Thursday, July 11, 2002

Police Athletic League launches 2002 summer programs in boro

The Police Athletic League (PAL) kicked off it’s 2002 Summer Playstreet Program in Queens on Monday, as hundreds of youngsters play skelly, double dutch jump rope and other city sidewalk games. Comment.

Eating on the go doesn’t have to mean fast food

Take-out service from restaurants or even ordering home delivery from your favorite fast food eatery is nothing new. But can’t we do better than greasy burgers, fried rice and tacos? Wouldn’t you just love to order a gourmet chef of your choice to come to your home and cook a meal for you? Comment.

Ralph Montanaro: 2002 TimesLedger PSAL Girls’ Soccer Coach of the Year

He has held so many different positions at so many different schools, it’s a safe bet to just call Ralph Montanaro by one title to avoid confusion — coach. Comment.

Laura Burlacu: 2002 TimesLedger PSAL Girls Soccer Player of the Year

To understand just how good Laura Burlacu is on the soccer field, just listen to the description by former New York Power goalkeeper Suzy Strazzulla. Comment.

2002 TimesLedger PSAL All-Queens Girls’ Soccer Teams

Mititza Machuca    Sr.    GK    Bayside Comment.

M&M Deli Angels capture QJBA championship series

The M & M Deli Angels, riding an end of the year hot streak, won the Queens Junior Baseball Alliance Intermediate Division championship by sweeping the best-of--three series from Queen of Peace. The Glen Oaks Little League boys (14-year-old division) played themselves into the championship round with a stunning 7-5 victory over previously undefeated Immaculate Conception Cubs. Comment.

New SJU women’s hoop coach tabs veteran assistants for staff

In her first major move since being named women’s basketball coach at St. John’s University in May, Kim Barnes-Arico announced her staff Monday. Comment.

An entire borough’s history in cornerstone building

In the life span of landmarks, Flushing Town Hall stands out for waging a miraculous recovery from terminal neglect, while the RKO Keith’s Theater is hardly left standing at all — except maybe inches from death’s door. Comment.

Weprin’s Wranglers retain Legislative Trophy with win

State Assemblyman Mark Weprin’s (D-Bayside) Wranglers defeated state Senator Frank Padavan’s (R-Bellerose) Powderpuffs in a close game that went into extra innings to retain the Legislative Trophy. The two girls’ softball teams, sponsored by the legislators in the Hollis-Bellaire-Queens Village- Bellerose Athletic Association have played the last eight years for the right to display the Legislative Trophy in the winning legislator’s office. Comment.

You never know where history will pop up next

You never know when a chance piece of history will come your way, something that appears inconsequential and somehow was preserved through the years and happened to catch someone’s attention. Just such a coincidence led to this article when our Managing Editor found a small booklet while doing a random search of the archives at the paper. She asked me to peruse it and find a use for it in this issue. Comment.

Dam builders’ Indian name taken for Jamaica

The advent of our new publication, The Jamaica Times, seemed an appropriate reason to delve into the early history of Jamaica, which as far back as 300 years ago was considered one of the fastest growing settlements on Long Island. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Laughter each day keeps the doctor away

A man bought an expensive parrot. He carried it home and spoke to it in hopes that the parrot would begin to talk. Each morning the man would pass the cage and cheerfully say, “Good morning, pretty bird. How are you?” The bird refused to respond. It even looked away when it saw the man coming. After many weeks, the man became discouraged. One day, he walked by the cage and didn’t say his usual cheerful greeting. The parrot looked at him and said, “Hey! What is wrong with you this morning?” Comment.

Group puts together Jewish heritage trail

What do Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Arlo Guthrie and Burt Bacharach have in common? They were musicians and Jews who lived in Queens. Comment.

Editorial: Remember the Snail Darter

For more than two decades obstructionists from the lunatic leftist fringe succeeded in blocking the extension of the West Side Highway into Lower Manhattan. A handful of activists claimed that to build the highway the city would have to tear down rotting piers whose posts had become home to an endangered species of minnow called the Snail Darter. Comment.

LI Press building sits quiet

There’s an old, empty, unimpressive three-story building on 168th Street in downtown Jamaica that most people pass by without noticing. The once clean red brick walls are faded and dirty and the big electric sign over the front entrance has been gone for many years. Comments (2).

Point of View: Community gets a peek at Flushing’s future

Can you envision that tomorrow’s Flushing could be the tourist mecca of the city? What’s its drawing power? Well, a mixture of magnificent architectures could come into sight. Comment.

Mac Neil Park: Many feet have walked this land

We can assume that the Matinecocks, who were common to the College Point area, were the first to reside on the rich earth today known as Mac Neil Park. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Cardozo hosts Awards Evening for District 26

Last month, in an end-of-year celebration of achievement, Community School District 26 held an Awards Evening at Benjamin Cardozo High School. A reception was held in the cafeteria. Community School Board President Sharon Maurer welcomed the audience and the Dance Troupe from PS 173 presented a South Asian Dance Performance and then the students from the district schools were presented awards by Superintendent Claire McIntee, Deputy Superintendents Stanley Weber and Anita Saunders, as well as the School Board members. Comment.

Rego Park: ‘Re’al ‘Go’od company lent letters for borough enclave

What is now Rego Park was farmland for centuries until the German-born businessman Henry Schloh bought out produce gardeners and in 1923 built hundreds of eight-room houses that sold for $7,500 each. Comment.

Shea Stadium: Home to NY Mets, historic concerts, events

It has, over its 38-year history, been home to the Mets and Yankees, Jets and Giants, the Beatles and the Pope. It now has cracks, leaks and loose wires, but Flushing’s Shea Stadium is going to be around for a few more innings. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Surviving emergencies means keeping aware

Has the realization that this nation is at war affected the lives of every reasoning individual who lives here? Have we empathized fully with those who have been torn away from their loved ones and their homes through no fault of their own? Comment.

To The Point: College Pt. civics focus on as-of-right building

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. Just about everyone enjoyed the wonderful fireworks displays and celebrating America’s freedom by united we stand. Comment.

Stadium was original site for tennis championship

In January 1977, the United States Tennis Association president was flying into New York City to meet with the Parks Department commissioner to discuss a new home for the group and for the U.S. Open. Comment.

Richmond Hill eye doc gives sight to Guyanese

When Guyana’s first lady, Varshnie Uma Jagdeo, received a handwritten letter from a worried mother who neatly printed the plea “An appeal to save my son’s sight” across the top of the paper, she knew exactly where to turn. Comment.

Honoring the late Harry Van Arsdale, Jr.

(State Assemblywoman Mayersohn, D-Fresh Meadows, saluted the late Harry Van Arsdale, Jr., who founded Local Union 3, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. She made these remarks in the Assembly right after Van Arsdale died in February 1985,) Comment.

Recent Real Estate Transactions

Bayside, 219-20 Ave., Coop Garden Apt., $121,000, Bed 2, Bath 1, Construction: Brick Comment.

Queens Farm Museum’s roots go back to late 1600s

Older than the United States of America, the Queens County Farm Museum's history dates back to 1697 soon after the Dutch first settled the area. Comment.

Fond memories of growing up in Moss Homes

“Laurelton! What's Laurelton?” was the anguished response of various family members to my parents’ muted announcement that we were moving to that outpost of Queens County, just west of Rosedale (the southeastern most community in Queens). Comment.

Control over Fort Totten handed to city Fire Dept.

The federal government has finally handed over control of Bayside’s Fort Totten to the city after a six-month eviction battle with the non-profit Queens Women’s Center ended last month, an Fire Department spokeswoman said Tuesday. Comment.

Keeping borough’s history alive through newspapers, reporting

Queens is a borough steeped in history—a well-documented historical tradition that is kept alive by the retelling of classic tales, the rekindling of old ideas and the reprinting of classic moments. Comment.

Ridgewood grandmom shot in leg

An 81-year-old grandmother toasted Independence Day with a bigger bang than she bargained for when a stray bullet grazed her leg as she lounged in her backyard last Thursday night, police said. Comment.

Brief history of Queens communities

Europeans lived and traded on the Alley, a creek that flowed south out of Little Neck Bay, as early as the 1630s. There was a small village that was later named Bayside by Judge Effingham Lawrence, Bayside’s leading citizen, in the 1820s. Comment.

Ex-Bay Terrace cop killer dies serving life sentence

The Bay Terrace man convicted of shooting a police officer during a botched robbery attempt five years ago at his father’s loft in Manhattan has died in prison. Comment.

Proximity to Manhattan made Forest Hills ideal

It is hard to believe that Forest Hills Gardens was once planned to provide housing for not only the wealthy, but for working class families too. Comment.

Bayside activist blasts pols in new alternative paper

A Queens political newspaper was launched last week by community activist Joyce Shepard and the publication is pulling no punches in its view of city officials. Comment.

Queens first skyscraper aided in city’s first map

At the turn of the century an odd old house held the key to how the first map of Greater New York was made. The house, an assortment of towers and triangles located on 42nd Street in Long Island City, looked much like an old castle covered with brown shingles. Comment.

Sikh taxi driver says cop started dispute with him

A Sikh taxi driver who was charged late last month with assaulting a police officer filed a claim with the Civilian Complaint Review Board alleging that the arresting officer started the altercation and knocked his turban to the ground because the taxi driver had refused to pick up a drunken passenger. Comment.

Asian immigrants drawn to U.S. came to Flushing

“I was on this street over 30 years ago,” recalled Cheng, 78, in a recent interview with the TimesLedger. “There was only one other Chinese guy.” Comment.

Queens gets funds to build three new Astroturf fields

New York City Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe was joined by 27 uniformed Queens youth soccer players in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Tuesday to accept a $91,400 check from the United States Soccer Foundation for the construction of three Astroturf soccer fields in the city’s second-largest park. Comment.

Douglaston residents hope for community facility laws

About 60 Douglaston residents braved strong rains and stifling heat Tuesday night as the Douglaston Civic Association held the second of three meetings designed to generate residential support for legislation to regulate community facilities. Comment.

Judge orders another trial in Franny Lew harass case

The civil trial in which a former Francis Lewis High School special education teacher accused the Board of Education of not shielding him from the harassment he faced from students ended in a hung jury last week, a spokeswoman for the city Law Department said. Comment.

Noguchi Garden Museum offers new perspective

When the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum on Vernon Boulevard closed down for long-overdue repairs last year, it reopened in a temporary space that retained the art but left behind its signature asset: the garden. Comment.

St. Albans girl vies to win Miss Teen crown for state

Between her brown belt in tae kwon do and her piloting skills in the Civil Air Patrol, St. Albans teen Shaunté Sherrod says she’s a tomboy. But wearing the diamond tiara and the satin sash she earned as a finalist in the New York state competition of the Miss American Teen Pageant, she seems like anything but a tomboy. Comment.

Little Neck temple helps celebrate Jewish heritage

Gil Aldad, bar and bat mitzvah party-giver extraordinaire and founder and president of Jewish D.J. Service Inc., brought a special guest with him to Temple Torah in Little Neck last week for the official donation of 1,100 Mets tickets to Jewish children throughout the tri-state area. Comment.

Man severs neighbor’s left hand: Cops

A Richmond Hill man had his left hand chopped off Monday night by a neighbor wielding a machete after a verbal dispute over noise from firecrackers escalated into a physical confrontation, neighborhood and police sources said. Comment.

Court allows Padavan law on soliciting

Once again homeowners can prevent real estate brokers from contacting them about their homes by registering for “cease and desist lists.” Comment.

Amtrak gets $76M to fix Penn Station RR tunnels

The U.S. Department of Transportation has earmarked more than $76 million for Amtrak to help repair the 90-year-old, deteriorating Penn Station tunnels through which thousands of Queens commuters pass daily on the Long Island Rail Road. Comment.

Council set to name street for Kew Gardens fireman

A Kew Gardens street was expected to be renamed Wednesday in honor of a firefighter who grew up on the block and died in a rescue attempt at the World Trade Center Sept. 11. Comment.

Boro president reconvenes illegal conversion watchdog

Sparked by an increase in complaints about overcrowded housing, Borough President Helen Marshall last week reconvened a controversial task force that drew the ire of Richmond Hill’s Indo-Caribbean immigrants when it recommended toughening laws against illegal conversions in 1999. Comment.

Ralliers protest plan for homeless shelter near JFK

About 150 southeast Queens residents and elected officials came out last week to protest a judge’s decision to allow a bankrupt hotel near Kennedy Airport to open as a homeless shelter for families. Comment.

July 4 put Queens on high alert for terrorism

Some Queens residents celebrated Independence Day as usual, others changed their plans because of the terrorist warnings and for some it was just another day. Comment.

Korean group in Flushing lobbies for student aliens

A Flushing-based Korean-American advocacy organization is pushing for two federal bills aimed at giving green cards to undocumented students and allowing them to receive financial aid. Comment.

Boro pols laud upgrading of Jamaica infrastructure

More than $81 million worth of infrastructure improvements to Jamaica’s roadways and sewer systems were lauded Tuesday by borough politicians and city agencies. Comment.

Neighbors host benefit for family of dead QCC student

“I cried all the time when he was missing,” said Espinoza of Brendan McNelis, the Flushing resident who was... Comment.

Delayed filing deadlines set for candidates

The date for incumbents and political hopefuls to get their names on the ballot for the Sept. 10 primary and Nov. 5 election is fast approaching. Candidates must file their campaign petitions July 22-25. Comment.

Fireworks festival to light up Flushing

For more than a decade, the display of the New York Mets Fireworks Night has lit the summer sky over western Flushing. Comment.

Flushing nurses rally for higher wages, larger staff

Flushing Medical Center nurses held a rally outside the facility Tuesday amid a bitter contract dispute that if not settled could lead to a strike and ultimately close the facility. Comment.

Two Queens HS students beat odds, win scholarship

Relentless perseverance in overcoming staggering obstacles has earned financial awards for 15 young adults, including two Queens students, from the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping at-risk children and youth. Comment.

Brush fire chars 4 acres at Gateway National park

A wind-swept brush fire spread rapidly through a section of Gateway National Recreation Area Friday afternoon, about a quarter mile from a block of modest two-story homes in Howard Beach. Two firefighters were slightly injured. Comment.

Boro lost airport jobs after 9/11 attacks: Survey

Queens lost an estimated 12,500 jobs from the World Trade Center attack in an indirect but powerful economic blow that left its two great air terminals in a slump from which they have yet to recover, a newly issued survey says. Comment.

Borough rabbi starts patrols in kew Gardens Hills

A Forest Hills rabbi has several Queens community leaders upset about his plan to organize armed civilian patrols of Jewish neighborhoods in Queens in order to protect against anti-Semitic threats. Comment.

Borough rabbi starts patrols in Kew Gardens Hills

A Forest Hills rabbi has several Queens community leaders upset about his plan to organize armed civilian patrols of Jewish neighborhoods in Queens in order to protect against anti-Semitic threats. Comment.

Flushing assembly hopefuls debate for redistricted seat

The candidates hoping to become the new assembly representative for downtown Flushing met in the first debate of the political season Tuesday night at the Macedonia AME Church. Comment.

Time ticks away in battle to preserve Astoria history

On the west side of 12th Street in a neighborhood known affectionately as Astoria Village, a small white house with a peeling green roof is slated for demolition. Comment.

2 Queens districts oppose dismantling school boards

The heads of two Queens school districts have asked the U.S. Justice Department to block part of the city’s new school governance plan that would abolish community school boards on the grounds their elimination would violate the federal Voting Rights Act. Comment.

Boro’s striking bus union fights Bloomberg in court to court to fight mayor

The battlefield extended from picket line to courtroom in the fourth week of the borough bus strike as the union argued that the state of emergency declared by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to let dollar vans and livery cabs pick up stranded passengers is illegal. Comment.

State tests Jamaica area for ground contaminants

Concerns that chemical contamination from the old West Side Corporation site in Jamaica could spread to the groundwater and soil beneath a residential construction site has prompted the state to test for contaminants. Comment.

113th Pct. sergeant injured after L.I. motorcycle crash

A sergeant in the 113th Precinct in South Jamaica was in an induced coma after he lost control of his motorcycle and hit a signpost just blocks from his East Meadow home. Comment.

Mansion in College Pt. set for sale

It was once a hotel, a clubhouse, and a boarding school, one of the centers of life in College Point. But the Koening-Boker house, now an abandoned mansion frequented by cats, possums and raccoons, may soon be just a memory. Comment.

104th, 114th crime drops, rate in 108th up 4 percent

The 104th Precinct showed a 4.7 percent drop in crime for the first six months of 2002 compared to last year, although burglaries and robberies both persisted at higher rates in the area. Comment.

Murder rate increases in 105th Pct.

In the first half of 2002, murders in the 105th Precinct have doubled compared to the previous year even though the overall crime rate dropped by 12.36 percent, Police Department statistics showed. Comment.

105th Precinct Council doles out awards

The 105th Precinct Community Council handed out awards to precinct officers, auxiliary police officers and members of the Law Explorers Program at its last meeting before the summer break at the end of June. Comment.

Crime rates drop in pair of precincts

Overall crime in the 106th Precinct dropped almost 22 percent in the first six months of 2002 when compared to the same period last year, the second steepest decline in the entire borough, Police Department statistics showed. Comment.

Burglaries soar 34 percent in 107th in first half of ‘02

Burglaries in the 107th Precinct soared in the first six months of this year, climbing nearly 34 percent compared to the same period in 2001, according to police statistics. Comment.

109th violent crimes fall, burglaries up 13 percent

Violent crimes in the 109th Precinct declined over the first half of 2002, but burglaries and car thefts rose, police statistics show. Comment.

Hike in home burglaries drives up crime in 111th

What’s up in northeast Queens’s 111th Precinct? Comment.

Serious crimes remain low in Forest Hills, Rego Park

In the first six months of 2002, major crimes in the 112th Police Precinct dropped by more than 12 percent from the same period a year ago, keeping Forest Hills and Rego Park among the safest communities in Queens. Comment.

113th Precinct crime falls, murders rise by 75 percent

Overall crime in the 113th Precint in South Jamaica in the first six months of 2002 has declined by about 19 percent from the same period last year, but murders have risen by 75 percent, police crime statistics show. Comment.

Crime rise reported at Astoria pct.

Crime rates in the 114th Precinct dropped by more than 6 percent for the first six months of 2002 compared to last year, while a 4.1 percent rise in the 108th Precinct was driven by an increase in thefts and assaults. Comment.

Jamaica Multiplex shows boost in attendance rates

After a slow start, attendance at the new Jamaica Multiplex movie theater is beginning to rise, thanks to a special two-for-one promotion and some of the summer blockbusters, a theater manager said Tuesday. Comment.

Police Blotter: Three-alarm fire breaks out in Hunters Point factory

HUNTERS POINT — A three-alarm fire broke out in a factory being cleaned for asbestos on July 3, fire officials said. Comment.

Dining Out: Westbury’s Stockyard upholds steakhouse charm

103 Post Avenue, Westbury Comment.

Borough rabbi starts patrols in Forest Hills

A Forest Hills rabbi has several Queens community leaders upset about his plan to organize armed civilian patrols of Jewish neighborhoods in Queens in order to protect against anti-Semitic threats. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Auditions/Rehearsals Comment.

Cultural Collaborative Jamaica rolls on

Though the Sept. 11 attacks have brought the economy to a slow grind, the life of arts, business and education in Jamaica continues to flourish due to the effort and attention of a variety of public and private organizations. Comment.

Forest Hills cabbie buried in dignified ceremony

As “Taps” was played in the background, Forest Hills car service driver Kenneth Hillhouse was laid to rest at Calverton National Cemetery on July 2 in a simple ceremony attended by only one person plus a two-man Army color guard. Comment.

Summer concerts draw crowds to Queens parks

From the shadows of the Citibank tower to the base of the Hellgate Bridge, strains of jazz and haunting drumbeats are luring people into the summertime air through a host of concert series playing across Long Island City and Astoria. Comment.

St. Francis College names former SJU soccer star head coach

When St. Francis College Athletic Director Ed Aquilone called his good friend Paul Gilvary to ask his opinion on a suitable candidate for the vacant men’s soccer coaching position, the Holy Cross soccer coach immediately gave him an answer. Comment.

Jr. Americans win Renegades Wooden Bat Tourney

Bayside Yankees Junior Americans head coach Joe Kessler knew his team’s trip north of the border for the Renegades Wooden Bat Tournament would be a good precursor to the NABF regionals later this month. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Take this game and shove it

I have completely lost my patience with baseball. Wait a minute, that’s not entirely correct. I love baseball. Down to the marrow in my bones, I love it. It’s professional baseball in this country that I have grown to despise. Comment.

Cross’ Anderwkavich hopes to fit in with Buffalo

It may not have been Doug Anderwkavich’s last game as a tight end, but, according to his high school coach, it may have been one of them. Comment.

Miscues costs NYC at Empire Challenge

Long Island got its revenge. Before a crowd of just under 10,000 at Hofstra Stadium, Commack’s Jeff Dena intercepted an errant third-quarter pass and returned it 69 yards for a touchdown to lift the Long Island All-Stars over their New York City counterparts, 21-14, in the fifth annual Outback Steakhouse Empire Challenge July 3. Comment.

Knights fall to Rhode Island, playoffs in doubt

It’s a less-than-ideal situation, but one that is all too familiar to the Brooklyn Knights. For the 11th time in 14 games, the Knights found themselves in an early 1-0 hole Sunday night at the Metropolitan Oval in Maspeth. Comment.

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