Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014


York College honors longest-serving president with performing arts building

Donald Vernon graduated from York College in 1990. Long before he moved his tassel from right to left, he led a group of students to lock the school campus down to protest tuition hikes. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014


Pets turn into superheroes for ‘Woofside’ parade

Woodside did the unthinkable to fight the bad guys. Comment
JAMAICA — There was a happy ending in South Jamaica. Comment
The Play’s the Thing

Queens needs better theatrical treats

Happy Halloween to all you trick-or-treaters! Let’s see if I have any goodies for you before you slip into your costumes. Perhaps a poll will keep you interested — Election Day is almost here and it seems these days that almost all political decisions are based on what those in office think the electorate thinks. Comments (2)

Monday, Nov. 3, 2014

In her 21years on Capitol Hill, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) has sponsored more legislation than any other member of Congress. Eleven of the bills she has proposed have been enacted into laws. Comments (1)
Dining Out

New American food finds home in Glendale

On an obscure corner in Glendale there is a magnetic location for restaurant startups. About 13 years ago, a corner deli straddling residential and commercial zones was transformed into a tiny traditional Italian restaurant called La Tavernetta. It became a destination for Italian food lovers in-the-know until it departed for greener pastures in Forest Hills. Comment
The Jamaica branch of the NAACP called on all New Yorkers to vote no on Proposal 1 when they head to the polls on the Nov. 4 Election Day. Comments (2)
St. Albans

Troubling year brings new worldview to matured McKennon

Jaquan McKennon is in a better place personally after the worst experience of his life. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Raccoon rescued in Ozone Park

OZONE PARK — First responders rescued a large raccoon trapped atop a light pole near Woodhaven Boulevard and 95th Street Tuesday, according to Breaking News Network. Comment

Police still stand for public safety

It is true that it is legal to videotape any police encounter in a public place. However, it cannot be done in a way that interferes with the officers performing their duties. This includes getting so close to the officers that they feel that they can no longer safely perform their duties. There is no definitive “distance” currently in the law, it is a matter of judgment on a case-by-case basis determined by the officer involved in the encounter. Comments (1)

Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014

Forest Hills

Alan Hevesi resumes spotlight at the Y

Former state Comptroller Alan Hevesi made his first post-prison public foray Monday when he took the podium at a Central Queens Y lecture series he regularly attends. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Rockaway makes last-ditch effort to save ferry

Rockaway Beach

Rockaway makes last-ditch effort to save ferry

Rockaway won’t let its SeaStreak ships go down without a fight. Comments (2)
Bayside put its name back in city title race. Comment
RIDGEWOOD — Police requested help finding a 14-year-old Ridgewood girl who was last seen leaving a Brooklyn home at 5 p.m. Oct. 21. Comment
Political Action

Looking ahead toward crucial 2016 political year

Next year, 2015, will be a year of preparation, especially in terms of the campaign for the presidency in 2016. Comment

Third parties bring new ideas

For over a half century, Democrats and Republicans have taken turns at presiding over the economy, guiding and managing our national debt, deficit and social programs to the brink of bankruptcy. We have spent many decades switching seats but changing nothing. Both parties continue to debate how to spend money we don’t have and ignore the fiscal crisis we face. We have been repeating the process of voting for one or the other expecting different results, a process Albert Einstein called “insanity.” Comments (1)

Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014

Two more new members have joined the Queens Library board of trustees. Comments (1)
U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) is seeking re-election for the eighth time in the 14th Congressional District, which covers large sections of Queens and the Bronx. As vice chairman of the Democratic Caucus, he holds the fifth-highest ranking post in House Democratic leadership. Comments (4)
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s wants to complete quest for Big East title

St. John’s wants to finish the job. Comment
RICHMOND HILL — A 31-year-old Miami man has been arrested and charged with murder in the 2013 killing of Richmond Hill native Gerrard Edwards, police said. Comment

High-five: Flushing routs South Shore for fifth straight win

If Flushing got going early it knew it couldn’t let up against South Shore. Comment

Police: Man shot in Flushing karaoke bar

FLUSHING — He must have sung a bad note. Comments (1)

Police warn of Bayside money card scam

BAYSIDE — Police in Bayside, and citywide, are advising neighbors to be alert and not become victims of telephone scams whose callers are tricking them into wiring money or buying money cards for them. Comment
Howard Beach

Howard Beach man and business charged with tax fraud: DA

HOWARD BEACH — A Howard Beach man has been charged with swindling the city and state out of more than $100,000 in tax revenue through his Glendale auto body shop. Comment

Wake up (later) and smell the coffee

There are some problems in society that are irrefutable and also relatively easy to fix. We sometimes fool ourselves by saying that these issues are petty or that they will require too much disruption to address. Comments (1)
Breezy Point

Mixed recovery

Two years after Hurricane Sandy roared into Queens and gouged out our beachfront neighborhoods, the rebuilding is finally gaining some momentum. Comment

Queens DA targets domestic abuse

I want to commend the Times Ledger for its thoughtful and informative editorial on domestic abuse (Oct. 24, 2014). The editorial highlights two horrific crimes in which women and children were killed. In both cases the defendants are awaiting sentencing and are facing very long prison terms. Comment

Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

ELMHURST — A woman who lived in Jamaica was fatally shot and two others suffered gunshot wounds shortly after police were called to deal with a disorderly crowd inside Club Hive early Halloween morning, the NYPD said. Comment
Lights, camera, action! Comments (1)
Rockaway Beach

Study: Rockaway health declined post-Sandy

Rockaway Beach

Study: Rockaway health declined post-Sandy

Two years after Hurricane Sandy tore ashore, Rockaway residents’ access to health care remains strained, but the storm has left more people with stress, anxiety and depression, a study said. Comments (1)
ELMHURST — A woman was fatally shot and two others suffered gunshot wounds shortly after police were called to deal with a disorderly crowd inside Club Hive early Halloween morning, the NYPD said. Comments (2)
Broad Channel

Broad Channel stands tall on stilts

Broad Channel

Broad Channel stands tall on stilts

Broad Channel was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy two years ago with six-foot water surges and torrential wind and rain. Many homes and businesses were badly damaged, and some small bungalows were demolished in this coastal area. Comments (1)

Recalling Sandy survival


Recalling Sandy survival

No one thought New York would ever get hit on Oct. 29, 2012 with a major hurricane like Superstorm Sandy, especially residents in Howard Beach and Lindenwood. We were not told to prepare, evacuate or that we were even considered to be a flood zone as other neighborhoods in the tri-state area were. So we sat back and waited very calmly until the inevitable showed up on our doorsteps. At around 6:30 p.m. I heard the winds howling, rain pouring down and screams with the sound of breaking glass coming from the back of my Lindenwood condominium building on 79th Street, so I ran onto my terrace, which is on the third floor to see what all the commotion was about. Comment
East Elmhurst

Retail options take off at LaGuardia Airport

As LaGuardia Airport awaits modernization with terminal upgrades, improved transportation links and more efficient air-traffic control technology, its retail operation moves steadily forward. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Wednesday to celebrate the revitalization at Terminal B with the opening of a half dozen brand new shops and restaurants. Comment

Gim challenges Kim for Assembly seat


Gim challenges Kim for Assembly seat

Phil Gim is taking another crack at state Assemblyman Ron Kim’s (D-Flushing) seat. Comment
By Debbie Cohen Comments (1)

Unique event space to open in Astoria

A new hybrid performance art and teaching venue called Q.E.D. opens in Astoria next week and the owner plans on giving “mixed-use” a whole new meaning. In the daytime the 1,200-square-foot-space will have classes and in the evenings there will be comedy shows and guest lectures. Comment

Artists create to find answers


Artists create to find answers

Community Art Project’s fourth annual art market event is in full swing at Flushing Town Hall Gallery with works by 55 international artists on display and available for purchase through Sunday. Comment

A vote for yes on Proposal 1 is a vote for fairness

A Vote For Yes On Proposal 1 Is A Vote For Fairness Comments (1)
State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) is running for a third term in District 12 against a man he doesn’t like. The feeling is mutual. Comment

Hard lessons learned in a humorous way

As clichéd sayings go, you don’t always know what you’ve got till it’s gone covers territory from the commonplace to life-changing events. Comments (1)

Mary Louis claims first CHSAA state girls’ tennis title

It was all building toward this for Mary Louis. Comment
St. Albans

Traffic stop leads to four arrests

ST. ALBANS — Police charged four men with drugs and weapons possession after they pulled over the car they were traveling in near the intersection of Linden and Farmers Boulevards in St. Albans. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

In the second year since Superstorm Sandy ravaged Breezy Point and destroyed hundreds of houses, the community has seen a scurry of rebuilding. But many residents contend the effort has happened with little help from the city’s Build it Back program. Comments (1)
Superstorm Sandy was more devastating to humans than to nature. Comment
The Blue Bungalow is doing fine now, but it’s been a hard two years since Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge nearly wrecked the popular boutique that sits at the southern end of 116th Street in Rockaway Beach. The two women who own, and create most of the home decor items sold in the shop, nearly lost the business along with their Rockaway homes. Comment
Be the best you can be at whatever you’re called to be. Comments (1)
Citi Bike is coming to Queens. The popular bike-sharing program will expand into Long Island City beginning in the spring with the installation of 10 docking stations throughout the neighborhood. Comments (1)
Voters in some northeast Queens neighborhoods will play a key role in the 3rd Congressional District race between U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville), who is seeking his eighth term in office, and Republican Grant Lally, who survived a tough primary challenge in July by Stephen Labate. Comments (1)
Concerned about misinformation surrounding the Ebola virus, Borough President Melinda Katz reached out to the city Department of Health, which responded by sending Dr. Jessica Kattan to brief her and the leaders of Queens’ 14 community boards so they could update their members. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

‘Cheers’ of pharmacies reopens in Jackson Heights

Frank’s Pharmacy is filling out prescriptions once again after rising from its ashes. Comment
A 60-year-old Ridgewood man died after he was struck by an MTA bus near Wyckoff Avenue and Palmetto Street at 5:07 a.m. Thursday, the 104th Precinct said. Comment
Long Island City

Final phase of demolition begins at 5Pointz

Long Island City

Final phase of demolition begins at 5Pointz

5 Pointz will be a memory within a couple of weeks now that demolition crews have attacked the main building. It’s the final step to remove the old warehouse complex that became famous and attracted aerosol graffiti artists from around the world from 1993 until last November when owner Gerry Wolkoff ordered the walls to be white-washed. Comment
After fending off former city Comptroller John Liu in a tight primary battle, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is facing a long-shot Green Party challenger in the general election. Comment
Arthur Klein, a founding member of the Hollis Hills Jewish Center and the former executive vice president of The Lefrak Organization, died Oct. 21 in Deerfield Beach. He was 87. Comment

Police fatally shoot two Queens men who attacked cops

The rookie cop who was seriously injured in the head by an ax-wielding Queens Village man is in stable condition and will now undergo rehabilitation after leaving Jamaica Hospital, hospital officials said Wednesday. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

Middle Village

Christ the King routs Mary Louis minus star

Christ the King left little doubt that it is the dominant team in CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens and did so without its best player. Comments (3)



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