Sunday, March 19, 2000

St. John’s falls to Gonzaga in second round

TUCSON, ARIZ.- The St. John's men's basketball team survived all kinds of adversity this season. From NCAA investigations, to team conflict during the Big East tournament, to the lack of a bench, the Red Storm has seen it all and has prevailed. Comment.

Thursday, March 16, 2000

Stray dog becomes temporary recruit at 111th Pct.

The newest member of the 111th Police Precinct in Bayside has been getting more attention in her first week than the average rookie would ever dream about. Comment.

Community Calendar Listings

Franklin Hospital Medical Center has issued a call for the community to join with its employees by participating in the hospital's blood drive on Wed., April 5. People 17 to 76, weighing at least 110 pounds and who are in general good health, are eligible to donate. A signature or photo ID is required at the time of donation at which time donors will also receive a free mini-medical exam that includes checking temperature, pulse, blood pressure and iron count. The drive will be held in the hospital's Shankman Auditorium from 7 a.m. t 4 p.m. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Open auditions for the Parkside Players spring production of Clark Gesner Comment.

Queens gays, lesbians, get public access

Stanley Reed, host of Q-GLU-TV, sits at a chair ready to air a Queens Gays and Lesbians United (Q-GLU) TV talk show for Public access cable. Comment.

St. John’s, Cathedral fall in B, C title games

Two Queens Catholic league teams vying for city championships at Iona College Friday lost in their respective title games when last-second shots did not fall. St. John's Prep fell to Xavier, 56-52, in the CHSAA Class B championship and Cathedral Prep lost to Moore Catholic, 40-37, in a battle for the Class C crown. Comment.

Christ the King tops St. Francis, 57-54

In the 15-year history of the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Division I championship, there has been just one name on the championship trophy. On Saturday at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, the Christ the King girls' team ensured its name will remain the only one on the hardware as the Royals defeated a pesky St. Francis Prep team, 57-54, to win its 16th straight title. Comment.

Adams wins girls 

Despite never playing a season of high school basketball before, Alecia Fung knew her John Adams Spartans could win the PSAL Class B crown. She would tell anyone who would listen that her team would make it to Madison Square Garden. The response was usually a polite nod of the head. Comment.

Holloway helps Hall lock up tourney spot

For Shaheen Holloway, there was no bigger stage than Madison Square Garden last week. The Seton Hall senior, who grew up a short subway ride away in South Jamaica, has seen his college career come full circle: from a blue chip recruit, to one of the most talented freshman in the league, to riding the bench for much of his junior season. Comment.

Times/Ledger receives nine newspaper awards

The Times/Ledger Newspapers captured nine awards this year in the New York Press Association's annual Better Newspaper Contest, including a first place award for the newspaper's new Web site. Comment.

Road to tourney crown no easy trip for Storm

St. John's victory over Connecticut in the Big East Tournament championship game came on the heels of two heart-stopping wins over Villanova and Miami. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Civics nervous about community facilities

On Feb. 28, the Queens Civic Congress invited its member civic associations to a discussion about community facilities, which are found in all communities but are saturating some more than others. Comment.

To The Point: Plenty o’ the green seen in north Queens

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. Green is busting out all over and mostly in green kilts, shamrocks and green cabbage. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Kudos to local store: Weisman Salvage

As a longtime resident of Laurelton, I have seen a lot of changes in the community - including the business community. When I was a very active volunteer with most of the local organizations, one of the things I tried to emphasize at meetings was the advantage of supporting our merchants. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Non-Irish: Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day

If you take a peek at the calendar you will see that the religious and festive holiday of St. Patrick's Day is high-stepping toward us once again. So, forget about preparing your income tax, cancel your visit to your mother-in-law's, and side-bar your reminders of the Hillary-Rudy brouhaha. Instead, I suggest that you practice conjuring up images of shamrocks, leprechauns, shillelaghs, and the color green (the symbol of the Irish during your entire waking hours). Comment.

Editorial: Let healing begin

On Thursday, March 2, 500 community leaders from southeast Queens came to York College to meet with Police Commissioner Howard Safir. These leaders represent a community that was stunned by the killing of Amadou Diallo by four members of the NYPD's Street Crimes Unit. Comment.

Editorial: A Ph.D in vandalism

An article on graffiti appearing last week in the "Queens Neighborhood" page of Newsday is breathtaking in the arrogance and ignorance expressed by people who spent the better part of their youth destroying other people's property. Comment.

Q46 ranked best in city in survey of bus system

Four of every 10 buses in the MTA New York City Transit system arrive late or in bunches, creep along more slowly than in any city in America and provide overall "lousy" service, according to a transit watchdog agency that ranked the Q46 line in Queens as the most punctual in the five boroughs. Comment.

Police Blotter: Van careens into empty storefront at 175th Street and Jamaica Avenue

JAMAICA - An out-of-control van sent pestrians running for cover Saturday after it careened off Jamaica Avenue and crashed through the storefront of an empty insurance business office. Comment.

Recent Real Estate Transactions

Bayside, 211-10 73 Ave., Coo, $59,500, Bed 1, Bath 1, Construction-Brick, M/Mnt. $387 Comment.

Mount Sinai of Queens reflects community

Reflecting the enormous diversity of the community it serves, the languages spoken by the doctors at Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens are almost as varied as the specialties they practice. Comment.

Man shot to death in Queensbridge

A 21-year-old man died Tuesday afternoon at the Queensbridge Houses housing development after a shooting in the early morning darkness Tuesday, police and neighbors said. Comment.

Astoria pols propose bill on power plant pollution

Two Astoria state legislators are proposing a new law that would require older, polluting power plants to meet existing air-quality standards before any new plants can be built. Comment.

Teen charged in stabbing near Franklin K. Lane

Police have arrested a Queens teenager and three Brooklyn men after a fight near Franklin K. Lane High School in Woodhaven last week that sent two students to the hospital with stab wounds. Comment.

City planner, Board 9 discuss updated zoning

The City Planning Department's sweeping proposal to update its zoning regulations might not be a panacea for all of Queens' zoning woes, but it may go a long way toward addressing most of them. Comment.

Boro reading scores jump, math results fall

Queens elementary school students' reading scores jumped but math scores fell in 1999 compared to 1998, figures released by the Board of Education showed last week. Comment.

Forest Hills residents upset with 24-hour Home Depot

More than 80 Forest Hills and Glendale residents turned out for a civic meeting Tuesday night to make their displeasure known to the managers of the new 24-hour Home Depot store on Woodhaven Boulevard. Comment.

Pols OK Elmhurst multiplex

The Queens Borough Board voted overwhelmingly Monday to recommend development of the municipal parking lot near the Queens Center Mall in Elmhurst as a multiplex movie theater. Comment.

Woman raped on 147th Ave.

Two Springfield Gardens teenagers were arrested last week in connection with the rape and sodomy of a 23-year-old mentally handicapped woman, police said. Comment.

Ending battle, Pathmark enters Springfield Gdns.

When Pathmark opens its doors in Springfield Gardens Saturday, it will be the first new supermarket to come into southeast Queens in a quarter of a century after a long and controversial battle. Comment.

Black leaders urge Queens to be counted

Black community leaders in southeast Queens are all too familiar with the consequences of the U.S. Census count. Comment.

Two in tussle over 3rd-party bid for Waldon seat

The Queens Independence Party is in disarray. But two candidates in the upcoming March 28 special election for former state Sen. Alton Waldon's (D-St. Albans) seat, which stretches from Cambria Heights to the Rockaways, claim the beleaguered party is endorsing them. Comment.

Gore victory in Queens bodes well for Dems

Vice President Al Gore's strong showing in the presidential primary election in Queens last week may be a bellwether for the Democrats in November, political observers said. Comment.

Jamaica man kills wife: Cops

A woman was slashed to death in her Jamaica home last Thursday morning allegedly by her estranged husband while their 10-year-old daughter sat nearby, police said. Comment.

School Board 29 appeals suspension

In the five weeks since their suspension not much has changed for the nine-member School Board 29 in southeastern Queens. The board, suspended amid allegations of incompetence by Interim Schools Chancellor Harold O. Levy, is appealing the suspension. Comment.

Top cops at 105th, 113th receive new assignments

The commanding officers of both the 105th and 113th precincts have been transferred to new assignments, but Deputy Inspector William Morris of the 105th did not travel far. Comment.

Creedmoor’s neighbors to Mets: Let’s play ball!

Communities surrounding Creedmoor Psychiatric Center say they would welcome the construction of a baseball stadium on the site if plans fall through for a Mets minor league stadium on the St. John's University campus. Comment.

Board of Ed prez OKs meet on Bell Park zoning

City Board of Education President William Thompson, speaking last Thursday to members of the Eleanor Roosevelt Regular Democratic Club in Floral Park, agreed to meet with Bell Park Manor-Terrace residents to discuss zoning problems they face in their fight to send their kids to District 26 schools. Comment.

Seeking Padavan’s seat, Dem candidates face off

Hoping to strengthen the chances of unseating long-time state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) in the fall, the Queens County Line Democratic Association was slated to host a debate this week between the two Democratic candidates for the seat. Comment.

Van Buren HS lab funds held up by city: Leffler

City Councilman Sheldon Leffler (D-Hollis) said this week the Board of Education has withheld funding for a new science lab at Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village for several months, but a spokeswoman for the Board of Ed was not aware of the problem. Comment.

West Nile virus found at Totten

Mosquitoes infected with the West Nile virus have been discovered in Bayside, but the city Health Department said the find was not unexpected and the bugs may not be able to transmit the disease to humans. Comment.

Queens youths hailed as entrepreneurs

Two Queens students have garnered awards for their entrepreneurial skills in Citizens Committee for New York City's Fleet Youth Entrepreneur Day, sponsored by Fleet Bank. Comment.

Civics say future of Flushing Airport in dark

A group of northeast Queens activists has accused a city development agency and the borough president of holding closed-door meetings on the fate of Flushing Airport. Comment.

New construction pens in College Point homeowner

Charlie Knight and his family arrived back at their College Point home from winter vacation two weeks ago to find workers building a two-story, two-family house next door and using their backyard for storage space. Comment.

Pols offer reward to end hate

A host of elected officials and civic leaders has joined forces to fund a reward program in an effort to prevent further hate stickers from being plastered on public property throughout College Point and other areas of northeast Queens. Comment.

Renovated McDonald’s to reopen in Little Neck

The motorized Golden Arches that had twirled on the corner of Northern Boulevard and Marathon Parkway for nearly 30 years are set to spin again when McDonald's restaurant reopens in Little Neck Friday after more than two weeks of major renovations, the owner said. Comment.

Bayside civic leader fights DOT over sidewalks

A Bayside civic leader has voiced his opposition to the city's policy of fining homeowners for faulty or cracked sidewalks that residents had installed. Comment.

Car theft declines steeply in Auburndale

The 111th Police Precinct seems to have conquered one of northeast Queens' most persistent crimes: stolen cars. Comment.

Car theft declines steeply in Bayside

The 111th Police Precinct seems to have conquered one of northeast Queens' most persistent crimes: stolen cars. Comment.

Queens population passes 2 million mark

Queens' population officially passed the 2 million mark last year, thanks to a young, growing immigrant population, census officials announced last week. Comment.

Crowding puts squeeze on arts in schools

Third in a series Comment.

Judge holds fate of new stadium

A hearing in State Supreme Court March 22 will decide whether or not the city can complete its construction of a Mets minor league 3,500-seat stadium on the St. John's University campus. Comment.

Wednesday, March 15, 2000

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