Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010


L.I. man points gun at Jamaica resident: Brown

JAMAICA — A Suffolk County man was arraigned on criminal possession of a weapon, menacing and false personation charges for allegedly brandishing a loaded pistol at a Jamaica man, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

The Sean Bell Legacy

Several things strike us about the City Council’s decision to rename a street in Jamaica. The first is that the vote by the Council to honor Sean Bell appears to have brought some measure of comfort to his fiancée, Nicole Paultre-Bell. Comment

Neighbor to Neighbor: Holiday parties held by civics help to usher out the old year

There has been so much going on I hardly know where to begin. The normal aspects of life — birth, illness or injury and death — continue in spite of massive government and holiday activities. We wish that all the sad things have been kept to a minimum and those involved have been at least somewhat uplifted by the beauty of the season — yes, including that big pile of snow that blew our way. Comment
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: Special needs kids receive day of pampering at Fresh Mdws. spa

In mid-December, Larry Mottola, his staff and numerous volunteers and neighbors provided free beauty care for developmentally disabled children and young adults from the community and a couple of special schools in Queens at the LP Salon and Spa on Union Turnpike in Fresh Meadows. Comment

Flushing man robbed vehicles in Bayside: DA

BAYSIDE %u2013 A Flushing man was arraigned on charges he stole items from Bayside vehicles he rummaged through and had drugs in his possession, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Comment

B’klyn man used forged credit card to buy TV: DA

COLLEGE POINT — A Brooklyn man has been charged with buying a $1,400 television from a College Point BJ’s by using another man’s credit card, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Off with His Head? Maybe Not

Queens teacher Brad Ferro made two bad decisions. The first was to take part in an MTV reality show called “Jersey Shore.” The second was punching a woman in the face while cameras were rolling. Comment

Woman arraigned for petit larceny: Brown

ELMHURST — A Brooklyn woman was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument and attempted petit larceny for allegedly trying to cash a fraudulent check at an Elmhurst Chase Bank branch, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Far Rock man stabbed during assault: Brown

FAR ROCKAWAY — A Brooklyn man was arraigned last week on assault and criminal possession of a weapon charges stemming from the stabbing of a man in Far Rockaway, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Ozone Pk. man punched by Far Rock resident: DA

OZONE PARK — A Far Rockaway man was arraigned earlier this month in the assault of a man in Ozone Park, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Tuesday. Comment

Boro man resists arrest, drives out of control: DA

SUNNYSIDE — A Sunnyside man was charged with reckless driving, resisting arrest and other counts after he was allegedly riding his car erratically in the neighborhood, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Forecasters have poor winter track record

What is going on with this weather? Last week we had from 13 inches to 26 inches of snow and this past weekend, in one night, most of it was all washed away by a storm with temperatures into the 50s. Comment

Reader takes issue with columnist’s views on U.S. politics

Where to start in responding to Bill Lewis’ Dec. 17 column, “Conservative groups increase in criticizing Obama’s policies”? Comment

Governor, MTA don’t put our children first

The state Legislature rightly rejected Gov. David Paterson’s original plan to cut $686 million from classrooms across the state, which would have been devastating by eliminating programs and faculties in the middle of the school year. The governor is now withholding 10 percent of school funding — $146 million — in his effort to fix the state budget. Comment

Sharpton meets match in PBA prez Palladino

I would like to comment on the Dec. 24 TimesLedger article “City Council approves street renaming for Sean Bell.” Comment

Progress at Willets Point Comes Slowly

Even the best proposals unfold slowly in New York City. For years the city Economic Development Corp. has been attempting to redevelop Willets Point. The area that abuts the new Mets stadium is an urban disaster with regularly flooded streets and automobile salvage yards that make the area look like a dump. Comment

QueensLine: Helicopter service from JFK to midtown proved a failure

For those of us of a certain age, childhood memories of the world of the future had promises fulfilled (computers, miniature television and cameras), promises yet unfulfilled (space tourism to other planets) and promises best unfulfilled (indiscriminate use of nuclear energy). Comment

I Sit And Look Out: Not all 2007 wishes have come true

Two years ago at this time, I was at the beginning of what turned out to be 51 days in the hospital and rehab. But before I went into St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, L.I., on Christmas Eve morning in 2007, I had written a column on resolutions for Jan. 3, 2008. On Dec. 26, Elaine sent off that column to the editors at TimesLedger Newspapers. Comment

Dishing with Dee: End-of-year bashes bring out noteworthy names from boro

This will be the last column for 2009 and thank heaven for that. This has not exactly been a blue banner year for me. If anything could have possibly gone wrong, it did. Hopefully 2010 will be better. Comment

Political Action: GOP gears up for comeback in 2010 elections in Queens

During the recent City Council election in the 19th Council District in northeast Queens, the elected Republican candidate, Dan Halloran, stressed overdevelopment. He also strongly indicated that the city Department of Buildings is not accurately checking city Building Code violations, especially illegal conversions. Comment

103rd Pct. crime drops 6%

Overall crime for the 103rd Precinct declined in 2009 from the previous year, but major offenses such as rape, assault and robbery rose, police statistics show. Comment

113th Pct. crime drops 15%, murder cut by 20% in 2009

The 113th Precinct has seen a significant drop in murder, rape, robbery and other crimes, and the head of the precinct’s community council credited neighborhood residents with the success. Comment

Rochdale Village residents come together for Kwanzaa

The spirit of Kwanzaa filled Rochdale Village Sunday as the apartment complex held its fourth-annual celebration of the African-American holiday with the Jamaica-based Afrikan Poetry Theatre. Comment

Teachers rally for pay raises at Merrick

Teachers and school union officials protested outside a Jamaica charter school last week, demanding that the institution’s board put more of its resources into academics. Comment

Mayor OKs Bell street rename

Mayor Michael Bloomberg put his signature to a bill Monday renaming dozens of streets in New York City, including the Jamaica street where Sean Bell was killed by police and the Floral Park block where a mother of three died in an accidental gas explosion that destroyed her home. Comment

Scarborough sponsors essay contest on fathers

Children in southeast Queens who think their dads are so good that they deserve an award will have a chance to prove it. Comment

Friedrich, Bearak spar over pre-election letter

Glen Oaks Village President Bob Friedrich is accusing City Councilman David Weprin’s (D-Hollis) Assembly campaign manager of intimidating northeast Queens civic leaders as he weighs whether to seek the same seat himself. Comment

Streep comedy features St. John’s University’s campus

Millions of people across the country caught a glimpse of St. John’s University on the big screen last weekend. Comment

Scam targets homes in NE Queens neighborhoods

Thousands of homes in Flushing, Whitestone and other northeast Queens neighborhoods have been targeted by one or more companies running a scam in which they made 311 calls reporting entire blocks of homeowners for housing violations, according to city Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside). Comment

Crime down 7%, but murder rate steady in 105th

Crime is down nearly 7 percent in the 105th Precinct from 2008-09, according to crime statistics. Comment

Council landmarks 158-year-old Schleicher House

Final hurdles have been cleared and the Herman A. and Malvina Schleicher House has been officially landmarked by the city. Comment

Monserrate discipline committee prepares final report

The special state Senate committee formed to look into what to do about Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst)appeared unlikely to release its findings by the end of the year, though published reports said it appeared they were preparing a severe report. Comment

DEP agrees with Gennaro to ban upstate drilling

The city Department of Environmental Protection’s report released last week that calls for a ban on gas drilling in the city’s upstate watershed thrilled City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows), who has repeatedly said such action in the area that provides drinking water to the majority of city residents would cost taxpayers billions of dollars and potentially prove dangerous to individuals’ health. Comment

City renames Martins Field

Bayside community activist Mandingo Tshaka said he was pleased after the city renamed Flushing’s Martins Field to honor the remains of African Americans and native Americans who had been buried there more than 100 years ago, but he has also called for the site to be locked up at night to prevent vandalism. Comment

Crime declines in 109th Pct.

Crime in the 109th Precinct has declined across the board over the past year by 10.2 percent led by significant drops in murder, rape and grand larceny auto theft, the city Police Department reported Monday. Comment

Finances force Botanical Garden to close for 2 weeks

The Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing has made it halfway through a short winter hibernation instituted for the first time in 2009 aimed at cutting costs in the face of declining funding. Comment

215th St. renamed for late Sol Soskin

Mayor Michael Bloomberg approved the renaming of a Bayside street near the 111th Precinct to honor the late Sol Soskin, a Little Neck community activist who served on the precinct’s community council for more than 50 years and acted as its president for a number of them. Comment

City starts Oakland Lake repairs

The third phase of a massive project to halt flooding in Bayside and filter sewer overflow in Douglaston has begun and will include repairing five locations around Oakland Lake, Community Board 11’s district manager said. Comment

Queensborough College gains major research partner

Bayside’s Queensborough Community College has become the first community college in the nation to be selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute as an associate member of its Science Education Alliance research initiative. Comment

Police bust 2 in home invasion slay

A Brooklyn man and another from the Bronx have been charged in the September killing of an Ozone Park pizzeria owner’s son during a push-in robbery in Ozone Park, according to a criminal complaint filed with the Queens district attorney’s office. Comment

LaGuardia paratrooper pardoned in gun charge

The LaGuardia Community College student who became a decorated U.S. Army paratrooper after serving time on a felony gun possession charge was pardoned Tuesday by Gov. David Paterson. Comment

Report ties Meeks to accused schemer

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) is under intense scrutiny after a report revealed his ties to an accused Ponzi schemer. Comment

Murders rise in 115th Pct.

The murder rate in New York City is on track to reach historic lows, but homicides in Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, East Elmhurst and Corona are on the rise. The 110th and 115th precincts, which oversee the territory between the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, Long Island Expressway, Van Wyck Expressway and Long Island Sound, had more murders this year than last, but rates were still in the single digits. Comment

Burglaries up in 2009 for 104th Precinct

The 104th Precinct has a problem with burglars, but other major crimes were down for the year in Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village and Ridgewood. Comment

State subpoenas Aqueduct records

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli subpoenaed records from the New York Racing Association Monday after he said the organization refused to give him access to financial information. Comment

Bomb scare slows JFK flights

A thwarted Christmas Day attack on a Northwest jetliner has created tighter security at airlines throughout the globe, but despite the increased delays and inconvenience flyers arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport said they were glad the authorities were being safe instead of sorry. Comment

City renames street after slain LIC hero

The Dutch Kills resident who was killed while trying to protect his neighbor from a vagrant will be remembered by more than just his neighbors after Mayor Michael Bloomberg approved the renaming of a street in his honor. Comment

Joblessness in Queens below city rate at 9%

Queens and Staten Island tied for the boroughs with the lowest unemployment rates in the city in a new study conducted by a nonprofit agency, but minorities in many Queens neighborhoods are feeling the pinch nonetheless. Comment

102nd Pct sees drop in crime

Crime fell nearly 6 percent in the 102nd Precinct between 2008 and 2009, according to statistics filed by the city Police Department. Comment

Weiner to push for public option in health care bill

U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) last week criticize the Senate for passing a health care bill that does not include a public option and vowed to alter the legislation before it goes to the president’s desk for final approval. Comment

Rain soaks Austin St. sales

The enticement of deep discounts was not enough to bring shoppers to Austin Street with most retailers saying they had a miserable day of sales the on the critical day after Christmas because of heavy rains. Comment

LIC Brandworkers International gets $50K from city

In the midst of a recession that has seen nonprofit groups scramble for continued funding, one Queens activist organization has a little extra to celebrate this holiday season. Comment

Nonprofit to expand into Corona facility

A well-respected nonprofit working with mothers just released from incarceration is planning an expansion in Corona as it also prepares to rebuild its headquarters. Comment

Pols, Fresh Direct give turkeys to LIC pantry

Western Queens elected officials handed out more than 400 turkeys donated by Astoria’s Fresh Direct to families in need last week from Long Island City’s Bread of Life Food Pantry, which has served thousands of hungry borough residents this month. Comment

Crime down 10 % in 106 Pct

Buoyed by sharp decreases in murders, rapes and robberies, major crime decreased more than 10 percent in the 106th Precinct in southern Queens between 2008 and 2009, according to city Police Department statistics. Comment

Monday, Jan. 4, 2010


Berger’s Burg: Resolve to improve your life as you ring in the new year

Resolve never to take a memory course from a man who has his pants on backward. Comment

Friday, Jan. 1, 2010

Astorians complain of over-aggressive ticketing

Astoria residents, business owners and elected officials said they are fed up with neighborhood traffic agents whom they say over-zealously hand out tickets to drivers and parked cars in one of the borough’s prime restaurant and shopping meccas. Comment

Teen charged in manslaughter stab

A 16-year-old Long Island City girl accused of stabbing a resident of the Queensbridge Houses in what her family called self-defense after she feared being raped inside the F train subway station near the housing project on Christmas Eve was being held by authorities Tuesday pending her arraignment, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment


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