Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999

Two Board 26 members upset over letter dispute

Two School Board 26 members said this week they were considering their options after the board president prevented them from reading two letters critical of a newly tenured principal at a public meeting Dec. 16. Comment.

Dining Out: El Prado

9-5 26 Queens Boulevard Rego Park Comment.

Community Calendar

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

Arts & Entertainment Listings

“Kissing Christine” heads for Town Hall

It's the Tuesday of Christmas week in the basement of Douglaston Community Church, and while it's a nice enough basement, it's a basement all the same. A stark metal rectangular table rests at the head of the room. Fluorescent bars of light beam steadily and starkly overhead. The room's pallid color scheme has no crayon box equivalents. An empty aluminum chair begs for your attention. Comment.

QTIP adds staffer

Queens Theatre in the Park has hired full-time development director Gail Koelln, as the direct result of a $45,000 grant awarded to the theater by the Independence Community Grant Foundation. Comment.

El Prado: Tapas bar, Spanish and French favorites

9-5 26 Queens Boulevard Rego Park Comment.

Queens book hits Big Screen

On the day before Christmas, not a soul was stirring save Richard Vetere, Maspeth-born novelist, screenwriter and playwright who, amazing for this day and age, returns 11th hour phone calls from newspapers. Comment.

College Round-up: Queens

After missing the first nine games of the season, Providence College junior center Karim Shabazz is making up for lost time. And in a big way. Comment.

Queens Child Guidance recognized with award

Queens Child Guidance Center, a Jamaica-based network of facilities and programs aimed at improving the lives of mentally ill children, has been recognized by city Department of Health as a top-notch mental health agency. Comment.

Jamaica falls to Wadleigh at Sullivan Classic

The Jamaica boys basketball team had its chance. After a mediocre first half of the season, the Beavers had an opportunity to make some noise in the Public School Athletic League against last season's city semifinalist, Wadleigh, at Riverbank State Park in Harlem Monday afternoon. Comment.

CK girls hang with the best at tourney

The Christ the King girls basketball team suffered its first two losses of the season last week when the team traveled to California to compete in the annual Tournament of Champions, a 64-team tournament pitting some of the best girls high school teams in the country against one another. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Queens will retain its flavor but grow

Predicting what Queens will be like is like predicting what new inventions and technologies will exist in the next 30 to 80 years. If one remembers that 30 years ago we did not have computers or fares or pocket telephones or heart transplants, then one must understand that we will be involved with lifestyles and discoveries that do not exist today. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: It

Editorial: Agenda for Y2K

As it stands on the brink of new year, a new century and new millennium, the southeast Queens community would do well to give serious thought about where this community is heading. Change is inevitable. Progress is not. Comment.

Flushing group

Members of the Flushing-based Network for Intergroup Harmony hope Queens residents will attend a special service celebrating Rev. Martin Luther King and examining how his civil rights teachings can be integrated into 21st century society on his birthday. Comment.

Editorial: Life after Rudy Crew

Schools Chancellor Rudy Crew was not the problem. Nor was he the solution. The enemies of crew may feel a sense of vindication now that the Board of Education has voted 4-3 not to renew his contract. However, they are deluding themselves if they think that Crew is responsible for the sorry state of public education in New York City. Comment.

Police Blotter: Man loses life crossing Whitestone Expressway

LINDEN HILL -- A man was killed on Christmas Eve when he was hit by a car as he tried to cross the Whitestone Expressway, police said. 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.

Whitestone boys make good under the hood

Three boyhood friends who grew up together in Whitestone and went on to run successful, automobile-related businesses, have pooled their talents to open an auto repair shop in College Point that will accommodate the needs of all types of car owners. Comment.

Boro pols to Clinton: Help us fight the longhorns

The entire Queens congressional delegation signed a letter to President Clinton Dec. 17 requesting nearly $10 million in federal funds to combat the Asian Longhorned Beetle. Comment.

Woodside Public Library opens after a face-lift

The Queens Borough Public Library at 54-22 Skillman Ave. reopened its Woodside Branch Monday following a seven-week interior renovation. Comment.

Forest Hills Home Depot opening set

After months of wrangling with residents over its newest Queens location, Home Depot is scheduled to open its doors in Forest Hills Feb. 17. Comment.

LGA, JFK guard against holiday terrorism

Authorities have tightened security at LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport, including vehicle searches and use of bomb-detecting dogs, in the final days of 1999 to guard against the possibility of terrorism as the new millennium arrives. Comment.

Little girl hoped for a special Christmas

Sarah Harrinarine is like many 10-year-old children. She lives in Richmond Hill with her family, has an enormous collection of Beanie Babies, likes to read books and teaches tricks to her dog, Lucky. Comment.

New zoning plan clears two hurdles

The developer of a six-story apartment building in a quiet residential community in Forest Hills last week defended his right to turn a profit on his endeavor despite two recent victories and growing support for the neighborhood group that is trying to stop him. Comment.

Queens educators regret Crew

As the Board of Education mulled the replacement of Schools Chancellor Rudy Crew, who was ousted last week in a contentious 4-3 vote, Queens residents expressed sorrow and disappointment at the murky mix of politics and education they believe was behind his demise. Comment.

Court officers spread cheer in Jamaica

Every Thursday around 5 p.m. a large crowd gathers outside the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Catholic Church at 89th Avenue and Parsons Boulevard in Jamaica, waiting for the soup kitchen doors to open. Comment.

Christmas lights ignite fire in Jamaica

Jamaica residents were awakened by the sound of fire engines early Sunday morning as a three-alarm fire caused by an overload of Christmas lights raced through three homes, seriously burning a Jamaica woman and three small children. Eight other relatives and three firefighters were hurt in the raging blaze that took two hours to extinguish. Comment.

Pol urges single district for Bell Park

State senate candidate Rory Lancman has joined the battle at a Bellerose apartment complex, where some children go to schools in District 26 and others are zoned for District 29, by writing a letter to recently ousted Schools Chancellor Rudy Crew urging him to place all the students in one school district. Comment.

105th Pct. makes arrest in 2-month burglary spree

The residents of Glen Oaks and Floral Park can breathe a little easier over the holiday season after a joint effort by the 105th Precinct and other law enforcement units led to the arrest of a 27-year-old man in a rash of burglaries that had plagued the community for two months. Comment.

12-year-old recovering from attack

Arslan Malik, the 12-year-old Jamaica boy who was beaten and left with life-threatening injuries while walking to school last week, remains in the intensive care unit of Mary Immaculate Hospital but has shown signs of recovery. Comment.

DA: Couple busted for extortion

For the past two years, Russ Gompers, owner of Stitches embroidery shop in Flushing, has been looking over his shoulder, afraid to venture out, believing that his late father-in-law had a contract out on his life. Comment.

DA: Whitestone couple busted for extortion

For the past two years, Russ Gompers, owner of Stitches embroidery shop in Flushing, has been looking over his shoulder, afraid to venture out, believing that his late father-in-law had a contract out on his life. Comment.

New headquarters in works for corps

The architectural plans are almost ready and if everything moves forward according to plan, construction of the new home for the Glen Oaks Volunteer Ambulance Corps could begin in late February. Comment.

Convicted rapist faces new trial

A Bay Terrace man convicted in November of raping and sodomizing two women in Flushing in 1997 is awaiting trial in Nassau County for alleged sex attacks against three Long Island women. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: ‘Greatest’ Christmas present ever

As I tore through the wrapping paper Christmas Day, I had no idea really, none at all, as to the contents of the rather large box my girlfriend had handed me as I sat anxiously on the couch in my little apartment. Comment.

Monday, Dec. 27, 1999

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