Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012

Richmond Hill

Police searching for missing boro woman, 70

RICHMOND HILL — The NYPD was asking for the public’s help in locating a missing elderly woman from Richmond Hill. Comment
Little Neck

Little Neck music school keeps a steady beat

With an ear-to-ear grin, a drum student walked out of his rehearsal room inside the Long Island Drum Center in Little Neck at the end of his lesson. Store owner Tony Fabiano then dropped what he was doing to walk the boy outside so he did not have to find his ride home alone. Comment

Monday, Sept. 3, 2012


Water bill increases blamed on meters

The city public advocate and Queens residents suspect new city DEP-installed water meters may be to blame in many cases of abnormally high water bills — some of which have jumped by as much as 1,000 percent. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Hydrofracking getting closer to reality in NY

While Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to soon release proposed regulations allowing a controversial drilling practice known as hydraulic fracturing in New York state, the head of the City Council Committee on Environmental Protection is cautioning that a national standard for so-called fracking in a safe manner does not exist. Comments (3)

Avella promotes bill for vet-owned businesses

Supporting pro-veteran legislation is something politicians on both sides of the aisle could get behind, one area elected official said last week, but a bill that would boost businesses owned by American’s Bravest in New York still has not been fully backed. Comment
Oakland Gardens

Woman, 66, missing and sought by police

OAKLAND GARDENS — The NYPD was asking for the public’s help in locating a missing woman last seen in Oakland Gardens. Comment

Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012


QEDC hosts entertainment, artists at Corona Plaza

As No. 7 train passengers disembarked and filed down the stairs of the elevated tracks Sunday, they were greeted by a Corona Plaza many probably did not recognize. Comment

Boro Latino pols back Miller

Campaign contributions and endorsements have continued to pile up for incumbent state Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) and his challenger, Etienne David Adorno, as they head into the September primary. Comment

Mayor touts Web in Jamaica

A recent report shows that while all small businesses — even the corner bodega — can benefit from Internet technologies, less than 20 percent of the city’s small companies are using them effectively, with experts citing a lack of awareness as one of the key obstacles. Comments (1)

Cops need public’s help to find three robbers

WOODSIDE — The NYPD was asking for the public’s assistance in locating three young men wanted in connection with a strong-arm robbery last week in Woodside. Comment

Banker tricked and robbed of $40K: Police

FLUSHING — On Aug. 9, a 40-year-old man went to a Bank of America and withdrew $40,600. Comments (1)

Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012

Jackson Heights

Judge to sue after DA drops cop assault probe

Justice Thomas Raffaele said he was filing a notice of claim this week after Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced his office would not pursue criminal charges against an officer who Raffaele contends assaulted him in a pedestrian plaza in Jackson Heights last month. Comments (1)

Van Bramer warns of cars going backwards on one-way stretch

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) called upon the city Department of Transportation and NYPD Friday to institute traffic calming measures and step up enforcement on 39th Street near 51st Avenue in Blissville. Comment

Iannece, Rozic knock on doors in Senate contest

With less than a month to go until the Sept. 13 primary, two Democratic candidates vying for a chance at the state Assembly seat in northeast Queens upped their efforts by taking to the streets in full force. Comments (18)
Oakland Gardens

Weprin urges city to use electric taxis

When it comes to environmental legislation, two City Council members have plugged into a bill they said has the potential to save the planet from harmful gas emissions. Comment
Bay Terrace

Rep. Israel visits Queens to launch campaign

U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Hauppauge), the five-term congressman from Long Island, hosted a breakfast at Fort Totten Saturday morning to kick off his 2012 re-election campaign now that his new district encompasses part of northeast Queens. Comment

Reyes rallies against any homeless shelter in CB 5

A Forest Hills lawyer with his sights set on a primary election for state Senate addressed the possible Glendale homeless shelter Saturday — a topic weighing heavily on the minds of voters in the neighborhood. Comment
Ozone Park

Police seek man who robbed woman on train

OZONE PARK — Police were asking the public to help locate a man wanted for allegedly robbing an A train passenger at gunpoint. Comment

Friday, Aug. 31, 2012

East Elmhurst

Peralta plans boro prez run

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) said he would like to be a borough president who combines the salesmanship qualities of Brooklyn’s Marty Markowitz and the wide-reaching influence of Queens’ Claire Shulman. Comment

Bayside business has established roots at US Open

The US Open is televised throughout the country and showcases the world’s best tennis players, but there are still some aspects of the Flushing tournament that remain local. Comment

New owners bring big change to distressed Atlas Park mall

The owners of the Shops at Atlas Park are looking to revitalize the struggling mall with an infusion of new stores — and possibly a new name. Comment
Queens Village

Vanel doubles down in bid to unseat Clark

State Assemblywoman Barbara Clark (D-Queens Village), who has represented southeast Queens neighborhoods for 13 terms, is facing a primary challenge from Cambria Heights resident Clyde Vanel, who is not afraid to put his money where his mouth is. Comments (8)
Fresh Meadows

Jewish voters to leave church for library poll

Kew Gardens Hills residents who were concerned that voting at their new polling site at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church would violate their religious beliefs can rest easier now that polling has been moved to the Kew Gardens Hills Library. Comment

Stabbed man dies in Woodside park

A Woodside park that neighbors said is known as a notorious hangout for rowdy day laborers was the site of a deadly fight over the weekend when a homeless man fatally stabbed another with a piece of broken glass, according to the NYPD. Comment

Young volunteers receive awards for community service

Albert Ju, a student at the Queens High School for the Sciences at York College, spent his summer giving back by volunteering at the YWCA of Queens. Comments (2)

Cars blocking Bayside sidewalks

Longtime Bayside resident and community activist Mandingo Tshaka frequents the streets and sidewalks of his hometown on a regular basis, often exchanging words with passersby well aware of his local status and history. Comments (1)

Astoria man hawked illegal modems: DA

An Astoria Houses resident was arraigned on multiple forgery charges last week after he allegedly sold cloned wireless modems for free Internet access through Craigslist for more than a year, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

Police want public on lookout for serial robber

KEW GARDENS — The NYPD was seeking the public’s assistance in locating a suspect wanted in connection with a bank robbery pattern in western Queens. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012


Sunnyside man stabs wife, jumps from No. 7 platform

A domestic dispute turned into a tragic murder-suicide Thursday when a man stabbed his wife in their Sunnyside apartment and then jumped from the No. 7 train platform about an hour and a half later, police said. Comment

Sen. Huntley accused of nonprofit scam

The day after state Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) pleaded not guilty to interfering with a state probe into an alleged scam to bilk taxpayers out of nearly $30,000, her Democratic Party primary challengers called on the three-term incumbent to step down from office. Comments (3)

NBA star returns home to Hollis for annual youth clinic

Royal Ivey did not speak much Saturday, the third and final day of his annual youth event in Hollis, but he said a lot. Comments (1)

Neighbors not surprised by Doug blaze

Neighbors surrounding the Douglaston home ravaged by fire earlier this month have returned to their soot-filled buildings over the last week, trying to make sense of how such a controversial project was not approached with more caution. Comments (3)

Electeds scold FAA on noise

While they said constituent complaints were not doing the trick to silence the booming planes zipping over their homes, Bayside elected officials took to the streets Friday to make some noise of their own. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Ulrich proud to buck party

City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) promised to make decisions based on principle, not party affiliation, if he is elected to the state Senate this fall after a campaign where the councilman finds himself battling both sides of the aisle. Comments (1)
College Point

Vision revived for 134-unit College Pt. condo

Plans to convert a dilapidated College Point factory into a 134-unit waterfront condo complex resurfaced this month after spending years off the community’s radar. Comments (17)

Homeless man dies on bench in Bayside

Known as Broadway Bill to Bayside residents, a homeless man died Friday on the same bench where he spent many days and nights. Comments (2)

Baisley Houses seek end to City Council division

When a city commission redraws the district lines for the City Council this year, civic leaders from southeast Queens are calling for the unification of the Baisley Houses in Jamaica. Comment
South Jamaica

43 arrested on drug dealing charges in S. Jamaica

Two weeks after a sergeant with the NYPD’s anti-gang unit was shot in the leg in South Jamaica, authorities announced a yearlong investigation into gang-related drug activity in the area that culminated in 43 arrests along with the seizure of three handguns and a cache of drugs and paraphernalia. Comments (4)
Rochdale Village

Ex-LL coach pleads guilty to sex abuse

After a former Rochdale Village Little League coach with a questionable past admitted last week he had used his position to abuse five young boys, a nearby lawmaker announced he would redouble his efforts to protect youngsters from sexual predators. Comment

Bankrupt hospital nets potential buyer

The shuttered Peninsula Hospital has a potential buyer, a source familiar with the negotiations said. Comment

Corona man kept 3M bees in backyard

Authorities removed an estimated 3 million bees in 45 hives from a Corona man’s backyard last week, and the president of the New York City Beekeepers Association has accused their former owner of more sticky shenanigans in using the hives to sell diluted honey to a bakery. Comments (1)

Assembly hopefuls get cash from afar

Campaign war chests in the race for the downtown Flushing state Assembly seat appear to be largely filled by donations from outside the district or loans, according to the latest disclosure reports. Comment
Kew Gardens Hills

Synagogue director says man caught on video swiping silver

Police have arrested a man suspected of stealing several valuable religious artifacts from three Flushing-area synagogues, the Queens district attorney said Wednesday. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens Hills

Man dies after car hits him on Grand Central

KEW GARDENS HILLS — An unidentified male was struck and killed by a car last week as he tried to cross the Grand Central Turnpike in Kew Gardens Hills, police said. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012


2012 US Open kicks off tennis but boon for boro still in offing

The 2012 US Open opening matches kicked off an economic bonanza for the city Monday, but a man working for a borough nonprofit trying to get spectators to stay in Queens did not have the same luck as some of the athletes. Comment

Elusive Bowne HS bird could be enjoying Flushing dating game

The wayward peacock who has been comically eluding authorities after escaping from John Bowne High School several weeks ago may just be looking for love. Comment
Jackson Heights

Ex-CB 3 District Manager Mary Sarro dies at 85

Anna Maria “Mary” Sarro, former district manager of Community Board 3, died Monday morning from cancer in her Jackson Heights home. She was 85. Comment
Queens Village

LIRR worker dies after touching third rail

A Long Island Rail Road worker was killed Monday when he came into contact with the third rail near the Queens Village train station, a spokesman for the MTA said. Comments (1)
Fresh Meadows

City braces for climate change through panel and task force

A panel and task force that first convened several years ago to identify ways the city can cope with the local impact of climate change, such as fiercer storms and rising sea levels, will now meet on a regular basis and have an expanded focus. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Cops hunt suspect in Ozone Park club slay

Police were asking the public’s help in identifying a man suspected in connection with the shooting death of a Rockaway Beach man early in the morning Monday outside an Ozone Park nightclub. The NYPD supplied what appears to be images from a surveillance camera showing the man sitting at a bar. Comments (7)

Bland Houses resident shot dead

The sister of a man murdered at the Bland Houses last week was joined by a representative of the Queens district attorney’s office and local activists to denounce gun violence that has put the complex on edge less than a year after a series of shootings shocked the community. Comment
Far Rockaway

MTA makes $65M request to feds over Irene damage

The MTA reported it has finished submitting claims totaling $65 million for damage from Tropical Storm Irene a year ago. Comment

Car kills Hollis man at stock exchange: Cops

MANHATTAN — An elderly Hollis man was killed near Wall Street last Thursday when he was accidentally struck by a private security car, police said. Comment
Forest Hills

Groper in Forest Park being hunted by police

FOREST PARK — Police were asking for the public’s help in locating an alleged Forest Park groper. Comment
Kew Gardens Hills

Cops on the lookout for purse snatcher

KEW GARDENS HILLS — The NYPD was seeking the public’s assistance in locating a suspect wanted for allegedly stealing a woman’s purse inside Brach’s Glatt Supermarket in Kew Gardens Hills. Comment

Building collapse traps two in Laurelton: BNN

The FDNY responded to a 911 call of a building collapse at 134-21 231st St. in Laurelton around 12:30 p.m. Friday, according to the Breaking News Network. Firefighters said there were two people trapped inside the building, according to BNN. Comment

Monday, Aug. 27, 2012

Huntley indicted on criminal cover-up charges involving her charity

New York State Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) was indicted Monday on a variety of criminal charges in what the state attorney general said was a conspiracy to thwart his office’s investigation into a charity she founded that never performed services. Comment
Ozone Park

Ozone Park man shot and killed after night club altercation

A man was shot in the back and killed early Monday morning after an altercation at an Ozone Park nightclub, police and witnesses said. Comments (2)

Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012


Flushing volunteers awarded for community service

Several beaming teenagers and young adults accepted certificate awards from city Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) at the YWCA of Queens on Friday for volunteering a substantial amount of their time to the community over the summer. Comment

Friday, Aug. 24, 2012


Homeless man dies outside Bayside LIRR station

A homeless man who neighbors said was a fixture around Bayside was found dead on a bench outside the Bayside railroad train station on 41st Avenue early Friday. Comments (2)

Police seek woman in Woodside abandoned baby case

Police were looking for a young woman named Cathy Lu in relation to a baby who was left behind a building in Woodside Houses Sunday. Comments (2)

Bayside leaders rally against airliner noise

With planes flying overhead, elected officials and community leaders gathered in Bayside Friday morning to lower the volume on airline noise passing over the area. Comments (6)


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