Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012


Habana Hut offers respite for cigar lovers

Bell Boulevard has always been known to be bustling with bars and other local hangouts, but there is only one place in Bayside where locals, business people and others can go to fulfill an alternative desire. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012


PS 85 welcomes new learning garden in school playground

Three Astoria schools now have gardens in their playgrounds in the latest project to come out of Con Edison’s $63 million settlement for the 2006 blackout. Comment

City must prune park, street trees

As the seasons transition from summer to autumn, it is important for the city Parks Department to prune many of the trees in the city’s parks and along city streets. While every tree cannot be pruned, there are those that are in serious need of pruning to reduce the risk of injury to people or damage to property. Comment

Monday, Oct. 15, 2012


Walcott praises new Elmhurst charter aimed at students learning English

A new charter middle school in Elmhurst aimed at helping children to learn English as a second language celebrated its first 30 days Friday with a ribbon-cutting and visit from city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott. Comment

From Bell Boulevard to bookshelves, Flushing children’s author shares story of hope, ambition

When he was just a boy growing up in Italy, Mario Trimoglie said his father told him that in America, dreams could come true. Comment

Cops seek public’s help in finding missing woman

FLUSHING — Police were asking for the public’s help in locating a woman who has been missing since last week. Comment

More must be done to clean up politics

For three of the most powerful men in our state to be involved in using $103,000 to quiet several female staffers and include $32,000, supposedly provided by the accused, proves there is something wrong and that this should be looked into immediately. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012


Group fights flight noise in Bayside

A group of activists in northeast Queens have banded together to coordinate efforts against the rising volume of airline noise affecting their area. Comments (11)
South Ozone Park

Chef from Astoria wins $1M by playing state’s Powerball

An unemployed Greek chef from Astoria was one of several lucky winners of the New York State Lottery recognized at Resorts World Casino in South Ozone Park last Thursday. Comments (1)
College Point

EDC project delaying park in College Pt.: Civics

The years-long delay for a College Point road repair is also holding up the construction of a nearby sports facility, according to a neighborhood civic organization. Comment

Truck traffic and pollution under fire in new Avella bill

A lawmaker in northeast Queens has proposed a piece of legislation aimed at curbing illegal truck traffic on residential streets by allowing authorities to seize vehicles of drivers who repeatedly break the law. Comment

Man’s decomposed body found in Kissena Park

FLUSHING — Police found the badly decomposed body of an unidentified man in Kissena Park last week, according to the NYPD. Comment
Long Island City

LIC businesses mourn exodus of FreshDirect

Borden Avenue businesses said they would be sorry to lose FreshDirect, an online supermarket that has received millions in city and state subsidies to move to the Bronx for its expansion. Comments (1)

Man stole cellphone from woman on train: Police (WITH VIDEO)

JAMAICA — Police were asking for the public’s help in locating a man suspected of stealing a woman’s cell phone on an E train at the Jamaica-Van Wyck subway station Sept. 20, authorities said. Comment

Burundi dancers perform at York College

The Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi showcase their energy, musicianship and heritage during a performance at York College Oct. 2. The show, called “Two Acts,” featured continuous dancing and drum beats and was divided into two 42-minute acts. Comment
The Play’s the Thing

Theatre Time’s back, don’t forget the Mallomars

Mallomars are back and so is Theatre Time Productions. But unlike those addictive chocolate-coated marshmallow treats (absent during the summer) that give you a sugar high, Theatre Time can give you a rush of pleasure any season without causing an overdose. Comment
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s Bedoya lifts up team after red card against UConn

Danny Bedoya was determined to make his first home start a memorable one. Comment

Fight tobacco ads aimed at kids

It is the start of a new school year for thousands of Queens children. As children are walking to school this semester, I think it is important to think about what they are passing by on their way to school. Comment

Waiting for Answers

The police shooting last week of an unarmed man on the Grand Central Parkway raises questions that need to be answered. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012

South Ozone Park

Resorts World pans criticism of hirings

The city’s first casino is defending its employment numbers after accusations by civic groups that the company did not hire enough employees from Queens. Comment

Soccer group outlines Qns stadium plans

Major League Soccer rolled out the preliminary outline last week for its plan to construct a 25,000-seat stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment
South Jamaica

Erica Ford’s LIFE Camp celebrates 10th anniversary

Erica Ford celebrated the 10th anniversary of her anti-violence group LIFE Camp with a barbecue at her new South Jamaica office Monday, where community members shared not only stories of loss but ones of inspiration and healing. Comment

Salon staff scores settlement

A pair of Flushing nail salon workers scored some payback against an employer who allegedly canned them for complaining about substandard working conditions, they announced this week, setting what one nonprofit called a legal precedent that could change the fortunes for low-wage workers across the city. Comment

NE Queens schools score highest in citywide DOE growth reports

District 26 schools in northeast Queens had a reason to celebrate as city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott released this year’s elementary and middle school progress reports, putting the district at the top of the borough, which scored best in the entire city. Comment
Kew Gardens

Boro weighs in on city transit future

What projects would Queens residents like to see incorporated into the city’s next transportation plan? the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council asked the public at an open house at the borough president’s office last Thursday. Comment
Broad Channel

City ups boro senior outreach

As the elderly population grows at a fast rate in the borough and throughout the city, the city Office of Emergency Management is increasing its efforts to inform seniors who live in hurricane evacuation zones about what steps they need to take to remain safe during floods. Comment
South Ozone Park

Duo pleads guilty to prostituting teenage girl: Brown

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said two men’s recent guilty pleas of forcing a 14-year-old into prostitution is the latest of eight sex trafficking convictions obtained by his office since tougher penalties for such crimes took effect in 2007. Comment

Pair steal gold necklace, then shoot man: NYPD

ASTORIA — The NYPD was seeking information about two suspects wanted in connection with a robbery and assault in the 114th Precinct, according to the NYPD. Comment

Spruce up fall in Queens

The crunch of fallen leaves and brisk air herald another New York City autumn, and in Queens, Forest and Cunningham parks are transforming into vibrant fall postcards. Comment
Jamaica Estates

SJU tennis has another strong weekend

The St. John’s University men’s tennis team concluded yet another impressive weekend of play this time across the East River at the Columbia Fall Classic, where senior Mike Lampa and sophomores Hugo Morth and Mark Mozer each advanced to the semifinals of their respective singles brackets. Comment

Jamaica army officer maintains innocence in ‘70 triple murder

Jeffrey Robert MacDonald, a former U.S. Army doctor, is best known for allegedly murdering his pregnant wife and two young daughters in 1970. Comment

Raise minimum wage to help struggling families succeed

More of today’s families need to be two-income households to make ends meet, whether they are single parents, providing homes for older and unemployed children or caring for sick or elderly loved ones. They all need and want many of the same things — especially good jobs. Comment

Second Thoughts about New Runway

We welcome the decision by the Port Authority to hold a public hearing on its plan to extend one of John F. Kennedy International Airport’s runways closer to protected wetlands and residential neighborhoods. Comment

Friday, Oct. 12, 2012

Long Island City

Undocumented immigrants find support from CUNY and Council

Starting this month, the City University of New York will offer free help applying for deferred action — a new federal program that grants temporary legal status to some undocumented immigrants so they may stay in the country and go to school or work without fear of deportation — at City Council members’ offices for all who are eligible. Comments (3)

Sunnyside councilman calls for increased regulations on gun sales

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) introduced five resolutions calling for stricter gun control last week in response to two recent shootings in the Queensbridge Houses. Comments (17)

Southeast Qns sounds off on JFK runway

The Port Authority got an earful last week when residents of southeast Queens finally got their chance to sound off the agency’s plan to extend one of John F. Kennedy International Airport’s runways closer to residential neighborhoods. Comment

Lawmakers weigh use of campaign funds to help struggling boro nonprofits

Some Queens state legislators said using campaign funds to donate money to struggling local nonprofits is not necessarily a good practice — even though campaign records indicate many engage in the activity. Comment

Letter Carriers endorse Avella in re-election race

Endorsements have continued to pile up for candidates running for state Senate in northeast Queens, with the latest endorsement coming from postal workers in support of the 11th Senate District’s Democratic incumbent. Comments (1)

Concannon launches Senate bid in Bayside

State Senate hopeful Joseph Concannon said that, if elected, he will focus on reducing crime and taxes and bringing new jobs into the community at an opening celebration at his new campaign headquarters in Bayside Saturday. Comment

Bellerose tree sparks fight between neighbors

A stately, 100-year-old Black Locust tree has sparked a war between two neighbors in Bellerose, with one man claiming the tree’s roots damaged his property and one woman worried that clearing the roots would cause the massive tree to topple over. Comments (4)

John Bowne students get schooled in science of syrup

Student farmers at John Bowne High School in Flushing were visited last week by a mobile truck dispensing maple syrup cotton candy along with doses of education about a burgeoning Empire State commodity. Comment

Captain leaves 111th for Flushing precinct

The new executive officer at the 109th Precinct aims to use his own immigrant experience to help connect with the diverse population he will help protect. Comment
Long Island City

Woman stole pocketbook, used credit card: NYPD

LONG ISLAND CITY — Police were searching for a woman suspected of grand larceny, the NYPD said. Comment

Eight hurt in Cross Island crash: BNN

BAYSIDE — A north-bound vehicle overturned on Cross Island Parkway by Northern Boulevard on Sunday, the Breaking News Network reported. Eight people were injured in the crash, according to BNN. Comment
Flushing Times

Police seek suspect in bank robbery in Briarwood

BRIARWOOD — Police were asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man suspected of robbing a bank May 4. Comment

Jazz ensemble led by Bern Nix hits Voelker Orth

The Voelker Orth Museum will be offering up some complex jazz on Oct. 14, as the Bern Nix Trio performs in the venue’s Victorian Garden at 3 p.m. The ensemble, led by jazz guitarist Nix, moves between set compositions and improvisational experiments, promising visitors an engaging, if unpredictable, show. Comment
Cambria Heights

Campus Magnet football plagued by turnovers in loss

Eric Barnett preaches the concept of ball security to his team, but it appears his words fell upon deaf ears after the Bulldogs’ showing against Port Richmond. Comment
Forest Hills

Forest Hills soccer mounts comeback over rival LIC

Kayra Isdith had already twice failed to score on breakaways as she slipped past the sweeper to get one-on-one with the goalie. Comment

Show the Donor List

Concerns have been raised about anonymous donors backing an organization opposed to the construction of a waste transfer facility on the waterfront in College Point. Comments (1)

Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012

Kew Gardens

DA meets with mother of man killed on GCP

Cecilia Reyes, the Corona mother of an unarmed National Guardsman who was shot by an Emergency Services Unit detective during a traffic stop last week, said after a meeting with Queens District Attorney Richard Brown Thursday that she believed she would get “justice” for her son’s death. Comment

Meeks pal pleads guilty to fraud

A real estate agent with questionable ties to U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) pleaded guilty Wednesday to defrauding financial institutions in order to obtain mortgages for homes in southeast Queens. Comment
Long Island City

City gets $71M for CUNY

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) visited LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City last week to announce that the city had at last allocated $71 million for needed repairs to City University of New York colleges, including critical projects at LaGuardia and Queensborough Community College. Comment

Officials want neo-Nazi set out of Astoria

City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio denounced the Golden Dawn, a neo-Nazi party native to Greece, for its plans to move into New York and distributing hate literature in Astoria. Comments (16)

Campaign filings at core of Halloran, Meng flap

Two candidates for the congressional seat based in Queens traded more barbs this week after violations from one candidate’s past elections surfaced and could land him in legal trouble, according to the state Board of Elections. Comment
Richmond Hill

Man fatally shot after Rich Hill fight: Witnesses

Police were investigating a shooting that left one man dead and another injured after a brawl in a Richmond Hill billiards hall early Saturday morning, according to the NYPD and witnesses. As of Tuesday, no one had been arrested, according to the NYPD. Comment

Braunstein battles apartment complex management to bar intruders

Ongoing security concerns inside and beneath a Bayside housing complex have not yet been addressed due to the management’s unwillingness to cooperate, according to one northeast Queens lawmaker. Comments (1)
Howard Beach

Poll shows Addabbo leads Ulrich by slim margin

Just weeks before voters cast their ballots, opponents in the 15th state Senate District race are locked in a virtual tie, according to a new Siena College poll released Monday. Comment

Rozic, Fuchs outline plans in Assembly race

Candidates running for the state Assembly seat currently held by Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) in the 25th District have begun collecting endorsements as they take their messages to the public this week. Comments (1)
Fresh Meadows

Lancman bides time before mulling Council run

State Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) said at a harvest season celebration at his Fresh Meadows home Sunday he will not make a final decision about a potential future run for another New York government office until the end of the current election cycle. Comment

Boro pre-foreclosures approach record high

The number of newly foreclosed homes in Queens fell to its lowest point in two years during the third quarter of 2012, according to a recent report, but experts warn the new figures do not indicate a light at the end of the tunnel for struggling borough homeowners. Comment

United Black Men of Qns to award 15 scholarships

Taking a break from his biology studies at Penn State University, 18-year-old Clinton Aiyedun said he would not be the young man he is today were it not for his mentors at the United Black Men of Queens. Comment
Long Island City

LIC celebrates site for library due in ‘15

The Hunters Point’s library will not be open until 2015, but at the dedication ceremony for its site Friday, Queens Library and elected officials spoke as if they had reached the end of a long journey. Comment

Cops looking for suspect in Queensbridge shooting

QUEENSBRIDGE — A woman was shot on the corner of 12th Street and 40th Avenue in Long Island City around 10:45 p.m. last week, according to the Breaking News Network. Comment
Middle Village

CK gets first football season win over Spellman

Jordan Fuchs was wearing loud, bright orange cleats Saturday afternoon, but the senior star stood out for more than that in Christ the King’s 28-0 win over host Cardinal Spellman in a CHSFL Class AA-A game. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012


Ridgewood man sought in soccer coach stabbing death: Police (WITH VIDEO)

A Ridgewood man wanted in connection to the stabbing death of a youth soccer coach for the New York Red Bulls has fled the country to Mexico, the NYPD said. Comment

Brown probes detective after GCP shooting

The mother of a Corona National Guardsman who police say was fatally shot by an NYPD detective on the Grand Central Parkway last Thursday stood with the Rev. Al Sharpton in Manhattan Saturday to demand a thorough investigation. Comment
South Ozone Park

S. Ozone teens killed in LI crash

A car carrying five Queens teens careened off a Long Island road and hit a number of trees, slicing the car in half and killing the passengers and injuring the driver over the Columbus Day weekend, state police said. Comment

Woman chooses to stay on life support after court case

A quadriplegic woman who fought her Queens parents for the right to end her own life support finished another legal battle Tuesday, as her father dropped his bid to take over all decision making regarding her care. Comments (1)
Fresh Meadows

Man wanted in attempted rape at Fresh Meadows park: Police

The New York Police Department was asking for the public’s help in finding a suspect wanted for an attempted rape within the 111th Precinct, police said. Comment
Forest Hills

Authorities investigating death of Forest Hills sisters

Two elderly sisters, who neighbors warmly remembered as good-natured world travelers, were found dead in their Forest Hills apartment last week. Comment

Critics blast system as flawed as voter registration nears end

In August, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a new initiative designed to lift the state’s dismal voter registration numbers, and as the Oct. 12 deadline to register for next month’s general election draws near, critics in Queens said there is no good reason those numbers should be so low. Comment
Forest Hills

Alliance looks to green Forest Hills with trees

Forest Hills will host its first autumn tree giveaway this week to help the city get a little greener in time for spring. Comment
South Jamaica

Alleged cop-shooter arraigned on charge of attempted murder

The man accused of shooting a police officer in South Jamaica during a late night chase in August appeared in Queens Supreme Court last Thursday, where he was arraigned on an attempted murder charge. Comments (1)

Queens Botanical Garden rings in the fall with festival

Autumn has officially arrived, and rather than think about the potentially dreary winter behind it, Queens Botanical Garden is hosting a celebration this week where the community can enjoy nature and some of the more delicious offerings that accompany fall. Comments (1)

Woman in Rockaway stabbed to death: Cops

ROCKAWAY — Police said they discovered the body of a 39-year-old woman at a house on 65-27 Seaspray Ave. last week after they were called with reports of a missing person. Comment

Diary: Soccer star explains why she chose to commit to Marist

Ever since I was younger, my dream was to play soccer at the Division I level. Finally, after years of hard work, this dream has come true. After my official visit Sept. 22, I verbally c Comment
Fresh Meadows

Prep thrills in overtime win

The St. Francis Prep sideline erupted as a gang of Terrier defenders swarmed around Xavier running back Trey Solomon, stopping him in his tracks. Comment

Monday, Oct. 8, 2012

Fresh Meadows

St. Francis Prep shuts out Christ the King

Christ the King is the only team to beat St. Francis Prep this season. So when the Terriers had a chance to avenge their season-opening loss, SFP did so emphatically. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012

Richmond Hill

Man shot and killed after billiards fight in Richmond Hill: NYPD and witnesses

One man was killed and another was injured in a shooting that took place in Richmond Hill early Saturday following a fight at a billiards hall, police and witnesses said. Comments (7)
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s beats Cincinnati, heads into battle for first in Big East Red Division

Jelani Williams sees St. John’s three-goal, second-half outburst as exactly what his team is capable of when things are clicking. Comment


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