Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Senior centers slated for closure

This is the complete list of senior centers slated for closure in Queens, provided by the city Department for the Aging. Comment

TMLA’s valiant effort falls short

Mary Louis was on top of the world following its upset of Christ the King. Comment

Lincoln holds off furious Forest Hills

All signs pointed to a walkover. Comment

DOE slammed for taking back school savings

Parents and city officials blasted the city Department of Education last Thursday over a policy they said punishes penny-wise public schools in Maspeth. Comment
Queens Village

Qns. Village residents fear identity theft

Residents of a Queens Village block have been concerned about possible identity theft after some of them received letters in the mail last week indicating parcels were stolen on their mail route. Comment
Queens Village

JFK drug dealer gets two years in prison

A Bronx postal worker who sold drugs he obtained from John F. Kennedy International Airport while on duty was sentenced last week for his crimes, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Queens Village

Jamaica cabbie charged in parking attack

A Jamaica man contended he was defending himself after he was charged by the authorities with putting a woman in a coma two weeks ago over a parking spot. Comment

Park is still too full: Civics

The city Parks Department renovated Grover Cleveland Park in June of last year, and on Feb. 28 it unveiled plans along with the NYPD to fix the way people use the green space. Comment

MTA and city are depot despots: Pols

Legislators and residents joined together at the corner of 49th Street and Galasso Place in Maspeth to protest a potential city and MTA plan to place a depot for 150 Access-A-Ride vehicles in that spot, saying the area is already overburdened by depots and traffic. Comment

Mayor rejects Council bills proposed to improve city’s blizzard response

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration does not support any of the City Council’s suggestions for legislation proposed in response to the city’s mishandling of the Dec. 26 blizzard, which Bloomberg himself described as “inadequate” and “unsatisfactory.” Comment

Two Queens hospital executives indicted in bribery scheme

Former Parkway Hospital Chief Executive Officer Dr. Robert Aquino and MediSys CEO David Rosen, who runs Jamaica, Flushing and Peninsula hospitals, were charged Thursday in a bribery conspiracy scheme after they allegedly made payments to state Sen. Carl Kruger (D-Brooklyn) in exchange for Kruger taking official acts on their behalf, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced. Comment

L.I. man hid cocaine while in JFK: Customs

JAMAICA — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a man Monday at John F. Kennedy International Airport for allegedly trying to conceal over $160,000 worth of cocaine in his suitcase, according to the agency. Comment

Walgreens will aid St. Albans: Comrie

Community leaders and employees of the new Walgreens on Farmers Boulevard in St. Albans joined City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) to cut the ribbon Tuesday on the southeast Queens drugstore that employs 14 people — all from the neighborhood. Comment

Vote postponed, Rochdale Village school safe for now

The city once again postponed the vote to phase out PS 30 because parents and students have still not been properly informed about the reasoning behind the decision the city Department of Education announced Monday. Comment

Black Spectrum applies to be a charter school

For four decades, the Black Spectrum Theatre has provided artists in southeast Queens with the chance to hone their skills through its various programs, and now the arts center wants to expand its influence to the classroom. Comment

IS 231 on Life Support

At least for the moment, the city Department of Education has put the execution of IS 231 on Springfield Boulevard on hold. The city Panel for Educational Policy voted to delay the phase-out until March 23. The same panel already has stopped new admissions to Jamaica and Beach Channel high schools. Comment
Jackson Heights

Fresh look at kids’ health

For sick children, the hospital and the treatments it administers can be frightening and painful, but Elmhurst Hospital Center and its partners say its new treatment room, or Starlight Site, is the spoonful of sugar that helps the medicine go down. Comment

Weiner must regulate garbage trains: Civics

A civic group met with U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) last month in the hopes the lawmaker would join the fight to regulate trains that haul garbage through many neighborhoods in western Queens. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Avella blasts planned College Pt. senior center closing

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Whitestone) said the state and city’s political budget game has threatened the well-being of a small but popular senior center in College Point. Comment
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: To balance the budget, gov’t must cut unnecessary waste

At the December 2010 meeting of Community Board 8, representatives from the city Department of Finance spoke about registering with them so you will be notified if anyone records a mortgage or deed against property you own. This is called the “Notice of Recorded Document Program.” Comment

Groups fight for future of Civic Virtue

The nude man standing outside Queens Borough Hall has become one of the most talked about people in the borough. Comment
Forest Hills Ledger

Maspeth High voted into Metropolitan

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

Manhattan dining to come

Q Thai Bistro, a popular Forest Hills restaurant that was open for 15 years but shuttered in January, will reopen this Friday, dropping the “Thai” from its name — and its menu. Comment

102-year-old Whitestoner dishes on secrets to long life

The key to longevity may be spending more time at the library. Comment

Qns church celebrates Irish culture for St. Patrick’s Day

Celtic pride took over the basement of St. Mel’s Church in Flushing Sunday evening as more than 200 people flocked to experience a festival of Irish music, dance and art in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Comment

Council approves bill increasing landlord heating violation fines

After the City Council passed a bill last week that would enforce tougher penalties on landlords who do not provide heat to their tenants, one alleged Queens victim of the abuse said she was happy about the crackdown. Comment

Flushing mom killed son, tried slitting wrists: DA

A Flushing woman charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter for allegedly stabbing and suffocating her adult disabled son before attempting to commit suicide last week was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court Monday and ordered held without bail, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Drunk driver causes damage to car: Brown

ELMHURST — A Flushing man was arrested last week for allegedly getting himself into a drunk driving accident, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

‘The Quality of Mercy’

In Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice,” Portia tells the court, “The quality of mercy is not strain’d,/It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven.” Borough Hall should remember this line when it considers the appeal made last week by Bayside’s Korean Central Presbyterian Church of Queens. Comment

Astronaut visits Pomonok school with lesson for students

An astronaut who had been denied entry into the space program four times before being accepted told a group of children Monday to reach for the stars during a visit to PS 200 in Pomonok. Comment

City gives St. Mary’s go-ahead on expansion

St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children cleared the latest hurdle in its plans to expand and renovate its facilities after the city ruled Tuesday in favor of the 60-year-old medical center following a complaint by nearby residents. Comment

Firm eyes Keith’s contract

A Manhattan real estate agent is lobbying the developer behind the proposed overhaul of the long-neglected RKO Keith’s Theatre to take on the services of a Chinese construction company for the project. Comment

Queens electeds fight proposed senior center cuts

Northeast Queens legislators joined seniors Friday on the steps of Flushing Town Hall to rally against the mayor’s proposal to eliminate more than 100 senior centers across the city. Comment

Latino reformer addresses immigration activists

Ten-term U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), a leading voice and advocate on immigrant concerns in the United States, came to Jackson Heights Saturday morning to give a pep talk to organizers and leaders looking to help the nation’s millions of immigrants. Comment

Curtain is raised on first Queens World Film Festival

Several prominent members of the Queens film community wasted no time in establishing and running a successful film festival in the wake of a fraud scandal at the now defunct Queens International Film Festival, which shocked area film buffs and movie makers. Comment

CB 11 nixes second home on single lot

In a near unanimous vote, Community Board 11 decided not to back a Bayside Hills developer’s request for a variance so he can build two homes on one lot in the neighborhood after hearing from impassioned Bayside Hills residents who spoke against the planned project. Comment

Botanical Garden hosts talk on tornado-felled boro trees

About 3,000 trees ´╗┐came down Sept. 16 when two tornadoes tore across the city, and thousands more were damaged. Comment

Ackerman obtains $1M grant for Flushing YMCA

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) is making it a little more fun at the YMCA. Comment

Boro man pulls woman’s hair, punches her: DA

JACKSON HEIGHTS — A Jackson Heights man was arraigned on charges of assault, menacing and harassment after he allegedly pulled a woman’s hair and punched her in the face, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Qns. woman slugs man, trashes his home: DA

ELMHURST — A Maspeth woman allegedly beat up a man and destroyed his living room at 67-15 49th Ave. March 2, according to documents from the Queens district attorney’s office. Comments (4)

Police looking for clues in robbery of church

ELMHURST — Police have asked the public to provide information about a recent grand larceny. Comment

Pols must come clean on Walmart

This is in response to a letter that appeared in the Feb. 24-March 2 Bayside Times. The letter, “Bringing Walmart to city will benefit its residents,” was written by City Councilmen Peter Koo (R-Flushing) and Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) in support of Walmart opening in New York City. They painted a picture of lower prices and abundant good deals that would allow us to improve our standard of living. Comment

Show respect to board members of CB 7 for work they do

If, as a community leader, I seem supportive of Community Board 7, I am. From its inception under Chairwoman Mary McVay and District Manager Wilhelmina Jimney through the chairmanship of Myra Herce and District Manager Regina Colletta, the chairmanship of Lynda Spielman and District Manager Marilyn Bitterman and Chairman Eugene Kelty, CB 7 has been a godsend for us. These volunteers who serve on the board without pay — all of whom work for a living — and their underpaid and under-staffed staff do yeoman’s service on our behalf. Comments (1)

CB 7’s flawed investigation of Bitterman a sham: Civic

We read the Feb. 10-16 TimesLedger Newspapers article “Tale of CB 7 and Feinstein a ‘feel-good story’: Apelian” and were a little taken aback. Comment

Take comfort in memories of loved one lost

An open letter to the family of Cecilia Malizia. Comment

Mayor should stand up for workers

The latest assault on the city’s public school teachers is outrageous! The mayor is still insisting that he needs to lay off 6,000 teachers, even with a $2 billion surplus. What is he trying to pull here? Comment

Justice Denied

For five years a suspected pervert charged with sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl in Astoria Park walked the streets after jumping his $50,000 bail. Peter Belgrinos was nabbed last week at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam when airport officials discovered there was an Interpol warrant for his arrest. Comment

Dishing with Dee: Union members show mayor disrespect at St. Pat’s parade

The naysayers this weekend attacked two of the many men I both like and admire in the city. One is Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the other Joe Franco, the former proprietor of Caffé on the Green and who is now the owner of the former White House restaurant in Whitestone. Franco plans on turning The White House into a new restaurant/catering facility. Comment

East Elmhurst store caters to niche market

Janice Fredericks noticed there were no beauty supply shops catering specifically to black women in East Elmhurst and saw the opportunity to carve out a niche in the neighborhood. Comment

Willets meeting gets heated

The Flushing branch of the Queens Library was packed to the gills last week with people seeking to air their views about the planned redevelopment of Willets Point. Comment

MoMA screens Willets Point documentary ‘Foreign Parts’

Willets Point is often associated with rust, junk and auto shops — not fine art. But an award-winning documentary about the neighborhood will screen at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan until March 16. Comment

New water meter system unveiled in Little Neck

Among the pipes and machinery of the Douglaston Pump Station, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and city Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Cas Holloway announced a new, wireless water meter tracking system that will allow the DEP to alert customers to leaks soon after they occur. Comment

Plan to cap building height

The Department of City Planning revealed an extensive plan at Community Board 2’s meeting last Thursday to downzone 130 blocks in the neighborhoods of Sunnyside and Woodside in an effort to keep out-of-character developments from popping up in the communities. Comment

Open arms at St. Pat’s for All

The 12th-annual St. Pat’s for All parade braved rainy weather Sunday afternoon, displaying its message of acceptance and the importance of Irish culture as it made its way along Skillman Avenue from Sunnyside to Woodside. Comment

Voodoo dolls found hidden in Steinway Mansion

As the children of Michael Halberian, the last owner of the historic Steinway Mansion, prepare to auction off the extensive collection of artifacts at their late father’s historic Astoria house, the auction house said one previously unseen item — a box of voodoo objects — took them all by surprise. Comment
Astoria Times

Nonprofit celebrates new tower, man who inspired it

As members of the nonprofit group HANAC Inc. cut the ribbon on their new, 15-story tower, they celebrated not only the new affordable senior housing in Astoria but their organization’s founder, George Douris. Comment
Astoria Times

City to fix seawall after 5-year wait

After more than five years of planning and raising funds, the city Parks Department and U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) say serious steps are being made to repair a 200-foot failed section of the Queens seawall in Long Island City. Comment

Business groups tout development in boro

Proponents of economic development spoke about the numerous projects to revitalize the borough during a breakfast Friday at Queens College. Comment

Malcolm X’s kin arraigned in boro

After more than a year on the lam, Malcolm X’s youngest daughter was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court last week for allegedly swindling a family friend out of her identity and tens of thousands of dollars, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Queens Library seeks funds for Egyptian facilities

The Queens Public Library is asking its users to help their counterparts in Egypt who had their libraries damaged and destroyed during last month’s political upheaval. Comment

Dromm denounces Peter King over Muslim hearings

On Sunday, City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) was a Muslim. Comment

Hevesi seeks judge change before sentencing

The attorney for disgraced former state Comptroller Alan Hevesi was expected to file papers Tuesday arguing that the judge charged with sentencing the Forest Hills resident has a conflict of interest and another judge should hand down the sentencing, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office said. Comment

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

Driver charged with failing to install DWI device

A grand jury indicted a Manhattan man with a history of driving drunk Monday on charges of not installing an ignition interlock device in his car, which would have prevented him from operating it while allegedly intoxicated during a trip in Long Island City, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Subway security still needs improvements: DiNapoli

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the MTA has greatly improved security since the attack on the World Trade Center, but the subway and bus systems are still vulnerable. Comment

Boro lawmakers sponsor bills to keep Rockaway toll rebate

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y) and U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) have announced they plan to reintroduce legislation to protect toll bridge discounts for residents of Rockaway and Broad Channel. Comment

Fighting for a future beyond Willets Point

Carlos Canal is not backing down. Comment

5Pointz graffiti mecca might become condos

Long Island developer Jerry Wolkoff said he is in talks to redevelop 5Pointz, the famous graffiti-covered former factory at Davis Street and Jackson Avenue in Long Island City, and convert it into two residential towers — a decision that upsets the curator of the “aerosol artists.”´╗┐ Comment

Straight from the heart

Bill Popp says his life changed forever in November 1986, the day he found his father dying on the floor in the College Point home they shared for all his life. Comment

The Play’s The Thing: Queens Council on Arts grants a boon to boro

Once upon a time I was an active board member of the Queens Council on the Arts — for more than 20 years in fact, as one of its presidents as well as chairman of its theater committee. All that was many years ago, and like a romance faded, we didn’t keep in touch. But there I was in early February at the Water’s Edge Restaurant in Long Island City, to rekindle the flame with my old organization. Comment

Curtain to rise on Queens World Film Festival

The Queens World Film Festival kicks off Thursday, showcasing 109 films at two different locations in Jackson Heights. Comment


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