Sunday, July 16, 2000

Thursday, July 13, 2000

MS 74 students weave history into quilt at QMA

The spirits of Betsy Ross and Billy Joel were alive and well at the Queens Museum of Art last week in a patch-quilt made by an ambitious group of students at MS 74 in Bayside. Comment.

Ranch Steak House: Steak house has new name, same tradition

31-64 21st Ave., Long Island City Comment.

Dining Out: Steak house has new name, same tradition

31-64 21st Ave., Long Island City Comment.

Community Calendar Listings

The Flushing YMCA, 138-46 Northern Blvd Flushing offers free activities such as computer classes, recreational swimming and game room time for children ages 8-18 every Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 718-961-6880. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Beari Productions holds auditions for Comment.

Summertime and the livin

There may not be such a thing as a free lunch, but this summer the borough is teeming with a variety of concerts, performances, and activities, all free. Comment.

Kids

Children of all ages: Running away to the circus, but staying home

Kids ran a big top at the Laurelton Library last week. Comment.

Board 11 says it did no wrong

Markwell playing for more than himself

Curacao's flag features two blue lines, cut nearly in the middle by a yellow stripe representing the sun. Under the hot, bright sun and between the brilliant blue waters of the Carribean Sea is where Queens Kings left-handed pitcher Diegomar Markwell grew up. He has yearned for the game of baseball since he was a little boy at the age of 10. Comment.

DePhillips Sports wins two at Cooperstown

The DePhillips Sports 16 and under baseball team traveled to Cooperstown along with the Queens Dodgers to play an exhibition doubleheader on historic Doubleday Field this past weekend. Comment.

Utica Blue Sox down Kings in pitchers’ duel

Josephang Bernhardt saw the white pentagon plate 90 feet away, almost begging to be touched. The Queens Kings' designated hitter then made a blunder that comes with learning the intricacies of minor league baseball. Comment.

Queens splits 3 series in up-and-down week

Split was the operative word for the Queens Kings last week,as the club was even in each of its three two-game series. Comment.

ABCD not a 

TEANECK, N.J. Comment.

To The Point: A nice time for births, graduation,picnics

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Community boards take stands on issues

Community Board 8, Fresh Meadows, has just voted to oppose a plan to build a comfort station in the playground at Utopia Parkway and 73rd Avenue. Residents of the Fresh Meadows Homeowners Civic Association had opposed the construction because previous comfort stations in this location were vandalized by people who hung out in the park after dark drinking and doing other illegal activities. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: New assistant chief already reaching out

Something very nice happened the other day. Comment.

Editorial: A justifiable rent increase

Once again this year the irresistible force gathered in the same room with the immoveable object and when the night was over, no one was satisfied. The annual meeting of the Rent Guidelines Board has become as predictable as it is frustrating. Comment.

Editorial: The merits of merit pay

To almost no one's surprise, the American Federation of Teachers voted nearly unanimously last week at its conference in Philadelphia to reject the concept of merit pay for public school teachers. Merit pay would reward teachers based on their performance. Comment.

Police Blotter: Man on boat stabbed, is rescued from water

FLUSHING - A man onboard a boat near the Queens side of the Throggs Neck Bridge Sunday afternoon was stabbed several times in the head, back and neck and fell into the water, said Sgt. Elias Nikas, a Police Department spokesman. Comment.

Borough children march in celebration of Astoria

More than 60 Queens children, including baseball and basketball players, cheerleaders and scouts in uniform, marched down 27th Avenue to a riverside park Saturday morning as part of a parade and celebration of the Two Coves Community of Astoria and Goodwill Industries of Greater New York. Comment.

LIC archbishop starts Ethiopia fund

A special relief fund was established last week by the Autocephalous Holy Eastern Orthodox Archdiocese of the Americas to aid millions of people suffering through the latest drought-induced famine in Ethiopia. Comment.

Crime falls in 104th Precinct

Although there was one more murder than last year, overall crime in the 104th Precinct fell nearly 16 percent in the first half of this year compared to the first half of 1999, according to police statistics. Comment.

Richmond Hill restaurant serves $4.99 lunch

The best thing about Villages of India in Richmond Hill, says Surendar Somlok, a partner in the family-run business, is the $4.99 lunch buffet. Comment.

SE Queens pols vow to clean up toxic waste sites

Several elected officials from southeast Queens vowed to work together to pressure federal, state, and city agencies to clean up contaminated sites in St. Albans and Jamaica. Comment.

Crime falls 13 percent in 102 Pct.

Crime declined in nearly every major crime category in the 102nd Precinct during the first six months of 2000 from a year earlier, continuing a long-term, overall decline in crime in the precinct, Police Department figures show. Comment.

Rego Park looking to rid itself of rats

Responding to complaints of rats in Rego Park, crews from the city Health Department baited nests and applied rat poison on a busy commercial block next to the Rego Park mall. Comment.

Iranian Jews in Queens angry over spy sentencing

The marble-floored halls in the spacious synagogue of Congregation Shaare Tovah in Kew Gardens are empty and quiet for much of the day. Comment.

Korean merchants ease SE Queens racial tensions

The Korean Merchants Club of Merrick Boulevard keeps a relatively low profile in predominantly black Laurelton and that is just the way founder Mark Rhe likes it. Comment.

Crime falls in 103rd Pct., rises in 113th

Police statistics compiled for the first half of this year revealed that crime in the 103rd Precinct declined while incidents in the 113th Precinct rose slightly from comparable 1999 levels, police said. Comment.

Hollis man killed during argument

A 23-year-old man was stabbed to death during a dispute in front of his Hollis apartment building early Friday morning, police said. Comment.

District 29 split over next schools head

While School Board 29 has interviewed five superintendent candidates selected by a screening committee over the past week, residents appear divided on who they want to run their 28,000-student district. Comment.

Rapes fall in 105th Precinct

Although the overall crime rate rose 2.48 percent in the 105th Precinct for the first half of the year, there was a drop in five of the seven major crime categories compared to the same period last year, Police Department statistics showed. Comment.

Crime drops 10 percent in 107th Pct.

Crime fell by 10 percent overall in the 107th Police Precinct area for the first half of 2000 compared to the same period last year. Comment.

Shulman to city: Help stop more flights

Queens Borough President Claire Shulman has appealed to the City Council for help in fighting a major increase in flights at LaGuardia airport, warning that hundreds more planes would bring not only more noise but long delays that could drive away business travelers. Comment.

Off-duty cops kill man on Grand Central Parkway

Two off-duty police officers traveling on the Grand Central Parkway near Holliswood Friday night fatally shot a Georgia man they had stopped to help after he turned against the officers and began to assault them, said Detective Carolyn Chew, a police spokeswoman. Comment.

Marijuana sold over Internet: DA

A College Point man was charged last week with selling marijuana to an undercover police officer on the Internet, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said. Comment.

Douglaston civic group threatens DOT with suit

The Douglaston Civic Association threatened to sue the state Department of Transportation last week for failing to notify the community about the progress of designs for a controversial reconstruction project along the Long Island Expressway. Comment.

Crime falls 15 percent in 111th Precinct

Crime dropped more than 15 percent in the Bayside-based 111th Precinct in the first six months of 2000, police said, with significant declines in nearly all of the major crimes the New York Police Department monitors. Comment.

Fans take No. 7 to historic subway series

History was made last weekend as the New York Yankees swept a Subway Series doubleheader against the Mets Saturday, becoming the first team in major league history to win ballgames in two separate parks on the same day. The fact that they did it against their hometown rivals only made it that much more historic. Comment.

Old-fashioned diner reflects Queens’ diversity

Just under the shadows of the Queens Village Long Island Rail Road Station and next door to Jen Lyns Day Car Center sits an old-fashioned diner or greasy spoon that some people might recall with affection. Comment.

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