Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011


Bayside comic shop a place for kids to ‘battle’

Every year children salivate over new iterations of video or computer games, but for two decades a small shop in Bayside has been providing youngsters with low-tech entertainment that a clerk hopes will not become obsolete any time soon. Comment
College Point

College Pt. postal plant gets five-month reprieve: Gillibrand

Elected officials from Queens announced Tuesday an agreement had been reached with the U.S. Postal Service to delay the closure of all postal facilities, including the mail sorting facility in College Point, for at least five months. Comment

New law protects against smoking

On Nov. 13, a new law went into effect that bans smoking in outdoor areas of ticketing or boarding or on platforms on stations operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. This law was passed by the state Legislature with bipartisan support and signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in August. Comment

Miller hosts free mammography event

State Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) will be providing free mammograms to qualified women in the area. Comment

Monday, Dec. 12, 2011

Kew Gardens

City to update waterfront

Representatives from the Department of City Planning presented a year-long plan to update the city’s Waterfront Revitalization Program to the Queens Borough Board Monday night, but City Councilman Peter Koo (R-Flushing) thought it would take longer than expected. Comment
Flushing Times

Retired cop shoots wife in Briarwood apartment: NYPD

A Briarwood woman who worked as a tax enforcement agent was shot multiple times and killed by her retired cop husband late Saturday night in Briarwood, neighbors and the NYPD said. Comment
East Elmhurst

Airline employee pleads guilty in assault

LAGUARDIA AIRPORT — A 34-year-old ramp agent for Southwest Airlines at LaGuardia Airport pleaded guilty Tuesday to brutally assaulting his supervisor in August, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment
Middle Village

CK alumni bring wisdom to bench

Two of the best players ever to walk through the doors of Christ the King are back at the school this year as coaches. Comment

Dolan fought for welfare of Queens

The sudden and tragic death of Queens Civic Congress President Patricia Dolan has left the civic community shocked and grief-stricken. Comment
Little Neck

Weprin holds winter toy drive

This winter, state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) is hosting his first winter toy drive. Weprin will be collecting new and unwrapped toys for children throughout Queens who may otherwise go without gifts this holiday season. The drive will run through Dec. 19. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011


Martial arts experts grow mustaches to KO cancer

A mustache has always signified something about the man wearing it, whether it be machismo, an ironic appreciation of 1970s styling or — ever since the ’stache-twirling villains of vaudeville — one’s nefarious character. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jax Hts park marks 200th conversion from schoolyard in city

Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited Jackson Heights, the neighborhood most starved for park space in Queens, last week to celebrate the upcoming opening of PS 69’s student-designed playground, which comes complete with a human sundial and rock wall with “fossils.” Comment

Ragusa meets with Gingrich at Staten Island event

Republican presidential frontrunner Newt Gingrich met with Queens GOP Chairman Phil Ragusa during a stop in Staten Island Saturday, and while Ragusa heaped glowing praise on the former House speaker, he stopped short of backing him. Comment

Douglaston bus stop to return

The case of the disappearing bus stop has been solved, Community Board 11 Chairman Jerry Iannece said, and the MTA will soon be replacing the Q12 bus stop at the corner of Northern Boulevard and Douglaston Parkway that mysteriously vanished a little more than a month ago. Comment
The Play’s the Thing

A return to the Queens Theatre Network in 2012?

This being my last column for 2011 and as a special holiday treat — at least for me — I will share with you some of my random opinions, some of which may have something to do with theater but all under the heading of “Rants & Raves.” Comment

Cops on the lookout for missing elderly man, 80

BAYSIDE — Police have asked the public’s help in finding a missing senior citizen. Comment
Forest Hills

Queens woman unlawfully took baby girl: Police

MANHATTAN — A Forest Hills woman was arrested last week on charges she took away an infant girl she was baby-sitting in Manhattan. Comment
Jackson Heights

Colombian soccer fans show their pride

Colombian soccer fans parade along Roosevelt Avenue en route to watch a match Saturday of last week. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Bedoya picked best boys soccer player

Queens was arguably the best boys’ soccer borough in 2011. Comment

Tip of the week


Award-winning actress Patty Duke hails from Elmhurst

Actress Patty Duke was born Dec. 14, 1946, as Anna Marie Duke in Elmhurst. She is perhaps best known for her starring role in the eponymous sitcom “The Patty Duke Show” and her portrayal of drug-addicted Hollywood star Neely O’Hara in the 1967 camp classic “Valley of the Dolls.” Comment

Community College Cup Is Half-Full

A report recently released by the Center for an Urban Future claims that city community colleges “are not yet delivering on all their potential.” And it reached this conclusion because, like other community colleges in the city, LaGuardia and Queensborough have only a 28 percent graduation rate. Comment

LIC, Jamaica can handle train growth: Transit group

We read with interest your Nov. 24-30 article “Hevesi wants barriers for Fresh Pond trains” and believe it is important to clarify some of the inaccuracies in the article. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011

Floral Park

Floral Pk. synagogue builds smaller temple

A few dozen congregation members gathered in Floral Park Friday to celebrate the groundbreaking for Temple Sholom’s new synagogue. Comment

Semi-streaking Santas stroll down Ditmars for donations

A nearly naked Saint Nick climbing down the chimney in the middle of the night might sound terrifying, but Astoria residents were all smiles Saturday when a group of scantily clad Kris Kringles stripped for charity and streaked through the neighborhood. Comment
Far Rockaway

LIRR Far Rockaway line testing Quiet Car

Is your commute spoiled by cell phone gabbers, music from electronic gadgets and loud-voiced fellow travelers? Comment
Forest Hills

Villa Isabella: Good, festive Italian in Forest Hills

Forest Hills’ commercial strip along Metropolitan Avenue has no dearth of Italian eateries. With other cuisines, you can choose from one of this or one of that, but when it comes to Italian, options range from multiple casual pizzerias to full-blown white tablecloth establishments. Comment
Forest Hills

Police identify woman killed in Forest Hills accident

FOREST HILLS — A 68-year-old woman was struck and killed by a car during an accident early last Thursday morning in Forest Hills, police said. Comment
South Jamaica

Garage torched in South Jamaica blaze

Firefighters put out a smoldering garage on 148th Street near Linden Boulevard in South Jamaica last Saturday evening. Neighbors said flames quickly torched the structure. Officials at the scene said no one was injured. Comment
College Point

Tree lighting held in College Point

The Poppenhusen Institute held its annual tree lighting at Poppenhusen Monument Park Sunday. The event featured music from the American Concert Band. Comment

Bayside’s Glazer tops Qns. girls soccer players

Queens was back in a big way this year. Staten Island has been known for its dominance of the girls’ soccer world, but Queens is closing in fast. Comment
The Civic Scene

Pat Dolan strove to protect Queens’ residents quality of life

Patricia Dolan, president of the Queens Civic Congress and the Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association, died on Hillside Avenue after a car struck her as she walked to a Community Board 8 Transportation Committee meeting. Comment

Boro Stands Against Bigotry

It was an event that should not have to happen in the 21st century. The most diverse borough in the city should be beyond the religious bigotry and racism that has surfaced in recent weeks. But ignorance is still a powerful force in Queens, and for that reason we applaud the gathering of 30 religious and political leaders at Flushing Town Hall. Comment

SNAP growing to care for seniors

The cover story about Services Now for Adult Persons expanding transportation to northeast Queens (“CB 11 approves Little League bleachers plan,” Bayside Times, Nov. 10-16) only took into account one small aspect of the real story, which is that the SNAP of Eastern Queens Senior Center was awarded the contract to become one of eight innovative senior centers in the city. Comment

Friday, Dec. 9, 2011

Dutch Kills

Lawmaker blasts LIC Muni-meter parking

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), community leaders and residents condemned the city Department of Transportation Monday for its plans to install Muni-Meters near 41st Avenue and 29th Street in the Dutch Kills section of Long Island City. Comment
The Newsstand

This week’s TimesLedger Newspapers are online is proud to present our latest print editions. Comment
Long Island City

CB 2 calls on mayor to solve film crew issues

Lights! Camera! Buy local! Comment
Springfield Gardens

DeBlasio urges probe of fed detention center

The city public advocate is joining several Queens elected officials in another call to the federal government to stop its association with a private group that has been running a controversial immigration detention center in southeast Queens. Comment

City agencies untapped resource in distributing library cards: Pol

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) announced at the Woodside Library last week that he had introduced legislation designed to put even more library cards in the hands of needy children. Comment

Transit group calls Q58 boro’s slowest bus

The 50th Street crosstown bus in Manhattan has won the title of slowest bus in New York City with the Q58 earning the title of the most tardy in Queens. Comment

Douglaston musician Neil Davis muses on getting a start in music in the digital age

At age 25, Douglaston native Neil Davis is already an accomplished musician, having recently released his debut, self-produced album, “In My Mind,” a compilation of 10 piano-driven pop/rock songs. Comments (1)

Jamaica man arrested in B’klyn groping: Cops

BROOKLYN — A Jamaica man was arrested Friday for allegedly sexually abusing a straphanger on the subway, according to investigators. Comment
Flushing Times

Three men stole PSP from straphanger on F train: Police

BRIARWOOD — Police are looking for three men in connection with a robbery at the Van Wyck Station last month. Comment

Bayside holiday decorations dazzle

Dozens of visitors flock to see the holiday decorations set up at a home at 32nd Avenue and 213th Street in Bayside. The home’s owner creates the annual display to raise money through donations for St. Mary’s Healthcare System in Bayside. Comment

Knights swim for cancer

When the Queens College men’s swimming and diving coach started at his new post this year, he brought with him a number of goals: to increase the roster size, build a successful program and improve on the record of the previous year. Comment

A Time to Heal

An NYPD departmental judge did what needed to be done when he recommended last week that Detective Gescard Isnora be removed from the police force for his role in the shooting of Sean Bell. Comment

Dolan tirelessly advocated for parks

On behalf of the city Parks Department family, we were saddened to hear of the untimely death of our friend, Pat Dolan. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011

St. Albans

Mourners remember Q111 shooting victim

Friends and family paid their final respects Wednesday to Marvin Gilkes, who was shot last week while he was riding the Q111 bus in Jamaica when a gunman opened fire at passengers. Comments (3)

NYCHA seeks to evict seniors from Pomonok

Lawmakers blasted the city Monday for its policy of forcing residents as old as 90 out of their longtime homes in Pomonok Houses to make space for larger families. In the middle of last month, the New York City Housing Authority sent out letters to some residents of the complex, at 67-10 Parsons Blvd., informing them that they had to leave their homes. If they did not request a smaller apartment by Dec. 5, they would risk being moved anywhere in the borough. Lila Poris has lived in the same apartment for 51 years. She and her husband raised two children in the two-bedroom unit, but the younger generation moved out long ago to start families of their own and her husband died about five years ago. Comments (5)

Astoria dive pool being re-imagined

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) announced Tuesday that Astoria Park’s long-neglected diving pool will get a $1 million renovation and be converted into a first-class performance space by 2013. Comment
College Point

Pols blast USPS shutdown

A group of postal workers and two politicians voiced their opposition Friday night to the U.S. Postal Service’s proposed closure of a College Point facility that could leave hundreds of jobs in limbo. Comment
Forest Hills

Alan Hevesi denied early release

In a 2-1 decision, disgraced former state Comptroller Alan Hevesi was denied his first shot at parole last week and will remain in an upstate prison, where he is serving time for corruption, for at least one more year. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

Flight 1225 nonstop to Santa’s shop

Patients from Cohen Children’s Medical Center took off from LaGuardia Airport and landed at the North Pole Saturday, where they met Santa Claus and received gifts to brighten their day. Comment
Jackson Heights

Cops hunt incognito shooter

Police were asking for the public’s help in catching a man who tried to murder two officers Friday afternoon in Jackson Heights as City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) called for more police protection in the area. Comment
Queens Village

Queens Village auto shop worker charged in scam

Investigators have taken down a major auto loan scamming ring that used a Queens Village dealership as part of its operations and cost financial institutions nearly $2 million in losses. Comment
Howard Beach

Murder rocks Howard Beach

Howard Beach residents were awakened by gunshots early Saturday morning after a neighborhood man was found murdered and slumped over his steering wheel after smashing his car into another vehicle, police and neighbors said. Comment
Jackson Heights

Qns family set adrift after father detained

A Queens family is pleading with the federal government to release their patriarch, who has been in jail for more than eight months, since they say immigration officials have not formally charged him with any crime. Comment
South Ozone Park

Last 2,500 VLTs, 2 eateries soon to open at Aqueduct

The operator of the racino at Aqueduct Race Track is getting set to open the last remaining video lottery terminals and electronic gaming tables at the property next week. Comment

Mob tied to imported strippers scheme: Feds

Federal authorities said last week that 20 individuals, some of whom are allegedly members of the notorious Gambino and Bonnano mob families, were arraigned in Manhattan federal court on charges of importing women from Russia and Eastern Europe to work at strip clubs in Queens and on Long Island. Comment

No blizzard snafus this year: City

The city manager responsible for keeping northeastern Queens’ streets clear during snowstorms reassured Community Board 11 Monday that this winter he and his team will not allow residents to be stranded during a major snowstorm. Comment

MTA more prepared for snow

New York City Transit President Thomas Prendergast said Tuesday the MTA’s performance in the near-catastrophic blizzard a year ago was inadequate but that the agency had learned much and has made vast changes since then. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jax Hts board fires BID head for trashy street

Sharada Devi, head of the 82nd Street Business Improvement District, was fired by the BID’s board due to incompetence, and Small Business Commissioner Robert Walsh vowed to hire a new executive director who would turn the commercial strip around within 100 days. Comment
Jamaica Hills

Avella blasts city over resources at Jamaica High

Jamaica High School’s days may be numbered, but state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said the city still has an obligation to give its remaining students the opportunity for a good future. Comment

American files for Chapter 11

Elected officials in southeast Queens say they are not too worried about American Airlines’ bankruptcy negatively affecting the neighborhood’s commerce, but they will be keeping a close eye on their future operations. Comment
Long Island City

Stony Brook, Rockefeller among tech campus rejects

Two entities have been rejected in their bids to build an applied sciences or engineering campus somewhere in the city because they did not meet the criteria for the city’s competition, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said last week. Roosevelt Island is one of the possible sites. Comment
Little Neck

Car breaks glass doors at center in Little Neck

One of the partners working to open a new adult daycare center on Northern Boulevard in Little Neck said a bump in the road experienced last week would not change the plans to open the center’s glass doors this week. Comment
Willets Point

Willets Pt. sewer project begins amid opposition

Mayor Michael Bloomberg broke ground Friday on a $50 million project to install working sewers at Willets Point, but a group opposed to the redevelopment of the Iron Triangle said the city is not playing by the rules. Comments (1)
Middle Village

CK does not disappoint at kickoff against Orange Wave

Christ the King was down seven points, Thomas Jefferson’s tiny inferno of a gymnasium was rocking and Joe Arbitello couldn’t have been happier. Comment
Dishing with Dee

Maltese, Padavan consider running for office ... sort of

The days are rushing by and we are receiving holiday party invitations by the droves. Unfortunately, everyone is still trying to squeeze most of the parties in on Thursdays. Most Thursdays have at least four parties scheduled. Oh, well, it’s Ho! Ho! Ho! off to the parties we will go! We will try to give them our best shot for coverage. Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011


Huntley associates charged with bilking state funds

The state attorney general Wednesday indicted four people who were connected to state Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica), including her niece, on charges of stealing thousands of dollars in taxpayer money that was meant to go to the senator’s non-profit. Comment

Man murdered on Q111 bus by ex-con: DA

A resident of the Baisley Houses allegedly told police he murdered his girlfriend’s son Friday out of revenge and that he killed a man on the Q111 bus and shot another passenger minutes later because he thought the victims he had robbed in the past were sending people to stalk him, according to police statements submitted to Queens Criminal Court. Comment

Cops nab stepdad in Astoria slay

A 52-year-old Queensbridge man has been charged with killing his 32-year-old stepdaughter and wounding his 57-year-old estranged wife Monday morning on the day that his divorce trial was to begin, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment
Willets Point

Queens judge reexamines lawsuit against city over Willets Point

A State Supreme Court judge reopened a lawsuit Tuesday that could throw a wrench into the $3 billion redevelopment blueprint for Willets Point after the city broke down its original plans into three separate phases. Comments (1)

Snow alert issued by Sanitation

Looks like the recent warm weather stretch is coming to an end. Comment
South Jamaica

Fiancée waiting after judge calls for Bell shooter’s badge

For the last five years, Nicole Paultre-Bell has yearned for justice in the 50-shot shooting that took her fiance’s life, but after an NYPD judge called for the removal ofé the undercover police officer who fired, the teary-eyed mother of two said her calls were answered at a bittersweet price. Comment
Forest Hills

Queens activist Dolan remembered by pols and civics

Former Queens Borough President Claire Shulman called late civic leader Pat Dolan “the quintessential Queens civic worker” during a memorial service for Dolan last week in Forest Hills. Comment
Long Island City

Woman raped in Long Island City: Cops

LONG ISLAND CITY — The authorities were searching for three men who they say raped a 20-year-old woman early Sunday morning. Comment
Flushing Times

Stanners led by Gallagher

Nothing could stop Archbishop Molloy’s Carolyn Gallagher — not even a foot injury. Comment

Monday, Dec. 5, 2011


Mother, daughter shot in Astoria home: Neighbors

Astoria residents were shocked by the shooting of two women Monday morning, saying such a crime was nearly unheard of on the quiet residential street near Ditmars Boulevard. Comment
South Jamaica

Baisley House resident accused in murder spree that killed bus rider

A resident of the Baisley Houses was held without bail Saturday on charges he murdered his girlfriend’s son and a man riding the Q111 bus in Jamaica Friday, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment


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