Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012

Long Island City

Non-Native English speakers can test their skills at LaGuardia Community College

LaGuardia Community College is currently offering testing of English speaking and listening skills through the Versant English Test, a computer-based exam that measures how well individuals use everyday English in a school or work environment. Comment

Whitestone civic offers discount biz cards

The Welcome to Whitestone Commercial and Residential Civic Association partnered with a host of businesses around northeast Queens to offer a discount card to its members. Comments (54)

Horse carriages are not glamorous

In response to your Dec. 22-28 editorial “Avella: Pull on the Reins,” I must agree with you for calling state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) “a fighter for the people.” Comments (36)

Monday, Jan. 23, 2012


Flushing set to ring in Year of the Dragon

The Lunar New Year is the most important holiday in many Asian cultures, but 2012 will be the Year of the Dragon — the most auspicious of all the Chinese zodiac animals. Comment

Obama gives funds to kids

Zone 126, an organization created to get children who live in the Astoria Houses better access to education, has received a $500,000 planning grant from President Barack Obama’s administration to to broaden learning opportunities for the public housing complex’s children. Comment
Queens Village

United Negro College Fund holds event to honor MLK

The Greater New York Inter-Alumni Council of the United Negro College Fund presented its 22nd-annual MLK Jr. Awards Breakfast at Antun’s. Comment
Long Island City

Tip of the week

Breezy Point

Dredging means daily bridge lifts at Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge

Due to a dredging project being conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, there will be multiple daily bridge lifts at the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge beginning Jan. 26 and lasting through February. Comment

Voters’ mandate? Support Obama

The world “mandate” may be one of the most intentionally or unconsciously abused directives. There are mandates and then there are mandates. In the 2010 election, the U.S. House of Representatives was decimated with the influx of the clueless freshman and gained a Republican majority. The Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate was sadly diluted and many Republican governors were voted into office. Comment

Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012


Douglaston Fairway serves raffle winner beef for dinner

Wholly (quarter) cow! Comment

First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica celebrates 350 years

When the First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica was established in 1662, the area was a New Netherland settlement called Rustdorp, meaning “Quiet Village.” Comment
Richmond Hill

Group rallies to unite SW Queens in Assembly

A group of Richmond Hill and Ozone Park residents, most of them South Asian and West Indian, met inside Villa Russo Monday night to shape their future. Comment

Civics want new election district

Leaders from more than a dozen eastern Queens civic groups met in Bellerose last week, demanding their communities be united by the state task force that will redraw the area’s legislative lines for the coming decade. Comment

MLK’s legacy honored at event sponsored by Comrie

Councilman Leroy Comrie sponsored an event entitled “A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center Monday afternoon. Comment

Cops seek man in Best Buy grand larceny

ELMHURST — Police have asked for the public’s assistance in locating a man wanted for questioning in a grand larceny that occurred at the Elmhurst Best Buy on Queens Boulevard. Comment
Ozone Park

Suspect stole radio, GPS from car: Police

OZONE PARK — The NYPD has sought the public’s assistance in identifying a man wanted for grand larceny in Ozone Park. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Young Red Storm struggles

No one said playing Big East basketball was going to be easy and the St. John’s Red Storm have found that out first-hand. Comment

Do Not Blame the Teachers

In his State of the City address, Mayor Michael Bloomberg made education reform the cornerstone of his administration’s final two years. The 12th-richest person in the United States continues to believe the take-no-prisoners approach that made him a success on Wall Street will work well in the public school system. Comment

Lancman backs law to protect construction workers on the road

A new law requires motorists who drive past construction crews to move over a lane and allow them room to work. Comment

U.S. must stop stationing troops abroad

Bring our troops home now. The United States is in a state of perpetual war. American troops are stationed in almost every country around the globe. Comments (1)

Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012


Whitestone group raises money to repair Haitian church

Two years after an earthquake shook Haiti to its foundation, a group from Whitestone continues its efforts to repair the damaged buildings at the center of the island nation’s public life. Comment

Whitestone biz wants vandals to come clean

A Whitestone business owner has surveillance footage of two graffiti vandals damaging his property, but instead of calling police he is hoping the young men turn themselves in — or someone does it for them. Comment

Crime up in 115th but down in 110th

There were 77 more crimes committed in the 115th Precinct in 2011 compared to the previous year, but incidents dropped by a small margin in the 110th Precinct, according to police statistics. Comment

Pastel work tops showcase

A pastel portrait entitled “Maria” by artist Diana de Santis was awarded first prize Sunday in the Bayside Historical Society’s 11th annual art show. Comments (1)

Hunan Kitchen: Grand Sichuan taste in Flushing

Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan may not be for everyone, but if you’re not put off by intense spiciness, offal on the menu, an abundance of oil, or picking meat or fish off the bone, the food here is fantastic. Consider yourself warned. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Man, 26, hospitalized after jumping off bridge

LONG ISLAND CITY — Police said a young man was in stable condition at Cornell Hospital in Manhattan Sunday night after apparently jumping from the Queens side of the Queensborough Bridge, the New York Post reported. Comment

Shia Muslims honor Muhammed’s grandson with Flushing procession

Hundreds of people proceeded through Flushing Sunday during a Shia commemoration called the Arbaeen of Shuhada-e-Karbala, which commemorated the death of the Prophet Muhammed’s grandson Imam Hussain during the Battle of Karbal, as well as Hussain’s bodyguard and cousin, Ghazi Abbas. Comment
Queens Village

Stalker harasses woman with car, pistol: Post

QUEENS VILLAGE — Hell hath no fury like a stalker scorned. Comment
Jamaica Hills

MLS JV girls win 8 in a row, defeating GNYA

The wins keep coming for the junior varsity girls at Maspeth’s Martin Luther School. Comment

Mazel Tov, Jacob

A son of Forest Hills has been appointed to one of the most important positions in the Obama administration. Comment

Whitestone groups pitch in for Memorial Day parade

The Whitestone Memorial Day Parade, a staple of the neighborhood, is in danger of going out of existence, according to a Whitestone civic leader. Comment

Value human and animal life

Since this issue has gone viral — as you can see, I am from Virginia — I wish to join with those protesting this abuse of horses and ask that horse-drawn carriages be discontinued as soon as possible. Comments (48)

Friday, Jan. 20, 2012


King’s legacy honored in southeast Qns.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s non-violent quest for racial equality has left an indelible mark on the nation and Queens residents kept his memory alive Monday by honoring the Nobel Peace Prize winner at a community-focused event. Comment
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill family gets 418 years in fraud

A Richmond Hill man, wife and daughter have been sentenced to prison in the defrauding of fellow immigrants in what District Attorney Richard Brown said was about “a family who threw away their future to satisfy greed.” Comments (1)

Avella trashes city’s garbage bin policy

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) slammed the city Department of Sanitation Friday for fines that have been levied against residents for putting their trash cans out too early the day before collection. Comments (1)

Douglaston Concerts midway through its 10th season

Devotees of chamber music and the Super Bowl will not have to choose between the two this year since the Douglaston Concerts will present its First Sundays Series concert an hour earlier than normal on Super Bowl Sunday. Comment

PS/IS 499 gets new tech lab from $200K Gennaro grant

A Flushing school cut the ribbon on new equipment last week, allowing the Queens College School of Math, Science and Technology to live up to its name. Comments (1)

Events in Celebration of the Year of the Dragon

Lunar New Year Celebration — The Al Oerter Recreation Center invites you to an afternoon of karate, dance performances and more ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year. Comment
Middle Village

Got the blues no more

What do the “Blues Brothers,” legendary bluesman B.B. King and a white kid from Middle Village all have in common? Comments (2)
Far Rockaway

Woman found dead in Far Rock by the shore

FAR ROCKAWAY — Police said they responded to a call in Far Rockaway Saturday where they found a woman dead outside near Beach 17th Street and the shoreline. Comment

Dozo falls without big star under the basket

For someone who wasn’t in the building, Jermaine Lawrence was a major topic of conversation Saturday afternoon at Baruch College. Comment
Cambria Heights

Junior guard leads Bayside to victory

Austin Williams was convinced this team wasn’t going to give another lead to Campus Magnet before ensuring it. Comment
Political Action

Paper ballots in Iowa more efficient than voting machines

Here in New York state, we have been using voting machines for at least the last 70 years. When these machines came into use, it was heralded as an end to voting fraud, since votes would now be counted by the voting machines instead of by hand. There seemed to be little possibility of mistakes in counting the ballots. Comments (1)

Do Not Blame the Teachers

In his State of the City address, Mayor Michael Bloomberg made education reform the cornerstone of his administration’s final two years. The 12th-richest person in the United States continues to believe the take-no-prisoners approach that made him a success on Wall Street will work well in the public school system. Comments (1)

Queens Center Mall owner must help neighboring area

As clergy leaders from Queens Congregations United for Action, we minister to families from all walks of life struggling to make ends meet. It is not just that we are living through hard economic times. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012


Flushing Councilman Koo to switch to Dem Party

City Councilman Peter Koo (R-Flushing), one of the borough’s four Republican lawmakers, is planning on switching to the Democratic Party Monday, according to a published report. Comments (2)

Richard Italiano, CB 4 district manager, dies

Richard Italiano, the district manager and former chairman of Community Board 4, has died, Borough President Helen Marshall announced in a statement Thursday. Comments (2)

Queens prodigal son Cuomo returns for budget address

Gov. Andrew Cuomo returned to the borough of his birth Thursday morning to deliver his budget address again and many of his proposals drew applause from the audience. Comment

Liu returns campaign cash as fund-raising probe lingers

Embattled city Comptroller John Liu returned nearly $50,000 in contributions and disclosed a list of his campaign bundlers as promised Tuesday amid questions about the finances of his unofficial 2013 campaign for mayor. Comment
Ozone Park

Ozone Pk dad, son die inside home

Fire officials believe that a faulty heater was the source of a carbon monoxide leak that killed a father and son in an Ozone Park home that was not equipped with a working CO detector, according to a spokesman for the Fire Department. Comment
Long Island City

LIC employer Fresh Direct eyes N.J. move

A Long Island City online grocery company has filed for a large tax incentive program in New Jersey, but New York state and city agencies are hoping that Fresh Direct stays — if not in Queens, then at least in the city. Comment
Long Island City

Hunters Pt. South revisited

More than 200 people crowded into the foyer of MOMA PS1 in Long Island City last Thursday, many sitting in the aisles or standing along the walls, to get an update on Hunters Point South, a massive, middle-income, mixed-use development currently under construction at 50th Avenue and 2nd Street. Comments (1)

Flushing teenager wins Intel slot

Bhargava Chitti is a 17-year-old Flushing student whose cancer research on reducing the sometimes debilitating side effects of radiation therapy has landed him a spot in the semifinals of the 2012 Intel Science Talent Search. Comment
Forest Hills

Prez picks Forest Hills grad

President Barack Obama tapped a Forest Hills High School graduate to be his next chief of staff last week. Comment
Long Island City

Queens dreads 11 weekends of 7 train outage

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) hosted a town hall meeting with representatives of the MTA last week about extensive renovation to the No. 7 line that will mean some Long Island City stops will be out of order for 11 straight weekends. Comment
South Richmond Hill

Man slays wife in front of kids: Cops

Three young children saw their mother murdered by her estranged husband in South Richmond Hill Sunday, sources said. Comment
St. Albans

Rebuild VA hospital: Meeks

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-St. Albans) described 2012 as a year of promise as he met with reporters in his Jamaica district office Tuesday. Comment
South Ozone Park

57% in poll say no to Aqueduct convention center

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to build the nation’s largest convention center near Aqueduct Race Track is not sitting well with state voters, according to a Siena College poll released Monday. Comment

CB 4 member resigns over Pledge of Allegiance

Right after Community Board 4 said the Pledge of Allegiance before its monthly meeting in Corona last week, a longtime member announced he would be stepping down because two other members would not salute the flag. Comments (2)
Long Island City

SLA rejects LIC strip club again

In keeping with the wishes of the Long Island City community, the State Liquor Authority rejected for a second time an application from the Gypsy Rose strip club on 21st Street. Comment

Keen officers stop burglary crew in 109th

The 109th Precinct Community Council gave out several awards last week to officers with excellent gut instincts as well as community members who took care of residents and animals alike. Comment
South Jamaica

Crash sends school bus spiraling into home’s South Jamaica lawn

A 59-year-old pedestrian sustained serious injuries to her legs after she was struck by a school bus that plowed through a brick fence and into a home in South Jamaica during a two-vehicle collision in South Jamaica last Thursday afternoon, authorities and witnesses said. Comment
College Point

College Pt. spa plan gets Avella’s support

The man who wants to open a new spa in the College Point Corporate Park got the backing of state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) last week, and the lawmaker questioned why the proposal was ever denied by both Community Board 7 and the borough president in the first place. Comments (2)

‘Hairspray’ energizes the stage at the BroadHollow Theatre

“Where are they getting all that energy?” the reviewer wondered halfway through the first act of the rowdy, joyful production of “Hairspray,” now at the BroadHollow Theatre. For the singing and dancing is just about nonstop throughout this two-hour musical. Comments (2)
Kew Gardens Hills

Boro woman dies in Kew Gdns. Hills car accident

KEW GARDENS HILLS — A Fresh Meadows woman was killed Tuesday when the car she was a passenger in collided with another vehicle, police said. Comments (2)
South Ozone Park

Bravest saves man from blaze in S. Ozone Park

SOUTH OZONE PARK — Firefighters braved heavy smoke and flames Monday night to save a man in his 40s who was found with no pulse from a fire at the Executive Motor Inn, at 138th Avenue and Cranston Street, the New York Post reported. Comment

Lacking marquee talent, Holy Cross continues to win

Without that one marquee star, Holy Cross has emerged as a legit CHSAA Class AA contender because of its depth. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Terriers blow lead, tie HC

St. Francis Prep has played from ahead and it has played from behind. Through 90 minutes of hockey, however, the Terriers have yet to find a way to beat rival Holy Cross. Comment
Dishing with Dee

Romney a better candidate than most people think

By now I’m sure you are aware that Eric Ulrich has been appointed as the New York City campaign chairman for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. After Romney won in both Iowa and New Hampshire, hopefully for Eric he will do equally well in South Carolina and Florida. Comments (1)

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012

Bay Terrace

Politicians, apartment owners renew call for property tax reform

As northeast Queens co-op and condo owners awaited the new round of assessments to be released by the city this week, elected officials rallied to their side in a bid to reform the property tax system. Comment

Officials protest MSG blackout to boro fans

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is calling foul on Time Warner Cable and the Madison Square Garden Company for hitting an impasse that has resulted in a television blackout of a number of professional sports teams. Comments (4)

More bread for top teachers

Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed incentives, including merit pay, so the city can retain and recruit the best teachers during his State of the City address last Thursday in the Bronx. Comments (1)

MTA and transit workers union continue talks over new contract

MTA officials were still negotiating with the Transport Workers Union Tuesday long after expiration of the contract between the transit agency and workers who operate New York City buses and subways. Comment

Qns DA renames LIE the Heroin Highway

The 12 men and women charged by District Attorney Richard Brown with operating a small ring that sold heroin to well-to-do customers in Suffolk and Nassau counties are now working their way through the New York state court system. Comments (3)
East Elmhurst

Civilian, firefighter injured in East Elmhurst blaze

A firefighter suffered minor injuries at an East Elmhurst blaze Monday morning. One civilian also suffered minor burns to the head during the fire on Humphrey Street near 27th Avenue, according to fire officials. Firefighters first got the call at 9:47 a.m., and the blaze was under control by 10:25 a.m., according to a spokesman for the FDNY. Comment

Two cars involved in Bayside accident

At least one person was taken to the hospital following a two-car crash at the intersection of 35th Avenue and Corporal Kennedy Street in Bayside Jan. 10, according to the relatives of one of the car’s drivers. Comment

Cardozo’s big star stuns with early exit

Jermaine Lawrence, one of the city’s top talents and a nationally ranked junior, has left Cardozo. Comments (2)

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012

Kew Gardens Hills

Kew Gardens Hills blaze injures 10 firefighters (with VIDEO)

A three-alarm fire gutted an apartment near Queens College Monday, injuring 10 firefighters who responded to the scene but were not seriously hurt. Comment

Monday, Jan. 16, 2012


Mayor pushes merit pay for city teachers

Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed incentives, including merit pay, so the city can retain and recruit the best teachers during his State of the City address Thursday in the Bronx. Comment
Ozone Park

Ozone Park father and son killed in apparent accidental carbon monoxide poisoning

A father and son died in what investigators believe was an accidental carbon monoxide poisoning in Ozone Park. Police said that both Kuo-Kung Chen, 66, and his son Aaron Chen, 29, were found dead in their home on 101st Avenue at 90th Street Saturday evening. Comments (2)
No Holds Barred

Write to elected officials in favor of money-making execution plan

Some of you may have noticed that I did not emphasize in my last blog what public executions could do for the economy of Queens. Let me rectify that immediately, lest you think this is a matter of no concern to your pocketbook and mine. Comments (6)

Friday, Jan. 13, 2012


DA busts dozen in connection with drug sales at end of ‘Heroin Highway’

District Attorney Richard Brown coined yet another unflattering nickname for a Queens thoroughfare Friday morning when he announced the results of a massive drug bust involving suspected dealers in the borough and well-to-do customers in Suffolk and Nassau counties. Comments (5)


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