Friday, Sept. 5, 2008

Whitestone Times

$9K stolen from home in Little Neck

LITTLE NECK — A 97-year-old Little Neck woman suspected her handyman of pilfering cash from her bedroom, police said. Comment
Whitestone Times

Computer stolen from Bayside home

BAYSIDE — A Kennedy Street resident who went out to run errands Aug. 27 returned home to find his computer missing, police said. Comment
Whitestone Times

QC grad Italy-bound for Fulbright research

A recent Queens College graduate is about to pursue her research on Naples, Italy, in the years following World War II as a Fulbright scholar in that city. Comment
Whitestone Times

New building irks Baysiders

Bayside community leaders said they were concerned that a five-story mixed-use building being developed on Bell Boulevard is out of character with the neighborhood and could create parking problems. Comment
Whitestone Times

Molloy scholarship honors memory of Katy Grogan

A scholarship fund has been established in memory of Archbishop Molloy High School senior and soccer star Katy Grogan, 18, who died in February after being struck by a car in Florida. Comment
Whitestone Times

Meng challenges Young for Dem spot on Assembly ballot

Thrust against a state and national backdrop where the battle between Democrats and Republicans is king, two candidates from the same party are preparing to fight for the 22nd Assembly District in Flushing, which is shaping up to be the most hotly contested primary battle in Queens. Comment
Whitestone Times

Flushing man accused of neglecting his dogs

A 39-year-old Flushing man was arrested in late August and could face jail time after he allegedly neglected his two injured dogs, a spokesman for the city's American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said. Comment
Whitestone Times

Economy woes hit Bell Blvd.

Bayside leaders said they hope to see more retailers open shop on Bell Boulevard following the recent closures of neighborhood stores that will soon be replaced by bank chains. Comment
Whitestone Times

Bellerose boy dies from bike accident injuries

A 10-year-old Bellerose boy who was accidently struck by a car while riding his bicycle last week died from his injuries two days later, his father said Tuesday. Comment
Whitestone Times

Anti-graffiti program gets $20K from Avella

City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said he has allocated $20,000 in discretionary funds to a city business that will remove graffiti from sites in his district immediately after they have been tagged. Comment

Less is Less

Listen to the spin masters long enough and one might start believing that the reduction by 80 percent in the number of teacher parking placards is no big deal. The move is part of a City Hall campaign to reduce the number of parking placards allotted to people working for city agencies. Comment

Women’s draw open after loss of top seed

The US Open women's draw was already a labyrinth before the tournament started last week - no one knew which way it would turn. The last three winners at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center are not competing this year: last year's victor Justine Henin and the 2005 winner Kim Clijsters have retired and Maria Sharapova, tops in 2006, is sitting out due to injury. Comment

Unseeded Fish advances to quarters

It's been an emotional few days for Mardy Fish. On Saturday night, he eliminated close friend James Blake in the third round of the US Open. As thrilled as he was to be in his first fourth round at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center after playing for the first time during the night session at Arthur Ashe Stadium, it was somewhat painful knocking out a guy who will be a groomsman at Fish's wedding later this month. Comment

Sisters will match up in quarters at Open

There will be no upset of a former US Open champion for Agnieszka Radwanska this year. The Polish teen, who shocked Flushing Meadows last year with her ouster of defending champ Maria Sharapova in the third round last year, fell to Venus Williams, 6-1, 6-3, on Monday afternoon at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Comment

Cheering section comes under fire

The night session at Arthur Ashe Stadium has become so famous, so highly sought after by players and fans in part because of local guy James Blake's memorable matches and the boisterousness of his own personal cheering section, dubbed the J-Block. Comment

City Council OKs rezoning plan for Laurelton

The City Council Thursday unanimously approved the rezoning of 220 blocks in Laurelton. Comment

Baysiders baffled by McCain’s veep pick

Queens residents had mixed reactions to U.S. Sen. John McCain’s decision to choose Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate with some voters saying the Republican presidential nominee’s pick was misguided and others praising it as a bold move. Comment

Having a ball

Arthur Ashe Stadium is the pinnacle for every tennis player in the US Open. Playing there means one thing: you’ve made it — you’re one of the best in the world. That is where all eyes are on you. Comment

Two Queens soldiers killed in Iraq

A Queens Village soldier and a New Jersey reservist based at Fort Totten died in Iraq last week, the U.S. Department of Defense said. Comment

Queens gets 7 new school buildings

Anticipating the first day of school Tuesday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg came to a new school in Corona last week to tout the addition of 18 new school buildings and 11,471 new seats for students around the city. Comment

CIA officer from Forest Hills named to head McCain agency

A Forest Hills resident, who recently returned from hunting Osama bin Laden, was named to head U.S. Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) New York Veteran’s Committee, Crain’s New York reported. Comment

Fish found washed up, dead near basin in Howard Beach

The city Department of Environmental Protection is investigating the deaths of hundreds of fish that washed up on Shell Bank Basin near Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach over the weekend, a spokeswoman said Thursday. Comment

Victim of LIC beating left mark with altruism

The civic influence of Nicholas Nowillo, the Long Island City man slain by a stranger outside his home Wednesday night, lives on in his eldest daughter. Doris Suda, 38, was in Manhattan attending her first session of the Citizens’ Police Academy the same night. Comment
Astoria Times

Rego Park man padded bras: DA

REGO PARK — A Rego Park man was accused of padding his bank balance for two years using proceeds from the sale of stolen bras, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Astoria Times

Cops find elderly couple dead in Woodhaven home

WOODHAVEN — A Woodhaven couple was found dead in their home Saturday night by their son in what police classified as a homicide, but which neighbors told news media was likely a mercy-killing murder-suicide. Comment

Parrots invade boro neighborhood

The time has come for Whitestone residents to consider changing the name of their neighborhood to "Parrotville." Comment

Energy from wind farms a good idea

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is at it again. He is always thinking of ways to lessen the burden of most of us New Yorkers. Comment

Council hurts middle class NY

I am writing in response to your Aug. 21 editorial "Big Brother Rides Again." You are correct that the law fining stores that leave their air conditioning on with their doors open is absurd. You have begun, however, to touch on a much larger issue facing our city. Comment

City, electeds, should care about Willets Point businesses

It should come as no surprise that tensions flare regarding the Willets Point proposal — as indeed they should, given the havoc it will create in the destruction of over 225 businesses and the dislocation of over 1,300 employees and thousands of their dependents ("Tensions flare ahead of vote on Willets Pt.," Flushing Times, Aug. 21). Comment

Build overpasses over traffic-heavy streets

An open letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Comment

Welcome Back

This week nearly 300,000 students will return to Queens public schools. They will be met by hundreds of dedicated teachers who will work against the odds to give them a quality education. Comment

Tough Times

In the year ahead, the principals and teachers at the city's public schools will face great challenges. Comment
Astoria Times

The Civic Scene

Eminent domain unfair to Willets Point businesses Comment
Astoria Times

Political Action

Iannece proving his worth for next year's Council race Comment
Astoria Times

Neighbor to Neighbor

Police, community must work together to catch rapists Comment
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Dishing with Dee

Political scene keeps going in wake of Labor Day weekend Comment
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Berger’s Berg

Children experience school for first time in kindergarten Comment
Astoria Times

How ‘s Business

Improve your sales skills Comment
Astoria Times

Astoria pet shop offers variety

Astoria's four-legged friends have a new place to go to be pampered following the recent opening of The Jumping Bulldog on 23rd Avenue, where neighborhood cat and dog owners can find an assortment of treats, toys, clothing, beds and trinkets for their beloved pets. Comment
Astoria Times

Titus offers legal help in South Ozone Park

State Assemblywoman Michelle Titus (D-Far Rockaway) unveiled the opening of a program last week that will provide free legal consultations out of her South Ozone Park office. Comment
Astoria Times

St. Michael’s anticipates record crowd for memorial

St. Michael's Cemetery in East Elmhurst is expecting its biggest crowd to date for its Sept. 11 commemoration ceremony this year. Comment
Astoria Times

State senator mediates meet between city, biz owners

Negotiations between the city and Willets Point business owners appear to have turned a corner after a meeting organized by an unlikely mediator: state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans). Comment
Astoria Times

Sikhs flock to Flushing temple for glimpse of holy man

Sikhs from all corners of Queens and some from farther away flocked to Flushing last weekend to hear Sant Baba Ranjit Singh Ji, a popular and youthful holy man, sing at the Sikh Center of Flushing. Comment
Astoria Times

Ridgewood man busted in teen slay

A Ridgewood man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly confessing to committing the grisly murder of a Pace University student, telling police that he strangled his victim and watched a movie next to the body before looting the apartment, the New York Post reported. Comment
Astoria Times

Queens delegates back Obama

Following their return from the Democratic National Convention in Denver last week, members of the Queens delegation, which had been committed to Hillary Clinton, resoundingly declared their support for Barack Obama. Comment
Astoria Times

PS 303 opens in Forest Hills after mayor visits borough

Anticipating the first day of school Tuesday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg came to a new school in Corona last week to tout the addition of 18 new school buildings and 11,471 new seats for students around the city. Comment
Astoria Times

Permits to park slashed for teachers in Queens

In the latest phase of a yearlong crackdown on city employees' parking privileges, Mayor Michael Bloomberg last week announced an 82 percent reduction in the number of parking placards for teachers and other public school employees. Comment
Astoria Times

NE Queens motorcade to visit sites named after 9/11 victims

City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) will host his annual Sept. 11 Memorial Motorcade Sunday, during which he will place memorial wreaths at various borough stops that have been named after victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks. Comment
Astoria Times

Maltese’s tactics come under fire

City Councilman Joseph Addabbo's (D-Howard Beach) state Senate campaign lashed out against a "legally questionable" mailer it contended was sent out anonymously over the weekend on behalf of state Sen. Serphin Maltese (R-Glendale). Comment
Astoria Times

Malakov girl needs her family’s help: Expert

The 5-year-old girl who saw her father gunned down in a Forest Hills playground more than 10 months ago in a hit allegedly arranged by her mother will need the help of her entire family if she ever wants to live a normal life, a child psychologist said. Comment
Astoria Times

Liu, Comrie support overturning term limits

City Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing), who is gearing up for a run at citywide office, said he was opposed to term limits that will force him out of his Council seat next year but disagrees with the mayor's reported plan to overturn the will of voters through new legislation. Comment
Astoria Times

Landlord stole tenant’s identity: DA

A 47-year-old landlord from Astoria was charged last week with stealing the identity of one of his tenants to obtain a car loan and open a credit card account that accrued thousands of dollars in debt, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Astoria Times

Lady of Cenacle school closes doors in Rich Hill

As thousands of Catholic grammar students prepare to begin their new school year, two longtime Queens parochial schools will not be opening their doors for classes this fall. Comment
Astoria Times

It’s easy being green in LIC

Western Queens can now claim two green roofs, Consolidated Edison officials announced last week. The utility's three-story Learning Center training and conference facility in Long Island City now boasts a quarter acre of plants to absorb heat during the summer and insulate it from the cold during winter. Comment
Astoria Times

Huddled Statue of Liberty has roots in Long Island City

The image is ubiquitous in the city's subways during the winter months: a huddled figure with an instantly recognizable crown slumped on a sidewalk. That sculpture of the Statue of Liberty in the New York Cares Coat Drive posters is the work of Long Island City artist Zoe Morsette. Comment
Astoria Times

Gotti family matriarch dies at 96

Philomena "Fannie" Gotti, mother of the late Gambino crime family boss and Howard Beach resident John Gotti, died last week of natural causes at a Long Island retirement home. She was 96. Comment
Astoria Times

Ft. Totten reservist killed in Iraq blast

A Queens Village soldier and a New Jersey reservist based at Fort Totten died in Iraq last week, the U.S. Department of Defense said. Comment
Astoria Times

Forest Hills businessman bids for Stavisky’s seat

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) is gearing up for Round 1 of her re-election bid as she faces a Democratic opponent in the Sept. 9 primary. Comment
Astoria Times

Flushing’s fall elections put Asians in spotlight

From afar, Flushing's Main Street looks much like any other New York City community headed into an election season. Comment
Astoria Times

FAA delays auctions for JFK, LGA slots

The Federal Aviation Administration has postponed an auction of landing and takeoff slots at city airports following a lawsuit by airlines and opposition from the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and elected officials. Comment
Astoria Times

Court officer keeps order by day, improvises by night

Ever since he was a little boy, lifelong Corona resident Glen Lowe said he has had a love for music. That love grew when he was 7 and his mother took him to meet local jazz legend Louis Armstrong. Comment
Astoria Times

Corona clinic gets boost from Peralta

After years of struggling for funding, a low-cost health clinic may open its doors in Corona as soon as a month from now, organizers said. Comment
Astoria Times

College Point residents seek end to crime wave

In the wake of a string of violent crimes, College Point residents will meet with police and City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) later this month to weigh potential solutions to the community's mini crime wave. Comment
Astoria Times

Baysiders baffled by McCain’s veep pick

Queens residents had mixed reactions to U.S. Sen. John McCain's decision to choose Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate with some voters saying the Republican presidential nominee's pick was misguided and others praising it as a bold move. Comment
Astoria Times

Addabbo rips GOP on illegal gun laws

Following three recent shootings, City Councilman Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach), hoping to unseat state Sen. Serphin Matlese (R-Glendale) in November, criticized Republicans in Albany during a news conference last week for not doing enough to strengthen state gun laws. Comment
Astoria Times

Other mothers

When it comes to motherhood, many of the preoccupations are the same, regardless of class or income — staying healthy, making sure the children get an education, keeping house, earning a living — but for poorer mothers the concerns loom larger. A new photography exhibit at Queens College examines the ways in which certain public policies create and sustain poverty in the United States and how they disproportionately affect women. Comment
Astoria Times

Rego Park comic brings Web radio schtick to stage

With the upcoming presidential election, more and more people are becoming politically savvy and contributing their opinions to the ongoing dialogue, be it with friends at the bar, at the dinner table or on personal blogs. Rego Park resident and talk-radio host Richard Alan Chen also has a few words to add to the mix, but he plans to do it on stage. Comment


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