Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Walder proposes concentrated subway shutdowns for faster repairs

MTA Chairman Jay Walder says it might better to shut down large parts of a subway line in order to finish the work faster rather than inconveniencing straphangers over a much longer period. Comment

Rice avenges loss to St. John’s

Jordan Frair remembers the game vividly. He remembers standing in the dugout at Jack Kaiser Stadium, watching St. John’s Prep wildly celebrate a second consecutive CHSAA Class B intersectional title on a warm Monday night 11 months ago. Comment

St. Bonaventure gains Queens native Dixon

The college recruiting process is an arduous one for even the best players. Luckily for CeCe Dixon, she had someone with plenty of knowledge she could get advice from: her sister Lorin, who plays at UConn. Comment
Whitestone Times

No change for controversial Q34 bus route: MTA

The Metropolitan Transit Authority will not be changing the route of a bus that residents say is causing headaches on their narrow, two-way stretch of 25th Avenue in Whitestone, according to spokesman Charles Seaton. Comment

CB 12 alters rules on street renamings

The controversy over renaming the street where Sean Bell was killed has prompted Community Board 12 to change its guidelines on how it gives approval to such requests, but not everyone is agreeing with its decision. Comment

New way to obtain bids for Aqueduct VLTs announced

The new process to award the video lottery terminal contract for Aqueduct Race Track was unveiled Tuesday by the state Lottery Division, which issued a request for proposals on the project. Comment

Flushing BID director tenders surprise resignation

Flushing Business Improvement District’s founding executive director Mabel Law resigned Thursday in an unexpected announcement at the group’s meeting. Comment

Judge nixes Paterson’s furlough plans

A federal judge put a temporary restraining order in effect Wednesday on Gov. David Paterson’s plan to furlough the jobs of state workers. Comment

Man wrecked friend’s car, caused injury: DA

ST. ALBANS — A 22-year-old St. Albans man was arrested after he allegedly drove his friend’s car recklessly along 121st Avenue and got into an accident that injured another man, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Victim hit with bat receives contusion: DA

ROSEDALE — A 51-year-old Rosedale man was arrested after he allegedly struck another man with a baseball bat in Rosedale, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

3 Brooklynites beat driver in Richmond Hill: DA

RICHMOND HILL — Three Brooklyn men were arraigned on assault charges after they allegedly broke the window on a car in Richmond Hill, dragged its driver out and beat him, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Teen resists arrest after stealing cell phone: DA

CAMBRIA HEIGHTS — A 16-year-old from Cambria Heights was arrested after he allegedly stole a cellular phone and then resisted arrest, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Officials tour Hollis homes

For more than six years, Hollis Court Tenants Association President Marilyn Mays said she and her fellow residents in the apartment house have been living through hell because her mysterious landlord has neglected the complex. Comment

Leaders protest library budget

Potential budget cuts could disrupt service at the Laurelton library branch, but City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton) and a group of southeast Queens leaders said they would not stand for it. Comment

Army Corps commences Rockaway beach rehab

Following months of Rockaway Beach being hit hard by strong storms, elected officials and representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the city Parks Department kicked off a sand replenishment project that will restore the peninsula’s battered shore in time for beach season. Comment

John Lennon inspires poetry by Jamaica teen

Shazim Nasim said he has always been interested in reading and writing, but when he got the chance to read the works of a Beatle, he became more inspired to express himself with words. Comment

Brooklyn rapist gets life in slaying

The rapist who killed his victim before she was set to testify against him was sentenced Tuesday to spend the rest of his life behind bars for the Jamaica woman’s violent death, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Playing the Race Card

If Farouk Samaroo has evidence that recently elected state Assemblyman Michael Miller is “insensitive” to the minority communities that make up the majority of Queens, he should make it public immediately. Comment

Neighbor to Neighbor: Agency runs summer camps to promote environmentalism

I was first introduced to the Electric Industry Center in Flushing many years ago, when it permitted the NYPD Patrol Borough Queens South Command to hold its talent shows in its beautiful theater. This year, on April 24, the Educational and Cultural Trust Fund of the EIC held a breakfast in its auditorium as a showcase for its 62nd-annual Scholarship Awards Program. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights gets Muni-Meters

City officials expect new Muni-Meters to help residents and visitors constantly struggling to park in Jackson Heights by providing more space along 37th Avenue, but feelings Monday among local store owners and shoppers were mixed. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Briarwood cleaned of graffiti

Armed with blue latex gloves and spray guns, elected officials and community activists last week launched their war against the graffiti they said has long been a blight on the Briarwood neighborhood. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Boro pols slam sign in Fresh Meadows

A Fresh Meadows bar’s awning that depicts the silhouette of a prone woman who appears to be unconscious is unacceptable and should be removed, said elected officials from northeast Queens who are livid over the image at Cheap Shots. Comment
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: Boro green event full of info on the climate, composting

A young man lured me over to his table by asking me if I wanted to know if New York state owed me any money. It was the table from the state comptroller’s office. He checked my name in his computer, but the state did not owe me any money. He gave me a brochure entitled “Open Book New York,” which listed a Web site where one can check on how the state and local governments spend their money and who does business with these governments. Comment

Zulunova drops bid for state Assembly

Lilianna Zulunova ended her bid for state Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi’s (D-Forest Hills) seat last week, saying she was pulling the plug on her campaign in order to spend more time with her new husband. Comment

Koslowitz gives award to Cohen for boro activism

Less than a year after City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) and Albert Cohen ran against each other in a bid to represent the 29th Council District, the victor now relies on the defeated to gain insight into her large number of Bukharian Jewish constituents. Comment
Forest Hills Ledger

Kew Gardens Post Office to stay in business

Following years of concerns that the Kew Gardens Post Office would close, a Queens landlord and the federal government reached a tentative deal that is expected to allow the 60-year-old site to remain open, U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) said last week. Comment

Boro pols back Israel at event

A bevy of Queens elected officials spoke vehemently against President Barack Obama’s stances on Israel during a Queens Jewish Community Council event on Mother’s Day to support the Middle Eastern nation. Comment

Electeds go to bat for rezoning

The City Council members who represent communities that would be affected under a proposed rezoning of 400 square blocks of Auburndale, Oakland Gardens and Hollis Hills took neighbors’ concerns about an Auburndale manufacturing district to the city last week. Comment

Boycott 2011 All-Star Game after new Arizona law: Meng

State Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) has joined with the hundreds of lawmakers and officials countrywide who are taking a variety of measures to voice their disapproval of Arizona’s new immigration law. Comment

New deputy inspector in charge of 109th Pct.

There’s a new man at the helm of the 109th Precinct after Deputy Inspector Matthew Whelan departed for a new post in Manhattan. Comment

Driver throws coins out window: Brown

BELLEROSE — A 23-year-old Bellerose man was arrested on reckless endangerment charges after he is alleged to have cut off another driver and thrown coins out of his window at him, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Gerrymandered to ‘Oblivion’

For as long as anyone can remember, New York’s political parties have seen redistricting as an opportunity to solidify and expand their political power. Generations of politicians have engaged in ruthless, cynical gerrymandering. But until now they pretended to have respect for the principles of democracy. Comment

Cops seek suspect in Laurelton slay

Police were looking for a suspect in connection with the murder of a Laurelton teen whose family runs a Liberian restaurant in South Jamaica, authorities said. Comment

Queens Village boy pitches at Mets game

Jordan Gray got a chance Monday to do what other 8-year-old kids could only dream of: throw out the first pitch at a Mets game. Comment

Man dies as FDNY gets lost

A Little Neck family said the death of its patriarch could have been avoided if the city’s emergency responders had electronic maps in their vehicles. Comment

LI-based CooCoo provides free text alerts for LIRR

Riders of the Long Island Rail Road can now get text messages providing a variety of train information from CooCoo, a new Long Island-based company which began in January providing schedules and service updates. Comment

Willets Point relocation plan moves forward

The Queens Borough Board approved Monday a scaled-back version of a proposal introduced February 2009 to relocate several Willets Point businesses to the College Point Corporate Park. Comment

Bayside pastor faces charges in two rapes of girl

A longtime Bayside pastor is expected to be indicted in Queens later this month on rape charges in an alleged incident involving an underage girl, a law enforcement source said. He is also facing a jury trial in a separate assault case in Connecticut. Comment

Woman, 19, punched another: Brown

ROCKAWAY — A 19-year-old woman was arrested after she allegedly punched another woman in the face on Shore Front Parkway in the Rockaways May 2, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Motorist drove in LIC with suspended license: Brown

LONG ISLAND CITY — A 23-year-old Bronx resident was accused of driving on a suspended license in Long Island City, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Rockaway man tried to murder with handgun: DA

FAR ROCKAWAY — A 19-year-old Far Rockaway man was arrested on attempted murder charges after he allegedly fired at another man, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Astoria man steals $1K worth of property: DA

ASTORIA — A 25-year-old Astoria man was arrested after he allegedly robbed another man at 14th Street and 31st Avenue April 25, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

City shouldn’t lay off teachers to make up $5B budget deficit

An open letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Comment

Huntley deserves full support of community for her work

If there is anyone in the state Senate who is deserving of re-election, it is my senator, Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica). After twisting her arm, along with other stringent items of persuasion, several friends convinced her to run for Senate. I consider myself one of those friends. And am I glad we did. Comment

Career pols can’t end water rate hikes

Year after year, I read in TimesLedger Newspapers (“Queens leaders cry foul over planned water bill hike,” April 29-May 5) how the same cast of characters, state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) and City Councilman Jim Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows), are angry over another round of double-digit water rate increases. Comment

Hospital backs meditation garden

In the article about the new meditation garden in Kissena Corridor Park in the May 6-12 editions of TimesLedger Newspapers, it is stated that, “New York Hospital Queens representatives did not return a request for comment.” Comment

U.S. leaders must get nation working again

As we are moving through 2010, many people are still asking when things will begin to improve in America. Our economy is still a huge mess, jobs are still being lost, Americans are still losing their homes due to their inability to pay ever-rising mortgage rates, the prices on everything from socks to meat, clothes to toothpaste and gas to oil continue to rise and more and more politicians are getting caught for improprieties every week. Comment

Saying ‘No’ Is Not Enough

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. is incensed the city budget will include the elimination of a CUNY scholarship fund created by his father 13 years ago. Comment

Dishing with Dee: Braunstein holds fund-raiser for his run at Carrozza’s seat

I hope everyone enjoyed Mother’s Day whether it was your day as a mother or you helped your own mom celebrate her day. Remember, mothers are the greatest supporters you will ever be lucky enough to have, so make sure you treasure them. Comment

Berger’s Burg: Accept the fact that no one can escape from telling a lie

You’ve gained a lot of weight.” “That dress is hideous.” “You’re a mediocre student.” “To be perfectly honest with you, you’re a nerd.” But telling a person the truth is not necessarily the best approach for dispensing truthful comments. So you prevaricate, equivocate, exaggerate and fib to soften a true comment, but it is still lying and lying, as everyone knows, is bad. Comment

Ding Dong brings classic Korean menu to Bell

Young Hee Kimsong has long enjoyed the wide variety of cuisines offered along Bell Boulevard, Bayside’s restaurant row, but she always noticed a distinct lack of Korean eateries. Comment

Whites leave New York metro area: Report

The New York metropolitan area had a net loss of nearly half a million white people from 2000 to 2008 and minorities are projected to become a majority in the area once this year’s census is counted, according to a report released Sunday by the Brookings Institution. Comment

Unisphere lit purple for Relay for Life

The symbol of Queens took on a different hue last week to raise awareness for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. Comment
Astoria Times

Community garden opens

Western Queens gardeners were seeing green last week after more than $100,000 in improvements were unveiled at a well-used community garden near the Astoria Houses. Comment

SJU offers new degree in health information

St. John’s University will offer a new baccalaureate program in health care informatics this fall, a move school officials said will help students to find jobs in one of the most rapidly growing fields in the country that has been boosted by billions of dollars in funding from the federal government. Comment

Street to be named after Sean Bell

The Jamaica corner where Sean Bell was killed in a hail of 50 police bullets will be renamed next week in honor of the slain bridegroom. Comment

Sanders treats Times Square heroes to downtown dinner

Lance Borden and Dwayne Jackson may not have superhero capes or wear badges, but their quick actions in preventing the Times Square bombing nearly two weeks ago was extraordinary, according to City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton). Comment

Ulrich urges boro Republicans to support Lazio

City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) attempted to persuade members of the Queens Village Republican Club into voting for gubernatorial candidate and former U.S. Rep. Rick Lazio at a meeting last Thursday after the county party split over its endorsement. Comment

City does soul-searching as threats mount

New York City is on edge in the wake of the second serious terrorist attempt since September to be thwarted at the last minute. Comment

Poets honor Potter’s Field dead in Flushing

A group of 11 poets from across the five boroughs honored people who had been buried in the Bronx’s Potter’s Field over the past three decades by reading their names last weekend during a poetry reading at the Flushing Friends Meeting House. Comment

Padavan honors 41 teachers at Queens Farm Museum

Coinciding with Teacher Appreciation Week, state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) honored 41 educators from 40 schools in his district last Thursday at the Queens Farm Museum. Comment

Crowley pushes bill to enforce no-fly lists 24 hours before flight

Two New York lawmakers Tuesday urged Congress and major airlines to close a security loophole they said allowed suspected terrorist Faisal Shahzad to board a May 4 flight headed to the Middle East from Kennedy Airport even though Shahzad was on the nation’s no-fly list. Comment

Mayor proposes cuts in city jobs, services

Mayor Michael Bloomberg blamed Albany decision-making for huge proposed cuts in the city’s 2011 fiscal year budget that could include the elimination of 11,000 jobs, more than half of which would be teaching positions. Comment
Astoria Times

LIC biz says group slow on paying fees

The operators of a Long Island City electric contracting company have alleged that a nonprofit company that builds charter schools for minority students in the five boroughs is shortchanging them out of more than $25,000 for work they did on a site in Washington Heights. Comment

Library supporters rally in Flushing against cuts

Supporters of the Queens Library rallied in front of the Flushing branch on Main Street Tuesday to protest Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to slash the borough library system’s budget by 30 percent. Comment

Dazzling entertainer Lena Horne dies at age 92

Acting and singing legend Lena Horne made a name for herself in Hollywood and Broadway during the 1940s and ’50s, but borough music experts and leaders also remember her as one of the first black performers to move into Addisleigh Park at a time when parts of the affluent neighborhood were restricted. Comment

Hiroshima survivors reflect at LaGuardia

In an instant, a beautiful August morning in Hiroshima was transformed into a hell of incinerated bodies and multitudes of fleeing survivors suffering from injuries of unimaginable horror. And two survivors came to LaGuardia Community College last week to tell their stories. Comment

Astorians worry as riots grip Greece

Astoria’s Greek leaders and residents said the western Queens neighborhood was unnerved by Greece’s economic woes as well as the recent violent riots in the struggling European nation. Comment

Western Queens pols rally for fire safety

A group of Queens elected officials took to the streets of Long Island City Friday to protest the mayor’s proposal on cutting more than a dozen firehouses in the city to close the budget gap. Comment

Farm Museum ready to uncork results of wine project

The Queens County Farm Museum will soon be sharing the literal fruits of its labor next week when it auctions off the first bottles of wine made from grapes harvested at the Bellerose farm. Comment

Malakov family pushes for Forest Hills street renaming

A possible street renaming for Daniel Malakov, a Forest Hills orthodontist who was murdered in front of his 4-year-old daughter, would memorialize a loving father and successful dentist who poured his all into his community, area officials, family and residents said. Comment

CUNY Law professor, rights advocate dies

Rhonda Copelon, a professor at CUNY School of Law in Flushing who championed human and women’s rights in a number of ground-breaking federal cases, died last week at her home in Manhattan. She was 65. Comment

Padavan, soda providers decry drink tax proposal

State Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) joined beverage industry leaders and workers at the Pepsi distribution plant in College Point last week as they voiced their outrage over a proposal by Gov. David Paterson to add a new tax on all sugary beverages. Comment

Vallone, Quinn advocate public recycling program

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) joined Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) at Astoria Park this week to announce a push for an expanded recycling program in public sites throughout the city. Comment

Boro actors far from ‘Tongue’-tied

Morning dawns in Jackson Heights. Under the rusty green girders of the No. 7 subway line on Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights, throngs of commuters, vendors and promoters rush past one another speaking a cacophony of different languages. Comment

First family

The complex and detail-laden musical “Children of Eden,” the season-ending production from the Astoria Performing Arts Center, is not your average Jesus Christ Superstar staged in a church basement — which is a respectable undertaking, but this show takes community theater to another level. Comment

The Play’s The Thing: Outrageous Fortune has sex on the brain for 50th show

Let’s talk about sex. Okay, not as graphically as in the Savage Love advice column in the Village Voice, but enough to hold your attention. Topics guaranteed to generate controversy are sex, politics and religion — often the three go together — but sex is certainly the most entertaining. Comment

Fisher Landau hosts Columbia’s new art generation

It can be difficult to sum up the aesthetic effect when 25 different artists working in different media display their work in one place. But Emily Fisher Landau, the 89-year-old collector whose Fisher Landau Center for Art in Long Island City is hosting the show of Columbia University School of the Arts’ master’s students, described it concisely. Comment

The Reel Queens: Food Film Festival picks up steam for its 2010 menu

Queens movie lovers and foodies will both have reason to celebrate as the fourth annual New York City Food Film Festival kicks off its savory cinematic selections this June in Long Island City and other sites across the five boroughs. Comment
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