Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Dishing with Dee: State Conservative Party backs Lazio for guv

The days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer. Apparently we have survived another winter. There are unmistakable signs of our spring flowers coming back to life so we can all rejoice in that good feeling. Comment

Man stabbed in Ridgewood hospitalized

A stabbing in the streets of Ridgewood sent a man to Elmhurst Hospital with life-threatening knife wounds to his chest Saturday night, a police source said. Comment
Queens Village

New developer chosen for Merkel Meat Plant site

The development group that oversees Queens Center Mall has taken the reins of the much-delayed project at the former Merkel Meat Plant in Jamaica, but it is not clear what type of property will be built. Comment
Queens Village

King Manor tree falls down

When a nearly century-old tree near the King Manor Museum came down two weekends ago, administrators of the historic site said they did not hear the linden tree make a sound, but its demise echoed throughout the historic community. Comment

City touts plan to add grades at IS 73 in Maspeth

Parents and educators are wrestling with the city’s proposal to add a K-5 school at IS 73 in Maspeth to help alleviate overcrowding in the district’s elementary schools. Comments (1)
Queens Village

Glen Oaks fight victim suffers brain damage

A 16-year-old was arrested on attempted murder and assault charges following a large fight outside a Glen Oaks club early Sunday that left the victim in critical condition with brain damage at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, police said. Comment

Far Rock man sentenced for abusing boys on bus

KEW GARDENS — A Far Rockaway man was sentenced to three years in prison Monday for sexually abusing three boys on a school bus which he worked on as an aide, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Suspect dies in cuffs, cops probe club staff

So what exactly killed a party promoter who may have been involved in a robbery at a Laurelton club last week? Comment

Scarborough slams city’s plan to put Eagle Academy in IS 59

The city took another shot at moving a new school into the halls of IS 59 Tuesday, but before it did one elected official openly criticized the city Department of Education for not listening to the concerned voices of parents. Comment

LIJ Medical Center touts its expansion plans

Officials from the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System updated residents on ongoing and planned construction projects costing hundreds of millions of dollars at the LIJ campus as civic members complained about LIJ employees and truck drivers using their streets during a meeting of Community Board 13 Monday night. Comment

Save the Student Pass

Although we understand the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is facing tough times, we oppose its plans to eliminate free student MetroCards. There must be and there are better ways to deal with the MTA budget shortfall than by making it nearly impossible for low- and moderate-income families to send their children to school. Comment

New skate park in the works for Flushing Meadows

Flushing Meadows Corona Park will soon be home to a new skate park that blends together distinctive urban elements from locations throughout the city, officials said. Comment

City to replace Catholic school with PS in fall

The city is wasting no time replacing a former Catholic school in Jackson Heights with a new public school, rolling out the new 600-seat facility in September. Comment

Man stabbed, one shot in Far Rock slays

Two men were murdered in Far Rockaway in as many days last week, and another man was shot in the leg, according to police. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Kew Gardens students sing Broadway tunes at show they created

As students from PS 164 in Kew Gardens Hills belted out Broadway tunes at a show they helped to create, elected and school officials cheered for the children they say have gained bounds of confidence thanks to an after-school arts program that culminated in last week’s performance. Comment
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: Tree planting in boro serves to celebrate Jewish holiday

MillionTreesNYC is working hard to plant a million trees by 2017 by planting one tree at a time. On Jan. 29 at the American-Israel Friendship Grove in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the consulate general of Israel in New York, the Queens Jewish Community Council and the city Parks Department planted a tree in celebration of the Jewish holiday of trees, Tu’ Bishvat. This new tree will be counted as part of the MillionTreesNYC program. Comment

Kosher soup kitchen opens in Rego Park

At the first kosher soup kitchen in Queens, it is nearly impossible to tell this is a place for the down-and-out. Comment
Forest Hills Ledger

Kosher food donated to Forest Hills pantry

The Forest Hills Stop & Shop Supermarket made an emergency donation of 1,000 pounds of food to the Queens Jewish Community Council Tuesday to help the group restock its kosher food pantry that had been depleted of its Passover packages. Comment

Flushing rings in Afghan New Year with library event

The auditorium at the Flushing branch of the Queens Library was filled to capacity Saturday afternoon with revelers celebrating Nawrooz, the Afghan New Year, at an event hosted by the Flushing-based advocacy group Women for Afghan Women. Comment

Gillibrand gets endorsements from Liu, Meng

Two of Flushing’s most influential political voices threw their support behind U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) in her race to keep her seat in Washington. Comment

State and city comptrollers praise immigrant workers in Flushing

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and city Comptroller John Liu toured S & L Aerospace Metals, one of the many businesses they said have helped keep Flushing from suffering the full brunt of the economic crisis. Comment

Flushing discusses Commons plan

Flushing area residents stayed up until the wee hours Monday night awaiting their two minutes of comment on two proposed projects that are slated to permanently change the face of downtown Flushing. Comment

Springfield Gardens man sexually abused teen: DA

JAMAICA — A Springfield Gardens man was convicted of the 2008 sexual abuse of a 13-year-old female student in a back stairwell at a Jamaica middle school not used by students or staff, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

B’klyn man broke into deli, stole cigarettes: DA

ROCKAWAY PARK — A Brooklyn man was charged with burglary after allegedly breaking into a deli and stealing cartons of cigarettes, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Use it or Lose It

We would like nothing more than to see the RKO Keith’s Theatre on Northern Boulevard in Flushing restored to its former glory. The theater that opened in 1928 features a landmarked lobby and was in its day one of the most magnificent buildings in Queens. Comment

Parents peeved over Bayside pre-K closure

Parents of children who attend Bayside’s Raymond O’Connor Playschool said they would probably face costly day care expenses after the city announced it would close the pre-kindergarten program as well as another in Flushing. Comment

Developer seeks zoning change for Prince St. apartment tower

The developer of an 11-story, 124,000-square-foot mixed-use building proposed for downtown Flushing requested a zoning change at Tuesday night’s Community Board 7 meeting. Comment

Knesset member visits boro

A Forest Hills Gardens woman opened her home Sunday night to a group discussion with a member of Israel’s legislative body, the Knesset. Comment

Flushing school to honor girl

A Bayside mother whose daughter was killed last year during a car accident in Greece has gained the approval of a community school to create a playground in memory of the 6-year-old girl. Comment

Auburndale group approves major rezoning

The Auburndale Improvement Association has voted to support a proposed massive northeast Queens rezoning, but members still have major concerns about its failure to address issues related to a commercial and industrial district in the Station Road area. Comment

Arabic school names Baysider interim head

A Bayside man who previously held leadership roles at high schools in Bayside and Cambria Heights has been named the interim principal of the city’s sole Arabic-language public school after its principal left to become a literacy coach at a Flushing school, a city Department of Education spokesman said. Comment

Man fled car accident scene in Ridgewood: DA

RIDGEWOOD — A 19-year-old man was arraigned two weeks ago after he allegedly fled the scene of a car accident that took place at the corner of Greene and Woodward avenues, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Boro apartment robbed of cash, laptop: Brown

JACKSON HEIGHTS — A Bronx man was arrested and charged two weeks ago in connection with a fall burglary in a woman’s apartment, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

New Jersey man forged divorce papers: Brown

KEW GARDENS — An alleged New Jersey con artist was arraigned Friday for cheating two separate couples when he failed to provide legal divorce representation, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Do not cut senior funding from state budget

There is no doubt New York state is facing a fiscal crisis the likes of which we have not seen in decades. As a result, Gov. David Paterson has proposed a budget that includes drastic spending cuts. Comment

Banning use of salt in city eateries a dangerous and foolish proposition

Several state Assembly members have sponsored a bill to prohibit the use of salt in the preparation of food by restaurants with fines of up to $1,000 per violation. While perhaps well-intentioned, this is incredibly ill-advised. Comment

Columnist’s take on GOP leadership contained many errors

This is in response to Dee Richard’s recent column, in which she implied that there are two acting chairmen of the Queens Republican Party. Comment

A subject of Dishing with Dee column refutes her claims

In her latest column, Dee Richard writes that we should “Let sleeping dogs lie,” only several paragraphs after she concocts untruthful fantasies about three members of my family. Wonderful! Toss a grenade, and then offer a peace agreement. Comment

Night out reveals disturbing truth

On a recent Saturday night, my wife and I attended a bar mitzvah at a Long Island restaurant. Our table seating card read Table No. 2, where we were seated with a bunch of strangers including curmudgeons, merry widows and a pair of married folks who looked like they were in their late 50s — about our age. Comment

State Legislature must pass law allowing cleaner heating oil

As citizens concerned about our environment, we urge the state Senate and state Assembly to pass their respective bills — S.1145-A and A.8642 — which will protect the public health and reduce air pollution by requiring No. 2 heating oil, the most widely used, to meet the same refining standards the federal government currently mandates for diesel oil used in vehicles. Comment

City teachers need a better raise

It is incomprehensible that Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants teachers to only get a 2 percent raise as a result of the budget crisis affecting the city. This is an insult to every teacher who teaches in the city public school system. Comment

Wave Goodbye to Scandals

It has come to the point in New York City where a prosperous strip club cannot get any respect. The owners of Scandals, a strip club in Long Island City, said they are being squeezed out of their present location by new city zoning laws. Comment

Neighbor to Neighbor: Going Green in Queens offers a fun time for free

Remember a few weeks ago? In one of my columns during one of those ugly weather spells, I encouraged you to hold on because spring could soon arrive. Well, here it is. Welcome, sweet springtime, and all the wonderful events that are coming along with it. Comment

I Sit And Look Out: Padavan should have helped fix Senate

Stephen Sondheim has gotten a great deal of play recently for his wonderful song “Send in the Clowns” thanks to the malfunction of the state Legislature, aided by the Queens Three. Comment

Berger’s Burg: Passover and Easter share a number of similarities

Don’t be agnostic — be something. — Robert Frost Comment

How’s Business? Invest carefully in stock market

While I believe we are climbing out of the recession, I also believe that now may be the time to capitalize on making solid investment decisions. Comment

Woodhaven store stays sweet

Lifelong Woodhaven resident Margie Schmidt said neighborhood businesses have changed in tone since her family settled in during the Roaring ’20s. Comment

Small business owners wary at prospect of increased costs

Queens business leaders said they were concerned about how Congress’ vote to reform health care would affect small businesses in the borough, but they would watch the changes under the new law before making a judgment call. Comment
Astoria Times

Work commences on Astoria skate park

The city broke ground this week on the construction of a long-awaited skateboard park under the Triborough Bridge in Astoria Park that is expected to finally open in September, a spokeswoman for the city Parks Department said. Comment

Ferry service gets reprieve

After saying it would end the Rockaway ferry this month, the service is not ready to drop the anchor just yet. Comment

Family bilked immigrants: DA

Three members of a South Richmond Hill family were indicted last Thursday for allegedly defrauding 19 members of the borough’s West Indian community out of more than $1.75 million ´╗┐over six years by either promising to help them obtain federally seized properties in Queens and Florida or assisting them in gaining legal status in the United States, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Boro rezonings create most growth potential in city

Queens led the city in adding residential capacity as a result of neighborhood rezonings, a New York University real estate study has found, but researchers doubt that the potential expansion will meet future population demands. Comment

Retirees anticipate improved coverage

Queens officials gave mixed reactions to the health care bill signed by President Barack Obama this week, with some cheering the legislation they said will help seniors to afford prescriptions and others being more skeptical of the plan they worry could negatively affect elderly individuals. Comment

Queens Bar slams city’s public defender plan

The city is hoping to change the way the courts hire its public defenders, but the Queens County Bar Association said its plan could limit the number of independent lawyers. Comment

Conversations: A Survivor’s Tale

When Flushing resident Mirian Detres-Hickey was stealing food from a hospital to feed her children years ago, she understood just how far things had sunk — and the woman who is now a Queens College administrator knew she was doing exactly what she needed to do to survive. Comment

Maloney hopes to fix black unemployment

A new congressional study released last week shows that black Americans across the nation are leading in terms of unemployment, but U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) said she has a plan to reverse this trend in a way that benefits both big business and employees. Comment

JFK runway closure prompts increase in cost of flight fares

Fares have risen since one of the nation’s longest runways was shut down at John F. Kennedy International Airport since March 1 and airlines await a decision on requests for exemptions from rules providing ruinous fines for tarmac delays that the carriers see as inevitable. Comment

JetBlue plans to relocate to Queens Plaza

JetBlue Airways spent a year discussing whether to move to Florida and has reached a decision to move, all right — but no further than Long Island City. Comment

Queens immigration advocates take their case on to D.C.

Among the 200,000 people rallying for immigrant rights in Washington, D.C., Sunday were large groups of Queens residents who awakened long before the sun rose to advocate for immigration reform that would include giving legal status to millions of undocumented individuals. Comment

Hospitals hoping for some relief

Hospital officials across Queens followed the health care debate closely, hoping to ascertain exactly what the effects of the legislation might be on their fragile economic states. Comment

Number of homeless in Queens rises 14 percent: City study

The city released Friday the results of the 2010 Homeless Outreach Population Estimate, and for the first time since the count’s inception in 2005 the city’s population of unsheltered individuals experienced an increase. Comment

Queens economy resumes slow growth: LIC group

Queens’ economy is on the rebound, but it may be a slow recovery, a leading business advocate warned the Long Island City Business Development Corp. last Thursday. Comment

Dignitaries ring in Earth Day at Flushing Meadows

A gong tolled at the Queens Museum of Modern Art in Flushing Meadows Corona Park Saturday at 1:32 p.m., the exact moment the Peace Bell rang out at the United Nations building. Comment

Queensborough to exhibit Def Poetry Jam founder’s art

Queensborough Community College will display the paintings, mixed media works and extensive African art collection of Danny Simmons for the next two months at the Bayside school’s gallery. Comment

CUNY Law to occupy new LIC building

Some City University of New York Law School officials are looking forward to moving into their new, larger and more environmentally friendly home in Long Island City that they are expected to close on in April, while faculty and the student government have raised eyebrows over the building’s $155 million price tag. Comment

International counterfeit sting nets two boro men

A Whitestone resident and another Queens man were among nine people indicted in an international counterfeiting and smuggling ring that delivered goods to sites in Ridgewood and Maspeth as well as College Point, federal authorities said. Comment

Queens Congressmen tout health reform: Borough’s delegation backs Obama plan

Queens’ struggling hospitals and small businesses will be the proving ground for the sweeping health reform legislation passed by Congress Sunday and signed into law by President Barack Obama Tuesday Comment

Horse breeders want guv to make Aqueduct selection

The executive director of a group representing the state’s horse breeders urged Gov. David Paterson and legislative leaders Sunday to quickly select a vendor for the video lottery terminals at Aqueduct Race Track, warning thousands of jobs may be in jeopardy. Comment

Smith, Padavan lead the pack in Albany pork

State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans) led the state Legislature last year with $5.7 million in earmarks given to nonprofits ´╗┐— more than $4.4 million higher than the average allotment for senators, according to a report released Monday by five good government groups. Comment


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