Thursday, July 26, 2001

Qspective: Even in a digital century, the circus is exciting to see

The last time I had been to a circus was when I was about the age my son Mathew is now - 10. It was the Ringling Bros. Circus in Madison Square Garden, and for some reason, the only thing I really remember about it was not the elephants or the lions or the clowns or the acrobats, but the Tall Man who talked about how dangerous it was for him to go into a subway car because he might hit his head into the ceiling fans which at the time (in the early 1960s) were not covered. Comment.

Exhibit shows life, culture of the original Americans

It's commonly said that everyone in America is or is a descendant of immigrants, except American Indians. Comment.

Vallejo takes 6th Greater Urban Pro Tennis Classic

Mario Leguizamon headed the 15 players from Queens who competed in the sixth annual Greater Urban Pro Tennis Classic at Cunningham Park last week. Comment.

Old rivals set to square off at U.S. Open

They are two of the most popular and fiery men’s tennis players of all time, but Douglaston native John McEnroe and Germany’s Boris Becker have never faced each other at the U.S. Open. Comment.

Love of hitting paying off for Baxter

It was evident from the time he was a kid — Mike Baxter loved baseball. For hours he would stand alone in front of his Whitestone house, whiffle ball bat in hand, hitting the ball from one end of the lawn to the other. Comment.

Bayside Jr. Americans falter in bid for World Series berth

There’s no place in the world Joe Kessler wanted to be more than Northville, Mich. this week. That’s because it is home to the National Amateur Baseball Federation World Series. But instead, Kessler and the Bayside Yankees Junior Americans will stay home after being upset in the Regional in Welland, Ontario. Comment.

Former Cardozo star has his day on court

A young fan decked out in And 1 gear preached the gospel according to Skip 2 My Lou Saturday afternoon as he walked with his family toward the basketball gym at Harlem’s Riverbank State Park. Comment.

SJU baseball asst. named head coach at Hofstra

After two years as an assistant baseball coach at St. John’s University, Chris Dotolo has made the jump to head coach. Comment.

JAMS starts with a yallop

At around 6 on an utterly cloudless and warm evening last Friday, the amplifiers outside the bandstand in Rufus King Park burst into recorded music, summoning people to the chairs set up on the lawn for the first concert of the fifth annual Jamaica Arts and Music Summer Festival. Comment.

Queens stars shine at Shea in all-star game

Growing up in the Briarwood section of Queens, Hasani Whitfield always dreamt of being like his idol, Ken Griffey Jr., of making the big play. And for one fleeting moment, Whitfield lived that dream Monday morning at Shea Stadium as he patrolled right field in the Federation Amateur Baseball League All-Star game. Comment.

Struggling Metro Cadets score split with Blazers

How the mighty have fallen. Comment.

Fifth annual JAMS Festival kicks off in Jamaica

Imagine a music festival bulging with leading performers of jazz, gospel and comedy all under the sun and later the stars, and all for free. Comment.

Editorial: Parkway gets off easy

In what the state is cheerily calling the “final chapter in this case,” the Health Department has levied a $32,000 fine against Parkway Hospital in Forest Hills for allowing two surgeons to perform unnecessary surgery on 12 patients from a nearby nursing home. This is chump change. Parkway is lucky that the state didn’t close its doors forever. Comment.

Editorial: Strange bedfellows offer hope to seniors

It is an unlikely trinity. A rapper, a minister and a Republican governor have come together to build badly needed housing for seniors in southeast Queens. A groundbreaking ceremony was held last week in Jamaica for the Allen Senior Residence that will provide affordable housing for 330 senior citizens. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: August has more than just dog days

The dictionary defines “august” as majestic, grand and imposing. Comment.

Point of View: China as Olympic host is a plus for everyone

The eight-year wait was finally rewarded with good fruit. Chinese people all over the world were mad with joy over the selection on July 13 of Beijing as the site of the 2008 Olympic Games. In 1993, China lost its bid by one vote to host the 2000 Olympics. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Belmont Park to host National Night Out

Does Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. sound familiar to you? Comment.

The Civic Scene: ‘Metrocard machines don’t call for help’

Civic association leaders who are members of the Queens Civic Congress held a petition drive earlier this month outside the Queens Plaza station in Long Island City to protest plans by the MTA to close more than 120 subway token booths across the city. At a press conference Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer, Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan, Transport Workers Vice President Darlene Lawson, and several community leaders sad that replacing token clerks with MetroCard machines would jeopardize the safety of subway riders. Comment.

To The Point: Celebrations abound all over College Point

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

The Plant Doctor: Tomato plants hard to grow, but worth it

By far the most popular vegetable grown in the gardening season is the Tomato. Red, firm, succulent...an absolute delight to behold and eat. No fat or cholesterol to worry about, a minimum amount of calories, and chock full of vitamins and minerals. Cook it, dice it, slice it or eat it right off the vine. Add salt, pepper or salad dressing or just enjoy it for its natural taste. Comment.

Old-fashioned Astoria hardware store thrives

Bob Shapiro says entering his Astoria hardware store is like walking into a “time warp,” for little has changed since it was founded nearly a century ago. Comment.

2002 Queens Job Fair

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Police shoot Queens man after alleged cop attack

A Rego Park man was shot dead by a police sergeant after he allegedly attacked the policeman and a civilian with an aluminum baseball bat in Elmhurst July 18, police said. Comment.

Richmond Hill Samaritan shot dead on Belt Pkwy.

One of the suspected murderers of a Richmond Hill man who was killed after offering a ride to passengers in a stranded car on the Belt Parkway turned himself into police Monday afternoon, police said, Comment.

Three N.J. teens drown at Far Rockaway beach

Three teenage girls from New Jersey were swept from shallow water by a powerful current and drowned Monday after wading into the surf at a Far Rockaway beach before lifeguards came on duty, police said. Comment.

Family grieves for slain Murray Hill immigrant

Elizabeth and Geisi Figueroa knew something was wrong with their cousin Miguel Martinez a week before they found his decomposing body July 14 behind the Douglaston diner where he worked. Comment.

Smith reflects on 1st year as senator from St. Albans

Sixteen months after his election to the state Senate, Malcolm Smith is still bringing HEET to Albany, an acronym for legislation aimed at health care, education, the economy and technology. Comment.

Queens summer school attendance high in 2001

It seems the hot place for a lot of Queens kids to be this month is exactly where city school officials want them to be: summer school. Comment.

Hundreds of kids join police at Harmony Picnic

Some kids cooled off from the summer heat in a park sprinkler while others got their faces painted or played games. Comment.

Season’s first W. Nile case found in Bellerose

In what has become an annual event, the city Department of Health announced the season’s first confirmed case of West Nile virus in a sparrow and mosquito pool in Bellerose last week, marking the 2001 debut of West Nile in Queens. Comment.

Subway service changes add new line to Queens

The disruption and confusion that vexed tens of thousands of Manhattan and Brooklyn straphangers trying to cope with the greatest subway rerouting in a decade set off barely a ripple in Astoria, the final stop of the new W train. Comment.

Hevesi endorses John Liu to succeed Julia Harrison

Alan Hevesi, the city comptroller and mayoral candidate who has the backing of the Queens Democratic Party, endorsed 34-year-old John Liu for City Council Friday, one of five Democrats running for the seat in Flushing held by Julia Harrison since 1986. Comment.

Sale of last family-owned farm on hold

The Klein Farm, the last family-owned farm in Queens, cannot be commercially developed without approval from the Department of City Planning and a land-use review process, the agency said. Comment.

Queens students honored as Home Town Heroes

Rameek Alston was all of 16 when he got to visit Rikers Island Correctional Facility. He had been accused of stealing a chain. Admittedly, the Jamaica resident was heading down a path paved by illegal activity. Rikers Island was indeed the turning point. Comment.

Queens man convicted of defying S. Korea law

A Rockaway man who had been held in South Korea since February on charges he violated the country’s national security law by supporting the publication of a controversial book was convicted last week and sentenced to three years probation, a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department said Friday. Comment.

Crowley pushes to stop nighttime flights at LGA

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) has proposed legislation to make mandatory a voluntary overnight curfew at LaGuardia Airport as part of a federal airport noise curfew commission. Comment.

Dem mayoral candidates raise millions for race

The four Democratic candidates for mayor have each raised close to $4 million or more in their bids to become the mayor of New York City led by City Comptroller Alan Hevesi, filings with the Campaign Finance Board show. Comment.

Fallen heroes honored at opening of new ER

New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens officially opened its emergency room last week with a somber ceremony honoring 486 fallen uniformed members of the New York City emergency service who had died in the line of duty between 1957 and 2001 while serving the Queens community. Comment.

Hip hop star cops plea in Queens drug bust

After pleading guilty to charges of possession of a controlled substance, Russell Jones, better known to his fans as the rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard, was sentenced last week to two to four years in jail. Comment.

U.S. Olympic Committee slated to visit Queens

On the eve of a tour of New York City by the U.S. Olympic Committee, the city’s Olympic organizers are touting the choice of Beijing for the 2008 Games as a boost to local chances of hosting the event four years later. Comment.

Appeals court orders power plant review

An appellate court has ordered the New York Power Authority to perform an environmental review on the two power generators it recently installed in Long Island City in a ruling that will allow the controversial plants to keep operating until early next year. Comment.

LGA second in nation for most airport delays

LaGuardia Airport, renowned for the most flight delays in the nation for nearly a year, dropped to No. 2 in that category in the first five months of the year, the U.S. Department of Transportation reported. Comment.

Q27 offers express ride to Queens Village soon

Starting in September, the Q27 bus will deliver passengers from Queens Village to Flushing and vice versa at a faster clip. The Metropolitan Transit Authority recently announced it will start a limited stop service between the two Queens communities. Comment.

Caffe on the Green: Offers bucolic respite next to expressway

201-10 Cross Island Pkwy., Bayside Comment.

Cheliotis holds fund-raising lead in council race

Out of the six candidates vying for City Councilman Mike Abel’s (R-Bayside) seat this fall one has become the pacesetter when it comes to fund-raising. Comment.

New stores await OK to open up

Banana Republic’s plans to join several other new retailers at the Bay Terrace Shopping Center may not pan out, the developer who owns the property told a Community Board 7 meeting Monday night. Comment.

Dems neck and neck in funds for beep race

The three Democrats vying for the Queens borough presidency have raised about the same amount of money, while the sole Republican trails far behind and the Independent candidate has decided not to participate in the campaign finance program. Comment.

Bayside teller at Belmont busted in laundering scam

A union leader from Bayside was one of four men arrested and indicted last week on charges of laundering more than $300,000 in drug money over a six-month period while working as a teller at Belmont Racetrack, state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer said Friday. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Just another frenetic day for Naclerio

Ron Naclerio talks a mile a minute. If ever there was a marathon for talking, the head coach of the Cardozo High School basketball team would win in a walk. Comment.

Fire Dept. fights for parking lot

A squabble over a parking lot in West Maspeth has pitted the Duane Reade drugstore chain against the New York City Fire Department, whose request to acquire the land was rejected by the local community board last week. Comment.

Candidates for Spigner’s seat pull in $$

Two of the candidates running for the City Council seat held by Deputy Majority Leader Archie Spigner (D-St. Albans) have raised more than $20,000 for their campaigns and spent thousands of dollars, according to the candidates and the city Campaign Finance Board. Comment.

Rally planned to support school funding reform

The man who helped launch an eight-year court case against the state to get more money for city schools said earlier this month he is counting on Queens — the borough with the most overcrowded classrooms in the city — to keep the case going. Comment.

Thousands flock to Colombian celebration

Thousands poured into Flushing Meadows Corona Park Sunday afternoon for the food, music, dancing, singing and all-out fun of the annual Colombian Festival. Comment.

Suspects plead guilty to 1998 Douglaston arson

The five men and one woman charged with attempted arson for setting fire to a Douglaston home in 1998 with a homemade explosive pleaded guilty to the crime last week in Queens Criminal Court, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.

Queens narcotics cops bust $25M Ecstasy ring

In what has been described by authorities as one of the largest seizures of Ecstasy yet, Queens detectives arrested two men at their Manhattan apartment last week, where they discovered more than a million tablets and over $180,000 in cash, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Police Blotter: 22-year-old Woodside man arrested in June shooting

FLUSHING — A Woodside man was arrested last Thursday and charged with attempted murder for allegedly shooting a 32-year-old man in Flushing June 13, police said. Comment.

Dining Out: Caffe on the Green offers bucolic respite next to expressway

201-10 Cross Island Pkwy., Bayside Comment.

Bayside takes Minor Division for third title

The Bayside Little League captured its third District 26 baseball championship last week, winning the 9- and 10-year-old Minor Division crown with a 5-0 defeat of Forest Hills on July 18 at Sy Speiler field in Oakland Gardens. 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. 718-961-6880 Ext. 142. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Douglaston Community Theatre holds auditions for "NUTS" at the Zion Church Parish Hall, 44th Ave. off Douglaston Parkway. 718-225-7117. Comment.

Monday, July 23, 2001

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