Thursday, March 5, 2009

Whitestone Times

Flushing man arrested in assault case: DA

FLUSHING — A 47−year−old man was arrested last week after allegedly injuring a man during a violent altercation, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Whitestone Times

Queens Jews protest Venezuelan temple desecration

In a city more than 2,000 miles from Queens, at a time when many borough residents were sleeping, in a synagogue many area residents have never seen, there was an attack at the end of January in Caracas, Venezuela, that has sent waves of concern throughout the borough’s Jewish community. Comment
Whitestone Times

Queens GOP club to serve pork in defiance of Obama stimulus

The Queens Village Republican Club is offering its members the option to display their opposition to President Barack Obama’s stimulus plan by eating pork meal at its St. Patrick’s Day dinner. Comment
Whitestone Times

Little Neck woman, 105, looks back on a century in city

A 105−year−old Little Neck woman celebrated her birthday last week nearly 100 years after she made the trek with her family from Hungary to New York. Comment
Whitestone Times

Flushing gal’s gift a hit with Rourke

When Betina Wassermann sent an e−mail to Mickey Rourke’s agent Paula Woods a few days before the Academy Awards, she said she did not think for a second that she would hear back. Comment
Whitestone Times

Malba man dies of carbon monoxide poisoning: Police

A Malba man was killed in his sleep and his wife seriously injured Saturday night after he inadvertently left his car running in his closed garage, police said. Comment
Whitestone Times

Rockaway engineer fears slowdown in city construction

As the founder of a successful rebar installation firm in the male−dominated field of construction and engineering, Elaine Tomassetti has faced her fair share of challenges in her life. But speaking before business leaders at Queens College Friday, Tomassetti said the wilting construction market is unlike any she had experienced. Comment
Whitestone Times

Donald E. Hope, 85

Donald E. Hope, of Fresno, Calif., and a former Bayside resident, died Feb. 23. He was 85. Comment
Whitestone Times

Baysider, 16, wins biz prize

A 16−year−old Bayside high school student recently won $1,500 in an entrepreneurship contest that she said she will use for the production of an eco−friendly cosmetics line that she created three years ago. Comment
Whitestone Times

Boro Republican Party interviews four candidates for Avella’s seat

The Queens GOP interviewed four candidates seeking the party’s line on the ballot in the November election to replace City Councilman Tony Avella (D−Bayside), who promised not to seek a third term and is campaigning for mayor. Comments (1)
Whitestone Times

College Point business saves day

Community Leaders said a school transportation disaster for dozens of Queens students has been cleared up after one College Point bus company was able to take on the customers of another whose bus fleet was destroyed by a fire last month, but the first few weeks were rocky. Comment
Whitestone Times

Supporters slam closing of Flushing stray shelter

After more than 40 years, Flushing’s Animal Haven closed its doors Sunday, a move the nonprofit said was essential for its continued survival, but several former volunteers contend was the result of gross mismanagement and the abandonment of the group’s mission. Comment
Whitestone Times

Flushing man gets 20 yrs for illegal firearm arsenal

A Flushing man was sentenced to 20 years in prison last week by a Manhattan judge just over a year after police found a massive cache of weapons in his home, authorities said. Comment

Litigation Gone Mad

At a time when two Queens hospitals are ready to close their doors forever, it is beyond maddening that a jury should award a registered nurse $15 million for sexual abuse she allegedly endured at Flushing Hospital. Comment

CK girls top TMLA to regain B/Q crown

The Royals are queens again. Comment

Cross gets three the easy way

It was but one shot, a three-pointer off a screen from the top of the key. But for the Holy Cross basketball team, Marcus Hopper’s bucket to open the CHSAA Class AA intersectional first round game against St. Peter’s meant more than just three points. Comment
Richmond Hill

Ozone Park autism nonprofit honors Paterson

An Ozone Park−based nonprofit that helps autistic children honored Gov. David Paterson and seven others last week during a fund−raising dinner at Russo’s on the Bay in Howard Beach. Comment
Richmond Hill

South Ozone Park man shoots wife, kills self: Cops

A South Ozone Park man killed himself last week while sitting in his car near Beach Channel High School after having an argument with his wife and shooting her in the face, police said. Comment
Richmond Hill

How sweet it is: Russo’s chef takes home pastry crown

A seven−layer cake and elaborate chocolate showpiece created by the executive pastry chef at Russo’s on the Bay in Howard Beach took first prize in a national competition Sunday at the Jacob Javitz Center in Manhattan. Comment
Richmond Hill

Don’t fall for tricks played by debt−collection frauds

Illegal scams are becoming more prevalent since the economy has gone sour and will increase, according to the 106th Precinct. Even international scams, where the scammers are calling U.S. citizens, seem to be growing by leaps and bounds. Comment

105th will use mailmen to prevent burglaries

The 105th Precinct will be getting an unofficial boost in police presence in the form of mailmen they are training to look for suspicious activity in the wake of a spike in burglaries that has been plaguing the area. Comment

Landmark snub riles Broadway−Flushing

The city Landmarks Preservation Commission said it is not interested in pursuing landmark status for one of the city’s first−planned neighborhoods, but residents of Broadway−Flushing said they are not giving up without a fight. Comments (1)

Hero cabbie sought on rape charge

The Elmhurst cab driver who was hailed as a hero a year ago for his role in dropping off a 6-month-old girl at a Corona firehouse is now being sought by police for allegedly raping a woman he picked up in Astoria, police said. Comment

Prosecutor disputes Borukhova’s account of shooting in dentist slay trial

Dr. Mazoltuv Borukhova, the woman accused of plotting her estranged husband’s death outside a Forest Hills playground, went on the defensive Thursday as the prosecutor in her murder trial attempted to poke holes in her account of how the homicide took place. Comment

Borukhova takes stand to deny murdering her husband

A Queens prosecutor hammered away Wednesday at Dr. Mazoltuv Borukhova’s testimony that she had no reason to have her orthodontist husband killed in front of their daughter in a Forest Hills playground more than a year ago. Comment
Jackson Heights

Maspeth residents clash over proposed school

Tempers ran high in a community that remembered well the strain and conflict of a school−siting process a decade ago as they discussed the possibility of the city seizing property in Maspeth to build a new high school. Comment
Jackson Heights

Ecuadorian’s murder brings hate charges

Two Bronx men have been indicted on hate crime charges in connection with a brutal attack on a pair of Ecuadorian men in Bushwick, Brooklyn, that left one of them dead and alarmed Ecuadorians throughout Queens and Long Island. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Oakland Gardens fire claims 2 lives

Two people died when a suspicious fire ripped through the couple’s Oakland Gardens apartment around 6:31 a.m. last week gasoline and firefighters later found two containers of gasoline inside the residence, the Fire Department said. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Weprin assists burglary victim

When Fresh Meadows resident Susan Yang recently returned from China, where she was caring for her ailing father, she discovered much of her life savings and expensive jewelry had been stolen from her ransacked home. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Q74 commuters rally against bus line’s removal

Dozens of Queens residents and lawmakers rallied last Thursday evening in Kew Gardens against the MTA’s proposal to eliminate the Q74 bus line, saying the move would prove disastrous for thousands of seniors, students and residents who use the route to get to and from work. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Use common sense when in public places, at home

It seems when we pump gasoline at gas stations, we have to worry about thieves running off with women’s pocketbooks and packages. Community Board 8 District Manager Marie Adam−Ovide reported that thieves position themselves at gasoline stations and, while women pump gasoline, slip up to the car and steal pocketbooks and packages left on car seats. One has to be alert. Comment
Flushing Times

Flushing college student dies following house party: Police

State police in upstate New York were investigating the death of a Flushing−native this week after he was found unresponsive following a party at an unauthorized fraternity, authorities said Monday. Comment
Bayside Times

Bayside’s Ahles House to be up for landmarking

City Councilman Tony Avella (D−Bayside) said a historic Bayside home he proposed for the city to preserve seven years ago will be up for landmark consideration later this month. Comment
Astoria Times

Man robbed two jewelry stores: Brown

ELMHURST — A 35−year−old was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court last week after allegedly stealing more than $4,000 in necklaces and rings in two separate robberies, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Astoria Times

Woodside man robbed pizza joint twice: DA

CORONA — A Woodside man was arrested last Thursday after allegedly stealing cash from a pizzeria on two separate occasions, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Astoria Times

Three people robbed by SE Queens teen: Brown

OZONE PARK — A St. Albans teen was arrested last week after allegedly robbing three people, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Astoria Times

Reasons to say ‘I heart Astoria’

If New York is a city of neighborhoods, to borrow a phrase from Gotham−lovin’ scribe E.B. White, then Astoria is one beloved ’hood. Comment

Objectivity called for in column

It appears TimesLedger columnist Dee Richard is dealing in payola in the print media. Richard’s “Dishing with Dee” column has gone deep−sea dishing and she has got herself on the hook. I received calls from many people outraged by her last column. Comment

Electeds should always read bills

I agree with Chris Donnellan’s Feb. 19 letter “Electeds must review stimulus package before passing it.” Comment

Let community residents decide where to place cell phone towers

There is a serious problem in our country with the proliferation of cell phone towers within residential neighborhoods. It is my understanding that federal legislation has limited the right of local communities as to the placement of these cell towers. Comment

Bloomberg can help city recover economically

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s approval rating has dropped to 52 percent from about 70 percent in November. But his numbers are still ahead of his leading contenders, like U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D−Forest Hills), city Comptroller Bill Thompson, and City Councilman Tony Avella (D−Bayside). Comment

Catholic−turned−charter schools should stay open for all students

I take issue with your Feb. 19 editorial “Save the Schools.” Save the schools, yes, but for whom? Comment

Management of city schools has not benefitted anyone

Thank you, city Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, for using your limited educational experience to destroy whatever hope there was for city public schools. Comment

New identification called for when crossing U.S. borders

Summer will be here soon and many New Yorkers are making plans to travel outside the United States. Beginning June 1, a change in federal law will require most U.S. citizens to present a valid passport or other approved document to enter the United States at all land and sea border crossings between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean. Comment

Protect bus service for students from boro to Bronx Science HS

An open letter to MTA Executive Director Elliot G. Sander and Queens DA Richard Brown. Comment


For every Queens resident, the nation is caught in a recession of historic proportions, one that threatens retirement plans and the hope of saving for a child’s higher education. For families on the brink of losing their homes to foreclosure, it is the Great Depression all over again. Comment
Astoria Times

Make the time to observe daylight saving this year

A farmer walked into the house after completing his chores, sat down, wrinkled his brow and became pensive. “What are you thinking?” asked his wife. “I’m trying to figure out where I can find all the daylight I saved when I set the clocks back last November,” he said. Comment
Astoria Times

Political parties bring order to the electoral process

Mayor Michael Bloomberg does not like the political party system, especially as it exists here in the city. That was proven in 2003, when he initiated a citywide referendum to abolish political party designations in city elections. It seems an overwhelming majority of New York’s registered voters disapproved of this initiative, since the referendum was defeated by 70 percent of voters that year. Comment
Astoria Times

Bloomberg hints at possible run for mayor with GOP

The political pot is still boiling and letting off steam, as most boiling pots do. Let’s try and get a timeline perspective. Comment
Astoria Times

Grand Loews Triboro met tragic end

On Feb. 2, 1931, the Loews Triboro Theatre opened. One of the last giant Loews palaces to be built in the city, this classic Thomas Lamb theater welcomed visitors with a classic Aztec Revival exterior. Comment
Astoria Times

Family fun comes cheap

Whatever happened to spending quality time with our family? With the current state of financial affairs, maybe it is time we look to have fun in some old−fashioned and cost−efficient way. Doing things that do not cost a lot of money can open new doors in terms of what we put value on. Comment
Astoria Times

Learning how to refresh mind, body

When Rockaway Beach resident John Nash’s doctor told him to try yoga to help alleviate pain from a back injury he received in 1997, Nash was a bit incredulous. Comment
Astoria Times

Queens takes it easy on snow day

A wall of white slammed into Queens and the rest of the city Sunday night and Monday morning, dumping as much as 10 inches of snow on the borough but causing mostly minimal headaches for commuters and city agencies. Comment
Astoria Times

Woodside parents livid at cut

A group of Woodside parents were up in arms after the city announced it would cut bus service from the Big Six Towers and require students there to walk to PS 229. Comment
Astoria Times

Closings stretch Queens’ hospitals

After St. John’s and Mary Immaculate hospitals closed down Monday, Borough President Helen Marshall said she would be keeping a close watch on the state of Queens’ other medical centers as they face a large influx of patients from the shuttered medical centers. Comment
Astoria Times

Schumer seeks funds for Moynihan Station

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D−N.Y.) has called for using federal stimulus money to revive the Moynihan railroad station project to replace Penn Station because “we, too, must have bold visions.” Comment
Astoria Times

Poletti will close: State Power Authority

The chairman of the state Power Authority is insisting that the agency will shutter Astoria’s notorious Charles Poletti Power Project by its scheduled January 2010 closure date following recent concern by western Queens elected officials and community activists that the plant would remain open. Comment
Astoria Times

Woodside fireman grew pot in Queens Village home: U.S. attorney

A Queens firefighter was arraigned on federal drug charges last week in connection with growing $500,000 worth of marijuana that was stored in a rented Queens Village home, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn said. Comment
Astoria Times

City pushes tax help for elder homeowners

More than 6,000 Queens properties are currently at−risk of having their tax liens sold to private collectors, but city Finance Department employee Lee Fiorino is working to ensure that number decreases. Comment
Astoria Times

Millions approved for Second Ave. subway: Maloney

The federal government has come up with another multimillion−dollar infusion of cash for the Second Avenue subway and the East Side Access project. Comment
Astoria Times

Vallone puts boro prez bid on hold, seeks third term

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D−Astoria) said he plans to run for a third term this fall after giving up his bid for Queens borough president amid the overturning of term limits last year. Comment
Astoria Times

Queens pols slam plan for East River bridge tolls

More than 20 New York City elected officials have attacked state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s proposal to establish tolls on East River and Harlem River bridges in a last−minute rescue of the financially beleaguered MTA, calling it an assault on the middle class. Comment
Astoria Times

NE Queens activists want city to assign Ft. Totten security

Northeast Queens community activists scheduled a rally this weekend to urge the city to provide security guard detail at Fort Totten following a recent announcement by the FDNY that it would not renew its contract with the Bayside fort, which it guarded, amid budget constraints. Comment
Astoria Times

Forest Hills rehab center sues Madoff for $10M

A Forest Hills−based charity is suing Queens native Bernard Madoff for $10 million after it lost about $2.5 million in the $50 billion Ponzi scheme Madoff created, according to papers filed in Queens Supreme Court. Comment
Astoria Times

F train is dirtier, slower but overall gets C−minus

Straphangers who ride the F train have given it the same C−minus grade as the previous year, but they told the New York City Transit Authority that subway car cleanliness had declined. Comment
Astoria Times

Liu calls for stricter idling truck probes

City Councilman John Liu (D−Flushing) joined the state Department of Environmental Conservation last week in Flushing in ramping up efforts to curtail emissions from diesel trucks as part of a citywide campaign to reduce air pollution. Comment
Astoria Times

Gioia, Liu trailing in poll on public advocate contest

City Councilmen Eric Gioia (D−Sunnyside) and John Liu (D−Flushing) are not faring well against their challengers for the soon−to−be−vacated public advocate seat, according to a recent Marist poll. Comment
Astoria Times

Qns. College to dust off French poetry format

A bit of 17th century France is coming to Queens. Comment
Astoria Times

Monserrate says attack charge was ‘fabrication’

State Sen. Hiram Monserrate’s (D−East Elmhurst) legal team again went on the offensive Friday as the former city councilman fought allegations that he slashed his girlfriend’s face with a broken glass during a fight in December, contending the prosecutor fabricated accounts that the incident was an attack. Comment
Astoria Times

HSBC plans to shut four branches of lenders HFC and Beneficial in Queens

London−based HSBC bank announced this week that it plans to close 800 branches of two units that specialize in consumer lending and have several branches in Queens. Comment
Astoria Times

LIC subway rape victim files suit against MTA

The attorney for a Brooklyn woman who was raped four years ago on a Long Island City subway platform said the city Transit Authority and two of its employees should pay for failing to protect the victim as she pleaded for help. Comment
Astoria Times

Hundreds line up for Sunnyside St. Patty’s Day parade

St. Patrick’s Day may be less than two weeks away, but that didn’t stop Sunnyside residents and city leaders from showing off their Irish pride Sunday. Comment
Astoria Times

Slow economy spurs high LaGuardia CC enrollment

Enrollment figures are spiking at two of the borough’s community colleges, and officials are chalking it up to the economic downturn. Comment
Astoria Times

Thrift store in Astoria gets set from TV’s Conan

Conan O’Brien fans who are looking for a piece or even several pieces of television history need look no further after a used furniture and appliance company from Astoria inherited a number of items from the “Late Night” show. Comment
Astoria Times

QCC gets $33,000 for Holocaust center

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D−N.Y.) has secured $33,000 for Queensborough Community College that will allow the Bayside school to complete construction on its new Holocaust resource center, the center’s executive director said. Comment
Astoria Times

Disputed tape stokes fire at Malakov trial

A tape−recorded conversation made by the people accused of killing Dr. Daniel Malakov became a serious point of contention Monday as the prosecutor and defense attorney clashed over the audio’s correct translation. Comment
Astoria Times

The International

It’s long been known that Queens is the most diverse county in the United States, but the Queens Museum of Art is hoping that its latest exhibition will shed some light on how that population is evolving and integrating. Comment
Astoria Times

NYC Opera brings touring show to LIC

The New York City Opera’s “Looking Forward” series is traveling citywide. Having already hit Staten Island and Brooklyn, their next stop will be the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in Queens on March 7th. Comment
Astoria Times

Astoria couple’s love is star−crossed in opera ‘Carmen’

On stage, they’re one of the most famous and tragic couples in music history. Off stage, they’re a couple of married opera singers living in Astoria. Comment

Monday, March 2, 2009

St. John’s, Mary Immaculate shut their doors

Mary Immaculate and St. John’s Queens hospitals closed their doors permanently Monday after providing more than a century of service for Queens residents. Comment


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