Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015


Van Bramer returns his lulus


Van Bramer returns his lulus

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) believes in giving back. In this case, he’s giving back his lulus. Comment

Bridal boutique marks 5th anniversary in Bayside

Charisol Bridal Boutique, a retail wedding gown business that has operated in Queens since the 1980s, has been serving Bayside brides-to-be for the last five years. Comment

Railroading the railroad?

The MTA Transit Adjudication Bureau is an administrative hearing arm of the MTA which processes disputes and appeals of a Notice of Violation issued to an individual by an NYPD police officer or New York City Transit Inspector for an alleged violation of the New York City Transit Rules of Conduct. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015

The 5th annual Queens World Film Festival is two months away, but the husband-and-wife co-founders, Don and Katha Cato, held their kickoff party Sunday in Astoria. Nearly a hundred filmmakers, actors, volunteers and alumni gathered at Monika’s Cafe Bar, across the street from the Kaufman Astoria Studios. Comment
Whitestone resident Joseph Cozeolino spent $140,000 in repairs to his home from damage caused by foliage. Comment
City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña wants parents to be more involved in their children’s education. But that involvement must go beyond classrooms and textbooks. Comments (1)

Moran, Mary Louis bounce back with win over Woodlands

Struggling Mary Louis forward Celeste Moran had something to prove to coach JoAnn Arbitello and herself after being taken out of the starting lineup. Comment

Compliance can help quiet ‘war on police’

In regards to the column by William Lewis (TimesLedger, Jan. 9), he neglects to mention what started the whole “War on the Police” as he calls it. The medical examiner ruled the death of Eric Garner by a police officer a homicide. We saw with our own eyes how that officer put a chokehold on Garner which is banned by the department. That officer murdered Eric Garner and we all saw it on video. Comments (11)

Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

Springfield Gardens

Tuskegee Airman’s story inspires the young

Springfield Gardens

Tuskegee Airman’s story inspires the young

The unassuming Dabney Montgomery entered Merrick Academy’s auditorium supported by a dark cane and made his way toward the empty seats behind the podium. Comments (1)

Costa holds Learning Day for Astoria Cove job seekers

Two months after the massive Astoria Cove construction project got final approval by the City Council, nearly 150 people came to PS 85 to learn more about job opportunities the development will bring. Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) hosted Astoria Cove Learning Day with the help of community groups such as Build Up NYC and Urban Upbound. Comment
The Jamaica Performing Arts Center celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday with community leaders and officials, poets, dancers, musicians and keynote speaker Cheryl Wills, a television anchorwoman for NY1 local news channel. Comments (2)

St. John’s can’t close out DePaul in first place battle

Free throw shooting has not been St. John’s strong point the last two seasons. The Red Storm, however, has made them when it counted most. It is what made the misses by stars Aliyyah Handford and Danaejah Grant at the end of regulation against DePaul that much more surprising. Comment
The Independent Democratic Conference Monday launched its 2015-16 policy agenda, a 15-point plan designed to tackle everything from minimum wage to public housing revitalization in New York. Comments (1)
The Play’s the Thing

Censorship is alive and well on American school stages

Freedom of speech is very much in the news these days, so an article in American Theatre with the headline “Who Cares about Censorship on School Stages?” particularly caught my attention. Comment

Defending our right to choose

Why do I need a politician to tell me where I can shop? And why pick on Walmart? Comments (1)

Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015


Museum of the Moving Image focuses on Julianne Moore

The frontrunner for this year’s Best Actress Oscar, Julianne Moore, was in Astoria last week to introduce her newest motion picture, “Still Alice,” at the Museum of the Moving Image. Comment
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz made a special donation of books honoring the African-American experience at a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at the Queens Central Library in Jamaica Saturday afternoon. Comment

Turnovers doom Lewis in loss to St. Mary’s

The final minutes were just a microcosm of Francis Lewis’ struggles all game against St. Mary’s. Comment
St. Albans

Hundreds turn out for job fair in St. Albans

As the economy gains momentum, the unemployment rate in Queens and New York state has also dropped steadily over the last few years. Comment
Political Action

Regaining respect for teachers and police

In past years, school teachers and police officers were the lynch pins that held society together. Today, that is no longer the case to the extent that it was during the early and middle part of the 20th century. Comments (2)

Mayor de Blasio must use some horse sense

One fact has not been mentioned and that is New York City is being considered as a possible location for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015


Emotional Wilson beats buzzer, Xaverian for Holy Cross

Christian Wilson’s day was filled with emotions, from one of the lowest of low to the highest high. Comment

New York remains in local sports rut

One of the many great things about living in New York City is the abundance of sports teams. In every major sport, New York has at least two professional teams — a luxury not afforded to smaller cities such as Cleveland, or even more cosmopolitan ones like Boston. Comments (3)

Dr. King’s legacy

Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday had a particularly strong impact in Queens this year as events across the borough marked the 50th anniversary of the march on Selma, which he led, and the passage of the Voting Rights Act. Comment

Unity of police, community is the best policy

That the majority of police are “good guys” and should be respected is a no-brainer. They are in a position of power by virtue of their uniforms, and being armed. Comment

Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

Jamaica Hills

CB8 wants more information on T-Building proposal

Although the developers for a proposed mixed use housing development at the Queens Hospital Center’s 1930s-era T-Building have revised their proposal to address community concerns, Queens Community Board 8 says it needs more information. Comment
The MTA and the city Department of Transportation held a lively forum in Kew Gardens Hills on their proposal for a Select Bus Service between Flushing and Jamaica that drew strong opposition and some support from the overflow crowd. Comments (1)

Over 90,000 boro immigrants to benefit from Obama’s new policy

The executive orders issued by President Barack Obama will offer protection from deportation to about 91,000 Queens residents, according to a study released last week by the Washington-based Migration Policy Institute. Comments (2)

MTA raises subway and bus ride to $2.75 in March

Get your wallets ready for another fare hike. Comment

Lunar New Year celebrations will have full 7 train service

For the first time, the 7 train will be running at full capacity during all Lunar New Year celebrations in February. Comments (3)
East Elmhurst

Airport workers march on LaGuardia in spirit of MLK

Nearly 1,000 airport workers marked Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday with a rally, march and a sit-in at LaGuardia Airport to demand better wages, benefits, working standards and the right to union representation. Unlike last year’s march where 37 union leaders, clergy and elected officials were arrested, the Jan. 14 civil disobedience came to an end after the first warning given by police. Comment
A month after firing Thomas Galante as CEO and president of the Queens Library and the recent resignation of five of his top aides, the nonprofit is writing a new chapter. Comment

Rosedale driver charged with hitting boy as he got off school bus

A Rosedale resident has been charged with assault, driving without a license and several other counts after allegedly hitting a 6-year-old boy leaving a stopped school bus and then fleeing the scene, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Short-handed Stanners learning from mid-season adversity

Archbishop Molloy’s most trying portion of the season will make it better for its most important part of the season. Comment

New Yorkers think race relations worse now: Polls

A majority of New Yorkers believe police officers were wrong when their turned their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio at the funerals of the two cops killed coldbloodedly in a Brooklyn street, according to two recently released polls. Comments (2)
Rockaway Park

School of rock teaches kids how to jam

What started with a single teacher bringing music to a San Francisco Bay area classroom has mushroomed into a movement providing instruments and instruction to more than 300,000 students across the country. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Standing together for greatest good

The recent PBA delegate meeting in Queens was interrupted by several upset members who voiced their legitimate concerns regarding safety issues for police officers. There has to be unity among the PBA and its president, Pat Lynch, so that a unified front can be presented to the commissioner and the mayor with regard to all issues of concerns from the police. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

Kew Gardens

Sad story of gifted East Elmhurst man ends in death

The initial police report came over as an assault outside a high-rise apartment building on 83rd Avenue, about a block from the Queens Criminal courthouse in Kew Gardens. The doorman had found a young man lying face up and lifeless on the plaza outside the lobby window. Comments (44)
Willets Point

Governor proposes AirTrain to LaGuardia and an increase to the minimum wage

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made two proposals this week that will have significant impact on the borough: the unveiling of plans to build an AirTrain to LaGuardia Airport and a plan to increase the minimum wage in New York City. Comments (2)

Queens Boulevard workshop draws big crowd

Hoping to play a role in changing the “Boulevard of Death,” at least 200 people took part Wednesday in the first-ever Queens Boulevard Safety Workshop at PS 11 in Woodside. Comments (7)
Kew Gardens

Katz calls for new zoning areas for basement apartments

Two days before she was to give her first State of the Borough address Thursday, Melinda Katz said Queens needs more schools, more affordable housing and more quality jobs, among other priorities, while calling on the city to consider creating new zoning districts for basement apartments. Comments (10)
Springfield Gardens

Malcolm X’s daughter speaks on her father’s legacy at Merrick Academy

As the 50th anniversary of the death of Malcolm X approached, his daughter, author Ilyasah Shabazz, gave words of wisdom to students on the importance of education and enunciated her father’s legacy at the Merrick Academy in Springfield Gardens Saturday. Comment
Long Island City

LIC to be rezoned for more building taking onus off Sunnyside railyards

The building boom in Long Island City is expected to increase exponentially now that the city is in preliminary stages of rezoning Queens Plaza and Court Square for even more development that would ease the growing housing crisis. While the news set off alarms in LIC, it provides a relief for residents in neighboring Sunnyside who fear development of the 160-acre Sunnyside Yards. Comments (4)

NE Queens leaders wary of Select Bus Service proposal

Two northeast Queens lawmakers have expressed concerns about a proposal for a Select Bus Service route in and between Flushing and Jamaica. Comments (8)

Queens Kudos celebrate borough’s theater scene

Coming next week, TimesLedger Newspapers takes a look back at the best of the borough’s theater scene in 2014. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015

Bay Terrace

Woman struck and killed crossing Bay Terrace street

A 69-year-old woman was killed Monday evening when she was struck by a car as she was crossing a Bay Terrace street, police said. Comments (6)

Monday, Jan. 19, 2015


Car wrecks litter Queens as black ice covers roads

A freezing, early-morning rain created havoc on the roads in Queens Sunday, forcing the closure of the Queens-Midtown Tunnel for a short while and a string of fender-crunching accidents from one end of the borough to the other. Comments (1)



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