Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Forest Hills

Cops ask public’s help in search for woman, 76

FOREST HILLS — Police were asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing 76-year-old woman from Forest Hills. Comment

Driver found with gun magazines in car: Brown

MASPETH — Police charged a Forest Hills man with criminal possession of a weapon after officers found him packing a pistol and bullet magazines while disregarding traffic rules in his 2004 Nissan Feb. 22, according to documents from the Queens district attorney. Comment

People at community meetings care

I was at the 109th Precinct Community Council meeting Feb. 8 and I was appalled when you spoke from the podium and told members of the community to stop complaining about Flushing. Comment
Breezy Point

Marsh restoration to affect Marine Parkway Bridge lifts

Multiple daily bridge lifts at the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge will continue through March as a result of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ marsh islands restoration project in Jamaica Bay. Comment

Monday, March 5, 2012


Kosher hot dog vendor planning for extra innings in Mets lawsuit

A kosher hot dog vendor has vowed to appeal a judge’s conclusion that the New York Mets can bar it from hawking glatt wieners on the Sabbath. Comment
Pet Photo of the Week

Maine Coon cat crowned winner of Queens Critters contest

Wyatt, a 7-year-old Maine Coon cat from Flushing, is the winner of this edition of the TimesLedger Newspapers’ Queens Critter contest. He is leash-trained and loves going outside in the backyard, his owner Carol Imandt said. Comment
Jackson Heights

Men impersonate cops in Jax. Hts.: NYPD

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Police were looking for information about the identity and whereabouts of two men who allegedly pretended to be NYPD detectives in Jackson Heights. Comment
St. Albans

Dancers and song part of Black History Celebration

Councilman Leroy Comrie held a Black History Celebration at Black Spectrum Theatre last Saturday. Comment

E. Elmhurst man drags wife from car: Brown

CORONA — An East Elmhurst man dragged his wife along the pavement with his car Feb. 18 after the two got into a verbal argument, according to documents from the Queens district attorney. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Lancman honors Francis Lewis’ Drill Team

State Assemblyman Rory Lancman helda ceremony to honor the Francis Lewis High School Patriot Battalion Drill Team after the group wonthe NYC Drill League Competition. Comments (2)

St. Clare’s in Rosedale holds Mardi Gras carnival

St. Clare’s carnival celebration in Rosedale featured a costume parade for adults and children. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Delligatti ends last track season strong

Michael Delligatti talked about giving his young teammates something to strive for and live up to when he and his fellow seniors move on. Comment

LATFOR increases Albany dysfunction

In article “New lines lambasted for state office seats,” in the Feb. 9-15 edition of TimesLedger Newspapers, Elmer Backburne unfortunately chose to view the redistricting commission’s skin color rather than the content of its character as the reason for its brazen gerrymandering of the districts. Comment

Center lane of RFK Bridge’s Queens-to-Manhattan ramp to close for two weeks

The center lane of the Queens-to-Manhattan ramp on the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge will be closed to traffic for about two weeks from Feb. 27 through March 12 while roadway repairs are done. Comment

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Jackson Heights

Mohammad’s birthday should be holiday: Imam

A Jackson Heights imam has started a campaign to make April 26, the birthday of the Prophet Mohammad, a national holiday. Comments (147)

Star turn on ‘Rachael Ray’

Shana Wagner was not up for an Academy Award Sunday, but the “Rachael Ray” show made her feel as if she was after the Ridgewood resident was given a red carpet makeover on Friday’s episode. Comment

Old Douglaston names of streets might return

Douglaston’s street names may soon be more apropos to the neighborhood’s historic character. Comment
Jamaica Hills

Queens Hospital Center gives Marshall Black History award

The Joint Labor-Management Committee of Queens Hospital Center honored Borough President Helen Marshall and Yolanda Smith at its Black History Month celebration. Comments (1)

Motorists test pilot program to refill E-ZPasses at retailers

The MTA has begun a pilot program to allow motorists for the first time to reload their E-ZPasses at thousands of retail outlets in the New York metropolitan area. Comment

Woman charged in branch attack, theft: DA

HOLLIS — A Jamaica woman was charged last week with attacking a woman with a tree branch and stealing her phone, according to a criminal complaint filed in Queens court. Comments (1)
College Point

Poppenhusen Institute celebrates St. Pat’s with fundraiser

The Poppenhusen Institute held a benefit concert last Saturday evening in College Point. The event featured music from Mary Courtney and Morning Star, as well as step dancers from the McNiff School of Irish Dance. Comment
East Elmhurst

Flordia man convicted after pack heat in luggage

LAGUARDIA AIRPORT — A Florida man was charged with criminal possession of a weapon Feb. 21 after attempting to bring a semi-automatic handgun onto a flight leaving LaGuardia Airport, according to documents from the Queens district attorney’s office. Comments (1)
Rego Park

Suspect steals bag from Rego Park shop: Police

REGO PARK — Police were looking for a man who allegedly swiped a woman’s bag from a Rego Park shop Tuesday of last week, according to the NYPD. Comment

African American Heritage celebration held in Jamaica

African American Heritage Month Planning Committee Co-Chair Andrew Jackson and Queens Borough President Helen Marshall were on hand to present scholarships to students during the AAHM’s annual reception at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center last Thursday. Six community leaders were also given achievement awards during the event. Comment
Political Action

Conservative convention ends differently for Romney in 2012

There was quite a difference in the outcome of the conclusion of last month’s Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. — the same conference held four years ago. Comment

Teacher Ratings Just a Part of the Story

How do you measure the value of a teacher? Comments (1)

Conservative meeting reprehensible

Just when you think you have seen them at their lowest, the white-wing conservatives drop the bar even further. Comments (1)

Fixing economy the No. 1 priority

As we continue through 2012 toward the presidential election in November, there is one thing that is definite: This country is still in big economic trouble and things do not seem to be improving at all. Comment

Saturday, March 3, 2012

South Jamaica

South Jamaica teen killed in second shooting since July

A South Jamaica teen who had been shot last year was gunned down early Friday morning at the South Jamaica Houses, police said. Comments (189)
St. Albans

Living the life at high tea

City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) hosted his first annual Senior High Tea along with the Healthfirst organization in a colorful event that brought back memories of the days when hats and elegant teacups were part of a more leisurely lifestyle. Comment
Glen Oaks

Queens co-ops and condos want city to pay for sidewalk repairs

When it comes to getting sidewalks repaired that are damaged by curbside trees, co-op and condominium owners claim the city Parks Department gives them the short end of the stick. Comments (1)
South Jamaica

Victims of gun violence speak out

At first, Deshawn Curtin didn’t think he had been shot. Comments (1)
Queensboro Hill

Queensboro Hill wants spot for delivery trucks

Queensboro Hill residents called on the city to alleviate a recurring traffic nightmare on 142nd Street caused by double-parked delivery trucks, but transportation officials said the solution is to simply obey the law. Comment
Howard Beach

Howard Beach mobsters face life in jail after guilty pleas

Four Gambino crime family members from Howard Beach pleaded guilty last week in Manhattan federal court to a multitude of charges, including narcotics trafficking, extortions, assaults, loansharking, racketeering and gambling, according to federal authorities. Comments (4)
Ozone Park

Goldfeder proposes first responder bill

State Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) is sponsoring legislation that makes it easier to recruit and retain volunteer first responders. Comment
South Ozone Park

Two-alarm blaze guts South Ozone Park home

Forest Hills

Three Chase banks on Queens Blvd. robbed

FOREST HILLS - Police were seeking information about a suspect in the robberies of three Chase banks on Queens Boulevard last month. Comment

Ridgewood man bites thumb on Bell Boulevard: DA

BAYSIDE — A Ridgewood man allegedly committed an assault of Shakespearean proportions when he bit a man’s thumb Feb. 20, according to documents from the Queens district attorney. Comments (1)
Rego Park

Lancman calls for stiff punishment on vandalism

State Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) recently proposed legislation designed to deter would-be vandals and thieves from targeting religious institutions. Comment

Thymari: Not a typical Astoria Greek restaurant

Denizens of Astoria’s Greek restaurants have come to expect a certain repertoire. A selection of garlicky dips, salads with feta, grilled seafood, a lamb dish or two, maybe moussaka are all tasty if done well, but predictable. Comment

Panisses keeps up streak

Add another chapter to Alexis Panisse’s stellar senior season. The Benjamin Cardozo star turned in an exceptional effort to lead her team to a sixth-straight PSAL indoor track city title in a year many thought its streak would end. Comment
The Civic Scene

Beep honors local heroes at State of the Boro address

After telling of all the accomplishments that took place this past year in Queens, Borough President Helen Marshall honored a number of residents and government workers who performed great achievements and improved the quality of life in the borough. Comment

CHSAA Drops the Ball

Sometimes common sense is not common enough. In January, the coaches of the Christ the King and Bishop Ford girls’ basketball teams decided not to play in games against Nazareth High School in the days following the death of Nazareth Coach Apache Paschall. Comment

Do not build convention center in southern Qns.

There is something amiss with New York state and city officials when it comes to convention centers (“Guv bets on conventions,” TimesLedger Newspapers, Jan. 12-18, and “Nix Aqueduct convention center idea: Poll,” TimesLedger, Jan. 19-25). Comments (1)

Friday, March 2, 2012


Alleged MS 13 members shot in gang dispute at Wendy’s in Jamaica: DA

Three suspected MS 13 members were shot by alleged members of the Latin Kings during a drive-by shooting in the parking lot of a Wendy’s in Jamaica Thursday afternoon, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (3)

Queens seniors learn cane-fu techniques for self-defense

When Robert Waltzer instructed a group of seniors to grab their partners and get ready to practice the footwork he had just taught them, he was not giving foxtrot lessons. Comments (1)

Law sets aside airwaves for use in emergencies

More than 10 years after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, a Queens lawmaker and representatives from both the city’s Police and Fire departments praised the passage of a law they said would help first responders coordinate their efforts during emergencies like 9/11. Comment

Port Authority tracks rise in passengers at Kennedy in 2011

New York City’s three area airports reported increased — in some cases record — numbers of passengers last year despite the economic downturn and periods of severe weather. Comment

Jax Hts BID touts new look

City Small Businesses Services Commissioner Robert Walsh said the 82nd Street Business Improvement District has a new name and a new sanitation contract as part of the ongoing campaign to turn the organization, and the business strip it serves, around. Comment

York opens new nursing lab

York College celebrated the opening Friday of its state-of-the-art nursing lab, the first four-year nursing program offered in Queens. Comment
Kew Gardens

Alleged Gambino member faces child molest charge

KEW GARDENS — An alleged member of the Gambino crime family is facing charges of molesting an underage girl, the New York Post reported. Comments (1)

Police seek leads in Woodhaven home invasion

WOODHAVEN — Police are on the lookout for three individuals wanted in connection with a brazen home break-in and robbery, according to the NYPD. Comments (1)
Queensboro Hill

Brawler lacerates man’s chest with fingernails: DA

QUEENSBORO HILL — A Flushing man fought fist and nail in a Feb. 21 attack, according to documents from the Queens district attorney. Comment

Vignettes through the Ages

Adventurous photographer and former Queens resident Audrey Gottlieb whose best-known images of multicultural America have been exhibited at the Smithsonian, the Jewish Museum and Ellis Island Immigration Museum, describes photography as her life force. Comment

Holy Cross wins it for coach

Paul Gilvary didn’t have to say a word. The Holy Cross players knew something was wrong. Among themselves, they vowed to play for their coach, whose mother died this week. Comment

Save the College Point Mail Center

In three months, the U.S. Postal Service plans to close its College Point facility, which employs 1,000 people. The USPS has decided to move the operation to a facility in Brooklyn. Comment

Thursday, March 1, 2012


Hateful graffiti scrawled on Maspeth church

A Maspeth pastor arrived at work Wednesday morning to find five separate acts of hate-driven vandalism throughout different areas of the church, including one Star of David with a swastika inside. Comments (3)
St. Albans

Six injured as car crashes into store in St. Albans

An elderly woman was struck by a car that crashed into a store on Linden Boulevard in St. Albans Thursday afternoon, a spokesman for the FDNY said. Comment
College Point

USPS plans to shut College Pt. facility

A Queens lawmaker is furious that the U.S. Postal Service has decided to close its College Point processing facility and move operations to its Brooklyn location unless Congress comes up with an alternate solution by mid-May. Comments (1)

Flushing traffic shifts save lives

The city Department of Transportation has finally released its study of the 2010 changes to downtown Flushing traffic flows and touted the results as generally positive. Comments (1)
Long Island City

JetBlue wants to build 40-ft. sign on LIC location

Despite some push back from Community Board 2 at its last monthly meeting, the airline JetBlue said it is confident the city will pass a zoning amendment to allow it to install a 40-foot sign at its new headquarters in Long Island City’s Queens Plaza. Comment

Flushing eatery cooks unreal shark fin soup

State legislation that could ban the sale of shark fins used in traditional Chinese soup is either bad for business, good for the environment or just not a big deal depending on who you talk to, but one Flushing restaurant has a recipe to serve the dish legally even if it is outlawed. Comments (3)
Far Rockaway

State inspectors halt Peninsula surgeries

The state Department of Health ordered Peninsula Hospital to stop admitting patients and cancel all upcoming surgeries after inspectors last week issued a report on alarming discoveries found in a crucial laboratory at the Far Rockaway facility. Comment

Teachers, protesters claim Flushing HS is improving

Elected officials and members of the teachers union protested the mayor’s plan to close Flushing HS Friday, a plan Mayor Michael Bloomberg said will get rid of bad teachers immediately instead of letting them linger in the struggling institution. Comment

New 111th CO takes charge

Capt. Jason Huerta, the new commanding officer of the 111th Precinct, brings more than two decades’ worth of experience to his northeast Queens patrol. Comment

Bayside park battling drug habit

Police from the 111th Precinct said they were aware of reports from residents that a number of dealers were selling drugs in Bayside’s Marie Curie Park and narcotics detectives have been conducting an investigation. Comments (5)

Queens GOP split on prez

As Republicans from around the country struggle to get behind a Republican presidential candidate, so too do Queens elected officials and former officeholders, according to a list of GOP delegates released last week by the city Board of Elections. Comment
South Ozone Park

Crime rise sets off call for cops

With the 106th Precinct battling a surge in property crimes and the prospect of a convention center at Aqueduct Racetrack, state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) wants the precinct to be assigned more officers. Comment
Long Island City

TSA agents walk many roads to college, some on four legs

Those who start as U.S. Transportation Security Administration officials only need high school diplomas, but at LaGuardia Community College Friday, 50 agency employees from Queens’ two airports completed the first step toward furthering their education and careers. Comments (2)

Queens man gets 30 yrs for sexual child abuse

A Flushing pedophile who sexually abused children for years, including two of his nephews, will be locked up for three decades, a federal judge said Friday. Comment
Springfield Gardens

Spring Gardens aide groped students: DA

A Queens public school employee has been accused of sexually abusing his students just a week after it was learned that a teacher in the borough had asked her students to send Christmas cards to a prisoner in an upstate jail. Comment
Flushing Times

Gallagher redeems self in tie-break comeback victory

Following Carolyn Gallagher’s last outing against Christ the King two weeks ago, the junior star had her effort questioned by Molloy Coach Scott Lagas. Comment
Fresh Meadows

SFP sophomore guard dings 26 in postseason

Michael Fields gave a glimpse into a possibly bright future for St. Francis Prep Sunday afternoon. Comment
Dishing with Dee

Koo fund-raiser draws large crowd at Flushing hotel

We only attended two events this week, but they were two good ones. The first one was a fund-raising party hosted by the Friends of Peter Koo for his re-election campaign. Comments (1)

Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012


Queens skeptical about teacher evaluations

Queens stakeholders had mixed reactions to the publication of the city Department of Education’s controversial teacher data reports and raised questions about the impact making such information public would have on the borough’s schools. Comments (2)

Liu campaign staffer arrested on illegal fund-raising charges

A campaign staffer for city Comptroller John Liu was arrested Tuesday afternoon, making her the second person associated with Liu’s mayoral campaign to be charged by federal officials in connection with questionable donations, according to court documents. Comment

St. Patrick’s parade hails green in boro

Activist Brendan Fay said Sunnyside and Woodside’s 13th St. Pat’s for All Parade will be bigger, better and greener than ever — in more ways than one. Comment
South Ozone Park

Racino employees busted in casino card heist

Two employees of the Aqueduct racino were charged last week with stealing casino player cards with $100 worth of credit and selling them to casino patrons, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

B’klyn judge appointed to redraw congressional boundaries of N.Y.

A federal judge in Brooklyn was appointed Monday to redraw the boundaries for New York state’s 27 congressional districts. Comment
Kew Gardens Hills

Kew Gardens Hills man charged with pilfering Torah decorations from synagogue: NYPD

KEW GARDENS HILLS — Police arrested a Kew Gardens Hills man Tuesday and charged him with stealing several silver religious items from a synagogue. Comment
Flushing Times

Sophomore guard takes Molloy lead

Gabe Kilpatrick didn’t play a ton of minutes during the regular season. Legendary Archbishop Molloy Coach Jack Curran has always had a penchant for playing his seniors and upperclassmen, the ones who have been there before, over young players. Comment

Friday, Feb. 24, 2012

Far Rockaway

State orders Peninsula to stop admitting patients

The state Department of Health ordered Peninsula Hospital to stop admitting patients and cancel all upcoming surgeries after inspectors found problems with a crucial laboratory in the facility, a hospital spokeswoman said Friday. Comment
Springfield Gardens

Springfield Gardens teacher’s aide charged with sexual abuse

A Springfield Gardens teacher’s aide was charged Thursday with sexually abusing six female students over the last four months, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (2)


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