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Mayor pushing ahead with arts decency panel

When Mayor Giuliani declared in February he would form a commission to monitor whether works in city-subsidized museums were "decent," the art world could have been excused for thinking such a panel was simply the mayor's reaction to the latest exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum which he found offensive, and that the idea would fizzle. Comment.

Damn Yankees’ players belie their age with heart

Think of junior high school musical productions, and you'll likely imagine out-of-tune orchestras, flustered children forgetting their lines and singing off-key, and sets consisting of crayon murals. Comment.

Recent Real Estate Transactions

Bayside, 42-49 203rd St., $430,000, Semi-Detached, Bed 4, Bath 2, Halfbath 2, Construction: Aluminum, Basement-Full, Lot Size: 50 x 60, Taxes: $2,934 Comment.

Playing science: Nets, slides, water-screw show space, time concepts

A damp, chilly Thursday didn't stop students - bused in from two Brooklyn elementary schools - from enjoying themselves at the annual spring opening of the Science Playground at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment.

Man arrested in bias incident at Voodoo Lounge

A Yonkers man who was stabbed at the Voodoo Lounge in Bayside March 24 was arrested Friday and charged with a hate crime for making racial slurs at his attacker the night of the incident, said Capt. Kevin Fitzgerald of the 111th Police Precinct Tuesday night. Comment.

Bayside’s Duke stays on with new coach

Tom Pecora wasn’t the only one with an ear-to-ear grin on his face, shaking hands as if he was a politician looking for votes at Hofstra’s University Club last Wednesday. Comment.

Queens teams hoping to keep pace with Clips

Five Queens varsity baseball teams will vie for the Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan championship this season, but, as has been the case in recent years, a Brooklyn school seems to be the odds-on favorite to take home the title in 2001. Comment.

Mary Louis aims at another run for Diocesan title

Coleen Jamison, a 23-year-old Adelphi graduate takes over the team from former coach... Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Finally, baseball is here

I usually play with a bunch of guys from the neighborhood in a bar... Comment.

Bayside routs Van Buren, 11-1 in opener

Strange because Bayside and Van Buren were playing their Queens III softball opener in football weather. Strange because sisters Jasmine and Sapphire Edwards were pitching against each... Comment.

Newcomers’ Burlacu leads Lions over Jamaica, 3-2

Wherever the ball went, there was Burlacu, pushing the ball away from a Beavers forward, sliding... Comment.

Patriots roll over Dozo as Lewis pitches gem

But when the Patriots head coach gets a pitching performance like... Comment.

Brian McCants running way to history at Northeastern

Worn down by time and the elements, the rabbit’s white face has lost its luster, rust-tinging its ears. As a two-time state champion on the track at Molloy, the pin that used to hold Brian McCants’ diaper together... Comment.

Pecora’s dream comes true, named Hofstra coach

Tom Pecora’s lifelong dream became a reality last week. Comment.

Johnson finishes career at Delaware on top

That’s the question most Queens residents asked Cindy Johnson when she signed with Delaware to play basketball four years ago. Comment.

College Round-up: Red Storm drops series finalé to Villanova, 3-2

Dave Pizzini’s bases-loaded single with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning off St. John’s reliever Greg Holmes drove in Greg Fater, as Villanova snapped the Red Storm’s five-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory Sunday at The Ballpark at St. John’s. Comment.

Snows volleyball team sweeps American Martyrs

Tina Khiani was high scorer for the day with eleven points. Lyana Labrada... Comment.

Editorial: April fools

The budget is supposed to be passed and signed by April 1. This has not... Comment.

Editorial: Temporary, ha!

At the same time, there are few families residing in Queens, if any, that are willing to cut back... Comment.

Rebirth theme of many holidays in April

The Romans called this month "Aprilis,” from the Latin “to open.” The people of ancient England named the month for their goddess of spring, Eostre. And your humble columnist named the month "Devotion" because of its celebrations which are observed by millions of devoted men, women, and children around the world. Comment.

In falling stock market, big winners now losers

News of the stock market these days attracts a good deal of attention, since it directly affects the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of people. Nasdaq has dropped more than 3,000 points and Dow 1,000 since March 2000, causing jitters among investors around the world. And it seems the situation is getting worse each day. Comment.

Good times or bad, just keep kicking!

Luckily, a lot of them are happy ones. At the last Postal Council meeting, Thomas K. Daniels, customer relations coordinator of the Jamaica Post Office, and Charles S. Jenkins, who represents the Rosedale Post Office, both... Comment.

The Civic Scene: City code enforcement too weak, say civics

At a recent meeting of the Queens Civic Congress, the umbrella organization which represents the civic associations of Queens community leaders and others told horror stories, some old and some with a new twist, about what they described as the lack of code enforcement by the Building Department and about community facilities being fostered on communities. Comment.

Leadership teams in Dist. 30 had high turnout: City

The leadership teams of two schools in Community School District 30 enjoyed unexpectedly high parental participation in 1999, an audit by the city comptroller’s office showed. Comment.

To The Point: College Point honors social workers, others

It was really incredible to see snowflakes falling after spring had already arrived. Someone had forgotten to cross off the dates. Comment.

Buffet touts all-you-can eat lunches at $8.99

On any given weekday, whether it’s lunchtime or dinnertime, a buffet-style restaurant in downtown Flushing is abuzz in the clatter of silverware and chopsticks striking ceramic plates and bowls. Comment.

USDA to treat trees not infested by beetles

Thousands of Queens trees will be injected with pesticides this spring in an effort to prevent the spread of the Asian Longhorned Beetle, with has already ravaged 5,000 city trees, U.S. Department of Agriculture officials said Saturday. Comment.

Salvation Army shelter says complaints ‘routine’

Craig Evans, spokesman for the Salvation Army’s New... Comment.

York College honors judge, alumni at dinner

York President Charles Kidd and his wife, Mary Kidd, hosted their second annual Endowment Dinner Saturday and honored New York State Supreme Court Judge Leland DeGrasse, whose historic ruling Jan. 10 changed the way public schools are funded. Comment.

DOT wants to cut lanes on Queens Boulevard

The city Department of Transportation unveiled a new plan to reduce pedestrian fatalities on Queens Boulevard Wednesday by eliminating one lane on the service road two days after a 21-year-old jogger who had been hit by a bus on the thoroughfare died. Comment.

Wildlife refuge proposed for East River lot

Ronald Pinzon, a marine biologist with the state Department of Environmental... Comment.

CB 6 approves expanding Katzman park

Members of Forest Hills and Rego Park’s Community Board 6 voted unanimously to approve the extension of Arthur Katzman Park on 108th Street last week in an attempt to thwart the current landowner’s plans to develop on the site. Comment.

Judge halts LIC power generators

State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Golia has ordered the New York Power Authority to halt construction on a Vernon Boulevard power generating facility, finding that the agency failed to take a “hard look” at the possible environmental impact of the two generators. Comment.

TimesLedger wins 17 awards from press group

The prizes recognized news coverage, front page design... Comment.

Lack of funds will leave contaminated sites toxic

The state Superfund program was first funded by a $1.1 billion... Comment.

City reviews awarding of pesticide contract

A Manhattan lawyer has accused the city Health Department of planning to award a contract for pesticide spraying to prevent the spread of the West Nile virus in 2001 to an Illinois company that has been under investigation by the state since January. Comment.

Three students release pepper spray in IS 59: Cops

Three junior high school students were arrested last week on charges of releasing a hazardous chemical, probably mace or pepper spray, into the second-floor hallway of their Springfield Gardens school, causing 84 students and teachers to fall ill, police said. Comment.

Man held in S. Korea for promoting book

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) was expected to meet with the South Korean ambassador Wednesday to discuss the arrest of a Rockaway man detained there since late February for promoting the publication of a book about the reunification of the two Koreas. Comment.

Author tells PS 33 kids of fondness for reading

“I was 8 years old when I started to write,” Cari Best told an audience of third, fourth and fifth graders at PS 33 on a rainy Friday morning. “People would laugh, but I would write everywhere.” Comment.

3 in College Point charged with receiving Ecstasy

Three men were arrested last week at a house in College Point, where authorities found more than $500,000 worth of Ecstasy, a popular drug used in nightclubs, that was shipped through the mail from Greece to Kennedy Airport, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

2 women carjacked in Jamaica

A man with a gun approached the women, ages 32 and 34, at about 4:30 a.m. at Archer Avenue and 142nd Street, near... Comment.

Queens Village man freed after wrongful conviction

The 22-year-old Queens Village man was given his freedom by Acting Supreme Court Judge Sherri Roman, who threw out... Comment.

Police say women were murdered

Tracy Jackson, 28, who was found dead in Rosedale Dec. 24, died from a brain hemorrhage due to a blow to the head, said... Comment.

Hindu priest convicted in sex abuse of teen

Mokesh Narine Prashad, 36, a husband and a father of... Comment.

Kids’ Space: April is for storytelling at Queens libraries

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

Oil spill damages wetlands

Laboring by hand to wipe clean each rock along the shoreline of Little Neck Bay, dozens of workers have spent the past week soaking up a mysterious oil spill in northeast Queens that stretches from the Udall’s Cove wetlands preserve in Little Neck to Bay Terrace. Comment.

Animal hospital to close to make way for school

The 63-year-old Douglaston resident wanted to hold on to the white house on the corner of Jamaica Avenue and 222nd... Comment.

Parade marks 50th season of Glen Oaks Little League

The families of founders Larry Feigenbaum and Daniel Hennesey will be on hand to help the Glen Oaks Little League kick off its 50th season Saturday, participating in the league’s opening day ceremonies and parade down Union Turnpike. Comment.

Man arrested in robbery of Flushing bank

Chan Lin, 19, was charged at the federal level with bank... Comment.

$50K ring stolen in Floral Park

Schneider, a Malverne, L.I.... Comment.

Four compete for Vallone’s council seat

Peter Vallone Jr. may possess the best-known political pedigree,... Comment.

Flushing women charged with prostitution in L.I.

All of the charges were misdemeanors, and the... Comment.

Play teaches traffic safety to PS 31 students

The performance by the actors used more... Comment.

Bayside sixth-grader wins essay contest

Bayside resident Tony Lou, a sixth-grader at Louis Pasteur Middle School 670 in Little Neck, is the first-prize winner of the A+ Parents Essay Contest, sponsored by the New York Tri-State McDonald’s Restaurant Owners. Comment.

Queens GOP activist reaches out to Dems

Mary Anderson has earned accolades as a guardian angel of the Flushing community from her fellow Republicans, but she smiles modestly and immediately digs into another project or cause. Comment.

CB 6 votes down renewing license of Wiggles

Wiggles, a longtime thorn in the side of Forest Hills... Comment.

Bridge repairs slow traffic on Queens Blvd.

Drivers headed into Manhattan endured a morning of headaches as they crossed the Queens Boulevard Bridge Monday, the first day of an 18-month, $40.8 million repair project on the ailing structure. Comment.

Crowley unveils plans for LGA improvements

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) issued a five-point proposal Tuesday he said would make LaGuardia Airport a better neighbor to the 150,000 people who live close enough to endure noise and pollution from hundreds of daily takeoffs and landings. Comment.

Four men rape woman in Richmond Hill: Cops

The woman, whose name was not released, was walking home when she was approached from behind by four men,... Comment.

NE Queens ‘quarantined’ to control Asian beetles

If you live in western or northern Queens, trees in your neighborhood have most likely... Comment.

Teen’s suicide note shocks Fresh Meadows residents

The student, whose name has not been released because of the nature of the incident, was found in his home... Comment.

Police Blotter: Woman, 23, found dead in Oakland Gardens home

The woman was found inside a residence at 222-27 69th Ave. Comment.

Community Calendar Listings

The Flushing YMCA, 138-46 Northern Blvd., offers free computer ., 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

Dream A Dream Productions, A new, non-equity theatrical company will hold auditions. on Sat., April 14 at 2 p.m. at the Forest Hills Branch Public Library, 108-19 71 Ave., Forest Hills. Scripts of well-known comedic and dramatic scenes will be provided to individuals who wish to read. 718-268-7934. Comment.

Musician-teacher brings crowd to their feet

The first sight of the musician and teacher Anne-Marie Hudley-Simmons was a bit surprising - the program said she was celebrating her 50th anniversary of musical ministry to the church, but she didn't look like she was even 50 years old, let alone playing music that long. Comment.

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