Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000

Bayside HS special programs draw students

The specialized academic programs at Bayside High School are being recognized by some of the most important people in the borough: its students. Comment.

Dining Out: Burton & Doyle Steakhouse

661 Northern Blvd.Great Neck Comment.

Bay Terrace man sentenced in ‘97 rapes

A Bay Terrace man was sentenced last Wednesday to 25 to 50 years in prison after he was convicted in December of charges of raping and sodomizing two women in Flushing in 1997. Comment.

Community Calendar Listings

New York Metropolitan Country Music Association holds its' annual benefit for St. Jude's Childrens' Hospital Sat., Feb. 5, from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Several local bands will participate, including Ridin' High, The Neil Scott Johnson Band, and Savannah Sky. There will be many items to be sold, by auction or raffle during the event, including items such as dance lessons from local country music dance instructors to statues to pizzas, all obtained through donations from local businsses. Admission: $10 and all proceeds will donated to St. Jude's Comment.

Arts & Enterianment Listings

The Elmhurst Branch and the Chinese Information and Culture Center present a day-long Chinese New Year celebration on Sat. Jan. 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Elmhurst Branch is located at 86-01 Broadway, 718-271-1020. Comment.

Burton & Doyle Steakhouse: In style

661 Northern Blvd.Great Neck Comment.

Recipes for a truly romantic Valentine’s dinner

If you want to add a bit of romance to your life, and there are few who would object, peruse "The Passionate Palate" (Ballantine Books, 1999, $10). It's a slim, 100-page pocket-size paperback book. The title is "hot," but the text is romantically old-fashioned family values. Comment.

Petal pushers’ perfect gifts for Valentines

"Don't tell Martha Stewart about us!" warned Flushing resident Lillian Press, smiling as her nimble fingers steadily transformed a multicolored bunch of dried flowers into a table-setting perfect for Valentine's Day. Comment.

V.S. Naipaul draws poor turnout for talk

Asked whether he would receive a percentage of the gate for his reading last week at Queens College, the writer V.S. Naipaul said with just the hint of a smile, "I wouldn't be a very rich man." Comment.

Reel romance: AMMI curator picks Cupid’s Day favorites

For many of us, an ideal Valentine's Day is spent curled up in front of the television with your special someone and a romantic movie to match. If this sounds like you, review this list of fine films for Valentine's Day as selected by David Schwartz, head curator of the American Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria. Comment.

Queens scores win without three starters

The Queens College men's basketball team, already struggling in the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference, was dealt a crushing blow Monday afternoon. The Knights, devastated by injuries to two starters, learned a third was academically ineligible on the first day of the spring semester. Comment.

Coach laments lack of effort in loss Queens women’s loss

After taking several steps forward in the past few weeks, the Queens College women's basketball team took one step back in a 62-39 loss to Southampton at Fitzgerald Gymnasium Monday afternoon. Comment.

College Round-up: Wittenburg has solid week for Marist

Former Hillcrest High School star Sherm Whittenburg had a great week for the Marist Red Foxes, being named Rookie of the Week in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Comment.

Red Storm blows another lead, falls to SU

If college basketball games were 35 minutes, not 40, St. John's probably would have won five of their last five games, instead of losing four out of five. Comment.

SJU women get revenge, top Providence, 79-67

The St. John's women's basketball team avenged a loss to Providence three weeks ago with a 79-67 victory at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I., Saturday afternoon, snapping a three-game losing streak. Comment.

CK’s Cook smokes Stanners for 42 points

Before Omar Cook blew out the birthday candles on his cake Friday, the senior point guard at Christ the King blew away the Archbishop Molloy Stanners, carrying the Royals to a 84-78 win. Comment.

Van Buren forfeits league game to Magnet

The Van Buren boys basketball team forfeited a game against Campus Magnet, which was for second place in Queens II-A, because the team refused to travel to the St. Albans school under the threat of violence. Comment.

Lewis, Cardozo girls to square off for first place

It all comes down to one game. Arch-rivals Francis Lewis and Cardozo will square off Saturday at 11 a.m. at Cardozo for the basketball crown in the PSAL girls 1-A division. While the battle between the Patriots and the Judges is always a spirited affair, this time there is so much more on the line than just bragging rights. Comment.

Holy Cross hockey comes up short in loss to Iona

While Rye Playland in Westchester County may be the practice site of the New York Rangers, it was the Iona Prep Gaels who put on a clinic on its ice Friday afternoon in a 9-2 romp over Holy Cross. Comment.

Consultants recommend CUNY reorganization

Reorganization of the City University of New York system will mean more autonomy for individual colleges, variable salaries for college presidents, and increased efficiency for CUNY as a whole, according to an internal report completed by a consulting group and obtained by Times/Ledger. Comment.

Sylla succeeds with Hofstra

Abdou Sylla has finally found his niche. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Victory puts Kelley back on the map

It may not have made major headlines in the New York dailies - one small one in fact - but Flushing's former featherweight champion of the world, Kevin Kelley, scored an impressive victory Jan. 22, putting himself back in the race for another shot at Prince Naseem Hamed. Comment.

To The Point: Got the winter blahs? Go attend a meeting

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. Winter most certainly has arrived as the snow piles up with a steady force. My grandsons told me to put some in a box and send it out to them in Las Vegas. They just don't get any of their own. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Is St. John’s playing ball with community?

I recently attended a general membership meeting, in the All Saints Lutheran Church on 164th Street, Jamaica, called by the Hillcrest Estates Civic Association so the community could be updated on the plans for the expansion of the St. John's University campus. What I heard was a litany of concerns very similar to the ones I heard in May 1998 in the very same place. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Don’t rush to judge in Amadou Diallo case

It doesn't seem too long ago that local organizations and major media focused on the critical problem of babies having babies, and of young men fathering multiple children by different mothers. It was a natural tragedy, as was rampant crime. There was plenty of blame to go around, as many noted - prominent people betrayed their trust, thus setting bad examples. Comment.

Our History: Queens publisher’s weekly records Civil War

As we approach February we are, of course, reminded of Lincoln's birthday and of the great conflict that made his presidency a legacy of mythic proportions. At the outbreak of the Civil War the North was rife with posters appealing for volunteers, for Lincoln had assumed unprecedented powers calling for recruits before receiving Congressional approval. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Say It with flowers on Valentine’s Day

Long before there was a Valentine's Day, people linked the beauty and fragrance of flowers with ideas of love and romance. The Greeks and Romans had a love story for almost every kind of flower. When Cupid carried a jar of nectar to a council of gods on Mount Olympus, he spilled the nectar, which bubbled up from the earth in the form of roses. Comment.

Editorial: Family Court follies

Things got ugly last week when the topic of a mural planned for the new Family Court Building came up at a meeting of Community Board 12. When the shouting was over, the board voted not to hear from the artist who was selected to paint the mural. Board Chairman James Davis concluded that it would not be appropriate to ask the artist to explain her proposal in such a hostile atmosphere. Comment.

Editorial: NY a democracy?

At the writing of this editorial, polls show Sen. John McCain running neck and neck with Gov. George Bush in the New Hampshire presidential primary. Nevertheless, it is possible that McCain's name will not be on the ballot in March when the GOP hold its primary in New York state. Never before has it been so clear that the Republicans must rewrite the rules for getting on the primary ballot. Comment.

Police Blotter: No injuries reported in accidental gun firing

BAYSIDE - Police were investigating an accidental shooting by an unidentified off-duty police officer Sunday night, in which no one was injured. Comment.

State’s anti-drug policy needs overhaul: Leffler

Councilman Sheldon Leffler (D-Hollis), chairman of the Committee on Public Safety, released a report last week saying the state's drug policy is flawed and called for a complete overhaul of the system so that drug offenders can be rehabilitated rather than jailed. Comment.

Recent Real Estate Listings

Bayside, 16-04 200 St., Coo Garden Apt., $94,000, Bed 2, Bath 1, M/Mnt. $446 Comment.

Nutrition center caters to Fresh Meadows

Fresh Meadows residents determined to ward off the flu and winter colds or who want to enhance their sports performance through nutritional supplements can find what they need at a General Nutrition Center right near home. Comment.

Merchants waiting for boom at Queens West

With groundbreaking for a second residential building at Queens West pushed back another few months, merchants along Vernon Boulevard will have to wait a while longer to see whether the Long Island City development fulfills its promise of economic revitalization for the area. Comment.

Emergency Mgt. chief discusses West Nile outbreak

Jerome Hauer, the outgoing head of the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management, was peppered with questions about the handling of last summer's outbreak of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus at the Robert F. Kennedy Democratic Association in Forest Hills last Thursday. Comment.

PS 206 teachers fear car theft at school

Teachers at PS 206 in Rego Park are at the end of their proverbial ropes, but their frustration has nothing to do with education. Comment.

State plans direct JFK/Manhattan train link

The state announced plans Monday to build a 25-minute train link providing a one-seat ride between the new Farley-Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan and Kennedy International Airport in the next four years. Comment.

City plans safer Queens Blvd.

The city last week unveiled its first planned steps toward making Queens Boulevard safer for pedestrians in Forest Hills and Rego Park, but the area's residents and elected officials were skeptical those promises would ever come to fruition. Comment.

Two killed, another dead in Jamaica’s 103rd Pct.

It was a bloody three days in the 103rd Precinct with an elderly woman and a man killed Saturday and Sunday and another man found dead Monday. Police have classified the first two deaths as homicides, while the third fatality was still under investigation, police sources said. Comment.

Warren Wesley Bright, 75, dies in Springfield Gardens

Longtime Springfield Gardens resident and former New York City transit detective Warren Wesley Bright died in his home Jan. 19 after a short illness. He was 75. Comment.

VIP program targets southeast Queens youth

The Varied Internship Program is entering its 10th year of existence, and founder James Blake says the program continues to be a positive example of local government and community investing in their own future. Comment.

SUNY OKs charter school for southeast Queens kids

There is a new school coming to town. The State University of New York's board of trustees voted unanimously Jan. 25 to approve the opening of a new charter school in southeast Queens set to open in the fall. Comment.

Jamaica Ave. motel slammed at hearing

A group of community leaders appeared before the city Board of Standards and Appeals recently to again voice their opposition to the construction of a proposed Jamaica Avenue motel. Comment.

State probes LIC clinic for hiring disturbed doc

The state Health Department is investigating a Long Island City abortion clinic that hired a Manhattan obstetrician after he had carved his initials on a patient's stomach, officials said this week. Comment.

SB 29 attempts to oust superintendent

School Board 29 President Larry Comrie announced at Monday night's meeting that board members voted Jan. 22 to remove Michael Cinquemani as the district's acting interim superintendent. Comment.

Queens Village students take strange trip

After taking three autistic children on a bizarre, eight-hour excursion through southeast Queens and Nassau County last week, a school bus driver and the matron responsible for the youngsters were arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child, authorities said. Comment.

State seeks Creedmoor land bid

Empire State Development Corporation has issued a request for proposals on an 8.5-acre site at the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center just at the time that nearby communities are in an uproar over a city plan to build three schools on the sprawling campus. Comment.

Electrical fire delays Kew Gardens subway lines

A fire in a power line under Queens Boulevard in the Borough Hall section of Kew Gardens last Wednesday caused rush-hour delays of up to an hour for passengers on the Queensbound E and F lines. Comment.

St. John’s law alumni honor Cardinal O’Connor

Cardinal John O'Connor was honored for being an outstanding role model by the St. John's University School of Law Alumni society at its annual luncheon Friday. Comment.

Wife, friends rally to help Agnello make $2M bail

Suspected Gambino crime family capo Carmine Agnello was released from custody Tuesday afternoon after his wife, Victoria Gotti, the daughter of jailed mobster John Gotti, and other family and friends promised to pay his $2 million in reduced bail. Comment.

Mets mull St. John’s ballfields

St. John's University, in the midst of a 10-year building initiative that will reshape the look and feel of the campus, remains under the watchful eye of local civic groups who fear new dormitories and other additional buildings will have a negative impact on the surrounding community. Comment.

Mayoral aide faces West Nile critics

Jerome Hauer, the outgoing head of the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management, was peppered with questions about the handling of last summer's outbreak of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus at the Robert F. Kennedy Democratic Association in Forest Hills last Thursday. Comment.

Flushing theater to reopen as Macy’s outlet center

Just over a year since its movie screens were silenced and doors were closed to Flushing residents, the United Artists Quartet Theater is being gutted and expected to be reborn as a Macy's outlet center. Comment.

Pols send letter on ballfields

As the city hauls tons of debris from the long-dormant College Point Sports Complex, four local legislators have sought to better inform their constituents about the details on the rebuilding of the site in a letter. Comment.

West Nile panel combats ‘misinformation’ on virus

Nearly six months after the rare West Nile Virus broke out in northeastern Queens and prompted massive aerial spraying, a group of experts last weekend took a step back from the fear that gripped much of the borough and offered listeners a detailed analysis of the outbreak and its repercussions. Comment.

Suspect in Beech Hills murders expected to live

A man who attempted suicide after he allegedly killed both his boss and his wife was expected to survive Monday after spending more than a week in intensive care at North Shore University Hospital, a spokeswoman said. Comment.

Board 11 highlights park issues

Community Board 11 laid bare its concerns and highlighted the achievements of the past year in an annual report released last week on issues that ranged from acquiring land in pristine spots such as Alley Pond Park to the completion of the Oakland Ravine Project. Comment.

Schumer to Clinton: Release U.S. oil

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) urged the Clinton administration again Monday to release oil from the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve to slow rapidly increasing heating oil prices in Queens and the rest of the state. Comment.

Shulman praises boro economy in address

Borough President Claire Shulman in her 14th annual State of the Borough Address hailed Queens' strong economic health and praised the advancement of several development projects initiated in the past year. Comment.

Queens school crowding reaches crisis proportions

First in a series Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000

Shape up before trying to lose many pounds

The new millennium brings the promise of new beginnings and at the top of everybody's wish list the desire to start a healthy new lifestyle. Comment.

Colon therapy: Alternative route to good health

Colon therapy may not be for everyone - especially the weak of heart or should we say the weak of stomach? Comment.

Health club dispenses tips on web

A little knowledge can save you a lot of grief, especially when you're trying to adopt healthy habits. Comment.

Obesity epidemic takes tolls on young adults

American adults are becoming more obese, and nothing less than a national effort is needed to reverse the obesity epidemic. Comment.

Patients with diabetes need daily monitoring

Heart disease, blindness, stroke, impotence...avoiding these complications is the motivation behind tight diabetes management. In addition to these potential long-term complications, some patients may find themselves adding symptoms like dizziness, unusual hunger and fatigue to this daily list of concerns - an additional worry which may not be necessary. Comment.

Traditional Chinese acupuncture heals body

Unlike Western medicine, which treats the symptoms of an illness or the effect that it has on the body, traditional Chinese medicine treats the cause of the illness. Both Western and Chinese systems have their place. Western medicine can be said to excel in trauma care and therapies for acute problems, while Chinese medicine excels in the areas of chronic problems and preventive medicine. Comment.

Pet ownership reduces stress, builds health

As we are approaching the dawn of a new millennium, many people are faced with the same dilemma every year - making, and keeping, their New Year's resolutions. Comment.

New laser surgery restores vision for most

While I believe that refractive surgery, and more specifically LASIK, or laser in situ keratomileusis, is one of the greatest medical breakthroughs in ophthalmology of the last millennium, others may say it is a needless, frivolous procedure. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 31, 2000

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