Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008

Retired detective charged in St. Albans bank rob

A decorated and retired police detective who may be gravely ill was charged Friday afternoon with robbing a St. Albans bank in Queens Criminal Court. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008

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Whitestone man stole from pet store: DA

FLUSHING - A Whitestone man was arraigned last week after he allegedly broke into a Flushing pet store, a spokesman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Friday. Comment
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Flushing man injured fleeing shooting: Cops

MANHATTAN — A Flushing man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly shot a man whose car he was riding in while it was idling in a Manhattan parking lot, police said. Comment
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Towers antennas in limbo

The city Board of Standards and Appeals temporarily dismissed an application last week to renew the permit for some 250 antennas that sit atop North Shore Towers until getting further information from the Floral Park co-op. Comment
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Pkwy. Village to pay $500K for EPA violations

Parkway Village and its former property manager agreed to pay $490,000 to the Environmental Protection Agency after they were charged with conspiring to violate federal Superfund law in the illegal removal and disposal of asbestos at the complex in the fall of 2006, the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn said. Comment
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NYHQ gets government’s OK for two more stories

New York Hospital Queens has cleared the final hurdle in the way of adding two additional floors to its new addition, already under construction. Comment
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Bellerose boy struck by car clings to life

An 10-year-old Bellerose boy riding his bicycle down Hillside Avenue was critically injured Monday when a car struck him at the Little Neck Parkway intersection, police said. Comment
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Bayside Raiders scrimmage displays kids’ gridiron talent

The Bayside Raiders football squad kicked off their annual Raider Day Sunday at a Flushing field, where they scrimmaged each other in preparation for the start of the season next month. Comment
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Asian nonprofit buys affordable apts. in Flushing

A Flushing affordable housing advocacy group is taking a new approach to battling developers it says are buying buildings and jacking up rents in the city's affordable units by purchasing the properties itself. Comment
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After 40 years, Bayside artist scores Manhattan exhibit

Bayside's Helaine Soller has created more than 500 paintings during the past four decades, but the artist has scored her first Manhattan exhibition that will run through mid-November and display seven of her expressionist pieces in the lobby gallery of a Midtown real estate broker. Comment
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Students suffer, not learn, when taught to take tests

I was in London for five days before taking a cruise around the British Isles on the Grand Princess. While in London and in some of the cities I stopped at, I picked up copies of the Daily Telegraph, Times and Guardian. The British were as concerned with their youths' education as we are with ours. Years ago, I took a New York University graduate course in England, which studied the British education system. Comment

Pushed deep into the night

James Blake has never won a US Open, but he's won over more than a few fans in Queens — and not just because of the New York Mets regalia he wore to the court Monday night. Comment

Fun for all ages

Segundo Paredes brought his 2-year-old daughter Lucia to Arthur Ashe Kids' Day for one reason: for her to be in a tennis environment with hopes that she'll start enjoying the game. Comment

USTA celebrates 40 years of Opens

It could have been called the Night of Legends, but the USTA just dubbed it the US Open's opening ceremony. Comment

Lamb leaves flock

Doron Lamb joined the growing list of boys' basketball players leaving New York City last month. The Bishop Loughlin standout and Laurelton resident announced his decision to transfer out of the Brooklyn school. He'll enroll at the heralded Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., for the fall semester. Comment
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S. Rich. Hill motorcycylist dies in crash

JAMAICA — A South Richmond Hill motorcyclist died Monday after he collided Sunday with a car making a U-turn at 141st Street and 116th Avenue in Jamaica, police said. Comment
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Man found on subway tracks dies: Police

WOODSIDE - A man found unconscious last week in a northbound V train station in Woodside was pronounced dead shortly afterward at Elmhurst Hospital, police said. Comment
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Flushing man drives drunk, defiles cruiser: DA

CORONA - A Flushing man was arraigned last week on charges of criminal mischief, unauthorized use of a vehicle, disorderly conduct and urinating in public after he allegedly took a car from a Corona body shop, a spokesman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Friday. Comment

Term limits for politicians give candidates competition

Many voters have written recently in the local media opposing former City Councilman Peter Vallone Sr.'s suggestion that term limits be overturned. Let's be clear: New York voters twice spoke on this subject and have said that overturning term limits is a non-starter. Only electoral arrogance could make it three times. Comment

New church in Floral Park to become a beacon of faith

The new Our Lady of the Snows church has been built in Floral Park, which has led to a great jubilation of the whole parish. I was at Mass Aug. 10 for the first Sunday in the new structure. Comment

Keep Willets Pt. for blue collar workers

Let's all watch carefully as the Queens politicos keep on spending thousands, if not millions, on studies, surveys and appraisals in this land grab for Willets Point for a convention center. Comment

Do not get rid of term limits

I agree with former City Councilman Peter Vallone Sr.'s assessment of term limits. I always felt that if one is dissatisfied with legislators' performances, he or she could vote against them when they ran again. Comment
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Petition challenges highlight upcoming primary elections

When we look at the petition challenges and primaries last year and this year in Queens, it would seem intense political confrontations are increasing, especially in the Republican Party. Comment
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Observe Labor Day by remembering America’s workforce

Labor Day used to be a big deal in the city. And why not? It started here in 1882, when the Knights of Labor held a parade. In 1884, the tradition started for holding the parade on the first Monday in September. In 1887, it became a state holiday. In 1894, Congress declared it a national holiday. Comment
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Next month marks 45 years of commitment, sacrifice

A TV host was interviewing an elderly couple. "How old is your wife?" the husband was asked. "She's 92 and may she live to be 110." "And how old are you?" "I am also 92." "How long would you like to live?" "Until I am 111." "Why would you want your wife to live to 110 and you to 111?" "To tell you the truth," the husband answered, "I'd like one year of peace!" Comment
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3 candidates battle in race for 16th Senate District

Two more weeks and summer is over. Where did it all go? Comment
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Pastry shop calls E. Elmhurst home

East Elmhurst's Cannelle Patisserie is easy to miss if one gets distracted by the giant green Waldbaum's awning next door, but the eight-month-old business is worth a look. Comment
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Massage your pains away

The age-old stereotype is that massage therapy is either a luxury or an outfit offering a service probably best kept a secret. Actually, massage therapy is a medical field earning its stripes and one that can be a medical miracle for some and an effective treatment for others. Comment
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Willets biz relocation upsets College Point leaders

Fresh off a victory in its bid to redevelop Willets Point, the city may have run into a brick wall in neighboring College Point. Comment
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Vallone seeks major sewer upgrades from DEP

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) is calling on the city to upgrade Astoria's sewer system after recent heavy rainstorms left the basements of a number of neighborhood residents flooded. Comment
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Titus, Meeks challengers wait for word on signatures

Despite weeks of legal battle in the courts, two southeast Queens candidates said they would continue to fight for their place in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary. Comment
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Teen raped, robbed in Rich. Hill: Police

An 18-year old woman was raped and robbed at gunpoint early Monday in the back of a Richmond Hill home, police said. Comment
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Rock pranks damage cars in Astoria

Astoria residents who live near Amtrak's elevated trestle have complained for years about falling concrete, but last week neighbors said they were disturbed after youths flung stones off the structure and struck parked cars. Comment
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Reps applaud EPA’s Newtown Creek study

U.S. Reps. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) and Nydia Velazquez (D-Ridgewood) praised the federal Environmental Protection Agency for committing to an analysis of four sites at Newtown Creek to determine if the waterway should be designated a Superfund area. Comment
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Queens poverty level same as last year: Census

The U.S. Census Bureau has released figures showing the poverty level in Queens nearly unchanged from the previous year, although an anti-poverty official called New York state "the epicenter of inequality in America." Comment
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Port Authority, Airlines sue to stop auctions at New York airports

Federal officials plan to start auctioning off landing slots at John F. Kennedy International and Newark Liberty International airports starting Wednesday, but major airlines and the Port Authority have filed a lawsuit to stop it. Comment
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Parking leads to gridlock: Study

No other borough even comes close to the number of registered motor vehicles in Queens, but parking space have long eluded motorists, so why not require new apartment buildings to furnish off-street parking? Comment
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Northeast boro windmills could be model for city

Mayor Michael Bloomberg may be eyeing the possibility of placing windfarms atop city structures to generate energy, but two northeastern Queens institutions are already ahead of the curve, using windmills to pump water to their orchards and gardens. Comment
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MTA finishes smoothing ‘Bellerose Bump’

After 10 weeks of work and heavy schedule changes that affected thousands of commuters, the Long Island Rail Road is set to activate its new state-of-the-art track system next Monday. Comment
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Koo back on ballot for state Senate run

The Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court in Brooklyn has reinstated the candidacy of state Senate candidate Peter Koo, less than a week after a judge tossed him off the ballot and questioned his credibility as a witness. Comment
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Judge takes Tapper off Assembly ballot

Almost as quickly as state Assemblyman Ivan Lafayette's (D-Jackson Heights) departure triggered a primary contest for his seat, one of the two challengers has been barred from the ballot for falsifying petitions after admitting to the impropriety during court testimony, court papers show. Comments (1)
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High-end supermarket opens in Queens West development

Long Island City's upscale Queens West condominium development is in an unfinished neighborhood. Comment
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Gennaro makes his run against Padavan official

City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) formally announced his candidacy Friday for the state Senate via a YouTube video and with media events during the weekend, finally acknowledging what local voters have known for months: he is challenging longtime incumbent state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) for his seat in November. Comment
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Far Rock toddler’s death ruled a homicide: City

The Aug. 18 death of a 2-year-old Far Rockaway boy who had been in foster care before being returned to his mother earlier this year was ruled a homicide last week after he was found bruised and battered in his home, the city medical examiner's office said. Comment
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Electchester alley woos vets of lost boro lanes

When two longstanding Queens bowling alleys closed their doors this spring, many enthusiasts fretted that they would have nowhere to go. But Electchester's JIB Lanes has new owners who are extending an invitation and some hope that the sport still has a future in the borough. Comment
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CUNY seeks ways to soften cuts’ blow

Queens' two four-year City University of New York schools may be forced to scale back plans to add more full-time professors, but CUNY administrators said the impact of $51 million in cuts from Gov. David Paterson's latest budget agreement will be lessened by economic measures. Comment
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College Pt. woman dies in stabbing

College Point residents downplayed news reports that neighbors of a woman stabbed to death early Saturday morning ignored her cries for help as she lay bleeding outside her building on 121st Street. Comment
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City sprays boro for West Nile after boro woman gets disease

The DOH was scheduled to spray sections of Rosedale, Laurelton and Springfield Gardens sometime between 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and early Thursday morning, the department said. Comment
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City looks into cost to cut self-certification

Eliminating the much-criticized self-certification process for building plans in which architects vouch that they are adhering to construction and zoning codes would cost the city anywhere from $2.9 million to $7.5 million, a recent study shows. Comment
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Boro electeds ready to back Obama for prez

As Democrats around the country descended on Denver to nominate U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) as their presidential candidate this week, members of the Queens delegation were still playing a waiting game Tuesday night. Comment
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Baldeo ends bid for Senate

A hotly contested battle between Democrats to challenge state Sen. Serphin Maltese (R-Glendale) in November ended Friday when Albert Baldeo threw his support behind City Councilman Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach), the Queens Democratic Party's favored candidate. Comment
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Avella rallies against hotel construction

Residents opposing the construction of a 20-story hotel in Kew Gardens added more voices to their chorus last Thursday when City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside), Historic Districts Council President Paul Graziano and 2009 City Council hopeful Mel Gagarin slammed the conditions at the 82nd Avenue site. Comment
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Astoria furniture store closes after 71 years

Steinway Street has lost one of its oldest retailers after two Queens brothers decided earlier this month to shutter the furniture store their Italian immigrant father founded in Astoria during the Great Depression. Comment
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Addabbo, Huntley endorse each other

City Councilman Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) and state Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) endorsed each other for state Senate Sunday outside a Sikh temple which was visited by one the religion's leaders. Comment
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Accused boro tagger, pal charged in MTA graffiti

A Woodside woman and her boyfriend who are believed to be a notorious pair of graffiti artists were arrested last week, City Councilman Peter Vallone (D-Astoria) said. Comment
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Filming in boro ramps up as WGA strike’s effect fades

Despite a crippling entertainment industry strike earlier this year and a slumping economy, the western Queens film industry is once again soaring as more than a dozen films to be released next year are in various stages of production in the borough. Its two large television and movie studios are preparing to undergo massive expansion projects. Comment
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Astoria fresca

If you're craving homemade pasta like your nonna used to serve but lack the time, inclination or culinary aptitude to make your own, then look no further than Cassinelli Food Products in Astoria. Comment
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Awards aren’t everything, but it’s still nice to get one

Everyone likes to be noticed, to be recognized, to be appreciated, for whom they are and what they do. Usually a simple thank you is enough, an e-mail might suffice, a handwritten note or letter is even better, a gift is always nice and sometimes just a kind word is all it takes. But what really proves your worth is getting an award. Or does it? Comment

Monday, Aug. 25, 2008

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Twin teens arrested in Fresh Mdws. robbery: Cops

Police were not seeing double when they apprehended a set of 16-year-old twins among six teens who allegedly broke into a Fresh Meadows supermarket last week and helped themselves to cash and cigarettes, authorities said. Comment
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Torahs stolen from Jewish Center

Worshipers arriving at the Jewish Center in Kew Gardens Hills for Saturday morning services were dismayed to find eight Torah scrolls and various other religious ornaments missing, but none of the usual signs of theft, raising suspicions that it was an inside job. Comment
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Six Flushing delegates bring ideas to Denver

One by one, Queens residents filed up to a panel of a half dozen Flushing delegates to the Democratic National Convention Monday evening and gave different versions of the same message: Fix our country. Comment
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8’s aplenty for Bayside baby

A Bayside couple said fortune smiled upon them earlier this month with the safe delivery of their first child, but they also believe that circumstances surrounding the boy's birth indicate he could be lucky in life. Comment
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Queens kids reel in a good time at fishing tournament

The Bayside Anglers reeled in more than 50 neighborhood children for the group's eighth annual Snapper Derby last weekend at the Bayside Marina, where participants took home prizes and trophies for catching the most fish. Comment
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Oakland Gardens shocked after shooting at judge’s home

The neighbors of a Queens Supreme Court judge said they were shocked that bullets were fired into his Oakland Gardens home last week as police continued to search for culprits in the incident. Comment
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Meng, Young vie for votes

Flushing's state Assembly seat may not be in danger of changing parties this November, but the contest for its control has drawn heavy interest in the bustling downtown district. Comment
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Bayside mulls over flooding solutions

On Murray Street in Whitestone Tuesday morning, flooding solutions were traded like baseball cards. Comment

Driving and Texting

On the other hand, we do agree with the Council that it should be illegal to text message while driving. This is just plain common sense. Comment

Big Brother Rides Again

Surely the City Council has better things to worry about. Last week, it passed legislation that would impose heavy fines on stores that leave their doors open wide while air conditioning is on. Comment
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CB 8 newsletters, reports keep residents in-the-know

From September to June, Community Board 8 and District Manager Marie Adam-Ovide issue reports to the community through a newsletter and written report. The city agencies that service CB 8 meet with them periodically as the District Service Cabinet to give reports and obtain feedback from us. Comment

Clarks make ESGs annual family trip

Most families have summer vacations. The Clarks of Belle Harbor have the Empire State Games. Comment

Making his Mark

Mark Burik truly fell in love with volleyball when he was a junior at St. Francis Prep. He excelled at both football and baseball in high school, but he knew where his future was as he watched the Queens College men’s volleyball team as an 11th grader. Comment

What’s new at the 2008 US Open?

The USTA announced a series of expanded fan enhancements and new programming for the 2008 US Open last week.  New enhancements include a special Opening Night 40th Anniversary celebration featuring US Open past champions Monday night, a series of “green” initiatives to reduce the environmental impact of the US Open, expanded US Open merchandise shops in New York City, a digital channel, and a new US Open ticket exchange system. Comment

Kids’ Day to heat up Tennis Center

Rising star singer/songwriters Demi Lovato, Colby O’Donis and Menudo will team with tennis superstars Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, Ana Ivanovic, Novak Djokovic and more for the 13th annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Hess. The popular full-day tennis and music festival for children and families — including interactive games, musical entertainment, and tennis clinics — will be hosted by MTV’s Susie Castillo and Nickelodeon’s Quddus. Comment

Parking problems at Open

The USTA is strongly recommending fans coming to the US Open use public transportation. Comment

An all-Williams final at Flushing-Meadows?

While all eyes will be on Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the men’s competition of the US Open, it’ll be the Williams sisters who are looking to be the first Americans since Andy Roddick in 2003 to win a Grand Slam title. Comment

A dream US Open final

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have never met at the US Open, but that could all change this year. Comment

LIRR upgrades to cause weekend shutdown for trains east of Jamaica

The Long Island Railroad plans to shut down more than 40 percent of its service in Queens and Long Island this weekend to in order bring its systems into the 21st century. Comment

Koo back on the ballot in State Senate race

The Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court in Brooklyn reinstated Republican Peter Koo as a state Senate candidate Wednesday, less than a week after a judge tossed him off the ballot and questioned his credibility as a witness. Comment

Baldeo pulls out of primary race against Addabbo

A hotly contested battle between Democrats to challenge state Sen. Serphin Maltese (R-Glendale) in November ended Friday when Albert Baldeo threw his support behind City Councilman Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach), the Queens Democratic Party’s favored candidate. Comment

Vocal opponent of Willets Point redevelopment agrees to Maspeth relocation

One of the most outspoken business owners in the fight to redevelop Willets Point has signed an agreement with the city to relocate his business to western Queens.  Comment

On the Marc: The right thing reigns supreme

Politics took it on the chin this summer. Bureaucracy was dealt a knockout blow. The right thing, as it should, prevailed. Comment

A Royal idea

There was one kid a lot bigger than the others. He was there, rolling around on the ground, wrestling with the other kids. He was there, dribbling a basketball, playing around with the rest on the blacktop. Then he rose up, jumped and did what those other kids couldn’t. He dunked the ball, to the delight of those smaller than him. Comment
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Seva: A twist on same old Indian fare in Astoria

When Indian restaurants first started popping up around Queens, they were mostly intended to serve the borough's growing South Asian population, unlike their Manhattan counterparts, which catered to a more mainstream sensibility. We were ecstatic to have easy access to authentic Indian cuisine so close to home. As time went on, we could find not only Indian restaurants, but restaurants specializing in various regional cuisines of the subcontinent. Comment

Take down ‘no standing’ signs

Will someone tell me who thought of placing "no standing" signs on some of the intersections east of Bell Boulevard to Springfield Boulevard and from 48th Avenue to Northern Boulevard? There are some people in Bayside who want to tar and feather that person. Comment

Preserve ecosystem of Jamaica Bay for everyone’s enjoyment

Recently, I went fishing for the first time in my life. The experience was enjoyable because it was a new adventure and I was doing it near my home, on the pier in Jamaica Bay Gateway National Recreation Area, a park visited by millions of people each year. Comment

Lawn litter law needed by Queens residents

I am writing in response to your Aug. 7 editorial "Litter Law Lunacy." Seldom have I seen an editorial so out of touch with Queens' and the city's feelings and needs. Comment

Extend term limits for electeds

I cannot understand why the public voted for term limits in 1993 and 1996. All the elected officials in the city will be put out to pasture after serving two terms. Comment

City needs boro presidencies

Many people think the word "change" means "improvement." The dictionary, however, gives the meaning of "change" as "difference," which can be either positive or negative. Of course, constant change quickly turns into chaos, which is almost always negative. Comment

Hiram and His ACORN Pals

Over the past year, Councilman Hiram Monserrate has been milking the Willets Point redevelopment controversy for all it is worth. He has positioned himself as the working people's voice, leading the fight in the City Council to oppose the plan. Comment
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Local events, celebrations go on despite rainstorms

The days are flying by and the anticipated summer slowdown is not going to happen. Events keep popping up, which is good. Otherwise, we would be hard-pressed to find something to write about. Comment
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High gas prices bring out the beasts in American drivers

Festive summer is still in full swing. Yes, the birds are singing and beaches are open, but rising gas prices are keeping our cars in our garages. This is causing complete apoplexy across America. The automobile is so deeply rooted in our psyche that anything affecting our accessibility to our vehicles brings out our beastliness. Comment
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Addabbo running hard for Maltese’s state Senate district

City Councilman Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach), now completing his seventh year in the City Council, is pursuing a relentless campaign for the state Senate against his Democratic primary opponent, Albert Baldeo. Comment
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Ozone Park business propels food cart market

Just south of Atlantic Avenue in Ozone Park — with its cheek-by-jowl auto repair shops — is a factory that makes one of the quietest, greenest forms of transportation, and you're probably familiar with it from buying hot dogs and ice cream. Comment
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Worry grips Georgians in Queens

U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) brought the Georgian conflict home to his Queens constituents, holding a listening session and news conference outside the Congregation of Georgian Jews in Rego Park last week so the borough's Georgians could discuss their worries about Russia's recent invasion of their homeland. Comment
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Weprin wants city ban on texting by motorists

If City Councilman David Weprin (D-Hollis) has a say, New York City will join four states in banning text messaging behind the wheel. Comment
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Vallone says post office must fight mail fraud

U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) and City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) are calling on the U.S. Postal Service to correct its address change policies after an Astoria woman found out earlier this year that a scam artist had filled out a change-of-address form in her name and stolen her mail. Comment
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Tietz patient enjoys sunrise and sunset of Shea Stadium

Shea Stadium has bookended the baseball fandom of Astoria resident Joseph "Pete" Ramirez, who attended the first game it hosted and caught the first fly ball and who asked to attend one more game in what is to be Shea's and his last baseball season. Comment
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Tensions flare ahead of vote on Willets Pt.

Pressure mounted in the Willets Point debate this week as both sides once again traded barbs ahead of a looming City Council vote that promises to be a slugfest between political heavyweights. Comment
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RKO Keith’s won’t be sold: Owner

The co-owner of defunct Richmond Hill movie theater RKO Keith's said there was no basis for rumors in the community that the nearly 90-year-old building was going to be sold. Comment
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Queens shortchanged on fresh produce vouchers: Vallone

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) is calling on the city to create a mobile office that would provide residents with vouchers for fresh produce since Queens is one of two boroughs in the city that does not have a district office where residents can receive the coupons. Comment
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5 Queens schools get grants to boost college enrollment

The New York Life Foundation announced last Thursday it will be providing a helping hand to thousands of city high school students who yearn to get into college. Comment
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Queens-raised rapper DMC is a foster care role model

Darryl McDaniels, better known as DMC from seminal 1980s hip-hop group Run-D.M.C., had a thing or two to tell children in foster care, like how they should not let their situation define how they see their future. Comment
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Queens pols, residents blast Con Ed rate hike

As Consolidated Edison's 22 percent rate hike takes effect, Queens residents are feeling the heat and elected officials are stoking the flames. Comment
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Pols call for perv e-mail alerts

Behind the backdrop of a Ridgewood park, City Councilman Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) and state Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) called on state legislators Friday to pass a bill for parents to receive e-mail updates when registered sex offenders move into their neighborhood. Comment
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Newtown Creek should be Superfund site: Clinton

The fight to get the highly polluted Newtown Creek declared a federal Superfund site has picked up a high-profile supporter: U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.). Comment
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New law lets Beach 84th homeowners buy part of pier

Homeowners on the Beach 84th Street pier in Far Rockaway can now buy the property underneath their homes after Gov. David Paterson signed a bill last week authorizing the purchases. Comment
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Minorities to be majority by 2042: Census

In a few decades, the ethnic makeup of the United States will look a lot more like Queens, the most diverse county in the country, the U.S. Census Bureau reported last week. Comment
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Liu, Addabbo urge public to fight MTA fare hike

City Councilmen Joseph Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) and John Liu (D-Flushing) Tuesday assailed a proposed transit fare hike as an attempt by MTA officials to make up a money shortage "on the backs of the middle class." Comment
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JFK customs agent indicted in Forest Hills shooting: DA

A U.S. Customs and Border protection officer assigned to Kennedy Airport has been indicted in the June shooting death of a real estate broker outside the officer's home in Forest Hills, the Queens district attorney said Friday. Comment
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Jax Heights woman dies in DWI: DA

A Jackson Heights woman is dead and a Brooklyn man has been charged with negligent homicide, vehicular manslaughter and drunk driving after a fatal accident in Queens, District Attorney Richard Brown said last week. Comment
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It’s last call for Long Island City mainstay McReilly’s

A friendly piece of Long Island City is about to fade into sepia-toned memory. Comment
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Groups tour LIC housing site

Affordable housing advocates visited the future site of Long Island City's massive Hunters Point South project last weekend, calling on the city to create cheaper units in the neighborhood and prevent long-time residents from being forced to move to less expensive communities. Comment
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Fund-raiser at MacNeil Park to benefit cancer patient Faller

The Faller family got a surprise last month. Comment
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Fight over rent money turns deadly

Police arrested a 22-year-old Richmond Hill man on murder charges Saturday after he allegedly strangled a man who had been fighting with his roommates over rent money at a South Ozone Park apartment, a spokesman for the Queens district attorney said. Comment
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Far Rock teen shot cousin while showing off gun: DA

A Far Rockaway teen was charged with manslaughter last week after he allegedly killed his cousin visiting from Massachusetts while showing her his unlicensed gun, Queens DA Richard Brown said. Comment
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Falling tree injures woman in Ridgewood

Investigators were searching for answers in Ridgewood after a South Ozone Park woman suffered critical head injuries from a falling tree while walking down the street Sunday afternoon. Comment
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Court takes Peter Koo off ballot for Senate

State Senate candidate Peter Koo was knocked off the ballot by the New York State Supreme Court Monday, a decision that could abruptly end his bid to unseat incumbent state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone). Comment
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City, state fall short on giving funds to MTA

Financial help from New York state and New York City for the financially strapped Metropolitan Transportation Authority has stayed at nearly the same level for 18 years, according to a report issued at a time when the MTA faces financial problems. Comment
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Cell phone company delays plans for Maspeth antenna

Plans for a controversial 25-foot cell phone tower on the roof of a Maspeth home have been shelved while the company and the property owner consider a less controversial alternative. Comment
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Burn victim, 6, gets new home in Queens after 10-month rehab

A 6-year-old girl who was badly injured in an East Harlem gas explosion that killed her mother and injured her siblings last fall was released from St. Mary's Hospital for Children in Bayside Monday and has moved into a new home in South Ozone Park with her family. Comment
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Boro senior centers fear cuts as budget crisis looms

As the clock ticks down to the city Department for the Aging's deadline for a request for proposals for senior citizen centers in Queens, the directors of these organizations are getting nervous about how they will manage in the future with money tight and the mayor's office proposing a 3 percent budget cut. Comment

Bonds’ ball helps boro man open shoe store

Elmhurst native Matt Murphy said he was lucky to be at the right place at the right time when Barry Bonds' record-breaking home run ball flew into his hands last August. Comment
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Bayside Times lauded for work

The Bayside Times was recognized as one of the three best weekly newspapers throughout the United States and Canada in the largest circulation category by the Suburban Newspapers of America. Comment
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Advocates want lower LIC rents

Expanding the affordable housing component of the proposed Hunters Point South residential development is still on the table after a hearing before the city Planning Commission, but officials there questioned how to make more apartments available for low-income residents. Comment
Astoria Times

Breaking Through

Probably since the death of Shakespeare, theater has had to defend its will to survive in the face of its more technologically advanced successors like radio, movies, tv and vlogging. Through the centuries it's managed to persist, and probably always will in one form or another, but now with a steady spike in ticket prices and an even steadier plummet into mainstream manufacture, there are few forums for fresh ideas and experimentation to thrive and breathe new life into the New York theater scene. Comment
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Outrageous Fortune Company casting roles in ‘Yellow Face’

DOUGLASTON — The Outrageous Fortune Company will hold auditions for "Yellow Face," David Henry Hwang's comedy about racial identity, on Friday, Sept. 12, from 7-10 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 13, from 1-4 p.m. at its offices at 42-24 Douglaston Parkway. Comment



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