Thursday, June 20, 2002

Editorial: Nothing to fear but.…

The news is good for parents of children attending PS 65 in Ozone Park. Tests indicate that there is nothing in the air at this school that might be making their children sick. Comment.

Editorial: The gentry are coming!

The artists of Long Island City — at least some of them — say they see the handwriting on the wall. They fear that when the Museum of Modern Art relocates temporarily to Long Island City, it won’t be long before the gentry that gobbled up Soho and the Upper West Side in Manhattan discover that this neighborhood, just minutes from Manhattan, has untapped potential. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Rosedale Civic founder observes 90th birthday

May was an exciting month, at the end of which all those gathered at the monthly meeting of the Rosedale Civic Association celebrated the 90th birthday of one of their very active founders, George Wein. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Queens HS seniors get pre-graduation honors

As the days of June slip along toward the end of the school year and seniors look ahead to graduation, Queens high schools are holding many assemblies to honor the accomplishments of their students. These events are prior to regular graduation because if they tried to present awards in the large high schools on graduation day the ceremonies would take four or five hours. Comment.

To The Point: Kids ‘strut their stuff’ at 12th dance recital

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. Strut Your Stuff held its 12th recital at Queensborough Community College, “Made in the USA.” I have attended all of them, and each one has been greater than the previous. The children are so intense and really work hard to make stellar performances. Of course, the adult numbers added to the glory. Comment.

The Plant Doctor: Easy tips keep gardens blooming through fall

Much of the success that gardeners attribute to a hereditary condition known as “green-thumb” syndrome is in realty a combination of luck and a bag full of simple tips. Comment.

Realtors in Little Neck plant 6,000 U.S. flags

When Mohsen Zandieh looks back on his 1970 arrival in America from his native Persia, he does not recall the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island or the Manhattan skyline. Comment.

Recent real estate transactions

Bayside, 49-12 Enfield Pl., Multi-Family Detached., $699,000, Bed 6, Bath 4, Halfbath 1, Construction: Brick, Basement: Full, Lot Size: 36 x 83, Comment.

Upcoming Borough Business Events

June 20 — Cross Island YMCA - Free Workshop-First Time Home Buyers - Sponsored By CitiMortgage - 238-10 Hillside Ave., Bellerose, 7 p.m. - Free Registration. 718-479-0505 Comment.

Ex-Queens couple plead in 1979 abduction of boy

A former Jamaica Estates couple pleaded guilty to charges they kidnapped the toddler they thought they had adopted 22 years ago in State Supreme Court in Kew Gardens Tuesday after working out a deal with the Queens district attorney Comment.

Fair weather friends gather at the Big ‘A’

A new Cyclone is arriving in South Ozone Park this summer from June 21st through July 14th. It’s not a change in weather but a 200-foot roller coaster. This is just one of the more than 100 rides, games and free attractions offered at the Big “A” Fair at Aqueduct Racetrack. Comment.

Ex-Queens couple plead in1979 abduction of boy

A former Jamaica Estates couple pleaded guilty to charges they kidnapped the toddler they thought they had adopted 22 years ago in State Supreme Court in Kew Gardens Tuesday after working out a deal with the Queens district attorney Comment.

Doug civic urges residents to tackle overbuilding issue

Maybe the U.S. Postal Service should get ready because in the next few weeks it may be seeing an awful lot of letters going from the Little Neck-Douglaston corner of Queens straight to City Hall. Comment.

Queens pols say seniors fleeced by high drug prices

Queens senior citizens are paying some of the highest prices in the developed world for prescription drugs necessary for their health, well-being and survival, U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) and U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) said Monday. Comment.

Judge overturns 1985 murder conviction

Seventeen years after he was jailed for a murder outside a Richmond Hill bingo hall he did not commit and 13 years after a mob hit man confessed to the killing, tears rolled down the face of a Brooklyn man last week as a Queens judge overturned the conviction. Comment.

New boro assembly seats approved by Justice Dept.

The U.S. Justice Department Tuesday approved the boundaries for Queens’ two new assembly district, but the new congressional lines still remain in limbo. Comment.

Rochdale Village rallies for federal slave reparations

More than 50 people from the Rochdale Village area spent their Father’s Day learning about the reparations movement, which is demanding restitution from the federal government and U.S. corporations for the descendants of African slaves. Comment.

Rosedale, Arverne men draw prison terms for heroin sales

Two Nigerian nationals living in Rosedale and Arverne were sentenced to prison terms last week after they were found guilty of selling and distributing heroin, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Longtime Seminerio aide Maloney dies at 83

Tom Maloney, the charismatic longtime aide for Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio (D-Richmond Hill) and unofficial mayor of Richmond Hill, died June 8. Comment.

CB 8 votes down 5-story SJU parking lot

Community Board 8 voted unanimously last week against a St. John’s University proposal to build a five-story, 477-vehicle parking lot at the corner of the service road of the Grand Central Parkway and 168th Street. Comment.

Nobody ever complains about too much exercise

Let’s face it — sitting on the couch and eating Ben & Jerry’s ice cream by the pint is no way to get in shape. Comment.

Holocaust center strives to teach children

It is a place where memory, history and a mission converge. Comment.

Queens Zoo holds party to celebrate its 10th year

The Queens Zoo unveiled a giant birthday cake last week, but the groups of schoolchildren who came for the celebration did not get to take a taste. Comment.

Queens Village vegans arraigned in starvation

A Queens Village couple accused of endangering the life of their infant by keeping her on a strict vegan diet were arraigned last week in State Supreme Court in Kew Gardens on charges that they starved the 23-month-old girl. Comment.

Women’s center undaunted after Totten eviction battle

Members of the Queens Women’s Center celebrated in the face of adversity last week despite being forced out of their Fort Totten home by the city and having to raise nearly $300,000 to renovate another building on the Bayside fort. Comment.

Women of Ground Zero honored by boro group

They were the invisible heroes of Sept. 11. Comment.

Boro Prez to help revitalize Richmond Hill

Three days and a bit of shoe leather later, there is an advocate for the revitalization of Richmond Hill in Borough Hall. Comment.

New boro schools rep to get support from Marshall

The next Queens educational representative to the new city education board will get strong support from Borough Hall, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall said last week. Comment.

Jimmy Meng vies to be first Asian in Assembly

When Jimmy Meng first arrived in New York City in 1975, he had no intention of entering politics. Comment.

Eight boro merchants charged in credit card fraud

A group of eight borough merchants with stores in Jackson Heights and Sunnyside has been charged with defrauding credit card companies out of $5 million in an elaborate scheme to run up bogus charges and pocket the profits, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

MoMA expected to boost business for LIC neighbors

The customers crowded inside the New Thompson’s Diner on Queens Boulevard offer an unedited glimpse of the surrounding Long Island City neighborhood. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Travelers dish ‘dirt’ on unsuccessful vacations

She: “OK, I take Justin to music camp and Keri to volleyball camp on my way to work. You take Brendan to his summer job and pick him up at noon, and then you cross town to tennis camp. I’ll leave work early and pick up Brendan. You stay late and get Justin from his extended day program. Keri goes home with the Chassins and I pick her up on my way home from my meeting and we’ll all meet back here.” Comment.

Art museum head senses LIC ‘magic’

Long Island City was not the first neighborhood officials at the Museum of Modern Art eyed to house their temporary exhibition space while the institution’s Manhattan facility was closed for renovation. Comment.

Immigrant kids graduation rate too low: Study

Queens may be home to people who speak 167 languages, but two immigrant advocacy agencies contend the schools in the borough and throughout the city are failing when it comes to helping children learn English so that they can graduate from high school. Comment.

Abandoned boats to be fished out of Jamaica Bay

The Port Authority has gone fishing in Jamaica Bay this summer and can’t wait to dispose of its haul. Comment.

Legislation OK’d to expand tax break zone in Jamaica

The City Council and Mayor Bloomberg approved legislation last week expanding the Empire Zone business district in Jamaica, which allows enterprises located within the area to take advantage of tax incentives. Comment.

City OKs controversial lot of Flushing Korean church

The city’s Board of Standards and Appeals voted unanimously Tuesday to allow a Korean church in Flushing to use a parking lot it had created illegally. Comment.

Group warns of lead threat in boro homes

More than 130,000 New York City children are in danger from poisonous lead paint with Queens second only to Brooklyn in the numbers of youngsters whose health is threatened, a consumer advocacy group warned last week. Comment.

LIE, Cross Island lanes to close for construction

It is a routine northeast Queens residents may be getting used to: Construction work to reshape the intersection between the Cross Island Parkway and the Long Island Expressway was expected once again to force partial closures of the roadways later this month. Comment.

LIE, Cross Island lanes to close for construction

It is a routine northeast Queens residents may be getting used to: Construction work to reshape the intersection between the Cross Island Parkway and the Long Island Expressway was expected once again to force partial closures of the roadways later this month. Comment.

Middle Village cemetery last stop for John Gotti

John Gotti was laid to rest Saturday in the flamboyant style that marked his reign as head of the Gambino crime family as a cavalcade of 22 black limousines and 20 flower cars swept his body from a Maspeth funeral parlor to his Howard Beach home and Ozone Park social club. Comments (1).

Florists outdo themselves with Gotti arrangements

Using orchids and carnations to represent the life of a man who was larger than life, borough florists scurried to prepare for a flood of orders following mob boss John Gotti’s death from throat cancer June 10. Comment.

Snows 7th-grade girls defeat St. Kevin’s in season finalé

The Our Lady of the Snows CYO girls’ seventh-grade softball team ended its season on a high note, as the team knocked off the defending Diocesan champions from St. Kevin’s, 5-4. It was only the second loss of the year for the St. Kevin’s team, which heads into the playoffs as the No. 1 seed following their 13-2 first-place finish. St. Gregory’s also heads to the playoffs with a 12-3 record and the No. 2 seed. The OLS squad finished in third place with a 9-6 record. Comment.

Curious crowd Maspeth for Dapper Don’s wake

It was hard to tell whether the curious, the mourners or the flowers had the strongest presence at John Gotti’s wake last Thursday at the Papavero Funeral Home in Maspeth. Comment.

Downtown Flushing to get larger cans in trash battle

In an attempt to combat overflowing trash in downtown Flushing City Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing) has secured new, larger garbage cans for the commercial hub’s bustling streets. Comment.

Olympic group alters plans for park lakes

The city’s Olympic committee is revising its plans for the two lakes in Flushing Meadows Corona Park based on the findings of an environmental group hired to study the waters. Comment.

Flushing nurses closer to strike after slow talks

Nurses from Flushing Medical Center and the hospital’s management made no progress in last week’s salary and staffing negotiations, increasing the likelihood of a nursing strike at the facility, both sides said. Comment.

3 firefighters killed in 2001 blaze honored in Woodside

A year later, Father’s Day is no longer the same holiday it once was. Comment.

Forest Hills church bilked woman, 92, for $1M: Suit

A former priest at Our Lady Queens of Martyrs Church in Forest Hills and a home-care attendant scammed a 92-year-old Queens woman suffering from Alzheimer’s disease out of about $1 million, the woman’s niece claims in a lawsuit filed recently. Comment.

Board 6 approves rezoning for Forest Hills, Rego Park

Community Board 6 has voted unanimously to support several proposals by the Department of City Planning to rezone parts of Forest Hills and Rego Park to ban the construction of new buildings that would be out of character with existing facilities. Comment.

Once again, Arbitration Rock causes a debate

It’s a hulking thing, rising a few feet above the ground — and descending a few more below it — on the property of the landmarked Onderdonk House in Ridgewood, where it will be... Comment.

Man met Bayside boy in Fresh Meadows for sex: DA

A Massachusetts man who carried a list of children’s Internet address and ages was arrested last week in Alley Pond Park and charged with repeatedly sodomizing a Bayside boy he had met in an Internet chat room, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Man met Bayside boy in Long Island City for sex: DA

A Massachusetts man who carried a list of children’s Internet address and ages was arrested last week in Alley Pond Park and charged with repeatedly sodomizing a Bayside boy he had met in an Internet chat room, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Bellerose church to host annual summer festival

Instead of counting the days until summer vacation, standing on a street corner or urging children to get out of the house to enjoy the warm summer night, take a trip over to St. Gregory the Great Parish in Bellerose to check out its 23rd Gregorian Summer Festival. Comment.

NYHQ needs assistance to thwart bioterrorism

In the months following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and a... Comment.

Bloomberg visits Juniper Park Civic meet

The mayor’s visit came only two days... Comment.

Parks Dept. to spruce up Queens Blvd.

The Parks Department’s beautification project between... Comment.

Private buses strike (again), boro riders cope

For the third time this year, more than 100,000 borough bus riders scampered for new rides as employees for three private bus companies walked off the job in what they billed a “prolonged strike,” and Borough President Helen Marshall joined the line. Comment.

Synagogue to celebrate 50th anniversary

Nearly 50 years ago Pearl Grumet walked into a store on Utopia Parkway — not to buy groceries, but to sit down and pray. Comment.

Police Blotter: Firefighters kill Bay Terrace blaze before it spreads to neighbors

BAY TERRACE—Firefighters were able to stop a two-alarm fire in a Bay Terrace townhouse from spreading to other homes in the line of attached-two story townhouses Wednesday morning, a firefighter at the scene said. Comment.

A lifetime of bad eating habits can be changed

I am ridiculously overweight. I have been for most of my life. But I am changing that for good. For the last five months I have been a member of Weight Watchers, and I have lost 10 percent of my entire body weight, putting me well on my way to my goal weight. Comment.

Defense: Accused not near SJU shooting S

A lawyer for Christopher Prince, accused of shooting and paralyzing a St. John’s football star, told jurors in closing arguments Tuesday he was at home in Long Island during the attack, but the prosecutor contended he fired five shots in the March 11, 2001 incident. Comment.

Learn to identify emotional eating

Culinary writer and autobiographer, M.F.K. Fisher once wrote: “People ask me, ‘Why do you write about food, and eating, and drinking? Why don’t you write about the struggle for power and security, and about love, the way the others do.’ The easiest answer is to say that, like most other humans, I am hungry.” Comment.

Lots of local options for finding a gym, club, spa

If you have decided to do something to help burn off those pounds, Queens and its neighbors have tons of places to go where people are willing to help. Comment.

Learning to eat healthy takes practice, routines

Eating healthy is impossible! How can somebody eat that many fruits and vegetables in a day? What do you mean I can’t eat pasta for lunch and dinner four days a week? When am I supposed to drink all that water? How can a cheeseburger be bad for me if it has protein? Pizza covers a lot of food groups, it has to be good for me. Comment.

Learning to understand the healthy food pyramid

A Healthy Weight: Tools for Change Comment.

Mended Hearts offers bypass patients a hand

It’s possible that when many of us hear the name, Mended Hearts, Inc., we may think that it is an organization whose aim is to offer advice to the lovelorn, to those who have been unlucky in love and to those who are trying to mend broken hearts. Comment.

Dining Out: Cafe Salamanca spices up Jackson Heights

79-05 Northern Blvd. Comment.

Community Calendar Listings

Arts and Entertainment Listings

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

Jewish counterculture has its own magazine

With a controversial title that has aroused both anger and admiration within the Jewish community, editor Jennifer Bleyer is hoping to attract a young and hip audience for her fledgling magazine, “Heeb: The New Jew Review.” Comment.

Author, author: Jackson Heights’ best-selling writer inspired by his community

“I had no money,” the 25-year-old said. “I didn’t have many choices. But of the places that I could afford, I... Comment.

Coup for Queens: Bayside’s Hazel inks with Knights

Lance Hazel isn’t sure what happened. Maybe it’s that he went to Bayside High School, not known as perennial PSAL basketball powerhouse. Or that the 6-foot-1 guard doesn’t shoot lights out from the perimeter. Comment.

District 26 to host Little league state softball championship

For the first time in its history, District 26 will be hosting the New York State Little League championships in girls’ softball for ages 13 and 14. Comment.

MV Dodgers sweep Brooklyn Bonnies behind Lally

The Midville Dodgers sent righty hurler James Lally to the mound Saturday. Lally proceeded to mow down the Brooklyn Bonnies’ batters, striking out 10 while giving up only three hits through six innings as the Dodgers coasted to a 7-1 victory. Comment.

RGMVM L.L.: Post 115 Giants, McDonalds Astros hook up

Post 115 Giants vs. Astros. The Post 115 Giants took on the McDonalds Astros at Seither Stadium in a 4 p.m. start on Saturday. The Astros had a good game, as they stood stride for stride with the Giants travel squad of nine players. The last two innings were played with Rookie Division rules, as the players get ready for next season. Joey Rubino and Chris Piteo each recorded three strikeouts while pitching one inning each for the Giants. The Giants’ small squad six doubles and one triple. Joey hit the overhanging trees in left-center Comment.

St. Luke’s finishes regular season with undefeated record, again

With the last three regular season games to be played in four days, the depth of the St. Luke’s pitching staff was going to be tested. They passed the test, as Carlo Cataldo, Mike Dinoto, Dean Glykas, John Massa, Anthony Polite and Mike Socci all pitched great helping St. Luke’s to win its final three games to finish the season with a 14-0 record. Comment.

Perez passes Halilovic to win Flushing Meadows 5K race

Jacobo Perez trailed for much of the first of two miles of the College Point Road Runners Track Club’s first of two summer 5K or 3.1-mile races over a two loop course in Flushing Meadows Corona Park this weekend. But made up for his slow start down the stretch. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Bethpage humbles the pros

The outcome wasn’t a surprise at all. The image of Tiger Woods holding the U.S. Open championship trophy was more or less expected. The real star turned out to be the course. Comment.

Kevin Kelley has eyes set 130-pound title

Say what you will about Kevin Kelley’s comeback, but one thing he certainly hasn’t lost is his speed. Comment.

Reborn from the ashes, theater seeks to grow

Housed in a nondescript storefront on 176th Street and Jamaica Avenue, the Afrikan Poetry Theatre has been serving the South Jamaica community with an amazing variety of programs and services for twenty three years, and still does, despite the electrical fire on February 27 that damaged the building. Comment.

Schmid’s score carries Knights over Falcons

Inches from scoring the game-winning goal in double overtime, Brooklyn Knights forward Andre Schmid collapsed to the turf of the Metropolitan Oval in Maspeth Saturday night, shocked and frustrated that he just missed a great scoring chance. Comment.

DAC Baseball: Outback Steakhouse Mets best Prudential L.I. Realty Bluejays

Outback Steakhouse Mets 4, Prudential L.I. Realty Bluejays 1. The Mets pulled out a win against a tough Bluejays team with sparkling defensive plays on both sides. Comment.

Glen Oaks L.L.: Modell’s Lions sink Greggs Tire and Auto Pirates’ ship

In the opening round of the Major Division playoffs, the Modell’s Lions defeated the Greggs Tire and Auto Pirates by the score of 15-2 Saturday morning under cloudy skies at the Glen Oaks Oval. Kevin Cheddie started for the Lions and pitched a gem, allowing only four hits and dominating the Pirates’ offense all game long. Comment.

Maspeth’s Llamosa starring for United States at World Cup

It was the greatest moment in the history of United States soccer. And Maspeth’s Carlos Llamosa was on the field in Jeonju, Korea when the referee blew the final whistle as the U.S. national team defeated Mexico, 2-0, Monday in the second round of the World Cup. Comment.

L.I. Cardinals score easy win over Bayside Yanks

Facing the intimidating Danny Rosenbluth is a tough enough task for opposing batters, but staking the hard-throwing Long Island Cardinals righty a five-run lead before he even throws a pitch? Well, that’s just asking for trouble. Comment.

Bayside Little League: Mardene Construction edges Party City, 12-7

Mardene Construction 12, Party City 7 (7 innings). In a wild finish Saturday morning, Mardene Construction came back from a 7-1 deficit with two outs in the sixth inning to force extra innings, then rallied in the seventh to secure a 12-7 win over Party City. John Apostolo (2-for-4) kept the rally alive with two outs on a bloop hit to right field to cut the lead to 7-5. Then, Vinny Iannece’s clutch RBI-single closed the gap at 7-6. Iannece would later score when Sean Donnelly (3-for-4) lined a single through the infield and the comeback was c Comment.

Editorial: Lesser of two evils

We were saddened when the EDO Corp. closed its doors in College Point. The company was ideally suited for the area — or so we thought — and provided good paying jobs for Queens residents. Comment.

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