Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000

Fun, fizz, Firebird: Edith Franklin turns 100

She never goes to doctors, drinks nothing but soda, and still drives her 1986 Pontiac Firebird. Comment.

Community Calendar

QSAC, 30-10 38th St., Astoria, will be hosting a blood drive on Tues., Feb. 29 from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. 718-728-8476. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

The New York Metropolitan Country Music Association will hold a country and western dance at the Glendale Memorial Building on Saturday, Feb. 26, featuring the band Concrete Cowboys. The Glendale Memorial Building is located at 72-02 Myrtle Ave. Doors open at 8 p.m. A free dance lesson will be given at 8:30 p.m. Open dancing begins at 9 p.m. Admission: $10. 718-763-4328. Comment.

Pow-wow wows crowd at Flushing Town Hall

Members of the Shinnecock, Cherokee and Seminole tribes prowled around the Flushing Town Hall auditorium Sunday as if they were out on the hunt, while four other Native Americans chanted a traditional song and kept the beat of the dance by pounding on a giant drum. Comment.

Queens quartet Descends on the Heights

Castle Heights at 83-11 Northern Blvd. in Jackson Heights is known to the Queens music crowd as a place where new bands can show their stuff at the start on their way to potential stardom. Comment.

Glackens show opens at QMA

"William Glackens: An Impressionist's Journey" opened Tuesday at the Queens Museum of Art and features the first opportunity in many decades to view little-known works by an artist who has been described as a neglected American master. Comment.

Teacher devotes life to Forest Hills teens

In a small, dim corner of the Forest Hills Community House, just off the stairway on the second floor, Jim Pullano sits in his tiny cubicle and talks animatedly about the one passion that has filled his entire life: his devotion to young people. Comment.

Cool sounds for a cold night

LaGuardia Community College's Little Theatre, during this past Friday's stormy, icy and brutally cold evening, became one of the very coziest and intimately comfortable jazz performance venues in Queens. In the hippest of circles, it's been said "that the cats will always hang when it's time to hang," and this first gathering of a promising schedule of future performances to follow, as part of "The Second Annual Jazz Jam Series," certainly proved the axiom to be the truest of truisms. Comment.

SJU women stop skid with win over Villanova

It wasn't quite a flawless performance, but for St. John's women's basketball coach Darcel Estep, it was as close as her team has come this season. Comment.

York Cardinals best CCNY in quarterfinals

York College entered the CUNY Tournament with a 13-game winning streak. Over the first eight games they beat opponents convincingly. In the following five games of the streak the contests were much closer against teams they beat easily in the first match-up. Getting up for teams York has blown out the first time hasn't been easy. Comment.

QCC crushed by BMCC for CUNY title

In the infancy of the CUNY community college women's basketball championship, there has been only one name on the championship trophy. And after Friday night's third annual title game, there remained that one name as the Borough of Manhattan Community College cruised to a 63-26 win over Queensborough Community College win at BMCC. Comment.

College Round-up: Mistake-prone Queens Knights fall to Molloy, 75-70

A week ago Queens College men's basketball head coach Kyrk Peponakis complained that his Knights didn't play with heart in a 92-77 loss to Philadelphia University last week. Determination wasn't the problem Sunday at Molloy College in Rockville Centre. It was brains, as Queens fell, 75-70. Comment.

Queens basketball teams prepare for playoff run

St. John’s Prep, St. Agnes to fight for first

The St. John's Prep girls varsity basketball team will host St. Agnes of College Point at the Astoria School on Monday, Feb. 28 at 4 p.m. for sole possession of first place in the Catholic High School Athletic Association Brooklyn/Queens II girls basketball league. Comment.

Lane eliminated from ‘B’ playoff chase

Franklin K. Lane High School was in control against fifth-seeded Roosevelt High School, and held a 50-40 lead at the end of three quarters. Unfortunately for No. 12 Lane (18-7), there was still one quarter to be played. Roosevelt (22-2) went on a decisive 30-13 spurt in the final quarter to eliminate the defending PSAL B champions, 70-63, on Saturday afternoon at St. Francis College in Brooklyn. Comment.

North Shore Towers gets high-tech security demo

Officials of Queens Borough Patrol North and South joined private security officers at a presentation Friday morning at the North Shore Towers apartment complex in Glen Oaks to introduce the latest in digital surveillance techniques to reduce crime. Comment.

Molloy, Christ the King skate to tie

In what was a rematch of a classic three-game clash in Catholic High School Hockey League semifinals, Molloy and Christ the King battled to a 4-4 tie Saturday night at the Ice Hutch in Mount Vernon. Comment.

Lamar Odom: A star in the making

He may be only 20, but Lamar Odom has accomplished more than most people have in a lifetime. The South Jamaica native has played in arenas all across the country, but amazingly he had never gotten the chance to play in the one he used to go to as a child. That is, until Monday afternoon when Odom and the Los Angeles Clippers took on the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. It was the first time the NBA rookie had played at an arena that is about 20 minutes away from where he played his high school ball at Chirst the King in Middle Village. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Huge crowd opposes Mets at St. John’s

An informational report at the February meeting of Community Board 8 drew a huge crowd to the meeting room in the United Cerebral Palsy Building opposite Queens Hospital Center. The occasion was the New York City Economic Development Corporation's and the New York Mets' presentation with St. John's University, of their proposal to renovate the St. John's baseball field so the newly purchased AA Minor League team, the Kings, can play there for one or two summers. Comment.

To The Point: Retirement dinner set for Pastor Cameron

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. I hope that you are in a real loving mood after St. Valentine's Day. It was a really complimentary week. Everyone I met loves my column and recognized me immediately. This gives me a great deal of satisfaction because I do write about many important events, items and people. A great big thank you and much love to all my fans. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: This letter taught me to be extra cautious

In the letters to the editor section of the Feb. 10 edition of the Times/Ledger Newspapers, there appeared two letters commenting on my column, "Don't rush to judge in the Amadou Diallo case," which appeared in the Feb. 3 issue. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: There’s more to March than madness

March is the third month of the year. It was named after the Roman god Mars, who was known for his sweet tooth and the candy bar that bears his name. He claimed that candy was good for the eyes, which he needed in order to differentiate between peanut-cluster candies (with dark chocolate) and truffles (with milk chocolate). Comment.

Our History: When New York was the U.S. capital

Unusual as it may seem, New York City's role as our nation's first capital is rarely more than touched upon by historians today. New York, however, served as our nation's capital for five years from 1785 to 1790, and played a vital role in the formation of our new government after the British were defeated and the Treaty of Paris ended the war. Comment.

Editorial: Gore goes to church

At the Allen AME Church in St. Albans, the line between church and state is often blurred. For years, the Rev. Floyd Flake was comfortable wearing two hats as the pastor of one of the largest and most active churches in New York and as a congressman representing southeast Queens. And so, it was little surprise two weeks ago to see Flake sharing his pulpit with Vice President Al Gore, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination. Comment.

Editorial: If not there, where?

About 25 people came to a public hearing at Cardozo High School in Bayside to discuss a proposal to build three schools on the campus of the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center. The plans include a 650-seat primary school, a 900-seat intermediate school and a 1,000-seat high school in a borough where 9,500 new seats are needed. Do the arithmetic. This proposal is a no-brainer. Comment.

Police Blotter: Bayside fire damages apartment garages

BAYSIDE - A fire broke out Feb. 16 in a private garage in an apartment complex just off 224th Street and 67th Avenue. No one was injured in the blaze. Comment.

Queens precincts add domestic abuse cops

Model Domestic Violence Teams will be expanded to four more Queens police precincts this year, doubling the number of precincts in the borough under the program, city officials said. Comment.

Real Estate Transactions

Bayside, 47-22 215 Pl., Coo Garden Apt., $53,000, Bed 1, Bath 1, Construction-Brick, M/Mnt. $380 Comment.

Bakery soothes tastebuds with pastry, calm

Madal Bal is not your usual New York bakery. While it does offer the international blend of pastries usually found in the city, the Jamaica Estates storefront lacks the hectic lines and rushed service which characterize the standard coffee shop. Comment.

Queens Plaza crackdown discourages prostitution

As a judge reviews a controversial new move by the city to bar some suspected prostitutes and pimps from the public streets of Queens Plaza, police brass say attention to the area has already had an impact on prostitution-related crime. Comment.

Ridgewood bust yields laundered $500K: DA

Police officers seized more than half a million dollars last week in a money-laundering bust in Ridgewood and Elmhurst, authorities said. Comment.

Queens Indo-Caribbeans start Census 2000 drive

Leaders in Richmond Hill's large Indo-Caribbean community are participating in a census awareness campaign to ensure an accurate count of the minority population in this year's U.S. Census, which begins next month. Comment.

Accused murderer claims mistaken ID

Brooklyn resident Angelo Espinal was wrongly accused of killing the nephew of a Queens Supreme Court judge during a 1998 shooting rampage at the Red Lobster restaurant in Rego Park, a defense attorney said Tuesday. Comment.

Eagle Electric to stay in LIC after pending sale

Eagle Electric Manufacturing Co., an 80-year-old company based in Long Island City, will be sold to a Houston company but plans to keep its Queens operations. Comment.

24-hr. Home Depot site makes Forest Hills debut

Home Depot, the home improvement retail giant, last week opened a new 24-hour, 120,000-square-foot store on Woodhaven Boulevard, making it the chain's fourth location in the borough. Comment.

Gore gets Weiner’s backing

U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills), who recently completed his first year in Congress, last week endorsed Vice President Al Gore for president in the Democratic primary. Comment.

113th Precinct hit by 3-day homicide wave

Three chilling murders within three days have rocked the 113th Precinct, where police moved swiftly to make arrests in each of the cases but are at a loss to explain the wave of violence. Comment.

Flake’s support for Gore questioned

A Washington D.C.-based group that advocates the separation of church and state is asking the Internal Revenue Service to investigate Rev. Floyd Flake for allegedly violating the federal tax code by endorsing Al Gore for president at his Allen AME Church last week. Comment.

Vote slated in SE Queens for Waldon’s senate seat

Gov. George Pataki announced this week a special election will be held on Tuesday, March 28, to fill the state senate seat vacated by Alton Waldon, who left the Legislature to become a state judge. Comment.

Pols vow lawsuit to block Mets

At an emergency meeting organized by a coalition of civic groups, state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) announced he would start legal action in State Supreme Court early next month to block St. John's University's plan to temporarily house a New York Mets farm team at the school. Comment.

District 29 parents slam Levy

About 150 parents and residents of School District 29 packed the auditorium of PS 35 in Hollis last Thursday to voice their opposition to Interim Schools Chancellor Harold Levy's decision to disband School Board 29 at the first meeting of the appointed board of trustees. Comment.

Padavan announces plan to save families’ money on college tuition

In a bid to increase financial aid for college students, state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) said the state Senate Republican majority has adopted a new plan to help alleviate some of the financial burden of a college education for low- and middle-income families. Comment.

City’s bravest foils Little Neck robbery

Firefighter Timothy Dowd took his normal route to work Sunday evening, but before he even arrived at Engine Company 313 in Douglaston, he got a chance to be a hero. Comment.

Flushing Hospital facing suit over rooftop death

The state Department of Health has concluded its inquiry into the January death of an elderly patient on the roof of Flushing Hospital and the official findings should be made public in about a month, a spokesman for the agency said. Comment.

Clinton seeks $1M for West Nile research

At the urging of a U.S. senator from Connecticut, President Clinton has asked Congress to allocate $1 million to research the mosquito-borne West Nile virus, which was first detected in the Western Hemisphere last summer in Queens and surrounding regions. Comment.

Transfers halted at firehouse

The controversial mass transfer of 50 firefighters from a Flushing station house has been resolved to the satisfaction of local politicians, but some of those same politicians are now criticizing changes in another firefighting unit just blocks away. Comment.

PTA to city: Make streets around PS 193 safer

Joe Governale stood at the corner of 11th Avenue and 154th Street in Whitestone, just a few yards past PS 193 where his children are students, and watched the cars cruise north down the slope from the 14th Avenue stoplight. Comment.

College Point criminal back in custody

A career criminal from College Point who escaped from a Brooklyn hospital while awaiting sentencing for a series of robberies and a murder in Queens was captured in Woodside Saturday after 24 hours on the lam, authorities said. Comment.

Bronx man killed in Metropolis’ lot

For the second time in less than a year, an evening at the Metropolis Nightclub in College Point ended in murder when a Bronx man's throat was slashed in the establishment's parking lot early Saturday morning, said a Police Department spokesman. Comment.

After 32 years at Totten, Coast Guard set to move

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) announced last Thursday that the U.S. Coast Guard would leave its station at Fort Totten in Bayside after nearly 32 years for a new, smaller port a little more than a mile away at the Merchant Marine Academy in Nassau County. Comment.

Levy OKs McIntee in District 26

Interim Schools Chancellor Harold Levy has approved School Board 26's request to rehire Superintendent Claire McIntee for an additional three years, SB 26 announced Thursday at its regular meeting at MS 74 in Bayside. Comment.

Blue Devils next up for storming SJU

It was widely regarded as one of the best college basketball games of the season last year. St. John's vs. Duke, where 19,528 were on hand at a sold-out Madison Square Garden and no doubt thousands more will say they were there too. Who can forget Bootsy Thornton scoring 40 points on a bevy of threes? Or Ron Artest nailing a desperation three-pointer in the waning seconds of the second half to send the classic into overtime where the Red Storm finally succumbed to the Blue Devils, 92-88. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: St. John’s, NCAA at war again

It has come out in recent weeks that the NCAA is investigating St. John's University, specifically the relationship between the school and a prominent New York City basketball guru and some of the school's men's basketball players and possible links to agents. At the center of the rumors swirling about is sophomore point guard Erick Barkley, again. Comment.

UConn, ‘Cuse fall to Storm

Less than 48 hours after being carried off the court by teammate Donald Emanuel following a heart-stopping effort against No. 9 Syracuse, St. John's point guard Erick Barkley was celebrating his 22nd birthday in grand style, leading the Red Storm over the defending national champion University of Connecticut Huskies. Comment.

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