Friday, Oct. 24, 2008

Whitestone Times

Woman drove drunk thru Oakland Gdns.: DA

OAKLAND GARDENS — A 39-year-old Whitestone woman was arrested after she drove drunk without a valid license in Oakland Gardens, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Whitestone Times

Cops looking for men who stole car in valet lot

LITTLE NECK — Police said they were looking for four men who attacked a valet at a Little Neck restaurant and stole a vehicle and several sets of keys. Comment
Whitestone Times

Carrozza makes economy center of re−election bid

State Assemblywoman Ann−Margaret Carrozza (D−Bayside) said she has focused her bid to retain her Albany seat primarily on economic issues as she fends off Republican opponent Rob Speranza, a retired police officer, who has vowed to prioritize education, crime prevention and transparency issues. Comment
Whitestone Times

Padavan gains two major union endorsements

The New York State United Teachers union and the 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East gave their nods of approval this week to state Sen. Frank Padavan (R−Bellerose), who is being challenged by City Councilman James Gennaro (D−Fresh Meadows) to represent the 11th State Senate District. Comment
Whitestone Times

3 charged in Fresh Mdws. sewer rescue

Three teenagers were charged with criminal trespassing last week after fire officials had to rescue them from a Fresh Meadows storm sewer, authorities said. Comment
Whitestone Times

Women’s rights groups endorse Gennaro for Senate

Representatives from NARAL Pro−Choice New York, the Planned Parenthood of New York City Action Fund and New York ChoicePac Monday threw their support behind City Councilman James Gennaro (D−Fresh Meadows), who is challenging state Sen. Frank Padavan (R−Bellerose). Comment
Whitestone Times

Queens family rallies at LIJ for leukemia support

When Kew Gardens resident Celeste Jimenez discovered her son Cesar Jimenez’s leukemia had returned, she was devastated. Comment
Whitestone Times

Dems rally behind Gennaro’s bid for state Senate

City Councilman James Gennaro (D−Fresh Meadows) drew elected officials representing Queens and other boroughs at the city and state level last weekend to rally for his bid to unseat state Sen. Frank Padavan (R−Bellerose) before sending out the rowdy crowd of more than 50 supporters to canvass Fresh Meadows door−to−door. Comment

Avella’s Sour Grapes

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's decision to try to change the term limits law so he could run again for mayor shocked City Councilman Tony Avella. More than a year ago, he announced his plans to run for mayor. Comment
Whitestone Times

Boro residents must watch out for zoning loopholes

Rezoning is pushed by civic leaders as the cure-all for developers who build larger than current structures, change an area's character and strain infrastructure. We rezoned in Fresh Meadows, and while it has helped, it has not stopped building. Comment

Alpha male

There were two huge questions surrounding the John Adams boys’ soccer team coming into this season: How would the defending PSAL Class B champion adjust to ‘A’ and how would they replace the scoring of current Rutgers freshman Samuel Archer? Comment

St. Francis sinks Fordham Prep with two late TDs

UNIONDALE, L.I. — With his team trailing by a touchdown late in the fourth quarter, Fred Dugard stood on the St. Francis Prep sideline and prayed. Comment

Cross defense a Knightmare for Easterling, Stepinac

Before he even sat down with his teammates on the Holy Cross football team to break down tape of the next opponent, Terrence Coon knew what to expect from Archbishop Stepinac, thanks to close friend Tristan Akong of rival St. Francis Prep. Comment

Redemption and hardware for Molloy girls’ soccer

Brittany Dombrowski remembers the pain all too well. She remembers walking off the field at Alley Pond Park last year following an emotionally draining overtime loss to rival The Mary Louis Academy in the NSCHSGAA ‘A’ championship game. Comment

Crowley to DOT: Reduce speed at MidVil intersection

The race for the District 30 City Council seat may be speeding up, but Democratic candidate Elizabeth Crowley was focused Monday on slowing things down on at least one block in Middle Village. Comment

MidVill mobster gets 1−3 yrs.

A reputed Genovese organized crime family soldier from Middle Village was sentenced last week to up to three years in state prison for having headed up a Queens−based illegal gambling enterprise, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment
Richmond Hill

Addabbo urges state to help parents

City Councilman Joseph Addabbo (D−Howard Beach) called on the state Senate “to get serious about paid family leave,” contending Republicans are holding up a bill to pay workers after they give birth or must care for sick relatives through the state’s temporary disability insurance program. Comment
Whitestone Times

Council grills EDC over Willets Point

The seesaw struggle for Willets Point trudged on at City Hall Friday as the Bloomberg administration attempted to paint a picture of progress to a skeptical City Council and the opposition tried to derail the multibillion−dollar redevelopment plan. Comment
Jackson Heights

Candidates face questions from American Legion

Borough veterans and their families grilled seven Queens candidates making bids this fall for Albany seats during a Broad Channel forum last weekend, questioning their allegiance to improving services for veterans in their districts. Comment
Jackson Heights

McGhee gets 22 yrs. in Jax Hts. gay slaying

The man who fled to England following the savage 2001 beating death of a 35−year−old gay Jackson Heights man in 2001 has been sentenced to 22 years to life in prison, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Friday. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Qns. College students call for better public transit

Public transportation is getting slower and slower in and around Queens College, leading a substantial number of students to call for improvements to service between Flushing and Jamaica, a survey of students at the school found. Comment
Fresh Meadows

CB 8 wants city funds to help relieve flooding

Community Board 8 members are crossing their fingers that Mayor Michael Bloomberg will fund some of their capital budget priorities for 2010, particularly projects to curb the flooding that has bedeviled the area. Comment
Bayside Times

State seals up The Cave

A bunker hidden in a wooded area across the street from the Padavan Campus in Glen Oaks that served as a teen hangout and a canvas for graffiti has since been sealed up. Comment
Bayside Times

Four resign from Beech Hills board

Four members of Beech Hills’ board of directors resigned last week following a raucous meeting in late September at which hundreds of angry apartment owners at the Douglaston co−op blasted the board for announcing it would raise monthly maintenance costs. Comment
Astoria Times

Woman broke into home, stole purse: DA

FAR ROCKAWAY — A 22-year-old Far Rockaway woman was arrested earlier this month after she allegedly broke into a home, struggled with a teenage girl and stole a pocketbook, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Astoria Times

Teen threw bottle out window, struck another: DA

BROAD CHANNEL — A 19-year-old Broad Channel woman was arrested earlier this month after she allegedly threw a bottle from a window and struck a 30-year-old woman in the head, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Astoria Times

Teen stole student’s iPod, wallet: DA

ASTORIA — Police arrested an Astoria teenager after he allegedly stole a fellow student's iPhone and wallet from his gym locker, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Astoria Times

Man damaged cars while DUI: DA

RICHMOND HILL — A 41-year-old Richmond Hill man was arrested Oct. 13 after he allegedly drove into several parked vehicles and was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Astoria Times

Man arrested for punching another: DA

ROCKAWAY BEACH — A 46-year-old Rockaway Beach man was arrested earlier this month after he allegedly punched another man repeatedly in the face, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Astoria Times

Man, 27, and girl, 5, shot when fight broke out

RIDGEWOOD — A 27-year-old man and a 5-year-old girl were shot during a dispute between two groups of men in Ridgewood Monday evening, but both victims were listed in stable condition, police said. Comment
Astoria Times

Boro teen threatened with meat cleaver: DA

RIDGEWOOD — A 41-year-old Bronx man was arrested in mid-October after he allegedly threatened a teenager parking his car with a meat cleaver, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Astoria Times

Bklyn. man arrested for not paying bill: DA

JACKSON HEIGHTS — A 22-year-old Brooklyn man was arrested after he allegedly left a restaurant without paying his $107 bill, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Willets Pt. development will revitalize life in northern Queens

As the city contemplates Willets Point's future, the cultural institutions of Flushing Meadows Corona Park see an unprecedented opportunity to develop northern Queens as a cultural destination. Comment

Reader appreciates being heard

Thank you, TimesLedger Newspapers, for printing my letter "Build overpass over traffic-heavy streets" (Sept. 4). Comment

Quinn correct to support change in law on city term limits

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) reversed her opposition to reversing term limits. This will make it easier for Mayor Michael Bloomberg to run for a third term. Comment

Movie about hunger strike defined meaning of courage

On Sept. 28, three other National Irish Freedom Committee members and I attended a screening of the acclaimed Bobby Sands biopic "Hunger" at the New York Film Festival. Comment

Extend city term limits

An argument that has recently been repeated is that the decades-old votes on term limits reflect the height of citizen engagement and democracy. Actually, the opposite is true. Comment

Electeds must take action to get trees trimmed

A battle concerning the inspection and trimming of city trees along Francis Lewis Boulevard is now engaged with the city Parks Department. State Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) does not seem to have any influence. The City Council does not respond. Comment

Sitting on the Fence

Astoria City Councilman Peter Vallone finds himself wedged between a rock and a hard place on the issue of whether the City Council should vote to extend term limits in time for next year's elections. If this happens, a charter revision committee could put the issue before the city voters at a later time. Comment
Astoria Times

Strategy used to elect mayor in 1917 proved a fatal concept

The Queensboro Corp., the parent real estate company of Jackson Heights, was in the news Oct. 26, 1917, when Mayor John Mitchell denied allegations made against him in a bitterly fought mayoral election campaign. Comment
Astoria Times

People must always respect, look out for one another

When I was a student at Newtown High School in Elmhurst, some of my classmates and friends were refugees from Central Europe. They and their families got out while they could and a few managed to escape with some money. Comment
Astoria Times

Halloween hysteria gives rise to the belief in razors in apples

Oct. 31 is Halloween, and the view that neighbors stick razor blades into apples and hand them out to unsuspecting trick-or-treaters is harder to dispel than a vampire. Comment
Astoria Times

Debate over third Bloomy term has become heated

The final countdown is coming. This column will be printed Oct. 23, which will leave 13 more days till Election Day. Who will our next president be? There are lots of pros and cons on both sides. It is tough to figure out what the results will be as the odds fluctuate almost daily. Comment
Astoria Times

Bloomberg party affiliation for 3rd term now anyone’s guess

Most public discussion going on during the last several weeks about Mayor Michael Bloomberg's running for a third term centers on having the City Council pass legislation overturning term limits as it applies to the mayor and other elected city officials. These include the public advocate, comptroller, borough presidents and council members. Comment
Astoria Times

Try DCA investments

A hot topic now is the $700 billion bailout and how it will hopefully bring back the securities and real estate markets. The stock market is not making us feel good about our retirement. Comment
Astoria Times

Cambria Hts. biz has walls covered

Eric Black and Bayo Shivamber have called each other friends since high school. They took that friendship to a new level recently when they became co-owners of a professional painting franchise. Comment
Astoria Times

VLT bidder fails to impress Pheffer, Braton

State Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer (D−Rockaway Beach) and the chairwoman of Community Board 10 said they were unimpressed after meeting Monday with the Buffalo−based company recommended by Gov. David Paterson to operate video lottery terminals at Aqueduct Race Track. Comment
Astoria Times

Boro’s young Latino voters identify with Obama

A group of young, politically active Latino voters had their eyes glued to the big screen televisions inside an Elmhurst bar last week as they viewed the final debate between U.S. Sens. Barack Obama (D−Ill.) and John McCain (R−Ariz.) Comment
Astoria Times

Handling the eastern trash at College Pt.

The city Department of Sanitation will begin soliciting bids for the expansion of a Marine Transfer Station in College Point next month it hopes will handle all of eastern Queens’ trash by 2012. Comment
Astoria Times

Health workers endorse Maltese’s Senate bid

The state’s largest labor union endorsed state Sen. Serphin Maltese (R−Glendale) for re−election last week outside Maltese’s campaign headquarters on Myrtle Avenue. Comment
Astoria Times

Transit report points out shortcomings in Queens

Projections show Queens will have a half−million more residents by 2030 and a new transit plan is aimed at improving the plight of both present and future straphangers in the coming decades. Comment
Astoria Times

Family of slain doctor awaits murder trial

As the family of Dr. Daniel Malakov prepares to mark the one−year anniversary of his murder in a Forest Hills playground, they say they are in a state of limbo even though the rest of the community has moved on. Comment
Astoria Times

Vantage apt. tenants want to meet owner

The contentious relationship between a corporate landlord and hundreds of rent−stabilized tenants in Queens boiled over last week in Manhattan for the second time this year. Comment
Astoria Times

Women voice hopes for next presidency at LCC forum

A bevy of women bloggers, authors, magazine editors and activists voiced issues they considered most important to this year’s presidential race during an event last week at Long Island City’s LaGuardia Community College. Comment
Astoria Times

Astoria, Long Island City groups create Queens parks map

It took three years and a name change, but a coalition of organizations in Astoria and Long Island City has put itself on the map by creating one of its own. Comment
Astoria Times

Sanders will press on with motel fight

Although plans to set up a controversial motel in Springfield Gardens were halted due to changes in the area’s rezoning, the developer is still fighting to set up his establishment, much to local residents’ dismay. Comment
Astoria Times

Skyview Parc sales steady

Muss Development said last week it has not felt the effects of a wilting economy at its Skyview Parc development in Flushing yet but is prepared to temporarily scale back the project if conditions worsen. Comment
Astoria Times

Working Families targets Council reps

More than a dozen members of the Working Families Party hit the streets in City Councilwoman Melinda Katz’s (D−Forest Hills) district last Thursday afternoon to garner as many signatures as they could against Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s bid to change the city term limits law through legislation instead of a voter referendum. Comment
Astoria Times

Term limits fight trudges on

Harsh words and angry shouts dominated the discourse at City Hall last week as the City Council tried to figure out how to respond to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s effort to extend term limits at two public hearings. Comment
Astoria Times

Nonprofit sets out to make SJU pupils educated voters

Niquelle Orr, a St. John’s University sophomore, has made up her mind about the presidential election. To give you a clue, she is a self−described “Obama mama.” Comment
Astoria Times

Flushing Municipal Lot 1 project not dead: Developer

The developer behind the $500 million Flushing Commons project said this week he believes plans to redevelop Municipal Lot 1 can be resurrected from the real estate graveyard, but his enthusiasm is not shared by City Councilman John Liu (D−Flushing). Comment
Astoria Times

Monserrate’s grants probed

As a published report again raised questions about City Councilman Hiram Monserrate’s (D−East Elmhurst) involvement with a failed nonprofit in Corona, a small group of demonstrators gathered outside his office in East Elmhurst to call on him and his chief of staff, Julissa Ferreras, to resign. Comment
Astoria Times

Hero of Maspeth robbery honored by Kelly

A hero cop who helped thwart a bank robbery two weeks ago in Maspeth was honored last week by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. Comment
Astoria Times

Kaufman starts $22M expansion

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city could give California’s movie and television business a run for its money following the Monday groundbreaking of Kaufman Astoria Studios’ $22 million expansion project that will include a new soundstage and support space. Comment
Astoria Times

Farm museum program to feature friendly wolves

A pair of Colorado wolves is set to make an appearance in the borough next week as part of an educational program Sunday at the Queens County Farm Museum. Comment
Astoria Times

Ex−cop to stand trial in SE Qns. bank robbery

Friends of retired Detective Athelson Kelson have said his cancer caused him to be depressed, but a psychological test introduced in Queens Criminal Court last week determined that the accused NYPD veteran was mentally fit to face trial on robbery charges. Comment
Astoria Times

Comrie, Vallone blast manufacturers of gang clothing

While the city has been working hard to keep gang−related sportswear off the streets, two Queens councilmen say clothing manufacturers are still promoting their controversial products to young New Yorkers. Comment
Astoria Times

York student IDs Littlejohn as attacker

Former York College student Shanai Woodard told a Queens jury last week how she used all the courage she could muster to escape an attempted kidnapping two years ago. Comment
Astoria Times

Maltese’s lawyer faces kid porn rap

A part−time legal counsel for state Sen. Serphin Maltese (R−Glendale) was arrested last week on suspicion of possessing child pornography, the U.S. Attorney for New York’s Southern District said. Comment
Astoria Times

Technicalities cloud boro reps’ positions

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s bill to extend term limits could provide a third term for two−thirds of the City Council, but many members facing the end of their tenure in 2009 still opposed the legislation on technical or ethical grounds. Comment
Astoria Times

Jury convicts Flushing woman over beauty scam

A Flushing beautician was convicted of assault charges last Thursday after performing cosmetic surgery without a license and disfiguring the faces of two patients whom she improperly treated, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment
Astoria Times

Two officers shot at Queensbridge station: Kelly

Two New York City police officers were shot and injured, one critically, when a Dominican man wrestled a gun away from one of them and opened fire in a Long Island City subway station Tuesday evening, police said. Comment
Astoria Times

Family overcomes tyranny in play ‘Vine Tata’ at QTIP

Ileana, the protagonist of Irina Eremia Bragin’s “Vine Tata,” is her father’s daughter. Both are headstrong and outspoken, and some would even call them troublemakers. It doesn’t matter that they’ve been separated for much of her life. He’s a Romanian dissident, now free to leave his country after the fall of the ghastly Ceaucescu, and she’s a California writer⁄housewife with a typical stressed−out upper−class American family. But when they meet again, they connect as though they’ve never been apart. Comment
Astoria Times

Digital dreams

It’s easy to get frustrated with computers and technology, even more so if not brought up surrounded by it. Edward J. Michalec, a Queens native who was named “Photographer of the Year” by the international nonprofit association Professional Photographers of America, didn’t even know how to turn on a computer until 1999. It’s all the more inspiring then that his art expression of choice — digital photography, enhancing or manipulating an image on a computer — would give him such success. Comment
Astoria Times

Father dispensed theatrical lessons in tolerance

We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep — William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” Comment
Astoria Times

Tragic musical ‘Evita’ triumphs at BroadHollow

Has there ever been a musical that so despised its subject as Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Evita?” Every song in the first act mocks and derides her through the improbable character of Che (Guevara? Was he really hanging around during all this?), a sneering anti−Peronista type who’s supposed to be the voice of conscience. Comment


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