Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011

Long Island City

Electeds announce high school enrollment fair

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and state Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan (D-Ridgewood) are inviting the community to participate in a high school enrollment fair at the Long Island City YMCA Nov. 16. Comment

Suspect in Gibbons hit-and-run death caught in Connecticut

A month to the day after he allegedly killed the owner of a popular Maspeth bar in a hit-and-run accident, which sparked a massive neighborhood campaign to bring him to justice, Peter Rodriguez was arrested Tuesday morning in Connecticut, police said. Comments (7)
Middle Village

Crowley to hold environmental town hall

City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) has scheduled a green town hall for 7 p.m. on Nov. 16 at PS 49 in Middle Village. Comment
College Point

College Pt. eatery devoted to fine art of broth -- touts Matt Damon as a customer

Megan Kleven said she and her family shared some fond moments anytime her grandmother would invite them into her College Point home for some of her soup. Comments (1)

Monday, Nov. 14, 2011


109th offers advice on staying safe in community

The 109th Precinct, which covers neighborhoods like Flushing, Whitestone, College Point, Auburndale and Bay Terrace in northeast Queens, offered tips to residents to guard against stolen property in response to incidents throughout the precinct. Comment

VIDEO: Crowley and Gibbons family search for suspect in hit-and-run crash

The family of Gibbons Home’ owner George Gibbons, who was killed in a hit-and-run crash last month, and City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley Sunday led a massive effort to paper western Queens with fliers featuring a photo of the suspected driver. Comments (2)
Ozone Park

Victim punched, but phone not stolen: DA

OZONE PARK — A teen was arrested less than two weeks ago for allegedly assaulting someone on the street during a mugging attempt, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011


QCC to launch program that assists immigrant families

Queensborough Community College recently announced plans to develop a program that would serve as a model for museums and other community colleges to teach English and critical thinking skills to adult immigrants and their families through the use of art. Comment

Maloney calls for high-speed rail in Northeast corridor

Three members of Congress, including U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria), said the federal government must hasten the start of high-speed train service, which she said should be introduced first in the Northeast. Comments (2)

Corona shop sold uninspected poultry to groceries: Feds

A Corona halal slaughterhouse has been barred from selling uninspected poultry after it was found to have been marketing its wares to supermarkets and groceries in Queens instead of to individuals, U.S. attorney in Brooklyn said last week. Comment

Two men rob Woodside mini mart

WOODSIDE — Police were asking for the public’s help in finding two fugitives who they say burglarized a mini mart last week. Comment
Ozone Park

Man steals cell phone, iPod in Ozone Pk.

~OZONE PARK — A woman was mugged in the middle of the afternoon three weeks ago, police said. Comment
Oakland Gardens

Emergency responders called to extinguish car on LIE

Firefighters and emergency responders report to a car fire at about 11 a.m. Tuesday on the eastbound Long Island Expressway near the exit for the Clearview Expressway. Traffic was backed up for several exits in either direction. Comment

Tip of the week


Fund-raising just fine at Avella bash

I read with a chuckle the complaint from the perennial candidate, who is a perennial loser, about a party for a competent winner. Bob Friedrich complains that an invitation to a birthday celebration for state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) was disguised as a fund-raiser (“E-mail disguised as birthday celebration,” Oct. 20-26). Comment

No Room for Hatred

In the dark of night, a vandal or vandals armed with a spray paint can committed a despicable act when they painted swastikas on two Queens libraries and a synagogue in Jackson Heights. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011

Forest Hills

Forest Hills resident blasts decrepit house

The city has fined a negligent property owner over his decrepit Forest Hills home a dozen times, and although neighbors said the rat-filled abode has only gotten worse, city inspectors have said it is up to snuff several times. Comment

Lawrence Cemetery stages historical tour

The historical figures who are buried at Lawrence Cemetery came back to life Saturday, but instead of giving some post-Halloween haunts to visitors, the burial ground’s members educated them on the importance of the site. Comment
Long Island City

DEC uses Newtown funds for Dutch Kills waterfront

Long Island City officials praised the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s decision in October to set aside $2 million of settlement money so it can be used to acquire land from private owners near the Dutch Kills waterway for improvements and a park. Comment
Whitestone Times

Rich Hill welcomes all with new sign

Romeo Hitlall’s 4 1/2-year quest to get a “Welcome to Richmond Hill” sign erected in the neighborhood ended Monday when the sign was unveiled. Comment

Teen from Woodside robbed of iPod: Brown

CORONA — A Woodside teen was arrested last week for allegedly mugging a person on the street in the middle of the day, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Queens man lifted dress, groped woman: Police

MANHATTAN — Police arrested an Elmhurst man who they say sexually abused a straphanger more than two weeks ago. Comment
The Play’s the Thing

Drawing a crowd: Not like it used to be in theater

It’s not a good sign when there are more people on stage than in the audience. Our dedicated reviewer, Arlene McKanic, found that to be the case on a recent assignment at the Secret Theatre in Long Island City. Sometimes, no matter what you do to publicize your show, it just isn’t good enough. Comment
Cambria Heights

Cambria Heights school expands to new building

Cambria Center for the Gifted Child & Cambria School of Excellence held a ribbon cutting ceremony last Friday evening for a new facility for students from fifth through eighth grade. The school expanded to a building next door to its original site.Photo by Nat Valentine Comment
Jamaica Estates

Ray’s ‘superhuman’ effort not enough for Mary Louis

Deirdre Ray went from sitting and watching to nearly winning her team a title. Comment

Singer Tony Bennett of Astoria worked as a grocery clerk

The Cold War cools down. Only a few weeks before, the Cuban Missile Crisis lurched the world toward war. On Oct. 24, 1962, the U.S. Navy set up a “quarantine” around Cuba. All Soviet ships with missile shipments had to turn back. Comment

Kids should learn respect at home

As the economic recession continues unabated with no improvement in sight, another important aspect to also note is that there seems to be a lack of respect and common courtesy in this country. Comment

The Electronic Nightmare

Cell phones play movies and music, send e-mail, access the Internet — and have turned South Jamaica into a war zone. Comments (1)

Friday, Nov. 11, 2011


Wills agrees to pay restitution, perform community service in 1996 misdemeanor: DA

Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) ended the 15-year-old misdemeanor case against him Thursday at Manhattan Criminal Court, the Manhattan district attorney’s office said. Comment

Police looking for attempted rape suspect in Astoria

ASTORIA — Police were on the lookout for a man suspected of attempting to rape two women in Astoria last week. Comments (2)
Willets Point

Coalition for Queens supports tech center at Roosevelt Island

After Queens was snubbed last month in the competition to establish a tech campus in New York City, one organization was already planning on how to incorporate the borough into a frontrunner’s plan. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Boro pols officially welcome Goldfeder

Elected officials from all over the state gathered at Junior High School 210 in Ozone Park Sunday to pass the torch to the community’s newest representative in Albany. Comment
Richmond Hill

Rich. Hill tenant admits fatal stabbing: Brown

A Richmond Hill man pleaded guilty to manslaughter Friday for fatally stabbing his roommate’s friend in the heart during an argument in January 2010, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment
Ozone Park

Make unused Rockaway LIRR into greenspace: Activist

An anonymous group of architects is working on yet another plan to transform a stretch of abandoned train tracks in Queens into the borough’s version of The High Line, according to a South Ozone Park activist. Comments (2)

Flushing inaugurates first new Assembly member in 28 yrs.

Residents of the 27th state Assembly District began a new era for their community as they welcomed the first new Assembly member in nearly three decades to represent Flushing, Whitestone and Fresh Meadows. Comment
South Ozone Park

Father killed unborn son and girlfriend: Jury

The Jamaica father who killed his girlfriend and her unborn boy on his due date three years ago was convicted last Thursday of her murder, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

LIRR bans smoking on outdoor platforms

Smoking will be banned starting Sunday on Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North platforms, ticketing and boarding areas and stations. Comment

Thieves unsuccessful in stealing iPod: Brown

JAMAICA — A 20-year-old man was arrested last week after he tried to rob someone’s iPod, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

‘’S Wonderful’ musical featuring classic Gershwin

The crew of the new renovated Queens Theatre is a doughty lot. They came in to work even during that freak October snowstorm of a couple of Saturdays ago. Unfortunately, QT’s executive director Ray Cullom couldn’t come thanks to a downed tree, but he still spoke with TimesLedger about their show, “‘S Wonderful,” a review chock full of absolutely delicious George and Ira Gershwin tunes. It will run through Nov. 13. Comment
Long Island City

Marathon makes way through LIC

As thousands of people running in this year’s marathon made their way through Queens, they were greeted by crowds of supporters. Comment
Jamaica Estates

SJU already has eyes on March Madness

The St. John’s Red Storm men’s basketball team will look to build on a 2010-11 campaign that saw first-year head Coach Steve Lavin lead his program to an NCAA Tournament birth for the first time since 2002. Comment
The Civic Scene

Do not believe negative views of protesters at Wall Street

A few people who are supportive of the Occupy Wall Street group recently appeared at the Bayside Long Island Rail Road station and temporarily held signs which read, “Tax Fairness Now,” “Robin Hood Tax,” “Tax Wall Street Speculation” and “Jobs, Not Cuts.” Comment

Reform BSA after it allowed second house on lot

The city Board of Standards and Appeals is a city agency that hears land use requests from developers, builders and architects. Many of the cases involve variance requests which allow an applicant to develop a site by bypassing some established zoning regulations. There are conditions that must be met in order for a variance to be granted. Comment

Northeast Cup Is Half-Full

In his second annual town hall meeting, City Councilman Dan Halloran took aim at the city government, which he, of course, is a part of. He accused various elements of the government of neglect, malfeasance and outright neglect of his district. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011

Howard Beach

Sheehan sentenced to five years on gun possession

Barbara Sheehan, the Howard Beach school secretary who was acquitted of murder last month but found guilty of gun possession in the shooting of her husband, was sentenced to five years behind bars and 2 1/2 years of post supervision Thursday morning. Comments (1)

Crowley prods community to provide tips on Gibbons hit-and-run suspects

City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) said she is certain someone in the community knows where the man wanted for allegedly killing the owner of a popular Maspeth bar in a hit-and-run accident last month is hiding and urged them to come forward Wednesday. Comments (5)
Forest Hills

Convicted ex-comptroller cleans up in prison

Disgraced former state Comptroller Alan Hevesi is collecting a six-figure pension while he serves time in a state prison on corruption charges. Hevesi, also an ex-state assemblyman and city comptroller from Forest Hills, was sentenced to one to four years in prison in April for accepting about $1 million in gifts, including trips to Israel and Italy, in return for investing state pension funds with favored firms that paid for the gifts. Comment

Suspect held in slay of Rosedale teen

Police said they apprehended a suspect in the killing of a Rosedale teen who had sneaked out of her relative’s home and was stabbed late at night at a Brooklyn corner. Comment

Jack the Cat loses recovery battle

Pet lovers from across the world are mourning the loss of Jack the Cat, who fought to regain his strength following a two-month disappearance at John F. Kennedy International Airport, and some are taking aim at the airline that had custody of him before he was to board the plane with his owner. Comments (4)

Dispatchers ditch taxi stand now closed on Main

Dispatchers were discontinued at the taxi stand in downtown Flushing last week, and the yellow cabs seem to have gone with them. Comment
South Ozone Park

Aqueduct racino adds jobs for expansion phase

After a high-volume opening weekend in which 65,000 people visited Resorts World Casino New York, the company said Tuesday it plans to hire an additional 150 workers, bringing the total number of employees to 1,500 — a 76 percent increase from Resorts World’s original estimates. Comment
Forest Hills

Square scaffolding scrapped

Most of the green scaffolding that covered the tower of the Station Square Apartments in Forest Hills has been removed to the delight of the surrounding community of Forest Hills Gardens and Long Island Rail Road commuters. Comment

Flushing woman calls dog attack a ‘nightmare’

A Flushing woman who was attacked in her own yard by a dog last week said the uncaring owners just walked away afterward, leaving her bleeding to call the police herself. Comments (3)

Mayor plans to help open Fairway in Douglaston

Mayor Michael Bloomberg does not have to travel all the way to Douglaston to choose from a selection of more than 600 artisanal cheeses or 70 different types of olives, so the fact that he is expected to attend the opening of the neighborhood’s new Fairway Market next week is a testament to the excitement the food store is stirring up in Queens. Comment
Jamaica Hills

Hillcrest gets A on progress report for biggest jump in boro

Hillcrest High School in Jamaica celebrated two achievements this year: its 40th anniversary and receiving an A on the city’s high school progress report for the 2010-11 academic year. Comments (1)

Liu campaign woes worsen with $527,400 in sign fines

This was probably not the kind of publicity City Comptroller John Liu had hoped for. Comment
Forest Hills Gardens

West Side club to review proposals for its stadium

The West Side Tennis Club elected a new president Friday, the same day a request for proposals was due to develop land within the club’s tennis stadium. Comment
East Elmhurst

City fields suggestions on new routes to LGA

Civic activists, representatives of elected officials and LaGuardia Airport employees drew potential new bus routes to and from the airport and voted on what improvements they would like to see done to bus service as part of a study to improve transportation there. Comments (1)

Dems retain all judgeships in Queens after election

Democrats retained their stronghold on Queens Supreme Court Tuesday, when the borough elected six judges from the party, along with re-electing District Attorney Richard Brown and a southeast Queens councilman who ran unopposed. Comments (2)

CB 11 approves Little League bleachers plan

Bedlam broke out at Monday’s Community Board 11 meeting — brought on not by any of the usual suspects like the city Board of Standards and Appeals or the Star Nissan auto company but by Little League baseball bleachers. Comment

Astoria’s Greek population welcomes government turnover

Astoria’s Greek population was optimistic Monday after news that George Papandreou would resign as prime minister and a unity government would run Greece until early elections could be held, viewing the decision as a step toward ending the debt crisis that has gripped the country since 2009. Comment
College Point

JHS 185 parents want buses

A group of parents and elected officials who are furious over the last-minute cancellation of yellow bus service for middle school students in College Point held another protest Friday morning, two days after an education representative got an earful on the matter. Comment

Tourette center to close

A unique resource for people living with Tourette syndrome and their families is planning to close its doors in Bayside early next year, leaving the community searching for alternatives to the counseling services it has provided for nearly three decades. Comment

Police give update on Maspeth, Elmhurst crime

The heads of three Queens police precincts updated the Communities of Maspeth and Elmhurst Together Civic Association on criminal incidents that occurred within the civic’s boundaries over the last month during the group’s meeting Monday night. Comment
Long Island City

LIC High scheduling mixup angers community

Officials at the city Department of Education and in government met last week to try to fix a monstrous scheduling mess at Long Island City High School that resulted in 900 students being forced to discontinue one of their electives while 120 other courses were combined. Comment
Whitestone Times

Civic criticizes Crowley over Rikers inmate law

The City Council passed a bill last week that strips city funding for a federal program that detains Rikers Island inmates who are determined to be illegal immigrants, prompting a protest outside City Hall by the Juniper Park Civic Association, which claims the legislation is a threat to public safety. Comment

Flushing health workers bilk Medicare for $11.7M: Feds

This was some real dirty dancing. Comment

Mother missing since 2002

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and former Elmhurst resident Jena Liang called upon the NYPD last week to reinvestigate the 2002 disappearance and possible murder of her mother, 52-year-old Lian Fang Feng. Comment

Feds will fund first phase of 2nd Ave. subway

The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation Committee has assured New Yorkers that the federal government will supply enough money to complete the first phase of the Second Avenue subway. Comment
New Hyde Park

Mourners remember CB 13 chairwoman

Family and community activists remembered Susan Noreika as a tireless supporter of her community with a feisty side during her wake last Thursday in Bayside. Comment

Pimp pleads guilty to taking advantage of runaway teen: DA

A Jamaica man who kidnapped a teen, used her as a prostitute and then went on the lam to escape charges will be facing serious prison time when he is sentenced next month for his crimes, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
South Jamaica

Bell shooters await verdict

The fates of two of the officers who killed Sean Bell in a hail of 50 bullets is now in the hands of the police commissioner, and the Rockaway bridegroom’s family is urging him to give them justice. Comment
East Elmhurst

Suspects sought for pointing lasers at planes

LAGUARDIA AIRPORT — The Federal Aviation Administration is seeking information on who pointed lasers at six airlines that were arriving in Queens over the weekend. Comment

Marshall helps launch CUNY Month at Queens College

The Queens beep kicked off CUNY Month last week at Queens College in Flushing, an institution that was highlighted in an education study released over the summer. Comment

LIC woman admits killing sister: Brown

A Queensbridge woman pleaded guilty in Queens Supreme Court to fatally shooting her sister at her sibling’s 27th birthday last Thursday, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment
Long Island City

A Portraitist Behind the Lens

Long Island City painter Betsy Ashton has never been one to back away from a challenge. During the 1970s and ‘80s she was a radio and television news reporter in an era when very few women worked in the field. She began her journalism career in Washington, reporting on the emerging women’s movement, and was the only reporter — to her knowledge — to ever do her own courtroom sketches. She moved to New York City in 1982 to become a reporter and, eventually, editor of the CBS Morning News. Comments (5)
South Jamaica

Suspect charged with boro teen’s death: Cops

SOUTH JAMAICA — Police announced last week that they had arrested and charged a suspect in the murder of Patrick Dixon, the teenager from South Jamaica who was killed Oct. 28 when several young men attempted to steal his iPhone. Comment

St. John’s Prep girls’ first title since 1988

It was the set that didn’t want to end. Comment
Fresh Meadows

St. Francis Prep captures first title since 2006

Franco Purificato grabbed the trophy, turned toward his team and raised the hardware over his head. Comment
Middle Village

CK ends magic year on top

Christ the King’s first diocesan soccer title was a family affair in more ways than one. Comment
Dishing with Dee

Retired member of boro Dems set to celebrate 100 this month

On Nov. 2, the Bayside/Whitestone Lions Club held its meeting in Paul Vallone’s law office on Francis Louis Boulevard. Those local Lions donated quite an impressive table full of non-perishable foods for needy families for Thanksgiving. Comment

Impose term limits on Glen Oaks prez

I am one of those ordinary folks who received an invitation to state Sen. Tony Avella’s (D-Bayside) 60th birthday celebration. I was relieved to know what I could bring, as I would never dream of showing up to a party without a gift. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011


Veterans’ Day Ceremonies

Veterans Day events are scheduled at several locations in Queens. Comment

Wild car chase leaves 35th St. all smashed up

A 20-year-old Bayside man is accused of leading officers on a wild chase and destroying more than a dozen cars in Astoria early Sunday morning, investigators said. Comment
Jackson Heights

Reward issued in swastika hate crimes

The culprits who defaced two Queens libraries and a synagogue with swastika graffiti last week were still at large, but police said they were aggressively looking for leads. Comment

Queens landlord kills tenant with machete: Police

A Jamaica landlord killed his tenant with a machete before turning the blade on himself Tuesday morning after the two had a long quarrel over the rent, police and neighbors said. Comments (2)

Pups win Whitestone costume contest

The business networking site recently held an online Halloween costume contest, and the winning photo was not of a spider, but still featured eight hairy legs. Comment

Foot of baby cops now identify as bear’s paw

ROSEDALE — Police were looking for clues into the mystery surrounding a bear’s foot that was discovered near the trash at a man’s home. Comment

Man killed on LIE: Police

Police say that a 30-year-old Asian man was struck and killed on the eastbound Long Island Expressway near 48th Street last Thursday at about 6 a.m. Emergency responders arrived at the scene and the man was pronounced dead. As of Tuesday, the man had not been identified and police said they believe he was homeless. No one was arrested, and no criminality was suspected in the accident as of press time, according to police. Comment
Fresh Meadows

SFP bests Molloy for title

Kelly Flynn sat out practice last week and missed the semifinals against Mary Louis due to a mild concussion. Comment

Monday, Nov. 7, 2011


Jack the Cat succumbs to injuries

Jack the Cat, the feline that touched the hearts of thousands of pet lovers across the world when he was lost at John F. Kennedy International Airport for two months, did not survive to be reunited with his owner and his cat siblings on the West Coast, his vets announced. He was 5 years old. Comments (5)

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011


Queens officials condemn swastikas painted on western Queens libraries, synagogue

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) joined with officials and Jewish leaders Friday to decry swastika graffiti that had been painted on two Queens libraries and a synagogue in the area. Comment

Friday, Nov. 4, 2011


Jack the cat moved to Manhattan for further treatment

Jack the cat is moving on to the West Side of Manhattan from Queens as he continues to regain his strength for his return voyage to his owner in California. Comments (11)


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