Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010

Visitors get inside look at Steinway mansion

As the current owner of the historic Steinway mansion prepared to turn over the keys, he opened the door to his home last Thursday, giving longtime residents of Astoria a peek inside the house for the first time. Comment

Monserrate faces charges of $100K fraud

Former state Sen. Hiram Monserrate surrendered this week to federal prosecutors on charges he misused city funds meant for a failed nonprofit in Corona to finance his own political campaigns, the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan said. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010

Pols break ground on Moynihan Station

Elected officials and transportation specialists took part Monday in a groundbreaking for the project to turn the Farley Post Office into the Moynihan Station railroad hub in Manhattan. Comment

St. Francis loses first 2010 game to Molloy

With fans lined up along the far sideline and St. Francis Prep and Archbishop Molloy ferociously battling for every loose ball, the second regular-season meeting between the archrivals had a playoff-type feel to it. Comment

Women’s group to host career fair in Flushing

The Center for the Women of New York will be holding its 21st job/career fair and workshops for working women at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in Flushing. Comment

Padavan outraises, outspends Avella

State Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) has outraised his opponent, former City Councilman Tony Avella, by about $15,000 and spent about $40,000 more than Avella since the beginning of the year, according to state Campaign Finance Board records. Comment

Ridgewood holds Harvest Festival

Pumpkins, painted faces and period activities came to Ridgewood Sunday for the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House’s annual Harvest Festival. Comment
Queens Village

Two men shot dead in St. Albans

A pair of shootings that took place within hours and blocks of each other in St. Albans this week may have been the sign of increased gang activity in southeast Queens, according to an elected official. Comment

Jamaica factory set to shut

After more than a century, the Wonder Bread and Hostess factory in Jamaica will be closing down in January, but City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) said he would work to find a way for the community to have its cake and eat it too. Comment

Candidate’s night planned for state Senate, Assembly seats

The North East Flushing Civic Association will host a northeast Queens candidate’s night Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. Comment
Little Neck Ledger

Padavan wants state to redirect ed funds

State Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) said Albany has to do a better job in efficiently spending the billions of dollars it allocates for education during an appearance at a meeting of the North Bellerose Civic Association last week. Comment

Far Rock man stole vans for scrap metal: Cops

FAR ROCKAWAY — A Far Rockaway man has been charged in connection with a string of stolen Ford Econolines, police said. Comment

Man found dead in car after fire put out: Cops

RICHMOND HILL — A man was found dead in a car at the corner of Jamaica Avenue and 130th Street early Saturday morning, police said, Comment

Man beat with batons and robber: Police

JAMAICA — Two men have been charged with beating and robbing a man on the streets of Jamaica, police said. Comment

Bar owner hit with bottle after asking for tab: Cops

ST. ALBANS — A Jamaica man has been charged with assaulting the owner of a St. Albans bar over a drink tab, police said. Comment

Rosedale man convicted in slay of Springfield Park teenager

A Rosedale man was convicted last week of randomly killing a teen in Springfield Park more than three years ago, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Jamaica housing advocacy group praises Obama’s veto

A housing advocacy group said that despite new efforts put in place by the government, southeast Queens is still leading in home foreclosures and the president’s veto to a new bill last week saved residents from even more despair. Comment

‘A frum Republican’

It would be an understatement to say that we are uncomfortable with an advertisement run by a Republican congressional candidate in the 5 Towns Jewish Press attacking U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks. Comment
Jackson Heights

Plaza de Sol marks first anniversary with fund-raiser

The Plaza del Sol Family Health Center, a medical center in Corona which provides primary care services for adults and children, celebrated its first-year anniversary last month with a dinner that raised $10,000. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Sri Chinmoy asks to acquire Glenn Ave. land

The Sri Chinmoy Centre Church in Jamaica Hills is asking the city to sell the organization land it considers sacred and has already cleaned up after drug addicts plagued the area. Comment
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: Queens civic associations maintain welfare of parks

Parks are green places where residents can walk, relax, play sports, picnic with friends or family or watch different types of cultural events. Civic associations support Queens parks. Comment

‘Dead’ teach history at Maple Grove event

Maple Grove Cemetery came to life Saturday afternoon just in time for Halloween. Comment

Peralta gives $50,000 to stop domestic violence

Flanked by his fellow officials, advocates and clergymen from a wide variety of faiths, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) donated $50,000 to fighting domestic violence in Queens last Thursday. Comment
Forest Hills Ledger

Forums to focus on courageous tales

From a talk about Belgian nuns who hid Jewish children during the Holocaust to a lecture on life for Jews in the post-World War II Soviet Union, the Central Queens YM & YWHA in Forest Hills has a fall lineup that will delve into rarely told stories of heroism from everyday people. Comment
Forest Hills Ledger

Convict gets 50 more years for Forest Hills inn murder

A Brooklyn man already serving jail time was sentenced to another 50 years in prison last week after being found guilty of killing an escort driver at a Forest Hills motel, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Gennaro energy bills signed into city law

Mayor Michael Bloomberg last week signed into law a series of bills sponsored by City Councilman Jim Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) that officials said will make city buildings more environmentally friendly. Comment

Man kicks off sideview mirror from vehicle: Cops

FLUSHING — A man faces a criminal mischief charge after allegedly kicking a sideview mirror off another person’s vehicle, police said. Comment

Bayside man, 91, killed in house fire: Police

BAYSIDE — A Bayside man was killed in a fire at his home at 34-30 308th St. Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. Comment

Say ‘No’ to the Nanny State

Mayor Michael Bloomberg revealed this week that he and Gov. David Paterson have asked the federal government to place sugar-laden drinks on the list of foods that cannot be purchased with food stamps. The mayor, who also wants to ban smoking in outdoor public places where people gather, said he is taking this action because of the number of obese children in city public schools. Comment

West Side Tennis Club won’t sell

West Side Tennis Club members voted down a proposal last week to sell their stadium, which once housed the US Open, to developers. Comment

Target, Marshall’s open at Flushing’s Sky View Center

The 800,000 square feet of new retail space at Sky View Center in Flushing is filling fast, and in the past week two new anchor retailers have opened their doors there. Comment

St. Mary’s begins $114M expansion

After years of planning and tensions with the nearby community, St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital broke ground last week on its facility expansion plan. Comment

Padavan signs stolen in election ritual

William Harap said he was at home on 215th Street in a residential section of Queens Village early Saturday morning when a car pulled up in front of his home and stopped. Comment

Leaders oppose ID system Federal immigration program draws of ire of Corona pols, advocates

Advocacy groups and elected officials in Corona last week denounced U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s Secure Communities, an initiative aimed at modernizing how the organization identifies criminal aliens but one which the groups say will breed distrust of the police in immigrant neighborhoods. Comment

Halloran, DOE clash over sharp rise in size of student body

City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) joined education advocates in front of Bayside High School last week to deride the city Department of Education for allowing a surge of students to enter classes this year. Comment

Gennaro measure calls on agency to avert gas drilling

City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) authored a resolution recently passed by the Council that urges government officials not to approve regulations that would pave the way for gas drilling near the source of drinking water for more than 15 million people, including residents of New York City. Comment

Police nab pair after chase

Two men were facing a series of charges after a wild altercation last week left seven police officers injured and three vehicles smashed as the suspects unsuccessfully attempted to avoid arrest, police said. Comment
Bayside Times

Bayside developer pushes hotel plan

The developer of a proposed hotel on Northern Boulevard in Bayside who had his plans rejected by the city Department of Buildings is making a last-ditch effort to win approval for the project, but elected officials and Bayside activists say there are more appropriate uses for the property. Comment

Wonder Bread, Hostess to close Jamaica factory

After more than a century, the Wonder Bread and Hostess factory in Jamaica will be closing down in January, but Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) said he would work to find a way for the community to have its cake and eat it too. Comment
Astoria Times

Visitors get inside look at Steinway mansion

As the current owner of the historic Steinway mansion prepared to turn over the keys, he opened the door to his home last Thursday, giving longtime residents of Astoria a peek inside the house for the first time. Comment

Sunnyside resident found dead in Brooklyn: Police

SUNNYSIDE — A Sunnyside man was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head in Bushwick, Brooklyn, early Sunday morning. Comment

Protection order violated by Queens man: Police

RIDGEWOOD — A Ridgewood man allegedly broke an order of protection by intentionally making physical contact with the woman he was ordered to avoid, police said. Comment

Manhattan man tried burglarizing apt.: Cops

ASTORIA — A Manhattan man is accused of attempting to burglarize an Astoria apartment, police said. Comment

DOE school grades not consistent

The city Department of Education’s latest letter grades for city elementary and middle schools once again demonstrate how ridiculous its progress reports are. Assessing the quality of our schools is worthwhile, but any system that gives A’s and B’s to nearly all the schools one year and then curves the results to avoid giving D’s and F’s the next will baffle parents instead of inform them. Comment

Search Capitol grounds for possible remains of African slaves

In July, I attended a ceremony honoring the contributions of the enslaved Africans who built the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., in the 19th century. My congressman, U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside), also honored me in July by presenting me with a letter of recognition for my efforts in identifying the role the enslaved Africans had in our American history. This letter was read into the congressional record. Comment

Padavan puts constituents first

Our grandmothers would have put it succinctly: Do not throw the baby out with the bath water. That old saying has real meaning as an electorate prepares to go to the polls in an ugly mood. Incumbents have good reason to worry. Negative ads and populist-leaning editorials are urging us to “throw the bums out.” Comment

UFT, DOE must settle on teachers contract

As the new school year continues, city public school teachers are still working under the old contract, which expired last year on Oct. 31. To date, we still do not have a new contract in place. There is no reason for this situation. Comment

NE Qns. needs pro-gay state senator

It is with a great sense of dismay for me to read that incumbent state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) is far ahead in the polls. My husband and I have been homeowners in Bayside since 1984, having married in Massachusetts last year after 30 years together. It is ironic for me to walk past the — thankfully few — lawn signs on my street supporting him. Comment

No Joy in Mudville

Nobody in Queens should have been surprised last week when New York Mets General Manager Omar Minaya and Manager Jerry Manuel got their walking papers. By the time September rolled around, even loyal Mets fans had given up hope that their team would make it to the post-season. Comment

QueensLine: Flushing Civil War had WWII insights

When Flushing’s last Civil War veteran, Ringold Carman, turned 100 in October 1943, the Star Journal interviewed him. Comment

Dishing with Dee: Every political office needs to have term limits in place

The days are dwindling down to a precious few — 20 to be exact. Then we will all know what the outcome will be. Right now it’s a tough race to call. Will it be state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo or unknown maverick Carl Paladino? The race is heating up and both sides are now taking pot shots at each other. That is to be expected, as most campaigns wait till the last two weeks to get down and dirty when it’s too late for either side to due damage control. Comment

Berger’s Burg: Put your faith in traditional news, not citizen journalism

U.S. newspaper circulation is dropping. The decline is attributed to advertising and readership lost to the Web. Over the past few years, much has been made of the rise of what is called “citizen journalism,” anyone who has the initiative to pursue the same stories as the traditional media and then put that information on the Internet. This infringement, among other non-professional disseminators of the news, has contributed to the decline. Comment

Boro gets first executive office suite center New business space in Fresh Meadows gives small companies a place to set up shop with services

The co-owner of the Executive Office Center at Fresh Meadows, a new location that rents office and conference places to small or startup companies, hopes not only to create a place where businesses can work and grow, but a one-stop destination for customers. Comment

Weiner, Turner attack each other’s credibility

With less than a month to go before November’s general election, the race between U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) and his Republican challenger, Bob Turner, is heating up as the candidates lob accusations of improprieties at each other. Comment

Queens candidates to appear at St. John’s political forums

Queens residents will get a chance to hear individuals running for state and federal office discuss issues affecting their everyday lives at two candidates forums at St. John’s University this month. Comment

$7K offered for info on Rich Hill killer

The family of a Richmond Hill teen who was mysteriously killed after being shot at point-blank range last month is offering a $5,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the murder. Comment

Meeks defends his staffers

The race to replace late City Councilman Thomas White’s seat is turning into a battle between two southeast Queens Democratic camps and is heating up after questions arose over one of the candidate’s supporters. Comment

New high-tech traffic tower opens at LaGuardia Airport

LaGuardia Airport air traffic controllers have moved into a new $100 million high-tech control tower that replaces the obsolete tower that was the latest thing when it opened 46 years ago. Comment

Followers of Tenrikyo open Flushing temple to non-adherents

The Tenrikyo Mission New York Center in Flushing opened its doors to all Saturday afternoon, exposing residents from across the city to a religion many in the area may have never heard of. Comment

DEP hopes oysters clear bay

The city started a new battle plan against the pollution in Jamaica Bay last week that using the smallest of aquatic soldiers. Comment

Hevesi pleads guilty to fraud

Most elected officials in Queens remained silent after former state Comptroller Alan Hevesi pleaded guilty last Thursday to receiving $1 million in gifts in exchange for state pension business, but one councilman said he was not surprised that the once-powerful Forest Hills resident finally acknowledged that he was corrupt. Comment

Laid-off Baysider now makes his living by podcasting

When Bayside resident Andrew Zarian, newly married and having just bought a new house, lost his information technology job in April 2009, he figured he had three options. Comment

Gianaris pushes for subway countdowns

State Assemblyman Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) wrote a letter to MTA Chairman Jay Walder last week requesting that countdown clocks be installed on subway platforms in Queens, but the MTA said they will not be coming for a while. Comment

St. Nicholas celebrates heritage with large celebration in Flushing

The unmistakable sounds of Greek music and the tantalizing smell of gyro meat on the grill filled the air in Auburndale ´╗┐last week as St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church celebrated its 39th-annual Greek Festival. Comment

MTA board OK’s hikes in transit fares

The MTA has followed up the deepest transit service cuts in decades by approving fare increases that an MTA board member called “a ticking time bomb.” Comment

Astorians, pols revel at parade honoring Columbus’ discovery

Astoria residents took to the streets in droves Saturday afternoon to ring in the 518th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas in October 1492. Comment

For 2nd year, No. 7 train tops on Straphangers list

For the second consecutive year, the No. 7 train has been designated New York City’s best subway, excelling in announcements, cleanliness and fewer breakdowns. Comment

Fabulous foot work celebrates freedom

Two things that let you know you’ve seen a great dance performance: You’re exhausted at the end but want to dance all the way home anyway. Comment

The Play’s The Thing: Theatre by the Bay brings back the irresistible ‘Mame’

I’m over at the Bay Terrace Jewish Center in Bayside, not far from the entrance to Fort Totten and near the end (or is it the beginning?) of Bell Boulevard, where a group of about 40 or so are rehearsing “Mame,” the popular Jerry Herman musical. They’re members of Theatre by the Bay, varying in age, shape and size, and they’re all having a great time. And it’s not just the Oreo cookies. Comment

Hip-hoppers hot foot it to LaGuardia for dance competition

The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center and World Class Dancers will present an evening of hip-hop dance Saturday in the form of the Dans Danza Dance Competition, a benefit awarding scholarships to students pursuing careers in the arts Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010

Two men shot dead in St. Albans, Jamaica

A pair of shootings that took place within hours and blocks of each other in St. Albans and Jamaica this week may have been the sign of increased gang activity in southeast Queens, according to an elected official. Comments (1)



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