Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011

King supports Turner in Weiner seat race

Republican congressional candidate Bob Turner picked up the second high-profile endorsement of his campaign when he was backed Sunday by U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-Massapequa Park) at Joe Abbracciamento’s Restaurant in Rego Park. Comment

Wills signed by Jets, fulfills NFL dream

Jeff Wills was facing an uncertain future. The Queens native went undrafted out of the University of Minnesota and, with the NFL lockout, had no idea what his future would be in football. Comment
Whitestone Times

Welcome to Whitestone starts blog

The community of Whitestone has a home on the Web in the form of a popular blog. Comment

Nursing service helps prevent seniors from severe injuries

Homebound seniors can gain greater confidence in living with a new fall prevention program by the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. Comment

St. Mary’s set to vote on workers union

The National Labor Relations Board has set Aug. 17 as the date service and maintenance workers at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children will hold a vote on whether to unionize. Comment

Queens organization bolsters boro artists

Despite national economic difficulties, the Queens arts scene is still prospering with the support of the Queens Arts Fund. Comment

City Comptroller’s office paints Bell Community Center

John Liu’s office spruced up the new community center named after Sean Bell last Thursday and his grateful parents say the new look will go a long way toward helping southeast Queens youth. Comment

Thieves use Dunkin’ cards to steal dough: Cops

An international pair was arrested in Hollis for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars by using retrofitted Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Whitestone Times

Electeds seek speed hump

A College Point resident has enlisted the help of elected officials in hopes of having a speed hump installed near his home. Comment

Teen charged with killing ex-cop

A teenager was charged in the early Saturday morning murder of a former police officer from St. Albans, authorities said. Comment

Josephine Carreno, 98

Josephine Carreno, a Flushing resident, died July 14. She was 98. Comment

City may spray Jamaica Estates, Pomonok for mosquitoes

The city Department of Health has responded to City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows)’s concerns about spraying for mosquitoes in Jamaica Estates and the Pomonok Houses, saying it is doing required testing before determining whether or not to spray in those areas. Comment
Little Neck Ledger

MTA doles out $109M in contracts for Whitestone Br. work

MTA Bridges and Tunnels has awarded a $109 million contract to two construction firms to complete an overhaul of the Queens approach to the Whitestone Bridge. Comment

Brooklynite steals $20 from woman in St. Albans: DA

ST. ALBANS — A Brooklyn man was charged with menacing, endangering the welfare of a child and harassment after he allegedly threatened to shoot a woman and stole $20 from her, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Hollis man robs victim of chain and wallet: DA

JAMAICA — A Hollis man was facing robbery charges after he allegedly stole a man’s chain and wallet in Jamaica, a spokeswoman for the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Vans to connect Jamaica, St. Albans for LIRR riders

The Long Island Rail Road will provide vans for St. Albans passengers Sunday, Aug. 7, and Sunday, Aug. 14, because of track repairs in Valley Stream, L.I. Comment
Forest Hills Ledger

Cops arrest convicted sex offender in rape: DA

A Woodhaven man was arrested Friday and charged with rape for the second time in a year, police said. Comment
Forest Hills Ledger

Civic keeping eye on Maspeth thefts

Civic activists from the borderland between Maspeth and Elmhurst warned the community last week about a string of burglaries and robberies that occurred in the area. Comment

Pomonok worried about safety Stavisky, Gennaro promote security cameras to calm residents after shootings

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) and City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) are hoping to help make the Pomonok Houses a little safer. Comment

Assemblyman backs picket line for wages

Health care workers from a Fresh Meadows substance abuse clinic picketed for a raise and benefits Friday, and they were supported by the lawmaker who works across the street. Comment

More buses top Flushing’s list of transit goals

Flushing community members are combining forces with advocacy groups and elected officials in an effort to make their voices heard on issues facing the neighborhood’s transportation system. Comment

Flushing teen, 15, missing since Monday

FLUSHING — The family of a Flushing teen who disappeared Monday has asked for the public’s help in locating him. Comment

Man in critical condition after LIRR train hits him

FLUSHING — A Flushing man was fighting for his life after a train struck him on the tracks of the Flushing-Main Street station of the Long Island Rail Road as he tried to recover a handball that landed on the tracks Friday, MTA police said. Comment

Bus in Auburndale strikes pole to avoid hitting car

AUBURNDALE — A city bus heading east collided with a pole at 195th Street and Northern Boulevard late Monday afternoon after swerving to avoid a car, a witness said. Comment

Search for Balance at the FDNY

For decades, city officials have recognized that blacks are not proportionately represented in the city’s firehouses. Although black leaders have occasionally accused the FDNY of discrimination, they have been unable to produce evidence that the disparity is intentional. Comment

King supports Turner in race for Weiner seat

Republican congressional candidate Bob Turner picked up the second high-profile endorsement of his campaign when he was backed Sunday by U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-Massapequa Park) at Joe Abbracciamento’s Restaurant in Rego Park as his opponent, state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) was endorsed by the state’s largest private sector union. Comment

Oakland Gardens student wins top prize in state poster contest

One of Oakland Gardens’ own little environmentalists is getting some big recognition. Comment

More floods in NE Queens’ future: NRDC

A new report released last week by the Natural Resources Defense Council lists rising sea levels, more frequent and intense storm events and increased flooding as the major water-related effects New York City will face over the next 70 years as a result of climate change. Comment

Pols weigh issues for Asians

City Councilmen Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) and Peter Koo (R-Flushing) met with a handful of members of the Asian-American community last week to discuss how the ever-growing segment of the northeast Queens population is served and represented in that area. Comment

Hailstorm pummels northeast Qns homes

A violent thunderstorm rolled across Queens Monday afternoon that intensified as it reached the borough’s northeast section, resulting in property damage from winds and hail as well as traffic delays as rush hour began. Comment

MTA looking at fare hikes in 2013

Much of the MTA’s new three-year financial plan is based on the hope that certain conditions will endure or not happen but two things appear certain: fare hikes in 2013 and 2015. Comment

Douglaston mom picked as new head for ed council

Community District Education Council 26 held its first meeting of the year at MS 172 in Floral Park last week, where members elected Douglaston resident Jeannette Segal as council president. Comment

Murray Hill welcomes CBS crews filming police drama

A CBS television crew of about 80 descended on the quiet neighborhood of Murray Hill last week with a contingent of white trucks and trailers along 35th Avenue. Comment

Rhode Islander tried to pimp boro woman: DA

WOODSIDE — A 26-year-old Rhode Island man was arrested in Woodside after allegedly forcing a 20-year-old woman to work for him as a prostitute in the city, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Motorcyclist dies after driving over median

FOREST HILLS — A motorcyclist was killed Saturday night after he drove over a median and struck a Ford van in Forest Hills, police said. Comment

Elmhurst boy, 2, dies after van strikes him

ELMHURST — A 2-year-old boy was struck by a van late Saturday afternoon while running across 82nd Street near Broadway, the NYPD said. Comment

Corona man dies in B’klyn from gunshot: Police

BROOKLYN — A Corona man was fatally shot in Brooklyn July 28, police said. Comment

Say no to legalization of marijuana

I would like to comment about the July 14-20 letter from Larry Penner titled “Gov’t should legalize marijuana.” Comment

Weiner was good despite faults

I disagree with those who believe U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner served his constituents well. I worked for his opponent in the 2010 election, but I agree with those who believe he should not have resigned over the sexting scandal. Comment

Let constituents choose pols

One can legitimately argue either way as to whether former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner should have been forced to resign his congressional seat. There can be no argument in describing Weiner as having been disgraced. Comment

Pol should speak to locals before making accusations

An open letter to City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens). Comment

Gov’t needs to get people working

With the latest figures for June 2011 in, it is disappointing to see that unemployment is up to 9.2 percent and only 18,000 new jobs were created nationwide. Our country is in serious trouble and our president and Congress better start working together to come up with a plan to improve this economy and fast. Comment

Political Action: Ognibene poses threat to Queens GOP seat held by Ragusa

The year 2012 is being referred to as possibly the most critically important political year in American history, but in Queens, a civil war within the county Republican Party is taking place. The official county organization, led by Chairman Phil Ragusa, is being challenged by an opposition group led by the Haggerty brothers, John and Bart. Comment

Dishing with Dee: Once-quiet election season is now starting to heat up

What had started out as being a rather ho-hum election cycle has suddenly shown all the signs of sparking the interest of our political pundits. The Republicans, Conservatives and Tea Partiers as well as numerous blanks now have the opportunity of pulling off a potential trifecta. Comment
Astoria Times

Astoria generator blast being investigated

USPowergen has begun to clean up and review the extent of the damage caused by an explosion in one of the boilers at Astoria’s Con Edison complex last week, the senior vice president of the company said in an e-mail. Comment
Astoria Times

City nears deal for St. Saviour’s parcel

The city is less than $100,000 away from beginning to acquire the land for a park at the site of the old St. Saviour’s church in Maspeth. Comment

Sizzler burned in lawsuit

A Queens woman is suing the Forest Hills Sizzler after she said a manager yelled anti-gay slurs and battered her over an argument about a buffet breakfast. Comment

Schumer bill to outlaw dangerous bath salts

Fresh on the heels of a similar state law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo three weeks ago, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced last week that legislation he introduced to ban the sale of bath salts has been passed out of a key Senate committee. Comment

Seminerio did little consulting: MediSys workers

Three MediSys employees testified in Manhattan federal court last Thursday that late state Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio, who was hired as a consultant to the health system, did little for MediSys in the bribery trial of their former boss, David Rosen. Comment

Mayor pushes letter grades for vendys

As Mayor Michael Bloomberg and representatives from the city Health Department returned to Spark’s Deli Monday to tout the first year of the city’s letter grade system for restaurants, he said he wants the program to be expanded to street vendors. Comment

Speaker Quinn tests waters in Queens

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) crossed the East River last week to discuss problems facing two Queens organizations as well as curry favor ahead of the 2013 mayoral race, attendees said. Comment
Astoria Times

Sunnyside leaders want city to reconsider parking rules

Sunnyside business owners and western Queens officials want the city Department of Transportation to change the parking rules along Queens Boulevard, saying the rules benefit commuters at the expense of local businesses. Comment

Queens powwow draws native Americans from U.S., Canada

Hundreds of native Americans from across the country, Canada and the Caribbean came to the Queens Farm Museum over the weekend to celebrate their culture and spread it to others during the 33rd-annual American Indian Pow-Wow. Comment

USPS may close Astoria’s Grand office

The U.S. Postal Service is mulling shutting down five post offices in Queens to deal with its rapidly declining budget, but leaders in the affected neighborhoods said the loss of those institutions would devastate their communities. Comment

Jamaica woman pushes for more organ donor applicants

National Minority Organ Donor Awareness Day Aug. 1 highlighted the great need for minority organ donors, especially from areas like Queens, which has a 60.3 percent non-white population. Comment

MTA poor in posting info on repair work

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and City Comptroller John Liu have issued a report accusing the MTA of failing to effectively handle planned disruptions in service for maintenance and inadequately informing straphangers in moves that cost taxpayers millions of dollars. Comment

Gennaro urges city to stop mosquito problem

Residents say the mosquito problem in Jamaica Estates and the Pomonok Houses in Fresh Meadows has gotten so bad that they can no longer use their yards or even step outside without getting eaten alive by the pesky pests. Comment

Corona honors ‘Mama’ with celebratory street rename

Nancy DeBenedittis was as well-known for her famous mozzarella as her passion for the community, and it showed Sunday as 104th Street by 46th Avenue in Corona was renamed after the late owner of Mama’s Italian deli. Comment

Jax Hts stores welcome Liu

City Comptroller John Liu received an enthusiastic reception from Jackson Heights business owners when he visited the Indian and Bangladeshi commercial strips in the neighborhood last Thursday. Comment

Huang company fined over fatal wall collapse

H Rock Corp., a construction company tied to controversial Flushing developer Tommy Huang, has settled with OSHA over an accident at an Elmhurst construction site that killed one worker and injured three others, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Labor said. Comment

Elmhurst Hosp. Cntr. receives $10K

Two Queens public hospitals received more than $90,000 in federal funding from the Affordable Care Act in July to upgrade school-based health clinics. Comment

Ferreras gives outside boro

The recipient of the largest single grant from City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras’ (D-East Elmhurst) discretionary funds is not located in her district, but the councilwoman said those funds will help those she represents. Comment

Moving MidVil train idle stop will not affect air quality: Study

A study released last week said a plan to move the idling point for freight trains closer to PS 128 in Middle Village would not significantly affect the air quality at the school, which may provide a modicum of relief to residents who have reached their wit’s end. Comment
Astoria Times

Council OKs 130- block rezoning

The City Council passed the Sunnyside-Woodside rezoning last Thursday, essentially putting the cap on two years of work to keep new development consistent with the community’s character. Comment

Comrie praises new Happy Meal menu

City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) said he’s happier now that America’s largest fast food chain is rethinking its menu for kids. Comment

Colombian Parade mix of song, dance and pride

Colombians from the borough and beyond lined up along Northern Boulevard in East Elmhurst Sunday to celebrate their homeland’s independence by waving flags and dancing to music during the Colombian Parade. Comment

Jammin’ in Jamaica

When the Jamaica Arts, Music and Summer Festival started 15 years ago, its organizers said they wanted to create an event that would put Jamaica in the spotlight. Comment

Empowerment through fashion brings dreams to life

Last in two-part series Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011

Cops Taser, shoot man in Astoria

Police shot a man in the stomach in Astoria Wednesday morning after officers said he refused to drop two box cutters he was holding and attempts to subdue the man with a Taser and pepper spray failed, the NYPD said. Comment

Australian girl, 10, dies in Astoria car crash

Crowds of bystanders helped upright a minivan after it flipped in an Astoria car accident Sunday night that killed a 10-year-old girl, the FDNY said. Comment


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