Thursday, Aug. 2, 2001

QMA is ‘Crossing the Line’ throughout boro

One of these days somebody’s going to get smart and put the UN building in Flushing. Comment.

Barrett fight called off, Tyson looms

His image was plastered on posters outside of the Roseland Ballroom in Midtown Manhattan last Thursday night, but that would be as close as the near-capacity crowd would get to seeing Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett. The Queens native was forced to pull out of his scheduled 10-round main event against John Sargent because he failed a medical examination. Comment.

There’s much to see, do all summer long at Botanical Garden

The Queens Botanical Garden features a variety of different presentations this summer. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Two cards offer trip into past

I took a break from the long, hot summer this week to go back in time, or so it felt. I was playing wingman to reporter Dylan Butler at the Roseland Ballroom, where we ventured last Thursday to watch Queens heavyweight contender Monte Barrett. Comment.

Regilio Tuur’s comeback hits snag

It was supposed to be so sweet. Comment.

Empire State Games: NYC men win fourth straight gold medal

Another year, another Empire State Games gold medal. For the New York City men’s open basketball team, winning the title is expected. Anything less would be considered a disappointment. Comment.

Empire State Games: Queens racks up medal at Empire State Games

For a second straight year, the Illescas sisters from East Elmhurst dominated the pool at the 2001 Empire State Games in Utica, combining for seven medals. Comment.

Haack shining even if Metro Cadets are not

Every time Keith Haack saunters out to the mound, it is with the slippery array of pitches and savvy that make the spindly righthander a natural fit at the top of any team’s rotation. But it wasn’t until a rash of injuries that the Queens College junior-to-be was bumped up to the head of the Metro Cadets’ rotation and into the limelight, a role Haack relishes. Comment.

L.I. Cardinals fall short at NABF Regionals

It took the Long Island Cardinals 17-and-18 year old “Blue” baseball team six hours to return to Queens from Altoona, Pa., but for head coach Ian Millman and his squad, it felt more like 16 hours, as the team suffered two heartbreaking one-run losses with each game ending on an error in the National Amateur Baseball Federation Regionals. Comment.

Oyster Bay’s Doyle commits to St. John’s

Mike Jarvis was looking on Long Island for his 2002 recruiting class and while he initially had his eyes on Amityville for highly sought 6-foot-10 Jason Fraser, the St. John’s head coach received an oral commitment from another Long Islander, 6-foot-6 small forward Tim Doyle from St. Dominic’s in Oyster Bay. Comment.

Cross Island YMCA offering summer recreational leagues

The Cross Island YMCA, 238-10 Hillside Ave., Bellerose, offers league and recreational volleyball for adults 17 and over. Open recreational games will be played on Tuesday nights from 8 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. Admission is free to YMCA members and $10 for non-members. Comment.

Fresh Meadows Palacios captures second 5K race

Jamime Palacios of Fresh Meadows pulled away from a pack of four runners after the 2-mile mark and captured the second 5K race in the College Point Road Runners Club sponsored summer series of four races in Flushing Meadows Park on Friday, July 20. Comment.

Editorial: Let mayor run schools

Since he has taken office, Mayor Giuliani has hosted more than 80 Town Hall meetings in neighborhoods throughout the city. At virtually every one of these meetings, a frustrated mayor has found it necessary to tell frustrated parents that he has no control over the city's public schools. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: The bomb ended the war, but at a horrific price

On Aug. 6 and Aug. 9, we remember the 56th anniversary of the dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki,... Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: It’s time to declare war on tree-eating beetles

Our trees are calling for help. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Queens civics call for city liquor authority

At the request of civic association members who are annoyed by establishments which sell liquor, Queens Borough President Claire Shulman has proposed that New York City be given the power to do inspections, grant licenses and enforce the liquor laws to maintain the quality of life in the neighborhoods. For years neighborhood groups, community boards and police precincts have complained that the State Liquor Authority has not provided enough enforcement and grants liquor licenses too easily. Comment.

To The Point: Dedications, ceremonies, festivals, all at the Point

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

Business ideas grow at HOPE kitchen

If you ever dreamed about starting your own catering business, but did not know where to begin — or where to do the cooking — look no further than St. Albans, where a non-profit group is willing to help anyone serious about starting a small food-based business. Comment.

You can have fun without vaporizing your wallet

Been to Shea Stadium lately? Been there at all? Comment.

Police recover 3rd body from Rockaway waters

After several days of searching, the bodies of two teenage sister who drowned in the Rockaways along with their young cousin have been recovered by the Police Department’s Harbor Patrol and Scuba units. Comment.

Rockaway man returns after arrest in S. Korea

Sam Song, the Rockaway man who was convicted in South Korea of violating the country’s national security law, returned home to the United States late Saturday night, ending uncertainty about whether he would have to serve his sentence of three years probation in Seoul. Comment.

Hevesis secure stop signs for Forest Hills

After repeated efforts by Forest Hills residents for several years to have four-way stop signs installed at the intersection of Juno Street and 68th Avenue, the actions of a well-known father and son team finally got the job done. Comment.

St. Albans Park renewed by renovations

After securing nearly $1 million from the city budget for the renovation of St. Albans Park, City Council Deputy Majority Leader Archie Spigner (D-St. Albans) celebrated its transformation Monday with Parks Commissioner Henry Stern, local leaders and neighborhood children. Comment.

Queens Pride House hosts political hopefuls

The rainbow flag symbolizing the gay and lesbian community took on a broader meaning Monday night when three borough political candidates grappled with questions of color and politics in a forum held at the Queens Pride House in Woodside. Comment.

Neighbors march for traffic signal

Gathering in the middle of a street many residents are afraid to cross, more than 150 people demonstrated Monday in Maspeth to demand that the city install traffic signals at two intersections they say are hazardous for pedestrians. Comment.

Vallone rises in polls, pulls in union support

Six weeks before the Democratic primary, City Council Speaker Peter Vallone’s (D-Astoria) uphill fight to move into the mayor’s office has been marked by a steady climb in the polls and a sudden spurt of union endorsements. Comment.

Bayside WW II veteran fights for French medal

When Clyde Smith was 21, he answered his country’s call and joined the U.S. Army, fighting in the World War II invasion of France and eventually serving for three years as a private. Comment.

City chooses prevention over spray for skeeters

If you have been scratching that mosquito bite and wondering when the city Health Department is going to spray pesticides to prevent the spread of the West Nile virus in Queens, take heed: it is not. Comment.

Woodhaven shocked by racist leaflets on cars

Anti-Semitic, racist and anti-government leaflets placed on car windshields along 85th Drive by a white supremacist organization with a history of violence stunned the ethnically diverse Woodhaven neighborhood July 24. Comment.

Jamaica enjoys neighborhood unity

The ordinarily lazy rhythm of Saturday afternoon was forsaken this weekend in two south Queens neighborhoods, where the deep pulse of hip-hop and R&B stirred the midsummer air for celebrations of community unity. Comment.

Laurelton enjoys neighborhood unity

The ordinarily lazy rhythm of Saturday afternoon was forsaken this weekend in two south Queens neighborhoods, where the deep pulse of hip-hop and R&B stirred the midsummer air for celebrations of community unity. Comment.

LIC zoning changes may spur new business center

The City Council has unanimously approved a rezoning proposal for Long Island City, opening up the neighborhood for mixed-use development that is expected to transform it into the next major business district for the city. Comment.

Work on church on 249th St. stalls

Construction of a controversial new Korean church on an oddly shaped property in Little Neck has been stalled for more than a month as the city seeks changes in the developer’s plans, a Buildings Department spokesman said this week. Comment.

Police take National Night Out for public safety

National Night Out, a citywide annual event designed to promote community activities as a way to fight crime and keep neighborhoods safe, is back in Queens and the borough’s police precincts have planned a variety of festivities. Comment.

Olympic Committee visit angers Queens activists

Members of the U.S. Olympic Committee embarked on a two-day tour of the city Tuesday to evaluate New York’s proposal to host the Summer Olympics in 2012 — a plan some Queens activists are fighting because of changes it would bring to Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment.

Padavan joins group to halt psych center move

In a continued effort to save Queens Children’s Psychiatric Center, state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) has joined an alliance of mental health groups, lawmakers and parents to halt the proposed plan to move the center onto the Creedmoor campus. Comment.

New suspect charged in LIC murder of activist

Charges were dropped last week against four Long Island City men who had been accused of the 1999 murder of community activist Armando Perez, two days after the man now suspected in the crime was arrested on robbery charges in New Jersey, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Labor gives Cheliotes big boost in race

If there is any one group that could make the difference in the crowded race for northeast Queens City Councilman Mike Abel’s (R-Bayside) seat this fall, it is labor. Comment.

Clearview-LIE project runs ahead of schedule

The project to revamp the interchange between the Clearview and Long Island expressways is well ahead of schedule, an engineer from the state Department of Transportation said last week. Comment.

State panel attacks city on school budget gap

The politicized saga of the city Board of Education and the current $1.5 billion shortfall in the school construction budget took another turn last week when the Moreland Act Commission blasted the board for failing to see the rising price tag of construction. Comment.

Douglaston arson victims speak out

For three years, one Douglaston woman has had to scour garage sales to find items that resembled lost family mementos and flip through borrowed pictures of her children as infants. Comment.

Ferrer looks to capture Queens’ Hispanic vote

Bronx Borough President and Democratic mayoral hopeful Fernando Ferrer described himself as a person who has certain views on how the city should be run and a stand-up leader who sticks to his guns while fighting for what he believes. Comment.

Drug ring busted in Forest Hills

A Woodhaven man was among six people arrested last week on charges they allegedly ran a heroin distribution ring and delivery service in Forest Hills and Rego Park which catered to the Russian immigrant community, the Queens district attorney said last Thursday. Comment.

Housing complex sale likely soon

Real estate investor Rubin Schron is close to finalizing a deal to buy out his partners and become the sole owner of Fresh Meadows Apartments, one of the largest residential developments in New York City, a source with knowledge of the deal said. Comment.

Vallone asks for study of Hevesi’s war chest

City Councilman Peter Vallone (D-Astoria) has questioned the contribution practices of rival Democratic mayoral candidate Alan Hevesi and urged the Campaign Finance Board to investigate what he contends are spending irregularities. Comment.

23rd pow-wow held at Queens County Farm

Centuries ago when American Indians followed herds of buffalo in their migrations across the Great Plains, a group of dancers would always arrive first to flatten the tall stalks of grasses to make room for the tribe to camp. Comment.

Flushing family biz faces second MTA eviction

After a bitter legal battle with the MTA five years ago landed the Avena family a three-year lease on their shoe-shine and flower shops in Flushing, the transit agency is once again planning to evict the 80-year-old family business under the Long Island Rail Road viaduct. Comment.

Maspeth man killed in BQE truck accident

A Maspeth man was killed and his wife seriously injured Friday when their car was crushed by a trailer that unhinged from its cab on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, police said. Comment.

Elderly Baysider fights eviction

Henry Mennecke is 87 and spends nice summer days sitting outside the Bayside apartment he has rented for about $200 for the past 20 years, maneuvering his clunky motorized wheelchair into a shady spot and waving hello to passersby. Comment.

Woman sues over needle in Astoria fast-food meal

A Bronx woman who says she bit into a needle lodged in a breakfast sandwich at a Burger King in Astoria has filed suit seeking $11 million in damages, her lawyer said Tuesday. Comment.

6-year-old shot twice in Queens Village home

A 6-year-old Queens Village boy was jarred out of a deep sleep early Sunday when two stray bullets crashed through the wall of his bedroom and struck him in his right leg. Comment.

Harrison gives money to 3 vying for her seat

City Councilwoman Julia Harrison, the Democrat incumbent who has represented Flushing since 1986, made contributions of $100 to three of the 10 candidates running for her seat, recent campaign finance filings show. Comment.

13 candidates vie for $$$ in race for Watkins’ seat

City council candidates hoping to replace Juanita Watkins (D-Laurelton) used their connections in the southeast Queens community to drum up hundreds of donations, adding up to more than $20,000 in contributions for three of the 13 contenders. Comment.

Police Blotter: Middle Village woman fifth victim of sexual predetor: Police

MIDDLE VILLAGE — A 39-year-old woman was sexually assaulted at about 5 a.m. Monday at 64th Place and 74th Street, police said. 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

The Outrageous Fortune Company will hold auditions for Three Days of Rain by Richard Greenberg on Monday and Tuesday Aug., 20 and 21 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at its offices at 42-24 Douglaston Parkway, Douglaston. Two men and one woman age 30's. Performances are at Queens Theatre in the Park on Oct., 5,6,7,12,13 and 14. 718-428-2500. Comment.

Rowers ready for 11th annual Dragon Boat Festival

It has its origins some 2,300 years ago in the Chinese state of Chu. Comment.

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