Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000

College Round-up: Dobie named NEC Rookie of the Week, again

For the third time this season, Long Island University sophomore guard Antawn Dobie has been named Northeast Conference rookie of the week. Comment.

St. John’s struggles in win over Boston College

Troy Bell's leaner in the final seconds of Saturday St. John's-Boston College match-up at Alumni Hall bounced off both sides of the rim before falling harmlessly to the floor, securing a heart-stopping 59-58 victory for the Red Storm. Comment.

Police Blotter: Firefighters in Floral Park suffer minor injuries

FLORAL PARK-Four firefighters suffered minor injuries and were treated at local hospitals after fighting a blaze at a private, two-story home at 84-68 259th St., said other firefighters who were on the scene. Comment.

City targets Queens Plaza prostitution

In a push to crack down on prostitution in Queens Plaza, lawyers for the city this week sought sweeping power to bar suspected criminals from public streets, a move experts say raises serious constitutional issues. Comment.

Board 24 member warns Levy

The story of School Board 24's efforts to find a new superintendent took a strange turn last week as one board member hired a lawyer to warn the new schools chancellor against interfering in the selection process. Comment.

Cops arrest suspect in shooting

It was nearly 3 1/2 months ago that her son, Jasper Rhodes, was killed, and Pam Richardson of South Ozone Park cannot help but be reminded of him every day. Comment.

Smith helps Red Storm women beat Pittsburgh

Just two days after being named Big East rookie of the week, St. John's sophomore forward Aiysha Smith wanted to show the league that the honor was no fluke. In the final eight minutes against the Pittsburgh Panthers she did just that. The 6-foot-2 native of Detroit scored 10 points, including six straight during a key run that catapulted the Red Storm to a 56-47 win at Alumni Hall last Wednesday. Comment.

Internet biz sets sights on Long Island City

A Virginia-based Internet company plans to open a 300,000-square-foot facility in Long Island City, bringing 450 jobs to the area, city and company officials said Monday. Comment.

State closes LIC clinic that hired disturbed doc

State health officials halted operations last week at a Long Island City abortion clinic that had hired a doctor who carved his initials in a patient at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan. Comment.

Hevesi seeks funds for dorm sprinklers

State Sen. Daniel Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) said Friday he would introduce ambitious legislation mandating that the state pay for all colleges in New York to upgrade their dormitories with sprinklers in every room. Comment.

Rosedale resident beautifies neighborhood

Fred Kress has lived in Rosedale all of his life and he has no intentions of leaving. The new president of the Rosedale Civic Association and founder of the Cornucopia Society Inc., Kress spends many of his non-working hours helping to make the neighborhood a better place to live. Comment.

Mail workers postal over Springfield Gardens dogs

Two months after the U.S. Postal Service suspended mail delivery to 35 homes in Springfield Gardens because a resident's dogs attacked several letter carriers, service still has not resumed. Comment.

FAA grilled by residents on JFK airplane noise

The Federal Aviation Administration held its final public forum Monday at the Ramada Plaza at Kennedy International Airport on its plans to overhaul how airspace is used and planes are routed. Comment.

Prep girls drops OT thriller to Christ the King

The St. Francis Prep girls basketball team was seven-tenths of a second away from a phenomenal victory over Christ the King, the 10-time defending Class A State champions. Comment.

3 murders distress 103rd Pct.

A man was found dead in his car outside 108-44 164th St. in Jamaica last Thursday night for the third homicide within a week in the 103rd Precinct, police said. Comment.

Cambria Heights man rescued after disappearing

The Johnson family of Cambria Heights breathed a bit easier over the weekend after their patriarch was found in Harlem, where he owned a TV repair shop until three years ago. Comment.

Levy grills Board 29 after move to oust super

School Board 29 members were ordered to meet with Interim Schools Chancellor Harold Levy last week to explain their decision to dismiss Acting Superintendent Michael Cinquemani, the board's president said at a recent meeting. Comment.

Cambria Heights blaze kills couple, grandson

Only the shell was left of Maurice and Grace Miller's home in Cambria Heights after a fire started by scented candles left burning overnight ripped through their brick house, killing the couple and their 5-year-old grandson, authorities said. Comment.

SB 29 issues warning: Driver menaces kids

School Board 29 has sent a warning letter to parents of children at PS 156 and PS 176 about a man in a four-wheel-drive vehicle who is trying to convince children to get into his car. Comment.

SB 26, 29 torn over plans for 3 Creedmoor schools

School Board 29 and School Board 26 joined forces last week to reject a Board of Education plan to build three schools on the Creedmoor Psychiatric campus that would serve children from both districts. Comment.

St. George’s church granted city landmark status

One Flushing religious institution has been landmarked by the city, and another - a synagogue just a few blocks south - could be listed in the National Registry of Historic Places in the coming months. Comment.

Cardozo edges Lewis, 51-45, to claim division title

It was more than just another game between arch rivals Cardozo and Francis Lewis on Saturday afternoon. Not only was first place and the division basketball crown in the PSAL girls I-A league on the line, but perhaps also an easier road to the championship for the winner. Comment.

YWCA launches English literacy drive

The Flushing YWCA has developed a literacy campaign which staff hope will play a part in improving the English skills and then the lives of young and old members of the area's diverse immigrant community, particularly Asian Americans. Comment.

Little Neck teen uses skills to save life

Christopher Louis Benson had an unusual Saturday night, but the teen seemed to be taking it right in stride. Comment.

Parts of Udall’s Cove scorched after brushfire

A large brushfire cleared out a sizable section of grass and bushes from Udall's Cove last month, coming dangerously close to at least one home in the wetlands preserve and leaving Douglaston and Little Neck residents with an almost unobstructed view of Little Bay. Comment.

Ft. Totten gets funding to clean up contaminants

A representative for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Thursday night that $450,000 has been allocated to clean up mercury and other contaminants at Bayside's Fort Totten four months after the federal government eliminated funds for the project. Comment.

Cross hockey suffers tough loss to Xaverian

The Holy Cross hockey team suffered another tough loss, this time, 3-2, to the Xaverian Clippers at Abe Stark Rink in Coney Island Sunday night. Comment.

Iannece joins contenders for Abel seat

The race for City Councilman Mike Abel's (R-Bayside) seat became more crowded this week as a Bayside Hills civic leader joined the growing field of declared and undeclared Democratic candidates. Comment.

Community up in arms over group home

Loud and tense questioning from residents opposed to the placement of a group home for the developmentally disabled in Bayside dominated a Community Board 11 public hearing Monday night. Comment.

Baysiders up in arms over group home

Loud and tense questioning from residents opposed to the placement of a group home for the developmentally disabled in Bayside dominated a Community Board 11 public hearing Monday night. Comment.

PS 1, MOMA officials to reveal merger details

PS 1 in Long Island City and Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art expect to announce final details of their merger within the next few weeks, officials at both institutions said. Comment.

Prairie dogs predict 6 more weeks of cold

Don't break out the shorts and T-shirts just yet. Those prophesying pundits of weather patterns, Flushing Meadows Phil and Corona Kate, saw their shadows and predicted that there would be six more weeks of winter. Comment.

Rego Park students help boro kick off Census 2000

The U.S. Census Bureau's Census 2000 publicity drive may have an added bonus for the kids in the glee club at Rego Park's PS 139 - they could soon find themselves on TV. Comment.

Queens advocates slam Giuliani’s budget cuts

Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's proposed budget cuts for cultural institutions and youth services for fiscal year 2001 drew overwhelming criticism from Queens advocates during an all-day budget hearing Tuesday before the Queens Borough Board. Comment.

Queens rings in Lunar New Year

It was a scene that could only be found in downtown Flushing on the day marking the arrival of the Lunar New Year. Comment.

Feds eyeing malathion as possible carcinogen

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering classifying malathion, a pesticide sprayed throughout Queens last summer during the mosquito-borne West Nile virus outbreak, as a low-level carcinogen, authorities said. Comment.

Cook-less CK edges St. Francis in overtime

Over the past few weeks Omar Cook has been playing some of the best basketball in the city. Whenever Christ the King is faced with a critical situation, Cook gets his team out of it. But against St. Francis Prep on Friday night the Royals faced an unfamiliar scenario when the senior point guard fouled out with 28 seconds left in regulation. The Royals had to win without their best player and they did in overtime, 66-61, at Christ the King High School. Comment.

Levy focuses on teacher shortage, summer school

Interim Schools Chancellor Harold Levy said last week that he plans to focus on summer school and teacher recruitment while the members of the Board of Education search for a permanent chancellor. Comment.

Community Calendar Listings

The Dorcas Unit of the Nora F. Taylor Missionary Society of the Alien A.M.E. Church invites you to its annual Black Heritage Celebration, "A Celebration of Negro Spirituals: The Songs That Got Us Through," on Fri., Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. The Celebration will be held at the Allen A.M.E. Church, 111-54 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica. Free will donation. 718-206-4600. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

The Parkside Players' production of Larry Shue's "The Nerd" opens in two weeks. Don't miss this hilarious comedy. Tickets are now available by calling 718-497-4922 The performance dates are Feb 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, March 3 & 4, 2000. performances will be held at Grace Family Day on Sun., March 26, at 2 p.m., at Queens College's Colden Center, Flushing. Family Day will feature the orchestra, clowns from the Big Apple Circus and father-daughter violinists Byung Kook Kwak and Christine Kwak, who is 13. 212-719-1725 Comment.

‘The Perfect Party’ to play in Douglaston

The Douglaston Community Theater is presenting its winter production, "The Perfect Party," written by A.A. Gurney the playwright who has written "Love Letters," "Sylvia" and several other audience favorites. Comment.

Met’s Marilyn Horne holds master classes

For the first time on Long Island, legendary Metropolitan Opera star Marilyn Horne will provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse of her craft when she holds a master class for young opera singers on the stage of the Jeanne Rimsky Theater at the Landmark on Main Street Community Center in Port Washington. The date is set for Tuesday evening, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m. Comment.

Trinity Players salute Lorraine Hansberry

After seeing "An Evening of Lorraine Hansberry's Work," which took place at the Theater in the Undercroft at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Astoria Friday night, you cannot help but think that the late playwright has become a victim of her own defiant spirit. Comment.

Hall of Science opens women’s health exhibit

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, taking just a decade longer to show up in them than it does in men. Its incidence in black women is 70 percent greater than for Caucasian women. And one out of five women over 50 has osteoporosis, the debilitating, degenerative bone disease that plagues older women who have calcium deficiencies. Comment.

African storyteller spins tales

"Ago?" asked African storyteller Linda Humes as she moved before the small audience gathered at the Auburndale public library. Comments (1).

To The Point: Organizations give to homeless, fire victims

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. Borough President Claire Shulman gave her borough address to a full auditorium at Theater in the Park. There was no word, however, whether we would be getting more school seats for our children in College Point. Our plight continues in this regard. Comment.

St. John’s Prep storms into first place with upset victory

The St. John's Prep boys varsity basketball team exacted a measure of revenge Friday night when it defeated league rival St. Edmund, 82-68. The win moved St. John's into first place and was the first CHSAA Class B defeat for St. Edmund. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Rosedale ceremony is a glowing success

Passing the torch to start the Olympic Games has had a long history. Passing the "candlelight torch" may not be as old a tradition, but it is just as solemn and impressive, carried out during installation ceremonies for the officers of the Rosedale Civic Association. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Juniper Park activists beat an all-night 7-11

The Juniper Park Civic Association is an active group that fights for the communities of Middle Village, Elmhurst and Maspeth. It battles against any disruption of those communities whether it be an all-night store, illegal apartments, airplane noise and air pollution, car thefts or slow police response time. The Association has a very professional newsletter, or should I say booklet. I still keep the January 1998 newsletter, which shows an airplane flying low over homes as a resident looks up at the sky. Comment.

Our History: Did a black woman save Washington’s life?

Was Phoebe Fraunces, one of the five daughters of Samuel Fraunces of Fraunces' Tavern fame, a heroine or not? This is a question that remains a mystery to historians but provides a story worth retelling in this month of February when we mark Black History Month. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Lion Dancers celebrate Year of the Dragon

On Feb. 5, millions of Chinese (and people of other Asian nationalities) celebrated the start of the new year - 4698, the Year of the Dragon. Their lunar calendar is precisely 2,637 years older than ours, give or take a few dozen Groundhog Days. Comment.

Editorial: The missing link

For more than two years we have argued that the Port Authority's plan to build an AirTrain connecting Kennedy Airport with Midtown Manhattan was destined to fail because the proposal does not offer a one-seat ride. Despite our protest and that of many others, including virtually every civic association in Queens, the Port Authority was determined to move forward with its plan. Comment.

Editorial: Crisis looms in public schools

In a series that began in last week's edition, the Times/Ledger exams the problem of overcrowding in the public schools of Queens. The unavoidable conclusion to be drawn from this series is that a situation that is already unacceptable will reach a crisis level in the next seven years. Comment.

Recent Real Estate Transactions

Bayside, 211-10 73 Ave., Coo Hi-Rise, $95,000, Bed 2, Bath 1, Construction-Brick, M/Mnt. $487 Comment.

Health food store changes with area

To survive in the rapidly changing neighborhood of Hunters Point, Shaker Husein has learned to be quick on his feet. Comment.

Short-handed Queens bests Post, 68-63

There is nothing complicated or complex about the game plan for the Queens College men's basketball team. Quite simply, the goal is to exact revenge on each team in the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference that beat them the first time around. Comment.

Last-second foul costs Queens women game

It was the type of ending every coach hopes and prays never happens. With the game tied at 56 with 12 seconds left in regulation, Queens College women's basketball coach Jerry Ingenito forgot the game was tied. Thinking his team was down by one, Ingenito told Queens College sophomore guard Deidre McNamara to foul. Comment.

Loss knocks Forest Hills out of playoff contention

Forest Hills coach Isaac Baumfeld probably summed up his team's 77-57 loss, one that knocks the Rangers out of playoff contention, at Jamaica High School Friday afternoon, the best. Comment.

NCAA suspends SJU’s Barkley for three games

The NCAA announced Tuesday that St. John's sophomore point guard Erick Barkley would be suspended for three games, citing an infraction concerning the governing body's general regulations. The suspension was retroactive, meaning Barkley would miss only two further games - Providence this past Tuesday and Villanova on Saturday - after having already missed one game. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Suspension leads to one bizarre day

It was an absolutely bizarre atmosphere at St. John's University Saturday. It was Senior Day, a day that was supposed to be about the four Red Storm players who were making their final appearance at Alumni Hall. It was supposed to be a good day, a nice day. Instead, it was anything but. Comment.

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