Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Odd headstone in Queens park has colorful past

A headstone discovered in the newly constructed Elmhurst Park has spawned an interest in legends from both the Maspeth community and the family of the deceased. Comment

Body washes up under Throgs Neck Bridge

A grim discovery was made early Wednesday morning under the towers of the Throgs Neck Bridge. The body of a white male was found floating in the water at approximately 8:52 a.m. near the intersection of the Clearview Expressway and Willets Point Boulevard, in the confines of the 109th Precinct, police said. Comment

Harkless, Sampson duo show future is bright

Maurice Harkless flew in for a dunk and soon Jakarr Sampson was doing the same, soaring over two defenders and throwing home a slam with his absurdly long arms. He then tipped away a pass and fed Harkless for an open three-pointer from the right corner. Comment

Edwards will head to George Mason

Corey Edwards heard all the right things about Paul Hewitt, but before he reaffirmed his decision to attend George Mason, he wanted to meet the new head coach in person. Comment

District 24 blasts plan for new charter school

A charter school wants to move into District 24, but community education officials said there is not even enough room to fit the current public schools. Comment

Amtrak receives $300M for high-speed rail: LaHood

The federal government has handed out $2 billion with nearly $300 million designated to clear the way for high-speed Amtrak trains through a switching bottleneck in Sunnyside. Comment

Two East Elmhurst men plotted to bomb synagogues in Manhattan: DA

Two East Elmhurst men from North Africa were arraigned and ordered held without bail Thursday on terrorism charges in connection with an alleged plot to blow up synagogues and other targets in New York City, the Manhattan district attorney said. Comment

Two Queens men arrested in plot to bomb a synagogue and church

Two Queens men from North Africa were charged Thursday with terrorism in an alleged plot to blow up a synagogue in Manhattan and a church in Queens, the Manhattan district attorney said. Comment


On the morning of May 14, 2010, Kedrick Ali Morrow told his mother the world would one day know his name. Comment

Mysterious death leaves child motherless

Relatives of Demika Moore worry that her young daughter will never know who killed her or why she was taken away. Comment

Two women in early 20s burgled boro home: Post

JAMAICA — Two women have been charged with burglary after allegedly breaking into a neighbor’s home in Jamaica, the New York Post reported. Comment

Rosedale Jets draw hundreds as season nears

The Rosedale Jets youth football league kicked off the 2011 season Saturday morning with a tremendous turnout by young football players and their parents. Comment

Community members spruce up Farmers Boulevard

A six-block stretch of Farmers Boulevard in St. Albans is looking a little nicer after a community clean-up effort there Saturday morning. Comment

Cricket field open for play in Baisley Pk.

A new state-of-the-art field at Baisley Pond Park not only gives the borough’s growing cricket fandom a great place to play ball during the warm weather, but also helps the southeast Queens streets from becoming an annoying wetland during rainstorms. Comment

Baisley woman killed in apt.

Police have not named a sister of a 58-year-old woman who was viciously stabbed to death Monday as a suspect in the killing, but neighbors said they were suspicious of the sibling. Comment

Marmara returns to 113th

Who says you can’t go home again? Comment

New Approach to the Homeless Problem

City officials need to understand they do not have all the answers. Recently, Seth Diamond, commissioner for the Department of Homeless Services, took on the Coalition for the Homeless for a report in which it recommended the city place the homeless in unused apartments. Comment
Jackson Heights

Elmhurst Hosp. rings in Cinco de Mayo with fair

Even though it was May 6 and not May 5, thousands came out to Healthfirst’s Cinco de Mayo Street Fair at Elmhurst Hospital Center Friday. The event featured Mexican and South American music, face painting and an award ceremony for Jorge Munoz, a Woodhaven resident who gives out food to the needy in Jackson Heights. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jax. Hts. sex offender broke new law: DA

A Jackson Heights sex offender pleaded guilty last Thursday to failing to register his electronic identifiers with the state and faces a sentence of two to four years in prison, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

CB 5 considers truck plan

The reign of tractor-trailer terror could soon be over for Maspeth residents. Comment

Y Earth Day focuses on food

Many people think they lack the tools to fight climate change on an individual basis, but a Queens organization said all you need is a fork and a knife. Comment

City solicits developers for Willets plan

The city Economic Development Corp., emboldened by the news last week that it had received key state and federal go-aheads for its $3 billion Willets Point redevelopment project, issued Monday a request for proposals to complete the 12.7-acre first phase of construction there after years of obstacles and stalling. Comment

Queensborough plays host to traditional Indian dancing

Classical South Indian dance took center stage Sunday night during an epic show at Queensborough Community College in Bayside. Comment

Police failures led to boro woman’s death: $15M suit

The husband of the Flushing woman brutally murdered and eviscerated in the hallway of her Flushing apartment building in January 2010 has notified the city that he is filing a $15 million lawsuit against the NYPD for allegedly ignoring his repeated pleas to help her in the weeks before her death. Comment

Ridgewood man found dead

Police were looking for a murderer after a 40-year-old Ridgewood man was declared dead after being found unconscious early Monday morning on Higgins Street in Flushing near the neighborhood’s border with College Point. Comment

The American Birthright

How ironic that the people who profess such loyalty to the Founding Fathers and the U.S. Constitution have launched a campaign hell-bent on subverting that document., an online voice of the conservative Tea Party movement, recently e-mailed a message to its subscribers on behalf of “NumbersUSA for Lower Immigration Levels,” one of its sponsors. Comment

Queens Zoo holds 19th sheep shearing

Queens Zoo became a living classroom for dozens of Queens children Saturday afternoon as the institution’s barnyard section opened its stables for a real-live sheep shearing. Comment

Mandingo honored as African scholar

Longtime Bayside resident and activist Mandingo Tshaka will be recognized by the University of the State of New York’s Board of Regents for his contributions to the education of African and African diaspora history and culture. Comment

Keep big high schools open in city: Lancman

State Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) has only been in office for five years, but he is already dealing with his third governor. Comment

Queens bus driver teaches kids courage through a duck tale

When he was growing up as a young boy in Italy, Mario Trimoglie had no toys, so he and his friends entertained themselves by creating games with their imaginations. Comment

New Lions Club branch opens in Bayside area

The Bayside-Whitestone Lions Club held its first official meeting last week, bringing the world’s largest service organization to the heart of northeast Queens. Comment

Ex-Bayside man gets 18 months for scam

A former Bayside resident was sentenced to 18 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for running a credit card scam that defrauded financial institutions of more than $200,000. Comment

Bayside dog shines as model

Rebecca Wenner is used to being in front of a camera. In addition to running her own law practice, the Bayside resident created the Queens Adventure Boot Camp for Women, and videos of her offering fitness tips and instructions can be seen on the Internet. Comment

Queens man who raped 2 women gets 21 years: DA

ARVERNE — An Arverne man was sentenced last week to 21 years in prison for raping two women at gunpoint during two separate incidents in the Rockaways in 2009. Comment

Cops on look-out for mustached muggers

OZONE PARK — Police were searching for two men wanted for mugging a woman in Ozone Park Monday, according to the New York Post. Comment

2 caught trying to steal grease from eatery: Post

SUNNYSIDE — Two men are facing charges of criminal mischief and attempted petit larceny after allegedly trying to siphon grease from a Chinese restaurant, according to the New York Post. Comment

Drunk driver smashes into parked car: Post

RICHMOND HILL — A 29-year-old man allegedly got into a fiery, drunken car accident May 1, the New York Post reported. Comment

Motorcyclist dies after losing control: Cops

ASTORIA — An unidentified man died Monday while driving his motorcycle along the eastbound side of the Grand Central Parkway near 42nd Street, the NYPD said. Comment

Ambulance transporting man in collision

JACKSON HEIGHTS — A man who was shot in the chest early last Thursday morning did not have a smooth ride to Elmhurst Hospital after his ambulance got into an accident on the way, the FDNY said. Comment

NYPD must stop profiling Queens minorities

The right of the people to be secure … against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation .... — Fourth Amendment, U.S. Constitution Comment

N.Y. state must tackle redistricting

The Queens Civic Congress, an umbrella organization for more than 110 Queens neighborhood-based civic groups, thinks it is time to put an end to gerrymandering. Comment

Support Avella on clean energy plan

It seems like Albany has been talking about clean energy and its potential to create jobs for a long time. Fortunately, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is doing something about it, and we would like to thank him for real leadership on this issue. Comment

Osama’s death was worth 10-year wait

The news about the death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of special U.S. military teams is the best news we have had relating to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Comment

Take a Hike, Curtis

Curtis Sliwa has good reason not to like the Gotti family. Sliwa, radio host and founder of the Guardian Angels, believes John Gotti Jr. tried to have him killed in June 1992. Sliwa was shot while sitting inside a taxi in Manhattan. Comment

QueensLine: World’s first trans-Atlantic flight started in Rockaways

At 10 a.m. May 8, 1919, three U.S. Navy Curtiss NC flying boats departed the Rockaway Naval Air Station to begin the first trans-Atlantic crossing by air. The Rockaway facility, constructed on 96 acres with more than 80 buildings and several large hangars, was one of the first naval air stations in the United States. Operational between 1917 and 1930, it was staffed with as few as a handful of men to a maximum of 1,285. The air station adjoined Fort Tilden, a battery of 12-inch mortars that defended the port of New York. Comment

Dishing with Dee: Boro bar association elects new prez at annual dinner

This week was an interesting one. On Wednesday evening, our first stop was Paul Vallone’s law office on Francis Lewis Boulevard in Whitestone, where some of the members and officers of the newly formed Bayside/Whitestone Lions Club addressed the entire group in the hopes of attracting additional members. The officers explained the benefits of becoming a Lion. A number of people present at the meeting seemed to be interested. More later. Comment

New pub in Sunnyside stays close to home

With its dark wood facade, embroidered upholstered booths and 19th-century-style chandeliers, Molly Blooms, at 43-13 Queens Blvd. in Sunnyside, bears strong resemblance to a Victorian-era Irish pub — only with Wi-Fi access and a large-screen TV. Comment

Whitestone Br. heads for 4 yrs. of construction

Traffic will only get worse in northeast Queens while the MTA completes work on the Queens approach to the Whitestone Bridge, which will leave a lane closed for more than a year and the 3rd Avenue exit off the Whitestone Expressway shut down for two. Comment

Pols fight future rail attacks

New York politicians are working to ensure that any terrorist plans to attack commuter rail lines are thwarted before they can be carried out, as was al-Qaeda-trained Flushing High School graduate Najibullah Zazi’s 2009 plot to blow up subway cars. Comment

SJU to honor class of 2011

About 30,000 people, including 2,800 graduates, are expected to pack the Great Lawn at St. John’s University Sunday during the school’s 141st commencement. Comment

Love me do: Paul to wed MTA board member

Will June bring wedding bells for Nancy Shevell along with the finale of her tenure at the MTA? Comment

No. 7 line cleanest, R dirtiest: Report

The No. 7 subway line to Flushing has been judged the cleanest and the R to Forest Hills the dirtiest at a time when the Straphangers Campaign says the grime level of trains is increasing. Comment

Aqueduct to employ from SE Qns

Get your résumé ready. Comment

Forest Hills wants stadium landmarked

Residents lamented the rejection of the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium’s landmark application last week — not because they will lose an icon, but for what they might get in its place. Comment

Maspeth residents divided on destroyed O’Neill’s

The five-alarm fire at O’Neill’s Pub in Maspeth took away a legendary gathering place for some residents of the neighborhood last week, but for others the fire also brought some peace and quiet. Comment

Obama visits WTC, honors 9/11 victims

The air at Ground Zero last Thursday afternoon was tense and chilly as the moment neared when President Barack Obama would be laying a wreath at the foot of the 64 unfinished floors of the rising One World Trade Center tower. Comment

Elmhurst Hosp. fights Liu on screening audit

City Comptroller John Liu said an audit of the city’s hospitals revealed Elmhurst Hospital Center has the longest wait times for screening and diagnostic mammograms in the city, but the city Health and Hospitals Corp. said Liu’s conclusions were based on out-of-date data. Comment
Astoria Times

Maloney says state secured $295M for Sunnyside Yards

At a fund-raiser in a Sunnyside restaurant Monday, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) announced the state had secured a nearly $295 million grant to improve part of the Sunnyside Yards and ready the system for high-speed rail. Comment
Astoria Times

LIRR trains idle too loudly: Sen. Gianaris

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) is incensed over the MTA idling its trains near Borden Avenue in Long Island City, but the Long Island Rail Road said that while the running motors may be loud, they are also a necessity. Comment

Gates grants college dreams

At around 3 p.m. on April 20 Joan Fernandez received an e-mail that changed his life. Comment

Speed humps to thwart dragsters

Maspeth-area City Council members celebrated Tuesday the installation of three new speed humps along Maurice Avenue between Tyler Avenue and 53rd Avenue. The city Department of Transportation installed the speed humps because legislators and nearby residents had demanded speed control measures along Maurice Avenue in November due to the constant drag racing in the area. Comment

Circus of Dancers The Big Apple Circus’ “Dance On!” features eclectic variety, steeped in familial tradition.

The Big Apple Circus returns for its 33rd year with an international cast at Cunningham Park in Queens. Called “Dance On!” it will run from May 21 to June 5. Comment

Reporting good theater in Queens, one show at a time

If you pay attention to the news of the day, especially the politics of it, you have to believe that the crazies have taken over. And many of those who are sane may be well-meaning, but they sure don’t have a clue. (Thanks to the recent elimination of Bin Laden, we’ve had a few days of responsible unity, but how long will that last?) Comment

Little Neck branch holds fund drive amid budget cuts

Bibliophiles at the Douglaston/Little Neck library took their noses out of their books last Thursday to drum up support for their branch of the borough’s library system, which is struggling to cope with funding losses. Comment
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: CB 8 works to maintain residents’ quality of life

Our quality of life can only be maintained if we report problems to New York City’s departments. In the April 2011 district manager’s report, Marie Adam-Ovide of Community Board 8 told what our departments did for us. If you call CB 8, it will call 311 and keep a record and report back to you the results of actions taken by city agencies. The number is 718-264-7895. Comment
Astoria Times

LIC welcomes new DOH Queens embraces Health Dept.’s arrival as ‘shot in the arm’

The city Department of Health has finally come to Queens, holding its grand opening Friday by tying the bow on one of many moves that it is hoped will revitalize the Long Island City area near Queens Plaza. Comment

Weprin, Crowley slam Bloomberg’s budget plan

Mayor Michael Bloomberg rolled out his $65.7 billion budget plan Friday, which includes eliminating 6,000 teacher positions, including some 4,500 jobs through layoffs. Comment

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

LIRR delays to last until Friday a.m. rush

Long Island Rail Road passengers can expect further delays during their morning and afternoon commutes, as the MTA and Amtrak have pushed the schedule to return normal service to the Friday morning rush hour. Comment

$300M from feds to clear up Sunnyside rail crossing

The federal government has handed out $2 billion with nearly $300 million designated to clear the way for high-speed Amtrak trains through a switching bottleneck in Sunnyside. Comment

Monday, May 16, 2011

Odd headstone in Queens park has colorful past

A headstone discovered in the newly constructed Elmhurst Park has spawned an interest in legends from both the Maspeth community and the family of the deceased. Comment



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