Thursday, March 2, 2000

Baysider’s scam netted $1M: Feds

A Bayside man was arrested and charged with securities fraud last week after allegedly making himself and a partner more than $1 million in an Internet scam that used e-mails to drive up the price of penny stocks, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District said last Thursday. Comment.

Community Calendar Listings

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

Arts & Entertainment Listings

This weekend is your last chance to see the Parkside Players' production of Larry Shue's "The Nerd." The remaining performance dates are March 3 and 4. The show starts at 8 p.m. on both nights. All performances are held at Grace Lutheran Church, 103-15 Union Turnpike, Forest Hills. 718-497-4922. Comment.

Opera star returns to Queens for recital

Former organist and choir director Gordon Paulsen needed a baritone soloist for his choir at the Community Church of Douglaston. He knew where to find undiscovered talent, and during a search at Juilliard School in Manhattan, the director met his new soloist, a young student, Stacey Robinson. Comment.

Artist William Glackens on view at QMA

For the first time in its nearly 30-year history, the Queens Museum of Art officially kicked off five exhibitions on Tuesday, Feb. 22. Comment.

Family-friendly ‘Nerd’ is laugh-out-loud funny

The Parkside Players of Forest Hills are getting ready to celebrate their 20th anniversary of theater with the hilarious comedy "The Nerd," which opened Feb. 19 at the Grace Lutheran Church. Comment.

Long Island City lad lands movie role

A little hurricane is blowing through Long Island City, and his name is Mitchell Taylor Jr. Comment.

St. John’s women fall short against Rutgers

For the St. John's women's basketball team, Hell Week is over. The Red Storm took on back-to-back Top 15 teams last week, starting with an 89-50 loss at Old Dominion Wednesday night and finishing with senior day at Alumni Hall against No. 8 Rutgers. Comment.

Boro’s first black judge in Supreme Court dies

One of the first blacks to enter the legal system, retired State Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Browne Hollis, died Feb. 22 after battling prostate cancer. He was 67. Comment.

Baruch upsets York, 52-50, to win CUNY title

Sometimes timing is everything. York College entered the CUNY men's basketball championship game against Baruch College with a 15-game winning streak, a streak bound to come to an end. Comment.

Lackluster Lehman no match for Cardozo

Ron Naclerio didn't know what to expect from No. 14 Lehman in the second round match-up of the PSAL 'A' basketball playoffs on Sunday. The Cardozo head coach scouted eight of the 10 Bronx A League schools, but Lehman wasn't one of them. Comment.

Forest Hills girls stay in hunt for PSAL B title with victory

While winning is certainly a good thing, sometimes a loss is even better for a team. Despite winning 18 straight games, Brigida Pezzulo felt her Forest Hills Rangers were getting a little stale. Comment.

Begy’s two goals complete comeback for St. Francis skaters

It was not shaping up to be Mike Begy's night. Sure the St. Francis Prep senior defenseman scored what he described as a "fluke" goal, but he was also on the ice when his team let up a shorthanded breakaway goal to Christ the King Monday night. The Middle Village native followed that by hitting the post with five minutes left in the third period of a 2-2 tie. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Tournament proves parity in CHSAA

Parity, parity, parity. Comment.

Holy Cross shocks Christ the King, 47-46

With 4.9 seconds left in the game, Ozzie Oyagha propelled himself through the air, twisting his body awkwardly as he did, and snatched a loose ball, launching it at an opposing player. The ball found its mark and ricocheted out of bounds, last touching a Christ the King player and giving possession back to Holy Cross. Comment.

Prep avoids upset, edges McClancy

After Holy Cross defeated Christ the King Sunday at St. Francis College, the words "Black Sunday" were being uttered around the gymnasium, as St. Francis Prep, the No. 3 seed of the Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan, struggled with No. 6 Monsignor McClancy. Comment.

St. John’s burns Blue Devils

DURHAM, N.C.- Very rarely in sports and film, does a sequel equal the original. But on Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C., the St. John's/Duke rematch was the Thrilla' in Manila and the Godfather II all wrapped up into one. Comment.

Bootsy shines once more against Duke

DURHAM, N.C.-There's just something about Duke blue that makes Bootsy Thornton's eyes see red. Comment.

College Round-up: Barkley ineligible for Seton Hall game, SJU appeals

Just when Erick Barkley and St. John's thought their problems with the NCAA had concluded, the organization has struck again. The sophomore point guard was forced to miss the Red Storm's 66-60 win over Seton Hall Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden for what the NCAA says is a violation of the organization's rules regarding financial aid he received while a high school student at Maine Central Institute during the 1997-98 academic season. Comment.

Queens business group launches economic mag

The Queens County Overall Economic Development Corporation this week launched a quarterly publication detailing trends in the borough's economy. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Can’t ‘they’ let our residential areas be?

About 400 people crowded into an auditorium in Hillcrest Jewish Center recently to protest a proposal by the city to build a baseball stadium for a minor league Mets team on the St. John's campus. Comment.

To The Point: A sure sign of spring: St. Patrick’s Day fun

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. I hope that Valentine's Day brought open hearts that are loving, believing, giving and grateful. Now that is something to think about with the chirping of incoming birds and spring around the corner. Comment.

Our History: Ex-city mayors boast Queens roots

In its past, Bayside has been known to have been home to three early mayors of the city of New York. Further investigation, moreover, revealed that our community is actually linked to a number of mayors of our city since its inception as the town of New Amsterdam. Their names reflect those of the families who have played a dominant role in our area since its very beginnings, Willet, Lawrence Hicks, and Bowne, for example. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: I was a baseball-betting teenage gambler

Gloria and I recently had dinner at our favorite Italian restaurant, Aunt Bella's, in Little Neck. The owner, Richard Coy, was seated at an adjacent table and had his back to us. He was very involved gabbing with three other customers. We thought he hadn't noticed us. When we finished, the waitress handed us the check and I handed her my credit card. Seconds later, she came back to tell us that there was no charge for our meal. Then I remembered the big bet. Comment.

Editorial: After the verdict

The one thing certain from day one of the trial of the four policemen who killed Amadou Diallo was that the eventual verdict would resolve nothing. The tragic killing of Diallo has left the city deeply divided and has broadened the chasm between the Police Department and the minority community. Comment.

Editorial: Much ado in Hollis

No doubt about it. The people who live near St. John's University are mad as hell about plans to build a temporary stadium for a Mets minor league team. Last Thursday at the mayor's town hall meeting at the Susan B. Anthony School in Hollis, residents of Jamaica Estates and other nearby communities made their feelings abundantly clear. Comment.

Police Blotter: Minor injuries sustained in South Jamaica blaze

SOUTH JAMAICA - Several people suffered minor injuries after a fire in South Jamaica Friday morning, the Fire Department said. Comment.

Nutrition center caters to Fresh Meadows

Fresh Meadows residents determined to ward off the flu and lingering winter colds or who want to enhance their sports performances through nutritional supplements can find what they need at a General Nutrition Center right near home. Comment.

3 dead in accidental fire at LIC auto body shop

Three people died and six were injured early Wednesday morning in a commercial garage fire in Long Island City that authorities say was accidental. Comment.

Anthony Mason arrested in assault at bar

Anthony Mason, the former New York Knick and Springfield Gardens High School basketball star, is in trouble with the law again. Comment.

Feds award grant $$$ to Jacob Riis center

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) and U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo announced $75,000 in federal grants Saturday to the Queensbridge Housing Tenant Association and the Jacob Riis Community Center after a ceremony at the complex. Comment.

Insurance costs stall free clinic

The volunteer doctors are lined up to help, but the high cost of insurance is keeping the doors shut at a free clinic planned for an Astoria health center. Comment.

104th chief takes aim at truancy

Less than two months into his tenure as commanding officer of the 104th Precinct, Capt. Joseph Culbert is already making progress in reversing the area's recent upswing in crime. Comment.

4 Queens schools slated for jet noise protection

Four Queens schools will receive funding this year to be soundproofed against airplane noise around LaGuardia and Kennedy airports, the Port Authority announced Monday. Comment.

Jury deliberates in Rego Park slay trial

In a cold-blooded, premeditated murder, Angelo Espinal returned to the Red Lobster restaurant in Rego Park the night he was taunted there 17 months ago so he could settle the score, a Queens prosecutor told 12 jurors in the Long Island City courthouse Tuesday. Comment.

Forest Hills drug ring busted: DA

An international drug ring that distributed millions of dollars of the hallucinogenic drug Ecstasy out of a Forest Hills apartment was smashed by a combination of city, state and federal law enforcement agencies, officials announced last week. Comment.

Rent law hearings draw boro politicos, tenants

Queens politicians took center stage at last week's City Council hearings on renewal of rent regulation, an issue traditionally dominated by Manhattan. Comment.

Board of Ed holds hearing on S. Jamaica school site

The Office of Queens High Schools held a public hearing Tuesday night on the proposed development of a combination high school and Police Athletic League community center at Guy Brewer Boulevard and 116th Street in South Jamaica. Comment.

Mail delivery still on hold in Springfield Gardens

Nearly four months after the U.S. Postal Service suspended delivery to a block on 119th Avenue in Springfield Gardens because a resident's dog attacked several letter carriers, the city is pushing to have the tenant evicted. Comment.

Democrats tap Smith for state senate

At last Thursday's meeting where the outcome was never really in doubt, the Queens Democratic organization nominated Malcolm Smith to represent the party in the March 28 special election for the 10th state Senate District, which stretches from Cambria Heights to the Rockaways. Comment.

Slain Jamaica woman mourned by hundreds

The Shekinah Youth Chapel was overflowing with emotion as more than 700 people gathered last week to pay their last respects to Lillie Mae Hollingsworth, trying to focus on the essence of her character and not her murder. Comment.

New schools worry 105th Pct. Council

The 105th Police Precinct Council held its first meeting of the new millennium last week and voiced concern over the proposed construction of three new schools on the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center campus in Queens Village. In addition, the council announced the Cops of the Month for November and December. Comment.

Bellerose resident wins $1,000 a week for life

Ernestine Mayo dropped into a newsstand in Forest Hills to pick up some cough drops and just happened to buy two lottery tickets, too. As result, she will get $1,000 a week for the rest of her life. Comment.

Queens Civic Congress hosts zoning forum

With churches, schools, and community centers sprouting up in residential neighborhoods across Queens, civic leaders say now is the time to answer tough questions about how to control development in their quiet neighborhoods. Comment.

DNA match helps indict Rosedale man in attacks

A positive DNA match led to the indictment Tuesday of a Rosedale man accused of sexually attacking three women and endangering a young girl in his neighborhood late last year, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Bellerose mom wins the lottery

Ernestine Mayo dropped into a newsstand in Forest Hills to pick up some cough drops and just happened to buy two lottery tickets, too. As result, she will get $1,000 a week for the rest of her life. Comment.

Queens accident prompts school bus safety forum

The state Senate Majority Task Force on school bus safety held its only public hearing in the five boroughs at Martin Van Buren High School last week to determine the best way to protect school-age children. Comment.

Late Flushing butcher leaves proud legacy

Almost one week after burying their father and grandfather, two generations of the late Antonio D'Alessandro's family were hard at work Tuesday serving customers at the Flushing meat market the Italian immigrant founded in 1957. Comment.

Salvation Army set to raze two Flushing homes

Residents of a Flushing neighborhood are bracing for the wrecking ball and expect the Salvation Army to demolish two of three adjacent homes in the coming weeks to build parking for a worship center. Comment.

1,000 may be buried in city park: Study

An archeologist hired by the city Parks Department said her study of historical documents indicated there may be as many as 1,000 bodies buried in Martin's Field under the concrete playground at 164th Street in Flushing. Comment.

Main St. station renovation will be done by May: MTA

After months of delays and complaints about faulty escalators and cleanliness, work on Flushing's Main Street subway station will be completed by April 30, Metropolitan Transit Authority President Lawrence Reuter said. Comment.

Restaurant owner slain in kitchen

Police have made an arrest in last Thursday's violent murder of a Flushing resident and prominent restaurateur in the kitchen of his romantic, Upper East Side Italian eatery. Comment.

Pols, city agencies eye Creedmoor land

The campus of the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center could provide the answer to some of the borough's need for available real estate as politicians and government agencies eye the choice land that is up for sale in northeast Queens. Comment.

Activists slam city’s West Nile spraying

When Mary Vesely, a chronic asthmatic from College Point took to the podium during last week's meeting of the College Point Civic Taxpayers Association, three activists had already spent a considerable amount of time criticizing the city's use of pesticides to eradicate virus-carrying mosquitoes last summer. Comment.

Man accidentally killed in clothes bin

An unidentified man accidentally hanged himself Friday morning in a College Point shopping center after removing used clothing from a bin in the parking lot, a police captain at the scene said. Comment.

Slashing suspect arrested by 109th

Detectives with the 109th Police Precinct have arrested a suspect in the Feb. 19 early morning slashing of a Bronx man in the parking lot of the Metropolis Nightclub in College Point. Comment.

City buy adds half acre to Udall’s Cove preserve

The city has acquired a piece of private property under half an acre in Udall's Cove, adding to the wetlands preserve that sits on the border between Douglaston and Little Neck, a nonprofit conservation agency announced Friday. Comment.

Cardozo to host foreign exchange students

After spending a little time in Carole Traster-Wilk's Little Neck home, the pictures of the Eiffel Tower leap out amid the clutter of photo albums, puzzles and trinkets that speak of her love of France the most. Comment.

Baysider tapped for federal judgeship

President Clinton nominated longtime Bayside lawyer Nick Garaufis for a federal district court judgeship Monday, the first time a Queens resident has been recommended for the post in a decade. Comment.

Queens gears up for presidential primary

As Tuesday's presidential primary approaches, the Queens Democratic machine and small but significant Republican Party in the borough will have a chance to tip the scales toward their candidates of choice. Comment.

Verdict in Diallo case sparks anger in boro

Queens' black community expressed anger and sadness after four white officers were found not guilty of murder in the Amadou Diallo trial, but the borough remained quiet as both black and white leaders called for reform in the Police Department. Comment.

Mayor faces critics of Mets farm team plan

Scores of determined residents from Fresh Meadows, Jamaica Estates and Hollis turned out for Mayor Rudy Giuliani's town hall meeting last week to convince him not to build a stadium for a Mets minor league baseball team on the St. John's University campus. Comment.

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