Thursday, Aug. 31, 2000

Army pushes to revamp Totten advisory board

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project manager for the cleanup of chemicals at Fort Totten in Bayside is pushing to "revitalize" the civilian advisory board despite protests that the move is an attempt to punish the group. Comment.

Reconstruction of Jamaica Ave. drags on

Reconstruction of the stretch of Jamaica Avenue from Richmond Hill to Jamaica will continue until next May and exceed the original completion deadline set for this fall, the Department of Design and Construction said. Comment.

Monument to Arthur Ashe’s life unveiled

A 14-foot-bronze, nude sculpture of a player posing in the serving stance honoring the late tennis legend Arthur Ashe was unveiled Monday evening, the first day of the US Open, outside the stadium that bears his name in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment.

Astoria slaughterhouse shut by city after citations

The Astoria slaughterhouse from which a cow escaped on Aug. 16 was closed down last week, just a few days after protesters rallied outside its 31-37 20th Ave. storefront. Comment.

Gianaris leads racefor funds

With less than three weeks remaining in the Democratic primary race for the 36th Assembly seat, Michael Gianaris has pulled far ahead of his opponent, Kimon Thermos, in total campaign contributions. Comment.

Summer school program gets passing grade

The Board of Education declared summer school a success last week with the announcement that 63.4 percent of the students who attended citywide were promoted even though only 41 percent passed the reading exam and just 37.3 percent aced the math exam. Comment.

Rose Birtley challenges Joe Crowley for Congress

Rose Robles Birtley, a Republican and Hispanic American, ran for Congress four years ago and lost. Her competition was fierce - Thomas Manton, the Democratic incumbent and current Queens party leader. Comment.

Board 24 OKs search for super

School Board 24 voted unanimously last Thursday to approve the screening committee to select a candidate for superintendent of the crowded district after Schools Chancellor Harold Levy rejected two candidates proposed by the board to replace Joseph Quinn. Comment.

Man busted in 106 Pct. in serial rape pattern

A Brooklyn man was arrested Saturday afternoon for driving without a license and hours later was charged with committing a series of rapes in southern Queens after he confessed to several of the attacks, the Queens district attorney's office said. Comment.

Accusations fly during Dear, Weiner TV debate

U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) and City Councilman Noach Dear (D-Brooklyn), who face each other in the Democratic primary race for Weiner's seat in Congress, slugged it out Tuesday in a televised debate laced with accusations on both sides. Comment.

Bias victim seeks tough U.S. law

Rishi Maharaj put his signature on a letter to Congress right next to the other New York Democrats who had signed just before him: U.S. senate candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, City Council Speaker Peter Vallone, Public Advocate Mark Green. Comment.

St. Albans resident Royal Ivey blazes his own trail

It would have been easy for Royal Ivey to follow the trend. Many of the city's top players, including Omar Cook from Christ the King, Taliek Brown from St. John's Prep, JFK's Willie Shaw and Eric King from Lincoln, all opted to play their college ball in the Big East. And for Ivey, it would have meant playing against familiar opponents. Comment.

George Perez makes his pitch as Kings’ closer

A week before the season started, pitcher George Perez learned his fate. After a subpar season as a starter in Medicine Hat, Canada with the Toronto Blue Jays Rookie league team, the 21-year-old was told he would move up to the short season Class A Queens Kings. But as a closer. Comment.

High-scoring Red Storm women upbeat on season

After what he deemed one of the most successful seasons in the recent history of the St. John's women's soccer program, head coach Ian Stone could not wait for the start of the 2000 season. Comment.

St. John’s men’s soccer young and inexperienced

A lot has stayed the same for the St. John's men's soccer team. After its seventh consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, the Red Storm are ranked 15th in the country. In addition to playing in one of the toughest conferences in the country, head coach Dave Masur has yet again assembled a challenging non-conference schedule. Comment.

Kings take 4 of 5 for the week in the midst of pennant race

The comeback Kings, who have won 20 games after trailing could not pull off the late inning dramatics Sunday at The Ballpark at St. John's University, falling to the Pittsfield Mets, 8-5, in front of 1,937. Comment.

Three-run second inning propels Kings over Mets

For the Queens Kings, there would be no come-from-behind win at The Ballpark at St. John's University Monday night. Instead the borough's first minor league baseball team took care of business from the start, scoring three runs in the second inning en route to a 6-3 victory over the Pittsfield Mets in front of 1,037. Comment.

‘Flushing Flash’ Kevin Kelley back inside squared circle

"The Flushing Flash" Kevin Kelley will step back into the prize ring Saturday against Mexico's Eric Morales in a bout for the interim-World Boxing Council featherweight championship at the Don Haskins Center at the University of El Paso, Texas. Comment.

Summer success stories

Taliek Brown and Kenny Adeleke have a lot in common. Both basketball players, from different areas in Queens, wanted to play big-time Division I college basketball. Comment.

Community Calendar Listings

Making a case for Kournikova

There has been on ongoing debate of late over Anna Kournikova, the young Russian tennis sensation who makes men's hearts go pitter-patter whenever she takes the court - or does anything else for that matter. Comment.

Jamaica variety store fulfills American dream

Jamaica resident Mohammed Khan wanted to have his own business and to be his own boss. Comment.

Man guilty of ‘98 kidnap in Springfield Gardens

A Bronx man has been convicted of masterminding a bizarre kidnapping and extortion plot involving a Springfield Gardens family in 1997. Comment.

Leffler gets funds for new Van Buren HS library

As parents, school officials and teachers get ready for the start of the new school year Wednesday, City Councilman Sheldon Leffler (D-Hollis) has announced his funding priorities for schools in his district. Comment.

LIRR to renovate three Queens stations

The Long Island Rail Road plans a $5 million overhaul of three rundown stations in southeast Queens, LIRR Acting President Kenneth Bauer said in a letter to a state senator representing the area. Comment.

Arts and Entertainmnet Listings

Hillary Clinton stumps in south Jamaica

Hillary Clinton sounded her familiar campaign themes on health care and education at a visit to the Brooks Senior Center in South Jamaica last week, but the U.S. senate candidate sounded more relaxed and confident than in earlier appearances. Comment.

Bellerose residents wipe out graffiti

Residents of Bellerose have had enough and are taking matters into their own hands. Comment.

Leffler earmarks dollars for new 650-seat school

As parents, school officials and teachers get ready for the start of the new school year Wednesday, City Councilman Sheldon Leffler (D-Hollis) has announced his funding priorities for schools in his district. Comment.

Birtley launches campaign to defeat Crowley

Rose Robles Birtley, a Republican and Hispanic American, ran for Congress four years ago and lost. Her competition was fierce - Thomas Manton, the Democratic incumbent and current Queens party leader. Comment.

NYHQ seeks residents for cancer study

New Yorkers ages 30 to 64 are wanted for the largest medical study ever undertaken in New York that has just arrived in Queens, the nation's most ethnically diverse county. Comment.

Crowley discusses funds for improving city parks

New York state will receive $1.5 billion over a 15-year period for various environmental programs if the U.S. Senate approves and the president signs a bill passed by the House in May, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Flushing) and Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt announced at MacNeil Park in College Point last Thursday. Comment.

College Pt. church gets new computers

Saturday was a special day for the parents, students, teachers and administrators of the St. Paul's Episcopal School in College Point, which received 10 computers from Democratic state senate candidate Rory Lancman to replace equipment damaged in a fire. Comment.

How funny are you?

Are you a budding new Seinfeld somewhere out there in Queens? Comment.

Grand Union set to close its doors

Shoppers and community members had mixed reactions this week to the announcement that the Grand Union supermarket in Little Neck would be closing. Comment.

Bayside boy’s death spurs new stop signs

The city Department of Transportation was expected to make several changes this week to the southbound Clearview Expressway service road in Bayside where an 11-year-old boy was killed Aug. 17 as he rode his bike off a pedestrian ramp, a spokesman for the borough president said. Comment.

Residents decry noisy gas station

Baysider gives up attempt to row across N. Atlantic

Some might call Colleen Cronin reckless. Comment.

Minor league ballgame for a major experience

In the $3 program for the Queens Kings vs. the Pittsfield Mets game Sunday, Mastercard ran a full-page ad depicting a parent and child at the ball park. It was the company's popular style, enumerating the prices for the various components of having a good time at the game, ending with, "Introducing him to the non-video version of the game: priceless." Comment.

Queens College remembers a forgotten Jewish tribe

Whenever the question of "Who is a Jew?" is debated, seldom does Arab ancestry enter into the discussion. Yet one of the oldest "lost tribes" from Judea are the Jews of Yemen. Comment.

‘No reward’Cultural center exhibits journey from slavery to pride

Marion Newton's journey from his rural roots in South Carolina to the opportunities of New York mirrors the journeys of Africans and African-Americans who survived the slave trade, and later forms of oppression, in pursuit of freedom and respect. Comment.

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