Thursday, Aug. 23, 2001

Flushing’s Mashriqi named to national team

By being named to the U-14 United States National team, Mohammed Mashriqi is considered one of the top boys soccer players for his age. And yet, his soccer career began as part of a joke. Comment.

Whitestone Renegades win all-star battle, 4-3

Jonathan Scherer is not an imposing figure in the batter’s box. Comment.

College Round-up: Red Storm men’s soccer team takes trip to Portugal

In preparation of the regular season opener Aug. 31, the St. John’s men’s soccer team has once again gone oversees to train. The Red Storm are in the midst of a nine-day trip to Portugal. Comment.

SJU’s Persico-Smith on unlikely career path

As a senior on the Syracuse University volleyball team, Joanne Persico-Smith thought the last thing she would be doing for a living was coaching college volleyball. Comment.

Corporate Challenge winner eyes Coghlan 5K trophy

Kevin Krause of Shoreham, N.Y., expects to make his debut in the sixth annual Eamonn Coghlan 5K Classic, to be held this Saturday, Aug, 25 at Belmont Park Race Track. The gun goes off at 5 p.m. Comment.

Qreview - theater: Marriage is funny, sad in ‘Lovers & Strangers’

The Village Players present the hilarious five-part comedy, “Lovers & Other Strangers” by the husband and wife team of Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna. They have placed marriage under a microscope to show us the variations of young love through mid-life crises. The experienced cast portrays these characters with wit and understanding. Actors in some cases play two different roles in a fun-filled evening. Comment.

DAC Flag Football takes turn at Meadowland

DePhillips Athletic Club is entering is fourth year of being apart of the NFL Flag Football Program, a national program developed and run in conjunction with the NFL. Last year more than 100,000 girls and boys nationwide, between the aged of 6 and 14, took part. Comment.

Glen Oaks teams battle it out for bragging rights

On Wednesday, July 25. the Park Dodge All Stars squared off against the Vitality Drugs All Stars. Comment.

Munoz leads CP Track Club to 9th place at championships

Yorki Munoz’s 48th place finish led the College Point Road Runners Track Club to ninth place in the Club Championship road race that stayed within Manhattan’s Central Park last Saturday morning. Comment.

Editorial: We’ll miss you, Ben

After 68 years of doing business on Bell Boulevard in Bayside, Ben Fried and his son Jack are getting ready to close the doors forever at Benn’s hardware. When they do, the boulevard will never be the same. Comment.

Editorial: Growing pains

For decades, when it came to economic development, southeast Queens was a classic underachiever. The lifelessness of the area’s commercial strips stood in stark contrast to the prosperity and vitality of the thousands of middle-class homeowners living in the area. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Prescription: 2 laughs, taken as needed

Every night Gerard would walk to the supermarket to buy a six-pack. He’d bring it home and drink it while watching TV. Comment.

Real Estate Rap: Economy may be slow, but home prices soar

In what only can be described as a feeding frenzy, buyers continue to place higher bids on home prices. Since March, asking prices on residential properties have increased dramatically. Despite a lackluster stock market, prices are up significantly from last year at this time. Supply remains low, demand high. Comment.

Point of View: Library serves as beacon to Flushing’s immigrants

The three-year-old Flushing Library at its present location is perhaps the most visible asset of this booming metropolis. It has a great wealth of good books, magazines and newspapers catering to just about every ethnic group in Queens. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Community sees no end in fight against facilities

As has been reported several times over the years, different civic associations have been fighting both the creation and the expansion of community facilities in Queens and in the other boroughs. Currently the East Bayside Homeowners Association and the John Golden Park Block Association in Bayside are opposing the planned expansion of St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Dragonflies, butterflies love summertime, too

Early one recent hot morning, as I opened our side door, I noticed a dragonfly on the path. Comment.

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

Founded over a century ago, the 250-acre New York Botanical Gardens site provides an oasis of beauty, charm and enchantment — just as the Queens Botanical Garden does, except that the Bronx site is much larger. 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.

Bayside man, 75, stricken with West Nile virus

An elderly Bayside man has become the first person in Queens this year to be infected with the West Nile virus, the city Health Department announced Wednesday. Comment.

Third-party candidates in mix for Vallone seat

While most council races in this overwhelmingly Democratic borough are expected to be decided in the Sept. 11 primary, four Democrats running for the Astoria seat have received the nomination of other parties and will have a spot on the November ballot. Comment.

Katz raises most funds in council race

If City Council members were elected based on campaign fund raising, the race for term-limited City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz's 29th Council District seat would be over and done with. Comment.

Qspective: It was a lonely death

The mail kept coming back marked, “Deceased.” Comment.

Astoria teacher indicted on sex-abuse charges

An Astoria schoolteacher was indicted last week on charges she had sex with two students in her office at a Manhattan high school, the Manhattan district attorney said. Comment.

Nursing home advocates demand more boro staff

Nurses, patients and family members spoke out last week about the major staffing shortages in Queens’ nursing homes and asked state Assemblymen William Scarborough (D-St. Albans) and Michael Cohen (D-Forest Hills) for help in securing more state funds for such non-profit facilities. Comment.

Flushing Rotary Club hosts Bloomberg talk

Before charging Democratic mayoral candidate Mark Green and Schools Chancellor Harold Levy with stealing his ideas on education last Thursday, Republican mayoral hopeful Michael Bloomberg took his own campaign to members of the Flushing Rotary Club. Comment.

DA busts Woodside family in drug case

Two Woodside brothers and their Colombian mother were arrested last week for allegedly operating a multimillion-dollar money-laundering operation using profits from dealers’ cocaine sales, the Manhattan district attorney said. Comment.

Woman pleads guilty in boro insurance scam

A Woodside insurance agent pleaded guilty last week to selling hundreds of bogus insurance policies representing more than $50 million in coverage, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

York is only GED test site in boro open to all: Beep

With only one GED test site in Queens for anyone who wants to obtain a high school diploma, Queens Borough President Claire Shulman is calling for the state Education Department to add more sites and relieve the stress on the York College testing center in Jamaica. Comment.

Four hopefuls fight it out for Tom Ognibene’s seat

Pitting two candidates with political pedigrees against two others boasting deep community roots, the race for City Councilman Tom Ognibene’s (R-Middle Village) seat is colored by the shadow of political history. Comment.

Couple asks boro judge to drop kidnap charges

A couple accused of kidnapping a baby boy and taking him from Jamaica Estates to New Mexico 21 years ago are trying to have the criminal charges against them dropped in State Supreme Court in Queens. Comment.

Take walk on wild side at restored Queens Zoo

From the American bison to the North American porcupine, from the Florida sandhill crane to the American alligator, from the Norwegian fjord pony to the barn owl, the Queens Zoo has it all. Comment.

Tenant arrested in slay of couple

Nearly two years to the day after a Ridgewood man was beaten to death with a hammer, his former tenant has been charged with murdering him and then slaying his widow a month later, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

6 southeast Queens candidates get matching funds

Six of the 24 southeast Queens candidates for City Council have received matching funds from the Campaign Finance Board. Comment.

Laurelton remembers community service champion

Mother Rocelious Brittian Shackelford, president of the Marie Shackelford-Bailey Achievement Awards Funds Inc., died Aug. 3 at her home in Laurelton. She was 82. Comment.

Brits teach boro kids soccer fundamentals

At a soccer camp last week in a field behind the Bellerose-Floral Park School, a jolly young coach had her little toddler-aged athletes, captivated perhaps by her soft, very British accent, singing well-known nursery rhymes as they learned the game. Comment.

Far Rockaway student missing in South Africa

The State Department is investigating the mysterious disappearance of a Yale University junior from Far Rockaway who was studying in South Africa. Comment.

Hollis fair draws attention to neglected playground

The street in front of the neglected playground of JHS 192 in Hollis was alive Saturday afternoon with people enjoying typical summer fun: good food, loud music and fellowship. Comment.

Summer school students do not sparkle on tests

The majority of the city’s summer school students did not make the grade on this year’s reading and math exams, according to preliminary figures released Monday by Schools Chancellor Harold Levy, with 60 percent or more failing each test. Comment.

Young Forest Hills super electrocuted in courtyard

A 30-year old Croatian immigrant was killed in Forest Hills last week when he was electrocuted while cleaning out a fountain in the courtyard of the building he worked and lived in. Comment.

Floral Park man to fight conviction in OTB scam

The owner of a Floral Park, L.I. construction firm was sentenced to 37 months in jail for defrauding the Off-Track Betting Corporation of more than $200,000, the commissioner of the city Department of Investigation announced Friday. Comment.

Flushing mother, teen critically hurt in house fire

A mother and her teenage son were critically injured early Friday morning when a fire swept a three-story house directly behind a gas station on 64th Avenue in Flushing. Comment.

Ringleader of Howard Beach attack set free

Nearly 15 years ago, a black man’s life ended abruptly when he was chased onto the Belt Parkway by a gang of white youths and struck by a car. Comments (2).

Leffler sees great things in Jamaica’s future

City Councilman Sheldon Leffler (D-Hollis), a graduate of Jamaica High School who is running for Queens borough president, predicted Jamaica would prosper with the completion of the AirTrain and other developments currently underway in the southeast Queens commercial hub. Comment.

Leffer vows to fight for more boro schools

If everything works out for veteran City Councilman Sheldon Leffler (D-Hollis), his familiar face will become one of the most recognizable faces throughout Queens starting in January. Comment.

Leffler’s seat draws 3 hopefuls

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.

Board of Ed shakeup earns Thomson’s praise

Queens Board of Education member Terri Thomson praised Schools Chancellor Harold Levy’s move to reorganize the central administration this week and eliminate jobs as a fundamental change in the focus of the city school system. Comment.

Vacant Little Neck lots cause rumors in nabe

The large corner property at the intersection of Northern Boulevard and Marathon Parkway in Little Neck used to be home to the area’s major supermarket, but it has sat empty for so long that grass has started to grow through the parking lot pavement. Comment.

Gresser, Marshall collect campaign matching funds

The city Campaign Finance Board last Thursday dolled out the second round of checks to candidates participating in the matching funds program, and the two Democratic candidates for Queens borough president as well as 12 city council candidates in the county were the lucky beneficiaries. Comment.

Queens Million Mom March buoyed by merger

The Queens chapter of the Million Mom March Foundation has some new resources to rely on with the recent merger of the national Million Mom March group and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Queens chapter president Joan Gold said this week. Comment.

U.S. Open fan kicked out of stadium suite

A longtime supporter of the U.S. Open has been kicked out of his luxury suite at Arthur Ashe Stadium for failing to order $24,000 worth of food. Comment.

Bayside boy’s memorial hits snag in state capitol

Legislation to name the pedestrian bridge at 46th Avenue and the Clearview Expressway where a Bayside boy on his bike was killed in a car accident in August 2000 has been stalled on Gov. George Pataki’s desk this month. Comment.

Fight against destruction of TWA terminal begins

A succession of architects and preservationists reacted with concern and even consternation last week to the Port Authority's concept of how Eero Saarinen’s TWA terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport might be saved. Comment.

500 Silver Crest workers walk out for one-day strike

Demanding safe staffing, increased benefits and higher wages, nearly 500 health care workers staged a one-day strike at Silver Crest Extended Care Center in Briarwood last Wednesday. Comment.

Agnello admits illegal scrap-yard practices

The son-in-law of convicted Gambino crime boss John Gotti and five of his Queens business partners pleaded guilty last week in federal court to racketeering, extortion, arson, income tax fraud and other charges for illegally dominating the scrap metal businesses in Willets Point, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Queens lacks syringe exchange program

Despite new evidence that suggests syringe-exchange programs significantly reduce the spread of HIV among intravenous drug users, Queens remains one of only two boroughs where such programs do not exist. Comments (1).

AirTrain’s guideway above Van Wyck is complete

The AirTrain marked another milestone last week with the completion of the elevated guideway along the Van Wyck Expressway to John F. Kennedy International Airport, a feat that has drawn applause from southeast Queens leaders. Comment.

Residents fight to preserve Astoria Village

Residents living near the house at 26-19 12th St.... Comment.

New tenants apply to fill Benn’s Hardware location

The new owners of the building that has housed Benn’s Hardware store for the last 68 years said Monday they have been in negotiations with several prospective tenants to take over the space on Bell Boulevard. Comment.

Hevesi gets funds after paying consultant

Democratic mayoral candidate Alan Hevesi received his matching funds from the Campaign Finance Board last Thursday, but only after he agreed to pay his political consultant Hank Morris $250,000. Comment.

Protest against Concorde to take place Saturday

A Queens politician has called a rally for Saturday at John F. Kennedy International Airport to protest the impending return of flights by the supersonic Concorde jetliner. Comment.

Ethnic newspapers display Queens diversity

The celebrated diversity of Queens is reflected in the more than 50 ethnic newspapers and magazines published inside the borough that help immigrants from all parts of the world to assimilate while keeping in touch with their roots. Comment.

Police Blotter: Bayside teen in stolen car strikes girl in Bklyn’s Crown Heights: Cops

BAYSIDE — A Bayside teen was arrested for allegedly stealing a car Sunday night and accidentally hitting and injuring a young girl in Crown Heights in Brooklyn, police said. Comment.

Board of Ed shocked by budget gap

The news of the expanding school budget construction shortfall surprised not only the city but the city Board of Education as well, Queens board member Terri Thomson said Monday. 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.

World’s eyes to move back and forth for U.S. Open

Once again the center of the sporting universe will be the normally tranquil Flushing Meadows-Corona Park as tennis fans from all corners of the earth will flock to the National Tennis Center for the 2001 U.S. Open from Aug. 29 to Sept. 9. Comment.

From Forest Hills to Flushing, U.S. Open has made history

Venus Williams added her name next to her sister Serena’s as U.S. Open champion a year ago, claiming the crown by topping fellow American Lindsey Davenport. It was a historical win for Williams, her second-ever Grand Slam crown. Comment.

You can still get tickets — and planes no problem

Contrary to popular conception, Jim Peters, the Federal Aviation Administration’s public affairs specialist for the Eastern Region, insists Youithat airplanes are not diverted around the U.S. Tennis Open. Comment.

Diners ready to hold court at U.S. Open

Things seem to be shaping up tastily at the Food Court of the Open. Comment.

It’s easy to get to the Open

SUBWAY: From 53rd Street and Lexington Avenue (Citicorp Center) subway stop, take the Queens-bound E or F train to Roosevelt Avenue and transfer to Flushing-bound No. 7 train to Willets Point-Shea Stadium stop. Comment.

Glendale author mixes past, present in ‘Quest’

The Quest for Excalibur, a new novel by Glendale author Angela LoCascio, puts a new twist on the old legend, cleverly mixing the present figure with the past, as the principle character finds herself magically transported back in time to the kingdom of Camelot. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Give me a reason to care, please

The U.S. Open, the biggest tennis tournament in the United States, kicks off Monday, right here in Queens at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. And while the annual event seemingly is going about its business as usual, it seems to me that things are not all perfect in the world of tennis. Comment.

Cook’s still waiting for contract offer from Denver

It may just have been a case of negotiating through the media, but Denver Nuggets General Manager Kiki Vandeweghe gave the impression that his team is less than anxious to sign second round draft pick Omar Cook. Comment.

Cheatham’s rocky road to the top of D-II hoops

Things weren’t supposed to be like the this. Comment.

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