Thursday, Jan. 18, 2001

Astoria contractor fined for wage fraud: Hevesi

An Astoria contracting company which allegedly underpaid more than 100 of its workers for several city-funded projects was ordered to pay $2 million in fines and payments for violating the prevailing wage law, City Comptroller Alan Hevesi said last week. Comment.

Glover hopes to make perfect fit with SJU Highy-touted power forward can’t wait to finally hit the floor with Jarvis, Red Storm

Anthony Glover is chomping at the bit. The 6-foot-5 hulking mass of a power forward is preparing to make his debut with the St. John’s Red Storm this year and can’t wait to suit up, get on the floor and prove to the world he is as good as advertised. Comment.

Nothing like apple tart for Thanksgiving treat

Whether you’re planning your own Thanksgiving get-together, or you’ve been invited somewhere special and you’re wondering what to bring, this apple crumb tart, filled with juicy apples and covered with a strudel crumb topping, is the answer. It’s the perfect ending to your holiday meal. Here’s the recipe from greatfood.com. Comment.

Utility Bills and More

By ROBERT PIERCE Comment.

Community Calendar Listings II

Queens Rape Counseling Center 71-49 Loubet St., Forest Hills, offers two weekly support groups; the first meets on Monday from 5:20 p.m. to 7 p.m. for victims of both sexual abuse and domestic violence. The second meets on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. for victims of sexual abuse. 718-263-2013. Comment.

Community Calendar Listings

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

Senior Theater Acting Repertory (STAR) always welcomes retired persons interested in acting. To arrange for an audition, call Stan Guttman at 224-2729. Comment.

Two retirees find vocation

They became artists. Their works of sculpture and paintings will be on exhibit at Queens College's Klapper Hall Gallery starting from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, and then Monday, Jan. 29, through Thursday, Feb. 1, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Comment.

Dancers at QMA explore women’s place in society

The performance complements the feminist issues explored in the museum's current exhibit, "Seductions and Games: Recent Video Installations by Maureen Connor," on view through Jan. 28. Comment.

Kids’ Space: A place for children

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

Boro morgue: Way station on death’s journey

Located in a small brick building on the campus of Queens Hospital Center at 62-68 164th St. in Jamaica since 1939, the mortuary, under the watch of Donna Wilson-Chea and Mitchell, receives some 6,000 bodies from the borough, on way to burial, each year. Comment.

Parade touched by politics

Although the two coalitions of Asian Americans struggled over the rights to a parade permit for the Jan. 27 Lunar Festival, the annual event held in downtown Flushing to usher in the Asian Lunar New Year was set to go forward smoothly. Comment.

Flushing gears up for Year of the Snake

But in Chinese, Korean, and other Asian cultures, there's no such thing as a dull New Year's - and the Chinese have had nearly 4,700 of them. Comment.

SJU women drop fourth Big East game to Miami, 68-51

"Stats don't lie and the tough thing is that it is the things we have the capability of controlling," Estep said. "That's the most frustrating part. We have the tools, it's just a matter of controlling the things we can control." Comment.

College Round-up: Bird, Brown make history, but not in a good way

But Monday, both University of Connecticut point guards were linked in a strange way. The No. 1 ranked women's team fell at Notre Dame, 92-76, at South Bend and the men lost later that night, 60-56, at the University of Texas. It was the first time since Mar. 7, 1993 that both UConn teams fell on the same day. Comment.

Queens holds off Philadelphia with late run

The Knights answered that question with two resounding wins, including a very impressive 89-83 victory over Philadelphia University Monday at Fitzgerald Gymnasium. Comment.

Queens Lady Knights flat in back-to-back losses

The Philadelphia University women's basketball team made them and Queens College didn't in the Lady Knights' 68-51 New York Collegiate Athletic Conference loss. Comment.

Droesch rallies Royals past St. Francis Prep

The win came on the heels of the Lady Royals' only blemish on their 2000-2001 slate, a defeat to nationally ranked Bullis Prep (Md.) Saturday at West Chester University (Pa.). With less than 24 hours to prepare for the Lady Terriers, head coach Bob Mackey was satisfied with the effort his team put forth. Comment.

Barrett blocks Prep comeback bid to preserve win

The 6-foot-7 Barrett, a Central Connecticut State signee, helped the Royals withstand a late Prep surge, dominating the glass and ultimately coming up with a crucial pair of blocks in the game's final minute. Comment.

St. Francis Prep hockey pounds Monsignor McClancy, 11-0

Instead of coming out complacent, the Terriers methodically picked apart the Crusaders with seven first period goals - including four in 2:38 - to cruise to an 11-0 win. Comment.

Newtown tops New Utrecht at tournament

But early on, the only statement Carter and his teammates were making was that they needed some extra sleep. Comment.

MTV lists Queens victim in anti-hate campaign

The memorial was unusual both for its format and the forum on which it was presented. Begun in 1980, MTV, or Music Television, has made its hallmark with flashy videos rather than by weighing in on serious political issues. Comment.

Lewis tops Kearney to win King tournament crown

But in big games, like Monday's Monsignor King championship game at St. Thomas Aquinas in Brooklyn, one particular girl seems to pick up her game. Comment.

3’s company for Red Storm

After some early growing pains, Omar Cook, Willie Shaw and Alpha Bangura have filled the void left by Barkley, Thornton and Postell quite nicely and on Sunday afternoon, in front of a less-than-capacity crowd of 6,838 at the Louis Brown Athletic Center, the trio carried the Red Storm in an 80-71 victory over Rutgers. Comment.

Agbai doing the dirty work for BC Eagles

Of course that is a long way off and Agbai's team suffered its first loss of the season last Wednesday when the Eagles were shot down by the St. John's Red Storm at Madison Square Garden, 73-71. Still, the 6-foot-8, 245-pound sophomore is confident his team will rebound from the setback, with himself right in the mix doing the grunt work. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Big Blue still getting no respect

Even so, the Giants are getting no respect as they head into Super Bowl XXXV against the most feared defense in the league, perhaps of all time, the Baltimore Ravens. Comment.

To The Point: This winter, it seems, snowfalls won’t stop

Hearty congratulations to P.S. 129's Andrew Mulvey for placing third in the Queens Historical Society Student Art Contest, open to all fourth graders in the borough of Queens. Each contestant had to draw and write about a favorite historic building or site. Andrew drew his church, Saint Fidelis. He won $25, a beautiful plaque and a year's membership in the Society. Andrew's drawing is currently on display at the Historical Society in Flushing and a copy will be hung at Saint Fidelis. Comment.

The Plant Doctor: Winter bulbs just right for forgetting snowfalls

The flowers of spring- tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths planted in the fall - await the warmer weather to display their harvest of color and fragrance. But, why wait for the spring ? Wintering spring bulbs at this time of the year will produce foliage and flowers long before the snow melts. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Beacon Program offers much for community

The Beacon Program takes place after the regular school day from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays at Ryan J.H.S., 64-20 175th St. in Fresh Meadows. Comment.

Our History: Philadelphia lawyer defends press freedom

I had long heard the phrase and was curious about its origin. As I learned, it grew out of a very famous case which took place in New York City in 1735. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Year of Snake chance at resolutions

They can join their Queens Asian neighbors who will celebrate the beginning of the lunar new year shortly. So, lest I forget, let me here and now wish everyone, a "Shin Nian Kwai Le" (Happy New Year). Comment.

Mayor wants to condemn stretch of Willets Point

"Unfortunately, it happens to be the site of all our salvage yards and there's always been a problem there," said Eugene Kelty, the newly elected chairman of Community Board 7. Comment.

Editorial: Silver’s revenge

The three rebels, Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn (D-Fresh Meadows), Assemblyman Tony Seminerio (D-Richmond Hill) and Assemblywoman Barbara Clark (D-Queens Village) have been removed from leadership positions. Seminerio was relieved of his position as assistant majority leader, Clark was removed as the chairwoman of the Committee on Aging and Mayersohn was replaced as the chairwoman of the House Operations Committee. Each will lose thousands of dollars in stipends that come with these positions. Comment.

Police Blotter: Minor earthquake hits western Queens

In an interview broadcast on NY1, Dr. Waverly Person of the U.S. Geological Survey in Denver said the quake was very localized. Another expert, Professor Daniel Davis of SUNY Stonybrook, said earthquakes like the one that hit Long Island City are very rare. Comment.

68-year-old Flushing man charged with burglary

After an investigation that spanned nearly nine months, the police arrested Nick Nicholas, 68, of 60-12 136th St. in Flushing, and charged him with burglarizing the homes of elderly Queens residents, including one in Flushing and one in Bayside, the authorities said. Nicholas is also suspected of committing at least six other incidents similar to the ones with which he has been charged, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Astoria cab driver shoots wife, self: Cops

Ioannis Giannikos, 40, called his wife, Konstantina Giannikos, 36, outside her building at 10-10 44th Ave. last Thursday at 1:30 p.m. and accosted her outside, said witnesses who worked in the building. Detective Walter Burns, a police spokesman. said the dispute continued into the fourth-floor stairwell. Comment.

CB5 urges driver safety after string of fatalities

Gary Giordano, CB 5's district manager, and Juniper Park Civic Association President Robert Holden cited the recent fatal accident involving Peter Radske, 20, who apparently lost control of the 1998 Ford Mustang he was driving on Juniper Boulevard South when he swerved to avoid another car and hit a tree. Radske, a resident of Middle Village, was a recently sworn-in police cadet who had attended Queens College. Comment.

Slain HS football star mourned

City Councilwoman Helen Marshall (D-Elmhurst), state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans), U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-St. Albans) and Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer (D-Rockaway) attended the funeral. Comment.

One dead after fight over debt

Police said Saturday the South Ozone Park man accused of attacking Mohamed Abibulla Sakoor Friday afternoon was being charged with second-degree assault charges until the city medical examiner's office could confirm the cause of Sakoor's death. Comment.

Borough celebrates legacy of Dr. King

King, who grew to national prominence after leading the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1958 and the historic March on Washington in 1963, was killed by James Earl Ray in 1968 at the age of 39. He would have been 72 on Jan. 15. Comment.

School plans draw ire of residents

The school, which would seat more than 700 students, is greatly needed in the neighborhood where schools are severely overcrowded and some already use trailers as classrooms. Comment.

TWA takeover hits home for boro airline workers

TWA, with thousands of employees in the New York area, announced last week it would be "substantially" acquired by American in a mega-deal that would create the nation's second-largest airline after United and establish a vast network of flights around the globe. Comment.

Pols push boulevard reforms

Residents of Forest Hills and Rego Park have held protests and urged the city to act decisively to slow down traffic on Queens Boulevard, where three pedestrians have been killed in the last six months. Several others have been hit by cars speeding down the boulevard's 12 lanes. Comment.

Mary Immaculate nurses vote to strike

The strike authorization gives the New York State Nurses Association, which represents the Mary Immaculate nurses, the right to pull the nurses out on strike if a new contract cannot be worked out. Comment.

S. Jamaica residents blast dump site

The protesters, longtime residents living near the dump area at the intersection of Baisley Boulevard and 172nd Street, said they have been complaining about early morning construction, rats, insects and garbage at the site for months and have gotten no response from local officials. Comment.

Body found in Jamaica fire rubble

The Oct. 8 fire at 90-40 144th Place in Jamaica, which destroyed the building, started in the basement, engulfed the building and caused enough damage to make it uninhabitable, said Francis Gribbon, a Fire Department spokesman. Comment.

Kennedy airport experts tell Queens ‘what $9B buys’

"We wanted to try to give some idea of what $9 billion buys," said Ted Kleiner, program director for the JFK Redevelopment Program. Kleiner and Warren Kroeppel, general manager of LaGuardia Airport, spoke using an elaborate graphics presentation to the Queens Borough Board Tuesday. Comment.

York honors Dr. King in ‘phenomenal’ tribute

York College, at 94-20 Guy Brewer Blvd., paid tribute to the slain civil rights leader's spirit Monday afternoon, which would have been his 72nd birthday, and celebrated the multifaceted history of blacks in Queens. Comment.

Holliswood group opposes playground toilets

On Jan. 10 Community Board 8 members approved plans for the restrooms at their monthly general meeting despite a large turnout by civic association members opposed to the facilities. Some two dozen members held handwritten placards at the meeting proclaiming: "No Bathrooms." Comment.

Women pols target drug laws

The caucus plans to explore different options to prison for drug- addicted offenders, extending substance abuse treatment to non-violent drug offenders, and to support a variety of programs addressing women's needs. Comment.

Holliswood civic blasts toilet plan

On Jan. 10 Community Board 8 members approved plans for the restrooms at their monthly general meeting despite a large turnout by civic association members opposed to the facilities. Some two dozen members held handwritten placards at the meeting proclaiming: "No Bathrooms." Comment.

Holliswoodcivic blasts toilet plan

On Jan. 10 Community Board 8 members approved plans for the restrooms at their monthly general meeting despite a large turnout by civic association members opposed to the facilities. Some two dozen members held handwritten placards at the meeting proclaiming: "No Bathrooms." Comments (1).

Civic wants city to close John Bowne

Walter Kowsh Jr., the president of the Cedar Grove Civic Homeowners Association of Queensboro Hill, said he was petitioning the city to shutter the school at 65-01 Main St. because of a spate of violent incidents last year, including the assault on a pizza shop owner on Main Street on the north side of the Long Island Expressway. Comment.

4 College Point teenagers to become Eagle Scouts

The scouts from Troop 18 - John Haseney, 17, Michael Mahon, 15, Daniel McCloskey, 16, and Eric Petersen, 15 - spent hundreds of hours coordinating various community services projects for the benefit of northeast Queens, to qualify for the 4 percent of Boy Scouts who become Eagles. Comment.

City spends enough $$$ on public schools: Rudy

Giuliani's reaction came less than a week after a Manhattan judge ruled in favor of a Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit that charged the state's method of funding education with shortchanging New York City. The CFE, a nonprofit parent and advocacy group, filed the lawsuit in 1993. Comment.

Former pickle plant burns down

Fire Department officials said the fire broke out about 1:50 p.m. Saturday in a defunct pickle factory at 31-01 Linden Place. Just 10 minutes later, officials said, the fire companies fighting the blaze transmitted a second alarm, a request for additional manpower. Two firefighters and one civilian were treated for smoke inhalation, said Jerard Allas, a Fire Department spokesman. Comment.

New operator for Douglaston Manor

Led by Tommy Chan, who has run a concession at the Olmstead Center cafeteria in Flushing for about four years, Douglaston Manor International was slated to take over the catering hall on Jan. 22, a Parks Department spokeswoman said last week. Douglaston Manor uses city-owned land in exchange for fees, taxes and a certain portion of its revenue. Comment.

2 teenagers plead guilty to ‘98 Bayside cabbie slay

Tae Yoon, 19, of 146-25 Georgia Rd. in Flushing and Samuel Chung, 18, of 200-06 Cross Island Parkway in Bay Terrace, were slated to be sentenced for the killing of Korean immigrant Hyong Kyu Kim on Jan. 31, the DA's office said in a statement last week. Comment.

St. Mary’s not ready to expand

The briefing by Dr. Burton Grebin, president and chief executive officer of the St. Mary's Healthcare System for Children, and Libby Zimmer, head of the St. Mary's Foundation, came less than a week after Bayside civic leaders met with U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) to discuss a $590,000 federal grant he obtained for construction at the children's facility. Comment.

Council members eye overturning term limits

All of the Queens' 14 City Council members will have to give up their seats early next year. Comment.

Queens pols praise ruling on school aid

The Jan. 10 decision by Manhattan Judge Leland DeGrasse in favor of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, a coalition of parents and advocacy groups that filed the lawsuit in 1993, brought praise from borough politicians and city officials. Comment.

Flushing Meadows Park gets $13M face-lift

The Parks Department received $13.3 million to begin work on the project - $5.5 million from Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and the rest from Queens Borough President Claire Shulman. Comment.

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