Thursday, Dec. 7, 2000

College Pt. man to run for City Council

Declaring his candidacy Monday, Tony Avella was the first of at least four Democrats and one Republican to officially announce his bid for the 19th Council District seat being vacated by Councilman Mike Abel (R-Bayside) next year because of term limits. Comment.

Community Calendar Listings

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

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Auditions for the Parkside Players' winter production, "Veronica's Room," a thriller by Ira Levin, are at 8 p.m. Thurs. and Fri., Dec. 7 and 8, and Mon. Dec. 11 at Grace L utheran Church, 71st Road and Union Turnpike in Forest Hills. The play calls for two men, one in his 30s and the other older, and two women, one in her 20s and the other older. Performance dates are in February and March. 718-454-6190. Comment.

Renowned dancers coming to Flushing

Guests will be invited to show off their own skills for critique. The audience will couple up, and the professionals will offer helpful instruction. Comment.

Floral Park woman ‘walks’ in fund-raiser

I did it! My scooter may not have liked the hills in Bear Mountain, or the rocks on the trails, but I did it! Comment.

P.S. 1 exhibit shows true nature of war

This show was first presented in Berlin where it consisted of Goya's (1746-1828) "Desastres de la Guerra," a series of 80 etchings he produced from 1810 to 1816 in reaction to Napoleon's occupation of Goya's native Spain. Comment.

No lighted Santas during holiday trip back in time

The Queens Historical Society will host a tour of three historic houses on the "Flushing Freedom Mile" allowing visitors to go back in time to a quieter, slower era when Christmas decorations were not plugged into a wall outlet. Comment.

Queens artist uses living models for ancient explorers

Constance Del Vecchio-Maltese, wife of state Sen. Serphin Maltese (R-Glendale), is an artist, not a geneticist, but she uses present-day people she's found who look surprisingly like Renaissance explorers to the New World. Her portraiture is vividly reproduced in her new coffee-table book, "An Artist's Journey of Discovery." Comment.

Michael’s: Something for everyone

MICHAEL'S Comment.

Queens shakes off rust to top Molloy, 79-72

After winning the sixth annual Dominican Tip-off Classic on Nov. 17 and 18, Queens had to wait 15 agonizing days before its next game, a 79-72 win over the Lions at Quealy Gymnasium in its New York Collegiate Athletic Conference opener Sunday. Comment.

Fast start helps Lady Knights hold off Molloy, 61-56

Fourteen minutes into the game, Queens had a 31-11 lead and looked well on their way to a blowout win in its New York Collegiate Athletic Conference opener at Quealy Gymnasium. Comment.

College Round-up: Roker leads Wagner with year’s first double-double

Roker, a 5-foot-9 sophomore guard and Whitestone native, scored a team-high 21 points and added 11 rebounds for the Seahawks and was one of several former Queens high school players to play well last week. Comment.

Molloy scores first win over Holy Cross, 2-0

The two teams have met four times since Molloy joined the Catholic High School Hockey League two years ago with the Knights winning each time. Comment.

St. John’s Prep, Cathedral Prep starting over

This year the two teams will try to return to their title game, but it will be an uphill battle. Comment.

St. John’s Prep, St. Agnes to battle it out in ‘B’

Flood is hoping this year turns out a little different. Comment.

Adams hopes for a trip back to the Garden

Can the Spartans return to the World's Most Famous Arena? Only one starter, Alecia Fung, is gone from last year. Back are 5-foot-3 sophomore Nicole Moore, who along with 5-foot-4 senior Jen Porrazzo, averaged 16 points per game a season ago. Seniors Amanda Sanders and Michelle Tusa also started on last year's team that went 20-6. Comment.

Aviation, Flushing should lead Queens ‘B’ leagues

Aviation, which finished last year with an 18-6 record, will play an up-tempo, high-flying game and will trap on defense in Queens B-I. Junior Pete Caris, Robert Rivera, a 5-foot-10 senior, and Glen Byrd, a 6-foot senior, are the team's top shooters, while Kareem Bertand, a 6-foot sophomore, is one of the early surprises for head coach Steve Hagenlocker in his 12th year. Jack Covington, a 6-foot-3 senior, is a guard who will have to play forward. Comment.

One win, one loss at BB&T

The day before the Red Storm lost for only the second time this season, falling to the George Washington Colonials, 85-75, in a game as ugly as any in recent St. John's history. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Curran asks to keep the pressure off

And as he did for everyone else, Curran told me one thing: Not so fast. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Can’t fight City Hall? Civic associations can

One of the many fighting civics in Queens is the Jamaica Estates Association. Comment.

To The Point: Holidays: Perfect time for family to get close

GOBBLE-GOOD TURKEY CASSEROLE: 1 can cream of mushroom soup, 1 can cream of celery soup, 1 package onion soup mix, 1 cup rice, 1 cup milk, 2 or 3 cups left.-over turkey. Combine all ingredients in a large casserole dish. Bake covered 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Airport communities don’t want fairy tales

They told the people that they had seen the open space and thought it was a shame not to use it for something. The people said they liked it as it was. The important people said, "Some of it is good land. Some or the land is nothing but an old swamp." The people listened. The important people said, "We have a plan to give you something better. We will fill in some of that old swamp for you." Comment.

No response from DOT on Bayside traffic study

The results of a city Department of Transportation traffic study on the intersection between 46th Road and the southbound Clearview Expressway service road, where Christopher Scott, 11, was killed, were due Nov. 30. But the agency had not produced its conclusions by CB 11's Monday night meeting. Comment.

Our History: Remembering a Lawrence family naval hero

Lawrence was related to the family of that name so well-connected with the history of Flushing and Bayside. His high hopes for victory ended in his death, but he has remained an American hero, winning his greatest fame in defeat. That his name continues in the annals of history, has much to do with the efforts of Dr. Eugene H. Poole, Captain Lawrence's great nephew. Until his efforts Lawrence's biographers had difficulty locating personal information about their subject. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Football’s great, but baseball memories live on

Like the snail, I may be a little late, but I want to write about baseball. The World Series has come and gone, and sports columnists have long finished recounting memories of previous Subway Series and players of eras passed. Although we are deep into the Comment.

Editorial: Not so public forum

It would have been difficult to select a more difficult time for a public meeting. People who work day jobs are still at work. People who work nights are getting ready for work. And even the stay-at-home moms couldn't make it because by that time the kids were home. Comment.

Police Blotter: Man, boy in new Ford stopped in Bayside, charged with theft

David Rodriguez, 18, and the boy were pulled over and arrested at Cross Island Parkway and Northern Boulevard while driving a 2000 Ford Explorer, said Officer Lee Ann Tracy-Adler a Police Department spokeswoman. Comment.

Recent Real Estate Transactions

Bayside, 75-03 217 St., Coo Garden Apt., $84,500, Bed 2, Bath 1, Construction-Brick, M/Mnt. $464 Comment.

Graffiti art, Americana meet in Whitestone

This is no small feat, mind you. How does one even begin to reconcile the hip-hop culture with the motif of Martha Stewart? Comment.

Man gets 17 years for shooting LIC fire chief

Brown cited revenge as the motive for Andrew Benzaia, 57, of 168-18 69th Ave. in Fresh Meadows, to pump five bullets into the face of the then soon-to-be retired fire battalion chief, who worked out of Long Island City. Comment.

Ridgewood block designated landmark

Pauline Leblond, who has lived on the block for more than 35 years, is the president of the Stockholm Street Block Association. She has spent the last five years writing letters and petitioning the city to designate the block, which consists of 39 buildings, a landmark. Comment.

City approves new Ridgewood public school

But officials from the School Construction Authority insisted the school was needed to alleviate overcrowding at nearby PS 71 and PS 81. School District 24, which covers Ridgewood, Glendale, Middle Village, Elmhurst and parts of Corona, is the most overcrowded in the city. PS 71 is already operating at 105 percent capacity and PS 81 is currently operating at 149 percent capacity. Comment.

Borough’s six school boards join forces

In 1996 Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and the state Legislature succeeded in stripping the city's 32 community school boards of most of their responsibilities, returning power to the central administration of a school system with more than 1 million students. Now the six school boards in Queens have banded together in a move toward solidarity. Comment.

DA: Lawyer forged LIC court order documents

John Meunkle, 36, of 7 Beacon Hill Drive in Stonybrook, was charged with forgery and criminal possession of a forged instrument for allegedly falsifying an order to show cause and a temporary restraining order purportedly signed by Queens Supreme Court Justice Charles Latorella. If convicted, Meunkle faces up to seven years in prison and disbarment. Comment.

Security guard shot outside Richmond Hill bank

Police said they were looking for two men wearing hooded sweatshirts who approached a Dunbar security guard at 9:30 a.m. outside North Fork Bank at 115-20 Jamaica Ave. and demanded cash from him, said Officer Chris Cottingham, a police spokesman. Comment.

New post office needed in Forest Hills: Weiner

Many say it isn't. Comment.

Pols mute on proposal for air-cargo center at JFK

Last week the City Planning Commission held a hearing about the proposal, which proponents say could bring 1,000 new jobs to Queens. Joe Goldbloom, the chief of staff to City Councilman Archie Spigner (D-St. Albans) said this week the planning commission is expected to make a recommendation to a City Council subcommittee within days as to whether or not to go forward with the project. Comment.

Laurelton student’s saxophone shines

But Jamaal has plenty of time - he's only 11 - and the saxophone may not even be his best instrument. He also practices on the flute and trumpet every day. Comment.

Woman burned inside her home

The officials said the woman, Estelle M. Knox, 67, was taken to Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx with a police escort. Initially, the Fire Department had requested that a helicopter land at a nearby park to airlift Knox to the Burn Unit of Cornell Weill Hospital in Manhattan. That request, however, was canceled shortly after. Comment.

DA may add charges in hit-and-run case

Nakaya Stallings of Springfield Gardens has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident after allegedly driving a yellow school mini-bus into a 50-year-old woman and killing her Nov. 20 at 85th Avenue and 164th Street, said Detective Louis Amen of the Accident Investigations Squad. Comment.

Black Spectrum Theatre gets $200K renovation

"There hadn't been any repairs done since 1986," said Clay, a writer and director of both plays and films. "A lot of things got done, but a lot still needs to be done." Comment.

SE Queens residents enjoy food festival

"This is a gathering of Pakistanis, Guyanese, African-Americans, and many other cultures," said Sandra Pope, president of the organization. "Eating is a way to bring people together. We are trying to educate people about community efforts and issues through education, forums and hands-on projects." Comment.

LaGuardia transformed into North Pole

The excited kids grinned from ear to ear as Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, elves and a snowman pranced up and down the aisles in Santa's private jet. Comment.

More than 200 turn out for TEEM awards dinner

The nominees, ranging from age 8 to 19, all participate in Teach Enlighten Empower Motivate Productions, a youth-oriented theater program based in southeast Queens. The Black Diamond Awards held at IS 192 at 109-89 204th St. in Springfield Gardens were the organization's version of the Oscars and attracted more than 200 people Saturday night. Comment.

Jamaica bathrooms reopened

The men's and women's room at the Archer Avenue, Parsons Boulevard stop on the E, J, and Z subway lines were closed for much of the past few months due to vandalism and illegal activities, said Lawrence Reuter, the president of New York City Transit. Comment.

Doc treats NE Queens for decades

Today, a doctor's time is as precious as gold. During the time it takes for him to make it from his Floral Park office to a patient's home, he could have examined three or four patients. Comment.

DA may add charges against hit-and-run suspect

Nakaya Stallings of Springfield Gardens has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident after allegedly driving a yellow school mini-bus into a 50-year-old woman and killing her Nov. 20 at 85th Avenue and 164th Street, said Detective Louis Amen of the Accident Investigations Squad. Comment.

Fresh Meadows residents fight to preserve cemetery

Community members and other proponents of the site presented arguments in favor of granting the cemetery landmark status. Comment.

Two parolees charged in Flushing jewel heist

After a brief chase, the police arrested George Lynn, 42, and Taric Malik, 37, both of Brooklyn, and charged each with second-degree criminal possession of stolen property, third-degree burglary, among other charges, said Betsy Herzog, a spokeswoman for the Queens district attorney's office. Comment.

Lunar festival plans marked by friction

The Lunar New Year Festival Committee organized a news conference Tuesday in response to a press event Nov. 22 in Flushing at which the formation of another committee to run the Jan. 27 parade was announced. Comment.

Toys for Tots roars out of Richmond Hill

The 20th annual Toys for Tots toy run was organized by the Independent Bikers of Queens to raise awareness, money and toys for children at the Bernard Fineson Developmental Center in Howard Beach. Comment.

Accused cop killer convicted of drug sale

After a two-week jury trial, Henry Vega, 34, of Flushing, was convicted Nov. 28 of four counts of first-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, among other charges, said Richard A. Brown, the Queens district attorney. Comment.

Shooter of fire chief sentenced

Brown cited revenge as the motive for Andrew Benzaia, 57, of 168-18 69th Ave. in Fresh Meadows, to pump five bullets into the face of the then soon-to-be retired fire battalion chief, who worked out of Long Island City. Comment.

Rego Park girl dies in accident

Sofia Leviyev, an eighth-grader at JHS 190, died after being struck by a speeding car Nov. 29 on Queens Boulevard at 67th Avenue in Rego Park, said Officer Louis Cruz, a Police Department spokesman. Comment.

Bayside firefighter run down

Sofia Leviyev, an eighth-grader at JHS 190, died after being struck by a speeding car Nov. 29 on Queens Boulevard at 67th Avenue in Rego Park, said Officer Louis Cruz, a Police Department spokesman. Comment.

Two new subway lines planned by authorities

The city and state are being forced to realign vast segments of the subway system in part to allow for construction work on the Manhattan Bridge. Comment.

Roosevelt Ave. station dirtiest in city: Survey

The Queens station came in second to last and the Manhattan station last in rankings of customer satisfaction in the survey conducted by the Straphangers, which distributed 39,500 postcards to riders who frequent 15 heavily used stations throughout the subway system. Comment.

FAA Lottery to reduce flights at LaGuardia

Shulman spoke before the Aviation Subcommittee of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Tuesday. The subcommittee, headed by U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. (R-Tenn.), convened to review whether the FAA and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have the authority to cut back flights at LaGuardia. Comment.

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