Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013


Glendale remembers 9/11

A ceremony was held at Dry Harbor playground in Glendale Sunday to pay tribute to those killed on 9/11. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013

College Point

College Pt. biz shines light on green energy

A northeast Queens firm is on the forefront of cutting-edge lighting technology — and it wants to get its message out to consumers. Comment

Always remember events of 9/11

Why are certain events of our national history remembered, honored, grieved over or occasions for celebration? Of course, certain events have had such an impact upon the American psyche that it would seem impossible to forget or overlook. Dec. 7, “a day which will live in infamy”; D-Day; Thanksgiving; and Halloween are all part of the American calendar. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013


Tip of the week


U.S. must not go to war with Syria

All polls indicate that the vast majority of the American people oppose intervention in Syria’s civil war. If we were a true democracy, Congress would vote no on war with Syria and not be swayed by warmongers. Comment

Use money to prevent another Sandy

The presidential task force has strongly suggested that much needs to be done in order to protect our coastlines from more intense and frequent storms, which will bring as much destruction as Hurricane Sandy did. Comment

Monday, Sept. 16, 2013


Take 15-minute ride to LaGuardia Airport on Q70

The time spent en route to LaGuardia Airport from Woodside keeps shrinking, and the new Q70 Select Bus has just sliced off more minutes. Comments (1)
Springfield Gardens

Victims weigh in on election

For all the political bandying over stop-and-frisk this election season, some of those most affected by gun violence in southeast Queens said it is not the singular issue that will determine their choice for the city’s next mayor in November. Comments (1)

Ridgewood woman goes missing: NYPD

RIDGEWOOD — Cops were reaching out to the public with hope of finding a missing woman within the 104th Precinct, the Police Department said. Comment

Quality of music has decreased

Music reflects our values, uplifts, inspires and reveals our dreams and aspirations. Some composers and artists, however, no longer idolize the beautiful and elegant but glorify the coarse and vulgar. Comments (1)

Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013


Internet scam leaves Bayside at risk: 111th

An online money scam has been tricking some of the less tech-savvy residents of northeast Queens, the 111th Precinct said. Comment
Forest Hills

Rape in Forest Park linked to 5 sex attacks

Police were still hunting for a man they believe is the perpetrator of six different rapes or attempted rapes within the last 2 1/2 years, all in Forest Park. Comment

Disgraced Vito Lopez loses bid to engineer political comeback

Former state Assemblyman Vito Lopez failed to convince voters that he was fit for public office again, losing the Democratic primary for the 34th Council District to 30-year-old Antonio Reynoso. Comment
Jackson Heights

Cops say robber snatches necklace in Jax Hts.

JACKSON HEIGHTS — The Police Department was looking for help in finding a suspect wanted for a grand larceny within the 115th Precinct, cops said. Comment

Far Rock woman, 67, missing: Police

ARVERNE — Police were looking for a woman who has been missing since last week. Comment
Block Shots

Ballperson at top of his game after 25 years

Harry Villareal is in his 25th year as a US Open ballperson after nearly not making it to his second. Comments (1)

Astoria, Howard Beach besot by drag racing in 1958

It was 1958 and we called it “The Golden Age of Television.” At 6:30 p.m. on Channel 4, you had the news with Gabe Pressman. At 7 p.m., one could either watch the evening news with Robert Trout or sports with Howard Cosell. At 7:15 p.m. ran “World News with Douglas Edwards.” Comments (1)

SJU pupils need to respect area

Years ago, when St. John’s University decided to build dormitories in an already-crowded neighborhood, many of us warned that this would result in our streets being inundated with hundreds of drunken students. That prediction has sadly come to pass many times over, with loud, disruptive and sometimes destructive behavior. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013


Former Gennaro legislative head dominates Astoria seat contest

The Queens Democratic Party rolled up a win in Astoria after its anointed candidate, Costa Constantinides, dominated the primary with more than 50 percent of the vote and will now face-off against three challengers in the November election. Comment

USTA plan clears last hurtle

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation last Friday officially leasing about two-thirds of an acre of Flushing Meadows Corona Park to the United States Tennis Association to accommodate renovations at the US Open site. Comment

Sunnyside corner named for victim of Sandy Hook

The older brother of 6-year-old Benjamin Wheeler, who was killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting, helped honor Benjamin’s memory during a ceremony in Sunnyside Saturday. Comment
Long Island City

Filmmakers take on bullies at LIC screening

When filmmakers Raymond Deane and Phill Hammond were finishing up their first movie “Travail,” the daily newspapers were loaded with stories providing the idea for their next project. Comments (1)
Jamaica Estates

New York stories: Just add water

The history of New York City’s waterfront includes both palatial summer homes and anonymous pine caskets buried in a potter’s field. Comment
Long Island City

Noguchi Museum receives $1.6M for renovations

Borough President Helen Marshall announced Aug. 15 that the city Office of Management and Budget approved the $1.6 million renovation of the sculpture garden at the Noguchi Museum. Comment
Springfield Gardens

Springfield Gardens teen charged in L.I. rape: Nassau Police

BROOKVILLE — A 16-year-old boy on a bicycle who allegedly pinned a 30-year-old woman to the ground and tried to rip her clothes off in Nassau County last month was arrested in Howard Beach Sunday, police said. Comment

Department of Correction worker charged with DWI: Cops

JAMAICA — A city Department of Correction captain was charged with allegedly driving drunk Sunday, police said. Comment
The Civic Scene

Students must be taught new standards before being tested

The new Common Core standards were tested in New York state, although teachers had not been given the curriculum and students had not been taught the material. Common Core is the latest in a series of philosophies designed to raise the knowledge of students and their ability to function in our modern hi-tech world and be prepared for college. Comments (2)

Council Races Get Special Interest

Races for Queens City Council seats should be home-grown affairs with candidates taking positions on neighborhood issues that have divided some residents and united others, but in the 2013 primary outside influences in the form of big bucks have been injected into the contests for Council spots in several communities. Comments (4)

Friday, Sept. 13, 2013


SE Queens schools open their doors to fathers Tuesday

A number of southeast Queens schools will open their doors Tuesday to fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, foster fathers, godfathers, uncles, big brothers and any other father figure you can think of who want to show their young students that dad is there for them. Comments (1)
College Point

Cluster of Catholic schools close across Queens

Queens has been closing and merging several Catholic schools, with at least three shuttered in the last two years, the Brooklyn Diocese said, underscoring an ongoing battle to boost enrollment figures. Comments (2)

Flushing’s Moon Festival celebration to kick off Saturday

FLUSHING — The Flushing Development Center will be hosting a Moon Festival celebration in Kissena Corridor Park Saturday. Comments (1)

Bayside stands behind bill for FAA noise study

What started as a small group of Bayside activists who had heard enough of the rising airplane noise over their homes has since exploded into a boroughwide effort against the Federal Aviation Administration, and their efforts were further validated when Community Board 11 voted to stand behind them. Comments (2)

Whitestone firm aims to end school bus bullying

A borough transit company is participating in a national campaign to tackle bullying at one of its many sources: the school bus. Comment
Forest Hills

Neighbors complain after Forest Hills concert

The Forest Hills Tennis Stadium came back to life last month when it hosted English folk rock band Mumford & Sons. Comment

US Open H lot serves as night dance studio

The H parking lot came alive when the sun went down. Comments (1)

Maspeth firefighter honored for sacrifice made on 9/11

Joseph Hunter always pictured himself as a member of the city’s Bravest. Comment

Port Authority plans AirTrain shutdowns

The Port Authority is planning to shut down the AirTrain at various times through this month and into October in order to make key infrastructure improvements to the decade-old link between downtown Jamaica, Howard Beach and Kennedy Airport. Comment
Ozone Park

El upgrades to be done soon at Ozone Pk. stop

Design plans to upgrade the Ozone Park-Lefferts Boulevard train station are about 95 percent complete, representatives from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said this week. Comment

Richards prevails in Dem contest

City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) is facing a Republican challenger as he seeks his first full term in office after winning the Democratic primary. Comment

The butler did it with plenty of style and grace

After more than three decades running the show in Wall Street executive dining rooms and Fifth Avenue penthouses, Nikolaus Christmann knows a successful social evening begins with a drink. Comments (1)

CB 11 considers Bayside parking garage proposal

Residents of northeast Queens floated ideas on how Community Board 11 should prioritize its capital and expense budget recommendations to the city, including the purchasing of land at Udalls Cove, building a parking garage off Bell Boulevard and improving pedestrian islands in Bayside Hills. Comments (4)

Woodhaven teen dies in model aircraft tragedy

Residents of a quiet street in Woodhaven were reeling last week after a teen died when he was struck by the model helicopter he was operating. Comments (1)
Middle Village

Royals take aim at third straight diocesan soccer title

Christ the King’s Medina Mulic quickly went from unknown to being touted as one of the best all-around female soccer players in New York City as a freshman last season. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Ray lights way for Molloy past rival St. Francis Prep

Chris Ray understands that soccer scoring chances are traditionally at a minimum when Archbishop Molloy and St. Francis Prep meet, so the Stanners junior knows he had better make his count. Comment
Cambria Heights

Late magic eludes Bulldogs in overtime loss to Clinton

Campus Magnet had multiple opportunities to take control of the game against DeWitt Clinton, but couldn’t make it happen. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Voters now have choice between populism, biz interests

It is Sept. 11 as I write this, and I can glimpse the new World Trade Center towers from my office window. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013


Walcott visits five IS 73 students injured by SUV in Maspeth

An SUV attempting to pull into a parking space in Maspeth Thursday morning plowed into a group of middle-school students walking along the sidewalk, the NYPD said. Comments (2)

Boro decides political fortunes

Voter turnout Tuesday in Queens was fairly average for a primary as residents pulled the lever for Melinda Katz for borough president and polling stations from Astoria to Bayside experienced problems with lever voting machines. Comment
Kew Gardens

Katz captures beep primary

Riding a wave of support from southeast Queens, former City Councilwoman Melinda Katz defeated Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) in a hard-fought Democratic primary for borough president and now faces a Republican challenger in the general election. Comments (1)

PACs spend heavily in Queens elections

About half of all the money spent in Queens’ City Council primaries this year came from special interest groups, data from the city show, and their chosen Democratic candidates often won. Comments (1)
Fresh Meadows

Lancman returns to politics with landslide for city seat

Former state Assemblyman Rory Lancman spent a year outside the public eye but is on his way to returning to public office after cruising to a Democratic primary victory for term-limited City Councilman James Gennaro’s (D-Fresh Meadows) seat. Comments (1)

Vallone declares primary victory in Halloran race

Flushing attorney Paul Vallone sat on top of the five-way primary bid for the Democratic line by the end of voting Tuesday, but one opponent refused to concede in the race for the northeast Queens City Council seat. Comments (1)
Middle Village

Fire tears through houses

Four families required emergency housing after a massive blaze tore through their Middle Village homes Monday night, according to officials from the American Red Cross. Comment

LIRR eyes eminent domain to renovate Flushing station

The Long Island Rail Road is moving forward with improvements to its downtown Flushing station, which includes plans to quietly seize private property through eminent domain. Comments (9)

ICCC used ‘drafting lapse’

The Indian church group that convinced lawmakers to sell it state-owned land in Bellerose to build a community center and then turned those plans around to develop a pair of apartment towers was able to do so because of a loophole in the legislation authorizing the real-estate deal, a report from the state Inspector General’s office found. Comments (2)

Avella’s 9/11 motorcade remembers American heroes

Twenty-five street signs throughout northeast Queens sported red, white and blue wreaths this week in honor of Sept. 11 heroes, courtesy of state Sen. Tony Avella’s (D-Bayside) annual memorial motorcade, but one particular stop was added to the route just this year. Comment
Cambria Heights

Changes abound as students head back to school

Queens students headed back to school Monday morning for the first day of classes in the final school year of the Bloomberg administration. Comment
St. Albans

Union prez claims victory in disputed Comrie match

With the contest to succeed term-limited City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) not yet decided, transit union leader Daneek Miller claimed victory on primary night while attorney Clyde Vanel said he would wait for the paper ballots to be counted before making a declaration. Comments (4)

Ruben Wills wins 2nd term

City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) is the one southeast Queens Council member who can assuredly talk about his plans the day after Primary Day. Comments (4)

De Blasio holds lead in mayoral primary

The race to determine the next mayor of New York City was only half decided, with Democrats waiting to see if their primary winner would face a run-off and Republicans choosing a clear-cut victor. Comment

Stringer beats back Spitzer’s late bid

New Yorkers denied former Gov. Eliot Spitzer a chance to redeem himself when they chose the Manhattan borough president as the next city comptroller. Comments (1)

Flushing beats Grand Street

A big afternoon from running back Deandre Ross-Lomax got Flushing’s season moving in the right direction. Comments (4)

Bayside bests Lewis on Trontz’s late goal

The final minutes of the girls’ soccer game between Bayside and rival Francis Lewis was typical of the tense atmosphere that always surrounds this division rivalry. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013

Kew Gardens

Katz celebrates win in borough president race

Former City Councilwoman Melinda Katz defeated City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) in a spirited Democratic primary for Queens borough president Tuesday. Comments (1)

Paul Vallone takes Dem primary in northeast Queens

Paul Vallone emerged as the winner of a crowded and sometimes contentious Democratic primary in the race to replace outgoing City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone). Comments (67)
St. Albans

Miller wins tough Dem primary in southeast Queens

In the southeast Queens City Council race where outside groups spent more than the candidates themselves, labor leader Daneek Miller claimed victory in the still-undecided Democratic Party primary. Comments (1)

Wills wins re-election to second term

City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) fended off a strong challenge from public defender Hettie Powell to secure himself a second term in southeast Queens. Comments (8)

Donovan coasts to win Democratic primary

City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) all but assured himself his first full term in office after easily winning Tuesday’s Democratic Party primary. Comment

Cops lock down elementary school in Astoria manhunt

ASTORIA — Parents attending an orientation session at an Astoria elementary school were evacuated Wednesday morning and the school was locked down while police launched a manhunt complete with an NYPD helicopter, parents and cops said. Comments (14)
Fresh Meadows

Lancman trounces competition in Council race

Former Assemblyman Rory Lancman cruised to a Democratic primary victory for term-limited City Councilman James Gennaro’s (D-Fresh Meadows) seat. Comments (1)

Scenes from the US Open: Nadal, Williams claim tournament victories

Rafael Nadal didn’t grace Queens with his presence at last year’s US Open because a knee injury kept him out for seven months. Comment

Reynoso beats Lopez in Dem race for Council seat

An attempt by disgraced former state Assemblyman Vito Lopez to return to office failed after his opponent in the Democratic primary for City Council District 34, Antonio Reynoso, won the Democratic primary election Tuesday night. Comment

De Blasio pulls off sizable primary victory for mayor

De Blasio finished first with 40.2 percent of the vote, ahead of a slew of other contenders, including former city Comptroller Bill Thompson with 26.1 percent, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn with 15.4 percent, City Comptroller John Liu with 7.1 percent, former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner with 4.9 percent, according to the Associated Press. Comment

Stringer beats back Spitzer for comptroller

Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s attempt to rejoin the political world was narrowly rejected by voters as he was defeated in the Democratic primary for the office of city comptroller by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013


Live Blog: 2013 Primary

TimesLedger Newspapers is covering the 2013 primaries for Queens borough president, eight City Council seats and citywide offices. Comments (3)
Middle Village

Five-alarm blaze torches area of attached houses in Middle Village

Ten firefighters suffered minor injuries battling a massive blaze in Middle Village Monday night, a spokesman for the Fire Department said. Comment

Museum of the Moving Image marks a quarter of a century in Astoria

Twenty-five years ago Tuesday, the Museum of the Moving Image flung opened its doors for the first time with an exhibit about media and the Vietnam War plus a screening of a classic movie musical. Comment

Monday, Sept. 9, 2013


PACs spend heavily in Queens races

Nearly half of all the money spent in Queens City Council primaries this year has come from special interest groups, data from the city show. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Lhota stumps for votes in Ozone Park

Joe Lhota, one of three Republicans vying to be the city’s next mayor, stressed one message to voters in south Queens last week. Comment

Scene from the US Open: Women’s Single Final

American tennis player Serena Williams defeated Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, to win the women’s singles final of the 2013 US Open. Comment

Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013


Roosevelt motorcyclist killed in Corona crash

A 26-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a collision with an unoccupied parked van in Corona Friday night, police said. Comments (1)

Scenes from the US Open: Men’s Semifinal Matches

In the two men’s semifinal matches of the US Open, Novak Djokovic defeated Stanislas Wawrinka, and Rafael Nadal beat Richard Gasquet, to advance to the final Monday. Comment


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