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Queens Morning Roundup


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Today’s Forecast:

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 90. North wind around 7 mph becoming east in the afternoon. Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 73. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph.

EVENT of the DAY: Dunningham Triangle Visioning Day

Stop by Dunningham Triangle to share your design ideas with the NYC Parks Department and the 82nd Street Partnership. What do you like about Dunningham Triangle and how can it be made better? Tell them your ideas!

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Former Queens Little League coach pleads guilty to sexually abusing minors

A former Little League coach of the year pleaded guilty to sexually abusing players on his team. David Hartshorn, a former coach at the Rochdale Village Little League, was arrested and charged in February with having sexual contact with three boys, ages 13 and 14, at his Rochdale Village home between July 2009 and January 2011. He was also accused of showing child pornography to minors and filming two teens engaged in sex acts. Read more: Queens Courier

Armstrong Drops Fight Against Doping Charges

After more than a decade of outrunning accusations that he had doped during his celebrated cycling career, Lance Armstrong, one of the most well-known and accomplished athletes in history, finally surrendered on Thursday, etching a dark mark on his legacy by ending his fight against charges that he used performance-enhancing drugs. Read more: NY Times

Mayor Offers Ideas for Why Homeless Numbers Are Up

Asked about a sharp rise in the number of homeless people in New York City’s shelter system, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg suggested Thursday that people were staying in shelters longer in part because the shelters were “much more pleasurable” than they used to be, making people less eager to leave. Read more: NY Times

Strippers look to GOP to ‘make it rain’

Many clubs have taken out ads inviting GOP delegates “to party like a liberal” in a city where the “poles are open all night.” City officials say the convention, expected to draw more than 50,000 visitors, could be Tampa’s biggest party ever. Imagine all those rainmakers. Read more: CNN

Olympic gold medalist Douglas throws out first pitch at Mets game

History-making 16-year-old gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas was on TV with Jay Leno and David Letterman. Sat and chatted with Oprah Winfrey. Met First Lady Michelle Obama. And yesterday she threw out the first pitch at the Mets game. Read more: NY Post

Incumbent Queens Senator’s endorsements are called into question as contentious primary nears

An endorsement controversy has emerged in a contentious Queens primary. The Daily News has learned that a clergy member and several unions that were touted on campaign material as favoring District 10 incumbent state Sen. Shirley Huntley are actually remaining neutral for the Sept. 13 vote. Read more: Daily News

This Weekend in Queens


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This Morning’s Top Headlines


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Queens woman shot to death on her porch

A mother of two was gunned down in a hail of bullets outside her Queens home early yesterday after a vengeful woman she bumped into in a nearby nightclub called in a hit squad, law-enforcement sources said. Sandra Bajnath, 39, was with her husband, Anthony Tika, 38, and their friend Sean Seepaul, 26, at Food Hut Restaurant and Bar when Bajnath accidentally bumped into the unidentified woman at around 3:30 a.m., the sources said. Read More: New York Post

 

Shocking video reveals hero teen’s brave stand to stop pals’ attack

He’s a teenage hero in one of the city’s most horrific pranks-gone-bad. In chilling video obtained exclusively by The Post, 14-year-old Achilles Baskin of Harlem is seen frantically trying to stop two twisted pals from pushing a shopping cart off a third-floor parking garage onto Manhattan mom Marion Hedges below — an act of bravery that he says still haunts him today. Read More & Watch the Video: New York Post

 

Police hunting Occupy Wall Street cop-kill tweeter

The NYPD is investigating an apparent Occupy Wall Street protester who made threats on Twitter Saturday about killing cops. “We won’t make a difference if we don’t kill a cop or 2,” someone with the Twitter handle Smackema1 posted at about 11:40 p.m. to Ustream, which showed footage of the Zuccotti Park protests in Manhattan. Read More: New York Post

 

Lively Queens House Party Ends With Collapsed Floor

Neighbors yesterday said they weren’t shocked when the third floor of a Queens home suddenly gave way and turned into a giant slide — sending as many as 100 teens attending a 13-year-old’s birthday party tumbling down. Miraculously, no one died, and only one person was seriously hurt — the older sister of the birthday boy. She’s expected to be OK. Read More: New York Post

 

Rep. Bob Turner blames Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and President Obama for high gasoline prices

Rep. Bob Turner opened his primary fight for the New York Republican Senate nomination with a familiar target — President Obama. The Republican hopeful perched in front of a Manhattan gas station Sunday and blasted Obama for blocking the controversial Keystone XL pipeline and for the price of gas in the city, which now tops $4 a gallon. Read More: Daily News

 

Liu chooses & biz ‘abuses’

Comptroller John Liu has awarded $6 million in contracts to manage city pension funds to a firm under investigation by New York federal and state prosecutors over claims it ripped off millions from public-employee pension systems around the world, The Post has learned.Boston-based State Street Corp. has faced litigation from state governments in Washington and California, as well as the United Kingdom, dating back to 2009 — each alleging the company fraudulently overbilled their retirement funds during so-called “foreign exchange” trades. Read More: New York Post

 

Police Investigate Fatal Stabbing Of Engaged Staten Island Man

Authorities are investigating after a Staten Island man was stabbed to death on Saturday just hours after his engagement party. Antonio Lacertosa, 27, of Staten Island was stabbed in the torso early Saturday morning, outside the Espana Restaurant in Annadale. The engagement party was held at another location before the group headed to Espana. Read More: NY1

 

Teacher Jonathan Polayes has avoided being fired despite years of accusations of misconduct

He’s been repeatedly accused of groping girls and making lewd comments about their breasts, thighs and bottoms — but the city just can’t get rid of this Teflon teacher. Jonathan Polayes, 60, a 22-year veteran of city schools, was one of the eight staffers singled out Thursday following Chancellor Dennis Walcott’s review of all misconduct cases since 2000. Read More: Daily News

 

Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire and NY Knicks seem to be buying into interim coach Mike Woodson’s plan

The Knicks already have won three straight convincing games since Mike Woodson was promoted to replace Mike D’Antoni after D’Antoni resigned last Wednesday. Now, it’s time to see if they can take advantage of a key five-game segment and really start making a move up the Eastern Conference ladder. Read More: Daily News

This Weekend in Queens


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Weekend Events in Queens – March 16-18 Compiled from About.com, Queens Courier Event Caldendar, and Why Leave Astoria

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Dancing in a winter wonderland


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Photos by Mike Savitzky

The cold December weather did little to discourage Towers residents from celebrating the start of the holiday season, as they danced to warm up during the North Shore Tower’s Country Club’s “Winter Get Together” event.

On Friday, December 2, party-goers enjoyed a buffet of appetizers, open bar, desserts and a night of music and dancing — provided by DJ Lynn Johnson — in the VIP Room.

See the North Shore Towers Courier’s January edition for more photos.

Making Strides, raising funds, giving hope


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“Hey, Soul Sister,” the smash hit by Train, was blasting through speakers as walkers gathered in the field at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park for the American Cancer Society’s annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. The song was fitting as hundreds of survivors who had never met all became, in a way, “soul sisters,” rallying for a common cause that they knew all too well.

The survivors were, of course, not alone at the walk, which took place on Sunday, October 16. There were flocks of “striders” who came out because they knew someone who battled or is battling the disease, which affects about one in eight women in the United States.

The 106th Precinct Explorers were there, along with Community Affairs Officers Kenneth Zorn and Brenda Bratcher and Captain Thomas Pascale.

“It was nice of those kids taking the time,” said Zorn.

Even Assistant Chief James Secreto, Commanding Officer of the NYPD’s Patrol Borough Queens South, walked for the cause, which is very close to his heart.

“I think it’s something important, it’s a good cause. It affects me personally because my mother and aunt both had it,” said Austin Phillips, a senior at St. John’s University who walked with his own team, the Pink Panthers. “My mother’s in her eighth year of remission; she’s doing well, she’s healthy.”

People of every age and background honored and celebrated breast cancer survivors, raised awareness – and raised more than $877,000

Some had been doing it for years, like Marge Cashin, who manned the St. John’s tent for the Office of Community Relations. Although this was her 13th year taking part with the school, which is a flagship sponsor, she originally walked with her sister-in-law, whom she lost to breast cancer two years ago.

Others were taking part for the first time, as Adrienne Pellegrino was. A four-time All-Star winner for Relay for Life, she decided to try her hand at fundraising for Making Strides, raising an impressive $5,070 by herself. With her birthday coming up and the American Cancer Society’s slogan being “Creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays,” Pellegrino donned a life-sized birthday cake costume, garnering her lots of compliments and second glances.

One survivor, Delma Rosario, a St. Albans resident, summed up her experience – “You’re grateful to be a survivor.” Rosario, who was diagnosed just 10 days before her 39th birthday, has now been in remission for 15 years.

Discover Queens Restaurant Week Participants


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Discover Queens Restaurant Week

Discover Queens Restaurant Week now in its eighth year begins on September 19 through the 22nd and September 26 through the 29th. Most restaurants offer to a three-course prix fixe menu for $25. Participating Restaurants in Discover Queens Restaurant Week are:

1. Aegean Cove,20-01 Steinway St, Astoria,11105

2. Alberto’s,69-48 Olcott Street, Forest Hills,11375

3. Anthony’s Restaurants,222-02 Union Turnpike, Oakland Gardens,11364

4. Armondo’s Italian Restaurant,74-27 37th Ave., Jackson Heights,11372

5. Arturo restaurant,246-04 Jericho Tpke, Floral Park,11001

6. Astor Bake Shop,12-23 Astoria Blvd,Astoria,11102

7. Astor Room,34-12 36th Street @ Kaufman Astoria Studios,Astoria,11106

8. Astoria Seafood,37-10 33th Street,Astoria,11102

9. Austin’s Steak And Ale,82-70 Austin Street, Kew Gardens,11415

10. Barosas,62-37 Woodhaven Boulevard, Rego Park,11374

11. Bens Best,96-40 Queens Blvd., Rego Park,11374

12. Blend,47-04 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City,11101

13. Bourbon Street,40-12 Bell Blvd, Bayside,11361

14. Brooks 1890,24-28 Jackson Ave., Long Island City,11101

15. Buddy’s Kosher Delicatessen,215-01 73rd Avenue, Bayside,11364

16. Café Ole Restaurant,38-09 36th Ave, Long Island City,11101

17. Café Rustica,200 Middle Neck Rd, Great Neck,11021

18. Cascarino’s Brick Oven Pizzeria,39-17 Bell Blvd ,Bayside,11361

19. Christo’s Steak House,41-08 23rd Ave, Astoria,11105

20. Cinco De Mayo,39-32 Bell Blvd., Bayside,11361

21. Cocina Latina Bar & Grill,125-22 Queens Blvd., Kew Garden,11415

22. Conti’s,249-11 Northern Blvd., Flushing,11362

23. Da Gianni Ristorante,21-50 44th Drive, Long Island City,11101

24. danny boy,64-56 Dry Harbor Road, Middle Village,11379

25. Danny Brown Wine Bar & Kitchen,104-02 Metropolitan Ave, Forest Hills,11375

26. Dazie’s Restaurant,39-41 Queens Blvd, Sunnyside,11104

27. Deluge Restaurant,135-20 39th Ave, Flushing ,11354

28. Dimaria’s Brick Oven Pizza,248-25 Northern Blvd., Little Neck,11362

29. Donovan’s of Bayside,214-16 41Ave., Bayside,11361

30. Due Ponti,154-11 Powells Cove Blvd,Whitestone,11357

31. Edison Place,71-28 Cooper Ave,Glendale,11385

32. El Coyote,80-18 Northern Blvd., Jackson Heights,11372

33. Fino Wine & Tapas,39-13 Bell Blvd, Bayside,11361

34. Fontana Famous Gyros,200-02 Northern Blvd., Bayside,11361

35. Giardino Restaurant,44-37 Douglaston Parkway, Douglaston,11363

36. Il bacco,253-24 Northern Blvd, Little Neck,11362

37. Il Triangolo,96-01 Corona Ave, Corona,11368

38. Irish Cottage,108-07 72nd Ave., Forest Hills,11375

39. Jade Eatery and Lounge,1 Station Square, Forest Hills,11375

40. Joes Famous Pizzeria,61-09 Springfield Blvd, Bayside,11364

41. Kati-Allo,29-06 172nd Street, Flushing,11358

42. Katsuno Restaurant,103-01 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills,11375

43. Krolewskie Jadlo Restaurant,66-21 Fresh Pond Rd, Flushing,11385

44. La Baraka,255-09 Northern Blvd, Little Neck,11362,718

45. La Bottega,156-28 Crossbay Boulevard, Howard Beach,11414

46. La Fusta,80-32 Baxter Ave., Elmhurst,11373

47. La Gioconda,21 N Station Plaza, Great Neck,11021

48. La Rioja,33-05 Broadway, Astoria,11106

49. La Vigna,100-11 Metropolitan Ave, Forest Hills,11375

50. L’Artiste,42-20 31st Ave, Astoria,11103

51. Laterna Restaurant-Catering,47-20 Bell Blvd, Bayside,11361

52. Lenny’s Clam Bar Inc,161-03 Crossbay Boulevard, Howard Beach,11414

53. Locale Astoria,33-02 34th Ave, Astoria,11106

54. London Lennies,63-88 Woodhaven Blvd, Rego Park,11374

55. Magna Ristorante,35-25 Farrington Street, Flushing,11354

56. Mamma Lina’s Ristorante,78-37 D Springfield Blvd, Bayside,11364

57. Mamma’s Pizza & Restaurant,47-40 Bell Blvd, Bayside,11361

58. Marbella Restaurant,220-33 Northern Blvd, Bayside,11361

59. Maria’s Greek Fusion Restaurant,38-11 Bell Blvd., Bayside,11361

60. Mekong East,43-13 Bell Blvd, Bayside,11361

61. Metro Kitchen,61-12 Roosevelt Ave., Woodside,11377

62. Mulan Restaurant, 136-17 39th Ave., 2 Floor, Flushing,11354

63. Pampas Argentinas,105-07 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills,11375

64. Papazzio,39-38 Bell Blvd, Bayside,11361

65. Pasta Del Giorno,70-49 Austin Street, Forest Hills,11375

66. Pasta Lovers,124-18 Queens Blvd, Kew Gardens,11415

67. Penthouse 808 at Ravel Hotel ,8-08 Queens Plaza South, Long Island City,11101

68. Pier 25 A,215-16 Northern Blvd, Bayside,11361

69. Plum Restaurant,47-39 Bell Blvd., Bayside,11361

70. Pomme Café,37-19 Broadway, Astoria,11103

71. Ponticello Ristorante,46-11 Broadway, Astoria,11103

72. Pop Diner,80-26 Queens Blvd, Elmhurst,11373

73. Red House Asian Fusion,192-03 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows,11366

74. Riverview Restaurant,2-01 50th Avenue, Long Island City,11101

75. Safa Glatt Kosher Restaurant,451- Middle Neck Rd, Great Neck,11023

76. Sage General Store,24-20 Jackson Ave., Long Island City,11101

77. Sapori D’lschia,55-15 37th Ave, Woodside,11377

78. Satyr Grill,1109 Cypress Ave., Ridgewood,11385

79. St. James Bar And Gill,104-08 Metropolitan Ave, Forest Hills,11375

80. Tang-Korean Cuisine,196-50 Northern Blvd, Flushing,11358

81. Tanko Asian Fusion & Sushi Bar,38-05 Bell Blvd., Bayside,11361

82. Tasty Grill,14-22 150 th Street, Whitestone,11351

83. Tequila Sunrise,34-37 Bell Blvd, Bayside,11361

84. Testaccio Ristorante,47-30 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City,11101

85. Thai Rock,375 Beach 92nd St, Rockaway Beach,11693

86. The Greek Family Restaurant & Grill,253-22 Union Turnpike, Glen Oaks,11104

87. Tony Roma’s,210-35 26th Ave., Bayside,11360

88. Trattoria Neo,15-01 149th Street, Whitestone,11357

89. Trattoria Thirty Five,213-15-35th Ave, Bayside,11361

90. Tuscan Hills Italian Restaurant,115-20 Queens Blvd, Forest Hills,11375

91. Uncle Peter’s,83-15 Northern Blvd, Jackson Heights,11372

92. Valentino’s on the Green,201-10 Cross Island Parkway, Bayside,11360

93. Venezia Ristorante,80-60 Cooper Ave, Glendale,11385

94. Veslo,32-211 Broadway, Astoria,11106

95. Villa Rustica,73-28 Bell Blvd, Bayside,11364

96. Villaggio,150-07 14th Road , Whitestone,11357

97. Water Front Crab House,2-03 Borden Ave, Long Island City,11101

Discover Queens Restaurant Week Returns


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Discover Queens Restaurant Week

“Maybe in the near future, we will be celebrating Discover Queens restaurant month,” said Borough President Helen Marshall speaking about the past successes of Discover Queens Restaurant Week now in its eighth year. Beginning on September 19 through the 22nd and September 26 through the 29th, close to 100 restaurants from around the borough will participate in specially prepared menus at reasonable prices with the intention of showing off what Queens eateries have to offer. Many of those restaurants participated at the kick-off event in front of Queensborough Hall where passers-by and local employees got a taste of things to come.

“We look forward to restaurant week every year,” said Les Barnes, owner of London Lennies in Rego Park who was serving up hot New England clam chowder to a long line of patrons. “It’s an opportunity for our customers and Queens residents to taste the great cuisine of the borough.”

Most of the growing list of participating restaurants will adhere to a three-course prix fixe menu for $25 like Pop Diner in Elmhurst who took first place at the Queens Economic Development Corporations (QEDC) A Taste of the World event for their plantain wrapped seasoned ground beef earlier this year.

“We will have a new, extensive menu,” said Angel Almonte, general manager. “We are hoping we will see a lot of business in the coming weeks.”

Other dishes served in front of Queensborough Hall included empanadas from El Coyote restaurant in Jackson Heights, penne a la vodka from Uncle Peter’s in Jackson Heights, sliced steak and Sambuca shrimp from Austin’s Steakhouse in Kew Gardens and Asian delicacies from Jade in Flushing. Seth Bornstein, executive director of the QEDC, hopes that this year will be even more successful than last year’s record setting number of participating restaurants.

“The Discover Queens Restaurant Week is the most delicious bargain in New York City,” said Bornstein. “There truly is something for every palate.”

Discover Queens Restaurant Week is sponsored by TD Bank, JetBlue Airlines, The Queens Courier, Restaurant Depot, Il Bacco Ristorante Italiano and Trattoria Thirty Five. For a full list of participating restaurants, visit www.discoverqueens.info.