Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012


New street name honors Woodside civic founder

The Woodside neighborhood honored one of its fiercest advocates at a street renaming Sunday. Comment
I Sit and Look Out

American education is in dire need of improvement

Readers of this column know I believe I received an excellent education in the city public schools. That continued at City College. Comment

Japanese cuisine with a side of American

Japanese restaurants are a common sight on Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria, but Aji Sushi House serves dishes from the Land of the Rising Sun with an American twist. Comments (1)

Act on noisy LGA flight tests

In view of the arrogance and duplicity of the Federal Aviation Administration — in regard to the “Tennis Climb” departure trial run using the new RNAV navigational system at LaGuardia Airport’s Runway 13, which has environmentally affected Briarwood and other Queens communities from Feb. 13 to Aug. 13 — I recommend that plaintiffs who were medically and/or psychologically affected file a class-action lawsuit in the Eastern District of the U.S. federal court. Comments (1)

Monday, Oct. 8, 2012


Boro Holocaust survivor keeps memories alive

Ethel Katz has already told her story of survival more times than she could ever remember, but her eyes still filled with tears when she was asked once again to share her memories of living through the Holocaust. Comments (2)

Food stamp cuts could leave boro poor hungry

With more people falling below the poverty level in Queens, the unemployment rate remaining high and the sluggish economy showing little signs of a turnaround, New York City’s food bank is worried proposed cuts to the national food stamp program could have a devastating impact on the borough’s poor. Comment
Queens Village

105th’s Finest recognized

Four officers, including three who were struck by a suspect’s car as they tried to make an arrest in August, were given a stirring round of applause last week as they were honored at the 105th Precinct’s community council meeting. Comment
Richmond Hill

Wills hosts quality-of-life forum in Richmond Hill

City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) invited representatives from a number of city agencies to Richmond Hill last week to hear residents’ concerns and help them find the most effective ways to find satisfying resolutions to their complaints. Comment

Elderly Flushing man missing from home since Friday

FLUSHING — Police were seeking the public’s help in locating an 86-year-old Flushing man who went missing Friday. Comments (1)

Tip of the week


CEC 25 to hold education summit for parents

Community Education Council District 25 will be hosting the 2012 Parent Empowerment Summit in Nov. 17, where parents can get information about taking an active role in their child’s education. Comments (19)

Halloran needs to face facts

We know better. At the Sept. 18 Auburndale Civic Association meeting, City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) sang the inaccurate chorus some candidates keep reprising. Comments (1)

Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012


St. Mary’s children get new care center

It was a celebration of accomplishments for the hundreds of onlookers getting their first glimpse at the new patient pavilion at St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children in Bayside — but for the 97 guests of honor, it was a first look at their new home. Comment
Jackson Heights

Untaxed cigs found on Jax Hgts man: DA

A Jackson Heights man has been charged with possessing thousands of untaxed cigarettes and counterfeit tax stamps, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Boro Sikhs, pols petition NYPD to end ban on turbans, beards

Several Sikhs and elected officials in Queens are throwing their support behind a petition urging the NYPD to reform its dress code to allow Sikh employees to wear turbans and beards in accordance with their religious faith. Comments (1)
St. Albans

College-bound youngsters get advice on their next step

Young people from southeast Queens exploring their academic options got a visit, and plenty of advice, from city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott at a college fair in the St. Albans Congregational Church Saturday. Comment
South Ozone Park

S. Ozone man charged in doctor fraud scheme

A 50-year old South Ozone Park man may find 15 years a bitter pill to swallow after he allegedly passed himself off as a Harvard grad with intentions of opening a medical facility in order to steal the identities of six doctors and cash in on their lines of credit, according to the Queens district attorney. Comment

Landing gear kicks in at nick of time over JFK

JAMAICA — Passengers aboard TAM Flight 8078 from Rio de Janeiro got the scare of their lives as their plane prepared to land at John F. Kennedy International Airport last Thursday, the New York Post reported. Comment

Woman found with cocaine sewn in hair: Customs

JAMAICA — A woman from Guyana came to New York with more on her mind than jet lag. Comment
Jamaica Hills

Mary Louis works to overcome early season slump

The plight of the early soccer season for Mary Louis has been to find the scoring complements around star Therese Boyle. Comment
The Civic Scene

Circus arrival causes consternation in Fresh Meadows

The September 2012 Jamaica Estates Monthly Bulletin had an interesting article about vehicle booting, which began July 30. The city Department of Finance will boot a vehicle instead of towing it away if the owner owes more than $350 in parking, red-light camera or bus lane violation tickets. Comment


State Assemblyman Francisco Moya took a bold stand. Comment

MTA has to double check its math

No wonder the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is cash-strapped. Seven percent of $2.25 is 16 cents, making the fare $2.09 — not $1.63, as said by Chairman Joseph Lhota. Comments (1)

Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012


Queens DA investigating fatal shooting of Corona man in traffic stop

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement Friday his office and the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Division would be looking into a police detective’s shooting of an unarmed Corona man who was pulled over on the Grand Central Parkway for a traffic stop. Comments (2)

Friends turn shared tragedy into chance to tackle cancer

The scene could have been just a typical Sunday in late September — family and friends gathered at an Irish bar, watching football surrounded by copious amounts of food and drink. Comment

Simotas slams ‘bikini bar’ for Astoria

With her infant daughter in tow, state Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) led a protest in Woodtree Playground last Thursday against a proposed bikini bar within a minute’s walk. Comments (1)

Creedmoor boss promises Avella better security

Community members are cautiously optimistic that the security situation — or, rather, the lack of security situation — at the Creedmoor Psychiatric Campus in Bellerose is going to improve after meeting with the head of the state’s Office of Mental Health last week. Comment
Rochdale Village

Rochdale LL coach sentenced to 18 yrs.

The 54-year-old man who admitted to using his position as a Little League coach at Rochdale Village to sexually abuse his young players was sentenced to 18 years in jail last week, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced. Comment

Flushing welcomes fall with moon fest

Flushing’s Asian community came together to welcome autumn with the annual Moon Festival at the Queens Botanical Garden Sunday. Comment
Long Island City

Big bucks from Marshall help LaGuardia library expand

LaGuardia Community College is expanding its library to include a new, technologically-advanced second floor and nearly double the student seating, thanks in part to a $6 million donation from Borough President Helen Marshall. Comment
Far Rockaway

Police searching for suspect in A train rob

ROCKAWAY — The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a suspect wanted in connection with a robbery Friday. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm alum Bradley hot in Ryder Cup debut

St. John’s University alumnus Keegan Bradley stole the show in his Ryder Cup debut, pairing with World Golf Hall of Fame member Phil Mickelson to be the only duo to win both of its matches on the opening day of the bi-annual competition, pitting the best golfers from the United States against the best Europe has to offer. Comment
On Point

Use your voting power can clean up Albany of corruption

The depth of corruption in New York politics is unfathomable, so let’s summarize and review the last few months of corruption du jour. Comment

‘A Country of Hope’

Speaking to the hundreds who packed the Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music, Burmese opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was the embodiment of dignity, grace and courage. Comment

Publicize poll site changes

Four years ago, in the U.S. presidential election, voter turnout was higher than usual across most of the country. This year, Americans are once again gearing up to go to the polls Nov. 6 to choose our president. Here in New York City, we must do our part to ensure that the election runs as smoothly as possible for every voter. Comment

Friday, Oct. 5, 2012


Soccer stadium plans announced for Flushing Meadows Corona Park

The commissioner of Major League Soccer met with the Queens press corps Friday morning to discuss the outfit’s plans to build a 25,000-seat stadium on city-owned land in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comments (1)

State fights foreclosures in Qns.

Four Queens nonprofits will receive a share of more than $16 million the state attorney general’s office has set aside this year to assist homeowners in avoiding foreclosure, though it was not certain whether the grants would allow the groups to expand their services or simply compensate for other sources of funding that have run dry. Comment

Civic tries hand at enforcing law on Qns car shops

A city agency rarely disciplines Queens businesses that renege on promises made to the community in exchange for obtaining a zoning variance, according to civic leaders. Comment
Bayside Hills

Bayside’s Joe Lupo remembered fondly

Michael Feiner, president of the Bayside Hills Civic Association, said he has never seen more people line up to say goodbye to a loved one than he had for Joe Lupo, of Flushing, who died suddenly last month of heart complications. Comment
Forest Hills

Flooding relief remains elusive in Forest Hills

Tensions ran high at a town hall meeting in Forest Hills last Thursday, where city Department of Environmental Protection officials offered little hope to people who say rainstorms are flooding their homes and businesses — sometimes with sewage. Comments (1)
College Point

Group against waste station veils donors

A group opposing the city and federal government over construction of a College Point garbage facility near LaGuardia Airport has a policy of keeping its donors anonymous, leading some community members to question who is driving the media blitz about bird strikes. Comments (1)
Queens Village

NYPD warns about burglary patterns in 105th

With the 105th Precinct experiencing a surge in burglaries, authorities are warning neighbors to be on the lookout for two sets of suspects operating on opposite ends of the command’s territory. Comment

Italian pride on display at Columbus Day Parade in Whitestone

Proud Italian-Americans joined residents of all nationalities to celebrate and march in the Columbus Day Parade in Whitestone Saturday morning. Comment
Ozone Park

Endorsements roll in for Addabbo, Ulrich

With slightly more than one month before the November general elections, City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) are ratcheting up endorsements by major city players as they continue to campaign for the Senate seat in the 15th District. Comment
Middle Village

Middle Village woman dies in Brooklyn car crash

MIDDLE VILLAGE — A night out in Brooklyn turned deadly when a young woman was killed in a car accident at the intersection of Johnson Avenue and Varick Street Saturday, police said. Comment

JFK terror scare turns out to be fishermen: Post

JAMAICA — A terrorism scare at John F. Kennedy International Airport Saturday was just another case of accidental trespassing, according to a report in the New York Post. Comment

Astoria native’s romance novel takes readers from streets of neighborhood to the canals of Venice

Author Rosanna Chiofalo’s debut novel, “Bella Fortuna” takes place in the Astoria of her childhood. A warm tribute to her heritage, the book brings to life colorful scenes from her past as a first-generation Italian American daughter of Sicilian parents who emigrated to America in the 1960s. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Bayside nearly snaps 62-game Lewis streak

It’s been some time since Francis Lewis lost a league game, and no team has come closer to ending that streak than rival Bayside. Comments (1)
Fresh Meadows

Versatile Laforgia living up to hype as Prep standout

Jaclyn Laforgia doesn’t have a set job on the court per se. Comment
Political Action

Voter apathy cost Iannece victory in Assembly primary

The 25th state Assembly District, in northeast Queens, which includes East Flushing and Whitestone, was expected to have a fairly quiet Democratic Party primary this year, with community leader Jerry Iannece being successful. Such was not the case. Comments (16)

Depends on What He Means

Depends on What He Means Comment

GOP should dump the Tea Party

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, at a recent Values Voter Summit, made clear his values. He proudly said the conservative movement will never have the elite, smart people on its side, nor colleges and universities because the church and families are all that are necessary. Comments (4)

Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012

East Elmhurst

Officer shoots driver after stop on GCP: NYPD

A detective, who pulled over a car which police said had been driving erratically on the Grand Central Parkway early Thursday, ended up delivering a fatal shot to the driver, the NYPD said. Comment

Civic weighs park and rail plans

Two groups with opposing plans for the abandoned Rockaway rail line clashed with residents in Woodhaven at a special forum Saturday. Comments (2)
Forest Hills

Elderly sisters found dead in apartment: NYPD

Police are investigating the deaths of two elderly sisters, who were found on on the floor of the apartment they shared in Forest Hills Wednesday, according to the NYPD. Comments (4)

RKO owner paying back tax man

The owner of the crumbling RKO Keith’s Theatre in downtown Flushing still owes more than $380,000 in unpaid back taxes and entered into a payment plan earlier this year to prevent the city from putting a lien on the property. Comment
College Point

Linden Place revamp stalled

Community Board 7 has been asking the city to replace a College Point road since 1987 and is wondering why it still has not been done after construction crews began the job several years ago. Comments (1)
South Ozone Park

State wants overhaul in vet practices at Aqueduct

A task force investigating a spike in horse deaths at Aqueduct Racetrack in South Ozone Park last winter is calling for widespread rule changes in veterinary structure and the prohibition of certain drugs. Comment
South Ozone Park

Men admit to forcing 14-year-old into prostitution

Two men pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of forcing a 14-year-old girl to work as a prostitute, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment

Vallone slams corrupt pols

In the wake of charges that outgoing state Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) misused taxpayer dollars, City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) said every nonprofit connected to an elected official should be the subject of scrutiny. Comment

Bayside Hills Civic prez tackles ‘apathy’

Community Board 11 gathered in Bayside Monday night, as it does almost every month, with Chairman Jerry Iannece at the helm. Comment

Avella touts crowded school fix

To address an ongoing issue of too many kids in the classrooms of a Whitestone school, one northeast Queens lawmaker said he worked with the city Department of Education to lower class sizes while keeping the same number of seats at the school. Comments (1)
College Point

College Point reflects on trio of bank heists

The Capital One Bank in College Point seems to be a popular target for stick-up artists, since last month’s failed heist marked the third incident there in a year, according to police, but it did not seem to phase residents who use the lender on a regular basis. Comment

Assembly races heating up

With November’s general election looming, six different races for state Assembly have shaped up throughout Queens, according to the city Board of Elections. Comment

NE Qns voters to pick two House lawmakers

Voters in central and northeast Queens will be choosing two members of Congress in November in newly drawn districts, one of which was carved out of the center of the borough and the other absorbed a few neighborhoods in the northeast into a district largely based in Long Island. Comment

Astoria pols face GOP rivals

While longtime U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) and Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) did not have to contend with a primary contest, both will have challengers in November’s general election for their redrawn districts. Comment

Gim wants to restrict lobbying in Assembly

The Republican candidate for the Flushing state Assembly seat detailed his plan to clean up corruption in Albany this week, while the Democratic hopeful touted a neighborhood lawmaker as an honorary member of his campaign. Comments (2)
College Point

Qns home to unsual crimes

The NYPD was the focus of last week’s College Point Civic/Taxpayer’s Association meeting, where the commanding officer of the 109th Precinct discussed crimes committed in the area and a Manhattan inspector took questions about the department’s police academy under construction near the Whitestone Expressway. Comments (2)
Long Island City

No horse meat at M. Wells

Sarah Obraitis, half of the team behind the much-mourned French-Quebecois diner M. Wells, is furious over a controversy spurred after she and husband Hugue Dufor had considered adding horse meat dishes to their new spot at art institution MoMA PS1. Comments (1)

Community discusses impacts of revised Willets Point project

The real estate firms tapped to redevelop Willets Point held a public meeting last week to solicit input on the potential environmental impacts of the $3 billion project, and many speakers were concerned with the idea of using the borough’s park land to house a large mall. Comments (1)
South Ozone Park

Cops seek suspect in Resorts World armed robbery

SOUTH OZONE PARK — Police were asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect wanted in connection with a gunpoint robbery in the Resorts World Casino parking garage Sept. 16. Comment

Holy Cross stumbles in win

A mental lapse late in the fourth quarter nearly wiped out an impressive showing by Malachi Hoskins, but the defensive end found redemption to earn Holy Cross the win. Comment

Queensbridge teen’s coach fired after trying to memorialize her

Kasim Alston has been fired as the Bishop Loughlin varsity girls’ basketball coach after leading the school to the state Federation Class A title last season, he told TimesLedger Newspapers. Assistant Coach Chez Williams was promoted to the head job. Comment

Do not develop Flushing Meadows

Flushing Meadows Corona Park is the centerpiece of Queens. It was the site for the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs. The recent interest by several organizations to acquire land in the park for development needs to be carefully looked at before any type of major alterations to the park are done. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012


Queensbridge shooting victim comes home

A 15-year-old Queensbridge girl who was shot in the hand by a stray bullet Sept. 23 was welcomed home Monday afternoon with a march against gun violence in her community. Comment

Relatives of George Gibbons praise plan for street renaming

The beloved Maspeth bar owner killed by a wrong-way driver close to a year ago might soon have his name immortalized on the street where he grew up. Comment

Gotti Jr. attends fund-raiser for Astoria senate hopeful

A fund-raiser for Republican Astoria state Senate candidate Aurelio “Tony” Arcabascio, held this weekend at a Long Island pizzeria, had a visitor in John Gotti Jr., son of the notorious Gambino crime family mob boss. Comment

Port Authority to discuss JFK runway extension at meet

A southeast Queens environmental group with a backyard view of John F. Kennedy International Airport has successfully lobbied Port Authority officials to hear the public’s comments on a plan to extend one of the airport’s runways closer toward protected wetlands and residential neighborhoods. Comment

Lipsky gets 3-month sentence after cooperating with feds

The prominent lobbyist sentenced last week to three months in prison for bribing a state senator was involved in several Queens issues, and some in the borough’s political circles wonder what he told federal investigators, since court documents showed he cooperated to get a lesser sentence. Comment

JetBlue breaks ground on expansion at JFK

JetBlue Airways broke ground Monday morning on an extension project to its terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Comment
Little Neck

Lawmakers protest DOE deals with large agencies for special education

Northeast Queens lawmakers have joined forces with education advocates to protest a city move that they said could cost specialneeds students time in the classroom. Comments (2)

Senior who police say threatened to light himself on fire attended Assembly candidate’s event

The Bayside man who threatened to set himself on fire in a Flushing garden last week is the latest associate of a Flushing state Assembly candidate to have a run-in with authorities, according to the NYPD. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Redzematovic becomes Terriers’ top all-time goal scorer

For St. Francis Prep senior Kenny Redzematovic, the rise to the top of his school’s all-time goal scoring list wasn’t entirely an individual achievement. Comment
Far Rockaway

Sick dolphin dies on Rockaway Beach: Post

ROCKAWAY — The New York Post reported an emaciated dolphin that washed up on Rockaway Beach Friday died from its injuries the next day. Comment
Kew Gardens

Popular staples join Queens Restaurant Week

Local epicures and other connoisseurs of fine cuisine will want to take note: Queens’ ninth annual Restaurant Week will commence this year from Oct. 8-11 and Oct. 15-18, featuring more than 100 local restaurants in more than 30 neighborhoods across the borough. The majority of eateries will offer three-course, prix fixe meals for $25 but specials may vary. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012


Bayside’s Glazer commits to Marist soccer

D.J. Glazer has just accomplished what her father strived to do. Comment


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