Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999

Santa heads to Little Neck for Marathon School visit

Santa Claus will be making the rounds a little early this year when he makes his annual appearance at the Marathon School PS 811 for disabled children in Little Neck Wednesday to deliver presents with employees and retirees from United Airlines. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment

Hocus Pocus The Colonial Players is holding auditions 8 p.m., Dec. 13 and Dec. 15 for its spring production of Comment.

Community Calendar

The American Red Cross Emergency Communications Service meets on the first Thursday of the month, 8 p.m. American Red Cross, 133-50 41st Ave., Flushing. Call 357-6851. Comment.

Choirs to capture the spirit of the seasonspspirit

It's a Saturday afternoon at the Queens Center Mall, and the crowd is at full tilt, in a holiday shopping frenzy when they hear it. And stop. Comment.

Theater Review: ‘Subway Suite’

Navigating the New York subway system can be a test of endurance, particularly during rush hour. However, one joy ride that appears to be on time is Julie Mandel's "Subway Suite," a new musical toying with a day and night on the "F" train. The production, directed by Susan Einhorn, head of the Queens College Drama Department, features the Meridian String Quartet and a huge cast. Comment.

Queens historian appears in print, on TV

As is the case with nearly all New Yorkers, the neighborhood where city historian Barry Lewis was born has since been completely transformed since his birth. Comment.

Bayside family remembers their 

‘The Future Is Now’ at Astoria museum

Countless movies of the 20th century have provided us with visions of life in the next millennium. Comment.

Peter’s Ristorante and Caterers

(718) 225-2444 Comment.

Historic exhibit comes to Queens

The history of the written and printed word in China - more than 3,000 years old - will be told in the exhibition, "Visible Traces: Rare Books and Special Collections from the National Library of China," opening Friday at Queens Central Library. Comment.

Prep opens season with win over Salesian

With two first-year goalies on his hockey team this year, St. Francis Prep head coach Billy Turner knew confidence in net would be one of the keys to the season. Comment.

CK Royals claim IAABO tourney

The Christ the King freshman basketball team won the 22nd Annual IAABO John Fouchet Memorial Freshman Basketball Tournament this past weekend, defeating Bishop Loughlin, 61-51. Comment.

August Martin aims at return to Garden

August Martin head coach Joel Ascher said the success of his Angels can be summed up in just one word. Comment.

City title might be tough goal for Bryant

Bryant had a great season last year going 24-0 and capturing the B championship. Jimmy Exarhos will take over the coaching job himself after sharing the coaching duties last year. The Owls, who play in the Queens I-B division, graduated eight seniors, two who played major minutes. Martha Zarate now plays at Queensborough Community College and the leading scorer and Most Valuable Player from last year's final, Margaret Salbaja, now plays at Lockhaven University in Pennsylvania. Their leadership qualities will be sorely missed. Comment.

Mackey hopes to lead Royals back to top

It may seem like a daunting task, but Bob Mackey is taking it in stride. The Christ the King girls varsity basketball team has been one of the best high school teams in the nation for the past decade and this year, Mackey is taking over the head coaching position. Comment.

St. John

Lane, Cleveland lead Queens race for 

Franklin K. Lane had an outstanding season last year with a record of 25-2, 11-1 B I, en route to winning the B championship. In the first round Lane defeated Flushing in overtime, 65-63, and followed with a win over Central Park East. In the championship game at Madison Square Garden, the Knights defeated Cleveland, 68-50, to capture the championship. Repeating this year doesn't look like it will be easy. Comment.

Can Cardozo rule the PSAL once more?

Will the Cardozo Judges again rule the city courts? That is one of the questions being asked as the 1999-2000 PSAL hoops season gets underway. Comment.

CK Royals should reign again

This year all but promises to be a memorable one for the varsity basketball teams vying for the Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan championship, as well as a possible city or state crown. There are marquee names galore and talent all throughout the league. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Queens needs policy on illegal immigration

Our society goes from crisis to crisis yet our leaders do not heed the signs of potential problems which are right there in front of them. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Rosedale Civic earns kudos for good deeds

On Tuesday, Nov. 30, the Rosedale Civic Association held its last meeting of the year, and what a year of accomplishments it has been for that community. Comment.

Berger’s Berg: An ode to my Whitestone letter carrier John

The Post Office Always Delivers (Well...Almost Always) Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." Comment.

Editorial: Dr. Sessoms’ war

Dr. Allan Lee Sessoms, the president of Queens College, would like to turn his institution into Queens University. He has set a tough standard for himself and his school and ultimately for the students. And, along the way, he has made some powerful enemies. Comment.

Boro teachers helped kids cheat: Report

Independent city schools investigator Edward Stancik found evidence that educators orchestrated cheating on citywide reading and math tests at four Queens schools, according to a report released this week. Comment.

Editorial: The art of diplomacy

What can possibly explain the sudden interest of three elected officials from Queens in atrocities committed by Japanese soldiers during the 1930s? On Nov. 23, while most thoughts turned to turkey, newly elected State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing), Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin (D-Flushing) and Congressman Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) met with the Alliance in Memory of the Nanjing Massacre. The three officials promised to introduce a resolution in Albany asking Japan to apologize for the atrocities committed against the Chinese people. Comment.

Lillian Maser, 90

Lillian Maser, a longtime resident of Bayside, died on Nov. 1 at Ramapo Manor in Suffern, N.Y. She was 90. Comment.

Northern Blvd. bridge fix in stage 2: DOT

Community Board 11 Chairman Bernie Haber said construction on the Northern Boulevard Bridge over the Cross Island Parkway moved into its second phase this week as the Department of Transportation replaced the center lanes of the bridge constructed in 1939. Comment.

Construction under way on Astoria nursing center

Construction began last week on a new 280-bed medical center in Astoria that could bring as many 300 jobs to the area, company officials said. Comment.

Street to be named after Woodside activist

On the street corner where he lived, in the neighborhood to which he dedicated his life, there will soon be a permanent memorial to the man known as the mayor of Woodside. Comment.

Totten panel slams plan for more mercury testing

Preliminary plans for a second round of mercury testing at Fort Totten in Bayside were criticized by the Coast Guard Restoration Advisory Board at its meeting last Wednesday as inadequate to determine the full extent of the contamination. Comment.

Queens bikers ride to help Toys for Tots

It was quiet early Sunday when Guido Prudencio, a Colombian immigrant who runs in the New York City Marathon, began his regular morning jog in Richmond Hill. Comment.

Doctor from North Shore visits homebound patients

Dr. Minal Shah admits making house calls is not for everyone. Comment.

Judge halts building on Kew Forest

A Supreme Court judge this week ordered construction temporarily halted at the site of a controversial apartment building in Forest Hills, where residents have mounted an unrelenting campaign to permanently remove it from their quiet neighborhood. Comment.

Judge grants week in multiplex fight

Opponents of the proposed 14-screen muliplex in Springfield Gardens had their first court appearance Monday in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn. Comment.

Rash of burglaries hits northern 105th Precinct

The Floral Park community, located in the northern end of the 105th Police Precinct, has been besieged by a rash of burglaries over the past 2 1/2 months. Comment.

No. 7 riders treated to stained glass murals

As No. 7 trains pass through three successive elevated stations in Long Island City and Sunnyside, passengers seated on both sides of the cars are greeted with brilliantly colored glass murals of familiar Queens scenes ranging from the Mets and the Weeping Beech to Lunar New Year celebrations and Aqueduct racetrack. Comment.

Mom seeks to reunite 5 daughters

Josephine Haskins wants only one Christmas present for her children this year: a modest apartment where the family can spend the holidays together. Comment.

Big Brothers-Big Sisters group arrives in Jamaica

The Big Brothers-Big Sisters Program, one of the oldest peer-mentoring initiatives in the country, has opened its doors in Jamaica and is looking for volunteers. Comment.

Fire guts, city condemns warehouse in Jamaica

Fire raced through the top floor of a vacant warehouse at 106-13 57th St. in Jamaica Monday, damaging the building so severely that the city ordered an emergency demolition. Comment.

Check-cash conspirator convicted

A jury found Gary Johnson guilty Tuesday in the botched robbery and murder of Ira Epstein, who owned a check-cashing business in Corona, and off-duty Officer Charles Davis, who was moonlighting at his store in December 1996. Comment.

Rash of burglaries strikes Floral Park

The Floral Park community, located in the northern end of the 105th Police Precinct, has been besieged by a rash of burglaries over the past 2 1/2 months. Comment.

Big Kmart in Glen Oaks gives kids shopping spree

For many of the kids chomping on donuts at the new Big Kmart in Glen Oaks Saturday, it was their first time shopping without mom or dad. Comment.

South Asians talk politics at Queens Village meet

Community leaders of South Asian origin in northeastern Queens gathered Monday night to share their ideas and concerns with the upcoming state Senate elections in the 11th District. Comment.

LaGuardia feted for 60th, 

On a cold blustery Dec. 2, 1939, LaGuardia Airport opened its doors to air traffic when a TWA DC-3 en route from Chicago touched down at the Queens Airport six weeks after its dedication. Comment.

$11M renovation slated for Totten

AIDS clinic looks for new options

Much-lauded plans to establish an AIDS research center at Queens College in Flushing are being re-evaluated by the City University of New York due to a lack of at least $6 million in private funding for the $30 million project. Comment.

Firemen

The Preservation Alliance of Northeast Queens, which has been working to obtain landmark status for the Bayside Movie Theater, has turned its efforts on winning historic recognition for a College Point building that has at one time or another served volunteer firefighters, the Knights of Columbus, senior citizens and Little Leaguers. Comment.

Little Neck Bally

The 111th Police Precinct was honored at the Bally Total Fitness sports club in Little Neck Tuesday for helping the company reduce crime at the gym, which Bally officials said was one of its busiest in the city. Comment.

Monday, Dec. 6, 1999

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