Thursday, June 28, 2001

Editorial: Steeple chase

When is a seven-story building not a seven-story building? When the building is a proposed three-story church with a 12-foot steeple planned for the middle of a well-connected residential neighborhood. Comment.

Editorial: ‘Tragic accidents’

We are watching closely to see how District Attorney Brown will handle the investigation of the fire at a hardware store in Astoria that killed three hero firefighters. At the moment, no one is pressuring the prosecutor to find someone to blame for the blaze. The people of Queens are ready to accept that this fire was nothing more than a tragic, unforeseeable accident. Comment.

Periscope: Flushing civic uneasy about Asian downtown

The woman with wispy blond hair wove her black Volvo expertly through the double-parked melee of north Main Street traffic and lamented what had become of Flushing. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Why should Manhattan always grab center stage?

Without massive construction of additional buildings to entice corporations to move here, New York City will die. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Queens graduates win awards, scholarships

Now is the time when graduating high school seniors find out about scholarships and awards, and those of Thomas A. Edison Vocational Technical High School, about 300 students, have reached a total of $1.9 million in four-year college scholarships. Comment.

Forest Park bandshell venue for concerts, opera opera

"In the summer season, the audience is looking for entertainment and we try to provide it," says Arthur Fagen, the peripatetic music director of the Queens Symphony Orchestra. Comment.

To The Point: Many activties, events in store for the Point

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. Comment.

Rego Park scuba driver sells undersea dreams

When scuba instructor Brian Ju takes to the oceans, his body is sealed in a black neoprene wet suit. A harness of calibrated tanks, tubes and regulators sprout from his back and during most dives — many of which descend to 100 foot —- a school of four or five students swim by his side. Comment.

Cook falls to second round in NBA draft

As he sat watching the NBA Draft on television surrounded by friends and family at the New York Hilton, Omar Cook learned a tough lesson Wednesday night - there are no guarantees. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Living a Little League lifestyle

It was probably somewhere on the front nine at the Knollwood Country Club in Elmsford when my cousin Rich finally confessed his day’s itinerary to me. As we sat parked, I believe on the par-5 fifth, he let it be known that after this late-morning round of golf he had a Little League game to coach. Comment.

Queens’ Karsay traded in deal for Rocker

Steve Karsay knew he was coming home. It just happened two days earlier and in a different borough than he expected. Karsay, the hard-throwing reliever from College Point was slated to return to New York when the Cleveland Indians took on the Yankees Monday, but instead Karsay was wearing an Atlanta Braves uniform when he took the hill at Shea Stadium Sunday, thanks to a trade Friday that sent controversial closer John Rocker to Cleveland. Comment.

Queens stars to play in annual gridiron battle

High School football bragging rights will be at stake Saturday at Hofstra Stadium in Hempstead, L.I. as the senior all-stars from New York City take on the senior all-stars from Long Island in the third annual Empire Challenge at 7 p.m. Comment.

Trio star for Brooklyn amateur soccer team

Their friends go to Jones Beach, relax on family vacations or work a couple of hours a week in part-time summer jobs. But for Queens residents Alessandro Acquista, Doug Navarrez and Shaun Higgins, the summer months are anything but lazy as they prepare for the college soccer season in the fall by playing for the Brooklyn Knights, an amateur soccer team in the Premier Development League of the United Soccer Leagues. Comment.

College Round-up: Ozone Park’s Koslowski inks contract with Sox

Ozone Park native Kasey Koslowski followed his St. Francis College battery mate Jason Fardella to the pro ranks as the Terriers’ senior catcher signed a free-agent contract with the Chicago White Sox organization last week. Comment.

Bayside L.L. team set for trip to Chicago

Michael Biordi goes to Florida for vacation almost every year, but he has never traveled for the sole purpose of playing baseball. Comment.

Leagues gear up for district tournaments

Little League baseball in Queens is about to hit high gear, as more than a dozen leagues’ in-house programs come to a close and the race for district championships begins. Comment.

Woodhaven, surprisingly, has an exciting history

The seekers of knowledge arrived at Eldert Lane and Jamaica Avenue, at the site of the old Union racecourse, at around 11 a.m. on a terribly muggy, overcast day. Comment.

Dodgers sweep series in Cooperstown

The Midville Dodgers College team had a successful trip to Cooperstown, N.Y., the birth place of baseball, sweeping all three games from the South Shore Dodgers at historic Doubleday Field. Pitching again stood out for Midville in the three games. South Shore was held to a total of three runs on 13 hits in the three-game series, as Midville won 14-1, 11-1 and 5-1. Comment.

Bayside L.L.: Kim hits three more, breaks home run record

Lloyd’s Funeral Home’s Sun Ho Kim homered his way into the Bayside Little League record books by hitting three home runs in a doubleheader played Friday, June 22 against Bayside Plumbing. That performance led his team to a first place showdown on Saturday with the always contending C.J. Wolfhounds. Comment.

Bayside Kevin Reilly cracks top 10 at Illinois tournament

Six-year-old Kevin Reilly, who attends kindergarten at PS 203 in Bayside, recently returned from The Pepsi Little Peoples Golf Championship, in Quincey, Ill., where he finished the tournament in the top 10 in a tough field of 60 6- and 7-year-old players. Comment.

RGMVM L.L.: Post 104 Giants News wrap up instructional season

Giants Post 104 vs. GCOP Astros. It was beautiful summer night as the Giants took the field to take on the GCOP Astros in a 6 p.m. game. The Giants were equal to the task, as they come to bat making every turn a quality appearance at the plate. The Orange and Black also looked outstanding on the defensive side, playinggood team defense, as they scampered after every ground and fly ball. Comment.

Jamaica man forced teen to prostitute herself: DA

A Jamaica man was arraigned last week for allegedly making a 16-year-old sell herself on Queens Plaza just days after two men were charged with forcing a 12-year-old to prostitute herself along the same stretch of roadway, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Queens tenants angered at 4 percent rent hike

Queens tenants advocates have reacted with characterizations of “outrage” and “farce” to the New York City Rent Guidelines Board’s decision to impose new rent increases higher than the board had previously approved. Comment.

Bayside HS principal to retire after 6 years

Harris Sarney, the energetic, spirited principal of Bayside High School, presided over his last commencement ceremony as a city Board of Education employee Tuesday and said goodbye to the school he has led for more than six years. Comment.

Trial of Rockaway man concludes in South Korea

A judge in South Korea is expected to reach a verdict early next week in the trial of a Rockaway man who was arrested in Seoul in February and charged with supporting the publication of a book on reunifying the Koreas, a spokesman for the Korean consulate in New York said Tuesday. Comment.

5 boro residents make city’s scofflaw honor roll

Five Queens motorists are on the New York City Department of Finance’s list of the worst parking ticket scofflaws, including a Queens Village resident who owes more than $36,000. Comment.

Stabile’s lawyer calls for help from state

A lawyer for City Councilman Alfonso Stabile (R-Ozone Park) has asked State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer to appoint a special prosecutor to stop what he called the “political lynching” of the Queens Republican accused by parents of misusing Little League funds. Comment.

PS36 students restore St. Albans mural

Students from St. Albans’ oldest elementary school are helping to restore a mural depicting the neighborhood’s history, including the establishment of their own PS 36 in 1893. Comment.

Future uncertain for 3 stores destroyed by fire

A month after a fire destroyed three popular businesses in Sunnyside, the owners are not sure they will be able to reopen even though they have been promised generous loans from the city. Comment.

NY Times eyes Lockheed Martin for new facility

The New York Times is eyeing the old Lockheed Martin complex just over the Queens border in Nassau County as the site for expanding its distribution network for the borough and Long Island, the developer said. Comment.

Deserted newborns find haven in Ridgewood

Until last year, a mother who gave up her newborn to the care of a hospital could be prosecuted and jailed for the abandonment of a child. Comment.

McCaffrey calls for business protection

After months of hearings and the recent approval of the City Planning Commission, a proposal to rezone Long Island City may face revision as City Councilman Walter McCaffrey (D-Woodside) demands that manufacturers receive better protection under the plan. Comment.

Lane shift on LIE helps ease traffic congestion

Motorists who take the Long Island Expressway should get a slight respite in their fight against the abominable traffic conditions caused by the major construction projects clogging the highway and stymieing their commute to work. Comment.

Whitestone contractor’s church plans under fire to move draws protests

Representatives of a Korean church in Flushing said last week they have every intention of improving Little Neck once construction on their new 249th Street facility is completed next year, but residents were skeptical at a meeting last week. Comment.

Beep blocks biz’s bid to bump up store hours

Citing community opposition and a history of corporate disregard for the neighborhood, Borough President Claire Shulman followed the lead of Community Board 11 by denying a variance request last month by a Bayside business seeking to extend its hours of operation. Comment.

NAACP’s Jamaica-based day care center sues city

By Betsy Scheinbart Comment.

Police Blotter: Gunman robs bank on Francis Lewis Blvd.

AUBURNDALE — A man robbed a bank on Francis Lewis Boulevard Tuesday morning, fleeing with more than $6,000 in cash, police said. Comment.

Assembly OKs bill to name Clearview bridge

The anonymous, graffiti-strewn Clearview Expressway pedestrian bridge where a Bayside boy was killed last year while riding his bike is about to get a new identity since the state Assembly passed a bill last week to name the overpass in his honor. Comment.

Consultant says he plied Ognibene with bribes

A consultant at the center of an inquiry into corruption at the city Department of Buildings testified at a Manhattan trial last week that he had given gifts and trips to City Councilman Thomas Ognibene (R-Middle Village) in exchange for his clout in dealing with the agency. Comment.

Queens Blvd. cameras OK’d by state Senate

The state Senate last week approved the installation of cameras to catch speeders along Queens Boulevard, part of a citywide program to improve traffic safety, said state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose), sponsor of the legislation. Comment.

Budget shortfall may cut proposed Queens schools

Queens, which has the city’s most crowded classrooms, is in danger of losing six schools promised by the Board of Education due to a $1.5 billion shortfall in the school construction capital budget. Comment.

Queens Village civic re-elects leaders

There were no surprises at the Queens Village Civic Association’s end-of-year meeting last week when the civic’s executive committee was re-elected to lead the organization for another year. Comment.

Gianaris bill encourages power plants to clean up

State Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) predicted power companies would focus on modernizing old power plants rather than building anew following the overwhelming approval of legislation designed to encourage companies to clean up aging power facilities. Comment.

Congressional committee KOs 2nd Ave. subway $$

Although a congressional committee has voted to give New York City nothing for the Second Avenue subway and only $10 million for the Eastside Access to bring the Long Island Rail Road to Grand Central Terminal, a group of politicians and officials has vowed to keep fighting for both projects. Comment.

10,000 firefighters salute Bravest after Astoria fire

A sea of blue and white hats bobbed under the trestles of the No. 7 train for three hours Friday as 10,000 firefighters paid their respects to the third and final comrade laid to rest following last week’s deadly explosion in an Astoria hardware store. Comment.

Grand Avenue traffic frustrates Maspeth

The multi-year construction project on the Long Island Expressway has created a new traffic pattern through Maspeth which has community leaders up in arms. Comment.

JHS 8 returns to District 28 after 4 years

The New Preparatory Middle School in Jamaica will once again be known as JHS 8 when it returns to School District 28 next fall after four years in the Chancellor’s District. Comment.

Man, 27, found guilty in attack at Flushing bar

A Brooklyn man and suspected gang member was convicted last week of attacking the manager of a karaoke bar in Flushing with a machete in July 1999 and then shooting the man who came to the manager’s aid, authorities said. Comment.

Baysiders rededicate 204th St. mall to veterans

People who live at 32nd Avenue and 204th Street in Bayside take care of each other every day, many neighbors and longtime residents of the block say. Comment.

Flushing church promises to improve Little Neck

The combination of the quiet, rural atmosphere of Little Neck and its quick access to the city’s highways often attracts people to this corner of northeast Queens, where many say small town America still lives in the mom-and-pop shops of Northern Boulevard. Comment.

Vets move closer to getting Korean War monument

Three years ago, John Watts, chief of staff to Councilwoman Julia Harrison (D-Flushing), was standing in a park in Flushing when a woman approached him. She was agitated. She wanted to know why there were monuments in Queens, it seemed, for every war but the Korean War. Her brother had died fighting in it. Comment.

Scholarship to recall life of Wendy’s victim

A year ago the Astoria-based autism support organization QSAC lost one of its most devoted employees when a gunman killed Anita Smith, along with four co-workers, in the Flushing Wendy’s massacre. Comment.

NYFD still seeks exact cause of Father’s Day fire

Fire officials were still investigating the cause of a Father’s Day fire that started in an Astoria hardware store and exploded, killing three firefighters and injuring 59 others. Comment.

Forest Hills police officer kills self: Cops

A 10-year veteran of Forest Hills’ 112th Police Precinct committed suicide in a West Virginia hotel room early Monday morning while off duty, police said. Comment.

Allen A.M.E. gets $1M to build senior residence

A federal Affordable Housing Program grant for more than $1 million has been awarded to the Allen A.M.E. Neighborhood Preservations and Development Corporation to help fund a new senior citizens’ residence, U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-St. Albans) announced Tuesday. Comment.

Flushing man admits his role in 1999 attack

A Flushing man accused by authorities in 1999 of acting as a lookout in a basement bathroom of Bayside High School while two of his friends allegedly attacked and sexually abused a female student pleaded guilty last Thursday in a Kew Gardens courtroom. Comment.

Jamaica Hospital looks to expand

Jamaica Hospital wants to expand its facility to the opposite side of the Van Wyck Expressway by obtaining a city-owned building between the Jamaica and Atlantic avenues overpasses. Comment.

Longtime CB 13 leader steps down after 36 years

There was a changing of the guard at Community Board 13 Monday night, when longtime board chairwoman Susan Noreika stepped down from the post she has held for the past 36 years. Comment.

Dad denies son confessed to Chinese food murder

The father of a 14-year-old boy accused of killing a Chinese food deliveryman in Springfield Gardens last year said Monday police coerced him into signing his son’s incriminating statement taken by a detective shortly after the murder. Comment.

Jamaica health facility gets $500K to expand

The Community Healthcare Network, one of the only Queens facilities that offers services to anyone in need, will be expanding its Jamaica operation as the result of $500,000 in capital funding allocations. Comment.

College Point patrol celebrates 10 years

Ten years ago Sabina Cardali, a civic activist in College Point, got a phone call from a friend whose house had been burglarized. The woman had just finished showering when she discovered two men rummaging through her belongings. Comment.

Bush may give $4.4M for Flushing Bay study

President Bush may sign a bill as early as September to earmark an additional $4.4 million to finish an environmental study of Flushing Bay and Creek and to begin dredging the waterway this year, a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) said Tuesday. Comment.

Glen Oaks L.L.: Ralph’s Ice Yankees win extra-inning thriller

The Ralph’s Ice Yankees and the M & M Deli Cardinals hooked up in an exciting second round Boys’ Major Division playoff game on Saturday, June 16. Comment.

Community Calendar Listings

The Flushing YMCA 138-46 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, presents YouthBuild, a job-training program for young adults between the ages of 17-21. Students receive extensive training in different building trades and work on their GED diploma. Job placement is available to all students. The Y also 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

Queensborough Community College is seeking an actor to play the role of Gupta, a middle-aged man ofIndian descent, in its upcoming theater production ofIsrael Horovitz's play, The Indian ~Vants the Bronx. 718-281-5371. Comment.

Beari Productions’ revue cranks up the jukebox

Beari Productions has done it again. Comment.

Carroll O’Connor, dead at age 76, made Queens famous

When "All in the Family" debuted on CBS in 1971, a warning was displayed before the episode began, telling viewers they might find some of the dialogue objectionable. Comment.

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