Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008

Whitestone Times

Credit cards, GPS stolen from car in diner lot

OAKLAND GARDENS — Credit cards and a portable global positioning system were stolen Saturday from a car parked at the Blue Bay Diner in Oakland Gardens, police said. Comment
Whitestone Times

$20K stolen in Hollis Hills burglary: Police

HOLLIS HILLS — Nearly $20,000 was taken from a Hollis Hills home during a burglary, police said last Thursday. Comment
Whitestone Times

Avella hails crackdown on illegal truck routes

Police from the 109th Precinct have launched an initiative geared at limiting illegal truck traffic rumbling through Whitestone’s residential streets. Comment
Whitestone Times

Bowne House groups give CB 7 info on restoration

The city Parks Department and the Bowne House Historical Society pitched Community Board 7 on their master plan for restoring Flushing’s oldest house Monday. But CB 7 Chairman Gene Kelty made it clear: If you are coming to his board, you do it on his terms. Comment
Whitestone Times

Holocaust survivors remember Kristallnacht at Queensborough

More than 200 people gathered to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht Monday at Bayside’s Queensborough Community College, where survivors recalled their experiences during the cataclysmic night and speakers vowed to “never forget” the Holocaust. Comment
Whitestone Times

College Point street renamed

Elected officials, residents and the family of Fred Mazzarello helped rename a neighborhood street Saturday after a man who was known as “the mayor of College Point.” Comment
Whitestone Times

Forest Hills HS students grill Weiner on election

U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D−Forest Hills) was grilled last Thursday on everything from his 2009 mayoral run to the Democratic sweep of the White House and Congress. Those demanding answers from him, however, were not the media but Forest Hills High School students. Comment
Whitestone Times

Whitestone man charged in diner fire

A Whitestone man was charged with arson Friday for allegedly breaking into the Lollipops Diner to steal cigarettes and then starting a fire that gutted the popular restaurant to conceal the burglary, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Tidings of Joy

Kim Barnes Arico knows what she’s going to get from Joy McCorvey every single game. The junior forward is always good for a gutty performance against bigger players, a handful of hard-fought rebounds and non-stop talking. Comment

Bayside rolls into quarterfinals after beating Midwood

Riding the No. 6 train on the way to Hunter College on Sunday, the players on the Bayside girls’ volleyball team huddled around Karolina Krauze. The senior took video on her digital camera of Midwood, the Commodores’ second-round opponent, during the Hornets’ first-round game against Long Island City on Saturday. Comment

Same expectations despite bevy of changes at CK

Sean Johnson noticed the changes immediately. Comment

St. Pancras school celebrates 100 years of education

Some things may have changed in Glendale over the last century, but the school at St. Pancras Church is still going strong. Comment
Richmond Hill

Race begins for Addabbo’s Council seat

In the days after City Councilman Joseph Addabbo (D−Howard Beach) defeated state Sen. Serphin Maltese (R−Glendale), the focus is shifting to the special election to decide who will succeed Addabbo for the 32nd Council seat. Comment

Councilman Sanders injured in car crash

City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton) has been hospitalized following a car accident in upstate New York Saturday afternoon, a staff member who was in the car told the TimesLedger. Comment

Two killed in Astoria DWI: Police

An Astoria woman and a livery cab driver were killed when their vehicle was T-boned in Astoria Sunday morning by an alleged drunk driver who is a suspect in a two-year-old Manhattan murder case, police said. Comment

Cambria Heights slay stuns neighbors

A 14-year-old Cambria Heights girl was found dead inside her home Sunday afternoon in an incident that was labeled a homicide, police said. Comment

Travel Agents: New PBS doc follows Queens natives on a self-guided tour along Marco Polo’s journey to China

Until recently, I was a travel editor at a major guidebook publisher. The job required heavy text-editing, and contrary to what the title suggests, no travel. What made the job unbearable was that it took something I loved — travel — and made me hate it. I’d edit hundreds of pages of the same boilerplate prose: a well-appointed hotel room here, a vibrant market there, with “jaw-dropping” and “mind-blowing” profundities all over the place. Only the locales would change. Comment
Jackson Heights

Corona strip couple admit raping teens: DA Brown

A husband−and−wife stripper team from Corona pleaded guilty last week in connection with the rape of two underage girls whom they met through the social networking Web site MySpace, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment
Jamaica Times

CB 10 OKs overhaul of Ward Playground

Community Board 10 approved a city Parks Department plan to renovate the Walter Ward Playground at PS 207 in Howard Beach during its monthly meeting last Thursday. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Kew Gds. shocked by fatal stabbing

Standing at the makeshift memorial for a 41−year−old man who police said was fatally stabbed a little before 8 p.m. Sunday night on Metropolitan Avenue in Kew Gardens, residents were shocked to learn of the murder that took place in what they considered a safe neighborhood. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Oak Gdns. pair arrested in shooting at judge’s home

Two Oakland Gardens roommates have been accused of being accomplices to a Bayside man who was arrested last week for allegedly firing four bullets into the vacant home of a judge in August, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Holliswood celebrates Blue Ribbon designation

Holliswood School’s auditorium was a sea of yellow Friday afternoon as hundreds of students sporting canary−colored school T−shirts exhausted their windpipes while cheering during an hour−long school ceremony celebrating the Jamaica Estates facility being named a Blue Ribbon school by the U.S. Department of Education. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Flushing fire victims counseled by city agencies

More than a dozen community and city agencies held meetings last week with Flushing business owners who lost their livelihoods when a two−alarm fire gutted two buildings on Roosevelt Avenue, forcing the structures to be demolished. Comment
Forest Hills Ledger

Loved ones remember Cataldi for activism in Richmond Hill

During her eulogy at the funeral service Friday for Richmond Hill native and historian Nancy Cataldi, Laurie Joachim told more than 100 mourners that she could never talk about her friend in the past tense. Comment
Flushing Times

Auburndale man, 76, dies in early−morning home fire

A cigarette may have been the cause of a fire that killed a 76−year−old Auburndale man early Sunday morning, fire officials said. Comment
Bayside Times

Bayside Historical Society to promote Lawrence Cemetery

The Bayside Historical Society will host a tour this month of a landmarked colonial era cemetery to encourage community interest in the site’s preservation as well as unveil a new exhibit on the neighborhood’s history, a spokeswoman for the group said. Comment
Bayside Times

Cardozo celebrates 40 years in Bayside

Generations of Cardozo High School graduates and faculty celebrated the highly regarded school’s 40th anniversary Saturday at Douglaston Manor four decades after the class of 1968 entered a tumultuous world racked by anti−war protests and the assassination of two American leaders. Comment
Astoria Times

Oliver Bon Dinant: Old−time French charm

We remember a time when intimate, classic French restaurants were commonplace around New York City, especially in the theater district, but in many other neighborhoods as well. Back in the days when Thai cuisine was unknown to anyone except Thais, Italian meant spaghetti and meatballs, and Chinese was proffered in long lean establishments with booths and menus urging choices from columns A & B, French food was regarded, and rightly so, as a cut above. Who could have predicted that someday every neighborhood would have its own Thai eatery, but that French restaurants would become an endangered species? Comment
Astoria Times

Police end search for public lewdness suspect

REGO PARK — A Rego Park man was arrested on public lewdness charges Friday after authorities claimed he fondled himself late last month on a Queens−bound V train, police said. Comment
Astoria Times

2 boro women arrested in L.I. sex sting

FRANKLIN SQUARE, L.I. — Two Queens women were arrested in an undercover sting Sunday on Long Island after authorities claimed they prostituted themselves and did not have a massage license to work at a Franklin Square spa, Nassau police said. Comment
Astoria Times

Water’s Edge owes city $86K in late rent, banquet revenue

A recent audit by the city comptroller found that Long Island City’s popular Water’s Edge restaurant owes the city more than $86,000 in late rent payments and unreported revenue and that the eatery has not properly maintained its public pier along the East River. Comment
Astoria Times

Council panel OK’s area limits for broken meter parking

A City Council committee has approved legislation that lawmakers said would clear up confusion among motorists using broken parking meters. Comment
Astoria Times

Obama celebration rolls on in SE Queens

America may have elected its first black president more than a week ago, but the news is still sending chills of elation through southeast Queens neighborhoods. Comment
Astoria Times

City clears up Borden rumors

The Department of Homeless Services’ action at a Long Island City shelter for veterans in September that spurred reports of mistreatment was a locker search, not a raid, an agency official insisted last week. Comment
Astoria Times

SW Queens GOP loses seats amid Democratic wave

Republicans all over the country suffered major setbacks in last week’s general election, but the losses were keenly felt in southwest Queens, where a two−decade state senator, a new city councilman and an industrious state Assembly challenger were all defeated by a substantial margin by Democratic foes. Comment
Astoria Times

State shuts Parkway to inpatients

New Parkway Hospital in Forest Hills has transferred all of its inpatients to other health facilities following an order by the state Department of Health that the hospital, which has served the community for more than four decades, can no longer offer acute inpatient services. Comment
Astoria Times

Triborough Bridge to bear Robert F. Kennedy’s name

Astoria’s Triborough Bridge will officially become the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge in mid−November when the state plans to put up several million dollars worth of new signs at toll plazas and along roads leading up to the bridge, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation said. Comment
Astoria Times

State probes pollution at Newtown

A Long Island City concrete company accused by environmental watchdogs of illegally dumping into Newtown Creek is facing new scrutiny from the state. Comment
Astoria Times

City Council approves Willets Point redevelopment plan

The City Council voted by a nearly unanimous margin Thursday to approve the redevelopment of Willets Point, paving the way for a massive mixed−use neighborhood featuring more than 1,900 units of affordable housing. Comment
Astoria Times

Economy is No. 1 issue for Onorato

State Sen. George Onorato (D−Astoria) said the economy will overshadow all other issues when Democrats are expected to take the Senate from Republicans in January for the first time in 44 years. Comment
Astoria Times

Boro groups, city to link 10 Queens waterfront parks

A coalition of six western Queens community groups is aiming for a greener tomorrow by leading an initiative that would link 10 Astoria and Long Island City waterfront parks along an 11−mile stretch via bicycle and pedestrian paths. Comment
Astoria Times

Facing $1.2 billion deficit, MTA seeks help from state

The 8 percent hike now proposed for subway and bus fares will not be enough to keep the transit system running in its present state without financial help from the state, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chief Eliott Sander told the agency’s Finance Committee. Comment
Astoria Times

Padavan, Gennaro keep busy

Though the political fates of state Sen. Frank Padavan (R−Bellerose) and City Councilman James Gennaro (D−Fresh Meadows) will not be known for at least days, the two politicians said they were getting on with business. Comment
Astoria Times

District 25 challengers may face Sears

As the dust settles in the aftermath of the City Council’s vote to extend term limits, aspiring candidates in the 25th Council District are struggling to adapt to a political future that now includes incumbent Helen Sears (D−Jackson Heights). Comment
Astoria Times

Boro Council reps pan mayor’s budget cut plan

More municipal budget cuts are coming, but Queens City Council members were hesitant to get behind several drastic measures proposed last week by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Comment
Astoria Times

Signs for LCC to boost college’s visibility

After more than 35 years in Long Island City, LaGuardia Community College is slated to finally receive signs on its building. Three large metal signs will be bolted to the main building at Thompson Avenue and Van Dam Street, Thompson and 31st Street, and Van Dam and 47th Avenue. Comment
Astoria Times

Monserrate shakes up Senate

Newly elected state Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D−Corona) held out support for Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith (D−St. Albans) in a move that led to the creation of a Latino caucus in return for his backing the Queens Democrat. Comment
Astoria Times

Hunters Point South project approved unanimously by Council

With minimal fanfare or argument, the city’s Hunters Point South redevelopment project in Long Island City cruised through the City Council Thursday. Comment
Astoria Times

Bakery to open on Bell Blvd.

Bayside community leaders said they were glad to see that a bakery would move into the Bell Boulevard site formerly occupied by Marretta’s Bakery, where a bank had originally been proposed for construction. Comment
Astoria Times

Queens slated for 16 new schools by 2014

The new five−year capital plan from the city Department of Education calls for more than 12,000 classroom seats and 16 new schools to be built in Queens — a number city officials say will help the borough deal with overcrowding, but which the director of Class Size Matters called “breathtakingly inadequate.” Comment
Astoria Times

Smith believes he will be Democratic majority leader

Even though there were some dissension within his own party, state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D−St. Albans) said he not only expects to be chosen Democratic majority leader in January, he also vowed to end partisanship in Albany to better serve New York. Comment
Astoria Times

Ozone Park actor plays undead patriarch in ‘Twilight’

Ozone−Park−born thespian Peter Facinelli will be seen on screens across the country later this month in one of the fall’s most anticipated films. The actor said the role of Dr. Carlisle Cullen, in director Catherine Hardwicke’s “Twilight,” was one into which he could really sink his teeth. Comment
Astoria Times

Travel Agents

Until recently, I was a travel editor at a major guidebook publisher. The job required heavy text-editing, and contrary to what the title suggests, no travel. What made the job unbearable was that it took something I loved — travel — and made me hate it. I’d edit hundreds of pages of the same boilerplate prose: a well-appointed hotel room here, a vibrant market there, with “jaw-dropping” and “mind-blowing” profundities all over the place. Only the locales would change. Comment
Astoria Times

The art of the energy audit

The P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City received an early Christmas present this year. Comment
Astoria Times

Queens Shakespeare stages delightful ‘Twelfth Night’

“Twelfth Night” is based on what may be the dumbest premise in all Shakespeare. We’re supposed to believe that male and female twins, who we must assume have achieved puberty, are indistinguishable from each other when the girl dresses up like a boy. Certainly, no one in this wacky play, delightfully put on by Queens Shakespeare Inc., can tell them apart. What, has Sebastian not experienced a growth spurt? Has his voice not changed? Does he not have to shave once in a while? Of course it’s all beside the point — this is Shakespeare and even his silliness is magnificent. And let’s not forget the poetry and sparkling, unmatchable wit: check out this exchange between Feste, Olivia’s clown, and Malvolio, her steward. Comment

Monday, Nov. 17, 2008

Q56 bus wins Pokey award for being slowest in Queens

The Q56 bus has “won” the distinction of slowest in Queens in the Straphangers Campaign’s 7th annual “Pokey” awards. Comment



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