Thursday, March 23, 2000

History of Douglaston recognized

In its first public meeting in almost three years, the Douglaston Little Neck Historical Society announced the state has nominated an area of Douglaston Hill for designation as a state and federal historic district, a move that may be approved as early as June. Comment.

Levy solves school zoning problems at Bell Park

Interim Schools Chancellor Harold Levy ended the problem bedeviling a Bellerose apartment complex split between School District 26 and District 29 when he provided residents with the option of attending schools in either district last week. 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 Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Interested in acting? Senior Theater Acting Repertory is looking for seniors who are available to rehearse and perform during the day on Wednesdays and Fridays. Auditions at the Queens Village Library, 94-11 217th St. 718-224-2729. Comment.

Peking Duck Forest: Dining at Peking Duck Forest - just ducky

107-12 70th Road, Forest Hills Comment.

Musicals relived in Little Neck

What is better than a leisurely walk down memory lane, looking at rare clips of early Broadway musicals in the 1920s and early 1930s, when Flo Ziegfield dazzled the Great White Way with his elaborate staging of the Ziegfield Follies? He chose only the most beautiful, long-legged show girls. These ladies were glorified as the American Girls. Comment.

Acclaimed pianist returns to LaGuardia

Acclaimed international concert pianist Molly Vivian Huang returns to LaGuardia Performing Arts Friday, March 31, at 1:30 p.m., to give a recital program including the works of J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Copland, Gershwin, and Chopin. Comment.

Charges against Fein to be dropped

Longtime Bayside resident and Fort Totten historian Jack Fein will be cleared of charges that he had sexually abused a young boy last month at the fort if he has no other legal problems for the next six months, a spokeswoman for the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

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Bosco’s Corner: SJU

Four men sat side by side, fielding questions from reporters, all with impassive looks on their faces, stunned into a state of semi-shock less than an hour after the continuing Cinderella story of the NCAA Tournament ended their season. Comment.

To The Point: Scout gala makes for a super Sunday event

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. Sunday was just outstanding, especially the Girl Scout ceremony at the First Reformed Church that featured the retiring Pastor William Cameron officiating. It began with the procession of the American and troop flags into the church. Comment.

Editorial: Stand up and be counted

Led by Congressman Gregory Meeks, the borough's black leaders met at York College last week to urge minority families to cooperate fully with the Year 2000 census. They said that in the last census, 10 years ago, the minority community was greatly undercounted. Simply put, if no one knows that you are here, you don't count. Comment.

Editorial: Charlie’s Knightmare

For the first time in its history, the population of Queens has topped two million. Each year thousands of people relocate to this borough because they believe Queens will be a good place to raise their families. The influx has caused property values to skyrocket. At the same time, the population growth has created pressures that threaten to diminish the quality of life here for everyone. Comment.

Police Blotter: Body parts found near Oakland Lake

BAYSIDE - What appeared to be a human skull and foot were discovered near Oakland Park in the vicinity of 223rd Street and 46th Avenue in Bayside around 5:04 p.m. Tuesday, Police Officer Theresa Farello said. Comment.

Recent Real Estate Transactions

Astoria, 24-40 32 St., Sin Colonial, $259,000, Bed 2, Bath 3, Lot Size: 18 x 65, Contsruction-Brick, Basement-Finished, Taxes: $1,496 Comment.

Step into the past at Metro Soda Fountain

Picture a Norman Rockwell painting - a boy and girl sitting on shiny diner stools sipping from two straws stuck deep into an egg cream - and you have an image of the Metro Soda Fountain in Kew Gardens. Comment.

Cab-riding pooch returned to owner

Forest Hills women

Forest Hills women’s center offering free cancer screenings

The Women's Health Center at North Shore University Hospital in Forest Hills will provide appointments for free breast and cervical cancer screenings for women at the hospital Monday. Comment.

Graffiti found on holy statue

Parishioners at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Roman Catholic Church in Forest Hills were appalled this week to discover that the crisp, white Virgin Mary statue adorning a church entrance had been vandalized by a culprit using a black magic marker. Comment.

New 113th chief greets precinct council

Deputy Inspector Bill Morris, the new commander of the 113th Police Precinct, told his first 113th Community Council meeting Monday night that he planned to help improve the tense relationship between Police Department officers and minority residents. Comment.

City Council vote renews rent regulations for boro

With most City Council members from Queens chiming in on the borough's need for affordable housing, the Council voted overwhelmingly Monday to extend the city's rent regulation and stabilization law. Comment.

Jamaica NAACP accuses NYPD of brutality

The Jamaica branch of the NAACP assailed what it believes is police brutality against minorities at a town hall meeting last Thursday in the wake of the fatal shootings of three unarmed black men in the city in the past 13 months. Comment.

Afrikan Poetry Theatre in danger of losing lease

The Afrikan Poetry Theatre in Jamaica has lost its lease and is trying to raise $100,000 to keep from losing its building on 176th Street, which has been its home for 21 years. Comment.

Hillside Avenue to get new traffic light

The intersections of Hillside Avenue at 210th Street and Hollis Court Boulevard at 90th Avenue will have a new look by July 31, Councilman Sheldon Leffler (D-Hollis) said earlier this month. Comment.

Board 29 moves to hire chief

The recently appointed trustees of School Board 29 last week passed resolutions geared at restarting the search process to hire a new superintendent for the troubled district following the Board of Education's suspension of the school board members. Comment.

Three injured in accident at Queens Hospital site

Three construction workers were hurt last Thursday at Queens Hospital Center in Jamaica in what was described by officials as a freak accident. Comment.

Feds pledge more funds to fight W. Nile, beetle

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman and a Queens congressman have pledged increased action as well as more money in the battle against two of Queens' most serious threats - a mosquito-borne virus that infected nearly 2,000 people in the borough and an imported beetle that destroys trees by the thousands. Comment.

Parking will be easy at ballfield

Crowley urges Flushing Bay cleanup

As part of his campaign to clean up silt-filled Flushing Bay, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) boarded a boat Monday at College Point with Army Corps of Engineers officials and community representatives to view the navigation and environmental problems plaguing the waterway. Comment.

109th Pct. shuts down Metropolis

About 150 patrons looking for a good time at the Metropolis night club in College Point Friday night found themselves leaving earlier than expected after police temporarily closed the 5-year-old club for allegedly serving minors alcohol amid concerns the establishment is a magnet for violence. Comment.

Grand Union rated one of city’s worst

A Grand Union Supermarket in Little Neck has the dubious distinction of being designated one of the two worst supermarkets in Queens. Comment.

House maintains limit on flights at LGA, JFK

With five of the six Queens congressmen voting yes, the U.S. House of Representatives has approved legislation preserving a limit on takeoffs and landings at LaGuardia and Kennedy airports for seven years. Comment.

Cohen shares Wall St. savvy at St. John’s

Influential Wall Street strategist Abby Joseph Cohen kicked off a conference on financial planning Saturday at St. John's University with a warning that any major change in fiscal policy after this year's presidential election could damage the nation's economy. Comment.

W. Nile infected 2,000 in Queens: City

Nearly 2,000 people from neighborhoods in northeast Queens were likely to have been infected by the West Nile virus last summer, based on results of blood tests performed on residents in October. Comment.

Monday, March 20, 2000

Sex charges dropped against Totten Historian

of charges that he had molested a 10-year-old boy Comment.

Two unidentified bodies found in Flushing

FLUSHING - The unidentified, decomposed body of a 50- to 60-year-old man was found Friday floating in Flushing Bay, police said. Comment.

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