Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010

Armstrong rewards Maine’s loyalty and commits

KISSIMMEE, Fla. —Andre Armstrong could’ve had a long list of interested colleges. He could’ve waited until next year at this time to see what other schools came along after a year at Monroe Community College, building himself up and expanding his game. Comment

Degree is crown jewel for NYC hoops legend

Kenny Anderson was the top high school prospect in the country. He helped lead Georgia Tech to the Final Four and was an All-Star in the NBA with the New Jersey Nets. But to the Queens native, none of those things can compare to getting his college degree. Comment
Whitestone Times

Whitestone group holds first meeting

A new Whitestone community group held its first meeting last week, bringing together area business leaders, residents and politicians in what will be a monthly ritual. Comment

Ridgewood mothers want park renovations

For the last two months, Ridgewood residents and mothers Cristina Shonk and Dorota Czyzewska have been trying to get conditions improved at Rosemary’s Playground, a public park between Woodward and Fairview avenues and Woodbine and Madison streets, but they said the city Parks Department has not helped them in their efforts. Comment

Miller fights back against sex offender bill criticisms

State Assemblyman Michael Miller (D-Woodhaven) said an attack launched against him by a supporter of his primary opponent, Nick Comaianni, on a sex offender bill he sponsored was full of inaccuracies and denied claims that the legislation was watered down due to concerns from special interest groups. Comment

Glenridge senior closes for a time over budget woes

Despite securing $630,000 in grants and holding an ecstatic 37th anniversary party last month, wherein it announced it would not have to close, the Glenridge Senior Center at 59-03 Summerfield St. in Ridgewood announced Friday it had temporarily shut its doors. Comment

Gianaris asks for more cops after murders

State Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) called on the city Police Department last week to add officers to the 114th Precinct following a recent rash of murders, while City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) has asked the city to prevent homeless people from sleeping in Astoria Park. Comment

Death of 9/11 law angers pols

The defeat of a federal bill last week that would have provided billions of dollars in health care for those sickened by toxins released by the collapse of the World Trade Center towers Sept. 11, 2001, was a “disgraceful” move by politicians who have turned their backs on those who did not give a second thought about risking their lives to help, former St. John’s Hospital paramedic and Sept. 11 responder Marvin Bethea said. Comment

Blue Room hopes to work with residents

The manager of The Blue Room, a Bellerose cafe/club that has been the source of complaints from the community, said he wants to work with the neighborhood and denied claims from civic leaders and the police that the establishment had been behind on rent. Comment

Man from Cambria Heights choked woman: DA

CAMBRIA HEIGHTS — A Cambria Heights man was arraigned on assault and harassment charges after he allegedly attacked and choked a woman, a spokeswoman for the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Woman assaults man with kick to his groin: Brown

JAMAICA — A Jamaica woman was arraigned on assault and harassment charges after she allegedly kicked a man in the groin following an argument, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Rockaway team aims to help alleviate residents’ concerns

The City Council has created a Rockaway Task Force to be composed of members from the peninsula in an attempt to solve problems plaguing the isolated community, Councilmen James Sanders (D-Laurelton) and Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) announced. Comment

Time for Healing

The city Law Department announced last week it would pay out slightly more than $7 million to settle the lawsuits surrounding the fatal police shooting of Sean Bell and the wounding his two friends. As part of the settlement, the city did not have to admit any wrongdoing on the part of the police officers who fired 50 rounds at Bell and his companions. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Brownfields group honors Gennaro

City Councilman James Gennaro’s (D-Fresh Meadows) work to revitalize thousands of contaminated industrial sites throughout the city landed him the 2010 Distinguished Lifetime Service Award from the New York City Brownfield Partnership, Gennaro announced last week. Comment

Flushing woman plans run for lung cancer awareness

A Flushing woman who ran in the Philadelphia Marathon after having lost her father to lung cancer will host information sessions in Bayside, College Point and Astoria this month on how to train for the race. Comment

Teen arrested in J train slay

Police arrested an Elmhurst teen Tuesday in connection with the murder of a family-oriented Woodhaven man who was killed trying to fend off a group of attackers who accosted his brother Friday night on the platform of the Forest Park J train station, police and his relatives said. Comment
Forest Hills Ledger

Buildings irk some Forest Hills residents

A dilapidated house and an illegally overcrowded building in Forest Hills are plaguing a neighborhood usually known for being well-kept, Forest Hills Community and Civic Association President Barbara Stuchinski said. Comment
Flushing Times

Flushing man guilty in sword killing

A Flushing man has been convicted of stabbing his roommate to death with a sword in September 2008. Comment

Stavisky vows re-election bid will be ‘hands-on’

When she won election in 1999, Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) became the first woman from Queens to be elected to the state Senate. Comment

Fresh Meadows group wants to bring Afghan woman to U.S.

A Fresh Meadows non-governmental organization is working to bring to the United States an Afghan woman featured on the cover of TIME magazine this week who had her nose and ears cut off by the Taliban as punishment for escaping her husband and in-laws, who beat her regularly. Comment

Men charged in murder of Flushing worker: DA

Two 21-year-old men were arraigned Sunday night in connection with the murder of a Flushing gas station attendant during a robbery last month, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Council OKs Flushing Commons, affordable housing project

The City Council approved the Flushing Commons development plan and the adjacent Macedonia Plaza affordable housing project Thursday afternoon and gave new concessions to nearby small business owners who have contended the construction of the mixed-use building would hinder their shops. Comment

Fight becomes physical between woman, man: DA

FRESH MEADOWS — A man and woman were both arraigned on assault and harassment charges after the two allegedly attacked each other during a dispute in a Fresh Meadows apartment, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

A Better St. Mary’s

Anyone who reads this newspaper on a regular basis knows how enormously proud we are of St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside. This hospital, which serves children fighting the most serious and often fatal illnesses, recently embarked on a $114 million expansion. When the work is completed, the hospital will be able to offer even better service to even more children. Comment
Bayside Times

Bayside Y to lose its pre-K program

Bayside community leaders and parents said they were upset to hear that a YMCA chapter on 35th Avenue would lose its pre-kindergarten program this fall. Comment

Former Mets slugger Strawberry star to open restaurant in Douglaston

New York Mets legend Darryl Strawberry will open his new restaurant, which will include memorabilia and a menu filled with everything from burgers to barbecue chicken, along 235th Street in Douglaston this week following his induction into the baseball team’s hall of fame. Comment

Flushing pols rally for more cops after killings

City Councilmen Peter Koo (R-Flushing) and Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) held a rally for greater police presence in Flushing at the James A. Bland Community Center at 133-36 Roosevelt Ave., across the street from the Mobil gas station where Pakistani immigrant Nadeem Khan was killed July 25. Comment

Monserrate, Jackson Heights pols spar at Ecuadorian events

Tension and arguments erupted between Hiram Monserrate and other Jackson Heights politicians when the ousted state senator and Assembly candidate showed up to two community events honoring the Ecuadorian community over the weekend. Comment

Huang gets OK to build in Bayside

The city Board of Standards and Appeals has granted controversial developer Tommy Huang leave to continue work on several homes constructed on 223rd Street, and Bayside community leaders who oppose the project said little could be done to halt it. Comment

EMS cardiac therapy unveiled at Elmhust

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and city Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano visited Elmhurst Hospital Monday to announce that paramedics across the city can now administer hypothermia therapy, a process by which cold saline can be injected into patients to prevent damage caused by cardiac arrest. Comment

Crowley, pols call for better rules on livery vans

City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), flanked by Council members Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) and Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), announced at Calamus Avenue and 72nd Street in Maspeth Friday the new legislation she has introduced, which calls for crackdowns on illegal commuter vans. Comment

Street renamed for Ecuador

A Corona street was renamed Saturday in honor of an Ecuadorian monument as a way to pay tribute to the neighborhood’s Ecuadorian community. Comment

Bloomberg slams 9/11 ruling

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city would challenge a Queens Supreme Court judge’s ruling to allow Little Neck Capt. James Corrigan to be listed alongside his fellow firefighters, with whom he died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, at a Ground Zero memorial. Comment

Avella promises to shake up Albany politics

Former City Councilman Tony Avella said he plans to push the envelope in Albany if elected to the state Legislature as he battles long-time Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) this fall for the latter’s seat. Comment

Six kilos of coke found in stolen car: Police

RIDGEWOOD – A Glendale man was charged with having six kilos of cocaine in a stolen car following a traffic stop Monday in Ridgewood, police said. Comment

Fresh Meadows woman stole more than $22K: Brown

LONG ISLAND CITY — The state Frauds Bureau and the Queens district attorney’s office arrested Fresh Meadows resident Gohar Parunakyan, 40, on charges of grand larceny and forgery last Thursday, said the state Insurance Department. Comment

Gas truck kills boy days before his 13th birhtday

MASPETH — A boy who would have turned 13 Thursday was killed Monday after being struck by an 18-wheel gas truck at the intersection of Fresh Pond Road and Eliot Avenue, police sources said. Comment

Jamaica Ave. doesn’t suffer from big vacancy rate

As executive director of the Jamaica Center Business Improvement District, I appreciate U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner’s (D-Forest Hills) concern for small Queens businesses and the desire to see them succeed (“Vacant storefronts pull down economy: Weiner,” July 22-28, Jamaica Times). Comment

Preserve west Queens millstones

An open letter to City Councilmen Jimmy Van Bramer and Peter Vallone Jr.. Comment

Crime increase in Astoria deserves NYPD’s attention

An open letter to NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly. Comment

Negotiations proceed with new Flushing grocery

On July 27, we finally had the long-awaited meeting with state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone); state Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing); William Chen, general manager for New York Mart; and myself along with Barbara Rogers, Rosa Febles and Sonny Weinberg, all community activists. Comment

‘A Real Sad Day’

On the day when his enemies were salivating and barely able to control their excitement, U.S. Rep. Peter King spoke kindly about fellow Rep. Charles Rangel, who was hit with 13 charges by the House Ethics Committee. Comment

Political Action: Tabone has chance to succeed Carrozza in state Assembly

There is much interest in the forthcoming state Assembly race in the 26th Assembly District in northeast Queens, which includes most of Bayside, Whitestone, eastern Flushing, Douglaston and Little Neck. It is interesting to note that the four Democrats running in the Democratic primary in this district are all attorneys, as is the lead Republican candidate, Vincent Tabone, who has obtained about five times the number of signatures needed for a ballot position. Comment

Dishing with Dee: Queens Conservatives’ dinner brings in big-name candidates

On Monday evening, the city’s homeward-bound commuters on the Long Island Rail Road were treated to a meet-and-greet from one of the candidates for governor. Rick Lazio spent more than an hour at the Bayside station. Comment

Berger’s Burg: Writer tries to put finger on origin of left-handed people

Some left-handers are wise and some are otherwise. Comment

Forest Hills studio offers diverse dance styles

Kelly Ficarra’s passion for dancing is so strong she said she incorporates elements of the art into everyday life and work. Comment

Queens couple passionate about their Broadway act

A young man decided to leave his parents’ home and begin a show business career. His father, who wanted him to study medicine, said, “If you do, don’t use my surname.” “So I’ll change my name,” replied the son. “But if you’re a success, how will the neighbors know you’re my son?” Comment

Cambria Hts. teen killed at party

A young Cambria Heights man was murdered outside a St. Albans home that was hosting a party that went into the wee hours of Saturday morning and police are still searching for his killer. Comment

Boyfriend charged with murder in Springfield Gardens fire

The Springfield Gardens man accused of leaving his pregnant girlfriend and her son to burn is now charged with killing the woman and using the blaze to cover up his crime, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Long Island City eatery gets an A for being sanitary

The city Department of Health announced its new, letter-based sanitary grading system July 28 at the first business to get an “A”: Spark’s Deli at 28-31 Borden Ave. in Long Island City. Comment

Parking co.’s updated app makes reservations, travel easier at JFK

There is nothing a traveler values more than convenience. People cannot control traffic or flight delays, but the SmartPark JFK Parking Co.’s recent improvement on its reservation process gives people more control over their parking situation. Comment

SJU receives $1M federal grant

St. John’s University has landed a $1 million grant from the federal government, the largest award issued to a university in New York under last year’s federal stimulus act, for energy conservation projects that officials said will help the school significantly decrease its carbon footprint. Comment

Bell settlement stirs debate

Community leaders in southeast Queens and police representatives squared off in a war of words last week over the settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Sean Bell’s family and friends. Comment

Queens Film Festival’s Castaldo hit with animal cruelty rap

The founder and former operator of the Queens International Film Festival was charged with failing to provide sustenance to animals after she was arrested in upstate New York for allegedly keeping more than 40 dogs in cages without food or water, the executive director of the Ulster County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said. Comment

MTA plans hike for subway, bus fares in financial plan

Queens’ transit-riding multitudes have endured diminished subway and bus service since late spring and now they’re waiting for the other shoe to drop in the form of more expensive transportation. Comment

Moya makes anti-gang vow

It looked like a scene out of a Mark Twain novel, with community activist and state Assembly candidate Francisco Moya painting a paneled enclosure around a construction site at the intersection of 104th Street and 47th Avenue in Corona last Thursday. Comment

Mary Immaculate site a finalist for new cancer center

Southeast Queens’ health civic group said it is reserving judgment on plans to bring a high-tech cancer treatment center to the former site of Mary Immaculate Hospital. Comment

Jury finds two men guilty in JFK bomb plot

Two of the Guyanese men arrested in connection with a plot to bomb John F. Kennedy International Airport and parts of southern Queens were found guilty Monday afternoon by a federal jury. Comment
Astoria Times

Maloney wants hotel issues to be addressed

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) recently wrote a letter to city Department of Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri, urging action be taken on the construction site of a nine-story hotel in Dutch Kills that has received numerous complaints from local residents. Comment

Comptroller concerned about state’s budget

The city’s fiscal 2011 budget passed in June “faces significant risks and uncertainty” even though it is balanced, according to a report released last week by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. Comment

Poles cheer on winning soccer team at Al Oerter in Flushing

Members of the Polish community cheered and celebrated as a Polish team comprised of immigrants and those who trace their roots to the eastern European nation defeated a Jamaican team in the finals of a citywide soccer tournament Sunday at a field next to the Al Oerter Recreation Center in Flushing. Comment

Boro residents voice opinions on charter revision

Queens residents got a chance for their voices to be heard on what questions they believed should be posed to voters on the November ballot as the City Charter Revision Commission held a public hearing last week at Borough Hall. Comment

State picks Genting NY for Aqueduct VLTs

The state Lottery Division recommended Tuesday that Genting NY LLC be given the contract to install video lottery terminals at Aqueduct Race Track, saying the company’s plan “was impressive on many levels.” Comment

Jammin’ in Jamaica

This year’s Jamaica Arts & Music Summer Festival promises to bring the usual selection of jazz, R&B and hip-hop that has entertained crowds for the last 14 years, but this year the event’s planners are remixing the celebration with a new twist. Comment

Sawyers return to Astoria for Musical Saw Festival

Not everyone is familiar with the art form that is musical saw playing, but for the past eight years, Astoria’s Natalia Paruz, also known as the Saw Lady, attempts to expose hundreds of people to her unique music and preserve 300 years of traditional saw playing. Comment



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