Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009

Whitestone Times

Man attacked another in Corona: DA’s office

FLUSHING — A Corona man was charged with assault and harassment Dec. 30 after he punched a stranger in the face in Flushing, a spokesman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment
Whitestone Times

Police searching for missing Laurelton man

LAURELTON — Police were asking for the public’s help in finding a mentally handicapped man who has been reported missing since Sunday. Comment
Whitestone Times

Monserrate now a senator

“The senator is now the senator.” Comment
Whitestone Times

Boro teacher accused of sex abuse

A teacher at a Broadway−Flushing music school was arraigned on sex crimes charges Monday after prosecutors said he allegedly abused an 11−year−old who was a student of his. Comment
Whitestone Times

Christmas thieves targeted dealer in Whitestone

One of two Brooklyn men charged in the burglary of a Whitestone family’s home on Christmas Eve allegedly told police he had originally set out to rob a drug dealer when his partner saw a man go into a larger house and decided he would be a better target, according to the Queens district attorney. Comment
Whitestone Times

Flushing welcomes 2009 babies

A family from Bayside and another from Flushing welcomed the first two babies born in the five boroughs within the first 10 minutes of 2009, while a Richmond Hill family’s newborn son was the first delivered in the state during the New Year. Comment

Maspeth cell antenna stirs calls to reform BSA

After the Board of Standards& Appeals’ approval of a 13−foot cell phone tower on the roof of a Maspeth house last month, members of the Juniper Park Civic Association and City Councilman Tony Avella (D−Bayside) called for change at the city agency. Comment
Richmond Hill

Murders in 101st Precinct up 150% from ’07 to ’08

Two killings committed within the Redfern Houses in Far Rockaway contributed to a 150 percent surge in murders in the 101st Precinct between 2007 and 2008, police statistics showed. Comment
Richmond Hill

School sued in Rich Hill boy’s asthma attack death

A Richmond Hill mother has sued a South Ozone Park Catholic school and the city, claiming her adopted son died from an asthma attack last spring because the school did not take his distress seriously enough. Comment

LIRR posts best on-time performance ever for 2008

The Long Island Rail Road reports its trains were on time more than 95 percent of the time last year, the best performance since it began keeping records. Comment

Laurelton man charged in Brooklyn store killing

A Laurelton man was charged last week with robbing and murdering a Brooklyn man inside a store in Sheepshead Bay, prosecutors said. Comment
Jackson Heights

Family seeks cause of leak

The Long Island family whose wedding reception was ruined by a carbon monoxide leak at an East Elmhurst catering hall last spring is gearing up for a lawsuit, their attorney said. Comment
Jackson Heights

Candidates define issues in Monserrate Council seat race

Rhetoric flew, but a few substantial differences were evident between four of the six candidates for Hiram Monserrate’s City Council seat at a meeting Monday of the Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens. Comment
Jackson Heights

Bellerose man injured in attack

For Bellerose resident Balbir Singh, New Year’s Eve was not a time of celebration. Comment
Forest Hills Ledger

Riders grade M train C, up from C−minus

Straphangers have given the M subway line an overall grade of C, an improvement over last year’s C−minus in a Metropolitan Transportation Authority report card that praised better train announcements. Comment
Forest Hills Ledger

Nocerino announces another Council bid

Forest Hills resident Joseph R. Nocerino announced Sunday he is jumping into the race for the 29th City Council seat now held by Melinda Katz. Comment
Bayside Times

Crime rises slightly in 111th Pct. for ’08

Crime levels rose slightly in the 111th Precinct in 2008, although there were no homicides in the northeast Queens neighborhoods covered by the precinct and the number of rapes plummeted, according to police statistics. Comment
Bayside Times

CB 11 wants new schools

Community Board 11 members criticized the city for the delay on a long−awaited rezoning of three northeast Queens neighborhoods and called for changes in the mayoral control system of city school governance at its monthly meeting Monday. Comment
Astoria Times

Man shot three times walks to hospital: Cops

CORONA — A Corona resident walked two miles to the hospital after getting shot three times outside a Corona night club on New Year’s Day, police said. Comment
Astoria Times

Man flees scene of accident, arrested: Cops

FRESH MEADOWS — A Corona man was arrested Dec. 31 after he fled the scene of an accident that claimed the life of a Hollis man, police said. Comment
Astoria Times

Two men stole video game, punched man: DA

FOREST HILLS — Police arrested two Jamaica men Dec. 31 in connection with beating and robbing an 18−year−old man on Austin Street in Forest Hills, a representative for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Ackerman’s Chutzpah

It is refreshing to see a politician with the courage to speak his mind. In December, U.S. Rep Gary Ackerman said he knew less about Caroline Kennedy than he does about Jennifer Lopez. Comment
Astoria Times

Ognibene contemplates running for former Council seat again

Attorney Tom Ognibene of Middle Village served on the City Council, representing the 30th Council District of western Queens, for 10 years until 2001, when he was term limited out of office. During most of that time, he served as the Council minority leader. Comment
Astoria Times

Take some helpful advice on how to treat what ails you

The nurse ran to the doctor and said, “The patient that just left here, the one you said was in perfect health, just dropped dead outside our office door. What shall I do?” The doctor said, “Turn him around so it looks like he was just coming in.” Comment
Astoria Times

CaffÉ on the Green rang in new year on somber note

New Year’s Eve was bittersweet, as we had planned on going to a friend’s house early in the evening and later join revelers at Il Bacco in Little Neck to welcome in the new year. It was to be a dual celebration, as it was Joe Oppedisano’s 50th birthday, too. Happy birthday, Joe! Joe is, of course, the proprietor of Il Bacco. Comment
Astoria Times

Make the most of networking

Attending networking functions can enhance your business production for 2009. Many have told me networking events do not work for them because they get nervous at the thought of attending them. Even extroverts have told me they are not always sure how to act while attending. Comment
Astoria Times

Youth get pampered in Laurelton

What started out as her daughter’s idea for a birthday party has ended up as a full−fledged business for Lisa Middleton−Thompson. Comment
Astoria Times

Townsend Harris HS honored for science program

Townsend Harris High School in Flushing has received a $10,000 cash award for being selected as the Intel School of Distinction for science, one of only three schools in the country to be recognized. Comment
Astoria Times

Meng gets rolling in Albany

Newly seated Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D−Flushing) knows she is entering the state Legislature at a challenging time for the city, state and country, which is why she said it was important for her to hit the ground running. Comment
Astoria Times

Ackerman recounts rocket scare during visit to Israel

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D−Bayside) recalled how he was hustled into a shelter to evade rockets fired from Gaza during his visit to Israel over the weekend and reaffirmed his support for the Jewish state in its most recent conflict with Hamas in a conference call Tuesday with reporters. Comment
Astoria Times

Kheel’s plan for MTA: free buses, slashed fares

Transit officials have mentioned fare hikes of 23 percent, but Theodore “Ted” Kheel would provide free buses 24 hours a day with subway straphangers paying only during rush hour and no more than $1.25. Comment
Astoria Times

Smith gains support to be majority leader

After months of uncertainty, state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D−St. Albans) is poised to become the majority leader of the Senate following a Tuesday night meeting of Senate Democrats, he said in a statement. Comment
Astoria Times

Crime drops in 114th Pct.

Crime rose in four of the seven major categories in the 114th Precinct last year, but the number of incidents dropped 5.2 percent overall, including a dip in the number of homicides, according to police statistics. Comment
Astoria Times

Maloney awarded for efforts to prevent human trafficking

A state group that raises awareness of human trafficking recently awarded U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D−Astoria) as 2008’s congressional member who has taken the most steps to prevent trafficking through legislation, a spokeswoman for the group said. Comment
Astoria Times

Ricatto’s campaign bus kills Ozone Pk. boy

A 9−year−old Ozone Park boy was killed Tuesday afternoon when he was struck by the campaign vehicle used by a City Council candidate at the corner of Cross Bay and Rockaway Boulevards, police said. Comment
Astoria Times

Richmond Hill parents have state’s first baby of 2009

A family from Bayside and another from Flushing welcomed the first two babies born in the five boroughs within the first 10 minutes of 2009, while a Richmond Hill family’s newborn son was the first delivered in the state during the New Year. Comment
Astoria Times

Bayside’s CaffÉ on the Green closes doors

Bayside’s popular CaffÉ on the Green closed its doors permanently on New Year’s Day after the city chose a new concessionaire to replace the catering hall at its Cross Island Parkway locale, a city Parks Department spokeswoman said. Comment
Astoria Times

7 train work could disrupt Lunar New Year travel: Liu

Flushing residents, business owners and Lunar New Year revelers from around the city are having a case of deja vu as track work on the No. 7 subway line threatens to disrupt celebrations in the bustling downtown hub for the second straight year. Comment
Astoria Times

Boro reps grill SEC on Madoff

Three Queens congressional members who sit on the House Financial Services Committee grilled but received few answers from the watchdog for the Securities and Exchange Commission and the head of the corporation that will be paying out claims to investors duped in the $50 billion Ponzi scheme allegedly perpetrated by Bernard Madoff, a Rockaway native. Comment
Astoria Times

No. 7 train shutdown not fair to boro: Gioia

The MTA’s decision to shut down No. 7 train service from Manhattan to Queens for nine consecutive weekends could devastate already struggling businesses and force residents into long commutes, City Councilman Eric Gioia (D−Sunnyside) said during a Sunday news conference at the Vernon Jackson subway station in Long Island City. Comment
Astoria Times

My name will not win Council seat: Mark Weprin

What’s in a name? According to some people who are and were running for the 23rd Council District, a lot. Comment
Astoria Times

Tax credits, exemptions help Queens create jobs

The state’s Empire Zone program helped to create more than $77 million in capital investments within three southeast Queens neighborhoods over the last 20 years and is expected to give those selected areas a bigger boost in the near future, city administrators said Tuesday. Comment
Astoria Times

86−year−old recovering after attack

Vivian Squires, the 86−year−old grandmother who fought off an attacker who robbed and stabbed her four times in her Springfield Gardens home Sunday, left Mary Immaculate Hospital Tuesday afternoon, softly singing “I’m going home, I’m going home, I’m going home.” Comment
Astoria Times

Sabini weighing run for City Council seat

Get ready, Jackson Heights. The already packed stable of candidates for the 25th Council District seat may soon get another distinguished contender. Comment
Astoria Times

Lancman, Weiner, Ackerman back Israel

Stories of Israelis and Palestinians holed up in shelters, terrified to leave their houses during the most recent conflict between Israel and the Islamic military group Hamas, have prompted Queens politicians and residents to voice their support for victims of the violence in the Middle East. Comment
Astoria Times

LIC bridge renovations hurt area

Call it a troubled bridge over polluted waters. Comment
Astoria Times

Queens residents say hike renders tax rebates moot

Borough property owners were pleased that long−awaited $400 rebate checks from the city were on the way, but many said the checks would provide little relief following the City Council’s vote, which approved a plan to raise property tax rates this year. Comment
Astoria Times

College Point fire guts artist’s studio

A two−alarm fire raced through the home and museum of a College Point artist Tuesday night, probably destroying a collection of his life’s work. Comment
Astoria Times

All in the family

When Madeleine Martin first read the script of the play “August: Osage County,” she wasn’t sure she’d be able to bring herself to play the role of Jean Fordham, the cheeky and emotionally abandoned youngster in Tracy Letts’ wonderfully written family drama. Comment
Astoria Times

Bronx Food Pantries left high & dry

According to a New York Coalition Against Hunger survey, the Bronx’s food pantries and soup kitchens are falling short of demand and struggling to stay open. Comment
Astoria Times

Huntington Library, a landmark, targeted by vandals

The Huntington Free Library has recently become a tragic eyesore for the Westchester Square community. Comment
Astoria Times

Musica Reginae puts focus on black composers in ’09

The sounds of pieces from often overlooked black composers and Queens artists will be wafting from venues throughout the borough this winter as Maspeth−based Musica Reginae Productions launches its ninth season. Comment


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