Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Richmond Hill

Collection box thief sees the light: Brown

RICHMOND HILL — A Bronx man pilfered money out of a church collection box for months before repenting Christmas Eve when confronted by a priest, according to the criminal complaint from the Queens district attorney. Comment

Simotas’ baby due in July

State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) said she and her husband of eight years, John Katsanos, are expecting their first child in July. Comment

Monday, March 12, 2012


Victims of power surge get payback from ConEdison

Robert Coddington, of Douglas Manor, lost a microwave, a television and a surge protector in the pre-Thanksgiving electrical surge in November. Comment
Long Island City

Stolen credit card used to buy food at Wendy’s

LONG ISLAND CITY — Police have released a photo of a husky man who allegedly used a stolen credit card to order food at a Steinway Street Wendy’s last month, the NYPD said. Comment
Rego Park

Two men steal iPhones from boro salesperson (WITH VIDEO)

REGO PARK — A salesperson at a Woodhaven Boulevard Sprint shop did not plan on giving out any five-finger discounts last month when two men made off with a pair of iPhones, police said. Comment
Jamaica Estates

SJU women’s coach named Big East Coach of the Year

St. John’s University head Coach Kim Barnes Arico was named the 2012 Big East Coach of the Year as announced by officials from the Big East Conference at the annual postseason awards press conference last week at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., the university said. Comment

TimesLedger reporter will be greatly missed

The media depends on good reporters and a fair, just democracy requires journalism that is vigilant, honest and objective. Comment

Sunday, March 11, 2012

College Point

Yacht club wants dredging

A northeast Queens wetlands expert is calling on the city to dredge out some of the boat yards along College Point as part of its plan to clean up the environment and stop sewage from spilling into Flushing Bay, a problem that is all too apparent to one yacht club in the area. Comments (9)

Roosevelt in Jax Hts fake ID haven: Pol

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and state Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) have introduced legislation into both houses that Peralta said could help fight crimes that begin in Queens and spread throughout the tri-state area. Comment

Israel-Palestine transit project promises hope

Can Israeli and Palestinian states truly exist side-by-side in relative peace and prosperity? Comments (4)

Samuel Field Y honors area leaders at breakfast

The Samuel Field Y meant business Tuesday morning when elected officials and business leaders were honored at the group’s second annual breakfast. Comment
Richmond Hill

MTA workers want to create jobs with retiree fund

Laid-off transit workers harangued the MTA last week, demanding that restoration of their jobs be paid for by dipping into a fund intended for retirees’ health benefits. Comment
Cambria Heights

Magnet library renovations get student plaudits

The furniture inside the 75-year-old library at the Campus Magnet Complex in Cambria Heights used to be in such poor condition the librarians would record videos of themselves rocking back and forth in wobbly-legged chairs when applying for grants. Comments (1)
Murray Hill

Police need help in finding missing teen

MURRAY HILL — The NYPD was seeking the public’s assistance in locating a Murray Hill teenager missing since Friday. Comment

Rego Pk woman smuggled cigarettes into U.S.: DA

KENNEDY AIRPORT — A Rego Park woman was slapped with tax evasion charges after she attempted to smuggle 50 cartons of cigarettes into the country from Uzbekistan, according to the criminal complaint filed by the Queens district attorney. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Francis Lewis’ Hamlet leads upset against PSAL rival

From her wild yet successful forays to the hoop to her bold proclamation, Jazmine Hamlet lived up to the “lunatic” nickname Francis Lewis Coach Steve Tsai has bestowed upon her. Comment

Beat Generation writer Kerouac called Ozone Park home

Born in 1922, Jack Kerouac is considered the father of Beat Generation literature. His iconoclastic works, such as “On the Road,” “The Dharma Bums” and “Vanity of Duluoz,” were the mouthpiece of a 1950s counterculture. Comments (1)

Tip of the week


The Pot Bust Trick

City Councilman Daniel Dromm is locking horns with the mayor over the NYPD’s handling of marijuana arrests. Comment

Gerrymandering destroys communities

On Feb. 7, the state Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment held a public hearing at Queens Borough Hall to gather comments from the public regarding proposed state Senate and state Assembly district boundary lines. Comment

Saturday, March 10, 2012


Bike forum maps out some potential new lanes for boro

About 50 people gathered in Sunnyside Saturday morning to discuss what many Queens neighborhoods consider taboo: bike lanes. Comment
Long Island City

Mellow appointed to federal Homeland Security council

Mellow appointed to federal Homeland Security council Comment
South Jamaica

Mother tried to move away

After Shanta Merritt’s son was shot in June, she took the police report to the city and requested a transfer out of South Jamaica Houses to protect her family, but the New York City Housing Authority told her she needed at least two police reports before it could take any action. Comments (23)
Forest Hills

Veterans’ groups struggle due to high city fees

Leaders of veterans’ organizations in the borough said they are being crippled by permits and violations from the city, which have put one Queens post’s parade in jeopardy and caused another to cut down on events. Comment

Bayside steakhouse owner hits the road to stardom

Bayside’s most avuncular steakhouse owner will be dishing out his particular brand of tough advice to restaurateurs across the country for a new television show. Comments (2)

Mets’ financial losing streak takes pricey turn

For the already financially struggling New York Mets, the news gets ever worse. Comment
Little Neck

Ernest Tallarico, 94

Ernest Tallarico, 94 Comment

Irish gov’t attends Queens parade

The LGBT marchers at Sunnyside’s St. Pat’s for All Parade are still not welcome at other celebrations around the city, but they were recognized by a government official from the Emerald Isle who joined prominent city officials and marched with the diverse crowd. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Dental worker forged salary for rent: Brown

FRESH MEADOWS — An employee of a dental clinic allegedly forged papers from her boss and lied about her salary to try and rent a 171st Street residence, according to the criminal complaint filed by the Queens district attorney. Comment

Crash ties up traffic on Whitestone Bridge

Middle Village

CK coach benches star in post-season

Isaiah Lewis, one of the city’s top prospects, has been benched indefinitely, Christ the King Coach Joe Arbitello said after his team beat Archbishop Stepinac 77-53 in the CHSAA Class AA boys’ basketball second round last Thursday night at St. Francis Prep in Fresh Meadows. Comment
The Play’s the Thing

Let’s at least stop the dumbing down of theater

“Being current, being responsive to the world we’re living in, is simply good theatre.” Comment
I Sit and Look Out

Columnist’s friend thinks people behave irrationally

The last of the five friends who read my columns in manuscript came up with a good many gripes, following my own column about my concerns. The other four have had their say and I invite you to make your gripes known through TimesLedger Newspapers. Solutions are most welcome, too. Comment

Kelly on Shaky Ground

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly did his best at a breakfast Saturday to explain and justify his department’s undercover surveillance in mosques and Muslim student associations within and outside the city. Comment

Crowley has fought closure of boro facility

I was disappointed to read your March 2 editorial “Save the College Point Mail Center,” as you incorrectly characterized my role in fighting the closure of the U.S. Postal Service’s College Point mail facility. Comment

Friday, March 9, 2012


Adams showed skill on basketball court

Robert Moses coached Darryl Adams for two years as a point guard in a youth basketball league, and he said the young man from Jamaica, who was shot and killed last week, was a good kid who was trying his best despite growing up in a rough area. Comments (1)

Lhota open to bringing Metro-North into Penn

Just as the Long Island Rail Road will one day bring commuters into Grand Central Terminal, Metro-North Railroad trains could join the LIRR in serving Penn Station, according to MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota. Comment

Weprin backs bill to combat staged crashes

State Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) visited the scene of the crime on Commonwealth Boulevard Friday to build support for a bill he introduced last year, which aims to strengthen the penalties for staging car accidents for insurance purposes. Comment
Jackson Heights

Bloomberg fails on public schools: UFT head

United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew may have just gone through a rough few days following the publication of teacher data reports, but on Leap Day he said there were only 22 months and one day left in the administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whom he criticized for 10 years of mismanagement of the city’s schools. Comments (2)

Jamaica man faces 50 years to life for murder

A Jamaica man who was arrested after appearing on “America’s Most Wanted” was sentenced last week to 50 years to life in prison for the murder of a Queens man and the attempted murder of another in 2002, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Astoria pols draft tough sex perv bill

Astoria’s state legislators have drafted and have made significant strides in passing a bill that they said would close a gap in a law punishing repeat sex offenders. Comment

Good deed turns violent in 107th Precinct: Police

ELECTCHESTER — A 67-year-old woman was sexually assaulted at knife point in the 107th Precinct last month, police said. Comments (3)

Floridian had no valid permit for Glock: DA

KENNEDY AIRPORT — A Florida man was charged with criminal possession of a weapon after trying to board a JetBlue flight with a 9 mm Glock handgun, according to the criminal complaint from the Queens district attorney’s office. Comment

Police respond to crash on Grand Central Parkway


Bayside defies odds, stays alive in playoffs

Ashley Mitchell called her Bayside team’s No. 38 seed “ridiculous” and recited a motto from head Coach Steve Piorkowski. Comment

Humanizing Beasts of Burden

One of the many unique aspects of Lincoln Center’s production of “War Horse” is the number of actors in its rather sizable cast who play more than one role. Comment

Your Move, Liu

For city Comptroller John Liu, the news only got worse last week when the U.S. attorney’s office arrested a young campaign staffer for alleged illegal fund-raising on behalf of Liu’s mayoral campaign. The question for Liu is no longer can he continue to campaign for mayor, but if he can weather the storm and finish his term. Comments (1)

Mormons should build church in different zoning area

The Feb. 9-15 TimesLedger Newspapers editorial “Fairness a Stranger at CB 7” was off the mark and an unfair assessment of Community Board 7 and what happened at its monthly meeting. Comment

Thursday, March 8, 2012

South Jamaica

Wave of violence ends in murder

A mother is grieving and 13 youths have been arraigned following a fatal South Jamaica shooting Friday that sparked an outpouring of support from the community and a call for oversight hearings in City Hall. Comments (6)
Rochdale Village

Maurice Johnson, 24, killed in Rochdale Village: Police

A young man from Rochdale was shot and killed just after midnight Thursday outside a building in the Rochdale Village co-ops. Comments (9)

DOE to shut down 2 boro high schools

The city Department of Education has announced plans to close two struggling Queens high schools, and more of the same was expected for the borough’s other six lowest performing high schools. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Qns. hospitals rank poorly

A spokesman for North Shore-LIJ Health System said the hospital was committed to improvement after Consumer Reports released a ranking of New York City area hospitals that put Forest Hills Hospital at 62 percent below the national average in hospital safety. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Play street could be plaza

Jackson Heights Green Alliance, a park and open space advocacy group, announced at a town hall meeting Monday the 78th Street Play Street is on track to become a permanent plaza. Comment
No Holds Barred

Taking stock of Comptroller Liu’s curious practice

Once upon a time, quite a few years ago, I was what you might call “active” in politics. Enough, in any case, to snag an appointment to a job in a city department, which permitted me to have a gold badge, get my name in the Green Book every year and be able to have correspondence addressed to me as “Hon.” No, not honey. Was I honorable? Legally, of course. Morally, I hope so. Comment

Bryant HS loses fight to stay open

Amid a struggle with its teachers union, the city Department of Education has announced plans to close Astoria’s William Cullen Bryant High School, a move western Queens lawmakers have criticized as politically motivated and destructive. Comments (28)

Gibbons’ Home reopens doors as George’s legacy

It has been almost five months since former Gibbons’ Home bar owner George Gibbons Jr. died in a wrong-way car crash, and even though the bar has since reopened under new family management, there are still reminders throughout the spot of the man who created it. Comments (4)

Townsend Harris teacher wins $25K education Oscar

He is one of the best teachers in the country, but when Rafal Olechowski was awarded a prestigious grant last Thursday, his face was one of utter shock. Comment

Liu remains unruffled despite staffer’s arrest

City Comptroller John Liu has not stopped attending events or City Council hearings in the week after his campaign treasurer Jia “Jenny” Hou was charged with funneling illegal donations to his mayoral war chest even as Democratic insiders are questioning how a bid for Gracie Mansion could possibly take place. Comment

Bangladeshi man tells Jamaica about country’s birth

America’s founding fathers are often conjured from the past to bolster various political arguments, but Sunday in Jamaica a soldier from Bangladesh’s war for independence was there in the flesh, speaking about the bloody fight and how there are always two sides to history. Comments (1)
Oakland Gardens

Pedestrian killed in Oakland Gds.

A 50-year-old man was killed while crossing near the busy intersection of Union Turnpike and Springfield Boulevard in Oakland Gardens after being struck by a car, police said. Comment

Lancman urges Legislature to pass DREAM Act

Chasing her dream has become a nightmare. Comment

Astoria husband admits to killing wife: Brown

A 32-year-old Astoria man pleaded guilty last week to fatally bludgeoning his wife with a baseball bat while she was sleeping in the couple’s Astoria apartment in January. Comments (1)

Folk singers ring in 50 years of Jamaican independence

While the island country of Jamaica celebrates its 50 years of independence, celebrations in Queens and the rest of the city take on a whole new significance and flavor. Comment

Flushing to hold rally over plan of Mormon church

Flushing civics were set to hold a rally this week to try to persuade the city Board of Standards and Appeals to deny plans for a Mormon chapel on 33rd Avenue. Comments (14)
Jackson Heights

Young man found dead on Roosevelt Avenue

JACKSON HEIGHTS — A 21-year-old man who may have been drinking was found dead along Roosevelt Avenue early Sunday morning, according to the NYPD. Comment
Long Island City

Thief steals pocket book with cash, cards: Police

LONG ISLAND CITY — Police were asking for the public’s assistance in locating a man, who they said swiped an unattended pocketbook from a mechanic in Long Island City last month. Comment
Middle Village

Sierra Calhoun lifts CK to Brooklyn/Qns title

The CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens title is Christ the King’s again and the Royals have Sierra Calhoun to thank. Comment

Cardozo falls in post-season fight against Bronx’s Wings

Wings Academy swept past fifth-seeded Cardozo in the PSAL Class AA quarterfinals at St. John’s University Sunday, putting an end to the borough champ’s post-season aspirations. Comments (1)
Dishing with Dee

Lancman announces run for Congress seat held by Turner

Another busy week has gone by. You know, Queens is becoming a fun place to both live and work in. Long gone are the days when Queens was only a bedroom community for Manhattan. Comment

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Ackerman may face Lancman in redrawn district and Turner may square off vs. Meeks

The federal judge chosen to redraw New York state’s congressional district lines released her preliminary map Tuesday, which if approved would set up a showdown between U.S. Reps. Bob Turner (R-Middle Village) and Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) in a battle for southern Queens. Comment

Man shot in gang war outside Wendy’s: DA

A 21-year-old alleged gang member has been arrested and charged in connection with the shooting of three suspected MS-13 members in the parking lot of a Wendy’s in Jamaica last Thursday afternoon, police said. Comments (2)

NYPD chief Kelly sets meeting with Muslims

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly has pushed back against critics of the NYPD’s policy about monitoring Muslims. Comment

CB 11’s Iannece hints at run for elected office

Community Board 11 voted to re-elect each of its four board officers for another year Monday, although Chairman Jerry Iannece hinted it may be his last. Comments (1)

Electeds expect guv veto

State Sens. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) and Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) said despite a report that new Senate lines would be drawn that would not put their homes in the same district, they had not been notified about any change. Comment

S. Koreans explore city’s human rights

Flushing Library Director Donna Ciampa-Lauria and the city Human Rights Commission invited two South Korean officials to a discussion on human rights for immigrants last month at the Flushing Library. Comment

Rockaway man dies when car crashes into truck

ROSEDALE — A Rockaway man was killed when the car he was driving rear ended a box truck Sunday, police said. Comment

Knights advance in playoffs

Heading into halftime down 11 points, Holy Cross head Coach Paul Gilvary knew he didn’t have to deliver an emotional speech to get his senior-heavy team going. Comment

Monday, March 5, 2012

South Jamaica

Darryl Adams’ mother sets up memorial to slain son in South Jamaica

On Sunday morning, two days after 19-year-old Darryl Adams was murdered outside South Jamaica Houses, his mother was methodically placing candles outside the door to their apartment complex. A makeshift memorial had sprung up and friends and family members dropped by to give her hugs and write messages on a poster. Comments (74)

Sunday, March 4, 2012


Kelly defends Muslim monitoring

The NYPD released a transcript of Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly speaking at a breakfast Saturday morning where he defended the police department’s surveillance of Muslim student associations and other groups beyond of New York City’s borders. Comments (4)


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