Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Pointer grabs bragging rights, iS8 crown

When summer workouts begin and St. John’s University Coach Steve Lavin’s renowned nine-man recruiting class comes together, there is sure to be some talk about the prestigious iS8/Nike Spring High School Classic. Comment

Barbaro leads team with renewed gusto

Following a productive first season behind the plate, Stephanie Barbaro expected more of herself as an upper classman. Comment

Queens Village mom admits to burning kid in voodoo act

A Queens Village mother is expected to be sentenced to 17 years in prison after she pleaded guilty last week to assault after she burned her then-6-year-old daughter in 2009 during a voodoo ritual that left the girl with life-threatening burns covering 25 percent of her body, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Maspeth wants new park

Maspeth residents and lawmakers gathered Saturday at the old St. Saviour’s Church site to publicly show their support for a park, but developments behind the scenes with park officials made it clear the decision was about money. Comment

Rosedale man sentenced for killing ex: DA

The Rosedale man who tried to cover up the murder of his child’s mother will be spending a long time behind bars. Comment

Maspeth biz slam DOT on bypass

One of the city Department of Transportation’s best outreach coordinators is also its most vocal critic. Comment

Lancman aims to protect maids with new bill

Following former International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s indictment last week on charges he sexually assaulted a maid in a midtown Manhattan hotel, state Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) authored a bill requiring hotels to provide staff with electronic panic alert devices that notify hotel security of an emergency. Comment

City to add more bus lanes in Jamaica

The city is trying to relieve congestion in downtown Jamaica with more than a mile of new bus lanes, but City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) said it could do more by putting commuter vans into the planning. Comment

Boyce chosen as new CB 12 chairwoman

Democratic district leader Jackie Boyce was elected to serve as the new chairwoman of Community Board 12 during its monthly meeting last week. Comment

Teen brings toy Uzi to school: Police

A 15-year-old boy was arrested after bringing a fake gun to Flushing High School Friday. Comment
Little Neck Ledger

Iron Triangle eyed as tech corridor

Silicon Valley 2.0 in the heart of Queens? Comments (1)

North Shore performs six-way kidney transplant

Karl Jordan often saw the look of anguish on his mother’s face, and when her kidney disease deteriorated to the point where she needed a transplant, he did not hesitate to offer one of his to her. Comment

JFK worker dies in auto accident: Port Authority

JFK AIRPORT — A collision between a city bus and an SUV at a parking lot at John F. Kennedy International Airport killed an airport employee and sent others to the hospital last week. Comment

Fight leads to slashed stomach: Complaint

JAMAICA — A Jamaica man allegedly slashed another man in the stomach following a dispute on a Jamaica street, according to a criminal complaint. Comment

Man caught in another’s car tried to steal it: DA

JAMAICA — A Queens Village man was charged with attempted grand larceny and unauthorized use of a vehicle after he allegedly opened the door of someone’s car in Jamaica and sat in the driver’s seat, a spokeswoman for the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Man murdered in St. Albans drive-by: Nabe

A 22-year-old man was killed in a St. Albans street last Thursday night and neighbors say the stranger to their community was targeted in a drive-by shooting. Comments (1)

St. Albans driver jailed for killing two in crash

A St. Albans woman who killed a teen and a toddler and injured three other girls while driving under the influence of heavy drugs was sentenced Friday to several years in prison and was personally reprimanded by the youths’ ´╗┐parents. Comment

CB 13 wants city to ban food carts in its borders

Community Board 13 voted Monday to draft a resolution asking the City Council and Mayor Michael Bloomberg to declare the board a “restricted zone” for food carts and voiced its displeasure against a proliferation of pawn shops in the area. Comment

Union Bashing at City Hall

The gloves came off last week in the fight to save 22 public schools, including Jamaica HS, put on the chopping block by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In the end, the battle says more about the mayor and his subordinates than about the schools. Comment
Jackson Heights

Corona resident killed on East Elmhurst street: Cops

Police were searching for answers after a Corona man was murdered Saturday on an East Elmhurst street. Comment

Bangladeshi writer recounts days as freedom fighter at library

Dr. Nuran Nabi was 20 years old when he joined the Bangladeshi Liberation Movement in East Pakistan to fight the Pakistani military government. Comment
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: DOB must step up crackdown on illegally converted apts.

Three more people died in illegal apartments in the Bronx. A few years ago, there were the deaths of two firefighters who were trapped in a maze of illegal rooms in the Bronx. Regretfully, like the Triangle Shirtwaist fire 100 years ago, no one was punished for the deaths and injuries. Comment
Forest Hills Ledger

St. Matthew’s cemetery goes on the market

St. Matthew’s Church in Woodhaven had its final mass Sunday, which deconsecrated it as an official house of worship and put the fate of the nearly century-old building in jeopardy — along with an even older cemetery out back. Comment

Pols decry plan to close Engine 294

A Richmond Hill firehouse is slated to close under the city’s plan, making lawmakers and civic leaders furious. Comment
Forest Hills Ledger

Electric bikes elude 112th Pct.

Officers from the 112th Precinct are serious about cracking down on two-wheeled vehicles in Forest Hills and Rego Park, but one variety remains out of their jurisdiction: There are still no laws governing the use of electric bicycles in New York City. Comment

Pols call for affordable rents at Weprin town hall

Newly appointed state Department of Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner Darryl Towns said he was working to keep apartment rents affordable during a town hall meeting Sunday organized by state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) at the Samuel Field Y in Little Neck. Comment

Feds threatened us: Drivers

Workers from a Flushing car service company gathered in downtown Manhattan last week to call on the U.S. Department of Labor to launch a criminal investigation into two of its special agents who they contend threatened employees with deportation during an investigation of the outfit’s labor practices. Comment

Whitestone sex offender guilty of St. Mel’s forgery

A Whitestone man who became the center of a scandal earlier this year when it came to light that he was working with children at area Catholic schools despite being a registered sex offender has pleaded guilty to forgery charges, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said last week. Comment

Burglar tried to kiss Hillcrest victim: Brown

HILLCREST — A Hillcrest man was charged with burglary and attempted sexual abuse after he allegedly muscled his way through the door as the victim was entering her home and tried to kiss her, a spokeswoman for the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

The Terrorist Next Door

Nearly 10 years after the devastation on 9/11, Whitestoners are faced with the reality that the next terrorist could be the nice guys living next door. Comment

Flushing dance instructor honored by city arts group

Mei-Yin Ng steps in — no pun intended — to teach dance at city public schools that have been forced to make cuts to arts education, including PS 20 at 142-30 Barclay Ave. in Flushing. Comment

Little Neck Eagle Scout’s project fosters hope for kids

When Edward Lyon arrived at the home of his foster parents at the age of 3, he had with him only the clothes on his back and an extra pair of sneakers — just one of which had a shoelace. Comment

Volunteers must help clean up boro parks as budget cuts loom

The rain outside the Clinton Democratic Club’s meeting last week pounded violently on the pavement, almost as if it had been summoned to prove a point, as city Parks Department Queens Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski spoke about the challenges the past year’s weather events had imposed on the borough’s parks. Comment

Mayor to shut down Engine 306 of B’side

Northeast Queens elected officials, civic leaders and residents rallied outside Engine Co. 306 Sunday to protest Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to close the Bayside firehouse. Comment

Smoking snuffed in parks

Members of the Bay Terrace Community Alliance took a celebratory breath of fresh air Monday morning in recognition of the new ban on smoking in the city’s parks, beaches and pedestrian plazas. Comment

Bay Terrace club marks off 50 years

For 50 years, members of the Bay Terrace Country Club have spent their summers relaxing by the pool, overlooking the sailboats as they drift lazily in and out of Little Neck Bay propelled by cool summer breezes. Comment

Auburndale soccer team heads to Italy for tourney

Playing on the fields of Fort Totten Park, they’re known as the Auburndale Soccer Club, but more than 4,000 miles away in Italy, they’re known by a different name. Comment

Black Spectrum honors pioneering theater actor

Award-winning actor and director Arthur French was honored with a lifetime achievement award last week by the Coalition of Theatres of Color at The Black Spectrum Theatre in Jamaica. Comment

‘The Human Comedy’: war in a time of unadulterated goodness

The one thing that occurs to you during the performance of Astoria Performing Arts Center’s wonderful version of “The Human Comedy,” based on William Saroyan’s novel, is it was made at a more optimistic and less cynical time. Comment

Boro teen enters home by breaking window: DA

WOODHAVEN — A Woodhaven teen was charged with criminal trespass and criminal mischief after he allegedly broke a window and entered a neighborhood home, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Far Rock man said, “I’ll kill you” to victim: DA

FAR ROCKAWAY — A Far Rockaway man was charged with menacing and harassment after he allegedly threatened to kill another man inside a neighborhood convenience store, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Elmhurst woman steals candy from store: Brown

ELMHURST — An Elmhurst woman pleaded guilty to petit larceny after she swiped items from a Walgreen’s, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Cops search for robber in 4 Queensbridge cases

QUEENSBRIDGE — The NYPD is asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating a suspect wanted in connection with four grand larcenies that occurred near the Queensbridge Houses. Comment

Do not use standardized test scores to evaluate teachers

What makes a good teacher? I will bet that if you think back to your school years and try to remember your best teacher, you will think of someone funny, witty, creative or inspiring. You will remember the teacher who ignited your love of literature, took you on an amazing field trip, introduced you to musical theater or helped you excel in math. You will not, in all likelihood, remember or care to remember the impact any of your teachers had on your standardized test scores. Comment

Bloomy, Council GOP have chance to reapportion district lines in city

The May 19-25 editorial “A New Day in NY Politics” also applies to the City Council. Comment

Do not feel shame by taking jobs in the civil service sector

The workers who took the jobs that included pensions quite often took government jobs that were passed upon by others seeking higher pay and better working conditions. Comment

Oust rich from rent-regulated apts.

Tenant associations are complaining about the fact that there are people who want to remove the rent regulation that allows apartments to be decontrolled when the rent goes over $2,000 a month and the tenant earns $175,000 a year for two years running. Comment

Keep Bayside’s Engine 306 open

In an effort to close its current budget gap, the Bloomberg administration announced that it was planning to close the FDNY’s Engine 306 in Bayside. This firehouse serves the Bayside and Bay Terrace areas and is vital to the safety of our communities. Comment

Obama deserves praise for visiting WTC site

It was wonderful to see President Barack Obama visit the World Trade Center site three weeks ago to honor those lost Sept. 11, 2001. He laid a wreath at the base of the ornamental pear tree that had survived the devastating terrorist attack that killed nearly 3,000 people on that fateful day. Comment

Poster Child for Recklessness

At age 46, Queens resident Sheila Bethea is the new poster child for the dangers of driving after drinking alcohol or abusing illegal drugs. Comment

QueensLine: Circus tiger escaped, went on rampage in Woodside in 1939

In 1939, a 400-pound tiger escaped from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Long Island City and terrorized scores of residents in Sunnyside and Woodside before it was captured in a tree in a yard at 38-29 53rd St. in Woodside. Comment

Dishing with Dee: Queens GOP, Dems draw faithful to events

Everyone is scurrying around tying up all the beginning-of-summer loose ends. There are many graduations, communions, conformations and early weddings. Comment

PencilPALS program pairs kids with writers like Ephron

Adults know them as names in the credits of their favorite TV shows and movies, but the fourth- and fifth-grade students at PS 16 in Corona know them as pals — specifically, PencilPALS. Comment

Walcott gets lukewarm reception in LIC

City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott received a contentious but not altogether unwelcome reception last week at the city Department of Education’s Panel for Education Policy’s monthly meeting, which was held at Long Island City High School. Comment

Albany bill hits prostitution

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) announced last Thursday that he had introduced a bill that would require cab drivers to be educated in how to recognize if human trafficking is going on during their run. The bill is meant to curb drivers’ participation in the illegal practice of delivering a prostitute to a client. Comment

Maloney touts rail project at Sunnyside Yds.

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) visited Sunnyside Yards last Thursday to tout not only a federal grant to fix the bottlenecking of trains at the yards and prepare the yards for high-speed rail, but also the jobs and economic boost expected to come from the construction work. Comment

Community center honors Bell

The family of Sean Bell and supporters marched eight blocks Sunday from the site of where the slain bridegroom was killed to the site of a new community center established in his name that is expected to be up and running by next month. Comment

Union, NAACP sue over school closings

Supporters of the southeast Queens high schools slated for closure this fall claim the city has failed to learn from history in court, so they are going to make them repeat it. Comment

Electric rate hikes zapped after law passed

The threat of a spike in electrical rates died a two-pronged death last week. Comment

Memorial Day Calendar

Where: At the park on 48-21 39th Ave. Main entrance is at 49th Street and 39th Avenue. Comment

Pols protest cuts to library

About 200 people gathered at the Flushing branch during torrential rains last week to protest proposed cuts to the Queens Library system. Comment
Astoria Times

Pols decry plan to close Ladder 128

Long Island City officials objected to the threatened closing of Ladder 128 in Blissville, saying shuttering the fire company would create longer response times in an area of the borough that has seen a population boom. Comment

Student award honors lost Sept. 11 hero

The mother of a 9/11 Muslim hero from Bayside who was initially branded a terrorist gave out an award Tuesday to a Queens College student who shared the dreams of her son. Comment

CUNY Law headed to spacious LIC digs

In 1986, CUNY Law School moved out of a Bayside elementary school and into a former junior high school in Flushing. A quarter century later, the school is moving again, preparing to hold classes for future attorneys in September 2012 at 2 Court Square in Long Island City. Comment

Qns. College class studies Flushing waterfront plans

The future of the Flushing River’s waterfront between downtown Flushing and Willets Point was the focus Monday night at Queens Library. Comment

Queens Vill. honors the Buddha

Hundreds of Buddhists celebrated the 2,600th anniversary of the Buddha’s enlightenment Saturday by parading through the streets of Queens Village, banging on drums and singing traditional songs as they marched their way toward the New York Buddhist Vihara Temple at 214-22 Spencer Ave. Comment

Botanical Garden honors Korean friends

The Queens Botanical Garden has long depended on relationships with the community to keep its operation blooming. Comment

Queens Economic Development Corp. celebrates boro talent

Over its centuries-long history, Queens has been a home of music greats, a center for sports and the set of many movies, but many people who pass through LaGuardia or John F. Kennedy International airports do not realize that. Comment

East meets West Jeff Fairbanks and his orchestra fuse multicultural sounds

Asian folk music fused with modern jazz? You’ve got to hear it to believe it. Comment


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