Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Fresh Meadows

Youths learn about technology through Legos at boro center

In the basement of a science and technology center for children, Tronian, a small robot made out of Legos that resembles a dune buggy, drove forward on a table with a red plastic ball clutched in its plastic arm. Comment

Queens’ ethnic roots flourish at festivals

Queens has a reputation for cultural diversity to uphold. Comments (2)

Tour the world at Queens’ multicultural festivals

Whether celebrating their own culture or learning about the practices of others, Queens residents can join in a wide array of ethic and religious-themed festivals throughout the year. Popular gatherings such as Holi, Diwali, and Eid offer a time to honor old traditions and new beginnings through music, dance, and other festivities. Comment

Artistic beat heard in all corners of the borough

Here’s something to look forward to during the final weeks of this bleak winter: Queens’ arts festival season starting in March. Combining culture, community, commerce and good times, these events connect residents and visitors to every facet of the arts, while celebrating local talent and giving small businesses a much-needed boost. Comment
Bayside Hills

Spring has sprung at Bayside fest

The Bayside Hills Civic Association held its annual Spring Festival Saturday, which featured tennis demonstrations, hard-boiled egg decorating and spoon races with plastic eggs. Comment

Tufino serves Naples-style pies in Astoria

Steven Menna has been making pizza ever since he was young, but it was a trip to Naples in 2006 that led him to become the owner of Tufino, a new Astoria restaurant that makes pizza like it is done in the Italian city. Comment

UFT, city need to settle on a contract

This October will be four years since the United Federation of Teachers contract expired. Comments (5)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


New toilets overflow with savings at Bayside High School

New porcelain thrones have been sitting well with administrators at Bayside High School, where a new city initiative has helped save energy one flush at a time. Comments (1)

Qns Museum of Art trims name amid preparations for expansion

Though it plans to expand, the Queens Museum of Art will shrink its name in half, the institution said. Comment
Ozone Park

Ozone Park man gets 30 years for crime spree

An Ozone Park man who shot at a marked police car during a one-hour rampage in 2010 was sentenced Monday to 30 years to life in prison, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said this week. Comment

Queens: Winner’s Circle for sports fans

Many people already know that Queens is one of the most diverse places on earth with a vast array of people, culture and cuisine. Comment
Glen Oaks

PS 115 students donate $1,000 to help veterans

Dozens of youngsters enrolled in a Glen Oaks elementary after-school program learned the meaning of community service last week in more ways than one. Comment

Renaissance Middle School inaugurates clubs and officers

The Renaissance Middle School in St. Albans recently held an inauguration ceremony for its clubs and officers. Comment

Five Alive with Music

Queens has long been known for both its richness of cultural diversity as well as music history from the likes of jazz great Louis Armstrong, punk rock pioneer Joey Ramone, rapper-turned-business tycoon 50 Cent and many others. Comment

Wait Until 2018

The flooding in parts of southeast Queens didn’t begin or end with Superstorm Sandy. Comment

Reform presidential primary process

Now that the presidential election has passed, it is time to re-examine how we choose our candidates for the highest office in our country. I believe we should consider changes in our presidential primary system. Comment

Monday, March 25, 2013


109th officer foils alleged thief’s MTA getaway

The 109th Precinct honored two quick-thinking police officers last week: one who foiled an alleged thief’s public transit escape and another who cuffed two suspects with lengthy rap sheets. Comment
St. Albans

Heroines given honors at community event in St. Albans

In celebration of Women’s History Month, City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) honored more than a dozen women for their community contributions at the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center in St. Albans Saturday. Comment

Patrizia’s of Bayside undergoes another change in management

The city Parks Department announced a change in ownership for Patrizia’s of Bayside after the Italian eatery cut back its operations to only providing catering services earlier this year but now has a reopening date about two months away. Comments (1)

Eastern Queens Alliance hosts Idlewild Wetland and Wildlife Preserve Benefit

The Eastern Queens Aliiance, Inc. recently held its Idlewild Wetland and Wildlife Preserve Benefit and Awards luncheon at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Comments (1)

Astoria Performing Arts Center holds annual gala

The Astoria Performing Arts Center recently held its annual gala at the Museum of the Moving Image. Comment

Missing Woodside man last seen near his home

WOODSIDE — Police were asking for the public’s help in locating a 61-year-old man who went missing this week. Comment

Jazz trumpet legends return home to Queens

The homage to two jazz giants at Flushing Town Hall Saturday was named: “Bix Beiderbeck and Louis Armstrong back home again in Queens.” Comment

Tip of the week


Parkland should remain haven for people, not business

In describing Flushing Meadows Corona Park as not being a “traditional park,” TimesLedger Newspapers is off the mark in its March 1-7 editorial “Show Us the Money.” Comment

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Long Island City

Van Bramer demands traffic study for Thomson Avenue

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) called for the city Department of Transportation to do a traffic safety study of Thomson Avenue last week in light of a car crash that killed a 16-year-old boy and injured four LaGuardia Community College students. Comment

Phoenix parties help Sandy victims rise back to normalcy

A new wave of support for Superstorm Sandy victims has risen out of Bayside, where one woman hopes to inspire others to shower those less fortunate with help. Comment

Queens population on the rise: Census

The number of people living in Queens is growing, although not as fast as in Brooklyn or Manhattan, according to new U.S. census data released this month. Comment
Jackson Heights

Coalition creates bus for education reform

School buses bring kids to places where they can get information and learn, but a bus tour that came to Queens Monday brought information to their parents. Comment

Christine Quinn kicks off mayoral campaign throughout city

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn recently kicked off her mayoral campaign with a five-borough tour. Comment

Leroy Comrie hosts jazz fund-raiser in St. Albans

City Councilman Leroy Comrie recently held a fund-rasier for his mayoral campaign in St. Albans. Comment

Peter Vallone receives Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association endorsement

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. recently received the endorsement of the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association during an event at Ovelia in Astoria. Comment
Breezy Point

Erin go Bragh in Breezy Point

Ireland’s Prime Minister Enda Kenny brought some luck of the Irish straight from the Emerald Isle to Breezy Point with a visit to St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church in Breezy Point on St. Patrick’s Day. Comment
Long Island City

Cooking oil swiped from truck in LIC

LONG ISLAND CITY — Police were looking for help in locating a white box truck and its operator, wanted in connection with a cooking oil burglary in January. Comment
College Point

Cops on the lookout for missing College Point woman

COLLEGE POINT — Police were seeking the public’s help in locating a 29-year-old woman who went missing in College Point. Comment
Ozone Park

Police seek missing Ozone Park man last seen in Manhattan

OZONE PARK — Police were seeking the public’s assistance in locating an Ozone Park man who went missing March 13. Comment

Deli manager sets the record straight

Please allow me the opportunity to respond to the March 1-7 Bayside Times letter “Dogs should not eat off tables.” I understand that it does not wish to engage in a “he said, she said” between two parties, but since the reputation of a respected business in the Bayside community for almost 20 years is at stake, I think it is fair I have a chance to respond to the allegations presented in the letter. Comments (1)

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Broad Channel

City’s Sandy repair program in Queens nearing completion

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Friday that Rapid Repairs is wrapping up work to restore city homes damaged during Hurricane Sandy, with 20,000 residences having received free emergency repairs to their heating, electrical or hot water systems and 54,000 people able to return home. Comment
Fresh Meadows

St. John’s students go to lengths to benefit cancer research

Cara Weidinger, 18, stood in a crowd gathering in a St. John’s University break room, smiling nervously. She saw a friend and lit up as the two embraced. Comment

Memories of genocide dim

Within the walls of the New York Armenian Home for the Aged in Flushing, the last accounts of a nearly century-old genocide are fading away. Comment

Shafran raises $59K in CD 19 race

Democrats hoping to challenge City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) in November filed their March financial contributions with the city Campaign Finance Board, showing Austin Shafran in the lead with former state Assemblyman John Duane and attorney Paul Vallone not far behind. Comment

Whitestone bomb plotter gets decade behind bars

The Whitestone man who pleaded guilty in December to plotting attacks on New York City synagogues was sentenced to 10 years behind bars last Friday in the first conviction on state-level terrorism charges. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Cabbie dies on GCP in hit-and-run: Police

FRESH MEADOWS — A 19-year-old driver was being held on $100,000 bail after a hit-and-run motor vehicle accident resulted in the death of a Bronx cabbie on the Grand Central Parkway Sunday, according to the Queens district attorney. Comment
Cambria Heights

Cops on the hunt for armed robbers who struck in Cambria Heights

CAMBRIA HEIGHTS — The NYPD was seeking the public’s assistance in locating two suspects wanted in connection with a string of robberies and one attempted robbery in Cambria Heights and two in Brooklyn. Comment

Man dies at hospital after car hits tree in Rosedale

ROSEDALE — Police said a man was killed in a one-car accident Monday just after 6 p.m. on Francis Lewis Boulevard. Comment

Cops under arrest for DWI in western Queens: Police

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Two off-duty NYPD officers were arrested Sunday and charged with DWI, with one also being charged with leaving the scene of an accident, cops said. Comment
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s women earn fourth straight NCAA berth

A fourth-straight trip to the NCAA tournament was never a sure thing for the St. John’s women’s basketball team. Comment
I Sit and Look Out

Philanthropist, justice and columnist share only one thing

Andrew Carnegie, Antonin Scalia and I have a little in common. Comment

Another Senseless Death

Abdullah Munshi offered a bizarre defense for driving drunk on the morning of July 10 when he struck and killed Frank Avino, a 63-year-old electrician from College Point. Comment

Friday, March 22, 2013

Jackson Heights

Two Bronx men arraigned in Flushing teacher’s murder

The two Bronx men charged with murder in the January slaying of a Flushing teacher were arraigned Thursday and could face up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted, the Queens District Attorney said. Comment
Richmond Hill

Non-profit helps Queens residents keep their homes

Like so many in southeast Queens, Juanita Oliva’s family used their home to make a better future for themselves. Comment
Long Island City

LIC millstone damaged in Queens Plaza setting

The Queens Plaza millstones seemed to have found a permanent home in the new Dutch Kills Green, but Greater Astoria Historical Society Executive Director Bob Singleton said one of the stones has been damaged and the pair should be in a safer place. Comment

Avella questions proposed changes to Douglaston home

A Queens legislator and members of historical preservation organizations are up in arms over proposed alterations to a 100-year-old farmhouse in Douglaston they believe could threaten the character of the home and its neighborhood. Comments (1)
Glen Oaks

Boro pushes for timing of buses on Q46 route

Northeast Queens elected officials want more Bus Time and have penned a letter to the MTA hoping to keep the borough from the bottom of the priority list. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Officials look to bring music back to Forest Hills stadium

Acoustics at an iconic tennis stadium in Forest Hills might carry sound once again. Comment

Wanted Greek busted at JFK with stun gun

A Greek national was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport last week where authorities said he sneaked past the TSA security checkpoint with a stun gun he had allegedly used to subdue his former girlfriend before he raped her, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Boro lawmakers want $9/hr

Queens lawmakers are pushing for a state minimum wage increase, but not all are thrilled with a tax extension on top-earners as budget negotiations in Albany enter their final stages. Comment
Far Rockaway

Sandy victims receive JCC Passover meals

About 200 people who struggle to make ends meet in the Rockaways — some of them still reeling from Hurricane Sandy — received Passover meals from the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula Monday. Comment

Council changes financial disclosure rule after southeast Queens special election

In southeast Queens’ special election last month — the first race in the borough under new campaign finance disclosure rules — the 1199/SEIU reported spending more than $22,000 to send mass mailings to its members urging them to vote for Donovan Richards. Comment

LIC man to serve five years for hitting Sunnyside biker

An intoxicated 25-year-old Long Island City driver who fatally struck a bicyclist in Sunnyside will spend the next five years behind bars, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comments (1)
South Jamaica

Darryl Adams killer gets 25 years

Two weeks after friends and family of Darryl Adams gathered outside the South Jamaica Houses on the first anniversary of his death, they packed a Queens courtroom Tuesday and watched as one of his killers was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Comments (4)

Liu starts mayor run with stop in Flushing

City Comptroller John Liu officially kicked off his mayoral campaign Sunday with a 15-stop traverse across the five boroughs. Comments (2)
Rockaway Park

Scholars scores championship

Scholars Academy celebrated more than a city championship when it charged the court at St. Francis College. Comment

Cops hunt would-be Rosedale bank robbery suspect

ROSEDALE — Police were seeking the public’s help in identifying and locating a suspect wanted in connection with an attempted bank robbery in Rosedale Feb. 27. Comment
Rockaway Park

Rockaway’s Jasmine Nwajei helps Bergtraum win city title

Jasmine Nwajei made the most of her second chance, allowing Murry Bergtraum’s incredible string of PSAL city titles to continue. Comment
The Play’s the Thing

Director gives insight into what it takes to stage a play

What a great time at the theater! Weeks later I’m still on a high after seeing the revival of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolff?”, Edward Albee’s masterwork, at the Booth Theatre, its limited run now ended. A production of the acclaimed Chicago-based Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the cast was led by Tracy Letts and Amy Morton as George and Martha, complemented by Carrie Coon and Madison Dirks as Honey and Nick. All brilliant — I’ve seldom, if ever, seen any better. Comment

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Howard Beach

Parks shuts down Howard Beach stables amid equine deaths

The city’s Parks Department reined in a Howard Beach stable this week after six horses died there in as many months. Comment

Curran remembered by basketball world at his funeral

Hundreds turned out to say a final goodbye Wednesday to legendary Archbishop Molloy coach Jack Curran. Comment
Jackson Heights

Second Bronx man arrested in Flushing teacher’s murder

JACKSON HEIGHTS — A 19-year-old Bronx man was arrested and charged with murder in the January slaying of a Flushing teacher on 91st Street, police said, the second arrest in the case in as many days. Comment

Husband hid wife’s body in Idlewild: DA Brown

Police arrested the common-law husband of a South Jamaica woman Wednesday whose lifeless body was found the day before in Idlewild Park, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (9)

Feds keep watch over Flushing Meadows

Unlike most parks in the city, Flushing Meadows Corona Park is subject to federal regulations that govern development more stringently than the state, although its oversight would apply to each of the three proposed projects in a different way. Comment

Remembering Molloy Coach Jack Curran

Legendary Archbishop Molloy coach Jack Curran embodied character and kindness as much as he did victories and championships. Comment
Jamaica Hills

Queens bodega clerks knock limits on tobacco displays

Ann Hussain, a manager at a Jamaica Hills grocery store, said she thinks a proposal from Mayor Michael Bloomberg that would require most retailers to keep cigarettes and other tobacco products out of sight is a bad idea. Comments (1)
Willets Point

Willets plan begins review process

The companies behind the Willets Point Redevelopment project hope to have a shovel in the ground by early next year following the city’s certification of their zoning application Monday. Comments (2)

Police search LI beach for missing Bayside woman

Nassau County police are assisting the NYPD in its investigation into the disappearance of a Bayside woman after she was linked to an abandoned car found at a notorious beach on Long Island Sunday. Comment

Players, pols pay homage to his legacy

“While Jack was known for basketball and baseball victories at Archbishop Molloy, his even more impressive achievement was helping to shape the lives of the thousands of students he taught over the past 55 years.” Comment

Quinn backs NYPD reform amid stop/frisk trial

The day after the broadest challenge yet to the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk practices kicked off in a Manhattan federal courtroom, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) announced she was in favor of appointing an independent monitor to oversee the department. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Muslims hurt by NYPD surveillance: Report

A CUNY School of Law project released a report last week saying the NYPD’s surveillance of Muslims in the city has bred self-censorship and distrust of others in the community. Comments (1)
Bay Terrace

FAA reps take heat at plane noise meet

After meeting face-to-face with the Federal Aviation Administration, residents and elected officials of northeast Queens mulled over their next move to silence airliner noise above their homes, which could include legal action. Comment

Queens officials mourn death of Tom Manton’s wife Diane

Diane Manton, wife of the late congressman and Queens Democratic Party Chairman Thomas Manton, died Monday, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) said in a statement. She was in her 80s. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Ground-level GOPers grow weary after coup

Members of the Queens County Republican Party appear to be at odds with each other at all levels following a political coup earlier this year. Comments (3)

Roosevelt to get New Deal

Continuing her work of several years to improve Roosevelt Avenue, City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) joined with city officials and community leaders Tuesday to unveil a seven-point plan to make the strip cleaner, brighter and safer. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Police still looking for robber at F train station [With Video of Suspect]

JAMAICA ESTATES — Police were seeking assistance in locating a suspect wanted in connection with a robbery at the entrance of the F train subway station at Homelawn Street and Hillside Avenue March 8. Comment

Bottle-nose dolphin makes short visit to Astoria

A bottlenose dolphin that delighted residents along the East River in Queens and Brooklyn late last week seems to have swum to fairer seas, a Long Island nonprofit to protect marine animals said. Comment
Middle Village

Cops need to ID robber who hit bank in Sept.

MIDDLE VILLAGE — Police were asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect wanted in connection with a bank robbery in September of last year. Comment
Block Shots

Jack Curran set standard to which all aspired

Jack Curran set an extraordinary example of how to live a meaningful life that impacted many in a positive way. Comment
Middle Village

Christ the King sets sights on Federation playoffs

Jordan Fuchs’ memory of his last trip to the state Federation tournament is not pleasant. It is one he so desperately wants to replace. Comment
South Ozone Park

Adams tops Seagulls for PSAL city title

Inside the John Adams’ locker room prior to the PSAL A division championship game, someone scribbled a simple message on the blackboard: “Play defense and you’ll be city champions.” That’s exactly what the Spartans boys’ basketball team did against McKee/Staten Island Tech Sunday in the final at St. Francis College. Comments (1)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Lifetime environmentalist from Queens runs Going Green to teach good habits

Back when he was searching for a service project to help him earn his Eagle Scout award in 1976, Rosedale’s Fred Kress looked no further than his local park to make a difference in his community. Comment
Richmond Hill

Free trees headed to Queens to fill Sandy gaps

Free trees are coming back to Queens to supplement the beating suffered by the borough during Superstorm Sandy late last year, the New York Restoration Project said. Comment

Mayor proposes ban on plastic foam containers

As Mayor Michael Bloomberg enters his final year in office, he is continuing to cement a legacy of reimagining New York as a greener city by proposing a ban on plastic foam food containers. Comment

Residents invited to workshops on pruning, composting and energy-efficient lighting

A founder and key player in Queens’ annual Going Green event said this year it was sure to deliver the same kinds of eco-friendly messages while also offering more opportunities for visitors to engage in workshops. Comment
Glen Oaks

City policies stand in way of tree maintenance

Hurricane Sandy wrought havoc on New York City’s tree population and stressed the importance of properly maintaining them. Northeast Queens’s interests in increasing community involvement in that maintenance are at odds with current city policies. Comment

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

South Jamaica

Darryl Adams’ killer gets 25 years in prison

A mother who watched her 18-year-old son gunned down on surveillance video last year as he ran through the South Jamaica Houses trying to escape his cold-blooded killers told her son’s shooter at his sentencing earlier Tuesday she hoped he would spend the rest of his life in prison. Comments (15)

Missing Bayside woman’s car found on LI beach: Cops

A Bayside woman missing since Saturday has been linked to an abandoned car found at a notorious beach on Long Island. Comment

Body found floating near Hook Creek Wildlife Santuary

Fire Department officials said the body of a woman was pulled from the marshlands near Hook Creek Wildlife Sanctuary in Rosedale Tuesday morning but have yet to identify her. Comment
Rego Park

LIRR derailment to affect rush hour travel for the week

The Long Island Rail Road said Tuesday it would cancel seven and divert one of the 128 trains it normally provides in the afternoon and evening rush hour because of track damage caused by a derailment Monday night west of the Forest Hills station in Queens. Comment
Breezy Point

Volunteers needed for Jamaica Bay cleanup

A group that strives to help veterans get back into the workforce is turning its attention toward revitalizing the city’s storm damaged shore. Comment
No Holds Barred

Prosecutors should handle sex abuse cases in religious groups

This series of blogs started out to try to find out why in a special election for a seat in Congress, considered “safe” for the Democrats, the Republican candidate won. The district then encompassed Queens areas and some parts of Brooklyn where Robert Turner won very handily, thanks to the votes of Ultra-Orthodox Jews. He lost in Queens, but he became a Representative. Comment

Monday, March 18, 2013


Trial begins on NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy

The fact that blacks and Latinos are stopped by the NYPD at rates disproportional to their populations across the city was not in dispute Monday when the broadest challenge yet to the Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policies kicked off in a Manhattan federal courtroom. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Teenager charged with DWI in fatal Fresh Meadows collision: Cops

Police arrested a 19-year-old driver after a hit-and-run resulted in the death of a Bronx cabbie on the Grand Central Parkway Sunday. Comment
St. Albans

“Central Park Five” director and defendants slated to lead discussion after screening

A film documenting a painful episode of New York City’s past will offer a chance for conversation and perhaps some healing this week in St. Albans. The community organization Our Village Giving Circle, along with St. Albans Congregational Church and Council Member Leroy Comrie will be presenting a screening and discussion of the documentary “The Central Park Five” at the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center at 172-17 Linden Boulevard this Thursday at 7 p.m. Comment


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