Sunday, March 13, 2011

New York City traffic ranked second worst in US: Report

Los Angeles may be the nation’s gridlock champ, but the worst motorist nightmare is in the Bronx, according to a new survey. Comment

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

City OKs temporary move of Maspeth high school to Metro Campus

A Maspeth high school found a temporary home at the Metropolitan Campus in Forest Hills, but it certainly was not an invited guest. Comment

Prep beats All Hallows in ‘AA’ Round 1 match

It was an eventful final 74 seconds of the fourth quarter for Glyne Straker. Comment

Bad knee lands Smith on bench

If Christ the King’s season was on the line, if the Royals would have gone home if they lost, there was nothing that would have kept Bria Smith off the court. Comment

Boro school districts facing teacher layoffs

The city Department of Education released a list of possible teacher layoffs late Sunday night in response to Albany budget cuts and schools all over the borough could be affected. Comment

8% of teacher jobs in peril in

The city Department of Education quietly released a list of possible teacher layoffs late Sunday night in response to federal and state budget cuts and many schools in District 24 could face more than a 20 percent cut in teachers. Comment

Chancellor at CUNY sorry for tuition hike

CUNY’s chancellor told students at York College last week that the recent tuition hike at city colleges was a hard decision to make, but he promised that the investments made would pay off with better academics in the long run. Comment
Queens Village

Jamaica man repairs house with stolen money: DA

A Jamaica man was charged Friday with grand larceny and other charges after he allegedly took a $10,000 down payment he received from a potential homeowner for the purchase of his Bellerose house and used the cash to make repairs to the property when the deal fell through, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment
Little Neck Ledger

De Blasio blasts blizzard and DOE at CB 13 meet

City Pubic Advocate Bill de Blasio visited Community Board 13 during its monthly meeting Monday to update the board about the involvement his office has with major issues affecting the city. Comment

Qns biz owner threatened with razor blade: Brown

SOUTH OZONE PARK — A South Ozone Park man who wanted his car back from a Rockaway Boulevard repair shop asked for it by allegedly threatening the owner with razor blades Feb. 14, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Creedmoor bomb scare a false alarm: NYPD

QUEENS VILLAGE — A bomb scare at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center prompted a visit from police, the FDNY and the NYPD’s bomb squad last Thursday morning. Comment

Shaving items stolen from boro store: Brown

JAMAICA — A Long Island man did not escape from his close shave with the law Feb. 14. Comment

Man beaten, robbed of phone in Laurelton: DA

LAURELTON — Three teenagers allegedly beat and robbed a man at the corner of Springfield Boulevard and 144th Avenue in Laurelton Feb. 14, according to the Queens district attorney’s office. Comment

Boro man scratched wrong vehicle: Brown

JAMAICA — A Jamaica man allegedly vandalized a vehicle he thought belonged to his ex-girlfriend on 161 St. in Jamaica Feb. 14, but he got the wrong car, the Queens DA said. Comment

L.I. joyrider admits to crash, using cocaine

A Long Island woman admitted last week to severely injuring two construction workers in Springfield Gardens more than a year ago while she was driving while high on crack cocaine, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

CB 13 nixes zoning change for building

Community Board 13 voted against an application to build a one-story commercial building in Cambria Heights during its monthly meeting Monday night. Comment

SE Qns. school escapes the ax

For the second time, the city has postponed its vote on the future of a southeast Queens school following concerns that parents’ opinions on the matter were not properly heard. Comment

Community praises Carol Hunt during retirement party

Carol Hunt said she never expected to have a prestigious celebration for her retirement as the executive director of the Jamaica Service Program for Older Adults, but that did not stop the community from giving her a huge send-off. Comment

Moving Forward at Aqueduct

It appears the company hired to turn Aqueduct Race Track into a casino is making the right moves. Resorts World New York said last month that more than a third of its massive contracts will go to Minority Women Business Enterprise ´╗┐businesses. Comment
Jackson Heights

Peralta gives black leaders recognition

In celebration of Black History Month, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) bestowed honors upon three black New Yorkers for what they have done for the city, Queens and East Elmhurst. Comment

DOT truck proposal riles Maspeth residents

The city Department of Transportation unveiled its long-awaited Maspeth truck bypass proposal last Thursday, but could not circumvent some criticism from fed-up residents. Comment

Queens residents admit they stole from bingo

A Little Neck man and two Astoria residents pleaded guilty Monday to pocketing $830,000 raised through bingo games for Greek Orthodox Church charities, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Supporters want back PS 18 gifted program

Education advocates are trying to get the city Department of Education to reinstate the gifted and talented program at PS 18 in Queens Village, arguing there is enough demand to keep the program going. Comment

New Hyde Park hospital treats L.I. girl’s rare blood disease

Teresa Ryan knew her daughter, Taylor, was sick for eight years but did not know why until visiting the Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park. Comment

Officials blast shared school

A controversial measure on whether to temporarily locate nine-graders from a Maspeth HS to the Metropolitan Campus in Forest Hills was expected to pass an education panel vote this week even after parents and Queens legislators voiced heated criticism of the plan. Comment
Forest Hills Ledger

Forest Hills Chamber gets grant for summer concerts

The Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce recently received a grant for its summer concert series, Jazz Thursdays, and local businesses are just excited as music fans. Comment
Forest Hills Ledger

Cricket returns to SE Qns. Renovations to ball field and surrounding park to take place in spring

Spring training for Major League Baseball is well underway on fields in the South, but athletes who swing a different bat in southeast Queens are anxious to set foot on a new space in a revamped Baisley Pond Park, community leaders said. Comment
Forest Hills Ledger

Rego Pk. library redo may finally be funded

The broken record approach might pay off this year for Community Board 6 since many of the items that have appeared for years on its annual budget proposal might become a reality. Comment

Avella asks DOT to rethink Whitestone street change

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has joined a group of Whitestone residents in requesting that the city Department of Transportation re-evaluate a plan to change two road segments in their neighborhood from two-way to one-way traffic patterns. Comment

Jockey transformed Whitestone joint into an upscale eatery

Eddie Cruz raced horses every day at Belmont Park for two decades. Comment

Halloran threatens to block White House rezoning

City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) has vowed to block a rezoning application by the new owner of The White House, a longtime Whitestone restaurant that was sold last year, unless it is amended to better protect the surrounding community. Comment

Peter Koo commends Flushing black leaders

City Councilman Peter Koo (R-Flushing) honored four members of the African-American community last week in celebration of Black History Month. Comments (1)
Flushing Times

Chinese group donates new materials to Queens Library

The Queens Library’s shelves are filled with even more Chinese-language materials after a sizable donation by the China Overseas Exchange Association. Comment

Merit vs. Seniority

The debate over whether the city Department of Education should base teacher layoffs on seniority got hotter this week when a Quinnipiac Poll showed that 85 percent of the people who responded opposed the current policy of basing teacher layoffs on seniority. The respondents said they do not like the “last in, first out” policy. They want the best teachers retained. Comment

Windsor Park branch gets high-end revamp

The Windsor Park library branch is back open for business with new amenities targeted at enriching the reading experience for children and adults. Comment

Glen Oaks Village eyes CB move

Glen Oaks Village is contemplating leaving Community Board 13 and joining CB 11, claiming the co-op has more in common with CB 11 than CB 13, according to Glen Oaks Village President Bob Friedrich. Comment
Bayside Times

Marshall eyes Getty waiver

A representative for Borough President Helen Marshall indicated at a hearing last week that she would most likely not be supporting an application by the owners of a Bayside gas station to extend a variance that has not been renewed since expiring in 2000. Comment

Teacher cuts planned for Metropolitan

The city Department of Education released a list of possible teacher layoffs late Sunday night in response to federal and state budget cuts and two schools at the Metropolitan Campus in Forest Hills could lose more than a third of their teachers. Comment

Borough Board hears case for church expansion

A representative of a Korean church in Bayside appeared before Borough President Helen Marshall’s land-use hearing last week to ask that she recommend the legalization of an addition made to the church completed in 1998. Comment

Halloran, civic oppose plan to build second home on lot

City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) has joined civic leaders in opposing a variance sought by a developer to create a two-family home in Bayside Hills that they say would change the character of the neighborhood. Comment

Road rage almost leads to beating with pipe: DA

WOODHAVEN — An Elmhurst man allegedly attempted to beat a motorist with a metal pipe Feb. 14 in Woodhaven, court documents from the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Drunk driver pleads guilty in man’s death: DA

LONG ISLAND CITY — A Long Island City man who pleaded guilty in January to crashing his car while intoxicated, killing a food deliveryman, was sentenced to 3 1/2 to 10 years in prison, the Queens district attorney announced Tuesday. Comment

Cab driver punched in face by passenger: Post

ELMHURST — A cab driver in East Elmhurst was paid with a punch to the face Feb. 15, according to the New York Post. Comment

Video released of three boro store robbers

FOREST HILLS — Police have released a video showing three men suspected of robbing a Queens Boulevard store at knifepoint Feb. 21. Comment

Police release picture of Maspeth robber

MASPETH — The NYPD has released a photo of the man they say robbed a Maspeth bank in broad daylight Feb. 16, making off with an unidentified amount of cash, police said. Comment

Democrat’s district dominance will not last forever in Jax Hts.

The new year is well under way and the winds of political change swept across America, Queens and specifically Woodside continue on in the bosom of the Democratic Party. If 100 years have passed since a Republican was elected anywhere within our district, I would not be surprised. Comment

City must keep experienced teachers working

Have you noticed the commercials on television that call for the end of the seniority system method of dismissing teachers — last one in, first one out — during financial crises? Comment

Use the commuter tax to pay for New York City’s infrastructure

As often happens in New York politics, we are faced again with the prospect of solving New York City’s traffic congestion problem, or at least that is what the advocates of congestion pricing would want you to believe. The city has serious transportation issues that need to be addressed, but another foray into congestion pricing would be not only bad policy but a waste of time politically. It is true that there are severe transportation problems facing the city, but these problems have been years in the making, so instituting a tax on people attempting to drive into work is not going to solve it. Comment

Landmark designation for SE Qns. area covers up many problems

Addisleigh Park’s newly designated historic landmark status acknowledges its place among the greats of New York City. Addisleigh is where the iconic African Americans of the 1940s and ’50s — Lena Horne, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, W.E.B. DuBois — lived alongside the newly minted black middle class of civil servants, teachers and entrepreneurs. Comment

Accept children into program for Queens gifted and talented

I am writing regarding an issue that was discussed at the Community District Education Council 26 meetings in January and February: the phasing out of the gifted and talented program at PS 18. This program started 13 years ago and through the hard work of school administrators and teachers has provided services and activities not ordinarily provided by general education programs. Comment

Mayor should retract statements on funding

An open letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Comment

Board must reinstate Italian Regents exam

An open letter to state Board of Regents Chancellor at Large Meryl Tisch. Comment

Slow Down

With respect to former Mayor Ed Koch, the proposal to rename the Queensboro Bridge is stupid. Known also as the “59th Street Bridge,” it connects Queens with Manhattan. Changing the name to the “Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge” is unacceptable. At best it is dumb; at worst it is an insult to Queensites. Comment

Political Action: Near future looks bright for Queens Conservative Party

In the 2010 election, the state Conservative Party made a significant gain. As a result of its showing in the governor’s race, the party will remain on the ballot for the next four years and advance its position from Row D to Row C, right next to the Republican and Democratic parties. Comment

Dishing with Dee: Show support by participating in upcoming Relay For Life

I guess this is the lull before the storm. Things were rather quiet this week, at least in my world. Comment

Whitestone dojo caters to pupils of all ages

Practicing together in their new, expanded dojo, the students at Fierce Dragon Martial Arts Academy are not typical. They range in age from 3-year-olds to teenagers to their parents to seniors looking to get in shape — and Michael and Jessica Kimmel offer classes for them all. Comment

Astoria woman takes top honors in fitness competition

About 40 fit ladies competed behind the foggy windows of an Astoria gym for the chance to be crowned CrossFit Queen. Comment

Willets backers plan to reopen suit against city

A cadre of Willets Point property owners plans to file a motion by the end of the month to reopen a lawsuit against the city in response to environmental law violations the group alleges the city has made in pursuit of its $3 billion redevelopment plan for the 62-acre site. Comment

Queensbridge event helps boy fight his illness

When more than 100 people came out to the Jacob Riis House Monday evening, they did so not only to witness eight members of their community be honored but to make a difference in the life of one sick little boy. Comment

Boro riders hobbled by inadequate buses: Study

As growing numbers of Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx and Staten Island residents work outside Manhattan, thousands endure tough commutes to work on a transit system never designed for their trips, an urban think tank says. Comment

Boro Hall statue is sexist: Ferreras, Weiner

U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) and City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) say the deteriorating statue adjacent to Queens Borough Hall depicting a man stepping on two women-shaped creatures is sexist and should be sold, but others say the statue is a work of art and want it restored. Comment

Boro’s gay-friendly St. Pat’s parade set for Sunday

When Sunnyside and Woodside’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade steps off Sunday, the 2,000 spectators expected at the event will see not only bagpipers and Irish dancers, but Chinese kite-flyers, Mexican dancers and a plethora of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender groups. Comment
Astoria Times

City to repair Queens Seawall along E. River in Long Island City

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) said the wheels of government are moving to repair a dilapidated 200-foot portion of the Queens Seawall, which runs along the East River near Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City. Comment
Astoria Times

Ex-officers allege sex bias at LIC workplace

Two women have alleged that they were denied permanent positions with the NYPD’s School Safety Division because they refused to sleep with their supervisors, according to complaints filed in January with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Comment

Marshall considers RKO plan

The revival of the RKO Keith’s Theatre in downtown Flushing is one step closer to becoming a reality. Comment

City pols praise Padavan’s work at Qns. Village dinner

Former state Sen. Frank Padavan was his usual self at a Queens Village Republican Club dinner held in his honor Sunday after the political veteran suffered a minor stroke at his home late last month. Comment

Nonprofits seek city funds

From colleges to cultural groups and nonprofits that run foreclosure prevention programs, organizations pleaded their cases for a share of Borough President Helen Marshall’s discretionary funds in the city budget last week. Comment
Astoria Times

ERDA touts free tax prep

Bishop Mitchell Taylor, founder and president of the East River Development Alliance, encouraged residents of public housing Tuesday to take advantage of the city’s free tax preparation services at ERDA and throughout the city. Comment

Obama’s shift on gay marriage cheered

Joined by activists throughout the borough, city and state, City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) applauded President Barack Obama’s announcement last week that his administration would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act. Comment

Cricket returns to SE Qns.

Spring training for Major League Baseball is well underway on fields in the South, but athletes who swing a different bat in southeast Queens are anxious to set foot on a new space in a revamped Baisley Pond Park, community leaders said. Comment

Co-op owners balk at property value rise

Co-op owners in the borough were left with a rude awakening earlier this month when they found out the assessed values of their properties jumped by between 50 and 140 percent. Comment

Activists talk plans to protect hospitals

Community leaders and concerned citizens met in Jackson Heights Saturday to discuss the dire state of the borough’s health-care facilities, and each person seemed to have a different solution. Comment

Ridgewood Savings Bank going strong after 90 yrs.

The flagship location of the Ridgewood Savings Bank at Forest and Myrtle avenues will celebrate its 90th birthday this year. The institution appears as successful as ever, and according to the bank’s president, it got that way by following some old-fashioned advice. Comment

Revisiting Satchmo’s civil rights legacy

To close out Black History Month, the Louis Armstrong House Museum offered free tours of the jazz legend’s humble Corona home and also sought to solidify Armstrong’s often-disputed role in the civil rights movement. Comment

Accused sexual predator nabbed

A 29-year-old accused child molester, whose failure to show up in Queens Criminal Court in January 2006 enraged the Astoria community, was found in the Netherlands last week, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Paste Up

In all her years of studying the great artists throughout history, Jackson Heights resident Susan Breitsch has taken something from each one of them – literally. Comment

LaGuardia students take stage at Chocolate Factory

“Second Language,” a play currently in production at Long Island City’s The Chocolate Factory, is performed by students from LaGuardia Community College, but director David Herskovits of Target Margin Theater said the production will be far from amateur. Comment

BroadHollow Theatre’s ‘12 Angry Men’ has punch

Sometimes when I watch “Dateline” or some other show where a jury has had to decide the fate of this or that miscreant, I can’t help but wonder what really went on in the jury room — they almost always find the defendants guilty, even after being presented with what looks like the most threadbare evidence. Comment



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