Friday, April 30, 2010

Ex-Martin star Reyes gives back to city kids

Tutan Reyes had two dreams growing up in Queens. One was to play in the National Football League. That became a reality for the former August Martin High School standout when he was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the fifth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. Comment

Mourners pay last respects to homeless hero murdered in Jamaica

A homeless good Samaritan’s family, as well as New Yorkers moved by his last act of heroism on a Jamaica street, paid their final respects to the Guatemalan immigrant Wednesday afternoon at his wake. Comment

Attacker gets 14 years for stabbing Springfield Gardens granny

A Flushing man who stabbed an elderly grandmother repeatedly as he burglarized her home will be spending the next 14 years in prison, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Brown visits CB 12 to listen to residents

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown told members of Community Board 12 that although he has a large staff to handle thousands of criminal cases a year, it is feedback from residents that helps him bring justice more efficiently to the borough. Comment

Youth counselor from Jamaica pimped teen: DA

KEW GARDENS — A Jamaica youth counselor was convicted Monday of using a 15-year-old girl as be his sex slave, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Man punched another for stepping on turf: DA

ARVERNE — An Arverne man was arraigned Sunday on charges that he allegedly threatened and assaulted a man in the rear of 82-02 Rockaway Blvd. at about 9:20 p.m. March 23, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown’s office. Comment

Man robbed of cell phone, cash in elevator: Police

FAR ROCKAWAY — Police were asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man wanted in connection with an April 10 robbery at 13-34 Caffrey Ave. Comment

Cops ID woman found at Montefiore Cemetery

CAMBRIA HEIGHTS — Police have identified a woman who was found unconscious at Montefiore Cemetery at 1:14 a.m. April 15. Comment

Boro teachers accused of sexual abuse

A pair of southeast Queens public school teachers were arrested last week in two separate incidents for sexually assaulting their students out of the classroom, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Smith hosts meeting to discuss city jobs

With unemployment still high in New York City, elected officials in the borough said corporations and nonprofits must come up with new ways to get displaced workers back on their feet and working again. Comment

Senior center to close in June

A Laurelton senior center that serves dozens of elderly men and women each day is in danger of closing due to poor maintenance of the facility, but its director and City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton) are pledging to prevent its demise. Comment

Controversial Rosedale strip club gets the boot after not paying rent

A strip club that disturbed Rosedale neighbors with a large, racy billboard has been shuttered following months of protests from the community. Comment

Media’s Aqueduct coverage was biased: SE boro leaders

Southeast Queens activists said they were appalled that Albany killed a bid for the Aqueduct Race Track video lottery terminal project — and they pointed their fingers at the media for as the cause behind the economic blow to the community. Comment

Two Dems join race for Mike Miller seat

Two would-be candidates in the race to replace former state Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio have joined forces in an attempt to oust Seminerio’s successor, Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven), in the September Democratic primary. Comment

LIJ promises to be greener

The North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System signed an agreement last week with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that will help the health system’s 12 hospitals became more environmentally efficient. Comment

CB 13 can’t take stance on swastika mailing

City lawyers advised Community Board 13 that taking a stand one way or another on the controversial hate crime mailing from state Assemblyman David Weprin’s (D-Little Neck) campaign earlier this year would be “inappropriate.” Comment
Jackson Heights

Queens supermarkets owe workers back pay: Labor Dept.

Six borough supermarkets have agreed to pay a collective $288,204 in minimum wage and overtime owed to 38 employees after the companies were found to have violated labor laws, the U.S. Labor Department said Friday. Comments (1)

Family, boro leaders hold memorial for Floral Park mom

One year after a gas explosion killed a Floral Park mother, her three children joined their father Saturday on the site of their leveled home and read heartfelt poems they wrote for the matriarch they lost so suddenly. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Jamaica Estates students unveil historic marker

State Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose), hundreds of students and civic leaders unveiled a historical marker in Jamaica Estates last week that they said will remind residents of the neighborhood’s rich history for decades to come. Comment

Pols encourage students to apply to new Metro HS

Queens elected officials are urging students who have not been matched with a high school yet to apply for a slot at Metropolitan High School, which will open in Forest Hills next school year. Comment

Kew Gardens group uses grant to plant flowers

When Kew Gardens residents hit the streets to plant brightly colored flowers around numerous trees May 16, it will be one of a long line of beautification efforts launched by a tightly knit community which has worked hard for years to ensure their neighborhood remains a desirable place for people to live, members of the Kew Gardens Improvement Association said. Comment
Forest Hills Ledger

112th Pct. Community Council tackles cyber bullying

Members of the 112th Police Precinct Community Council in Forest Hills hope their efforts to address cyber bullying with an essay contest will give young victims an outlet to discuss, and adults to gain insight into, an issue officials say has become a serious problem in the borough and throughout the country. Comment

Beep backs Flushing Commons development

Borough President Helen Marshall officially recommended the City Council approve an application to allow the construction of the Flushing Commons and Macedonia Plaza mixed-use development projects. Comment

Flushing shoppers decry possible store closing

Hundreds of Flushing residents and their leaders are gearing up to fight the rumored closing of the Key Food supermarket at the intersection of Roosevelt Avenue and Bowne Street. Comment
Flushing Times

Flushing youth program closes year with tourney

The Rachel Carson Community Association’s children and adult evening program held a celebration last week for the youth basketball team in its league with the most skills and perseverance, the Blue Team, which won its annual tournament, beating out all opponents. Comment

It Must Not Happen Here

“Show me your papers!” is a line heard in nearly every movie ever made about Nazi Germany. The storm trooper stops an unsuspecting passerby and demands to see proof of citizenship. And it is a line that will be heard throughout Arizona. Comment

Flushing’s Voelker Orth Museum hosts Earth Day fete

The Voelker Orth Museum in Flushing opened its doors and yard to visitors last Thursday for an educational Earth Day event for children. Comment

TV show will know Jack

The owner of a popular Bayside steak house will soon be the star of a reality television show on the Turner Broadcasting System’s truTV channel that shows how he operates three restaurants he owns across the city. Comment

Residents pack meet to slam rezone plan

More than 100 people attended the Station Road Civic Association’s rowdy meeting last week to voice their vehement opposition to a plan to rezone more than 400 square blocks of northeast Queens because it fails to alter a manufacturing district in the middle of a residential Auburndale neighborhood. Comment

Baysider wins DOT sidewalk showdown

A Bayside resident said the city attempted to force him to pay to put in a sidewalk in front of his home on 39th Avenue that could have cost as much as $10,000. Comment

Groups protest Elmhurst mall

Guillermo Serpe said he used to work for a construction company that paid him less than minimum wage, and now he wants to make sure no one else goes underpaid as he once did. Comment

Poppenhusen fashion show takes trip through history

College Point’s Poppenhusen Institute was decked out in fineries Saturday night, for “Fashion of the Decades”, a fundraiser event featuring America’s evolving clothing over the years. Comment

MTA must cut cost or up fares: DiNapoli

The MTA may be forced to raise fares and tolls higher than planned unless it cracks down on unnecessary costs and inefficiency, according to a report by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. Comment

Stranded Euro student at home in Forest Hills

When Pamela Parker left her London home to visit her family in Forest Hills earlier this month, she had no doubt she would be there for a week as planned. Comment

50 years of memories at Francis Lewis

When Francis Lewis High School opened its doors in 1960, John F. Kennedy had yet to win the presidential election, the Vietnam and cold wars were raging and Queens students began to attend an institution that has become one of the most popular, and crowded, schools in the city. Comment

Queens crime victims share experiences with public

An Oakland Gardens judge whose home had been fired upon and the father of a young man killed by a drunk driver were among several poignant speakers at an event hosted by the Queens district attorney’s office as part of a national week to honor victims of crime. Comment

Cops search for two Ridgewood robbers

RIDGEWOOD — Police were seeking the public’s assistance to find the identity and whereabouts of two men involved in an armed robbery at 10:25 a.m. last Thursday. Comment

Health care reform will harm public

Here is the other side of the story U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) failed to mention recently in TimesLedger Newspapers on the supposed benefits of the new health care law. Comment

Get facts straight on Albany’s Aqueduct debacle

In the April 15-21 TimesLedger Newspapers editorial “Stink Grows Stronger in SE Queens,” you seem to have joined the likes of the Rag, the Rag-Mop and the White Bible — i.e., the Post, the Daily News and the New York Times. With the awards your paper recently won, I gave you more credit than that. Comment

Gov’t must study Willets Point plan traffic effects

One will recall Borough President Helen Marshall thought it was a grand idea to build a New York Jets football stadium in the middle of Flushing Meadows Corona Park — a no-brainer if there ever was one and one that would have destroyed Flushing Meadows as a viable urban park. Comment

Charter Revision Commission must bolster community boards

Community Boards are made up of unpaid community volunteers who consider various land use issues and other area concerns that may be occurring in neighborhoods each board covers. These issues include rezonings, variances and other requests from local businesses and developers, landmarking issues and education, transportation, parks, environmental and health issues affecting the community at large. Comment

Dishing with Dee: Flushing arts group honors ex-councilman John Liu

The Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts outdid itself again with its annual gala last Thursday in our architectural gem, Flushing Town Hall. Comment

Berger’s Burg: As both get older, kids change their attitudes toward parents

May is Older Americans Month and an appropriate time to relate two vintage stories concerning the changing relationships between aged parents and their children. One appeared in a book written 100 years ago, the second in a movie exhibited almost 75 years ago. Comment

Bayside restaurant offers unique experience

Running a chain restaurant may not be as simple as following the recipes found in other branches, according Jenny Park, co-owner of the Bon Chon Chicken at 45-37B Bell Blvd. Comment

Central Queens Y holds Earth Day education fest

The Central Queens YM & YWHA in Forest Hills was converted into a smorgasbord of Earth Day offerings Sunday afternoon with entertaining and educational activities for families from across the borough. Comment

Queens waterfront plan aims to boost development projects

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) rolled out an initiative this month that will come up with ideas on how to enhance the city’s waterfront. Comment

Queens leaders cry foul over planned water bill hike

An impending double-digit water rate increase would prove to be a serious financial blow to Queens residents, according to elected officials and residents who urged the Water Board to reconsider the hike at a meeting in Jamaica last week. Comment

New generation reboots Astoria’s Taminent Club

Western Queens Democrats are hoping that a longtime Astoria political club’s recent face-lift will lure the community’s younger residents to become active in politics. Comment

Maloney efforts pave way for Sikhs to wear turbans in Army

City and congressional officials honored two Sikh U.S. Army officers who have been granted permission to wear their turbans and beards while on duty in what City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) said “typified how it’s possible to serve our country without compromising religious custom.” Comment

PETA calls live octopus dish at Flushing eateries animal cruelty

A clash of cultures arrived outside two Flushing restaurants last Thursday evening as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals members protested the Korean culinary tradition of eating live octopus and the techniques sometimes employed when doing so. Comments (3)
Astoria Times

Pair charged in slaying of livery driver in LIC

Two Brooklyn men have been charged in the January murder of a 62-year-old livery cab driver in Long Island City, the Queens district attorney said. One of the defendants was a co-worker of the slain man. Comment
Astoria Times

Eatery sign touts Broadway

One of Astoria’s most popular and well-reviewed eateries unveiled a large billboard above the restaurant last week that advertises a program to teach borough students about performing on Broadway. Comment

Feds push jetline waiting rule

The U.S. Department of Transportation has rejected a request for a temporary exemption to a rule limiting to three hours the time airlines may keep passengers in a jetliner waiting to take off. Comment

Homeless man killed as he stops Queens mugging

Hugo Alfredo Tale-Yax may not have been a known name in the borough’s Latino community, but after the homeless man was left to die on the streets of Jamaica when he broke up a mugging, the authorities want answers as to why no one tried to help the good Samaritan. Comment

Man charged with tampering in Gotti’s 1992 trial

A reputed Gambino crime family member from New Jersey was charged last week with allegedly planning to tamper with the jury deciding the fate of John “Dapper Don” Gotti during the mob boss’ racketeering and murder trial in 1992, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan said. Comment

Gennaro cheers new drilling rules

City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) and other New York officials cheered a decision by the state last week that would make it difficult for any company to drill in the upstate area that supplies drinking water to about 9 million residents in the city and Westchester County. Comment

LIC credit union to help thousands of residents

Long Island City’s East River Development Alliance opened its long-awaited federal credit union along 40th Avenue this week, making it the first of its kind to be founded in the city in 10 years. Comment

CUNY Law examines boro’s immigrant work force

Sweeping immigration reform is needed to address the exploitation of workers in Queens, including those in Flushing who can be unofficially barred from employment by employers who are angry over the individuals’ attempts to advocate for better wages or hours, speakers at a CUNY Law forum said last week. Comment

Queens’ census response climbs 3% over rate of return in 2000

The outreach efforts to get Queens residents to fill out and return their census forms have paid off after the borough increased its participation rate by 3 percent over 2000’s response rate, according to the latest figures. Comment

McLaughlin’s son in Astoria drug bust: DA

Former state Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin’s son was arrested last week along with 36 others from all corners of the borough for allegedly selling addictive drugs, such as Vicodin, Ecstasy and Oxycodone, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Bayside sheriff worked strip club on sick leave: City

A Bayside sheriff has been fired from his job after he was accused of providing armed security for two western Queens strip clubs at a time when he was supposed to be on paid sick leave, a city agency said this week. Comment

Astoria crowd waits in line for union job applications

As many as 1,000 job seekers spent anywhere from several hours to a few days standing in the rain along 36th Street in Astoria last weekend to obtain applications that could get them union jobs as elevator mechanics. Comment

Flushing women honored at Armenian genocide event

Four Flushing women, who as children survived the Turkish massacre of Armenians nearly a century ago, were honored last week at a ceremony of gratitude to former Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, whose grandfather exposed to the world the Turks’ campaign of “race extermination.” Comment

Queens blasts Arizona law

Queens lawmakers and activists railed against Arizona’s new immigration law, saying the legislation has cast a shadow of fear in the immigrant communities that make up about half of the borough’s population and highlights the need for a massive overhaul of the country’s immigration system. Comment

Flushing terrorist pleads guilty in planned subway attack

Even faced with the likelihood that he will never spend the rest of his days outside a prison wall, Flushing terrorist Zarein Ahmedzay did not hold back the anti-Semitic hatred that drove him to join Al Qaeda. Comment

NYC Transit worker from L.I. killed by third rail

A Long Island man who was a track supervisor for New York City Transit was killed early Monday morning after he came into contact with the electrified third rail at the Beach 90th Street Station of the A train in Rockaway Beach, the MTA said in a statement. Comment

The Reel Queens: Astorian’s May-December porn romance heads to Tribeca

Bearden’s film follows the story of an obsessed Washington teenager (Dustin Ingram) who treks across the country to track down the titular 1970s adult film star (Kim Cattrall), only to find she is living a downbeat existence in Indiana. Comment

Dining Out: Fatty ‘Cue: Queens guy makes new kind of ‘cue in Brooklyn

We don’t usually venture outside our home borough for our dining adventures, but this time we had a compelling reason. Fatty ’Cue in Williamsburg is the result of a collaboration between Zak Pellaccio, the wunderkind of Southeast Asian flavors, and Queens’ own Robbie Richter, the Horatio Alger story of barbecue. Comment

Wonder Women

The Bayside Historical Society will debut its new exhibit next week focusing on women who have made a mark on the community, including the former owner of the Bayside Times. Comment

The plot thickens in Douglaston with play ‘Murder on the Nile’

DOUGLASTON — Mystery, intrigue, love, greed and jealousy: All the classic ingredients for a good old whodunit are in the mix at Theatre a la Carte’s latest production, Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Nile,” now playing at the Community Church of Douglaston. Comment

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Second Flushing man pleads guilty to plotting subway terror attack

A second Flushing man pleaded guilty Friday to plotting to destroy the city’s subways systems as part of an al Qaeda operation. Comment

Dining Out: Fatty ‘Cue: Queens guy makes new kind of ‘cue in Brooklyn

We don’t usually venture outside our home borough for our dining adventures, but this time we had a compelling reason. Fatty ’Cue in Williamsburg is the result of a collaboration between Zak Pellaccio, the wunderkind of Southeast Asian flavors, and Queens’ own Robbie Richter, the Horatio Alger story of barbecue. Comment

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Rice’s Jack to make college choice on April 28

He wasn’t named the game’s MVP and he wasn’t the leading scorer or rebounder, but Kadeem Jack was the center of attention in the hallway outside the locker rooms at Madison Square Garden Saturday afternoon following the Jordan Brand Classic regional game. Comment

Lamb picks Kentucky, joining Calipari’s clan

Flanked by his parents, Calvin and Brigitte, Doron Lamb looked at the packed arena, took a deep breath and announced for a nationally televised audience his intentions. Comment
Queens Village

TD Bank green branch to open in Queens Village

Officials from TD Bank offered a sneak preview Tuesday of their Queens Village location, which opens Saturday and is the company’s first green branch. Comment

PS 277 breaks ground

Borough legislators broke ground on a school in Hillside last week that officials said should help to alleviate overcrowding in one of the fastest-growing school districts in the city. Comment

Oakland Gardens company’s snack recalled: State

The state agriculture commissioner announced voluntary recalls last week of a snack mix produced in Oakland Gardens because the product contains compounds that should not be ingested by asthmatics. Comment

Robert Gribbon, 58

Robert Gribbon, a former Bayside resident, died of cancer April 17 at his home in Plantation, Fla., one day short of his 59th birthday. Comment

Senator lauds biz energy plan

State Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) and state Assemblyman Michael Miller (D-Woodhaven) joined Con Edison and small business advocates outside a Glendale flag store last week to tout the benefits of programs from utilities that help businesses lower their energy costs. Comment

Disgraced Assemblyman’s son nabbed in drug ring bust: DA

The son of former state Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin was among 37 people arrested this week in connection with a massive pharmaceutical drug ring, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment
Little Neck Ledger

Douglaton 5-year-old to dance with The Wiggles

A Douglaston kindergarten student’s savvy Internet skills have set the stage for her to dance with the stars on national television next week on a popular children’s show. Comment

109th officers on the lookout for “utility” burglars

Investigators at the NYPD’s 109th Precinct urged residents to report any suspicious behavior and take precautions to avoid becoming victims after two burglaries targeted elderly College Point homeowners over the weekend. Comment

Laser temporarily blinds pilot at JFK: Post

JAMAICA — A laser beam pointed into the cockpit of a JetBlue flight touching down at John F. Kennedy International Airport Saturday night caused the pilot to be briefly blinded, the New York Post reported. Comment

Homeless man dies trying to prevent mugging: Cops

JAMAICA — A homeless man was fatally stabbed Sunday in Jamaica while coming to the aid of a woman who was being robbed at knifepoint, police said. Comment

Cops try to find identity of murdered woman

CAMBRIA HEIGHTS — Police were asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman who was murdered last week in Cambria Heights. Comment

Officer from SE Queens. precinct stole: NYPD

BRONX — A 103rd Precinct officer was arrested and suspended from duty last week after he was charged with petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property, police said. Comment

Glen Oaks students get WISE

A select group of seniors at the Queens High School of Teaching in Glen Oaks Friday celebrated their near-completion of a full year of personal exploration and growth at the 19th-annual Wise Individualized Senior Experience conference. Comment

Springfield Gardens locals frustrated after pipe break

While the city is trying to figure out what caused a massive water main break in Springfield Gardens last week, neighbors said the accident that flooded their homes was a long time coming. Comment

Jamaica tops state in number of fraudulent mortgages: Study

A new study set to be released later this month ranks Jamaica as the state leader in the number of fraudulent mortgages, but one nonprofit group in the area has vowed to fight the trend with new awarded resources. Comment

St. Albans dad, 20, killed his baby: DA

A 20-year-old St. Albans man was charged with murder last week after he allegedly told his 7-month-old son to “toughen up” because the boy was crying and then punched him in the chest in what turned out to be a fatal blow, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

The Child Abuse ‘Perfect Storm’

In the past five weeks, four children in Queens have died at the hands of caregivers. Although the city Administration for Children’s Services said the number of child abuse cases has remained stable over the last seven years, there is reason for concern. Comment

Neighbor to Neighbor: Sign up for a nature workshop or volunteer at a summer camp

Many upcoming events of interest emanated from the Going Green in Queens meeting last month at the Al Oerter Recreational Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, but I must first tell you about the NYPD’s sixth-annual Patrol Borough Queens South Talent Show. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights traffic a big burden for residents: Study

The city Department of Transportation released the results Saturday of a $1.4 million study it conducted of Jackson Heights that looked into congestion, land use and truck and bicycle use and surveyed drivers and pedestrians in the neighborhood. Comment

Suspect nabbed in Glendale transgender slay: DA

A 29-year-old Manhattan man has been charged in the March strangling of a transgender woman from Glendale after police caught up with him in Las Vegas, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Lancman bill to reduce corporate sway over politics

As a response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to eliminate restrictions on corporate spending on political campaigns and advertising, state Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) introduced legislation last week that attempts to curb the influence companies have on politics. Comment

Agent admits forcing sex on boro woman

A government official pleaded guilty last Thursday to taking advantage of a woman who went to him for immigration help, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Briarwood slams DOE plan to add grade at school

Borough residents aired concerns last week that the addition of a sixth-grade to Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School, which will move from 87th Road to Goethals Avenue in Briarwood next year, will negatively affect the staff, students and surrounding neighborhood. Comment
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: Queens Civic Congress wants city to provide better services

The recent general membership meeting of the Queens Civic Congress was held in the Al Oerter Recreation Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park and featured a community and neighborhood roundtable by and for the member civic associations. Comment

Teens help Tietz lower age barriers with makeovers

For Thomas Edison High School senior Tammy Tran, her time spent doing makeovers for seniors at the Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has not been just about beauty — it has given her a chance to become more outgoing and learn from women more than four times her age. Comment

Boro men paid dental patients to visit clinics: AG

State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is attempting to reclaim millions of dollars he said the state spent on fraudulent billings by a Forest Hills family who allegedly paid Medicaid recipients, many of them from homeless shelters, to come into the dental offices they ran in Queens, the Bronx and Brooklyn, according to papers in Brooklyn Supreme Court. Comment

Juniper Park playground reopens

City officials and western Queens residents celebrated the opening of the renovated Juniper South Playground this week, marking the nearly $1 million the city spent on the area to open a wetland habitat-themed design that is a tribute to the park’s early history as a swamp. Comment
Forest Hills Ledger

Scam artists target Forest Hills: DA

A Manhattan man and a South Carolina man were charged with trying to steal $20,000 from a 78-year-old woman in Forest Hills by convincing her to turn over the cash in exchange for a cut of money supposedly found in a wallet on the street, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Employees protest Flushing restaurant’s work practices

An alliance of workers banded together last week in Flushing to protest what they contended were unfair and illegal working practices at some city businesses. Comment

Flushing synagogue welcomes new spiritual leader

Temple Beth Sholom of Flushing ceremoniously installed its new rabbi Sunday, who became the first woman to lead the synagogue since it was built 60 years ago. Comment

Biz compensation key issue in Flushing projects

Borough President Helen Marshall held a public hearing Tuesday morning on two large-scale, mixed-use development projects proposed for construction in the heart of downtown Flushing. Comment

109th heads to police museum

Officers from the 109th Precinct escorted members of their community council to the New York City Police Museum in two blue-and-white police vans and a police bus last week for the advisory group’s second-annual jaunt into Manhattan. Comment

Two boro men stole cell phone in SE Queens: Brown

JAMAICA ESTATES — A Flushing man and a Hollis resident were charged with robbery after they allegedly stole a another man’s cell phone in Jamaica Estates, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Boro man photocopied expired license plate: DA

OZONE PARK — A College Point man was arrested after he allegedly copied a color photo of his no-good license plate to his car after admitting he could no longer afford registration and insurance on his vehicle, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Lacking Horse Sense

The City Council passed a bill last week that speaks volumes about how out of touch this legislative body is with the working class. The bill mandates that the carriage horse industry give horses five weeks vacation each year. Comment

Filmmaker tells story behind Fort Totten

Bayside’s historic Fort Totten may seem to many visitors to be little more than a relic of a forgotten era, but to independent filmmaker Matthew Crick it is something of an obsession. Comment

Queens leaders laud end of rubber rooms

Queens lawmakers from both sides of the aisle cheered last week’s agreement between Mayor Michael Bloomberg, city Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and the teachers’ union to eliminate educators’ temporary reassignment centers otherwise known as “rubber rooms.” Comment

Queensborough Community College rings in anniversary

Queensborough Community College will host several major events at its Bayside campus within the next week, including a huge gala at event hall Terrace on the Park, as part of its 50th anniversary. Comment

Queens College hosts talk on disabilities

Queens College and City University of New York officials stressed the importance of individuals with disabilities working in concert to propel each other to success and ensure they receive equal treatment during last week’s forum celebrating CUNY’s Disability Awareness Month. Comment

Firehouses safe in NE Queens so far: Halloran

City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) said city budget cuts could likely force firehouses throughout the five boroughs to shut down, but sites in his district have not been targeted at this point. Comment

Gang sweep nets 84 people in SE Queens

A massive NYPD sweep in Jamaica and Far Rockaway led to the arrests of 84 people, including 81 with alleged ties to either the Bloods or Crips gangs, in a drugs and illegal weapons bust last week that also uncovered an alleged plot by a St. Albans man to murder police officers on foot patrol in Jamaica, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

AARP studying most dangerous crossings in boro

Scores of Queens community groups and volunteers joined with the American Association of Retired Persons in a five-day inspection of crosswalks and intersections they deemed hazardous to pedestrians. Comment

Teen from Brooklyn stole iPod in Queens: DA

SOUTH RICHMOND HILL — A Brooklyn teen was charged with stealing an iPhone from a man in South Richmond Hill, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Father accused of DWI with two kids in car

SOUTH RICHMOND HILL — A Long Island man faces charges that he drove drunk with his two children in the car in South Richmond Hill, causing an accident, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Make Charter revision process more accessible to city residents

An open letter to CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, chairman of the City Charter Revision Commission. Comment

Sanitation Dept. will monitor unwanted signs

An open letter to state Sen. Frank Padavan. Comment

A Sad Justice

A Queens Islamic religious leader learned last week he will pay a terrible price for informing would-be terrorist Najibullah Zazi that he was being monitored by federal agents who had learned of his plot to set off a bomb in the city subway system. Comment

QueensLine: Maspeth man served area as barber, volunteer fireman

In April 1938, a local newspaper profiled Frank Frontera of Maspeth. He was retired by then and preferred to tend his garden and dote on his family, particularly his grandchildren. Frontera’s reflections on his past and his adopted community pleased him to no end — and for good reason. Comment

Dishing with Dee: Flat user tax would treat the rich and poor equally

Congratulations to everyone for having survived the dreaded April 15, otherwise known as the deadline for filing your income taxes. At times like these, the flat user tax program has a tremendous amount of appeal. Aside from the fact that you would eliminate the accompanying stress of getting it all together on time in order to meet the filing deadline and afterward you inevitably remember deductions you were entitled to but forgot to take. Comment

Berger’s Burg: Earth Day cannot live up to predecessor Arbor Day

The first law of ecology is that everything is related to everything else. — Barry Commoner Comment

Bayside eatery offers taste of Puerto Rico

Bayside’s DeCaBo Bar & Lounge has been adding a new flavor to the neighborhood since it opened along Francis Lewis Boulevard five months ago. Comment

Family mourns crash victim

The wife and daughters of a security guard who emigrated to Jamaica from Bangladesh said their lives had been crushed after he was fatally struck last week while crossing the Whitestone Expressway. Comment

Volcano strands JFK fliers

Hundreds of travelers were stranded at John F. Kennedy International Airport this week after a massive plume of ash and smoke discharged by a volcanic eruption last Wednesday in Iceland caused the closure of major European airports in the United Kingdom and Northern Europe. Comment

St. Vincent’s makes final delivery

As the last baby to be born in the historic St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan, Forest Hills infant Abigail Yael Jancu shed some light on an institution whose impending death has cast shadows across the city it has served for 160 years. Comment

Jamaica armory sends off soldiers on their way to Iraq

It was an emotional day for hundreds of U.S. National Guard soldiers Monday morning as they said one last goodbye to their loved ones before their penultimate trip overseas. Comment

Pride, support proved best medicine for afflicted student

St. Francis Prep sophomore Elena Iannece said she does not feel any different physically or emotionally a year after she contracted swine flu while at the school. Comment
Astoria Times

Powell will run for Rangel’s seat

State Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV (D-Manhattan) announced recently that he planned to challenge U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-Ditmars) for his congressional seat. Comment

Queensbridge Houses plays starring role in Pacino film

Movie magic is coming to Queensbridge and tenants are looking to get in on the action. Comment

St. Francis Prep takes stock one year later

First in a series Comment

NYC Off-Track Betting Corp. to cut sites by two-thirds

After warning they would have to shutter operations by the end of business Sunday, the financially struggling NYC Off-Track Betting Corp. announced Saturday it came up with a plan to continue running for at least the next year. Comment

Carless New Yorkers save, help city economy: Report

If New Yorkers drove cars to nearly everywhere like in most of the rest of the United States, it would require parking space the size of Manhattan, according to a new study. Comment

President Obama endorses Maloney

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) received a key endorsement last week as President Barack Obama threw his weight behind her bid to retain the congressional seat she has held for 18 years. Comment

Liu slams Flushing Commons for cutting parking

City Comptroller and former Flushing Councilman John Liu took an hour out of his schedule at his Manhattan office last Thursday afternoon to answer Queens reporters’ questions and tout his accomplishments since becoming the first Asian American elected to citywide office 105 days earlier. Comment

Airport becomes hotel for reluctant guests

With hundreds of European travelers stranded by the Icelandic volcanic disruption, parts of John F. Kennedy International Airport looked like something out of a scene from the comedy film “The Terminal.” Comment

Imam exiled in terror plot case

Flushing imam Ahmad Wais Afzali was sentenced to time served Thursday in federal court in Brooklyn for lying to federal authorities who were investigating a terror plot involving a member of his mosque. Comment

Belgian tour finds refuge at Flushing Y

The Flushing YMCA served as a place of respite for international visitors this past week as its inexpensive rooms played host to more than three dozen travelers stranded as a result of a volcanic ash cloud that left many of Europe’s airports closed for days. Comment

Volcanic disruption may harm Queens’ economy

The erupting volcano in Iceland that has disrupted air travel on a global scale is doing more than just spewing ash — it is blowing away revenue for the city and Queens due to the decreased activity at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Comment

81-year-old Astoria man beaten

A 23-year-old Long Island City man was arrested last week on charges of attacking an 81-year-old Astoria man, who suffered memory loss, and stealing his car, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Astoria Times

Simotas leads money race by 4-to-1 margin

Two young Democrats who work as Manhattan attorneys will face off this fall in the race to replace Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) as the state assembly member for Astoria. Comment

Breaking the frame

According to Astoria resident and artist Jairo Toro, contemporary art is not about using technical skill to draw realistic pictures, but about creating a new way to see art. Toro designs sculptures using plywood and acrylic paint that leap beyond the bounds of the conventional canvas to make statements about modern art and society. Comment

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Pols push Forest Hills’ new Metropolitan HS

Queens elected officials are urging students who have not been matched with a high school yet to apply for a slot at Metropolitan High School, which will open in Forest Hills next school year. Comment



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