Wednesday, May 15, 2013


Boro’s Quiet Skies gains momentum in FAA fight

The group of Bayside activists hoping to silence the growing nuisance of airliner noise in their backyards has come a long way in a short time since its formation late last year. Comments (3)
Oakland Gardens

Pets on parade at Alley Pond

Animals and their owners flocked to Alley Pond Park Sunday for Pets and Pals Day, which was sponsored by the Parks Department, Councilman Mark Weprin and community groups. Comment

York College adds Latin twist

The York College Foundation recently held its sixth annual scholarship benefit concert starring the Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra. The honoree for the evening was guest speaker Hank Sheinkopf, president of Sheinkopf Ltd. Comment

Tenor Daniel Rodriguez performs at fund-raiser for Flushing House

Tenor Daniel Rodriguez, “the Singing Cop,” took the stage at Flushing Town Hall during a fund-raiser for Flushing House. Comment
South Jamaica

South Jamaica man guilty of 2008 murder: Brown

JAMAICA — A South Jamaica man was convicted of murder in the shooting of an unarmed man in 2008 during a dispute about who would take control of a 14-year-old prostitute, the Queens district attorney said Wednesday. Comments (1)

Bayside dental office reaches out to Queens

A new periodontal office in Bayside is taking its message about treating gum disease to hospitals and health centers throughout the borough. Comment

Back Willets Point development

Queens is on the verge of an economic development tidal wave, but if we do not encourage this growth, we stand to lose out on critical opportunities to improve the quality of life for residents. Comments (3)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


Israel, Meng co-sponsor bill on student loan rates

The clock is ticking for Congress to act on what U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) called a time bomb on college affordability for more than 7 million students. Comment

Scout leads Udalls cleanup

Little Neck resident David Guapisaca led friends and fellow scouts in a cleanup project at Virginia Point, the northern end of Udalls Cove. Guapisaca is a member of Boy Scout Troop 10 based in Great Neck and completed the project in hopes of earning his Eagle Scout rank. Comment
Long Island City

LaGuardia photographers take aim at all of Queens

LaGuardia Community College recently opened a student photography exhibit called the “Astoria Project” that focuses on people and places that make up the cultural diversity of Astoria. Comments (1)

Ten arrested in auto theft ring: Queens DA

WOODSIDE — Police and prosecutors put the brakes on a massive auto theft ring that spanned Queens and Brooklyn, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced Wednesday. Comment

Knives have no place on a plane

It is ridiculous that the Transportation Security Administration is going to allow small knives to be carried on board planes. A small knife is just as dangerous as a large one. Comment

Monday, May 13, 2013


SE Qns. group plans candidates’ forums

A group from southeast Queens is hoping it can be a clearing house for the community in this year’s upcoming city elections. Comment

Cinco de Mayo comes to Flushing Meadows

Thousands of people flocked to Flushing Meadows Corona Park for a festival and concert, celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Comment
Long Island City

LIC Arts Open offers creativity up close and personal

For five days next week the center of New York’s art world won’t be found in Chelsea or SoHo or Tribeca. Instead it will be right here in Queens. Comment

Lauding the Lensman

Nat Valentine, a freelance photographer for TimesLedger Newspapers, holds his Making a Difference Award from Cultural Collaborative, City Council citation and Congressional Achievement Award after he was honored for his work as a community archivist during the Special Achievement Awards at the Harvest Room of Jamaica Market May 1. The event was organized by Cultural Collaborative, which holds the annual Jamaica JAMs festival. Comment

Police looking for missing Elmhurst man

ELMHURST — A Woodside Avenue man went missing from his home Tuesday, police said. Comment

Tip of the week


People, biz must stop littering

At the northeast corner of Northern Boulevard and Clearview Expressway in Bayside is a green area where the Soldier’s Monument stands. The monument commemorates the sacrifices our men and women made serving in the armed forces during wartime. Comments (2)

Sunday, May 12, 2013


Karate kids get kick out of free Flushing tournament

The Al Oerter Recreation Center in Flushing looked like a martial arts movie scene Sunday, when hundreds of people cheered on children as young as 4 chopping and kicking their way through a tournament sponsored by the city Parks Department. Comment
Cambria Heights

Cambria Heights doctor charged in pill sale scam

Federal prosecutors charged a Cambria Heights doctor with pushing powerful and addictive painkillers in exchange for cash, according to an indictment unsealed earlier this week. Comment

DOE proposes boro school to broaden gifted program

For years Queens parents whose youngsters won a coveted spot in the city’s most competitive gifted programs have had to look outside the borough once their children reached middle school, but now the city Department of Education has plans to expand the offerings in Astoria. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Five Boro Bike Tour rides through Queens

More than 30,000 cyclists biked through the five boroughs during the TD Five Boro Bike Tour Sunday. Comment
Broad Channel

Subway delays still persist months after Sandy

MTA delay alerts on subways rose 29 percent in January through March in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy compared with the same period of 2012, the Straphangers Campaign reported. Comments (1)

Go Red dinner to raise heart disease awareness

The Queens Go Red for Women Dinner Committee and American Heart Association staffers took time out this week for a photo at Citi Field, where they met to plan their fund-raiser next month. The sixth annual Queens dinner, to elevate the cause of women and heart disease, will be held June 12 at Terrace on the Park in Flushing. TimesLedger Newspapers is a sponsor of the event. Comment

Off-duty officer charged with assault: NYPD

JAMAICA — An NYPD cop was arrested last week and charged with assault, according to police. Comment

Police nab teen iPhone snatch suspect in Elmhurst: NYPD

ELMHURST — It was “A Bronx Tale” set in Queens. Comment

Two Queens men indicted in Westchester bank rob: FBI

QUEENS — Two men from Queens were indicted in connection with a bank robbery in Ardsley, N.Y., the FBI said. Comment

People of all stripes came out for 1939 World’s Fair

The official opening of the 1939 World’s Fair came with the president’s opening remarks at 3:12 p.m., along with Gov. Herbert Lehman, Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia and fair President Grover Whalen, who headed the list of other speakers from 60 other participating nations. Comment

The New Clockwork Orange

The Internet and smartphones have opened up a world that was unimaginable 10 years ago. Comment

Rockaway line would reduce bus crowding

The A train has been out of service since Superstorm Sandy devastated many areas of Rockaway. So I have been taking the Q52 bus to get home, at Arverne By the Sea. Comments (1)

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Oakland Gardens

MTA should restore Q75 route: Weprin

After hearing news of an unexpected $40 million surplus for the MTA, one northeast Queens lawmaker proposed the agency bring back a vital bus route in his district after cutting it in 2010. Comments (2)

Hillcrest school program faces ax after 13 years

The city has spared one Hillcrest after-school program from the budget dance for 13 years, but is now planning to completely cut off its funding, program directors said at a Tuesday rally. Comment

Sample everything the borough has to offer

Queens’ vast dining options will be on full display next week at the annual Taste of Queens celebration. Taking place at Citi Field’s Caesars Club on Tuesday, May 14, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m, the event brings together almost 50 restaurants from across the borough, offering eats as diverse as Queens itself. Comments (1)

Garden picnic, evening cruise among ways to spend Mother’s Day

Every year, on the second Sunday in May, mothers around the country are appreciated with flowers, chocolates, gifts and kisses. Comment

Qns Library could face closures under suggested city budget cuts

Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed deep cuts to city libraries in his 2014 budget that some worry could close Queens Library facilities, force layoffs and slash the number of hours facilities would be open a week. Comments (3)

NYPD looking for missing Flushing teen

FLUSHING — Police were asking the public’s help to locate a teenager who has been missing from her 45th Avenue home for more than a week. Comment
Block Shots

Scrappy Spartans need collective effort to repeat history

If John Adams is going to repeat its feat and reach the PSAL Class A baseball semifinals and beyond, the team is going to have to do so without a bona fide offensive star. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Big East names McArdle offensive player of the year

Kieran McArdle added to a historic season for the St. John’s lacrosse programs. Comment
Political Action

Protection from terrorism is first priority of government

Since Washington, D.C., is the national capital, it could be said that Boston is the spiritual capital of our country from the standpoint that it was in April 1775 that the Revolutionary War began with the Battles of Lexington and Concord between American patriots and British soldiers. These military engagements occurred outside Boston and triggered a war that would last seven years. Comment

Shame Congress into passing gun control laws

Republicans successfully derailed the passage of gun legislation last month in the last moments when passage looked likely. The 54 votes in favor fell short of the 60 needed to break a filibuster. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who co-authored the bill, said it would have passed if the National Rifle Association did not score it. The NRA score scared enough senators to oppose it rather than risk reprisals from pro-gunners come election time. Most headlines called these folks cowards. Comment

Friday, May 10, 2013

Long Island City

[UPDATE] Arrest made in LIC carjacking spree

Police arrested a man who was suspected of going on a carjacking spree in the borough Thursday, allegedly stealing three cars at gunpoint and attempting to steal several others within the course of an hour. Comment

Queens Bangladeshis decry factory collapse

The Bangladeshi community in Queens reacted with sadness to a garment factory collapse in Bangladesh last month that left hundreds dead, and an organization that advocates for immigrant workers said the tragedy sheds light on the importance of creating better working conditions for laborers in the garment industry overseas. Comment

CB 11 opposes Bayside school site

A city proposal to build an elementary school in the heart of Bayside has Community Board 11 members on the edge of their seats with concerns over congestion and traffic trouble. Comments (2)

Astoria woman wins fight for wheelchair ramp

A disabled Astoria woman was awarded $60,000 in damages for mental anguish after her landlord refused her pleas to construct a wheelchair-accessible ramp in her building and installed video cameras with views of her apartment apparently in retaliation for her request, the Queens Supreme Court ruled earlier this year. Comment
Long Island City

Borough history buffs dig up past at Calvary

There are about 3 million people buried in Calvary Cemetery, the oldest graveyard in the borough. Comments (3)

Douglaston concert to benefit historic church organ

After weeks of fine-tuning and planning, a group of Douglaston musicians announced a benefit concert for later this month to help restore a historic organ at the Community Church of Douglaston and fund a junior yacht club in the neighborhood. Comment

Walcott honors math star at JHS 190 in Forest Hills

Math skills add up to success at one Forest Hills middle school. Comment
Far Rockaway

Groups tour mold damage

Hurricane Sandy left behind an ongoing health threat in the Rockaways that lingers long after the water receded. Comments (2)

Family of man killed in Queensbridge sues NYPD

The family of a Japanese student struck and killed by a police cruiser in Queensbridge has filed an $8 million lawsuit against the city and NYPD in hopes of finding out the circumstances surrounding his death, their lawyer said. Comment
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s University president resigns

The Rev. Donald J. Harrington was praised for his accomplishments reforming St. John’s University during his tenure as president following the surprise announcement that he was retiring Friday in the wake of two New York Magazine articles accusing him of taking gifts and vacations from a powerful school fund-raiser who killed herself during her fraud trial. Comment
Howard Beach

Sandy spurs city to add evac zones

Howard Beach, which was not evacuated during Hurricane Sandy and sustained serious damage during Hurricane Sandy, has now been put in the top evacuation zone alongside neighborhoods that were ordered to leave prior to the storm in new proposed zones released last week. Comment

Whitestoner guilty of heading drug ring: AG

WHITESTONE — A Whitestone resident pleaded guilty to enterprise corruption in Queens Supreme Court Wednesday for her role in a tri-state prostitution ring, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said. Comment

FBI adds boro woman to list of Most Wanted

QUEENS — A woman from Queens became the first female to be listed on the FBI’s list of Most Wanted Terrorists, the New York Post said. Joanne Chesimard, a member of the Black Liberation Army, fled to Cuba after she broke out of a New Jersey prison in 1979, where she was serving time for the execution-style murder of a New Jersey State Trooper, the Post said. The FBI made the announcement she made the Most Wanted Terrorists list last week, the Post said. Comment
Rochdale Village

Police looking for missing Rochdale teen

ROCHDALE — Cops were seeking the public’s help in locating Shameek Fisher, a 14-year-old boy who went missing from his Rochdale Village home Saturday. Comment

Police seeking info about the whereabouts of missing Elmhurst teen

ELMHURST — A 13-year-old girl disappeared from her Macnish Street home last week, police said. Comment
East Elmhurst

McClancy falls short to Xaverian Clippers

Mike Libasci is finally healthy and it shows. Comments (1)
South Ozone Park

Aponte leads Adams to win

Bryan Aponte watched Benjamin Cardozo intentionally walk Elvis Clime to load the bases for him with two outs in the bottom of the sixth and John Adams trailing by a run. He stepped to the plate with his mind set on making them pay. Comments (1)

Thursday, May 9, 2013


Huntley gets year in prison after wearing wire

Former state Sen. Shirley Huntley, who wore a wire last summer and secretly recorded nine political associates for the feds after being caught with her hand in the taxpayer pot, asked for a chance to right her wrongs before she was sentenced Thursday to one year and a day in federal prison. Comment

Liu aides’ guilt casts shadow on mayoral run

The fraud convictions of two former campaign aides to city Comptroller John Liu has not helped his run for higher office, but the jury’s decision may influence whether the Queens Democratic Party will endorse the lawmaker’s mayoral bid, borough political observers said. Comments (3)
Long Island City

Police hunt for LIC man suspected of multiple carjackings: NYPD

Police were hunting for an armed Queens man who went on a carjacking spree in the borough Thursday after acquaintances said he had been acting odd the last few days. Comment
Willets Point

First Willets plan called for parkland swap

The development group selected to build Willets Point planned to replace about 32 acres of parkland in a 2011 failed proposal for a casino complex, but now contends its current $3 billion project does not require it. Comments (5)

USTA land deal panned by critics

The United States Tennis Association trumpeted a pledge this week to replace double the parkland it wants to take as part of its expansion, but critics called the swap disingenuous since the land is already used by the public. Comment
South Ozone Park

Cops nab suspect in S. Ozone child molestations

Anonymous tips helped police track down a suspect wanted in connection with two sexual molestations last week. Comment

Giuliani joins Council race

The field of candidates eyeing northeast Queens’ 19th City Council District seat grew larger this week as its embattled incumbent, who will not seek re-election, faces an ethics probe on allegations that he had affairs with a former intern and former deputy chief of staff. Comments (14)
Real Estate

AG assails banks over state foreclosure delays

As Queens homeowners continue to struggle with the foreclosure crisis, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced earlier this week his office intends to sue Wells Fargo and Bank of America, claiming the banking giants have violated the terms of a national agreement setting timelines for processing load modifications. Comment
Middle Village

MidVil family faces feathered feces siege

Most people seek out trees during the warm months as a respite from the sun’s rays, but not the Harris family in Middle Village. Comments (1)
South Ozone Park

Passenger traffic pressures borough airports to expand

John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports are being driven to expand by demand and global competition in a trend that promises a significant economic impact on Queens, a Port Authority executive said Wednesday. Comment
Howard Beach

City mourns Joel Miele after decades of work

Joel Miele, a Howard Beach resident who served Queens and the city at large in a wide-reaching array of positions, died Tuesday. He was 79. Comment

Huntley sentenced to a year and a day in prison

Former state Sen. Shirley Huntley, who pleaded guilty to taking a bribe and stealing $87,000 from a non-profit, was sentenced to one year and a day in prison in Brooklyn federal court Thursday a day after the judge released the names of nine people she secretly recorded in a bid for leniency. Comment

Whitestone mom wants killer of son, 46, found

A Whitestone man fatally shot in the face and torso was cremated Tuesday as police hunted for his killer, his grieving mother said. Comments (9)
Rockaway Park

Mother Nature on mend at Rockaway Park Earth Day

Families and residents gathered in Rockaway Park Saturday to celebrate a belated Earth Day, though this year the event took on special significance. Comment
Ozone Park

Ozone Park man arrested in sexual assault

OZONE PARK — Cops arrested a 25-year-old Ozone Park man and charged him with a May 5 sexual assault, according to the NYPD. Comment

BB gun-wielding child terrorizes Astoria park: Parenting website

ASTORIA — A father and his daughter allegedly terrorized an Astoria park with a pellet gun Tuesday morning, according to the parenting website Comment

Arverne man charged in mother’s stabbing death: DA

ARVERNE — A Queens man was arrested Tuesday and charged with the stabbing death of his 60-year-old mother, according to the Queens district attorney. Comment
Forest Hills

Police hunt suspect who allegedly tried to hold up cabbie with syringe

FOREST HILLS — A syringe-wielding man tried to stick up a cabbie Friday night, police said. Comment
South Jamaica

Brooklyn motorcyclist dies after hitting Van Wyck guardrail: NYPD

SOUTH JAMAICA — A motorcyclist died after losing control of his bike on the Van Wyck Expressway Tuesday, police said. Comment
Long Island City

Aviation defeats QHST in comeback thriller

Aviation pitcher Elias Martinez used his time in ninth period Spanish Monday afternoon to catch up on some needed classwork, thinking he would not be needed in the team’s game. Comment

Molloy holds off Terriers to stay in division title race

Greg Boyle had a quick flashback on the pitching mound last Friday afternoon. Comment

Wednesday, May 8, 2013


Names of nine recorded by Huntley released

Disgraced former state Sen. Shirley Huntley secretly recorded fellow Queens politicians Sens. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) and her protégé City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) as well as six others last summer in cooperation with federal authorities, according to a letter written by her attorney that was unsealed in court Wednesday afternoon. Comments (1)

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

South Ozone Park UPDATE

Homeless man charged in S. Ozone Park sex assaults

Authorities Tuesday evening said they had arrested and charged a homeless man with molesting two 7-year-old girls in South Ozone Park last week. Comment

CB 11 opposes potential site for new school

A heated and sometimes contentious Community Board 11 meeting Monday night ended with a unified opposition to a proposal to install an elementary school in the footprint of 83-year Bayside mainstay Keil Bros. Garden Center. Comments (1)

Dead man found under van in Astoria

Police are trying to identify a black man in his 40s or 50s who was found dead under a parked van in Astoria Monday afternoon, the NYPD said. Comment

Man burned at Astoria metal working shop

A man in his 30s suffered second-degree burns to his torso and arm at an Astoria metal working shop Tuesday morning, a spokesman for the FDNY said. Comment
Long Island City

Variations Theatre’s ‘Some Girl(s)’ takes a calculated look at love

Fairly or not, playwright Neil Labute’s work often is called misogynistic and for the most part that is a pretty apt label. Comment

Monday, May 6, 2013


Secret recordings made by Huntley not key in Sampson indictment

Disgraced state Sen. Shirley Huntley wore a wire for the FBI last summer, but the information she collected was not used in the indictment of one of her colleagues in the state Legislature Monday. Comment

Subway system still struggling after Sandy

The Straphangers Campaign reports the subway system has yet to recover from the pounding of Hurricane Sandy. Comment

Sunday, May 5, 2013

South Ozone Park

New video shows man who allegedly molested two S. Ozone Park 7-year-olds: NYPD

Police released more video of the man wanted in connection with a sexual assault involving two 7-year-olds in South Ozone Park Wednesday. Comments (2)
Ozone Park

Corrections officer locked up on strangulation charges: Police

OZONE PARK — A city Department of Corrections officer was cuffed early Sunday morning and charged with choking someone, the NYPD said. Comment
Far Rockaway

Far Rock man shot and killed days after release from prison

Friends and family of a man gunned down at Far Rockaway’s Edgemere houses gathered at a small memorial Saturday to remember him. Comment

Saturday, May 4, 2013


Huntley wore wire for FBI: Feds

Southeast Queens was abuzz with speculation Saturday after court documents showed disgraced state Sen. Shirley Huntley wore a wire last summer and recorded meetings with three elected officials federal prosecutors deemed “useful.” Comments (1)


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