Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010

Queens Halloween Events

Halloween Dance Party — First international costume party. Live performance by Cumbiagra. Prizes for best costume. Cash bar. Reserve early. Comment

Knights survive Chaminade scare to snap 3-game skid

Kedar Hunter’s chest was pounding and it wasn’t from reflecting on one of the best performances of his Holy Cross career. A big halftime lead was trimmed to just five points and Chaminade was lining up for its third onside kick attempt in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter. Comment

Better late than never for Robinson

For everyone else it was the second quarter, but Karin Robinson already had an entire game under her belt. Comment
Queens Village

Slater’s apartment burgled by boyfriend’s brother: DA

While a former JetBlue flight attendant was walking out of Queens Criminal Court last week after making a deal to avoid time behind bars, a relative of his significant other was being prepared to head into the same building in handcuffs, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Addabbo, Como push rival Albany agendas

State Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) says he has more work to do in his district, but Republican Anthony Como said he hopes the anti-incumbent atmosphere will lead him to victory in the general election Nov. 2. Comment

Pair found shot to death in idling car in Ridgewood

A man and a woman were found shot dead in a running car early Thursday morning on Woodward Avenue near Willoughby Avenue in Ridgewood in what was believed by neighbors to be a homicide. Comment

Paterson leads groundbreaking ceremony for long-awaited Aqueduct casino

The “racino” project at Aqueduct Racetrack in Ozone Park ceremonially broke ground after nine years of false starts and planning Thursday morning, attracting a slew of local leaders and union construction workers. Comment

Landmarks commission designates four Jamaica landmarks, creates historic district in Ridgewood

While Queens is often seen as being overlooked when the city hands out landmark status, the borough came out on top this year, with the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission approving four spots in Jamaica and a historic district in Ridgewood Tuesday. Comment

MTA approves bridge and tunnel toll increases

The MTA Wednesday approved increases in tolls on bridges and tunnels, which will mean E-ZPass users will pay 5 percent more — but motorists who pay in cash will get hit with a nearly 18 percent hike. Comment

Two injured as car barrels into Little Neck deli

Two women were rushed to the hospital Wednesday afternoon after an elderly woman drove her Mercedes through the front of Mazurs Kosher Market in Little Neck, police and fire officials said. Comment

Fingerprints lead cops to Rosedale burglar: Post

ROSEDALE — Fingerprints on a flashlight left at the scene of a crime in Rosedale led New York Police Department officers to arrest alleged burglar Richard Santiago, The New York Post reported. Comment

Thief caught red-handed, arrested for cocaine: DA

JAMAICA — A pickpocket was caught in the act by one of her victims, then arrested and charged with grand larceny, attempted petit larceny and drug possession, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown told the New York Post. Comment

Off-duty auxiliary cop robbed at gunpoint

HOLLIS — An off-duty auxiliary police officer was robbed of his cash while wearing plainclothes at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, the New York Post reported. Comment

Ruben Wills promises solutions for what ails southeast Queens

Ruben Wills said most campaigns are talking about bringing change, but his run to fill the late Thomas White’s City Council seat is about making a difference now. Comment

Paultre-Bell says stronger gun laws, better cop relations drive campaign

Nicole Paultre-Bell admits she may not have the years of political experience that some of her fellow contenders vying to fill the seat held by the late City Councilman Thomas White, but she says her passion for community activism would make her a great leader and change southeast Queens for the better. Comment

Singh Toor says as councilman he will give Ozone Park a voice

When the city announced a special election to fill the seat left vacant by the death of City Councilman Thomas White, Harpreet Singh Toor decided to enter the race because he said members in City Hall had lost their connection to their constituents. Comment

Baldeo has plans to restore financial health of district

After a failed attempt at a shot for a seat at City Hall half a decade ago, Albert Baldeo said he is confident he will take the seat vacated by City Councilman Thomas White next week because he is in tune with the community. Comment
Jackson Heights

Suarezmotta kept off ballot by board

The Republicans’ candidate for the open state Assembly seat in Corona, Humberto Suarezmotta, has been booted from the ballot for failing to file his signatures with a cover sheet, a decision he says he may dispute in federal court. Comment
Jackson Heights

Ex-Ferreras aide sues for back pay

A former aide to City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) filed a lawsuit against her Monday alleging that he was underpaid and suffered discrimination because he was disabled during the time he worked for her. Comment
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: Vote for term limits, but not to give mayor more power

On Election Day Nov. 2, in addition to the congressional and state legislative candidates we will vote for two City Charter proposals. For the past six months, a Charter Revision Commission has held hearings all over the city. Different issues were discussed in different boroughs. Different civic association leaders from the Queens Civic Congress attended the hearings. President Patricia Dolan coordinated the effort and held a civic meeting on the proposals at the Queens Colonial Farmhouse with speakers from all sides. Comment

Firm pulls out of Atlas deal

The Shops at Atlas Park in Glendale, which are operating under bankruptcy protection, have hit yet another speed bump in the road to new ownership. Comment

Old Navy store plans move

The Flushing Old Navy clothing store is making a crosstown move. Comment

Arson follows murder-suicide

A suspected murder-suicide and arson created a chaotic scene in downtown Flushing Saturday afternoon with two men dead and an immigration services center gutted by fire. Comment

Boro education workers lament overcrowded schools

The Clinton Democratic Club welcomed education experts to its monthly meeting last week for a discussion about the myriad concerns many northeast Queens residents have about area schools. Comment

Police seek man in pair of attacks in Briarwood

BRIARWOOD—Police were looking for a man wanted in a pair of attempted sexual assaults that took place earlier this month. Comment

Police seek missing man last seen in Manhattan

BELLEROSE — Police are looking for a man they say went missing on Friday. Comment

Two men robbed Flushing Duane Reade store: Cops

FLUSHING — Police were looking for two suspects who are wanted for robbing a Duane Reade store in August. Comment

Signs of the Times

Proposed legislation requiring store owners to post signs in English may appear to infringe on the owners’ First Amendment rights. The legislation was introduced by Councilman Dan Halloran, whose district covers Bayside, Whitestone and College Point. The legislation will have the greatest impact in nearby Flushing, with its large Asian business district. Comment

Hundreds seeks jobs at women’s center fair

Despite a slow job market, professional women from the political and business worlds told a full room of job seekers at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel Friday that with enough determination they could not only find work but also start a career. Comment

Gym lockdown nixes sports at Van Buren

Students and parents at Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village are crying foul over scheduling changes at the school they say have shortchanged student athletes. They say the number of sports practice days was cut in half, teams could not play games on their home court and bleachers in the gym were bolted shut so that parents and pals were discouraged from attending matches. Comment

AAA opposes raising tolls on New York City crossings

The American Automobile Association of New York City has suggested that higher tolls on MTA bridges and tunnels could drive hundreds of thousands of motorists out of their cars, depriving the transit agency of millions of dollars in revenue. Comment

Rego Park concierge gets recognition for decades of work

For 22 years, Carlos Cruz has in his job as a doorman in Rego Park been a crime stopper, translator and friend all at once. Comment

Nature inspires Chinese artist’s Queens College show

While posing for a seemingly endless number of photos in front of huge canvasses that fill up much of the Queens College art gallery walls, Long Island City artist Marlene Tseng Yu was asked what inspired these massive, colorful works of art. Comment

Report predicts more mass transit service cuts

Without new sources of money, New York City straphangers will face even more cutbacks in bus and subway service, a new report warns. Comment

Sanders urges end to violence

While police hunt for a fugitive wanted for gunning down a Laurelton deli owner over the weekend, City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton) is calling for an end to the violence that has been terrorizing southeast Queens over the last couple of months. Comment

Jamaica building’s lifts neglected: Liu

A Jamaica housing project is one of several buildings that have come under scrutiny by the city comptroller’s office for the unsatisfactory maintenance of its elevators. Comment

Rego Park gets new med facility

North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System officials last week celebrated the ribbon-cutting of their urgent care center in Rego Park, which they said would help to address the gap in health care created when St. John’s and Mary Immaculate hospitals closed last year. Comment

Queens WWII hero gets proper burial

Fred Salerno, now 67, was only 1 when his uncle, Army Staff Sgt. John R. Simonetti of Jackson Heights, fought near the French town of St. Germain-d’Elle and never came home — but Salerno remembers Simonetti as a presence growing up. Comment

State takes action to protect Queens homeowners

The state took more steps last week to improve the way foreclosures are handled with a court ruling and a measure passed in Albany, and a southeast Queens housing group said both will go a long way for the residents who are in the center of the mortgage crisis. Comment
Bayside Times

Expect Hotel on Northern

Sources familiar with an application to build a hotel at 211-08 Northern Blvd. are expecting it to be rejected after a final hearing at the city Board of Standards and Appeals. Comment
Bayside Times

History plays out on Bayside’s main drag

From a mile-long dirt road dividing Abraham Bell’s farm in the late 1820s, Bell Avenue developed over the next two centuries from quiet Main Street USA for the village of Bayside into a vibrant commercial boulevard — with arguably the most diverse restaurant row in Queens. Comment
Bayside Times

Artists make presence known on Bell

A growing community of local artists brightened the face of Bell Boulevard recently with the first-ever Bayside Village Art Fair. Comment

Man making false subway bomb threats: Police

KEW GARDENS — A man has been making bomb threats in subways and the authorities were asking the public for help in catching him. Comment

Woman robbed of her wallet in stairwell: Police

QUEENSBRIDGE — Investigators were looking for a woman who they say robbed another female in a stairwell nearly three weeks ago. Comment

Reporters need to get better at doing their jobs

This is in response to the editorial in the Oct. 7-13 issue of the Whitestone Times headlined “We Were Right: Paladino Is Unfit to Govern.” Comment

Teachers are not society’s villains

I do not understand how teachers have become the villains of society and scapegoats of every politician facing a budget deficit. Teaching is one of the most important professions that exists within an advanced society. Teachers have the responsibility of preparing our youth for the challenges of daily life as American adults. Comment

Sens. sold out constituents to U.N.

This unbelievable story concerns our two New York U.S. senators in Washington, D.C. On March 5, 2009, a meeting took place in the Senate. The topic being discussed was “Should you and your constituents have to pay taxes to the U.N.?” Comment

Mark Weprin has new view of zoning

The proliferation of two- and four-family home construction is the often-neglected “elephant in the room” when we are talking about the overcrowding of our schools in Bayside. Comment

‘Mama grizzlies’ threaten to reverse gains women have made over the years

As someone who has been committed for most of my personal and professional life to human rights and, particularly in recent years, to women’s rights, I feel the need to express my opinion about the current political scene and the discussion of issues affecting the lives and status of women. Comment

Thanks to pols for attending PTA meeting at John Bowne

I am writing to say thank you to state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) and City Councilmen Peter Koo (R-Flushing) and Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone). Comment

Teachers need, deserve fair wage

Well, here it is October 2010 and there is still no contract between the United Federation of Teachers and the city Department of Education. Why? The teachers in this city are hardworking and dedicated to helping their students achieve success in the classroom. The conditions under which teachers are working are far from ideal in some instances. Comment

Going Backward on Election Day

On Tuesday, voters across the state will go to the polls to elect a new governor and state attorney general and new Congress members and state legislators. When they do, they will cast their votes on paper ballots. Comment

QueensLine: Labor unrest, transit work marked 1916

It was October 1916 and Queens’ transportation system was undergoing a renaissance. Comment

Dishing with Dee: Hofstra debate was more like a meeting of the Seven Dwarfs

It’s countdown time in only six more days. This election cycle has had so many intriguing races and interesting candidates. Unfortunately, there can only be one winner in each race and that’s too bad as several of the candidates in the various races appeared as if they would all have been excellent for their respective communities. Comment

Berger’s Burg: Keep American democracy in place by voting this Nov.

On Nov. 2, the most eagerly anticipated election in a generation will take place. The stakes are higher than ever before, so I need not tell you how important it is for your voice to be heard. Comment

Weiner pushes reform in bid for another term in Congress

While the political climate in Washington, D.C., is one of the most polarized U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) said he has experienced, he hopes to forge ahead with comprehensive immigration reform if elected to another term. Comment

City tries to educate voters

Following an outcry by Queens and city legislators about widespread voting problems during Primary Day, the city Board of Elections said it is taking extra precautions to educate the public about the new voting machines before the Nov. 2 election. Comment

Ex-prisoner of Taliban to talk at Forest Hills Y

Jere Van Dyk remembers seeing the movement out of the corner of his eye before about a dozen men wearing black turbans with rocket-propelled grenade launchers came charging down the mountainside along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Comment

St. John’s forum draws partisan crowd Queens congressional hopefuls face revved-up friends, foes as they field questions on views

A slate of candidates vying to represent Queens in Congress convened for a boisterous candidates’ forum at St. John’s University, where they were each given a chance to express the philosophies and policies they would push if they are sent to Washington, D.C. Comment

Bayside Times to offer free issues

From now on every resident in Bayside and the surrounding neighborhoods will be getting the TimesLedger Newspapers’ flagship paper for free. Comment

Avella, Padavan fire off accusations

The final leg of the campaign between state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) and former City Councilman Tony Avella for a northeast Queens seat that could tilt control of the Senate was dominated by attacks as the candidates struggled to draw attention not only to their own platforms but also to perceived missteps by their opponents. Comment

Candidates for White seat vow to better community

Almost all of the contenders vying to take over the City Council seat left vacant after the death of Thomas White spoke about their plans for the future of southeast Queens during a candidates forum Monday night. Comment

LIRR says marketing eased first weekend of service cuts

The Long Island Rail Road is ready for its second and final round of drastic weekend service curtailments to install new switching systems in Jamaica with the first weekend of cuts having been carried out smoothly. Comment

Crowley touts reform benefits

U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) defended his support of the bank bailouts of 2009 and the controversial health care reform bill at the United Community Civic Association meeting last Thursday at Augustana Evangelical Lutheran Church in Astoria. Comment

Tabone’s residency, funds questioned by Braunstein

Attacks have taken the front seat in the final days of the race to replace state Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret Carrozza (D-Bayside). Comment

Building starts on wall for BQE to lessen noise

After five years and funding from Queens elected officials, the state Department of Transportation broke ground last Thursday on a project aimed at making some Woodside streets a little quieter. Comment

BOE fires director over Bell/Wills ballot mixup

The head of the city Board of Elections has been removed from office Tuesday over a series of errors that have occurred on his watch, including the confusing ballot that was almost used in the special election to replace the late City Councilman Thomas White. Comment

Astoria power plant to receive upgrade starting in 2012

The Astoria Generating Co., a subsidiary of electric company USPowergen, which operates three power stations in New York City, is planning to upgrade its power station in Astoria by 2014 so it can create more electricity while cutting its emissions. Comment
Astoria Times

Amtrak work causing falling debris, rocks

Elected officials and residents in Astoria said Amtrak’s current work on its train lines has thrown rocks and other debris onto the nearby streets, damaging cars and threatening to turn into what they believe could be a deadly situation. Comment

Report on failed AEG deal roils Queens Dems

Democratic Queens officials and state leaders scrambled in the aftermath of a scathing report released last week by the office of state Inspector General Joseph Fisch about the bidding process used to select a vendor to operate video lottery terminals at Aqueduct Racetrack in Howard Beach, a scandal that has come to be known as “Aquegate.” Comment

Fiercely fun

Astoria-based jazz saxophonist and composer Patrick Cornelius is releasing his second album, “Fierce,” which features dynamic interplay that he hopes reflects the “giddy unbridled joy” he feels while performing. Comment

American music, global musicians

The Flushing Council On Culture And The Arts presented an international ensemble of jazz musicians at Flushing Town Hall Oct. 15. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010

Trinity edges Cross on last-second stop

Redemption for Kevin Durkan was less than a yard away. Comment

Coleman shows Cardinal Hayes who is King

James Coleman just rushed for three touchdowns, helping lead Christ the King to a 33-28 victory against Cardinal Hayes. But that doesn’t change his postgame responsibilities as the running back left Maritime College in the Bronx Friday night. Comment
Whitestone Times

College Point robbers on loose after massive police search: Cops

A large-scale police search in College Point Saturday afternoon ended unsuccessfully, with two robbery suspects eluding arrest, police said. Comment

CB 5 hears plans for playground at Juniper Valley

The city Parks Department unveiled plans for the next phase of reconstruction of the playground in Juniper Valley Park and a medical counseling service provider asked to set up shop in Ridgewood during the Oct. 13 meeting of Community Board 5. Comment

First Astoria/LIC International Film Festival to open

More than 50 foreign films will be screened at the first Astoria/LIC International Film Festival to be held at The Secret Theatre, 44-01 23rd St., in Long Island City. Comment

Cross Bay small biz get lessons on fines

State Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) and state Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer (D-Rockaway Beach) visited small businesses across Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach to inform them about city regulations to help prevent them from getting fines. Comment

Man who double-parked hits police officer: DA

JAMAICA — An upstate man was arrested two weeks ago for allegedly striking a police officer during a confrontation, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Police investigate murders of young men in St. Albans

Police have not given any official updates on the investigation into two murders that took place last week in St. Albans, but an elected official said investigators are hard at work finding the killers. Comment

Queensites enjoy autumn at Jamaica Harvest Festival

Sunny skies and a slight chill made for an appropriate setting this weekend as dozens of visitors headed to the Jamaica Farmer’s Market to celebrate the fall. Comment

Jamaica shelter draws anger in SE Queens

Southeast Queens community leaders said they are disappointed the city approved a new homeless shelter in Jamaica in spite of their calls to stop packing the area with those homes. Comment

Playground opens at IS 238 in Hollis

A vacant lot at a Hollis middle school that was marred by tragedy is now the site of a state-of-the-art playground. Comment

A Grassroots Change

On Election Day, southeast Queens voters will have the opportunity to decide whether they want to be represented on the City Council by a young woman who four years ago captured the heart of this city. Comment
Jackson Heights

David Tarloff declared unfit for trial a second time

Despite being found fit to stand trial early last week, an ordered last-minute psychiatric evaluation of admitted killer David Tarloff found him unfit to stand trial, according to the Manhattan district attorney’s office. As a result, Justice Edward McLaughlin declared a mistrial before the jury selection was completed, the DA’s office said. Comment

Whitestone pizzeria’s word of mouth reaches Calif.

California love landed in Queens last week for some New York-style pizza. Comment
Fresh Meadows

CB 8 takes step to allow Sri Chinmoy land buy

Community Board 8 passed a resolution last week that brings the Sri Chinmoy Centre Church’s plan to purchase city land considered sacred by members one step closer to reality. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Briarwood asks city to fix windows, trash

Briarwood residents have asked the city to address an increasing number of broken windows on a street they said already has a significant trash problem. Comment

Elected officials join forces to promote marriage equality

Legislators in Jackson Heights told their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender constituents as well as their allies Monday to vote for pro-marriage equality candidates in the Nov. 2 election. Comment

Man found shot dead in Pomonok

A young Fresh Meadows man was shot and killed following an argument in a Pomonok Houses courtyard last week, police said. Comment
Flushing Times

City EDC worker chosen to head Flushing BID

The Downtown Flushing Business Improvement District has found a replacement for Mabel Law, its founding executive director. Comment

Duo drive off with stolen pizza toppings: Brown

GLEN OAKS — A Jamaica pair were sentenced to a year in prison for stealing toppings from a pizzeria two weeks ago, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

The ‘Career Politician’ Myth

If enough people say something dumb often enough, it begins to sound intelligent — especially in politics. Comment

Albany owes Community House $300K

The state has not come through on hundreds of thousands of dollars owed to Queens Community House, which has severely cramped the Forest Hills-based organization’s cash flow and last week made them delay paying staff, the group’s executive director said. Comment

Anti-Padavan prophylactics

Advocates from Planned Parenthood spiced up the race between state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) and former City Councilman Tony Avella last week when the group handed out condoms to patrons at Bayside bars that urged residents to “protect yourself” from Padavan as a way to highlight what they said was the senator’s anti-women agenda. Comment

Milano lays out his plan to help Queens residents

From health care to taxes, the country is in a downward spiral, Republican congressional candidate Dr. James Milano contends. Comment

North Shore-LIJ plans free conference for caregivers

The North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System is gearing up for a free caregivers’ conference it is scheduled to hold in Douglaston Tuesday to help new caregivers deal with issues that may come up while caring for a loved one. Comment

Halloran urges English signs for biz

City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) held what he called his Council district’s first town hall meeting Monday night, discussing a range of new legislation he has proposed, including one to make English-language signs mandatory at city businesses and several to give the city greater power to address building code violations. Comment

Braunstein outraises Tabone

With the general election only two weeks away, the candidates vying to replace state Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret Carrozza (D-Bayside) are beginning to take shots at each other’s qualifications and backgrounds while working overtime to shake hands and reach out to voters. Comment

Bayside holds first fair for artists and crafts

The parking lot near the Bayside Long Island Rail Road station was transformed into an outdoor gallery as the neighborhood hosted its first Arts and Crafts Fair Sunday. Comment

Padavan, Avella tout differences at SJU forum

State Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) does not own an iPod. Comment

109th Precinct officer honored for making 4 robbery arrests

The 109th Precinct Community Council gave its Police Officer of the Month award for September last week to a member of the force whose work led to four arrests in one evening. Comment

Fight in pool hall leads to two arrests: Brown

ELMHURST — Two teens were arrested two weeks ago for their part in a fight inside a pool hall, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Woodhaven man makes death threat: DA

RICHMOND HILL — A Woodhaven man was arrested two weeks ago for allegedly threatening someone with a handgun, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Cops hunt for robber of bank in Glendale

GLENDALE — Police were looking for a man they said tried to rob a Bank of America branch Friday afternoon. Comment

Homeless man guilty in 2008 killing of friend

KEW GARDENS — A homeless man was convicted last week of strangling a friend underneath an overpass of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Co-ops must charge flip taxes on apartments

I am opposed to the proposed rule change that the Federal Housing Finance Agency is considering for private transfer fees, commonly known as “flip taxes.” The rule change would prevent institutions such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from investing in mortgages on properties where flip taxes are in place. Comment

Padavan’s independence from political machines will ensure his victory

One can only wonder where former City Councilman Tony Avella will wind up after he loses the state Senate race against Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose). Comment

DiNapoli stands up for New Yorkers

A good cop is decisive and active in carrying out his duties, which sometimes earns him as many pats on the back as reprimands. Most of us would rather have such passion and commitment when serving the public than a sideliner unwilling to jump into the fray. Comment

Demapping Astoria street would create more traffic

As a lifelong Astoria resident, I am concerned about the proposed demapping of 36th Street. The proposal would close the street to both traffic and the public in order to expand Kaufman Studios. Comment

U.S. must fix its roads, bridges

It is critical to maintain our country’s infrastructure of roads and bridges, over which millions of Americans travel each day. Many of the nation’s roads and bridges are in immediate need of emergency repairs, while many others will be in need of repairs in the coming years. Comment

Once Again the Forgotten Borough

The “let’s hike the fares again” Metropolitan Transportation Authority is planning to install countdown clocks on the subway platforms of the Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 subway lines. These lines run from Brooklyn to the Bronx through Manhattan. Comment

Our History: Writer Thomas Paine helped foster American independence

Thomas Paine — or “Tom,” as he was wont to be called — should perhaps be known as the prime mover of public opinion in the late 18th century as we drew nearer to the inevitable beginning of our Revolutionary War. Comment

Political Action: Cuomo-Paladino race mirrors that of Johnson-Goldwater

In the 38th state Assembly District in western Queens, the Democratic assemblyman who represents the district, Michael Miller, had both good and bad news regarding the results of the primaries Sept. 14. In this district, which is on the Brooklyn-Queens border and includes parts of Ozone Park, Woodhaven, Glendale and Ridgewood, he faced primaries that day in both the Democratic and Conservative parties. Comment

I Sit And Look Out: Nothing does more harm than intolerance in society

In the manufactured controversy over the planned Islamic center on Park Place, certain actors deserve special mention. Comment

Dishing with Dee: New Il Bacco in Bayside throws grand-opening bash

On Sunday night, the Wednesday Il Bacco regulars held their last food-and-drink bash. It was a bittersweet evening. We have all been hanging out there for the past 15 years. The redeeming aspect of Il Bacco’s last evening was that it had a ribbon-cutting and grand opening the next night a few doors down on Northern Boulevard off Little Neck Parkway in Little Neck. Comment

Berger’s Burg: On Halloween, beware the greatest of evil: Politicians

Halloween falls on Oct. 31; the midterm elections fall on Nov. 2. I had been asked by the honorable fiends of Halloween to meet with them to discuss a significant concern. We met at the stroke of midnight in the darkened offices of Times Ledger Newspapers. Comment

Crowley gives Jackson Heights man the Bronze Star

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) presented World War II veteran and Jackson Heights resident George Vujnovich with the Bronze Star at a Manhattan church Sunday for his service during a formerly secret mission to rescue 512 Allied pilots in Yugoslavia. Comment

Willets Pt. motorcycle club gets city to repave 34th Ave.

The road is finally a little smoother for a scrappy Willets Point motorcycle crew. Comment

Wills outraises Paultre-Bell

Ruben Wills has a major financial lead over Sean Bell’s fiancee, his chief rival for late City Councilman Thomas White’s vacated seat, who has raised roughly $6,000 for her bid, campaign finance records show. Comment

Weiner slams feds on benefits

The federal government’s decision not to increase Social Security benefits for the second year in a row is a huge blow to Queens seniors who depend on that money to pay for everything from rent to medicine, U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) and borough residents said at the Forest Hills Senior Center last week. Comment

U.N.’s 65th anniversary marked at Flushing Meadows

The United Nations is turning 65 this year and to celebrate its anniversary, an advocacy group held a big bash right where it all started: Flushing Meadow Corona Park. Comment

Quinn nixes sick day bill after Corona residents rally for it

A group of small business owners and residents in Corona attempted to turn the tide on the debate surrounding a bill to provide paid time for sick days by holding a rally in support of it last week but a day later City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) said no to the controversial measure. Comment

Prez declares disaster area after tornado

Queens legislators cheered President Barack Obama’s decision to declare a major federal disaster for New York, saying it will bring much-needed money to help the borough repair damage sustained during the tornado that ripped through Queens last month. Comment

Officials break ground for Moynihan Station

Sledgehammer-wielding officials demolished an intentionally fragile brick wall after rejoicing at the prospect of turning the Farley Post Office in Manhattan into a resplendent railroad station on Eighth Avenue named for the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Comment

Monserrate faces charges of 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

Low-income housing begun at Electchester

Queens and federal officials celebrated the groundbreaking of an eight-story housing complex for low-income seniors in Electchester last week and feted the development as a much-needed addition to a borough with long waiting lists for affordable residences. Comment

Markey, Nunziato air views

State Assemblywoman Marge Markey (D-Maspeth) pledged to bring more money for services back to her district while her Republican opponent, Tony Nunziato, promised to cap government spending as they moved into the final weeks of the campaign before the Nov. 2 election. Comment

Slater pleads in JetBlue chute escape

More than two months after capturing the attention of the world with his wild escape out of a JetBlue airliner in August, former flight attendant Steven Slater took the high road Tuesday in Queens Criminal Court. Comment

War journalist to discuss new book in Forest Hills

As the bombs rained down during the war between Hezbollah and Israel in 2006, American journalist Thanassis Cambanis stared down death with many individuals who became major players in his new book, which he will discuss in Forest Hills next week, and who are part of an organization he calls one of the most effective militant groups in the Middle East. Comment

Queens urges feds to treat boro equally in creek cleanup

At LaGuardia Community College, which overlooks the Dutch Kills tributary off Newtown Creek, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria), Borough President Helen Marshall and other elected officials demanded Friday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency clean up both the Brooklyn and Queens sides of the creek. Comment
Astoria Times

Denis Butler, ex-pol from boro, dies at 83

Former state Assemblyman Denis Butler, who held elected office in Astoria for 24 years, died last Thursday at 83. The cause of his death was not disclosed. Comment

Notify cell phone users about unexpected charges: Boro pols

U.S. Reps. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) and Audrey Pheffer (D-Rockaway Beach) this week urged the Federal Communications Commission to pass new rules that would better protect residents from incurring unexpected cell phone charges. Comment

Electeds cheer shuttering of Casa Romana

Just weeks after they had rallied for its shutdown, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), state Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan (D-Ridgewood) and Community Board 2 Chairman Joe Conley celebrated the closure of the Casa Romana Restaurant and Bar in Sunnyside Friday. Comment

Cabbie stab suspect released on bail: DA

The film student accused of slashing a Jamaica cabbie because of his Muslim faith was released from jail with strict stipulations Tuesday afternoon, the Manhattan district attorney’s office said. Comment

Survivors spread hope at Queens breast cancer walk

Thousands of borough residents joined cancer survivors Sunday to turn Queens Boulevard pink not only to raise awareness for breast cancer but also to celebrate life. Comment

Developed pictures

When Astoria artist Jason Mitcham created the video animation for the Avett Brothers’ song “Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise,” he spent six weeks this past year painting a picture, filming it, altering the drawing and then refilming it 2,600 times. Comment

Play ‘Golden’ even as director subs for main role

Ernest Thompson’s “On Golden Pond” is a departure for Beari Productions. Beari usually presents musicals, or at least plays with music in them, and “On Golden Pond,” whose film version starred Katharine Hepburn and Jane and Henry Fonda, is a straight comedy-drama. Comment

Hilarious ‘Light up the Sky’ skewers theater world

Moss Hart’s hilarious “Light Up the Sky,” presented by the Douglaston Community Theatre, is an examination of the folkways of stage actors and directors and the people who throw money at them, i.e., “very dubious people.” Comment


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