Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999

Auburndale station slated for $5M redo

State Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) secured more than $5 million this week to completely renovate the 1929 Auburndale train station sometime next year with a new and extended platform, working elevators, and a new waiting room. Comment.

Dining Out: Flamingo Cafe

FLAMINGO CAFE Comment.

Community Calendar

A.A.R.P. Douglaston Chapter #3698 will meet at Douglaston Community Church, 39-50 Douglaston Parkway on Wed. Jan. 1 2 at 12:30 p.m. Call 229-3394. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment

Queens to celebrate ‘First Night’

Celebrate a safe, alcohol-free New Year's Eve with the citywide First Night, in Queens at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment.

Catch ‘Wave Transformations’ at Hall of Science

The Hall of Science is a temporary home to "Wave Transformations," an eye-catching site-specific installation on view at the museum's Great Hall Dec. 27-31. Comment.

It’s ‘Mental Hygiene’ time at the AMMI

Ladies hankering to learn a new dress pattern and fine fellas wishing to master the intricacies of good sportsmanship should form a straight, orderly line for "Mental Hygiene : Social Guidance Films 1945-1970," the next film retrospective at the American Museum of the Moving Image, running Jan. 8-23. Comment.

Flamingo Cafe

FLAMINGO CAFE Comment.

Professor is also playwright

There's the mayor who packs a flask filled to the brim with 80 proof. There's the fire chief with a taste for arson. A factory manager with a healthy, wholly understandable fear of the INS. And they're headed for Manhattan's Theatre Row in January, in "Small Potatoes," a two-act comedy penned by Queensborough Community College professor Bob Rogers. Comment.

College Round-up:

Molloy skaters defeat St. Francis Prep, 3-1

The Molloy Stanners ice hockey team remained undefeated early in the season as the Stanners scored three unanswered goals to defeat Queens rival St. Francis Prep, 3-1, at Iceland in New Hyde Park Tuesday afternoon. Comment.

Cardozo suffers first PSAL loss in 2 years

In the finale of the Gauchos High School Challenge Games in the Bronx Saturday night, Ron Naclerio saw two sides of his Cardozo boys basketball team. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner:

The Civic Scene: New tenant group head tackles quality of life

Leon Greenberg, a tenant in the Fresh Meadows Development for 30 years, has assumed the leadership of the Fresh Meadows Tenants Association from the longtime president, in Dave Buchwalter. Comment.

Penn Station fire to disrupt LIRR service

The Long Island Rail Road has warned thousands of inconvenienced commuters that the end is not yet over for delays and other disruptions caused by a fire that destroyed a switching facility in Penn Station. Comment.

Our History: The Christmas tree originated in Germany

An ageless icon, the Christmas tree, the symbol of the rich and festive season we are about to enter, became our heritage not only by adoption but also clearly by choice. Comment.

Berger’s Berg: Celebrating Christmas around the world

On Christmas Day 1760 Jupiter Hammon, a Long Island slave-poet, published his poem, "An Evening Thought: Salvation by Christ With Penitential Cries." For this accomplishment, literary scholars consider Hammon to be the first African-American to have had a poem printed in this country. Comment.

Editorial: Leader of the band

In Queens Village, this is the day the music died. For more than 20 years, generations of children marched to the beat of the Queens Village Youth Marching Band. Sadly, this band, which has won a place in the heart of southeast Queens, is now only a memory. Comment.

Editorial: Bugged by litter

At a sometimes heated town meeting, residents from Forest Hills and Rego Park let local elected officials know that they have had it up to here with the litter and doggie doo on their sidewalks. One resident said that she has been complaining to the Department of Sanitation for eight years and nothing has changed. Comment.

Recent Real Estate Transactions

Bayside, 224-62 Horace Harding, Coo Garden Apt., $65,000, Bed 2, Bath 1, Construction-Brick, M/Mnt. $400 Comment.

Marathon tops citywide survey on bank service

Marathon National Bank of Long Island City topped an annual survey of the most consumer-friendly banks in New York City, leading seven Queens banks that finished in the top 25. Comment.

113th Precinct

Stolen vehicles worry residents of Jamaica

Several residents expressed concerns about auto-theft Dec.14 during a relatively uneventful meeting of the 103rd Community Council in Jamaica. Comment.

Stolen clothes legally distributed in LIC

Call it the miracle on 33rd Street. Comment.

Three Queens artists receive national grants

Three Queens institutions, all based in Astoria or Long Island City, were among 820 recipients of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts for 2000. Comment.

First Indo-Guyanese enters political arena in Queens

In a bid to give a steadily growing minority population a face in local government, Richmond Hill attorney and Guyanese-American Trevor Rupnarain has announced his candidacy for City Council in the 2001 elections. Comment.

St. John

Park Lane South Bridge reopens on schedule

Officials from the city Department of Transportation this week announced the reopening of the Park Lane South Bridge in Kew Gardens, which had been closed for eight months while it underwent a complete overhaul. Comment.

Fight for new Maspeth school turns ugly

Judging from the chair-throwing and mudslinging at two public hearings last week, the biggest obstacle to building a new school in Maspeth may prove to be Maspeth itself. Comment.

Indo-Guyanese candidates seek voice for community

In a bid to give a steadily growing minority population a face in local government, Richmond Hill attorney and Guyanese-American Trevor Rupnarain has announced his candidacy for City Council in the 2001 elections. Comment.

Teen beat Jamaica boy: Police

A Kew Gardens Hills teenager was arrested just after midnight Wednesday in the brutal beating of a 12-year-old boy from Jamaica as he was walking to school Monday morning, police said. Comment.

South Jamaica welcomes new public library branch

In 1961, Mary Howard of Jamaica was first on line to check out a book when the South Jamaica branch of Queens Public Library opened its doors to the public. Comment.

Slain Cambria Heights teen remembered

More than 500 people gathered to mourn the loss of 19-year-old Nishon Joseph, an outgoing Benjamin Cardozo HS graduate who was gunned down on a school playground two weeks ago, at the J. Foster Phillips Funeral Home Saturday morning in St. Albans. Comment.

MTA pay increase won

Kew Gardens Hills teen beat Jamaica boy: Police

A Kew Gardens Hills teenager was arrested just after midnight Wednesday in the brutal beating of a 12-year-old boy from Jamaica as he was walking to school Monday morning, police said. Comment.

City planning to construct 3 schools at Creedmoor

The School Construction Authority is building three schools on the Creedmoor Campus and there are three elements to the proposed plan that need to be completed before construction can begin, a spokesman for the city SCA said. Comment.

Fresh Meadows executive in race for Leffler

Jairam Thakral, a hospital executive from Fresh Meadows, dived headlong into the race for the City Council seat now held by Sheldon Leffler (D-Hollis) at a fund-raiser Sunday in Bayside. Comment.

Hillcrest HS recognized for academic programs

Hillcrest High School has been named a 1999-2000 New York State Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the state Education Department. Comment.

Kew Gardens teen beat Jamaica boy: Police

A Kew Gardens Hills teenager was arrested just after midnight Wednesday in the brutal beating of a 12-year-old boy from Jamaica as he was walking to school Monday morning, police said. Comment.

St. George

Flushing shootout leads to 4 arrests

Two police officers responding to reports of a fight outside of a Roosevelt Avenue apartment building in Flushing early Sunday found a 17-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to the back and soon became embroiled in a gunfight of their own, Police Officer Valerie St. Rose said. Comment.

Korean demonstration makes U.N. plea

More than 100 Koreans from throughout Queens marched through downtown Flushing Saturday morning in an ongoing effort to convince the United Nations to recognize North Korean defectors to China as refugees. Comment.

Home Depot eyes College Point: Report

A Home Depot could be joining the ranks of the megastores already doing big business in College Point which has many community leaders worried that already congested traffic conditions will worsen even further. Comment.

City set to start ballfield cleanup

The city is set to begin the much-anticipated cleanup and regrading of the debris-ridden College Point Sports Complex in preparation for reconstruction of the long-abandoned fields, elected officials said. Comment.

Traffic light to be installed near MS 67

A traffic signal that parents at MS 67 in Little Neck had long fought to have installed was scheduled to be put in place in April 2000 by the city Department of Transportation, City Councilman Sheldon Leffler (D-Hollis) announced Monday. Comment.

School Board 26 rocked by clash

New assisted-living home in Little Neck

The now dormant Little Neck Hospital is in the final stretch of a yearlong renovation to convert the facility into new assisted-living studio apartments for more than 140 seniors in the area by springtime. Comment.

Mixed reviews for new principals

Educators in School District 26 expressed mixed feelings about the tentative agreement reached last week that abolished tenure for principals and other administrators in exchange for an 11 percent raise after a four-year stalemate. Comment.

Vallone

City Council Speaker Peter Vallone (D-Astoria) and four other council members have introduced a bill to extend the city's rent control regulations, which are due to expire April 1. Comment.

State pols lambast use of West Nile insecticides

State officials raised questions at a City Hall hearing on the West Nile virus Friday about how much the city knew about the insecticides it used to eradicate the mysterious disease that killed four people in Queens and sickened 31 others in the borough. Comment.

Monday, Dec. 20, 1999

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