Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012

Howard Beach

Church helps storm victims

As Howard Beach residents cleaned up after unwelcome guest Hurricane Sandy, they were comforted by the relief efforts of one church right in their own backyard. Comment

Missing man, 47, from Woodside sought by cops

WOODSIDE — Police were seeking the public’s assistance in locating a man who went missing Nov. 6. Comment

Barber sets up shop on Bell Boulevard

A new barbershop on Bell Boulevard aims to keep the men in and around Bayside looking sharp. Comment

Romney would have privatized Sandy relief

Hurricane Sandy, “the perfect storm,” showed President Barack Obama to be the perfect president to handle it. Before the first breeze trumpeting the imminent arrival of Sandy ruffled our hair, our president was making arrangements for the emergency relief of those who would be the possible victims. Comments (9)

Monday, Nov. 19, 2012

Rockaway Beach

Glen Oaks ambulance ferries people to safety

The Glen Oaks Volunteer Ambulance Corps. came to the rescue of stranded patients during the hurricane and afterward the group felt it was their duty to help out neighborhoods that bore the brunt of Sandy. Comment

Woodhaven civic group steps up to help storm victims

When Mother Nature hit Queens with a devastating blow, residents banded together to heal the many wounds. Comment

Body of slain tourist stuck in US

After a Chinese tourist died from a brutal robbery in Flushing last month, her relatives’ only wish is to take her remains back to their hometown, but instead they are mired in a tangle of red tape in Queens. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Cops on the lookout for missing boro teen, 17

FRESH MEADOWS — Cops were seeking the public’s help in locating a 17-year-old teen who went missing Oct. 26 at around 6 a.m. Comment

Tip of the week


Storm shows New Yorkers’ soft side

As New Yorkers, our day-to-day lives are full of honking cars, bumps on the sidewalk and a litany of curse words. It’s enough to make someone jaded. Every so often, something happens that wakes us out of our mundane routines. It shakes us to the core, threatens the fabric of our city, but we always emerge from it stronger. Comment

Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012


MLS survey finds Queens wants soccer stadium

Major League Soccer released a survey last week showing that seven out of 10 Queens residents support building a new 25,000-capacity stadium in Queens. Comments (12)
Howard Beach

Sanitation first on scene after Sandy hits Queens

Although many residents and elected officials in ravaged regions of the borough have expressed frustration with some aspects of the city response to Hurricane Sandy, they have heaped praise on at least one agency for its quick response to the storm: the city Sanitation Department. Comments (2)
Belle Harbor

Volunteers needed in the Rockaways

Except for a few generator-powered lights, the Rockaway Peninsula is plunged into darkness at night, but during the daytime’s sunlight hours there is plenty of work to be done. Comment
Jackson Heights

Queens residents helped Obama win swing states

Doug Forand, of the political consulting firm Red Horse Strategies, told a New Visions Democratic Club meeting last Thursday that grassroots strategies and organizing kept President Barack Obama in office and helped many Democrats keep or maintain office on Election Day. Comments (1)

Teen missing from home in Whitestone: Police

WHITESTONE — Police were asking for the public’s help in finding a missing 16-year-old. Comments (5)

Thanksgiving games still on despite CHSFL postponements

The CHSFL postponed its football quarterfinal round in the Class AAA and AA playoffs a week for a second time because of teams having little to no practice time following Hurricane Sandy and the recent snow. Comment
Political Action

Hurricane Sandy provided boon to Obama during election

Here in New York and other areas, the election process took a heavy toll on the results. This year, more than in the past, the concept of early voting, absentee ballots, affidavit ballots and late registration played a major role in casting ballots. Comment

GOP Ignored Latino Vote

The re-election of President Barack Obama should serve as a wake-up call for the Republican Party, but it won’t. Comment

Council members should be ashamed over soda law

I had written to my city councilman, Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), about my family’s experience at the AMC Bay Terrace movie theater that was doing a trial run of the law which is to go into effect next March. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012

Far Rockaway

Pulling together disaster relief poses challenge

The relief effort organized by the government is carried out by a vast network of organizations where well-intentioned neighborhood groups often prove hard to incorporate and sometimes hamper relief efforts. Comments (1)
Howard Beach

Dems get shaky Senate win

Democrats suffered a blow in their attempt to secure the state Senate Tuesday when Sen.-elect Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) announced that he would be caucusing with the Republicans. Comment

Avella bill tackles plane noise

After a summer in which residents throughout northeast Queens raised their voices over growing airplane noise, one state senator has introduced legislation that would put more power in the hands — and ears — of the people. Comments (6)

City plan helps speed home repairs post-storm

The city is assessing damage to houses and apartments in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and has started a program to help owners quickly make needed repairs, such as fixes to electrical systems that will help restore power. Comments (1)
Far Rockaway

One-stop center opens in Far Rock

Mayor Michael Bloomberg was in Far Rockaway Tuesday, where the city was opening one of seven one-stop centers to help those communities most affected by Superstorm Sandy. Comments (1)

Queens College green project has new meaning after Sandy

The record storm surge of Hurricane Sandy not only devastated portions of Queens, but also started a discussion about how vulnerable the city is to the forces of Mother Nature. Comment
Forest Hills

Cops seek suspects in robbery of money and car

FOREST HILLS — Police were seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating individuals wanted in connection with a robbery Nov. 9. Comment

Pair charged in Jamaica murder: DA

JAMAICA — An Arverne man and his alleged Rosedale accomplice will be tried on murder charges after a Queens grand jury indicted them Tuesday on charges of killing a witness who had testified in an earlier robbery case, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (2)
The Play’s the Thing

Musings on Queens theater mark 103 iterations

Hard to believe that a numbers-and-dates guy like me would fail to take notice of my hundredth Play’s the Thing column in August, but miss it I did. Blame it on election stress. Now recovered and optimistic, I write my 103rd, not counting the special Leap Year piece in February. Comment
I Sit and Look Out

Columnist hopes civil discourse will follow election

Let us, on both sides, lay aside all arrogance. Let us not, on either side, claim that we have already discovered the truth. Let us seek it together as something which is known to neither of us. For then only may we seek it, lovingly and tranquilly, if there is no bold presumption that it is already discovered and possessed.” Comments (2)

LIPA Is Accountable

As we near Thanksgiving, we are grateful for the work done by first responders and volunteers helping Queens families survive Hurricane Sandy. Nevertheless, it is taking too long to get power back in parts of Queens. Comment

Friday, Nov. 16, 2012

Far Rockaway

Far Rockaway residents find help and hope after storm

The hardship rises when the sun goes down in Far Rockaway. Comments (2)
New Hyde Park

LIJ provides funds to storm-hit staffers

After Hurricane Sandy devastated communities and families in the New York area, caregivers throughout the region have had to step up their efforts to help storm victims in need of food, shelter and medical care. Comment
Cambria Heights

Two Crips guilty in boy’s death

Shenee Johnson, an anti-gun activist who lost her son to a shooter, said she hoped the conviction of two notorious Crips street gang members for the 2009 killing of a 13-year-old Jamaica boy would bring his mother, Donna Hood, peace and warn others against pulling the trigger. Comments (3)
Howard Beach

Howard Beach starts to recover

While celebrities and elected officials display some post-Hurricane Sandy goodwill in hard-hit places like Far Rockaway and Staten Island, residents in a small Queens community are gutting their basements and wondering where to go from here. Comment

Hostess shutters baking operations as it seeks to liquidate company

The Hostess Brands Inc., the maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread, which for more than 100 years operated a bakery in Jamaica until early last year, announced Friday it had shut down its baking operations around the country as it seeks permission to liquidate its assets. Comment

Sandy benefits to be held in Bayside, LIC

Relief for Rockaways and Long Beach — Restaurants in Kew Gardens and Bayside are pitching in to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. Half of proceeds raised during dinner until 9 pm will go toward relief efforts. Live music and guest bartenders will be featured. Comment
Richmond Hill

Revelers celebrate Diwali

Bright decorations adorned in a myriad of colors and lights lit up the dusk as revelers gathered to celebrate Diwali in Richmond Hill Saturday. Comments (1)

Gay lawmakers hail national LGBT victories

Queens’ two openly gay city councilmen said they were buoyed by the general election last week when three states voted in favor of same-sex marriage and many LGBT politicians won higher office across the country. Comments (1)

Alleged con artists arrested

Three people were arrested in connection with an ongoing con game that has plagued some members of the Chinese community in Flushing for months, authorities said. Comments (1)
Rockaway Beach

Ferry fills void between Rockaways and city

Rockaway residents have a new way to get to and from Manhattan after a ferry launched Monday from Beach Channel Drive and Beach 108th Street and some commuters took advantage of the new service operated by Seastreak to get to work and school on its inaugural day. Comment

Sky bus driver guilty of SE Queens deaths

A Flushing driver who fell asleep at the wheel of a tour bus in Virginia was found guilty last Thursday of causing the deaths of four passengers. Comment
East Elmhurst

Mifsud’s hat trick sends defending champ McClancy back to final

There is a running joke around the Monsignor McClancy soccer team about Joey Mifsud. Comment

Police looking for missing man from Elmhurst, 27

ELMHURST — Police were seeking the public’s assistance in locating a 27-year-old man who went missing in Elmhurst Nov. 7. Comment

Officers charged with DWI in 112th and 114th

ASTORIA — Two off-duty police officers were recently arrested and charged with DWI on separate occasions, police said. Comment
Broad Channel

All-hands fire breaks out in Broad Channel

BROAD CHANNEL — A fire broke out in storm-ravaged Broad Channel Sunday, according to the FDNY. Comment
Middle Village

Don’t stop believing

When epic superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on many communities here, folks barely knew what hit them. With the upcoming election the primary topic of conversation, nobody imagined that in a New York minute a 1,000-mile wide hybrid would change the very fabric of their lives — decimating almost everything in its path. Comments (1)
South Ozone Park

John Adams takes third loss in playoffs

Alex Navarrete plans on tossing and turning all night. Losing in the quarterfinals for three straight years will keep a coach up. Comment
Cambria Heights

Campus Magnet looks to rebuild after playoff defeat

Campus Magnet head Coach Eric Barnett didn’t spend his post-game second-guessing himself or his team after their loss. Comment

Big Heart of Queens

Except for a day or two without electricity, the northern half of Queens suffered relatively little from Hurricane Sandy, but for two weeks people from Long Island City to Bayside have been doing what they could to help families in Belle Harbor and other communities devastated by winds, floods and fire. Comment

MTA fare increases not helping economy

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has announced that fares are going to increase on all mass transit lines, bridges, tunnels and commuter railroads by next year. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012

Jackson Heights

Brooklyn man arrested in Jax Hts. sex attack on girls

A 52-year-old Brooklyn man has been arrested and is awaiting arraignment after he allegedly sexually assaulted two young girls Monday in a Jackson Heights apartment complex, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment
Forest Hills

Hevesi heads home on parole grant

Former state Comptroller Alan Hevesi will be home for the holidays. Comment

Nobel winner was student at Van Buren HS

People usually assume the worst when the phone rings at 3 a.m., but former Queens resident Alvin Roth had a good feeling about who was calling in the early morning hours of Oct. 15. Comment

Flushing blaze severely burns woman victim

A woman was critically injured earlier this month when fire gutted a home on the border of Flushing and Whitestone that may have housed an illegal apartment. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Romney alienated Latinos: Pols

After President Barack Obama received record support from the Hispanic population during his re-election last week, Queens’ Hispanic legislators said it was the Republican Party’s hard-line stance against immigration reform that lost challenger Mitt Romney the vote. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Ulrich slams Red Cross slow Sandy response

The American Red Cross has come under fire by frustrated storm victims and elected officials in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, with many charging the organization’s relief effort in southern Queens started far too late and has not been nearly strong enough. Comments (9)
Rockaway Beach

Slip and fall at Hammels kills vet in wake of Sandy

Albert McSwain and his daughter had only wanted to get some air after the hurricane, she said. Comments (1)

Jamaica cafe to host Sandy benefit

A vegetarian cafe in Jamaica run on the principals of a late Indian spiritual leader is planning to host a night of music to benefit the victims of Superstorm Sandy. Comment
Far Rockaway

Occupy Sandy spearheads Rockaway med center

A team of grassroots organizers and volunteer doctors, nurses and social workers have pooled efforts to provide much-needed medical care in the Rockaways since Hurricane Sandy devastated the region, setting up a makeshift medical center along one of the main strips and canvassing homes to assess people’s needs. Comments (3)
Howard Beach

City pledges $500M for hurricane repairs

The City Council authorized $500 million in emergency spending Tuesday to make repairs to public schools and hospitals damaged by Hurricane Sandy, coming on top of $134 million already approved by the city for the recovery effort and emergency services. Comments (1)

Jury clears Baysider eyed by FBI

The Bayside man accused by the FBI of sending a death threat to a Pennsylvania bank was found not guilty late last month in Brooklyn federal court. Comment
Rockaway Park

Communities search for answers as utilities work to restore power

An elected official incorrectly said on the radio that the Long Island Power Authority told her it would take seven weeks to restore power to the Rockaways. A resident on the peninsula claimed the NYPD was turning back out-of-state power workers. Comment

All Saints’ celebrates 120 years in Bayside with events, Sandy relief drive

There were dirt roads, horse-drawn carriages and farmland in Bayside when All Saints’ Episcopal Church became part of the community in 1892, so to celebrate the group’s 120th year, members gathered for a special dinner-dance and service last week. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

NYPD searching for man in Jax Hts sexual assault

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Police were asking for the public’s help in identifying an individual wanted in connection with a sexual abuse in Jackson Heights Nov. 6. Comment
Jackson Heights

Missing Jackson Heights woman located

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Cops announced that they have located a 75-year-old woman who was reported missing in Jackson Heights Sunday. Comment
Middle Village

CK girls celebrate second-straight title

Christ the King’s first girls’ soccer diocesan title brought a visible outpouring of emotion after the final whistle last season. The Royals’ second-straight crown Monday brought with it a more reserved, but deeper satisfaction because of the program’s growth and the fact that a different group of players started this time around. Comment
Long Island City

Aviation boys continue fortuitous postseason

Mario Cotumaccio admitted that he didn’t think his beaten-down Aviation team could continue its improbable run. The coach’s team was tired, having played three games in as many days, and injured after a physical second round contest against Francis Lewis. Comment
Breezy Point

Even in loss, hurricane victims rise above the fray as a team

The Fontbonne Hall volleyball team lost its semifinal match, but just playing was more important than winning with 10 players and Coach Linda Strong left homeless after evacuating Breezy Point because of the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012


Jimmy Meng pleads guilty in wire fraud case

Former Assemblyman Jimmy Meng, father of state Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing), pleaded guilty to wire fraud Wednesday afternoon in order to obtain a reduced sentence. Comments (1)
Belle Harbor

Daughter pays respects to mother at Flight 587 crash site

Every Nov. 12, Francisca Diaz travels to Queens to remember her mother, who was one of 265 people killed when Flight 587 crashed into Rockaway in 2001 shortly after taking off from John F. Kennedy International Airport for the Dominican Republic. Comment
Far Rockaway

LIPA chief operating officer to step down

With most of the Rockaways still in the dark and the Long Island Power Authority facing an onslaught of criticism for its handling of Superstorm Sandy, the utility has announced its chief operating officer would step down at the end of the year. Comment

Astoria bars to host Sandy fund-raiser

If you go out to responsibly drink in Astoria next Saturday, five neighborhood residents ask that you give to those who have been displaced by Superstorm Sandy before you go. Comment
Little Neck

Gas stations need extra power source: Weprin

Fuel remained in high demand more than two weeks after Hurricane Sandy swept her way through Queens as gas stations worked to restore electricity and provide relief to residents who had waited in long lines before the city imposed gas rationing. Comment
Little Neck

Israel welcomed to ranks of Queens politicians

With his victory in the election, U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Hauppauge) secured himself a spot as one of Queens’ new lawmakers. Comment
South Jamaica

Raccoon books short stay in Baisley Park Library

After hurricane Sandy’s devastating effects, volunteers at the Queens Library in Baisley Park got a furry and uplifting surprise. Comment

No refunds on lost MetroCards during Sandy: MTA

The MTA will not refund portions of unlimited MetroCards lost when Hurricane Sandy brought a shutdown of the city’s transit system. Comments (1)

Woodhaven senior killed by National Guard vehicle: NYPD

WOODHAVEN — An 82-year-old Woodhaven man was killed when a National Guard Personnel Carrier Vehicle struck him as he crossed Canal St. in Manhattan on Nov. 6, according to police. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Prep girls capture sixth title against tough Molloy

St. Francis Prep capturing its sixth-straight diocesan title further cements its place as one of New York City’s most accomplished dynasties. This is a fact senior outside hitter Kelly Flynn has become accustomed to and still enjoys hearing even after her third-straight crown. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Terriers hang tough in loss against Fordham Prep squad

It appeared St. Francis Prep boys’ soccer had found the equalizer with Fordham Prep up a goal and time slowly growing short. The moment didn’t last long. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012

Flushing Times

Ray losses home, leads Molloy to semifinal win

Chris Ray received a sobering reminder of how lucky he felt before scoring the biggest goal of his career. In the morning the Archbishop Molloy sophomore worked on his flooded house on 130th Street in Belle Harbor, which saw many homes burn down during Hurricane Sandy. It added some emotion as he headed to Belson Stadium later that night for the team’s semifinal game. Comment

Monday, Nov. 12, 2012

Rockaway Beach

A train will end in Howard Beach till further notice: MTA

Howard Beach will be the end of the line on the A-train for months during the MTA’s restoration from Hurricane Sandy’s mighty blow. Comment

Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012

Fresh Meadows

Terriers top Mary Louis in volleyball semis

Kelly Flynn spoke with absolute clarity and confidence to her teammates during a time out late in the third set with their season about to be put in jeopardy. Comment


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