Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001

The Plant Doctor: Small zoo in Flushing is big asset for borough

What the facility lacks in size, more than makes up in presentation - both from artistic perspectives and from a truly ecological standpoint. Comment.

Editorial: Dangerous by design

The danger is obvious. Trying to merge onto the Whitestone Expressway from the southbound Cross Island Expressway can be a white-knuckle experience for drivers intent on exiting at 20th Avenue. It is hard to imagine that the engineers could not see how dangerous and difficult it would be to make this lane change when they designed the merger of these two highways. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: 2 songs should be added to America’s repertoire

Deep as the ocean, High as the mountains Comment.

Real Estate Rap: Dress your house for selling success

When selling your home you need to think like a buyer. Comment.

Queens dines out for World Trade fund-raiser

Queens residents went out to dinner last Thursday to help raise money for the families of World Trade Center victims who worked in the food service industry. Comment.

Queens Museum of Art marks UN anniversary

The Queens Museum of Art, housed in the historic New York City Building in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, will celebrate at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21 the site as the original temporary headquarters of the United Nations General Assembly from 1946 through 1952. Comment.

Matthew Propp’s brother dies from inhaling fumes

A Long Island man who was recently reunited with his eldest son after he disappeared from a Jamaica Estates home 21 years ago lost his second-born last week when the 20-year-old died of carbon monoxide poisoning, the Nassau County medical examiner said. Comments (4).

Dist. 29 gets ready for new school construction

Community School District 29 will celebrate the building of the first of three new schools for the district at a groundbreaking Saturday. Comment.

Borough on heightened alert for Anthrax

As the fear of contracting anthrax spreads across the country, Queens hospitals have gone on high alert in preparation for treating any of the borough’s 2.2 million people who might come in contact with the deadly disease. Comment.

Fire guts Astoria furniture warehouse

A four-alarm fire gutted an Astoria furniture store factory and warehouse early Wednesday morning, sending plumes of smoke into the air that were visible for miles away in Queens and Manhattan. There were no serious injuries. Comment.

Police seek witnesses in August bias murder

The bias murder of a gay man who was bludgeoned as he returned home from a Jackson Heights bar could be solved if witnesses come forward to report what they saw, police told a public forum this week. Comment.

New Genovese pharmacy set to open in Flushing

A new Genovese drugstore is set to open in about a month on Northern Boulevard in Flushing, said a company spokeswoman. Comment.

After apparent victory, Green heads to Queens

While the city Board of Elections continued to recount the votes cast in the Oct. 11 Democratic mayoral runoff, Mark Green greeted senior citizens and answered questions about his apparent victory at the Briarwood Jewish Center Monday. Comment.

Bayside Movie Theater closed amid sale reports

The expected sale of the Bayside Movie Theater building appeared to be official this week when a sign reading "Closed" was placed in the marquee. Comments (2).

Accusations fly at debate for Harrison’s seat

The four candidates for City Councilwoman Julia Harrison’s (D-Flushing) seat took part in a raucous debate that focused on their integrity at the Macedonia African Methodist Episcopal Church Tuesday evening. Comment.

City bypasses sewage through Jamaica Bay

Emergency repairs on a major city water treatment plant were completed Saturday after more than 100 million gallons of sewage were released into Jamaica Bay over a 55-hour period, the city Department of Environmental Protection said. Comment.

JetBlue starts installing reinforced cockpit doors

JetBlue, the low-fare airline with headquarters in Kew Gardens, has begun equipping its Airbus A320 jetliners with bullet-proof doors. Work on the entire fleet is expected to be completed by the end of the month. Comment.

Juniper Park Civic streets adorned with a little green

For Elmhurst residents living directly south of the Long Island Expressway, the sounds and smells of traffic grinding against the pavement create a daily aggravation they have little choice but to accept. Comment.

New LGA college prez installed at graduation

LaGuardia Community College installed Dr. Gail Mellow as president during school’s 29th commencement Tuesday and she exhorted the graduates to fill what she said was America’s need for “everyday heroes.” Comment.

Boro immigrant center gets grant to fight backlash

The phones at the Liberty Center for Immigrants in Richmond Hill have not stopped ringing in the weeks since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Comment.

Community boards unite to honor the lost

More than 500 Queens residents attended an evening of prayer and remembrance last Thursday in Forest Park’s George Seuffert Bandshell to honor those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Comment.

Concorde flights return to Kennedy in November

The Concorde jetliner is scheduled to return to John F. Kennedy International airport early next month after a 15-month grounding of the world’s only supersonic transport caused by a crash that killed 113 people. Comment.

Convention center would benefit boro: Consultant

A Queens convention center could attract significant business to the borough if it were built in combination with a hotel near one of the two major airports, a consultant told the Queens Chamber of Commerce this week. Comment.

College Pt. man busted with $85K in heroin: DA

A College Point man suspected of being a large-scale drug dealer was arrested on charges of trafficking in heroin with a street value of $85,000, the Queens district attorney’s office said last week. Comment.

College Pt. shows pride in recovery from Sept. 11

More than 2,000 Northeast Queens politicians, police, firefighters and College Point residents gathered at MacNeil Park Sunday afternoon to commemorate those lost in the World Trade Center disaster. Comment.

Animated teacher makes earth science come alive

Stacey Kaplan-Vila is not the type of teacher who works from a textbook and recites her lecture in a monotonous drone. Comment.

Missing Ozone Park man remembered with cricket

It was a perfect day for cricket. The sun was shining. A slight breeze blew in from the bay. A large crowd gathered. The only thing missing was Nezam Hafiz. Comment.

Editorial: Airlines get saved, Workers get the shaft

Congress is about to appropriate $15 billion in direct assistance and loan guarantees for the airlines industry. This will be money well spent. Without the bailout in the wake of the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, some of the nation’s largest airlines would be forced into bankruptcy. Comment.

Whitestone family honors victim of Sept. 11 attacks

Hundreds gathered at the Queens Christian Alliance Church in Flushing Saturday morning to pay their respects to Jennifer Wong, a Whitestone native who was killed in the Sept. 11 World Trade Center attack. Comment.

Family honors victim of Sept. 11 attacks

Hundreds gathered at the Queens Christian Alliance Church in Flushing Saturday morning to pay their respects to Jennifer Wong, a Whitestone native who was killed in the Sept. 11 World Trade Center attack. Comment.

City looks to build eatery in Forest Park

Eating your greens may soon have a new meaning in Queens. Comment.

2 of 3 forms of anthrax found in United States

As cases of anthrax have spread across the United States, 13 people in New York, Nevada, Washington D.C. and Florida have come into contact with or been diagnosed with the disease. Comment.

Cops allege boro man killed wife

A Bellerose man allegedly killed his wife about 10 p.m. Sunday next to a tour bus agency at 241-02 Hillside Ave., police said. Comment.

Queens team places in citywide bocce tournament

Bocce player Angelo Visone was confident. Comment.

Boro residents out in force at cancer walk

More than 4,700 people walked a five-mile course Sunday in the “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk-a-thon in Kew Gardens. Comment.

Bayside police cadet missing after Sept. 11

Like so many families grieving after the destruction of the World Trade Center, the Hamdani family has kept vigil inside their Bayside home since the Sept. 11 attacks, hoping for any information on the whereabouts of 23-year-old Mohammad Salman Hamdani. Comment.

Jackson files lawsuit in race for Spigner seat

After watching New York 1 Sept. 25, Stephen Jackson felt confident that he had won the Democratic primary in the race for City Councilman Archie Spigner’s (D-St. Albans) seat. Comment.

New owners refurbish Little Neck’s Centre Pizza

Centre Pizza has been serving up family-style fare in Little Neck since the mid-1960s, but in the last few months the small Italian eatery has been transformed by new ownership and a new look. Comment.

Group plans city rally for fair school funding

Queens students still need your help. Comment.

Board 11 knocks plans for Bay Terrace temple

A lawyer for a Bayside synagogue that wants to build a new, three-story house of worship in place of a one-story home across from the Bay Terrace Shopping Center said the congregation has been planning the changes ever since it bought the lot two years ago. Comment.

Richmond Hill woman arrested in stabbing

A pregnant Richmond Hill woman was arrested last week after she allegedly stabbed her live-in boyfriend twice in the chest, police said. Comment.

Cop shoots teen gunman during Rochdale clash

A 17-year-old was wounded by an off-duty transit officer in an afternoon shoot-out in Rochdale Village last Thursday, police said. Comment.

Hundreds cheer magazine at Russian Jewish Festival

Musical performers from around the world entertained hundreds at the Russian Jewish Community Festival Sunday at Forest Hills HS. Comment.

Schumer calls for $3B to upgrade train safety

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has called for Congress to provide $3 billion to make trains as safe as planes and to upgrade deteriorated Penn Station tunnels through which thousands of Queens commuters pass daily. Comment.

Sikh attacked on way to Richmond Hill temple

A 58-year-old Sikh man was brutally assaulted on the way to his temple early Saturday morning in Ozone Park by two youths who told him to “go back to his country.” Comment.

Bayside civics get meeting at St. Mary’s

In the seemingly never-ending battle between two Bayside civic associations and St. Mary’s Hospital, the community has been given the chance to make a 10-minute presentation to the children’s hospital’s board in December. Comment.

Sunnyside fireman dies a hero doing job he loved

Mike Brennan’s Sunnyside apartment has not changed since he left for work Sept. 10. One quick glance and it becomes quite evident that Brennan loved being a firefighter. Comment.

St. Francis Prep alum dies a hero doing job he loved

Mike Brennan’s Sunnyside apartment has not changed since he left for work Sept. 10. One quick glance and it becomes quite evident that Brennan loved being a firefighter. Comment.

L.I.C. Christian group teaches compassion

Lounging in the carpeted basement of a former Long Island City hospital one morning earlier this month, a group of Canadian students enjoyed a brief respite from an unconventional tour of New York City sites. Comment.

Women’s conference targets gender stereotypes

Clad in a pale blue blazer with a slender American-flag armband wrapped around her bicep and her hair pulled straight back, Veronica Rose gave women attending the World of Working Women conference a glimpse of what a modern-day Rosie the Riveter looks like. Comment.

Work on LIE overpasses moves along on schedule

If everything goes according to plan, residents should see progress in the reconstruction of the Cross Island Parkway-Long Island Expressway interchange by December, project engineers said this week. Comment.

Maspeth man arrested in card scam

A Maspeth man arrested earlier this month on charges of credit card fraud was detained for questioning by federal agents investigating the source of funding for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a published report said. Comment.

Despite primary snafu, election still set for Nov. 6

The city Board of Elections rejected a proposal Tuesday to postpone the Nov. 6 general election by two weeks as it began the count to determine the official winner of the disputed Democratic mayoral primary. Comment.

Former PTA prez busted in check scam

The former president of a Jamaica elementary school’s parents association was arrested last week and charged with stealing some $15,000 from the group during the previous school year, the Queens DA said. Comment.

Queens parents give high marks to schools

Queens schools have gotten their report cards, and it turns out the news is not so bad. Comment.

Queens turns cautious about handling mail

As the national media focus on reports of anthrax being sent through the postal service, Queens businesses and residents have begun opening mail with caution while responding with varying degrees of concern to the bioterrorism threat. Comment.

Wild chase ends with shots fired

One man was shot dead and a police officer was critically injured when a wild chase following a robbery at a Woodhaven Chinese restaurant ended in chaos Monday night in Glendale, police said. Comment.

Borough couple busted in nursing scam: DA

A Queens Village husband-and-wife team who own a nursing home employment service have been charged with referring unlicensed nurses to the Holliswood Care Center in Queens Village, claiming the nurses were licensed practical nurses, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Police Blotter: Elderly man hit by car at Main and 73rd Ave. dies

KEW GARDEN HILLS — An unidentified man in his 70s was struck by a vehicle at Main Street and 73rd Avenue about 5 p.m. Saturday and died soon afterwards, police said. Comment.

Community Calendar Listings

The Flushing YMCA, 138-46 Northern Blvd., presents YouthBuild, a job-training program for young adults ages 17-21. Students receive extensive training in different building trades and work on their GED. Job placement is available to all students. 718-961-6880, Ext. 142. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

The Queensborough Orchestra at Queensborough Community College, now under the direction of professional conductor George Rothman, holds open auditions at 6 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 18 718-281-5339. Comment.

We can be scared — when we want to be

Halloween might be a bit different this year, or maybe not. After all, unlike a certain blaspheming mega-terrorist (peace be upon him and his verminous henchmen), the fictitious frightfulness of Halloween is something even a child can control. We put up the witches and ghosts and skeletons and goblins and other totems of dread and evil, and we take them down at will. At the end of the night the ghoulish costumes are put away until next year, and we stuff our faces with candy and other good things that are bad for us. Comment.

Pass to film festival has its limits, for sure

Big-time film critics are a hungry lot. By the time the Lincoln Center organizers of the 39th New York Film Festival let in the “Second Tier” Press, a good deal of the breakfast pastries laid out in the waiting room was gone. Comment.

Funny thing — they don’t look Druish

Whether you go to or throw a party, take the kids trick-or-treating, join any of the many activities around Queens, decorate your home with ghosts and skeletons, or visit haunted houses on Oct. 31, you may not realize that you’re actually celebrating an ancient sun-god religion. Comment.

Qspective: Horror is real this time

David J. Glenn Comment.

How is your S.I.? (Spooky Quotient)

How much do you really know about Halloween and all things spooky? Test your knowledge by taking the quiz below. Circle the answers that you think are correct. Comment.

Live shows to hayrides, Queens has it all for fall

There aren’t any songs or poems that we know of celebrating “Autumn in Queens,” but maybe there should be. Comment.

Little ones can be safe, have fun on Halloween

Halloween has always been a time to be a little extra careful, but now it’s even more so. The best thing for parents and children would be to seek alternatives to trick-or-treating. Kids can get together at a friend’s house and everyone could share in Halloween treats and games. You may want to have or go to a block party. Comment.

College Round-up: SJU soccer slips in ratings following 1-1 tie with Pittsburgh

The St. John’s men’s soccer team was riding the momentum from three straight wins, including a pair of overtime victories in the Philips Lighting/Adidas Soccer Classic at Rutgers University. Their opponent, the Pittsburgh Panthers, was reeling from a 4-1 loss to Syracuse, its fifth straight Big East defeat. Comment.

Red Storm takes the floor for first time

Mike Jarvis could hardly contain his smile. While it was apparent that the head coach of the St. John’s University men’s basketball team wasn’t quite sure what to make of the latest version of the Red Storm, it was just as clear that the first official day of practice was a welcome relief. Comment.

Red Storm downed by Robert Morris, 28-0

Based on some of the pregame comments by members of the St. John’s coaching staff, Derek Jones had a feeling he would be busy Saturday at DaSilva Memorial Field. Comment.

Former Jets coach returns to Queens with new team

There was a sense of familiarity for Joe Walton from the moment he woke up Saturday morning. Now the head coach of the Division I-AA Robert Morris football team, Walton and the Colonials stayed at the LaGuardia Marriott — a hotel in the shadows of Shea Stadium — where Walton once coached the New York Jets before the club moved across the Hudson River. Comment.

DAC: Jets off to flying start in DAC flag football league

Jets 24, Giants 24. The Jets braved the elements, coming from behind to tie the game during Saturday’s torrential rainstorm. Lenny Saputo threw touchdown passes to Brian Durkan and Mike Buttafuco. Mike Manatrizzo ran for another TD.... Comment.

Qreview:‘Training Day’

Snows Novice girls open season with big win

The Our Lady of the Snows fifth-grade “white” team opened up the 2001-2002 CYO basketball season with a resounding 35-7 win on the road at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in Bayside. Comment.

Royal Cardinals 14-year-olds capture Glen Cove Mayor’s Cup

The 14-year-old Long Island Royal Cardinals baseball team defeated the host Glen Cove Cardinals, 7-0, to capture the Glen Cove Mayor’s Cup Invitational. Tournament MVP Bobby Schnurr threw a three-hit shutout and Max Forrest’s two-hit, three -RBI performance paced the Cardinals. Comment.

Adams drops first home game in four years

Tristan Leefoon was so excited that he could hardly sleep Saturday night, opting to wake up at 7 a.m. Sunday. The adrenaline was pumping through Michael Fladell’s 6-foot-7, 335-pound frame since Friday afternoon, when the John Adams football team walked onto their brand-new field for the first time to practice. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: My kid will never play football

If ever there comes a day when I am lucky enough to be granted the gift of fatherhood and my child just happens to be a boy, the high school programs of Queens can rest assured my little tike won’t be trying out for any football team. Comment.

Bayside blanks Cardozo again, stays in first

The first time the Bayside boys’ soccer team clashed with the neighborhood rival Cardozo, it was for respect and bragging rights. The rematch Monday was for first place in the Queens A East division. Comment.

St. Francis rallies late to topple Hayes, 21-18

A small but boisterous gathering at DaSilva Memorial Field on the campus of St. John’s University rose to its feet to watch the final moments of a thrilling football game between St. Francis Prep and Cardinal Hayes Sunday afternoon. Comment.

Holy Cross battles back to defeat Molloy, 3-2

"He has the kind of ability where he can dominate the game, but sometimes he defers too much to others on the team," Gilvary said. Comment.

Watch scary videos in comfort of home

If you’re looking to your local Cineplex for a Halloween scare, you might be disappointed. This year there are three, only three, horror films scheduled for release before the holiday. Comment.

Prep coach sees the future in junior varsity’s 6-0 win

It was a unique chance for Jenkins to get a first-hand look at the future of his team, especially with six players graduating in the spring. Jenkins certainly liked what he saw as the Terriers cruised to a 6-0 victory. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Zoning key concern of boro’s civic groups

The Queens Civic Congress, the umbrella group which represents about 100 civic associations in Queens, recently held workshops on how civics could create newsletters and reach out to their legislators, and how civics can solve their zoning problems. The zoning workshop was the most popular, as it always is when zoning comes up in neighborhood issues. Comment.

Point of View: Act against humanity changed life forever

“One moment you’re just going through the routine of another day, and the next moment your life is shattered,” said Darrell Scott whose daughter, Rachel, was brutally gunned down on April 20, 1999 while sitting on the grass, eating her lunch, at Columbine High School in Colorado. Comment.

To The Point: We will get through this as communities unite

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

Missing Little Neck man saved Trade Center kids

Little Neck resident and retired Fire Department Capt. James Corrigan had gone outside for a cup of coffee the morning of Sept. 11, so he was not at his desk on the 88th floor of Tower One when the first plane hit the World Trade Center, his wife said Tuesday. Comment.

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