Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012

South Jamaica

Hip boutique opens doors in S. Jamaica

A new boutique and jewelry store on Sutphin Boulevard in South Jamaica doubles as a showcase for independent designers, and should be on the radar for anyone wanting to pick up some unique fashion accessories, as the name implies. Comments (1)

Monday, Sept. 17, 2012


Jamaica teacher admits to sex act with student

A former eighth-grade teacher at Jamaica’s Susan B. Anthony School is facing a six-month prison sentence after he pleaded guilty last Thursday to having inappropriate sexual contact with a 13-year-old female student, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced. Comment

De Blasio says water payment plan favors DEP

Customers who receive abnormally high water bills and enter into a payment program with the city Department of Environmental Protection to pay off what they owe forfeit their right to dispute their bills, a fact underlined in a new city public advocate’s guide to understanding and contesting water bills. Comment
Breezy Point

Tip of the week


Keep good teachers, pay them well

As the new school year begins, thousands of teachers will be returning to classrooms, gearing up for another busy school year. Comments (2)

Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012

Howard Beach

Addabbo’s war chest revealed in campaign filing

As he awaits a Republican challenger to be chosen by voters for his state Senate seat, Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) is gearing up for the November election after disclosing his campaign finances. Comments (7)

Council districts redrawn

The city Districting Commission released its preliminary draft of the redrawn 51 City Council districts last week, setting the stage for a battle over representation from some minority groups in Queens that want new lines to encompass their ethnic communities. Comment

Suggested City Council districts leave Astoria intact, nix Rikers

Astoria is split in half in New York’s new state Senate and congressional lines, but the proposed City Council district leaves the neighborhood largely in one piece. Comment

CB 11 approves CVS variance in Douglaston

A CVS Pharmacy in Douglaston saw its variance renewed, allowing the drugstore to continue to operate in a residential zone among a series of other actions at the September meeting of Community Board 11 Monday. Comment

Workers file charge against St. Mary’s

As a labor dispute continues, workers filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board against Bayside’s St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital, accusing the facility of withholding financial information related to contract negotiations. Comment

Halloran opens Glendale office in bid for Rep. Ackerman’s seat

Nearly two months before voters in northeast Queens’ 6th Congressional District cast their ballots, Republican candidate and City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) opened his campaign office Saturday in Glendale. Comment
South Jamaica

Father assaulted by son with meat cleaver: Report

SOUTH JAMAICA — A South Jamaica man who allegedly tried to hurt his father with a meat cleaver in their home at Guy R. Brewer Boulevard near Liberty Avenue was arrested, the New York Post reported. Comment
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s on top of Big Apple women’s soccer

The St. John’s women’s soccer team took its place as the top program in New York City Sunday night as the Red Storm capped off its two-game, two-borough road trip with a 2-1 overtime win at Columbia. Comment

O.J. Simpson ‘dream team’ lawyer a native of Queens

Defense attorney Barry Scheck was a member of O.J. Simpson’s “dream team” of lawyers in his 1995 murder trial and is also a founder of The Innocence Project, which exonerates falsely accused criminals using DNA evidence. Comments (1)

A Dollar and a Scheme

On the state government side alone, there is Lotto, Mega Millions, Power Ball, Take Five, Win 4 and more than 60 scratch-off games ranging from $1 to $20. They only make a profit for the state because people lose more than they win. Comment

Reader grateful to former York president

I had taught as an adjunct lecturer of human physiology at York College from 1983-84. Surprisingly, last year — 28 years later from having written on the chalkboard at York — I received an e-mail from the York College Library informing me that the college was honoring me in its 40 Years of Faculty Scholarship display for my 2000 book “Mathematical Logic and the Philosophy of God and Man,” from 1st Books Library. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012


Council urges South Asians to action at Town Hall

The South Asian Queens community, especially Sikhs, have been targeted because of prejudice and struggle to find a political voice. Comment
Forest Hills

Club may find suitor for its tennis stadium

Residents living within walking distance of the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium want the structure to remain, but they want it fixed up and they would rather not have concerts on the list of events. Comments (1)
South Jamaica

Man stabbed to death in S. Jamaica home: Police

A South Jamaica home with a history of domestic discord was the site of a bloody murder last week when a woman allegedly stabbed her boyfriend to death in the house they shared with two young children, police and neighbors said. Comments (36)

Vallone wants bill to curb salesmen

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) said he plans to introduce legislation to stop salespeople from knocking on the doors of residents who want them to scram. Comment

Fake plastic surgeon worked out of Corona spa: AG

A Florida man who posed as a plastic surgeon admitted to recruiting women out of a Corona spa for illegal operations, which left them scarred and disfigured, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office said. Comment

Missing boy, 15, from Hollis found: Police

HOLLIS — A 15-year-old boy who had gone missing in Hollis has been found, police said. Comments (3)

Officer in city agency in custody for DWI

ASTORIA — A city Department of Correction officer was arrested Sunday on a DWI charge, police said. Comments (2)
The Play’s the Thing

Queens deserves another dedicated theater space

Does Queens have the theater it deserves? Considering that our borough is more than one-third the area of New York City with a population, if the last census really counted everyone, of about 2.25 million, are we a major player? Not that we don’t have a lot of theater companies — Roger Gonzalez on his new-and improved site lists almost 30 — but how do we stack up against the competition? Comment
Middle Village

CK’s Sierra Calhoun gets her shot at college stardom

The list of suitors is piling up and falling into place for Sierra Calhoun. Comment
I Sit and Look Out

Air conditioning has brought us in from the fire escape

Readers know I was born before some of the technological wonders of today’s world, including the computer. Comment

Stop the Union Bashing

It could be dismissed as the kind of meaningless rhetoric that surfaces every four years at the Republican National Convention. Speaker after speaker came to the podium in Tampa to take pot shots at the nation’s labor unions. Comment

Cable firm must get its act together

Time Warner Cable customers who experience a loss of Internet, television or phone service will now have to wait 10 days for a technician to visit their homes. Subscribers who attempt to replace defective equipment at the Time Warner Cable walk-in center, in the Queens Center Mall, are required to take a number and in some instances have been forced to endure a four-hour wait before seeing a customer service representative. Comments (3)

Friday, Sept. 14, 2012


BID shows off Bell to attract new biz

No appointments were necessary. Comment

Boro sister kills brother: Cops

A young Woodhaven woman was arraigned on charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon Sunday after she allegedly stabbed her half brother, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comments (5)

Stray cats bother Baysiders

An influx of stray cats near one Bayside community prompted one neighbor to stand up at the Community Board 11 meeting Monday and call for help. Comments (12)
New Hyde Park

City needs to reduce population of mosquitoes in Queens: Civics

Bellerose resident Angela Augugliaro says mosquitoes are so bad in her neighborhood she can barely go outside. Comments (1)
South Ozone Park

Sex offenders residing at shelter near PS 124

More than 20 sex offenders are living in a South Ozone Park shelter that is 1,000 feet away from PS 124, according to the New York state sex offender registry. Comments (9)

USTA’s ball people worked hard to keep players happy

Champions have come and gone at the US Open, but a Forest Hills man has spent nearly half of his life returning to the court as a ball boy. Comment

Neighbors say shut house

Residents tired of an abandoned house in Woodhaven and the negative element it attracts to their neighborhood are calling on city officials to close it up for good. Comment

Exhibit celebrates 150th anniversary of Flushing Town Hall

Flushing Town Hall has worn many hats in its 150 years, but its latest incarnation may be the one that most resembles the first. Comment
Long Island City

Cops on the hunt for LIC bicycle assaulter

LONG ISLAND CITY — Police were looking for a man who rode up to a woman while riding a bicycle, hit her and tried to sexually assault her, the NYPD said. Comment

A composition for the ages

Boxes upon boxes of music and memories line the inside of William Zinn’s Bayside home. With a history like his, the longtime composer and performer has become well-versed in the language of music. Comment

Queens’ own Machado heads to join Jeremy Lin in Houston

Scott Machado, the former Iona College point guard who went undrafted despite leading the nation in assists, agreed to a partially guaranteed, three-year contract for the league minimum with the Houston Rockets last week. Comment
The Civic Scene

Public schools in the city need to overcome problems

As our public schools open, they again face the problems not faced by private and charter schools. Students are either excluded or put out when they cause trouble. Comment

Swimming in the Tea Potty

He may have endeared himself to the Tea Party, but City Councilman Dan Halloran called his own judgment and character into question when he referred to state Assemblywoman Grace Meng as a “Chinese national” and said he suspected her of having dual citizenship. Comments (40)

Recycling, renewables important to protecting the planet

In Bayside, I find the chore of separating garbage relatively pleasurable — relatively, compared to out east. In Amagansett, on the east end of Long Island, we pay $50 each year for the privilege of separating our garbage, glass, plastics and paper. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012


Primary Day Live Blog

TimesLedger Newspapers will be blogging from the polls Thursday during the primary in Queens. Comment

Avella tour remembers 9/11 heroes

The mood was somber as state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) fastened a red, white and blue wreath onto a quiet Whitestone street sign alongside the mother of a fallen U.S. Army private during his journey Monday to 24 intersections renamed for Sept. 11 heroes in northeast Queens, Comments (2)

Quiet ceremony marks 9/11

Twin sisters Amanda and Emily Ortiz smiled as they posed for photos with family friends at the 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero Tuesday morning. The young girls from Whitestone were just 5 months old when their father, Emilio, perished in the attack on the World Trade Center 11 years ago. Comment

Boro pols slam FAA for noisy flight testing

Queens officials gave the Federal Aviation Administration an earful Monday night after the agency failed to inform the borough about a change in flight patterns, which have generated a litany of noise complaints from Bayside and Whitestone. Comment

Maspeth holds 11th annual ceremony for 9/11 fallen

As the skies cleared from the morning’s storm and wind Saturday, more than 100 people gathered inside Squad 288/Hazmat 1 in Maspeth to honor and remember those from the firehouse killed during the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Prep party bus lacked NJ size permit: DOT

The bus company that transported a Woodside teenager who died after sticking his head through a second-floor escape hatch said the vehicle fit easily under the underpass, but the New Jersey DOT said the bus may have been so large that it required a special permit, which it did not have. Comments (3)

DOE cuts off tutoring firm for Bowne HS

A tutoring company heavily involved in a Flushing high school was the subject of a May audit from city Comptroller John Liu, and it was pulled from doing business with the city this week after a separate inquiry by the city Department of Education. Comments (1)
Springfield Gardens

Springfield Gdns. man with knife killed by police

Relatives of a 27-year-old man, who the NYPD said had held a knife to his own neck before he was fatally shot by police, were still planning funeral arrangements Tuesday for the new father. Comment

US Open caps unofficial end of summer

Monday’s finals at the 2012 US Open concluded two weeks of tennis, although fans found enjoyment on and off the court throughout the event. Comment
Middle Village

MidVil park spoiled by teenage vandals

A lack of park patrol is turning Juniper Valley Park into a scene of underage drinking, trash and vandalism, according to a Middle Village civic group. Comment
South Jamaica

Shooting suspect surrenders

The man accused of shooting a plainclothes police officer not far from the South Jamaica Houses last month was hit with an additional, unrelated attempted murder charge Monday after he turned himself in to authorities the night before. Comment
Cambria Heights

City plans to add to Cambria Heights elementary school

For more than a decade now the pair of red, double-wide trailers perched alongside PS 176 in Cambria Heights has served as a sign of the school’s growth. Comments (1)
Middle Village

Zadroga Act altered to cover cancer cost

Many Queens residents had loved ones who died in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and some know people who continue to die from the complications of that fateful day. Comment

Waters rise in Glendale as rain returns to area

The severe storm that blew through Queens over the weekend brought a rare tornado to the borough but also some all-too-familiar flooding to Glendale. Comment
East Elmhurst

E. Elmhurst car washers vote for union

Workers at an East Elmhurst car wash who previously rallied for better working conditions voted 21-5 Saturday to join the international Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, becoming the first car wash workers outside Los Angeles to do so. Comment

Flushing dance show driven by Korean rhythms

A nuanced flicker of raised hands flew high above a graceful dancer’s head as instrumental Korean Sanjo music built the tempo in the theater of Flushing Town Hall. The Saturday evening performance of Yusun and Hosun Kang’s Traditional Dance and Beyond by the Korean Traditional Music and Dance Institute had begun and would proceed to spellbind the audience. Comments (1)
Rego Park

Cops on the lookout for Rego Park deli stabber

REGO PARK — Police are looking for a man who followed another man into a Rego Park deli and stabbed him multiple times in the buttocks, the NYPD said. Comment

Holy Cross alumnus leads Cowboys win

Dallas Cowboys receiver Kevin Ogletree has made it known to those close to him that this season needs to be a big one. Comment

Young Cardozo gets ready

Cardozo might be the two-time defending girls’ volleyball champion in the PSAL, but a younger roster and tough competition will make chances at a three-peat more difficult for Coach Daniel Scarola and the Judges this season. Comment
Political Action

Ulrich seeks to beat Reyes and unseat Addabbo for Senate

The 15th state Senate District, in western Queens, was represented by Republican Sen. Serf Maltese for more than 20 years during his 10 terms in office up to 2008, when City Councilman Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) won the seat. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012


Passenger attacks two others with a knife in Jamaica subway station: MTA

An argument that started onboard the J Train ended when a disgruntled passenger slashed two others with a knife as they rode a crowded escalator inside the Jamaica subway station, according to the MTA. Comment

Officials condemn racial slur painted on Flushing property

Lawmakers denounced racist graffiti left on a Flushing storefront that will house the future Mitchell-Linden branch of the Queens Public Library as well as a van parked nearby belonging to a Chinese newspaper and offered a cash reward to try and help find the perpetrator. Comment

Huntley supporter says case racially motivated

The primary election got a jolt Tuesday after a supporter of state Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) distributed leaflets claiming the indicted senator is the victim of racially motivated actions by the state attorney general. Comment

Bengali ballots not ready for primary

The city violated the federal Voting Rights Act by acting too slowly on a 2011 requirement to provide ballots in a South Asian language and delaying them until 2013, according to a complaint filed by a nonprofit this week. Comments (1)
Breezy Point

Breezy Point tornado damages 16 cabanas

The tornado that tore through Breezy Point Saturday with winds of up to 70 miles per hour left behind a wake of damage that is still being cleaned up at a seaside beach club. Comment
St. Albans

Senior week turns ten in SE Queens

Senior Appreciation Week is getting old. Comment

Gov’t has been wiretapping Liu since 2009 over contributions

Lawyers for two people charged with funneling illegal campaign contributions to City Comptroller John Liu’s war chest revealed Monday the government has been investigating Liu and his advisers since 2009 and contend “desperate” government agents have been targeting the campaign without producing any proof of wrongdoing. Comment
Bayside Hills

Iannece, Rozic gain support after controversy

Democratic primary candidates hoping to represent the seat currently held by state Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) pulled in endorsements in the wake of a fracas involving a neighborhood civic organization’s controversial blog post. Comments (6)
St. Albans

Walcott visits Eagle Academy on first day of new school year

City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott made a stop at a unique school in southeast Queens last week as he toured the five boroughs for the first day of school. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Worker in custody after Gulf fight

The family of a 28-year-old Flushing man, who died in a fight with a Long Island City gas station attendant last Thursday, disputed the owner’s contention that his worker was defending himself. Comments (4)

Group seeks to register Asian voters in Queens

Asian-American residents of Queens are a sleeping political force, and a group of civic and nonprofit groups announced a plan last week to tap into that power for upcoming state and federal elections. Comment
Ozone Park

Ulrich outearns, outspends Reyes in primary

Over the last month leading up to the state primaries Thursday, City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and Forest Hills attorney Juan Reyes ramped up their campaigns to win Queens’ 15th Senate District. Comment

Employee at Kaufman caught with pot: Police

ASTORIA — An electrician for Kaufman Astoria Studios was arrested last Thursday after he allegedly had about 10 pounds of marijuana shipped to his workplace, police said. Comment
Fresh Meadows

St. Francis Prep gears up for run at state crown

Seniors Kelly Flynn, Kiara Pierre and Kendra McCalla have known nothing but winning during their three years at St. Francis Prep. Still, the trio never expects a coronation each season despite the Terriers’ abundance of talent. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012


State Senate District 10 candidates

State Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) is seeking her fourth term in office. She sits on the Agriculture, Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Codes, Consumer Protection, Education, Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Social Services, State-Native American Relations and Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committees. She is a member of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus. Huntley had served as president of Community School Board 28. Comment

State Senate District 16 candidates

John Messer is an Oakland Gardens businessman and lawyer who has also worked as a project manager at the city Economic Development Corp. He draws on his experience running multiple companies as to why he has a pulse on the state’s economic climate. Messer’s main message is to bolster the state economy by making it easier to run a small business through tax reform and simplifying regulation. He also is a supporter of immigration reform to include more people in the state’s economy. Comment

Assembly District 40 candidates

Ethel Chen, a retired librarian and law school graduate, who said her experience working with people will help her in the Assembly. The longtime Flushing resident said her priorities if elected are to protect seniors, fight for the fair share of the state budget and promote education. Comment

Assembly District 25 candidates

Bayside Hills resident and Community Board 11 Chairman Jerry Iannece said he thought the redrawn 25th Assembly district lines make him a perfect fit for the area, including Fresh Meadows, where he works as an attorney. With an endorsement from the Queens Democratic Party, he said his experience speaks for itself. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

State Senate District 15 candidates

Forest Hills attorney Juan Reyes says if elected he will make New York business-friendly again. Reyes previously worked for U.S. Sen. Bob Dole, former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and is currently a partner at Reed Smith LLP specializing on land use and zoning issues. His priorities include fighting increases in taxes and the minimum wage and cutting the costs of public projects. Comment

Assembly District 38 candidates

Political newcomer Etienne David Adorno says the district is ready for a new leadership. The 27-year-old from Woodhaven is a member of the Woodhaven Block Association and serves on the Consumer Affairs and Public Safety Committee for Community Board 9. He was also budget liaison for Councilman Robert Jackson (D-Manhattan). Comment
Queens Village

Assembly District 33 candidates

Assemblywoman Barbara Clark (D-Queens Village) is seeking a 14th term in office. She serves as the Deputy Majority Whip of the Assembly and sits on the Education, Labor, Rules, Children and Families and Libraries and Education Technology committees. Comment

Monday, Sept. 10, 2012

South Jamaica

Alleged cop-shooter surrenders in South Jamaica

John Thomas, the suspected cop-shooter police have been searching for over the last month, turned himself over to the authorities Sunday evening, the NYPD said. Comment

Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012

Breezy Point

Tornado touches down in Breezy Point

For the patrons of the Breezy Point Surf Club, Saturday’s tornado was the best possible time for a twister to touch down in the western most tip of the Rockaway peninsula. Comment

Woodhaven teen charged in her brother’s murder: Police

A young Woodhaven woman was arrested Saturday after she allegedly stabbed her brother to death, police said. Comments (3)
Springfield Gardens

Springfield Gardens man with knife shot and killed by police: NYPD

A 27-year-old man, who had held a knife to his own neck, was fatally shot in his Springfield Gardens home by police Friday afternoon, the NYPD and the man’s relatives said. Comments (6)


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