Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012

Forest Hills

Italian eatery proud of old-world customs

Many neighborhoods in Queens boast their own restaurant row — a stretch of eclectic dining options ranging from the very elegant to the comfortably casual. Comment

Job growth not worth fracking

Lately, it seems that each day we are getting more information about the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking. Comment

Monday, Sept. 10, 2012


Lively boro primaries enter final stretch

Indictments, mud-slinging and insurgent candidates have all made for an eventful primary season in New York, where hopefuls battled over state issues to try and move on to the general election in November. Comment
Queens Village

Boro’s South Asian candidates still absent from ballots

Despite redistricting victories earlier this year that concentrated the voting powers of South Asian Americans in Queens in ways they had never been before, when voters go to the polls next week they will find no South Asian ethnic candidate on the ballot for either state Assembly, state Senate or district leader. Comments (1)

Voting concerns arise ahead of election season

Queens elected officials say redistricting is causing confusion in the voting public. Comment

Sunnyside BID’s director turns in his resignation

The executive director for the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District has handed in his resignation and will leave the position Sept. 14, the chairman of the BID’s board of directors said. Comment

Van Bramer distributes $638K to district’s nonprofits

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) gave large chunks of his more than $600,000 in discretionary funding to nonprofits in his district that provide multiple services to needy youth and seniors. Comment

Mayor, Laurelton woman push ban on sugary drinks

Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited a Flushing recreation center Tuesday to give the latest push to his proposed ban on large sugary drinks. Comments (2)
Forest Hills

NYPD searching for missing boro man, 67

FOREST HILLS — The NYPD was seeking the public’s assistance in locating a 67-year-old Hispanic Forest Hills male. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm sweep Siena

In the 2012 home opener, St. John’s downed Siena, a squad that won 23 games last season, by a score of 3-0 (25-15, 25-20, 25-21) in front of a loud crowd at Carnesecca Arena. Comment

Queens resident worthy of award

On behalf of my friends and neighbors in Briarwood, I would like to nominate Xu Sheng Wang as the 2012 Merchant of the Year in view of her remarkable business contributions to the Briarwood community. Comment

Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012


St. Mary’s brings healing power of the arts to children

Sophia, 5, sat perched up in a chair while Bronx sculptor John Ahearn covered her legs in bandages. Surrounded by already sculpted hands portraits from other children, she could hardly sit still as she anxiously waited for her plaster-cast portrait to be finished. Comment

Veggies $10 a bag at Queensbridge

Residents of Queensbridge will now be able to purchase bags of fruits and vegetables for $10 a week, thanks to a program run by GrowNYC and funded by City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside). Comment
Jamaica Hills

Jamaica nursing center kitchen goes completely kosher

The Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a facility that originally started to accommodate Holocaust survivors, has recently opened a completely kosher kitchen. Comment
Cambria Heights

Firefighters search boro home hit by blaze

CAMBRIA HEIGHTS — A fire broke out in the basement of a two-story dwelling, at 117-02 233rd St., Monday, the Breaking News Network said. Comment

Flushing cop assaulted wife with phone: Police

LONG ISLAND — NYPD Officer Edwin Martinez, who works with the 109th Precinct in Flushing, was arrested Aug. 29, police said. Comment

Bayside Little League wins title

The Bayside Little League Boys of Summer team won the Rosenbluth Championship last week, closing out a strong summer on a high note. Comment

Believe forecasts with grain of salt

As the summer of 2012 begins to wind down, some weather forecasting firms are already predicting that this coming winter will be a cold and snowy one in the northeastern United States. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012


Librarian shows lots of love

The reading room at the Hollis library was full of youngsters last week as they watched the juggling comic Will Shaw toss his bowler hat on his head and share his brand of deadpan humor, but the real show came when children’s librarian Sueli Zaquem made good on the pledge she issued at the beginning of the summer and lopped off more than a foot of her brunette locks for charity. Comment

Students cause drama over dismissal of popular teacher

Parents and students are still calling for an encore in the career of a beloved drama teacher. Comment
Cambria Heights

Vanel makes Assembly run

Cambria Heights resident Clyde Vanel is putting his experience as a small business owner at the forefront of his campaign to unseat 13-term incumbent state Assemblywoman Barbara Clark (D-Queens Village), but he is still undecided on the issues of increasing the minimum wage and charter schools supported by his opponent.. Comment

Families celebrate Labor Day at Fort Totten archery event

Labor Day weekend revelers braved the beating sun at Fort Totten Saturday to try their hand at a sport that has been enjoying greater prominence lately, thanks in part to a few recent hit movies: archery. Comment

Small biz gets access to valuable asset: Info

A-frame signs — the kind that dot the sidewalks outside bars, restaurants and other shops — are illegal in New York City, according to an obscure law still on the books, and could fetch small business owners a fine from the city Department of Sanitation. Comment
Little Neck

Northern Blvd. drivers get left onto Marathon

For years drivers would wait in line to make a left turn at the intersection of Northern Boulevard and Marathon Parkway, usually lucky to go more than one car at a time. The traffic would pile up along Northern Boulevard, making rush hour on the road more congested. Comment
Far Rockaway

Police search for man shot in the Rockaways

ROCKAWAYS — A 20-year-old man transported to a hospital with gunshot wounds Sunday to both legs had stable vital signs, the Breaking News Network reported. Comment
Long Island City

Bravest battle LIC fire

LONG ISLAND CITY — A fire broke out on the first floor of a two-story building, at 21-10 43rd Ave., Sunday, the Breaking New Network reported. Comment
East Elmhurst

El Picante: A Bolivian adventure in E. Elmhurst

Bolivian expats in Queens number only a fraction of those from neighboring countries. That is reflected in the small number (perhaps three?) restaurants in the borough specializing in Bolivian cuisine compared to that of Peru or Ecuador. Elizabeth Murphy, a friend of mine of Bolivian (on her mother’s side) descent had been rhapsodizing about her native delicacies for years. When I learned of El Picante in East Elmhurst, I asked her to guide me through an exploration of the joys of Bolivian food. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Prep football coach celebrates 60th year

Dylan King has seen his family attempt to talk to his grandfather Vince O’Connor about retiring from coaching football at St. Francis Prep. And the answer is always the same. Comment

Put soccer stadium at Willets Pt.

Concerning Willets Point, wouldn’t it be easier on everyone if the city put an international soccer stadium there? Comment

‘Take the High Road’

Just weeks before the Democratic Party primary, state Sen. Shirley Huntley was dragged into a Nassau County court to face charges that she took part in a scam in which the state was allegedly bilked out of $30,000. Comment

Friday, Sept. 7, 2012


Civic cleanup nearly undone by city project

It is not often that a civic group regrets cleaning up a playground, but it almost happened in Whitestone this month. Comments (30)
Kew Gardens

Officials pitch lotto game to fund boro’s nonprofits

Elected officials are hoping they found a jackpot solution to funding some of the borough’s foundering community programs. Comment

Stavisky to push for education, job creation if new term is won

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) has served six terms in the state Legislature following a special election in 1999 and has put education and employment at the top of her to-do list should she be elected for another term in November. Comments (1)

Messer seeks Albany solutions founded upon common sense

Oakland Gardens businessman and lawyer John Messer is challenging incumbent state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) for the second time after the two faced off in 2010, and he is hoping to bring what he calls common-sense Democratic positions to strike a balance in Albany. Comments (3)

Hopefuls seek niche in race

As the Flushing state Assembly race reached its final stages, some of the candidates took to the streets to outline specific points in their platforms and to tout endorsements from influential groups. Comments (1)

More stations lose trash cans

If straphangers can’t find a trash can, will they take their empty soda cans and burger wrappings with them when they leave subway stations? The MTA is hoping so. Comment
Queens Village

Police looking for robber of Qns. Vil. bank

QUEENS VILLAGE — Police were looking for a man suspected of attempting to rob the Community Federal Savings Bank last Thursday, the Breaking News Network said. Comment

Cops need public’s help in hunting down robber

CORONA — The NYPD was asking for the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a man wanted in connection with the robbery of a Corona bank last week. Comment
Long Island City

End the summer at Noguchi

This weekend the Noguchi Museum will close up its current exhibit and hold its final Music in the Garden session for the summer. But at this space, dedicated to the work of 20th century artist and designer Isamu Noguchi, the end of one season promises the beginning of a new set of rich programming and explorations of the sculptor’s work. Comment
Middle Village

Royals eyeing BQ title run

While the Christ the King roster may have changed and gotten younger, John Fayad’s confidence in his players is unwavering. Comment
On Point

Pols have no right to say which biz should operate in city

Same-sex marriage was legalized by the state Legislature a year ago and, although controversial to many, it is now law. City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) have been leading advocates in the lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender movement. Comment

Abolish the five boro presidents

As imprudent as it was to have cherry trees chopped down in the courtyard of Queens Borough Hall, it is even more imprudent to spend $17 million in difficult economic times on an atrium project (“Boro Hall stripped of woods,” TimesLedger Newspapers, Aug. 16-22). Comment

The Sanitation Hammer

Law-abiding Queens residents are getting slammed by the city Sanitation Department for the harmless offense of putting their trash bins on the curb too early in the day before the scheduled pickup. Comments (1)

Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012

Long Island City

Man dies at LIC gas station after fight, employee arrested

A 28-year-old Flushing man was killed Thursday during a fight at a Long Island City gas station after he attacked an employee who was defending himself, the gas station owner said. Comments (64)
Long Island City

LIC airline snubs Marshall

As JetBlue lit its new, 40-foot sign at its headquarters at Queens Plaza last week, Borough President Helen Marshall was incensed she did not get the chance to speak at the podium before the otherwise celebratory event. Comment

Roddick retires at 2012 US Open while Federer licks wounds

Tennis fans bid farewell to two big names at the 2012 US Open Wednesday, one of them for good. Comment
Forest Hills Gardens

West Side Tennis Club may have chosen a developer

Condos could soon replace courts at a historic tennis stadium in Forest Hills, a source said. Comment

Couple dies in Sunnyside murder-suicide

The daughter of a Sunnyside Filipino couple saw her father standing over her mother’s stabbed body last Thursday before he left the apartment and jumped off the platform of the nearby No. 7 train, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said. Comment

Councilman calls Meng dual citizen

City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) drew sharp criticism from his opponent over recent statements he made about her citizenship. Comment
Queensboro Hill

Messer clashes with Stavisky in lively debate

Democratic Party primary challenger John Messer and state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) traded jabs over gay marriage and term limits in a heated debate last week, although they agreed on some key initiatives, such as job creation, opposition to hydrofracking and support for the state Dream Act. Comments (5)

Parks must hire more officers: Vallone

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) called the city Parks Department’s current policing situation “dangerous” last week, saying the department must hire more parks enforcement patrol officers instead of seasonal staff. Comment
South Jamaica

Wills pledges to help suspect turn himself in

City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) last week called on suspected cop-shooter John Thomas to peacefully turn himself over to the authorities for his own safety and the good of the community. Comment

Foreclosed residence riles up Auburndale

An Auburndale block is fuming over a home in foreclosure that has fallen into disrepair and become a neighborhood eyesore. Comment

Queens victims immortalized in memorial at Ground Zero

Eleven years have gone by and the cityscape has changed drastically, but now there are names, like those of Bayside’s John Thomas Resta and his wife Sylvia San Pio Resta, which will forever be inscribed in Lower Manhattan. Comment
Forest Hills

City to update sewer system in Forest Hills

Flooding along neighborhood streets in Forest Hills had residents calling for a city solution to their watery problems after rain tore through the area earlier this month. Comments (1)

9/11 Memorial Events

Remember Me Run: St. Michael’s is holding a “Remember Me Run” to support the children of those who died from working on the 9/11 World Trade Center pile. There is a $25 fee per participant, but children 10 and under can participate for free. Make all checks payable to the Christopher Santora Scholarship Fund, which was started by Santora’s parents, who lost their son on 9/11 and decided to turn their “mourning into dancing” by creating this fund. Comment
Middle Village

School nets funds to expand

Shovels are finally in the ground at a much-anticipated expansion project at a Middle Village school. Comment

Senator calls for term limits amid Huntley scandal

Following two high-profile ethics cases in Albany, a northeast Queens lawmaker has renewed his push for tougher laws and term limits. Comment
Howard Beach

Senator revs up campaign

State Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) said elected officials have a unique opportunity to bring positive change to the communities they serve, which is why he is seeking re-election to a second term in the 15th Senate District. Comment
Forest Hills

Reyes takes case to Republican voters

Juan Reyes, an attorney and longtime Forest Hills resident, said if he is elected as a state senator, he would focus on growing underdeveloped job sectors in New York to bolster employment and attract the country’s top talent. Comment
Willets Point

Two people hurt in car fire at boro junk yard

WILLETS POINT — The city Fire Department responded to a call of multiple cars on fire in a junkyard at 126-26 Willets Point Blvd. Friday, the Breaking News Network said. Comment
South Richmond Hill

NYPD seeks suspect in robbery of chain (WITH VIDEO)

SOUTH RICHMOND HILL - The NYPD is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect wanted in connection with a robbery on Aug. 23. Comment

Woman who shook baby receives 11 years: Brown

KEW GARDENS — A Corona woman was sentenced to 11 years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty in June to shaking an infant she was baby-sitting, resulting in his death, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Astoria man had multiple weapons in apt.: Police

ASTORIA — A 53-year-old man was arrested and charged with possessing a weapons arsenal in his apartment, at 20-11 Shore Blvd., the NYPD said. Comment
Middle Village

Fernandez leaves CK team for chance at Dartmouth

It was an opportunity Amanni Fernandez couldn’t pass up. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Mary Louis sophomore jump ship to St. Mary’s

Mary Louis’s prized freshmen class from a year ago is no more. Comment

Nonprofits need funds from lottery

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has introduced Senate Bills S.7276 and S.7335, which will create a new lottery scratch-off game, whose proceeds would be dedicated to a new community grant fund. According to the senator, this fund will benefit community groups administering educational, recreational, cultural, senior or veterans programs and those groups providing volunteer ambulance services in our state. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012

South Jamaica

Man stabbed to death inside South Jamaica home

What may have been a dysfunctional relationship came to a bloody end Wednesday morning when a woman allegedly stabbed her boyfriend to death in the South Jamaica home they shared with their with two young boys, the police and neighbors said. Comment
Fresh Meadows

16-year-old student mourned by droves

Grieving friends and family of 16-year-old St. Francis Preparatory school student Daniel Fernandez, who died in an unimaginable accident on a party bus Friday, gathered at Kearns Funeral Home in Rego Park Monday to begin the difficult process of saying goodbye. Comment

Parks employee charged with murdering co-worker: DA

An Ozone Park man who worked for the city Parks Department was charged Wednesday with murdering a co-worker the day before at a recreation center in Flushing, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

State puts 16 borough schools on new poor-performing list

Under a new assessment system, the state Education Department last week identified 16 Queens schools that were failing to help disadvantaged students make progress on state exams. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens Hills

Man charged with swiping silver from boro synagogues

A man who authorities allege was caught on camera stealing several valuable religious artifacts from three Queens synagogues was apprehended by police and arrested last week, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Flushing mother sentenced in murder of 39-yr-old son

A Flushing mother was sentenced to seven years in prison last week for stabbing to death her son, who had pleaded for months that she end his suffering from cerebral palsy. Comment

No rest for stars of US Open who move up ladder to win

Most of America relaxed on Labor Day, but the athletes at the 2012 US Open were not so lucky. Comment
South Jamaica

Jamaica man dies from gunshot wound: Police

SOUTH JAMAICA — Police said a Jamaica man who was shot in the torso in early August succumbed to his injuries last Thursday. Comment

Parks worker killed at Flushing athletic center: NYPD

FLUSHING — A seasonal Parks Department employee allegedly stabbed another worker to death Tuesday at the Al Oerter Recreation Center, the NYPD said. Comment
South Jamaica

South Jamaica boy missing since Sunday

SOUTH JAMAICA — The NYPD was asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 11-year old boy. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012


Man stabbed in Elmhurst: NYPD

A man was stabbed in the abdomen after a dispute near the corner of 97th Place and 42nd Avenue in Elmhurst and taken to Elmhurst Hospital Sunday afternoon, police said. The NYPD said the man was still alive, but Comment
East Elmhurst

Tip of the week

Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012

Fresh Meadows

Francis Prep student killed in bus accident mourned by hundreds during candlelit vigil

Hundreds of mourning students gathered at St. Francis Preparatory in Fresh Meadows Saturday night for a candlelight vigil in remembrance of Daniel Fernandez, a 16-year-old student who died in a horrific accident on a party bus the night before. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012

Fresh Meadows

Francis Prep student killed in bus accident: Port Authority

A 16-year-old boy from Woodside was killed Friday night while on a bus to a Sweet 16 party after sticking his head through an emergency hatch and smashing his head against an overpass, according to the Port Authority. Comments (66)

Elusive Flushing peacock finally captured

The roving Queens peacock was finally caught Friday, and is back at the 4-acre farm he calls home at John Bowne High School in Flushing. Comment


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