Friday, Dec. 29, 2000

Police close bars in Little Neck, Hollis Hills

While the owners of Little Neck Tavern at 254-25 Northern Blvd. in Little Neck and of Alley Park Tavern at 224-07 Union Turnpike were not implicated in the drug activity, both were expected to appear before judges this week in separate hearings to learn the fates of their businesses, police said. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 28, 2000

Boro pols rally behind immigrants

The gathering was held at the Park Avenue South headquarters of the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, an umbrella union with 1.5 million rank-and-file, where more than a hundred union members, most of them immigrants, crammed into a small conference room holding placards demanding equitable treatment. Comment.

Traffic plagues rush hour LIE commute

The expressway is the main artery into and out of the borough and has become famous throughout the years for congestion that borders on insanity. The backups slow traffic to a crawl and, in some instances, one might confuse the highway with a long-term parking at JFK Airport. Comment.

Kacic, Tompkins sparking Manhattan

Instead, the 5-foot-6 junior guard played just 54 seconds before falling to the floor, grasping her right knee. After missing all of last year with a torn ACL in her left knee and spending months to get back in game shape, Kacic could not believe she was on the hardwood again, writing in pain. 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.

Kids’ Space: Kids no longer left out of New Year’s celebrations

This is KIDS' SPACE, a guide to things for children to do and see. Comment.

Colden Center gets $130K for its 2000/01 season

Colden Center is now advertising season events on a new electronic marquee located near exit 24 of the Long Island Expressway. The marquee, which provides greater visibility for all Colden Center and Queens College events, was made possible by a major grant from the Queens County Savings Bank. Comment.

Party like it’s 2001 - at Queens Museum of Art

This first 2001 installment in the museum's popular First Thursday series provides guests with a great chance to renew old acquaintances while meeting new friends. Comment.

Central Library honors Martin Luther King’s life

The Saturday, Jan. 13, afternoon events will be in the Youth Services Division of the Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica. Families and children of all ages are welcome, admission is free. Comment.

Liv Ulmann focus of ‘Lifetime’

"The Lifetime Series" beginning Saturday, Jan. 13 is part of an ongoing series at the museum sponsored by Lifetime Television, recognizing the work of major creative women in film and television. Comment.

Queens is ground zero for New Year’s Eve blasts

There's no need to fight the cold, crowds, and traffic to venture far from home on New Year's Eve - there's plenty going on right here in Queens on Dec. 31. Here's a sampling. Comment.

Queens College displays multimedia sculptures

Goodell, a former West Coast artist now living in Manhattan, uses glass, wood, copper, steel, fabric, and magnifying lenses to create both on-the-floor and suspended sculptures. She includes works on paper - collages relating to the ideas conveyed by her sculptures. Comment.

Queens publisher offers 100 years of hockey

Try this one - Did the Long Island Rail Road have a station at Floral Park in 1885? Comment.

College Round-up: Former Jamaica standout helps George Mason win

But the former Jamaica High School star took it all in stride. She played nine minutes - almost six more than her season average - and had one point, three rebounds and one block to help the Patriots to a 61-54 win over the Lady Jaspers. Comment.

To The Point: Warmth of kind deeds

Next, everyone will be getting ready to usher in the start of the first year of 2001. If you will be doing this at home or at a relative's or friend's house, have a great time. If you will be celebrating at a restaurant, please remember: Designate a driver who will not be drinking alcohol, just having a great time with his personality and enjoying everybody else's. Comment.

The Civic Scene: LA, NewYork City share many problems

Like the Times-Ledger there was page after page of stories about the schools, the police department and code enforcement in Los Angeles. We in New York City have the same concerns with safety and the state of the school as the people do in Los Angeles. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: $20 raffle exciting way to make needed repairs

Every start of a new year makes me feel that I'm entering some kind of contest. How will things go? What will be accomplished? We try not to worry about it - just hope for the best. Comment.

Editorial: The crapshoot

The governor selected these individuals because they have used their time in prison well. They have been model prisoners, one of the freed felons actually saved the life of a prison guard. These prisoners were selected because virtually everyone in the criminal justice system agrees that they don't belong in prison. They are first-time offenders caught up in the mandatory sentencing of the Rockefeller drug laws. In many cases, their sentences were harsher than those given to violent, repeat felony offenders. They are wasting their lives and the state is wasting your tax dollars. Comment.

Editorial: Blvd. of death

The city Department of Transportation has set aside $3 million to improve conditions for those who dare to cross this street. The money will pay for additional pedestrian Walk-Don't-Walk signs, the widening of the center medians and installing mid-block barriers. The DOT plan is ambitious, but will it work? Comment.

Antiques renewed in Long Island City studio

"I've always been happiest when my hands are dirty," Porter said from her sixth-floor loft at 10-10 44th Ave. in Long Island City. "I've been an artist my whole life. It just seemed like a logical progression applying my particular talents." Comment.

Police Blotter: Governor pardons two from Queens

Donna Charles, 41, of Jamaica was sentenced on July 9, 1987 in State Supreme Court in Queens for first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Her sentence was 17 years to life with a parole eligibility date of April 15, 2004. Comment.

Cops close Steinway nightclub

Police officers from the 114th Precinct and the New York Police Department Civil Enforcement Unit barricaded El Coliseo at 34-20 Steinway St. after State Supreme Court Judge Arthur Lonschein ruled last week that the club was a nuisance to the community, said Sgt. Roy Pitcoff, who works for the Civil Enforcement Unit. Comment.

Queens wastes comeback in loss to Merrimack

This time the Knights buried themselves in the second half against Merrimack Saturday night, falling 84-80 at Fitzgerald Gymnasium for Queens' fourth consecutive loss. Comment.

Silvercup Studios may sue to stop generators

Officials of Silvercup Studios at 42-25 21st St. in Long Island City said they had intended to expand the three-acre facility to six acres along the East River. But now they may abandon the plans because the New York Power Authority wants to place two gas turbine generators close to the Vernon Boulevard waterfront on the land where Silvercup wants to build. Comment.

Principal cleared of misconduct

Schools Investigator Edward Stancik said he found no evidence of misconduct by PS 89 principal Cleonice LoSecco, 74, and did not recommend any disciplinary action against her. Stancik did say, however that she was responsible for security lapses in the school which may have allowed the intruder to enter the PS 89 through an unlocked door. Comment.

Army recruiting office opens in Richmond Hill

"My mother said I wouldn't make three years," Thomas said from his Richmond Hill office, "because I didn't know how to follow orders." Comment.

Ozone Pk man killed at his home

Balram Singh, 48, was stabbed several times in the chest and found dead by his ex-wife in his home at 94-18 131st St. in Ozone Park, said Officer Joseph Cavitolo, a police spokesman. Comment.

Forest Hills center hosts Hanukkah cultural festival

"People have been coming in here all day," said Rabbi Aaron Cohen of the Ohr Avner Educational Network based in Forest Hills. Comment.

Indian shop owners find mysteries in Christmas

On a recent evening as shoppers bustled along Austin Street collecting gifts, a small perfume shop decked out in holiday fashion lay in wait for the season's shoppers. Metallic balls were suspended like celestial orbs from its ceiling, golden sprigs sprang from its walls, and sparkling rope tinsel was draped in lazy loops. Comment.

Crossing conditions protested

Union members held a protest last Thursday on Queens Boulevard and 67th Avenue to protest the planned closings of token booths throughout the city and warned that such a move could encourage pedestrian to cross Queens Boulevard above ground rather than using the tunnels. Comment.

Laurelton Medical Center officially opens its doors

The Laurelton Medical Center on 225th Street and Merrick Boulevard has been treating patients since October, but last week marked its official dedication and open house to the community. Comment.

Xavier’s Starace stars in 3-2 win over Prep

On Friday night, three weeks to the day of the debacle, Starace went from goat to hero, stopping 19 shots to lead Xavier to a 3-2 win at Abe Stark Arena on Coney Island. Comment.

Woman found dead in Rosdale

Balram Singh, 48, was stabbed several times in the chest and found dead by his ex-wife in his home at 94-18 131st St. in Ozone Park, said Officer Joseph Cavitolo, a police spokesman. Comment.

S. Jamaica dad slain after fight

Jamel Jordan, 20, of 109-15 Merrick Blvd. was found dead by a passerby on the front lawn of a house on Sayers Avenue near 166th Street, said Police Officer Carmen Melendez, a department spokeswoman. The residents of the home apparently did not know Jordan, whose body was discovered at about 6:30 a.m. by a woman from the neighborhood on her way to work, Melendez said. Comment.

New school sites proposed for Dist. 29

The district, which covers Queens Village, Springfield Gardens, Rosedale, Laurelton and parts of Jamaica and Fresh Meadows, has tapped sites at 222-21 Jamaica Ave. in Queens Village, 175-02 Jamaica Ave. in Jamaica, and 234th Street and Merrick Boulevard in Laurelton for the schools, which will add 2,112 new classroom seats by September 2003. Comment.

Flake withdraws name for Bush cabinet position

Political allies of Flake said he pulled out of the running for many of the same reasons he left Congress in 1998: to spend more time with family and to oversee the Allen AME Church in Jamaica, where he is the pastor. Comment.

Civic leader steps down after 20 years

After he officially stepped down Dec. 20, Finkelstein was honored by the group for all he has done for the northeast Queens community. Comment.

Floral Park teen designs civic web sites

At age 14, the Floral Park teen with curly red hair, braces and glasses has designed, developed and maintained three working web sites. But what is really impressive is he is self-taught. Bearak designed the websites for the Northeast Queens Jewish Community Councils, the Queens Civic Congress and Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer's site, which will be up and running in 2001. Comment.

Bryant holds off upstart Jamaica, 64-62

"We came out of oblivion to play for first place and we put forth a first-place performance," said Jamaica head coach Dewitt Thompson. "I think they stole one from us today and they know it." Comment.

SB29 says Levy biased in search for superintendent

In a Dec. 12 letter to the Board of Ed, School Board President Nathaniel Washington said the chancellor has not remained neutral in the C-37 superintendent selection process and has publicly lobbied for District Administrator Michael Johnson to get the job running the district, which has 27,000 students in 28 schools. Comment.

Man injured after fire, pet cat remains missing

Bernard Stein, who is over 65, was taken to Cornell Weil Medical Center Burn unit two weeks ago after fire broke out at his home at 182-20 Aberdeen Rd., said firefighter Mike Prendergast, a Fire Department spokesman. Comment.

Boy Scout to attain  Eagle rank

On Saturday morning, Jan. 6, David Schwartzberg, 13, will be inducted into the Eagle Scout echelon in a court of honor at Holy Family Church, where his Troop 55 meets. Comment.

Shoppers seek sales at College Pt. stores

"I bought a house today," he said nonchalantly. Well, the house wasn't exactly on the dolly, but all of the trappings like furniture and a small television set were. Still, one creature comfort for his new summer home in Windam, N.Y. was conspicuously absent: a mattress. Comment.

Groups agree to work together on lunar parade

Adam Kim, the executive vice president of the Korean American Association, one of the groups that comprises the Lunar New Year Parade 2001 committee, said the ex-presidents of the association met last week to decide on what course of action to take to stem the feuding. Soon after, Kim said, officials from the second coalition, the Lunar New Year Committee, agreed to unite and work with this year's coalition. Comment.

Queens politician rediscovers Irish roots

Although U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley's (D-Jackson Heights) family came from Ireland and he has been back to visit some 20 times, he said this visit was special because he was able to return to his family's homeland as a representative of the United States. Comment.

Cardozo girls can’t hold lead in loss to Curtis

Unfortunately for Larry Carradine's club, the lead would not last, as the Warriors roared back to outscore Cardozo 17-10 in the third quarter and 23-15 in the fourth quarter en route to a 54-47 win over the Judges. Comment.

Little Neck rabbi builds on growing congregation

"It's all about building relationships and getting to know each other," he said in an interview this week. "This is an accomplished congregation that is still eager to grow and try new ideas." Comment.

PS 159 students thrill family at festival

The festival - which features 10 different dances representing a variety of cultures and several long tables of home-cooked food - is a longtime tradition for sixth-graders at PS 159, Principal Marlene Zucker said. Comment.

Jewish school makes Hanukkah real

"We celebrate because it's a special holiday," one boy said Friday, the first full day of Hanukkah. "Because you get presents." Comment.

Army gives vet belated war medals

Gratt, 77, a Brooklyn native who moved to Bay Terrace more than 40 years ago with his wife Irma, said he had nearly forgotten about his wartime honors in the 53 years since the end of the war. Comment.

Queens mourns mayor who left boro snowed in

So angry were many residents that they jeered the mayor when he showed up in their neighborhoods days after a 15-inch snowfall on Feb. 9, 1969. Lindsay was defeated in a primary election for a second term later that year, although he was re-elected when he ran as a Liberal in the general election. He lost Queens in the primary but carried the borough in the later balloting, winning over Democratic Comptroller Mario Procaccino and Republican state Sen. John Marchi from Staten Island. Comment.

Queens crime down 9% in 2000: DA

From Jan. 1 to Dec. 17, the number of felonies reported in the northern Queens precincts decreased by nearly 11 percent and in the southern precincts by roughly 7 percent, compared with the same period last year, said Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown. In addition, Brown said, the number of auto thefts reported to police - a crime often the highest in the city in Queens - dropped by nearly 72 percent over the last 10 years to 12,032 in 2000, from 50,239 in 1990. Comment.

Diocese forgives $500K debt of St. Clement Pope

But Brenkert, the pastor of St. Clement Pope of Jamaica, hadn't received a call or a letter from the bishop, nothing official to say that his $496,909 worth of loans would be chalked up to oblivion. All he got was a mid-afternoon phone call Friday from a reporter asking for an interview. And that was good enough for him. Comment.

O’Connor’s basket drives Cathedral past Kellenberg

O'Connor, a 6-foot-4 senior forward out of Middle Village, connected on his running jumper with eight seconds remaining in regulation to thwart a Kellenberg comeback. The Firebirds, vying for their second win of the season, trailed by as many as seven in the final period, but battled back to take 44-43 lead. Comment.

Shakeup leads to SJU win

This year's squad avoided that distinction with a hard-fought 72-65 win before a sold-out Alumni Hall last week. The Red Storm held Manhattan, which led at halftime 38-32, to just six field goals in the second half on 23.1 percent from the field. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Getting its act together

Evidence of these changes is already visible among scholastic programs throughout the city, but no change or at least commitment to change so far is as prominent as the establishment of the PSAL's website - www.opt-osfns.org/psal/ - a promise made by Klasfeld that has been kept. Comment.

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