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Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013

Forest Hills Gardens

FH Tennis Stadium makes rock ‘n’ roll comeback

Forest Hills Gardens

FH Tennis Stadium makes rock ‘n’ roll comeback

After years of quiet, the West Side Tennis Club will rock once more. Based in Forest Hills, the stadium has not hosted a concert since the 1990s. Comment
The new owner of the cafe at Whitestone’s LeHavre on the Water is whipping up unique menu items that are as good as the picturesque view outside. Comments (2)
The Bayside United Methodist held a blessing for animals last Sunday. Comment
Many older students returning to the classroom discover the experience is similar to accepting additional work as a weekend sales clerk or evening bartender. Comment
Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. recently honored PS 122 students for their scores on New York state’s standardized tests. Pupils at the school in Astoria scored 71 percent at or above proficient in math and 69.7 percent at or above proficient in ELA – roughly 40 percent higher than both the city and state averages, Vallone said. Comment
ReBound Functional Training Center in Bayside recently held an open house for medical/health professionals. Comment
Letters

Do not trust lying politicians

Why does reader Roseanne D’Angelo support lying, adultery and stealing? Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013

A trendy new consignment shop in the Ditmars section of Astoria drew a crowd before it even opened its doors this weekend. Comment
LIPA customers will see a rise in their bills this month after the power utility increased its charge for its monthly power supply. Comment
Corona

A Calabrian fantasyland located right in Corona

It’s hard to say which is more impressive at Cucino A Modo Mio in Corona, the Calabrian-style Italian food or the site specific folk art installation that passes for decor here. It’s kitschy and wonderful, or maybe wonderfully kitschy. Comment
There are scores of stories about airplane noise in northeast Queens in the newspapers these days. It is an annoyance, but if one lives in a modern city near two major airports, there has to be some noise. The question is how much noise and at what hours. Comments (6)
Forest Hills

Tip of the week

Forest Hills

Tip of the week

Letters

City must inspect trees in parks for safety

The news about a pregnant woman who was struck and killed by a falling tree in Kissena Park is another tragic wake-up call for the city Parks Department to inspect every tree in every park, playground and street. Comment

Monday, Aug. 19, 2013

Mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio stopped in Forest Hills Friday to announce a five-step plan to encourage the growth of small business in New York City. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Fresh Mdws. man dodged taxes: IRS

Fresh Meadows

Fresh Mdws. man dodged taxes: IRS

A Fresh Meadows man who owned a construction company in his hometown was arrested and indicted on multiple charges of tax fraud, the U.S. Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service said. Comment
City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) is working to pass a bill that addresses dangerous mold conditions in properties as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Comments (1)
FAR ROCKAWAY — The NYPD was hunting for a suspect who allegedly swiped a cellphone from a woman in Far Rockaway Sunday. Comment
QUEENS VILLAGE — A 25-year-old man was sentenced to up to nine years in prison this week for sex trafficking a teenage runaway, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Cambria Heights

Lawyer charged with stealing more than $50K from late client’s account: Brown

CAMBRIA HEIGHTS — A lawyer who was responsible for overseeing the estate of an elderly woman has been charged with stealing from the proceeds of a real estate transaction, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced Tuesday. Comment
Jaquan McKennon is coming home to Queens to finish his high school basketball career. Comments (2)
Letters

Keep rowdy youth out of the Olde Flushing site

I hope you received my July 2 letter regarding the Olde Towne of Flushing Burial Ground, on 46th Avenue between 164th and 165th streets in Flushing. The conservancy, of which I am a co-chair, is looking forward to your visit to the site in the near future. Comment

Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013

Bayside

Bell gets fresh coat of paint

Bayside

Bell gets fresh coat of paint

Bell Boulevard has been given a face-lift. Comment
Dr. Michael Joseph Carnicelli, of St. Augustine, Fla., died July 13 at Baptist Hospital South in Jacksonville, Fla. He was 77. Comment
A Brooklyn-based church that organized a discussion about race relations over the weekend in southeast Queens plans to continue its ministry in the borough by opening a house of worship in the Jamaica theater where the event was held. Comment
A crew of Queens stick-up artists is facing life in prison after they were convicted last week of robbing two borough check-cashing stores while wearing Hollywood-style special effects masks to conceal their identities. Comments (1)
RIDGEWOOD — Police are searching for a Brooklyn man who allegedly assaulted his girlfriend, officials said. Comment
JACKSON HEIGHTS — Cops were reaching out for the public’s help in finding a duo who tried to hold up a deli clerk with a knife, the NYPD said. Comment
JACKSON HEIGHTS — A 37-year-old man dozed off on a Jackson Heights bench and awoke to find his cellphone stolen, police said. Comment
RICHMOND HILL — Two men are wanted in connection with a violent robbery, the NYPD said. Comments (1)
FAR ROCKAWAY — Police were asking the public to help find an elderly man who was last seen at his home on Central Avenue last week. Comment
I Sit and Look Out

Spitzer and Weiner have gall to seek redemption

I Sit and Look Out

Spitzer and Weiner have gall to seek redemption

Redemption is a word and an attitude which seems to be getting a great deal of attention these days. Whether this means anything is another matter. Comments (6)

Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013

“Sliding” is the newest scam New Yorkers should watch out for, according to Christopher Manson, captain of the 104th Precinct. Comments (3)
With the 50th anniversary of a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights era weeks away, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) made a stop in Queens last week to urge her colleagues in Congress to restore a key element of the movement’s legislation that was nullified by the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year. Comments (1)
Take advantage of the last warm summer nights with free outdoor movies across Queens. Comment
This piece of the pie was off limits. Comment
The family of a Hollis soldier killed in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province in 2009 is preparing to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the 26-year-old’s death Aug. 17. Comment
ASTORIA — Police were hoping for tips about the robbery of a Chinese food delivery man last month. Comments (1)
ASTORIA — Two men posing as electricians ripped off a 79-year-old woman who let them into her Astoria home, police said. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Transit worker faces weapons charge

FRESH MEADOWS — A city transit employee was arrested this week and charged with criminal possession of a weapon, police said. Comment
ASTORIA — The Police Department was looking for help in finding a suspect wanted in connection with a grand larceny within the 114th Precinct, cops said. Comment
ROSEDALE — A St. Albans senior was mowed down by an MTA bus in Rosedale late Sunday, the NYPD said. Comments (1)
CAMBRIA HEIGHTS — Police were looking for a 29-year-old man who was last seen at Jamaica Hospital earlier this month. Comment
Richmond Hill

Rich Hill grad joins UFC

Richmond Hill

Rich Hill grad joins UFC

Uriah Hall is torn over how he views his actions as a teenager. The up-and-coming mixed-martial arts fighter believes he might not be about to step into the octagon as a member of Ultimate Fighting Championship for the first time if he had not fought back in response to being bullied growing up. Comment
Political Action

Every precaution must be taken when counting ballots

In the 1930s and ’40s, voting machines came into use in most American cities. The era of paper ballots was over and the possibility of voter fraud was lessened, but there are always some people who will try to beat the system. Comment
Editorial

Judge Delivers Blow to Stop-and-Frisk

A Manhattan federal judge’s ruling that the city’s stop-and-frisk policy is unconstitutional sent a message to black and Hispanic residents in Queens that their civil rights were protected. Comment

Friday, Aug. 16, 2013

Government

City appeals stop-and-frisk ruling

Government

City appeals stop-and-frisk ruling

Days after Mayor Michael Bloomberg vehemently blasted what he called a “very dangerous decision,” the city’s Law Department Friday filed notice it plans to appeal a federal judge’s ruling that the NYPD’s use of stop-and-frisk was unconstitutional. Comments (2)
A truck fire shut down traffic along the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge Friday morning, fire officials said. Comment
The city is scheduled to decide next week whether high-rise condos will replace the storied 5Pointz building in Long Island City. Comment
Western Queens leaders are staunchly opposing a homeless shelter proposed for Glendale. Comment
A city councilman from Sunnyside said he would be working with the 108th Precinct to step up patrols in residential areas after his home joined the list of those that had been broken into recently. Comment
There are six names hoping to unseat embattled City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) this November, but only one comes from the same party as the incumbent. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Jamaica Bay gets new research center

Rockaway Beach

Jamaica Bay gets new research center

A new research institute in the Rockaways will play host to scientists focused on the restoration of Jamaica Bay, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Monday. Comment
A Flushing family filed suit against the city this week after their 29-year-old son was killed by a falling tree during Hurricane Sandy last year. Comments (1)
Flushing

Dragon Boats make waves

Flushing

Dragon Boats make waves

Andre Francis, 10, and Ian Fore, 11, took a break from roaming among the booths hocking newspaper subscriptions, fresh-squeezed lemonade and cellphone service at Saturday’s Dragon Boat Festival and tried their luck in a raffle for New York Mets tickets. Comment
South Ozone Park

Driver gets 10 years for 2005 hit-and-run

South Ozone Park

Driver gets 10 years for 2005 hit-and-run

A man who pleaded guilty to a 2005 hit-and-run in Ozone Park was sentenced to 10 years in prison, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced Monday. Comment
Calling the criminal justice system “in too many respects broken,” the country’s top law enforcement official Monday announced a set of reforms to national drug policies aimed at reducing the number of minorities sent to prison on federal drug charges. Comments (3)
Rockaway Beach

Katz calls for flood insurance freeze

Rockaway Beach

Katz calls for flood insurance freeze

The federal government is set to raise some flood insurance premiums this fall without completing a promised study to help homeowners deal with the extra cost, a candidate for borough president said Tuesday. Comment
The al-Qaeda-inspired, wannabe terrorist who flipped the switch on a phony bomb he planted outside the Federal Reserve bank in Manhattan was sentenced to 30 years in prison last week, the top prosecutor in Brooklyn said. Comment
JAMAICA — A postal facility inside John F. Kennedy International Airport was shut down over the weekend when nail polish remover was mistaken for nerve gas, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said. Comment
Middle Village

Royals’ Alkins preps for hoops spotlight

Middle Village

Royals’ Alkins preps for hoops spotlight

Rawle Alkins is embracing his new role as one of the most recognizable names and talents in New York City high school basketball. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Media should pay attention to politics, not sexual transgressions

It’s hard enough braving the wilting summer heat and standing at subway stations each morning shaking hands and passing out fliers. Then there are the endless public events and candidate forums that occupy every waking moment — when you’re not on the phone with potential donors pleading for money. Comment
Letters

Stroll in park becomes hassle

It appears that the city Parks Department has not only neglected Flushing Meadows Corona Park, which has been reported to two commissioners for decades, but it is neglecting to accommodate the people trying to get into and use Fort Totten Park. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013

Queens pretty much drew its line in the sand on stop-and-frisk with the debate over the City Council’s Community Safety Act back in June. So when a federal judge earlier this week released her widely anticipated decision rebuking the NYPD’s use of the controversial practice, voices on both sides of the debate seized upon an opportunity to dig in their heels. Comment
The United States Tennis Association will install a retractable roof over its main stadium to curb Mother Nature’s influence over the US Open, officials announced this week. Comment
Police in Jamaica’s 103rd Precinct will wear cameras to document interactions with civilians in a pilot program if a federal judge’s ruling earlier this week on the NYPD’s use of stop-and-frisk holds up. Comments (2)
In an unexpected move,.State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) dropped out of the race for Queens borough president Wednesday. Comments (4)
At the height of the back-to-school vaccination rush and in a month dedicated to spreading immunization awareness, the city Department of Health is shutting down the only free-immunization clinic in Queens next week. Comment
Already under federal indictment, embattled City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) denied new allegations that he was meeting clients inside his taxpayer-funded district office to conduct business — a punishable act under city law. Comment
A Fresh Meadows woman is accused of stealing more than $87,000 in benefits by falsely claiming she was a victim of Superstorm Sandy, the state attorney general said. Comment
Whitestone

Restaurant owner injured in Whitestone fire

Whitestone

Restaurant owner injured in Whitestone fire

A Chinese restaurant owner, whose body had been almost entirely engulfed in flames after he ran into the parking lot from his burning Whitestone eatery Saturday, was still in critical condition at Jacobi Medical Center Wednesday, a hospital spokesman said. Comments (26)
South Ozone Park

Racino train station now open full-time

South Ozone Park

Racino train station now open full-time

Trains were already rolling through Tuesday when the Resorts World Casino in South Ozone Park hosted a grand opening of the Aqueduct Racetrack train station. Comment
The city Department of Transportation is including Long Island City, Astoria and Sunnyside in its multi-phase, CitiBike expansion plan after state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and other community leaders pushed for the bikes to be brought to Queens. Comments (1)
After more than a year of anticipation, Bayside’s new H Mart grocery store announced an official opening date for Saturday. Comments (19)
Two fathers lost their lives in an early morning motorcycle crash on the “Boulevard of Death” Sunday, police and loved ones said. Comment
Howard Beach

TV actress from Howard Beach dies

Howard Beach

TV actress from Howard Beach dies

Queens native and reality TV personality Gia Allemand died Wednesday night from injuries sustained after an apparent suicide attempt, reports said. Comment
Celebrity judges from “America’s Got Talent” visit the Queens College campus. Comment
Yoel Lichstein has already collected two decades of experience in the nursing and rehabilitation business, but recently signed onto a Queens health care facility with hopes of matching the borough’s culturally diverse landscape. Comments (1)
A new agreement between the city and a northeast Queens developer will result in three sit-down chain restaurants near Queens Center Mall, though traffic improvements that were part of a decade old plan at the site will not be included this time around. Comment
Bayside

Boro wants noise monitors

Bayside

Boro wants noise monitors

A group of Bayside activists celebrated a small victory this week in an ongoing fight against airplane noise plaguing their northeast Queens communities, showing they had the ears of their federal elected officials. Comment
FOREST HILLS — Police are on the lookout for a suspect wanted in connection with robberies at five different businesses in Queens and Manhattan. Comments (1)
SOUTH OZONE PARK — Authorities said two city workers were arrested in two separate domestic dispute cases earlier this week and charged with choking their partners. Comments (5)
Block Shots

Queens Week founder re-energizes tourney

Block Shots

Queens Week founder re-energizes tourney

Haron Hargrave nearly gave up on the project he has poured so much of himself into. Comments (2)
Middle Village

CK’s Ryan Pearson leads Sean Bell team to victory

Middle Village

CK’s Ryan Pearson leads Sean Bell team to victory

Ryan Pearson thought the Nike Pro City championship had slipped away as the ball sailed through his hands under the basket. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013

Bayside

Avella drops out of beep race

Bayside

Avella drops out of beep race

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) dropped out of the race for Queens borough president, he announced in a statement Wednesday. Comment
About 50 people were evacuated from eight buildings in Astoria Wednesday night after authorities received word of several manhole fires, the Fire Department said. Comment
No Holds Barred

The Greatest Threat to America Today

Constitution Day is Sept. 17, a Tuesday. If the past is any indication, the observance will be very limited indeed. I commented about that in a column last year. Comments (3)

Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013

A motorcyclist who had been in critical condition after fatally striking a pedestrian on the “Boulevard of Death” over the weekend has died, a spokesman for the NYPD said Tuesday. Comment
A panel of celebrity judges will make its way to Queens College Wednesday for a taping of the television show “America’s Got Talent” on the campus quad. Comments (2)
Fastrack, the MTA’s overnight maintenance service, is back in Queens this week, involving the E, M and R subway lines. Comment

Monday, Aug. 12, 2013

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) returned from his overseas vacation this week to find his Queens home burglarized, the elected official said. Comments (1)
The federal judge overseeing the broadest-reaching challenge to the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy Monday ruled the department’s use of those practices is unconstitutional and appointed an independent monitor to administer reforms. Comments (4)
Rosedale

Man killed by bus in Rosedale: Police

Rosedale

Man killed by bus in Rosedale: Police

A St. Albans senior was mowed down by an MTA bus in Rosedale late Sunday, the NYPD said. Comment
Jackson Heights

Man killed in Jackson Heights hit-and-run

Jackson Heights

Man killed in Jackson Heights hit-and-run

A 25-year-old man was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Jackson Heights early Monday, police said. Comments (1)

Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013

A 50-year-old pedestrian was killed and a motorcyclist left in critical condition after a crash on the “Boulevard of Death” early Sunday, police said. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013

Two people were seriously injured when a fire tore through the Emperor House Chinese restaurant in Whitestone Saturday afternoon, a spokesman for the FDNY said. Comments (12)

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