Friday, May 27, 2016

Queens Impact Awards

A Message from the Editors

The TimesLedger Newspapers, a subsidiary of the Community News Group, is saluting the unsung heroes of Queens for another year. Comments (1)
A woman from Broad Channel who teaches math and physics at a College Point high school spends her time trying to motivate her students to be interested in the sometimes intimidating subjects. Comment
Astoria resident Brendan Fay fought for a quarter of a century for the 255-year-old St. Patrick’s Day Parade to be opened up to gay groups and in March, as 330 members of his Lavender and Green Alliance turned onto Fifth Avenue to cheers from the crowd, tears of joy flowed down his face. Comment

Cheril Alexander: Activist advocates for community involvement

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” —Mother Teresa Comment
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Claire Shulman: Queens grew under her stewardship

Queens experienced extraordinary growth under the leadership of Claire Shulman, the first female borough president, from 1986 to 2001. During that time, dozens of neighborhoods were rezoned, generating development which led to the economic revitalization of downtown Jamaica, Flushing and Long Island City. Comment
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Dan Mundy: Fire chief monitors Jamaica Bay ecology

“The funny thing about firemen is, night and day, they are always firemen.” Comment
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Danny Lye: College Pt. restaurant owner seeks to help his community

A restaurant owner in College Point who made waves in December when he hosted a Christmas Eve community meal for Flushing residents says the meal was a stepping stone for him to give back to area residents. Comment
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David Close: Conductor celebrates 50 years with Oratorio Society

Maestro David Close’s relationship with the Oratorio Society of Queens stretches back nearly 50 years. Throughout the decades, he has worked to ensure that the society remains accessible to all listeners, including those who are not familiar with classical music. Comment
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Edwin Boison: Cowbell Man cheers on Mets fans

Edwin “Eddie” Boison, also known as the Cowbell Man, has no official seat at New York Mets home games. But he has been a diehard Mets fan all his life and has hardly missed a New York game in over 40 years. Comment
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Ed & Josephine Wendell: Couple preserves Woodhaven’s rich history

Ed Wendell and his wife Josephine are self-described lifers. They have lived in Woodhaven for almost their entire lives, and they have made the neighborhood and its rich history their life’s work. Comment
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Erica Ford: Jamaica activist and leader works to curb gun violence

Erica Ford and LIFE Camp Inc., the organization she founded, work in a designated impact zone in South Jamaica, trying to keep the area free from gun violence. LIFE Camp covers the area from 146th Street to Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, between 111th and 118th Avenues. And its approach is clearly working: There hasn’t been a shooting in the impact zone in more than 500 days. Comments (2)
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Gail Mellow: Helps at-risk students succeed at LaGuardia CC

When Dr. Gail O. Mellow took over as president of LaGuardia Community College in 2000, she inherited one of the most ethnically diverse campuses in the nation with more than 50,000 students, two-thirds of whom are now new Americans. The students at LaGuardia’s Long Island City campus face a unique challenge in that the majority have family incomes of less than $25,000 per year. Comment
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James Trent: Civic leader founded Queens Farm Museum

Jim Trent’s commitment to the betterment of his Bellerose community and to the borough as a whole makes him a true Queens hero. Comment
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John Kane: Doctor battles stigma of mental illness

“Please hear this: There are not ‘schizophrenics.’ There are people with schizophrenia,” says Elyn Saks, a mental-health policy advocate who lives with the baffling illness. Comments (1)
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Joseph Mantovani: Pastor shares church with community

The pastor of St. Jacobus Evangelical Lutheran Church in Woodside has helped the church become more connected to the surrounding community. Comment
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Jose Prince: Pediatric surgeon heads premier trauma center

Dr. Jose Prince’s history with Queens began in an apartment he shared with his parents and two brothers near Elmhurst Hospital. Comment
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Kathleen Thelian: Animal rescuer touches heart of many

“I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.” — Abraham Lincoln Comment
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Kevin Montalvo: ‘El Capitano’ starts first Queens Marathon

“Running is the greatest metaphor for life because you get out of it what you put into it.” —Oprah Winfrey Comment
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Lester Linn: Volunteer leads mission for shelter dwellers

Lester Lin loves Elmhurst. He loves human beings more. Comment

Manashe Khaimov: Bukharian immigrant helps young adults find their way

The Silk Road city of Samarkand, Uzbekistan is more than 6,000 miles from Rego Park. But for Manashe Khaimov, who spent the first 14 years of his life in the ancient metropolis before moving to New York, the two places are closely connected. Comment
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Maria Blacque-Belair: Humanitarian helps torture victims

Wars, persecution and global warming have forced more than 60 million people to flee their homes and seek refuge in other countries—more than at anytime since 1949, when the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees began keeping records. Comment
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Marie Slaughter: Hollis woman gives back to community in many ways

By Madina Toure Comment
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Mohamed William: Nurse runs children’s boot camp at Queens Hospital

Mohamed William, who was a combat medic in the United States Army for eight years, doesn’t consider himself a tough guy. Rather he’s a joker. Comments (5)
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Sister Cathleen Feeney: Nun helps found Woodhaven center for underserved women

It seemed a divine plan was in the works when Sister Catherine Feeney, along with Sisters Jean McLoughlin and Janice Algie, were asked by their congregational leaders to establish a center in Queens, where underserved and marginalized women could further their education. Comment
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Sonia Goode-LeMelle: Director of academy finds inner artist in children

Alisha Johnson, who won a Queens Impact Award last year, recently nominated her friend and colleague Sonia Goode-LeMelle for the 2016 award, citing her hard work and giving spirit. Comment
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Taryn Sacramone: Director of Queens Theatre celebrates borough’s artists

Taryn Sacramone, the managing director of the Queens Theatre, believes the performing arts space and concert venue is located in one of the most buoyant areas for artists in the country. Comment

Wednesday, April 27, 2016


Gun buyback yields 89 weapons in Laurelton

A gun buyback program held in southeast Queens Saturday took a total of 89 weapons out of circulation and off the streets, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (11)
Rego Park

Addabbo announces repairs to rail road

The stretch of Rockaway Beach Rail line extending through Rego Park has been rusting for decades, neglected by the city since service was shut down in the early 1960s. Comments (1)

York alum mades documentary about Nepal

York College’s journalism program welcomed 2014 graduate Bimina Ranjit and her award-winning Nepal documentary. Comment

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Oakland Gardens

MS 74 students raise money for Iowa trip

Students from Middle School 74 in Oakland Gardens are poised to compete at the championships of an international intellectual competition and are trying to raise funds to pay for the journey. Comments (3)

Flushing Senior Housing Month to start in May

Flushing Senior Housing Month, a series of rent-freeze registration events for eligible senior citizens and people with disabilities, will take place in May. Comments (3)
Long Island City

The Elks Lodge doesn’t rate with Landmarks Preservation Commission

The Elks Lodge building in Court Square will not be landmarked. Comment
Queens Village

Queens Village schools and libraries get new funds

Schools and libraries ended up the big winners in Council District 23’s participatory budgeting cycle for 2016, according to an announcement from Councilman Barry S. Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens). Comment

Elderly woman attacked by man with tire iron: NYPD

BEECHHURST — Police were looking for a man who allegedly hit a 77-year-old woman with a tire in the driveway of her Beechhurst home. Comments (2)

Monday, April 25, 2016


City rolls out plan for Zika virus

The city has developed a plan of action for the Zika virus. Comments (3)

Kim hosts bipartisan meeting to discuss community issues

Democratic and Republican lawmakers from Queens, upstate New York and Long Island came together for a private historic meeting in downtown Flushing last week. Comments (7)

Lancman urging mayor to fully fund middle school summer programs

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) is asking for funding for middle-school summer programs to be fully restored. Comments (1)

Queens College summer camp to offer David Villa-inspired soccer training

World Cup champion and top goal scorer for the Spanish National Soccer Team David Villa is bringing his DV7 Soccer Academy Spanish soccer methods to Queens College’s Summer Camp. Comments (1)
Linden Hill

Suspects wanted for stealing Uber driver’s car: NYPD

LINDEN HILL—Police were looking for three suspects who assaulted and stole the car of an Uber driver in Linden Hill. Comment

Sunday, April 24, 2016


Participatory Budgeting wraps up in western Queens

More than 3,600 residents in the district represented by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) voted on how to spend $1.85 million in funding to improve their neighborhoods as the second season of Participatory Budgeting came to a close Monday. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Delay in boardwalk completion could disrupt Rockaway waterfront business

State Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) said the delayed opening of a portion of the Rockaway Boardwalk will be a blow to the surrounding community after the city postponed the work because of the crane collapse in Manhattan. Comments (3)

Saturday, April 23, 2016


Briarwood Action Network to host ‘It’s My Park Day!’

Briarwood Action Network will be hosting It’s My Park Day! next month. Comment

Friday, April 22, 2016


Electeds want DOT to put traffic signal at Flushing intersection

Elected officials, community leaders and traffic safety advocates are calling on the city Department of Transportation to re-explore ways to reduce accidents at the intersection of Blossom Avenue and Main Street in Flushing. Comments (3)

US Senate sends FAA reauthorization bill to the House

The U.S. Senate passed a long-term Federal Aviation Administration bill Tuesday that may require the Port Authority and the FAA to re-examine LaGuardia Airport’s flight paths and the NextGen satellite navigation system. Comments (5)

Flushing SOUP program funds community projects

Inspired by a similar program in Detroit, the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce kicked off a micro-granting effort at a crowd-funded community dinner last week that supported projects to help the neighborhood . Comment

Councilman Vallone announces winners of participatory budgeting vote

Participatory budgeting is catching on as a way for communities in Queens to have a direct say in what projects get funded within their districts. Comment

Queens Symphony Orchestra honors founder David Katz

The legacy of one of the borough’s foremost cultural figures was celebrated Sunday with a special tribute performance by the Queens Symphony Orchestra. Maestro David Katz, who founded the QSO in 1953, was remembered before a sold-out crowd at the LeFrak Concert Hall, part of the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College. Comment

Opt-out advocates see steady rates from last year

The opt-out movement has generated headlines and protests in recent weeks as students across the city and state sat for their state standardized exams that were held on April 5-7 and April 12-13.. Official numbers will not be released for several months, but advocates said the pattern would likely remain steady from the year before. Comments (2)
Rego Park

Rego Park food bank receives generous donations

The Masbia Soup Kitchen in Rego Park got some help from a realty firm last week. Comment
Dutch Kills

City proposes long contract for Dutch Kills shelter

A Queens lawmaker is objecting to a proposed 4-1/2-year, $39 million permanent contract for the shelter for homeless women in Dutch Kills. The city Department of Homeless Services and the service provider Acacia submitted the bid to operate Pam’s Place at the Verve Hotel with City Comptroller Scott Stringer, who has 30 days to approve or reject the contract. Comment

Safer green spaces

It’s springtime and our thoughts turn to balmy days in the borough’s parks, which are a mecca for family outings, bike riding and sporting events such as soccer matches. But criminals—some barely out of elementary school and others with long rap sheets—see vast opportunities for mischief in Queens’ green spaces. Comment

Say no to one-size-fits-all zoning

The New York City Council recently voted overwhelmingly to approve Mayor deBlasio’s two zoning proposals aimed at increasing the amount of affordable and senior housing units in our city. The bills are the Mandatory Inclusionary Housing and Zoning for Quality and Affordability text amendments. Comments (1)
New Voices

Refugees deserve to be treated humanely

In the midst of the world’s largest refugee crisis since World War II, much is made of the fact that among the arrivals in Europe are not only Iraqis and Syrians, but refugees from as far off as Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Though typically dismissed as “economic migrants” attempting to use the crisis to subvert typical immigration controls, many claim political or religious persecution. Comments (5)

Parked car in Astoria robbed: NYPD

ASTORIA — Police from the 114th Precinct were looking for assistance in identifying an individual caught on surveillance footage committing petit larceny by entering an unlocked vehicle. Comment

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Queens Village

Preet Bharara targets corruption at talk with Queens Civic Congress

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara told a roomful of Queens civic leaders that public corruption affects “every single person in New York whether you vote or not” just days after he vowed to root out corruption at all levels of government, including the mayor’s and governor’s offices. Comment

Borough Board says yes to JFK BID

The Queens Borough Board unanimously approved the creation of a new industrial business improvement district for an area neighboring John F. Kennedy Airport at its monthly meeting at Borough Hall Monday. Comments (1)
South Ozone Park

Lawmaker calls for special prosecutor in NYPD shooting

A Queens lawmaker has asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the death of a man who was shot by NYPD officers last weekend, saying that an external investigation could help ensure objectivity. Comments (4)

Panel educates attendees on human rights for city residents

Elected officials and representatives from the city’s Commission on Human Rights detailed the protections available to city residents during a discussion at SUNY’s Queens Educational Opportunity Center in Jamaica. Comments (1)

Queens casts its vote

Queens voters, enthusiastic about being relevant at the polls once again, cast their votes in large numbers for Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump in the most contested presidential primary in decades. Comments (8)
Jackson Heights

Ecuadorean community copes with disaster back home

The borough’s Ecuadorean community, still reeling from Saturday’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake that claimed at least 400 people and injured more than 2,500 in their home country, gathered for a candlelight vigil at St. Leo’s Church in Corona Wednesday as plans to aid relief efforts gained strength. Comments (1)
Hunters Point

Sanders rally draws attention to Hunters Point waterfront park

After Bernie Sanders drew huge crowds for rallies in Manhattan’s Washington Square and Brooklyn’s Prospect Park last week, expectations were high for his primary eve rally Monday in Hunters Point South Park. But a crowd of less than 5,000 turned out for the Sanders stump speech and most of them seemed to be from Brooklyn and Manhattan. Comments (2)

Whitestone man sentenced to 28 years for stabbing girlfriend to death

A Whitestone man who stabbed his estranged girlfriend to death and then hid her body in the trunk of her car in September 2015 has been sentenced to up to 28 years in prison, according to the Queens district attorney. Comment

Officer knocked down mannequins at Corona shop: NYPD

CORONA — A 29-year-old police officer was arrested and charged with criminal mischief after he allegedly knocked down mannequins at a clothing shop last weekend, the NYPD said. Comments (2)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016


Trump wins GOP primary, Hillary defeats Bernie

By the TimesLedger staff Comments (3)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Queens voters went to the polls Tuesday under a bright blue sky to cast their votes in either the Democratic or Republican primary. TimesLedger reporters have fanned out across the borough to take the pulse of the primary races as Hillary Clinton faces off against U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on the Democratic line and Queens native Donald Trump vies for the Republican nod against U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Comments (2)

How to find your polling spot for Queens presidential primary

The Presidential Primary is today, April 19. It’s time for Queens voters to get out to the polls to make a difference. Comments (8)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Ozone Park

Man, 32, killed by police in Ozone Park

Police from the 106th Precinct’s Special Conditions Unit shot and killed a man who reached for a pistol carried in his waistband during a foot pursuit, the NYPD said. Comments (7)
A 18-year-old man died after he collided with a city Parks Department truck Sunday afternoon while riding his skateboard, according to police. The crash happened at the intersection of Forest Parkway and Park Lane South in Woodhaven, along the southern end of Forest Park. Comments (1)

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Police are looking for a man suspected of slashing a livery cab driver in Corona early Saturday morning, according to the NYPD. Investigators believe the suspect is the same man wanted for questioning in a homicide at a Manhattan homeless shelter Friday. Comment

Thursday, April 14, 2016


Four Totten soldiers injured in Jersey crash: Report

Four Army Reservists stationed at Fort Totten were injured Thursday when a military vehicle turned over on the New Jersey Turnpike nears Jamesburg, USA Today reported. Comment


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