Thursday, July 20, 2000

Bell Boulevard bagel shop marks its 10th year

It's a rare way to see one of Bayside's busiest streets: sitting at a counter with coffee in hand, relaxing near a large window as the bustle of a bagel shop and deli roars on happily behind you and the action on Bell Boulevard plays out in front of you. Comment.

Leo’s: Good mix of surf-and-turf choices at Leo’s

355 Plandome Road, Plandome 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

The FSF Community Theatre Group is holding chorus auditions for its upcoming November production of Funny Girl, at the Social Hall of the Free Synagogue of Flushing, 41-60 Kissena Blvd, at 7:30 p.m. Tues., Aug. 1 and Wed., Aug. 3. 718-897-4413. Comment.

Native Americans soar like an eagle at pow wow

Some 100 people representing Native American tribes from across the country came to Flushing Meadows Corona Park last weekend for a two-day Circle of Nations Pow Wow at Flushing Lake. Comment.

Dance champions are good teachers, too

To the uninitiated, the Merengue, the Salsa, the Cha Cha and the Mambo may sound like spicy delicacies, perfect for a sultry summer evening. Comment.

Cop story author knows well of what he writes

No one could accuse writer Keith Bettinger of being an arm-chair cop. Comment.

Town Hall spice

Once again, the Big Band sound reigned as Demetrios Kastaris and his caliente Latin-Jazz Coalition brought fans to their feet for a swinging evening of dance music. Comment.

Dining Out: Good mix of surf-and-turf choices at Leo’s

355 Plandome Road, Plandome Comment.

Three Queens natives vying for golf title

Three Queens residents advanced to the final field of the Metropolitan Golf Association Junior Championship, held July 17 through July 20 at Ardsley Country Club in Westchester County. Comment.

Kings scrap for four wins in seven games on the week

The Queens Kings continue to struggle to put together wins, going 4-3 last week, taking 1-of-2 from Mahonig Valley and 2-of-4 from Williamsport. The Kings, in fifth place 3.5 games out of first, opened a four-game road trip with a 5-4 win at Batavia Monday. Comment.

Playing hard part of the job for 

It is hard not to see Martin Malpica without an ear-to-ear grin on his face. Whether it is stretching before the game or signing autographs afterwards, the Queens Kings first baseman always seems to be happy-go-lucky. Comment.

Mid Queens holds off Forest Hills for title

The situation could not have been worse for manager Bob Capen. Comment.

Midville Dodgers rally to top L.I. Cardinals, 8-7

Mike Torres had one thing on his mind with his Midville Dodgers trailing the Long Island Cardinals 7-2 in the fifth inning. Comment.

Dog attack frightens residents

Residents of a small Bayside block were fearful this week that the city Health Department would return a pit bull involved in a vicious attack on two Asian Beetle inspectors and a next-door neighbor to its owner on 43rd Avenue. Comment.

McEnroe names self to Davis Cup team

Because of injuries to Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, Douglaston native John McEnroe, one of the most successful Davis Cup players ever, has named himself to the four-man team that will take on Spain in the Davis Cup semifinals this weekend in Santander, Spain. Comment.

College Point

College Point native Tommy Nohilly took one step closer to realizing his Olympic dream Monday night, finishing second in Heat 1 of the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Olympic Trials in Sacramento, Calif. Comment.

Beacon: Back to the basics

Bosco’s Corner: Poor fields nothing new in Queens

The lousy condition of baseball fields in Queens is nothing new to me. As a seldom-used sub on one of the more than 1,000 softball teams playing throughout Queens, I know all too well how horrible the conditions can be. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Census undercount will hurt everyone

As predicted, Queens and the rest of New York City have again been undercounted by the Census Bureau. One must acknowledge that the government really tried to obtain a correct count, but many illegal immigrants and many living in illegal apartments (often these are the same people) have chosen to remain invisible. Comment.

To The Point: Reunions, weddings, dinners at The Point

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

Long Island

Dog attack frightens Baysiders

Residents of a small Bayside block were fearful this week that the city Health Department would return a pit bull involved in a vicious attack on two Asian Beetle inspectors and a next-door neighbor to its owner on 43rd Avenue. Comment.

Editorial: Road rage

Once again crime has fallen in the 107th Precinct. Thanks to aggressive police work, virtually every category of serious crime has declined. Against this hopeful background, the death of Vishwanath Jadunath stands out as a grim reminder of the fragileness of life and the perils of uncontrolled anger. Comment.

Editorial: Responsibility

Eva Campos wept as she awaited sentencing in a Kew Gardens courtroom. "I'm not a bad person," she said. "I'm a good person." Comment.

Police Blotter: Man shot in robbery in Astoria Park

ASTORIA- A 20-year-old man was shot twice and his motorcycle was taken at about 12:30 a.m. Monday, police said. Comment.

LIC mom gets life for daughter

A Long Island City woman convicted of second-degree murder last month for the beating death of her 5-year-old daughter with a shoe was sentenced to 25 years-to-life Friday by Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard Buchter. Comment.

Boro Dems give nod to Gianaris

The contest for the Democratic nomination for the state Assembly seat in Astoria held by retiring legislator Denis Butler has heated up as supporters of Mike Gianaris gave two receptions recently to raise money for his effort against veteran candidate Kimon Thermos. Comment.

Con Ed under fire again for high rates

It is not just the heat that is rising this summer. New Yorkers, angry about high utility rates, are fuming over Con Edison rates. Comment.

State raises prison time for crimes against cabbies

State legislation sponsored by Sen. Serphin Maltese (R-Glendale) to enhance penalties for violent crimes committed against livery cab drivers was signed into law this week by Gov. George Pataki. Comment.

Treasurer to repay funds to Woodhaven Sr. Center

The Woodhaven Senior Center will finally see more than $26,000 in funds that had been pilfered by its former treasurer over the course of nearly a year. Comment.

West Nile virus found in two Staten Island birds

The battle lines have been drawn between the city and its invisible enemy for almost a year, and now the West Nile virus has fired the first shot of 2000, showing up in two dead crows on Staten Island earlier this month, the city Health Department said Monday. Comment.

Richmond Hill rapist sentenced

A Brooklyn man convicted of raping five women in Richmond Hill and other neighborhoods in southeast Queens was sentenced last week to up to 140 years in prison, authorities said. Comment.

Northern Queens asks for more cops

A Police Department forum at PS 7 in Elmhurst this week gave residents of northern Queens the opportunity to vent frustrations with quality-of-life issues ranging from graffiti to police response times to seemingly ferocious dogs. Comment.

Forest Hills seniors, kids greet candidate Clinton

Before navigating through the perils of New York politics last week, U.S. Senate candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton got a friendly dose of support from children and seniors during a stop at the Forest Hills Community House. Comment.

Board 28 accused of violations

Old tensions resurfaced on School Board 28 this week as current and former heads flung accusations of wrongdoing at one another during a public meeting Monday night. Comment.

Pharmacy gives into pressure

A free-of-charge blood pressure testing machine is in operation once again at a Laurelton pharmacy following efforts by community residents to get the machine back. Comment.

Questions of impropriety raised at Board 28 meet

Old tensions resurfaced on School Board 28 this week as current and former heads flung accusations of wrongdoing at one another during a public meeting Monday night. Comment.

Jamaica hosts runners in 3,100-mile marathon

John Wallis, 63, leaned heavily to one side as he battled a side cramp and the afternoon rain Saturday to complete one more half-mile lap around Thomas Edison High. Comment.

School bus flips in accident with Honda

Four of seven children riding in a small school bus that collided with a car in Cambria Heights early Monday went back to school Tuesday and the rest were expected to return later in the week. Comment.

IS 226 principal picked to be District 29 super

School Board 29 unanimously voted to nominate Rhia Warren, principal of IS 226 in School District 27, as its choice to lead the troubled school district as superintendent and to reunite a divided community. Comment.

Lancman says senate bid in full swing

A small but enthusiastic crowd joined Democratic activist Rory Lancman Monday night to kick off his state senatorial campaign against the 14-term Republican incumbent for the 11th Senate District seat. Comment.

Boro Board evaluates BQE construction

The current traffic problems created by work on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway may cause headaches for some weary Queens drivers, but prolonging its repair would endanger their safety, a civil engineer says. Comment.

Flushing pols complain of Main Street stench

Exacerbated by the summer heat, the perennial issue of sanitation in downtown Flushing has once again come to the fore, propelled in part by politicians who say it is high time for the city to redouble its clean-up efforts. Comment.

Crowley blasts high drug prices

Speaking before an attentive group of senior citizens at a center in Flushing Monday, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) said the House of Representatives passed a bill last week that would vitiate a 14-year-old Food and Drug Administration law prohibiting the transportation of prescription drugs from Mexico and Canada to the United States. Comment.

Flushing

Incumbents dominate local political races

Aside from a handful of closely watched primaries and some challenges from minority candidates, Queens officials up for re-election this fall appeared poised to keep the status quo. Comment.

$$$ needed to clean boro toxic sites: Hillary

By putting more money into cleaning up the toxic waste discovered in water aquifers, under abandoned factories and in neighborhoods in southeast Queens, Hillary Clinton said she hopes to determine if there is a relationship between the sites and disease. Comment.

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