2011-05-18 E-Edition

Cellphone Alerts Warn Of ‘Imminent Danger’



Native New Yorkers and visitors to the Big Apple who receive an urgent message from President [Barack] Obama or city officials later this year should take notice the message is not a prank. Mayor Michael Bloomberg last week announced a new emergency notification system dubbed, PLAN (Personalized Local Alerting Network) that will allow federal and local officials to send critical […]

Motorists Face Tougher Driving Laws



The state senate this month approved legislation that would make texting while driving a primary offense under New York state law. Under current state law, drivers may only be ticketed for texting while driving if they are caught in the act when stopped for another traffic violation. The new law allows police to ticket motorists caught texting while driving. The […]

Powhatan Honors Local Leaders



The Powhatan and Pocahontas Regular Democratic Club held its annual dinner dance and award ceremony on May 14, at Riccardo’s by the Bridge, 21-01 24th Ave. in Astoria. Honorees included Assemblymember Aravella Simotas, District Leader, 36th A.D., Costa Constantinides, Steve Tallides and Larry Cerullo, owners of Studio Square and Cavo and Lily Gavin, owner of Dazies Restaurant. “Tonight we honor […]

Tour Bus Driver Chased Through Queens



The fleet boss of a tour bus company last week said the out-of-control tour bus driver who nearly hit a cop and led police on a high-speed chase through Queens, stole the bus days before the incident. Antoine Legrant, president of Silhouette Tours & Travel in Brooklyn, said Anthony Judd, 48, took the bus without authorization. Legrant also said Judd […]

Boro-Wide Blotter



109th Precinct Hunt Suspect(s) In Ex-Con Slay Queens detectives are seeking help from the public to identify and locate the suspect(s) sought in connection with the murder of an ex-convict, whose body was found on May 9 in an industrial strip in Flushing. Police responding to a 911 call discovered the body of Ronald Grice, 40, at about 1:50 a.m. […]

Husband Files $15M Lawsuit Against NYPD For Wife’s Murder



The grieving widower of a Queens woman whose heart and lungs were taken in a gruesome attack is suing the NYPD for $15 million, charging cops failed to protect his wife from the stalker who murdered her. Yung Wei Guo charges in the lawsuit that he pleaded with police in Flushing to protect his wife, Qian Wu, 46, from the […]

Time Warner Cable Digital TV Customers Have Access To More Than 175 Hi-Def Channels



Time Warner Cable has announced that Digital TV customers now have access to more than 175 high-definition (HD) channels in New York City. Digital TV customers also have access to new international packages, On Demand and digital channels. “Time Warner Cable offers the best and biggest HD lineup in New York City.  We’re excited to announce that our customers now […]

DKCA Members Urged To Report Cars Blocking Streets



A patrol officer from the 114th Police Precinct, who said he gave out several thousand tickets for illegal parking when his beat included the stretch of 38th Avenue in Dutch Kills that is home to many automobile repair shops, addressed the May meeting of the Dutch Kills Civic Association at the Growing Up Green school and urged the members to […]

News Of Business Development, Local Arts Scene Heard At Board 1 Cabinet



Seth Bornstein, director of the Queens Economic Development Council, headed the list of speakers at the May meeting of the Community Board 1 District Cabinet, held in the boardroom at Kaufman Astoria Studios (KAS). He spoke about The Entrepreneur’s Space, 36-46 37th St., the latest occupant of quarters that have for some time served to incubate and train small start-up […]