Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000

Community Calendat Listings

Boy Scout Troop 109 meets every Tuesday at P.S.165 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. September thru June. Entrance on 70th Ave. between 150th Street and Kissena Boulevard, Flushing. All boys age 11 and up are welcome to join the fun. 718 544-4259 Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listing

The Flushing YMCA, 42-07 Parsons Blvd., Flushing presents Violin Master Class with violinst Young-Uck Kim on Sat. Feb. 19, at 1 p.m. in the YMCA Auditorium. Admission: $5. 718-353-4553. Comment.

Authentic powwow coming to Flushing

A hundred or more native Americans are expected to gather Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. for an authentic host drum and dance competition to be held at the newly restored Flushing Town Hall theater. Comment.

Shedding light on Louis C.Tiffany

Who would have thought 100 years ago that a colorful lampshade would become part of Americana? And that the man responsible for this uniquely American creation would so deeply affect Queens? Comment.

Little Neck woman lobbies for gun control

Joan Gold has only few weeks to mobilize people all over Queens for her cause, and the Little Neck woman said she is feeling the pressure. Comment.

Queens composer bridges two worlds

The International Chamber Ensemble of Queens Library celebrated its inception Saturday afternoon with a 90-minute concert displaying the breadth of its vision. Comment.

Scandalous, horrific and heroic

When Ruth Snyder of Queens Village was executed Jan. 13, 1928, the story emblazoned the front pages of most New York City newspapers but the Daily News didn't stop with a mere headline. Page 1 of the News was filled with a photo of the murderess seated in the electric chair at the instant the switch was thrown. Comment.

Queens falls flat in loss to Philadelphia, 92-77

Listless and uninspired is no way for a team that is fighting for one of the final playoff spots in the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference to play. But in a crucial league game against Philadelphia University, that is exactly what the Queens College men's basketball team did in its 92-77 loss Saturday night. Comment.

Dunston shoots 15-for-19 in Lady Knights defeat

After missing her first three shots of the game, Queens College senior Kiki Dunston was one shot shy of perfect. The 5-foot-10 forward from John Bowne High School took the Lady Knights on her back and almost single-handedly guided them to a stirring victory Saturday afternoon. Comment.

College Round-up: Holloway named Big East Player of the Week

South Jamaica native Shaheen Holloway was named Big East men's basketball co-player of the week after leading the Seton Hall Pirates to a 3-0 week. Holloway shared the honor with Ruben Boumtje Boumtje from Georgetown. Comment.

SJU escapes with win over Nova

The St. John's Red Storm welcomed back sophomore point guard Erick Barkley with open arms Saturday, as the team took the floor against the Villanova Wildcats at Madison Square Garden. Comment.

Fans welcome back Barkley before victory

St. John's University point guard Erick Barkley took the floor at Madison Square Garden Saturday to a standing ovation. It was the first action the Christ the King alum had seen since his two-game suspension by the NCAA and the Red Storm faithful let him know just how they felt about his return. Comment.

SJU keeps it close early, falls to UConn

The St. John's women's basketball team trailed the mighty Huskies of Connecticut by just seven, 38-31, 1:40 into the second half. The 1,625 on hand, mostly UConn supporters, began to feel uneasy. The Red Storm appeared, just for a moment, to perhaps be on the verge of an upset of titanic proportions. Comment.

Van Buren solid in playoff win over Grady

In the week leading up to his team's first round PSAL playoff game, Van Buren head coach Perry Dortch considered himself a lucky man. The VeeBees had just edged out Bayside in Queens II-A and the Commodores were forced to head to Staten Island to take on Curtis. Comment.

Bayside High grad, Olympic track star dies at 67

Mae Faggs Starr, a 1952 graduate of Bayside High School who became an Olympic champion sprinter and the first star of the Tennessee State University track team in the 1950s, died Jan. 27 at her home in Woodlawn, Ohio. She was 67. Comment.

Lewis girls fall in overtime to Bergtraum, 70-59

The Francis Lewis girls basketball team were eight seconds from dethroning the defending PSAL 'A' champions Murry Bergtraum. After freshman Teresa Rozza hit one of two free throws, the Patriots had a 53-50 lead. The Lady Blazers needed a miracle shot Monday afternoon if they hoped to advance to the second round of the playoffs. Comment.

Molloy loses Gibson for year after loss

The Archbishop Molloy Stanners lost more than a game Friday night when they traveled to Middle Village and fell to the Christ the King Royals, 55-54. They lost junior big man Wendell Gibson. Comment.

An MSG dream come true

For McClancy's Sandro Pardo, the nerves started on his ride over the Queensborough Bridge. It hit St. Francis Prep forward Mike Begy late the night before. Sean O'Neill from Holy Cross even had a dream about it. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: An all-star team for boro’s best

After having watched the NBA All-Star game this past weekend, it got me thinking about what would a Queens all-star team look like. And much to my amazement, a team consisting of nothing but active Queens professional basketball players would be a pretty darn good one. Comment.

Police Blotter: 18-year-old male slashed by two men on subway platform

FLUSHING - An 18-year-old male was slashed at the Shea Stadium stop on the No. 7 subway line on Friday, police said. The victim was approached by two men on the platform at approximately 12 p.m., said Detective Madelyne Galindo. Comment.

Queens LIRR passengers overcharged: City report

New York City Public Advocate Mark Green has issued a report complaining that residents of Queens and Brooklyn pay more to take the Long Island Rail Road than Long Island residents pay to travel similar distances. Comment.

Discount airline begins Buffalo service at JFK

A new airline that has proclaimed its dedication to bringing down the high airfares for trips within New York state was scheduled to inaugurate service this week with a one-hour flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Buffalo. Comment.

Leffler says remove tax to lower heating oil cost

After the price of home-heating oil peaked at more than $2 a gallon last week, City Councilman Sheldon Leffler (D-Hollis) suggested eliminating the city sales tax on the fuel through the winter of 2001. Comment.

Reception House moves to new home

In the late 1950s, Marcello Caira sort of stumbled into the catering business. He had been the contractor hired to convert some Flushing storefronts along Northern Boulevard, near the corner of 162 Street, into the new home for a local nightclub - the Blue Note. Comment.

To the Point: As the birds chirp, woodchucks shiver

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. The groundhogs may be wearing earmuffs and scarves, but the birds are all out chirping, shedding their old feathers and building their nests for their new arrivals. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Shulman lauds class for aiding homeless

Queens Borough President Claire Shulman delivered her 14th State of the Borough address with her usual colored slides in the Queens Theatre in the Park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Her emphasis was on education. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Childhood experience provided good lesson

Mistakes are not casual things to me. My upbringing taught me that. I can remember our family going to a restaurant when I was about 5 years old. It was to be a very special treat because during the Great Depression, we seldom did extravagant things. As we began to eat, I reached across the big dinner plate to pick up the glass of milk that had been set before me. Almost as soon as I had it in my grasp, it tipped over, clanking hard onto the table. Its contents slithered in every direction, soaking the tablecloth. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Queens denizens take winter in stride

This winter has been particularly harsh. Last week, I traveled to Cunningham Park for some rest and relaxation. I grabbed a bench and had a very delightful conversation with the person seated next to me. An hour went by before I realized she was a snowwoman. Comment.

Editorial: District under siege

What a mess School District 29 has become. Late last week acting Schools Chancellor Harold Levy disbanded the board after the board fired Acting Superintendent Michael Cinquemani. Cinquemani was hired to replace Celestine Miller, who was fired by then Chancellor Rudy Crew because she failed to immediately notify the Board of Education that an 8-year-old boy had brought a loaded pistol to school. And, of course, Levy was hired because the board fired Crew. Comment.

Editorial: Same baloney

There is a difference between being mentally disabled and being plain old ignorant. The five adults hoping to move into a group home in Bayside have a mental disability; they are coping with mild to moderate metal retardation. The people who came to a Community Board 11 meeting with the hope of barring the door to these disabled adults are ignorant. Comment.

Nina Adams: Queensbridge crusader

Queensbridge Tenant Association President Nina Adams knows what it means to fight an uphill battle. Comment.

LIC’s old Swingline digs to house MoMA exhibits

The Museum of Modern Art announced last week it will use the old Swingline Stapler building in Long Island City as exhibition space while it renovates its midtown Manhattan facility, museum officials said. Comment.

Jackson Heights cultural group honored

A Queens-based cultural awareness group received a citywide award in recognition of its contributions to western Queens at a ceremony Monday. Comment.

Woodside residents rally to preserve rent laws

About 200 Woodside residents answered a call to defend the city's remaining rent regulated apartments at a meeting this week organized by a Queens civic group and a Manhattan non-profit. Comment.

Inland Press Foundation honors Astoria Times

The Astoria Times, the newest member of the Times/Ledger Newspapers chain, won third place in the Inland Press Foundation's "Best in the Nation" competition for 1999. Comment.

Queens couple marks 68 years of marriage

Some people will never believe in love at first sight. Comment.

Boro dentists brighten teeth, sick kids’ lives

For most of the year, dentists collect a fee from each patient who sits in the chair. Comment.

McCaffrey begins race against Crowley

Ending months of speculation about his political ambitions, City Councilman Walter McCaffrey (D-Woodside) announced this week he would try to unseat incumbent Queens Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) in this year's primary election. Comment.

Pol slams agency on plane noise

U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) released a study this week accusing the Port Authority of failing to mitigate airplane noise in Queens neighborhoods as millions of dollars in available funds sit idle. Comment.

170th Street’s ‘Old Doc’ found dead after blaze

Joe Royal was known as the elder statesman of his Springfield Gardens block. Many longtime residents of the block simply referred to him as "Old Doc." Comment.

$250M needed to fix Queens libraries: State

Queensborough Public Library, the nation's largest library system, will need more than $250 million to upgrade old, cramped buildings and to build more libraries to meet a rapidly growing book-borrowing population, a survey by the state Education Department showed. Comment.

Springfield Gardens man shot friend’s son: Cops

A Springfield Gardens man returned home from work early last week and thinking there were burglars in the house, he reached for his gun and shot a teenager who turned out to be his son's friend. Comment.

Queens Village GOP club celebrates its 125th year

More than 100 members of the Queens Village Republican Club turned out Sunday to simultaneously celebrate its 125th anniversary and the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, but the speakers at the dinner focused as much on the party's future as its past. Comment.

Cambria Heights blaze prompts goodwill gesture

Employees of North American Telecom have rallied to support their friend and fellow employee, Nicole Miller, whose 5-year-old son and parents died last week in a Cambria Heights fire that destroyed their home. Comment.

School Board

The nine-member School Board 29 in southeastern Queens was suspended last Thursday amidst allegations of incompetence. Comment.

SNAP program serves seniors in Glen Oaks

Just off Hillside Avenue and tucked away in the southern half of the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center campus in the second largest building on Creedmoor's grounds sits Services Now for Adult Persons, a senior center catering to residents of northern Queens. Comment.

City, state agree on terms of $112M LIE redesign

State and city officials announced Monday they had reached an agreement on a $112 million plan that would improve traffic on the Long Island Expressway in eastern Queens and restore 12 acres of the original Alley Pond Park. Comment.

Queens may lose 5,000 U.S. funded summer jobs

More than 5,000 Queens teens who held federally funded summer jobs last year stand to lose that opportunity this year unless city and state legislators act quickly, advocates say. Comment.

No to Mets at college: Neighbors

Plans to temporarily house a minor league baseball team owned by the New York Mets at St. John's University in Jamaica are being met with strong opposition by residents who live near the campus. Comment.

Idling livery cabs target of Flushing crackdown

Flushing car services beware. If any of your livery drivers are found cruising the streets of the downtown area or idling in a municipal parking lot, they are liable to be caught on film or tape and reported to the city Taxi and Limousine Commission. Comment.

Flushing board supports sweeping zoning change

Queens residents who contend their quiet, residential neighborhoods are being jeopardized by the development of a variety of community facilities have a champion in Community Board 7. Comment.

Federal $$$ eyed for College Pt. ballfields

In an effort to keep the city's plans to rebuild the long-dormant College Point Sports Complex on track, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) announced he has asked the federal government for $3 million in budget appropriations to add to the project's coffers. Comment.

College Point task force targets graffiti

Residents of the College Point area, tired of seeing graffiti everywhere they turn in their small community, have formed a task force to deal with the illegal spray-painting problem. Comments (18).

Fire kills woman at 120th St.

Despite efforts by neighbors and firefighters, a wheelchair-bound 79-year-old woman died when a two-alarm fire raced through her College Point home Saturday, a Fire Department spokesman said. Comment.

Creedmoor high school criticized

The proposal to place three schools on the campus of the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center drew another round of criticism from the community at a sparsely attended public hearing Tuesday evening at Benjamin Cardozo High School in Bayside. Comment.

Foreign fare abounds at Little Neck’s PS 94

The hallways of PS 94 in Little Neck were transformed Friday morning from mostly empty corridors to dining halls by a sea of parents, staff and children who crowded around tables laden with homemade dishes for the school's annual International Food Festival. Comment.

Flake endorses Gore during Sunday service

Politics is a fickle business. One week after presidential candidate Bill Bradley spent hours at Sunday services being embraced by the Rev. Floyd Flake and his congregation at Allen AME Church in St. Albans, Vice President Al Gore received the endorsement of the influential minister and former congressman. Comment.

PS 54 survives without school library

Ask the students at PS 54 in Richmond Hill if they have a library at their elementary school and they nod their heads in an emphatic yes. Comment.

First lady campaigns in Queens

U.S. Senate candidate Hillary Clinton made two campaign appearances on Saturday in Jamaica and Flushing, and while the audiences may have been very different, her message to both groups was about the same. Comment.

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