Thursday, Dec. 14, 2000

Army finds traces of mercury at Totten

An early report on the results from this summer's testing came at the tail end of last Thursday's Coast Guard Restoration Advisory Board meeting at the Ernie Pyle Reserve Center. The group - which has been overwhelmed by internal conflicts - spent nearly two hours of the meeting just establishing operating procedures. 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

The Outrageous Fortune Company, 42-24 Douglaston Parkway, Douglaston will hold auditions for Arcadia, the award winning play by Tom Stoppard, on Fri., Jan. 5 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sat., Jan. 6 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 718-428-2500. Comment.

‘Some New Minds’ opens at P.S.1 Art Center soon

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, at 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, is an affiliate of The Museum of Modern Art. For information contact P.S.1 at 718.784.2084 or www. psl.org. Comment.

Accomplished boro poet sought for new laureate

The laureate is selected by the borough president on recommendation of the Poet Laureate Administration Committee of Queens. The three-year appointment is unsalaried. Comment.

Bayside traffic signal rejected

A spokesman for the agency said a 10-week traffic study conducted at the site revealed that there are too few cars passing through the area to justify the installation of a traffic device. Comment.

Legendary Lou Rawls coming to Tilles Center

Lou Rawls' unique singing style is instantly recognizable to audiences and record buyers throughout the world. Born and raised in Chicago, his first exposure to music was in his church choir. He was influenced by the great black entertainers of the day, including Billy Eckstein, Arthur Prysock and Joe Williams. He has said of these artists, "I loved the way they could lift the spirit of the audience." Comment.

Holiday stress getting to you? Think how the trees feel

Well, the holidays are here and you know you're not going to go skip town or hide in your closet, so it's best to deal with them. Besides, if you look upon everything with the right perspective, it can be a very nice time of the year. Comment.

No shortage of holiday events, entertainment in boro

LaGuardia Community College presents the timeless holiday classic, "The Nutcracker," at the college's Performing Arts Center at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, Call 718-482-5151. Comment.

Queens native at it again with own one-woman show

But Douglaston native Jennifer Macaluso is using her off time to do what she loves best - perform. Comment.

Weird Science

It was all science - even though the way he presented it to kids, it might have seemed like magic. Comment.

Slow start dooms Molloy hockey to 7-2 loss

It was in that first period the undefeated Flyers scored five goals - three in the first 4:48 - en route to a 7-2 win over Molloy. Comment.

DeBerry, Trani spark Queens to 90-76 win

The extra work paid dividends in a big way Saturday night, as DeBerry scored a career-high 23 points and Trani netted seven straight points to ignite a 19-2 run en route to the Knights 90-76 win over Southampton Saturday at Fitzgerald Gymnasium. Comment.

Queens women hold on to top Southampton, 44-39

It was the first time Queens defeated the Lady Colonials since Jan. 5, 1994 - a span of 13 games. The win also avenged the Lady Knights 55-51 loss at Southampton Nov. 29. Comment.

College Round-up: Queens’ Whittenburg, Samuels lead Marist to emotional win

But an hour before the Red Foxes Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference battle with Siena College before a packed house of 2,833 at the James J. McCann Recreation Center Sunday in Poughkeepsie, Kennedy pulled himself out of the lineup, suffering from lower back injuries. Comment.

CK girls dominant at Brennan Invitational

But it was the future stars of Royals' hoops who proved in Christ the King's 79-40 win over Holy Trinity in the Diane Brennan Invitational at Fordham's Rose Hill Gymnasium Sunday that Bob Mackey's team should be among the elite for at least a few more years. Comment.

Martin soars past Loughlin at Lewis tournament

Loughlin (1-2) fought their way through the Angels defense and into the game by cutting Martin's lead to just two at the end of the third quarter. The Lions tied the score at 57 when Erika Green hit two free throws with two seconds left in the fourth quarter. Comment.

Molloy blows comeback in overtime, 70-66

But then Jake Curran's team came to life. And in a big way. With junior forward Kevin Diffley leading the charge, Molloy sliced away at the Bayhawks' lead until Diffley's two free throws with 24.2 seconds left tied the game and forced overtime. Comment.

Van Buren crushes Wingate to win Gobbler title

The VeeBees (6-2) held Wingate (3-5) scoreless through the first 8:46 of the game and led 11-0 after one quarter. Manny Edabar had 12 points and Melvin Jackson added 11 for Van Buren, which has held three opponents to less than 33 points for a third time in eight games. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Queens well represented in Division I

And this team, comprised of players such as Anthony Mason, Lamar Odom, Mark Jackson, Ron Artest and Kenny Anderson, is a team I think can do pretty darn well in the professional ranks, certainly better than the current Chicago Bulls or Los Angeles Clippers. Cambria Heights native Rick Pitino would be coach, by the way. Comment.

McQueen, McMillan standout at the Garden

St. Peter's senior Kamaal McQueen and Jeff McMillan, a freshman at Fordham, each had stellar games in a college double header at the Garden Saturday. McQueen, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound forward from Woodside, led the Peacocks with a game-high 20 points in just 23 minutes as St. Peter's 73-67 loss to Manhattan College. Comment.

Stormy skies for St. John’s

Jarvis' young team has lost two of its last three games heading into Wednesday's showdown with Ohio State and a quick turnaround is needed if the Johnnies are to revitalize themselves in time for the club's Big East opener against Virginia Tech on Jan. 3. Comment.

Old Dominion battles back to stop SJU women, 65-52

But it was a six-minute stretch at the end of the first half that proved to be the difference, as the Red Storm struggled on both ends of the floor and the Lady Monarchs erased a six-point deficit to take a 32-24 halftime lead en route to a 65-52 win. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Now it’s easy to keep telemarketers away

A registry of New Yorkers who do not wish to receive sales phone calls is now being created. It is due to take effect on April 1, 2001. New York will now join some 18 other states in regulating the telemarketers in one form or another. Comment.

To The Point: Strength of America rooted in its families

The Poppenhusen Public Library held a book sale on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 6 and 7. Special prices prevailed. If you did not get there for this sale, please call 359-1102 to see if there are any additional books for sale. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Little acts of kindness can help in big ways

We should remember children especially. That is, indeed, good advice, but the spirit that opens our ears and hearts now should last through the entire year. We should all ask ourselves, How have I helped? What have I given of myself? Comment.

American to start shuttle at Newark to avoid LGA

The shuttle will be operated by American Eagle, an American Airlines subsidiary, using 37-seat Brazilian-made Embraer regional jets. Comment.

Our History: First author of NYC history not fully part of it

She is mentioned ( not even in a full sentence) in the recent "Encyclopedia of New York City" in an article, but is absent from most resources I consulted including reference works which highlight the accomplishments of American women. Comment.

Editorial: Tough choice

This mammoth undertaking would turn Brookville Boulevard, or Snake Road as it is affectionately known, into a busy new thoroughfare called Airport Center Boulevard. This road that meanders slowly through the wetlands would be changed forever? And what about the wetlands? Comment.

Robbers nab $340K from Prodigy

Albert Johnson, 26, who is better known as the rapper Prodigy, was wearing $343,000 worth of jewelry when he was approached by two men outside a grocery store at 13-13 40th Ave. at 12:30 a.m., said Officer Theresa Farello, a police spokeswoman. Farello said there have been no arrests and an investigation was ongoing. Comment.

Proposed junk mail bill gets support at CB2 meet

He is also sponsoring a bill that would force companies that send out junk mail to give citizens the option of returning a postcard asking them to be taken off the list. Comment.

Frank Sinatra immortalized in new school

Joining the entertainer at the famous comedy club at 57 East 55th St. to announce the establishment of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts was comedian Alan King, city Schools Chancellor Harold Levy, City Council Speaker Peter Vallone (D-Astoria), Queens Borough President Claire Shulman, Queens representative to the Board of Education Terri Thomson, LaGuardia Community College President Gail Mellow and Nancy Sinatra Jr. Comment.

Stun gun attack at IS 93

The boy, whose name was not released, allegedly used the stun gun to shoot five of his schoolmates at about 1 p.m. in a stairwell of IS 93, 66-56 Forest Ave., said Officer Theresa Farello, a Police Department spokeswoman. Comment.

SB 24 embroiled in fight with gay rights group

The Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee of Flushing called for the ouster of Frank Borzellieri and Mary Crowley Grogan, who opposed Chancellor Harold Levy's order Dec. 1 prohibiting the Scouts from recruiting in city schools. Comment.

Amtrak faulted by FDNY for unsafe LIRR tunnels

"We believe it is imperative that Amtrak do what is necessary now, not later, to make these tunnels safe," said Von Essen following a meeting with rail transportation officials Monday. Comment.

Bus service hearing sways few

"If I did my job like they do, I would be fired. This is abominable, it adds one hour on to my work schedule," she said to members of the Franchise and Concession Review Committee and the New York City Department of Transportation. Comment.

Forest Hills retail chains still growing

But that line is increasingly fading in Forest Hills. Over the past 10 years, the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce has brought the likes of Disney and Barnes and Noble to the strip of Austin Street just west of Continental Avenue. And last month, the newest commercial kid on the block, Eddie Bauer, launched its first Queens' store on the strip, after six months of construction. Comment.

Burglary foiled at Forest Hills shop

At 11:20 p.m. Dec. 6, Dennis Davis, 45, allegedly broke into the Fresh Twin Fruit Store at 66-06 99th St., through a side door, according to Lt. Joseph Davids of the 112th Precinct. After allegedly stealing $62 in cash and some cartons of cigarettes, he also managed to break open a water pipe, which sent water gushing onto the floor's store, Davids said. Comment.

Rego Park girl mourned

Less than an hour before the march a man in a wheelchair was hit as he tried to cross Queens Boulevard at 67th Avenue by a van backing into a parking spot. Another woman suffered minor injuries when she was grazed by a vehicle Saturday night at Queens Boulevard and Grand Avenue. Comment.

Queens 2000 discusses violence in SE Queens

"Although I had many family members by my side, the streets had my total attention," Raynor told more than 100 people who turned out at the Queens 2000 event. Comment.

Jamaica man convicted of raping elderly woman

Byron Shelton, 46, of 163-29 130th Ave., was convicted after a two-week trial, said Brown. Comment.

Queens residents angry over bus service

"If I did my job like they do, I would be fired. This is abominable, it adds one hour on to my work schedule," she said to members of the Franchise and Concession Review Committee and the New York City Department of Transportation. Comment.

Holocaust survivors try acupuncture in Jamaica

The nursing home, which was founded in 1971 to treat Holocaust survivors, has just finished the first year of its Chinese Integrated Medicine program, and doctors and administrators are calling it an unqualified success. Comment.

Springfield Gds. fire guts Poor Freddie’s tire store

Owner Freddie Dill was awakened by his phone ringing around 6 a.m. Friday, alerting him to an enormous fire burning his shop at 128-10 Merrick Blvd. Although firefighters spent a long morning extinguishing the blaze, it gutted the shop and destroyed all of his inventory. Comment.

Hundreds turn out for Levy

It was the first time Levy had visited District 29 in southeast Queens and many community members thought his appearance was long overdue in light of the problems that have bedeviled the district. Comment.

New Sprint cell tower rejected

The North Hempstead Board of Zoning Appeals denied Sprint the zoning variance to build the tower about 300 feet from the Lakeville Road and Union Turnpike interchange on the grounds of the Long Island Power Authority's substation, which sits in a section of the old Lockheed/Martin site. Comment.

Academic learning center opens in Glen Oaks mall

"Many parents are looking for after-school programs that will be fun and productive for their children," said Lisa Cancemi, director of the center. "Our goal at Score is to help inspire a love of learning in children. We know from experience that when a child loves to learn, she can master any academic skill." Comment.

Potential death trap off LIE worries residents

Year after year the couple - who live on the corner of 248th Street and 54th Avenue - watched as cars and trucks failed to navigate the sudden curve from the Long Island Expressway onto 248th Street. Cars that did not make it generally wound up in the Simaks' back yard, they said, often destroying their large, red fence and any trees in the way. Comment.

Fresh Meadows Internet cafe attracts students

A New Age piece by Robert Miles wafts from speakers. The cafe gets plenty of outdoor light during the day and is dimly lit in the evening - too much light is not wanted when looking at a PC screen. Comment.

Asian politics surface in lunar new year parade

For the last five years, two independent committees have variously organized the festival and parade, usually held in late January, which has historically attracted tens of thousand of people. Comment.

Bell Blvd. jeweler raises $$ for charity

Rutgers is making the offer in the hope that people will donate a small, generous amount of money to the Shield Institute, an organization in Bayside for developmentally disabled adults. Comment.

Queens medical center facelift near completion

The project, begun in March 1999, involved the demolition of an existing building where the three-story, 77,000-square-foot pavilion in Flushing is to be placed. The emergency room is scheduled to open first, in January, and will offer patients a multitude of services, including trauma and pediatric care. Comment.

Blaze guts music bar in Flushing

At least two firefighters suffered minor injuries and were taken to Northshore Hospital, Fire Department officials said. The officials said the department received only one call at 1:50 p.m., from the tenants of the building at 153-01 Northern Blvd., reporting the fire. Comment.

CB7 vetoes proposal for Flushing spa

In a 34-to-3 vote, the community board refused to grant the request made by the owner, Tsu Yue Wang, citing concerns about the scarcity of parking, the safety of the building and the potential for illicit activity. Comment.

Postmaster gives high marks in watchdog groups

If people can reach the post office with their complaints quickly, Rogers said, "things can get solved quickly and it makes everybody happy." Comment.

State shuts 248th St. at LIE

Year after year the couple - who live on the corner of 248th Street and 54th Avenue - watched as cars and trucks failed to navigate the sudden curve from the Long Island Expressway onto 248th Street. Cars that did not make it generally wound up in the Simaks' back yard, they said, often destroying their large, red fence and any trees in the way. Comment.

Postmaster gives high marks to watchdog

If people can reach the post office with their complaints quickly, Rogers said, "things can get solved quickly and it makes everybody happy." Comment.

Queens mixed on ruling by high court for Bush

At 10 p.m. Tuesday night the Supreme Court effectively handed the contested presidential election to Bush in a 5-4 ruling that overturned the Florida Supreme Court's decision to allow a recount of the state's disputed votes to proceed. The majority opinion of the nation's highest court said there was no time to manually tabulate the votes in Florida. Comment.

Five-car accident backs up traffic on Belt Parkway

The accident was reported to the Fire Department shortly after 6 a.m., said Lt. Kevin Ganun, a department spokesman. The Fire Department said the drivers or passengers of the cars involved suffered only minor injuries. A request for ambulances was subsequently canceled, the lieutenant said. Comment.

Bellerose antique emporium has eclectic mix

Walking into his showroom at 248-51 Jamaica Ave. in Bellerose is an experience. The room is filled to the brim with stuff one might have found in his grandmother's home. Comment.

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