Thursday, Aug. 16, 2001

Was the theater better in the past, or is it just us?

Did we really enjoy the theater more years ago? Or are we suffering from rose-colored memories? Comment.

Woodward stays put at Rhode Island, despite team’s struggles

Brian Woodward can only sit back and laugh. Comment.

Barrett has August bout pushed back to September

After sparring at the Morris Park Boxing Club in the Bronx last month, Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett said he just wanted to stay busy in the ring, to fight as often as he could. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Tragedy part of the fight game

Beethavean Scottland died July 2 in Bellevue Hospital, another in a long line of boxing-related deaths. There is no way to put it in a positive light and I wouldn’t if I could. But death is a part of boxing, as much a part of it as anything else. It is a reality, something every boxer faces whenever he laces up the gloves. Comment.

Traveling companies bring in Latin theater

Not one but two touring companies with a Latin bent are coming to Queens. Comment.

St. John’s picked to finish seventh in NEC

If you ask the Northeast Conference coaches, the St. John’s football team is expected to struggle again this season. The Red Storm were selected seventh out of eight teams in the preseason coaches poll announced Tuesday afternoon. Comment.

SJU’s Hatten shows promise for NYC team in tournament

Despite the NYC Hoops team dropping three games in Greece last week, St. John’s head coach Mike Jarvis had plenty of reason to smile as junior college transfer Marcus Hatten played better than expected in the all-star team’s games. Comment.

St. John’s taps Rebhuhn, Copeland as new coaches

St. John’s Athletic Director Dave Wegrzyn filled the head coaching positions for both the men’s and women’s tennis team last week as Eric Rebhuhn was named the new head men’s tennis coach and Kyle Copeland was tapped as the new women’s tennis coach. Comment.

Cardinals come up just short at World Series

One bad inning. That’s all that separated the Long Island Cardinals 15- and 16-year-old team from a semifinal berth in the National Amateur Baseball Federation World Series in Northville, Mich. late last month. Comment.

Eamonn Coghlan 5K slated for Aug. 25

Close to 2,000 runner are expected to enter into the sixth annual Eamonn Coghlan 5K, set for the Belmont Park Race Course in Elmont on Saturday, Aug. 25. Comment.

Glen Oaks Bulldogs take two more in Schechtman tourney

The Glen Oaks Jiffy Lube Bulldogs continued their exciting summer season by going 2-1 this week, making their season record a respectful 6-5. Comment.

Editorial: Nibbled to death

The democracy that appeared so vital in Queens just a few short weeks ago is in grave danger of being nibbled to death by candidates who would rather win at the Board of Elections than at the polls. It is customary in New York City for candidates to avoid primaries by nitpicking the ballot petitions submitted by their opponents. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Most mayoral candidates silent on parks pledge

The Parks 2001 Committee sponsored a reception and forum on July 31 in the lovely Downtown Athletic Club, to give mayoral candidates an opportunity to speak, specifically, on the subject of increasing the budget for the Department of Parks and Recreation. Comment.

To The Point: Summer at the Point: Clowns, concerts, more

We attended the Clown Workshop at the Poppenhusen Institute, 114-04 Road, College Point for ages 6-12 and the children had a great time. The theme was “Clowning around with the seasons.” Laine... Comment.

The Civic Scene: Queens joins groups citywide for Parks 1%

On July 25, “PARKS 2001,” a citywide campaign to restore, reform and revitalize parks and recreation services in New York City, held a celebration of the start of their campaign in the Faculty Dining Room in Queens College. The Queens Coalition For Parks turned out in force to show their interest in the proper funding of the parks of Queens. Parks 2001 with the assistance of the Parks Council and a number of Manhattan philanthropic groups is supporting parks coalitions in each of the five boroughs. Comment.

Real Estate Rap: Manhattan professionals look to Queens nabes

In fact, rents have increased only marginally this year. Although the number of... Comment.

The Plant Doctor: 250-acre urban oasis short hop from Queens

There are specialized gardens, natural... Comment.

Bellerose ice store caters to summer whims

During the dog days of summer, when the oppressive heat weighs on your shoulders like a ton of bricks and cooling down is your only thought, the new Italian ice shop in Bellerose should be the answer to what ails you. Comment.

Apt. locator shut by state in Queens Village bust

A Queens Village man, who allegedly cheated apartment hunters out of thousands of dollars through his unlicensed apartment locator companies, was charged with fraud and deceptive practices, the state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer announced last week. Comment.

Port Authority helps fund job-training center

The Port Authority contributed half a million dollars Monday to help create an aviation job-training center to house branches of York College and the College of Aeronautics in Far Rockaway. Comment.

Saffran’s council run faces Conservative challenge

While Douglaston lawyer Dennis Saffran is the only Republican running for City Councilman Mike Abel’s (R-Bayside) seat this fall, at least one northeast Queens conservative leader has decided not to tow the party line to support his campaign. Comment.

Beep battles to keep new schools on track

Borough President Claire Shulman vowed this week to fight for new schools promised to the borough in the current five-year construction budget despite the recently exposed funding crisis that has blossomed into a $2.8 billion deficit. Comment.

Qreview - film: Out of summer’s morass comes ‘Rush Hour 2’

It’s been a rough summer this year. Every weekend Hollywood has thrown out some huge spectacular mess. Whether it was dinosaurs, monkeys or robots, audiences have largely ignored the parade of expensive, gimmick-filled celluloid circuses after their first weekends. Comment.

Home Depot celebrates first store in SE Queens

Home Depot was set to celebrate the grand opening of its first home improvement retail center in southeast Queens Wednesday, an event that has drawn a mixed reaction from community leaders. Comment.

Announcements improve on subway lines: Report

Information announcements aboard subway trains improved significantly over the past two years with lines serving Queens making some of the more notable progress, a transit watchdog agency reported. Comment.

Transit activists fight plan to close token booths

Transit activists have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to stop the Metropolitan Transportation Authority from shutting down token booths in subway stations in Queens and the other boroughs, which they contend is a deterrent to crime. Comment.

Group protests environmental problems at Totten

Bayside’s Fort Totten boasts roughly 120 acres of land jutting out into Little Neck Bay with stunning views of the East River in a quiet, parklike setting. Comment.

Before summer ends, go have a pinic — without the fuss

We live in a portable society. Comment.

Queens Tribune parent sells four weekly papers

It has been a busy few months for News Communications Inc., the owners of the Queens Tribune. Comment.

Vallone wants to forge visionary path as mayor

In his bid to replace Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the man popularly credited with slashing New York’s crime rate, City Council Speaker Peter Vallone (D-Astoria) is intent on taking appropriate credit for his own role in transforming the city under several administrations. Comment.

Green Party of Queens grows to 1,000 members

It was not very long ago that the Green Party’s only New York City chapter was in Queens. Except for a show on community access television, it had not done much in the way of reaching out to the community, party leaders say. Comment.

Candidates fight SE Queens dump sites

Carol Gresser, a candidate for borough president, and city council candidate Saundra Pope teamed up Friday to protest several toxic sites in southeast Queens and demand that the city clean up an apparent waste transfer station in South Jamaica. Comment.

Record-breaking heat wreaks havoc in Queens

A record-breaking heat wave put record-breaking pressure on the power grids in Queens last week, forcing businesses and residents to conserve energy while driving others outside to combat the triple-digit temperatures with doses of ice cream and dips in the pool. Comment.

35 council candidates sign accountability pact

Of the 85 candidates for City Council... Comment.

Scientists hope to rescue Jamaica Bay marshlands

Scientists are set to began a series of pilot projects this month to discover why half of Jamaica Bay’s marshland has disappeared and how that damage can be reversed. Comment.

Park signs forbid lone adult visitors

Although the new set of signs installed at the Juniper Valley Park playground in Middle Village may look like a comic inversion, community leaders had nothing but the most serious of intentions when they requested the postings. Comment.

Queens coalition receives grant for park

A coalition of 10 Queens neighborhood organizations was awarded a $1,500 grant Aug. 8 to establish an advocacy group that will promote community involvement in the operation of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment.

3 vying for Leffler’s seat have similar platforms

As the race to replace City Councilman Sheldon Leffler (D-Hollis) heads into the last four weeks of the campaign before the Sept. 11 primary, all three candidates are sounding very much alike on the issues affecting the district. Comment.

LIC library celebrates partnership with PS 111

The bond between libraries and schools is deep-rooted, going beyond books and media to a shared philosophy about public access to education. Comment.

Macy’s takes furniture to Queens Boulevard

In an area already heavily populated by furniture retailers, a massive Macy’s furniture gallery has opened along Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst. Comment.

Green maintains lead in mayoral race: Poll

Mark Green is the Democratic front-runner in the city’s mayoral race, but in Queens County he is up against two native sons who have a wide base of political support. Comment.

Family remembers boy killed at Clearview a year later

Like most other children in southern Bayside, Christopher Scott learned to cross the Clearview Expressway pedestrian bridge at 46th Avenue as a toddler. Comment.

Povman’s seat draws four candidates

With city council candidates in all five boroughs sparring to knock each other off the ballot, the race for Morton Povman’s 24th District seat has been notable for the absence of such hostility. Comment.

Dragon boats compete for top prize in festival

It was depressingly overcast with a dreary drizzle, but none of that deterred more than 90 teams from competing in the 11th annual Dragon Boat Festival in Flushing Meadows Corona Park last weekend or the thousands of onlookers who turned out to cheer them on. Comment.

New Bay Terrace exit draws residents’ ire

Residents of 212th Street in Bayside who live near the Bay Terrace Shopping Center got a chance to voice their anger over recent traffic changes in the area at a Tuesday night meeting of the East Bayside Homeowners Association. Comment.

Farmers’ market grows in downtown Jamaica

Late July and early August mark the start of harvest season for many fruits and vegetables grown in New York state. For that reason, the outdoor Jamaica Farmers’ Market has expanded on 160th Street and Jamaica Avenue — making room for more produce and more customers. Comment.

Renovations to provide library access to disabled

Following nearly two years of protests by community residents, the Forest Hills Branch Library will close temporarily Friday to make renovations that will provide access to disabled persons. Comment.

After 7 days Filipino tourist still missing

A week following the disappearance of his son from an Astoria apartment, Filipino tourist Rico Jabay is relying on sweat and tenacity to find him. Comment.

New Flushing mall may open by Christmas

The owners of a mall on 39th Avenue in downtown Flushing want it to open before the Christmas shopping season, hoping to attract a diverse cross-section of customers from guests at nearby hotels to residents of the five boroughs and beyond. Comment.

Koreans dismayed by signage

Union Street is one of a few Korean enclaves left in a downtown Flushing that is now mostly populated by Chinese. The 120 or so businesses along the strip, ranging from restaurants to clothing stores, advertise like most any business would – by hanging signs prominently outside their stores. Comment.

200 brave heat to attend Forest Park roller disco

While many children were swimming or cooling off with water from fire hydrants, more than 200 Queens youngsters decided last Thursday’s record-breaking temperatures marked the perfect occasion to rollerblade. Comment.

Race to replace Abel heads to home stretch

Northeast Queens voters will have a full slate of Democratic candidates to chose from in September when they go to the polls to chose a successor to City Councilman Mike Abel (R-Bayside), with all five earning enough signatures to make the ballot. Comment.

Allen A.M.E. gets funds for Jamaica senior housing

After breaking ground on a low-income senior citizens’ residence in Jamaica last month, Allen A.M.E. Church announced Monday it had secured the remaining funds needed to pay for the more than $11 million project. Comment.

Astoria hospital begins emergency-room addition

Local politicians broke ground Friday on a major expansion of the emergency room at the Mt. Sinai Hospital of Queens, the largest in a series of improvements they are touting as a sign of the facility’s ascent from community hospital to state-of-the-art medical center. Comment.

Marshall, Gresser wait for matching funds

In the hotly contested race for Queens borough president, City Councilman Sheldon Leffler (D-Hollis) was given a boost when he was the only candidate to receive his campaign matching funds check from the New York City Campaign Finance Board. Comment.

City rescues 249th Street from bulging tree roots

After almost four years and more than a dozen letters to local politicians, the city Department of Transportation and the city Comptroller’s office, Margaret Fanelli’s quest to get her walkway fixed finally became a reality last week. Comment.

Benn’s Hardware to close after 68 years in Bayside

In many ways Ben Fried and his son Jack are the guardian angels of Bayside’s “Main Street.” Comment.

5 Dems compete for McCaffrey’s seat

Although the five Democrats vying for City Councilman Walter McCaffrey’s (D-Woodside) seat bring unique records of political and social service to the campaign, each insists his own background provides the blend of experience and insight necessary to succeed in the City Council. Comment.

Matching funds denied to 31 council candidates

The first round of public funding for the city council elections was handed out last week, but fewer than 44 percent of the Queens candidates participating in the New York City Campaign Finance Board’s matching fund program received checks. Comment.

Astoria apt. used in cyber rape: DA

An Astoria man has been charged with kidnapping and raping a 15-year-old Massachusetts girl who was allegedly abducted by a Long Island couple she had befriended in an Internet chat room, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

St. Albans student vies for prize with Lego robot

Although he is not yet old enough to drive, 16-year-old Malcolm Primus had no problems building a miniature Lego vehicle that could deftly navigate the smooth surface of a computer table at the Devry Institute of Technology last week. Comment.

Police Blotter: Three hurt in car accident at Northern, Parsons blvds.

FLUSHING—Three people were listed in stable condition last week after a two-vehicle traffic accident at the intersection of Northern Boulevard and Parsons Boulevard, police said. Comment.

Bellerose kids find competition, fun in Douglaston

For longtime sports coach Tom Fucigna, who has worked with developmentally disabled children at the Cross Island Y for more than a decade, Friday was a big day. 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 Great Neck Choral Society invites singers to audition for the upcoming seasons under the direction of our wonderful conductor, Dr. Virginia Davidson. Auditions for all voices will be held privately on Wednesdays , Sept., 5, 12 and 19, 8 p.m., in the choral room at Great Neck South Middle School, one traffic light south of the LIE off Lakeville Road. This group of 65 strong consists of and welcomes singers from a wide area. The Fall program, scheduled to be performed on Sun., Dec. 16 in Great Neck, will betwo very exciting works, Comment.

Qreview - theater: Queens College offers enthusiastic ‘Godspell’

The classic musical “Godspell” — a modern take on the Gospel set in a junkyard — was given a good treatment by Queens College Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance Saturday evening at the Little Theatre on campus. Comment.

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