Thursday, Dec. 21, 2000

Dining Out: It feels like Italy

da Martino 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.

Stay home or go out, but spend New Year’s in boro

Now, what to do for New Year's? You know, of course, not to go to Times Square. It's not only crowded but half the people in the crowd are drunk, some of them are pickpockets, and you're probably not going to get to see The Ball drop anyway. Besides, the subway's crowded at 1 in the morning even on a normal night, so why risk the enhanced madness of New Year's Eve? Comment.

Yes, you can deal with New Year’s

Or have you already forgotten such quandaries as. Comment.

Forget Manhattan - spend New Year’s here!

As the largest and most diverse of the city's five boroughs, Queens' role in the citywide "First Night" celebrations is big. Comment.

Boro offers New Year’s variety for any taste

Today, gigantic Chinese buffets and Japanese sushi have become a way to celebrate at the year's end. Middle Eastern belly dancing has become a regular on the Queens circuit. Lemon grass and curry have gone mainstream. Comment.

Queens actor has message about slavery in new play

French, an award-winning actor born in Harlem and of Caribbean descent, is among a cast of six in the new off-Broadway romantic drama, "Living in the Wind," now playing through Sunday, Dec. 31 at The American Place Theatre, 111 West 46th St. in Manhattan. Comment.

Paul Taylor Company shows meaning of dance

Fifty years later, his boyish enthusiasm for the joy of movement endures - and it tends to be infectious. Comment.

Queens Knights fall to winless Bridgeport, 74-70

"I'm disappointed again," said Queens College head coach Kyrk Peponakis. "We played like garbage and then we think we can turn on the switch?" Comment.

Lady Knights step up for injured starters in 65-61 victory

Tirone did just that, scoring a season-high 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting to go along with three assists in 38 minutes to help lead the Lady Knights to a 65-51 win over the Purple Knights at Harvey Hubbell Gymnasium. Comment.

College Round-up: Cross’ Acquista gives oral commitment to St. John’s

"I grew up with St. John's all my life," Acquista said. "It's more of a professional atmosphere and it's an easier way to play in the NCAA tournament." Comment.

Lil’ brother takes over for Johnny Mac

"I am extremely honored to accept the position," McEnroe said. "It will be very exciting and quite a challenge to work with the rising stars in men's tennis as we work toward bringing the Davis Cup back to the United States." Comment.

SJU women squander lead in loss to Buffalo

Unfortunately for Darcel Estep's squad, their 15 minute spurt in the first half was just that, a spurt, as the Bulls came back from a six-point first half deficit to defeat the Red Storm, 55-48. Comment.

St. Francis Prep shakes off rust, skates past Salesian, 6-0

St. Francis Prep finally got that chance Sunday night at Abe Stark Arena on Coney Island and the Terriers showed right away how hungry they were, scoring four first period goals - three in a span of 1:55 - to cruise to a 6-0 win over Salesian. Goaltender Jason Black made 18 saves to earn the shutout. Comment.

Droesch leads CK over NJ’s Mendham

Mendham, a state semifinalist last year that has returned all five starters this season, is led by three future Division I players in Kelly Sumimski (Stanford), Sara Holloway (Princeton) and Cathy McCann (Georgetown). But they could hang with Christ the King. Comment.

Van Buren holds off late Lewis charge

"Getting to overtime against Cardozo took a lot out of us," he said. "But we still get the W in the win column. That's fine." Comment.

Holy Cross tops Holy Trinity to run early record to 6-0

Coming off a 69-63 win over All Hallows Dec. 12, which saw Joe Marino score 25, Chris Fileti add 22 and Ward pour in 18, the Knights were primed for a solid outing in the tournament. Comment.

Bousbaci’s runner lifts Newcomers over RFK, 46-44

With the game tied at 41, Newcomers Laura Burlacu nailed a three-pointer to put the Lions ahead, but then RFK answered with a trifecta of their own before Bousbaci ended the drama. She ended with 14 points and Burlacu scored 18 to lead Newcomers (3-5, 1-3 Queens B-II). Comment.

Hofstra stuns St. John’s, 86-80

The loss came three days after the Red Storm (4-5) dropped its third game in as many seasons to the Ohio State Buckeyes, 71-58, last Wednesday in Columbus, a game that saw St. John's fall behind by as much as 21 before making the game respectable down the stretch. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Not just another SJU loss

Perhaps my colleague Dylan Butler is right when he says that the worst thing that could have happened to this group of players, consisting of nine new team members and just one senior, was to upset Kentucky in their opener and play Kansas down to the wire in their next game. Comment.

To The Point: Meaning of Christmas should be remembered

Congratulations to David DeTourris and his wife on the birth of their son on Dec. 11 at Long Island Jewish Hospital. He will also be named David. This will bring back old memories, as I was there when David Sr. was a boy and watched him grow up and I even was his CCD teacher. Best wishes to the happy family. Comment.

The Plant Doctor: Winter road salting can harm soil, lawn soil and lawns

Winter brings with it a host of delightful experiences, but also many not so pleasant ones. Everyone admires the artistic features that appear on our trees and bushes when they're outlined by fresh snow. The air we breathe seems refreshingly clean. But the sidewalks we walk on can be icy and dangerous. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Civic leaders dedicated to helping community

When I became involved in civics about 30 years ago, I met the leaders of the six civic councils which comprised the Federation of Civic Councils. Comment.

Fire Dept. to maintain Totten plan

On Dec. 11 the city Fire Department broke ground on a new $44 million Fire Academy on the site of its current facility on Randall's Island, which will include three new buildings. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Don’t worry, all things work out by year’s end

Usually this time of year we feel somewhat inundated, but somehow, things always seem to work out all right. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Many different traditions make up Christmas

M for the Music, merry and clear; Comment.

Editorial: Big Brother to the rescue

State Sen. Daniel Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) is ready to ride to the rescue with a bill that would have government put an end to unwanted phone solicitations. 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 mailing list. Comment.

Editorial: While HUD slept

At the time we questioned whether Cuomo was trying to embarrass Mayor Giuliani in order to advance the senate campaign of his good friend Hillary Rodham Clinton. Now we learn that while Cuomo was taking the city to the woodshed, con artists were taking HUD to the cleaners in the New York metropolitan area - right under Andrew's nose. Comment.

Police Blotter: 2 EMT workers to be fired after investigation in Queens

The Fire Department said the three-month investigation was centered on neighborhoods in Brooklyn as well as Queens, in particular, Elmhurst. No serious injuries or deaths resulted from the reported incidents, the department said. Comment.

Recent Real Estate Transactions

Bayside, 69-09 215 St., Coo Garden Apt., $85,000, Bed 1, Bath 1, M/Mnt. $336 Comment.

Neopolitan brothers open Bayside pizzeria

In fact, it is the family spirit of the brothers who run the pizzeria at 39-34 Bell Blvd. that has helped make the eatery a success. Comment.

Residents oppose new power plants in LIC

"This is very disturbing to me and I assure you a number of lawsuits will be filed in this case," Shulman told some 300 concerned residents who piled into the auditorium of PS 76 in Long Island City last Thursday for a public hearing held by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Comment.

Construction begins at Queens West complex

The building, which costs $2.3 billion and covers 74 acres of land in Hunters Point, is being built by AvalonBay Communities at Queens West. Comment.

Two stabbed to death in Astoria market

Pedro Narvaez, 45, of 21-37 33rd St. in Astoria and Lucio Moran, 36, of 118-07 14th Rd. in College Point, were working at Trade Fair at 37-11 Ditmars Blvd. about 4:30 a.m., when a passerby noticed that a window was broken and called police, said Sgt. Elias Nikas, a Police Department spokesman. Comment.

Middle Village cadet dies after losing control of car

Peter Radske, 20, apparently lost control of the 1998 Ford Mustang when he swerved to avoid another car and hit a tree at about 3:30 a.m., said Sgt. Elias Nikas, a Police Department spokesman. Nikas said his car, which belonged to his mother, jumped the curb and drove up onto the sidewalk on the north side of the street. The other car fled the scene and police have made no arrests, Nikas said. Comment.

SB24 votes to support Boy Scouts

Louisa Chan was the only board member to vote against it last Thursday. Comment.

PS 123 taken off ‘watch list’

The Schools Under Regulation Review list, a yearly assessment based largely on the fourth-grade English language arts and math tests, no longer includes PS 111 at 337-15 13th St. in Long Island City or PS 123 at 145-01 119th Ave. in South Ozone Park, nor have any Queens schools joined this year's list. Comment.

Forest Hills biz group’s executive director resigns

Last week after six years as the chamber's executive director, Collett stepped down from his position. He cited financial reasons for leaving the part-time post and intends to teach full-time in New York's public schools. Comment.

2 more hit on Queens Boulevard

In response to the string of accidents, which has caused more than 70 fatalities since 1993 according to the Forest Hills Action League, the city Department of Transportation has begun a full-fledged educational assault at local schools and senior centers to combat the pedestrian crisis. Comment.

Mother calls for changes at Missing Persons unit

At a news conference at Borough Hall Monday, Arnita Fowler faulted the existing framework - which requires that the police search for a person between 18 and 65 only 24 hours after being reported missing - for the four years it took to learn that her son, La Mont Dottin, 21, had been buried in Potter's Field. Comment.

Overcrowding suffocating Queens classrooms: Green

The suggestion to alter the formula for state aid in favor of more reimbursement to the city for building schools was just one of the ways Green proposed to attack school overcrowding at a news conference last week. Comment.

School Dist. 28 parents skip training

The governance legislation enacted by the state Legislature in 1996 requires each school to establish a leadership team comprised of parents and staff, said Guy Carlsen, an auditor for the comptroller's office. The legislation also requires the comptroller to conduct a performance audit of the entire Board of Education and each school district in the city at least every four years, Carlsen said. Comment.

St. Albans boxer freed from prison

A Queens Supreme Court judge exonerated Harris, 32, of the 1991 robbery of a couple in their Jamaica Estates home. Judge Randall Eng said Harris was jailed for 3,200 days for a robbery he did not commit, and he told Harris that while he can never get back the days he lost, he can move on with his life. Comment.

Queens Hospital Center shows boro’s diversity

Hospital employees and community members took in a rich variety of performances, including African storytelling, Chinese opera, salsa dancing and Bengali folk singing. Comment.

TEEM players of PS 15 flourish in SE Queens

This is the question Claudia Aldamuy tries to answer in her play, "Trial of the Big Bad Wolf." Comment.

Van Buren students bring caroling to nursing home

"We need more of this and they give us a boost," said Brown, one of the 40 seniors who attended the show at their Hillside Avenue residence. Comment.

Sound barriers scheduled for Grand Central Pkwy.

The noise barrier will be funded through the Federal Transportation Efficiency Act, which has thus far allocated $1.4 million for the Fresh Meadows project. The total estimated cost is expected to be $7 million, however, and the project will not proceed without the majority of area residents affected by parkway noise and the barriers' construction approving the construction. Comment.

Rise in Queens tourism boosts economy: Report

The tourism industry accounts for 12 percent of the borough's total employment, or 46,315 jobs, and an annual $2 billion payroll, a significant increase over recent years, according to the report in Global Business Outlook, a quarterly publication of the QCEDC. Comment.

Flushing church short on holiday meals for elderly

For the past eight years, the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer has delivered up to 100 meals on Christmas and Mother's Day with the help of Citymeals-on-Wheels, a nonprofit organization funded by private citizens and partnered with the city Department for the Aging. Comment.

CB7 chairman tables talks about term limits until Feb.

Community Board 7 Chairman Adrian Joyce, whose term expires this year, said he made the suggestion to paper over the concerns of some board members who may have thought that he wanted to amend the term-limits articles of the by-laws so that he could run again for chairman in the January election. Comment.

CB7 chairman tables talks about term limits until Feb.

Community Board 7 Chairman Adrian Joyce, whose term expires this year, said he made the suggestion to paper over the concerns of some board members who may have thought that he wanted to amend the term-limits articles of the by-laws so that he could run again for chairman in the January election. Comment.

College Pt. man killed in Astoria

Pedro Narvaez, 45, of 21-37 33rd St. in Astoria and Lucio Moran, 36, of 118-07 14th Rd. in College Point, were working at Trade Fair at 37-11 Ditmars Blvd. about 4:30 a.m., when a passerby noticed that a window was broken and called police, said Sgt. Elias Nikas, a Police Department spokesman. Comment.

Douglaston parishioners rediscover a soul

Nearly 100 people attended the services at 39-50 Douglaston Parkway, which featured music from the choir and a reading of biblical passages. Comment.

Saint Nick brings cheer to special kids at PS 811

Child after child spent a moment with St. Nick last week, each getting an individual present and smile from the man himself as PS 811 staff and United Airlines personnel looked on. Comment.

CB 11 vows to fight for traffic signal

The city Department of Transportation informally told Haber last week that it had turned down the board's request for a traffic safety device at 46th Avenue and the southbound Clearview service road because there was not enough traffic in the area. Comment.

Man gets 37 1/2 years in Francis Lewis drag race slay

In a skittish, at times rambling statement made before State Supreme Court Judge Barry Kron, Jose Feliciano, 25, ardently denied that he fatally shot Steven Julien, a 23-year-old single father from Hempstead, L.I., during an argument at a drag race outside the Blue Bay Diner in 1998. Comment.

Queens politicians divided on Bush impact

Many Queens residents interviewed at random last week after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to essentially give the election to Bush over Democratic challenger Al Gore welcomed the end of the prolonged political battle but were dismayed that the vice president lost. Comment.

City Council approves three Creedmoor schools

The Council accepted the plan by a vote of 46-0. It also won unanimous approval from the Council's Land Use Committee. Comment.

Queens County merger official, branches double

The $196 million merger between Queens County Bancorp, the parent of Queens County Savings Bank, and Haven Bancorp, the parent of CFS Banks, has netted their new financial thrift, New York Community Bancorp, 25 branches in all of Queens. This is nearly twice what Queens County Bancorp had had when it was headquartered on Main Street in Flushing, said Ilene A. Angarola, vice president of investor relations. Comment.

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