Tuesday, April 10, 2012


Police seek missing Rockaway man, 33

ROCKAWAYS — The NYPD was asking for the public’s assistance in locating a deaf man, Joey White, 33, of 641 Beach 67th St. in the Rockaways. Comment

City Correction officer resisted arrest: Police

ASTORIA — An off-duty city Department of Correction officer was arrested Friday and charged with menacing, criminal possession of a weapon and resisting arrest, police said. Comment

Bayside nursing agency keeps city healthy

They’ve become known to their clients as “the Bayside company,” and at the beginning of their 20th year, nursing agency Specialty Professional Services founder Marianne Hedberg Allyn said they’re still kicking. Comment

Monday, April 9, 2012

Little Neck

Few options left for special needs education in city

Turning 5 years old never seemed so tricky. Comment

104th Precinct lauds two of Queens’ Finest

Capt. Michael Cody of the 104th Precinct honored two Cops of the Month whose names keep coming up in his reports — and for all the right reasons. Comment
Long Island City

AT&T gives $100k to nonprofit in LIC

Communications company AT&T visited Long Island City’s Academy of Finance and Enterprise earlier this month to give a $110,000 check to the nonprofit Junior Achievement of New York. Comment

Cops search for missing woman from Hollis

HOLLIS — Relatives were searching for a woman who vanished from her Hollis home, the New York Post said. Comment

Police arrest suspect in Ridgewood rape case

RIDGEWOOD — An off-duty school safety agent was arrested on charges that he raped his ex-girlfriend inside her Brooklyn apartment Monday, police said. Comment

Tip of the week


Country needs change

As 2012 moves along, there has been an improvement, ever so slight, in the unemployment figure. Comment

Sunday, April 8, 2012


105th Precinct’s top cops honored for foiling break-in

Police confiscated a mini arsenal from two suspected burglars who were thwarted in the backyards of Rosedale by the 105th Precinct’s February Cops of the Month. Comment

Weprin gets city to grill food carts

City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) has zoned in on what he called a recent phenomenon, urging the Council’s Consumer Affairs Committee to see what’s cooking on the streets of eastern Queens. Comment

Archery program hits spot for city kids

The city seems to be preparing its youth for a sequel to “The Hunger Games.” Comment
Middle Village

Maltese marks Triangle fire

Serphin Maltese’s roots run deep in New York City and immigration history. Comment

New Yorkers don’t trust teacher grading: Poll

City teachers might be as anxious as their students to make the grade now that public school teacher evaluations are public , but one retired Bayside teacher said making the report cards available online was an unfair and unnecessary measure. Comment
Ozone Park

Cops on the lookout for missing boro man, 77

OZONE PARK — The NYPD was seeking the public’s assistance in locating Victor Torres, 77, of 95-03 76th St. in Ozone Park. Comment
Ozone Park

Hun School’s Jackie Mullen chooses Arcadia

There was an immediate comfort level for Hun School basketball point guard Jackie Mullen on the Arcadia campus. Comment

Fairness for Victims

In a show of fairness, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office is offering a helping hand to women who have been brought into America by human traffickers. Comment

United States has surplus of oil at disposal

Those with the “drill, baby, drill” mentality are either ignorant to the fact that we do not need more oil or are being manipulated and used as shills by the big oil conglomerates in order to increase their unprecedented profits. Comment

Saturday, April 7, 2012


Bangladeshi national sent back home to Sunnyside

In need of new spring clothing for her 20-month-old twin daughters, Sunnyside resident Lipiara Begum bought them shirts March 23, saying “Daddy’s Little Sunshine.” For more than a month her husband had been held in an immigrant detention center and she wanted her girls to be with him again. Comment

Stop-and-frisks high in 103rd

The 103rd Precinct had the distinction of being the only precinct in southeast Queens to record a slight drop in crime in 2011, the same year in which it ranked eighth among city precincts in another measure: the NYPD’s controversial stop, question and frisk program. Comment

Halloran honors hard-hat heroes

Several Good Samaritans were formally thanked and praised last week when City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) presented proclamations to three Consolidated Edison workers for rescuing an Auburndale crime victim last January. Comment
Little Neck

Weprin puts support behind Alice’s Law

State Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) took to the steps of City Hall last weekend to continue pushing a law to make staged car accidents a stand-alone crime. Comment

Mock GOP debate entertains and informs students

There may have been actors, but there wasn’t any script. Students posing as GOP hopefuls for the Republican presidential nomination exhibited their skills last Thursday when the Queensborough Community College mock trial team faced off on the issues. Comment
South Jamaica

South Jamaica fire injures two firefighters

SOUTH JAMAICA — Two firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling a blaze in South Jamaica Sunday, a spokesman for the FDNY said. Comment

QC student introduces German novel to English readers

Getting published is no easy feat: It can take months, years even. So it came as a huge surprise to Queens College graduate student Anne Posten when she was told that her English translation of German writer Tankred Dorst’s “Der Schöne Ort” (“This Beautiful Place”) was being published by Hang Loose Press, a year before even completing her master’s of fine arts at the college. Comment

Bayside Bulldogs open baseball season strong

The Bayside Bulldogs 13U team started their season Sunday in convincing fashion with a double-header sweep of the Long Island Rebels in National Junior Baseball League play. Comment

Yelling the Loudest

At a protest outside the office of U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman, demonstrators said they were angry about the congressman’s support for the federal mandate that all insurance plans cover the cost of birth control. Comment

Make CUNY credit transfers easier

The issue of ease of transferring credits within the City University of New York has long been a vexing problem for faculty and students, especially for community colleges, such as LaGuardia or Queensborough, to senior colleges, such as York or Queens. Comment

Friday, April 6, 2012


Suspect in death of Qns bar owner to get 3 1/2 years

The wrong-way driver allegedly responsible for the death of a beloved Maspeth bar owner is expected to get 3 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty in a deal worked out with prosecutors, according to a source familiar with the negotiations. Comment
College Point

City will replace trees chopped in College Pt.

Residents were horrified after the city cut down 32 trees along a College Point street last week as part of the work on the new police academy. Comment
Forest Hills

Stop & Shop gives Passover gift to Queens pantry

Passover celebrates liberation from slavery — and a food pantry at the Queens Jewish Community Council liberates the impoverished from hunger. Comment

New chamber in the works for Flushing

Business leaders in Flushing took the first steps to form a new chamber of commerce last week, replacing a previous organization that slowly petered out over a number of years. Comment

Qns. store plans roof parking

If you cannot find a parking space near New York Mart in Flushing, try looking up. Comments (2)

Lancman active in fight against idling trains

State Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) is ratcheting up his charge for Congress — and he’s starting at the local level. Comment

Save our Beacon: CB 11

A guest appearance by City Comptroller John Liu and a community powwow in support of Bayside’s Beacon program led the discussions at Monday night’s Community Board 11 meeting. Comment

Queens water rates rising

It could have been worse, according to the city Department of Environmental Protection. Comment

Young avian enthusiasts celebrated

The Alley Pond Environmental Center in Douglaston welcomed more than 100 local young bird enthusiasts last weekend when District 26 students from kindergarten through sixth-grade attended the 33rd annual Arline Thomas Urban Bird Literary and Arts Contest Awards Ceremony. Comment

Discover an Interwoven World

Visitors to Flushing Town Hall will find they have stepped into a nomadic Turkish village. Simulated living spaces of nomadic tents complete with hand-woven Turkish carpets and home furnishings are a highlight of the exhibit “Interwoven Worlds: Exploring Domestic and Nomadic Life in Turkey,” running through April 29. Comment
Middle Village

Calhouns meet the mayor

Omar Calhoun lives for the big games. In his Christ the King career, Calhoun has won two CHSAA Class AA intersectional titles and a New York State Federation Class AA championship. Last weekend, he was in New Orleans for the All-American Championship Game. And next year, the 6-foot-4 guard will take his game to UConn, which won the national title last year. Comment
St. Albans

Comrie sponsors Easter egg hunt

Affinity Health Plan, in partnership with City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), is expecting more than 5,000 eager youngsters and adults at its 11th annual Easter egg hunt this Saturday in St. Albans Park. Comment
Political Action

Long to face Gillibrand in race for U.S. Senate seat

We will be having an active U.S. Senate race this year in New York state. The seat in question is held by Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), who was appointed to that office by former Gov. David Patterson in 2009. She took the place of Hillary Clinton, who became U.S. secretary of state. Comment

Just Another Death

Theodore Thomas, 26, was shot multiple times in the chest outside the Unforgettable Lounge in South Jamaica at 3:45 on a Sunday morning. Comment

Boro Board must deny Willets Point to developers

The board is responsible for evaluating developer firms’ responses to the city Economic Development Corp.’s request for proposals pertaining to Phase 1 of the proposed Willets Point development and for approving or disapproving a choice of developer, as well as the disposition of Willets Point property to a chosen developer. Comment

Thursday, April 5, 2012


Franco’s new retail plans seal the lips of city agency

The owner of the White House restaurant recently filed paperwork to build a series of retail stores and offices instead of a catering hall in Whitestone, but the city temporarily pulled the permits off a public database following a TimesLedger Newspapers inquiry. Comment
St. Albans

Hundreds rally for Trayvon Martin

A community marched through a soggy chill in southeast Queens calling for justice in the Trayvon Martin case Saturday. Comments (1)

Census won’t fix Astoria numbers

Despite the hopes of Queens and Brooklyn, the U.S. Census Bureau rejected a request from Mayor Michael Bloomberg to modify the 2010 census counts for the city to reflect the undercounted population. Comment

State budget has Cross Bay toll rebate

Negotiations over the state budget seemed as mild as this year’s winter with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature approving a $132.6 billion, on-time package that addressed a major issue in Queens. Comment
College Point

College Pt. developer’s hotel raided

Civic leaders are watching a proposed spa for College Point after a notorious hot sheets motel in Kew Gardens Hills owned by the developer was shut down last week in relation to prostitution charges. Comment

Ozone Park man guilty of killing pizza boss’ son

A 29-year-old Ozone Park man may spend the rest of his life in prison after a Queens jury found him guilty of slaying a neighborhood pizza owner’s son in 2009. Comment

Bloomberg hears plea for help on Flushing senior center tour

An 89-year-old Queens woman begged Mayor Michael Bloomberg to help bring her son back from the Dominican Republic to the United States during a news conference Tuesday at the Selfhelp Ben Rosenthal Senior Center in Flushing. Comment

TimesLedger wins awards

TimesLedger Newspapers took home honors from the New York Press Association last weekend with a total of 13 journalism awards, which recognized one reporter as the Rookie of the Year in the state and cited an ambitious yearlong project on unsolved murders in southeast Queens. Comment

Cambria academy stays put in Hollis

The city has nixed a plan to move a successful new Hollis high school into a space community members said would have been a poor fit. Comment
College Point

College Point middle schoolers get yellow bus service back

College Point middle schoolers will have yellow bus service restored in the fall now that a bill has passed the state Legislature, lawmakers said. Comments (1)
Howard Beach

Howard Beach remembers 20-year-old killed by L train

She’s a mother surviving minute to minute. Comment

Endorsements bestowed in Ackerman seat race

The three Democrats facing off in the primary for U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman’s (D-Bayside) seat have been racking up endorsements and money ahead of June 26, when one will win the chance to take on the Republican challenger. Comment
Far Rockaway

Salvation may be on horizon as Peninsula plans to shutter

As Peninsula Hospital made final arrangements to shutter its doors, a possible savior for the embattled Far Rockaway facility was touching down on the other end of Queens. Comment
Jackson Heights

Stop-and-frisk rate in Jax Hts near city record

The two City Council members for Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst and the northern part of Corona were shocked by New York Civil Liberties Union data that said the 115th Precinct’s rate of stopping and frisking people was the third highest in the city. Comment
Bay Terrace

Worker falls from Throgs Neck Bridge

John Massas, a 35-year-old painting subcontractor, still had not been found Tuesday night after falling from the Throgs Neck Bridge into the Long Island Sound Friday. Comment

Doctors react to crazed clash after Jet Blue pilot’s arrest

Psychiatric experts at Jamaica Hospital said anything from a brain tumor to weight-loss shakes to the stresses of navigating airport security could have led to the highly publicized breakdown of a JetBlue pilot on a flight that originated at Kennedy Airport last week. Comment

Workers asking Sutphin wash to clean up act

Advocates for workers’ rights said they have some dirt on a Jamaica car wash and that management should come clean. Comment

Ridgewood rallies for its school

The city Department of Education got an earful from Grover Cleveland High School advocates at a closure hearing Monday. Comment
Long Island City

Once-banned film on Chinese exploitation showcased

Michelangelo Antonioni was renowned internationally for his work in cinema, but many of his films have never been distributed in the United States. Comment
St. Albans

PSAL beats CHSAA in all-star battle

The PSAL all-stars defeated their CHSAA counterparts — well, some of them — and a few other PSAL stars in the first Battle 4 the City. Comment
Middle Village

Colleges still sweet on Lewis following post-season benching

Isaiah Lewis’ benching hasn’t scared off college coaches. Comment

Volleyball program big at small Astoria school

The little-team-that-could storyline is over. Comment
Dishing with Dee

Race for Ackerman seat brings out four contenders so far

This is the week that was and what a week it was indeed. On Monday, Dan Halloran announced his candidacy for Gary Ackerman’s congressional seat in Flushing’s Bowne Park. Comment

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Willets Point

Willets Point project clears federal hurdle

The mayor’s plan to build a $3 billion, multi-use development in the Iron Triangle has won a key federal approval, a recently released document shows. Comment
Long Island City

Court Square station open

Straphangers coming from and going to Long Island City were relieved and happy after the MTA reopened the No. 7 train platform of the Court Square subway stop Monday. Comment

Flushing diners unnerved by report of botulism in tofu

Officials said tofu sold at an unidentified Flushing store is the likely culprit for at least one case of botulism, but a restaurateur said the news has not caused diners to turn up their noses at the soy-based product. Comment

Iannece announces Assembly run for Lancman’s seat

Community Board 11 Chairman Jerry Iannece announced Tuesday he was setting up an exploratory committee to run for the state Assembly seat currently held by Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows), who already has launched his own campaign for Congress. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights woman dies after stove-top fire accident

A small but deadly blaze killed a 74-year-old Jackson Heights woman as she was cooking breakfast Monday morning, the Fire Department said. Comment

Boro man gave weapons to Hezbollah: State Dept.

An Indian national illegally living in Flushing was found guilty in federal court last week for providing aid to a foreign terrorist organization. Comment
Flushing Times

Molloy dethroned by Fontbonne in shocking defeat

Archbishop Molloy did not look like the defending CHSAA state champion when it was upset by Fontbonne last week. Returning to softball championship form was the goal coming into last Thursday’s contest against Mary Louis, and that’s exactly what the Stanners did. Comment

Special traffic advisory

Two of three lanes on the Queens-to-Manhattan ramp of the Robert F. Kennedy-Triborough Bridge will be closed to traffic beginning 10 a.m. Thursday through 5 a.m. Friday while roadway repairs are completed. Comment

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Rockaway Beach

Chicago group floats plan to save Peninsula Hospital

The president of a Chicago-based group with its sights set on rehabilitating the embattled Peninsula Hospital in Far Rockaway was scheduled to present his plan to the community Tuesday night. Comment

Iannece announces Assembly run for Lancman’s seat

Community Board 11 Chairman Jerry Iannece announced Tuesday he was setting up an exploratory committee to run for the Assembly seat currently held by Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows), who already has launching his own campaign for Congress. Comment

Friday, March 30, 2012

Bay Terrace

Worker falls from Throgs Neck Bridge

A 35-year-old subcontractor working on the Throgs Neck Bridge Friday fell off a platform below the roadway and into the water, authorities said. Comment


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