Thursday, March 9, 2000

CUNY head vows to hire more full-time faculty

Testifying before the New York City Higher Education and Finance Committee at City Hall, CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein vowed Friday to hire more full-time faculty members, saying that excessive usage of part-time faculty and instructors was giving students an inferior education. Comment.

Hillary attacks Rudy on education in Queens

If last weekend's Democratic Party luncheon was any indication, school overcrowding may become First Lady Hillary Clinton's most effective political weapon against Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in Queens, where he has enjoyed broad support among middle-class voters. Comment.

Community Calendar Listings

SNAP of Eastern Queens is offering the AARP Defensive Driving class on March 14, 21 and 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at a cost of $10 per person. 718-454-2100. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Auditions Comment.

Israeli star warms up for Queens Symphony

Dudu (David) Fisher, the internationally renowned Israeli singer, spent last week in New York City to prepare for his performance with the Queens Symphony Orchestra at its "Israel at the Millennium" concert on April 30. Comment.

First Thursday salutes female artists

The Queens Museum of Art kicked off Women's History Month Thursday last Thursday night with a high-five to female artists both past and present. Comment.

Talent for drawing reshapes artist’s life

Flushing resident Chris Soentpiet, illustrator of more than 10 children's books with his trademark watercolor style, has always enjoyed painting people. He turned that passion into a livelihood when he started illustrating children's books. Comment.

North Fork makes bid for Dime Bancorp

In its most recent and aggressive move yet, North Fork Bancorp announced a $1.9 billion hostile takeover of the Manhattan-based Dime Bancorp Sunday, barely two weeks before Dime shareholders were scheduled to vote on a merger with a New Jersey bank. Comment.

WNET to air Desi documentary

Somewhere between "bridge-and-tunnel" and "fuggedaboutit," a new word may be entering the New York City lexicon - desi. Comment.

Metropolitan: Metropolitan oozes Old World charm

103-18 Metropolitan Ave. Comment.

SJU season ends with blowout loss to Connecticut

Less than 24 hours earlier, St. John's junior guard Latasha Thompson raised eyebrows and shot herself into the Big East record books with 25 points in the first half en route to a career-high 33 points in the Red Storm's 75-62 win over No. 8 Pittsburgh in the first round of the Big East Tournament Saturday afternoon. Comment.

College Round-up: CK’s Claxton named America East Player of the Year

The accolades continue to rain down on Christ the King grad Craig "Speedy" Claxton. For the second time in his collegiate career, the Hofstra senior point guard was named America East Player of the Year. Claxton won the award as a sophomore in 1998. Comment.

St. John’s falls to Miami in season final

The Miami Hurricanes blew past the St. John's Red Storm in overtime at both teams' final regular season contest, capturing a share of the Big East title and locking up the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament, which began play Wednesday. Comment.

Red Storm taking aim at Big East Tournament

The St. John's Red Storm will make its play for the Big East Tournament Championship this week. Winning the tournament would certainly help the Red Storm's NCAA Tournament seeding, as well as give the team a boost in confidence following a disappointing loss in Miami this past weekend to end the regular season. Comment.

Barkley puts investigation behind him, rejoins team

Even though his team fell to the University of Miami Sunday afternoon, the smile on sophomore point guard Erick Barkley's face was unmistakable. Comment.

McClancy upsets weakened Molloy, 82-73

Time simply ran out on Jack Curran's team. The venerable veteran basketball coach, who has helped guide such players as Kenny Anderson and Kenny Smith in his career, could not overcome the loss of center Wendell Gibson. Comment.

Christ the King, Prep girls to play for Diocesan crown

Bob Mackey and the Christ the King Royals will have a chance to silence the doubters Saturday when they play St. Francis Prep for the varsity girls Catholic High School Athletic Association Class A Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan championship. Comment.

St. Francis avoids letdown, skates past McClancy, 8-0

After an emotionally charged 2-0 win over St. Edmund's Friday night, the St. Francis Prep hockey team suffered the proverbial letdown against Monsignor McClancy Monday night at the Ice Hutch in Mount Vernon. Comment.

Council committee votes to renew rent regulations

The City Council's housing and buildings committee approved a bill to renew the city's existing rent regulations this week, with the lone dissenting vote cast by conservative Republican Councilman Tom Ognibene of Middle Village. Comment.

Molloy trio making big waves in Division I

To have three graduates selected to play Division I basketball is certainly an accomplishment any high school would be proud of. But to have all three make a major impact in their freshman year of college is a remarkable feat. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Burglary case solved by 107th Precinct

Stephen Fischer, captain of the 107th Precinct in Fresh Meadows, told the attendees at the 107th Precinct Community Council February meeting that on a recent snowy and cold evening, a few of his men saturated an area near Main Street, where several burglaries had been committed and caught the burglar. Comment.

To The Point: College Point meeting was week’s big event

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. It was nice to get that extra day of Leap Year but it has been so busy that I could have used many extra Leap Year days. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: If there is any doubt, make that 911 call

Some weeks ago, there was a terrible accident in one of the Merrick Boulevard stores. The store has a loft-type area, the floor of which gave away as one of the men worked there. He fell a long distance to the floor below and since he was alone in the store, gravely injured, he had no immediate way to call for help. Comment.

Our History: Jane Colden: First U.S. woman botanist

The Colden family has had a long and illustrious association with Queens County from the early 18th century when Cadwallader Colden first came to New York from Philadelphia in 1718. A scholar and scientist, he served as lieutenant governor of the colony of New York beginning in 1761 and continued in that capacity for a period of 14 years. (His tenure was interrupted only briefly.) Among his interests was botany and he studied the new Linnaean system, which had been introduced recently and used it to classify our local flora in 1749. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: It’s tough being a long-distance grandpa

Our daughter-in-law, Heather, who lives in Rockville, Md. was pregnant with her second child. Her due date was three weeks away. We promised our son, Vance, that we would be there for the delivery and we always keep our promises. Comment.

Editorial: Boycott election

The party gods have spoken. On Feb. 24 Queens Democratic Party Boss Tom Manton met with the boys in the backroom of party headquarters in Forest Hills to select the candidate who represents the party in the special election for the 10th Senatorial District. When they emerged, the 16 Democratic district leaders held a brief public meeting in the course of which Malcom Smith was named to fill the seat vacated by Alton Waldon. Comment.

Editorial: As-of-Right

First they build churches. Then synagogues and an occasional mosque. Then come the schools and doctors' offices. And before you know it, there goes the neighborhood. Comment.

Police Blotter: Woman raped in Bayside by two men who fled

BAYSIDE - A woman was raped by two men early Wednesday morning, police said. The 22-year-old woman was picked up by the two men near 27th Street and Broadway in Manhattan at about 2 a.m. Wednesday, said Detective Madelyne Galindo, a police spokeswoman. They took her to the corner of 48th Avenue and 211th Street in Bayside, where they raped and sodomized her, Galindo said. Comment.

Calla Lillies sells charming Old World items

Opening the door to Calla Lillies on Bell Boulevard is like discovering an oasis of Old World style and charm in the midst of the city, where customers are greeted by gentle music, sweet smells and a little bit of mystery. Comment.

Discovery Channel airs show on West Nile virus

Last summer's outbreak of the West Nile virus in the city was documented in an often melodramatic half-hour program on the Discovery Channel Friday evening, which revealed that state health officials and the Federal Bureau of Investigation seriously considered the possibility that the outbreak was the work of bio-terrorism. Comment.

Planned Sunnyside school criticized at CB2 meeting

Plans for a new school in Sunnyside that could relieve overcrowding at PS 199 and IS 125 drew fire last week from community board members and residents concerned about traffic and children "that don't belong here." Comment.

Feds indict Carmine Agnello for racketeering

The federal government has indicted Carmine Agnello, son-in-law of Gambino crime boss John Gotti, and six others in a 35-count racketeering case that stemmed in part from a police sting involving his scrap metal business in Willet's Point in January. Comment.

Board 27 members pick super

School Board 27 has selected the district's acting superintendent and a former principal of the troubled district for the permanent superintendent position. Comment.

Queens St. Patrick’s parade draws 4,000

First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton may have drawn the political players to the St. Patrick's Parade in Sunnyside and Woodside on Sunday, but what brought 4,000 ordinary people out to watch was something much closer to home. Comment.

Brooklyn man guilty in ‘98 slay

The lawyer for a 26-year-old Brooklyn man convicted of murdering a judge's nephew and injuring two others in a 1998 shooting spree at the Rego Park Red Lobster restaurant said he would appeal the jury's verdict following a two-week trial. Comment.

Gore, Bush backed by Queens voters

Vice President Al Gore won a decisive victory over former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley in the New York Democratic primary on Tuesday, according to preliminary results, thanks in part to the solid backing of the Queens Democratic machine. Comment.

Forest Hills organization fights for library elevator

It's been a grassroots effort by every measure of the word. Comment.

Blind retiree receives black belt in karate

Laurelton resident Sandra Randall is almost your average, 60-year-old retiree except she has attained the rank of black belt in karate. Comment.

232nd St. residents upset over mysterious building

Residents of an enclave that straddles Springfield Gardens and Rosedale live near the Nassau County border relatively far from all signs of city life at the edge of Brookville Park. Comment.

S. Jamaica fire takes boy’s life

An early morning fire that started in a South Jamaica home last Thursday claimed the life of a 10-year-old boy and stunned the neighborhood. Comment.

EPA to fine St. Albans service station

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking to penalize a St. Albans gas station $74,000 for failing to properly maintain its underground gasoline containers, a violation of federal law that could spell contamination for the neighborhood's drinking water supply. Comment.

Residents ask city to halt new Jamaica Ave. motel

Community leaders presented their case at the Board of Standards and Appeals' third and final meeting to determine if the developers of a proposed motel on Jamaica Avenue should receive a variance to complete its construction. Comment.

Bryant defeats Forest Hills, to meet Adams in title game

Prior to their semifinal meeting on Saturday morning, Bryant faced Forest Hills twice in the regular season. After winning the first basketball game, 39-28, Bryant lost in the next matchup, 62-48, being down by as many 30 points mainly because of a successful Forest Hills' press. This had Bryant head coach Jimmy Exharos very concerned. To his surprise, fourth-seeded Forest Hills rarely went to the press in the playoff game, enabling top-seeded Bryant to prevail at St. John's University, 33-28. Comment.

500 attend York meet with NYPD

More than 500 people from southern Queens attended a town hall meeting with Police Commissioner Howard Safir last Thursday night, but only a few voiced their criticism of the Police Department in the aftermath of the Diallo verdict. Many praised the job the NYPD was doing. Comment.

McLaughlin to seek re-election, not higher office

In a bid to end speculation over his political future, city labor leader and state Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin (D-Flushing) issued a statement last week that he would not seek higher elected public office and would be running for re-election in the 25th State Assembly District in 2000. Comment.

College Point angry over new 7-Eleven

Lured by the rapid development of 20th Avenue, a second 7-Eleven convenience store is being built "as-of-right" in College Point, and many in the community say the last thing the area needs is another 24-hour business. Comment.

Siegal gets tenants’ boost in bid to succeed Leffler

Tenant leaders of eastern Queens held a fund-raising rally for City Council candidate Bernice Siegal of Glen Oaks Sunday, the day before the Council's Housing and Building Committee voted to preserve rent control and rent stabilization. Comment.

Fidos find friends at Bellerose Animal Hospital

Pet owners have an inexplicable bond with their fuzzy companions. And because pets play such an important part in the lives of their owners, when their furry friend gets sick, it can be a very traumatic experience. Comment.

100s rally at St. John’s to keep Mets’ fields out

Community leaders and state politicians held a rally Sunday against a proposed plan to build baseball fields on the St. John's University campus for a New York Mets minor league baseball team. Comment.

Stavisky lauds MTA progress on No. 7 repairs

The embattled Main Street subway station in downtown Flushing, which has drawn negative headlines recently because of the long-delayed renovation project, has finally received some praise from state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing). Comment.

Carmine Agnello indicted by feds for racketeering

The federal government has indicted Carmine Agnello, son-in-law of Gambino crime boss John Gotti, and six others in a 35-count racketeering case that stemmed in part from a police sting involving his scrap metal business in Willet's Point in January. Comment.

Adams falls to Sarah J. Hale in PSAL B semifinals, 74-58

Point guard Henry Moore's 30-footer as time expired in the first half of Sarah J. Hale High School's game against John Adams on Sunday afternoon was a foreshadowing of things to come. The basket brought Hale within one point of third-seeded John Adams, 25-24, as Adams controlled the tempo of the first half with solid shooting. Comment.

Padavan asks for probe of College Point project

State Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) and other community officials have asked the city's Buildings Department to investigate the Malba Bay Estates project in College Point for possible construction and zoning violations. Comment.

Nine years after fire, Little Neck building restored

The empty shell of a commercial building on Northern Boulevard in Little Neck, ravaged by fire about nine years ago and virtually abandoned since, is being renovated as the owners seek new tenants. Comment.

Baysider arrested, charged with sex abuse

A Bayside man was arrested March 1 after he confessed to a string of sexual attacks in the area over the past several months, said Community Affairs Officer Anthony Lombardi of the 111th Police Precinct. Comment.

Few oppose group home at CB 11 meet

Only a few residents turned out to protest an application from a Brooklyn agency for a new group home for the mentally disabled on Cloverdale Boulevard in Bayside at a Community Board 11 meeting Monday night. Comment.

Cardozo HS tops in city: Newsweek

Benjamin Cardozo High School in Bayside ranked as one of the best in New York City and the nation out of a field of nearly 500 public schools, according to a survey in Newsweek magazine this week. Comment.

College Pt. woman, kids kidnapped by fake cops

A College Point woman was kidnapped and her two children were held captive by three men claiming to be police officers Tuesday night, leading to a police chase through the streets of Manhattan and the safe recovery of all three victims, authorities said. Comment.

MTA bans critical ads from city subway cars

The subways may often be so jammed that many commuters feel like cattle on their way to market, but the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has forbidden an advertisement saying just that for fear it might hurt business. Comment.

August Martin bounced by Sheepshead Bay

Instead of focusing on how poorly his team played in the opening quarter, or how balanced Sheepshead Bay's scoring was, August Martin head coach Joel Ascher chose the minutes following the Angels 62-56 loss in the PSAL Class A semifinals at St. John's University on Sunday to lambaste the game's referees. Comment.

Cardozo ousted by Lincoln, 75-65

For the Cardozo boys' basketball team, old habits die hard. For most of the season, the Judges' bugaboo, their Achilles heel, has been inconsistent play, usually reserved for one quarter of the game. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Queens not invited to Garden party

In the first round of the Public School Athletic League playoffs, Brooklyn's Grady High School came to Queens to play Van Buren with all intentions of leaving with a victory. Comment.

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