Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Man who stole money from account sought

JAMAICA — Police were looking for help in finding a suspect wanted for grand larceny in Jamaica within the 102nd Precinct, the NYPD said. Comment

Elderly man, 71, missing and sought by police

WOODHAVEN — The NYPD was looking for help in locating a missing man from Woodhaven within the 102nd Precinct, police said. Comment

When great food minds unite in Astoria

When it comes to pairing Mexican food and American barbecue, the owners of Astoria’s MexiBBQ say there is more to the combination than Tex-Mex. Comment

Monday, June 11, 2012

Jackson Heights

Queens’ tastemaster leads Fiesta Crawl

Tasting tours, and other culinary events are more of a calling than a business proposition to Jeff Orlick. Comment

Elmhurst father, 27, charged with shaking baby daughter

A 2-month-old baby has been on life support since her father allegedly shook her twice within the span of a month, causing severe injuries throughout her body, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Cops seek man in 105th Precinct bank robbery

MASPETH — The NYPD was looking for help in identifying and locating a suspect wanted for a bank robbery that occurred within the 108th Precinct, police said. Comment

Cops seek man missing since Memorial Day

LAURELTON — The NYPD was looking for help in locating a missing man from Laurelton within the 105th Precinct, police said. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm star LeRoy Ellis dies at 72

St. John’s legend LeRoy Ellis, who turned a standout Redman career into a 14-year NBA legacy with a world championship in 1972, died Saturday in Portland, Ore., at the age of 72 after a long battle with prostate cancer. Comment
Jackson Heights

Tip of the week


My volunteer son was a hero of 9/11

I have sent letters to every public official I can think of, including the president of the United States, but no one has reached out to help me. Comment

Sunday, June 10, 2012


Pond in Jamaica Bay yields great day for bird watching

It is a sunny, mild day at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens, but there are few of the migrating birds I would expect to be here in mid-May. Comment
Rego Park

Rego Pk teacher charged with sex abuse: DA

Officials leveled more charges against a Queens teacher accused of inappropriate behavior with young students, the Queens district attorney said last week. Comment
Queens Village

Queens Village students get lesson in ‘Cerealism’

The works of Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso may be a bit too heady as a means to teach second-graders about the human condition, but for one Queens Village class, “cerealism” is the perfect way to learn their shapes. Comment

Precincts tackle crime at monthly COMET meeting

Residents welcomed two special guests at the Communities of Maspeth & Elmhurst Together’s last meeting before summer break Monday. Comments (1)
South Ozone Park

Employees battle the bulge on the way to healthy living

Any extra weight shed at casinos traditionally comes out of the customers’ wallets, but employees at an area gambling establishment are now getting in on the act and placing their bets on healthy living. Comment
South Ozone Park

Motorcyclist, 39, loses control and dies: Cops

SOUTH OZONE PARK — A 39-year-old man died after he suffered severe body trauma last weekend while driving a motorcycle, police said. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Two people missing from Jamaica Estates home

JAMAICA ESTATES — The NYPD was looking for help locating two people who went missing within the confines of the 107th Precinct, police said. Comment
Flushing Times

Stanners eliminate defending champion Xaverian

Greg Boyle would have been a candidate to pitch in last year’s playoffs with Archbishop Molloy facing elimination. There was just one problem: He was on the bench recovering from knee surgery that left him on crutches for two months. Comment

Respect for the Dead

It is the mark of a civilized society when an organization is willing to stand up for the rights of people they have never met, whose names they don’t know and who happen to be dead. Comment

Take fluff out of political ads

Every other day I have been getting ads in the mail encouraging me to vote for state Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing), City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) and that other candidate whose name escapes me. Printed on 9-by-12 stock card paper, a lot of trees must have been cut down to provide the pulp. Comment

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Jackson Heights

Student’s design earns top prize at School for the Deaf

A student from Jackson Heights’ Lexington School for the Deaf got to place calls to Borough President Helen Marshall and deaf actor Russell Harvard last week as a reward for designing the institution’s new videophone booth. Comment

Field grows for Meng’s state seat

After state Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) decided to run for Congress, a rush of Asian candidates have officially declared their intention to run in the new majority Asian state Assembly seat based in Flushing. Comments (1)

Housing bucks parking fix

Construction fences are going up in Municipal Lot 1 in Flushing to make way for a $40 million Macedonia A.M.E. affordable housing building, but because another downtown mega-project is stalled, the community’s fears over parking may be realized. Comment
Howard Beach

Addabbo answers state lottery cash questions

Lottery money has funded education in the state since the late 1960s, but some residents still question just how much cash the schools actually see. Comment

Flushing church plans altered by Mormons

The Mormon church and opponents of a chapel it wants to build in Flushing headed back to the city Board of Standards and Appeals Tuesday to give more testimony for the agency to digest before considering newly tweaked plans. Comment

MTA badges no longer required on Sikh turbans

After years of lawsuits, an agreement has been reached providing that Sikh and Muslim transit workers will not have to wear MTA badges on their headgear. Comment

MTA completes Sunnyside tunnel 7 weeks early

A tunnel beneath the Sunnyside Rail Yard in Queens, which is part of the East Side Access project, has been completed seven weeks ahead of schedule. Comment

Two wanted in shooting of victim, 35: Police

QUEENSBRIDGE — The NYPD was looking for help in finding and identifying several individuals wanted in connection to an assault within the 114th Precinct, police said. Comment
Rockaway Park

Man found under van dies in Rockaways: Cops

ROCKAWAY PARK — Police responded to a motor vehicle accident in a parking lot, at 107-10 Shore Front Pkwy. in Rockaway Park, Monday to find a 43-year-old victim unconscious underneath a van. Comment
Flushing Times

Molloy hurler wins city title

Archbishop Molloy infielder Kristen Ponticelli worried she had given St. Joseph by the Sea new life after bobbling a ground ball that would have been the title softball game’s final out. Comment
Political Action

Queens Republican candidates gear up for round of primaries

The year 2012 promises to be eventful politically. Nationally, we have Republican Mitt Romney challenging Democratic President Barack Obama. How this race proceeds will have an impact on New York statewide and in local campaigns. Comment

‘Ghost’ Busters

Hardly a week goes by that we don’t report on a gang-related shooting or homicide in southeast Queens. Often the victims are innocent people who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Comment

Church should’ve stopped abuse

It is interesting that we never hear about the physical and verbal abuses that took place in Catholic schools during the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s by some religious people who taught in the schools. Comment

Friday, June 8, 2012

Triple Crown contender scratched from Belmont Stakes

I’ll Have Another’s bid for horse racing immortality stalled before the starting gate. Comment
Jackson Heights

Judge says he is recuperating after attack by NYPD officer

A Queens Supreme Court judge is recuperating after he said a NYPD officer attacked him and other bystanders watching an arrest last week in Jackson Heights, sparking multiple investigations into the incident. Comment

CB 11 meets amid flap over flags on Bell

Retired Bayside businessman Jack Oshier did not need a microphone when he waved American flags to make his point in the 46-35 Oceania St. school cafeteria where Community Board 11 was holding its last formal gathering Monday before a two-month summer recess. Comment

Race for Council heats up

The Democratic campaign trail in southeast Queens is starting to get crowded with two new candidates ramping up to join Donovan Richards in the race to represent the District 31 seat that will be vacated by his boss, City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton). Comment

Botanical Gds. alum eye green jobs in city

In addition to serving as the borough’s premier showcase of Mother Nature, the Queens Botanical Garden also discreetly functions as a jobs program campus for unemployed New Yorkers, or those just wanting to change their careers. Comment

Queens College study shines light on Flushing’s solar power future

Solar power has a future in Flushing, but there are several obstacles standing in the way, a study completed by a group of Queens College students showed last week. Comment
Queens Village

105th’s top April cops busted rim thieves: Courtesis

Two 105th Precinct officers were recognized last week for arrests they made that helped bring down the precinct’s grand larceny numbers. Comment
Oakland Gardens

MS 74 pupils confront bullies

The gymnasium at MS 74 Nathaniel Hawthorne Junior High School in Oakland Gardens echoed with cheers and excitement not typical for a Saturday afternoon last weekend. Comment

109th Precinct breakfast brings out neighborhood’s best

Police Officer Amanda Graney is a lover of dogs and wears bunny slippers while giving out candy to trick-or-treaters — at least, that is what was depicted in pictures drawn by middle-school students for a new calendar distributed by the 109th Precinct Community Council. Comment
Forest Hills

GOP endorses Reyes over Ulrich in race

Queens is headed for a Republican primary this fall. Comment

Four baby peregrine falcons born on Marine Pkwy. Br.

With the arrival of spring has come four newly hatched peregrine falcons in their perch atop the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial bridge. Comment
Long Island City

Fusing food, flare and comfort

Good food brings people together, and knowing how to cook well is a true talent. Comment
South Jamaica

Woman shot in stomach in South Jamaica

College Point

Cops’ search in water actually child’s play

COLLEGE POINT — The Breaking News Network reported that NYPD units were called for a water search in College Point Tuesday, but the call turned out to be the work of a mischievous child. Comment
Flushing Times

After capturing city title, Molloy falls short of state

Archbishop Molloy’s year ended in the season’s final game, just not with one last victory. Comment
On Point

Politics not working right? Columnist knows five reasons why

The legislative redistricting fiasco reminded me of many things that are wrong with politics today, so I compiled my top five list of “what is wrong with this picture.” Comment

Americans need a country that works for the little guy

As the big countdown clock on the television screen counted down, the results were Hollande 52 percent and Sarkozy 48 percent. The small crowd in the 20-seat restaurant cheered. My wife and I were sitting at a window table in a French restaurant in the Latin quarter of Paris having dinner when the election results were broadcast. Comment

Thursday, June 7, 2012


Bloomberg battles backlash over large sugary drink ban

Queens leaders had unyielding words for Mayor Michael Bloomberg after hearing of his intentions to ban large sugary drinks in the city, arguing that he should explore other avenues to lessen the waist size of New Yorkers. Comment

As Primary Day nears, barbs fly in Flushing congressional race

The race for the newly created congressional seat in Flushing became more contentious over the last week, with accusations flying between candidates, their competitors and Queens civic groups even as the hopefuls picked up more endorsements. Comment
Jackson Heights

Queens pride celebrates 20 years

The sidewalks along 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights were jammed with a crowd of more than 40,000 spectators Sunday as a colorful, booming celebration of gay pride emanated from the parade floats passing by. Comment

Queens South ranked No. 2 in pupil arrests

The NYPD’s Queens South patrol borough ranked second in the city, behind the Bronx, in the number of students arrested at public schools during the first three months of 2012, according to an NYPD report released last week by the New York Civil Liberties Union. Comment
Ozone Park

Ozone cabbie killed on LIE

The son of an Ozone Park cab driver killed in a three-vehicle crash on the Long Island Expressway early Saturday said his father had been worried about the weather a few hours before he died and thought about staying home. Comment

Jamaica man trashes leaders over garbage

Joe Moretti’s pride in his neighborhood becomes apparent when he starts to list all of Jamaica’s best attractions. Comment
Long Island City

Pathmark closing irks area shoppers

Shoppers were surprised and disappointed after learning that the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. has announced plans to close its Long Island City-Astoria location at the end of August. Comments (13)

Koo persists in quest for comfort women memorial

A group of Korean-American civic organizations and city lawmakers gathered Monday night to remember the Asian women who they contend were forced into sex slavery during World War II, a topic that has also heated up tensions between the group and Japan. Comment

Pols rename Bayside street for 9/11 hero

Lt. Peter J. Farrenkopf used to call Bayside home before he died in 2009 of illnesses that dated back to his working at Ground Zero after Sept. 11. Comment
College Point

Judges to mull lawsuit over LGA bird strikes

Opponents of a trash transfer station currently being built in the flight path of LaGuardia Airport filed their final arguments in the U.S. Court of Appeals last week, contending that the station will increase the likelihood of bird strikes. Comment

Weekend arts fair shows Bayside BID is back

For the first time since newly appointed Executive Director Lyle Sclair was installed in April, the Bayside Village Business Improvement District will be in full effect holding its first public event of 2012 off Bell Boulevard come Saturday. Comment

Nearly 2,000 students graduate from Queensborough

Coming from more than 100 different countries and many walks of life, Queensborough Community College’s class of 2012 received their diplomas to the delight of their parents and professors Friday. Comment

Mets man gives grads advice

At the Queens College commencement ceremony last Thursday, graduates got a little bit of advice from the voice of the Amazin’s. Comment

York graduates largest class in ‘12

Through his service in the U.S. Marine Corps, which included two tours of duty in Iraq, Tony Wan faced and conquered challenges many of his York College classmates have never experienced. Comment

Lipo lady gets fat sentence

A Corona woman pleaded guilty to assault and unlawfully practicing medicine last week for performing a liposuction and fat re-injection on a client that nearly killed her, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Avella begins his bid for Senate re-election

Surrounded by family, supporters and community leaders, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) celebrated the opening of his nearby campaign headquarters, officially kicking off his re-election bid for the 11th Senate District. Comment
Forest Hills

Councilman meets Forest Hills Republican Club

After the Queens County Republican Party made an unexpected endorsement for the 15th state Senate District, a local club welcomed a better-known candidate to its monthly meeting. Comment

Woman hit by car on Bell Blvd.

BAYSIDE — Firefighters, members of the NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit and medics responded to Bell Boulevard at the corner of 41st Avenue Tuesday morning to assist with a woman injured by a car while crossing the street. Comment
Fresh Meadows

School bus carrying kids in Fresh Meadows crash


Track star Panisse finishes a champion

Alexis Panisse has never stopped pushing herself. Cardozo’s Tennessee-bound star doesn’t have much competition when it comes to PSAL meets, but she is still competing against herself and for her teammates. Comment

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Floral Park

Stage set for Triple Crown at Belmont Stakes

Saturday’s Belmont Stakes could rein in history. Comment
South Ozone Park

Convention spot talks stall with gaming giant

The governor’s plan to build the country’s largest convention center in Queens fell apart after negotiations between the state and the potential developer broke down. Comment
Oakland Gardens

Bayside Hills 7th grader takes third in spelling bee

A Bayside Hills seventh-grader placed third for the second year in a row last week in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Comment

Funnyman Maher buys minority share in Mets

Comedian Bill Maher said he was glad to have saved some pennies when he read in The New York Times that his childhood favorite baseball club was selling minority shares. Comment

Library supporters rally against proposed cuts

Supporters of the Queens Library stood outside the central library on Merrick Boulevard in Jamaica Tuesday to rally against a proposed $26.7 million funding cut from the city that administrators said would be detrimental to services. Comment

Brown supports Cuomo’s plan to reform pot possession law

City law enforcement officials came out in support Monday of a state initiative to reform a law advocates say disproportionately affects black and Hispanic youth who are arrested for publicly displaying marijuana during police stop-and-frisks. Comment

Police seek man in attempted kidnapping

CORONA — The NYPD was looking for help in finding a man suspected of an attempted kidnapping within the 115th Precinct, police said. Comment

Police investigate Queensbridge stabbing

East Elmhurst

Motorcyclist killed after getting rear-ended: Cops

EAST ELMHURST — A motorcyclist killed on Astoria Boulevard was identified by police Tuesday as 27-year-old Dean Mackey, of the Steinway section of Astoria. Comments (2)
South Ozone Park

DeLeon delivers wallop, boosts Adams to top seed

In late March, Glenn Beyer was with everyone else who considered William Bryant the favorite in Queens A West baseball. He figured his John Adams team was No. 3 in Queens, behind Bryant and Cardozo in Queens A East. Comment

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Jackson Heights

Trucker charged with assaulting, stealing cell phone from Dromm

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) said Thursday a truck driver assaulted him and stole his iPhone after the councilman took pictures of the man’s double-parked tractor trailer adjacent to the Trade Fair on 37th Avenue and 75th Street. Comment


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