Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012

Queens Village

Queens Village church celebrates Catholic Schools Week with fest

Our Lady of Lourdes celebrated Catholic Schools Week with a performance by students during Sunday Mass and an International Festival, featuring food from the countries where families in the parish are from. Many members of the congregation are from Haiti, Guyana, the Philippines and dozens of other countries. Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012

Long Island City

Boro welcomes first daily comedy club

In the last 20 years, there has not been a full-time comedy club operating in the city outside Manhattan — that is, until The Laughing Devil Comedy Club opened its doors in Long Island City in December. Comment

Beware of Smart Meter installation

Across the United States and Canada, utility companies are forcing the installation of the Smart Meter, a digital device to monitor electric, gas and water consumption, upon a seriously uninformed public. In areas where the meters are located outside the house, they are installed without the owner’s knowledge. Comments (1)
Little Neck

Adoption agency offers free information meetings

Family Focus Adoption Services hosts free bi-monthly information meetings for families interested in adoption at its office in Little Neck. Comment
Forest Hills

Boro Y hosts bereavement group

The Central Queens YM & YWHA, at 67-09 108th St. in Forest Hills, is a nonprofit community center offering services in Forest Hills ranging from educational to social and cultural events. The Y is now assisting those in need of healing from the deaths of loved ones over a light kosher breakfast and refreshments. Comment

Monday, Feb. 6, 2012


Muslims open Astoria center

Astoria has long been defined by its ethnic groups — first it was the Italians, then the Greeks — and last week the neighborhood’s Muslims took a large step toward establishing themselves with the grand opening of the Muslim American Society’s community center on Steinway Street. Comments (2)

Cops seek robber of Flushing Chase bank

FLUSHING — The NYPD is looking for a man suspected of robbing a Chase Bank in Flushing, authorities said. Comment

Cops on the hunt for serial bank robber

Police were looking for a man suspected of robbing three banks in Queens and two in Brooklyn. Comment
Jackson Heights

Accident with livery van leaves man hospitalized

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Police said a 53-year-old man is in critical condition after being hit by a car pulling out of a parking space Friday at Broadway and 72nd Street. Comment

Fire torches Ridgewood building

Firefighters responded to an all-hands blaze at 16-42 Decatur St. Sunday. Emergency responders examined one man in an ambulance at the scene. Comment

Intersection needs left-turn signal

In the Jan. 12-18 TimesLedger Newspapers article “DOT says safety measures cut traffic fatalities in Queens,” city Department of Transportation Queens Commissioner Maura McCarthy said “there were 67 traffic deaths in Queens last year, ‘which is quite an accomplishment.’” Comment

Hillcrest Jewish Center leisure group

The group meets every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in the Prince Room at 183-02 Union Tnpk. in Flushing. Comment
Kew Gardens

CWNY launches support group

The Center for the Women of New York is accepting registration for a new session of its women’s support group. Comment

Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012

Fresh Meadows

Proposal turns Lancman seat into a majority Asian district

Reactions were mixed after two state Assembly districts in eastern Queens were drastically changed last Thursday by a state panel in charge of redrawing political boundaries. Comment

Fewer pensions make retirement hard for New Yorkers: Study

More and more New Yorkers cannot afford to retire and a principal reason is that dwindling numbers of people have pensions, according to a new study. Comment

Taste of Bayside brings savory samples to Bell Blvd.

Sensuous flavors, enticing aromas and a jovial atmosphere combined to transform the ballroom at the Adria Hotel last week into one of the most eclectic restaurants in town at this year’s Taste of Bayside. Comment

Senior citizen missing from doctor’s office

FLUSHING — Police have asked for help in finding an elderly man who was last seen at a doctor’s office on 38th Avenue near 138th Street. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Girl from Rockaway Beach, 3, dies: NYPD

ROCKAWAY BEACH — The NYPD said a 3-year-old girl found unconscious and unresponsive at a house in Rockaway Beach has died. Comment
Middle Village

Hard work pays off for CK’s Connell

After an extensive process and plenty of work in the classroom and on the court, Rayne Connell is where she wants to be. Comment

Get Out of the Way

TimesLedger Newspapers letter writer Anne, of College Point, makes the case that the spa proposed for the College Point Corporate Park has a good chance of succeeding. Comments (2)

Qns. Center Mall gives workers living wage

I read the letter to the editor “Queens Center Mall owner must help neighboring area” (Jan. 19-25) with interest. We are proud of the fact that Queens Center Mall is a generator of tax dollars for the city and state and we try to do as much as we can to be a positive force for the Queens community and a fair employer. Comment

Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012

Breezy Point

New lines mean Qns senate shift

State Sens. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach), Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) and Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans) may need to sign up for dance lessons if newly proposed district maps are approved because they will be doing the shuffle. Comment

Indian independence cause for celebration in Flushing

Flushing Indians celebrated the signing of their home country’s constitution Saturday with songs and classical dances at the Hindu Temple Society of North America. The festivities also included a hoisting ceremony for the Indian flag. Comment
Richmond Hill

Vallone bill to keep private trash out of public cans

Thinking about filling a public trash can with garbage from your home or apartment? Three Queens elected officials want you to think again. Comment

Mormon church opens new digs for Jamaica congregation

The Jamaica Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints welcomed members of the community to its new location on 163rd Street for an open house Saturday and Sunday. The six-story building will offer religious services, classes and other activities. Comments (4)

GOP candidates learn ropes in Bayside class

To run as a viable Republican candidate in Queens, Bayside civic leader Vince Tabone said at a seminar Saturday that potential candidates not only need the GOP’s support, but the support of other parties. Comments (2)
Richmond Hill

Four robbers stole $40K with forged checks: Cops

RICHMOND HILL — The NYPD is looking for four people they believe to have committed grand larceny at several Chase Banks in the Richmond Hill area. Comment

Middle-aged man had sex with teenage girl: Police

ARVERNE — Police said an Arverne man employed with the city Department of Education was arrested Jan. 25 on charges of rape and criminal sex acts last week. Comment

Dozo stays hot without star

When Jermaine Lawrence inexplicably left Cardozo three weeks ago for Pope John XXIII in Sparta, N.J., the Judges lost one of the nation’s top junior prospects. In his absence, however, they have become a better team — tougher, with better ball movement and more poise. Comment
Political Action

Pols should start promoting vocational schools once again

During the last few weeks, we have heard a lot about instituting a public school teacher evaluation system in New York state and especially in New York City. Comments (1)

No one is fit to properly run country

The state of our government is chaos. The idiots who represent the American people in Congress in Washington, D.C., are all overpaid, underworked windbags and total disgraces. Comments (1)

Friday, Feb. 3, 2012


Katz Women’s Hosp delivers baby No. 1

In the four times Rosa Kichikova has given birth, she never mistook the hospital for a hotel. But that almost happened the fifth time, when the Flushing mother last week became the first woman to deliver a baby at the new Katz Women’s Hospital in New Hyde Park. Little Avital Kichikova was brought into the world at 10:24 p.m. Jan. 24, the first birth at the new hospital. Comment
College Point

Halloran opposes outside billing

City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) slammed the city Department of Finance and Water Board Sunday for maintaining post office boxes for residents’ property tax and water bill payments outside the state, but both agencies said the boxes’ locations were decided by the financial institutions that process the bills. Comment

Jamaica fire guts apartment above jewel store

More than 100 firefighters responded to a two-alarm blaze in Jamaica in an apartment above an African jewelry shop Friday afternoon, according to fire officials. Comment

New western Queens districts create faux state Senate fight

The new proposed state Senate district lines would set Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) against Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), but the longtime friends say they have no plans to duke it out at the polls. Comment

DOT criticized over shoddy Flushing paving

A haphazard paving job by the city will make Broadway-Flushing look more like Venice, according to homeowners concerned about flooded streets. Comments (2)

Utility workers save the day

Four Con Edison hard hats proved themselves to be heroes last week when they rescued a woman who was being attacked in Bayside. Comment

Two children, 11 and 13, missing from home: Cops

LAURELTON — The NYPD is looking for two preteens who went missing from their Laurelton home last week. Comment

When trash becomes treasure

At a time when small businesses aren’t thriving, a young store owner, who lives in Ridgewood with her husband and three cats, bravely maintains her “I think I can” attitude. Comment

Fake cop robbed victim of watch, wallet: Police

CORONA — Police were looking for man a suspected of impersonating a police officer and then robbing a 50-year-old man in Corona. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Patriots down but not out

The script was about to be the same as too many other games for Francis Lewis this basketball season. The Patriots started fast, but saw a big lead dwindle to just two points late in the fourth quarter against Curtis. Comment
Glen Oaks

Boro co-ops and condos must fight high city valuations

Many of you will remember the battle between co-op and condo owners and the city Department of Finance last year, after DOF Commissioner Frankel announced double- and triple-digit, single-year property valuation increases in eastern Queens. Comment

Senators Right to Back Off

U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have backed off their support for a piece of legislation that would have greatly restricted user access to the Internet. Comment

Boro residents must show support for local diners

It is a sad day for all Queens residents with the closing of both the Gold Star Diner in Bayside and the Palace Diner in Flushing (“Gold Star Diner shuts its doors after being sold,” Bayside Times, Dec. 29, 2011-Jan. 4, 2012). Comment

Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012

South Jamaica

S. Jamaica grandmother dies in fire

A beloved grandmother was killed in a house fire in South Jamaica Wednesday night. The woman’s family said they were downstairs and did not realize the second floor was in flames until their neighbors began pounding on the door. Comment
South Jamaica

South Jamaica man dies at hand of brother, who cut baby: Cops

A Brooklyn man attacked his extended family with a knife Wednesday morning in South Jamaica, according to police, cutting his 1-year-old niece before fatally stabbing his brother, who was planning to be married next week. Comments (10)

Qns. residents slam Albany’s plan

No matter how you slice it, the redistricting plan drawn up by a state task force last week was widely panned in Queens by critics who said the proposal breaks up communities and gerrymanders the lines. Comment

Kupferberg leaves legacy to the arts

Bayside philanthropist Selma Kupferberg, a longtime supporter of the performing arts and a major benefactor of Queens College, died last month at the age of 86. Comment

Task force lines pit Avella vs. Stavisky

After a state body released redrawn lines for New York’s state Senate districts, cries of political gerrymandering were heard from northeast Queens all the way to Albany. Comments (2)

Flushing Chamber closing

The Flushing Chamber of Commerce and Business Association announced last week it will dissolve after decades of operating in the community. Comment

Avella proposes bill to split up 109th Precinct

Civic leaders from northern and eastern Queens, who have maintained for years that their police forces have been stretched too thin, gathered last week to show their support for a state legislative effort to split both the 105th and 109th precincts in half. Comments (2)

Bloomy touts tax programs for city’s needy

As New Yorkers await the arrival of their W-2s, Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited a Corona church Monday to promote the city’s multiple free tax preparation sites and a multi-city program that can make tax returns for the city’s poorest residents go further. Comments (2)

Black History Month kickoff

In celebration of Black History Month, Queens College in Flushing will be hosting a series of free cultural events commemorating African-American movers and shakers past and present in February. Comment

MTA police nab Bayside man suspected in iPhone train thefts

A suspected serial thief and source of recent delays for the Long Island Rail Road was arrested Monday, according to law enforcement officials. Comment

Astoria teen makes Intel contest finals

Astoria teenager Danielle Goldman said she was feeling great after learning last week she was one of three New York City students and the only one from Queens to advance from Intel Science Talent Search semifinalist to finalist. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Liz Taylor birthday cake on display in Long Island City

When the Entrepreneur Space, a food manufacturing incubator in Long Island City, celebrated its first birthday last week, it did so with cake fit for the stars — and one star in particular. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Bloomy gabs with Gossip Girl in LIC for show’s 100th episode

Before “Gossip Girl” fans tuned in to see if Blair Waldorf would marry Prince Louis Grimaldi of Monaco or return to her old flame, Chuck Bass, Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered an early wedding present to the cast. Comment

Flushing resident sentenced to 20 yrs. in prison for rape

A Flushing man was sentenced this month to 20 years behind bars after posing as a Good Samaritan and then raping a 19-year-old woman in 2009, the Queens district attorney said last week. Comment
Jackson Heights

‘Jackson Heights 3AM:’ A showcase of diversity

“Jackson Heights 3AM: is a quirky, funny love letter to this fractious, multifarious region of Queens, one of the most diverse places on earth. Conceived of by director Ari Laura Kreith, it was written by an ensemble of writers and actors called Theatre 167, referring tothe number of languages spoken in the area. Comment

Holy Cross shares the wealth, tops Molloy again

Holy Cross is no stranger to spreading its points around and Friday night was no different. Comment
Middle Village

CK comes together in face of adversity

Jon Severe has noticed something about his team. Christ the King has something of a switch, not unlike the light in your living room. Comment
Dishing with Dee

Boro GOP schools potential candidates in running for office

How the weeks fly by! Would you believe it’s now February? This past week was both fun and productive and informative. Comments (3)

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012


Restore No. 7 train for Lunar New Year: Pols

Flushing lawmakers want full service restored to the No. 7 train for the neighborhood’s Lunar New Year celebrations set for this weekend. Comments (1)
Middle Village

MidVil man shot by officer

A young Middle Village man was shot and killed last week after opening fire on an off-duty NYPD officer who saw him crash a stolen vehicle into a light pole at a busy intersection, authorities said. Comment

Shevell resigns from MTA board after 10 years on job

Things could turn out just a tad dull Feb. 29 at 347 Madison Ave. Comment
South Richmond Hill

Boro dad faces up to 25 to life in wife’s murder

A South Richmond Hill man charged with killing his wife in front of his children was ordered held without bail last week, District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

City’s big cheese stops by BID on Myrtle Avenue

City Comptroller John Liu chomped into a regular slice at Joe and John’s Pizzeria in Ridgewood after spending an afternoon explaining his office’s successes and how it can work with the Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District. Comment

Two men robbed bank in Astoria at gunpoint: Cops

ASTORIA — The NYPD has been looking for two suspects in a robbery at Steinway Street and 23rd Road that took place Jan. 17 at 6:10 p.m. Comment

Mitchell, pastor of Flushing church, dies

The Rev. Timothy Mitchell, pastor of Flushing’s Ebenezer Baptist Church for 43 years, died Jan. 26. Comments (2)

Police find man, 25, dead in Corona after assault

CORONA — Police said a 25-year-old Hispanic man was found dead at 38th Avenue and 111th Street in Corona Monday at around 7:32 a.m. Comment

Flushing star King accepts scholarship with Army

Disappointment quickly turned into elation for Andrew King. Comment

Monday, Jan. 30, 2012


Con Edison workers foil gunpoint robbery in Bayside: Con Ed

Four Con Edison employees came to the aid of a woman who had been attacked by a purse snatcher in Bayside recently, according to Con Ed. Comment

Friday, Jan. 27, 2012

Middle Village

Middle Village man killed in shoot-out with off-duty police officer

A robbery and carjacking came to a fatal end early Thursday morning when a young Middle Village man was shot and killed by an off-duty NYPD officer. Comment


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