arrested and charged with sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child after an 8-year-old New Jersey girl said they had touched her at a barbecue Sunday. Comment

Police search for Flushing, Jackson Heights bank robber

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Police were searching for a suspect wanted in connection with a bank robbery pattern in Flushing and Jackson Heights. Comment
Astoria Times

Police need help IDing Astoria rob suspect

ASTORIA — Police were asking for assistance in identifying a suspect wanted in connection with a bank robbery in Astoria July 15. Comment
Astoria Times

Cops seek J train flasher

WOODHAVEN — Police were searching for a man who flashed and tried to kidnap a teenage girl on the J train in Queens Monday. Comment

Willets Pt. businesses must stay, Council should reject proposal

Community Board 7's 21-15 vote in favor of the Willets Point development proposal, together with the claimed unfairness upon those of the public attempting to speak against the proposal, does not demonstrate a mandate to destroy over 225 viable businesses and the livelihood of over 1,300 employees and thousands of their dependents ("CB 7 vote on Willets not a green light: Pols," July 10). Comment

Put detective in TEC-9 case back on duty for serving public

Detective Ivan Davison has been punished for serving and protecting the public when, while under fire, he prevented a near-fatal situation by shooting and wounding a perpetrator with a TEC-9 in St. Albans. Comment

Con Edison should not raise rates for service

It is unbelievable that Con Edison announced a major rate hike ranging from 22 percent for homeowners to 25 percent for businesses. Comment

City’s gun licensing rules restrictive toward ownership

The media was buzzing over possible challenges to city firearm regulations following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that gun ownership is an individual right. Although Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other city gun control supporters believe the ruling will have little effect, maintaining the city's licensing scheme is not the best way to combat illegal guns. Comment

Academic’s views on Falun Gong unfounded: Political analyst

I was shocked by Prof. Yan Sun's comments on recent Flushing Falun Gong rallies ("Flushing Falun Gong rallies a ploy: Prof" July 10). My eight years experience with Falun Gong and its practitioners tell me Sun does not know what Falun Gong is. Comment

Welcome Back

One does not have to be a fan of the show to welcome "Ugly Betty" back to Queens. The story has always taken place in Jackson Heights, but until now the hit ABC sitcom was filmed in Hollywood. Comment

Justice for Families

The Queens district attorney estimates that one in three women will suffer domestic violence in their lives. Much of that violence goes unreported and victims live with emotional scars. Victims are often attached to and dependent upon their abusers. Comment
Astoria Times

Political Action

In the 11th State Senate District, state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) is facing a strong challenge from City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows). Comment
Astoria Times

Dishing with Dee

The election wars are alive and well. People are involved in checking the validity of objections filed against various candidates' petitions for Queens' Sept. 9 primaries. Comment
Astoria Times

Berger’s Burg:

It was July 199l. My football Giants won the Super Bowl, defeating the Buffalo Bills 20-19. It was time for the players to receive their Super Bowl XXV rings. Before winning the Super Bowl, the previously hapless 199l and present 2008 Giants were the butt of many jokes, which I will repeat between paragraphs. Comment
Astoria Times

Two boro men arrested in Chelsea cop stabbing

Two Queens men were arrested in connection with the non-fatal stabbing of an off-duty police officer in Chelsea July 16, police said. Comment

112th Precinct Sgt. mourned by family, fellow officers

Police and military brass, along with rank-and-file members of the NYPD and military, stood three deep at attention along Ocean Avenue last week to bid a final farewell to one of their fallen comrades. Comment

State GOP contributes $230K in Maltese race

State Sen. Serphin Maltese (R-Glendale) has raised significantly more money than City Councilman Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) in a bid to retain his seat, but the 10-term senator has also greatly outspent his challenger in the race, according to state Elections Board figures. Comment
Astoria Times

Starbucks in Atlas Park mall one of 600 to close nationwide

Starting this month, some Queens coffee drinkers may have to get their Starbucks fix somewhere else. Comment

SNAP aces comptroller audit

City Comptroller William Thompson has accused the Department for the Aging of inadequately monitoring senior citizens centers, some of which he said had broken toilets. unsafe food preparation and questionable conditions in case of emergency. Comment

Search ends for Jamaica girl missing off Rockaway Beach

Despite more than a day of searching by several police and U.S. Coast Guard crews, the authorities called off rescue operations for a Jamaica girl who was swept away by a riptide off the Rockaways. Comment

Rubber ball breaks baby’s fall from three-story Flushing apt.

A 14-month-old child is recovering after a near fatal three-story plunge from her Flushing apartment window last week where her life may have been saved by a rubber ball that broke her fall, authorities said. Comment
Astoria Times

Queens gets ready for ‘09 political musical chairs

With 35 of 50 seats in the City Council up for grabs next year because of term limits, western Queens politicians are beginning to get their campaigns in gear. Comment
Astoria Times

Queens favors Bloomberg again despite wanting two-term limit

Queens voters gave Mayor Michael Bloomberg their overwhelming support, but were more enthusiastic about term limits, which would bar Bloomberg from running for a third term, according to a new poll. Comment
Astoria Times

Q45 route change riles CB 5

Glendale leaders blasted the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's decision to move forward with a rerouting of the Q45 bus that will bring it down 80th Street to the Shops at Atlas Park, contending the change will add more traffic to an already heavily congested area. Comment

Plays by Queens College students to be staged

Queens College launched a playwriting program this week which will allow its students to see their vision progress from ideas to complete theatre productions courtesy of a unique partnership forged by the school. Comment

Officials praise new bridges on Van Wyck

State Sens. Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans) and Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) joined state Department of Transportation officials Friday in cutting the ribbon on the newly reconstructed Van Wyck Expressway bridges at Hillside and Jamaica avenues. Comment

Nussbaum leads fund-raising in campaign for Weprin’s seat

The three candidates who have raised the most funds so far in the race to replace City Councilman David Weprin (D-Hollis) next year are getting campaign donations from people with whom they have business or employment connections, campaign finance records showed. Comment
Astoria Times

Nostalgia buffs gather to relive ‘64 World’s Fair

The 1964-65 World's Fair returned to Queens for a day 44 years after opening as collectors and aficionados gathered in Corona to reminisce, trade tales, buy and sell memorabilia and watch video footage of the event. Comment

New LIC rink brings the cool

Long Island City residents in search of affordable skating will need to look no farther when western Queens' first ice rink opens on the roof of a 32nd Place building in October. Comment
Astoria Times

MTA to propose 25¢ fare hike for next year

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, facing one of the worst financial outlooks in the agency's history, is proposing a hike in bus and subway fares for a second consecutive year. Comment
Astoria Times

Mexican matriarch guilty in Corona brothel case

A Mexican matriarch accused of organizing a ring that smuggled women from Mexico to Corona for prostitution accepted a plea deal with prosecutors Tuesday in Brooklyn federal court as her case went to trial, the U.S. attorney's office for the Eastern District of New York said. Comment

Mattones dole out $21K to Gennaro

The Mattone family, one of the borough's best known real estate developers, were the second-largest contributors to City Councilman James Gennaro's (D-Fresh Meadows) campaign for the seat held by state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose), whom he outraised by a nearly 5-1 margin, state Board of Elections records showed. Comment

Koo outraises Stavisky in race for state Senate seat

Despite being outraised and outspent during the last six months, state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) has nearly twice as much money on hand as Flushing businessman Peter Koo, who is mounting a potential challenge to her incumbency in this November's election, state campaign finance records show. Comment
Astoria Times

Hard work, but far from boring

About 150 feet under the bustling streets of Park Avenue, a tunnel-boring machine has completed the first of eight planned tunnel sections connecting an existing tunnel under the East River with Grand Central Terminal in preparation for the arrival of Long Island Rail Road trains. Comment
Astoria Times

Guv pushes for cheaper CUNY student loans

At the recommendation of the State Commission on Higher Education's report on education, Gov. David Paterson announced Monday he plans to push the state Legislature to establish a state-financed, low-interest student loan program for students at all colleges and universities in the state. Comment

Ed Council 27 elects new board members

Community District Education Council 27 elected new officers for the 2008-09 school year during its monthly business meeting Monday. Comment
Astoria Times

Dollar vans: A staple of SE Queens commute

For southeast Queens commuters, dollar vans are a godsend when it comes to their morning commute and the evening rush hour. Comment

Dentist slay suspect sis’ witness tamper trial begins

Natella Natanova has repeatedly denied that she threatened the brother of a slain Forest Hills dentist, but an investigation by the Queens district attorney's office into her past financial dealings has raised serious questions about her credibility. Comment

Dems pick district leader for Lafayette’s Assembly seat

In a move that surprised many observers, the Queens County Democratic Party has chosen district leader Michael Den Dekker to replace departing state Assemblyman Ivan Lafayette (D-Jackson Heights). Comment

Dad violently shook baby girl: DA Brown

A homeless East Elmhurst man has been accused of damaging his 5-month-old daughter's brain by violently shaking her while staying at a shelter earlier this month, District Attorney Richard Brown said last Thursday. Comment

City, biz owners fight for control of Willets Point

The city and a coalition of business owners at Willets Point traded blows this week in the fight for control of the 62-acre area sought by Mayor Michael Bloomberg for a sprawling redevelopment, each side building its case ahead of the City Council's pivotal vote on the project this fall. Comment
Astoria Times

Boro ed funding to be restored

Queens schools are getting funding restored to last year's levels as part of the city budget passed last month, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said last week. But portions of that funding will come from state Contract for Excellence funding. Comment

Biz owners pan payout for blackout

The state's Public Service Commission approved a settlement last week between Con Edison and victims of the 10-day western Queens blackout of 2006, but business owners and elected officials said the reimbursements were a pittance compared to losses caused by the outage. Comment
Astoria Times

Atlas Park’s World’s Fair celebrates boro’s diversity

Glendale's Shops at Atlas Park will focus on the borough's diversity this weekend when it kicks off its second annual World's Fair, where more than 20 cultures will be represented through food and performances, the mall's owner said. Comment

Astoria Park to show family flicks

The Central Astoria Local Development Coalition's free Movies on the Waterfront program will run through mid-August at the Astoria Park Lawn. Comment

Astoria church closes after 88 yrs. of worship

The Rev. Don Olinger will deliver his final sermon Sunday at the Presbyterian Church of Astoria's 86-year-old site on 33rd Street before the building is demolished to make way for senior housing, but the congregation will reconvene in a room at the new development when it opens in two years. Comment
Astoria Times

AirTrain passengers, to receive free rides

The city's largest airport will be turning 60 next week and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey will be celebrating the occasion by giving passengers and straphangers free rides on the AirTrain this Friday. Comment
Astoria Times

Beyond the past

Longtime jazz and R&B aficionado and St. Albans resident Steven Kroon has a lifetime of music behind him. The roots that connect him to his Puerto Rican heritage are strong, and he is not afraid to show it in his music. Comment
Astoria Times

Historical Society’s show draws artists to Ft. Totten

What Queens-based artists Michael Puleo and Caroline Sun have in common is that they started out pursuing careers that didn't have much to do with artwork. Puleo, a Floral Park native, went to business school for marketing, and Sun, who lives in Jamaica, pursued a law degree under her parents' advisement and working for a top firm for several years but feeling unfulfilled by her profession. Comment

Thursday, July 24, 2008

QTIP’s Latino Cultural Festival takes musical tour of Latin America

Queens Theatre in the Park's annual Latino Cultural Festival, running for its 12th consecutive year, focuses on international icons and new voices, bringing both rarely heard and U.S. debut talent to the stage. While the festival's events encompass a broad range of musical styles from salsa to flamenco, there is a heavy bent on Afro influence in Latin American music. Comment

Dollar vans: A staple of SE Queens commute

For southeast Queens commuters, dollar vans are a godsend when it comes to their morning commute and the evening rush hour. Comment

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Shapes of silence

With a pair of unlikely subjects — ostriches and irises — Japanese painter Kotaro Fukui probes the mystical relationships between light and dark in "Ostriches and Silent Flowers," currently on view at the Crossing Art Gallery at Queens Crossing in downtown Flushing. Comment

Sean Bell Little League games begin

Southeast Queens is full of shirts bearing the name of slain Rockaway resident Sean Bell, but now a few more have been added to the mix. Comment

Rockaway festival honors wounded warriors

As Paul Yarbrough climbed back on the dock from the sailboat, his grin could be seen from the shore. The 40-year-old resident of Nashville, Tenn., had managed to squeeze every activity into the four-day excursion to the Rockaways — kayaking, fishing, water-skiing, scuba and sailing. Comment

Fund-raiser aids Joe Faller

Alyssa Faller joked with her dad during the car ride over. Joe Faller, his three children and his wife, Carina, were on their way to a fund-raiser in honor of him organized by the city's Sanitation Department football team. Comment

Friends and family pay tribute to fallen Queens soldier

The two-story-high American flag suspended from the ladders of two fire trucks last Thursday marked the funeral of a well-loved Cambria Heights Army National Guardsman killed in Afghanistan last month. Comment

Con Ed predicts 22% rate hikes

Con Edison customers' bills could be soaring like the temperatures this summer as prices for natural gas and oil surge. Comment


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