Thursday, May 16, 2002

Carnesecca to be honored at Ozanam gala

The man who has become synonymous with the St. John’s University men’s basketball team, Lou Carnesecca, will be honored, along with his wife Mary, at Terrace on the Park on Thursday, May 23, at the fifth annual Rose of Carmel Benefit Gala. Comment.

College Round-up: Iorio leads St. Francis College out of NEC first round

Steve Iorio knew if the St. Francis College baseball team didn’t beat Central Connecticut State once in a season-ending three-game series, then his collegiate baseball career was over. The Howard Beach resident did everything he could to make sure that didn’t happen. Comment.

‘Survivor’ Robert DeCanio relishes his days in Marquesas

Now that he has been voted off the island, College Point native Robert DeCanio has had the opportunity to publicly reflect on the triumphs, challenges and ultimate loss on “Survivor.” Comment.

Tour America through Woody Guthrie’s music

Though Woody Guthrie may be dead, he is not forgotten. One of the most prolific folk singers of the 20th Century, who influenced a host of younger musicians, like Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, has cast his auspicious shadow over a group of performers coming to Queensborough Community College this weekend. Comment.

Glen Oaks L.L.: Glen Oaks Dodgers score win over Mineola

The Preferred Mirror and Glass Dodgers played Mineola 1 on Friday, May 10, on Long Island and came away with 14-0 win. Defense and pitching was crucial in the victory, as Jackie Marinoff turned a key double play and the combined pitching of Toniann Groth and Kerry Bunyan kept Mineola off the scoreboard. Nicole Ficarrotta also made several great plays at first base for the Dodgers. Comment.

Editorial: Put your money where your flag is

The tragic events of September 11 sparked a spirit of patriotism that has not been seen in America since World War II and perhaps not even then. Even the old timers will tell you that they cannot remember a time when so many homes and businesses flew the Stars and Stripes. Comment.

Editorial: The limits of ‘zero tolerance’

All you need to know about Springfield Gardens High School is that, in the 2000-2001 school year, one out five students was suspended at least once. There were three times as many incidents that required police intervention than at the average city high school. Comment.

Editorial: Find a better way

For more than two decades, the city Department of Correction has been dumping former inmates released from Rikers Island on the streets near Queens Plaza. Each morning the buses arrive with men and women who have completed their sentence. The location was chosen because of its proximity to the Rikers Island Bridge and because it is a hub for subway and bus transportation. Each former inmate is given a two-fare Metrocard. Comment.

Our History: Family portrait reminiscent of colonial Queens

The Lawrence family has a long history in this area of Queens. John Lawrence became one of the patentees of Hempstead, Long Island in 1644 under the Dutch governor, William Kieft, at a time when what is now present day Queens encompassed the area known as Hempstead. William Lawrence joined John with 16 others in becoming patentees of Flushing in 1643. The area known to the Dutch as Vlissingen included present day Bayside Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Veterans vote against Memorial Day Parade

We often hear about senior citizens living in “the golden years.” It is supposed to be a time of lessened responsibility, relaxation and happiness. At least that is the general idea. Many of us, even though we may not have any major complaints ourselves, feel the pain of others who may not be faring so well. So it was on Tuesday, April 30 at the Rosedale Civic Association meeting when I noticed a small group of Rosedale’s veterans sitting toward the front of the meeting hall. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Cunningham Park renovations continue

Two groups are working to obtain money for the renovation of the western part of Cunningham Park. Leaders of the West Cunningham Park Civic Association and the Friends of Cunningham Park are working to increase funds through private grants, from Councilman David Weprin’s available money, by utilizing volunteers or by having the Parks Department do some repairs by using internal workers and resources. Comment.

Flushing shop sells Chinese artwork of stone

The hustle and bustle of downtown Flushing seems far removed from the legends of Chinese mythology. Comment.

Recent Real Estate Transactions

Source: North Shore Multiple Listing Service Comment.

Children’s Center opens at civil court in Jamaica

Children accompanying their parents to Queens Civil Court in Jamaica might find the experience a little more fun now that they have a place to play while they wait. Comment.

Queens Hospital Center almost flawless on review

The newly opened Queens Hospital Center in Jamaica received a nearly perfect score on its accreditation, following a week-long review of the hospital’s practices by a nationwide commission. Comment.

Queens Women’s Center hoping for compromise

Why can’t everybody just get along? Comment.

Community Calendar Listings

Crime Victim Assistance Unit. Weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Pomonok Neighborhood Center, Inc., 67-09 Kissena Blvd., Flushing. Comment.

Rego Park man gets max for holding cop hostage

Adrian Leibovici ofRego Park resident received a maximum sentence of 25 years to life after he was convicted of holding a detective hostage at gunpoint in a Manhattan police station in January. Comment.

Man fatally shot outside Rochdale Village

A 20-year-old man was fatally shot on Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, just a few blocks from his home, last week after he was seen in a dispute with about five men, police said. Comment.

Boro seniors protest cuts in city elderly programs

Proposed funding cuts to programs for the borough’s elderly may force some to shutter entirely and prompt many more to cut back on meal and transportation services, providers testified last week. Comment.

Spider-Man brings fame to two Forest Hills blocks

The explosive success of “Spider-Man” and its Forest Hills story line has some in the community tangled up in the movie’s web. Comment.

Teen agrees to counseling for ‘01 Astoria kidnapping

An Astoria teenager who abducted a 5-year-old neighborhood girl for 10 hours last summer is expected to enter long-term psychiatric care after pleading guilty to unlawful imprisonment charges last week, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Trial set to begin in case of paralyzed SJU athlete

The trial of Christopher Prince, who is accused of shooting and partially paralyzing a St. John’s University football star during an altercation in March of last year, was expected to begin late this week, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Astoria supermarket ranks among city’s dirtiest: State

After failing six consecutive health inspections last year and being cited for rodent and cockroach infestation, the Trade Fair supermarket at 23-55 Broadway in Astoria has won an unenviable spot on the state Assembly’s list of the 10 Worst Supermarkets and Retail Stores for 2002. Comment.

Weiner bill would preserve community policing

Lauding the federal Community Oriented Policing Services program for preventing thousands of crimes in New York City since its launch in 1994, U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Queens) Tuesday joined U.S. Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Delaware) in announcing legislation to keep the program alive in the face of potential budget cuts proposed by President George W. Bush. Comment.

Whitestone Expy. accident injures four, including child

Two women were critically injured and a toddler and her father sustained minor injuries when a pick-up truck pulling a horse trailer slammed into their Mazda sedan on the northbound Whitestone Expressway Saturday afternoon. Comment.

Senate OKs Padavan bill on year-round high schools

New York state took tentative steps toward creating a 12-month school year last week when the state Legislature voted to establish a pilot program for year-round high schools, but the movement will not alleviate Queens’ crowded classrooms anytime soon. Comment.

Shut JFK hotel may open anew as homeless shelter

A 335-room hotel at John F. Kennedy International Airport that closed last month could reopen as early as June, but this time as a homeless family shelter. Comment.

Court halts construction near PS 99 Annex

A Kew Gardens Road landlord obtained an injunction in Queens Supreme Court last week to temporarily stop construction of a three-story apartment complex just over eight feet from the elementary school building he leases to the Board of Education. Comment.

CB 7 refuses to let church use parking lot

The issue appeared simple. Comment.

Cuts to Queens libraries could debilitate services

Whether Mayor Bloomberg or the City Council controls the outcome of the city’s budget for the next fiscal year, the Queens library system and its network of cultural and educational programs are likely to take a considerable financial hit. The real question lies in how large the cut will be. Comment.

Two locals shot in city club dispute

A Middle Village woman was shot in the torso Saturday after she got caught in the line of early-morning gunfire outside a Manhattan nightclub, where a bullet also grazed the head of a Maspeth man, police said. Comment.

Parade group seeks big turnout at brunch

The Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade Organization, Inc., is counting on some big appetites to help raise money for one of the nation’s largest Memorial Day events. Comment.

Take 104th Pct. cops out of the ballgame: Residents

Instead of computing batting averages and ERAs, community leaders in the 104th Precinct are solving a different sort of math problem whenever the Mets play at home. Comment.

Feds target boro man with alleged Nazi past

The federal government is moving to revoke the citizenship of a Jackson Heights man who allegedly lied to get into the United States after serving as a Nazi guard during a campaign that killed 1.7 million Jews in Poland, according to court papers. Comment.

Whitestone NYPD officer surrenders in beating case

An NYPD officer who resides in Whitestone surrendered himself to the Yorktown Police Department last Thursday, 13 days after he attacked a Westchester man in a fit of fury, authorities said. Comment.

OTB still giving good odds on Fresh Meadows branch

Officials at Off Track Betting are holding their bets. Comment.

FH PVB scandal lawyer charged for practicing

A former attorney from Forest Hills, who was disbarred nearly a decade ago on charges of participating in a major city scandal involving the Parking Violations Bureau, was arrested last week for allegedly attempting to practice law in a small claims court. Comment.

Dirt watch out! Glen Oaks to get spring spruce up

It’s time to clean up Queens Village, Glen Oaks, Cambria Heights, Laurelton and St. Albans, and everyone is pitching in to help. Comment.

Dirt watch out! Queens Village to get spring spruce up

It’s time to clean up Queens Village, Glen Oaks, Cambria Heights, Laurelton and St. Albans, and everyone is pitching in to help. Comment.

Dirt watch out! Laurelton to get spring spruce up

It’s time to clean up Queens Village, Glen Oaks, Cambria Heights, Laurelton and St. Albans, and everyone is pitching in to help. Comment.

Cricketers take to field after facility burns down

The April 23 fire that gutted the Indoor Cricket USA building on 130th Street in Richmond Hill did not destroy the spirits of the children who called the facility home every Saturday. Comment.

Crowley hopes to improve hospital bilingual services

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) announced Monday new legislation that would boost federal funding for bilingual services at health facilities like Elmhurst Hospital Center, where patients make thousands of requests for translations every year. Comment.

Little Neck activist named Bayside Historical president

Little Neck environmentalist Virginia Dent was named president of the Bayside Historical Society in March. Comment.

Forest Hills PS students learn affects of drug trade

The student council leaders from PS 196 got a lesson in drug prevention and awareness from the director of the Drug Enforcement Administration himself. Comment.

Parade marks 10th year for maligned Chinese group

A crowd of 200 followers of the Chinese self-improvement practice Falun Gong marched through the streets of Flushing Sunday morning to both celebrate its 10th anniversary and teach the public that its followers are harmless and peace-loving people. Comment.

Floral Park legion to honor area rescuers lost Sept. 11

The Floral Park American Legion’s sixth community recognition night will honor three Floral Park residents and a resident of the neighboring community who died trying to rescue others on Sept. 11. Comment.

Flushing parking lot rates to increase by 50 percent

Municipal parking lots, the lifeblood of many businesses in Flushing and College Point, are about to get more expensive. Comment.

Queens Botanical Garden unveils $3.9M fence, gate

The Queens Botanical Garden officially cut the ribbon of its new, ornamental steel picket fence Thursday, completing the first segment of its master renovation plan. Comment.

Glen Oaks victim was ‘a good guy’

Rene Cruz, who died April 15 trying to save the life of a fellow employee at the EZ Pawn Shop in Harlem, has been called a hero for his actions, but the truth is he was being himself. Comment.

Afghanistan mission eyed for Queens reserve troops

About 117 military reservists from Queens have begun training for possible mobilization to Afghanistan and to bolster homeland security, U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) said Monday. Comment.

CB 8 backs outdoor eatery for family-run restaurant

Several Italian food lovers made sure they made it to the last Community Board 8 meeting. Comment.

Multiplex brings cinemas back to southeast Queens

After 30 years without a cinema in southeast Queens, the Jamaica Multiplex, a 15-screen theater with 31,000 seats, opens to the public today, making it the first tenant in the new Jamaica Center to open its doors. Comment.

Bayside parking lot to close for month-long renovation

The good news: Bayside’s 41st Avenue municipal lot is set for renovation sometime in the next six weeks, work that should correct a long-term flooding problem in the approximately 90-spot lot, a city Department of Transportation spokeswoman said this week. Comment.

New Bayside biz to face Liquor Authority hearing

A pair of Bayside restaurateurs have been gearing up to bring a little Manhattan to Bell Boulevard in the form of a new eatery specializing in “fusion” cuisine — but the State Liquor Authority may be in the way. Comment.

Springfield Gardens man suspected in boy’s death

A southeast Queens man was arrested Sunday for allegedly beating his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son, leaving him in a coma, then blaming the injuries on the boy, police said. The boy died Tuesday. Comment.

Ozone Park school uses music to teach students

Fourth-graders at PS 100 in Ozone Park donned traditional ethnic garb and learned about their community as they sang, danced and acted in “Immigration and the Irving Berlin Experience” last week. Comment.

Jamaica Estates thespian charged in drug ring: DA

A Jamaica Estates actor who had a bit part as a uniformed New York City police officer in the 2000 movie “Shaft” was charged with playing a starring role in a $1 million dollar a year operation that supplied cocaine, marijuana and other illegal drugs to hundreds of working class customers in southeast Queens, District Attorney Richard Brown announced Tuesday. Comment.

College Pt. car storage okayed by community board

A plan to allow the continuation of storage of cars with a new business on 120th Street in College Point was approved by Community Board 7 at its meeting on Monday night. Comment.

Bayside community upset over Chabad’s expansion

The city Board of Standards and Appeals has yet to rule on the case of a Bayside synagogue seeking to build a new, larger house of worship versus neighbors who want to stop the construction. Comment.

Flushing smuggler gets time

A Flushing woman recently was sentenced to two years in prison for helping smuggle 18 Chinese immigrants, four of whom died, into the United States through Seattle. Comment.

Hillcrest apartment complex tenants angered

Trouble is brewing in a Hillcrest apartment complex. Comment.

Residents fear sale of College Pt. wetlands

For fifteen years, residents of Silver Point Estates have enjoyed a view of one of College Point’s last wetlands, the home of pheasants, rabbits and wild ducks. Comment.

Police Blotter: Armed burglar arrested at Murray Hill residencee Mayo event in Flushing Meadows Corona Park

MURRAY HILL — A man armed with a loaded weapon was arrested Saturday for allegedly breaking into a home on 147th Street, police said. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Barbershop Harmony Society Queens chapter seeks men who enjoy singing. Rehearsals Wed., 8 p.m. 74-15 175th St. 468-8416. Comment.

Astoria’s Bracken honored at downtown’s Film Forum

Astoria native Eddie Bracken, the legendary actor/comedian best known for his starring roles in Preston Sturges’ “The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek” and “Hail the Conquering Hero,” will appear in person Thursday at 8 p.m. at Film Forum in SoHo. Comment.

College Round-up: Iorio leads St. Francis College to NEC tournament

Steve Iorio knew if the St. Francis College baseball team didn’t beat Central Connecticut State once in a season-ending three-game series, then his collegiate baseball career was over. The Howard Beach resident did everything he could to make sure that didn’t happen. Comment.

Barnes-Arico gets the nod from St. John’s

The last place Kim Barnes-Arico thought she’d be three weeks ago was at a podium in Alumni Hall. But there she was Tuesday being introduced as the new St. John’s women’s basketball coach. Comment.

Big Apple Circus comes to Cunningham Park

Grandma’s back from vacation, and she’s coming for your children. Comment.

SJU to honor fallen firefihgter before doubleheader

While a doubleheader against Rutgers Saturday is critical for the St. John’s baseball team’s hopes of earning a berth to the Big East tournament, before the game, what the team is doing is even more important. Comment.

Red Storm scores needed win over Seton Hall

Technically the Big East baseball tournament doesn’t start until May 21, but for St. John’s, the reality is the tournament started this weekend with its three-game set against Seton Hall. Comment.

John Montchal to be honored for youth service

The Long Island Baymen baseball club John Montchal for his 35 years of service as a volunteer coach supporter of youth programs on Saturday, June 1. Comment.

Our Lady of the Snows Rookies beat American Martyrs, 18-5

Lisa Cuiman had three hits, including two home runs, and Vanessa Zampelli went 4-for-4 to power the Our Lady of the Snows seventh-grade girls softball team to an 18-5 win over American Martyrs at PS 213 in Bayside. Comment.

CPRRTC cuts summer series from four races down to two

The College Point Road Runners Track Club 5K summer series has been cut from four races to just two this year, the directors announced this week. The two runs will also be held on Wednesday nights, not Friday, as done previously. Comment.

St. Luke’s Novice baseball team keeps unbeaten streak alive

With three wins last week, the St. Luke’s Novice baseball team made it 21 in a row. The boys are 7-0 this season and were a perfect 14-0 — including playoffs — last year. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: New coach might have the answers

Maybe this is it. Maybe, finally, at long last, the search is over, the deed is done. I can only hope so, for if this move turns out like the rest, the gods must be against them. Comment.

Christ the King outmuscles St. Edmund, 17-11

Christ the King head coach Walter Tuthill called his team’s Saturday victory over St. Edmund Prep “a pitchers’ duel,” but the contest, won by the Royals, 17-11, was anything but. Comment.

Mary Louis scores four straight blow out wins

Steve Contino is trying to fill up his days since he retired two weeks ago. A longtime sergeant with Brooklyn Homicide North, the 46-year-old Ozone Park resident has been “just taking it easy” and “weighing some offers” since hanging up his holster. Comment.

Flushing makes a statement in 14-4 win over Bryant

The Flushing baseball team made a loud statement Tuesday afternoon about who rules the Queens North B division. And the Red Devils did so without ever uttering a word. Comment.

Bryant satisfied with close 2-1 defeat to Cardozo

Everyone who left Bryant Athletic Field Friday afternoon left with a smile. On one side was the Cardozo girls’ soccer team, happy because their 2-1 road win clinched a third straight Queens ‘A’ crown and on the other, the home team, pleased because they did something they promised to each other the day before: They didn’t quit. Comment.

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