Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011

Howard Beach

Turner taps Weiner for advice

Newly elected U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Howard Beach) met with his predecessor, Anthony Weiner, for an hour last week to discuss ongoing issues in the 9th Congressional District. Comment

Astoria business rises from ashes of old one

A restaurateur whose well-regarded Astoria lounge burned down in a four-alarm fire earlier this year has a new eatery in the neighborhood with a focus on one dish. Comment

Residents need more West Nile info

I read with great interest the article “West Nile sickens Whitestone senior” in the Sept. 22-28 Whitestone Times. The story said that “Whitestone has been sprayed for mosquitoes five times this year, the latest taking place last week, according to the DOH.” Comment

Racism not a role over halal market

I was disturbed that Sheraz Kahn, owner of the Super Halal meat market, said that our protest was aimed at his establishment because of his ethnicity. How ridiculous! There is a supermarket just three blocks west of his place, owned by people of his nationality which, when opened, had a community problem concerning double parking in front of his store. He quickly remedied the situation and has been a good neighbor ever since. Comments (1)

Rich must pay higher tax rates

The French, they are funny race” is a phrase from a 1955 British comedy film. U.S. Reps. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) and Walter B. Jones Jr. (R-N.C.) did not think them funny when they so strongly, and now proven rightly, were against Bush taking us into Iraq. Comment

Newly elected Turner must help out suffering people

Why is it that when former Mayor Ed Koch and state Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) endorse a woefully unqualified, radical right-wing, Tea Bag Republican for the umpteenth time, Dee Richard and the media all go gaga, but when a Republican like Flushing City Councilman Peter Koo crosses party lines to support a highly qualified and progressive candidate like Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck), it is at best ignored or at worse castigated by the hopelessly biased Dee Richard? Comment

Monday, Oct. 10, 2011

Middle Village

MidVil cemetery in grass spat

The city and the head of a Middle Village cemetery are engaged in a not-my-turf war. Comment

Italians honored in Whitestone parade

Italian-American pride swept into Whitestone Sunday morning as the Columbus Day Parade wound its way through the neighborhood’s tree-lined streets. Comment
Long Island City

LIC hotel offers tourists $10 western Qns. bike rentals

A Long Island City hotel is teaming up with a nonprofit to give tourists a unique way to not only experience the borough, but also buy at its shops. Comment

City alters Sunnyside parking

Sunnyside business owners and elected officials celebrated a major victory last Thursday when city Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan visited the neighborhood and announced a much sought change in parking rules would be coming to Queens Boulevard. Comment

Do not let computers replace teachers in schools

With all the focus on the importance of technology in our schools, there is another important issue that needs to be addressed. That is the fact that our students need to be able to know how to express their thoughts through oral reading and writing. Comments (2)

Beating rival Lewis a relief for ‘Dozo

Tournament champions, completed a goal and made our presence known. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011


Lawmaker takes cue from kids on Sunnyside park revamp

Students from Sunnyside’s PS 199 spent their Monday morning in Lance Cpl. Thomas P. Noonan Jr. Playground drawing and writing on colored pieces of paper their ideas of what they would want to see in a planned renovation of the park. Comments (19)

Shelter not good fit for Astoria: Vallone

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) criticized an ongoing construction project to create housing for mentally challenged homeless people near Astoria Houses, saying that part of the neighborhood is already having trouble serving the needs of its current residents. Comment

Douglaston church opens cottage doors

Thank God for that old-growth wood. Comment

Queens needs job seekers: Biz leaders

Top business leaders from all five boroughs gathered at York College Tuesday morning to discuss ways to spur job growth in New York, and the consensus was that education will play a key role in getting the unemployed back on their feet. Comment
East Elmhurst

Ga. man carried ammo, revolver into LGA: Police

LAGUARDIA AIRPORT — Port Authority police have arrested a man who attempted to board a plane at LaGuardia Airport with unlicensed firearms, according to a criminal complaint. Comment

Alabama Rides Again

Alabama Rides Again Comment
Jamaica Times

Molloy, Regis tied - again

When Archbishop Molloy and Regis walked off the pitch at Alley Pond Park in Glen Oaks, a familiar disappointment was etched across each side’s faces. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011

Forest Hills

Workers hog parking along Austin Street

Indolent employees who feed parking meters in a Forest Hills shopping district are starving local shops of customers, according to business owners in the area. Comment

Queens Library expands offerings to patrons’ e-readers

Borough bookworms who are looking to read books on the fly on their latest tech devices are in luck if they have a Queens library card. Comment

Richards plans to replace Sanders

Over the last eight years, Donovan Richards has moved his way up the political ladder under the guidance of City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton) and now he is aiming for City Hall. Comment

Hall of Science hosts do-it-yourself World Maker Faire

Science fair meets county fair. Comment

Woman tried bribing cops to let boyfriend go: Post

SUNNYSIDE — A Sunnyside woman allegedly tried to bribe cops to release her boyfriend after he was arrested for driving without a license and marijuana possession, the New York Post reported. Comment
Long Island City

John Brown Smokehouse: Where smoking’s permitted

Native New Yorkers might not get it at first. Think of it as another kind of ethnic food — something that New Yorkers, especially Queensites, do get. Ethnic foods are those that evolved in the kitchens and backyards of ordinary people rather than in restaurants, culinary schools or palaces. To be really authentic, they should be enjoyed in the manner of the cultures from which they evolved, as in using chopsticks when eating Chinese food. Comment

The Diversity Dilemma

The Diversity Dilemma Comment
Fresh Meadows

Naz guard Brianna Sidney commits to UNC

Brianna Sidney could have been nervous. Cynthia Cooper-Dyke was someone the Queens native has looked up to since childhood. Comment

Friday, Oct. 7, 2011

Richmond Hill

SE Queens cops honored

Several police officers who patrol the streets of southeast Queens helped to catch several burglary suspects charged with breaking into residents’ homes and received top accolades last week for their heroics. Comment

A Dancer’s Coda

From stickball games in the sandlots of 1940s Bayside to founding artistic director of the critically acclaimed, world-renowned Miami City Ballet, Edward Villella’s unique career has spanned six illustrious decades. Overcoming society’s taboos about male ballet dancers, he stuck to his guns and went after his dream. And it all started at the former Ann Garrison School of Dance on Bell Boulevard in Bayside. Comment

Mandee on Bell Boulevard to close in January

Mandee on Bell Boulevard to close in January Comment
College Point

Poppenhusen needs $40K

The Poppenhusen Institute in College Point has been a fixture in the community for 143 years. Comment
Ozone Park

Addabbo wants more gambling at Aqueduct

With public opinion on his side, state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) said Monday he is working with the operators of the Aqueduct racino to bring full-fledged gambling to the site and the rest of the state. Comment

Chinese sculptor’s art traces impact of Cultural Revolution

As mediums of expression, bronze and stone have their own unique characteristics. Bronze’s color is solid, whereas clay’s is fluid. Clay shrinks 10 percent when it is fired, while bronze shrinks 1 percent during the casting process. Comment

Civic seeks unused funds

Warren Schreiber, president of the Bay Terrace Community Alliance, told Community Board 11 Monday night he was investigating a combined $5.42 million he claims has not been used by the city Parks Department after being allocated by U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) and then-City Councilman Tony Avella for improvements in Little Bay Park more than seven years ago. Comment

CB 11 seeks bike path land Property would link Douglaston Village and Alley Pond center

As part of the Douglaston Local Development Corp.’s master plan for the revitalization of Douglaston Village, founding member Lisa Lempel-Sander gave a presentation Monday evening proposing Community Board 11 consider allocating approximately $1.2 million to purchase a piece of undeveloped property. Comment

World War I monument shines brighter after renovation

For years, the Douglaston World War I monument sat neglected — its 75 names obscured by oxidation and overgrowth. Comment
Kew Gardens

DA recoups $505K from auto insurance scheme

KEW GARDENS — Queens District Attorney Richard Brown’s office is doing everything it can to help reduce the astronomical rates borough residents pay for car insurance. Comment
Dishing with Dee

With high hopes, boro GOP will settle differences soon

There is so much happening these days that it is hard to try and decide which places to go. Unfortunately, as hard as you might, it’s just impossible to be at several places at the same time, although we do give it our best shot. Comment
Political Action

Weprin lacked Turner’s organization, media attention

Republican Robert Turner, ran in a regular election in the 9th Congressional District last year and received about 40 percent of the vote, won an upset victory over state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) with a stronger campaign for the same seat. Comment

Young Holy Cross team hopeful in loss

Holy Cross has sure grown up quickly over the last four weeks. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Terriers bite back in rematch of semifinals with Iona

If there was any question about how badly St. Francis Prep wanted revenge, it was answered during and after the victory. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011


Pair arraigned in basketball star’s shooting

The pair accused of coldly gunning down a Queensbridge native last month made their first appearance in court Wednesday to face their murder charges, the Manhattan district attorney’s office said. Comment
Forest Hills

Mayor takes stand in trial of John Haggerty on theft

Mayor Michael Bloomberg was grilled Monday by a defense attorney in the $1.1 million theft case against a former campaign aide and Queens Republican political operative, John Haggerty. Comment

Bayside man arrested in attack

A community-wide manhunt came to an end Friday with the arrest of a Bayside man in connection with the attempted rape of a woman in Whitestone last week. Comment
Howard Beach

Sheehan lawyers give closing statements

A Queens Supreme Court jury was sent Tuesday to deliberate the fate of Barbara Sheehan, the Howard Beach wife who contends she killed her abusive husband in self-defense while prosecutors maintain she executed him in cold blood. Comment

Torture victims land at Elmhurst

A surprising number of the immigrants in Queens have been tortured by oppressive regimes or police forces abroad, but a organization at Elmhurst Hospital Center that was honored by lawmakers Friday helps those victims put their lives back together. Comment

Stavisky district lines act as Rorschach test

The Queens lawmaker who has one of the most clearly contorted boundary lines in the borough wants to take redistricting power out of the hands of politicians. Comment

FAA calls RKO plan into question

The long-awaited revitalization of the RKO Keith’s Theatre in downtown Flushing faces one final hurdle before it can take off. Comment

Greek crisis vexes Astoria immigrants

Astoria’s Greeks characterized the approval of a new property tax intended to stave off the growing financial crisis in their home country as the unfortunate but inevitable consequence of years of waste and overspending by the government. Comments (1)
Fresh Meadows

Fresh Meadows outtakes

A book documenting the growth of Fresh Meadows in pictures was released Tuesday, showing the beginning of the planned residential Queens community 65 years ago to the 1970s. Comment
St. Albans

Meeks denies SE Queens Dems will oust him

--U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-St. Albans) dismissed a published report that southeast Queens elected officials and U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-East Elmhurst), chairman of the Queens Democratic Party, met in secret to discuss replacing the Jamaica congressman. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jax Hts family spared deportation at 11th hour

Jackson Heights immigration advocates rejoiced after neighborhood residents Nadia and Nazmin Habib, who were set to be deported to Bangladesh, were granted a reprieve last Thursday just as they were scheduled to leave the country. Comment

Terror inspirer who attended Flushing mosque killed

With residents hailing from all corners of the globe, even a U.S. drone strike in the northern al-Jawf province of Yemen has direct ties to the country’s most diverse county, and one of the men it left dead first turned toward extremist pursuits after attending a Flushing mosque. Comments (1)
Springfield Gardens

Feds arrest 2 in Spring. Gdns.

No one was hurt during a standoff between an armed, fugitive ex-convict and federal agents Monday at a Springfield Gardens house, the authorities said. Comments (1)

Cops arrest three in Broadway home invasion

Police said they arrested three men in the dark, early morning hours of Friday who are accused of breaking into a Broadway home that was filled with 20 people and being used as an illegal gambling location. Comment
Forest Hills

DA awaits parents extradition in Forestdale 8 abduction case

The pair accused of kidnaping their eight children out of a Forest Hills foster care center and fleeing with them around the country could be back to face a Queens judge later this week, the authorities said. Comment

Flushing bus driver faces one less charge

Prosecutors dropped a reckless driving charge against the Flushing driver who crashed a discount bus on Interstate 95 in Virginia, killing four people, two of whom were residents of southeast Queens, and injuring many other riders, according to the Associated Press. Comment
Oakland Gardens

Fire damages playground in Oakland Gdns.

An Oakland Gardens playground remained closed Tuesday, its equipment a tangled and charred mess as the community searched for answers regarding a fire — which some are calling an arson — that struck the playground last week. Comment

Blaze claims Sunnyside man

A bouquet of flowers was left outside a Sunnyside building last Thursday after a man died in a fire in the early hours of the previous day. Comment

Madoff trustee can sue owners of Mets for only $386M: Judge

In a setback to the trustee trying to recover funds for victims of Bernard Madoff’s $50 billion Ponzi scheme, a Manhattan federal judge ruled the trustee can only sue the owners of the New York Mets for up to $386 million, not the $1 billion he was seeking. Comment

Bayside music festival promotes fire safety

A stretch of 40th Avenue in Bayside was shut down Saturday for the first real block party the neighborhood has seen in years. Comment

Gennaro criticizes state over hydrofracking rules

The state Department of Environmental Conservation released regulations last week concerning the controversial process of hydrofracking that calls for a 1,000-foot buffer zone between an upstate New York shale formation and the city’s watershed. Comments (1)

Douglaston art fair spotlights best talents

Douglaston’s arts community was on full display Sunday afternoon as artisans and musicians took to the streets to show off their talents. Comment

LIRR tunnel work raises fears of delays

Queens commuters who use the Long Island Rail Road may get to sleep in a little longer Monday mornings. Comment

Rosedale murder suspect in video sought by police

ROSEDALE — Police have released a video of an individual they would like to question in connection with the murder of a Rosedale teen in Brooklyn last month. Comment

Qns. GOP factions head to court to settle dispute over leadership

Two factions within the Queens Republican Party each elected their own chairman last week, setting up a court battle over who is the party’s legitimate leader. Comment

Cops seek Brooklyn man in Woodhaven shooting

WOODHAVEN — Police were asking for the public’s help in locating a Brooklyn man wanted in connection with a shooting in Woodhaven. Comment

York starts new soccer team

A women’s soccer team at York College is something that has been talked about by the school’s athletic staff for quite some time. What was lacking was an interest from the student body. Comment


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