Thursday, April 13, 2000

Civic warns against pole preservative

Bayside civic leader Mandingo Tshaka demanded last week that telephone poles treated with a wood preservative he said is a potential health risk be removed from the area, but a spokesman for Bell Atlantic said the utility had no complaints about the chemical. Comment.

Community Calendar Listings

Chapel of the Reedemer Lutheran, 220 Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

The Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, presents the 22nd annual Antique Auto Show on April 29 and 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: $4, $1. 718-347-3276. Comment.

Peripatetic Israeli singer to perform in Queens

Dudu David Fisher cannot be in more than one place at one time, but it might seem like it. Comment.

Nancy Wilson dazzles

Dionysos: It’s all Greek to you at Dionysos restaurant

249-30 Horace Harding Expressway Comment.

Georgetown gets first win against St. John

All season long, the Georgetown baseball team has been snake-bitten. The Hoyas have played good baseball, but somehow continued to find themselves on the losing end in each of its previous 11 Big East games. Comment.

St. John

Baysiders set to get flood relief

Newtown girls soccer team ties Bryant, falls to Forest Hills

Anyone who doubted Queens II would be up for grabs in girls soccer need just look at last week's results for proof. The Newtown Pioneers, picked by many as the division favorite, tied Bryant 1-1 on Wednesday and then lost to Forest Hills 2-1 on Friday afternoon at Newtown. Comment.

Coaches left out in the cold at Wheelchair Classic

The Wheelchair Classic has been a New York City basketball fixture for 26 years. It is a foregone conclusion that every spring the best high school basketball players in the city get to strut their stuff in front of fans and college coaches alike during the game. Comment.

Adams eyes return to top of PSAL heap

It was a storybook season last year for the John Adams baseball team. The Spartans had ice water in their veins, not allowing the April 27 firing of their head coach Pete White affect them. Instead, with assistant Glenn Beyer at the helm, Adams reeled off 21 straight wins, capped by a 7-3 extra inning win over Port Richmond in the PSAL championship game at Yankee Stadium. Comment.

Van Buren hoping to upset softball establishment

Some of the names have changed, but the game has remained the same in Queens PSAL softball. Strong pitching and solid defense can take a team a long way. As long, Van Buren head coach John Felicciardi hopes, as the city championship. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Civic newsletters provide useful information

Car storage without license plates on residential property is a violation of the zoning code, says the Queens Braddock Civic Association in its October 1999 newsletter. This is considered dead storage and is only permitted in commercially zoned areas. Report violations to the Department of Buildings or your local community board. Comment.

Our History: Valentine

Editorial: Preparing our kids for the 19th century

After listening to a principal at one of the city's finest junior high schools describe in detail the courses offered next year to advanced students, a frustrated parent couldn't resist asking his question. "Why in the year 2000 does your school continue to only offer Spanish and French? Shouldn't you be at least offering Chinese, Japanese and Korean? What are you preparing these children for, the 19th century?" Comment.

Editorial: The obstructionist

When a developer announced that he was planning to build a multiplex cinema on an underdeveloped lot on Merrick Boulevard, Cynthia Jenkins vigorously opposed the theater. She argued that the community would prefer to see a new school built in the same space. Comment.

Recent Real Estate Transactions

Bayside, 73-50 Bell Blvd, Coo Hi-Rise, $53,000, Bed 1, Bath 1, Construction-Brick, M/Mnt. $361 Comment.

Salon caters to borough

When Olga Corentine first purchased her hair salon on Hillside Avenue in Jamaica Estates from its original owner in 1985, she immediately noticed that all the customers were white. Comment.

Ridgewood man stabbed, killed after weekend party

Police from the 104th Precinct were looking for help in finding the murderer of a 29-year-old man from Ridgewood who was stabbed to death late Saturday or early Sunday morning at the corner of Gates and Seneca avenues. Comment.

104th Pct

NYPD dog sniffs out JFK

Ozone Park woman arrested in bribery sting

A 20-year-old Ozone Park woman who worked for a city environmental agency in Jamaica has been arrested on charges that she accepted $500 in bribes and payments for false permits, authorities said. Comment.

Fire-related deaths nearly triple in Queens

The number of people who died in fires in Queens in the first three months of the year nearly tripled to 20 from seven in the same period last year, Fire Department officials said. Comment.

Astoria residents bemoan planned power plants

Astoria residents and politicians expressed growing resistance last week to three new power plants planned for their area, telling the operators to either clean up three existing plants first or else shut them down. Comment.

Armed man goes after moms, tots

Police last week were searching for the man suspected of a string of frightening gunpoint robberies of mothers with young children in Forest Hills and Richmond Hill. Comment.

Firehouse celebrates new light

After years of trying to get a light installed to stop the traffic on Brookville Boulevard in front of Fire Station House 314, Sally Martino-Fisher, district manager for Community Board 13, finally accomplished her goal Friday. Comment.

Senator Malcolm Smith hits Albany at full speed

State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans), who received more than 90 percent of the vote in a March 28 special election, was in the state Senate Chamber in Albany getting his committee assignments the day after the election. Comment.

$1.6 million beautification planned for Sutphin Blvd.

The stretch of Sutphin Boulevard between Jamaica and Hillside avenues may soon become the most attractive and well-kept road in downtown Jamaica. Comment.

St. John

CUNY

Krista Brenner, Queens College student body president, was campaigning for re-election outside of the campus library Monday morning. Comment.

State OKs $4M chemical cleanup in Jamaica

The state Department of Environmental Protection plans to initiate a massive, $4 million soil clean-up project at a four-acre site in Jamaica that officials say was heavily contaminated by dry-cleaning chemicals. Comment.

Sewer lines to connect SE Queens

Both pedestrians and drivers on Jamaica Avenue between 216th and 221st streets in Queens Village can expect seven more months of fighting to get around construction workers hauling jack hammers, dust kicked up by trucks delivering water main pipes and cranes moving tons of earth. Comment.

Missionary in India honored

The Indian Christian Forum honored Gladys Staines, widow of slain Austrian missionary Dr. Graham Staines at a dinner reception and town hall meeting Tuesday night. Dr. Staines died in a suspicious fire in India last year as he and two sons slept in their van. Comment.

Jamaica Estates residents worried about intersection

neighborhood residents say officials have not done Comment.

Flushing teen threatened JHS 189 teachers: Cops

In what a teacher's union spokesman called an "unusual incident" for city schools, a 14-year-old student was arrested last Wednesday for allegedly threatening the lives of a dean, two assistant principals and three of her teachers at JHS 189 in Flushing beginning in January. Comment.

Flushing activist blasts lack of Hispanics on CB7

When Community Board 7 announced the borough president had appointed four new members to fill vacancies, Martha Flores-Vazquez' name was not listed. Comment.

Whitestone neighbors blast CB 7

A Community Board 7 public hearing erupted into chaos as furious residents of a Whitestone neighborhood tried desperately to prevent a one-family house from being transformed into a group home for seven mildly handicapped men and women. Comment.

Three Little Neck women scratch way to $1M win

Almost everyone dreams of what they would do if they won the lottery, but what 24-year-old Danielle Backerman of Little Neck did when she, her sister and a friend won $1 million tax free last week was get sick. Comment.

Republicans defend tax credit plan at Bayside meet

A sparsely attended state Assembly meeting with Bayside community leaders at the Clearview Senior Center last Thursday yielded criticism of a Republican plan to provide working families with a $1,500 per child education tax credit. Comment.

Queens response in census coming up short

Fewer than half of the households in most Queens neighborhoods have returned their U.S. Census forms so far, fueling growing fears among politicians and minority groups that the borough will be severely undercounted. Comment.

Police Blotter: Man brandishing alleged bomb robs up North Fork in Rosedale

ROSEDALE - A North Fork Bank branch in Rosedale was robbed Tuesday afternoon by a man who displayed an explosive device to a bank teller, said Lt. Steven Cairo of the 105th Precinct. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Softball king doesn

Bob Russell makes a weekly trip to my office that is almost as reliable as the tides. With several sheets of paper in his hand he approaches my cluttered desk with a typical smile. He says hello and hands me the papers, exchanging a few pleasantries along the way before he departs. Comment.

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