Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010

Apartment fire guts 4 floors in Kew Gardens

A four-alarm fire in Kew Gardens ripped through four floors of a large apartment building and sent dozens of tenants running for safety Monday morning. Comment

Berger’s Burg: Martin Luther King Jr. fought for the rights of Jewish people

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. — Martin Luther King Jr. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010

Former nonprofit prez pleads guilty to destroying papers

The former president of the nonprofit that acts as landlord to Woodside’s Razi school and is suspected of laundering money for the Iranian government pleaded guilty last week to destroying documents related to the case, the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan said. Comment

11 sites in Queens offer Xmas tree mulching program

City officials are encouraging residents to recycle their Christmas trees this weekend at sites throughout the city, including 11 places in Queens. Comment

14 Queens libraries to close weekends

Weekend operations at 14 Queens library branches are slated to end at the start of next month and the borough’s leaders are vowing to do what they can to make sure more centers are not forced to shut their doors on Saturday. Comment

Crime down but rape, assault rise in 114th

Crime dropped 9.7 percent in Astoria’s 114th Precinct as the number of murders stayed the same and rape and felony assault complaints rose just slightly. But the number of incidents in the other four major crime categories all declined in 2009, according to NYPD crime statistics. Comment

Teen charged in Queensbridge slay

Did Cyan Brown kill a 29-year-old Queensbridge man in an act of self-defense or in cold blood? It depends on whether you ask Queens prosecutors or Brown’s defense attorney. Comment

Flushing man among new Lottery winners in boro

The state Lotto announced this week that a group of Queens lottery players hit the jackpot last year. Comments (1)

CB 5, city clash over reservoir plans

After a two-month delay, plans for the future of Ridgewood Reservoir will finally be unveiled to Community Board 5 probably later this month, officials told a Borough Board meeting Monday night. Comment

Boro’s first Leandra’s Law bust made on Grand Central Pkwy

A Brooklyn father who was allegedly speeding on the Grand Central Parkway while intoxicated on New Year’s Day has become the first person charged in Queens under the state’s tougher drunk driving laws, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Corona woman stabbed to death

Domestic violence was again the cause of a murder in Corona, the family of a slain woman believes. Comment

NY Hospital Queens revels in first baby born in 2010

A woman from Flushing gave birth to New York Hospital Queens’ first baby of the decade 34 minutes after the ball dropped in Times Square, hospital officials said. Comment

Forest Hills consultant introduces digital relief for stress

Forest Hills resident and stress management consultant Robert Lawrence Friedman has been helping clients relax since 1993. Now he has brought his techniques to iPhone users with the new application Relaxation On-Demand. Comment

Ring in the new

Though the weather is likely to remain frightful and December’s glow is rapidly giving way to the darkness of January and February, Queens residents can warm themselves this winter with a terrific array of entertainment, both in the borough and a short distance away in Manhattan. Comment

The Reel Queens: Queens locations appeared on screen more this decade

Films shot in Queens during the Aughts generated as much as $3.5 billion, landed on critics’ lists for the best movies of the decade and garnered three Best Picture nominees at the Academy Awards as well as 11 more for acting prizes. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010

Edwards’ clutch shooting leads CK past Boys & Girls

Corey Edwards didn’t commit a mistake this time. Comment

Aloizos asserts self as Molloy girls win

Kyra Aloizos got a preview of the challenge that awaited her. Comment
Little Neck Ledger

Fairway work to begin in May

Construction on a planned Fairway Market to replace Waldbaum’s at the Douglaston Plaza Shopping Center probably will begin in May, Community Board 11 Chairman Jerry Iannece said this week. Comment

Punch causes man back, shoulder pain: Brown

JAMAICA — A Brooklyn man was arraigned Dec. 17 on charges of third-degree assault and second-degree harassment, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Laurelton man stole electronics from car: DA

LAURELTON — A Laurelton man was arraigned Dec. 18 on charges of fourth-degree criminal mischief and petit larceny in connection with an Aug. 29 theft from vehicle, the Queens District Attorney said. Comment

Pimp gets 3-9 years for Ozone Park bust

A Queens pimp who pleaded guilty in November to prostituting a 15-year-old girl in the borough was sentenced Monday to three to nine years in prison and has to register as a Level Three sex offender, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Monday. Comment

Parents to have say on DOE plan to close Jamaica HS

Parents and school administrators were set to pursue their fight to save Jamaica High School this Thursday with a public meeting at the historic campus’s auditorium. Comment

Family grieves for slain man

A fight on the streets of East New York in Brooklyn early New Year’s Day led to the first New York City murder of 2010 and left a South Jamaica family mourning a 21-year-old man’s death. Comment

Jamaica Hospital workers receive housing tips

A housing advocacy group made a house call to Jamaica Hospital last month to give the medical staff a lending hand at preparing to own their first home. Comment

Compassion and Common Sense

Hats off to the Queens legislators who led the way in creating legislation that will one day legalize millions of undocumented aliens in this country. Comment

Neighbor to Neighbor: Some nice surprises end ‘09 despite airplane terror fiasco

Hopefully, some nice things happened in your life before 2009 came to an end. I had my share. Comment

South Queens Speaks: Achievers of America holds its annual Christmas party

Sting Ray as Elvis Presley and a secret Santa Claus came bearing gifts and song last week at the 12th-annual Christmas party for the Achievers of America, which was held at the Palace Diner in Flushing. Comment
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: City must test its buildings for their structural integrity

A scandal was disclosed that Testwell Laboratories was accused of faking the results of thousands of tests of concrete and steel used in constructing buildings in the city, according to Crain’s New York Business. The tests are necessary to make sure the quality of the steel and mix of concrete were proper to hold up the structures being built, the paper reported. Comment

Avella’s Last Hurrah - Maybe

On Dec. 31, City Councilman Tony Avella served his last day on the Council. Unlike his colleagues, he opted not to run for a third term. He would have won re-election, but was strongly opposed to the bill passed in early 2009 that allowed the mayor and other city officials to run for a third term. Comment

Halloran sworn in as GOP councilman for northeast Queens

Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) celebrated Sunday his election to his first term as city councilman for northeast Queens in the company of the elite of Queens politics from both sides of the ideological aisle at the Fort Totten Officer’s Club in Bayside. Comment

Queens Astor judge found parking at expired meters

A northeast Queens-based judge who oversaw the trial of Brooke Astor’s son admitted to misusing a police placard to park his SUV at meters in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the New York Post reported. Comment

Crime low, rapes up in 111th

Crime dropped 9.5 percent in Bayside’s 111th Precinct in 2009, but the number of rapes increased and there was one murder in the community, the precinct’s year-end crime statistics show. Comment

Bayside pastor accused of rape now charged with assault: Court

A longtime pastor for a Bayside church who had been arrested on rape charges in November has now been accused of assaulting a minor at his Connecticut home in another incident, according to that state’s court records. Comment

Crime down in ’09 in Fresh Meadows

The number of murders, rapes and other major index crimes dropped in Fresh Meadows, Cunningham Heights, Hilltop Village, Electchester and Pomonok in 2009 compared to the previous year, according to year-end statistics from the 107th Precinct. Comment

Third robbery strikes Bell Blvd.

A women’s clothing outlet became the third store on Bell Boulevard to be robbed within the past two months after an armed man made off with thousands of dollars in cash last week. Comment

Shore Road fix could cost city $3M: CB 11

A city project to fix a section of Douglaston’s Shore Road along Little Neck Bay that has collapsed could begin next year and cost more than $3 million, the district manager of Community Board 11 said this week. Comment

City approves street rename for Betty Pegen

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council last week found a new way to honor a recently deceased woman whose dedication to the beauty of College Point lasted more than 75 years. Comment
Bayside Times

Bayside High should remove sign: CB 11

Community Board 11 voted to adopt one of its committee’s reports which found that an electronic LED sign near the front door of Bayside High School was illegal and should be taken down. Comment

Ex-Assemblyman Grodenchik named deputy borough president

Borough President Helen Marshall appointed former state Assemblyman Barry Grodenchik as her new deputy borough president Tuesday. Comment

Singh denies Friedrich endorsement for Assembly

Sikh community leader Swaranjit Singh is accusing Glen Oaks Village President Bob Friedrich, his opponent in the 2009 City Council Democratic primary, of mailing out fund-raising letters to Sikhs saying he has Singh’s endorsement for a possible run for the state Assembly. Comment

DA says L.I. man busted on underage sex charges

KEW GARDENS — A 69-year-old Oceanside, L.I., optician was arraigned Tuesday on charges of second-degree attempted rape, second-degree attempted criminal sexual act, first-degree attempted dissemination indecent material to minors and attempted endangering the welfare of a child, the Queens district attorney said Tuesday. Comment

Woman committed arson outside apt. building: DA

RIDGEWOOD — A Beach Channel woman was arraigned Dec. 18 on charges of second-degree arson and fourth-degree criminal mischief in connection with a June 7 arson, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Man, 55, assaulted and robbed in Astoria: Cops

ASTORIA — Police were searching for a 6-foot-2-inch Hispanic man in his 30s or 40s who is wanted in connection with a Monday armed robbery in Astoria. Comment

B’klyn teacher busted in underage sex offense

KEW GARDENS — A Brooklyn high school teacher pleaded guilty Monday in Queens Criminal Court to first-degree attempted dissemination of indecent material to a minor after allegedly attempting to meet a person he met online, who he believed to be a 14-year-old girl, for sex, the Queens district attorney’s office announced Tuesday. Comment

LIC man hits girlfriend, destroys laptop: Brown

WOODSIDE — A Long Island City man was arraigned Dec. 18 on charges of third-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree harassment. Comment

Woman left kids, both 4, unsupervised: Brown

FLUSHING — A Flushing woman was arraigned Dec. 17 on two counts of second-degree reckless endangerment and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, the Queens District Attorney said. Comment

MTA bigwig benefits make transit riders pay too much

Does it ever occur to state Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Glendale) and his colleagues who protest the Metropolitan Transportation Authority cuts that if they did not pay the transit workers fantastic salaries and health and retirement benefits, the people who use the subways would not have the financial problems they have now. Comment

Protest proposed MTA transit cuts

As we begin the new year in earnest, we face a challenge to mass transit service that helps make a difference to our quality of life in eastern Queens. Certain cuts proposed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to address its revenue shortfall make no sense and the effects fall on our young, seniors and hard-working residents who work off-hours. Comment

State Senate acted shamefully by not legalizing gay marriage

New York state has been given the opportunity to join the advanced civil culture of the United States, but failed. Comment

National health care reform bill must treat New York state better

The U.S. Senate bill, as presently promulgated, would burden New York taxpayers in excess of $1 billion in extra Medicaid costs while denying critical aid to city hospitals that serve the poor. The feds would pick up almost all the initial costs states would bear by providing Medicaid coverage to everyone up to 133 percent of the poverty level. Comment

Tough Test for the State Senate

The state Senate is on the brink of a decision that will test its ability to act with courage and integrity in judging the conduct of one of its own. A Senate committee has been investigating the behavior of Sen. Hiram Monserrate on a night a year ago when his girlfriend’s face was cut open by broken glass after a fight in his apartment. Comment

Political Action: By dropping out, Giuliani gave up shot at presidency

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has recently announced he will not be running against appointed U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) in 2010. This came as a surprise to some political observers, since most major polls showed him far ahead of Gillibrand. Comment

Dishing with Dee: Newly sworn-in politicians celebrate wins with parties

This was the week of inaugurations. On Dec. 30, Mayor Michael Bloomberg swore in Dan Halloran, Peter Koo, Eric Ulrich, Vincent Ignizio and James Oddo in the City Council chambers into the Council. It was a short but impressive ceremony, well-attended even though it was a workday afternoon. Comment

Berger’s Burg: Columnist finds enduring the C-Scope humiliating

Doctor, I have some dimes stuck in my ear.” “How long have they been there?” “A year.” “Why didn’t you come in sooner?” “I didn’t need the money.” Comment

Board of Elections chooses vendor for new voting machines

Eight years after the federal government ordered states to update their voting machines with new electronic devices, the city Board of Elections selected a vendor Tuesday in a vote. Comment

Teen slain in Briarwood apt.

A stabbing in a Briarwood apartment building following a more than hour-long shouting match between a woman and a teenage girl left one dead Friday afternoon and neighbors stunned that the first homicide in Queens of 2010 had come to their quiet floor. Comment

Sanders calls for body scanners at Queens airports

The attempted Christmas Day terrorist attack in Detroit has sparked calls from elected officials to bring high-tech body scanners to LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports. Comment

Census Bureau begins campaign to track city residents

The U.S. Census Bureau kicked off its 2010 Census Portrait of America Road Tour in Times Square Monday, a public awareness campaign to get city residents to participate in the count. Comment

Koslowitz back on City Council

Sitting in her new 17th-floor office overlooking an expansive view that includes Citi Field and the Manhattan skyline, City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) joked it will be easy for her to conduct her own Queens Boulevard traffic study. Comment

Guv to pick Aqueduct bidder soon

After months of delays, Gov. David Paterson said Friday he will announce his choice of a group to install and operate video lottery terminals at Aqueduct Race Track within the next week in a move that could help rescue the financially troubled New York Racing Association. Comment

Straphanger advocate members

The MTA next meets Jan. 27, but unless the state Legislature acts quickly, the proceedings could get underway without six members whose mission is looking out for straphangers. Comment

Guv expected to propose major ethics reform

Gov. David Paterson was slated to plunge ahead with a dramatic state ethics reform package Wednesday, calling for a revamp to the state Legislature’s oversight commission, public campaign finance for state elections and term limits for state elected officials. Comment

Vallone, Gianaris protest MTA plan to ax W subway

More than 30 western Queens residents braved the cold with City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) and state Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) this week to protest the MTA’s decision to eliminate Astoria’s W subway line. Comment

Queens students ring in 2010 with mayor

For Townsend Harris High School senior Jeannette Raymond, being chosen to help lower the Times Square ball to usher in the new decade was especially good news for the Astoria resident who had just lost her father to cancer and is helping to care for her mother with Alzheimer’s. Comment

Drop in tax revenues means state is out of cash: DiNapoli

The state will probably be forced to borrow from its other funds to continue paying its bills, officials said Monday as they tallied up the last of 2009’s tax revenue. Comment

See boro sights at a bargain

Fewer than half of New Yorkers know that the Queens Museum of Art shares a history with the 1939 World’s Fair, although 80 percent know Santa Claus worked at Macy’s, according to a new poll conducted in December. Comment

Ride honors fallen cyclists

Pablo Pasaran became a statistic Aug. 8 as he rode his bicycle to make a food delivery near the Ravenswood Houses in Long Island City. Comment

Trattoria takes top honors

The owner of Astoria’s popular Trattoria L’incontro said he was proud his restaurant was recently chosen by the Zagat survey as the best place to eat Italian food in the five boroughs. Comment

Crime falls 20% in 112th Precinct but rapes on rise

The number of major index crimes fell nearly 20 percent overall in 2009 since the previous year, though the number of rapes and murders rose this year in Forest Hills and Rego Park, according to year-end statistics from the 112th Precinct. Comment

Queens College professor takes aim at phobias

A Queens College professor has launched a new study he said could help city residents deal with their fear of those unpleasant creatures that inevitably come with city life — such as rats, spiders and cockroaches. Comment

Ozone Park principal fired for sexual misconduct: DOI

A former Ozone Park principal and athletic coach has been fired and faces possible criminal charges for allegedly soliciting sex from at least four male students, the city revealed in a detailed report Wednesday. Comment

Bloomberg inaugurated for third term

Mayor Michael Bloomberg was sworn in Friday afternoon for a controversial third term as the city’s most powerful official during a chilly ceremony in the shadow of City Hall. Comment

Liu breaks racial barrier, takes oath as comptroller

History was made on the steps of City Hall Friday morning as John Liu, the outgoing two-term Flushing Councilman, was sworn in as city comptroller, making him the first Asian American to take citywide office. Comment



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