Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011

Boro residents brace for Hurricane Irene

Many Queens residents moved into evacuation shelters as Hurricane Irene headed toward the city Saturday, but others opted to stay in their homes despite mandatory orders to evacuate some coastal areas of the borough. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011

Boro residents brace for Hurricane Irene

Many Queens residents moved into evacuation shelters as Hurricane Irene headed toward the city Saturday, but others opted to stay in their homes despite mandatory orders to evacuate some coastal areas of the borough. Comment

Mayor announces mandatory evacuation and MTA service shutdown in anticipation of Irene

By JOE Anuta and Ivan Pereira Comment

Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011

Earthquake jolts Queens

An earthquake hit Queens Tuesday afternoon, rattling businesses and homes in a tremblor that sent workers fleeing from buildings in downtown Manhattan and stretched along the East Coat from North Carolina to Boston. Comment

Newborn found in shoebox on Astoria Street

A newborn baby was found inside a shoebox in front of an Astoria home early Friday morning, according to the NYPD. Comment

Koo leaves GOP ranks to endorse Weprin

City Councilman Peter Koo (R-Flushing) crossed party line Thursday to endorse state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) in his bid for the 9th Congressional District seat vacated by Anthony Weiner amid a scandal in June. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011

J/Z named best subway in the city

The J/Z has been proclaimed New York City’s best subway line, ousting the No. 7 train, which had held the top spot for the last two years. Comment

Blaze burns down Rich Hill medical building

A team of firefighters was lucky to escape a Richmond Hill medical office building that went up in flames Monday and covered the neighborhood in thick smoke for hours. Comment

Hecklers have their day at Weprin-Turner debate

A Monday night debate between congressional candidates David Weprin and Bob Turner was marked more by heckling, cheers and boos than the candidates’ positions on issues affecting the 9th Congressional District during the face-off at the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills. Comment

TimesLedger to sit in on congressional debate

The Queens Civic Congress will host a debate Monday, Aug. 22, at 7:30 p.m. between the two congressional candidates — state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) and retired businessman Bob Turner, a Republican from Rockaway  — vying for the 9th Congressional District left vacant by ex-U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner. Comment

Bloomy appoints new environmental commissioner

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Carter Strickland Jr., deputy commissioner for sustainability for the city Department of Environmental Protection, would now be the new head of that organization at a news conference in LeFrak City Wednesday. Comment

Queens Day tourney grows

Haron Hargrave is just getting used to the changes himself. Comment

Runaway bull makes dash on Jamaica streets

A brazen bull decided to make a run for it from a Jamaica slaughterhouse last week, much to the enjoyment of pedestrians who cheered it on. Comment

Cops search for S. Jamaica killer

A shooting early Saturday morning left a 20-year-old South Jamaica woman dead near the South Jamaica Houses public housing complex just blocks from her home in a neighborhood residents described as drug-infested, according to police. Comment

Fresh Meadows Poets fete silver anniversary

The Fresh Meadows Poets celebrated its 25th anniversary June 26 at the Queens Botanical Garden. According to George Northrup, president of the Fresh Meadows Poets, the celebration was ideally attended and there were about seven readers reciting poetry. Comment

Mid-summer basketball tourney excites St. Albans youth

Daniel O’Connell Park in St. Albans came to life Saturday afternoon with dozens of young athletes, their parents and elected officials, who were there to celebrate their community and play basketball. Comment

Home focuses on Alzheimer’s

As part of an effort to develop a national plan to address Alzheimer’s disease, Brandywine Assisted Living in Little Neck will host a meeting Aug. 18 to solicit input from the stakeholders in the Alzheimer’s community. Comment

Police search for boro homeless man’s killer

RICHMOND HILL — A homeless man was murdered on a Richmond Hill street, according to police. Comment

Manhattan judge delays Ruben Wills’ larceny trial

The misdemeanor trial for City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) has been postponed, the Manhattan district attorney’s office announced Tuesday. Comment

Jamaica biz group gets $10K grant

The Greater Jamaica Development Corp. received a financial boost last week to help small businesses in the area. Comment

CB 12 member aims for Wills’ council seat

Longtime community activist David Kayode said he is fed up with all the problems in southeast Queens and the best way to tackle those issues is to be in tune with the neighborhood’s needs. Comment

Moving toward the American Dream

With the support of state Sen. Malcolm Smith, Mayor Michael Bloomberg entered troubled waters last week when he announced an ambitious effort to address the disparity in the achievement of black and Latino young men compared with whites and Asians. The mayor announced the Young Men’s Initiative, which will target 40 city high schools that have already made progress in addressing the low graduation rates among Latinos and blacks. Comment
Forest Hills Ledger

Queens electeds back Verizon strikers in Forest Hills

Verizon workers on strike and picketing in Forest Hills last Thursday had several borough lawmakers supporting their cause. Comment
Forest Hills Ledger

Lights, camera, parking woes

Business owners along Metropolitan Avenue are fed up with film crews occupying parking spots that could be used by paying customers, but the production teams probably will have a recurring role on the commercial strip. Comment
Forest Hills Ledger

Patrol slams car vandalism

A neighborhood watch group met last Thursday to discuss automobile-related crime patterns in the 104th Precinct and listened to the Queens district attorney swear in new board members. Comments (1)
Forest Hills Ledger

Queens man stalked mayor’s daughter: DA

A Ridgewood man who hoped to live in holy matrimony with the mayor’s daughter is in Rikers Island instead after he was charged with stalking, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Koo calls on city to inspect

The developer behind a $160 million proposal to overhaul the RKO Keith’s Theatre in downtown Flushing faces yet another stumbling block on the way to the planned groundbreaking at the end of this year. Comment

Plan to expand Q36 to eastern Qns nixed by city

The MTA shot down a plan by eastern Queens civic leaders to extend the Q36 bus line into a north-southroute in their neighborhoods because the agency said the proposal was too costly. Comment

Residents help out charities, revel in fun during Douglaston fest

Thousands of baseball fans and neighborhood residents flooded the commercial center of Douglaston Saturday afternoon for Douglaston Community Day, a first-time event aimed at celebrating the community and raising funds for charity. Comment

City says heat wave killed boro woman

KEW GARDENS — A Queens woman was killed last month during the heat wave that has so far been implicated in 11 deaths throughout the city, according to the chief medical examiner. Comment

The Mad Hatter and the Tea Party

Bob Turner, the businessman running against state Assemblyman David Weprin in the race to replace former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner in the 9th District, says he is not a member of the Tea Party — although he welcomes its support. Comment

Health Dept. drops $2K fine for Douglaston beekeeper

The Douglaston homeowner who was surprised last month when he was threatened with a hefty fine over his beehive will not have to pay up, but he said the city’s position on the matter is a tough pill to swallow. Comment

Astorian found in East River drowned: ME

The city medical examiner’s office has determined drowning to be the cause of death for Vangel Joti, whose lifeless body was found floating in the waters of Little Bay near the Throgs Neck Bridge in May. Comment

Queens Crossing Mall exhibits green pieces for art competition

Crossing Art in Flushing last weekend kicked off its exhibition Going Green, an international juried art competition. Comment

Kupferberg Center holds exhibit on WWII Korean sex slaves

The Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center at Queensborough Community College in Bayside presented its first exhibit for the academic year last week entitled “Come from the Shadows: Comfort Women,” which narrates the stories and history of the women of Korea who were forced into sexual slavery during the Japanese invasion of World War II. Comment

MS 158’s fall Beacon gets the go-ahead

City budget cuts caused the Beacon program at MS 158 on Oceania Street in Bayside to scale back some of its offerings this summer and raised concerns about what would be available during the school year, but Director Martenia Miller said she has received the word to go ahead with the fall schedule as planned. Comment

9/11 victim immortalized

Jennifer Y. Wong died Sept. 11, 2001, in her office at Marsh & McLennan on the 96th floor of Tower One of the World Trade Center when a plane piloted by terrorists senselessly ended her life after only 26 years, devastating her family. Comment

Avella bill would compel city to address raccoon population

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is calling on the city Department of Health to take responsibility for nuisance raccoons he says are plaguing residents in northeast Queens, but the department has responded that it is the senator’s proposed legislation that is the real pest. Comment

Ackerman sends student to join sister in Annapolis

For the younger members of the Cannon family of Flushing, attending the U.S. Naval Academy is becoming a new family tradition. Comment

Thieves steal leggings from Bay Terrace Gap

Police are looking for help from the public in figuring out who is behind a rash of thefts that has hit the Gap clothing store in the Bay Terrace Shopping Center in Bayside this summer. Comment

Boro post office robber left empty-handed

CORONA — Police have asked for the public’s help identifying and locating a man who robbed a Corona post office, according to police Comment

Police on lookout for missing boy from LIC, 14

LONG ISLAND CITY — Police have sought the public’s assistance in locating a boy who was last seen last week in Long Island City. Comment

Motorcyclist leads cops on wild ride in Ridgewood

RIDGEWOOD — A man on a motorcycle led police on a high-speed police chase along a crowded Ridgewood sidewalk before ultimately being caught and arrested, according to the New York Post. Comment

Queens GOP squabbling will harm party long term

William Lewis’ Aug.4-10 column “Ognibene poses threat to Queens GOP seat held by Ragusa” reminds me of two hyenas fighting over the carcass of a dead animal — in this case, remnants of the once-relevant Queens Republican Party. This is the latest chapter of a periodic civil war, the origins of which can be traced back to the 1980s. Comment

Avella cares about constituents

As a College Point homeowner, I had written to state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) in the hope that he would help with getting the trees on my block pruned, due to the fact that they are so overgrown that you have to crouch down when walking along the street or you will get poked in the eye. Comments (1)

Thunderstorm forces reader on odyssey

A bad thunder and hail storm hit us in the Great Neck, Little Neck, Douglaston and New Hyde Park area Aug. 1 and wreaked havoc for many of us. I was one of those caught in this storm. Comment

Trees help us in more ways than one

With all the controversy surrounding the global warming issue, one thing that should be done is to continue to plant trees. Comment

Say No

Republican Bob Turner is hoping he can win a tight race to fill the congressional seat left vacant by Anthony Weiner by exploiting the memory of the 9/11 tragedy. A commercial produced by this darling of the Tea Party movement with scenes of the devastation aired last week. It is reason enough for Queens voters to question his judgment. Comment

Political Action: Turner seeks to preserve Medicare, limit government spending

Sept. 13 will be Primary Day. It will also include several special elections in Queens, especially the race in the 9th Congressional District for the seat formerly held by U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner. About 70 percent of the district is in Queens and 30 percent in Brooklyn. Republican Robert Turner is facing Democrat David Weprin. Turner ran against Weiner last year and received a respectable 40 percent of the vote in a district that is heavily Democratic. Comment

Dishing with Dee: Turner holds two fund-raisers spanning Weiner district

This week was a rather slow, mixed-bag week. On the political local level, Bob Turner, Republican/Conservative candidate for ex-U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner’s 9th District seat, held two fund-raisers. Comment

Bayside restaurant serves as dumpling depot

Of the 115 items on the menu at Mama Su’s in Bayside, the staff takes most pride in its soup dumplings, which are well-known in China’s Shanghai Province. Comment

Turner trails Weprin by six-point margin

State Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) is holding a slim six-point lead over Republican Bob Turner for former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner’s seat, according to a poll released last week by Siena College. Comment

Firefighters blast Turner for 9/11 ad

The first television ad in the race to replace ex-U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner launched by Bob Turner used images of planes hitting the Twin Towers in the Sept. 11 attacks to criticize state Assemblyman David Weprin’s (D-Little Neck) view that the developers of the Ground Zero mosque have a right to build it. Comment

Sewer upgrades halted SE Qns. flooding: City

The mayor is crediting the millions of dollars that have been invested in sewer infrastructure in southeast Queens for the smaller occurrence of flooding in the borough during Sunday’s torrential downpours. Comment

SJU grad wins PGA Championship

On the last day of the PGA Championship in Georgia Sunday, St. John’s University graduate Keegan Bradley overcame a five-shot deficit with three holes to go and won in a three-hole playoff to become only the third golfer to capture his first major championship on the first attempt. Comment

Schumer wants Qns. utility facilities to be more secure

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Sunday he would be introducing legislation requiring major utilities to conduct FBI background checks on employees who work in the areas most vulnerable to attacks or sabotage following a report that Al-Qaeda may be targeting the facilities. Comment

Goldfeder secures Schumer’s backing

Phil Goldfeder’s state Assembly campaign got a major boost Monday after he was endorsed by his former boss, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.). Comment

Rosen bribery trial nears end

Federal prosecutors and the attorneys representing the former head of Jamaica Hospital’s parent company are now waiting for a judge to determine the administrator’s fate in his bribery and corruption trial. Comment

Boro business leaders back PA toll increases

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has unveiled plans for region-wide economic growth that includes raising bridge and tunnel tolls by as much as 46 percent. Comment
Astoria Times

Moya celebrates heritage

For years Borough President Helen Marshall has held ceremonies recognizing Ecuadorian Independence Day and exceptional Ecuadorian Americans in the community. While she could not attend this year’s event, state Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) participated in her place. Comment

Meeks explains vote on debt lid to seniors

With the future of the economy in jeopardy due to a downgrade in the nation’s credit rating, U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) reassured his elderly constituents that he and his fellow Democrats would not lead their financial futures to a path of ruin. Comment

Madoff’s fancy pants make pricey iPad cases

A Garment District designer is selling iPad covers made from Ponzi schemer and Rockaway native Bernard Madoff’s trousers. Comment

Maspeth hack killed in L.I. cabbie brawl

Two drivers who worked for the same Long Island cab company got into an altercation Friday that left a Maspeth man dead, the Nassau County police said. Comment
Astoria Times

Lawmakers warn residents of E. Elmhurst groper

City Council members Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) and Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) handed out fliers last Thursday at the 90th Street-Elmhurst Avenue No. 7 train stop warning residents about a man who groped three neighborhood women. Police warnings about the pervert were issued the same day a Corona man was arraigned on charges of sexually assaulting women on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Comment

Gillibrand touts youth jobs at Jax Heights visit

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) visited Make the Road New York in Jackson Heights Tuesday to tout the Urban Jobs Act, a bill the senator introduced in May aimed at employing at-risk youth, as neighborhood legislators joined her in supporting the act. Comment

College Point MTA depot to get natural gas buses

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has announced $33.8 million in federal money for 74 new fuel-efficient buses powered by natural gas for Queens and Brooklyn. Comment

Exemplary community volunteers honored at ceremony

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and David Shin, president of Sunnyside nonprofit Healthy Family & Aging Service Inc., recognized exceptional community volunteers at an awards ceremony held last Thursday at the Elmhurst/Jackson Heights Senior Center. Comment

Thousands drawn to Dragon boat races

The sounds of hollow drums boomed their steady rhythms across Meadow Lake at Flushing Meadows Corona Park Saturday afternoon as four dragon boats made their way across the waterway to the boathouse. Comment

Pols consider casino gambling at Aqueduct Race Track

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has given indications that he is open to legalizing non-Indian casino gambling in the state, which could pave the way for blackjack tables and roulette wheels at the soon-to-be-opened racino at Aqueduct Race Track. Comment

Woodside campers dance with Crowley

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) visited a summer camp for Woodside elementary school students Friday where he delivered school supplies, danced to Spanish music and showed off his drumming skills. Comment

Group sues to stop transfer station

Planes may be in grave danger of striking birds as they take off from and land at LaGuardia Airport if a 100-foot-tall College Point trash transfer station moves forward as planned, according to a federal court case aimed at blocking the station’s construction. Comment

Queens pols challenge census

Astoria and Jackson Heights officials praised Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s formal challenge to the results of the 2010 U.S. census filed last week, which singled out what he called a severe undercount in two of the borough’s fastest-growing neighborhoods. Comment

City seeks to implement phone-paying parking meters

The cellphone may replace the quarter in the eternal quest for parking spaces in Queens. Comment
Astoria Times

Parks commissioner helps Astoria toddlers get green thumbs

City Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe visited an Astoria day care center last week to encourage not only the children to water public trees in the summer but also the whole city. Comment
Astoria Times

Cops wound armed Astoria suspect with shot

An Astoria man is in critical condition after police shot him in the stomach last week, when the NYPD said he refused to drop two box cutters and attempts to subdue the man with a Taser and pepper spray failed. Comment

Eclectic Tunes for Summer

Wading pools, sand boxes, squeals of delight, parents jostling for space beneath shady trees, lines for ping-pong and chess: On its face, it appears to be a summertime scene at a local playground — except there’s beer and experimental live music. It’s a summer Saturday at MoMA PS1, the contemporary art museum in Long Island City. Comment


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