Thursday, May 23, 2002

Editorial: Lights, camera, action

After 30 years, the people of southeast Queens finally have a theater to call their own. No longer do the residents of Jamaica, Laurelton and Springfield Gardens have to drive to Nassau County just to see a movie. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Civil War officer finds ‘TAPS’ in son’s pocket

Day is done. - Gone the sun - From the lakes - From the hills - From the sky. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: USPS needs support to bolster mail system

When you are waiting for an important letter or package, it seems as if it may never come, doesn’t it? Well, folks, that may just be what will happen if enough of us don’t convince our elected officials that the United States Postal Service is vital — and is in desperate need of help. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Klein Farm should be left as is: Task Force

The Klein Farm Task Force is a coalition of civic associations in Fresh Meadows which is opposed to plans for selling the farm to a developer who would build a couple of dozen houses on the property. One developer had wanted to build 22 two-family houses on the two-acre plot, but he withdrew his offer probably because he was badly lambasted in the newspaper due to his past activities and because the property is in a preservation district. It cannot be developed in the way he wanted and needed public hearings. Comment.

Pasta Store has customers far outside Queens

Neil Russo’s pasta and mozzarella shop in Ozone Park may as well have a sign on the door warning customers its fare could be destructive. Comment.

Recent Real Estate Transactions

Bayside, 210-15 56 Ave., Single Family Detached, $469,000, Bed 4, Bath 2, Construction: Asphalt, Basement: Full, Lot Size: 40 x 100, Taxes: $2,200 Comment.

Community endorses eatery at Liquor Authority hearing

A relatively large crowd turned out for a State Liquor Authority hearing in Manhattan Tuesday in support of a new Bayside restaurant to be located in the former home of the United Artists Bayside Quad, but not everyone favored the new venture. Comment.

QTIP closes one season as another approaches

Theatre in the Park in Flushing Meadows Corona Park is home to a diverse array of grassroots productions playing throughout the year. Although the season is over look forward to more good productions in the fall. Comment.

Richmond Hill bird owners flock to Smokey Oval Park

It’s Queens’ version of the Central Park dog run. But the designer dogs and their yuppie owners are nowhere to be found. Comment.

Students, seniors team up on patriotic banners

Mix more than a dozen seniors and a hundred elementary school students together for about eight months, throw in a little patriotism and a special banner project, and what results is an educational package worth singing about. Comment.

State acts fast on school aid, governance

Less than a week after the state Legislature approved a budget with record levels of aid for city schools, the state Senate went on the offensive in the school governance debate, proposing legislation Tuesday to change how the city’s public school system is run. Comment.

St. John’s honors firefighter alum lost on 9/11

St. John’s University honored one of its own Saturday, when the school paid tribute to Mike Weinberg, a former SJU baseball player and New York City fireman who was killed in the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center. Comment.

Ex-students take stand at SJU trial

Two former St. John’s University athletes testified at the trial of a man accused of shooting a former linebacker at the college that a minor argument at a bar near the campus escalated into the March 2001 confrontation that left the football player partially paralyzed. Comment.

Newtown teacher nabbed in student sex case: D.A.

A former Newtown High School teacher was arrested last Thursday for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old student in his classroom closet and in his car, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

York College opens doors to whiz kids

In September, York College in Jamaica will welcome about 125 ninth-graders to its campus, the home of a new high school specializing in science studies for students who excel on citywide admissions tests. Comment.

Queens goes to City Hall demanding school dollars

“Stop cutting our school money,” the third-grader said. “He’s using our future.” Comment.

Beechhurst homes win 12 awards

The Queens Historical Society announced Saturday the 12 winners of its Queensmark designation for historic homes in Beechhurst and Robinwood. Comment.

Beechhurst homes win  12 awards

The Queens Historical Society announced Saturday the 12 winners of its Queensmark designation for historic homes in Beechhurst and Robinwood. Comment.

Queens Village man held in rape, assault of minor

A 23-year-old Queens Village man has been charged with promoting prostitution, raping and assaulting a teenage girl whom he held captive over a two-month period, the Queens district attorney said last Thursday. Comment.

Women’s group gets new home at Fort Totten

It was neither an outright victory nor a total loss for the Queens Women’s Center last week, when a State Supreme Court judge ordered the group to leave its Fort Totten home by June 15 in exchange for another building on the property. Comment.

Boro activists angered over rent increase

Queens activists have reacted with incredulity and outrage at the Rent Guidelines Board’s recommendation of rent increases despite calls for a freeze or reduction in rents because of what they see as lower landlord costs. Comment.

SE Queens health fair pushes prevention

Southeastern Queens residents came out in force on a cold and rainy Saturday spring afternoon to get free screening, testing and counseling at the community’s annual health fair. Comment.

Howard Beach girl found dead at college

A 22-year-old Howard Beach resident was discovered dead in her dorm room at SUNY New Paltz last Thursday morning, university officials said. Comment.

With new stadium on hold, city plans to upgrade Shea

Plans for a new Shea stadium, placed on the back burner by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, may have been pushed even further into the future last week by revelations in published reports that the city is planning an $11 million overhaul of the Flushing Meadows ballpark. Comment.

Mets management rehires matrons for Shea Stadium

The New York Mets management, which fired 22 women bathroom attendants at Shea Stadium a few weeks ago, has restored 18 of the jobs after labor negotiations that resulted in their getting a pay raise. Comment.

Bayside youth hoop team qualifies for AAU National Championship

Two major events happened for the 14U boys basketball team, the Bayside Titans, within the last month. The Titans qualified for a chance to play in the 2002 AAU Division II National Championship in Florida on April 21, and Steven Prudente was named the winner of the Yes, Inc. Academic Achievement award for the Prostyle 2K2 Tournament in the Bronx, beating out more than 900 kids for the award on Saturday, May 11. Comment.

Opposition to Fresh Meadows OTB strong

Several Fresh Meadows residents say Off Track Betting could never do enough to convince them that a new gambling facility would fit right into their community. Comment.

Dry Harbor playground to get fixed

Preliminary sketches of a redesign that would overhaul Myrtle Avenue’s Dry Harbor Playground were met with enthusiasm at a public forum Monday night at which Glendale residents asked the Parks Department to protect the new equipment from vandals. Comment.

Boro teachers speak out on education budget cuts

Queens parents were not the only ones on the steps of City Hall last week. Comment.

Air tests at PS 65 reveal no signs of contaminants

Extensive environmental tests performed at PS 65 in Ozone Park after parents complained the school was making their children sick came back negative for contaminants, Board of Education officials said Tuesday. Comment.

Authors, artists abound at Whitestone’s PS 79

A public school on 15th Drive transformed itself this week into the publishing capital of Whitestone. Comment.

Little Neck parade group gives canes to veterans

The members of the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade Organization wanted to do a little something extra for Queens’ veterans this year. Comment.

Little Neck parade set for Monday

After nearly a year of heart-breaking events in and around Queens — from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the war on terrorism to the crash of Flight 587 in Belle Harbor — it is time for the community to come together and pray. Comment.

Astoria, Woodside gear up to celebrate Memorial Day

Repeating a ritual they have performed for decades, communities across western Queens are coming together this weekend for Memorial Day parades and ceremonies honoring those who died for American liberty. Comment.

Miller touts more taxes for Council budget plan

City Council Speaker Gifford Miller (D-Manhattan) came to Flushing Library last Thursday to discuss the Council’s budget plan with representatives of Queens media. Comment.

Fresh Meadows man arrested in mortgage scam: DA

A former mortgage originator from Fresh Meadows was arrested last week on charges of bilking two Queens home buyers out of $19,000, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Jamaica theater opening lacks attendance of pols

When the Jamaica Multiplex Cinemas, the first tenant in the Jamaica Center, opened with a gala celebration last week, only one elected official from southeast Queens showed up. Comment.

Building worries Kew Gardens residents

The developer of a three-story apartment building next to the PS 99 Annex in Kew Gardens cannot drive piles while children are in classes and must continually check the stability of a support wall shared with the school, the Queens commissioner of Buildings told with community leaders last week. Comment.

LIC man allegedly profited on personal pain

A Long Island City man was arrested Monday after allegedly pocketing more than $400,000 in donations he collected over two years to help the families of slain police officers, federal prosecutors said. Comment.

Genome pioneer advocates protection in speech at LIJ

Dr. J. Craig Venter, the man who challenged a publicly funded consortium to a race to decode the human genome in a contest that ended in a tie, warned last week at North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System that the new gene technology should not be used to discriminate against anyone. Comment.

Rosedale veterans cancel annual memorial parade

After more than 20 years of flags waving and bands marching, Rosedale veterans have decided not to hold their annual Memorial Day Parade this year. Comment.

Douglaston veterans’ post cleaned up by 9/11 jobless

Some say beauty is only surface deep, but the new paint job at the Little Neck-Douglaston American Legion Hall Post #103 did a lot more than just spruce up the place, it also helped put two of those who lost their jobs after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks back to work. Comment.

Livery cab drivers attacked in Maspeth, Astoria

A livery cab driver jumped out of his car in Astoria after he was stabbed repeatedly by a passenger late Friday night, less than a day after another driver had been tied up and tossed from his vehicle by assailants who fled in his cab, police said. Comment.

Liu proposes van stop for 41st Avenue

On Saturday mornings, 41st Avenue in downtown Flushing is often a traffic nightmare. Comment.

Boro cultural institutions rally against budget cuts

Representatives of many of Queens’ leading cultural institutions gathered at the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing last Thursday to call attention to the painful effect of the mayor’s budget plan on their groups. Comment.

Dems support Grodenchik for Flushing Assembly seat

Queens Democrats selected a slate of primary candidates Monday at their annual organization meeting for the new seats proposed by the state Legislature’s redistricting plan in Flushing and Jackson Heights. Comment.

Water violations stack up for boro property owners

As the drought emergency continues despite recent rainfall, over 450 conservation violations have been issued to Queens property owners, more than any other borough, the city’s Department of Environmental Protection said. Comment.

Redistricting plan shifts borough’s congressmen

Nothing in the long drawn-out congressional redistricting process has been finalized, but the two most recent proposals submitted by a federal special master and a state court appointee have left the Queens Democratic delegation basically intact. Comment.

Boro pols to march in Forest Hills memorial parade

Several Queens politicians will march alongside war veterans and U.S. servicemen in the Forest Hills Memorial Day Parade Sunday. Comment.

Floral Park honors its vets at Memorial Day ceremony

Grand Marshal Patrick Murphy, a past commander of the Floral Park American Legion Post and 38-year Floral Park, L.I. resident, will lead Floral Park’s annual Memorial Day Parade, which celebrates the accomplishments of U.S. veterans. Comment.

Facelift to start Tuesday at Flushing parking area

The hectic fight for a parking spot in downtown Flushing is about to get a little more difficult. Comment.

Parks Dept. raises $$$ for Flushing Meadows

Children’s laughter and cackles of joy could be heard around the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on a beautiful but cool Sunday spring afternoon. Comment.

Tight parking threatens development in Jamaica

Downtown Jamaica is in the throes of an economic revival, but limited parking could discourage visitors from going to the first movie theater to be built in southeast Queens in 30 years and shopping along the main thoroughfare, business leaders 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.

Indo-Caribbeans celebrate 164th anniversary

On May 5, 1838, the first group of indentured servants brought from India to Guyana disembarked from the British-owned Whitby ship in Georgetown. On Sunday, Richmond Hill’s Indo-Caribbean population commemorated the 164th anniversary of that landing with song, dance and speeches in Smokey Oval Park. Comment.

Hillcrest Jewish Center debates Middle East

A retired Israeli general and an Arab human rights activist from Israel joined leaders from the Queens Jewish community last week to discuss the conflicts facing Israel and the dispute’s connection to the U.S. war on terrorism. Comment.

When the circus comes to town

Saturday afternoon was cold, dreary, rainy and utterly gloomy. And then the gray shrugged off and the world burst into color, with upbeat music, dancing, acrobatics and comedy. Comment.

Astoria TV warehouse waits for new show

The Astoria warehouse that only months ago was alive with filming of the television drama “100 Centre Street” now sits quiet, its soundproofed interior as dark and cool as a buried crypt. Comment.

3 boro minors abused in spate of sex assaults

A 13-year-old boy was arrested Friday in South Jamaica on juvenile sodomy charges after an 11-year-old girl said he and another boy forced her into a closet at MS 72 and assaulted her, police said. Comment.

Cafe Salamanca: Spicing up Jackson Heights

79-05 Northern Blvd. Comment.

Flushing barber finds new digs across the street

For Eddie Vassallo an 11th-hour search has come to a happy ending at a familiar location. Comment.

Boro cyclists hit streets in alternative commute

Some say they’re crazy, and perhaps they are. Comment.

Southeast and Western Queens Community Calendar Listings

Housing work group helps those with disabilities apply for New York City Housing Authority. First Wednesday of month, 11 a.m. Queens Independent Living Center, 140-40 Queens Blvd., Jamaica. 658-2524. Comment.

Boro boaters should take precautions on water: State

Adages of car safety like “Buckle up!” and “Don’t drink and drive” assumed new meaning last Thursday as state Parks Commissioner Bernadette Castro gave a hands-on lesson in a different type of transport – on the waterways. Comment.

College Point residents fear city will auction their street

Boker Court, a tiny road just north of 14th Avenue in College Point, is not like most city streets. Comment.

Student, 14, caught with bombs: PD

Students at the High School for Arts and Business in Corona had to evacuate the building Tuesday after a 14-year-old student brought in a set of homemade smoke or pipe bombs, police said. The Police Department’s bomb squad diffused the devices, the NYPD said. Comment.

Americana Lanes to shutter after 42 years of strikes

Ozone Park bowlers are facing their final frames this week after an attempt by two bowling lovers to keep balls rolling in the community ended up in the gutter. Comments (1).

Police Blotter: Borough Hall security stepped up in wake of recent terror threat

NEW YORK CITY— The city was put on high alert Tuesday after warnings of a possible terrorist attack at either the Brooklyn Bridge or Statue of Liberty, police said. Comment.

Kati Allo: Greek delights tempt the palate in Bayside

29-06 172 St. (off Francis Lewis Blvd.) Comment.

Dining Out: Greek delights tempt the palate in Bayside

29-06 172 St. (off Francis Lewis Blvd.) Comment.

Dining Out: Cafe Salamanca spices up Jackson Heights

79-05 Northern Blvd. Comment.

Northeast Queens Community Calendar Listings

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

Bosco’s Corner: Anderson 

Jack Curran made the trek to New Jersey’s Continental Airlines arena Sunday, along with approximately 17,000 suddenly rabid hometown fans, to take in the first playoff game between the Nets and the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals. Comment.

Lewis shines for Stony Brook Seawolves

Happy Birthday, indeed. Comment.

Judges edge Spartans in extra-inning thriller

With its home field under construction, the Cardozo baseball team has had to play all of its games on the road. But the Judges have used that to their advantage this year, becoming a tougher, closer group. Comment.

Christ the King holds off Molloy for 6-4 win

After trailing by as many as five runs, the Archbishop Molloy Stanners staged a furious rally late in its Monday afternoon match-up with the Christ the King Royals, pulling within one run following a four-run sixth inning. Comment.

Mary Louis wins B/Q softball crown, 5-0

The Mary Louis Academy captured the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens championship Tuesday afternoon, defeating Bishop Kearney, 5-0, advancing to the start playoffs at Hofstra University Tuesday. Comment.

Adams, Cardozo lead Queens in hunt for PSAL baseball title

When the PSAL ‘A’ baseball seedings were announced Monday night, there were no Queens teams in the coveted top four spots. It didn’t matter to No. 5 John Adams or No. 9 Benjamin Cardozo, the borough’s two best hopes to win the city title on June 7 at Shea Stadium. Comment.

Cardozo girls awarded top seed

One goal. That is the essentially the difference between the first and third seeds for the upcoming PSAL girls’ soccer playoffs. Comment.

College Point filmmaker beginning to turn heads

“I have an extensive film knowledge,” Allen Blank said with a smirk, sitting crossed-legged in a pair of blue jeans and white T-shirt at his College Point home recently. Comment.

Patriots earn No. 2 seed in PSAL softball playoffs

In past years, Francis Lewis softball coach Judy McCleary complained, and rightfully so, about a perceived lack of respect while Queens foes Bayside and Cardozo enjoyed the glory. Comment.

College Round-up: Sarosy named MAAC Player of the Year for Stags

Over the span of three years, there’s been one constant in the Fairfield softball team’s lineup: No. 4 Ellen Sarosy. Comment.

Just short: St. John’s misses Big East tourney

What started out as a long shot this weekend was within its grasp for the St. John’s baseball team Sunday at The Ballpark at St. John’s. Comment.

Texas Farm Division players coming of age

Texas Farm Division Comment.

Creole Junior heading toJunior Olympic Volleyball Championships

Creole Juniors Big Apple 16-1 girls club volleyball team won the 2002 GEVA 16-and-under Regional Championship held at Western Connecticut State University. The players are all high school sophomores in New York City and Long Island. Comment.

Inter-County Automotive tops Graziano Ravioli

DG Major Division Comment.

Astoria-based studios revel in their success

The red Silvercup Studios sign that peers across the East River in the shadow of the Queensboro Bridge is a relic of one era converted into the symbol of another. Comment.

Queens Surface Rockies defeat East Williston, 10-3

Facing a fast windmill pitcher Sunday at the Glen Oaks Oval, the Queens Surface Rockies ran the bases and fielded well and hit just enough to outscore a strong East Williston team, 10-3. Nicole Epstein pitched a three-hitter, striking out 14, walking eight and hitting a batter over seven innings in leading the Queens Surface Rockies, one of two Glen Oaks entries in the Merillon Girls Softball Senior (ages 12-15) Division, to their third win. Nicole’s strong outing comes on the heals of Lorey Giblin’s complete game six-hitter against Merillon 2 the evening before. Comment.

Holy Cross to hold golf fund-raiser

Plans are underway for Holy Cross High School’s 20th Annual Golf Classic, which supports the Alumni Scholarship Fund. More than 100 young men have benefited from full scholarships resulting from the generosity of alumni and friends who have participated in this event. Comment.

OLS Rookie girls extend winning streak to three

The Our Lady of the Snows seventh-grade girls’ softball team defeated Sacred Heart of Bayside and St. Anastasia’s to extend its winning streak to three games and improve the team’s record to 5-4 on the year. Comment.

St. Andrew’s sixth-graders best St. Robert’s, 16-11

The St. Andrew’s bats were alive last week at Cunningham 4, as St. Andrew’s grabbed an early 8-3 lead through two innings. Hits by Daniel Capeau, John McEntee, Evan Shin and Charlie Acquista, as well as walks by Sean McEnerney, Matt Galizia, Jimmy Cecco and Arton Hilati led to Andrew’s early success. Comment.

Editorial: An imaginary crisis

The signs are showing up all over the 104th Precinct: “Don’t take our cops out to the ballgame.” Community leaders protested at a recent meeting of Community Board 5 that the redeployment of police from local precincts to Shea Stadium on game days is putting the 104th and other precincts at risk. Comment.

Editorial: The limits of tolerance

The members of Community Board 7 voted overwhelmingly last week to deny the Korean Presbyterian Church the right to park cars on its own property. The board said the Flushing church is guilty of years of reckless expansion. Comment.

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