Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009

Whitestone Times

Friend struck another with wrench: Brown

COLLEGE POINT — The district attorney’s office said a 17-year-old was arraigned on assault charges after allegedly striking his friend in the head with a wrench. Comment
Whitestone Times

Cops search for burglar who stole $21K in jewelry

OAKLAND GARDENS — Police said they were investigating a burglary where thieves pilfered more than $20,000 in jewelry Saturday. Comment
Whitestone Times

Police charge two men with stealing wallets

OAKLAND GARDENS — Police said they arrested two men after they allegedly broke into a car and stole wallets from a woman and her mother last week. Comment
Whitestone Times

Cops investigate stolen van driven through Bklyn

BAYSIDE — A Ford Van was stolen from 33rd Avenue last week and police believe it was driven through Brooklyn shortly thereafter, according to authorities. Comment
Whitestone Times

60-yr.-old struck person with lantern: Police

OAKLAND GARDENS — Police said a 60-year-old woman was arrested on assault charges last week after allegedly striking another person with a lantern. Comment
Whitestone Times

Council mudslinging takes over

It was billed as a debate, but it turned into an airing of dirty laundry. Comment
Whitestone Times

Co-ops, seniors top Weprin seat debate

The three candidates running for the City Council seat currently held by Councilman David Weprin (D-Hollis) took their campaign pitches to North Shore Towers for a candidates’ forum where most of the attention was focused on co-op and senior issues. Comment
Whitestone Times

Native Americans gather in Floral Pk. for powwow

Thirty-one tribes for 31 years. Comment
Whitestone Times

Schneider assistant donates her hair for patients

Three pediatric cancer patients at Schneider Children’s Hospital got the chance to become stylists last week after they helped a physician’s assistant at the hospital donate her highlighted blonde locks to their peers. Comment
Whitestone Times

Kew Gdns. Vantage tenants to join union

Residents of a Kew Gardens apartment building owned by Vantage Properties are planning to join a tenants union representing more than 1,300 Queens residents living in Vantage buildings who accuse their landlord of ignoring complaints about maintenance. Comment
Whitestone Times

NE Queens aghast at geese gassing

Northeast Queens activists said they were upset to find out Canada geese had recently been removed by a federal agency from Oakland Lake in Bayside and gassed following the crash landing of a U.S. Airways flight on the Hudson River earlier this year. Comment
Whitestone Times

Cop recovering after shooting

A Queens police officer was recovering from a gunshot wound and his accused attacker was arraigned assault charges after a domestic violence call turned ugly in Ridgewood last weekend. Comment
Whitestone Times

Carrozza says AG investigation will vindicate her

State Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret Carrozza (D-Bayside) said she believes an investigation by state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo will reveal that she has not misled her constituents by living out of the district for several months this year. Comment
Whitestone Times

College Pt. renters fight on

City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) put himself into the center of a bitter College Point housing dispute last week, demanding the landlord and manager at Schleicher’s Court restore gas service to their tenants after more than a year. Comment
Whitestone Times

Park gets $1 million makeover

The Utopia Playground in Fresh Meadows is much more aptly named now that a $1 million renovation of the space has been completed, bringing with it three new play areas, including one that is handicapped-accessible. Comment
Whitestone Times

Tuesday is Night Out Against Crime

Precincts in northeast Queens will be out in full force this Tuesday night not only to protect and serve the public, but also treat them to a fun celebration. Comment
Whitestone Times

Douglaston businesses, homes lose power in transformer fire

A massive transformer fire temporarily left more than 100 Douglaston households and businesses without power Friday morning, but residents and an elected official are applauding the rapid response to the situation. Comment
Whitestone Times

Gospel Fest draws hundreds to Baisley Park concert

Hundreds of southeast Queens residents came out to Baisley Park Saturday for a faith-filled day of family fun as Gospel Fest returned for a fourth year. Comment
Whitestone Times

Summer storms put a damper on Bayside Marina

Northeast Queens marinas and beaches have been waterlogged and empty throughout the summer because torrential rainstorms consistently forced them to shut down for hours or entire days. Comment
Whitestone Times

College Point man charged in club rape

A College Point man was charged in the brazen, vicious attack of a 23-year-old woman in Manhattan earlier this year, authorities said last week. Comment
Whitestone Times

CB 8 members feel left out of bus talks

Bringing Bus Rapid Transit to Queens could link residents to subway stops and destination points much more quickly than the current system, according to city officials, but some community representatives have reservations about the plans and said they have been especially concerned they are being left out of transportation discussions. Comment
Whitestone Times

Co-founder of Lions Club in Little Neck dies at 89

Herman “Doc” Belkin, one of the founding members of the Little Neck-Douglaston Lions Club and a dentist in the community for 55 years, died in his home July 17. He was 89. Comment
Whitestone Times

Crash claims Floral Park girls

The Village of Floral Park was reeling with grief and disbelief after three young sisters were among eight people killed when a Long Island woman drove the wrong way for 1.7 miles Sunday on a Westchester highway. Comment
Whitestone Times

Avella leads rally against Corporate Park

City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and several dozen people led a second rally against city plans for the College Point Corporate Park Sunday, but not all of the attendees were firmly behind him. Comments (1)
Whitestone Times

Jackson Heights LGBT rally honors victims of attacks

Dozens of people rallied in Jackson Heights Sunday against what they called the victimization of transgender men and women in Queens following two brutal attacks earlier this summer. Comment
Whitestone Times

Electeds angry at Con Ed over highest rates in U.S.

Western Queens elected officials said they were outraged after a U.S. Labor Department study found that city residents pay the highest electricity and natural gas rates in the nation following Con Edison’s recent proposal to raise customer bills next year. Comment

A Voice in the Wilderness

For as long as we have known him, Bayside activist Mandingo Tshaka has been a crusader driven by a conscience that will not let him rest, even when it appears no one is listening. Comment

Cross’ Conti earns MVP honors at Maccabiah Games

Surrounded by autograph seekers after another solid performance, Evan Conti got a glimpse of what his life might be like in a few years. Comment

AJ Millien set on joining Harlem Globetrotters

AJ Millien grew up watching the Harlem Globetrotters on television. Comment

Man struck twice on Grand Central, dies

A 48-year-old Woodhaven man was killed early Sunday morning after being struck by two cars on the Grand Central Parkway, police said. Comment

Petrocelli pleads guilty to bribing McLaughlin

The former head of a Long Island City-based electric company that hired union workers represented by disgraced former Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin (D-Flushing) pleaded guilty Friday to making tens of thousands of dollars in illegal payments to the corrupt ex-legislator, the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan said. Comment

Monserrate assault case heads to trial in September

A Queens Supreme Court judge has denied motions by Hiram Monserrate to throw out his indictment and suppress evidence in his pending case on assault charges. The trial will begin Sept. 14. Comment

Father mourns death of three daughters in crash

Warren Hance, devastated by the death of his three daughters in a crash on the Taconic Parkway, urged mourners packed into a Floral Park church Thursday not to take their children’s lives for granted. Comment

VIDEO: A whirlwind of divinity in Flushing

On July 13, Bowne Street in Flushing played host to a once-in-a-lifetime explosion of Hindu ritual on the streets of New York as the Ganesh Temple was reconsecrated after 18 months of extensive renovation and expansion. Comment
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: City must look after the people in eminent domain cases

I keep finding news stories concerning city use of eminent domain to help private builders condemn private property so they can develop it. Development is good because it provides jobs, produces property which can pay taxes and helps the economy grow. The bad thing is private property is taken by eminent domain or the threat of its use. Comment
Astoria Times

Dining Out: El Coyote — Jamaica eatery offers authentic Mexican variety

Since we received a recommendation for El Coyote in Jamaica by a trusted friend, our favorite pipeline to great new finds, we rushed right over. We won’t deny being put off by our first glimpse of this establishment — an awning encrusted with pigeon droppings. Not the most appetizing introduction. Still, we soldiered on. Comment
Astoria Times

Conn. man sentenced in Rosedale man’s death

KEW GARDENS — A 28-year-old Connecticut man was sentenced to 75 years to life in prison for the 2008 murder of a Rosedale man and the attempted murder and kidnapping of two other men, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Astoria Times

Man charged with impersonating officer

SUNNYSIDE — A man’s attempt at playing cops and robbers went awry when he allegedly approached an undercover police officer while posing as one himself, authorities said. Comment
Astoria Times

Husband harassed wife while in police HQ: DA

GLENDALE — A 39-year-old man added an aggravated harassment charge to an already accumulated assault charge when he allegedly called his wife and threatened her while at central booking at Police Headquarters in Manhattan after being arrested for attacking her, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Regulate how the Council gives out grants

As a City Council candidate, former NYPD member, former prosecutor and practicing attorney, it is clear the federal investigation of corrupt Council members embezzling taxpayer funds in the “Council slush fund” that reaches as high as the speaker’s office must be expanded and everyone called to account. Comment

Council bill will ruin affordable co-op and condo housing

If you live in a co-op or condominium and are an owner or renter, hold on to your wallets because the City Council has a bill poised to create financial havoc in the co-op and condo communities. Intro. 967, sponsored by Councilman Jim Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) (“Gennaro pushes to make city green with jobs,” Fresh Meadows Times, July 16) will require significant spending in the tight budgets of co-ops and condos. Although Gennaro says he is working on the language to mitigate its effect on co-ops and condos, the only acceptable fix is to eliminate them from the legislation. Comment

Why is Ann-Margaret Carrozza being targeted?

Why has Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret Carrozza received such criticism in the press during the past weeks, with no less than two news stories, two letters, an editorial, and two pictures just in the last three issues of the TimesLedger, and I suspect more will come? What could she possibly have done to merit such extremely negative attention? Comment

Economy needs help

Well, here it is, the end of July and the country is still in the midst of an ever-worsening unemployment and economic situation. Comment

City community centers offer vital services

It has come to my attention that the One Stop Richmond Hill Community Center, at 110-08 Jamaica Ave. in Richmond Hill, is in danger of permanently closing after serving the community for more than 30 years. Comment

Senate needs heavy revamping

Sometime ago, the Brennan Center for Justice, a public interest law center at the New York University School of Law, rated the New York state Legislature the worst in the nation. Comment

Weprin sticks to his principles

As a Democrat residing in the 23rd City Council District, I take issue with Bob Friedrich’s letter “Council hopeful shuns identity politics” in the July 2 Fresh Meadows Times. Comment

Lynne Serpe represents change for Astorians

Are we not all sick and tired of politics as usuali King Bloomberg has usurped the spirit of democracy by pushing (buying) the City Council to extend his term limits. Councilman Peter Vallone has succumbed to Bloomberg’s pressure and acquiesced to his demand for term limit extensions. Vallone claims that in a time of economic distress, Bloomberg is the most qualified to see New Yorkers through the turmoil. Comment

If Not Here, Where?

We understand why communities in Queens might be less than thrilled with the thought of hosting a homeless shelter. While some residents are people who are down on their luck, more often than not the homeless in the city shelters are battling alcoholism, drug addiction and mental illness. They do not make good neighbors. Comment
Astoria Times

Dishing with Dee: Reinstating mayoral control will benefit city schoolchildren

The first order of business this week is a correction of a statement in last week’s column. It was in reference to Mayor Michael Bloomberg acquiescing to a photo op with Dan Halloran. I had stated it happened at the GOP Gala at the Reception House April 1, but was mistaken. It happened at the GOP breakfast at the same Reception House in Flushing June 6th at 9:30 a.m. Sorry about that. Comment
Astoria Times

QueensLine: Ferraro was Astoria teacher before running for U.S. VP

On July 1, 1911, Long Island City and Greenpoint got a good look at the first airplane, piloted by Harry Atwood, to fly between Boston and New York. His flight the previous Friday from Boston to New London, Conn., a distance of 135 miles, was the longest continuous cross-country flight made in America at the time. Comment
Astoria Times

I Sit And Look Out: Trees NY works with Queens schools

As the school year ended, Trees New York was busy bringing its greening message to Queens schools. Comment
Astoria Times

Political Action: Baldeo’s run for Seminerio seat complicates special election

In the 38th State Assembly District in western Queens, where former Assemblyman Tony Seminerio served for 30 years until his recent resignation, a special election has been in progress that was scheduled to follow this year’s primary and fall general election schedule. Designating petitions for Republican, Democratic and Conservative candidates have been circulated and filed with the state Elections Board. Petition challenges have also been filed. Comment
Astoria Times

Berger’s Burg: Bad luck seems to thrive in the sweltering month of August

Everyone and his brother think August is a month of vacations, outdoor concerts, swimming pools and beaches. Nothing happens in August and journalists view it as the “silly season,” the uneventful time of year when newspapers are especially desperate for copy. Comment
Astoria Times

Bayside delicatessen serves only the freshest

Joe Vessia and John Arena own Bayside Salumeria, a deli at 41st Avenue and Corporal Kennedy Street in Bayside. They sell fresh cold cuts, prepare breakfast and lunch, make coffee and carry chips, cookies and necessary Italian ingredients. Comment
Astoria Times

MTA delays 2nd Ave. subway construction, again

What has become known as the most famous subway never built has again lost some of its momentum. Comment
Astoria Times

Maragos runs for Council

In a field crowded with Democratic candidates, 24-year-old Long Island City resident Angelo Maragos is not willing to be a footnote. Comment
Astoria Times

Schumer pens texting ban for drivers of buses, trains

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Sunday he plans to introduce legislation this week to make it a federal crime to send text messages while operating trains or buses. Comment
Astoria Times

ATCO may reclaim Atlas Pk

Rumors are spreading in Glendale that the Hemmerdinger family is preparing to buy back the struggling Shops at Atlas Park when it goes up for foreclosure sale next year, although company officials were mum on the subject. Comment
Astoria Times

LIC residents still angry at LIRR

Two months after starting a petition drive to deal with the noise of idling Long Island Rail Road locomotives, residents of some of the newer residential buildings in Long Island City are not getting any relief. Comment
Astoria Times

Kew Gardens man claims $82.7M lottery prize

Queens’ newest multi-millionaire, who kept his identity hidden for three weeks after he won a $133 million jackpot, was all smiles Tuesday when he accepted his winnings at a special event at Grand Central Terminal. Comment
Astoria Times

Crane Street Studios won’t reopen: Owner

Even as friends and colleagues of the artist critically injured in the April staircase collapse at Crane Street Studios in Long Island City prepared a fund-raiser to help with her expenses, the tight-knit creative community that used the building for workspace is preparing to pack its bags. Comment
Astoria Times

City set to pass plan to rezone Middle Village

The rezoning of Maspeth, Middle Village and Glendale breezed through committee votes this week and was headed for likely City Council approval Wednesday, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley’s (D-Middle Village) office said. Comment
Astoria Times

Candidates for Gioia seat debate housing

The race for City Councilman Eric Gioia’s (D-Sunnyside) seat heated up a bit last week as the five candidates sparred over issues of affordable housing. Comment
Astoria Times

Davenport Court needs drain

Checking when high tides are going to hit are not at the top of most Queens residents’ to-do lists, but it is essential for Margarita Bravo. Comment
Astoria Times

Paterson to call special election to fill Seminerio seat

Gov. David Paterson intends to call a special election to fill the seat vacated by former state Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio, according to an e-mail written by the lawyer for the city Board of Elections. Comment
Astoria Times

Parking change befuddles drivers

New parking lines on 108th Street in Forest Hills has caused pandemonium for confused drivers, some of whom have forsaken parking in the commercial area because they say it is too frustrating and inconvenient, shop owners and residents said. Comment
Astoria Times

City kills plans for Elmhurst homeless shelter

The city canceled its plan to send clients to a new, nonprofit homeless shelter on a residential street in Elmhurst out of privacy concerns, the city Human Resources Agency said. Comment
Astoria Times

Koslowitz makes push for campaign donations

City Council candidate Heidi Harrison Chain’s donations, including more than $20,000 she gave to herself, boosted her to top of the pack financially in the last filing period, but Karen Koslowitz raised more money than any of the other candidates vying for Councilwoman Melinda Katz’s (D-Forest Hills) seat in that time period. Comment
Astoria Times

Gillibrand fat survey finds 57.6% in boro overweight

Queens residents are fatter than the citywide average, a new study issued by U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) found, but that was only because Manhattan residents are so scrawny. Comment
Astoria Times

MTA plans cleaning cuts amid fiscal, ridership woes

A drop in subway riders, coupled with the MTA’s financial straits, have forced transit officials to begin drastically cutting back the number of people who clean the city’s subway cars and stations. Comment
Astoria Times

Dump Klein, reform DOE: Thompson

City Comptroller William Thompson joined a group of Queens parents last week in condemning the way Mayor Michael Bloomberg is overseeing public schools and vowed to make major reforms to the city Department of Education if he is elected to replace the mayor. Comment
Astoria Times

Cop recovering after Ridgewood shooting

A Queens police officer was recovering from a gunshot wound and his accused attacker was arraigned assault charges after a domestic violence call turned ugly in Ridgewood last weekend. Comment
Astoria Times

Letters demand Maloney take stand on Senate race

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) has not yet officially announced her bid to challenge U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) in the 2010 Democratic primary because she has been busy focusing on health care and immigration issues in the House, a spokesman for the congresswoman said. Comment
Astoria Times

Cohen hopes to bridge gap

When Albert Cohen knocks on fellow Bukharians’ doors to speak to them about his City Council race or to register them to vote, the first Bukharian to run for city office is frequently met with hesitation. Comment
Astoria Times

Mayor, Senate reach deal on school control

The state Senate majority conference reached an agreement on school governance with Mayor Michael Bloomberg Friday, and lawmakers, including Senate President Pro-temp Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans), said the bill they are expected to vote on before school starts in September will give more of a voice to parents and strengthen the role of community superintendents. Comment
Astoria Times

Jackson Heights charter searches for high school site

A well-regarded Jackson Heights charter school wants to establish a new 500-seat high school in the district, staff announced at a public meeting last Thursday, but the search for a proper location may be back on after the School Construction Authority expressed interest in Blessed Sacrament School, which closed at the end of the 2008-09 school year. Comment
Astoria Times

Sears’ past informs present

In her bid to stay in office for a third term, City Councilwoman Helen Sears (D-Jackson Heights) can draw upon lessons from several decades of public and private service in her neighborhood. Comment
Astoria Times

Two Aqueduct bidders reveal video lottery plans

Two bidders vying for the right to install video lottery terminals at Aqueduct Race Track became the first companies to publicly unveil their proposals this month. Comment
Astoria Times

The Reel Queens: Two film series show classic pictures from NYC, France

Moviegoers looking to escape the cacophony of this summer’s studio films can turn to southeast Queens nonprofit A Better Jamaica and Astoria’s Museum of the Moving Image for some classic cinematic relief. Comment
Astoria Times

The Play’s The Thing: Maggie’s Little Theater emerges as Queens’ newest group

I’ve lived in Queens all my life, but there are places in the borough almost as foreign to me as Staten Island. According to my father’s 8mm films and the Hellman family archives, I was present at both World’s Fairs at Flushing Meadows and the openings of LaGuardia Airport and JFK (then called Idlewild). Comment
Astoria Times

JAMS 2009

On an average day, downtown Jamaica looks like your average commercial strip. Hundreds of shoppers walk up and down looking for deals, commuters make their way to the subway or the Long Island Railroad or head to a movie. Comment
Astoria Times

Summer in Queens means fun for free

Okay, so you’re broke. You also happen to be living in one of the nation’s, if not the world’s, most expensive cities. But rather than have you spend the entire summer cooped up indoors, feasting on ice water and crackers, we’ve saved you the legwork of ferreting out those free (yes, free!) or ridiculously cheap summertime attractions in your beloved borough, so that you can enjoy all Queens has to offer without squandering every last penny of your savings. Comment
Astoria Times

Latino Cultural Fest serves up international flavor

The Queens cultural scene is muy caliente this summer, thanks to a diverse array of programming provided by eminent and emerging Latino artists during the 2009 Latino Cultural Festival at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment


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